36 thoughts on “Why Do You Build Me Up?

    1. Slightly Bemused

      They are poisonous so I know farmers don’t like to see too many in pastures. However, I was told that the animals will not eat them deliberately, so a few are not a problem.
      A beekeeper friend told me though that the bees love them, and they make a nice flavoured honey.

      Great headline, though!

      1. shayna

        They’re pretty useful if you want to find out if someone likes butter – the reflection under the chin method – a less scientific, but arguably as accurate technique, is simply to ask.

    1. millie vanilly strikes again

      I love snowdrops. But my favourite is crocus. I love seeing them pop their heads out. That’s how you know the worst of winter is over

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Is that a triple negative Shayna? :)
            Anyway, we’ve never met and we never will.
            I prefer to keep it as my dream of us one day running around solving murders like Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

  1. Leopold Gloom

    Sure there’s wild garlic already growing about 5 months to early. Happened 2/3 years ago too.

  2. t.Morrow

    Just another symptom of climate change, and yes, we will have to make adjustments to our lifestyles, such as:
    -eating bugs
    -living in workhou… I mean co-living spaces
    -paying punitive carbon taxes for vague, non-defined “green initiatives”
    -seeing a major curtailment of travel with some kind of carbon credit system in place to travel by air or boat

    but it’s just a small price to pay to slightly offset China & India’s non-compliance with any emission or plastics regulations.

    1. Nigel

      Doing the lord’s work of retrenching the denialist debate from outright denial to yes, it’s real, let’s do nothing because Asians. Some billionaires will get a bit richer though, so worth it!

      1. Ghost of Yep

        Wow. That’s just pure Nigel. “Because Asians” is such a nasty phrase to try and smear that comment in a negative light.

        I support green initiatives. I have changed my lifestyle to lower my footprint. I will vote appropriately if I believe a rep/party will bring change in that direction.

        Will you be less patronising to me when I say that if those 2 countries (as members of a much larger group) don’t make a drastic u-turn everyone in Ireland could die tomorrow and it would make SFA difference to the bigger picture?

        Honestly, I’m not trying to start a row but it’s a valid criticism and shouldn’t be labelled the way you have when it’s made.

        1. Nigel

          I think it was a perfecly valid, if sarcastic, paraphrase of an incredibly lazy and cynical argument.

          The whole world needs to make a drastic u-turn. The argument that nobody should make the u-turn because two entire countries are assumed to be uninterested in clean air and a stable climate is not the same as the argument that they need to be a part of that global effort.

          1. Ghost of Yep

            It’s not assumed. The stats are freely available. Their emissions have risen and continue to do so. You’re so well versed on many topics but when you can inform yourself enough for legitimate criticism on one part of the world or a particular point of view you don’t seem to want to. Fine. That snide though makes you seem like an ideologue IMO.

            No row. No bad vibes. It’s a global issue. So every part of the planet should be hounded with the same fervour.

          2. Nigel

            Speaking as someone who values clean air, biodiversity and a stable climate but lives in a country whose governments are more often destructive of all those things than not, I’m highly conscious that we not write off similar people all over the worldwho live under governments that are similar or worse, and suffer for it.

        2. Clampers Outside

          It’s not just two countries though is it. . . it’s two countries that account for 35%+ of the world pop.

          1. Nigel

            It’s not their size or importance I take issue with. It’s writing them off as a lost cause, and therefore combating climate change anywhere or in any way as a lost cause.

      1. Clampers Outside

        Anthropogenic climate change is responsible for the current phase of climate change, and fixing our anthropogenic influence will stop that change?
        That’s the position you’ve implied there. An interesting position, to say the least.

        1. Nigel

          The current state of climate change IS anthropogenic, ie, caused by human activity. Stands to reason changes in human activity can potentially arrest and reverse current climate change. This isn’t so much interesting as basic. Well, yes it’s interesting but it feels like we should have moved past arguing about it a couple of decades ago.

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