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« Reply #60 on: July 16, 2019, 06:06:08 am »

I was thinking of a relatively recent ostrich farming scam in the UK, but there has obviously been more than one !
And BTW I do know someone who keeps ostriches, a modest profit may be made thereby, but certainly not a quick way to get rich.

Meanwhile Bristol is still standing AFAIK. Disruption has been largely confined to a motorway and a shopping center so far. Better than directly targeting trains as happened on the DLR in London.

I think that the "die ins" are a bit silly, but they make good news pictures and videos which is no doubt the intention.

Ostrich meat is widely eaten and is far healthier and environmentally friendly that beef with all the methane and other by products which are produced through cattle farming.

I'm tempted to suggest that as part of his Q & A in a few weeks Mark Hopwood should be asked to replace fillet steak with Ostrich steak on the Pullman menu - I am sure this would be universally applauded as a contribution both GWR and its customers can make to improving the environment for our children?

(I am prepared perform a "die in" at Taplow station should that become necessary on this important principle. If anyone cares to join me please let me know and I'll bring extra shrouds) 
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« Reply #61 on: July 16, 2019, 09:20:03 am »

Ostrich meat is widely eaten and is far healthier and environmentally friendly that beef with all the methane and other by products which are produced through cattle farming.

I'm tempted to suggest that as part of his Q & A in a few weeks Mark Hopwood should be asked to replace fillet steak with Ostrich steak on the Pullman menu - I am sure this would be universally applauded as a contribution both GWR and its customers can make to improving the environment for our children?

Looks like TG is going to keep pecking away at this one, Broadgage.   Wink
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« Reply #62 on: July 16, 2019, 09:42:39 am »

Ostrich meat is widely eaten and is far healthier and environmentally friendly that beef with all the methane and other by products which are produced through cattle farming.

I'm tempted to suggest that as part of his Q & A in a few weeks Mark Hopwood should be asked to replace fillet steak with Ostrich steak on the Pullman menu - I am sure this would be universally applauded as a contribution both GWR and its customers can make to improving the environment for our children?

Looks like TG is going to keep pecking away at this one, Broadgage.   Wink

Certainly not my intention to give anyone the bird, or ruffle feathers unduly.
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« Reply #63 on: July 16, 2019, 10:55:39 am »

A friend of mine's teenage daughter(and previous XR participant) looks like she's missing todays protest as she's only just flown back from her second holiday on the Med this month and is understandably a bit tired today. Tomorrow perhaps?
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« Reply #64 on: July 16, 2019, 11:51:05 am »

A friend of mine's teenage daughter(and previous XR participant) looks like she's missing todays protest as she's only just flown back from her second holiday on the Med this month and is understandably a bit tired today. Tomorrow perhaps?

"Sorry I'm late for the protest against air travel. Jet lag..."
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« Reply #65 on: July 16, 2019, 12:17:52 pm »

A friend of mine's teenage daughter(and previous XR participant) looks like she's missing todays protest as she's only just flown back from her second holiday on the Med this month and is understandably a bit tired today. Tomorrow perhaps?

"Sorry I'm late for the protest against air travel. Jet lag..."

I suspect that many of the protesters have not really thought things through properly.
To achieve their aims of zero net carbon in only a few years will require not making aircraft "greener" or  "cleaner" but simply prohibiting all air travel apart from the trivial numbers of short range and small electric planes, and the even smaller numbers of other alternatives.
And of course prohibiting petrol and diesel vehicles, and banning most domestic heating.
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« Reply #66 on: July 16, 2019, 12:56:26 pm »

A friend of mine's teenage daughter(and previous XR participant) looks like she's missing todays protest as she's only just flown back from her second holiday on the Med this month and is understandably a bit tired today. Tomorrow perhaps?

