It's that absurd time of the week again round here, so let's see what I've got...

1. So how many Olympic athletes do you think were dining with Mr Putin at the opening ceremony in Sochi?  And how many do you reckon are worth over £30 million, with more gold from other accomplishments than you could imagine?  What, no-one spring to mind?  How about violin virtuoso Vanessa Mae, who competed for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn in the women's grand slalom.

She was last, but hey, how many of us could have got up 6 months ago and just decided to be an Olympic athlete?  Her coach, incidentally, quit a month ago as soon as she qualified (countries with no snow get lower entry requirements), apparently stressed out of his box and on the verge of marital breakdown!  Her French partner saw her through it though.  Also, she wasn't shacked up with the other athletes in the village, as they wouldn't let her dog, Max, in, so she settled herself into a nice (dog-loving) hotel instead.  How the other half live...


2. Just a little north of me, the Nevis ranges had their busiest day in 10 years on Sunday.  It's snowed every day since 20th December, and some of their lifts were buried under snow, but they were able to capitalise on the day the sun came out to host 1,700 visitors.


3. At a lower altitude, figures from December showed that we got 429.6mm of rain round my way, while the south of England, which was flooded out, got 186.1mm at their peak.  Apparently we're built better for rain with our local geology.  Explains the webbed feet of my neighbours too...


4. Speaking of flooding, the river Holme in Brockholes is running a pretty shade of orange as all the rainwater has been washing iron deposits out of a disused mine:


5. And finally, have you got an unreturned library book kicking around anywhere?  Maybe a video you got out of your local (and possibly now defunct if you're in the UK) Blockbusters?  Well if so, whatever you do, don't try and report a crime in South Carolina, because the police will lock you up for the night, even if the incident happened 9 years ago, and you were entirely unaware of it...  It wasn't even for a good film, as it turned out!


Linking up with my fellow Randomeers:


14 comments:

  1. Maybe we should start colouring the rivers, it looks kind of cool! Thanks for the entertaining random!

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  2. useful tip that ... I think I still have Buffy The Vampire Slayer film on VHS from Blockbuster ... or did I buy it from their used stock sale? #ShamefulAdmissionTime

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  3. Vanessa sounds just a little bit quirky ...but good on her for achieving her 6 month dream of becoming an Olympian.

    Seriously?A duck with blue feet – that’s just too cute!

    I have a library book that’s about 27 years overdue....in some countries that would probably mean a firing squad...

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  4. Always entertaining. Here in the central valley--no rain and not much snow in the mountains. *sigh*

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  5. LOL! I read about the chick who got arrested because of a video. I would be slightly hacked off about that one, but then I returned all my videos :)

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  6. Yikes! I've got to return my library books!! I love the story about Vanessa! It would make a great movie!

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  7. my library books are always overdue and I work there! Have to pay my fines too, no perks for staff

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  8. I'm guessing you also don't build houses in flood plains, so any local floodings wouldn't be newsworthy.

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  9. I love that she got a hotel for her dog to be her flat mate. Hilarious!

    What was the movie?

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  10. Just look what can happen if you put your mind to it.
    Hugs

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  11. Don't mention rainfall; it doesn't seem to stop. I feel that soon my feet will be looking like your neighbour's ;-) Thanks for the lovely collection of random!

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  12. Your neighbours have the best feet!

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  13. Oh my gosh, and we thought it rained all the time here!!! I may have woken up and decided to be an Olympic athlete too, I suppose the difference being I didn't do *anything* about it, lol!

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