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Saturday, 30 January 2010

Schneeflöckchen, Weißröckchen...

Mausi, the cat, took me aside this morning and pointed out that she really needed a proper road through the garden in all this white fluff! Or did I want her to go out, fall into a snow drift and vanish until next spring? Of course not, so I grabbed the shovel and built an autobahn for Mausi...


It's been snowing heavily around here since yesterday afternoon. People in the village say they haven't seen that much snow around here for the last 49 years. It's great, although my attempts at building a snowman were defeated this morning: not the right kind of snow!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Snow time?

It's currently snowing very gently here in Punak, a suburb of Tehran. So far it isn't settling, but it is gently getting heavier and I suspect if this continues we will have a layer of the white stuff by this evening. As Punak is on the lower slopes of the mountains that form the northern boundary for the city, it may well not be snowing lower down as my apartment is quite high up, about 200 metres above the training centre we are working in.

Interestingly though, the city below me is hidden in the murky cloud and the softly falling curtain of snow flakes is certainly cutting down visibility.

Better break out the longjohns for this evenings outing to a restuarant!

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Damn all politcians ....

I need to make a payment to an account I have in the US for services I use. I would normally do this through PayPal but when I tried earlier I got the interesting message that I cannot make the payment as "sanctions" prohibit this! Now I am definitely seeing red. Sanctions? What bl**dy good will they do pray tell? I'll tell you the effect of sanctions of this sort - it hardens attitudes and drives people into the hardliners camp, that's what it does. I watched this happen in South Africa and you can see it happening everywhere else Blair, Brown and all the rest of the socialist *rs*h*l*s have stuck their ignorant and poisonous noses.

Iran is not going to lie down and be a poodle to the liberal coteries who now dictate policy. Yes, this is a country with problems, but you don't solve them without actually understanding the people, the culture and the influences that guide them. British politics is, at the moment, driven by the airheaded and prejudice filled Blair Babes and their friends, none of whom have ever set foot here, much less anywhere else and even those places they have been they have no understanding of the history (irrelevant they scream), the culture - despite protests that they "respect" this they don't have a clue and immediately cause grave offence by refusing to conform! - or the concerns of the people in that nation. In short the vast majority of them are a danger to us, to the world and to the people they claim they want to help.

Its time to clear Whitehall and Westminster of all these parasites and to shoot or hang anyone who even mentions "multi-culturalism" (They haven't a sincere intention in them!) or "human rights" most of which conflict with everything about the first of these political monstrocities! Add to that list anyone proposing "sanctions against anyone for anything! The only people hurt by them are the people they are supposed to help!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

End of Course

Said good bye today to our students from the oil and gas industry and look forward to starting a new course on Saturday with more fire fighters. In the meantime we have had some interesting weather to deal with starting night before last with torrential downpours that flushed the streets, cleared the gutters and turned the training centre into a mudbath. It also dropped what looks like several inches of snow on the mountains behind us and brought a chill factor that is lazy enough to need a good thick coat and a couple of jumpers!

Last night we had wind. Plenty of it. And more snow on the mountains with a little rain and some attempts at snowing lower. The wind soon sorted that out though and so we awaoke this morning to a good freeze with patches of ice on the ground and rimming the standing pool we now have where a building was demolished on Sunday and Monday. And a wind that doesn't bother going round you.

The forecast is for more snow, rain and wind. Glad I brought the long johns ....

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Sustainable energy.... The scam exposed.

Got this from a friend in Australia and it pretty much sums up why I get mad as a snake whenever I listen to those earnest idiots from Greenstrife and Fiends of the Earth rabbiting on about "sustainable energy".

This article appeared in the Rockhampton morning Bulletin on 22.12.09.
This is an excellent piece for anybody who needs to be educated about Australia's Coal driven power houses.
Terry is now retired and is in excellent health at age 69. Nobody paid him to write the article which was, (to their credit), published by the local press.

Written By Terence Cardwell

The Editor
The Morning Bulletin.

I have sat by for a number of years frustrated at the rubbish being put forth about carbon dioxide emissions, thermal coal fired power stations and renewable energy and the ridiculous Emissions Trading Scheme.

Frustration at the lies told (particularly during the election) about global pollution. Using Power Station cooling towers for an example.. The condensation coming from those cooling towers is as pure as that that comes out of any kettle.

