Tuesday titter – Prince Charles in The Greenhouse

Josh writes: Prince Charles famously talks to his plants – nothing wrong with that, of course. BishopHill suggested a cartoon where we listen in to what he might be saying (H/t Climate Expert James Delingpole). Let’s hope His Highness reads Roger Andrews and Watts Up With That too.


Cartoons by Josh

P.S. Is there any interest in a calendar this year? I am a bit late in getting round to it but do let me know if you would like one – I can get a copy over to Anthony this week.

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November 24, 2015 8:21 am

Do you really think anyone here would vote NO to a Josh 2016 calendar ????

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 8:23 am

Somebody voted NO just to piss me off !! LOL

Mary Catherine
Reply to  Marcus
November 25, 2015 12:00 pm

It was not I.

November 24, 2015 8:22 am

I wonder if prince Chuckles realizes that talking to his plants is good for them because he is breathing CO2 directly on them ?????

sysiphus /
Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 8:27 am

His Gulfstream and carbon (dioxide) footprint is doing much better than that for the plants.

Eugene WR Gallun
Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 9:34 am

Marcus — Prince Chuckles??? Perfect! — Eugene WR Gallun

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 1:40 pm

I wonder, what would his plants say back if they could speak? I imagine it would go something like this…
Bullocks, you fell off the trolley! Skedaddle now; go have a chin wag with someone other than your minted gabbies before you make less sense than the legless chavs down in Brixton!

Brian H
Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 8:34 pm

Yeah, nice little puffs of 40,000 ppm air!

Reply to  Marcus
November 26, 2015 1:09 am

More likely the S**T he was talking than CO2 from his breath which helps his plants…

jolly farmer
November 24, 2015 8:29 am

He should not speak on these matters. He has made himself unfit to inherit the crown.

Reply to  jolly farmer
November 24, 2015 8:30 am

But he would make an excellent ” Court Jester “….Hey Josh, cartoon please !!!!!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  jolly farmer
November 24, 2015 9:40 am

Agreed! Constitutionally he should be leap-frogged over & the crown given to William when the current incumbent passes on, or maybe that’s the time to rec-nsider Britain remaining a constitutional monarchy!

Reply to  Alan the Brit
November 24, 2015 11:09 am

Won’t be long before its a caliphate, anyway !

Reply to  Alan the Brit
November 24, 2015 2:59 pm

Given the invertebrate governments we’ve had here in the UK recently, I fear there is a real possibility you may be right.
Likely Brits will spring up and defy – but not certain.
My thought. You may get different mileage.

Brian H
Reply to  Alan the Brit
November 24, 2015 8:38 pm

Various bogus news reports have suggested, to widespread applause, that the royal end run had already been performed. I personally hope QE2 outlives her son.

Reply to  jolly farmer
November 24, 2015 9:58 am

I absolutely agree

sysiphus /
November 24, 2015 8:29 am

“are doing”.

November 24, 2015 8:37 am

Once again, weapons grade stupidity. And arrogance to boot.

November 24, 2015 8:40 am

We are lucky in our opponents. Their feet of clay have sustained us. Their “weirdness” is an assault to most people’s senses.
Let’s give them the largest platform possible. They deserve to be heard.

Bubba Cow
Reply to  troe
November 24, 2015 8:47 am

The triple threat of Obama, Biden, and Kerry is my favorite and it seems Bummer has them on rotation (certainly on message) and keeping Uncle Joe close to home.

Alan McIntire
November 24, 2015 8:41 am

Prince Charles is now 66 years old, and he never was that bright. Perhaps he’s suffering from the early stages of dementia.

Reply to  Alan McIntire
November 24, 2015 8:49 am

May Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II outlive him.

