• ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, it is also known as the motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who had the condition
  • Motor neuron disease is a chronic, progressive, almost always fatal neurological disease. These are the nerve cells which move muscles when we speak, walk, swallow, and move our body. It causes muscle weakness and gradually impacts on the functioning of the body, leading to eventual death.
  • ALS is slightly more common in men than women, but recent studies suggest that this difference is changing due to time. Familial ALS is equally common in men and women.
  • ALS comes with age, most people find out they have it when they are between 55-75 years old.
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  • There are two different types of ALS, sporadic and familial. Sporadic which is the most common form of the disease in the U.S; it is 90 – 95 percent of all cases. It may affect anyone, anywhere. Familial ALS (FALS) accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cases in the U.S. Familial ALS mean the disease is inherited.
  • In 2014 the ice bucket challenge made people talk more about the disease and it gave people a few seconds/ minutes of what the disease felt like to have.
  • There is not yet a cure for ALS but scientists are working on a drug to cure it out to slow down the disease so the people how have it can live longer.
  • The life expectancy after a person has been diagnosed with ALS is two – five years. Some people live with the disease for five or more years.
  • ALS is not contagious.


The Romans believed that the soul of the dead would go underground to the river Styx. The soul had to cross the river. A coin was placed in the mouth of the deceased to pay Charon, the boatman of the underworld, for the passage across. If the body was not properly buried and did not have a coin, the soul was forced to stay for one hundred years before being allowed to cross the river Styx. This was seen in the mythological story of Aeneas, when he met up with a shipmate who was swept off the ship by a wave. The shipmate swam a long distance to shore and was killed by barbarians who left his body unburied.

The ancient Romans did believe in an afterlife. They believed in the immortality of the soul and had a complicated belief system about life after death. The ancient Romans believed that when one died, one was met by Mercury, the messenger god and son of Jupiter.

In order to prepare the deceased for the afterlife, the ancient Romans buried their loved ones with a variety of artifacts. Objects entombed with the deceased could include food, cosmetics, and jewelry. The sarcophagus was usually decorated with images of the deceased. The ancient Romans believed that it was very important that their loved ones have a proper burial for if they did not they would be denied entrance into the underworld and spend eternity in a purgatory-like existence.


Funeral in the river Styx

Mitch list of things to talk about!


I would consider family anyone that cares and loves for one and other, even if they are not related in any sort of way. We even consider our pets a part of our family. Family consists of people how look out for one another. We are able to tell are families everything, whether it is our parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins… I feel like family is someone who we can feel secure and safe around, it is someone that loves us no matter what we have done.


I think when someone one dies, I hope that they do go to heaven, but at the same time I don’t know if heaven exists but I hope it does. I do believe that their souls turn to angels and that they always live with us and that they know what is happing with their loved ones.


A meaningful life

I personally think that our life is planned out for us from the day we are born, until the day we die. The day we die is already marked out for us when we are born. I think everyone’s life has a meaning and we have to live our life to find out what that meaning is, we could find out what that meaning is when were 18 or not until were 70 but we will find at some point in our life. I also think if we live our life to the best of our ability I personally think that, that is a meaningful life.

September 1939

W. H. Auden, 1907 – 1973

I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid as the clever hopes expire of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright and darkened lands of the earth, obsessing our private lives; the unmentionable odor of death offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can Unearth the whole offence From Luther until now That has driven a culture mad, Find what occurred at Linz, What huge imago made psychopathic god: I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About Democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave;Analysed all in his book, The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air Where blind skyscrapers use Their full height to proclaim The strength of Collective Man, Each language pours its vain Competitive excuse: But who can live for long In an euphoric dream; Out of the mirror they stare, Imperialism’s face And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, the music must always play, all the conventions conspire to make this fort assume the furniture of home; lest we should see where we are, Lost in a haunted wood, Children afraid of the night who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash Important Persons shout is not as crude as our wish: What mad Nijinsky wrote About Diaghilev Is true of the normal heart; for the error bred in the bone of each woman and each man Craves what it cannot have, not universal love but to be loved alone. From the conservative dark into the ethical life the dense commuters come, repeating their morning vow; “I will be true to the wife, I’ll concentrate more on my work, “And helpless governors wake to resume their compulsory game: Who can release them now, who can reach the deaf, who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.

Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.

What I think of the poem?

The poem is set at the start of WW2 when Germany invaded Poland. The first stanza tells us about the deaths that you could smell in the September nights. The poet talks about democracy and dictatorship. The country that they poet is on is neutral as he tell us the air is neutral. He talks about the children that are afraid. I think the poet is in New York as he said that the lights will never be turning off “the city that never sleeps”. Then he said that “we must love on another or die” I think here he is referring to Hitler and the Jews. That if we can’t love each other what’s the point in it we would be better off dead.

W.H.AUDEN fffffffffffffffffffffffff


The Lindy hop is an American dance that evolved in Harlem, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s and originally evolved with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s

In its development, the Lindy hop combined elements of both partnered and solo dancing by using the movements and improvisation of black dances along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances  – most clearly illustrated in the Lindy’s basic step, the swing out. In this step’s open position , each dancer is generally connected hand-to-hand; in its closed position , leads and follows are connected as though in an embrace. Lindy hop is sometimes referred to as a street dance . sdss.png


Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1880s along the River plate, the natural border between Argentina  and Uruguay and soon spread to the rest of the world.

Early tango was known as tango criollo. Today, there are many forms of tango extant. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one closest to the form originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Tango is a dance that has influences from African and European culture. Dances from the candombe  ceremonies of former slave peoples helped shape the modern day Tango.

Tango is danced to a repetitive style of music. The count of the music is either 16 or 32 beats. While dancing the tango, the lady is held in the crook of the man’s arm. She holds her head back and rests her right hand on the man’s lower hip. The man must allow the lady to rest in this position while leading her around the floor in a curving pattern. Tango dancers must strive to make a strong connection with the music as well as their audience

Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein was born on the 14 of March 1879. In Ulm Germany, to parents Hermann Einstein and Pauline Einstein. Albert had a fat head at the time he was born. This startled his mother and grandmother when they saw him for the first time. However, the fat head slowly receded and turned into a normal size. Interestingly, a head containing the brain that would inspire millions of people in the future was not so perfect at birth. Einstein did not speak until the age of three. He revealed this fact about the delay of his speech abilities to his biographer. Today there is a term, “Einstein Syndrome,” which was coined by Dr. Thomas Sowell, to describe exceptionally bright people whose speech is delayed. The parietal lobe in Einstein’s brain was 15% larger than that of an average brain.

Galileo Gallo was Einstein’s favorite scientist. His teachers did not consider him a good student, and they refused to recommend him for further employment. When Einstein was 16, it is said that he failed an exam that would have let him train to become an electrical engineer.

Einstein was born German and a Jew. Einstein renounced his German citizenship in 1896. He became a Swiss citizen in 1901. However, he died in 1955 as an American citizen.

Albert Einstein never learned to swim. However he loved sailing and continued to do so as a hobby throughout his life. Also, Einstein never wore socks. He thought wearing socks was a pain, and he would often get holes in them.

Einstein’s love for smoking was so enormous that he credited his pipe smoking with a calming and judgmental effect.

The 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Albert Einstein “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”

The miracle year 1905: this year is believed to be a miracle year in Albert Einstein’s life. He published four papers during this year, representing his most creative work. These papers were about the Quantum theory, Brownian motion (existence of atoms), Electrodynamics of moving bodies and the most famous equation in the world – the E=MC2 equation – establishing the relationship between mass and energy. At this time, he was just 26 years old and worked during the day at a patent office.

Einstein left Germany in December 1932, a month after Adolf Hitler became the chancellor of Germany. Einstein’s move to the United States was permanent; he never entered the country of his birth again.

Einstein could have lived longer: before he died, doctors suggested surgery to Einstein, as he suffered from a burst blood vessel. However, Einstein refused, stating, “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially.”


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