This morning I took the dreadful cabinets off the wall in my kitchen, with some help from a friend.
Now it is time to start phase two.
Note the crude hole in the wall on the right. Luckily the house is too new to find asbestos.
I generally carry a 33cl. bottle of water in my shoulder bag, as this is the smallest size I can buy that is useful. I should say that I don’t believe in carrying excess weight either on, in or about my body. It’s usually Evian, as that is the only small one readily available. So I was surprised to see this promotional display in Sainsbury didn’t feature the small bottle.
I would have thought that in this hot weather, a promotion based on small bottles would have been a good idea.
At least I can buy small bottles in dozens in Waitrose and probably other places, whereas in Europe, there was nothing smaller than the half litre anywhere.
At the commemoration for Prederick Parslowe the police brought along a couple of old police cars.
The Morris Minor was immaculate and had a genuine 330,000 miles on the clock. Apparently they own half-a-dozen, which get brought out for public relations purposes. One officer told me, that they’ve also got a couple of preserved Velocette LE‘s.
At the War Memorial on Islington Green today, there was a tribute to the bravery of Frederick Parslowe, who saved his ship in the Great War, but was killed in the action. He was postumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
According to this article in the Islington Tribune, a commemorative paving stone is being unvieled as part of the hundredth anniversary commemorations for the Great War.
After reading this article on the Rail Engineer web site, I did think about calling this article something like – Who’d Be A Rail Engineer?
But I just had to include Saggy Wire Syndrome.
The article is a technical article about how using steel wheels on steel rails can be a nightmare for the railways and their engineers in hot weather.
When I was a child, the rails had a length of sixty feet and they were separated by a small expansion gap and connected by fishplates. This gave the clickety-clack. Now rails are continuous for several kilometres to give a smooth ride, so occasionally they buckle. To mitigate the problem rails are made pre-stressed to their length at 27°C, so the problems kick in, when the temperature of the track gets above that temperature.
As switches (points) and crossings are particularly vulnerable in hot weather, they are often painted white in the UK, to reflect the heat.
It’s funny, but after having come across Europe through Poland, Germany and Belgium, I can’t actually remember seeing any rails painted white on my journey. Although, there was no clickety-clack indicating jointed rails. Next time, I go to Germany or Poland I must look.
So what is saggy wire syndrome?
This is where the overhead electric wire stretches in the heat and sags, because the tensioning mechanism can’t cope.
The article finishes with this paragraph.
Summer is a real problem. Roll on winter, when the rails shrink as they get cold and eventually break, earthworks get soggy causing uneven track surfaces, and S&C gets flooded and won’t work.
Who’d be a rail engineer?
All passengers should read the article!
In the on-line copy of The Times, in an article on the latest episode of the Greek Bailout saga, there is this reader entered comment.
I have just texted the Oracle of Delphi re the referendum. I have had a most impressive and quick response from one of the delightful ladies of Apollo Land.
As you know, I cannot give my answer until the seventh of this month but the gut feeling here at the Shrine is that the “No’ might just win. People must remember that the Islanders are dead worried that their special low rates of VAT will be increased to mainland levels. The good folk of Rhodes and Crete are especially annoyed as they were told pre the most recent General Election by this Tsipras Johnny that no fiddling with the Islanders VAT would take place.
Our political wing has for the last three thousand years advocated making the larger Islands self sufficient – do you think the IMF will consider a loan for this much needed independence? And here’s another suggestion – the EU’s migrant problem could be solved by dumping the poor b….ers on one or more of the many uninhabited Islands and use them as cheap labour to reclaim the land to grow fruit and veg and the profits used to pay back our debt.
Surely, if the Oracle at Delphi gave good advice the Greeks wouldn’t be in the financial mess they undoubtedly are.
I took this picture, as I walked along Culford Road to go to my house.
Like most of the roads round here, it is lined by numerous mature trees. I haven’t looked at the species in detail, but if it’s anything like my road, they’ll be a mixture, with generally two of each randomly planted to no particular pattern.
Do cyclists bother about leaves on the road?
This morning, the BBC is showing this report entitled Gene therapy stabilises lungs of cystic fibrosis patients.
It is encouraging news, but also I suspect that it is very interesting technologically.
The genes are actually give to the patient through an inhaler, in a much simpler treatment regime.
I’ve only one regret about my investment in Zopa and that is that I didn’t invest earlier. I could only have invested a few months earlier, as the financial web site hadn’t been created.
Recently, I’ve seen mention of Atom Bank in the press and this afternoon I went to have a dig around the Internet at what has been trailed as a new form of digital bank.
I found this article on the Finanser web site, which is an interview with Mark Mullen, who is the CEO of Atom Bank.
The interview contains a lot of sensible and surprising facts.
They are creating the whole digital bank from scratch and Mullen has a refreshingly blunt attitude to consultants (He doesn’t use them!), which I wholly agree with. So much so, if I was developing a bank with my old Chairman at Metier,we’d probably do it the same way.
As an example of Mullen’s thinking, I’ll copy his reasons for basing the bank in Durham.
There is a lot to be said for being outside London, not least because it’s an expensive place to base a business. If you don’t need to be in London it doesn’t make sense to place a business where the ground rents and employment costs are so high, and where the markets are so massively competitive. Durham is appealing as the real estate is less expensive; but cheap land gets you nowhere when you’re building a high end company. So as importantly there are also fabulous universities; a huge population catchment area; and the city is well connected by trains to north and south. Equally, there is actually not that much in the way of alternative financial institutions, so we are offering an alternative employment proposition in the local market. That’s quite an attractive thing to do.
I shall be watching Atom Bank with interest.