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I have recently had several comments questioning1 my ‘scientific integrity’ and implying that I have a political agenda. I can assure them that I definitely and unashamedly have a political agenda – if I am not writing about nuclear power I am writing about politics. I am an anti-nuclear campaigner. If I were writing scientific […]

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Mass and Volume of Spent Nuclear Fuel


I frequently hear comments about the amount of spent nuclear fuel for a certain amount of energy. One figure is that it is one pound coin for every household per year. Somewhere else I am told it is 0.3mg per KWh. Others will tell you that you could fit it into the Albert Hall – […]

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Don’t Confuse Voting With Politics

On a recent anti-austerity rally in Norwich some of the protesters had posters saying ‘Get The Tories Out!’. It was good in one way – many of the people passing stopped and asked why we were calling to ‘get them out’ when we had just voted to ‘get them in’. I totally agreed with them […]

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PHP Colour Format Conversion

Allows the setting of getting of colour in various formats: RGB, HSL, CMY and CMYK. The colour is stored as an RGB array. Since RGB to HSL and HSL to RGB conversion is quite heavy it might be better if you also stored the HSL value if it is going to be called frequently. However, […]

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Katie Hopkins – al Qaeda’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Katie Hopkins recent comments about refugees have definitely increased racial hatred – not against the refugees but against us. This post is not about the ongoing plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Not because I think it unimportant but because it has been covered elsewhere1. The editors of the ‘Daily Jihad’ or whatever ISIS/Al Qaeda […]

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Election Debate – The EU

There is quite a bit you can say about the EU. In fact it is one of the centre of the policy of some parties. However, let us get it in perspective – see the graph on the right. There are much more important things to talk about. The data for EU costs are taken […]

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Election Debate – Is There A Green Alternative

While this is a criticism of the Green Party I am not singling it out because it is worse than other parties but because it is one of the best. I have (or did have) many friends who are in the Green Party including local councillors and people standing for election. They are all hard […]

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Election Debate – Debt

I had just gathered a few graphics and was about to write this post when I was alerted to a post by Simon Wren-Lewis1 which covered some of what I was going to say. However, I still have a few points of my own to make. The economy is one of the main debates around […]

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Speeding Up Code: The Last Thing You Do Is Optimise

The reason for this post is that on many websites about coding you will see some comment about the speed of various approaches. Often in the comments you will see such things as I ran code A 200,000 times and code B 200,000 times and code A was 2ms faster than code B. First of […]

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Picking Balls

A bag contains four balls – two red, one white and one blue. Someone takes two balls from the bag and tells you that at least one of them is red. What is the probability that the other is red? This is a simple logic problem which seemed to cause quite a few problems – […]

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