Dangerous History

History is full of danger, irony and even comedy. Lets have a look at some.

The Creation of Gunpowder
Gunpowder- the ignition of war, used in lighting guns and cannons. The functionality behind the beautiful fireworks that everyone sees once a year in November. Also a functional mining technique  before the safe creation of dynamite.

The Chinese are credited with the creation of Gunpowder. The mysterious black powder is said to have caused much havoc in its creation stage, with spontaneous explosion and many deaths at its hands - much like its cousin, the gas lamp, which caused many gas explosions in mines.

But why was it originally created? Original Aim: To create an eternal life elixir. Irony being, that it has probably caused the death of millions and shortened lives, instead of lengthen them.

Colours that be white as snow kill
Paint,  Makeup, Fuel, Plastic PVC Pipes. Lead was used in all off these. As a white pigment in paint and makeup, used in plumbing (of which the name is derived) because of its malleability and usefulness to join copper pipes as a sealant. Also used in Plastic Pipes as a stabilizer due to its properties of forming good bonds.

As we know today, it can leach into water supplies in older houses with older plumbing networks to cause poisoning. Being directly applied to the face, it is absorbed directly into the blood supply. Danger being- we used it to be pretty, and it left people life less.

(A good video about toxic colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKfjHTk8KrY )

History is full of danger- and alot of could be said to be only about death, however from history we learn for the future. Sometimes the odd things from history are the most interesting. So note- if something is bright white, might not want to touch it.








The Transition to Business from Education

On and off, for the last few months, I have worked in a business helping out with various tasks such as helping with the the rolling stock take as the company was a little behind. Other things have involved tracking down lost parts; general housing keeping; scanning a huge backlog of paperwork from May and cleaning of old manufacturing machines. I have done many things, and learnt many new skills that I can apply to other job. Such things as: doing a job, then going back tot he person who gave the job with any errors that have arisen during the process. Lots of things - like that - have been shown to me and I would never have learnt them through the education process.

The first thing that hit me was the much longer work hours that entailed. Instead of a five hour day, I can end up working seven to eight hours adding up to thirty five hours worth of  work a week compared to the small twenty five hours at school. During the first days, I was completely washed out and did not want to do anything in the evening, apart from watching films. With school -where I would arrive home and then do homework for and hour and a half on some evenings, then what I wanted- I have less time in the evening, however I feel more accomplished with my day. The transition to a temporary job has shown me that school was not realistic in preparing me to change to working longer and more independently, as you do in a job. I have done work on several consecutive Saturdays, which has prepared me a little, and at school my average week would usually be twenty-eight hours due to staying for and extra hours on specific days - so the transition was not as bad.

Other things the working has shown me is how school teaches you about learning in fixed times, whereas working is about learning then actually doing something with the learning. Very rarely in education do I find myself bringing together different fields of study. Whilst working, I have had to bring together mathematics and computing skills, along with having to use decent presentation to convey information that other staff members have asked for. School has this at times, in the form of long term projects, however there never seems a sense of a true combination of lots of different things

The Transition from a school environment to a work one is a huge jump. There are things school teaches you that does prepare you, however there is a huge lack of things it does not. I hope I have touched on some of these here.