The Anonymous Widower

Plastic Bag Fee ‘To Double To 10p’ And Include Every Shop

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

This is the guts of the story.

The 5p fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p, and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary.

The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could come into effect in January 2020.

Smaller retailers, who are exempt from the current levy, supply an estimated 3.6 billion single-use bags annually.

I’m all for this, if it cuts down the amount of plastic, that blows around the country, before ending up in the seas.

This is the bag I use.

Note.

  1. It folds up, so that it first into my man-bag.
  2. It easily holds two days of my food shopping.
  3. The handles re very comfortable, even when carrying eight bottles of beer.
  4. I’ve had it over a year now and it is finally showing the odd sign of wear.
  5. It is big enough to hold a copy of the Sunday Times without folding.

It did cost be five pounds from M & S, but how much have I saved on five pence bags?

It is not a perfect bag, but it is a good start.

Other things, in the same vein, that I’d like to see.

  • A charge on takeaway food, especially pizza boxes, which seem to end up in front of my house.
  • A fine for piling household and commercial waste around litter bins, which is very prevalent in this area, despite council camnpaigns to stop it.
  • Remove the foxes back to the countryside, so they don’t spread the rubbish all over the street.

As to the latter, foxes seem to have eaten most of the cats, hedgehogs and birds, so it is their only way to get food.

December 27, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

I Am A Twenty-Four Hour Person

I rose as usual at around five-thirty this morning and went through my normal routine.

  • I measured my weight and blood pressure. Incidentally, I weighed 61.8 Kg.
  • I checked my savings in Zopa and my bank account.
  • I did two dozen press-ups

Now I am on my first cup of tea of the day. I have also replied to a couple of e-mails.

I’ve been like this in one way or other since the 1970s, when I started programming Artemis.

In those pre-e-mail days, I would be on my computer writing code before six and generally only stopped writing code around ten at night having been writing on and off all day.

C would sometimes drag me off for some shopping or a visit to a pub or restaurant, but I worked very hard and was well rewarded.

Some would say my hours are unusual, but my father was the same. Memorably, he once mowed the lawn at two o’clock in the morning!

 

December 25, 2018 Posted by | World | | 1 Comment

Malta Energy Storage System Is Looking Forward To First Pilot

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

This is the first paragraph.

Malta has received a round of funding and is graduated from “project” to group that can sail. The Cambridge, MA-based company is focused on the storage of electro-thermal energy and the funding put the group in celebration mode this month. In return, the company is turning up the volume on its potential role in the future of energy storage—namely, working out salt-based electro-thermal energy storage.

The article goes on to describe how the system works and I suggest you read it.

This is the last paragraph.

Malta CEO Ramya Swaminathan said the challenge ahead is about design and manufacturing, in Xconomy. Swaminathan said customers were expected to come from a variety of points in the energy system. Such as? She said they expect “developers with wind or solar projects who want firm power, to grid scale applications that can be in the hundreds of megawatts range, to critical backup for data centers, to isolated grid systems like island economies.”

I believe the technology has a lot going for it.

  • It has heavyweight financial backing.
  • The technology is very conventional and well-understood, which will ease manufacture and maintenance.
  • No complex or expensive raw materials are needed.
  • I would suspect that few, if any dangerous chemicals are needed.
  • It would have developing country applications.
  • They would seem to have a large capacity.

I shall be following Malta Inc. with interest.

December 24, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Open Golf Championship’s £69m Boost To Scottish Economy

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

The Open golf championship at Carnoustie in July boosted the Scottish economy by £69m this year, according to an independent study.

Researchers at Sheffield Hallam University found the Angus area alone received a £21m cash injection from hosting the event.

It just goes to show the value of big events to a country, region or a city.

I have to ask the opposite  question! – Do some areas of the UK, suffer because they don’t host a big sporting event, arts festival or site or museum of national importance?

 

December 23, 2018 Posted by | Sport, World | , | Leave a comment

Funding Injection For Smart Central Heating Project

The title of this article is the same as that of this article in The Scotsman.

This is the first two paragraphs.

East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp and energy supplier OVO have secured seven-figure funding to develop a commercially viable smart central heating system.

The project brings together OVO’s intelligent energy management platform, called VCharge, with Sunamp’s super compact “heat batteries” which are said to store four times more heat than hot water tanks of a similar size.

This sounds like an interesting concept from Sunamp and OVO.

This video from Fully Charged, shows Sunamp’s thermal batteries in action.

I believe we’ll be seeing more of thermal batteries!

December 22, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 4 Comments

Gates Among Billionaires Backing Alphabet Energy Spinoff

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

This is the first paragraph.

Alphabet Inc.’s secretive X moonshot lab is spinning off an energy-storage project with backing from billionaires including Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

Read the article. This could be the affordable grid-scale energy storage everyone needs.

December 20, 2018 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Harry Redknapp And Stacey Dooley

With Harry Redknapp winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and Stacey Dooley winning Strictly Come Dancing are we seeing a reaction to the gloom that pervades everyday life and especially politics.

I’ve never met either, but both seem likeable characters, to whom not many would object.

 

December 16, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

Palm Oil Giant Wilmar International To Combat Deforestation Using Satellite Monitoring Of Suppliers

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

This is the first three paragraphs.

The world’s largest trader in palm oil has unveiled plans to use satellite monitoring to prevent further destruction of rainforests.

Wilmar International is backing a project by sustainability consultancy Aidenvironment to draw up a comprehensive mapping database of suppliers in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia.

It has pledged to immediately suspend groups involved in deforestation or development on peatland, while also working with them to improve their operations.

Both the Independent and The Times, quote Kiki Taufik of Greenpeace, as the announcement being a potential breakthrough.

The Times also says, that Mondelez, who own Cadbury, have backed Wilmar’s palm oil plan.

 

 

 

December 15, 2018 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Christmas Card Messages

I received a card with a stylised dove of peace on the front. Underneath were the words.

All is Calm

Inside the sender had added.

The makers of this card clearly hadn’t heard about Brexit!

You wouldn’t want to send it to a friend or relative in France either!

There are some very inappropriate cards in shops.

 

December 13, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

2022 Opening For £80m Eden Project North Which Would Attract Up To 8,000 People A Day To Morecambe

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the Lancaster Guardian.

This is the first paragraph.

The Eden Project North would open in autumn 2022 at a cost of £80m and attract up to 8,000 people a day to Morecambe – if planning and funding can be agreed.

Given the undoubted success of the Eden Project in Cornwall, I would be very surprised if this project doesn’t go ahead.

December 8, 2018 Posted by | World | , | 3 Comments