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We are gonna admit right here that we may have lost the like to some of this blog
but it is getting right out of hand
We will repeat ourselves when an issue becomes current
on the basis that a search may not turn up the
previous reference

3rd May 2018

The Lorax is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss
and first published in 1971.
It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax,
who speaks for the trees against the Once-ler.
As in most Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book.
The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning
the danger corporate greed poses to nature,
using the literary element of personification to
give life to industry as the Once-ler and the environment as The Lorax. The Lorax was Dr. Seuss' personal favorite of his books.
He was able to create a story addressing economic and
environmental issues without it being dull.
"The Lorax," he once explained, "came out of me being angry.
In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are
evil things and let the chips fall where they might."


Theodor Seuss Geisel ; March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991)
was an American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator,
book publisher, and artist, best known for
authoring more than 60 children's books under
the pen name Doctor Seuss (abbreviated Dr. Seuss)
. His work includes several of the most popular children's books of all time,
selling over 600 million copies and being translated into
more than 20 languages by the time of his death.



Memories of childhood
We have decided to make the effort to
Come to grips with
Dr.Seuss
As a start we have dug out a book
this book wasn't written by Dr.Seuss
The thing is it's a
Beginner Book
Can I read it all by myself
The famous Beginner Books are
by Dr. Seuss and they are
1. The Cat in the Hat
2. The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
9. Green Eggs and Ham
they were all written by Dr. Seuss
we have a copy of
11. You Will Go to The Moon
by Mae and Ira Freeman
It begins
The moon is up there,
far away
No one has been there yet.
But some one will go there soon
Some day you may go there, too.
Not our choice of grammar....
it was written in
1959
and published in
'Great Britain'
in 1962
the illustrations are by
Robert Paterson
The little boy travels in a rocket to a
space station
he wears ordinary clothes whilst on the rocket
he arrives at a space station that has
artificial gravity
his rocket is manually docked by
men in space suits
he transfers to a lunar shuttle
then to the moon surface
where there is so little gravity
you can reach the top of a mountain
in a single bound
We think that's interesting
but
what set off this interest in Dr. Seuss was
a word
thneed
we think that thneed is a Dr.Seuss word
a thneed is in a way a Newspeak word
and 1984 - Eric Blair, George Orwell - was written in 1948
a thneed is a
thing you need
and is of course something that you absolutely do not need
something that
marketing
will convince you that you need
and being from such an
early time
a thneed is made from
what we may recognise as
palm oil
rather than
petroleum
that really was the age of
whale oil and palm oil
and coal

2nd May 2018

The question of
free content versus paid for content
should be very close to our hearts
but frankly
we don't care
however we will take some time out to explain
the difference between
a virtuous circle
and the opposite
content on this site isn't paid for
most content has to be paid for by some means
free at the point of use requires sponsorship
that can come in the form of paid for advertising
concentrating on that....
take two forms of advertising campaign
eau dear
bottled water
and
smoking materials
any advertising that promotes smoking
harms health and costs the NHS
on the other hand
in the UK we pay really big bills to ensure that
the water that comes out of our taps is
perfectly safe to drink
except when we are told that it is not
in the broad sweep of things
the water in the taps
and the water in bottles are
almost identical
health risks from tap water do not compare with
health risks from smoking
we can have high quality entertainment
free at the point of use
on the back of
companies being able to persuade customers to
buy bottled water
and no harm is done
and...
entertainment is also paid for by the promotion of
water filtration kit...
it is possible to obtain advertising revenue
without promoting harmful products
even F1 motor racing has demonstrated that
selling children toys
instead of sweets...
and not giving toys away with junk food...
just a thought



Huston, we got a problem
OK OK
we were the ones demanding faster progress on
the re-cabling of the town....
The biter bit
we are a long way from happy about the
long term open trenches along the
Esplanade
or
Newcomen Terrace
and in particular the
waste transfer stations in parking bays...
a problem has arisen
we suspect that the contractor had expected to
cut and fill the trenches at the
Northern end of West Terrace
in the three days running up to the
Bank Holiday
no chance
the road is solid concrete
part of the
sea defences
this will take quite some time
Sorry
The work will not extend as far as this
construction site
that part is already done

There has always been a problem with the
bric
brick-a-brack
that can't be sold in charity shops
This is the rear of
Redcar Cancer Research UK
Is this cage - a new feature
the work of the new operators of the
Hotel that used to be
The Clarry
?




1st May 2018

We may check later but
he's about 45
Jamie Oliver has the appearance of
a rich man in his mid to late sixties
sometimes a person with a
real health issue
ignores it
and seeks to
self medicate
with a food fad


Regarding deputies...
we are particularly using
Goodwins in Redcar
as an example
They are often putting out a A board advertising
some or another job
sometimes they say apply within
sometimes they quote a head office email
Here's the thing
what they are doing is
ignoring the emails and
allowing
The Manager
not always the same person
to generate the short list for interview
from the people who apply in person
many people given the opportunity to appoint
their own deputy
will exclude anybody who seems capable
a manager will want
an assistant
a PA
the business needs
a deputy
somebody who will be at least as good as the manager
we see the results in industry
factories that explode or go up in flames because
the manager has kept vital information about
running the plant
from their mini-me
We don't have a Fenwick's department store
and we only know they feature in
local news
but there is currently a story about
a planned end to store autonomy
and
the development of a
head office
Ricker has personal experience of
Dolland and Aitchison
buying up many many independent opticians
and being sent in to try to establish a
corporate culture
mostly the optician retired and
the staff were made redundant
because they had never learned how to function
in the absence of the business owner




There was a guy called
Henri Obsfeldt
probs spelt that wrong
he worked at
The City (of London) University
from time to time he would appear on TV
talking about sun glasses
this is complicated
If you go to a pharmacy - even in Tesco
and you look at the sunglasses they
Will say
fully 100 per cent protects against
UV A and UV B
here's where it gets complicated
any ANY pair of spectacle lenses is
potentially providing protection from UV
to be opaque to ultra violet rays
does not stop them from being
entirely and completely transparent to
visible light
in theory
like a red filter
lets through red but not
blue or green light
a spec lens
COULD
let through
red green and blue but not ultra violet
and
ultra violet is harmful because it is
high energy
because it is high energy it can
penetrate cloud and mist that
visible light cannot
soooo
two things
if you have sun glasses that block visible light but
not UV
your pupils will dilate as normal in low light and
more UV will enter your eye to do damage
if you have a visible light tint
the specs MUST block at least
a proportionate amount of UV
also
if you have
photochromic lenses...
they should
darken in response to UV levels
not just visible light levels
so they should darken on
days when UV is high but visible light is normal



We have a couple of bits of
Brand trivia
the engineering giant in
special measures
referred to as
GKN
used to be
Geest Keen and Nettlefold
and
ASDA
used to be
Associated Dairies
somebody screwed them up and made them a basket case for
Walmart
to snap up for a song
However....
In recent weeks we have seen the owners of
Littlewoods stores
announce a move of warehousing
From Greater Manchester to
somewhere yet to be built in the
Derby area
when we drill down through this story
it is a few layers deep
automation takes out of
Storage and Distribution
a lot of jobs done by
migrant workers
this reduces pressure on schools and the health service
and
we are left with
The ASDA workers think their jobs have gone to
the Sainsbury workers
and the Sainsbury workers think
their jobs have gone to the ASDA workers
but actually...
they've all gone to robots
and onto rail and automated road trains
and nobody cares because the
economy is picking up in
Poland and all the grunts workers have gone home
to make use of their
university educations
we have to do the
diesel fitter joke here
for Sam who says all the jokes are about sex....
we do this in store
rack of clothes
stand at the end of the rack
and say
have you heard the one about the
diesel fitter on Liverpool docks?
walk along the rack
grab a garment
dees 'll fit 'er
walk a bit further
grab another garment
and dees 'al fit 'er
etc.
it's an unconscionable slur on the
Dock Workers of Liverpool
before the coming of the
shipping container
and
akin to the time dockets
time cards
in the name of
Donald Duck
and similar
in the Old Time
Print Works
of
Fleet Street
all entirely fictional
honest
there will be people alive today who
remember the decimalisation of
money in the UK
before there were 100 pence in a pound - GBP
there were twelve pennies in a shilling
and twenty shillings in a pound
there was a coin for
a quarter of a shilling
the thrupenny bit
it was the only coin at the time
the only coin of the immediate pre-decimal coinage
that was not smoothly round around its edge
when the decimal money came in
there was one coin that was similarly not smoothly round
it was the fifty pence piece
much bigger than the thrupenny bit
silvery not brassy
worth half a pound not one eightieth of a pound
so the new fifty pence coin was known as
the dockers' thrupenny bit
and in the USA
we have
Teemsters
ironworkers
President Trump's
Base
but like we say
just to prove not all jokes are about sex
it does however bring to mind a more serious matter
100 years of female emancipation
but
it's not just about
The Vote
at the time when women didn't have the vote
a husband was legally entitled to go to his wife's place of work
and pick up her pay packet
she had no right to money
of her own
once married


We are worried
We need coffee to start the day
but
Starting the day without
Colin Briggs
is a serious trial
He's a BBC Breakfast presenter
no disrespect to his replacements
but he's a miss...
we know he has health concerns
we hope he will be back
from 2013
BBC NEWS presenter Colin Briggs last night revealed
his four-month battle with incurable cancer.
The father of two, who has been a member of
the Look North breakfast team for nearly 15 years,
had a biopsy on a lump in his neck in the late spring.
It was only then that doctors diagnosed follicular lymphoma – or
cancer of the lymph nodes
. Since then he has gone through numerous bouts of radiotherapy.
he's - unbelievably
more important to us than
The Duchess of Middleton-one-Row
ITV Teatime



Since the following was written....
New Home Secretary
We question why she was not
simply relieved of some of her duties
if she had been reduced to
Minister for Women and Equalities
it would have seemed like a
career break not a career end
perhaps the other way around would have been possible<<
for a more impressive minister
take away Minister for Women and Equalities
and leave Rudd a Home Secretary
Whatever
there are clearly mandarins in the Home Office who
need their wings clipped
who are not aware of what
three bowling pins look like
never mind being able to juggle them
there will have to be successive shavings
of the Home Office
if the
Oxford Trots
refuse to let loose their grip
We've made mention previously of three
very different still living
generations
in the Middle East
we see similarities with
Africans and Afro-Caribbeans
there was a generation who were young
in the 1960s and 1970s in the UK
we will have to research this but they had
various anthems
including
Young, gifted and Black
That's where it's at
these days we hear so much about
I am Black
people whom I cannot trace the slightest relationship to
except that they too were black
suffered quite badly
kidnapped by other tribes of black people
possibly the same tribe as today's 'activist'
and sold to white slave traders
they died far from home
and so
I
am entitled
to anything I can name
we have not heard the current Black Anthem
we somehow doubt it is
Young, shiftless and Black
That's where it's at

lacking in resource or character, aimless
not to be depended upon
Old English: sciftan to arrange
these people are saying
somebody similar to me
way back in history
was a victim
and his compensation is my birthright
This appears to be the core of
so called
Left Wing Politics
Left wing politics has become
the politics of entitlement
but there is a distinction in play
nobody can make a stronger claim to having
persecuted ancestors
than
The Jews
however, it is not Left Wing Orthodoxy to say
all civilised states should
give
successful Jews a tax break
equivalent to the
hand outs
given to
those who regard any kind of
productivity as
a defeat
There was a time

27th April 2018


There is a major musical from the 1960s approx
A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum
that has a song with the lines
tragedy tomorrow
comedy tonight
we love these little linguistic quirks
tragic
tragedy is entirely related to a
stage drama
and the reason for this that it is Greek
and the full term is Greek Tragedy
the choice we make is
is it a tragedy or a disaster?
disaster is Latin
aster - star
disaster - a moment when the stars were disjointed
not in proper alignment
makes a bit of sense
a bit of obvious sense
tragedy?
comes from the Greek, tragos - a goat
are here we are with the distinction
there are two compatible explanations to
from the musical, the point was
in Ancient Greece
in the theatres they had
repertory companies - resident bands of actors
they split up the week - however long a week was
in those days - not 7 days, not every week was the same length
they split up the week into days when they
put on a tragedy
and days when they provided
light relief
for themselves and their audience explanation number 1
in a tragedy the actors wore
a goat skin - often complete with head explanation 2
they had amateur nights
and contestants who impressed
won a goat
The point is....
a tragedy involves only the sort of number of people who
could fit on a theatre stage
a disaster involves the whole world
as you know it


as a kind of
side bar
to this
consider rice and oats
we eat rice - for example - boiled whole
most grains - including oats - we grind or mill
before we cook them.
Gruel is the soup made by
crushing oats and then boiling them
so a gruelling experience
treats us like oats
perhaps it improves us
kill or cure
Old English - crushed meal
a gruelling experience, a crushing experience
later, in times of want
thin gruel
too much water, not enough grains
porridge got the bad reputation because
it could be served very thin
porridge - pottage
mess of pottage
mess - to eat in company
we've left some double Ls in there
we normally take them out for
our American friends...

25th April 2018


This is????

This is a classic marshland
swan nest

meanwhie, back in Locke Park....
the trees are greening






Here's a term we haven't heard for a long time
Vanity Publishing
The whole UTube, facebook phenomenon is a
re-launch of Vanity Publishing
In the Old Days
printers would print copies of your novel or
collection of poems if you
as opposed to a publisher
paid them all the costs plus a profit
you were then free to sell or give away they product
Self Publishing is a version of the Vanity Press
Let's take a different example
education and training
specifically
Driving Instructors
You pay somebody to teach you how to pass the driving test
but you could say
you pay somebody to supervise you while you gain experience of
driving
at some point the qualified driver wants
for example
to go to the shops
and lets the learner drive them there and back
to gain experience
also...
teenagers cooking a family meal to help them
survive at uni
but still eat the meals
we move on to sex
there appear to be two or three, maybe four major markets for
or client bases for
sex workers
1 men who may not amount to much in the
real world
exercising a 'right' to do things to women
a right established and enforced by payment
2 sex addicts who can't get enough by charm
3 consider the disfigured and unattractive with
a normal to low sex drive who do not want to
miss out entirely
4 people who lack confidence and want to get
a bit of experience under their belt before
seeking to perform for somebody who
may turn out to be the love of their life
I'll buy you a take away if you
let me drive you to the shops
when The Pill came out
it was made available widely and for free on prescription
part of the expectation on the part of government
at that time
was
that the sex industry would be wiped out by a
tidal wave of what they actually described as
enthusiastic amateurs
what was not taken into account was the
social cost to the individual
despite avoiding pregnancy
of becoming the
office bike
part of what we are trying to say is
our experience of adult entertainment is confined to
that which is certified
R18
or equivalent
To whatever extent such establishments still exist
what with the internet and so on
R18 is
To be supplied only licenced sex shops to
persons of no less than 18 years
ten years ago Redcar had such a shop
That one has closed
we do not know of an alternative
we would divide the participants in these movies into
three groups
complete amateurs, perhaps paid some expenses
Stormy Daniels style professionals
and participants who may possibly have
signed up for something a little less extreme
than what is recorded and perhaps in need of money such as
college fees
the amateurs may be divided into those who are
thoroughly up for it
and those who are
doing it to preserve their status or relationship
overall we can divide sex work into
private
and
recorded for public viewing
it is not difficult to detect those females who are saying
I need to cum too
what is entirely missing from discussion of
sex, relationships and sex work
is
do females enjoy sex?
how much do they have to
put up with
to get what THEY want
we can characterise this
by considering
MILF movies
a MILF is a
mam (mom) I'd like to fuck
one tradeoff in such circumstances
is demonstrated by
one in the pink and one in the stink
after giving birth a mom may not be as tight as before
but she can trade vaginal sex for anal sex
just as in the old language
a couple may trade
cunnilingus for a blow or hand job
a major trade off is
The Pill in return for
an end to the concept that
sex is inevitably exploitative of the female
In his mid teenage years
our Ricker was
staying up and watching
black and white - possibly live -
thirty minute theatre presentations on
BBC 2 at around midnight, after his parents had gone to bed
one presentation provided an epiphany for the lad
a bloke in early middle age
in bed
doing his duty by his wife
and hating it and what his life had become
certainly, in the 1960s in the UK
sex and babies were things
women and girls had to
put up with to
keep a roof over their heads
and the pill came along and
they could do the sex without the kids....
how many women were ever kicked out of their homes for
making the Old Man sleep on the sofa or
in the spare room?
a vanishingly small proportion
and yet despite all the evidence
we still operate in an environment where
ANYTHING a man does relating to a woman or child is
officially heinous
how much advancement for women did the death of
you've made your bed
now you must lie in it
otherwise known as
no rape in marriage
achieve?
a concept of
one allegation of rape equals divorce
is not - apparently - on the cards
in Islam??? we are given to understand
a man can divorce a wife by saying
I divorce you three times
the campaign is not to
extend that right to women
but
to abolish it
that does not strike us as emancipation
but we are seeing the matter from the perspective of
educated wives in well paid jobs
but why not fight for women to be
well educated and in well paid jobs
rather than
man bashing
it brings the matter to a pretty much extinct
side line job
the professional co-respondent
a women who - mostly without taking her clothes off
let alone having sex
would provide evidence of
a husband's infidelity to
present to a court as the basis for a
divorce
they got made redundant by
divorce on grounds of
unreasonable behaviour
what if a woman wasn't getting enough
or any wanted to move on?
the husband and the co-respondent
had to play ball to
give her the divorce
unless...
like William Robson
back in 1890 or such
the husband got a tap on the shoulder at work
and
I think you are needed at home right now
Living in Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees
the only divorce court available was
in London
most people didn't bother
especially if there was no property to share out
they just played musical beds and
put whatever suited into any
birth registrations
most people in the UK today
have people in their family tree
who were given up for adoption or
raised in a foundling hospital
and only a matter of a handful of generations back
the other dimension or version of
six degrees of separation
six degrees of separation proposes that everybody is
related to everybody else by
no more than six degrees of separation
why marriage when
you have
DNA profiling?
why has the UK government introduced a tiny tax bribe
to get couples to marry
when
the major drive is for
female wages to exceed male ones?

The most annoying thing about females is
Not asking for what they want
and then
getting into a mega strop when
they get what they asked for
example
so the lady has a dog or two
they have a garden
so they say to the neighbour
we need a new fence because the dogs may escape
so the neighbour erects a secure new fence
concrete posts
lengths of decking as planks
pressure treated two inch thick planks
a very secure dog proof fence
the lady rips out the planks and
replaces them with ship lap panels
flimsy
the lady didn't have concerns about the dogs escaping
she wanted a pretty new fence
could have painted the deck boards
but
as with a
Vogon Constructor Fleet
Resistance is useless
she wanted pretty but she asked for secure
because...
security is... more urgent
The conflict here is between
The Sexual Revolution of the 60s
based on
The Pill
and reinforced by the
Morning After Pill
versus
Virtue Signaling
and associated with virtue signaling
Crying Wolf
at two levels
relationships can be very emotional
sometimes there is a strong emotion and
nobody reliable close at hand to
vent at
First
The Cry Wolf Vent
dial 999 or 911 and vent at the emergency services
second line of release
Vent onto Social Media
and have some bunch of
Getalifes
report your post to the authorities
a part of this problem is
Displacement Activity
in the most extreme case....
a couple with as many children as they could
possibly cope with
may use
an acrimonious divorce procedure
as a means of continuing their relationship
without risk of further pregnancy
how does a battle over the CD collection
or the dog
provide an emotional substitute for
having your brains fucked out
the emotional intensity is very comparable
hence
The Quickie Divorce
and
Prenups
Pre-nuptial agreements
driving people who feel abandoned
and having no case for
financial compensation
seek to establish some sort of
criminal liability
and perhaps incidentally some
criminal injuries compensation
at some level
perhaps the extreme
it could be said
if you go out on the pull and
your consequential losses and injuries
are no greater than you could expect after
taking to the field in a rugby match
you have no business reporting the matter to
the authorities
at the other extreme I want him locked up for life



The Thieving Magpie
non human lifeforms are sometimes highly attracted
glittery things
few have any 'commercial' activity developed from that
Hence we could say
the world - North America and Australia in particular
three or four hundred years ago was
as nature intended
and
when 'settlers' arrived
they could walk around and pick up
the likes of gold
from the ground surface
they may have encountered coal drifts
emerging from cliff faces
useful stuff was easy to find
as time went on leaner ores had to be
collected, and refined
leading to massive amounts of
spoil removal
here is the related conflict
we can divide the benefits of food into
1 energy source
2 construction and repair raw materials
if we consume foods that are
lean ores for construction materials
we will consume excess quantities of
empty calories
and these will not be voided
they will be stored as
fat
we have a conflict in deprived areas
we see no move in the
Food Bank Industry
to say
you can have free food but
only in the form of
fortified foods
foods with - in every component
significant concentrations of
building materials to
balance the empty calories
back in the day
one of the
Ear Worm
advertising slogan
Fortifies the Over Forties
it referred to a product along the lies of
Complan
offering a sort of
packet soup with all the nutrition required
seems like a better plan than saying
you poor things
get your branded junk food here for free

24th April 2018


The Blue Arrow case went down in history as Britain's
most expensive criminal trial,
costing an estimated £40m (roughly £70m adjusting for inflation).
A year-long trial, which began in February 1991 at
a purpose-built court off Chancery Lane,
resulted in the conviction of four high profile bankers
- but the prosecution's joy turned out to be short-lived.
The convictions were overturned a few months later when the Appeal Court ruled that
due to the length of the trial and the complexity of
the subject matter the jury could not have reached a fair verdict
4 August 1987: Blue Arrow Ltd. unveils its bid to take over Manpower
September 1987: County Natwest and UBS Phillips and Drew begin
selling shares in Blue Arrow to raise funds for the takeover
29 September 1987: Rights issue finishes.
County and Phillips and Drew announce the placing has been successful
18 October 1987: Stock markets crash around the world in what is later called "Black Monday".
In London shares fall by £50bn.
County later admit to losing £69m in the collapse,
of which £49m came from the Blue Arrow holding
November 1989: Ten merchant bankers and a lawyer arrested and
charged by the Serious Fraud Office with
conspiring to defraud by misleading the markets
14 February 1992: Jonathan Cohen,
David Reed, Nicholas Wells and Martin Gibbs are
convicted of conspiracy to defraud and given suspended jail sentences
UK firm Mills & Reeve has revealed that it has merged with
London-based Maxwell Winward, creating
a practice with a combined turnover of £93m.
After the merger, which will take effect from 1 June (2017),
the firm will be known as Mills & Reeve and staff from Maxwell Winward will
be based at offices in Monument Street, London.
Maxwell Winward was created in 2007 following
a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon.
It is known for its real estate, surety, projects and construction practices.
Nationally, Mills & Reeve will have 116 partners and nearly 1,000 staff operating
from six offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich.
Based on both firms’ combined turnover it would be placed just outside the top 40.
Justin Ripman, Mills & Reeve senior partner, said:
‘This merger will enable us to substantially grow our presence in the City.
It helps realise a key aim of our 2020 strategy to expand our offering to
London-based and international clients by successfully
leveraging our nationwide network of leading legal experts.’
Adrian Luto, senior partner at Maxwell Winward, added:
‘The merger provides a great opportunity to extend the range of services we can
offer clients while continuing to focus on what we do best.’



There are things about our Ricker's origins that
are beyond his recall
we all tend to fill in the gaps in certain knowledge with
guesses that we eventually take as fact
The royal baby
Ricker has two memories of the birth of his eldest nephew
Ricker would have been pre-school at the time
It was London, Ricker his mum and dad visited the baby in hospital
Ricker's dad put a half crown under the baby's pillow
for luck, for prosperity
The other thing he remembers is
the brick walls of the hospital
when he sees pictures of royal births he wonders
whether the baby
Eirik Robson or Eirik Peter Robson??
was born in
The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's
SO far as we know there is only one
Eirik or is it Eiric Robson
on Google
We forget where he went to school but it may have been
Radleigh
got a lower second from University College London
failed the Chartered Surveyors' professional exams
five times
That hasn't stopped him from being an
Estate Agent
Ricker knows nought
He understands Eirik married and divorced
an ambassador's daughter
we assume that was a UK ambassador to somewhere
not an ambassador to the UK
The last girlfriend Ricker ever met was an
Indian barrister
see Indian barrister and ambassador's daughter
too bossy for Eirik
he's presently married to a lady of
South East Asian extraction
first wife two daughters second wife one daughter
so far as we know
Ricker's never met any of them
we have a story about Eirik and his mum
now his mum was called
Kari
not Carrie
and one day Kari had a major embarrassment
for ages she had been ringing Eirik at work and
'getting the receptionist'
being herself a nurse
Kari had for a long time been
rather off hand with this receptionist
mega shock to suddenly discover this person was
both her future daughter-in-law
and
an ambassador's daughter
Kari was
Norwegian
Ricker is a little confused about the status of
his half brother Peter - Eirik's father
For a long time he thought he was
The senior partner in a law firm
perhaps he was
a senior partner
all political careers end in failure
Peter's career had a mirroring arc with his best mate's
together their career's spanned from
The creation of
The NatWest Bank
from the National Provincial Bank and
The Westminster Bank
to their joint demise in the
Blue Arrow Affair
perhaps we should research that but
Bro Pete's law firm was
Maxwell Batley
sometime of Bevis Marks, then London Wall
then Chancery Lane
they appear to have reformed to serve
private clients....
when Pete was there they were
Privy Council Agents
oh and for those who know....
Eirik and his first wife - that would be Jane - had their reception at
Fredericks in Islington
and Ricker wasn't there
If you go to Kirkleatham Church Yard in Redcar
and you seek out the tallest monument in the new part...
you may be able to read the dedication to
Ingrid Robson
who lived for
eleven hours and was carried
probably unembalmed
up to Redcar from London
in the boot of granddad's car
for burial at the feet of her gran
Bessie Ord
Elizabeth Robson nee Ord
daughter of
John Ord
Estate Manager to
Sir Arthur Dorman


Perhaps it is acceptable to relate one aspect of
Ricker's origins
Not long after Ricker was born his dad made a will
it is perhaps doubtful that it was enforceable even when
it was made
by the time he died
and he never made another will
it was almost certainly unenforceable...
and it wasn't enforced but complications ensued....
Ricker's dad stated in his will that
since his second wife stood to inherit her own father's house
some of the mortgage Tommy had paid off
when he died she should return home to her father's house
and the house he had bought for his first wife should
pass to her children
when he wrote that
his daughter was single and his sons were at the beginnings of
their careers
in the end things overtook matters and they didn't want the house and
signed away their right to it
however Maisie sold it and moved into her father's house as intended
at the time the proceeds were not much anyway
but they kept her comfortable for her remaining days
It is tempting to speculate about why Tommy made such a will
and why he never replaced it
however he was
powerful afeared of his first wife
and kept the house as she had had it
which had not done its value many favours



Stand by Little Bitty Pretty One
Sam a 'joke' two
Tommy is a relief manager with the Co-Op
in 1916
so he's 19
just about to go off to war
and a customer comes in and asks for
a quarter of broken biscuits
Tommy: we haven't got any broken biscuits
customer: couldn't you break some?
shades of
My old man said follow the van
you can't trust a special
like the old time coppers
when you can't find
your way home
a song about a moonlight or midnight flit
leaving your digs for new ones
before the bailiffs get the chance to
take away your furniture
for the back rent you owe
The second biscuits story is
fifty years later
Tommy's second wife goes into the Co-Op
and asks for a packet of
NICE
biscuits
all our biscuits are nice....
You can still buy NICE biscuits
They are a sort of thin, sugar coated shortbread
Nice is a strange word
it derives from
Old French nice, foolish
Hard to please, exact, difficult to decide
in law
a nice arguement
a point that is highly debatable, discriminating
that transitions to
delicate, dainty
and that transitions to
agreeable, attractive, handsome, kind
and separately to
precise, of minute distinction or detail
while we are on....
hansom - is a cab
handsome: hand somely
somely: from comely
comely: Old English, cyme: fair
good looking, graceful
probably something like pleasant
so that's an interesting transition
a handsome man
is a man who was pleasant to the touch
and becomes a man who from the look of him
would be
heaven to touch

25th April 2018


This is????

This is a classic marshland
swan nest

meanwhie, back in Locke Park....
the trees are greening






Here's a term we haven't heard for a long time
Vanity Publishing
The whole UTube, facebook phenomenon is a
re-launch of Vanity Publishing
In the Old Days
printers would print copies of your novel or
collection of poems if you
as opposed to a publisher
paid them all the costs plus a profit
you were then free to sell or give away they product
Self Publishing is a version of the Vanity Press
Let's take a different example
education and training
specifically
Driving Instructors
You pay somebody to teach you how to pass the driving test
but you could say
you pay somebody to supervise you while you gain experience of
driving
at some point the qualified driver wants
for example
to go to the shops
and lets the learner drive them there and back
to gain experience
also...
teenagers cooking a family meal to help them
survive at uni
but still eat the meals
we move on to sex
there appear to be two or three, maybe four major markets for
or client bases for
sex workers
1 men who may not amount to much in the
real world
exercising a 'right' to do things to women
a right established and enforced by payment
2 sex addicts who can't get enough by charm
3 consider the disfigured and unattractive with
a normal to low sex drive who do not want to
miss out entirely
4 people who lack confidence and want to get
a bit of experience under their belt before
seeking to perform for somebody who
may turn out to be the love of their life
I'll buy you a take away if you
let me drive you to the shops
when The Pill came out
it was made available widely and for free on prescription
part of the expectation on the part of government
at that time
was
that the sex industry would be wiped out by a
tidal wave of what they actually described as
enthusiastic amateurs
what was not taken into account was the
social cost to the individual
despite avoiding pregnancy
of becoming the
office bike
part of what we are trying to say is
our experience of adult entertainment is confined to
that which is certified
R18
or equivalent
To whatever extent such establishments still exist
what with the internet and so on
R18 is
To be supplied only licenced sex shops to
persons of no less than 18 years
ten years ago Redcar had such a shop
That one has closed
we do not know of an alternative
we would divide the participants in these movies into
three groups
complete amateurs, perhaps paid some expenses
Stormy Daniels style professionals
and participants who may possibly have
signed up for something a little less extreme
than what is recorded and perhaps in need of money such as
college fees
the amateurs may be divided into those who are
thoroughly up for it
and those who are
doing it to preserve their status or relationship
overall we can divide sex work into
private
and
recorded for public viewing
it is not difficult to detect those females who are saying
I need to cum too
what is entirely missing from discussion of
sex, relationships and sex work
is
do females enjoy sex?
how much do they have to
put up with
to get what THEY want
we can characterise this
by considering
MILF movies
a MILF is a
mam (mom) I'd like to fuck
one tradeoff in such circumstances
is demonstrated by
one in the pink and one in the stink
after giving birth a mom may not be as tight as before
but she can trade vaginal sex for anal sex
just as in the old language
a couple may trade
cunnilingus for a blow or hand job
a major trade off is
The Pill in return for
an end to the concept that
sex is inevitably exploitative of the female
In his mid teenage years
our Ricker was
staying up and watching
black and white - possibly live -
thirty minute theatre presentations on
BBC 2 at around midnight, after his parents had gone to bed
one presentation provided an epiphany for the lad
a bloke in early middle age
in bed
doing his duty by his wife
and hating it and what his life had become
certainly, in the 1960s in the UK
sex and babies were things
women and girls had to
put up with to
keep a roof over their heads
and the pill came along and
they could do the sex without the kids....
how many women were ever kicked out of their homes for
making the Old Man sleep on the sofa or
in the spare room?
a vanishingly small proportion
and yet despite all the evidence
we still operate in an environment where
ANYTHING a man does relating to a woman or child is
officially heinous
how much advancement for women did the death of
you've made your bed
now you must lie in it
otherwise known as
no rape in marriage
achieve?
a concept of
one allegation of rape equals divorce
is not - apparently - on the cards
in Islam??? we are given to understand
a man can divorce a wife by saying
I divorce you three times
the campaign is not to
extend that right to women
but
to abolish it
that does not strike us as emancipation
but we are seeing the matter from the perspective of
educated wives in well paid jobs
but why not fight for women to be
well educated and in well paid jobs
rather than
man bashing
it brings the matter to a pretty much extinct
side line job
the professional co-respondent
a women who - mostly without taking her clothes off
let alone having sex
would provide evidence of
a husband's infidelity to
present to a court as the basis for a
divorce
they got made redundant by
divorce on grounds of
unreasonable behaviour
what if a woman wasn't getting enough
or any wanted to move on?
the husband and the co-respondent
had to play ball to
give her the divorce
unless...
like William Robson
back in 1890 or such
the husband got a tap on the shoulder at work
and
I think you are needed at home right now
Living in Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees
the only divorce court available was
in London
most people didn't bother
especially if there was no property to share out
they just played musical beds and
put whatever suited into any
birth registrations
most people in the UK today
have people in their family tree
who were given up for adoption or
raised in a foundling hospital
and only a matter of a handful of generations back
the other dimension or version of
six degrees of separation
six degrees of separation proposes that everybody is
related to everybody else by
no more than six degrees of separation
why marriage when
you have
DNA profiling?
why has the UK government introduced a tiny tax bribe
to get couples to marry
when
the major drive is for
female wages to exceed male ones?

The most annoying thing about females is
Not asking for what they want
and then
getting into a mega strop when
they get what they asked for
example
so the lady has a dog or two
they have a garden
so they say to the neighbour
we need a new fence because the dogs may escape
so the neighbour erects a secure new fence
concrete posts
lengths of decking as planks
pressure treated two inch thick planks
a very secure dog proof fence
the lady rips out the planks and
replaces them with ship lap panels
flimsy
the lady didn't have concerns about the dogs escaping
she wanted a pretty new fence
could have painted the deck boards
but
as with a
Vogon Constructor Fleet
Resistance is useless
she wanted pretty but she asked for secure
because...
security is... more urgent
The conflict here is between
The Sexual Revolution of the 60s
based on
The Pill
and reinforced by the
Morning After Pill
versus
Virtue Signaling
and associated with virtue signaling
Crying Wolf
at two levels
relationships can be very emotional
sometimes there is a strong emotion and
nobody reliable close at hand to
vent at
First
The Cry Wolf Vent
dial 999 or 911 and vent at the emergency services
second line of release
Vent onto Social Media
and have some bunch of
Getalifes
report your post to the authorities
a part of this problem is
Displacement Activity
in the most extreme case....
a couple with as many children as they could
possibly cope with
may use
an acrimonious divorce procedure
as a means of continuing their relationship
without risk of further pregnancy
how does a battle over the CD collection
or the dog
provide an emotional substitute for
having your brains fucked out
the emotional intensity is very comparable
hence
The Quickie Divorce
and
Prenups
Pre-nuptial agreements
driving people who feel abandoned
and having no case for
financial compensation
seek to establish some sort of
criminal liability
and perhaps incidentally some
criminal injuries compensation
at some level
perhaps the extreme
it could be said
if you go out on the pull and
your consequential losses and injuries
are no greater than you could expect after
taking to the field in a rugby match
you have no business reporting the matter to
the authorities
at the other extreme I want him locked up for life



The Thieving Magpie
non human lifeforms are sometimes highly attracted
glittery things
few have any 'commercial' activity developed from that
Hence we could say
the world - North America and Australia in particular
three or four hundred years ago was
as nature intended
and
when 'settlers' arrived
they could walk around and pick up
the likes of gold
from the ground surface
they may have encountered coal drifts
emerging from cliff faces
useful stuff was easy to find
as time went on leaner ores had to be
collected, and refined
leading to massive amounts of
spoil removal
here is the related conflict
we can divide the benefits of food into
1 energy source
2 construction and repair raw materials
if we consume foods that are
lean ores for construction materials
we will consume excess quantities of
empty calories
and these will not be voided
they will be stored as
fat
we have a conflict in deprived areas
we see no move in the
Food Bank Industry
to say
you can have free food but
only in the form of
fortified foods
foods with - in every component
significant concentrations of
building materials to
balance the empty calories
back in the day
one of the
Ear Worm
advertising slogan
Fortifies the Over Forties
it referred to a product along the lies of
Complan
offering a sort of
packet soup with all the nutrition required
seems like a better plan than saying
you poor things
get your branded junk food here for free

24th April 2018


The Blue Arrow case went down in history as Britain's
most expensive criminal trial,
costing an estimated £40m (roughly £70m adjusting for inflation).
A year-long trial, which began in February 1991 at
a purpose-built court off Chancery Lane,
resulted in the conviction of four high profile bankers
- but the prosecution's joy turned out to be short-lived.
The convictions were overturned a few months later when the Appeal Court ruled that
due to the length of the trial and the complexity of
the subject matter the jury could not have reached a fair verdict
4 August 1987: Blue Arrow Ltd. unveils its bid to take over Manpower
September 1987: County Natwest and UBS Phillips and Drew begin
selling shares in Blue Arrow to raise funds for the takeover
29 September 1987: Rights issue finishes.
County and Phillips and Drew announce the placing has been successful
18 October 1987: Stock markets crash around the world in what is later called "Black Monday".
In London shares fall by £50bn.
County later admit to losing £69m in the collapse,
of which £49m came from the Blue Arrow holding
November 1989: Ten merchant bankers and a lawyer arrested and
charged by the Serious Fraud Office with
conspiring to defraud by misleading the markets
14 February 1992: Jonathan Cohen,
David Reed, Nicholas Wells and Martin Gibbs are
convicted of conspiracy to defraud and given suspended jail sentences
UK firm Mills & Reeve has revealed that it has merged with
London-based Maxwell Winward, creating
a practice with a combined turnover of £93m.
After the merger, which will take effect from 1 June (2017),
the firm will be known as Mills & Reeve and staff from Maxwell Winward will
be based at offices in Monument Street, London.
Maxwell Winward was created in 2007 following
a merger between Maxwell Batley and Winward Fearon.
It is known for its real estate, surety, projects and construction practices.
Nationally, Mills & Reeve will have 116 partners and nearly 1,000 staff operating
from six offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester and Norwich.
Based on both firms’ combined turnover it would be placed just outside the top 40.
Justin Ripman, Mills & Reeve senior partner, said:
‘This merger will enable us to substantially grow our presence in the City.
It helps realise a key aim of our 2020 strategy to expand our offering to
London-based and international clients by successfully
leveraging our nationwide network of leading legal experts.’
Adrian Luto, senior partner at Maxwell Winward, added:
‘The merger provides a great opportunity to extend the range of services we can
offer clients while continuing to focus on what we do best.’



There are things about our Ricker's origins that
are beyond his recall
we all tend to fill in the gaps in certain knowledge with
guesses that we eventually take as fact
The royal baby
Ricker has two memories of the birth of his eldest nephew
Ricker would have been pre-school at the time
It was London, Ricker his mum and dad visited the baby in hospital
Ricker's dad put a half crown under the baby's pillow
for luck, for prosperity
The other thing he remembers is
the brick walls of the hospital
when he sees pictures of royal births he wonders
whether the baby
Eirik Robson or Eirik Peter Robson??
was born in
The Lindo Wing of St. Mary's
SO far as we know there is only one
Eirik or is it Eiric Robson
on Google
We forget where he went to school but it may have been
Radleigh
got a lower second from University College London
failed the Chartered Surveyors' professional exams
five times
That hasn't stopped him from being an
Estate Agent
Ricker knows nought
He understands Eirik married and divorced
an ambassador's daughter
we assume that was a UK ambassador to somewhere
not an ambassador to the UK
The last girlfriend Ricker ever met was an
Indian barrister
see Indian barrister and ambassador's daughter
too bossy for Eirik
he's presently married to a lady of
South East Asian extraction
first wife two daughters second wife one daughter
so far as we know
Ricker's never met any of them
we have a story about Eirik and his mum
now his mum was called
Kari
not Carrie
and one day Kari had a major embarrassment
for ages she had been ringing Eirik at work and
'getting the receptionist'
being herself a nurse
Kari had for a long time been
rather off hand with this receptionist
mega shock to suddenly discover this person was
both her future daughter-in-law
and
an ambassador's daughter
Kari was
Norwegian
Ricker is a little confused about the status of
his half brother Peter - Eirik's father
For a long time he thought he was
The senior partner in a law firm
perhaps he was
a senior partner
all political careers end in failure
Peter's career had a mirroring arc with his best mate's
together their career's spanned from
The creation of
The NatWest Bank
from the National Provincial Bank and
The Westminster Bank
to their joint demise in the
Blue Arrow Affair
perhaps we should research that but
Bro Pete's law firm was
Maxwell Batley
sometime of Bevis Marks, then London Wall
then Chancery Lane
they appear to have reformed to serve
private clients....
when Pete was there they were
Privy Council Agents
oh and for those who know....
Eirik and his first wife - that would be Jane - had their reception at
Fredericks in Islington
and Ricker wasn't there
If you go to Kirkleatham Church Yard in Redcar
and you seek out the tallest monument in the new part...
you may be able to read the dedication to
Ingrid Robson
who lived for
eleven hours and was carried
probably unembalmed
up to Redcar from London
in the boot of granddad's car
for burial at the feet of her gran
Bessie Ord
Elizabeth Robson nee Ord
daughter of
John Ord
Estate Manager to
Sir Arthur Dorman


Perhaps it is acceptable to relate one aspect of
Ricker's origins
Not long after Ricker was born his dad made a will
it is perhaps doubtful that it was enforceable even when
it was made
by the time he died
and he never made another will
it was almost certainly unenforceable...
and it wasn't enforced but complications ensued....
Ricker's dad stated in his will that
since his second wife stood to inherit her own father's house
some of the mortgage Tommy had paid off
when he died she should return home to her father's house
and the house he had bought for his first wife should
pass to her children
when he wrote that
his daughter was single and his sons were at the beginnings of
their careers
in the end things overtook matters and they didn't want the house and
signed away their right to it
however Maisie sold it and moved into her father's house as intended
at the time the proceeds were not much anyway
but they kept her comfortable for her remaining days
It is tempting to speculate about why Tommy made such a will
and why he never replaced it
however he was
powerful afeared of his first wife
and kept the house as she had had it
which had not done its value many favours



Stand by Little Bitty Pretty One
Sam a 'joke' two
Tommy is a relief manager with the Co-Op
in 1916
so he's 19
just about to go off to war
and a customer comes in and asks for
a quarter of broken biscuits
Tommy: we haven't got any broken biscuits
customer: couldn't you break some?
shades of
My old man said follow the van
you can't trust a special
like the old time coppers
when you can't find
your way home
a song about a moonlight or midnight flit
leaving your digs for new ones
before the bailiffs get the chance to
take away your furniture
for the back rent you owe
The second biscuits story is
fifty years later
Tommy's second wife goes into the Co-Op
and asks for a packet of
NICE
biscuits
all our biscuits are nice....
You can still buy NICE biscuits
They are a sort of thin, sugar coated shortbread
Nice is a strange word
it derives from
Old French nice, foolish
Hard to please, exact, difficult to decide
in law
a nice arguement
a point that is highly debatable, discriminating
that transitions to
delicate, dainty
and that transitions to
agreeable, attractive, handsome, kind
and separately to
precise, of minute distinction or detail
while we are on....
hansom - is a cab
handsome: hand somely
somely: from comely
comely: Old English, cyme: fair
good looking, graceful
probably something like pleasant
so that's an interesting transition
a handsome man
is a man who was pleasant to the touch
and becomes a man who from the look of him
would be
heaven to touch

23rd April 2018


There is a story being repeated at present about he is said to have had somebody presented to him
not as a gift, as an encounter
he is said to have said
where are you from?
Manchester
you don't look like you come from Manchester
this is cited as
casual racism
what he should have said having been presented with
a person in dress or garb that was neither
traditionally British
nor conventionally fashionable
what does this attire represent?
you CHALLENGE by appearing different
an explanation may be sought








We didn't set this up
Honest
Dickhead cop parks van on pavement
and blind man .....
if you look carefully you can see his cane
the long white type with the bobble on the end
There really are no words
and not much sympathy for the
Ice Cream Parlour
A board
either
calm down
think of spring...















21st April 2018


Our Ricker never had it in mind to publish a memoir
and so he has no diaries of any description
So we have to throw four things into the mix and
accept that we have created inaccuracies
The four things are
Ricker Chair of Dormanstown Community Forum
Ricker Chair of The Friends of the Earth
Teesside Project
The London School of Economics
The CPRE
That last used to be the
Council for the Protection of Rural England
Ricker got it from both sides
The Residents of Greater Eston
accused Ricker of suggesting they were stupid
The CPRE said
why build houses on farmland
when there is this buffer strip
around your industrial installations
what the CPRE did was to get politicians to classify
buffer strips as
Brownfield Sites
and decree that housing should not be built on
'Countryside'
if there were 'Brownfield Sites'
within commuting distance of the villages
locally, Marske, New Marske, Skelton, Loftus, Brotton, etc
Saltburn even
where people wanted to live
It is therefore possible to suggest that
The closure of Redcar Iron Works
was a ploy to increase the supply of
Brownfield Sites for Housing
Indeed at one public meeting
a resident, campaigning for a house for her daughter
said that the
windfarm in Coatham Bay
was a kind of
German towel on a sunlounger to
keep the land
industrial
and not
post industrial

20th April 2018


The Flixborough disaster was an explosion at
a chemical plant close to the village of
Flixborough, North Lincolnshire, England on Saturday, 1 June 1974.
It killed 28 people and seriously injured
36 out of a total of 72 people on site at the time.
The casualty figures could have been much higher, if
the explosion had occurred on a weekday,
when the main office area would have been occupied.
A contemporary campaigner on process safety wrote
"the shock waves rattled the confidence of every chemical engineer in the country".
The disaster involved (and may well have been caused by)
a hasty modification.
There was no on-site senior manager with
mechanical engineering expertise
(virtually all the plant management had chemical engineering qualifications);
mechanical engineering issues with the modification were
overlooked by the managers who approved it,
nor was the severity of the potential consequences of its failure appreciated.
Flixborough led to a widespread public outcry over process plant safety.
Together with the passage of the Health and Safety at Work Act in the same year
it led to (and is often quoted in justification of) a
more systematic approach to process safety in UK process industries,
and – in conjunction with the Seveso disaster and
the consequent EU 'Seveso directives' –
to explicit UK government regulation of plant processing or
storing large inventories of hazardous materials,
currently (2014) by the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH).
Wilton International in Redcar is
a Process Park within the meaning of this legislation
The Petrochemicals Division of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) operated
many plants with large inventories of flammable chemicals at
its Wilton site (including one in which cyclohexane was oxidised to cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol).
Historically good process safety performance at Wilton had been marred
in the late 1960s by a spate of fatal fires caused by faulty isolations/handovers for maintenance work.
Their immediate cause was human error but ICI felt that saying that
most accidents were caused by human error was no more useful than
saying that most falls are caused by gravity.
ICI had not simply reminded operators to be more careful,
but issued explicit instructions on the required quality of isolations,
and the required quality of its documentation.



Our Ricker is very very old
but he remembers things from long long ago
There was telly in the house when he was young
and his dad watched the horse racing
Ricker's dad, Ricker's parents , were
ROM
Read Only Memory
They were like books
they had information in them but
there was no search facility
Ricker could not ask questions
Hence when he was young he had many
unanswered questions
One of those questions was
what does BAR mean
In those days there was something called
The Tote
It was some sort of state controlled bookmaker
and before each televised horserace
the BBC would put up on the screen the Tote Odds
for the horses
for entertainment, or for telephone bets?
at the bottom it would say
100/1 BAR
and the announcer would read out the odds and
when he got to
100/1 BAR he would say
one hundred to one bar these
it fascinated Ricker
and it took a long time for him to work out that it meant
all the horses in the race except the ones with stated odds
are available at odds of one hundred to one
Similarly
watching tennis
There was a player called
Virginia Wade
or Ginny Wade
there would be much coverage - perhaps only discussion
of a tournament referred to as
Virginia Slims
Who was Virginia Slims?
Virginia Slims were
thin cigarettes marketed to ladies and promoted through
a Ladies Tennis Tournament
As Ricker moved into his doomed attempt at a career in
bio-medical research
there were some cells
all the research on
cancer and the like quoted the fact that the experiments had been
done on - deed mortification he forgets the name
It wasn't Lucy, but similar
those were even more superstitious times
than the present
We still have parents from Alder Hey in Liverpool
suing over their children's blood samples not
getting a
Christian Burial
This one brave lady with terminal cancer had
donated a portion of her tumour to
medical science
and because it was a cancer cell it just kept on growing
but in a
disaggregated form
labs cultured the lady's tumour cells and
distributed them around the world
to be researched on
the culture lived on long after the lady's death
perhaps it still exists
a part of her living like an alga
or an amoeba
another word from the past
in one sense a new species but not
NOT
genetically distinct from the lady
just cells with her genetic makeup
in a proliferative mode



exclusion zones
we are not sure where the
4,000 metre exclusion zone concept came from but we guess
that few if any people location more than
4,000 metres from the Bopal site were affected
Relating to Bopal...
the UK equivalent is
Flixborough
in South Yorkshire



We have a little consumer financial advice to pass on
If you are in the market to buy
Foreign Currency
Watch the value of the pound
If ever you see it go up
buy your foreign currency ahead and quick
for whatever reason
whenever the value of the pound rises
The Bank of England
will step in with
announcements NOT actions
that will reduce the value of the pound
The pound is being held down artificially by this means
perhaps to influence trade balances
it will eventually break free from
Band of England induced sentiment
but for now
act quickly if you see a good price

19th April 2018


July 2016
There was this incident in Darlington
We are perpetually confused
we simply don't have the resources to fact check everything
we can mishear news reports
hence we build a story from fragments
and take no responsibility for the facts in a
possibly fictionalised version designed to
make a point
we heard two things we can't check
a man was driving a bus
it was in Darlington
the bus killed a lady of 82
what we heard or misheard was that
the driver had been a Redcar steel worker
secondly that he had had is fifteen seconds of fame
commenting on TV about how impossible it was to get
jobs that were paid like British Steel
once the company closed
Here is the nub
this guy killed this lady because
he didn't follow his training
he pulled up to a stop and busied himself with without putting the bus into neutral or
applying the hand brake
in some sort of reflex or spasm he
hit the accelerator and demolished the bus queue
The reason for this appears to have been the
same problem we have with police officers
rules and training are for idiots
I'm a police officer
I'm a steel worker
I don't need training or rules
I can figure out my own
way of working
I am a citizen of the
Blue Collar Elite
That is why
Redcar Steel Works will not be
making iron
for a little while
and the family of the dead woman
possibly fearful of steel worker reprisals
release a statement through the police
criticising the bus company for
Not nailing this guy to the wall and saying
you do it our way
or you WILL kill somebody
not criticising the
rules are for the middle classes
culture of
The Working Class
Ricker hasn't driven for many years
hasn't felt safe on the roads
ever since the police
got motorised
The police feel themselves exempt from
noblesse oblige
French
The aristocracy must behave according to their
obligations
Rank entails responsibility
There is not a scintilla of the concept of
setting a good example
in our police culture

kept death off the roads
clamp a cop car
we think nobody under the age of
36
should have control of a
police vehicle

We have a
Hype problem
The take away is getting cold
better use the blues and twos
or to avoid a toll on a bridge
We are not suggesting that
The Boston marathon incident was trivial
but the lad was charged with deploying a
weapon of mass destruction
putting an exploding pressure cooker
on a par with
a cruise missile

18th April 2018


The word we couldn't remember was
chutzpah
Now this takes us back
chutzpah is a word meaning
audacity, cheek, nerve
HU-tspa or KU-tspa
what takes us back is this
chutzpah is a word in a language called Yiddish
and to describe somebody as
a Yid is racial harassment
Jewish means of Jewish heredity
Yiddish is a language
no probs saying
That sign is in Welsh
and
that girl is Welsh
but
to deny the existence of a language called Yiddish
is cultural repression on the lines of
suppression of Welsh or Cornish
or Gallic



It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
69,000
22nd March it was 67,000
and that was
5 percent of the workforce
The March number available today...
63,000
4.8 percent of the working age population
so we are down 10 percent since Christmas
ten percent in three months....
it won't lead to
100 percent reduction in
30 months fro then - or 27 more months after now
but the trend is still there
Christmas 2020 should be good
but reducing the rate
has to be followed by
upskilling
and skills related pay increments



Our Ricker is a bit of a
technoscavenger
He is gradually following the crowd
He's sort of dabbling with
2007
Like a lot of people he occasionally
talks to himself
Like a lot more people he more often
does a gogglebox
and talks to the TV
he used to have two 'phones and two 'phone numbers
one work, one family
until Virgin mobile cancelled his family number
so both the 'phones are on charge
one by the telly and one in the hall
suddenly
the one by the telly rang the one in the hall
without Ricker touching either
long puzzlings
eventually he works out...
He's living in 2007 and his 'phones are
Blackberries
and they had had their SIM cards transferred from
other 'phones
so what had happened was
Ricker says to the TV
That's what I call purple
on seeing a colour displayed
and Blackberrey family calls
Blackberry work
because....
the 'phone that Blackberry work got was out of
a Huawei that had a purple case and so was
called
Purple
in the number registry of
the Motorola that donated its SIM to
Blackberry family
God knows how he'll cope if he moves on the
The Internet of things
'phone picks out of the utterance
That's what I call purple
the fragment
call purple
Incidentally, and we are again speaking to you from
2007
did you know
Virgin mobile don't have their own
mobile network
they acted - may still act - as agents for
t-mobile
their network is Deutchetelecom
and so when Ricker's credit ran out on his
family Blackberry
it went to
SOS only on t-mobile
and Virgin won't accept any more payments
does this mean they are pulling out of the
mobile market
probably
they don't seem to be marketing a mobile offer
bundled with their land line any more???

16th April 2018


We have a bit of a problem with
The French
We see the pictures of
wet children
we hear the French have bombed
chlorine stockpiles
as somebody said
the children's clothes smell of
swimming baths
you cannot deny a country the right to
own the chemicals that keep
public swimming baths safe
on the other hand
France!
calling the kettle black....
France stockpiles
gas that can only be used against people
and teargases its citizens
on a routine basis
it is hard to say that chlorine is more lethal than
CS
or whatever teargas France uses
Syria is probably
probably
saying to a section of its citizenry
do this or that
and if not we will
send something to make you almost as uncomfortable as
a student in Paris
We have a short set of
spring pics
It's been so wet that
the daff flowers have been
eaten by slugs
the flowering currant
has been devastated
but the peony
is pushing on










14th April 2018


The Travelers have gone from
Kirkleatham Street car park
We have this very simple demonstration of
Corbyn politics
My enemy's enemy
is my friend
Corbyn conflates
The foreign adversaries of the nation
with
opposition to the Tory Party
it's like the little old man in the pub
journalist asks
how will you vote?
I'm agin the government
If in doubt...
regime change
What we have at present is a minority Tory Government
and an Oxford Trott
administration
The grandfathers of the current crop of
Oxford-Whitehall Trots
were in power in the 1980s
when Summerland and
Bopal
happened
Thirty years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984,
an accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India,
released at least 30 tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate,
as well as a number of other poisonous gases.
The pesticide plant was surrounded by shanty towns,
leading to more than 600,000 people being exposed to the deadly gas cloud that night.
The gases stayed low to the ground, causing victims throats and eyes to burn, inducing
nausea, and many deaths.
Estimates of the death toll vary from as few as 3,800 to as many as 16,000,
but government figures now refer to an estimate of 15,000 killed over the years.
Toxic material remains, and 30 years later,
many of those who were exposed to the gas have given birth to physically and mentally disabled children.
For decades, survivors have been fighting to have the site cleaned up, but
they say the efforts were slowed when Michigan-based Dow Chemical
took over Union Carbide in 2001.
Human rights groups say that thousands of tons of hazardous waste remain buried underground,
and the government has conceded the area is contaminated.
There has, however, been no long-term epidemiological research which
conclusively proves that birth defects are directly related to the drinking of the contaminated water.


people who want to put housing on
industrial estates are promoting
chemical warefare against the poor
by
gross negligence
and the
Superannuated version of
The Oxford Union
Newsnight
some bloke from America says
these young kids
having their father killed
they may be better off not having a
career burgler who specialised in
invading the homes of the elderly
to school them in the family business
and the daft wifie who writes books
Ann Atkins?
says
how can you possibly say a child is better off
deprived of a father
and we say
how quick would she have them put into care if
somebody said
he'd touched them up?
How about
taking children into care if a parent
goes robbing?



We have been chasing this old lifeboat
A painting

A photo of a photo

The office block that replaced
The Palace

Some pictures of Travelers in
Kirkleatham Street Car Park





These are very
'Own Brand'
Travelers
on the most recent previous occasion
that such arrived
at first blush
the encampment could have been taken for
a council sponsored
construction machinery exhibition
it were ever so posh
not so much this time
we have made no enquiries but
we are thinking
three young couples who have got a bit roudy
and been kicked off the official sites

This is a remnant of
Coatham Pier

The Regent Cinema
was originally known as
The Glass House
no reference to
military prisons having that name
as part of the pier it had had a glass roof
Some other pictures
note the persistence of the
dog walking sign from
Langhbaugh-on-Tees District council

and its more recent assistant from
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

up until less than 30 years ago
you could still read on the seaward wall
Achtung!
Warning in German
Cinema masquerading as a
gun emplacement
other various views






and other Coatham Marsh images
wot it has for frogs
natterjack toads?
bufo calamita


nocturnal in the sand dunes
except in April and May
when it visits the marsh
to breed

an early flower on the marsh is
coltsfoot
very occasionally Ricker tracks down
coltsfoot rock
he likes that
coltsfoot


so named because the leaves
look like little horse shoe
footprints

tussilago farfara

12th April 2018


Ah! it must be spring
The Travellers
are back in
Kirkleatham Street Car Park
They have to arrive
overnight
because the council workers fill it
with cars not caravans
if it's empty at 8.00 am
....
How about Victoria Derbyshire
fixes the workers up with a bus
Park and Ride from the nearest
Official TravellerSite



We don't know whether the
Traditional Media
cover the meetings of
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
BUT
without implying any disrespect
Councillor Dave Walsh
is making super human efforts to attend
we wish him well

11th April 2018


We understand that the
Regent Cinema is closing
it has had a new roof in the past few years
This was the 'proper picture house
The Palace
The Regent was converted from the remnants of
Coatham Pier


This has been replaced with
an office block with
art galery
Some will remember
Larry Grayson
entertainer
Catch Phrase
Shut that door

The door in question was
the back stage door of
The Regent Cinema in Redcar
Shut it?
They bricked it up



First we have an admission to make
We apologise for the
Front or main page of this site
just for now
we don't know where it is
so we can't edit or update it...
sad
for now we have more important fish to fry


Some comments on the Russian spy saga
At the basic level we have to say
whoever wanted him dead had to wait for his daughter to lead them to his
safe house
we are kind of assuming the daughter went to
some sort of UK embassy in Russia to apply for a visa
The Russian authorities would have known she was coming
we cannot see how the British would not know where
he was
we cannot see how anybody but the
British and Russian authorities would have known
she was about to visit him
she is very unlikely to be implicated because
she could just as easily have been dosed as him
we cannot see how the Russian authorities
would not have known on exactly what flight
she would arrive
did they know how she would get from the airport to the house?
if not then
CCTV at the airport would have recording of a whole
shoal of operatives covering all possibilities
for her onward transit
This was not a small time operation



We have a collection of shots of
the construction of
Redcar Sea Wall
We'll upload a few at a time and
create a separate collage
but for now
a few high lights










10th April 2018


We do repeat ourselves from time to time
We have no particular beef against
Durham University
but we can illustrate a problem in
academia
by reference to some of its history
Back in the day.....
what is now
Newcastle University
was
King's College Durham
we don't recall the dates but
around the 1960s
Duham and Newcastle split
essentially
when Newcastle left they took
their science departments and medical school with them
Although Durham had a former pit site with
a new Geography department on it
and some old pit offices...
there came a day when
students were due to turn up to study
science and engineering in or at Durham
and they university had to create these departments
with little or no chance of
poaching from Newcastle
as a consequence, for example
the Zoology Department
recruited one world renowned scientist
David Barker
a nerve-muscle specialist,
one of the top two in the world at the time
poached from Oxford
husband of Teesside author
Pat Barker
perhaps his first wife didn't want to make the move
upNorth
a slightly odd chap called
Peter Evans
who had a Ph.D. from each of
Oxford and Cambridge
he was on the telly from time to time and
died 'young'
a Durham graduate called Dr, Grey, or Gray
and the rest of the faculty had been recruited
as a job lot
from
The University of Hull
as a side issue
our Ricker at that time was aware that
he had struggled to cope with
the standard university year
in his pre-clins at Newcastle and
know he was in no condition to tackle the
9 to 5 , 48 weeks a year of clinical studies
and ever the optimist he thought
if I intercalate a science degree
perhaps I will gain some strength
or
solve my health problems
No go at Newcastle
and so
transfer to Durham
as it was
and probably still is
unless you were
David Barker
Head of Department
you weren't going to
build a research department around you
Ph.D. students were seen as
research assistants to lecturers
and as such
allocated on a
Buggins's Turn
basis
you got a research assistant for three years
and you wouldn't get another one until
every other lecturer in the department had had one
hence
no matter how brilliant a student you were
it was
It's Ken Bowler's turn
so if you want to study the effects of
slapping rat bollocks on a hotplate
you're in
otherwise
tara
ken specialised in
thermobiology
the effect of temperature on animals
So Ricker never got to be
a cranio-facial surgeon
BUT
So far as
The Telly
was concerned
Peter Evans
John Coulson
and
David Bellamy
were
Einsteins of the Modern World
and a world class thicko
got a First
and a broom cupboard at Dundee University
and stuck a sign about
BSE on the door
and the world's press flocked to that door
and he got to be
Vice Chancellor of Durham University
for
hutspar
can't even get close to a spelling for that
and the university sacked him when he decided that
collaborating with
John? Lord
a pop turned classical musician with cancer
was the road to solving the problem of cancer
almost literally
this guy
fiddled
played the violin
while people died
like Nero fiddling while Rome burned
and got away with it for a while
because he was a celebrity who had
saved the world from
mad cow disease??????



Last year we featured a baby oak tree
This is it's April 2018 self
it's so tiny the autofocus has it blurred

and this is how a conker tree has spent the winter

and pussy willow
waking for spring

and daffs finally out

weanwhile
Ricker has been messing with his writing slope

speaking of reviving old things...
The Old Lifeboat house has
new windows

and pick the bones of of this one...


and progress with the new
indoor children's playground

9th April 2018


We start from the position that
David Lammy MP
is the archetypal
Professional Person of Colour
We have previously made mention of
optometrists writing
NAD
for No Abnormality Detected
in the pathology section of the GOS form
NHS General Optical Services
and meaning
Not Actually Done
we suppose that before there was an NHS
the police who then had both police and
prosecution service
functions
took medical advice from
Police Surgeons
as the name implies their main role would have been to determine
what bones had been broken and what wounds suffered
There is another classic abbreviation from the era
not necessarily genuine???
NFN
and that means....
Normal for Norfolk
in other words
if a person of Mr Lammy's background were to be Assessed by
the modern less qualified shrinks in police stations
is he mentally ill?
no he's NFN
Normal for Newham



We have to concede we may have been wrong about
The Swans
we can say that we presently have
zero swans in Locke Park and
three on the marsh
one in the south pond
one in the Fleet
and one on a nest at the edge of the east pond
it looks like Bro3 was a girl all along
time will tell
Far be it from us to launch a cover-up
when we get things wrong
however,
it's a new departure to breed on the marsh
people won't feed them there
and
the path construction work look like extending
right across the summer...



Here's something we're being set up for
The next Formula 1 motor racing Grand Prix
is The Chinese Grand Prix
13- 15 April 2018
If the Chinese Grand Prix in 2019
has the same slot
that is none of this years are cancelled and next year's Chinese is the third in the season
The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will be
The 1,000th Grand Prix


7th April 2018


There appear to be two points of contention relating to
Formula One Motor Racing
making it 'safe' to crash....
to make the sport 'newsworthy'
encouraging young men to see
crashing cars as routine
secondly
trying to keep F1 within the budget of
individuals
rather than promoting
engineering progress



The Coatham School War Memorial
has moved about a bit
this has resulted in us
getting rows
as they say in Scotland
sculpted by
Taggart of Aberdeen




For some reason it was
carved in Scotland
and so the main drag into Redcar
Corporation Road
greets visitors with a
Celtic Cross




Another linguistic whinge
Love me for a reason
Let the reason be love
Closed due to unforeseen circumstances
NOT
Closed due to maintenance reasons
it is
Closed FOR maintenance reasons
Close due to maintenance faults?
OK
Anybody remember
KwikSave
They went bust
couldn't pay for the milk
When they closed they put up notices
Closed due to unforeseeable reasons
not unforeseen
they'd been going bust for months if not years



We have a little extra Ricker info
and a story that thereby hangs
although his degree certificate says
Honours in zoology
in fact what he studied for his degree was
animal physiology and animal ecology
with subsidiary
chemistry
gotta tell you about the
subsidiary chemistry exam and
what a bunch of shits university dons can be
especially the ones that don't have
tenure
There are three essential branches of chemistry
inorganic
organic
physical
this course was not
absolutely not
chemistry for biologists
the students on the course were drawn from all departments
within the science faculty
this was a full on half module in....
physical chemistry
and lab sessions from
organic chemistry
Ricker had to synthesise three compounds
one was a crystaline azo dye
the tutor chosen for the course
set an exam in physical chemistry
physical chemistry boils down to
around seven formulae
each with around fifty terms
Ricker had no idea what would happen if he failed the exam
so he
spent the whole of the night before the exam
learning the formulae
drove to the exam centre
the chaplaincy in
Oh God is it Old Elvet or New Elvet?
parked in a bay where the max stay was shorter
than the exam length
that had all the road markings covered in a mulsh of leaves
went into the exam and
without looking at the questions
wrote out all seven formulae on the
inside fly leaf of the answer book
he then settled down quite happily to work out
which formulae were needed for which question
and did a selection
we are talking about an exam of say two hours where
the questions were so involved that you were only expected to answer four
he did the one question that needed no formulae
and three others that did
these were not
chemical formulae
this was physical chemistry
the questions were about
pressures and saturations and energy levels
arsehole dons without tenure trying to prove
their students were numpties to avoid
the competition
NOBODY would attempt those calculations
in real life
without reference to reference books
Ricker took the pass and paid the parking fine....
It was New Elvet

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scientific journal publishing research and review articles on any aspect of
physical chemistry, chemical physics, and biophysical chemistry.
It is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on behalf of eighteen participating societies.
The editor-in-chief is Seong Keun Kim (Seoul National University)
The journal was established in 1999 as the results of a merger between Faraday Transactions and
a number of other physical chemistry journals published by different societies.
Chemical physics is a subdiscipline of chemistry and physics that investigates
physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and
condensed matter physics; it is the branch of physics that studies chemical processes
from the point of view of physics. While at the interface of physics and chemistry,
chemical physics is distinct from physical chemistry in that it
focuses more on the characteristic elements and theories of physics.
Meanwhile, physical chemistry studies the physical nature of chemistry.
Nonetheless, the distinction between the two fields is vague,
and workers often practice in both fields during the course of their research.

6th April 2018


A couple of pictures relating to
Sir William Turner


Warrenby
presumably in Coatham Ward
population less than ten?
This is supposed to be
The Barracks
but you can't see them for
carvans

THis is the schoolhouse
crabs and lobster

The Chapel

next to the chapel
the control centre for the wind farm

a general view with the
ironworks in the background

and the pub got demolished
Turner Arms?
it was a motor body shop for a long time
The was a Temperence Hotel on
Yearby bank
Called the Turner Arms
now a farmhouse
There is a pub restaurant on Redcar land called the
Turners Arms
or similar



5th April 2018


We think the next council elections to RCBC
are in 2019
We said it was complicated...
see below
Spermatocytogenesis is the male form of gametocytogenesis and results in the
formation of spermatocytes possessing half the normal complement of genetic
material. In spermatocytogenesis, a diploid spermatogonium, which resides in the
basal compartment of the seminiferous tubules, divides mitotically, producing two
diploid intermediate cells called primary spermatocytes.
Each primary spermatocyte then moves into the adluminal compartment of
the seminiferous tubules and duplicates its DNA and
subsequently undergoes meiosis I to produce two haploid secondary spermatocytes,
which will later divide once more into haploid spermatids.
This division implicates sources of genetic variation,
such as random inclusion of either
parental chromosomes, and chromosomal crossover, to increase the genetic variability of the gamete.
Each cell division from a spermatogonium to a spermatid is incomplete;
the cells remain connected to one another by bridges of cytoplasm to allow
synchronous development.
It should also be noted that not all spermatogonia divide to produce spermatocytes;
otherwise, the supply of spermatogonia would run out.
Instead, spermatogonial stem cells divide mitotically to
produce copies of themselves,
ensuring a constant supply of spermatogonia to fuel spermatogenesis.
none of that with yer females they just shed eggs
The succeeding phase of ootidogenesis occurs when the primary oocyte develops into
an ootid.
This is achieved by the process of meiosis.
In fact, a primary oocyte is, by its biological definition,
a cell whose primary function is to divide by the process of meiosis.
However, although this process begins at prenatal age
, it stops at prophase I.
In late fetal life, all oocytes, still primary oocytes,
have halted at this stage of development, called the dictyate.
After menarche, these cells then continue to develop,
although only a few do so every menstrual cycle
the process is similar
but it happens before you are born
and so
environmental factors experienced after birth
play no part in determining genetic makeup of the mother's contribution
orchitis is the word
we may have spelt it wrongly...



Now we move on to
a concept within mental health that is
mirrored in physical health
we would agree if the likes of
McMillan Cancer Care
were to say that for instance
a mum of relatively young children
confronted with a
terminal cancer diagnosis
is harmed if she dwells on a concept of
lifestyle being the cause of her
having to abandon her babies through
her own death
to transfer that to mental health
to a lesser extent
it is clear that there is a rising trend amongst
mental health care professionals to
divide those things previously regarded as
mental illness
into two categories
they would say that for many patients
depression and anxiety
are treatable and should therefore be regarded as
mental illnesses
but that
paranoia, schizophrenia, bipolar, autism
psychopathy, personality 'disorder'
should be regarded as
a part of a person's essential being, makeup
and put in the same catergory as
gender, skin colour, hair colour
and a tolerant society should
absorb the consequences of any
damage resulting from leaving such
traits and behaviours
unchallenged
and that
any attempt to
'treat'
such individuals should be regarded as
a breach of their human rights
in the dimension of
law enforcement
we see an attitude of
we care for burglars
they are our clients
and regard
property owners as people who
should have insurance
not
police protection
they see it as a civic duty for society to
provide opportunities for
psychopaths to
act out
their true natures
without hindrance from the authorities
in other words
putting the opposite point of view
take up a career in
mental health or policing and
avoid contact with nutters
stick to
dolling out
tea and sympathy to the
tired and lonely
and let the nutters
hang as they grow



recently we made mention of
genetic variation being introduced by
or during the process of
sperm generation
earlier we had discussed the concept of
punctuated equilibrium in evolution
we should bring these two matters together
consider stress driving two people
into each other's arms
take the example of somebody
think back to simpler times
think of the lady of the house dying and
the housemaid getting
carried away
in consoling one of the sons of the family
and getting pregnant by him
under stress
stress hormones are created, released
they can affect brain function and behaviour
they can trigger the process of
increasing variability in sperm
flowering plants
set seen routinely
but
feed them one sort of fertilizer and they
produce little but leaves
feed them differently and they
produce a mass of flowers
we referred to the
element of weather lore
regarding bushes and shrubs producing
a massive flush of berries
in the autumn before a harsh winter
this may not be
generosity to the local birds
it may be a programmed response to the
prospect of imminent adult death
females of more advanced animals
we have said
are born with all the eggs they will ever have
the genetics locked off from change or
mutation into anything viable
males produce colossal number of sperm
and the more stressed they are at the time
a matter of days before conception
the more variation
hence, for instance
a massive volcanic eruption....
stress
flurry of reproductive activity
much more genetic variability than normal
some of the little weirdoes
may just survive this catastrophe....
it's important to emphasize that
stress and stress hormones affect the
PROCESS
of spermatogenesis
and if the stress is relieved
the male will revert to producing
genetically true
sperm
the strees affects the copying process not the
integrity of the source code
sperm are not
directly copied from the source code DNA
there are intermediate stages
conversely
a stress such as an infection
may shut down spermatogenesis
inflammation of the knackers
orchiditis
can lead to infertility
this can be temporary or permanent

23rd April 2018


There is a story being repeated at present about he is said to have had somebody presented to him
not as a gift, as an encounter
he is said to have said
where are you from?
Manchester
you don't look like you come from Manchester
this is cited as
casual racism
what he should have said having been presented with
a person in dress or garb that was neither
traditionally British
nor conventionally fashionable
what does this attire represent?
you CHALLENGE by appearing different
an explanation may be sought








We didn't set this up
Honest
Dickhead cop parks van on pavement
and blind man .....
if you look carefully you can see his cane
the long white type with the bobble on the end
There really are no words
and not much sympathy for the
Ice Cream Parlour
A board
either
calm down
think of spring...















3rd April 2018


Photo Essay on Kirkleatham Ward, Redcar



We saw a dedication on flowers for
Stephen Hawking
It read
per aspera
ad astera
The motto of the
Royal Air Force
is
per ardua ad astra
through effort hard work overcoming difficulty
reach the stars, the sky
per aspera ad astra
means
you reached the stars because you wanted to
Sometimes we reach a point where reflection seems good
Today we return to the world of
1968
We are in a sense 'reviewing' a biology textbook
from that date
that is a handfull of years after
the Nobel Prize went to
Watson, Crick, Wilkins and not Frankline
The text book has an enquiring tone
on DNA, To quote
The code is clearly 'degenerate'
that is
several different codons or 'triplet sequences'
can represent the same amino acid
this follows from the fact that there are
64 possible codons to be made from the 4 DNA bases
but only 20 amino acids to code for
for example...
glycine can be coded for by
GGU or GGC or GGA or GGG
in fact
17 or the 20 amino acids could be coded by the
first 2 bases
only argenine, leucine and serine need
all three letters of the code
and two triplets UAA and UAG
do not appear to be used to code for any amino acid
the text book suggests they are used as
start and stop codons
The point here being
the start and stop codons are
what in computing - and there wasn't much
computing in 1958
First edition 1958
Third edition 1968
what in computing would be referred to as a
check bit
computer data are stored and manipulated as
zeros and ones
a check bit is where you have some verified code and
you add up all the zeroes and ones as
plus one or minus one and
you end up with a final digit or either zero or one
you then set what the final digit should be and
either add or subtract one
get that result
we have simplified this
we could explain binary maths
it's zeros and ones
like 0 to 9 in decimal
0 and 1
but with nothing to the right of the
decimal point
because this isn't decimal
no decimal point
and...
consisder a calculator in which
only the rightmost digit is displayed
we said consider a zero as a minus and that makes no sense
consider it this way
0 plus 0 is 0
0 plus 1 is 1
1 plus 1 is 0
because the '2' disappears into a 1 in the
column to the left of the one that's being displayed
and that column isn't displayed on this calculator
so you get either zero or one in the rightmost column
and if your checking system
requires a 0 there the check digit is 0
if the last digit of the code is zero
and the check digit is 1
if the last digit of the message is 1
it's a complicated concept
BUT
a very simple mechanism
if after storage or transmission
the check digit isn't after you repeat the process at
the other end
what you set then you know the data set has been
corrupted without actually conparing each element of
the sent with the received
in this simple system
there are only two error options
a character is duplicated
or
a character is omitted
and the problem will be
either the message is
longer
or shorter
than it should be
so the number that doesn't match is
the number of characters there are in the message
the last digit or the number of characters
this means two things
most mutations are not at the level of the individual characters
they are at the level of the number of copies of the message
that is not checked
but is vital
the second point is
the DNA message can be changed
but there are specific and complex processes for that
involved in the
production of sperm
this is why we say
40 in 100 cancers are due to
life style choices
not random
Acts of God
in other words
in retail parlance
the DNA code is
tamper evident
in yet other words
the information can often be coded with two
out of the three bases
but the code uses three
two info bits and a check bit
we said
it's a VERY secure code
nevertheless
the textbook dutifully states
This would mean that a particular sequence of triplets
starts from a fixed point in the whole DNA structure
and thus if somewhere along the ensuing sequence
one base is
missing
duplicated
or
substituted
the code then becomes
meaningless
for the remainder of the sequence
ALTERNATIVELY
base changes in the code could lead to
gene mutations
Hence, thus, therefore
DNA is a very secure, redundant code
and if an error creeps in
the message will be
mute, ignored, not translated
unless, UNLESS
by pure chance
the new version
1 passes the check bit test
2 codes for one of the twenty amino acids
This is why
1 The human genome is mostly JUNK
2 is very rarely altered
mutations make junk
not novelty
The point here
even if a mutation occurs in
one cell
IT DOES NOT
occur in all the cells of that body or tissue
at the same time
one mutated cell
does not
convert its neighbours
HOWEVER
a quantity of
mode switching hormone
released in a tissue region
will convert many many cells in that area
in the same way, at the same time
what we have in
pre-DNA genetics are other concepts
not referred to in
popular science these days, if ever
they are
linkage and crossing over
these refer to
huge chunks of DNA
swapping their order in the chromosomes
There is a classic experiment that can be done with
Andalusian fowl
we guess they are a sort of chicken
you can get white ones and black ones
and if you cross them you get
speckled ones
a series of genetic crossing experiments showed that
to get black chickens
you had to provide a
gene for melanin from both parents
this runs counter to the theory that
a defect inherited from one parent
can be completely compensated for by
inheriting a good gene from the other parent
it knocks on the head the idea that
a smart bloke can knock smart kids out of
anything with tits
the error is in seeing
DNA
as a mould or type in a
printing press
it is a
coded instruction message
a computer program(me)
not
a blueprint



It always seems to be the way that
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
elections
don't happen when they happen in other places
so there are local government elections in
May 2018
we don't know whether that is also the case in Redcar
either way
we will do a bit of analysis of the complexity of
the situation as is
as they say
at first blush
The Labour
have 13 councillors representing
wards in Greater Eston
and 15 councillors representing
wards not in Greater Eston
Eston has 2 Labour councillors and
one Eston Independent
Grangetown has 2 Labour
Normanby has 3 Labour
Ormesby has 3 LibDem
South Bank has 3 Labour
Teesville has 3 Labour
That is that
At this point we have to wonder what a
2018 election would bring
There used to be a Brexit councillor in Marske
that seat appears to be presently vacant
with the other two Longbeck seats being held by
Conservatives
that is the owner occupier estate built on
the old airfield
the other side of Marske is the
former council estate St. Germain's
it has three LibDem held seats
what is the significance of the
implosion of the LibDems
could that mean more Tories?
Coatham is a bit more of a puzzle
it used to be two seats for the LibDems
now Labour

Skelton, Loftus Brotton
in bulk
Labour 4 seats
It cannot be forgotten the personalities
in Skelton
Cliff Foggo Tory, Helen McLuckie Labour,
David Walsh Labour
So, Cliff Foggo replaced Mrs McLuckie's husband
after he was disbarred
it could go either way
protest over, revert to Labour
or
kick out the wife too...
Brotton
1 Labour , 1Tory, 1 Independent Group
Loftus
1 Labour, two Independent Group
These three are small towns up for grabs
Independent Group, 6 seats
Eston Independent 1 seat
East Cleveland Independent 1 seat
Independent independent 1 seat
when the likes of
Cleveland Police
try to crack down on
non-Labour politicans
in the name of
social cohesion
they are not dealing with
a couple of independents in Middlesbrough
we have dealt with this before
new readers start here
the words are
sympatric
and
alopatric
from a democracy point of view
boundaries are as important as
freedom of speech
The Tees Valley is an interesting case study
notwithstanding excellent transport and
communication links
the urban-industrial complex is easily defined in
a sea of blue - literally the sea
and green - farmland
as the boundaries sit the cognative dissonance is
the poorer, younger, more immigrant dominated area is
Middlesbrough
and aside from a largely unpopulated strip
down by the river
historically
Middlesbrough as a borough was
the administrative capital of the area
it cannot point
within its boundaries to much in the way of
rust belt, post industrial dereliction
it is an area of small scale cheap housing
for immigrants and students
prosperous
does not apply
diverse does
speaking of the narrow riverside strip
a lot of that is
counterintuitively
actually in either Redcar or Stockton
These apparently anomalous boundaries as a relic of
three tier government structures
top tier National Government
at an important stage in the local government history
of the area
there was a transition from
Teesside to Cleveland
Cleveland County Council
was set up as an overarching authority with
responsibility for big ticket items such as
Education
within Cleveland COunty
there were four
District Councils
Hartlepool
Stockton
Middlesbough
and
Langthingy
few people ever knew exactly how to spell
Langbaugh
more later
the boundaries of Cleveland County
emclosed the entire
urban-industrial conurbation
bounded by
Durham in the north
and
North Yorkshire
in the south
the split was as follows
two areas that contained between them
ALL the steelworks
Hartlepool and Langthingy
two areas - district councils
that contained
ALL the process chemical works
Stockton and Langthingy
The function of
Cleveland County Council
was to collect the business rates
This was before
unified business rates collected by districts
on behalf of National Government
Cleveland County took a precept from
the three industrial districts and
spent it on
social deprevation in
Middlesbrough
when unified business rates came in...
Cleveland County Council was abolished
and the four
District Councils
became
Unitary Authorities
with direct responsibility to
National Government
at this point
langthingy was renamed
Redcar and Cleveland
the single most important authority in the area having
BOTH
chemical and steel industries
since then Hartlepool has lost much of its industry
Stockton - Stockton-on-Tees
not Stockton-in-the-Forest or any other Stockton
retains chemical and oil refining industry
The university is in Middlesbrough
James Cook hospital is in Middlesbrough
these two have arisen from almost nothing
SINCE Middlesbrough's boundaries were set
they provide lots and lots of secure and
fairly well paid jobs
never dreamed of when
Cleveland COunty was set up
but these jobs are done by people who live outside
The Middlesbough boundary
and create the
Marton Crawl
James Cook being on Marton Road and
the staff living in
Stokesley
but the people living in Middlesbrough are on low incomes
because they are just starting out
as students or immigrants
they drain economic power from
Tyneside where there were
Three major hospitals and
a university and a polytechnic
we believe
Newcastle General is history
but we are not sure
we know there is still
The RVI - Royal Victoria Infirmary
and
The Freeman
Middlesbrough was long ago described in
National Government
as
An Infant Hercules
Teesside is that
Prize Fighter
but there are serious
image problems
the current situation reminds us of the story
of the man granted a number of wishes
we'll cut it to four
wish 1
I wish I owned this valley
2 I wish I had a house that covered the entire valley
3 I wish I had one of everything know to the world
4 I wish all these things were outside
oops
if your posessions are outside your house and you have
no land outside your house
you've give all your things away
so it be with a political party that
fights so that it buys votes with handouts
not so many voters fall into the category of the
parable of the tallents
foolish steward who burried the tallent that
was entrusted to him
give some guy a couple of million because
he lived somewhere near
Grenfell Tower
and ten years later
he's the next Alan Sugar

we inserted that bit
back to the plot...
they are dealing with a general dissatisfaction with
The tail wagging the dog
Kirkleatham is an interesting ward
It should always have been called
Lakes
or even
Top Lakes
Something happened
there is a road through the middle of
The Lakes Estate
called
West Dyke Road
The thing that happened was that
a lad was murdered - stabbed - in a flat by
the east side of the road
and his mam lived in a house opposite on the
west side of West Dyke Road
her house faced opposite the flat where her son had been killed
and she campaigned to have it demolished
it was demolished but
that didn't halt the
prurient interest of local media
she got more than her
fifteen minutes of fame
and so
instead...
the whole of that half of the estate was demolished
and replaces with
affordable housing - for sale
Kirkleatham ward was the
pet project of
Miss Clish and her deputy
Miss Clish was the head teacher of
Cleveland Grammar School for Girls
and her deputy succeeded her when she retired
That would be Rye Hills now
The two ladies lived in
Zetland ward
and so
a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet
the ladies had Top Lakes named
after the nearby ancient village of
Kirkleatham
whether or not the village was in the ward
as a village Kirkleatham has around a dozen houses in it
and...
and the local museum complex
and the main building of that is the
first home of
Sir William Turner's School
built in the 1600s
and so there are three labour councillors
representing Top Lakes in the name of
the village of Kirkleatham
So there's Lakes and Top Lakes
originally there was
Rivers
Thames, Tyne, Tees, Tweed
and there was Lakes
Haweswater, Elterwater, Buttermere,
Coniston, Lucerne, Geneva, Ontario
all up to Troutbeck
Then there was not Lakes
Norfolk, Rutland, Devon, Kent
counties
then there was
Greystoke, Woodside, Blayberry
not a single name of a lake in
Top Lakes
NOW...
everything between
Woodside and West Dyke
has been clear felled
on The Lakes
properties on Mersey Road
and most importantly
Kent Close and Essex Close
gone, solid gone
Norfolk Close, Devon Dorset
are the only remnants of
The Counties
there is now
Malham Gill, Oxendale Road, The Meadows
to rephrase
the properties have gone
but Kent Close and Essex Close were so
notorious they have been erased from the map
and the face of the earth and replaced with
Oxendale Road and Southerndale Road
there are around three of the six or eight
blocks of flats in that area remaining
they are brick built and 4 or 5 floors
There is a new high rise on the corner of
Mersey and Roseberry
that is three or four floors and is for
over fifties or whatever
it's one of those buildings that is
two floors at each end and 4 floors in the middle
so it's an architectural caprice
with one flat at the top and a couple on the third floor
and...
Saltburn
3 seats
1 Labour, 1 Conservative, 1 Independent Group
This is how it pans out
personalities top polls
they often don't convince
their supporters to vote
twice or three times
to elect other candidates from the same party
perhaps because some people will only vote for people they
have heard of
perhaps because they don't understand that
they have a vote for each seat in their ward
these wards are split
say the Tory who wins gets 1,024 votes
the other two Tory candidates may get
950 votes and not get elected because
The Labour have put up one household name
and the Independent candidate has
been in the news or
runs the village shop
Lockwood is the only ward to have only one seat
and that is held by the only East Cleveland Independent
it is the only ward with significantly less
voters per seat than the average
Whenever the next RCBC general election is held
there will be retirements
and no
social cohesion through tribal voting

another perspective on local government politics is
fifty years ago
a councillor was voted back in
because he was a
good bloke and had fixed up at least one
member of the family with
a council house
always getting people council houses
as a councillor
was gonna beat
offering a bit of credit at the corner shop
or a few
Saturday jobs for the kids
if you were a candidate but not a councillor
a force for stability
but
also
inertia
AND
in reverse
if you were a councillor you would have to
front up for something like - such as
clean air zones
and that could cost you your seat

29th March 2018


Just to clarify
the story of Salisbury that we are getting is
The daughter is tailed from Russia to the
safe house
somebody smears poison on the door handle
it's cold so
target closes door as leaving
with a gloved hand
hence they are safe until they
take off the glove and handle the outside of the glove
by which time the outside of the glove has spread
the toxin
all over town
and the dose has been reduced
so closing the door reduced the dose on the door
sufficient to lead to the
copper who tried the door later very seriously
this would indicate that the target also
did not get anything like the
calculated lethal dose



Now that you're gone
All that's left is a band of gold
All that's left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother, I had never known
Or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you'll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you've been gone
All that's left is a band of gold
All that's left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Oh, don't you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with…

Freda Payne
The song tells a story which is open to a number of interpretations
- based on the lyrics in the most commonly heard version of the song,
which is the seven-inch single, the story is of a recently married woman
whose husband is incapable of loving her (even though he tried),
resulting in the couple sleeping in separate rooms on their honeymoon, to her dismay.
It would appear that the marriage ended in the husband's abandoning his bride,
leaving her with no more than the 'band of gold' of the title (and the dreams she invested in it).
Controversial allusions to the husband either being impotent or
gay have been suggested as the cause of the breakdown of the relationship.
Steve Huey's article on Allmusic.com deciphers the song as being about the man being impotent
- "being unable to perform".
An earlier studio recorded version of the song includes some
lyrics which were cut from the seven-inch single,
which reveal the story as somewhat different.
The couple were young, the girl was either a virgin or sexually inexperienced.
She was still living at home ("You took me from the shelter of my mother"),
the boy was her first boyfriend ("I had never known or loved any other"),
and the relationship was probably unconsummated ("and love me like you tried before".)
The couple rush into marriage and the relationship crashes on the wedding night,
when the woman rejects her groom's advance ("And the night I turned you away"
- an allusion that she was frigid), emotionally wounding him, resulting in him leaving her.
After the hurt she had caused, they spend their wedding night in separate rooms.
She then expresses her regret at her mistake ("And the dream of what love could be,
if you were still here with me").
We have long puzzled over the lyrics of the song
It is a gay anthem
figidity?
performance anxiety
all the coolest guys are gay?

frigidity or....
female autism
now one in three people on the autistic spectrum are reckoned to be female
Band of Gold
we don't know them anything like exactly
but
since you've been gone
all I've got is a band of gold
come back
and love me
like you tried before
all that's left of the dreams I hold
is a band of gold
the song has been around since at least the
1960s
It seems like
if you like it
put a ring on it
probably written later
is a prequel
Band of gold seems to be saying
this bloke fancied me
but I insisted he couldn't have sex until
after we got married
and he went ahead with the wedding but by then
he's got fed up of waiting for sex and he left
before ever having sex with me
of course
the top confusion is
we speak about a
wedding band
we don't speak of an
engagement band (of gold)
it does also raise the possibility of
an instant
Las Vegas wedding
a marriage that lasted no more than
a few hours
like in the
UK TV licence advert
Here's the question
was the original lyric
and love me
like you did before
?
after a marriage breakup
being left with a cold bed and
a wedding band
is routine
did the censor insist on
tried
instead of
did
?
A question
To what extent are
men and boys responsible for the
Social masking
of women and girls?
If there were enough hours in the day
we could say we have studied the recent TV show
Are you autistic?
what we did glean was that
historically autism was seen as a
boy thing
but because girls
fake everything
many autistic girls have
played straight
very effectively, down the ages
hence
the central character in
Shakespeare's
Taming of the Shrew
may not have been a
spirited tomboy
but a deeply troubled
female person on the autistic spectrum
if, IF, the authorities are
constantly blaming
female autistic meltdowns on
the existence of men....
are they serving anybody well?
itis the constant cry of wimin that
it's the power imbalance that causes females to
give consent and then later withdraw it
to what extent should we consider
fake consent
social masking
as a
contributory factor
and
mitigation for the male?
and to what extent is
social masking
a universal female trait
not confined to those females on the
autistic spectrum?
no wonder our Ricker
cuts dead
any female who
shows inconsistency
AND
refuses to offer a
form of consent that
will stand up in court
hence
no doorstepping
only written applications for job interviews
and only an approach after a written
invitation to interview
thus of course
leaving him open to the accusation of
poor social skills....
The other issue is
what constitutes a
white lie?
somebody with a name along the lines of
Louise Jordan
we understand...
has admitted to having
lied at interview to get a job
hosting
Songs of Praise
in that she said she was a regular churchgoer
here is the question of
balance of power
how much pressure would a woman feel if asked by a
partner prospect
have you had sex?
out of all the millions of women and girls out there
could there not be a few who would say
yes but it was just a poke
meaning
please don't expect me to be
hot in bed, skilled at sex
how many would say
yes but it was rape
not expecting
Armageddon
from the forces of
paedophile hunters
when is the power imbalance
between the couple and
the forces demanding that a complaint be made?




Here's the thing about religions
back in the day there were no
scientists
men were
warriors
or
hunters
or
priests
Historically
are were numerous
priest-scientists
Mendel
and his genetics
etc.
we could say
Newton
many others
got into trouble
because
smart founders of religions
incorporated all the latest scientific thinking
into their teaching
trouble is...
as a successful religion grows
it has to recruit a lot of
low grade pastors to keep up with demand
they start to regard
The teachings of the Church
as a kind of
Jenga Tower
take one piece out and it all falls down
There are many issues over which
science and religion fall out
generally it is easier to confront religion with
logic
than with
facts
the prime Ricker example of this is
two people cannot share the same
immortal soul
identical twins form from the splitting of
one fertilised egg
thus
the point in development when
the soul enters the body
or develops there
cannot occur before the possibility of
an egg splitting into twins
has passed
hence the legalisation of
human embryo research
here are two things
some people
don't believe in
some people don't believe
hydroponics works
growing plants in water without soil
it demonstrably does
some people don't believe
The Pill works
it demonstrably does and
both are proven safe
even if your religion is that
hydroponics is 'wrong'
the limit of your scope within
'it's part of my religion'
is to say
I recognise that it works
but I believe that
God considers it an abomination
and if you do it
you will
damage and put at risk
your immortal soul
Fake News
is not excused as
religious belief
and that has only just been formally acknowledged by
The Church of England
Affirmation out of Faith
is history
you can no longer - officially - say
this scientific fact is
a myth, a hoax, fake news
you can only say
you believe it's a bad idea
not part of God's plan for the universe
only just

28th March 2018


we are feeling a bit sorry for
Bro 1
he's hiding up stream from a
curtain caused by a semi-fallen tree
up stream of
the lake in
Locke Park
we don't think even he know whether
he is hiding from his bros
or the sewer works
he knows where the people feed him though




spring flowers


and catkins





catkin is supposed to mean
little cat
we think
more like
cat tails




We had to do it
gerrymander
to arrange or re-distribute to private advantage
electoral districts
invented from
Governor Gerry
of Massachusetts
and
salamander
You can't chop yer papa up in
Massachusetts
Massachusetts is a long way from
New York

27th March 2018


We've been having a look at an
Inspector's Report
on
Redcar and Cleveland Council's
Strategic Plan
They have set out a
settlement hierarchy
for where new housing should be built
Well, you know how out of touch
inspectors in London can be
The Council have put
Urban Development as top priority
first best choice for new housing
No problem
except...
They define the area's
Urban areas as
Eston, Grangetown, Lazenby?????
Normanby, Nunthorpe, Ormesby, South Bank, Teesville
The second #best category is
Coastal
Redcar, Dormanstown, Kirkleatham,
Marske Saltburn
Guisborough ranks
Third
The we have
East Cleveland Towns
Brotton, Loftus, Skelton
Service Villages
Boosbeck, Carlin How (Skinningrove),Lingdale, New Marske
Villages
12 of those
Dunsdale, Yearby, and they put Skinningrove in here
This is known in the trade as
Jerrymandering
trying to use the planning process to
boost the populations of
tribal Labour areas
Two Points
You can lead a horse to water but you
can't make it drink
Incubus
An incubus is a male demon that has sexual intercourse with sleeping women.
in other words
They won't vote Labour
just because you have forced them to
live in aLabour area
The Labour could speed up their local demise
by this policy
And
TheInspector has
Struck out a load of
flowery guff about
how the plan aims to create
tens of thousands of JOBS

26th March 2018


There are two things 'people'
'don't get about
tec giants
there are two sorts
pull and push
in essence
Google and other
search engines are
one
they are there to respond to
user input
you use them to
pull information off the internet
social media are the others
they push stuff at you
pull utilities are in essence
automated systems that are
systems in which
once set up
aside from monitoring and maintenance
the human input is provided by the user
deciding and entering the search terms
no action required by the service provider
one group put stuff on the internet
another group look for it
Google and other search engines are no more involved than your
internet service provider or electricity supply company
thereby hangs the second thing people don't 'get'
these companies employ vast hoards of people
why?
and
what do they do?
the employees in these tec companies
work for
advertising agencies
not for
search engines
not for social media companies
we have seen
ebay and Paypal split
we have seen
Google no longer stand alone
but
are owned by
Parent Companies
Umbrella companies
that include the advertising agency functions
why don't governments regulate
tec giants?
because
their get out of jail free card is
we provide
JOBS
and as we tire of repeating
governments are obsessed with
JOBS
these companies have
advertising arms
to
create jobs
to get their immunity from
regulation
the cost of running a
simple search engine
and or a simple
social media site
could be bundled in with your
Internet Service Contract
or
mobile 'phone contract
at minimal to trivial cost
bUt
THAT WOULD NOT CREATE JOBS



We are looking here at
The Big Picture
Geo-politics
It's really very difficult to judge the strength of the
Major Powers
Russia is said to have a smaller economy than
Italy
America is said to have the largest economy in the world
with China close behind
We sit here with our assumptions
pre-conceptions
but when we look a little deeper we see
a massive French influence in Canada
Vive le Quebec Libre
Long live Free Quebec
The Canadian Priministerial dynasty
The Trudeaus
are of French origin
not just historically
in the present
a massive Hispanic influence in
The United States of America
The Soviet Union has fractured
will
North America
fracture in the same way?
over the past century
Since the end of the
First World War
we have seen a decline of the idea
in Europe
of
whatever incumbent - current
President of the United States of America
as a
Bonnie Prince Charlie
figure to
Europe
Bonnie Prince Charlie was the
exiled king of Scotland
The King over the Water
The water in more recent times
say 1800 to 1920
being
The Atlantic
The Americans seen as
Europe's richer cousins
always there to tap up for a loan or some
muscle
We cannot know the time limits on
America First
We are still pondering what the attitude of the
Obama Administration was to
World Politics
Here is the psychological skinny
consider three brothers
Europe, Britain, and America
say America is a couple of years older then the other two
but Europe and Britain are
Twins with Britain just minutes older than Europe
sibling rivalry between the twins
but then the eldest
marries and leaves home
what chance Bro 2 takes the role of Bro 1
in the life of Bro 3?
A Britain inside the EU could not function as an
America replacement
First amongst equals would never wash
However, a Britain outside Europe is
what should we say
the brother living down the street
not across town
no more shared bedroom
but using the same corner shop and pub
it could go well



This past weekend was we assume a
proud moment for
German Automotive engineering
Formula One drivers are
finally
driving replicas of the
VW split screen microbus
how many more steps until they
drive real cars
in
real races
from the simulator
perhaps we will be denied coverage of them
getting into the car so we will
never know whether there is a driver in there anyway...
news has not reached us as to whether
Lewis Hamilton
has escaped
Australia
without his annual assest for
driving whilst black

24th March 2018


We don't doubt for a moment that somewhere along the line
we have discussed
punctuated equilibrium
the punctuation mark is like
an earthquake
in that the movement of the
several pieces of
The Earth's
armour plating
occurs jerkily and not smoothly
so
plate tectonics
is an example of a
punctuated equilibrium
and so the punctuated equilibrium on
the status of women
there are two sorts of women who
do not serve themselves well by their
signaling to men
one category is
women in a long term relationship
with shared mortgage and shared children
parade around with no ring on their ring finger
as an attempt to
shame
their partner over the lack of a wedding
the other category are those who wear
a sham engagement ring on their ring finger
because they
1 don't want to appear to be a looser
feel they will be less likely to be
molested if they have a bloke
'scuse
men see single women as having
dads and brothers
and their existence is not signified by finger adornments
women should either
dump the whole ring signifiers thing
or
accept that
disinformation is risky
add to that single mums who
chatter about their sons
without making it clear to a
prospect
that they are referring to their
son
or
brother
or other male
'non-significant other
like wife....
hence,
a status
on a social media site is
helpful if correct
so long as the prospect knows where to look
and won't be nicked for
stalking if they do look



One of the things that
the powers that be
have difficulty getting their heads around is that
none of the nutters are locked up
so why is it a good idea for
for instance parliament
to remind the nutters of the anniversaries of
terror attacks....
guaranteeing nutters publicity?
it deserves thought



This bit here, today, is very
speculative
We have a Ricker here and he has
three things
enough
Cerebral Palsy
for his GP - family doctor - to ask him
how much do you drink?
and to wear one side of the heels of his shoes and boots
down by an inch before the other side
is hardly worn at all
both outside edges....
this chronic sepsis from the
undiagnosed jaw fracture
the associated anaemia
many people will be familiar with the idea that something
long entrenched
can take a long time to heal
and that the rate of healing will
slow towards the end
thus the man is trying
patience
but his symptoms are
relapsing and remitting
so even though every time a symptom returns it is milder
each return is stressful
Here's the speculative bit
we are reckoning that the
cerebral palsy was present from birth
and the sepsis has been present from
age nine
we don't know there was ever any
cerebral palsy
it is possible that the sepsis
presented as cerebral palsy
all we KNOW is
forceps birth, not expected to survive
we KNOW that pre-sepsis
Ricker was a smart little chap
that young
there are no real marker for
athletic prowess
However
there are some interesting questions regarding current progress
he watches
The Supervet
and is fed up with the
lack of picture clarity in the surgical passages
here the point to make is
often the vet says
this animal has been in pain all it's life
and doesn't know any different
suddenly Ricker has noticed that he can tell
detect, feel
when he is
walking down hill
it appears that he could never do that before
he's getting more feedback from his legs
one of the characteristics of
chronic sepsis is that
the body looses 'faith' that it can
solve the problem
and established as
holding pattern
a balance or truce in hostilities
in this case as the entry point for infection
was permanently open
the speculation here is that
you close off the source of infection and
the immune system recognises that
it is getting the upper hand
and decides to
go for it
counterintuitively
ramping up its efforts in the face of a
diminished threat
back to the vet
dogs need very little post operative recovery
the surgery either works of it does not
humans need rest followed by physio
a much more complicated post op picture
it must be remembered that most people who are
operated on are much
older
than most abimals that are operated on
thus collecting many more defects
operation on Ricker's jaw
followed by
spleen busting pain
internal bleeding
hell on earth for a year
second year
gradually the
cerebral palsy symptoms
subside
very slowly
two major thoughts
there never was any cerebral palsy
and the cerebral palsy symptoms were sepsis
second
the post sepsis repair work overran
spread into cerebral palsy repair work
that the body
the brain in particular
was not willing to undertake
during the reign of the
sepsis
or was stimulated by the sepsis
very interesting



We pride ourselves on
correcting the slightest error
if we can
and so we feel we have to say
Barny's sausage treat is
Morrison's chorizo
not as previously advertised
and it is
ten quid a kilo
and that's why he only gets
one slice at a time
even though Ricker bought it cheap....

23rd March 2018


Many of the
Former Polytechnics
struggled with
identity when they became
universities
There are the ancient universities
Oxford, Cambridge
there are a few
pseudo ancient universities
Durham, St Andrews
no disrespect to St Andrews but however old it's not Oxbridge
Tinder for Toffs
more like
There are red brick universities
Manchester, Leeds Liverpool, Sheffield
there are new brutalist universities
East Anglia
there are former polytechnics
Northumbria, Sunderland, Teesside
there are former colleges of Higher education
Anglia Ruskin
In essence, when
the former polytechnics became universities they
set about grafting on - out of nowhere
departments that constituted or resembled a
College of Higher Education
this brought in a lot of
female tutors
Teesside Polytecnnic was at the time of it's conversion
the only institute of higher education in the UK offering
an HNC in weldfab
back in the 1970s it had a
high tension electrical test lab
wel fab is welding and fabrication - in steel
They were located in the
Stephenson Building
Teesside Polytechnic was the only institute in the UK offering
HNCs and degrees in many engineering subjects that included
work experience
as opposed to
simulated work experience
The qualifications offered by the likes of
Teesside Polytechnic were not
polytechnic or university qualifications
they were
CNAA
can't remember exactly what that stood for
College or Certificate of National Academic
ah who knows
Council for National Academic Awards
they were the higher education equivalent of
JMB
Joint Matriculation Board
who did O' levels and A' levels
You know that these days you can
choose your exam board
and the course content is different for different boards
back in the day
the day when 3 per cent of pupils went to university
the exam boards included
Oxford and Cambridge
JMB
There were five universities in that
they were the red bricks
we think they were
Leeds, Liverpool,Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham
now a part of AQA here's the thing
how did you get into Oxbridge if you had
JMB A' levels?
another thing
O' levels and A'levels were
broadly, set by the universities
but taught and marked, assessed by schools
teachers in schools were
O and A level examiners
here's a touch relating to our Ricker
Our Ricker was a very able pupil in a very ordinary
Grammar School
he was pretty passionate about his studies but
he had trouble writing
the school knew he was gifted but in those days
any sort of help
along the lines of
classroom assistants
was very firmly regarded as cheating
There were O' levels and A'levels
but there were also
Special levels
Special levels were where our Ricker shone
however
JMB would allow you to sit
to SIT special levels
BUT, BUT
they would only pass on your
special level scripts to be marked
by and in the participating universities
if you got As in the exams at the same session
so Ricker did his special level and
it never got marked
he got is A grade the next year but re-sits don’t count
resitting was also considered cheating

22nd March 2018


Ricker - like most people - feels a bit rejected
if he applies for a job and does not get it
However, the only job he ever really regrets missing was
Manager of the Oxfam Bookshop in York
If he had kids he'd like to raise them in York But
he can't make himself
intentionally homeless
and expect to
avoid rough sleeping


The BBC seem to be standing by their quote of a
North East England
Job Seeker count drop of
10,000
we have to assume that is
year on year
so the drop has accelerated if it has dropped
5,000
in the first two months of 2018


It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
69,000
now it's 67,000
and it's
5 percent of the workforce
The BBC have that as a
1,000 drop in a month
must be some sort of
rounding error
soooo
2,000 from 69,000 in a month
on trend...
thirty four months to
zero unemployment
probably not
will
The North East
ever
lose the tag of
Highest rate of unemployment in
The country
whether that is
England
or
The UK
????
clearly the rate of reduction of
joblessness has halved
from January to February
but the weather....
so
from another angle
more reduction in joblessness in the North East
in the first two months of 20018
than
all the SSI redundancies
We have no consent for this story
so no name
RR travels the world servicing
wind turbines
now 32, having worked for five years at
Redcar Coke Ovens
self employed though.....
will his business employ other people in time?
and
could it be that those
27 wind turbines in Coatham Bay
are as much use for training as for
power generation?




Here's a major problem with
Death by Cop
Death by cop is normally
wanting to commit suicide
and
provoking some copper into shooting you
There's a different kind of death by cop
and we have recently had one in
Guisborough
Wet behind the ears cops
called to a nutter on a motor bike
his mum says to sappy cops
leave my boy alone
and she being old enough to be their mam
they say
yes marm
and then somebody
gets so fed up
he hauls a shovel at the bike and the lad
falls off
and being Superman
he's not wearing a helmet
and he hits his head as he falls
and Ma got one less son
death by cop 'cos they didn't run the mother in for
obstructing justice
However, the seeds are planted when
schools cave in to parental demands over discipline



The ducks we couldn't name
are probably
pochard
and one type of pochard is
tufted duck
and mallard
and heron
but the swans have hopped it
probably to the marsh
because
The Boat House is
getting a septic tank
lots of activity
too much for swans
for now
The pathway on the marsh is extending




This could be Bro2...

and this is the septic tank install





and the spring bulb pictures
delayed by the
MiniBeast from the East













21st March 2018


Despite all the warm words
here's the problem
how many
medical students in
Former Polytechnics
will be required to withdraw from
the university
to protect tutors who feel
uncomfortable
teaching students who are
arse, elbow, know the difference
On the other hand
the education of girls is valuable in its exercise of
the axiom
The more you know
the more you know you don't know
a bit like making
Andrew Marr
do GCSE physics and chemistry
So what is
Government Policy
The more you know,
the more you know you don't know
or
If ignorance is bliss
'tis folly to be wise



The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to
Mexico, Central, and South America.
Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in
the United States, particularly in Florida, Louisiana,
and the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as well as
in many other parts of North America, ...
We are not in North America
Locke Park is not in North America
but
there are at least three types of duck on the lake, pond
malard, muscovy and another type that has
a golden eye but apparently isn't
what is called
a golden eye duck
there are also
Canada Geese
and at least one pink footed goose
the three strange warty looking things the size of a goose
are muscovy duck

20th March 2018


We tend to react to news stories
comment on them
sometimes we are very clear about our reaction
sometimes we are baffled
as we know it...
a few decades ago
Newcastle University set up a
Medical School
In Thornaby
on Teesside
as a college of
The University of Durham
as we know it
they shut it down around five years ago
Today's news is that
The University of Sunderland
is to open a medical school
because?
doctors trained in established medical schools
don't want to work
on Wearside
the area where Sunderland is located
It shows a change of role for the NHS
fifty years and more ago the role of the NHS was to
send experts out into communities and
improve their health and wellbeing
now the role of the NHS is to
win votes
the NHS has been
weaponised
Our Ricker is very happy to accept that
he makes poor judgment calls
sees things from and incomplete perspective
when he was faced - so many years ago
with
undermining disrespect from
The City (of London) University
he precisely felt that he was being
forced into
Internal Exile
by 'The Authorities'
when he was left with no alternative than to
return to Redcar
and
Teesside Polytechnic
He went onto his own
and his own received him not
it is a bit of a puzzle
highly respected by employers in
London and the South East but
forced into exile because
they had to respect the verdict of the
duly appointed certifying body
The University with the licence
to certify optometry students
Here's one of those questions that you are never asked
except in circumstances where you least welcome it
As a child, what was your favourite book?
There isn't much evidence that Ricker had
many children's books
apart from books with pictures of animals
alongside the letters of the alphabet
his recollection of books as a child was
being read to from
Swiss Family Robinson
and
Gulliver's Travels
There is something educational about Ricker's reception
on his return to Redcar
he had been an expert in London
and he was deeply suspected when he returned to Redcar
and the form of the distinction was very clear
Down South
women inhabited all levels of society
from cleaners to university lecturers
Ricker took them at their rank
he turned up at
Co-Op opticians on Redcar High Street
and discovered
Receptionist Mrs. Sheila Reece
in charge
her husband John
a qualified dispenser
clearly an underling
this is a very pronounced characteristic of some
communities
matriarchal societies
Up North
You don't
Back Chat yer mother
it may be a reason for
The Co-Op - Manchester Based - pulling out of
the complex and important role of providing
eye examination services
It appears that
The system
has tackled the problem of
traditional bad practice with
'Computer says No'
matriarchy
confronted with
technology
forget unqualified females bossing qualified males
let the wimin have the lot
but put the computers in charge

19th March 2018


Our jokes are very very old
and as such they don't work perfectly
a hundred years later
like now
this is a joke from the
Great War
and it's about
communication
and being pre-decimal it
depends on money made up of
pounds shillings and pence
we can adapt it but it comes out a bit clumsy
We said Ricker's dad was
The Radar O'Reiley
MASH
reference
to Lt Colonel Yardley
in the trenches and this joke
supposes that
Tommy and Col. Yardley are at opposite ends
of a trench
Col. Yardley says to the guy next to him
the adjutant?
Tell Robson to send a message to
Headquarters
message reads
Send reinforcements, we're going to advance
the adj passes the message to the bloke next to him
and the message passes along the trench and reaches Tommy
the last man in the line pokes his head into
Tommy's dug-out and...
in the tradition of Radar O'Reiley and Tommy Wopson
Tommy would say
Message sent, reinforcements on the way
but in the joke the bloke in the other trench
that didn't have a Radar O'Reiley
or a Tommy Wopson
the last man in the line would say to the signaler
message to Headquarters
Send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance
That would have to be
send three pounds four pence
in today's world....
This is a very important illustration of the problem with
Religions
and the transition from spoken traditions to
the invention or adoption of
writing and printing
we make no pretence to know anything about
Modern Religions
We define for these purposes modern religions as those
Founded after the universal adoption of printing
Mormons, Scientologists, Seventh Day Adventists, who knows
we don't
however there are five major world religions
Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
and some sort of South Asian melange
We take it that it's
Judaism
and not
Judeism
because it's the
Religion of Juda
They all had a foundation phase and then
a phase
either after the founder died or after the founder began to
contemplate their own death
when
Scriptures
were developed as a
codification
of the founder's thoughts
Like we could call Chinese Communism a religion and add
The Thoughts of Chairman Mao
but referring to
Chinese Comunism
as a religion would upset
just about everybody
And the above referred to
Hinduism
falls between
The Pentateuch based religions and
Chinese Communism
The passing along the trench is
the more nebulous
before scripture
phase of the religion
and we change the message here
change it to
a message post match at the rugby club
message from the captain after a win
Put five pints on my tab - slate - for
pints for me mates
and every person who passes on the message adds their own order
ends up as
drinks all round, and put it on the captain's slate
There's fluid phase
and there's a
fixed phase
Both phases are dangerous
and there are two other
sub-divisions of the second phase
they are both
Revision phases
one is trying to adapt scripture to current conditions
The King James Version
and the translation of
Roman Catholic Liturgy from
Latin
The Latin Mass
into local parish vernacular
and the outright, downright
As Pope I am the reincarnation of The Christ
and I'm gonna have some fun with my
idiot flock
So we look to
Monty Python's
Meaning of life
When
The Pill
first came out
The Roman Catholic Church
saw it as a solution to
overpopulation
especially amongst poorer parishes
Soon, however, a faction emerged
brandishing the verse about
man shall not
spill his sperm
You can take that two ways
Quit wanking and get fucking
or
in the words of the Python song
every sperm is precious
the problem with this is
females are born with all the eggs they will ever have
males continually produce new sperm
if either fail to have sex
eggs and sperm die and are lost - in the case of eggs
or are re-sorbed - digested - as in the case of sperm
that is certainly
spilling eggs
and basically spilling sperm too
certainly letting them go to waste
not having sex
having sex using contraception
same difference
same effect
forget it
or
you ordering your flock to
breed like rabbits
and then some
hence
the Logical answer to
spill no sperm ( or eggs)
is
marriage before puberty and
constant pregnancy to the menopause
abstinence from sex is contraception
MASH is a movie and TV series
and MASH stands of
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital



We apologise to any reader who is not
a copper or a politician or who
has a mental age over 2...
for this administrative statement of the
bleeding obvious
the reason they put out signs
with temporary traffic lights is
every set of permanent traffic lights has
a set of
white lines painted on the road to
indicate the
stop line
for each light
the signs are to avoid having to paint
and remove
temporary stop lines
Christ, there's another two minutes we'll never get back

15th March 2018


Terry Pratchet?
Disc World
Quote
Recognise it
A well-known scientist
(some say it was Bertrand Russell)
once gave a public lecture on astronomy
He described how the earth orbits around the sun
and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre
of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy
at the end of the lecture
a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said
What you have told us is rubbish
The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a
Giant Tortoise
The scientist gave a superior smile before replying
What is the tortoise standing on?
You're very clever, young man, very clever
said the old lady
but it's tortoises all the way down
So for Terry Pratchet it was turtles
and tortoises?
Stephen W Hawking
and Hawking said in
That Book
that he thought that one day
what he was about to write
may seem as absurd as the
tortoise tower
He ends the book talking about
Newton
ending his days out of University life
Warden of The Royal Mint
and in anti-Roman Catholic politics....

Change is hard work
A lot of people
a lot of the time
resent things being moved in the supermarket
more than they resent price increases
However, it isn't difficult to teach young people
the best available theories about how to live
they don't have any
unlearning
to do
so
Newton
was
no platformed
by the universities
because
their main business was
training priests
we would reference here
Ricker being
Required to withdraw from his course at
The City (of London) University
in the midst of a correspondence in
Optometry Today
about whether some
optical phenomena
were
magical
the correspondence shone a light on
how
reasoned
what the sons , daughters and grandchildren of
apprentice trained
opticians
were being taught at university
and hence generating
conflict between the university and the
Old Guard
of the profession



We throw in these cooking items
from time to time
A whole fresh chicken
we are going to
joint
it

This is the neck end
there's a
wishbone
in there
the experts tell you to remove that
we just cut it with strong scissors
on either side


this is the chicken turned over
but we aren't going to
spatchcock
this one

we've started to cut the legs off here

a little bit of cutting and a little bit of bending
and the joint pops up and separates

after the joint pops apart
a but more cutting
and the thigh is cut away from the body

after both legs have gone
the breast meat can be cut away

from the carcass

breasts and carcass

breasts and legs


carcass and wings

carcass and wings in the stock pot


we were going to do
Spring Flowers in Locke Park
but we got bogged down in
file recovery after a
memory stick plug malfunction....

14th March 2018


We hope we have now sorted out
yesterday's pics...


What say we just
Take down the signs...



Of give the RID people a pass...

