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blow, blow, thou winter wind…

By Mike Cunningham On January 24th, 2013

aturbine farm

 

So, will the military subjugation of Ireland by the English Parliamentarians under Cromwell in 1652 now be followed by the virtual takeover of the very skylines and horizons by gigantic (and thoroughly useless) British mainland-powering 600-foot high wind turbines in 2015?

According to the BBC, the foundation documents will be signed today, and the windmills which England definitely does not want will be miraculously transferred to the bogs of five counties of the Republic.

After all, if the Irish are daft enough to sign up to the stupid ideas of Global Warming, whatever that may mean, they should live up to those ideas by hosting the turbine equipment so disliked by the English.

45 Responses to “blow, blow, thou winter wind…”

  1. That has to be the loveliest photo you’ve posted here Cunningham.

    For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone would prefer coal/gas/oil/nuclear power stations to wind turbines producing useable power from the wind. Same with solar panel farms. Free energy from the sun – what’s not to like?

    To my mind it’s a no brainer.
    The English who don’t like these things are mainly those who live next door or in sight of wind turbines. The “Aginners” will make determined pilgrimages out into the remotest parts of these Sceptre’d Isles just so’s they can moan about how the turbines are spoiling the view. If the turbines weren’t there the Aginners wouldn’t dream of visiting the Isle of Doom or The Murky Vale!

    By accepting these wind turbines being built in the remoter and boggier parts of Ireland, the Irish are showing that they are as business and environmentally savvy as anyone else.

  2. Ps
    Remind me.
    How many times now have you won ATW’s “Stir of the Year” Award??

  3. there are 3 blades on each one, paint them in the Tri-Colors and they’ll beg for more.

  4. Guess England needs the open spaces to build new council homes for the immigration tsunami on its way from eastern Europe… and a couple of new mosques…

    lol

  5. Am I the only Englishman who recognises that Irish people living in England and elsewhere on the mainland volunteered to fight on behalf of the British government?
    Of course they did.
    If they found work, married and built a home here, they showed their loyalty by being willing to enlist and lay down their lives. They deserve our recognition and our thanks.

  6. Agit8ed

    What has that got to do with wind turbines ?

  7. Colm

    its just Agit8 blowing wind from out his ass..:)

  8. Agit8.,

    My late father, a County Down man from a farming family, who came to England to marry and to work; and who also enlisted in the British Army the day after war was declared, would have sent his appreciation of your recognition and thanks.

    P.S. As for ‘Stir of the Year’, I really don’t know what on earth you mean. Here I sit, writing on the most inconsequential and unprovocative of subjects, and I get slung with a title like that. Me? Provocative? Me, a stirrer? For shame!

  9. Believe me guys, there’s plenty of opposition when the planning applications go in here in Ireland too.
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/tallest-irish-wind-turbines-planned-for-east-cork-215083.html
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/donal-hickey/are-wind-turbines-bad-for-our-health-134437.html

    Troll, there isn’t much painting of tri-colour around the country here…….there is however plenty of colouring of cars and livestock when your respective country reaches the All-Ireland final

    http://www.theblend.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/A3NsUHPCAAAYkqo.jpg

  10. county not country

  11. Kateyo

    It’s as if Agit8ed is saying that Irish people only have a value or a respectability when they come to Britain and join the British army.

  12. That’s an ugly image of a landscape destroyed. No wonder the English don’t want them near, why the late Senator Kennedy and his limousine liberals wanted them somewhere far from themselves.

    Once assembled, these farms will provide few net jobs,

    Unless there is a yet undiscovered part of Ireland in which these things can be placed in, one both bleak and uninhabited for an eternity of miles, I wish any Irish opposition to them a world of luck. They’ll need it.

  13. They have these off some of the Scottish islands; they are often owned by the community. Not only do they pay for everyone’s power but also turn a profit. They are very popular.

  14. “What has that got to do with wind turbines ?”

