One Lovely Blog Award, thank you betternotbroken!


One Lovely Blog Award

My dear blogging friend betternotbroken was so kind to nominate my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Thanks so much!

The rules of the One Lovely Blog Award are:

Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you,
Describe seven things about yourself,
Nominate 15 other bloggers [presumably, linking to them, and telling them about it at their blogs].

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My list of seven things about me:

1. This morning, the sun shines outside after rain yesterday.

2. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 54
Hunch-backed dolphins off Bahrain 6
August 2014, most visits ever to my blog 5
Bird book exhibition in The Hague, the Netherlands 5
Young Sandwich terns with rings seen again 4
500,000 visits milestone on this blog, thanks! 3
Marzipan seals 3
British government accused of helping monarchist torturers in Nepal 3
English birds news update 3
Bahrain arrest of human rights activist, oppression of workers 3

3. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog this week?

2014-08-25 to Today

4. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly today so far?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 192
Jamaica FlagJamaica 26
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 23
Sweden FlagSweden 16
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 5
Australia FlagAustralia 5
Korea, Republic of FlagRepublic of Korea 4
India FlagIndia 4
France FlagFrance 3
Japan FlagJapan 3
Italy FlagItaly 2
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 2
Germany FlagGermany 2

5. Where did visits to my blog come from mostly this month?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 18,896
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 2,182
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 795
Jamaica FlagJamaica 662
Sweden FlagSweden 600
Germany FlagGermany 391
Canada FlagCanada 374
Australia FlagAustralia 373
France FlagFrance 275
India FlagIndia 214
Romania FlagRomania 178
Philippines FlagPhilippines 154
Belgium FlagBelgium 136
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 125
Italy FlagItaly 100
Indonesia FlagIndonesia 97
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 96
Greece FlagGreece 95
Bahrain FlagBahrain 90
Russian Federation FlagRussian Federation 90
Norway FlagNorway 86
Switzerland FlagSwitzerland 75
Japan FlagJapan 75
Saudi Arabia FlagSaudi Arabia 72
Ireland FlagIreland 70
Turkey FlagTurkey 69
Poland FlagPoland 57
Thailand FlagThailand 57
Singapore FlagSingapore 56
Spain FlagSpain 56
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 56
Israel FlagIsrael 52
Pakistan FlagPakistan 51
Egypt FlagEgypt 51
Brazil FlagBrazil 50

6. Which Internet search terms brought most visits to my blog this month?

Search Views
whipping women 12
protests in ukraine against military conscription 10
most hated animal in the world 9
elm guest house kitty 9
poisonous caterpillars 7
i am mike brown 6
michael brown rap song 6
lurgan shooting of eugene mc guigan 5
who is isis and what have they been recently doing that caused the u.s. to renew a bombing campaign in iraq? 4
isis made in usa 4
bijju animal 4
famous dutch painters 4

7. Which Internet search terms brought most visits to my blog, ever since the blog moved to WordPress in December 2011?

Search Views
iguana 433
watergate scandal 386
prostitution in bahrain 366
poisonous caterpillars 275
egyptian sarcophagus 264
atsinganosaurus velauciensis 257
napalm girl 249
iraq war 208
long tailed tit 197
cercopithecus lomamiensis 189

My fifteen nominees are:

1. The Mind of Micheline

2. Juliana Mare

3. The Liberated Way

4. Nimmu’s

5. ~HeartTricks~

6. European Seabirds Blog

7. dou dou birds

8. Dianne Gray author

9. IRES: Behavioral ecology of red-backed fairy-wrens

10. Insidethelifeofmoi

11. Un café con dos de azúcar

12. P0vestiare

13. sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris

14. Lazy Island Sundays

15. rockyourworld

Cameron spying more on British citizens, on Saudi autocracy’s advice


This video from Britain is called NEWSNIGHT: Glenn Greenwald full interview on Snowden, NSA, GCHQ and spying.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

David Cameron gives spy agencies power to vet airline flight lists

All airline passengers’ civil liberties would be affected by this, not just the tiny minority of (wannabe) ISIS fighters

New access granted as Saudi king says Europe faces attack unless it acts fast

Nicholas Watt

Sunday 31 August 2014 21.07 BST

David Cameron will make it easier for intelligence agencies to access information about airline passengers and announce measures to intensify cooperation with Turkey and Germany as the government moves to stem the flow of British-born jihadis travelling to and from Syria and Iraq.

As the king of Saudi Arabia warned that terror groups would attack Europe in the next month unless they were confronted with “power and speed”, the prime minister will hold a final round of talks with Nick Clegg on Monday before outlining the package of measures to parliament.

The prime minister and his deputy have reached broad agreement on plans to make it easier to strip suspected jihadis of their passports in Britain and to improve the flow of data about airline passengers to the intelligence agencies.

But Clegg and Cameron will try to resolve differences on possible plans to impose a temporary ban on British-born jihadis returning to Britain and plans to tighten up terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims), the successor to control orders.

Signs of coalition tensions were highlighted when Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon and Sir Menzies Campbell, two former leaders of the Liberal Democrats, criticised Cameron’s response on Friday to the decision by Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (Jtac) to raise the terrorism threat level from substantial to severe. Cameron warned of “gaps in our armoury” as he spoke of a “generational struggle” that could see an Islamic State-led (Isis) caliphate stretch to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Ashdown accused Cameron in an Observer article of a “kneejerk” response while Campbell warned that plans to impose a temporary ban on UK-born jihadis returning to Britain could infringe international law.

