New Year Greetings from Mark and Aalten Twinning Weekend

Happy new year and here’s to good health, happiness and prosperity for 2018.

STOP PRESS Aalten Round Table 88 and Aalten 41 Plus Clubs will be hosting their counterparts from Scarborough over the weekend of 13/14/15 April 2018. This will be a weekend of great fellowship, will cement many longstanding friendships and generate many new links. At the moment we do not have a programme, so watch the 41 Club website for more details. If you would like to attend please could you let Nigel Sheppard know via email at sheppardnigel@hotmail.com. A preliminary indication as soon as possible would be great.

I thought I’d remind you all of my favourite inventor Nikola Tesla ( 1856-1943) and one of his famous quotes “ I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own “
75 years after his death he is finally being recognised for the genius inventor that he was. He died broke and alone having been persecuted by corporate and government interests.
These are the 10 great things he brought to the world
1) AC ( Alternating current) electricity- Edison (DC) v Tesla (AC) 
2) Fluorescent bulbs ( light bulbs)
3) X-rays ( Tesla coils)
4) Radio ( not Marconi)
5) Remote controls
6) Electric Motors
7) Robotics
8) Lasers
9) Wireless Communication ( World Wide Web?)
10) Limitless Free Energy

This Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist and futurist. He was a brilliant but eccentric genius. His inventions paved the way for many of the things we take for granted and yet he was rarely given any credit.
He even dreamed up death rays an impenetrable wall of force to block and destroy foreign invaders, this never came to reality but his idea may have influenced the writers of many Science fiction films ( The emperors death ray in Star Wars?). After his death his labs were invaded by the FBI and much of his work was taken away. One wonders what else he was working on ( perhaps a device to predict how many people will turn up on a 41 club night! )
I look forward to seeing you all at the Burns night on 25th January at the Crescent Hotel where we will be celebrating the Great Scottish Bard Robbie Burns with a traditional Burns supper.
May the bonds of our friendship never rust