Archive for September, 2009

Sep 21st by Ian under Bird Watching

I hear magpies all over the place but not in Perth or the surrounding countryside. See former post on Magpies. Well last night the familiar chuckling call was heard from a a large silver birch in the next doors garden, and it startled me, a magpie ! here. You can't miss a magpie, a wonderfully exotic crow and it gave my son (whom I called from the house) and I a decent fly by along the roofs, cackling as it went. My son remarked " bet it has trouble finding a mate" he is not wrong, we have seen two…
Just a chance remark on the opinion that the poor will lose due to climate change, brought a response from a colleague that it might be the case but it is evolution. It might be evolution but it is not nature's evolution, it is enhanced fast track evolution that has no predicable outcome. That's the point, what if the climate change moves the gulf stream south? It has happened in the past, perhaps we will be joining the poor of the planet like in Bangladesh, in India waiting for a monsoon that comes irregularly and with more force, in sub-Sahara…
I did a talk to our graduates recently on pavement design with a construction director, I did the technical bit he did the money / risks bit. Directors don't get to be directors in a LTD company without merit. For those of you mentally compiling a list of¬† directors without merit,¬† just ask yourself if they were good for the company, ie made money? So there are certain learning opportunities watching a director who has had training and experience that I will never have. It was a complete focus on "where's the money?" " and how can you lose it?"…
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