Frustration about the so called incorrectly named man made 'carbon emissions' which of course is Carbon Dioxide emissions and what it is supposedly doing to our planet.

Frustration about the lies told about renewable energy and the deliberate distortion of renewable energy and its ability to replace fossil fuel energy generation. And frustration at the ridiculous carbon credit programme which is beyond comprehension.

And further frustration at some members of the public who have not got a clue about thermal Power Stations or Renewable Energy. Quoting ridiculous figures about something they clearly have little or no knowledge of.

First coal fired power stations do NOT send 60 to 70% of the energy up the chimney. The boilers of modern power station are 96% efficient and the exhaust heat is captured by the economisers and reheaters and heat the air and water before entering the boilers.

The very slight amount exiting the stack is moist as in condensation and CO2. There is virtually no fly ash because this is removed by the precipitators or bagging plant that are 99.98% efficient. The 4% lost is heat through boiler wall convection.

Coal fired Power Stations are highly efficient with very little heat loss and can generate massive amount of energy for our needs. They can generate power at efficiency of less than 10,000 b.t..u. per kilowatt and cost wise that is very low.

The percentage cost of mining and freight is very low. The total cost of fuel is 8% of total generation cost and does NOT constitute a major production cost.

As for being laughed out of the country, China is building multitudes of coal fired power stations because they are the most efficient for bulk power generation.

We have, like, the USA, coal fired power stations because we HAVE the raw materials and are VERY fortunate to have them. Believe me no one is laughing at Australia - exactly the reverse, they are very envious of our raw materials and independence.

The major percentage of power in Europe and U.K. is nuclear because they don't have the coal supply for the future.

Yes it would be very nice to have clean, quiet, cheap energy in bulk supply. Everyone agrees that it would be ideal. You don't have to be a genius to work that out. But there is only one problem---It doesn't exist.

Yes - there are wind and solar generators being built all over the world but they only add a small amount to the overall power demand.

The maximum size wind generator is 3 Megawatts, which can rarely be attained on a continuous basis because it requires substantial forces of wind. And for the same reason only generate when there is sufficient wind to drive them. This of course depends where they are located but usually they only run for 45% -65% of the time, mostly well below maximum capacity. They cannot be relied for a 'base load' because they are too variable. And they certainly could not be used for load control.

The peak load demand for electricity in Australia is approximately 50,000 Megawatts and only small part of this comes from the Snowy Hydro Electric System (The ultimate power Generation) because it is only available when water is there from snow melt or rain. And yes they can pump it back but it cost to do that. (Long Story).


Tasmania is very fortunate in that they have mostly hydro electric generation because of their high amounts of snow and rainfall. They also have wind generators (located in the roaring forties) but that is only a small amount of total power generated.

Based on a average generating output of 1.5 megawatts (of unreliable power) you would require over 33,300 wind generators.

As for solar power generation much research has been done over the decades and there are two types. Solar thermal generation and Solar Electric generation but in each case they cannot generate large amounts of electricity.

Any clean, cheap energy is obviously welcomed but they would NEVER have the capability of replacing Thermal power generation. So get your heads out of the clouds, do some basic mathematics and look at the facts not going off with the fairies (or some would say the extreme greenies.)

We are all greenies in one form or another and care very much about our planet. The difference is most of us are realistic. Not in some idyllic utopia where everything can be made perfect by standing around holding a banner and being a general pain in the backside.

Here are some facts that will show how ridiculous this financial madness the government is following. Do the simple maths and see for yourselves.

According to the 'believers' the CO2 in air has risen from .034% to .038% in air over the last 50 years.

To put the percentage of Carbon Dioxide in air in a clearer perspective;
If you had a room 12 ft x 12 ft x 7 ft or 3.7 mtrs x 3.7 mtrs x 2.1 mtrs, the area carbon dioxide would occupy in that room would be .25m x .25m x .17m or the size of a large packet of cereal.

Australia emits 1 percent of the world's total carbon Dioxide and the government wants to reduce this by twenty percent or reduce emissions by .2 percent of the world's total CO2 emissions.

What effect will this have on existing CO2 levels?

By their own figures they state the CO2 in air has risen from .034% to .038% in 50 years.

Assuming this is correct, the world CO2 has increased in 50 years by .004 percent.

