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, July 28, 2004

Three days of TV tempests forecast.....

"Oyez! Oyez! Beware ALL citizens of the UK! Starting today, across Planet Beeb....."

'Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o'the world!
Crack nature's moulds, all germens spill at once
That make ungrateful man!'

[So leary - and that's just the teaser! Eat your heart out 'The Day after Tomorrow'!]

"Tip-toe, tip-a-toe, Tom!" "Let's eaves drop on a planning meeting in a similar thane....."

'First Controller:
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Second Controller:
When the proga'rammes are done,
And global warming's no more fun.
Third Controller:
That won't be now nor in The Sun.
First Controller:
Where the place?
Second Controller:
Upon Kew Heath.
Third Controller:
There to meet with Meacher and the King.
First Controller:
I come, Breakfaster!
Second Controller:
24 doth call.
Third Controller:

Hot is cold and cold is hot,
Believe in global warming all you lot!

What bloody man is that?'

"Er! A mere blogger, good Sirs!"

"And, Tom, do we espy a Mission Statement in the pot, perhaps?"

'.......global warming will do such things,-
What they are yet, we know not,- but they shall be
The terrors of the earth.'

"So let's all chant together, Tom!"

'Roundabout the studio go;
In the CO2 and methane throw.

Double, double heat and trouble;
Earth burn, and TV bubble.

Exhaust of car and airy plume,
Fuel of fossil and patio fume.

Roundabout the studio go;
That's the way to beat off Snow.'

"Tom's a-cold."

Meanwhile, back in the real world.....

You have ALL been warned! Time for a picnic, far, far away from that terrible TV cauldron, despite our cool, cloudy summer. Enjoy!

Philip, 'O! That way madness lies; let me shun that.' I'll have none of it, 'proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?' Adieu!

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