The Man Who Will Be King

I started watching a YouTube video about Highgrove House last night. It’s where Prince Charles lives. And it was about the garden he’d created there. And it had TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh fronting it.

It’s not the sort of thing I’d normally watch, because I’m not that much interested in a) gardens, b) Prince Charles, or c) Alan Titchmarsh. But while I was planning the visit to Nisakiman, I’d noticed that Highgrove House wasn’t far away.

So I ended up watching it. Or rather, not watching it, but listening to it, because I was using my eyes to read about, well, erm,… snow in the tropics (did you know that there was a report in January this year of snow in the Sahara desert?)

Titchmarsh introduced Charles as “the man who will be king.” And I suppose he probably will be. He’s been waiting to become king of England for pretty much as long as I’ve been alive. And it must have been slightly maddening to spend one’s life waiting to become king – but never actually do so.

And the garden is a bit mad. It’s not a conventional garden at all. It’s an organic garden. There are no chemical herbicides or pesticides or fertilisers used. Everything is recycled, including the bathwater from the house.

And the gardens themselves are all very unconventional. Something of a topiary artist, Charles has shaped trees into cubical and geometric shapes:

He incorporates gifts he’s been given into the garden, in little niches in elaborate rockeries:

And there’s a “stumpery” full of the stumps and roots of dead trees with flowers growing among them:

And lakes within lakes:

And even a “sewerage garden”, that uses Norfolk reeds and willows to purify the water.

And in this Charles is the designer and head gardener, with a staff of several gardeners in what is a highly managed wilderness. And he has gardening friends with equally unconventional gardens. There is an entire gardening subculture of which I have been completely oblivious.

I have my doubts about Charles. He’s drunk all the kool-aid about global warming/climate change, and even made speeches about it. And he’s drunk all the kool-aid about smoking as well:

Prince Harry infuriates Charles with his ‘filthy’ smoking

Prince Charles has, according to chatter in royal circles, been giving new vent to his irritation over his son’s predilection for cigarettes, which began when he had his first smoke at Eton aged 15.

My worry is that, with all these certainties, he’ll be an activist king, lending support to all sorts of environmental (and antismoking) causes.

The emperor Franz Josef of the Austro-Hungarian Empire once remarked that the purpose of royalty was “to protect the people from the government”, and perhaps its been the loss of so many kings and queens in the past few centuries that has left the people without any protection from their governments. What did the execution of Charles I bring, other than the tyrannical rule of Oliver Cromwell? And of tsar Nicholas II, other than the tyranny of Lenin and Stalin? And the abdication of kaiser Wilhelm II, other than Adolf Hitler? And what did Cambodians do in the wake of the murderous regime of Pol Pot: they restored the monarchy. And with all these multiplying smoking bans and other intrusions by busybody government, aren’t people in dire need of protection from arrogant, unrestrained government?

But Charles looks set to become either just another influential member of bullying government, or else another Ludwig II of Bavaria.

And anyway, with my new theory of ice ages, I’ve become strongly in favour of global warming. The more of it the better, to stave off the impending return of the ice. And just yesterday I finally got working the equation that predicts solar heat gain at different latitudes. And I’m planning on dropping a kilometre of ice on the Earth’s equator, to see how long it takes to melt. Which is why I was looking for incidences of snowfall in the tropics last night.

 

 

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14 Responses to The Man Who Will Be King

  1. garyk30 says:

    Charlie is rather old, if he becomes King, it will not be for tooo long.

  2. waltc says:

    Never trust a man who would square a tree.

  3. Joe L. says:

    Q: What type of king maintains a “sewerage garden”?

    A: A shitty king.

  4. Smoking Lamp says:

    Perhaps Charles will be king but the real question is will the tobacco control oligarchy remain emperor?

    I have often remarked that tobacco control is a globally co-ordinated project. In recent days we have seen calls for outdoor bans on the sidewalks of New York, the smoking patios of Dublin (and the rest of Ireland), beaches in Somerset, and sidewalks and squares in bath. Now in sunny Southern California, the City of South Pasadena is looking to ban smoking on sidewalks too!

    Te girl of a ‘smoke-fee’ world is their rationale: “South Pasadena to consider smoking ban on all public sidewalks” https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/05/02/south-pasadena-to-consider-smoking-ban-on-all-public-sidewalks/

    Any comments in opposition would be appreciated.

    • waltc says:

      I commented over there fwiw.

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        Nice comment too!

        • Smoking Lamp says:

          BTW, They marked my response to antismoker Bell’s response to you Walt. I excerpted section from the 2006 Surgeon General’s report that show the purported effects of SHS are ‘suggestive but inconclusive’ for a range of disease etiologies.

    • RdM says:

      I’ve tried to comment, to the latest from Cathy Ball, but can’t seem to get the login, some confusion with Disqus I need to sort out.

      Cathy Ball Vinny Gracchus • 5 hours ago
      I saw the Haematologist a couple of weeks ago, because of a health condition, which is life long now, and he told me that only one second of second hand smoke is dangerous. What medical evidence do you have to say that there is no proven risk for SHS? None probably!!

      I’d just refer her to
      http://www.nycclash.com/CaseAgainstBans/OSHA.html
      for a start!

      I really must sort out the Didi er Dus er Disqus thing, I admire peoples pics et al.

      Later, possibly ;- )

      • RdM says:

        Oops, no preview, I forgot to close the blockquote … sorry!

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        Yeah, I saw her rant. She is a perennial antismoking troll. She has several variations of her attack and shows up from time to time. At least she provides an opportunity to expose the folly of her antismoking straw man.

        • Smoking Lamp says:

          Here’s what they scrubbed:

          Let’s see what the CDC had to say about these issues (and it’s not what you think).
          If you read the actual 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, rather than the press releases) you will see that all of these outcomes are exaggerated in the press releases and the majority of reports they are based upon merely suspect a negative outcome or the association the claim is based on isn’t statistically significant.
          The strongest associations actually claimed are phrased as the evidence is sufficient to infer; that does not equal demonstrated causation. In many more cases, the report itself shows that associations were extremely weak. As an example, The following excerpts are direct quotes from the actual SG’s Report:
          Stroke:
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke and an increased risk of stroke.
          Lung Function…Conclusions:
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between short-term secondhand smoke exposure and an acute decline in lung function in persons with asthma.
          The evidence is inadequate to infer the presence or absence of a causal relationship between short-term secondhand smoke exposure and an acute decline in lung function in healthy persons.
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between chronic secondhand smoke exposure and a small decrement in lung function in the general population.
          The evidence is inadequate to infer the presence or absence of a causal relationship between chronic secondhand smoke exposure and an accelerated decline in lung function.
          Respiratory Diseses…Conclusions:
          Asthma:
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and adult-onset asthma.
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and a worsening of asthma control.
          COPD:
          The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
          The evidence is inadequate to infer the presence or absence of a causal relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and morbidity in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
          From: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Office on Smoking and Health (US). Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); 2006.
          The actual scientific literature of the effects of second hand smoke presents a somewhat different picture than the heath advocacy and antismoking propaganda used to impose smoking bans.

    • Smoking Lamp says:

      Well, I just saw that they moved forward on the ordinance, adding prohibitions on outdoor smoking thought the city, Like many smoking bans, the public comment and hearings are a show feigning democratic process when in reality the votes have already been secured.

      The local paper in South Pasadena had the following article (it’s worth a read) where the local police are actively supporting the measure. Smoking Ban | South Pasadena Smoking Ordinance Moves Forward” https://southpasadenan.com/stricter-public-smoking-ordinance-gets-green-light/ (I tried to comment but was blocked.)

      Echoes of the fall of Weimer Germany? Some of these outdoor bans are thinly veiled measures to circumvent Constitutional protections on movement and to enable cities to exclude the homeless. When that motivation meets the heaths agenda liberties are sacrificed. On a closing note, it is interesting to note that the latest round of calls for outdoor bans across the globe came right after the latest FCTC closed door meetings.

      • Smoking Lamp says:

        Somehow, the comment s are blocked here and now at other local outlets. It’s as if the antismoking elite is suppressing all signs of dissent.

  5. beobrigitte says:

    I have my doubts about Charles. He’s drunk all the kool-aid about global warming/climate change, and even made speeches about it. And he’s drunk all the kool-aid about smoking as well:

    Prince Harry infuriates Charles with his ‘filthy’ smoking

    Prince Charles has, according to chatter in royal circles, been giving new vent to his irritation over his son’s predilection for cigarettes, which began when he had his first smoke at Eton aged 15.

    My worry is that, with all these certainties, he’ll be an activist king, lending support to all sorts of environmental (and antismoking) causes.
    It still is not a sure thing that he will be King at all! Maybe he has been told that 2/3 of the population support “man-made-climate-change” and anti-smoking laws, so he figures if he supports them he’ll become King?

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