Saturday, 21 April 2018

21st April 2018 - New Dog Breeds recognised by Kennel Club?

Thought or the day:"I tried to invent a new kind of apple peeler but it didn’t bare fruit."

Was sent details of new cross breeds of dog today ...

seems legit ...

Of course they are not corgis - and today we celebrate the Queen's 92nd Birthday

Happy Birthday !!!

Another day of sunshine and heatwave - apparently it is snowing in Forest Lakes in Arizona !!

World is tipped upside down again

But a day in for a change

Cheers !

Friday, 20 April 2018

20th April 2018 - of Facts and Falsehoods

Thought for the day:"They said I was average - I thought that was mean!"

Some interesting fact to share:

Time Immemorial is actually 6th July 1189 - the date of Richard the first's coronation
the date that the first statutes of Parliament declared the "limit of Legal Memory)

They developed a method of carrying livestock without messing up the vehicle !!
I thought I would share this picture of a goat carrier

and some facts that are not as they seem - this is a lovely little meme running around apparently showing that the press change their news stories dependent upon the geographical or socio-economic target audience...

In fact snopes confirms that these are just two different editions of the paper ( as shown by the little stars at the top right of the page which signify editions) and reflect the way the story broke during the day .. but you can believe anything these days !!

but some things are as they seem

They walk among us !!

Cheers !

Thursday, 19 April 2018

19th April 2018 - Robin Hood and the Wren's Nest

Thought for the day:"Our tour guide took us around an empty perfume factory today. Made no scents whatsoever."

So - Susie is still poring over the maps and the histories of the Wren's Nest where my mother was apparently born - thought we now find that the Wren's Nest was a small hamlet with a pub and not a singly house at all and may not even be int he area that we were looking...

But we managed to cast some ashes from the Bridge - not at Ironbridge itself as that bridge was all closed off for repairs but the bridge below it by the Robin Hood pub, where we had a packet of crisps and a pint...

The Bridge

Pooh Sticks

Bon Voyage

View from the Bridge

Ye Olde Robin Hood 

And so the family returns to America and I really should get on with some paperwork .. and charge the Bothy up .. Could be a day for Shorts !!!


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

18th April 2018 - Turning Left !!!

Thought for the day:"I'm struggling to put food on the table - probably shouldn't have taken the job as a waiter!"
Apparently UPS delivery vans do not turn right in the UK ( or left in the US etc)!!
Note to self - watch out for a van that does the opposite - nice to have a project ...

It might seem strange, but UPS delivery vans don’t always take the shortest route between stops. The company gives each driver a specific route to follow and that includes a policy that drivers should never turn through oncoming traffic (that’s left in countries where they drive on the right and vice versa) unless absolutely necessary. This means that routes are sometimes longer than they have to be. So, why do they do it?

Every day, along with thousands of other companies, UPS solves versions of the vehicle routing problem. In these mathematical problems, you are given a set of points and the distances between them, and you have to find the best route(s) to travel through all of them. Best is usually defined as the route with the shortest overall distance.

Vehicle routing problems are used to organise many things, from coping with more delivery trucks in cities and hailing taxis to catching chickens on a farm. The concept was introduced by George Dantzig in 1959. Over 50 years later, and despite a large body of scientific research, scientists are still looking for new ways to tackle the problem.

UPS have moved away from trying to find the shortest route and now look at other criteria to optimise the journey. One of their methods is to try and avoid turning through oncoming traffic at a junction. Although this might be going in the opposite direction of the final destination, it reduces the chances of an accident and cuts delays caused by waiting for a gap in the traffic, which would also waste fuel.

UPS have designed their vehicle routing software to eliminate as many right-hand turns as possible. Typically, only 10% of the turns are right turns. As a result, the company claims it uses 10m gallons less fuel, emits 20,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide and delivers 350,000 more packages every year. The efficiency of planning routes with its navigation software this way has even helped the firm cut the number of trucks it uses by 1,100, bringing down the company’s total distance traveled by 28.5m miles – despite the longer routes.

It seems incredible that not turning left can lead to such significant savings. The TV series Mythbusters tested this idea and confirmed that, despite many more turns, the policy of only turning right does save fuel. In their one truck experiment they traveled further, but when you scale this up to a global level, UPS really does travel fewer miles in total.

The success of UPS’s policy raises the question, why don’t we all avoid turning left (or right, depending on what country we’re in), as we drive around cities on our daily commutes? If everyone did it, the carbon savings would be huge and there’d probably be far less congestion.

So there !!!


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17th April 2018 - Back Home - Cliff Railway Bridgnorth

Thought for the day:"I have just written a book on Elephants. I now realise that paper would have been easier."

Paul checking his camera in the Cliff Railway

View form the Bottom 

The Railway

Castle Walk with Railway in the background

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

And Susie was so disappointed to find out that when we first rode the Railway - it wasn't actually driven by water - oh dear


Monday, 16 April 2018

16th April 2018 - Still on manoeuvers

Thought for the day:"Can anyone tell me if the skulls of your enemies are dishwasher proof - asking for a friend"

Still visiting Bridgnorth and all points..

Hotel for the night


St Leonard's Church
Just a thought

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15th April 2018 - Just a thought on the Road to Bridgnorth

Thought for the day:"Forget your enemies - but not their names"

On a family trip to past memories
Back soon