Saturday, May 31, 2008

Scoping out the Scallops

The Gorse Fox and Silver Vixen met up with his little sister and brother-in-law. It's been a while since we had met so we picked a point halfway between the respective homes and met at The Mulberry Bar & Grill(*) at Ramsnest. This was a little speculative as none of us had eaten there previously, but it did have a good reputation and 50% of its profits are given to charity.

Though nestling beside a busy road, it was a nice place with a good (but not over-elaborate) menu. The Gorse Fox was quite pleased with the choice overall. Good spot, and good food. In fact we have booked to go back for dinner at the beginning of August.

It was nice to get the latest news - how Blade is hopeful of an interesting job with a big engineering firm, and of how The Mask is sweating through his GCSEs at present. (Those were the days). They're all heading for Orlando at the end of next month - GF is not quite sure Florida is ready for this!

Oh yes! The scallops were great.

(*) Gorse Fox believes that this is owned by Chris Evans, the Radio 2 presenter.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Latest pictures

The Gorse Fox would like to show that NASA didn't have to spend so much on the Phoenix Probe.

He managed to snatch this photo of the surface of Mars whilst in the office this week.
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In space...

... Nobody can hear you scream

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Progress

We made good progress at the workshop. Today needs to keep up the momentum.

The problem we face is getting people to think in new ways. To understand "patterns" of activity and adaptive techniques that will restructure our options and routes through the system according to circumstance. Whilst it is clear this is the way we are going - it isn't clear that this is understood.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

No Contact

The Gorse Fox tried to contact Silver Vixen... the phone was engaged. He waited, tried again... the phone was engaged.

And so it went on through the evening - he even tried the office line... engaged.

He assumes, therefore that the phone service is down.

Quote of the day (so far)

Mother Superior to all who are gathered:
"You have to look the cow in the eye before poking it in the nose."

Warwick University, again

And so the Gorse Fox has driven across the country to Warwick University, recklessley burning diesel at a rate of 45mpg, but with the perverse satisfaction that the government will be reimbursing his expenses for doing so.

Another couple of days of workshops begins.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Aha a word of truth

Tucked down at the bottom this BBC article on the Fuel Demos that have been going on today is this telling quote:
Justice Secretary Jack Straw told the BBC he "fully understood" the hauliers' concerns, but "government revenues have to come from somewhere".
So, it isn't anything to do with the environment then; as we all suspected, it's just a tax-raising ploy and the environment is just spin.

On a roll

Gorse Fox was just sorting through some receipts. He filled up with diesel on Sunday and in so doing contributed a further £42.01 (of his already taxed income) directly to Chancellor. Warms the cockles of your heart to know that your money is being cared for by this Government and being spent so wisely.

Webwise

The Silver Vixen has been busy completing some projects for a craft fair. The Gorse Fox has been helping where he can - photos for an album, cards, and even a web address. (Though there is no website behind it, at this stage).

Funny how they change...

It's funny how politicians change. When the Chancellor announced in the budget that he had lied(*) about not taxing vehicles retrospectively and that he was going to double the Road Tax on some people's cars (not the Gorse Fox, thank goodness)... the budget was voted through.

Now that many Labour MPs are in fear for their seats (and their salaries and expenses) they are beginning to stand up for their constituents. It looks like there will be a back bench rebellion demanding that this is not enforced retrospectively. It's remarkable how they remember who they work for as their tenure becomes less stable and hoe survival starts to take precedence over party unity.

Good thing too.

(*) Correction: he did not lie. "It was there, if obscured in the detail, and obfuscated by references to a 'Showroom Tax' on new vehicles". The Gorse Fox would like to than GeoffH for this clarification.

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Doors

Well those verses seemed to generate a lot of hits over the last 24 hours!

The Bank Holiday weekend was forecast to be a wash-out down here in the south. Actually it hasn't been bad at all - what rain we had was on Saturday night or this morning. It's been warm and bright other than that.

The Gorse Fox had some chores to perform for Urban-cub... she has been decorating in here flat but needed some help with some finishing touches - so GF helped with a return to yesterdays' brief musical theme - he installed a loo roll holder, and Manzarak, Densmore, and Krieger(*)

(*) GF shouldn't have to explain, but just in case Lou Rawls was a soul singer, and Manzarak, Densmore, and Krieger are the 3 surviving Doors.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

With apologies...

