Sunday, December 24, 2006

Can you still smoke it?...

...As they find a 2,800 year old mummy buried with a bag of marijuana leaves in China reprts the "People's Daily"."From his outfit and the marijuana leaves, which have been confirmed by international specialists to be ingredients for narcotic, we assume the man had been a shaman and had been between 40 and 50 years old when he died," said Li, a noted historian in Xinjiang.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Santa's melting runway...

Starbucks is not a green company...

...as their despicable treatment of the coffee growers of Ethiopia shows. Read more...

Gould plays Bach...


...The Goldberg Variations are probably my favourite piece of music. I discovered them a little later in life than most of the classical pieces I love. Last Saturday I also managed to try another classic, a Pommard 2002, (Demeter organic) from Christine and Didier Montchovet who have been making superb organic wine in Burgundy since 1984. Beautifully balanced and elegant this is a wine for that very special romantic dinner. I'm grateful to Johan Kunst, who was at de Belly organic store on the Nieuwe Lelie Straat, for introducing me to this treat. Johan runs Vin Bio in Brummen. (Tel: +31 (0)6-42326143)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Occam's razor...

...and Le Monde Diplomatique on conspiracy theories.
"The conspiracy virus is not new. Let me recall. The Russians couldn’t possibly have built an A-bomb without Commie traitors. Hitler was a victim of treachery, otherwise he couldn’t have been defeated by the Red Army marching across eastern Europe and half Germany. JFK couldn’t have been shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, it had to be the CIA. There is no end to examples seeking to prove that Russians, Arabs, Viet Cong, Japanese, whoever, couldn’t possibly match the brilliance and cunning of secret cabals of white Christians." writes Alexander Cockburn. I agree.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

All green and beta...

...as all my blogs are now beta. Confused? Me too. But it will sort itself out over time. When I tried to change the first time it didn't work out as planned so everything ended up double. Now comes the reduction process. Wish me luck.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Final lone mass demo in 2006...

...is on December 20 in Parliament Square and if your are in London and want to take part then you have to apply for permission from the police by the 14th. Rachel has all the details on her blog. Santa himself will also be applying tomorrow at Charing Cross police station. As Rachel says, "By applying to protest as an individual about anything you like - silly or serious - and doing so, as a lone individual - together - simulataneously - with other lone protesters - and by applying en masse to protest as individuals - you draw attention to the crapness of the law. Whilst obeying the letter of it.
It is 100% legal, it is making a serious point in a satirical way and it is great fun. One day you will tell your grandchildren you were there, I promise."

Friday, December 08, 2006

MacRumors founder interviewed regarding the iPhone

...This should put the cat amongst the pidgeons. What will Nokia do in January? The mobile world is changing rapidly and there are enough Apple fans out there to make the iPhone a success.
Kevin Rose iPhone leak diggnation digg...

...Pastamas is coming or will it be there for Easter?
Keith Jarrett Solo Concert...

...in Tokyo, 1984.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Times past, times to come...

...At 3.30am on January 6, 1990 I received the news that my mother had just died in hospital. We had seen each other the night before and she was at peace and ready to leave. We all lose someone we love sometime. The end of a relationship, a death, or the breakdown of a friendship or marriage. Yet time heals and nature repairs the wounds. New loves come and new friends enter our lives. I have been blessed to know some very fine women and this music, that I listened to on that morning nearly seventeen years ago is dedicated to them. A small handful of women philosophers, scientists and activists who have brought the joy of Ceridwen's muse into my life.

Murgles face extinction...

...as a tornado hits London...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Political uncorrectness sweeps over Holland...

...as the Dyslexic Satanists get more confused and the rest of the world clogs up with greenwash...read more...

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Gould plays Beethoven...

...and reminds me of my first cat, Susie, who was wise and warm and my first contact with the spirit. Tonight I celebrated with a very good friend who has just passed her masters exam. We went to a party and then we drank a beer in a little brown cafe and talked of science, nature and the future. It was a most magical evening.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Convergence is the new buzz word...

...Read more...
Soma lecture at Cannabis Cup 2005

Soma talks about organic cannabis and sings a song with his granddaughter, Lexis.