Greenland

I’ve never been there. It’s in the news a lot lately though.

It’s summer so there are glaciers on Greenland dropping icebergs into the sea, as they have done for a very, very long time. Suddenly it’s ‘a catastrophe’. What a pity it’s not actually a new phenomenon. If the Church of Climatology had a shred of credibility, if their claims were even remotely true, we’d still have the Titanic to sail around in.

Meanwhile the total tonnage of frozen water on Greenland has increased this year. No, I’m not going to bother finding the reference. If you want to pretend the world is warming when it’s rapidly cooling, you carry on. I’m not here to save you, I’m making preparations to save myself. You are free to believe whatever you like. Oh, and the obituary for the glacier on Iceland? That glacier was 700 years old. So, 700 years ago, there was no glacier there. Explain that in terms of SUVs, private jets and Elton John’s magic CO2-absorbing money.

Greenland was in the news with a bigger story this week. Coincidentally, CStM and I were in Denmark while the news broke that Donny Trumpton wasn’t joking – he really did want to buy Greenland from Denmark. Danish news responded with the story that since Greenland was discovered by the son of the man who discovered America, then according to inheritance rules, America belongs to Greenland’s founder. Greenland has therefore offered to buy America.

Donny was due to visit Denmark but has pulled out at the last minute. Why? Ostensibly because Denmark refuse to even consider selling him Greenland. Another possibility is that he realises the massive bollocks he’s made and knows he’ll get a poor – to put it mildly – reception.

I wondered if it was one of his ‘Art of the Deal’ games. ‘You won’t sell me Greenland? Then I’m not coming to visit until you do’. To which the Danes will respond with ‘Well fuck off then, fat boy’ and crack open another Carlsberg. Or maybe pour an Akvavit. They will not play that game. They have no intention of ever selling Greenland. Denmark is not a poor country – and no, it’s not socialist. It’s a kind of directed capitalism. You can set up any business you like, taxes are high but benefits are consequently plentiful. You never have to queue for bread. And there are tax breaks for all kinds of business related things.

These are Vikings, remember. They colonised Iceland and Greenland before anyone ‘discovered’ those places and there is some evidence they were the first Europeans to reach America. Oh, and they called it ‘Greenland’ because it was green. They had crops and cattle on there before most of it froze over. A little bit of history helps put the Church of Climatology in perspective, doesn’t it? That’s why they don’t like you looking at it.

You can’t just buy a country and its inhabitants. If you want it you have to invade and take over. And be ready for a lot of death and destruction and expense. Donny doesn’t seem to have considered for a moment that maybe Greenlanders don’t want to be Americans. Sure, he thinks it’s the greatest country on earth but there is a world outside the USA containing lots of other countries. The people in those countries mostly have them set out and organised the way they like them. They aren’t for sale.

The Trumper isn’t the first to try this. A previous American president – I am told it was probably Truman – tried to buy Greenland and had the same ‘*snort* no’ response. It’s not going to change.

There would be a definite military advantage to the USA if they owned Greenland. Between that and Alaska they could target almost all the northern hemisphere. Do we really want any country to have that kind of power? Sure, you might think of Trump as bumbling but basically benign, but twenty years from now, who will be in charge of all that strategic power? They could target all of Russia. Surely anyone can see that’s going to make Russia a bit edgy and start another arms race. Even though it’s militarily sensible from the USA military’s point of view, overall it is a very, very bad idea.

It is fortunate that Greenland is owned by the Danes. They don’t cave to outside pressure easily. They don’t give a flying fuck what the rest of the world thinks and they are not impressed by the posturing of either Trump or Putin. You don’t like it in Denmark? Leave. No hijab, no Halal, no Euros. They have kept their currency so they still have that option to walk away from the EU. There’s been no sign of them doing so, yet, but they have sensibly kept the option open.

If Donny Trumpton thinks he can worry the Danes by refusing to show up to some pomp and ceremony occasion, he really doesn’t understand those people at all. Denmark is a remarkably flat country, all the more remarkably flat to someone who grew up in Wales and now lives in Scotland. And yet I have never seen a golf course there. I don’t think Trump has anything they want. Not a thing. Not unless he can make a better Remoulade.

I love it there. I can buy whisky at lower prices than I can get it at the distilleries making it in Scotland – and I live a couple of hours’ drive from most of them. Cigarettes are half the price. Literally. And they don’t have the Doors of Shame (although I noted this week some supermarkets have started to install them, but the local shops don’t have them).

I have brought back a good supply of smokes. I didn’t bring whisky back – bringing whisky to north-east Scotland just seemed silly and anyway the price differential was enough to be amusing, not enough to be worth loading up. It’s really down to Scotland’s silly minimum pricing, which means I can get whisky cheaper in another country than I can in the distillery down the road.

Trumpy, no matter how good he thinks he is at manipulating deals, is not going to get Denmark to sell him Greenland. It is not going to happen. So will he refuse to let them buy Ford cars? Pffft. They prefer Volvos, for the most part. There aren’t all that many Ford drivers there.

Greenland is not going to be US State 52. He’d be better off shoring up Puerto Rico if he wants another state as his legacy.

