Posts tagged with ‘2012’

Bird of the Year 2012

Starting with my garden, the most surprising record was a woodcock. Sadly not tickable, because it looked like this: Presumably the fox got it. Which is a pity, although if it hadn’t I never would have known the woodcock had visited. The other notable bird, also nocturnal and also slightly frustrating, was a little owl. […]

Bird of the Year 2012: best performances in a supporting role

I guess I should post this before the end of January. Not a lot of outstanding sightings to report, though. Best Plant I was quite tickled to see some Marsh Mallow plants down in Kent. Because, yes, they are the original stuff that marshmallows were made from. Best Insect This Poplar Hawkmoth was a pleasing […]

Books of the year 2012

Now I list (most of) the books I read on Goodreads, it’s pretty easy to glance back over the books I read in 2012. And I can report the sad fact that I didn’t give a single book a five star rating last year. As the person who gives those scores, I know exactly what […]

London Film Festival 2012, personal roundup

I do enjoy the LFF: interesting films, cinemas full of largely well-behaved audiences, and no ads or trailers. I went to five films this year, this is what I thought of them. Obviously. Reality An Italian film about a Naples fishmonger and petty criminal who becomes dangerously obsessed with appearing on the reality show Big […]

Read The World challenge: status report, 2012

August 1st marked four years of the Read The World challenge. Last time I did a status report was two years ago: at that point I calculated that, at the rate I was reading them, it would take me another four years to finish. Well, I’ve done the sums again, and at the current rate […]

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

It’s time for some citizen science again. I got 19 species, which turns out to equal my previous best. Not that I saw anything very surprising; it was mainly that I didn’t miss any of the very common species. As usual, the counts are for the maximum present at any one time. feral pigeon × 5 woodpigeon × […]