Monday, 23 January 2017

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon, which is an interaction of light with ice crystals. When the temperature drops and these crystals position themselves horizontally as they fall through the air, they act as

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon, which is an interaction of light with ice crystals. When the temperature drops and these crystals position themselves horizontally as they fall through the air, they act as “vessels” for light, shooting it upwards.


69 responses to “Monday, 23 January 2017”

  1. interiorbc says :

    Hi fings!

    sorry emms:

    “Onion toxicity is a concern if you’re looking to live a healthy life. … Onions and other members of the Allium family may cause bad breath, indigestion and acid …”

  2. neartheclocktower says :

    Still grey, cold and rainy here. Horrible.

  3. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Evening/Morning Fings, freezing our bits off here.

    Oh dear, and onions.

  4. neartheclocktower says :

    Yep, it’s official. Nothing is safe to eat.

    And avoid water. You can overdose, you know!

  5. neartheclocktower says :

    Yesterday’s banner made me feel really sad.

    Two years ago we had to abandon our plans for a holiday in Morocco, a place I’ve longed to go to and finally got the others to agree to go. We bought tickets way in advance so they were affordable. Then I got my job which involved commuting to Madrid, and was getting rather frazzled with it all. But what the hell, I was earning good money so started looking at some more upmarket Riads than we had been considering.

    Then what should have been obvious occurred to me. Morocco is not in Europe so no health coverage so would need good travel insurance which includes existing conditions. Way too expensive.

    Then Mr and the watch said they didn’t really want to go anyway and I didn’t have the energy to persuade them so we lost the money for the tickets and I don’t suppose I’ll ever get there now.

  6. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Oh, Sleeps, is that going to be a big thing for you with Brexit? Well, we don’t know, I suppose cos although we know Brexit means Brexit we don’t know what it actually means.

    And I suppose that’s going to be a consideration for me in the future. Oh well, good job my son moved back to the UK then.

    Hope your MiL gets on ok. xx

    Btw, grapefruit, I’ve just had one, hope they’re ok. (It was a ruby red one.)

  7. interiorbc says :

    A timely tune, from Gordon Lightfoot, who has a song for everything:

    Lyrics: Go first in the world, go forth with your fears / Remember a price must be paid / Be always too soon, be never too fast / At the time when all bets must be laid…

  8. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Oh, sorry, my 10.09pm was to Clocks, not Sleeps. x

  9. neartheclocktower says :

    No worries, 51. Hope all is well with you.

    Yes, brexit will have a massive impact on us. We really don’t have any choice but to apply for Spanish nationality as our life is here. But that means that when we go back to the UK we either take the risk or take out insurance. Considering that I needed three trips to A & E over Christmas, I dread to think what that would cost if I didn’t have health cover.

  10. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Ooh and what about batter? Pastry? They’re starchy and crispy. They haven’t thought this through ….

  11. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    I know there’s some kind of “guesstimate” on how many Brit pensioners live in mostly Spain but also France and elsewhere, where are we going to put them all if they have to come home?

    Must be awful, Clocks, in so much limbo. Is the Spanish nationality thing difficult and/or expensive? Was the Watch born there?

    And yeah, going along ok, thanks but sometimes I just flake out, totally knackered. xx

  12. neartheclocktower says :

    I’m on a Facebook group ‘Bremain in Spain’ and almost all of the pensioners do not want to ‘go home’. The figures are not known because some pensioners don’t register here (all residents, Spanish or otherwise, are supposed to register at the town hall).

    We’ve lived here for 25 years and the watch was born here, but because both her parents are British she is also British.

    To apply for Spanish nationality we will need to take two exams (language and citizenship) which we have to pay for. We also have to get police ‘good conduct’ reports from the UK and from here. Other ID docs, and everything in English will need to be translated and then verified by a ‘gestor’. Also very costly. Then we need to find two sponsors each who will testify that we are proper integrated members of society.

    Hand it all in and then wait 18 months to 2 years to find out if it is accepted.

  13. neartheclocktower says :

    Anyway, past my bedtime so nn all and sweet dreams.

  14. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Bloody mess, innit lovely. All the best. I’ll be right behind you (in an I’m in Wales and you’re in Barcelona” way). NN

  15. emmachisset says :

  16. emmachisset says :

    “r instance, a group of water buffalo that ate some onions dumped in their field all died (4). A study on geese found that onions killed them too, with an autopsy revealed swelling of the liver and spleen (5). In a herd of cows that had 20 onions a day per cow added to their feed for six weeks, five cows died and two pregnant cows lost their calves. Anemia is the initial result of onion toxicity, the researchers found, but it eventually lead to organ damage and death (6).

  17. fiftyoneandabitmorenow says :

    Know what, though, Emms, I have known a lot of bovines in my lifetime and I have never once felt the need to give them onions. 😉
    *Please let that be fact no 7*

  18. fingsaint says :

    Kept meaning to say (but have only now remembered to post) that the banner is fantastic, Bill. Really lovely natural phenomenon ❄️❄️🌈❄️

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