Anglo Sphere

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"“There is basically so much damn lithium on earth it’s crazy. It’s one of the most common elements on the planet.”"

"“What we’ve found is we can actually use table salt to extract the lithium from the ore. Nobody’s done this before. All the elements are reusable. It’s a very sustainable way of obtaining lithium.”

Add table salt. Add water. A recipe for lithium mining.  

With extraction solved, how about tailings?

Again, first principle thinking will provide the answer:

“The nature of the mining is also very environmentally sensitive in that we sorta take a chunk of dirt out of the ground, remove the lithium, and put the chunk of dirt back where it was.

“It will look pretty much the same as before. It will not look, like, terrible. It will be nice.“"

Oh Dear ...




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Professional Standards

""They are giving elderly people a vaccine that hasn't been around for long and the makers have said they won't compensate anyone if they die or get ill. It's just absolutely terrible. People need to wake up and see what's going on in the world.

"They are sending vulnerable people to their deaths, that's the point I was trying to make... " taking vulnerable people for a vaccine that could potentially kill them or leave them with lasting illnesses, and if they suffer adverse reactions, not allowing their families to be around to care for them in the last years of their lives, it's barbaric.""

"It's a really liberating experience to get out in nature and to get out and see our stunning countryside."

"Police guidance says that passive public nudity is not illegal unless there is an intention to cause harassment, alarm or distress."

"... for an optimist every problem is also an opportunity, and this annus horribilis may yet emerge as a career high...  If nobody made the effort to point this stuff out, I fondly believe the world might be a worse place.”

"Much of the blame has been laid at the door of social media – a pitfall that Hislop avoids by simply not using it."

"Areas which welcomed in 2021 with several centimetres of snow included Northumberland, parts of Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire."


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Extract Coking

"“Of course, job creation is absolutely vital to communities but we must look forward to the jobs of 21st century, not back to those in declining industries.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said in response: “The general approach of the secretary of state is not to interfere with the decision-making process of local councils on planning matters. The government’s position is that these matters are generally best determined locally, by local councils that know their own area best, rather than by central government.

“The secretary of state’s power to call in a case will be used very selectively, and in general only if planning issues of more than local importance are involved.”

“Claims that it will be carbon neutral are like claiming an oil rig is a wind turbine,”"


Crawls back into cave...

Do Keep Up.

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The Forth of Firth

"Start your search on 15 January, when the wafer-thin crescent of the new moon will help point you in the right direction...

"Augmented reality superimposes virtual objects on to the world around us, meaning the app's users will be able to use their smartphones to see Sir David and "meticulously detailed graphics of exotic plants and animals" as if they were in front of them.

The app will help prove "how new technology can reconnect us with the natural world whilst demonstrating the power of 5G to a huge new audience", according to Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman."

"The device might not have been sent deliberately to the solar system, he wrote. Instead, it could be the garbage of a civilization that produces huge numbers of machines that end up drifting uselessly through space — the equivalent of technological trash or "e-waste" on Earth"

Oh Dear ... ;-0

"“It was surreal. When I got to Tesco, I called in for some shopping and just blurted it out to the woman at the checkout, saying that I’d just seen a panther!”"

Doom n gloom merchants ... ;-)

Keep Busy.

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'Politically Literate'

"A lack of engagement and understanding in politics is not unique to younger generations...

The 1996 Education Act makes it very clear that teachers and teaching staff can't be imposing or advocating partisan opinions in the classroom. We have to trust our teachers to be able to teach civic competencies, to teach political literacy."

""I do think that in terms of political literacy there is a problem not just amongst young people, there are plenty of people that I speak to that feel they don't understand how politics works," says Cat Smith.

But she says it's right that the group is focusing solely on young people.

"This APPG is focused on young people and I guess in some ways that's probably the best place to start.

"If we invest in young people now and they engage in the democratic process, hopefully that is creating the habit of a lifetime and will solve the problem in the longer term.""

"And when all this is over we’re going to be putting hundreds of millions of pounds into nationwide catch-up programmes so that nobody gets left behind."



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Crisp Packet Stuff


"“We need to be able to predict what is going to happen next.

“We want to be able to get as close to the issue as possible so we can stop it spreading and cut it off at its source so that people are trusting platforms and each other.

“If we can get to a point where the data that we have is allowing us with a very high degree of accuracy to predict issues that are going to occur, not necessarily before they have happened, but before they have started to take hold and before they have started to have an impact. That puts us in a completely different position to where we are today.

“It is going to be a huge thing for us.”"

"villages are for commuters and... they don’t want cows mooing, smells and flies"


"I am so grateful, and indeed moved, that every member of our network remains faithful to our original vision and values and I know that they will continue to do so."

