Comments Keep up with comments here: Pat Nelson on Calling CrowI love crows -- and ravens -- and magpies. I don't hear them often where I live, but I hear and see them a lot when I go to a certain area on the coast of Maine. They are so common in one district that it was once called Crow Town. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Learn to cook whale – in picturesCan you believe I've not heard that one? Excellent :) Yes, they're a vital part of nature. We should treasure them. Lew Difford on Learn to cook whale – in picturesSurely, Dame Vera Lynn has to take some responsibility for popularising Whale Meat? I cannot be the only 'old geezer' who sings "Whale meat again, don't know where, don't know when ...." every time her most famous song came on the radio!? Ha ha. Mind you I wholeheartedly agree no whales, or sharks, or living creatures that play such important roles in the food-chain should be slaughtered for the benefit of mankind, or should that be personkind? Lew David @ the HALL of EINAR on Learn to cook whale – in picturesI'm glad you found it fascinating. Yes, there are, and I cover a few of them in my blog post above. If I have fun following your diverting whataboutery to absurdity, is there any reason why eating human meat should be considered taboo while whale remains on the menu? Both are highly intelligent social species with complex communication and social structures. The difference is that humans are plentiful and much easier to kill. And please explain humane killing to me without it becoming an oxymoron. fancystoats on Learn to cook whale – in picturesThat’s fascinating. At the risk of appearing provocative and while I share your concerns about the depletion of nature, is there any reason why eating whale meat should be considered taboo while venison remains on the menu? Of course, the stocks of both deer and whale species would need to be sustainable and the methods of killing must be humane. But if both criteria are met, why not? Pat Nelson on Dunsford Daffodils – papercutOK. Thanks for clarifying. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Dunsford Daffodils – papercutIndeed you do only see the silhouette. The paper is 160gsm art paper so there's only the faintest glow of light through it. Pat Nelson on Dunsford Daffodils – papercutI think I wasn't clear in my question. I meant I assume the paper is dense enough so that the light doesn't come thru the paper so that you would see the yellows and greens (like you would with cut glass). So instead you see only the silhouette against the light. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?Yes, Louis, there are still new ones arriving from men deeply threatened by a young woman. I think the only way of changing some people's minds is through a full-frontal lobotomy - and apparently that isn't legal. David @ the HALL of EINAR on Dunsford Daffodils – papercutThanks Pat. I'm glad you appreciate it. Yes, the light comes through and shows the background because I've placed it in a frame with glass front and back. It also shows the colour of your wall behind it when hung inside, as well as a nice shadow to make it look three dimensional. Pat Nelson on Dunsford Daffodils – papercutThat's a wonderful design! I assume if it were hung in a window, the light would not come thru to show the different colors? David @ the HALL of EINAR on Black Headed GullsYes, there is. I'm often looking for the tiny patch of nature on the local industrial estate so I can get a 'different' shot as well. I find it a good way of stretching my visual imagination. Otherwise all my shots look the same. 2ndwitch on Black Headed GullsThere is something mildly incongruous about you looking for an 'urban' backdrop where they don't particularly exist so that you can take a photo of a bird. In the wild . . . David @ the HALL of EINAR on One of my favourite photographs:) May I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer previously given. Olly on One of my favourite photographsBut what is it David? :) 2ndwitch on Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?PS. Two puffins :-) (And still correct.) David @ the HALL of EINAR on Achenes of Old Man’s BeardThat's great to know Lew. I'm looking forward to catching it in flower too, now I know what it is. Keep well. Lew Difford on Achenes of Old Man’s BeardDavid, I have a proliferation of "Old Man's Beard" throughout my 'wood' ~ the roots literally stretch for hundreds of yards with spurs at every angle ~ ultimately it's ambition is to climb my trees and envelope them with 'tentacles'. The older ones have a fibrous build-up at the root level that resembles a large 'ivy' branch. I have only seen it flower in the late autumn and winter but inspired by your 'post' will now look more closely through the seasons. Blessed fishes. Lew Louis on Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?I love this! It winds me up no end seeing posts like these on my Facebook feed. I can tell you that they are almost exclusively shared by men aged between 45 and 65 who all tend to use the "we won the war" as an argument. It may also be an interesting correlation that they are all hardcore Conservatives and rather jaded jingoistic ex-military or military reenactors. Sadly, it feels like any discourse is pointless with them to try and change their mind... Carole Brooks on The Overconsumption Chronicles – Volume 2Your fridge saga is not dissimilar to our fibre broadband saga. Except it happened a lot faster than our fibre did! One upside of said bb saga is that the guys doing the cables put a traffic cone on the crash barrier right across from our drive - and fastened it in place with yards of hazard tape - and they have never bothered to come back and remove it. This makes giving directions to visitors a lot simpler. Or it would if we ever had any visitors . . . David @ the HALL of EINAR on Bumbarrels on paradeThat's a great name. They're so much like fluffy lollipops, I think. 2ndwitch on Bumbarrels on paradeMarshmallows on sticks according to Emily (my sort-of-pseudo-daughter-in-law). David @ the HALL of EINAR on Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?Thanks for the comment Dani. Your third statement doesn’t follow logically from your first. Dani M on Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?I wouldn't say I hate Greta but I am sick of her. I am middle aged female and have never liked her. So it's not just men who hate her! David @ the HALL of EINAR on The Hall of Einar Sunday Recommendation #29That sounds entertaining. I studied statistics extensively as part of my degree and my professional qualifications but was always disappointed that the people who knew how to do it didn't know why it worked. My favourite of the popular books on numbers was Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos - such a slim, entertaining and approachable volume.