Wednesday, 28 February 2007
They suggest that taking vitamins A, C and E could actually hasten your demise, rather than delay it. I'd need to read the JAMA study myself before committing myself either way, but it's my considered opinion that someone on a healthy, varied diet does not need to take supplements. The BBC carried this on their website.
It's decidedly raw today, with a temperature of 6C and a strong wind, which is set to increase to galeforce tonight. March is coming in like a lion this year. Nonetheless, I couldn't wait to replace my winter image (thanks Donna) with a more springlike picture in my sidebar. If you go right down, you'll find the photograph pictured left. I took it in May 2005 on the Morsgail estate in western Lewis.
Morsgail is not the most enticing of places to go to in the island. For a start, it's a sporting estate and although it no longer discourages walkers, you're asked politely not to hinder the workings of fisherman and deerstalkers. Apart from that, its central portion is flat and supremely boggy. If you go through the entry, linked to above, you'll see two reasons why people do want to go there. An old beehive-dwelling, thought to go back 2,100 years can be found a few miles south of Morsgail Lodge. And it provides a long distance link to Harris, a day's march away beyond Kinloch Resort. I visited this location on that day 2 years back, and it is one of those lonely places. It wasn't always like that.
Until the Second World War, a number of tiny hamlets dotted the moors, such as Crola, Ardbeg, Ardmor and Hamnaway, to the west of Kinloch Resort. Children would go to school at Loch Croistean, some 5 miles north of Morsgail on the main road into the district of Uig. They would walk in, or stay with people closer to the school building.
The memories of the district have vanished with the people - only the trees and the stones are said to remember. The rowan tree beside the bricked-up cottage in Kinloch Resort, could it speak, would have some stories to tell.
The previous owner of Morsgail fell out with the one crofter left on the estate over his herd of Highland cattle. The crofter alleged that he was being subjected to a concerted campaign of harassment, and the landlord alleged that the crofter didn't have his cattle under control. The saga disappeared overnight, when the then owner fell off a ladder at his home in the English Midlands and died.
There was also an element of discouragement to walkers in the past, which I put a halt to. On my first visit to Morsgail, in March 2005, I encountered the land owner when he stopped his jeep beside me as I walked down the access road. He said I could walk anywhere I liked. I thanked him and went on my merry way, as described in the entry. When I read a letter in the Stornoway Gazette, a few weeks later, from walkers who complained of being denied access, I remembered my encounter and responded by letter, retelling the conversation. I did add that access is of course granted provided people observe the Country Code. On my next visit in May, a notice outlining the country code was affixed to the roadsign for Kinlochroag (for Morsgail) along the main road.
The estate saw me again three days after my visit to Kinloch Resort, when I walked towards Loch Langabhat, my favourite place in the centre of the island, from the Scaliscro Road End.
The map below shows part of the Morsgail estate, 25 miles southwest of Stornoway.
The walk to Kinloch Resort is marked in black, the walk to Langabhat in red.
A pipeband has been advised to wear earplugs, because the noise they make is the same as that of a jet-engine at take-off. The pipes went at 108 decibels, but the snaredrums topped the bill at 122 dB. I attended a piping competition 2 years ago, and came away with my head spinning after several hours of bagpipes in the relatively confined space of a conference room.
Tropical cyclone Gamede is finally leaving La Reunion alone, although its northern trail could yet lash both Mauritius and its French neighbour with more rain. Queensland needs to watch the Top End, because a tropical cyclone is forming some 700 miles north of Brisbane. Although I have found the Australian weatherburo to be over-estimating the strength of cyclones in its backyard, an advance warning is in order.
Two people were airlifted to hospital over the last few days. The first was the skipper of a fishing boat who became unwell off the island of Eigg, south of Skye. The boat was taken to the pier at the island, where the local doctor administered treatment until the Coastguard helicopter from Stornoway took him to hospital in Glasgow.
A baby girl, 6 weeks old, was airlifted to Yorkhill Hospital, also in Glasgow, after her twin baby brother died of an unidentified illness. This happened in the island of Barra, 120 miles south of Stornoway. No further details were released at the request of the family.
