Musings On A Chilly Sunday

Since the short ‘False Summer’ recently, the weather has felt more like Autumn again. It is dull and cold this morning, with a promised maximum of 10C. (50F) Hard to imagine June is arriving next week. I doubt I will be needing my new sun hat again for a while.

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Although Ukraine continues to ‘drop down’ the news reports here, I read online that the Russians are making progress in South-East Ukraine. The sheer volume of troops and resources at their disposal is finally wearing down Ukrainian resistance. I am beginning to wonder if Zelensky should try to come to some settlement, before his country is quite literally destroyed town by town.

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I posted about the school shooting in Texas, then later discovered that the heavily-armed police officers attending and standing around in the car park refused to enter the school because the shooter ‘might fire at them’, or ‘was shooting at them’. That sounds like simple dereliction of duty from where I sit.

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I am still not feeeling very insired to post much on my blog. So I appreciate everyone who has read the old posts I have been reblogging.

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Ollie is benefiting from the cooler weather. He has a bit more energy, and has also regained a good appetite. He is currently fast asleep next to my desk.

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Have a great Sunday. Wherever you live, and whatever you are doing.

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49 thoughts on “Musings On A Chilly Sunday

  1. HI Pete, I have been enjoying reading a few of your old posts. I remember reading somewhere about the Russian ‘steamroller’ and that despite having inferior arms in WWII, they just kept coming in wave after wave.

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    1. There was no regard to Soviet casualties in WW2, Robbie. If they did not attack, they would be shot by their own politcal commissars, or arrested by the NKVD and executed later Some soldiers were sent in without rifles, and told to pick up those dropped by the men killed in the first wave. In the last battle for Berlin alone, in April/May 1945, Soviet casualties amounted to around 80,000, including almost 30,000 killed.
      Earlier in the war, during the fighting around Stalingrad, the Soviet troop casualties numbered over 900,000. The high command cared nothing for casualties, as the population was large enough to conscript and train more troops. Today’s situation in Ukraine shows the same mentality, as they have already lost more soldiers there than they did in Afghanistan or Chechnya.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Pete, please do not feel guilty about reblogging your older posts. I love doing that, because so many newer readers haven’t read the posts. It’s a great thing to do, and a gift to newer bloggers. Actually, I think it’s a good thing that you’re not inspired at the moment; the rest of us can enjoy your prior posts. Really!

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  3. Pete I am sorry you are still not feeling inspired, but glad to here about Ollie, wondering if there is any news regarding the licence problems xx

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine. I have heard nothing at all from the DVLA since returning my medical forms almost three weeks ago. In a couple of days it will be four months since I applied for the renewal.
      Best wishes Pete. x

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  4. Our wet season is in full flow but welcome we do get some sun still albeit brief…I just hope the sun comes out for my UK visit at the beginning of June…or I will be shopping or borrowing warmer clothes…Sounds like Ollie is enjoying the weather though, bless him 🙂 x

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    1. It is supposed to be warmer by Wednesday, Carol. (Forecast for 20C by then in the south) Only 11C here today though. I think you are going to find it very ‘fresh’ after Thailand. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  5. It is not clear that there is anyone capable of rational negotiations on the Russian side. remember who started this “thing” in the Donbas years ago. I seem to remember a plane being shot down. Warmest regards, Theo

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    1. The current complex issues in that region date back to the end of WW2, Theo. I doubt there will be any ‘sensible’ outcome for a long time yet.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  6. take life as it comes, and I feel your joie de vivre will once again return when it is time. until then, take things easy and do the things you are able to do and have control over. understandable slump with the battle and wait for your license, it’s a part of your independence and freedom

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  7. Pete, understand the blogging malaise – as for weather we have what’s called the “June gloom” in LA: cloudy grey mornings that slowly burn off by 2p, with temperatures only in the 70’s…then we’ll get a 90+ temperature and all is forgiven!

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  8. (1) After hitting 40° C (104° F) last Thursday, we’re getting some relief here in Las Vegas. Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be a chilly 29° C (84° F).
    (2) The Howitzers have arrived in Ukraine. Maybe that will help?
    (3) Uvalde is not far from San Antonio. I guess the police there are not made of the same fabric as those who defended the Alamo. You may recall that one of the defenders was Thomas Redd Miller, a personal friend of David Crockett. According to our family’s oral history, Thomas R. Miller was a member of our family tree.
    (4) Feeling “down in the dumps” is not good for the body or the soul. I hope you get your driver’s license renewed sooner rather than later. (It would be sooner if you lived in Oklahoma.)
    (5) Some dogs have a killer instinct. According to my biology teacher, it’s when they’re snoozing that their sleeper cells are most active.
    (6) I hiked the 6-mile Bristlecone Trail on Friday, so I’m enjoying a lazy weekend.

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    1. 40C would be too much for me, but even though it managed to creep up to 12C in Beetley this afternoon, it is unseasonably chilly still. I fear the spirit of The Alamo is not in those police officers, David.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. It seems the story of that shooting keeps changing. Probably everyone trying to cover their butt. It’s sickening. Feeling fairly uninspired myself. At least I have a lot of catching up I can do on your older posts. Love to Ollie.

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  10. Here the weather is also chilly and the temperature also around 10 degrees (C). Let’s enjoy a short sparetime, like Ollie is doing. This school shooting was horrible again. Let’s hope there will be a solution preventing such things for the future. Best wishes, Michael

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  11. I also wish you a beautiful Sunday.
    We have 11 degree, it`s a rainy day. Seemed we have April.
    I am not going to go out today.
    I have a new photo book project in the works. Sunday afternoon is saved.
    Best wishes, Irene

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  12. I hope the inspiration comes back soon, Pete. I was at a street fair of local associations yesterday, in the radio stand, and it was so hot it was almost unbearable, so I could do with sending you some heat if I could. One of the people I interviewed (she runs an organisation that aids children and people in need, mostly emigrants) was telling me that she was talking at a school and there was a 10 y.old from the Donbas area, and he said he hated Ukrainians for what they have been doing to them. She was horrified at seeing such a young child already having such strong feelings, but I guess when you grow up in such circumstances… (He is safe now, but one wonders if he’ll ever feel differently).
    I really cannot understand the police at the school. It makes no sense, and I’ve read that they were quite nasty towards the parents who tried to intervene.

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    1. Unfortunately, the actions of Ukraine’s army and the Azov Battallions in the Donbas region before the Russian invasion were almost never reported. There are always two sides to any story like that one.
      I hope your unseasonal heat subsides soon, Olga.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. All the best to you, Pete. I’m relieved to have my MacBook back, although I have a bit of a backlog of things I want to do, but I can take my time, not having any specific deadline. Sunday’s usually a relaxed day for me, with a family visit later on. Cheers, Jon.

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  14. Cooler here as well, but rising temps with thunderstorms next week, about a month late, we need the rain 🙂
    If you heard the number of plane’s that go overhead here on their way to the border I would say they are a long way off negotiating away chunks of the country, but then who knows if its up to Zelensky anymore!
    When more people die from a bullet every day in the US than are dying on the frontline of a war its hard to make sense of anything regarding guns in America.
    Good to hear Ollies doing well 🙂 Have a good one.

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