Mad solar-powered streetlights on N1



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Geoff Pearson

Guest
This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar powered
street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret University
in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals arrive with bolt
cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries mounted on the ground,
The following weekend the more athletic neds will be up the poles to
steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way clear for the lamps
themselves to be used for air rifle practice.

Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to see
the environmental impact assessment.

The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
decent running and cycling path.

Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the Esk -
we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.

Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.

Geoff
 
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JNugent

Guest
Geoff Pearson wrote:

> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar powered
> street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret University
> in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals arrive with bolt
> cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries mounted on the ground,
> The following weekend the more athletic neds will be up the poles to
> steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way clear for the lamps
> themselves to be used for air rifle practice.


> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to see
> the environmental impact assessment.


> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
> decent running and cycling path.


> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the Esk -
> we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.


> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.


*N*1?
 
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Paul Weaver

Guest
On 30 Mar, 10:53, "Geoff Pearson" <[email protected]> wrote:
> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar powered
> street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret University
> in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals arrive with bolt
> cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries mounted on the ground,
> The following weekend the more athletic neds will be up the poles to
> steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way clear for the lamps
> themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>
> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to see
> the environmental impact assessment.
>
> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
> decent running and cycling path.


If the batteries have been nicked, and the solar panels are going, and
the lights will be shot out, surely it's not going to cause much of a
problem.
 
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Tracker1972

Guest
Geoff Pearson wrote:
> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar powered
> street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret University
> in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals arrive with bolt
> cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries mounted on the ground,
> The following weekend the more athletic neds will be up the poles to
> steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way clear for the lamps
> themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>
> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to see
> the environmental impact assessment.
>
> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
> decent running and cycling path.
>
> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the Esk -
> we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>
> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.
>
> Geoff
>
>

I can understand your concerns about them being trashed but I don't get
how they will spoil the path? Do they block off part of the path (now
that would be stupid). Is it the council who have added them? They do
sound like the sort of "sustainable" (as long as they are not stolen)
kind of solution they might go for. Is the potential light pollution the
problem?

Tracker (who may understand the problem better if he can find a picture
of the lights :) )
 
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Geoff Pearson

Guest
"JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]et...
> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>
>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
>> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
>> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
>> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
>> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.

>
>> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
>> see the environmental impact assessment.

>
>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>> decent running and cycling path.

>
>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>> Esk - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.

>
>> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.

>
> *N*1?


National Cycle Route Number 1
 
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Geoff Pearson

Guest
"Tracker1972" <[email protected]> wrote in
message news:[email protected]
> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
>> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
>> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
>> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
>> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>>
>> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
>> see the environmental impact assessment.
>>
>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>> decent running and cycling path.
>>
>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>> Esk - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>
>> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.
>>
>> Geoff

> I can understand your concerns about them being trashed but I don't get
> how they will spoil the path? Do they block off part of the path (now that
> would be stupid). Is it the council who have added them? They do sound
> like the sort of "sustainable" (as long as they are not stolen) kind of
> solution they might go for. Is the potential light pollution the problem?
>
> Tracker (who may understand the problem better if he can find a picture of
> the lights :) )


I don't want a light every 25 metres on a path which runs through fields
where I can still see the stars.
 
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TheMgt

Guest
Geoff Pearson wrote:

> I don't want a light every 25 metres on a path which runs through fields
> where I can still see the stars.


I'm amazed you can see more than a handful of the brightest stars
anywhere near Edinburgh.
 
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Simon Brooke

Guest
Tracker1972 wrote:

> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>> University
>> in Musselburgh to Newcraighall.


'Queen Margaret University'? What next? 'The University of Newcraighall
Kindergarten'? However...

>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>> decent running and cycling path.
>>
>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the Esk
>> - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>

> I can understand your concerns about them being trashed but I don't get
> how they will spoil the path? Do they block off part of the path (now
> that would be stupid). Is it the council who have added them? They do
> sound like the sort of "sustainable" (as long as they are not stolen)
> kind of solution they might go for. Is the potential light pollution the
> problem?
>
> Tracker (who may understand the problem better if he can find a picture
> of the lights :) )


I see both sides of this, as usual. Light pollution is a major problem. Most
people under fifty have never seen a starry sky (and, indeed, not only have
no idea what they're missing but have no idea that there's something to be
missed). On the roads we're conducting arms races with brighter and
brighter lights which do indeed leave everyone blind. And, no matter
how 'sustainable' these street lights are, they are still not nearly as
sustainable as no lights at all.

On the other hand, people genuinely (and, in our urban areas, reasonably)
fear being attacked in dark, lonely places. Adding lighting will make the
path feel safer at night, so more people may use it; and if more people do
use it, then it will become safer.

--
[email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

;; L'etat c'est moi -- Louis XVI
;; I... we... the Government -- Tony Blair
 
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Geoff Pearson

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"TheMgt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:%[email protected]
> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>
>> I don't want a light every 25 metres on a path which runs through fields
>> where I can still see the stars.

