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Post Christmas folly

December 30, 2011


Christmas is such as strange time isn’t friends? I feel only now that the madness is lifting.  Most people probably don’t know when they are temporarily barmy but I have concrete evidence of my own screwiness.  Start with recent activities: having not really entered the kitchen for the last six months I have just spent […]

Red Herring London

December 10, 2011


So….we had the very lovely Jayne come and stay, and deciding to show her a piece of London, we were very much hoping that our chosen car boot sale and slightly screwy Christmas market would be open……well, ya can put THAT one to bed!!  Rotherhithe CBS was not open when we finally rocked up although […]


December 8, 2011


One of the great things about a winter in the UK is the chance to indulge in all of those traditions that seem faintly ridiculous when in hotter climes.  Today we wandered up to West Ham Park which has a veritable plethora of Holly bushes.  We took a large, brightly coloured bag and a pair […]

Go out into the snow now and don’t come back….

December 8, 2011


Having watched the final in David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet series I feel like wandering into a frozen wilderness, lying down and going into a warm, everlasting sleep.  Attenborough presents a vivid narrative about the diminishing of our polar regions through climate change.  The calving of the Antarctic ice sheets, the speeding of the Greenland glaciers […]

Combatting a ‘locked-in’ climate future

December 5, 2011


Anyone who has been paying attention to lead up to climate negotiations in Durban could be forgiven for thinking that they have become an irrelevant side-show to the economic crisis confronting Europe.  Indeed, with many developing countries refusing to agree to a new binding agreement to replace Kyoto without the inclusion of non-binding targets for […]

All Hail The New Statesman and other random thoughts

December 3, 2011


Having arrived in the UK only a matter of months ago one of the things I have taken greatest pleasure in is the depth of commentary and analysis in the media.  This is my second stint of living here and so I knew I would be lapping up in the veritable cornucopia of political analysis. […]

Another Clarkson abomination and a claytons apology

December 2, 2011


Jeremy Clarkson was forced today to issue an apology for his comments on The One Show yesterday evening. Clarkson controversially said that people who joined the UK’s first general strike in 40 years should be taken out in front of their families and executed.  Clarkson also claimed the strike was actually good because it meant […]