Nines two, Tabs three, City two

It has been rather quiet around here recently. That’s due to a combinations of Summer, Work and Rowing. The latter has culminated in the annual festival called “Cambridge town bumps” and the answer is up three, which is a decent result in the first division. Not quite blades, because we stuffed up Thursday, but who knows we might not have caught Tabs 2 anyway.

The full wildly exciting story – which I’ll spare you – is told in posts on the club blog for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Briefly: after a good winter and a spring training camp in Sabaudia our M1 was shaping up well, winning Press Head in June, IM3 at Peterborough (we’ll gloss over Marlow) and second only to Tabs 1 in the Time Race; in particular beating Tabs 2.

We started 12th, with Nines 2 ahead of us; they had bumped us, unexpectedly, in a rainstorm on the last Friday. But this year both they and we were different crews. Behind us were Robs 3, who were really Leys Lysander, usually decent. The first night is weird, because you’ve got little idea of relative speeds. But all was well; we caught them on First Post fairly painlessly off a fast start with Robs nowhere. Since Nines were slightly up on Tabs 3, Wednesday was expected to be easier. But it wasn’t, we didn’t get them until Grassy; there’s a bowcam video if you’re interested. Thursday was back to uncertainty, because City 2 were unknown to us, and presumed to be good. We closed to within a foot at Ditton but we’d used up a lot of energy rowing somewhat messily in their wash, and didn’t take the corner well, so they escaped; that was the end of our dream of blades. Friday was mostly a repeat of Thursday, except we rowed more tidily and didn’t stuff up the corner, and so caught them not far past the top of the Reach. Relive the excitement below.

We were: James Tidy (cox); Me (stroke), Dan McGreal, Matt Woodthorpe, Conor Burgess, Simon Lloyd, Steve Penson, Brian Stevens, Keith Lee (bow).

And Tabs 2? We will never know. Next year a different us will try against a different them.

FELICITY, therefore (by which we mean continual delight), consisteth not in having prospered, but in prospering

I can never ever find this quote when I want it. But, I’ve got a blog. So now I will be able to find it. It is from Hobbes of course; but Elements not Leviathan – though there’s a similar passage in Leviathan which I can’t find just now. Here’s the full quote in context, from Chapter 7: Of Delight and Pain; Good and Evil

Seeing all delight is appetite, and appetite presupposeth a farther end, there can be no contentment but in proceeding: and therefore we are not to marvel, when we see, that as men attain to more riches, honours, or other power; so their appetite continually groweth more and more; and when they are come to the utmost degree of one kind of power, they pursue some other, as long as in any kind they think themselves behind any other. Of those therefore that have attained to the highest degree of honour and riches, some have affected mastery in some art; as Nero in music and poetry, Commodus in the art of a gladiator. And such as affect not some such thing, must find diversion and recreation of their thoughts in the contention either of play, or business. And men justly complain as of a great grief, that they know not what to do. FELICITY, therefore (by which we mean continual delight), consisteth not in having prospered, but in prospering.

This naturally enough is relevant to modern economics; see for example Timmy though I’m not impressed by his “a long standing postulate of mine”, especially since I pointed out the Hobbes quote to him in 2012. Ah, such is the memory of man.


* Time Race, 2016. We can second by 12 seconds to Tabs 1; but they’re leet.

More Exxon, yawn

Paxton Drops Challenge as Exxon Mobil Probe Shifts says the Texas Tribune – strangely, Inside Climate News, normally so fascinated by Exxon related legal matters, doesn’t seem to have covered it. The Washington Times offers Climate change prosecutors suffer setback as AG pulls Exxon subpoena, which appears to be much the same thing.

Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker agreed Wednesday to withdraw his climate-related subpoena of ExxonMobil, a stunning reversal that delivered a blow to the Democratic-led effort to prosecute climate change dissent.

And so on. I just thought I’d mention it, since I haven’t seen any of the Usual Suspects covering it. Of course the VIAG claim was always the least plausible and most opportunistically me-too of all the challenges, so its not too surprising he has wimped out at the first sign of trouble.


* Yet more Exxon drivel
* #exxonlied
* ExxonMobil sues Massachusetts AG over climate change investigation demand – Legal News Line
* Schneiderman’s Climate Secrets: What is New York’s Attorney General trying to hide? WSJ, not exactly an unbiased source (h/t: mt on facebook)
* Exxon’s Accounting Being Investigated – Come On, Schneiderman Must Be Able To Get Them For Something – Timmy at Forbes in September
* The SEC Might Well Investigate Exxon’s Reserves Booking – They Might Not Find Very Much Though – Timmy again
* Eric Schneiderman, New York’s Attorney General, Resigns Amid Abuse Accusations.

Bad beekeeping

A photographic essay.

Hive #2, “flattop”, with a smoker on top and surrounded by a carpet of weeds. The bees don’t really mind that, I think. The observant will notice the roof is in rather poor condition – but its been like that for years and not getting much worse – and the queen excluder is above the first super, which is careless of me.


Hive #1 is even more covered in weeds, perhaps a little more than is desireable. The odd blob on top is my gloves.

General view, with my shed in the background.

Looking the other way to the (not visible) stream at the bottom. The triffid on the left is a horseradish, I’m assured.

After some vigourous weed-pulling. The wet June has been bad for weeds, in the sense that they’ve grown well and that’s bad.

Hive #1. The decayed bit at the front is the “alighting board” but bees don’t need it.

And for completeness the de-weeded #2 also.

Oh dear. Who left a garden inside the top of my hive?

Remove roof and cap board, and all is fairly quiet.

Yes, pretty quiet. In a good year, they’d have filled the empty space (that really should have frames in it) with comb.

One layer down. I remember now, I didn’t get round to putting wax into all the frames, but hoped the bees would. But, its all looking pretty thin in there. Not hopeful.

Pffft. Is that all? Just one small capped area? Oh dear.

One lower, the top of the brrod box, and careful inspection shows I left the Apistan in. I really should not have done that.

The brood box. A reasonable but not overwhelming number of bees, and inspection of a couple of frames didn’t show much or any brood. Well, we’ll see.

A brood frame. Black as the ace of spades: it really ought to be replaced. Next year.


So much for hive #1. What of #2? Oh dear, I didn’t put enough frames in did I?

Slightly less obviously, there’s not a lot of honey in all that comb, either. It really hasn’t been a good year.

So I took a bit out, and left the rest. Let’s hope the remainder of the summer is sunnier.