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutant like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and Nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.
Q: What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A: If you are buying a house, they will insist you are well endowed.
Q: In a democratic society, how important are elections?
A: Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.
Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery.
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.
Q: What is artificial insemination?
A: When the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow. [He got an A]
Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (E.g. abdomen)
A: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax the abdominal cavity. The branium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O and U.
Q: What is the Fibula?
A: A small lie.
Q: What does "varicose" mean?
Q: What is the most common form of birth control?
A: Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.
Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section."
A: The caesarean section is a district in Rome.
Q: What is a seizure?
A: A Roman emperor.
Q: What is a terminal illness?
A: When you are sick at the airport
Q: Give an example of a fungus. What is a characteristic feature?
A: Mushrooms. They always grow in damp places and they look like umbrellas.
Q: Use the word "judicious" in a sentence to show you understand its meaning.
A: Hands that judicious can be soft as your face.
Q: What does the word "benign" mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
Q: What is a turbine?
A: Something an Arab or Sheik wears on head
How about the FTP part of it though? I have my website on there - am I going to lose that once they axe FM? How about text files I have on AOL?
I've emailed Stephanie with these questions, and encourage all to do the same - on a constructive basis please. I think AOL should replace FM with something more up to date, and preferably user-friendly.
As a lot of you have noticed by now, I made the mistake of not mentioning the change to the "add pictures" button when I was discussing the changes we made in R11.
We did, in fact, pull access to File Manager from the button - the "add pictures" button now takes you directly to AOL Photos. Given File Manager's unstability, and the number of complaints we've received about it not working properly, we'd rather pull a feature that does not work than leave it in for some of you to use some of the time.
If you have files already stored in File Manager you'd like to access, you still can do so by going directly to File Manager (either use the URL linked here, or KW: Hometown - KW: File Manager does not work).
If you're looking for somewhere to store animated pictures (from what I understand, AOL Photos won't let you store those there), there are a few sites that will let you upload and remotely link.
Personally, I do eat junkfood, but only if I don't have the opportunity to make or buy something more decent. The last time I ate a MacDonalds is about 3 years ago. Whole generations are now being brought up on the stuff. Officially, there is not really anything wrong with eating chips and burgers, but only if you don't do it all of the time. Once again, you have to give it to Prince Charles to put his finger on a rotten spot in our society, and good for him.
Stromboli is continually active, spewing out chunks of lava every 15 minutes or so from the craters at the summit. It was reported today, that the volcano had grown more active. Stromboli can be visited quite safely, to within 120 metres of the crater mouths, which hundreds do each year. Five years ago, Stromboli put on its nasty face and mounted a major eruption. It caused a tsunami of 10 metres / 35 feet in height, which brought about a lot of damage.
A similar event appears to be in progress at the moment. Two new craters have opened at the summit, and lava is flowing out. Authorities are monitoring both sea and land closely, but unlike in 2002, an evacuation does not appear to be necessary.
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Now, I don't have any kids of my own, but isn't it normal for kids not to like fruit & veg at that age. And isn't it also common NOT to give in all the time, which this mother did do.
In the UK, being in control of a vehicle, whilst on the mobile phone now incurs a more severe penalty. There is a £60 fine and your driver's license will be endorsed with 3 points. Ultimately, it can lose you your license.
Talking on a mobile phone takes your mind of the road, and you are not able to concentrate properly. The chances of becoming involved in an accident are shown to increase fourfold. Fatal accidents have already happened because people were on the mobile, fiddling with it - or doing other things whilst at the wheel. Changing the station on the car radio, changing a CD or tape, arguing with passengers, reading a map. Among others.
I am sorry to hear and read about all the heartache around J-land today, and hope that all find solace in those around them. Joyce [springangel235] has a relative who may not last much longer. If you haven't got her on alerts, please call round. Gina [ginabommer] is finding it extremely hard to cope with the loss of her brother on Sunday evening, so please continue to support her. I'm not under the impression that there are many around her in the immediate vicinity that can or do.
