Head Office and I had quite an eventful time over the Christmas period. At the beginning of December, we had Angus, Lizzie and their three boys to stay for a few days. One of the twins took to pushing a toy from Estonia about. It is a bird on wheels and the wings flap as it moves. He was going “Woof woof” and calling it a doggie. I challenged him and he told me that he knew it was a bird but he wanted to call it a dog. Deannie said she had thought it was a butterfly and I had no idea what it was. We practiced in the dining room with a remote control helicopter in preparation for the boys’ Christmas presents and managed to take out a chandelier and raise a prize cyclamen to the ground. (Don’t tell Management as she has not yet noticed!)
Early indications are that the global temperature for 2013 will prove to be roughly the same as the average value for this century and that it will be the seventh warmest year on record. In other words, the temperature has been and continues to be fairly constant during the last fourteen years.
Melting Arctic ice has been one piece of evidence often quoted as an indication that warming is taking place. This year, it seems, Arctic sea ice has not melted at the same rate as recently, the area of sea ice this autumn was a massive 50% greater than at the same time last year.
And, in the Antarctic, the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice whilst attempting to repeat a voyage successfully made by Douglas Mawson 100 years ago. The irony is that one of the reasons for the trip was for climate scientists to record the shrinking Antarctic ice.
Meanwhile the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere goes on increasing.
The enigma continues
DOWN MEMORY LANE – Why General Practice?
HILDA SAVAGE 1921-2013
Just before Christmas (2013) we lost a lovely lady who was a long time resident of Boughton.