The Anonymous Widower

BayWa r.e. Unveils Subsidy-Free Floating Wind Project Offshore Portugal

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

This is the first paragraph.

BayWa r.e. has officially applied to secure the rights for an exclusive use of the seabed for a commercial-scale floating offshore wind project in Portugal, which the company said will be the first subsidy-free floating wind farm in the world.


  1. BayWa are a German company headquartered in Munich.
  2. The windfarm will have a 600 MW capacity in total, in a dedicated zone off the coastline of Viana do Castelo.
  3. It will be a floating wind farm.
  4. Viana do Castelo is situated at the mouth of the Lima River and is about 74 km. to the North of Porto.

But surely the most significant fact about this project is that it is subsidy-free.

BayWa And Subsidy-Free Wind Farms

This page on the BayWa web site is entitled BayWa r.e. Sells UK’s First Subsidy-Free Wind Farm.

This is the first paragraph.

BayWa r.e. has reached a milestone for itself and the UK renewable energy sector with the completion and sale of the country’s first subsidy-free windfarm to James Jones & Sons Ltd and London-based specialist asset manager, Gresham House Asset Management.


  1. This is the first time, I’ve seen Gresham House associated with wind farms.
  2. BayWa appear to have a fifteen year agreement with Tesco for the generated electricity.

The whole page is a must read.



Does this mean, that we will be seeing subsidy-free floating wind farms around the UK?

Get the engineering, manufacturing and financial support right for floating wind farms in the UK and wind farms could be bumper-to-bumper around these islands.

October 17, 2022 Posted by | Energy, Finance | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Marks And Spencer’s Chicken Kiev Has Been Renamed Chicken Kyiv

I took this picture in Marks and Spencer at Liverpool Street tonight! Note the name!

I didn’t buy one as it isn’t gluten-free.

There have been lots of articles like this one on Birmingham Live, which is entitled Tesco, M&S, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Asda Under Pressure To Rename Chicken Kievs ‘Kyiv’.

So perhaps, pressure works.



May 19, 2022 Posted by | Food | , , , , | 1 Comment

A Cool Move To Keep Emissions On Track

The title of this post is the same as that of this press release from Tesco.

This is the body of the release.

  • Tesco and DRS partner on a new refrigerated rail freight service that will take 40 lorries off the road for every journey it makes
  •  Helping Tesco to deliver Christmas, the service will run seven days a week and replace 7.3 million road miles with greener distribution
  •  New service supports Tesco’s commitment to reach net zero emissions in its operations by 2035

Tesco and Direct Rail Services (DRS) have partnered to introduce a cool new service to Britain’s railways.

The new service will be the first time Tesco has used refrigerated rail freight in the UK, distributing chilled goods from Tilbury to Coatbridge by low CO2 rail twice a day, seven days a week. This means that rail freight will play an even bigger role in helping Tesco to deliver Christmas this year and over the next couple of weeks this new service will transport hundreds of different products, including festive favourites such as sprouts, parsnips, carrots, onions, oranges and lemons just in time for that all important Christmas dinner.

Using rail has significant environmental benefits. The 415-mile route will use DRS’s Class 88 bi-mode electric locomotives which can run on electricity and produce zero exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions. This service alone will take at least 17,000 containers off the road each year, saving Tesco 7.3 million road miles and nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2e.


  1. This is Tesco’s first use of refrigerated rail freight.
  2. It starts from the new Tilbury 2 freight terminal.
  3. All services seem to be run using bi-mode Class 88 locomotives, running for most of the route using electricity.

Tesco seem to be following the rule, that every little helps when it comes to decarbonisation and climate change.

This Google Map shows Tilbury.


  1. The Port of Tilbury is in the West.
  2. Tilbury Town station on the Tilbury Loop Line is on the North side of the Port.
  3. There is a cruise ship at the London Cruise Terminal on the river.
  4. Next to the terminal is the Gravesend Tilbury Ferry. I can remember the car ferries on this route.
  5. Then there is Tilbury Fort.
  6. The Tilbury 2 Terminal is in the East.

I took these pictures in 2017.

I suspect it’s a bit different now!


February 6, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rail Freight ‘Booming’ Because Of HGV Driver Shortage

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

These are a few points from the article.

  • Tesco currently send 65,000 containers per year by train and are increasing this figure to 90,000.
  • Tesco are also planning to run special wine trains.
  • Dunelm is reported to have agreed a lease for a new warehouse at the Daventry rail terminal, creating another 70 jobs.
  • CB Railfreight is running 400 trains per day.
  • GB Railfreight trained seventy drivers in the last year.
  •  The number of people employed at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, will rise by another 4,000 in January when a new section opens.

One Freight Operations Manager is quoted as saying business is booming. He believes that the truck driver shortage and thought for the environment are driving the growth in rail freight.


