Monthly Archives: October 2010

Student Excursion to Nashan Park Yangquan

Golden Pond Nashan Park

On Sunday Students who wish to attend a walk at Nashan Mountain will meet their teachers and classmates at the Entrance in front of Nashan Park.
They will walk the beautiful gardens as a group, and see the Autumn Trees and sights at Nashan park.

Here is a Movie about the Outing.

There is a bus To Nashan Park. You take any bus from Yangquan as Nashan Park is on the way to the Bus Station, and also the Railway Station at Yangquan.


  1. Did you attend the Outing?
  2. What did you like best?
  3. Who did you come with?
  4. Did you climb the Tower at Nashan Park?
  5. Did you see the animals?
  6. Did you see the monkeys?
  7. Were the trees golden?
  8. Did you see any statues?
  9. What flowers were in the gardens?
  10. Have you been to Nashan Park before?
  11. What did you see when you went to Nashan Park?

Here is a Slide Show about the Outing the slideshow of Nashan Park

Write a story about nashan Park.

Does it look a good place to go?

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Halloween..31 October is Halloween

Sunday is Halloween, and the frightfest has trick-or-treaters checking the Web for the history of the haunted holiday.

Lookups on “what is the history of Halloween” rose 220% on Yahoo!. Spooky searches for “the haunted history of Halloween” and “the true history of Halloween” were also scary-high.

Turns out, the modern-day tradition of outfitting yourself in a costume and going door to door for candy has some really ancient roots.

Originally, the festival came from the Celtic holiday Samhain, which means summer’s end, and celebrated the end of fall and the beginning of winter. This day also marked the Celts’ version of the new year — and the time, they believed, when the dead came back to roam the earth. (Insert spooky music here.)

Ancestors were honored, but evil spirits were warded off by lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to hide from them. Turnips carved with faces got placed in windows to scare off the unwelcome undead. People would go “a-souling,” and in exchange for food and drink, pray for a household’s dead relatives. In Scotland, spirits were impersonated by men wearing all white with veiled faces.

The holiday is actually a mash of Catholic and Celtic beliefs. Oh, and Roman. Their version of the Celtic holiday was called Feralia, which honored their dead. The Catholics — who were beginning to influence the area by the 800s — contributed All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. The name “Halloween” comes from the Scottish “All-Hallows-Even,” meaning “the night before All Hallows Day.”

By the mid-19th century, Irish immigrants brought Halloween to America. By the 1950s, candy makers began promoting their sweet stuff as the currency to give out to trick-or-treaters, and this year it’s estimated to be a $2 billion candy bonanza. The religious ideas have been dropped, and the day as we know it — dressing up, carving pumpkins, and getting a good scare … and goodies — became the holiday it is now.

Wikepedia History of Halloween

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”.[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.[1] A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf (pronounced Kálan Gái av).

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family’s ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm. In Scotland the spirits were impersonated by young men dressed in white with masked, veiled or blackened faces.[4][5] Samhain was also a time to take stock of food supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Bonfires played a large part in the festivities. All other fires were doused and each home lit their hearth from the bonfire. The bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.[6] Sometimes two bonfires would be built side-by-side, and people and their livestock would walk between them as a cleansing ritual.

Another common practice was divination, which often involved the use of food and drink.

Coal mine Accident Emergency systems promoted

TAIYUAN – Underground mine accident shelters, escape capsules and other emergency facilities are being installed in coal mines in the northern Shanxi province, as a pilot program promoting mine emergency refuge systems in the coal-rich province.

The program has been launched in seven designated State-owned provincial coal mines and could be gradually expanded to other local mines,.

“The facilities are still in the experimental stage, and it’s hard to say how big a role they could play in mine accident rescue,” he said.

In cooperation with Beijing University of Science and Technology, Changcun coal mine of the Lu’an Group in Changzhi city of the province has installed underground movable escape capsules and shelter rooms, as China‘s first coal mine with such safety protection facilities, China Youth Daily reported on Friday.

The steel-structure escape capsules, measuring 6.3 meters in length, 1.4 meters in width and 1.8 meters in height, could stand the impact of a gas or even coal-dust explosion. Equipped with oxygen supply, lighting, air purifier, air conditioner, food and toilet, each capsule can hold up to 12 miners for 96 hours if the exterior power supply is cut off.

The mine has purchased 62 such capsules and 16 have been put into use.

The mine also built seven underground emergency shelter rooms. The movable escape capsule and shelter room are linked by a track. Each room can hold up to 100 miners and has communication, power, monitoring and medical systems. A permanent drill hole links the room with the outside world, enabling rescuers to send down fresh air, water and food.

