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Trouble at the bird feeder airport

We’ve had a hell-of-a-horrible windy day here. Continue reading


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Over diagnosis and over treatment of the big C

A while back, I was reading about how screening for cancer, often led to over diagnosis. We find what we are looking for.  Continue reading


On the stupidity of man – a meditation

I remember watching this many years ago. It’s still good. This channel alone has had almost ten million views – and this video appears elsewhere too.  Continue reading


Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

I didn’t realise how VERY bad the drought in the Cape, South Africa is, until a reader of this blog alerted me to it.

They spent time this morning, collecting their water.

In Cape Town itself the situation is becoming dire.

“Four million citizens will be expected to collect 25 litres per person from one of 200 collection points,” he said. “A true nightmare scenario is developing before our very eyes.” Link

Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?

“The technology to connect people to a water supply has been around since ancient Egypt. It’s not a technical problem,” he says.

Well, bloody hell? Really? You could have fooled me!

The best we can do at the moment is a Graphene-based sieve. that turns seawater into drinking water….in TINY quantities.

We can insert stents into hearts in a day clinic, we can photograph Mars, we can drone-attack a single person, we can run a car on water, we can dive miles down into the ocean trench, we can feed millions of people in huge cities with efficient food-supplying systems but we can’t get water for our consumption from the sea!




Oh great – Solstice is tomorrow

The date of the winter solstice is different every year, falling between December 20th and 23rd.

This year, the solstice will occur on Thursday, December 21. The sun will rise in the UK at 08:03 GMT and set at 15:53 GMT, giving just 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. Link Continue reading


Girl power

Did you know that Santa’s reindeer must be all girls? Continue reading


I love sugar, chocolate, salt and MSG

Almost the whole Furlong family are on one or other various food regimes, for one or other health benefits. Continue reading