maths

total road coverage?

So I was out for a dander around the boreens and side streets of Hilden and Harmony Hill when the question popped into my head – if we gathered all the roads in the UK and Ireland into one giant car park, how big would that car park be?

Well I’ll be honest – I only wanted to calculate the roads here in Northern Ireland but think it will be easier to calculate it for both the UK and Ireland.

For the roads I’m just going to take it that each road is only 3metres wide, which is roughly single lane I reckon. That means that any size we get is much smaller than the actual figure.

*disclaimer. This could be completely wrong.

From this website I make it 397403 km in total for the UK and from Wikipedia 101456 km for Ireland.

So the total area of road should be 0.003km x (397403 + 101456) = 1497 sq km or a square 38.7km x 38.7km at the very least, but in reality it would be bigger.

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maths

porridge

I got round to thinking what with the harvest and all, and a blooming love for porridge and oats how much land would we roughly need to sow with oats to keep us in porridge for a year?

To make a bowl of porridge I take 40g of oats.
That equals 40g x 2 of us X 365 days in year = 29.2 kg

29.2kg of oats per year.

But what kind of yield should we be looking for in oats per acre or backyard?
There seems to be great variation depending on weather conditions, artificial fertiliser use (which I’d like to avoid), this or that etc etc

After some searching around I found one place that gave a guestimate – anywhere from a disappointing 2.25t/acre to the more normal 3.2t/acre (according to the farmer)

I’ll just take the disappointing figure of 2.25t/acre = 2250 kg per acre and play it safe,remembering that this was for farmers planting hundreds of acres of oats.

2250 kg /29.2 kg = ~ 77 i.e one 77th of an acre to grow the 29.2 kg we use per year.

1 acre = ~4046 sq m’s

4046 /77 = 52 sq metres

However that can’t be right(not that it was going to be anyway)

The oats we eat in our porridge have been processed and had the husk removed for starters, and the only figure I can see (though it’s for fodder oats in the USA) is 25% of the weight of the oat grain.

So we should increase that 52 square metres by at least another 25% i.e 65 squares metres.I think the oat grains have probably been dried as well but its late and this probably isn’t a calculation for a laptop.

But if we roughly say 65 square metres.
Say a patch of land 8 metres X 8 metres?

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english lit

Animal Farm

So I unexpectedly picked up a nice old Penguin copy of Animal Farm in The Linen Hall Library booksale and brought it home.

Then this evening, just before intended to go to bed I picked it up again and now 3hrs later I’m here, barely awake, freezing to death but happy and Animal – Farmed out.

I’ve never read a book through in one sitting before which speaks volumes about it’s simplicity and readability. Yet the book is also powerful,wise and deep.

I’ve really enjoyed reading George Orwell this year, mainly because I don’t tire or get bored of his writing style for whatever reason. Well apart from ‘Homage to Catalonia’ which bored the pants of me.

So Animal Farm.
How do we rebel against injustice and change things without falling into the traps of power and greed? What does it mean to be free?
Who are the pigs?

Yes, it’s late at night and I’ve tired eyes but what does it say to those rebellions and uprisings that I could get angry enough to join? Do we have to accept that powerful people will always have authority and rule over us no matter what happens in this present life?

Anyway, I can’t imagine many quick reads out there would have as big an impact.

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