The Anonymous Widower

New Hydrogen Double-Decker Bus Launched

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Air Quality News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Arcola Energy and Optare Group have announced the launch of a hydrogen fuel cell double-decker bus.

A few points from the article about the Metrodecker H2 hydrogen bus.

It is based on the design of an electric version of the existing Metrodecker.

  • It will be built in the UK.
  • It will carry 90 passengers.
  • It will have a range of between 200 and 250 miles.
  • It is planned to enter service in 2021.

It looks like we now have three double-deck hydrogen bus projects in the UK, with one each from AlexanderDennis, Optare and Wrightbus.

The Range

The range of the bus between 200 and 250 miles, which depends on specification and capacity, deserves a comment.

This range is of the same order as that of a Tesla Model S with a 75 kWh battery.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 3 Comments

My Strange Skin

As a coeliac, a stroke survivor on Warfarin and a lab rat for a medical research centre, I’ve had my blood taken many times in the last ten years. I also have several injections a year for vitamin B12 and a yearly one for flu.

I never need a plaster, as despite being on Warfarin, once the needle is taken out, the skin seems to shut the hole tight.

On the other hand on a typical night, I’ll lose just over a kilo in weight, whilst I sleep. I once spoke to a sleep expert on the radio and they said that was normal.

But the funniest thing that happened, was one day not unlike today for weather with rain about and not cold, I fell asleep on the living room floor in my underwear.

About half-an-hour later, I awoke and thought for a moment, that I’d gone blind, as I couldn’t see a thing.

I then realised that the room was full of water vapour, as if I’d left the kettle on the stove. But I have an automatic kettle and there was nothing on the stove.

So where had all the water vapour come from?

There was only one place! It had leaked from my skin and the temperature and pressure, were just right for the fog to form.

My skin is often very dry and I usually start the day with a deep bath, when I put my head under the water and irrigate my dry eyes, which an eye surgeon, once described as the driest he’d seen.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 1 Comment

Prue Leith’s Solution To The Flour Shortage

I was watching BBC Breakfast, when Prue Leith was interviewed about the shortage of flour.

When asked for her solution to the problem of making cakes without flour, her answer was forthright.

  • She said the best thing to do, was to buy a gluten-free cookery book.
  • She then gave some ideas for cakes.

As a coeliac I thoroughly approve.


April 28, 2020 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

Five Eastern Counties

The five Eastern counties around London have the following numbers of people, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Cambridgeshire – 673 of 852,523 or 0.08%
  • Essex – 2320 of 1,832,752 or 0.13%
  • Kent – 3232 of 1,568.623 or 0.20%
  • Norfolk – 1355 of 903,680 or 0.15%
  • Suffolk – 936 of 768,556 or 0.12%

Note that the second figure is the population and the third is the percentage found positive.

Compare these figures with some other places, including Hackney where I live now.

Blackpool – 377 of 139,720 or 0.27%

Cumbria – 1734 of 498,888 or 0.35%

Hackney – 596 of 279,665 or 0.21%

You can make some interesting deductions.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , | 2 Comments

NHS Nightingale, The Emergency Hospital Showing How It’s Done

The title of this post, is the same as this article on The Times.

Whatever you do today, read this article.

You should be able to get a free registration to the on-line version, if all else fails.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Electric Cars Do 26% More Miles A Year Than Petrol‑Engine Rivals

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Times.

As the research was performed by the RAC Foundation, probably in the UK, I think this is not greenwash from environmental lobbyists!

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | 3 Comments

Alert Over Child Inflammation Cases

The title of this post, is the same as that of an article on The Times.

Someone has posted this comment,

It’s Scarlet Fever. My grandson just had it . It responded instantly to antibiotics, so it can’t be viral.

Get a grip!

And this was my reply.

Strange you should mention scarlet fever.

I’m 72 and growing up in a polluted Southgate in North London from all that domestic coal smoke, I was quite a sickly child.

At about six, I caught scarlet fever and was isolated at home for about eight weeks. Strangely, it was an isolated case as my GP told my parents, that I was the only case in London.

Doctors, who I’ve discussed this with since, suspect it could have been a misdiagnosis.

But, I have another explanation.

At 50, I was found to be coeliac and I think it was an extreme reaction to gluten, perhaps brought on by the pollution. My medical records of that time have also been lost.

Not for nothing, does one doctor call coeliac disease, the many-headed hydra!

I didn’t think that scarlet fever was still about.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 4 Comments

Nightingale Plan To Keep Hospitals Free From Coronavirus

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Britain’s Nightingale hospitals are being lined up to become the primary centres for treating Covid-19 patients as ministers announced that parts of the NHS would start reopening for routine care from this week.

It’s almost as if we’re going back to the concept of the Victorian fever hospital.

Where I lived in Southgate in North London as a child, the local hospital was Highlands, which was built with several separate blocks, with one for each different fever. It is now upmarket housing in a parkland setting.

T have three memories of treatment at the hospital.

  • In the early 1950s, I had my tonsils out in the hospital, which meant a week’s stay by myself.
  • My mother had her varicose veins treated there, where according to my father the surgeon was a very beautiful Indian lady, who did ward rounds in a sari.
  • The hospital fixed my left humerus, when it was broken by the school bully!

Unfortunately, they didn’t do the best job to fix my arm and it has given me trouble ever since.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 1 Comment

Smartphone-Based Testing Device Cuts Time And Cost Of Diagnostics

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

This is the sub-title of the article.

An inexpensive and sensitive smartphone-based testing device for viral and bacterial pathogens could reduce the pressure on testing laboratories during a pandemic.

These are a few important points from the article.

  • The device has been developed by researchers and engineers at the University of Illinois.
  • They are aiming for a $50 price.
  • They started looking for a solution to look for viral and biological pathogens in horses.
  • Tests work with a nasal or blood sample.
  • Tests take about half-an-hour.

If this device can be productionised, so that millions can be turned out for their target price, this will be a major weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

Apparently, there is a great advantage of using horses in the trials of the device. The horse pathogens are harmless to humans, so it lowers the risk to researchers.


April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , | 1 Comment