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Time for a tip drive

I haven't done a tip drive for a while. The tip box is over there on the right. Or better still, subscribe, in return for which you get a monthly newsletter telling you about what I'm working on.

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The Chancellors Autumn Statment

Does the Bishop think that George Osborne is going to Privatise The Met Office
They changed their name to engraciate themselfs with the politicians
They been getting their winter forecasts badly wrong especially the day of the Royal Wedding
They said it would rain on that day and the crowd numbers were down wasnt as good on the telly as Dianas big day but it was bright and sunny in the afternoon

A privatised Met Office they just collect the temperature pressure and satellette photos data
Post It on their subscription website
Then corporates and media use their own Apps and Programs to do the analysis
Including NATO and the MOD
That how they do the weather forecasting in America
A load of meterologist end up down the Job Center in Bracknell
Just rewards
Got into bed with politicians then get surprized when they get shafted

A privatised Met Office is good for us takes out the 2nd biggest cheer leader for Climate Change
after the BBC which is only towing the Govenment line because it needs to protect its Licence Fee

Nov 29, 2011 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

I don't know if this is a useful tool for anyone:
I've extracted date/time, to, from, cc and subject from the email headers of FOIA2009 & FOIA2011 and made a spreadsheet.
It's especially useful if you want chronological ordering of the emails. The times are all corrected to GMT so the chronological order should be correct. There are about 15 files which didn't parse correctly due to having massive CC lists or, in the case of Greenpeace, their server had dated their mail as been sent in the year 2094 (surely the Earth will have reached a tipping point by then).
I wrote the program to do this in MS C#.....but I'm about as capable as Phil Jones with Excell (though I actually used Open Office), so feel free to improve on my efforts...

Nov 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterBuffy Minton


Nov 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

Done here too. A fiver a month is more than worth it! :-)

Nov 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterFarleyR

Bish, would love to pay/tip but will not do paypal.. Any alternative?

Nov 29, 2011 at 2:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterPete H

I won't do paypal either and I suspect there are a lot of us.

Nov 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlleagra

At the risk of sounding like an 'advocate' - I only ever use Paypal for buying stuff online these days - saves putting your credit card details each time into multiple, possibly insecure websites. I've only had cause to use their 'resolution centre' once when a seller didn't get back to my emails enquiring where my stuff was, and they immediately suspended his account, prompting him to get in touch (we resolved it amicably, but I was impressed at how quickly they had acted).

It's great for sending money to people as well, espcially at Christmas when our postal system gets turned over to a bunch of theiving temps :)

Nov 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

Done! Added to the tip jar, with thanks for your Bishop Hill blog. This is a most necessary blog, keep up the fight ... I second the comments on PayPal. I have used PayPal for years, have sent money 'round the world with never an issue.

Nov 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterTom Wannamaker

We got lucky today
No 3p hike on petrol
Until August next year
August next year we start all over again then

Nov 29, 2011 at 5:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

I don't do Paypal either.

Nov 29, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterThinkingScientist


Fay Kelly-Tuncay says:
November 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Just a reminder…

“The Climate Change Act Reconsidered”
1pm-4pm Wednesday 30 November 2011
House of Commons, Committee Room 14
London SW1A 0AA

Come via main – St Stephens (Cromwell Green) entrance
Ask for Sammy Wilson’s (DUP MP) Meeting
Please allow 30 minutes for security

RSVP Eventbrite ticket required
See here:

Chairperson: Dr Philip Stott, Emeritus Professor of Biogeography at SOAS the University of London, and was Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Biogeography.

Ruth Lea, former Economic Adviser and Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group and Director of Global Vision. She was a Governor of the London School of Economics. Ruth will speak on the impact of the Climate Change Act (including the Renewables Directive) on energy prices, manufacturing and business.

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist (winner of the Hayek prize), will speak on the potential for shale gas.

Prof Ian Plimer is Australia‘s best-known geologist and author of Heaven and Earth, Global warming: the missing science and How to get expelled from School: a guide to climate change for pupils parents and punters.

Donna Laframboise, journalist and author of The Delinquent Teenager who was mistaken for the world‘s top climate expert – an in depth investigation into the IPCC.

See Donna here:

“The Climate Change Act Reconsidered” is of great relevance today in light of scientific scandals and the public’s loss of trust in costly green climate and energy policies.

The Climate Change Act is having huge social and economic consequences, which MPs can no longer ignore. The EU’s and UK’s climate and energy policies are too expensive, too ambitious, too complex – and ineffective. The government’s blind faith in drastically reducing CO2 emissions and liberalising energy markets will profit only a select group of companies and officials at the expense of everyone else. MPs would do well to rethink these policies – before the public rises up in anger.

Nov 29, 2011 at 5:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

My problem with PayPal is that I live in France and they insist that I pay for everything in euros even when I'm buying from the UK and would prefer to use a UK debit card. And needless to say their exchange rate is not exactly friendly (to put it very politely). If I were American they would be quite happy to let me pay in dollars (or any other currency as far as I can make out, probably including the Kyrgisztani som).
Our friends from across the pond still think the US dollar rules the world (wait for it, guys!).
I told our host this last time he opened the tip jar so if there are enough of us with the same problem or other reservations about PayPal it might become worth his while to think about an alternative.

Nov 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Bish - happy to post a good old fashioned cheque if you say where and to whom payable - you obviously have my email from my posts.

Nov 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterThinkingScientist

any one else going to the hearing at the HoC tomorrow? I have a ticket and am willing to deal with the queues and security checks but it would be more fun/bearable if there were another BH person there...

Nov 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterconiston

Your Grace, I will be glad to mail my donation, but please no PayPal. You have my email, and my name is Joseph Thoma (regular here for the last 3 years).

Nov 29, 2011 at 8:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterTaras

Coniston -

How did you acquire a ticket? I'm quite tempted but don't fancy trekking up to SW1 only to find a sign saying 'No proles or ticketless gatecrashers'

Nov 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnteros

Any particular reason for not using Paypal?

Nov 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

Ok - I've seen Mike Jackson's explanation.

Nov 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin A

Or better still, subscribe, in return for which you get a monthly newsletter telling you about what I'm working on.

So you've figured out how to get funding from Bob Ward and the Grantham Institute? Genius. ;)

Nov 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM | Unregistered Commenteranonym

Anteros - their website says it is sold out but I have heard differently. (Not sure where as my brain is currently mush) You might try emailing Fay Kelly-Tuncay faykellytun at as that is the email eventbrite gave for any questions.

Nov 30, 2011 at 2:11 AM | Unregistered Commenterconiston

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