Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Can we all pay a visit to Sunny please? Sounds like she had the perfect day from hell on Monday.
And I have a fasttrack approach to large numbers of alerts. I jot down the screenies involved, some of which have multiple entries. I quite enjoyed browsing through everybody's Halloween-bedecked journals and hope everybody had a nice evening. It's a pity to note that some older teenagers see this as an excuse to terrorise their neighbourhoods. Let's hope they've come to their senses this year.
Linda's journal Brave Women had about 15 entries, and I thoroughly recommend it. It's NOT easy reading, though.
Second subject: I'm posting this entry in Beta. You can do that yourself by putting "beta." in front of your journal's URL, so in my case it was: beta.journals.aol.co.uk/pharmolo/NorthernTrip
This is in preparation for the release of R9 on Thursday 2 November. Editing and adding entries will give you a totally new look. I've got to await whether the font discrepancy has been resolved. Basically, the edit buttons look different.
Postscript: The font discrepancy has NOT been resolved: my Times New Roman still comes out as a flat Tahoma. Bah.
I can't really bake bread out of this whole mess, but as Cimaron is still packing winds of 85 knots, I think a two-pronged warning is in order. On the strength of warning #20 -
On Thursday, Hong Kong could be visited by Cimaron, with winds of 80 knots, that is 90 mph. The centre of the storm will pass within 30 miles of the city, i.e. hurricane force winds are likely.
Central Vietnam could be visited by Cimaron on Thursday or Friday, with winds of 80 knots / 90 mph, in the vicinity of the city of Hue.
The bottom line is of course: monitor forecasts VERY CLOSELY.
JTWC website: http://metocph.nmci.navy.mil/jtwc.html
The next Convention Chat will take place on Sunday 12 November at two different times, to accommodate those spread across various timezones.
The first session will be at
8pm GMT (UK)
The second session will be at
12am GMT (UK)
(updated 1 November)
Gina (motoxmom72) will give us the result on the hotels poll and any other news. The location will be the Journals Cafe.
Please spread the word.
Monday, 30 October 2006
COMPUTERSUPPORT: "Hello, technical support - how can I help you"
LADY: Last night my computer started making a lot of hissing noise at me so I shut it down. This morning when I turned it on the computer started hissing and cracking, then started smoking and a bad smell, then nothing.
SUPPORT: I will have a technician come over first thing this morning, just leave the computer like it is so he can find the problem and fix it or change it out with another computer. Give me your address & phone number and the technician will be there just as soon as he can. When the technician got there, the lady showed him where the computer was and explained what happened to it. This is what the technician found wrong. Take a look at the pictures... you won't believe your eyes!!! And you thought you had computer problems...
(with thanks to Rhonda for relaying)
The forecast for this outpost of the UK is often wrong. Like today. We are being warned against force 9 winds overnight, but this does not warrant the issuing of a severe weather warning by the Met Office. If you watch the forecasts on BBC TV, you'll see Stornoway marked, but the rest of the chart in that area is commonly a pack of lies.
Anyway, it's coming up to 1 pm, a shower is marching up from the south and it's windy. A wintry blast is due in from the north overnight, and it'll be VERY cold tomorrow. Strong winds combined with a maximum temperature of 6C (as opposed to 14C today) [43 and 57F respectively] will make it feel quite Arctic.
I thought the VIVIs were for fun, for networking, for showcasing your journal to the world. To display what you like doing in your blog. To show what you are like as a person. Everyone and everyone's is different - as I have said before.
I have picked up in recent weeks that the VIVI Awards are being used as a pretext for bullying-by-comment and email, against those that attract many readers or are nominated.
It has now led to one nominee declining the nomination and going private with her journal. Of course, I am talking about Lisa Jo (Queeniemart) and her journal Damaged Goods.
I'm not so naive as to being oblivious to the phenomenon of envy in the world. But to actually take this out into the ephemeral world of the Internet shows the culprits off as being devoid of any form of character at all. If your blog is ALL you have to show for yourself, oh dear.
Meanwhile (big breath), the votes for the Awards open this Thursday 2 November, and the Awards will be handed out on Saturday 11 November. Watch Jackie's journal for details.
Sunday, 29 October 2006
During the search, one liferaft and some other debris was found. However, despite a thorough and wide-ranging search, the three remaining crew were not found.
Aberdeen Coastguard Watch Manager Asad Manesh says:
Following a high quality search by both British and Norwegian resources as well as a number of fishing vessels and oil stand by vessels, the search has been terminated. Sadly, one body has been located, but no further evidence was found of the other three men.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed regarding this incident and has made some initial enquiries.
Info from the MCA
NB: Am putting the pictures in a separate entry.
Grey day, with increasing winds after midday. Mrs B heads off into town for a few hours, whilst I catch up with things on the Net. The wind picks up to force 7 by 2pm, and the ferry is very late departing for Ullapool: 3.15pm. Normal departure time 1.45pm. Major disruption in power supplies to the far north of Scotland, following 90 mph winds overnight. The damage caused by flooding becomes clear when the floodwaters recede in Dingwall and Kirkwall. Four bombs were washed up by the floods near an old airplane base at Alness. One man drowned after his boat capsized on a loch. A fishing boat is missing in the central North Sea, with one crewmember found dead in the water. Another 3 are unaccounted for. The mother of Molly Campbell, the 12-year old who went to Pakistan to be with her dad, has been refused legal aid, which makes it very difficult for her to contest the custody battle raging in a Lahore courtroom. Supper is microwaved chicken biryani. I spend some time improvising tunes on the keyboard. Saw a picture of flooding on Junction Road in Kirkwall, a street I know very well from my four week sojourn there in September 2004.
Severe gales lash the north of Scotland today, and excessive rainfall leads to phenomenal flooding from Kirkwall to Moray. Roads and railways are cut north of Inverness and there is no ferry service between Ullapool and Stornoway. The winds are gale force 8, gusting to severe gale force 9 here. The Muirneag did not sail either. The shelves in the shops are a bit bare as a result. The rain stopped at 3pm and the sun even came out. Mrs B's brother-in-law came to call. Supper is a beef stew with potatoes, carrots and onions.
Mandy has written an entry about snagging, and not bothering to link back to the creator of the graphic. Although I'm as guilty as a cat with a mouse in its mouth, I would like to remind everybody (including myself) to attribute any graphic you snag from another journal to the original creator. Donna (Nightmaremom) has a policy of stating on the graphics whether or not they can be snagged.
If you decide to alter any graphic for your own use, particularly animations, seek advice from the creator. They can help you adapt the image for your use. I understand that it is quite frustrating to find a distorted, discoloured, dysfunctional graphic which used to be yours on someone else's journal.
On an even more serious note (again, physician heal thyself), if you snag images from an external website, attribute back to the page. I have recently taken to linking to the page for images, as copying them onto my blog could have consequences for breach of copyright. Photographers have a blanket no-copy policy, as their pictures are their livelihood. Check a website's privacy and copyright page, or contact them to seek permission.
(from AOL News. Pictured: Kootenai Humane Society shelter executive director Phil Morgan defends the ban. "If we prevent one animal from getting hurt, then it serves its purpose" Morgan said.)
How sick can you get. I had a black cat for 15 years, and the loveliest animal to humans you could want. Mind you, he was an unneutered tom, so other cats (apart from females in season) could expect a good going-over if coming too close.
29 October 2006
Owing to favorable conditions while still over the ocean where it draws its energy, Typhoon "Paeng", now packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 210 kilometers per hour, continues to gain strength and poses extreme danger to Northern Luzon. All residents in the area, especially those living in the eastern coast of Isabela and Cagayan including northern Aurora are strongly advised to take apprpriate safety measures. Those residing near rivers and moutnains are also advised to take extreme precaution against possible flash floods and landslides.
