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Archive for the day “December 17, 2017”

After Death Is Water Cremation (Liquefaction) An option to cremation or burial? Would you like to be flushed down the drain instead of cremated ? A serious option. Take the Survey


The views on death and after death are plentiful both amongst and between those with varying religious beliefs. Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has given planning permission to a crematorium ( Rowley Regis) to fit a £300,000 machine called a Resomator. The Resomator in three hours will turn corpses into liquid and softened bone. Essentially liquefaction replaces cremation. The bone ashes will be given to relatives and the liquid is flushed away. Apparently 330 gallons per dead body. The website of the company Resomation reports that their technique can be described as a “basic process that borrows from the hydrolysis chemistry used by nature after burial but dramatically speeds it up”. In other words they recreate what happens in the soil. The focus of the company is on the environment even such their choice of name “The actual term Resomation was thoughtfully chosen using “Resoma” which is a Greek/Latin derivation for “rebirth of the human body”

Resomation on their website use a lot of what be termed kindly ” marketing speak” which hardly helps their cause. For example

“Instead of burial in earth or burning by fire we now have a true third water based option that allows us to express our environmental awareness and concerns in a positive manner”

This practice is not new and is being used in USA in Florida, Minnesota, California and Chicago, being described as a new flameless cremation option. The machines are built in West Yorkshire by a company called Resomation. So how will UK deal with this? Sandwell council consider this a more environmentally friendly option and a third choice behind burial and cremation. The arguments and debate have already started. Severn Water have refused  a “trade effluent” permit to the council under the premise that dissolved bodies are not covered, a reasonable fact. Water UK which represents the Water supplying companies quite reasonably have reservations over public acceptance of dead people in the water system.

 

Despite initial reservations and even horror when looking at what is planned there is some logic in this suggestion, but as Severn Water have found, a lot more thought and information needs to go into how this proposition is made to the general public.  I am unsure that using the green option and reduction of environmental damage is the correct way forward. However the debate has started.

Brentford v Barnsley. What did we learn from this festival of football? Talking points


  1. Never knowingly watch Barnsley ever again. Another club in the lower reaches of the championship  who seem to think that mathematically drawing each game 0-0 will preserve their league status. The time wasting tactics we saw yesterday ranging from their goalkeeper wasting time two minutes into the game, and  added to by curious injury delays towards the end, were very much old league four behaviours. Simply dire.  As a footballing side they were adequate when trying to come forward but little better than that. In 2017 this kind of gamesmanship has no place and one wonders of the mentality of manager Paul Heckingbottom or his assistant Jamie Clapham.
  2. Never undertake the role of Barnsley performance analyst (Alex Bailey, what exactly do you analyse? Minutes of time wasted when score 0-0?)
  3. Brentford are not improving at knowing how to unlock defensive minded teams. We are a far better side in terms of skin levels yet seemingly not any better than teams like Sunderland, Burton and Barnsley, with disappointing home draws in recent weeks. The team seems not set up to do this and importantly no sign of a Plan B either.
  4. Josh McCeahran had a poor game and is not suited to playing in front of the defensive unit. He did not tackle and gave the ball away in highly dangerous situations. This was a curious decision by Dean Smith. It is difficult to argue that he should be starting games as he also offered little in attacking options either.
  5. Team selection and tactics. To put Kamo and Nico on the bench was perhaps an odd selection. Players need to be played who are in form and both are in the best performing 11 players at present. Ryan Woods is out of form and this worries me as is reminiscent of the form of players like Tarkowski and Toumani shortly before their departures. Why is Florian not playing? A player in good form and a set ball expert. There is plenty of room for both Sergio and Florian in the same team. 00000198
  6. Route one football at Brentford? We have never been known for this style of football. Our current squad are also not suited not frankly capable of playing this way, yet against Barnsley and Burton, for periods of the game this was our style. Justin Shaibu is the only squad member capable potentially of playing in this style ( and why has he not been on the bench recently?).
  7. Neal Maupay. Enigma or unlucky? The season has not gone well for him and some fans are starting to turn on him. He should have scored more goals but yesterday his level of service was zero. He is not a midfielder yet was having to win the ball to be able to do anything with it. For me he has the potential but needs the team set up to provide far more crosses into the box. He also I suspect is a confidence player.
  8. Is Dean Smith getting the best from his squad? Putting aside the few folks with persistent negative views, others are questioning his team selection, tactics and ability to out manoeuvre the opposition, especially when changes need to be made during the game. His choice of central defenders have come under scrutiny  and I am a critic here too. Our central defence is the weakest for many seasons regardless of international players we have playing there. As an ex-central defender he must see that too and I would like to see changes in the transfer window.
  9. Are we going anywhere this season? My opinion is not. We are a mid-table side. We will not make the top six, and unlikely to be in the bottom six either. We should take this opportunity to blood the youngsters or move them on. Chris Mepham should be starting and Ilias should be given a run of 4-6 games to assess potential.
  10. Why do the half-time draw sellers stand both outside the gents toilet ( for their sake, the smells are not lovely) and blocking the entrance to the steps up into the stand in New Road?  I do not much like this way of making a minuscule amount of money and £2 a ticket is a lot of money frankly for a small prize. The simplest way to make a sensible amount of money would be to make catering available to supporters in their seats in the stands. Trays of hot drinks and burgers etc. All priced sensibly maybe with pre-paid vouchers. To sell 300 extra hot drinks and 300 extra burgers would make a decent amount of money and provide a service.
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