Campbell told The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4: “That might well constitute illegality. To render citizens stateless is regarded as illegal in international law. To render them stateless temporarily, which seems to me to be the purpose of what has been proposed, can also be described as illegal. At the very least it is the kind of question that would be tested here in our own courts and perhaps also in the European court of human rights.”

It is understood that Clegg and Cameron do not see their discussions as a coalition row because they both respect each other’s record in speaking up on civil rights.

They also agree Britain must make improvements as it seeks to deal with the estimated 500 British citizens who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Isis.

A further 250 are believed to have returned to Britain. Many have travelled through Germany and Turkey, which explains plans to improve cooperation with the two countries.

The Turkish government, NATO partners of Cameron, has helped ISIS in Syria, because of common hatred of the Damascus government and of Syrian Kurds.

While the German and British governments spy on each other.

But there are differences over plans to impose a temporary ban on returning jihadis. It is understood that the names of suspects could be added to a list, which would then be sent to friendly countries such as Germany and Syria

Is ‘Syria’ here a mistake for ‘Turkey’, indeed NATO ‘friends’ of Cameron?

Or has Cameron already made a ‘Orwellian 1984 like U-turn‘? After Cameron almost started war on the Assad regime recently, only stopped because of overwhelming popular opposition (a war in which ISIS would have been Cameron’s ally), has Damascus suddenly become an ally?

, who would be asked to prevent them entering the UK.

The discussions between Clegg and Cameron are focusing on the legal and practical aspects of the proposal.

Legal advice has suggested that it is possible to strip a UK citizen of their passport in Britain as a way of confining them to the UK. But the legal advice also suggests that if a UK citizen’s passport is cancelled after they have left the UK they are still entitled to return home.

The discussions between Clegg and Cameron are focusing instead on proposals that would allow the authorities in the likes of Germany and Syria to prevent British-born jihadis boarding aircraft. They would then be taken in for further questioning, but would be re-admitted to Britain.

There is agreement between Cameron and Clegg on the need to improve the flow of airline passenger data to the intelligence agencies.

One problem is that some airlines do not release their passenger manifest until 30 minutes before flights leave. There will also be moves to share more passenger data. But this will involve stepping up negotiations with the European parliament, where plans to share passanger data have been challenged by MEPs concerned about civil liberties.

The two leaders have also yet to reach agreement on reforming terrorism prevention and investigation measures (Tpims) after David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, called for a strengthening of “locational constraints” in his annual report in March. This could ban those subject to Tpims from some areas or to restore the power to relocate them to specific areas.

It is understood that their discussions are focusing on how any changes to Tpims would have to make clear that these would apply only in the most exceptional circumstances.

In his warning, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia did not name any group but told foreign ambassadors on Friday that he was “certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America”, according to the Associated Press.

To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia. Ramped up rhetoric on security makes no sense so long as the west cosies up to dictatorships that support fundamentalism: here.

English birds news update


This May 2014 video from England is called Wildlife Weekly Slimbridge – Episode 21.

A Twitter message from Slimbridge in England says today:

South Lake- 65 Redshank, 47 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Gre[e]n Sandpiper, 16 Ruff, 99 Teal and 123 Shoveler.

August 2014, most visits ever to my blog


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August 2014 was the month with most visits to my blog, ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011: 29,316.

This is a bit unexpected, August being a summer month; and many blogs, including mine, usually get less visits in summer than in other seasons.

Before this August, the busiest month was, according to my WordPress counter, November 2012, with 28,225 visits.

There are differences between the November 2012 visits and the August 2014 visits.

The three blog posts, or pages, which attracted most visits in November 2012 were:

Title Views
British Thatcher aide accused of child abuse 5,507
Home page / Archives 3,360
Thatcher’s Downing Street child abuse scandal 964

So, two blog posts about that sexual abuse scandal, then much in the news in Britain, plus the home page, together accounted for 9,831 visits, over a third of total visits.

A more complete list of visits in November 2012 is here.

While in August 2014, visits were much more evenly spread over more pages.

The blog posts and pages, attracting most visits in August 2014:

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-09-01 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 3,340
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 223
Dutch nazi travelled to Ukraine 134
About 133
Saudi woman gets 150 whip lashes for driving 131
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 110
Most hated animals top 50 109
Britain’s national bird, new vote 95
Dutch nazis praise foreign mercenaries in Kiev’s army 79
New rail species discovery in California 76

Pro-peace anti-NATO counter summit in Wales


This video from Wales says about itself:

UK: Activists say ‘no to NATO’ ahead of Wales summit

31 August 2014

Counter-summit at Cardiff‘s County Hall on Sunday in protest of the upcoming NATO talks.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament helped organise the counter-summit which included talks from political dissidents and peace activists.

Reiner Braun, a scholar from the German Peace Movement said that the aim of NATO since 1991 has been to “get all of the countries at the Russian border into the NATO boat” and to “make a new border around Russia.”

The 2014 NATO summit will take place in Newport, Wales, on September 4 and 5, and will see more than 150 heads of state and ministers in attendance.

Young Sandwich terns with rings seen again


This video from the Netherlands is called Sandwich Tern chick preening. There are also some black-headed gulls in the video.

Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands reports today about Sandwich terns on the island.

This year, 7600 Sandwich tern couples nested in Utopia nature reserve, near the Wadden Sea.

88 chicks in these nests were ringed this year. 35 of those young terns were seen again later. Two of them in France, one in England.

Most chicks were seen again in Utopia. 11 had flown away further. Six went to the Slufter on Texel. One to the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam. Two to De Putten nature reserve in Noord-Holland province. These two De Putten youngsters continued to France (Le Havre region).

Unfortunately, one chick (the smallest one of all) was found dead.