Caro Marcello, you must have been a fact checker in an earlier
incarnation. Your diligence is exemplary...you can tell there's a but
coming, I suppose. Unfortunately all of those big numbers with soooo
many decimal points and zeros makes for dry reading. In other words
your presentation needs some pizazz. If you could work up some pie
charts and graphics, maybe a nice PowerPoint presentation with some
nifty slide transitions, that would be fabulous.
I'll be at my desk at 9 tomorrow morning, so get cracking!
Those that are recorded of course. The UK is very efficient at recording
data. Crimes stats make the UK look like the wild west in some areas, yet
in reality it is far from the case.
I was emphasising Latin counties in general, well southern Europe really.
As to electrical fires. many are at a portable appliance, such as a
hairdryer.toaster or whatever, and not the electrical system itself. New UK
systems require RCDs, which make a difference in protection. Also only in
the past few years do electrical system require certification of the
installer - gas has required certification for a long time. In future
electrical problems should drop as systems become safer - no "electrician"
from Kosovo or one of the 800,000 Poles that have flocked over, will be able
to wire up anymore (well not legally).
You have to take into account the UK is colder and uses heating far more
than Italy. You will find a big difference from north to south Italy I am
sure with heating appliance fires, so Italy in proportion to their
appliances would be more than the UK. In the UK many gas appliances are
connected to the old Victorian brick chimney which can crumble inside.
It could be. If the fires is electrically ignited it could be that it is a
Northern Italy is like a different country in the people and the looks. A
part of it even speaks German.
My broad stroke generalities to northern Europe and south is pretty spot on.
If you have been around it all like I have you will agree. Only two months
ago a British family in a hotel in Greece was killed by fumes from a gas
appliance because of poor installation. In the UK you have to be
registered, requiring the necessary education, qualifications and experience
to fit and commission gas appliances. They don't bother and any fool from
the street can do it.
Imposing higher regulations from Brussels helps, (the standard of electrical
equipment has risen) however only when proper certification is implemented
for installers and maintenance people will southern Europe improve.
you'll find two pdfs dealing with school fires, the leading cause of
which is incendiary (arson) or suspicious (kids smoking?). Most fires
are outside. Those inside tend to start in bathrooms.
But fire sprinklers and fire alarms apparently save the day in nearly
In the UK fire vehicles do not sound their sirens unless they want other
road users to get out the way at junctions. The traffic lights are changed
to green in their favour in many cities. Many may get to a call and not
sound the siren at all.
Also in the UK there are the strictest electrical regulations in the world
(others may equal), with now fitting only by registered electricians. Also
the same with gas.
Electrical appliances to EU code are also far safer than decades past.
In the village I grew up in, they had a fire truck without a muffler
(long story). When it pulled out of the fire hall, the motor would
drown out the siren. You knew when that thing was coming.
Holy Toledo, I don't know what half that stuff is, and I've not led a
If I did happen to see the stuff, that I don't know what it is, I wouldn't
know what it was called.
Does that make sense????
One problem is demographical, young folks
move in to a new area and have lots of babies,
and then need schools, then the neighbourhood
becomes fogy and the schools 1/2 empty and
perhaps even redundant, in some places that
could be 10-15 year cycle.
Maybe the answer is to get a formula for a
temporary school (aside from little portables)
that's nice but can be disassembled to modular
mobile pieces, then reconnected or stored,
that's still a bit classy.
I never said there was anything wrong with wood beams per se. I
believe that municipal buildings, and schools in particular, should be
held to a higher standard. The idea of a one room wood schoolhouse is
romantic, but there are other factors and objectives in play.
There is inarguably a need for public shelters in emergencies and
unless you want to build separate structures, or camp out in the
Superdome, municipal buildings are the logical candidates. Since there
are far more schools than town halls, and most people would agree that
if anyone deserves the extra "protection" children are again the
logical candidates....school's it is.
I hate stealing, by anybody.
How the thief spends the booty after the fact is not my primary concern,
unless the money is spent towards efforts to steal even more.
Its funny, voters give the politicians the OK to steal and then complain
about how its spent.
If I built a building in 2003 with Boise joists I'd be wondering what those
stamps on the sides of the joists say.
I'd also be watching the ceiling for any sagging.
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