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Hey everyone, just a quick note to let you know that I am still here! Sorry for the lack of posts for the last few days. I have been on a Migraine Vacation, which alas is not a vacation from migraines. Nope. I’ve just had a series of migraines (they always come in bunches for me) that have kept me from working on the blog.

Hopefully these will ease up a bit (they haven’t yet) and I’ll be able to get back to normal blogging shortly. In the meantime, hey, check out the archives!

Thanks for your patience!

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5 years ago


Power stations in general make me uncomfortable, they have a bit of a Cold-War sci-fi, Quatermass/1970s-Dr-Who creepy vibe: sterility of design, ominous and omnipresent electrical humming, stark surfaces and an absence of organic life. J.G. Ballard had a field day with that kind of thing, I seem to recall. I especially don’t like the pools you’re referring to because the water looks clear and pleasant enough to swim in – but it’s NOT!

And swimming pools generally are grim. Give me a mountain river like the Rawthey any day.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
5 years ago


No one is sure whether that’s because radiation in low doses actually builds immunity (there’s a scientific word for that, that I can’t remember)

Radiation hormesis

It’s a rather controversial hypothesis, as most of the evidence in its favour is next to impossible to remove confounders from, so we can’t actually be sure if it was that or something else that caused the effect seen (or even if there was an effect at all in many cases).

Might be true, might not be, too much noise from other sources to be able to say for sure.

Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@ jenora

That’s the one! Ta.

I was thinking about you the other day. Got to watch a Horizon documentary called Seeing Stars. All about the latest in astronomical telescope technology. Got a bit Clarke’s Third Law at times; but really interesting. If there’s a way of viewing it where you are you might enjoy checking it out.

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