Sunday, March 28, 2010

various bits and bobs

My wee cold turns out to be Bronchitis, so on Drs orders I can't do any housecalls which is a bit of a drag. The weather is lovely, today is 28C and sunny and the whole week was similar.

Europe's best known landmarks — including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome's Colosseum — fell dark Saturday, following Sydney's Opera House and Beijing's Forbidden City in joining a global climate change protest, as lights were switched off across the world to mark the Earth Hour event. Millions were expected to turn off lights and appliances for an hour from 8:30 p.m. in a gesture to highlight environmental concerns and to call for a binding pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This year's was the fourth annual Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund. I missed it but was asleep with only the tv on so I suppose I may have done my part.

Australian scientists say they have discovered the first evidence that an ancestor of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex once roamed across Australia, they havent named it yet but I think the Tony Abbot would be a good name.

Tourism Australia has defended its decision to put a live caged kangaroo on display on the streets of Los Angeles, saying the animal was well cared for. The kangaroo sways constantly, appearing distressed, and a number of animal welfare groups have already condemned its treatment. I wonder who thought having a Roo in a cage in LA was a good idea, it may have been the same person that suggested the cane toad would be a great speices to introduce into Australia. It is hoped that more than one tonne of cane toads will be collected across north Queensland this weekend.It is part of the annual environmental campaign called 'Toad Day Out'. Collection tents and weigh-in centres are being set up across the north.The day involves the humane collection and disposal of cane toads, which are booming in numbers and causing extensive damage to native habitats.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

50 yrs

My Mum and Dad just renewed their marriage vows after 50 years, when my Mum told me I thought of responding with the "you could have shot him and only got 20 yrs" old joke, but I googled it and thats not quite true, its depends on what country you are in and the degree of murder, isnt degree a weird word here the person is dead. Anyway I didnt say that to my Mom and congratulations to them on both 50 yrs and renewing their vows.

I have a dose of the cold with a sore throat and chesty cough, if it doesnt clear by tomorrow I have a Drs appointment, to get, no doubt more drugs. I have started reducing the dose of prendisone I am taking am down to 3.5 mg a day, hopefully the pains in my bones today arent due to reducing the dose but to the cold.

My pal Paddy is off to Fiji next week, I see they have just had a cyclone there and Australia has sent 8 tons of aid and now Paddy. We stayed on a wee island in the Manamuca group when we visited Fiji, it was very tranquil and unspoilt, was a nice break the only things to cloud it was that we got money stolen and the natives couldnt be talked into taking a boat out fishing they were so into getting drunk on Kava.