Bosch Season 2

Coming soon (11th March 2016) to Amazon Prime, based on the bestselling novels by Michael Connelly.

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Allotment Update 6th February 2016

I think this weekend was the first reasonable block of time that I’ve been able to spend on my allotment this year. We’ve had weeks of consistent rain, which has left the soil too damp to work without the fear of compacting it, so there has been a limit to the jobs that I’ve been able to get done. The mild temperatures however have meant that the weeds have continued to grow, and on some of the areas that I had already dug, they have been starting to show through. Spending some time weeding ahead of the forthcoming sowing of seeds was therefore important. If the weather holds mild, and dries up a bit more, I should be able to start sowing a few crops under cover in the near future – I hope!

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Quick Links 9th February 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read or just sparked my interest in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

No More Strawberries At Wimbledon (Edie Blog)

Elephants are being killed on a massive scale. There is a way to stop this [The Guardian – Patrick Barkham]

We’re drowning in cheap oil – yet still taxpayers prop up this toxic industry [The Guardian – George Mobiot]

The Misadventures of Garbage Dog [Last Word on Nothing Blog]

This Week In Wildlife In Pictures [The Guardian]

Mark Ruffalo message to David Cameron on fracking

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Does Fictional Crime Mirror Real Life?

As long term readers of this blog will know, I’m a fan of crime fiction, both in terms of the written word, but also on TV. The last few weeks of TV have been particularly good, with there being something new to watch nearly every night of the week (barring live FA cup matches and other sporting interludes).

It set me thinking that with all the crime shows on TV, does it really reflect real life, or is it perhaps a bit of gratuitous entertainment?

So picking this past week as an example here’s what’s been on the main terrestrial channels and the body count:

Sunday: Vera (ITV1): 2 murders

Monday & Tuesday: Silent Witness (BBC1): 6 murders

Wedesday: Midsummer Murders (ITV1): 3 murders (nearly 4, but Ch. Insp. Barnaby saved the day in the nick of time).

The BBC is also showing Death In Paradise and Shetland on Thursdays and Fridays respectively, both great shows, but for the purposes of this calculation I’m going to exclude them. The reason being is that the data from the Office for National Statistics covers only England and Wales and therefore the two shows are outside of that jurisdiction. I’ve also excluded repeats and reruns on other channels because they technically are in the past, the above are new / current series never shown before.

So fictional body count from above = 11 (in under a week), so rounded up (11 x 52 = 572). Compared to the figure of 534 for “homicide” in the above ONS statistics (Year April 2014 to March 2015, the most recent stats available).

So gratuitous entertainment? It doesn’t really feel like it is, although the numbers whether they are fictional or actual are quite shocking. Given the ebb and flow of the TV crime shows, the numbers will go up and down week to week, as shows come to the end of their run and are off air before new ones start.

Obviously some longer term analysis might be useful, but as snapshot it appears that perhaps the numbers are not far from reality, and compared to ten years ago when the number of actual homicides was 868, and the number of crime shows on TV probably less, perhaps it’s not a bad reflection (sadly) of real life, if it is somewhat over dramatised for entertainment.

 

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Quick Links 2nd February 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read or just sparked my interest in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

MIGHTY MINESTRONE & OTHER WINTER WARMERS  [Hole Food Family Blog]

Analysis: The UK’s ‘looming’ electricity supply gap [Carbon Brief]

Don’t knock dead whale selfies [The Guardian]

The Week In Wildlife – In pictures [The Guardian]

Chicken Cordon Bleu for the Regular Dude

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Quick Links 26th January 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read or just sparked my interest in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

The Week In Wildlife (ending 15/1/16) – In Pictures [The Guardian]

Environmentalists warn of disaster for Everglades if oil fracking bill passes [The Guardian]

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr. [The Dog In The Clouds Blog]

The Week In Wildlife (ending 22/1/16) – In Pictures [The Guardian]

Why are some British newspapers still denying climate change? [The Guardian]

Record hot years near impossible without manmade climate change [The Guardian]

‘It’s all just poison now’: Flint reels as families struggle through water crisis [The Guardian]

HOW TO MAKE CREME FRAICHE [Mom’s Food Blog]

 

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Allotment Video Update 24th January 2016

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