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Central motorway traffic

Another reason I feel very fortunate to be able to walk to work: I don’t have to deal with this.

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City sunrise

One of the great pleasures of living in Newcastle is walking to work across the Town Moor – at this time of year, often rewarded by spectacular sunrises over the city.

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Arthur’s Hill

I’ve been up at the Arthur’s Hill health centre this morning, meeting with my brilliant tuberculosis nursing colleagues. The precipitous drop in the number of cases of TB over the last half century is one of our greatest public health success stories, but there is still much more to do if we are to reach the World Health Organization’s goal of eradication.

As the clinic doesn’t make for a great picture, here’s another: the gurdwara round the corner.

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Tynemouth Longsands

I was surprised to see how many people were on the beach on a rather cold Sunday afternoon in January!

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Supermarket strip lighting

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Royal Victoria Infirmary

I’m back at the hospital which gave me my first job as a doctor this afternoon – though the bit in this picture didn’t exist back then. I worked for this Trust for two years almost a decade ago, and yet still rarely walk through it without a familiar face saying “hello”.

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Smart meter

My energy supplier, Ovo, has been out today to replace my gas and electricity meters with ‘smart’ equivalents.

Wendy and I had smart meters installed some years ago in our previous house, and they did little other than submit their own readings, which was very handy as they were in an awkward spot. They did come with an ‘in home display’, but it was pretty useless, merely reporting how much gas and electricity we were using at any given time.

I’ve been surprised today by how much the technology has moved on. This photo is of the snazzy ‘in home display’ which came with my new smart meters. It seems far more useful: it has a clock synced with the meter system, it know what tariff I’m on, and it can give accurate cash figures for the amount of energy used each day, month or year. I can also set an energy budget, and as the screen above shows, the display will compare my usage to that budget. It also manages to avoid being offensively ugly.

All-in-all, this is better than I expected, and far better than the early smart meters we had in our last home.

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