Sand and Traffic

Sand HourglassOn bid outcome days, I’m always reminded of the hourglass method of measuring time. Grain by grain, the sand drops into the lower half of the timer.

At a certain point during the day, the confidence of winning turns into doubt and then to belief that the bid lost. After all, funders always get the good messages out first and the end of the day is reserved for losers’ emails.

Ways to distract yourself

On days like this, you need distractions. Often the best are those things that are on your to-do list, but are always being put off till another time. Things like the VAT return not normally done until the last possible week or the training webinar that’s been stuck in your email inbox for the last 3 months.

Then chance for a bit of what was called in bygone years, web-surfing and reading of the news.

Sand by chance

Which is how I came across this news article on the global sand shortage. Sand is needed for construction. But not any old sand. Desert sand is too smooth and sea sand too salty. The article has the innovative solution of using recycled plastic, which when combined at up to 10% of volume, works well.

It also makes a strong point about interconnection and overfocus. If we reduce the number of cars on the road by say 10%, this has a knock-on effect on the amount of concrete and therefore sand required. Fewer cars mean fewer driveways, garages and central carparks have to be built. That could lead to a greater than 10% saving alone. But it’s even better when combined with the innovation.

If only I’d read the article before the bid. I’d then have a further reference for the need for combined action of shared transport. And of the need to save the world’s supply of sand, perhaps for hourglasses!