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  1. Yes. That can work. But the garden on top can be more imaginative
  2. haha. I will happily take that sort of gentle teasing, Lou I expect that land will be falling in value soon, making this project more viable all the time
  3. LET'S KEEP THIS THREAD ALIVE ! I love this thinking: "My ultimate aim has always been to have a few acres of land around me, whilst at the same time being part of a larger community, e.g. popping down to the local for a friendly chat in the evening, etc. Views across rolling countryside or over brooding seascapes would be a bonus" Indeed. I am at the early stage of trying to hatch an idea, that at this stage I will call "The Green Energy Village". It is too early to say much, but think about a village of prefab homes with Renewable forms of energy in the village: a wind turbine or two, solar cells, a community centre with live experiments into new forms of renewable power. I am still working this out, and I welcome input from anyone excited by the idea
  4. No Nonsense definitions of Alternative Energy ======== example: No Nonsense Guide to: Biomass Fuel (aka chip, log or pellet stoves) In simple terms biomass fuels are typically wood products from a sustainable source that are burnt to produce heat for space heating, water heating and cooking. Biomass is considered carbon neutral because the carbon emitted by burning is balanced by carbon absorbed when growing. http://www.energyalternatives.co.uk/produc...6697b6daffafa11
  5. NICE action in Columbus today! Closed up 33.3% : c$1.20 Change: +c$0.30 / Volume: 332,400
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    Columbia Metals - TSX-V: COL

    I think it is cheap. But it will take awhile to build a shareholder base, and some news too. Fortunately, news is coming.
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    Uranium: Price is booming

    Since writing the above, i have looked at Uramin. Seems a reasonable story, at reasonable valuation- relative to other uranium stocks
  8. KE Report visited the New York hard asset show. On their site: http://www.KEreport.com ... you can find some good panel discussions and interviews. Scroll down to the appropriate section, below the review of the week
  9. Good to have you onboard, Nijo. Have you visited the Video Games section yet? I have begun to follow some companies in the sector, and welcome comments from those who knwo the products better than I do
  10. Some Photos of FURNITURE ... 1/ Buddha (19.75"H X 16.5"W) in solid wood. It is Reserved. 2/ Korean Chest (16"D X 41"W X 36.5"H) : Reserved 3/ Early 20th Century Chinese Screen (6 detachable panels with 15.75" W X 7 feet H) with two different pictures on both sides of the screen: Sold 4/ Bookcase (15.25"D X 36"W X 82.5"H) in good quality wood with a cupboard at the base; Sold 5/ Armchair (37"D X 29"W X 36.5"H) has been protected by a throw-on. Very good condition. : Sold second look 6/ Wicker Sofa (25"D x 47"W) : Sold 7/ A set of very comfortable and high quality sofas with a pair of curtain (64" W x 83.5"H) in the same material, and brass curtain rings. The cushions are stuffed with goose feather, and the covers can be dry-cleaned or washed. One big sofa (41"D X 7 feet L X 27"H) has been protected by a throw-on: £90 One armchair (38"D X 41" W X 27"H) and one footrest : £40 ... £125 as set with sofa A pair of curtain (64" wide x 83.5" H x 2 peices) : free to go with the set MORE BELOW... = = = Notes on SB Area facilities 31 S.Bush Road : http://www.euro-hotel.co.uk xxxxxxxxxxxxx : access Mover Note...... : http://www.excess-baggage.com/ http://www.voovit.com/ : 30 boxes (580mm X 430 mm X 385 mm, max: 30kgs) = pds.690, £23 /box
  11. 30/ 2 sets of crystal glasses and some other glasses. £25. No defects. Sold 31/ 8 high quality Luminarc Champagne flutes (capacity 24 cl - 8 1/4 oz.). £14. No defects. 32/ An elegant set of Italian crystal glasses (6 water, 6 red and 6 white) £45. No defects. Most of them have not been used and are still wrapped. 33/ A crystal vase (5.25" diameter and 8"H) £13. No defects. 34/ Russell Hobbs country-style auto slow cooker (3 settings: high, low heat and auto) This has been used only about 12 times. No defects: £18 35/ Tefal Iron with smooth glide for easier ironing in very good condition: £13 36/ A non-stick steel wok (9.5 inch diameter): £5 We have more household items like this - only some example Please contact Yu-Ha at yuet-ha.mo@oba.co.uk, and copy mh@nvest.co.uk
  12. 24/ A smaller lamp Insert picture 25/ A China umbrella stand (8.25" outside diameter): Sold 26/ 4 China porcelain decorating items 27/2 brass decorating items and a bell: Reserved 28/ A blue China plant pot (8.75" inside diameter with a hole underneath): Sold 25/ A new liquidiser (never been used): Sold 26/ 2 pieces of Wedgewood ovenware (hardly been used) £19. No defects. 27/ A classic fine-bone China dining set (8 big dinner plates, 6 side plates, 4 soup bowls, 6 smaller bowls, 7 cups and saucers, one milk jug and suhar bowl) £35. Minor defects in three small bowls, one cup, and the milk jug. 28/ 4 pieces of ovenware. Prices from left to right: £8, £14, £14, £9. No defects. Reserved 29/ 5 pieces of China plates and bowls. Prices from left to right: £4, £7, £7, £7, £7. No defects.
  13. 18/ Four office chairs Chair 1 with Charcoal colour fabric £10 Chair 2 with black colour fabric £9 Insert picture (similar to Chair 1 without the arms) Chair 3 with black leather (When seat squab is 16" above the ground, the height if the seat back reaches 42" above the ground. The external seat width is 26.5"): £35 Chair 4 with grey colour fabric: Sold 19/ Wall mirror 1 (27"W X 38"H): £40 20/ Wall mirror 2 (20"W X 24"H): Sold 21/ Thai Painting (33.25"W X 47"H): £ 22/A pair of prints by Kevin Newman (24"W X 36"H): £ Print 1 Print 2 23/ A pair of lamps MORE BELOW...
  14. 8/ Kitchen Table (35.5"D X 59"W X 30.5"H) ...and 4 chairs in solid wood (to be collected nearer 23 June if possible) : £70 9/ A set of drawers (17.35"D X 37"W X 28.75"H) : Reserved. 10/ Wardrobe (21"D X 31.5"W X 78"H) with one top shelf inside and one hanging rail : £30 11/ A mahogany dresser (44"W X 20.5"D X 37.5"H) : Sold 12/ A double bed headboard (63.5"W X 41"H) and a metal frame of a 5 feet wide bed (to be collected nearer 26 June if possble) : £20 13/A modern desk (29.5"D X 59"W x 28"H) (to be collected nearer 23 June if possible) £16 14/ A classic desk (24.5"D X 48"W X 30.5"H) (to be collectef nearer 23 June if possbile) £60 15/ A side table (27"D X 22"W X 22"H) : Sold 16/ A corner table (18"W X 12"D X 36"H) : Sold 17/A filing cabinet (18"D X 15"W X 52"H) : £25 18/Half-round side table: £8 MORE BELOW
  15. GAL fell back to support. I sold many shares previously at 32-34 cents. A chance to buy them back at 24cents was too good to pass up. Personally, my target is 40cents plus. No guarantee
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    Kenmare Resources

    I bought KMR.L shares at under 10p and sold out "too-soon" at about 29p Once I sell, I rarely look back. No need to kick myself when I took a large profit
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    I think they will take various actions, like: + Buybacks, + Selling illiquid shares to reduce concentration Which will help the share price over time
  18. Ok. You ask, I listen. I will add a section on IT, Games, and other Technology. There seems to be interest in those areas. This will be a "global thread", looking at opportunities in London, the US, and everywhere
  19. Interesting, marie. Water is going to be a big investment area in the future, and it is great if we can have an international perspective on what works
  20. THE VITAL "SENSE OF PLACE" ======= CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT: Mr. Campbell, you're sitting in Boston, where Fanueil Hall was created by James Rouse, the first of his so-called festival marketplaces. How has this kind of urban rebuilding stood the test of time? ROBERT CAMPBELL, Boston Globe: (Boston) I think it made just a tremendous difference. You have to remember Boston and other American cities, but particularly Boston was coming out of a 40-year recession. There was no belief in the investment in downtown. He came in and with others that worked with him created something I think that was kind of--of reinvigorated the idea of what was local. They moved into a building that was 150 years old, an historic structure, and tried to create a sense of the region. This was an era when Americans were buying their food wrapped in plastic and shipped from California to supermarkets, and here's a guy saying no, come on downtown, buy fish, this is Boston, and buy it from local merchants and regain a sense of the local place. ...MORE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/remember/rouse_4-10.html
  21. Builder of Dreams Master Planner James Rouse Believed that Business Could Build a Better World. But a New Book Asks: Was Believing Enough? Tom Chalkley By Brennen Jensen The late James Rouse--Maryland developer, urban renewal strategist, and giant among those who have shaped the way Americans live, work, and shop--once dubbed Disneyland "the greatest piece of urban design in the United States today." While Nicholas Dagen Bloom titled his new book about Rouse Merchant of Illusion, he says that's not to suggest Rouse set out to build places as illusory as the Magic Kingdom. Instead, Bloom--a Baltimore native now working as assistant social sciences professor at the New York Institute of Technology--dubs Rouse "America's Salesman of the Businessman's Utopia." And by this "utopia," Bloom refers to a world lorded over not by big-eared cartoon mice, but by a benevolent private sector, profit-driven entrepreneurs dedicated to building a better tomorrow, whether it was slumless cities, vibrant suburbs, or engaging public spaces. "It's a fabulous dream," the 34-year-old author says on the phone. "I can't say that I don't want to believe in it. I think everyone in America wants to believe that almost everything that's good in society can be derived out of bottom-line thinking. I'm just asking the question, 'When exactly will we see this?'" In Merchant of Illusion, Bloom poses the query while casting a critical eye on Rouse's half-century of endeavors, during which time he helped birth the planned suburban community (Columbia), the modern shopping mall (everywhere), and the urban "festival marketplace" (Harborplace and others). But while Bloom calls Rouse a salesman, he doesn't cast him as a winking, pocket-lining huckster. "I do not in any way doubt Rouse's sincerity," says Bloom, who goes so far as to call him "the last great American progressive." Rather, his book posits that while Rouse possessed towering idealism and grand--if perhaps naive--visions, the same can't be said for those around him. The profit-seeking apparatus at the heart of his ventures, Bloom suggests, ultimately eroded many of Rouse's more noble intentions. Bloom's major source for the book--which he admits is geared more for the university bookstore than the local Borders--was "box after box" of documents that the James Rouse estate gave to the Columbia Archives after Rouse's death in 1996. Together, he says, they present a picture of a builder whose yearn for reform was outdone only by his belief in the free market. Rouse was born in Easton, on the Eastern Shore, in 1914, co-founded a Baltimore mortgage firm in 1939, and by the early 1950s had made a name for himself as progenitor of both housing and shopping developments. Cultural embarrassment as much as anything thrust Rouse into the realm of urban policy in the Cold War 1950s, Bloom explains: The United States was leader of the free world and the standard-bearer for capitalism, yet much of its urban poor lived in abject squalor. "Rouse was profoundly concerned about the image of America and American cities as a reflection of the capitalist system," Bloom says. In postwar Europe, he explains, government took the lead role in rebuilding shattered cities, while the Soviets distributed propaganda footage of their massive state housing schemes. Rouse, however, believed that free enterprise could solve urban decay with little federal involvement. This is when, Bloom writes, Rouse helped popularize the term "urban renewal" and became a proponent of its key motifs: highways slicing through cities, modernist office blocks replacing established streetscapes, and other bulldozer-based initiatives. Close to home, Rouse was an avid backer of what came to be known as the Baltimore Plan, a slum-busting program of targeted cleanups, tenant education, and intense building- and health-code enforcement. In 1951, a few battered East Baltimore blocks were put under the plan, with spectacular results. A documentary film of the efforts made a national splash. But the efforts soon stalled, the media buzz faded, and as Bloom writes, there wasn't "sufficient will and leadership" to sustain the approach. The developer moved on to new projects, this time in retail. Rouse didn't invent the