Lots of E’s today… As a result of events in my working life I wound up watching a bit of Equestrian and the Elimination rounds of the Archery at the London Olympics. However… Electricity is the high voltage subject for today.

As a society… worldwide that is… what do we do now that doesn’t rely upon a reliable electricity supply? Not a lot really. And I was not too surprised when confronted recently with Cubs that had never seen a match! Electricity is a key part of our lives – this Blog isn’t possible without it.

So today I had our usual early morning call with my team – one DBA in the UK and two coding persons in India. All ok, work in hand and off we go… Around midday I get the info that India and the Kolkata area where my offshore team is based has lost power as the grid has shut down. This means that my guys over there can’t do their work – not a major worry from my point of view. I accept that sometimes there will be issues. In fact my biggest concern normally is that they will over do it to catch up tomorrow which I’d rather they didn’t because they’re far better to me when they’re thinking on two feet.

India is not doing too bad in respect of power outages – from experience Zimbabwe is very bad, but national / regional festivals like Holi are probably more disruptive year on year than the loss of power experienced today – though I always encourage our team to enjoy their festivals as I feel that it’s important that we all feel comfortable with who and what we are.

The devastating effects of what happened to the power grid in India today reminded me that the US suffered very badly in November 1965 when the power grid went walkies. Over 30 million people on the East Coast of the USA and Canada found themselves without power on that occasion. The tiniest fault in our national grid systems can render us impotent. This is not just an issue that might affect my friends and colleagues in India – anyone can be downed by a simple power failure. My Colleague Rohit joked that perhaps India has finally caught up with the 1960’s USA! 😉 Perhaps we need to find a non-electricity reliant back up to our lives where ever we live and work?

Our society is built around Decency.   I pass through our city’s streets each day and see the majority of my fellow English people regardless of their stature within our great society acting with proberty and good will towards others.  Yes, there are many poor who struggle to make ends meet but the charity of our churches will help most while others will be supported by the workhouse.

This is our city at daytime but the night reveals the limits of the Decency that our society has driven.   I follow city fathers through the cloistered alleyways of London.   These are the paragons of society who I would hope to be out seeking to uphold the decency of society in the gaslight hours.   Instead I see theft, the deliberate reposession of property from the poor, evictions and the intentional misuse of poor people by those who should know better.

Worst of all, in our great Christian city I find that there are ladies of ill virtue parading the streets in full view of the Constables that are supposed to uphold the dignity of our society within its laws.   I see them providing their services to gentlemen of parliament and to gentlemen of the cloth.  This flies in the face of all that the Christian church has taught me is Decent.   If I can’t trust the law, the church or Parliament to maintain Decency then I must do it myself for the  good of our society.

Tonight I removed one of the blemishes on our city permanently – a professional lady ( I use the term loosely) – and in a manner that I hope will discourage her kind.   I will move to eradicate the temptations until the Law does its job to remove these evil people from the street and restore Decency to our community…

I will continue to deal with this issue as long as I am able… Jack

I’ve been a bit lax recently as time has been at a premium so here goes with a little catch-up on the Photo Challenge front. Movement can be protrayed in a number of ways. Cartoonists used to add speed streaks to their figures to give an impression of speed.   Animators used rapidly whirling feet and sound effects.   Still photographers must (normally) rely upon the visual cues within the image to convey movement.   They can choose to allow the subject to blur or perhaps, to follow the subject and allow the background to be blurred.   Equally, as I have done in the image below, they can allow the picture to tell a story of movement…

Blasting Through Reading

… I hope that the sharp lean into the corner and the black exhaust smoke above the locomotive gives an adequate impression of a train on the move.

This is 47077 ‘North Star’ heading a London bound express through Reading station in 1975.   It’s a nice warm summer day but the passengers will be overheating in their air-conditioned carriages without any windows to open – you see, 47077 doesn’t have the electrical output to power the air-con.   She’s almost certainly standing in for a failed sister locomotive or a Class 50.   And she’s running late – hence the fireworks through the station  🙂