December 6, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | 2 Comments

No Trains Out Of Cornwall Until The Weekend After Lorry Hits Plymouth Bridge

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

A few points from the article.

  • It was a Tesco truck.
  • It took twenty-four hours to extract.
  • The accident happened on Ashford Hill in Plymouth.

I found the bridge on Google Maps.


  1. The railway and the bridge are at the top of the map.
  2. My eyesight isn’t good, but I can see the warning signs on the bridge.
  3. There is a TescoExpress in the bottom right corner of the map.

It can’t be a lot more than a hundred metres between the bridge and the TescoExpress.

To make matters worse for the train operators, the accident site is to the East of Plymouth station, which means trains can’t run to Plymouth.

Will GWR Use Okehampton?

Network Rail have already re-laid the track to Okehampton, prior to opening an hourly service between Exeter and Okehampton later this year.

Okehampton station is close to the A30 and I suspect that GWR would have little difficulty running a five-car Hitachi train to Okehampton from London with a reverse at Exeter. At Okehampton, they could use coaches to serve Cornwall by running to Bodmin Parkway.

If I was the CEO of GWR, I’d see if it could be arranged, as what good publicity they’d get for the new Okehampton service.

August 31, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tesco Joins Climate Group’s EV100 Campaign To Electrify Its Fleet Of 5,500 Vehocles

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Post and Parcel.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Tesco today joined a group of now 27 big corporates publicly calling on the UK Government to target 100% zero emission car and van sales from 2030. The Government is currently revising its plans.

As Tesco say or used to say. “Every Little Helps!”

September 23, 2020 Posted by | Energy, Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

NHS Procurement

I first had knowledge of government procurement in the 1970s! Then it was defence procurement, which was shambolic!

Nothing appears to have changed.

Perhaps, we should ask Tesco or Screwfix to source PPE and PCWorld to source ventilators?

April 16, 2020 Posted by | Business, Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gerrards Cross Station

I’d never been to Gerrards Cross before and when a friend suggested I go to see her for lunch, I got on a train.

The journey had been complicated because there had been a complete signal failure at Marylebone, so in the end I took the Central Line to West Ruislip station. Checking the Oracle as I came out from London, I was able to determine, that the odd train was running and I was likely to catch one a couple of minutes after my tube arrived. I did and I arrived in Gerrards Cross station an hour later than I’d planned.

This Google Map shows the station and the local area.

Gerrards Cross

Gerrards Cross

I had a pleasant lunch in Pizza Express with my friend.

Gerrards Cross is certainly not a town, where I would chose to live, but it is one of those rare towns, where you could get together to have a pleasant lunch or conduct a business meeting close to the railway station.

Note that the pictures and the map show how the Tesco supermarket, is built over the railway.

This tunnel collapsed during building and blocked the railway for a few months. Luckily no-one was hurt, but I do think Tesco got a bit of a bruising to their ego.

My view is that we need more schemes like this to reclaim railway land, so we can build over the top. Although, housing, offices and public buildings like hospitals would be preferable to yet another unnecessary Tesco supermarket.

In Could A Chiltern Metro Be Created?, I looked at Chiltern Railways’s plan for a metro service between Marylebone and West Ruislip stations.

In the post, I asked if it would be better if the service was extended past West Ruislip.

At present, Gerrards Cross has an off-peak stopping service of one train per hour into Marylebone.

If the Metro does get created, I’m sure Gerrards Cross could benefit from more stopping services into Marylebone, but as Gerrards Cross is a station with only two tracks, I doubt it would be used as a terminus, as on my trip, trains were going through without stopping every few minutes.

West Ruislip and Beaconsfield stations, which both have two platforms and enough space for four tracks would appear to be better choices for the Western terminus of the Chiltern Metro.

In an ideal world, I would like to see island platforms between the fast and slow lines at the terminus of the Chiltern Metro, so that passengers travelling between stations on the Metro and Chiltern Main Line services.

But I doubt there is sufficient space at any current station for this layout.

May 7, 2016 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

Another Reason For Not Shopping At Tesco

In a few minutes time, I’m off to a lecture at the London Geological Society on Piccadilly.

I shall take a 38 bus all the way, as it stops virtually outside my house and the Society.

But I will leave myself plenty of time, as it is the time of day, when Tesco always seem to park their truck outside their convenience, or in this case inconvenience, store at Islington Green, which usually manages to delay the traffic by fifteen minutes or so.

I don’t deal with arrogant businesses like that!

No wonder the company, is a ripe one for breaking up by the vultures of the City!

December 10, 2014 Posted by | Business, Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

And The Winner Is!

This dreadful building called Woolwich Central won the Carbuncle Cup 2014.

Woolwich Central

Woolwich Central

You do wonder about Tesco, in that two buildings on the shortlist were their supermarkets.

Perhaps, the previous CEO was architecturally-challenged.

September 3, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment