How to Keep a Memorial Looking New

Memorial headstones and gravestones that are exposed to the elements (as virtually all of them are) will eventually begin to show signs of weathering and erosion from wind and rain. They may have begun to show discolouration as moss and mould takes root on them, or nearby trees shed their leaves over them. This process can be slowed a lot with the correct memorial care such as removing anything that attaches to the surface of the stone quickly and not picking a plot that is sheltered from the worst of the weather.

Eventually, however, all gravestones and memorials will begin to show signs of their age, which is when the time comes to perform a full renovation. Due to modern techniques and the expert care that is available during renovations, a gravestone can end up looking as good as new with an infinitesimally small loss of material or structure.

Discolouration can be treated by the smallest layer of the surface being removed and the underlying stone being re-polished. The tools that are used allow the finest of details to be maintained on memorials, so inscriptions, carvings and motifs can all remain in place. Any lettering that has faded over time is easy to replace as well, regardless of whether it is inscribed, painted, embossed or a variety of other techniques.

Memorial care packages may well cost less than you think too, and the cost is further reduced by doing easy, basic and quick checks on the gravestones you which to maintain yourself.

Graduation numbers on the Increase worldwide

Back in the old days a nation might have had its power measured by the amount of oil or coal that it was producing and exporting around the world, these days this may as well be measured by the pure amount of graduate students a country releases each year.

In recent years the amount of people taking up college and university places has increased at a growing rate around the world.  It is estimated that the top 34 developed countries in the world have seen their rates of graduation almost double since 1990.

One of the countries that have seen the largest upward spiral has been China; back in the late 90’s only about one million students had taken up residence in university or college.  China has now grown within just one decade and is now the largest university provider in the world with recent reports showing 34.4 million graduates released and seeking gainful employment in the past four years alone.

This expansion and growth in recent years within the education industry has been called the fastest expansion in human history by the president of Yale University.

Something that is also linked to the growth of graduates is university globalisation, this refers to universities who not only openly recruit students from other countries but also offer anything from partnerships to the teaching of foreign languages both in their buildings and online.

An example of this could be Chinese students taking degrees in other countries such as Finland that are taught in English. One such country that is making the most of this and pushing for overseas applications is Qatar; it has a purpose build education city that hosts seven different universities all accepting overseas students with plans to expand further.

To study closer to home why not trust your higher education to Northampton College, providers of great Northampton education and training in Northampton.

Exhumations

Although exhumations are widely considered taboo or sacrilege in most countries and cultures that bury their dead there are certain situations that result in bodies being exhumed and UK Headstones being disturbed. If for example, there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a person the police may try and get the body exhumed for further investigations and to try and determine the cause of death.

In some cultures, graves are opened after a certain period of death. Southern China exhumes a body after a period of so many years and the bones are removed, cleaned and dried. They are then placed in either a ceramic pot for reburial or in a smaller coffin which can then be taken home by the rest of the family.

Remains may be moved if the cemetery in question is being located somewhere else, this would only occur after local planning and religious requirements have been met. In some rare cases exhumation may occur to help with the study of dissection, gibbeting or posthumous execution like Oliver Cromwell.

Many notable individuals have been exhumed to help with study and for public display; the most prominent of these figures are mummies from Ancient Egypt. In Hong Kong where property is at a premium, government run cemeteries exhume burials after 6 years under an order. The remains are then either privately collected for cremation or reburied in an urn or a niche.

Jewish Law forbids the exhumation of a corpse and other cultures continue to have differences and conflict regarding exhumation rules.

Boy sells his toys to pay for his Dad’s Headstone

It’s a sobering tale that left many with a tear in their eye. A young nine year old boy in America had been saving his pennies for an iPod or iTouch until the day his Dad tragically died and the family couldn’t afford any Headstones.

 

The boy’s father who was a keen outdoorsman and loved nothing better than camping and hunting with his son died of an abdominal aneurysm, leaving his young family devastated. Like many young families, making ends meet is a challenge each and every week so having the luxury of disposable income is a far cry from reality.

The young boy, Blake, used some of his favourite toys to mark where his father had been buried and whilst he was busy saving any penny he had to buy an iPod or iTouch, he decided that he would hold a garage sale comprising of his old toys and any money made would go towards paying for his dad’s Gravestones.

Touched by his enormous selflessness, his mother agreed to try and match what he made to contribute to the headstone. Blake contacted his local radio station to generate some interest in the garage sale and as you can imagine, was inundated with people touched by the story. People flocked from far and wide to attend and left donations. The response became overwhelming and the young family managed to raise far more money than was needed for his father’s gravestone.

All the money left after the gravestone had been bought has gone into an account and is to help Blake with his education in the future.

More News on the Psychic Octopus

A while ago we blogged about Paul, the octopus from Germany who successfully predicted the results of each and every football game Germany played in the World Cup, South Africa. Due to his amazing talents he was tipped as a Psychic and was making headlines across the world.

To successfully predict each game, Paul the Psychic was given two containers. Both of which had food in, one displayed the German flag, and the other displayed the opposing countries flag. It turned out that whichever container Paul would choose, would be the team that went onto win the game. It also appeared that the longer Paul took to make his decision; a correlation was made to the closeness of the game. A quick decision meant an easy win for the succeeding team; a long decision meant a close match was had.

The octopus Psychic Medium has generated much attention and it appears that even the Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin has called on Paul’s services to predict who will win Russians 2012 Presidential Election. He has gone as far as to say ‘If Paul the Octopus can name the next president of Russia we’ll give him a pension and make sure he doesn’t get eaten,” Putin said.

Just how Paul the Psychic Octopus got to be discovered for his abilities is not known, all that matters now is that because of his talent and his worldwide acclaim, he may lead a long and prosperous life without ending up on a dinner plate. All he needs to do is successfully predict who will be the next Russian president!

Psychic Children

It seems to be a well known fact that children have much more of a tuned Psychic ability than adults. Over the years there have been many documents coming to light where children have come out of surgery or had a near death experience and they have drawn angels and discussed conversations they had on ‘the other side’. Many will put this down to dreaming but it becomes hard to find reason when a child sees or talks to spirits in their own home.

One of the most plausible reasons children, even as young as two, can see or hear dead people where adults can’t is that they live with no filters. They live in the moment and have no preconceived notions of how things should be. If they see or hear something, why would they question it?

As we grow up we become more aware of physical objects and tend to question anything that may be considered spiritual. If we were to retrain ourselves to be more like children with their free spirited mind we would open ourselves up to what they see in their world. The benefit for us, as adults, to be able to do this is that we could then actually learn to do Psychic Readings.

Having the ability to do Psychic Readings can help you and others immensely. You may however find yourself struggling to open your senses, if you do, you are not alone, but if you have any children with these abilities then it could be an idea to train them correctly so they learn how to use their ability as best they can.

Walking on Gravestones

An unusual situation has arrived for students, staff and visitors alike at Blackburn College. Whilst vital building works are being carried out for the construction of a new Beacon Centre at the college every single person who wants to enter and leave the college is forced to walk on Memorial Headstones.

Hundreds of people from the college are walking across half a dozen memorials, which date back to the 1700’s, everyday and as you would expect the feelings about this are mixed. Whilst some people cannot see what the problem may be, as long as people show the respect the memorials deserve, others can’t believe the college have not have offered or made another available pathway, albeit temporary, to the college.

Being diverted through the graveyard is one thing people say, but to then be expected to walk over UK Headstones is quite another. Some have even gone so far as to say it is like ‘desecrating the dead’. Others have said that they ‘find it so distressing to see the gravestones being used in this way.’

Traditional cemeteries see gravestones upright at the head of the grave and if this were the case with these then there would be no one walking on the gravestones. As it is, these gravestones already make up a path in the graveyard and spokes people for the church and college have stressed that this is a temporary measure and there are other routes that are alternative if people have a strong issue with this.

Psychic Chicken to become a TV Star!

When it comes to extraordinary animals you may have heard of Paul the Octopus and his Psychic Readings. Paul was amazingly able to predict the winners of all seven matches of the German Football team during their world cup adventure.

