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The Penguin

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    South of Glasgow 55.778, -4.086, 86m
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    Rugby, ice-hockey, skiing, golf, Bellhaven Best, art and design, photography.
  1. Figs are good for the constitution Pingu.

  2. For those that are interested, I may start a poll on how many days the West of Scotland might go without spotting the sun. At all. Current total is around 30.
  3. Thanks, Mondy, that's interesting and useful.
  4. You are my sunshine,

    My only sunshine,

    You make me happy,

    When skies are grey,

    And the skies are always bloody grey around here...

  5. Reputations should bother you not

    As a guide they are not worth a jot

    So plus me, or minus

    Whichever is fine, as

    I don't give a fig what I've got.

  6. Em, Pete, I am no expert on such matters, but it seems to me that the authors of a goodly number of international scientific research papers, and (more importantly) over a thousand posts in this thread, would be a tad surprised and not a little dismayed if NSSC had had the definitive answer to your question all this time, and just not shared it with us. Or did I miss something?
  7. Cameron, of course, has no mates and therefore couldn't possibly be accused of such an association. Fair play though, toothless creations should be just about manageable for the sleekit wee beastie. Hey Bb, I see you've dropped your 'vote Tory' tag. Any chance you could drop the incessant electioneering too? Edit: Sorry HP, missed yours as we posted simultaneously. A very astute observation and well worth remembering in all this.
  8. I agree that your caution is well-placed. However this country was in a similar position after WWII and went from rationing to ‘never had it so good’ in little over ten years. That comparison isn’t meant to belittle the problems and pain we will surely endure in paying for recent fiscal measures, but merely to point out that the pay-back period needn’t necessarily be as long or as apparent to you and me as some pessimistic observers have suggested. What will hurt is when we view our performance in recovery against that of other countries and see ourselves behind them, but that will probably have more to do with the mistakes we made in relying so heavily on the financial sector that resulted in the depth of our demise, rather than entirely resulting from the way our government has handled the crisis.Having said that, I still blame the government for not cracking down on ongoing bankers’ excesses and for not making bloody sure that the cash we are all investing, and will continue to invest, is for the benefit of the country as a whole and not just the banks. Until Darling grasps that nettle, he’s only being caught short in the face of a howling gale.
  9. Yes, thanks SteveB, I have been - but it's the constant diversions into the interweb for background info that's really slowing me down. Still, a fascinating subject. My only reservation is that it would be a shame if the ice-rampers got a bit carried away with themselves to the detriment of a lot of interesting possibilities being taken seriously.
  10. This is really interesting, and in its own way quite remarkable. I find it curious, irrespective of possible over-excitement regarding future outcomes releated to weather, that this subject isn't gaining more recognition in the press and media. (Obviously those of you who are long-time students of matters solar aren't so gobsmacked by current events, but I am, and encouraged to delve deeper.)
  11. My cup is full and runneth over. So are my wellies.

  12. Ah, if only 'twere as simple. Slightly more accurate to say that the market rises on expectation, and sinks on fact. At least at the moment. Interesting though that there is a lot of positive 'expectation' around right now. Whether that's based on hope, reality or desperation is outwith anyone's guess at the moment, but I think I feel less bumping along the bottom and a hint of buoyancy creeping back into the ballast tanks.
  13. It’s not climate change that causes problems with species extinction, it’s climate chaos. It’s not the fact of changing conditions that proves to be beyond the ability to adapt, it’s the speed of changing conditions that doesn’t allow time to adapt. The zonal realignment and narrowing or widening of tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and arctic latitudes has historically been slow moving and survival within an adjusting environment was predicated on flora and fauna having time to move with and within their comfort zone. Or adapt to suit where that wasn’t possible.What has changed, and this is irrespective of whether people have caused climate chaos, is the number of people on the planet and the area of the planet’s surface that we rely on to grow food. At the moment the lush areas provide enough to supplement the habitation of arid areas, even although this is becoming less and less sustainable. The problem in the future would be if the grain-growing belts narrowed or precipitously relocated to the extent that not enough bread ended up in the basket. I’m afraid that would lead to charity beginning at home and end up with the survival of the fittest. Not the end of the human species, probably, but quite possibly a downward adjustment in our numbers. You're lucky. I've got the North Atlantic to look forward to. Fisherman's Friend anyone?
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