Reply to  Alan McIntire
November 24, 2015 9:06 am

Well I’d much rather have Charles as next on the throne than air miles Andy. At least Charles is sincere in what he believes – misguided maybe but sincere. When, or if, he succeeds to the throne, as consitutional monarch, his ability to express his views will be much more limited – I hope

michael hart
Reply to  Harrowsceptic
November 24, 2015 9:13 am

Don’t worry, air miles Andy is only about sixth in line to the throne.
I’m not too unhappy about Charles spouting off. I think he is already held in such low regard, by so many, that he hinders rather than helps his cause.

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
November 24, 2015 11:12 am

Down here in Australia, I think there will be a strong push for Australia to become a republic once Prince Chuckles becomes King Chuckles.

Reply to  Harrowsceptic
November 24, 2015 11:39 am

charles is the biggest nutjob there is, yet the media give him a free ride and bang on about philips non pc statements.. pathetic.
eg a statement by philip seen as newsworthy- At party in 2004: “Bugger the table plan, give me my dinner!”
but charles gets one story about his coffee enema cancer cure-

Bryan A
Reply to  Harrowsceptic
November 24, 2015 12:31 pm

I believe Andrew IS sixth
HRM Elizabeth
1 Pc Charles
2 Pc William
3 Pc George
4 Ps Charlotte
5 Pc Henry
6 Pc Andrew
Be tough not being able to travel with your brother or father or children though.
But you never have to hear your kids asking, “Are we there yet”

November 24, 2015 8:44 am

Excellent cartoon , blindingly stupid remarks by HRH

Scott M
November 24, 2015 8:49 am

My dear plant you are getting fat, I need to put you on a diet and reduce all the CO2 you are getting. After Mother joined Weightwatchers I joined CO2watchers and have the diet plan.

Reply to  Scott M
November 24, 2015 8:53 am

That’s funny! And the cartoon, too. These idiots hate people and the environment. They would destroy both with their stupid ideas and policies if they could.

Reply to  Scott M
November 24, 2015 12:44 pm

Did you notice the little C “Heart” 2 in the lower right corner? Nice.

Reply to  Aussiebear
November 24, 2015 3:15 pm

Thanks Aussiebear. I missed the heart CO2! Nice touch.

November 24, 2015 9:35 am

He can’t be in the pay of big oil at least. Justin Farrell, a Yale University sociologist and author of a computer study has tagged all of us skeptics as either being in the pay of Exxon or Koch Brothers.

Reply to  Owen
November 24, 2015 1:00 pm

I thought The Royal family had a big stake in Shell oil? or was that the Dutch hey what about BP?

Choey Tuqiri
Reply to  Owen
November 24, 2015 3:46 pm

Apparently, my check from Exxon got lost in the mail.

Eugene WR Gallun
November 24, 2015 9:40 am

Great cartoon!!!! Now we need the counterpoint — What Prince Chuckles thinks the plants are saying back to him! I am sure he listens intently.
Eugene WR Gallun

Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
November 24, 2015 1:07 pm

…maybe ” Chuck You Farley ” …think about it slowly …LOL

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 4:43 pm

Ah, Spoonerisms 🙂

Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
November 24, 2015 1:19 pm

Plants to Prince: ” Can we move to Canada pretty please? Scotland is getting to warm!

November 24, 2015 9:42 am

Climate Change has millions streaming across Europe’s borders, radicalized young European men, and today shot down a Russian fighter.
That explains why Western leaders are pleading with their people to wake up. Its as trapped in a bubble they are pulling the last shreds of credibility in on themselves.

November 24, 2015 9:45 am

I watched his interview on sky – the interviewer gave him a very easy time – but even when she did pose a sensible question – the dismissive way Prince Chuckles answered it as tho the question was far too stupid even to answer was a delightful display of ignorant arrogance.

Reply to  DougUK
November 25, 2015 5:05 pm


November 24, 2015 9:56 am

Our local TV news had a piece on last night about Charles visiting a Chocolate Factory!

Owen in GA
Reply to  decnine
November 24, 2015 1:08 pm

did he board the glass elevator too?

