Mercifully, October and November have been very mild months. But winter is creeping in with lower temperatures. While I write these lines, I think of a secretary who used to work for me millions of years ago. One day, she told me she was going to fulfil her longstanding dream and leave Germany to continue life among the indigenous Sámi people of northern Finland and their ca. 200,000 semi-domesticated reindeer (see below).
Writes Rod Adams,
Seventy one years ago — on December 2, 1942, at 3:25 pm — Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the first controlled, man-made, self sustaining chain reaction in a simple reactor. In recognition of that historical event, several of my nuclear colleagues refer to December 2 as “Critmass” (short for critical mass).
There is, of course, no proper critmass without a reindeer:
Aatu was only a small calf when his mother abandoned him. He was found in the woods of Savukoski, near Sodankylä in Finnish Lapland. An orphan, he never learned how to be a regular reindeer, his owner says. He was bottle-fed, brought up partly in a house and learned to identify with humans rather than animals - so much so that he likes watching TV: His favourite show is the British police constable series Heartbeat.