Vaccination – Matters…..The Cairns!!!... Just Stop Oil….

by Bernie Bell - 08:10 on 17 November 2022

Vaccination – Matters.....

Wednesday the 16th of November - Mike went for his booster Covid jab/Flu jab and once again we wonder that while the medics - those who know how much it matters to do so - wear masks and maintain social distancing, the general population carry on regardless – regardless of Covid, of their own well-being and the well-being of others.

Here’s what happened when I went for mine…..  http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=15941 .  No probs. – so – why not get vaccinated?

Here’s a reminder of what a mass-vaccination programme can achieve…..



And again – YAY!!!

This time – news that The Cairns dig in South Ronaldsay will resume in 2023….  https://archaeologyorkney.com/2022/11/16/cairns-2023/

I have a strong interest in this site…  http://www.spanglefish.com/berniesblog/blog.asp?blogid=15972  and asked the good folk at Orkney Archaeology Society how to donate to the dig as there isn’t a specific site for The Cairns.  We followed this link…

https://shop.orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/donation-oas/  then ‘followed our noses’ and, in the ‘comments‘ box, asked for the donation to go to The Cairns dig.  Easy-peasy.

Here are several that I made earlier….  https://theorkneynews.scot/?s=The+Cairns+South+Ronaldsay++Bernie+bell


Just Stop Oil….

I became aware of this group of activists when they threw tomato soup over a Van Gogh painting…. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/14/just-stop-oil-activists-throw-soup-at-van-goghs-sunflowers

My first reaction to this was that I was appalled – I agree with their cause, but not with possibly damaging a work of art.  I was very relieved to find that the painting had glass in front of it, so it was easy enough to clean it up  - no real harm done.

Then they took to blocking roads - I have more sympathy with that kind of action – and it seemed appropriate.

In Germany mashed potatoes were thrown at a Claude Monet painting, activists also glued themselves to John Constable’s The Hay Wain in the National Gallery, and to the frame of an early copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Most recently, members of Letzte Generation Österreich (Last Generation Austria) have thrown 'a black liquid' over a Gustav Klimt painting….


Thankfully, once again the painting has glass over it and so hasn’t come to any real harm. 

I am a great admirer of Gustav Klimt – partly because his paintings are full of life – the  one they threw stuff at is called ‘Death and Life.’  I can see why they might have chosen that painting  because of the link between its title and their concerns about the life and death of our planet – but my initial reaction still stands.  I am now calling them names.

I have no actual knowledge to back this up but I feel that if he was around now Gustav Klimt would be appalled at the threat to life posed by climate change, which has been exacerbated by the long term and excessive use of fossil fuels.

I still agree with action being taken to try to draw attention to the damage being done by continued use of fossil fuels, but I’m not so much on their side since they attacked Gustav Klimt - one of the world’s true lovers of life. 

These are some examples of what he produced…. https://www.google.com/search?q=The+art+of++Gustav+Klimt+images

I also wonder how someone can look at that painting  and throw black stuff over it – appreciation of life should come in all forms.  How far would they go to make their point?  Ends don’t always justify means.


Here’s one I made earlier…… https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/03/the-phaomnnel-pweor-of-the-hmuan-mnid/



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