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Heavy pollution from the Sahara desert over parts of Britain in April '14

Heavy pollution from the Sahara desert over parts of Britain in April '14

River Thames flooded February 2014

River Thames flooded February 2014

Main railway line to Cornwall at Dawlish collapsed in the storms

Main railway line to Cornwall at Dawlish collapsed in the storms

Janice's garden in January 2014

Janice's garden in January 2014
Dreadful weather in the south of England, gales floods and heavy rain, yet the temperatures were mild

Cornwall and the West country cut off by landslides and the collapse of the main railway line which runs along the coast at Dawlish

In Italy the regions around Bologna, Genoa and Florence have experienced widespread flooding, with the city of Modena, in the Emilia-Romagna region, particularly affected Some 600 people have been forced from their homes there, with evacuees being housed in shelters, hotels and hospitals. Workers used large boulders late Sunday to reinforce the banks of the nearby Secchia river. Flooding has closed local roads and bridges in the area.

Floods northern Italy January 2014

Floods northern Italy January 2014

Fracking protests in Balcombe Sussex August 2013

Fracking protests in Balcombe Sussex August 2013

Blockade Monday 19th August 2013

Blockade Monday 19th August 2013

Echos of Greenham in the 80's

Echos of Greenham in the 80's

Adapted from an original postcard by Loppy Garrard

Adapted from an original postcard by Loppy Garrard
Photos Hamish Campbell

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My solar power setup for media work at ?#?balcombe? ?#?frackoff - Hamish

Hamish Campbell

Hamish Campbell

Residents of the West Sussex village at the heart of a battle over whether the UK should go ahead with fracking have complained at the ongoing protests against the controversial technique.

In an anonymous letter, 60 residents of the village, which has a population of around 2,000, said they wanted to "record our strong disapproval of the recent and continuing protests" and derided "relentless propaganda" from locals and environmentalists opposed to fracking for shale gas. On the grounds of energy prices and energy security, they said the technology should be accepted, and they believed it would not "unduly damage our environment."

The letter said: "We deplore the abuse suffered by employees of the drilling company, and the police, extended trespass, and the establishment of a semi-permanent 'protest camp' on hitherto beautiful road verges; actions which add up to an abuse of the undoubted right to peaceful protest." It also complained the village had suffered "unfair abuse of our parish council, politicisation of the village fête, unsightly banners and, above all, spreading of unwarranted fear."


28th August
Arrived back at #balcombe to find the camp quiet. The tech tent is back to disaster mode, all the solar phone charging I built before I left had been ripped apart. It is again a space of ideas and broken actions.... Hamish

Tech tent

Tech tent

After the protests - drillers gone !

After the protests - drillers gone !

Pollution over Folkestone

Pollution over Folkestone
Has summer sizzler turned English Channel into "Poison Sea?"

A thin yellow mist hanging over the English Channel on July 16th 2013 has been linked to air pollution caused by the maritime industry.
Described as the ‘poison sea’ by a Capel resident the milky appearance is most probably linked to sulphur emissions from shipping using the Channel, the busiest commercial lane in the world.
The distinctive appearance – which appeared on Tuesday morning – was witnessed from a height in Folkestone, Dover and Capel-leFerne.
The Capel resident said: “It’s like the poison sea. It brings the whole business of pollution sharply into focus.”
One worker in the shipping industry said: “That’s us, that is. The heavy marine fuel we use gives off a lot of sulphur.
“In certain conditions where the sea is calm and particularly in hot weather, the sulphur sort of condenses and hangs like a mist over the water.
“It’s not very nice.”
The ferry industry has been ordered to cut its emissions to 0.1 per cent by January 2015 by the International Maritime Organisation.

