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Issue:- 9 February  2012

You are invited to the Wirral Star Party 2012

THE Liverpool Astronomical Society along with the Wirral ranger Services are holding "The Wirral Star Party" on Saturday, 3 March 2012, from 7:30pm at the Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston Visitor Centre, Station Road, Thurstaton, Wirral, CH61 0HN. So if you missed the last fantastic event held at The Ainsdale Discovery Centre, this is an event should not be missed. To find out more you can call:- 0151 648 4271 or 0151 220 8718. Parking for all attending this event is free, is in the Free Car Park. Directions to Venue can be found at this link link and for more information about the Liverpool Astronomical Society's 130 Years of astronomy on Merseyside and the event go to:-

Liverpool University student to compete in national surgical skills competition final

DAVID Fawkner-Corbett, a 5th year medical student from the University of Liverpool has won the Mersey heat of a nationwide surgical skills competition run by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and will now go to the Grand Final in Edinburgh this Saturday, 11 February 2012, where he will compete to win a trip to Johnson & Johnson’s skills centre in Hamburg, Germany.

The Lister Surgical Skills Competition has been organised by RCSEd in association with Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies to commemorate the life and contribution of Lord Joseph Lister, 100 years after his death. A former Fellow of RCSEd, Lister was world-renowned for his groundbreaking work in the prevention of wound infection, which contributed greatly to the advancement of surgical standards and led to Lister becoming known as 'the father of modern surgery.'

The skills competition has brought medical students from across the UK together to demonstrate their surgical skills in a series of heats over the last two months, as they attempted to reach the Grand Final of the competition, which takes place in Edinburgh on 11 February 2012 as part of the Lister Centenary Celebrations. David and the other regional heat winners are being provided with a travel and accommodation package to come to the College for the Final. As the principal sponsor of the Lister Centenary Celebrations, Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies is offering the prize of a trip to its European Surgical Training Institute in Hamburg for the overall winner, with The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) awarding the runner-up with free student membership until they qualify as a doctor.

At the Mersey heat, 18 students with an interest in pursuing a career in surgery competed in four surgical skills tests:- knot-tying, suturing, cyst removal and surgical instrument identification. Drew Maclean was the runner up, winning a year’s student membership of RSM. All participants received a year’s student affiliation to RCSEd.

Commenting on his victory, David said:- "Although I found some aspects of the competition quite challenging, namely the removal of cyst and naming of surgical instrument, overall I thought the regional heat was organised superbly with the faculty being very friendly and helpful. I am very happy to have made it through to the final and I am looking forward to the next stage and the opportunity to take part with students from all over the UK. Reaching the grand final is a great opportunity for a medical students’ career development. I hope that it will demonstrate that I have dedicated extra time to pursuing a career in surgery and this unique opportunity will make me stand out as a candidate for future career posts. It would be fantastic to win the trip to Hamburg. I have previously heard of the training centre and the chance to visit it would be greater than any training available to a medical student. I would learn a great deal from the experience. If the heats are anything to go by, the final looks like it will be a very enjoyable event!"

A Dead Good Half Term

THIS years first half term, the Museum of Liverpool is running some fantastic events for the archaeologists among us.  From 14 February to 17 February 2012, kids aged between 8 and 14 are invited to a series of Dead Good Workshops, to explore the darker side of archaeology and what lies deep within the soil of Merseyside including Roman death rituals, Bronze-age burial in Wavertree, and the ‘Leasowe Man’ skeleton.

Led by Archaeology for Schools, activities will take place between 10am and 4pm, including whistle-stop journeys for visitors of all ages in the History Detectives gallery, run by a team of actual History Detectives. The 30 minute tours guide visitors through the archaeology of Merseyside right from the Ice Age to the present day, injecting fun, Scouse wit and the occasional tune to help delve into the Museum’s archaeological collections.

Dean Paton, Archaeology Co-ordinator for Archaeology for Schools said:- "The Coliseum is great, we’ve heard the Pyramids are rather nice, but our own incomparable past on display at the Museum of Liverpool is there for us all to share. There is plenty of performance, but the stars of the show are the artefacts themselves; testament to human ingenuity, adaptation and survival in Merseyside since the ending of the last Ice Age."

Wirral-based Dean is the archaeologist who designs and runs the tours, combining post-graduate archaeological research at the University of Oxford with running Archaeology for Schools. A not for profit organisation, the programmes are designed to get people of all ages involved and passionate about their local heritage.

A graduate from the University of Chester, Dean recently won a prestigious national award from the Society of Medieval Archaeology for his research into Viking-age Thingwall and is currently researching Anglo-Saxon settlement in Bromborough and Eastham.

Dean added that:- "Merseysiders as a whole tend to be very knowledgeable about their recent history, but are often unaware of the much longer story of the place where they live. For the first time, the Museum of Liverpool has managed to bring this grander narrative together in one gallery, and it’s been a privilege to explain it all to the public through these tours. For all the exotic excitement of Rome, Greece or Egypt, there’s nothing that beats the diversity of Britain’s heritage and the North West has finds and sites which make it some of the most exciting."

Dean’s Top 4 Gems at the Museum of Liverpool:-

The Huxley Hoard; Part of a fabulous hoard of Viking-Age silver which tells us much about life in the 10th Century North West. We can only imagine why the owner never came back to collect their stash of treasure!

The Wavertree Burial Urns; 4000 year old complete cremation urns testament to the complex burial ritual of Bronze Age Society in Wavertree.

Leasowe Man Skeleton; Through carbon dating, we know that Leasowe Man lived in Wirral during the Roman period, and a complete facial reconstruction on display at the museum gives us an opportunity to see what he would have looked like.

Greasby Flints; The oldest evidence for human occupation in the area. They may look small and insignificant, but they are testament to our ancestor’s skills in survival and adaptation over 9,000 years ago.

Further information about these free activities:-

Meet the History Detectives will take place on 11 February and 12 February, and 14 February to 17 February 2012 various intervals throughout the day between 10am and 4pm, on gallery.

Dead Good Workshops for kids between 8 and 14 are free but ticketed. The workshops will take place from 14 February to 17 February 2012. Tickets will be available from the Information Desk on the day, subject to availability.

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