In my country we have a day of remembrance on the second Sunday of November, the date closest to the 11th November, which was the anniversary of the end of the First World War. Artificial poppies are worn to commemorate the dead. Many of these poppies are made in Richmond, a town near to where … Continue reading The purpose of poppies
With software becoming more and more designed with phones in mind, it's not as clear in Apple's Photos application how to sort by camera model. Whilst you can search location, date, and so on, in the top right search bar it's harder to find out how to find just the images from a specific camera. I couldn't find … Continue reading How to filter photos by camera model on the Mac ‘Photos’ app
This is something I was wondering among colleagues. So I googled it, see below: The most logical theory dates back to the early days of office telephone systems, where exchanges were mechanical and telephones had rotary dials. In those days, the number you dialled had a physical effect on both the phone and the exchange … Continue reading Why has the default number for an outside line become ‘9’?
Perspectives on Transition Germany and Poland have separate independent energy transitions, which, whilst united somewhat by common EU goals, have both diverged from the continental norms. Germany’s energiewende transition is built on ideas of sustainability, whilst Poland’s ongoing policies deal with energy security as an overarching concern. Energy transition in Poland and Germany has the … Continue reading A united energy union? (Part 4/4)
The Polish Energy Project Fearing energy insecurity, the Polish energy transition (and ongoing project) is defined by energy security. The Polish government recently outlined a short term energy strategy that would increase the energy share of renewable energy sources, natural gas, and nuclear energy in the energy mix - a clear affront to coal. In … Continue reading A united energy union? (Part 3/4)
The Polish Energy Mix After over 20 years of intense reform, privatisation, and change, the Polish energy mix (and sector) is at a crossroads, and decisions taken now will affect the country’s future energy mix over a long-term period. Vast swathes of infrastructure and productive capacity face replacement which means high costs that the government … Continue reading A united energy union? (Part 2/4)
What does German and Polish energy policy mean for 'the Russian threat'? Poland and Germany have taken separate paths towards an energy transition - that of ‘energy security’ for Poland, and ‘sustainability’ for Germany; both Germany and Poland’s transitions could threaten Russia’s own energy policy - which is partially reliant on exporting a large volume … Continue reading A united energy union? (Part 1/4)
This is a reprint of an article I originally published in 2015 Now that the UK government has approved the development of a project that would create the world's largest offshore wind farm, it's not unreasonable to expect that it should get some attention. And attention it has, with articles this morning in the FT, … Continue reading Dogger Bank
This is a reprint of an article originally published in 2015 Klaipeda LNG, a project that was open to ridicule last summer, has now become a successful policy due to a combination of price leverage with a previous monopolist supplier, a global LNG supply glut that had its origins in the shale booms of Bakken … Continue reading What does Kaliningrad FLNG mean to Lithuania?
This is a reprint of an article originally published in 2015 I want to unleash a new solar revolution - we have a million people living under roofs with solar panels and that number needs to increase These were the words of Amber Rudd, the new Energy and Climate Secretary in the UK government. Indeed … Continue reading A Potential Hurdle for Amber Rudd’s ‘Solar Revolution’