Tonights broadcast presented at the close of ‘PM’ at near 6pm by Evan Davies of ‘a curlew’ intended Evan tells us to add relief to the turmoil of present day political fractions and splinters but instead WAS NOT in any way the otherwise delightful memory of springtime upland and moorland curlew birdsong; it was an otherwise unheard screech or distress and quite difficult to pin down as in any way ‘curlew’ and in heavens above any way ‘delightful’. Oh dear error upon error Evan.
Evan Davis and his patchy 5pm bbc r4 news prog cannot help but drop clangers, bbc r4 itself is full of error, witness the continuing inability to match mic levels, it is oh so irritating to have to lean back from my machine work and turn up the audio to hear the other side of a conversation. Who do they employ for sound engineers? Theres a particularly irritating female presenter often Sat pm that is so difficult to hear, a voice definitely NOT made for radio.
Another instance… Laurie Taylor in his otherwise useful ‘Thinking Allowed’ insists on utterly irritating music links or fillers, a really unwanted over-loud blast into my otherwise controlled environment.
Whilst I’m busy wingeing re bbc r4 … please would r4 output realise much of its so-called comedy output is utterly cringe-making, a turn off in all senses.
Okay, rant over.
I first heard this on Clive Andersons 6:15 pm bbc r4 programme maybe a year ago. I jotted the details down, mesmerising. Its beautiful, so sad, important.
Band = Oi Va Voi
Track = Big Brother.
bbc r4 this morning around 08:50 we hear of the predicament of foster children and how they suffer from multiple homes during childhood and how at age eighteen all professional support stops. I knew of this already, the reason being we are told that ‘insurance’ by which I think they mean professional liability insurance stops when the subject / service user reaches eighteen. Imagine, just at the point when perhaps need is greatest, the need to be mentored and help with the many transitions unfolding, finding a place to live, a job etc etc.
Why is it we are chok-a-blok with BS, that common sense seems in such short supply?
I too was homeless at eighteen, dad was dead six months and my dreadful so-called ‘mother’ couldn’t wait to get rid of me. After suffering the loss of my wife I can say that it takes a full three years to walk on upright again from such a shock to the system, a heavy blow to the head. Never mind, after eleven months in digs and a fortnight to get out, my wife to be fell from heaven and looked after me. Luckily I had an apprenticeship and my boss arranged / twisted an arm to get my dads lifetimes collections of tools and apparatus housed meanwhile. God indeed does look after us.
The reason I write this post is the bumptious middle class and blinkered twaddle from bbc r4 John Humphries for immediately responding to the contributing expert with something like “Oh well they’ll soon be off to University” !!!
I don’t think so !!! … for the ordinary child from ordinary often quite stressed and basic housing University is something from another kingdom, another world. They will never have met or spoken with anyone from University apart from perhaps a teacher. For many kids even a job, any job is near unattainable. Where the heck do these woolly over-comforted presenters come from? Oh I know … from comfortable middle-class homes that have that weird ingredient called ‘possibilities’. How so different from the vast majority of the ‘forgotten’.
We seem to be in a near euphoric over-estimation of both the value and the attainability of a University Education. Many courses are nonsense near garbage time-fillers. Yet how often does one hear or encounter anyone that has sufficient interest in a subject to pursue it in their own free time, of self-study and reading at home? This is extremely rare; but curiously so many are falling over themselves to be part of a Uni experience. Seems to me too many have fallen in love with the idea and have dispensed with a pragmatic reality.
It is said ‘we become our fathers’ and indeed in my case the extra two years fourteen to sixteen did me little good, the old apprentice idea at fourteen was not as bad as supposed. If it was an idea from Japan oh my goodness it would become soooo trendy. To be cloistered (or hindered) to sixteen plus with a gaggle of kids is not the best path to becoming an adult, or skilled.
A month ago (June 21st 2019) I blogged and drew attention to how nonsensical, silly and downright intentionally misleading was a Yale presentation on youtube telling us how insignificant and quite benign was the impending release of methane (in three forms ie frozen hydrate, microbial and geological) as the permafrost melts, as it is in fact doing right now quite happily in all shallow Arctic sea including the East Siberian Ice Shelf.
My post re Yale Climate Connections nonsense … https://climate-change-briefing.com/2019/06/21/i-am-baffled/
A motley crew indeed … its called ‘funding’ … pure and simple.
I’ve written this post energised by viewing today the vid below saying exactly as I do that basically the Yale presentation is garbage, staggering in its complacency and lack of knowledge; just a total and tragic disconnect from where we are at present.
The vid below is an embed on this page … http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2019/07/most-important-message-ever.html
I think I’m correct in saying that last years folly of the 2018 IPCC Report did not include Dr Peter Wadhams Arctic Ice material (world expert) and ignored impending methane release.
In the above attention is drawn to the misleading nature of the Yale Climate Connections presentation (02:00), the importance of the Russian work on methane release (14:00) and how Natalia Shakhova cannot get her work peer reviewed or published as her data indicates methane levels her reviewers do not want to read of !! Basically this is censorship.
Below is a good intro to the subject … Natalia Shakhova, Univ Alaska, Fairbanks.
Another, easy read intro … https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/20/the-dangerous-methane-mystery/
Whilst we are here, a link below to a worthwhile read, climate change and the microbial aspect …
Quite by chance whilst viewing NASA worldview I find Anticosti Island, a big place and holding a marine fossil record of world importance.
I don’t travel bodily, but certainly enjoy using the an old school atlas and the web to get acquainted to locations all over the world; more of us need to do the same and maybe do as i do and wash by hand, no washing machine, no spinner, no tumble drier. A washing line and a light breeze do all that is required, a bamboo pole across the kitchen ceiling to finish off. In winter anyway theres less perspiration and my job is light duty, a clean one so apart from boxers and t-shirts you can wear an item for an extra day and or a quick rinse will suffice. Whilst coping with hernias for a couple of years I found diabetics thin cotton socks under your main socks means they stay comfortable for at least two days.
Here below is the pic that started my Anticosti Island hour of curiosity.
I’d like to think I’m wrong but I doubt it, most plastic is not recyclable, its just heaps of unmanageable crap, plain and simple and often is transported to another unseen country across the planet. Its too small its too jumbled and of too great a volume to be capable of micro-processed to any satisfactory level, the economics of it do just not work for an ethical outcome.
What really bugs me is endlessly there is never any mention of the profound difference between thermoplastics and thermo-setting plastics, the same difference as a vacuum formed food tray and a resin/phenolic based fibreglass component. Some will reform and some just char and become useless. This is day one hour one of any materials course at day release technical college or thirteen year old science / chemistry school lesson and is utterly fundamental to any consideration or understanding of how to recycle.
Not exactly the clearest explanation … https://www.difference.wiki/thermoplastics-vs-thermosetting-plastics/
Its also fundamental we navigate away from short life throw away food and provisions that arrive in such small and tricky to recycle packaging. Its also endemic with pharmaceutical and say vetinary products, often over-designed and plastics technology gone mad. It is the smallness itself of the discarded parts being part of the problem. In my own lifetime I can remember Co-op blue paper bags for dry goods, filled as required when out shopping. In a sense our own disaster is written into the so-called present day solutions we have arrived at.
Food is over-packaged and too few people cook from scratch.
Here below is the article that prompted me to write this post … https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2019/07/01/for-the-sake-of-the-climate-we-must-stop-believing-magical-stories-about-plastics-and-recycling/