Pat Paulsen
November 24, 2015 10:12 am

Do we not, as humans, exhale carbon dioxide in very large amounts – close up? I’ve always thought that the reason plants do well when people talk to them is because of the higher CO2 content, locally. So, in his own fashion, it appears that Prince Charles understands the beneficial aspects of CO2 for plant growth – at least, subconsciously?

Joe Zeise
Reply to  Pat Paulsen
November 24, 2015 10:40 am

400 in 40,000 out

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Joe Zeise
November 24, 2015 11:57 pm

Remember by volume. Atmosphere = ~400ppm/v. Human exhalation = ~40,000ppm/v.

November 24, 2015 10:22 am

Inbreeding: it’s not just for Arkansas anymore.

November 24, 2015 10:23 am

I think I understand now that the underlying reason for keeping a ceremonial royal family in place is to remind the population just how fickle things would be like in a real monarchy with power, corruption, and befuddled or disinterested leadership. See the story of Kublai Khan’s rule in his later years. But how many lessons do you really need from this ceremonial jester?

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 24, 2015 3:12 pm

And an elected politico head of state might be an improvement?
The Monarchy survived Edward VIII, George III [lost us some North American colonies, which did OK afterwards!!!!!], Charles II and several other – surely – less suited to Kingship than the Prince of Wales (PoW). I am not impressed – but, conversely, a Turnbull, a Trudeau [any Trudeau], a Nixon, Carter, Obama, Fat Boy Kim (ahhhhh – almost hereditary monarchy . . . ), Hussein, etc. [ad nauseum] at least throw a light on alternatives.
Our PoW – may need better advisors. May need to make enquiries privately as King [if/when].
But – I think – a decent chap, who has – don’t forget – been waiting for promotion to the top job for more than 63 years, 9 months!
How would you take that? – sixty plus years . . . .
Auto – not enamoured of the guy, but with some sympathy. Still.

Brian H
Reply to  Resourceguy
November 24, 2015 8:48 pm

Ya, young Pc Hal was great, but turned into Henry the Ate.

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 24, 2015 11:15 pm

That is not a nice thing to say about Arkansas, oh wait that is where the Clintons are from, you just might be right.

November 24, 2015 10:33 am

As always Josh’s cartoon was superb. As for Charlie boy he is just another useful ijit and will be used for the ’cause’. But give him a break – at least he is sincere. When he does (eventually) succeed the throne his minders will keep him quiet.

November 24, 2015 10:34 am

I wouldn’t hold out for much hope for prince William to mature into any better of a human being than his Dad. His handlers at least scurry to make sure we don’t get exposed to see the detestable side of the house of Windsor through him.

November 24, 2015 10:40 am

I talk to my plants too – but I threaten them with the incinerator if they don’t hurry up an get growing!

Reply to  sensferguson
November 24, 2015 11:26 am

Obviously your plants need a ” Safe Space ” to hide away from all your ” Micro Aggressions ” !! Snark…

November 24, 2015 10:52 am

Titter you may , but can Prince Charles be scorned when , as Luke pointed out earlier today he is quoting from an article in the much revered Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Perhaps he was also influenced by this latest article from the University of Bristol and its famous Prof , as reported in the Daily Mail :
(but without a link to the actual journal).
Surely he is just responding , as any layperson would, to the articles and opinions of scientists who have earned or achieved high status in the eyes of their many peers.
Who amongst us can claim such a distinction or such a status ?
Furthermore the idea that climate change can provoke barbarity should come as no surprise especially to inhabitants of America. Many , fascinating , historical TV documentaries of PreColumbian MesoAmerica remark on the savagery that the societies descended into when struck by prolonged drought . So not such a weird explanation then.

