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Peter Reynolds

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Posts Tagged ‘Dorset

The Ultimate Scary Spider Story – And It’s All True!

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west-compton-cobwebs

This is an amazing photograph.  I’m not claiming any great skill, it was just a smartphone point-and-click but the story behind it is extraordinary.

It looks like a cold winter’s day with frost glistening across the fields, doesn’t it?  In fact, it was muggy and warm and what looks like frost is actually reflections from a heavy dew lying on spider webs at the head of every dead thistle and nettle.  Look closely and you can see there are spider webs all over the grass as well.  That’s all across this 15 acre field – and the next one and the one to the west, the east, north and south.  If I turn around I can see right across the Dorset plain up towards Yeovil and there are spider webs covering every square inch of every field and every hedgerow.

If we could work out the rate at which spiders weave their webs, so many inches per hour, we could probably calculate how many spiders there are per acre and how many spiders per square mile.

How many spiders are there in the world?  The only remaining question is would that number be more or less than a gazillion?

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January 8, 2017 at 1:33 pm

The Silence Of UK MPs On Gaza Is Shameful.

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House of Commons empty

Where are they?

I see a few have signed petitions or letters or statements.  Two ‘leading Tory MPs’ (is this what we call leadership?) have written to David Cameron.

That the right of self-defence is with Palestine and its elected leadership is self-evident.

It’s sickening.  My MP, Richard Drax, Lord of South Dorset, has simply ignored my last two emails about Israel’s war crimes. Cameron is cowering in his bunker. Clegg is redeeming all the accusations of cowardice.  Miliband is no more irrelevant than usual.

There is a ringing, hollow, horrifying, echoing, cacophony of silence from these small, small people.

They have no right to call themselves our leaders. They are disgraced by their inaction, by their cowardice. They are useless.

This is the Auschwitz, Belsen and Dachau of our day. Yet Parliament stands idly by. The West fiddles while children burn.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Anti-Dog Jobsworths In Weymouth

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Anti-Dog

This gate opens onto farmland and scrub stretching just half a mile from the Jurassic coast, up and over the Dorset ridgeway.

If you head due east, maybe a touch to the north, you can walk with your dog (or dogs) for five or six miles and never come across a building nor even a road.

Yet Weymouth and Portland Borough Council choose to threaten us with a £5000 fine for not having our dogs on a lead, or £1000 for allowing them to, ahem, shit (for want of a better word).

The path leads away from the main road through Sutton Poyntz and the signs can’t be directed at people coming towards the village because they’re impossible to see from that direction.

Half a mile further west it’s the same thing on Chalbury Rings, the bronze age hill fort, which is as remote as anywhere.  In five years, walking there regularly, I might have bumped into someone else once, perhaps twice.

The nasty, dog-hating, money-wasting, officious ‘little Hitlers’ that devise and operate this policy are the very worst of Britain. Local government seems to be infested with them.

Paradise Valley

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Paradise Valley

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The early summer has made the valley explode into life.  Read the latest instalment here.

Paradise Valley

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Two hours here with the dogs every morning.

It’s the only thing that keeps me sane.

See here for the latest episode.

Paradise Valley

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There’s just the very slightest suggestion of spring in Paradise Valley.

See here for the latest.