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1. Morning. Just shouting at some trespassers there…
2. Dilara, rescue horse from Bulgaria.
3. Super blood moon over Glasgow.
4. Moooo, we think.
5. The bed ain’t big enough, Munguin!
6. How many kinds of sweet flowers grow in a Bulgarian country garden? Well, I think this is Pink Lady Evening Primrose?
7. My favourite burn, Gurgles, in the village of Liff. Down to a trickle two weeks ago, now a raging torrent.
8. And just a bit down the road, the Garlic is flowering along with bluebells.
9. I wonder if them birds want to join in our game, bro…
10. Melanistic Fox… rare.
11. Why is your nose all wet? Does your human not have a hanky?
12. Chilly up here.
13. Elephant Rock in Iceland. (Fílarokk).
14. There are the first class accommodations.
15. Pink Robin.
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16. Phnom Penh.
17. Bulgarian Wood Anemone (I think).
18. Um, WOL’s the name. Being smart is the game.
19. So I hear that Boris Johnson’s made a mess of the fisheries? Want me to see to him?
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20. Right that’s it. I’m off to play for the rest of the day.

Thanks to John, RS, Andi, Hannah.

61 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Very life-affirming as usual, Tris!

    I had never seen a pic of a melanistic fox before; I think it’s rather beautiful.

    But pink robins? Especially that shocking, fuchsia pink? Where on Earth do they hang out?

    The rest – much enjoyed – and of course the orangutans.

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    1. Picture #3…….Sorry, but I feel that I must throw some scientific cold water on the Super Blood Moon phenomenon. It’s just what I DO. 😉

      When I was a very young boy, I had been given an old 35mm SLR camera (with a “normal” focal length 50 mm lens)…..that I was SURE would photograph the HUGE full moon that I saw on the horizon. It was magnificent as I looked at it…….the size of a basketball I thought. Sadly, my camera was not fooled by the famous “moon horizon” optical illusion, and my picture of the moon looked like the relatively little disk it really is in the sky……an actual angular diameter of only about 31 arcminutes…….an image to your naked eye of which SIX would easily fit into the view through a soda straw.

      Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop breathless media headlines in the London tabloids for example about a SUPER MOON, every time a full moon occurs when the moon is the closest point in its elliptical orbit around the earth. The human eye doesn’t really notice that “Super Moons” are only a very tiny bit bigger in the sky, but news photographers illustrate the headlines with a photo made with a long telephoto lens. So it looks big for the headlines.

      And now, the headline writers have started calling any old garden variety lunar eclipse a BLOOD MOON. It’s usually difficult or impossible for the naked human eye to actually SEE the reddening of the earth’s shadow on the moon..….caused by refraction of sunlight through the earth’s atmosphere, with the blue light effectively filtered out by Rayleigh Scattering…….but photographers can haul out a long focal length telephoto lens and make it LOOK big….AND red. So we have a “Super Blood Moon.”

      To be clear, the full moon NEVER actually LOOKS big in the sky, and so the SUPER moon doesn’t really look any bigger to most people than any other full moon. And if you want to see any appreciable redness in a lunar eclipse, you will almost surely need a good pair of binoculars, a telephoto lens, or a telescope.

      But it gets even better……………….

      A SUPER BLOOD MOON may occur in January, a month in which the normal full moon is sometimes called the “Wolf Moon.” (Like the September full moon is called the Harvest Moon.) So when that happens, you can have a SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON……which happened in January, 2019. People were undoubtedly disappointed that it looked like every other lunar eclipse they’d ever seen, but the headline writers had a field day, and the photographers had LONG telephoto lenses. Astronomers had big telescopes. 😉

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        1. LOL Tris……I blamed the London tabloids for the lunar eclipse super blood moon, but surely the American media are just as bad.