Sweet peas are an exception.

"I Don't Like You ..."

"In 2010, Time magazine made Mark Zuckerberg its person of the year. It described Facebook’s mission as being to “tame the howling mob and turn the lonely, antisocial world of random chance into a friendly world”. During the first decade of mass internet use, this was a popular theory: the more that people were able to communicate with others, the more friendly and understanding they would become, the result being a more peaceable and harmonious world..."

No tears were shed in writing this post ;-0

"Therefore the Strategy has been amended to increase the investment limit with the Debt Management Office (DMO) from £30 million to £50 million and also temporarily uplift the limit with Natwest, the Council’s banker."

"Note and accept receipt of the following government grants: 
£70k from the Yorkshire Coast Business Improvement District to support
the re-positioning of the Yorkshire Coast"


DEFRA.... OOh where would the Yorkshire Coast like to be ?


Anyone for Morroco?

"After beginning as an open air home for pierrot performances – then for George Royle's popular fol-derol entertainers, Scarborough’s Floral Hall gained a roof, lost its floral decorations and welcomed a number of big name acts."

Around the World in 40 Seconds...

Awwe ...

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The Fast Lane

""Stockpiling weapons with the ability to wipe out all life in order to appear tough does nothing to keep either the UK or any other country safe.

"The ongoing environmental degradation caused by uranium mining and nuclear testing continues to be felt, particularly among Pacific island nations that are also the most threatened by climate change.

"We must come together to build a safe, more just future for all."



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A Digi Dog

"Going underground you're going to be knocking your head on passageways, you're wading through welly-deep cold water.

"It's properly pitch black. It can be quite challenging for people if you're not used to it."

"The 70lb robot could run at three and a half miles per hour and climb stairs. It was primarily intended to go into situations deemed dangerous for officers, and had been undergoing trials in the Bronx since it was unveiled last December."

"“I’m a woman and I’ve never been given Boris Johnson’s phone number. But I have been to dozens of pubs where it’s been scratched into the walls of the women’s toilet cubicles."

"Park bosses are urging people to move on from any busy areas they might encounter over the weekend and make use of the less frequented areas of the park."

"“I want people to understand how important it is for the safety and welfare of livestock, and the dogs themselves, that owners keep their pets under control at all times. Otherwise, the consequences could be devastating for all parties involved.”"

Fossil Fuel.

Oh, Ok:


Complacency, moi?


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Sticky Stuff

"A self-described workaholic, Mr Khan says his experiences as mayor have taught him to delegate.

"You've got to prioritise. You can't do everything, even with the best will in the world and working seven days a week.  "You must surround yourself with excellent people.

"That doesn't mean yes men. You want people to challenge you at all times."

"So for now, at least, he has no intention of heading back to Parliament like his predecessor Mr Johnson.

He said: "The prize I'm looking at is to get enough Londoners to lend me their vote again so I can be mayor for a second term.

"Labour hasn't won a second term since 2001. We tend to not win second elections."

This election, Mr Khan says, will also test whether online attacks against him are backed up by anything real or "whether it's just bots or sad people living in their parents' basements"...

"That will tell us whether those that shout the loudest on social media are real people with real followings, or something else."

"Those finding themselves in any of these situations do not need to miss out on voting. They will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone they trust can vote on their behalf. An emergency proxy vote can be arranged by calling the council’s elections team on 01723 232309 before 5pm on polling day (6 May)."

None of the Above.

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Sand Bags at Dawn

"... no one had as yet explained how a mine more than 600 metres below ground had led to his land subsiding almost 20 years after the mining had ceased, and he would welcome any such opinion from an expert."

"The discovery was made in 2020 but only became public knowledge last week when the council published meeting papers explaining the need for an investigation and works to fix the hole temporarily filled with gravel."

"Can you cut electricity?"

"Manufacturers use PFAS to make stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, water-repellent clothing, nonstick cookware, and hundreds of other common products. The compounds can seep into water from factories, landfills, and other sources. And because they don’t easily break down in the environment, they’re often called forever chemicals"


Thou must not tell Fibs ..

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Time & Again

""I am not ruling out what we might do in the future, but we don't want to weaponise space," General Sanders told Sky News.

"We don't want it to become a place where - to use your language - there is conflict or even war in space. We want to make sure it is a common good for all because we all derive so much benefit from it."

The two commanders were speaking at the official opening of the UK Space Command, which will take charge of all military work involving space - now considered a domain of operations alongside land, sea, air, and cyberspace.

Air Chief Marshal Wigston said: "When diplomacy has run its course and we find ourselves in a global conflict, it might not start in space but I am in no doubt it will move very quickly to space and it will most likely be won or lost in space.""

