LaFrance 3


There are a number of things in this article which some people might find unpleasant, if not outright offensive, but taking the lumps for writing things as I see them, and know them, is why I get paid those big bucks as a blogger. To a large extent, I’ll only be telling you what’s already happening … Continue reading


We’ll always have Paris …

This is another guest article by Graeme, one of our regular contributing authors. It deals with the dire consequences of deciding nothing at COP21, otherwise known as the climate conference of 2015 in Paris. I’m not quite sure, but I think Graeme is trying to outdire all those dire prognostications which have been force fed … Continue reading



If there’s one thing I’ve often been accused of in the blogosphere, it’s being an optimist. In the real world, I think people regard me as being a bit cagey, careful, perhaps slightly too calculating at times. Where it concerns family, I’m always on the lookout for something like a maniac with an axe running amok, and … Continue reading



Once upon a time, in a universe far far away, someone asked me where I came from. I was on a blog based in Australia and having a laugh joking with other commenters there. Off the cuff, off the top of my head and probably off my tits, I said Wallawoora and began to embroider on that mythical place, to what … Continue reading



It’s a funeral and it’s a hard day. We’re all blacked up and milling around. I spot him and see him, and know enough to get there quick. He’s basic, mad and sad and I can see him smouldering, towering in his frustrated rage. I want to keep him safe. Unusually for him, he’s already well tanked … Continue reading


A visit to Cardiff.

It’s the middle of the evening, thousands of people are milling around the wide pedestrian main street just outside the stadium. We’re in Cardiff and we’re all riding high on the euphoria of having watched Ireland beat France in the rugby world cup pool stage and in one of the great stadiums of the world. Right … Continue reading


The greed black hole sucked and then it sucked even harder.

I like playing the occasional game of cards. I’m not picky about which particular game but I have to admit, I’m partial to a poker evening with friends – modest stakes, a few drinks, a bit of banter and busting each others chops. When I was younger with few responsibilities, I played it a lot. Like most … Continue reading


The Perils of Suzy.

A cat started appearing at the back door of my childhood home on a regular basis and my sisters began leaving out scraps of food for it. That was the thin edge of the wedge. Pretty soon in the manner of all cats, it had wormed its way into our affections and had the run of … Continue reading


Framing the debate?

Associated Press, commonly abbreviated to AP, have made a change to their stylebook with regard to the global warming issue. A stylebook is used by large organisations to standardise terms and definitions and is referenced very heavily by external suppliers of content to large news agencies like AP. The essential two sentence change stripped of … Continue reading


A meditation.

I come from an old and possibly obsolete people, a culture that lived in quiet isolation for thousands of years well away from a bigger humanity that got on with developing grand civilisations without our input. It wasn’t a bad arrangement. We did our own thing in relative peace before outsiders finally decided we were worth … Continue reading


Political aberration.

We’ve recently had what’s termed in Britain a General Election. It’s the equivalent of a Presidential or National election in other countries as it decides which party will form a government and run the country for the next five years. It resulted in a disaster for all but one of the main parties, with the … Continue reading


Alice and the Green Rabbit.

This is a guest article by Graeme, one of our regular contributing authors. This year is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It’s never been out of print in that century and a half because it has that faceted, multi-layered quality that every chunky piece of enduring … Continue reading


Watching nature.

This is a debut article by Rastech, which originally appeared as a comment underneath another piece. Ras has been a true, generous and very supportive friend to myself and others over the years – right back to the dark days when there really wasn’t much hope in sight for us ragged band of holdouts in the … Continue reading


It’s not rocket science, it’s a matter of conscience.

In September 1941 during WWII, two men met in Copenhagen ostensibly for a scientific symposium, but outside of it in the evenings and in a social context, they informally discussed the theoretical possibility of making a whole new type of bomb. They were the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Bohr was a Dane, whose country … Continue reading


For a Tyger, who still burns bright.

When I was a young child, I went on one of those school day trips to a zoo. From the foul weather, I’d guess it’d be towards the end of the year, November or December perhaps, when I suppose the school could get a decent volume discount because the place would be deserted otherwise. The … Continue reading


The Greenskull Chronicles – A matter of image.

‘This better be good’ growled Greenskull, pissed at the interruption as Gerald entered his office. ‘I’m sorting out that French fucking farce at that climate can-can in Froggie land’. Things weren’t going too well on that particular front, Gerald somehow intuited … Gerald, who apart from Monica and no other living person in the world … Continue reading


The Indians are on the warpath.

Something significant happened about two years ago and it was a signal that the times they were a changing. Greenpeace tried to disrupt a Russian drilling platform in the Arctic and the protesters were promptly arrested, with their ship being impounded. On previous escapades, the Russians kept the activists in jail for a few days … Continue reading


For Hiromi, Tomahara, Satomi, Koji, all the others and of course Kenta.

Today is the seventieth anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. It killed seventy thousand people and within three days, a second one was dropped on Nagasaki killing another forty thousand. Nagasaki was the secondary fall-back target of the mission, because the primary target of Kokura was clouded over. Kokura had also been the … Continue reading


Crisis management – a green perspective.

Greenskull’s official title was Chief Co-ordinator of Information Management, which is a nice way of saying he was in charge of all PR for the “cause” or to put it more simply, a spin doctor, and he was good at it. Things had been going rather badly in the wake of the Copenhagen disaster, hence … Continue reading


Drowning in the Big Green Pond.

This is another guest article by Graeme, one of our regular contributing authors. It deals with the innate limiting factors of renewable energy sources, and though such considerations can be quite technical, it describes them in clear everyday language for the benefit of anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the salient issues without first … Continue reading