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British Earthquakes And What To Do With Everybody’s Nuclear Waste


The first thing that I thought when I heard about the earthquake in Wales, UK, was where is the nuclear waste buried? I think the optimum place has granite as bedrock, with a host of other requirements such as ecologically ordinary environment.

As for the earthquake around Swansea, that hit 4.4 on the Richter scale and lots of people fled into the streets. That much we have learnt from other countries’ misfortunes. It is also true that a fault line from trenches off China, north to Hawaii and south along California’s sea border has resulted in earthquakes all down it in the same week as ours. This one registered walls shaking and ornaments falling off shelves. This same thing happened to a relative attending the University of Sheffield in 2004. Four girls clung together in the house, then ran outside, thank goodness. They said that the house shook.

I had no idea of the turbulence around choosing British sites for Low Level Dumping (LLD) and Intermediate Level Dumping (ILD).  Uranium and plutonium is extracted and this can be reused to make new nuclear fuel, which is then returned to nuclear power plants around the world. The remainder is then waste in a liquid form. Most of it is stored above ground at Sellafield and that is the preferred option to dumping it underground and letting it disseminate into the environment for  ‘x’ years. At least above ground, our children will have access to it, so offloading a decision.

May I make a suggestion to send all high and low level nuclear waste to the Moon? It would be a refuelling station for onward exploration of other planets. Doubtless, they will create more efficient fuel.  Let us not fight about who does and does not have rights on the Moon.  Let us use it for the common good. Scientists, explorers and a few comedians should inhabit the Moon, if only to alleviate the mix of people essential to a society.

A decision was taken recently to cancel extraction of uranium and plutonium to make money for the extractor, namely Sellafield in the UK.  This is against the opinion of every scientific community that reads about it. My final suggestion is that all disciplines, including writers, artists, creative people and thinkers should look at the problem.

Have a good week.


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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”


“ 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.


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The Honour of Ceremonies & In Praise Of Diplomats

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It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as  at home.

Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs.  It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.

Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour.  She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.

Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year.  On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.

I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit.  The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU.  We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.


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Peaceful Consequences?

As always, it is cause and effect. You do something; it has an effect. For example, you bomb a country to smithereens and the effect is that its population flees.

No war exit policy has worked since the British went into Afghanistan. The bad guys, the Nailbat, are still there, mainly because it is about the bad people’s thought patterns, rather than physical obliteration. They are passed on, via the tradition of oral storytelling.

Educate the children to find longlasting peace in the way of that country and create diplomacy amongst the adults. Regrettably, that is another of Mr Osborne’s timebombs. Diplomats returned home after a visit to China, kept together only by their good judgement. They stopped George blundering into making the Chinese lose face and when they returned home, a stupidly ungrateful government announced diplomatic job cuts in the Foreign Office . Give us strength to outlast idiots.

Please do not let Mr Osborne, in particular and also his boss stumble into situations where they think themselves obliged to help out foreign billionaires where none is expected. The scar of HS1 and HS2 anyone? It has tracks and is being built by … you are so far ahead of me … a Chinese billionaire who favours German carriages while we sink into the mire of false gratitude.


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Western Retailers Versus China


When will the West realise that it has to help stop China going into recession? For the first time in a thousand years, China has attempted to mould its economy into a workhorse for other countries in order to make a contribution to world power. Their almost limitless supply of cheap manpower made them very popular with Western retailers.

Twenty years ago, Western retailers whooped for joy as they had found a place where their products could be manufactured and transported cheaply. Their profits surged accordingly. However there were problems in the consistency and quality of the product, due to communication issues on all sides.

If you come from a society where you mend things if they break down, then the British and Chinese have much in common. However, Britain has British Standards and all products must conform to them. In the latest case, of the Hover toy made in China, when they came to fit the standard moulded plug, the fuse was too big to fit, so the Chinese inserted it another way. There were presumably no checks made beyond that it worked. Only when the device was put on charge, did the failure of the fuse become apparent and the device burned out. Consignments were refused entry to Britain by Trading Standards.

The product was made in good faith, so the problem must lie in Quality Control. To help China, the West must offer help in this area. If it is permitted, they could offer help in building a new industry where every product passes the safety requirements of the receiving country. Apple has a manufacturing and Quality Control facility in China. Other western retailers must do the same. They cannot demand a perfect product without putting in their own checks.

Time was when the British had an Empire and sent its Civil Servants to help train up the indigenous Engineers etc., and then moved on after three years. Maybe this is an alternative course. Unfortunately David Cameron has sacked a hundred thousand Civil Servants and Britain may be taking its own shortcuts, which show up in the Foreign Office diplomats being made redundant following a trade visit to China. They have to be there in the long-term for this to work.

The one thing stockbrokers cannot do, is to wring their hands and wail that there is a Chinese slowdown, without helping to end it. They must do this without causing the Chinese to lose face. No man likes that. Maybe you could also involve women, who have brought up a successful generation of Chinese people and now look for another challenge. Just a thought.


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