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The Verney family were big time landowners in Buckinghamshire in the 17th to 19th centuries. They had a railway station built in the middle of nowhere, on the skirts of their vast landholdings, which is now converted into a private house on a country road with no other houses around. This was Verney Junction, which for a time was the end point of the Metropolitan Railway out of London.

The Ideocene

Lovely turn of phrase - the Ideocene. At ... the BBC has been bleating recently about the Anthropocene - a new geological era which begins with the development of agriculture and accelerates at the point of industrialisation, the human mark on geological structures. I don't know if geological sediments will have cow pats in them but it is probable that fragments of plastic will be found and possibly even the fall-out of nuclear tests.

Greenhouse debunked

At ... well I never - Peter Warlow is vindicated. CAGW is grossly over-estimated. A paper in Energy and Environment by Japanese scientist Kyhoji Kimoto is the latest serious scientific study to debunk the greenhouse effect - especially the idea of zero feedback. Like the others it will be ignored by the mass media so don't expect it to be mentioned by the BBC. 


At ... is about a paper by Willy de Rop of the Royal Observatory of Belgium and concerns the idea of an 1800 year tidal period caused by a lunar wobble. However, the author of the piece at Tall Bloke's Talk Shop, one Oldbrew, sees a link with the 60 year solar cycle. The solar cycle in turn peaks in temperature in the 1930s and the 1990s. Climate scientists do not like the 60 year cycle as it suggests so called global warming is cyclic - and ice melt and ice growth at the Poles is also cyclic.

ocean warming

Lots of heat is being dissipated at the North Pole. A storm near Iceland has sent lots of warm water and air into the Arctic - what is going on? Joe Bastardi the meteorologist is into ocean currents - he has lots of heat to shed at the poles - see the above link and also read the comments (not too many to wrestle with) ...

nice one Patrick

the image is of a CME erupting from the Sun - go to

whaling logs

At .... maritime historians are getting on the climate change bandwagon by co-operating with climate scientists in order to trawl through US whaling log books that are thought to preserve a unique record of sea ice in the waters of the North Atlantic, North Pacific, the Southern Ocean, and possibly even Arctic and Antarctic waters. They are asking the help of volunteers from the general public as they have so many logs to wade through - and we all know sea ice is disappearing. So they say.

plastics in the sea

Another favourite doomsaying of the media is the finger pointing aimed at poor old Joe Public because of mountains of plastic waste supposedly accumulating in the oceans of the world - particularly in the Pacific (and we all know the people of the western seaboard of the US and Canada are the most caring environmentalists of all, and don't we). After all, California and Seattle, along with Vancouver and the upmarketeers in the holiday haunts in the mountains with the ski slopes, are more concerned than those backward people in the hillbilly regions of the interior.

warm December

At ... the November and December warmth is not just in Britain and Ireland or along the path of the Gulf Stream into northern climes, it extends as far as Finland and affects continental Europe as far east as Moscow. Whilst this should be regarded as good news as it shortens the winter and you don't have to turn on your gas or oil boilers to get the central heating going, or stack up the wood in your Aga, or smokeless forms of coal, in the media it is treated as 'simply awful' and a signal the world is about to burn up all life forms.

useful midges

This article acknowledges the idea that a huge outflow of cold meltwaters from the Laurentide ice sheet was not responsible for the Younger Dryas period cooling - a position rigidly adhered to by  uniformitarian scientists (as they had no alternative ready explanation in a Gradualist world view). As such, this paper is important. However, it goes on to claim the dumping of cold fresh water in the North Atlantic was still onboard. Instead, it had an origin in the melting of the Scandinavian ice sheet.