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Hinkley C
at 09:24 24 Jan 2024

Given the go ahead in 2016, estimated cost £18 billion

Todays revised estimate £35 billion.....maybe more

That uplift in cost is a whole bunch of wave generators/windmills and pv panels, no?

As the cost of alternative sustainable generation plummets, the chimera of cheap nuclear power seems ever more distant

"Too Cheap to Meter" ???

Too Expensive to Contemplate" would be nearer the mark

[Post edited 24 Jan 9:25]
Interesting film from early 1970s
at 09:35 11 Dec 2023

This following film popped into my YouTube feed this morning

Old footage from Sudbury, poor quality but it bought back a fond wave of nostalgia

Of particular interest is the footage from inside CAV factory at 9 min 45

There are the workers doing deburr on the injector nozzles before heat treatment and sat next to them is a quality control Inspector worker checking that the nozzles are fit to go onto the next process

I worked as a QCI in this very role, 1977 - 1979


Edited for clarity about my actual job and corrected dates
[Post edited 11 Dec 2023 10:59]
Eddy's Word of the Day
at 17:20 21 Nov 2023

Slighty less scatalogical today


The word means the shortest line between 2 points, although is more usually used as a shorthand for the pattern created on a shape by a series of lines or panels.

The effect can be seen on the classic black and white 32 panel, 2 tone football which is made from a series of hexagons and pentagons arranged just so to create a sphere..... it is a work of genius.

Hippies were utterly enchanted by the work of renegade American architect Buckminster Fuller who mapped out the design for a dome made of a very lightweight but strong frame of sticks under tension that could cover huge areas in clear span, again by using pentagons and hexagons.... any survivor of the Albion Fairs might fondly remember the big dome they had as their main stage. Hippies and alternative folk galore have built their own interpretation of the frame utilising all sorts of materials from plastic water pipes, hedgerow sticks and aluminium tubing . The finished frame is usually draped in some dispiriting surplus tarpaulin that manages to make the resultant structure dark, slightly damp and somewhat depressing.

The esteemed designer Sir Barnes Wallis used a geodetic frame for his seminal Wellington bomber.... a skeleton of slender metal bars that gave the plane huge strength coupled with low unladen weight. It went on to be the most numerous British bomber of WW2.

Its successor, the Vickers Windsor, had an even lighter frame made of steel ribbon under tension, although the plane never got beyond prototype stage.

The shortest straight line on a curved or spherical surface also gives rise to the mind bending topic of spheroidal geometry.....maybe more of that on another day
Eddy's Word of the Day
at 20:41 20 Nov 2023


Is it a)

You know when you are having a mad weekend away, out with mates and having a bit too much to drink. Maybe football weekend or Army/college reunion.....something like that

And you are on it, really on it. An early start in the battle cruiser, too much beer, not enough good food .... XXL super spicy kebab at 5 pm, more beer and then a late night curry washed down with more beer.

At some point in the day there is a regrettable shart or maybe a follow through, but you valiantly soldier on regardless.

That night, tired and pizzled, you don't change out of your clothes or have a shower; the following morning you have the breakfast of champions, a 'Spoons Full English washed down with a couple of pints of Abott and then you are back on it again, the conversation, beer and laughter are flowing and then......disaster as another fart goes badly awry. You have refoulment.

Or is it b)

The forcible return of an Asylum Seeker to their country of origin if their application is rejected.

This Superblues Membership is a racket
at 14:16 25 Oct 2023

I can't get tickets to see some of the away matches because I don't have sufficient points

I can't gather sufficient points because I can't buy tickets to get the points I need.

And I paid £35 for the privilege of joining this scheme.
A Few Thoughts on Tonights Match
at 08:02 20 Oct 2023

Mi God!!
We have such a squad

Won't bother 'em
WW 2 History Buffs
at 18:47 1 Oct 2023

Might be interested in this home movie filmed by an Officer from 486th Bomb Group, Sudbury in 1944/5

I found it fascinating
Addiction Issues
at 08:07 30 Aug 2023

Of the last few years I have become hopelessly addicted to eating left-over Christmas dinner

It has severely impacted my life, my health and my well-being.

