Monthly Archives: December 2009

Burgled homeowner jailed for hitting burglar

Three men burgled a house, tied up the owner and his family and threatened them. The owner got free and chased them down the street with his friends. The owner apparently hit the burglar too hard and was jailed for … Continue reading

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Pre-Election Debate by 3 main party leaders

It’s been announced that in the period before the next General Election there will be 3 debates on TV between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. These will be shown across Britain in turn on ITV, Sky and BBC. Can’t … Continue reading

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Global Warming – some simple reasoning

Global Warming: is it an issue or will it be more pleasant here at 53degrees north?  Will it be goodbye to Lancashire west of Preston?  Some simple stuff. Global Warming is said to be caused by the increased concentration of the suns … Continue reading

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Copenhagen Climate Change at Christmas

It was cold this week in Northern Europe.  The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, December 7th to 19th 2009 (COP15 for short) took place. 15,000 delegates debated the heating of the atmosphere, while several thousand chanted outside. The conclusion of the discussion being something … Continue reading

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Pension pot poison

The British Airways dispute brought out more discussion on its pension deficit.  It is said to be £3.7bn and almost 100,000 staff live in expectation of some payment from it, far bigger than the company. Add to that the Royal Mail … Continue reading

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British Airways cabin crew to strike at Christmas

BA cabin crew  today voted to strike for 10 days over the Christmas holiday about changes to their working practises.  Those who have booked Christmas holidays with BA must be worrying.  It is reported in todays Times that BA cabin crew earn twice as much Virgin … Continue reading

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Won’t be knocking on the IMF’s door

The government doesn’t want to cut spending until the economy is robust enough to stand it. That sounds logical. On the other hand very big increases in spending  began this year and begin to accelerate like a shark lenders interest payments. … Continue reading

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Smart Meters or not so smart

Is the Smart Meter going to provide the benefits claimed?  They say the unreliable wind power will mean less peak capability so incentives will be given to turn off power at peak times and that home generators can sell back … Continue reading

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Depression on the River Tees

Corus announced the probable closure or mothballing of their steel factory on the Tees employing 1700 people and local businesses.  It has contracts for 5 more years but the overseas customers are backing out of the deal as the steel … Continue reading

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Overseas Trains

Rail Magazine noted Britains first Class 70 freight loco’s landed in the UK from the USA. Not long ago the first Class 90’s, named Javelin for high speed lines in Kent came in from Japan. Pendolino’s from Italy.  Some Eurostars from France. … Continue reading

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