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The weather has been awful for the last few days, today being the worst. It’s windy and the rain is bouncing as I look out of the window, the cloud is so low I can’t see the hills across the valley.

As it’s been so bad I’ve not been out. Much as I love the great outdoors I prefer not to get blown around and half drowned when I’m out there. If I’m out when it starts to rain it’s different, and I can cope with light rain, but not this flood-making stuff.

Anyway it’s given me the chance to get more reading done, books and stuff on the internet. Have downloaded Google Chrome too, and so far I quite like it, seems pretty fast too. Also just finished Jeffery Deavers latest Lincoln Rhyme book, “The broken window”. I can’t understand why more of his books haven’t been made into films. This one is about identity theft and is very, very scary. Could make you really paranoid.

Read an interesting article about Magpies being able to recognise themselves in a mirror. Until recently it was thought that only humans were self-aware in this way. (We would think that wouldn’t we?). Anyway it was then found that Chimpanzees and Orangutangs can recognise themselves. Now tests have been done and Magpies are the first non-mammals to have self-recognition. 

I always knew birds were clever!  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7570291.stm

 

There have been a number of articles in the last week about the melting Arctic ice. It’s getting frightening but governments don’t seem to be getting it, and I have a horrible feeling that it may be too late to stop it now. The first article I saw was about Lewis Pugh, an ex-swimmer who is going to kayak to the north pole. He’s hoping to raise awareness about how climate change is effecting the ice cap. 

Lets hope it works.    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7588329.stm

 

(Not sure if this will be big enough, hope it is).

 

The other article I saw this morning, and it was also on the radio news today. Ice shelves in Canada’s High Arctic have apparently lost a huge amount of area this year. One of the shelves, the Markham, which covers 20 sq miles, has broken off completely. 

I do hope that the people who can make decisions that may make a difference will start to do so quickly.        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7595441.stm

 

There doesn’t seem to be much good news around at the moment, the £ is taking a hammering, problems with Russia/Georgia, the FTSE 100 has taken another dive today, so I think I’ll just call that it for now. Hopefully there may be more cheerful things to write about next time. 

Until then, all good things to you all.

 

 

 

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