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I was reading an article regarding how physicists examine the structure of black holes and effectively what they use is a giant bath and pull the plug out this gives them the opportunity to examine the action of a fluid like movement but in a genuine black hole the mass increases and the rotation goes even faster with the mass constantly increasing therefore the speed of rotation must accelerate due to gravity pulling at the structure and with light being unable to escape some  parts of the vortex must be exceeding the speed of light and  in those parts the mass and gravity must be greater than in normal space as mass increases with speed and at greater than the speed of light its effect would be several times greater thus providing sufficient gravity to hold the galaxies together because in normal space-time galaxies should be spinning off and separating rather than being in a singular unit.

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The Royal Navy has got itself into a financial pickle. Because of military promises (made by politicians) all of which now have to be answered by the Royal Navy. The situation is such that it is just eating away at the military budget. With Trident, Aircraft carriers, Hunter Killer subs and F35 aircraft that cost more than most ships. You have T45’s that need rebuilding with new engines plus the new T26 Frigates. So you have lots of promises made  plus lots of money being spent the result of which is destroying the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Perhaps it is time for some constructive thinking and flexible solutions.

 

1) HMS Ocean.  The talk is of de-commissioning but  the Navy loathes that idea however, something has to give. So why not move this ship from the Department of Defence to the Department for Overseas Aid as a mobile floating storage unit ready to go and assist countries that have suffered natural disasters.  With a skeleton crew on board and minimal maintenance, this ship could be kept at sea fully loaded. Then in times of emergency military and aid personnel could be flown out to the nearest point of embarkation greatly reducing the cost of keeping this ship as a useful unit if the need arrives.

 

2) Aircraft Carriers.

 The Middle East and Persian Gulf is an area full of problems, conflict and hatred.  Perhaps the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could be offered a military package? say a carrier armed with the latest F35’s with a destroyer plus two frigates to patrol the waters most at threat. They’re already built and ready to go as a direct response to Iran’s Republican guards.  And just the cost of manning and running these mighty ships plus a small subsidy could work for all parties. Then perhaps a similar offer could be made to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Borneo, plus also Indonesia to cover the Anderman sea, Straits, South China sea and Celebes sea to look after their territorial interests. The ships will still be Royal Naval  vessels but being paid for by allied friends who have similar political  interests.

 

This would take a massive burden from the navy and ease the military budget. I know what people will say we are not mercenaries being paid to fight other people’s wars. But today you need some reality, financial reality, Britain cannot afford to be all things like the USA but we do have a commercial commodity and that is military and naval expertise. People who know how to fight and how to put ships to sea and man them.
Senior officers and Politicians need to look at life as it is, not how they would like it to be or indeed was in the glorious past. If you want to operate at the top table it costs, so somebody else can put up the money and Britain can put up the equipment and men plus it makes money available for equipment in other Arms.

©Michael Douglas Bosc

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In the 1950’s pollution had become so bad that even the politicians decided it was time to bring in some form of regulation people were dying of pulmonary diseases on a record scale. It was safer to smoke cigarettes, you only took in tar and nicotine. Crossing the road was a major exercise in safety, as cars lorries and buses appeared out of nowhere. We could not even enjoy the benefits of the new social entity the old age pension, they were killing us off so fast. So they turned their attention to the coal industry. Every house had a coal fire, all that smoke being produced meant smog, and so the clean air act was passed in parliament and the major visible form of pollution started to vanish. Smog became a thing of the past and we were just left with the invisible poisons that entered our lungs, destroyed brain cells plus killing the children’s future at the same time.

One plus of the twentieth century was the electric bus or more commonly known as the Trolleybus. These looked like conventional buses which drew electricity from overhead cables, a fairly simple infrastructure system no tracks were needed like trams or street cars and they had a battery system which allowed movement when not connected to the overhead cables. The first trolleybuses were in use in 1911 starting in Bradford and Leeds, then in London in 1912. These systems were quite widespread in the UK, and trolleybuses are still in use in many places around the world where it is a clean and efficient means of transport that can use the existing roads with only slung cables to provide power. There is no vast infrastructure to pay for, unfortunately these no longer exist in the UK we have “Diesel.”
The petrol companies and automotive industries hold great sway in Britain, they make sure their interests are looked after whilst poisoning us with lead to get better performance from poorly made engines. But today we are told the air that comes out of cars is cleaner than what goes in. Why are we are so gullible? we believe anything the advertisers tell us and so the death knell of the Trolleybus in Britain was decided in the early Sixties. They were removed from the streets of Britain and the Diesel won and pollution poured forth silent insidious and poisonous filling our lungs and killing the children.   Today we have diesel buses and diesel taxis which fill our cities with silent deadly poison. There is a haze above every city in the world a greenish yellow haze full of particulates and brake dust.

