Quick Links 5th June 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. – It’s been a pretty shit week outside of my own little world; the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement; another terrorist attack, this one in London. Inside my own bubble things have been much quieter. I’ve been getting on with various work related things, and doing some family related stuff.

Work – A lot of business development work this week; some meetings related to that; and I feel like I’ve packed a lot in for a four-day week after the bank holiday.

Allotment. – The weeds have been having a whale of a time with all the recent wet and sunny spells, but so also have some of the plants. the broad beans are doing phenomenally well, but the radishes are now over, although the second sowing is coming along. I’ve had to pull up all of the rocket and mustard due to flea beetle. I might sow some more, but I’ll need to get the bed ready again first. My courgette, sweetcorn and first lot a cucumbers all went out onto the plot at the weekend. If the weather holds, it won’t be long before they’re producing.

Currently Reading

I’ve not had much time for reading this week, and have gone to bed pretty tired out most evenings, so haven’t managed anything other than a few pages of Song of Susannah by Stephen King [GoodReads] – which I’m reading for an online group.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

Truffle Shuffle Pizza

When I was  at primary school about 5 or 6 years old, we were studying the Blue Whale. The biggest mammal on the planet. We tried to build a life size drawing on the wall of our classroom, needless to say we were unsuccessful, although we did manage to get the length, other dimensions were not to scale. It went from the playground entrance, through the cloakroom area into the classroom and all the way to the fire exit at the other side of the room. I remember it to this day, over 40 years later. Maybe it was that memory, but I enjoyed this Atlantic article even more, probably as a result of that experience and memory. [LINK]

Apparently if you can explain to the security guy at the airport why you have a 3-D printed mouse penis in your luggage, you can explain any kind of science to anyone [LINK]

Paris Climate Change Agreement – There has been plenty of media coverage on Donald Trump’s announcement regarding leaving the Paris Climate Change Agreement, so I’m not going to link to any one particular piece here. You also probably know what I’m going to say next. It’s a bad decision. It’s a stupid decision. It’s a decision by someone who probably hasn’t bothered to look at the facts.

It matters, and it doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t matter because it won’t stop many others taking action. It doesn’t matter, because there is time for the USA to retract it’s decision.

It matters because there are several hundred thousand US jobs in the renewables industry, if the US shift towards oil and coal (where jobs are declining, and are unlikely to grow due to automation in those industries), those jobs will be at risk as production ramps up in China and Europe. It matters because other countries are already talking about additional taxes on American goods.

It’s too early to say exactly how this will play out, but I am in no doubt in my mind that it is a bad decision.