SOPPY SUNDAY

n comfy mum
Morning. As you can see the little one is still sleeping, so we threw in a couple of bonus pics for you…
n oh stop it
My little bro can be a bit of a pain at times…
N bird
So I said to him… if you mess with me you’ll regret it, but would he listen?
n branscombe devon
Branscombe, Devon, England.
n north ple
Apparently, the North Pole.
n polar
Never mind “apparently”, it is. We’ve been there.
n zurich
Zurich, Switzerland. If you look carefully you can see Terry Entoure out doing his shopping!
n chameleon
Bet you wish you were as colourful as me.
n machu picchu
Macchu Picchu.
n magpie
I’m a coming to get ya.
n leaf
At the current rate of exchange, this leaf is worth a lot more than the pound sterling. Can I have โ‚ฌ20 for it?
n turt
Nothing like a nice salad for lunch. Especially when you grew it yourself.
n crowdear
“Erm, Crow… there’s a landing charge, you know?” ::: “Is it dear, deer?”
n stockholm
Stockholm.
n roadside
The beauties of the kerbside.
n leo the leopanrd
Did someone say Whiskas?
n lofenten is norway
Lofoten, Norway.
n dd
I’m sorry about the puddle. Do you forgive me?
n doghorse
Not just man’s best friend, it seems.
n or 4
Well, that’s it for another Sunday of soppiness. See you next week.

 

39 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Looks like a Jackson’s Chamaeleon to me. The purple kerbside flowers look very like the orchids that I saw out at Bangour a couple of years ago.

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    1. He’s a beauty.

      I’m not sure what the flowers are. Thew pic was in an email asking me to support kerbside diversity. It was so attractive I thought I’d use it.

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  2. Thanks for the extra orangutan pictures but quite right too as Saturday’s pictures included Palmolive. After all I’ve taught you about palm oil too!! What a cute baby though. Loved the cats, the dachshund and the polar bears. At least I think it’s a dachshund. Some dog fan will be along and tell me otherwise if it’s not.

    Re Stockholm, Sweden’s having an election today. Apparently the far right are expected to do well. Between that and Boris’ latest abomination we’ll be needing Soppy Monday, Soppy Tuesday etc etc. So start looking out lots of cute and scenic pictures….

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    1. Ah …sorry about the Palmolive.

      It’s just such a name from my childhood that I have never even thought about the name, any more than I ever thought about Lux or Camay or Lifeboy!

      Everything looks a bit bleak at the moment.

      Abominable though May is, the thought of Boris as PM is simply beyond contemplation!

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  3. Panda Paws…..thank you for pointing out the potential issue regarding that great old bar soap “Palmolive.”

    Wiki: “In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the B.J. Johnson Company was making a soap entirely of palm oil and olive oil, the formula of which was developed by B.J. Johnson in 1898. The soap was popular enough to rename their company after it โ€” “Palmolive.”
    “Colgate consumes approximately 0.2% of the combined palm oil output of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the cultivation of which is known for environmental impacts on a global level including: deforestation, loss of natural habitats of critically endangered species, and increased greenhouse gas emissions.”

    Here is Colgate-Palmolive’s corporate policy titled: “Our Policy on Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing of Palm Oils.” (Most recent full year data as of 2017.)

    https://www.colgatepalmolive.com/en-us/core-values/our-policies/palm-oils-policy

    And Colgate-Palmolive’s “No Deforestation Policy”:

    https://www.colgatepalmolive.com/en-us/core-values/our-policies/no-deforestation

    Here’s what the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism (at Brandeis University) has to say about Palmolive soap. (General information, apparently from around 2012, and not reflecting more current Colgate-Palmolive status on the issue.)

    “As its name implies, the original Palmolive soap formula was made entirely of palm and olive oils. While Palmolive soap no longer uses palm oil, Colgate-Palmolive, the company which produces Palmolive soap and many other personal care items, continues to use palm oil and its derivatives in other Colgate products. Of the total 93,720 metric tons of palm oil and derivatives it uses in its own products, 25 metric tons are certified as sustainable. Colgate-Palmolive, a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), has committed to using 100% sustainable palm oil by 2015 according to its time-bound plans submitted to the RSPO.”

    http://www.schusterinstituteinvestigations.org/products-with-palm-oil

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    1. Danny

      I was looking for soap recently and checking the ingredients, by gum the number of them that contained palm oil and no indication if it was sustainable or not. There was an oatcake company that had a cartoon orangutan on them to say it was orang friendly but they’ve stopped doing that. Anyway ended up buying soap made by a German company that in WW2 made their soap from much more gruesome ingredients though I’m sure that’s long in the past. Homo sapien wasn’t listed on the ingredients and neither was palm oil so win win…

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      1. Hmmmmm…..I’m no chemist, and no expert on the ingredients of consumer goods, but as I understand it (from the GreenPalm website): “Palm oil and palm kernel oil based ingredients are found in approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves, including food and non food items. Palm oil in many countries is used as a simple frying oil, but many other markets make use of both palm and palm kernel oil:
        Consumer retail food and snack manufacturers
        Personal care and cosmetics (mainly palm kernel oil)
        Biofuel and energy
        Animal feed (palm kernel expeller)
        Pharmaceutical
        Industrial
        Foodservice/service industry”

        Then there’s the fact that some countries do not require that Palm Oil be listed by name on ingredients lists…….and Palm Oil and Palm Oil derivatives apparently have LOTS of names:

        “Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palm olein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hydrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Steareth-2, Cocamide MEA (fatty acid-derived) Cocamiede DEA (fatty acid derived), Stearamidopropyldimethylamine, Cetyltrimethylammonium chloride, Isopropylmyristate, Caprylic/capric Trigylceride, Fatty Isethionates (SCI), Alkylpolyglycoside (APG), Laurylamine oxide”

        So the idea of simply not buying anything that contains “Palm Oil” seems pretty hopeless at the outset, however laudable the concept is in principle.

