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Sun 13th June 2010

Posted on June 13, 2010 at 5:55 PM

moths : Although there were some nice moths in the trap this weekend, there was nothing out of the ordinary. I had more luck this afternoon when I took a short walk to Icart Point where the eastern cliffs were quite sheltered from the chilly, westerly wind.

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Looking East from Icart

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Scrambling down the slope here is much safer than it would have been at Mont Herault last week and I soon came across a Glanville Fritillary. This was the only one I saw and it was much more helpful than the skitty ones last time.

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Glanville Fritillary, Icart

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although it is facing away, I liked this pose

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I found a nice sheltered little path on the top which had plenty of moths flying along the vegetation, including a few tortrix moths which might well be Cochylimorpha straminea. I will have to check this out properly as I have never seen the species before and there are very few records for the island.

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potential Cochylimorpha straminea

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nonsense : World Cup observations - days 1 to 3

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1 - England - Anybody watching the match last night will at least now be not so excited about the possibility that England might actually win the trophy. It just looked like the team had been cobbled together at the last minute and they lacked urgency, confidence, flow, speed etc. Even so, we still should have won as we had plenty of opportunities to score at least 2 goals and the Americans were not so good. Of course we didn't win because of an error - apparently, out of every single player in the Premier League last season, the person who had made the most "goal-producing" errors was - yes, you guessed it - Robert Green. I'd give Hart a chance next match.

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the Fumble in the Jungle               -                   "I'd like to have the ball at some point please!"

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Some players did ok like Gerrard, Lennon, Heskey, Cole but it was more the formation and system that seemed wrong rather than anything else. Rooney barely got a decent pass all night. The central midfield area had giant holes in it as all 4 midfield were basically attackers. Two players weren't even fit to start. It was embarassing to see carthorse Carragher grunting around in the second half. But at least we didn't lose.

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2. Referees - I have been very impressed with the ones I have seen so far - great stuff.

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3. Germany - Just a casual 4-0 thrashing in the first match - there's no reason at all England can't do the same - probably a mental problem. We really need to win our group, or Germany will knock us out next round. Of note though, only one of Germany's goals was scored by a German.

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4. Ironie - the photo below shows Henry having the cheek to appeal for a handball - bow your head in shame Thierry.

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5. Soul man - During the France-Uruguay match I kept expecting Diego Forlan to break into a medley of popular power ballads - "How am I supposed to live without you . . . . ."

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Of course the most important event of today was my mum's 60th birthday. The Peter Pan of Leeds however looks more my age than hers - when I was at school my friend once asked me "was that your sister?".

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So HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!!! - this one is especially for you.......

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