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Half a million page views at the Sandpit

I know that statistical miles stones are really meaningless but that does not stop you feeling pretty good when you reach them. Well if you keep an eye on the hit counter at the bottom of the page some time today I expect that you will see the counter tick over t0 the magical “500,000” mark . That is pretty good for a modest blog written as a bit of fun .

Thanks very much to all of those who take the time to read what I and my friends put up  here and a special thanks to all of those who take the time to comment and argue with what is on this web-page. Commentary and argument is the life blood of blogging and long may it keep pumping at the Sandpit.

Cheers Comrades

Tinfoil hats and the Precautionary Principle, a witty take on alarmism

Writing is a medium where wit and a good sense of humour can make reading a pleasure and one of the pleasures that I have recently found is James Delingpole. In nautical terms I would say that I like the cut of his jib which is why readers will now find a link to his regular column added to my side bar. His latest missive takes a most amusing slant on the travel woes of Britain  Europe and the world and I commend it to my readers.

Has anyone else noticed that since the eruption of the Ejyerkslllbjorkscreeylllkkrctarslyllgrgleglugglug volcano not a single plane over Europe has crashed, been involved in a terrorist incident or caused any of passengers on board an aircraft any discomfort whatsoever?

I feel a Big Idea coming on. It’s a Big Idea right up there with David Cameron’s new Big Idea to corral all Britain’s old people into repainting youth centres, clearing up needles on drug estates, setting up new Green Job enterprises, and so forth.

I suggest we ground all passenger aircraft forever. On the Precautionary Principle.

Cheers Comrades

True followers of the Green faith, check this out

Had an Email from a friend about This post which gives a very nice summation of the very serious problems for followers of the green religion when it come to their reliance on proxy data in Paleo-climatology.

If you’ve seen Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, you will remember the long, long graph with the surge in temperatures at the end, which was incontrovertible evidence that the Earth is warming in an unprecedented fashion… apparently. Gore claimed that the graph was from ice core records and that it therefore supported the hockey stick and refuted its critics. Except it wasn’t from ice cores at all, it was just a reprint of the hockey stick itself. Yes folks, he made it up.


Another blog for the blog roll I think

Cheers Comrades


New addition to my blog roll

George’s problem is that the culture he wants us to be part of is entirely negative. In contrast to this cultural pessimism, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May celebrate human achievements – however shallowly, and appear to risk their lives for their passions, while Monbiot considers us to be a destructive plague on the planet. Clarkson is a hero, and Monbiot is a chicken. Clarkson bumbles his own way into making history by doing dangerous things like driving to the North Pole, while Monbiot twitches behind his curtains, tutting about what other people are getting up to. Clarkson, for all his faults, is full of spirit, letting bad things bounce off of him. Monbiot dwells on the fantasy dystopia he’s read about. The irony here is that while the things that Top Gear represents are somewhat coarse, it is Monbiot’s dark dark narrative which creates apathy. The only reason he can think of for organising our collective efforts is that if we don’t, we will all drown. What George needs to realise is that people don’t drive cars because they watch Top Gear, they watch top Gear because they love cars and the positive things that cars represent. Environmentalism offers us nothing positive.
Climate Resistance

Anyone who makes such comparisons and reaches these conclusions is OK in my Book

Cheers Comrades


and a nod to Tim Blair for the link 😉

Nothing cuts to the chase like the truth.

One of the things that I like to do to keep in touch with what the Darkside is up to, is actually read what they write on their websites. Thankfully I am not the only person who does so. Ironically I found the site I’m talking about courtesy of Kieran Bennett who gets a Bollocking like any other greens inclined wannabe.

The site is called “Greens Watch” and it is a very well put together site and surprise surprise there are some less than flattering mentions for so many of the usual suspects, like Jeremy Sear, Vicki Kasidis,and Kieran Bennett. but this is not quickie job done on a free blog site this is a very professional looking site and I recommend it to all who might just think in a moment of weakness that the Greens are in anyway a fine sensible bunch of people. The thing that must clearly irk the above mentioned true believers is that the site meticulously references every claim it makes about the Greens and their supporters. The page on Bob Brown trying, before a senate committee, to not admit the Greens published their drugs policy on their own website is almost worthy of “Yes Minister”

All in all this site is a worthy new addition to my blog roll not the least because the conniptions of some of the aforementioned Greenies is just so amusing.

