The Anonymous Widower

Zhengzhou Henan: Chest-High Flooding Hits China Trains And Roads

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

This is the first two paragraphs.

Roads and subway stations have been submerged across China’s Henan province as heavy rain has brought severe floods.

One region in Henan has recorded 40cm (15 inches) of rainfall. In Zhengzhou, the city’s entire subway system was forced to close.

I feel sorry for those that died and their friends and families, not only for their loses, but also because they will have probably no say in the stopping of building of hundreds of coal-fired power station, which are certainly one of the factors in all the extreme weather around the world.

Let’s hope at COP26, if the Chinese turn up, other nations make the point that their pro-global warming policies are killing their own people.

 

July 21, 2021 Posted by | Energy, Transport | , , | 3 Comments

Is Qatar 2022 Seriously Under Threat?

For various reasons, I’m not in favour of holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

I am not alone and summed up Greg Dyke’s views in Greg Dyke On Qatar 2022, where I came to this conclusion.

I think the whole tournament is already dead-in-the-water and that it probably won’t take place in Qatar. If it does, it will be in fully-enclosed air-conditioned stadia, with virtually no spectators and absolutely no real fans or atmosphere.

The air-conditioned stadia will probably use masses of electricity generated in fossil fuel power stations.

This article on the BBC is entitled Christian Eriksen: Denmark Midfielder Suffered Cardiac Arrest, Says Team Doctor.

Was Eriksen’s cardiac arrest caused by the heat in Copenhagen?

We shall probably not know until the full investigation has been completed.

Now put yourself in the position of an owner of a Premier League or other important football club.

Would you allow your star player to go and play in the heat of Qatar without a full investigation into what happened with Christian Eriksen?

I suspect many owners would tell Qatar and FIFA, where they could stick their World Cup.

They just can’t afford to risk their assets!

 

 

June 14, 2021 Posted by | Sport | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Starter Homes At Cockfosters

This would seem to be the final failure of a 1960s office development at Cockfosters.

It must have been about 1962, when I remember my mother telling me about the topping-out ceremony of these blocks by Cockfosters station.

They probably will satisfy a need, but it wouldn’t be my place to choose to live.

  • You may have the Piccadilly Line to Central London, but it is a long way. It takes 43 minutes to Leicester Square.
  • Cockfosters shopping centre hasn’t improved much since the 1960s.
  • I doubt that the development will have lots of parking.

But then on top of the hill with all the wind blowing from the East in the winter, it will be a bitterly cold place to live!

There are perhaps two good points.

  • The development is close to Trent Park for walking.
  • The buildings do seem to be structurally fairly sound.

But they’ll need to be, with all that cold wind!

May 30, 2021 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , | 1 Comment

An Elegant Way To Cope With Roof Leaks

I took these pictures at St. Pancras station.

Note.

  1. The full wording is “I catch rain, not rubbish”
  2. The green grass is something like Astroturf.
  3. There were three of them!
  4. They appear to be fitted with castors.

I’m surprised, I’ve not seen this idea used before.

May 19, 2021 Posted by | Design, Transport, World | , , | Leave a comment

I’m Not Dreaming Of A Wet Christmas

I took these pictures yesterday, close to my house.

I have a feeling that a Wet Chistmas, is what we’ll get in London.

December 22, 2019 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

An Angry Sea At Dawlish

As I came back from Plymouth this morning, I came along the coast at Dawlish.

The sea was angry.

You could understand how the sea wall gets damaged by the sea.

November 20, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Piers Corbyn

I’ve just read Piers Corbyn’s entry in Wikipedia.

It is the sort  of short light reading, that you need to pass the time on a bus, train or toilet.

November 13, 2019 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

The Coolest Trains In London

It was hot in London today, so I thought I’d investigate how well the New Class 710 trains on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line.

I did the following journeys.

  • A 141 bus from my house to Harringay Green Lanes station.
  • A Class 710 train between Harringay Green Lanes and Gospel Oak stations.
  • A Class 710 train between Gospel Oak and Blackhorse Road stations.
  • A Victoria Line train between Blackhorse Road and Highbury & Islington stations.
  • A Class 707 train between Highbury & Islington and Moorgate stations.
  • After doing some shopping, I took a 141 bus to my home.

