'I, Paul E. Mathers, a.k.a. Paula, being of a relatively sound mind and cancer ridden body make the following statement: I am fully aware that with my heart condition the Lortabs/Hydrocodine will eventually stop my heart. It will not be deliberate as I am not ready to leave my wife, Jeanne Marie. … [Read more...] about Utah police end investigation into death of man whose wife kept his body in a freezer for more than 10 years after he left a notarized letter insisting she was not responsible
Your high usage was because of the shared supply with the neighbouring property. TW says the average usage (depending on the number of occupants) for a two-bed property is about 430 litres a day. But as it was not able to determine your exact consumption, it has based its revision on a daily usage of 300 litres a day. It says this works out at £222, way below average. … [Read more...] about Counting the cost of sharing neighbour’s Thames Water meter
While the debate continues over the use of advanced genetic and chemical crop-enhancers, technology is opening a whole new direction for food production, which will take farming away from the farm. Robotics and drones are reducing the need for humans to be on the land, while vertical farming, in which vegetables can be grown in sunless warehouses using LED lighting, gene editing and metagenics – the engineering of specific enzymes or proteins – are coming up with new definitions of food. According to a recent report by the thinktank RethinkX, within 15 years the rise of cell-based meat, which is made of animal cells grown in a bioreactor, will bankrupt the US’s huge beef industry, at the same time removing the need to grow soya and maize for feed. By 2035, the report predicts, an area a quarter of the size of the continental US “will be freed for other uses”. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
Chappell and Boyles’s plots, each marked by a St George’s cross flapping in the wind, were on opposite sides of a wide path running down the middle of the field separating the 26 plots of conventional from 28 plots of reversible. At one end of Chappell’s plot, his parents, Ken and Anne, and his sister, Sue, were already stationed on green folding chairs. The Chappells are like the Redknapps or the Nevilles of ploughing, a dominant family in the sport. The surname reverberates: sometimes a gift, sometimes a weight. Sue is the Society of Ploughmen’s secretary, Uncle David also competes, and Ken is the sport’s retired emperor. In his time, Ken was a champion ploughman, served on the World Ploughing Board, wrote the judges’ ploughing manual and generally shaped competitive ploughing as it is known today. When Mick won the British National Ploughing Championship last year, and secured his place at the world championship, Ken watched, beaming, as his son … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
“I’ve written to Dame Helen Ghosh, director general of the trust, offering a deal to allow me and others to farm the land properly and to take over the management of the 413 Herdwick sheep that belong to the farm. However, she hasn’t deigned to write back personally. Instead, I’ve had three different letters from three different trust employees, including a ‘correspondence coordinator’ effectively giving me less than two weeks to agree to an unsustainable, one-year tenancy skewed in favour of the trust.” … [Read more...] about The National Trust, the sheep farm and the fight for a Lakes way of life