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Sheffield dentist Jim Lafferty completes gruelling charity swim across English Channel

Accompanied by his support team and pilot boat High Hopes, Jim, from Nether Edge, swam through the night before reaching a remote beach near Calais in 11 hours and 53 minutes.

“I’d only ever swam for six hours before so I was very nervous before setting off,” he said.

“The sea temperature was about 18 degrees which was OK but in the first hour I faced the roughest seas I’d ever swam in. It was very choppy and I swallowed a lot of salt water.

Jim Lafferty approaching France on his cross-Channel swim

“It soon became more of a mental challenge than a physical one. I did consider getting out after three hours but I knew there was nothing wrong with me and I had to keep going.”

Every 45 minutes Jim stopped to take on food and liquids while treading water.

“It takes a long time before France appears

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Fit for Reading – The Cause of English Dominance

Little doubt, English is the single dominant global and scientific language in the world today. Mainstream opinions attribute its rise to political, economic, technological and cultural causes, through the influences of the British empire and the USA.

However, from the standpoint of our previous papers, our argument is straightforward: legibility [1] is the cause. The evolutionary account was addressed in my paper “visual evolution of written language towards Latin alphabet – a hypothesis”. Writing’s effects on the world were discussed in “effects of written language on the non-textual world” [2]. We now explicitly discuss this topic is to correct the misconceptions and affirm our argument which can be used to explain the history and present societies, and to predict the future.

1. “Being fit for reading” is the cause

We should treat writing as a tool, just like other tools, such as a pen. One pen is better than another … Read More