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  • 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...

  • When UKSSD meets DfID ...

    I am mildly encouraged that UKSSD has been invited by DfID to discuss its report, Measuring up, on the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK and how this might contribute to the UK’s contribution (it's a Voluntary National Review) to the...

  • Those optional NSS questions

    Thanks to the NUS, there is now an optional bank of questions on sustainability in the UK's National Student Survey [NSS].  It has taken five years or so to get them there, and they have changed a bit on their...

  • New Ofscoff battle against rogue cucumbers

    I have written about the malign influence of Ofscoff [1], the independent government Office for Strictures and Control on Fodder and Food, before.  Yesterday, it was forced to issue an abject apology to supermarkets. Offscoff's Director of Diminishing Expectations, Dr Cuddie Headrigg,...