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June 29 2010
Observing the wildlife keeps me sane – I think

Today I watched a hawk, motionless in the sky except for the beat of its wings, being dive bombed by a group of playful swifts, those aerial acrobats, who swooped and plunged past the hawk sometimes passing no more than an inch from its beak, other times soaring up from below, like a cloud of angry gnats, until it moved off. I doubt it represented any threat to them, but more a large unmoving target to play with, they being unable to hover like that. Unlike the crows who vociferously saw off a fox who happened to be going through 'their' territory and who they plainly considered a threat to their young, the swifts made no sound, but performed extraordinary twists and turns, like gymnasts taking their turns to show what they could do. Yesterday, during the daily swift feed over our large lawn, one flew low and straight under a vehicle parked in the drive, reminded me of pilots showing off flying under bridges. Another top gun!

The birdlife is plentiful, I suspect because of the twelve mature trees that ring the garden. They also attract squirrels, who do their damndest to prize open the squirrel-proof bird feeder for the peanuts, and have actually twisted and cut steel wire mesh in their determination to get at the nuts. Perhaps if we leave a bowl around to help themselves from they'll leave the bird feeder alone; probably not as they seem to have unlimited capacity to feed. All the beech nuts from last autumn have long gone getting them through the winter [winter is bad, this blog could well turn into a survival blog], so nuts are probably most rare now, and along come these humans and start hanging them everywhere! It seems that the non-flying squirrel can still get to all places a bird can to which we can attach food and take it. Typical Americans.I had expected to find our indiginous red squirrel this far north, but clearly the grey invaders have moved in up here also. It's not their fault, humans introduced them and they just do what comes naturally; build a home, have kids, eat whatever is going, have more kids, build more homes, have more kids. Much like humans really.

The deer are much more shy and at the frst sign of man or dog from two hundred yards away they are off, springing and pronking like African gazelle up the hillside. Lately they have been mostly absent, no longer walking past the garden in a group, although I occasionally see one springing away when the dogs haven't spotted it due to the lush undergrowth. I suspect their absence may be the result of youths moving in on quad bikes, those infernal machines that were a gift to louts everywhere. Once the weather turns cold they will be back sheltering in their nests watching footie again and the deer will probably return to graze the rich flood meadows.

The world continues to fall apart, and there are too many issues to give a shit about, so I can feel myself shutting it off, losing interest, not bothered about expressing an opinion. I watch it all of course, and predicably the world of man is going downhill at increasing speed as I have predicted countless times. I want only to speak for the animals now, all the rest is primate crap and unworthy of attention. The Titanic is on course for the iceberg...

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I moved to higher ground in 2000 when it was clear that flooding was becoming the norm and climate change was happening now.
On the journey west, we passed flooded fields right across the [UK] midlands, it felt almost apocalyptic.
Since then, floods have become common in the UK and many other countries.

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Fadhel Al-Sa'd: The sun circles the Earth because it is smaller than the Earth, as is evident in Koranic verses... No verse in the Koran indicates that the Earth is round or that it rotates. Anything that has no indication in the Koran is false. [evidently, Galileo Galilei got it wrong]

The scenes from this war will create thousands maybe even millions of militants intent on inflicting damage on the only superpower. The war will be waged across America and in any American outpost and embassy. It will be brutal and messy and will continue for decades. Bush doesn't know what he has unleashed.
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