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Charlie November


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building houses on green belt land

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 17:05

Violent video games? As xkcd put it, if the games we played in our childhoods affected our behaviour as adults, we'd be running around in circles in dark rooms, eating pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 16:50

As long as it doesn't hatch, you're alright. You don't want to meet what comes out of those eggs.

Christmas quiz questions

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:55

Origin of the word "paradise" is garden-related: Farsi for a walled garden is pardis, rhyming with "lease."

 

Another one based on names: a plant named "beautiful lady" has another, more sinister, common name. What is it?

How many of these plants are toxic to cats?
alfalfa
aloe vera
angel's trumpet
autumn crocus
buttercup
Christmas rose
clematis
clover
cornflower
day lily
elderberry
feverfew
foxglove
hyacinth
jasmine
lily-of-the-valley
marsh marigold
morning glory
narcissus
poppy
potato
primrose
rhubarb
snapdragon
snowdrop
tomato
venus flytrap

If your neighbour's cockerel lays an egg in your garden, can you keep the egg?

 

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:35

" ... when you pay £4000 per week rent ... "

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2015618/Childline-axe-counsellors-funding-crisis.html

 

...

 

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 12:00

I also have a problem with this, and the way it's turning this into this and Bangladesh into a salt marsh. India saw that one coming, by the way. Back in '93 they figured out that rising salt water levels in a low-lying country were going to create a lot of pressure to emigrate ... and started building a sodding great wall to stop them emigrating west. Sea rises? Nature reserves go glug. That's a problem. Doubling the area of Britain that's under concrete won't help.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 11:59

Yeah, some people like to chalk the population issue up to immigration. Cue link to Tory newspaper:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10509723/UK-population-could-hit-132-million-warn-official-figures.html

Yyyup. If that paper and that party were marching in step any harder they'd be goose-stepping. To 90% of the country's nightingale population, though, the birthplaces of the people moving into the houses built where their nest sites used to be don't really matter. Rain runs off tiles, through drains and into rivers just as fast whether the people under the tiles call Friday, Saturday or Sunday their day of rest. Sparrows can't find insects to feed to their young in a white person's car parking space any more easily than they can in a black person's car parking space.

There was some clown on TV a while ago, talking about what I might call "uneducated hoodlum sub-culture." He made a lot of valid points about idiotic children who've never been taught manners or respect talking on behaviour patterns associated with uneducated, violent thugs, refusing to speak properly, refusing to learn, harassing anyone polite, educated, well brought-up and/or female, committing various crimes with no regard for anyone else et cetera. Unfortunately for anyone else who ever wants to mention this problem, he didn't call them "spoiled, illiterate thugs" or "walking dogshit." No. He called them black. He told an educated black woman in the studio that "You don't talk like them." Not "You talk like a civilised, educated person with manners," but "You talk like a white person." Consequence? The point he was trying to make gets utterly discredited along with him and anyone else trying to make the valid points about scum being scum on purpose just to be scum gets associated with him and dismissed as a racist.

Yeah, there are immigrants around here. Every ten-child family on benefits insisting the country owes them a 12-bedroom home and a 3-bedroom house for each of the oldest three and a TV and four cars, though? Every woman getting into a sulk because someone refused to lend her newly-qualified son their car free of charge for the week? Every bleached-haired tart blocking the airliner's only aisle whiel everyone's trying to disembark so they'll have to watch her snog her boyfriend, then leaving him in bed to go and party with the entire waiting staff of the hotel restaurant and demanding that everyone cover for her? In my experience, white British, born, bred and "raised." Want to find a school with a really high percentage of A and A* grades? Find one with a lot of S.E. Asian immigrants.

I don't have a problem with immigrants. I don't have a problem with asylum-seekers. I have a problem with the idea of building this all over this.

I also have a problem with this, and the way it's turning this into this and Bangladesh into a salt marsh. India saw that one coming, by the way. Back in '93 they figured out that rising salt water levels in a l

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:59

We've had one frost up here, and now it's warm again and currently foggy due to recent persistent drizzle. I'll probably be seeing the spring flowers around Christmas if the bulbs think that was winter. One of the crocuses was already flowering at the start of the month.

The really tricky part is figuring out which one will turn out to have been the last frost, because that's when I'm supposed to plant out these tree seedlings.

building houses on green belt land

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 22:53

I can suggest a way to reduce the space needed and provide that safe place for children to play, and it's based on some things that've already been mentioned: "quadrangle farm" and "farm divided into residences." A hollow square block with, for example, two three-bedroom apartments on each side of each of three floors isn't a towering eyesore and provides 24 homes on much less land than 24 houses would need. Nobody gets their own garden, but all the kids get the shared inner space where nobody is going to be bundling them into the back of his car (almost never happens anyway) and nobody is going to be running over them in his car (happens all the time) because there are no cars.

 

My problem with this line about us needing to build 200,000 new homes a year is that it's linear. It's not:

"We need 1,000,000 new homes;"

"We need to build 200,000 new homes next year, 180,000 the year after that, 160,000 the year after that and so on, and by 2030 we'll be removing old housing stock and turning that land back to food production, wildlife habitats and outdoor activity areas;"

"We need to build 200,000 new homes a year to replace the ones that are being consumed by the rampant forest in its unstoppable advance."

No. It's just straight-out "we need to build 200,000 new homes a year," meaning every year from now on, for the foreseeable future. 200,000 next year, 2,000,000 in the next decade, 20,000,000 by the start of 2115 and so on. There'll be nothing left. They'll have to build levees and polders, drain the marshes and build on marsh and flood plain. It'll be one big conurbation from Dover to Southampton, Morecambe and Grimsby, with Peak District and Pennine "parks" and little green areas upstream of councillors' own houses. Of course, by 2115 we're looking at droughts, floods, famines, plagues and the Thames Flood Barrier being overwhelmed any time a strong easterly wind blows across a spring high tide.

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/11/2014 at 18:10

Steve 309, that sand sculpture is awesome.

Warmer climes can be bad news for gardeners. Here's a garden someone I know is planning to restore, if he can get the funding. It looks like being a big job to me! That and the next 12 pictures are all the same place. It's supposed to look more like this and this, with water and green stuff and so on.

Camera Corner

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 19:09

Ah, yes, the "horde shot."

One of mine that didn't come out from a trip last year was of a dozen tourists standing along one side of a bridge, all photographing one little black piglet on the riverbank below, while a local man walked past behind them all, bent forwards under the weight of a backpack frame to which he'd lashed ah ... several large bundles ... maybe more than a kitchen bin full, about a wheelie bin full ... of cannabis plants. None of them noticed.

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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Spurge?

Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Ooops!

Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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