However, today we have the technology to build cars, lorries and buses that do not need large engines to power them and the braking system puts power back into batteries rather than producing dust to kill us.

So what is stopping this transformation? why are our cities not clean and healthy conurbations of clean air? for this answer we have to ask the politicians. Are they still in the pockets of the oil industry? in Madrid the pollution is so bad they restrict vehicles into the city which is madness considering the technology already exists to prevent this.
I know this cannot happen tomorrow it takes some time but the time has now come to invest in the future, it is time to get ahead of this great problem. Rules need to be changed today financial incentives can be used to direct peoples purchasing decisions.

You see the longer these decisions are delayed the greater the danger to our health and long term wellbeing of the Planet.

 

After all it is only money that needs to be spent and we waste billions every day, so lets do something useful for a change. As you can see from these pictures Electric cars look the business. Plus with  Electric buses and taxis are now being produced why aren’t cities around the world purchasing fleets of them?

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc   –   Author

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A Little History of Fayon

This is the only map I can find which shows where Fayon is situated in the hills of the AUTS mountains.  The mauve bits on this map is where some of the bloodiest battles in the Spanish Civil War were fought. Those of you who follow my Petanca blogs will recognise various names such as Ribarroja, Asco and Mora de Ebro.

These fairly high dry mountains were to witness one of the most bloody and horrific confrontations during the Civil War (1936–39).  On 25 July 1938 the 42 division of the Spanish Republican Army successfully crossed the river in this area and occupied the Auts area taking positions in the hills.  This feat was claimed as a great victory for the Republican troops, and the Spanish Republic saw it as a positive outcome of the Battle of the Ebro effort. However death was on its way in the shape of  Franco’s rebel faction.

106-Brigada Mixta Standard-Spanish Republican Army.pngNow the 226th and 227th mixed brigades who had taken up position in the AUTS hills found themselves surrounded by the rebel faction who then set about relentlessly massacring them – no quarter given was an understatement. Although they fought bravely they were no match for Fanco’s troups. There were a few and I do mean few survivors, and after having suffered a great number of casualties these few battered survivors had to fight their way to the Ebro and get back across the river.

 

This is the monument to those many soldiers who died in the Auts hills at the feet of the range near the road leading to Mequinensa.  No wonder this little new town has a feeling of unearthly quiet about it, but the people are most welcoming.  Every year on the 25/26th of July (or nearest weekend) they commemorate the battle, and celebrate so those who gave their lives are remembered and the sacrifices they made are not forgotten.

FAYON

Official seal of Fayón/FaióThe Fayon of today is a new town.  The ancestral village was submerged by the waters of the  Ribarroja reservoir built in 1967 and the present-day village was built by the state-owned company that built the dam. After the closure of the nearby coal mine,  Fayón has lost about 50% of its population.  This quiet little town is peaceful and idyllic somewhere to spend a vacation fishing, walking or just soaking up its history, and leave the stresses of the world behind. here are some images of Fayon:

 

Petanca

So here we are today, back with our friends enjoying Petanca. So whilst Michael and the others play I have come here to the café with its wifi and tranquility to write.

They say that you should never work with children or animals they should also add cameras.  When I went to take the pictures BOTH the cameras played up so these are the only ones I have of the winners.

                       

The first picture is of the club President and the Alcalde  then comes the main prize winners and everyone else.  It was a really hot day and people were glad to get going to some shade.

 

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc  – Author

 

 

 

 

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Where Have The Years Gone

                          

The Prolog
These photographs say a lot. When we first put the FFZ (fly free zone) up we planted a walnut tree, I do like walnuts, along with a vine our friends gave us.  Now as we cannot have a permanent construction with out planning permission we built as you can see 4 pillars then I added some support beams (cut when making a fire break) added a wooden roof then covered the whole thing with very large olive nest.  I then constructed a metal door and frame attached these to the house and covered like the rest of the ffz,  making the complete ffz you can see here.
As you can see it did not take long for either to grow but there were consequences.  The vine grew like billio and the tree just tore away upwards.  So I had to curtail that and keep it at a reasonable height.  But it was the vine that went mad.  It clambered up and over the roof and around the netting (second pic) but in doing so it became heavy and began to destroy the netting (we realised this when we found a snake in the ffz).  So what to do? well I simply trimmed and moved the vine to in front of the little house so it can climb over the frame of the gazebo.  Then I looked at the roof and decided that it was necessary to replace it which I did with corrugated effect roofing, that was a laugh putting that up believe me a broom comes in very handy at those times.  Then I bought some new netting which my wife duly put up and also sealed any gaps she found whilst doing so.  I then sealed the edges where the roof butted up against the walls and using the old roofing covered the entrance in front of the door now we could sit out without being bitten and in the shade whilst enjoying the heat.  Then we got the boys……
The Gardens – Sam’s Garden
                   
