Thursday, June 30, 2011

Treasure trove of unknown species of animal, bird, fish, insect and plant species have been identified in the forests and wetlands of the island in the Pacific over a period of 10 years

A new species of tree kangaroo, a 2.5-meter long river shark, a frog with vampire-like fangs and a turquoise lizard are found among hundreds of new creatures and is in a report by conservationists who documented in the Pacific island of New Guinea.

1060 some previously unknown species of mammals, fish and birds have been discovered in the volcanic island over a 10-year period.

The Final Frontier report, which was commissioned jointly by the WWF as part of its 50th anniversary, marked a brief respite from the escalating of animal and plant species extinctions, which took its toll on the planet and has left a quarter of all known mammals on the endangered list.

"It is precisely that endless variety of form and function that enthrals me, but this exuberance of nature is under threat," said Wright. "Despite the best efforts of groups like WWF, it is clear that we will not save all we would like to.

? To support WWF's anniversary report, writer and film-maker Stephen Poliakoff has made a short film which will include footage of some of the new species from New Guinea. Called

Writing in the Guardian, King also reveals that after his declaration that global warming was a greater threat than global terrorism in 2004, then US president, George Bush, asked Tony Blair, then prime minster, for to have him gagged.

Barry Gardiner MP, who is Ed Miliband's special envoy on climate change, said: "If Cameron had spent a quarter of a billion pounds tackling climate change instead of bombing Gaddafi, he could have transformed Britain's energy infrastructure to meet our 2025 targets, protected a million hectares of rainforest from deforestation, or fitted solar [panels] to 100,000 homes. It is clear that he thinks Libyan oil is a bigger priority."

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The new shows at Chichester this week are Max Stafford-Clark's revival of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls and Jonathan Church's production of Singin' in the Rain, with a great cast including Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlet Strallen. The Globe's rather excellent and speedy pared-down Hamlet is at Herstmonceux in East Sussex. Ranjit Bolt's version of The Marriage of Figaro (Beaumarchais's play, not Mozart's opera) opens at the Watermill near Newbury. Hull Truck's production of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van moves into Oxford Playhouse, and also in Oxfordshire you can catch Giffords Circus with their new show inspired by Tolstoy's War and Peace. (Now that's what I call ambitious.) At Tackley Village Green next week and then touring through to September. In Watford the Imagine festival takes to the streets and includes a new version of Metis Arts' Third Ring Out in which the audience gets to manage an environmental disaster.

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Insurance Risk understand - why, unlike our myopic political class, they did not head in the sand

When it comes to climate change, the US Congress is a hornets' nest of political dysfunction. Last month, President Barack Obama nominated energy executive John Bryson to lead the commerce department. From the response of congressional Republicans, you might have thought Obama had nominated Ed Abbey and Rachel Carson's imaginary love child.

In 2009, Bryson, the boldness, a cap-and-trade system to tackle climate change 40 years earlier and had the support that he helped start the Natural Resource Defense Council. This Darrell Issa led (Republican, California) to him as "green evangelist" ridicule, while Senator John Barrasso (Republican, Wyoming) called Bryson a "environmental extremist" and Senator James Inhofe (Republican, Oklahoma) coupled it as "one of the founders of the radical environmental group".

Symptomatic of the climate change deniers take the ring road discussion, the Washington Post recently banished to the global warming "second-tier issue" status. But for a powerful sector of the economy - and one that 'sa strong contribution to the congress campaigns - it' sa first-tier problem: the insurance industry.

While climate Zombies in Congress are lurching step towards environmental disaster, the insurance industry has to crawl, to act. It 's well past time we heard what they have to say. Unless the Republican party is the party of big business, they might want to lend an ear as well.

Insurance companies have a vested interest in reducing the risks of climate change. As scientists and the military, they 're used to do, and planning for uncertainty. As scientists have made it clear that climate change is cranking the dial to extreme weather events. In the past 30 years, catastrophic economic losses have risen (pdf) with the global temperature, the chops in insurance 'profits. With landscapes and livelihoods in the extreme weather conditions vertebrae, insurance company executives drawn - especially in Europe - are the message.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In praise of taking the classroom outdoors

When was the last time your class has helped to build a wind turbine, or wander from a natural subject of an art lesson? Today on cribsheet we 're celebrating the nature and sustainability education. And ask - the students had enough?

