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Mad Major and Mad bike Prices

Boris Johnson

In this day and age one wonders where the major learned to count. In his latest plot, londoners will have the right to rent a bike for slightly more than renting a VW Polo. Prices based on a 24 hour period.

At least the idea behind it is just. The price structure is intended for short term use to encourage people to use the bike rental scheme: 30 minutes free for all journies so with good timing it is possible to ride all day with no charge.

Down side is when the costs do start mounting up, it’ll quickly become cheaper to buy your own bike, or perhaps thats what they are trying todo.

This is not the first time a public bike system has been implemented in the UK, usually however given the culture of crime in the UK, the majority of the bikes were stolen and the trial was abandoned.

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Copper Theifs in for Sticky surprise…

BT Cable uses markings to identifiy criminals BT’s network is a copper one for the most part although they are trialing upgraded areas with Fiber.  However the modern burglar has been watching the prices of metal apparently. According to British Transport Police, theft of cable has dramatically increased.

The damage caused by thiefs going after raw copper cable is in the millions Railway authorities estimate damage costs for the cable is worth £5 Million in 2009. The electrical sector estimate damages in the region of £4 Million.

With BT having their network effected too, they have taken actions to attempt to prevent future losses. They are utilising a marking technology, a liquid that coats the cable and under UV inspection remains visible. It also marks anyone interfering with the equipment. Therefore, can link a thief to the copper stolen which would allow a conviction. Like the railway sector whom have also introduced a tagging system called CabelTag by Tag Gaurd to prevent their losses.

Its called SmartWater, and is invisible to the naked eye. BT Said in April they started taking cable theft seriously, after the theft of 3KM worth of copper, leaving 1,400 customers of BT without service.



Stonehenge meet Woodhenge

Stonehenge It is likely that everyone, everyone in Britain at least knows of Stonehenge. Archaeologists have for a long time been comming up with suggestions of what it was for. Conspiricy theorists have also came up with their own ideas but truely no one left alive  can truely know. Weather it was a burial site, a meeting point, a town hall or ufo landing platform I dont know.

However, what is now known, is the big empty feild next to it, has had the Archaeologists in it, and they have unearthed something new: woodhenge. It is very similar to stonehenge, except, as my coined name suggests, it is made of well, wood.

Surprisingly, the area around Stonehenge has been left untouched by archaeologists all this time and Professor Gaffney of the site has said there is a likelyhood of more discoveries as they continue their work. I wonder if there will be a ring of woodhenges around stonehenge making stonehenge a kind of focus?