Just next to the Lausanne Cathedral in Switzerland and looking down on the rooftops we could see this space invader. It could be the work of the artist Invader but I haven’t checked. It is a great location. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I took this photo the day after I had taken a short European flight. A beautiful early morning sky with most of the clouds being made up of contrails from flights having recently crossed overhead. Apparently, there could be up to 13,000 planes in the sky at any one time and 500,000 people. There is some controversial studies on the impact of these man made clouds on climate change. It is difficult for us to comprehend how anything that we do might might affect the planet that we live on. The planet for most people is so big and so solid that they have difficulty understanding human impact especially since our individual lives are so short. But do we really understand eccentricity, axial tilt and axial precession? Probably not. Do we know why the last series of ice ages started 2.5 million years or so ago? We can trace Homo Sapiens back about 200,000 years so we came about during an ice age but everything that we see and use has come about since the end of the last ice age and the start of the interglacial that we now live in that started about 12,000 years ago. In that time the estimated 5 million of us started farming and the industrial revolution so that within the relatively, in biological terms, short time frame we had become 1 billion people by around 1800. Just 200 years later we are well past 7 billion and rising fast and have invented cars, planes and smart phones but are we so smart? The bit of the sky that we live in is around 15Km thick, the channel that separates England and France is wider than that and you probably drive or travel further that that to go to work. And we expect this thin layer to absorb everything that we throw at it. Many people accumulate wealth and are so concerned with ensuring their offspring are financially secure but we all share the same small sky and these people don’t appear to realise that you can’t buy a clean piece of it no matter how many pounds, yen or dollars that you have. Save the planet, why, it isn’t necessary? We in all probability could make Earth uninhabitable for ourselves and could take many more species with us as we carry on with our own demise. Life will carry on with or without us and won’t even notice our passing as it re-configures the planet for yet another time. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
As if the economic times weren’t bad enough one of those evil supermarket chains, I’m sure you all know the one, want to destroy the little high street of Stony Stratford I heard today from a local trader. Not happy with screwing our farmers and small companies and having failed to completely destroy our way of life with out of town hyper stores and despite their dubious accounting practices (let’s put some of them in jail) they now want to have a second go. And without the rosy marketing picture painted by these greedy corporate bully boys let’s face it if this planning application goes through then there is going to be a lot more empty shops in Stony Stratford then there is now. They will tell you that it will attract more people to the town without mentioning that Stony Stratford already has a parking problem and due to it’s layout can only support the local people that live there and reasonably close. They come to destroy so say no to any application that is made.
For Christmas 2007 Covent Garden had some spectacular live entertainment. This acrobat was one of the acts and she was amazing to watch. Christmas in London is guaranteed to be a great place to be as long as you have enough money to enjoy it. That said there are many free events around the city.