Friday, July 31, 2009
Once at work he was at work the fun started with GF conducting a three hour review of an "interesting" bid. That finished, he had a few minutes to grab lunch followed by end to end teleconferences. One 30 minute gap served useful as it allowed him to get across to Victoria prior to the next call.
Last call was taken on the station with phone on mute.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The Ilulissat glacier has indeed retreated dramatically in recent years - more than 15km in the last decade alone - but plenty of evidence suggests such rapid change in the ice is not unprecedented.
In fact, over the last 10,000 years (a period of long-term warming since the end of the last Ice Age), the glaciers on Greenland's west coast have been through many periods of advance and retreat.
Four thousand years ago, the Earth was significantly warmer than it is now, and accordingly the glacier retreated; but the evidence suggests it was perhaps only 20km back from its current position.
In other words, the Ilulissat glacier may reach a point in its retreat where the dynamics of the ice sheet make further regression very difficult, and very slow.
This from the BBC's website and needless to say this bit wasn't included in the news report.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This proved right. The fight to exit the car park was predictably foul, but we were saved by a second exit being opened giving us the opportunity to sneak out the back. From then on we just pottered home with the only incident being when a passing car threw up some road debris that smashed into our windscreen and frightened the living nighlights out of us. Amazingly the glass remained intact (though heavily marked) and we were able to continue (having opened the side window to freshen the air).
Friday, July 24, 2009
- The event was on the first day of the school holidays
- The event was well publicised
- Spurs have a huge following (and probably consider Wembleyt to be their second home)
- Celtic have vast travelling support
- Barcelona are the reigning Champions of the Champions' League.
- There was a 60 minute gap between the games
The game itself started slowly. Whilst Spurs huffed and puffed and made some probing attacks, Barcelona seemed to contraol the pace and the midfield. Having said that, they rarely looked dangerous, but did finally make a breakthrough with a scambled goal in the first half.
During the second half Spurs looked more purposeful and industrious. Their attacks always looked dangerous, whereas Gomes was rarely troubled by Barca. The game looked as if it was heading for a disappointing 1-0 to Barca when Harry Redknapp shuffled his deck, bringing on some substitues. Within a few moments it had paid dividends with an equaliser. This re-invigorated the team and they fought hard to clinch a winner but in the end were beaten by the clock.
Overall a satisfying display and an immensely enjoyable evening.
The football was entertaining, friendly, and a great result for the bhoys... winning 5-0.
Needless to say Celtic's supporters - though small in number - were very loud and loyal (those that were in the ground that is is... many were still outside in the various local pubs).
We finally arrived in the vicinity of Wembley where we wasted a further fifteen minutes trying to find the entrance to the car park. You would have expected this to be marked on the pre-booking form, or on their website, but no. The idea apparently is to drive round aimlessly until you see an official who can direct you.
Wembley Stadium itself is most impressive. The Gorse Fox attended games at the old Stadium many times, but this knocks the socks off. We made our way up the steps and round the perimeter to our entrance and then after a cursory search we found our way in. The Celtic -vs- Al Ahly match was in progress, but we needed cups of tea first. We took our seats in time for the second half. What a view! The middle tier provided comforatble seats, adequate leg room and cover from the occasional down pours that troubled the early part of the game.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
For your Health and Safety the Gorse Fox suggest giving her a wide berth (though frankly that is the only type suitable in this case).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
- he has not turned into it... he just has more recent examples of utter irritation than he's had ina while;
- he's not grumpy... he's the model of whimsy, fun and optimism;
- he's not an old man... he's chronolgically challenged.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The facts are:
The sky is not falling; the Earth has been cooling for ten years, without help. The present cooling was NOT predicted by the alarmists' computer models, and has come as an embarrassment to them.
The finest meteorologists in the world cannot predict the weather two weeks in advance, let alone the climate for the rest of the century. Can Al Gore? Can John Holdren? We are flooded with claims that the evidence is clear, that the debate is closed, that we must act immediately, etc, but in fact THERE IS NO SUCH EVIDENCE; IT DOESN'T EXIST.
The proposed legislation would cripple the US economy, putting us at a disadvantage compared to our competitors. For such drastic action, it is only prudent to demand genuine proof that it is needed, not guesswork, and not false claims about the state of the science.
DEMAND PROOF, NOT CONSENSUS
Finally, climate alarmism pays well. Many alarmists are profiting from their activism. There are billions of dollars floating around for the taking, and being taken.
In a wide-ranging attack, he also claims it is now 'effectively BBC policy' to stifle critics of the consensus view on global warming. He says: 'I believe I am one of a tiny number of BBC interviewers who have so much as raised the possibility that there is another side to the debate on climate change.>
'The Corporation's most famous interrogators invariably begin by accepting that "the science is settled", when there are countless reputable scientists and climatologists producing work that says it isn't.
'But it is effectively BBC policy... that those views should not be heard.'
In the full article he goes on to cite his interview with a green activist after a march in London and the reaction that he got when he pointed out that the climate wasn't actually playing ball. Excellent stuff.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The Silver Vixen has gone to see Betty and Barney Rubble and help them with their NGS Open Day. This has been very successful so far, so SV is lending a pair of hands.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Don't bother pouring one of those for the Gorse Fox!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"Use all the doors and pass right along the cars please".The Gorse Fox decided that this was bad advice when the train and the platform were so busy, and despite the instruction to the contrary he used only the one door in the one carriage.