A year or so ago I had a wacky idea to hold my retirement party in the Coto Doñana - one of Europe's iconic wildlife wetlands, situated in the delta of the River Guadalquivir in Andalusia, south from Sevilla in Spain. Since most of my friends have some interest in wildlife, I figured I might be able to tempt a few to join me.
I therefore felt delighted, flattered and honoured when no fewer than 26 representatives of my family, former colleagues and students, Maalie Courtiers and friends (including one from Australia) sat down to dinner with me at the restaurant of La Aldea
2 Wulf's Web Den is up in arms about boring flag designs:
All the nations of the world have flags and none of them have chosen to go with a simple, chic, black and white design. The colours often have as much symbolism about them as the other elements of the design, the patterns and motifs. However, how many flags would you recognise by colour alone?
However, I am left with one question - why did no-one pick purple when they were looking for inspiration?
3 Big Chip Dale is up in arms about Tuesday:
First, the dull news.
There are times in life when you just have to cast aside your thong and go with the flow. Today was one of those days. The schools have broken up for a week so the Chipster's normal routine has been invaded by prepubescents crying about who is a 'smelly head' and what so-and-so's brother will do when he gets back from the off license.
It was a nightmare and it go no better when Gabby shouted told them to clear off and they called her something obscene involving vinegar. That prompted Monica to wave her commando dagger in their general direction. Then there was screaming, calls to the police, a slight standoff involving police with guns...
4 Heather Yaxley is up in arms about green serfdom:
A new study reports lower carbon emissions from working at the office rather than at home. I don’t know about the other 3,399,999 million people who’ve escaped the rat race, but there’s no way I’m ever going to return to being a wage slave in a regular 9-5 office environment.
Besides, the heating at home would be on during the Winter months to keep my stroppy 22-year old cat warm.
5 Wayne, whom you don't know, is up in arms about how we light the criminals' way for them:
Should we as law abiding people have a duty of care to criminals that come into our homes? Midlothian council seems to think so. They have kept the lights on in an abandoned school to make it easier for criminals so they don’t get hurt. The electricity bill comes to £3000 per year.
I think this is stupid. No one should have a duty of care to criminals. If they hurt themselves they deserve it and it is their own responsibility.
6 LFB is up in arms about
The majority of accidents are caused by people walking into the road without looking! Whilst speed could contribute slightly, the simple fact is the pedestrian should not have been there! Be it a youngster dashing between parked cars, running across the roads, or even city centre pedestians and their refusal to walk an extra
The majority of accidents are caused by people walking into the road without looking! Whilst speed could contribute slightly, the simple fact is the pedestrian should not have been there!
Be it a youngster dashing between parked cars, running across the roads, or even city centre pedestians and their refusal to walk an extra
7 Tim Almond, the quiet man of blogging, is up in arms about the BBC:
A week or so ago, the BBC made a documentary about how some supermarket branches had staff who were doing things like trying to deliberately extend the shelf life of food for sale.
So, I was a little surprised to hear a report on Today on Radio
4, inwhich a freegan (along with a BBC reporter) were trawling through bins at the back of a store picking up food, condemning the waste of perfectly edible food.
It is right that supermarkets are investigated over matters of public health, but I don't think this is what the BBC is up to. For some time, they've had it in for the supermarkets.
8 Sally in
With Geoff still away in
till tomorrow evening. I had time to go and visit my Craft club ladies, see what they have all been up too and start a project I have been meaning to start for a few weeks. Copenhagen
Why I want to knit a fluffy bag , I really don’t know !!!
What I will do with it when its finished , I really don’t know !!!
More in a midweek Blogfocus [there's the little matter of the Blogawards first, you know]. Hope to see you then.