By Mike Cunningham On September 17th, 2014 at 11:14 am
When the Great Fire of 1666 razed much of inner London to the ground, Sir Christopher Wren piloted a Bill through Parliament which banned wooden-framed buildings from being built in London, and this Act remained in force for over three hundred years, A plan to by-pass this Act, partly because, if the buildings used wood, they would help combat ‘CLIMATE CHANGE and GLOBAL WARMING‘, backed heavily by the UK Timber Frame association, sellers of, so help me, Wooden Framed Buildings got through, partly because there was a test burn, in a large hangar, of a test-built six-storey buiding, which was easily extinguished by firemen. What was not mentioned, in the building report, was the fact that the fire arose again in the smouldering timbers, and the whole building was consumed by fire!
Councils throughout England have no idea of the numbers of wooden-framed buildings erected since the Act was by-passed!
Fast forward to September 15th, when the nearly-complete Nottingham University Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry burned to the ground in a huge fire, which unfortunately proved, once more, that Sir Christopher Wren was right all along. The entire building, funded by a donation from GlaxoSmithKline, costing some £15 million had been erected according to the most rigorous environmental principles, made with a wooden frame and other “sustainable” materials, and powered with “renewable” energy, so that the structure could remain “carbon neutral” throughout its lifetime. Unfortunately, the fire-prevention and alarm systems were either still being installed, or not; instead of being the first systems to be enforced on site, especially as it was a WOODEN BUILDING; and as WOOD CATCHES FIRE RATHER EASILY, any Engineer would have told them that their first priority would be to protect a building, finished or not, which, being entirely of wood, would always BE A RISK!
The German word?
By Mike Cunningham On September 3rd, 2014 at 3:34 pm
I think the term to be used is ‘Revelation’. As most ATW readers know, I have been, and remain, firmly against the building and use of wind turbines on either British ground or on the sea-bed ever since their proposal and unfortunate adoption as part of the war against the alleged ‘Man-Made Global Warming and/or Climate Change. Their use as a prime electricity generator, on the grounds that their ‘fuel’ e.g. the wind is free, was taken up by the Greeny-Eco-Climate bunch as the answer to their prayers; their use is ‘Carbon-free’, they represent a change in the very thinking behind power generation, and they are ‘Environmentally-friendly’.
Unfortunately for this hard-pressed United Kingdom, already labouring under the self-imposed lash (through our deluded Parliament) of the 2008 Climate Change Act, a bill which was written and presented in THREE MONTHS and was in the words of its primary author, a committed and active member of every ‘green; and environmental’ lobby in the business:-
So we ended up arguing with the Treasury more on the principle than on the detail. Because we were moving so fast, that they had may be one or two policy people covering our brief. Whereas, we had a team of lawyers, and us and all our special advisors. And we were – basically, we were able to outwit them a little bit by moving quickly so that was another element that led to it being successful.”
So that was how the most expensive, (for taxpayers and business) Parliamentary Act got on to the Statute books, because, besides the sleight-of-hand of the Labour supporters, the rest of the Parliamentary MPs hadn’t even read the bloody Bill, but voted for it anyway, and the one of the three blokes who had read it, voted against it but were ignored by all the clowns and buffoons who thought that the Bill was ‘rather good’.
Anyway, why don’t you read all about it here, discover all over again how the Nation was fooled, and how we have literally to dismantle Industry to comply with this foolish and atrocious piece of Legislation.
But back to my ‘Revelation’. It seems that engineers have discovered a use for redundant wind-turbine blades, as they have found that, once chopped up and shredded, the composite fibreglass is more than three times the value, in heating terms, of a similar quantity of coal in the furnaces of a steam-generating boiler which turns the turbines of a generating station. My solution is of course even simpler: cut out the truly wasteful installation of the turbine in the first place, and chop the bloody blades up, and then burn the rubbish, thus generating clean energy once more!
By Mike Cunningham On March 6th, 2014 at 1:15 pm
So, that problem with getting everyone to accept man-made Global Warmimg and man-made Climate Change, with everything heating up, sea-levels rising, and the rest………….
How’s that progressing then?
By The Troll On December 8th, 2013 at 6:09 am
Mind you we just had the lightest Hurricane Season in 10 Years with only 2 Hurricanes, when these same people said Katrina was just the beginning, and category 5 hurricanes would be the norm.
