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Today I'm off to Inverness, to the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. This is a proper festival with a bill topped by Tom Jones and Razorlight and featuring those other rock 'n' roll giants, the Singing Kettle. Somewhere down near the bottom of the bill (and in a font so small as to be invisible) are John Shade and I. We are appearing in a panel debate about global warming, which takes place in the "Verb Garden" tent - a sort of festival within a festival, focusing on the spoken word.

We are up against a meteorologist and a green energy chap if I remember correctly, and I'm sure we will need our wits about us. John and I will therefore have to refrain from spliffs and groupies in the backstage area beforehand.

The things I do for the cause...

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Good luck with it.

Aug 9, 2014 at 7:36 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

I trust your day goes well.

Aug 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterIantanyrallt

I hope the content of the spliffs is organically grown. None of this artificial light and chemical fertiliser crap.

Aug 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

the bbc has been using all their powder on antisemitism imagery the last few weeks, so people will be less brainwashed on warming I guess.

Aug 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul the Nurse

Thrash them.

Aug 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterOtter

TerryS, absolutely right. You can't beat natural photons.

Aug 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Ashton

Beam love at them and that'll confound and confuse ☺

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterLilith

Give up spliffs, yes. But groupies? I don't think so!

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Bishop just in case you,re asked ( hot topic up there ) are you for or against independence ?

What if an independent Scottish government obviously other than Alex Salmond free of EU, English legislation adopted the Australian Tony Abbott approach no Green Carbon Taxes / Subsidies ?

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Hope it goes well and you enjoy your day in Snechie. Give my regards to John.

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

Ask the green energy chap to run through the info displayed on this site:

That should lead to questions about where the energy, particularly in Salmond's wind utopia, will come from when the windmills are stationary.

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

Pehaps a nice big reefer ready for the end of your presentation :D
Good luck!

Aug 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterJustin Ert

don't suppose Lord Deben will turn up to join in the debate:)

Aug 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM | Unregistered Commenterbitchchecker

Try lighting a soggy deep fried spliff.

Back to the independence debate
Scotland was the birthplace of Capitalism Adam Smith.
England was the birthplace of Socialism Karl Marx.
English Socialism just dragged Scotland down stiffed Scottish innovation and enterprize.
Luckily the Scots had Oil and somewhere to park nuclear submarines.
Alex Salmond is hoping for an Independent Scotland living off EU handouts.

Aug 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Good luck with it! Knock 'em for 6!

Aug 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

@ jamspid: Marx was German, as was Engels! He, like Lenin, & Guevara, et al, were from very wealthy middle-class backgrounds! (Guevara trained as a Dr - would want him going anyway near me with a scalpel!) Why is it the ones who have plenty, tell everyone else they should have less, & aspire to little? Why is it they who possess much material wealth tell everyone else that materialism is bad for us? Now on the other hand, if I was having a usual Friday afternoon moan session complaining about my lot, & a pauper with little told me to quit moaning & be thankful for what I'd got it would be a different story!!!!

Aug 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan the Brit

"refrain from spliffs and groupies"

I'm sure her Ladyship will be mightily relieved...

Aug 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

I do hope you don't suffer having old lady's knickers thrown at you as you're mistaken for big Tom (an easy mistake to make - some say).

Aug 9, 2014 at 1:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Challenge EVERYTHING they come out with...

Aug 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

I'm a-feared that the young lady on the Home page in catmask and tartan bikini is going to catch her death of cold - especially as 'Ex-Bertha' is about to blow through...

Aug 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

Marx and Engels were given political asylum by the British government around 1850. Same war as 1914-18, but somewhat earlier.

Aug 9, 2014 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

I liked the tag-line for the debate: "If you can't stand the heat, at least quit the bitchin",
although I'm tempted to ask, "what heat?"...

Aug 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

At least you'll be under cover, 'Bertha's coming through!!
Good luck.

Aug 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM | Unregistered Commentermeltemian

Anyone else not been able to open Watts Up With That for the last few hours?

(Firefox, Windows 7, in the UK if that makes a difference)

Aug 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterartwest

Aug 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterartwest

Haven't been able get onto any wordpress site (Google Chrome) for about 12 hours.

Aug 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnything is possible

First BishopHill gets slowed now WUWT is unavailable. Do I detect a conspiracy? Are we under attack?

Aug 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Hanwell

Same OS; same browser, but French based. No problem here with WUWT

Anything is possible
...or with my own or my daughter's blogs which are also with Wordpress.

Aug 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

I'm getting this :


The requested URL could not be retrieved

The following error was encountered while trying to retrieve the URL:

Connection to failed.

The system returned: (110) Connection timed out

The remote host or network may be down. Please try the request again.

Your cache administrator is webmaster.

Generated Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:33:06 GMT by (squid/2.7.STABLE9)

Aug 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnything is possible

No problem with WUWT or Tallbloke here in Sussex. Chromebook/Chrome.

Aug 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterBob MacLean

When I got that message, I clicked on "webmaster" It didn't appear to do anything, but 10 minutes later the problem was fixed.

Hope this is of help to anyone experiencing similar issues.

Aug 9, 2014 at 5:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnything is possible

WUWT back up now for me.

Aug 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterartwest

Anthony, Jo, Tallbloke and here all accessible without problems.
Don't know about this afternoon, I had the Beeb's cricket page open for my delight. ;-)

Aug 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve C

Even i know Karl Marx was German but i don't credit him with inventing the BMW 7 Series.

Aug 9, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid


I see the meteorologist on the panel was Dr Eddie Graham. He and I were in the Reading University Meteorology Department together years ago, and he really knows his stuff. I hope it was a good discussion.

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:39 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Betts


Giving revolutionaries like Marx and Engels political asylum was an act of aggression against a rising economic competitor. Engels owned an Audi dealership in Hackney. Is that what you were thinking of ?

Aug 9, 2014 at 10:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterE. Smiff

Truly admire your discipline before the debate.

I trust you made up for lost time afterwards - groupies tend to be a loyal bunch and well supplied with recreational chemicals.

Aug 10, 2014 at 1:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterPolitical Junkie

Political Junkie

"well supplied with recreational chemicals."

That's how old men like us can still be sex gods.

Aug 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

Site is very slow (10-20 seconds delay) to come up, using Windows 7/Chrome from California--Climate Audit, Tallbloke, and WUWT come up instantly

Aug 10, 2014 at 1:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterLance Wallace

Even i know Karl Marx was German but i don't credit him with inventing the BMW 7 Series.

Aug 9, 2014 at 8:02 PM | jamspid

True - but thanks to his ideology we did get the Trabant.

Or at least those who had that ideology forced on them did..............,28804,1658545_1658533_1658030,00.html

Aug 10, 2014 at 8:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterDoug UK

This is what a rabid form of capitalism did to Detroit.

Not forgetting Wounded Knee, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Israel, Iran Contra, the Salvadorian death squads, Fallujah and the destruction of Britain from 1980 onwards. Everything comes with a price.

Aug 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterE. Smiff

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