Archive for August, 2010

Jamie’s stuffed baked potatoes

August 31, 2010

Ingredients

medium size potatoes
cheese
handful of fresh peas
spinach
onion
garlic
fresh pepper

Preparation

Bake potatoes as normal, then allow to cool. Once cool, carefully scrape out the potatoes taking care not to damage the skins.

Mix potatoes with the other ingredients.

When mixed, stir fry in a hot pan or wok to which has been added some oil or butter.

When fried, scoop into empty potato skins. Place into oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Serve hot. When served, delicious.

Many thanks to Jamie Thaxter, chef at Lincoln County Restaurant, for sharing this recipe.

The County Restaurant, in the ancient Roman city and county town of Lincolnshire, is one of the best kept secrets in Lincoln. Open for lunch Mondays to Fridays (except Bank Holidays).

Leek and Potato Soup

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Mercenary Man Blues

August 31, 2010

I remember in seventh grade, we read this poem

by Robert Frost about taking the road less traveled

and I guess that’s what I done

I reckon

– Rob Hindle

From the slim volume Neurosurgery in Iraq by Rob Hindle.

Also see

The Winner Stands Alone

The Road Not Taken

My Father at the May Day Marches

August 28, 2010

A million people flooding Madrid,
the flags like blossom.

It was a day of all days; you talked
of La Pasionaria, how she’d said

it was better to die on your feet
than live on your knees.

Then we walked on,
you silent amid the noise.

– Rob Hindle

From the slim volume Neurosurgery in Iraq by Rob Hindle.

Oily Gaga

August 28, 2010

Outside the historic RBS branch at St Andrews Square in Edinburgh, Climate Campers perform “Oily Gaga” in protest over RBS’s dirty investments in Tar Sands projects. A protestor attempts to open a bank account but for some reason the branch is closed.

More film footage at Climate Camp TV.

Also see

Who Are The “Principal Environmental Extremists”?

Climate Camp 2010: Twitter Backfires… or does it?

‘Phantom’ oil slick was a smear against Climate Camp

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

Raising a Ruckus

Ribs the Trojan Pig makes a mess at Cairn Energy

The health effects of Tar Sands

All the Hemispheres

August 26, 2010

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You.

Khwāja Šamsu d-Dīn Muḥammad Hāfez-e Šīrāzī (Persian: خواجه شمس‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی), known by his pen name Hāfez (1325/26–1389/90) was a Persian poet.

Originally posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

Neurosurgery in Iraq by Rob Hindle

August 26, 2010
Neurosurgery in Iraq by Rob Hindle

Neurosurgery in Iraq by Rob Hindle

‘In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.’ – Lorca

From the strange title or the cover illustration, it is not at all obvious what his slim volume is about. It is actually a collection of poetry, Neurosurgery in Iraq being the title of one of the poems. As I said, not at all obvious.

A strange eclectic mix, from Spain in the Civil War to the illegal War in Iraq.

A favourite My Father at the May Day Marches is very much Zen Haiku, though not strictly so. Valley of the Fallen Dogs is another favourite as is Mercenary Man Blues.

The health effects of Tar Sands

August 25, 2010

But one thing I realised again and again these past few days was quite the extent to which the RBS top dogs – and consequently the police – were frightened. – Sophie

RBS has blood on its hands. The tar sands extraction project in Alberta, Canada, is by all accounts (and that includes figures inside the business) the most carbon-intensive project we have ever come up with as a species. It is leaving a UK-sized hole that looks like Tolkien’s Mordor, full of poisonous tailing-ponds, in the Canadian wilderness. – Sophie

Concerted action to tackle climate change will happen only if the public demands it for the sake of future generations. – James Hansen

The Royal Bank of Scotland was exposed as rotten to the core when it speculated in the sub-prime market, almost brought down the banking system and had to be bailed out with billions of pounds of taxpayers money. This had a knock on effect of causing the economy to collapse and creating a mountain of public debt, for which we are all paying, especially the poor, with savage cuts to public services.

The bank is now accountable, is investing in small businesses the engines of any economic recovery, is helping to finance new and growing green and sustainable businesses which everyone recognises as the future?

Err no.

€2.3 billion has been invested in tars sands extraction in Canada.

RBS is investing in brutal resource wars in Africa. $100 million to Tullow Oil for drilling on the border between Congo and Uganda. So far 15 million people have been killed in the resource wars between these two countries. Tullow Oil together with their partners Heritage Oil have been arming both sides in the conflict.

RBS is financing Cain Oil to drill in the Arctic. The CEO of Cain welcomes global warming as more ice melts giving access to more oil.

RBS is Europe’s biggest financier of fossil fuel exaction accounting for 3% of global carbon emission, greater than the UK total carbon emission.

The People own the bank. They make the effort to recycle, walk not drive, use the car less, turn down the heating, insulate their homes, maybe not take that foreign holiday they were looking forward to, buy a greener car. All of which is to nought because of the actions of a bank that they own.

also see

Climate Camp – Why RBS

Yes, we broke the law as climate change activists. And this is why

Am I an activist for caring about my grandchildren’s future? I guess I am

New Study Links Toxic Pollutants to Canadian Oil Sands Mining

Oil sands polluting Alberta river system

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

Raising a Ruckus

Ribs the Trojan Pig makes a mess at Cairn Energy

Ribs the Trojan Pig makes a mess at Cairn Energy

August 24, 2010

Also see

Climate Camp vs RBS – We’ve arrived

Raising a Ruckus

A case for the Camp for Climate Action

Homage to Caledonia

Paulo Coelho on Luck, Coincidence, and Faith

August 22, 2010

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dreams. — Paulo Coelho

For my lovely friend Sian.

Also see

The Alchemist

Synchronicity

The Tao of Physics

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Closing Cycles

August 22, 2010

For my lovely friend Sian.