I’ve had this beautiful “palm-trees-on-remote-island” desktop-background for years, and often I have been wondering about the location of this paradise..
Today is such a day, – a day of daydreaming, and I’ll tell you about it in a minute, but first a very short comment on International Women’s Day. – You see, even on this daydreaming day, I couldn’t resist juust quickly checking my Facebook news-feed, which is when I saw this cartoon, below, and I have to say it really made my day, – apart from the daydreaming..
I had been intending to write a few lines, celebrating this day, but this cartoon struck me as a far more powerful message than anything I could write, so here it is, – grabbed from Femen International :
I did read a couple of pages here and there also, and it was my intention also to write a few lines about Crimea / Ukraine, so when, inadvertently, – (or maybe it wasn’t..), – I read these lines, below, from Dr. J’s latest rant about Ukraine, I knew I really had to say at least something, but, alas, I’m just not up to it today..
Dr. J writes:
“We [ America ] are a declining power for all to see. Our weakness brings strife and military adventurism to the world. I wouldn’t mind American decline if someone palatable stood ready to take over the task of “world policeman.” There is no one. Denmark, for example has not volunteered for the job. Too bad; no one would object; I am not even the only American who suspects that Danes have, by and large, a superior moral fiber”.
So.. ahem.., - I was talking about daydreaming..
I decided to locate my desktop background-picture on my computer, and lo-and-behold, the location of “Paradise” was given to me on a silverplate, as it was part of the file-name ! – Of course it was, why on earth had I not thought of that before.. – (Answer is it wasn’t important). – The filename was “Palmerston-hovedgade”, which is a weird /misleading name, since “hovedgade” is Danish for Main-street, but then of course.. maybe not..
Palmerston Island turns out to be a part of the Cook Islands group, located strategically along the path of the trade winds between Borabora in French Polynesia to the east, and Niue to the west. - This 2,1 sq. kms island is so remote it was not even properly located on maps until 1969!
How to get there: (Apart from in you dreams..)
“the long and hazardous journey deters all but the most intrepid visitors..”
“its 62 inhabitants [ ~300 between 1950 and 1970 ] are descended from one man – an Englishman who settled there 150 years ago“.
What to do there ?
“.. all the people fighting wars should just come to Palmerston and go for a swim, play some volleyball,” says Bob. “No need for all that fighting and killing everybody, no-one fighting here.”
“The days are long and the working hours short. You are free to do what you want to do.”
Yes, – there are challenges, but in my daydreams there ain’t !
Oh, – and this is my desktop background: