Alternative Energy 2018

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"British shale gas companies have said domestic fracking will finally begin in earnest in 2018, after another year passed without serious progress amid strong opposition. Industry figures said next year would be crucial for the sector, as companies start the process of hydraulic fracturing to extract gas trapped underground in shale rock..."

Oh Deer

"Since 2012, Erie County landowners have signed 354 oil/gas leases to 12 different gas developers as of Feb. 2016. They are just waiting for the price of natural gas to recover and fracking companies to move in."

Give em an inch .. .


No seeds were lost  ...



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Windmills & Broflakes

"You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same organic and decaying matter as everyone else."

"...The internet is probably the nastiest technological invention in the history of mankind because it does not just kill but tortures poor souls who fall for its charms...

I speak for millions of old folk who find computers alien beings and push button telephone options an abomination invented by grasping executives...

Also in my sights are the politically correct and the dangerous environmental lobby who are still making idiots of politicians..."



""Straight male offended by any feminist or ethnic activity which is not directly designed for him."You can probably think of someone who this may apply to."

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Grain & Groan

"The first-ever shipment of Russian gas to the UK looks likely to head straight back out on another ship, disproving Moscow’s claims that Britain will be reliant on it for supplies this winter.  National Grid confirmed that gas from a Russian field targeted by US sanctions had been delivered by a Russian icebreaker to storage facilities at the Isle of Grain in Kent on Thursday night...

"A spokesperson for National Grid said the gas had not entered the national network of pipelines that supplies homes and businesses...

"The icebreaker set off earlier this month from the  Yaml LNG project in the Russian Arctic, a gas field that is jointly owned by the Russian gas producer Novatek, the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation and the French oil firm Total....

"Ineos, owner of the Forties pipeline system, said this week the crack had been repaired and normal operation would resume “around the new year”.

UK gas prices have since fallen back down to normal levels, and Cox said the real story was not Russian gas but imports from Belgium."


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A Cold War Mash

"In the 1980s, the idea of a man-made man became less horror and more science fiction. Now its cyborgs, robots, Prometheus. I would be interested to see if they could de-technologise the story and come up with a new, modern retelling.

"We got Twilight with sexy, sparkly vampires and no-one wants to touch Frankenstein."


"That’s why it is time to renew the vision for the 21st century NHS. We should be optimistic and ambitious about what a national service can achieve. There is no reason why the people of this country should expect anything but the best health service in the world... to stand still is to fall back. That’s why we need to revive reform. The deadlock needs to be broken ... This will tackle the tough questions that politics is struggling to address... After all, I’m a doctor not a politician, and the patient is an NHS that’s in need of help..."

"The Arctic is a region of tremendous strategic importance for global trade and national security... Receding ice adds to the region’s significance.

To date, Arctic governance has been driven through the Arctic Council, created in 1996 by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S. The council has grown to include 13 non-Arctic observer countries, including China, India and Japan. While the council has worked well on matters within its jurisdiction—such as health and the environment—it has no power to enforce agreements, making it incapable of dealing with security matters."

"Six international organisations representing Arctic Indigenous Peoples have permanent participant status."

"Reindeer are thought to be the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light... Some populations of the North American caribou migrate the furthest of any terrestrial mammal, travelling up to 5,000 km (3,100 mi) a year, and covering 1,000,000 km2 (390,000 sq mi). Other populations (e.g., in Europe) have a shorter migration, and some, for example the subspecies R. t. pearsoni and R. t. platyrhynchus (both restricted to islands), are residents that only make local movements."


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Rise & Shine

"Why could a woman not publish under her own name? What was life like for women living in the UK in the 19th Century? What circumstances would also give rise to a child being found abandoned in a city in the 18th Century, as Heathcliff was?"

"Angria and the Angrians."

Rolling ...

"2018 offers us both the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the UK, and the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte's birth, so it feels poignant to begin the year on the topic of prejudice.

Emily Bronte, whose extraordinary novel Wuthering Heights has stirred the world for over 150 years, published her work under an androgynous pseudonym: Ellis Bell..."

