Tag Archives: water

Privatise it, they said.

Yesterday: England’s privatised water firms paid £57bn in dividends since 1991 (Sandra Laville, The Guardian)

Previously: Fergal Sharkey’s Mission To Save Our Chalk Stream

Affinity Water?

Fergal Sharkey?

Chalk Streams?

Pic: Richard Saker/ The Observer

Incy wincy spider out of shot.

Behold: arguably the most impressive ever picture of a waterspout (a tornado that occurs over water) To wit:

Waterspouts are spinning columns of rising moist air that typically form over warm water. Waterspouts can be as dangerous as tornadoes and can feature wind speeds over 200 kilometres per hour. Some waterspouts form away from thunderstorms and even during relatively fair weather. Waterspouts may be relatively transparent and initially visible only by an unusual pattern they create on the water. The featured image was taken in 2013 July near Tampa Bay, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida is arguably the most active area in the world for waterspouts, with hundreds forming each year.

(Image: Joey Mole)


Retailers have been requested to remove the implicated batches from sale and display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores.

The FSAI is advising consumers not to drink the implicated batches of water, and those who have – and are now feeling unwell – to contact their GP.

Last month, two types of bottled water from the Spar and Londis retail chains were withdrawn from sale because of higher than normal levels of arsenic.

Last month, eh?

FSAI issues further recall of bottled water over arsenic levels (RTÉ)

List via Food Safety Authority