Spectacular Grayson Perry-designed house where we spent the last few days.
Depressing yet fascinating article by George Monbiot on the Cumbrian floods:
I love George Monbiot.
I mentioned in a recent post that I saw him speak about rewilding in Penrith a couple of weeks ago. In that talk he referenced a lecture that he gave to the UK National Parks conference. The gist of his lecture was that the UK’s national parks should be redesignated as ecological disaster zones.
Much of what I saw him speak about was included, in abbreviated form, in his lecture to the conference. Fortunately, that talk was recorded. And here it is.
Cover photo, Still Standing by Steve Calcott on Flickr, from Dartmoor National Park.
Just as I was dosing off a few weeks back, my brother mentioned that Robb Wolf (messiah of the paleo diet’s disciples) had tweeted about how vegan diets were linked to mental disorders.1
He read the tweet out to me. At first, I wasn’t particularly concerned about the actual link. I’m very sceptical of the technique used by so many newspapers and link-bait websites whereby a study has arisen about how x gives you cancer, or why you should start drinking more of y because it means you won’t get Alzheimer’s. The reasons for being sceptical are outlined beautifully in the article, broccoli is bad for you.
I have to confess, I often find myself feeling quite misanthropic. Jean-Paul Sartre famously said that, “hell is other people”. I can definitely relate to this.
Anyone who knows me well will be aware that I talk about veganism quite a lot these days.
For those not in the know, I decided to switch from a full, meat-eating omnivorous diet to a vegan one about a year and a half ago.
After discussing veganism with some friends yesterday, the suggestion that inuit diets were the best for preventing heart disease etc came up. I didn’t really know much about it, so I looked it up when I got home, only to discover it’s a myth based on a discredited study from the 70s. Bizarrely though, the fact that it was debunked doesn’t seem to have stopped the craze for fish oil supplements.
Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.
– Jonathan Swift
Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr
Putting party politics to one side, the central message of Caroline Lucas’s book, Honourable Friends?, is a very strong one: our politics are rotten to the core.
Last Friday I saw Sean Lock at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal for a work-in-progress performance. One of my favourite lines of the night was this one about Richard Branson’s business practices:
What Richard Branson does is turn up, fire half the staff, put those left on short-term contracts, paint everything red and then fuck off in his balloon.