Just recently the BTO sent us information on the Barn owl that we had to visit. For starters he is a she, Jac felt he was a she at time.She was very gently with us except when she court my hand with her claw. It was only a light touch but cut my finger quit badly. The man from Weirfield Hospital said you need to be very carefull of their feet. That is why falconer ware gloves.
While on the subject of wild life, this year so far has been quite good for spotting rare birds, I say rare because I’m not a bird watcher looking to spot fowl. On several occasions whilst walking the fat controller (our border trolley) we have seen a white heron in the small stream between the houses. A first ever for me and the area. To add to that on two occasion in the same place we have seen a kingfisher’s sudden flash of blue as it disappears up the stream into the distance.
- Rescued Puyallup barn owl released into wild (thenewstribune.com)
- Blandford Nature Center is releasing its barn owl, after prepping poisoned bird for the wild (mlive.com)
- Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #30 (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Hurricane Sandy and unusual birds (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Getting to Know Birds of Prey (essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Barn Owl by Conrad Tan (500px.com)
I know, I know, it is this offices nick name for peanut butter. How this happens to be I don’t know but it makes people smile and chuckle. Bringing out a number of Witticisms on the subject of wind. Things like, ‘who has seen the wind, neither I nor you, but when the leaves hang trembling, the CEO is passing through’. And – ‘Here comes windy miller!’ – even if their name is not miller. – ‘There’s a stiff breeze in here!’. You get the jest of it I’m sure!
What has prompted all this hilarity?- a jar of peanut butter has appeared and – you have guessed it – no one is owning up to this heinous crime or who is having it in there sandwiches. The investigation is a foot.
I should apologise to all those who find this sort of talk offends their sensibility’s – ‘Polite Society’ is not amused by such vulgarity. All I can say is it makes the situation worse for those who find it funny, leaving them in fits of laughter at your disapproval.
All this talk about peanut butter brings back fond memories of travelling across the States – the land of all things peanut!. At a point in that journey I was living on peanut butter, jam and cheese sandwiches for all my meals, – I don’t remember it being that windy though! Ha! Ha! Ha! Having said that, maybe that was why I was travelling by myself!!!
I think it is probably me who is responsible for the peanut butter and having a convenient senior moment – ha ha!. Oh! just before I go, can anyone tell us what the problem is with cold bake beans with a salad this too breaks some people up?.
To be honest I have not really been that interested in graffiti until the Tate modern had that extraordinary exhibition on the outside of the building. At well over a hundred feet high you couldn’t really miss them. Before that, like most people, I was blind to it to a certain extent as I walked the streets of towns and cities across the country. What I did notice after viewing these wonderful drawings is the proliferation of tagging which in my view is a blight on the built up environment. If you are going to do it make it interesting otherwise save the paint.
The other day I had my arm gently twisted to purchase a copy of Wall and Piece by Banksy
forcing my interest in graffiti to another level. His book is more a picture book than a read. One of the things I picked up from the photo’s in the book apart from his sense of humour, is that we still walk around with our eyes wide shut even though picture-taking is at epidemic proportions. On a subsequent visit to another book shop I checked out the art section to see if there were any other books on graffiti and there are a few. Leafing through some of them they also depict some wonderful public art. I know! a lot of people think it degrades the neighbourhood, but done well I think it lifts it, maybe it is time to make spaces where it is legal for anybody to post.
This blog made me think. Some of my friend know I blog but take no notice of what I write or for that matter comment in any way. I write this blog for two reasons the first is simply to get the name known unadulterated advertising and the other is to allow me to get things off my chest if I need to.
An electric superbike beats Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8 in a race in the states, with a top speed of 158 mph. Here’s the video. I said electric bikes are getting more popular. I didn’t realise they were pocket rockets already.
While out on my travels chasing down parts etc, I have noticed an up surge in electric Push bikes. They are starting to look like mopeds and motorbikes! It took me aback to see this pink one speeding down a bike lane with an older woman on it! Way to go!! It looked like a vesper in the way it was styled, the give away being the pedals sticking out the side.
- Kiddimoto Wooden Scooter Balance Bike (baboobaby.com)
- They Promote Bike Lanes and Use Them, Too (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Enviro Law Experts: Review For Bike Lanes a Waste of Taxpayer Money (streetsblog.org)
- Quote Of The Day: “I’m Wearing Pink For All The Pinkos Out There Riding Bicycles” (treehugger.com)
The world of two-wheel transport is further ahead in the alternative fuel category. The reason is its a lighter vehicle to propel than its four-wheel counter part.
But what I do not understand is the obsession that electric transport has to rely on battery’s that can only be charged with a plug, there by limiting its useability and distance it can travel before recharge. I know this maybe a simple view but why do none of these transport types have the latest solar electric panels as part of their build, to help keep the battery’s topped up.
A typical drive to work means that you have to sit in standing traffic, wouldn’t it be great to think your little electic car is recharging itself while your waiting in a que! By doing this you have already extended the distance it can travel and with traffic volumes set to increase we are going to spend more and more time standing still.
What a joke!
It is only when you set up a web site for yourself that privacy becomes an important issue. I am probably right in thinking that some of you never look at the small print and those that do must think ” what am I letting myself in for?”
Gas welding for plastic has been around for decades. The Swiss company’s introduction of a hot air gun that had a very exact temperature control made it possible to use this method for fabrication and plastic repair.
It was not until the release of Ford Escort MK4, Austin’s Maestro, Montego and the Rover 800 series ( These sites have pictures and histories www.maestro.org.uk and for the Rover www.aronline.co.uk ) and other makes along these lines, that a good reliable way of repairing flexible materials needed to be found. The traditional method of the fiberglass patches behind the damaged area as support had to change.
It did not take long for the Insurance companies to realize that they could not sustain the replacement costs of all these bumpers. The type of plastic used in the Austin and Rover ranges would not take much of a knock before it shattered. The insurance lab’s at Thatchem ( www.thatchem.co.uk ) had to find a way to cut costs.
It did not take long for two systems to come to the fore; two pack polyurethane and plastic welding. The two pack procedure still required with some repairs, a patch behind it, this limits it to the smaller repair. As to the welding, it can cope with the full gamut of damage from a small crack to broken pieces. It became clear that this was the way to go.
At this point I must point out that flexible materials fall into two categories:- thermoplastic the injection molded type that repair by gas welding and the other is thermo-set; this is where two chemicals added together form a solid like two pack polyurethane and glass reinforced plastic (GRP).
Plastic welding has come a long way since the early days. The Institute of the Motor Industry recognise it as a valid repair for plastic parts and has become part of the body repair apprenticeship. It only takes a few hours to learn the basics of plastic welding but it is a skill that takes some time to perfect, more so when it comes to broken and missing pieces.
The motor industry is introducing more and more plastic into its products, part of the reason is to cut costs, another to make vehicles lighter meaning they will go further on a tank of fuel and in the current climate of higher energy costs this is a good thing. But where will it stop? In the future the plan is to have the vehicle made of plastic right down to the wheel rims. I know we already have GRP cars like TVR ( www.tvr-car-club.co.uk ) but I’m talking about thermoplastic cars that go beyond the Renault Espace (www.matrasport.dk ). It is possible that in the future, the engines that propel these cars could be made of plastic but that will depend on fossil fuels still being used.