"The stars have signed an open letter which is set to be presented to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, WaterAid says.

It comes following strong warnings about the effects of climate change around the world in recent weeks, with heavy rain and flooding across the UK and Europe and meteorologists saying that even British summers may regularly hit 40C (104F).

Sissay added: "If families have the basics like clean water, they can be more prepared for natural disasters, enabling them to bounce back quicker when they strike, so communities have the chance to thrive, no matter what the future holds."

One in 10 people across the world do not have clean water close to home, which has a damaging impact on education and livelihoods and leaves them more susceptible."


"Five out of the county’s seven district and borough councils said they would stage all their meetings in council chambers."

Tipu Sultan also known as the Tiger of Mysore ...

@ Grant Shapps ;-0


"Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean, is 6,000 miles from Paris."

About that Cake... ;-0

Grrr ..

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Cola Cubes

"Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough has arrived in Robin Hood's Bay on its way to Denmark ... until August 9, conducting various tests and trials, before heading across the North Sea..."

"Humboldt penguins are classed as vulnerable to extinction, so the news of the new arrival has been greeted with particular enthusiasm."

"Its gender cannot be determined until it has lost its remaining fluffy feathers on its head – male penguins have rounder heads than females. It also has to lose the fluffy feathers on its back, as it cannot be waterproof with them."

Best not mention James II ...

“The nice thing for us is that we can fly weird one-offs.”

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The Moon and Mars

"Fancy a holiday tripping (literally and figuratively) around some of the world’s premier wine making regions? Perhaps you’re a tech fan, in which case a tour of places like Silicon Valley would be more your ‘bent’.  Either way, these types of holidays, where the destination is more about visiting the industrial sites associated with that destination are variously referred to as ‘cultural tourism’ or ‘industrial tourism’."

"SpaceX still has weeks to months of testing ahead of it to prepare for the inaugural flight.  This will see the booster hurl the Starship into space for a once-around-the-Earth trip, which will end with a disposal "landing" in waters off the Hawaiian islands in the Pacific. The Super Heavy will be ditched in the Gulf of Mexico."

'Until the point they become sustainable...'

"The deadline for applications is 31 August 2021 (midday).  Brief informal meetings with shortlisted candidates to take place on the afternoon of 20 September 2021 at our HQ in Helmsley."

Against All Odds... ;-)

"For meteor showers, this tends to occur between midnight and the very early hours of the morning."

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Stake Side

"The government is to meet the operating costs of a US-owned fertiliser plant so it can restart production of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the UK after warnings of food shortages.

The deal will allow CF Industries, which supplies most of the CO2 used in food production, to restart its factory in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees. It had halted two of its fertiliser factories due to soaring gas prices. The BBC understands the deal could cost tens of millions of pounds.

It is also expected the plant will need up to three days to start CO2 production, and only one of the company's factories will restart - its Cheshire plant remains closed."


"Some 4.4 million households on Universal Credit are poised to see their energy bills rise significantly in October - the same month the uplift to the benefits payment ends, the Resolution Foundation think tank has calculated."

"As tunnelling machines bore into the earth below the Chilterns, intense scrutiny of HS2 continues above ground... The prime minister still hasn't confirmed if the Eastern leg from the West Midlands to Leeds will happen, and Northern politicians are starting to express their frustration."


Hmmm ...

On so, many levels its just plain 'not on'.

Grrrr ....

"A Teesside industrial company which built ICI Billingham's ammonia plant has expanded into America.  IAM Tech - which stands for Industrial Asset Management Technology - is based at North Shore in Stockton and started life as an industrial model maker in 1973.

The firm was behind the design of a large ammonia plant at ICI  Billingham built in the 1970s to improve efficiency and reliability - its model is now on show at the National Science Museum in London."

And, there's more ... ;- O

"The CO2 could then be pumped via a pipeline to St Fergus in Aberdeenshire and stored beneath the North Sea."

Guess whos paying for that then ...

When they start u-bending the exhausts into your vehicles ...

Start Worrying.


Reverse Engineering.

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'Avoir une Emprise'

"A climate summit of world leaders in 40 days' time will be the "turning point for humanity", Boris Johnson has said in a speech to the United Nations.

He warned that global temperature rises were already inevitable, but called on his fellow leaders to commit to major changes to curb further warming.

Countries must take responsibility for "the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves", he said ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.

"It's time for humanity to grow up.""

“We considered eeking it out a little longer by playing with the format – ‘raw week’ was a strong contender for episode two."


"Remember too how, so often on big foreign trips, a slight, or a stumble can send things into a terrible spin."


