Good Morning, Buenos dias

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No, it is not a monster wanting to grab me, but just a reflection of my bromelia on the kitchen table and a chair. Life must be boring when I begin to take photos like that, but there is nothing new around me. I am glad when they let me out to go shopping and can take photos of something else, although even that gets boring as Mr. Swiss has only a choice of two routes, the scenic one and the one thorugh town. Eventually you discover you have taken photos of everything on the way. Oh for the sunny days of Spring when I can again venture along the river bank and watch the ducks and swans.

At least we now have sun during the day and the grey of the winter is moving on. Temperatures are also rising, and we can see the green grass again in large areas as it appears beneath the melted snow.

Sunrise

Sunrise today even showed a patch of blue sky, so what could be better.

My daily Tump rant is caused by a remark that the White House has passed when Trump decides to visit Great Britain, although that is not yet certain. The Queen’s counsellors are advising not to allow personal contact and now I read that Grump  Trump is warning that he does not want to hear any remarks passed by Prince Charles on climate changes, as we all know that the world according to Trump has no climate changes. Everything is perfect, the birds are singing and the flowers are flowering (at least in the gardens of the White House) – what could be better. Climate change is a hoax invented by CNN.

I do not think that this Trumpal visit will take place in any case, I hope not. Yes, the world is a mess.

And now I will go shopping with no bad conscience as our imported goods have no penalties imposed on the prices. Usually they are cheaper than our own products.

And now I am off, am overstaying my welcome as I have other things to do, seems that duties are calling – even golden oldies have their responsibilities. If there is still a world left this afternoon, see you later.

14 thoughts on “Good Morning, Buenos dias

  1. Good morning, Pat. We have 13c here at 8:16 am. The forecast is for light rain although the sun is just trying to break through, Our house plants have new shoots which is really early. I will feed them today I think. I just can’t imagine Donald Trump chatting to Queen Elizabeth. One is a rough, offensive brute and the other is an incredibly refined and diplomatic person. Maybe he won’t last very long.Even a fool can see that we have massive climate change and it is prudent to trust the scientists more than the people who only guess. I also have to go shopping but I hate that part of my life. Today we can buy wholegrain bread for €0.88/800g loaf, eggs for €0.79 a dozen and milk for €0.38 per litre so it’s enough incentive for me to go. Unfortunately I have to watch my pennies these days. Almost everything is imported from China & the far east these days. Yesterday Kumar bought me an incredible fleece jacket for only €10 and when I looked at the label I saw it was made in Vietnam. Deep pockets and all with zippers and ridiculously warm too. There’s no Portuguese equal so I don’t feel bad about buying Vietnamese.

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    • There are certain things I am careful about buyin. Switzerland is not a shellfish country, and so beware of prawn and shrimps imported from Vietnam and other far east countries. They are bred in sewage and you never know. I do not understand the english prime minister shaking hands with such a freak. The first and only up to now to bother to meet him.

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  3. I hate to be a wet blanket, but climate change used to be called global warming until the scientists discovered that the world has actually been cooling for the last two decades. Therefore, they had to switch the propaganda name to ‘climate change’. Of course there is climate change. 25,0000 years ago there was an ice age not brought on by human interference. Then it began warming again without human interference. Climate always changes, all on its own. As an astrophysics major who understands that the temperature on the earth is primarily determined by the output of the sun, I just want to say that we should not be making assumptions about climate change based upon media hype and the vasts sums of money sent to the scientific community to prop up this hoax.

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    • Climate change is a natural process in developments of the earth atmosphere, I know, but we do not have to help it along by interfering with it and thinking afterwards it is not our fault, blame it on nature.

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        • When I was a school girl back in the early 60s there was so much talk about the coming ice age because the planet was cooling so drastically. In the 80s came the global warming theory because the planet is heating so drastically. Then the discovery was made that a lot of the data used as evidence was screened, falsified or misinterpreted (I can’t remember which.)

          Since then our climate has been growing cooler, definitely. Here on the prairies the last dozen years have brought so much more precipitation than “usual”. I’ve been so thankful! Now I read that scientists back to the “coming ice age” theory again. But we have every confidence that our climate will heat up again and we’ll have more of those hot, dry summers I remember as a teen.

          My experience tells me that global climate can’t be controlled by scientific theories. On the other hand, I’m with you, Mrs AngloSwiss, 100% in favour of cutting down on pollution. We can’t trash the planet and expect to survive.

          Trouble is, I want to maintain my current lifestyle. I want to travel by car and by jet, wear synthetic fabrics, use plastics in my kitchen, and pay artificially low prices to buy imported electronics from third-world countries that may be polluting. Oh dear, what is the solution?

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          • The Swiss seem to be experts on environment protection, but that goes into another direction. When I was a teenager, it was the “Ban the Bomb” movement with marches to Aldermaston in England and the famous sign. No-one was aware that there was a global climate to be careful with, although they did stop the coal fires in England, which were really causing a lot of pollution.

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  4. You have written before about London’s “pea-soup fogs” and I gather that was caused by coal-burning factories. There was a time when the Thames River and some of our own Industrial-belt rivers were so polluted they were like sludge and some were polluted with mercury that damaged the health of nearby residents. But these rivers have mostly been cleaned up now. So some major positive changes have been effected.

    I’m with you on the idea of never eating shellfish fed on sewage, if it’s true. We hear somewhat the same about irrigated vegs grown on some farms in Mexico. I fear it will be many a decade before some third world countries get serious about the results of pollution. I suspect that’s why we’re hearing so much hype about global warming: environmentalists using a “Chicken Little” approach to put pressure on polluters. (I may be wrong, though.)

    When I read about the climate extremes in the 1930s that produced the dust bowl here in the central plains, I’m so thankful we haven’t seen anything like it since. By 1960 the climate had “cooled down” so much, comparatively, that we got the “ice age” theory from our teachers. Climate has its cycles.

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    • Yes, I grew up with the smog as we called it. Every house at the time burnt coal. What else, we had coal mines in Britain, mostly in Wales, and it was employment for the people to be miners. Today the mines have all been closed down. Central heating has taken over.
      Fish is no longer as it used to be. Shellfish was sold on stalls in our local market, but I remember my mum telling me that she no longer buys it, because she heard it was no longer good to eat.
      When I read “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck I was a teenager. It was through this book that I realilsed the tragedies that arose because of the dust bowl syndrome.

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