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Bill last won the day on December 12

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  1. Well that’s it for another five years and I’m just hopeful that it’s an end to all the hostile and negative comments that have plagued social media recently. Some say it was all about Brexit or Corbyn but I’m sure there were people out there who simply wanted an end to the hate and bad feeling that was dividing our nation. This is 100% true. Yesterday when my wife and I voted, there was just other person in the polling station, an elderly lady who went in just before us. She looked fine going in but standing at the booth, we could see she was visibly shaking and had tears in her eyes, so we sat her down. She said that for all her life she had always voted the same way but now just couldn’t do it and this resulted in a huge family argument. How wrong is that! I was always taught that if you want to keep your friends and prevent arguments then avoid talking about politics and religion, especially in the pub and I suppose these days that should include social media. I’ve just removed six people from by Facebook list who clearly had never heard this advice and had become nasty political trolls. Bill 😊
  2. Milky Converting a hundred 747s into water bombing takers that could be deployed at short notice to anywhere in the world might well cost a billion pounds, but that’s absolute peanuts compared to what’s spent globally trying to reduce CO2. The problem as I see it is that when it comes to firefighting services it’s all done at a local level where resources are limited, and the focus is wholly on protecting local people and their properties. The sheer scale of some of these fires makes them so dangerous that they become impossible to control so they’re just left to burn themselves out often taking months. One or two water bombing planes make for good telly viewing but on the big fires you might as well just pee on it for what good it does. But call in International rescue with a whole fleet of carpet-bombing planes and the major fires could be under control in no time, saving lives, properties and most importantly cutting out a major source of pollution. Bill
  3. Your right, we don’t get owt for nowt so we all end up paying for cleaner air and a supply that doesn’t fail every few days. Nobodies being forced to but all electric cars (yet) but with all the major manufactures moving that way it won’t be long before we don’t have a choice. I’d like to think that the brunt of the cost will be born by the initial purchasers and that prices with volume production will fall for us peasants. I don’t think it works like that Davy because the amounts of panels you’d need would be crazy, not that we have that much sunshine anyway. On some cars, they do offer solar roofs which might help maintain the charge slightly but It’d take about a week to charge a flat battery in full sunshine. I’ve read the reviews and the consensus is that it’s more a gimmick that’s not worth anything like what they charge (pardon the pun) 😊 It’s not without it’s problems, especially when there’s several cars and no drive to park in but things will have to change. Have you been on the new market car park and seen the number of electric charging points? I’m more likely to become disabled before I change to electric so Warrington council might be more forward thinking than we give them credit for when they allocated so many disabled spaces. Bill
  4. Whoops you did say heat pumps would eventually use an additional peak of 170GW which added to our none heat use, would probably take us to nearer 250/300GW. The additional load for the cars would be difficult to guess at but in theory they shouldn’t be using anything at peak times as at that point they would be feeding back into the grid. But however we play with the numbers, one thing looks certain and that’s by 2050 we’ll all be driving electric cars with 2,000GW of capacity available to the grid. This will happen whether we frack or not or build new nuclear stations. In answer to Sid's question, I think most electric car manufactures today offer to replace any battery that drops below 75% efficiency within 8/9 years. The actual replacement cost would be high, but a whole new industry is evolving to use the still good batteries for storing grid energy, so it’ll be a case of trading in rather than just replacing them. Over time, it’s probable that used batteries will feed in more power than the actual cars on the road. Bill 😊
  5. There’s not much you can do about volcanoes but from what I’ve read, 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions come from wildfires which is staggering. It’s not that surprising though when you consider how long these things can go on for and the primitive methods that we use to fight the fires. A couple of years back I was in Oregon amidst numerous forest fires. The smoke went on for hundreds of miles with people needing to wear smoke masks. Then we see news footage showing fire fighters hopelessly trying to beat down flames with paddles and getting nowhere. Much of the time the terrain was too difficult to work in, so the fires were simply left to burn. A couple of days later I was crossing the Mojave Desert and saw literally hundreds of perfectly good airliners from all over the world just sitting in mothballs and now I’m wondering why these couldn’t be used as some kind of international firefighting fleet. 25% of the world’s CO2 emissions .... hundreds of perfectly good airliners in mothballs.... Food for thought. Bill 😊
  6. The status quo is what it is now. If fracking’s allowed and prices fell dramatically as in the US, do you think it would only be used for increased security or would everyone want a piece of the action? Nobody’s being forced into installing solar panels or heat pumps. A few crazies might do it to save the planet, but the majority will be those who see it as a way of making or saving money and It’s the exactly the same thing with electric cars. So, in a way, the rich (albeit with government assistance) are the main ones currently paying for the changes but longer term we need to do something to help the less fortunate afford the high costs of home generated power and energy reduction. I’m sure there’ll be no shortage of businesses lining up cash in on government grants so one idea might be to create a nationalised industry to produce and install systems that people can afford. As for the electric cars, they will put more demand on the system but it’s going to be a gradual increase over many years so renewables and energy reduction must continue to match this growth. The good thing though is that given we already have feed-in technology, every additional car adds stability to our grid. Apparently, the average car only spends less than 10% moving and as far as I understand, the tech is intelligent enough know when it’s best to charge and when it’s best to feed back (sell) to the grid so we just have to hope the programmers get this bit right. The current UK peak demand is 75GW so with cars and heat pumps lets guess at a new peak of 200GW. This means that if only 1 in ten cars were connected, in theory we could turn off every power station in the country and still be ok. Here’s a link that shows how this could work. https://www.bbc.co.uk › news › science-environment-48530488 › the-sola... Bill 😊
