I have too much to do right now to find the time for serious blogging, so a few links to news items that caught my eye as I was scanning the web will have to do.
1) German public TV-channel ARD messes up the German flag in a spectacular way (just out of stupidity or by way of retaliating for a recent Swiss blunder, I wonder? This might be another case of "young colleagues" at work ....).
2) A Dutch insurer pays its insured members sickness-related trips to the shrine of her holy whatsit? at Lourdes.
3) Most Britons doubt the sources and significance of climate change.
4) In a controversial interview with Corriere della Sera, Ian McEwan voices his critique and fear of Islamism.
Considering the bloody battles currently being waged at other sites, all this may indeed appear trivial. But then we are in birthday mood over here at OD, today, and too concerned with licking the wounds of old age. And celebrating, of course.
And, no, it ain’t my birthday ….