Go tell it to the birds

Jan 30, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Environment  //  No Comments

This weekend half a million people will have participated in the RSPBs Big Garden Birdwatch.

So why did no one tell the birds in my garden? I put out lots of food, got myself a nice mug of hot tea and settled down for an hour to take part in Europe’s largest wildlife survey.

On a good day we always have a range of species in the garden. But today no one told the birds. So I sat there like a Great Tit waiting and waiting. And the result of all my efforts?

One robin, one chaffinch and one miserable Dunnock. Did anyone do worse than that?

Chilean Miner testimony

Jan 27, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, International  //  No Comments

I went to a really moving talk this evening by Jose Henriquez, one of the 33 Chilean miners stranded 720 metres underground for 69 days last year.  He was accompanied by Alf Cooper, chaplain to the President of Chile who translated and his wife Blanca. Jose was one of the older miners at 54 and was a drill master. Known as “The Pastor” because he was a Christian, Jose called all the miners together to pray during their ordeal. He spoke of them surviving for the first 17 days when no one knew if they were alive or dead on just half a teaspoon of tuna which they mixed with a little water to create a soup. During this time some of the men wrote out their will in despair. In their chamber it was a stifling 34 degrees and in the heat some of the men started READ MORE

‘Gentleman’ George Monbiots Left Hook

Jan 23, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Politics  //  No Comments

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.

Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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