>
> I'm amazed you can see more than a handful of the brightest stars
> anywhere near Edinburgh.


You need to be out and away from street lights more than 20 minutes - by the
time you get to Haddington the sky is full!
 
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Simon Brooke

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Geoff Pearson wrote:

>
> "TheMgt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:%[email protected]
>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>
>>> I don't want a light every 25 metres on a path which runs through fields
>>> where I can still see the stars.

>>
>> I'm amazed you can see more than a handful of the brightest stars
>> anywhere near Edinburgh.

>
> You need to be out and away from street lights more than 20 minutes - by
> the time you get to Haddington the sky is full!


You can see a starry sky from the west coast of the Outer Hebrides if you're
lucky. You'll see fewer than 10% of the visible stars from anywhere in the
central belt.

--
[email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

;; All in all you're just another hick in the mall
-- Drink C'lloid
 
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JNugent

Guest
Geoff Pearson wrote:
> "JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>
>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
>>> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
>>> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
>>> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
>>> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>>> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>>> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
>>> see the environmental impact assessment.
>>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>>> decent running and cycling path.
>>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>>> Esk - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.

>> *N*1?

>
> National Cycle Route Number 1


I see.

Is there a map of them online anywhere?
 
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Geoff Pearson

Guest
"Simon Brooke" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>
>>
>> "TheMgt" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:%[email protected]
>>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>>
>>>> I don't want a light every 25 metres on a path which runs through
>>>> fields
>>>> where I can still see the stars.
>>>
>>> I'm amazed you can see more than a handful of the brightest stars
>>> anywhere near Edinburgh.

>>
>> You need to be out and away from street lights more than 20 minutes - by
>> the time you get to Haddington the sky is full!

>
> You can see a starry sky from the west coast of the Outer Hebrides if
> you're
> lucky. You'll see fewer than 10% of the visible stars from anywhere in the
> central belt.
>
> --
> [email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/
>
> ;; All in all you're just another hick in the mall
> -- Drink C'lloid
>


I've see the starscape from Unst. East Lothian is a not as good as that but
it is all I have most of the time. I don't want less of it.
 
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Geoff Pearson

Guest
"Simon Brooke" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> Tracker1972 wrote:
>
>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen
>>> Margaret
>>> University
>>> in Musselburgh to Newcraighall.

>
> 'Queen Margaret University'? What next? 'The University of Newcraighall
> Kindergarten'? However...
>
>>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>>> decent running and cycling path.
>>>
>>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>>> Esk
>>> - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>>

>> I can understand your concerns about them being trashed but I don't get
>> how they will spoil the path? Do they block off part of the path (now
>> that would be stupid). Is it the council who have added them? They do
>> sound like the sort of "sustainable" (as long as they are not stolen)
>> kind of solution they might go for. Is the potential light pollution the
>> problem?
>>
>> Tracker (who may understand the problem better if he can find a picture
>> of the lights :) )

>
> I see both sides of this, as usual. Light pollution is a major problem.
> Most
> people under fifty have never seen a starry sky (and, indeed, not only
> have
> no idea what they're missing but have no idea that there's something to be
> missed). On the roads we're conducting arms races with brighter and
> brighter lights which do indeed leave everyone blind. And, no matter
> how 'sustainable' these street lights are, they are still not nearly as
> sustainable as no lights at all.
>
> On the other hand, people genuinely (and, in our urban areas, reasonably)
> fear being attacked in dark, lonely places. Adding lighting will make the
> path feel safer at night, so more people may use it; and if more people do
> use it, then it will become safer.
>
> --
> [email protected]smine.org.uk (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/
>
> ;; L'etat c'est moi -- Louis XVI
> ;; I... we... the Government -- Tony Blair


I reckon I am the scariest thing on this path most of the time. On a serious
note, there was a murder there some years back but I doubt street lights
would have prevented that.
 
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David Hansen

Guest
On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:53:18 +0100 someone who may be "Geoff
Pearson" <[email protected]> wrote this:-

>Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting?


There is a fashion for lighting cycle paths in the countryside. I'm
not in favour, but many people are including many councils. "Crime"
and "safety" are the claimed reasons.

>It should demand to see the environmental impact assessment.


It might be worth asking the council for it and observing their
reaction.


--
David Hansen, Edinburgh
I will *always* explain revoked encryption keys, unless RIP prevents me
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/00023--e.htm#54
 
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Matt

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"Geoff Pearson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar powered
> street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.


I've over seen the installation of a fair few pieces of solar powered street
furniture. Somewhat surprisingly vandalism / theft is not a problem -
although I work in the South of England and things may be worse in Scotland!

> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
> see the environmental impact assessment.


It's the ongoing battle between those who request / demand 24 hour daylight
on the streets and those who would rather we lived with the natural
darkness. At the moment the former are in a significant majority. I'd
imagine it's unlikely that the Council did an EIA but they should have done
some sort of consultation.