Per year that is .004 divided by 50 = .00008 percent. (Getting confusing -but stay with me).

Of that because we only contribute 1% our emissions would cause CO2 to rise .00008 divided by 100 = .0000008 percent.

Of that 1%, we supposedly emit, the governments wants to reduce it by 20% which is 1/5th of .0000008 = .00000016 percent effect per year they would have on the world CO2 emissions based on their own figures.

That would equate to a area in the same room, as the size of a small pin.!!!
For that they have gone crazy with the ridiculous trading schemes, Solar and roofing installations, Clean coal technology. Renewable energy, etc, etc.
How ridiculous it that.
The cost to the general public and industry will be enormous. Cripple and even closing some smaller business.

T.L. Cardwell

To the Editor I thought I should clarify. I spent 25 years in the Electricity Commission of NSW working, commissioning and operating the various power units. My last was the 4 X 350 MW Munmorah Power Station near Newcastle. I would be pleased to supply you any information you may require.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Essential reading for the Climate Change debate

I have found two new books on the Climate Change debate which I will be buying as soon as I can. They were shown on the blog Climate Audit and are written to expose the dubious science and downright skulduggery that has been deployed to protect the lucrative "research" funding the current crop of politically motivated and supported "researchers" are enjoying. The Hockey Stick Illusion and Climategate; The Crutape Letters are written by scientists who do not agree with the manipulated data and selective datasets currently used to - among other things - show dramatic meltdown of the ice caps.

Frankly its not a moment before time for these books to emerge, the tragedy is that they are unlikely to be read by the W*nk*rs of Whitehall or the Westminster Motormouths whose careers are now closely tied to spouting the Greenstrife and Fiends of the Earth/IPCC propaganda. There's far too much money at stake.

Reading the latest news from the US I see that someone there has at last cottoned on to the effect of all the new "health" legislation Obama's socialist fascistas are pushing through "Regulation" and which bypasses the Senate and the Congressional process. They've realised that the restrictions the EPA is planning would drive industries out of the US with millions of jobs going with it. That would mean raising tax on those who do remain in employment so that they can pay for more bureaucrats and more handouts. Sund familiar? Welcome to the path the UK has been following sonce the Blair Regime took power and handed power to the "Focus Groups" and "Minority Interests" that now run the country.

I suspect these books will also be largely ignored by the socialist media. After all, they don't suggest handing out huge aid packages or massive social engineering projects, they just try to get the truth told.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Politics of Climate Change

The politics behind all the hype, hysteria and frankly bad science is being exposed inexorably. As Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Now that the IPCC has finally admitted that its date for the dissappearance of the Himalayan Glaciers is wrong, their denial that it is part of the overall hype and hysteria is notable by the fact that they say they have published the "wrong" date - but don't give a new one.

It speaks of altogether too much politicing behind all of this debate and I just wish that the Greenpeace and Fiends of the Earth Ecowarriors would grow up, stop being complete prats and get a little realism. These ignoramuses swallow the hype and don't understand the very real concerns about the data, the models that are used, and the way the media and the political classes are manipulating them and everyone else with it. I doubt whether the likes of Gordon Brown or Tony Blair even understand the science, they simply do as their civil servant puppet masters tell them.

Watts up with that? has been publising some very telling and interesting articles on the "bad science" and refusal to accept any counter evidence to the desired political line of the moment. And it is political. The Copenhagen Summit failed to deliver precisely because far too many people have woken up to the fact that the developed nations would have had to tax their populations to new heights to pay for the subsidies and handouts to the overpopulated polluters in the developing nations - and most politicians knew they stood no chance of getting away with it. Brown was the single idiot left standing at the end - and we all know where he's headed in May/June next year. If he's lucky he'll keep his seat.

This whole topic is unravelling, which is a shame since there are some things we do need to consider about the environment. The problem is that it has become a political tool and a fight to get and keep research funding. Thus people like the professor in the US who is now being investigated will stop at nothing to make sure that their research funding stays with them and does not get drawn off to explore the very powerful arguments of the skeptics. We also have the problem of the politicians who see "Carbon Tax" as a great way to line their pockets and the pockets of the civil servants while proclaiming that its "good for the environment".

