Get knotted!

Many years ago, long before ratchet tie-downs were a dime a dozen, my then-father-in-law Trevor ran a thriving trucking company, and extolled the virtues of the Truckies Knot. “Safe as houses,” he’d say, “but easy to undo.”

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Cheese on the move!

This could be about supermarket logistics, or the rise of vegetarianism – or the connection between cheese, the Hindenburg airship disaster, and the Trucking Towards a Better Future competition.

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Making complicated things simple

Googling “Truck Driving Back Pain” I got 36,600,000 hits (truckers’ sore knees got 7,000,000). I doubt the sore back stats will surprise readers, and sadly I’m not about to suggest a miracle cure, but the websites all said something like ‘it’s a good idea to incorporate more movement’. Easier said than done for long-haul truckers, I know, but it did put me in mind of dinner with a bunch of friends a few months ago.

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Trucking towards nuclear physics

You might think I’m crazy enough to suggest the heavy transport sector should model itself on US submarines and adopt nuclear power, but even I’m not that crazy! But when I decided to write about how things sometimes behave very differently to what we expect, I was reminded of a party years ago and talking with a nuclear scientist (and we all know they’re a dime a dozen at parties), and he was trying to explain the idea of ‘anti-matter’.

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Lessons from packing for a plane trip

In 2019 I was booked on an evening flight out of Hamburg, and had just checked in when the airport was put into lockdown – an unexploded WWII bomb had been found nearby. (Ironically, my dad might have been associated with my delay – he was involved with RAF bombers to northern Germany…)

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Little ideas with big, multiplier effects

Last time I waxed lyrical about the shape of a can of beans and this time it’s lamp posts. Both common as dirt, both pretty low-tech, and both with the potential that one little change can make a big difference when multiplied many times.

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Coming up with ideas one glance and one joke at a time

A few weeks ago, my newest grandson, Wyn, was born. Along with the joy of having this delightful wee man in the family, he has often illustrated things we big people take for granted, and  how fascinating and amazing they can be when you see them for the first time. Like all the angles where walls and ceiling come together, or the colours and shapes of fruit and packets and veggies on a kitchen bench.

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