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Help the Thai boys out in bodybags plus oxygen

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Everyone with children knows that ours could be in this situation. You hand over responsibility to the Scout Leader or Teacher on a school trip and hope that everything will turn out alright.

Maybe crazy ideas:

  1. What if the boys could be put under anaesthetic and have oxygen strapped to their chests? If they were put into something flexible or rubbery like a body bag that you see in hospitals, would it be quicker and easier to transport them out of the caves? Maybe it is too fraught with danger, but the Thai SEALS are trying everything.
  2. There is a bore hole that pumps out water. What if a shaft was dug around it and made big enough to extract the boys?
  3. What if it were possible or easier to find or build another entrance that could be further into the caves? Send a drone underwater? One that is less than 2.5 km that they are currently trying to do. Can you map caves from above?
  4. If the boys are awake, they must have one person touching them at all times to keep contact. This will create calm and keep them calm. Are the Thais Buddists as Monks’ chanting can be soothing?
  5. An mp3 player and earphones, playing favourite music? Anything to distract them from the ordeal.
  6. If any idea here could make someone think, not that but maybe this.   They are in the best hands.

LucyLou

 

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The ‘Aquarius’ Solution – Migrants

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Ten years ago, I was looking at the seaside of an English coast and saw a tanker with two anchors a mile offshore. I could not figure what it was doing. It was too close inshore to be emptying its tanks.

Ten years on and after reading an article today by Michael Peel in Brussels and Michael Stothard in Madrid (FT), I remembered that ship.

What if you could put migrants in ships in international or Mediterranean coastal waters?

We must be compassionate. Rather than cram them in and leave them to rot, Brussels could levy monies from EU members to teach these people a trade, IT, or seamanship and the languages of their choice. When they reach a certain examination standard, EU countries could take their pick of them as economic migrants. If they would like to take their skills back home, then that is a double winner.

David Cameron wanted to teach children towards a better life in Syria.  It was a heartfelt idea, but impossible to implement in a beautiful country crushed to smithereens. So, migrant ships are one avenue. If anyone wants to jump ship, send them back. It may be tough to implement, yet it is an act of compassion for people who have paid thousands to traffickers and just need a break.

If you can give a people a purpose in life, you can grow a country back.

LucyLou

 

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Fill In Our Potholes With Recycled Household Plastic

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This blog is also about social comment.

The snow that visited us this year, has ravaged our roads. In a thirty-mile radius locally, cracks in the road have turned into miniature craters. We did not even have much snow, but the temperature was below freezing for a week.

There needs to be two things:

1) An electronic wand, hand-held, that can quickly map a miniature crater. Maybe someone can adapt the new hearing tests, which electronically map the ear.

2) There is a British start-up company, which is using plastic waste as part of materials to make roads. Cumbria is pioneering it. I know nothing of the physical and chemical makeup of roads, yet I wonder if plastic waste adds some elasticity? A pothole was filled in three times locally last summer and at the side of the road appeared a disc of tarmac and a hole. The bus went over it and out it popped.

3) Can it be used to fill in our potholes?

Macrebur is the brainchild of Toby McCartney and the key point here is that he has seen a version of it working in India. They use plastics to fill potholes and then melt it into place. His company converts waste household plastics to pellets, used in conjunction with bitumen, to make stronger roads.

It just needs someone with a bit of nous and money to help Mr McCartney fill our potholes.

Currently, the greatest fear is that motorists report genuine and opportunistic falls into potholes and the road budget for the year is soon exhausted. The country cannot afford these motorists to claim.

We need the pothole-filling programme to start now. Here’s the link:

https://www.curbed.com/2017/4/26/15428382/road-potholes-repair-plastic-recycled-macrebur

Please comment on the blog if you work for a County Council or a Borough Council. It just needs you to start a trend.

Thanks for reading

LucyLou

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Brexit: Do We Have Anything Or Nothing?

