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This is wonderful… and slightly surreal.
The world climate is changing and there is a distinct possibility that the climate in the west of Ireland is heading for a mini ice-age at some point in the not too distant future.
Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of Blather.net, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.
It may be quite silly, but it does raise a very serious point. Considering the weather of the last few weeks it’s hard to doubt that global warming is happening.
He may be daft… but he made The Sunday Times
I thought I might submit this for your website of the week.
uncle-tv.com is dedicated to keeping alive the series of ‘Uncle’ books
written by J.P.Martin and is also about my attempts to develop them into
an animated film.
The books are a riot of nonsense and invention. Uncle is an elephant —
although he could just as well have been anything else— who is
fabulously rich and rides about on a traction engine. His house is
surrounded by a moat and includes one hundred skyscrapers. There are
haunted towers and a shop where a bicycle costs a half-penny and another
in which a broken mouse-trap is priced at five hundred pounds. Transport
is by water chute, Iift and switchback railway. Uncle and his friends, a
very odd lot, have a perpetual feud with the Badfort Crowd and there are
exciting battles conducted in a most unconventional way and with no
Intriguingly one publisher rejected the books on the grounds that they
were amoral and said Uncle was “a fascist” whereas The Listener
reviewing the first book said “Uncle is a savage attack on a capitalist
The author, a clergyman, originally wrote the stories in the 1930’s for
his own children and they were eventually published in the 1960’s. Sadly
they are now out of print.
The books were illustrated by the then little known Quentin Blake who is
now, of course, a very popular author and illustrator of children?s
books. In fact the price of second hand copies of the books is quite
high because of the illustrations.
Hope you enjoy the site.
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