We have recently asked how green is your school, and were with what we found in our inbox, detailing several innovative activities used delighted children about the environment. Here 'sa sample ...

Roberts Primary School in Dudley has a purpose-built environmental education center and four-acre nature trail, that 's now in his 12th Year. The site has a pond, traditional hedges and an orchard of 60-year-old trees. For teaching, there is a garden patch, a greenhouse built with plastic bottles and a sensory garden. Manager Guy de Szathmary tells us that the environmental area:

advocate, interesting, fun, "hands-on" ways to learn about sustainable development and the natural environment and the 'to life', how can we as people and will impact our local, national and international environment .

Each year through the centre, 60 primary schools learn about biodiversity, sustainable energy and nature, and seven schools have achieved their national Green Flag for sustainability.

In East Sussex, Ringmer Community College has placed the issue of sustainability learning at the center of the curriculum. The school 's Environmental Coordinator Stephen Greenblatt writes that the school undertakes a major project to introduce renewable energies on the website. Their energy-saving approach involves all students and staff: 220 eco-reps conduct extensive recycling and energy monitoring and remind teachers, less paper and energy use. The students have participated in the grant application, planning and construction process for a 7.5kw solar panel and a 2.5 kW wind turbine, discuss ideas with architects and project managers.

At Redby Primary in Sunderland, says headteacher Val Shield, a "green team" and elected eco monitors report their progress in school assemblies, and raise awareness of energy-saving measures such as cycling to school.

The RSPB is also concerned that teachers have ample resources to teach outdoors. A survey of teachers revealed more wanted access to outside classrooms and facilities. So today, 50 nature reserves and outdoor teaching centres around the country are hosting visits from schools – and inviting their local MP along to see the benefit of learning in the great outdoors.

Pupils' creativity is being stifled by the sats creative writing test: this was the main message of the sats review. Lord Bew's report into sats published yesterday gave a scathing assessment of the test, judging that it probed for formulaic answers. This acknowledges the dissatisfaction felt by those schools who boycotted the tests, and others who objected, as Jessica Shepherd writes:

In the fifties it was normal for children to stay at school late to do activities which really could have been described as hobbies - music, woodwork, metalwork, model railways etc. The school provided the space and resources which were not available to most people at home. All sorts of things which we enjoyed and helped to set us up for life. What is wrong with that?

Are league tables good for schools? Warwick Mansell reports in the TES that other countries remain resistant to the approach.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Requiem for a Moth . A trapper since his student days on a farm in Lancashire, he wrote a score for texts, the beautiful name of moths list - tight black bows, frosted yellow, Isle of Wight wave and 63 others - the probably extinct in Britain in the 20th Century.

Half-a-dozen magazines now cater to enthusiasts , while brightening the small, dark, crepuscular image of moths is also central to the work of advocates such as "MP for moths" Madeleine Moon. Labour member for Bridgend since 2005, Moon is married to a professional ecologist and is the upbeat hostess of annual Moth Evenings at Westminster. Another tireless myth fighter (the only moth really notorious for trying to creep into people's ears, for instance, is the harmless flame shoulder), she points out that 89 new species established themselves in the UK over the hundred years when the 66 varieties died out. In the same period, an impressive 461 others were seen or trapped.

A trio of Tony Blair made this seat if one mothy Reference Moon slipped into a Commons debate. "I mentioned Blair 's shoulder-knot in the course of my argument," Moon says, referring to a dart-like, pearl gray species with distinctive black slashes, which is now widespread, but was the first time in Britain registered only in 1951. It was one of Dr. Blair, who had discovered the good fortune to live on the Isle of Wight, a famous first stop for new arrivals in Britain from warmer climes. He also discovered Blair 's paneling in 1945 and Blair' s coffee the following year.

Another myth about moths is that their admirers are small and dull, yet history suggests the opposite. Famous enthusiasts include the clown Joseph Grimaldi, Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita And the dashing Oriental travelers Margaret Fountaine, the collected insects, as thrilled as she has nice drag omen - Ottoman their interpreter and guide.