Hurricane Gamede is on the move again, and La Reunion, the French island east of Madagascar is on ORANGE ALERT today. That means: be ready and prepared. Having been on Red Alert all Sunday and on Blue Phase yesterday, they couldn't be more prepared. Australia and the Solomon Islands also have things grumbling in the background that could turn nasty. Not this side of Wednesday though.
Monday, 26 February 2007
Joe, the Journals Editor has now done a posting asking people to notify him of all such problems. I have emailed quite a lot of you pointing this out but this is for all those of you who have not received an email.
Please go to the following entry, be sure to state your problem and be sure to leave the link to your journal. Joe wants to know just how many people are affected. Here is the link:
Please do send in your journal problems as it will hopefully enable them to pinpoint the problem.
Entry copied and modified from Jeanno43 (Jeannette's Jottings)
Cyclone Gamede is still around, sucking its thumb as a 110 mph hurricane some 240 miles northwest of La Reunion. It's stationary, making up its mind which way to go. Probably south, but the forecasters on the French island have taken up the attitude "seeing is believing".
The rail crash in Cumbria last Friday is thought to have been caused by a faulty set of points. Poor maintenance seems to be behind that, as essential bolts and bars appear to have been missing. The train stood up well in the crash, signalling was correct at the time.
The last fatal rail crash, at Potters Bar near London in 2002, was caused by a similar problem. A number of people remain in hospital with serious injuries, none of those life threatening.
Found a news item which showed that people suffering from lung cancer show changes in the chemical composition of their breath. The cancer cells emit certain compounds, which can be detected. Scientists have now developed a detector. Apparently, dogs are able to smell cancer on a sufferer's breath.
I would like to ask for a special effort from J-land.
Sunday, 25 February 2007
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
6. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
8. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
11. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
12. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.
13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
14. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and, it holds the universe together.
15. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.
16. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
17. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
18. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
I have now taken 5,700 pictures with my current digital camera.
I have written 1,500 pages in my handwritten diary.
I am about to start book 11 in same diary
Two weeks ago I had stayed with mrs B for two years
Two weeks ago my Northern Trip had been on the go for two and a half years
The number of entries in both NT journals stands at 2,345
In common with most West European countries, Holland engaged the service of migrant workers from mediterranean countries in the 1950s and 60s. Greeks, Italians, Turks, Moroccans, all flocked to the Low Countries as well as Germany. It was initially on the understanding that it would only be temporary. Fifty years is not temporary in my book, but that's how long some have lived in Holland now. However, as their stay was only going to be temporary, no effort at integration was attempted.
A degree of rising resentment was becoming evident under the surface during the 1980s, but the experiences of World War II helped to keep the lid on that. As is only too well known, Jewish and other people were rounded up during the war and taken to concentration camps to be killed - for being Jewish, gypsy, mentally or physically disabled.
In 2002, a populist politician rose up - Pim Fortuyn. On the objective political spectrum, he could be classified as on the right of rightwing. He spoke critically of migrants and their lack of integration in society. A generalisation which, like all generalisations, was unfair on a large section of ethnic migrants who had integrated. Nonetheless, Fortuyn's utterances resonated with large sections of society and his party was riding high in the opinion polls. A general election was due when Fortuyn was shot dead. His party attracted 26 out of the 150 seats in the Lower House of Parliament. Although it joined a coalition government, this did not survive into 2003.
The genii was out of the bottle.
In the years since Fortuyn's death, the focus in Holland appears to be on integration and loyalty towards the country itself, as well as its cultural values. This has erupted this weekend with a controversy surrounding two ministers in the new Dutch government. The two individuals concerned hold dual nationality, and a right-wing party asserts that their loyalty is not wholly and undividedly towards the Kingdom. They have tabled a motion of no-confidence in the two ministers, which the Lower House of Parliament will debate this week.