As of 10 a.m. today, its center was estimated about 300 kilometers southeast of Tuguegarao, Cagayan or 210 kilometers east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora. Typhoon "Paeng" is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour heading in the direction of the eastern coast of Northern Luzon. It is estimated to make landfall over Isabela late tonight with sustained winds that could go beyond 200 kilometers per hour. Then it is expected to traverse the Northern Luzon provinces making exit over Ilocos Sur-Pangasinan area by late afternoon tomorrow.
Due to the enormous strength of Typhoon "Paeng", during its approach and passage, it is expected to generate storm surge or increase in sea level of up to 15 feet or higher and could inundate bays and relatively flat coastal areas in the eastern coast of Northern and Central Luzon. It is also extremely dangerous for sea travel in these regions during the occurence of this typhoon due to very rough seas.
The last time that Northern Luzon was hit be a strong typhoon was in 2003 with the passage of Typhoon Harurot.
For more information please contact Mr. Nathaniel A. Cruz, Chief, Weather Branch, PAGASA at telephone number 922 1996.
Just a few items before I go to bed.
1 - Don't forget your clocks. In the UK, we're going back to GMT at 2 am.
2 - I have an on-line buddy from Oregon, Rhonda, who occasionally writes a journal Rhonda's Strange Thoughts and Pics, which I think deserves a read. She's not written much, as she is quite busy in her daily life, but if everybody calls round we could perhaps entice her to write a few entries each week
3 - Voting on the VIVI Awards starts on Thursday, November 2nd. The Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 11th. Time and place to be announced, watch Jackie's VIVI journal. I have emailed her to ask for the usual J-land chat time of 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 12noon PST, to accommodate those (like me) who are in the UK.
4 - I think it would be a good idea to incorporate the November J-land chat with the VIVI awards.
5 - The voting is still open for the J-land convention venue on Gina's journal J-land Convention; it will close at around November 11th (as well). I've emailed Gina to doublecheck about the next convention chat.
That's enough for now; I'm going to bed and do a Sudoku. I usually have a hard one.
Saturday, 28 October 2006
A year is a long time in J-land.
JOURNAL OF THE YEAR 2005: Just One Girls Head Noise - his1desire : Transferred to AOL UK; writer now deceased
LORD OF THE BLOG: The StupidSheet Guy - stupidsheetguy : Went private
LADY OF THE BLOG: Judith Heartsong - judithheartsong : Transferred to Blogger
DUKE OF THE BLOG: Dave Cryer, Cave Dryer - davobarbus
DUCHESS OF THE BLOG: Adventures of a desperately fat housewife - tillysweetchops : Went private
MARQUIS/MARQUISSE OF THE BLOG: Aurora Walking Vacation - plittle
BEST INTERNATIONAL BLOG: My Journey to Life - grassriver : Not written in 2006
BEST USE OF GRAPHICS: Judith Heartsong - judithheartsong : Transferred to Blogger
BEST USE OF ANIMATION: This and that, and hockey - nightmaremom
BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: WonderGirl - cneinhorn : Went private
MOST HUMOROUS JOURNAL: Adventures of a desperately fat housewife - tillysweetchops : Went private
MOST EMOTIONAL JOURNAL: Watching My Sister...Disappear - mlrhjeh
MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING JOURNAL: Just One Girl's Head Noise - his1desire : Transferred to AOL UK - writer now deceased
MOST EDUCATIONAL JOURNAL: Inane thoughts and insane ramblings - swibirun : Transferred to Blogger
MOST INSPIRATIONAL JOURNAL: A Pennies Worth - blondepennierae
BEST POLITICAL JOURNAL: the wizard of ahs - anarchitek
BEST SPORTS JOURNAL: High Above Courtside - monponsett
BEST TRAVEL JOURNAL: Alphawoman's Blog - alphawoman1 : Discontinued blog in October 2006
BEST ENTERTAINMENT JOURNAL: Albert's World of Artsy Fun - lamove04 : Went private
BEST FAMILY JOURNAL: DUST BUNNY CLUB OF NORTH AMERICA - dornbrau
BEST PETS JOURNAL: Random Ramblings - xzasporated1 : Started different blog
MOST OUTSPOKEN JOURNAL (TIE!):
Mrs. Linklater's Guide to the Universe - jevanslink