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As usual, Mrs May’s speeches say a lot about nothing at all. American gurus are good at that, but this is a Prime Minister speaking. The problem is that all of the men lost their nerve and agreed. Half of Conservative MP’s had already seen it before she spoke. I wonder whether two little words were implied: ‘General Election’, unless they agreed.

What we do not have:

  1. The European Court of Justice is superior to the UK Supreme Court;
  2. The invasion of people from everywhere, all insisting on having their own laws above UK ones, has not been addressed.
  3. The single EU market is to be denied to us – don’t be ridiculous. EU trade, both imports and exports, can be measured as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product). The EU maket is extremely important to imports and exports. The UK will go bust before even the EU hopes, so that she can go crawling back to the EU. Then what? Whatever they propose will not be to our benefit;
  4. UK businesses, including finance (making 25% of our GDP) have been left to flounder, mainly as politicians do not understand making money. If they had, Carillion would not be in this mess;
  5. No Customs Union? Please understand that after we depart this union, everyone who wants payback from the UK will simply hold up our goods in Customs. This last happened in 1979, as far as I know. The French refused to take our beef so we retaliated by refusing to take their lamb. A stand-off. Playground antics by bullies.
  6. Items 1 and 2 were the subjects that the UK voters decided on. A short statement about if you are here already, you are okay, whispered to the media. .

I do not see any female negotiators in the Brexit team. Women think and act differently. the playground antics would not happen.

Please make sure that a Customs Union is in all of our interests.  That Mrs May saw fit to say that what happened to Norway, would not happen to us, was unkind. That leaves them high and dry, when they would only be trying to help us.  Similarly, Canada, a nation whose wondrous natural resources make it a good market for us. We want Norway and Canada on our side and do hope that they will forgive us our daily shenanigans.

Oh and Ireland. Whilst living by the sea, I saw a man with a hand-held thing that you sign for delivery, only he was trying to reach a satellite. He told me that the satellite would receive his inputted figures and the supplier would receive fast, accurate data.

What if a microchip was implanted in all new vehicles that would be picked up by a satellite and sent it to Irish databases, one in the south and another in the north.  We must remember that southern Ireland is not in the UK’s jurisdiction, so any agreement must be made with honour.

Finally, there is a real possibility that the UK will go bust. Why has no-one looked at it? Mrs May’s negotiations to date are frightening: £1 billion to the DUP to vote her way.  Unfortunately they have been intransigent.  Hopefully, the money will be paid in stages, signed off by a businessman.  She also gave money to Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon.  I expect her MP’s bowl down to London, stay in a good hotel and vote as they think best rather than to shore up the Conservatives.

This is worse than a war over desert weapons that were never found. This is selling out our children. If nothing else, ask the Young Conservatives for their opinion on all of the above.  And let us listen to our children.  Let us hope that we will not be crying over spilt milk.

LudyLou

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Oxfam’s Recovery

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Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Mark Goldring, tried to justify himself today, never a good idea. After public outrage concerning his comment that aid workers had not ‘murdered babies in their cots, his apology compounded the mistake.

We always hear about fat cats and people earning vast amounts of money, but when something bad happens, it is precisely their job to talk their charity out of the situation. Making a comment like that cannot be excused by being under pressure. Everyone feels pressure sometimes,  but are not paid £128,000 a year to make the situation better (although below what he could earn in the private sector). Not making comments like that is what he is paid for!

Yes, it is very tough at the top and lonely. Unfortunately, his position today may be untenable. The statement from one MP that this did not happen under his tenure made the poor man look away. More people, namely the Executive in charge of Haiti should be brought to account. Using Haitian citizens as prostitutes after a devastating earthquake is appalling. (Please do not let any MP and certainly not the Prime Minister apologise.) We want action. Who is the UK Minister for Charities? That looks like a crisis waiting to happen; a fundamental ignorance and sweeping under the carpet of everybody in the voluntary sector.