Thankfully, many people are now starting to see through the sham. The founder of Greenpeace is now on record saying that he thinks the organisation should drop its opposition to nuclear power. Edifying was the typically knee-jerk reaction of a typical Greenpeace supporter ....

If Copenhagen tells us aything at all, its that Abe Lincoln was mostly right. He left out the bit that says "except for some idiots who refuse to use the brains God gave them." Those you can fool all of the time.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Quiet day

Early morning rain has damped down at least some of the smog and the breeze has helped disperse some more. Its a lovely day here in Tehran, all the nicer for being a day off, one in which I can just relax a bit. This afternoon I will have to start putting my work head on again so I can prepare for the start of the next course on Saturday, but now its relaxation time.

So I have the iPod in its 'dock' and Carelton Etherington on the Milton and the Grove in Tewkesbury Abbey delivering some musical thunder. Homage to Handel? Well, its a good mix and I envy Carleton his ability to make such magnificent music.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Weekend

Its the weekend at last, and we are certainly ready for it. At least, after two weeks of the "problem" course here - all our colleagues have had trouble of one sort or another with the managers of the company these guys work for - we seem to have survived unscathed. The students reckon they've had the best course yet and their management haven't found anything to question, query or complain about. I'd call that a winner.

Now we can relax for this evening, though tomorrow we need to put in some time and effort to make sure next week's "Leadership" module runs as smoothly!

For the moment, its feet up, cold drinks to hand and my colleague is duty cook .... It's curry ....

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Cockpit instruments

These are fairly basic as aircraft go, but provide all the information a pilot needs, airspeed, direction, attitude to the horizon, rate of climb and descent and perhaps most important fuel levels, engine rpm, oil pressure and soon. Handling this aircraft was interesting, she is very responsive to the controls and needs a firm yet gentle hand. Agile and very manoeuvrable, it is glider like in design, apart from the whacking great engine in the nose, and has good all round view from the bubble cockpit hood. Retractable undercarriage means she is also quite quick and efficient in the air. I'd post a coupe more photos, but for some reason they don't want to upload.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Escaping the classroom ...

Our interpreter is a trainee pilot and invited me to come and see him do his thing at lunchtime. It turned into a real treat, his instructor, an accomplished stunt pilot, invited me to take a short flight with him. The aircraft is a Brazilian design, with an enormous wing span and a cramped cockpit. Getting in for someone of my size was certainly "interesting" but once in and strapped securely, it was quite a pleasure, though I had to keep my feet and my hands away from the controls.
The plane is extremely nimble and I confess to being quite dizzy after pulling 3 or 4 G in some of the manoeuvres the pilot put it through. The best bit though was he allowed me to take control and fly it first, straight and level until I got the feel for it (Many, many, many years ago I started to learn to fly gliders) and then let me turn the plane and line it up again on the airfield. I spotted some interesting ancient ruins too from the air and was then treated to an aerobatic look at them, which I confess had my stomach in full rebellion - but I managed to not disgrace myself and kept everything in successfully.


Aerobatics may not be my "thing" but what a thrill and what a treat.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Another important day

Today Germans commemorate the peaceful storming of the Stasi Archives on January 16, 1990 by East Berlin citizens. People were afraid that the MfS (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit), the former Secret Service of the German Democratic Republic would destroy all the files on GDR citizens they had created so industriously. And right they were. After the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989, the removal of travelling restrictions for East and West Germans and the beginning of a dissolution process of the GDR state and government the Secret Services obviously tried to cover its tracks. Its members were already busy destroying the files. But they were defeated by the sheer amount of them. Because of the courage of the people who stormed the archives an incredible amount of files was recovered and even those that had been shredded could be restored in later years. First by hand like a jigsaw puzzle and later by scanning the pieces and letting a computer do the work.

After reunification which took place later in 1990 an institution was set up in 1991 that takes care of the Stasi files. They were registered and catalogued and people could apply for permission to have a look at them. Up to 6.5 million applications have been made, 103000 still in 2008. For most of them it must have been a severe shock to see who of their friends and neighbours had spied on them and fed the Secret Service with information. We know now that the Secret Service had 91000 full time employees and 189000 so called "inofficial" ones. 7000 people worked at the Stasi headquarters in East Berlin alone.

