Cold Crusading for Democracy…


No writing done today. Why? I can't see out of my eyes and my throat feels like bears came in my sleep and dug for beetles there. Been in bed all day, reading and watching British TV, while my cat wanders in and out, mewing in a bored sort of way. He's even gone mad once…

And now, for the island that hates human visitors…


Bouvet Island is a volcanic island covered with glacial ice and surrounded by more ice, located about as far away from Norway as you can get. It's waaay down on the southern side of the world, below the 50th parallel. No one has ever lived there. And yet, Norway owns it. They fought to have…

The gathering gloom


It was lovely waking early today, with an extra hour to laze about before I headed into the last day of training. I finished it without collapsing!!! And now have a certificate suitable for framing for my troubles. Only got into one mild fisticuff, so I'm feeling pretty proud. Soon I'll be able to inflict…

Migods, it’s cold out there!


It is COLD outside.  The kind of cold that tastes like you have an icicle between your teeth and are breathing through it.  The kind of cold that dries your eyeballs when the wind blows ("it's a DRY cold"), chaps your cheeks, makes you wish you'd brought that scarf, too, to wrap around any remaining…

Brrr….or where is that global warming we keep hearing about?


I just took the fearless doggums out for a walk in the cold and the blowing snow and the ice and the wind chill. Him: 6 lbs of roughly furry dog, barely 3 inches above ground level, wearing a smallish coat that covers some of his body. Me: Boots, winter coat over heavy sweater, tuque,…