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George and Dragon

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  5. I'm just going to drop this in here as a minor diversion as it has a kind of relevance https://www.tti.com/content/dam/ttiinc/manufacturers/amphenol/FCI/pdf/AICC_BMS_Article.pdf
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  9. Excess is a way of discouraging small value claims. I'm happy to have a quite large excess on my car as I wouldn't want to bother claiming for a small amount which would increase my premium in subsequent years. I think my last claim was in 2003...
  10. I watched a fascinating program on Channel 4 last weekend where a group of scientists tried to find out what was happening in the Arctic by spending a year on an ice floe (they cheated a little by basing themselves on an ice-breaker). The polar ice cap is definitely melting which means the Arctic is warming faster than the average for the whole world. It was called Arctic Drift: a Year in the Ice.
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  12. Sis-in-law says: National Grid are working on plans to boost the existing connections from Scotland to England using Interconnectors from Coast to coast. They were calling them ‘boot straps’. One will be from Peterhead to Drax. They will officially be called Green link 1 and 2 and are expected to get planning permission in 2022/23. National Grid don’t own the electricity system in Scotland but they run it for Scottish & Southern. We really rely on wind and solar panels and NG have to manage constraints like frequency in set parameters. So I can see why they had to turn on gas stations. I guess managing frequency in Scotland meant they had to turn off wind farms to balance the system.
  13. You obviously read a different post. I read that to mean they couldn't ship the leccy down south so they had to shut the windfarms down. Maybe the postman lost the letter. There is a lack of capacity on those links but that's not quite the same as no link.
  14. National Grid has a map that appears to show two connections between England and Scotland. https://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/electricity-transmission/network-and-infrastructure/network-route-maps There's also a world map https://openinframap.org/#5/54.36/-3.13 Undoubtedly. The bit I was struggling to believe was that there's no way to move electricity between Scotland and England. The Norwegian interconnect comes ashore north of Newcastle
  15. I find that hard to believe. More likely the wind was blowing too hard in Scotland so the windfarms had to be shut down meaning there was no leccy to export to England. I shall enquire of my sister-in-law who used to balance supply and demand at National Grid. We have a connection from Norway. I wonder where that comes ashore.
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  22. At least water onto crops is likely to find its way back into the river after a fairly short period of time. Water taken from a canal and returned to the river is a bit like a hole in the canal bank.
  23. I spent my first Christmas at Stalham (my grandmother had the pub). I don't know if I went back as a small child, certainly by the time I was 9 or 10 she'd moved to run a tearoom in West Runton.
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