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Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 2nd April 2013


Phew! I simply cannot keep up with the increasing costs of Energy. As fast as I increase my Direct Debit and pay the extra each quarter when the bill comes in showing I'm in debt to them, I’m still in the Red. My DD’s for Gas and Electricity have doubled in just over a year. This winter I turned down my heating in general and whenever I was in the study for most of the day, turned down the heating for the flat and used my little oil-fired radiator for the one room. And still my bills go up. My latest little billet doux informs me that my DD will increase from £50 to £98 for Gas (nice of them not to double the sum!!)  I could pay again the sum owed over and above my DD but what is the point, I'm never going to catch up so might as well just let it ride over the summer when the bills hopefully will be lower - if it is anything like last summer I remember having to put the heating on a few times in July.

Not being allowed to put double glazing in the remainder of my flat because the house is now deemed to be in a conservation area, I’ve had the not so aesthetically pleasing secondary glazing installed in study and bathroom.  (Aren't we supposed to be 'saving the planet') I had hoped to cut down the bills by next year but any benefit brought by having the secondary glazing will be eroded by the increase in bills.

My state pension has increased by just over £3 per month! My private pension is hardly going anywhere because of the ridiculously low interest rates. We pensioners and savers are being hit left, right and in the centre with no chance of looking forward to a reasonable annual salary increase as one would if you worked in Public Service employment and that covers innumerable extremely well paid jobs.  They are angry at their low increases but at least they are getting them and they have inflation proof pensions.

What makes me even more mad is the fact that, without our voting on the issue, we are all being charged for the ‘Green energy policy’. (The trouble is that it is always the vociferous minority which gets its way)  We have these monstrous Wind Turbines which are inefficient to say the least.  A friend of mine did a survey of their effectiveness.  Apparently, at their best they are 38% efficient.  When it is too windy they can't work.  When there is not enough wind, they can't work and when they are working efficiently, if the National Grid doesn't want the energy at the time (because it can't store it) it reverts to the owners of the Turbines who are paid money for the unused energy.  I hope I understood all this correctly.  It is a scandal and it isn't as though the general public is benefitting from the monstrosities which aren't even made in this country. (You bet the powerful lobby for Green energy have got their sticky little fingers in the pie somewhere along the line)  Do I sound Cynical - yes I do and yes I am.  I am becoming one of the most cynical people around.

Although I do believe that we should do our best to conserve energy, it makes me see red when I read that our contribution to the demise of our planet is around 0.7 percent. And it is either India or China (maybe both) who are opening up scores of coal driven power stations per month. They don’t give a damn for the Environment.

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