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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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Smart power revolution

The smart power revolution is on its way, that seems to be the message from two reports in the last week.  The first was from Energy UK.  The second is from the national infrastructure commission.  This latter body was set … Continue reading

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Peak stuff?

As lent is almost open us it seems appropriate to write about “peak stuff”.   Have we in the west reached peak stuff?  There have been some comments in the last few weeks from business people suggesting we might have reached … Continue reading

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Electric car sales soar

Electric car sales soared in 2015 (albeit from a very low level).  This was in the news the other day.  Why have electric car sales soared as the oil price has plunged?  Not sure but it must have something to … Continue reading

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One thing we have learnt this week – volunteering

I heard a very interesting programme on volunteering this week.  This is something I have been mulling over for sometime and this programme covered much of what I have been mulling over.  Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane who … Continue reading

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