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by gregorach
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Alternative to double glazing
Replies: 11
Views: 6276

Re: Alternative to double glazing

Ideally any window insulation needs to fit closely to minimise"thermo-syphoning" - where cold air falling from the window spreads out across the floor and sucks warm air in at the top. Curtains which reach right to the floor can do quite a good job, but insulation generally works better with as litt...
by gregorach
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life
Replies: 28
Views: 4351

Re: 39 steps to a better SELFSUFFICIENTish life

Play a musical instrument, and / or sing.
by gregorach
Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Alternative to double glazing
Replies: 11
Views: 6276

Re: Alternative to double glazing

Well worth considering in addition to double glazing. Even the best double or triple glazing still has a comparatively low insulation value (compared to the walls), so you can (apparently) save quite a bit of heat with insulating blinds or shutters. Been on my to-do list for ages...
by gregorach
Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

You've eaten in Edinburghs Finest KFC and McD's more often in the last 20 years than me... In fact, I don't think I've ever set foot in a branch of KFC.

The Standing Order's OK, but I much prefer the Guildford Arms...
by gregorach
Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:42 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

"Not a regular" would be something of an understatement...
by gregorach
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Health effects of low-level pesticide exposure
Replies: 2
Views: 1533

Health effects of low-level pesticide exposure

I've already linked to this in the recent obesity thread, but I thought I'd put it up in its own thread, as the article deals with wider issues and is likely to be of interest to people who may not still be reading that thread... A fascinating new post on The Pump Handle (a public health blog) - Sub...
by gregorach
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

Just doing my morning rounds of the science blogosphere, and this is very interesting: Subtle but potentially serious: health effects of low-level pesticide exposure A new study has been added to the growing body of literature reporting on the potential health effects of low-level exposure to widely...
by gregorach
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

As for your point about labelling requirements... If any of those requirements applied to the people I'm actually talking about (i.e. fast food "restaurants" such as McDonalds and KFC) then I think that would be a very significant step in the right direction. I don't really think that supermarkets a...
by gregorach
Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

Your negative "hyperbolic stance" on all things corportate is a bit boring really, but I understand you take Citizen Smith as your role model, so can laugh at you all with a sence of patronisation a School Maam would be proud of. Yeah, I'll be sure to scream "Power to the people" when I'm on my con...
by gregorach
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer
Replies: 10
Views: 2327

Re: Beer

Also, if you are going to bottle the beer, it might be worth (if you haven't already) getting another container, racking the fermented beer into it and mixing the priming sugar in that before bottling. It helps even out the amount of sugar going into each bottle reducing the chance of a bottle bomb...
by gregorach
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

Yeah, I'm not generally in favour of banning things, but I think there is scope to look at how we regulate the sale and marketing of them.
by gregorach
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer
Replies: 10
Views: 2327

Re: Beer

Oh, actually... The super-cheap option for bottles is to use PET bottles (the sort you get soft drinks in) - they're definitely able to stand the pressure, but sometimes it's hard to get rid of the residual odour of the previous contents. And again, you want to keep them out of the light.
by gregorach
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Beer
Replies: 10
Views: 2327

Re: Beer

Swing top beer bottles will be fine. I'm not at all convinced about screw-top wine bottles though - I don't think the caps will take the pressure. Crown cap beer bottles are also OK, but you'd need to buy crown caps and a capper. A crown capper need not be expensive, but it is one more thing to buy,...
by gregorach
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Fight obesity like tobacco
Replies: 180
Views: 27261

Re: Fight obesity like tobacco

Just stick "food addiction" into Google Scholar and see what it comes up with...
by gregorach
Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Beware! Laundry in Progress
Replies: 20
Views: 4944

Re: Beware! Laundry in Progress

I live in a flat, and my greenhouse is a couple of miles away!

I know, I'll put it in the ballroom in the west wing, that's not being used... :iconbiggrin: