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Climbing tales of terror

Its a book, in fact. I remember browsing it in the good old days when I used to climb. But today I was browsing Rock Athlete which is Ron Fawcett’s book, and contains the following memorable story, which I will share with you because I liked it so much: In the old days, a pair…

More misc

Just some random jottings, none of which amount to much. I’m making quince jelly. Last Sunday was the first anniversary of my half-marathon running career, which I celebrated at Grunty Fen. Next Sunday will see me sculling the Boston marathon for the first time, after being in the ladies VIII last year. We’ve been painting…

Ozone regs

According to the Economist: Barack Obama socked it to the left on September 2nd, by backtracking on a new rule to mitigate air pollution. As proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–a hate object to many Republicans–the rule would have reduced ambient ozone, a toxic gas created by power-plant emissions and exhaust fumes, to less…

Idolo

BTW, if you want a laugh, go to http://judithcurry.com/2011/08/04/carbon-cycle-questions/. When you’ve stopped laughing (or despairing, if you thought her saveable) at her puffing twaddle, scroll down a fraction and read “Moderation note: this is a technical thread, comments will be moderated for relevance.” Then read the first comment: “Thank you, thank you, Professor Curry, for…

All around my hat

…I will wear the green willow. Yes, we went up: yay! Though that doesn’t begin to capture it. L to R: Andy Southgate (4); Steven Andrews (5); Chris Wood (2); Ollie Crabb (S); James Tidy (Cox); Chris Metcalfe (3); William Connolley (B); James Howard (7; with George); Chris Smith (6). Yesterday, Tabs 3 caught City…

Says the FT: Libya lost billions of dollars on sophisticated financial products sold to Muammer Gaddafi’s sovereign wealth fund by some of the world’s leading financial institutions, according to a confidential Libyan government document… One of the most striking losses, outlined in an internal report for the Libyan Investment Authority, was a 98.5 per cent…

Tim Lenton is silly

However, I’m inclined to think that he isn’t a tosser, just naive (as someone said, I don’t think Tim understands the policy world very well). He looks a bit naive in his picture, doesn’t he? And that is a sure-fire way to tell. But maybe that is me being naive. Well, let me tell you…

Helvellyn

To the lakes with the children for a little relaxation out of the flow of normal time, or so it seems from up there. My aunt lives in Torpenhow, a village so small it only just about has a wikipedia article. Its to the north west of the park, beyond Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw, looking out…

Brighton Man

[Another in a series of posts designed to disguise my failure to come up with a daily sea ice bet. But I'll get there.] The backstory: a while ago, last September, some friends mentioned that they were training for the Brighton Marathon and would I like to run the Grunty Fen half marathon in two…

Erging

I haven’t bored you with rowing stuff for a while, you lucky people. But you have to see: because doing 25 ergs is very very boring. I’ll be back next year.