Screamin' Remo - screaminremo303 : Went private
BEST USE OF ATTITUDE (TIE!):
Freely Floralilia,the official journal of pointless posting - floralilia
Mortimer's Café - luvmort : Went private
MOST WELL-WRITTEN JOURNAL:
In The Shadow Of The Iris - justaname4me2
BEST FICTION/POETRY JOURNAL (TIE!):
Musings from Mâvarin - mavarin
TO GROW IS TO BE ANXIOUS - deabvt : Went private
BEST ENTRY OR SERIES OF ENTRIES: "The Wedding From Hell" Adventures of a desperately fat housewife - tillysweetchops : Went private
BEST THEME-BASED JOURNAL: Stories From My Ambulance - sekirley : Deleted journal
BEST YOUNG-PERSON'S JOURNAL: I Have a Life, This is It - animaquarius2500 : Went private
BEST TEEN JOURNAL: Holding On & Letting Go - rickysbunnie
BEST COLLEGIATE JOURNAL: Life Or Something Like It ~ LIVE from the U! - luckyaugustgirl : Went to AOL UK
BEST NEW JOURNAL: Fresh Cup...Move Down - schnozbeary : Journal deleted
BEST AIM JOURNAL (TIE!): The Daily Snooze II - hewasolddog299 : Went to Blogger
The Light's On...But No One's Home - krspkrmmom
BEST-KEPT SECRET JOURNAL (TIE!): From Here to There - firestormkids04
Lotus Martinis - txguinan: Went to Blogger
MOST-MISSED JOURNAL: Life With Linny - lindainspokane
MOST CREATIVE/ORIGINAL JOURNAL: Adventures of the 2-Faced Baseball - upseted : Discontinued blog
I thought blogging was for fun.
Jeanne (CandleJMR) expressed concern that anyone using AIM is able to trace which journals you write. That's not a secret. As I stated in a comment on her blog, you only need to add a person's screenname to the sequence journals.aol.com/ (i.e. after the /) to get a full list of journals. Private journals obviously do not come up.
If you write about things that could land you in trouble, there are two options.
1. Go private
2. Hide details of persons, companies, and circumstances on your public journal
A fair number of people have lost their jobs through writing "hot" material on their blogs, one of them a fairly prominent member of J-land. You don't know who reads your blog; it's not a private diary, ANYONE with an Internet connection can read what you write. You don't want others to know about certain things? Well, start a private journal alongside your public one.
Can people pay a visit to Valerie's [IIImagicxx] blog Surreality? She has a date, and by the look of it she has a serious dose of cold feet LOL.
With that the men all began to laugh out loud. The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry man, but we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your blue jacket!" The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to his table and invited him to sit down. The guy obliged, not really sure why.
In a soft voice, the middle aged man said, "I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my mother's honor." "Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?"
"No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an infant and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts and her health."
"Umm," the stranger replied, "Yeah."
"And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife", the middle aged man went on.
"And she's okay, too?" the other guy asked. "Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts have been a great source of loving pleasure for both of us and with them she nurtured and nourished our beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife's breasts and for her health."
"Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?"
"It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter died of breast cancer one month ago.She thought she was too young to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored it. She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to worry about."
Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm so sorry mister."
"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon, which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others.Now, go home and talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends. And here," the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the other man a little pink ribbon. The guy looked at it, slowly shook his head and asked,
"Can ya help me put it on?"