          It registered strongly with me because of my disappointment with the first pictures I took of the BIG full moon on the horizon, only to discover that it’s all just an optical illusion. (Same with the big red sun at sunset.) Then I recall the first time I went out to look at the RED “Blood” moon during a lunar eclipse and realized that I couldn’t see that it looked red at all.

          SO… the tabloid media……Fool me once, shame on you……Fool me twice, shame on me! (Dubya stared it OK, but then he was struck with indecision and forgot the finish.) 😉

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              1. It’s in there at the end… but there’s a reminder of a few more…

                Bless him. We all thought he was the demist president until the orange blob came along!

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    1. Umm… this from the National Institutes of Health in February (

      “Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures. However, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies suggest that achieving the plasma concentrations necessary for the antiviral efficacy detected in vitro would require administration of doses up to 100-fold higher than those approved for use in humans.”


      “Despite […] in vitro activity, no clinical trials have reported a clinical benefit for ivermectin in patients with these [dengue, Zika, HIV, and yellow fever] viruses.”

      Here’s a list of clinical trials of ivermectin currently under way, from the US beta website: I’m not impressed by some of them, I have to say, and only a few of them have reported results so far.

      All in all, I’d say that it’s too early to say whether ivermectin does any good – it might even be the reverse.


      1. I’ll stick with hand washing and mask wearing.

        There has been an uptick in the number of cases of the Indian Variant in Dundee.

        Dundee readers take care… well, everyone take care.


      2. The National Institute of Health is a Globalist New World Order entity just like Gordy Broon. Don’t believe a word of it.
        How about this guy then. Though no doubt someone will post an attack on him.

        Backing up the video Dr, Worldometer(right now) has 3,564,122 deaths out of 171,370,025 cases. A recovery rate of over 97% from your bodys own immune system. The vaccines are apparently only providing 65% so not anywhere near your natural immunity level. There is NO LOGICAL health reason to take a vaccine. It is pure propaganda fear porn to push into taking an injection. Big Pharma counting their dosh!

        If you have already had an injection, best go and get a “Suramin” one too.

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        1. Kanga, I have no idea what you mean by “globalist new world order”, or even why it’s necessarily a bad thing.

          So – suramin – not ivermectin? Or chloroquine? One thing all three have in common is that they are or were used in parasitic diseases like African sleeping sickness, nasty conditions like onchocerciasis, and malaria. I happen to know that suramin, which is used against sleeping sickness, can have some really bad side effects on the kidney, so wouldn’t be appropriate me – it’s the sort of thing I made it my business to know when I lived in a part of the world where we were likely to come across tsetse flies. Horrible things. Here’s one.

          There isn’t one COVID vaccine, there are several, and that 65% effectiveness rate is about the level of protection you get from the first jag of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca. It’s much higher after the second dose – up in the high 90s. It’s a reduction by 65%, not to 65%, by the way. It compares well with ‘flu vaccines, which are still well worth getting for any decrepit old crock with underlying health conditions. One thing that does not necessarily show up in those figures is that even people who do become ill with the disease they’ve been vaccinated against – this is ture not just of COVID vaccinations – is that the vaccine will prevent you becoming seriously ill even if you do develop some illness: the COVID ones will effectively stop you ending up in the ICU or dying.

          I hold no brief for big pharma. You’ll probably enjoy this clip of Rep. Katie Porter taking down a pharmaceutical industry executive as much as I did, if you haven’t seen it already: This one’s good too:

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  2. The RS says thanks, Tris, for ID of the Pink Lady Evening Primroses. Evidently she has a different variety planted and growing somewhere else – and no resemblance – so where this one has suddenly come from is a bit of a mystery. Less so, the white ones. Her memory has come back and she says they’re not Wood Anemones but Craned Geraniums. I’m not going to argue either way – not my department – but if you want to dispute her horticultural assertions, I’ll happily act on your behalf.


    1. Lord no. I don;t want to dispute the RS’s horticultural assertions. Indeed I bow to her superior knowledge of her own plants.

