Following on from other Gridwatch references I've had the web site up open
for a few days now.
It looks as though demand is slowly going up each day, nuclear and CCGT
are at the top end of their range (presumably most nuclear reactors are
now on line) and coal is slowly ramping up.
With this grey overcast and the cold weather it is beginning to look as
though if the wind drops we could be pushing the boundaries a bit.
Fortunately it looks as though we are still in windy times. Although
Thursday and Friday seem to have lower wind speeds predicted.
Realistically, how close are we to demand outstripping supply?
How much 'headroom' do we have if we get the traditional "USA weather two
weeks later" with snow and freezing temperatures?
AMD FX-6300 in GA-990X-Gaming SLI-CF running Windows 7 Pro x64
Be a neat trick to power cars from the mains. I do gather that after such a
long time brits are very economical with lights on cars. all a bit lost on
me of course, but I wonder how they got on in the war during the black outs?
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With difficulty ,but there were far fewer cars on the road and for
many fuel rationing meant they weren't used as freely as before the
Lots of white paint on kerbs, trees and potential hazards some of
which was still visible well into the 70's.
Vehicles themselves had often had wings bumpers and running boards
painted white,a sensible precaution in era when most cars were black
and other colours if available were dark shades. Bicycles had white
painted on the rear mudguard which often remains on old examples.
Pedestrians still got killed in large numbers with over 1100 killed in
the first month of the blackout and whose death was attributed to it.
In those places that had them following a tram or the lines was a
useful way of not driving into the kerb.
I expect we do have a lot better reflective surfaces now and many
bends will be marked with chevrons ,in some places there is an excess
road of signs with reflective surfaces.
I live in a village without any street lighting and like it that way
as do the majority of the residents.
A lot people don't get to find out that except on really filthy nights
how much you can see once the eyes have been allowed to adjust to the
One thing that has helped those who venture out at night now compared
with previous generations is the LED which offers bright torches that
don't eat through a load of Every Ready batteries each week and
clothing fitted with Leds is now common place as well as ordinary
reflective tabards ,armbands etc being easily obtained .
Somewhere there will be a line as to what is best, providing lighting
which may well be money wasted if no one passes in a quiet area or
passing the cost onto the small numbers of people passing by expecting
them to carry decent personal lighting instead. Where that line is
placed could be a source of much debate but I think it has moved in
recent times now a small light pocket torch easily outshines a hand
lantern with a 6 volt battery from a couple of decades ago.
One thing I did not mention about the WW2 blackout was that
pedestrians were advised to carry a newspaper at night to hopefully
act as a reflector.
On Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:48:04 +0000, email@example.com wrote:
Dark Skies. There must be a great many people who have never seen
anything but the brightest stars/planets. It's quite a sight to look
up on a clear moonless night and see the Milky Way arching across the
sky and so many stars that it makes it hard to pick out the
Or like find out what "dark" really means. Dark as in eyes open, not
able to see *anything*, not the faintest of glows, not a pinpoint,
absolulely nothing, decidely disturbingly dark.
With the tendancy of outdoor clothing to be dark and wet road
surfaces being dark pedestrians are well advised to carrying
something light coloured or have reflective arm bands, even in street
We had that in Norfork recently when approaching someone walking a dog
(on the right side of the road) but the first thing we saw of them was
the flash of a (moving) torch (still a reasonable distance away etc).
Had they been wearing anything bright or even better, reflective, I
may have seen them sooner and would have preferred that.
When buying an outdoor / waterproof jacket I see if I can get
something with some form of reflective component. My current one has
reflective piping for example (very 'Tron' like). ;-)
Cheers, T i m
On Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:22:43 +0000, Bob Eager wrote:
Driving about 7am yesterday, there was a pedestrian wearing something
which *really* lit up/stood out. It was some sort of white coat, but the
retroreflection must have been well over 50% ...
It was a very sensible choice, since the space inside the hood was an
inky void, due to the wearers pigmentation.
I have a Rohan cycling jacket that looks grey in daylight but shines
white at night because the entire fabric is coated with scotchlite.
Unfortunately, it makes you sweat because the coating overpowers the
Rohan fabric design.
On 09/01/2018 20:48, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The junction at the end of our road was remodelled a couple of years ago
after several people failed to give way and were killed.
The new layout is excessively signed. At night you can't see anything
except the signs as they reflect so much.
It can backfire, though.
I remember driving around the Hague, following the tram lines
in broad daylight.
I very nearly failed to spot that the road turned left while
the tram lines carried straight onto reserved track!
Fortunately I spotted my error in time to just avoid driving
straight off the road!
Round here, people use headlights in anything other than bright sunlight.
Never did quite understand the theory. Other than making the vehicle more
visible to pedestrians with poor eyesight. And I doubt many care about
*Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco *
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Unlit country lane here. Closing yard gates etc. I often come across
cyclists using forward facing lamps roughly equivalent to a car
headlight. Fine if it makes them feel safer but, when it is mounted on
their helmet and they look to see what is standing by the road, has a
blinding effect. I've not yet met one while driving but suspect this
might actually be dangerous.
Common with many motorcycles too. Set the headlamp to create maximum
dazzle. On the assumption they are more likely to be seen. Therefore
putting the onus on others to avoid them, rather than by driving in a safe
*There are two kinds of pedestrians... the quick and the dead.
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
And potentially illegal:
"114 You MUST NOT
use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to
other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders"
And illegal. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
p.s. And this one winds me up ...
"In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking
brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off
the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will
minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again."
Especial when in a std car behind a 4X4 or big SUV etc.
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