How Much is “Too Much”?

In the last week or so I have been for a fifteen minute walk, been out (in a taxi and accompanied for moral support) to the hairdressers and been to visit friends for an about an hour. This may not seem like much, but for me at the moment, these were all major victories. Ten…

Testing Pre-Cast Square Driven Energy Piles

It is possible to use thermal response tests on these small diameter square driven piles to determine the ground thermal conductivity to within 10%. However, for the pile thermal properties, it is better to calculate based on the known factory construction conditions of these particular piles


You can debate whether her visions of the future were plausible outcomes, but you cannot question the very real fear and distress she was experiencing as she looked out to an uncertain future.

Friends or Foreign Workers?

At the weekend I went caving with some friends in the Yorkshire Dales. Nothing unusual there. We were a team of four: A young Canadian nurse working in the NHS in Scotland for 6 months. An Austrian scientist, currently living in Australia but in the UK for a one month research visit. A German born…