Where you’ll find us for the next several weeks. Come see us.
Mostly on holiday now at our little cabin on the lake in Finland. High summer here, the run-up to Juhannus next week, the main holiday of the year. Daylight round the clock and the forecast is good, not always a sure thing here.
Water temperature at 17C now, not too cold to jump in – briefly. Will be enjoying a quiet week at the lake with our new Finnish friends. The magic number this year is five – baby ducks and swans.
Collected photos from this so far two month long, slow trip around the world post here.
Having just returned from a couple days in Russia, it’s interesting to see the headline In Russian Cities, Mock Gravestones Are Sounding Putin’s Death Knell. Add that to this, and go ahead, take a moment to be an optimist.
There are a lot of people at this protest, aimed against a proposed law allowing extradition of Hong Kong citizens to Beijing.
Chinese media blamed “collusion with the West”.
Photo from four minutes ago, 20:08 Finnish time:
It’s a privilege to spend the best weather months on a lake in Finland. And there’s this:
HELSINKI — Finland’s new center-left coalition government has been sworn in, with the country’s first Social Democratic prime minister in 16 years assuming office along with a climate issue-focused Cabinet where women are in the majority.
The 19-member Cabinet of Prime Minister Antti Rinne — a former finance minister and trade union leader — was approved Thursday in the 200-seat Eduskunta legislature, after which President Sauli Niinisto appointed it.
Eleven of the Cabinet members are female, reflecting Nordic gender equality in the nation’s politics.
A lightning-fast trip to Vyborg, Russian Karelia (Viipuri to Finns) over the last couple of days. More on the way but for now:
Newspaper for public display in the old Soviet style.
Old man in old town.
Collected photos from this slow trip around the world post here.
Apparently, the first moving images of a total solar eclipse, from 1900. Besides the wobbly camera, it looks about like they do today.