Saturday, 19 January 2008

Stormy weather

Today a storm has been making trees fall over power lines causing power cuts in Southern Finland as well as much of the fast ferry traffic between the Finnish capital Helsinki and the Estonian capital Tallinn have been cancelled.

The distance between the two capitals is just a three hours voyage by ordinary boat, and as far as I know their traffic has not been disrupted. The fast ferries reduce the trip into an hour and a half and many Estonians work in Helsinki commuting by boat as well as many Finns do business in the southern neighbouring capital over the day.

Guess this is some change with the crossing of the Finnish Gulf from earlier decades when hardly anyone could get across the Gulf as Estonia was a part of the Soviet Union. Even I have had the opportunity to visit Estonia a couple of times and a new trip is in the planning in the near future.

I am not a great fan of watching winter sports but as it happens I did see the bad fall of the American skier Macartney’s in Hahnenkamm slope in Kitzb├╝hel earlier today. Must have been awful for the family and relatives to see something like that on TV and as there have been several fatal accidents in this particular slope over the decades it seems especially this slope is quite a dangerous one. Guess it does not do you any good with having a helmet is it comes off, nor do the nets surrounding the slopes do much when falling inside the track instead of been thrust off it.

I am glad the offspring is not into alpine skiing, at least not serious enough for entering any competitions.

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