Reply to  mikewaite
November 24, 2015 9:05 pm

Yes, indeed, there is some plausibility to this and many other assertions that we are bombarded with daily.
There are veritable armies of earnest researchers working sedulously to ensure that we will fritter our hours away, checking their sources and calculations, only to arrive at another exasperating nexus of inference and invention, conjured up by axe-grinding academics.
Have you read that pnas stuff? Including the summary?
“We have here pointed to a connected path running from human interference with climate to severe drought to agricultural collapse and mass human migration. This path runs through a landscape of vulnerability to drought that encompasses government policies promoting unsustainable agricultural practices, and the failure of the government to address the suffering of a displaced population.”
Yep, “connected path”; what’s that? Six degrees of separation or Snakes and Ladders? All courtesy of our one-stop experts in weather, climate, agronomy, sociology, politics and every other -ology you could conceive of, not to mention a penetrating insight into tribal and religious history, such that all these multiple causes might be properly weighted.
As one of the authors, Colin Kelley, said
“The bottom line is, what we’re trying to show is that these trends are due to the climate change signal,”
I take it, you think they achieved their mission. I think they just wasted my time.

November 24, 2015 10:52 am

He’s made himself look a right Charlie hasn’t he? Again. History will laugh like a drain at these buffoons.

November 24, 2015 10:55 am

Josh’s cartoon, directed @ the epitome of royal goofiness, has got me thinking about whimsical views of the world.
When Charles Philip Arthur George (a guy belonging to some kind of ’Princely’ meme) speaks, it sounds like he is part of the fantastical lyrics of the song ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. My nickname for him is ‘Puff’. And he can “sadly slip back into his cave” because the modern little boys and girls won’t play with him anymore because they outgrew the nepotistic realms that are monarchy and its self-serving state religion . . . .
PS – here are the relevant lyrics of the Peter Paul & Mary song ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’,

{From the song ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ by Peter Paul & Mary}
Dragons live forever but not so little boys
Painted wings and giant strings make way for other toys.
One sad night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar.
His head was bent in sorrow, green scales fell like rain,
Puff no longer went to play along the cherry lane.
Without his life-long friend, puff could not be brave,
So puff that mighty dragon sadly slipped into his cave. oh!
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee,
Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee.

Reply to  John Whitman
November 24, 2015 11:28 am

. . OMG…I actually remember that !!! LOL

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 1:36 pm

Marcus on November 24, 2015 at 11:28 am
– – – – – – –
Vive la ’60s !
PS – or should it be; ‘Vive le ‘60s !’ ?
PSS – or should it be; ‘Vive les ‘60s !’ ?

November 24, 2015 11:06 am

Never mind Charles, what do the Kardashians and Bruce Jenner think of climate change?

Reply to  Resourceguy
November 24, 2015 11:14 am

or di Caprio ! He’s the go to guy isn’t he..
All these celebrities, its hard to remember which is most gullible.

Mike the Morlock
November 24, 2015 11:06 am

Well lets see how the Prince of Wales deals with this little bit of “Climate Change” because the Ahem Climate has just changed and its definitely man made.
The feces has just hit the impeller, Turkey has shot down a Russian aircraft Crew (KIA on ground by insurgents )

Reply to  Mike the Morlock
November 25, 2015 5:12 pm

“The feces has just hit the impeller,”
A better version: The poop has hit the punkah.

November 24, 2015 11:42 am

Remember that Emperor Nero played his fiddle as Rome burned around him. So now the delusional Prince babbles on about global warming as the world is on the brink of World War III.

Reply to  Gandhi
November 24, 2015 3:55 pm

Nero was said to have played the lyre and sung of the fall of Troy. In fairness to one of history’s less amiable people, he is also said to have got onto relief and rebuild as soon as he could have.

November 24, 2015 11:48 am

120 votes.
So about 2 lurkers for every commenter.

Reply to  MCourtney
November 24, 2015 12:32 pm

What’s your point ???

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 12:43 pm

Just noting an interesting fact.
We rarely get to see if anyone is watching the debates here.
It seems they are.

Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 1:02 pm

The silent majority is waking up !!! LOL

Reply to  MCourtney
November 24, 2015 1:12 pm

MCourtney on November 24, 2015 at 11:48 am
120 votes.
So about 2 lurkers for every commenter.

