Marvel At Its Best

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""There you go," Danny says to the man. "You've got options."

No council housing assessment, no red tape, no hesitation. At least for the night, the man will have a roof over his head."

"At 6pm on the Saturday, the navvies assembled for pay-day, with their thoughts no doubt on the amount of alcohol they could buy with their gold.

However, midway through handing out the pay, contractor Mr Adamson became unsure of how much work the navvies had done, and declared that he was going to cease payment until Monday when he had measured their progress.

“Hearing this, they (the men) grew very excited,” said the paper. “One of them, a pitman, made a rush at the gold bag as it stood on the table. He was protected by his comrades, who hustled Mr Adamson and his assistants, and he got clear off with the bag."

""The idea of missing a 1953 event is unthinkable. We'd see it a long way off.  "But however high our defences are, there is always the chance that there will be a storm that will overtop them.""



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Downwarping & Durham

"There were three reasons for this. First, water levels were rising. By the 1950s scientists had known for a generation or so that the climate had been warming for a century, and that this was causing glaciers to melt.

Second, the phenomenon of tilt: the north-west and north of England was gradually rising and the south-east was gradually sinking – or downwarping – a notion that had some popular traction, especially in East Anglia. Downwarping compounded the effect of higher water levels and was also caused by climate change. At the end of the last ice age, glaciation had reached as far south as the line from the Bristol Channel to the Wash. With the weight of ice no longer acting on northern Britain, a gradual correction was taking place – and continues to.

Third, was the idea that changing weather patterns made tidal surges more likely. Sou’westerlies dominated the weather patterns of the region, but strong northerlies were becoming more prevalent, possibly as part of a 200-year cycle. For all these reasons the east coast, and London particularly, faced an increasing threat from the North Sea."

"Since the end of the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago, land and sea-levels around the UK coastline have changed in response to the retreat of the ice sheets. As the ice melted, the release of this enormous weight resulted in the landmass slowly tilting back up in the north or down in the south, a process called isostatic adjustment."

“The rate of uplift north of the River Tyne to Scotland increases because the ice sheets there were thicker and heavier. The action of the Ice Age on our landmass has been like squeezing a sponge which eventually regains its shape. The earth’s crust has reacted over thousands of years and is continuing to react...

“Subsidence and rising sea levels will have implications for people and habitats, and will require action to manage resorts, industrial sites, ports, beaches, salt marshes and wetlands, wildlife and bird migrations.”

"Durham’s new map and model also takes into account Newton’s law of gravitational attraction and ‘the Geoid effect’. Melting ice has affected the relationship between the ice, sea and land, and the mass inside the earth’s mantle. These changes have produced a gravitational effect on the surface of the water in the planet’s oceans.

Prof Shennan said: “When a huge mass of ice melts, the land readjusts over time but there’s also a response in the earth’s mantle and this affects the shape of the surface of the earth’s oceans. Changes in our oceans and land uplift and subsidence will continue to have a significant effect on our coastlines this century.”

"But if climate change was understood to be a factor in the growing threat to the east coast, there was little suggestion that any of it was caused by human activities. Instead, scientists pointed to the shift in and out of ice ages that occurs naturally over many thousands of years. Climate change, considered a force of nature, had yet to be politicised, even as it became a factor in policy making...

The threat climate change poses a given population depends as much on the capacity of the state to build adequate defences as it does on geographical good fortune. The debate of the 1950s and 60s also throws into sharp relief how politically significant anthropogenic notions of climate change have become.

Then, it was a question of defending vulnerable people and infrastructure against apparently natural phenomena, now the question of causation has hugely complicated and politicised possible government responses. This raises profound questions about environmental justice at both a national and global level. As the terrible flood of 1953 and recent events throughout the world have shown, it is poor, marginal people who drown in floods, whether in Britain or elsewhere."

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Dawn Warping

"there might be a festering, steaming, auk-filled hole somewhere just up the road?"


'Boulby ICL, the area's largest employer, wants to continue mining its polyhalite product until infinity & beyond the 2040s 50's 60's etc

"Global firm ICL stopped mining polyhalite in 2011, investing £300m in the "costly and challenging" transition process after supplies of its previous potash product ran out in 2018.

Boulby mine's general manager Andrew Fulton said: “Following our successful move to polyhalite production, the planning application is the next phase in our ‘Building Boulby’s Future’ strategy...

Boulby ICL will hold a month-long public consultation programme from Tuesday, in advance of lodging its application to the North York Moors Park Authority for a 25-year extension.

The exhibition will "help visitors understand the background to the mine and outline improvements to above and below ground operations", ICL says."

Oh Dear ...

"A by-product of processing potash ore is a saline effluent that also contains naturally occurring clay minerals which are insoluble. This effluent is discharged to the North Sea at a distance of 1.8 km from the cliffs at Boulby via an underground tunnel.. The effluent contains small quantities of List 1 and List 2 substances as defined by EC Directive 76/464/EC (mercury and other heavy metals which occur naturally in the ore)...

In Pursuit of Happiness .. ;-)

"October 1, Hinderwell Village Hall, 2pm-8pm October 2, Mulgrave Community Sports Centre, 2pm-8pm,October 4, Loftus Town Hall, 2pm-8pm, October 9, Staithes Village Hall, 2pm-8pm, October 10, Skinningrove Village Hall, 2pm-8pm, October 12, Skelton Civic Centre, 9am-2pm, October 15, Mickleby Village Hall, 2pm-8pm, October 26, Marske Leisure Centre, 9am-2pm"

"The occasional formation of a froth is not considered to constitute a significant adverse impact in terms of the amenity value of the coastline."


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A Rural Commission

"North Yorkshire County Council recognised as much this week by appointing a panel of Town Hall outsiders – academics and agriculturalists among them – to explore from a new perspective solutions that might address the alarming decline of the most vulnerable villages."

"The council’s “rural commission”, similar to the Royal Commissions which governments convene to dissect issues free of party politics ... appears not to have been tried before. Policy formulation need not be the exclusive province of a council’s paid officials, and North Yorkshire’s initiative is a tacit acknowledgement that strategy can, when the need arises, be imposed upon them."

"A GREAT idea from former Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh as a new rural commission is launched in North Yorkshire – the Tory peer says every new civil servant appointed by Defra “should spend three months embedded in a rural environment” to experience the impact of their policies on the countryside."

"Describing the ancient trains as a “symbol of the old railway continuing”, he added: “That is very frustrating and it all plays into the overall concern I have about the set-up.”

"The pre-application consultation programme, which ends on 30 October, will also involve meetings with local councils, businesses and community groups,

The current planning permission which has been in place since 1968 expires in 2023 Following the successful transition which saw the mine become the world’s first and only producer of the ground-breaking multi nutrient mineral polyhalite, the planning application is the next phase in the Building Boulby’s Future’ strategy which aims to drive forward an increase in production to a target of 1.3million tonnes per year by 2023, securing over 500 jobs and ensuring that the mine continues to make a major contribution to the economy of East Cleveland and the wider area."

"By being more open, journalists and others, can actually get information much quicker than having to go through the FOI route.” We will hold him to that.

And he wants meetings held in public: “I will be asking the board to hold future board meetings in public and aim for them to be webcast. I’d like to take these meetings across the county and give the opportunity for people to question us.” We also look forward to this."

"Our plans show that there should be no significant changes in transport needs, as we will be able to manage both the increased minerals production, and delivery of mine stabilisation blocks, on our existing dedicated railway."

Question Time.

The new commission prepares for its inaugural meeting next week...

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Bill & Ben

"In 2013, there were heady promises that gas extracted from fracturing shale rock with water under high pressure could revolutionise the UK energy industry.

A technology that had changed the US energy industry and geopolitics with it could provide a bonanza of benefits to the UK.

As the gas from the North Sea dwindled, fracking would step in to make the UK less reliant on foreign imports that make up 60% of our gas supply.

This home grown resource would see prices fall and security of supply rise. It would provide tens of billions of new investment and tens of thousand of jobs in areas that desperately needed it and all this could be done safely and environmentally responsibly..."


"Britons have become more socially liberal in the last 30 years, but don't believe that politicians are good people, according to a new study..."

Insert your own 'context'...

""We were asked to find out if there is gas there, is it good quality, is it produceable. The answer to that is yes, yes and yes. It is up to the government to decide how it wants to exploit that. If people don't want it, they don't want it.""

"With an election round the corner and the cries of Extinction Rebellion ringing in the ears of voters (particularly younger ones), putting an end to fracking might be a tempting policy for a party keen to prove it can not be trusted on the wider environment."


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The Laughing Gas

"Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world, and three drug distributors, among the biggest corporations in America, are to pay a total of $260m to settle the first of thousands of lawsuits by communities across the US which accuse the industry of creating an epidemic that that has claimed more than 400,000 lives over the past two decades..."

Slightly side-tracked here ... (having never popped)

At and around the old Indoor Pool...


Thou must not Practice what thou Preach.


One Day ...

Anyhoos.  About this Woodlands Ward Residents Association

Thursday 14th November 7.00pm at Northstead.

Meanwhile ;-)


Trust No One ;-))

Bless his little cotton socks.