During their five-week stay the cranes steal the show. Gawky and raucous at one moment, stately and serene the next, they are mesmerising to watch. Some people camp out near the site so they can savour the precious spectacle until the sun goes down, the birds head off to roost for the night, and the last dancer leaves the floor.• Read more about the cranes and the local area … [Read more...] about The dancing cranes of West Sweden – a bucket list wildlife spectacle
They could usher in an electoral multiparty system fit for a modern pluralist democracy. No more dragooning electors to the ballot box, holding their nose to vote for the least loathed of two portmanteau parties. Nandy says she will consider reform. Starmer says “there’s a case for reform, because of the millions of votes wasted every election in safe seats”. Make Votes Matter reports that three-quarters of Labour members back proportional representation. This is hardly surprising, since it took an average of 51,000 people to elect a Labour MP in December, only 38,000 for each Tory. The public backs PR, with 56% saying seats won should match votes cast. … [Read more...] about The only way to a Labour victory may be a pact with the Lib Dems
Your high usage was because of the shared supply with the neighbouring property. TW says the average usage (depending on the number of occupants) for a two-bed property is about 430 litres a day. But as it was not able to determine your exact consumption, it has based its revision on a daily usage of 300 litres a day. It says this works out at £222, way below average. … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of sharing neighbour’s Thames Water meter
As distracting as these things are, I am here to try something specific: a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. I am fascinated by these things. Culturally, they have long been signifiers of megalomania, detachment and anxiety. Michael Jackson had one in his house, which isn’t a great recommendation. The Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps is another fan. But what do these chambers actually do? Do you have to be called Michael to use one? … [Read more...] about Hyperbaric chamber therapy: I’m under a lot of pressure – and I love it!
In contrast to humans, who become less fertile as they grow older, many species of fish spend more of their energy producing eggs as they age. This is one reason proponents say no-take zones – also known as highly protected marine areas (HPMAs) – are so crucial to allowing species repopulation. … [Read more...] about How a no-take zone revived a Scottish fishery devastated by dredgers