Monthly Archives: March 2017

Warming Old Scottish Tales

stonesThere has been some interesting archaeology coming out of Orkney, and particularly the Ness of Brodgar, recently. And some evidence that Orkney might have been at the cultural centre of Britain a few thousand years ago. Developing the technology that led to Stonehenge.

But why? It’s frigging freezing there!

But here’s the thing. In those days it was quite a bit warmer. Much warmer than today. So quite pleasant.  Despite what the bat-shit crazy neo-religious scare mongers are trying to tell you, the ice core data from Greenland (quite a good proxy for the Orkneys) tell us that the Medieval Warm period (when mankind flourished) was warmer today. And the Roman period (when mankind flourished) was even warmer than that. And the Minoan period Continue reading

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Whisky and Whine

Hugging_Face_Emoji_2028ce8b-c213-4d45-94aa-21e1a0842b4d_largeAccording to the United Nations, Norway is the happiest country in the world, edging out previous winner Denmark and third placed Iceland. The UK was 19th happiest out of 155 countries. Not bad. Of places with decent weather, Australia led the way at 9th.

But here is the thing. The top three all have quite high suicide rates.[1] Much higher than the UK. Which stands to reason, in a macabre sort of a way: if the most miserable people in any population commit suicide in substantial numbers, then those who are left will be, on average, less miserable. Continue reading

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An Anthropomorphic Flight of Fancy

We are not hooded plovers.her hoodie

But if we were? Would be prefer to picked up and petted like a stuffed toy?

their hoodieAnd hounded by eager groups of the hoodie huggers[1]?

And have bands fixed onto our legs (they might look quite small bands to us.  But to a hooded plover, these things must be a real burden)?

Well, the evidence is that, if you were a hooded plover, you would probably do a runner, back to Tasmania. There, it seems, foxes have been entirely or at least substantially eradicated since about 2011. And if you are a hooded plover, foxes are very bad news. The Parks & Wildlife Service report that Continue reading

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Dogs in the Local Paper

A local paper wants to talk about the Freedom for Fleurieu Dogs petition this Friday – 17th March 2017. They have in mind a photo on Myponga Beach.

Is anyone who supports this petition around next Friday? And willing to be included in a photo?

If so, please Continue reading

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Penelope’s Shroud

penelope2Francois Fillon remain in the French Presidentail race despite now being under formal investigation for embezzlement. Getting on for a million Euros of French taxpayer’s money went down the gurgler for apparently fictious jobs for his Welsh-born wife Penelope and their children.

The trouble for M Fillon is largely that, at the relevant time, Penelope was interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph. She said that she did not work for her husband. No. Not at all. Not her thing. And someone has dug out the recording of that interview. Hmm.

Now, Penelope Fillon is a clever woman and, like the original Penelope, famously loyal to her husband. So why would she say that?

The only answer that springs to mind is that she had no idea that Continue reading

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