Does she know Emma Thompson?
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« Reply #67 on: July 16, 2019, 01:01:02 pm »

I went down to look at the Bristol Bridge blockade yesterday. There was a nice, cheerful, calm atmosphere and I was impressed by the evident good relations between the protesters and the police, as well as the lack of aggro from drivers in part due to the police setting up their own roadblocks at strategic points which allowed drivers a chance to turn and take alternative routes, as well as acting as a buffer zone. Two things which I hadn't expected where the numbers attending from elsewhere (I was approached by two elderly ladies from Exeter who, for some reason, thought I was also from Devon  Huh) and the amount of tents put up in Castle Park.  Evidently a lot of people who've come from elsewhere are here for the whole five days. I also noted a wide age range, from teens to the aforementioned elderly ladies.
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« Reply #68 on: July 16, 2019, 06:13:14 pm »

(I was approached by two elderly ladies from Exeter who, for some reason, thought I was also from Devon  Huh

You should take being mistaken for someone from God's own county as the highest form of flattery!
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« Reply #69 on: July 16, 2019, 07:07:45 pm »

Day 2. Traffic in Central Bristol very light again today. Detoured from my central location via College Green. Caught the tail end of Billy Braggs appearance. Witnessed a few of their stop the traffic antics which stopped the traffic for about 5 minutes at a time including one which was interrupted by a blue light incident. For this the escorting police ushered them to safety for the vehicles passing and then allowed the protest to continue and as a result many bystanders applauded which included dozens attending the UWE Graduation Ceremonies taking place at the nearby Bristol Cathedral. Again very polite protesters and police well back basking in the shade of the trees on College Green with next to nothing to do, the only officers I would say were doing any work was the two motor cycle escorts leading the drum parade from Castle Park to College Green where XR assembled to hear Billy Bragg.

Also an owner of one of their black and white stickers on my backpack, is that a plus ?.
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« Reply #70 on: July 16, 2019, 08:57:03 pm »

There was a brief mention of the protests on page 15 of my national paper today, with a photo of two fairly pretty young ladies to illustrate the reasons for the protest.

In re Castle Park, I hope they don't leave in the same state as College Green was left a few years back after another protest about something which eludes me for the moment. Tories probably. They used the place as a campsite and a toilet for days on end, then threw a bag of grass seed on the resultant bare earth, and said it would be okay. It wasn't - it cost thousands, the sort of money that would build a council house, or keep a library open, or pay for business class tickets to Kuala Lumpur for a fact-finding delegation.
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« Reply #71 on: July 17, 2019, 09:28:41 am »

That was "Occupy Bristol" IIRC. I think they were there for nearer a month than five days, and Castle Park is a less... manicured... sort of grass to start with, so hopefully it'll still be in good state after five days underneath some tents. After all, plenty of campsites get tented over for several months at a stretch and seem to survive. As for toilets, I don't know. The Galleries is nearby. I sincerely hope they're not shitting on the grass but if they are, let's face it, they won't be the first.  Angry
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« Reply #72 on: July 17, 2019, 10:47:06 am »

Reports state that the protesters have erected a composting toilet.
Such facilities mix the human waste with sawdust, dried leaves, grass cuttings, chopped straw or similar materials. The mixture composts and makes excellent fertiliser.
This takes a lot longer than 5 days, so hopefully the protesters will remove the only partly composted waste.

I know of a campsite that uses composting toilets with success. Such facilities if used continually have to be duplicated, one toilet in use and another that is full and slowly composting without any new waste being added. The composted waste is said to be inoffensive and safe to handle, No flushing water or drainage system is needed.

Much greener than an Elsan closet or similar and cheaper and greener than the portaloos often used.
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« Reply #73 on: July 17, 2019, 10:52:18 am »

Ostrich meat is widely eaten and is far healthier and environmentally friendly that beef with all the methane and other by products which are produced through cattle farming.

I'm tempted to suggest that as part of his Q & A in a few weeks Mark Hopwood should be asked to replace fillet steak with Ostrich steak on the Pullman menu - I am sure this would be universally applauded as a contribution both GWR and its customers can make to improving the environment for our children?

Looks like TG is going to keep pecking away at this one, Broadgage.   Wink

I would be happy to enjoy ostrich steak instead of beef in the Pullman or indeed elsewhere. Provided that it was of good quality and in a reasonable portion size.
Ostrich meat does not seem to be sold very widely.
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« Reply #74 on: July 17, 2019, 10:53:43 am »

The Botanical Gardens in Bristol have installed a couple of composting toilets which use ventilation towers to ensure a continuous through-flow of air, which speeds up the composting process, but I can't remember how much by. I guess a problem with all composting toilets as with flushing ones is that people will put inorganic matter in them.
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