    Answer.
    part a)
    “So, will the military subjugation of Ireland by the English Parliamentarians under Cromwell in 1652 now be followed by the virtual takeover of the very skylines and horizons by gigantic (and thoroughly useless) British mainland-powering 600-foot high wind turbines in 2015?”

    part b)
    “After all, if the Irish are daft enough to sign up to the stupid ideas of Global Warming, whatever that may mean, they should live up to those ideas by hosting the turbine equipment so disliked by the English.”

    So not only were the Irish defeated and humiliated by the English, they were also came to be branded as stupid. As an Englishman I accept guilt by ancestral association to the first statement, but the second one I reject as untrue and unworthy.

    Which is why I asked Mr Cunningham how many “Stir of the Year” awards he had. He knew exactly what he was doing and he enjoys throwing a spaniard in the works every now and then.

  15. Phantom,
    but that’s not all that Mr Cunningham is saying.

    Colm,

    Colm, on January 24th, 2013 at 11:36 AM Said:

    Kateyo

    It’s as if Agit8ed is saying that Irish people only have a value or a respectability when they come to Britain and join the British army.”

    As a fellow Englishman I might ask you what value then do I put on you?

  16. Ag8 I’m not your fellow englishman and what value you put on me is of little interest..!

  17. Petr,
    A most welcome contribution from you.
    Apart from their manufacture wind turbines and solar panels are relatively easy to recycle, unlike nuclear power stations or the pollution from fossil fuels.

  18. Kateyo,
    “It’s as if Agit8ed is saying that Irish people only have a value or a respectability when they come to Britain and join the British army.”

    I attributed that to Colm. My apologies.
    It was the pig ignorant one.

  19. Agit8ed

    That final line in your last comment is intriguing. Either you are calling me pig ignorant or it was a spelling mistake (it, I ) and you meant to say that you were the pig ignorant one ;)

  20. No,
    you have assured me many times of your Englishness.

    It was Kateyo’s

    “Ag8 I’m not your fellow englishman and what value you put on me is of little interest..!
    that elicited my response.

  21. agi8 are you sure… this is the second time you’ve corrected yourself over it…bad morning for you? is it the drink ;)

  22. Troll’s accused me of drinking today, now you are accusing Agit…. in order to have a level playing field I suggest we all get plastered :)

  23. Looks like Agie has been swigging from the whiskey bottle while doing his naked ironing this morning.

  24. Colm — Mine’s a rum and black.

  25. After all, if the Irish are daft enough to sign up to the stupid ideas of Global Warming, whatever that may mean

    It means melting glaciers all over the world, that’s why they call it global warming:

    “Glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by 30-50% since the 1970s, according to a study. The glaciers, which provide fresh water for tens of millions in South America, are retreating at their fastest rate in the past 300 years. The study included data on about half of all Andean glaciers and blamed the melting on an average temperature rise of 0.7C from 1950-1994.”

    But of course no amount of evidence will make any difference to bone-headed denialists.

  26. More evidence of global cooling:

    “2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record, rising above the long-term average for the 36th year in a row, according to data released on Tuesday….

    “One more year of numbers isn’t in itself significant,” Nasa climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said. “What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it’s warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

    With 36 years of above-average temperatures, nobody born since 1976 has lived through a colder than average year. By far, the most extreme heat for 2012 was in the contiguous United States, which smashed through all previous temperature records by 1F.

  27. //Unless there is a yet undiscovered part of Ireland in which these things can be placed in, one both bleak and uninhabited for an eternity of miles//

    Yes, we have many brand-new housing estates that exactly fit that destription.

    I’m als in favour of wind power. Ireland of course also has limitless potential for wave power on our west coast.

    And am I the only ATWer to have solar panels on his roof?

    Yes, my greenness does not stop at Irish patriotism.

  28. Noel

    Allan has sort of solar panels on his roof. They don’t collect the suns rays, they collect ‘the truth’ from secretly transmitted communications across the globe and even far beyond…

  29. If the Irish allow these displaced turbines, ” global warming ” will have nothing to do with the real calculations, which will be entirely economic.

    Would you want the huge industrial weeds in the above photo in the hills close to you? What voice if any should the locals – say those in a ten mile radius – have in this?