You know how a tune runs through your head and just won't go away. The Gorse Fox has been haunted by The Stranglers all day and his mind turned to the lyrics. So with apologies to the The Stranglers:
Gordon Brown treats us like S**t
If he had his way, he'd even tax it
No sense of fun
He'd tax the sun
Letting us down, that's Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown soaking the old
Taxing their pensions keeping them cold
Taxing the poor
Show him the door
Letting us down, that's Gordon Brown

Every lie you'd like to mention
In number 10 stealing your pension
Treats us like fools
Taxing our fuels
Blames it on Esso, it's time that he goes.

Gordon Brown can't make a decision
When he does, hoots of derision
He'll take your cash
For throwing out trash
Says that it's green when really it's mean

Gordon Brown inflation is climbing
Bills are up, but stop your whining
Prudence is dead
He'll lose his head
Revenge on its way, election some day

Letting us down, go Gordon Brown

Letting us down, go Gordon Brown

The Gorse Fox expects the men in dark glasses with interesting lumps under their jackets to come knocking any day now.

Don't Hold Back Now

Piers Morgan writes in the "Live" magazine that comes with the Mail on Sunday:

"Having enjoyed a poisonous decade-long feud with our former First
Lady, I was hoping that her book would finally confirm everything I’ve
always thought about her; namely, that she is grasping, hypocritical,
whining, money-obsessed, back-stabbing and prone to delusions of
grandeur rarely seen in public life since Marie Antoinette said, ‘Let
them eat cake.’

But even I have been dumb-struck by the
sheer scale of shamelessness that seeps from every page of this
hilariously disingenuous and self-serving tome."

Now, come on Piers, tell us what you really think... there's no need to be coy.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hypocrisy, again

The Gorse Fox has heard this week how the PM, or was it the Chancellor, "spoke to the supermarkets" about the worrying increases in prices.

Hello-o !

If inflation is high (which it is... despite the Government's fiddled figures), then people will want a greater return from selling their goods to the supermarkets in order to maintain their income. If oil prices edge up, and the tax on fuel jumps up, and the VAT on the fuel and the tax is therefore larger, then anything that uses fuel will have higher overheads and these will need to be passed on. So this will affect:
  • Farm machinery
  • Farm transport to depots
  • Transport from depots to distribution centres
  • Transport to the individual supermarkets.

The Gorse Fox also hears continually from the Media and the Government about the cost of a barrel of oil and the fact that the "industry" is making huge profits. Excuse me! The Government is making even bigger profits. It is New Labour that is raking it in, not just BP and Shell.

Not convinced?
Observe (*):

Diesel @126.5 p/l
Cost of fuel itself:57.31p
Fuel tax:50.35p
VAT on fuel+fuel tax:18.84p
So next time that you worry about inflation or the cost of driving to work (because there is no railway infrastructure or bus that will get you there) - remember where much of the blame lies.

Gordon Brown (the man that robbed your pensions) tried to divert opinion with a rather pathetic attack on OPEC during the week - revealing either that he thinks the public are stupid, or that he is stupid himself. The Gorse Fox refers you to "Who Gets What from Oil" and the excellent graphic therein, and also the fact that the UK is a major oil producer (though not a member of OPEC).

(*) Calculations courtesy of http://www.abd.org.uk/fuel_tax_calculator.htm

Friday, May 23, 2008

Slow

The laptop, the PC, and the network all seem incredibly slow today. The Gorse Fox has been busy finishing some more slides summarising the work achieved during the workshop... we have another workshop next week so it will trigger a lot more work.

GF has also been handling several personnel queries, opportunities, and processes.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Company

The Gorse Fox had an opportunity to brief a number of colleagues on the interim outcome of the workshop. He also checked this through with Mother Superior...and it seems that we all have the same picture in our heads - which is good.

It was a sad day in some ways. Boston took his leave of us, having been the longest serving member of the project (other than the Gorse Fox). He is returning to his home in France to keep an eye on his breeding programme (which is coming to a fruition very soon now). GF will miss his company, and hopes he returns after the summer when he realises he needs more sleep than he can get at home with a new-born, and there are insufficient curry restaurants within a sensible distance from home.

