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  1. It's been quite some time since I posted here, since which I've fallen 'out of love' with working an allotment. I found the 'rules' (no bonfires, no hose watering from mains) far too prohibitive to ensuring a successful season and neighbouring allotment holders' practices ('no digging' philosophy or 'blown over' contamination of my/our plot) made maintenance very hard work, and eventually demoralising to the extent I gave up the investment. I also became tired of one of my shared plot managers constantly disappearing 'on holiday' at times when major works were scheduled (rotorvating, planting, compost management and watering by hand during dry months) then reaping the benefits at harvest time ......... needless to say we 'fell out'. I had a major life change about 4 years ago but now share a large good sized garden with my partner of the past 4 years, who also had a share in the previous shared allotment. Initially the garden was overgrown with bindweed and brush which for her alone was too much to maintain. It's been an enlightening few years since which I've learned the tricks and laziness of former works on the property and land ........ I've dug up buried solid bags of concrete, lumps of hardcore from an extension to the property and butchered telegraph poles from the previous owner over the past 3 - 4 years and had many a bonfire to get rid of waste whilst drinking beer, and looking for shooting stars. We've concentrated on the lower tier of the garden, eradicating the bind weed, adding compost and top soil whilst introducing shrubs such as bay, rose, camelea, azalea, dahlia, lupin, echinachia, rhododendron, hydrangea, wisteria, clematis and added tree fern, magnolia, olive, banana and acers some of which I've grown from seed very successfully. I've grown bedding plants using my experience from growing fruit and veg from seed to create a summer of both scent and colour ........ it certainly made the UK Spring/Summer lockdown a relaxing outdoor space to relax and consider 'life' and as such was a very valuable and a worthy investment both financially and physically. An added bonus, it's helped hone my growing from seed skills and reminded me often that a little bit of work often is so much easier than a lot of work infrequently. During the Autumn/Winter/Spring we need to do a lot of work on the upper tier. There's a large pond which is poorly positioned and often suffers from excess algae growth during periods of hot sunny weather. I've already introduced a pump/filtration system, oxygenating plants etc but have found it really tricky to maintain a healthy long-lived balance ...... something I will re-start again in early spring. The fish must like it though ....... thems a breeding like mutha fuckas!!!! I've a plot of land in the upper tier I've dug over and had covered in sheeting for the past 9 months which in spring I hope to build a pagoda and seating area, lawned underneath then planting climbers (grape?/hop?) to create summer cover close to the pond for an area of quiet contemplation. Then I'll get to work on my veg patch ......... This year I've grown strawberries, dwarf/french bean, leek, cabbage, corn and tomato, and considering they've played very much a 'also-ran' role, have done really quite ok. There's a Bramley apple tree which I pruned back heavily late last year, though which produced many small fruit which were thinned etc, produced nothing of value this year. Any advice?
  2. I don't want to get into a debate into the whole is there global warming/is it manmade and all the various permutations but, regardless of your opinion on such issues .......... It must be recognised that there is a promoted shift (often financially assisted) from creating heat/hot water supplies away from traditional methods of combustion creating heat then transferred through an exchanger into heating to the compression of refrigerants to create the initial heat source. A movement away from old and gas (carbon emitting) to refrigerants. It must be recognised that it is less polluting (when contained and controlled) to use a refrigerant than the combustion of volatile fuels. The same could be argued regarding nuclear energy sources however they are often frown upon and can't see anytime soon where we all have or accept a small compact nuclear reactor pumping away every time it feels a bit niipy It must be recognised that in a claimed warming climate society will rely more on not JUST heating but also cooling in the form of air con etc for our comfort. We're are not conditioned anymore to just put an extra 'pully' on when we're cold or sit in our boxers with a cold beer when it's hot and humid. Business itself accepts that production is reduced once temperature creates an excessive +\- climate. So in my mind we are seeing an increasing market in using refrigerants as an energy source with regards to heating/cooling and the market will only be getting bigger and more competitive. In all systems there are components which will see an increase in demand. From the pumps to circulate, the compressors to generate heat or cooling or indeed (and probably more interestingly a less competitive marketplace) the refrigerants. Pumps. Traditional systems require a single, maybe two circulation pump generally where as systems converting solar/air source and ground source require two maybe three meaning an increase in demand per application. I have however found that the major players like Grundfos or Wilo are not performing greatly. Too early maybe? Worth continued exploration. Compressors. Used to compress a gas into fluid state thus generating heat. This is a new component in heating systems and as such demand will grow. I don’t, however, have enough experience of manufacturers of such a component to weigh up their continued longevity and as such have left it alone for now. it’s early days. Refridgerant. This to me is the biggie. Possibly THE replacement for OIL or GAS in the conventional heating cooling system …… I’ve been looking at Daikin who have performed very well over the past 5 years since ‘Green Energy’ lost it’s impetus. Not only do they manufacture the technological equipment, they also develop and manufacture the chemical and remember 10 year or so ago in a marketing meeting with them in the UK them claiming that their competition were actually stifled by the fact they have to buy refrigerant from Daikin. Mitsibushi is the market leader in air source product but other division of the Mitsubishi mean, to the best of my understanding, investing relies on all their interests including their automotive etc. concerns. The elephant in the room with refrigerants I know is that one day, someone somewhere will centre in on the GWP potential of regrigerants. When they’re common place, when they leak gases into the atmosphere, when they’re fly tipped on a layby in the countryside because it’s cheaper than recycling (think 80’s fridge freezers) then the backlash will come. Your thoughts?
  3. Sacha Baron Cohen's response. Fooled by Fake News
  4. What can we learn from Wakanda .......... ? That fiction has no borders. The original stories were written in the mid to late sixties in a world very different to now ............ you should know that Dr Bubb ........ you were there whilst I was just a twinkle in my Dad's eye. There were still swathes of land across the globe undiscovered and as such, stories of exploration and discovery were left to the imagination of the reader to dream. Many movies of the time (before and since) would use 'the unknown', whether it be through global or space exploration, to heighten this great thing that all human beings have ...... imagination. All Black Panther is doing is appealing to that continued human interest. +
  5. https://youtu.be/OgUAQ4ZGtgk
  6. underling

    Martial law declared in paris

    I don't want to make any criticism of your viewpoint but may I just ask to consider yourselves for one moment, that your 'belief' maybe has led you to accept that the world is a certain way and that you are failing to question your own viewpoint of reality. Consider that 'the steeple' just could be yourselves, or perhaps the victims of fanaticism in a belief system of any kind. Human history has all through history thrown up 'Idealism' which has challenged conventional progressive thinking. Many cultures and traditions have been lost through wars of 'difference of idealism' since recorded history began. It's what we have always fought for. This is what powers this war. It is intolerance, from all sides ......... Some are intelligent to fight the war based on what sp'oil's they can acquire, or what they seek to protect. "Watching all channels with hope fading" - Underling
  7. You know what I care about ......... Love. I've been ripped apart through my whole life. I've given every penny, every effort, every strain if my friend, family or friends have needed me. I've got nothing. ive given everything. I'm happy. I understand much, teach much but seemingly learn little ..... Possibly know little.
  8. Yet there will be no riot. There will only be control. You will adhere. Complicit. You will behave. You will accept your ill gotten gains. So long as you've not yet lost you will forget. You will disappear. Until we come for you. Who then will listen? In a time where where complacency is equivalent to complicity? We know who you are. We know where you live. We know you. Join us, we are not your enemy ... But neither do we forget .........
  9. And btw, no White man can yet understand what we're thinking about.
  10. These are my heroes. people who have died for their principals. You all talk conspiracy, alternative thought yet you sit complacent behind a small screen. Waiting for some kind of 'safe' signal where you can come out like some closet supporter. Where have I been for the last few years? Fighting. ' you have been so damned lazy, and you have let him run away with the whole world ' In death we can be a TERROR!
  11. if you are not willing to lay yourself down on the principals which you preach then your pricinpals are just rhetoric. Your life is just wasted. You have not made a difference. http://youtu.be/8rCiCQPDmb8
  12. There is no party promoting love, commeraderie and kinship amongst people. Only riots can do this. I have experienced riots. You would not believe how much the above qualities are in abundance in such adversity, regardless of ethnic, religious or economic position. Take the power back.
  13. How many small steps make a stride? Essentially we all want to live peaceful and safe lives. We do not need regulation to control us. We need to control regulation to stop them from controlling us. Riot please.
  14. But that's a choice they WANT you to make. Don't give them the choice. There are thousands of them, there are millions of us. Riot please.
  15. Sorry maybe I seem old and cynical but what is the point? What representation of opinion is there when a choice of idiot 1, idiot 2 or idiot 3 is offered. Give me a defence minister who has fought or lost his seed in a real modern war. Give me a choice of a education minister who has been privileged and succeeded in teaching the underpriviliged. Give me a choice of health secretary who have stood over a child crying tears in frustration whilst it fights for its last breath. Don't offer us these limp dick, dim witted, sound bite addicted pricks. Only through real diversity are heroes found. Riot please.
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