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|Anyone else been to White Island?|
at 08:23 9 Dec 2019
Was there just over four years ago and thought 'bit much' when they handed out the face masks before we landed. Within ten minutes the sulphur was getting to me and I was using it. But nothing like the experience the two tours earlier today went through. Sad for the persons or people, and their friends and family, who lost their life through a desire to see one of the World's more extraordinary geological features and a sobering reminder of the risks many scientists go through to extend human knowledge:
|Ipswich are the Third Division's Man City?|
at 08:34 7 Dec 2019
Not just because we have bigger resources than everyone apart from Sunderland (when i discuss this with my Sunderland supporting mate should I venture that they are the Third Division's Newcastle?) but because this comment from Pep may also hint at what has happened with the support on relegation:
'I learnt about Manchester City's history and in the bad, bad moments, the support was almost higher or louder than, for example, now.'
This is from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50693901
The analogy breaks down in the next paragraph though when United's trophy cabinet is compared with City's and the rivals have a somewhat fuller cabinet, sorry Nodge but you are more like East Anglia's Salford City...
|If you want a good adaptation from the BBC - 'The Name Of The Rose'|
at 21:56 2 Dec 2019
I was sceptical when I first saw it advertised. The book is unlikely to be bettered but there has already been a more than passable film version so why bother to adapt it for television? But the involvement of Coen Brothers staiwart John Turturro in the lead role and in writing as well as producing intrigued me. Six episodes down with two to go I am hooked, the emphasis on religious politics has enhanced the whodunnit element greatly and the young actors are especially captivating.
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|COP25 - an inauspicious start?|
at 13:04 2 Dec 2019
Top news item on the BBC, Al Jazerra and for El Pais:
But underneath the headlines it seems an uneven playing field -
'takes place at a time when there is a noticeable lack of international leadership in the fight against climate change. US President Donald Trump has taken the first steps to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement, China is not showing interest in making further cuts to its greenhouse gas emissions, Russia has yet to show the UN its own reduction program, and the EU member states haven’t agreed on the net-zero carbon dioxide emissions goal for 2050.'
'Brazil was originally going to host the COP25, but President Jair Bolsonaro withdrew the offer shortly after his election. And when Chile also announced it was canceling due to the scope of the protests against the Sebastián Piñera administration, the Netherlands offered to host the event – but only on condition that it would also hold the presidency. The Spanish government stepped up, and said it was happy to let Chile preside the conference.'
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