I was in South London on a busy arterial road, surrounded by cars and lorries, passing big warehouses, supermarkets, petrol stations and shops made grubby by the diesel particulates that flew either side of the road. people who have to live and work along that road and cannot avoid breathing in the pollution caused by the traffic, end up has human air filters; eventually theu do not notice it. Continue reading
There has been a fashion in the United Kingdom of covering large swathes of good farmland with electricity producing photovoltaic solar panels. This fashion has arisen because the government has given ridiculously high subsidies for PV installations. The government gave such high subsidies because the government set itself renewable energy targets instead of carbon reduction targets.
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I have not been to Greece for several years. I should go there. The sun of Greece seems to shine brighter and harder than the Arabian Sun or the tropical sun. It is kinder than the sun of France or Italy although they are all the same suns. In Greece the sun shines without mercy and is the same sun that shone on the place where democracy developed from an imperfect design out of a desire for people to be free. I should sit under the Greek pine trees in summer than leak resin and drink rough wine and eat simple food. I should go there.
It is a shame that politicians use the device of pouring ridicule on their opponents to twist their words and bring their opponents into opprobrium and disrepute. It is not a civilised way to behave nor is it helpful for the voters to decide the real issues and which politician best serves them. I suppose, however, that it is better than treating their opponents with violence and barbarity, which happened in the United Kingdom not too many generations ago and which happens now in many parts of the world.
The crisis of the disease Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea continues to grow into a potential disaster. Thousands are being slain by the disease. 70% of those contracting it will die. The rest of the world pours out broken promises of aid and plenty of sympathy. But promises and sympathy will not avail a person who has contracted Ebola. That person needs nursing and medicine, otherwise he will die.
I heard about the case of Mr Ched Evans this morning for the first time. Mr Evans made the news because he was convicted of rape, served two and a half years out of a five year sentence and has been released. he wants to return to his job. If Mr Evans was a bricklayer or a plasterer there would not be an outcry about his returning to his work. If Mr Evans were a school teacher or a solicitor it is clear that he should not return to his work but seek other work because jobs of that kind involve contact with people with whom it will be undesirable for a convicted rapist to be in contact. Continue reading
Lightly stepping into the night, where my dreams puzzle me. Dreams never make sense, only nightmares do. It is true. It is not the cold clammy fear that dreams bring, or the sense of events that do not happen but which I experience, but the bewilderment that dreams bring, that fine and certain knowledge that I do not know what I see and do not feel what I touch and what touches me. It is all a twirl. and waking thus, into the nightmare world.