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This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another. It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity. It might relate to science large or small. It might be art for art’s sake. Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries. So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old. So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways. Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of. So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

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Haunted Locations #4 Langenhoe Church, Colchester, Essex


A fifteen minute drive south of central Colchester lies possibly, some would argue, the most haunted location in Essex. For here we find the location of the Langenhoe Church, who some believe to be the most haunted church in the whole of England. The church itself was built in the 14th century, but after structural damage sustained in an earthquake in 1884 it was eventually demolished in 1962. All that remains is a handful of abandoned headstones that poke out of the overgrown once church yard.

The majority of reports of the paranormal comes from the diary of Rev Ernest Merryweather who became rector of the church in 1937. The first account of something not quite right occurred soon after Rev Merryweather arrived, his valise used to carry books and vestments closed itself and would not open whilst on parish grounds. It was not until Rev Merryweather had left onto…

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Jobs Are Good!

Barataria - The work of Erik Hare

Good news! The economy added 313k jobs in February!

Like all news, we need some kind of reality check first. Did it really? The long and short of it is that, as always, the ADP employment report is less noisy and thus more accurate. It had a gain of 263k jobs in February, which is probably the right number. Still very good news all around.

But is good news actually bad news? Along with the jobs report we have the increase in wages, which stands at a modest 2.6% over the last year. Does that mean inflation is tamed? We will see what the markets think.

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Is hydrogen the answer?


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Rail Engineer’s feature on hydrogen trains in the January issue (issue 159) raised the possibility that, despite its good green credentials, the rail industry’s use of rail diesel traction could soon become unacceptable. A few weeks later, Transport Minister Jo Johnson said exactly this in a speech stating that he wished to see “all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040” and saw “alternative-fuel trains powered entirely by hydrogen” to be a prize on the horizon. His speech also called on the industry to provide a vision for how it plans to decarbonise and report back by the autumn.

That recent feature on hydrogen trains concluded that, in the long-term, the replacement of DMUs by HMUs is a realistic goal. Readers may also have gathered that Rail Engineer is a fan of hydrogen. Not only does it provide zero emissions and a possible zero-carbon means of transport but, as…

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