Now it has emerged that a Chicken from county Kildare in Ireland has shown the same use of precognition as his eight legged predecessor.  Rocky the Irish psychic chicken successfully predicted the winners of the entire all-Ireland championships and even the senior football semi final cup winner.

Rocky’s owner answered an Irish radio stations competition to find an animal with paranormal skills and since then he hasn’t been out of the limelight.

The Chicken owned by Elaine and Paul McDonald chooses his results by picking one of three seed filled saucers labelled win, lose and draw. As he has chosen against his local side of Kildare to lose their games Rocky is thought to be unbiased in his predictions.  Elaine was quoted as saying ‘I have never wanted him to be wrong before but it has upset some of the locals with his latest prediction!”.

Elaine and Paul have said they knew there was always something very exceptional about Rocky and from an early age he would often sit on their shoulders when they were on their computer and try to press the keys. It is said that Rocky unlike most other chickens is very well mannered and has become a household pet to the owner’s children Ella and Hanna.

Rocky has become such a celebrity in Ireland that he has been offered his first television part on an Irish children’s programme. The TV show called Elevate will feature Rocky each week and is set to make the psychic chicken a household name. He has been compared to Jedward as he is currently sporting a spiky fringe and a lot of attitude

Children’s television isn’t going to be the end of the road for Rocky as he has also been in talks with the Irish Television station RTE to make an appearance at the All Ireland finals. It is thought that Rocky will be sticking to his predictions and not branching out into Tarot Readings just yet!

Stop The Vandals

It’s a very sad fact that vandals are a part of our everyday life. We see vandalism on streets, in parks, to buildings, on cars and often worse. It is something that we have become accustomed too. Broken windows, graffitied walls, smashed bollards and trampled flower beds are increasingly becoming the norm as we stroll through our towns.

Whilst vandalism is a lowly activity, often performed by people through boredom or peer pressure there are some vandals that seemingly have no bounds at all and one of the most devastating actions of vandalisms can be on Headstones.  Desecrating cemeteries is an utterly disturbing event for any family who has a loved one buried there. To find upon arrival, flowers strewn across the path, the Gravestones covered in graffiti or even kicked over brings enormous upset and stress to the family.

Whilst this behaviour is not new, it does seem to be on the increase nationwide, which is why many cemeteries are now turning to what they can only describe as a bid to stop anti-social problems. By installing CCTV cameras, councils are hoping that they will deter these vandals who are largely thought to be teenagers. If these cameras don’t act as a deterrent then hopefully they will identify the faces of the vandals in the act and the police can make investigations to find these people.

Installing CCTV cameras is an expense to councils and is a sad sign of our times but in any case, this aim is to decrease, if not abolish vandalism in cemeteries, and for that reason I think we should all be agreed it is a good move.

The Difference between a Medium and a Psychic

Should you be considering getting some spiritual advice it is very important to understand exactly what services a medium or a psychic offers.  It has become confusing for people to differentiate due to the many new terms created by people involved in this fascinating field.

A very basic explanation of the difference between a medium and a psychic is that mediums can contact and communicate with the spirits of the dead and a psychic uses mental forces such as telepathy to give their readings. As you can see the two are very different and it will be in your best interest to familiarise yourself with them.

The word medium translates to vessel, meaning that mediums can communicate and contact spirits. When you visit a medium they will use a variety of different methods to contact the spirit world including channelling, trance channelling and light mediumship. These different methods let the medium use different states of consciousness to conduct their communication. Most mediums are psychics but not the other way around so many offer Psychic medium readings.

A psychic is someone who can sense things that can not be sensed through ordinary perception.  It is said that psychics have a sixth sense that helps them in their practices. A psychic can use their gift to sense auras using many different techniques such as clairvoyance, tarot cards and palmistry. Clairvoyance is the ability to see images inside of a persons mind; tarot cards use the psychic’s intuition to make predictions and palmistry is the art of Palm reading.

An important thing to remember is that a psychic can only sense on a material level and not though spirits like mediums do. So you should now be able to understand the methods and services that Psychic mediums provide.