British queen is the second-longest reigning monarch in the world.
Queen Elizabeth II is now the oldest sovereign in the world following the passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whose death was announced by the Saudi royal palace on Friday.
The Queen, who will turn 89 this year, acceded to the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 following the death of her father, King George VI. In September 2015, she is due to surpass her ancestor Queen Victoria’s record and become the longest reigning monarch in British history.
However, the British monarch is not the longest reigning monarch in the world, a distinction which goes to 87-year-old King Rama IX of Thailand, who has reigned since 1946.
Prince Charles, 66, who is next in line to the British throne, is set to be the oldest ever monarch to be crowned when he succeeds his mother. The previous holder of the record, William IV, was almost 65 when he became king in 1830. In November 2013 the current heir apparent became entitled to the statutory state pension when he reached the UK pension age of 65 years, a sum which the prince donates to charity.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has been succeeded to the throne by his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman. The brothers are both sons of the first monarch of the desert kingdom, Abdulaziz bin Saud, who reigned until his death in 1953.
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By Fevzi Hussein
The merits of an arranged marriage have been argued for decades. Many moons ago, marriages were far less complex. Do not get arranged marriages mixed-up with forced marriages. In an arranged marriage each party has a choice (although this is debatable even in some arranged marriages), whereas in a forced marriage the parents dictate the running and the individuals involved are mere pawns in a ‘match made in hell’.
Some arranged marriages are the substance of real romance. Take my parents as an example. My dad came to the UK in 1961 to escape the turbulence that existed in Cyprus. In fairness he also left as an economic migrant, as there was not much hope for Turkish Cypriots to make a decent living in the North – in 55 years not much has changed on that point. My father took up wrestling on the…
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This is what your brain looks like, on the inside, when consuming cannabis. The video below was written and created by our friends at AsapSCIENCE.
For centuries, humans have been using substances to alter their state of mind. From caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol, to more extreme drugs. But as the most commonly used illicit drug in North America, where does marijuana fit in? And how exactly does it affect your brain?
First, we need to understand how the brain functions. Your neurons are the cells that process information in the brain. By releasing chemicals called “neuro-transmitters” from the axon of one neuron to the dendrite of another they change the electrical charge of the receiving neuron, consequently exciting or inhibiting it.
If excited, the signal is passed on. Though it sounds simple, these signals work together and the effect is quickly compounded into complex configurations within milliseconds, flushing over the entire brain. This is what happens every single time you think, breath, or move.
So what is going on in your brain when you are smoking marijuana?
Well, unlike alcohol which contains molecules nothing like those in your body, cannabis contains molecules that resemble those produced in our very own brains – cannabinoids.
These cannabinoids circulate in much lower quantities compared to the large influx imposed by smoking. Specifically the chemical called Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, resembles a natural transmitter calledAnandamide. These cannabinoids are specialized neurotransmitters released by neurons having just fired. Neurons temporarily become unresponsive after firing, to prevent them from overreacting or being too dominant. This allows your brain to function in a calm and controlled manner.
But cannabinoids interrupt this approach in some parts of the brain. Instead, they remove the refractory period of neurons that are already active and cause your thoughts, imagination and perception to utterly magnify itself.This means once you begin your train of thought, it becomes the most significant and profound thing ever.
You can’t see the big picture or even recall your last epiphany, because you are caught up in the momentum of a particular idea, and your neurons keep firing until a new idea takes hold, and you go off on a new tangent.
These cannabinoids also affect the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in your brain. This often leads to a sense of euphoria, relaxation, pain modulation, and general enhancement of an experience, though sometimes causing anxiety. Furthermore, there are cannabinoid receptors in areas controlling short-term memory, learning, coordination, movement control and higher cognitive functions.
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Maybe the only thing more glamorous than Beyoncé in a gorgeous designer gown is Beyoncé in a gorgeous designer gown and $10 million worth of diamonds.
We all know that Bey looked breathtaking in her sexy, white lace Grammys gown designed by Project Runway alum Michael Costello. But did you know that she accessorized her gorgeous look with over $10 million in jewels by Lorraine Schwartz?
The jeweler outfitted Beyoncé with an incredible pair of 50-carat waterfall diamond earrings that went perfectly with the singer’s own Lorraine Schwartz 18-carat emerald-cut diamond wedding ring. And Bey didn’t stop there.