GF had company on the way home. One of his colleagues lives in Winchester and as GF had to drive past on the way back to Sussex he agreed to drop him off en route. This made a change from the normal diet of Radio 2 or podcasts.

Life is always made special by the little victories - the last part of the journey involves crossing a railway crossing. As this crossing is closed for nearly 40 minutes in the hour the Gorse Fox is nearly always delayed, sitting there with the engine off for 5 or ten minutes at the end of the journey. Not this time. The gates were open and he swept straight through... a little, but satisfying victory.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No trouble

Wonderful meal last night at Brown's. Possibly the finest steak the Gorse Fox has ever eaten, and pleasant and stimulating company as about 7 of us met dined.

Busy day trying to analyse the output from the past two days of workshops. Brain is tied in knots.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

M&S and MS

Gorse Fox realised that changing his weekly programme to leave on Monday, and thus packing on Sunday did not agree with him. Opening his case he realised that a trip to M&S was necessary... as a result he will probably have to build extra drawers at home to contain all items of apparel that he now has!

It's Mother Superior's birthday this week so we are taking her to dinner tonight. Should be good as we are heading for "Brown's" by the River.

Wow

The Gorse Fox now knows what his car feels like when he uses the jet wash. GF likes a good shower, but the one in the Conference Centre took things to extreme... as showers go it was Niagara's teacher and the famous falls could only aspire to what it achieved.

GF should have got a clue from the way the Bernoulli Effect sucked the curtain straight across the bath; but no, he climbed right in and promptly got hammered to the back of the cubicle where he cowered under relentless pounding. He considered not washing his hair as he was concerened that the rinse process might strip the remaining follicles from his head. He eventually climbed out and is sitting at the keyboard trying to recover from the liquid beating.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Workshop

The workshop went well today. We managed to view the problem we were trying to solve from a slightly different dimension and whist this may cause some initial complexity in defining a clear way to document it - it is actually a very powerful way forward. The Gorse Fox is happy.

Rootes

It's Monday morning and the Gorse Fox finds himself at Warwick University for a couple of days of workshops. Should be interesting!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Writer's Cramp

There may not have been a lot on the blog, but the Gorse Fox is suffering from writer's cramp. The drive to gain his next promotion has meant completing a 30 page assessment. Now that is complete he finds he has to complete a further 40 page assessment... and is not a happy bunny.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Back to the list

The Silver Vixen is examining some old patchworking at Worthing Museum, so Gorse Fox has returned to his unfinished list of yesterday.
  1. Begging letters for support for his promotion case
  2. Technology roadmap for the "office"
  3. etc.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Importance of Soundbites

UKTV History have commissioned a survey of memorable quotes:
  1. Boris Johnson: "I have as much chance of becoming Prime Minister as being decapitated by a Frisbee or of finding Elvis."
  2. John Prescott: "The Green Belt is a Labour initiative and we intend to build on it."
  3. Harriet Harman: "Tony Banks described the English fans arrested in Marseilles as brain-dead louts - that goes for me as well."
  4. Robin Cook: "They found more dangerous chemicals in Coca-Cola's Dasani mineral water than they did in the whole of Iraq."
  5. Harold Macmillan: "It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realise what a damn fool he was when he was a young fool."
  6. Boris Johnson: "Yes, cannabis is dangerous, but no more than other perfectly legal drugs. It's time for a rethink, and the Tory party - the funkiest, most jiving party on Earth - is where it's happening."
  7. Margaret Thatcher: "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
  8. Michael Howard: "You are the deals-on-wheels Prime Minister - no wonder the Chancellor is not a happy eater!"
  9. David Blunkett: "David is supposed to be a sad, lonely, old, blind bastard. David's not meant to have fun or go to nice restaurants or - heaven forbid - have sex."
  10. Edward Heath: "Do you know what Margaret Thatcher did in her first Budget? Introduced VAT on yachts! It somewhat ruined my retirement."
The Gorse Fox is thankful to Ananova for bring these to his attention. he particularly likes numbers 2, 3 and 7.

Reviewing the Situation

Done. That's the Gorse Fox finished for the day. His list is quite empty, but his motivation at this time on a Friday evening is.

