August 2018

  • Herdy instinct

    I was almost taken in by the claims of on a soft toy "born in the English Lake District and inspired by our lovable Herdwick sheep".  Herdy, I was told, "will find a place in your heart".  I think not,...

  • Another milestone for Semington A

    Last week, the total output of the power station on my roof – Semington A – reached 30 MW.  This after some 7 years.  Although it once took a big coal burner about 10 minutes to do this, to say this, is...

  • Safely back in Blighty

    My last word on Germany for now is to suggest you read the Economist article urging the miserable Germans to cheer up.  Here's a flavour of what it says: "Germany’s economy, for example, is powering ahead. Unemployment is at a...

  • Bildung, Kultus, Wissenschaft und Kunst

    My first memorable experience in Bavaria was a man on a bike in Munich with a teeshirt which said: Rules Rules Rules – except that all the words were crossed out.  Not quite an anarchist, I thought, because the words would then...

  • Bildung und Bavaria

    I'm with Mrs M for a few days, firstly in Bavaria and thence on the Rhine.  I don't expect to see much of her as she is busy sorting a bit of a language problem [*].  However, as she's omnipresent,...

  • Conservation and being conservative

    Why are so many of those who are passionate about conservation not more politically conservative by nature? I found myself musing on this (not for the first time) as I read a recent Economist article on why large parts of the...

  • 38 Degrees but little freedom

    38 Degrees has been sending breathless emails about getting involved in shaping post-Brexit environment policy.  Here's how the message (to Caleb B –calebb@inverauchtamucktie.sc) began ... Dear Caleb, It’s crunch time for our environment. Right now the government’s deciding what our...