Richard’s Blog

Inspiring the engineers of tomorrow

How do you work out a system to transport a bottle of water across the space between two posts using a couple of ropes and a random collection of plastic components, nuts and bolts? And you have to work as a team and you only have 20 minutes to do it? This challenge...

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Provision for rough sleepers this winter

Although it is year-round issue for anyone facing the devastating consequences of homelessness, rough sleeping inevitably becomes more high profile as we move into the colder months of the year. All of us, as concerned individuals, ask the same questions: why are...

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Net Zero West Berkshire

The Zero Carbon Future conference at (carbon-neutral) St George’s Wash Common, was an appropriate way to mark the start of Green Great Britain Week for me. The conference was organised by West Berkshire Green Exchange and was a chance to look at ways in which our...

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Agriculture: it’s showtime

One of the biggest and most popular events of the year is the Royal County of Berkshire Show, formerly the Newbury Show. Between 60,000 and 70,000 people come to see a proper agricultural show and to be entertained by a huge diversity of activities and spectacles. The...

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Making sense of the silly season

It seems that the silly season is no longer silly. There’s been no room for those headlines about cats on Segways or dogs on surfboards and the ‘news’, both real and fake, continued unabated throughout the long hot summer of 2018. But amongst all the noise there was...

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The A34: keeping up the pressure

As we reach the second anniversary of those tragic accidents on the A34, I wanted to update you on what has been happening. The Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project is gathering momentum and a decision will be announced later this summer on the ‘corridor’ that this...

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Joy and sadness

Before joining the madness of Westminster last Monday I had a morning of joy mixed with great sadness. I started by visiting the soon-to-be-opened renal and cancer care unit at West Berkshire Hospital. Whilst this is being staffed and run by the NHS, it has been built...

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On parade

It was Armed Forces Day on Saturday which is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation to the Armed Forces, past and present, for their service and dedication. This event, now in its tenth year, is a way of extending thanks to serving personnel, reservists,...

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Action on loneliness

Two years ago last week I wrote my blog about the shocking murder of MP Jo Cox. As the anniversary of her death came around again on June 16th, along with continued outrage at that senseless waste of life and sadness at the loss of a mother, sister, wife and one of...

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How not to flounce

I have made a study of flouncing. Some do it well and some don’t. The Scottish Nationalists got it wrong in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday. The best flounce is at a table. You stand up, ostentatiously throw your napkin on the table, gaze down pityingly at...

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