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  • A rhyming guide to winter firewood

    As people turn to burning wood over the coming winter in order to reduce heating costs, it's good to have some guidance about which woods to choose for efficiency and effectiveness.   The Firewood Poem is a good place to start....

  • Who regulates the regulators?

    When state-owned monopoly businesses were privatised in the 1980s and 90s, I welcomed most of them as I thought that it might free up the investment needed to modernise the enterprises and make them more responsive to customers.  After all,...

  • Poor Energy Communications

    I alternate between being irate and apprehensive about the rising cost of electricity.  Irate at the hopeless communications we've been faced with where no-one bothers to explain the "price cap" clearly.  Apprehensive at my own personal coming liabilities and those...

  • Free speech in schools

    According to the Times Higher, Kemi Badenoch MP, the Tory leadership contender who recently said that “some universities spend more time indoctrinating social attitudes than teaching lifelong skills or how to solve problems” is set to be education secretary in...

  • The Widget Market

    Suppose you were in the market for 20 widgets.  You might put out a call for makers to submit prices.  So far so good. Now suppose one maker offered you 19 at 2p per widget, but that was all they...

  • Going, Going again

    As part of the BBC's celebration of the birth of Philip Larkin, 100 years ago, there was a series of programmes where poems were "road-tested" by Simon Armitage who travelled the country trying out poems on various audiences. He took...

  • The Energy Gap

    Last Saturday the power station on my roof (Semington A) generated 22.3 kWh of electrical power.  It would have been larger had the temperature been a bit lower, say 21 rather than 35 degrees, and the sun a bit higher...