Freedom of speech about “Net Zero”

This is the great thing about the internet there is almost anything that can be said and as long as it is not blatantly racist or inciting violence you can not go wrong because it is just thoughts and words. So here I go todays, little thoughts from me!

We’ve had this funny couple of weeks in the UK press around energy. OK so first they announce a shortage of gas and prices rising at some stupid rate. Next the British people rush out and buy petrol, (A bit like the Loo roll situation 18 months ago). This got me thinking because a lot of energy people talk about the race to net zero, I was thinking what is net zero about? Is it us thinking of ways to reduce our use of fuel. Or is it a greater concern, as in I think back and actually at school when they said no more petrol after the North sea supplies run out, well it appears that production of North sea oil is dropping and will continue to do so, this is according to graphs produced ONline ! So actually net zero might be a bit like the future, when there is no gas and no petrol. Well I think I might open an electric battery factory on a large scale, would anyone like to join me? I know the big car / transport companies are already investigating this and it is hardly surprising. How much am I panic in the short term mode and how much is a real future concern, about where our fuel will come from?

Who knows, who cares but if you would like to joint venture with me on battery production get in touch !

The Space Race and 100% mortgages !

Two billionaires make it into space within a couple of weeks of each other, am I missing the point? It is not going to resolve global warming, humanities problems are on the earth, I guess brilliant business brains have to let their steam off some how and some where.

Anyway now thinking about housing your children 100% mortgages for first time buyers are back ! There is a catch, of course there would be you need a family member to chip in some deposit by way of security for the next 7 years. However for some it might be the help they need to get onto the property ladder. Terms and conditions apply, interest rates look reasonable and legal advice would be required for the people guaranteeing the security. The UK housing market is so expensive, but when has it ever been cheap?

Pension Bee

How are we supposed to compete? Pensionbee are about to launch their company on the stock exchange for an estimated value of millions, so what do they do they offer?

They offer advice to people approaching retirement. Great if you need to consider where your pension pots are, not so good if you have an salary based pension based on the number of years served. I guess due to the fact that they are well funded maybe allows them to give “good” advice and not the wrong commission driven advice. Anyway I am not jealous, my pot is doing OK, and I know where most of it is, yes I won’t have a lot, but at least I am with a reputable company and one that, will still be there when I want to retire.

Technology Hoarder

If I am honest I do tend to hoard, I am not sure why and I have to consciously clear out every now and then. Well this can include e-mail, I have over 5000 messages on AOL and over 3000 messages on a gmail account. Anyway the point I am trying to make is, in the process of clearing out, it took me to reading some old messages.

One year ago how many of you where invited to a webinar or a zoom meeting? Not many I bet, and today all the time. It is Funny world we live in. I know somethings have to be completed in a physical sense, but some can be done online.

New normal

Well what a year 2020 was, who would have guessed. What next project 2025 or project 2030 obviously no body has thought this up yet, I mean it’s too early for the UK to rejoin the EU, and we can’t have another pandemic that soon.

I just pray that my netflix keeps on working and that people can keep on keeping on, as my aged relatives used to say. It does make me wonder though how trends happen, apparently Big sheds are going to be part of the future. I don’t know why it’s possibly due to the continuing decline of the high street, what a shame. I loved going to the shops when I had a few extra pounds in my pocket. And I still don’t really shop on-line, I tried to join Ocado in the height of the first “stay at home” but guess what no delivery slots !

Oh well, are we coming to the end of the first quarter for the 21st century, where does the time go? Personally I planted a new tree on my allotment and I am hoping the other 5 might start to look a bit more healthy, fire blight on a pear tree, I think it’s bacterial but I am not 100% sure, I will have to google the RHS for more idea’s.

Good luck everyone for 2021, I hope that it’s a good year for you, what ever your wishes may be.

The end of furlough for some?

The UK chancellor is introducing new support for those who are not going back to work. The job support scheme or JSS, what does it mean?

From what I can see if people go back to work for 5% of their normal hours there will be government support to top up income, it’s not book yourself a holiday to the USA kind of income but it might be enough to stop people from begging in the streets. Time will tell and the role out and communication from the government will be key.

Where do you find the information I believe it is on the gov.uk website, I am not exactly sure where may be alongside the Universal benefit information. Good luck lets survive this winter.