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Thursday 29th of October 2020

The New Bugatti Bolide Is a Study in Speed Set for the Track
South America

The superlight racer’s W16 engine has 1,824 horsepower ready to roar.

Bugatti announced a new car on Wednesday that could challenge the world speed record just set by the SSC Tuatara. 

The Bugatti Bolide is a skeletal-looking coupe with a massive rear wing and the scooped-out body style of a Formula 1 racer. 

Like its sibling, the Bugatti Chiron, it carries a W16 engine and all-wheel-drive. 

But with an extremely lightweight body that weighs just 2,733 pounds (roughly half that of a Chiron) and 1,824 horsepower (in excess of 200 hp more than the Chiron Super Sport), it can reach a top speed of 310 mph, according to a Bugatti spokesperson, who declined to offer further details on the transmission. 

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Stonehenge and the Druids – who are the Druids?

‘Druids’ is the general term used to refer to this multitudinous group who see Wiltshire’s world heritage site as a place of worship. 

In reality, Druidic beliefs vary, with different groups including neo-pagans and wiccans. 

Nonetheless, a whole host of Druidic worshippers converge on Stonehenge for the solstices, equinoxes and beyond. 

Today, there are over 7,000 members of the British druid order and I wanted to take a look at the history of druidism and its ties with Stonehenge’s arcane monoliths.

Druids pre-dated the Roman invasion of Britain and in ancient Celtic cultures they were members of highly respected shamanic class. 

They were typically religious leaders, but also law keepers, chroniclers, doctors, and even political advisors. 

They were first mentioned in the 2nd century BC in roman sources and were even reported by Julius Caesar in 59 B.C. 

Druid’s were the arbiters of spirituality in pre-roman Britain and had a deep connection with the lore of the isles.

With first the Roman invasion (Roman religion tended towards assimilation, absorbing deities of other faiths in the hope of conversion) and then the rise of Christianity, Druidism faded into near non-existence. 

However, something of Druidic traditions remained and was eventually revived.

Two figures of huge importance to the Druidic revival were John Aubrey (1626-1692) and William Stukely (1687-1765). 

Aubrey was the first to suggest that Stonehenge had been built by Celtic Druids, the most prominent theory on the formation of Stonehenge until the 20th Century. 

Stukely (also famous for discovering the Cursus and Avenue at Stonehenge), proliferated the theory that Druid’s built Stonehenge and also worked hard to revive the culture, eventually proclaiming himself a Druid. 

Stukley worked hard to popularise Druidism, reviving pagan lore and dress whilst throwing parties in accordance with ancient beliefs. 

For Stukley, Stonehenge was a temple of worship – eventually publishing Stonehenge: A Temple Restor’d to the British Druids.

The origin of the word ‘Druid’’ is unclear, but the most popular view is that it comes from ‘doire’, an Irish-Gaelic word for oak tree (often a symbol of knowledge), also meaning ‘wisdom’. 

Druids were concerned with the natural world and its powers, and considered trees sacred, particularly the oak.

Today, the most prominent druid could be said to be a Salisbury Druid by the name of Arthur Uthur Pendragon – who has spent 33 years a Druid. 

A religious enthusiast, he can be found at every Stonehenge celebration and he also leads campaigns to reduce parking fees and has even run for MP.

From the time of the Celtic Druids, Druidism has had a strong bond with the natural world as well as the cosmos. 

Although Stukley determinedly linked his version of Druidism with Christianity – dubbing it ‘Patriarchal Christianity’ – Druidism since ancient times has been polytheistic, with different deities existing in the elements around us. 

The community largely believes that Stonehenge was built by ancient Druids as a place of worship – it being aligned with the midsummer sunrise so perfectly. 

Stonehenge thus represents the spiritual connection of man and the elements which is intrinsic to the beliefs of the Druid community.

Although the 21st century has seen a decline in Druidism, (In the 2001 census 30,569 people described themselves as Druids), the numbers are once again on the rise. 

Perhaps in a digital age, more and more people are seeking a deeper connection with the elements. A connection that Druidism certainly offers. Who knows? Maybe you too will feel this spiritual connection on your visit to the stones.

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What if, as I fear, there will never be a vaccine. I was involved in the early stages of identifying the HIV virus as the cause of Aids. I remember drugs companies back then saying there would be a vaccine within around 18 months. Some 37 years on, we are still waiting. Prof ANGUS DALGLEISH @MailOnline

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Currency Markets at a Glance WSJ
World Currencies

Euro 1.1727

Dollar Index 93.503

Japan Yen 104.3165

Swiss Franc 0.9116

Pound 1.2983

Aussie 0.7053

India Rupee 74.155

South Korea Won 1133

Brazil Real 5.747

Egypt Pound 15.7024

South Africa Rand 16.4065

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Morocco 3,988 #COVID19 cases yesterday most in Africa Kenya daily cases increased 78% past two weeks to 670/day. Botswana 5.5% daily growth rate most in Africa followed by Tunisia (4%). @jmlukens

Morocco 3,988 #COVID19 cases 
yesterday most in Africa and above 3,022/day week average. South Africa reduced daily cases 16% past two weeks.  Kenya daily cases increased 78% past two weeks to 670/day.  Botswana 5.5% daily growth rate most in Africa followed by Tunisia (4%).

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“Maintaining peace is a priority,” @MagufuliJP said @AP
Law & Politics

He invoked democracy and urged people to the polls.

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#TanzaniaDecides2020: available intel suggests, however, the thieving this time around is of epic proportions, due to 2 reasons. @Chahali
Law & Politics

One, incumbent @MagufuliJP is de-facto head of the spy agency, which takes its symbiotic relationship with the ruling party to completely new level

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Bitter rivals, familiar faces and fears as Ivory Coast votes for president @Reuters
Law & Politics

Residents of Ivory Coast’s biggest city Abidjan are stocking up on provisions and sending loved ones to rural villages ahead of a contentious presidential election on Saturday many fear could turn violent.

“I’m taking my family to Toumodi, (in the centre of the country) because of the political situation. We are afraid that it will degenerate,” Ble said.

“It’s been 10, 15, 20 years that we see some of them,” Francis Ake, a 28-year-old telecommunications worker said of the candidates as he left church. “We need new people.”

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Africa is on the brink of debt disaster @SimumbaTrevor

China must take responsibility for financing huge loans that mostly finance highly inflated projects & end up in politicians pockets. need for stricter value for money audits and transparent processes for contracting

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They should read James Baldwin "Fire next time" @africa_solar

The Nigeria govt and political establishment has still not recovered from the double whammy of 
Well organized #EndSARS movement Looting of covid19 palliative and vandalism on the streets of Naija. They should read James Baldwin "Fire next time"

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It will cost the taxpayers at least Sh14,000,000,000 to conduct a referendum, the IEBC has revealed. [This doesn't factor in campaign costs....] @surambaya

The agency will need to deploy about 350,000 staff and at least 50,000 vehicles on hire on voting day.

[This doesn't factor in campaign costs....]


Is BBI a Vaccine? 

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by Aly Khan Satchu (www.rich.co.ke)
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