'Cosmic Rose'

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"US space agency (Nasa) scientists say the objects are leftovers from the formation of the planets.  As such, these trojans, as they're known, hold important clues about the early evolution of the Solar System."


Rolls-Royce has said it could create 6,000 UK jobs within five years if the government backs its SMR plans. It has also reportedly held discussions with customers overseas, including companies such as Amazon that operate energy-hungry datacentres.





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The Cold Front

"The most obvious impacts of rising sea levels are coastal erosion and flooding of low-lying land. But communities are affected long before their islands become submerged. Saltwater seeps into groundwater, making it unfit for household use and leaving communities dependent on rainwater for drinking, and meaning communities cannot grow crops."



"I take my science in the same way I enjoy music. If I don't like the tune, I don't listen to it. "


Ironic Games

"Barring a complete collapse in the talks, there are likely to be a range of tangible outcomes.

It's expected that more countries will announce they are moving away from using coal for energy. A growing number of nations will probably sign up to curb methane emissions."


"... the council’s emissions account for less than four per cent of York’s total and getting the whole city to adapt to net zero will prove a much greater – and more costly – challenge.

Council officers are about to embark on the next round of public engagement about the city’s climate change strategy, before its final publication in early 2022."



Oh, OK:

"Consumers can also be reluctant to recycle their personal electronic equipment. In the UK, a 2019 study by the Royal Society of Chemistry found that as many as 40 million unused gadgets are languishing in our homes. That puts pressure on the supply of many valuable and rare elements."


Wot, no Bunny Boilers?


A Light Curve

"Nearly 5,000 "exoplanets" - worlds orbiting stars beyond our Sun - have been found so far, but all of these have been located within the Milky Way galaxy.

The possible planet signal discovered by Nasa's Chandra X-Ray Telescope is in the Messier 51 galaxy.

This is located some 28 million light-years away from the Milky Way."



"The anonymous Twitter account of a citizen holed below the poverty line, furiously raging to their 85 followers about their MP slashing their benefits, is rather different in nature and scale."


"The hiker told authorities he had lost his way around nightfall and “bounced around on to different trails trying to locate the proper trailhead”


"For the narrative to work, you need people there who literally have no idea what's going on. And it's pretty easy to play the truth of that, when you don't have a clue what's going on yourself!"


Ssshhh ...


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'Absolutely Stunning'

There is no Nexus...

"But the rules are opaque and sometimes arbitrarily enforced — or mistakenly enforced"

"On Oct. 24, in a scathing letter to the chairwomen of the committee, he announced that he was resigning over the university’s decision to approve a design he likened to “a social and psychological experiment.”

"“We have real concerns about platforms that are arbitrarily acting as regulators by default,” said Mr. Procter."

"“I’m not a bit surprised that someone looked at it and said, ‘What the hell is going on here?’” he said on Friday. “What’s going on here is that it’s going to work better than any other practical alternative.”"

"He then tried using YouTube’s online chat bot, speaking with a woman named “Rose,” who said, “I know this is important,” before the conversation crashed.”"


“Young people do not always smell good,” he wrote. “Fresh air is UNBELIEVABLY important"


"There were “devastating” failures in the management of the project, the report concluded, including corner-cutting and cover-ups by officials desperate to keep massive overspends and design problems hidden from councillors, and a lack of overall “grip and oversight”."

Luxury Communism... ;-0


Poetic, Moi?

In fiction and mythology, a doppelgänger is often portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal  phenomenon.

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The Fourth Generation...

Local Government Reorganistion & The Rule Breakers:

"Charter Trustees comprise of Councillors in the Wards which cover the unparished area, or in some cases, the area of the entire Borough being abolished. "


"Best practice guidance includes, for example, not having ‘island’ or ‘donut’ parishes or parish wards which are wholly surrounded by one other parish or parish ward; and using identifiable markers for boundaries (such as rivers, railways, roads and the edges of properties)."






The Great Resignation.

far too much wishful thinking ;-0


I feel a defferal coming on ..




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'Banter & Bagpipes''

"The creation of the Rolls-Royce Small Modular Reactor (SMR) business was announced following a £195m cash injection from private firms and a £210m grant from the government.

It is hoped the new company could create up to 40,000 jobs by 2050."



"The group said it had been affected by supply chain bottlenecks... increases in energy, logistics and commodities in addition to the impact of widely reported port congestion and road freight limitations."

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'A Free Port Experiment'

"He told councillors emails he’d received from town centre firms “didn’t make for happy reading” – and revealed how upset some shop owners had been at a recent BID meeting. 

Mr Maxwell said: “I had two businesses come along and one of them was in tears. “Three times in the space of a week she had to pull someone out of her hairdresser’s because they were clearly on Spice. “She had customers in the store and they were terrified. 

