Introduction to Operation OASIS

The massive waste water problem that currently pollutes our bathing waters costing £billions to process throughout the world can be used to irrigate and reforest desert coastlines to induce rainfall.

Our aim is to use the return ballast capacity of super crude carriers which currently transport sea water half way around the world at great financial and environmental cost. This ballast is discharged into the sea, often introducing invasive marine species which affects the stability of indigenous species of flora and fauna.

The E.U. is legislating against this practice and tanker operators will be forced to seek an alternative.

Operation OASIS offers an exciting opportunity for ballast water. Transporting treated waste water to irrigate and reforest arid coastlines to induce rainfall has to be the way forward.

One tanker loaded with 300000 cubic meters of treated waste water would support 57 hectares of forest for a whole year.

Reclaiming deserts to enable people to feed themselves and grow great forests will offset the carbon emissions from shipping.

With global food shortages upon us we are already feeling the strain on our pockets in the developed world and renewable resources are in rapid decline. Drought is affecting all major food producing countries and wells are running dry. Water scarcity poses major problems for us and our children. We need to act fast in order to avert a major global catastrophe.

When the mighty river Amazon dries up and it's fish stocks die it is time to take stock on how we manage our fragile environment. For more detailed information visit our website and forum at:

Friday, 5 September 2008

A Pocket Full Of Acorns Tree Planting Project
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Monday, 28 July 2008

Raining In The Main Hollidays In Britain

An observation over 21 years living in Paignton.

Holiday main seasons down comes the rain. It can be dry for weeks on end and as soon as the motorists arrive in their drives the rain arrives. Now it could be a coincidence but it happens too often IMO.

So what changes have occurred that might be responsible for causing it to rain?

1. Sometimes along our particular part of the coast we are privileged to be visited by some unusual clouds rolling along the coastline. They do not cross over the hot dry coastline beyond the black tarmac road. So one side is shrouded in mist, the other side is a bright sunshine day with clear air. This can last for many hours as the mist rolls around like washing in a tumble dryer and is channelled along the coast.
2. Where the trees meet the sea mist rolls inland and hugs the wooded areas but goes no further than the tree line does. Walking in the trees on these particular days the temperature is several degrees below that outside of the trees and the air is saturated with water, the trees are dripping and the ground is moistened.
3. When the mist finally vanishes it remains shrouding the trees and the trees milk the remaining water from the air over several hours more
4. Thermals rising from the hot tarmac road can be seen as you drive along it. You can see the wavy thermal pattern as the heat rises. These thermals rise high into the atmosphere and form an invisible barrier against ocean born humidity. These same thermals cause the same barrier along desert coastlines and are undoubtedly responsible for the inherent lack of rainfall in these areas.
5. Trees transpire vast amounts of water into the atmosphere and in doing so remove the thermal barrier that prevents cloud and mist from crossing onto the land. They lower the temperature and as warm moist air rises it is cooled causing a downdraught which causes warm air to rise in a density flow and indeed this can be seen happening at times when dew point has been reached.
6. The holiday traffic involves a massive increase in vehicles cruising along the hot roads. These obviously provide some shadow and while they are moving along they remain cooled by the moistened air flowing over them from the exhaust emissions of other vehicles so an overall reduction in temperatures due to traffic is offset against the heat generated by the engine and the friction from the transmission, brakes and tyres.
7. The exhaust emissions contain collectively a vast amount of warm water released into the atmosphere along with particles which rise due to the heat from combustion. These gasses quickly cool transferring the heat into the atmosphere and fall back towards the ground while the dry hot air rises again generating the same flow and return system that the trees perform.
8. This additional water from exhausts also blocks out some of the suns energy and like the trees removes the thermal barrier so moisture from the ocean can again cross onto the land and fall as rain, and rain it does with incredible regularity.

So the old adage said to holiday makers with regularity “you have brought the bad weather with you may have a lot of truth in it after all.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

An Alternative method of Multiplication

This was the way I taught my sons to learn their multiplication tables at 5 and 6 years. They could recite them forwards and reversed to 23X and beyond just by recognising the patterns in this simple formula rather than drawing the traditional times table and learning them off by heart. At least this way they got to understand the patterns in numbers, which I am sure has helped them to recognise other patterns, particularly patterns in music and language.

No one ever taught me this method of simple multiplication and I have not seen it anywhere since though would not be surprised to find it being taught elsewhere. I was helping the boys do multiplication when the patterns jumped out at me, so got them to see the patterns and write them down without having to think higher that reducing a number by 4 and increasing a number by 2.

Multiplication and patterns. (A different way to teach multiplication)

Think of the number 10
Think of the number 9 in relation to the number 10, it is 1 down from number 10
So the pattern will be the left column goes up 1 and the right column drops down 1

If it were the number 7 then the right column would drop down 3 and the left column would go up 1 except when the previous number permits 7 to be added without pushing the left column up 1 like after the number 70

If it were the number 29 being multiplied then the right column would drop by 1 and the left column would go up 2

And the number 10 would have a stagnant 0 in the right column and go up by 1 in the left column.


9X Formula 1 up 1 down
7X Formula 1 up 3 down

This made learning for them very enjoyable. At the age of 7 and 8 I got them a pitman typing tutor for the commodore 67 computer and rewarded them with £15.00 each for completing the course, learning myself and my wife to type quickly and accurately into the bargain. They both play the guitar. My eldest is currently travelling around the world started in Thailand, can now speak and write fluent Thai having taught English there for 18 months the last time he went travelling. This time he has travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia, Komodo Islands, Krakatoa, Heading to Bali now and planning to work in Australia for a year or more and says it is very easy to learn the language in Indonesia. My youngest is in the building trade planning to develop properties.

Andrew K Fletcher

Friday, 16 May 2008

Tight Rope Walkers at Hennock Reservoirs

A great day out with Jude, Sylvia and our 4 Bull terriers. Ooops nearly forgot Titch the Lancashire Healer.

At the end of a gorgeous sunny walk through these tranquil lakes we stopped for a coffee from the flask and met some friendly people who set up a tight rope, and after applying considerable tension to it with my immense strength of course :) they proceeded to try the art of tightrope walking. I decided to film it for them and for our own amusement as they became thoroughly engaged in this somewhat hillarious activity. I even had a go myself but these guys n gals were much better than me :)