The facilities cost more than 50 million yuan ($7.5 million).

“With these facilities, even if the mine entrance is blocked in an accident, trapped miners still could find safe shelter underground, which could win more time for rescue,” said Zhang Xin, director of the federation of trade unions of Changcun mine.

Among coal mine accident deaths, only 10 percent die in explosions and collapse, as most victims die of lack of oxygen or breathing in toxic gas, the report said.

Underground shelter facilities have been an internationally accepted practice among main coal producing countries. China does not have a national technical standard for coal mine emergency refuge facilities.

By 2015, all mines in China would be equipped with underground escape capsules and other emergency shelter facilities, to enhance their safety monitoring and emergency response capabilities, Zhao Tiechui, head of the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, said in May while hosting a national work safety meeting in Shanxi.

The mine accident escape capsules come under the spotlight after last week’s successful rescue in Chile of 33 miners trapped for more than two months underground. They were rescued using a rescue capsule little wider than a man’s shoulders.

An underground emergency shelter containing provisions is believed to have played a pivotal role in sustaining the trapped miners in Chile, according to media reports.

On Saturday, a deadly gas leak occurred at 6:03 am at a mine in Yuzhou city, central Henan province, when 276 miners were working underground. A total of 239 workers managed to escape. But all the trapped 37 miners were confirmed dead when rescuers found the remaining five bodies Tuesday morning, Xinhua reported.

A similar incident happened at the same mine on Aug 1, 2008, killing 23 people, Luo Lin said in the statement, adding, “This time another incident of more severe consequences happened. It shows the coal mine has major flaws in safety management, and measures to prevent gas leaks have not been effectively put in place.”

An initial investigation showed that 173,500 cubic meters of gas leaked out in the accident. China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer, where the annual national output of coal tripled from 1 billion tons in 1999 to 3 billion tons in 2009, to fuel the country’s fast-growing economy.

Its coal mining industry is still one of the world’s deadliest, although the safe production situation has been getting better, with the mortality rate per million tons declining from 5.71 in 2000 to 0.89 in 2009.

Accidents killed 2,631 coal miners in 2009, down from 6,995 deaths in 2002, the most dangerous year on record.


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How to play Follow Me

There are follow me patterns…for different instruments..keyboard, guitar, recorder..and others.
It is free to download.
The songs are simple and easy to follow.
You also have the music if you want to learn the song.
Try it

Follow Me – Learn to play without note reading – Music teaching by example
Developed for Windows by Jos Maas

Follow Me is a songbook without notes. Instead it will show you how to put your fingers on your instrument. The fingerings are available for keyboard (melody and chords), recorder (melody) and guitar (chords).

In the picture above the finger with the red nail is showing which key to play for the melody and the other three fingers are playing the chords. There are 4 different chord fingering methods available for keyboard. You can adjust the tempo and loop the part of the song that you are practising. Or pause the song an step thru melody notes or chords, one by one.

When the selected instrument is recorder then the melody will be shown, in guitar mode the chords.

Volume 1 of this songbook with 50 songs is freeware other volumes are 9.95 USD each. If you want to learn to play songs that are not available in this series but you have it in a paper songbook, then use Busker to input the songs yourself.

Follow Me volume 1 download for free
Abide with me, All around my hat, Auld Lang Syne, Barbara Allen, Bill Bailey, Brown girl in the ring, Campbells are coming, CC rider, Cielito lindo, Crossing to Ireland, Days of 49, Do Lord, Drill ye tarriers drill, Erie Canal, For he is jolly good fellow, Girl I left behind, Go tell aunt Rhody, Goodnight Irene, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, He s got the whole world in his hand, House of the rising sun, I ll take you kome again Kathleen, I ve been working on the railroad, Iseland, Jesse James, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, La Bamba, Lass with the delicate air, Little Liza Jane, Loopty loo, Mary Ann, Michael row the boat ashore, Muss I denn, Nobody knows the trouble I ve seen, Oh dear what can the matter be, Old gray mare, One more river, Pack up your troubles, Poor wayfaring stranger, Red River Valley, River of Babylon, Santa Lucia, Shady Grove, Singing ay ay yippee yippee ay, Stille nacht, Sweet Rosy O Grady, Take this hammer, Tumbalalaika, Waltzing mathilda, What a friend we have in Jesus

Jolly Good Fellow..words and music

Usually sung after Happy Birthday or other occasions when people want to say something good about a person..

Greensleeves…English Ballad with words and Music

She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain when she comes

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