Author Archives: The Cheery Pessimist

About The Cheery Pessimist

Waiting for some sign that we will change our ways before it all comes tumbling down...still, you've got to laugh

Ocean overload

So after getting our heads around what global industrialism was doing to the cryosphere, onwards we went into the world of ocean acidification. I knew less about this than all the icy stuff and wish I remained in that blissful … Continue reading

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Crying for the cryosphere

As I slowly progress through the Climate Change Science course on FutureLearn, week three saw us looking at the impacts of climate change, starting with the cryosphere, which encompasses all of the world’s ice: the ice sheets, sea ice, and … Continue reading

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You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone

I’ve been doing a free online OU course on climate change science, which I’d recommend to anyone with the time and the inclination for learning (there’s way more than climate science—have a look). As part of the course, students are … Continue reading

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In a nutshell

I’ve been making the most of lockdown thanks to Future Learn and free OU courses. The latest is on climate change science and on Day One, we were encouraged to be reflective learners, to analyse the content that we’re receiving, … Continue reading

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Keeping the lights on

Sorry, people, it’s another poem! Spent hours yesterday writing and typing 1,500 words of wibble. I’ve also had Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes in my head for the last week. I love the original but love this more. So, the … Continue reading

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Coronavirus

Been writing lots but never sure what to put here. All things considered, here’s something I wrote on 3 March 2020 for Biggar Writers’ Group. Increase the profits, outsource the lotThe Chinese work hard while I sail my yacht A … Continue reading

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To the future

JP Morgan or Deutsche Bank? Whichever goes first, you’ll have me to thank Decades of nonsense were mine to sustain I really thought you’d use your brain Worthless money backed by thin air Worked for a while, we’ve got debt … Continue reading

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Don’t get mad at the optimists

Don’t get mad at the optimists They know not what they do Blind hope for the many Reality for the few Don’t get mad at the optimists Their data they give freely While you and I may sigh and ask … Continue reading

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The adaptation

The chants and shouts from the crowd died down as the Prime Minister’s unreadable face appeared across the city centre on the strategically-placed Tru-Vu screens, each one gathering data on those below and beaming out party propaganda in return. Born … Continue reading

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Ode to the unbusy

Now, not later! You’re such a procrastinator. Reports to write, money to earn Tax receipts, amended return That phone call to make Hands that ache… There’s always a reason, no matter the season, to postpone what we know we should … Continue reading

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