Quick Links 13th March 2017

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.

Life In General.

My birthday this week, and also a quiet week work wise (see below), not that I planned it that way, but it worked out well for me. Next week is looking a little different, busier and some family things to do.


A quiet week this week. No news on any proposals, and I am assuming that no news isn’t necessarily good news. I’ll be doing some chasing next week to see where things stand. A few meetings lined up next week, although at the moment I think it’s likely that it won’t generate any paid work – we’ll see.

Wonky Veg – I find the results of the surveys reported here to be a little concerning. I think the public is a little bit out of touch when it comes to what’s involved in growing veg at a commercial scale, and just how little the growers actually receive, particularly from large supermarkets. A 50% discount just wouldn’t be viable, but it is better than this just going to waste. I’d be interested to see some more work done on the economics of this, and perhaps a little more education of the public too.

Australian Urban Wildlife – [LINK] As you probably know, urban wildlife is an important thing to me, so this was a nice read for me, although on the other side of the planet!

Champion Of The Unofficial Countryside – [LINK] In a way this links to the one above, but it’s important to recognise why these sites are so important.

Not So Smart Meters – [LINK] I can’t say this surprised me when I read it. Although smart meters are great when they work, I still feel they are too vulnerable to being hacked or other glitches, particularly software problems.

Q. Why Did The Elephant Cross The Rail Tracks?

A. Because He Wanted To!

Currently Reading

The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter [GoodReads] a birthday present and the “official” sequel to The War of the Worlds.

A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk’s True Life (Journals Vol. 3) by Thomas Merton [GoodReads]

The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King [GoodReads] I’m reading for an online group.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures