The Anonymous Widower

France, Denmark Eye Hydrogen Future

The title of thid post is the same as that of this article on Energy Reporters.

A few points from the article.

  • EDF has launched a hydrogen production and distribution company called Hynamics.
  • EDF is now the largest shareholder in McPhy, a electrolyses, hydrogen storage and charging station provider.
  • European gas-fired power stations will run on twenty percent hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen will be used to decarbonise the gas network by 2050.
  • Hynamics said it was planning 40 projects in France, Belgium, Germany and Britain.
  • In Denmark, Ørsted, is working on plans to convert electricity from its wind turbines into hydrogen.

The article is a must-read.

April 5, 2019 Posted by | Transport, 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

Ryanair Plane Seized Over €500k Debt

The title of this post is the same as that of a short article in today’s Times.

Surely, it is another reason to fly with someone else!

November 10, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

France Opens Two New High Speed Lines

This article on Global Rail News is entitled.SNCF launches two new high-speed lines.

This map shows the two lines to Rennes and Bordeaux.


I doubt well ever lauch two high speed lines in one weekend.

It would appear that the two journies are timed as follows.

  • Paris to Rennes takes about an hour and three-quarts and costs ariund £72.
  • Psris to Bordeaux is a few minutes over two hours and costs around £88.

Prices are for a fully flexible ticket.

July 3, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Building Railways In The UK Is Easy

I have just read this article on Global Rail News, which is entitled French Senate approves Lyon-Turin rail link.

That sounds easy until you read this from the Wikipedia entry.

Test drilling found some internally stressed coal-bearing schists that are poorly suited for a tunnel boring machine, and old-fashion Drilling and blasting will be used for the short corresponding sections.

It is not going to be a simple tunnelling job. It is more akin to some of the eighteenth and nineteenth century tunnels through the Pennines. Except that the tunnel will be 57 kilometres long and modern explosives are better.

It will carry a lot of freight, in addition to passengers from Paris and Lyon to Northern Italy.

But I doubt, I’ll ever be able to take a High Speed Train from London to Milan, as I’ll be long gone before everything is completed.

January 28, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Gare du Nord Now Has A Good Testaurant

Apparently, it’s called the L’Etoile Du Nord.

December 5, 2016 Posted by | Food, Transport | , | 1 Comment

Meet Linda From Coventry: She’s In The Driving Seat At Citroen

The title of this post is from an article in the Business section of The Sunday Times.

How many ladies run car companies? And how many are English and run iconic quirky French ones?

According to the article she is the first British woman to run a big car company and only the third woman in ever.

She’s probably one of the first widows of either sex too!

I think it must be well done to Linda from Coventry!

August 28, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Is This French Punishment For Brexiters?

This article on the BBC web site is entitled Dover ferry port passengers hit by traffic chaos. This is said.

Holidaymakers have been hit by delays of up to 12 hours through Kent to get to the Port of Dover, with many being stuck in traffic overnight.
Port authorities said delays built up due to French border checkpoints being understaffed overnight during heightened security levels.

There’s always some problem with the French and the Channel every summer.

But this summer it appears to be worse!

Could it be that the French are showing Brexiters, that they control the border?

After all, we never seem to get a problem with the Belgians!

The strange thing last night, as I came in from Brussels on Eurostar, was that there was some form of overcrowding in the terminal at St. Pancras.

 

July 23, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

A French View Of Croydon

There is an article in the Standard entitled French newspaper brands Croydon ‘dull and monotonous’ as French rugby team arrives for Rugby World Cup.

What are the French rugby team doing staying South of the River anyway?

Any North Londoner will tell you, as my mother warned me, that you can get lost down there!

September 14, 2015 Posted by | News, Sport | , , | Leave a comment

Eurostar To Marseilles

On the first of May Eurostar launched its service from London to Lyon, Avignon and Marseilles. Full details are given in this article on the France 24 web site.

Out of curiosity, I tried to see how many seats are available in the coming weeks.

There weren’t many left, so I suspect Eurostar might have a success on their hands.

On the other hand, when I travel up from the South of France or Switzerland, I often break my journey in Paris. So I still might do this, as the food is better than the train.

May 7, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment