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How Defunct Coal Mines Could Heat UK Homes

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Mining Technology.

This is the introductory paragraph.

In a country with no operational coal mines, the UK Coal Authority has proposed to once again turn these operations to heating homes and businesses. But this time, they will not provide coal for burning. The plan, to take warm water from flooded mines, would turn an environmental problem into a community solution, and the idea is spreading.

The reason, I’m posting this is two-fold.

There was a report on this edition of Countryfile, which should be available until the end of 2022. The relevant section starts at 38.5 minutes into the program.

Charlotte Adams is featured in this report and the Countryfile program. I first came across Charlotte and her fascinating work at a lecture in 2018, which I wrote about in Can Abandoned Mines Heat Our Future?

 

January 23, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Alison’s Last Mountain

I’m putting this BBC video up on the blog, for various reasons.

One of which is that it going to be deleted soon.

It is the story of the death of Alison Hargreaves on K2 and the trip by her family back to the mountain.

 

October 29, 2021 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Basset Hound On Pointless

This basset hound appeared on Pointless.

How did Alison hold it thee for the whole game?

The basset hound got eliminated in the head-to-head.

September 30, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized, World | , , , | Leave a comment

My First Request For Music On The Radio Was Successful

At seventy-three, I’d never askd for a tune to be played on the radio.

The presenter on Radio 5 Live, asked listeners to suggest a track, that would be suitable for the times.

So, I texted in.

Surely, the best track for these times is We’ve gotta get out of this place, by the Animals!

I was very surprised, when they played it!

As many do, I’ve got the name of the song wrong, as it’s actually We Gotta Get Out of This Place.

I certainly saw The Animals, at least twice.

The first time was when I was about sixteen, at the Regal Edmonton, where they topped the bill, with the Nashville Teens being the second group. I can remember Eric Burdon singing House Of The Rising Sun, highlighted by a red spotlight.

I also saw them at Cook’s Ferry Inn, when they chose a replacement for Alan Price and I may have seen them whilst at Liverpool University.

Those were the days!

December 29, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Will The Return Of Strictly Cause The Number Of Cases Of The Covids To Drop?

The phrase Bread and Circuses, was apparently first used by Juvenal, who was a Roman poet

During the covids, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose and others have delivered the bread.

And now the BBC is bringing on the circuses with the start of the new series of Strictly from tomorrow.

If the rate does drop, the Government should buy up the latest James Bond film and show it on a Friday night.

 

 

October 16, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Why The Covids Are Worse In The North

Dr. Chris Smith is BBC Radio 5’s tame virologist and he talks more sense than most on the Covids.

Asked by Adrian Chiles, why the Covids are worse in the North, he made following points.

  • The Covids are following a similar pattern to flu.
  • Flu tends to like colder climate, so is more prevalent in the North.
  • He also indicated, that because London had a bad dose of the Covids earlier in the year, London may be closer to some form of herd immunity.

If you can catch-up with what he said, it’s probably worth a listen.

October 9, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 5 Comments

The Schoolgirl Who Helped To Win A War

The title of this post, is the same as a programme to be shown on the BBC News Channel, this weekend.

Seeing the trailers on the BBC this morning, I am reminded of my mother, who was my mathematical parent. The girl in the story is Hazel Hill, who was the daughter of Captain Frederick William Hill, who worked on armaments research.

My mother would be a few years older than Hazel and won a scholarship to one of the best girls schools in London at the time; Dame Alice Owen’s, which  was then in Islington.

I get the impression, that contrary to perceived opinion, that in the 1920s and 1930s, girls with aptitude were well-schooled in practical mathematics.

I’d be very interested to know, where Hazel Hill went to school.

I shall watch the programme.

July 10, 2020 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 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

Greater Manchester Police Warning After 660 Parties Shut Down

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Greater Manchester Police has warned people not to breach lockdown rules over Easter after it had to break up 660 parties last weekend.

This was also reported.

  • There were 1,132 coronavirus-related breaches reported between Saturday and Tuesday.
  • Some of the 494 house parties had DJs, fireworks and bouncy castles.
  • There were also 166 street parties.
  • One woman in Bury was arrested.

The force also had to deal with 122 different groups gathering to play sports, 173 more gatherings in parks and 112 incidents of anti-social behaviour and public disorder.

There have been some similar reports in London, but not on this scale.

So why is it, that Manchester disobeyed the rules so much?

Is it because the BBC is in Manchester and it’s easy to report?

April 9, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Short-Notice Spaghetti Trains Organised To get Pasta Across The Alps

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

DB Schenker has organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany, enabling 650 Aldi supermarkets to replenish supplies which had been depleted by customers stocking up during the coronavirus pandemic.

I can’t help feeling that this story pays homage to Richard Dimbleby‘s classic April Fool story about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland.

April 6, 2020 Posted by | Food, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments