Archive for July, 2012

A surprising economic miracle is percolating away in the deep south. It promises neither coals to Newcastle, nor tea to China but baked beans of a special coffee variety to Borneo and elsewhere in Asia. Luwak coffee has arrived in Invercargill like a Shadbolt from the Blue River Dairy Products Company, with sheep’s milk to taste courtesy of BRDPC…


We’ll never know if the turtles were happy together in their forever frozen pose after such a long engagement and an even longer honeymoon.The photographically featured duo, sticking their necks out eternally but forever making no progress -and certainly never going back into their shells-were one of nine couples (each a male and a female, no same sex couples here) of a species of aquatic turtle which perished while working on their survival strategy 47 million years ago and were then preserved in flagrante delicto (for our study rather than our delectation) as the first fossil record of its kind among vertebrates…