Saturday, 16 March 2019
An interesting study suggests that soft foods (notably porridge and gruel) have shaped our facial equipment, enabling us to incorporate 'v' and 'f' sounds in our languages(https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/mar/14/soft-foods-helped-humans-form-f-and-v-sounds-research). The more substantial diets of hunter-gatherers apparently rarely incorporates these 'baby sounds'.
One might be tempted to feel a certain amount of optimism about the facts that the current crop of schoolchildren, in over 100 countries, are effectively agitating about the lack of action by 'adults' to counter the effects of climate change (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/15/its-our-time-to-rise-up-youth-climate-strikes-held-in-100-countries) and that its initiator has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. We have, however, to focus on the truism that the window of opportunity where anything really meaningful can be done, is painfully short (expiring long before these intelligent, young humans will have attained positions where they could direct government policies). We really do need the 'adults' to step up to the mark rather than bury their heads in the sand!
Friday, 15 March 2019
It has been reported that US Food giants have swallowed up many of the countries family farms, converting them to Factory operations, with devastating effects on local economies (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/09/american-food-giants-swallow-the-family-farms-iowa). Somewhat scarily, the article predicts that they are looking for opportunities in post-Brexit UK, they might well be able to pick up a lot of cheap properties.
- March 15, 2019
Monday, 11 March 2019
Herb Robert ( Geranium robertianum ) bloomed in Bynea.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
An almighty row seems to be developing between the prestigious producers of Parma ham and animal welfare activists ( https://www.thegu...
Interesting news that the Royal Horticultural Society is (with Salford Council support) creating a 63 hectare garden on the site of (t...