It is reported that a study in Denmark suggests that higher levels of lithium in water might delay the onset of dementia.

If you are anything like me,
You’ll have an awful memory,
And as we slowly older get,
Our brains, it seems, still more forget.

But scientists in Legoland,
Known, too, for pork, fresh, smoked or canned,
Have found where lithium is high,
In the local water supply,
It has helped old people stay spry,
And p’rhaps put off the day they die.

They found where water had a lot,
Less people there had lost the plot,
And so perhaps where it is low,
We should address the status-quo,
And ’cos it must be worth a try,
It should be put in the supply.

It would be very cheap to do,
Might help the many, not the few,
And though they might not win a quiz,
It should recharge their batteries!*

(* If you haven’t got it, lithium is a major component of modern batteries)


Nissan LEAF

It is reported that the Government proposes to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040.

If you have got a diesel car,
You really don’t know where you are,
One time they were so very clean,
And now they’re better off unseen.

In ten short years the view has changed,
Priorities been rearranged,
And whereas once low CO2,
Was quite the wisest thing to do,
The view that is now orthodox,
Is that it’s best to have less NOx.

So up steps the electric car,
They may not go so very far,
But they are really so discreet,
While driving down the city street.

That is because, as you well know,
There’s no emissions on the go,
But still there is some CO2 –
It’s just it’s nowhere near you.

Then in just over twenty years,
The Government says it prefers,
Electric only to be sold,
The cleaner to the air behold.

No longer will we cough and wheeze,
Risk extinction of the species,
And with such wonderful foresight,
Then everything should be all right.

But wait! Perhaps things are amiss,
The Government is behind this,
And when HMG gets involved,
It rarely is a problem solved.

So watch this column if you would,
’Twill say if things are bad or good;
We pray that all will not be lost,
But do please keep your fingers crossed!

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