Smartphone Batteries Charging / Solar Charging

I thought the days of fully discharging batteries before recharging and worrying about memory effect were over with the advent of lithium-ion batteries. That is until I read a recent report on dispelling the notion that everything was now much simpler. The following summarises the views of some who could be seen as experts. Princeton… Continue reading Smartphone Batteries Charging / Solar Charging


Expatriate British Pensions Update February 2018

The draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2018 was debated by the Commons on 5  February. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Kit Malthouse) confirmed the commitment to the triple lock guarantee for the duration of the present parliament allowing a 3% increase in the state pension. This takes it to £125.95… Continue reading Expatriate British Pensions Update February 2018

Western Cape Drought, Southern Africa Dam Levels January 2018

I have been blogging repeatedly about the Western Cape drought because the crisis has been long looming. Attention is now concentrated on drawing up the plans for when the taps run dry. This article looks at the position of the Southern Africa dams and then at the Western Cape premier's comments on the situation. plus… Continue reading Western Cape Drought, Southern Africa Dam Levels January 2018

El Niño, La Niña and Climate Change December 2017

The latest forecast from The International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society at Columbia University’s Earth Institute is initially startling compared to the one from two months ago in that it applies a 98% probability to an ongoing La Niña situation for the Nov-Dec-Jan period, with a neutral situation only becoming the most likely situation… Continue reading El Niño, La Niña and Climate Change December 2017