Hello again iiwiiers
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There's a 24: The Series energy drink! Has been for a year or more apparently. Who thought that was a good idea? I saw it today and bought some - 5x440ml for a pound I got, which should give you an idea what a luxury premium product it is. They had standard and diet - so I bought the diet - 17 calories a can, or thereabouts. The standard one is calorhorific, I wouldn't try that for you. It's meh. It tastes like an energy drink, basically. Not identical to any of the others, but why do they all have to taste the same? Why can't any of them taste properly nice?
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It's strange, I think, all this creddy crunchy around the world, and all the people blaming the leaders of their own countries for it. The Latvian prime minister and his government have just resigned, and it struck me that I don't know that much about Latvia, so I should look into it. The History of Latvia is quite complicated, by my standards, anyway. It was populated since about 9000BC, after the ice age. By about a thousand years ago there were five tribal areas, but then it was passed around for a bit, the Germans had it for a while, founding Riga, now the capital, in 1201, then it was Polish then Swedish then Lithuanian then Polish, I think, not too sure. Then it was Russian, then it became independent in 1920. Then it was Soviet after world war two due to monkey business, then it became independent again in 1991.
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The national anthem is called Dievs, svētī Latviju! and it sounds just like a national anthem, yawn. Phytogeographically, Latvia is shared between the Central European and Northern European provinces of the Circumboreal Region within the Boreal Kingdom. That's all new to me, I never heard of Phytogeography or its regions and kingdoms, must check that out sometimes. I should at least know what region and kingdome I am in, I reckon. About two and a quarter million people live there, which isn't much, as you know. Yet still them manage to have a special solstice cheese, with caraway seeds, eaten during the Jāņi festival which has shifted a few days away from the solstice due to John the thieving baptist nicking it. Okay, he didn't do it himself. He probably didn't give the Latvians much thought, especially as there wasn't really a Latvia then. It was done later on his behalf. Still, someone must have had good reason to think he'd like it, eh?
Forty seven percent of their members of parliament are women, which is the highest in the world. The people in those parts in 98 AD worshiped a goddess-mother according to Tacitus. They are 120th in the world for life expectancy, with a life expectancy of seventy, sixty-five for men and seventy-six for women. Their literacy rate is 99.8% which I think is pretty good.
that's all from me for now
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