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  1. How does fuel asssemblies get shipped to power stations today? By truck, I believe (well, have seen). There are strict regs and security requirements. A good article of the different lifecycle of and what containment is used is here: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/small-modular-reactors-a-challenge-for-spent-fuel-management
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    @Yenn, my view is it is impossible at this stage to predict. Remember, the UK imports way more than it exports to the EU, however, a lot of the supply chains for manufacturers both in the UK and Europe, especially car and aircraft, are vey tightly coupled. The services economy, which is the UK's largest, will be affected but less so. Note, it is doing it tough at the moment. So, it is going to be interesting to see how it pans out. The UK in the shorter term (say 2 years) stands to lose a lot of auto manufacturing; in the longer term it stands to lose a lot of aviatiom manufacturing. By the middle of next year, the currency will fluctuate on the whims of statements made by both sides of the negotiation table in terms of how good or bad free trade talks are going. At the moment, there is jostling about regulatory divergence. The EU rightly is saying the more the UK wants to diverge, the harder it will be to have a free trade agreement. Then, there is the AUD.. The fortunes of that are probably more predictable, so I would base my decision on when to buy based on what you thing the Dingo Dollar is going to be doing. I don't know that much about FX markets to be honest, but what is the Aussie economic outlook.. that will give you a clue and that is probably best to use at this stage.. This advice is worth what you are paying me for it.. @Nev. Boris is not the problem - it is his stooges of his Cabinet. Also, technically at least, the EU has certain rules or such fiscal conditions have to be met before a country can be admitted. Prior to the Brexit referendum and then the negotiations of the withdrawal agreement, Scotland was told emphatically no concessions will be made (presumably in a feeble attempt to get Scotland to convince England and Wales that leaving the EU is not a great idea and stop the whole thing). No doubt, if Scotland were to leave the Union, the EU would allow circumvention of its rules - it always does.. I have no real skin in the game and as I am not UK born and bred, I feel somewhat objective to the whole thing.. but since I have moved here in the late 90's, my observation was that Europe was always more willing to bend the rules for its noisy continental countries than it was for its island nation member.. but maybe its becaue the UK has a culture of making pointless rules and dogmatically following them whreas certainly its noisy members don't.. and of course, its largest economic member is not to be upset under any circumstances - otherwise the whole thing will go broke. (OK - I have no evidence of the last bit).
  3. A little sooner than 9 years: https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/small-modular-reactors-a-challenge-for-spent-fuel-management Waste is still an issue...
  4. I know a few people working on Hinkley Point C.. and I don't live too far from the site (about 15 miles or so as the crow flies).. I can say the cost os astronomical party because EDF are wedded to the EPR design,which has yet to work reliably. There are plenty of sites that turn a reasonable operating profit. Of course, one shoudl (but usually leave it to the government) factor in the decommissioning costs -which are huge. Unf, the UK has allowed all of its nuclear infrastructure to go well past oriignal life and are building in a "hurry". Small module reactors are coming on stream (e.g https://www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/nuclear/small-modular-reactors.aspx#section-the-opportunity) and offer a relatively quick and cheap way to get nuclear going. Of course, having existing site licences helps, so for Aus, it would be abit more work, but you van get decent generation fairly quickly up and running, as, unlike the massive EPRs wth all their technical complexity that comes with large scale, these are fairly quick and, lie a pre-fab house, (will) have a proven and repeatable emthod of construction - local site issues are more likely to the be problem. The other advantage to SMRs is that you have a fuel cell literally waiting on a secured flat-bed truck. A refuelling takes a day rather than shutting a whole unit for c. 30 days. As they are sealed units, it makes waste handlong a little easier - still a problem, though..