It would appear that Holland remains welcoming to those seeking genuine succour. Here in the UK, there have been calls for an exam to ascertain whether migrants have grasped the idea of Britishness. In Holland people were found to be abusing the country's tradition of tolerance and welcoming. Migrants can now expect an unambiguous statement of loyalty, whether it be in action or (less importantly) in words. Loyalty not just to the nation, but also to its values.
A balance has to be struck, as was shown in the case of politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is a Somali who fled to Holland. She joined parliament, but found herself stripped of her status as MP after the Ministry of Justice found ambiguity in her loyalties.
Hirsi Ali gained prominence and controversy, after she cooperated with filmmaker Theo van Gogh in the making of a movie which exposed alleged abuse of women in Islam. Van Gogh was assassinated, Hirsi Ali had to go into hiding.
It is my impression that the battle that is going on in the Netherlands can be seen to be reflected elsewhere in Europe as well as the USA. In Holland this debate takes place right in the centre of politics, and therefore very open. Elsewhere, like in the UK, it is much more low-key.
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However, diplomacy should be given priority over the bullet and the bomb, particularly as the Iranian leadership appears to be quite divided on this issue. The rocket launch did not elicit huge expressions of joy in Iran, and open dissent is being voiced.
George W. needs to remember that the USA has had a bloody nose from Iran back in 1979, when president Carter ordered a rescue-mission to free hostages held at the American embassy in Tehran. It failed dismally.
As I have said before about the Middle East, violence does not solve any problems they have. It just makes them worse.
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Had difficulty watching the Landward programme on BBC 1 Scotland at 11.30 just now. First off, they had an item about docking dog's tails, which was rather gruesome. Apparently, they remove the lower part of a dog's tail if the animal is going to work as a gundog, i.e. retrieve shot prey. The justification is that an undocked tail can be injured if the dog thrashes through undergrowth. This docking is done in the first few days of life.
Then, there was this guy who made art out of dead lambs. When the programme mentioned that he goes round fields, picking up dead lambs and make works of art out of them, it made me quite ill. I duly switched off. Gross.
A preliminary report into the cause of the Cumbrian traincrash last Friday is expected in the next few days. Investigations are focusing on a set of points, located half a mile (1 km) south of the accident site. Eleven people remain in hospital in Lancaster and Preston. The railwayline is expected to remain closed for one or two weeks. The fields surrounding the accident site are sodden, making it impossible for heavy lifting gear to be brought to the site without the construction of a special roadway.
Hurricane Gamede is now moving away from Mauritius, which has cancelled its cyclone warning. La Reunion remains on Red Alert.
Saturday, 24 February 2007
By the way, the different colours of the markers in the map of Mauritius merely indicated how recently they had viewed the blog. I've had a flood of viewers on the TC blog - nearly 300 yesterday, and now 200 until 6pm.
A personal message to viewers in Mauritius (and La Reunion)
If you are / were one of the people depicted by the pointers on this map of Mauritius: good luck with Gamede, take great care in the high winds. I'm sorry I haven't got any better news for you guys, but you'll be alright. The same applies to the one viewer in La Reunion.
Tropical Cyclone Gamede continues to dominate the news in La Reunion and Mauritius. The French island reports waves up to 40 feet in height crashing ashore, and warns of winds gusting to 110 mph at the highest points in the island. Latest weather reports from La Reunion give windspeeds up to 45 mph.
Details from Mauritius are more sketchy, but the class III hurricane warning means that winds of 75 mph are likely within 6 hours. Its outpost of St Brandon saw Gamede passing directly overhead yesterday afternoon. This cyclone will continue to pose a danger to both islands, as it is forecast to slow to the northwest, and then veer south, keeping the Mascareignes within striking distance.
The traincrash in Cumbria does not appear to have taken any lives, which is a miracle, considering that all but one of the 9 carriages of the train went off the rails and down an embankment. Six people were taken to hospitals in Lancaster and Preston with serious injuries.
The incident took place northeast of Kendal, in a rural part of northern England. The train would have been travelling at 95 mph. Helicopters are used to cast light on the scene. Local farmers are offering cups of tea to passengers who escaped unhurt. Further updates from the BBC website - I'm having difficulties viewing the pages.
