Comment posted Another part of the cost of the A83 closure by Robert Wakeham.
The challenge of electricity storage, in the context of windfarms, seems to have been causing a lot of head-scratching for quite a long time, and presumably maximum effort is being put into researching the hydrogen generation option, given the effect this would have on justifying further intermittent energy developments – and on Malcolm.
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- Thought you’d gone, Malcolm, Ireland awaits?
- A word of caution, Malcolm, you need to prepare yourself mentally for your arrival in Ireland, there’s no shortage of windfarms there, and as you’ll be a guest in their country it might be wise to go easy on spreading the Gospel According To Malcolm.
- Malcolm, I don’t see my remarks as abusing ‘Ferryman’ as much as defending my position against people who seem bigoted, intolerant, sometimes plain oafish, and reluctant to consider any point of view beyond their own. My criticism of you is that you set yourself up as an authority but don’t do your homework – and cheerful style doesn’t make up for false claims presented as gospel.
- ‘Serious questions’ in your mind, maybe, Malcolm, but you have built up something of a history of presenting your opinions as definite fact, or under or overstating the case for something according to your preferences, rather than reality. For example, your response to Scots Renewables’ first comment on your post 11 above: ‘…some areas round Orkney…how much power are you going to get from that little lot’ – it’s called the Pentland Firth, Malcolm, and I think that you could get rather a lot of power from it. I’m sure you’ll dig up the figures, and if it’s not worth a damn in the bigger picture I’ll buy you one of those seaside windmill toys for Christmas.
- Ferryman: You seem to be getting more than a bit childish – to be intent on creating holes in my comments to cover your own self appointed role as a ferry expert not to be challenged.
Pontoons don’t have to be designed to suit particular boats if they can be ballasted accordingly, but I don’t think it at all likely that the ballasting could be rapidly adjusted to cope with different boats on the same route. As they rise and fall with the tide they have the advantage of not requiring a motor to adjust them, unlike most link spans – less to go wrong.
With regard to the Rest, yes the main problem according to Transport Scotland is separation and slippage of the surface layer, and yes there seem to be quite big rocks in the latest slide. That’s why I was wondering how effective the new steel mesh nets would be at arresting the ‘porridge’ end of the size spectrum.
There’s no way you deserve an apology, Ferryman – far too much sniping, misrepresenting other people’s comments and forgetting to address points that don’t suit your arguments.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Michael Russell’s message to Argyll
I was referring to your qualities (or lack thereof), wee fat guy.
- Open minded new Transport Minister offers hope to Coastguard SOS campaign
There could be an analogy with a BBC Radio 4 report today on the trials & tribulations of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s computer system, whereby large numbers of back office specialist staff were ‘let go’ in the interests of efficiency, with the fairly rapid (predictable?) achievement of mainframe meltdown.
Heaven forbid there’s meltdown in the Coastguard service – perhaps, like today’s proposal from Ed Balls to allocate £1 billion of the banking fines to rescue the NHS – the £56 million RBS fine for their computer crash should be allocated to the Coastguard..
- Michael Russell’s message to Argyll
Your intemperate rant.
- Ferry schedule for Ullapool during harbour upgrade works with enhanced services to come
MM, photos of the stern ramp clearly show that it’s single lane assymetrical – so maybe it’s ready for the Uig run and will be modified for the return to Ullapool.
- Hazard warning lights on A83 for Rest and Be Thankful
If I were to be cynical, I’d say that it was just an arse-covering exercise, but since I’m not cynical I’ll just say that it’s incumbent on drivers to keep an eye out for stuff coming down the mountain out of the dark, while at the same time avoiding colliding head-on with traffic coming in the other direction.
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