Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Upgrading Security!

Two nights ago, the new security camera started playing up, it has been and continues to be fine during the day, but when it comes to night time and it relies on the infra-red leds it has struggled.

As a result the Company that installed it came out yesterday, and decided that there is not enough power to the camera, for it to function properly, therefore they installed a power adapter.

However, I wanted more, I was not very happy with my 'new' camera mast, I had made it from PVC water pipe, but it is too flexible, and in high winds, there is a lot of movement, given time, maybe years down the road, the PVC will have weakened and will snap.

So I wanted to take the opportunity to replace it with a metal version, I had been advised that this could lead to a lightening strike, which was why I had tried PVC, but it is going to be the only option.

We also have a blind spot, the other side of this camera, we often hear things going on down the road, but can only see uphill, and there are times when people, especially children are coming up to the fence, taunting the dogs, and I want to stop this, so the old camera, is going to be installed on the same pole, using the same cable, as there are unused wires within, that can power it.

It was arranged that they will return tomorrow, Thursday, to install the fourth camera, that also gave time to see if one power adapter was sufficient to power two cameras with the infra red, and it isn't, so there will need to be an adapter for each camera.

In the mean time I have made the new camera mast, nothing is easy in Colombia, you can't just go and buy a camera mast, or a TV aerial mast for that matter, even the installation company has to have them made up, when I had the cameras installed initially I asked them to do that for me, thinking it would be professionally done, but I was never happy with their weedy version. I bought some 3/4" steel conduit and fittings, then set to work.

The junction box will bolt to the workshop wall, once the cable it threaded through, then I will add the bend, finally the upright will be added

this will take the cable up to two 10cm  junction boxes that I have sealed together, and drilled to take the connections for the two cameras.

They are sealed with mastic, back to back, and down to a platform cut from a plastic kitchen cutting board, then bolted both together and to the platform, so hopefully they are there to stay.

All the metal has been spray painted matt black (left over from the desk project), both to protect it from the weather, and hopefully make it less of a target for lightening.

Monday, 18 June 2018

President Elect of Colombia

The new President Elect of Colombia is Ivan Duque with 54% of the vote

His critics are already stating that means Avaro Uribe is in effect in charge, this despite claims by Duque himself that he is of a new Generation, and will not be following down Uribe's avenue.

I was neither a Duque nor Petro supporter, I don't think either will bring about the change that this Country needs or wants, but at least Duque is the least likely to cause harm to the Country in the long term. He has to be given a chance to prove the claims he is making. People say he will be bad for the Peace Process, I have to ask what Process? as soon as Juan Manuel Santos got his Nobel Peace Prize, everything seemed to come to a halt, supposedly there was no more cash, well, where did it go then? because they were pledged International cash, it can only have gone into the pockets of those with the purse strings, but what did Santos do about it?  If Duque changes the terms, and the people are in agreement with that, I don't see the problem, it is not, and never was for the 'terrorists' to dictate terms.

Gustavo Petro on the other hand, has made numerous claims, indeed his supporters state he is a Socialist, not a Communist, and that reports he would take Colombia down the same road as Venezuela or Cuba are total rubbish, and yet history says otherwise, in 2003 it was reported that Petro was a friend and close advisor to Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and was instrumental in helping to set up the Government of the day During his time as Mayor of Bogota he had some good ideas, but no idea how to implement them, in the end he was removed from office, that could not happen if he was President, that in itself is a frightening thought.

Unfortunately Colombian Expat Media have openly supported Petro, instead of giving a balanced view, I was a big supporter of Colombia Reports an online newspaper, giving us daily news, but in my view it overstepped the mark and became the online mouthpiece for the Socialist supporting Editor, with comments from people who should know better, and in many cases don't even live in the country. I'm all for free speech, but then at least back up that garbage with evidence to at least make it sound as if they know what they are talking about.

Let's at least give Duque a chance, he takes Office on 7th August, if he proves to be a good President, then the Voters will have made the right choice, if he is bad for the Country, they can wave good-bye to him in 2022, at which time, hopefully a Candidate will come along, who can unite the country and take it forward.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

A Totally Different Day!

It's only 6.50am and I feel like a different person... with no music keeping me awake, I slept like a baby, and woke at 5.50am feeling so much better, still a little gaspy, but nothing that will stop me getting on with life.

The Dogs had their first walk for three days, and thoroughly enjoyed checking what had been going on during their absence, so did I for that matter! I'm not sure where the sun is, the clouds look quite menacing, but is was still warm.

Today will decide whether Colombia continues on the same path of 'more of the same' or becomes a Socialist lead Country, bordering Communism, in other words it is the final day of the Presidential Election, Duque v. Petro .

There is no obvious outright leader in the polls now, so it's anybodies guess. Many Expats along with many Colombians want Petro to win, he is a keen supporter of the Leader and former Leaders of Cuba and Venezuela, and you know what has happened to those countries, he claims that he will lead a Government that will clean up corruption, a great idea in itself, but at what cost? Petro is no saint, he has shown that he may have big ideas, but doesn't have the brain to carry them out, when he nearly brought Bogota to it's knees as Mayor, until he was removed, will he do the same as President? if he does, I am sure that he will be OK, his elder children have already left the country, with a Daughter in Canada, and another child in France, I am sure he has protected his wealth.

I on the other hand would, if I could, vote for Duque, it is the safe option, keeps Petro out, and gives time for a genuinely decent Candidate to come forward for the next election in 2022, I don't think he will do anything good for the country, I may be wrong, but I also don't think that he is a danger.

So later this morning I will take Marcela to caste her vote, and then we will stop off for lunch on the way home.