Part of Mausi's family lived in the GDR so Mausi has personal experiences what life was like in the GDR. But since 1990 a whole generation has grown up that has not. Therefore days like today are important to keep the memory alive and be grateful that a part of Germany is no longer a dictatorship.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Haiti

Watching the news one can only feel appalled at the devastation and the loss of life. There have certainly been a number of miraculous escapes from collapsed buildings, but the whole thing is made much worse by the inability of those there to make use of modern communications to get their messages out. How quickly we discover just how dependent we are on electricity in this age - and how quickly we learn that we are next to helpless without it.

It certainly seems that Haiti suffers from the same problem with modern buildings that is so common throughout the developing world. There is a complete lack of understanding when it comes to Building Codes and structural requirements. Time and again I have seen this in my perambulations, on the one hand you are told that "this building is built to the .... Standard" and a blind man with a bit of knowledge of the said standard can immediately see that the building may have started out with reference to the standard, but that there was little more than lipservice paid to it in the realisation of the structure. The old joke about Soviet concrete springs to mind - you mean there should be cement in the concrete as well as sand?

A Richter 7 is some jolt and the damage done in Haiti is certainly commensurate. I shudder to think what would happen here in Tehran if we had one of that magnitude. I doubt that very much would remain standing at all.

For now I guess all most of us can do for the Haitians is pray. The news says there are tens of thousands dead and similar numbers injured. At least the US has been able to send several of their larger naval vessels to render aid, a large hospiatl ship, a carrier and her task group including a seaborne assault ship are on the way. And before anyone criticises that response, its worth remembering that one of those giant carriers is capable of supplying clean fresh drinking water for a small city daily. It has hospital facilities that the NHS should aspire to match and it has the aircraft and the supporting troops to get food, shelter and aid on the ground while the Civil Service in Whitehall is still holding its first committee meeting to decide if we can send a half a frigate.

That is why its worth maintaining a proper sea going navy and, if necessary, cutting the Civil Service by half to pay for it.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

End of week one ...


We've reached the end of the first week of our new series of courses. Once again we've settled into the routine and the students are certainly keen - even though most communication is through interpreters. Still, nothing like ending a week with a good bang and bump and we did our burns yesterday in preparation for the students' excavation exercises next week. We were surprised by a strange 'pop' as something ruptured (We thought we'd made sure there was noting dangerous present!) and the next thing was a long jet of flame from one of the windows.

It will be interesting to see what turns up and whether we can find an explanation for this jet.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Paddy Cat's progress

Madam Paddy Cat has been unwell. She was somewhat less than impressed when she jumped onto a snow covered garden and sank to her shoulders in the snow. And even less impressed when she had to go to the Vet when we discovered that she was passing blood.

But the Vet has fixed her up again. It was an infection in her bladder and injections and capsules mixed into her food have done the trick. Madam is at home taking care of my son while I am in Tehran, so he is discovering the joys of having her join him on the bed each evening for a lengthy conversation about her likes, dislikes, progress and activities during the day.

I confess I miss her funny little ways when she's not with me.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

And so to bed.

In the famous words of the irreverent diarist Samuel Pepys. Its been a long and tiring, though satisfying day here in Tehran with our course. Things are rolling along nicely, though it has been hard work getting back into the swing after a crowded break.

Worryingly the news has just been on saying that someone has killed an important Iranian scientist here today. That is definitely not the sort of news I like to hear, especially as the means is described as a "bomb". Already there are accusations aimed at the US and Israel, so any moment no doubt they will blame the UK as well. Politics really stinks at all levels.

Anyway, I'm now tired, its late, there's nothing I can do about any of it anyway, so I shall echo Mr Pepys.

And so to bed.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Progressing slowly

Our routine has been quickly re-established here in Tehran, in fact it was almost as if we'd never left. At the training centre there have been some changes. There is a new manager and a few changes in staff and roles. But the courses are settling down and we just get on with it. Probably the most noticeable change there though are the advances in the buildings being constructed around us. It will be quite a complex once its finished, though the construction methods employed raise a number of questions.

Ce la vie, it moves me ever closer to a new future and a new home with Mausi.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

In the warm

While the UK shudders in the snw and ice, Tehran is basking in sun and mild temperatures. This is the warmest winter they have experienced since the Revolution and there is talk of a problem with water supplies in the summer. Tehran gets its rain and water in the winter and the snow melt fills the reservoirs in spring. This year the snow has not arrived - except on the mountains to the north - and there is some anxiety about the water levels in the reservoirs.