    If they’re so terrific and beautiful, perhaps we can install a bunch of them atop the cliffs of Dover. You could fit a bunch of them in London’s Hyde Park, and here in Central Park too. Why not share the wealth?

  30. “If they’re so terrific and beautiful, perhaps we can install a bunch of them atop the cliffs of Dover. You could fit a bunch of them in London’s Hyde Park, and here in Central Park too. Why not share the wealth?”

    I think you’re missing the point Phantom,
    I didn’t say every pub should have one. I personally think turbines are quite majestic. That they produce environmentally friendly free electricity only adds to their allure.
    (ot I DEMAND the definition of marriage be further stretched to cover turbo charged humans and leggy white turbines. Whether any offspring choose to wear turbines can be discussed if and when))

    But I also accept that many don’t like the look of them (as I have heard has been said about you) so why not have them where the wind blows free and humans are scarce??
    There are plenty of desolate areas where this should not be a problem. We have two within a mile and more within two miles.

  31. I think that locals should have a big say in the installation of a nuclear waste site, a junkyard, or one of these spinning metal claws in their neighborhood.

    Some of us like the last wildish, thinly populated places, here and there.

  32. They are inefficient, unreliable, expensive, a blot on the landscape and the amount of electricity produced is miniscule compared to other more reliable and less expensive methods. Apart from all that, there’s nothing wrong with them ;)

  33. “And am I the only ATWer to have solar panels on his roof?”

    No. The Agit8eds had them installed just over a year ago. Some of our neighbours from over the watter don baklavas and fire rubber bullets at them occasionally, but so far no damage done and the quarterly cheques continue to roll in.
    Another five years and I shall buy my self a new mountain bike. A sexy little number, as recommended by Pete Moore. :)

  34. “They are inefficient, unreliable, expensive, a blot on the landscape and the amount of electricity produced is miniscule compared to other more reliable and less expensive methods.”

    Leprechaun powered dynamos were proved both cruel and inefficient years ago Colm.
    Old news.

  35. Agit8ed

    We don’t need any of these things. You alone produce enough hot air to power the planet :)

  36. “Looks like Agie has been swigging from the whiskey bottle while doing his naked ironing this morning.”

    Have you nothing better to do than spy on your friends Komrad?
    More of this and we shall have to get thicker curtains.

  37. There is much low hanging fruit still to be plucked by using less electricity. Let’s try some more of that.

  38. “Allan has sort of solar panels on his roof. They don’t collect the suns rays, they collect ‘the truth’ from secretly transmitted communications across the globe and even far beyond…”

    Funny but possibly true.
    FYI I am busy painting out our ex oil furnace room in preparation for installation of wood burner. I have to emerge every now and then before the (paint) fumes overcome me.
    Any offers of medicinal Bushmills gratefully accepted.

  39. “We don’t need any of these things. You alone produce enough hot air to power the planet :)”

    Why thank you!
    Now get back to doing some bloody work.

  40. Petr said:

    They have these off some of the Scottish islands; they are often owned by the community. Not only do they pay for everyone’s power but also turn a profit. They are very popular.

    This is completely wrong in all respects. These windmills are bankrupting island communities and the damage done to wildlife is incalculable. Here is a link to a compilation of links which show the damage being done by the corporate wind power scam and, if anybody ever doubted that the left is a backer of corporatism, here are all doubts dispelled.

    http://www.akdart.com/wind.html

  41. “Some of us like the last wildish, thinly populated places, here and there.”
    Some of us are glad that you do. Anything we can do towards paying for your ticket?

  42. Agit8ed

    I am not at work today. I am lazing about at home disseminating my pearls of wisdom to the ATW community.

  43. Have you nothing better to do than spy on your friends Komrad?
    More of this and we shall have to get thicker curtains.

    lol

  44. They’re working on monster blades to be used in 250-meter-tall wind turbines that would tower over the Washington Monument, which stands a mere 169 meters tall. The largest wind turbine blades now are 75 meters long (see “A Mighty Wind Turbine”).

  45. Phantom,
    Interesting link here..
    http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/vertical_axis_wind_turbine_manufacturers/

    Evidently turbulence and resonance are the two big problems for wind turbines.

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