Blogging my life away

Have I been blogging my life away?

I wrote my first post on 29th October 2007, and have posted something every day, even if it is merely a Christmas or Easter greeting. I have now sat down in front of a computer with a view to writing something for this blog more than one thousand three hundred at sixty times, and each time a few or a lot of words have been consigned to my computer’s hard drive and from there sent hurtling soundlessly through the internet to reach the blog. I have now written articles for this blog and have had it seen by more than 300,000 “all time views” counted by the blog site managers, word press. There have been other views on other sites, whose numbers I cannot compute. I do not know how many different individuals have seen this. This site has generated more than 3,800 comments. I have not counted the words but I would guess that I have written more than a million of them for this site.

What happened to the oil and gas released at Deepwater Horizon?

The Gulf of México is a very large body of water and for most of us thousands of miles away. With all of the scandal presently occupying the public about the papers, the politicians and the policemen, it is easy to forget that for three months just more than a year ago the Deepwater Horizon’s well leaked what turned out to be more than four million barrels of gas, oil and similar hydrocarbon substances into the Gulf of México. What has become of it? Continue reading

The Genersys Solar Thermal Guide to the Renewable Heat Incentive for commerce, businesses, industrial and public sector and not for profit organisations

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a United Kingdom government subsidy, financed by the tax payer, to provide incentive payments for those who install renewable heat. It is essentially an incentive to reward renewable heat installations, rather than low carbon emitting installations and covers solar thermal biomass, ground and water source heat pumps, geothermal, biogas and biomethane technologies, but I shall concentrate on the incentive for solar thermal incentive. Continue reading

Energy Addicts

When Edmund Burke wrote “those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it” he was writing about political power. You can see that it is apt; there are many dictators who have achieved power and derived great wealth from the power that they have achieved, and even though most of that wealth might be locked in the vaults of Swiss banks the dictator knows that to surrender power is to surrender the wealth accrued from power.   Continue reading

Increasing or Reducing the Speed Limits

The speed limit in the United Kingdom on motorways is 70 mph, which is about 112 kph. It has been at 70 mph for many years and now there is talk of increasing the speed to 80mph, which brings the speed limit more or less in line with speed limits in most European countries. The idea behind increasing the speed limit is that journey times would be shorter and that this would help business and the economy. Continue reading

The Price of Nuclear Power

Japan produces some of the best beef in the world, particularlyKobebeef, or 神戸ビーフ, which is renowned throughout the world. The Fukushimanuclear accident has disrupted the Japanese beef industry as recent tests showed that beef was infected with high levels of caesium thought to have been from cattle eating straw from rice which was tainted by radioactive material. The amount of infected beef was small (less than 1.2 metric tonnes) and the numbers of infected cattle that have consumed caesium straw material only a few, but rightly when it comes to public health the Japanese Government has banned cattle shipments from the Fukushima region. Continue reading

Politicians Papers and Policemen

The scandal continues to enliven a dull July. The politicians are embarrassed because they have associated most closely with newspapers and their journalists, some of whom have hacked into people’s telephones, including those of politicians. The papers are embarrassed because hacking is a criminal offence which they conveniently ignored in their efforts to expose wrong doing and bring us our daily or weekly does of salacious gossip, in order to sell more newspapers. The policemen are embarrassed because they have been supposed to investigate crime and for many years failed to investigate this type of crime properly, because some of the police were very close to the newspapers, not only in unhealthy close contact but also apparently in some cases in receipt of largesse from the newspapers. Continue reading