So what has he learned today?
  1. When someone says they want a 2 page report and you write 8-10 pages they still add more when they review it.
  2. However many times you review a document you always find something to tweak.
  3. The new communicator works better at home than the old one.
  4. Adding yoghurt as a substitute for cream in a dish of flat mushrooms and sun-blushed tomatoes is a mistake.
  5. There are a lot of Vivien Leigh fans out there who liked the Gorse Fox's pictures of Notley Abbey.
  6. It's time for a glass of fine red wine.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Flash! bang! What a picture.

Gorse Fox has again been approached for permission to use some of his photos in a website. as usual he was happy to oblige.

Its been pretty frantic today. The Gorse Fox has been writing a paper that revisited a decision made last year and to assess whether anything had really changed and whether it was the right decision then and whether it would still be right now. Conclusion - it was and is right.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bitty

Interesting but "bitty" day. Gorse Fox has little to report... At this time of night on a Wednesday there is usually the siren call of a foaming ale, but this week its is calling in harmony with a curry.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Perimortem

The near-corpses are here again The Gorse Fox believes they travel with Perry Mortem Tours (PMT) of North Derbyshire. They are reputable tour firm with nicely furnished coaches - the upper deck of which is used for the flowers and the still-mobile, the lower deck for those who travel in their silk lined oak cabins. The driver sticks to 20mph and tends to wear a tall black hat, and there's a chap with a hood and a scythe who acts as the guide.

Little things

The new communicator has been activated. The Gorse Fox (who likes shiny gadgets) has already customised it with an "iPhone" skin and managed to integrate his calendars and contacts. Not rocket science, but still satisfying.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Feudalism

The Daily Mail along with uSwitch maintain a shopping basket using which they can compare prices. Despite the lies perpetrated by Government statistics, this shopping basket shows that over the last 13 months the cost of living for all of us serfs (as opposed to the people in Government who just live off us) has risen by 19.1% for food and drink, 16% for alcohol, 25.5% for diesel, 5.7% for car insurance, and 4.4% for rail tickets. Mortgages have gone up by 7.1%, Gas and Electricity by over 12% each, Council Tax by 4%... and so the litany goes on.

The Gorse Fox caught a few minutes of a programme on the Middle Ages. It explained that in the worst cases serfs had to work up to 50 days per year for their land owner in return for being allowed to live on and farm his land - but that twice a year the land owner would have to provide a feast for all of these people. (Oh yes, and they had 80 Holy Days each year).

According to the calculations for 2008 by the Adam Smith institute - National Tax Freedom Day is June 2nd... the 154th day of the year. The Gorse Fox is just trying to remember the last time the Chancellor laid on a feast for us all?

Now stop reading this, and get back to work - the Chancellor is waiting,

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Planting

With the sun carving ripples in the hot air rising from the patio and green house Urban-cub turned up to avail herself of the sun in the garden. Gorse Fox finished washing the sandy deposit from the cars... and after some salad al fresco we went about planting some box around the birch.

The Gorse Fox feels a little sorry for Betty and Barney Rubble who have gone to the Algarve where the temperature today seems to be about 17C - a good 10 degrees lower than here!

Basking

Breakfast was taken on the east patio (or should it be deck). The sun streamed across the cloudless sky, the morning chorus was chattering away, and the Sunday papers were spread out on the table. No sound could be heard from the beach - it was too early for that.

Perfect.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Waves

We spoke to Cousteau-cub at lunchtime. Apparently last weekends cyclone in Burma has whipped up some bad weather even as far south as Phi Phi and there has been 7 straight days of rain and some huge waves. She was explaining that they were hit by a 3.5m wave whilst taking divers out to the dive site yesterday - as she put it "Even I said Whoa!"

Gardening

Sometimes it is just too nice to stay inside. The Silver Vixen wanted patrt of the lawn removed and turned into a larger flower bed - Mellors, despite knowing of this since since last November had studiously avoided getting involved.

The Gorse Fox put on his sun hat and gardening gloves and removed the turf bit by bit. It was hot (high 20s) and quite frankly GF is not used to such drastic forms of exercise. As a result this meant there were may opportunities to lean (workmanlike) against his shovel and take in the view.

Despite living but yards from the sea, the soil in the subject corner of the garden was heavy clay. This obviously made the task a lot heavier than expected. Fortunately, we had a huge pile of compost that has been nurtured over the years and today was its turn to be put to use.

