Well its not come out of hibernation yet - its been put on the "back
burner" (If we are still allowed to have such things) until after the
referendum in case it makes people vote to leave.
But after the referendum I will wager its "full steam ahead" (well
partial steam ahead anyway from our new low power kettles).
But will lower powered kettles, ovens, toasters and other heating
devices lower demand? The power of each will be lower, but as each will
need to be on for longer, there is likely to be a greater overlap and
therefore more operating at any one time. It *might* have an effect at
the ad break in a major event, but that's about all - and that is
already planned for and places like Dinorwig are brought online for the
Yes, but with the longer ad breaks like half time in the world series finals
etc, when tens of millions all choose to put the kettle on at the same time,
clearly if all the kettles have half the power, that will see that peak
and since the power generation system finds it harder to handle the peaks
than the baseload, that will help with power generation when its done with
the generating capacity that is slow to ramp up.
Not such a problem with the national grids that have enough pumped
water hydro that can be used to ramp up very quickly for just the peaks.
Corse it would if you don’t mind waiting long enough and its well insulated.
Neighbour went into our local garden centre, part of Wyvale Gardens
and selected some weed'n'feed for his lawn but when he tried to pay
for it the computer said no. Apparently another EU dictat has become
law recently and the staff didn't know the offending stuff was still
on the shelf. They wouldn't sell it to him.
Strangely enough there seems to have been an increase in the number of
people offering to 'de-weed and green your lawn' (for a huge price).
Have garden chemicals been restricted to 'professional use' recently ?.
And what WAS wrong with agent orange, anyway? Why can't we just buy that
over the counter?
No, it's just that there's a fuck of a lot of terminally indolent people
who are happy to spend money rather than get off their backsides,
especially if the spendiness is wrapped up as a nice monthly DD.
Does it, in fact? Agent Orange contained 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T defoliants.
AIUI 2,4,5-T has been banned for a long time, but 2,4-D is used in
many lawn treatments, where it acts on broad-leaved weeds like
dandelions and plantains but not on the grass. I can't find any
evidence that it's been banned. An up-to-date (March 2016) list of
weedkillers for amateur gardeners here:
No specific mention of a Weed-n-Feed by that name.
But popular broadleaf herbicides containing 2,4-D, mecoprop, and
dicamba have been banned in Canada, although those chemicals occur
together in one or two of the UK products. AFAICT he only weedkillers
banned recently by the EU are Amitrole and Isoproturon. But these were
not available to amateurs anyway, so I'm puzzled as to why Andrew's
neighbour's weed-n-feed is supposedly banned.
There was some talk that glyphosate was for the chop, too, so I got
another litre bottle of 360gm/litre from B&Q the other day. £25, which
didn't compute since previously it's been more like £40. It was in
their secure section, too, with a tag and it took two staff to get it
off the shelf. One to climb the ladder and another to watch.
HAL 9000: Dave. Put down those Windows disks. Dave. DAVE!
I think its still up for debate soon, and it looks like there is
widespread support for a ban in europe (with a small e), the EU seem to
be in favour of the stuff.
There was a question about it on GQT a few weeks ago and the wisdom of
the panel seemed to be that the fear was that it was carcinogenic, but
that there is little evidence that glyposate is harmful when used as
directed, but there is much more doubt about some of the surfactants now
being added to make it more effective.
Panel believed most likely outcome was a ban for amateurs but the big
business would still be able to use it.
so I got
Was that the Roundup brand? I found some on the "discontinued" shelf in
my local B&Q at the same price. Fearing that this was a harbinger of
the situation above I picked some up, but when I went round to the
normal shelf the "New Formulation" product was still there but at I
think £48/litre. Quite what the "new formulation" is I don't know as it
is still described as 360g/lt.
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