Quick Links 19th September 2016

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures (w/e 09/09/16)

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures (w/e 16/09/16)


One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows [The Guardian]


There are so many articles on the approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant that I’m not going to link to any, they’re easy enough to find if you want to read them. There is a running theme though – bad decision. Not necessarily because it’s nuclear power, or the fact that renewable energy could deliver the same for the cost, but that this is an opportunity missed to renegotiate an expensive white elephant, that may actually never come into being anyway, and either way will cost the taxpayer a fortune. I think my views are fairly well known, so I won’t rehash them, but it does seem that yet again the government has made an error in judgement that will have repercussions for generations to come.


We (the human race – and I am generalising here) seem to care more about having the latest gadget or how much money we can earn than what is going on around us. Currently our health service in this country is in crisis, with hospitals and social care unable to cope; our environment and the planet upon which we are living is being driven to destruction; wars around the world are killing innocent civilians and yet it seems that in general the average person doesn’t care.

Increasingly I feel that we have lost our values about what is actually important, and it most certainly isn’t the latest iPhone.


 Currently Reading

“Run to the Mountain” by Thomas Merton [GoodReads] – If you’re a regular here, you’ll know this one has been appearing for a while. I was also reading Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves” but that has now made it to the read pile, so I’ve been able to give “Run to the Mountain” more attention. I’m enjoying it a lot, but I also have a close relative in the hospital at the moment, so my free time has been limited. Mostly I’m reading before bed, and my eyes don’t stay open all that long, so I’m only getting through a few pages each night. I did also come across this piece about reading more productively.


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3 Responses to Quick Links 19th September 2016

  1. That angry-faced caterpillar photo in The Guardian got my family laughing this morning.

  2. David says:

    Just wanted you to know, Alan, that you are not alone in regards to your thoughts about our “modern society”. In fact, out where we are, a few of my neighbours seem to be awakening to the same facts.

    All I can say is get ready, for what’s about to come, as best as you can.

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