QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 1st Jul 2011, 10:51am)
I agree with you regarding the quality of light provided by low energy bulbs, but I think your comments about mercury a bit OTP. Your picking on the EU is highly biased, given that this development is pretty well global.http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/news/200...ry/07010803.asp
Och awe, there is nothing a bit OTP when dealing with Mercury, if yer have ever handled it or it's compounds or "guises" it is a no brainer that, no matter how it is dressed up in glossy web sites / mags / witeffer that in any quantity, it's pretty nasty, 'orrible stuff. However, it is necessary in certain techologies due to its unique quality, liquid metal at "normal" tempertures and when excited by electrons it emits uv radiation. Been used in floo tubes fur dunkeys years.
It's a strange element, it is heavy yet with prolonged exposure it builds up in yer brain no yer feet! Also, it's effects are cumalitive, one you got this guff inside yer there is nothing that can be done to get rid of it just builds up on each contact, ultimately like life, it's effects are fatal.
Ye may recall the expression "As mad as a hatter". This comes from the days when hatters used mercury in the process of manufacturing tophats. I have had the pleasure of working with the stuff in instrument making / calabration as ye dea. It used to come in wee 1lb staine jars. Drop a wee blob and see how far it spreads. Worse than this accidently spill it on an airframe and see how popular you are with the riggers as the airframe transforms intae Swiss moosetrap cheese.
Eventually LED technology will prolly supercede this form of lighting, however it is still relatively costly, so not ecomonic. Hence, it's is always better to pollute the planet than spend coppers developing a replacement.
As for the EU, of course I am a tad biased. I am no exactly yer standard flag waving "Europhile." However, it is EURO legislation that it forcing this change on the UK.
It goes without much saying I am all for getting out the accursed bliddy EU. The Common Market notion was fine but the shebang has become a self consuming monster now. Jist imagine, "United States of Europe" with President Blair at the helm... god help us.
My faither and grandfaither, many uncles and grand uncles fought to prevent us from becoming an annex of "Europe", only to be sold out by politicains.
Right it's Friday, its..... Suns nearly oer the yardarm, so it time for medications, will be leaving oot the Mercury, for today.
Hope Murray can pit Nadal in his place! Oot the semi finals!