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Monday, February 27th, 2017 07:38 am
Once again, three stories about "what went right" from my mainstream news feeds. (Good grief, is February nearly over already? When did that happen?)

Pastoralist bucks pivot trend to trial sub-surface irrigation in WA's Kimberley by Eliza Wood (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

David Stoate from Anna Plains station is trialling sub-surface irrigation for a trial 20ha paddock, with the hopes this will reduce pumping costs, water evaporation, and fertiliser loss to volatilisation which are issues with the traditional "pivot sprinkler" method of irrigation in the region.

WA election: Aboriginal candidates for both major parties in first for WA seat of Kimberley by Matthew Bamford (ABC Western Australia)

Both the ALP and the Liberal Party of Western Australia have nominated candidates for the seat of Kimberley who identify as Indigenous Australians, in a first for the seat. The ALP's Josie Farrer is seeking re-election to the seat, while the Liberals' Warren Greatorex is the first ever Indigenous candidate for the seat for this party. Both candidates regard this as a positive thing, and see it as an encouraging sign of Indigenous people getting interested in politics.

Taliban leader uses 'special message' to urge Afghans to plant more trees by Reuters (uncredited)

"The Taliban has used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good." (Which definitely counts as "something going right").

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your daily news feeds, why not share a link in the comments to boost the signal?
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 05:22 pm
Le Tarot d'Ambre par F. Nedelec, cont'd

Toward the Pattern

Now with bonus numerology! And Douglas Adams references! And chess!

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 03:15 pm

Posted by louisamellor

Douglas Archer sinks further in to an impossible-to-exit situation in episode 2 of the BBC’s Len Deighton adaptation…

Review
Feb 26, 2017
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 05:49 pm
[personal profile] nineweaving recently gave me John Julius Norwich's Christmas Crackers, which is a commonplace book filled with the quotations Norwich has, for many years, collected and typed out as Christmas cards and crackers (the store-bought ones don't say much interesting, usually). It's a very good commonplace book, distinguished by being funnier and more impressive than those usually get, and I am treating it as one should treat commonplace books, i.e. opening it occasionally at random, giggling, and putting it down again. In no circumstance do I intend to read it straight through, because then what would there be to boggle at when I pick it off the shelf and open it randomly in a few years or decades?

Anyway, as good commonplace books do, it collects bad poetry as well as good, and I opened it to something so thoroughly appalling that the selection has been stuck in my head for more than a week. I truly think this belongs in the annals of terrible verse with William Topaz McGonagall and Julia Ann Moore, for the comma splices if for nothing else (and there is else). I showed it to Ruth, and spent the next five minutes desperately wishing for a video camera; I really thought they were going to throw the book out of the window.

Abandon hope, etcetera. )
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 09:46 pm

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