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I'm not ready for fall yet!! Its still supposed to be summer, and I want it to be warm for another month...wah!! (Oh, who knows, we may get it yet...but sure wish we could share this weather with the dry places!!).

Have a great Sunday!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 03:49:05 AM EST
You mean were you live it has been warm and summerlike? Here July and August so far have been grey, cool (between 18°and 25°with few higher exceptions) and windy, at least most of the time. I have a feeling over the last years it has become much windier. Also I am amazed at the low water levels in both rivers near by. I would think it being cool, and raining at times the water would be higher.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 03:57:47 AM EST
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Sounds almost like one of those horror movies. French countryside hit by a massive invasion of frogs

A campaign in France to exterminate frogs may sound like the beginning of a civil war, but these are no ordinary frogs.

Hunters working for the government's wildlife agency will be stalking ponds in south-west France this weekend, aimed with flash-lights, rifles, silencers and night-vision sights.

They have been mobilised for the most intensive effort so far to terminate a plague of giant Californian bullfrogs which is threatening to disrupt the ecology of the Gironde, Dordogne and several other départements.

The aggressive and voracious bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), introduced illegally 37 years ago, can grow to more than 4lbs in weight and almost 2ft long. It consumes other frogs, fish, lizards and even small birds.

See, I almost made it - I mean posting about food in the breakfast thread. :-)

Ecological groups have been warning for years that they must be eliminated to prevent the destruction of indigenous species. Had they been a delicacy for humans, the American interlopers might have been tolerated. Unfortunately for them, they are inedible (even their enormous legs).

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:04:04 AM EST
Yes, since the edible frog of which the legs are considered a delicacy has been hunted almost out of existence and is now a protected species.

But these 4lb bullfrogs worry me. They only eat other frogs and lizards?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:13:35 AM EST
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Ancient hoard of royal gold found in Balkans

Archaeologists in Bulgaria have discovered a previously unknown series of royal tombs from a fabulously wealthy civilisation dating back over 4,000 years.

Excavations inside a group of ancient burial mounds - 80 miles east of the capital, Sofia - are expected to yield up to 100,000 gold artefacts.

So far more than 15,000 gold objects have been unearthed at the site near the village of Dabene - mainly gold beads, originally strung together as spectacular necklaces, and gold hair decorations, all worn as part of the funerary regalia of at least three Bronze Age princesses or princes from around the 23rd century BC.

It is the first time that such a rich, gold-working early Bronze Age tradition has been discovered in the Balkans.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:07:29 AM EST
Blair's gone on vacation, but where? Top secret


LONDON There is nothing quite like a good thriller for summer reading and this year's page-turner in Britain might be titled: "The Mystery of the Disappearing Prime Minister."

The plot so far: After weathering the July bombings and announcing a slew of antiterrorism measures, Tony Blair, Britain's prime minister, has headed out on vacation.

Usually at this time of the year , the British press lampoons Blair for accepting freebie vacations at the homes of such rich and famous people as Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy in Sardinia or Sir Cliff Richards, a singer, in Barbados.

This year, though, there is silence.

Bold is mine, I just love it. Sounds so Harry Potter.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:12:10 AM EST
May I suggest Tony hides on Costa Smeralda, in Italian villa of his good friend in arms - Silvio Berlusconi. At least it worked well last year.

Only In Italy!

SO19 - Blair

by Oui on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:38:46 AM EST
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That's a priceless picture... Thanks!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 09:40:07 AM EST
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Oui, I think your picture just solved the mystery for me. Blair must have been so impressed with Berlusconi's hair transplant last year that he is getting one now too. Just watch out when he's back.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 10:10:14 AM EST
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Well, he isn't here. In the early years of his PMship, he spent a week every summer near here at the home of a friend. No longer. France stopped being a kewl place... when was it? When Poodle decided to take Britain into a just and righteous war which the shortsighted and cowardly French ran away from like the appeasers they are? Yes, that was it. No more Tony in SW France.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 08:13:20 AM EST
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And now one really on food: Porridge is the new fast food

OATS have traditionally never enjoyed the sexiest image. But today even the most stylish and faddish foodie will happily admit to starting the day with a bowl of porridge.

Together with funding from the Princes Trust, Stone bought a hip-looking stainless steel trailer, several sackfuls of organic oats, and took his Porridge Bar to the streets. He began trading in June at Leith Market, and sold 200 bowls-to-go on his first day.

Stone sells his porridge in small (8oz) medium (10oz) or large (12oz) bowls, with a pot of basic salted porridge starting at £1.40, and a bowl of porridge with Scotch Whisky and honey topping the price list at £2.80. Not the cheapest snack, some might say, but what price a healthy heart?

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:16:00 AM EST
Porridge is a great food. Although it's not good for lazy people like me. If you don't wash the bowl immediately the scrapings set like concrete...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 05:55:19 AM EST
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No sweat, Meta. The next time you put porridge in the bowl, the scrapings go soggy again.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 08:16:26 AM EST
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Quaker Oats (available in Europe?) sells little packets of oatmeal that work nicely in a microwave oven. We spoiled 'mericans eat lots of it. Here's the kind I like:
by asdf on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 10:32:27 AM EST
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Germany's New Super Brain

Faster than a speeding calculator, more powerful than a word processor, able to repeat long lists of numbers in a single bound...it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's Germany's memory Olympics champion - Clemens Mayer.

Most people can't remember where they put their car keys the night before, much less a list of 1,040 numbers. But 20-year-old Clemens Mayer, an aspiring law student, just rattled them off like a grocery list at Germany's memory Olympics, held over the weekend.

Forget Me Not - How to win the U.S. memory championship.

To attain the rank of grand master of memory, you must be able to perform three seemingly superhuman feats. You have to memorize 1,000 digits in under an hour, the precise order of 10 shuffled decks of playing cards in the same amount of time, and one shuffled deck in less than two minutes. There are 36 grand masters of memory in the world. Only one lives in the United States. His name is Scott Hagwood, and he's won every U.S. Memory Championship since he began competing in 2001. This past Saturday he was at home in Fayettville, N.C., putting the finishing touches on his first book about memory enhancement. That meant he was not in the auditorium on the 19th floor of the Con-Edison headquarters in Manhattan, and that meant that for the first time in five years, the gold medal of the eighth annual U.S. Memory Championship was anyone's for the taking.

And if you need some ideas on what to memorize, besides the birthday of your spouse or the date of your wedding - here some ideas:

Creighton Carvello - Memory feats and memory world records

Well, this is it for now, hope there is enough food for thought for this breakfast buffet.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 04:38:16 AM EST
Beautiful sunny day here in Romania and I went on a road trip yesterday, even discovering an old ruined castle.  You can check it out here.

My friend climbed to the top but I was too chicken as the tower wasn't in such good shape.  


Night and day you can find me Flogging the Simian

by soj on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 05:13:52 AM EST
Historic Swiss unity stone stolen

A historic stone symbolising Swiss national unity has been stolen from a hotel in the central Swiss city of Interlaken where it was on display.
The 80kg (165lb) stone, called Unspunnenstein, had already been stolen once in 1984, by an underground group from the francophone region of Jura.

The group has not made an outright claim this time, but issued a statement in support of the theft of the boulder.

It was to be the centrepiece of a festival due to take place next month.

The festival would have marked the stone's bicentenary.

A separatist movement, known as Belier, later issued a statement saying: "It is obvious the Unspunnen stone is again in Jurassian hands."

The group would like a part of the Jura hills which is still under the jurisdiction of the German-speaking Bern canton to be integrated into the francophone Jura canton.

Well, at least this time they are not using bombs.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 05:34:41 AM EST
Swiss Italian guy that was involved in some sort  of coup-like stuff with the Swiss military back in 2003-2004?  I haven't heard about this since, but I remember seing this story pop up on Yahoo news and doing a doubletake.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 12:30:06 PM EST
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Meeting the challenge of all time favorites, the Dutch women's field hockey team beat Germany by scoring twice witin the first quarter and consolidating their defense to retain victory 2-1. BTW this was the first counter goal of the Championship.

European Hockey Dublin, Ireland

Three of my favorite players are Fatima Moreira de Melo, Leontine Voskamp and Minke Smabers, from their days as youthful hockey players at their clubs Victoria - Rotterdam, HCKZ and HDM in The Hague.

<click on pic for more>

NOS SPORT Video coverage of the games


by Oui on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 05:55:30 AM EST
Oui - thanks for all the sports coverage. Keep it coming, it's very much welcome!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 09:40:57 AM EST
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Attempt at a healthier breakfast this morning...

Lime juice, creamy yoghurt with honey...

Hmmm, not doing too well so far.

oh well, never mind

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 06:00:41 AM EST
My menu this morning consisted of 20cl of ice cold vodka straight followed by 5 fried eggs to help me get over the hangover of company recreation day.

Once I get back in shape I'll start to look through some papers of geo-strategic aspects of oil that might form basis of my first diary...

by Nikita on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 06:36:52 AM EST
That was the verb they used in Ukraine to describe the activity of driking vodka in the morning to get rid of a hangover. Would that describe accurately your breakfast?!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 09:38:04 AM EST
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Otherwise known as "the hair of the dog (that bit you)."  Or similia similibus curantur, which is the maxim of homeopathy.  Therefore,  Nikita was simply practicing Hahnemann's natural medicine! ;)  
by caldonia on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 10:09:08 AM EST
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But my guess is, Hahnemann would have used a higher potency.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 10:12:50 AM EST
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Jérôme, looks like you've been right again.

London House Prices Fall, Prompting U.K. Slowdown, Buyer Bribes

Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Christian Holland, a fund manager at Cavendish Asset Management in London, set the asking price for his three-bedroom house in the southwest of the U.K. capital at 519,000 pounds ($940,000). Four months and two price cuts later, he's happy to accept an even lower offer.

``It's for 450,000 and I'm taking it,'' says Holland, 37, of the single bid he's received. ``The market is dreadful.''

London house prices, which more than tripled in the 10 years through June 2004, are falling, and they may bring a halt to the U.K.'s economic expansion under Prime Minister Tony Blair. Countrywide Plc, Britain's largest real estate company, has closed offices and cut its workforce. Developers such as George Wimpey Plc and Taylor Woodrow Plc are offering soccer tickets and property tax payments to entice new sales.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 07:42:05 AM EST
Just to say that the Van Gogh paintings are really nice. Gives a very classy look to the page, too...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 08:22:53 AM EST
Since he painted 3 a day at his most frenetic, and they are public domain, I will definitely keep them comin'!! (I love his stuff)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 01:22:38 PM EST
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Two hours on horseback, a good rub down for the horse and a sausage sandwich and some coffee for me. As per usual,  the rain started two minutes after we got in the car to head home. It's spooky how often it does that.

Now to look forward cooking dinner for the in-laws.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 08:36:00 AM EST
The painting must be Van Gogh.  He is a genuis.  
by ilg37c on Sun Aug 21st, 2005 at 10:57:50 AM EST


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