Taken from the Folkestone Herald

A Ribbon piece from Madison Wisconsin

A Ribbon piece from Madison Wisconsin

Image Janice Carrera ©

Image Janice Carrera   ©

Gupton Farm

Most of the Cawdor Estate in South Pembrokeshire is in the ownership of the National Trust, one property Gupton Farm and parts of Castlemartin Corse are to be taken inhand and managed by the Trust.
Freshwater West, is undeveloped and sought for wildness and solitude. The surfers and recent films made there has led to intense visitor pressure.
The beach and the sand dunes are of scientific interest one of the few relatively intact calcareous water meadows.
The area was improved by drainage by the Cawdors, the water levels managed for agriculture.
For most of my life with the outfall to the beach (recently removed)the area has contained seasonal dune slacks and winter flooding meadows with a calcareous alkaline soil.
With dune stabilisation by the National Park the supply of wind blown ground up shell fragments, has not replenished the “machair”.The high rainfall leaches the lime from the sand which becomes acid the water draining into the streams is alkaline, When there are wind blown shells the top two or three centimeters are alkaline, which when combined with close grazing produces a herb rich grassland home to a mutitude of flowering plants.
The dune slacks and the watercourses are flooded with alkaline mineral rich clear water, a haven for fish invertebrates insects with a profusion of water plants.
The land was grazed when dry in spring,in summer a hay crop was taken for winter feed after the stock was taken off in the winter the land flooded, the silt fertilised the meadows. The stock were not allowed to poach the land.
Now high stock rate with store cattle in the winter, maize cultivation in summer can produce high nitrogen run off and poaching to bare soil.
The Corse to the east of the road now fenced off and now planted with permanent ley in my lifetime was closely grazed herb rich sward, it must be returned to its natural climax vegetation.
Reading a Consultants Report from 2007 the area has been changed by drainage not being maintained and by run off from upstream ploughing filling the drains with silt.
It is now an offence under the European Waters Directive to allow further degradation of historical waterways used by migratory fish for spawning purposes
The steam has an annual run of elvers in and mature eels out to sea. Lampreys are present (or were). The future pressures on the land are critical, the desire by Surfers to set up an International Surfing Center, to quote their words”surfers will not walk far, they need car parks at the top of the beach cafes and camping.”
Pembrokeshire County Council recognises Global Warming and predicts the destruction of the present road by rising sea levels, one proposed solution is to close the road from the road to Angle to Castlemartin and restrict vehicle access to householder access,.
The farm has to produce an economic return to pay for Conservation, and to support local people.
The dune slacks and the seasonal flooding historically have been a haven for waterfowl of international importance.
At present there is no public access, any public access with free running dogs will degrade this as it has destroyed the sanctuary value of other sites in Pembrokeshire.
These are some of the competing priorities, the debate about future use is too important to be left to Pembrokeshire Politics, this area is of international importance.

Ian Campbell. Rutger The Green Pembroke - - January 2013

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Floating islands - an environmental hazard

Floating islands - an environmental hazard
The Daily Telegraph reports on the massive floating islands of garbage, some almost 70 miles in length, caused by last month’s tsunami in Japan, which are causing chaos in shipping lanes in the Pacific Ocean, as they slowly head for the west coast of the America.
The islands of houses, cars, tractors and bodies are almost 70 miles in length
News of the scale of the floating debris came shortly after a major 7.4 magnitude aftershock hit the same northeast region of Japan still recovering from the March 11 earthquake.



Radiation-proof Cotton Maternity Dress Grey

Radiation-proof Cotton Maternity Dress Grey


Chevron explosion in Pembroke 2.06.2011

Chevron explosion in Pembroke 2.06.2011


The Welsh Government has told the Environment Agency It must not give
permission to a controversial water cooling system until a review of
its impact on a fragile and highly protected marine wildlife site has
been completed
There have been campaigns against this power station ever since there
was a threat to burn orilmulsion in the 1980s. The waste heat is
equilvent to 40 percent of Welsh electricity demand.

The Emergency Planning Officer.

Did it Happen? Was it true?
A telephone call out of the blue.
"Mr Campbell can I call and see you?"
We were on our own, no children at home.

In the build up to war, he came to our door
Middle aged , bland and matter of fact
He gave us some poorly photocopied tracts.
about nuclear war and what to do.
as a naval reserve officer ,one of the few.
you have a shot gun and a job to do
an order to kill..... We thought WHO?

We were surprised and struck dumb. it seemed like a dream
The government leaflet had come in the post.
with laughable instructions on how to prepare for nuclear war - Protect and Survive

Decades later a government minister let slip on radio 4 it was just a way to identify bodies not about staying alive.
The Government's gone mad, for me and you, there is a lot to do

Europe arose, Millions marched and protested many were arrested
There were rallies, blockades and invasions of bases, evictions and court cases.
We painted our faces and cut down the fences.