  5. @Marty_d, well done for keeping petty partisan poltics out of it *ahem*, Anyway, it is not democracy that is the problem - it is the frustration of democracy that is the problem - and of course, good govenance thaty balances the different and competing but legitimate agendas. When I last returned to Melbourne, the development of YMMB looked like it had gone too far. The DFO was OK and a few other buildngs - fine, but they have basically taken it from a place of mixed use that had real ammenity to the local population as a place where they could take their kids, have a BBQ, play around and watch planes to a place that is claustrophobically over-developed and plain ugly - except airside, of course.. I recall as a late teenager not long after Naurau House was built in Melbourne going to take a squizz and on I think it was Collins St, a lovely little park that was the size of the footprint of a skyscraper. It was both an oasis and a sanctuary where people could sit and enjoy their lunch or just take a breath, relax and watch the world for a bit.. Of course, today, it has some skyscraper on it... I wonder if the rise in anxiety issues is the result of denser populated areas losing more and more of this. Is it crooked councils? Maybe.. But maybe it is us, too. What sort fo mentality has people queuing up overnight to buy the latest phone? What sort of metality embraces the soulless chains like starbucks, McDs, etc over character and quirky coffee shops and fish and chip shops and cafes/bistros? I remember in my early 20s, the Coles Myer attempt at a toy superstore opened its first shop/warehouse in Springvale, I think. There were queues a mile long to get in on opening night, which from memory was a Friday at 9pm! FFS - it is a shop . I went the next day and it had nothing special; nothing different to the Myers toy section in the city (except a lot more cheap carp).. and there was certainly nothing special about the building - no aroudn the floor model railway, magic waterfall.. it was just a warehouse stocked full of toys. Instead of my Friday night return from London, I returned this morning (Sat). On the A303 (which passes some very nice airfields), I thought I coul use a nice cooked breakfast with a drink and read the paper a bit. All the "services" have had their sit down diners replaced by Starbicks - eye-wateringly expensive coffee (don't care; don't drink it) some pastries and limp sandwiches. My poiny is the developers build it and the people flock to it.. so regardless of the councils, as a society, we affirm it... And that, my friends, is very, very sad.
  6. We were looking for a replacement car for the wife. So I took her to a Nissan dealer and she had a test drive of a Leaf.. The acceleration scared her... Unf, the UK government in their forward thinking mode stopped subsidies for EVs, making them about £8-10K more than their IC equivalent. That combined with it being a bland car put my wife off.. We went to the mini dealer and they have a hybris Countryman, which was what I preferred for her as we have a steep driveway and in winter, it can get icy. Only problem is, and I cannot believe some people who design cars, despite the battery taking up a fair whack of the boot (rather than sticking in the floor wells), the thing only had a 20 mile range.. the motor was smallish and although zippier that the 1.5l petrol, only had a range of 20 or so miles... And the 4wd only worked when the battery had sufficient charge - after which, having a countryman for was is a waste of time. Given I know my wife and after lugging in the groceries, etc., if she knows there's petrol in it, she won't plug it in.. So we decided to save ourselves around £20K and buy a 2 year old one with only 1900 miles on it.. other than not having an electric motor, it was the same spec. On another note, a hybrid regional commuter plane may not be that far off: https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2017/11/airbus--rolls-royce--and-siemens-team-up-for-electric-future-par.html
  7. OK - now you have got me pi$$ed off... I contract to an investment bank.. When TSLA dipped, I wanted to fill my boots... But, I had to get what we call Personal Account Dealing clearance.. so that a compliance officer can say there is no conflict of interest and we are not going to unfairly profit from inside information we may have. Our US arm must have been doing something with them as it flatly denied my request and said wait, ironically, 6 weeks... Congrats.. But I still hate you! (Not really... I am looking forward to those Triangle lessons you promised me ;-))
  8. I actually like Chargers, although I didn't fit into the w0g category when I lived in Aus... I recall Matlock police had Chryslers.. maybe a charger.. Well done to you.. I wish I kept my A9X.. I got rid of it as the interior was - offensive. That $8K is now worth about $300K... And it has grunt and gets you from 0 -60 fast for that day (not as fast as the Euro supercars).. nbut drove like a camel over-indulged on water... Having said that, I do miss my VS Crappydore... Executive (aka base) model.. FEII suspension, tinted windows and a towbar were the only accessories. 5 Speed manual, too.. It was a late 95 model (put 85K kms on it and I left Aus at the end of 96 as I lived in Melb and worked in Morwell).. Left it with my Bro. In the UK picked up a '96 Audit A6, 2.8l V6.. It was a far superior car in build quality - but there was a character about the crappydore that had me looking forward to driving it whenever I returned to Aus... You can call me a philistine!
  9. I really did mean it when I said I wish your theory was correct...
  10. $220K for a car that has historically needed a lot of maintenance - oh and parts probabky have to be fabricated now.... Hmmm I think I will churn a $50K car every three years.. thanks...
  11. I believe in WWII, it was 20m Russians alone that died and 6m jews.. Gawd knows how many yanks, Aussies, Japanese, Germans, Poles, Italians, Arabs, etc etc erc... So far, people 1; Volcanoes 0. Hang on.. there was WW1; the Boer war, Syria, flare ups in Africa, Cambodia (don't have to be wars to kill people)... People: 1; Volcanoes 0; (OME - I wish your theory was correct - wouldn't feel so guilty when I go flying, but the science seems to point otherwise in terms of the effect of Volcanoes))
  12. I often say to my son, the most expensive and appreciating commodity on earth is nostalgia... https://www.australianmusclecarsales.com.au/cars/1971-valiant-charger-bathurst-e38-big-tank-243754 Look at the price 😮
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