Thursday, October 15, 2009

A theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong. A model has a third possibility: it may be right, but irrelevant.


A Theme Thursday topic that a man can really embrace: CLIMATE CHANGE!

All winter down here at the arse end of the world [Trademark former Australian PM P.J. Keating] it's been rain, snow, sleet, grey skies, runny noses, grumpy kids, cranky wives and tired husbands.

So, if you don’t mind sir, I’d quite fancy a spot of CLIMATE CHANGE thankyouverymuch!

I am sure that the fellow holed up on this little yacht in the centre of the Derwent this morning would agree. Indeed, if the sea levels rise, he’ll be set.

And if we’re jabbering on about CLIMATE CHANGE, let me get a quick word in about my two very favourite periods of it: the Medieval Warm Period (AD 800–1300) that saw the Vikings get out and about raping, pillaging and composing heavy metal rock songs. Of course, how can you talk about that without mentioning the Little Ice Age (on and off from AD 1500ish–1850ish)? Personally, I blame the Little Ice Age for the poor state of cricket in the Enlightenment period (amongst other things).

24 comments:

Brian Miller said...

lol. always a trip...has cricket recovered?

Kris said...

Brian, we've seen some highs and lows, but it is reasonable shape.

Colette Amelia said...

How funny you should mention the little ice age...there is a theory that it came about because of the die off of humans in the black plague.

Kris said...

Colette, or indeed the reverse!

Tom said...

the earth is fighting back. i think perhaps no one has explained cricket sufficiently to the earth...there's a job for you.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Great musing, having a think... -J

Betsy said...

LOL~ hope you get some sunny days soon!

AngelMay said...

I will add my best wishes to Betsy's. We have had a glorious summer here in the Pacific Northwest -- but I fear those days are nearly over. Grey skies abound - with the sun bravely trying to poke through even so. Soon, winter.

...mmm... said...

that mini ice age did allow us to have the classical Dickens like victorian snowy christmases thogh. A thing of the past now.

Wings said...

I think I'd prefer the Medieval Warm Period, too! :)

Poetikat said...

I'll cross my fingers for you that you get some sunny days soon.

Baino said...

I know you're being funny but it's true, the planet has been warming and cooling for millennia . . .I get angry when I see skewed statistics from 1850 onwards with little regard for carbon found in ice cores millions of years old. Not that we shouldn't do something about our wasteful and overconsuming lives but all this focus on C02 is just a nice political distraction to my mind. Ok you may pillory me now!

Kris said...

Baino, my tongue may be in my cheek, but the point should be clear. The world warms, the world cools. Many, many people in this "debate" seem to miss that rather obvious fact.

I'm not a sceptic of the notion of the world warming up; but forgive me for being sceptical of the multitude of agendas from people of ALL sides.

There are a lot of con jobs happening right now.

Kris said...

Tom, cricket is like life, only everyone is dressed in white.

Kris said...

Harnett, thinking can be dangerous.

Kris said...

Betsy, it's my day off today, and it's raining!

Kris said...

AngelMay, I'm hoping that all of this rain now won't mean more scrub that will burn in bushfires this coming summer.

Kris said...

mmm, no good if you were in the poorhouse!

Kris said...

Wings, especially if you were a Viking!

Kris said...

Poetikat, tomorrow, hopefully!

e said...

Glad we don't live in the age of the Vikings...I too hope you get some rain.

Dreamhaven said...

sunny days have been a bit scarce lately. We even had snow today in Massachusetts. A lull in the eye of the storm, perhaps?

Kris said...

E, we've had TOO MUCH rain!

Kris said...

Dreamhaven, most of what I know of Massachusetts I learned from the Bee Gees.