We needed no training ,our imaginations were amazing.
For our vision of peace we went to prision

Did the government listen ?

Thalia Campbell January 2013 ©

I heard a poem a bit like this on poetry please and could not sleep til I had put this on record

The carcasses of five wild boar were found on a beach in Brittany in July 2011 reigniting fears that 'killer' seaweed generated by farm pollution could pose a threat to human health. Two summers ago a horse collapsed and died on a nearby beach. The seaweed ( sea lettuce ) has been swelling to gigantic proportions by the nitrogen flowing into the sea from intensive pig farming in central Brittany.
Environmental campaigners have been furious over the deaths and there have been battles with Paris and the EU for over a decade about the thick banks of seaweed invading the coast.
The seaweed is posing a threat to over 200 beaches from southern Brittany to Normandy. The sudden releases of trapped gas can cause " loss of consciousness with cardiac arrest and coma" warns the French Environment Authority.

A Pembrokeshire Beach

A Pembrokeshire Beach
Photo Ian Campbell

Do you remember our childhood days on the beach No plastic, a bit of Tar which
we removed from ourselves and our clothes with oil of Eucalyptus. The only bright bits were the victorian pieces of glass worn smooth and frosted by the abrasion of the sea and sand. The bright green and blue of the victorian bottles which had contained corrosive
and poisonous materials and the brown green and gold of the beer and
wine bottles. We loved to collect these along with shells especially cowrie shells..
I still have a strong nostalgia for Returnable Glass bottles, greaseproof paper, blue sugar paper, wood chip strawberry punnits..... And a strong Aversion to Man made Fabrics. A love of cotton, wool, silk, and linen etc.

In the early 1980s the nations lead water pipes were replaced. My generation had 40 years of lead water pipes our children 20 years. Health and safety is important even if it is ridiclous from time to time and is some times used to defend unacceptable decisions as the last refuge of a scoundrel



A very good read !
"The Unnatural History of the Sea: The Past and Future of Humanity and Fishing "
by Professor Callum Roberts - ISBN: 978-1-59726-577-5
He is is a marine scientist and conservationist at the University of York in England


Brockhill Lake algae - Janice Carrera ©

Brockhill Lake algae  - Janice Carrera ©
Blue-green algae has been blanketing inland waterways in the UK, creating a health risk for wildlife and people, says the Environment Agency. Toxic blooms have been found in Stirlingshire and the Llys y Fran reservoir in Pembrokeshire, the Broads in Nortfolk and the Serpentine in London and many other lakes and waterways are also affected.
Toxins have been linked to neurological, digestive and skin problems and liver disease. Mouth blisters and sore throats. The algae feed off nitrates from the air and phosphates from the water. they can also accumulate in fish.
The Environment Agency has advised people to use less detergent and Farmers will have to use less fertilisers as the world's phosphate resourses are limited.
Painting Ian Campbell © In Scarborough Art Gallery

Save the planet by what you eat.
If you must eat meat it should be a treat.
Healthy for me healthy for you.
And a better world for our children too
Thalia Campbell 2009

Incontro Vegan

Incontro Vegan
Location: Via Ascanio Sforza 51 - Milano
Time: Saturday, 30 April 2011 20:30..

Tutto sta crollando e ogni giorno cresce la violenza!
Serve una nuova direzione, un Senso profondo per l'essere umano!
Parliamone a cena!

Cena Vegan*
antipasto di verdure fresche in pinzimonio
pasta alla carbonara (senza uova e pancetta)
polpettone di legumi con verdure, insalata, patate al forno
dolci fatti in casa

* senza ingredienti di origine animale

Acqua, Nucleare, Diritti Umani,
Ospite Laura di Dio, candidata del partito umanista con Pisapia.

"Everything is falling apart and every day the violence grows!
We need a new direction, a deep sense for human beings!
Let's talk about dinner!

Vegan Dinner *
appetizer of fresh vegetables in vinaigrette
pasta alla carbonara (without eggs and bacon)
large vegetable patties with vegetables, salad, baked potatoes
Home made cakes

* No animal ingredients

Water, Nuclear, Human Rights,
Laura di Dio, a candidate of the Humanist Party with G Pisapia Mayor of Milan "

Link to our Vegetarian Section for more on these issues

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West Midlands Vegan Festival

West Midlands Vegan Festival

Hamish at the 2012 Rainbow Gathering Slovakia 2012

Hamish at the 2012 Rainbow Gathering Slovakia 2012



Rainbow Gathering 2011

Rainbow Gathering 2011
Hamish has attended the 2011 gathering in Greece He may have met lots of contacts and done workshops, networking ... maybe get some helpers for Vision on tv and the festival in the autumn They first started in the early '70's.
The gatherings did start off very hippy but by 1990's more like a
Glastonbury festival or a Wilpf Congress/Peace train without either
the noisy music nor the formal UN Input. There are challenges such as
feeding that many people, Hamish cooked for several years at the European
gatherings. The Vegan element makes cooking in the wilderness easier
without refrigeration.... He regularly cooked for Green gatherings as
many as 2000 people in Romania... The gatherings are a bit large now.
I suppose I see it as a continuation of many of Gertrude's beliefs.
Looking back I think I was the only one who got interested /involved in.
Gertrude's beliefs because I had the chance of spending time with her. Thalia


In 1991 we went to a Green gathering on
the banks of the Severn, an idyllic place .I was very skeptical but
quite impressed. There were only about 300 people, all very varied, of
all ages including children. They spent time together cooperatively
and peacefully and behaved responsibly. No litter, No drugs, No
drinking, no violence no noisy music after ten o clock, some very
interesting surprising speakers on housing the environment , health
etc lots of very inventive environmental facilities... way ahead of the
times, like the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth....
That started in 1970s. Thalia

Link to Centre for Alternative Technology


Clearing the rubbish on the Greek beach

Clearing the rubbish on the Greek beach


21st century - Vegan Savouries

21st century - Vegan Savouries

Italian Issues

Italian Issues

Italy has been slow to confront its environmental problems. Central government agencies concerned with the environment are the Ministry for Ecology (established in 1983), the Ministry of Culture and Environmental Quality, the National Council for Research, and the Ministry for Coordination of Scientific and Technological Research. Localities also have responsibility for environmental protection, but most of the burden of planning and enforcement falls on regional authorities. The principal antipollution statute is Law No. 319 of 1976 (the Merli Law), which controls the disposal of organic and chemical wastes; enforcement, however, has proved difficult. Air pollution is a significant problem in Italy

Water pollution is another important environmental issue in Italy. The nation's rivers and coasts have
The long-term threat posed by flooding, pollution, erosion, and sinkage to the island city of Venice was highlighted by a disastrous flood in November 1966.

Rome has implemented a project designed, in part, to protect the Roman Forum and other ancient monuments from the vibration and pollution of motor vehicles.



They said that,

BSE cows could be shot into space,
Crushed horn to udder with scant little grace,
And fly on and on representing their race,
To aliens out in some dire far off place.

How would it seem when this deep frozen moo,
Pulled alongside a full fledged alien crew,
Like a ghastly macabre and miniture zoo,
To them lost life's joy of grass sprinkled with dew.

Their assumption may be that these animals who,
Were only true able to chew moo and screw,
Were designers and pilots, with brains filled with goo'
With non-dexerous 'hands' and a lumbering hew.

Maurice Bird


5th May 2001

We've not got a fire but a pyre,
Our conscience sits well on a creed.
Not a kill but a cull stops us all feeling full
Of the guilt we may otherwise feel.
The silence pervades all the hills and the vales,
And stalks through the fields where once they had grazed,
And grasses now move there so gently in sway.
For the beasts ring up nought to a tally.

Maurice Bird


Here's our story of RYE GRASS. Ian is aways bemoaning our UK Rye grass deserts
Ian and I were having an arguement about the beauty of the hedgerows in Devon and Pembrokeshire .My stand was the Devon ones were more beautiful with a much richer variey of wild flowers. I put forward the fact Devon is a bit further south and would it make a difference. Out of this discussion came the fact that were were discussing two different times
....My childhood in Devon in the 1940s and Pembrokeshire in 2007. In the 1970s we had lived near Aberystwyth .

