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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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