The interesting bit is that there is no mention here of "Global Warming/Climate Change" - instead they are recalling when this last happened and there is even mention of its happening in living memory and antiquity.

The difference I suppose between a population whose focus is on getting on with life and one that has sufficient idle hands and subsidised "intellectuals" of the weakminded sort to worry about things they cannot change. And, in case anyone is wondering, one of the reasons the Iranians are anxious about the water is that they are planting trees along the expressways and major roads to reduce the pollution level - and these need watering daily.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Snow joke...


The Abbey looks stunning in the snow, but the going is treacherous on the slopes and paths. Driving is a nightmare of icy roads and snow hiding the kerbs. Its picture postcard stuff and magnificent, but it also makes one think of just how much our modern lives try to avoid acknowledging that nature is still King when it comes to managing any of it. Tewkesbury has about twelve inches of snow, which isn't that much of a problem - unless you are compelled to go out. And what amazes me is just how many elderly folk feel a strange compulsion to go out and buy non-essential items! In the car, of course.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Online publishing...

I have "published" a prequel to "Out of Time" and "The Enemy Is Within" on a new website run by Harper Collins the publishing house. The book is titled "Their Lordships Request..." It traces the voyage that ends in Harry, Ferghal and Danny being snatched into the future by accident and is receiving a lot of good feedback.

I certainly hope that some, at least, of those who read this blog and have tried my books will find their way over to Authonomy.com and give it a read. The more readers I get, the more likely it is that it will find its way into print.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Departure time...

It's time to go back to Tehran. Getting to the airport could be fun, the roads are icy and the temperatures around the airport hit a low of -12*C which meant closures, delays and other problems. Even Oxfordshire, not far from Tewkesbury as the crow flies, hit a low of -18*C. Hopefully our trip to Birmingham to catch our flight won't be to badly affected.

Mind you, its cold at this season in Tehran. It was -4*C when we came home and looks to be set to get colder. Rain and snow are promised there for Sunday, though today and tomorrow's temperatures look positively balmy at a resounding 8*C...

I love the beauty of the snow, but it really does remind us of the fact that it wasn't a problem for our ancesters who were much less under the tyranny of the clock and the diary and were able to just go with the seasons!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Madam Paddy is unwell

Paddy, the Monk's long suffering companion is not well. In fact she is spending the night at the vet so they can observe her. Tomorrow she must be fetched home and then the Monk's son will be taking care of her until the Monk returns from his travels.

It's been a long, tiring and eventful day. At least the Monk is packed for his trip tomorrow - or at least mostly packed. And now its bedtime....

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Jack Frost, the Artist.

The freezing fog overnight left some magnificent scenery once the fog rolled away and left the trees, hedges and buildings in the sun with their coatings of ice crystals. The Swillgate Stream winding its way through the Abbey Vineyards Meadow flanked by the frost decorated trees made a beautiful sight.



I suspect that the spider that created this web is either frozen stiff somewhere or long departed. But the frost has certainly created an interesting piece of art as the silk is coated in the ice.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Blog time

The time I have available to blog seems to be decreasing these days. In part this is due to trying to chaseleads for agents for my writing, but it is also because I have been doing a fair bit of writing, editing and submitting. Some of it even getting published in exchange for coin of the Realm. Technical articles for a professional journal have started to pay a nice little trickle into the bank which is good, but takes up a lot of time.

Copled with that is the need to prepare my lessons and teaching materials for my next stint in Iran, starting later this week. We have a nine week programme to deliver between now and March. On top of that I'm trying desperately to get the flat "decluttered" so I can "pack and go" at the end of April. It all adds up to not a lot ofBlogging.

Normal service will, we hope, resume in due course! Now time to get going - I have to get to a meeting this morning!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Start of the New Year

Its a new year, not yet a new decade despite the various morons in Microslosh, Whitehall and the gullible in the media who haven't yet figured out that the Millenium started in 2001 because there is NO YEAR ZERO in the Christian Calendar - or in any other! The new decade starts on 1 January 2011!

Right, got that off my chest.

Hope you all had a great Old Year celebration and welcomed a new year full of promise, hope and the all the things you need.