Mrs B went to a remembrance service tonight for a relative who passed away earlier this week. Funerals in Lewis are conducted in a unique manner. After the funeral service, the coffin will be lifted by the chief mourners (the closest male relatives) - a procedure referred to as the lift. All male attendees will take turns carrying the coffin towards the cemetery. In this case, the graveyard is at Sandwick, 1½ miles east of Stornoway, but the coffin will not be carried all that way. In the remembrance service, all the closest relatives will have been mentioned in the prayers.
In the past, no flowers would have been left at the grave. In keeping with the presbyterian tradition, death was regarded as a triumph. What went into the ground did not matter, as the soul had gone to a better place. Nowadays, flowers adorn the graveyards. A year ago, I visited a number of cemeteries in Lewis to collect pictures of tombstones for victims of the Iolaire disaster.
I am under the impression that some of the jokes I put on here are risqué, and may have offended certain readers. That I surmise from some comments and reactions. I'll be more circumspect in what I relay in this journal.
Finally, I have come across several journals this week where the authors felt they were not free to write what they wanted.
IT'S YOUR JOURNAL - YOU WRITE WHAT YOU WANT
Friday, 23 February 2007
This was reported about 10 minutes ago on BBC News - further details as they become available.
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BEST IN PRAYER
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A ROPE ENDS IT
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HE BUGS GORE
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HERE COME DOTS
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CASH LOST IN ME
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IS NO AMITY
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LIES - LET'S RECOUNT
ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT:
IM A DOT IN PLACE
THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
TWELVE PLUS ONE
AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:
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My Tropical Cyclones blog has enjoyed an unprecendented surge of interest. Up to the moment of this post, I've had 170 visitors, mainly from Africa, but a sizeable number from Mauritius. As I said a day or so ago, I hope that I've helped in some small way. If you go and have a look, you'll see that I try to keep things simple - the official cyclone bulletins can be very technical.
The Hurricane Centre on La Reunion has issued this bulletin, which I'd like to relay - translated into English.
The southwestern Indian Ocean is the scene of heightened tropical activity, with no fewer than three cyclones, not counting the showery zone off the southeastern coast of Madagascar. Although the presence of 3 cyclones at the same time is not unusual, it is not a frequent event. The last time that this occurred was in February 2003, when Gerry, Hape and Isha were around at the same time.
Of the 3 cyclones currently present (Favio, Gamede and Humba, far to the east) Favio has now moved inland in Mozambique, in a sequence of events that reminds us of the cyclonic season 2002/3 with Japhet. This cyclone made landfall roughly in the same area as Favio, to wit north of the city of Vilanculos. Favio remained near the coast longer than Japhet and at a higher intensity; it has swept the coast for more than 65 miles, including the tourism zone of Bazaruto Island and nearby areas. Favio is now moving inland rapidly but is still a cause for concern, as it will swell the already flooded Zambezi basin. Over the last few weeks, more than 100,000 people had to be evacuated.
The last intense tropical cyclone to hit Mozambique was Eline in 2000, which has left a sad mark in the country's history. It made landfall a little further noth on - February 22nd. Seven years ago to the day.
The other cyclone which is now the centre of attention is Gamede. It has developed rapidly during yesterday whilst moving rapidly west - covering 370 miles in 24 hours. Gamede was centred some 620 miles northeast of La Reunion yesterday evening. This cyclone has a large circulation and will be approaching Mauritius and La Reunion by the end of the week. Although it is not expected to directly affect the islands, its progress should be monitored closely.
(1) Gamede is passing over Saint Brandon, and may already have passed the island. Its area of central calm will extend for 50 km, and windspeeds near the centre are 125 kph, with gusts up to 180 kph.
(2) The weatherservice in Mauritius has issued a bulletin on Gamede which reads as follows:
5TH CYCLONE BULLETIN ISSUED AT 1630 HOURS ON 23 FEBRUARY 2007.
A CYCLONE WARNING CLASS 3 IS IN FORCE IN MAURITIUS AS FROM 23 FEBRUARY AT 1700 HOURS.
