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  1. The world is a mess because it is run by incompetents not because there is some elitist group conspiring to work together to keep the masses suppressed. The masses suppress themselves by excusing the incompetence and blaming everyone but themselves. David Icke is a self-promoting publishing machine that has only his interests at heart, he has no special insight other than riding the wave of lazy cynicism practised by the public.
  2. Still no rain for the north. Here in Cumbria is extremely dry, young trees are beginning to show signs of die-back and the rivers/lakes very low.
  3. Thunder storm on Skiddaw now. https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/webcam/
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5778587/Oman-raises-death-toll-aftermath-Cyclone-Mekunu-6.html
  5. M6.4 - TAIWAN Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.4 Date-Time · 6 Feb 2018 15:50:42 UTC · 6 Feb 2018 23:50:42 near epicenter · 6 Feb 2018 15:50:42 standard time in your timezone Location 24.158N 121.680E Depth 9 km Distances · 23 km (14 miles) NNE (25 degrees) of Hua-lien, Taiwan
  6. https://dailyplanet.climate-kic.org/glacier-retreat-can-slowed-artificially-produced-snow/ This isn't as difficult as it may sound if those glaciers that form part of a ski resort are tackled first as the snow making infrastructure already exists and would just need extending. It would also make it more financially justifiable as the resorts would benefit from an enlarged summer ski area.
  7. Yes sprinklers would have meant a very different story. But sprinklers are not required for refurbs and in this bottom-line driven world who in management would order buying something that isn't required? Its not just the system that is at fault but the entire culture - a culture we are very much a part.
  8. The aesthetics concerns being given legs in the press is a red herring. The primary purpose of the over-cladding was to reduce energy bills. An aesthetic improvement would have been a mere by product. The original planning application talks about visual improvement as that is an argument that resonates better within the planning world and allows an easier ride through the system but its nothing more than 'professional rhetoric'.
  9. The relevant section is B4 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/441669/BR_PDF_AD_B2_2013.pdf There's talk that the aluminium sheet part of the cladding is the area of concern as it is made up of an aluminium sheet either side of pvc core. The overall thickness only being 3mm. This isn't fire resistant but is class 0 (apparently) meaning it conforms. The regs are preoccupied by surface flammability and don't deal at all with interstitial fire spread. The alu sheet is Reynobond - https://www.arconic.com/aap/europe/en/product_category.asp?cat_id=184
  10. The relevant Building regs only concerns itself with building to building or internal fire spread and doesn't actually recognise the problem of over-cladding. There is no recognition of the chimney effect which is a new phenomena due to the recent practice of over-cladding. I'm sure there are some design issues but the greatest contribution to this disaster is the failure of regulation that doesn't recognise the new dangers brought about by enveloping schemes on high-rise.
  11. The use of Celotex insulation was very likely not driven by cost but a need to meet thermal insulation values (this type of insulation is more expensive than wool types). Basically, Celotex and similar batts are 3 or 4 times more effective than glass or mineral wools. Given the requirement of building regulations to achieve a certain U value and the practicality of attaching insulation to the external elevation limits what can be used. In simple terms, if Celotex was substituted for wool type insulation the depth required to house it would be 300-400mm, something very difficult to achieve. The
  12. I agree Tignes is a great location and with the new Solaise bubble out of Val makes the whole area very accessible, and if you like itineraries then Tignes is the place. I've been a few times and will be back again next week.
  13. Thanks both, I shall put some time aside to digest all that info.
  14. Slightly off topic but does anyone know of a good source of data that lists all the known Nino years. I'm looking at the correlation of Cumbrian floods to an El Niño. Certainly the past 7 out 8 have been in El Niño years.
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