I’ve booked myself a ringside seat for the intellectual heavy weight contest of the year as fellow Guardian columnist George Monbiot takes on all comers at Warwick Art Centre on 16 February.I haven’t seen George in years so it will be good to catch up. If Ed West, a columnist with the Daily Telegraph, has his way George will be knocked for six regarding a recent column he wrote proposing that wealthy people rent out their spare rooms to ease the housing crisis. This resulted in a furious reaction from Ed whose column title was “Force the well-off to take a lodger. New year, new fascist-egalitarian proposal from the Guardian”.
Other memorable big hits over the last few years have included George’s interview with the Chief Executive of the CPRE Shaun Spears over open cast coal mining. No doubt his run in with Hazel Blears and his attempts to arrest the former Prime Minister Tony Blair will also be thrown into the ring. My prediction for the fight is that it will go the full 12 rounds but George will win on points.
New Home Front are launching a competition to find the best ways in which wartime posters can be updated to help today’s society understand the dangers of climate change. Wartime slogans such as “Is your journey really necessary?” and “Dig for Victory” remain as relevant today when so much business travel could be replaced by video conferencing and food miles continue to increase our carbon footprint.
Sharks have been much in the news recently following the attacks at Sharm El Sheikh. However, new research has indicated that sharks may be colour blind according to The Los Angeles Times.
Nathan Hart, associate research professor at the University of Western Australia said “Now we know a bit more about how such sharks see the world, it may be possible to design swimming attire and surf craft that have a lower visual contrast to sharks and, therefore, are less ‘attractive’ to them. After all, most shark attacks are thought to be the result of curiosity on the part of a shark that has been attracted to an unusual stimulus, rather than some premeditated ambush.” READ MORE
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