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No school or college today because of the ongoing snow affecting the entire country. Parts of England were only a few degrees warmer than Antarctica last night, and the forecast is for lows of around -20C (-4F) tonight in some areas. 

My Dad and I had to go and get some shopping earlier today, and decided to drop into the ghost town that was my Mum’s work. As we left, she and two of her work mates were watching us leave from behind a window, and watched me slide ‘gracefully’ over on to my backside. I haven’t seen my Dad laugh like he did in ages, and my ‘audience’ thought it was extremely funny as well. If only somebody was filming then I could send it to Matthew Hall (Harry Hill) and get £250. 

Back at home, I watched England hold out for a draw yet again with just one wicket left against South Africa. That is three times we have pulled off escapes like that since the start of the Ashes last summer. I’m warning you now; England’s luck won’t last forever. 

Lewis Hamilton turns 25 today, so from me, ‘Happy Birthday Lewis’. 🙂 

On this day 400 years ago, Galileo Galilei discovered Jupiter’s four largest Moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Europa & Io. They are some of the largest Moons in the Solar System, with each of them larger than all the Dwarf Planets. In fact Ganymede is the largest moon in the Solar System with a diameter of 5,278 Km (3,280 miles) making it even larger than the planet Mercury!

In sadder news today, it was announced that on the 4th of January, Tsutomu Yamaguchi died of stomach cancer at the age of 93. You may never have heard of him, but he is the only person to have been officially recognised by the Japanese government as having survived the atomic bombings of both  Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which over 220,000 people were killed. He was on a business trip to Hiroshima on the 6th of August 1945 and was injured by the bomb, went home to Nagasaki and despite his wounds, returned to work on the 9th of August, the day the city was destroyed.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Birthday boy - Hamilton, 25

From top to bottom: Io, Europa, Ganymede & Callisto. Juipter

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