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!


Thursday, July 6

Plastic clothes causing pollution

Plastic fibres and particles from polyester and acrylic clothes are washed into our water resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40498292

Yet another reason for not buying clothes made from artificial fibres. I have avoided plastic clothes where possible (and not always successfully) for many years now (before this blog was started).

Plastic is designed to last for hundreds of years, unfortunately clothes and the plastic fibres that they are made of are only designed to last for a relatively tiny amount of time. OK you might wear a pair of  polyester trousers for a few years, but that is nothing compared to how long the material will last.

So if you have clothes that generally only last a few years, it makes sense that the materials used to make them should also bio-degrade not long after. Even if you don't think that does make sense, this new finding is just an additional or alternative reason for avoiding plastic as much as possible.


Monday, July 3

Pro-Brexit zenophobe harrasses British pensioners

I witnessed the ongoing racism and zenophobia unleashed by UKIP and the Tory party today with their campaign
for Brexit.

Four British pensioners were being harrassed on the No 7 bus by a racist Brexit fan for speaking Chinese and not English. The crazy and possibly drunk racist was confronted by another passenger regarding the their own language and credibility. The racist then began to harass the defending passenger, threatening violence and intimidating them.

The pensioners eventually got off the bus and the racist continued harrassing the defending passenger.
The whole episode was un-nerving and a number of passengers probably got off the bus before their final destination.

On a more logical note. Brexit will not stop people talking whatever language they want. That includes Klingon!

Or will it?
The fact is the pensioners stopped talking in Chinese because of the harassment. In other words 'nationalist' intimidation stopped their freedom. I think it is likely we will see more primitive behaviours like this unless something is done to stop it.

Sunday, June 25

Building cladding in the Portsmouth area

Southdown View block of flats at Hilsea. For some time now the ground floor intended for retail businesses has been boarded up. The boarding has been removed and it appears that glass windows are being installed. This is of course a modern build so should be to a higher standard than older blocks.

Update 01/07/17
The News reports that Southdown View cladding has been tested:
http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/portsmouth/cladding-concern-as-three-more-blocks-of-flats-in-portsmouth-fail-fire-safety-tests-1-8035382




Portsmouth University has a big portfolio of clad buildings, the most recent being student accomodation blocks.
It does seem though that the latest conversion appears to use fiberous insulation that is seperate from the external weather proofing panels.
This photo shows a panel removed from the new student block near Portsmouth and Southsea Station (maybe for inspection?).

Update 01/07/17.

Work appears to continue on the panels of these refurbished tower blocks. I was in town yesterday and there were a lot of workmen apparently putting new panels on the lower floors of the larger block.

In the photo you can see that on the 25/06/17 the panels on the lower floors were in place so I think they must have been removed in the last few days.
Was this work a result of the Grenfell disaster??