Friday, July 20, 2007


Britain's 'radioactive' tourist resorts?

"Radioactive monitoring of beaches on the Scottish side of the Solway Firth is to be stepped up. The move followed an increase in the number of radioactive particles being found on the Cumbrian shore. They were identified as having come from the Sellafield nuclear plant and concerns have been raised they could be carried over by the tide." - Radioactive monitoring stepped up

"One of Scotland's leading experts on radioactive waste says warning signs should be put up at Aberdeen Beach. A BBC Scotland investigation has established that the level of radiation in the area could be greater than previously thought."
Call for beach radiation warning

"A golf course near a former nuclear plant in Caithness surveyed for radioactive particles." - Radioactive survey at golf course

"Depleted uranium shells have been fired from the UK's Kirkcudbright range (Dumfries and Galloway) since 1995. A Dr Heasman told an inquiry (the Dounreay Inquiry) that the DG7.3 post code area, a little inland from Kirkcudbright, contained the highest excess leukaemia risk (age 0 - 24) of any post code in Scotland." From:

According to a letter from Mr Dan Kenny in the Galloway News, 30/11/00, nuclear waste lies in a field two miles from Bridge of Dee. "The field contains hundreds of tons of mud from Kirkcudbright and Palnackie harbours..." The letter suggests that the Kirkcudbright Bay area has hotspots with dangerously high levels of radiation. (Part of the blame is put on the Windscale waste pipe.)

"RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the 'shock and awe' bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report. Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.",,2087-2047373,00.html

Norwegian objections to nuclear material leaked into the sea from UK nuclear plants

"The prevailing sea currents transport radioactive materials leaked into the sea from British sites along the entire coast of Norway. Water samples show increases of up to ten times of such materials as Tc-99. This is of great concern to the fishing industry, because they fear for the reputation of Norwegian fish, even though the radiation levels have not been conclusively proved as dangerous for the fish." - Sellafield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Irish objections

"Sellafield has been a matter of some consternation in Ireland, with the Irish Government and some members of the population concerned at the risk that such a facility may pose to the country." - Sellafield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Thursday, July 19, 2007


Travel News

"The tourist industry in Cyprus has been particularly weak with rivals Turkey and Egypt taking traditional holiday makers with cheaper deals and competitive packages." - British weather boosts bookings to Cyprus and Greece

"The UK's leading long-haul tour operator has blamed stringent security measures and confusion over visas for a dramatic downturn in the number of British travellers visiting America. Kuoni claims that its bookings for the USA were down 30 per cent last year from 2004. Hurricane Katrina, which tore through Florida and devastated New Orleans, and negative feeling over America's attack on Iraq have put travellers off, but Kuoni managing director Sue Biggs said the 'chaos over visas' was mainly to blame." -Slump in Britons visiting USA Travel The Observer