LATEST OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT TROPICAL CYCLONE GAMEDE CONTINUES TO INTENSIFY AND AT 1600 HOURS WAS CENTRED WITHIN 30 KM RADIUS OF LATITUDE 16.6 DEGREES SOUTH AND LONGITUDE 59.2 DEGREES EAST, THAT IS AT A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 440 KM TO THE NORTH NORTH EAST OF MAURITIUS.
IT WILL MOVE IN A GENERAL WEST SOUTH WESTERLY DIRECTION AT ABOUT 20
KM/H. ON THIS TRAJECTORY CYCLONIC CONDITIONS, THAT IS, GUSTS OF THE ORDER OF 120 KM/H MAY BE EXPECTED EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. FURTHERMORE, ANY RECURVATURE IN ITS TRAJECTORY TOWARDS THE SOUTH WILL BRING ITS CENTRE CLOSER TO MAURITIUS. GAMEDE REMAINS A THREAT TO MAURITIUS.
THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED TO COMPLETE ALL PRECAUTIONS.
ACTIVE CLOUD BANDS ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL CYCLONE GAMEDE WILL INFLUENCE WEATHER OVER MAURITIUS. MODERATE TO HEAVY SHOWERS WILL OCCUR DURING THE NIGHT MAINLY TO THE NORTH, EAST AND OVER THE HIGH GROUNDS.
EASTERLY GUSTS OF THE ORDER OF 100 KM/H WILL INCREASE GRADUALLY TO REACH 120 KM/H BY TOMORROW MORNING. SEAS WILL BE HIGH.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TROPICAL CYCLONE GAMEDE DURING ITS PASSAGE AT SAINT BRANDON:
DIAMETER OF CENTRAL CALM AREA: 50 KM
CENTRAL PRESSURE : 955 HECTOPASCALS.
MEAN WIND : 125 KM/H.
MAXIMUM GUST : 180 KM/H.
THE NEXT BULLETIN WILL BE ISSUED AT 1910 HRS
Thursday, 22 February 2007
This is a British site, but I think it might also work outside the UK. Pass it round and see whether you're being told the truth.
This is the story of Rindercella and her sugly isters.
Rindercella and her sugly isters lived in a marge lansion. Rindercella worked very hard frubbing sloors, emptying poss pits, and shivelling shot.
At the end of the day, she was knucking fackered
The sugly isters were right bugly astards. One was called Mary Hinge, and the other was called Betty Swallocks; they were really forrible huckers;they had fetty sweet and fetty swannies. The sugly isters had tickets to go to the ball, but the cotton runts would not let Rindercella go.
Suddenly there was a bucking fang, and her gairy fodmother appeared. Her name was Shairy Hithole and she was a light rucking fesbian. She turned a pumpkin and six mite wice into a hucking cuge farriage with six dandy ronkeys who had buge hollocks and dig bicks
The gairy fodmother told Rindercella to be back by dimnlight otherwise, there would be a cucking falamity.
At the ball, Rindercella was dancing with the prandsome hince when suddenly the clock struck twelve. "Mist all chucking frighty!!!" said Rindercella, and she ran out tripping barse over ollocks, so dropping her slass glipper.
The very next day the prandsome hince knocked on Rindercella's door and the sugly isters let him in Suddenly, Betty Swallocks lifted her leg and let off a fig bart. "Who's fust jarted??" asked the prandsome hince. "Blame that fugly ucker over there!!" said Mary Hinge. When the stinking brown cloud had lifted, he tried the slass glipper on both the sugly isters without success and their feet stucking funk.
Betty Swallocks was ducking fisgusted and gave the prandsome hince a knack in the kickers. This was not difficult as he had bucking fuge halls and a hig bard on.
He tried the slass glipper on Rindercella and it fitted pucking ferfectly.
Rindercella and the prandsome hince were married. The pransome hince lived his life in lucking fuxury, and Rindercella lived hers with a follen swanny
Favio carries winds of 100 mph, but will die out within 24 hours. Large amounts of rainfall are anticipated, but are not thought to reach the area currently affected by flooding. Tropical cyclones are relatively small but intense.