“That’s three times in a week. “She rang enforcement, she rang police, and she didn’t get an answer. 

“Her query to me was – if they had sat and done that in a council officer’s office, would that have been allowed to happen a second or third time?"



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Bright & Early

"To have dreamed in 2020 of having a whole 24 hours alone in a house would have been pointless and absurd, a waste of imagination. Wish fulfilment should always double up as positive visualisation, which is to say, the wished-for thing must have at least a sliver of a chance of coming true, otherwise you’re asking the universe to ignore you."

"The real truth is that lockdown is throwing transport investment into turmoil. While car use is surging back to pre-pandemic normal, rail use, and especially rail commuting, is down by 30-35%  with no one able to predict how it might recover. Investment in trains is still locked into decades-old predictions of hypermobility, bedevilled by arguments over costs, subsidies, emissions and pollution levels."

"The reality – that he might get on a train, for an intensive schedule of ping-pong, personal disclosure and everyone using the word “mission”, didn’t really hit me until the day before, and then I spent so much time smirking about his plans that I didn’t make any of my own."

"As for new lines, it appears that the £100bn cost of the original HS2 has not only killed its own completion, but also the equally wasteful new Manchester-Leeds HS3. A courageous Shapps would have killed the whole of HS2 and doubled his spend on other lines in the north of England. As it is, the overwhelming bulk of his investment in new railways now appears to be going south of Crewe. Where is the politics in this?"

"I got as far as singing along to Enya and eating raw onion, then my mind went blank."


"The velocities at which this material moves means it could easily puncture the walls of the station's modules."


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Unproven Necessities

"Rolls-Royce hopes their reactors will not just supply the National Grid. It thinks other customers like data centres, and firms producing hydrogen and synthetic aviation fuel, will be interested too.It is also hoping to sell its reactors abroad, with their smaller size an advantage.  "SMRs are different in that financing will be simpler - putting together financing for £2bn is obviously a lot simpler than 10 times that," adds Mr Blake."

"As many as 16 SMRs might be built dotted around the UK, with the first planned to come online in 10 years' time: eight sites have been identified."



"Contempt lights a fire inside us – when we hold on to that fire, refusing to extinguish it, knowing what we could burn down if we chose to – that can make us feel like a decider again, instead of someone who gets buffeted around and has to say “thank you”."


""It will be held at the site, and eventually transferred to Sellafield, or a geological disposal facility deep underground," he explains."


"Reprising his role of Neo in Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections. The film is set to be released on Christmas Eve"

Mebbe I should pop back for that Box Set ... ;-0

"Etch your loathing onto a stone and leave it somewhere beautiful. Externalise the record, then walk away."



"You just need to be sure it’s peripheral to your view."

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A Free Port Experiment II

"Teesside will have to wait until spring or summer next year to find out the fate of plans to store nuclear waste at Port Clarence...

It’s been more than a year since a consultation on the push for a permit received a mammoth 2,329 responses.  Only 13 of the total were in support of the application.

""I’m calling on the Environment Agency to get its act together and explain why local people are being left in limbo over this proposal.

“Nevertheless, I remain unconvinced that the proposal is in the best interests of my constituents, many of whom are personally opposed to it. "Teesside is again being targeted as a dumping ground, not only for waste from the immediate area but from further afield and potentially abroad too."

"It’s not the first time nuclear material coming to the region has raised concern. There was uproar in 2011 when it was revealed the firm had transported tonnes of sand from Christmas Island - the site of hydrogen bomb tests in the 1950s - to landfill on Teesside."

"Augean says its environmental safety case to the EA had "a wide range of risk assessments" to show its proposals will not result in "harm to people in the local area or the environment"."







The Ironic ...

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Somin to Chew On


"To be absolutely certain the spacecraft remains in perfect shape, NASA has convened an anomaly board to investigate and perform additional tests on the spacecraft to ensure nothing has been damaged. Once this is finished, assuming no damage, launch preparations will resume."


Trollolol ;-))


Best not mention Corn Flakes ...


Well the Garden 'Shed' that was there an hour ago has just disintergrated...


Third time lucky... ;-0


Counting Trees.

One Big Tree down, too much debris flying about for the pouch,   big 'Momma's' still standing... Just.

Now where did I put me hard hat...


One Eye.


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'Sealed by a Shale'

"There are hundreds of active onshore oil and gas wells in the UK. But as they come to the end of their lives, some need to be redeployed for trials of pumping CO2 underground and monitoring it to ensure it does not escape, the group says. The test wells could also be used to assess how hydrogen can be stored underground."



"It has identified 20 candidate wells, mainly in Yorkshire and the Midlands. A CCS test site would bury a relatively small amount of CO2, about 1,000 tonnes, at 1-3km depth. The cost of repurposing a well, plus two monitoring wells and the monitoring equipment would be about £5m, the group said.

