When the oil and gas leaked from the Macondo Well at Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in June 2010 something happened that never happened before. The oil and gas leaked some one and a half kilometres under the sea. (more…)
On 27th July 2012 the London Olympic Games opens. It will have cost a staggering amount of money to put on; more than nine billion pounds will have been spent with much of the spending being spent on ephemera. Half a billion will be spent on “security”. More than £81 million is being spent on the opening ceremony. The government decided a few weeks ago that £40 million did not buy a grand enough opening ceremony so it doubled the budget. I suppose it will make folk in the rest of the world see how wisely we are spending our money in these austere times. (more…)
We are in winter now, in London, and we enjoy or suffer the seasons (according to individual taste) because of the earth’s tilt. At 23.5⁰ the tilt of the earth enables the earth to receive more concentrated light in the summer months and les concentrate light in the winter months. If the earth titled a few degrees more the summer months would probably get more concentrated light further North and the North Pole would be ice free. If the earth titled less there would be less ice melting at the poles in the summer and if the earth did not tilt at all then the seasons would only occur to the extent that the slight elliptical orbit provide less concentrated daylight and more concentrated daylight according to the distance of the earth from the sun. (more…)
Christmas is over and we are in the dull interregnum of low light and strange days between Christmas and the New Year holidays. The news is light as politicians take their holidays. Presumably when politicians work the news is heavy with their arguments and discussions and with their blunders, but for now the quiet period starts to wind up into a period of review and reflection on the year that has past. (more…)
I have been able to watch some of the evidence given at the Leveson Inquiry, mostly by journalists. It struck me while watching then give their evidence just how focussed they are on getting their story in the papers to the exclusion of all else. Most of they use two defences to charges of shall I call it improper conduct. The first is that they were only doing their jobs and the second is that they knew nothing about the serious crimes that were committed. (more…)
Perhaps it is the lost customs of long past generations but I always feel that the winter solstice is worth acknowledging. The shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is usually 21st December but this year it was 20th December and so I acknowledge it after it has passed. At 11.12 a.m. the sun was the furthest from the northern hemisphere and since then it has been getting closer, bit by bit. It is now a time of hope for although the weather will get colder as the earth cools and there is less intense sunlight striking these latitudes, the days now get longer and will eventually get warmer. The extra daylight is most welcome, as it can be sad to go about your affairs when there is so little daylight in the day and so much darkness in our waking hours.