Forget El Nino – it’s now La Nina

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On a lighter note – here in Bournemouth, UK it’s bloody cold for the last week of April.  I guess I’m hoping it’s heralding a bright (warm) Summer ahead – but who knows?

Certainly the UK Met office doesn’t – their 30 day forecast is, em . . . about as good as I could do, without the use of their £97,000,000, 000 super-computer (no, really) .
Have a quick read – it really is a laugh – http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/long-range-forecast/.

We, as a planet are moving out of the 2015/16 El Nino (https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/march-2016-el-ni%C3%B1o-update-spring-forward) – and they’re (Christ! there’s always a “they” isn’t there?)  talking about possibilities for a La Nina (I’m not making this up, I swear) – though surf as I might, nothing is mentioned about ramifications of an La Nina for Northern Hemisphere.

Need a more expensive computer, perhaps?

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Windows 10 – Anniversary Update preview build

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Curmudgeonly old git wot I am – the WIN10 preview start menu build seems fantastically cluttered with the addition of a ‘rail’ down the far-left edge.
 
(I’ve thoughtfully marked it in the pic -with a lovely wiggly line).
 
Not sure – in the longer run if MS’s and Google march toward ubiquitous icon markings (EVERYONE knows what these icons mean – don’t they . . . I mean, DON’T THEY?) – no, really NO, they don’t. This is singularly inaccessible to most except frequent and constant users.

You Switch – you lose – eventually.

YOU-SWITCH TV ad’s April 16.

Phil Glenister, (chosen doubtless for his forthright/no-nonsense/pseudo-tough/everyman image) tells us he’s fed up with the public complaining about their energy prices.

All the UK public need to do is log-in, add a few details, switch and . . . (pause whilst he whisks a fistful of £20 notes out of his shirt pocket) SAVE.

Singularly failing to inform us that power in the UK is TWICE as expensive as the European average, or that you-switch are being PAID by the suppliers to list their services.

Who the hell really SHOULD have to switch, and deal, and switch, and deal – to get a reasonable price for Gas or Electric?

(I mentioned a deeper thought on this October of last year )

So it’s our fault is it?  Our fault we’ve neo-liberalised ourselves into believing this sort of thing is good idea.  That you can be encouraged to keep jumping around between Banks, Telecoms, Energy-suppliers, Insurance companies – in the name of some assumed benefit, not at all linked to true value or loyalty.  Such a fickle, non-enduring, PLASTIC way to live.

And remember, plastic is choking the oceans.