“CO2 storage in the North Sea is probably going to be very important, but we need an onshore capability, a national asset, so we can do testing and look at what monitoring is adequate to understand where the CO2 has gone,” said Prof Richard Davies, at the University of Newcastle, who is leading the project.

“If we don’t do this soon, we will lose an opportunity to use this infrastructure,” he said, because exhausted wells are usually filled with cement. “These assets are already there, while drilling [new] boreholes is very expensive and adds a certain amount of risk. The range of boreholes we have will also give opportunities to test different rock types.”"


Any other Special Requests?


"Glover said industrial plants, cement works and incinerators sited inland, away from the coastal CCS clusters, might be able to bury their carbon emissions in repurposed onshore wells."



So there I was booking my booster jab and they asked if 'My Next of Kin' was correct....


Ooops.... Mebbe next time I ought to put 'Ghenghis'



Dramarama, Moi?


"So comrades, let us proceed to cripple the imperialist air bases by installing smart meters at our secret locations!"



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'Ecological Consequences'

"Commuters spotted a robot Dalek, based on the fictional extraterrestrial mutants seen in Doctor Who, rolling around the station."


Extract your own:



The Dalek invading the station was seen shouting 'what are you looking at' at cheerful passengers, adding 'come have a go if you think you're hard enough'...


While most of the commuters seemed amused by the Dalek's appearance, others seemed slightly confused. "


Basil Brush.

'Forbiddingly Complicated'

"Many of these US trees are destined to be turned into small pellets for the biomass industry. At wood pellet mills, wood is chipped, dried, ground and compressed into uniform, easily storable pellets. They're then shipped mainly to the UK, where they're burned for energy."


"The key to securing enough affordable, low-carbon energy is more storage to make the most of the renewable energy available. A storage boom has been forecast over the coming decade as governments race to meet their climate targets."


""I'm super passionate about it because it offers opportunity""



"I'm not sure who signed off a marketing campaign telling people to wear a jumper and eat porridge instead of turning on the heating if you can't afford it"

"You're basically breathing it in without knowing."


'Scarborough Syndrome'

"It’s profoundly irritating, partly because it’s so unnecessary; it’s entirely possible to have moody lighting while also dropping enough on to a table so that those of us whose sight is not quite what it once was can read the damn small print without recourse to Wembley Stadium’s floods."


"Culture shock often manifests within days of arriving."


“The trip to Scarborough begins early, with the idea that we have made, conveyed by our culture, its cliches, its legends, its myths, but also by our childhood fed by marvelous tales and stories.”


""For the cafe, I was always looking at Scarborough as well, and I've reached out to the council but they haven't been forthcoming. I've found about eight empty sites and offered to take one on. It's a real shame as there will be so many community groups that will benefit, and it will provide local employment too."

Grrr ...

"... avoid strenuous physical activity on Friday due to “very high” levels of pollution, experts have warned."

A New Department

"Based upon on the existing values of mutual respect, maintaining trust and positive working... the new system will be a three-tiered structure and will formalise a new council, chaired by the Prime Minister, made up of Heads of the Devolved Governments."

"From April 2023:

Homeowners who leave properties empty while pretending to let them to holidaymakers will be targeted

Under the new rules, holiday lets must be rented out for a minimum of 70 days a year to qualify for business rates, which often brings financial advantages

Changes to tax rules will protect genuine holiday lets and benefit popular holiday destinations, including Devon, Cornwall and the Lake District"

"Social housing residents will be better protected as part of a review to ensure they are listened to, the Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes confirmed today (18 January 2022)."

"All groups applying should be based in the borough of Scarborough, be not-for-profit with an annual income of under £500,000."


"The Conservative group of Scarborough Borough Council ask that Scarborough Borough Council introduce a primary residence scheme on all new housing developments in all parts of the borough of Scarborough. Primary residence is to be implemented by s106 or covenant agreement."

Is that cos your Group Leader doesn't want a Women's refuge on his patch then?

"Cllr. Bastiman reported 1] he and Cllr. Heritage were supporting the residents of Danes Dyke in their objections to the development of the proposed women’s refuge development"



Only an 18% rise? OOh ... was someone telling Nibs?

"It was resolved to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to apply for a loan of £600,000 up to 25 years for the purpose of purchase of land/buildings. The annual loan repayments would come to around £34,000. It was also intended to increase the 2021/22 precept by 18% which is the equivalent of an additional £2-75 a year for a Band D property for the purpose of the loan repayments."

You don't honestly think Cllr Wotsisname wrote that motion all by himsen do ya? 


"When team UK pulls together in common cause, spirit and endeavour we will always be at our very best."


Liquid Paper.