The Clarry -
The Clarendon Hotel
has a new name


One thought that arises...
Perhaps Redcar's least impressive
and most prominent art work...
could there be a competition
best artwork from a
Primary School
painted on one side - photos included
best from a Secondary on the other side

13th March 2018


To coin a phrase
It seems to have been
Too long a winter
this year and jaded and fed up are creeping in
so we apologise for this but we do feel that
job interview technique
seems to have suffered a paradigm shift
time was the answer was
Give me this job and I'll do it very well
now it seems to be
Give me this job of
I'll kill myself
We're familiar with the concept of
The People versus Bloggs
in court cases
The problem with this is that it has the
perhaps unintended consequence
of putting the individual on a par with
everyone else
and every nutter and her granny can
instruct
the police and other organisations
on their every action



We have some weather measuring gear
we look at it from time to time but we don't
record anything
Hence, we can't prove this...
we reckon that generally outside
the relative humidity in winter
and a lot of the rest of the time is
somewhere in the mid 90 per cent
we got the impression that
during the recent
Beast from the East storm
it got down to mid 70s
so cold and yet so dry
the air having left a lot of it's moisture behind in
Northern Asia
It's more of the
Too cold for snow
story
could have been the instrument froze...
but no
same temp readings
different RH readings



We thought we would have a go at continuing our
sculpture tour of Redcar
This is one of the least good

and these are some of the best




They are Morrisons car park railings
There are more
up on what used to be
The Lakes Estate
maybe sometime
It's quite interesting to contemplate
the influence of art on science
When a rain drop lands on a window
we see it held for a while
before it runs down the pane
hence we see raindrops as
pear shaped
and artists and illustrators
depict droplets as pear shaped
most people these days have little of no experience of
shot
as in
shotgun
a shotgun projects a packet of shot towards a target
as opposed to a musket or rifle or other sorts of gun that
project a ball or bullet - a single projectile per trigger action
bullets are a modern manufacture - cut on a lathe
shot and musket balls were
traditionally produced my acting on
molten lead
musket balls were cast from molten lead
cannon balls were cast from molten iron
lead shot as used in shotguns
may no longer have a lead content??
but traditionally they were produced by their own particular method
a method that until around fifty years ago was pretty much
exclusive to them
to make musket balls all you needed was
lead
a fire to melt the lead
and a mould not a lot different from a pair of pliers
in which to cast the projectile
to make shot
you needed something very large and specific
you needed a
shot tower
to step back a little if you had a castle
at the entrance you probably had
murder holes
over the entrance
just inside the portcullis
holes in the floor of the entrance tower from which you could
pour boiling oil or molten lead onto trapped attackers
the lead as it fell and cooled formed
droplets
not pear shaped, window droplets
spherical little gobs of lead that
could be picked up from the floor and
packages into what would become
shot gun cartridges
So what happened fifty years ago?
we get a little - only a very little
out of our patch - to Billingham
and we encounter the
Semmonds Tower
Pete Semmonds worked for ICI
it's just by the Portrack Roundabout
and it looks like a cross between
a chimney
and a cooling tower
it's a
Prill Tower
we really aren't breaching any sort of confidentiality to say
many IRA bombs were
fertilizer bombs
here's the thing
breaking up solid lumps of fertilizer
can make it explode
let's just say maybe you have experienced
salt in a steamy kitchen
caking
in the presence of damp
turning into a rocklike lump
there have been - mostly in the 1940s
some huge devastating explosions due to people
trying to break up huge solidified mounds of
fertilizer
you will see on a table salt packet that
traces of something that is not salt are added
and described as an
anticaking addative
we want to add here that
cattle have
'always'
been provided with a
salt lick
a solid block of salt
from which they can
self medicate with salt
nevertheless
this sort of anti-caking additive is not how
fertilizers are kept safe
they are converted into
prill
and supplied to you and farmers as prill
prill are a bit like lead shot
thet are made the same way
however, they have a very distinctive structure
it all works the way
jelly babies stick together but
they jelly sweets in liquorice allsorts don't
lots of sweets are sticky inside on dusted with something
starch, or sugar usually
that keeps them separate
if you fling droplets of a very concentrated solution of
fertilizer
into a drying upwards gale of dry air
the droplets stay moist in the middle and have a very dry
surface
and they 'freeze' in that structure
Ok so we've broken out the
Book of All Books once again....
the original industrial use of the work
prill
was from the copper smelting industry
they would take a sample of ore and test it
for metal content and the little globules of
metal produced were called, prill
however classically...
1603, Stow
An image of Diana and water
conuayd from the Thames
prilling from her naked breast for a time
to flow, spirit, perl
not cake
And our POINT
ICI Fertilizer division is now
CF Fertilizers
the ICI division used to be
CCF
Concentrated Compounded Fertilizers
And or POINT??
CF have just announced a major investment in
Billingham - that's in Stockton-upon-Tees
and what they make there has to be
compounded
with the
Polyhalite
mined from under the
North York Moors
to make a
Balanced Compounded Fertilizer
and you can't put the Semmonds Tower into shipping containers
it's thousands of tonne, tons of
in situ cast concrete
The CF Fertilizer product is
NITRAM
and that is
Ammonium Nitrate Prill
The local football club is called
Billingham Synthonia
synthetic ammonia
all this is related to the announcement of
a 40 milion pound investment in the
Billingham fertilizer factory

12th March 2018


A few days ago
We did see a dead frog that had emerged too early
but this one seems to have
got it right




OK so this is one of the new
pavement or street breakers
access cover there of





A bit more sculpture tour
The cat used to be the lookout on the
public conveniences in the middle of the road
in the form of a ship....
that were removed when
The Beacon
was built
funny how much things can change when nobody
gives a damn
and we can't get
France Street widened










This is where we have to decide whether to
take one for the team
perhaps after a little time we should explain ourselves
we have had some flack for
a bit of a rant on
Northern Power Grid
The word is
resilience
or something similar
how much detail should we publish about what
the recent power outage indicates about the vulnerability of
our strategic infrastructure
There has to be something concerning about the fundamental
economics - accountancy drivers here
We would think that
Northern Power Grid
would be an organisation that could borrow money at
well actually negative interest rates
it should be such a sure bet that
the money markets would be happy to
park money with it for
safe keeping
so why
renovate the power distribution network
out of revenue?
why do it bit by bit as money accrues from turnover?
we gonna take a picture today
something very Corbinist
a picture of what it was all about
when we took the pictures of the stupid
how traffic lights work
sign
on Coatham Road
It's a fuse box
set in the pavement
God alone knows just how much disruption occurred to
Teesside Industry
after the
Saltburn Short Circuit
what we do know is the
Olifin 6
on Wilton International
was not the only process plant that
had to be purged
on safety grounds after
going outside acceptable parameters
during the shut down
in the name of
efficiency
and
diversity
industry is being encouraged to
rely on suppliers
and not have
on site
rarely used, expensive
standby reserves
for instance there is a
mobile generator on standby
at
Redcar Central Station
to keep the signals working in a power cut
for months there was
off and on< BR> a mobile generator parked behind
Iceland
in the High Street
to protect the stock
This is not about
lack of supply
this is about two things
old cables not up to the job of
supplying
all, ALL, the power customers need
have a think
your office may have gas fired heating
BUT
very few shops have any power souce other then electricity
only the very biggest
they can't even supplement their needs with
bottle gas
Question 1
are the cables up to it?
Question 2
when there is an isolated fault
how much of the system will
go down?



scar: bare and broken place
on the side of a mountain
precipitous bank or cliff
Old Norse - sker
skerry: rocky isle,
reef
piece of lime in brick-earth
brick-earth is the clay bricks are made from
also from Old Norse - sker
What we don't know is the link or overlap between
Old Norse
and
Old Northumbrian

10th March 2018


Drowned Forest
THIS weekend
NOT all weekends
High Tide at Redcar is at
9.00 am
and Low Tide is around
4.00 PM
so if you want to see the
Drowned Forest on the Beach
we sugest come to redcar or somewhere near for
Mother's Day Lunch
and take a
post prandial on the beach
post prandial - after eating


We are going to do the
Condom Joke
now
Jock walks into a shop and shows the assistant
a used condom
He asks
How much to repair this
and how much for a new one?
he gets the quotes and says
I'll be back
On his return he says
The Regiment has decided that we will have
The Regimental Condom repaired
It's a very old joke
from when condoms were made out of
Oh and by the way
Mother's Day is
nine months after Father's day
and that brings to mind the other joke
Tonight's The Night
audience member having said
once a year to the question
How often do you have sex?
pigs' bladders
hence the
Bladder on a stick














The Boundary Commission
has been doing some work on
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
They Report the following
2017, Electorate of Redcar and Cleveland
104,847
number of councillors 59
average for councillor 1,777
The Estimate
2023
electorate 107,029
they Suggest
councillors still 59
making 1,814 electors per councillor
These changes were requested by the council not the commission
what is proposed - on this basis - by the commission is
12 three councillor wards
11 two councillor wards and
Lockwood with one councillor
Confusingly...
in text the report says there should be
24 wards two more than before
in the tables it shows 24 wards then and now
we count a now number of 22 wards
Eston, 3 - presently 3, 2 Lab 1 IndLab
Grangetown 2 - presently 2,2 Lab
Normanby 3 - 3,3 Lab
Ormesby 3 - 3, 3 LibDem
South Bank 2 - 3, 3Lab
Teesville 3 - 3, 3 Lab
Greater Eston 16 presently 17
Redcar
Coatham: proposed 2 - presently 2, 2 Lab
Dormanstown 2 - 3, 3 Lab
Kirkleatham 3 - 3, 3 Lab
Mickledales 3 - new Ward
Newcomen 2 - 2 not sure
West Dyke 2 - 3 3 LibDem
Zetland 2 - 2 1Lab 1LibDem
Redcar 16 - presently 15
Marske, New Marske, Saltburn
Longbeck 2 presently 3 1 Co, 1 UKIP, 1 Ind
Saltburn 3 - 3
St. Germain's 3 - 3 3 LibDem
Brotton and Loftus
Brotton 3 - 3 1 Con, 1 Lab, 1 Ind
Loftus 3 - 3, 2 Ind, 1 Lab

Skelton and Lockwood
Lockwood 1 - 1 Ind
Skelton East 2 - new ward
Skelton West 2 - new ward
Skelton presently is one ward with 3 councillors 1 con 2 lab
including a McLuckie

Guisborough
pronounced
Gisborough
Belmont 2 - new ward or perhaps a new name for
Westworth
We couldn't find any reference to Westworth in the report
Guisborough 3 - presently 3, split ind, Con lab
Hutton 3 - 3, at least 2 Con
The presently numbers....
subject to vacancies and By-elections
and refer to seats not councillors

we suspect a drift of population from
East Cleveland Villages
to Guisborough
and away from
Industrial Greater Eston to
Micklefields in Redcar
or Mickledales Estate
Mickledales means tiny little hills
could have fooled us
it's almost pan flat
These proposals are the response of the Commission to
suggestions from 3 Political parties and
others
This is a last call for responses closing
16 April 2018
report due out
5 June 2018
That will be final recommendations
SO far as we can tell....
The recommendations will go to
The Speaker of the House of Commons
In theory it is not a party political issue
adopt or not
In Parliament Lab has not got an absolute majority and
this exercise is about
voters per councillor
the only party issue is
precise placement of boundaries
not overall objectives
However, on balance the recommendations do seem to
favour Conservative and LibDem ideas
not so much Labour and Independent
Mostly the commission has rejected trying ot keep
voter numbers in Dormanstown villages more in keeping with Longbeck
In Redcar, the proposals of the commission
leave West Dyke and Zetland
a bit short of voters 6 and 7 per cent
Under these proposals Newcomen has
8 per cent more voters than appropriate for
2 councillors
It's not clear why households
opposite Rye Hills School
on and behind Redcar Lane
should be in Mickledales and not Newcomen
We suspect the commission thought...
New Housing
put all the new housing in Mickledales
Kirkleatham is
former council housing
but half the council houses have been demolished and
replaced with
affordable private housing
we would say
Mickledales - posh new housing
Kirkleathem - affordable new housing
we are not confident about Labour hold on Kirkleatham
even without the villages
As it stands
Zetland, West Dyke, Newcomen
each with 2 councillors
could be replaced by two 3 councillor wards
it matters little
these are not areas of expected population decline
On the other hand
Coatham and Zetland are made small by
taking the line of the railway as a
'natural boundary'
Mickledales is already 2 per cent too large for 3 councillors
we can't see why the council would not be pressurised into allowing housing on
Grewgrass Farm
and that would mean letting some of the northern parts go to
West Dyke or Newcomen

10th March 2018


This is Ricker's friend Barny


Barny definitely does not
belong to or live with Ricker
It's all about the
paparami sausage
and that look says
why do I never get more than one slice?
It's like feeding a donkey one oat
or...
a horse
one Polo Mint
Ricker is very amused to watch Barny
take the sausage slice and
deliberate about whether to spit it out

9th March 2018


SO a bit of an update on the new path construction
On the Nature Reserve
at this point we would be thinking
put a drain under the next bit
but ....
and
This Bro 1 and Bro 2
we think this picture is clear enough to show they
both boys










This is the
Chemical Process Industries sculpture




And this is the
Steel Works Roll
or pepper grinder
or egg timer
or
lighthouse





This is the
coble
in the middle of Zetland Roundabout



Lilly Park
covers a surface water overflow tank
we know they like building these things
but they get abandoned and silt up

This on is to locate the following
Green Lane
Home of Redcar Rugby Club

and opposite this junction
The sea wall gives way to the
The Red Cliffs of Redcar


Now this is where imagination takes over
There are these
lenses
of sand on top of the cliffs
something like
sand martins
dig nest tunnels into the sand and not the clay
sand martins are
Riparia riparia
and on sea cliffs
according to the books it is more likely to be
crag martins
Hirondo rupestris
who knows?
riparia implies
river bank nesting
in the season they swoop low over heaps of rotting seaweed
on the beach
catching flies, on the wing
the imaginative bit is that
over the years
the council collected windblown sand
off the Coast Road
and dumped it on top of the cliffs






this is the red clay stain on the sand


these are ping wings
and the steel from a coble
sculpture


We should point out that
The colourful
puzzle panels
are the work of
Chris Topp of Thirsk
they spell someting out with
letters and clues
they pre-date the new sea wall
and were originally set in
iron railings in the same locations
The parking pictures are in yesterday's text

8th March 2018


Victoria D. M. Gillick (née Gudgeon; born 1946, Hendon)
is a British activist and campaigner best known for the eponymous
1985 UK House of Lords ruling that considered whether
contraception could be prescribed to under-16s without parental consent or knowledge.
The ruling established the term "Gillick competence" to describe whether a minor (below the age of 16)
is able to consent to his or her own medical treatment,
without the need for parental permission or knowledge.
A Roman Catholic mother of 10 children (five sons, five daughters),
Gillick began her campaign in 1980 in response to a DHSS circular issuing guidance on
contraceptive prescribing.
After it was considered in lower courts, the House of Lords ruled that
in some circumstances a minor could consent to treatment,
and that in these circumstances a parent had no power to veto treatment.[citation needed]
In 2000, Gillick lost a libel action against the Brook Advisory Centres,
which she claimed accused her of being "morally responsible" for
a rise in teenage pregnancies.
Costs of £4,298.15 were awarded against her.
In 2002, however, she won an apology and damages amounting to £5000 and costs.
Living in Wisbech she is married to Cambridgeshire County Councillor
and former UKIP councillor Gordon Gillick.
One of their sons is the painter James Gillick
We have referred previously to
students gaining entry to
Medical School
without a background e.g. an A' level, in biology
Even when science is proven...
the Law always offers a
balanced view
we can see the likes of
hash tag metoo
as trawling to chase the next
Victoria Gillick
out of the woodwork


we sometimes underestimate how
geeky
some people are
recognise that
The Oxford English Dictionary
has a far far more geeky readership that we do....
we sort of misquoted OED
on The Old Northumbrian carr
it says
carr Old Northumbrian for
an insulated rock
not isolated
insulated means
rendered as a island
hence by extension rendered a peninsula
Durham Cathedral Rock
etc
hence
scar...
sea carr



We ripped this from our rivals the Get Wet
don't know the date
it's about the red in Redcar
pictures will follow
for now
the clay is red or yellow because it is
ground up
haematite
blood rock
iron stone
A new water treatment scheme should improve bathing water quality
and stop a Saltburn stream from running red once and for all.
The new scheme is seen as the solution to a long-running problem of
iron ore seeping into Saltburn Gill as it flows to the sea.
In 1999, a large mine water outbreak saw the water in Saltburn Gill turn
a vivid orange as it reached the beach, killing fish and river insects,
smothering the stream bed in Saltburn Gill and Skelton Beck and affecting bathing water quality on the beach.
But the new pumping and treatment scheme near Hagg Farm, Skelton, should
ensure the stream flows clearly from now on.
And The Coal Authority has calculated that by stopping iron entering the water,
which then flows into the North Sea, the scheme
- awarded £2m of Environment Agency funding back in 2012 -
has the potential to add £10.5m into the local economy over the next 25 years.
Chairman Stephen Dingle said: “This water treatment scheme has been
carefully designed by our experts to address the pollution problems caused by
historic mining operations.
We are delighted with the excellent performance of the system,
as it removes more than 98% of metals from the mine water before it is put back into the local waterways.”
East Cleveland saw large-scale deep mining for well over 100 years.
When local ironstone mining operations stopped in the 1960s,
the pumps that removed water from the mines were turned off and removed.
Water made its way into the old mine workings and eventually reached the surface,
allowing iron to enter the streams. Although not harmful to people, the iron ochre polluted both streams,
discoloured the beach and sometimes caused an orange plume to form in the sea.



we have taken pics of the sculpture near Zetland Park
The poem says
Reid Carr
we can't tell whether it is
a lighthouse
a timer measuring the
sands of time
or
a roll
from the steel works
perhaps it is all three
we will also picture two other sculptures on the
Prom or Esplanade
one depicts the pipes of the
chemical process industries
rising out of a coble representing
shipping and the docks
the other at
Coatham Enclosure
is a twin representing
The Steel Industry arising in the same way



by the by
the expansion of
Tyne Tees Entertainments
amusements is being carried out quite
considerately
strange the nearest crane for hire was from
Flint...
but we do have pics of other contractor
letting the side down
It must be grand to be
even further above the law than
the police
plumber working at a
nNwcommen Terrace property with parking out front
decided the Esplanade
No deliveries at any time zone
was just the spot to park
That would be
Britannia Plumbing
working for
RID
dry rot etc. contractors






That would be the rear....

6th March 2018


We forgot
when the sand goes from
Redcar Beach
The 'Petrified Forest'
below
The Beacon
is exposed
it isn't actually
petrified
which would be
turned to stone
it's just a load of tree stumps embedded in peat
and shows relatively recent
sea level rise
we have pictures

















We note the power outage
we noted an intermittent voltage drop in the run up
it took one hell of a
short circuit to drop the voltage for 25,000 homes
There won't be much of that sub-station left
strange it took 25 minutes to isolate the zone and reset the breakers
perhaps there was nobody in the control room at the time?
Perhaps we should have a whip round
and buy the duty engineer a
Hive System
so she can fix the faults from her sofa
unless the kids are playing with the company tablet

21st April 2018


Our Ricker never had it in mind to publish a memoir
and so he has no diaries of any description
So we have to throw four things into the mix and
accept that we have created inaccuracies
The four things are
Ricker Chair of Dormanstown Community Forum
Ricker Chair of The Friends of the Earth
Teesside Project
The London School of Economics
The CPRE
That last used to be the
Council for the Protection of Rural England
Ricker got it from both sides
The Residents of Greater Eston
accused Ricker of suggesting they were stupid
The CPRE said
why build houses on farmland
when there is this buffer strip
around your industrial installations
what the CPRE did was to get politicians to classify
buffer strips as
Brownfield Sites
and decree that housing should not be built on
'Countryside'
if there were 'Brownfield Sites'
within commuting distance of the villages
locally, Marske, New Marske, Skelton, Loftus, Brotton, etc
Saltburn even

21st April 2018


Our Ricker never had it in mind to publish a memoir
and so he has no diaries of any description
So we have to throw four things into the mix and
accept that we have created inaccuracies
The four things are
Ricker Chair of Dormanstown Community Forum
Ricker Chair of The Friends of the Earth
Teesside Project
The London School of Economics
The CPRE
That last used to be the
Council for the Protection of Rural England
Ricker got it from both sides
The Residents of Greater Eston
accused Ricker of suggesting they were stupid
The CPRE said
why build houses on farmland
when there is this buffer strip
around your industrial installations
what the CPRE did was to get politicians to classify
buffer strips as
Brownfield Sites
and decree that housing should not be built on
'Countryside'
if there were 'Brownfield Sites'
within commuting distance of the villages
locally, Marske, New Marske, Skelton, Loftus, Brotton, etc
Saltburn even
where people wanted to live
It is therefore possible to suggest that
The closure of Redcar Iron Works
was a ploy to increase the supply of
Brownfield Sites for Housing
Indeed at one public meeting
a resident, campaigning for a house for her daughter
said that the
windfarm in Coatham Bay
was a kind of
German towel on a sunlounger to
keep the land
industrial
and not
post industrial

20th April 2018


The Flixborough disaster was an explosion at
a chemical plant close to the village of
Flixborough, North Lincolnshire, England on Saturday, 1 June 1974.
It killed 28 people and seriously injured
36 out of a total of 72 people on site at the time.
The casualty figures could have been much higher, if
the explosion had occurred on a weekday,
when the main office area would have been occupied.
A contemporary campaigner on process safety wrote
"the shock waves rattled the confidence of every chemical engineer in the country".
The disaster involved (and may well have been caused by)
a hasty modification.
There was no on-site senior manager with
mechanical engineering expertise
(virtually all the plant management had chemical engineering qualifications);
mechanical engineering issues with the modification were
overlooked by the managers who approved it,
nor was the severity of the potential consequences of its failure appreciated.
Flixborough led to a widespread public outcry over process plant safety.
Together with the passage of the Health and Safety at Work Act in the same year
it led to (and is often quoted in justification of) a
more systematic approach to process safety in UK process industries,
and – in conjunction with the Seveso disaster and
the consequent EU 'Seveso directives' –
to explicit UK government regulation of plant processing or
storing large inventories of hazardous materials,
currently (2014) by the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH).
Wilton International in Redcar is
a Process Park within the meaning of this legislation
The Petrochemicals Division of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) operated
many plants with large inventories of flammable chemicals at
its Wilton site (including one in which cyclohexane was oxidised to cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol).
Historically good process safety performance at Wilton had been marred
in the late 1960s by a spate of fatal fires caused by faulty isolations/handovers for maintenance work.
Their immediate cause was human error but ICI felt that saying that
most accidents were caused by human error was no more useful than
saying that most falls are caused by gravity.
ICI had not simply reminded operators to be more careful,
but issued explicit instructions on the required quality of isolations,
and the required quality of its documentation.



Our Ricker is very very old
but he remembers things from long long ago
There was telly in the house when he was young
and his dad watched the horse racing
Ricker's dad, Ricker's parents , were
ROM
Read Only Memory
They were like books
they had information in them but
there was no search facility
Ricker could not ask questions
Hence when he was young he had many
unanswered questions
One of those questions was
what does BAR mean
In those days there was something called
The Tote
It was some sort of state controlled bookmaker
and before each televised horserace
the BBC would put up on the screen the Tote Odds
for the horses
for entertainment, or for telephone bets?
at the bottom it would say
100/1 BAR
and the announcer would read out the odds and
when he got to
100/1 BAR he would say
one hundred to one bar these
it fascinated Ricker
and it took a long time for him to work out that it meant
all the horses in the race except the ones with stated odds
are available at odds of one hundred to one
Similarly
watching tennis
There was a player called
Virginia Wade
or Ginny Wade
there would be much coverage - perhaps only discussion
of a tournament referred to as
Virginia Slims
Who was Virginia Slims?
Virginia Slims were
thin cigarettes marketed to ladies and promoted through
a Ladies Tennis Tournament
As Ricker moved into his doomed attempt at a career in
bio-medical research
there were some cells
all the research on
cancer and the like quoted the fact that the experiments had been
done on - deed mortification he forgets the name
It wasn't Lucy, but similar
those were even more superstitious times
than the present
We still have parents from Alder Hey in Liverpool
suing over their children's blood samples not
getting a
Christian Burial
This one brave lady with terminal cancer had
donated a portion of her tumour to
medical science
and because it was a cancer cell it just kept on growing
but in a
disaggregated form
labs cultured the lady's tumour cells and
distributed them around the world
to be researched on
the culture lived on long after the lady's death
perhaps it still exists
a part of her living like an alga
or an amoeba
another word from the past
in one sense a new species but not
NOT
genetically distinct from the lady
just cells with her genetic makeup
in a proliferative mode



exclusion zones
we are not sure where the
4,000 metre exclusion zone concept came from but we guess
that few if any people location more than
4,000 metres from the Bopal site were affected
Relating to Bopal...
the UK equivalent is
Flixborough
in South Yorkshire



We have a little consumer financial advice to pass on
If you are in the market to buy
Foreign Currency
Watch the value of the pound
If ever you see it go up
buy your foreign currency ahead and quick
for whatever reason
whenever the value of the pound rises
The Bank of England
will step in with
announcements NOT actions
that will reduce the value of the pound
The pound is being held down artificially by this means
perhaps to influence trade balances
it will eventually break free from
Band of England induced sentiment
but for now
act quickly if you see a good price

19th April 2018


July 2016
There was this incident in Darlington
We are perpetually confused
we simply don't have the resources to fact check everything
we can mishear news reports
hence we build a story from fragments
and take no responsibility for the facts in a
possibly fictionalised version designed to
make a point
we heard two things we can't check
a man was driving a bus
it was in Darlington
the bus killed a lady of 82
what we heard or misheard was that
the driver had been a Redcar steel worker
secondly that he had had is fifteen seconds of fame
commenting on TV about how impossible it was to get
jobs that were paid like British Steel
once the company closed
Here is the nub
this guy killed this lady because
he didn't follow his training
he pulled up to a stop and busied himself with without putting the bus into neutral or
applying the hand brake
in some sort of reflex or spasm he
hit the accelerator and demolished the bus queue
The reason for this appears to have been the
same problem we have with police officers
rules and training are for idiots
I'm a police officer
I'm a steel worker
I don't need training or rules
I can figure out my own
way of working
I am a citizen of the
Blue Collar Elite
That is why
Redcar Steel Works will not be
making iron
for a little while
and the family of the dead woman
possibly fearful of steel worker reprisals
release a statement through the police
criticising the bus company for
Not nailing this guy to the wall and saying
you do it our way
or you WILL kill somebody
not criticising the
rules are for the middle classes
culture of
The Working Class
Ricker hasn't driven for many years
hasn't felt safe on the roads
ever since the police
got motorised
The police feel themselves exempt from
noblesse oblige
French
The aristocracy must behave according to their
obligations
Rank entails responsibility
There is not a scintilla of the concept of
setting a good example
in our police culture

kept death off the roads
clamp a cop car
we think nobody under the age of
36
should have control of a
police vehicle

We have a
Hype problem
The take away is getting cold
better use the blues and twos
or to avoid a toll on a bridge
We are not suggesting that
The Boston marathon incident was trivial
but the lad was charged with deploying a
weapon of mass destruction
putting an exploding pressure cooker
on a par with
a cruise missile

18th April 2018


The word we couldn't remember was
chutzpah
Now this takes us back
chutzpah is a word meaning
audacity, cheek, nerve
HU-tspa or KU-tspa
what takes us back is this
chutzpah is a word in a language called Yiddish
and to describe somebody as
a Yid is racial harassment
Jewish means of Jewish heredity
Yiddish is a language
no probs saying
That sign is in Welsh
and
that girl is Welsh
but
to deny the existence of a language called Yiddish
is cultural repression on the lines of
suppression of Welsh or Cornish
or Gallic



It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
69,000
22nd March it was 67,000
and that was
5 percent of the workforce
The March number available today...
63,000
4.8 percent of the working age population
so we are down 10 percent since Christmas
ten percent in three months....
it won't lead to
100 percent reduction in
30 months fro then - or 27 more months after now
but the trend is still there
Christmas 2020 should be good
but reducing the rate
has to be followed by
upskilling
and skills related pay increments



Our Ricker is a bit of a
technoscavenger
He is gradually following the crowd
He's sort of dabbling with
2007
Like a lot of people he occasionally
talks to himself
Like a lot more people he more often
does a gogglebox
and talks to the TV
he used to have two 'phones and two 'phone numbers
one work, one family
until Virgin mobile cancelled his family number
so both the 'phones are on charge
one by the telly and one in the hall
suddenly
the one by the telly rang the one in the hall
without Ricker touching either
long puzzlings
eventually he works out...
He's living in 2007 and his 'phones are
Blackberries
and they had had their SIM cards transferred from
other 'phones
so what had happened was
Ricker says to the TV
That's what I call purple
on seeing a colour displayed
and Blackberrey family calls
Blackberry work
because....
the 'phone that Blackberry work got was out of
a Huawei that had a purple case and so was
called
Purple
in the number registry of
the Motorola that donated its SIM to
Blackberry family
God knows how he'll cope if he moves on the
The Internet of things
'phone picks out of the utterance
That's what I call purple
the fragment
call purple
Incidentally, and we are again speaking to you from
2007
did you know
Virgin mobile don't have their own
mobile network
they acted - may still act - as agents for
t-mobile
their network is Deutchetelecom
and so when Ricker's credit ran out on his
family Blackberry
it went to
SOS only on t-mobile
and Virgin won't accept any more payments
does this mean they are pulling out of the
mobile market
probably
they don't seem to be marketing a mobile offer
bundled with their land line any more???

16th April 2018


We have a bit of a problem with
The French
We see the pictures of
wet children
we hear the French have bombed
chlorine stockpiles
as somebody said
the children's clothes smell of
swimming baths
you cannot deny a country the right to
own the chemicals that keep
public swimming baths safe
on the other hand
France!
calling the kettle black....
France stockpiles
gas that can only be used against people
and teargases its citizens
on a routine basis
it is hard to say that chlorine is more lethal than
CS
or whatever teargas France uses
Syria is probably
probably
saying to a section of its citizenry
do this or that
and if not we will
send something to make you almost as uncomfortable as
a student in Paris
We have a short set of
spring pics
It's been so wet that
the daff flowers have been
eaten by slugs
the flowering currant
has been devastated
but the peony
is pushing on










14th April 2018


The Travelers have gone from
Kirkleatham Street car park
We have this very simple demonstration of
Corbyn politics
My enemy's enemy
is my friend
Corbyn conflates
The foreign adversaries of the nation
with
opposition to the Tory Party
it's like the little old man in the pub
journalist asks
how will you vote?
I'm agin the government
If in doubt...
regime change
What we have at present is a minority Tory Government
and an Oxford Trott
administration
The grandfathers of the current crop of
Oxford-Whitehall Trots
were in power in the 1980s
when Summerland and
Bopal
happened
Thirty years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984,
an accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India,
released at least 30 tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate,
as well as a number of other poisonous gases.
The pesticide plant was surrounded by shanty towns,
leading to more than 600,000 people being exposed to the deadly gas cloud that night.
The gases stayed low to the ground, causing victims throats and eyes to burn, inducing
nausea, and many deaths.
Estimates of the death toll vary from as few as 3,800 to as many as 16,000,
but government figures now refer to an estimate of 15,000 killed over the years.
Toxic material remains, and 30 years later,
many of those who were exposed to the gas have given birth to physically and mentally disabled children.
For decades, survivors have been fighting to have the site cleaned up, but
they say the efforts were slowed when Michigan-based Dow Chemical
took over Union Carbide in 2001.
Human rights groups say that thousands of tons of hazardous waste remain buried underground,
and the government has conceded the area is contaminated.
There has, however, been no long-term epidemiological research which
conclusively proves that birth defects are directly related to the drinking of the contaminated water.


people who want to put housing on
industrial estates are promoting
chemical warefare against the poor
by
gross negligence
and the
Superannuated version of
The Oxford Union
Newsnight
some bloke from America says
these young kids
having their father killed
they may be better off not having a
career burgler who specialised in
invading the homes of the elderly
to school them in the family business
and the daft wifie who writes books
Ann Atkins?
says
how can you possibly say a child is better off
deprived of a father
and we say
how quick would she have them put into care if
somebody said
he'd touched them up?
How about
taking children into care if a parent
goes robbing?



We have been chasing this old lifeboat
A painting

A photo of a photo

The office block that replaced
The Palace

Some pictures of Travelers in
Kirkleatham Street Car Park





These are very
'Own Brand'
Travelers
on the most recent previous occasion
that such arrived
at first blush
the encampment could have been taken for
a council sponsored
construction machinery exhibition
it were ever so posh
not so much this time
we have made no enquiries but
we are thinking
three young couples who have got a bit roudy
and been kicked off the official sites

This is a remnant of
Coatham Pier

The Regent Cinema
was originally known as
The Glass House
no reference to
military prisons having that name
as part of the pier it had had a glass roof
Some other pictures
note the persistence of the
dog walking sign from
Langhbaugh-on-Tees District council

and its more recent assistant from
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

up until less than 30 years ago
you could still read on the seaward wall
Achtung!
Warning in German
Cinema masquerading as a
gun emplacement
other various views






and other Coatham Marsh images
wot it has for frogs
natterjack toads?
bufo calamita


nocturnal in the sand dunes
except in April and May
when it visits the marsh
to breed

an early flower on the marsh is
coltsfoot
very occasionally Ricker tracks down
coltsfoot rock
he likes that
coltsfoot


so named because the leaves
look like little horse shoe
footprints

tussilago farfara

12th April 2018


Ah! it must be spring
The Travellers
are back in
Kirkleatham Street Car Park
They have to arrive
overnight
because the council workers fill it
with cars not caravans
if it's empty at 8.00 am
....
How about Victoria Derbyshire
fixes the workers up with a bus
Park and Ride from the nearest
Official TravellerSite



We don't know whether the
Traditional Media
cover the meetings of
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
BUT
without implying any disrespect
Councillor Dave Walsh
is making super human efforts to attend
we wish him well

11th April 2018


We understand that the
Regent Cinema is closing
it has had a new roof in the past few years
This was the 'proper picture house
The Palace
The Regent was converted from the remnants of
Coatham Pier


This has been replaced with
an office block with
art galery
Some will remember
Larry Grayson
entertainer
Catch Phrase
Shut that door

The door in question was
the back stage door of
The Regent Cinema in Redcar
Shut it?
They bricked it up



First we have an admission to make
We apologise for the
Front or main page of this site
just for now
we don't know where it is
so we can't edit or update it...
sad
for now we have more important fish to fry


Some comments on the Russian spy saga
At the basic level we have to say
whoever wanted him dead had to wait for his daughter to lead them to his
safe house
we are kind of assuming the daughter went to
some sort of UK embassy in Russia to apply for a visa
The Russian authorities would have known she was coming
we cannot see how the British would not know where
he was
we cannot see how anybody but the
British and Russian authorities would have known
she was about to visit him
she is very unlikely to be implicated because
she could just as easily have been dosed as him
we cannot see how the Russian authorities
would not have known on exactly what flight
she would arrive
did they know how she would get from the airport to the house?
if not then
CCTV at the airport would have recording of a whole
shoal of operatives covering all possibilities
for her onward transit
This was not a small time operation



We have a collection of shots of
the construction of
Redcar Sea Wall
We'll upload a few at a time and
create a separate collage
but for now
a few high lights










10th April 2018


We do repeat ourselves from time to time
We have no particular beef against
Durham University
but we can illustrate a problem in
academia
by reference to some of its history
Back in the day.....
what is now
Newcastle University
was
King's College Durham
we don't recall the dates but
around the 1960s
Duham and Newcastle split
essentially
when Newcastle left they took
their science departments and medical school with them
Although Durham had a former pit site with
a new Geography department on it
and some old pit offices...
there came a day when
students were due to turn up to study
science and engineering in or at Durham
and they university had to create these departments
with little or no chance of
poaching from Newcastle
as a consequence, for example
the Zoology Department
recruited one world renowned scientist
David Barker
a nerve-muscle specialist,
one of the top two in the world at the time
poached from Oxford
husband of Teesside author
Pat Barker
perhaps his first wife didn't want to make the move
upNorth
a slightly odd chap called
Peter Evans
who had a Ph.D. from each of
Oxford and Cambridge
he was on the telly from time to time and
died 'young'
a Durham graduate called Dr, Grey, or Gray
and the rest of the faculty had been recruited
as a job lot
from
The University of Hull
as a side issue
our Ricker at that time was aware that
he had struggled to cope with
the standard university year
in his pre-clins at Newcastle and
know he was in no condition to tackle the
9 to 5 , 48 weeks a year of clinical studies
and ever the optimist he thought
if I intercalate a science degree
perhaps I will gain some strength
or
solve my health problems
No go at Newcastle
and so
transfer to Durham
as it was
and probably still is
unless you were
David Barker
Head of Department
you weren't going to
build a research department around you
Ph.D. students were seen as
research assistants to lecturers
and as such
allocated on a
Buggins's Turn
basis
you got a research assistant for three years
and you wouldn't get another one until
every other lecturer in the department had had one
hence
no matter how brilliant a student you were
it was
It's Ken Bowler's turn
so if you want to study the effects of
slapping rat bollocks on a hotplate
you're in
otherwise
tara
ken specialised in
thermobiology
the effect of temperature on animals
So Ricker never got to be
a cranio-facial surgeon
BUT
So far as
The Telly
was concerned
Peter Evans
John Coulson
and
David Bellamy
were
Einsteins of the Modern World
and a world class thicko
got a First
and a broom cupboard at Dundee University
and stuck a sign about
BSE on the door
and the world's press flocked to that door
and he got to be
Vice Chancellor of Durham University
for
hutspar
can't even get close to a spelling for that
and the university sacked him when he decided that
collaborating with
John? Lord
a pop turned classical musician with cancer
was the road to solving the problem of cancer
almost literally
this guy
fiddled
played the violin
while people died
like Nero fiddling while Rome burned
and got away with it for a while
because he was a celebrity who had
saved the world from
mad cow disease??????



Last year we featured a baby oak tree
This is it's April 2018 self
it's so tiny the autofocus has it blurred

and this is how a conker tree has spent the winter

and pussy willow
waking for spring

and daffs finally out

weanwhile
Ricker has been messing with his writing slope

speaking of reviving old things...
The Old Lifeboat house has
new windows

and pick the bones of of this one...


and progress with the new
indoor children's playground

9th April 2018


We start from the position that
David Lammy MP
is the archetypal
Professional Person of Colour
We have previously made mention of
optometrists writing
NAD
for No Abnormality Detected
in the pathology section of the GOS form
NHS General Optical Services
and meaning
Not Actually Done
we suppose that before there was an NHS
the police who then had both police and
prosecution service
functions
took medical advice from
Police Surgeons
as the name implies their main role would have been to determine
what bones had been broken and what wounds suffered
There is another classic abbreviation from the era
not necessarily genuine???
NFN
and that means....
Normal for Norfolk
in other words
if a person of Mr Lammy's background were to be Assessed by
the modern less qualified shrinks in police stations
is he mentally ill?
no he's NFN
Normal for Newham



We have to concede we may have been wrong about
The Swans
we can say that we presently have
zero swans in Locke Park and
three on the marsh
one in the south pond
one in the Fleet
and one on a nest at the edge of the east pond
it looks like Bro3 was a girl all along
time will tell
Far be it from us to launch a cover-up
when we get things wrong
however,
it's a new departure to breed on the marsh
people won't feed them there
and
the path construction work look like extending
right across the summer...



Here's something we're being set up for
The next Formula 1 motor racing Grand Prix
is The Chinese Grand Prix
13- 15 April 2018
If the Chinese Grand Prix in 2019
has the same slot
that is none of this years are cancelled and next year's Chinese is the third in the season
The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix will be
The 1,000th Grand Prix


7th April 2018


There appear to be two points of contention relating to
Formula One Motor Racing
making it 'safe' to crash....
to make the sport 'newsworthy'
encouraging young men to see
crashing cars as routine
secondly
trying to keep F1 within the budget of
individuals
rather than promoting
engineering progress



The Coatham School War Memorial
has moved about a bit
this has resulted in us
getting rows
as they say in Scotland
sculpted by
Taggart of Aberdeen




For some reason it was
carved in Scotland
and so the main drag into Redcar
Corporation Road
greets visitors with a
Celtic Cross




Another linguistic whinge
Love me for a reason
Let the reason be love
Closed due to unforeseen circumstances
NOT
Closed due to maintenance reasons
it is
Closed FOR maintenance reasons
Close due to maintenance faults?
OK
Anybody remember
KwikSave
They went bust
couldn't pay for the milk
When they closed they put up notices
Closed due to unforeseeable reasons
not unforeseen
they'd been going bust for months if not years



We have a little extra Ricker info
and a story that thereby hangs
although his degree certificate says
Honours in zoology
in fact what he studied for his degree was
animal physiology and animal ecology
with subsidiary
chemistry
gotta tell you about the
subsidiary chemistry exam and
what a bunch of shits university dons can be
especially the ones that don't have
tenure
There are three essential branches of chemistry
inorganic
organic
physical
this course was not
absolutely not
chemistry for biologists
the students on the course were drawn from all departments
within the science faculty
this was a full on half module in....
physical chemistry
and lab sessions from
organic chemistry
Ricker had to synthesise three compounds
one was a crystaline azo dye
the tutor chosen for the course
set an exam in physical chemistry
physical chemistry boils down to
around seven formulae
each with around fifty terms
Ricker had no idea what would happen if he failed the exam
so he
spent the whole of the night before the exam
learning the formulae
drove to the exam centre
the chaplaincy in
Oh God is it Old Elvet or New Elvet?
parked in a bay where the max stay was shorter
than the exam length
that had all the road markings covered in a mulsh of leaves
went into the exam and
without looking at the questions
wrote out all seven formulae on the
inside fly leaf of the answer book
he then settled down quite happily to work out
which formulae were needed for which question
and did a selection
we are talking about an exam of say two hours where
the questions were so involved that you were only expected to answer four
he did the one question that needed no formulae
and three others that did
these were not
chemical formulae
this was physical chemistry
the questions were about
pressures and saturations and energy levels
arsehole dons without tenure trying to prove
their students were numpties to avoid
the competition
NOBODY would attempt those calculations
in real life
without reference to reference books
Ricker took the pass and paid the parking fine....
It was New Elvet

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics is a weekly peer-reviewed
scientific journal publishing research and review articles on any aspect of
physical chemistry, chemical physics, and biophysical chemistry.
It is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry on behalf of eighteen participating societies.
The editor-in-chief is Seong Keun Kim (Seoul National University)
The journal was established in 1999 as the results of a merger between Faraday Transactions and
a number of other physical chemistry journals published by different societies.
Chemical physics is a subdiscipline of chemistry and physics that investigates
physicochemical phenomena using techniques from atomic and molecular physics and
condensed matter physics; it is the branch of physics that studies chemical processes
from the point of view of physics. While at the interface of physics and chemistry,
chemical physics is distinct from physical chemistry in that it
focuses more on the characteristic elements and theories of physics.
Meanwhile, physical chemistry studies the physical nature of chemistry.
Nonetheless, the distinction between the two fields is vague,
and workers often practice in both fields during the course of their research.

6th April 2018


A couple of pictures relating to
Sir William Turner


Warrenby
presumably in Coatham Ward
population less than ten?
This is supposed to be
The Barracks
but you can't see them for
carvans

THis is the schoolhouse
crabs and lobster

The Chapel

next to the chapel
the control centre for the wind farm

a general view with the
ironworks in the background

and the pub got demolished
Turner Arms?
it was a motor body shop for a long time
The was a Temperence Hotel on
Yearby bank
Called the Turner Arms
now a farmhouse
There is a pub restaurant on Redcar land called the
Turners Arms
or similar



5th April 2018


We think the next council elections to RCBC
are in 2019
We said it was complicated...
see below
Spermatocytogenesis is the male form of gametocytogenesis and results in the
formation of spermatocytes possessing half the normal complement of genetic
material. In spermatocytogenesis, a diploid spermatogonium, which resides in the
basal compartment of the seminiferous tubules, divides mitotically, producing two
diploid intermediate cells called primary spermatocytes.
Each primary spermatocyte then moves into the adluminal compartment of
the seminiferous tubules and duplicates its DNA and
subsequently undergoes meiosis I to produce two haploid secondary spermatocytes,
which will later divide once more into haploid spermatids.
This division implicates sources of genetic variation,
such as random inclusion of either
parental chromosomes, and chromosomal crossover, to increase the genetic variability of the gamete.
Each cell division from a spermatogonium to a spermatid is incomplete;
the cells remain connected to one another by bridges of cytoplasm to allow
synchronous development.
It should also be noted that not all spermatogonia divide to produce spermatocytes;
otherwise, the supply of spermatogonia would run out.
Instead, spermatogonial stem cells divide mitotically to
produce copies of themselves,
ensuring a constant supply of spermatogonia to fuel spermatogenesis.
none of that with yer females they just shed eggs
The succeeding phase of ootidogenesis occurs when the primary oocyte develops into
an ootid.
This is achieved by the process of meiosis.
In fact, a primary oocyte is, by its biological definition,
a cell whose primary function is to divide by the process of meiosis.
However, although this process begins at prenatal age
, it stops at prophase I.
In late fetal life, all oocytes, still primary oocytes,
have halted at this stage of development, called the dictyate.
After menarche, these cells then continue to develop,
although only a few do so every menstrual cycle
the process is similar
but it happens before you are born
and so
environmental factors experienced after birth
play no part in determining genetic makeup of the mother's contribution
orchitis is the word
we may have spelt it wrongly...



Now we move on to
a concept within mental health that is
mirrored in physical health
we would agree if the likes of
McMillan Cancer Care
were to say that for instance
a mum of relatively young children
confronted with a
terminal cancer diagnosis
is harmed if she dwells on a concept of
lifestyle being the cause of her
having to abandon her babies through
her own death
to transfer that to mental health
to a lesser extent
it is clear that there is a rising trend amongst
mental health care professionals to
divide those things previously regarded as
mental illness
into two categories
they would say that for many patients
depression and anxiety
are treatable and should therefore be regarded as
mental illnesses
but that
paranoia, schizophrenia, bipolar, autism
psychopathy, personality 'disorder'
should be regarded as
a part of a person's essential being, makeup
and put in the same catergory as
gender, skin colour, hair colour
and a tolerant society should
absorb the consequences of any
damage resulting from leaving such
traits and behaviours
unchallenged
and that
any attempt to
'treat'
such individuals should be regarded as
a breach of their human rights
in the dimension of
law enforcement
we see an attitude of
we care for burglars
they are our clients
and regard
property owners as people who
should have insurance
not
police protection
they see it as a civic duty for society to
provide opportunities for
psychopaths to
act out
their true natures
without hindrance from the authorities
in other words
putting the opposite point of view
take up a career in
mental health or policing and
avoid contact with nutters
stick to
dolling out
tea and sympathy to the
tired and lonely
and let the nutters
hang as they grow



recently we made mention of
genetic variation being introduced by
or during the process of
sperm generation
earlier we had discussed the concept of
punctuated equilibrium in evolution
we should bring these two matters together
consider stress driving two people
into each other's arms
take the example of somebody
think back to simpler times
think of the lady of the house dying and
the housemaid getting
carried away
in consoling one of the sons of the family
and getting pregnant by him
under stress
stress hormones are created, released
they can affect brain function and behaviour
they can trigger the process of
increasing variability in sperm
flowering plants
set seen routinely
but
feed them one sort of fertilizer and they
produce little but leaves
feed them differently and they
produce a mass of flowers
we referred to the
element of weather lore
regarding bushes and shrubs producing
a massive flush of berries
in the autumn before a harsh winter
this may not be
generosity to the local birds
it may be a programmed response to the
prospect of imminent adult death
females of more advanced animals
we have said
are born with all the eggs they will ever have
the genetics locked off from change or
mutation into anything viable
males produce colossal number of sperm
and the more stressed they are at the time
a matter of days before conception
the more variation
hence, for instance
a massive volcanic eruption....
stress
flurry of reproductive activity
much more genetic variability than normal
some of the little weirdoes
may just survive this catastrophe....
it's important to emphasize that
stress and stress hormones affect the
PROCESS
of spermatogenesis
and if the stress is relieved
the male will revert to producing
genetically true
sperm
the strees affects the copying process not the
integrity of the source code
sperm are not
directly copied from the source code DNA
there are intermediate stages
conversely
a stress such as an infection
may shut down spermatogenesis
inflammation of the knackers
orchiditis
can lead to infertility
this can be temporary or permanent

3rd April 2018


Photo Essay on Kirkleatham Ward, Redcar



We saw a dedication on flowers for
Stephen Hawking
It read
per aspera
ad astera
The motto of the
Royal Air Force
is
per ardua ad astra
through effort hard work overcoming difficulty
reach the stars, the sky
per aspera ad astra
means
you reached the stars because you wanted to
Sometimes we reach a point where reflection seems good
Today we return to the world of
1968
We are in a sense 'reviewing' a biology textbook
from that date
that is a handfull of years after
the Nobel Prize went to
Watson, Crick, Wilkins and not Frankline
The text book has an enquiring tone
on DNA, To quote
The code is clearly 'degenerate'
that is
several different codons or 'triplet sequences'
can represent the same amino acid
this follows from the fact that there are
64 possible codons to be made from the 4 DNA bases
but only 20 amino acids to code for
for example...
glycine can be coded for by
GGU or GGC or GGA or GGG
in fact
17 or the 20 amino acids could be coded by the
first 2 bases
only argenine, leucine and serine need
all three letters of the code
and two triplets UAA and UAG
do not appear to be used to code for any amino acid
the text book suggests they are used as
start and stop codons
The point here being
the start and stop codons are
what in computing - and there wasn't much
computing in 1958
First edition 1958
Third edition 1968
what in computing would be referred to as a
check bit
computer data are stored and manipulated as
zeros and ones
a check bit is where you have some verified code and
you add up all the zeroes and ones as
plus one or minus one and
you end up with a final digit or either zero or one
you then set what the final digit should be and
either add or subtract one
get that result
we have simplified this
we could explain binary maths
it's zeros and ones
like 0 to 9 in decimal
0 and 1
but with nothing to the right of the
decimal point
because this isn't decimal
no decimal point
and...
consisder a calculator in which
only the rightmost digit is displayed
we said consider a zero as a minus and that makes no sense
consider it this way
0 plus 0 is 0
0 plus 1 is 1
1 plus 1 is 0
because the '2' disappears into a 1 in the
column to the left of the one that's being displayed
and that column isn't displayed on this calculator
so you get either zero or one in the rightmost column
and if your checking system
requires a 0 there the check digit is 0
if the last digit of the code is zero
and the check digit is 1
if the last digit of the message is 1
it's a complicated concept
BUT
a very simple mechanism
if after storage or transmission
the check digit isn't after you repeat the process at
the other end
what you set then you know the data set has been
corrupted without actually conparing each element of
the sent with the received
in this simple system
there are only two error options
a character is duplicated
or
a character is omitted
and the problem will be
either the message is
longer
or shorter
than it should be
so the number that doesn't match is
the number of characters there are in the message
the last digit or the number of characters
this means two things
most mutations are not at the level of the individual characters
they are at the level of the number of copies of the message
that is not checked
but is vital
the second point is
the DNA message can be changed
but there are specific and complex processes for that
involved in the
production of sperm
this is why we say
40 in 100 cancers are due to
life style choices
not random
Acts of God
in other words
in retail parlance
the DNA code is
tamper evident
in yet other words
the information can often be coded with two
out of the three bases
but the code uses three
two info bits and a check bit
we said
it's a VERY secure code
nevertheless
the textbook dutifully states
This would mean that a particular sequence of triplets
starts from a fixed point in the whole DNA structure
and thus if somewhere along the ensuing sequence
one base is
missing
duplicated
or
substituted
the code then becomes
meaningless
for the remainder of the sequence
ALTERNATIVELY
base changes in the code could lead to
gene mutations
Hence, thus, therefore
DNA is a very secure, redundant code
and if an error creeps in
the message will be
mute, ignored, not translated
unless, UNLESS
by pure chance
the new version
1 passes the check bit test
2 codes for one of the twenty amino acids
This is why
1 The human genome is mostly JUNK
2 is very rarely altered
mutations make junk
not novelty
The point here
even if a mutation occurs in
one cell
IT DOES NOT
occur in all the cells of that body or tissue
at the same time
one mutated cell
does not
convert its neighbours
HOWEVER
a quantity of
mode switching hormone
released in a tissue region
will convert many many cells in that area
in the same way, at the same time
what we have in
pre-DNA genetics are other concepts
not referred to in
popular science these days, if ever
they are
linkage and crossing over
these refer to
huge chunks of DNA
swapping their order in the chromosomes
There is a classic experiment that can be done with
Andalusian fowl
we guess they are a sort of chicken
you can get white ones and black ones
and if you cross them you get
speckled ones
a series of genetic crossing experiments showed that
to get black chickens
you had to provide a
gene for melanin from both parents
this runs counter to the theory that
a defect inherited from one parent
can be completely compensated for by
inheriting a good gene from the other parent
it knocks on the head the idea that
a smart bloke can knock smart kids out of
anything with tits
the error is in seeing
DNA
as a mould or type in a
printing press
it is a
coded instruction message
a computer program(me)
not
a blueprint



It always seems to be the way that
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
elections
don't happen when they happen in other places
so there are local government elections in
May 2018
we don't know whether that is also the case in Redcar
either way
we will do a bit of analysis of the complexity of
the situation as is
as they say
at first blush
The Labour
have 13 councillors representing
wards in Greater Eston
and 15 councillors representing
wards not in Greater Eston
Eston has 2 Labour councillors and
one Eston Independent
Grangetown has 2 Labour
Normanby has 3 Labour
Ormesby has 3 LibDem
South Bank has 3 Labour
Teesville has 3 Labour
That is that
At this point we have to wonder what a
2018 election would bring
There used to be a Brexit councillor in Marske
that seat appears to be presently vacant
with the other two Longbeck seats being held by
Conservatives
that is the owner occupier estate built on
the old airfield
the other side of Marske is the
former council estate St. Germain's
it has three LibDem held seats
what is the significance of the
implosion of the LibDems
could that mean more Tories?
Coatham is a bit more of a puzzle
it used to be two seats for the LibDems
now Labour

Skelton, Loftus Brotton
in bulk
Labour 4 seats
It cannot be forgotten the personalities
in Skelton
Cliff Foggo Tory, Helen McLuckie Labour,
David Walsh Labour
So, Cliff Foggo replaced Mrs McLuckie's husband
after he was disbarred
it could go either way
protest over, revert to Labour
or
kick out the wife too...
Brotton
1 Labour , 1Tory, 1 Independent Group
Loftus
1 Labour, two Independent Group
These three are small towns up for grabs
Independent Group, 6 seats
Eston Independent 1 seat
East Cleveland Independent 1 seat
Independent independent 1 seat
when the likes of
Cleveland Police
try to crack down on
non-Labour politicans
in the name of
social cohesion
they are not dealing with
a couple of independents in Middlesbrough
we have dealt with this before
new readers start here
the words are
sympatric
and
alopatric
from a democracy point of view
boundaries are as important as
freedom of speech
The Tees Valley is an interesting case study
notwithstanding excellent transport and
communication links
the urban-industrial complex is easily defined in
a sea of blue - literally the sea
and green - farmland
as the boundaries sit the cognative dissonance is
the poorer, younger, more immigrant dominated area is
Middlesbrough
and aside from a largely unpopulated strip
down by the river
historically
Middlesbrough as a borough was
the administrative capital of the area
it cannot point
within its boundaries to much in the way of
rust belt, post industrial dereliction
it is an area of small scale cheap housing
for immigrants and students
prosperous
does not apply
diverse does
speaking of the narrow riverside strip
a lot of that is
counterintuitively
actually in either Redcar or Stockton
These apparently anomalous boundaries as a relic of
three tier government structures
top tier National Government
at an important stage in the local government history
of the area
there was a transition from
Teesside to Cleveland
Cleveland County Council
was set up as an overarching authority with
responsibility for big ticket items such as
Education
within Cleveland COunty
there were four
District Councils
Hartlepool
Stockton
Middlesbough
and
Langthingy
few people ever knew exactly how to spell
Langbaugh
more later
the boundaries of Cleveland County
emclosed the entire
urban-industrial conurbation
bounded by
Durham in the north
and
North Yorkshire
in the south
the split was as follows
two areas that contained between them
ALL the steelworks
Hartlepool and Langthingy
two areas - district councils
that contained
ALL the process chemical works
Stockton and Langthingy
The function of
Cleveland County Council
was to collect the business rates
This was before
unified business rates collected by districts
on behalf of National Government
Cleveland County took a precept from
the three industrial districts and
spent it on
social deprevation in
Middlesbrough
when unified business rates came in...
Cleveland County Council was abolished
and the four
District Councils
became
Unitary Authorities
with direct responsibility to
National Government
at this point
langthingy was renamed
Redcar and Cleveland
the single most important authority in the area having
BOTH
chemical and steel industries
since then Hartlepool has lost much of its industry
Stockton - Stockton-on-Tees
not Stockton-in-the-Forest or any other Stockton
retains chemical and oil refining industry
The university is in Middlesbrough
James Cook hospital is in Middlesbrough
these two have arisen from almost nothing
SINCE Middlesbrough's boundaries were set
they provide lots and lots of secure and
fairly well paid jobs
never dreamed of when
Cleveland COunty was set up
but these jobs are done by people who live outside
The Middlesbough boundary
and create the
Marton Crawl
James Cook being on Marton Road and
the staff living in
Stokesley
but the people living in Middlesbrough are on low incomes
because they are just starting out
as students or immigrants
they drain economic power from
Tyneside where there were
Three major hospitals and
a university and a polytechnic
we believe
Newcastle General is history
but we are not sure
we know there is still
The RVI - Royal Victoria Infirmary
and
The Freeman
Middlesbrough was long ago described in
National Government
as
An Infant Hercules
Teesside is that
Prize Fighter
but there are serious
image problems
the current situation reminds us of the story
of the man granted a number of wishes
we'll cut it to four
wish 1
I wish I owned this valley
2 I wish I had a house that covered the entire valley
3 I wish I had one of everything know to the world
4 I wish all these things were outside
oops
if your posessions are outside your house and you have
no land outside your house
you've give all your things away
so it be with a political party that
fights so that it buys votes with handouts
not so many voters fall into the category of the
parable of the tallents
foolish steward who burried the tallent that
was entrusted to him
give some guy a couple of million because
he lived somewhere near
Grenfell Tower
and ten years later
he's the next Alan Sugar

we inserted that bit
back to the plot...
they are dealing with a general dissatisfaction with
The tail wagging the dog
Kirkleatham is an interesting ward
It should always have been called
Lakes
or even
Top Lakes
Something happened
there is a road through the middle of
The Lakes Estate
called
West Dyke Road
The thing that happened was that
a lad was murdered - stabbed - in a flat by
the east side of the road
and his mam lived in a house opposite on the
west side of West Dyke Road
her house faced opposite the flat where her son had been killed
and she campaigned to have it demolished
it was demolished but
that didn't halt the
prurient interest of local media
she got more than her
fifteen minutes of fame
and so
instead...
the whole of that half of the estate was demolished
and replaces with
affordable housing - for sale
Kirkleatham ward was the
pet project of
Miss Clish and her deputy
Miss Clish was the head teacher of
Cleveland Grammar School for Girls
and her deputy succeeded her when she retired
That would be Rye Hills now
The two ladies lived in
Zetland ward
and so
a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet
the ladies had Top Lakes named
after the nearby ancient village of
Kirkleatham
whether or not the village was in the ward
as a village Kirkleatham has around a dozen houses in it
and...
and the local museum complex
and the main building of that is the
first home of
Sir William Turner's School
built in the 1600s
and so there are three labour councillors
representing Top Lakes in the name of
the village of Kirkleatham
So there's Lakes and Top Lakes
originally there was
Rivers
Thames, Tyne, Tees, Tweed
and there was Lakes
Haweswater, Elterwater, Buttermere,
Coniston, Lucerne, Geneva, Ontario
all up to Troutbeck
Then there was not Lakes
Norfolk, Rutland, Devon, Kent
counties
then there was
Greystoke, Woodside, Blayberry
not a single name of a lake in
Top Lakes
NOW...
everything between
Woodside and West Dyke
has been clear felled
on The Lakes
properties on Mersey Road
and most importantly
Kent Close and Essex Close
gone, solid gone
Norfolk Close, Devon Dorset
are the only remnants of
The Counties
there is now
Malham Gill, Oxendale Road, The Meadows
to rephrase
the properties have gone
but Kent Close and Essex Close were so
notorious they have been erased from the map
and the face of the earth and replaced with
Oxendale Road and Southerndale Road
there are around three of the six or eight
blocks of flats in that area remaining
they are brick built and 4 or 5 floors
There is a new high rise on the corner of
Mersey and Roseberry
that is three or four floors and is for
over fifties or whatever
it's one of those buildings that is
two floors at each end and 4 floors in the middle
so it's an architectural caprice
with one flat at the top and a couple on the third floor
and...
Saltburn
3 seats
1 Labour, 1 Conservative, 1 Independent Group
This is how it pans out
personalities top polls
they often don't convince
their supporters to vote
twice or three times
to elect other candidates from the same party
perhaps because some people will only vote for people they
have heard of
perhaps because they don't understand that
they have a vote for each seat in their ward
these wards are split
say the Tory who wins gets 1,024 votes
the other two Tory candidates may get
950 votes and not get elected because
The Labour have put up one household name
and the Independent candidate has
been in the news or
runs the village shop
Lockwood is the only ward to have only one seat
and that is held by the only East Cleveland Independent
it is the only ward with significantly less
voters per seat than the average
Whenever the next RCBC general election is held
there will be retirements
and no
social cohesion through tribal voting

another perspective on local government politics is
fifty years ago
a councillor was voted back in
because he was a
good bloke and had fixed up at least one
member of the family with
a council house
always getting people council houses
as a councillor
was gonna beat
offering a bit of credit at the corner shop
or a few
Saturday jobs for the kids
if you were a candidate but not a councillor
a force for stability
but
also
inertia
AND
in reverse
if you were a councillor you would have to
front up for something like - such as
clean air zones
and tha

5th March 2018


We suspect that the
Northumbrian word
carr
is a corruption or evolution of the
Galic word
torr
as in Ten Torrs




This as close as Ricker got to being
snowed in
We were talking about
snow as mulch
check out the layers of leaves in the
snowman components
they tell you how deep the snow got
in Locke Park





Locke Park lost one tree




Bor 2 is sticking to his turf



weardit go?
where did it go?
Redcar Beach has departed
well the sand anyway
it will be back but here we have the effect of
waves removing sand faster than the river
can replace it
a new beach every year
and the boulder clay and shale
as in shale gas
exposed to view
and
the boulder clay is a
reddish brown
and that's where the
Red
in
Redcar comes from
Red cliff sCars
The cliffs at Saltubrn are
red(ish) boulder clay
and there would have been
similar low red cliffs at Redcar
as there are opposite the Coast Road today
before there was a sea wall
and the beach rocks in these parts are called
scars
as in
Scarborough
and in Redcar
the inshore rocks are called
West Scar, which includes
Saltscar to the east
and Westcar Head to the west
etc. etc
and then there is are
Redcar Rocks
including
The Flashes, East Scar, Stokesley Scar
and between them
Ayton Hole
However, as the saying goes
The Devil has the Best Tunes
and there is a
lighthouse style sculpture near
Zetland Park
that has a modern poem inscribed on it
to the effect that the origin of the name Redcar is
Reed Carr
a Carr being a marsh
but there are no Carrs in this area
There is a
Carrville
on the A1 M near Durham
and for that matter a
Coatham Mundeville
near Darlington
but many of these names go back to times when
very few people each owned
huge tracts of land
carex is the Latin for a sedge
sedges are grass like plants that live
in wet areas of land
we have two meanings for
carr
Old Northumbrian for
an isolated rock in the sea or on land
and the Castle - Cathedral peninsula
on the River Wear at Durham
is the biggest isolated lump of rock you are
ever likely to see
but other
Proper Cities
such as Edinburgh
are rivals
and we suspect that there will ne places
Up North
with car or carr as the second part of their name
and Carlisle
in the other camp...
Old Norse, pool pond bog or fen
wet boggy ground, normally
meadow created by draining a bog
seing as how we are in
North Humber Land
though not in Northumberland
being north of the river Humber
we have gone from
carr to scar to car
In the Estuary we have
Paddy's Hole
but some fascist bastard at the Development Corporation
has decided that
Paddy is racist
and
Hole is
sexist
so they have invented a new name
a New Speak Name for it
and of course the
scars
and their rock pools
never get covered by the sands
we don't quite follow the logic that
the loss of a couple of feet of sand will
help the
detectorists
but it's their hobby







we should point out that it is
the wind
not wave action
that transports the sand from
The Tees River Mouth
down past Coatham to Redcar, Marske, and Saltburn



It's a long time since we were allowed into a
school science lab
things may have changed
things may never have been the way we
remember them
we have layers of other labs to confuse with them
we think we remember
test tubes
now here we are going well into the realms of fantasy??
we imagine a test tube as being
six inches of borosilicate glass
Ah the days
JJ Jobling of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
manufacturers of
Pyrex
long gone the days
there is a museum
of glass blowing
we recall one length and two
bores or diameters
half inch - a test tube
and
one inch - a boiling tube
skip to somewhat more rarified labs
consider a boiling tube
a six inch tube with a one inch
hemisphere
as its base
consider a sample
a piece of muscle - meat
we are getting to a different use for the test tube
we take a boiling tube and we put some liquid - water?
a little
and a sample of food
into the tube
now we take this tube to a stand
a stand referred to in school labs of old as
a retort stand
suspended from this bracket is
a motor with a downward pointing shaft - stainless steel
at the end of the shaft is a plug of
hmm... nylon
probably nylon, not PTFE, maybe polyethylene
high density polyethylene
high molecular weight polyethylene
a white, sausage shaped slug that can be poked down to
the bottom of the boiling tube by
shoving the tube up the rod
the rod that is connected to the motor
that is held by the retort stand
the plastic slug is
quite a tight fit in the boiling tube
and this is a lab version of
a kitchen blender
no blades
just sheer brute force
and up to now you are thinking we is on about
cooking or food or such
we are not
what we are on about is
weather
imagine not a sausage shaped slug
not a hemispherical tip
but by virtue of some mystical force
magnetism or some such
a sphere
a spinning sphere
imagine the sphere as
the earth
and the water as the atmosphere
and the meat as
you
and the glass wall of the boiling tube as
the force of gravity
pinning you and the atmosphere to
the spinning earth
a solid spinning sphere inside a fluid layer
inside a restraining force
or a sphere within a sphere within a sphere
imagine then
a Bunsen burner - a gas flame
under the tube
that would be.....
the sun
and there you are
you got both
climate
and
weather
except for the lump of dry ice chilling
the side of the sphere opposite
the gas burner
that is
heat radiation into cold dark space
it gets a little turbulent
inside that tube
and
global warming is...
well technically
heavy water
an atmosphere just as transparent to
the heat from the sun
but less transparent to
heat radiated from the earth to
cold dark space opposite the sun
it's a balance to keep just right
and sometimes the pattern of the flow of
the atmosphere gets
deviated
and people don't get the weather they are used to



There is a consultation goin' on that
ends 16th April 2018
This time there is no suggestion of
job or role losses so it may be accepted
it is a proposal to re-draw the boundaries of the
wards of Redcar and Cleveland
We note:
Three wards for Guisborough
transfer of
Rivers Estate
from Dormanstown to Newcomen
visit
consultation.lgbce.org.uk
and
www.lgbce.org.uk

27th February 2018


Here's another of our sayings
Snow is poor man's muck
and another
too cold for snow
Here is the contrast
These pictures were taken when it wasn't snowing
Rickers thumbs got very cold indeed
then it started snowing and
it warmed up
'feeling' returned to his hands
one thing is clear
around these parts
snow tends to
fall
what we get is not
blizzard conditions
snow falls when the wind drops
the flakes are not being whipped up in a blender
and they fall out of the sky
The poor man's muck
means
poor man's mulch
if plants are emerging for the ground
a covering of snow
protects them from
wind chill
we have so many pictures we will have to give you a link...
Photo Essay on Redcar in the snow

26th February 2018


We have slogged our way through
Dancing On Ice
it was Fairytale Week this week
we imagined...
Jane and Christine Torville living
next door to each other and
each having an ice rink set up in their
conservatory with a link ramp
The production values appear to be based on
Gordon The Gopher's
pocket money
considering what millions of
video bloggers can do with a clutch of
Go Pros...
did they pick up the backing tracks from
a market stall?
Who the hell sheduled an elimination contest to have
the same length slot
EVERY WEEK
AND the same format every week
some class ice dancing hidden away in there though
despite the
off the peg muzac
there's another image
it is almost
elevator skating
we are told from time to time that
we will get an
in-door ski slope at Middlesbrough Dock
perhaps we should pencil in
an ice rink big enough for
an orchestra pit...
and while we are at it....
what's with this
Olympic table top speed skating?
Athletics running tracks are plastic
there is an altheltics track in Gateshead?
that is so underused that
The Heed - Gateshead
play professional football home games there
why not a lane or two
made of a different sortof plastic
suitable for speed skating?
puts one in mind of the
Teesside Development Corporation's plan
for an
indoor lake a mile or two long
In Thornaby for
rowing
like the rowing machines would err
sink
That, for now, is the level of
development ideas for Redcar from
The South Tees Development Corporation
One of our Ricker's student friends was a lad called
Richardson
from a central London based family
his brothers were at Oxbridge so he was
The idiot brother
'Needed' a First to get a
British Council
placement in Egypt
they gave him the First and then
The British Council said
sorry we was joking
we suspect that Mr Richardson had
reported what was in fact an
unofficial joking remark
and not an official job offer
to his tutors at Durham
and we cannot confirm that the organisation involved was
The British Council
we should comment about the approach of universities to
degree classifications
essentially they don't seek to
waste good degrees on people who have their
future security locked down
Ricker was a graduate working as a science technician
in secondary school
he picked up a leaflet about careers
as an optician with the Co-Op
his mam liked the idea
he got turned down by City
Then he went to work for
Dolland and Aitchison opticians in Guildford
applying from there
and not from Redcar - as in the first application
he was accepted
when he was sent from D and A
his mentor, referee
Ela Terelak
reckoned she had already taught him
everything he needed to know and
getting the degree would be a formality
hence although D and A were not sponsoring him with
cash, they had sponsored him with a career offer
D and A had to trust City
when they got progress reports that Ricker was rubbish
they wanted to know what he hell he was doing at uni
hence the step down back to the Co-Op in Redcar
who took him on
a couple of weeks before
they pulled out of optics altogether
no Ricker career
but why did City lie to D and A?
because they had
other students they wanted to find careers for
and wanted D and A to
think them even better than Ricker
A simple mis-match of rules
City were not comfortable with
graduates on their undergraduate courses
D and A insisted that
unless they were recruiting an accuntant
they would only recruit
graduates in optometry
not non graduates
and
not graduates in anything other than optometry
It was probably somebody famous who
coined the saying
those who can - do
those who can't - teach
and for Ricker we may add
those who can't teach - write
if Universities see themselves as
exploiting parents' ambition for their children to
provide sheltered employment for
the inadequate and mentally ill
having representatives of a
major industry empolyer
within the student body
may be seen as a breach of the
human rights of the universities'
permanent inmates
in-patients


Ricker had taken Mr Richardson to Newcastle one day
he took a car full including
J J K Wright (female) lower second, student rep
It was a university arranged visit to
The Hancock Museum
so, arriving before their appointment
Ricker took them on a tour of
Grainger Town
The Richardson lad
commented on
wow
there's no bomb sites
at the time London was peppered with vacant lots
thirty years after the bombing stopped
London turns down every opportunity for
Paris style
comprehensive redevelopment
Piecemeal Jerry Building
That's London




Here we are with some shots of
Early Spring on Coatham Marsh 2018

We are expecting a mighty roar from March










and at this time an update of the laying of
the new path with rock and slag
rock first
this rock is somewhere between
sandstone and limestone
but we'll call it sandstone








And some of the winter survivors
shown in a good light









speaking of winter survivors
and sand
the remains of last year's
sand sculptures...






22th February 2018


Ricker is a little sad right now
He's seen on the TV how great
The Elizabeth Tower
at the parliament in Westminster in London
is now looking with all that
Historical Re-enactment tat
covered up
he'd love to be there taking pictures
Really honestly the last time he was there
he was photographing much less inspiring scaff
money well spent
if only they could be persuaded to
leave the scaff up
alas this will be a brief flowering of
modern design
If The Houses of Parliament were
genuinely
a thousand years old...
different matter
The Germans destroyed the Commons Chamber in
World War II
indeed we understand that there is a virtual carbon copy of the
1950s chamber
or about the same vintage
at television studios in Manchester
that would be back to
shadow factories
The IRA failed to destroy the only
genuinely ancient
part of the complex
Westminster Hall?
in the 1970s
It's the bit furthest from the river
The UK is pretty much constantly at war but
the last occasion on which
Sovereign British Territory was invaded was
The Falklands War
most people living in The UK today were either
unborn, at or under Primary School age
or not yet arrived as immigrants
Therefore it will come as a surprise to hear that
The Falklands War was in the early 1980s and
The media were not permitted to cover it
Not even the BBC
periodically a
Department of Defence spokesperson
balding middle aged geezer in specs
that nobody knew from Adam
would give periodic updates on progress
eventually, very eventually we got the
classic quote
I've counted them out and I've counted them back
from a BBC correspondent
Battla
Poirot reference
why do your friends refer to you as Battla? Battle of Hastings
Battla Hastings
Max Hastings
That was it
And he had a full head of hair, and 'horn rimmed' specs
and by God he's still around
Colonel H
was the famous casualty
it was all about his death and the
burned face of somebody off the Sir Galahad
all about the losers and the casualties
on the British side
that came after the BBC got back control
facts from the government
pathos from the BBC
pathos is derived from the Greek for suffering
power of exciting deep feelings, tender emotions
if it ain't got pathos, it ain't BBC news
so tech is only news if it goes wrong
There was Tomorrow's World when there was
The Falklands

and
latest unemployment figure for North East England
down 3,000
clearly not news
we are not sure but yesterday we saw the shutters down
at the one remaining
employment coaching contractor in Redcar
previously they appeared to have no more than
four clients at a sitting
almost all the sort of female who may have run out of
child support due to the age of their youngest child

we have some stats
we don't even know how many people of
working age
live in
North East England
we do know that whatever the period for which
unemployment figures are collected - month?
there were 69,000 job seekers in North East England
In January 2018?
January, all those run up to Christmas casual jobs , gone
that 69,000 was a reduction of
3,000
that's a reduction of 4.5 per cent in a bad month
if all those job seekers lived in the same town....
one North East MP
would have 100 per cent unemployment
and all the rest would have
full employment
well what we are saying is the number of
job seekers in the whole of North East England - NEE
is the same as the average number of electors in
a parliamentary constituency
we accept that quite a number of job seekers have
at least one adult who is
economically inactive
in their household
but this is ball park
there are at least seven MPs representing
Teesside alone
then there's Durham
and Tyne and Wear
and Northumberland
we can't be bothered to look up the
working age population of NEE
but if the
jobless rate
is more than six to seven per cent
we will be surprised
some people accept that
good jobs are
skilled jobs
some see a good job as
unskilled, on call, permanent, with annual
above inflation increments
a massive promotion to
window watcher
a Japanese term for
getting paid for turning up
with a final salary pension
got to work for a local authority to get that these days
overall, unemployemt in NEE falls is the worst month for the year for
retail and distributive sector employment
by ... half way to double didgets
if it had been the change from September to December...
it would be seasonal...
this looks like a permanent trend
putting it another way
In Toytown Economics and Stats
do nothing and there will be full employment in
20 months not twenty years
Back in around 1973
all the members of the
UK Cultured Classes
knew about a dude called
J Bronowski
we are guessing, Jacob
In 1969 he had begun an outline for a TV series called
The Ascent of Man
not a shy or diffident man he was
by choosing that title ranking himself alongside
Charles Darwin
we are working on the basis that Darwin's text was titled
The Descent of Man
as in
my descendents
the last foot of film for the series was shot in
December 1972
This was to be a companion piece to the original
Lord Clark's series
Civilisation
there were two Lords Clark
father and son
both television presenters
There is a book
around page 128
JB is discussing
The Chinese and metals
He accepts that the Chinese got the idea from the
Middle East
and we will not paraphrase his work but come at the topic slightly differently
he is talking about copper and its alloys and then
swords
we are not sure whether JB was a convert to science
but as native speakers, so to speak
we choose carbon not copper as our starting point
steel and all that
carbon and the 'hard metals' - not so much lead for instance
have a
crystalline structure
we think of graphite - a form of carbon
as softer and more slippery than lead
partly because the
lead in our pencils is a mixture of graphite and clay
science students know about
allotropes
they know that carbon comes in the thin flat sheets of
graphite and graphine
and it comes in the harder than rock form of
diamond
What JB points out is that if you have pure copper its structure is
a kind of microscopic version of the granite columns of the
Giant's Causeway
like a box of dry newly bought spaghetti
slipping and sliding one way but rolling the other
think of each strand of spaghetti as a
crystal
of a pure metal such as copper or iron
think of a huge long tube
say one a carpet has been rolled onto
think of it packed with batches or packets of dry spaghetti
this has to be a plastic not a cardboard tube
the idea of alloys and
heat treatment are a little different
if you opened each packet of spaghetti and poured in some
talc - talcum powder
the carpet roll would become very bendy
if you put in sand
the roll would become very stiff
that's alloys
heat treatment is more like
you add a little water to the spaghetti and
it becomes a slimy mess you dry it out again
and it stiffens up
if you bash the tube into a very different shape while it's
soggy and then hold that shape while you dry it out
that's pressing, forging and heat treating metal
so the Chinese were forging swords in - from -
Middle East bronze a copper alloy from 3800 BC - BCE
bronze technology perfected before
1500 BC
three and a half thousand years ago
God knows when the concept of the crystal came about
kruos Greek for frost
the ancients observed water crystalising
but the atom was not dreamt up until around a couple of hundred year ago
The Chinese had sword forging off to a T
without the slightest hint of a notion about
modern day metallurgy
they had a
Sword making Ceremony
if they performed the ritual
perfectly
as modern day priests and artizans do worldwide today but
particularly in China and Japan
they got a viable to excellent product
we will divert here to the story of
King Arthur
and
The Sword in the Stone
Seen the Disney?
weedy kid pulls the sword that won't budge for the
beetcake
not the story
Arthur
like a real life but fictionalised
Harry Potter
knew what to do to be able to
pour in molten metal
and pull out a sword
technocrat
the archetypal if not the original
technocrat
what we are getting to is
we understand and believe that
NEE - North East England
'lost' it's last
industrial scale artisanal manufactury
around a couple of years ago
it was a
wireworks
making cables by
'traditional methods'
we all none
hi tech
now
no blood and guts
no
Smoggies
no ritual manufacture
requiring ten years of producing scrap
to complete an apprenticeship
in there with the computer controlled
mega gear
no probs
the traditional term for an apprentice that never makes it to
master crafter (master craftsman)
or even
journeyman
is
wood spoiler
cheaper to keep a week than a fortnight



In our endless quest to be...
informative
being a window watcher is being paid for turning up
window shopper's disease
is a heart condition
people who when walking constantly find an excuse to
stop and stare
are major candidates for
cardiac insufficiency

20th February 2018


We hate to be wise after the event but
we skipped comment about a bumper
berry harvest last autumn
so we didn't predict a harsh winter
we missed a trick
so, by way of compensation
March
If it comes in like a lion
it goes out like a lamb
we are told
arctic - literally - conditions first day of
March 2018
that's a prediction for a mild
spring
we shall see


We no like NSPCC
people canceling Oxfam Direct Debits
NSPCC dredge up police stats
to get donors to switch to them?
cynical
is the word
just pay your taxes and vote

19th February 2018


we are not best pleased to find ourselves
or the BBC
still in the
Fifty Shades era
what do I gotta do to get
a ride in a helicopter?
It's probably in a movie...
seventy something lady
at the doctors for her annual gynae checkup
what do I gotta do to get
a man in?



This is what happens when
the batteries run flat
wait HERE with the emphasis on HERE
the reason for that is contained in
the sign
joining traffic
not signal controlled
when red light shows
makes sense
this set up enforces disobedience


change for change's sake
bet scores of people spend months on that
regulation change



Isn't it sad that sport can't be made
interesting enough to
make it newsworthy
and it has to be pepped up with
sex and drugs and rock and roll
perhaps it's a caseof
I couldn't skate or ski
but I could play music, pop drugs and get my end away
so my audience will identify with that



Perhaps there was little surprise in Redcar when
after building
The Beacon
with its ground floor cafe
the council decided not to move
Pacittos
the local ice cream legends
into the cafe
but to bring in an outside contractor
The cafe is now
To Let
without Pacittos
we assume it struggled to build
iconic status
it seems like
Redcar?
Hell this is Eston and Grangetown
not
Redcar and Cleveland
never heard of Pacittos
a bit like Scarborough council saying
We don't think
The Magpie Cafe
is a suitable brand for
Whitby seafront




Up until the Great War
The First World War
In Victorian and Edwardian Times
Women did the shopping
and
shopworkers were men
During the war
shopworker was not a reserved occupation
and
women took over
what was important here was that
shoppers remained mostly female but
there was a dilemma
naturally some male shopworkers were
too young
think Pike in Dad's army in the Second World War
and some were too old
the rest of the crew
the retail workforce was
hollowed out
and females were injected into the middle ranks
this was perhaps a bonus for the customers
perhaps not
what is almost lost in the mists of time is that
before the war
shop assistants, shop workers
were known as
counterjumpers
God how long is it since we were in
Foyles Bookshop in London?
the ritual of buying in there!!
you were served and then went to a booth to pay
The Co-Op with it's pneumatic tubes for
sending cash and receipts back and forth between
the sales counters and the cash offices
we digress
counterjumpers
women customers and male shopworkers
separated by huge sales counters
like the bar in most pubs today
the main relic of the old system
in pubs of course
male customers and
female servers
BUT
after the staffing changes
males and females mixed on the worker side of the
counter
outside the home
this was the beginning of
post Victorian age gender mixing
100 years on
we don't seem quite to have got the hang of it


Perhaps we should have a
Meditation on Intimacy
We like
The Supervet
he often says
thi is routine for me but I understand
it's new and frightening for you
We recognise that some people have a lot of
work done on their faces
beauticians, contact lens fitters, etc
some people roll up at
the opticians for the first and possibly only
time in their mid 40s
and
well
there are two distinct phases
the optometrist
tests or examines their eyes in a little booth
and then they come out into the well lit public space
for the attentions of the
dispenser
the dispensing optician
we recall one mum
mum of grown up children
Ricker sits her down and having chosen the frame and
lens type
it comes time to measure up
simple job
single vision readers
still there is the hairdresser level intimacy of
does the frame fit
then there she is sitting in a high street shop window
with all the lights on and
this charming young man says
as he measures her
interpupilary distance
the distance between her eyes
look straight into my left eye
she says with jocular embarrassment
I never even do this with my husband
you know what
there's a gadget
probably called a
pupilometer
that you can put between patient and dispenser
to make the intimate seem less intimate
we referred to
The Elizabeth Garett Anderson Hospital
we wonder to whom
a hospital staffed almost entirely by females
is important
but we also ask this question
say there are two males and a gaggle of females
working in a shop or clinic
when there is a demand that
one of the males
Les or Ricker??
be let go
how much trouble do you take to determine
are you sacking
the predator
or
the chaperone?
if it were not for The Tories
constantly putting
single sex wards
at the top of their list of NHS demands...
how do these people regard hospitals?
as a quiet place to
get on with you dieing?
there are insights to be had
we never hear statistics about
what proportion of patients admitted are
discharged alive
we have said that there is little difference technically between
a Gurney
referred to as a
trolley
and a
hospital bed
they are all
on wheels
A stretcher, litter, or pram
perambulator
is an apparatus used for moving patients who require medical care.
A basic type (cot or litter) must be carried by two or more people.
A wheeled stretcher (known as a gurney, trolley, bed or cart) is
often equipped with variable height frames, wheels, tracks, or skids
if you are lucky
you learn something every day
Stretchers are primarily used in acute out-of-hospital care situations by
emergency medical services (EMS), military, and search and rescue personnel.
In medical forensics the right arm of a corpse is left hanging off the stretcher to
let paramedics know it is not a wounded patient.
They are also used to hold prisoners during lethal injections in the United States.
if you ill or injured enough
you will be settled in you 'bed'
long before it is wheeled onto the ward
hospital wards are more like
car parks
than
bedrooms
particularly those taking patients from
A and E
So many commentators seem more concerned with
dignity
than
efficacy
their problem seems to be with
single sex corridors
privacy?
outside in the ambulance
'private' - lone occupant - ambulance to single sex ward
is that not what The Tories would want?
Of late we have seen our - the UK's
Prime Minister
switch emphasis from
girl jobs and boy jobs
to alternative female way of doing things
given 95 per cent female status amongst nurses
it hardly seems necessary to
decamp to a completely different hospital
to get female attention
males in these situations are probably in three camps
gay
perverts
knights in shining armour
with such a low bollock count in these working environments
and a mum pestering
have you had a doctor up you yet?
perhaps settling for somebody
totally unsuitable is a great temptation




We should just round off the
Celebrations of The Angel of The North
by saying
as it runs through
County Durham
The Great North Road
of the time of drovers and The Angel, Islington
is now designated the
A 167











Here's what we are thinking
Bro 2 is standing his ground
and bros 1 and 3 are falling out
as the weather varies...
bro 2 stays put
bros 1 and 3 keep flitting from
park to marsh
and back














17th February 2018


There are two issues of current interest that intermesh
Russian interest in US politics
and
US gun control
We could simplify and say
West - democracy
East - rigged votes and no freedom of speech
we could suggest that The Russians in their efforts to
make a influence politics in the USBR> were, are trying to point up the risks that they see
as posed by democracy and hence
justify
oligarchy
rule by the few
this poses the concept of three levels of
scale of population
an oligarchy - a few hundred people ruling vast nations
a minority - perhaps a majority in the case of females<<
the masses
The media appear always to be on the lookout for
a minority they can either
champion
or
denigrate
what is interesting about this past week's news is
a switch in the USA from
the masses versus the minority
The people versus the National Rifle Association
to?
well it's not entirely clear what happened here but
it may be that this attack was felt by a minority
if a shooter attacked - as may be the case here
a predominantly
Jewish School
then stand by for fireworks...
The Jews versus the NRA
that could be a spectacle many people would want
ringside seats for
minority versus minority
that is where the action is in
Western Politics



16th February 2018


The Angel, Islington is a historic landmark and
a series of buildings that have stood on the corner of
Islington High Street and Pentonville Road in Islington, London, England.
There is bothe a High Street and an Upper Street in Islington
By 1630, the inn was owned by William Riplingham, officer of the Great Wardrobe.
Riplingham built an extension of the courtyard ranges on the site of the Angel Inn around 1638,
for which he was fined due to breaking building regulations.
These ranges survived up to the early 19th century.
By 1677, the Angel was owned by James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton and
occupied by Edward Fawcett,
who ran the inn until his death in 1696.
The premises accommodated livestock traders destined for
Smithfield Market
as well as long distance travellers.
In the early 18th century, the Angel was the largest coaching house in
a row of several along Islington High Street.
Robert Bartholomew took over ownership of the inn in 1744 and
was succeeded by his son, Christopher around 1766,
who continued to run it until the end of the century.
The inn was the subject of
William Hogarth's
1747 drawing,
The Stage-Coach, Or The Country Inn Yard,
which depicted busy coaching inn trade and traffic.
In his book The Inns and Taverns of Old London published in 1909,
Henry C. Shelley
said
"The Angel dates back to before 1665...
In the seventeenth century and later, as old pictures testify,
the inn presented the usual features of a large old country hostelry."
Cancer Research UK
Angel Building
407 St John Street
London EC1V 4AD
United Kingdom

15th February 2018



The great thing about the 20th anniversary of
the installation of the sculpture
The Angel of the North
is that the sculptr is still alive
That does not mean he knows all the answers but
he has answers for journalists
We understand:
the sculpture is modelled on Antony Gromley's
own body
and is consequently
'male'
The sculpture stands by the
A1
Great North Road
and the A1 ends in London
or starts in London
in Islington at
Angel Underground station
Angel of the North
Angel of the South
that's the junction of
City Road, Upper Street, Islington
Pentonville Road and Goswell Road
and
The Angel Building
is humungous and
Headquarters of
Cancer Research UK
unless they have moved in the past five years
not to be confused with the
Research labs
The Francis Crick Building
t'other side of
St. Pancras station

14th February 2018


We have a little more of the Angela story
we are going to say that our Angela
the fictionalised one
was born in the late 1950s
to a devout Roman Catholic mother
Angela went to
Cleveland Grammar
The local Girls' Grammar School
Her boys went to Sacred Heart
the local RC Comp
a couple of indicator details
Four sons
one day a crisis
one of the younger ones to be married
after the chaos of the divorce
scrambling around to find a certificate to prove that
the lad had been confirmed
so that he could be married in church
another day
a massive guilt trip running up to Christmas over
bought in mince pies to pass off to her mother
as home made
clogs to clogs in three generations
granny dominating with her
simple mind and
undoing the work of the Grammar School
how are
wet behind the ears
teenage cops
supposed to take all that into account and
make snap decisions and
get them right?
lonely?
abandoned by her husband and four sons
one emigrated to Canada
in order to excape the pervading
church bolstered
doom
of granny
thus leaving Ang open to the attentions of Les Day
we should point out that you need a permit to
park outside Ang's gaff
les had the permit
this is what gets you bouncing up and down about the
wimin don't have enough power
brigade
which women
what power?
wimin complain that it is men who are power mad
they are probably thinking of
son-in-law analogues
the reason men want to limit female power is
men have more responsibility for the actions and inactions of
their womenfolk
than of their livestock
if you can't find a man to blame
record it as a
no crime
save us all a lot of trouble....

13th February 2018


We're not proud
We don't shy away from a cliche









Winter flowering jasmine
flowering on a heap of scrap
jasminium nudiflora



we strive to avoid bias and we have
rather hit this concern of industry about
the inefficiencies of
distributed manufacturing and the problems of
logistics
we have to have to sympathise with the
Whitehall Mandarins who probably refer to
Jacob Rees Mogg
as William Rees Mogg - his father
a former MP
somewhat more modern in outlook than his famous son
and slip off to their country estates of a
Thursday evening
each week
weekending in the 17th century
it must be tough dragging yourself into the
1950s
on a Monday morning
for the rest of us
in the 1950s
the latest thing in engineering was or were
Shadow Factories
There are two ideas here
the workers must never know what the
finished product is
enemy bombers will not be able to knock out
all of your production if
it's all disguised as garages in
people's back gardens
Go boys
after you retire
there may be time to
discover
The Beatles
beware The Stones
our Ricker is no slouch
he's acquired a
Blackberry slider
officialliy a Torch
and is currently grappling with
2007



It is no wonder top bosses have no idea about
accountancy
their focus is these days to be on
How
Politically Correct
are the recreations and passtimes of your
workforce

12th February 2018


Here's a question we have never seen asked
before there was glass
there were igloos
did the ancients ever use
sheets of ice to
let in light and keep out drafts
in veru cold weather?
We'll park this idea here
the problem that
science
has in cofronting
random belief - faith
is
mathematics
the problem with mathematics is not with the likes of
e equals m c squared
that's theoretical physics
mathematics and engineering have a major problem
in mathematics it is called
the fiddle factor
in engineering it is called
over engineering
in both cases if the theory is wrong or
the science is unclear
just fiddle the results and
double the materials and hope it holds
in management this becomes
out of an abundance of caution
lets not open the engine compartment
let's just bung in some more expensive fuel
and in politics.....
more funding
it's what engineers call
a quick dirty fix



There is presently some concern about
charities and their staff
at this point we are going to explore a sort of
sacred cow
dilemma regarding certain
men and their occupations
there is a concept in British cultural life of a
Steel Town
there are many more
Single Industry Settlements
in the likes of Northern Russia
for whatever reason there is sometimes a confusion between
An Industrial Area
and
A Single Industry Settlement
Redcar as a part of a
Super Massive Industrial Conurbation
Happens to have a steelworks
There are certain people
a former MP for the town as an example who
either because they are busy or lazy
promote urban myths such as
There is at least one family in
every street in my constituency
that is totally dependent on
the steel works
but even more damaging
an example of a
project fear
everybody else in the town is employed in
the supply chain
of the steel works
this turns steel workers into
sacred cows
or
mini Moguls
people who must not be upset or crossed
we have seen in Redcar over the past few years
government sponsored schemes
very generously funded and aimed
not at helping the town
but
restricted to helping
former steel works employees
the difficulty here is
why are
steelworkers
and
former steelworkers
of equal importance?
However, we wish to drill down to a more specific
class of person
the steelworker who is
working in a steelworks that is
under threat of closure
during the run up - or down
to the most recent shut down of
Redcar steel works we were subject to much
hand wringing about
what are we going to do with the workforce
after the shutdown
We don't read the financial reports of
random charities
but our impression is that
Oxfam gets a lot of government money
and
Cancer Research UK
gets little else than some
tax breaks
such as
Gift Aid
We are fairly confident that in the last days of
SSI
Les Day
was aloader driver at the doomed works
we are not sure as to any
union role he may have had
we now have to divert into a family analysis
there must be somewhere in Redcar two brothers called
Clarkson
and at one time
one was married to
Angela
and the other was married to
Sharyn, something like that
Sharyn Clarkson was a
darling of local media because for many years she organised
the pink dip
on Redcar Beach
in aid of Cancer Research UK
because she had had
breast cancer
probably twice
somewhere along the way her sister-in-law, Angela
got divorced
somewhere along the way
Angela got appointed as manager of one of the
two Cancer Research UK shops then in Redcar
Sharyn Clarkson's husband was a
psychiatric nurse
at some point he retired and
this may have been an early retirement because it involved
the classic NHS concept of
if you take early retirement
we will provide you with generous
training and consultancy contracts
picture the scene
picture the scenario
Sharyn thinks she owns the shop because she is the local
media charity hero
she turns out to be
not very successful at running the shop
and the charity try to persuade her to take a role as
a paid fundraiser
she hangs on to the shop
it is converted intoan
everything 1, 2, or 3 pounds
outlet
Ricker had it
top performer in the region
month after month after month



This is a mess but we don't have time to re-write it
CRUK managers
Angela Clarkson
off sick a lot
Kevin covering for her a lot
Ricker comes in to help Kevin having been made redundant by
Sue Ryder Care
Kevin let go
Ricker appointed 'intern' deputy manager
Ang still off a lot
Les turns up
Les and Ang get very pally
Les and Ang 'having breakfast in the shop kitchen'
not happy to find Ricker in the shop before them
of a morning
Ricker was let go
we infer that that was because Les
objected to him being a
Key Holder
liable to disturb whatever activity Les and Ang
did in the shop and didn't want to share with others
Kevin brought back in as Sunday Manager
conjecture...
Ang thinks if she takes medical retirement
Les will have no further reason to visit her
so we are saying Ang lives really near the shop
Les was 'picking her up from home'
how much before opening time???
and they would arrive at the shop together
Ang's is
well at first not too badly off on account of
despite coming away from her marriage with
almost nothing - 4 grown up sons isn't nothing
she has a job and can pay her rent
we understand Les was a maried steelworker from Ormesby
however she is not a well woman
along comes the
steel worker whose job is under threat
he decides he needs an
exit plan
we understand he was at least for a time
a private hire taxi driver
however he may have been if he were not a
steelworker
he has as he is an air of entitlement
so there are two other men working in the shop
Kevin and Ricker
Here are three exit plans in conflict
Angela thinks she can get onto the sick
she is wrong
just as she agrees her medical retirement with
Cancer Research UK
the rules change and
she goes on
Job Seekers'
and not disability
So, Kevin has been her paid
Sunday Worker
Ricker has been her
unpaid full time intern
Sharyn is the media star
and Les is a steelworker
and Cancer Research UK
There had been an incident involving Sharyn whilst Ricker was
still working at the shop
CRUK had arranged an expenses paid trip to Newcastle
to see the research being done with the money Ricker was making
on the day
the area manager was shocked to find that
Sharyn and her mum had used the tickets
what are you doing here?
Neither Sharyn nor her mum was in the market for
a transfer to
Research Staff
as graduate zoologist, ex medical school student Ricker was
have four candidates to replace Angela
and three of them are male and one is female
simples
we only want one manager
let's chose the only woman
let's make a rule that men
may behave in a way that
damages our reputation
Sharyn left a few years later
probably when her husband reached
State Retirement Age
Sharyn had been an NHS receptionist
so they had several pensions to collect
Here have the
dream team of Kevin and Ricker making
twice target
bear in mind target is the amount of income aimed at
not the amount of gross or net profit
so in this case
target was somewhere between
650 and 850 pounds a week
each week or month would have a different target
and expenses such as
(reduced) business rates
electricity, water, wages etc
had to come out of that
if you can be
worthwhile on a weekly income of
700 pounds
how worthwhile is it to run the shop with
over two thousand coming in every week?
we can't remember clearly whether these were
weekly or monthly numbers but the target has to have been
a hundred or so gross profit in the period
and the Ricker actuality had to be over
ten times that
and yet...
we could find the cert
we think it was one hundred thousand a year
the charity was willing to give that up
to avoid adverse publicity about
a cancer survivor and
a threatened steelworker
not getting what they wanted
after the move to
Les Day being the only male working for Angela
she took the medical retirement
after that
Kevin and Ricker
came in Kevin as staff and Ricker as hanger on
companion, moral support
on the Sundays
girls' shop weekdays
boys' shop Sundays
of course....
takings recorded day by day and so
closed on a Sunday 'cos
it made Sharyn and co look bad?
just askin
then decent pause and
paid female given the Sunday shift
CRUK are in a fortunate position
they can lean on
cancer survivors
for
legacies
and run down the shops to
avoid the politics



We probably should comsider the immediate effect of
the February 1918 extension of the franchise
We quote only the effect on
The Labour
There was a General Election in
January 1910
at that election..
505,657 votes, 40 members elected, 78 candidates
7.6 per cent of the vote
and another in
December 1910
371,772, 42 MPs, 56 candidates, 7.1 per cent of votes
Then they gave a war
and three days after the armistice
14th November 1918
they called a General Election
No General Election in between
2,385,472 votes for the Labour
63 MPs elected, 388 candidates, 22.2 per cent of the vote
The Labour share of the vote has been
over 25 per cent ever since
The first Labour Government was...
1924
They won by defending
Free Trade
after The Conservatives sought a mandate for
Sweeping Trade Protection powers
The Tory loss was a major shock
there were elections in 1922, 1923,and 1924
there was a major recession after a short
post Great War Boom
1922, 142 Labour MPs
1923, 191 Labour MPs
1924, 151 Labour MPs
The failure of the First Labour Government
has echoes in the Germany of Today
The Labour needed Liberal support to
defeat the Tories
and yet they set out to destroy The Liberals
The Labour leadership went into the pact with The Liberals
mainly to gain experience of government
but did not want power to fall into the hands of The Liberals
if they - The Labour - failed
They failed...
Then there was
The General Strike of 1926
and that was about
coal owners trying to stay in business by
cutting wages and conditions...
It is very debatable which was the better power of
The Working Class
Having the Vote
or
Having the ability to withdraw their labour
and be in other ways, millitant
but after 1924
there was no opportunity to vote
until
1929
BUT
in 1929 288 Labour MPs were elected
in 1931 52 Labour MPs were elected
even though
in 1929 The Labour had 37.1 per cent of the vote
and
in 1931 The Labour had 30.6 per cent of the vote
We forget the date but
in around 1928
'all' adult females got the vote
1924 Labour votes - 5,489,077
1929 Labour votes - 8,389.512
1931 Labour votes - 6,649,630
1931 Labour per centage - 30.6
bounced back in 1935
37.9 per cent
BUT
37.1 per cent of votes in the first all adults franchise
meant
288 Labour MPs
37.9 per cent of votes cast for Labour in 1935 meant
154 Labour MPs
each new wave of enfranchisement
immediately hit specific constituencies
where the voters voted first time all the same way
on each occasion
by the time of the next election
issues and policies began to dominate
not
gratitude for enfranchisement

10th February 2018


Ricker got...
snowdrops







Nobody has remarked on the question
Armistice day was
11th of November 1918
Votes for women came in
6th February 1918
There was a war on
How come Parliament had time to pass a law
on voting rights?
The 1918 act was probably a reaction to the
Russian Revolution of 1917
not least because it gave the vote to
Working Men as well as some women
We can refer to the experiences of Ricker's dad
Tommy
Tommy had joined up to avoid conscription in
we forget, 1916
Tommy was up for conscription because
although one brother, Bob, was in the shipyard
and Fred was in the chemical works - ICI
both
reserved occupations
Tommy was a trainee - born 1897
area manager with
The Co-Op
being a manager
after 11th November 1918
he went for his pay one day and the clerk
stamped his pay book
RETAINED
he stayed in the army until
late 1919 approx
when he got home...
a year or so after
women got the vote
there was no chance of going back to his old job
there were no jobs in retail or office management
for men
Tommy took the only job the wimin didn't want
weighbridge clerk at the
slag works at the old
Bell Brothers
Iron Works
at Port Clarence
The government gave the vote to a lot of people in 1918
to head off a revolution
they included women because
they had killed off all these women's husbands in
the trenches
and these women
nor females of all descriptions
were now heading the households and
doing the jobs
of the men the army and the government
and the enemy
had killed
up until that time
certain classes of jobs
many of them
what I call a Job, jobs
had been set aside for
women who had not been fortunate enough to marry
the clue is in the name
spinster
ladies waiting to marry...
spent their time
spinning yarn(s)
Now we have many many females who have
one or two children
not the dozen or so of 1918 war widows
who have no partner
still the need for
spinster roles
note, spinster, female noun
no female version
no spinstress
In the Bible
God created paradise
and he created
Adam
and then he got bored with Adam
so he created Eve
so Adam wouldn't pester God so much
It is not clear at this distance of time but
Eve apparently got horney
and figured out how come there were always more
'apples'
and decided she wanted a bit of that action
baby people like baby apple trees
The Forbidden Fruit
was the fruit of the
Tree of Knowledge
Adam and Eve figured out
Sex and babies
and got driven out of Paradise
Woman that is born of man....
start having sex and you will suffer the agony of
childbirth
as we said - in part
Adam and Eve discovered sex and were punished by the
bearing of children
all Western Traditions are based on
Children as a
Mark of Kane
that was a bit later
kane and Able
sibling rivalry
it will take a couple more generations
to set out the idea that
giving women children is
a DUTY of men
not 'original sin'
we do the curate joke here
The curate's wife
curate being assistant priest or assistant vicar
the curate's wife gives birth
and the puzzled curate sees the baby and turns to the vicar
and says
but I was naughty twice, vicar
Original sin, also called ancestral sin,
is the Christian doctrine of humanity's state of sin resulting from
the fall of man, stemming from Adam and Eve's rebellion in Eden,
namely the sin of disobedience in consuming from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
This condition has been characterized in many ways,
ranging from something as insignificant as a slight deficiency,
or a tendency toward sin yet without collective guilt,
referred to as a "sin nature", to something as drastic as total depravity or
automatic guilt of all humans through collective guilt.

9th February 2018


We have gone all technical...

One of the big things forcing people of
a certain age
and people with
Parkinson's, dementia and such
to stay in hospital or a care home
is
fear of falling
we have explored some high end solutions
What can we suggest at a sort of
NHS routine prescription level?
We have not tried this
we have tried enough things
we suggest that a fairly ordinary frame
glazed with the
D seg - segment - trifocal
upside down, or at 90 degrees
the two adds stacked or side by side
should be about right
if stacked the
intermediate should be at the bottom
because
with the near at the top
the patient could pull their specs down their nose
to examine their meal or
try a little reading
have a go at the remote control
etc.

8th February 2018


Today's Old Saying
He's not twelve to the shilling
There were twelve pence in a shilling
unless you were
differently brained



There is a TV channel in the UK
it may be Yesterday
that airs documentaries on engineering
we are a bit doubtful that the construction of
The Shard
a building in London is yet History
but it may be another channel we've caught it on
we are guessing The Shard was built
five to ten years ago
Back in the day
there was a transport company near Northallerton
bossed by a woman
she may have retired by now
They are
Prestons of Potto
The documentary clearly shows
Prestons of Potto wagons
delivering the structural steelwork for The Shard to site
they will have come from Teesside
the steel will have been fabricated on Teesside of
in or near the Tees Valley
and that would have been at a time when
SSI were being forced to export their production
were the beams rolled at Lackenby?
were they imported from
abroad? if so probably Ireland
make the steel in Germany, roll it in Ireland
make the steel in Sunny Scunny?
make the biggest logistics 'Horlicks' you possibly can
because that's jobs for truck drivers
We have a different scenario
SSI were - in the second half of their reign
making steel by an
experimental method
perhaps the guardians of
Sunny Scunny and Dog Port
a Talbot is a breed of dog
were well confident that the technical innovations in
Redcar would be a complete car crash
and had the use of the product banned in the UK
on the grounds of
unproven technology, product quality not guaranteed
just dump it on the world market where
nobody will notice if it's not up to snuff
We suspect that the quality was good
we suspect that the
steel industry gurus now want to go further
and
something
purpose built for the new technology will
emerge
In Redcar
after the Old Timers in Dog Port and Sunny have retired

7th February 2018


Yesterday the Met Office
gave up providing the weather info to the BBC
slightly changed graphics to mark the occasion
what are they gonna do now
inform the military
non military weather for the general public



Sometimes we feel a deep sense of shame at our own
naivete
We posed the question
why do office workers have to work in
London
We actually got a call from somebody who said
I'm speaking to you from London
If you MAKE something on Teesside
They sell it in London and
pretend it was made in China
Things that are made
sell because they WORK
things that are said
are BELIEVED because they were
said in London
ex cathedra: Latin, with great authority, pontifically
use of the term often implies that
pronouncements so made
so made, do not brook any argument or contradiction
strangely...
ex cathedra is Latin
but
cathedral is Greek
the principal church of a bishop's patch
the building containg the bishop's
throne
Greek: kata, down - hedra, a seat
place where they have set down the bishop's throne
hence
the gender neutralizing of
chairman to chair
is a bit odd
I am speaking to you
from
The Chair
The Chair being London
not
as the chair
chairperson is a better alternative
it's a bit like a judge
putting on a
Black Cap
before pronouncing a
death sentence
or The Queen
sitting on her throne
to read
The Government's Queen's Speech
originally
the boss would have had a chair
and the rest would have sat on
benches
as is so in parliament to this day

6th February 2018


We are not sure we were clear about lense forms
Varifocal lenses have been around for over thirty years
they are
progressive
they largely took over from
segmented lenses
the current form of lens that most closely mimics the
D seg bifocal
is the specialist
golfing lens
the same area of the lens that is designed to help you
see your address
will avoid you tripping on the stairs
however as such it has no facility for helping you read your score card
we have not seen a
proper golfing lens that would
say
have a reading zone for the score card in the lower right
and an anti-trip zone at the lower left
for seeing the ball on the tee
no doubt it could be done
no doubt it would cost as much as
hearing aids
thousands



We develop our case that
wimin want to
take over areas of public life
rather than share them with
other gendered people
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (9 June 1836 – 17 December 1917)
was an English physician and suffragist,
and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon.
She was the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women,
the first dean of a British medical school,
the first female doctor of medicine in France,
the first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and,
as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain.
In 1873 she gained membership of the British Medical Association and remained
the only female member for 19 years,
due to the Association's vote against the admission of further women –
"one of several instances where Garrett, uniquely,
was able to enter a hitherto all male medical institution which
subsequently moved formally to exclude any women who might seek to follow her.
In 1897, Garrett Anderson was elected president of the East Anglian branch of
the British Medical Association. Garrett Anderson worked steadily at the development of the New Hospital for Women,
and (from 1874) at the creation of the London School of Medicine for Women,
where she served as its dean.
Both institutions have since been handsomely and suitably housed and equipped,
the New Hospital for Women (in the Euston Road) for many years being worked entirely by medical women,
and the schools (in Hunter Street, WC1) having over 200 students,
most of them preparing for the medical degree of London University
(the present-day University College London), which was opened to women in 1877.
Frances Hoggan preceded her as the first British woman to qualify in Europe, having qualified in Switzerland.
Garrett Anderson was also active in the women's suffrage movement.
In 1866, Garrett Anderson and Davies presented petitions signed by more than 1,500
asking that female heads of household be given the vote.
That year, Garrett Anderson joined the first British Women's Suffrage Committee.
She was not as active as her sister,
Millicent Garrett Fawcett,
though Garrett Anderson became a member of the Central Committee of
the National Society for Women's Suffrage in 1889.
After her husband's death in 1907, she became more active.
As mayor of Aldeburgh, she gave speeches for suffrage,
before the increasing militant activity in the movement
led to her withdrawal in 1911.
Her daughter Louisa, also a physician, was more active and more militant,
spending time in prison in 1912 for her suffrage activities
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, GBE (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929)
was a British feminist, intellectual, political and union leader,
and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote.



It's funny how your life does
slow motion flash-backs as you get older
in the sense that you suddenly remember things from
your childhood that you had completely forgotten about
we are told that more than half
sixty per cent of children born today are
born to people who were not
(desperately) 'trying' for a baby
we forget that that means that
nearly half of children are not
what you expect if you have sex
but
the most deeply precious thing on earth
the snowflake generation
there would always have been
snowflake children
they were just previously somewhat lost in a tidal wave of
the wages of sin
what we are presently remembering are
corrections
we know nothing of the current working of schools
but we do watch
Strictly Come Dancing
and we see the audience response to
advice from the judges
if today's teachers ever do any
marking
we assume that they never regard it as
correcting pupils' work
we presume that whatever the little darlings produce
is destined for the walls of
Tate Modern
It's all
Tracey Emin
and no
Rachael Whiteread
and if you got balls..
you gotta be
Greyson Perry

5th February 2018




There appear to be three vape shops in Redcar
Our readers will know we would prefer this unit
be demolished
to improve bus access
In its most recent use it was a
Money Shop
before that it found itself closed because
the amalgamated
Cancer Research UK
found itself with two charity shops in the town
We note that all of the former
Dewhirsts - Dewhersts? - clothing outlet on
the far flung edges of Dormanstown
is now occupied
the latest addition being
Screwfix
Trade Counter open to the public, warehouse


We are thinking that these pictures are of
Locke Park Bro 1 and Bro 3
as they set out for the marsh
Coatham Marsh
incidentally that is
coat 'am
not
co tham
as in Gotham



images 4 to 9 are about some changes to
Coatham Marsh
some of the
Board Walk
is being removed and these are
piles of
grey slag
gray slag
Old English: graeg
toss up then
diphthong?
when simplifying a diphthong
there is no preference over which letter to drop
that is the whole point of the sound that
ae is supposed to imply
and
yellow sandstone
that have been delivered to re-lay the solid paths
now that the improved drainage across the
SSI site
has dropped the water table






images ten to twelve
are of a part of the Board Walk that
has been restored to provide a
pond dipping facility
that is most easily accessed from the
Tod Point Road
car park



image 13 is of the nearby termination sculpture of
the Teesdale Way
Dufton to Redcar


images 14, 15, 16
are from outside the doctors' in
Kirkleatham Street
We understand that this is some sort of
solar powered monitoring station
connected to the
gas main
and
Kirkleatham Street and area have
a number of
Care Homes
for also-people with
unusual brain structures...
who get out on supervised walks...
and the cap or lid of this item seems....
not very securely fixed



images 17, 18, 19
are of the two other vape shops
that we know about
The Electric Cigarette
is in a block near where the
Redcar Gas Works
used to be
and includes
Holder Street
does that refer to
Gas Holder?
don't know but
this was probably the first housing in Redcar
intended for
Industrial Workers
rather than
fisher folk
fishing people
the tiny estate les between the
Former Gas Works site
and the
Former Railway Goods Yard site
we don't think there was ever a railway siding
running into the gas works
but we could be wrong
however the
'new alignment' of the track
changing the terminus from
Redcar to Saltburn
is nearer the gas works
in those days coal was probably transported in
quite small railway trucks and
transferring it to a
horse and cart
would have seemed routine
what can we say?
they seem to be in a niche a bit like
the tanning salons
of old
perhaps not all that permanent
who knows
but there are still
tobacco products available in major local
supermarkets
We haven't made clear in the pictures that
The High Street Vape Shop is not
'New'
it is just moving a few doors along



a paradox is a fundamental truth that
goes against natural expectations an anti-paradox
what is commonly accepted is that
in order to do business
organisations have to be
centrally located
as in Central London
but that it is perfectly OK to
distribute
manufacturing work
as in
AirBus Industries
in fact office workers rarely stir from their desks
and communicate through IT systems
the dreaded
productivity
would be much improved if
office workers stayed home
and manufacturing was concentrated in central
London equivalent
manufacturing hubs
such as Teesside



We are going back quite a few years here but this
question of inappropriate behaviour is still live
Cancer Research UK
sacked our Ricker from their Redcar shop
a few weeks before Christmas
and as a manager he was told that
there had been complaints about his management style
he was very effective
bringing in twice target and
getting a congratulatory certificate for that
what was and is very difficult was
it being the run up to Christmas
he got really quite serious criticism for not
attending the shop Christmas Party
You great at your job,
we enjoy your company
but ???
you male and we employ females?
only particular groups appear
protected from discrimination
women say they crave equality
our Ricker suggested that
as a form of structured date
he and his boss Janet Stark both do the same course at
Sunderland Polytechnic
she declined
ditto
Tanya Nelson
Teesside University objected to a
student -t utor relationship
Tanya declined the suggestion of
Ricker and Tanya doing the same course at
The Durham University of Durham Thornaby campus
what's equality got to do with it
if I am your boss, tutor, probation officer
you can be my boyfriend
not to mention
Ricker and Jane Rowland considered a couple at Durham
was the need for
the woman on top
the single reason for
she upper second
he third?

3rd February 2018


We have a new swan theory
swans with a blue hi vis ring....
somebody called
tim.walker@btinternet.com
or
the North Westswanstudy.org.uk
we have not contacted him
we have a new theory
the swan with the blue ring may
regard Locke Park Lake as
his breeding pond
and he may be making visits to clear out last year's brood
hence why they scarper when he turns up but
chased off the
bigger young female
we can't remember whether she had a red ring
if she had it would have been
The Slovenian Bird Ringing Centre
she deffo didn't have a blue ring



We've been doing some work with
Boots Opticians in Redcar on
unusual
lens forms
We are concerned about so many people of the
advancing age variety
tripping on stairs
To cut a long story short
are considering two unusual lens forms
we know Malcolm will fix you up with the special
mid eye add Varifocals that we can't find on the internet
Here's the thing
when you get varifocals they warn you
to get used to them before wlaking out
for fear of tripping over curbs and other things
You will be - usually - five or six feet tall
if you need Varifocals
What you need is to see where your feet will be when you
have taken around three more steps
six foot up, six foot out
distance from eyes to where you should be walking
eight or nine feet
you need your prescription for 8 or 9 feet away
at the bottom of your specs
routinely..
so you can see your meal clearly
you get the maximum add
at the bottom of the lens
it is designed so you can see clearly at one to two feet
This is a trip hazard for the elderly
on dimly lit stairways
you will see
nothing
Redcar Boots Malcolm spent an hour on the'phone
negotiating with his bosses and got
our Ricker
a pair of Varifocals
glazed with the lenses
upside down
no special lenses needed
Varifocals with the add in the middle may be better ...
but we have spent quite enough of specs
for now
Thanks go to Boots for the
personal discount on this experiment
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2nd February 2018


Mike Ashley
is a sort of modern day, more extreme version of
Tom Cowie
as a result of, how shall we say it
fifty years of the official definition of
teamwork
being more
synchronised swimming
than
cricket
what we mean is
when the professional mission of
education and training is to
hide the nation's lights under a bushel
to adjust the self esteem of pupils and students
we have to mention
positive discrimination
at this point
people quickly learned that
if they had a problem
they would not get very far by
consulting with the
most highly qualified in the land
and they started to look for other
indicators, signifiers of
somebody whose advice may be useful
and so to football club economics
transfer fees
we do have to say that
the money in football comes from
the spectators and the advertisers
it goes to players, agents and similar
the old adage
how do you get to be a millionaire
as the owner of a football club?
start out as a billionaire
has fallen a bit by the wayside
people are still looking for
owners who will
subsidise their club
the ideal owner is still
somebody who will use their own money to
buy and pay the best players from around the world
to play in the local club
people are still looking for
the rich and generous
as the ideal leader
and not the skilled



We like a mystery
have a mystery over the
Locke Park Swans
for quite a while now there have been
three male mute swans living on the lake
bro 1 and bro 3 stick together and
bro 1 makes bro 2 keep his distance
we had a visit from a young female but
the lads wouldn't let her into the water
to feed
she gave up
we assume she flew off??
normality returned for the deepest months of winter
around a week ago there was one swan
then there were no swans
yesterday there were
three male swans in the previous
two plus one arrangement
what was particularly interesting was that
most swans are ringed
mostly with tiny metal rings it is difficult
to see
when there was one swan over the past weekend...
he had a big blue
hi vis leg ring
yesterday there were no hi vis rings to be seen
we are intrigued
did some people come to the lake with the intent of
ringing the three musketeers and
only succeed in frightening them away for a while
did they bring the singleton
or did he follow them from where they had ringed him?
curiouser and curiouser

1st February 2018


We're going to tell one of our stories
You may have heard of an ex MP called
Roy Hattersley
There is some sort of story that he
won a place at
Leeds University
but chose
Hull
There he had three particular friends
They were
Jack Cohen
Ken Bowler
and
Mike Jackson
This according to Mike Jackson
who knows what Roy Hattersley thinks about that
Mike Jackson was a secondary school science teacher on Teesside
in the 1970s he worked at Southlands School
and when that closed he transferred to Gillbrook in Eston, in Redcar and Cleveland
Jack Cohen had a book published - either embryology
or
immunology
Ken Bowler was a zoology professor at
Durham University
and incidentally our Ricker's
Moral Tutor
Mike had a wife and four daughters
We can't pin down a religion for Mike Jackson
but
his wife was
French
in the sense of being from
The Channel Islands
and naturally
a devout Roman Catholic
Thus and naturally well
Mrs. Jackson would be having nothing whatever to do with
contraception
consequently
Mike having some sort of grounding in biology
A Hull degree
took the view that after four delightful daughters
the answer had to be
a vasectomy
the only down side of that was that every
female teacher of the single variety
who joined his department
had to be told about this operation and
its opportunities
we recount this to emphasize how recent
so much radical change in these matters has been
further down we will mention older women and
their attitude to
the rhythm method
we did not detail that that generation will
believe in the method and
only insist on the use of
condoms
during their
fertile phase
we are proposing three 'generations' of women
currently of child bearing age
the young un's who have heard of
the morning after pill
and think it's easier to get than it is
the generation
on the pill
and the ones who believe in the rhythm method
as a bit of an aside
one of the female teachers had been
tabloid fodder
she wasn't in herself the focus of interest but we will
tell her story
we are not painting her as virtuous
she was a bit of a gold digger
she decided that a good way to secure her future was to
spend her social time at a
Young Farmers' Club
this was the late sixties early 70s
she married a young farmer and had a child
The farmer and his family thought they knew a thing or two about
breeding
and when the child was born
disabled
they decided he couldn't be related to them
and that the wife must have been unfaithful
DNA profiling not having yet been devised
she had no defence
and she turned for support to the
local vicar
and the vicar's affair with her
projected them both into the
Sundays
we can now trace family trees in ways other than
marriage registers
incidentally
we may research this but
there has been some talk about
brides making speeches at their weddings
people tend to think the
church service
is the heart of a wedding
actually there were weddings long before there were
Christianity style religions
The Christian Church was slow and reluctant to
get into hosting weddings
what is now
the reception
was the original heart of the matter
The Best Man
spoke up for why this man should marry this woman
and the bride's father and made a speech to signify, justify and ratify the union
Lewis Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan were
Lewis and Lois<
was the headteacher at one of those
East Cleveland secondary schools
Roseworth?
not De Bruce
Teesside to Scunthorpe back to Redcar
His daughter
gave a speech at his son's wedding
partly because Mark's bride was
South Asian
and family acceptance was important
they got divorced eventually One of the teachers at Gillbrook was
Mrs. Morrell
her dad was a
bin man
and his wife made him take a bath
as soon as he got in from work every day
1950s Teesside?
The shower
had not yet reached this far
Mrs. Hamilton - the chemistry teacher
was married to a computer geek at ICI who
had his department spun off
to Scarborough??? or was it Stokesley?
anyway she
had been a stay at home mum until she did a
PGCE
post graduate certificate in education at 40
their boy went to Oxbridge
on account of the symptoms of his
aplastic anaemia
the kids called our Ricker
Lurch
after the butler in
The Adams Family


We suppose that there are at present roles in
training and mentoring and social work that are open to
non-graduates
even by the mid 1970s
there were schemes to allow
science graduates without a PGCE to teach
mostly to teach you need a degree and
a post graduate teaching certificate
two things
if you are not an
English Teacher
you are unlikely to be offered
management training
and access to
real money
if may be
excused sport
if you are a science teacher
overall
teachers - including university dons - expect to be
better qualified and in better jobs than
any of their students or the parents of their students
what burns deep in the heart of most teachers is
I'm not your stepping stone
helping a student to learn how to spell
their own name is gooood
contemplating one of their student's
getting a Nobel Prize or Olympic Gold
not so much
Ricker remembers one young lady
who had been a little challenging as a pupil
returning to school to thank her teachers and
report on her progress at
W H Smith
and the
Senior Mistress
Dorothy Welsh
saying
my own daughter
who shortly after got into
Newcastle University
would be glad of that job
Redcar is the location of doom for
those companies set up to
train and prepare the unemployed for work
there are no clients
what is interesting is how when they did exist
their main thrust was
look at all these wonderful jobs you can get with
hardly any qualifications at all
look we're tutoring you and
the best qualification we have between us is a
level 2 NVQ
National Vocational Qualification
What the hell is the system doing
FORCING graduates to do
adult literacy courses
as a condition of their benefit payments?
Maybe it was 15 years ago when last
Morrisons Supermarket in Redcar
had A boards outside the entrance
advertising
graduate entry trainee manager roles
minimum entry requirement
upper second class honours
there is some sort of disconnect
government schemes dedicated to
creating
entry level jobs
and employers able to expect
an honours degree when recruiting
a train driver or shop manager
only a person presently well over the
age of fifty
would consider
being a graduate
and
being able to speak a foreign language
qualified her for
one of the top half dozen jobs in a
mega corporation
where do you turn for
expertise
when you are churning out
half a million honours graduates a year?
most of whom are
not native English speakers but
have degrees in English
one thing that baffles brains is
why would a population whose native links are to
The Commonwealth
vote to be a part of Europe?
First Nations Britons divide into
middle class - like France
working class - like Spain
toffs - like Austria and Switzerland
remind us, they in the EU?
but the majority
are off to Commonwealth Countries to
visit family
every few months




Perhaps it is a generational thing
Perhaps women presently in their
40s and 50s
are more likely to be influenced by the
fashions of the 1930s
We had a situation between
the 1930s and the 1960s
where using the rhythm method was legal
abortion was illegal
today's 'geriatric mums' would have been born in the time
just after the UK abortion laws were liberalised
maybe a number of them are not having sex as often as before
and thinking
give up
The Pill
do what my granny did
calendar count
There is nothing illogical about
linking a lot of 'birth defects' with
getting pregnant outside your 'fertile period'
There are still hoards of young women
out on the pull
and
not on the pill
as you should be able to see
getting lucky with sex
and getting lucky with pregnancy
may please you in the short term
but may land you with a child whose egg
had
gone off
due to the influence of
infectious agents and hormones
hanging around outside
the protection of your ovary
Number one risk
gender confusion

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31st January 2018


Calendar-based methods are various methods of estimating a woman's likelihood of fertility,
based on a record of the length of previous menstrual cycles.
Various methods are known as the Knaus–Ogino method and the rhythm method.
The standard days method is also considered a calendar-based method,
because when using it, a woman tracks the days of
her menstrual cycle without observing her physical fertility signs.
The standard days method is based on a fixed formula taking into consideration
the timing of ovulation, the functional life of the sperm and the ovum,
and the resulting likelihood of pregnancy on particular days of the menstrual cycle.
These methods may be used to achieve pregnancy by
timing unprotected intercourse for days identified as fertile,
or to avoid pregnancy by avoiding unprotected intercourse during fertile days.
The first formalized calendar-based method was developed in 1930 by
John Smulders, a Roman Catholic physician from the Netherlands.
It was based on knowledge of the menstrual cycle.
This method was independently discovered by
Hermann Knaus (Austria), and Kyusaku Ogino (Japan).
This system was a main form of birth control available to
Roman Catholic couples for several decades,
until the popularization of symptoms-based fertility awareness methods.
A new development in calendar-based methods occurred in 2002,
when Georgetown University introduced the Standard Days Method.
The Standard Days Method is promoted in conjunction with a product called CycleBeads,
a ring of colored beads which are meant to help the user
keep track of her fertile and non-fertile days.
It has been suggested that unprotected intercourse
in the infertile periods of the menstrual cycle may still result in conceptions,
but create embryos incapable of implanting.
It has also been suggested that pregnancies resulting from method failures of
periodic abstinence methods are at increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects
due to aged gametes at the time of conception.
Other research suggests that timing of conception has no effect on miscarriage rates,
low birth weight, or preterm delivery.
L Bovens
J Med Ethics 2006;32:355–356. doi: 10.1136/jme.2005.013920
Some proponents of the pro-life movement argue against
morning after pills, IUDs, and contraceptive pills on
grounds of a concern for causing embryonic death.
What has gone unnoticed, however, is that
the pro-life line of argumentation can be extended to
the rhythm method of contraception as well.
Given certain plausible empirical assumptions,
the rhythm method may well be responsible for
a much higher number of embryonic deaths than
some other contraceptive techniques.


It is all rather frustrating
There is a fear amongst the advocates of religion that
a faith
is a house of cards
if one tenet is lost
the whole religion falls
In this case we can say that
so long as embryos - fertilised or not - are stored outside the body
they remain viable
Religions Texts are generally very long
and like the predictions of
Old Mother Shipton
or
Nostradamus
people will often
'find'
references to modern technology
in
rambling ancient texts

30th January 2018


Majikthise and Vroomfondel may or may not be philosophers.
They quite definitely appear as representatives of
the Amalgamated Union of Philosophers, Sages, Luminaries and
other Professional Thinking Persons.
When the supercomputer Deep Thought is being programmed to
determine the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life,
the Universe and Everything,
they declare a demarcation dispute since
the search for ultimate truth is the
"inalienable prerogative of your professional working thinkers".
They insist on rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty,
and demand Deep Thought be switched off immediately.
They are disarmed when Deep Thought,
already committed to its seven and a half million years' calculation,
suggests that a great deal of money can be made by
philosophers willing to exploit the expected media interest.
It is later apparent that their distant descendants revere them as
"the greatest and most truly interesting pundits the universe has ever known."
"To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With the Plough,
November, 1785" is a Scots Language poem written by Robert Burns in 1785,
and was included in the Kilmarnock volume.
According to legend, Burns was ploughing in the fields and
accidentally destroyed a mouse's nest,
which it needed to survive the winter.
In fact, Burns's brother claimed that the poet
composed the poem while still holding his plough.
Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a pannic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!
I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!
I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!
Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!
Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.
Thy wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!
But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!



Sorry, we bin eatin' haggis all week
As the Vogons destroy Earth the mice
who have had Earth built by
Carillion
No by Slarty Bartfarst's employers
to solve the same question as Deep thought is on with
Arthur Dent tries to console them by saying
The great plans of mice and men
often fall apart
and the mice say
What have men got to do with it?

29th January 2018




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We are going to have a go at
antibiotic resistance
First of all
many people have a problem with the idea that
the skin and other surfaces of the
human body
have an ecology
what we want to say here is
when pathogens - germs - are on these surfaces
they are not just sitting there like little
packets of cyanide
they are LIVING there
Blue Planet reference
some are parasites
some are
commensals
commensalls?
like
cleaner fish
some live together like the
corals and the algae
using the body as a foundation place
moving on
not living on us but
with us
on the planet
specifically
on the island of
England, Scotland and the other place
We talkin'
squirrels
red and grey
some sentimental souls
quite logically
confer
First Nation Status
on the Red Squirrel in the UK
Now, reds can live in parts of the UK
greys can like in a wider range of habitats
like some bugs could live only in yer gut
similar ones can live
in yer gut and on yer skin
some can live up yer bum
some can live in yer birth canal
some can live any place they want to
we are not sponsored by Vagicil
next
reds are susceptible to a virus
a virus that greys have an immunity to
some bacteria are susceptible to
known antibiotics
some not so much
wildlife recording is not an exact science
in Redcar before we had greys
we didn't have squirrels
people see greys and think
a red should be living in that tree...
maybe that tree should not have squirrels
maybe it was just waiting there all alone
for the greys to arrive
use it or loose it
greys abandoned this tree
greys move in
take your body as a tree
you dose it with antibiotics
reds run away
greys move in
it's slightly similar to forest fires
you got a bunch of
red neck layabouts
you set them on as
fire fighters
they put out every little blaze and...
eventually the trees are
five feet deep in their own sheddings
tinder
and then when the lightning strikes
the resultant fire burns down the trees
instead of singeing their beards
1960s medicine was all about
Lysol and Domestos
if it grows, kill it
agriculture too, very similar, parquat
exterminate all the plants that aren't food
or pretty
people have got into the habit of visiting their doctor
whenever they feel tired and lonely
doctors would prefer to send the patient out with
a prescription for antibiotics
to show that
something was being done
than send them out with a prescription for
antidepressants, pain killers, or tranquillisers
painkillers are addictive
antibiotics are , well not
antibiotics are broadly a placebo
but they disturb the
ecology
of the patient's flora and fauna
no matter how you brew your coffee
the jar will end up empty
every time somebody dies
we have this inquest along the lines of
what do we need to do to ensure that
this never happens to anybody else , ever again
modern medicine is now
clogging up our world with
millions, billions of people who are
forest trees up to their arm pits in
dried leaves
if the worms won't eat and recycle some varieties
they will be there until a forest fire
engulfs the entire forest
say
you don't like greenfly
and you don't like whitefly
you don't solve the problem by
exterminating the ladybirds
Draco he speaks
Draco: a famous 7th century Athenian law Giver
responsible for a code of laws of
extreme severity
Draconian : harsh , rigourous
Draco he say:
no antibiotics for anybody who
hasn't had their full roster of
vaccinations
a part of what we are trying to say is
just because we can detect a
bacterium, a yeast or a virus on or in a patient
it does not qualify them as
ill
but if they are ill...
antibiotics are a very useful tool to help them
get well
and just because sometimes we detect an exotic species
it does not mean
the Swiss Army Knife factory has
switched all production to the
camel hoof repair - the export - model
if you have a patient who is dosed up to the eyeballs with
every known antibiotic
and they are still ill
and you detect something rare
does not mean
the antibiotics have stopped working
it means the patient is
past their plant by date
their bury by date
food
goes off
because it's dead
and can no longer control
it's flora and fauna
some food 'keeps'
because it is
still alive
like potatoes and cereal grains
that are properly stored
many people in a
persistent vegetative state
need not be
so full of antibiotics that they are
breeding grounds for new species of bacteria
food is in a particularly vulnerable to spoilage stage
when dead but not yet cooked
do they still do the
swan necked flask experiment in schools?
you make up some beef stock
whilst still very hot you put it into a number of flasks
1 open
2 with sterile cotton wool bung
3 open to the air but connected to the air by a tube
with a swan neck -U bend - in the air vent tube
the open one goes off
the other two stay fresh until the bungs are removed
it shows that
the air is full of
spoilage biota - bacteria, yeasts, fungi
but they can only get at the food
by settling under gravity
they get caught in the
U bend of the swan neck
and never reach the food
originally done by this cove
name of Louis Pasteur
not
Lewis Pasture
that being like
Yogi Bear and Jellystone Park
so everybody says
pasturised milk
not Pasteurised milk
like Not
Yellowstone Park
Thus, Pasteur proved the necessity for
infection in disease spread
and
disproved
the theory of
spontaneous generation
of pathogens
Pasteur defeated by the
illness is caused by the
bacteria mutate
bring back spontaneous generation
brigade
we must not forget
Two Ton Ted from Teddington
the love rival of
Ernie, the fastest milkman in The West (of London)
Ted stole Ernie's girlfriend by arranging for her to
bathe in milk
Do you want it Pasteurised?
No, just up to me chest
The late Benny Hill
gave us that
and Douglas Adams gave us
Slarty Bartfarst saying
hurry or you will be late
Late for what?
Can't remember the character's name
Ford Prefect's sidekick
Arthur Dent
Hurry up or you will be
The Late Arthur Dent
as in dead
Slarty Bartfarst was very proud of
The Fjords
he had won an award for his design for the
Fjords, the ones around Norway in particular
and incidentally
not, touching each other when ill is
more helpful than
hand washing and alcohol hand wipes
and don't encourage people to sneeze by constantly saying
bless you
it's not a sneeze if you catch it in a hanky
disposable or otherwise
and probably...hepa filters in sick rooms are a good idea
so long as they do not stir up a storm of
dust laiden air



Our Ricker has travelled a little but he has
always had a home on the
Rivers Estate
well his grandparents did
When he was very small and learning to write
he wasn't a person to sit down and learn things by rote
on account of his being
shall we say a little
advanced for his age...
he picked things up from his surroundings
being as how he was in the habit of
walking the streets of the Rivers Estate
he regularly passed the road signs that proclaimed
Severn Road
Two main 'parents evening' reports relayed back to him he spells melting, mealting
That all you got to say?
We had a conversation with a
Middlesbrough Solicitor some years ago
the gist of it was
people shouldn't be allowed a
public platform
if they can't spell
We said
We write this stuff
we don't read it
we are and may for ever be in the
Grauniad
phase of our development
Guardian
for many years 'Fleet Street' referred to
The Manchester Guardian
> as the Gauniad
on account of its typos
typographical errors
being so frequent
This is preamble to what may be seen as a correction
we don't read this stuff so we may have written
disperse
when we should have written
disburse
we may have written something entirely different
we will probably never know
disburse: to pay out money, to expend
Latin, dis - apart, French, bourse purse
a bourse is also a stock exchange
disperse
scatter here and there , to spread, to distribute
Here's a new one...
Latin : di asunder
as in divide
as in: the boat was split asunder
the next letter being an s
purely co-incidental
spargere, sparsum: to scatter
dividing not undoing



This week we also want to introduce our
analogy for
nature versus nurture
consider a species
consider a collection
we divert
we know nothing about the universities of today
we refer to Durham many many years ago
there were two sets of exams
finals
and
collections
year three summer term - finals
year two summer term - research project
year one summer term - collections
all other terms - teaching terms
for dons
each year one of the other two terms
would be their
heavy teaching term
collections were when the university sorted out
what the students could actually do
cutting through the crap from the
A' level exam boards and the school references
to decide what course the student would
actually do inn the second and third years
from
General Degree
to
Joint Honours
in
Two Substantive disciplines
When Ricker had a friend in his
First year at Durham who had been a sort of
apprentice on the
Fergie Wagons
In those days
Ferguson Transport
were base in
Blyth in Northumberland
and the lad lived in
Camus
Cambois
He did a General Degree
having done the same
foundation year as Ricker



consider a collection
specifically a collection of
Swiss Army Knives
There are two or three accredited manufacturers of
Swiss Army Knives but
we will simplify
we will say they are all made by the same company
but the cover bits, shields, come in different colours
even though most are steel and red
In this analogy
the genetic variation - nature - is expressed in the colour of the cover
and the effects of the environment, nurture
determines which tool is
pulled out, exposed, in use
pen knife (fruit knife), corkscrew
stones out of horse's hooves gadget
all available in the genetic code
but not
EXPRESSED
unless needed
If you buy your Swiss Army Knife from a
Thrift Store, charity shop, off of ebay, Craig's list
you may get lucky and
never need to tool that's
missing or broken
you will not suffer for your
genetic impairment
genetic diversity
to the extreme of
race
as opposed to ?
hair or eye colour
would
in this analogy be represented by having
within your collection
an export model
with a tool for running repairs on
camel not horse, feet
straying from people and utility knives...
webbed feet on
Newfoundland Dogs



Today's
Iritating Idiom
You hand in your homework
You turn in for the night
hence you
Turn yourself in to the authorities
when you surrender to bail
you turn in the fugitive
you can't
hand in
something you can't
carry in your hand
you hand in
lost property
unless it's too big to carry
in which case you report it's location

25th January 2018


We were considering
Where next for
The Fawcett Society
We consider the
Hillary Rodham Clinton
debacle
and we conclude that if we could get in contact with the founder
she may suggest , agree
that the replacement for the feminist slogan
Votes for Women
should be
Vote for Women



A very very long time ago
over fifty years ago
there was a very famous crime in the
Old Lag
category
It was called
The Great Train Robbery
it happened in the UK
as a result of the case there was a
popular song
we will try to research it
It's not clear if it was
released on vinyl??
yeah yeah
When you find tou have to pay
but the phone calls go astray
When the bus fares seem to rise
Everytime you close your eyes
When you're old enough to go to war and bleed
But somebody tells you what you can't read
You get 30 years for robbing a train
You get 10 for murder, now that's insane
Lyrics
Thank Your Lucky Star
Labi Siffre
the lyrics included
You get thirty years for robbin' a train
you get ten for murder
now that's insane
t's a bit like a splinter, spelk or paper cut
it can hurt a whole lot more than a
major laceration
There's this bloke
if he offers you champagne
he may be after a
one night stand
we are not sure how a one night stand
constitutes a stage on the slippery slope to murder
no wait a minute
here we are not concerned with the victim
we are concerned with
society
a one night stand may lead to
one more un-married mother and her child
for society to care for
some cabbie
strangling hookers...
one less useless female off the streets




When our Ricker was little he
grew up with people who were a lot older than himself
he didn't want to be big and grown up, particularly
but he didn't want to be too much trouble
at meal times and possibly in between he
would drink what he called
woticallt
what I call tea
it was hot water, milk and sugar
not even the
water bewitched and tea begrudged
his big sister was drinking
and still does
it reminds him of the
Princess Beatrices of today
What I call a job
Space in the parking lot
invite to the Christmas do
waft in and out
a Brand Ambassador
we think of all those
burnt out nurses
handing their hospital car park spaces to
another flock of
admin trainees....
too sad for a January day

24th January 2018


Have you ever wondered why you get
prostrate
can't lift your head off the pillow
when you have an infection
The supply of oxygen to your body is done by
red blood corpuscles
RBCs
There have been a lot of estimates of how long
RBCs survive in the body
anything from 5 to 200 days
We have quote below
we note that half of cases of
aplastic anaemia
are of unknown cause or origin
We have not seen any work on this...
but
if you have worn out, near or beyond expiration date RBCs
they will quite likely - let us say
still chug along OK and keep your tissues oxygenated
if you don't exert yourself - physically or mentally
however
if you are capable of a short sharp burst of activity and
it is followed by
prostration
it is a pretty good indication that all is well with
everything BUT the RBCs
they will take
maybe half an hour to
re-oxygenate your tissues
This is the recovery time after exercise
the shorter it is
the better nick your RBCs are in
This is the theory
when you are fighting an infection
your bone marrow switches to
producing lots of the white blood cells that
provide the immune response
a chronic bleed would have it switch to platelet production
What we are saying
is
Our Ricker is fighting a chronic need seated infection
not with anything unusual or threatening
BUT
from other measurements...
he knows he is still using the same RBCs he had
well before Christmas
HE will not be having any treatment but
for those in a life threatening condition
blood transfusions and
erithropoetin
EPO
the drug cyclist cheat with
could be a great help
but may slow the recovery from the infection
Aplastic anemia can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals,
drugs, radiation, infection, immune disease; in about half the cases,
yet a definitive cause is unknown.
It is not a familial line hereditary condition,
nor is it contagious.
It can be acquired due to exposure to other conditions
but if a person develops the condition,
their offspring would not develop it by virtue of their gene connection.
Aplastic anemia is also sometimes associated with exposure to
toxins such as benzene, or with the use of certain drugs,
including chloramphenicol, carbamazepine, felbamate, phenytoin,
quinine, and phenylbutazone.
Many drugs are associated with aplasia mainly according to case reports,
but at a very low probability.
As an example, chloramphenicol treatment is followed by aplasia
in less than one in 40,000 treatment courses, and carbamazepine aplasia is even rarer.[citation needed]
Exposure to ionizing radiation from radioactive materials or
radiation-producing devices is also associated with the development of aplastic anemia.
Marie Curie, famous for her pioneering work in the field of radioactivity,
died of aplastic anemia after working unprotected with radioactive materials for
a long period of time; the damaging effects of ionizing radiation were not then known.
Aplastic anemia is present in up to 2% of patients with acute viral hepatitis.

22nd January 2018


WE try to keep up with trends in terminology
we are happy with
venting
we are having trouble remembering
virtue signaling
The me too campaign
seems to be about both
wimin and women and some men are
venting their frustration
not that Tweedledum is POTUS
President Of The United States (of America)
but that
Hillary Rodham Clinton
isn't
they are also doing this
yar I've felt that too
I mean once I lost my keys and was locked out
so I totally empathise with
rough sleepers
However
Clinton lost because
female voters didn't vote for her
Dads, brothers uncles can work themselves into the ground
on behalf of individual or all females
but
wimin can't do teamwork
especially if the team has a hierarchy
As of now
The UK Armed Forces
have
Come Out
and acknowledged their role in mopping up
the nation's misfit youth
we should fund them as such
Men Scouts
as in Boy Scouts
shame they just house and occupy them
and don't set them up for life
after sqaddiedom
at the other end of the scale...
perhaps political parties should
have all women short lists
on condition that
candidates first do
at least two years in the
Territorial Reserve
and learn something about
hierarchy



Today: MBA Lite
Master of Business Administration Lite
I've got sixpence
jolly jolly sixpence
I've tuppence to spend
and tuppence to lend
and tuppence to last me all my life
living expenses
trading account
long term investments
There's a fictional character called Tuppence
a partner of sidekick - female - to a detective
Agatha Christie?
but we can't find a spelling
two pence
There are two sources of money for a business
a trading surplus and reserves
AND
lines of credit
There are essentially four things
the business can spend these
non trading assets on
So we are setting aside the money involved with
customers and suppliers
1 Increase pay levels
2 Pay bonuses to senior managers and consultants
3 Divert money into the Pension Fund
4 Invest in New Technology and other business improvements
such as new offices, new vans, etc
5 pay dividends to the shareholders
From one day to the next
The Bird Brain in the Westminster Bubble
inside the Beltway
will DEMAND that all bsiness divert all their
spare cash to one or other of these
NEVER
Never, ever ever
require a balanced strategy
If there were to be a rule, regulation or law
it could be that
in any five year period
as business must show that it has diverted at least
ten percent of its spare cash to each of these ends
or show good reason why they have not
Specifically, regarding
The Pension Fund
It is not a heap of cash
It is a collection of assets and
any given asset may be wiped out overnight
This point people don't seem to get
essentially
The pension fund of company A
must invest it shares in other companies
other companies that may be rivals
competitors for business
a pension fund can
Perform badly
not because the company has not put enough money in
but because some or all of its investments have
gone bad
incidentally
a company can
issue a scrip
it's like printing money
you just create more shares in the company
you can offer those new shares to
investors on the stock market
you can give them to your directors
OR
you can give them to
The Company Pension Fund
Supply and demand
if you create too many shares
the value of each share will go down
but not if the Pension Fund holds on to them
and does not offer them for sale
until the price is right
competitors for lines of credit with the bank

another incidentally
there was a local car dealership
It started selling mopeds in Sunderland
and grew and grew
and eventually it became
at one point
Evans Hallshaw - part there of
It was originally
Cowies
and when the founder
Tom Cowie sold out...
well some time around then
Sir Tom was really upset when he
paid out a big dividend and
the share price fell
He could sell mopeds but
he couldn't get his head around the fact that
dividends on shares are paid - or not paid
once or twice a year
AND CONSEQUENTLY
the market will determine the value of the shares
the company will determine the amount of
dividend paid to the shareholders
Take some gold, just gold, no artistic, sentimental or
historic value
There is always a market price for gold
and there it is
buy it sell it
that's it
shares are different
you can buy and sell them just like gold
however, as we said at some point
a dividend may be paid on those shares
the dividend will be paid to whoever
owns the shares at the moment the dividend is
declared
it's a bit like pass the parcel meets musical chairs
if you are holding the shares when the music stops
the dividend is paid to you
Hence, Tom Cowie's problem
shares go down in value when they
go ex div
last week's holder stood to be paid a dividend
this week's owner will have to wait - probably a year
to get a payout that does not involve selling the shares
companies often don't declare a dividend
for years and years
their shares are traded just like gold
Why does a company pay a dividend?
to bolster its share price
why does it want to bolster its share price?
so it will get more money if it issues new shares
and a high share price deters
hostile takeover bids
the thing about hostile takeover bids is...
the assets of the target company have to be
worth more to the forcing buyer
than they are to the market
either the firm has tanked and the takeover company is an
asset stripper
OR
the predator company wants something the
target company has
this is likely to be
1 a patent or patents
2 a brand or brands
3 market share
often these reasons draw in
the competition authorities
You can have
Voting shares and non-voting shares
There is an element of democracy involved
It's Harold Wilson style democracy
You can have a free vote on this
and you'll keep having votes on it
until you get it right
essentially
for example
in a take over situation
in an agreed take over perhaps the senior managers
will sort it out
In a hostile takeover
the buyer gets control of a majority of the
voting shares
and forces the minority to sell
except that
a government regulator
can step in and
on behalf of
The Nation
The Employees
The Pensioners
whatever
overturn the decision of the
majority vote of the
owners
the shareholders
pension funds in other companies that have
minority shareholdings in this company
charities
and
the famous or infamous
activist owning a single share
The
Black Balls
or
Golden Shares
are held by
the regulators
that is
The Government
enough, enough already

20th January 2018


The SSI Taskforce
has published a report on its two years of activity
We have not read it
We understand that it has failed to disperse
all of its funds
Three more bad things to report
19 - nineteen - of the thousands of people
made redundant
are now still claiming
working age benefits
The average wage in Redcar
we assume in Redcar and Cleveland and East Middlesbrough??
has fallen by 8 per cent
you can smell the coffee
or whatever else you or someone near
is eating or drinking
We have several thousand people in new jobs
We do0n't know how it works with you
but around these parts
newbies
get around a 3 per cent annual
'lenght of service'
bonus for the first five to ten years....
so we expect average earnings to be back where they were
in another three or four years
These workers were not
poached
from one employer to another
but were
made redundant
because a racist government prevented
top class steel makers from
selling into the home market
in favour of
imports from
The Principality
and hence, new employers had no necessity to
match new recruits
previous wage rates
The UK may not be able to
have its cake and eat it
in EU negotiations
but
Wales can have
a Sovereign Parliament
AND
Preferred Supplier Status
in terms of the steel industry
All pretty disappointing really
Move on, nothing to see here



So far nobody has managed to ram a ship
into the chunnel
Clearly anybody wanting to shift a
non-electric vehicle through a
non-rail chunnel II
would have to have their vehicle
dragged through by an
electric tug
fumes dear boy, fumes
time will make a road chunnel viable
then...
who would
1 want to be out in the weather
AND
refuse the ferry trip
??

18th January 2018


To clarify...
no matter what nurses and mid-wives may tell you
and we include GPs in that category
Primary Healthcare Professional
as in
Primary School Teacher
there is no such medical term as
Geriatric Mum
The medical term is
Mature Prima Gravida
A woman who has 13 kids
ages ranging from 29 to 2
is not having trouble getting pregnant at an
advanced age
It's just that
as we have said
it's not all genetics
if you want to turn your body into a
baby making machine
the opportunity is there
when you are still
WHEN YOU ARE STILL GROWING
In biology and human medicine, gravidity and parity
are the number of times a female is or has been pregnant (gravidity)
and carried the pregnancies to a viable gestational age (parity).
These terms are usually coupled, sometimes with additional terms, to indicate more
details of the woman's obstetric history.[2] When using these terms:
Gravida indicates the number of times a woman is or has been pregnant,
regardless of the pregnancy outcome.[3] A current pregnancy, if any, is
included in this count. Twin pregnancy is counted as 1.
Parity, or "para" indicates the number of pregnancies reaching
gestational age (including live births and stillbirths).
The number of fetuses does not determine the parity.
Twin pregnancy carried to viable gestational age is counted as 1.
Abortus is the number of pregnancies that were lost for any reason, including
induced abortions or miscarriages. The abortus term is sometimes droppe
when no pregnancies have been lost. Stillbirths are not included.
pregnant, regardless of whether the pregnancies were interrupted or resulted in a live birth.
The term "gravida" can be used to refer to a pregnant woman.
A "nulligravida" is a woman who has never been pregnant.
A "primigravida" is a woman who is pregnant for the first time or has been pregnant one time.
A "multigravida" or "secundigravida" is a woman who has been pregnant more than one time.

17th January 2018


We have alluded to
Janice Webster at The University of Teesside
She illustrates one of the major issues with
female emancipation
Essentially she had a very impressive husband
we do not know about children
He got ill
she got upset
She lived on hope that he would recover
He was convinced that he would not
all very standard
Here's the social inertia problem
Ricker comes along and he is
1 Very smart
2 interested in something similar to what Dr. Webster
was into and so universitywise
under Janice's purview
The problem is
Janice's hostility towards our Ricker stems from
could well stem from
Janice seeing Ricker as a threat to her
faithfulness towards her sick husband
a kind of
Get thee behind me Satan
reflex
When Janice ran a masters degree
she preferred
female assistants and
London based students
less contact
would not tollerate local lad
Ricker
as appears to be the problem with
Emily Maitless
Concepts of Marriage and faithfulness
are conflicting with our
longer lifespans and non-uniform life expectancies
and
female emancipation
and we have said before
Ban Eternity Rings
Too many old people are
lonely
because they are waiting to join a dead ex-partner
in heaven
shades of widows throwing themselves onto funeral pyres


Maitlis is Jewish
The husband is Roman Catholic
The tensions are
THERE
not with the poswsibly Jewish 'former friend'

15th January 2018


We haven't really said much about
Tanya Nelson
lately
First let us say that somebody obtained
from the now long gone, defunct
Guisborough Magistrates Court
a Perpetual Restraining Order
against Our Ricker contacting Tanya Nelson nee Robertson
we'll get back to that nee
Tanya Nelson had produced the
Official Police 3D Reconstruction of the
Great Heck Train Disaster
before the Ricker problem
She did that as a part of
Janice Webster's Teesside University
Visualisation Unit
Janice hardly knows a pixel from a bit
Natch in her mid thirties
Tanya wanted to make babies
she only taught part time
her day job was the 3D renderings
if Tanya had gotten a dose of our Ricker
that would have put a mighty crimp in Janice's ability to
fullfill contracts
These included a lot of work for archaeologists
like wot you saw on Time Team
although not necessarily for them<
Two further points
Some people think that the restraining order relates to
The University of Teesside
It does not
it relates to Tanya Nelson in person alone
The other point is
being a contractor for the police is a pain in the arse
because
you will be allocated an officer in charge
and
The bastards are NEVER ON SHIFT during office hours
and can't be contacted when not on shift
and so natch
chief constable of Durham...
it's cheaper to do everything
'in house'
The nee thing...
Tanya was neither married nor divorced nor with partner
she was registered in her mothers name and
changed her name to her father's by
Deep Poll



We've lost track of the latest pics
text only for now
Today - in the Northern Hemisphere at least
is the most depressing day of the year
Men should note
It is not appropriate for a man to
try to cheer up a female
cheer up love
this is absolutely, ABSOLUTELY
exclusively the role of
puppies, kittens, and bunny rabbits


Sacred Heart School was built by
Mowlem
who went bust before they finished
it was taken over by
Carillion
we believe this also applies to
Hills View Secondary
and
Bydales Academy ( an Outwood Enterprise ) we think perhaps
Ryehills is not affected but it may be
Freebrough Academy???
no idea
One day we may explore the concept of
i before e
except after c
we understand it is more often wrong than right??
mainly it is a way to remember how to spell
ceiling
the strange thing is...
ceiling derives from
The French: ciel - sky
BUT also from ciel is
English: ceil - verb, to overlay with plaster
or line with wood
the inner side of the roof of a room
There is a saying
sometimes we don't known how widespread they are
these sayings
This one is
You throw your rubbish
where you throw your love
There's something rather
Shakespearian
about current trends in social policy in the UK
Something a little
Romeo and Juliette
The basic idea of that is
One pretends to be dead
doesn't clue the other in
the other kills themsleves
then the other one kills themselves
Take that to a milder level
Society has suddenly decided....
Men must not
chat up females
must not flirt with females
females must make all the running
females are adapting slowly to this and
I think we're alone now
song lyric
they come on to men, flirt with them , chat them up
but not in public
what we have seen is that
police and prosecuters are so keen to get
notches on their guns
that they fail to bring forward
CCTV and email evidence of this
men see what they see, what the world does not see
unless it does
due dilligence on investigation
the man takes up the female offer but does it in public and
wham
he's bang the rights
for stalking
bang to rights means
you read somebody their legal rights as you charge them
without having interviewed them
or made any enquiries
You throw your rubbish where you throw your love relates to
1 knowing them well and wanting them to improve and
thus criticising them
2 a wanting to vent your frustration with them at somebody else to
avoid upsetting them and thus getting them reported by a
third party
2 b asking a third party to'have a word'on your behalf and
the third party has word with the police and not your beloved
2 c bragging to a third party about how intimate your
relationship is
and
the gun notchers
deliberately misinterpreting this as a
complaint, cry for help




There's a story here
We are so fed up trying to edit this
we'll put all the text at the top
not in between the pictures as appropriate
There is Wilkinsons in Redcar
There is Boyes
They are hardware stores
They are big and good
There is also
GPS hardware
They were in Cleveland Street
then in Dinsdales
Now since June 2017
In Birkbecks
Now 'Birkbecks' is in West Dyke Road
or is it
West Terrace
but as you can see from the pics
GPS Hardware is in
Station Road
near the
Cinema on the Beach
There is a slightly grumpy pop - dad
The son who is the business brains
and
the delightful mom
who is ever so helpful
They cut to size the ply-wood
essentially they stock quite a lot of things
and will cut bulk materials to size
and deliver them
they cut the three pieces of ply for this project
and then Our Ricker
found a genuine Victorian pen tray on ebay
and cut
Just in case we keep this series going...
Ricker had a bigger slope in worse condition and
reserved the better ebay pen try for a future project
and cut down the slightly battered pen tray for the
little box
There may be further installments
Life is what happens
when you are not paying attention
























12th January 2018


Do you remember Stephanie
peobably not
Stephanie Flanders was a
BBC economics correspondent or editor
a decade or so ago
she left to work in a bank
her dad was
Flanders in Flanders and Swan
Most people who have experience of
needing NHS help
would recognise the story behind the
Flanders and Swan song
The Gas-Man Cometh
from the album
At the Drop of Another Hat
1964
Perhaps the drive to employ
slower learners
in the NHS
leads to patients being
bounced from pillar to post
because nobody has a broad enough skill set
to deal with a patient
at a one-er

11th January 2018


We left something hanging in the air a day or two ago
We explained why it's difficult to get people to change their diet
We didn't say what to do about it
You have to take the astronaut food route
Once upon a time a coroner gave a cause of death of
an old man as self neglect
because he only ever ate
steak pies
what you have to do with people with a poor diet is
get them to switch their
search image
to one single COMPLETE food
that's probably how things like
Jane Plan
work
although there is a lot of
comfort eating
and a hobby or exercise help with that
if you eat the same meal every time and
your daily requirement for
iron is contained in four kilos of it
your body will tell you to eat four kilos of it a day...




Somebody asked Our Ricker - not in these exact words
How would it be if Our Sam made some babies for you?
His exact response was
I'd like somebody to make babies for me
BUT
I wouldn't want them to live with me because
people would then say
why did you have babies?
Was it so that you could abuse them?
A little later the seeds were sewn for Ricker to think
How would I feel if Sam said to our babies
You can't do your homework
until after you have tidied your room
because
son or daughter
it's
beneath a lady's dignity
to clear up after other people
or
for that matter
help anybody in any way
except by offering criticism
So you start out with the idea that
A woman's place is in the home
All those police officers and judges who
Freemason-like conspire to
shovel men's money at women
probably do so on the grounds that if women have
loads-a-money
they won't WANT to venture out of the home
especially in the age of
Internet Shopping
Along the lines of
if I shove all his money at his ex-wife
she won't come round my office demanding we give her a job
in the aggregate , you understand
That is social inertia
on the other hand we have
progress overshoot
Sam as a female has to overshoot equality by saying
because you are a man
you may not author that paper or article
you must, wash the dishes
If. IF we let you go to work
you must work as a lab tech
and The Ladies must have the only names on any publications
So, male university science lab tech
has a job for life...
writing theses for pretty girls' Ph.D.s
Is It?
Oh we forget Mrs. Clarkson's first name
This is an observation from life
It was the end of trading in a shop
Ricker and another bloke - perhaps Kevin
and Angie - that was it Angela Clarkson
were just closing up and a last minute customer
came in and saw Angie Hoovering the shop floor
they didn't replace the carpet with the vinyl tiles she wanted
until much later<
customer says to Ang
You should have them doing that
Ricker has a sharp wit
he observed
Hoovering is women's lawn mowing
Men get all sorts of shit about their
obsessive lawn tending and grass cutting
Women clean and Hoover in the same spirit
but girlies - feminists who don't have a home of their own
see it as a badge of subjugation
it's not a whole lot different from
tell yer mother I saved ya
you push another kid who is walking along the top of a wall
grab them
and claim to be a hero
you perform menial tasks that nobody wanted done in the first place
and claim it as a badge of oppression
The passengers on the Golgafrinchian B arc were all
hairdressers and
telephone sanitisers
Golgafrincham is a red semi-desert planet that is
home of the Great Circling Poets of Arium and
a species of particularly inspiring lichen.
Its people decided it was time to rid themselves of
an entire useless third of their population,
and so the descendants of the Circling Poets concocted
a story that their planet would shortly be destroyed in a great catastrophe.
(It was apparently under threat from a "mutant star goat").
The useless third of the population
(consisting of hairdressers, tired TV producers*,
insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards,
management consultants, telephone sanitisers and the like)
were packed into the B-Ark, one of three purported giant Ark spaceships,
and told that everyone else would follow shortly in the other two.
The other two thirds of the population, of course,
did not follow and "led full, rich and happy lives until
they were all suddenly wiped out by
a virulent disease contracted from a dirty telephone".
we didn't choose Hoovering over hoovering
We just went with the flow
Can't see people Dysoning any time soon
We do from time to time remind you that
our approach is to explain rather than to report
what we mean is we take something that happened
and simplify it a bit
for some reason Ricker produced something that referred to his drains
we forget what or why it was written
The point was a solicitor taking it and offering it as evidence that
he is not a reliable witness
Ricker got some grief from a neighbour about
their sewer backing up
They had
got a man in
and he had told them
the fault lay with the drains on Ricker's land
It was a shocking mess
and Ricker got down to fixing it
and he found
1 one of the contractor's drain rods
2 hundreds of the plastic backing sheets from
the neighbour's pant liners
Thankfully after she was told about this
and Ricker had spent several days in cess
the problem went away
there are lessons here
First the solicitor refused to believe that
Ricker had ever done any work on drains himself
second, there is constant pressure on Ricker to
be a good citizen and provide
work
in the local community by
always getting a man in
whenever anything beyond Hoovering was required
and never ever expecting to get a job done properly
Slightly less universal
the lady neighbour.....
some sort of nurse whose husband was
in Estate Services with the local Housing Association
man with a pick up collecting abandoned sofas....
That's the culture we promote
Don't like it?
Chuck it out the front door
There'll be a man with a van round to pick it up
eventually
No criticism for GENERATING waste
It's all the fault of the council or housing association
if it isn't
picked up
instantly
The nurse?
probably in the habit of
dumping anything even slightly offensive
down the sluice
It's the 'professionals' who set the bad example
give 'em an NVQ or a degree
and they'll have you arrested if you suggest they
not doin' that right
Incidentally the houses were built in 1939
the drain never blocked before there were
pant liners
didn't stop the neighbour suggesting the answer was to
dig up the drains and re-lay them with
less bends
exactly how you get around the corner of a house without a bend
he never explained


Do you remember the story about the autistic boy and the
Tommy Tippee plastic drinking cup?
Plastic is not the problem
single use plastic is the problem
you can get
collapsible plastic cups that you could keep in a pocket
It is within the realm of
disposable, single use
that recyclable and bio-degradable matter most
and at the higher levels of nursing
above care home and geriatric wards
there are all sorts of waste separation protocols
sharps, gloves, gowns etc

10th January 2018


We support the bid for
Freeport Status
for
Teesport
Enola Gay, you should have stayed home yesterday
That kiss you gave, isn't never ever gonna fade away




Have you ever moved house and
accidentally-on-purpose
left something behind
We don't remember how Douglas Adams spelt
Golgafrinchian
There was quite a lot in the BBC television version of
the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
about the
Golgafrinchian B Arc
The upcoming series
Hard Sun
assumes there can be no arc
A B or C
It is interesting to consider
Science Fiction
as not a completely unrelated to the real world
We cannot do the numbers but
if we think of a time when most Jews
Lived in 'Germany'
they seemed to split into three groups when
they became unwelcome in Germany
some went to America: the A arc
Some went to Israel: the arc
some went to Poland: the C arc
Who decided who went on each arc?



Just a little note about a current public consultation in
The other place
Our Ricker's mum refused to smack him
because he enjoyed it too much

9th January 2018


The Department of Health and Social Security
(commonly known as the DHSS)
was a ministry of the British government
in existence for twenty years from 1968 until 1988,
and was headed by the Secretary of State for Social Services.
Until 1968 the social security responsibilities had been split
between the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance,
and the health responsibilities by the Ministry of Health.
In 1988 the department was split again into a separate
Department of Health and the Department of Social Security.
In 2001 the Department for Work and Pensions was formed from
the Department of Social Security, absorbing the
employment functions which had previously been the responsibility of
the Department for Education and Employment since
the dissolution of the Department of Employment in 1995




Predatory birds such as insect-eating tits (Parus)
sometimes look only for a single cryptic type of prey
even though there are other equally palatable cryptic prey present at lower density.
Luuk Tinbergen supposed that this was because the birds formed a search image,
a typical image of a prey that a predator can remember
and use to spot prey when that image is common.
Having a search image can be beneficial because it
increases proficiency of a predator in finding a common morph type.
Because of this, it makes it more advantageous to
be a less common morph of a species,
so apostatic selection occurs on these less common morphs.
Experiments have been done on hawks to show that
because of the fact that they are of high intelligence,
formation of a search image is plausible and a reasonable hypothesis is
the relationship of apostatic selection and polymorphism
For example, a bluetit
searches for insect prey using a search image,
leaving scarcer types of prey untouched



We have a footnote on the bladder pressing on the veins
This is why
men often wake with an erection
it is not because they have been having
erotic dreams
it recalls a 'joke'
a Billy Connolly joke
He talks about three rules for the over fifties
we recall two of them
Never trust a fart
Never waste an erection
It brings into question the use of and need for
viagra
and it also brings into question
beer or lemonade
the water improves the erection
the alcohol diminishes it....
as we understand it
the viagra and the woman kicking off
increase the amount of blood going INTO the penis
the distended bladder reduces the amount of blood leaving it
alcohol is a depressant - relaxant
so we suppose it reduces the amount of blood going in



We should research the history of the
DHSS Department of Health and Social Security
We know senior managers in the
Department for Health
recoil from being forced back into a DHSS
but yesterday it became
Department for Health and Social Care
we take it that that is the old DHSS minus
Department for Work and Pensions
stage 2 before the next election?



Never let it be said that we ever
forget
about Sam and the Probation Service
Yesterday we forgot the
Rape by False Pretenses joke
Oh I Heard about Vanessa getting raped
was she very upset?
No, she didn't even know it had happened
until the cheque bounced
We should explain
Sam had been challenged by
The Management
Hale and Pace
to prove that Our Ricker has a
One Track Mind
by instructing him to tell a joke about...
a list of things that were not
sex related



Today we want to introduce a concept that is
new to this site
Prey Image
Quite a lot of people have done
prey image experiments mainly on
passerines
LBJs
little Brown Jobs
sparrows, finches, titmice
titmouse: a small bird which builds in holes in trees
Middle English: tit - small, name for several small birds
Alternatively.....
from Old Norse: tittr , a small bird
Conversely in Old English: tit is nipple
as in teat
in Scandinavian....
daegge: to suckle, hence
dug
for an animal teat
Back to the plot
Prey Image
it's one of those things you can give to a
sponsored but not very bright
research student
you have a supply of
cage birds
you feed them for weeks on
little bits of cheese, or something
then you hide the cheese in one of those
make the dog fight to get the treat out of the
rubber toy gizmoes
and you tip a whole heap of
mealworms
in the middle of the cage
cheese is not the natural food of these birds
mealworms near as damn it are
as soon as you make the switch
the daft little blighters start acting like
performing squirrels
trying to get at the cheese
and ignoring the mealworms
They have imprinted on the cheese
they have just the one
prey image
bits of cheese
it's essentially why it is so difficult to
get people to change their diet
and has a lot to do with
anorexia
they don't go looking for
something that would be
good to eat
they go looking for
what they eat
less brain power required
we've used this before
not so long ago
bees do fabulous things but
at any given time
they do the simple repetitive thing that
their age dictates
see Our Ricker's
prey image
is the yellow stickers that mean
short dated, reduced price
It's science man
Our Ricker has experienced a number of instances where
he has given great offence to a person by a
seemingly run of the mill
turn of phrase
His mam used to get really upset by the
exclamation
Oh Man!
and he would spend ages trying to convince her
that he had said
Oh mam
Ron Douglas a professor at City (of London) University
Blew up at
You know
No, I don't know
dementia can be so intolerant
Problem : educated student
lucked out don
chippy or wHat?
chippy - chip on your sholder


We missed another amplification
In some jusistictions - mostly in the US?
When investigating a
live
as opposed to historical
allegation of rape
the pathologist will chart any injuries and
decide whether the pattern of injuiries is consistent with
consensual
or
forced
penetration
In other words
deciding whether the woman's birth canal 'salivated'
would be very difficult
but medical examiners believe that certain
patterns of tearing and bruising
can determine
force
as opposed to
vigour
however in the UK we are living through a
no evidence required
era



They say that a woman's preferred
murder weapon is
poison
in part so that she can watch the victim kill himself
one of the other truisms about murder is the quote
If I can't have him
nobody will
This comes in at least two forms
If a woman is dumped for another woman and the man goes on to be
successful
the dumped woman can
destroy the lives of the successful couple by
making a historical allegation
The other form is
What we will call the
Janice Webster
stance
Janice was married to the
Director Designate
of Teesside Polytechnic
he got sick
he took a medical retirement
Janice kept her job thast she had got as
Dr Webster's wife
Tanya got a job in the unit
Why, asks Janice, should Ricker and Tanya
fill the roles
Janice had penciled in for
Dr. and Mrs Webster
No need to detail the contents of
communications between
Tanya and Ricker
just quote the number
Absolutely no indecent or intimate content
in those communications
there didn't need to be
essentially, but not factually,
the point here is
anybody contacting any of
Janice's Minions directly was
undermining her authority



There is a word in Latin: rapum
it means: turnip
and it's the origin of the term
rapeseed oil
It gets called canola oil in the US
However there is also in Latin the word
rapere: to seize
carnal knowledge of a female against her will
the act of snatching or carrying off by force
to ravish or violate
rapacious : greedy, subsisting on prey, grasping
it doesn't cover
con artists or breach of contract
Not enough people doing that?
Broaden the definition
IS broadening the definition:
raising standards
or
desperately seeking vilains?
Claims management companies are
Desperately Seeking Victims
Like the Double Glazing Sales of the 21st century
In this sense
'Feminism' has morphed from a political movement into
an Industry

8th January 2018


We think Carrie Gracie is one of the loveliest people
at the BBC
We will however follow our policy of
balance
1 We don't know whether like male colleagues she has
a wife acting as an agent
2 We recognise four elements of 'compensation'
pay, pension, bonus and expenses
We would reckon that
the expenses element for living and working
In Washington DC
would be higher than living and working in China
but expenses paid as expenses
do not augment pension prospects
pensionable pay should be equal
expenses should be separate



Here's the thing that got our Ricker
very nice picture
onto the front page of the
Get Wet
Evening Gazette
It's a thing you need to be prepared for
when raising boys
In general terms expressing boys as
boys over ten years old and men
expressing girls as all females
the basic rule of thumb is
Boys get Piss Proud
Girls don't get Piss Proud
this is VERY important
What we have to say here is
photography has changed this view
boys and girls do get
piss proud
however this brings in a whole other issue
when a female gets excited many things happen
two of the more important are
her
penis analogues
the spongy tissue on either side of the
mouth of the birth canal
the large lips and the small lips
labia majore and labia minore
swell
and her birth canal
effectively
salivates
that brings up the concept of
absolute rape
absolute rape is known colloquially as
dry humping
in other words
ignoring those acts that are not
vaginal penetration
rape can be divided into
forcible or absolute rape
dry humping
and normal sex with the full participation of the female
including labial engorgement
and vaginal 'salivation'
BUT procured by the man
under false pretenses
This speaks very directly to
Date Rape
If you're
on the pull and you score
and then somebody says
if you report him
you'll pocket fifteen grand
but I'll have half of it for doing the talking....
and we are back again to the problem of
Advice to Women
being condemned as
Blaming the Victim
Almost every boy will experience this problem
It's holiday time
Dad's in the car revving the engine
mum is fluttering around saying
You MUST have a wee
before we set off
Junior is saying
I can't wee, it's gone hard
A bloke can't urinate through an erection
It's a VITAL safety interlock
You MAY welcome having some bloke
pissing ON you
but you do not want anybody
pissing up yer chuff
and it apples to a lora lora species
If a bloke has had a few pints and
his bladder is bursting....
and some daft cow is
kicking off
HE is likely to conclude that if he
gives her one
his erection will subside
and he will be able to
get a slash
urinate
Males have Much More Complicated Plumbing than Females
Yer mad hasn't DECIDED to get the erection that is
preventing him from taking a piss
You need to know that if you DON'T want him
to shaft you
you need to calm him down
and give him a chance to switch the valves
testes, prostate, bladder all that
once his bladder is empty
he will probably forget about sex
and sleep off the alcohol
Speaking Truth Unto Power
can make you headline news.....
However, as of now we can extend this advice
One of the many ways to make sex uncomfortable for the female
is to force her to have it with
a full bladder
with the male the matter is more complex
a male with some
erectile dysfunction
may find that
it is easier for him to achieve and maintain an erection
if a quite well distended bladder is
pressing on the veins that
drain blood from the penis
a man may find he
'perform best'
a certain time after a certain water intake




It's often very interesting to see
more especially hear the transformation of
the spoken word of the BBC
Up until around thirty years ago
The BBC was dominated by
Oxbridge
but also The Inns of Court
the places where barristers are trained
Up to that point
My Honourable and Learned Friend
a barrister in the government
had been trained on the basis of
attending
lectures
seminars
tutorials
dinners
The concept of the
Well Read
expert was very
provincial
Now the BBC appears dominated by
former and active
Print Journalists
We have two words in English that
mean the same thing but with
one derived from Latin
and the other derived from Italian
spelling followed by CORRECT pronunciation
furor: few roar: wild excitement enthusiasm
Latin: furor, rage
furore: few roar a, as in senora not as in hay :
an enthusiastic outburst, acclaim, craze
Italian: furore: rage
Classically trained versus cosmopolitan
However, phonetic pronunciations based of
bedroom reading....
not acceptable
in this case
few roar E, few roar ey, as in donkey

3rd January 2018


Godd mornin' , America
How are ya
say don't ya know me?
arm ya native son
I'm the train they call
The City of New Orleans
I'l be gone
five hundred miles
before the day is done

The Linde Group today has two principal business areas:
gas (industrial gases and medical gases), and engineering.
In the industrial gas area the group trades under a number of
established brand names including Linde, AGA, BOC, TIG, MOX, Afrox and PanGas.
HiQ is used as an identifier for high purity and
premium specialty gases across all of these business brand names.
In the medical gas area, Linde is known with the following names,
Linde Gas Therapeutics, AGA Medical, INO Therapeutics, Linde Homecare, Farmadomo and Life Gas.
on the other hand...
Air Products serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare,
food and industrial markets worldwide with atmospheric industrial gases
(mainly oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen and carbon dioxide),
process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates
Therefore
we suppose???
BOC
meet the new boss
same as the old boss
except...
Air Products is into
Carbon Capture and Storage
and using coal to generate hydrogen as a vehicle fuel
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is an American international corporation
whose principal business is selling gases and chemicals for industrial uses.
Air Products' headquarters is in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania,
in the United States.
Air Products is the Lehigh Valley's third largest employer,
after Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital.
Leonard P. Pool founded the company in 1940.
Its French subsidiary, headquartered in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier,
was the site of a terrorist attack on June 26, 2015.
Air Products and CCS are boats that have sailed
as far as Teesside is concerned

We have made no approach to Ramsdens over this shot
It is the window of their Redcar store
They
we kid you not
have launched their
Heavy weight jewellery range
and that is
reduced from
17 thousand pounds to
8,799



Some months ago we published an error and we forgot to correct it
We correctly said that
BOC
British Oxygen Corporation
was a part of the American Company
Air Products
So far as we know....
BOC is currently a
Linde
Company



We had a sad moment yesterday when we
checked out the fact that
Edd China has been sacked - last March
from Wheeler Dealers
We will have to wait a few years to see how
Brewer gets on with the excellent Ade?
We understand the new episodes of
Wheerler Dearlers will be more like
Wheeler Dealers Trading Up
We watch on Quest not Discovery
hence the three year delay
We did note
The Tall Man's cameo on
Chasing Classic Cars...
we doubt anything will come of that
This raises a general issue
We hear quite a lot about the
objectification of women
This is an example of the
objectification of manual skill
a dishwasher is an object
therefore we tend to regard
a person who washes dishes as an object
we divide workers into
thinkers, talkers and doers
the dealers don't involve the doers in
strategy meetings
strategic decision come as a shock to
people who are really very important
and a rift results
Sam illustrated this for us
and a related issue
The education of all people but especially women
is central
the stumbling block is this tension between
is this the skilled educated person - the man
levelling the playing field by
educating the woman and setting ground rules
that you would be taught in any reputable
educational establishment of the mid 20th century
or is this an example of
controlling and patronising
male chauvinism
note: chauvinism absurdly exaggerated patriotism
jingoism
derived from: Nicholas Chauvin
devoted follower of Napoleon
any echoes of Trump?
America First
Fawcette Society



Our Ricker is not very poorly right now
BUT
he is sufficiently under the weather to not want to
do anything over adventurous
right now
Our appologies therefore for not starting a new file
for the New Year
We recose this page must require a lot of bandwidth
to download
we will work on that when we can



We want to explore
child sexuality just a little bit at this time
Up until twenty years or so ago
most people expected politicians to
kiss babies
most people thought they were doing a good thing if they
tickled a baby and made if gurgle or chortle
Things have changed
Our Ricker had a fetish when he was very young
He did not find any satisfaction in playing with
his bits
until after he figured out how achieve an erection first
However, right from the start he had the ability to
generate for himself an overpowering sensation that
some people may recognise as an orgasm
He had an artifact with which to interact
It can't have been in his cot
it must have been on his mother's bed
quite by chance he discovered the
exquisite sensation generated by
rubbing the soles of his feet on
the candlewick bedspread
so over powering was it that
he seldom did it
the soles of the feet are VERY sensitive
the brain can easily be overloaded with
messages from them
we do wonder....
is it a search for a quasi erotic experience that is
Nature's incentive to babies to
learn to walk?
doing the right thing for a sensory reward is
we suggest
not limited to
having sex
and fetishes can be a real problem.....
What we are saying is
nature sees a need for girlies to build up
the stretch and flexibility in their birth canal
from the very start
but not reward boys for taking an interest in their bits
until they need to add
injection to the drainage function

2nd January 2018


Once upon a time
not so long ago
people had two main sources of income
The money they earned
charity they were given and inheritances
By the 1980s in the UK
most people's wealth was increased each year
more by increase in value of their home
more precisely by devaluation of the money they owed
on their mortgages
Now people have three income streams
earned income
property value appreciation
compensation
Most of us have to regard the 'victims'
of newsworthy 'tragedies'
as
lottery winners who
didn't even have to buy a ticket
There is , however, this interesting relationship
between cash-money, as opposed to wealth
and voting rights
The base concept is
no taxation without representation
The Church and Knights
taking food and military service in lieu of rent
is one thing
but for governments
taxes have to come in the form of cash
so you tax the people who have cash
and first
ordinary working men had cash
so they could be taxed
so they had to have the votes
then women started to have cash so they could be taxed so
they had to have the vote
a couple of developments of note
prisoners don't have a vote
now that they can have the
proceeds of crime
taken from them
now that councils make
more money from traffic offences than from council tax...
is there a move to say
actually we don't want your taxes
we can live on the fines
and we're taking the vote back off you
no representation without taxation
The Uk's current Prime Minister
is typical of her generation of the ruling class
in particular she believes in
Girl jobs
and
Boy jobs
their concept of gender equality is
equal pay for males and females
but different work
The Fawcett Society once upon a time said
a nursery assistant should be paid
the same as a motor mechanic
we said
a nursery assistant should be paid the same as
an Uber Driver
if you are not talking
the same money for the same work
you quickly get mired
That's on the one hand
on the other hand
there is a subtle difficulty
Some of these older people go further than to say
Women make better nursery nurses than men
and men who are good at it must be gay...
They say
No willies in schools
no males - gay or not - anywhere near
our children
That is discriminatory in itself
BUT
it goes hand in hand with
Boy jobs are defined as
jobs that can only be done by a person who is
fire-fighter fit and aged 15 to 50
hence we produce a pincer movement
if you are
disabled and male
you can't have
EITHER
a BOY JOB
or
a GIRL JOB
we learned in 2017 that traditionally
there is in Number 10
a military attache
who influences thinking and language
we bring forward
hors de combat
French: disabled, out of action, out of the fighting
Now we step back
on the way we recall how
scope replaced spastic because of spaz
consider
Hand in Cap
handicap
so, one contestant is fighting
bare knuckled
the better fighter is fighting in
gloves
gloves made from hats
evolved from hats
a race or contest in which competitors' chances
are equalised by starts given, weights carried etc.
a condition so imposed
FIGURATIVELY: a disability
disable: to make incapable or physically unfit
for example: disable a tank in battle
to disqualify
disability
state of being disabled
to the military mind...
you
carry on regardless
song lyric there, yes?
no matter how many casualties you have taken
you count the wounded as disabled and in a lull
in festivities
you evacuate them
It's so long ago that the government shut down
workshops for the wounded that we have forgotten
what they were called
Called Ayresome Industries now
Remploy
'twas
for Re-employ
You have therefore a set of influences
fashionably called a
Perfect Storm
the disabled are to be called
disabled not handicapped
they are not allowed to do
BOY JOBS or GIRL JOBS
AND
AND
the government don't want to pay
BENEFITS
to this ever widening class of citizens
sooooooooooo
find somebody to blame for their disability
get them living on
compo
not wages
not benefits
compensation
speaking of fire fighters...
when are there cute little trucks gonna be
rebadged from
FIRE AND RESCUE
to
KITTEN RESCUE
trust Liverpool to spend more than London on their
New Year Fireworks
storage for fifteen million quids worth of vehicles
and
No FIRE DOORs
You gotta laugh
BBC reporter drowned out by the sound of
exploding fuel tanks
says
yes you can hear the the car tyres exploding behind me
never upset the fossil boys
they own your pension




This is Ricker's Christmas Cake
So, it's iced Black and White
several reasons
It was made from a kit
The kit was badged
Ringtons
Ringtons is a door to door tea sales company
and the roundspersons bring Ricker the bulk of his coffee
to the door fortnightly
and they are a Newcastle Based company
a bit like Greggs less successful cousins....
Black AND White
Newcastle United Coulours
we weren't gonna ice the cake <
Red and White
Mackums...
and Boro
The Rich Man's Sunderland
And Ricker's boss at Cancer Research UK was
Kevin
He's married now.....
he was a Newcastle supporter
he was quite a few things
but he got married
Most of all though
Ricker's dad used to make roads
so it's a homage to Tarmac
He didn't work for Tarmac or Tarslag
He worked for Hodsmans
Hargreaves,
and since Renault make some cars in
Sunderland
we put some models of
Genuine Nissan cars on the cake for a picture or two
lower











This is a winch operated
high lift shovel
Hodsmans had before they got
hydraulics

This is Ricker in his pink play pen

This Paddy saying
I like children
but I couldn't eat a whole one
Paddy was Pat's dog
Pat is Ricker's sister

Ricker with his mam's second dog

This is Ricker with
Naffy
Ricker's mam's first dog
She was called Naffy because she was
rescued as a stray?
at some
NAAFI
Navy Army Air Force Institute

so this is the pram Ricker ate
Savoury Ducks in....

Ricker in his first car
We have not tracked down pictures of either of
Ricker's trikes
The first one had a moulded rubber
horse's head with handles near the ears to steer with

Now Sam, I suppose you think everybody else is
wanking over that pic of Ricker...
Speking of which
Ricker's mam never sewed his pockets up
Great bone of contention between
boys and girls
boys always had their hands in their pockets
girls and mums assumed they were
playing with themselves
because they would have been if they had had pockets
It's really hard to explain to females....
men have LONG zips in their jeans
because the wee by opening their fly
jeans for girlies have short zips
because
designers assume
girlies
shuck their jeans to wee
drop their trousers
so girlies only need enough give to get their waiste band over their hips
blokes need enough of a gap to get all of
their tackle
out into the open
without disturbing their belt and waiste band
When Ricker examines clothes in charity shops
he always checks the pockets
People think he's
doing the slots
Simpsons reference
school snitch used to check the payphones for
abandoned returned coins
he's not doing the slots
he's checking to see whether the
bottoms of the pockets have been unpicked

Now this must have been taken around the time Ricker got
his face kicked in
it's quite clear
Ricker's mam liked dressing him up
on the other hand
his mates thought he would win a
knobbly knees competition
And finally
Captain Ricker
Not at
Blackpool
you understand
Lytham St. Anne's

Enough already
of the kiddy pics




A long long time ago
One of Our Ricker's teachers complained
One of the parents said
I love Christmas
but I wish they wouldn't
bring all this religion into it
Every Year Our Ricker cries all the way through
The Festival of Carols from King's
from King's College Cambridge
He cries because he has no children
he cries because if he had children they
would not share with him HIS Christian Heritage
as displayed in that service
The Happy Clappy Church of England of today
has lost sight of the concept of
Unconditional Love
The Love of the Church is now reserved for
The Vulnerable
Those who strive with
God Given Gifts
to grapple with the problems of the world
are expelled and ostracised by the Church as
Elitist Monsters
The skilled and dedicated are today
forced to internalise their faith


Truly weep inducing
We use this camera that takes a number of shots
per click
it's aiming to get one good one
we haven't always got time to choose...
so here's some unedited Christmas
photo essay















































































































We want to consider the case of the
cancer surgeon convicted carrying out
'unnecessary' surgeries on patients
The media perspective on these cases is the
perspective of lawyers who see
a rake off
from compensation claims
as the issue
from the journo point of view
in terms of compo
it is a 'tragedy' that
half the surgeon's patients are
dead
dead so they can't claim
if they are dead
is that because they
had unnecessary surgery and
committed suitcide in despair as a result?
or is it because they needed surgery and
they had it
and it
didn't bring with it
immortality?
There seem here to be a significant group of
relatively wealthy
private patients...
vulnerable old women....
told by one expert - a surgeon
that they needed surgery
and by a another group of experts
lawyers with the backing of
doctors who took fees from the lawyers
but didn't examine the patients
that they didn't need surgery
they still died
half of them anyway
it is hard to see how
having the surgery
necessary or otherwise
killed them
but layers and their
non clinical doctor side kicks
are not interested in dead people
as we said
they can't sue



Consider a movie with the following
Cast List
Stanley Baker
Patrick McGoohan
Herbert Lom
Peggy Cummins
William Hartnell
Wilfrid Lawson
Sidney James
Jill Ireland
Alfie Bass
Gordon Jackson
1957 a Rank production in Black and White
Just a smidge before
Barry Norman...
a reviewer denoted
MFB
wrote
This extraordinary film may interest future historians
for its description of
road haulage
and masculine social behaviour in
the mid-20th century
...
though produced with efficiency and assurance
it is disagreeable and occasionally viscious
Halliwell said
Absurd, violent, hilarious and
constantly surprising melodrama
with the silliest of premises backed by a good cast
and well handled thrill sequences
Here's the thing
There is a movie twice released
that on both occasions of its release was
burried by the simultaneous relese of a
Star Wars
movie
according to Mark Kermode....
Wages of Fear
Sorcerer
We are very much of the opinion that that movie
was inspired by
Hell Drivers
we will record that Hell Drivers was
written by John Kruse and C Raker Endfield
and directed by C Raker Endfield with
photography by Geoffrey Unsworth
and music by Hubert Clifford
Interestingly, the movie
belonged to Aqua (Ben Fisz)
and Rank were the distributors
We can often divide artistic creations into
commercial
and
what is Hell Drivers?
a Mockumentary?
Is it as good as
Spinal Tap?
Halliwell probably never saw Spinal Tap
but he gave Hell Drivers one star
same as
Love Story, The Wrong Arm of the Law, Raging Bull
He gave
Miracle on 34th Street
1947 version -
three stars
Incidentally, Halliwell gives three stars to
Star Wars
and describes it as
Flash Gordon
rides again
but with timing so impeccably right that
the movie became a phenomenon
George Lucas
intended Star Wars for
a generation under 14
who grew up without
Fairy Tales
MFB describes Flash Gordon as
an expensively irrelevant gloss on its sources
We may say
took the
comic strip
in the opposite direction from
Lichstenstein
Halliwell did not review
Flesh Gordon
Flesh Gordon was a cheap irrelevant porno gloss on
Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon is now perhaps best remembered for Brian Blessed's classic line
Gordon's Alive ?!?!?!
Haliwell gave
Wages of Fear
Three Stars
French-Italian
The manager of an oilfield offers big bonuses to
take nitro-glycerine to the jungle to do a
Red Adair
blow the oil wellhead fire out
In Hell Drivers they were transporting
neat pure undiluted
Hydrogen Peroxide
in place of the nitriglycerine of Wages of Fear
Le Salaire de la Peur
of Wages of Fear
Let us suggest
for the purposes of THIS web site
that in Hell Drivers
It being 1957
The rocket fuel in
German V weapons and similar...
nazi Rocket Fuel was
V stoff and T stoff
and one of those was
Hydrogen Peroxide
just like hair bleach
Peroxide Blonde
but entirely without water
weapons grade
Let us say that it being 1957
The A66 had not been duelled and these guys
were transporting rocket fuel from
Redcar to Spadeadam
British Rocket Testing centre in Cumbria
now defunct
Penelope Houston Sight and Sound said
As skillful as its preoccupation with
violence and unrelieved pessimism
it is unlikable
Basil Write 1972 said
It has some claim to bethe greatest
suspense thriller of all time
It is not the mystery but the Damocles Sword
Halliwell refers to
The Sorcerer as
a lamentable remake
Here's the thing
This what yer boy Gibbo has done every day for
The past thirty odd years
Gibson Boro chairman
Bulk Haul
tanker transport of
volatile chemical intermediates
It's every day life in Redcar
has been for decades
Just clock
isoTank
Limerick Road, Dormanstown, Redcar, Cleveland
Back in the 1960s
Wilton International was owned and run by
ICI
Imperial Chemical Industries
a part of which we have said was
Nobel
What we have not previously said is that
ICI was run from
Millbank
The same building as
MI5
If you were what they called a
process worker
at ICI
you could go out on shift
all shiftworl
2 'til ten
ten 'til six
six 'til two
while you were out at work
somebody from 'the company'
might turn up at your house to tell your wife
that you had been killed in an accident
nobody knows why they did this
a prank?
an experiment
simply HR working out which workers would be
most significantly missed?
not so much
danger money
if your family couldn't cope without you?
If you were not a
person of working age
living and working on Teesside in the 1970s...
You may never have heard of
Hasawa
Hands up if you know who hasawa was?
there's this killer line in
The Man from UNCLE
How did you know I worked for Uncle
I asked you if you worked for uncle and you said
What's Uncle
Every other person on the planet would have said
Who's Uncle
That's not
whose uncle
another time...
Hasawa is was and always will be
The Health and Safety at Work Act
Two things came out of that
One good
one bad
flammable instead of
enflammable
BAD
Bulk Haul
Good
Put the technology into the containers
no more
carboys
and pay for the safety equipment by
paying the drivers
industry standard rates
no danger money
carboy: large globular glass bottle encased in
basket-work
latterly
encased in a wire cage with straw-packing
between the glass and the wire
So?
And?
So what
So we quietly parked the
Sword of Damclese
Until some
thicker than pig shit
Union leaders and
Prime ministers start saying
Cut the Green Crap
and we'll be more competitive
We are 'enemies of the people'
BECAUSE
we are more efficient
and kill jobs
NOT
workers
actually we kill
Danger Money
not jobs
Hell Driver was a 1957 remake of 1953
Wages of Fear
re-set in a
Blade Runner style
Teesside context
with a stellar British Cast
Sorcerer was a 1977 twenty million dollar attempt at an
American version
We consider
The Fifth Element
to be a closer re-make of Flash Gordon
than is Star Wars
We admit, we passe up the UK TV opportunity to rewatch
The Green Mile
we must refer to it however
we cannot recall whether it is in the movie
or is 'just' a story from real life
The main character in the Green Mile is to be executed
He is a person with magical powers residing on Death Row
The story refers glancingly to one deposed East European Dictator
He was given a medical to see whether he was
'fit'
to be executed by firing squad
Chaichescue?
The question is what is the point of executing a prisoner?
The chap is provide with his last meal
after the execution
they search is cell
and find that he had hidden the
Pecan Pie
for later
what concept of
death
and execution
do some of the people on death row
actually have?
When we talk of
Dead Man Walking
to what extent are we actually talking of
Brain-Dead Man Walking?



