Archive for the ‘Tree-Hugging Hippy Crap’ Category

The Working Day (and place)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I touched on this some time ago, but it’s time for a revisit. Why does so much of the world involve 9-5ish business hours, and going to an office to do so? What first set me thinking on this was tonights commute home. 43 minutes end-to-end, steady speed (so less emmissions and more MPG), and […]


Nationalise the lot?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Well then, the private sector triumphs again eh? National Express, the same people that have a near monopoly on buses in the West Midlands, have pulled out of running the East Coast Main Line, as they’re not prying enough money from passengers, and the passengers aren’t happy either. Ticket prices are high, the service is […]


New roads and the envvironment

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The journey to and from Bournemouth wasn’t bad: M6T/M42/M40/A34/M3/M27 for most of it. A striking change from the past: the Newbury Bypass makes the drive that way immeasurably better, and I’d imagine that living in Newbury is a whole lot more pleasant now that it’s not smack in the middle of the A34, choked by […]


Starting Smoking

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I recently read on a car forum that people with diesel cars have noticed a slight drop in fuel economy of late: So had I, and asking MarkyB (who drives quite a few miles a year), we both reckon we’ve noticed a drop very recently too. Added to this, the Fabia seems a little smokier […]


Catching The Worm

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

My, that sounds like a euphemism for a unpleasant practice, doesn’t it? However, I’m merely referring to the old proverb. Yesterday we went to work early: work by whatever MEB call themselves these days necessitated a bit of remote admin on Saturday to shut off some stuff (reducing the UPS load), and an early start […]


Good sense at Last?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

It’s some time since I ranted, and now there are calls to ban patio heaters, and remove standby from TVs. This makes good sense: while that standby mode of a good, modern TV doesn’t use a bit of power, fitting a proper, hard-wired off switch is a good idea that has little downside. As for […]


Why Bother?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

As any local residents will know, Walsall Council operate a kerbside recycling scheme. This means that they give you a green plastic box, and you put recycleables in it, and they collect and recycle them, saving on the amount of waste going in landfill and helping the council meet it’s targets. Now without notifying anyone, […]