The Anonymous Widower

Should We Have Unit Pricing For Energy?

Go back thirty years or more and you paid for what you used with energy.  I’m not sure if you paid a standing charge, akin to a telephone line rental, but you knew exactly where you stood. If you used more electricity you paid more money.

Now it is not as simple and to be cynical, I think the energy companies like it that way, as customers find it hard to compare prices.

So when EDF suggests going back to simple pricing, as is stated in this report, do I think it is a good thing?

Of course I do!

But there is something we need even more urgently and that is a smart meter, so we can see how much electricity and gas we are using.

I haven’t seen any reports yet, but a smart meter connected to a smart phone and then linked back to smart heating controls, must save a lot of money.  Just think of this simple case.  Do you switch your central heating on and off, at the most optimum times.  Without information you’re just fishing in the dark.

But I doubt I’ll ever see unit pricing and smart metering, as the energy companies will do all they can to delay its implementation.

June 15, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , , | 1 Comment

My Packing List

I’m off tomorrow on the 11:30 British Airways flight to Stockholm. I’ve booked a hotel for the first two nights and then it’s home on the train by way of Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Brussels, although the route might change, as I want to visit places I’ve not seen before.

I will be travelling light, in fact some would think ultra light and everything will have to go in my Mandarina Duck case.

My Mandarina Duck Case

My Mandarina Duck Case

It fits under the seat in front on the plane, even on a low-space airline, and I carry it in my left hand.

I don’t take much technology with me.

  • A Nikon CoolPix S8200
  • A spare SD card in my wallet, as I always leave the one I’m using in my computer
  • A simple Nokia phone
  • A Samsung Tab 2 7 tablet computer
  • Charging leads for camera, phone and tab. Why can’t they all have the same charger fitting?
  • Three simple Bic pens, as buying single ones is often difficult.
  • A small note book.
  • My Coaguchek device for testing my INR
  • My temperature and humidity meter.

My washbag contains the following.

  • A battery electric toothbrush
  • A small shoe-horn, courtesy of Agnes B.  Where it came from, I don’t know, as neither C or myself bought shoes there.  But it’s tiny, so it takes up little space.
  • My European plug adapter, as I always lose them and this is the best place to keep it.
  • A small pot of Vaseline
  • 20% more drugs, than I’ll need for the duration of the holiday

I buy a deodorant and toothpaste in Boots after passing through security at the Airport. That way, I avoid the security game that the great and good insist we play.

Clothes are something like.

  • Enough underpants and socks for the trip. usually that’s one per day, as if I run out or get some sort of lurgy, I can buy some more.
  • One or two spare shirts, often still in the wrapping, as that way they don’t get so creased in transit.
  • A jumper if required.

At this time of year, I generally don’t take a spare pair of trousers or shoes, but I might this time. If I need anything, I’ll buy them.  After all, it’s not as if I’m going somewhere where good shops aren’t around.

If I do take a pair of shoes, I make sure I pack them with something like underpants or socks.

Other things I always take include.

  • Four or five small packs of tissues.
  • Plenty of Sudokus printed from The Times.
  • Some EatNakd bars.
  • Some reading, which being Sunday, will be the comics from the paper.
  • A couple of small city guides for places I’m visiting

June 15, 2013 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 3 Comments

A New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

Last night, I received my alumni e-newsletter from Liverpool University.  There was this article about a new approach to fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a key sentence.

We are using a new approach, harnessing the natural ability of sugars, based on the blood-thinning drug heparin, to block the action of BACE.

BACE is an enzyme, which according to the article causes some of the problems of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Let’s hope that the research succeeds.


June 15, 2013 Posted by | Health, News | , | Leave a comment