Ian was the branch sec of the trade union representing workers from the Plant Breeding station. At Aberystwyth the Plant Breeding Station was developing these Rye Grass varieties. These varieties were very vigorous. Later it was found that they succeed by producing chemicals from the roots which poisoned competitors and chemicals in the foliage
which inhibited or killed competing organisms.
This has not been acknowledged widely.
The staff who developed these strains expressed concern that they were turning Wales into a rye grass desert. We can now see the results, upland Wales is a true rye grass desert, one species overpowering the native vegetation.
There is a problem with fertility in dairy cattle due to the inhibitory content of the rye grass in most leys.
The digestive problems needing expensive dietary additives to maintain milk production, the increased use of AI and hormone injections to put the cow in calf to maintain lactation.
One of the factors behind the short life of dairy cattle is the dietary deficiencies caused by the selective inhibitory effect on absorption in the gut of the cow.
Twenty years later what we see in the hedgerows is the escape and spread of these invasive rye grasses taking over the verges. Luscious green growth by rye grass smothering native grasses and plants, by out competing them.
This has taken twenty years to show, involves the unforseen results of growing rye grass seedlings in plots with an open radioactive source gathering the seeds trialling them picking any with more vigour trialing these and selectively breeding them.
Mass sowing, then selling as improved seed varieties only later after years of sales carrying out research on the effects on gut flora and soil. Thatcher privatised the Plant Breeding Stations, the EEC have their Approved list of all seed varieties which can be sold.
All the government seed banks are now in private hands,decisions which are made about which varieties to be available for sale are commercial decisions.
If you know that one variety increases yields of dry matter in grass crops but is flawed you sell as miuch as you can of that variety as you can and plead ignorance when you are found out, you can do this for years as there are few if any independent scientists working in these
fields they all depend on finance from the industry.
So once again we have the disastrous effects of private capital whose only criteria are commercial profit.
NOW can you see the pitfalls of GM crops in the hands of multinationals such as Monsanto. Thalia and Ian



Many of the existing badger sets are the result of hundreds of years of communal effort by generations of badgers.
With more sophisticated research we can see their effect on the landscape surrounding us.
Milk production has been in process for very few years less than one hundred. The incidence of tuberculosis has crippled milk production for not more than twenty years, so what has changed.
Cattle are basically herbivores feeding mainly on grasses but dependent on other plants which live in grass land.
We spray the sward so that only grasses survive. We plough the soil and reseed it it with alien man made grasses.
These grasses were developed by State Owned Research Stations. PBS Plas Goggerddan Aberystwyth Many were the result of exposure to radiation, cross bred by species from all over the world many occurring in arid high difficult habitats. Fields were sown with plants surrounding an open radioactive source. Seed was harvested and grown on in greenhouses.
Some were toxic to grazing animals. Thatcher sold off these seed banks to the private sector. Commercial companies saw the commercial value of these rapidly growing dominant species and ignored their potential effects on the gut flora of grazing herbivores.
Cattle breeders selected cattle with large udders and then fed them artificially with dead cattle, industrial waste products. and imported feeds.
Feed manufacturers were allowed to label feeds as carbohydrate, fat protein minerals and vitamins, but not the source of these ingredients ie whether they were of animal plant or artificial origin.
Cattle now are grossly stressed milk producing machines run on leys which are composed of toxic grasses. No wonder they are susceptible to infection by tubercular bacilli.
Cows are slaughtered after only a few lactations they are not bred to be disease resistant.
There are examples of holdings run on conservative lines in otherwise tubercular active areas with clean herds.
So for the sake of a decadent inefficient failing dairy industry we are destroying animals which have been forming our landscape for millenia. Short term ignorance rules OK.
Ian Campbell


One summer when we were away a lot our half acre area of grass was not
mown and it grew to be a wonderful patch work of British grasses, first in flower and then in seed. The arid Golf course around us sprayed and worn was a strong contrast ... the down side of our unmown lawn was were were burgled.The house looked unoccupied!
Mown Grass was said to be Green Concrete as far as Wildlife is concerned Thalia


BBC 4 - 2100 - 21.06.11 ( Letter of complaint)

What a masterful exposition not to mention the use of radioactivity and
chemical manipulation.
Wales is overrun by perennial rye grass poisonous to cattle developed by
The Plant Breeding Station Aberystwyth growing crops in fields with an
open radioactive source and trialling all the mutations.

