Category Archives: 2014

Animal abuse. The Hunger Games.

Animal abuse occurs in many ways.

Sometimes the justification is “cultural.” Just check what happens with the bulls in Spain. Sometimes the excuse is leisure. We can see it in some circuses and some zoos. When entertainment and animal abuse are mixed, many of us get inspired to give off as humans. (see Toro de la Vega)

Although I find depressive visiting zoos in the countries that I travel, sometimes I got caught one more time. The advertising can hide situations of animal abuse and neglecting behind educational, scientific, conservationist, etc, curtains.

In an effort to see the exotic animals living in the area, we visited the zoo in Songkhla, southern Thailand.

In its website, they say:

The Zoological Park Organization’s Aspiration

“To become an international informative wild-life preservation institution”


Maintaining the task of preserving wild animals for education and returning them to their natural habitats, contributing the public with integrated knowledge of wild animals, improving management standards and welfare of animals in unnatural habitats.

(See in the website)

Tigre asiático en el Zoo de Songkhla sometido a maltrato animal.

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Thailand, linguistic barriers overcome.

Last winter was time to revisit Southeast Asia.

The company has been unbeatable. I was accompanied by my friend Irina, We met during our stay at Sunseed. We wanted to participate in a project and move away from the cold winter of our lands. Colder in her Siberia than in my Lleida 🙂

We landed in Bangkok, where my dear friends of Samut Songkhram were waiting for us. Among them, the group of top trendy hairdressers throughout Southeast Asia. While five years ago we could barely communicate, technology has allowed us to overcome the linguistic barriers, which in the case of Thailand, are very, very difficult to overpass.

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Ram pump construction at Paliomylos.

Hydraulic ram pumps are mechanical devices that employ the water hammer effect to pump water without using any engine, neither electric or combustion.

The University of Warwick in the UK developed a series of ram pump models that can be built with materials commonly used in any workshop. They are basically pieces used in irrigation systems. Here in Rovies, they were building one to gradually introduce more sustainable systems in the olive production. I joined the team that was doing the work, and here is the result.

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Small PVC ram pump, the “Rampampita”.

Ram pumps can be built in multiple ways. There are industrial, made with materials and advanced technology, but can also be built with simple, reused materials and do not require the use of a workshop or specialized tools. To pump a minimum amount of water, we can use standard parts pvc those used in water supply installations. In Paliomylos we did the experiment to see if it would be possible to irrigate the future edible forest with a small hydraulic ram pump that brings water from the canal to a reservoir at the upper end of the plot about 10 vertical meters of the channel.

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Underground cold frame at Paliomylos.

We decided to build an underground cold frame as nursery for the springtime garden. During the last weeks of winter is necessary to start planting seeds that will later be transplanted into the garden. Temperatures here can lead to freezing during the night. The cold frame must have enough insulation to maintain a higher indoor temperature and prevent the plants from die.

The idea evolved from a design that includes a trench inside, using the terrain as support. The place where is doing to be done faces the south, and has the old channel wall just behind. The foundations of the wall are stones, in which we excavate. Therefore, the thermal mass of the wall heated by day, should provide certain temperature into the cold frame. To isolate more at night, we will place a door with double glazing.

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