When Malcolm, in truth just to play with WordPress, split Malcolm Redfellow Revivus into this Home Service and a Malcolm Redfellow’s World Service, he did not fully realise the rod he was making for his own back.
He had doubled his commentating commitments.
He also had invented the constant problem: where does “World” end and “Home” begin?
This one is definitely homely, and of the earth, earthy. Even if it is Irish in origin.
Tout change, mais c’est la même chose.
Modern male adolescents of a certain age find intense amusement in the loud anal parp. When Malcolm was of that age, the knack was “silent but deadly”, an innocent expression and the accusation “who smelt it, dealt it”.
For those many years when Malcolm taught at the rough end of the chalk-face, provided the moment was right, he would address the issue and gently suggest that the human produced less than a litre of fart-gas a day. By comparison, any cow could manage about eighteen. An elephant, loud and proud, could trumpet its eighty litres. The numbers may well be queried by specialists in the field; but they were usually good enough to make the point, and allow the class to continue in decency and application.
Now we’re Green!
So today comes a story from the Irish Times: it’s Jamie Smyth writing from Brussels. So, no comments about sprouts. And catch the full flavour before the rest of the reptiles sniff it out tomorrow:
THE GOVERNMENT may have to introduce a “cow tax” to help it meet new tough targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions laid out in the EU’s climate change strategy…
Under the EU’s climate strategy, which was agreed in December, Ireland must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, when compared to 2005 levels. But the memo warns it faces major challenges in meeting the target because agriculture accounts for 26 per cent of overall emissions and reductions in the sector are difficult to achieve.
The memo details the cost of offsetting methane produced by Irish livestock and the likely revenues produced by a levy. It proposes a levy set at €5 per tonne of CO2 emitted, which generate revenue worth €104 million for the Government. This implies a levy of €13 for each dairy cow, €7 for non diary cow, €1 for sheep, it says.
Apparently, somewhere in this strategy there is a phenomenon here identified as “carbon leakage”.