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Plenty of trees to go round

the forest

This is yet another example of woolly thinking debunked, accepting truths as handed down by the media, when the likelihood is that it is nothing like as portrayed.

Chuckles: So all those shrieks of hysteria and such about deforestation, CO2, etc etc by greenie activists and politicians were lies. But then we always knew that anyway.

Interesting that it was in the WP, a known leftwing news outlet.

Released Wednesday in Nature, a team of 38 scientists finds that the planet is home to 3.04 trillion trees, blowing away the previously estimate of 400 billion. That means, the researchers say, that there are 422 trees for every person on Earth.

However, in no way do the researchers consider this good news. The study also finds that there are 46 percent fewer trees on Earth than there were before humans started the lengthy, but recently accelerating, process of deforestation.

OK, even if we accept these figures, it’s a glass half full scenario.…

The Secret World of the Internet

She calls herself The Messiah of The Illuminati or
littlehoneyissosweet. She styles herself as a “good person” and the Higham as “evil”. She wrote to me in the deep of the night.

That’s not unlike the gnostic who styles himself gentle and accepting of all, on the path to illumination and the Christian as the follower of the demi-urge, destroyer of worlds. It went public in The Da Vinci code.…

When two swells meet

We use a few sources here, via Chuckles, for the features posts – Daily Pic Dump, the Verge, the Chive and of late, Amusing Planet.


It’s also the principle behind, though more violently, the washing machine which is off Cape Horn and why it is so treacherous. There is also one downunder in a place called Port Phillip Bay, at the heads, a triangle of water called The Rip. It’s claimed many boats.

As we’re all well aware, the sea is awesome but also fearsome.…

The art of the English garden

Among minor inconsistencies of British culture is that, despite the national obsession with gardening and an attachment to landscape painting, the two have failed to find one another. We still have no more than a fitful tradition of garden painting.

Just how interested are the English in the art of gardening?

Perhaps it’s just me, possibly I don’t move in the right circles but I don’t see many blogs dedicated to it. And how many of you are keen gardeners?…

Not an English country garden

I often go to Cherie’s Place to see what delights she shows. Her travels are well documented and I confess to knowing more about Belgian townscapes from her efforts to educate me than from my own experiences. Ancient English cities and country gardens too, as she often visits hoity-toity places on the ‘National Register’ and firmly in the English psyche.

She has kept us all up to date on her  nieghbour’s oak tree which graces the corner of her garden  and which has had a beard-trim lately.  And she is keen that we see what she sees from her windows.

I do not dare show mine.…

An oasis of civility in an increasingly uncivil world

Jesse‘s tagline does make one realize that perhaps, sometimes, it’s better, as JD used to say, to forget the vicissitudes out there and concentrate on more pleasant things.

To paraphrase Edmund Burke though – we can’t, otherwise the EU will never get brought down, the PTB would simply transpose it into something else.  Were it not for UKIP and other activists, across the board, this debate would never have arisen.

However, with the sun out and the boat beckoning, time for more pleasant thoughts:

Do you see an animal’s face here, by the way?

summer cairn