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These are some webpages with Tiny links

GMBH Front Page and Caricature  http://tiny.tw/cXQ

Dispute Closure Theory  http://wp.me/pZlBS-2X

Who Shall be the Arbitrators?  http://tiny.tw/cXR

Geoffrey’s CV http://tiny.tw/cXS

Experience as an Expert Witness http://tiny.tw/cXT

From Liber Amicorum Eric Bergsten – The Commercial Way to Justice  http://tiny.tw/cXU

An Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration http://tiny.tw/cXV

The Reasoned Award in International Arbitration. http://tiny.tw/cXW

Arbitration and the Sovereign Power  http://tiny.tw/cXX

Specimen Award  http://tiny.tw/cY2

Arbitration in Context Legal, Contractual or Ethical?  http://tiny.tw/cY3

The New York Convention of 1958, A Basis for a Supra-National Code?  http://tiny.tw/cY4

Tower Bridge, London  http://tiny.tw/cY5

A Section through one Bascule  http://tiny.tw/cY6

Ariel Steam Engine  http://tiny.tw/cY7

Use of Experts in the Service of the Tribunal  http://tiny.tw/cXY

Sighted Justice: the Ethical and Practical Role of the Expert  http://tiny.tw/cXZ

Construction Disputes http://tiny.tw/cY8

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Disingenuous photo in The Times!

This photograph was published in The Times of Tuesday, April 12 2012. It appears to show dirty black smoke. ‘billowing’ from the chimneys of a German incinerator plant, as part of “The scientific case against incineration if Britain’s waste”.

Very convincing – Except that it’s not true.

If one looks at the tops of the chimneys, there’s a clear gap between the chimney and the cloud. That’s because it isn’t smoke but water vapour, condensing as the exhaust cools. It’s dark for the same reason as the other clouds are dark, because of the angle of the Sun.

The Times has been challenged about this, but chose not to respond. Do they have an agenda?  The writer has no brief for or against incinerators, but I do have a passionate love for the truthful use of evidence!

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Update 27 March 2010

My website at http://www.hartwell.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ and most of the articles in it have been tidied up. Please let me know of any links that have gone awry.

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Wandsworth BTC Memories

Photo of 1952's at Wandsworth

1952 Entry of BTC Engineer Apprentices at Wandsworth - Courtesy Ken Goodison. ◊Ken Goodison, Peter Bamforth, R J (Dick) Shepheard, - Holmes, Brian Elford, - Hoskins, Brian Barnes, Geoffrey Hartwell, Peter Everett, Hamish Cattanach, - Western (or Weston).

I started my life as an Engineer as an apprentice with the British Tanker Company in 1952 at Wandsworth Technical College in South London on a course for the Ordinary National Certificate in Marine Engineering.  The Summer vacations were sent in factories, in my case the first being G & J Weir of Cathcart, Glasgow, manufacturers of possibly the pump most likely to be found working steadily in

S.S. British Realm

M.V. British Seafarer

M.V. British Seafarer

ships around the World.  In my second year I worked on marine diesel engines at the works of John Kincaid in Greenock. Our third year or so was spent at sea.  I served in S.S. British Realm and M.V. British Seafarer, with the Doxford opposed piston engine. Incredibly we thought we were fast with 114 r.p.m.!  When I came to study logic later in life, it occured to me that “Seafarer” was a somewhat self-referential term to use for a ship.

B.T.C. House flag from 1950s, with Golden Persian Lion

The next year was spent in the diesel engine building yard of George Clark (1936) Ltd., in Sunderland.  Being from the South, I soon learned to adopt the Wearside accent as a form of self protection.

Many years later, as an Arbitrator, I had occasion to oversee a test run of a Diesel engine at one of the works where I had been sent as an apprentice.  Everyone was so courteous; as an apprentice I had never been allowed through the door between the works and the office.

It would be wonderful if any one who remembers those early days or recognises anyone in the photograph were to contact me using arbitrator@beresfordhartwell.com.

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