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John Glenn an appreciation

Last week John Glenn died.  I didn’t know much about him.  I knew the name and knew he was an early astronaut, but not much more than that.  What I did not know was that he was a Christian with … Continue reading

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Lime part 6. Lime paint the final (lime) word!?

I’ve recently discovered a new lime product- lime paint.  A couple of years ago I realised just how much the stonework had deteriorated around our windows.  The reasons for this are simple when we had the double glazing put in … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week smart meters delay

This blog has blogged on smart meters more than once.  As we said in our book smart meters are meant to “monitor total energy consumption in real time and predict and manage trends.”.   There are now 4 million in the … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – is battery energy storage here?

The first grid scale battery energy storage is here in the UK.  A Tesla system (who else) has been connected to the grid at a 500KWp solar farm in Somerset. One of the major problems is the sun does not … Continue reading

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Mission to the stars -anyone got a spare 100GWp?

This blog likes to keep its feet firmly on the the ground and not up in the stars.  However on Sunday I happened to chance on the “Sky at Night” which was talking about a mission to the stars.  This … Continue reading

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Particulates and Alzheimer’s disease

There could be a link between particulates and Alzheimer’s disease.  This is according to a study just released which has found particulates in the brains of people who have died from this disease.  This adds to the list of problems … Continue reading

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In praise of pulses

Having grown up in Madagascar, I have plenty of time for pulses. You could buy a dozen varieties on the local markets, all lined up in baskets and sold by the tin-full. There was a wide range of colours and … Continue reading

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BP data

Its that time of year when the BP data in their statistical energy review comes out.  This blog covers some the main things that stood out for me in the 2016 BP data. 1) oil reserves show a fall, this … Continue reading

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Are “experiences” good for you?

There has been a lot of talk about experiences recently.  As economists puzzle on very low growth rates throughout the Western world one theory going around is that we have hit peak stuff.  People are said to be materially satisfied … Continue reading

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Beware energy scams

The recent CMA report brought despair to many of us since it seems to open up the way to mass energy scams.    The whole basis of crime has been altering in the developing world over the last 10 years or … Continue reading

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