The Silver Vixen disappeared with Urban-cub (who had popped round to borrow the garden for sun-bathing) to the garden centre. An hour or so later she returned with a tree!
During one of his rest stops (awaiting his heartrate to drop down below 200) he decided there was scope for some photos of the garden. Which gave him an excuse to delay a little more.

Eventually it was done. The tree (a birch) was planted and watered in, and the Gorse Fox answered the beer that had been calling his name so seductively for the past few hours.
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Friday, May 09, 2008

The Sussex Interceptors

The Silver Vixen was out with her coven.

The Gorse Fox was tapping away on the laptop whilst keeping half an eye on the TV. A programme started called something like "Police Interceptors" featuring a squad of Essex police officers driving Suburu Imprezas and Mitsubishi Evo VIIIs. As the programme unravelled it showed a number of chases through the streets of Essex and of course each resulted in capture of the various perpetrators.

The Gorse Fox wondered if they have a similar squad here in Sussex... though rationalised that they would probably only need milk floats to overhaul the majority of Sussex motoring nutters.

AGM

The Gorse Fox attended the Annual Meeting of the Parish... this was sort of like the AGM of a company, a party conference, or the Cup Final - but for the Parish Council.

Sitting at the cutting edge of government like this is akin to snowboarding down a black run. The excitement is palpable. We had only booked a small venue for the meeting and were in danger of being overrun by the single member of the Parish who attended. The proceedings went very much to form with several major issues being tabled:
  • Siting of dogbins (episode 37)
  • Cleaning of culverts
  • Replacement of bollards
  • etc.
However, there was one issue that really was important - the erosion of sand from our beach. This has continued and in many places the beach is scoured down to the underlying bedrock. Meanwhile, 7 miles off the coast dredgers are extracting millions of tons of sand and gravel and the fear is that this is creating a void that is being filled by our beach.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tunnelling Through Sleep

It may have been the tapas.

Something disturbed the fabric of the Gorse Fox's dream.

The journey that was subject of the dream involved traveling across London by tube at a time when there were problems on the network and many lines were closed. People were wandering through the tunnels and crossing the lines to get to "active" trains. The Gorse Fox, ever cautious, waited until a suitable train arrived and boarded. It was not a line with which he was familiar, and it was not immediately obvius in which direction the train was traveling. Two stops later it arrived at the rather unexpected terminus of Derby, which claimed to be 188 metres above sea-level.

Bizarre

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Shuffling

The Gorse Fox was awake. There was shuffling noise by the door. He listened, and it died away. Then again he heard it, and it died away....

He got up and dressed and went down to breakfast. As he walked into the restaurant he was overcome by the aroma of lavender and formaldehyde. It was clear that the shuffling was from the hordes of pre-mortem visitors from the north that the hotel was hosting as they made their way down the corridors to towards the smell of tea and toast.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Shades of Blue

The Gorse Fox checked into his hotel. The warning sign ad stood there in the car park. A huge tourist coach from some northern town.

Sure enough the place was awash with blue rinse. Near-corpses were shuffling back and forth to the bar asking for Warninks Advocaat and Buckets of sherry. The Gorse Fox changed quickly and headed out into the light to get a pizza, a book, a bell, some garlic, a crucifix, and a stake (you can't take enough precautions when the hotel is overrun as such.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Internationals

The Gorse Fox and Silver Vixen went to the Ideal Home back at Easter. One of the things that quite took the eye was a set of shutters that may be suitable for the kitchen. Today the tep from the company came to look at the kitchen window and see what could be done.

In the end we chose not to go ahead with the shutters but not before we had met the future captain of the UK national Talking team. GF has often come across salesmen who could waffle but this guy was working at another level.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Healing

Betty and Barney Rubble came to visit. They are off to Portugal later in the week, so it was nice to see them before they left. As the weather was so nice we sat out on the deck consuming tea and coffee and putting the world to rights until it came time to head out for lunch.

Again, we had chosen "Liming" in Worthing as our preferred purveyor of fine Mexican cuisine and again were not disappointed. (Though the Gorse Fox suggests that it may have contributed significant amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere; he does like refried beans).

