Close by Lullingstone Castle, this enchanting trout stream enters the Thames as Dartford Creek and was until the great Thames clean-up one of the most toxic rivers in the world – the kind of dead river that you find all over China these days.
A general view of the polluted Lanzhou section of Huanghe River in Lanzhou, …
image from english.peopledaily.com.cn
“People say ‘why don’t you give it up?’ I don’t think they quite understand. I’m not doing it just for the money, or for you. I’m doing it for me.” – Keith Richards
Posted by: nickwardscenarios | July 24, 2012
on influence and reward
Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize 2010 (china)
photo by Margaret this afternoon
A Daily’s crusade to save our rivers « Reflections
James Cracknell, sculling
20 Sep 2009 – Nick Ward, River Environmentalist: Be fearless. Polluters are the scum of the earth. http://nickwardscenarios.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/boris/
James Cracknell Kingston 6am (montage added 24/7/2012)
and what might have been if my long campaign for marathon sculling as an Olympic event had won the day:
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Back in a sculling boat (started 2nd June 2009):
28 Jul 2009 – The ‘Olympic‘ Thames Marathon for single scullers in 2012 is my idea.
remembering a time when my boat ‘seemed to glide of its own mysterious accord’.
Winning is a mind game, Sir Steve – as you know better than I will ever dream.
Boyle and Daldry: Spring
The photo of a very satisfied Steve Redgrave in a single scull at Strathclyde in 1986 is moments after he has become Commonwealth Single Sculling Champion. Redgrave remains undefeated Commonweath Champion in this disipline – the toughest in rowing.
and here’s one for my old commissioning and (very occasional) weed-smoking associate Stephen Daldry: Gordon Brown versus scientific truth … which is NOT to say that Daldry is a marijuana smoker to this day, I hasten to add (on 17th Feb 2011). I’m talking about 1993 (when Stephen was the newly-appointed Artistic Director of London’s famous Royal Court Theatre) in this blog which was published the day that Professor David Nutt was at the top of the news following his resignation as unpaid drugs advisor to the Brown administration – and I am proud to say it got the thumbs-up from the good Professor who took the trouble to send me an e-mail even as he was at the centre of a shrill media firestorm.
Here is the prized exchange with Professor Nutt (2/11/2009):
Why with the time do I not glance aside To new-found methods and to compounds strange? Why write I still all one, ever the same, And keep invention in a noted weed, That every word doth almost tell my name, Showing their birth and where they did proceed?
|From:||David Nutt (David.J.Nutt)|
|Sent:||Monday, 2 November 2009 9:26:23 PM|
Gordon Brown versus scientific truth thanks - impressive d David Nutt Professor of Psychopharmacology Head of Department of Community Based Medicine University of Bristol
http://www.thesun.co.uk/…/Bradley–Wiggins-in-foul-mouth…9 Jul 2012
BRADLEY WIGGINS let rip an amazing foul-mouthed rant after retaining the Tour de France yellow jersey.