Odds and Sods
1. Frogs. Item in yesterday's BBC Home page. 'The only frog hospital in Australia has had to close for lack of funds - Deirdre where are you? (Incidentally, Granny has yet to discover how to put a name in and have it come up neatly in blue, which can be clicked on, without having to put in whole bloody URL. Beloved Son in law due to arrive in two weeks be warned: GRANNY NEEDS GEEK HELP. Not that he's a geek in any other sense- far from it. It's just that she isn't in that sense. And wishes she was.)
2. Pigs. Pigs are omniverous like humans, have teeth like humans, to the point of having physical anthropologists mistake fossilised pig teeth for human ones, their internal organs are so like so human ones that pigs can be used as medical testers, in the wild they have separate places for defecation, just like humans. So why do humans talk about dirty pigs? Police as pigs? Etc. WHY DO THEY HATE PIGS? Is it because they hate themselves??
NB Pigs like having their backs scratched; so does Granny. She's happy to be a pig.
3. The calima from the east continues. In Spain it comes from the south and called 'calina.' In France also from the south and is called the sirocco. In Israel it's from the east and known as the hamsin. In all cases it's hot dry dusty, covers everything with sand, dries up plants, skin, houses and drives people mad. This island is on our 4th day of it, which is just too much. Admittedly it's brighter today and the wind is down. Granny and Beloved had planned a day out, up the island, and may still go.
4. Why are some people invisible? Granny and Beloved had lunch with Mrs and Mr Blondbombshell yesterday. They are shaking the dust of this island off their feet (literally just now) and departing for Teneriffe, where they may be as discontented; who knows. Granny has always had a problem noticing Mr BBS. When she failed to greet him instantly, ditto say goodbye, she has thought herself unkind and unaware. Yesterday she realised it wasn't just her. Nice, cleverish, quiet Mr BBS literally has NO PRESENCE. Some people don't. Turn round and they vanish from consciousness. Just like that.