Right then. If I have done this correctly, the brand spanking new print version of my 'Keep Calm and Grow Food' is now available for UK people to purchase from my brand spanking new Etsy shop:
Having read an article about it, I have just signed up for Postcrossing (https://www.postcrossing.com/), which is a website for people to send postcards to people all around the world. It randomly picks a recipient for you to send a card to, and then you receive one from another randomly chosen sender.
It looks like a really nice way to learn a bit about other cultures and get good post from friendly people 😀
My wild garlic is flowering. #florespondence.
Today there will be a ‘celebration’ of 50 years of Britain having nuclear weapons at Westminster Abbey, and CND are planning a ‘die in’ in protest: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/02/cnd-stage-die-in-westminster-abbey-nuclear-weapons-thanksgiving?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
In Madagascar, teenagers are learning new farming techniques (compost!) to protect their rainforest environment: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48113501
International Compost Awareness Week #ICAW 5th - 11th May.
Ooh, don’t like this idea at all: “tipping your colleagues”.
Seems like another way to discriminate against introverts, if you ask me, and a way to ensure people focus on popularity rather than productivity.
TIL the difference between Hominid and Hominin, although it seems my spellchecker didn't get the memo.
Basically... all the existing and extinct Great Apes are Hominids.
Whereas all of the existing and extinct species of humans are now Hominins.
Bollocks. High court challenge to Heathrow 3rd runway has failed. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48118100
New flowers on morning walk. #florespondence.
George Monbiot is on good form today, lambasting the UK’s land owners for their secrecy, intimidation, environmental destruction and death worship: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/britain-countryside-bullies-chris-packham
It's the International Year of the Periodic Table, and what I'm working on today is the Alkali Metal installment of a series of articles.
'Transition Metals' was the first to be published, if you are interested: https://www.diamond.ac.uk/Campaigns/2019/Year-of-the-Periodic-Table/Transition-Metals.html
TIL that the fallback method of producing oxygen on the International Space Station involves burning canisters of alkali metals: https://www.cnet.com/news/breathe-deep-how-the-iss-keeps-astronauts-alive/
It's called chemical oxygen generation.
[The main system uses electrolysis - splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. But they still rely on fresh supplies from Earth.]
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