Sunday, May 22

Waterlooville Music Festival 2016

The yearly Waterlooville Music Festival starts in a few weeks (11th to 19th June).

Shame about the badly designed supporting web page (, fortunately the Facebook page looks much better.

Highlights include:

HMS Collingwood Volunteer Band
Langstone Big Band
Portsmouth Shantymen
Ukulele Workshop for Schools
Mumbaba for Toddlers
Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir
The Octaves

Sunday, May 15

The Koch brothers fund anti-electric car research?

Interesting POV on the subject of electric car batteries, dodgy research, nuclear energy and community energy:

Riversimple - now for something completely different

Interesting company rethinking car design and ownership:

Friday, May 13

Brits only bodge for a few weeks

I take it all back:
Previous blog post:

But I have to say this is unusual. Most surfaces are left as bodge jobs and Waterlooville a classic case, with holes filled in with temporary tarmac years ago and haven't been 'corrected'.

Wednesday, May 4

Robert test drives the BMW i3 REx.

This car is electric with the addition of a small engine (647cc) that is used as a generator to charge the batteries and extend the range of the vehicle. There is no direct drive from the engine to the wheels and for most driving it can be operated as an electric vehicle.

Tuesday, May 3

I visited Stonehenge!

Here is my photo of the visit.
Did you really expect a tourist style boring photo?
Or a hippy Spinal Tap view of the stones?

Did you know that stone age folk put solar panels on their stones? They didn't just worship the Sun you know!

It was an interesting day, but certainly not the most interesting day out I have been on. I reckon that about 50% to 70% of the visitors were Asian, which is fine, but although Stonehenge is obviously important to preserve, it is massively over hyped and over sold.

There are far more interesting places to visit and I am guessing that most foreign visitors are not going to be aware of them.