      Besides, Munguin agrees with her, so there is no question.


    2. John, the pink evening primrose’s common name is pinkladies, it’s not a cultivar called “Pink Lady”. It’s native to the US prairies; is drought tolerant & likes free-draining soils. It can be invasive, it spreads easily from runners or seed; the example is likely a gift from the local avians.

      Cranesbills (more correctly crane’s-bills, but definitely not “craned geraniums”) do come in white, but there are few varieties. Most likely candidate is Geranium clarkei “Kashmir White”.

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      1. Thanks, Drew. I’ll have fun showing off my new-found knowledge and
        showing up the RS’s typically mangled horticultural taxonomy. I told her at the time that I’d never seen geraniums that looked anything likethat, but was dismissed with “What would you know. Stick to spelling, grammar, and puncuation. Oh, and whisky too.”

        There’s an old water trough beside and below the evening primrose eruption, no doubt dating from the time there was livestock on the property. I thought the presence of water might have been a factor in its appearance, but being a prairie species and drought-resistant that now seems an unlikely influence. The trough was a favourite drinking spot for the cats – despite having their own water bowls in the kitchen – and are now decidedly displeased by the new floral barrier blocking easy access. They still use it, but emerge covered in petals. Another Soppy Sunday possibility if I had phone to hand in time and camera ready. Of course, that’s never the case and the opportunity is missed.

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        1. I wouldn’t dismiss the trough as a factor John; birds aren’t fussy where they drink, or do their business!

          Drought tolerant doesn’t mean that they won’t be happy in moister conditions. Take flag iris as an example, albeit in reverse: truly aquatic, will thrive in up to 6″ of water, but can easily be grown in a border; it’s rhizomes store enough water to get them through short dry spells.

          I could spend the rest of my life sharing anecdotes about mangled taxonomic terms, even though I only spent 7 years (8 summers) in plant retail. Common names were the bane of my (any horticulturist’s) life; some customers were openly hostile about Latin (or Greek) binomials.

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          1. One of Munguin’s neighbours is a horticulturist. He never knows the common names of anything, but refers to them in Latin… Munguin understand of course, being a highly educated animal.


            1. The problem with “common” names is they might not be common at all!

              What’s common to you in Dundee, might be unknown to me in Edinburgh; it could even refer to something entirely different. Some names are extremely localised, some plants have dozens of common names. Common names may refer to several completely different plants.

              Munguin’s neighbour and I will be sticking with Linnaean nomenclature, thank you very much.

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          2. When I did she off my new knowledge to the RS, she snorted derisively, as she does so well (result of much practice). “Deaf old bugger. I told you clearly it was Crane-ESS Bill – singular possessive, not Crane-ED Bill – adjectival. And it is a £$%^& geranium!”

            My spelling and grammar lessons are clearly taking effect at last, but she still threw tbe book at me – The Flower Expert by Dr DG Hessayon. Sure enough, the heading says: “GERANIUM Cranes’s Bill” The text goes on: “… should not be confused with the half hardy Pelargonium which is popularly referred to as Geranium. The Geeranium of the herbaceous border is a hardy perennial which grows as a ground cover, its mounds of dense and deeply divided leaves serving to suppress weed growth. The 1 to 2 inch saucer-shaped flowers are white, pink, blue or red, and should ve removed once they have faded. Keep watching for slugs in spring and cut back the stems to ground level in autumn.” More MNR learning comes our way!

            Drew, your old job seems very much like our botanical pushers – Morgan Brothers. They are based in a town called Veliko Tarnovo, about three and a bitt hours away, but turn up at the first-Sunday-of the-month market in Dobric, a village just up the road. The RS always comes back with something new – but rarely survives. I know call the plantation Morgan’s Mortuary. Her botanical taxonomy got immortalised in a poem I wrote for her (who said there wasn’t a romantic bone in my body?) and the follow-up, prompted by her sister
            (even more naturally blonde) who took it seriously…

            Say it with flowers
            Linda bought some plants in a pot, to hang on the balcony rail
            But they needed attention – and memory retention
            Or else they would wither and fail.
            “Remind me to water them, please, you know I’m forgetful
            And then be regretful, if they die from drought or disease.”

