As a kid one of the worst realisations was when I found out that a rainbow does not produce a pot of gold. What no tricky Leprechaun guarding the the pot. Even now I feel a tinge of sadness when a rainbow appears.

This rainbow appeared four years ago on our last holiday. I remember our son trying to get his head around an overseas pot of gold.

  • would it be legal tender in the U.K.
  • Is it the same pot of gold that appears in the U.K. or does every country have its own pot of gold
  • If the rainbow straddles two countries do you get two different types of gold in either end
  • What happens if the pot of gold appears over water – does it float
  • If the gold sinks what happens if a fish swallows a gold coin – does the fish get to keep the gold – does he disappear when the gold goes
  • Are we allowed to bring the pot of gold through customs
  • Is it taxable (that was my thought)

This rainbow photograph was taken on a Sunday. Five days later I had a Swiss beer with my evening meal. Not had alcohol since. I really don’t miss the booze. I do miss the friendship and socialising but not the drink. I’m not sure what my old climbing buddies would make of it. We sat around the camp fire drinking whiskey and eating sausages. Now they would do the same while I sit there drinking herbal tea and eating tofu. Suspect I would be assigned to the solo ascent team.

A few weeks ago an advert came on the radio about a lager which was apparently liquid gold. Son immediately asked how much it cost to buy a glass of gold in a pub. I jokingly pointed out that the excessive cost of drinking gold would be the least of your concerns. As gold inside of you would be really really bad for your health.

“Dad you must know gold is chemically inert so it possess little risk. It should just pass through the system when you go to the toilet.”

I never knew that going to the toilet could be so costly.

Now a thought crosses my mind. What would you do if you found did find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and you discovered that it was a pot of liquid gold lager…

Now that would just sum up my luck….

92 thoughts on “Chasing rainbows

  1. I can relate with you – when I was young I begged my folks to drive to where the rainbow ends, so we can find gold. And then there were thoughts of seeing carebears up the clouds sliding on rainbows if only I could get on a plane to see them up close.
    I am amazed at your son’s thought process. If he were to ask me I wouldn’t know what to say.

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  2. Hello Single Parent. You have a very smart practical son. I think many people would rather have a large pot of lager than gold. They would know what to do with one of those, but not the other. Be well. Hugs

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  3. That was me too – I always imagined the end was there and I just couldn’t find it. I’d like to think the same now. And I love your son’s thoughts about that pot of gold πŸ™‚

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  4. It’s funny how when we were little all things seemed probable. I too was convinced that a pot of gold would be hidden and the search was on. I think I and my friends were (maybe) 6 or 7, and we rode our bikes as hard as we could, then the rainbow disappeared. We were so bummed out. We just knew someone else had to have found it. LOL! πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸŒˆ

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  5. I once drove through the end of the rainbow. I didn’t know that was possible. I thought it always kept moving away from you. It was on Hwy. 101 in CA as I recall. Actually, I think every rainbow is its own reward. . . .

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  6. We live at the top of a hill with an eastwards view over our town. Rainbows are a frequent sight here, and double rainbows are also seen often. Occasionally, we are privileged to see a triple rainbow. Depending on the time of day, rainbows may appear to end less than 100 metres away.

    As for golden lager, until its recent closure, there was a local Mediterranean cafe/restaurant that sold Turkish ales and lagers that were non-alcoholic. I found them impossible to distinguish from typical alcoholic versions, and being able to drink several of them and then still be able to drive home afterwards was a real bonus.

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  7. Why are there so many songs about rainbows
    And what’s on the other side
    Rainbows are visions
    But only illusions
    And rainbows have nothing to hide
    So we’ve been told
    And some choose to believe it
    I know they’re wrong, wait and see
    Some day we’ll find it
    The rainbow connection
    The lovers, the dreamers, and me …

    Kermit The Frog singing The Rainbow Connection

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    1. Only when it is counted as ‘income’ – as in the case of mining it for profit, or being paid in it for work done.

      Finding it (in the UK) comes under the Treasure Act 1996 which means you have to report it to a coroner who will hold an inquest to determine if it meets the definition of ‘Treasure’… if it does you have to offer it for sale to a museum. If a museum doesn’t want it (or can’t afford it!) you get to KEEP it! πŸ™‚

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      1. Doesn’t specifically NOT mention them either!! πŸ˜‰

        Knowing the Government i’m sure they have airspace above England covered in a similar manner to your 12 mile exclusion zone for fishing and sunken treasure! A find is a find! πŸ™‚

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  8. The lad has you there, Sir – although gold can actually form compounds with some other elements and be absorbed by our bodies!

    My father had a severe and sudden onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis and was given gold injections as part of a drastic treatment process, The gold was supposed to suppress progress of the disease (Unsure exactly how?). It was in a form called sodium aurothiomalate – a gold sulphide ‘salt’.

    It would be preferable by most (and by my now-departed Dad in particular) to have to take the liquid gold form as medicine. πŸ™‚

    I was going to point out the legend of the finding the pot of gold is an unattainable fiction owing to the fact that the ‘end’ of the rainbow will always be determined by any observer to be at a point further from the Sun (rainbows always occur when the light source (Sun) is behind you and you are looking away from it!) and from you in particular than wherever you currently happen to be standing seeing the rainbow from, owing to the physical laws of Optics.

    That was until Judy said she drove ‘through’ one!

    Hmmmm… imma gonna have to think about that one a while…

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      1. Good Point!

        To be fair though…. it IS 55 Million Light Years away!

        They’re just collecting some of the light emitted from around it – not prodding it with a very, very long stick! πŸ˜‰

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  9. Aaahhhh… actually it did not take all that long! πŸ˜‰

    Under certain circumstances it might be possible for the angles of reflection and of refraction of the sunlight to alter (as when driving on an up and down undulating road) such that the rainbow and it’s ‘end’ might seem to be first moving ‘away’ as you move toward it then reverse and move toward you! However, i would not have thought it could ever alter so much as to allow you to actually go ‘through’ it? It would be a most unusual set of circumstances though and i’ve never heard of anyone actually doing it before?

    NOT that i would EVER call Judy, who i love dearly, a liar!!!!


      1. I’m thinking of Frankie and Benji – the mice representing the beings who ordered a new Earth be built. “We want to borrow your brain!” πŸ˜‰

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      1. Amalgams are full of mercury. Composite is OK but, isn’t all that durable. Neither is porcelain. Then, you get into implants. Titanium is causing problems (another metal the body doesn’t recognize). I understand bone grafts and stem cells are working better to regrow the little buggers.

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