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Tuesday 23 November 2010

Money down the drain.

More of our money lost in this stupid desire by our politicians to ruin the country.

The world’s largest offshore wind project has incurred major cost over-runs in recent months. Wind Energy Update investigates what went wrong and how future projects could avoid similar pitfalls.

And of course it will deliver enough energy for our future needs?

The Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Project, located 25km off the UK’s Suffolk coast, is the world's largest wind farm currently under construction.  When complete, it will boast 140 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 504MW, capable of producing 1,900kWh of energy every year – an impressive 5% of the UK's 2010 renewable energy target of 10%.

Will it buggery. We need gigawatts, not kilowatts. Note as well that they’ve missed their target by 50%.

Then of course they just have a teensy weensy problem with our money.

But the project, estimated to cost £650m excluding the cost of grid-connection, has run into difficulties.  As a result, US-based company Fluor, responsible for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), recently announced that its third quarter results will include approximately US$163 million (£101.484 million) in cost over-runs on the project.

FFS. I’ve had enough of this green shit. I’m going to chuck another log on the fire and pour myself a Large whisky.

Things you didn’t know about smoking. Part 3.

Smoking Does Not Increase Risk Of Receding Gums

Smokers are not at higher risk of developing receding gums than are non-smokers.
Present data do not support the hypothesis that smokers are at greater risk, say researchers in Heidelberg, Koblenz and Münster, Germany.
The researchers noted that smoking is a major risk factor for destructive periodontal disease. There was only limited information, however, about how smoking affected people with minimal periodontal destruction.
To assess the development of gingival recession, the researchers made four assessments over six months of clinical periodontal conditions in 61 systemically healthy volunteers aged 19-30 years. Of these, 30 smoked at least 20 cigarettes a day and 31 did not smoke.
At the outset, about half of both groups had receding gums at one or more sites.
There was severe gum recession of more than two millimetres in more than three times as many non-smokers (23 percent) as among smokers (7 percent). Further gum recession developed during the study.
The risk of recession did not seem to be influenced by smoking status once statistical adjustments had been made for various factors. These included periodontal probing depth, recession at baseline, how often the volunteers brushed their teeth, their sex, their tooth type and the site of periodontal disease.

Read this Mr dentist of mine.