World Sustainable Development Goals

Thinking BIG PICTURE.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were the eight international development goals for the year 2015 that had been established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

All 191 United Nations member states at that time, and at least 22 international organizations, committed …

As of 2013, progress towards the goals was uneven. …

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced the MDGs in 2016.

related – Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies

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new Bill Clinton / James Patterson book

I’d never read Patterson. But was intrigued to hear of the collaboration with a former President.

The disappearance of the U.S. President, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan, a former Army Ranger and a Gulf War veteran, comes as a cybercrime attack jeopardizing Secret Service protection.

The book begins with the president rehearsing his appearance before Congress over impending impeachment proceedings. …

The President Is Missing (2018)

Like many who’ve read it I was skeptical. The plot itself starts quite unbelievably.

But as it progressed I increasingly grew to enjoy the story. Having Clinton as a consultant certainly helped. He knows exactly how things work. Hillary proof read the book, as well.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys farfetched thrillers.

Have you heard about the Falkirk Wheel, Scotland?

I was keen to visit this attraction because Warren recently organized two groups to sail the locks of England. At Falkirk I could see how it worked for myself. 

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in central Scotland that connects the east and west coasts for the first time since the 1930s.

The Falkirk Wheel is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world, and one of two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom, the other being the Anderton Boat Lift. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

About 400,000 people a year visit. Including me.

I followed the tourist boat up through a tunnel under the Antonine Wall. And back.

Have you heard about The Kelpies in Scotland?

Not as HUGE as I had expected. 😀

Actually, those are the little horse models that tour the world.

The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures … (300 tonnes each)

… a monument to horse powered heritage across Scotland.

The sculptures were opened to the public in October 2013 …

During the first year following the opening, nearly one million people visited the sculptures.

Lessons learned:

driving Norway

Today I pick up my rent-a-car from Hertz at the Oslo airport. And spend a week driving to some of the most famous hikes and attractions.

Here’s my plan so far … though it’s bound to change on the road.

Doh! 🙄 … It’s already changed. The good deal I got on a rent-a-car was from the other Oslo airport. The one where Ryanair flies. I had to take a 2 hour train to go get it. Late.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross

At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

I like it.

Christ of Saint John of the Cross is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. …

This painting has continued to generate controversy. …

In May 2013, in BBC Radio 4‘s Great Lives, British poet John Cooper Clarke described this image as being utterly different from any other image of the crucifixion, as the angle of view conveys the hanging pain of this method of execution, whilst hiding the ordinarily clichéd facial expressions normally seen in such depictions.