  7. Just as well our old friend Geoff Settle isn’t around these days otherwise he’d probably be suggesting we all live in cardboard boxes heated by a candle.😁 Oh dear indeed, it looks like Confused is preaching to the already converted again. Just so that you know I’m no eco warrior or environmentalist, I rinse my plastic milk bottle and recycle them and that’s about as far as it goes. What I am though is realistic, enough to recognise that change is happening and nothing that you or I can say or do will have any effect on things once the governments decide on a course of action. Like you I was all in favour of fracking given the fragility of our supply situation and its reliance on gas from places like Russia. And I had no doubts that any UK fracking would be done under much tighter controls than in the US. But if the government’s long-term plan is to phase out the use of fossil fuels like domestic gas then you must question the logic of continuing to expanding it. Nothing is going to happen that quickly and fortunately, for now we do have enough gas reserves to cover a short-term disaster. Changing every home to use heat-pump technology would as you say, probably take 20 years but that’ll also allow ample time for the none-fossil renewables to grow to match the increasing needs. And by this time of course, 100% of cars will be battery powered and able to feed in nearly 2,000 gigawatt hours of power making our grid far more resilient than it is now. It’s all very complex and we can all throw in numbers to suite our own arguments but at the end of the day, the government has set out its plan and It might well be expensive but is probably the best route. Fracking would give me cheaper petrol for my none-eco V8 but it’d also remove the incentive to change and you can’t beat a bit of urgency to get things done. Bill 😊
  8. I doubt fracking will ever succeed in the UK as it did in the states due mainly to the difference in public opinion on climate change. Yes we saw the burning water and dead cows and some of the scare stuff obviously rubbed off on our politicians who then set totally impossible seismic targets for the industry. But leaving aside all the rights, wrongs and technicalities of fracking, we’re being told (and probably right) that burning gas, just like burning petrol, is something we need to move away from, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to develop a new technology for something with no real future. So, we’re being told that the future (if there is to be one) is going to be all electric with no burning of fossil fuels. I doubt anything we do on our small island will solve the world’s problems, but if nothing else it should help improve the air quality in our local towns and cities. Fracking could bring the down the cost of petrol and a bag of coal but it’s all a bit pointless if we don’t need either. The country is trying to get us to pay good money buying cleaner cars but that won't happen if we keep reducing the cost of the dirty fuels. Bill 😊
  9. We don’t need more prisons or more cost to the public we just need to change the way that the system works. Anyone that ends up in prison should be made to suffer to the point that they absolutely wouldn’t want to go back. Do this and you could have shorter sentences, so more cells available and less staff needed. Bill 😊
  10. I could be wrong on this but I think the Three Pigeons right at the end of Dallam Lane was the pub with historic links to the railway. Seem to recall that it may have been the booking office for the railway before it became a pub. Bill 😊
  11. Confused. You’re not boring me, my works at a dead stop just now, both my cars are off the road and the wife’s hogging the remote control. Yep I understand what you’re saying but what you describe are simply some of the obstacles that make things difficult but there’s nothing here that would lead me into giving up before I start. A few years back when I was doing my Sherlock Holmes bit, the telephony providers often told the police it was almost impossible to trace the activity because they use false names and were constantly changed their PAYGO mobile numbers to avoid detection. But with time and a lot of hard work it was possible for me to build up distinct patterns of activity based on call times, locations and even who their associates were and in turn this lead to numerous arrests over the years. Now this was done mainly with paper and a felt tip pen without any automation (other than a bit of database manipulation) and only when the police requested it. But, if this had been my primary job, then I’d have taken the time to develop a software solution to speed up the process and help solve crime and possibly make even more millions. I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that often I find the best way to solve a problem is to take a big step back and don’t focus on the obstacles. Disregard the advice of those who helped to create what we have now and look for alternative methods of doing things. This has always worked well for me, but unfortunately large organisations can’t function without their panels of experts who just follow the same old tried and tested path, so we end up back at impossible. You just can't win. You roll a six and end up going down a bloody snake!!! Bill 😊
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    I'm pretty sure Jack Frodsham was where Sid said on the left as you went up Winwick Road before you got to Tanners Lane. Bill Pope I think was also on Winwick Road but on the right just past the Lord Rodney pub. Bill
  13. Confused Your preaching to the converted as I do understand the technical issues involved. My business provides equipment and services to the taxi trade and over the years I’ve seen the evolution of call trends as they moved from landline only to text, then to mobile and most recently to apps. The technology of course needs to follow this but one thing I can say for certain is that despite it being called smart, overall, I don’t see any real change in overall reliability. I’d go so far as to say things have got worse with drivers having to have dual sim devices to protect against outages and companies needing both a cable and wired connections for their internet and phones. So yes, the technology’s far from perfect but that won’t deter a generation who want to do everything with something they can hold in their hand and I predict that landlines will continue to decline because of this with or without scam calls. You say “identifying the scam calls before they terminate is horrendously difficult!” So it can be done if the companies really wanted to but there’s no financial benefit for them. If I’d have been paid for my time assisting the police to track down the bad guys on the mobile network, I’d probably be worth another few million. For me though, it was always the challenge of horrendously difficult, can’t be done or impossible but I believe that you never get anywhere if you don’t try. I’m certain there are good people here in the UK with infinitely more brains and ability than myself who would be more than capable of solving the scams, but it won’t happen because they’d need to be paid. Bill
  14. I don't think people are moving away from landlines because of junk calls but more the fact that they already pay for their mobile phones. Given the chance, most would probably like to drop their landlines if they could but understandably the broadband providers make it conditional. Maybe in time the need for a direct connection will go so we only need to pay once for our airtime. Anyway, just moving away from landlines won't stop the scammers and those able to stop it will continue to take the easy option of just telling us to be more careful. Bill
  15. It's been a long time coming but everything looks good. Bill
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