Sorry for the delay in posting and thank you for your kind words TA. Yes I would support such a forum of course.
I am not quite sure how I should put this. I feel a certain pressure building up on me to be 'an oracle' on quakes and volcanoes, a 'resident
expert' etc, the 'Phage of Quakes' (!) and the facts are that I am not. I am sure there are many on ATS who are as knowledgeable as me, yourself
included TA, and probably members who actually are experts - i.e. geologists.
I am not
an expert. I did do a college course in geology in the days when plate tectonics was a newfangled idea and the earth was still flat,
and I have had a life long interest in the subject. This makes me knowledgeable on the subject but does not make me a geologist or an expert and I
would never claim to be one.
I like to think that I am reasonably intelligent and can decipher things in order to find out what is going on, but I am not the Pope - I am fallible.
I make mistakes, and you have pulled me on them sometimes TA, and I am happy to admit when I am wrong. (OK I am not happy - but I will admit the
There is so much going on in the world to make people concerned - even afraid - that I feel it my duty to attempt to ease peoples minds on the subject
of quakes and volcanoes, if such easement is reasonable and they are prepared to take it on board. They don't need unnecessary fear heaped on top of
all the other trouble around.
I can be pompous, overbearing and not suffer fools gladly, when fools are people who should know better, but I will always make the attempt to explain
to people who do not have the means to understand something. I also can get frustrated and lose my temper, and be very stubborn.
I do not look for acknowledgement, or should I say praise. I grew up in an era when you got no praise for anything and got the hell knocked out of you
when you got something wrong, and on top of that I am British (stiff upper lip and all that don't you know) so I don't get quite as excited as
If someone says, mm yes I think you are right if I have made a point then that is sufficient. I care little for stars, flags, wats, karma and all that
rubbish. Equally I would wish people to say No you are wrong, if I am. (Never!
So again thanks for the support of all of you that live and lurk in the Quake Watch and Volcano Watch and associated threads, and thank you all for
own input as many of you are just as much 'resident experts' as me.