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Good News Story of the Week.

Oh dear, how sad, heh heh, never mind.

Another one bites the dust, rather than bats and birdies. Those ones in the Irish boglands are looking like a sound investment aren’t they?


  1. Lynne says:

    My sentiments presactly.

    Evil laff.

  2. John Galt says:

    “But ma dear fella, it just fell down all on it’s ownsome.”

    You’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

  3. Mr Ed says:

    I like it better when the turbines catch fire, flaming and smoking, like a Heinkel engine raked by a Hurricane.

    When is the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight next up?

  4. Stonyground says:

    I remember reading a book called ‘Windpower Workshop’ by a guy who made a living building wind generators for dwellings that were so remote that it was not economically viable to connect them to the grid. His turbines were made from very basic materials, the generator itself was made from the hub and brake drum of a truck. The thing about the book was that it was very realistic and pragmatic about the practicalities of wind power. In a remote place, gas, oil or solid fuel can be used for heating and cooking, the wind turbine provides lighting, runs the fridge and freezer, the computer and the TV. For the benefit of anyone who was connected to the grid but thought that a turbine would save them money, it was emphasised in the book that the bank of batteries needed to store the power would have a finite life and the cost of replacing them every five years or so would outweigh any savings in your electricity bill.

    The lesson that I gained from reading the book was that windpower can be useful in very specific circumstances. Outside those specific circumstances, it is a total waste of time.

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  5. Mr Ed says:

    Well, other good news, Zimbabwe has $217 left this month, and there’s a GE in Australia coming up. This wind farm stuff, they complained a lot about them near Watford, Northants, but it’ll soon blow over.

  6. Roue le Jour says:

    But Mr. Ed, the UK is about a trill in the hole, right? So Zimbabwe is actually a 1,000,000,000,217 richer than the UK?

  7. Mr Ed says:

    @ Roue: the reports said that in £ old Uncle Bob’s Finance minister had about £128.24p left, whereas the Osbourne borrowed £16,000,000,000 for December, or £5,973.71 per second, so Zimbabwe’s surplus could have covered our deficit for around 22 milliseconds.

    Our hole is getting deeper as the spending increases raise the National Debt, now more like £1,123,038,000,000. The Trillion is a distant memory.

  8. John Galt says:

    The latest news is that this whirlygig didn’t fall out of the sky, but was pushed.

    Somebody has been throwing their cloggs in the works…

  9. RAB says:

    If true that’s even better news. It means the resistance movement has started.

  10. NickM says:

    I must disagree chaps. All that will mean is more security and costs and an opportunity to cast the culprits in the luddite role (as JG alludes to). The simple truth is that it is demonstrable to someone who can’t wire a plug these things don’t provide base-load or anything near then there will be change. Did the machine wreckers of Britain or clog hurlers of France* get anywhere? No.

    What’s odd is though is the flip-around of who is on the side of genuine progress.

    *Now if they stuck a Nick Clegg in the works…

  11. RAB says:

    Yeah but the machines Ned Ludd and his lads smashed up actually worked, and couldn’t be stopped, these wirlybirds don’t and can.

    I can just see a bunch of Security Guards sat in a field in Dorset, brewing up, reading the Sun, playing games on their smart phones, periodically picking pieces of Bat off their uniforms, and all the while being driven slowly mad by the subsonic hum of the damn things. Just like Lighthouse Keeepers of old. Job of the Century surely?

  12. John Galt says:

    Wasn’t this where we came in last week on Irish whirlygigs?

    Ultimately, if they end up being more expensive because the have to be protected from sabotage from either NIMBY’s or anti-warble gloaming protesters, surely this is a good thing.

    I don’t care whether they aren’t constructed because they don’t make sense from an economic, efficient power or cost effective basis. I just don’t want them built because they are a regressive step.

    Rather than pissing around with windmills, we could have built our first TMSR (Thorium Molten Salt Reactor) by now. Not perfect technology, but far better and more efficient than the overly complex advanced gas cooled reactor technology that most nuclear fission power plants in the UK are based upon.

    It’s a nice stop-gap until we finally get commercial nuclear fusion sometime around 2080 (at the present fucking rate anyway).

  13. NickM says:

    “Yeah but the machines Ned Ludd and his lads smashed up actually worked, and couldn’t be stopped, these wirlybirds don’t and can.”

    That is what I mean about “flip-around”

    We are up against a religion here. No matter what it costs these fuckers will press ahead. Cost is a bonus not a pain to them. They want a neo-feudalism, they want mass starvation (because humans are a cancer on the planet). They are utterly evil. The more they wreck the gaff (and they shall blame banks and big-oil etc…) the more they like it. They are more evil than Stalin, Mao and Hitler. They will take us back to the stone age. They are the greatest evil on this planet. They ought to be tried for crimes against humanity and hung.

    I’ve toned that down. I don’t want to go into some of my 4am moments.

  14. Julie near Chicago says:

    C’mon, guys. The front fell off. :>))


  15. “But Mr. Ed, the UK is about a trill in the hole, right? So Zimbabwe is actually a 1,000,000,000,217 richer than the UK?”

    Don’t quote me but I believe that is a current account figure not national debt and they did have a handy reset a short while ago.

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