Archive for January, 2011

http://trustart.org/projects/109-bamboo-bikes This caught my attention during the week, this is entrepreneurial Americans at their best. I am no lover of America or Americans but this project is just superb. Now we need bamboo towers that when properly anchored can support a turbine. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8257153.stm see above link if you think I was dreaming. Everything is possible If the "system" allows…
¬† Having only glimpsed the spoonbills on the Saturday trip and with my booked trip for the Sunday shorter and more restricted, I decided to pay a visit to the Hong Kong Wetland Park in the morning before returning to Mai Po as the park is part of the same wetland.¬† Arriving in the park I was met with a horde of people (again noisy!) and despaired at seeing any birdlife.¬† The horde was short lived and seemed to be a number of organised tours which were on their way back to the park…
A second business trip to Hong Kong has afforded me the opportunity for further birding within the Special Administrative Region of China. On my previous trip I had wanted to have a trip to the Mai Po Marshes however I was unable to take this trip as the access to the area requires a special permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department. Further research prior to my second trip suggested that I would need to join a guided tour to allow access to the marshes. I initially tried to book a tour with the Hong Kong…

Jan 17th by Ian under Miscellaneous

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/01/electric-superbike-kicks-some-gas-bike-ass No wonder the gulf states are trying to build futures for their population beyond oil. How soon a F1 electric car? or a diesel running on chip fat, sometimes I feel good about Homo Sapiens and the possibility of a technology fix for our planet. It usually stops when I hear/read about the unacceptable face of capitalism, or in short, bankers. Remember the instability in 30 countries in 2008, food riots? well guess who figures in the cause of the instability? none other that Goldmann Sachs, plus others no doubt. Allegedly by "betting" on the future price of¬† core…

Jan 12th by neilgd under Travels, my Friends travels

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PART 1 In 2010, to avoid the whole festive hype, we decided to spend Christmas in the sun in the west African country of The Gambia doing some birding and relaxing.¬† The Gambia is Africa‚Äôs smallest mainland nation with a population of approximately 1.5million and a land area about the same as Yorkshire.¬† The Gambia has a remarkable diversity of habitats making it an ideal birdwatching destination, with over 560 species having been recorded within its borders.¬† Being the first green area south of the Sahara on the west coast of Africa it is also an important…
coral reefs straight forward and honest politicians (could be too late) Pandas in the wild polar bears in the wild bankers without bonus cuckoos much of Bangladesh Non Chinese patents and copyright in China cheap petrochemical fuel (America, Middle east ? this should be last on the list as it may last longer than the others, it is in fact causal in the others demise) Bees ( and then the plants they fertilise) I would welcome other suggestions…
http://www.highwaysmaintenance.com I have been visiting this site for years and found it useful, it occurs to me belatedly that I should share it with you. That is those of you not erudite enough to have found it. Particularly you divots that continue to call blacktop /asphalt concrete, ----TAR. Click on the site and learn. If you have used the word TAR out of context in 2010 then I give you a resolution, stop your sloppy language and be precise. It can only help you go further professionally and stop me metaphorically belting the back of your heids.…
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