We should note that there is no real distinction between
Rank Film Distribution
and
Rank Hovis McDougal
flour millers
and flour dust is
highly explosive
hence the Rank Organisation
funding Hell Drivers as away to
force HASAWA on their rivals as well as themselves

We love this little detail
Most people alive today don't realise that
many cinemas used to be called
The ODEON
Almost nobody knows that ODEON stands for
Oscar Denetz Entertains Our Nation
we not sure about the spelling of Denetz

23rd December 2017


We hope Sam and her associates are having a Merry Christmas
also we remember Roseanna
Thanks for the attempt at making friends
We won't be back until
2nd January
Try to stay alive and out of jail until then
and forget about the NHS
unless somebody is
sparko
Our Ricker isn't a very good customer at
Honeyman's Butchers
on Redcar High Street
He is a regular customer
every year
at Christmas
Ricker goes into Honeyman's
and buys....



These are pictures of
Two Savoury Ducks
and the pink things are
two saveloys
pronounced
sav a loy
A saveloy is a highly spiced
dry
dry meaning to eat cold and having a skin that is
not moist or oily
firm to the touch
salted pork sausage
BUT
originally
it would have been a
pork brain sausage
Italian cervalas cervellata
French cervello brain
Modern French - cervelas , saveloy
cervelle, brain
cerveau , brain
For completeness we will say
In recognition of
Polish
tradition
we once had
carp on Christmas Eve
We will be having
a regular
fish pie this year
Here's the thing
Ricker can't remember what sort of
pram or push chair he had as a baby
He does remember that he had a
PINK
cot
and
a pink mattress
and a red rubber
sheet...
because
with his mam's injury - disability
he slept without a nappy...
and a pink
play pen
They eventually got
loaned to a neighbour
and never came back
borrowed due to visit of
a grandchild....
There really wasn't any heating in his bedroom
although it was above the kitchen However, he did have a hot water bottle in the form or shape of a
red racing car
One Christmas Eve
panic, sheer panic
the hot water bottle was far from new
the rubber had 'perished' the bed was wet
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear
IF Santa Came and found Ricker awake
he wouldn't leave any presents
oh calamity
Because and on account of what his dad did for work
there were presents to wrap for
customers, clients
very neat parcels of
Terry's All Gold chocolates
hand made, in gold foiled caskets with tassels
and Players No 6 cigarettes
and those little drums of
Players Navy Cut cigarettes
and wooden Boxes of cigars
Coronas ???
None of yer Hamlet rubbish
he used to
'keep back'
the odd box of chocs
he never smoked the cigars
in fact he never actually
smoked
his cigarettes
he used to light them and let them
burn down between his fingers
or between his lips
hence the brown halo
above the driver's seat of every company car he ever had
some contribution to his living into his eighties???
not to metion business meetings in hotels
where he would buy rounds of drinks and
tip his own drink into the
potted plants
when nobody was looking
strange fruit
we don't know whether Bessie - his first wife - smoked
but either her own smoking or his second hand smoke or both
had her dead at 48 from
throat cancer - laryngeal actually - at 48
Ricker's mam and sister never smoked
Can't resist it
yer one Christmas Cracker joke ....
Do you smoke after intercourse?
I don't know
I've never looked


So Ricker and his dad were ace with parcel wrapping
but the presents would often be left for people
with their receptionists...
so they were wrapped in brown paper and
tied up with string and the knots in the string were
sealed with
sealing wax
On the other hand....
Ricker's own presents were his mam's responsibility
and as such
rarely wrapped
except for being found in a pillow case at the end of the bed
on Christmas Morning
Except his two best presents
no three
One day in December
Ricker answered the front door and
The Man from Kelsey's bike shop
was at the door with a trike
fabulous trike
not yer Triang rubbish
this had lever brakes
a proper closing boot of trunk
and a handle that stowed inside the back axle
that you could pull out and mum could
keep hold of the bike without bending down
because it had a universal joint in it
Must have been a Raleigh??
BUT it wasn't Christmas Day....
On another day a parcel arrived
Special Delivery at around Tea Time
It had a
Canadian Pacific
Streamliner
electric train set in it
in Blue
It had come from his granddad in Taunton
In Somerset
and was addressed to
Sir Richard Robson
he never got to live up to that....
It was the full set
The Canadian
streamliner loco
coach
baggage car
observation car
bullet trailer car
we think it was a hint
to join his 'cousins'
and emigrate to Canada
After all the route of
The Canadian
passes
Mount Robson
not for long we suspect
we expect Mount Robson to be re-named
in honour of
First Nation people
Very soon
like
Ayres Rock
in Australia
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
Sic Transit Gloria Honeyford



and best of all
on year after a slightly disappointing
pillow case haul...
downstairs for breakfast and
a beautiful
painted wood and hardboard
garage
not wrapped
under the tree
What Ricker does remember is that when he was being
pushed around the town
he wasn't given sweets to keep him quiet
he was given a
savoury duck
the u here seems to be optional
we savour the flavour
but we cqan drop the u
Anything to do with
sugar rationing after the war?
Anything to do with his mam having run a
sweet shop in Tyne Dock
when she was still at school
and having lost all her teeth in her thirties????
'spose we'll never know
Merry Christmas
War is Over - NOT

18th December 2017


Depending on how awake - drunk - we are we think and approach situations with
differing amounts of
depth and consideration
Almost everybody at some stage must have seen
somebody who looked intact, cheerful and bright
in a wheel chair
and thought deep down
just throw that thing away
and get on with your life
the situation is not helped by one of
Jesus' Miracles
Pick up your bed and walk
the fake disabled beggar
This has a deeper level of significance
there are people who are faced with a dilemma
They CANNOT use their legs
they are compared with
people who need no wheelchair
but get around on
false limbs
They would get a whole lot more
public sympathy
including a nice juicy job probably
if they had their useless legs removed
their dilemma is
with the rate of medical advances
for a lot of them if they wait
ten or twenty years
somebody may work out a
Super Vet
method for getting their own legs working
It can be very stressful
but it is no different from the
Boy who cried WOLF
wimin who claim their lives have been
destroyed
because some they
met a man
these days
got mentioned on
Social Media
Fake Victims
victimise those who
genuinely need
and could have
help
they are denied because
they are assumed to be fakers
like all the rest....
There is somewhere a person
quite possibly now dead who is the
ultimate
unsung hero
of disability
The person who came up with renaming the
Spastics' Society
as
Scope
Spastic is a perfectly good word
BUT
was the basis of the derogatory
spaz
You can't turn
Scope
into an insult
We have to mention at this point the difficulty
with disability sport
Every day we are frustrated by
Oh why is everything a
two handed job?
There is a point here though
when we say that we mean
why can't I keep hold of the bread
while I cut the cheese?
many people with
one good hand and a proder
get on well
How does having two good legs
one entirely normal arm
and another arm that ends in
stubby little fingers at the end with no palm
constitute qualiying as a
disabled cyclist
There is here a distinction between
giving a person with a
difference
a shot of
self confidence
and levelling the playing field for
those with a genuine difficult in
playing a particular sport
and then there are the
'owners' - pasrents, coaches
of disabled athletes who
have the creature's disability
increased to get them into an
easier category
but then we are back to
I don't want
knowledge and skills
they mean
responsibility



First we must say that what follows is
background information
and not
accredited advice
We are told that some
steel workers
and former steelworkers
are making pension decisions at this moment
We think it may be just at
Port Talbot
but we don't know
Pensions
There are people in pension schemes
these include the worker and
if the worker has died
any surviving spouse of the worker
in many cases
There are members who are still working
for the company whose pension scheme it is
there are people who have made contributions to
the scheme but although still in the scheme are no longer
making further contributions
because they have left the company, employer
people who were in the scheme but have died and not passed
benefits to a surviving spouse
don't count at all
they are no responsibility of the scheme
There are therefore three main types of people in the scheme
People who are paying in and not drawing out
people who are neither paying in nor drawing out
because they are no longer working for that employer
but have not reached pension age
but will at some defined date be able to claim
if they are still alive
people who are drawing a pension
We consider the British Steel Pension Scheme
at its peak it had
250,000 members
six months ago it had
130,000 members
The Pension scheme has three main sources of cash
in any given month
1 contributions being made by employees and the employer
2 profits made from investments
3 cash realised by selling investments
Selling can come in two basic forms
1 trading, selling to re-invest in better opportunities
2 selling to pay out benefits
some pension schemes are permanent or perpetual
Perhaps the civil service pension scheme
perhaps a commercial pension provider
Other schemes are closed
they are not accepting new members
a closed pension scheme can only exist for the benefit of
its members
at no time can it pass any monies - except tax, costs etc.
to anybody other than its members
when it no longer has members
it must no longer have assets
These are broad principles not actual regulations
There is a further group of people
people who were in the pension scheme
and are not dead and want to leave
they can
cash in their pensions
the scheme will consider them
as if dead
once they cash out
a person who worked within the
British Steel pension scheme for a short time
a long time ago
will be entitled to a British Steel Pension
quite a small one
if they moved from one employer to another
they may be in several pension schemes
they may find it preferable to
cash in those that they can and buy
one pension with the money
Anybody with just the one pension
would probably be better off staying with it
When somebody cashes in their pension
the scheme will probably sell assets to make the payment
they can afford to do this because they have
one less member to provide for in the future
At some point - with a closed to new entrants scheme
there are so few members that it may be decide to
wind up the scheme and pay the members out
against their wishes
Most members of the British Steel Pension Scheme
are presently between
60 and 90 years old
In a way these closed schemes have something of the about them
tontine
a form of joint annuity whereby the sum
received by the subscribers
increases as their number
decreases
until with the death of the last survivor
the tontine completely lapses
invented by 17th century Italian Lorenzo Tonti
The difficulty at present is that
people are living a long time after
their payouts begin
Right now
is the time of maximum strain on the British Steel scheme
most members have stopped paying in
most members are getting payouts
getting members to
cash in
reduces the uncertainty about what the scheme's
liabilities
are and will be
If you are a young fit sixty something
with unemployed children
cash in and start a family business
if you are sure it will work
cashing in a pension
is a bit like equity release on a house
BUT
if you have a pension and a home
and you are not very old
early sixties
you may well be better off
using the payments from your existing pension your new business
but
it is an important choice
put your pension at risk
or
put your home at risk
when you've just finally paid off the first mortgage...
The difficulty with a scheme with guaranteed payouts
is
people on the scheme have retired or left
130,000 members
100,000 pensioners?
10,000 people still working and paying in
20,000 people not paying in but soon due to
qualify for payouts
guaranteed payouts
The company has to make the payouts
not the scheme
more precisely
the scheme pays out what it can afford
and the company pays the rest
People live for 23 years after retirement
they live to between 83 and 88 years old
we have around 10,000 people who will be
entitled to good pensions for the next 20 years
and 120,000 who are entitled to much smaller pensions
and will die in the next five years
It's the smaller number with the larger entitlements
who are the issue
because thye represent an enduring liability
as opposed to the diminishing liability of the majority
most businesses can contemplate big costs
if they are limited to the next five years
but who invests in a
black hole that won't be filled for twenty years?
Putting that another way
The people who are coming up for pensions now
are the people who replaced the people who were made redundant
in the late 1960s and early 1970s
There is not an even spread of ages
people were recruited in waves
not a constant flow
most Steel workers in the UK are
either in their 80s possibly 90s
or in their 60s
The post war recruits
and the
Melchett era recruits
Taking the steel towns and former steel towns as a whole
There is a hidden economic effect
In the late 60s and early 70s there were around
200,000 redundancies
and 200,000 wages disappeared from the local economies
what is forgotten is that because there are no
factory gates for the press to stand outside
nobody comments that between
around 2010 and 2020
200,000 pensions will be lost from the economies of
former steel towns
We are aware that the biggest unit in
Regent Walk was taken by
East Anglian Co-op
it is presently vacant
We don't know whether the co-op built Regent Walk
We do know that
Boots the chemist
moved from the south to the north side
of the High Street
Their original shop was where the
entrance to Regent Walk now.... is
It was said that when Regent Walk was built
an equal number of shops on the High Street closed
we guess that if all the businesses in Regent Walk
were required to move to the High Street
they would probably fit into the empty units and charity shops
on the High Street
Greenwoods in Middlesbrough was closed over a month ago
Greenwoods in Redcar is still open
Store 22 is it?
in Redcar closed
and re-opened
in the same unit
we note that ojne of two
EE mobile 'phone shops in Regent Walk closed
and the unit now has abranch of
CEX
we assume that is Computer EXchange
although it is mostly mobile 'phones
There is a Tradenation on the High Street Grettle (Amber), the Green Goddess and The Cockerney Sparra(Michelle)
and their male assistants in Cash Converters
Georgina is out top
Saturday Girl
for the year
We still have an Argos
because - for now at least - Sainsbury
have only got little shops in the suburbs
We are not counting but we reckon
there are more travel agents and jewellers
than charity shops on the High Street
Cash Converters is on the High Street but
Ramsdens<
is on West Dyke Road
There is nobody trading purely as a
Pawn Broker
in Redcar
There are several shops selling food at
competitive prices
Fulton Foods, Heron Foods
and big daddy B and M
along with Yorkshire Trading's Goodsomething or other
every indication is that the people of Redcar
like a bargain
overall, food that needs at least some preparation
massivly outsells takeaway
Iceland and FarmFoods have large branches
In fact having lost our <
Marks and Spencer
theoretically due to asbestos....
and not gained a Waitrose
it is just the top end of the market
that is missing
We regularly see lights on in the
Beals and Marks and Spencer units
so we assume prospective tenants
are taking an interest
Due to the age structure of the steel industry
From the point of view of the local economy
5,000 people on bloody good wages
have become
5,000 people with bloody good pensions
This is the question
In one scenario we would have had
the steel works kept open and
5,000 people on bloody good wages would have been
replaced with 5,000 people on bloody good pensions
AND
a new batch of 5,000 young people on
bloody good wages
However,
the up side is the 'loss' of the coke ovens
better health all around
and the potential for
equally well paid new jobs????
in much improved conditions
very particularly
well paid jobs open to
BOTH MALES AND FEMALES
average wages in Redcar have been high
but most of the good money was
danger money paid to men
If you give
redundant steel workers
trading advantages
grants, soft loans etc
people who are not redundant steel workers
may be pushed out of business
We judge that is not happening
but it is a worry



We pass this on because we guess
some of our readers may not have seen it on
BBC Newsnight
There is - it appears - a well known statistic
back around ten to fifteen years ago
and longer
Most house fires start in the kitchen
BUT
most fire related fatalities - deaths - occur
when smoking materials set light to
soft furnishings
The two overlapped with the
chip pan fire
The big risk comes from starting
something that involves heat
lighting a tobacco product
or setting a pan of fat or oil over
a heat source with no thermostat
a ring, not a deep fat fryer
and then falling asleep
The UK government of the time took two
different approaches to this
The major public information effort went into
advising people on how to
fight a chip pan fire
smother it with a damp cloth
don't pour water on it
The other effort was to get furniture manufacturers to
sell furniture that would - when new
not catch fire if lit smokes
were dropped on it
There is a confusion here
fire safety regulations relating to furniture
relate to furniture
when new
people have misinterpreted this as meaning
when of modern design
in other words
a sofa that was fire safe when new
over time will loose its fire protection
It's a a bit like the asbestos problem
furniture made from
traditional materials
cotton shoddy, horsehair and webbing
is was and always will be
fire safe
a bit like, no problem with garages built before
asbestos came in
The problem is with the plastic foam that makes furniture
soft
the soft in soft furnishings
the 'new' fire regulations
didn't
make the foam fire safe
they made the covers
fire resistant
to the point that
when new
they would self extinguish
and the heat and flames would never get to the foam

none of which has anything to do with
Grenfell
because whatever the varying myths....
everybody accepts this started as a
kitchen fire
at one o'clock in the morning
classic chip pan fire scenario

there are - for instance
no self extinguishing coatings on
uPVC window frames
window frames had not been implicated in any previous
significant fire tragedy
Fire Safety
has now reached a point where
for instance people when they fall asleep
whilst cooking , will be saved by the fact that
they were using a microwave oven
and it has a timer
Fire Safety has reached a point where
almost all fires are
started deliberately
a different problem altogether
The Grenfell incident is
perhaps
in a different category
If we accept that the incident resulted as
people were cooking to break a religious fast
they may have been using
traditional cooking methods
perhaps along the lines of
deep frying in a wok
anybody who came or whose family came
to this country in the past decade or so
will not have been exposed to the
campaigns warning of the dangers of very hot fat or oil
nobody's cultural and religious traditions
tell them about
plastic window frames

12th December 2017




































Now we have
The Three Musketeers
being
The Three Stooges
Three swans
Trapped in the ice
on Locke Park Lake
we assume they sleep in the middle of the lake to avoid
foxes???





11th December 2017


Local weather for today....
Lag yer legs
Gan canny Geordie lad
divent dunch us
This is
Balance Editorial
where 'e got it from....
Luke 12:27-40King James Version (KJV)
27 Consider the lilies how they grow:
they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you,
that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass,
which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven;
how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat,
or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:
and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God;
and all these things shall be added unto you. 32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms;
provide yourselves bags which wax not old,
a treasure in the heavens that faileth not,
where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
One of the major whinges of
The Wimin
over the past twenty years is that they are likely to be
objectified
by men
objectified appears to mean
regarded by men as an object
and not a person
It appears that in a lot of cases
the problem is not being able to manage the concept of
multiple personality
we've referred to the feminisation of the workplace
leading to the end of
teamwork
and the rise of cubicles in open plan offices
and EVERYBODY being
Head of Somethingorother
We are considering on the one hand the educational concept
Everyone must have prizes
A lot of people enjoy their work in the
Horseracing Industry
However, it would not exist were it not so important to
The Betting Industry
Horse Races are divided into many categories
Jumps, flat, steeplechase
but the commonest term applied to a race is
Handicap
addenda to horse and rider details often include
carrying seven pounds
the horses are handicapped by making the combined weight
of jockey and saddle - variable with added weights and
checked in the weighing in room
vary in such as way as to
at least make predicting the winner difficult
and in perfection
having every race end in a dead heat
based on
form
past results
we don't think all that many people lay bets on
exam results
but people bet on everything
There are two models , ideas, methods
for testing an exam
or more precisely
a course and it's exam
the pre-everybody must have prizes approach is to
set out a graph with
mark achieved up the ways
and number of candidates achieving that mark
along the bottom - the x axis
if everything is in order
the results should fit a
bell shaped curve
most candidates getting a middling result
say in degree terms
45 per hundred getting a lower second and 45 per hundred
betting an upper second and
five percent getting some sort of first
double or other wise
and five percent getting the likes of
a third, a pass degree, a general degree
we understand that in the age of student loans
eighty to ninety per cent get an upper second
the rest get a First
The point being
examiners are not now set a target of encouraging a
normal level of achievement
they are set a target of getting
every candidate above a set minimum level of
achievement
if every candidate must be
a winner
every candidate must get
the same mark
to achieve that
we have many devices
The most obvious is
The Classroom Assistant
but there are many more
here comes the objectification problem
Through school and university I was
considered as a whole
as a person
everything I did was measured through a filter
that consisted of my set of
assistances and excuses
when it comes to getting a job, getting promoted
most personally and importantly
when being considered to be a
life partner
I find myself being assessed as I am
without my props
if the object of my desire likes blonds
i can dye my hair
if she likes
blue eyed boys
I can wear contact lenses
I expect to be
made up to be want I want to be
because there were rules at school that said
girls must take all free kicks and penalties in soccer
to boost their self confidence
and make everybody
equal
It becomes the role of the police to ensure
everybody is taken as equally important
especially their opinions
and the role of the NHS to provide
personal healthcare workers
to carry on through adult life
the work of the
classroom assistants
in school
There must be some acceptance of the impact on
school budgets
of employing
classroom assistants
and yet it is considered
blasphemous
for
The Chancellor of the Exchequer
to suggest that when those costs pass on to employers as
the cost of providing
workplace assistants
there will be an effect on
productivity and efficiency


we refer to a set of books
and their spin off TV series
from long long ago
long long ago
A Very Peculiar Practice
Could be the prototype for
Doctors
It's about the GP service in a
Modern University
Essex or some such
It get's inspected
shock horror and indignation when the
team running the surgery discover that
the inspection team are
hot foot from inspecting
Catterick Garrison
They are not
medical experts
but
management experts
once the government take over education.... they see no difference between
a degree and
the driving test
not a sorting exercise
but
a standards exercise
To get a degree you need only be able to
remember your name
all the rest is
elitism
and discriminatory



We have another of those
problem plurals
nouveau riche
Person who has recently become rich
The phrase implies that the person's humble origins
are still evident
or that the wealth is vulgarly advertised
however...
the plural
nouveaux riches
has exactly the same
pronunciation
BUT
BOTH words
get a spelling change
any road up...
we were getting on to the
English
the English - perhaps Northern English
perhaps dare we say it - Lancashire
extension of the concept is
cloggs to cloggs
in three generations
we probably misquote the next
all that glitters
may not bide
We may be thinking about
Saudi Arabia
there are still
just a few
powerful people in
The Middle East
who remember the days before
oil
and oil wealth
they recall the poverty of the life of the
Desert Nomad
We have a little trick for remembering
what is desert and what is dessert
You get more with a dessert
so it has two esses
There are THREE origins of the
spoken word
Dessert comes from
Old French des servir
to un server
to clear the table
originally
a dessert is
nibbles left behind after the main meal has been cleared
two origins of desert
Latin deservire to super serve, to serve zealously
just deserts, just reward
and
Latin deserere to abandon
so the noun is a place that has been deserted
the verb is to
go AWOL
absent without leave
of course in modern
land management
the noun is also the place that has been
desertified
land stripped of content as opposed to having been
abandoned
We have therefore in the Middle East
two classes of non-Jew
all are people who are descended from people who were
dirt poor 100 years ago
some are still poor
some are now rich
the poor will always be with you....
but modern medicine means there are a lot more of them
the newly rich are the interesting people
the dying ones
sent their children to
The West for an Expensive Education
The expensively educated ones sent their kids to the West to
SHOP
Power corrupts
absolute power corrupts absolutely
SOME of the third generation
see the writing on the wall and are seeking to
diversify
out of fossil fuel production
mostly into tourism
mostly to attract the
newly rich of
The Subcontinent
The Continent of South Asia
India
The fossil fuel industry may be seen as
the dot com bubble
in slow motion
There are still people making money out of
InformationTechnology
and the oil industry will survive
it will, however, not
dominate
Our Ricker has done so many things that
some of you may think he is a fictional character
to speak for a while to the
Home Crowd
There will be those amongst you who remember
Col Rose
Colin Rose, B.A. Durham, LL.B. London
Head of Storr's House, Coatham School
side issue about Costham
for a long long time
when a master was appointed to be
Head of House
the house changed its name to his
hence, when Mr Storr - forgive us if that was Dr Storr
became head of a house it was renamed
Storr's House
Just as the school was
Sir William Turner's School
NOT
The Sir William Turner School
However, at some point
perhaps when the school re-named itself
Coatham
the House names were frozen
and thus they were
just to make things that bit awkward...
Ingham's House Head of House, Herb Elliot
School House, Head of House Phil Hargreaves
Cochrane's House, Head of House J K B Ingham
Storr's House , Head of House Col Rose
Erm, School House...
all the boarders plus others to make up the numbers
The Boarders, Phil Hargreaves, and The Head
S.G. Barker
lived in
Red Barns
in Kirkleatham Street
all this to introduce Col Rose
Col Rose was also the
school rep(resentative) at - for the
Public Schools Appointments Bureau
Col Rose fixed you up with
Work Experience
Most of the lads who went on work experience got
a long weekend at the Headquarters of
Shell or BP or MetalBox
God metal box were big in those days
Ricker got a full two weeks is the
Research Labs at
Kodak in Harrow
we're gettin there...
in the middle of those two weeks he met one of these
long weekend workexperience lads
Very nice lad, no idea what school he was at
BUT
this dates Our Ricker
he was a very close relative of
The Shah of Iran
before the revolution.....
Been around Our Ricker
The Iranian and Ricker got the tour of the works
Ricker also got set on to
hand calibrate the new
autoanalyser in the
That is
they gave the new gee whiz machine and Ricker half each of a sample
and compared the machine's result with Ricker's hand work
Took the machine ten minutes
took Ricker all morning....
same result mind
Clearly anybody that good at detailed work
wouldn't be any good in management
they wouldn't be able to see the
Big Picture
or the impending revolution
Quality Assurance Department



What we want to bring in here is the old saying
Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day
Teach a man to fish and
You feed him for life
above we expand on the advantages of arranging
an Expensive English Education
especially when it includes site visits to
British Engineering and Commerce
However, Germany setting itself up as the
America of the 21st Century
Bring me you starving, your huddled masses
whatever...
is definitely
not the same thing

7th December 2017


We rushed yesterday's effort
Grosmont is pronounced
grow mont
The ironworks was
in blast
from around
1863
to around
1891
The picture is from
1889
We know Frank M Sutcliffe's life dates
1853 to 1941
but not his career dates...
so he's 38 when he takes this picture
apparently from somebody's bedroom window



The railway through Grosmont to Whitby
runs along the valley of the
River Esk
one of the rivers called Esk
The 50 metres above sea level contour line
runs through the 'village'
Gros mont is
Big Hill
One of the local hills is called
Limber Hill
the contour line along the top of the valley
is
well one of them is the
150 metre contour line
the roads around those parts
often rise over
100 metres
in a very short distance
we be thinking that
valleys such as the Esk Valley be
glacial
U shaped in profile - cross section
not V for valley
there's a pretty spectacular road bridge
just up stream of Whitby
not a lot of scope for
Old Time Continental Zig-Zag hillside roads


We want to tidy up a loose end
We want to say why it is
a haw frost or radiation frost or grass frost
and not just a frost
we didn't make clear that
a haw frost
is superficial
and contrasts with a
penetrating frost
in really polar climes
you get a third type of frost
permafrost
in Alaska - and presumably Canada
there is around three metres - ten feet
of soil and rock that
freezes in winter and thaws in summer
frozen and thawed this earth varies in
density
and hence level
and you get
frost heave
it messes with the foundations of roads and buildings
for the most part the earth - the earthly earth
does not move around much
nothing like as much as do
the waters of the seas and large lakes and oceans
significant changes with the seasons of
soil temperature and rock temperature and sand....
are confined to the top layer
the changes in temperature in the
waters of the world go much deeper
but not into the abyssal depths
thus
winds coming off the sea are more
temperate
more stable
than the temperatures of winds
coming across land
hence
a maritime climate
weather in coastal areas
is yer classic
warm wet winds in winter
and for many places that is
warm wet westerly winds in winter
permafrost
penetrating frost
haw frost
red skies only really affect
haw frosts
blink and you'll miss it frosts
if you like
they are
weather related
not climate related

6th December 2017



End of Autumn
The fall of fall

These three pictures are supposed to represent
Our Ricker's problem
They are photos of
plaster casts of his lower jaw
Jaw after first surgery

jaw after first surgery with items of interest 'circled'

Jaw after second surgery

A couple of things have been removed The question always was
what are they?
We ain't saying exactly
what we are saying is
What we can say is that when the tiny bits that were removed
were removed
they weren't quite so tiny
iceberg style burial involved
also
they were not sent to a lab for testing
as they may have been if Ricker were a pet
at the vets 'we' knew what they were
BUT
if they had been something a lot more nasty...
by now Poor Old Ricker's jaw
would be eaten in two and
held together with plates and screws
Not happened
Good news
Merry Christmas
We've stolen a present for you
It's a Frank Sutcliff print of

Grossie Iron Works
Grosmont Ironworks
Where it all started

4th December 2017


Hefting (or heafing) – the instinct in some breeds of keeping to
a certain heft (a small local area) throughout their lives.
Allows different farmers in an extensive landscape such as
moorland to graze different areas without the need for fences,
each ewe remaining on her particular area. Lambs usually learn their heft from their mothers.


The 1923 general election was fought on the Conservatives' protectionist proposals but,
although they got the most votes and remained the largest party,
they lost their majority in parliament, necessitating the formation of
a government supporting free trade.
Thus, with the acquiescence of Asquith's Liberals, Ramsay MacDonald
became the first ever Labour Prime Minister in January 1924,
forming the first Labour government, despite Labour only having 191 MPs
(less than a third of the House of Commons).
Because the government had to rely on the support of the Liberals
it was unable to pass any radical legislation.
The most significant achievement was the Wheatley Housing Act,
which began a building programme of 500,000 homes for rental to low paid workers.
Legislation on education, unemployment, social insurance and tenant protection was also passed.
Although no major changes were introduced, the main achievement of the government was
to demonstrate that Labour were capable of governing.



We may be embarking on one of our
Holiday Projects
We are currently moved to give our typically
off centre view of
The Labour Party
We like a few facts...
The rise of The Labour Party spans
1880 to 1945
In 1880 there were zero Labour
Members of the House of Commons
It is immediately interesting that we should refer to
The Lords and Commons
Members of the House of Commons
are members of Parliament
but we do not refer to
members of the House of Lords
as MPs
the pedant would say they should be refered to as
MCs
Members of the House of Commons
There were, in 1880
Three working class members of the
House of Commons
they were members of the
Liberal Party
or more precisely
Members of the House of Commons
because they had been put there by the support of
The Liberal Party
After the General Election of 1945 there were
393 Labour members of the Commons
The first clear
Lower House
labour majority
We have to step back at this point
back to
1867
and
1884
when
The Reform Acts
gave the vote to
working men
Some have thought that
once working men had the vote
they would want their own political party
and would vote for it in droves
However, before there was industry
particularly before there were
railways
most people lived in
serfdom
not a lot different from
slavery
we have forgotten the crucial word
we tink it's
hefted
these days it refers to
sheep
the idea is that
flocks of sheep
don't need to be fenced in
they don't wander off their
flock territory
people objected to the
Highland Clearances
they were generally deeply attached to the land
they had lived on for generations
the deal of serfdom was
you live on a particular area of land
that your family have long lived on
you don't own it
you live on it and you
feed yourself and your family on the
food you grow on it
You give a tithe
a tenth to
the landowner in return for being allowed to use
the land to grow your food
the landowner will be
a knight or The Church
and we have
Tithe Barns
where the tax in the form of food
is stored
of course it is also a requirement to
train for battle and fight in the cause of the
landowner
as well
to survive and support your family
you need permission to farm somebody's land
and
what you know about is
farming
We're telling you now
we have not read
Eric Hobsbawm's
Industry and Empire; An economic history of Britain
since 1750
published 1969
What happened in the late nineteenth century was
the idustrialisation of
the production of food and clothes did
two things
it drove people
out of work
but it drove down prices
to the extent that
poor people could survive on
a very little money
essentially the
real wages
or
real incomes of
the skilled and middle classes
shot up
and the concept of a
Labour Aristocracy
developed
prior to the industrial revolution
getting food form the land was
hard work and skilled
industrialisation called for different skills
and
the
production line
blurred the distinctions between
skilled and un-skilled labour
The concept of
Just sufficient education ot perform
begins to be challenged
people working hard within a limited skill set
and
people developing
white collar skills
have leisure for
self-improvement
learning about things in previous generations they
would have been told not to
bother their pretty little heads over
children and women in particular
Another reference we have not read
Helen Merrel Lynd
England in the eighteen-eighties
Oxford Press 1945
First famous name
Charles Booth
The Liberals were still
'holders of the social conscience'
over working class poverty
a poverty - then as now
most decidedly in
POCKETS of deprivation
and not by any means
universal
We do not intend at this point to go back to
the pre-1850
Chartist Movement
and its demise
from around then
1850 to 1880
socialism was something
discussed in a few working men's clubs<<
mainly in London
most of the people chuntering on about socialism
in those clubs were
refugees from Continental Europe
The greatest of these
Karl Marx
died in 1883
almost unknown after thirty years of residence
in London
At the time of his death
not one of his major works
had been translated into English
In 1881 Das Kapital
was available in French
It appeared in English in 1887
By the end of the 1880s
Two significant socialist societies existed
The Fabian Society
and
The Social Democratic Federation
Liberal Leader
Glastone
'blew it'
by his coercive attitude towards
Ireland
and his imperialist attitude towards
Egypt and South Africa
Boer War....
Perhaps even more important
at the time
a forgotten American author
Henry George
1879
Progress and Poverty
Quote
In progress and Poverty
Look over the world today
In countries the most widely differing...
under conditions the most diverse as to government
as to industries to tariffs as to currency
you will find distress amongst the working classes
but everywhere that you find distress
in the midst of wealth
you will find that the land is
monopolised
nd quote
what we have here is a rare bird
an economics textbook that
became a world best-seller
in the 1880s
Kegan Paul, the publishers
sold 109,000 copies
over the 1880s
the author made five
very popular lecture tours of the UK
The essence seems to be the idea that
owners of the
means of production
as opposed to the providers of the
skills and efforts of production
had too much control over the economy
This debate about the distribution of wealth
has not yet strayed into concepts of
fairness related to
how much of the wealth produced should be
re-distributed to those who
play no part in its production
the distinctions between
trades unions
labour unions
and
the vulnerable
had not yet crystalised
even now we are confused about
how much wealth should be redistributed to
the vulnerable
and how much to
advocates for the vulnerable
we are making considerable
tax and charitable donations to
organisations with
employees
employees who can not be classified as
vulnerable or 'deserving'
charity ihn those days was largely restricted to
the giving of alms - direct to the vulnerable
living off rent
rather than
having a proper job
making something that could be sold at a profit
was characterised in 1883 by
Joseph Chamberlain as
the class that toil not
neither do they spin
He was thinking of
The owners of the means of production
not
the vulnerable
Despite not being a socialist
rather an advocate of
what would today be
some reasonable level of
Corporation Tax
he influenced - through his writings and personality
the likes of
Bernard Shaw - would that be George Bernard Shaw?
H H Champion???
Keir Hardy
H M Handyman
and
Beatrice Webb
The background of Beatrice Webb could fairly be described as
cultivated and prosperous
her catch phrase was
the consciousness of sin
others may have worded it as
there
but for the grace of God
go I
I do not mean[she wrote]
the consciousness of personal sin...
the consciousness of sin was a collective or class consciousness
a growing uneasiness, amounting to conviction
that the industrial organisation that had yielded
rent, interest, and profits
on a stupendous scale
had failed to provide a decent livelihood
and tolerable conditions for
a majority of the inhabitants of Great Britain
In another re-telling the underlying context
could be that her writings were not aimed at
the working classes
and she meant to say to her fellow plutocrats
don't flash so much bling
you'll start a riot
H M Handyman founded the
Social Democratic Federation in 1884
He had been educated at
Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge
Top hat and frock coat... every inch the
Jacob Rees Mogg
of his day
Having read Das Kapital - in French translation
he wrote his own version
England For All
it turned out rather a
text-book for Tory-democracy
rather than
Continental Social Democracy
we see here echoes of our earlier comments about
the zeal of converts
in relation to religion
here we see people from foreign lands
exiled from those troubled foreign lands and seeking to
experiment with possible solutions to the problems in those places
by using the UK as a
testing ground
Marx read his own name in England for All
two years before he died
and regarded this as a
solecism
a breach of etiquette
then there were 14 years of rift for the time
Engles lived and fumed about this
shabby treatment
of his friend Marx
William Morris
artist, poet and designer
rich manufacturer
funded this federation
Essentially, one of the two founding organisations of
the Labour Party
was about
craft skill
versus
a version of mechanisation that could now be seen as
The rise of the robots
so odd that leftist politics has now moved onto the
we must buy off the uneducated and the disabled
or they rise up against us
All
Beatrice Webb
and no
William Morris

Now a bit about the other
pillar of socialism
For the right moment you must wait
as Fabius did most patiently
when warring against Hanibal
though many censured his delays
but when the time comes you must strike hard
as Fabius did
or your waiting will be in vain and fruitless
To paraphrase
Vic Feather QC MP
They speak of little else i
Burnley and Bradford....
Hence the origins of
The Fabian Society
another bunch of tossers
Their 'team'?
George Bernard Shaw - GBS
Annie Bessant
Sidney Webb
GBS said
I joined the Fabians from an instinctive feeling that they
would attract the men of my own bias
and intellectual habits
we were middle-class all through
rank and file as well as leaders
There were young ladies
on the look-out for husbands
who left when they succeeded
They were influenced by the writing of
John Stuart Mill
We can quote Annie Bessant
regarding the
anti-capitalism of the Fabians
they wanted little tings to belong to individuals
An Englishman's home is his castle
but they wanted big things
water works, roads, big factories
to belong to
society
Quote
There will never be a point ar which
a society crosses from
individualism
to
Socialism
The change is ever going forward and our society is
well on the way to socialism
Fabians believed in
Gas-and-Water socialism
For the Fabian, indeed, socialism meant
basically
state and municipal socialism
Sidney Webb listed out
things that had been
nationalised
by socialism
dairies, milk-shops - the co-op
bakeries
baby-farms??? - nurseries, children's homes???
gasometers,
schools of anatomy, vivisection laboratories
we thinking 'universities' there
explosive works
Scottish herrings
and
common lodging houses
They clearly lived in a world where
you got injured or ill....
you died
quickly
Beatrice Webb also wrote
The Fabian aim therefore is to
make thinking persons socialistic
rather than to
organise the unthinking persons
into Socialist Societies
Essentially, the Fabians
did not want
power
but
influence
The Labour Party
has it's existence founded on an organisation that
did not, does not believe that there should be
a Labour Party
We could go on
and probably will
some other time
but, essentially
The Labour Party
that its founders never wanted
was a partnership between
the middle class , influencers
and the power hungry trades and labour unions
To this day this this melding is reflected
as in Redcar by the
'Labour' candidate officially being the
Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate
and incidentally
The Tories are officially
The Conservative and Unionist Party
to do with
Northern Ireland
not
Trades IUnions


election votes MPs candidates share
1900 63,304 2 15 1.8
1906 329,748 30 51 5.9
1910 Jan 505,657 40 78 7.6
1910 Dec 371,772 42 56 7.1
1918 2,385,472 63 388 22.2
1922 4,241,383 142 411 29.5
1923 4,438,508 191 422 30.5
1924 5,489,077 151 512 33.0
1929 8,389,512 288 571 37.1
1931 6,649,630 52 515 30.6
1935 8,325,491 154 552 37.9
1945 11,995,152 393 604 47.8

We are not sure how many MPs made up each parliament but
around 650 is the present figure
It is clear that two World Wars
made a massive positive difference to the Labour
vote share
Could that have influenced
The Blair government to
go to war?
More clearly, the electoral disaster - for Labour
of 1931
in the midst of a global slump
shifted the balance of power in favour of
The Unions
and they capitalised on that
after the 1945 landslide
that wasn't really their achievement
In the 21st century...
It is the
Fawcett Society
that has taken the role of The Fabian Society
However, they are less
much less
Socialist in terms of the positive concept of
Society
they are a reversion to
individualism
so long as the individual is
female
it is a classic example of
what are we gonna do now, what are we gonna do now whadda we gonna do now
pache Spike Miligan
it long ago achieved the ami of the founder and
is now
jobs for the girls
as with the Fabian Society
they probably leave if they score
and rigde off into the sunset with
Mr. Right
The Fawcett Society is an organisation in the United Kingdom that
campaigns for women's rights.
The organisation's roots date back to 1866,
when Millicent Garrett Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful campaign for women's suffrage.
Votes for Women
End of

2nd December 2017


In the UK
it is now the time for
clear cold winter skies
clear skies and long nights
and so
once again we will run over the
topical saying
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight
Red sky in the morning , sailor's warning
when the sky is clear
as the sun sets
it is the red light that creeps furthest
around the curvature of the earth
when it is cloudy and foggy
this doesn't happen
when it is foggy and cloudy
shepherds can't see their flocks so well at night
or predators
back in the day
these conditions were described as generating a
radiation frost
it's now called a
grass frost
red sky equals , clear night sky
for a shepherd, good visibility
for a sailor, come morning....
frozen rigging
wake up to a dawning red sky and
you will have the Dickens of a job
setting sail
until the sun gets properly up and thaws your rigging
so the modern version would be....
Red sky at night
drivers' delight
there will be no fog
Red sky in the morning
drivers' warning
get up a bit earlier and get the
haw frost
off your windows and mirrors
The term
haw frost
derives from the
third eyelid
that many animals
including horses
have that acts like a kind of
temporary or movable
cataract


The nictitating membrane (from Latin nictare, to blink)
is a transparent or translucent third eyelid present in some animals
that can be drawn across the eye from the medial canthus for protection and
to moisten it while maintaining vision.
Some reptiles, birds, and sharks have full nictitating membranes;
in many mammals, a small, vestigial portion of the membrane remains in the corner of the eye.
Some mammals, such as camels, polar bears, seals and aardvarks, have full nictitating membranes.
Often called a third eyelid or haw,
it may be referred to in scientific terminology as the plica semilunaris,
membrana nictitans, or palpebra tertia.



last
a mould of a human foot
in wood
on which shoes are made or repaired
to stick to one's last
to attend diligently to one's business
The cobbler should stick to his last
a lesson there for
the police
Old English last, a track or trace
It may come as quite a revelation to
many in the general public that
retired police officers may
take home their official notebooks and
hand them down as
family heirlooms...
It is over and over again submitted by
female journalists
in any workplace other than Parliament
whiling away a work hiatus with a little
porn watching would mean instant dismissal
if the lady whiled away the same spare minutes with a little
shoe ogling
would the same fate await?

1st December 2017


Back in the 1960s
If you were unemployed
you went to the
Dole Office
and signed for your money
As a kind of afterthought
The office being branded
Labour Exchange
You were offered the opportunity to specify
what sort of work you were looking for
so that the clerks could tip you off about any
suitable opportunities
The running
Variety Club
Joke was
Occupation?
Coronation Flag Salesman
We get local
That's a joke right?
TV news from Newcastle
In the local news there is much made of
the possible closure of
certain hospital services in Newcastle
What the local news does not say is
that the NHS nationally has paired off hospitals
across the country
two in London
One in Liverpool paired with one in Manchester
every few years - about every five years
one of these pairs will be selected for
the selection of one to cover a service
in the present areas of the two
This time...
Patients from Manchester have been told that
in future if they want
little baby heart surgery
they will have to go to
Liverpool
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
is paired with
Leeds
With no child heart services in Manchester....
Leeds will have its case strengthened
The Freeman in Newcastle
Has NOT been told it must move its services to
The Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle
It has been told that
child heart services must be provided in units that
Do over 550 operations a year
provide in one unit
ALL the child health services a family could need
At the bottom line
The Freeman in Newcastle would rather close than
compete effectively with Leeds by
transferring to
James Cook
in Middlesbrough

29th November 2017


Some engineering musings here
Have you ever wondered
Do trains have
handbrakes?
Brakes are interesting
They have two functions
The handbrake is more correctly termed the
Parking Brake
it should be
purely mechanical
and is required to ensure that an
idle or unattended vehicle
does not start into motion
at any unlooked-for moment
an entirely external and independent
wheel chock
can deliver this service
The other function is to
retard the motion of, slow, bring to a stop
a moving vehicle
In the classic driving test
emergency stop
with a proper car
not an automatic
the effect is achieved by
stamping hard on both the
brake and clutch pedals
far too often we hear of elderly drivers having accidents
and the cause being given as
pressing the accelerator instead of the brake
these incidents usually happen after
an aging driver has swapped to an automatic
and in an emergency carries out the ingrained
response of trying to stamp on both brake and clutch
and actually stamps on the only two pedals available
brake and accelerator
and being old, being therefore rich
they have a car
the engine of which is far stronger than the brakes...
so many people fail to see
laying off the accelerator as a means of slowing a vehicle
as to having the slightest clue about
engine braking
forget it
nevertheless
the great debate once was
It was
George Hardwick
Middlesbrough football player
turned
coach company owner and his attempts to get
regenerative brakes accepted
we could probably research that saga....
however
we will write now of
eddy currents
The basic, traditional, classical method
mode of operation of driving brakes
is by the generation of
friction
to convert the kinetic energy
energy of motion
of the vehicle into
heat
Here's a thing about automotive engineering we bet
a pound to a dollar

did you know that before UK coinage was
decimalised
there was a coin known as a half crown
it was worth two shillings and sixpence
there being twenty shillings in a pound
it was worth
one eighth of a pound
did you know it was also called
Half a Dollar?
We have to assume that the exchange rate in
Wartime Second World War UK was
Four dollars to the pound


anyway the question
You will know that to start as car
the battery has to be well charged
flat battery, no starty car
starting the car must discharge the battery
Here's the thing
the starter motor has a
bendix
OK, we give up
NOBODY knows THAT Vincent Bendix
born 1882 Moline Illinois
died 1945 New York City
His Bendix Motor Company of Chicago
produced 7,000 automobiles before it
closed, failed in 1909
His company pioneered four wheel braking
and sold the rights to
the Eclipse Machine Company of Elmira, New York
in 1913
Here's the thing you never consider about
starting a car
the starter has to drive the engine around
until it starts
Before there was
The Bendix
you had to crank the car with the
starting handle
and
if you didn't
let go at exactly the right moment
the engine would fire and whip the starting handle around
and
break your arm
the starting handle had a
one way gear
if you held it against the
dog
it was connected
as the dog - connected to the crank shaft of the engine
turned faster than the starting handle
it disengaged
ran ahead of it
the starting handle would then
slow and stop and could be safely removed
The Bendix is a spring that
holds the drive cog of the starter motor
away from the teeth around the edge of the
engine flywheel
When the starter motor gets fast enough
by the application of current due to the starter switch
being pressed or turned
the centrifugal force of the weights in the Bendix
compresses the spring
the Bendix moves along the shaft of the
starter motor - along a helical screw
and engages with the
flywheel ring gear
you slow the starter motor when you
release the starter switch
and the spring
disengages the Bendix
whether or not the engine has fired
Think on this
after you have depleted the battery some
whilst starting the engine
you expect the alternator
in early days the dynamo
to recharge the battery
The elephant in the room
The idle starter motor stops
but so long as the engine runs
the alternator turns
in the old system
the regulator
dumped electricity unwanted by a fully charged battery
to a ballast resistor
a heating element of the back of the regulator
The main reason for changing from
drum brakes
to
disc brakes
is that although they work in
pretty much the same way
the more open overall design
means the heat they generate is
more easily dispersed
One way to approach
regenerative braking is to
convert the unwanted kinetic energy of the vehicle
not to heat but to
electricity
You could try to feed this electricity back into the
overhead wires above a train
it is
ONE HELL OF A LOT EASIER
to have a bunch of batteries on board and
feed the energy
into the batteries as extra charge

Without researching the Hardwick system....
we guess he stored the energy in a flywheel
with a mechanical clutch
not so good


A long time ago
probably in the 1970s
The Bendix was superceded
internal combustion engines from then on had
Pre-engaged starter motors
they have a smaller 'cylinder' on top
and a lever arm
and the engagement is controlled by the
in out action of a solenoid - in the smaller cylinder

Trains and Large Road vehicles
have
fail safe mechanical brakes operate by foot pedal pressure
amplified in many cases by a servo
being applied to make the brake pads or shoes
grip the steel rotor on the hub
big conventional vehicle braking systems
operate by having the two surfaces clamped together by springs
or the weight of the vehicle or some
passive - not requiring input of energy - system
and the vehicle can move
when
air pressure from a compressor and air tanks
is applied to
release the brakes
a truck or train
can't move until it has started its engine
unless there is sufficient pressure in the
air tanks to release the brakes
AND
run the starter
that isn't electrical but
see earlier definition
an air engine
You don't put
Jump leads on a train of truck
you hook up to a compressor of air tank
Some of you will remember the
Dr Who
episode
using air in the tyres of
Concorde
to start its engines...

Trains with electrical brakes have
auxiliary electrical brakes and they work on the
eddy current principle
These brakes have discs spinning within the jaws of
electromagnets
to actuate these brakes
you activate the electromagnets and
the field between the poles of the electromagnet
causes eddy currents in the disc and
that heats the disc and dissipates the
kinetic energy in the axels
and slows the train
That is not regenerative because
eddy currents are the same
electron movements as caused in an
electrical generator
BUT
if you force a conductor that is
in a circuit through a magnetic field
the electrons are driven around the circuit
if the conductor is not
in a circuit
the electrons
chase around in circles - and such
within the conductor
and heat it up
like an electrical heating element in a circuit
What we don't have......
is eddy current brakes that are
permanent magnets
pulled away from a conductor eddy current disk
by a solenoid
pre-engaged starter motor style



Here's the problem with
relectrical regenerative braking
we have said
electrical power came
BETWEEN
steam and diesel
at that time it was
electromechanical
not electronic
as we have suggested ....
but we will now say explicitly
back in the day
the day when
Blackpool Trams
were invented
you controlled spead
NOT through electronics such as
thyristors
but by using a mechanical switch to split
the power between
the motors and ballast resistors
imagine the situation
you have two controllers
one is rotary are splits the power between
motor and ballast
the other is a two way switch that
selects
brakes or drive
in an emergency stop
you would want
full power
brake mode
harvesting energy from the motor/generator
to charge the batteries
the batteries are meant to provide
engine braking but we said we
wouldn't go there
in your panic it was far too easy to
select drive
instead of
brake
hence these systems were deemed to dangerous
because the
wetware
is the weakest link
time moves on
systems get safer
but people remember the disasters
essentially
APT was driven out by HST
Advanced Passenger Train - tilting train
HST high speed train
Because
APT was designed by
aeronautical engineers but
not driven by pilots but by engine drivers
HST was designed by
railway engineers and
driven by engine drivers
and the acceptance was far easier


Here we have the basis for an
electromechanical amplifier
on the basis that we have a disc
on a axel
that we want to retard - slow down
we put in a small amount of electrical energy
by using a solenoid actuator to
pivot a permanent magnet
over the disc on the axel
and by putting contacts near the edge and near the centre
we put the disc into an electrical circuit and
get electrical power out of the disc
proportionate to
how far the permanent magnet is
'covering' the disc
advanced over the disc
In this way
instead of brakes
overheating
they would stay cool and
charge a battery

27th November 2017


The Teesside trolleybus system once served the conurbation of Teesside,
in the North East of England.
Opened on 8 November 1919, it was unusual in being a completely new system
that was not replacing any previously operating tramway network.
By the standards of the various now defunct trolleybus systems in the
United Kingdom, the Teesside system was a small one, with a total of three routes,
and a maximum fleet of only 21 trolleybuses.
However, it was unusually long-lasting, as it did not close until 18 April 1971,
and was therefore the penultimate system in the UK to do so.
Three of the former Teesside system trolleybuses are now preserved,
one of them at Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands,
one at the Kirkleatham Old Hall Museum,
and the third one near the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Lincolnshire.
From 1912 Bolckow Vaughan was the main mover behind the
North Ormesby, South Bank, Normanby and Grangetown Railless Traction Co.,
which built a depot at Cargo Fleet, took power (until 1955) from
the Bolckow Vaughan's (later Dorman Long) South Bank steel works,
erected the first pole at Normanby in July 1915 and had the entire system ready
8 months later, but not the buses, which were held up by wartime shortages.
In December 1918, the company was sold, 1/3 to Middlesbrough Corporation and 2/3 to
Eston Urban District Council.
They formed the Tees-side Railless Traction Board.
The first trial run was on 19 September 1919.
Official opening was at 11am on Saturday 8 November 1919,
with Chairman of the Board, Cllr. W.G.Grace, driving the first bus.
On 1 April 1968, the Board merged with Middlesbrough and Stockton to form
Teesside Municipal Transport and trolley buses were replaced with diesel buses 3 years later
We'd like to find the time to research the
Tees Traction Bus system
as it stands we can comment about how this
played out during the
Second World War
The Tees Trollies ran on electricity
electricity generated from locally mined
coal
there was no oil to produce
petrol or diesel
There was no
Natural Gas
no Liquefied Petroleum Gas
buses in benighted places such as
London
were running around with a trailer full of
non-liquefied
Town Gas
gas up the bus from the
domestic gas taps
gas produced in gas works
from coal
That bloody stuff was
lethal
a massive proportion of it was
carbon monoxide
sometimes the
gas bags were not in a trailer but
on the roof
one leak and
yer passengers...
gassed
How lucky was Redcar to have
Electric Trollies
not in Redcar but in Eston
In about the mid 1960s
Stephen Pearson who was a pupil at Coatham School
and on School Dinners
and a trainspotting enthusiast
got special permission to leave school
at lunchtime to
go to
Redcar Central Station
where a
steam engine
had come off the tracks
Electric Trolley Busses were being
pensioned off - scrapped
at the same time as
steam locomotives on the railway
on account of 'cos
the war was over and
the Americans wanted to sell us
Petroleum Products
plus ca change
plus c'est le meme chose
or as they won't be saying in
Rhodesia
SSDD
same shit, different day
London learned the
public transport lessons of
the Second World War
They have
electrical underground railways
they have
electrical overground railways
Teesside opted out of electrification because
it has
oil refineries
and so long as it is plumbed-in to
the North Sea oil reserves
it won't see the point of
electrification
Twenty years from now...
what sort of electrical transport system will
Teesside be bidding for??
Meanwhile..
if unions, politicians, and local business leaders
keep blocking electrification
the area will loose connectivity to the
rest of the country
infrastructure
no non-fossil infrastructure projects....
twenty more years in the cooler
in the slow lane
We note with a little sadness that as the new
Tees Dock Bridge
is being built
piles are being driven into the middle of the
Dock Cut
meaning that
The Tall Ships
will no longer be able to get into
Middlesbrough Dock
It is hard to see how
it could become a
Marina
for the sort of
dingy
that could squeeze through
the dock walls being so high and sheer
not that that would stop them from mooring nearby
in the river
just...
What can you do with the dock
except fill it in
again




One of the few advantages of being very very old is that
if you have a good memory you can fit memory fragments together
like jig-saw pieces
pieces of a jig-saw with no guide picture
we recall one of those
true or false, myth exploring documentaries
one of te things you can say about cattle is that
they have quite large eyes
as do horses
The concept being explored in the documentary
in question was the phrase
Like a bull in a china shop
Nobody, but nobody, has first hand experience of
bulls is china shops
the TV people set up an enclosure in a field
and they set up shelves filled with cheap china
as a replica of a typical china department in a
department store
they then introduced - one at a time
a number of bulls into the enclosure
and gave then an incentive to move
from one end of the enclosure to the other
very little china was damaged
Here's the point about the contrast between
the world we have lived in over the past
several hundred years
and
the world in which most animals species evolved
cattle and horse have changed in size
due to human activity, selectively breeding them
but not in fundamental nature
In broad terms two things
humans have increased the proportion of land termed
grassland
and reduced the proportion of land regarded as
woodland
we have also
introduced species to environments other
than the ones where they evolved
we are now being told that
we are not sure, perhaps animal fossils found along with
plant pollen
we are not sure
we are told that cattle lived before people
domesticated them
in woodland, not grassland
pigs with their huge snouts and
piggy little eyes
wild boar
slowly snuffling around in the muck
cattle charging around the woodland
eanting higher up and using their big big eyes
to avoid running into
trees
hence...
in the real world
the saying should be
Like a Wild Boar in a China Shop
It isn't
because
we never like to let the
facts
get in the way of an
exaggerated story



There must be a technical term for this
it may well be
cultural inertia
we understand that in the UK
although the equipment is not standard issue....
ground workers in the
Water Industry
are still
dowsing
to find potentially leaking water pipes
Several things...
Water companies are amongst those organisations
under pressure to employ 'workers'
they would trust with a
bent coat hanger
but not with
twenty four thousand quid's worth of
ground penetrating RADAR
the fact that nearly
thirty years after privatisation???
the water companies
STILL
don't have maps of their physical assets
Related to this we record a US cultural quirk
often when something happens or turns up
in the workplace to attract a crowd
somebody may say
Hey what's this?
A Union Crew?
the cultural inertia is
no matter how low
unemployment gets
no matter how high a proportion of
people of working age have jobs
the hard wired response to anything will be
will this cost jobs?
Will this create jobs
It's one of those
journalistic cliches
like just exactly what is the obsession with
local journalists with expressing a credit to a contributor
as
Sophie Smith (22)
it was most recently remarked in the BBC
by a complaint about a strap line
Sam Brown
lesbian
give people name checks by all means
but if they are not
representing an organisation
restrict yourself to the name
paper reviewers are getting
political commentator
when they are freelance
and can't say
paper clip executive at the Times
There is a technical reason for this
before some
Australian Twirp
bought
The Times
and set about exploiting its
commercial potential
it was regarded as a
Newspaper of Record
in other words
not withstanding wartime censorship
what was printed in newspapers
including local ones
was storred in
local libraries
as
historical record.