This is breast cancer awareness month. Do regular breast self-exams and encourage those women you love to do the same. Please send this on to anyone you would like to remind of the importance of breast cancer awareness.
Basically, grapes, both freshly picked and dried (as in raisins) are toxic to dogs, and should NOT be given to them.
At 0900 today, Typhoon Paeng/Cimaron was located at 320 kms east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (14.8°N 127.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of 150 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 17 kph.
British and Norwegian Coastguards have been scouring the area with boats and helicopters since Thursday; the area is in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The Meridian was patrolling the path of a pipeline. Debris has been located in the area, although not identified. One piece constituted a liferaft. The Meridian carried two, and also had survival suits available for the crew. It is on the strength of that, that there is still a slender hope that the men are alive, in a liferaft.
One body has been recovered from the water; its identity has not been released by police. The four man crew are 49-year-old skipper Martin Gardner, Edward Gardner, 50, and Ian Donald, 55, all from Anstruther, Fife, and Sidney Low, 52, from Aberdeen.
The small community of Anstruther is deeply affected by this incident; although it has lost its herring fishery fleet years ago, there is still a sea-going tradition and any loss is keenly felt.
* Drag the mouse down or over it.
* It should be covered with a blue haze now.
* Leave the selection area as it is
* Click on the LINK button (second from right above the entry window)
* Enter your URL.
Your image is now linked.
Friday, 27 October 2006
I've placed the Giving Tree logo, linked to Angie's journal on that subject, in the sidebar. Here is the large version of it - feel free to snag and link to http://journals.aol.com/canyonsun04/the-giving-tree/
The Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a bulletin on this system, which readers in the Philippines should refer to for the latest update.
PLEASE NOTE: In the Philippines, Cimaron is referred to as Paeng.
Please relay / Please relay
The power company is working flat-out to repair downed powerlines, but warn people to stay well clear of any electricity cables lying on the ground as they could still be live. This is obviously a universal warning.
A gallery of pictures of the floods can be viewed on this page.
Please check out the **J-Land Giving Tree** Site and spread the word in Jland!
Thursday, 26 October 2006
I have said before that there are no good or bad journals out there. That would be judgmental. Some stand out for a particular reason, but everybody in J-land writes their journal their way. I have voted for journals to be nominated; I will also vote in the finals as of next Wednesday, 2nd November. Good luck to all nominees, and let's make this a great success in terms of networking, because that's what the VIVIs are all about.
The ferry was cancelled today
Sun came out mid afternoon
And even some blue sky
This is OK in the majority of cases, but don't do it if your pharmacist has printed the warning "Do not crush or chew". Many tablets have a so-called slow-release formulation, which means the active component is slowly released, over an extended period of time, as the tablet/capsule passes through the body. If it is chewed or crushed, the active component comes out in one dose. This can have serious side-effects, and/or leave the body without medication for a period of time. This too can have grave consequences.
Always inform your doctor that you have difficulty swallowing (or the person you care for). He can then prescribe something else, or a different form. Many medicines now come in a special liquid formulation.
Ask your pharmacist for advice if you want to crush a tablet.
As a rule, do not open capsules unless you've been told that that is safe. Many medicines are harmful if removed from their capsule, or will not work properly.
The mainland hasn't so much got problems with the wind as with the rain. Flooding at Dingwall, northwest of Inverness, has left water up to 4 feet deep in the town centre. More info and pictures on this BBC News webpage. It is apparently the worst flooding there in more than 50 years.
Wednesday, 25 October 2006
These turbines have seen the North Sea twice over, as their fabrication was commenced at the Arnish Yard early this year. After the yard's operators, Camcal, got into financial difficulty, the partly finished turbines were transported to Denmark for completion. Gales in the North Sea and North Atlantic caused some of the turbines to wash overboard.
This means that the proposed date for commissioning the windfarm on the Arnish Moor will have to be put back from next month into 2007. Its operators, Forest Invest Management, have expressed disappointment at this setback.