It is more interesting to see the total number people (not views) who visited this post in relation to number of unique visitors who had at least one comment and also in relation to the number of votes (yes & no).
Also, if a commenter voted yes (one of your 120 number) then that commenter could have made several comments in the thread and not just one.
Also, is a person not commenting on this post your definition of a ‘lurker’? Perhaps instead of the ambiguous term ‘lurker’ you meant to just say ‘a person who hasn’t yet commented on this post’?

Reply to  John Whitman
November 24, 2015 1:21 pm

Thank you !!

Reply to  John Whitman
November 24, 2015 1:22 pm

Yes, that would be more useful to measure.
But this was available to those of us who are just visiting and have no knowledge of the workings of WordPress.
And I apologise if “lurker” is considered derogatory. It was not meant to be.

Reply to  John Whitman
November 24, 2015 2:09 pm

MCourtney on November 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm
. . . And I apologise if “lurker” is considered derogatory. It was not meant to be.

Sorry, I did not wish to imply that use of ‘lurker’ was derogatory, just wished to imply that it is ambiguous and subject to various interpretations.

Reply to  John Whitman
November 24, 2015 2:20 pm

MCourtney on November 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm
But this [the voting and comment counts] was available to those of us who are just visiting and have no knowledge of the workings of WordPress.

And I haven’t access either to that level of knowledge about WP’s records for this site. But it would be interesting info to see. : )

wayne Job
Reply to  John Whitman
November 25, 2015 2:08 am

I come here every day but very rarely comment, not lurking, just watching the conversation and science.
Wayne from OZ a retired engineer.

November 24, 2015 12:07 pm

I believe that HRH Elizabeth II secretly is trying to outlive him, for the good of Britain.

November 24, 2015 12:27 pm

Daily Caller.com has got the Dr Shukla fraud story today.,

November 24, 2015 12:33 pm

At least5President Obama and Prince Charles agree on something:
What is worse: Climate change or WWIII?
November 24: Turkey just shot down a Russian Fighter Jet over Turkish air space, but the surviving pilot landed in Syria, taken by Syrian rebels fighting Assad on behalf of Turkey. Turkey is fighting Assad and the Kurds in Syria. Russia is assisting Assad in fighting Syrian rebels assisted by Turkey, and are also fighting ISIS. Iran is assisting Assad in fighting the Syrian Rebels and the Kurds, and maybe ISIS. Turkey is helping ISIS fight Assad. U.S. is helping Turkey helping ISIS and the Syrian rebels, but is also fighting ISIS. France is jumping in fighting ISIS. U.S. say they are helping the Kurds fight ISIS, but are not, because that would offend the Turks and Iran. And then there are the Chinese trying to gain influence in the region. This is the coalition Obama says he is leading fighting ISIS, (or ISIL as Obama insists calling it, as the Levant also includes Israel).
Obama is still scheduled, together with 40000 other delegates to go to Paris next week for the 2015 Climate Change Conference COP21. What could possibly go wrong?
Which leads to verse 69 of the Obama Impeachment song (as if sung by President Barack Hussein Obama to the tune of “Please release me, let me go”)
Climate change or World War III?
Yes, Climate Change much worse must be.
World Wars come and go, you see.
But Climate Must Not Change, That’s my decree.
Here is the complete impeachment song: http://lenbilen.com/2015/02/25/the-complete-obama-impeachment-song/

Reply to  lenbilen
November 24, 2015 1:05 pm

Gee, could you make it a little longer ?/ LOL…great job..

Mike the Morlock
Reply to  Marcus
November 24, 2015 1:58 pm

Marcus, this could get ugly, seems the Russian aircrew was killed after bailing out. Also a rescue helio was hit on the ground by an anti-tank missile. (Don’t we build nice stuff here in the U.S.A.)
BTY did junior pull Canada’s aircraft out yet?