            As you know, I do as I’m told, no need for nagging or scold
            So next day I just said as I rolled out of bed,
            “You must water these flowers, or do you think there’ll be showers?
            Just tell me again what they’re called?”

            “Oh, thank you,” she said with a smile
            I’ve been telling myself for a while…

            “I must water the uraniums, or are they called harmoniums?
            For sure they’re not poloniums or critical mass plutonium,
            Yttrium, ytterbium, or even red begoniums – or should that
            Plural be begonia?

            “It really does not matter, so long as they get water and I’ll
            See to that right now without delay.”

            Then out she went to trim her borders, like a nun in holy orders,
            Armed with trowel, secateurs, and rubber gloves
            Unaware that feline Charlie (minus balls so now quite snarly)
            Was prowling on the balcony above

            With cats’ famous curiosity (and in this case generosity)
            Charlie’s always drawn by something bright and new,
            So he had to solve the mystery of the red arrivals’ history
            They looked good enough to justify a chew
            But alas! He knocked them down, almost broke poor Linda’s crown

            Like young Jack of the nursery rhyme. The cure for Jack’s caper,
            Vinegar and brown paper, was not be had in Bulgaria
            But a large gin and tonic fixes ailments (not chronic)
            Making Linda soon hearty and halier

            Now she’s aye in Charlie’s debt, because no more will she forget
            That elusive floral name of such confusion, for
            She’s nursing a contusion and occipital occlusion that
            Left the name


            Indelibly inscribed upon, her


            Rhyme and reason

            I really must explainium that the pain to Linda’s cranium
            Was just poetic licence on my part
            But some folk took it literal, not inclined to thinking lateral
            Believed her horizontalised, maybe even hospitalised
            Or at the very least a visit to the quack

            True, her ageing brainium calls flowers ‘What’s their nameiums?’
            As galloping amnesia makes freesias sweetpeasias
            And daffodils become ‘The things with yellow hats’
            Just the result of passing years and intake of many beers
            Not to mention Bombay Sapphire by the vat

            True, Charlie (minus testicles – far from his behaviour besticles)
            Dislodged a flowerpot from off the ledge
            One of Linda’s prized ceramics but with poor aerodynamics
            Just like the wartime Lancasters with handling cantankerous
            That her dad brought home so often from the edge

            But the pot had no pilotium, just a shunt from Charlie’s scrotium
            Or the bit below his tail where once it hung
            With no one in the cockpit it came down just like a rocket
            To make crash-bang landing hard, but missing Linda by a yard
            What her dad’s lot used to call a ‘Wizard prang’

            No award of DFC (far less a bar) for air-ace Charlie
            Now rendered quite unfit for other uses
            Though he had cause for indignation, entering into litigation
            Suing Linda’s compensation for undignified castration
            He did not seek revenge for such abuses

            There was no malice with intent, just another accident
            And if I have misled, it was in vainium
            Linda’s simple explanation for my consistent aberration
            Is advanced delirium tremens from too many Staropramens
            And being born incurably insanium

            Tris, today is damp and dreich after heavy overnight rain. Cats are in out, soaking wet and with fresh coating of sticky-willies instead of petals. Hardly SS pin-ups. Worse, my lap at my desk has become a favourite spot for ‘let me out’ appeals as the RS gets fed up with constantly playing door-keeper or window-opener. Whoever came up with ‘Happiness is a wet pussy’ hadn’t come across this lot.

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              1. Indeed!

