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  • Comment on: Boost for efforts to protect listed Lasdun block at University of East Anglia

    Murphy 's comment 5 June, 2019 9:01 am

    Goodness knows why this is listed. It is truly depressing, especially on a grey, wet day. I suspect it performs very badly thermally as well.

  • Comment on: Office S&M’s ‘unusual’ multicoloured house in Bedford gets go-ahead

    Murphy 's comment 30 May, 2019 11:26 am

    The model is great - especially when complimented by the 'Magic Roundabout' trees!

    Shame about the site - yet another garden grab.

  • Comment on: Climate change is too important for grandstanding

    Murphy 's comment 29 May, 2019 8:34 am

    One has to understand conservation, before an effective 'retrofit' can be designed. If the way a historic building performs is not understood properly, any 'retrofit' will be a waste of time and money.

  • Comment on: Why did these architects become full-time climate change activists?

    Murphy 's comment 20 May, 2019 11:36 am

    Justin Were - I share some of their views certainly, but not the disruptive methods which do their cause no favours at all. At least I don't refer to them as 'bots' and accuse them of 'daft and nasty comments all over the AJ website' simply because I disagree with their methods.

    My mistake in the comment on the previous AJ article that the protesters are all 'kids' - these two are not actually that young, and some of them appear to be of retirement age.

    I would be interested to know how these ex architects (or one architect and one student) earn a living. Are they claiming benefits at the expense of the rest of us?

  • Comment on: Why did these architects become full-time climate change activists?

    Murphy 's comment 16 May, 2019 10:02 am

    I have been quoted out of context. Here is my full comment:

    'Stopping people getting to work, hospital, school, and generally going about their business is not making 'Extinction Rebellion' very popular. Wasting police time when they are already very short of resources puts people in danger. Stopping children getting to school prevents them from learning about the very thing the weirdy beards are all wittering about.

    Oh well - yet another group of middle class naive kids wanting their 15 minutes of fame. Seen it all before. Now go and get some work done like the rest of us are trying to do.

    Yes I know the climate is changing away from favourable conditions for one virus - like, destructive species, but it has done that in the past, which has given other species the chance to have their day. The planet won't care if we become extinct and every other living thing would be better off without us.'

    No, I don't think it is business as usual - picking part of my comment out is lazy journalism. I haven't flown for many years, I rarely eat meat or imported food, I don't have umpteen children and my work does not consist of erecting huge glass and steel excrescences are in no way 'green', nor modern housing estates which are being thrown up everywhere.

    The problem, which is caused by overpopulation, is already here and all we can do is to mitigate it. 'Green' energy is all very well, but it will generate nowhere near enough power even for the flood of electric cars the government wants us all to use, and that is without finding power for anything else. The only solution is more nuclear power, which of course the protestors don't like either.

    David Attenborough agrees that overpopulation is a major problem but this tends to be ignored.

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