Friday, 10 October 2014

How Far Is West Cork From Hinkley Point? (Nuclear Bunker Wanted For Irish Smallholding).

My last post was about us needing an Anderson Shelter for when we have a gale on our smallholding.  We got lightning strikes Wednesday afternoon.  The terrier went missing overnight and the landline went kaput for the third time this year.  So going off the last time.  We should have our phone fixed in five weeks time.  Nature can be very frightening, can't it?

I couldn't believe it the other day when I read that they are going to build another nuclear power-station just 150 miles away from the Irish coast.  What happens if there is an accident or a terrorist group attacks one of Britain's nuclear power stations?  Why do most of the UK political parties support nuclear power and weapons?  Why do none nuclear countries have to live next door to nuclear ones?

I read recently that if the Romans had nuclear power stations in Britain.  They would still be radioactive today.  Germany plans to close down all its nuclear plants by 2022.  Don't suppose Britain will?  Do you feel safe with nuclear power and weapons?  Do we need nuclear?

Perhaps I should make my own smalholding nuclear bunker?  Or should I just crawl under the table and paint everything white?

To quote dear old Mrs Merton:

"Lets have an heated debate."


  1. As a person who used to work in the nuclear industry and at Hinkley Point, I feel very safe indeed. If farmers were to operate their businesses to the same standards, then there would not be so many deaths & accidents that there are today.

  2. Thanks for expressing your opinion, Heron. I don't like nuclear power because a nuclear power station can never be decommissioned other than bury it in concrete and if there was a war or terrorist attack the nightmare scenario is not worth thinking about. Chernobyl is a classic example.

    Farming is a very dangerous occupation. A lot of accidents are caused when handling animals which you can never be sure what they will do and also the isolation of farming means a lot of farmers struggle on their own and this can cause accidents to happen. Thanks!

  3. I don't like the thought of nuclear power either because of the ongoing problems after the power station is decommissioned. I would agree about farming being a dangerous occupation though, Lester has recently had a sheep jump into his face when she should have been going in the opposite direction, and I was knocked over when one jumped straight into my chest when she should have stayed put behind the gate. With just the two of us to manage a small farm I can quite see how desperate accidents would happen. And what's this about having lightning strikes! Crikey but it sounds as if the weather in your part of the world can be quite difficult to cope with sometimes. Hope your electrics manage to stay connected for the foreseeable future, and that you have a good weekend.

  4. Hi Vera. Glad to read that you don't like nuclear power either.

    I have had a few near scrapes with farm livestock. Headbutted by a calf, kicked by cattle and cracked my ribs helping the vet make a bull into a bullock.

    The land is also dangerous on farms and its so easy to get hurt and to turn over tractors.

    The lightning was frightening and we saw blue sparks come out of the telephone socket. We forgot to unplug it when it started lightning.

    Have a great weekend, Vera!

  5. There seems to be very little mention in the Irish media about this latest power station, in 1996/1997 people in Ireland took to the street protesting about opening of the Thorpe reprocessing plant in Cumbria, it had many problems and is due to close in 2018, what a waste of money that was. We lived on Anglesea for a while in the late 80's around the area of Nuclear power station we found so many wild plants that were mutants, yet we are all assured that this form of power is safe.
    So much could be done to reduce peoples and industry's use of electricity, but there is no money in reducing the use of power, it's a cash cow.
    I also wonder if people will stop wasting water here now that most will have to pay for it, I doubt it but they will continue to moan instead of doing something about it.

  6. A question that I would like answered is: what does Ireland do with it's radio-active isotopes and waste material, given that ever dentist has an x-ray capabilities & most hospitals too, plus of course university labs & some industrial applications ?

    It would be ironic if the waste is sent to Sellafield wouldn't it !

  7. Thanks for your comment, Anne. I also found it surprising that there was so little uproar about the new Hinkley Point nuclear power-station. The UK and Irish political parties don't seem to have many green policies these days. I can remember when Labour use to go on CND marches (I went to one) in London.

    I agree that electricity is a cash cow. Especially now that the East West/ Eirgrid electricity interconnector runs under the sea and ground from Wales to Ireland. So Ireland isn't any longer nuclear free because she buys nuclear generated electricity.

    Th water meters are new to Ireland and people on mains have to pay for it. My concern is why are councils still allowed to let sewage pipes go into sea?


  8. It would be ironic if Irish radioactive waste goes to Sellafield, Heron. I know that asbestos waste goes to Denmark. Thanks!

  9. I'm glad New Zealand is nuclear free - not only no nuclear stations, we don't permit nuclear ships to come into our ports either. Good luck on finding your shelter! Cheers from CArole's Chatter

  10. I think I was probably all for it until Japan had that accident. If the Japanese can have it go wrong then we sure can! I read that quite a bit of our power comes from France now.

  11. Hi Carole. I wish other countries followed New Zealand lead and were nuclear free. I don't think a shelter would do much good if there was a nuclear disaster - thanks!

  12. Chernobyl was also terrible, Kev . A lot of electricity does come from nuclear power stations in France. There is also the worry of a terrorist attack on a nuclear power station. What would we or could we do? The world is far too dangerous at the moment for nuclear power. Thanks for your thoughts Kev.

  13. As somebody who live in the shadow of Sellafield, (well about 20 miles away, too close for comfort) I'm like a lot of Cumbrians who are opposed to the nuclear industry.
    They tell us how safe it is, but Chernobyl and the more recent Japanese disaster would seem to indicate something different.
    This stuff, whatever it is, is lethal and continues to be lethal for a very long time, nobody knows how long, but it's measured in centuries.

  14. I agree with you, Cumbrian. The state of the world and nuclear power is far too dangerous. It's a time bomb waiting to go off. None of the main political parties seem to oppose nuclear or are environmental these days. I can't understand how oil prices are dropping with all the conflict in the Middle East. They put a levvy on plastic bags but they won't put one on petrol or nuclear power.


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