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by BritDownUnder
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 7910
Views: 247472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

In my view, this country needs a PROPER civil defence organisation, possibly run as a branch of the armed forces. Such an organisation could hold substantial stocks of emergency supplies, including but not limited to. In Australia there is an emergency organisation called the SES that is supposed t...
by BritDownUnder
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Living in the Future
Topic: How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis

Someone will win but with declining birth rates of ethnic Russians and the proximity of China with a huge population and Turkic Central Asian countries with high birth rates it may not be Russia itself. I hear the population of Moscow is already half Muslim. Tatars and Chechens outbreed Russians by ...
by BritDownUnder
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 7910
Views: 247472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

Here's a quick guide to the actuarial tables from myself - a failed Actuary. Go to this link and download the National Life Tables spreadsheet at the bottom of the page. (511KB xlsx). Goto 2017-2019 tab on the spreadsheet. It lists Males data and Females data. You can see a list of ages 0 to 100. Ig...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 7910
Views: 247472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

Australia started doing it on 30th Jan 2020, 11 and a half months ago. There is legitimate criticism that the UK never closed down quick enough. In hindsight probably correct. But we had a lot to lose, a major economy, densely populated mostly suburban centres, and an island nation reliant on globa...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Best shelter for cattle.
Replies: 28
Views: 1683

Re: Best shelter for cattle.

The stolen batteries were a couple of 6 volt, 250 AH units, secondhand fortunatly. Not that portable. The thieves drilled a hole in the substantial hardwood door and then cut around the lock with a jigsaw. I'd be concreting the next lot of batteries into the floor if they do not need the electrolyt...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Climate Change
Topic: Have we reached peak CO2 emissions yet?
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Have we reached peak CO2 emissions yet?

Looks like atmospheric methane is on the way up same as CO2. Link
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Housing Quality Mark - HQM- The new Code for Sustainable Homes?
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Housing Quality Mark - HQM- The new Code for Sustainable Homes?

In Australia the rating is called NABERS . No idea how good it is but I think 6 stars in good and 1 star is presumably a cowshed. Apparently you can build a 10 star house though if you really try hard at eliminating heat loss/gain. I sympathise with your predicament but maybe you should just retire ...
by BritDownUnder
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: FT: Bank of England "does not understand its own QE programme".
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: FT: Bank of England "does not understand its own QE programme".

I don't think the rich are getting 'richer' but if more money is being created by money printing, bailouts or handouts then the owners of businesses (who tend to be richer) are capturing most of this extra money and are increasing their proportion of total 'personal' wealth. This trend has been goin...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city

I watched the video with MBS explaining that people are dying of pollution and spending too much time commuting. Looks like they want it to be split up into smaller 'beads' along the line with everything 5 minutes walking distance from people. I see a cross section with underground 'tubes' carrying ...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city

I remember a joke from my school days. Why did the Romans build straight roads? So there could be no Indian corner shops. That is a shit joke, given that corner shops are found at the intersections of straight roads. This was Nottinghamshire in the 1970s and 80s. Not PC and not always right. A trul...
by BritDownUnder
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New coronavirus in/from China
Replies: 7910
Views: 247472

Re: New coronavirus in/from China

"UK to close all travel corridoors from Monday" Various media report. Australia started doing it on 30th Jan 2020, 11 and a half months ago. I suspect that it wont mean ALL travel and that various exemptions and loopholes will exist. I think you are right. People will need to get to Davos...
by BritDownUnder
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city

I remember a joke from my school days. Why did the Romans build straight roads? So there could be no Indian corner shops.

A line would certainly maximise distances between two randomly chosen points in the city compared with a grid layout.
by BritDownUnder
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: News
Topic: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city
Replies: 10
Views: 140

Re: Saudi Arabia to build 150km linear city

It would not even be a straight line as it is on the surface of the earth which is a sphere. An arc perhaps. Maybe Arc-city or "The Arc" does not sound so good. Perhaps it would remind them of Noah's Ark and that there were other religions going before theirs came along. From what I unders...
by BritDownUnder
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Wild deer set to wreak havoc in UK
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: Wild deer set to wreak havoc in UK

I can remember game hanging up at the local butchers in Retford in the 1970s. Wild deer are slowly becoming a problem in Australia too but there is more of a hunting presence here so I think they will get shot if they get too numerous. It looks from this Grauniad article that Bison (more correctly W...
by BritDownUnder
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Preparations
Topic: Best shelter for cattle.
Replies: 28
Views: 1683

Re: Best shelter for cattle.

Sorry to hear about the batteries getting nicked but it does happen. I think rural crime and the perpetrators/usual suspects has been discussed in another thread. It would be interesting to see a YouTube video of the bull out-staring the unwanted guest. Perhaps super heavy batteries could be sourced...