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rattfan ([personal profile] rattfan) wrote2017-05-14 05:06 pm

Considering Helsinki

This weekend has been a bit boring and I haven't had any human interaction to speak of, but that's all right, means I saved $ and it is all needed for Finland.  I realise now that WABA (boardgaming club) was on but did not come to this realisation until around midnight of Saturday.  Saturday is when I do my housework jobs and some garden jobs and try to get in some exercise.

On Sunday I had to call my mother for Mother's Day, since the customs of the tribe mean I would feel intensely guilty if I didn't.  There wasn't a lot to say, as it's only a week since I called before, but since I generally have to repeat everything, that still takes awhile.  M had to go through how wonderful it was to get flowers from my brother and his family, but all in all, not too bad.  When M answered the phone, I greeted her in my best Indian call centre operator accent, and did well enough that M almost hung up on me.  One has to get entertainment where one can. :-)


I messed around online, made Scrabble moves and wrote a bit of Pylon.  Am in the middle slump, i.e. not sure of a good ending, feeling that there's too much standing around and talking heads, so I arranged for a sea serpent to eat a surf boat.  Some rain was swept in this afternoon; it has now moved on, but there was enough to give everything in the garden a decent drink.

I've started to consider what things I may do when I get to Helsinki.  I will have four days to tourist before the Worldcon starts, not including the afternoon/evening of arrival when I expect to not do much at all.  There's the expected hop on/hop off bus, which can be combined with a ferry trip, plenty of museums, markets, the Finnish Parliament, the Botanical Gardens and the zoo.  Since I figure my chances of seeing Finnish wildlife are probably fairly remote, the zoo is my best bet, and the same goes for most of the plant life found in the countryside, so the Botanical Gardens sound like they would be worth a visit.  I also like the look of a tour called the Sustainable City tour, where they use the trams and buses to show you around.

One offering from the Worldcon peeps themselves is this trip to a nuclear power plant, which I include here for attendees not on Facebook. [Rob and Leece, looky here!]  I thought (a) when else am I ever going to see one and (b) it's a longer tour outside Helsinki, so I'll get a look at the aforementioned countryside :-)

Would you like to visit a nuclear power plant in connection with your trip to #Worldcon75?

We're organising a visit to the Olkiluoto power station on Tuesday, 8 August, the day before Worldcon officially begins. The trip starts at 8 am from Helsinki and return in the evening.

The tour of the site would be done by bus, as visitors aren't allowed into the reactor building for security reasons.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up or message pr5questions@worldcon.fi.

More info about visiting Olkiluoto here:
http://www.tvo.fi/Come-and-visit-us

 



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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 12:10 pm (UTC)(link)
We think we would like to go to see the power station. SF fans visiting a nuclear power station in a bus, what could possibly go wrong?

If you can give me a description of your sea serpent I would love to try drawing it eating the surf boat! Is it occupied when it's being eaten?
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Metriorynchus maybe? Or some sort of mososaur might be the ticket or have a look at some of the ichthyosaurs like cymbospondylus. I did a lot of research into mososaurs, ichthyosaurs, pliosaurs and plesiosaurs when I was researching Ancient Waters so I have a general familiarity.

If you give me a size and body plan I can find you a few options that fit if you like.
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 01:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Prognathodon was 10 metres long but Mosasaurus hoffmannii was 17 metres if you were thinking bigger.
Mosasaurs were late Cretaceous critters, icthyosaurs and plesio/pliosaurs became extinct before that, so it's more plausible that it might be a Mosasaur of some sort.
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll check with Poss - she might have already done us, if not, I'll let you know to register us, thank you!

Mosasaurs would fit the bill, they're often described as being 'like giant crocodiles'. A surf boat is about 7 metres long, according to Rob the sailor. They could have occurred here. Huh, I guess with oceans some species like sharks and whales go long distances anyway... Anyway mosasaur remains have been found in Dandaragan and Gingin, but nothing really huge. Which doesn't mean to say there hasn't been something growing bigger over the millenia. :-) Or that hasn't just swum in from the Perth Trench.

I am glad it's an idiot news crew getting up very close and personal!
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 12:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, cool. I think Poss was interested too, but I don't know if she's put us or just herself or what.
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[personal profile] leecetheartist 2017-05-14 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Poss says we are already on so go ahead with your booking.
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[personal profile] suenicorn 2017-05-25 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
It all sounds wonderful, and when are you ever going to Finland again? Enjoy your tourist stuff, before you really feel like you ought to be sociable. If you know of anyone who can be a native guide, of course, that's even better.