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Beer warfare in the garden: fighting slugs

You can't negotiate with a mollusk! No matter how well-meaning you are towards every life-form, the trail of snot on your half-eaten flowers will make you go ballistic.

Even if you plant a bed of lettuce just for them, they will still find and destroy your tiny precious seedlings. Slugs are sadistic AND telepathic. They read your mind, they know your favorite plants and there is nothing you can do to stop them.

Nothing, that is, except beer, which is the only thing they like more than your favorite flowers.

PS Finally, I found a use for French beer.
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+David Q. Cohen pesticides have killed all the porcupines in the region.
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The Alps: so much younger than American mountains

The magnificent ocean of rock that comprises the Alps looks much older than it is! In fact, compared to several North American mountain ranges, they are absolute toddlers (measuring in the millions versus billions of years of age).

This is also, perhaps, what makes them so fascinating to hike: they are always moving & changing. The nice trail you hiked on last spring has, by this autumn, collapsed to the bottom of the valley 3000 feet below.

This instability is also what makes them deadly: every summer, the grim site of a helicopter searching for corpses of hikers is a regular sight. Yet, we are drawn to the beauty of these wild spaces, the last ones left in old europe.
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+nomad dimitri Whoa, I had not thought of that, pack a fluorescent orange reflective vest.
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Europe on the summer train

Ah, to be young, with a backpack and a Eurail pass at the start of summer after university exams!
Suddenly, the world is boundless, everyone is friendly, people are attractively, seductively, deliciously different as you step in the world's largest playground for the young: old Europe.
Castles, rivers, funky downtowns, incomprehensible accents, escargots (!), french wine, youth hostels, cheap dormitories, missed train connections, missed furtive smiles, stitched miniature flags on backpacks, torned-up guide books. The delirium of falling in love.

Does this still happen or am I just nostalgic for my Jurassic university summers?

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+Stephen Mortimer birds of a feather.
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The bridge to nowhere: Avignon

Why do we like this bridge so much? This bridge that stops in the middle of the river, with no way of getting across?

For that matter, why do we like the leaning tower of Pisa so much? Because it is leaning! Because it is failing (and may soon collapse), it becomes romantic & evokes feelings of tenderness from us.

In some ways, Avignon's bridge to nowhere is a metaphor that moves us: a metaphor, perhaps, for our lives. We may not get across to where we wanted to go, but the view is great anyway.

(PS: it wasn't always this way: the bridge used to cross but got hammered by the river during Europe's last "Little Ice Age").

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+nomad dimitri
those "fable us" greeks ??
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Swimming in the desert at the edge of Europe

Desert landscapes have a strange beauty. They are stark & minimal and, though a bit scary, they pull us in with a magic of their own. Humans originated from wide open landscapes: this may be part of our attraction to them, an ancient memory.

Deserts are also, mostly, sunny & hot & dry. We like that but there better be some water around: an oasis! So how about the Mediterranean and a swimming pool to boot? In this far, southernmost corner of the european continent, there is almost nobody: just me & some lizards.

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Pirates and renovated castles

Pirates did not only attack ships. They also terrorized and pillaged coastal communities. Imagine the horror of a small island harbor village attacked by pirates in the middle of the night.

To protect themselves, islanders built their villages on high protected hilltops. They often surrounded them with walls and turned the village streets into labyrinths to confuse and disperse the pirates.

These ancient walls still stand, but today they are covered with bougainvilleas draping over balconies where you can sit with your glass of wine and admire the views that are, thankfully, pirateless.

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+Alex James thank you. Pirates were a motley crew from everywhere, so it is likely that some especially adventurous blonds made it all the way down here. After all, ancient greeks made it regularly to the Hybrides so why not?
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Earth's extraterrestrial water

We rarely think of where our water comes from. And I am not referring to the water cycle (clouds, rain, stream, river, lake, ocean, evaporation and clouds again), which we intercept for our drinking water. I am talking about how that water got onto our planet in the first place.

I am not going to get technical but there are 3 important things to realize:
1. Earth used to be hot, so no water could have been present when it was formed (it would have boiled away). And no water could have just been "made" or "created" from nothing.
2. All the Earth's water came to us as a gift from asteroids (frozen pieces of ice floating in the universe) that crashed onto our Earth. That ice-melt is our water supply (therefore, all our water is extraterrestrial).
3. (This is the most fun point:) We are constantly recycling the same water. The same quantity of extraterrestrial water that got to us from outer space is constantly recycling through the planet: so you are drinking from the same water as Socrates once drunk (or, if you prefer, the urine of Adolf Hitler). They are the very same water molecules, still with us.
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+Valeria Bressan the series of coincidences that have created each one of us is mind boggling. What we do with this miracle also!
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Catnip is not only for your kitten: lions love it too

Leopards, cougars, lynxes, lions & tigers all react playfully to this simple plant. And, no, they do not need to smoke it, they just need to pass by the catnip bush.

