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Kelvingrove still has power issues

Remember the day Kelvingrove closed, and the media reported electrical issue?

Looks like the venue may have been restored to operation, but the media seems to have failed to notice that there’s still a power problem at the art gallery and museum.

Can you spot the extra bits in this pic?

Kelvingrove with extras

Kelvingrove with extras

I almost missed it!

Then realised it wasn’t just a lorry making a delivery.

It’s a fairly meaty whisper quiet, silenced, mobile generator. I had a poke around, but there was no obvious rating printed anywhere, so the closest I could guess is that it’s probably 1,000 kVA or more, but can’t be sure.

So, there’s clearly still something ‘Not Right’ with the electricity supply here.

There’s a digital panel on the side, but it was too dirty to read, although what I could see referred the fuel tank, not the output.

There’s not much to see (even less to hear – it is well silenced), just a few cables running from the generator to the building.

Kelvingrove generator cables

Kelvingrove generator cables

Not so good from the other side – the security fence kept fooling the autofocus.

Fuzzy Kelvingrove cables

Fuzzy Kelvingrove cables

I’d say something interesting about these, only they’re way bigger than anything I get involved with.

I’m guessing they’re around 400 A and 1 kV or more, with one per phase, as opposed to any sort of multicore system, which is not really used at this level.

20/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Oh dear – looks as if my hints that things would not go well with the latest ferry contract were right

Not that I claim any special insight or understanding.

But I don’t think even a blind man could have failed to see ‘something’ was coming, and that it wasn’t likely to be good.

I doubt I’ll win any popularity contests, but I think I’ve dropped enough hints in this blog, to the effect that (on a large scale at least) there are no shipyards on the Clyde because “we” have lost the plot, and anybody wanting a big floaty thing built really isn’t likely to decide the Clyde is a good place to put their money.

It’s a shame, since there are some really good small yards, currently producing some nice vessels. Getting on with things quietly – and being overshadowed and obscured by the big boys’ nonsense.

I’m afraid it’s all become so silly I don’t even bother to look closely enough to make comments now, it’s neither interesting not fun, just sad and frustrating.

I can’t even end by saying it will be interesting to see what happens with the last contract for two ferries.

Instead of being a chance to produce something innovative, it just descended into farce ages ago.

Ferguson shipyard could be nationalised amid ferry row

The lifeline ferry deal that went adrift

Clyde shipyard could be nationalised amid row over ferries

I’m so glad I don’t have to bother studying this sad stuff any more.

Just read… and forget.

Sinking boat

Sinking boat

20/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Maritime, Transport | | Leave a comment

Today is Space Exploration Day

20 July is Space Exploration Day.

Although obviously inspired by events taking place on the Moon on this date, the day is not intended to be just about that day, but is intended to pay homage to the incredible achievements of the past and create enthusiasm for the benefits of space exploration efforts to come in the future.

It has its own web site where more details can be found.

Space Exploration Day

It’s not something I might have bothered about a few years ago, until it became apparent that now that we are smart enough to start looking for asteroids that could wipe us out, we really do have to look for solutions to that problem, starting now.

The answer won’t be easy or fast, but the arrival of one those asteroids probably will be.

And then, it will be too late to say something like “Yep, we better start looking for an answer first thing tomorrow morning”.

Space Exploration Day

Space Exploration Day

20/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Today is Moon Day

20 July is Moon Day.

It’s fairly obvious how this came to be, even though the events of that day, when the first footprints were laid and left on the Moon, are long-lost in the past, were the Harbinger’s of Doom for the future of such projects.

While that first Moon landing may have captured the public’s interest, the public is a fickle audience, and when subsequent lunar explorations were apparently just repeat performances, that interest soon waned, plans were shelved, and missions cancelled.

Apollo 17 was the last, taking place in December 1972 – not really all that long after Apollo 11, 1969.

Perhaps the saddest legacy of the Moon landings are the many people prepared to spend hundreds of hours fabricating ‘evidence’ to prove they never happened, and that the Earth is, of course, flat.

I’m pretty sure I was enjoying my first holiday in Rothesay at the time of the first Moon Day, although I really was kind of ‘tiny’ to be remembering that sort of thing in any detail, but I’m reasonably sure I’m right. I just can’t check it.

However, right or wrong, mention of the day and the date now conjures up memories of that time.

One thing I do know is right, and that was our week (or fortnight, I have no idea) was a perk, enjoyed in a large ‘company house’ (or flat to be more accurate) maintained on the island by a very ‘large and powerful’ organisation.

Moon Landings

Moon Landings

20/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment


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