Reflections of the Schnark

The end of the world, dinghy sailing, and other things

The power of love

1st letter of St Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 13 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move…

Upscaling?

I have tried and failed to copy a link to a bbc article on Kenyan plans to sow genetically modified drought resistant corn. The government there have reversed a 10 year ban. I don’t argue with the biotechnology expert quoted who asserts the corn as safe to eat, and I can’t argue with the logic,…

Peace or War?

There seems to be a tiny window of doubt within our broadcast media within the wall to wall consensus of Russia bad/Ukraine good/America a well meaning passer by that just happens to have some long distance weapons to spare and an interest in Russia’s failure. Roger Waters has enough celebrity clout to get a mention…

The apples that fall in September

The apples that fall in August are better than those that fell in July. But the hair dryer wind that blew in July was enough to dry the best of those, And preserve them without any expense of power. In Penge we have spent many August evenings Meticulously cutting out the mess left behind By…

Nigger Nigger Pakky

It is too early to judge our new leader. I read she has a track record for changing her colours when it proves to be advantageous, and she has so far been courting the electorate of the paid up conservative party, so it is little wonder she has said nothing to please, or impress me.…

Crossing the estuary.

This has become an obsession of mine, to say the least. The Thames Estuary is more of a concept, than a easily definable area that one could draw a line around on a map, it is most easily defined as where the river meets the sea, but since the river, and sea are both tidal,…

Feast or Famine?

I had to work hard to find this article so I think it worth sharing here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-62149522 It is regarding the health and expected yield of world wheat crops. I found many articles analysing increased sowing all around the world, mostly optimistic that increased sowing would lead to greater harvest, and though I don’t entirely…

End of the World Diary, Pt. I – Natalia Klyuchareva — literalab

Translated from the Russian by Mariya Gusev Throughout this week, which will close out the first month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Literalab will publish the writing of Natalia Klyuchareva. “The End of the World Diary” recounts her reactions during the war’s opening week. “March 6” tells about her experience attending an anti-war rally. […]End…

I saw three ships…

To day I chatted up the owner of Millie, a boat similar to this above. He is getting on in age, I’m guessing he predates Ian Proctor’s 1965 design for the16’6″ Beaufort Dinghy, which was, I am told, popular with the Royal Navy dinghy sailors, and was seen as indestructable. He has sold his yacht…

The wrong beach

I had been sitting on this groyne for over an hour, waiting for the tide to float my boat so that I could escape upwind within the narrow gap between the groynes, and hoping that some friendly soul would happen by and exchange the time of day; none had. I hadn’t intended to come here,…

This is the road to hell.

The fuel duty escalator was devised, or enacted 1st in 1993 by her Majesty’s Government in Britain which was led by John Major. The tax on fuel to Britain and Northern Irelands’ motoring public was set 3p in the pound above inflation and increased ultimately by Mr Blair to 6p This was not only a…

Dying for democracy.

Today I viewed some grisly footage of conflict supposedly in Ukraine. It was offered as evidence of Ukrainian atrocities, and I felt it on my conscience to see it to the end. I’m not troubled by blood or gore, or death, but I am troubled by the argument, and should I be involved? As evidence…

Searching for a relevant parallel

“Molecular clock estimates, genetic studies and archaeological data all suggest the initial colonisation of Sahul and Australia by modern humans occurred around 48,000–50,000 years ago. Over the last few decades, a significant number of archaeological sites dated at more than 30,000 years old have been discovered. https://australian.museum › science When did modern humans get to Australia? -…

The corpse’s protest.

Who are you? —— That put flowers on my grave? Did you love me? —— Did you care? Did I know you? ——- Could I trust you? Could you know —— I didn’t choose to be alone? Don’t you know —— I had a heart of stone? And you comment; What a pity ——- That…

Levelling

Mr and Mrs Schnark have enjoyed a weeks holiday in South Wales, staying in a charming terraced cottage in the village of Crickhowell, that stands beside the River Usk between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. We enjoyed walks on nearby Sugar Loaf, and Table Mountain, which gave its Welsh name to the village…

Stone cold sober.

Mental illness has been in my thoughts of late, best I don’t say why, but it has always been a diagnosis that I am not prepared to take at face value. I believe it might be always the case that the fault lies not with the patient, but with the world in which they live.…

Deaths Peripheral to Sars Covid II

Deaths Peripheral to Sars Covid II** Introduction and explanation. I may have alluded before to my work in the funeral business. Throughout the uk epidemic part of the Covid pandemic we learned quickly about the illness that was causing such a stir. It was clear to me from the start that diagnosis was very iffy,…

Deaths Peripheral to Sars Covid II No 1, The Track Worker.

Summary of R.A.I.B. finding. At around 10:52 hrs on Wednesday 8 April 2020, a passenger train, travelling at 90 mph (145 km/h), struck and fatally injured a track worker on the West Coast main line near the village of Roade, Northamptonshire. The accident happened because the track worker, who was the person in charge of…

Tumbleweed

7th June 2021 Its very quiet in here. Sadly I no longer have access to a computer at work. My wife’s two laptops do not tempt me, I’ve tried writing with my smart phone, but that doesn’t appeal either. It could also be that I don’t have anything desperate to say, or have done nothing worth…

Schnark Music

The Schnark has been keeping his head down this winter. A new boat is in my care on the Medway, but we’ve not been a float since July except as crew, or in hired craft. I have stories to tell but not the time to give them credit. I have been instead banging away with…

A visit to Ardrishaig

The gate opens out of the last lock onto a small pool before the sea lock, A tiny idyll abound with wild flowers and skitting birds. Several startled swallows are rattled from their hidey-holes in the structure of the lock gate. The old canal wall curves around from our right to describe a circle, Sloping…

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