YouGov has just put out the above polling on Keir Starmer and seeks to rate him against Corbyn, Tony Blair and the Mayor of Greater Manchester and failed 2015 LAB leadership contender, Andy Burnham. Thus the latter was in the news a bit last weekend after his re-election in Manchester but a total of 38% either didn’t have a view or didn’t know who he was.
Exactly. The only weather station actually in Ventnor is the one in the park, which the town council pays a guy to monitor. He sends the readings off to the Met office at the end of every month, just for their records, but our local weather isn't actually recorded and published anywhere.
The problem with a lot of weather sites - including the BBC - is that they extrapolate between what are actually fairly dispersed data points, and don't take account of local factors very well at all. For much of the country, that works reasonably well, but for somewhere like here that regularly has completely different weather to points just twenty minutes walk away over the hill, it doesn't work very well. Follow the link I posted earlier to our local Botanic Garden; they grow stuff there from Australia and the like that doesn't survive outside anywhere else in the UK.
It's lovely and reasonably sunny here right now, so I am going out to do some light gardening. Without a coat or jumper
Including Roseland peninsula and Tresco? Plant survivability is generally about temperature lows, not averages or highs (although most C3 plants shut down once temperatures get into the 80s F).
I would have thought Tresco Gardens would be capable of growing those Australian plants.
I've posted a photo I took from the balcony just five minutes ago, on my dog's Instagram:
I'll delete it later. Hopefully this first hand evidence will convince our Sean sitting in the London murk
Off to the garden....
Ventnor Botanic Garden, on the Isle of Wight, lies in the remarkable micro climate at the heart of the famous ‘Undercliff.’ This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known. When frost does occur it is usually of short duration and not great severity. With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown.
The Garden is unrivalled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors. Botanic Gardens are becoming increasingly relevant in the face of the climate emergency. So how we garden, how we practice plant conservation, and how we operate is becoming as important as the plants themselves.
That looks a lot nicer than the London Grey
Curious that social democratic Sweden comes out as second on their list.
*PS I note Titchmarsh talks of 'mainland Britain', which of course Tresco is not. Roseland is.
In either event, the constitutional clash between London and Edinburgh doesn't happen. The 2nd referendum is stopped by Scots in Scottish courts by Scottish judges, with the Johnson government looking on. Not quite the SNP playbook. 9/9
Blessed are the clueless!
The most interesting thing on that chart is how much more popular Burnham is compared to Starmer or any other alternative Labour leader. Across the age range, whether Tory, Labour or LD, Leave or Remain or wherever they are in the UK voters think Burnham would make a better leader than Starmer.
Starmer is still seen as a better leader for Labour now than Blair, Corbyn or Long Bailey though, so unless Burnham becomes an MP again and replaces Starmer there is little point replacing him
I realised that they were born ten years AFTER Sid Vicious died
A 20 year old now might be similarly puzzled by "Oasis" and "Blur"
But that's good you saw my final post PT. I was really happy with that one and worried it had missed its audience.
It's okay to eat fish
Cause they don't have any feelings
Nirvana - Something In The Way
Israeli Jews chuckling as they talk about wiping out the Arabs. Not settlers, "normal" folk
Unfortunately, I can believe this is true. I was in Israel ten years ago and I heard very racist stuff from kids, and I feared for the future, then
Peace is far away.
Looks like that video from Israel is 5 years old. So somewhat inflammatory to put it out now?
Still shocking, of course
It’s the same lines you get from IS in reverse.
I do have some limited empathy on the basis that I might just want to carpet bomb Dublin, irrespective of who started the dispute, if the Irish lobbed rockets at us every night for a week; but empathy on an emotional level only. We need to walk them back from the ledge or this will just get worse and worse.
I just try not to think about it, its all hopeless. Any solution will come of left field and totally unpredictable I'd guess.
11th was clearly a spike
"Beitar Jerusalem fans: 'Here we are, we're the most racist football team in the country'"
It was largely kids age 12-20, and it was obvious what lay ahead. It is a perverse irony that some Jews have turned into Nazis
The law does need to be checked and tested, but the issue always was that the law itself was incompatible with the mandates conferred on the Scottish Pmt. Which will put the ball in the Westminster court sooner or later.
This is exquisite and touching
"Exhilarated to have just stumbled across this rare and glorious depiction of a woman in the act of writing in a fresco from Herculaneum.
The actor looks on a little disapprovingly but the expression on the face of the theatrical mask says it all. Just wonderful. #FrescoFriday"
In the intermittent sunshine, it is perfectly warm enough to be doing some light gardening in just a shirt. If you were sitting still you’d probably want a second layer of clothing. But it is 4.30pm already.
That ice cream van isn’t doing much trade. Although there are some in town who have suggested that its range extends some way beyond the items pictured on the outside of the van; certainly it does seem to come round at some funny times.
In California, the biggest challenge that Governor Gavin Newsom faces in this year's California gubernatorial recall election, is NOT the Republican Party, certainly not Donald Trumspsky, Caitlyn Jenner, "Boo-Boo" Cox or other strange manifestations of MAGA.