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Spinoffs and Pullovers

"“Dark matter is a cloud that surrounds us … it flies through us, through solid walls, through the Earth,” he says, likening it to the wind that is seen only through its effects.

“It forms enormous universe-spanning structures, cosmic webs, and the galaxies we can see and live within lie along dark matter filaments like morning dew on a spider’s web in the backyard."

“When you produce steel, you have a combination of new steel from iron ore and recycled iron. Steel produced during and since the second world war … a lot of steel ended up with a component of radioactivity that was remnants from weapons testing,” Urquijo says. “One option is salvaging ships, ancient Roman ships and sunken submarines from a long time ago that have been sitting at the bottom of the ocean."

'The Round Table'

"Conservatives Greg Knight, Kevin Hollinrake and Robert Goodwill voted to block an amendment to draft environment laws forcing water companies to dispose of sewage elsewhere. 

He joined the 265 MPs from that party, as well as some Labour ministers, in blocking the amendment to the Environment Bill which was debated in parliament last week."



"Mr Sunak will announce the rest of his plans after Prime Minister's Questions at around 12:30 BST."

Shake, Rattle & Roll ...

"Ed Miliband is doing Prime Minister's Questions.  The last time this happened was 25 March 2015, before he lost the general election to David Cameron.

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has Covid, so it's last minute stand in time.  Miliband jokes that he could reassure MPs on both sides of the House that this is a one-off for him.

Spare a thought for the shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves. One of the most difficult jobs in politics - responding to a Budget for the Opposition immediately after it's been delivered - usually falls to the Leader of the Opposition.  But with very limited notice, it will now be Rachel Reeves getting to her feet when Rishi Sunak sits down later."

"Miliband says what COP 26 will need is "statesmanship not partisanship".   He then asks about climate finance for developing countries - saying the £100bn commitment to help the world has not been delivered after a decade."

"In his final question, Ed Miliband makes one more attack on the prime minister, saying he has to understand that the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow "is not a glorified photo opportunity [but] a fragile and complex negotiation - and booster-ism won't cut carbon emissions in half".

He adds: "In these final days before COP26, we need more than warm words, and above all, Glasgow has got to be a summit of climate delivery, not climate delay."

Sit down Boris...  Oooh he's off .. lots of sound bites... he's managed to write to the Bank of England and the OBR... tea leaf stuff.

GDP to reduce, taxation increase to cover everyday spending... he's talking twaddle... trying to protect interest rates.

The new party of Quantative Easing...

Glosses over the NHS & Social care to bang on about brown field sites... and moves to mash.  Now he's just babbling on about the back bench wish list.

Communities & levelling up ...

Where is Stoke on Trent?

Museums & railways, orchestras & galleries.

Investment in infrastructure, R & D, technology and core science funding, invention and innovation, a science super power. Some diddly squat amount for offshore wind...

His heart's obviously innit, bless.

... from Boston to Bangalore... Bye Bye Boris.

Quadrupling, kickstart and boot camps... cementing the future for a stonger community.  

Starts repeating himself ... re-inforcement.

Shipping and tonnage, taxation.

The Red Ensign.

Basically,  he's talking boll*x...,, increasing corporation tax (except the Greens) and discounting rates for SME's ... hospitality etc... cuts business rates by £7bil ... backs business (so he says)

Now, to the price of beer... fruit cider & liquers.


tis like the plastic population, innit.   ie getting smashed is the future.

The Whitewash ;-0

"Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors - which have been hardest hit by the pandemic - will get a new 50% business rates discount, he says.

It will apply to pubs, music venues, cinemas, restaurants, hotels, theatres and gyms, he says, and any eligible business can claim a discount on their bills of 50%, up to a maximum of £110,000.

That’s a business tax cut worth almost £1.7bn he adds."

"The decision about Northern Powerhouse Rail and part of HS2 has been kicked down the kerb for now."

Annoying, innit.

Bangs on about UTC and the Single Supplement and ... erm commends it to the house.

Wot a nob.

Go Rachel, sock it to him... ;-)

"She attacks a cut in tax for banks, saying: "At least the bankers on short haul flights sipping champagne will be cheering this budget today."

And she hits out at the "arrogance" of her opposite number for "taking £6bn out of the pockets of the poorest people" in scrapping the universal credit uplift, then "expecting them to cheer today for £2bn to compensate".

Reeves adds: "Never has a chancellor asked the British people to pay so much for so little.""

Now, that was worth listening to.



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Anchors & Acres

"The new Teesside freeport comes into force today with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen proclaiming “the sky’s the limit” to what it can achieve..."

"... it was all fiendishly complicated but it would be very helpful if everyone in the chamber took him at his word rather than asked him any difficult questions."