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Well it seems that yesterday, the bank decided to spontaneously cancel my Switch card. This is vaguely inconvenient. If I didn't have another bank acc. in which I stash money, it'd royally suck. Need to whinge at them about that.

I also visited the tip. Coventry has a 'waste to energy plant' that does look rather impressive up close. The best bit of all, was getting to see them activate the 'rubbish compressor' is about the only words I can think to describe it.

Basically, there's a bunch of these kinda bins. So the guy comes along, presses a button on the side, and a hydraulic metal thing comes and pushes the contents of the lower half. It wasn't fast, but it did just cut a sofa in half without any effort at all...

I'm still really irritated by the number of drivers who fail to keep in lane on the coventry ringroad. 90% seem to stick in the left hand lane, all the way round. Despite the fact that you should only be in the left hand lane if you are coming off at the next exit. The _correct_ way to drive the ring road, and the way that's marked by every 'lane filter' sign, is to keep _right_ until you're at your junction. (with the exception of junctions 1 and 4 at least). Then move over, and leave, so you're not presenting a hazard to _everyone else_ manuvering at the exit.

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the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: August 15th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the bank cancelled my switch too, something about chip and pin. Luckily they gave me a new card, but had said in the letter that my old card would continue to work untill I used the new one...

I admit though, I am a terrible ringroad driver, I stick in the left lane, especially if I'm only going a couple of junctions. Although I do tend to pull over when someone is trying to get on.

I find that the ring road is not really big enough to use the right hand lane until you reach your desired exit as by the time you have worked your way back accross (through the left lane hoggers) you miss your exit.

I also put this down to the strange psychological state I end up in whenever I drive into Cov...
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the_wood_gnome From: the_wood_gnome Date: August 16th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
twats they are too
gingerboy From: gingerboy Date: August 16th, 2004 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
The Waste to Energy Plant used to be even more impressive up close. You know as you come down the drive from the London Road, you swing round to the right of the main big building - you used to be able to drive right up to it and poor your rubbish straight into the huge pit within. If you were lucky, you'd see the grabber arm swing over and grab a 'handful' of rubbish (ie small car sized amount) and whisk it off over the back wall for processing. Nice and impressive when I were a little-un going there with my dad :-)

I've not managed to find any photos online of inside the main building, but I have found that it produces 17.7MW/hour of electricity and 9MWt of heat for local use, by processing 220,000 tonnes of waste every year.

Site picture here http://www.cswdc.co.uk/Site_photo.htm
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