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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 18 2017, 11:13 AM) *
Such a defeatist attitude Sir . When the Hun were knocking on the door did we not stand united in defence of what we believed in ?
Is the fence not still standing ?

Let us hope we soon have a pineapple for prime minister ..........or at least a fruitcake . wink.gif


It's rather interesting to look back at what 'we', or whatever defines 'we' did stand in defence of on that fateful Sunday in 1939. Then compare what we ended up with some five plus years later. Perhaps Pineapples aren't the only fruit!
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 17 2017, 08:48 AM) *
Something tells me none of you are taking this seriously . angry.gif

Remember the immortal words of Martin Niemoller , " First of all they came for the pineapple but I did nothing because I was not a pineapple etc ",

Are you men or mere puppets of an oppressive regime ?


Simply we are living in dangerous times and have no control of our destiny.
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Aug 17 2017, 08:27 PM) *
Thats nature, that is.


....and having rules to try and control human nature is civilisation!
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Posted on: Aug 15 2017, 06:44 PM


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QUOTE (Rdg @ Aug 15 2017, 11:54 AM) *
Whilst taking credit themselves for anything positive (like the working time directive that Labour keep claiming as their triumph despite being a direct implementation of an EU directive the Tories spent about 3 years trying to dodge around)

Is it any wonder that people who couldn't be bothered to research only saw the negatives and not the positives


Reasonable observation, but given that Politicians see themselves as our leaders, why should the 'lumpen proletariat' do any research other than listen to what their leaders tell them. So arguably, the politicians got exactly as they deserved.

When the referendum campaign started, I was on the 'leave' side of ambivalent. Though I actually voted 'for' in the 1970s one. However, 40 years experience, some at close quarters and then a fair amount of research prior to and during the campaign convinced me that 'leave' was the best and most appropriate option. The only concern I had being our national entrepreneurial and management capacity to survive on our own. Sadly, I believe that subsequent events are demonstrating that this is indeed a concern, and a major one at that.

Frankly, right now, in or out our national outlook is bleak indeed.
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Posted on: Aug 14 2017, 07:24 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 13 2017, 07:45 PM) *
I thought the idea of any forum was to share views on a particular subject ? We now seem to be more interested in a character assassination on the poster as opposed to indulging in a responsible debate . I am not suggesting we are going to see eye to eye on everything but shouldn't we agree to disagree and embrace the argument ? rolleyes.gif


Character assassination comes and goes, usually the last resort when someone can't get their own way. In any event, we are conditioned by party politics and the way education has been delivered for the past decades not to question, so even debate rarely changes minds. The whole country does seem pretty divided right now and down non traditional lines so it's difficult to see a way through this right now. However, on a brighter note, even with though most contributors are anonymous, the level of debate seems far more restrained than local Facebook pages!
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Posted on: Aug 13 2017, 04:51 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Aug 13 2017, 09:52 AM) *
The thing is, one runs out of things to moan about.


Very true! Most of the gripes round here are repeated in similar localised social media outlets throughout the country. Some better, some worse. Change is coming, but as usual takes time to get here; so we don't really notice it happening. The famous vision is being delivered and before long, we'll recognise it's not about Newbury, more the conurbation. I suspect it won't be long before 'those councils' start to disappear; courts have gone, NHS commissioning merging, etc. So rather than close this forum, might be better to merge with ones in Reading.
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Posted on: Aug 11 2017, 01:21 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 11 2017, 11:41 AM) *
My feeling is that as long as we live in a market force environment anyone with the means is entitled to spend it on whatever they choose . If we start dictating who has the right to a use of the diminishing resources the outcome will be anarchy on a global scale.
History has shown us that Countries will go to war over resources , whether that is water oil or food , and the most sensible way of maintaining the status quo is to share it around.

Little doubt something along these lines will manifest itself before long especially if global population is not controlled but we all know that is not going to happen.


Aaah, so whoever has the most money wins and can do exactly as they please; where is the difference?

Forgetting climate change or even diminishing reserves, being particularly selfish about it, we still gave a problem. Coal apart, we have few other natural resources left, very little money and as is becoming increasingly plain, few saleable skills. Probably as good a reason as any why we shouldn't use our residual legacy on trying to develop 'free' sustainable energy.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 07:27 PM


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3am on a Sunday morning might explain a lack of responsible people. Clearly though, it questions the BIDs view of Newbury's safe but vibrant night life.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 07:19 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 10 2017, 06:50 PM) *
The problem as far as I can see is that any reduction per capita is offset by the number of additional users .
Are we not on playing catch up as opposed to finding a real answer to the problem ? Every citizen is entitled to drive a car / heat their house / cook their food etc but what hope is there if efficiency is lost to an increasing population ?

We are lucky in this Country inasmuch that most of the inhabitants are already user/contributor to the system , but the third world is growing and their consumption is only going in one direction .


Everyone entitled?

It's rather ironic that population growth dips once an economy has developed. The faster we get the whole World 'developed' the better. Population would then start taking a dip.
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 05:17 PM) *
They had the same attitude, which is why all the forests are gone along with the coal mines. If I wanted to look at a horses **** I'd look you up.😂


Something called learning cut in, sadly it seems to have been selective as you well know. tongue.gif
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 09:01 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 07:22 AM) *
A/ not running out in either of our lifetimes.
B/ you mean other than the 30% increase in efficiency?


Don't get me wrong, it's a worthy attempt to significantly increase efficiency and much needed. Nonetheless, it is in the same league as Mr Welsbach's great invention was to the gas industry.

I appreciate having no concern for future generations doesn't fit easily with our society's present philosophy, but it's worth remembering that if past generations had the same attitudes, you might be spending most of your working day observing the rear end of a horse.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 06:01 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 9 2017, 11:21 AM) *
Not to sure on the year this was aired but I wonder how much of this satire was subliminally planted in the nations subconscious and was brought to the fore on that fateful day ?

On a personal note I didn't realise just how funny this programme was until I watched the link.....so thank you . biggrin.gif


As it had been for the previous forty years of our membership; where politicians blamed unpopular rules on 'Europe making us'. The satire was simply reflecting a truth about our two faced leadership.
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Posted on: Aug 10 2017, 05:50 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 10 2017, 12:04 AM) *
If early reports are correct, Mazda have cracked the HCCI problem and will be rolling out highly effective and efficient petrol engines in 2018 / 19 if true it will herald a new generation of ice technology!


Are they also looking to solve the other minor problem created by the planet running out of cheap easily extracted fuel?
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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 04:04 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 9 2017, 11:30 AM) *
I guess we will only know if it closes when our posts no longer get a reply .
I would think the NWN are quite happy to let it continue but it does need a few more "faces" to diversify the viewpoint away from wouldbe LibDems and won't under any circumstances be LibDems. rolleyes.gif


Odd this, I thought the LibDems had disappeared, certainly not seen anything of them for ages on here! What with UKIP sunk without trace, we are just left with Tory v Labour; those pretending to be rich and influential and those who ain't! huh.gif
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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 03:59 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 9 2017, 11:06 AM) *
Just a thought but if we constructed treadmills at the appropriate points and conscripted the unemployed / pensioners and those children who's parents have benefitted from the tax payer to power them on a rota system, we would have a cost effective answer .

Alternatively we could just use less.


British Gas have just got into big trouble for trying to encourage people to do just that, using the only way many seem to understand.

Not a matter of using less, more about using wisely.
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 9 2017, 07:26 AM) *
Nuclear pile in the basement. Gives a lovely pale blue glow through the house. Never need to switch the lights on now. Plus trained mice in a wheel in the shed, bit of cheese on a string, lovely!