Below picture shows the Lass Moon passing the Arnish Lighthouse on its way into port at 11 a.m. this morning.
It's 5pm now, and I've worked my way through the alerts - so far. It's a dreich, cold and windy afternoon. At least it's dry. And we've made 10C today. I'm awaiting the arrival of the shopping (it's not me doing it today). I'm also keeping a beady eye on the Arnish Fabrication Yard across the water. A boat came in this morning with two segments for wind turbines on it. I hope it doesn't depart during the hours of darkness (between 6pm and 8am), because I wanna know what's on board. The Yard is just over a mile away, but I cannot readily discern what goes on there.
Hope all are well in J-land, and having a nice Hump Day.
Paul has opened his mailbox for submissions for CarnivAOL to be sent in by Sunday, October 29th. The latest entry of CarnivAOL explains exactly what it's about - basically about sending in an entry from your blog (you email Paul the link to the individual entry), which he will then feature in the CarnivAOL.
In it, the first 5-star guest accommodation in the island of Lewis is announced as opening in 2007. Incorrect. There is already a 5-star guesthouse at Melbost, 4 miles east of Stornoway. What made me raise my eyebrows was the fact that the proprietors were awarded £75,000 for building these premises by the local enterprise company. Lesser mortals who are prepared to upgrade their fewer-stars-establishments get nothing out of Western Isles Enterprise, as the market is supposed to be looking for the upper end of the scale. Not by my experience. There is a lack of affordable accommodation in Stornoway, judging by what gets turned away by mrs B in summertime. Oh well, perhaps there is a lack of expensive digs for the hoi-polloi, I don't know.
Xtreme Everest is a research project coordinated by the UCL Centre for Aviation, Space and Extreme (CASE) environment medicine - doctors and scientists studying human systems stretched to breaking point in extreme environments to increase our understanding of critically ill patients.
The goal is to place a research team on the summit of Mount Everest in 2007 and make the first ever measurement of the level of oxygen in human blood at this altitude.
This is the centrepiece of an extensive programme of research into hypoxia (low oxygen levels) and human performance at extreme altitude aimed at improving the care of the critically ill and other patients where hypoxia is a fundamental problem.You can follow the progress of their expedition on this blog, which is hosted by the BBC. They have just returned from an initial, pathfinding expedition in which the summit was reached from Tibet. I'd recommend this for keeping an eye on, particularly next spring.
Anyone finding them is to stay up wind of the smoke, as it is poisonous, and dial for the Emergency Services (999 in the UK, 911 in the US, 112 in Europe) and ask for the Coastguard.
DON'T DODGE WAVES IN ROUGH WEATHER SAY COASTGUARD
Coastguard is warning members of the public about the dangers of wave
dodging after two young women were swept into the sea at Paignton
At 7 o clock this evening, Brixham Coastguard was alerted by a passing Coastguard to an incident at Paignton. Two young women in their early twenties who had been wave watching during the present inclement weather had been swept into the sea by a large wave. The incident had been witnessed by members of the public and the Coastguard officer, who were able to affect a rescue. The two women, who had been watching waves from a slipway, were thrown a lifebelt and were then recovered from the sea. They were treated on scene by paramedics before being taken to Torbay Hospital.
Just a few minutes later, a group of ten adults and children were spotted in the water, wave dodging at Goodrington. A Coastguard from the Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team warned them about the dangers of wave dodging and gave them some safety advice.
Dave Scullion Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager said,
Strong winds, high tides and rough seas have the potential for disaster. Due to the quick reaction by members of the public and the Coastguard officer a potential tragedy has been averted. This incident could have had an entirely different result and ended in serious injury or even death for those involved.
Some images I took this afternoon
How do you mean, a dreich day?
PS: Today's pictures were shown in an entry yesterday (23 October).
Tuesday, 24 October 2006
Astra has started a blog with technical instructions on how to tackle common problems and issues on journals.
