Monthly Archives: June 2014


Puppet by Nonnetta


Steil loop die wande van die vallei
na waar die rivier hulle skei.

Ek roep van hierdie kant,
maar net ’n eggo kom terug.

Want jy het mos gesê:
“dit is verby”.



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Charles Kingsley


Charles Kingsley

Young and Old

by Charles Kingsley

When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away;
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.

When all the world is old, lad,
And all the trees are brown;
And all the sport is stale, lad,
And all the wheels run down;
Creep home, and take your place there,
The spent and maimed among:
God grant you find one face there,
You loved when all was young.

“Young and Old” by Charles Kingsley. Public Domain.


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Stunning admission – and a new excuse for ‘the pause’ – ‘lousy data’

Global temperature is no longer an indicator of Global Warming!
Question: Why not?
Answer: Because the warming has stopped 18(!) years ago!
Fortunately, some things still seem going up – even if not by as much as the alarmists would want – like sea levels

Watts Up With That?

guardian_lousy_data“The Models didn’t have the skill we thought they had…”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Guardian, a prominent green UK daily newspaper, reports that scientists have given up on surface temperature as a measure of global warming:

Stephen Briggs from the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Earth Observation says that sea surface temperature data is the worst indicator of global climate that can be used, describing it as “lousy”.

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mense val my áf
soos bas van ‘n bloekom

my jaarringe sluit
al meer en meer uit

en eendag as ek brand tot as
weet niemand hoe alleen ek was



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New York Times Certain That Sea Level Will Rise One Foot By 2016

Are you scared yet? Will the Cape Flats be inundated? Relax, this NY Times dire warning dates from 1986! So we still have two whole years to prepare for the “worst”

Real Science

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die kers se was
verteer totaal
tot waterdamp
en koolsuurgas

en naderhand
weet niemand meer
dat eens ’n kers
met lig hier was

©vuurklip 26 desember 1994


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As jy      weg van my sou gaan
sou die son doodstil bly staan
terwyl die maan
nooit in sy baan
weer voort sal gaan.

Die son sou ongenadig gloei
die aarde onder hom verskroei
tot waterare ophou vloei
en seë tot slegs leegtes bloei.

En ek sal word soos wintergras
wat in sy gloed verbrand tot as.

©vuurklip 13 maart 1997


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‘n Stukkie geskiedenis ter herdenking van D-Day, 6 Junie 1944

Winston Spencer Churchill’s refusal to cower to Adolf Hitler’s overwhelming power raises him to among the greatest defenders of freedom in all history. The Normandy invasion and the subsequent liberation of millions of people in Western Europ….


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Biomass On Fire In Yorkshire

The law of unintended consequences! A pile of wood chips will self-ignite if it is over a critical size. Replacing coal fired industry with wood fired seems like a bad idea.

The UK is replacing coal fired generation of electricity with wood fired generation. Much of the wood will be imported the USA! Sounds hare brained to me.


By Paul Homewood


The BBC report:

Firefighters are spending a third day tackling a major blaze at a wood recycling plant in South Yorkshire.

Four crews have been at the R Plevin and Sons’ site in Crow Edge, near Penistone, since the wood chippings fire was discovered at about 08:10 BST on Monday.

Smoke can seen seen six miles (9.7km) away in Barnsley and smelled from Sheffield, 17 miles (27km) away.

People living near the fire have been asked to keep windows and doors closed.

The blaze could take another two days to put out, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Station Manager Andy Hoyland said a water pump from a neighbouring brigade was being used to carry water from a nearby reservoir, to help extinguish the fire.

The blaze was “a big job”, said Mr Hoyland.

Wood chipping fire

The blaze, which can be seen and smelled from miles away…

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Ons is op ‘n eensame vaart
‘n Skip met seile, hoë maste
En ‘n wye, wye dek,
Op reis na ‘n verre strand.

Niks kan ons reis vertraag,
Steeds bly ons voor die wind,
Die stuurman aan die roer
Hou koers met vaste hand.

Die roete word bepaal
Met kaart, kompas en sekstant,
Met die Son en die Maan
En die Suiderkruis se stand.

Die eindpunt reeds vasgestel
By die lê van die kiel
En die sny van die eerste plank.

©vuurklip 19 Nov 2008


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