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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Wind Farms : A Modern Beauty Or A Blot On The Landscape?

wind farm, rochdale,

What do you think when you see this picture?

Apologies for the crapness of quality but we were driving through the countryside at speed in the gypsy van and I only had my mobile phone with me.  We were on our way to Rochdale the other day to pick up a door (long story) and as we were driving over "the tops" we saw this wind farm.

I'm not about to go into "the science bit" which discusses possibly how un-green renewable energy is or how renewable energy is responsible for a lot of the climate change issues.  From a layman's point of view, I personally think these are a thing of modern beauty.

Should we be more receptive to harnessing natural resources?  I originally saw this video in the b3ta newsletter a couple of years ago and it's stayed with me as it's such a clever commercial for a German company called Epuron.

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I often wish that using natural power/energy wasn't quite so expensive to initiate.  We appear to have come full circle (no pun intended) with need for wind power though.  Being born and bred on the Fylde coast, Lytham Windmill has been a landmark of my life.  Because of our local history we were taught a song in primary school which goes like this: 

Lytham Windmill

"In days gone by, when the world was much younger, men harnessed the wind to work for mankind..."

Isn't that what we should be doing now?  Harnessing the elements to work for us, rather than against us?

EDITED TO ADD: There's a great conversation going on over at Reddit about this post and wind farms. Go and take a look!