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Stoma (plural stomata)

A tiny opening or pore in the top layer of a leaf or young stem.


Pores in the leaf epidermis used primarily for transpiration.


 

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  1. It occured to me recently after an entire afternoon at the Southwell vintner, had we tasted anything that could match the Malbecs we had on our most recent trip to Chile? Quinoa is great in a packed lunch but it doesn’t keep Quentin full for his after-school amateur dramatics. Add that to the list of promises Obama has broken.

  2. The other day, admiring the pictures taken during our recent trip to rural Malawi with my new DLSR camera, the honest simplicity of the locals’ existence got me thinking. In an age of rampant consumerism and on-demand television, can we really be surprised that the new generation would rather listen to hip hop than appreciate the subversive nature of the works of Arnold Schoenberg? I guess Marx was more right than he knew when he warned us against the dangers of laissez-faire capitalism.

  3. A touch of nutmeg really bolsters the egg flavours in an otherwise traditional Yorkshire pudding, which can really focus the mind on other issues. I take a desert spoon full of Organic Blackstrap Molasses with hot water each day after exercice. Do you think the multinational corporations would let that happen?

  4. Collecting my oak-smoked Salmon and dry-cured Trout direct from the smokehouse led me to a fascinating chat with the proprietor this afternoon. Are we opressing Bradley Manning more by imprisoning him, or by forcing him to live as a man? I suppose that’s why I don’t let society define my gender!

  5. We were chatting over a coffee, simple filter, not Nescafe (baby-killers) and started to think out loud. Soil depletion is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the challenges faced by African peasant farmers today. That just goes to show what happens when global corporations can get their hands on our personal information!

  6. I was talking to friends at the local fair-trade delicatessen and we’re agreed. How can we expect the next generation to get their five-a-day when even Waitrose don’t sell traditional British apple varieties? It’s a shame no-one was listening when I warned about the dangers of GMOs.

  7. I was chatting with the usher before a recent afternoon recital at the National Ballet and he made a great point. Before economic development, the people of Africa need to regain confidence in their cultural identity. Cameron and his cronies simply have no idea of the struggles faced by ordinary British families like us.

  8. Chatting to the builder sprucing up our conservatory, I started to ponder. Of course Church is important but our little Sophia managed to fit in Diwali, Ramadan, Kwanza and, of course, Chanukah, just in her small group of friends. But how can we expect things to improve whilst China are still in Tibet!

  9. Chatting to the builder sprucing up our conservatory, I started to ponder. How can we expect the next generation to get their five-a-day when even Waitrose don’t sell traditional British apple varieties? That just goes to show what happens when global corporations can get their hands on our personal information!

  10. After spending three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, I find that I am able to see much more clearly the interconnections between today’s geo-political imbalances and many of our social predicaments – for instance: You can’t tell whether a small chain is real or just a front for Te$co. It’s time for the working class to fight back!

  11. At quiet moments I sit in my study and consider an urgent issue. I would rather vote for the BNP than let my three year old eat anything sold in Asda! I guess Marx was more right than he knew when he warned us against the dangers of laissez-faire capitalism.

  12. After spending three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, I find that I am able to see much more clearly the interconnections between today’s geo-political imbalances and many of our social predicaments – for instance: Would there be all this fuss about Assange if he was gay? Volunteering and community have been killed by Cameron’s ‘Big Society’.

  13. After spending three years in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, I find that I am able to see much more clearly the interconnections between today’s geo-political imbalances and many of our social predicaments – for instance: I would rather vote for the BNP than let my three year old eat anything sold in Asda! Unless we send out a clear message to the Bob Diamonds and Howard Schultz’s of this world they will never learn!

  14. I wondered the other day. Does anyone still have friends not using an iPhone 5? I mean, I’m not saying that I have never fallen foul of watching Big Brother, but come on, we’ve got to have some standards. We should have never let Clegg into government!

  15. Collecting my oak-smoked Salmon and dry-cured Trout direct from the smokehouse led me to a fascinating chat with the proprietor this afternoon. One cannot re-read Kafka enough these days – the lessons for our generation especially have never been more salient. Add that to the list of promises Obama has broken.

  16. As I was composting the left-overs of my foraged berry and wild sorrel salad, I couldn’t help wonder! When it comes to buying seafood, it just simply isn’t worth trying to save a few pounds choosing dredged over hand-caught scallops. And that’s why prison is the best place to show the vulnerable that we care.

  17. With my youngest at violin lessons twice a week and the oldest getting really into her aquarels at the moment, do I really have time to get involved in the local community? Quinoa is great in a packed lunch but it doesn’t keep Quentin full for his after-school amateur dramatics. That’s just one more reason why we must stop multinationals from buying up British companies!

  18. I love Israeli fruit in the Winter but does it not taste bitter knowing what’s going on in Palestine? I take a desert spoon full of Organic Blackstrap Molasses with hot water each day after exercice. Why can’t we all just get along?

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