Gamede is in the Indian Ocean, as stated above, 700 miles northeast of La Reunion. This could also become an intense cyclone. Land is not immediately threatened.
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"Lost from Seaview Terrace: a black and white cat, fluffy, possibly wearing a red collar."
"Found in Bells Road: a black and white cat with a red collar".
Those in the know are aware that Bells Road is TWO streets away from Seaview Terrace here in Stornoway.
Hope that puss was reunited with its owners this morning.
A total eclipse of the moon is visible from virtually every continent on Earth on the night of March 3rd / 4th. The table below gives times as UT (universal time), which is the same as GMT or UK winter time. I'll include the conversion to EST and PST timings.
Partial Eclipse Begins: 21:30:22 UT / 4.30pm EST / 1.30 pm PST
Total Eclipse Begins: 22:44:13 UT / 5.44pm EST / 2.44pm PST
Greatest Eclipse: 23:20:56 UT / 6.20pm EST / 3.20pm PST
Total Eclipse Ends: 23:57:37 UT / 6.57pm EST / 3.57pm PST
Partial Eclipse Ends: 01:11:28 UT / 8.11pm EST / 5.11pm PST
Further details from the NASA website.
EST = UT - 5 hours
CST = UT - 6 hours
MST = UT - 7 hours
PST = UT - 8 hours
Obviously, if the sun is still up, the eclipse will not be visible, and I have serious doubts whether the western states in the USA will be seeing much of it.
Let's hope for some clear skies!
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Wednesday, 21 February 2007
Affixed to the causeway wall is now a new plaque, commemorating the use of Goat Island during the occupation of Stornoway by Oliver Cromwell in 1638.
I went right down to the tideline and found this scallop clam. It was alive, and squired water at me. Scallops jump around on the seafloor by squirting water. They then clam their shell shut, and above water this goes with an audible snap.
You can NOT walk across to the supermarket - it's a 10 minute walk right round the Basin.
At that point you are on eyelevel with the wee boats anchored across the mouth of the Basin.
Tropical cyclone FAVIO at 18.00 GMT today, beginning to impact southern Mozambique.
The image below shows the width of the Indian Ocean, with (from left to right) Favio, Gamede and Humba.
Cyclone Gamede lies south of Diego Garcia and will gain hurricane strength in three days as it moves westward to the sea area north of La Reunion.
Cyclone 16S (which will be named Humba) is even further east, but will also gain hurricane strength by Saturday. Humba is headed southwest across the Indian Ocean and does not appear to be threatening land at this stage.
Oh, don't use a calculator or a piece of paper. Mental arithmetic ONLY.
The weatherman has since been invited to visit the Western Isles, to sample its culinary, cultural and other delights and to meet its people. Ach, I don't think he meant harm. We all crack jokes at some time that have wider repercussions than you initially think of.
Hurricane Favio won't be quite as bad as the forecasters thought it would be yesterday. Still, 90 mph is no laughing matter. My TC blog has had about 100 hits today, mainly from African viewers. I'd like to think I helped spread the word.
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
In Favio's wake, two other cyclones are gathering pace. When checking the satellite pictures for the Indian Ocean, I noticed the typical swirl of the tropical hurricane 1,200 miles east of La Reunion. The JTWC interim update suggested that this system is blowing up at a fast rate. The projection from the hurricane centre on La Reunion shows it making for the area north of the island. The second system, west of Sumatra, may be developing equally quickly.
Looks like a bad week out there.
It transpired that this person had visited Europe with the family, and had had a very bad experience. The family had been subjected to verbal and physical abuse for being Americans whilst on a visit to Rome. My AOL contact had grown a fully blown hatred of Europeans, and took umbrage at anything I said, verbally attacking me for being European. That is the stage at which I took the conscious decision, agreed with the other person, to break off contact. I am sad about that, but there was no point carrying on.