TAG! You're it!
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your Blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet I know that is what you were thinking!
6. Tag 4 or 5 people.
The Life and Death of St Kilda
The moving story of a vanished island community
by Tom Steel
Harper Collins, 1994
Page 123 line 5-8
The passages in italics fall outside that remit, but are needed to make complete sentences.
When the Vulcan from Glasgow steamed into Village Bay on Saturday, 28 July 1838, with a full complement of passengers and a brass band on board, the islanders rushed to the manse to inform the minister, the Reverend Neil Mackenzie, that a 'ship on fire' was approaching. When the brass band struck up, the St Kildans fled to shelter among the rocks. The ministers, missionaries and schoolmasters were not the only people responsible for bringing St Kilda closer to civilisation.
I'll blog about St Kilda another time.
NOTE: I'm not tagging anybody specific, as this has been doing the rounds. Feel free to take up the challenge if you dare!
Personally, I respect religious creeds and convictions, and support those that wish to abide by its rules. The unfortunate aspect of the veil-debate is that there are differing interpretations of the rule within the Islamic community.
The group that requires a woman's face to be totally covered is actually a minority within the Muslim world. The thinking behind this is that a woman's physique should only be seen by her husband. Showing any part of her exterior to another man is a breach of faithfulness, and tantamount to being a prostitute. I don't think I'm overstating here.
The majority of women in the Muslim world are happy to interpret this stricture as requiring their hair to be covered. I have even seen western female reporters appearing on the TV from places like Iran, wearing a head scarf on camera.
Mr Straw has blundered into this rather sensitive debate like an elephant in a china cupboard, and it already had some nasty consequences. One lady had her veil ripped off in the street, causing her extreme distress, for the reasons outlined above.
Nonetheless, I saw a lady teacher on TV the other day, her head and face fully covered by a black garment, explaining why she was upset at the prospect of not wearing it in class. Personally, I have to agree with Jack Straw that it is disconcerting and difficult to properly communicate with a person that chooses not to show their face.
The relationship with the Muslim community was already strained in the aftermath of the attacks in New York and London in 2001 and 2005 respectively, although I have always held the view that those responsible only abused religion as a pretext for carnage. Methinks heads need to cool on both sides of the debate, and rather than making sweeping statements and unreasonable demands, community leaders need to sit down and quietly and calmly debate the issues at stake here.
Over in France, tensions with the immigrant community were reported to be at breaking point again. Riots there in 2005 lasted for several days and weeks. There is a distinct possibility that the same could happen in the UK, as was already highlighted during the weekend. There is still a window of opportunity to avert this - but not for long.
Tag: veil muslim islam women
The Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry was chugging its lawful way across the Clyde estuary when it was challenged on the international maritime distress frequency channel 16 on VHF. All unidentified vessels were threatened with attack.
An initial investigation revealed that the challenge was mistakenly broadcast on channel 16 rather than the exercise frequency. The ferry, MV Kenilworth, is not said to have been in danger at the time of the incident, 9.40 AM last Monday. The Royal Navy have taken the incident very seriously and are looking into it further.
This brings back memories of the encounter between USS Klakring and the MV Spanish John north of the Isle of Rum at this time last year. The Klakring actually fired 4 rounds at the tiny cargovessel, but they all missed.
I have known Linda for a wee while, first from an AOL chatroom, and latterly through an AOL Group. This journal is in anticipation of Remembrance Sunday, on November 12th. With a bit of luck however, we could possibly encourage Linda to continue writing beyond that date as she has a few stories to tell.
Monday, 23 October 2006
Pick the month you were born:
April--I dry humped
May--I choked on
July--I did the Macarena with
August--I had lunch with
September--I danced with
October--I sang to
November--I yelled at
December--I ran over
Pick the day (number) you were born on:
7-------my cell phone
9-------my best friends' boyfriend
11-------my science teacher
14-------a stuffed animal
20-------a baseball bat
25-------a football player
29-------a permanent marker
31-------A homeless guy
Pick the color of shirt you are wearing:
White----------because I'm cool like that
Black-----------because that's how I roll.