Climate change warning: Killer winter storms for next THIRTY years
KILLER freezes, floods and heatwaves will devastate Britain during the next 30 years, climate experts have warned.
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By Mike Cunningham On April 15th, 2012 at 8:23 am
I have written before about the total lack of mechanical knowledge and aptitude of my eldest brother, and of the fact that he is a legend amongst his family and friends for being so totally lacking in knowledge of even minor repairs around the home. As I wrote at the time “His finest utterance was on the subject of wine; he had been persuaded to buy a different brand of booze at the supermarket, and he had tried to get the cork out of the bottle for twenty-seven minutes before learning that the bottle had a screw-top!”
He called me up some years ago to ask my advice on a gas boiler and hot water shower problem he thought he was having, and he was astounded to learn that I could solve his problem over the phone whilst being some 300 miles apart. He called me again to again ask if he was doing the right thing in taking up an offer and estimate from British Gas for the complete replacement of his gas boiler for the princely sum of over £2,000.00, as the fitter had recommended a salesman to call because the boiler was ‘old and in need of replacement’.
I asked my brother if the boiler had passed the ‘safety inspection’ which the British Gas CORGI fitter had carried out, and he replied that it had passed, and he had the certification on his hands. I then told him to find a local Gas Repair Company from the Yellow Pages, and get a second independent opinion.
He called me back a week later and thanked me for the advice, as the independent Company’s salesman had stated that his boiler was perfectly sound; but when it eventually went wrong, and was ready to be replaced, his Company would be pleased to do the work, fit and commission a brand new boiler, for the princely sum of £650.00!
I write of this because I trust neither the Government, B&Q, British Gas, or indeed any independent ‘Assessor’ to speak the truth when dealing with things which the average householder just does not either understand or appreciate!
By Mike Cunningham On September 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 am
Seems as though the lunacy of the ‘Greenie Climate Change brigade’ has spread outwards, reaching Hull.
The Lord Mayor of Hull, having a choice of two vehicles for his civic duties, chooses the nice, large, roomy Jaguar Sovereign over the cramped Nissan Leaf car provided as the second vehicle available. The fact that the Mayor is six foot-two inches tall holds a fair sway in his choice or preference of mobile seating, as the Jaguar is both a larger, as well as a more comfortable vehicle; with a good distance covered before a need to refuel, instead of the 75 miles for the Leaf.
Both vehicles were donated to Hull City Council by the car manufacturer Nissan, which was keen to promote its innovative new vehicle. Councillor Inglis insisted both cars were used where appropriate but said the electric car had only ever been intended to be used as a back up civic vehicle. He said: “The civic committee said to Nissan they would use the Leaf if they would fund the cost of an appropriate civic vehicle, for example, the Jaguar Sovereign. Seems as though they aren’t all as stupid as John Prescott in the city which he represented in such a terrible and sloppy fashion.
The Nissan Leaf is a typical product of the parasitical ‘climate change’ lobby, and its production, besides being subsidised up the khazi by a £5,000 Government payment, is but one aspect of our taxes being paid to succour and cushion a product which, in normal circumstances, would only be bought by really dedicated ‘green idiots’ who don’t know any better.
Still, with total Leaf sales numbering just 3,875, Nissan will be getting the message a bit sooner than when Ford produced the Edsel, the acknowledged largest clunker on the planet; and when we here in Britain finally get a Government which does not have its head firmly up its own arsehole, we shall see the end of this foolish waste of money.
By Mike Cunningham On June 23rd, 2011 at 8:07 am
” Philip, I told you that it was all a lie, it was all rubbish, this ‘Climate Change’ stuff that you read about. When that silly man Blair was in charge of Our Parliament, he got hold of some silly nonsense, probably from his equally-silly wife, about how we were all doomed unless we all switched to this tiresome ‘Green Climate’ thing that all the others were talking about. I told you that if British people were forced to change the way we live on the basis of the predictions of some ‘Committee’ which is beloved of the United Nations; we would all regret it! Now I read, just the other day, that all their predictions were based on computerised guesswork. And what have we ended up with, even here at the Palace? The lights don’t last; when they do they give off a light that you cannot even read by! I am so glad that I read that small piece on the Internet by that nice man who lives up in the North-East, and went to the site he linked to, so I have at least some decent lights to read by when I am in bed!”