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Car safety systems

Car safety, something we take for granted today, but it wasn’t always this way! Surprisingly many of these features first appeared much earlier than you may have thought. Let’s take a look at how car safety systems have improved over the years. Although designs were patented earlier, it is often agreed that the first commercial […]

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Gender neutral changing rooms

A discount clothing store has installed gender neutral changing rooms in a couple of its stores. If I’m being pedantic I’d say it was weird giving an inanimate object such as a changing room a gender in the first place, but hey what do I know? Publicity Any way what they are really doing is […]

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Life, Farm Work and War – William ‘Whistler’ Downer born 1882

The following article was written for the Isle of Wight Farmers Journal, 1st November 1970. It gives an insight into the life of my Great Grandfather William ‘Whistler’ Downer, born in 1882. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, starting farm work aged 10, on the front at Ypres and the Somme, back to farm […]

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Assisted Dying

Firstly, this is a very emotional topic, which everybody will have their own opinions on. People will base their thoughts around the way they have been raised, their culture, faith and past experiences. What do I mean by assisted dying? In my opinion, assisted dying is not about the end, it is about the choice. […]

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NHS – My Suggestions!

Yesterday I visited the emergency department of my local NHS hospital as a ‘walking wounded’. Now I know the NHS gets a lot of stick, I myself have given them some stick in the past and some of it is genuinely deserved – but to be honest in this instance the staff were amazing, the […]

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Chlorinated chicken – what’s the big deal?

Chlorinated chicken is a term used to describe chicken that has been dipped or washed in water that contains chlorine dioxide, prior to being packaged. The process is used widely in the United States as a way of killing potentially harmful organisms. So is US chicken safer than ours? Not at all. The process is […]

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Single parent families – cut them some slack?

A young mother is out in the sunshine with her baby and toddler, hooped earrings glinting in the sun, the toddler is running ahead. Just as the toddler is about to run into the road the mother looks up from her phone and screams at the toddler to stop. Then continues shouting at her toddler […]

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Transporting Freight by Waterway

The UK’s clean air strategy looks to reduce emissions from many sources with emissions from domestic homes, industry, farming all in the spotlight. But it is road transport and diesel in particular that is being singled out for criticism, with the sale of conventional petrol and diesel powered cars and vans to end by 2040. […]

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Fire and Rescue Services Saving Animals

I have been reading a report that 8 fire personnel in Germany responded to a call to save a trapped rat. Not a pet rat but a sewer rat stuck in a manhole cover. The 8 fire personnel released the rat which swiftly returned back into the sewer. 8 fire personnel! 1 person with a […]

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Is there an alternative to car transport?

At the end of September 2018 there were 31.6 million cars licensed for use in Great Britain. Surprisingly the average time a car spent in use was only 4%, the greatest time – 80% was spent parked at home, with about 16% of the time parked elsewhere. Of course that is an average of the […]