OLD FARTS RAMBLE ON

Above Dr Richard Barnes, a Fellow of St Catharine’s College Cambridge, talks about his research activities in the seagrass beds in the Knysna Estuary and of the vital and unique importance of sea grass to the sustainability of marine life.

Richard and I appear to be similarly obsolescent, still in love with the exploration of life, and beset by a passion for strange detail. It is good to know that I am not alone.

JUDGMENT DAY

What if that past should mute a life-end song?

It cast my heart, stranger, with darkest spell

And worse for years was nothing I could tell

Or ever bring myself to voice that wrong.

All along, down along, memories be

I still reassemble the terror of thee.

Poor old man acting the devil a spell

Molesting a child and leaving him hell.

I toddled along yesterday morning to the meeting of Wellington City Council’s Environment Committee to make a presentation about the ‘Island Bay Seawall Repair / Replacement Options’ – with my 12 year old son as my ‘Whanau Supporter’ [Kiwi for side-kick]. I have published my submission in my previous article.

OUTCOME

Wellington City Council agreed to immediate repairs to the existing Seawall as a risk mitigation measure for the short to medium term.

Overview

This morning I want to talk in my professional capacity as a Transport Economist and Public Policy Advisor. In this regard I would like it noted that I completed a PhD with the Australian National University in 1970 with the title ‘Accessibility, Transportation and Land Development’.

LOW RATES A KEY TO DEVELOPMENT

Compounding at 3.9 percent per year raises the cost of an item by over 40 percent in 10 years and doubles its cost over 20 years. I am therefore surprised at the low levels of resistance offered by the public so far to Wellington City Council’s commitment to raise ratepayer subventions by 3.9 percent per year to fund spending on a programme of Big Ideas.

IS A MYTHIC WORLD THREATENING OUR TALENT, INITIATIVE AND ORIGINALITY?

Writing in the Guardian, Damien Walter gives J.R.R Tolkien a stinging work-over as the spin doctor for the myth of a kinder past world where people knew their place in a more conservative society and heroes could be summoned from the common folk to defend the status quo against evil external enemies.

A SCANDALOUS AFFAIR IMMORTALIZED BY A FAMOUS POET WHO COULDN'T SPELL

I used to love Richard Armour’s ‘It All Started with Europa’, when I was a kid. It was published in 1955 when I was eleven and I must have been given a copy as a Xmas or Birthday Present a year or so later.
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