Not so Glam – but hell, it’s Suzi Quatro
Oh and a little Spinal Tap – Bitch School
Not so Glam – but hell, it’s Suzi Quatro
Oh and a little Spinal Tap – Bitch School
Marie Mckinley and Brandon Mychaels
In and around London there is a serious traffic issue that has been turned into a major money making fiasco by both the government, but especially the mayors office – whom have yet to table an effective plan.
So here is mine (and it costs a fortune)
The London orbital motorway (the M25) is beyond bursting point for 20hrs of a 24hr day, so put in two direct central London access motorways - predominantly running underground.
This requires several things;
Major central car parking design close to Tube Stations.
A vehicle age limit and vehicle type set of restrictions.
A basic toll to pay for it’s upkeep.
First the Car Park;
Hyde Park… Dig it up and dig it deep, very deep.
Basically build a massive subterranean car park to take at 100 thousand cars. Hyde park actually has several tube lines running beneath it – so open them up and build new stations.
Put in effective fire suppression equipment and security surveillance with instant response.
Put the park back on top of it..
Vehicle age and type restrictions;
No vehicle over 10yrs old can use it.
No commercial vehicles except taxis, that means no vans, trucks or coaches – Emergency vehicles would be exempt this restriction.
This would drastically cut down congestion, accidents and carbon footprint.
Goods and commercial vehicles will have greater freedom and less likely to be caught up in extensive traffic jams burning valuable fuel etc.
Based on the fact that most air and ventilation systems can be filtered and all these thousands of cars will have somewhere to actually park, London won’t just become far more accessible but cleaner too.
The Motorways would have to be big, very big – at least 8 lanes in either direction with clever lane systems for the central intersection. But all this should secure direct access to the capitol for years to come.
It would also mean that it would only take about 25 minutes to traverse the Capitol rather than the one to two hours it now does.
While a major project, it would be cost effective and probably profitable (unlike the Channel Tunnel) with very little real estate to purchase and the possiblity to offer and allow greater access, means more business for london, less pain on the trains and so on. But another issue it resloves for London is the supply of power to the central area. Underneaith the new system, they can install large scale power conduits, removing a very longstanding and expensive issue indeed.
Also, with service access, emergency services would probably seriously improve their responce times.
You read it here first, so i’m copyrighting it. lol
For 200 years these fearsome little guys from Nepal have been part of the British Army. They were the effective reason why the Argentinean army flew the white flag over Port Stanley.
It’s fair to say Port Stanley was totally surrounded at the time anyway, but when the Argies were informed that the Gurkhas were to attack – they promptly surrendered for ‘fear of being eaten’ (seriously, thats what they thought).
The Gurkhas carry into battle the 16inch long Kukri knife which is frankly one nasty bit of kit, which they claim is mainly use for cooking these days – yet the tradition still exists – to draw the knife is to draw blood and they will cut themselves as necessary (assuming there are no enemy to chop up) before returning it to it’s sheath.
Their simplistic Motto of “Better to die than be a coward” is effective enough.
The Kukri is still made and supplied by The Kukuri House today to traditional specifications.
Gurkhas are some of the most friendly people you’re likely to meet and to every last man they’re light hearted and playful comedians, however It’s fair to say that in the rough and tough life of inter-regiment rivalry, no one messes with them.
The British Army are well known for running with vast weight and over long distances, but these guys often double the weight and the distance without breaking a sweat.
If we as a nation can let all these dumb ass toothbrushes into the UK to live from scum holes like Romania and yet can’t even let trusted loyal servants of Her Majesty the Queen stay – what does that say about our nation?
I can not think of any time before where I believed Her Majesty should intervene – but these are her soldiers and now I wouldn’t accept anything less.
TWB supports the Gurkhas
For anyone not knowing who and what the Gurkhas are, the following series of videos are a short documentary that will explain. (it’s a little out of date now as they train in Catterick, Yorkshire rather than Hong Kong)
If any of these links turn black stating the video is no longer available – just click rapidly over the next one to open the YouTube page directly and follow the links there.
For their service, they are not well treated. For years they have requested that once their service is up they are allowed to remain in the UK as a loyal subjects and tax payers.
If you’ve not been to Dubai, you’ve most certainly heard of it.
In 2006 while working and developing the next generation 4G mobile communication allowing both 20mb downloads AND uploads to any handheld device. I was briefly based in this fair city in the United Arab Emirates.
Now, Dubai is a city in transition and I can not underline this fact more. The Dubai we’re all coming to know isn’t the original Dubai – it’s a whole new glass and steel, business and entertainment wonderland built right next to the old one.
