The clockwork radio is 20 years old any more options for off-grid listening gas 85 octane

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According to Wikipedia, it’s been 20 years since Trevor Baylis’ prototype wind-up radio was unveiled on the TV show Tomorrow’s World in 1994. Today, most of us can see that electricity prices are only heading upwards in the long term, and businesses are increasingly keen to target the burgeoning demographic of low income consumers by offering cheap tablets and the like: so, I’m wondering, why aren’t there more eco friendly budget options for listening to music? Is there some technical or commercial reason why a wind-up or solar charged CD player would not be feasible? Perhaps there is no reason why not, and clockwork radios were only prioritized above potential clockwork media players because of their obvious utility in enabling communication in a grid-down situation. Maybe the ability to store music ‘in the cloud’, with its obvious appeal to those with an itinerant lifestyle, renders CD players obsolete for most practical purposes, reducing gas vs diesel engine any incentive to develop more resilient and/or eco friendly models? What listening options would you explore if you were anticipating power outages or planning a self-sufficient, off-grid lifestyle? Perhaps you have already been in this situation and have experience to share? Any replies welcome!

According to Wikipedia, it’s been 20 years since Trevor Baylis’ prototype wind-up radio was unveiled on the TV show Tomorrow’s World in 1994. Today, most of us can see that electricity prices are only heading upwards in the long term, and businesses are increasingly keen to target the burgeoning demographic of low income consumers by offering cheap tablets and the like: so, I’m wondering, why aren’t there more eco friendly budget options for listening to music? Is there some technical or commercial reason why a wind-up or solar charged CD player would not be feasible? Perhaps there is no reason why not, and clockwork radios were only prioritized above potential clockwork media players because of their obvious utility in enabling communication in a grid-down situation 100 gas vs 10 ethanol. Maybe the ability to store music ‘in the cloud’, with its obvious appeal to those with an itinerant lifestyle, renders CD players obsolete for most practical purposes, reducing any incentive to develop more resilient and/or eco friendly models? What listening options would you explore if you were anticipating power outages or planning a self-sufficient, off-grid lifestyle? Perhaps you have already been in this situation and have experience to share? Any replies welcome!

Well, I discovered Peak Oil theory at around the time (late 2010) I became aware that I would probably have to leave the UK because of a change of government that was not to my liking, a lack of affordable housing which the modest price falls of the credit crunch did not sufficiently address, and projected rent increases threatening to leave many tenants, myself included, not only excluded from ever buying a home but actually roofless. So I began to research cheap housing elsewhere in Europe, and quickly realised that on my budget I would be doing well to afford somewhere with a roof and four walls, let alone an electricity supply with non-lethal wiring. Luckily the Peak Oil/ survivalist sites I’d been reading put me in the frame of mind to think of this as a potential opportunity rather than a disaster. None of them addressed the issue of listening to music though, which I suppose would be a pretty low priority in the extreme ‘SHTF situations’ they like to plan for. I like your tractor suggestion, although the thought of my operating heavy machinery is likely to alarm those who know me as much as the thought of me making my own music probably should!

Well, I discovered Peak Oil theory at around the time (late 2010) I became aware that I would probably have to leave the UK because of a change of government that was not to my liking, a lack of affordable housing which the modest price falls of the credit crunch gas city indiana police department did not sufficiently address, and projected rent increases threatening to leave many tenants, myself included, not only excluded from ever buying a home but actually roofless. So I began to research cheap housing elsewhere in Europe, and quickly realised that on my budget I would be doing electricity explained well to afford somewhere with a roof and four walls, let alone an electricity supply with non-lethal wiring. Luckily the Peak Oil/ survivalist sites I’d been reading put me in the frame of mind to think of this as a potential opportunity rather than a disaster. None of them addressed the issue of listening to music though, which I suppose would be a pretty low priority in the extreme ‘SHTF situations’ they like to plan for. I like your tractor suggestion, although the thought of my operating heavy machinery is likely to alarm those who know me as much as the thought of me making my own music probably should!

Where are you thinking of relocating too?I’m looking at France at the moment, and I think it would take a lot to dissuade me from going there now I’ve got the idea in my head. I’ve been looking around some rural villages on Streetview to get a preliminary look at the locations of houses I’ve seen advertised, and I like what I see: lots of space, people growing vegetables and fruit trees and storing firewood, the sort of modestly self sufficient lifestyle my great grandparents used to lead here in Britain but which is no longer the norm in this country.

Government: clearly not the main reason anyone emigrates to France Your observations about governments are quite right. The push factors from the UK are more powerful than the pull factors towards anywhere else in this respect. I have absolutely no doubt that getting out is the right thing to do for anyone in my position. A whole new world indeed!

Long drops! The highlight (not) of Glastonbury! Sadly, given their past reputation for primitive toileting arrangements, the French won’t tolerate them. They insist instead on some very specific and expensive type of septic tank which has to be inspected regularly at the householder’s expense. It’s similar in Ireland, so I assume it’s one of those EU-wide rules and, if we’re largely unaware of it here, it’s because nearly everyone in the UK is on mains drainage. I assume cider presses are allowed though

Unfortunately, that does not stop many of you from living down here in winter time to save in heating whitout learning a single word of the local idiom, and of course, expecting everybody else to be able to speak to you in fluent english.I’m not sure what your definition of ‘europhilic’ is, but I don’t have a problem with foreigners if that’s what you mean; fortunately, since I’m about to become one myself! I think it’s a matter gas 78 industries for the individual whether they learn the local language or not, although it’s obviously pretty rude to address strangers in a non Anglophone country in English and expect a response in that language. Realistically, every emigrant of below retirement age has to learn the language of their new country in order to work, study, etc, and I’m no different. I started learning French earlier this year for a writing project I’m doing, the original sources of which are all in French, and my reading is improving although I can’t really speak it yet. I’m just going to cram as much as I can between now and going over there next year, and if my language skills are still rubbish, so be it: there’s nothing like total immersion in a new culture to learn a language rapidly!

It sounds like the British cold weather refugees you refer to are pensioners with second homes. They are not popular here either with the impecunious younger generations who are often forced to rent from them. In any case,the parts of France I can afford aren’t notable for pleasant winter temperatures. It sounds like you could be in Spain: they really dislike the Brits in my limited experience, and looking at the type of tourists/second homers they get it probably isn’t that surprising! Don’t worry, I have no plans to open a fish and chip circle k gas station locations shop on the Costa del Sol!