Daily archives: June 19, 2003


Beer is cheapest in the Northwest, with real ale as cheap as a quid 75.

Despite this, the cheapest pub I’ve been in the last few years was down in Croydon. The first round was a pint of Guinness, guest ale and one of those Smirnoff Ice thinigies. When my change from a tenner included a five pound note I stared dumbly at the cash and tried to work out which drink they hadn’t charged me for.

We spent the rest of the afternoon, and a bit of the evening, in that pub.

Wave Farms

A test tidal energy turbine has been installed on the sea bed off Lynmouth in Devon. There have been test versions before, but this is the first to generate electricity.
We need more of this sort of thing. Maybe new build houses could get rebates for incorporating energy conservation technology, low flush toilets etc. There could even be grants for the inclusion of cheap solar panels on the roof, which would charge up UPS type batteries and kick in for a period each day to cut the amount of power drawn down from the grid.
Of course, the utilities companies (scum) would bitch and moan about anything like this and demand that they set up their own, self regulating, energy saving schemes. Which would somehow end up costing the customers more money.
via Carlton Hibbert