Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Garbage Shortage, Plus Scenic Cruises

Ok, here's one that's even wackier than school exams being postponed to accommodate a Justin Bieber concert:

A New York Times article notes that <our favorite Scandinavian capital> is importing garbage.  That's right,  half the city is heated by burning garbage, but the locals are so good with recycling and composting that they don't generate nearly enough trash.  They import from the UK, which apparently has better quality garbage than say, Italy.  I'm very curious why, but the article doesn't elaborate, just quoting a city manager as saying, "It's a sensitive issue."

The garbage shortage is just about as funny as the butter shortage last Christmas.

And once more, I should note that I don't write this from any sense of superiority - there is so much absurdity about American culture and news that I can't help be delighted when I see a soberly socially democratic and responsible nation tackle unusual problems.

In an unrelated story from the same nation, the ferry system that makes the thousand mile trek up the coast and back is celebrating 120 years of operation.  A couple of years ago, the national television company made a Guiness record-breaking 134-hour live TV show of the ferry chugging along its route.  It sounds horrifically dull, but the scenery is beautiful and more than half of the country ended up watching it.

I was told by colleagues that people from the small towns passed along the way started describing their hometowns to outsiders by what part of the show they appeared in. "We're in hour 56!"  Anyway, PBS is going to broadcast at least part of it this year, so I'll see if we can tune in for a bit.

1 comment:

Bob said...

One must select garbage to avoid toxic materials.
A ferry boat trip alone a scenic route in HD is like taking a river cruise.