Monday, December 11

A little Brexit Truth...

The UK send approximately 43% of its exports to other EU countries.
Those same EU countries send approximately 16% of their exports to the UK.

What does this tell us about MPs that say the EU need us more than we need them?

Basically the loss of exports to the EU would have a greater impact to the UK than the loss of exports to the UK would have on the EU. The EU would find it easier to absorb the loss of the UK as an export market, partly because of the distribution of those exports across EU nations, the UK on the other hand would have a greater loss focused on it's own single economy.

Friday, December 8

Rapanui Clothing and The Expanse Season 3

According to who plays one of the lead characters in The Expanse, filming of Season 3 has completed. Yippee, just got to wait many months now before it is available in the UK.

Whilst I was reading the December issue of The MagPi I spotted an article about Rapanui Clothing based on the Isle of Wight. They make eco friendly clothing and were started in 2008, I have been following them on and off for about the same time, being initially impressed by their Bamboo T-shirts that were as smooth as silk.

There is a link to their web site in my list of links down the right hand side of this blog.

So why did Rapanui feature in a magazine devoted to the best selling computer in the world (the Raspberry Pi)?

Turns out that they started on a budget of £200 in 2008 and since then have grown greatly. They now have a factory in an old Coop supermarket and have developed a lot of their own custom manufacturing hardware using Raspberry Pi's. They even have an Alexa that employees can ask questions about production runs and other factory stuff. The really cool thing is that they even encourage employees to learn programming!

So basically it is an eco company that is driving innovation and changing the rules.

Sunday, November 5

Hampshire County Council to close recycling centres

Hampshire County Council has approved £140 million of cuts that include the closing of half the counties recycling centres unless changes are made by Westminster.

The counties - antiwind turbine - council leader, a Mr Roy Perry, believes that recycling is not a fundemental part of economic prosperity. In other words if we don't recycle then by a miracle, in the future we will still have the same amount of resources to build an economy as we do today. Yep, steel and aluminium will magically appear in the earth, put their I assume by a god, and then we can all carry on as before.

One of the fundemental changes in economics over the last 10 years has been the realisation that the economy must include nature and the fact that we have limited resources when balancing the financial books. It is OUR duty to make sure future generations have access to the same resources as us.


These difficult times...

...are going to get harder unless the majority start shouting out and shut down the zenophobes, racists, extreme patriots and left wing ideologists.

Nationalism and hatred appear to be uncontrolled and no one seems to want to remember the past which is full of dictators and basic hell.
This is highlighted by the fictional story about a Christian girl that allegedly complained that her Muslim foster parents made her speak Arabic, took away her cross and banned her from eating bakon. The list of lies basically made up by some people in so called British media was very long and the nature of the story is very similar to the lies published in 1930s Germany about Jews. Because the story tries to attack a section of British society it is also undermining the stability of this nation and hence could be seen as an attempt to commit treason.
The source of the story should be investigated and those responsible should be prosecuted.

Meanwhile Trump seems to keep going despite everyone with a brain on this planet agreeing that he is a problem. That includes 'conservatives'.

Spain yet again seems to be splitting into pieces with selfish regionalism negating the greater good.

Here in the UK, Labour support withdrawing from the EU because Labour believe the EU do not want state owned industries or nationalised companies (an ideological POV), whilst Conservatives don't like the EU because they believe the UK should have it's own laws based on past historical perceptions (another ideological POV). Yes the 'extreme' left want out of the EU because their ideology dictates perfection.

Is Westminster better than Brussels? Where is the factual evidence that London has, is or will do a better job for us than Brussels?

Once Brexit has happened, all those that were criticising Brussels will just turn their attention to Westminster, whining that domestic democracy isn't providing for their personal interests. Democracy never has and never will, that is the whole point of democracy, because the alternative is that a few have what they want and others either have little of what they want or are exterminated by a dictator or monarch patronised by those that have what they want.

I have to appologise that this blog is focusing less on local issues. But the fact is what Trump does or what May does has an impact on all that live in Waterlooville. If these idiots left things alone we could all get on with our local lives and build a future that ourselves and all those across the world could be proud of.

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.