Category Archives: nature

Birds of a feather

If I’d been born in the Middle Ages, I would have been lucky to reach adulthood. If I had made it that far, I’d almost certainly have promptly died in childbirth, or from bubonic plague, or something of that nature. … Continue reading

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Geek tourism

I’m back, and ready to lightly and cheerily distract people from their woes! We had a great time in England – in fact, it was our most fun visit EVAH! I’m not quite sure why it was better than previous … Continue reading

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Mis-shapes, mistakes, misfits

I went to Whistler last weekend and it was awesome. More on that later, but today I wanted to share some photos of a remarkable mural we saw in an underpass as we walked back to the car from the … Continue reading

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Lunchtime Linkfest

A quick round-up of what I’ve been reading and listening to! There’s a great article in Current Biology (my all-time favourite journal) this week, titled “Why should biomedical scientists care about biodiversity?”. The authors argue that working on the standard … Continue reading

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BC rocks! (And trees!)

I like rain. I need rain. During my first summer in Vancouver, there was a dry spell that lasted for five or six weeks. By the third week I started to feel a bit weird, but couldn’t work out why. … Continue reading

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Now that’s an odd name for a dog.

Weird that they didn’t give the photographer’s name, eh? (Awesome photo, though, that is in danger of making this Yorkshire lass feel homesick. Check out the series – there are some stunning shots included in the slide show).

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What I Did On My Staycation – Part I

(This got way too long for one post. Also, the return to work has been a wee bit stressful, and our internet connection at home is all messed up,so it’s taken me ages to write it. Boooooo. I’ll try to … Continue reading

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Meep Meep!

I’ve discovered another reason to keep cycling on rainy days: That’s the second one this month! The first was a scruffy little fella who suddenly appeared from a patch of mist in the cemetery when I was out for a … Continue reading

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Cath has misheard that the bird is the word

A wonderful bird is the pelican,His mouth can hold more than his belly can,He can hold in his beak,Enough food for a week.I’m damned if I know how the hell he can! (by Dixon Lanier Merritt, apparently. Not Ogden Nash. … Continue reading

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Environmentalist loonies

I recently came across an environmental campaign that is so unique, so creative, and so effective, that it blew me away. This is a Canadian one dollar coin, aka loonie*, featuring an image of a common loon, and also Gavia … Continue reading

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