According to Anthony Watts at his superb site, WUWT, the sun has virtually rid itself of spots. Waddya mean ya didn't know it had any spots?! It's had spots since, well, whenever, but the number of them goes up and down over time. Now at this point I must be careful because whenever the sun and it's spotty eruptions come up as a subject on WUWT because of their supposed link to our climate on earth then a fearful, and fearsome, swot by the name of Prof. Svalsgaard leaps in in a most un-professorial way and gives you a right kicking if you fail to provide at least a PhD dissertation of proof to back your claims! I, of course, write on scientific matters having failed 'O'-level maths, physics and chemistry. However, that was only because at the time my mind was concentrated not so much on the expanding universe as the expanding bosoms of Josie B who used to sit next to me in the classroom!
And talking of expanding universes, I do wish sometimes that these swots would keep certain things to themselves. According Anthony Watts the sun constitutes 99.86% of everything that exists in our solar system! 99.86%!!!! But ... but ... that makes me feel really, well, speck-like! And, dammit, I'm not a speck, I'm me ... as in me, me, me! Where was I? Oh yes, the damned sun and the fact that its high energy spots have faded away. Of course, it's happened before and usually (fingers crossed) they come back after a few years. But the thing of it is that usually these 'minima', as they are called seem to coincide with long periods really cold weather - and yes, yes, Prof. Svalgaard, I know, correlation is not causation and all that. Even so, my advice is treat yourself to some Long Johns and mittens! And don't say I didn't warn you! Still, there's always some good news, at least the Big Freeze, when it comes, will finally shut up those idiot 'warmers'!