Interesting what we are scared of isn't it? Bet you are happy sitting in a moving tin box with petrol sloshing about!
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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 06:00 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 9 2017, 06:06 AM) *
Haven't talker Brexit on here for a while!
Here's a view that cracked me up!! laugh.gif laugh.gif

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Posted on: Aug 9 2017, 05:55 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 9 2017, 05:51 AM) *
Don't get me wrong. I not against generation from "renewable sources".
I am just pointing out that, in my opinion, there is a price to pay, lesser or greater, in some way for all our energy requirements.
Nothing comes for free! dry.gif


Absolutely; often disregarded truth.
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Posted on: Aug 8 2017, 08:06 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 8 2017, 05:03 PM) *
If the NWN wants to close it they may as well do so - it's dying a slow death as it is.


Why would NWN want to close it? The stats still show there are thread readers and it costs little to maintain.
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Posted on: Aug 8 2017, 07:56 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 8 2017, 08:26 PM) *


Good design is all. Now, imagine replacing all the failing slate roofs of (say) strings of Victorian housing and public buildings not with tiles and panels, but with panels alone. I suspect few of us would even notice.
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QUOTE (Simon Kirby @ Aug 8 2017, 07:46 PM) *
I've no seen this analysis, but it would be interesting to see the per-kW environmental footprint of solar as against coal, oil, nuclear, wind, wave, and hydro. I may be wrong, but I'd guess that the environmental impact is less than for fossil-fuels generation and nuclear, so all things being equal solar might well be a good strategy if we could also develop better energy storage.


Storage is a key issue but gradually creeping forward. Sodium is still in play and had promise. We could also learn from emerging economies where recycling lead acid batteries, particularly deep cycle ones. Particularly in a domestic setting, this is a method of choice in some areas, ironically to bridge regular power outages from unreliable traditional distribution networks.

Batteries and other small scale storeage such as compressed air is much more effective if it can be shared with your neighbours. In fact one of the real reasons for Smart (on line) Metering.
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 8 2017, 11:50 AM) *
I'm very much in favour of solar, I know that in this poxy climate it's not as effective as it could be but it still a largely unobtrusive means of generating power.


It's not really a matter of personal preference, more what natural features can be utilised. Nothing wrong with any of the methods we could employ. Sure, there are going to be complaints, just as there were when Didcot was deemed necessary in the 1960s.


There is also the flip side of this, energy use reduction. Good design and innovation is also badly needed here. Look at the under insulated gas heated new flats we are shoving up in the town centre. Or the motor industry attempting to electrify by emulating ice vehicle design.

Not surprising really, when our media bemoan and struggle with the fact that big commercial users are paid to automatically switch off things when demand gets high.
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QUOTE (blackdog @ Aug 7 2017, 09:40 PM) *
Hyrdro can mean big dams and drowned valleys, but it can also mean a small generator in a river. There is a storage facility in Wales that comes under this too - they pump water up into a reservoir when there is low demand on the grid and let if fall through a hydro generator at times of peak demand.


Small generators exploiting the flow rather than the weight of the water are very effective, much more so when several are installed connected together. A few years back a chap in Hungerford was looking at a promising Archimedes screw made from light materials which needed little groundwork to install. Big water wheels can also be effective and pleasant to watch, 'public art'. Sustainable energy is all about joining up thinking and different technologies; recognising every little helps. Our top down 'only my idea counts' approach demonstrably doesn't work.
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Posted on: Aug 7 2017, 07:10 PM


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I wonder if those great minds looking at the UKs energy future will spot the opportunities round here. The run down of our independent nuclear capability must mean we have several,'nuclear sites' coming ready for new work.
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 7 2017, 02:49 PM) *
Correct. Over population is the cause of most evil to the planet.

Interesting thanks.
I should imagine hydro- electric has the least environmental impact?
All you need is a bloody big dam!
Oh and a river.
Oh and a valley!


Hydro is a great way of shutting up the nimbys who don't like looking at windmills though. Once your house is under a good few feet of water; that problem disappears.

Still, fracking will save us and with luck the chemicals they leech into the water table might at least neutralise the chlorine taste in imported American chicken.....
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