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  1. "Hello, It is with great sadness that I wish to inform the community of the passing of the famed author and carnivorous plantsman, Adrian Slack. Adrian died on the 3rd of June and a memorial service was held for him today (14th June 2018). On a personal level, I first became aware of him in the mid 1980's following the publication of his second book; previous to discovering it I had been growing some window sill specimen CP's for several years, but it wasn't until I read his book, that a whole new world was opened up to me and I later acquired the paper catalogue from Marston Exotics and eagerly began ordering some plants via mail order. Sadly I never had the chance to meet the great man, but I know many of you on here may of visited him at some point and even worked with him. I did drive down to the last site Marston ran in Compton Dundon, nr. Somerton in the mid 1990's, alas, I wasn't aware at the time that Adrian's health had suffered and that he had already sold the business by then. Aside from his books, I know very little about him, except what I have read; that he was a truly charismatic gent, enjoyed the finer things in life and could often be found at Chelsea and the like, deep in conversation and always donning a panama hat. It goes without saying that he will be sorely missed and I think that the worldwide carnivorous plant community owe him a debt of gratitude for informing and inspiring us with his fantastic books and wonderful illustrations. I'm sure that you will join me in offering sincere condolences to his family." John
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33847252 I just read this and thought I would share!
  3. I'm with Mike on this. I lost a season last year due to Moorland, I switched to the same milled growbark pine mix Mike is currently trialling and the results so far are very impressive, even with smaller recent divisions, in short its been like night and day for me. Interestingly, I noticed a fair amount of largish (40mm size scalpings ) stones in the Moorland compost when it arrived, hence, whilst it might contain peat who knows what the stones were, potentially buffering the water and don't get me started about the weed growth! On the flip of that, I know some people use it without issues though! The milled pine mix on the other hand is weed free, a much more open mix when combined with 2-4mm grit & perlite, resulting in a cleaner, fresher media all-round. Time will tell, but certainly a very promising mix and I won't be using anything else!
  4. Ditto, I think Richard has nailed it - the issue being the authentication...if however, the said FB page was made publically available then embedding the stream using this http://goo.gl/0B93sz process would be straight forward to deploy and give a live feed in the relevant CPUK page, however, its still one-sided; to 'sync' bi-directionally might be possible somehow, but would almost certainly require a fair degree of coding, err site hacking to setup and configure at the detriment of annoying FB admins and possible suspension, so in short probably not worth the whole world of pain it would create...LOL
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