Scholarly authorities on moths have also shown a vein of imagination and humour at odds with the image of drabness that has clung to their subject. A twinkly pair of professors, Sir Alister Hardy and Edmund Ford (the latter's

Silence of the Lambs

There are many romantic ways of hunting moths, including the highly enjoyable process of mixing rum (a couple of generous sloshes) with a tin of treacle and smearing it on to tree trunks on a warm summer night. You will get some that way, and by researching food plants and hunting caterpillars in season – check rosebay willowherb in August for the weird, eyed, trunklike larvae of the elephant hawk. Yet nothing remotely matches a light trap, left on overnight and infallibly attracting moths for reasons still not fully understood. You can make your own; even ordinary outside lights are worth watching on warm evenings. But the Robinson Trap, designed by a famous husband-and-wife team of moth fans, is the gold standard, costing about ?300. The Skinner costs about ?250 and the simpler Heath Bucket ?80. No killing is involved, but moths need to be hidden on release to escape watchful birds. A digital camera is essential and the Waring, Townsend and Lewington guide helps hugely, although internet searches are a good alternative. Moth blogs abound and the world of enthusiasts is friendly, with women every bit as involved as men.

, is a cocktail of natural fibres, darkness, warmth and old sweat. The adult insect – small and brownish-grey – is not the direct perpetrator, but it lays the eggs that hatch the larvae, or tiny caterpillars, that then do all the munching.

Martin Wainwright

Friday, June 24, 2011

A recent report from the Higher Education Academy on first-year student attitudes towards, and skills in, sustainable development, found that "sustainability concerns are important to students in selecting their university." So, we could deduce that as competition to attract students in the new HE market intensifies, a university's sustainability policy could give it an advantage over other institutions.

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John works at the University of Greenwich, project management and implementation of many of the university 's environmental and sustainability projects. He specializes in staff and student involvement and communication of the University 's and activities for staff and students and to promote behavior change to the university. @ Sust_Greenwich

Robert Abrams, the environment and ethics executive, Swansea University Students Union

Rob has just his first year in a joint honors BA in Politics and Social Policy at Swansea University. He has been an activist in the 6th form has to get involved with groups like Climate Camp, as well as groups against the arms trade. Interests include Murray Bookchin 's philosophy of' social ecology "and is working on the infamous \ counter 'sand' project in Canada. SwanseaUnion @

Harry Fraser, Project Manager, EcoCampus

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gore reminded of the Iraq war, credit crunch, civil rights and emancipation to argue that the U.S. electoral system is broken and only a mass movement can provide the reason on global warming

Let 's start at the end, with Al Gore' s last paragraph in its long and fascinating work for Rolling Stone magazine:

The climate crisis, in reality, a struggle for the soul of America. It's about whether we are still capable of - to promote the perception of important and complex realities and clear enough to protect the sustainable wellbeing of many - given the illness of our democracy and the current dominance of wealth beyond reason. What is in limbo the future of civilization as we know it.

The doom-laden final line annoy as much as they want, true or not. But, the letter from the other side of the Atlantic (though not beyond the reach of the effects of U.S. carbon emissions, or someone else 's), it is the criticism of the current U.S. electoral system, characterized by: "crass, horribly degrading and destructive to the fundamental values ??of American democracy".

Gore said that by now unlimited and secret campaign financing, "polluters and Idealogues", the U.S. policy to the extent that can no longer reason and the common good win, captured in the debates. He cites good examples: how, on the edge of the second Gulf War, 75% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein after the 9 / 11 atrocities, such as the deregulation of Wall Street led the world 's economy to the brink of collapse.

Without that mass movement applying pressure, it seems unlikely politicians will ever summon the courage to act until the worst impacts of global warming are upon us.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

As a new diplomat in 1968, I was assigned not to the chandeliered ballrooms of Europe (as I had hoped) but to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, as a rural development adviser. The green revolution was just beginning to spread around the world, and a new "miracle rice", known as IR-8, developed at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, was entering South Vietnam.

