Ash tree and mountain clouds anyway, a few hours after a heavy thunder, lightning, rain and hail storm cleared the air.
European countries dominate the Environmental Performance Index, and many, such as Norway and Netherlands, fund countries elsewhere in the world to preserve their habitats and wildlife.
For example, the ‘Norwegian government paid the South American country of Guyana $250 million between 2011 and 2015 to stop logging and protect its forests.’ (mnn.com).
Top 16 of world EPI table (about 180 countries):
On warm thermals sky
sunny space I fly
swoop swift as swallow
no path to follow…
The above poem, like yesterday’s, were written within the Facebook regulations for a colourful setting/large case text.
While I could write poetry and philosophy all day, I lack the inspiration due to lack of interest/commercial success; being in the middle of the Establishment/Liberal Establishment – Right/Left divide; despite being a doctor of philosophy and I think being right about most things over the last twenty years!
My mind escaped for a while last night and this morning to write these on Facebook:
Poetry is so easy to write
when its kept nice and light
but digging deep can strain
risking fracking up the brain.
Feel whole again
now sun’s back in me,
filling up cracks with
cement called vitamin D
sleep, coffee, sun
brain’s idea of fun
three merge to one:
all 4 poem stimulation!
Difference between prediction and prophecy:
I called my main fantasy football team last August:
‘A Season Too VAR’. (VAR : Video Assisted Referee was introduced, and I thought it’d be controversial and a big talking point; wordplaying the WW2 movie A Bridge Too Far; and me thinking of retiring from it)
If I’d called it ‘A Season Too Corona’, that’d be prophecy: as VAR was known to me, but not coronavirus! (the season has been on hold since March).
If you liked the above, my last poetry collection is full of similar, and many much more detailed and lengthy; when I still thought I could inspire my demographic and make a difference for humanity; alas, they are now steamrolling into greater calalmity; but if there is a God, it dealt humanity an almost impossible hand; unless it can totally control itself as a global species, which looks beyond it!:
I’ve made my old book (2012) that light-heartedly twists the Wizard of Oz theme into one of good pagans and bad monotheists; inspired by the Homes Children historic child abuse being uncovered by Margaret Humphreys (told in the Oranges and Sunshine book and film, starring Emily Watson; as well as ‘nice’ movies like Crocodile Dundee and Australia) and the industrial scale street grooming (much of it targeting Homes Children) largely uncovered at the time. It has a veggie werewolf hero and lots of anthropomorphic characters travelling Australia; and a body, mind and spirit theme replacing heart, brain and courage; free on Smashwords (need a free account) as part of their coronavirus Authors Give Back promotion. You can use the code on the site or CR86V.
We’re overtime on mistYmuse 2019/20 now, as we started early in October last year – it runs for the traditionally toughest four months of the year weather-wise, and puts a good spin on it by focusing on the late sunrises in the first two months, and increasing light in the second half.
British Summer Time to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) / UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)
In October the sunrises seemed to be getting towards the late sunrise times of mid-December, which are ideal for the start of most people’s days, being between 8-9am across the UK; as well as giving more darkness for sleep.
As I wrote in a blog here on fmpoetry (October 22nd), focusing on the Leeds time, mistYmuse central!:
‘The sunrise times will reach their BST late peak on Saturday October 26th at 07.53, and with the clocks going back to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)/(UTC) overnight, they’ll go back to 06.55 – back earlier than the sunrise time of September 25th (06.56).
They’ll continue getting later a couple of minutes a day, and will reach Saturday’s sunrise time of 07.53 again just over a month later on November 27th.’
GMT/UTC to BST
Now, in contrast, we changed from GMT/UTC to BST last week, moving the clocks forward an hour from 05.48 on the 28th March, to 06. 45 on the 29th March; with the three minutes difference the normal process for this time of year.
The sunrises (really the time when we can see the sun, due to our planet’s axis tilt and orbit around our star, according to astronomy) continue getting about three minutes earlier (as if we’re climbing a stairs in a skyscraper for a better view, with each day a step).
As it took just under a month to get back to the time before the hour clock change in October/November, it will reach the March 28th/29th time of 05.48 over the 22nd to 23rd April: 5.49 to 5.46.
So enjoy the darker mornings and later sunrises this month, and for all those who’ve completed mistYmuse 2019/20 I praise you! (it seems a long time since Scooter opened it!!):
Try not to look directly at the sun; or spend too much time in front of screens.. and avoid groomers and covid like the plague!
Looking on the bright side, I read there’s a bright new comet in the sky that should be visible to the naked eye soon…
The note I made 18 months ago that came in useful on Saturday, for my last sunrise b4 BST photos, with the sunrise then at 83 degrees east; so I knew it would be visible:
My Public Health Contribution
Coronavirus hand-washing: a guide as I understand it.
While avoiding people’s breath seems clear, how the virus survives on surfaces has had mixed messages so far.
As I understand it, it’s if somebody with coronavirus has left it on a surface, which you then touch, and then touch a part of your body open to the inside: mouth, nose etc, and I presume cuts etc.
So you only really need to wash your hands if you’ve touched something that may have coronavirus on it: when you’ve been out, or brought something from the outside in. It’s supposed to survive on hard surfaces longer than soft, but only for hours, up to 72.
So if you haven’t been out for 72 hours and not brought anything in, you should be safe, and not have to stress about washing hands all the time.
Contagion Movie and Coronavirus Reality
I watched Contagion (2011) on ITV4 last week; inspired by the coronavirus outbreak, as I hadn’t watched it before!; and it had a lot of similarities with what’s happened with coronavirus: especially it starting in the Chinese animal food chain: Screen Rant comparison between the two.
I think Chinese culture has a lot of positives, especially the martial arts exercise and philosophy; pandas and eco initiatives; but really think they could improve their food chain; as the whole world could.
Blogging and Writing
Unlike the blogger in Contagion, I’ve tried to really provide an entertaining public service model, which is one of the reasons I haven’t made much money.
Blogging has also been useful to me for getting my views down as they happen, so I can look back on them. Today, I remembered blogging criticism of Boris Johnson (‘Well, the Chinese are showing us that that is the approach we have got to have in the future.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2464791/Boris-Johnson-takes-dramatic-helicopter-flight-Hong-Kong.html) and George Osbourne for wanting a ‘Chinese-style’ high development country when they visited China and Hong Kong in 2013; it was also criticised in The Guardian!
I advertise my books because I believe in them, and always will; although they have largely been ignored, as far as I know! I have been ready to hand the baton over to Greta Thunberg and her Children of the Quorn since she arrived over the horizon (linking at the last moment to the original topic in this blog post; previously unforeseen and unplanned, in true spontaneous prose style!).
mistYmuse ended on Equinox in unplanned and unseen when taking photos (but no colour changing of the photos; only editing is one cropped) new POP (PinkyOrangePurple) art, mirroring the greenYgrey world:
If anybody is still unsure about coronavirus, and how to avoid it, I’ve been following it quite closely on the news, so please ask me questions if you have any.
I’m trying to tread the greenYgrey line there between being helpful and looking like I’m doing PR!
The books that ended the greenYgrey(era):
Sunrise quote by a better runner than me, followed by a few of my sunrise photos from the Leeds spring equinox, from pre to post, and then my books, that also celebrated twilight times, and tried to create a better UK and world, following Scandinavia’s green example:
“Why run? I run because I am an animal. I run because it is part of my genetic wiring. I run because millions of years of evolution have left me programmed to run. And finally, I run because there’s no better way to see the sun rise and set… What the years have shown me is that running clarifies the thinking process as well as purifies the body. I think best – most broadly and most fully – when I am running.” ~ Amby Burfoot
Earlier in the month I posted about using buildings on the Leeds skyline to show how the sunrise can be seen seeming to move northwards after the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere; perhaps like ancient astronomers did at henges around the world.
The sunrise is apparently really about our axis tilt and orbit around the sun. We are seeing it earlier now in the north because our half of the planet is pointed towards the sun. The tilt stays the same all year around; unlike a motorbike racer going around a circuit, always keeping their head leaning inwards at corners.
Last time I wrote how the sun had moved from south of two iconic buildings to the centre of them over the course of five days, and the sunrise was ten minutes earlier: from 6.51 to 6.41.
2nd March, sunrise at 6.51
Now, a fortnight later, on the spring equinox, the ‘sunrise’ has moved much farther north on the horizon, with those two buildings now towards the far right of today’s photo. The sunrise is also thirty-four minutes earlier at 6.07:
I took lots more photos this morning and will post them soon. It’s been a long day! Great in the sky, but difficult on Earth (in the news!).