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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you already have the setup OK. But if you're a poverty stricken African this is unlikely to be the case so why not encourage them to go down the cheaper more sustainable route?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Africans in question are fairly well off by local standards, but as PV modules get cheaper this sort of thing will become more and more affordable.
A 200 watt PV module can be purchased for as little as £200, a few months income.
Only VERY poor people now have less than 100 watts of PV, and arrays of 1KW and more are no longer rare.
The problem until recently was the cost of the DC/DC converter, they have fallen from about £100 to about £15 in a few years.

The electric slow cooker works without attention for hours, allowing the wife to watch goats, care for children and shoot pigeons.
(there is ANOTHER plague of pigeons devouring everything, the local people allege that the pests are from London. A high power air rifle is the favoured way of killing the birds)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a bloke here who feeds the pigeons by the river. I wish the City Council would 'move him on'.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adam2 wrote:
................ and shoot pigeons.
(there is ANOTHER plague of pigeons devouring everything, the local people allege that the pests are from London. A high power air rifle is the favoured way of killing the birds)


Food aid from London then? Hope they don't waste it.

If it allows wifey to work elsewhere I suppose that it OK then.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"food aid" indeed ! the local people refer light heartedly to the pigeons as being biological warfare, sent by other countries to destroy crops.

The pests are killed and eaten and make a useful supplement to the diet, but the destruction of crops is a serious concern.

The pigeons also destroy thatched roofs, try and nest inside buildings, are generally a nuisance.
Kids catch the birds alive and release them during lessons at school, which is considered hugely entertaining !
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to Barcelona last year and to the Sagrada Família. There are thousands of people and equal numbers of pigeons wandering around outside and among those people was an old woman. She was notable because she was giving the pigeons food and then grabbing them one a time, wringing their necks and popping them in her bag. Only a few people realised what she was doing but no one complained. Do that in Trafalgar Square and she would be lynched!! Different cultures I suppose.
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