On tonight's news, it was reported that consumer loans in Germany now have negative interest. On one of the examples shown, a person who borrowed 1000 euros only has to pay back 877.17 over time. Naturally it is a gimmick to get faithful customers, but still!
I am more and more amazed at what the media think is an important tidbit of information. For example, tonight it was mentioned that the very first mass ever broadcast on television was a mass in Notre Dame for Christmas 1948. True or false, I just can't imagine who gives a fuck.
I never thought there was any way that I could ever do bungee jumping, but I just saw a report about it in South Africa where the people fell backwards instead of looking into the abyss. I almost feel that I could do that.
From Victoria Falls bridge you get jump off any way you want. When I was doing the overlanding stuff and I persuaded at least four people to bungee jump, I got a free one - but it had to be done naked. Nevertheless, I didn't do it anyway as I was never much interested in persuading people to do stuff. They either did or they didn't.
I am happy that Trudeau was re-elected. He did disappoint quite a few people with the pipeline and his dressing-up in India, but he is certainly better than the Conservative candidate. Any Conservative candidate. Not that I am really concerned, of course, because I don't have the right to vote in Canada, although somewhere I read that that was changing.
I was happy as well bjd. From reports I have read this morning, 66% of eligible voted, down 2.8% from 2015. I voted in the advance polls as I find it hectic on election day. It will be interesting to see what can be achieved with a minority government but I believe the NDP members will generally vote with Liberal motions that they find reasonable and practical.
Glad Trudeau is reelected. Scheer looked like a real atsehole. Anti everything. NDP strikes me as a strange party name. Similar to NSDAP no ? (National socialist DEUTSCH arbeits partei - in short Nazi).
Inhumane way of sleeping, IMO. Blankets are much more adjustable for temperature. And I LIKE having sheets to wash instead of having to remove and replace the sack. I’m not alone:
“ In their book The Smell Of The Continent: The British Discover Europe, authors Richard Mullen and James Munson described the attitude of 19th century British travelers upon encountering duvets in European hotels:
‘ Then there was the detested duvet, known as ‘feather mattresses’, ‘fedder deckers’ or ‘that stuffed, pillow-like thing which is to do duty for blanket and coverlet’. When the Hills, father and son, arrived in France, they found ‘a large down mattress, or bag filled with down. I was not sure whether it was meant for us to lie on it, or it on us.’ Duvets were widely denounced as ‘those stuffy, fluffy, soft slippery coverings which always fall off a German bed when an Englishman tries to sleep in it’.
My first experience with “feather beds” as we called them was on a family trip to Europe in 1967, when I was 13, and my sisters were 12 and 9.
Our whole family shared one hotel room with two beds most nights, which would have been fine as we girls were petite. But each bed had two individual duvets on it, meaning the sister in the middle either shivered blanket-less or fought with a sister on either side for a bit of covers. The eventual solution was to turn the poofs sideways and hope the gap didn’t open up and freeze ones lower torso.
You couldn’t PAY me to furnish my bedroom with a duvet.
"Blankets are much more adjustable for temperature." That's why Ikea sell all sorts of thicknesses, even like the ones we have which are two thin ones you can 'pop' together for winter. It was common, and Mrs M detested it, in the UK to have one very big double/queen/king sized. Don't know if it still is, but she was used to individual ones. This suits me because she could have a thick one whilst I had a thinner one.
I cannot now sleep with the weight required for blankets to keep warm in the winter, plus how often does it seem to happen where you turn over, take the blanket or only one of the blankets, with you and not the sheet? Then you spend the next half hour trying to straighten the bed up in the dark without disturbing your partner. Horses for courses but I'm a duvet man.
When I strip the bed for washing, the cover turns inside out. I wash it like that then when putting it back on I reach inside, grab the far corners and the corners of the duvet, pull back and through and voila, finished. Just like probably 95% of people. The covers were good for playing ghosts with, with the kids as well.
You could be right. But I trust my washing machine to wash well enough especially if it is just a thin cotton cover. Does that mean you turn clothes inside out if you been sweating a lot so the inside gets washed better? I'll have to monitor this. I've just assumed my covers will be washed ok.
We don't have enough electric capacity in Spain for electric blankets but I do wish we had.