shopping mall, but he jumped on the concept early and eagerly, with typically great expectations. While "mall culture" today suggests bland, corporate homogenization, Bloom writes that Rouse and other mall pioneers initially had lofty goals for their developments. The climate-controlled centers were to be the new Main Streets for America's burgeoning suburban lifestyle, and as such they would contain not only diverse merchants--like grocers, pharmacies, and doctors' offices--but also art galleries, little theaters, dance halls, and even churches. Rouse avidly touted these plans for his malls, and his 1958 Harundale Mall in Glen Burnie, since demolished, became the first enclosed mall east of the Mississippi. But over time, Bloom explains, the main purpose of the shopping centers--to make money for their developers--trumped Rouse's idealistic visions. "Rouse attempted to make malls genuine public gathering places," Bloom says. "Unfortunately, this goal was not built into the actual machinery of the mall, which ultimately undermined their idea as Main Street." Balance-sheet Darwinism, he says, saw to it that only the fittest merchants--corporate chains--could survive. Rouse then turned to his most ambitious project, and his most lasting legacy: the "New Town" of Columbia, which opened in 1967. Its impetus can be traced to Rouse's growing displeasure with the piecemeal, uncoordinated growth of suburbia, and in Merchant of Illusion, Bloom reveals that while Rouse was generally suspicious of European ideas, Columbia owes much to New Towns that were sprouting up across the pond, particularly in Sweden. He planned Columbia with a view to fostering both economic and ethnic diversity--calling for subsidies to cover 10 percent of housing, marketing with a stress on racial integration--and his approach proved attractive to many in the turbulent 1960s, with social progressives being among the first to move in. But Bloom quotes critics who deride Columbia's bland architecture, the parking lot-encircled Everymall at its center, and the fact that Rouse's goals for diversity still remain elusive. And, Bloom adds, the concept didn't catch on in other parts of the country, as Rouse had hoped. While the initial success of Columbia helped start a federal program to provide seed money for additional New Towns, none of them flourished. "It was always [Rouse's] hope that once he demonstrated the usefulness of the profit motive in social policy, whether New Towns, or housing, or so forth, that it would generate imitation," Bloom says. But when those hopes too faded, Rouse turned back to the inner city. Cynics have often noted that after Rouse's developments helped to suck the vitality--both economic and human--out of downtown Baltimore, he was only too glad to cast himself in the role of "city rescuer." But Bloom doubts there was anything quite so conspiratorial about Rouse's decision to focus on the decaying urban core. His brainchild for inner-city revival was the "Festival Marketplace," a concept first delivered in 1976 with Boston's Faneuil Hall, and brought to Baltimore as Harborplace in 1980: a mix of shopping center and attractive public space, enlivened with aspects of Baltimore's traditional urban emporiums like Lexington Market. Entrepreneurs and shoppers of all economic backgrounds would mesh in a colorful, organic mélange, Rouse hoped. But Bloom writes that Harborplace turned out to be "the Trojan horse of the suburban reentry into the center city." "The horse itself was the idea of a local, zesty, flavorful market environment that would be created," Bloom says. "The danger inside the horse was that the engine that drove it was the hard-style mall management approach of ever-increasing returns." To illustrate his claim, Bloom cites a Rouse Co. executive in 1981 who stated that that 90 percent of Harborplace merchants were from the Baltimore-Washington region. Today, a cursory stroll through the pair of pavilions--with their Hooters, Gap, and Cheesecake Factory outlets--shows how that claim failed to hold. "The Rouse Company built delightful urban spaces," Bloom writes of Harborplace, "but proved ham-handed when it came to restoring small-scale capitalism and the intimacy and character of actual city marketplaces." Rouse retired from the Rouse Co. in 1979 at age 65, and in his later years returned to the issue of