I took these pictures on the route.

Some observations.

Passengers Towards Gospel Oak Weren’t Numerous

The train going to Gospel Oak station wasn’t very full, wil only about half the seats taken.

The Train From Gospel Oak Was Packed

It was rather different going back, as every seat on the train was taken and there were passengers standing.

The Seats And Air In The Train Were Comfortable

I would certainly recommend a trip in a Class 710 train on a hot day, as a means to cool off.

Let’s hope that all the other classes of Aventras have the same quality of air-conditioning.

The Victoria Line Wasn’t Busy

The air and temperature ion the Victoria Line wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t of the same quality as the Class 710 train.

But the trip made me think that passengers avoid the deep tube in hot weather.

Class 707 Train To Moorgate

I used the cross-platform interchange at Highbury & Islington station to switch to a Class 707 train, running a Great Northern service to Moorgate station.

The air-conditioning was working well and the two other passengers remarked that it was good in this hot weather.

It’s a pity that these trains have ironing-board seats.

Will These Trains Cut Crime?

When I moved to Dalston in 2010, the service along the North London Line was just being launched and wasn’t fully running until May 2011.

Dalston was the haunt of aimless youth and it wasn’t the best place to live.

Nine years on and it has all changed.

The youths have disappeared and the perceived threat of crime seems down. So where have they all gone?

From stories I have heard, public transport has improved so much, that a large proportion of the youths, have discovered something better to do! It’s called work.

  • New Class 378 trains
  • North London Line trains have gone from four trains per hour (tph) to eight.
  • East London Line trains didn’t exist in 2010 and are now sixteen tph.
  • There are several fleets of new buses.
  • Increases in train frequencies are planned.

Dalston is now a much better place to live.

The new Class 710 trains will soon be running on the following routes.

  • Gospel Oak to Barking Line
  • Liverpool Street to Cheshunt
  • Liverpool Street to Chingford
  • Liverpool Street to Enfield Town

And the new Class 707 trains will soon be running on the following routes.

  • Moorgate to Hertford East
  • Moorgate to Stevenage
  • Moorgate to Welwyn Garden City

Most new trains will be in service by the end of this year.

The following will be delivered.

  • More capacity
  • Increased frequencies
  • Better comfort
  • Wi-fi and power sockets
  • On-train CCTV

A lot of the previous ancient trains will be scrapped.

Will the new trains cut crime and the perception of crime in the areas of North-East London, that they serve.

It is too early to tell, but good public transport has had a remarkable affect on Dalston.

So will the same thing happen in Enfield, Hasringey and Wathamstow?

 

Conclusion

I wonder how many people with a Freedom Pass like me are cooling off in this weather by using these and other trains.

July 25, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | 2 Comments

When Are We Going To Get Some Rain?

It’s now over a month since I experienced any rain and I feel totally crap, with a very dry month and I suspect dry lungs as well.

I drinking lots of 0.5% alcohol beer, tea and lemonade, but it all seems to make no difference!

I need a right royal downpour, so I can walk around in it.

January 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Why Are There So Many Slim Female Weather Presenters?

As I travel around the country, I have probably watched BBC News or Breakfast in perhaps seven to ten regions.

Over recent years, the proportion of weather presenters, who I see on the BBC who are slim and female, seems to have grown.

It is a rare event to see a stocky male weather presenter.

I am not complaining, but after watching Alina Jenkins doing the UK weather and Elizabeth Rizzini doing the London weather, I had a thought.

Both ladies are slim and they were wearing dresses with elbow length sleeves, which showed off slim arms.

With all the pointing and waving that weather presenters do, it struck me that the reason there are no many slim female presenters could be that there is less of them to get in the way of the information on the screen. Presenters too, are often squeezed into a narrow vertical space at the side of the screen.

So is it just about getting more information on the screen?

Earlier this week Lucy Martin, who lost most of her right arm at birth was presenting the London weather in a sleeveless white dress.

She has to do everything with her left hand and her performance is as polished and confident as anybody else.

You do wonder though, that as she can’t use her other hand for balance as we all do in a presentation, she actually can give a less busy and more professional performance.

 

August 23, 2018 Posted by | News, World | , , | 2 Comments