The Anonymous Widower

New Istanbul Tram Line To Be Catenary-Free

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

Contractor Dogus Construction has selected Alstom to supply a full APS ground-level power supply solution for the Eminönü-Alibeyköy tram line in Istanbul.

Choosing Alstom’s street-level power rail solution means that the 10km-long line will be entirely catenary-free.

I suspect, catenary-free will become the norm, either using systems like in Istanbul or batteries like the Midland Metro.

April 5, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why We Shouldn’t Mine Coal

I’m sixty-seven this year and all my life, every year or so, I’ve heard reports of the deaths of coal miners.

Now today, there are reports of a serious mine disaster in Turkey.

When I was in Poland, I shared a train compartment with a lady going to Katowice. I remember the city for a mining disaster in the 1950s, which was nearby.

Isn’t it about time, we stopped mining the filthy stuff, as it just creates grief for the miners and their families? And of course there’s always the issue of global warming.

May 13, 2014 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

France Annoys Another Friend

France is thinking about making it an offence to deny the Armenian genocide and a bill is passing through their parliament.

If you don’t know about the genocide, this is the first few paragraphs from the Wikipedia article.

The Armenian Genocide also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, by Armenians, as the Great Crime  refers to the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between 1 million and 1.5 million. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Greeks, and some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.

It is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides, as scholars point to the systematic, organised manner in which the killings were carried out to eliminate the Armenians, and it is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust. The word genocide was coined in order to describe these events.

If you read the article, you’ll see that it was probably one of the most barbaric acts of history at the start of the twentieth century. And let’s face it there were quite a few atrocities.

The French action in their parliament, is very much resisted by Turkey, who still deny that the genocide happened  There was a protest in Ankara yesterday, which is reported in the Guardian.

December 20, 2011 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

How The Turks Deal With Pollution

This horrific story is in The Times today, although I’m pointing to a green web site, so evryone can read it.

Turkey may well have nine percent economic growth, but at what cost?

So is it right,  that we increase unemployment, because of imports from Turkey?

In my view it isn’t!

C and I once had a holiday in Turkey and in some ways we weren’t impressed.  Luckily we could afford to go somewhere better.

As a coeliac, I starved in Turkey, as they just couldn’t get the idea of what gluten-free was! Despite the fact I had an excellent translation.

May 31, 2011 Posted by | Health, News, Transport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Ford Transit Connect

You see these vans all over Europe, but I can’t remember seeing one here in Greece.  Is it because they are made in Turkey?

March 26, 2011 Posted by | Transport, World | , | Leave a comment

Another Tour Company Goes Bust

It has been announced this morning, that another tour company, Goldtrail, has gone bust. It does seem to happen at least twice a year.

What bannoys me is that a lot of people will not have travel insurance, so they will expect the CAA, i.e. all our taxes, to get them home.

Let’s have aaw which says that you can’t buy a holiday without either insurance or the means to get yourself home, if it all goes bust.  I have insurance, but it didn’t cover my problems in Hong Kong, so I had to fund that myself.

But why should I have to fund people who make no provision? The CAA should publish how much they have had to pay out, over and above any bonds.

Especially, as most this time were to Turkey, which is somewhere I am very cautious of visiting as it is not very coeliac-friendly, unless you stay in five-star hotels.

July 17, 2010 Posted by | Business, Transport | , | Leave a comment