Just in case you were wondering the image above was taken early this morning and represents a further investment in my special supply of kiln-dried oak for my woodburner. Inclusive of my original stores that will be enough to see me through the winter and insure that at approx £1.50 per night I'll not freeze to death.
The same cannot be said for tens of thousands of British pensioners who our government seem happy to euthanize every Christmas. Last year they unburdened themselves of some 18,000 old ladies and 13,000 old boys who succombed to a particularly cold spell after the festive period. No doubt with fuel bills rising the Chancellor and his chums can look forward to a record cryogenic harvest in 2014.
Hard to believe that the same people gave away £280 million in foreign aid to India in 2012 and are committed to foist our dosh on the upcoming economic powerhouse until 2015 even though they say they don't want it.
To make my point I could perhaps list the number of famous British companies now owned by India but in all honesty I'd be so depressed in so doing I probably wouldn't finish this blog. Instead I'll draw your attention to the Indian rocket currently hurtling towards Mars. Very nice it is too, as part of a £600m space programme, I wish we could afford such a luxury.
Being a bit of of a geek, the particulars of the mechanics employed to escape gravity appeal to me. As it happens India's PSLV propulsion engine uses both solid then liquid fuel. Specifically it employs a mixture of
Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene, Unsymmetrical Di-Methyl Hydrazine and Nitrogen tetroxide. A bit of a mouthful and perhaps better abbreviated to being fuelled directly by liquified, frozen British pensioners.