What are the benefits?

first_imgThere has been much publicity recently about the £2.25m invested by the Government in the infrastructure providing electricity to The Harrogate Bus Company’s eight zero-emission vehicles, but rather less about the £1.4m cut from North Yorkshire County Council’s public transport budget.While nobody has ever adequately explained how those who now have no bus service will benefit from those who have an electric one, and also how those who now have an electric one have actually benefitted, there’s another question that, despite my best and persistent efforts, remains unanswered: How is the electricity for the Harrogate scheme generated and, therefore, have overall carbon dioxide emissions actually been reduced?Alfred Croftslast_img read more

Fleetwood Mac Brings Reunion Tour To Philips Arena In Atlanta

first_imgAn iconic opening rumble pounds from Mick Fleetwood’s kick drum, ringing the ears of patrons filling the sold out seats of the Philips Arena in Atlanta, December 17th. Immediately recognizable, the band broke into “The Chain,” kicking off a concert to remember. By beginning the show with this specific tune Fleetwood Mac, directly referencing the former disjuncture between band members. By opening with it, the band is sending a simple message: we’re stronger than ever.Shortly after “The Chain” concluded, Stevie Nicks gave a long held “She’s back!” for Christine McVie, as the crowd erupted with excitement. The following song would be a heartfelt tribute to McVie’s long awaited return to Fleetwood Mac, as they played “You Make Loving Fun,” which McVie wrote herself. The recently mended British-American rock band instantly drew in folks’ attention getting them off their feet to boogie.Tracks “Tusk,” and “Big Love,” both written by lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, are technically genius and were performed with equivalent energy and enthusiasm. The Philips Arena crowd was treated to an outstanding “World Turning” encore, in which the band left halfway through the song to make way for a gut-busting, five minute long drum solo from Mick Fleetwood. During the solo, he also included a fun, crowd responding, scat sing-along. Once the other band members returned to the stage, they didn’t miss a beat and finished in excellent fashion.Many classic songs from Fleetwood Mac’s repertoire were performed, but the music seemed to take a side seat to something of paramount importance. All things considered, Fleetwood Mac played the show people came to see, but the band gave their music more meaning and context with the asides given during songs breaks. This insight is something you can only catch in a live showing, and given the longevity of success Fleetwood Mac has been privileged they were simply giving thanks to those who helped them along the way.Stevie Nicks recalled nights opening for Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, and Santana, acknowledging she was just happy to be on the show bill. Similarly, before starting “Gypsy,” Nicks harkened back to the feeling she had standing on the floor of the Velvet Underground clothing store in San Francisco, confident that something good was about to happen to her and her band. Some individuals might knock them on their age and how they ‘aren’t the same as they used to be,’ but hearing this timeless band talk about the personal meaning behind their songs will certainly leave a lasting impact on me. Setlist 12.17.2014The ChainYou Make Loving FunDreamsSecond Hand NewsRhiannonEverywhereI Know I’m Not WrongTuskSisters of the MoonSay You Love MeSeven WondersBig LoveLandslideNever Going Back AgainOver My HeadGypsyLittle LiesGold Dust WomanI’m So AfraidGo Your Own WayEncore:World TurningDon’t StopSilver SpringsEncore 2:Songbirdlast_img read more