Pink------------because I'm NOT a homosexual.
Red------------because the voices told me to.
Blue-----------because I'm sexy and I do what I want
Green---------because I hate myself.
Purple---------because I'm cool.
Gray----------because I was drunk
Yellow--------because someone offered me 1,000,000 dollars
Orange-------because I hate my family.
Brown--------because I was high.
Other-------because I'm a ninja.
None--------because I can t control myself
Now type out the sentence you made in the subject line and put in a post or forward to your friends. And don't forget to send it back to the person that sent it to you
Hurricane Paul is now approaching Baja California. Although the system is currently weakening, winds of 90 mph are severe enough to cause considerable damage.
It is unusual to have a powerful hurricane in this area this late in the season. Many winter residents are already in the area, and may not have experienced a tropical hurricane before. If any readers know anyone in this position, can you please advise them to check the National Hurricane Center website, which issues 6 hourly updates on Paul.
PLEASE RELAY / PLEASE RELAY
Tropical Cyclone Xavier is an 80 kts / 90 mph hurricane in the south Pacific, and may be heading for New Caledonia at this rate, later in the week.
Oh, by the way. I like lampooning; you know, a bit of gentle mockery. I thought the Fifi awards were just that. Take down the VIVI's to their proper level. But the final results from the Fifi's look more like an exercise in nastiness. I'm disappointed. I've left it to others to be more forthright.
Could people offer some encouragement to Myke at Moodymyke7? Just encouragement to continue writing. I sense some dejection creeping in with this lady, that I do not know much else about. It would be a shame.
A similar request for support to KerryAnne who continues to find it very difficult to come to terms with the loss of her child, who was stillborn not that long ago.
I'll be out to the shop shortly, and am up to date with alerts. Wow!
The Hungarian uprising coincided with the start of the Suez crisis, and the suppression of a similar revolt in Poland, under Gomulka. Following the death of Stalin, in 1953, an air of liberalisation appeared to waft through the Warsaw Pact. But when Imre Nagy announced the withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact, the Soviets moved to crush his reign. He was hanged.
The BBC has published an excellent timeline of this event in history. Also watch this report from 1956.
NOTE: Nagy is pronounced Nadsh
Sunday, 22 October 2006
Tropical cyclone Xavier has turned up in the Solomon Islands, as the first tropical storm of the southern hemisphere season. This system does not look likely to affect land at this stage, although Xavier is still intensifying as it moves west, later southwest.
Saturday, 21 October 2006
I'm behind with alerts, as per usual, about 50 (sigh). Spent this evening chatting to our guest in front of a nice log fire. Weather today: not nice at all, wet, windy and cold.
Occasionally, I buy a copy of the National Geographic magazine, but it left me thoroughly depressed this month. I am aware of the threats to the environment, and am actually glad that people in the US are waking up to that problem. The focus was particularly on National Parks (worldwide), which are being eroded by all sorts of man-made activity. Rather than just flagging up the problem, NG could do worse than mount a campaign to save whatever we have left of the natural world.
One NG member of staff had his blood tested for all sorts of chemicals that were released into the environment over the last 50 years or so. It cost $15,000 to be tested for things that were present in parts per trillion (1 in every million million or 10 to the power of 12). Again, what's the use of flagging up a problem, when you're not actively advocating to do something about it? I agree that some nasties, such as DDT, were outlawed decades ago and they still float around, and probably will continue to do so until the end of time. But other things continue to be produced, and I never heard a peep from NG to stop doing so.
Enough moaning. I like the NG magazine for its stunning photography, and will continue to purchase it on and off. No, I'm not promoting anything. Make up your own mind.
Tag: "national geographic" environment pollution