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The evening saw a presentation, held at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, which was given by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

As is well known, there is no Government funding for any of the air ambulances throughout the country, and this vital service is reliant on the help of the public for the ability to continue to operate in its role of getting seriously injured people to hospital in the shortest possible time.

The air ambulance always carries at least 2 Paramedics, and it is hoped that, before long, a Doctor will always be available on each flight.

The whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can be reached in less than 20 minutes from the base at Thruxton Airfield.

The venue, Milestones Museum, gives a fascinating glimpse into the past, with a wide range of cars, lorries, buses, locomotives and steam engines, including several buses…

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Potential Solar Farm For Lovedean Site

The News goes, once again, for the emotive headlines.

Huge solar farm could be built in Waterlooville to generate power

35 acres is hardly “huge” and it’s certainly smaller than the proposed 123 acre site at Fareham.

This is a potentially positive and green development which will in truth have little impact on the local community. Already though, there are dissenting voices.

A solar farm in this area is out of keeping and shouldn’t be considered

Dave Gorshkov, a member of Lovedean Residents’ Association, said:

…… what impact are they going to have on the environment – on the green fields and also from the reflection from the panels?

And this before the developer, London-based Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd, has submitted a formal planning application.

Ray Cobbett, co-ordinator for Hampshire Friends of the Earth, said:

When new technology comes along, these installations can be dismantled and the countryside returned to its former glory.

‘It’s not a permanent damaging thing. Nuclear, on the other hand, takes millions of years to get rid of the waste.’

Apparently the panels would be mounted on frames about ten feet high. This is certainly less likely to be a blot on the landscape than say a 35 acre housing estate and will, after the initial construction, add very little to local road traffic levels.

So come on folks. Lets not put up obstacles where they aren’t necessary.

Huge solar farm could be built in Waterlooville to generate power – Local Business – Portsmouth News.

Have always known about the Faraday effect for cars but have never heard of a one being struck while being driven. Amazing.

Watts Up With That?

Why being in a car during a lightning storm is the safest place to be

As watcher of weather, both as as a one-time storm chaser as well as a person who gets sent email about weather of all kinds, I’ll have to say I’ve never seen anything like this video.  The National Weather Service lighting safety page reports that a person’s odds of being struck by lightning are around 1 in 775,000 at any given time with 1/10,000 in an 80 year lifetime. Capturing the event live on video has to be even higher odds.

A police car dashcam captured footage of a direct lightning strike the roof of a Toyota Landcruiser carrying a senior Russian official on a rainy Russian day – while driving down the freeway.

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Herbert Lom Takes His Final Curtain

At the ripe old age of 95 actor Herbert Lom has died, peacefully in his sleep.

Renowned for his role as Inspector Clouseau’s long-suffering boss, Charles Dreyfus, in the Pink Panther films, Lom had a career spanning more than sixty years. Aside from the Pink Panther movies Lom also appeared opposite Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers in “The Ladykillers”, with Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon and Rita Hayworth in “Fire Down Below” ultimately appearing in over ninety films.

He was also no stranger to the stage where he appeared as the King of Siam in the original London production of “The King and I”. In the sixties Lom starred in British TV series, “The Human Jungle” which ran for two seasons.

Herbert Lom has left the world a wonderful legacy. My thoughts are with his family.

West Of Waterlooville – New Primary Schools

I’ve re-blogged this in the interests of providing the wider Waterlooville community with information about the developments that are occurring around them.

West of Waterlooville

The Masterplan for the West of Waterlooville includes sites for two 2 form entry primary schools. Based on the expected rate of development, we are planning for the first of these schools (on the northern part of the Berewood site) to open in September 2014. Design work is now under way and we expect to make a planning application in October 2012. The new school would serve the northern parts of the Berewood development, together with the Taylor Wimpey (Old Park Farm) site as access from that development to the new school site will be available by the planned opening date.

Under the Education Act 2011, there is a presumption that new schools should be academies, so in the first instance the County Council  has to seek an academy sponsor. This is done by publishing details on the County Council’s web site and notifying any potential sponsors of whom we…

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One Pot Cooking – Try This

This sounds good. Reblogging so I can find the recipe again.

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

I have been on a casserole kick lately. I really don’t know why but with summer turning into fall, I think this kick is about three months too soon. Long baking dishes in the oven when the air conditioner is running is just a bit counter productive. My electric company loves it, though. Maybe they are sending me subliminal messages in my sleep!

In my mind, a casserole should generally be a one-dish dish. Most of what I am making, ends up being a pot, a pan and three dishes. This recipe is really no exception.

This was both hearty, creamy and very good.

There are a surprising number of ingredients in this dish.

Spread the rice out.

Layer in the veggies.

Start the sauce.

Cook up the sausage.

Putting it all together.

And into the oven.

Ready to eat.

Zucchini Rice Casserole

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Cook Time:

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RIP Andy

Singer Andy Williams has died, at the age of 84, following a long battle with bladder cancer.

Best known for the song “Moon River” but he also had hits with “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” and “The Hawaiian Wedding Song”.

Back in the sixties “The Andy Williams Show” was popular viewing in our household, noted for the variety and big name guest star appearances and of course the catchphrase

Not Now… Not Ever… NEVER!!

followed by “The Cookie Bear” falling on his face.

Andy, you had a fabulous voice and have left us with many pleasant memories.


Burglary is a cowardly act at any time. To break in and steal from a charity store is even more so.

As Soon as Possible (ASAP) cat rescue and the Sue Ryder cancer shop, both in Wellington Way, Waterlooville, were targeted by thieves who broke in from the roofs.

These perpetrators are known to someone and should be handed over to the police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Waterlooville police station by phoning 101.

Shopworkers left picking up the pieces following burglaries in Waterlooville – Local – Portsmouth News.

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