Espoo, Finland – 03 January 2017
It’s a white start to 2017 in Finland. Fresh, crunchy snow brighten up the days and nights of winter.
Fantastic colours on the way to Lauttasaari.
And what kind of new concession should be offered? That is easy. What Mr Johnson would need to win a second referendum is an emergency brake on free movement of people, allowing the UK to limit the number of EU nationals moving to Britain if it has surged beyond a certain level.
In retrospect, it was a big mistake on the part of the EU not to give Mr Cameron exactly this concession in his renegotiation of the UKâ€™s terms of membership early this year. It was the prime ministerâ€™s inability to promise that Britain could set an upper limit on immigration that probably ultimately lost him the vote.
Sounds logical to me.
Mongolia will become a global pioneer next month, when its national post office starts referring to locations by a series of three-word phrases instead of house numbers and street names.
The new system is devised by a British startup called What3Words, which has assigned a three-word phrase to every point on the globe. The system is designed to solve the an often-ignored problem of 75% of the earthâ€™s population, an estimated 4 billion people, who have no address for mailing purposes, making it difficult to open a bank account, get a delivery, or be reached in an emergency. In What3Wordsâ€™ system, the idea is that a series of words is easier to remember than the strings of number that make up GPS coordinates. Each unique phrase corresponds to a specific 9-square-meter spot on the map.