25th November 2017


We did a little Black Friday
Tees valley Test Shop
we set out to try to buy three things
1 a USB 3 lead
2 a jar or two of saur kraut
3 something so special it was worth
hauling home on the train
We failed on all three
We have no doubt that a USB 3 lead
will come to us via the internet....
why would you want one?
to connect a TV digibox to an external hard drive
for extra storage
one comes with the drive but
two or more TVs leave a lead on each TV
and move the drive
Maplin
gone from Teesside Park!!!!
Sauer Kraut?
why not
should be amongst the
pickled gurkins and pickled cabbage
it's listed on major supermarket we sites
BUT
would it be substituted with
something else
if you ordered it on line?
We nearly got tempted by a gadget
trouble is we had bought a better one for
three pounds in a Redcar charity shop the day before
frugality tip
all those unwanted Christmas gifts....
February...
in charity shops and
Cash Converters
because people loose the receipts




Transport regulations
SO we had a quick look at STGO regs
They are all about
mobile cranes and
indivisible loads
anything is possible
and if you can get
road closures for a fun run
or to renew utilities
you can shift a genuinely
exceptional load
However, within the
run of the mill vehicle licencing regime
vehicles are still supposed to
be in convoys not trains
this is where the regulations are out of date
they only take account of two options
convoy of trucks with a driver in each
train of trucks with drivers only in the lead truck
clearly since they don't specify
there must be a driver in each truck
manufacturers are assuming
radio control qualifies as
convoy not train
Australia is famed for having
Road trains
but they are very very short
and the authorities appear to be turning against them
if rail signalling could be dragged out of the 19th century
we kid you not
road trains in the UK would become less attractive
it is absurd that rail tains are
effectively
driven from a remote control room
and just
tended
by their
supposed
'drivers'
any actual train driving is classified as
shunting
not exceed the width and height regulations
essentially STGO permits
extra LENGTH and extra overall weight - not axel weight
and that is why
serious construction industry has to be
at a
Sea Port
so that lumps of gear can be
shifted from construction yard
via private road
to seagoing barges
not a lot of UK places
other than
Redcar where you can do that

24th November 2017


We forget what
STGO
stands for
What it means is
exceptional vehicle
they come in three categories
notice we are not researching this
CAT 1
CAT 2
CAT 3
most will require a
pilot car
some will require a
police escort
Redcar, Teesside, seems to have lost its
ALE depot
Back when we made things here....
We had
a number of
Heavy Haulage companies
Oh back in the day...
The late 1960s , the early 70s
There was a bloke called
Holland
He was the boss
the top man at the Teesside Transit Authority
We have no idea what it was called
He vowed that before he retired he would
get rid of the last
Trolley Bus
on Teesside
Teesside's Trolley Busses were not
Trams
There were no tracks
the trolley busses had
rubber tyres
and they had
Two poles
sticking up out of their roofs
they took both
supply and return from overhead wires
today's trams have steel wheels and
sit - electrically - between
an energised wire and
the earthing track
Teesside Trolley Busses could be
driven
driven around people, potholes, parked cars
We think that was good
hey ho, we have no Mr Holland to correct us
What brought this to mind is consideration of
the roundabout where
Birchington Avenue
crosses
Broadway
in Grangetown
We understand that
Longlands Roundabout
on the same
A 1085
Trunk Road
as which Broadway, Grangetown is a part
is claimed to have the
World's First
mini-roundabout
Well that's probably wrong
The A 1085 is only called
The Trunk Road
while it's in Redcar
It's Longlands Road after that and
Longlands Roundabout is the junction of
Longlands Road
Marton Road
and
Clareville Road, sort of
it's a stretch of road where the
A172 dickers about a bit as it picks up the
A1085
and ends in a junction with the
A 66
via a section of A172 that obliterated the old
John Collier men's suit factory
John Collier, John Collier, the window to watch
gone for a Burton
like Greenwoods
back in the 60s...
they were both on the major route
because a lot of new roads in Middlesbrough
hadn't yet been built
The point
Longlands Roundabout and Grangetown Roundabout
both had the same problem
Exceptional Vehicles
The Longlands solution was
The mini-roundabout
a vast expanse of tarmac
with a tiny island in the middle to indicate that
the pole in the middle should be regarded as signifying
a roundabout
The Grangetown solution was different
The Trolley Busses used that roundabout
they did not run on rails
but their poles were of fixed length
they could avoid a pothole or a parked car
but they couldn't
cross the road
change lanes
The Grangetown Roundabout is not much changed today
Like Longlands is is
enormous
but
it is not a vast expanse of tarmac with a pole in the middle
it is a narrow circus with a huge diameter
and a whacking great big
once gated, now fenced off
slab of tarmac to carry the Trunk Road
slap bang through the middle
four lanes and a central reserve wide
on occasion
occasions when
an exceptional load
needed to be moved
got the A66 bypass innit
ALE
stands for
Abnormal Load Engineering


we have another way to partition transport
truck driving
we can say that artics are used for one and rigids for the other
not entirely true
there are three working modes for
truck drivers
two names or words cover all three
if you are a truck driver
as opposed to a van driver
you will either be
trunking
or
Tramping
Tramping is just being a van driver with an oversized van
you fill your van and you tour around your route
dropping off
part loads
picking up part loads
as you go
trunking
is shifting an entire wagon load from
one depot and you may not load and unload
you may simply swap trailers at
either end
trunking is divideed into two
getting home to your own bed at least each alternate night
sleeping for weeks on end in your
sleeper cab
Trunking you will do a lot more
miles
before you run out of hours
than
tramping




after all that excitement we are going to tackle
the thorny issue of
children
There's a law firm in
Queen Street in Redcar and it has on its window
Children Law
WRONG
that should be
Child Law
It's quite a feature of English that
when you
go thermonuclear with your plurals
pantechnicon plural
see we got a transport theme going here
large van for trasporting furniture
Greek pan all, techne art
note how for The Greeks
art was skill, not stream of consciousness self expression
you go back to the singular
This is a law
These are the laws
We obey the law
back to the compound noun
childcare
not children care
and accessory to this
childish
acting like a two year old
childlike
innocent and sweet - simple minded, like a copper

21st November 2017


Here's an interesting question
how can you tell whether a word is
a noun
or
an adjective?
The German president will meet with all the
parties leaders
we don't think so
we think
all the party leaders
not even
partys' leaders
the thing we are discussing here is
the leaders
we could say
the leaders of all the parties
nothing
adjectival
there
a - party leader - is a thing, a person
a compound noun
so only one
s
after both parts of the noun
a compound noun is
capable of
concatination
partyleader
partyleaders



We don't like to be silenced by a
fear of error
we have had further thought about
Road Transport
We can't put a date on the rise of the
semi-trailer or articulated truck
In the UK they started small
They started on the railways as
a development of a mechanical means of moving
goods trolleys around stations and from stations
to delivery points around the local town
at this point they were a trolley and a
mechanical horse
replacing real horses
and really quite small
the whole
flexible and demountable concept
caught on
and the trucks supplanted the railways
for longer and longer journeys
at some point
mechanical horse and trolley
were replaced by
tractor and trailer
today at ports, airports and fairgrounds and with
road construction gangs
full trailers are at work
a trolley and a full trailer has at least one axel and wheel pair
at each end
semi trailers can be converted into
full trailers by putting an
axel dolly under the front end
thus making the
Road Train
possible
tractor, semi trailer, full trailer, full trailer
Almost completely independently
the shipping container
was invented
they are no all the same length
but in all other respects they are
all the same
except the ones with no sides or roof and the
refers
they are all the same in terms of
all dimensions except length
and in terms of they fixing points
same height, same width, same locating-locking mechanism
Thus
we have two types of
Large Goods Vehicle
on our roads
some are tractor and trailer or trailers
some are
tractor, trailer and shipping container
people don't generally bother loading
goods that are not setting out on the high seas
into shipping containers
it is interesting to see
that now not all shipping containers are
loaded by fork lift truck
some are upended
and have bulk materials poured into the doors end
then the doors are closed and the container
set back down level again
the shipping container is becoming
amongst other things
a sealed tipper truck
in other words the
shipping container is
taking over from almost all forms of
trailer body
This means....
many hauliers own or lease tractors
no comment about that being
hauler
in the US
some have many more trailers than they have tractors
some hire out tractor and driver to haul
the customer trailer
in between there is much business in
trailer hire
essentially a haulier buys or leases a fleet of tractors
and hires trailers as and when needed
and our point?
three easily joined and separated elements to the
Large Goods Vehicle
tractor, trailer, container
no bother at all fitting the batteries under the trailer
and swapping out a flat battery trailer from under
a container
ten minute job
so you put a small
100 mile
battery into the chassis of the tractor
and the trailer has independent power
like a refer
to feed to the drive wheels of the tractor when coupled

20th November 2017


There are many
logical dislocations
in news stories
especially science ones
especially environmental ones
fact
little bits of plastic get everywhere
especially around the oceans
The first thing we can say about
jetsam
washed up on Redcar Beach
there isn't much of it
second thing
despite the globalisation of brands
few of the labels on the waste refer to
brands familiar in the UK
There are two major sources of
sea bourne litter
rubbish thrown overboard by ships
jetsam
in theory< according to maritime law
ships are only allowed to
throw goods overboard to
lighten a ship in distress
flotsam
is goods lost by shipping as a
result of a ship being wrecked
there are two other categories of ocean debris
that we forget
none of these takes account of cities that
fill barges with municipal rubbish and
routinely and deliberately
dump the contents
not in estuarine land 'reclamation schemes'
such as
Seal Sands
in the Tees Estuary
but somewhere where a current
The Longshore Drift
will take it to the beach near some other city
individuals don't put any significant amounts of plastic into the sea
shipping companies
Cruise Liner operators in particular
and municipalities
put the rubbish that ends up in the sea
these organisations are responsible to governments
but governments don't
police activities occuring beyond their
terr1torial waters
a failure to police the high seas
results in problems washing up on shores
Dilution is not the Solution to Pollution



We think about Elon Musk and
Tesla
an electric truck
a comparison between an electric truck and
a diesel truck
The quote is
The long anticipated Tesla Semi
do the Americans or do the Americans not
refer to a
semi erect penis as a semi?
in the civilised world the rig is referred to as an
artic
we have
artics
and
rigids
articulated or not
anyway
The long-anticipated Tesla Semi has a range of 500 miles
on a single charge
The 'quote for balance" says
a diesel truck can go
twice as far on a full tank
First, if the trailer is a diesel tanker
the diesel can go around the world several times
as the battery truck can if it's carrying 34 tonnes
of batteries
The main point is this
In the UK
Large Goods Vehicles
formerly known as
HGVs
must be female, always changing their name
have
tachographs
essentially, they record a driver's
driving hours
If you say a truck driver can drive
500 miles without
running out of hours
they going mighty quick
Hence the fossil guys' argument is
You can drive twice as far in a diesel
BUT
it will have to be
double drivered
is that economically preferable to having
a truck stop
every five hundred miles?


They're at it again
There's
aircraft
aircraft's
aircrafts'
there's no such word as
aircrafts
speaking of which
consider
airengine
aeroengine
an air engine is a
motor driven by - compressed - air
an aeroengine is
an engine fitted in or for fitment in
an aircraft
funny that
aircraft
aeroplane
no airplane, not in the UK
no aerocraft - anywhere
I'm leaving on a jetplane
don't know when I'll be back again
at the very limits of the English Language
aircrafts could mean
the skills needed to design, build, maintain and fly
aircraft
University Department of Aircrafts
And…
Airplane airengine aeroengine
Word considers all but airplane to be
Abstruse concatenations
It considers airplane to be a ’real word’
So for Word… it’s air engine, aero engine
For aeroplane it wants
either
airplane
or aero plane
curiously...
Word is OK with both
'plane
and
plane
although it may be thinking of something quite else with
plane
The rain in Spain is mainly in the plane
bit not in the 'plane
and a
London plane
is a species of sycamore tree
and while we're at it....
a phone is the building blocks of the teaching method
phonics
a phone
is a sound made when speaking
a 'phone
is a device formerly known as a
telephone
context makes the meaning clear when
phone is substituted for
'phone or telephone
BUT
confusion can arise if
phone is encountered where phone is meant

17th November 2017


Here's the thing with universities in
Marxist Britain
When you are born you get a certificate and
this certificate says that as age 18
or any time thereafter you can
go to a motor dealer of your choice and buy a car
with a government loan that you will
only ever have to pay back if you earn enough
The thing is
all the cars cost the same
from the Dacia to the McLarens
you don't chose the car
the dealers choose their customers
if a prestiege car dealer likes you
they will choose you to take one of their cars
otherwise
forget it



We note the unemployment figures for North East England
for the three months to end October 2017
71,000 job seekers
6,000 down on the previous three months
as usual we don't know
three months to end June 2017
or three months to end October 2016
but either way it's a monster reduction
twice the number of the
SSI redundencies
whatever way you cut it
cut the shite
and the jobs will come
Another way to cut this is
Everybody knows
throughout the universe
the significance of the
Scottish Diaspera The Star Ship Enterprise
was
Scottie
You make a couple of thousand engineers redundant on Teesside
you expct them to turn up in
Aufhuidesein Pet
style
in factories and on job sites
worldwide
There are now
less people working in the UK
and less people seeking work in the UK
they are not gone for good
Here's the thing
these Scottish and Northeastern workers
get around the world and see
hitech modernised workplaces in
Germany, The Middle East, The Far East
and they will come home to visit their homeland
but they won't come home to work in some
cesspit of an unmodernised workplace



Take a word
any word
take
partiality
quality of being partial
favouratism
fondness for
take another word
take
partial
affecting only a part
not total
inclined to favour unreasonably
take another word
devastate
to lay waste
to plunder
Latin devastare to lay waste
decimate
to kill every tenth man
as in Ancient Rome
every tenth man , chosen by lot
from a unit - normally military - killed
as punishment
by development....
to reduce NUMBERS by a considerable amount
the company decimated the workforce
after they lost the contract
Latin decimus a tenth
decimal - to base ten
Somebody recently gave an interview about their early life
they were later famous but started out adult life as
a signaler in the UK Navy
They calculated that - recorded that
the UL Navy had a language consisting of
320 words
Everything you need to know to operate and run the
most successful - though not the most powerful
Navy in world history
can be communicated using 320 words
The most famous Naval Signal ever sent
England Expects Every Man to do his Duty
All hell at the time about the inclusion of
Expects
It wasn't one of the 320
it had to be spelt out
There was no flag for 'expects'
This was - if you don't know
Nelson to the Fleet before Trafalgar
It isn't clever and it isn't big to
take a word such as
partial and use it for a different purpose
in this case
in part
Then again
in part is not
impart
and then again
impartial
is
not partial
That's impartial NOT inpartial
and means
not partial
without prejudice
not taking sides
unbiased
it does not mean
complete
impart means
bestow a share
to grant
to divulge
to disclose
usually relating to information or knowledge
to make the recipient a part of the
group with the knowledge
the clan, the in crowd, the group
We begin to suspect that
BBC sports journalists
Based in Lancashire so ....
who knows
we suspect they do this just to check whether we read their stuff
Court Martial
a court that is martial Grand Prix
a prize that is great
court, prize, nouns
great, martial, adjectives
Courts Martial
Grand Prix
sheep singular
sheep plural
prix singular
prix plural
plural of Grand Prix
is
Grand Prix
as in
grand prize
grand prizes
not
grands prize

14th November 2017





All the time we think we are
weeing into the wind
here we go again
Neither of the implements in these photos is a
machete
one of them is a cleaver
and a machete is a form of cleaver
specific to
sugar cane cutting
and specific to
Cuba
a cleaver is from the Old English
a butcher's chopper - cleofan - to split asunder
why we picturing?
the other implement is a
paring knife
from the French - parer , to make ready
one is for chopping
the other is for peeling
what we want to say is that
in context
either could be
an offensive weapon
It would be very difficult to
inflict a grievous wound with an implement
the size of a paring knife
and the shape of
a cleaver
in many cases domestic cutting would be very well achieved using a
semilunar
or
draw knife
these have two handles, one at each end
and would be
all but useless as weapons
unless one handle was removed
The Authorities don't want solutions
they want
a perpetual round of
scare stories and
initiatives






We understand that we are often seen as
indulging in
vulgar abuse
we have been challenged
You think you're so funny
tell us a joke about... whatever
We are not exploiting serious issues for
entertainment
we are attempting to explain serious matters
in a accessible format
We say the
Child Abuse Enquiry
is the
Commission for the Normalisation of Autism
What we mean is
back in the day
autism wasn't considered an illness
It was considered to be
misbehaviour that should be
corrected and punished
in other words
most of the adults now complaining that they were
abused in childhood
were abused in institutions
where they had been sent because of their
challenging behaviour
they were autistic then
and
they remain autistic today
treating them as normal
is not
treating them fairly



There are some fundamental concepts of the
Social Norm
That have changed
for most people
but not for newspaper editors
in the past fifty years
A man
a gay man, an autistic man
would not have been under any pressure from the society of
1960s Britain
if he
didn't trouble his wife much
There was an openly promoted
Comedy Character
on UK TV
referred to as a
vamp
When a comic was providing
his music to a theatre orchestra in Victorian times
It may have been headed
Vamp until ready
the whole thing was based around
pantomime style
quick changes
the audience would not tolerate
intermissions
so the orchestra
would fill in
while the act set up their
props and composed themselves
then there would be some sort of
comic song, with actions
To avmp is
to improvise musical accompaniment
A vamp then is
a woman who allures and exploits men
adventuress
the origin is that it is a contraction of
vampire
Serbian - vampir
The Roman Catholic Church
has traditionally wanted to ensure
large flocks of members
women of childbearing age being pregnant was
always very important to the church
being gay or autistic and being a man
In need of a wife
for domestic management offices
but not willing to
perform the begat
function
was classic
Thus there was always a considerable
'trade'
in bonny bouncing bastard babies
to provide the husband not taken with
sharing his bed with a woman
with a family
healthy young females from the lower orders were
sold the concept of
sex as
a fate worse than death
and as such something never to be discussed
this bred a context of ignorance
within which the church could fool
healthy young girls into supplying
suitable children for adoption
Children's homes were warehouses to store
the rejected product
the defective children
not acceptable to adoptive parents
across the classes
women were not supposed to have ever had sex
with more than one man
This had two purposes
1 no DNA profiles, so keeping track of parentage
2 if a woman had
never had sex with anybody else
she could not judge or compare her husband's
performance with other men
Classic quote from a female
I've had ten kids and
never seen anything I shouldn't
as standard
sex was something that happened
in the dead of night
when the husband rolled home from the pub
and his wife was asleep
go to sleep not pregnant
wake up pregnant
never having consciously witnessed the
procreative process
It would be entirely
up to the husband whether he
took advantage of the
barber's offer
of
something for the weekend
We have had disputes over the packaging of
condoms
we think the standard pack was a
pack of three
one for Friday night
one for Saturday night
one for Sunday morning
we have no evidence for that

12th November 2017


Perhaps gay female couples marry to form a family
so that they can raise children in a
male free environment
perhaps lesbian marriages are just
house share arrangements
Perhaps lesbians only have sex so that they can make
videos to sell to men
All of these things are possible
However, it does seem quite likely that
at least part of the motivation for
lesbian marriage
is an opportunity to have
safe and secure
lesbian sex
That poses the question about
for a lesbian
what is the difference between
lesbian sex
and
straight sex?
Is there a sense in which
if only men would do it to them
the way women do it to them
they wouldn't be gay
The whole lesbian marriage thing
potentially exposes the concept of
female sexuality
lesbian or straight
a whole lot of custom and law is based on
women put up with the
degradation pain and discomfort of sex
1 in order to get money and financial security
2 in order to have children
if they enjoy having it away amongst themselves...
there is a statistic from the dark ages
once upon a time
it was 'known' that
on average
each camera had ten films used - exposed - through it
How could they know that?
because they sold ten times as many cameras as films
hence, by the same logic
it is possible to 'know'
how many women own a
battery powered sex aid
turns out there are around
half as many vibrators - dildoes in the UK
as there are women in the UK
the rest of them must resort to
sitting on the spin dryer
or using a cucumber or black pudding
It is almost all about power
but it is also to some extent about
what men do for women during sex
all we ever hear from the media about
pornography
Greek - the writings of harlots
Greek - porne a harlot
Old French - a vagabond
In other words
the writings of females with some breadth of sexual experience
all we ever hear from the media about pornography is how
disgraceful ownership and use of it is
It is difficult for those of a logical turn of mind
in a post Fifty Shades era
to see it as
exploitative
that is to say
Fifty Shades was an all female enterprise
written by a woman for the benefit of women
What we don't hear is any defence of
pornography in terms of two people who have
been married a long time
and use pornography to
help them to get it on TOGETHER
as an alternative to being
unfaithful
or to help faithful partners remain faithful
during periods of separation
or to provide an outlet for individuals who
are yet to find a partner
The assumption is
view porn
rush out and re-enact what you saw with the
first woman or child you come across
how often?
in real life?
not never
but not often



Speaking of which...
and not wishing to cast nasturtiums
we know that should be
aspersions
on Ricker's parentage....
and loose him the few friends he has
when he was a lad
there was an apparatus in the bathroom cabinet
it consisted of two glass tubes and some
connecting rubber tubing
when he asked what is was
he was told it was for
syringing his dad's ears out....
clearly it was a
penis enhancer
a vacuum tube attempt to get the old boy up
we not sure it ever worked
after Ricker's mam was well gone with her dementia
he would visit her as if her son
and she would clearly be in
there's a handsome young man in my house - mode
a bit of a communications breakdown there
and she would be behaving in a particular way and
it would become apparent that she had these sudden realisations
it's my SON
I shouldn't be doing this with him here
Ricker clearly remembers lying in the bath
clean water, not much froth
his mam wanders into the bathroom
and just stands there
transfixed
staring at his manhood
best set of tackle she had ever seen
probably
well she'd been a
NAAFI
manager
the boy didn't have the
brewer's droop
most of the lads in the forces had
drunk and incapable...
one fiesty lady
as a licencee
she would
stop their beer
if she felt the need
no use to her girls
in that state
speaking of which
talk about clueless
first romantic weekend away with Tommy
she agreed a date when she was
on
no wonder he had trouble getting it up thereafter
we should clarify
NAAFI
is
Navy Army and Air Force Institute
but Maisie was a
NAAFI manager during
World War 2
with headquarters in London
she ran camp canteens
and
Troop Trains
Poetic Justic...
she ripped her hand open
throwing an empty catering size tin can
out of a train window
She was a positive idiot
she got a massive hand burn because
when the fat on a roast caught fire
she decided to open the back door to throw it outside
and the gust of wind made the flames flare up
pure idiot Ricker's mam
that was him having his nappies changed by his dad
for months
if dad wasn't around
mum just took his nappy off
and left matters at that
no replacement

10th November 2017


Here's the question of the day
Why is it wrong for
White actors to
Black up
for roles
but OK for
Ellen De Generis's wife
to try out for the role of a
straight girl?



They laboured mightily
and brought forth..
a mouse
Why was there not a parallel investigation by
a 'rival' news organisation
about such a waste of time and money?
they all in the same union



They say that when
The Beatles
a pop group of legendary status
were at their most successful
income tax for high earners wa
around ninety five per cent
this was when tax avoidance developed as an industry
Thee is this thing about people who
after rates fell back
discovered that it was a complete toss up
pay the tax or pay the accountants
and for the sake of a few extra quid in tax
chose to do the noble thing
It is interesting that a culture has developed under which
pay your taxes - you're an idiot
give half as much to charity - you're a saint
We are pretty sceptical about the
competence of the government to spend taxes
but we trust them much more than we trust
The NSPCC or Kids Company
There is another point here
Rich and successful go hand in hand
Get a hole in one and you
buy a round of drinks
There seem to be three groups of people
in terms of tax
people who through illness, poverty or idleness
benefit from the tax payer
people on a deal
I pay my taxes and you
educate my children, empty my bins, watch over my health
and a third group who
depend in no personal way on public services but
subsidise general public expenditure
because they can afford to




These first ones are of the
Redcar Racecourse
Straight mile extension
Urban or wot?
Subway under the track
Housing all around



This one is the
Local 'Cottage Hospital
with the
Redcar blast furnace just to the right of
the rightmost trees

These are of the
Six furlong marker
8 furlongs to a mile








This is the
Redcar
Master Electrical Sub station

And this is what is next door


This is way down
Redcar Lane
where
The Grid
goes underground


Spot the 'deliberate' mistake
The bike and buggy friendly slabs lead to a fence
The wheel discouraging slabs
lead to a cycleway
We are so pround of our council engineers

How it should be
Red tarmac for cycleway
so last century


Now THIS is what we mean bt
slinging a cycleway footpath
outside the parapet of a
road over rail bridge










Poppies for Remembrance






Marske Cheshire Home
Sir Leonard Cheshire
Dame Sue Ryder
Note the
cast iron balusters in the boundary wall



The Rail over Road access
to Redcar via Marske High Street





You'd think they could dig out the extra few inches and make it
National Standard
There is a footbridge at the nearby station
but no access across the
Old Coalyard Industrial Estate??

Seascapes innit?



9th November 2017


We wiki lifted
We weren't far wrong
Except that it was
Bill Fraser and Alfie bass in Bootsie and Snudge
writer Marty Feldman and Barry Took
The only like seems to be that they are from the same era
Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width is
a British television sitcom first broadcast in 1967 as
a single play in the Armchair Theatre anthology series,
later becoming a series of half-hour episodes, which ran until 1971.
A total of 40 episodes were made, all but one of them being believed to have aired. It was originally made by ABC Television for the ITV network,
with its production being continued by Thames Television
The plots revolved around two tailors in business together.
Manny Cohen, played by John Bluthal, was Jewish, and
Patrick Kelly, played by Joe Lynch, was Roman Catholic.
Above their shop worked Lewtas (Bernard Spear) who was
also Jewish and imported cloth.
Two further prominent characters were Rabbi Levy
(Christopher Benjamin in the pilot (he later reappeared as Dr Shapiro in a later episode),
Cyril Shaps in series 1 to 4, David Nettheim and Jonathan Burn as
Rabbi Stone in series 5) from the local synagogue, and
Father Ryan (Denis Carey in the pilot,
Eamon Kelly in series 1 to 4) from the local Catholic church.
The Romanian-born Meier Tzelniker also made several appearances as Israel Bloom.
One episode featured Manny and Patrick trading the rights to display their pictures around the shop.
When Patrick had two pictures of the Pope on the wall
while Manny had one of Moshe Dayan, Manny's comment was "It's the going rate. Two Popes to one Moshe."
Politically correct only in the sense of being
even handed in treatment of two
major British Minorities
So in a way, the
Citizen Kahn
of the day



We come to another 'good - bad pair'
the trouble is
the police - specifically Northumbria Police
would consider both bad
in the sense that they have no sense of boundaries
The trouble with
targets
is that
simple minded people
the likes of politicians and police
think of success in terms of driving a
measure
in one direction or another
we will divert into something other
lots of people have their eyes examined
some of the more 'corporate' opticians
have taken health checks to heart
there is a condition called
glaucoma
not a lot of people grow plumbs
people who observe plumbs on the tree
observe a sort of
blue grey fur or felt on the surface
it rubs off very easily
retailers may even disperse it with wax???
glaucous means sea green covered with
a fine bloom as with a blue plumb
an eye with glaucoma goes hard like an
unripe plumb and a glassy green inside
some of the checks that some opticians do
are designed to check for glaucoma
a disease in which the retina
the photosensitive nerve net at the back of the eye
is crushed by elevated pressure in the eye
and fails and dies
traditionally, opticians measure this pressure in
millimetres of mercury
er well who knows what the Americans do
In the UK good eyesight is
6/6 vision
but because our language is now reflected from
The States
we talk about
20/20 or twenty twenty vision
6 metres
twenty feet
optometrists' testing booths are
ten feet long
twenty feet from your head to the mirror and back
The results of a test are expressed as a fraction
the first or top number is the numerator
it would be 6 in the UK
it is the distance from the patient to the type
The denominator the second number is
the line they can read
complicated this
the bottom number is the distance at which a
person with normal vision
would see that image with the same clarity
so a test result of
6/24
means
we tested then patient at 6 metres
and the smallest type
for children etc. they use pictures of
animals?
we tested the patient with images set at
6 metres the smallest image they could identify was
one that a person with normal vision
would struggle with is it were
24 metres away
This is the
Snellen system or scale
as we say
feet in the US, metres in the UK
In the other place
Europe
they use Monoyer's system
or scale
10/10 10/9 10/8
giving results expressed as
1.0 0.9 0.8 etc
They want EVERYTHING in base ten
It's a
Napoleonic hangover
they drive on the wrong side of the road anyway...
bound to crash
we have got a long way away from
targets
glaucoma
intraocular pressure in measured in
mm Hg
millimetres of mercury
The safe or normal range is
18 to 24
that means the pressure inside the eye is
higher than atmospheric pressure
by an amount that would hold up the - counteract
gravity force on a column of mercury
between 18 and 24 millimetres high
it's about and inch
opticians are told to report
patients with NCT readings above 24
NCT is Non Contact Tonometry
it is not non-contact
you are contacted by a puff of air
if you have a reading over 24
you may have glaucoma
and your retina may be crushed
what they never consider is
well very rarely anyway is
if you have a reading below
18
you may be at risk of
not crushed but
detached
retina
because there is insufficient pressure
within your eye to keep the retina
plastered to the back wall of the eye
low blood pressure
congestive heart failure
dehydration
are causes of that...
they never mention it
because they see
high pressure as the enemy
not
normal pressure as
the friend
hence
in Primary School we
value
socialisation as a valuable
autism antidote
down the chippy
the police see socialisation as
grooming

8th November 2017


Ah.
The wimin on Sky news...
Priti Patel
is it really a sacking offence
is it really a sacking offence
is it really a sacking offence
in the week Eric Blair - George Orwell
got his statue outside the
Ministry of Information
we try to recall a quote
Animal Farm
Four legs good
Two legs bad
vulnerable good
qualified bad
autism good
heterosexuality bad
we know that a couple of decades ago
the UK paid off a debt the the US
we don't know whether it was
the debt for the
First World War
or the debt for the
Second World War
what we do know is that
money paid to Europe comes in two forms
money we pay in terms of taxes we collect for them
contributions
and money we have lent to them
The UK entirely aside from
membership of the EU - European Union
is lent on the same basis as
the US lending to the UK to fight two world wars
If in the 1930s the world wanted
the Jews to move from Europe to
Palestine and America
now the world appears to want
The Arabs to move to Germany
Or is that just Frau Merkel
Build it and they will come
Close it down and they will go
It is very difficult to
target
promotional messages
you can't promote
London
to rich tourists and business people
and not not those messages into the hands of
street urchins - worldwide
if London rough sleepers were
imprisoned in
Cumbernauld
word would soon get out
One of the tutors at City revelled in her title
Frau Herr Professor Wolf
in the UK she was
Mrs. Wolf
In Germany
The Wife of Professor Wolf

7th November 2017


We try to represent Redcar and Cleveland
as it actually is
to the world
we struggle against media stereotypes
we search for the
killer analogy
the killer stat
there are clearly people who have a vested interest in
perpetuating myths
we have come up with the
Butlins Holiday Camp
analogy
Let's say that
Greater Eston
in particular
South Bank and Grangetown
wasn't a work camp but a holiday camp
Let's say that people were attracted by the
pay and not the fun and games
Let's say that people came to the camp and when they arrived
they got regular pay
and they had opportunities to spend it on things they wanted
Let's say they heard that there was
no work any more in the places they had come from
Nobody needs to show how long they have lived in a place
in order to get on the electoral roll
every six months
forms are sent to every residence
asking for details of people living in them
there and then
no history
say the local council sent out
electoral registration forms to
every chalet in Butlins
in high season
what would happen would be that
the returning officer would say
we need more seats on the council
to represent all these people
a small area with many very similar 'residents'
would dominate the council
The work moves away
the workers move away
the council structure remains the same
Consider
The Rec
in Eston
The Recreation Grounds
In or near that area in 1976
as the redundancies were kicking in at
British Steel
there was a campus of
four secondary schools
Saint Peter's Roman Catholic
Gillbrook - the former Eston Grammar
Sarah Metcalf
Stapylton
On the other side...
the same applied at
Prissick Base
om Marton Road in Middlesbrough
In Eston the first to go was
Stapylton
it is now
Brecon Gardens housing estate
off Church Lane
Then Gillbrook and Sarah Mets
Sarah Met's having mean time had a name change
became Hillsview Academy
it was interesting how much of a fight the
local politicians put up in the mean time to
have Sarah Met
take over Gillbrook
instead of
Gillbrook taking over Sarah Met's
because of the
elitist connotations of
Gillbrook being the former Grammar School
There is a description of these sort of people
more generally there is a term
impudent fond
politicians in
Greater Eston are
ignorant fond
plausible deniability
is the equivalent amongst the chattering classes of North London
Don't educate us
with knowledge comes responsibility
we just want to be
vulnerable
and
compensated
Overall though
the number of school places
reflects the size of the population
the number of councilors
does not
and getting extra council seats for
representatives of voters in
Redcar and Guisborough
is slow going
in general
if the population rises
representation rises quickly
because representative complain of
overwork
but 'posh populations'
don't pester councilors
if populations fall
nobody cares
and
South Bank
is rapidly becoming a
Rotten Borough
along with
Mandale
in Middlesbrough
Sarah Melcalf was a councillor in Eston
and
her husband was
head teacher at
Newcomen Primary
in Redcar



A small inconsequential linguistic diversion
There are supposed to be words called
fossils
that only exist in a
phrase
and never in any other construct
one of these is
petard
and the phrase associated with it is
hoist with his own petard
interesting
petard is French
from peter - to explode
a whole lifetime thinking it was a dagger....
and
hoist
is
Dutch - hijschen - to hoist
Hoist with his own petard
means
blown up with his own hand grenade
like return of serve, throwing the live hand grenade back
if the fuse is too long


kith wend shrift

Kith and kin
is interesting to the extent of 1 both meaning the same thing
and
Kin
being broader in application in the form of
akin
as in
akin to
they are different words
kith is from Old English cuththu
meaning
friends and acquaintances as well as blood relations
kin is from Old English cynn
family relations, consanguinity
next of kin
most closely related relative
on the face of it
kith
means the same thing as
kith and kin
kin being a sub-set of kith

wend
a certain generation will always associate wend with
Pete and Dud
The end credit theme
Goodbye, goodbye
we're leaving you, goodbye
we'll wend away....
until we meet again
goodbye
interestingly...
by which we mean
surprisingly
Old English wenden - to turn
to direct
to betake one's way
wend away
take leave

shrift
short shrift
summary justice
confession made to a priest
absolution
Old English - scrifon to prescribe
in the case of a priest to prescribe penance
in the case of a medic to prescribe drugs or treatment
the point here being
given short shrift
has been converted from
summary justice - the sort administered by a magistrate
to meaning
dismissed from the lower court and
referred to a higher court
defence or mitigation rejected
or simply, convicted without due process
open and shut case with volumes of
precedent
cases already written up
pre scribed, earlier written up
no current use of the word
shrift but
note the other current use of the concept
Shrove Tuesday
shrive - to give absolution to
to confess
as in to receive confessions
archaic form
the priest confessed his flock
meaning
he took their confessions
that's called a
verb reflexive

6th November 2017


Education init?
That base problem with education is...
consider how to teach
human biology to a class of
14 year olds
at least one of whom is
a single mother
The base problem with education is that
it is considered as a
preparation for life
delivered to pupils who are
up to their eyeballs in
real life
stick to the script
or
deal with the problems and
point up the
life lessons
pastoral staff
were always seen as being there to
stop real life problems distracting pupils
from their studies
there is a level in society where
'formal learning'
may not become appropriate until people are
quite old
like thirty
on account of the tsunami of
real life they are battling with
suggesting an intern may get around to sex
when they grow up
it's mind boggling
We have this real life story about
appropriate education
Eston Grammar school
the school wot
The Lovely Debbie McGee's
step sons went to....
was converted into a comp
when it had been a grammar school it had
taught A' level biology
to that end it had bred
lab rats for dissection
Sam's granddad in charge then...
when they were shut down
they killed the remaining rats and put them in the freezer
a little later a lad from Oxford
an Oxford graduate from South Africa
who was married to a Spanish dissident....
found out about the rats and decided to to
dissect one as a demonstration for a class of
oiks
one little ****
went home and told his family
Teacher cut up a real live rat today
unfortunate but understandable use of language
a bit like the overuse of
literally
real LIVE
lead to two complaints from the local community
1 vivisection
2 breeding rats that could escape
no mention of them being white - albino - lab rats



There are spittin' feathers moments in life...
then you just learn to shrug
If they can run
Agricultural and equine (horse) management courses in
Stewart Park
in Middlesbrough
why can't they
Redcar and Cleveland
having so recently hosted the
Reevely is it
racehorse stables
not to mention a
used to be on the telly all the time
Redcar Racecourse
That's horses
not dogs
and despite all
STILL HAS A STRAIGHT MILE
little thanks to Lord Zetland
run similar in Locke Park
Next door to
Redcar and Cleveland College
instead of which they install a
huge ugly second hand
diesel dispensing tank
has it got planning permission?
to compensate for the fact that they have
turned the gardeners' shed and yard into
a car park extension
Who's got a grant for a stable block
down by the Kirkleathem Lane railbridge
where the service yard was before it moved to
Locke Road


Here's a little story that isn't so easy to quite understand
it's about being near the top but
not quite at the top
when Ricker was still at Primary School
not yet aged eleven
his parents were both quite important people but they were
important side kicks
His mam was not healthy and did not drive
Mrs Smith - Gwen
would run errands for her
she lived in Gordon Road
and her husdband was a joiner
Mrs Citroen
took her out for trips
Mrs. Citroen lived in
Klosters
in Kirkleatham Street
before they moved to
The Gas House
in Skelton
In the middle of
North Terrace
on
The Town Green
on the A173
where
Marske Lane
becomes
Guisborough Lane
her husband was the manager of the
ICI depot in Marske
now The Barnes Wallace Estate
Ricker's dad used to travel around with his boss
they were both directors of the same firm
but George was the Chairman
Quite separately
Ricker's parents both went out with their
'partners'
on road trips
and some of these trips involved attending
auctions
The gist was
from time to time the partners would
win at auction some lot they didn't want
and....
palm them off on one of Ricker's partners
we could outline the saga of the
petrol driven lawn mower...
suffice to say
Mr Citroen
only had one hand
and no prosthesis
and his wife kept buying him
power tools for the gardening
that ended up with Ricker
who was too young to manage them
according to his dad...
who wouldn't let him have driving lessons until he was 19
17 was the age at the time
there was the stainless steel sink
with the bowl detached from the drainer...
plonked on top of the
Belfast sink
not plumbed in
but most directly affecting Ricker's life was the
saga of the fridge that broke down
First it got a new thermostat
then then
somehow
it disappeared and was replaced with
a chest freezer the like of what you will see in
Iceland
but without the see through lid
a freezer was obviously superior to a fridge
it kept things much colder
for years and years
Ricker lived in a home with
a deep freeze and no 'fridge
because you
can't speak truth onto power
even if you have
O' levels and A' levels in
physics and biology






This particular shot of potatoes in a steamer
is not about steaming potatoes
it refers to using a steamer as a mechanism for
washing
unwashed potatoes
washed potatoes will not store for long
on the other hand
in the wholesaler's warehouse
in their
cold store
they will keep a long time in a
reduced oxygen atmosphere
if buying in bulk
buy
unwashed
and don't expect them to keep for more than
a month
















Right up to the time Ricker's dad died
and his house was sold
There was a greenhouse in the garden
at the end of the greenhouse was a wooden box
laid on its side
it was around
six feet by three by three
It was Ricker's dad's dad's
potato box from his allotment
people who grew their own
could store the supply for a family for a year
in a
clamp
or in a potato box
cold, dry, dark
stored close packed
they would soon use up the available oxygen



There was a lady who was born in the midst of the
Second World War
and
for a significant portion of
her life
was known as
Liz Pym-Smith
Somewhere along the line she was part of a
research project at
Cambridge University
researching
infant vision
when Our Ricker knew her
they were both struggling to qualify as
optometrists
at
The City (of London) University
we don't know whether she got her optician's shop
we suppose that her ex-husband was
financing her studies
what we can refer to here is that she had her
former colleagues from Cambridge
down at City to make a presentation on their - her - work
afterwards one of the visitors was mortified as she
apologised to Liz
because along the way the speaker had referred to Liz
as
an ace baby holder
this could be interpreted as an example of
damning with feint praise
the speaker had not intended to suggest that
holding the babies was Liz's sole role in the research
however she realised that it may have appeared so
from what she said
If an MP sends an activist a text saying that
somebody would be very fortunate to have her as
a boyfriend or lover
it may
especially if that young lady's career later stalled
appear to have been intended as a comment
along the lines of
You have a great face for radio
When an intern sends an MP a text saying Thanks for coming to the meeting
You were a star
she wants a reply along the lines of
So were you You're very nice
This is where the criticism of
objectifying women
comes in
praise of a junior's appearance is only acceptable
if coupled with praise of their
work
what has backfired so spectacularly for these MPs
and others
are their attempts to
let down gently
some aspiring global leader
When you
go fishing for compliments
you may catch something you did not expect
compliment - an expression of regard or admiration
complement - that which supplies a deficiency
Latin complere to fill up
as in the complete
the compliment version has the same origins
but
it has more a sense of
balance
and settlement
a complimentary ticket
is a reward to balance - for instance
somebody bothering to turn up
complimentary is settlement - end of the matter
looking to the
Ledson, generation
is females who believed that it was only
sexist prejudice and the
glass ceiling
that was keeping them from
world domination
and that if they could only get a
break
they would shine
Vera Baird and Harriet Harperson
are examples of people who
given their chance
drone on like a stuck record
as somebody said
when those people got into parliament
they were of only twenty females amongst
650 or so men
now there are
220 women MPs
but the stuck record keeps on playing the tune about
there only being twenty female MPs
if there are 220 female MPs
there must be around
400
male, or maleish
MPs
twenty to 220 in twenty years
there will soon be more female than male MPs
That won't change the track on the
feminist record
seventy per cent of medical students
being female
'isn't good enough'
because all they can say is
it's not enough
they cannot engage constructively with
their victory
they
groundhog day
the whole issue
whilst the real world moves on
we keep referring back to
Mo mowlam's brain tumour
but there are questions about
the media
and political parties
exploiting the clearly ill
as side show freaks



One of the new Teesside MPs is a
family doctor
all that money on his education and
his best effort to solve a problem?
spend more money
So you buy a car
you give the dealer ten thousand quid for the car
in this guy's world
despite the fact that you have paid for the car
and you have the car
the next year you should give the dealer
another ten grand
to demonstrate your commitment to
paying for cars
You spend 10 million on promoting
'flu jabs
next year you have
cut health spending
is you spend
five million of promoting 'flu jabs
Have you not seen the
new Warburton's seeded loaf promotion?
you make a long version of the ad
then constant repetition of an edited version
reminds people of the long version
Introducing and idea
is more expensive than
reinforcing it
for these people
the money is the measure of everything, people
the phrase
knowing the
price of everything
and
the value of nothing
was coined
or to quote from a very short lived
TV sitcom
Never mind the quality
feel the width
That was a
Bootsie and Snudge
spin off wasn't it? Bootsie and Snudge were
doormen
Never mind
was about two
Jewish gents tailors

3rd November 2017


We accept there will be a little delay publishing this
We are writing it on 2nd
2nd November 1917
The date of the
Balfour Declaration
This is a grand example of a
British Government
Foreign Policy
screw up
We have previously alluded to the conversion of
American Reform Jews
into a more nationalistic form
The British wanted the American Jews to
pressure the American Government into
joining the war effort in the
First World War
British Jews had a hankering for a homeland
and convinced the British Government that
The American Jews shared that ambition
as we have said - a couple of months ago
all that stuff was becoming
History
to American Jews from the 1880s kind of time
they were integrating into American Society
Bare bones
of a very complicated issue...
The Balfour Declaration was a letter
from Arthur Balfour the British Foreign Secretary
to
Baron Rothschild, a leader of British Jews
It was sent after pressure on HMG
His Majesty's Government
from
Chaim Weizman and Nahum Sokolow
who were Zionist leaders in London
The World Zionist Organisation
These Zionists had asked for
Palestine to be established as
THE Jewish National Home
Essentially,
The Zionists wanted the Arabs out of Palestine
The Balfour Declaration said
You can call it home
but
you can't evict the Arabs
The key wording here is...
the establishment IN Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people
NOT
the establishment OF Palestine AS a national home for the Jewish people
The Balfour Declaration was endorsed by the
Principal Allied Powers
through their
Conference of San Remo
in 1920
Not only did the British Government hope to
encourage The Americans to join the War...
which they did
but the purpose of the ratification in 1920 was
so that Israel could be
through the settlement in Palestine of
'a Jewish population attached to Britain'
by ties of sentiment and interest
might help to protect the approaches to
The Suez Canal
and thus
The Route to India
You hear of the
United Nations?
Well there was a forerunner that failed
The League of Nations
and they took the 1920 San Remo declaration and in
along with various provisions relating to
facilitating Jewish immigration
was further included in the
British mandate over Palestine
and approved by the League of Nations in 1922
Essentially, at that time
The League of Nations regarded
the State of Israel as having the same level of status as
The Greater London Council
at that time
London County Council
Here's the biggie
If this had not happened
then the Germans
The Nazis
would probably not have begun their
1930s policy of gradually
ramping up
anti-Jewish feeling and activity
Many people - including British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
Must have thought
Why the hell are these daft bastards putting up with this?
Why don't they naff off home New Home in the Sun
What part of
party's over, time to go home
do they not understand?
The Conference of San Remo in 1920
established the
French mandate over
Syria and Lebanon
It gave the British a mandate over Palestine
including
Transjordan
Transjordan is the land
opposite Palestine on the
east side of the Jordan River
so it is what is now effectively what isreferred to as
Jordan
Palestine is the
Mediterranian coast
south of Tyre
and west of
The Jordan River
Tyre to Egypt

from the map we see
British control
on the side of the map away from
Suez
Suez canal
French built but
of more importance to the British
from
The Struggle for Arab Independence< BR> Z. Zeine
When the French overthrew Faysal and his Arab regime in
Damascus
his brother Abdullah recruited a private army
in the Hajez and announced his intention of
marching to Syria to expel the French
On his way
in 1921
he entered Transjordan
and dominated the local tribes and set up
headquarters in
Amman
He settled
accepted a role as
amir
or leader of the County Council Here's a thing they don't tell you
When the First Russian Revolution occurred in 1917
the British believed
?????
that it's leadership was Jewish and
sympathetic to Zionism
So.. the Brits and the Russians were
allies against the Germans
The Brits had to keep it that way
So the driver behind the
Balfour Declaration
was to keep the money coming from America
and the troops coming from Russia
67 words in length
it formed the starting point for
political controversy for
decades to come
Now...
the declaration was well publicised in America
in Russia, and on the battlefronts
as soon as it was made
BUT
due to wartime censorship
it was withheld in the
Middle East
After the Allies won
it was published there too
storms of protest resulted
Faysal had flirted with the Zionists
as allies against the French
The Palestinian Arabs with
support from non-Palestinian Arabs
and covert assurances from the British
believed that the Zionists would be
an minority with guaranteed rights
they did not see beyond
an acceptance of the Jews already established in the land
So the seeds of major conflict
The world sees the German Jews packed off to Israel
The Palestinians see no Jewish immigration into Palestine
Essentially, ever since then
The British and The Americans have
made offers to both
The Palestinian Arabs and the Palestinian Jews
and the Jews have accepted and prospered
and the Arabs have sulked and refused to negotiate and
stagnated

1st November 2017


One of the most important realities about having
a hidden disability
is to focus on doing something you CAN do
Back in the days when IT was new
women used to complain that they
missed out on promotions because
despite doing their allotted work
they kept to office hours
before the term came in they protected their
work-life balance
they felt promotions were stitched up between the men
whilst they socialised
Our Ricker had a related minor epiphany whilst working for
defunct opticians D and A
At the time in Guildford
there was actually both a branch of
Dollands
and a branch of
Dolland and Aitchison
Sometimes people went to Dollands looking for specs
they sold telescopes and binoculars and such
that said
Ricker made a friend
after a little while Keith said to Ricker
I soon figured out you weren't gay
because if you had been you would have jumped me
first time we were alone in your room
This is about
what some would call
cart before the horse
what D and A had been doing was
putting a variety of people our Ricker's way
young receptionists
young optometrists
optometrists Ricker's own age
finally some bloke
all trying to find somebody
he was tempted to compromise himself with
all Ricker wanted to do was
get qualified
and go home to Redcar and open a shop
to please his mum
since then
every attempt on Ricker's part to
establish a legitimate relationship
has been thwarted
in terms
all his relationships ended when
somebody tried
put Ricker
'in the wrong '
over the relationship
in order to have power over him
as in the tales of Tory Whips
not referring matters to the police but
keeping them
on file
for manipulative purposes
To some extent
we are seeing a
backlash by the
Machiavellians
against the diminishing of their power
in light of a
more and more tolerant society
a last hurrah
There is a parallel here between
Hilary Rodham Clinton
and
Tanya
The whole
Crooked Hilery
thing revolves around the right of a person
in public life
to have a
private life
Ms Rodham
had a private email system
whilst in public office
Ricker was always interested in
if we meet at work
we are unlikely to be equals we must end our work relationship
Tanya and Sam both females with
authority over Ricker
call the police if Ricker suggests that
the relationship continues
after the authority ends
Neither gave
non-work
contact details
so they were naturally under suspicion of
being patsies
working under cover



we've had a thought
regarding
migrating swans
we have two phenomena associated with
the mysterious
We have the classic
sheet over the head
Halloween ghost
and we have angels
angels look a lot like swans
Halloween ghosts not so much
we do put together the ideas of ghosts and spirits
on the loose
coming to the fore at the time of year when
swans may be flying over and
perhaps making emergency landings
in areas where swans don't normally live



We are going with the
tipulid joke
The North York Moors
are in Redcar and Cleveland
and those moors are
Grouse Moors
Now here's a blast from the past
What they do on the moors is
not a lot
except
heather burning
They have the moors divided up into
around seven sets of areas
each year they set fire to one seventh of the heather
partly this means that there is never more than
seven years worth of
dead heather fuel lying around
the main reason is
they reckon that the grouse feed their chicks on
heather shoots
when the heather
regenerates
after having been burnt
it produces growth that is
succulent for the chicks
40 odd years ago
somebody - like a Ph.D. student
actually did like the ethology....
they observed the grouse feeding
tipulid larvae to their chicks
Hence an upsurge in interest in the creatures in the
Big House
on the moors estate
so the Lord of the Manor
is pointing some tipulids out to his son They're making babies
Oh, which one is the
daddy long legs, and which one is the mummy long legs?
The father picks up a book and flattens the two insects
There's no such thing as a mummy long legs
I'm not having that sort of thing in my house
The dady long legs is also called a
crane fly
the larvae are called
leatherjackets
tipulidae
tipula alpinum
The leather jackets live underground

30th October 2017


Today's tasks are to look up on t'internet
ethology
and
displacement activity
we have no doubt that any ethologist worth their salt
would recognise the current epidemic of
self harm
as displacement activity for
the sex girls aren't getting
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography
about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.
The first in a seven-volume series,
it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates
how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma

Feather-plucking, sometimes termed feather-picking,
feather damaging behaviour or pterotillomania,
is a maladaptive, behavioural disorder
commonly seen in captive birds which
chew, bite or pluck their own feathers with their beak,
resulting in damage to the feathers and occasionally the skin.

Ethology is the scientific and objective study of animal behaviour,
usually with a focus on behaviour under natural conditions,
and viewing behaviour as an evolutionarily adaptive trait.

Displacement behavior is usually thought of as self-grooming,
touching, or scratching, which is displayed when
an animal has a conflict between two drives,
such as the desire to approach an object,
while at the same time being fearful of that object

I love him but I hate him
The conflict in the person's mind
usually a teenage girl
is interpreted as
deliberate harassment on the part of the
object of her affections


• https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0056355


related to the extent that it also relates to
superstitious and random thoughts...
for older people
mostly women - widows
loneliness is a major problem
The major churches have generally glossed over
'Til death do us Part
in the wedding service
as a general admonission against
against divorce
meaning
marriage is for keeps
and some actually buy and give
not
wedding rings
but
Eternity Rings
but
this leaves a lot of widows feeling unable to
make new friends
for fear of how that will go down with
hubby when her time comes
This is not to be encouraged
The whole thing encourages a feeling that
churches endorse
controlling behaviour



On a boring technical note
We understand that almost all of the
Iron Ore mined in the UK
comes from
Sweden
not in the EU Sweden?
Yesterday afternoon there was no sign of
the swam princess in Locke Park
perhaps she has been rescued by people Locke Park 10 k run
yesterday
perhaps she decided that she should go
perhaps her fear of the runners was greater than
her fear of
The Three Musketeers
We reckon she is used to running across water
to get up speed for takeoff
either she went into the water or managed to
take off by running across the grass
unlikely
perhaps she will be back
perhaps she's just hopped over to The Marsh
we haven't checked



Things stick in your mind
Our Ricker had a little victory yesterday
long time ago
a few years ago
Ricker came across Sam in Morrisons
She was wanting to transfer a sack of potatoes from
the display to her trolley
Ricker was too weak to help
Yesterday Ricker bought a similar sack of potatoes himself
got them from the display and through the checkout without any help
12.5 kgs - 25 pounds
Good lad
It's a shame so many attractive young ladies have been
too impatient to wait for Ricker to get well
This is not a glass half full scenario
it's a glass a quarter full scenario
but Ricker will take that


Catalonia - catatonia




Sometimes we feel the need to say something we
know is open to being
quoted out of context
We can't find a real world example
so we are using a few ideas we know you
will be familiar with
here we are putting them together in a completely
mythical way
Let us suggest
entirely without evidence that
there is some sort of interaction between
some common viruses
and human genes
this would have to have been evolved on the human side
viruses are
too simple
what they do is amazing but they are
the classic non literal example of the
one trick pony
what we are suggesting here is a link between the
real an undoubted ability of the
mother baby axis to perform
spontaneous abortion
What we are saying here is that
when pre-birth development goes wrong
without medical intervention the pregnancy is
naturally terminated
the miss-carriage
is real and frequent
two things
one
medical interventions openly attempt to thwart
spontaneous abortion, miss-carriage
and sensible people accept there may be a price to pay in terms of
birth defect and or lifelong disability
second
the huge fuss about
do vaccines cause autism?
totally hypothetically...
if human genetics has evolved to
abort post partum development
toddler development
by use of a built in
Spartan syndrome
deliberate vulnerability to certain viruses
The Spartans were sort of Ancient Greeks
The idea was that after a child was born
the community decreed that to test whether the child
was worth the investment of upbringing
they would be left out exposed on a hillside
for at least one night
to be accepted as a citizen qualifying for maternal care
Incidentally we do not have the date to hand but
it is shockingly recent that
a child did not become
a person in the UK
until they reached seven years old
child mortality was so high
Gone, gone, and never called me mother
so we have two ideas of
Natural Selection
the environmental pressures that cause genetic change as in
altering the communal genome
and the natural selection of
individual successful expressions of that genome
filter for an acceptable - viable - genetic makeup
select for a viable build quality
you could have perfect genes but if you and your mother
never got the necessary basic nutrition...
you will be a poor specimen
perhaps the human genome
exploits viruses
to create an autodestruct mechanism for
defective children
perhaps
vaccinations
thwart that mechanism and
perhaps
this explains how it is that
widespread immunisation
has seen
dramatic rises in such
'defects'
as
autism
soar

We have probably referred to this before
but
Pneumonia is
the old man's friend
If there is a pathogen wafting around unseen
in the living environment of people - families
they do not kill people at random
so there is a dilemma
in a
Thou shalt not kill
imaginary world
would you immunise the population against
those pathogens that cause death and disability
technically
mortality and morbidity
to regular people
but not those that only affect
the aged and infirm
the old men
that used to die from pneumonia
or
defective children who were not
miss-carried
When we cure
we have
done no harm
It is not entirely clear that
disrupting the natural process of death
when the consequences are
profound disability
we do no harm
the more difficult the dilemma...
the more violent - vociferous, extreme - the convictions about
the solutions
There is this problem with
Jehovah's Witnesses
Ricker once asked one of their Elders about this
Now that we live so long
You can't just say
At the Second Coming
children will not be resurrected
and adults will
when you are resurrected - literally JW style
will you spend eternity
as you were just before you died?
as you were in your 20s?
30s?, 40s?, 50s?,
obviously in perfect condition
not decomposed, not lacking any limbs amputated in life?
people who were mostly going to be adults for
twenty or thirty years
would find it relatively easy to
imagine a life in eternity in their earthly adult form
consider a man who marries in his twenties
a wife of similar age, who dies from cancer in her thirties
he re-marries
he and his second wife die in their eighties
at the time of the Second Coming
is the first wife resurrected as a thirty year old
completely relieved of her cancer...
and the man and his second wife...
resurrected as 80 year olds
what sort of social dynamic does that promise
for normal - conventional - Christians
this is why the term
Till death us do Part
is highly significant

What we are asking here is
by keeping somebody 'alive' until they are in a
pitiable condition
are we condemning them to a
post resurrection eternity
in that very same condition?

28th October 2017













ONE OF THE BOYS

Our new Princess







See, The Girls are home


27th October 2017


It is utterly pointless reporting this
because
Turkeys don't vote for Christmas...
but
The latest Boundary Commission proposals are
constituencies of
Durham City and Easington
Bishop Auckland
Billingham and Sedgefield
Darlington
Middlesbrough South and Thornaby
Stockton and Yarm
Hartlepool
Redcar and East Cleveland
Scarborough and Whitby
Thirsk and Malton



There is
swan news
from Locke Park
There were three swans
a 4th has arrived
we think
the three are the three musketeers
males probably full brothers
the new arrival is
younger, bigger and probably female
almost certainly female
and
the boys won't let her
into the water



We have a little story to illustrate
government employment policy thinking
it's completely made up but probably
happens all the time
Let's say there is a steel worker and
he's made redundant and he invests his
redundancy money in
a market stall
It's just a thing to fill his time in
and get him and his partner
out of the house and talking to people
as a consequence
they never discuss the stall when they are
talking to their son and their daughter
who went
Down London
many years before
and although the gandkids love their
grandparents they can't stray
North of Watford
for fear of
Missing Something
while they are away
The steelworker dies
His partner doesn't want to keep up the stall
she has the family
Up
for the funeral
and she asks the family to help dispose of the stock
They come and arrange to do things
Down South Big Style
The stock is in boxes in the garage
From London they book a stall at
we should get a plug for Kynryn in here
at a historical re-enactment weekend
sounds like fun
The great weekend arrives
they fill the boxes into the van
and off to the show
they off load the boxes from the van
to the stall and open some of them
they are full of
fishing tackle
make up your own mis-matched pair of
goods and sales venue
There's unemployment
let's not assess the unemployed
let's provide
jobs
Jobs
entry level jobs with training
but not jobs suitable for the
actual preople who are unemployed
Oh such a long long time ago
if you had a degree or even any qualification
above O' level
and you were out of work
you didn't sign on at the
Job Centre
You registered with a division of the
Department of Work and Pensions
called
PER
Professional and Executive Recruitment
Bring back
specialist
Job Centre officers
specialising in particular types of
job seeker
That was what these
back to work
agencies were supposed to be doing but
what courses would you like
choose from
literacy, numeracy, English as a fifth language
paths to mental health,
construction site safety passport
People with law degrees...
shop assistant
What we find truly bizarre is
jobs as
we kids you not
Family Doctor
listed in job centres
utter shambles

22nd October 2017


It's moderately interesting to observe
Supermarket Behaviour
In Redcar
First, Tesco
We don't have figures but we have a feeling
we know of a couple of instances...
They employ people from Eston in the Redcar Store
and people from Redcar in the Eston store
Low paid workers should not be loosing money to
public transport
Perhaps the Eston store is dominant in some way but it is
ISOLATED
in the middle of nowhere
Hence, the peculiarity of the behaviour of
Revenue Protection
In Redcar
The Redcar store is at the edge of the town centre<<
It was built as a Safeway
It may have been planned as a Presto
If you run revenue protection at the Eston store
you would be thinking about anybody
ENTERING the store with shopping
where did they get that from?
no other shops nearby
second thought
even if you had been shopping around town
if you bring your shopping into the store
surely that means you haven't brought a car to the store to
dump your earlier purchases in
so you haven't got a car
so you're poor
so you're a shop lifter
Moving on to
Morrisons
Supermarkets especially larger ones like
Redcar Morrisons
have a variety of lines
so...
taking say, wine, coffee, cheese...
quite a range of options
and some quite informative labels
but
revenue protection appear to believe that their customers
have arrived with a view to
collect their prize in a game of
Supermarket Sweep
any perusing of the merchandise and
obvious thoughtfulness
are interpreted as
loitering with intent to
snatch purses
seasonal lines mean
deciding menus


Now there's an example of a
singular ending in a vowel - not an i
that doesn't get the potato e
not menues


a e i o u
vowels
hmm


deciding, constructing
on the fly
and not coming back two hours later
having consulted the Interweb<<
for a shopping list of accessory ingredients
perhaps customers are expected to
buy tea and a scone in the cafe
if they need to consider a purchase
considered purchases
are not
just cars, sofas, and beds



We wonder about today's<
Trendies
Back in the day they were
Trendy Lefties
but this generation seem significantly
reactionary
On the other hand
Was there ever any genuine
equality
intended by
anti-apartheid activists
was it just a step towards
black supremacy?
In a family
if your son Jack is loved more than
your son Jim
How much improvement have you achieved
if you reverse the situation?
We take tennis as the example
prize money the same for both
male and female winners
This is the problem
Say we are a small business with
five employees
Oh hell make it six
There must be
three males and three females on the staff
Now
It's easy to say that
to reflect diversity 1 Afro-Caribbean male
1 Afro-Caribbean female
1 Asian male
1 Asian female
1 gay
1 lesbian
2 transgender - one each way
1 Moslem female
1 Moslem male
1 Hindu male
1 Hindu female
1 Jewish male
1 Jewish female
all of the above in
management roles
above the
glass ceiling
The argument seems to be
we will PLAY alongside
white girls
but the coaches and managers must be
female BME
We think this has broadened but it was
Black and Minority Ethnic
We take it that that comes from the United States
Where we kinda guess
in some states
Blacks and Hispanics
are not in the minority
This raises an interesting angle
We have remarked before about
BBC output being
'beamed' into the United States
and the UK audience pays
through a licence
whether they watch or not and so
can be taken for granted
editorial policy and
presenter ethnicity are presumably
angled at attracting a US and Worldwide audience
Other authorities
such as they are
reflexly
cut and paste
US policies into UK practice
hence, UK approaches are based on the assumption that
the preponderance of
Blacks and Asians in the UK
matches those in the US
It's like
take an opinion pole in Los Angeles
and use it to determine government policy in
England
Good enough for Government Work
as weatherman Bob used to say
On the same theme
The things you pick up on the telly
The UK has had
motorways for a long time
People are probably not wrong if the think
The UK thought
motorways because
railworkers are more strongly unionised than truck drivers
BUT
also not wrong because we probably got them because
the Americans had
Interstates
the
you wrong
is, apparently, in assuming that
motorways were an American invention
apparently....
the first motorways were built in
Italy
Looks like all the graft is gonna be down to
The Irish
as usual



We mentioned the
Locke Park Heronry
This is how it is after
some autumn storms
we think they stack twice as high
in the breeding season










Typical...
the day after we took these
two of the females returned
probably not migrating
probably just fanning out across the marsh
for feeding purposes

20th October 2017


We just want to clarify one issue in anatomy
most people accept that the design of people
evolved - whether under the direct control of God or not
from creatures that went around on all fours - tummy down
There are two walls of muscle that originally
divided the body
but now support the body contents
The diaphragm that separates the chest from the tummy
and the
pelvic floor that in most animals is just an
end wall
but supports everything in people and animals
kangaroo
habitually standing up
The gut and major blood vessels pass through the diaphragm
same in both male and female
in the female a lot more gaps and openings affect the
pelvic floor than in males
when pregnant, most animals have their babies resting on their
pubic symphasis
the front of the pelvis



The source for much of today's information is
www.southteesdc.com
something like that
We see these figures for
Unemployment
We see
North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria
We don't see 'North East' broken down
No Tees Valley number
7,500 claimants?
so we have to 75,000 claimants
we don't remember
it's one or the other
what we do know is
it's
5.9 per cent of the workforce
Is the North East workforce
130,000
or 1.3 million?
Probably the latter
we aren't interested in
all in North East figures
So where do
2,000 redundancies at the steel works fit into that?
2,000 out of half a million?
That means, ball park figure
one in 500 people in the Tees Valley
workforce
lost their job when SSI closed


We have had a little look at the
New development plan for the
steel works part of Redcar
We are not too sure about keeping the
major structural elements of
South Bank coke works
as a
mega sculpture
sounds like a way to avoid the expense of
demolition
Two other proposals stand out
three perhaps
essentially - without prejudice
it appears that
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
are pecilled in to take over the old
Warrenby Iron Works site
that is the land on the beach side of
the road to the
South Gare
This would go along with
altering the course of
The Fleet
watercourse
The other item appears to be to remove the
gigantic bund
along the beach side of the
Trunk Road
That was put there to procect Dormanstown from
wind blown debris
when
Coatham Marsh
was the Redcar town rubbish tip
The effort of removing it...
suggests some thought of
ribbon development a
along the side of the Trunk Road

We suppose that the plan is to divert
The Fleet
under
Tod Point Road
and have it run through the new
Warrenby Section
of the Nature Reserve
after Mersey Road was flooded we
recall how much SSI whinged about spending
a few grand of cleaning out the part of The Fleet
that runs through their site
on such trivialities
major developments can hang
You don't get to see this often
so
for the record
Sahaviriya Steel Industries
went into liquidation on
02 October 2015
overall, regarding the
South Tees Development Corporation's plans
considering the scale of the site
they do seem to be rather taken up with the idea of
moving the wildlife reserve to the
coastal strip between
Tod Point Road - South Gare Road
and the beach
and flattening the bunds on the marsh
and filling in the marsh
and extending
the town of Redcar onto the marsh site and
giving enhanced access from the town to
The Gare
Interesting
more about expanding the town, than
reviving or expanding industry
Here we are talking about the part of the marsh
not open to the public but
from a Trunk Road - Dormanstown perspective
behind Steel House
or
beyond the
Redcar Gatehouse
Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve
as presently managed by
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust
is not covered by
internationally recognised enviromental protections
The Coatham Sands - South Gare strip
is
Coatham Marsh and what they call the
teardrop
the land just inside the Redcar Gate
is designated for
High tech light industry
research labs and such
and enhanced community use
BR>

Regarding
Local jobs for local people
A plant to extract energy from either waste or
biomass
is nearing completion down by the docks
The construction workforce has been
1,000 people
The operating staff will be
120
A scheme was set up to prepare
local
Greater Eston
unemployed people to assist with the construction
the scheme
set up within walking distance of the trainees homes
got
34 of them into work
They used to say
You can take a horse to water<
but cannot make it drink
With this lot...
you can take water to the horse
but you cannot make it drink
Case Study
MGT Power Local Employment Initiative
In January 2017
MGT Teesside commenced the development of a
299MW
Renewable Energy Plant at Teesport
The 650 million pound project will employ
1,000 people during construction
and
over 120 people
when fully commissioned
AS part of a Section 106 agreement between
MGT and Redcar and Cleveland Council
Job Centre Plus
and the Engineering and Procurement contractor
on the Tees REP renewable energy project
set up a
local opportunities, skills, and jobs hub at a
neighbourhood Centre in Grangetown
Within six months the impact on the local community was immense
In the first eight months of the scheme
1,500 people registered with the scheme
Across this period
200 jobs were secured - not all linked to MGT
of which 34 were local Grangetown residents
We take it from this that
Redcar Job Centre Plus has
1,500 registered clients
and of them
200 people have found work in eight months
The job centre will always take credit for a
Jobseeker finding work
no matter how little they have to do with
the appointment
If Redcar had an unemployment rate of
5.9 per cent
Redcar Job Centre plus
would have around
6,000 clients
frankly we know there is
Redcar office and Middlesbrough office
but the two constituencies
Redcar, and Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
have 120,000 electors
Redcar's unemployment rate appears to be
one per cent
Incidentally
there can't be much in it
BUT
it is said that
since the closure of SSI
Redcar has switched from having
the highest average wages in the North East
to having
the lowest...
?????



