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Fill In Our Potholes With Recycled Household Plastic

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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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Pride Comes Before A Fall

Senior UK Civil Servants and politicians must eat humble pie.  We are the tiniest of countries, compared with the US and post-Brexit, we will be of no account, unless we stick by our democracy and our principles.

UK law says that you cannot go to war unless you have parliamentary approval.  It does actually beggar belief that Parliament is on holiday, whilst the US tries to start World War III.  Mr Trump is not a fan of the UN and appears to think he is above international law and beyond them.  They are simply not as fast as Twitter.

Who knows, if by next week, he will want to use our forces in Cyprus (peaceful for 44 years, since the Turks invaded Cyprus), to launch US weapons of mass destruction?  Then his hands will not be soiled by war.

The delay in asking Parliament to vote for military action may save us.  At least, it will give us some time whilst we recall Parliament. Mr Trump has cancelled a state visit to South America.  Come back UK politicians, whatever hue, before Mrs May bows down to Trump and allows US planes to refuel on Cyprus.

Has anyone asked for Cyprians’ thoughts on being used to incite war?  If chemical weapons are being used on the children in Syria, then a reprisal to Cyprus would be made with a shrug of the shoulders. British citizens should leave immediately.

That the US sent home 60 Russian diplomats is perhaps in proportion to the size of country. We cannot be trumped by the US in Syria.  It is so much better to wait for the UN, whose peacekeepers work globally. It is a peculiar triumvirate here: the US, France and Britain against the world. We are signed-up members of the UN and NATO.  What does France achieve out of this? We all know that Mr Trump thinks he is leader of the world; maybe a misunderstanding, he should be a world leader.

It is also unhelpful for a former UK Prime Minister to advocate war when he made such a hash of it last time. No weapons of mass destruction, (the reason for our entry to war), were found in the desert and we were left with loss of such brave soldiers.  They must be given the respect of going to war, if the UN agrees and not on a Twitter whim.

So, to the Civil Servants: it is up to you to persuade your departments’ politicians to wait. Who is behind the chemical attack? I do not often agree with Jeremy Corbyn, yet here he is right about waiting for an investigation into the chemical weapons’ attack.  Then we can perhaps save some of the children.  Going blindly into war helps no-one and last time under Tony Blair, it did not work.

It is weird, under a Conservative government, to even consider going to war without the democratic decision of Parliament.  To a believer in democracy, it is worrying.

As a note off the subject, the US wants us to change our trading principles so that they can sell us chickens washed in chlorine. Give over; we’ve seen the scary smiles.

Lucy Lou

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

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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.

LucyLou

PS Grateful thanks to

http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/radwaste/history-of-nuclear-waste-disposal-proposals-in-britain/

 

 

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Whatever Next?

“We should understand the way fascism arose in Germany and the circumstances that gave space for the Nazis to grow.”

On 26 January 2018, Mr Corbyn wrote that in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Memorial Day Book, remembered in the UK as a promise never to allow such evil against Jewish people ever again. He was at best disingenuous.  Has he already forgotten his attempt to build a student army, after promising to pay their current University charges?

Now he is being condemned for not mentioning Jewish people’s suffering in the Memorial Book. The Jewish Leadership Council said it demonstrated “a complete lack of sensitivity”. * It is also an exact description of Mr Corbyn and he appears to be using it, at every opportunity, to draw attention to himself.

Apart from Mr Corbyn, this government has just signed a treaty with Poland. What for? Is Russia going to invade? The Russian Ambassador to the UK was bordering on insulting when he laughed off the idea.

As intelligent people, we will not repeat history.  It sounds like dangerous posturing by some part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) to stockpile weapons. If it is Procurement, replace them.  May I suggest that the new Defence Secretary compiles his own ideas, rather than parroting the views of Generals who are happy to go to war with anyone and spend our NHS millions on bombs.

And yesterday’s ‘The Daily Telegraph’ trumpets that Russia has attempted to infiltrate our infrastructure to find out how it works and then destroy it.  Do wake up.  This is the unpleasant facet of all major nations. Ultimately, they want to rule the world, so they start with this small country, which is ready to fight, even in the desert, to uphold its, what exactly?  Freedom? What freedom do we have when we allow the EU to steamroller us?

However, we could have a little joke with them.  They are rightly terrified of Boris. He may say something so complicated that EU translators will be tearing their hair out!  Put him in the UK Brexit team and he will force the Europeans to respect us.

Why did we help destroy Syria, a 3000-year-old trade route? Former Prime Minister, David Cameron had a paradigm shift of an idea, when he suggested that instead of invading countries outside Europe, we should use our skills to put them on a sound economical and cultural level.    Interesting culture means tourists will visit.

