The high price of tiger conservation

A new conservation survey in Nepal reveals that the tiger population of the country has increased to 355, a gain of 244 over the past 12 years. The census was conducted across 21 districts where there has been a sustained effort to protect and manage the tiger’s habitats. This has included the protection of forests... Continue Reading →

A globally warmed garden

The temperature in the U.K. has touched 40C in the last few days, no rain for the past couple of weeks, and my garden has taken on that arid quality we have only seen in Western movies or Saharan crossings. I was hoping for some photos of my dahlias, begonias and geraniums to show off,... Continue Reading →

Wheat stubble

“We cry to God Almighty, how can we escape this agony? Fool, don’t you have hands? Or could it be God forgot to give you a pair? Sit and pray your nose doesn’t run! Or, rather just wipe your nose and stop seeking a scapegoat.” EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.16.13 My great great grandparents on my grandmothers... Continue Reading →

Get a life!

"Why then are we offended? Why do we complain? This is what we’re here for."SENECA, ON PROVIDENCE, 5.7b–8 Being offended has become a full time occupation or hobby for a great many people these days. Disagreeing with another’s opinion, a joke, the use of an “incorrect” pronoun, something from the distant past, a touch …..... Continue Reading →

Plato’s helicopter view

“How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once—of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets—all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites.” MARCUS... Continue Reading →

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