Ramblinactivist’s Blogs

This is the central index for Paul Mobbs’ blogs –
listing the latest posts from all five themed blogs.

Welcome to my blogs

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Ramblinactivist’s Blogs latest posts
(in reverse chronological order for the last 12 months)

May 2021

April 2021

Landscape image, ‘A Frosty Dawn at Rainsborough Camp’, 30th November 2016 Banburyshire Rambles Journal, Beltane 2021 (launched 22nd April):

‘Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites’
A landscape to experience across the local area

In one sense this is a collection of memories. Of walks which produced some of my favourite photos. As I look through the images in my collection though, I realised it described something more. A skeleton; a super-structure of places on which the essence of the local landscape sits. Its collection of ancient sites.

Click here for the ‘Banburyshire’s Ancient Sites’ collection.

March 2021

blogimg-03 Long Walks & A/P, Part 3, Mabon 2021:

‘Wild tea making and the revolt against the machine’

Walking, camping, and foraging, are the last ‘natural’ refuges outside technological society – the last ‘commons’ open to all irrespective of wealth; albeit one that’s always under threat. I know I’m not alone in that position. More importantly, I know there are many more who want to ‘downshift’ into “something else” – other than where they are now – but have not the first clue how.

Go directly to the video that accompanies this post.

post-02 ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’, Part 2, Imbolic 2021:

‘Lembas Scones, my (vegan) wayfaring snack’

In this video I show how to make a cheap and simple snack food that’s ideal for keeping well fed when travelling or working: “Lembas Scones”.

As I show, “Do-It-Yourself” is a far better option to help you live a simple, cheap and low impact lifestyle.

Go to the YouTube video accompanying this post.

February 2021

blogimg-01 ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’, Part 1, Imbolic 2021:

My Stone Age Food Processor – making meal with ancient simplicity

What are the most important tools in your kitchen? My most important ‘tool’ is a pestle and mortar.

In this post and accompanying video: I focus a little on the issue of the costs of food; the theory behind vegan protein sources; and I prepare a meal for the family and explain the economics of that – but mostly I show the simple brilliance of using a pestle and mortar.

Go to the YouTube video accompanying this post.

aacimg-00 ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’, Part 0, Imbolic 2021:

‘About the Blog’ – An introduction to ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’

For the first post of the new blog, I present the ‘About the Blog’ page:

I’m writing this rather long and detailed theoretical splurge of consciousness precisely because I don’t want to have to endlessly repeat this as part of my blog posts. Hence, unless I want to examine a small aspect in more detail, I’ll simply refer people back to paragraphs within this page.

Download the PDF version of this post.

January 2021

article logo image Ramblinactivist's videos 2021/2, 17th January 2021:

Ramblinactivist 2021/2: ‘The President’s Parting Shot’: A Reflection on Threats and Resilience

Exactly sixty years ago, President Eisenhower give his ‘farewell address’ to the American nation; known today for popularising the term “military-industrial complex” . Today though this has arguably morphed into the “military-industrial-entertainment complex”, so intermeshed have those arms of modern society become.

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article logo image Ramblinactivist's videos 2021/1, 17th January 2021:

Ramblinactivist 2021/1: ‘A review of the last 30 years, and a look ahead’

In 1991 I quit my join in engineering and become a full-time eco-freak. I thought I’d last six months; a year tops till the money ran out. Well, the money’s been running out for thirty years this year, and I’m still (barely!) keepin’ on keepin’ on.

In this short review I look at some of what has been. More importantly I drop a few ideas about where I’ll be going next. Most of all, I just want to share with you the fact that we’re still here (barely!) and we have all to play for – if you’re willing to raise the lifestyle stakes *low* enough!

article logo image ‘djnz’s hackblog’, 12th January 2021:

‘How did you do that’ no.1: The flaming Kelly Kettle animated GIF

I get to answer my first query with the new blog: Posted on one of my other blogs, the flaming Kelly Kettle was made in a few minutes from a small piece of video using ffmpeg – but with GIMP and pitivi you could do far more.

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article logo image ‘djnz’s hackblog’, 7th January 2021:

First problem: The Anti-Bloat Page Design

This new blog is an experiment, using a very different approach to page design in order to minimise the ecological footprint of the page. If it works here, it can slowly be adapted for the rest of the FRAW site.

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article logo image ‘djnz’s hackblog’, 4th January 2021:

‘About the Blog’

OK, this is literally a bit of a hack… I need to solve a few multiple problems with as little effort as possible, and the easiest way is to create this blog. In this page I’ll explain a little as to why.

As the inaugural post to the blog I direct you to the ‘About’ page, as (in its admittedly long prose) it sums up what I’d like to achieve here.

December 2020

article logo image The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.11, 30th December 2020:

What was your ‘2020 Vision’?’

In the endless picking-over of the events of 2020, now and in the future, how many will care to inspect their past tendency to always project a rosy future irrespective of its demonstrable flaws?

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October 2020

article logo image The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.8, 6th October 2020:

Boris bullshits the greens (again); and they swallow it (again!)

Just because something sounds nice and positive doesn’t mean it actually is; and with this government, that’s seemingly guaranteed – especially where it concerns the environment. Why do highly-paid green campaigners, working for the groups who claim to represent the ‘public interest’, keep pliantly falling for the bullshit rather than calling it out?

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article logo image Ramblinactivist's videos 2020/2, Saturday 3rd October 2020:

“Rules Britannia, Britannia Breaks the Rules”

Recently the media have been complaining that the British Government intends to “break international law” as part of Brexit. In practise these complaints highlight the media’s historic silence when the British Government has routinely broken international law before; in particular, our involvement in foreign conflicts involving the USA and ‘Western’ interests.

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July 2020

article logo image Banburyshire Rambles Journal, 12th July 2020:

Start again…

In the ‘year without a Spring’ I skip straight into a deep Summer’s dawn. Time to get out while the opportunity presents itself. We could all be locked down again soon! Out early for comets and sunrises, I plan a long-haul route back to backpacking.

Metrics: Distance, 15.2km/9½ miles; ascension 180m/590ft; duration, 3⅓ hours.

May 2020

article logo image The ‘Meta-Blog’, no.7, 29th May 2020:

Thermal insulation? Yes, you can have too much of a good thing

“We just need houses to be more efficient”, I was told. That’s the problem with people who make (or is it, repeat?) simplistic statements. To make successful change within the world around us, first understand the limits to the changes that you want to enact.

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April 2020