 Now my wife loves her flowers and when she decided that the olive tree by the house stayed she decided to make a garden out of it well I should have known.  After filling in the centre and planting bulbs, She then built  a semicircle garden in front of it.  Into this went more bulbs (about the only thing that can survive the hot summers remembering we have very little water up here) the result being that I laid a small patio down so we could sit out and enjoy this garden. As you can see when in flower it’s rather attractive, the bulbs have multiplied over the years and every now and then my wife digs them up and plants the young bulbs in other parts of the garden. After the pigs attack on her saffron I think it’s a good idea.
Meet Bobbin Robbin and his  main man Boris Blackbird
 
Yes his name is spelt like that he told me so after introducing Boris. Now a robin talking to me? I should have known (this will be my theme statement). We were sat having coffee one morning when this little chappy turned up. Not content with getting up close and personal with the wife he had demands.  He hopped under the table and pecked her foot then said you’ve got a drink what about us?  and there you have it I was sent off to find an old dish whilst they sat discussing (yes she can and does talk to the birds and they tweet back) how to set up what was to become known as ‘The Water Bar’ (you can find it on https://asoldierswind.wordpress.com). The fact that my wife could understand what he and the others say makes me wonder…….
So there it is life on the finca past part 1.  Nothing really changes, the redstarts are still with us, but its been a long long dry summer and the garden has taken a bashing. So there really is a lot of work to do, where we start depends on my wife but I have a feeling the beds will be first followed by the pots and tubs then the rest of the garden and something done about that Saffron bed and the birds are returning they sit in the now  – of course I could be wrong……..
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – author

 

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The Course and The Club  

Once again its race time on the river at Club Nautique.  As you can see its a long way to the bridge where they round the central pillar then row back.  The downward journey is not too bad as they are racing with the flow of the river (about 6knts), however, on the way back it against the flow and a really hard pull. An awful lot of strength is required for this as pulling against a 6knt flow in a large rowing boat with only oars to get you where you want to be is no mean feat. Not here your Oxford or Cambridge boats these are sturdy river boats that have been used on the river for a long time.

              

As you can see from this photo there are safety boats out as well as canoes, plenty of assistance if needed.  So this people, is what these youngsters do every night of the summer for fun. Out in his boat are Pep and Chris two of the people who are always there for the club, today they started the races.  This is an annual event which we try very hard not to miss.

   

The club is always well attended and this year was no exception. As you can see it was very busy, but they have a good system for the food and drinks area.  You went to the two people sitting at the table who were issuing tickets for drinks and food, paid for what you wanted took your ticket to either the bar or BBQ on the other side of the bar – which was doing a roaring trade with kebabs – and collected your fare.

So to the Races

There are such a lot of pictures for the actual races that I shall just post them hope you enjoy.  Starting with the competitors:

The competitors,line up,the off finish and prize giving enjoy

   

   

 

 

And this young lady won a cup because she SWAM across the river  beating the only other competitor a young man by yards.

 

So there you are our day at the races in photographs, friends and life just get better.   Looking forward to next year boys and girls

 

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cambrils

Cambrils is set on the coast between Hospitalet d’la Infant and Salou. The coastal road passes through Cambrils flanked on one side by a marina and bar/restaurants on the other. It may only be for a short distance but at this time of the year it is heaving. After the terrorist attack in Barcelona and then the 5 terrorists all wearing bomb vests being shot dead in Cambrils, plus having friends living there we decided to visit and see everyone was ok, Boy what a miskaea to makea.

Explanation

We are often driving through here during the winter stopping off at a little bar in one of the plazas behind the sea front. But last winter we discovered that the bar is closed on Sundays, why? well our theory is that when we went for coffee Valencia was often playing football and they would lose, and when they found out that we were at the bar on those days they asked the bar to close and Valencia began to win. Thing is Valencia are not Barca or Spurs you see…. but I digress.

Cambrils Spirit

                                          

Because this is holiday time and parking is always difficult I decided to approach Cambrils from the Tarragona side. I was right about doing this all the car parks were full, cars were parked on cars in some places, even parked well back from the lovely sandy beaches, all this helped to give out a feeling of safety. As always the police were in full view even some on bikes, this was not a town cowering this was humanity at its best. However, more importantly our friends were safe, luckily none of their families had been injured. People were very shaken but the spirit of Cambrils was not broken.

So we left them to enjoy the sun and headed back to town for a meal in Bar Turo which we haven’t done for a long time. Sitting there reminded me that we needed to sit outside with a pizza and good wine whilst watching the world pass by. Yep normality has returned.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc – Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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