Once, Twice, Grice

“The probability of 5 or more male Hen Harriers disappearing through ‘normal’ levels of mortality over a breeding period from 9 nests is 0.0033% … So there must be something pretty odd happening.” (http://markavery.info/2015/09/22/wondering2/)

Yes, that’s a 1 in over 30,000 chance. Pretty unlikely. Well done the grouse shooting industry for allowing us to experience such a rare event.

Please sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting.



“Shell said today it had made a marginal discovery of oil and gas with its summer exploration in the Chukchi Sea but not enough to continue to the search for the ‘foreseeable’ future.” (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/28/shell-ceases-alaska-arctic-drilling-exploratory-well-oil-gas-disappoints)

The company thought it could make “up polar” into “popular” but it turned out “unpopular” made a “polar u-pun”.


“Iceland has gone to great lengths to demonstrate that nay, their beefburgers do not contain horse.” (https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/iceland-food-you-can-trust/)

Good foals make good neigh burgers.



“No one concerned with the state of the planet and the state of the global economy can avoid dealing with population. It is the elephant in the room.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/24/popes-climate-stance-is-nonsense-rejects-population-control-says-top-us-scientist)

Planetary pregnant pause precedes pachydermic papal population pop.


School Badge

“Nearly 200 people have tested positive for a tuberculosis infection following an outbreak at a school in Devon.” (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/16/tb-outbreak-confirmed-at-school-in-devon)

Clearly more badgers must be culled.


Bloody Lawful

“When carried out in accordance with the law, grouse shooting for sport is a legitimate activity … The Government’s position is that people should be free to undertake lawful activities should they wish to do so.” (https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104441?reveal_response=yes)

This informative response is from the Assistant to the Secretary to the Director of the National Committee for Stating the Bleeding Obvious. I am grateful that government is not currently considering rescinding our right to undertake lawful activities.



“The evidence is that soil degradation continues at an alarming rate – the Soil Association states that over 2 million tonnes of topsoil are lost every year from land in the UK.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2015/08/the-need-to-protect-our-soils/)

The Soil Association is considering a timely rearrangement of its name to A Lost Iconic Oasis.