I made it! It’s been a bit of a gallop getting Christmas prep done this year, but here I am with everything in hand and time to post a picture. Wow!
Blogging has been non-existent of late for a plethora of reasons – work, travel, DIY, and a MOOC (more about MOOCs to come when I get back into blogging).
Baking has been light this year, with a few disasters: I gave into time pressure and bought a gingerbread house kit. It worked really well and was a huge success, but after two days the gingerbread, hard when unpacked, went soft and it collapsed, so we had to pretend we were Hansel and Gretel earlier than planned.
Since I LOVE home made mince pies, I always end up with too much homemade mincemeat and to use it up this year I tried Mary Berry’s Sweet Mince Streusel – well disaster! – I dropped it when taking it out of the oven.
There’s enough brandy in the Christmas cake to intoxicate a granny, and the shortbread Christmas trees have been a hit. As you can see we’ll be imbibing later – hic.
Not sure how this post will look as I’m posting it from my tablet (an ASUS Memopad) which has been a real workhorse during recent travel, but I now get to explore over an extended break this year.
A heartfelt thanks to all who have sent individual messages. I’ll get to the replies over the next day or so.
Merry Christmas to all.
Oh this is hilarious. The Daily Express reports today that Met Office staff have a few other weather forecaster websites bookmarked. According to story Met Office predicts…a snoop on rivals:
“Staff have visited the web pages of four rival forecasters about 21,000 times in the past six months, a rate of more than 115 pages every day, it has emerged.
The most popular was the US-based Weather Underground, which received 15,463 web page visits by the Met Office.” Continue reading
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It’s the beginning of the end. Watch the Giant with Feet of Clay crumble. A train wreck in slow motion. There’s more sense being said about AR5 than would have been imaginable eighteen months ago when drafts were available. In fact some of the media coverage (e.g. Newsnight) has been jaw-droppingly almost balanced in both invited participants and the line of questioning.
As the CAGW frenzy whipped up by the overstatement of zealous believers and compliant shut down of debate in the media was increasingly untenable, reasoned debate has begun to happen and the imperative ‘need’ to blog melted away.
Normal life has taken over, or, I should say, has resumed at last. Continue reading
On a whim last night was seeking a particular piece of music remembered from my youth. I have the album on vinyl somewhere – Vangelis, Albedo 0.39
Found it, here used with NASA HD images which I thought others might enjoy too. I’d forgotten it was called “Alpha”
If you’re thinking it was used in Carl Sagan’s series “Cosmos” you’d be right. Continue reading
What fun to find Dana Nuccitelli’s dirty little secret (WUWT, Andrew Neil (BBC)) that he is now at pains to play down.
Apparently he works in contaminated land cleanup.
Happy to dish it out but can’t take it, eh? As James Delingpole explains Dana and his cohorts are convinced that:
“…the main reason we climate sceptics say the pesky sceptical things we do is because we’re paid to say so by various oil interests.” Continue reading
Thanks to the wonderful weather, and the recent run of cold winters, my garden honeysuckle is glorious this year. The evening air is delicately perfumed by it, with the scent even wafting through the bedroom window at night.
Flower buds – normally a mass of aphids
There are three plants that have taken over the garden trellis and hedge: a pale yellow one of unknown origin, possibly wild, that forms an unruly mass and threatens to take over, a more compact pink one from my mother’s garden, and one which I’d never fully appreciated before. It has spent years covering an archway quite anonymously. Continue reading
The Law of the Perversity of Nature
You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
The Met Office – sigh – what should we do with them? Charles Duncan sent me this in an email, but I see he’s also posted it appropriately on this thread by Paul Homewood.
According to the BBC the Met Office is predicting a warm July. They quote a Met Office spokesman:
“rainfall should be below average, with above-average temperatures and above-average sunshine amounts”. Continue reading
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Tagged BBC, Met Office
It is heartening news that Keith Briffa (left) has broken away from the influence of the hockeystick and the One Tree in Yamal. It must be more than a small moment of satisfaction for Steve McIntyre and is certainly time for a serving of humble pie in a few quarters (not that they’ll acknowledge it).
Sir Harold Spencer Jones, British Astronomer Royal, famously remarked “Space travel is bunk”. This observation attracted much ridicule over the years although it is clear that Jones was talking about inter stellar travel which may well be impossible.
The search for exo-planets has made great progress recently so that potentially habitable planets such as Kepler 62c are being found almost routinely. Given mankind’s innate curiosity there will be attempts to visit these planets. “Sci Fi” fantasies like Star Trek imagine faster than light travel based on “Warp Drives” and “Worm Holes”. Are there any more practical approaches backed by physicists and engineers? Probably the best known is Freeman Dyson with his Orion project and space habitats. Continue reading