Ta-da. My cushion cover that I knitted up the other day and showed you some WIP show is now complete and can sit happily alongside the log cabin patchwork I did a while ago, and this crochet piece I whipped up this weekend. 

When I redecorated my bedroom I went for a very plain white wall, with a nice slate-y grey skirting board, door etc. With the grey now part of my fixed decor I wanted to bring it out a bit more with everything else in my room. I used to have a lot of blue and pink really chintzy stuff, which I have a kind of love hate relationship with. I used some of the blue (which are also the colour of my bedding) along with the grey and other spare bits of fabric i had for the patchwork. In my yarn collection was some lovely grey thick yarn I could machine knit so i decided to make a crochet cover using the very traditional granny square. 

Then the knit cushion idea had to come. I wanted something that complemented the patchwork and crochet. It had to be grey, as I had a beautiful flecked grey cone of yarn given to me by a family friend and it had to be patterned (I really wanted to use my knitting machine punchcard more.) So, I settled on the polka dot, and I think all three look quite lovely together. I accidentally mis-measured the cushion making it a rather tight squeeze but hopefully it shall settle a little. 

Avon and Somerset Police are staging a public consultation exhibition on their plans to construct a new custody centre and a new police station on the site of the former Bensons factory on the A38 Gloucester Road in Patchway. The exhibition takes place at Coniston Community Centre on Wednesday 16th November and is repeated on Saturday 19th November.

A popular route for shoppers heading for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is set to be closed to general traffic early next year. Preparatory work on converting Highwood Road in Patchway to a “linear park” began in August. When the work is complete, only buses and cyclists will be allowed on the stretch of the road between the entrance to the new Charlton Hayes development and the Coniston Road junction.

New Post has been published on Patchway Auto Parts

New Post has been published on http://www.patchwayautoparts.co.uk/blog/what-lies-in-store-for-the-future-of-the-electric-car-battery/

What lies in store for the future of the electric car battery?

With car technology constantly changing and advancing there is still one hurdle that is preventing the electric car becoming mainstream and that is the cost and inefficiency or the batteries. In a mobile phone, lithium ion batteries are effective, small and reliable, whereas in a car they are large, heavy and will not get you very far on your journey.

There is no doubt about the fact that the electric car is specifically designed to help conserve the environment and to save you money.

­On the other hand, taking a closer and deeper look into the picture would let someone know that batteries of electric cars are actually using a large amount of mined metals, toxic chemicals as well as rare earth elements.

The fact that people are excavating these resources just to create a single battery for an electric car already poses a negative effect to the environment.

The issue now lies on the idea that if electrified cars truly aim to be green and healthy, then there is a ‘need’ to call for more action on their consumption and use of materials that are still detrimental to the surroundings.

The current lithium ion battery is unlikely to increase in capacity or change in price tag, but the new chemistry in lithium sulfur batteries could be the answer. With a pure lithium anode rather than graphite, these batteries could potentially store 5 times more energy than the current lithium ion battery can hold. The sulfur in the new batteries is cheap and plentiful. The only downside is that the battery currently dies after 50 cycles.

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