Thought for the month

“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).

Friday, 10 June 2016

Pop goes the weasel

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN recently had some performance issues that were categorised as severe electrical perturbation. Fortunately the technical fault was soon identified as a short circuit within a 66kV transformer. It was caused by a weasel. Sadly the animal did not survive the encounter, lost for the advancement of science. Not quite the same as leaves on the line or the wrong type of snow but perhaps mort de la fouine could be added to Network Rail’s lexicon of excuses.

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