Fishing is dying because of EU quotas. No fishing is dying because fish stocks have crashed, and these quotas have stopped them being obliterated. It’s a bit hard to fish when there are no fish.
Not to mention these quotas and the boats were sold off by the British fishing industry. Your average skipper on a trawler got shafted because companies got greedy. But nope, blame the EU. It’s easier.
I both agree and disagree with this. Mainly because work and leisure time is becoming increasingly blended for many. bbc.co.uk/news/amp/educa…
That's not necessarily because you are being forced to work all the time (though that's a part of it), but because time is being taken off during the week (often for good reason) then it can be made up for in leisure time.
Personally, having set hours a week and having choice as to when you work them would be ideal. Too often flexitime is stipulated on you being in the office every day.
Looking at the site (and walking it today), it’s one of those few that both have some demand to justify new infrastructure, and has loads of potential to enable new development.
It’s also a site where the Council was actually proactive in trying to make it happen. Being suggested in the Cambridge Structure Plan back in 2003. Naturally, @networkrail said “prove the business case.” So @CambsCC did.
This is all true. But the decision to give the work is made by people who have at best a partial view of the supply chain, and have no view over the internal finances of bidders. telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/…
On the big contracts there is financial due diligence. But that is focussed on whether they can complete the job at hand, and the creditworthiness of the company (or companies in joint ventures). Even then, the question of whether they can do the work trumps it.
The financial markets only started to get shitty with Carillion in the final 6 months of its life. Until then, every financial due diligence checked out. So how the hell is an engineer making a decision on a maintenance contract to know?
Simply, @Waymo are at the point where most of the components of ‘normal’ driving it can do quite well. But the edge cases make or break the tech. And they are endless. They have gone through hundreds and are still just scratching the surface.
The good thing about them, compared to the cavalier attitude at @Uber, is that their cars stop when confused about what to do. Highly irritating for the passenger, but the best course of action.
Right, an obvious point here. @Uber is losing money anyway, so all that matters here is the variance in margin. If the margin is lower, and assuming similar PED from their San Francisco trials, hire bikes will be easier to charge profitably bbc.com/news/business-…
If @Uber put all its profitably eggs in the AV basket, it was a losing bet anyway as it’s not here yet. Hire bikes are lower cost, and seemingly with only a slightly lower cost than UberPool. Incredibly, an accidental partnership may save the company.
Of course them waking up to bike sharing potential and not flooding streets with more cars must be welcomed. But I would be shocked if this reflects a whole new company ethos.
Sat in the cafe at @forest_centre this afternoon. Ladies next to is talking loudly. Saying "I used to come here from Luton every week. Now they've put in a parking charge I don't come as much."
This parking charge is £2 for 3 hours. Hardly a rip off, and literally the price of a cup of coffee. Why on Earth is there this line of thought with parking charges where any charge is a rip off, but is nothing in the context of a trip?
Has there been any academic study into the psychology of this? And not just value-based economic studies that make decision making assumptions? It has endlessly fascinated me.
By contrast, @eastwestrail has been fought for locally, led by Councils, for 20 years. With a few exceptions, it is universally popular as locals have been involved from the start. Many are even willing to see housing development as a result (see Winslow).
So the idea that local democracy is somehow a blocker to nationally important infrastructure is foolish. How it comes about is important.
I’m at a petrol station in High Wycombe. Awaiting my sister-in-law to come deliver some money so that I can buy petrol to get home. The sheer number of things that had to go wrong for me to be in this position was insane.
1. Leaving the house this morning I lost my wallet. Bit of a fuck up on my part to be honest. But no biggie. This is the age of teh internez. I don’t need cash or cards. Oh fuck was I wrong.
2. Loads of fuel in the tank. Again, no biggie. A small diversion on my way to Oxford to start the day. Still loads in there to get me home. When I got to Oxford was when I realised my wallet was at home. Wife who is at home could not find it either.
This is far more complicated than it seems, as there are many unknowns on e-cigarettes. Not least their long term impacts on getting people to quit smoking. The science simply says that it’s not as bad as smoking.
Do you favour trying to help those using e-cigs as a means to quit by getting them to smoke away from smokers, or do you favour those choosing to do neither?
A personal, subjective view. I quite like not going to the pub and coming away from it reeking because of other people’s choices. But I’m happy to be swayed by the science that is, as of yet, inconclusive.
The transport industry will be screwed at a fundamental level due to Brexit. I expect a lack of grasp of detail from a Minister. But a departmental strategy that is basically pinning everything on a deal being pulled out of a hat is worrying.
This isn’t just about lorries queuing at Dover or no flights either. It’s the following:
1. Management of shipping lanes and agreements on short sea shipping. 2. Component parts for our train and lorry builders, not to mention automotive industry.
3. Mutual acceptance of licencing to drive in other countries. 4. Transporting hazardous goods, that we have no institutional capability to handle. 5. A tonne of engineering expertise from EU nationals living here that helps us be one of the leading countries in the world for it.
It's a bridge collapse FFS. I'm not certain of much, but one thing I am certain of is that there is rarely one, clear reason for these sorts of disasters.
Sadly, the dice are loaded in the favour of the speculators. They can shout off any batshit theory in the vaccum when the actual work is being done, and not suffer consequences for it. And news coverage laps it up.
Everyone has given their tuppence worth on this. Here is mine. Firstly, as usual with these videos there is no context. Was the ambulance been asked to move beforehand? Had they sat there for 10 minutes? Was the enforcement officer rude beforehand?
We can make an instant judgement, but without this context we are just shooting in the dark on how to judge. So based on this footage, what springs to mind is the following.
Firstly, it’s not the public highway. The ambulance has to conform to the parking regulations of the car park in question as its privately owned. But the double yellow lines are enforceable in this instance.
Firstly, on the day, good news. We found a local vicar and their family who was willing to take her in for the evening, and take her to the Council the following day. She got there ok (i was with her), and was very happy to have a bed for the night.
Secondly, I have had no update since then. Partly as she had no contact details (no phone, etc.), partly as i can’t just ask a Council if they have seen XYZ person, and partly as there has been no other update. I will share it once i get it.