                I’d need another dozen years (what’s left of my 3 score and 10) to tell the anecdotes about neglected, or otherwise abused, plant life John. Here’s a beauty:
                About 35 years ago, I had to go and look at a customer’s semi-specimen (larger than standard, 15 litre pot against a 2l or 3l), definitely not cheap (£32) conifer that was failing. Abies koreana (Korean fir), lookin’ like February’s Christmas tree. I didn’t mess about, pulled it straight out; it came away rather easily. Around ⅔ of the rootball had been chopped away to fit it over a brick pier at the corner of a new patio; no soil, no compost! No, we won’t be replacing it, or giving you a refund!

                It would drive you to “water” – of life, natch!

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    1. Wow. My brother has been there several times.

      The buildings are amazing and he says the people are very friendly. It’s a good place to visit.


  3. What a smashing selection of photos today. Loved the heiland coo calves, the baby elephants and the kitten basket.

    How did the Icelandic people know what an ely looked like when they named the rock or did they rename it comparatively recently? Lovely flowers, lovely everything. Including the orangs…


      1. I am going to have to take this slowly, if this is going to make any sense whatsoever.

        Your first picture is of orangutan.

        I discovered, through reading, that their are three distinct branches of orangutan. In descending population size, they are about 104,700 (Bornean), 13,846 (Sumatran), 800 (Tapanuli). I would like the audience to tell me what we could do about that? If anything?

        Given that it is the patron saint of this web site and is critically endangered? Is there even a charity for them?

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        1. You can adopt one, Douglas.

          Munguin is thinking of doing so. (I think he thinks it will come and live with him and open his champagne… I won;t enlighten him until he’s paid up!)

          There are other charities though. Google Orangutan Charity.


    1. The Norse trade network extended to Baghdad. Asian elephants are native to Iraq.

      It’s not much of a stretch to imagine Norse traders had encountered domesticated elephants by the time, or soon after, they first saw the rock.

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      1. The Norse trade network certainly reached as far as Byzantium / Constantinople, and it would not surprise me at all to discover that the Emperors kept an elephant or two in the Imperial zoo there.

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        1. Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus took elephants with him when he conquered (the southern half) of Britain.

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          1. Jeeez, as my granny would have said… “that’s some name tae gae tae the kirk we”

            Translation: “That’s some name to go to the church with”…maybe a reference to christening?


          2. “Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus took elephants with him when he conquered (the southern half) of Britain.”

            Fascinating. You learn something every day.

            May I presume that it was Indian Elephants that may have reached Bearsden?

            I only ask because the earliest Sharks in Bearsden were, in fact, sharks. At least geologically speaking.

            I quite expect that most of us would be far more excited to welcome Indian Elephants!

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  4. Ed
    Hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin and budesomide are preventatives/curatives for covid; ivermectin seems to be the best option. Suramin is apparently, an ANTIDOTE to the vaccines which produce spike proteins.
    See this doc from FDA which states that the vaccine produces spike proteins.

    Spike proteins are created on most organs and vessels, eventually causing vascular disease.

    You are correct that these therapeutics are prescribed for parasitics, but as they are producing results against covid and have been widely distributed for many decades why would we ignore them in favour of an experimetal vaccine. Cui bono.

    PS I don’t follow your maths 97% is way better that 65%. The 65% is not in addition to the 97%, I ratger suspect it is instead of, and you need to continue to take new vaccines to boost immunity as it declines over time. Again, Cui bono.


    1. I don’t see what’s wrong with my maths, Kanga: one dose of the Pfizer or the AstraZeneca vaccine gives about 65% protection, rising to 97% after the second dose.

      Of course they do the spike protein thing. That’s what they’re supposed to do. It’s how they work.

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  5. Kanga, this is, usually, quite a quiet community whose primary, but not sole, objective is Scottish Independence.

    It is quite odd that you have attempted to delude us simple folk. What do you expect to gain? There are a mere 3,000 of us. I am pretty sure that you do not have my best interests at heart.

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