The wonders of modern technology...
I turned on the news, but I was greeted with something like this:
The sound was okay, but no picture. I tried the laptop as well, but it was the same. No Emilia. Tragic. So I listened to the news for half an hour, then turned to Greek TV instead.
Unlike Cypriot telly which is (normally) very stable, the ERT stream is unreliable. In addition the picture's not as good, and the sound and images never match up. I watched 20 minutes or so of "Green Team", talking about Eco-friendly computers.
Did you know that computers are responsible for the same amount of emissions as aeroplanes? Yes, a staggering, wait for it...
Now I know that that's probably tons of carbon, but with all the fuss they make about flying being really bad for the environment, I thought it would be a big contributor. So if we all stopped using our computers and stopped flying the world would still be pumping out 96% of the emissions it is today. Actually, more, because we'd travel by some other means and watch more TV.
It was the same with the shower swindle. The Green folk say that we should have showers instead of baths and trot out figures that show how much water we could "save". However, since I switched to having showers rather than baths (for convenience) I found that I am still using the same amount of water. I suspect that their figures compare someone having the quickest possible wash under a weak shower with someone filling one of those huge round baths Archimedes-style up to the brim.
As you can probably guess, I'm not exactly EcoMan. Perhaps I should be more concerned, but I suspect that the world will get warmer, colder or whatever it is they're predicting whatever I do.
I'll happily sit under the light of eco-friendly bulbs in front of an eco-friendly computer. As long as they fix that blue screen...