Ian Campbell Rutger The Green Pembroke SA71 4QE 01646621449


I remember dad waxing lyrical about the lanes full of wild flowers on our way to Bantham and Thurlestone beaches and the South Hams where Vina spent her childhood.Mother told us that Norman was going to buy a sort of moblie tea place up there at one point. We used to go collecting Wild Eating Chestnurts on Haldon Hill and Mother was always concerned to see if the tramp who lived there was OK.
Those lanes were the ones I was remembering as we went from Pembroke to Freshwater East last June discussing rye grass ! Only us oldies can make these comparisions!
We've lost Length men who used to look after the hedges and ditches and
these machines which flail the hedges plus the past pesticides don't
help. Do you remember the Lengthmen and how they used to pick up their trimmings between two short planks each side of the pile of trimmings? I still do that. Thalia

"A good LENGTHMAN was a treasure because he had the interests of the village at heart. His daily stint would ensure that drains were always kept clear, which in turn meant flood water and heavy rain was channelled into a safe escape route.

He cleared away litter from the highway, its verges and hedgerows. This was important, not only due to the unsightliness, but also because litter can be dangerous to domestic livestock and wild animals, with broken bottles threatening risk to humans as well as creating a danger from fire."

Lengthmen worked on the railway verges and the canals.


Mobile Lengthmen - As from the 1st April Devon County Council are introducing “mobile lengthmen” to carry out highway cleaning works. Essentially this will be two men travelling in a pick-up with small tools on board and it will be their task to carry out routine cleaning works. The duties of the lengthmen include hand cleaning grips, ditches, easements and buddle holes as far as they are physically able. They will also attend to rodding and cleaning of small culverts, hedge trimming in order to gain access to ditches and other outlets, clearing of debris, weed clearance, cleaning road channels, drainage, etc., items which are clearly the responsibility of the Highway Authority.

"In secret UK farmers are growing GM crops NOW! Well rewarded by Coroporations and Government?"

Ingrid's cat in the wild flower meadow

Ingrid's cat in the wild flower meadow


Our love affair with the Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club
We had a high fence and were surrounded by the golf course on three
sides...Every summer the golf club sprayed the course with chemicals
to get rid of broad leaved weeds/ wild flowers. Golf balls frequently
came into our garden and broke our windows. This was dangerous. BUt the
worst problem was their cavalier attitude to the spraying. They would
never give us notice and spray when it was windy. One year our fish in
our pond all died and plants were often damaged and our washing smelt
of chemical sprays... After over ten years of being treated as a
crazy nuisance the woman secretary would tel me before the spraying took
place , I could then take in washing, shut windows, and keep the
grandchildren indoors. From 1979 -2000 they absolutely refused to tell
me what chemicals they used.
When we first moved in the house was in a bad state a long loved,
unused holiday home, the past owners in their late 80s. The golfers
had broken in and used the toilets as their own. This continued after
we moved in. We were conveniently situated half way up the course. I
decided I needed to go and see the secretary and inform him a young
family lived there now and things needed to change. He was an elderly ex
naval gentelman. At three oclock in the afternoon I was offered not tea
but a a gin and tonic from an almost empty bottle.... My requests had
not really been taken in. His solution to the broken windows was that I
go onto the course and ask the golfer responsible for money to repair
the windows.This I tried once, it was difficult to identify the
miscreant and I was threatened.
We grew vegetables and salad crops for a few years and golfers would
come into the garden uninvited and smash the lettuces with their clubs
looking for their golf balls.
When golfers asked politely if they could have balls in our garden
back I would give them back. Other balls we kept and used to put in the
branches of a large bush . It was very
decorative our golf ball tree with many pink, yellow, green and white
balls nestling in the dark shiny green leaves. This Golf ball tree was
the talk of the local pub!
In 1986 our local peace group had a geiger counter and we were using it
around our garden. The reading went off the top of the scale. We
presumed it was broken only within days to hear on the news about
Chernobyl. ................thal

On thinking about the hedgerows, for the past few years we have noticed a vast difference betwen driving by car in the UK and on the Continent especially France. We can drive 900 miles to Scotland and have no problem whatsoever with the windsreen. After a few kilometers on the French roads our windscreen is smoothered with all types of insect life necessitating a stop at every service station to wash the screen. Buckets of special liquids are provided at every garage, this continues through Germany Austria and Italy. In most cases a petrol pump attendant will wash & rinse your screen free of charge, Their hedgerows and verges appear to be teaming with insect life, does this tell us something about how we are managing our hedgrows and verges in the UK - or spraying ??
I don't think I'd be quite as keen on wandering the lanes picking wild herbs and fruits from the hedgerows like I did with my grandfather. Janice

