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« on: July 23, 2007, 18:19 PM »
Hola,

A few weeks ago the Olive Press newspaper asked if Sue and I would like to contribute nature articles to be published on their website and in print.

We agreed to write a regular column and have called it "The Wildside of Iberia" The first article has just been published on the website
http://www.theolivepress.es/2007/07/23/beautiful%e2%80%a6-but-beware/

Just a bit about Oleander this week but all of the articles will be factual and hopefully educational to the many people that find themselves amongst strange plants and creatures in Iberia.

Sue and I hope that this will be an excellent way to promote the Iberianatureforum, Wildside Holidays and Iberianature as the Olive press has a good circulation and quite a busy web site.

Comments and questions are most welcome and are easy to submit at the bottom of the article on the Olive Press web site. The more comments the better.

Clive
« Last Edit: July 23, 2007, 18:25 PM by Wildside »
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007, 18:41 PM »
Excellent stuff, Clive and Sue

Well done
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2007, 09:32 AM »
Very interesting Clive and Sue, all I can say is thank goodness the only oleanders I've seen in this part of the north are in the middle of the A-8 motorway.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 00:02 AM »
Hi sue,
Just to say,what a brilliant article about the oleander plant,which we read in the olive press.
We have spotted it loads of times and always said to each other how beautiful it looks and i should really get a closer pic of it.
Thank goodness i didnt now..we didnt realise until we read the article how poisonous it is.
It seems strange to see it in places where so many people live and work, 10 out of 10 for the article.
Keep up the good work.
Dave

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 10:29 AM »
Hi Dave,
we have worked around oleanders plenty of times and have them around the garden too. Enjoy them, their fragrance, take photos but simply wash your hands if you manage to break a leaf/branch and see the white, milky sap.
I cannot lay claim to the article, Clive wrote this one. I put together the next one, which has a bite!
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 11:26 AM »
Greetings Sue and Clive,
Great stuff!  :clapping:
Here's to reading further interesting stuff in your weekly (?) "The Wildside of Iberia" column at the Olive Press.
Re. relative poisonousness of flora and fauna, both my kids and the myriad of cousins they've got have grown up playing around and brushing against the enormous adelfa my f.-in-law has had in the very centre of the patio for the last 20-odd years. Immunity? Large doses of milky white sap needed?
Apart from one futile attempt at asking the relative by marriage to get rid of it or transplant it to a corner of said p., I just equally futilely told the kids to be careful and not rub their eyes after brushing against it, and then gave up. Tilting at windmills (Sp. anyone?)
Am off to the Olive Press to read Sue's tidbit/titbit morsel with a bite.
Regs.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2007, 13:42 PM »
Hola,

Thanks for the support...

Latest article on funnel web spiders written by Sue is at http://www.theolivepress.es/2007/08/02/incey-wincey-spider/

They edited the heading sigh! incey wincey ideed.....

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007, 13:51 PM »
Greetings All,
Great stuff!
Regs.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2007, 14:01 PM »
Gruesomely entertaining as usual. Great stuff.

 Sue/Clive, they've forgotten to give you a link.

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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2007, 14:04 PM »
Ah - I see Sue has brought a little balance to the oleander debate . I echo everything she says.  My double red oleanders are just so beautiful and I am at present taking cuttings. You just have to be careful with quite a few plants and I expect Sue could provide quite a list.
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 14:31 PM »
Hola,

The links have been put in now...

http://www.theolivepress.es/2007/08/02/incey-wincey-spider/

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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2007, 23:22 PM »
Hi Sue,
Great article re: La AraƱa Negra de los Alcornocales
Dave


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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2007, 10:05 AM »
Thanks to Clive, the Cantabrian brown bear article what I wrote has been published in the Olive Press. It's been doctored slightly, which I can live with but.... :-[ of course I meant "smallest brown bear".
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2007, 20:52 PM »
Greetings Lisa,
Great article!
Regs.
Technopat

PS.
Can anyone think of a neat way of linking it to the petition site/iberianatureforum so that more peole get to read it?
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2007, 18:28 PM »
Hi TP, not quite sure what you mean. It has a link to the petition or do you mean the other way round? I'm wondering about posting the whole thing on the oso pardo topic.....
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2007, 19:09 PM »
Greetings Lisa,
I meant from the petition to the article/iberianatureforum.
Regs.
Technopat

PS.
Not quite my shortest posting to date, but there's always hope ...
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« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2007, 23:03 PM »
I must apologies Lisa for not having read this yet. Anyway, great stuff. All the pertinent points, logical, well written, well done.

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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2007, 15:42 PM »
The Cantabrian Brown Bear can also be read on Wildside Holidays (with better photo + map) and now on Nick's Iberianature weblog, also with better photo and both minus sensationalism  :clapping:
« Last Edit: October 04, 2007, 23:16 PM by Wildside »
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« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2007, 17:21 PM »
I've only put in a short extract anf feed. Full article at Wildside Holidays
« Last Edit: October 04, 2007, 23:17 PM by Wildside »
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« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2007, 18:22 PM »
Bit like breakfast then  8) Actually, I don't discuss anything until I've had at least two cups of coffee.
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