Thursday, March 17, 2016

The BEAT, New applications of Radar, politics and Red 229



What BEAT will do to the Borough in September
Fantastic to see BEAT website up and running already- it's about 6 months until the event kicks off (September) and its laudable goals are sure to get people involved and out of their homes

I've got my profile up on the site and the organisers are already busy getting things in motion  but they're  not too busy to send words of encouragement out too which reflects so well on the project


RADAR in the new millennium


Having mentioned my father yesterday it's perhaps more than a coincidence that I should be thinking of his work and career.
'New' Radar

After University I briefly followed in my father's footsteps and worked in Radar (at Marconi's in Chelmsford where they were for many years the town's major employer )
On Tuesday evening I went to a lecture at the University of West London, it was given by Professor Amir Alani and revealed how radar is used, away from military and Civil tracking of aeroplanes and Ships.

It seems that over the last 20 years or so Radar has been deployed  in monitoring structures be they bridges or even ancient monuments- examples that the Professor gave showed how traffic weakens bridges and the potentially disastrous damage can be shown using such techniques as GPR  (Ground Penetrating Radar), the new developments in Radar can also be used to help with mining exploration and even deal with ancient monuments.


Sugar Tax


I can't help but admire our present Chancellor for his capacity in sleight of hand' - the late Paul Daniels would be in awe of his diversionary tactics - look at Pukka Jamie Oliver on the news and forget the missed targets and the price paid by the electorate - the battle between George and Boris for the Tory leadership throne is going to be quite something.

Red 229

So happy to say I'm well over a third of the way in on my 'Reds' and today in miniature icons of the UK design world (for the tourists).

The Iconic phone box technologically redundant but still of interest to London's visitors




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