by Garethin General, MotoGP0 commentstags: alvaro bautista, spain, talavera de la reina, travel
Still somehow seems that I’m barely back from the break on the Costa Dorada (although I’m very aware I’ve still not posted any pics of Tarragona yet, which is a pretty piss-poor state of affairs) – and yet it’s back off to Spain on Friday; this time to Madrid and then on to Talavera de la Reina for the summer fanclub party for Alvaro Bautista.Last year it was like a big and beautifully landscaped oven in the centre of Spain, with temperatures in the mid thirties – and according to my iPhone’s weather app (always set to Talavera) it’s likely to be little different this weekend.Extra cold Mahou then… ;-)
by Garethin Environment, General, Media0 commentstags: Environment, photos
In one of those truly remarkable photos that turn up so infrequently, marine photographer and environmental lecturer Michael Nolan has captued an iconic image that is bound to be used for envoronmental campaigns for years to come (providing we’re actually still around and haven’t destroyed the place *completely* by then , of course…) – showing, as it appears to, the face of earth mother Gaia herself weeping from the edge of a melting ice cap located on Nordaustlandet in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway.It’s not, of course. But it’s a hugely impressive photo and one that deserves to be exploited for the cause of good nonetheless. Makes those “Jesus in a burnt waffle” photos look pretty bloody silly really, doesn’t it.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: General, spain
Very crowded this morning but got 100g of amazing Dehesa, freshly sliced off the joint. Scrummy :-)Got a bunch of other nice stuff to last the long weekend too. > Blogged from my iPhone
by Garethin General2 commentstags: barcelona, El Canto Del Loco, playa garaf, sitges, spain, travel
In short… Yes. Yes, it is. I’ve just come back from a short break on the Costa Dorada – see previous post – chilling in the (often fearsome) sunshine, supping ice cold Mahou and generally taking a nice break from the UK.One day though, I had to go for a meeting in Barcelona, and took the train up along the coast – to my (pleasant) surprise, a short distance to the east of Sitges I looked out of the window and thought “Bugger me! I know that beach!” – it was the really cute one with all the beach huts and the sweet retro-looking hotel that’s the centrepiece of the promo video for El Canto Del Loco’s triffick piece of power-pop, “A Contracorriente”… It genuinely *does* look fab! I want to holiday there sometime. Badly want to!Anyway, I checked it out on Google Earth and it turns out it’s called Garraf – and I’ve uploaded a Google Earth placemark here should you want to go look it out for yourself…And the video can be seen here… Got some really nice photos of Tarragona, which I’ll aim to post in the coming days.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: General, spain, travel
Okay, I have to admit to not having sorted any updating on here over the last few days, but it’s been busy – trip to Bridgend etc – and now it’s off on hols for a week. Seven days on the (hopefully sunny) Costa Dorada, interrupted only by a short business meeting in Barcelona, should do me the world of good.I’ll aim to not be 100% lazy and if I catch any nice pics on the iPhone I’ll upload them.But it’d be foolish to consider it a promise of any kind. Hasta luego :-)
by Garethin Environment, General, Politics0 commentstags: Environment, extinction, himalayas, tibet, wildlife
Researchers in the remote eastern Himalayas (divided between Nepal, Bhutan and parts of China, India, Bangladesh and Burma) have discovered a whopping 350-odd new species over the last ten years, including Gumprecht’s (horrendously) green pit viper as shown in the picture – It’s venomous, grows to at least 130cm, and clearly thinks that camouflage is very last year.More here…