In line with my usual meanderings this post ranges from England Caps and Hatzegopteryx via indentures and baby Porcupines (not forgetting a certain kitten).
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On 14th November 2012 Steven Gerrard – my hero – earns his 100th cap for the England soccer team in as match against Sweden. He captained the team, as he has for a while. He says his greatest buzz with England came in 2001, against Germany in Munich, a 5-1 win immortalised in Football Association cuff links.
Gerrard, a Liverpool player throughout his career, becomes the sixth member of the England 100 club. The others are.
Peter Shilton, 125, 1970 – 1990
David Beckham, 115, 1996 – 2009
Bobby Moore, 108, 1962 – 1973
Bobby Charlton, 106, 1958 –1970
Billy Wright, 105, 28 1946 – 1959
I discovered the other day why an indenture is so called. An indenture is a legal contract between two parties, particularly for indentured labour or a term of apprenticeship but also for certain land transactions.
The term comes from the medieval English "indenture of retainer" — a legal contract written in duplicate on the same sheet, with the copies separated by cutting along a jagged (toothed, hence the term "indenture") line so that the teeth of the two parts could later be refitted to confirm authenticity. Each party to the deed would then retain a part.
The term was also used for a contract by which a person agreed to work for a set period for a landowner in a British colony in exchange for passage to the colony.
Our local zoo is Chester Zoo and this is Stempu a baby porcupine being given a health check there by Chris Grindle.
Stempu and Noko were born at the beginning of September to mum Roxie and dad Nangu at the zoo.
Hatzegopteryx was a flying dinosaur. It had a wingspan of about 10 metres - making it one of the largest known flying animals of all time. This can be a little hard to visualize, so check this image out.
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Despite its size, Hatzegopteryx’s hollow skeleton meant that the pterosaur only weighed about 1/6 as much as the giraffe.
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