Reply to  lenbilen
November 24, 2015 1:10 pm

RT ( the Russian TV channel viewable in UK) has been making much of the absence of any comment from Kerry and Obama – surely they are awake by now (9 pm in UK).
The horrible image that keeps coming to mind are those film shots of Hitler in his bunker gazing for hours at the models of the sparkling new city of Linz that he is going to build , whilst the Russians are just a fewhundred yards away.

Reply to  mikewaite
November 24, 2015 1:42 pm

Yes , this whole administration is delusional !!

November 24, 2015 12:34 pm

I vote YES for a calendar.

Reply to  PaulH
November 24, 2015 1:42 pm

25 people actually voted NO ?? Weird !

November 24, 2015 1:08 pm

His involvement in the Climate Change game will be his undoing

November 24, 2015 1:47 pm
November 24, 2015 2:38 pm

HRH is a bit of an embarrassment

Reply to  Admad
November 24, 2015 4:00 pm

“peasant girl”? Diana was the daughter of an Earl.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Admad
November 25, 2015 12:44 am

A watch that could feed a family in Africa for several years?

November 24, 2015 3:43 pm

Perhaps “Charles in charge” is the the Dr. Doolittle of botany in his own mind.

November 24, 2015 3:44 pm

He will be at the COP 21 meeting in Paris next month. I hope he has checked out with the plants in his greenhouse before he makes any more erm ‘wise’ statements.

November 24, 2015 5:55 pm

I think “The Royal Nuthouse” would be a more apt caption for that cartoon.

Gary Pearse
November 24, 2015 6:53 pm

Well HRH Charlie did once express the wish to be Camilla’s tampon (gagh!)
Josh, sorry, you missed a terrific alternative cartoon. You should have had the plants all trying to strangle charlie for wanting to cut CO2.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
November 25, 2015 5:18 pm

“Josh, sorry, you missed a terrific alternative cartoon. You should have had the plants all trying to strangle charlie for wanting to cut CO2.”
How about one of the flowers giving him a squirt in the face?

November 24, 2015 7:44 pm

He’s turned into the CLOWN PRINCE. The guy had everything going for him, born with a silver spoon in his mouth. All he had to do was be Royal, keep his trash shut on political and controversial issues and just be a prince. Instead, he went along and spoilt it all by opening his gob on too many occasions without engaging brain. He’s been doing this for many years now, on the issue of global warming, yet planet earth continues to have a stable weather system … no sign of any tipping point, no sign of destruction of the biosphere, no sign of any coming climate catastrophe.

November 24, 2015 9:36 pm

Well let’s not get all in a huff – after all he is the Prince of Whales not the the Prince of Smart. Now I realize he he may not be a peculiarly smart whale as such things might go but is that really what the whales need?
Sometimes I reckon a herd of balmy cetaceans need a leader who just spouts something out the old blowhole eh what?
Thank god no one is looking to him to lead us in a matter of importance.
Yikes what a mess that would be!

James Bull
November 25, 2015 3:06 am

A few more yes votes and we will have a 97% consensus for a calendar by Josh so who could say it was wrong for him to produce one? As we know 97% is the magic number.
James Bull

Evan Jones
November 25, 2015 4:01 am

Prince Charles famously talks to his plants – nothing wrong with that, of course.
Until they talk back.

Reply to  Evan Jones
November 25, 2015 4:41 am

Prince Charles famously talks to his plants – nothing wrong with that, of course.

Until they talk back.

No. That would be a good thing. Charles might listen to the plants – they are, after all, the only sane, thinking adult in the room when Charles is present.

November 25, 2015 7:48 am

Andrew Bolt gives Charlie a good shellacking with the facts-
The dweeb is enough for leftys to want to defend the monarchy and conservatives to want a republic in Oz.

November 25, 2015 10:55 am

Spoiled progeny are the same everywhere, regardless of the titles and regalia. They lack the drive of the empire builders of industry, science, and engineering and replace it with rambling thoughts that are laughed at even by the average folks with average drive.

November 25, 2015 5:31 pm

The gentleness of Josh’s cartoons makes them more effective somehow.

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