neighborhood decay. He founded the Enterprise Foundation in 1982, another private-sector project targeting housing for the poor. Bloom calls the foundation, which promotes partnerships between for- and nonprofit corporations, Rouse's "most successful" undertaking, citing the sheer number of housing units it has affected. As in the 1950s, though, its efforts have been accompanied by lofty pronouncements that proved difficult to fulfill. Locally, the Enterprise Foundation has focused efforts on West Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood, where, Bloom notes, some 1,000 houses have been renovated or constructed. But still, he says, the ultimate result has been "an island of private-sector social democracy in an impoverished city." The crushing decay surrounding Sandtown, he observes, coupled with a citywide lack of jobs, has stymied efforts to bring lasting renewal to the neighborhood. Indeed, if there is a unifying theme to Merchant of Illusion, it's that Rouse's profit-driven approach to tackling Baltimore's ills came at the expense of federal efforts, that plans like his served to lessen government investment in social welfare, particularly public housing. In certain circles, Bloom will no doubt be dismissed as a lefty academic chucking stones at a revered figure from the cozy precipice of the ivory tower. When asked what the response to the book has been from those who knew or worked with Rouse, Bloom offers, "No comment. "I think Rouse himself would have enjoyed the book," he allows. "He was not above self-criticism." But today, eight years after Rouse's death, Baltimore remains awash in squalid neighborhoods, and suburbia is still searching for its Main Street. Comprehensive planning, both private and public, remains a prickly proposition. Planned "towns" being built today tend to be socially stratified, gated golf-course communities. Meanwhile, a haphazard exurbia charges ever outward, public planning remains politically charged, and Maryland's Smart Growth program is being dismantled by an Annapolis administration with other priorities. Despite a penchant for frumpy suits and an avuncular demeanor--or perhaps because of these likable attributes--Rouse was able to generate a great deal of excitement for his projects-cum-causes. The overarching illusion Bloom alludes to, however, might be Rouse's own vision of a private sector that was sincerely interested in improving the built environment. "The illusion can be viewed in general terms," Bloom says. "It's the illusion of an American society that was genuinely committed to creating a perfect place--that there was a top-to-bottom commitment to creating a good society. And I think [Rouse] was a brilliant salesman of that vision." @: http://www.citypaper.com/arts/story.asp?id=6242
  22. Back to the Future then- perhaps it WILL be cyclical.
  23. Grim, Wells' vision. Was that the world before the belching out of C02 gas?
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    Hydrogen car

    From that link: "Stan Meyer's Dune Buggy that ran on water. Hydrogen burning motor. On board electrolysis, no hydrogen tanks, no bombs on-board, just water. (1998) It ran 100 miles per gallon! The 2nd best inventor of the Century, besides Tesla, who was and will always be #1. Stan is the mustard seed of Water Powered Cars! The video left above is a one timed aired news cast, from his home town of Grove City , Ohio that you are not to view. The video screen to the right is a segment of the Equinox program about Stanley aired back in Dec. 1995 (approx.) See the entire program entitled "It Runs on Water" narrated by Arthur C. Clarke in video clips below. It is in 4 parts, made possible by Andy the WizardKing from Blackpool, England. He was a shame to hear that he was poisoned (March 98') and longer with us. The Military was going to use this technology in their tanks, jeeps, etc. He had patents on his invention and was ready for production. Only $1,500 to equip your car! See the Videos above. No gasoline, just water. Stanley said he was offered a billion dollars from an Arab to basically shelf his idea. " RIGHT. so why isnt he a billionaire?
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    Renewable energy holdings

    You may not yet find REH.L, But you will find UK-quoted companies like Renova on the 2nd section in the Investment & Trading area