Where the road improvements stopped, though, so did any increased agricultural productivity. While no sign or physical obstacle kept the new miracle rice from the villages without an improved road, for some reason that was the case. In the villages without the improved road, houses were still ramshackle; children were poorly clothed and looked less nourished; schools were poorly attended and child mortality remained high; essentially, life was unchanged from 50 years earlier.

I took that lesson with me throughout the rest of my diplomatic career, and used the formula of new roads and new rice in the Philippines, as well as in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, to uplift smallholders in the villages in those countries. It was this focus on rural development that brought me home to Iowa after my time as ambassador in Cambodia.

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The first "independent" review of the safety failures during Japan's nuclear disaster reveals some chillingly obvious "lessons" to be learned

• doubts about nuclear power? Here 's the five questions you must answer the you to decide,

The first "independent" review of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was released today and there is no reassuring reading.

This, in other words, says that the unexpected will occur and tacitly admits it can't be planned for.

For these deadlines are unforeseen events is a certainty, with enormously expensive consequences. The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan were extreme, and try the IAEA report, argues that new nuclear security rules should learn lessons from the failure to manage the system in Fukushima.

But the real lesson is that it is impossible to cover all eventualities. This means that nuclear energy is not safe, or, given the huge rehabilitation costs, cheap. Unfortunately, I think it is an illusory answer to the problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Damian Carrington

Compiled by an ardent bibliophile, this is a weekly report about all those wonderful books about nature, science and history that are hot-off-the-presses in North America and the UK

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New and Recent Titles:

  • Dragonflies of Oregon: A Field Guide. 2011th OSU Press. Paperback: 304 pages. Price: $ 24.95 U.S. [Amazon UK, Amazon U.S.].
    SUMMARY: has seen growing interest in identifying dragonflies and sharpened the need for an authoritative resources such as Dragonflies of Oregon A definitive field guide to dragonflies found exclusively in the state dedicated.

  • Instead of grouping the birds by type -- owls with owls, hawks with hawks -- the book has chapters arranged by the habitat type and region where each bird spends the breeding season. Whether you're enjoying these pages from the comfort of your own armchair or taking a trip to the field you can see which birds to look for in that area -- Swainson's hawks soar over grasslands next to prairie falcons while Cooper's hawks share mature forests with flammulated owls. While the 400-plus stunning color photographs are enough to set this book apart on their own, Davis's informative and entertaining text completes the picture.

  • 2011. University Press of Kansas. Hardbound: 368 pages. Price: $34.95 U.S. [Amazon UK; Amazon US].
    SUMMARY: Written with Richard Ellis's deep knowledge and trademark passion, verve, and wit -- and illustrated with a wide array of images including his own signature artwork -- his study covers the full spectrum of the sperm whale's existence from its prehistoric past to its current endangered existence. Ellis, as no one else can, illuminates the iconic impact of ("big-headed blower") on our history, environment, and culture, with a substantial nod to Herman Melville and

  • Balcombe, Jonathan.

  • Protect fly biologist Thor Hanson, details a sweeping natural history, such as springs were used, to win, and decorate by time and place. The applications of research by paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and art historian, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What they do for us? Engineers call it springs the most efficient insulation material ever discovered, and they are \ at the root of biology's longest debate. You silence the flight of owls and penguins keep dry under the ice. They have decorated queens, magicians and priests. And it documents the Constitution on the novels of Jane Austen have inked. Plumage is a captivating and beautiful exploration of this fascinating object.
    IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: A good overview on the subject.

  • Rumphius, Georgius Everhardus (EM Beekman). The Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet.1999th Yale University Press. Bound: 567 pages. Price: 70.00 USD U.S. [Amazon UK, Amazon U.S.].


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

An almost-forgotten speech by a U.S. congressman warned of global warming and the mismanagement of natural resources

If we in the birth of the conservation movement 19th Century thinking, are the names that usually in the sense as John Muir and Henry David Thoreau, men who wrote to protect the necessity of wilderness areas in an era when the concept of people 's "manifest destiny "was all the rage.

But a far less remembered American - can claim that the person who first published the now largely unchallenged idea that humans can negatively affect the environment, they are supported - a contemporary of Thoreau and Muir.

