Is nuclear the way forward?

This article was originally posted here.

The United Kingdom’s sources of electricity are said to be20% reliant on atomic energy. Nuclear power has been all over the news during the past year, but is this the best direction to take for “cleaner” energy?

Nuclear energy works by using uranium as a natural heat source, an element which cannot be created, there is only so much of it on the planet. I have read various articles about how long this supply of uranium will last, an article from Scientific American states that at current rates the uranium on this planet will last us for 230 years. However, (that article was published in 2009 by the way) as the consumption rate of uranium and demand for nuclear energy increases, the amount of uranium will decrease quicker. This is not the definition of a sustainable source of energy, in fact, it is the opposite!

The new Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK will be up and running by 2023. The cost has risen from the original plans by £23 billion, it is now said it will cost £37 billion… That’s a hell of a lot of money to buy something when you don’t know how much it will last.

If the decisions were up to me, I would use the money to implement renewable energy using a tidal energy source. This is because the energy source is predictable; unlike solar or wind. Plus the UK is an island so there is plenty of coastal areas to put power stations. I thoroughly believe that all countries should harness their geographical location to their advantage (another example could be China using geothermal heat to conduct electricity instead of coal).

Any other opinions? I would love to hear them.

Bethan Nicole.

(Illustration of Hinkley Point C nuclear station. Photograph: EDF Energy/PA)

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Are we Adulting yet?

The term “adulting” now tends to pop up a lot in the dark dark world of the internet (possibly due to this tumblr/blog/book), it seems like all the social media savvy are around my age use this word. What scares me the most of all is that I’m certainly not adulting!…at least I don’t think I am… If you call watching Comedy Central re-runs of Friends on a Monday afternoon whist ignoring the existence of university being productive, I don’t think I’m quite there yet.

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I’ve just entered my final year of university, at the end of my final freshers week I couldn’t help but feel that all the university fun will soon be over. I’ll begin the trauma of writing a dissertation (once I think of a topic and a question) and working towards modules that will actually count towards my final mark! But the aspect that I am most concerned about is finishing and going into the real world…or not going into the real world and instead doing a masters.

What do I want to do a job in? Dunno

What do I want to do a masters in? Dunno

If I didn’t know any better then I would be shit*ing myself for the future. However, I know for a fact that most 20 something and 30 something year olds don’t have a clue what they’re doing either, and just winging it. In fact my uncle is 50 odd and he told me that he still doesn’t know wants to be when he grows up.

I know that I am perfectly capable of living on my own…because I have. I know how to cook and generally keep myself alive. What I do not know is how taxes work, how a mortgage or loan works, how to buy a house, and how to change a light bulb (amongst many other tasks). So I am proposing that someone who is business savvy and knows how to do adult things, starts an Adulting course – preferably online – and of course for free. Or the government could actually propose that schools teach life skills, rather than trig.

If you’re reading this then let me know, do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

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The Book is Always Better

A while ago I saw the promo for “Zoo” coming to Sky1, the advert looked like something I was interesting and when I saw that it was based on the novel I jumped at the chance to purchase it.

Written by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, I was really surprised that I’ve never heard of it, although I’m not “on the scene” when it comes to books, this genre is right up my street. Without giving too much away it’s about this guy called Jackson Oz who is crazy about animal behaviour and ecology (like me), and it’s about his story discovering what is causing this environmental disaster making animals all over the world – apart from humans – go absolutely crazy.

After reading about a quarter of the book I thought I would watch the first episode of the TV adaptation.

It was shite.

It was nothing like the book, they changed aspects that didn’t need to be changed! The main point that was changed is the general context of the characters, their past and present were totally re-vamped, the only thing which remained the same about Oz was his name.

I know that it is based on the novel but honestly it was ruined for me. I’m unsure of how the TV series concluded – or even whether it is still running – because I only got to episode 2 (so please correct me if it gets better).

After now finishing the book (it takes me months to read books because I only tend to read on public transport) I thoroughly recommend it, I love James Patterson books anyway but this was a refreshing change to his usual thriller.

Bethan

*images not my own, my book doesn’t look very photogenic

MADonna

I’ve noticed a lot of mixed reviews on Madonna’s new music video. To be honest I really want to know who her plastic surgeon is because she is looking guuurrrddd…that assuming she has had work done…which is highly likely.

Viewers of the video are exclaiming how she isn’t acting her age, like she is trying too hard to be young. Who the hell doesn’t want to feel young?! She will still feel 21 in her brain  instead of 56, so why shouldn’t she portray herself like the way she has done?

I presume she was thinking “I can make whatever crap I can because I’m Madonna, look at this crappy repetitive song I’ve made with Nicki Minaj in it. I can do that because I’m Madonna. I’m making tonnes of money off shit”. My opinion is that she has just created this song as a piss take to rub it in people’s faces. However if this song is serious then I don’t know what to think, if it is serious then Madonna has gone seriously downhill.

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Jurassic World

This film! Oh gosh this film! It’s amazing, however a few people my age haven’t seen the past films so haven’t seen this one, to be honest you don’t have to watch the past films to understand it.

There isn’t really much to understand… bad dinosaur…stop bad dinosaur from killing everyone.

I’m just going to point out that the raptor/man bond between Chris Pratt (Owen) and his three dinos is so sweet, I cried over those raptors. If a film can make me cry at a CGI extinct animal then it must be worth a watch!

What I want to know is if any of you guys have seen it? Plus what’s better Jurassic World or Age of Ultron?

…I think I may have just out-nerded myself.

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We don’t have to grin and bare it.

We all have those times in our lives that we fail to acknowledge. Hidden from social media like a dirty little secret. Repressed in that chest within our heads covered in locks and chains with a “Keep Out” sign scrawled across the lid in red paint… probably next to the filing cabinet entitled “General Knowledge” that everyone’s lost they key for; apart from those who are bloody brilliant at pub quizzes.

Yes my darlings I am talking about those gloomy, heartbreaking, want-to-hide-under-the-duvet-cover-in-bed-and-never-come-out sort of days.

I’m currently going through one of those periods, unlike many people associated with being able to express thoughts and ideas over the internet, I’ve decided to say something about it. Because you know what? It really pisses me off, tell someone your problems if you want to get it off your chest! You may think that they don’t give a rat’s arse about what you’re going through, but I can assure you that they will! Or if you don’t want to tell anybody that is also ok. It’s perfectly normal to not be tickety-boo 24/7!

We all have perks and losses in our lives, intertwined with those odd little anomalies of increased motivation and duvet days. It wouldn’t be life without them, but somehow that dreaded human-created monster named “society” has brainwashed the population (for women as an example) into thinking that it’s “normal” to have a thigh gap, hip length thick hair, a toned body, big boobs that can somehow fit into Topshop clothes that do not seem to be designed to accommodate boobs, a big bum that can fit into size 4 jeans, all the while you do your job that earns you £100000000000 p/m because of that first honours degree you got from a red-brick university. STOP. It’s ridiculous isn’t it?

Don’t dwell on that you have no boobs or you have fine hair, it’s genetics. We all feel like we could be improved in one way or another – I know I do, I want 20/20 vision and thick hair – and it’s ok to feel down about it. Just don’t let something that unimportant like that take over your life. Because when something worse happens, you’ll be wondering why on earth you paid such attention to such a small aspect of your life.

I hope you all are having a nice week, because I sure as hell am not.