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Why the UK’s railways were privatised

I came across this interesting piece from the FT some time ago, that looks into the decision to privatise British Rail back in the 1990’s. Given the recent debate about re-nationalisation, it is perhaps worth watching. During the video, ex-Tory minister … Continue reading

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The first self-driving car accident

Somewhat disturbing footage came out last week showing a pedestrian pushing a bike being run over by a Uber driver-less car. The footage shows that indeed the car failed to stop, despite the numerous sensors mounted on it that should … Continue reading

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The unofficial rules of the road

I learnt to drive in Ireland, hence there was a rule of the road in the UK which I didn’t know about, but I’ve learnt about it by observing other drivers and how they handle cyclists. This unwritten rule states … Continue reading

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Car clubs

I lost my wee car to an engine bay fire just before Christmas. Rather than buying a new one (I don’t drive alot anyway so I couldn’t really justify the expense), I’ve joined a car club instead. So I thought I’d do … Continue reading

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2017 a year in review: The death of coal

2017 might have been a bit of rotten year all round, but it was good year for renewable energy. The UK recorded a record low in terms of carbon intensity, with an average value of 233 gCO2/kWh (against a historical … Continue reading

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Hyperloopy

I recently looked at the hyperloop system proposed by SpaceX founder Elon Musk and highlighted a number of problems with the proposed system, notably its likely very high costs, the technical challenges involved in building it, the barf enduing ride and the … Continue reading

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The Hyperloop hyperbole

I discussed the hyperloop proposal sometime ago and I thought I would be worth updating on its progress. On the one hand, they have managed to build a test track and run some tests. However, the critics argue they’ve barely … Continue reading

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