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  • Many years ago (once upon a time) not long after I officially retired,I was asked if I was interested in instructing school leavers to prepare them for work.I was to give them knowledge and the incentive to obtain a job.
    Sounds very grand,anyway I was not doing anything else so I took the position...good money.(that sealed it)
    It seemed an impossible task,the trainees were not really interested in anything.I was supposed to give them some interest in electronics and electrics.
    There were six lots of trainees...carpentry, gardening,mechanics,sewing,computers and my lot.Difficult to think of anything to get all that lot interested.After a lot of thought and listening to a load of crap from management and trainees I came up with the brainwave of building our own windmill to power the greenhouse,this was way up on the hillside well away from any electricity.
    I got lukewarm reception for the idea but a lot thought it might be fun,so off we go.I drew up a design for it and we borrowed the mechanical people and visited scrapyards etc and begged borrowed (and stole on occasion) to get everything we needed.My design was a wind turbine,bit better than a windmill as only needed a little wind.
    To cut a long story down we built this thing and OMG it worked but we had to fit a braking system to slow it down for most of the time.It was an amazing success.
    I have met some of those trainees since then most happily married but none forget their first success.
    This was before windmills were being introduced into the electricity system.As a sort of parting shot,they built 16 windmills in the same village but on the other side of the village from ours.Funny thing but theirs are very often on stop,ours never did,perhaps we got it wrong somewhere.
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