It is a very simple plant to grow and your cat (or lynx) will be grateful to you for including it in your garden or at a pot in your terrace. It is a hardy perennial which means that, if you have snowy winters, catnip will come back in the spring on its own. You literally need to plant it (or buy it) only once and it will keep your cat busy for the rest of its (the cat's) life.

But even without a cat, catnip is an excellent plant to grow in your garden, continuously producing lavender-colored flowers from spring to autumn. It looks great next to roses and it is slug-tolerant!

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Hahahahahahahahahaha😁I was talking about the chamomile 😝😝😝😝😝😋
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Growing the Opium Poppy

It is (almost) entirely legal to grow Opium Poppies in your garden. You can even grow the kinds cultivated in the wild plateaus of Afghanistan, fueling one of the world's most lucrative and dangerous drug trade routes.

For, aside from the potency of her latex (the base from which all sorts of legal and illegal drugs are made), the Opium Poppy is beautiful and easy to grow. And you can harvest your own organic Poppy seeds for your muffins, bagels or to add to your morning cereal.

The Poppy has been men's friend for centuries, providing us with powerful anesthetics (essential to surgery, for example) as well as pain-killers that work where all else fails.

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+nomad dimitri I'll check them out. Most of the seed companies sell the common "Oriental Poppy" which is bright orange. Thanks.
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Justice and Society

In the West we bitch & moan all the time about how corrupt "our system" is and how inefficient. We blame both society (ourselves) and the justice system (those of us that keep us in good behavior) for this.

On the law & order side, we bemoan rightly, among other issues, police violence, ambulance-chasers, ridiculous litigation, vacillation on penalties, overcrowded jails, disproportionate punishment: both too severe (marijuana) and not severe enough (rape).

Yet, our system, the way Justice & Society function in the West, is a faraway dream for most of the world, our freedoms incredible to most of the world's population, our stability & security unprecedented and envied. It is important not to be too cynical and to recognize & praise the positive aspects that bring this about.

And, then, to work really hard, at an individual level, to safeguard & improve them. Specifically, to make sure that our rules are applied equitably and without discrimination & privilege.

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+nomad dimitri  "sweet blood", but 98.7% European!!!
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Roman Villa at the marble coast

When the Romans conquered Europe, they built amazing infrastructures, starting with roads & aqueducts that are still used today. In order to start a new city you must, at a minimum, have a road to get to it & running water for drinking & irrigation.

But you also needed human, administrative infrastructure: you needed representatives from Rome to run these newly conquered areas. At a minimum, these provincial governors needed an army (to keep the locals quiet) and cash (again, to keep the locals bribed & obedient and to jump-start new economies). Eventually, of course, you would also need to send the most dreaded representatives of all: tax officials.

I don't know if the Roman villa I run into at the marble coast belonged to a government official or a rich trader. What is certain is that, one way or another, he was wealthy, as witnessed by the fabulous mosaics you can see in the video. More than 2000 years later, there was not a nicer house in this coast for miles!!!

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Very nice house
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Secluded and nude: the perfect beach

There are several requirements for the perfect beach and only half of them have to do with the color of the water & the quality of the sand. The human element is just as important! Especially when, there isn't any: when you have finally succeeded to find that out-of-the-way, hard-to-access beach at the end of the universe where you can, finally, be on your own.

Who does not treasure that Robinson Crusoe feeling of being the only one left on earth, castaway in a remote beach with no sign of humans around?

This is increasingly rare and, in most places, during the vacation season, practically impossible. There are just too many people with the exact same Robinson Crusoe fantasy. So we jump to the next best thing: the nude beach.

The nude beach is a beach with no commerce: no umbrellas, chaise longues, no music or mojitos. At the nude beach you have to hike to get there, so there is no parking lot & noisy cars. At the nude beach everyone is respectful of distances & privacy: even the few children there (usually sporting dreadlocks, cloth bracelets & beads) keep the noise down & their playing respectful to others.

At the nude beach I feel like Adam, in a mythological space before the invasion of Twitter & Kim Kardashian.

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