The Anonymous Widower

Le Pain Quotidien Has Reopened

This is good for coeliacs, as they do reasonable gluten-free food.

I can also get a 73 bus directly to Goodge Street station, where there is a particularly good Le Pain Quotidien, close to a Marks & Spencer food store and a Rymans.

What more could I want?


  1. I caught the bus close to my house and sat in the tail-gunner’s seat.
  2. The 73 bus has now been rerouted down Tottenham Court Road.
  3. The green-glazed building is University College Hospital. I now have a direct bus to the hospital, where I sometimes go for appointments.
  4. Tottenham Court Road is now two-way for buses, cyclists and taxis.

I shall use that Le Pain Quotidien more often.

October 27, 2020 Posted by | Food | , , , | Leave a comment

Two New Black Country Railway Stations Receive Planning Approval

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

Planning permission has been granted for two new railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line, marking a major milestone in the project to restore passenger services to this part of the Black Country.

The stations at Darlaston and Willenhall will offer local residents vastly improved connections to Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham New Street stations when they open in 2023.

The article also gives full details on the location of the stations and the rail services that will be provided.

October 27, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

So, What Exactly Is Long-Duration Energy Storage?

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

This is the sub-title.

Everyone’s talking about it, and Californians are buying in. Here’s what you need to know about this emerging grid sector.

It describes what California is doing and the sector, with particular reference to Hydrostor, Form Energy and Highview Power.

The article finishes with a section entitled What’s The Catch?

This is the first two paragraphs.

The obvious barrier to a thriving long-duration storage industry is convincing generally conservative power plant customers that emerging technologies quite unlike anything the grid currently uses are safe bets for decades of operation.

Lab tests can reduce the risk, but nothing beats operational, megawatt-scale installations for proving that something works. That’s why the Form deal with Great River Energy is so crucial, as are early projects by Highview Power and Hydrostor. The big exception to technology risk is pumped hydro, which has been used at scale for decades. Those projects grapple instead with high capital expense and environmental concerns.

The article is a must-read and hopefully, this and more articles like it, will convince conservative energy company owners, regulators and governments, that long duration energy storage is the missing link between renewable power and electricity consumers.

At least, the current UK Government has backed two of the most promising British long duration energy storage companies; Gravitricity and Highview Power.

October 27, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , | Leave a comment

TfL Reveals Project Cost Spikes And Delays

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Transport for London (TfL) has revealed how the coronavirus pandemic has increased costs and delayed the completion of some of its biggest projects.

Points from the article include.

  • TfL still aim to complete the Northern Line Extension by Autumn 2021, but there has been a 64-day delay caused by the covids.
  • The cost of the Bank station upgrade has risen by £88 million after a nine-week covids delay.
  • The Barking Riverside Extension of the Overground is in serious trouble.

On top of that there are all the problems with Crossrail.


October 27, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment