Do you use Skype on your computer? It is a wonderful bonus to be able to call friends and family and see them on your computer screen. The programme is FREE and it is easy to download and install. It is also relatively easy to use if you keep your wits about you.
We are still enjoying really beautiful weather here on the Costa Blanca. We took advantage of this seasonal good temperature to visit Valencia yesterday afternoon. We had to drive our Andrew’s car back for him as he is flying from Paris to Valencia having flown out from Alicante. No! I didn’t really get the logic in his planning but we took advantage of his strategy to drive in our own time and get a coach back from Valencia. I must also add that the coach was ultra comfortable and bang on time. When done Alsa!
To say we are lucky is an understatement. Elsewhere, areas across Spain have been placed on high alert as severe flooding has left some towns without drinking water. From what I saw on the national Spanish news river levels have risen so high in some provinces that houses are being flooded and cars abandoned by the road. People have been left to queue with plastic containers to collect drinking water. However, I was reading that the current heavy rain has raised Spain´s capacity to generate hydroelectricity and irrigate crops. On Tuesday the Met Office issued weather alerts for more than half the country. Here´s our weather for the Alicante Province
18° C | 6° C
15° C | 8° C
16° C | 8° C
16° C | 9° C
18° C | 13° C
An apology. Yesterday’s blog included a technological error. Adverts appeared on my blog due to a piece of html code that stayed on the page. This was my fault and I corrected it when I saw the mistake. I do not place adverts on my blog.
The Rebel Doctor has been looking at the contents of popular air fresheners. This might be of interest to you.
Popular air fresheners may have deadly scents
The next time you come across a kitchen that smells “lemony fresh,” or get a whiff of a cool mountain glen in your t-shirt, don’t breathe too deeply. According to researchers from the University of Washington, air fresheners and fragranced laundry products often emit literally dozens of chemicals – some of which are considered toxic by federal law.
And the worst part is that none of the potentially hazardous chemicals that are thrown off by these “fresh-smelling” products are even listed on the label of ingredients. University of Washington researcher Ann C. Steinemann, PhD, said, “I didn’t find a brand that didn’t emit at least one toxic chemical.”
As shocking as this may seem, there’s a part of me that’s not the least bit surprised. After all, I’m a bright guy and I realize that laundry detergents and air fresheners that smell like a cleansing summer rain storm aren’t made from fresh-picked mountain flowers after a sun shower. There are chemicals – toxic and potentially deadly ones – that are replicating these odors. Of course the manufacturers of these products are already in full cornered-animal mode. They’re proclaiming that the products are safe when “used as directed,” and that the chemicals in question are present only in amounts not known to cause health issues.
But you’ve got to wonder, don’t you? Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs at the University of Washington, says her idea for the revealing study was born of the fact that she had for years been told by many people that household cleaners and air fresheners caused them to have dizzy spells, or had spurred bouts of headache, asthma, shortness of breath – even seizures.
Steinemann’s study closely examined six popular consumer produces: liquid spray air fresheners, plug-in air fresheners, fabric softeners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, and the kinds of solid disc deodorizers used in airliner toilets. Steinemann found that these six products emitted a staggering 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
But to me, the most disheartening discovery of Steinemann’s study came when she turned to federal law to find out what laws were on the books to protect consumers from this kind of thing. As it turns out, there’s no law that requires disclosure of all chemicals in fragrances.
It’s an outrage to say the least. Steve Gilbert, a toxicologist not associated with the study, put it very succinctly: “At the very minimum, we should have a right to know what’s in these products.”
Your best bet is to stop using store-bought air fresheners altogether. Try the real thing instead – cut open a lemon or orange, gather some mint leaves, or just open a box of baking soda.
Word of the Day
el charco charr’-koh (noun)
puddle, pool of water
Arruiné mis zapatos dando un paso en un charco. – I ruined my shoes by stepping in a puddle.
Pienso que la ducha está rota. Hay un charco en el baño. – I think the shower is broken. There is a pool of water in the bathroom.
For more information and examples, visit the SpanishDict.com entry for el charco.
* Family Dog Survives 98 Days on Deserted New Jersey Island *
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale — a tail, really — about a brave beagle and a family’s refusal to give up.
Buddy, a 4-year-old beagle, was reunited with his New Jersey family on Monday after 98 days spent on uninhabited Gull Island in New Jersey’s Manasquan Inlet. The Kelleys, of Eatontown, N.J., lost control of Buddy on Aug. 31 as the family attempted to switch the dog’s leash while frolicking on Dog Beach in Manasquan.
On this Day1955, Based on sales from stores, radio and jukebox plays Billboard named ‘Unchained Melody’ by Les Baxter the number 1 US song of 1955.
1961, The Four Freshmen made their live debut using their new name; The Beach Boys at the Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California.1963,
The Kinks made their live debut when they played at the Lotus House Restaurant, London.
1967, American songwriter and producer Bert Berns died of heart failure aged 38. He wrote many classic songs including ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘Hang On Sloopy’,;Here Comes the Night, I Want Candy; and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’.
1970, Paul McCartney filed a suit against the rest of The Beatles to dissolve their partnership.
1979, Blondie’s gig at The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland was broadcast live on BBC 2’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test‘.
1984, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, crashed his Corvette Stingray, on the A57 outside Sheffield, Allen lost his left arm in the accident. Allen was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party at his family’s home when a Jaguar passed him. 1985, Ricky Nelson was killed along with six others, when his charted light aircraft crashed in Texas.
1996, Paul McCartney became a Sir after he was listed in the Queens New Year’s Honours List.
1943, Born on this day, Henry John Deutschendorf, (John Denver), singer, songwriter. 1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Annie’s Song’. Killed in a plane crash on 12th October 1997.
1948, Born on this day, US singer Donna Summer, (1977 UK No.1 single ‘I Feel Love’ 1979 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘Hot Stuff, over 25 other top 40 hits).