His idea could have worked, but sadly, he staked his leadership on remaining in Europe and the British people voted to leave, on immigration and not having EU control over our laws any more.  Not that we do have any control.  A little whisper said on a News programme, before Christmas 2017, that MP’s were sitting late into the night to put EU laws into UK justice.  Excuse me? I understood that UK MP’s were sitting late with a view to amending laws and not instating them left, right and centre.  This small island has the best skilled workers in the world and people come here to live, as they like us.  I hope that Lloyd Blankfein likes sausage.

LucyLou

*Birmingham Mail, UK,

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Trending: UK Prime Ministers

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I have noticed a regrettable trend in ousting British Prime Ministers.  Tony Blair (Labour, in power from 1997 to 26 June 2007), said that if someone did not kick him, verbally, during any day, it was rare.

William Hague (Conservative Leader, elected Leader of the Conservative Party at 36, in 1997), was hounded by the media and resigned in 2001 after a second Election, which resulted in the net Conservative gain of one seat.  Hey, that sounds familiar.

John Major  (Prime Minster 1990-1997) was called a ‘grey man’, although he extricated us from the Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992.  He did not agree with it personally, but had a mandate from the British people.  He also presided over the Maastricht Treaty (on European Union), but Conservative MP’s rebelled by twenty-two, when the then majority in the Commons was eighteen.

Mr David Cameron fell on his sword when the country mainly voted to leave the EU.  Now we have Mrs May, hounded by her Conservative minsters.  I think Amber Rudd’s face was anguished rather than stony at last week’s Conservative Conference.  Mrs May has been too proud to accept help on public speaking and from the SAS, on ways to be resilient. Please persuade her to take offers of help, for her own sake.

Mrs May has delegated, which means she is a strong leader.  She lets Cabinet Ministers research their own briefs, but the Brexit talks are more difficult than the people ever dreamed.  It seems that every decision has ramifications and a corresponding UK law needs to be re-examined.

Let’s touch on the Customs Union.  France blocked us in 1985 when they refused to import our beef and we retaliated by refusing to import their lamb.  It was the midst of the UK beef crisis, but the French acted immediately in their national interest.  That has been the same ever since, irrelevant of the EU.  How difficult is trade going to be if we have no laws and curbs to help our own export industries?  How does it affect agriculture?

I wonder whether the Prime Ministers now consults UK trade bodies, or relies on Civil Servants?  John Major overruled them in private and in public, when he initiated a key mechanism to stop BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy).  He prohibited the giving of cattle’s brains and spinal cords to healthy cows and sheep, which was later deemed to have succeeded in halting its progress. A friend of mine’s husband worked at a secret government facility and she was offered an instant abortion if some of the virus escaped.  It was irrelevant to her at the time, but showed how worried the government was about its human variant CJD.

It seems so much less important, but I wonder if Civil Servants have been overruled in the wake of the UK cars’ trade body being wrongfooted when the government announced electric cars only from 2040, I wonder what help the government is getting.

As of today, Theresa May is being asked about secret talks she had earlier about the legal potential of changing our minds over Brexit.  Thank goodness someone is being sensible. The public’s overriding concern was always being overrun by incomers.  Failing information to the contrary and a distinct lack of action on it, I think they are still concerned.  I cannot see how the vote would change on Brexit, as a result of this, but then you cannot have another referendum just because you do not like the results of the first one.  In my view, better concentrate on that first and then look at smoothing our exit from the EU.

Whoever knew that being a Prime Minister was such an exacting role?

Have an interesting week

LucyLou

 

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War Is Reckless For Planet Earth

I thought that Mr Trump wanted to keep his country safe and to give people better lives under his caretaking.  This is a point where all politicians have trouble.   They are not controllers of the world’s destiny; they are caretakers of it for the generation to come, the one after, etc.

I fully expected Mr Trump to take time and suggest more tourism around the States to make a happier population.    The vacation resort islands of The Bahamas and the Caribbean need help and the US has its fair share of rebuilders.

What the population does not want is another war.  No terrible weapons were found in Iraq, the Taliban was not quite eradicated in Afghanistan and is putting its head over the parapet again and Syria has been reduced to rubble.  Their populations are scarred by war and have come to the West to help make them better.

America is hardly the friendliest of nations towards Europe.  Americans talk of doing Europe: 22 countries in 21 days, oh and a hop to the UK.  When we had foot and mouth disease in the south-west of England, every city dweller had to walk through disinfectant to enter the States.

Now the Pentagon has jumped into a volatile situation  between two country leaders, to assure the President of its support; hardly what anyone needs at the moment.

To Messrs. Trump and Kim Jong-Un, please look to your countries.  Your people have faith in you to promote its economy and to safeguard its citizens.  In war, thousands will die.  What for again?  I have forgotten.

LucyLou

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