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'The Radical Road'

"A major local employer was investing in green technology for the future and providing secure, well-paid jobs for local people. Labour in government would take this example and put clean-energy rocket boosters on it. We’d invest £28bn each year in green projects across the country, creating more jobs and apprenticeships in industrial and coastal towns."


"That means no more papering over the cracks."


"M&S had accused the German discounter of copying its Colin the Caterpillar cake."


"Rebuilding a new Britain is going to take much more than just small pots of money to fight over, or slogans that sound nice in a broadcast studio. It has to match the ambition of the people and the places crying out for real change."


"“The United Kingdom is an unparalleled success story. We have one of the world’s biggest and most dynamic economies. Ours is the world’s most spoken language. We have produced more Nobel Prize winners than any country other than America.!"



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Draught Excluders

"While extremely costly to deploy, satellite technology can provide high-speed internet for people who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach. The technology could also be a critical backstop when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communication."


"It warned “the effect of this orbital overlap would be a dramatic increase in risks and other burdens on the Kuiper system” and asked the FCC to impose “reasonable conditions”."


"The blackboard – as much a perplexing work of art as a memento from the history of physics – goes on display for the first time on Thursday as part of a collection of office items acquired by the Science Museum"


Mind Mapping.

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Minerals and Waste Plan

"A new plan to guide planning decisions about minerals and waste in North Yorkshire until 2030 will be considered by senior county councillors on Tuesday, 15 February."





Oh Dear,


"Some people took away souvenirs, including the store directories that had sat next to escalators and staircases."

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'Security Architecture'

“In the past we’ve seen similar trends involving consoles with handsets, fitness games and even the likes of rogue fidget spinners.”



"“Geological processes on the Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes or erupting volcanoes, are an expression of what is going on inside the Earth, out of our sight,” Jacobsen said."


"Mountain ranges tower to the sky. Oceans plummet to impossible depths. Earth’s surface is an amazing place to behold. Yet even the deepest canyon is but a tiny scratch on the planet. To really understand Earth, you need to travel 6,400 kilometers (3,977 miles) beneath our feet."


A Nostalgic Revisionist ..



Kuala Lumpar

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'Banging the Drum'

"A pilot injured in a crash landing has claimed a “violent” gust which caused him to lose control of his plane may have been caused by a nearby windfarm."


"The report concluded that while "the possibility of encountering wake turbulence from the windfarm at this airfield is remote, it cannot be entirely ruled out"."


"The US has largely successfully extracted oil and natural gas from shale rock underground, but the UK is not the US. For a start it is about 40 times smaller, meaning the disruption caused by fracking would be a whole lot bigger, with drilling much closer to people’s houses. Plus, the UK’s shale geology is considerably more complex. On top of these issues are other hitches such as that the process can cause water pollution and that the continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels contributes to climate change."



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Daylight Saving Time

"It promises to be one of Britain’s most unusual planning battles. On one side is an array of endangered wildlife that includes a species of jumping spider. On the other are backers of a theme park that they claim will rival Disneyland in its size and ambition."


"However, the project is highly controversial – as will be revealed this week when preliminary hearings are held. Crucially, the theme park is being proposed as a “nationally significant infrastructure project” (NSIP) – a designation usually reserved for major roads, power plants or airports."


"The distinguished jumping spider is tiny (about 1cm long) and does not spin webs to catch prey but uses its excellent eyesight and an ability to leap distances of more than 10 times its own length to bring down its quarry."




Keep Busy.


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An Acceleration

"There’s no doubt that this is a crucial moment for the energy sector. A strategy with clean energy at its heart is critical. Net zero is achievable and affordable and is a clear route to long-term resilience. We must now collectively focus on delivery – we are ready to collaborate with government, the regulator and industry to ensure this strategy delivers a clean, fair and affordable energy transition."



"Finally, the Zombie Survival School will be out in the Sun Court should you feel the need to fire weapons/throw axes/stab something in a safe, protected and supervised environment."


Hmmm ...

"Horsepower refers to the power an engine produces. It's calculated through the power needed to move 550 pounds one foot in one second or by the power needs to move 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. The power is gauged by the rate it takes to do the work."




Sharpe Focus

"The locations of the final shortlisted sites for the first plant are: Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, Richmond in North Yorkshire, Deeside in Wales, Ferrybridge in Yorkshire, Stallingborough in Lincolnshire and Carlisle in Cumbria."


"Concerns over sources of heat and light, especially with the long, cold Finnish winter on the horizon are preoccupying politicians and citizens alike."





""It's really simple, but we liked the idea of trying something new, to be the first in the world to do something like this," said Pekka Passi, the managing director of the Vatajankoski power plant."


"It's a bit crazy, if you wish, but I think it's going to be a success.""

That Cat box ...

Best not mention the Lynx effect.