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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Home alone

For the last ten days, I've been alone at home in my house. It has been a strange experience for me.
Let me explain firstly, why I am alone.
Mrs FE and her brother decided that they would go and visit his daughter in the British Virgin Islands,  including stopovers in New York. So off they went.
This has been a new experience for me.
I spent over forty years serving in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as an Engineer Officer, and as you would imagine, I was surrounded  by people night and day. When I was on leave Mrs FE was with me in our home.  For the first few nights I seriously  panicked  that I hadn't secured the house at night.
But hurrah  I'm now used to living at home alone  now

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

We did it our way.

Why can't we do it again? We are being inundated with calls from remoaners that we will be doomed if we leave the EU. Why? For centuries our little island nation has punched above it's weight, through sheer dogged determination.  From my view, since we joined the EU we have been bogged down by pettifogging EU regulations that have prevented the innovation we were renowned  for.
I admit that it could take a considerable time until the new generation in the UK learns that greatness can be theirs. Unfortunately my generation I suspect, will not live to see the greatness I saw in my early life.
Just go and do it.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


It strikes me as odd:

We elect a government that promised us an in/out referendum on the EU.
The goverment puts a referendum bill to parliament which is passed by a majority of 6 to 1.
We then have a clear cut refendum with no ifs or buts. Leave or remain in the EU.
Leave wins by a clear majority.
8 supreme court judges tell us that the decision is not democratic.


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy new year.

I will post more next year. My holiday ends.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Bah Humbug.

SANTA CLAUS - An Engineer's Perspective
There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Jehovah's Witnesses, or Buddhist religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau).At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each.
Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical).This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.That's really why it's pointless to stay up and watch for him.
Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks.This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second or 3,000 times the speed of sound.For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) at 15 miles per hour.
The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child has nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself. On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds.Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them --- Santa would need 360,000 of them.This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch). 
600,000 tons travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere.The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each.In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake.The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 mps in .001 seconds, would be subjected to forces of 17,500 G's.A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.
Therefore, if Santa did exist, he's dead now.

Thursday, 29 September 2016