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It has been a chaotic summer. CStM and I are just back from a week in Denmark where we visited her family and spent most of the time sitting around being all hygge and doing not much of anything. It was great. Even with Psycho Dog keeping us company and occasionally vanishing to shit on the neighbour’s drive. It was a long way back to the airport though…

We have had almost continuous visitors here since April. These visitors came from Wales and from Denmark (family, both sides) and all expected to be shown around a lot. On a map, Denmark is about the same size as Scotland but what the Danes never realise is that the uppiness and downiness of the Scottish landscape can at least double the driving distance shown on the map. Also, any Scottish long straight country roads always, without exception, lead to an unexpected and unsigned 90 degree bend at some point.

It’s been fun, I’ve seen things locally I hadn’t seen before and revisited some favourites but it has taken up a lot of time. Our week in Denmark was specifically intended to be a resting week (the highlight was CStM’s grandfather’s birthday). No tourism apart from a trip to the beach for a spectacular ice cream. We’re both all touristed out.

We even had a visit to the police station after one Scottish trip. There was a maniac driver who didn’t slow down for a roundabout, passed us, hit the chevron sign, rolled eight times and landed on the far side of the roundabout. He apparently survived but as we had front row seats and he was all on dashcam, we had to give a statement when we volunteered the footage. I’m not putting it online, that would just be sick. Last we heard he was alive, but only just.

Anyway, all of this has slowed down the work enormously. So there will be no more tourism until mid October when we will go to Wales to sit about doing bugger all for a week. Also no overnight visitors.

From tomorrow I have two books to finish work on for other authors, the Halloween Underdog Anthology (number 9) starting up in earnest and more of my own to write.

I also have to get the damn grass cut. And beat the grapevine into submission.

So, no more tourists this side of Christmas. And that’s final.

18 thoughts on “Greenland

  1. Well said, but would the Danes even bother to vote after the last time?

    Denmark rejected the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 but was made to vote again.
    Ireland rejected the Nice Treaty in 2001 but was forced to vote again.
    Both France and Holland rejected the EU Constitution in 2005. That was replaced by the almost identical Lisbon Treaty in 2008.
    Neither French nor Dutch voters were allowed to vote on Lisbon.
    Ireland did reject Lisbon but were made to vote again.

    With those examples, the UK voted against the EU in 2016. We’ll probably be made to vote again (after the current gestures & pretences have ended) until the outcome is reversed.

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  2. Really interesting. Thank You.
    Incidentally, we have had some terrible Summers this last ten years in Brittany. It hasn’t even pretended to be hot, except for two days sometime in July when I did briefly hope. It’s all over now. Autumn has arrived.

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    • I could grow 6 foot tall tobacco plants in Scotland up to about 2013.
      In 2014 a surprise frost in August killed them.
      Tobacco growing in the UK has since been made illegal but it doesn’t matter really. We still get surprise frosts in August even now. It’s hard enough growing potatoes these days!

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  3. There are long, straight(ish) roads in Norfolk too which have sudden, sharp bends – usually where there is a bridge to the other side of a river or dyke. On one such road a very neat, official-looking “ slow down” sign had been painted on the gable of a roadside cottage.
    Clearly addressed to a local readership, the wording was “Drive you steady, bor “

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  4. Greenland a link. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/tag/greenland/
    There was never a Titanic just Olympic and Brittanic.
    Scottish borders, west side, is very appealing as a place to live. Land lovely, people lovely but ‘the government’ kills the idea stone dead.

    Greta’s carbon fibre conveyance (all that manufacturing co2 production and not currently recyclable) has its AIS turned off, its probably nothing.

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  5. Dear Mr Legiron

    The US already have an airbase at Thule.

    As for buying countries, the US has form: the Louisiana Purchase, from the Frogs, Alaska from the Russians and the US Virgin Islands from, er, the Danes. I think payments were made to Mexico for Texas and New Mexico after they were wrested from them in a squirmish* or two. The Gadsden purchase was from Mexico as well. Puerto Rico was acquired as part of the settlement of the Spanish-American war, along with Guam, Wake Island and the Phillipines.

    They may have bought some other odds and ends

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Virgin_Islands

    Hope this helps.

    DP

    * © ® ™ Sarah Palin

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  6. I know what you mean about Scotland, my mother and I holidayed there this year. It actually turns out that my Nissan Qashqai rather likes Scottish roads; mostly quite slow driving in the main and generally below the local speed limits (the vehicle has a speed limiter fitted, which I used extensively whilst driving up there; I don’t want to be worrying about whether a camera had got me or not).

    There were fewer cyclists about up near John O’Groats this time round. Quite a few people cycle from there to Land’s End, and the thing about the very top end of Scotland is that there aren’t all that many roads, hence manic twerps on bikes share space with HGVs. Personally for such a trip I’d have hunted out a nice, quiet if somewhat longer route for myself to save the grief of mixing with fast traffic, but I have neither the inclination nor the determination for such epic rides.

    Orkney was nice, although it was slightly annoying that Mine Howe has been allowed to deteriorate into a very dangerous-looking hole in the ground. I looked, I photographed, then I walked away quietly; I am a lot bigger than the folks who made places like that and often I don’t fit.

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    • I don’t drive fast because I have a RAV4 which has a high centre of gravity. No speeding round corners! Also, here there is a very good chance of rounding a corner and seeing a sheep, cow, deer or tractor in the middle of the road. You need to be able to stop.

      Some of those sporty-car maniacs seem not to be concerned about such things. They’ve been lucky… so far.

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