Healthy diet update 2017v20
I have added three more cheeses, Sweet Corn and Beer 3 percent to Excel Healthy Diet weekly tool: Healthy diet update
So far this month April, Freshford's rainfall has been little more than 2mm. (21st) The average for April is 58mm Update midnight 30th April 5mm. Lowest since 2008. For graphs dating back to the Summer of 2008 refer to Freshford Mill
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A Freshford wall -a masterpiece
HGV curbs mean peace returns to Freshford
THE battle to ban HGVs from tiny lanes in Freshford is paying off at last.
Ashes Lane and even steeper Rosemary Lane have been almost free of lorries since new Euro-signs went up in April and Navteq deleted the roads as satnav "routes of choice" through the village.
The return to peace was welcomed by Alan Cunningham, of Ashes Lane, who had campaigned for years against the HGVs.
But he said the satnav makers would still need to "refine" their devices to keep lorries out of all small lanes – and HGV owners needed to ensure that satnavs in their cabs were regularly updated. (published 2010)
Full story and comment
Never mind global warming - after oil is the critical factor
Unless you're well off you will agree that the basics of life: fuel for home heating and travel, materials, food etc. are getting more expensive. Maybe when there is a recession there is less demand and prices drop, but not for long. Is there a solution for the fact that modern civilisation depends on digging up materials that took millions and millions of years to create? Perhaps Read more
Sat-nav preferred roads
Why does NAVTEQ a multibillion dollar company want to direct traffic through Freshford to Bath via two roads, actually lanes (ie for illiterate lorry drivers (truckers, I don't mean that truckers are the illiterate subset of the group "lorry drivers" only that "truckers" and "lorry drivers" or for that matter HGV drivers (some) dont seem to realise that "lane" means - read on)) "lane" means a "narrow country lane".
Well they don't, NAVTEQ do not want to misdirect drivers, why would they? But that is what they are doing, at least on my MS AutoRoute system (brilliant! Congratulations Microsoft for a great program at a sensible price)
To get back to the instructions to the driver, the route directs the vehicle to drive up Rosemary lane and then use Ashes lane to get to the A36. read more
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Freshford Somerset: an Introduction
Freshford is in 2011 a village dating back a thousand years or more.
Some of the property in the village is located in Wiltshire and some in
Bath and North-East Somerset (known as BANES). This affects the choice of
secondary school for parents, and splits up children who have grown up
together in their primary school.
The children should be able to continue their education together when
they leave the primary school where they have grown up together.
Unfortunately, this division of Freshford between Wiltshire and Somerset
(B&NES) is not the result of some recent skulduggery, yet its affects
extend into the 21st Century. The ghosts continue to extend their
influence into the time when people are free to use their intelligence,
rather than witchcraft or be bound by land divisions created by the
church, or the Normans. And guess what; it is the ghosts that rule. Why
can't parents choose the nearest school to where they live?
Parental Choice of School Apart from the educational issues
which are important to Freshford, the village is arguably the finest
village in this part of the west country. This website includes many
photographs that record the attractive nature not only of the village but
also its beautiful setting. The parish website is:
Freshford Village The new
village shop and post office has its own website:
B&NES have published an excellent appraisal of Freshford and the
neighbouring hamlet of Sharpstone.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Nuisance phone calls beware new scam
Anyone calling from a "withheld" number offering to stop nuisance calls is a nuisance caller! If they had half a brain they would realise that "withheld" numbers are the ones that people don't answer. The people offering a "service" to stop calls for a fee, usually can do no more than TPS, which is free. They cannot stop International calls, Withheld calls, or Unavailable numbers, which are the bulk of callS these days. Those offering a unit which you can used to stop calls, again for a fee, are slightly better, but you have to watch out for hidden annual fees. There is also now a 'phone on the market, the BT6500 which, at about the same price as a call blocker, does an extremely good job of stopping the above mentioned calls, plus 10 individual numbers. With the blocked calls, the 'phone doesn't ring and they can't leave a message. source of article
Bradford on Avon town bridge video survey of traffic
The essential problem for the beautiful mediaeval market town of Bradford on Avon is the amount of traffic that goes through the town. I have filmed two minutes of traffic on a Thursday night at 9:30pm. and also by day. view video
A36 to A46 link road is not necessary
Once again we read mention of the A36 to A46 link road as being a solution to through traffic in the World Heritage City of Bath. Traffic from the south coast ports will be comsiderably reduced when The Port of Bristol's Deep Sea Container terminal (DSCT) is completed. The reason being is that it will be far cheaper to ship the containers to Bristol than transport them by road from the south coast. The full argument can be read at: complete article: A36 Link road to A46 is unnecessary
Is it sustainable to buy non-stick pans?
Gender-bending chemicals found in non-stick pans and food packaging are linked to early menopause, scientists say.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369366/Gender-bending-chemicals-saucepans-linked-early-menopause.html#ixzz1HWEQqAgH
I think that it is not a good idea to buy non-stick pans as they don't last very long. Once the pan is failing people usually buy another one. The existing pan is either shoved to the back of a cupboard or hopefully recycled. I decided to stick to, excuse the pun, cast iron enamelled cookware. My pride of joy is a cast iron wok from Lecreuset that has a flat bottom and so can be used on any cooker, including induction hobs. Unless I drop it, it will last for hundreds of years :) It is expensive, costing over £100, but is a pleasure to use and will pay for itself in time. The article in the Daily Mail is another very good reason to avoid non-stick pans. Sustainable is safe! Geoff Edwards
Are car drivers mugs?
Looking at sustainable transport and the use of the car vs the train I have not found any reference to the fact that all public tranport is subsidised by the taxpayer. Read more
Road safety? Cyclists and the car 30 mph limit but 21 deaths in London!
London had 21 deaths in 2008 and over 350 cyclists were seriously injured. London is subject to a 30 mph limit and either that limit is ignored or more likely it does not make any difference a three quarter ton car will kill at less than 30 mph there is also a problem with HGVs seeing cyclists who are stopped at traffic lights or turning . So what can we do? spend millions on road signs and painting the road, in London's case blue? Read more?
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What more can we say?
Diesel UK £1.47 a litre diesel USA $4.12 a gallon, USA $1.09 a litre: Rip-off UK!
Using the current exchange for the GB pound and the US dollar ($1.60 =£1) we are paying £6.27 a gallon. In US dollars this would be equivalent to $10.03! (Except that one UK gallon is 1.2 US gallons.) So the USD price equivalent to what we are paying for our diesel is $8.36 a gallon. We are paying twice what US drivers pay for their fuel. Published date 6h July 2011 Headline updated 17th march 2012 The price differential is almost constant so no updates needed
Find that book! Search Biblio.com
I have found that I can find out of print, and other books by using biblio.com. Biblio is a Worldwide service for bookselllers and book buyers Biblio enables a user to find a book that is for sale from several thousand second hand booksellers and private sellers Worldwide. If I need to buy a book then I will use Biblio to find that book.
Also, there are many books that can be bought second hand that are still in print. Save trees buy secondhand first if you can. You can also sell your own books on Biblio.com.
This may or may not be a cheap service! I paid over £45 for one book but also bought a classic technical book (dated 1949) for almost less than it cost to post from the USA -which was not expensive anyway! But if you would like to buy a book that is out of print then go for this service.
And this is for real, don't waste time! As others may be looking for the same book.
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