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  1. Derbyshire man refuses to leave town facing flood disaster saying it's 'fuss about nothing' and 'health and safety gone mad' Would of loved to see this guy around during Pompeii. Also not sure the woman who says that if the dam does burst she'll just walk up the hill quite understands how 1.3m m3 of water works.
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    Springwatch

    Whilst I disagree his views on countryside management (shooter myself), I still respect that his passion and care for UK wildlife is genuine, just has different opinions on how to get there. Personally couldn't hate and wish anyone ill for that. But then again it's a sign of the times we live in I guess.
  3. Bit confused why you keep going on about why the UK should adopt a points based immigration system, considering the fact that the UK already does adopt a points based migration system and has done for over 10 years? Especially confusing considering how under the points based system, non-EU net migration has steadily risen from 150,000/yr in 2013 to 261,000 in 2018, compared to EU net migration (free movement) at only 57,000 last year. So 82% of net migration is already through our points based system, but applying the same system to the remaining 18% is the "blinding obvious" answer? The claim that it is a "demonstrably affective system of controlling the number" is a bit questionable.
  4. The figure comes from; £2.7bn for safety felling roadside trees £1.6bn for safety felling urban trees £4bn for woodland ecosystem loss £5.3bn for non-woodland ecosystem loss Rest is from safety felling of railway line trees, replanting, etc Considering there is an estimated 4m ash trees within falling distance of a road, of which around 35% are under public ownership, that does seem like an underestimation. Figure has been updated and now 95% is the expected mortality rate
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    Pensions

    Firstly hats off to you for thinking about pensions at 21. I think a lot of people wish they had done that, myself included. The answer is the earlier the better (ie now). A rule of thumb is if you start now you would only need a total contribution (so your contribution plus the external top up) equal to around 10% of your annual salary every year for a comfortable income for life once you retire. The longer you postpone starting your pension, the higher the percentage you need to continually put in. I'm only about 10 years older than you and recently started, and I'm putting in 24% (although a bit more complex). On average people your age will live to over 90, you might even experience 2100. Starting to invest for your retirement at 21 will probably be one of the wisest financial decisions you'll make.
  6. Does anyone have any experience with combining a wood stove with back boiler, and a ASHP (air 2 water) for central heating and DHW? Looking for a system that can use logs but also operate without if desired and not cost the earth (electric only available second energy source). Seems to be a few ways of going about it, like a H5 panel or something like the pic below;
  7. Just a certain existing member's alter ego wanting to stir up trouble and waste people's time. The name 'mark 2' maybe should of given the fact it's someone's second account away earlier.
  8. In the early stages of a build, as with Difflock (having ample free wood just a few hundred meters away), have not gone down the wood fuel route, instead looking at a GSHP + PV for UFH and a MVHR (plus Swedish style stove for atmosphere). A few reasons we're not going with a log boiler, a main one being just can't be bothered with the hassle and commitment tbh.
  9. Fiskars X27 for me, rule of thumb is if that Wranglestar guy doesn't like them you know they must be good.
  10. For me the main issue is more who the next PM will be. JRM and Michael Gove have set out almost completely different visions for UK agriculture/forestry/environment. Then there's JC and who knows what his rural policies for a post Brexit UK will be. The EU might not of been perfect but the long term and relatively consistent policies gave businesses certainty to build their business and invest around. Managing the increasing uncertainty and risk associated with more short lived and varying rural policies is by no means impossible, but might catch a few of the bigger companies out.
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    Jokes???

    Got the missus a get better soon card. She isn’t sick, I just think she can get better.
  12. Has anyone had any experience with or know of any hybrid wood and electric cookers? Having a stove that can be electric (gas not possible) during the week and wood on the weekends would be perfect for our lifestyle but so far only found one that offers that, and it's pricey and can't find any reviews; ESSE 990 Hybrid Wood & electric range cooker Cheers
  13. Might be of interest to some Choice of 45 native hardwood saplings plus 1.2m hardwood stakes and tubex shelters for £66. Woodland Trust - Targeting tree disease pack
  14. The reason is because of one of the most important principals of energy policy, that governments shouldn't pick winners. There are numerous examples (of which many from the UK) of costly failed policy caused by governments promoting one tech over another. Instead governments should be tech neutral with their support, and let the market and technologies decide which is best. So you could maybe argue instead that all new builds need a certain kW of renewable technology per square foot, but not a specific tech.
  15. "The sale of traditional house coal will be phased out under proposals set out in the government’s draft clean air strategy in May, which are expected to be confirmed by Gove’s department on Friday. Restrictions are also expected to be placed on the sale of wet wood, particularly in urban areas." Most-polluting wood burner fuels due to get the chop

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