Dubai has a clichéd motto ‘Dream it, Build it and that exactly what they’re doing with no shortage of money to do so.
The next ‘World’s tallest building’ will take some beating when the 800m tall (main floors to 628m) is completed. And is a testament to the prolific work in the region by it’s US designers Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. With Dubailand’s construction also starting, I doubt that there won’t be many of us who will not have been the in 10 years time.
But… and there is a big But! When I was there, I noticed and mentioned to a friend that I hadn’t seen one ugly woman. Yes many were ‘overly’ glamorous – but I hadn’t seen any ugly women at all.
This is kinda strange and it became a standing joke and a competition to find both the most glamorous women with the ugliest guy. (this is was hard because this scenario existed everywhere) and an ugly woman.
Until one night just before I returned to the UK. We found ONE….. we were so impressed we bought her drinks all night – and her equally horrifying twin sister (bless them, they had no idea).
So, Dubai, there be Monsters here – but they’re hard to find.
(There are no fat monsters at all)
I’m not a fan of Airbus, I’m not a great lover of flying really – but it’s a necessity.
Airbus have this persistent knack of crashing stuff, I dunno, maybe it’s just a Fr**ch thing.(other than the A340 which appears to be almost as good as a 777).
The first time the A380 landed at Heathrow two years ago to test the airport out, almost ended in tears when one wing only just missed the ground, landing so hard it cracked some wing spar’s.
If you want safe air transport – look no further than the Boeing 777. The first and only incident happened at Heathrow a few months ago and it was the first in the aircrafts 13 year history… Now that is safe!
The 777 was designed from the outset to be un-crashable. They started with all known reasons for mechanical failure, designed them out then actually tried to crash the aircraft. This was a whole new approach to aircraft design and construction.
The incident at Heathrow looks at the moment not to be related to the actual aircraft i.e. contaminated fuel. But that 777 dropped over 100ft into the ground and while the damage was obvious – the fuselage never even got bent out of shape.
Here are a couple of videos of some of the tests carried out on the 777.
777 Maximum Load Rejected Takeoff – If this video does not play, you can watch it HERE in YouTube. Link willopen in a new window. The others should play fine.
Same test with a A340 which catches fire.
777 Wing load test to destruction (how to write-off a $270m aircraft)
2000 to present
Prevented, failed or aborted attacks; These are attacks which could have constituted a threat to life had they worked or been large enough. Does not include attacks that were merely at a talking stage and were not actually in operation and number several hundred.
Northern Ireland Casualties
Between 1969 and 2001 a total of 3523 men women and children died in Northern Ireland.
Since 1st Jan 2001 to 2005 a further 70 persons have been killed – this is still ongoing. Update: 7th March 2009, 2 soldiers shot dead, 4 others injured in Co.Antrim
Blown up, Shot and critically maimed 144 500
As some of you may know, a few years ago I worked on a major contract for the London Underground.
Called the ‘Connect Project’, it was a total revamp and upgrade of the Telecommunication, IT and CCTV infrastructure. This system is brilliant and light years ahead in technology. It allows for two-way radios to work from the surface to hundreds of feet below ground, allows CCTV to work in real-time even on the trains and the whole network is tied into the ‘Oyster Card’ system and provision was made to allow mobile phone usage.
Ever since the Kings Cross fire disaster, the entire underground network has had a 3 tier fire protection system installed including ‘Hi-Fog’ systems to all public areas. After the Kings Cross fire a systematic replacement of the thousands of wooden escalators came into effect. This has been a major and costly undertaking due to the fact that new escalators had to be bespoke and built in situ at costs inexcess of £1m each. Each escalator has an optical fibre fire detection system inside and internal fire supression systems. The last of these was finally replaced in 2007.
This whole thing has cost billions of pounds and the final stage is to completely renovate the actual tube stations. The station refurbishment work has now started.
I spent many nights walking the tunnels and stations with ‘Bank/Monument’ being my actual designated stations – the Bank complex (also called the ‘Worm’) is the largest subterranean railway structure (not station) in the world with miles of interconnecting tunnels and apparently the odd ghost left over from WW2, especially the Blitz.
This map does not show the miriad of service tunnels and other facilities sadly.
However, LUL is a dinosaur of a company and is slowly getting up to speed with the changes moving through it.
As you know, I don’t allow swearing on this blog, but in the interest of the national love of the ‘London Underground Song’ I have posted the video of it here. (this will offend if you don’t like swearing).