But in the speech he also called for a more thoughtful approach to consuming natural resources, despite the apparent near-limitless abundance on offer across the vast expanses of northern America. As the Clark University biography notes, he wasn't an environmental sentimentalist. Rather, he believed that all consumption must be reasoned and considered, with the impact on future generations always kept in mind: he was making the case for what we now call "sustainable development". In particular, he argued that his audience should re-evaluate the worth of trees:

The inconveniences resulting from a want of foresight in the economy of the forest are already severely felt in many parts of New England, and even in some of the older towns in Vermont. Steep hill-sides and rocky ledges are well suited to the permanent growth of wood, but when in the rage for improvement they are improvidently stripped of this protection, the action of sun and wind and rain soon deprives them of their thin coating of vegetable mould, and this, when exhausted, cannot be restored by ordinary husbandry. They remain therefore barren and unsightly blots, producing neither grain nor grass, and yielding no crop but a harvest of noxious weeds, to infest with their scattered seeds the richer arable grounds below.

On the other hand, where too large a proportion of the surface is bared of wood, the action of the summer sun and wind scorches the hills which are no longer shaded or sheltered by trees, the springs and rivulets that found their supply in the bibulous soil of the forest disappear, and the farmer is obliged to surrender his meadows to his cattle, which can no longer find food in his pastures, and sometime even to drive them miles for water.

The meeting is expected to provide governments with a scientific assessment of geo-engineering technologies, but is widely expected to benefit from more research and possibly large-scale experiments, despite an international moratorium by the UN last year passed in Japan.

This week, more than 125 environmental, development and human rights organizations from 40 countries sent a letter to Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Laureate head of the IPCC, warning that the body had no mandate to consider the legality and political appropriateness of using published Geo-engineering.

"Ask a group of geo-engineering scientists, though more research should be done, will you wear to ask if they honey like," said the letter, signed by groups like Friends of the Earth International, Via Campesina, and ETC.

Concern about the IPCC meeting centers, who should decide what type of geo-engineering takes place, and how it regulated and monitored. Some projects could, if they work, and might inadvertently alter the weather impact on agriculture and livelihoods in some of the most vulnerable areas in the world.

"[Geo-engineering] is not a scientific question, it is a political one. International peasant organizations, indigenous peoples and social movements have all refused to take measures such as a false solution to climate crisis words," says the letter.

"Geo-engineering is not a public good but could be a giant international scandal with devastating consequences on the poor," said Diana Bronson, researcher with international NGO the ETC Group.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lib Dem energy secretary threatens coalition rift over plans to consider abolishing climate and conservation regulations

The energy secretary, Chris Huhne, has his conservative colleagues in the government as an attack "right-wing extremists ideologues" and "deregulation zealots" for the placement of environmental regulations on a list of bureaucracy, be held to consider scrapping.

In comments at the weekend made at a conference of socialists in his party, Huhne made it clear that he is to protect the environmental laws such as the Climate Change Act, unlike Act, the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the National Parks in the government contain ' s review of existing regulations in the UK.

His views are thought to reflect a range of opinion within the Liberal Democrats in government. Said a source close Huhne, he of the business secretary, Vince Cable, Lib Dem and ministers were braced to battle hundreds of rules they think their Tory colleagues will be inclined to discard was supported. The move is part of a Liberal Democrat strategy to their aggressive corner, which obviously in the party leadership 's successful opposition to the changes in NHS fight.

Huhne, said: "Between the shows obsession with micro-management and goal-setting by the Labour Party, and the fixation with deregulation and the abolition of the rules just because they are rules have on offer from some right-wing ideologues, We Liberal Democrats a real chance to define an evidence-based, intelligent and unique approach. "

A source said: done "We take issue with this ideology that less regulation is always better the regulation can be incredibly important when the process comes to a head in the autumn, we are certainly not let us go ... regulations fighting and we have a number of ministers on our side. "

Members of the public are invited to pass comment on all regulations on a government website called 'red tape challenge "list. When enough people to reject call for an element, the burden is on the minister to explain why it should be protected. The list includes 278 environmental regulations at a time, a move to a system such as the Climate Change Act scrap was always more muscle. The former head of the civil service Lord Turnbull has recently called the most distinguished individuals for their repeal.

