Let's keep this exclusive, unlike real knighthoods that are handed out by the bucket-load every year to the most undeserved bunch of tosspots (i.e. Nick Clegg).
How should Sir DB's be dished out each year? Can Spunko be nominated, or is he the Queen giverouterer with the big sword? Should we hand out one, two, three... Who do we put up for nomination? How do I set up a poll? How much have I drank tonight? How will I crawl upstairs to bed without waking my wife? Can someone else take over this thread as I'm bladdered?
By Chewing Grass
Its very hard to find numbers on this but the last couple of pages of this 10 page report have the info needed.
Total generating capacity on a cold still evening excluding imports was 55GW.
Mild winters since 2011 means peak demand has dropped by 10-15%, however the numbers in the graph are not peak demand which was 52GW last year and 53GW the year before, both not cold winters by any stretch of the imagination.
Generating capacity available for this winter is as below.
Strip out renewables and 54GW is available at 100% plant capacity.
Add hydro and a short burst of storage and we get 58GW.
Remember they hide these figures by using average demand not peak figures.
By The Masked Tulip
I spent all day in reading various things online. My plans to go out earlier this morning ended up with a day on the sofa surfing and reading various financial sites and, of course, DOSBODs. By around 6ish I decided I was going stir crazy and needed some beer for the evening. So I get my bike out, cycle down through a nearby park, along the sea-front and to the main Tesco in town. I was hoping to find some gluten free beer half-price. No luck.
So I faff around in Tesco for a while, buy some beer and a pork pie - I know how to live - and then call into the sea-front Co-Op on the way home to buy a packet of crisps - cheaper than in Tesco - and a lotto ticket. I then cycled back home along the sea-front. Tide was right up to the sea wall and, along the way I passed various people out walking, fishing, etc, etc. One young woman I passed had very distinctive greeney-blue hair. I almost stopped to comment her on it but I was whizzing along, wanted to get home and wanted to spend time in front of the box with a beer chilling.
I get in, put on Jodie Foster in 'Contact' and settle down for some pork pie and crisps. I love this film. The film finishes and I boot up the laptop. Go to the local paper website and the headline is that a 17 year old girl with distinctive blue hair is missing locally. She looks just like the girl I passed an hour or two earlier on. The Police asking if anyone who has seen her to give them a call immediately.
My immediate reaction was to call the Police and explain that I think that I have seen her. I can't be sure that it was her but the hair was pretty distinctive.
But I actually found myself pausing and wondering whether I should call them or not. Even as I type this now I am thinking of all, over the decades, about how perfectly innocent people have been hassled, and worse, after trying to help the Police out. I actually had to think for 3 or 4 minutes about what is best to do and, of cause, I called them. The girl's safety is the paramount thing. I also do not wish to read later on if something bad happens to her and then be wondering whether my call could have made a difference.
I am not 100% certain it was her but the hair, well, the hair was the right colour. Just like in the photo on the local paper site.
Anyhow, apologies for the rant. Just wanted to voice out what a really sorry state of affairs the UK has come to when people have to stop and think twice about doing the right thing when it comes to the Police and helping people.
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