First, did you know there was a supernova a few days ago?
|SN2012aw supernova in M95 galaxy|
Not surprising if you didn’t notice – it’s 37 million light years away, so it happened 37 million years ago and its light has just reached us. But it’s notable because it was seen right at the beginning of the explosion, so it’s being studied closely.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it? But Scotland had a new record March max temperature on Sunday – 22.8C. Wow! Ireland is joining in – Belfast sweltered at 19.8C at 4pm, with cloudless skies in many areas.
People in England and Wales were hitting the beaches. Health authorities are saying, Yeah, get out in the sun, you need the vitamin D.
At the same time, Britain is experiencing a drought. Rivers and streams are either dry or drying up. Birds and small animals are in danger. Water rationing is very near.
Yet it’s only spring! Winter with all that snow has just finished. Very strange.
However, silver linings and all that: if you wanted to visit Ireland, now’s the time. Clear “warm” weather, depressed economy, and high $A against the Euro would make it good for us.
I read The Guardian on-line and so I read all about the UK economy and last week’s budget. The Conservative government is unbelievable. In the midst of Britain’s worst economic crisis, they’ve cut taxes for the rich by abolishing the 50% top tax rate! They’ve slapped VAT on bread, raising the price of a staple food for the poor, and cut the NHS budget by £500m, increasing waiting lists for, you guessed it, the middle and lower classes. They’ve also imposed what’s being called a “Granny tax”.
Those are just a few of the things the Tories have done. One columnist quoted George Orwell from an article he wrote in 1941 about the upper class in Britain:
“It is important not to misunderstand their motives, or one cannot predict their actions. What is to be expected of them is not treachery, or physical cowardice, but stupidity, unconscious sabotage, an infallible instinct for doing the wrong thing. They are not wicked, or not altogether wicked; they are merely unteachable. Only when their money and power are gone will the younger among them begin to grasp what century they are living in.”
Minnie had an unusual event yesterday. I gave her the usual meaty bone in the late afternoon and she went off to her usual spot to crunch it up. But after a while I wondered where she was and noticed she was lying down near the front fence with the boney thing in her mouth. She was taking much longer than usual to eat it, and only trying to chew it every minute or so. In between chews, she was gazing at the road, up into the sky, but not chewing.
At first I was mystified, but then realised that the bone was stuck on one of her lower canine teeth! She couldn’t eat it because she couldn’t move it around her mouth. Never seen this before.
I went out and used tongs to pull it loose. She was reluctant to let me, but it was easy, so she made short work of the remainder.