I realise that some people may regard us hikers, climbers or walkers as weirdos….that may be so, but I like to console myself by saying that at least we don’t sit around on our back-sides wasting our lives away!

But recently I came across something that really, really shook me up…and shook me up real bad.

It’s a short video made by James Kingston of himself free-running…but this is free-running with a subtle difference….he is actually jumping between the tops of buildings.

Just looking at a few seconds of the video had my feeling quezy….I just can’t stand heights!

See what you think and let me have a few comments, please….

The birds and the bees…

We recently talked about how the bees on our planet are very slowly, but surely, dying off?

This subject has been highlighted many times over by scientists, but it seems not a lot of people are paying much attention to it…meanwhile, the bees continue to die.

Rather than go on and on about the technicalities of the thing, I think one little sentence will surmise what bees mean to life on earth:

“Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat….in short, no bees, no food, period”

So what can we do about it?

I put this question to a group of friends the other day, when we just happened to be gathered at the Everything Cafe (E Pender/Columbia).

The consensus was that the problem be tackled on a local basis. Especially important are derelict or unused places in downtown core city areas. I know for sure that there are many such places, some tiny, some large, in and around the Vancouver downtown area, which, with a little co-operation from the city authorities, be turned into havens for bees and butterflies.

I noticed such areas last time I was walking around the railway Street area, just past Alexander/Dunlevy in the downtown eastside (DTE). That place has many old and derelict buildings which have little areas of grass or turf either behind or in front, that could easily be dug up and planted with wildflowers and other plants that attract insects.

And this can be done anywhere in the world, wherever you are.

So in the downtown Vancouver area, we have formed ourselves a little co-operative, and are looking for as many more members as possible, the more the better, so that when we say something later on, the authorities will have no choice but to at least listen to what the local residents are saying.

If you wish to join us, please leave a comment here and I will email you back with our next meet-up….remember, FREE coffees are on us!

Why does it have to be this way?

Even though we have laid bare 99% of the worlds’ wilderness areas, there still remain places that have yet to feel the force of mankind.

By that I mean man’s overwhelming desire to fence everything, cage everything, name everything, prevent free access to everything, bring about draconian laws to prevent free access to as many places as possible, to limit free-thinking people from enjoying themselves.

I’m of the belief that this planet is part of us, much as we are part of it. We need to feel that association, if not always, at least now and then. But what do the law-makers do? Let’s use that old hippy term for them…let’s call them “The Man”!

The Man wants to block access, free access that is. If he can make money by charging people to experience what Nature intended to be free, then The Man is happy, very happy. Just like that song “…paid paradise, put up a parking lot…”

So what’s the answer? In short, let’s get out there as often as possible and enjoy whats left, before The Man gets to it!