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Yorkshire caving failure

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at 10:56 pm Written by:

Last Saturday we went to the Low Carbon Communities conference in Llangollen, a charming location without any convenient public transport for arriving on the day. Several non-depressing talks were attended. But we’re doomed. And that extends from the bottom of civil society like there, to the top where even today the minister in charge of the new Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is too cowardly to concede that an 80% reduction in carbon emissions is utterly inconsistent with a 50% expansion of airplane capacity at Heathrow. Even when the entire financial system has exposed itself for trading while bankrupt and the business community should be at its weakest. We have nothing to fear from them. Their threat was always that they were going to pull out of the country and ruin the economy, and they’ve achieved the latter without doing the former.

That night I listened to an episode of the IT Conversations podcast called saving the world at work which included some interesting factoids about the amount of electricity that would be saved globally if google had opted for a shade of grey for their front page instead of pure white.

Also mentioned was greenpdf which is an online application that encourages people to print less paper from their PDF files. People can criticize my on-line projects and point out how their incredible lack of style and useability is the reason no one gives a flying duck, but when I see project like this one getting positive coverage, I feel justified in crying out that it just isn’t fair. If you don’t have time to process one of your PDFs through their on-line interface, try viewing this one to get learn what it is to inject their notice into your document.

Yes, that’s a bad scan of a rubber stamped document, which is the way Liverpool City Council runs its affairs. Read the ongoing FOI request for details.

At 7am Sunday morning we decided that, in spite of intense local flooding in Yorkshire and with hoards of cavers on a sump pumping exercise being trapped overnight in Ireby Fell Cavern, caving was a valid option for the day. I guess it was to make up for the fact that, had it not been for that silly conference, we’d have been there enjoying a damp night underground in a river.

Fortunately, bicycles were included into the car so we could enjoy the glorious sunshine whilst completing a circuit from Leck Fell up past Barbon to Dent for tea and chips, then back via the Ribblehead Viaduct, which only partly made up for the hours of tedious driving on the M6 at both ends of the day. If a place is worth driving to, it’s worth staying for at least 48 hours. That’s what I say. Till next time.

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