The Anonymous Widower

Prevalence Of Celiac Disease Among Blood Donors in SÃO PAULO – The Most Populated City In Brazil

The title of this post, is the same as that of this scientific paper from Brazil.

I am posting, so I can find the paper when I need it.

I will only point out one sentence.

Furthermore, an increase in the ingestion of wheat in the country in recent decades may have favored the increase in CD in our society.

I wonder if this statement can be confirmed, as this could explain the increase in coeliac disease in some countries.

January 8, 2022 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Port Of Açu And Fortescue To Explore 300MW Hydrogen Plant In Brazil

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2Bulletin.

This is the first paragraph.

Brazilian ports have been attracting foreign investors to benefit from its abundant renewable resources. Porto do Açu Operações SA has recently started exploring opportunities to become a hydrogen production hub in Brazil, which H2Bulletin exclusively covered in its recent article.

The location of the Superport of Açu is shown on this Google Map.

Açu is marked by the red arrow and is about 300 km. from Rio de Janeiro.

Over the last year or so, I’ve noticed several ports declare the intention of becoming hydrogen hubs.

  • Hydrogen can be used to power dock vehicles, tugs, work-boats and ships.
  • Hydrogen can be used to support local businesses with high energy needs.
  • In the future hydrogen may power freight trains to and from the port.

Do ports feel hydrogen is a good way to decarbonise?

Do Ports Make Good Hydrogen Hubs?

Consider.

  • Ports and their staff are used to handling cargoes of all types including gases, chemicals, liquids and liquified gases.
  • They generally have space for the tanks to store hydrogen.
  • They have a good electrical connection for an electrolyser to create green hydrogen.
  • They have lots of uses for hydrogen.

Any excess hydrogen can be exported to someone who needs it.

It seems to me, that a port is a good place for a hydrogen hub.

 

 

November 6, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | , , , , | 1 Comment

A Walk Through London’s First Pedestrian And Cycle Zone

I took these pictures as I walked through London’s first Pedestrian and Cycle Zone, wher only electric vehicles and some hybrids are allowed.

I like the idea, although quite a few diesel and petrol cars and vans seem to have been ignoring the signs.

I was even interviewed by television. But it was Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão, so I doubt I’ll find it on the iPlayer.

Will subtitles make me look better?

September 4, 2018 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Now That’s What I Call A Mega Bendy Bus!

Bendy buses weren’t liked in London and although some places in Europe have them, they are nothing like the mega-bendies from Brazil discussed in this article on Global Rail News, which is entitled New mega-buses to replace trams?.

This is the opening paragraph.

Could advances in bus design threaten the role of trams on busy routes? New, longer designs which carry more passengers and combine flexibility with vast capacity.

On the other hand, I don’t see why a bendy bus with driving cabs at each end, running in a dedicated traffic lane or perhaps in a concrete guided busway couldn’t be used on a fixed link between say a railway station and the centre of a city. A double-ended design would eliminate the need to turn the bus, which is a big space-hungry  problem

I think that once, one city, airport or attraction develops this idea successfully, then the idea could spread!

The chassis developed by Volvo in Brazil mentioned in the article, would certainly be a good starting point.

February 12, 2017 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Tim Vickery On The Rio Olympics

I’ve just listened on Radio 5 Live to Tim Vickery, a Rio-based English football journalist on why the Olympic venues are so empty.

He puts it mainly down to the fact that Brazilians only are really interested, when one of their athletes has a chance of winning.

He also says that, the events are for Portuguese speaking people and everything is not very well-organised.

If you can catch it, it is definitely a must-listen.

After what he said, I’m glad I took the decision of not going.

August 8, 2016 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Blitzkreig

Whether you think this German side is good is irrelevant, but the Brazilian side has about as much commitment as a bad Division One side!

Will anybody beat the Germans?

Yes! But I don’t know who will!

July 8, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

ITV And The BBC Disagree Over Fred’s Penalty

ITV’s commentators and experts thought that the penalty awarded to Brazil last night was correct. The BBC’s pundits were adamant Fred dived.

The Times this morning is saying that Fred was guilty. Type “Fred penalty” into Google News and most newspapers the world-over think it was a dive!

Brazil were lucky, as other decisions of the referee didn’t stand up to video scrutiny.

Let’s hope that the rest of the referees have been to Specsavers!

June 13, 2014 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

England Against Italy In Manaus

Years ago, as a child, I read stories of Manaus; one of the most fascinating places on earth and have always secretly wanted to go.

Now that England are going to face Italy in their first match at the 2014 World Cup, I must say that I’m more than tempted to go, especially if the trip can be paired with a wildlife tour on the Amazon.

 

December 8, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

The Man With No Fear

I read this article on the BBC web site with interest.

We are unlikely to win the World Cup in Brazil next year, as too many things are against us.  But with statements like this from the article.

“My message to the players and the nation is we’re not coming here to fear anyone, we’re coming here to respect. We know whoever we play we’re capable of winning or losing the match,” he said.

We’ve played Brazil away, we’ve played Italy away, we know they are tough games but we know we can go out and do well in them just as we can lose them as well.

I think we can say, that Roy and his team might make a good fist of it.

They will need a bit of luck in the draw tomorrow.  But Roy might just have the knack to turn an absolute stinker of a draw to everyone’s advantage.

December 5, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , | Leave a comment

A Man Bites Dog Story

Judging by how many times it has been read, the readers of the BBC web site, find this story, where a cow goes through the roof of a house and kills a man in his bed,  funny.

But then anybody who has lived in the country, knows that farming is not a totally safe business.

July 14, 2013 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment