In memory of George Richard Ient – 1937 to 2017
It is my sad duty to inform you that my brother George passed away last week. The family, friends and I will miss him very much. Right now however I would like to share with you some photos in memory of him and give you details of the funeral:
The funeral will take place at 11.15am, 29th March at: Portchester Crematorium, Upper Cornaway Lane, Portchester, Hampshire. PO16 8NE. 01329 822533. In addition you may visit the chapel of rest at the funeral directors’ premises. You must call them first to let them know you are coming: Lee Fletcher Funeral Services, 95 High St, Portsmouth PO6 3AZ tel: 023 9238 4455 Floral tributes should be sent to Lee Fletcher on the day For those that want to make donations rather than floral tributes please donate to the charity WaterAid which George supported. There will be a reception after the funeral. Please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to come. Or tel: 01273 251964
Here is a link to the photo album (I hope to add more as time goes by):
Here are some very innovative ways of capturing kinetic energy from the sea. We need governments to give incentives to industry to develop, build and deploy these systems. I hope the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will put some ‘energy’ into #renewableenergy and not just into #fossilfuel
Yes, some are more complex than others. Cost vary as well. I like this one, which is probably relatively inexpensive:
We seem to have very few renewable energy projects in the seas around the UK which seem crazy since we are surrounded by the stuff! However this one (see below) started development in about 2008 seems to have got off the ground with funding commitment by the then Lib Dem Energy Secretary, Ed Davey in 2011. This was before the renewable energy funding cutbacks by the Conservative government elected in 2015: (click the image to go to the Guardian article). Lib Dem policy would bring renewable energy project to forefront!
Theoretically the turbine will be the first of four to be installed underwater, each with a capacity of 1.5 megawatts (MW), in the initial phase of the project. It is ironic that just before the UK Brexit vote in June the EU awarded just over €3.9 million (£3.1 m) to support further tidal energy testing and demonstration in Orkney waters.
What happens now? Now we are coming out of the EU the other 3 turbines may not get conservative government support, – more than a pity!
We can only hope that many of the projects in the planning and testing stage do get planning consent and government backing. Here are some examples of current projects:
- DP Energy – Westray EIA, Orkney, Scotland -application to be submitted in 2017
- Brims Tidal Array, Pentland Firth Orkney – application submitted
- MeyGen Phase 1, Pentland Firth Orkney – consented
- Atlantis Resources Sound of Islay, between the islands of Islay and Jura on Scotland’s west coast – project has consent
- Fair Head Tidal, off Northern Ireland – early stages
- Tidal Ventures, Torr Head, on the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland – application submitted
- Minesto Holyhead Deep, west of Anglesey, North Wales – application submitted
- Race Tidal, off Alderney, Channel Islands – scoping
It is often the consenting process that takes a long time and is hugely costly to the developers and their backers because of the potential impacts on marine mammals and wildlife, benthic ecology etc with all sites being located in sensitive marine habitats. In addition, the long term testing of new devices is extremely costly and requires consenting in its own right, like the one off Anglesey. The testing programme could run for 7 years before it becomes fully commercial!
Please sign this petition to lobby the UK government asking them help clean up our seas & countryside. Click below to sign:
Bring back bottle deposits to stop plastic pollution in our oceans.
Campaign created by
Surfers Against Sewage
BT have commenced a programme of removing some little used telephone boxes around the country and this will include our much beloved, but sadly neglected by BT, red telephone boxes. Sussex Heritage Trust have put out an appeal to communities and villages to try an save these iconic telephone boxes.
It may be possible to adopt an existing in-situ boxes from BT. Click on the image on the right to go to BT’s Adopt a Kiosk Guide
Click below to find out more:
I was a kid in the 1950s when rivers and streams were alive with frogs, newts and tiny fish. If you were growing up in the ’50s you may remember enjoying the wonderful variety of aquatic creatures! Sadly many such watercourses now have no living creatures in them! Why? It’s almost certainly due to fertilisers and insecticides which are now even attacking bees! Let us reverse this trend!
Great cycle ride to France this August! Here is my Facebook page with a summary of the route. Also, Click here to see my blog of the route and the place we saw and stayed at.
All our photos are here: