In or Out ? EU or not EU?

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To be honest, initially I started off as an “in” but that was purely based upon “it’s what I know”.  I then realised I had better do some research since whilst it may not affect me so much, it will affect my children and definitely my grandchildren (I’m not ancient, and only just on the right side of 50!).   The more I looked into things, the more I kept landing on the “out” side of the line. Continue reading “In or Out ? EU or not EU?”

Where was everybody ? Abroad or in front of the Xbox?

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It must have been the third week of the summer school holidays in most places around the UK.  My wife was still working and wasn’t due her vacation for a few more days, so I had to keep the kids entertained until we could all do something together.
As is always the case this time of the year, the subject of "what to do and where to go" was all over the national and local news.

But I am confused?

Two adults, two children, 9-10 hours of watching top class motor racing at one of Europe’s best racing courses (and I really do mean one of the top circuits in Europe!). Total cost? £24 (£20 if you had booked your tickets online). 

But the most confusing part, was that the place was virtually empty, and I mean really empty.  There were more family members of the drivers than actual visitors. I would even go as far as saying there were probably more circuit marshals than their were spectators.

Admittedly, the weather forecast for the day wasn’t too good, but it wasn’t that bad either. Yet again, perhaps people know just how crap the weather forecasts are in the UK because actually, the weather was horrendous. It was cold, windy and the rain came down like stair rods which played havoc with my back, but made for better racing rather than having just the one or two cars speeding off into the distance (as happens in F1).
We got to see drivers driving which sounds quite daft until you think about it.
There was also the small matter of the Olympics starting today, but I can’t believe for one minute that people would have preferred to have watch that on television in preference to a day out.

So where was this all happening?

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Kent UK 4.7mag Earthquake: Did the earth move for you?

Switched on BBC News24 this morning to find there had been a 4.7mag earthquake near Ashford in Kent.

It appears from the USGS that it was just off the coast of Hythe, near Folkstone.
4.7 is a tadge stronger than most UK tremors, but still nothing to get overly worked up about.
It is pretty close to the Channel Tunnel though, so I wonder if they will be making checks to make sure all is Ok.

It’s only 40-50mils from my parents house and they don’t remember feeling anything (I spoke to them 20mins after the event), and it appears the tremors moved in a few directions only. (The South Downs probably insulated them from any tremors since that lies in between them).

Details can be found here USGS

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 4.7
Date-Time
  • Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 07:18:11 (UTC)
    = Coordinated Universal Time
  • Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 8:18:11 AM
    = local time at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 51.024°N, 1.030°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
Distances 25 km (15 miles) S of Canterbury, England, UK
85 km (55 miles) ENE of Brighton, England, UK
100 km (60 miles) ESE of LONDON, United Kingdom
150 km (95 miles) WNW of Lille, France
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.1 km (4.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst= 40, Nph= 40, Dmin=395 km, Rmss=0.95 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source
    USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID us2007bsal

 

 Google maps of center of earthquake.

Location Map 

More details can be found at the USGS web site.