Posts by Gareth

  • Feed: My Life in Curry, in reply to Stephen Doyle,

    Blimey! The Moti Mahal in Oxford: scene of many student dinners when I were a lad. Flock wallpaper, the works. I was in Oxford three years ago, but didn't think to check, though I did look down Boulter Street, where I lived for the first half of 1975.

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    Aaah, Viv!

    Barbed wire bum baby, be like me

    Neither of my grandfathers cooked, but one gardened. And I can't resist offering this picture (taken by my father in 1976, I think) of my grandmother's kitchen. This was the back room - more of an outhouse, really - of a tiny terraced house in a village on the outskirts of Llanelli, in Welsh-speaking Wales.

    My grandmother is on the right, Aunty Ansi is washing up, and my mum sports the tea towel. From that little room all manner of good meals would flow. The fridge sits on top of the bath, which was a new addition at the time. I was more used to the tin bath in front of a hot coal fire when I was small.

    The garden was long and thin. At the far end, chooks pecked around the battered pine tree that had been planted after my first Christmas in 1954. I can't remember what else was growing, beyond roses and mint and blackcurrants, of which my mother's family was inordinately fond. My great-grandmother's house in town had a tiny garden, large enough only for the coal shed and two blackcurrant bushes. I still look forward to the first blackcurrant tart of summer, and borrow my mother's pie dish, which she got from her mother, and so on back through the generations.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Moz,

    Personally, I prefer to travel infrequently and stay for extended periods. Obviously I think everyone should do that :)

    I suspect that the biggest impact of carbon-constrained travel on NZ (and anywhere where fast trains don't go/aren't built) will be on speed. Fast air travel will be expensive, slow air/sea travel cheaper. The tourist market will contract to people coming here for extended periods - backpackers at one of the market, gourmet travellers at the other - but the "two weeks to see NZ" trip will only be feasible for the wealthy.

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to david kinniburgh,

    I have a bit of a go at that. The Herald failed to notice that Moore got excoriated in the same paper at the same time...

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate, in reply to Gareth,

    Bugger: ...Roughan talking about "sensibly relaxed" govt policy re CC

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  • Hard News: The Language of Climate,

    Climate change hasn't really been about science for at least 20 years. We've known enough to know that we need to act to reduce emissions since the mid-90s - after all the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.

    People campaigning against emissions reductions have done their damnedest to make it seem like a scientific debate, but it has never been more than a smog-blowing exercise on their part.

    The reality is that dealing with climate change is about managing risk - and that's why the insurance business is on the case. But how do you build a political case for risk management when it is expedient for politicians to do little or nothing? That's really hard... (cf Roughan in the Herald talking about govt "climate catastrophe")

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  • Hard News: Climate, money and risk,

    Great post, Russell. Thanks for taking the time to give Hide's nonsense a seeing to - and for putting the real risks into perspective.

    I disagree, however, with your view that the Herald should continue to run this sort of crap (they have a long history of giving Chris de Freitas space to lie about climate too). You can sum up my position as "everyone's entitled to their opinion (and the newspapers should be free to print them), but no-one is entitled to their own facts." Hide includes (at least) two quite deliberate factual errors in his piece (no warming for x years etc), and a self-respecting newspaper of record should ensure that doesn't happen.

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  • Capture: Travels Without a Map,

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    After looking into Chapman's Homer, Venice 2011

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  • Capture: Travels Without a Map,

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    Bully for Michael, Venice 2011

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  • Capture: Travels Without a Map,

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    Before looking into Chapman's Homer, Venice 2011

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