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MORE???? Go and plant yourself a windmill...

Dec 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterNatsman

No, because then you'll emit CO2 and we have a policy against that sort of thing.

Dec 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

Very good. I can think of a certain minister singing along.. "got to pick a pocket or two boys" :)

I hope you're ready for panto season Josh.

Where's all the global warming gone?


Dec 1, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

It seems that Professor Kevin Anderson has been misquoted by the Daily Telegraph's Environment Correspondent; has denies having called for energy rationing.

But I can vouch for the following quotation from him: I transcribed it myself. He spoke some words of wisdom during a BBC Radio 4 play entitled "Getting to Four Degrees". The play interspersed a fictional future family coping with global warming with real-life experts like Kev. I use the word 'expert' with the same enthusiasm as I describe Silvio Berlusconi as a 'prime minister'.

Professor Kev said: "I mean there are some things in science, you know, gravity will remain roughly the same, there will be lots of things in science that remain the same. And therefore we can say quite a lot about the physical makeup of the world. And if you know there’s 9 million billion people in there about how they may respond.” Roughly the same, eh? Phew! If this intellectual Titan's ideas had contradicted Newton we might've been in trouble! Check out this masterpiece of radio at A few highlights: Britsh roads melting; Hull evacuated; doctors surgeries open only at night. This is NOT intentional comedy.

Question: How does one attain a university chair when one's pronouncements are of barely pub-talk calibre?

Dec 1, 2010 at 10:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

NIce, a whole heap of ideas there, Frosty.

BTW did you just choose the name Frosty for fun or is all this inclement weather your fault?

Dec 1, 2010 at 10:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

this one is just wonderfull, congrats Josh!
That bowl is a genius touch!

Dec 1, 2010 at 10:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterSordnay

rationing may not be required after all!

1 Dec: Guardian: John Vidal: Cancún climate change summit: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol
Talks threatened with breakdown after forthright Japanese refusal to extend Kyoto emissions commitments
The delicately balanced global climate talks in Cancún suffered a serious setback last night when Japan categorically stated its opposition to extending the Kyoto protocol – the binding international treaty that commits most of the world's richest countries to making emission cuts...
He said: "Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances."...
"This is a very bad start to the negotiations. The danger is that other countries may want to follow Japan's example and run away from binding commitments to cut emissions," said Poul Erik Laurisden, a spokesman with the aid agency Care International.

Dec 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered Commenterpat

Sordnay, thanks for noticing ;-J

Dec 1, 2010 at 11:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Josh, may I ask how long you've been drawing?

Dec 2, 2010 at 3:22 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Excellent. It sums up beautifully the way our self-appointed masters would like it to be in the future.

Dec 2, 2010 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

sHx, ever since I can remember, but not as far back as Dickens.

Dec 2, 2010 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

An excellent piece Josh, very poignant. It's sad to think that the same basic theme has been drawn for many centuries, relating to different resources; we never seem to learn.

Dec 2, 2010 at 9:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad



Many a true word said in jest and certainly poignant!!!

Dec 2, 2010 at 9:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Appologies CL you sneaked in just before me.

Dec 2, 2010 at 9:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Brent asked:

Question: How does one attain a university chair when one's pronouncements are of barely pub-talk calibre?

Given that just about every further education college in the UK is now tagging itself University of - oooh, let's say 'East Anglia' since we're having a laugh, then the likes of Tom Sharpe's Wilt are no longer local government staff taking Meat 3 every Thursday, they're now Leading University Experts On Climate Emissions from Methanogenic Herbivores with a Chair funded by Waitrose.

Pub talk is as good as it gets if you have to spread this alleged talent thinly enough to teach half of the school-leaving population to said University standard. And it's not just the likes of University of Fenland that deliver such achingly poor standards - fact is that because you can get that decently-paid chair in these places, junior lecturers who would have been learned their trade in once-respectable universities go off and spout their half-baked drivel in public, which if shared with older and wiser colleagues over coffee would have been put straight back in its box for a rethink.

Heck, I sound like an old fogey, don't I?

Dec 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterSayNoToFearmongers

Nice one, Josh, as always!

If a picture says more than a thousand words, then your drawings refute more than a million CAGW words - taking the CAGW exaggerations, and inflation, into account ...

Dec 2, 2010 at 11:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

sHx, ever since I can remember, but not as far back as Dickens.


The reason I asked was because I have been a little critical of your work in the past and that has bothered me a little. Believe it or not, I've been tempted to fire an email your way with a few suggestions.

Anyway, FWIW, your recent work shows marked improvement but still I'd like to see a lot more anger in those cartoons.

Dec 2, 2010 at 11:19 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Of course, "Josh 55" means the 55th cartoon by Josh. Duh! :-)

Dec 2, 2010 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Early Birds Beaverbrook :)

I'm probably a little sprightlier this morning, having been up early to dig my esteemed spouses's motor out of the global warming, and push it over the rise so she could get to work.

Dec 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

There were too many Pete's posting here and WUWT so I took some 70's inspiration.

I always thought cool bear was called Frosty, I'm not so sure now, it's Frothy Man!

Dec 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

sHx, fire away an email - josh at I like constructive criticism.

Frosty, an entirely appropriate name.

Dec 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

For me, the gently indicated humour and lack of rancour is just what I like about Josh's cartoons. Good to see you back, Josh.

Dec 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Maybe it's the cold medicine, but Mr Bumble is starting to look more and more like Leonid Brezhnev. Think I might go and have a little lie down...

Dec 2, 2010 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterBBD

BBD you set off a hilarious memory of the 'Spitting image' version of Brezhnev, where they open the freezer door to consult him...

Then I had this vision of keeping the hockey team in a cryogenic state in a museum, only opening the door for classes of school children to point and laugh, so as not to forget the lessons of history :)

Dec 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrosty

sHx, fire away an email - josh at I like constructive criticism.

What? You mean I'd actually tailor my criticism to your tastes? That I'd try to destroy you in private whereas I could do that day in day out in public forums? That's the last time you see me talking to you in the markets, pal. I wish I could draw a little so you could see my outrage.

Anyway, you could have heard from me six months ago. You won't hear from me today because I'm so bloody angry. Maybe in the next six months.

And don't forget: "Because I'm hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me the more you will learn".

Dec 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM | Unregistered CommentersHx

"the likes of Tom Sharpe's Wilt are no longer local government staff taking Meat 3 every Thursday, they're now Leading University Experts On Climate Emissions"

That's a bit hard on Henry Wilt who, as I recall, was a lot brighter than his employers, not to mention the local CID...

Dec 2, 2010 at 3:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

James P

You're right - I exaggerated their worth. And I probably meant carbon emissions.

Dec 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterSayNoToFearmongers

sHx, maybe I misunderstood, you said you were tempted to email me and I said that is fine, go ahead. Did I miss something?

Dec 2, 2010 at 8:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

"Did I miss something?"

Only the faux outrage. I can't be seen talking with you in public anymore. I have a reputation to maintain... and all that. BTW, you've got mail.

Dec 3, 2010 at 5:20 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

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