Friday, 24 April 2015

Green World

In a world where the “green” label may not actually live up to its implied status.  Owners of diesel-powered boats are being reassured that they’re doing their part for the environment, and their health. That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Health Effects Institute an organisation that studies the effects of pollution, which found that emissions from diesel-powered vehicles do not contribute to developments of lung cancer.

The first study to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of lifetime exposure to new technology diesel exhaust. These new results, however, seem to dispel concerns that diesel emissions are acting as a carcinogen, particularly in newer clean-diesel engines. This is good news for clean-energy advocates and those concerned about public health, as it adds diesel to the growing list of viable options for consumers to take into account when choosing a new engine. The news that diesels aren’t doing as much damage to public health as previously thought is definitely good news. And it comes on the heels of some other industry tremors, in which there have been some revelations that cars marketed as “green” may not actually be better for the environment, as once believed.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Plastic Time Bomb

Look at any length of river and canal and you will find plenty of plastic in the water or strewn along the bankside. Plastic rubbish that has been discarded because we don't repect our environment. Once in the waterway it will eventually make its way into the ocean. Vast floating island of plastic are to be found in the seas and oceans. Yet in reality the discarded plastic  rubbish is just the tip of the iceberg. The vast floating islands of plastic  account foran estimated  5% of all the plastic waste that has been dumped, blown or washed into the sea.
The latest research published in the journal Science offers a more accurate estimate at the quantity of plastic waste entering the ocean. The research findings show that between 5 to 12m tonnes of plastics enter our ocean every year. This is on top of the 100,000,000 to 150,000,000 tonnes already in the ocean. 

However, the real worry is the missing plastic. We don’t know where all the plastic goes. We are aware that it never breaks down completly. Only, breaking down into smaller parts, almost invisible to the eye. We know that plastic in the ocean is confused as being food and eaten by many life forms. The plastic has caused the death of countless seabirds, turtles, and ocean mammals. The new Science study identifies where the plastic is coming from. It originates mainly in developing countries, with rapidly growing populations and emerging middle classes, which are consuming more and more plastic.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A new star of the theatre is born.

Well it was something of an interesting day yesterday. I was up extra early (the sparrows were still wiping the speep from their eyes) and out on the road by 6:30 am. Now this is normally the time when I am pulling all the aches and pains together and gritting my teeth. Prior to getting up and then slobbing in an unkempt heap before enjoying my first cup of coffee for the day. I was going on a flying visit to the theatre in Sheffield today. But this time it was not to sit in the audience seats at the Lyceum or the Crucible. I was not going to watching a play or a band. Today, I was to be the guest and principle participant.

It was a modern hospital drama that I was going to be taking a part in. Soon on arrival, various people were soon faffing around as I was being made up for my appearance. The costume was a bit flimsy and I had to wear a covering over my hair. In no time at all I was soon wheeled out on set and I took up my position centre stage. I watched as the various camera's were being positioned. The lighting adjusted and the other cast members all took up their various positions. The off stage technicians in the wings had their equipment turned on and ready. After a few nods and the odd thumbs up  acknowledgement we were ready to roll. It was time for 'Action' which I knew would be followed some time later by 'Cut!'

My part was quite an onerous one to play and I admit that there were a few stressful moments. But I like to think that the old consummate professional (some might say acting the fool) shone through. I soon started to relax and was quickly getting more and more absorbed into the role. The dialogue was not to difficult and I am pleased to say that never fluffed my lines. As they say in acting parlance. I did not break a leg, though I am pleased to say that I never corpsed either.

Life is full of twists and turns, and it was purely by accident that I came to be here. In a roundabout way, my visit to the theatre had been brought about by my ever dwindling level of available power in my battery bank. You could say that since I had retired, my leisure battery was also indicating that it was also going into and age related retirement mode of its own. In fact the battery bank was quickly giving up the ghost.

It was a long day that started at 8:am and continued through until lunch at 12:30. Butternut squash and bacon soup was the starter. It might not sound appetising, however it was quite delicious. It came with a brown crusty roll and to be honest I could quite happily done a good pastiche of 'Oliver' and asked for more. Before you knew it lunch was over (I actually missed out on the ice cream) Soon afterwards my day in at the theatre as 'principal boy' also came to an end.

I will be doing autographs requests later...

Yesterday, also marked a sad point, as I lost a dear and close old friend. After eleven and a half years my old pacemaker was replaced. This morning I am feeling a bit bruised and sore. It could be said that for the next few weeks I have to take it easy until everything has healed. Somehow I don't think that taking it easy will be much of a challenge.

Its time to go cruising.....

Standby everybody 'Action' ... time to hit the  'Cut'