A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

There is a tide.....

Now, as readers of this blog will know all too well, I am just a touch tart about much of the material that finds its way into the ever-so right-on and rather smug 'Environment' pages of the 'Society Section' of the dear-old Groaniad. But today, the tide has turned and waves of penitence flow through my salty soul as 'The Guardian Two' release themselves to produce a very good article indeed on what is happening with our attempts to harness the power of the seas - 'Breaking with tradition' ('Society Section', The Guardian, February 18). I found this to be both a balanced and an informative piece (except, of course, for the inevitable conspiratorial start - you can't expect everything to change!). The picture of the wave is also wonderfully like those in Constable's master print, 'Brighton Beach'. It is, moreover, salutary to have an article pointing out clearly the potential benefits of sea power over wind power.

So thanks lads - you are spared any more poetry from Stotty Shakespeare! But here's the real thing:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;" or,

"The wild waves whist,-" Drive for power.

Philip, riding on the crest of a wave. I shall now surf for some coffee.

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