Monthly Archives: November 2014

Somerset Levels Update: Reflections on Flooding

It’s not just “You forgot the birds” who have been attacking RSPB recently. Earlier this year, they were blamed by a number of people, for causing the flooding in the Somerset Levels and Moors. Christopher Booker, in the Telegraph, was … Continue reading

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Forget Biogas, we need Hydrogen from Solar

With 2014 looking like it’s going to be the warmest year since records began, in 1880, but probably much longer ago than that, we need to take collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I have already explained just recently … Continue reading

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Paterson-watch update OPatz fires off a salvo at the PM

No sooner had I posted my first Paterson-watch piece yesterday, when the man himself has surfaced and fired a salvo for Atlanticist free-market fundamentalism, in the direction of none other than the prime minister. Paterson will today say that the … Continue reading

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Owen Paterson – watch

It may not be what normal people think of first on a damp grey November Sunday morning, but I wondered to myself “what’s Owen Paterson up to?” I’ll phone my therapist later. Paterson has launched a “think tank” called UK … Continue reading

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Rochester byelection Labour Candidate linked to Lodge Hill Developers

          Lodge Hill Brownfield Land? (c) Miles King While both the UKIP and Tory candidates for the Rochester and Strood byelection have changed their minds in dramatic fashion, I was curious to know more about why … Continue reading

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The Great Biofuel Maize Scam

  I was drawn back into the muddy world of Biofuel Maize by reading an article in the Western Morning News entitled planting right variety of maize boosts AD Output. The piece was a bit of puff for the AD … Continue reading

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Beavers: Common Sense may have broken out at Defra

The Beavers of the River Otter in Devon have been under threat of being “rehomed” in a zoo, thanks to pressure from The Angling Trust (no beavers do not eat fish). This was partly due to paranoia that the beavers … Continue reading

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Rampisham: BSR antics force council to defer planning decision

Today was decision day. The culmination of nearly two years work; West Dorset District Council were finally going to decide whether to give planning permission for a 40ha area of over 100,000 solar panels to be constructed on a Site … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down SSSI Solar Farm bid: Tomorrow is decision day

          Solar Farm developers British Solar Renewables have their day in front of West Dorset District Council Planning Committee tomorrow, when their planning application to build a massive Solar Farm on one of the most important … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day

          Remembrance Sunday Dorchester We went to the Remembrance service in Dorchester on Sunday. I never used to go as a child, or as an adult, until the last few years. I suppose my own experience … Continue reading

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