politics

Bastille Day

Bastille Day

In English we call the French National Day, Bastille Day – the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille. Celebrated today, July 14th.

Since I wrote something about American Independence Day I thought I may as well write about Bastille Day. They are both countries’ national days.

Celebrating mobs attacking the the Bastille seems a rather strange thing to celebrate. But then, the French Revolution is one of those historical events I have many questions about.

Declaration of Independence

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It’s the French national day today, called Bastille Day in English.  Here is a blog I wrote for July 4th, the American national day:

As it’s July 4th, I was browsing the American Declaration of Independence. Here. But part of it says:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

Penang is cooling

Yes, Penang is cooling. I’ve lived in the same house for almost nine years now. And I have a thermometer. I have written on this before, of course. So anyway, I’ve taken to wearing a jacket or a long sleeved shirt over a t-shirt when inside. Now, this is not to say that it’s cold here. But because it is cooler, the air-cons don’t dehumidify the air any more. Therefore I must make the temperature setting lower for them to work, and thus it’s too cool inside. If you open the windows you get dust and bad air inside. Well, I live in an urban area.

Penang is cooling

Penang is cooling – so I have to wear more clothes to keep warm inside

 

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling affecting Penang?

Global cooling – or at least local cooling is happening.  Where I live it is getting cooler over the years.  How can I tell – well, I have a thermometer.

not so hot now

brrr

The climate in Penang now

The pattern when we arrived over 10 years ago was for a rainy season around April and May, or so, and then another rainy season in October, which was the coolest month.  After that it got drier and hotter until Chinese New Year and after.  What has happened more recently is that the October rainy season is starting earlier and earlier and lasting longer and longer  – and it being cooler through all of this.  So last year from around early September until late January this year it was rainy and cool.

http://tropicalexpat.com/electric-scooter-assorted-minor-matters/

Malaysian election banners – (Countdown: 13)

This week elections are being held in Malaysia for national and state legislatures.  I won’t comment on any of this, but simply post a few banners I photographed on a walk around Pulau Tikus this morning, and also a few from the east coast of Malaysia that I photographed last week.  But understanding a little about politics here, I find some aspects of these amusing.

 

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

East Coast of Malaysia

And from a stroll around Pulau Tikus, Penang, this morning:

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang – I’ve never seen garden gnomes here.  But there are a couple of goats.

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang

Pulau Tikus, Penang