Hybridisation revisited

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D iscovered this jellyfish/party balloon hybrid on a beach in Co. Fingal, Ireland, last week. Hybridisation is well understood by the science community, but never before has it been observed between a living organism and a man-made material.
This further compounds the problem of persistent plastic in our oceans – jellyfish today but just imagine if cod start to hybridise with crisp packets, or tuna with lucozade bottles. It’ll be chaos down at Morrisson’s fish counter.*1A jellyfish/party balloon hybrid found on Donabate beach, Co. Fingal, Ireland
*1Plastic pollution is actually seriously shit – we don’t deserve this lovely planet.

Fenns & Whixall Moss NNR

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From Preston and the excitement of the Dull Men's Club outing we drove straight to Fenns Bank for an overnight in the new (life-changing) VW van and have breakfast with the wildlife on the edge of Britain's most southerly raised bog. I grew up[sic] here, and it has become an annual pilgrimage for us to partake in the isolation and contemplation this place gives. Not to mention some amazing bird watching. Herewith a selection of photos. Most speak for themselves, but of note is the remains of WWII Star Fish site - decoy bonfires to lure the Luftwaffe, and the photo with the red arrow is probably the saddest photo I've ever taken -  as a young boy these fields were full of lapwings, vast flocks of them that darkened the sky. Today, this single individual who, although a speck in the photo, didn't seem to know what to do with himself and just wandered around, confused "Where is everyone?"

Dull Men’s Club

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I was delighted, not to say, honoured to be a guest speaker at the recent “Delightfully Dull, Brillilantly Boring” evening, hosted by Dull Men’s Club at UCLA Preston.  The evening was actually as far from dull as I am from accession to the throne of England.  Now, that’s quite a long way.  Dulluminaries present were Kevin Beresford, president of the Roundabout Appreciation Society – in fine form having partaken in the refreshments with gusto during proceedings; Richard & Mrs Gottfried who together have visited, played and documented 819 crazy golf courses around the world;  Andrew Dowd who has visited every one of 2,548 railway stations in the UK.  Not to mention Grover Click – park bench appreciator and Assistant Vice President of D.M.C. (the highest position attainable); a fine and illuminating talk by Dr Boredom aka Dr Sandi Mann, author of The Upside of Downtime.  And last and by no means dullest Elliot Windmill, a trainee dullard who just wants to be duller.

Much fun was had not to mention illumination and refreshment.  Oh and we sold a few books.

Selling books at the Dull Men's Club

 

#666

As many dear readers will know, I am president, founder, chief executive, member #0001 of long-running organisation “The Telegraph Pole Appreciation Society”.  In this role, I am honoured to have as esteemed member number 666 Mr Dave Bennett from Wilton in Wiltshire.  Dave is a tub-thumping archaeologist collector of images of tall things.  He is also a very fine artist and cartoonist.  And when, from our many emailic conversations, he found out about another of my whimsical wastes of time “The Welsh Space Agency (W.A.S.A.) it seemed to strike something of a chord and he sent me the two artworks you see below – the second as a Christmas present.  Dave, or course, also kindly gave us page 36 in my award-winning* book T.P.A.F.B. (Key Stages 1-4).  For the second image, Dave valiantly approached his son Ben’s mate Griff’s mum for her version of the Welsh caption.  He also then condensed this with a version from Google translate and it is near enough for me to tell you that it says “Oh my God look!  Signs of civilisation”.  And with this one cartoon, Dave neatly captures two of my obsessions, Wales in Space and of course telegraph poles.  Due to it not fitting fully on my scanner, I’ve alas cut off his trademark “Benny” signature from the WASA image.  Thanks Dave, I am indebted to you.

*  Largest pile of unsold books stored in a pantry, 2017.

Probably less likely to make my daughter Hâf’s toes curl if the caption read “Fy Nhuw! Drychwch! Arwydd o fywyd!”

The face of capitalism

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Was horrified to see that P&O have started to charge for life-jackets on the Larne ferry to Cairnryan.  In the panic to evacuate your sinking ship you are expected to fumble around for 20p in order to save your life.   Paupers go down along with the captain I suppose!

The Pole Liner

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An interview with one of the last of the Telegraph Pole Alignment Officers out on his patch somewhere in Wales.

Evidence of multi-tasking in men…

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Mister media mogul seen here during behind-the-scenes filming at Welshpool air show on Sunday.
1. Switching camera positions
2. Talking on the phone.
So what else?
3. Putting: one foot in front of the other in the style of walking
4. Digesting: a breakfast bowl of Happy Shopper muesli.
5. Thinking: “people know I hate using the phone so why do they keep bloody-well hassling me?”
6. Wishing: I’d gone for a wee when I had the chance.
(Thanks Brian Nicholas for the pic)

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