Pentillie


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Get if off your chest.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 21:57

 I just love the comment invariably made by politicians and experts after disasters strike - ''lessons have been learned'!.

What lessons did they learn about the Somerset levels - things worked pretty well for hundreds of years, with locals knowing full well what the problems were, and how to resolve them - then the experts appeared - the Environment Agency. Led by failed politician, Mrs Young ( I won't honour her with a title), who was head of the Royal Society for Birds, they thought it would be a good idea to spend millions on a bird sanctuary, and encourage farmers to turn their fields into 'wetlands'

Has she, in hindsight, learnt any lesson?

Now run by another failed politician, Chris Smith, (again, no title), what did he ever know about the needs of areas like Somerset, and the Thames Valley? 

Has he learned lessons?

 Perhaps we should send all the buggers back to school before we let them loose on Quangoes where they have absolutely zero knowledge?

Apologies for language!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:20

Thanks for your concerns. House is fine, perfectly safe from floods as we are 400 feet above town, but strong winds are worrying as we are a tadge exposed up here!

Very difficult travelling around as most roads in the valley are bad - I can't get to Henley,Cookham, or Reading without huge detours, and more houses are being swamped by water rising from the water-table, rather than overflow from rivers.

Best wishes from Marlow-under-Thames to Punkdoc and anyone else who is suffering from the weather!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 23:21

Went down the hill into Marlow today - the flooding was unbelievable, most of it coming up from the water table rather than the river - god only knows how long it will ever take to drain away, as the valley is a couple of miles wide and edged by steep hills. Fire and rescue are doing a great job for residents, with a large command post set up in the park, and huge pumping engines in the streets and lanes. 

Most scaring is seeing Marlow lock and the weir, where the water levels are disappearing - normally there are height differences of six to ten feet. Yet my allotment is only ten minutes walk up the hill, and the ground is just about workable - crazy times!

Good luck to all of you affected by the water.

Unwanted visitor

Posted: 10/02/2014 at 17:48

Trying soaking old tea bags in Jeyes fluid and disperse around the areas affected - works pretty well. Also spray tea bags with Ralgex.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 17:42

Just seen Busy Lizzie's thread yesterday re the opera - you would have loved the performance of Aida,which I saw 20 years ago in Luxor, Egypt. It was staged at the Temple of Queen Hatshepshut,under the mountains, near the Valley of the Kings.

To reach it easily, the Egyptian Army built a pontoon bridge, spanning the Nile, from Luxor to Thebes - the whole thing was amazingly well organised, and to see Aida in a setting like that,in the desert -unforgettable.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 23:16

Lovely sunny day today here - spent most of it in the garden tidying up and shaping bushes and shrubs - washing drying quickly on the line - can't believe it was just a brief respite in the bad weather.

Thoughts are with Verdun and everybody in the far west tonight .

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:47

No Lily, I was already sad. Your beautiful quotations and snippets just help concentrate my mind and encourage me to put any negativity behind me - thank you.

Tradition has it that Cornwall was God's chosen country, and the Devil would not cross the Tamar for fear of ending up in a Tiddy Oggy - seems like he's knocking at the gates at the moment!

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:05

The best journey always takes us home' - very true SGL, but no trains can take me back to my beloved Cornwall at the moment. It's very hard to keep my thoughts positive when I see some of my favourite places being slowly destroyed, and local people in such distress. I know that come the summer and the warm sunshine, my thoughts will be totally positive, but for now I feel so helpless looking on. I just hope the Cornish (and of course the people in Devon,Dorset, and Somerset ) can soon feel more positivity than I do - knowing their strength and resilience I'm sure they will.

Marestail

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:44

Agent Orange brings back unpleasant memories Fidget. In the 1970's all the major US  pharmaceutical companies were ordered by the Government to produce AO, (and also Agent Purple)as defoliants to use against the Vietcong. Years later, it was found that it was causing huge health problems with ex-servicemen who had handled it.

When those servicemen, or their surviving families tried to seek financial assistance from the US government they were refused help, with their government citing " Governmental Immunity".

I was working in the Insurance industry,and my company insured most of the major US drug companies - what I saw and heard about Agent Orange was horrendous, and  the European insurance industry eventually ended up paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to those poor unfortunates.

Since those times, I'm afraid I have nothing but contempt for most American politicians!

If anyone has any doubts about using noxious chemicals in the garden - DON'T use them!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:04

A lot of you have probably seen this video, but when we are all thoroughly cheesed off with the weather, this clip shows that water can sometimes help lift your spirits. I first saw it not long after my daughter was told of her life-threatening illness - it gave me optimism, and joy that humanity is capable of creating little scenarios like this.

 

http://www.wimp.com/dubaifountain

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