To day we went through the military range to see the birds on Stack rocks and were inspired by the plants, grasses and butterflies of our child hood. When we got home there were insects squashed on the windscreen , the first we have seen for years. June 2013 - Thalia

Janice & Mimmo

From RSPB magazine October 2011

From RSPB magazine October 2011

New eco friendly housing built in natural materials - Dolomites

New eco friendly housing built in natural materials - Dolomites
Photos Domenico Carrera ©

All new building in villages in the Sud Tirol have to be constructed of natural materials with a high level of insulation, copper guttering and down pipes, solar panels etc


Dungeness Power Station - being decommissioned

Dungeness Power Station - being decommissioned
Ink and pencil sketch - Janice

Built in an area of outstanding natural beauty before these things really seemed to matter!
The area is home to vast numbers of birds, invertebrates and important populations of plants, and its wildlife importance is reflected through its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). These designations cover large parts of the shingle beaches and flat marshland in the area and much of its extensive wetlands, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, grazing marsh, gravel pits and intertidal mud and sand flats.

There is a fight on at the moment to keep the site open due to the loss of jobs in the East Kent area. Already Pfizer are pulling out of Sandwich with the loss of 2,200 jobs. Plans have been passed to build an 'international' airport at Lydd causing havoc to the local environment with planes flying directly over Dungeness and the shingle lakes. This would destroy the natural tranquillity of Dungeness and could see its remarkable wildlife slowly disappear, poisoned by increased levels of pollution, or simply driven out by the massive disturbance that such a large airport would cause. The present small airport is owned by Sheikh Fahad al Athel, a Saudi businessman.
At the enquiry local residents living near the Dungeness Nuclear power plant were shocked to learn that there has been no security assessment of sabotage or terrorist threat, undertaken on the rail transport of the intensely radioactive spent nuclear fuel from the remote Denge railhead, located approximately one mile outside the power station, along the rail track, through to the stopping point at the Lydd town crossing.

The railway track between these points, which is used to transport the spent fuel from both Dungeness A & B nuclear power stations onwards to Sellafield, runs 200 metres from the end of the main runway at Lydd airport.

Dungeness is the largest stretch of shingle coastline in Europe. Shingle is naturally moved
from west to east along the southern shore, past the nuclear power stations and gradually
builds up on the eastern shore. Since the1960s, the shingle has been taken from the beach at Dungeness and placed back on eroding beaches in the west. This reduces flood and erosion risk to properties and infrastructure.

Sea kale - a very rare plant growing on the shingle

Sea kale - a very rare plant growing on the shingle
Photo Walter Carrera ©

LNG Demonstration Pembroke Wales

LNG Demonstration Pembroke Wales
Photo Tom Campbell - Full permission given by parents for publication of image

Two plants are about to open. There was a practice alert the alarm was scheduled to sound. If you are within a seven mile radius of Dragon and South Hook, did you hear it, we did not in Pembroke, or is it restricted to the half mile radius from the plants The seven mile radius is a conservative estimate of the danger from a Vapour Cloud Explosion. ..

We've heard there has been an incident with the LNG ship
and the whole thing has been put off for a year and that Brussels has
decided that the locals have not been considered/consulted on Safety, Thalia

March 2011

Recently there has been another leak reported, LNG spilled onto the deck of a ship, due to the extreme cold it damaged the deck.

"It has been confirmed that a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) leak occurred onboard a vessel docked at the South Hook terminal in Milford Haven.
A South Hook spokesman said: “South Hook is aware that the LNG vessel Excelerate experienced a minor release of cargo onto the vessel’s deck during her recent discharge at the terminal. Maritime and Coastguard Agency press officer Fred Caygill said the leak of liquid cargo at-160degrees on March 1, caused cracks and damage to the deck.
“There is a responsibility of the master to inform the port authority-on this occasion it did not happen and we only became aware of this event after. "
from Milford & West Wales Mercury

The arrival of the 1st ship from Qatar 20.03.09

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LNG Flare

LNG Flare
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