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7 Rs

Or Recycling is not a magic bullet For a long time, the 4Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle have been used to get us to “go green”. But there are at least 7Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Repurpose, Rot and … Continue reading

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Is plastic ever really biodegradable?

Why is this important? The plastic pollution highlighted by the Blue Planet TV Program is plastic that was not recycled or incinerated or put in landfill. If it had been it would not be in the oceans. It’s litter. The … Continue reading

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British Railways Ticketing

The post shows the problem and information I have found in  planning and booking a return train journey from Great Malvern Station to Wool in Dorset. For this journey when I booked it book ahead tickets do not save any … Continue reading

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New Battery for my eBike.

Five years ago I bought an electric assist bike.  I got an Emotion bike. One reason I go that bike was that it used a ‘standard’ panasonic drivetrain, I hoped that would mean there would be many third party batteries available … Continue reading

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My thoughts on High Speed Two

In principle I support the idea of a new railway track going north south in England increasing the capacity. The problem with the current proposal it’s all about building an independent transport system not integrated with the current rail or … Continue reading

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The state of meter reading today is depressing.

Outside my house today I was approached by a G4S meter reader asking where some roads in the Malvern area were. All his 15 year old hand held device gave him was an alphabetical list of properties he had to … Continue reading

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The Time for LED is now

CFL The original low energy light bulbs are compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). These are four times as efficient as the incandescent light bulbs they replaced. They have several problems: They can take time to switch on and minutes to get … Continue reading

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Worcestershire Parkway

Worcestershire County Council have a Public Engagement Exercise for the proposed Worcestershire Parkway station. Although I support the concept of this station I do not like the ‘spin’ of the engagement exercise. It’s car and building centric and does not … Continue reading

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Problems with Amazon

A month ago my tablet developed a fault 2 week before its warranty ran out. So I contacted Amazon and they said I had to go the manufacturer.  On the second email they gave me the phone number of the manufacturer. … Continue reading

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