Category Archives: geography

thinking about gaza-truths, half-truths and lies: help to tiptoe through the issues


Map of gaza; Wikimedia Commons

‘Both sides of this conflict need to compromise’ John Kerry. By the way the USA paid for the bombs that did the damage in Gaza and will pay for most of the aid to rebuild it.
Billions of dollars that could have been spent constructively-treating malaria and Ebola for example.

Also bizarre seeing the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the ‘war to end wars’ by Britain juxtaposed on the TV news with pictures of the Israelis waging a ‘hightech war’ bombing Gaza installations and incurring heavy and predictable civilian casualities in the process.

Ebola virus outbreak in west africa spreading-concerted action needed urgently.


The World Health Organization says that the Ebola haemorrhagic fever virus outbreak now affecting Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone requires additional urgent action despite the help of external experts already in place. This is the largest recorded outbreak of this highly infectious disease and there have been a significant increase in the number of deaths and reported new cases in the last three weeks.

As of June 20 the number of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea were 390 with 270 deaths and a cumulative total of 158 clinical cases in Sierra Leone of which 34 have been fatal. As of June 22 Liberia had reported 51 clinical cases of which 34 have been fatal .

WHO has convened a meeting of Ministers of health of countries in the region in early July.

the amazon rainforest is burning: we need it for our survival: act now

Resources are limited on this earth we all share. Tha Amazon rain forest, one of the biggest of the earth’s ‘lungs’ is burning and dying. Take note and act before it is too late. Humanity must find some way of valuing the environment and pricing it’s destruction into our economics. Continual economic growth is just not possible. While the newspapers are full of the damage humans do to each other, we are sleep walking to an environmental and economic disaster.

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Burning rainforest

music from the stone age


Tanzania rock gong

An awareness of the complexity and potential of stone age instruments when they are played leads to a deeper understanding of our ancestors. An understanding that results in an awareness that these people living so long ago differed so little from us. They laughed loved and cried like all of us and expressed these feelings in music and rhythm. This may well have had a significant effect on our evolution as a species.

la lune rouge en france aussi/ a red moon was also seen in france

lune rouge

The rising moon was also blood red in France (les Landes) on the evening of the 15 April though well away from the path of the eclipse by the Earth’s shadow that took place in the USA.



the roaring forties-final resting place of malaysian airlines flight MH370

th The Roaring Forties 1926 drypoint Hurst

The roaring forties are where the winds are free.
Hurling themselves with ferocious force to tear
And grab remorselessly at anything on deck.
Winds that seek to go below through every nook and cranny
Whirling through the ship to chase men sleeping there.

Winds the ancient mariner knew well, relentlessly
Pressing down upon the rigging even tho’ fully reefed.
Bare poles the only option now to save the vessel
From being engulfed by breaking combers big as cliffs
That come in sequence, the big, the bigger, the biggest yet.

‘Hold on!’ they cry lest you be washed away and drowned.
Hands not strong enough for long, they lash their bodies to the mast.
What chance we now in this frail barque to survive
This dreadful storm? The screaming wind seems louder yet.
Even with the lashings they gasp and groan til break of dawn.

Into this scenario a stricken plane like a leaf on the wind
Did fall. Was all silent on board when the engines stopped?
The nose dipped down, speed picked up as it fell towards the water.
Hardly visible, through the windblown spray and murk.
The structure shattered and broke into a million pieces.

The roaring forties are where the winds are free.
They encircle the globe, blowing ever onwards.
Nothing is in their path as they blow across the boiling swell.
Onward between Australia and the Antarctic they pass roiling
And raging before they howl through the narrows at Cape Horn.

geoff clements

entitled zero

Photo Chilcoot Pass, Klondike gold rush, Alaska 1898
The thief of time ran amock

No Easy Ride one could fortell.

Delays for days, left behind

In freezing slush a cold hell.

Up there yond there is a shock

Along the row the strong nd weak

‘Pass along the line!’ they say.

‘Pass along the line and beyond.

You will find it, what you seek!’.

Love, power, money, influence and

The accoutrements that accompany

Awful attractors of destruction.

Photo Travel chaos China 2014 Daily Mail