In his speech, Huhne said: have "Whatever the good intent, we mistakenly feel that developing an exercise unnecessary minor bureaucratic hurdles scrap is now placing the foundation stone for the climate given in danger of course nonsense, let me assure you ..: There is a very good example of our most important rules for the protection of the environment remain to ".

But he continued, a number of problems with the government 's approach to deregulation list.

He said he believed the current guiding principle - "One in, one from", where a new regulation may be preferable when another is discarded - not to work with environmental regulations. "This is a sensible approach, but there are some new areas, such as climate protection, we must be realistic, if not scrap old rules having equivalent effect."

He also said the belief that regulation is always a cost was "silly", and the deregulation often had unintended consequences.

"As deregulation zealots would have dealt with the Montreal Protocol, such as the effective international environmental agreements to date? Have with the Protocol in 1987, the countries to phase out production and consumption of CFCs and other chemicals that destruction of the ozone layer. These regulations didn 't replace anything because no one knew until the 1980s that CFCs were damaging.

"We must remember that it is possible deregulation have unintended consequences. Take the case of digging up streets and sidewalks. Thirty years ago, only about a dozen companies the right to dig, had the public highway. Then in the 1990s with the privatization by utilities and the advent of cable TV, which bloated to about 150th Streets were dug repeatedly without coordination or control. Congestion costs time, and time costs money.

"The belief that regulation always means cost is just as silly -. Something 's obvious Liberal Democrats, who have never taken the view that the market is always right"

He drew attention to the handset market, saying the U.S. has a laissez-faire approach was adopted, with the result that the American cell phone will not work outside the state or even city, lines. "At one point the U.S. had no fewer than 16 separate, incompatible networks. In contrast, the EU has a single standard, GSM global roaming has been created. It was so effective that today \ of the world's largest mobile networks 20 Six European and two Americans - and they 're in the 19th and 20th places ".

He cited work done by the U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who looked at the effects of energy standards for refrigerators in the U.S. last 50 years. "To use for the first 30 years, refrigerators, and their energy has steadily increased. Then in 1978, the first energy standards were introduced. Fridges have become even bigger, but decreased the energy consumption considerably. But the most important thing? The real price of the fridge to consumers fell continuously over the entire 50-year period. "

Huhne added: \. "Regulation can help to attract globally competitive businesses, reducing costs for consumers and realize benefits for the environment, society and the economy as a whole, win the argument shouldn 't win be about regulation versus deregulation., less versus more laws. It 's the type of regulation we need. "

Huhne said he had to simplify a move in the regulation when he was a deputy conducted confirmed "poor regulation" needed to be dealt with and pointed to examples of deregulation policies he put in the energy department had, but he said examples of 'smart regulation "were.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

24th about: Sri Lanka 54-1 (Thirimanne 27, Sangakkara 10; Sri Lanka 139 behind) Broad is now bowling with good rhythm, and like Nasser Hussain, says the commentary, mixing until well. He gets a whiff of Inswing Thirimanne against the batsman but it pushes into the legside. "Long Shot, but this is Adam Levine (18th over), a former African Prisons Project staff? I used to work there and the Nairobi prison reference has asked me ... I know this isn 't Cricket related know or particularly interesting but you think it would be an addition to the tradition of bringing people together to be OBO. "Ha! As if there is a requirement to be cricket related or of interest here?

23rd about: Sri Lanka 52-1 (Thirimanne 26, 9 Sangakkara, Sri Lanka 141 behind) Swann throws in the ball but Thirimanne arm, despite his earlier about discombobulation, it lifts. 'S run three overs without conceding a goal - determine how Scrooge McDuck' That \ s butt. Rick Morcom has the box saw \ and happily grabbed a crowbar "Danger Do Not Open": \. "Thanks for all the advice on groom and best man speeches given my daughter soon and removed as a continental-married father I 'm the speech I \ anxiety" can make. Especially since I 'm hardly in a position to say much without blubbering and choking. Any wise advice OBO? "I think the words" as "and" OBO "active resistance against each other in this movement, like magnets.