Matt
 
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David Hansen

Guest
On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:48:20 GMT someone who may be "Matt"
<[email protected]> wrote this:-

>I'd
>imagine it's unlikely that the Council did an EIA but they should have done
>some sort of consultation.


Assuming the path concerned is in Edinburgh, rather than East
Lothian / Midlothian (I am hazy on the border in that area), the
council undoubtedly adopted its usual decide then defend approach.

A "consultation" in Edinburgh is generally an empty exercise in
being seen to do something. If it happens to come up with the answer
officials want all well and good, otherwise it will be ignored.
Party politicians are almost as impotent as the public in Edinburgh.
Their task is just to rubber stamp what officials want to do.

Aside from cycle paths another example is Meadowbank
<http://www.savemeadowbank.org>, which does have a cycling
dimension. There were not many olympic gold medalists in the UK team
at the last summer games. Chris Hoy developed his sport in Edinburgh
due to the velodrome at Meadowbank (which is not exactly to the
highest standard). There are a number of good sporting cyclists
produced in Edinburgh, which is no-doubt why council officials wish
to remove their facilities and turn them into expensive flats. These
officials (and the officials at the Sport Scotland Quango, which the
current government promised to abolish but then refused to do so)
appear to be so deluded that they think people will go through to
Glasgow. I'm sure some top people might (if Edinburgh produces more
top people) but the rest won't and the rest are important in
supporting the top.



--
David Hansen, Edinburgh
I will *always* explain revoked encryption keys, unless RIP prevents me
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/00023--e.htm#54
 
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Andy Leighton

Guest
On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:44:50 +0100, JNugent <[email protected]> wrote:
> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>> "JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>>
>>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>>>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals


>>> *N*1?

>>
>> National Cycle Route Number 1

>
> I see.
>
> Is there a map of them online anywhere?


Not as such. You can see the National and Regional cycle routes on
the sustrans website - but that is packaged up into areas.

--
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"The Lord is my shepherd, but we still lost the sheep dog trials"
- Robert Rankin, _They Came And Ate Us_
 
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JNugent

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Andy Leighton wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:44:50 +0100, JNugent <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>> "JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>>>>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals

>
>>>> *N*1?
>>> National Cycle Route Number 1

>> I see.
>>
>> Is there a map of them online anywhere?

>
> Not as such. You can see the National and Regional cycle routes on
> the sustrans website - but that is packaged up into areas.


OK, thanks.
 
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Tom Crispin

Guest
On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:44:50 +0100, JNugent <[email protected]> wrote:

>Geoff Pearson wrote:
>> "JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>>
>>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>>>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
>>>> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
>>>> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
>>>> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
>>>> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>>>> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>>>> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
>>>> see the environmental impact assessment.
>>>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>>>> decent running and cycling path.
>>>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>>>> Esk - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>>> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.
>>> *N*1?

>>
>> National Cycle Route Number 1

>
>I see.
>
>Is there a map of them online anywhere?


Yes, a 3.5Mb PDF download.
www.sustrans.org.uk/webfiles/general/sustrans_2008_ncn_map.pdf

N1 goes from Deal to John O'Groats, mostly following the East Coast.
Remarkably, the section through North Kent, East London and
Hertfordshire is almost completely motor traffic free..
 
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JNugent

Guest
Tom Crispin wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 11:44:50 +0100, JNugent <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>> "JNugent" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>>> Geoff Pearson wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> This weekend they completed the installation of, I guess, 50 solar
>>>>> powered street lights on the part of the N1 that runs from Queen Margaret
>>>>> University in Musselburgh to Newcraighall. Next week end the vandals
>>>>> arrive with bolt cutters to take away the large lead-acid batteries
>>>>> mounted on the ground, The following weekend the more athletic neds will
>>>>> be up the poles to steal/smash the huge solar panels, leaving the way
>>>>> clear for the lamps themselves to be used for air rifle practice.
>>>>> Surely Sustrans should be objecting to this ludicrous waste of cash and
>>>>> quite unnecessary addition to rural street lighting? It should demand to
>>>>> see the environmental impact assessment.
>>>>> The lights were on this morning at 0630 and will now permanently spoil a
>>>>> decent running and cycling path.
>>>>> Last weekend, just half a mile from this spot, I saw an otter on the
>>>>> Esk - we cannot allow the Esk path to be mutilated like this.
>>>>> Heads must roll - the lights certainly will.
>>>> *N*1?
>>> National Cycle Route Number 1

>> I see.
>>
>> Is there a map of them online anywhere?

>
> Yes, a 3.5Mb PDF download.
> www.sustrans.org.uk/webfiles/general/sustrans_2008_ncn_map.pdf
>
> N1 goes from Deal to John O'Groats, mostly following the East Coast.
> Remarkably, the section through North Kent, East London and
> Hertfordshire is almost completely motor traffic free..


Many thanks.

The map isn't so detailed that I can follow the route through London,
but I take your word for it!