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.

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Darn It ...

"Scarborough Borough Council has today officially broken off its agreement with the developer behind the stalled cinema complex planned for the town’s North Bay.

Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet decided in a behind closed doors session not to extend its deal with Benchmark Leisure Ltd and instead will start again with a new vision for the site."

Best get me finger out ... '-0

Snakes on a plane...

of interest to some was the reintro of the 'Voice your Choice' by Cllr Liz Collins whereby AIU all Cllrs are each given a community budget of £2K that can be grouped or assigned to the benefit of their ward areas.... anyhoos it was an A item amendment.


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Salt Water

"Officials said the 77-acre (31-hectare) reservoir holds millions of gallons of water containing phosphorous and nitrogen from an old phosphate plant.

The pond where the leak was found is in a stack of phosphogypsum, a radioactive waste product from the manufacture of fertiliser.

The water contains small amounts of naturally occurring radium and uranium, and the stacks can also release radon gas.

Attempts to repair the leak late on Friday, by plugging the hole with rocks and other materials, were unsuccessful."

"Mr Goodwill says the county council have lead a first rate response..."

""A former prime minister is an exceptional example - there is a wide range of people who hold office, different degrees from ministers to local councillors.

"But I do think you have to be very careful how you conduct yourself once you leave office and not to use any privileged information and contacts you have in a way that does harm to your office or public life more generally."



Ah, So....



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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.