Ah, so ...

recycling some olde rubbish ;-0

Mind over matter.

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Spot The Dog

"“The group has had two meetings in the Town Hall to date, neither of which was attended by all 6 members.  This has made it difficult to apportion the necessary leg work effectively. It would be easier to fit in with individual requirements if members were there to express them. Our research has been limited to the Rough Sleeper Sweep and a visit by myself to the Salvation Army.

The Rough Sleeper Sweep was invaluable as we saw the partner agencies currently working with SBC in action, and managed to speak to some of those who attended the breakfast at the Rainbow Centre. This has helped us decide who we thought we needed to talk to. Actually meeting with the other agencies has been very difficult due to work commitments and diary clashes.

The second meeting of the group with Andrew Rowe allowed a discussion of what questions we thought needed answering and a very helpful aide memoire was produced by Andrew. It is hoped a standardised approach will ensure consistent and comparable evidence is available for the final analysis of Rough Sleeping in the SBC area. I think it is important that the group maintains a focused approach and does not allow itself to be distracted by hearsay and anecdotal tales.

Further visits will be arranged in the New Year to the necessary agencies and updates provided as and when they are available.”

"Definition of rough sleeping:

Rough sleeping means that you do not have anywhere to sleep in. People bedding down in doorways, cars, derelict buildings, sheds, tents (excluding campsites) or any other place that is not designed and is unsuitable for people to sleep in are classed as sleeping rough."

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A Bridge too Far

"Johnson has previously promoted the idea of another Channel Tunnel but is now said to think a bridge could also be possible, telling aides that such feats of engineering have been achieved in Japan..."

"Campaigners have attributed the gulf between estimates and records to a reluctance to self-identify, for fear of discrimination – but the effect has been to make the community invisible...

“Local authorities are quite complacent when it comes to prejudice against Gypsies and Travellers,” says Bennett, describing her experience in setting up a site in Nottinghamshire. “When we applied for our planning permission on our land we had people writing in saying, ‘How are we going to stop these people from breeding?’ And that was allowed to go up on the council’s website.”

"Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation."


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The Flying Pickets

"With 84 per cent of us heating our homes with gas, gas producing nearly half of our electricity and UK industries using it as a vital feedstock, the question is not whether we need gas, but where we source it from. 2017 served to cement this; in December alone we saw three events cause a European gas shortage and subsequent price hike, as Middle Eastern and Russian suppliers scrambled their costly Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers to meet demand.

But the struggle for already-overstretched UK billpayers, who inevitably end up shouldering the cost, is not the only concern. Shipping our much-needed gas across oceans and continents as LNG requires energy in itself. The gas produced in Qatar must be super-cooled, then loaded, brought thousands of miles to the UK then unloaded and regassified, using an extraordinary amount of energy.

In turn, importing this gas rather than producing it here in the UK means 10 per cent higher lifecycle emissions for that supply, which given we now import around half our gas, has big implications for our environment, particularly as we take gas from nations with lower standards than our own..."

“There’s a build-up of issues that has gone on for too long and the alarms was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”...

The plant, which sits alongside the river Hull, was granted a permit last year from the Environment Agency to take a maximum of 315,000 tonnes of waste a year, including black-bin “residual” household waste, commercial and industrial waste and waste wood.

A technology called fluidised bed gasification will convert the waste into a gas that turns a turbine to create electricity."

"Its Hip Hangout index collates the number of independent coffee shops, creative industries, vintage shops, vegan cafes, bike shops, art studios and co-working spaces. Areas with large numbers of chains were penalised."

"In a staunch defence of the Northern Powerhouse set up by former Chancellor George Osborne before it was sidelined, Ms Greening said: “I think we need to make sure we never again take our foot off the pedal on ensuring that regions like Yorkshire, and the North more generally, get the investment they need to really play a full role, especially economically, in driving jobs and prosperity in this country.

“There’s talent growing up in every single community around the country. That’s not the problem. The issue is increasingly going to be making sure young people have opportunities on their doorstep.”