Saturday, September 9

Berewood Estate is still a lie 4 years later

Just read an old post of mine from 2013 about the Berewood housing estate.

It is still true today, even more so with shops and pubs closing:

I'm sure some of those flats being built have only now come close to being finished 4 years after they were started. Aren't British builders fast!!? (not).

The thing is they manage to be incredibly slow, PLUS despite taking so, so, so long they can't do a good job. Our developer industry needs foreign competition from Europe to revolutionise new home builds, to both increase speed of construction on site and to improve quality.

Berewood should have been finished by now.

Friday, September 1

UKIP and Tories keen to create Bodge Britain

Looks like the Tories are determined to ruin our economic prospects by deliberately sabotaging the Brexit negotiations. Liam Fox ( who has experience of being forced to pay large amounts of expenses back to the UK parliament ) is joining David Davis in blaming the EU for Tory negotiating incompetence.

Lies, lies and more lies regarding the Tory position on the EU and Brexit. They appear to have no intention of making any deal and are quite happy to rip apart this nation for their own ideological purposes.

Meanwhile it appears Roger Helmer of UKIP has no clue at all about modern engineering and science. In a comment in a BBC article (see below) he equates power consumption of a vacuum cleaner to it's efficiency at do the job of vacuuming dirt.
If that were true we wouldn't need engineers or more than one company making the things, because a few designs of a specific wattage would be enough for all our needs. Dyson a great British success story would not need to exist.

Meanwhile in the real world of physics and engineering companies strive to make their products efficient, getting as much out of as little as possible. It's the cowboys and bodgers of this nation that satisify their greed and allow foreign competitors to exploit our skill shortage (Helmer being one of those lacking essential skills).

The truth is that the some of the greatest steps forward in communication, travel and product development in the last 50 years or so have been as a result of EU standards. We can thank the EU for reduced costs in products that we buy today. Without the EU,  low production runs due to differing national standards would make many products today impractical to produce. Some companies and individuals may complain about EU rules, but it is actually those rules that allow them to produce one product for the whole of the EU.

Wednesday, August 16

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives

Got up very early and took the bus down to Gun Wharf and witnessed the arrival of the QE. Pity the US couldn't lone an F35B for the occasion!

Here's some photos:

Friday, August 11

Latest Electric Vehicle News

Robert Llewellyn and his new co-host Jonny discuss the latest news in
renewable energy and electric vehicles, months ahead of the BBC and The Sun:

Saturday, July 29

Nokia 3310

Managed to get my hands on a Nokia 3310 this week via Argos.

These things are like gold dust, I had to check in on Argos every week for about two months before I found that they had a few that could be reserved.

First problem I had was that my old SIM card didn't work because it was to big. Then I had to get a 2G SIM card which basically excludes Three.

So I went with O2, pay as you go.

Having got it working, I am very pleased.
I don't have a smart phone, and the 3310 has 'near' smartphone features without actually being a smartphone.

Ignore the negative comments in the media, this 'basic' phone does much more than most basic phones. You can download games and Facebook or Twitter apps. You can also do basic browsing of the internet.

The sound quality for the radio and MP3 playback is very good and is easy to pair up Bluetooth headphones. Basically I love it, its the non-smartphone I have wanted for years but no one produced it.

Thumbs up here!