It's the high probability, or rather the impending reality, of significant power shortages, brownouts, etc. during the long, hot summer of 2021 before the recall vote takes place.
No wonder the GOP is so blase about global warming.
Not to say that Newsom is condemned to become just another crispy critter littering the Golden State landscape. Just that all eyes - often red & teary from the smoke - will be upon him and his leadership.
Personally think that California voters will reject the recall and retain Newsome. Certainly Jenner is NOT a persuasive argument against the Gov (or for herself) and the rest of the GOP ditto.
With possible exception of former two-term mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer, fiscally conservative, socially moderate, definitely not a wing-nut; note he said in 2016 that he would NOT vote for Trumpsky that year.
On the other hand, Faulconer IS pragmatist re: current GOP situation, to be saying in 2021, that he voted for Trumpsky in 2020.
So girls, boys & what-have-yous, stay tuned for yet another thrilling episode, brought to you by the good folks from Smogkist Raisins and the Stanford Lampoon of "Tales of the Great Bear Republic" . . .
Following talks, a majority of NHS unions voted to accept a deal offering an average increase of 4%.
The uplift will be backdated to December 1, 2020, and and will cover a period of 16 months.
It is in “recognition of an exceptional year of significant pressure for staff”, the Scottish Government said, and will be on top of the £500 thank-you payment for health and social care workers.
I suppose the business support money they haven't spent has to go somewhere...
Cases were rising in the unvaccinated groups. They may or may not be rising now - need more data.
Hospital admissions seem to have flattened across the age groups.
It could be a painting by a Roman David Hockney, so light and gracious. These are real people, they lived like us, looked like us. Look at the woman's hair. Brilliant
An Italian NHS consultant told of his horror when his niece arrived from Italy for a short visit but ended up in a detention centre surrounded by barbed wire.
There is growing anger over what campaigners and MEPs have said is a “disproportionate” and “heavy-handed” implementation of post-Brexit immigration restrictions on EU citizens.
On Friday the EU’s co-chair of the post Brexit UK-EU partnership council, Maroš Šefčovič, told a group of Romanian MEPs he would be raising it with the UK authorities.
Giuseppe Pichierri, who has worked for the NHS for 15 years, told the Guardian he had waited for hours at Heathrow airport on 17 April with his four-year-old daughter to collect his 24-year-old niece Marta Lomartire with balloons and cards.
But she did not show. She had been stopped, quizzed and issued with an expulsion order before being locked up in Colnbrook detention centre for the night.
Pichierri took his tearful daughter home and was called in the middle of the night and told Lomartire was being taken into detention. “We were never approached or told where she was,” he said. The following day, despite being on call at Kingston hospital, he tracked her down to Colnbrook and had to travel to the detention centre to meet Lomartire, who was scared and upset."
The ugly face of Brexit - and the best way to thank NHS workers. You can be certain the European negotiating teams are taking notes, as mentioned in the article, and as I mentioned yesterday.
Sometimes older leftists on the internet still bemoan Mrs Thatcher even blaming her for problems that exist today, I wonder how many under 25s know who she was.
Its a bit like holding a vote in Islington to recall Jeremy Corbyn
And that she had more balls than any of them.
(I don't have time to retrieve the article.)
This is a good account of why the medical establishment resisted the aerosol transmission story for what seems like a ridiculous amount of time.
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Covid Helped Kill
Because this is the internet, and you’re only ever one step away from being called all sorts of names, I will also emphasise that I have no time at all for Hammas. But then the passing of the PLO and a chance for peace was kind of the Israeli’s fault too.
We're not in the EU and we have our own immigration policy. We're treating them how we would treat non-EU nationals now. We have no obligation to give them special treatment and I object to The Guardian complaining about the plight of white Europeans having to stay a night in detention when people fleeing persecution have been locked up in these places for weeks or months on end unfairly.
She's taken her "eye off the ball" again.
She will do anything to keep the pubs shut - puritan nonsense.
Like others on here, I can't see any "resolution" - other than a horrible, final, all-out war? I generally turn away in quiet despair
Particularly the expression.
"They'll have the same."
Several factors including
> Gavin Newsom got his fanny in a wee bit of a crack via some cluelessness similar in some ways to Boris Johnson for example the French Laundry affair.
> MAGA hordes are mad including plenty (its a big state) who actually convince themselves (esp. in interior regions where GOP is locally dominant) that state was stolen from Trumpsky.
> Golden State is, always has been & always will be the Mother Lode for con-artists, faith-healers and other grifters of all crimes and creeds, including political; this is simply TOO good an opportunity for Trumpsky insiders and other scoundrels to pass up, when they can make a mint via the recall and recall campaign (in an otherwise off-year election) regardless of the final outcome.
Reminder Poots is a young earth creationist and rejects the theory of evolution
In an interview with BBC presenter William Crawley, when asked how old the Earth was, Poots replied: "My view on the earth is that it's a young earth. My view is 4,000 BC
Nice for a party NOT known for its sense of humor (hardly!) to start contributing (even feebly) to the jollification of the Union.