Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Redditch Crematorium Flue Gas Heat Exchanger

There’s been quite a lot of daft stories and radio coverage of a project in Redditch to use some excess heat from a crematorium in a nearby swimming pool.  This project has managed to upset both the ‘pastor’ at the crematorium and users of the pool.  The pastor was an Anglican and he was given quite a lot of air time, and if I were a service user, I would not want him pressing the conveyor belt button at the crem.  I think Sangeeta at the local Sainsbury would be better as a source of inspiration.  After all, if Hindus have to have an open access to the sky, what’s the point of the flue in the first place?  You can search for: Hindu wants religious cremation in the High Court.  This is the sort of daft story the BBC gives air time to.  In all this guff, I heard two words from the man at the crem.  (technical)  It was ‘mercury trap’.  This is not another reference to the von Trapp family, but I am going to pass over to Dr Tony for an explanation of mercury, its toxicity and its disposal.

Dr A.V.O’Gadro

This presentation was first given at the Mercury Disposal Conference (Crematorium Flue Gas sub-committee) held in Runcorn, Cheshire.  The paper was presented by Dr H.G.Wells and Dr Sinna Barr (from the Irn Bru family).  Obreption has given an outline of the background.  It took some time for a clever scientist to blog on a swimming pool site that there was nothing to worry about (  You might well ask how mercury gets into the flue gas from the cremation process.  It comes from mercury fillings and like pace makers and silicone implants, and prosthetics cause disposal problems on incineration.

Mercury disposal is a hot topic with political ramifications in terms of the industries which still use it.  (

I’d like to show you a film involving mercury. (  You’ll note that this experiment was done without any protective gear and shock-horror, the thickos have started blogging about thermometers, barometers, experiments at school and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Lewis Carroll.  (

The town of Luton, in Bedfordshire, used to be famous for its hats; and the population of Luton had a reputation of being a bit mad, so the connection with Luton and mad hatters is still being made today, though the use of mercury compounds has long since gone and with it hat manufacturing and virtually any sort of manufacturing. (

Some people suggested that nuclear waste and mercury waste should be disposed in deep ocean volcanoes.  For a commentary on this in Genesis, please check out this final link (

I shall now hand you back to Obreption to discuss the relevance of mercury, religion and the Carry On cognitive dissonance.

Thank you, Tony.  That was a very hot topic.  The issue of cremation is one which divides across many religions.  Roman Catholics, Orthodox Jews, Muslims and those with no access to incineration facilities tend to use the tried and trusted hole-in-the-ground disposal.  Zoroastrians have their own pillars or towers using vultures for the recycling.  In Carry On Nurse, the final scene involves the substitution of a daffodil for a rectal thermometer and was regarded as being quite saucy at the time.  Apparently, the French break a lot of thermometers and the mercury loss in France is one of the highest traditionally.  Nowadays, electronic thermometers have replaced some of the mercury.

Tony has brought to light the recycling myth of the burial of the dead and the need for many of our religious specialists to undergo some internal examination.  For further research, check out kidney ultrasound, creatine levels, and ‘waulking’ songs of Barra.

Latest news:  Health warning!  Silicone injections are dangerous and this news flash from the BBC illustrates the danger of body part enhancement, whether it's your front or your back.  (  Think of your relatives and the treatment of your remains as toxic!

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