Think again

On Twitter I noticed a video about the damage that carbon dioxide is doing to the seabed. I have been interested in the effects of industry on the environment for a long time. The awareness of these issues among the general public has been raised recently by many people, but especially by David Attenborough.

I had also had a conversation with a younger person about the unknown effects of 5G and electromagnetic fields in general.

As it was a while since I had written any verse, I put pen to paper last week and came up with the following:-

Think again

“What the market will bear”,
Doesn’t consider the air.
Air-conditioning keeps us cool,
But heats the outside as a rule.
We think we need to travel fast,
But how long will the fuel last?
Plastic is useful and cheap,
But it pollutes the oceans deep.
Industry makes for prosperity,
But what if it wipes out posterity?
“Nature can take care of itself!”
No, it is being destroyed by stealth.
Carbon dioxide in the air
Increases acidity everywhere.
Acid rain affects the trees,
Dissolves the bottom of the seas.
If more and more species perish,
What will there be left to cherish?
Can we turn the deadly tide?
Must we go for that car ride?
Do we need to buy more stuff
Can we say, “Enough’s enough”?
When carbon footprints are a reason,
Can we only buy food in season?
Everything is getting worse…
…Just like my attempts at verse.
So, dear reader, take a minute
To ponder the earth and all that’s in it.
It was created for good, for us to look after,
For sustenance, fruitfulness, joy and laughter.


What I read in November 2018 (Part 1)

The Art of Coorie How to Live Happy the Scottish Way by Gabriella Bennett

This book was promoted by its publisher, Black and White Publishing, on #TheTalkoftheTown in September. The Talk of the Town is a biweekly link-up for book bloggers. I have been linking posts there for several months. The bloggers co-hosting the link-up are Lindsay (Bookboodle) and Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree. Each month there is a giveaway. I was surprised to learn that I had won this book.

Gabriella Bennett is a journalist and the book has a similarity to glossy magazines, although the pages are matt. It is a very handsome hardback volume. The theme of the book is living cosily in spite of the Scottish climate and the midges!

I am not Scottish, but after England, where I live some fifty miles from the border with Scotland, I have spent more time in Scotland than in any other country. I also have some lovely Scottish friends.

I read the book from cover to cover and found much of interest. It is well-organised, well-designed and quirky, perhaps aimed at younger people. Once the idea of having a custom play list while entertaining friends had been mentioned, the book itself had a “Now playing” accompaniment. I found all the tracks on YouTube later. Some of them were more to my taste than others.

The linguistic style uses Scottish dialect words, as might be expected from the title. A glossary is included part way through. I found it much easier to follow the text than to follow the speech of some Glaswegians, whose company I have had on intercity trains. (They tend to speak rather quickly. One of the joys of reading is that the reader sets the pace and can reread anything, which needs extra thought.)

There are many aspects of The Art of Coorie, which match my own interests – walking, textiles, language, tradition, countryside, and beautiful photographs. It is a gentle book with ideas for places to eat, buy books and go camping (not my idea of fun!). There are even recipes for food and drink.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Scotland. There is sure to be something to catch the imagination, even if some sections are skipped. It would look well on any coffee table.


Voting has opened for the UK Blog Awards

Today voting has opened in the UK Blog Awards.

I have entered both my blogs.  This one is entered in two categories, education and lifestyle.  The public vote is being used to create a shortlist for each category.

There are voting buttons on my sidebar on this blog and another in the footer on Sue’s considered trifles, which is entered in the Education category.

May I encourage you to visit the UK Blog Awards website and to vote?  There is a free ebook for voters to download, which has been written by entrants.  I am a contributor to it!

Thank you for your interest and support.