Pro peace, anti Blair demonstration on 3 April, London


This video is called Liar Liar Iraq On Fire.

From the Stop the War Coalition NEWSLETTER No. 1037, in Britain:

WALL OF SOUND TO SILENCE TONY BLAIR

Stop the War Coalition is asking as many people as possible to help create a wall of sound to accompany Tony Blair as he gives a lecture on Faith and Globalisation at Westminster Cathedral in London on Thursday 3 April. (See here.)

No doubt Blair will be pontificating about the “values” and “morality” of his “faith” and how they guided him in making “difficult” decisions, like the slaughter of up to one million Iraqis and the total destruction of their country in an illegal war.

Blair is a war criminal who should have been silenced five years ago by MPs in parliament, when they had the chance to vote against a war which they knew was opposed by the vast majority of people in this country. On Thursday 3 April, we will meet every hypocritical word he utters with a wall of sound representing the values and morality of that majority, which was against the war in 2003 and wants all the troops withdrawn now.

We want people to bring musical instruments and sound making implements of every kind — drums, trumpets, saxophones,violins, cymbals, whistles, sirens, horns, rattles, saucepans and cans to bang; we want every type of band, choir and musical group to join us, all with the aim of drowning out the speech of a man who should not be in a cathedral pulpit but in the dock of a criminal court.

Please come at 6.30pm. Blair will speak at 7pm. Spread the word among as many people as you can and encourage them to join us on the night we aim to drown out Blair’s shameless lecture.

WALL OF SOUND TO SILENCE BLAIR
THURSDAY 3 APRIL 6.30PM
WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
FRANCIS ST, LONDON SW1P 1QW
JUST SOUTH OF VICTORIA STREET
Nearest tube: Victoria Station

Report on the protest: here. And here.

Two new fish species discovered in Malawi


This video says about itself:

In my Malawi tank, I keep Labeotropheus trewavasae, Tropheops macrophtalmus, Pseudotropheus saulosi, Maylandia estherae, Labidochromis hongi and Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow).

From Practical Fishkeeping:

Two new cyprinids described from Malawi

South African scientists Denis Tweddle and Paul Skelton have described two new species of cyprinids from Malawi.

The descriptions of the two new large barbs, ‘Barbus’ seymouri and Labeobarbus nthuwa, are published in the latest issue of Smithiana Bulletin.

Both new species are described from the South Rukuru River, which flows into Lake Malawi.

World’s oldest plant-eating lizard discovered in Japan


This video from Poland is called Baltic Amber: The Living Gemstone Part 2. It includes the famous Lizard of Gdansk fossil inclusion.

From National Geographic:

New Fossil Is World’s Oldest Plant-Eating Lizard

Ker Than
for National Geographic News

March 24, 2008

A rare fossil discovered in Japan is the oldest known plant-eating lizard, which could shed light on an evolutionary puzzle that Charles Darwin described as an “abominable mystery,” scientists say.

The 130-million-year-old jaw and skull bones were unearthed in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan (see map of Japan).

Based on the size of the skull, the researchers estimate that the lizard measured between 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 centimeters ) in length.

Prior to the new discovery, the oldest known plant-eating lizard was Dicothodon, which lived in North America about 100 million years ago.

Even today, fully herbivorous, or plant-eating, lizards are rare, with only about 3 percent of modern lizards belonging to the group. Most lizards eat flesh, usually insects, or a combination of flesh and plants.

Modern herbivorous lizards eat flowering plants, or angiosperms, whose buds and leaves are typically softer than nonflowering plants.

Thus the new fossil species, dubbed Kuwajimalla kagaensis, could indicate that angiosperms were already in existence and perhaps widespread millions of years earlier than had been thought, the researchers say.

“By finding this particular fossil from Japan, it might suggest that flowering plants were already there, but we don’t have direct evidence yet,” said study team member Makoto Manabe of Japan’s National Science Museum in Tokyo.

The discovery is detailed in a recent issue of the journal Paleontology.

Darwin’s Dilemma

Currently the oldest evidence a flowering plant is a 125-million-year-old fossil from China.

The apparently sudden appearance of angiosperms in the fossil record confounded Darwin, who worried that it might pose a problem for his theory of evolution by natural selection.

RATTLERS, PEEPERS, & SNAPPERS; Discovering New England’s Amphibians and Reptiles: here.

Australian painted dragon lizards: here.

From National Geographic:

An 87-million-year-old praying mantis found encased in amber in Japan may be a “missing link” between mantises from the Cretaceous period and modern-day insects.

See also here.

Poetry, music, and more on 25 March


This is a music video of Daisy Cools’s song Eternal Newcomer.

On 25 March, there was a night with poetry, music, and more in the theatre.

The first music was bij Daisy Cools from Rotterdam. Her last song was Satellite.

Then, poems, many of them sonnets, by Bart de Haas from Warmond. He dedicated his last poem to two of his heroes, Pablo Neruda and Hugo Claus.

Then, a capella singing by De Barbarella’s. At earlier concerts, this foursome used to wear air hostess uniforms. However, tonight they wore black dresses, long black gloves, etc. They sang Route 66; and Till there was you, by the Beatles. Finally, Rockin robin. However, the bird sounds in the song made the singers giggle, so they promised to do the song again after the pause.

Then, yours truly spoke about five years of war in Iraq.

Then, stage magician Tilman Andris. He talked about the history of stage magic, and then did two tricks.

Finally, the Barbarella’s again. They sang It’s my party. And You make me feel like a natural woman. And, finally, Rocking robin, this time without giggling.