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Haskell – the perfect programming language for children

I’ve started teaching my son programming on the Raspberry Pi.  The language?  Haskell. As an experiment, I thought I’d avoid the mainstream imperative languages: BASIC, C, C++ – stuff like that.  Given he’s learning maths at school – counting, addition, … Continue reading

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UK Rail Fares – Systemic Failure?

Recently I had to travel by train from Bath to London at peak times.  No choice – that was what I needed.  About one hundred miles each way, or an hour and a half. The return rail fare? One hundred … Continue reading

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UK House Prices – Systemic Failure?

Since the mid 1990s the UK housing market has suffered rampant price inflation.   It is now at a stagnant high, the reduction in prices a lack of demand should trigger perfectly counterbalanced  by a chronic lack of supply.  The price … Continue reading

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Response to DTI Energy Consultation 2006

Response to DTI Energy Consultation 13 April 2006 The DTI Energy Consultation On 23 January 2006 the UK government launched an energy consultation entitled “Our Energy Challenge: securing clean, affordable energy for the long term” (www.dti.gov.uk/energy/review/). The government sought the … Continue reading

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Solar Panels stolen from Brighton Earthship

An Alert: Solar Panels stolen from Brighton Earthship 15 September 2006 The Brighton Earthship is a pioneering low carbon building project based in Stanmer Park, Brighton. It was built by the Low Carbon Network, and was the first to gain … Continue reading

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My Carbon Footprint – 2006

My Carbon Footprint – 2006 23 January 2007 This article describes my carbon footprint for the year 2006 – the amount of carbon dioxide my lifestyle produced in that year. A carbon footprint is a vital tool for helping reduce … Continue reading

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Low Carbon Building Programme Funding Crisis

Low Carbon Building Programme Funding Crisis – Sign our E-Petition 12 March 2007 The UK government is slowly moving ahead with support for microgeneration, supported by the Low Carbon Building Programme, the successor to the Clear Skies programme. The Low … Continue reading

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Carbon Savings in a Somerset Market Town

Carbon Savings in a Somerset Market Town (Frome) 13 July 2007 Introduction As the impacts of climate change on our daily lives become ever more apparent, and oil prices continue to rise, the case for energy descent becomes stronger. While … Continue reading

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Small Scale PV System

A Small Scale Solar Photovoltaic System 4 August 2007 This article describes our solar photovoltaic (PV) system, designed to provide us with a degree of independence from the national electricity grid. This system will not reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi is here!

Like many up and down the country, I’ve been waiting for my Raspberry Pi since I ordered early March – and now it has arrived! Spent Saturday getting it working.  Main challenges were finding a suitable USB power supply (there … Continue reading

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