Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Day out- Glastonbury

Spent the last couple of days duffering about in Glastonbury, stalking the tourist sites and joining the walking dead window shopping for souvenirs and novelties. It was actually quite pleasant, in a kind of resigning yourself to a eternity in hell way. My descent into the dude and duffer abyss continues, falling, falling.... I thought the monks of old were trying to tell me something

 Glastonbury Abbey- I wonder what the old monks would have thought about Glastonbury now being the Pagan centre of the entire universe (I'd love to see their smug scalped faces respond to that revelation that their entire lives spent wondering around the Abbey grounds, praying, abstaining and studying the ways of the Universe and constructing,projecting and enforcing a world view that would later evolve into the anti-christ of Capitalism was all so that the Pagans could take the lot and turn it in a mystical centre for orbbing, dowsing, rimming, witchcraft and wizardry- hahahahha- you stupid bald bastards!! lol) 
 Lovely long grass in an orchard- now Gaia is safe and the future of humanity is secured cuz someone's saving money by cutting down on the lawn contractors and  'letting it grow'- three for the price of one, less hours for the Polish, more money for the contractor boss (and he's really intelligent and complex idea of what nature is) and more grass for the inverts (grasshoppers and other things that nobody gives a fuck about and nobody's recording anyway). 
 I might actually copy this- letting it grow under the trees- that will save the boss having to pay the Polish to get the strimmers out
 The Abbey Nature Reserve- relatively speaking a tiny patch in the corner, nicely settled within Glastonbury town centre, a town centre surrounded in the bleak wasteland of the wider intensively farmed countryside where the Silent Spring has arrived 
 A lovely pond- the pinnacle of humankind's devotion to Gaia, her 3.6 billion year history (of slaughtering and destroying wave after wave of her disappointments)  
 Some blossom- awwwwww. If we just focus on that blossom and shut the entire rest of what is going on, on this shitty planet- all seems well- in a positively psychotic, deluded and hell bound way.
 More loveliness- plants and herbs with healing properties-chew on some of that to appease the storm and don't worry about the plague of humans devouring the entire biosphere
 Fern-leaved Beech- actually quite a nice tree
 Buckeye Chestnut- a new one for me. 
 Something distinctive that would be easy to identify if I could be arsed too
 Nuthatch breeding in the wildlife area
 A distinctive looking hoverfly which would require me looking in Roger Morris book to remind myself of the name because I've forgotten it and now can't be arsed to look it up again
I've even qualified to top level in Zombieland- got myself one of these- a bloody girlfriend.Can things really get any worse! (She's actually lovely and well up for destroying the capitalists and then driving off into Western Sahara this winter to get away from all this WANK!!!!!!) 

Friday, 20 May 2016

On Netflix at the moment.


Good to see this side of things developing.

This is what we need more of, the disruption of unethical business practises. The only language that these boards understand is the one that affects their bottom line and their shareholder reports. In nearly all ways the official democratic process of consultation, petition signing, voting etc has become a distraction, a buffer to exhaust energy of the general population. It is corporate boards that fund the political process and use that funding to get the policies and regulation that they want.

It has become blindingly obvious that political negotiation and enforcement of social and environmental obligation is very limited in serving social and environmental priorities unless backed up by democratic enforcement. I would say there is a social and environmental obligation by all members of civil society to vote with their behaviour and engage in civil disobedience when a civil society has transformed by stealth back into an uncivilised and corrupt society, one that is upheld by a political system which have been charged with the duty of defending civil society, and have betrayed that trust.

In fact I think it is a theme that continues to recur throughout history and we simply find ourselves at a time when the general population are forced to demonstrate their collective power- again. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A few bits from a regular day

  Had a quick on the farmlands lakes this morning- the Mute Swans cygnets are out on the Northern Lake now (so two pair of the three pairs now have young) 
Adela cuprella in the meadow by the hide
Blue-tails and Common Blue Damselflies are out now 
Holly Blue in Gillian's Garden
Spent the afternoon in the Hackbridge wildlife gardens- first at Gillians and then to Silverdale 
Adam on Bedzed has got a new shed with a green roof 
Bedzed gardens 
Picked this hand sized bouquet yesterday from my sisters garden- which has become wonderfully overgrown- Bluebells, Forsythia, Lilac, Green Alkanet, Field forget-me-not, Wisteria, Meadow buttercup, Lawsons Cypress, Rowan, Daisy, Rosemary and Herb Robert.

Monday, 16 May 2016

The 'Insane Campaign'

The Insane Campaign begins. Unfortunately reason has failed e.g:.

The Battle for Beddington  All for nothing  Local Government Ombudsman ruling  Stop the Incinerator
Latest from Local Paper Local chaos

The objective of this campaign is to tackle fundamental capitalism that is destroying our local area and bring balance between capitalist organisations, the authorities and the local community. Will see how we get on.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Day out with Sid

 Green Hairstreak at Rainham- adults out now (peak time) 
 First-summer Hobby (Rainham)
Goldfinch and Meadow Buttercups (Little Woodcote)
 Mute Swans and young (Beddington)
 Sid and I
 Checking for bird news 

Started off at Rainham where we met Sue. Had a walk round the reserve- highlights being Green Hairstreak, first-summer male Garganey, Cuckoo and 2-3 Hobby. Then we had lunch at the centre, had a chat with Howard about rebel stuff (that Sid declared as boring lets go!) before heading over to Penny's where we picked up a box of dead bird specimens (say no more, say no more). Then we headed back to Beddington- the Mute Swans on Southern Lake have hatched. We did a bit of sweeping the vegetation and now I've got an evening ahead trying to identify some of the bugs we caught. 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Regular May Day

Great Crested Grebe- a pair still prospecting
Reed Warbler- good numbers around
Common Whitethroat- good numbers around of these too 
Mute Swan- three pairs on site 
The hybrid duck is still around- Yellow-billed Pintailx? 
Lots of this around at the moment- Field Forget-me-not 
First-winter Great Black-backed Gull with Herring Gulls