I have finally decided I must quit

Wish me luck as today I'm going Cold Turkey
[Post edited 30 Aug 2023 8:15]
Summer Bbq, 24 June
at 09:51 8 Jun 2023

Not long now, so please drop me a pm if you are thinking of coming along

Set in beautiful North Gloucestershire countryside, a perfect place to meet up, relax and talk all things Town

Plenty of space for weekend camping, please feel free to bring partner/ kids

A warm welcome to all
at 19:54 2 May 2023

The flag of Estonia is known as Sinimustvalge

I didn't realise quite how many Estonians we had supporting Town

Section 5 NSL was positively awash with Estonian flags on Saturday....and the greeting for the team bus even more so
Broadhead's Missed Penalty
at 11:52 26 Apr 2023

Even though some were disappointed he didn't score, I was quite happy that their keeper made the save

It gave Barnsley a scintilla of hope on an otherwise gloomy night for them.... hope that turned out to be very misplaced

Cheery Chappie Connor Chaplin's Cheeky Chip actually fully deflated the Tykes and made the match beyond them

It reminded me of a cat playing with a mouse...prolonging the chance of salvation only to go for the kill at a later time
Summer BBQ 2023
at 10:19 6 Apr 2023


Clear your diaries

Date for this summer's BBQ is Saturday 24th June

Raise a glass to our Promotion....or drown your tears and heartbreak

Usual venue in North Gloucestershire, usual selection of fine food, plentiful beverages and wonderful company

Nigella's Dad
at 08:39 4 Apr 2023

Nigel Lawson has expired

The man who was so badly wrong about almost everything

Fiercely Pro Brexit

Climate Change denier

Architect of the privatisation programme to sell off services that weren't his to sell for a fraction of their true value

Proponent of the "Greed is Good" philosophy that has wreaked chaos on fabric of our wonderful Nation

On the plus side.... he did gift Nigella a wonderfully funny given name and she remains a fine looking lass with a certain allure

A fitting legacy of his time is our grossly polluted beaches and rivers

I am just going to our nearby river to pour in a few buckets of raw sewage ..... it is what he would have wanted
[Post edited 4 Apr 2023 9:02]
The Unflushables
at 11:18 20 Mar 2023

This week we stand a good chance of seeing serial liar Johnson finally sent down the U bend of politics, hopefully forever.

But murmers abound of serial lurker Farage announcing his return to lead his motley crew of racists and the hard of thinking into the next General Election

at 17:19 26 Jan 2023

Wth all the excitement on Tuesday, we have completely overlooked the fact that it was Burns Night.... that magical evening when Scottish people celebrate Wes Burns by eating a sheep's stomach rammed full of unmentionable offal.

But haggis is not the only contraversial Scotish delicacy, as the following tale shows

[Post edited 26 Jan 2023 17:29]
Junior Blues Outing
at 13:14 16 Dec 2022

Well behaved, well dressed and on a mission

Our Junior Blues Christmas Outing cuts a fine sight
Wycombe ticket no longer available
at 10:22 14 Dec 2022

I x Wycombe ticket

Block L Row N


Pm me for details
[Post edited 14 Dec 2022 21:36]
Ukraine Warmth Appeal Update.... not the Christmas one
at 11:24 11 Dec 2022

Heartfelt and profound thanks to all those who donated to the recent appeal to send some warmth to Yuliia and Denis in Ukraine.

The appeal is now closed, having raised £300. I have sent the funds onwards and have received the following message from Yuliia

"Thank you very much to those people who have helped us so much; we are very grateful and will never forget you.

I am delighted that Ipswich Town are winning their games and top of the table"

She also sent a picture of a the small gas heater that she has purchased that will keep them warm as they sit in the dark, or at least take the worst of the chill off the room.

Again, many many thanks to you all

[Post edited 11 Dec 2022 11:50]
Ukraine Update
at 19:58 27 Nov 2022

A few moths ago many of you kindly donated to a fundraising page for Yuliia and Denis to help them flee Kharkiv to somewhere safer.

Eventually they found refuge in Lviv and were doing just about ok.... minus Louis their pug dog who lives on a farm in the countryside for the time being.

However, the recent power cuts have left them freezing cold and very despondent. They are wanting to buy a small portable gas heater for one room of their apartment, so I have set up a Just Giving page for this

I know these are very difficult times for everyone with food and fuel costs accelerating away, but if you were able to send a bit of warmth to these poor folks who are in a bit of a tight corner through absolutely no fault of their own....well I am certain they would be delighted

Many thanks one and all

Referendum Results
at 09:15 22 Sep 2022

Thieves have apparently broken in to the Election Offices in Moscow and stolen the results of the independence referenda in Occupied Ukraine

The results are as follows;

Luhansk..... 99.89% for whatever Putin wants

Donetsk.....99.91% for whatever Putin wants

Kherson.....102.99 % for whatever Putin wants

Voting is due to take place this coming weekend
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