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Robin Hood, Hooded Robins, Doggerland and Climate Change

Having found a robin chirping away in my garden last month I was surprised to see the red-breasted bird normally associated with winter and the chillier climes of the British weather arrive somewhat early. Robin

Ok, it wasn’t wearing a hood, but I needed something to spin the title of this post. And what’s it got to do with Robin Hood anyway? Don’t worry, all will be revealed.

The big issue right now is climate change. Is it man made? Is it cyclical? Is it caused by the sun? The latest chestnut is that yes it’s cyclical, but man is quickening the process with his carbon emissions.

This latest observation is important, because many vigorous environmentalists are becoming increasingly concerned that cynicism is opposing their arguments, and so in an effort to add credibility to their questionable scientific theories, they conveniently use the phrase “mankind assisted”.

“Mankind Assisted Climate Change” is a catch-all repository.

Birds apparently are a very good indication of climate change. It effects their migratory cycles, and confuses them. Based on this principle, the unusually warm weather experienced in the northern hemisphere should theoretically result in premature visitations of summer birds, not winter birds like robins who think Christmas has come early. Now that’s confusing!

Undersea archaeological findings have established that about 8000 years ago the North Sea wasn’t where it was today, and that a land mass, known as Doggerland connected England to Holland. With the end of the ice-age and the melting of the polar regions and other glaciers, it sunk Doggerland good and proper.Doggerland_cropped

Indeed the British Isles exist as a result of climate change, and mainland Europe is that place over there populated by continentals that we Brits have had so much jolly fun steering clear of ever since.

Back then of course, there weren’t any motorways or railways and places like Milton Keynes.That’s the problem. Our ancestors, although no doubt peeved that they couldn’t any longer walk across to Amsterdam to visit the red-light district and pick up their gouda, coped reasonably well, and carved out their existence as fisherman as opposed to hunter-gatherers.

Now rises in sea levels will really put the boot in. There’s many more of us today, and infrastucture will take a hit. Sadly low lying islands and atolls will just disappear. But, heck, that’s climate change baby! It’s just our bad luck that 21st century man has to deal with it.

But are we really to blame? Isn’t it all just the best reason that governments have had for a hundred years to implement new taxes? After all, who could argue with the scientific evidence? What statesman would stand up and call the bluff?

So what’s the connection with Robin Hood? Here was a guy, together with his merry men prancing around dressed in tights of lincoln green, wafting through the leafy ambient warm forests of Sherwood Forest in Nottingham without a single icicle dripping from his nose. When was the last time you saw Robin Hood trudging through snow or the sheriff’s men with frozen codpieces? Think about those draughty Norman castles that didn’t have any central heating!

Humour aside, this period is known as the Medieval Climatic Anomaly which lasted for about 500 years between AD 800 – 1300. A time of unusually warm weather particular to Europe. It was later followed by the mini-ice age.

The stories of the Thames freezing over in the 16th century and people using it as a highway and commercial centre, whilst walking and skating from one side to the other are well documented facts.

Climate change has been a recurring reality, but whether we should take all the blame for it this time around is wide open to analysis. We may with our efforts postpone it, but prevention is beyond our means. All the evidence has still to be heard. The voice of reason must prevail, whether you believe in Robin Hood or not!


November 30, 2009 - Posted by | History | , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Yep, good old climate change: a “tax chancellor’s” dream excuse, or a way for the West to shame China into slowing down its monumental oil-fueled ascension to the position of “World’s number one economic superpower” in these days of recession.
    It’s also noteworthy that the Medieval Climatic Anomaly data is reportedly left out of many of the current climate change models, in order no doubt to “persuade” people that any perceived climatic change is unprecedented. I heard (if I remember correctly) Lord Falconer on BBC’s Question Time say that most scientists believe in “mankind assisted” climate change. I think he probably meant most “climate change scientists” believe it – a bit like most “flat earth” scientists believed the earth was flat!
    I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one who thinks all of this screams: vested interest. As a scientist myself (of over 20 years experience) I know that research funding can be hard to come by unless you can lob(by) a compelling enough reason at the awarding body!
    Final thought: mini ice-ages coincide with unusually long solar minima (like we’ve just had!); and some NASA experts predict the coming solar max (May 2013) to be the biggest on record – if its magnetic field component is “south” polarised, we could see worldwide decade-long power blackouts! How’s that for cutting CO2 emissions?


    Comment by ArtSiren | December 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. The problem with “mankind assisted climate change” is that, in books I have read, such as Unstoppable Glabal Warming every 1500 years” (I think thats the title – I don’t have it here with me), it appears that increased carbon in the atmosphere does not precede an increase in atmospheric temeprature, so is not, therefore, a cause of it, but FOLLOWS increasing atmospheric temepratures and is, therefore, a result of it. Trying to reduce carbon by dubbing it human-created and then trying to tax it away is the modern equivalent of King Canute.


    Comment by Peter Metcalfe | June 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. I see Al Gore has been caught out again talking codswallop as usual. As Harry Flashman so ably said many, many, years ago. “If I had learnt to whittle I would have made President in that country.” Tough luck again Al.


    Comment by spookmoor | February 20, 2014 | Reply

  4. Where are the Flashman’s of this world? Buried under the sea of political correctness and populist opinion.


    Comment by Bar De Ness | February 20, 2014 | Reply

  5. Came for another visit seeing as you have changed to WordPress. Needless to say I enjoyed the read and especially the narration under your avatar. Here’s wishing you the best of luck.


    Comment by spookmoor | September 4, 2014 | Reply

  6. If the spent less time piss balling about with windmills and wave machines and concentrated on making nuclear safe we would have the answer. But he is right – there is squat we can do about this, it is cyclical, influenced by the sun and all sorts … Think about it … one big solar storm and boom we aer back in the 17th century


    Comment by Arthur Love | September 4, 2014 | Reply

  7. One would just have to wait and see. Either way its not going to change the weather. But did enjoy the read.


    Comment by Tess Bold | September 4, 2014 | Reply

  8. Just another smokescreen put out and about be the powers that be for their own long term benefits … screw the populace and screw them good !!


    Comment by Gomer Pyle | September 4, 2014 | Reply

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