        Working with corporations to establish and maintain sustainable and identifiable supply chains that minimize or eliminate negative impacts on the environment of this REALLY big business would seem to be the most reasonable course of action. (We should remember that it was the switch away from tans fats (a good idea for the anti-trans-fat people) that led to the use of THIS particular edible vegetable oil (which was a bad idea for the rain forests and the Orangutans.) What will we do next, and who or what will be damaged on the NEXT edible vegetable oil go-around?

        BTW, I have no idea what is meant by “CONFLICT Palm Oil,” but the anti-Palm Oil websites use the word a LOT. Maybe it is in fact a technical description for a specific type of Palm Oil. But I would almost bet money that it’s just an emotionally charged word that the anti-Palm Oil people have attached to it to tell people what they’re supposed to think about the issue. (Maybe thought to be a little more subtle than “Nasty Old Palm Oil.”) Appeals to emotion are always a bad idea when dealing with public policy issues.

        I’m all for the rainforests and the Orangutans. But I don’t see simple easy answers here.

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          1. Ed……Yes, as soon as I saw that “CONFLICT” silliness attached to the (otherwise admirable) Palm Oil issue, I thought of “BLOOD” diamonds. I just HATE that kind of flim flam! Makes me think that these people, by a choice of emotional wording, are loading on a lot of emotional garbage to get me to put my rationality aside and make emotional judgements.

            It was people who put rationality aside to make emotional political judgements that gave you Brexit and gave us Donald Trump.

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            1. Yeah, blood diamonds are a definite Thing, though. At one point I was tangentially involved in some talks to put together an international agreement aimed at ensuring that “blood diamonds” – mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as I recall – did not enter / were excluded from the legitimate trade in diamonds.

              And no, I didn’t manage to nick any.

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          2. PS Ed…….I wonder if it occurs to people involved with the Palm Oil issue that an obvious policy of saying “CONFLICT Palm Oil” over and over and over for emotional effect is exactly the same as our Mr. Trump saying “NO COLLUSION” over and over and over in his Tweets. It’s such a blatantly obvious ploy to appeal to emotion that it’s a bit insulting that they think rational people would not notice what they’re doing.

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              1. Ed……YES! And I really did search around a bit about the literal meaning of “Conflict Palm Oil” as compared with simple “Palm Oil.” Maybe some people aren’t as sensitive as I am to the idea that I’m being “played” with an emotionally charged word, but it doesn’t seem to make sense to introduce the slightest ambiguity to the literal meaning of such an important issue.

                The people who are defending the rain forests and the Orangutans are on the side of the angels here. They certainly don’t need rhetorical flim flam to bolster their argument. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Branscombe in Devon looks nice. But it brought to mind a poem involving the name “Devon.” Seemed most likely Kipling…..but I couldn’t find a Kipling source. Then I realized it was written by an Australian officer about to be executed in South Africa on 27 February, 1902. (Used in the movie, “Breaker Morant.”)

    BUTCHERED TO MAKE A DUTCHMAN’S HOLIDAY by Harry (“Breaker”) Morant:

    In prison cell I sadly sit,
    A damned crest-fallen chappie!
    And own to you I feel a bit-
    A little bit – unhappy!

    It really ain’t the place nor time
    To reel off rhyming diction –
    But yet we’ll write a final rhyme
    Whilst waiting cru-ci-fixion!

    No matter what “end” they decide –
    Quick-lime or “b’iling ile,” sir?
    We’ll do our best when crucified
    To finish off in style, sir!

    But we bequeath a parting tip
    For sound advice of such men,
    Who come across in transport ship
    To polish off the Dutchmen!

    If you encounter any Boers
    You really must not loot ’em!
    And if you wish to leave these shores,
    For pity’s sake, DON’T SHOOT ‘EM!!

    And if you’d earn a D.S.O.,
    Why every British sinner
    Should know the proper way to go
    Is: “ASK THE BOER TO DINNER!”

    Let’s toss a bumper down our throat, –
    Before we pass to Heaven,
    And toast: “The trim-set petticoat
    We leave behind in Devon.”

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  5. There’s no mountains at the North Pole – nor polar bears. It’s frozen ocean and the bears hunt seals which live at the edge of the ice sheets, a long way from the pole.
    The crow looks like a jackdaw, Corvus monedula (the money crow).
    The purple flower is a Spotted, or Marsh, Orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii.

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  6. Those shops on that street in Zurich look sort of posh. Makes me think that Switzerland is not a place for poor people. Some American movie stars retire there. Brits too I think. Maybe provides favorable tax treatment for Brits? (I think Sean Connery is a tax exile in the Bahamas however. Poor man…….shut out of his own country by Her Majesty’s tax collector.)

    I wonder if those Swiss farmers who decorate their cows are wealthy too. An eccentricity of the wealthy might explain that weird cow decoration thing.

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