The American government's foreign policy doesn't always make it many friends, but it is not on to take it out on individual people just out on a holiday abroad. It also demonstrates again that the Internet is actually a very distant medium for maintaining contact with people. You are left without non-verbal communication, which constitutes 70% of communication. And that leaves a very crude medium, without the nuances of speech, facial expression and body language.
Many thanks to Connie who carried this link, which is NOT a hoax and needs to be relayed on.
The FDA has issued an alert for consumers who take medicines bought on the Net. Apparently, there are pills marketed on-line that are not what they seem. Read more in this message from the Emergency Email Network
Generally, it is not a good idea to purchase medicines on the Internet. I am aware that the temptation is there, because they can be on offer for fantastically low prices.
However, you have to bear in mind that medicines purchased through a registered pharmacy have a guarantee on them. They ARE what it says on the label, unlike the products referred to in the above link. Regular medicines are subject to very strict controls, and they have to be licensed with the Department of Health. If anything is wrong with them, the manufacturer can be held to account, should it be their fault.
You have NO recourse in the case of Internet medicines, as their source can be obscure or totally untraceable. They are not necessarily subject to the same rigid requirements as medicines bought in a pharmacy.
Don't do it.
That's the only advice I give when people are considering purchasing medicines on-line.
A number of Pelamis units were constructed at Arnish, outside Stornoway, last summer and transported to Portugal. Pelamis was designed, developed and trialled in Scotland. As the Ocean Power website shows, Pelamis covers a section of the sea surface.
Another generator using the power of the sea was designed, which would sit on the ocean floor at least 6 metres / 20 feet under the surface. It would operate by using the tidal flows. This has no visual impact, and does not occupy areas of the sea's surface.
This is an appeal to readers (in southern and eastern Africa) to relay this message to the authorities and people in Mozambique.
Hurricane Favio has intensified strongly over the last 24 hours and could reach category 4 strength, with winds of 135 mph over the Mozambique Channel in the next 24 hours. Although the hurricane will weaken on approach to land during Thursday, it is still expected to carry winds of at least 105 mph when the centre passes onto land near Beira, Mozambique late on Thursday or early on Friday.
Favio will cause extensive and severe damage to property, and poses a threat to the life of residents. The hurricane is also expected to dump large amounts of rain. After making landfall, the system will transform into an intense depression, which will track inland northwestwards towards Zimbabwe, along the Zambezi Valley. The existing flood situation is going to be worsened even further.
Further reading in this bulletin from the South African Weather Service.
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Monday, 19 February 2007
Came across a severe case of Chinese whispers on the Net tonight. Was browsing the Internet looking for references to Stornoway. Happened to find a number of references to the longest road tunnel in the world, which would be built between Stornoway and Ullapool. 41 miles, or 66 km. Well, nothing of the sort is proposed. NOTHING.
The Transportation Committee of the Western Isles Council is looking into the possibility of establishing a fixed link with the mainland. In an article in our local weekly, the Stornoway Gazette, it was mentioned that the closest points to the Isle of Skye, which itself is linked to the mainland by the famous bridge, were in Rodel, Harris, as well as in North Uist.
The story went into its own, wrong track, when editors had to make reference to the current established link between the Western Isles' capital, Stornoway, and the Scottish mainland. Which is our ferry. They immediately supposed that this would be replaced by a tunnel. Forty-one miles? I don't think so. Can also report that the idea of a tunnel is ridiculed locally, because the cost is likely to be astronomical. Am now going round the Internet to put this all right. Fat chance LOL
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
* polio shots
* frozen foods
* contact lenses
* Frisbees and
* the pill
There were no:
* credit cards
* laser beams or
* ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
* air conditioners
* clothes dryers
* and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
* man hadn't yet walked on the moon
How old is Grandpa???
Your Grandmother and I got married first, . . And then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".
And after I turned 25, I still called every man older than me, "Sir"
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5&10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, .. . . But who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
* "grass" was mowed,
* "coke" was a cold drink,
* "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
* "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
* "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
* "chip" meant a piece of wood,
* "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
* "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap...And how old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
This man would be only 59 years old
We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.