22nd over: Sri Lanka 52-1 (Thirimanne 26, Sangakkara 9; Sri Lanka are 141 behind)Never mind about Broad under doors - when the forces he retired hurt someone, that practically the same thing, right? After the top edge for four over the canyon region Thirimanne, Broad fires one in his body, the raising of the ball and canyoning in the Sri Lanka 's chest. Thirimanne she wears, but that was a terrible blow, and he calls for further treatment after delivery. Kudos though to go because he 's at bat. Broad now has a bowl full of breath, anxiety right with the batsman back into his crease. "Thank you for using Millings The Bedroom and Dance in the same breath, Alan," says Phil Sawyer generous. "I 'm already in touch Millings. Now I' m afraid next time I'll see his name in my inbox. Do I need to update my firewall. Trepan I must also try to get rid of those terrible ideas you 've painted. "Or it could be so much that it actually bearable will think when emotional numbness?

18th over: Sri Lanka 43-1 (Thirimanne 21, Sangakkara 9; Sri Lanka are 150 behind)

17th over: Sri Lanka 41-1 (Thirimanne 21, Sangakkara 8; Sri Lanka are 152 behind)

Thirimanne stuck around leaving dutifully for about 45 minutes on day one before finally being tempted and he's going to be in for a torrid time this evening, I'd say, as Tremlett pounds in to thunder the ball across his bows. This is an excellent line from Tremlett - sometimes he strays down leg to the left-handers. Jehosaphat! Those Garner comparisons from the other day aren't looking so fanciful, Tremlett getting the ball to spit like bacon dropped into a hot frying pan, nearly skinning Thirimanne's nose on the way through. That's a terrifying maiden.

Afternoon. The game will start in about 10 minutes, with 45 scheduled overs left in the day. To distract you for 8 minutes and 23 seconds after the interregnum, here 's the latest episode of Two Chucks, with the interview that no one else wanted could get, with crime fighter / Rose Bowl pitch invaders Batman and Robin.

Tea break: Alan will be here soon

Referral from England. Morgan lbw Lakmal

85th (48 98 Bell, Morgan) England 333-5: on Ed Packard has been made with the Big Ben Banjo Band: "After a slow first listen, I 'm Going to the Big Ben Banjo Band to rely on the loop, whenever I read the OBO from now on, because It seems a somewhat apt accompaniment for the crazy antics Smyth, Bull, McCourt (it will certainly be back?) et al. "How could he not return after more sparkling debut. It was as if one Ally Brown 'first ODI. And here 's Chris Taylor annoyed by the enthusiasm for science question: "When I was 14, my physics teacher went into the city on a piece of my homework, two sides of school notebook paper, write in red pen, told me everything about me. He finished by adding "It 's about time you owned up to your parents, what a boy you really are. "He also told me I could 't do practical work, and I could' t do work in theory, so I should just go and work in a shop. My love of science, then disappeared." Speaking of the Abbott textbook, someone ate in the year in his one act of defiance, ridiculous bet, etc. Morgan plays the recording of the pivoting on the back foot in a flash and draws four behind square.

84th (43 97 Bell, Morgan) England 327-5: on Another regular enters the confessional: "The recent garbage album I bought was Ultimate Euro Vision Party 2008, because it Hard Rock Hallelujah contains Lordi and Severine 's Un Banc, Un Abre, Une Rue I'. ve got a lot of this kind of thing that my apology that I 'm one of those people who still mix tapes (or their equivalent CD), especially for people to reach significant birthdays - 40th, 50 -. or wedding anniversaries receive all UK Number Ones from me on the day, 1953. This is very sad, of course, but it creates its own tension, like a lot of things get deleted pretty quickly, especially charity records. "play three good songs John Starbuck, and thou shalt give birth to us. Morgan 's play well when they off-stump of a foot bowl. Actually, he 's play well to the stuff outside off-stump left "Here'. Dave S on the juvenile Selve: Buy "Selve 's sent his elderly aunt to Electric Ladyland is a bit cheeky. Have you seen the cover? Of course the PC brigade had probably changed that. It had a special place in my record collection. The most embarrassing album was probably one of Faust, the name that escapes me. I bought it because it was to see-though vinyl in a clear shell. It sounded like how I imagine the microwave is parrot sounds. "

83rd (40 96 Bell, Morgan) England 323-5: on

Perera continues, slinging them down outside off stump and Bell opens the face Hussain-style to drive through point for two more. William Symonds tries to Jonah Bell: "Could this be the innings when Bell (a very fine batsmen who surely no longer worries about such things) finally sheds the tag of never being the first batsman to score a century, except against Bangladesh?" Nothing could possibly go wrong now, William, though Perera just hurries him up on the drive do he gets through his on-drive too early and slices it back to the bowler but he farms the bowling off the last ball with a deft cut for a single

76th over: England 291-5 (Bell 78, Morgan 26)

I said the game was listing, and now Mahela Jayawardene is on for an over before lunch. Bell and Morgan milk him, without disrespectfully attempting any fireworks. Perhaps that quickfire over was a sop to Ross Moulden: "This over rate is absolutely appalling (from Sri Lanka, not from you). The amount of time it takes when they change bowlers is ridiculous. Worth thinking about imposing the penalty runs suggestion that's been floating around for a while?"

This is listing a little at the moment, though I imagine the Rose Bowl crowd are just glad to see some cricket. We can amuse ourselves in other ways, eh, Ryan Dunne: "Surely Liz Hurley gets extra points for poshness? Just look at Samantha Cameron, whose official title should so be Queen of the MILFs. And, as for Liz v Patsy, surely Warney is far more sponge-worthy than Liam Gallagher or a fictional Mel Gibson?"

71st over: England 275-5 (Bell 70, Morgan 18)

69th over: England 268-5 (Bell 69, Morgan 13)Fernando continues, although its speed is press down well. On Sky, Nasser Hussain wonders why Sangakkara hasn 't used Herath, his lead instead of Slim Fast bowling resources before the arrival of the new ball. On a different but no less pressing subject, someone has a number of Vandelay Industries?

68th (12 69 Bell, Morgan) England 267-5: on We have a change at both ends as Thisara Perera arises. Morgan greets his arrival with a crisp punch down the ground for four. "Miss Kensit has to appear in one of the Lethal Weapon movies," said Alan Holmes, on a topic that I ken still don 't fully. And here 's Gary Naylor to extend, which is undoubtedly one cheap and dirty Solid Gold Reef: ". Re Mr. Dunne 's spot in the 52nd over, I would just over Liz Hurley Patsy Kensit place ... the chance"

This is watchful stuff, but the conditions to demand concentration. A solid partnership between these two could see England 200 ahead by some point in the evening session and with the possibility of forcing a result ... Meanwhile, that's another maiden. "While I have every sympathy for Rob not being able to make it in because he's unwell, does this really preclude him from doing his job? After all, instead of being sat in an office watching the cricket all day while on the internet, surely he'll now simply be curled up on the sofa watching the cricket all day while on the internet?" Simon Pegg's mate Nick Frost forgets that Smyth wouldn't be able to type if he was clutching his belly. Thinking, always thinking.

59th over: England 239-5 (Bell 56, Morgan 0)

49th about: Nothing has changed. It 's still 203-4. You really need a lot of patience to watch this sport don 't you? Daryl Vodder has roared. "Don 't worry about a lack of cricket knowledge-old boy. I guarantee you that at the end of the day, you' ll be with phrases such as 'laced it through the ceiling' and \ lost 'its off peg '. And I promise you' re not dirty. "

I 'm not sure I believe him. Can someone check these sentences for me please?

48th about: Jimmy Anderson has hit the limit. That 'sa 4 right? England are now 203 for 4th Stephen Armson 's favorite Seinfeld scene contains one of my favorite characters, Tim Whatley. It can be seen here.

Good morning all. I have just got the call to say that our resident over-by-over expert Rob Smyth is feeling unwell and so won't be able to make it in today. So until Alan Gardner reaches manages to reach the office, I'm afraid that you are going to left in the less than capable hands of myself. I know nothing about cricket other than it takes a few days and they're all scared of rain. So for the next hour or so, why don't we all talk about our favourite Seinfeld moments? I'll kick things off with a classic, when Kramer takes home the set of the Merv Griffin show.