Every Oxfam employee apologised in front of the Parliamentary Select Committee today. It must be a record, but very frustrating for the listening MP’s. Oxfam’s Trustees will be busy, doubtless, in setting a new Charity Charter with the help of the Charity Commission.  As a minor volunteer, I would be aghast if anything happened to the detriment of a charity and so must Oxfam’s volunteers be thinking. So, some donors have run for the hills.  Corporate donors, however, can see the bigger picture that Oxfam is a world giver, founded in Oxford, England in 1942. Now it is a confederation of 19 different charitable organisations, operating around the world, under the banner  of Oxfam.

Mostly, it will be the corporate donors, Trustees, workers and volunteers who will help Oxfam to recover. I think we can expect more claims as the media chases charities for comment.

But today, my heart sings as recognition that North Lanarkshire Council in Scotland has been offering free school meals for primary school years 1-3 since 2015. Now it hopes to offer free school meals to all children 365 days a year.  Holiday and weekend lunches will be served in sports halls and community centres.  They noticed that children from deprived areas were underfed and the Council decided to make a difference, not only to the children, yet to their exam results. Let us hope there is agreement  to implement the groundbreaking scheme at the Council meeting next Tuesday.

LucyLou

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/feb/16/council-free-school-meals-year-holiday-hunger-north-lanarkshire

 

 

 

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Syria Shows That There Are No Winners

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This continual tit-for-tat,

“mine is bigger than yours”

and

“ I am going to let it off”

scenarios prove one thing.

We must get off this planet as soon as possible.

It is not normal, in the UK in August, to have two successive Mondays at 35 degrees C and the rest of their respective weeks at 14 degrees C.

We have to sort out why sunbursts are happening so frequently.  Is this the Mayan Prophecy coming true?  We are on a once in 3000 years’ planetary trajectory and meteorites are hitting us more frequently. One the size of a bus would create enormous damage and we do not know where that will fall.  It makes sense to put more funding into tracing the sky, preferably together.

And in the face of it all, seeming to ignore the danger, there are two men.  The choleric face of Mr Trump fills me with misgiving as does the calm face of Mr Kim-Jon Un.  Two different ideologies.

It is unfair of Mr Trump to ask China to mount sanctions on North Korea, who is a key trading partner.  China may be looking for a way for either side to stop this behaviour, without anyone losing face.  We were cast into World War II for the same reason.  Neville Chamberlain warned Germany that if he invaded Poland, Britain would enter the war.  Surely we have learnt that lesson?  Millions of men died in World War II and a whole generation of women missed having babies as there were so few men.  Could all consider what would happen if the planet imploded or if a string of earthquakes carved us in half, gigantic tsunamis blanking out populations? The Larsen B iceshelf, in the Antarctic will calve imminently: 5000 kms in diameter!

We need to look skywards, so that each of these men can save their nations. As Mr Barack Obama evidently wrote to Mr Trump, Presidents are caretakers.  We are all caretakers of this life to make it better for the next generation.

War is fruitless as Syria knows.  A country has been systematically destroyed and returned to rubble and desert, its people irreparably damaged.

So back to the bigger picture, back to calming the dreadful extremes of weather …  or leave Earth.  Without a planet, all wars and people disintegrate.

In the event that we do not wake up to safety, space-stations could be used as initial living quarters on as many planets and moons that we can reach.  Monitor for the best, easiest or cheapest and send out pioneers.  We should give them hope of return.  Their names will be carved on a memorial with our gratitude, to be passed from one generation to the next. Their faces will be remembered.

There may not be an Earth to which they want to return.

LucyLou

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Thank You, Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande became known to us during a fabulous concert for Manchester, almost two weeks after tragedy struck the foyer of the venue.  She is a real gem.  Her kindness beamed from her in the photograph with Georgina Callender, 18, who sadly passed away.  When I first saw the photo, I did not know who was the popstar.  I had to look it up elsewhere.  It is because she is beautiful, like her fan, from within.

Your song ‘Over The Rainbow’ brought us all to tears.  Thank goodness for people like you.

LucyLou

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