Pine processionary caterpillars leaving nest several months early

I suspect their algorithm is rather crude, and the seasons are rather vague along the Barcelona coast, but these are meant to emerge in spring (typically late January here), not late November. “The pine processionary caterpillar is a pest whose northward spread in France is being fostered by climate change. INRA researchers in Orleans are…

Bikes for free, if only…

If learner drivers get subsidies in order that they may sooner screw up our living environment, why shouldn’t we cyclists get a new bike for free? [ Patricia is apparently setting off shortly to cycle from IrĂșn in the north to Tarifa in the south. Um, it’s snowing all across the north at the moment.…

Tribute to Hartlepool

Wikipedia suggests that H’Angus the Monkey (cartoon) may have been voted mayor first time by local gamblers attracted by the high odds against him. Stuart Drummond failed to honour his “free bananas” pledge, but was re-elected. On this walk.