I’m back to blogging after a short time away in Edinburgh. It was a few days of mixed emotions. I gave the eulogy at my mother’s funeral on Friday the 11th of March then two days later watched Scotland beat France in a great victory at Murrayfield. Returning to Ireland and checking my rainfall meter, showed that there was no rain whilst I was away. We’ve not had any rain since, which makes it 14 days rain free and a welcome break from all the wet weather of the past 3 months. Easter is arriving this weekend and thinking of eggs, I thought a few ‘foustie’ ones would be of interest. A dilemma I had was on which article to post first. This one about eggs, or, my previous one on chickens. Continue reading
Sorry about the pun in the title. Actually this is a serious matter. Demands from a rapidly increasing human population means that food production techniques have to be maximised for efficiency. Moisture has a proven effect on the size of poultry grown in large numbers. Research on broilers (chickens for eating) and turkeys shows that their living conditions impact directly on their growth and health. Studies in the United States have estimated the cost of lack of moisture control to run into several hundred million dollars each year. But how can something that sounds so simple be such a big problem?
“Oil and water don’t mix” is a common saying and a scientific fact. But oil and moisture do mix! So how is it that moisture, which is also water, can mix with oil?
Why do I mention this?
Because I tuned into a webinar last week with a title that caught my attention, “Moisture in Transformer Oil”, to find out this is something that is very important to know about, if we want to keep our lights on!
Biscuit or Cake?
Imagine not knowing the difference!
I might say “Thank you very much. I’ll have a nice cake to dunk in my tea”. Doesn’t quite work does it?
What about a Jaffa Cake? A quick dip into the hot tea just enough to start melting the chocolate and into your mouth for a bite of warm chocolatey citrus delight.
Who cares about the difference? Let’s bring in the lawyers for a decision. Well, McVitie’s did, and didn’t have to pay the UK tax man VAT on about £1 billion yearly sales of Jaffas… Continue reading
What’s his name?
“Think of a name” I asked. With a great stretch of imagination he was christened Twitt! Fantastic, the latest addition to our family of microwaveable warmers. We were just putting away the last of the Christmas presents and Twit was being taken out of his packaging when I heard “what’s the instructions?” Why on earth would you need instructions? Taking the path of least resistance I read out the instructions. And would you believe it, instantly I had another topic for my blog.….
That could be the start of a kid’s playground joke. If it is I cannot find the punchline. Actually, it’s not a joke, it’s something that can have quite serious consequences. Continue reading
Wasting food a “pet hate”
Wasting food is a “pet hate” of mine. I’m not sure where this comes from exactly. A number of reasons probably. When I was young I had a hiatus hernia that made it difficult to swallow food so never really enjoyed meals until the hernia was repaired. Now I enjoy eating most foods so not wasting food might come from an appreciation of just being able to eat properly. Another reason may come from a social conscious of being in a position of having plenty of food if I want when others in the world are starving. A third and probably quite significant reason is being self-employed. There were times when months would go by with little or no income so only buying food in small amounts and having minimal waste became a financially beneficial habit.So what’s this got to do with moisture-matters? The picture might give a clue. Continue reading
Six years ago I predicted the heavy rainfall that that has hit Ireland and the rest of the British Isles over the past few days.
I am not a clairvoyant, I don’t even have a crystal ball. Using some basic principles that I describe in the first two chapters of my eBook A Wet Look At Climate Change I wrote about the consequences of global warming and the likely event of extreme weather hitting us. Of course I was not alone in this prediction. It comes as no surprise to those that know the principles that we are seeing heavy rain and feeling the effect of storm following storm.
Here are some facts that help in understanding the principles Continue reading
Moisture loving viruses
Picture this. You are on a bus and a man immediately behind you sneezes, a big wet one. His moisture fills the air. Then he sneezes another big wet one. What do you do next?
There is nothing much you can do. It’s too late. Two plumes of virus laden moisture have dispersed themselves around you like an unpleasant fragrance from a room vaporizer. An option is to turn around and say something to the man but that will only bring you into closer contact with the man’s unwanted moisture and “germs”.
Coughs, sneezes and diseases
“Coughs and sneezes spread diseases”. People of my generation will remember this slogan very well. We had it at school and there Continue reading
Climate change in the news
Black smoke billowing out, dark skies, hurricanes, floods, these are the images presented in the news that stick in my mind from climate change bulletins. Paris is the focus for international climate change discussions this week and next with a timely opportunity for all the countries involved to come away with a positive forward looking outcome.
The extent that humans are responsible for global warming and the difficult politics of controlling carbon emissions is not within my scope of expertise. I take the consensus of climate scientists and trust the data that tells you that our planet is warming too quickly. My next logical step is to say this must have consequences. Continue reading