Sunderbans Revisited

Published on December 9, 2011

At my age, birthdays are an occasion for commiseration rather than felicitations and yet it touched me that a birthday cake had been ordered for me by my fellow travellers during the second sampling expedition to the Sunderbans: the world’s largest  mangrove forest which spans the deltas of the Ganges in Bangladesh and the Hugliread the rest…

Groundwater level logging comes of age

Published on November 15, 2011

To say that groundwater is vital is understating its importance. Groundwater accounts for almost 70% of the world’s freshwater supply and as rivers and lakes tend to be supported by groundwater it is no exaggeration to say that almost all the water used in agriculture, industry and for drinking is, or has been, groundwater atread the rest…

Wonderful Wanaka

Published on November 8, 2011

I’ve done this before and yet need to write about it again. For a start, I didn’t need to reset my watch: noon means it’s midnight. That’s the easy part but the cherry trees are in blossom, the tulips and daffodils are in their full glory and lambs are being born. That just seems wrongread the rest…

Sceptic – Moi?

Published on September 14, 2011

Those who know me know, no: I’m no sceptic; nor a cynic, disparager or pessimist.  I like to think of myself as a realist, that’s why I know things happen: the only thing that’s certain is uncertainty and sometimes we make mistakes (we’re only human) and from time to time equipment breaks or doesn’t work.read the rest…

Religion and Pizza

Published on June 11, 2011

The sun is just rising over the crests of the Tolentino Hills, its rays cutting through the morning chill. There is a promise of a very hot day and I feel just a tiny pang of guilt that I’m here while my colleagues are left to cope with running my business in my absence. Butread the rest…

Spring

Published on May 1, 2011

Spring is my favourite season. Last week I was lucky enough to be allowed to hold a training course for contaminated land officers of Councils in the Kingdom of Fife and travelling North it was possible to experience the retardation of Spring according to latitude. Whereas the daffodils are all but gone in Surrey theyread the rest…

Do you prefer your suppliers to your daughter?

Published on April 20, 2011

This last Sunday I told Mike, my son in law, that he should have asked for an instruction manual for Rosie as a wedding gift but that then he would have had to build a larger bookcase because such a document would be of encyclopedic proportions. But, for your benefit Mike, here are some lateread the rest…

Au revoir Wanaka

Published on March 9, 2011

Wanaka airport is tiny. It has no control tower (the pilots just give their position and intentions to one another over the VHF) and in typical Kiwi style, to which I have now become accustomed,  there are no rules apart from a somewhat understated board suggesting that pilots should be careful when they refill soread the rest…

News from New Zealand

Published on March 6, 2011

Last night it snowed in the mountains. Yesterday, I was playing with my granddaughter in a tributary to the Matukituki river in the blazing late summer sun. I’ve written about the contrasts New Zealand has to offer before. They are amazing. To the photographer, it’s like being in a candy shop: you don’t either getread the rest…

Extolling the benefits of ‘no purge’ sampling

Published on March 3, 2011

No purge sampling has been around since 2000 in the US and now, Van Walt, want to ensure it’s a groundwater sampling technique that becomes widely used in the UK. Why? Because with the right equipment no purge sampling is simpler and requires less equipment on site, less time is on site, it’s safer andread the rest…

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Sometimes we have to blow our own trumpet!

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