The Anonymous Widower

Leaves On The line? AI Signals End To Commuters’ Train Pain

The title of this article is the same as that of an article, that was on the front page of yesterday’s copy of The Times.

It talks about a system being developed by Hack Partners, that uses a camera to record lineside trees and then a computer using AI directs tree cutting gangs to the right places.

This is one of several systems that are to be funded by the Government. This paragraph summarised the grants.

The DfT and Innovate UK, the government’s technology agency, will announce today that up to £7.8 million is being invested in 24 trials of projects to boost performance on the railway. Each will receive between £250,000 and £350,000.

I particularly like a system from a Dutch company called 4Silence, which is designed to cut the noise of trains, which is described like this.

other schemes being funded include a noise barrier only 1m high topped by a steel grid, developed by the Dutch company 4Silence, which can deflect the sound of passing trains, improving the quality of life for residents near by.

I wonder what percentage of these trials will be winners.

I hope those who judge the success of these schemes, except that not all innovation succeeds.

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Down The Pub For The Football

There is a typical man’s pub that does beer and pizza near me, where I go occasionally to watch football, if I don’t fancy watching alone.

So for tonight’s England-Argentina game in the Women’s World Cup, I walked along my road and had a butchers!

There wasn’t a seat to be had, so I may have got my gluten-free beer, but there wouldn’t have been anywhere to eat a pizza.

But it was gratifying to see the support for the women’s version of the National game!

 

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Food, Sport | , , , | 2 Comments

Ryanair Inflates Fares With Euro Conversion ‘Trick’

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on page 18 of today’s copy of The Times.

I have several friends, who won’t let there credit card go anywhere near Ruanair.

An exposure from Which, shows how by converting currencies at the right time, Ryanair can make a few pounds.

I only fly Ryanair as an airline of last resort, when i need to fly somewhere interesting and they are the only carrier. But as this trick seems to apply when coming home and I usually do that on a train, I think my credit card is Ryanair-proof.

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Ryanair Is Starting To Hide Its Brand

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Economist.

It is certainly an article worth reading.

For instance, did you know that Buzz, Lauda and Malta Air are all controlled  by Ryanair and some might consider them subsidiaries?

So not only should you check your aircraft is not a Boeing 737 MAX 8 before you book, you should probably check that Air Neck End is what it says on the side.

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Phone Call Cuts Hospital Readmissions

The title of this post is the same as that of an article on page 18 of today’s copy of The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

A single phone call to an older patient who has been discharged from hospital can almost halve the odds of readmission, research suggests.

I have mined health-care data in the past several times and often something simple drops out from a simple analysis.

Some analyses produce the obvious like you gets lots of leg injuries on Saturday afternoons, due to football being played.

I also believe that analysis of health data in an area could pick up more sinister links.

This could be picked up by artificial intelligence scanning the various databases, but until such systems are fully developed, a lot can be picked up by analysts using simple tools. Even Excel can find a lot of problems, if used properly.

 

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Computing, Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Turn Off Engine Or Face Parking Ban, Coach Drivers Told

The title of this post is the same as that of an article on page 12 of today’s copy of The Times.

This is the first paragraph.

Tourist coaches face being banned from parking in central London because of concerns that they pumping out toxic fumes as drivers leave engines idling.

Apparently, Westminster Council are thinking of reducing parking for coaches, if the practice continues.

Interestingly, this evening, I walked past two coaches parked close to Kings Cross station with their engines running.

 

 

 

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

M4: Alternative Solutions To Motorway Travel

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

It is a good read giving both sides of the problems of commuting.

This is an important section from an expert.

Prof Mark Barry, a transport expert at Cardiff University, said the M4 has been important in attracting manufacturing, but there have been negatives.

“The downside is we’ve built a lot more housing, retail and other business parks around the M4, that’s then made us over-dependent on the car,” he said.

I think Professor Barry is highlighting a problem, that is seen all over the UK. Like the United States, housing, office, medical and leisure developments are being built, where the only way to get there is by car.

I don’t drive because my eyesight has been damaged by a stroke, but I still have a full life, with more travel than the average man of 71.

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , | Leave a comment