Lee Farquhar – Autoweb. “Very excited to have my winners trophy from LRB Trophies arrive – I LOVE IT!! – even better than I hoped for. www.HugBox.co.uk Earlier in 2014 we heard news of a risk of blackouts during peak times. In the winter we all turn up the heating and stay indoors using every appliance to hand. Advert breaks during our favourite TV shows show a huge spike as we all put the kettle on. The government has been working on stopping the blackouts. They have put into place a system for the next four years. In the run up to this Christmas, power generation firms have been secretly told about the auction. The outcome of the auctions means they are to receive close to £1 billion to ensure their power stations stay open. The UK needs them to be fully working to produce the energy needed. The Government created a auction for energy businesses to trade their supply’s. This was the first time a system like this has been used and will be used again in the future. The country has now secured 49 GW of power capacity at a secured cost of £19.40 per KW. The total cost of this to the UK bill payers is £960 million. Sadly it will add around £11 to everyone’s bill over the year. This works out at 92p extra per month. The doom and gloom people have straight away criticised the scheme, saying that it will keep coal fired power stations such as our local plants, Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge, open even longer. I’m sure local workers will welcome the news that they get to keep and expand their employment. We know that Drax has had huge investment to change over to BioMass and hopefully this auction news will help secure Eggbrough staying open for a long time into the future. There are fears of a shortfall in power because power plants in the country have closed because of new pollution rules or because they have become uneconomic to run. The two coal mines left in the country can’t produce coal cheaply enough. “Very high quality trophy that exceeded my expectations – the photos don’t do them justice! The packaging and presentation is also of equally high standard. Excellent service and highly recommended”. – Dave Bradburn – Opus Creative “Fantastic business. Great customer service and always willing to go the extra mile to help. Steve and his team deliver time and time again, and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone”. Chris Wheeler – http://www.metalfrog.co.uk/ One of London’s famous city landmarks has been sold to a Brazilian Billionaire. Joseph Safra is reported to have paid more than £700 million for ‘the Gherkin’ tower, which is officially known as 30 St Mary Axe. Given the nickname ‘Gherkin’ because of it’s appearance, famous architect Norman Foster designed the building. It was completed in 2003 and opened in 2004. The structure cost £138m to build and uses about 50% less energy than a typical office building of the same size. The capital city has many skyscrapers, including Canary Wharf. Lots of worldwide businesses have Head Quarters based in them. London is famous for its transport connections to the rest of the world. On the highest level of the Gherkin, the 40th floor, there is a bar for tenants and their guests, A restaurant operates on the 39th floor, and expensive private dining rooms on the 38th floor. The building is a visible landmark for miles around, it can be seen from the M11 Motorway, which is over 20miles away. Each floor rotates slightly by five degrees from the floor below and the only curved piece of glass on the entire building is at the very top. The Gherkin won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize in 2004 for its “elegant and impressive” design. The new owners, Safra, manages banking all over the world and the overall group has assets worth more than 200 billion dollars. Joseph Safra is 75 years old, and is thought to be personally worth about 15 billion dollars which is around £9.4 billion pounds.