After lunch the plan included a visit to a garden that was open as part of the National Garden Scheme. This "Healing Garden" was dedicated to herbs - and was certainly a labour of love for the owners. It was also clear that they had collected a great deal of money for charity as a result of the scheme. The Gorse Fox was however somewhat underwhelmed. He is sure it was of great interest to herbalists - but in the grand table of gardens he has visited and wanted to photograph it was not challenging for the play-offs!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Complaints?

The Gorse Fox has had complaints. It has been a long time since he has featured a walk.

He knows. He apologises.

Today would have been perfect. Good weather, the Silver Vixen out with her coven... but no. No walk today. The problem, you see, is that in Starfleet promotions are not bestowed upon one, but rather one has to develop a convincing case as to why one should be elevated to a new level of technical certification or new level within the hierarchy.

Having a day to himself GF has been working on this - trying to remember how many Klingons he's slayed, or how many peace treaties he's brokered throughout the galaxies - whilst transporting here, there, and everywhere. It's not finished yet, but is well on its way.

To boldly go...

Friday, May 02, 2008

Medacious Government

The Gorse Fox has been reflecting on the local elections, and the inept Gordon Brown's statement that he will learn from this. The Gorse Fox respectfully suggests that you do not hold your breath.

Why? Because he's spent the last 10 years making you poorer, and trying to control your life. The Gorse Fox asks that you consider:
  • The inflation rate - which we are told is currently 3.8% - but that does not include council tax, motor fuel, or central taxation. GF has seen diesel rise from £1.02 per litre to £1.21 per litre in under 4 months.... and remember most of that is tax.
  • The standard of living - which we are told has improved - but that is at the cost of people getting into debt to maintain the lifestyle they had been used to; or working longer and longer hours, or working multiple jobs.
  • Transport - which we were promised would be integrated - but actually is utterly disarticulated, and now they are proposing to build new towns in areas with no local jobs, and no transport infrastructure to allow people to get to work other than driving (but hey! that ups the tax revenue).
  • Crime - which we were told they would be tough on - well that's true if you are a motorist (you are almost certainly a criminal by now), or if you drop a bit of sausage roll in the street while feeding you child, or if you defend yourself against attack.
  • Probity in Government - the Gorse Fox is almost speechless - fortunately books and blogs have been written that reveal how this crowd have stitched us up. The most mendacious and damaging of them all was Gordon Brown - destroying peoples pensions and breaking the trust between people and Government; and of course writing lots of very damaging small print that was never revealed during his budget speeches, but snuck in to make you poorer.

Fussin' and Fission

The Gorse Fox, as he has explained before, always enjoys catching up on podcasts during his journey. Always worth a listen is "Skeptoid", and this week GF caught up on a broadcast called "The Terror of Nuclear Power".
He recommends that you read the transcript (linked, above) or listen to the podcast. It is an excellent exposition of the realities of the nuclear industry, it discusses:
  • the 4 generations of nuclear power plant design (Chernobyl was G1, Three Mile Island G2): "The newest plants being designed for commercial use are called Generation III+, which incorporate all the newest knowledge from operating Generation III designs. If a new reactor was approved and built in the United States today, it would be a Generation III+ design. Even if every plant employee keeled over with a heart attack, neither a Chernobyl nor a Three Mile Island type accident would be possible; the systems are fundamentally redesigned so that the reaction cannot be sustained if things go outside the parameters."
  • the realities of "safety" and the fact that you would need a power plant catastophe every 3 week to be equivalent to the number of people killed by the particulates from coal power stations each year. "If the world was filled with Generation I reactors run by feuding coal miners, we would need a worst-case scenario every three weeks just to match the US death toll we've imposed upon ourselves by clinging to our current fossil fuel system. Next time you see a hippie cheering the defeat of nuclear power in the US, realize that a healthy environment and saving lives are clearly not their priorities."
  • the realities of "waste" and the the fact that G4 designs virtually eliminate waste (there is talk that G5 may consume waste from earlier designs - not discussed in the write-up, but mentioned in the subsequent comments)
An excellent read/listen - as on commenter put it the "problem is caused by the fact that people are idiots. Which is (IMHO) why dumb people shouldn't be allowed to vote."

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Drive

What a pleasant drive. GF headed back to the South Coast... cruise control set at 75, and just pottering along.The traffic was light and the journey an opportunity to take in the countryside, listen to some podcasts and dodge the cumulo-nimbus that was dumping huge amounts of water all over parts of Wiltshire.