Monthly Archives: April 2011

No Wind — No Fun

Walking to the parliament in Brussels this morning around 7:00 a.m., I was struck by a billboard advertising “No Wind — No Fun”. I thought immediately of the delicious cassoulette I had enjoyed in a little French/Belgian restaurant yesterday evening.  … Continue reading

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A crab proves South Korea wrong? Maybe not.

Today (April 12th) I went to the European Institute of Asian Studies in the Rue de la Loi for a briefing on North Korea by H.E. Mr. Ja Song-Nam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Democratic People’s … Continue reading

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Cows moo, dogs bark.

(Painting: Van Gogh) It’s slightly embarrassing to come across a striking phrase, and then to discover that everyone else seems to have heard it before you.  But just in case one of the readers of this blog finds it has … Continue reading

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The Wind-mongers strike back!

CORRECTION: I have now checked with Professor Fred Singer, and I find that I have simply repeated a false blogosphere smear (for which I apologise) — he has in fact never received any money from a tobacco company.  Around a … Continue reading

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Visual Intrusion

Another photo of a Low Spinney wind turbine, with my home village in front of it. I have had a couple of criticisms of an earlier photo.  I was accused of using “a telephoto lens” to give a false impression … Continue reading

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The Great Moonbat burns his bridges

In my April newsletter I celebrated the apparent conversion of famous Green campaigner and indefatigable columnist George Monbiot, known to many of us as the Great Moonbat.  In his blog of March 21st he says that his view of nuclear … Continue reading

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Squatters and travellers

I was delighted by the recent news that Ken Clarke, our Justice Minister, is planning a change in the law which would enable the police to move immediately and decisively against illegal squatters.  It’s high time this problem was solved.  I understand that … Continue reading

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An Open letter to Hans-Gert Poettering MEP

Dear Hans-Gert, Let me congratulate you on your initiative regarding the EU Museum of History.  Certainly in my country, the UK, news of it has served to increase the anger of the general public at the conceit, the self-regard and … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Nail in the Coffin

  Multiple century records exist for only a few sites, all cities. Downward adjustment for urban heating not show It’s over.  Finished.  Dead.  Kaput.  Surely no one who so much as glances at the chart above can give any credence … Continue reading

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Supporting Country Sports

For some years now, I’ve been a sponsor of the Fernie Team Chase event at Tur Langton in Leicestershire, on farmland kindly made available by the owner Sally O’Sullivan.  The land forms a natural amphitheatre, so that much of the … Continue reading

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Village Life: the Rural Idyll

On March 20th, I blogged about our friendly neighbourhood wind-farm, and published a photograph taken in the main street of Gilmorton, Leicestershire, showing a partially completed turbine towering over the village.  And I expressed my relief that although close by, … Continue reading

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Responses to my Letter to the President of Croatia

For the past few years the government of Croatia has been in negotiations with the European Commission for eventual EU accession.  There remain several points of non-compliance with Union standards and practices which have not been met as part of … Continue reading

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The Cult of Beauty

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my occasional excursions into culture, and my interest in the late Victorian period.  They may even recall my absurd conceit that little worthwhile in the way of art, architecture, music and … Continue reading

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