Sunday, August 15, 2010

Brussels flower carpet 2010

I went to see the Brussels flower carpet yesterday together with a friend.
The weather was nice, the begonia carpet looked lovely. It was possible to get a good view on it from the balcony of the Brussels townhall. It is the first time I actually visited the building, which had been dressed up for the occasion with impressive floral pieces. The townhall itself is a magnificent piece of history, certainly worth a visit. Unfortunately, visitors were not allowed to film or take pictures inside the building. I behaved.
My friend and I also mounted the balcony of the Maison des Maîtres Chocolatiers belges. They cheated us a little there. We sort of expected a demonstration of chocolate production, but were only offered chocolates, and a another view on the carpet, of course. The chocolates were delicious.

Russia Fires, Pakistan Floods Linked?

Russia Fires, Pakistan Floods Linked?

Russia is burning, Pakistan is flooded. National Geographic explains the possible link between these two disasters.
Although people keep complaining about the weather here, not enough sun, too much rain,... They are wrong. July was dry. This will have an effect on the harvest of all crops, resulting in higher prices for food. Which will lead to more complaining....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reelly unbelievable

Li Chang, a 43 year old fishmonger in China, had a bad experience at work recently. He fell into a tank full of eels. The animals became frightened and started slithering around, some slipping up his pant legs. Then the unthinkable happened. An eel, that was described as being two fingers wide and as long as a man's arm, slithered up his rectum. He was initially too embarrassed to tell anyone, but when he began to feel significant pain he asked for help and was transported to the ER where the eel was removed. There was enough damage to require surgery, but he is expected to recover. That is one hell of a worker's comp claim!

via Weird Universe

Arno, 12 years old today!

Our precious golden fella is courageously hanging in there. We are celebrating his twelfth birthday today. Who would have thought he would still be here after all the health trouble and misery he has been and is still going through.
He was patient and cooperative during this morning's photoshoot even though he had some trouble keeping his eyes open. Walking is getting harder every day. Still, he joins me and his younger brother for a short daily evening stroll in the neighborhood. He no longer enjoys spending much time outside. His favorite activities are sleeping and eating. Sometimes he seems to be a bit lethargic. Sometimes he seems to be a bit deaf, and his sight is deteriorating too.
Arno is a blessing, a sort of angelic creature.Too gentle for this world. We all love you, little boy.

Hiroshima



In an article published by BBC World News America Enola Gay navigator says he has no regrets

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Painted Alive


Feel free to explore the site of Craig Tracy; he is a body painting artist. His work is remarkable. And you have probably seen some of it before

Wearable Personal Navigation System


Exactly what I need

Boy struck by lightning at Ostend beach

A boy was struck by lightning on the beach of Ostend yesterday evening. He was brought to hospital and his condition is said to be stable.

I heard that he was not truly struck by lightning. Otherwise he would have been dead. I have also heard that the closer you are to the sea, the higher the odds that you get struck. Whether that is accurate I do not know.

Boy struck by lightning at Ostend beach

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Aspartame

If you have the time for it, please read this article about the dangers of aspartame. It is both interesting and unnerving.

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Today, the statistics on the aspartame market are being kept so close to the vest, it has proven to be virtually impossible to find current data on usage, unless you're willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a market analysis reports and I felt there were better uses for the money than to purchase the answer to that question.
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Aspartame can already be found in some 6,000 food products and beverages
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Researchers Continue to Contest 'the Most Contested' FDA Approval in History

Concerned scientists and researchers fought and were successful in keeping aspartame out of the food supply for over ten years, ever since it was first considered as a potential food additive, and many of those still alive continue to speak out against it today.

If we fail to learn from history we are doomed to repeat the mistake we made. Many readers have long forgotten what the 60-Minutes' correspondent Mike Wallace stated in his 1996 report on aspartame - available to view in this 2009 article - that the approval of aspartame was "the most contested in FDA history." And for good reason.

At the time, independent studies had found it caused brain cancer in lab animals, and the studies submitted by G.D. Searle to the FDA for the approval were quickly suspected of being sloppy at best...

In that 60-Minutes video, former Senator Howard Metzenbaum states:

"According to the FDA themselves, Searle, when making their presentation to the FDA, had willfully misrepresented the facts, and withheld some of the facts that they knew would possibly jeopardize the approval."
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via Huffington Post

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Just a great song: I cover the waterfront


John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison, a great combination; it is one of my favorite songs

Nero says

Nero loves Jeff's updates; he has already gotten himself a proper eye patch and matching True Grit hat.... Good boy! Jeff Bridges website

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Flylashes

Flylashes from Jessica Harrison on Vimeo.

Looks kind of creepy to me

Nero

Looks like Nero is as sick as a tiny dog can be. He has been vomiting like a dinosaur; his behavior has an odd effect on Arno, who is now beginning to act nervous and restless too.
I have given Nero medication which is supposed to control the problem, but if there is no improvement I will have to take him to a vet. These things always happen on Sundays.