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  1. K

    Waspish remark

    New Zealand has a particular set of conditions that require very radical solutions. Tinkering with wasp hive bettles and hoverflies is simply miss guided desparation. What's required is industrial pneumatic excavators and ground radar/thermal imaging. Then it's a question of going out at night...
  2. K

    Deterring wasps

    Disrupting surface tension works for a while but wasps float when then drown creating a raft which will prevent other wasps from drowing. Increasing the height will improve efficiency but not enough in my experience to make the traps safe to use. One of the dangers with these types of trap is...
  3. K

    Deterring wasps

    The danger of using low efficiency traps. They only recruit more wasps to the vicinity. If you look very carefully you will notice wasps escaping these pop bottle traps.
  4. K

    Deterring wasps

    It's highly unlikely that low density trapping of queens will provide relief in the autumn unless the apiary a couple of miles away from hibernating sites and embedded in an agricultural monoculture with few hedgerows. It would be more effective to understand the topography that the apiary is...
  5. K

    Shine a little light on me

    Remote monitoring might be very useful for gauging flow viz need to feed vs monitoring health of hives perhaps when visits aren't optimally frequent.
  6. K

    Shine a little light on me

    I thought this was an interesting read: https://tinyurl.com/y5feoua2 Open paper from Bristol on bee foraging egress rates. Sorry can't get the link to work other than by tinyurl
  7. K

    European spite?

    History does have a tendency to get warped. My grandfather and his compatriots accepted the fact that the West was spent and that continued aggression with the Soviets to recover Poland was completely out of the question. So in that regard I agree that it is risible to think that the West would...
  8. K

    European spite?

    The German regulators have authorised the Pfizer Biontec vaccine for patients over the age of 65. Quite rightly the German regulator was concerned at the lack of data for the Astrazeneca vaccine in the over 65's. It was a concern that I shared until recently simply because the virus causes a...
  9. K

    European spite?

    My Dad's picture is in the same book! My Dad almost died from malaria in Iran. He was unconscious for months. He has never stopped praising the Shah of Iran for the hospitality that the Shah showed Polish refugees during the war. To this day there remains a strong bond of gratitude between...
  10. K

    European spite?

    Two wrongs don't make a right. This is a better piece on the subject: https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2021/01/26/news/interview_pascal_soriot_ceo_astrazeneca_coronavirus_covid_vaccines-284349628/
  11. K

    European spite?

    Every time the UK tabloid press bash the EU with ridiculous stories such as the EU wanting to steal UK vaccines drives it gives oxygen to xenophobia against EU nationals. Not once have I seen the tabloid press say, please do not confuse the EU with Europe or Europeans...
  12. K

    European spite?

    Likewise that's my experience of Europeans too. My comments were very much aimed at the UK populace and the populism that has pervaded our politics where bashing Europeans is becoming ever more a political expedience.
  13. K

    European spite?

    I think there's a difference though. It's one thing to disagree with a result. It's quite something else if there's a perceived breach of trust especially in a democratic process. Sadly we live in a post factual world where political accountability is sorely missing and where those who hold...
  14. K

    European spite?

    What saved my father and his immediate family was that my grandfather had secreted away on himself a diamond glass cutter so that when the family arrived at the gulags in the winter of 1939 (after the obligatory cattle truck journey that killed two in every three people) he was able to cut panes...
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    European spite?

    Quite possible that our forebears new and fought along side each other. My eldest uncle joined the RAF after escaping from the Siberian gulags. He had wanted to go to art school and was an incredible self taught artist. When he was stationed up North with the RAF he drew a pencil portrait of HRH...
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