Philippa

The Øresund Bridge

The Øresund strait separates the Danish island Zealand from the southern Swedish province of Scania. Its width is 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) at the narrowest point between Kronborg Castle at Helsingør in Denmark – but this couldn’t stop these Scandinavic countries. They designed a magnificent bridge that turns into a tunnel… let me explain.

The Øresund was designed by the Danish engineering firm COWI and the main architect was George K.S. Rotne, being operated jointly by both states. The Øresund Bridge runs nearly 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The crossing of the strait is completed by a 4 km (2.5-mile) underwater tunnel, called the Drogden Tunnel, from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager.

The man-made island of Peberholm is quite spectacular in itself. It was constructed from material dredged from the seabed. The flora and fauna has been allowed to develop freely, and has now become a big point of interest for biologists. The Lund’s Botanical Association has identified more than 500 different species of plants, as well as a popular breeding ground for birds and a habitat for the rare green toad.

The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, connection two of the most important centers in the region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen, and Sweden’s city of Malmö. It connects the road and rail networks of the Scandinavian Peninsula with those of Central and Western Europe.

The cable-stayed bridge has two 204 meter high pylons (almost 700 feet), supporting the bridge across the channel. Thanks to the bridge, an area that now houses 3.7 million people was allowed to develop economically and thrive.

Philippa

Political Correctness?

What is meant by the modern term referred to as “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”…The definition is found in at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

The following are copies of four telegrams between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945.

The contents of those four telegrams below are exactly as received at the end of the war – not a word has been added or deleted!

(1) Tokyo, Japan   0800-September 1,1945

To: President Harry S Truman

From: General D A MacArthur

Tomorrow we meet with those yellow-bellied bastards and sign the Surrender Documents, any last minute instructions?

(2) Washington, D C   1300-September 1, 1945

To: D A MacArthur

From: H S Truman Congratulations, job well done, but you must tone down your obvious dislike of the Japanese when discussing the terms of the surrender with the press, because some of your remarks are fundamentally not politically correct! 

(3) Tokyo, Japan  1630-September 1, 1945

To: H S Truman

From: D A MacArthur and C H Nimitz

Wilco Sir, but both Chester and I are somewhat confused, exactly what does the term politically correct mean?

Washington, D C  2120-September 1, 1945

To: D A MacArthur/C H Nimitz

From: H S Truman

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end!

Philippa

Jonty – My Beautiful Boy Has Gone

For those of you who have a dog or have had one, you will understand the grief it brings when they die.

Jonty was a lovely chap and a real hansom specimen of his breed. His pedigree was actually German, going back through many generations of world and national champions. We rescued him in 2010 when he was only 18 months old, so he was only 8 years 9 months, which is still young for this breed.

Unfortunately he got run over quite badly outside our house only two months after we got him. I thought we had lost him then, but despite grazing he seemed fine when the vet checked him over. The car was worse off, with a smashed in wing and headlight. That cost me £500 in repairs!

This accident had the effect of slowly killing the gracilis muscle in his rear right leg. It became fibrotic (known as fibrotic myopathy – see: http://www.vetsurgerycentral.com/ortho_semitendinosus_myopathy.html), which gave him a limp. This was incurable as the muscle wastes away. In the spring this year he suddenly started to go down hill and we went to the Royal Vet College to have him thoroughly looked at, in case there was anything we could do. £3000 later and we were no further on. They did discover that he likely also had myelopathy – see: https://www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/german-shepherd-degenerative-myelopathy, which is the nerves in the spine degenerating, so this would effect the whole of his back end. We didn’t really believe them at that time, but lately it was becoming evident.

I have been supporting his back end all summer with a harness and lately literally holding him up whenever we went out for a walk, which was twice a day. We tried the wheels to no avail, just didn’t suit his situation at all. No doubt it’s done my upper body conditioning no end of good (he was 47kg), but it couldn’t go on indefinitely and this last couple of weeks decided me to stop now. I had already expected not to go into the winter doing this.

It has been really hard as we loved him so much. We spent all evening weeping and it’s left a huge void in our hearts and house. Much too quiet now! We keep welling up just thinking about him. What total wimps we are!

ER

Blue eye for Bluetooth

Dear Reader,

Posts about computers are not very popular on diablog. One could even say, they are unpopular. Yet, for your own safety, please, bare with me.

One of the reasons for the lack of popularity might be, that a lot of people are unaware, how often they are using a “computer”.

Prime example, do you use a smartphone? Great, that’s a computer. Do you own a smart TV? That’s a computer. And so is your car, and probably you fridge, and your internet router, and your electricity and/or gas meter, and, and ….

Why do I bother you with that? Because today it was revealed that Bluetooth has major security holes.

Blue what?

Bluetooth is a wireless technique invented in 1994, 23 years ago. It is in use heavily. Bluetooth is in almost all smartphones and laptops. For years now it has been bundled with WiFi on the hardware level. So Bluetooth is pretty much everywhere.

And today a research company published security holes in Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Bluetooth did not go with what is called “Opt-in”, where you have to activate it. Bluetooth is active by default. You have to ppt-out, so to speak.

If you own a laptop or a smartphone, please turn off Bluetooth.

 

If you do not know how, please ask someone who does.

You and we all will have enough problems with all the “internet of things” devices, where one cannot turn off Bluetooth easily. We do not want a gazillion hacked smartphones and laptops on top of that, do we?

Please, do it now.

Thanks in advance,

Engine Room

ER

This weekend

Dear Reader,

Everybody here at diablog is wondering, where the heck is Glynsky?

Maybe I have an answer.

This weekend is Goodwood. Somehow I forgot, whether Glynsky attends Silverstone, or Goodwood, or both?

In any case, this year you, I, and everybody else can follow Goodwood via live stream. It all is on Youtube and one can watch it here:

Goodwood Revival Live Stream 2017

If you happen to see Glynsky in the crowd or on the track, let me know.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room