Kieran Bennett here and Here

Jeremy Sear Here where he produces his oft claimed whine that he is a “minor lefty blogger”

The pictures used for this post come from “Green”, Jaqi Pascoe’s Flicka Page here

Blog of the month for July

I have let the month of July commence with out announcing who will be my blog of the month; well after previously choosing political blogs I decided that this month I will feature one that provides some more aesthetic nourishment.

So the winner this month is “Gecko with a Cannon“, a site devoted to photography by Pam, a registered nurse, over in New Zealand. Pam demonstrates in her blog that one does not have to be controversial or even vaguely political to make an interesting blog.

So pay her a visit and enjoy those little, and large, things from life that please the eye and raise the spirits.

Blog of the month nominations/0pen thread

It is nearly June and I want to find a blog that is worthy of being my blog of the month so I thought that I would ask you, my dear readers, for nominations. The blog can have any topic or focus as long as it is interesting and well written. I will even consider blogs with leftist political leanings if they are good enough.

Failing any ideas for blog of the month please feel free to comment on any topic that takes your fancy, except Moi.

I have a very busy day ahead what with Gym classes for daughter number one, a visit to the library, a session on the bench grinder to make some suspension components for my sports car and playing genial host for a musical afternoon; it is going to be all go here today.



The Eagle has Landed, or I’ve been tagged because I make someone think.

One of the bloggers who I have been following for some time is Legal Eagle . Her’s is the sort of blog that gives you a meaty meal that you just have to think about, digest and consider. It is with great pleasure that I can say here that she has finally made the jump and moved her blogging to WordPress; the links to her on this page have been updated and if she Is on your bloggroll, dear reader, please do likewise.

Now one of the nice little things that has been popping up on several blogs has been the “five blogs that make me think” Meme and I am flattered to have been tagged as one who does. However this now means that I have to pass the baton so to speak and it is not really that easy to pick just five.

Here are the rules of participation for those of you I’ve tagged:

  • if, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think
  • link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme
  • optional: proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ logo with a link to the post that you wrote

As a person who has been reading blogs for a couple of years I have read thousands of different WebPages and many are dismissed in just a few seconds however I do enjoy Mark Richardson’s OZ Conservative. Mark seems to focus on gender role issues in his blog and always writes well considered pieces that seem to get right up the noses of the Feminist’s out there in blog land and I commend his calm detachment and considered responses to anyone who comments there.

Darlene Taylor writes an amusing page which has of late concentrated on posts about popular culture in general and Comedy in particular. Darlene wears her heart on her sleeve with her blogging and I can’t help but find her blog amusing. She makes me think about how the comedy is the mirror of our society

I have to admit that I know very little about theoretical physics and string theory is rather beyond me but I do love the wit and charm of Luboš Motl. It probably helps that he is a fellow Climate change sceptic who seems to be able to find some rather good snippets of information and presents some great counters to the prevailing scare mongering from the AGW paradigm purveyors.

I know that I have a reputation as a creature of the right, but I actually enjoy reading what the other side has to say and one of my daily stopovers on my regular “blog crawl” is the “Dead roo” a collective blog with a distinctive lean to the left. I seldom agree with the slant that its authors take on the issues but I do appreciate “doing battle” there in the cause of seeking the truth so I think that it clearly makes me think.

For the final of my five I have to nominate A Western Heart. This is a collective blog of an entirely different flavor to the Dead Roo. The lads there are mad bad and dangerious to know 🙂 but I like their no bullshit approach to what ever issue that they make grist to their mill . They are courageous enough to stand up for our western  society and tradition, which they vigorously and cheerfully defend.

Finally I want to offer a most honourable mention for all of the other fine blogs on my blog roll. I don’t add a site to my list unless they are actually deserving, no matter what the topic of the blog is.A member of my blog roll has to be a site that makes me think so If your blog is there you too can take a bow.

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