Engineering

An engineer who was unemployed for a long time decided to open a medical clinic. He puts a sign outside the clinic: “A cure for your ailment guaranteed at $500; we’ll pay you $1,000 if we fail.”

A Doctor thinks this is a good opportunity to earn $1,000 and goes to his clinic.
Doctor: “I have lost my sense of taste.”
Engineer: “Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”
Doctor: “This is Gasoline!”
Engineer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500.”


The Doctor gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days later to recover his money.
Doctor: “I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything.”
Engineer: “Nurse, please bring the medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.”
Doctor: “But that is Gasoline!”
Engineer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.”


The Doctor leaves angrily and comes back after several days, more determined than ever to make his money back.
Doctor: “My eyesight has become weak.”
Engineer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for this. Take this $1,000,” passing the doctor a $500 note.
Doctor: “But this is $500…”
Engineer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your vision back! That will be $500.”

Source: Google Brother 

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Kings Mill Reservoir

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The Kings Mill Reservoir site covers 31.8 ha including a lake, marshy reedbed, woodland, grassland and has the River Maun running through it. The Reservoir has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

Kings Mill comes under the Reservoir Act 1975 it is ‘not for drinking’ water. It’s purpose was to provide sufficient head of water to power a succession of working mills; the last of which was cleared for housing in the 1970s.

Otherwise it has been great to find out that there is a “Friends” group who work with Ashfield Council staff  to create a clean, pleasant and interesting amenity for local people and to promote an interest in nature conservation.

The Kings Mill  Reservoir provides recreation facilities such as The Mill Adventure Base, Sailing, Sailing Club or the Mill Base , Angling (NAA members plus day tickets), Bird Watching (about 200 species recorded), Walking and Cycling. Time to time here  there are some  public events. 

“The Duke of Portland’s document collection, held at Nottingham University, reveals that in 1837 the 4th Duke was to concede to his mill leasees and other water-powered mill owners on the River Maun in Mansfield, that a large regulated head of water was required to ensure continuity of supply all year round to avoid disruption to the businesses. In order to make the project viable, the Duke had to flood 72 acres of his farmland including land he was obliged to acquire from the Unwin family. The relevant minutes of the meeting are copied below:

Forms part of the Portland archival bundle Pl E12/6/19/173. Nottingham University

First Party: The Most Noble William Henry Cavendish Scott, Duke of Portland.

Second Party: Dickinson Ellis; Charles Stanton; Mark Porter; William Adlington; F. and T. Wakefield; Richard Girdler; Leavers and Greenhalgh; and Richard Hardwick (owners and occupiers of mills on the River Maun)

Agreement by (1) to construct and keep repaired a reservoir or dam of 72 acres on land belonging to him near King’s Mill in the parish of Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.

Agreement that during construction work water shall be sent down during the daytime. The Duke is allowed to use water from the natural stream to irrigate his lands near the river on six Sundays in one year as long as this does not disturb the mill owners. Agreement that Messrs Wakefield should supervise the regulation of the water.

Agreement that for 20 years after 25 Mar. 1839 annual rates are to be paid by each mill owner or occupier to the Duke (as specified in a schedule), and that after 20 years lower rates are to be paid (as specified in a second schedule).

Any disputes relating to the agreement are to be decided by two arbitrators chosen by the Duke and by the disaffected party, and by an umpire chosen by the arbitrators.

The story of water-powered mills on Mansfield’s River Maun begins in 1771 when the Lancastrian industrial pioneer, Richard Arkwright, introduced what became known as the ‘water-frame’ at Cromford, Derbyshire. This was a water-wheel powered spinning frame that subsequently revolutionised the textile industry through its giant leap in improved efficiency. By 1800 Mansfield had around 700 knitting frames operating in a very inefficient cottage industry employing orphans & children from destitute families. As competition from the mechanised mills became fierce, prices tumbled and poverty and unemployment rose. The landowner, Nottinghamshire born, William Cavendish-Bentinck, the 3rd Duke of Portland, a member of the aristocratic Whig party but later Home Secretary from 1794-1801 in William Pitts’ Tory government, commissioned the development of water-powered spinning mills along the River Maun in order to compete in the market and reduce mounting unemployment & poverty.

The first of the Duke’s new mills was Hermitage Mill, built 1782, currently occupied by a builder’s merchant accessed on Hermitage Lane. Little Matlock Mill next c.1785 and is still standing in a relative good state on the corner of Sheepbrige Lane and the new industrial road/Quarry Lane crossroads. Then Field Mill, on Nottingham Road, leased in 1788 – demolished 1925. In 1795, the Duke also financed the conversion to cotton spinning of the Old Town Mill built circa 1744 as a corn and malt mill. Also built 1795 was Stanton’s milland is still occupied. The last textile mill was Bath Mill built in 1792 but now derelict.”  ( History of Kings Mill) 

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Pakistan Monument

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The Pakistan Monument in  Islamabad, Pakistan,  is a national monument   representing the nation’s four provinces and three territories. After a competition among many renowned architects, Arif Masood’s plan was selected for the final design. The blooming flower shape of the monument represents Pakistan’s progress as a rapidly developing country. The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces ( Balochistan, Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh), while the three smaller petals represent the three territories (Gilgit- Baltistan, Azad Kashmir  and the Federally Administered). The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the country and depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement,  dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for future generations.

From air the monument looks like a star (center) and a crescent moon (formed by walls forming the petals), these represent the star and crescent on Pakistan’s flag.

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The Other Side of Pakistan

Before my trip to Pakistan I didn’t have a great and positive perception about this country by the grace of the media and gossips of the people around us. I was a little afraid to visit this country for my short trip and I was excited to explore a lot of things at the same time.

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On arrival at the Benazir International Airport Islamabad I was a little tired because of the delayed flight from Dubai, but I was curious to go fast on the roads and observe the real Pakistan. At my first sight I found it  quite opposite to what I had perceived , more or less like other thickly populated countries the roads were full of vehicles and people were busy performing their daily life activities.

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Being a women I felt great that everybody showed more respect from the Taxi driver to the waiter at the local restaurant. I should mention that on the contrary to the false media, women are respected more in Pakistani society. Traditional Dupatta (Scarf) is worn by the majority of the women but in the cities like Islamabad women are seen dressed in western dresses mostly.

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I was very impressed with the quality of food, the unique taste of each Pakistan cuisine and my favorite “Paratha”. The food has a lot of variety in Pakistan , Most of the dishes are a little spicy and more delicious. I think I am addicted to Pakistani food already.

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My road trip from Islamabad to the Lahore, the capital of Punjab, was excited and the road “Motor Way” is one of the fine roads in the world. There is a variety of landscape worth seeing on the way between federal capital Islamabad and Provincial Capital Lahore. The Potohar Plateau, the Salt Range and the vast agricultural land add to the beauty of this area.

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River Jhelum and River Ravi are the source of irrigation to the area where Oranges, Kinno and Citrus are cultivated mostly making Pakistan one of the largest producers of oranges and citrus.

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Lahore is a busier city than Islamabad, we visited some historical places and well known Minar-E-Pakistan (Pakistan Tower). Lahore is surrounded by architectural master pieces and historical building. At Minar-E-Pakistan we were so glad to be friends with a little cute kid with a million dollar smile.

The friendship series doesn’t end here so lets explore the real side of Pakistan as I did a little.

 

Nobody had no idea why this was happening… The reason is …hilarious

There was a case in one hospital’s Intensive Care ward where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning at 11 A.M., regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought that it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11 A. M. on Sundays.

So, a Worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents. The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 A. M., all the doctors and nurses nervously wait outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.

Just when the clock struck 11… Pookie Johnson, The part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so that he could use the vacuum cleaner.

Source: Google Brother

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Looking for story, September

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No questions, no answers, no doubts 

Will  drive  through the space if give up.

No dust from nowhere life will stamp

With kind memories if give up. 

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How long will the time take affair

On picturing what to  remember

Will cross thousands miles as a pair

Just looking for story, September.

A Peaceful Evening at Faisal Mosque

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I had the chance to visit the largest and the most beautiful mosque in Pakistan in one  evening of my travel.  Faisal Mosque is located  in one of the most beautiful capitals in the world: Islamabad, Pakistan.  The mosque was designed by the Turkish architect  Vedat Dalokay and it  shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tens. 

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As an European native , I had another image in my mind about Pakistan before my visit. But as I am here in now, Everything has been a surprise for me. I have been experiencing my trip in a positive and real way. I liked the variety of mouth watering Pakistani food, simple and welcoming people and now this master piece of architecture has inspired me a lot.

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The atmosphere is peaceful and when it is the evening time the beauty of the mosque, the sight of green Margalla hills and a little lights in the surroundings never let you leave this beautiful place easily. 

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