Incidentally,
Wilton International
is not part of the
South Tees Development Corportion area.
Here's a question
Carbon Capture and Storage
You take Natural gas out of the rocks
burn it
put the fumes back where the gas came from
It's only going to work
AFTER
you've had all the Natural Gas out
otherwise you would get
fumes in your gas supply...
isn't it?

19th October 2017


A long long time ago
Our Ricker was chatting to a group of students
and he had a legitimate reason to say something
about another student whose name he
did not know or had forgotten
and he said
the round faced girl
his companions
recoiled in horror
it is very difficult to know
how to proceed when
on the one hand we want to identify a specific person
and on the other
we are not 'allowed' to point up
individual difference


Right here we are going off on one of our
editorial excursions
The British have been speaking and reading and writing
English There are two words that separate the nations
attire
and
tiorian
tiorian is Old English for
to be tired
attire is what we wear
in English English we distinguish these words
these meanings
long ago it was decided that
the attire of a wheel would be
a tyre
to distinguish it from
fatigue


Honestly, we blame the Irish
They do this
prossess for process thing



It seems we never tire of
clarifying our earlier statements
There appear to be two definitions of
sprained ankle
some people appear to use the term for
any ankle injury that is not an
actual fracture
of the bones of the foot
we were not referring to that
what we were talking about is that
once
the teenage growth spurt
starts....
your ankles are ticking time bombs
in the sense that in the absence of some
complex programme of exercises
eventually you will
'go over on your ankle'
and it will hurt a lot
and after that
you will be less likely to
go over on your ankle
that is have the joint collapse on you
but if you do
it won't hurt
Here we go out on a complete limb
botox
botox - botulina toxin
is said to calm the muscles
it actually destroys the nerves it
comes into contact with
and new nerves eventually grow to
replace them
Hence, returning to sprained ankles
when you stretch a joint or other
ligament or muscle
amongst other things
you snap nerves
muscles are made up of
muscle fibres
in bundles
like the wires holding up a
suspension bridge
some of those fibres are specialised
they are called
muscle spindles
they are muscle-nerve hybrids
deep down we are saying
we have evolved to be born with
big heads to contain our big brains
but we have not
co-evolved
birth canals that
open up like a garage door
there are many ways that we adapt out bodies
to cope with the
legacy imperfections
in our body design
one phrase is
use it or loose it
the reverse is true
if you need it
and it's not
in your genetic design
and you start young enough
you can build it
and so
we can build a pelvic floor that
does not give us excruciating pain if we
pass a crown green bowling ball
but if we do it in stages
we can spread the pain and
successively bulid up
an appropriate network of
nerves muscles and tendons
nut more importantly
we can do it in the absence of a baby
and thus avoid producing
a child and adult with
cerebral palsy
we have no statistics on
how many people with
cerebral palsy and other brain defects were
eldest or only
children
We defer to reality
and do not intrude into specific cases if we can avoid it
but we acknowledge that
it appears that it is
Lweis Hamilton's younger brother who
has the brain damage
and Katie Price's first child who has a similar
but more profound
problem



Hmmm
a number of
Porsche motors
and at least one
Aston Martin
in the office car park yesterday
We may comment further
later

We are contemplating
gender neutrality
We are contemplating
the evolution of a
Ladies' tour de France
Three sports to consider
Equestrianism
dressage, show jumping, eventing, flat and hurdle racing
Boxing
cycling
in it's many many forms
Apart from rugby
League and Union
these three seem to be the most dangerous sports
in common practice
We say that on account of
Our Ricker having gained his colours for
Field Hockey
We note that equestrian sports seem to be generally
gender neutral
in fact they seem to discriminate over the
gender of the horse more than that of the rider
That begs the question
we have women's and ladies events
on account of the females being
hopelessly out gunned in the
strength department
Hmm
New film out about the
Billy Jean King nee Moffat
inter gender confrontation
where the female won
On those grounds a lot of sports have no leg to stand on
darts and snooker deffo
Boxing you see
and associated sports such as
weight lifting
separate contestants by
weight
weight categories
cut completely across
gender categories
As a transition
we think
having athletes of similar weight competing together
and awarding results, medals etc.
on a gender basis is an interesting suggestion
However, taking the ultimate sporting challenge as
perhaps the
exception that proves the rule
The Tour de France
works well with
athletes of a range of
body types
let alone weights
sprinters versus endurance etc.
competing together for a range of awards
We have commented
not here
about the design and erosion of the concept of
Rugby Union
We consider that
Rugby was designed to give boys of
a range of body types
an opportunity to play together
in the same team
Heavy forwards
whippety backs
full back or similar to
kick rather than run
skill over stregth or stamina
all swamped now by
15 prop forwards who...
what's this thing you keep throwing at me?
There was a councilor in Dormanstown called
Holding
his widow is still around
His brother was called
Scaff
Prop forward
Scaff Holding

We are not going to say we know nothing about
American Football
This may not be an idea from American Football
a rule that says
the team includes
the bench
and
not the whole of the team can be
on the field or pitch at one time
In other words
a team of twenty
no more than 15 of whom are allowed to be
in play
at any one time
Now here's another change with time
Time was
in cricket
the batting side could have no more than
four
team members i play at one time
now
batters aren't allowed to have
runners
so now just the two batters
in terms of
disability sport
not so good...

16th October 2017


It's a statistical fact that
most ankle sprains occur
in people who are physically active and
aged between 10 and 19 years
an ankle 'sprain' is the
stretching of the ligaments of the ankle
once it has happened
the ligaments are a
more suitable length
and in normal use the ligaments will not be
further stretched
they are not normally
weakened
just
lengthened
similarly with the
walls of the birth canal
after a first delivery
OR
athletic sex
working up to
fisting
to refer to
the TV series
Grey's Anatomy
a hospital drama
Don't try it with a
ten pin bowling ball




Department of Stating the Bleedin' Obvious
tariff are levied on
Imports
In a No Deal
Europe may place a tariff on
Black Puddin
imported TO Europe
from the UK
But they can't and won't
impose a tariff on
wine and cheese imported from Europe to the UK
Such a tariff would be imposed by
The UK authorities
as
retaliation for any tariffs imposed on
our exports to Europe
Once we leave they cannot impose tariffs on our exports
to anywhere
they can only incite such tariffs as
retaliation
and such tariffs would be
in effect
extra VAT
going to the UK treasury
God, swimming through treacle
has nothing on this
So if food prices go up after Brexit
it will be more money for
OUR government , not anybody else
in essence
a
No Deal
Hard Brexit
provides
The UK government
with an opportunity to levy a
stelath tax
on imports into the UK
and
the European Authorities
the opportunity to
levy a stealth tax on
UK goods and services
supplied into European countries
in the form of tariffs
In theory
The EU could recoup
the lost budget contributions
by imposing such tariffs
switching the cost of propping up the European economy
from
the UK exchequer
to
the specific countries that want to export from the UK into Europe
For the most part
Goods are not traded in the UK or the EU
United Kingdom, European Union
on
Black Markets
and thus there is an
audit trail
and thus the tariffs could be collected
in much the same way as
VAT
VAT - it's not your money
when you are VAT registered you
collect money , in the form of VAT
Value Added Tax
on behalf of
Customs and Excise
they work out how much you should have collected
from your accounts
not by standing in your despatch department with a
clip board
same with tariffs
In the real world
it would be the same
random and intelligence lead checks that
crack down on
VAT evasion
that would crack down on
tariff evasion
BUT
Those companies in the UK wouldn't be paying the tariffs
The tariffs would be paid by their customers
to
the EU
the cost to the UK companies would only happen if
they needed to reduced their prices
to compensate
to remain
competitive
with companies inside the EU
whose products and services
would not attract the tariffs
and this is why
UK companies are contemplating setting up
subsidiaries - independent branches
that would be located within the new boundaries of
the EU

It is true that
a UK outside the EU
could find its goods and services subject to
different import tariffs
in a third country
say, India
from those imposed on goods and services from EU countries
but
we are not clear why India would want to do that
or
whether it is not possible in present conditions anyway




We've been considering this question of
intimate relations and
relationships
between
people of significantly differing
heft
It's quite interesting to consider the analogy of
The Romance of the FA Cup
and in general the sporting
Giant Killing
We are all supposed to get very excited
and pleased about giants of the sporting world
coming a cropper against lower league opposition
One thing we don't expect is for
the whole of the
team of minnows
to get Premiership contracts
on the spot
In these sexual encounters
favour for favour is business
Think of the coming of the
Talkies
a star of the Silent Screen who had
a rubbish voice
well if it was for singing they would be dubbed
for dialogue?
they may be dubbed
or
dropped
where we are driving to here is
Let's say
The movie
The Artist
was promoted by Harvey Weinstein
it is said that as a result it was
more successful than it deserved
It would however be an gross exaggeration to say that
Weinstein could force millions of people to
pay to see an absolutely rubbish film
we were here before with the question of
talent with a boring back story
versus
talent with an inspiring back story
or
talent with the big pants
versus
talent with no panties
This is about fractions
about tipping the balance
not about
out and out fraud
and another thing
Weinstein appears to have divided the women who approached him
into two groups
Sex for roles
sex for cash
that's the professional in him
not damaging his business to get sex
how many men damage their projects
for love?



Ricker never visited
The Scotts
but his mother did
she was well impressed
we won't be going to check but
we believe the house was at the end of
Victoria Terrace
in
Saltburn by the Sea
Ricker can't remember the name of the
his
anatomy lecturer at Newcastle Med School
but he remembers his appearance
Three piece pin striped suit
and
blonde hair down to his shoulders....
hippy on his days off
We think his side kick was Evans but maybe not
You see why it is swimming through treacle
to explain matters medical...
you have to get your head around the concept of
A pill for every ill
A pill for every ill makes
doctors licenced drug dealers
as such they have to be
respected authority figures
They HAD to be respected authority figures and
in a world that was
paper based
they had to be
Human spreadsheets
instantly being able to
hear symptoms and write a prescription
and they banged out prescriptions for whatever the
drug company reps brought them
in unlimited quantities
for unlimited periods of time
God knows what Ricker's mum was prescribed to
get her over the stress of his sister's wedding
but whatever it was she didn't get hooked
because she didn't go back to the doctor after they ran out


This a point where we may launch into another
diversion into human anatomy
we first want to discuss the two terms
peritoneum
and
perineum
Way back lots of patients used to get diagnosed with
appendicitis
it was a classic action of a
junior doctor surgeon
who felt he was ready to carry out his first surgery
unsupervised by his consultant
to wander the corridors of A and E early hours of a Sunday
a declare some poor sap with a belly ache
to be suffering from peritonitis and in need of
surgery before the consultant could
rise from their alcoholic stupor
This will be long
but we will make it short
The Peritoneum
The largest and most complexly arranged
serous membrane
in the body
in the male is a closed sac containing the viscera
the bag you keep your guts in
In the female...
the free ends of the uterine tubes
yer tubes
open into the peritoneal cavity
meaning
yer ovaries don't count as part of your guts
and so because yer eggs have to get into yer womb
the guts are not in a sealed bag in the female
reference
ectopic pregnancy
usually in a tube but potentially no always
Now nearer the point
The perineum overlies the outlet of the pelvis
now then ladies
remember those
pelvic floor exercises...
perineum
so you have - male of female
the rear part of the perineum
and the front part
rear... anal region
front... external urogenital organs
So here we ge to the joke
Sorry Sam
The joys of delivering a lecture as opposed to writing an essay
The lecturer draws diagrams on his chalk board
in great detail
of the male external urogenital organs
and then says
for our purposes we will treat the
female external urogenital organs
as a whole
or was that
as a hole?
end of lecture
What a classic
it's the way they tell them
Look at it this way
The muscles of the
pelvic floor
or
perineum
are the baby's
trampoline
and the bones of the pelvis are
the safety cage
There are two major differences
the net of the cage extends across
the floor of the cage
and when your waters break
that is the net splitting
second
the whole thing
right down to the
neck of the womb
the cervix
grows as the baby grows
but
BUT
the birth canal does not grow as the baby grows
if you have not stretched it
through vigorous
social sex
beforehand
giving birth will be like
passing a kidney or gall stone
and what you really REALLY REALLY don't want
is
an episeotomy
The watchword is
per-stretch
don't CUT
and we regret
for the moment that we forget the name
of the enzyme
BUT
trust us
there is a component in
Cum
semen
that softens the walls of the
birth canal
so
NATURE
works better with
contraceptive pills
than with condoms
condoms keep the
birth canal conditioning chemicals
out of the picture



Here we move to another crunch point
over a hundred years ago
doctors knew very little more than
ordinary people
about medicine
There was in fact little difference between
what a doctor did
and
what a priest did
there are still doctors who
whinge on behalf of their patients
but most are far too busy
doing actual medicine
what really matters is that
both doctors and priests have pretty much
in the UK at least
given up the
authority figure
official sanctioning
role
this has left a void
and authority has now moved from the
overeducated
doctors and priests
to the
uneducated
police
The default resort of the
bothered and bewildered
is to say
If it's not working
it's because it isn't
being applied strictly enough
Endless, ad hoc, extra rules
indicate and inability to
analyse the problem



So it's autumn....
In Locke Park

Mr. Heron
will not be with us much longer
his ladies have already left.
for the winter
Haste ye back
Herons live year round in the UK
but Redcar may be a bit far north for them in
the winter
This is a Grey Heron
They have huge nests in the Locke Park trees
We see them and wonder whether
the squirels
occupy the same nests
dreys
























As we were taking the autumn shots of Locke Park
Outside
we snapped this opportunty to illustrate
scrub angle
or its effects
bably an artic making a
U turn
The trailer has no steering
hence the tyres have
to be scrubbed across the tarmac
even at low speed
not a
lock up
but tyres trying to go straight on as the trailer turns the corner
scrub not skid
This was pro

13th October 2017


Perhaps it is a very telling
linguistic anomaly that in English we have
the adjective and verb
neuter
and we have the verb
to emasculate
but we don't appear to have a specifically
female equivalent
to deliberately suppress
a female's femininity
We are thinking about
men who have
too much time on their hands to
concern themselves with the upbringing of
their daughters
We wonder whether the most vocal have
any sons
The phenomenon of the
honourary male
we often struggle to know just how much
basic medical knowledge
many people - including doctors - have
Despite the Internet
we see people still struggling with concepts such as
men have breasts too
men can get breast cancer
given that
we are entirely open to the difficulty people have
understanding
the relationship between
boy bits
and
girl bits
We recall the Scott family
never mind the idea that being gay is
'a disease that can be cured'
Mr Scott had
four sons
Ricker got the job of preparing the third one
to take up his place at Oxford to read medicine
a place he had secured without
taking A' level biology
Ricker knew the youngest son better
and was told in no uncertain terms that
There's just boys and girls
there's no such thing as
intersex
Mr Scott was the boss at
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering
not a personage with whom to disagree
The truth is
there's no such thing as
boys and girls
there's just
people
both men and women have breasts
Here's an excursion into
bits anatomy
It's becoming quite the thing on
slightly edgy
comedy shows to refer to
camel hoof
When the ladies are in their
lycra leotards and they get a bit excited
the area between their legs can resemble
a camel's hoof
a horse's hoof is entire
a camel's hoof is
split down the middle
We forget some of the technical terms but
the helmet
of a penis is technically the
glans penis
if you examine a penis with a
how shall we say?
three quarters the way erection
you can detect four elements
forget the helmet, the glans
now think of a
hot dog
a hot dog in a napkin
consider the napkin as the skin of the penis
what is left is
two halves of the bun
with a sausage in the middle
the two bun halves are the
erectile tissue of the penis
the sausage in the middle is
the tube down which the
urine and the cum
leave the body
Now understand this
consider the sausage chopped very very short
consider the two halves of the bun
only connected at the ends
but with the helmet connected to one end
but let's go back a stage
way back at the beginning
the two halves of the bun were one bun
but the sausage was so short that when it grew a bit
it started from underneath the bun
and when it began to wee
and it began to wee before baby was born
the pressure of the wee blew a hole in the
bit of bun holding the two halves together
THEN the tube began catching up on it's growth
in a boy
it's just the tube in the underside of the penis
in a girl
it's the
birth canal
the tube the baby will come out down
and the tube the sperm will go in up
and so
that thing most girls know they have and
most dads of girls don't know they have
The clitoris
is a baby helmet
the anatomical analogue of the
glans penis
Here's a thought for dads
and misinformed women doctors
doing a dump can be difficult
but sometimes it can be a
very satisfying sensory experience
two things
1 if you were gay your sex would be built around
elaborating on that
'damned good dump'
experience
2 if you are a lady giving birth for the tenth time
the experience is pretty much the same
IF you are a lady giving birth for the first time but
after having been regularly
fisted
the experience will be similar
It's only the ladies with a
quim as tight as a bull's arse
that suggest that
childbirth is the most painful experience known
to humankind
and so dear reader
if having hubby in the delivery room
gets that
dilation measurement up up up
in double quick time
it is the same erectile tissue that
makes HIS penis stiff
that makes HER vagina dilate
and jus to finish all too quickly...
the ovaries and the testes
have the same sort of
divergent development
from common origins
all very complicated
all very liable to go wrong
but NOT fundamentally different



However, once you have got your
boy bits
or your
girl bits
as we say, the same bits with different proportions
you also get a
gender specific mind set
and we can if we like refer back to our own
Redcar's own
Gertrude Bell
Dressing in a hyper feminine way
whilst doing
a man's job
under pressure from her family from her father
who told her he couldn't afford to have her
marry
It is - in our opinion - deeply unfair to
deprive your daughter of the power and scope to
deploy
her
womanly wiles
because of your dream of her becoming
an honourary man
There is no doubt that babies have
over the years been
sorted out
before mum was allowed to
examine them
we have referred to
extra fingers being removed
It was always the way to say
If in doubt
make it into a little girl
probably too much action too soon
is inadvisable
but we have had this whole idea of
single sex wards in hospital
single sex public toilets
being top priority
probably not such a good idea
but we now speak in a context where
but for the tyranny of the
zealots
we would have
contraception
morning after pill
paternity tests
women able to afford to raise a kid
from their own financial resources



small autumnal note
antibiotics won't kill viruses
BUT
if you give antibiotics
you free up immune system resources to
fight the viruses

12th October 2017


We like a form of
balance
that the BBC shuns
so we gonna say it
Weinstein - I'm up, pull the ladder up
Perhaps an future with more
Talented talent in future?
We see here the problem with the police
The old bats have shall we say
three problems
he chased me around the room
they don't write good roles for older women
female dialogue is romantic, not work related
which if any of these is
a matter for the police
given time
ALL OF THEM
the interferring empire builders...
What we see on the horizon is
Period Poverty
as we reach
average female wages being between
80 and 90 per cent of
average male wages
the wimin are anxious not to loose momentum
There is a two pronged attack in the making
IF they can outlaw
zero hours contracts
this is a firm foundation for
moving on to the
minimum period of employment being
a month
a four week month
not a calendar month up it matters little
The idea would be
is
everybody would be paid monthly
men would work
four weeks a month for
ten calendar months a year
or eleven four week months
for
12 or thirteen - as appropriate - monthly payments
per year
whilst women of childbearing age
would work
three weeks a month
for the same monthly wage as men
thus avoiding any
distress or discomfort associated with
their monthly cycle
if they have one
and if they haven't
then they're quids in




We note another of those little
secrets
European Common Agricultural Policy
Imperial Tobacco
a UK based company has just
closed the factory in
France
where the tobacco
GROWN IN FRANCE
was processed
and from now on will be processed
In Poland
We pay French farmers to grow tobacco
and we pay Poles to process it
and we pay Poles to nurse the
victims of smoking related disease
That's the EU at work
Wealth re-distribution
The Poles may be so poor they are driven to such things
but
The French?

11th October 2017


We've been contemplating
Scottish Independence
an old old unremarked TV play
Play for Today, perhaps
comes to mind
There is a family with three daughters
the action of the play relates to a visit home
by the eldest daughter
she waxes lyrical about the wonders of her
today we would call it her
Gap Year
At the end of the play she sets off again and
we see her arriving at the local railway station
suddenly the middle daughter turns up on the platform
decked out in safari gear
What are you doing here?
I'm coming with you
Just then the eldest daughter's boyfriend
never mentioned in all the tales of daring do
tells the eldest to hurry up and get on the train
exit one deeply crest fallen and disillusioned
little sister
What do we think about Scotland?
or Catalonia?
We think about a mum, a granny
having her own room in the home of
her daughter and son-in-law
and insisting on having a full blown
granny flat
so she can have a boyfriend to stay
without offending her daughter
Independence
or just a wife swap from
London to Brussels?
Our alternative approach deserves some explanation
You may have heard of
player pianos
a piano is a non electronic musical instrument everybody knows that
a player piano is a non electronic
non electrical
piano that is powered by a person
pumping pedals or some such
no musical skill required
the music is decoded from a
paper roll that runs through it
so there was a reasonably popular
street entertainment of
a player organ
like the household player piano but more portable
and instead of pedals
a handle akin to a car starting handle
for extra entertainment value
some of the itinerant entertainers
who ran these things had
a monkey
turn the drive handle of the organ
while they did juggling and magic tricks
hence
the saying
I want to talk to
the organ grinder
not the monkey
So perhaps it could be said that
what Scotland and Catalonia want
is not
independence
but a direct relationship with
The Germans
After all they would just be following in the footsteps of
The Irish
There's a classic theatrical farce called
A Servant of Two Masters
However, the Irish experience is informative
Did they side with The Germans
to gain their independence?
did they feel exposed and isolated and decide
Too proud to go back to
The British
we have no alternative
we have to
throw in our lot
with the Frano-German axis
to the point of adopting
The Euro




It is one of the current manifestations of the story of
The Emperor's New Clothes
that when we now to have recourse to a<
Public Service
we can be quite sure that the person providing that service
is not the best available candidate
but
the best available candidate from
an approved gender and or ethnicity
just as well that alongside this
development
we have the culture of
computer says yes
computer says no
It does raise the specter of
no public service will be available
that cannot be
reduced to
a routine



It would be easy to say
This Weinstein story...
explains why so many
not so pretty women
get to be film stars
We recall a conversation between
Our Ricker and a young lady working in
The Post Office, in Thirsk
She was not married
we are not sure she had a boyfriend
she was about to leave
to do something 'worthwhile'
she was pregnant
We recall a story line from something like
some sort of TV murder mystery
The victim had earlier
retrieved a used condom from the trash
in an attempt to get pregnant
We have a backdrop of women
fretting about the
ticking clock
We see women appearing to be
in their element
running a
home of their own
bossing around a gaggle of kids
carrying loads
in the form of a tired child
that they would never contemplate
carrying as any other form of work
we see women in the
workplace
when managed by women
instantly on appointment becoming
Head of Something or Other
In other words
as produced by our society
women are not
team players
they want their own little
personal realm
Is that innate
or is it how they are currently raised?
We've said it before
bring women into positions of power in a workplace
and your 1960s
open plan office
sprouts
cubicles
Somebody decided that
girls should be allowed to play
basketball
The basket ball bloke sent the
lady who wanted girls to play it
some information that was not clearly distinguished
These are the rules
These are the tactics
The lady interpreted the tactics as rules and we now have
Netball
in the football equivalent
we can say
the goalkeeper is the only player allowed to
handle the ball
but only in his area
in netball football
the goalkeeper would be sent off if he left his area
It brings us back to
do we need a Highway Code for Sex?
Are women intrinsically
hidebound?
Before DNA profiling
women of childbearing age were
secluded within the home
to give men some idea of who the biological father
of the children in the family was
all these fretty little things about
headgear and not touching
and modesty boards
remember them?
office desks were re-designed so females couldn't
flash their panties at passing men from under them
all throwbacks to
rules about
women of childbearing age in public
from an era of
no contraception and no paternity testing
like wot we still live in today

9th October 2017


There is a lot of chaff floating around regarding
is it a people problem with
The Tories
Essentially not
The Tories are the party of
The Property Owning Democracy
The problem is
the party and the media promote
The House Builders and the Estate Agents
as the deliverers of this
'policy'
They are not the source the power of this policy
The Labour swept into power after the
Second World War
as they people claimed their reward
the Welfare State
for winning the war
The Tories hit back with
a property Owning Democracy that was modified to encapsulate
Private Property, Public Services
In a sense the shake up of industry that had been
driven by the war effort
provided the wealth to pay for
Public Services
The Private Property bit was a bit more subtle
This is where the
Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers are
now not delivering for the Tories
what they did in the 1960s
We clearly have a split between
House Price Inflation
and
Wage Inflation
The Tories have had it ingrained in their thinking
that it is house price inflation that
keeps people voting for them
The economics are more complicated
Pure isolated house price inflation helps
the Baby Boomer small time property developers
it does not help
young people on the lower steps of the
property ladder
Although in the 1960s females earned quite a lot less
than males
their earnings were significant in securing a
First Mortgage
The ENTIRE BASIS of the extension of
Home Ownership
depended on the ASSUMPTION that
by the time the
Newly Wed wife got around to getting pregnant
her husband's wage would have increased to be
equal to his wage plus his wife's wage at
the time they married
Getting a mortgage
amounted to freezing your housing costs
in a context of general and particularly
wage
inflation
substantial wage inflation
despite the
Pound in Your Pocket
devaluation of the pound
being a Wilson - Labour - Government event
this was the bulwark of Tory power
These days it ain't happening
as female wages increase to
somewhere between 80 and 90 per cent of
male wages
and everybody piles every last penny they can find into stoking
house price inflation
they are not
'rewarded'
with
male or overall wage inflation
to some extent
female wage inflation is being paid for by
male wage stagnation
We can't afford to give you a pay rise
because we are legally bound to
give a pay rise
to your partner
or her 'sister'
leading to
child care costs....
it's a nightmare scenario
the whole plan has
gone to pot
employers are still in the
yes, we'll employ more women and less men
phase
because women are cheaper to employ than men
and they drop out of the pension scheme
don't they?
Women want
1 the perfect partner - with bridezilla wedding
2 the perfect career - with dominion over all men in sight
3 perfect kids - clearly raised by a nanny not an au pair
Note. A nanny is a child care professional from the lower orders
an Au pair is a young volunteer childcare novice from
one's own class, but preferably a native speaker of a
continental language
That is somebody European doing a
gap year
on the cheap in London (shopping) and Switzerland (ski-ing)
It's called
Having it All
and by God we'll vote Labour
if the Tories don't deliver
Worcester Woman on steroids
The Quasi Autonomous
Bank of England
Quango
quasi autonomous non governmental organisation
have been beavering away feverishly
devaluing the pound
and it does fall every time the Canadian boss gives
a press conference
but the Ruth Lee contingent
We think there is a person working for
Arbuthnot Banking who used to work at the
Bank of England
and we think she is one of those
I CHOSE not to have children because people who
see wage equality as the prime aim...
There are not a lot of
ordinary women in work
who are not liable to disappear from their jobs
overnight
if they pull
Mr Right
That said...
We have talked about
steel workers in
Dole with Dignity jobs
This was a sensitive issue
regarding wives....
take a typical Teesside steelworker in 1970
on account of them having
nothing to do at work
any chat that they took home would be
about the 'antics' of work colleagues
no matter how
ordinary
his wife's job may have been
say a school secretary, receptionist
talk about work
coming from the wife would be much more
engaging
than talk about work
from the husband
real events would be happening in the wife's work life
men like that don't miss
work
because they never did any
they miss their mates
switching from being paid to hang around in the canteen
to hanging around in the pub
is costly
extra costly if it's your wife's wages
that are buying the beer



what is lost to mind in the mists of time is
The Origins of the
Building Societies
These days if we come across an organisation
akin to the original Building Societies
we would refer to it as something like a
Self Build Co-operative
Sometimes a newborn baby would be set up with
a Building Society account
to start to save for the deposit on a house
people were able to withdraw cash from
their account but it was frowned upon
Depositors accepted low rates of interest
and those low rates of interest were the basis
were one of the two legs on which the
low rates of interest - compared to bank loans
on mortgages
mortgages attracted low interest rates because
1 the loans were secured against property
you could loose the property if you failed to make the payments
2 the members who had a surplus in their account
were future borrowers or other people who
supported the idea of
fair lending - not usury
for noble purposes, such as house purchase
These societies would thus have something
religious such as a Quaker
origin
For a UK nineteenth century girl from
the aspiring classes
respectable working class
lower middle class
her
Building Society Pass Book
represented her
dowery
A new wife would often provide
the deposit on the house and the
initial top up on the repayments to
ensure a better class of
starter home
deposits were therefore traditionally quite low
no actual stats here but say
deposit of ten per cent of purchase price
loan three times the combined annual income of the couple
Hence, eighty to ninty per cent mortgages
not the one hundred and twenty per cent mortgages that
broke
Northern Rock
and caused the run on the
building society turned bank
that started the most recent financial crash in the UK
run on the bank is where people literally run to the bank
to withdraw their deposits in cash
or transfer them to a different banking institution
The money withdrawn from
Northern Rock
remained money
and if the bank had been the
Brighton Rock
the government would have bailed it out and
none of this would have happened
Thereby hangs another tale about
Our Ricker not having enough money in the
Leeds Building Society
to qualify for the
takerover bonus
and only this year....
we hope
this web site clearing it's debt to
Halifax Bank of Scotland
We say we hope because we have fulfilled out deal conditions
but we have become accustomed to banks etc. lying to us
The Leeds is important in the original bit of
Building Society History
To it's dying day The Leeds was known as
The Leeds Permanent Building Society
The first building societies were set up
to finance specific
self build schemes and wound themselves up when the
members had all cleared all of their debts
Permanent was the first step to becoming a bank
We continue...
potted history of the banking crash
When the building societies became banks
they stopped relying on
deposits from members
members became costomers and or share holders
they as banks could turn to the
Wholesale Money markets
for funds
The wholesale money markets saw two things
banks specialising in lending for property purchase
other banks lent for business expansion
and banks that were
Too big ( for the government to allow them ) to fail
Not bailing out Northern Rock
was a signal from government of
the end of Too Big to Fail
Small bank up north nobody will notice
outside the
Square Mile
To clarify our position
HBOS piled loads of charges on this site
as part of their survival plan
Under pressure from the
fsa
financial services authority
HBOS agreed to write off the spurious charges if we
paid back what we had spent
we have paid back what we spent
we await further developments, if any
This is not
accountancy 101
but
the likes of HBOS tried to gat out of trouble by
joining the governemt in
printing money we have said that a debt owed to a company
is an asset on that company's accounts
by generating
spurious charges
a company can
generate a debt and hence an asset
without providing anything in return
this is not
strictly illegal
one of the reasons for the growth of
Moslim backed business is that it is
strictly forbidden in Sharia Law

7th October 2017


Notwithstanding the fact that we have in the UK
A Highway Code
driving tests and licences and textbooks on the same
the police, courts and local authorities
make a damned good living out of fines for
motoring offences
Clearly all those things are additional to
motoring laws
those things are intended to help the motorist to
avoid breaking the law when motoring
no such guide lines and assistances exist regarding
sex
and personal relationships
let's draw an analogy with shopping
if we applied official attitudes to sex
to
shopping
we would say
the shop keeper has goods
the customer
exploits
the position of power he or she has over the shopkeeper
in that the customer has money
and despite the fact that the shopkeeper is unwilling to
give their goods freely to the customer
the customer coerces the shopkeeper into handing them over
in exchange for the money the shopkeeper so badly needs
in the eyes of officialdom
in all case where sex occurs
one party is always assumed to be
unwilling
the question is always
where on the spectrum on which
seduction and rape lie
did the events in question lie?
How do we define...
a transaction freely entered into by all parties concerned?
a shopkeeper - especially the manager of
premises licensed to sell alcohol
can decline a transaction
a lady
out on the pull
can reject the advances of one potential partner
and arbitrarily choose to go off with another
the concept of
consent
applies to the parties
only in exceptional circumstances is
the consent of a third party
or
the authorities
required
Who and when can a third party say
you should not have served that customer?
when the customer is under age
has already had too much to drink
but not
because I know the customer is a Moslem
and should not drink
not
because the lady is white
and the gentleman is Asia
NOT because
the lady and gentleman are not married to each other
NOT because
either or both of them have taken
contraceptive measures
So what of the cases of
outraging public decency?
How far can you take a consensual snog
in a takeaway
while you wait for your order to be made up?
Should workers who have
personal beliefs about
public displays of affection
1 be tolerant of the standards of others - especially customers
2 ban the overly amorous from their shops
3 expect to be able to instruct the police to arrest customers
at their discretion and have them convicted of
outraging public decency?
gay couples can insist on being provided with
gay memorabilia - inscribed cakes
straight couples are banned from snogging in public?
is
tolerance
restricted to the activities and beliefs of
minorities?
This is our media savvy version of
democracy
let us say that there was one of those
government on line petitions that said
The age of consent for girls should be
ten
and six million people signed up to it
it would be rejected
why?
would it be because there was
incontrovertible medical and scientific proof that
setting the age of consent for girls would be harmful?
No
it would be because
significant minorities
would object
That is the
black balling
concept of democracy
not rule by
a majority
but rule by
unalloyed consent
We should explain blackballing
If a person seeks to join an exclusive club
their application fails if a single
pre-existing member of the club
objects - in a secret ballot - to their joining The members would - within a box - pick up
either a white ball from the left compartment
or a black ball from the right compartment
and put it in the voting compartment
at the end of the voting
if there were any black balls in the third compartment
the application failed
the applicant had been
black balled



6th October 2017


See this thing about consulting with the police
Who won, United or City?
The referee



Vorsprung durch Technik
See this has two meanings in English
Before you , leap, check out, the technology
In the Audi adverts they are saying
don't just check out the styling
check out what's under the skin
like
Shallow Hal
but in the
Kirby Misperton
Timberkings
interpretation
perfect your technology before you
roll out the project for real



dilettante
Lover of the fine arts
now usually
one who is interested in an art or science
merely as a pastime
and
without serious study
for example
a police officer
or
soccer mum


The core problem with the police is that
society expects them to deal with criminals
the police are drawn into dealings with
victims of crime
the police develop
improper relationships with victims of crime
because they stray from seeing
victims of crime as sources of evidence
into
being clients
the superabiding dysfunction of the police is that
they divide everybody who is
not a police officer into
criminals
and
victims
and having arbitrarily assigned a person
usually on the basis of gender and or ethnicity
to one or the other group
project
fantasy characteristics onto those people who have
never been, criminals, victims, or police officers
they see the world through the walls of their
goldfish bowl
in the inary virtual reality in which these
Wreckit Ralfs
fantacise
if you can't prove that you are
a victim of crime...
then you must be a criminal
and thus they make
enemies
through
hubris
overweening pride and insolence
already we see
gun shop owners in the
Mid-West
saying
whatever weapons the government have
I and my customers should have too

5th October 2017


We have one of those little family stories about
getting old
Our Ricker's dad got old
Ricker and one of his brothers had
three Norwegian Elk Hounds between them
Ricker's lived with his dad
Ricker's dad insisted on calling Ricker's dog
by the name of one of Peter's dogs
She had to accept having two names


we are thinking about a TV documentary series
We think it may be called
Timberkings
a Canadian company build
log homes
on their lot in Canada
they then dismantle them
transport them to customer locations around the world
and re-assemble them on site
Let's take the
North Sea Gas Industry
The North Sea has provided gas powered heating
for the UK for forty years
We suspect that if those North Sea gas wells are
Hydrauliclaly fractured - fracked
they will provide another
fifteen to twenty years of heat for the nation
That's long enough to be significant
Those Timberkings don't set off to
God knows where with little more than a
truck full of chain saws...
they do the full dress rehearsal before they
book the transport
and they take everything they will need with them
So it would be with fracking
the North Sea for gas
ancillary note
the gas companies - Centrica in effect
have been given permission to simply
remove the
topsides
of their wells and leave the
jackets in place
All that seems completely rational
but then...
Ian Swales becomes LibDem MP for Redcar
no biggie
We have no truck with names like
Third Energy
these companies changes their names
with the gay abandon of
Government Ministries and
women
So for a while two things happen in Redcar that
seem completely unrelated
They are completely unrelated
for a time
Ian Swales has his constituency office in the now abandoned
Redcar Central Railway Station Business Centre
Abandoned it appears due to the building of the
Community Heart
building
over the road
when all the units in the Community Heart
are let
perhaps attention will turn back to the Business Centre
and the gas companies set up their
test fracking gas well on
Corfu Way
Then
Then Ian Swales moves his constituency office to....
Corfu Way
Suddenly the gas companies decide to do their
test fracking in
Kirby Misperton
Kirby Misperton the village is
very nearly a part of
The Flamingo Land Theme Park



4th October 2017


We often remark about how important
words
can be
Two words current society is confusing are
specialist
and
elite
lots of people specialise in a particular form of work
switching from shifting one form of muck
with pick shovel and wheel barrow
to shifting another sort
never required must in the way of
re-training
and hence the
general labourer
style of job classification
the difficulty comes when we shift to more specialist work
back in the days when
doctors were men and
surgeons weren't doctors....
an anaesthetist was referred to by surgeons as a
gas man
anaestetists are doctors who are - mostly
working in hospital operating theatres
keeping the patient safe and comfortable
whilst the surgeons operate
There are two major anomalies
unless they are operating on patients under
general anaesthetic
dentists prescribe and administer
anaesthetics without the help of an anaesthetist
secondly
when vets operate on animals
under general anaesthetic
the anaesthetist role is fulfilled by a
vetenary nurse
Some people - many people - carry out
specialist work that may be vital at the time they are
doing it
but are they
an elite?
We could all collect our mail from the post office
like we collect our parcels from Argos
or return them to Asda
we could all take
all of our rubbish to the
recycling centre, or
get a man in
to do it for us
but we have
posties and bin men
posties and bin men do specialist jobs
but are they
an elite?
emergency service workers do specialist jobs
they appear to have concluded that
because being a brain surgeon is a
specialist job
AND
brain surgeons are a part of an elite...
the specialist role of
responding to 999 or 911 calls
qualifies
emergency response workers to
elite status



So here's the kicker
In Redcar we have a history of the local MP
referring communications of advice...
to the police
and the police asking the advisor
why didn't you bring this directly to us?
answer...
because you are not legislators
What the fuck was Tony Balir thinking when
he set the police off by asking THEM
What laws would YOU like?
We have recently had a glimpse at the
Electoral system in Germany
We have gleaned that in Germany in a General Election
Electors have two votes
and the parliament has two sorts of MP
Electors vote for
a candidate
a party
The candidate candidates are
people like us
people to inject some grass roots into parliament
the other MPs are selected by the political parties
and would by definition be a part of
the government
or
the opposition
ministers....
they could be both specialists and part of an elite
and perhaps we would have no more of the likes of
Amber Rudd complaining of being
patronised
by
experts
and others saying
we have had enough of experts

2nd October 2017


Even the largest and most experienced organised entities
The UK Labour Party for instance
can fall victim to
entryism
There is something a little different
Entryism is where an organisation is seen as
powerful and influential and a group who
don't see themselves as
powerful and influential
decide to hijack the established vehicle
to promote their own agenda
Sometimes activity can appear to be
entryism when it is actually
just people with passion
joining an inappropriate organisation
Recently we have seen some established and
experienced individuals and organisations
performing
duty calls
at a protest that is being headlined as being a
Friends of the Earth
campaign
when it is clearly on
Greenpeace
territory
Anti-fracking is Greenpeace
Friends of the Earth
is not about Luddism
it is about holding industry to
best practice
We have a major problem with some of the businesses
on
Wilton International
because
they came to Redcar on the basis that
Redcar's got a steelworks
so
it must be a shitheap
so we can go there and do anything
ANYTHING
and nobody will notice
We notice
flaring should only occur in an emergency
never as an alternative to having
sufficient vacant feedstock storage capacity
Frack it from local ground
and you can
Leave it in the Ground
until you actually need it
We'll go over the myth involved here
The fossil boys say
we can store oil and gas
you can't store energy from
alternative sources
Here's the problem
homes are heated by gas
vehicles are moved by petrol and diesel
'oil' wells produce gas and oil
we need gas in winter
we need petrol and diesel in
summer and winter but more in summer
in summer you can cut back production
from
gas only wells
but oil wells....
all year round give you the same mix of
gas, petrol and diesel
surplus stuff gets flared off in summer
under the guise of routine maintenance
they always flare off far more that would be necessary to
safely purge the plant
You can crack oil into gas but
we don't condense gas into petrol or diesel
and despite it being available at half the price of
petrol or diesel from Morrisons in Redcar
nobody seems to want to run their vehicles on
LNG
Liquified Natural Gas




This house builder guy
last heard of living near Thirsk
got a knighthood for
heading the
Teesside Development Corporation
and blatently selling the line
Bring your industry to Teesside
It's so polluted nobody will notice what you are doing
It was very interesting how
THEY
set up for the
Head of the SSI taskforce
to be
Elected Mayor of Teesside
and the fickle electorate elected the Tory...
Switcheroonie in the role of
the steel workers
Now the opposite story
'Steel making is finished in Redcar'
That would mean
no more smoke screen for
polluting and dangerous industries
Don't bring it here!
We never get too bogged down in
actual statistics
to collect and verify them would open us up to
accusations of harassment and stalking
We did pick up on one idea
Well two ideas that mesh
South bank coke ovens were scheduled for closure
BEFORE
SSI decided to pull the plug on Redcar steel works
We got told two numbers
We got told the closure of South Bank coke ovens would cost
850 jobs
We got told the closure of the whole of SSI cost
1,500 direct jobs
3,000 total jobs
It raises in the mind the concept that
half the job losses involved in the
end of steel in Redcar
actually and narrowly apply to
the end of coke in Redcar
hang on a minute Ms. Subury...
Redcar steel works had to close on grounds of
inefficiency
because a workforce of
850
could only produce
3.1 million tonnes of steel per year
Yeah
Life is good
In Chambers
is it not?
Not that we know whether 850 jobs was
Just South Bank coke ovens
Or
South Bank AND Redcar coke ovens
Our guestimate is
850 people directly employed by SSI
at the two coke works
and
the majority of the estimated
1,500 sub contratoros made redundant by the SSI closure were
employed by Hargreaves
carting coal to the Teesside coke ovens and
carting the unwanted coke works products away from Teesside
since Redcar needed less or no coke
we guestimate that at least a quarter of the direct redundacies
a quarter of 1,500
did not involve
short notice
and at least half the sub-contractor redundancies
half of 1,500
did not involve short notice
because the closure of
South Bank coke works was on-going at the time the whole plant closed



Sometimes something happens that
challenges your will to live
We recount this with deep sadness
We were thinking that yesterday's
Redcar Half Marathon
was passing off rather well
Then seventy minutes before the scheduled end of the
agreed road closure
Fire Tender D1's driver decided to
crash onto the course and confront
the stragglers on the course
head on
despite the fact that the other carriageway was vacant
Fire Fighters
bunch of arse hole creeping drama queens
such a tragic contrast to
lifeboat crews
We have no indication that there was
any sort of incident anywhere near the course
requiring the attention of the
emergency services
maybe there wasn't much on TV in the squad canteen
Some of the stragglers they scattered would have been running for charity
perhaps McMillan cancer Care
one day will the fire truck driver be saying to a
cancer care nurse overseeing his dying days
In my day I had six notches on my steering wheel from
fundraisers of yours that I flattened
You have to earn respect
not squander it with stunts like that
Which brings us back to
routines and procedures
Henry Ford was a pioneer of taking the
skill out of engineering production
time and motion studies
production lines
The opposite of
procedure
more than me job's worth
jobsworth
is
triage
triage means having somebody on scene with a brain who can
decide
immediate priorities
Being in the emergency services is not
assembly line work
hence it is no vocation for
jobsworths

30th September 2017


We have opportunities to observe
from a distance
and sometimes we
misinterpret
however we have seen things regarding
schools and young people
that strike us as rather significant
We hear about boys
making a point
by on odd occasions saying
if we can't wear shorts to school
we want to wear
skirts or 'kilts'
It has long been the case that
a girl dressing as a boy
was regarded as
sassy or cute
but that boys had to adhere to a strict
dress code
we note...
boys at
Sacred Heart in Redcar
turning up to school in
a white blouse
instead of
a shirt and tie
this is a very subtle
very very subtle form of
cross dressing
it is a form of
symbolic self emasculation
It strikes us that this is not a manifestation
of
being gay
but of
feeling that being male
is something to
regret

29th September 2017


We think we should clarify the
Redcar Power Station
Compressor Set
issue
As we understand it....
The power station was built with
three compressor sets with a view to
serving three blast furnaces
Only one was built
Two compressor were idle
THEN
the one blast furnace was upgraded
and
it can now run with either
one compressor
or
on full chat
with two of the three compressor sets feeding it
Thus
the blast is
quite quiet
when it is running minimally
but the whole town knows about it
when it is running on full chat
Secondly
they were designed to run on a mix of
coke oven fumes and blast furnace fumes
they could run on a mixture of
furnace fumes and
digester gas
so you have
a sewage sludge dewatering plant
the blue shed you can see in the distance
if travelling towards Middlesbrough in Redcar
on Corporation Road
And
you have
two sludge digesters
One at Irommasters
We mean
Forty Foot Road
by the railway
and the other near the
old South Bank coke works...
Softly softly catchie monkey
But
if the other two blast furnaces are built the first one won't be
giving up the second compressor set...
so
more compressor sets

27th September 2017


A little background on what was and wasn't
The thing about
Redcar steel works is..
It has been in process of modernisation for... ever
There are lots of bits of kit that
haven't been used for donks
The publicly visible
fact
about
'closures'
was whether any steel was being shipped out
for example....
The power station at Teesside Steelworks Redcar in is
adjacent to the blast furnace and forms part of the same site.
The power station is fuelled by a combination of blast furnace gas and coke oven gas
– both of these are by-products of the steelmaking process
and the gasses are supplied by pipeline directly from the blast furnace and coke ovens.
The electricity produced was used by the steelworks.
The building is a combined power station and compressor house.
There are three sets of two turbines and compressors,
each set of a differing design.
The compressors provided high-pressure air for the steelmaking process,
which is injected into the blast furnace.
Two of the turbines, the oldest set, appear to have been out of commission for some time.
Also
things get built in places where
other things had previously been planned
We will attempt to create an image to show where
Alma, Bertha and Cate
were supposed to be built
Re; Brexit
and
Fleet of Foot
Good luck packing this lot into
shipping containers....


Alma has always been referred to as
The Big Blast
3.1 million tonnes per year
Redcar projected to produce
ten to twelve million tonnes per annum

23rd September 2017


Another bus related whinge...
some photos






First a couple of things about
Locke Road Railbridge
It is Locke not Lock
It's Black's Bridge actually
but Locke Road Railbridge will do
and it's Locke because
it runs down the side of
Locke Park that is on land donated by Doctor Locke
Railtrack or whoever was responsible for the
Permanent Way
at the time
wanted/needed to replace this
road over rail bridge
Thye approached the council and said
we will pay for a straight replacement
but, close as we are to the 21st century... then
anybody can see it's not wide enough
we'll build the new bridge wider if you
pay the extra
1 No go on the match funding
2 No go on removing the - by now non-engineering
weight limit of seven and a half tons
Coatham Road is a major access to the town
to get to the beginning of it
you would leave
either Kirkleatham Lane or
The Trunk Road
and pass over the completely adequate
Kirkleatham Lane Road over rail bridge
However, the bit of
Coatham Road that runs parallel to the boundary of
Locke Park is residential
and a bus route
because
the access to Redcar town centre is
1 Kirkleatham Lane railbridge
2 Locke Road railbridge, narrow weight restricted
3 West Dyke Road level crossing
4 Redcar lane level crossing
There are two solutions
widen Locke Road railbridge
that bird has flown although
road safety would be enhanced if a
footpath/cycleway was slung outside the parapet
OR
turn Locke park into a giant
roundabout
if you allow only south bound traffic on
Locke Road railbridge
and include buses - perhaps only buses
respecting the
conservation area status of the cricket ground
and the weight limit
to avoid trying to do the impossible of
a bus each way passing residents' parked cars
then people may not so often
avoid a head on
by demolishing the street furniture
Three proposals
1pedestrians and cycles outside the parapet
2 roundabout
3 relax weight limit on Locke Road railbridge
for buses - southbound only



We failed to repeat the basic economic case for
L-D converters
A BOS plant can convert a batch of iron to steel in
Twenty minutes
It used to take several hours with a
Bessemer converter using compressed air


While we're on with statistics
We said the workforce on Teesside in 1949 was
250,000 approximately
we said Lord Melchett had
250,000 working for him
it is said that there are
130,000 members in the
British Steel Pension Fund
We said the projected workforce at Lackenby was
1,700
It is said that
1,500 people were directly made redundant
in 2015 when SSI closed
3,000 including suppliers etc
Those contractors would not be in the pension scheme
We can estimate that
SSI part - 1,500 workers
lackenby part 1,700 workers
Something like 3,000 people making more steel than
the rest of the country put together
3 million tonnes each a year
Redcar was carrying a whole lot of
card schools in Nissan huts around the country for
many many years
Perhaps it is a tipping point that we now have almost
as many of
Alley Sloper's Cavalry
no longer in the pension scheme due to demise
as still in it
All these people got was
Dole with Dignity with added
lung and heart disease
It's not just the
DTI mandarins
you have the police, the churches, the university
all thinking
Banish the Brains
Make a living museum for
slow learners
This is NOT
Teesside
The laugh is on somebody
There was an assumption that the steel works isthe
heart and soul of the community
and the economy
soooo
the government set up an
SSI task force
and
gave them
eighty million pounds to help
soften the blow
all to be spent on the former workforce
of 1,500
not the town
that's almost as much compo each as the
Grenfell Tower survivers
Live in London?
no amount of money with
less than five figures in it exists
If 250,000 former British Steel works had got
eighty thou a piece severence....
that would have affected the National Debt
If you start from
we will have to offer eighty thou per person severence
no wonder you shut the plant with
the smallest workforce
no matter how efficient and profitable
The task force got fifty three thousand pounds for
every employee made redundant
They were not allowed to spend that on the contractors
mostly Hargreaves employees
who were affected
there may have been other severence
direct from the government to individual workers
You can see why the government is desperate to keep
Scunthorpe and Port Talbot open until
the workers reach
retirement age
but how do you ensure
safe working
when key workers are dropping out at random
and
you can't recruit replacements?
There's a lesson here for a lot of people
Shutting Redcar
it's a bit like the boss actually taking their holiday
and letting the workfore see
what they actually do all day

21st September 2017


We've gotta do it
TINA
There is no alternative
Shout out for
Impish Amy
She's just starting her university course
with a view to becoming a
paramedic
God help her tutors
For Goodness sake give her
top honours in her first year and transfer her to
dentistry or medicine
Dentistry won't ever be the same without her as a
dental nurse




Alfred Robens, Baron Robens of Woldingham, PC (18 December 1910 – 27 June 1999),
sometimes known as Alf Robens, was an
English trade unionist, Labour politician and industrialist.

His political ambitions, including an aspiration to become Prime Minister,
were frustrated by bad timing; but his energies were diverted into industry:
he spent a decade as chair of the National Coal Board,
and later headed a major inquiry which resulted in the Robens Report on
health, safety and welfare at work. His outlook was paternalistic,
but in later life, he moved away from his early socialism towards the Conservative Party.
His reputation remains tarnished by his failure to have foreseen and prevented the Aberfan disaster,
followed by actions widely regarded as insensitive during this disaster's aftermath




After leaving the armed forces, Melchett joined Air Contractors Ltd,
a subsidiary of the merchant bank M. Samuel & Co. A year later in 1948,
supported by the bank, he founded a farming company based in Norfolk, British Field Products Limited,
which specialised in grass-drying and animal feedstuffs.
Melchett soon afterwards joined the merchant bankers M. Samuel & Co.
This company merged with Philip Hill, Higginson and Erlanger Ltd to form Hill Samuel & Co. Limited
and Melchett became director in charge of the banking and overseas departments.
He was also a director of the Guardian Assurance Company and of the Anglo-American Shipping Co Ltd.
He was an adviser to the British Transport Docks Board,
a member of the council of administration of the Malta Dockyard and
on the councils of the Confederation of British Industry and the National Economic Development Council.

In 1966 Harold Wilson asked him to be chairman of a committee to
plan the nationalization of the British steel industry,
and from that time until his death he was effectively the chairman of
what became the British Steel Corporation.
This was formed from fourteen major iron and steel companies and
other smaller ones who together employed more than a quarter of a million workers




The steel industry was nationalised in 1967 under another Labour government,
becoming British Steel Corporation (BSC).
But by then, twenty years of political manipulation had left companies,
such as British Steel, with serious problems:
a complacency with existing equipment,
plants operating below full capacity (hence the low efficiency),
poor-quality assets, outdated technology, government price controls,
higher coal and oil costs, lack of funds for capital improvement,
and increasing competition in the world market.
The company was founded by Arthur Dorman and Albert de Lande Long
when they acquired West Marsh Iron Works in 1875.
In the 1920s Dorman Long took over the concerns of Bell Brothers and Bolckow and Vaughan
and diversified into the construction of bridges.
In 1938 Ellis Hunter took over as Managing Director
and he continued to lead the business until 1961.
Some of the key events connected with iron-making in Cleveland:
1837: The first Cleveland ironstone mine opens, at Grosmont, for the Losh, Wilson and Bell ironworks.
1841: Bolckow and Vaughan open the first ironworks in Middlesbrough.
1850: 8 June - The Discovery of the Cleveland Main Seam of Ironstone at Eston by
Ironmaster John Vaughan and mining engineer John Marley both of Bolckow & Vaughan.
The Cleveland iron rush begins.
1855: 30 blast furnaces operate within six miles (10 km) of Middlesbrough.
1865: One million tonnes per annum (TPA) of iron are produced
to make the area one of the world's major centres of iron production.
1875: Number of blast furnaces increases to 100, producing two million TPA.
1879: Sidney Gilchrist Thomas arrives in Cleveland and introduces the first commercial steel.
1901: Partial amalgamation of Bell companies with Dorman Long.
1902: The first integrated steelworks, involving conversion of
iron ore to finished rolled steel shapes, is built at Cargo Fleet.
1917: The Redcar steel plant is opened, making steel in the open hearth process.
1918: Cleveland Works opens.
1924: Dorman Long wins the contract to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
1928-9: Dorman Long takes over residues of Bell and Bolckow Vaughan.
1946: Dorman Long purchases 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land between
the Redcar and Cleveland Works to build the Lackenby development.
1967: Dorman Long, South Durham Steel Iron Co, and Stewarts and Lloyds
come together to create British Steel and Tube Ltd.
1967: The steel industry is nationalised and the British Steel Corporation is born.
1973: The existing Redcar Ironworks site development begins.
1979: The number of blast furnaces drops to one - producing 3.3 million tons per year.
1989: Company is privatised becoming British Steel plc.
1990: Merged with The Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company, Darlington.
1999: British Steel plc merges with the Dutch steel and aluminium company
Koninklijke Hoogovens to become Corus Group.
2000: Dorman Long Technology Ltd formed as an independent company as part of
a management buy out of Cleveland Bridge in August 2000.
2015: Former Dorman Long Steel plant on Teesside ceased production
after SSI mothballed the Redcar works following a global downturn
in the price of steel and later announced its UK arm had gone into liquidation.
What South Wales was famous for was
Wriggly tin
corrugated iron
The Steel Company of Wales Ltd was a Welsh steel and tinplate producer.
It was formed in 1947 and absorbed into British Steel Corporation in 1967,
British Steel then merged with Hoogovens and became Corus UK Limited.
The business now forms part of Tata Steel Europe.
The company led the restructuring of the steel and tinplate industries around Swansea and Llanelli,
building the Abbey Steelworks at Margam, planning a new Deep Water Harbour at Port Talbot,
a new tinplate works at Trostre and Velindre.
Trostre came into production in 1951 and Velindre in 1956.
The Steel Company of Wales was nationalised in 1951,
becoming part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain,
was denationalised shortly afterwards, becoming the Steel Company of Wales again and renationalised in 1967.
The South Wales steel industry
transitioned from
tin shed stell to
car body steel
By the 1970s the Labour government's main goal for
the declining industry was to keep employment high.
Since British Steel was a major employer in depressed regions,
it was decided to keep many mills and facilities operating at a loss.
In the 1980s, Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
re-privatised BSC as British Steel.
Under private control, the company
dramatically cut its work force and
underwent a radical reorganisation and
massive capital investment to again become competitive in the world marketplace.



We have known people work
for 'British Steel' for decades and come away completely confused bout
what is what
Here then, is a potted history
In a sense you can see all you need to see fro
The Trunk Road
Essentially
What Dormans built in 1949 is
green
literally
the colour green
that is
The BOS plant
Lackenby Mills
however changes were made
The idea in 1949 was
build iron works across the country
on coal fields
ship iron ore to coal fields and
ship
pig iron from the coal fields to
The BOS plant at Lackenby
then roll it in the mills
However, the steel would, was, cast by the BOS plant
into
ingots
say six foot by a foot of two square
Somewhere along the line
Dormans didn't build new blast furnaces
they took over the
South Bank iron and steel company's steel works
From say 1950 to the early seventies
Dormans made iron in South Bank and processed it
at Lackenby
a stone's throw away
At some stage they stopped being
Dorman Long
abd became a part of
British Steel
along the way other places got
steel works and mills to process their iron
In the early 1970s
British Steel had a simple plan
Shut down all the rest
Don't forget
Motherwell
Do two things in Redcar
build three of the biggest
Blast Furnaces in the world
add a concast to the BOS plant
a concast is a
continuous caster
no more ingots
slabs and blooms
a BOS plant is a
Basic Oxygen Steelmaker
There was a third phase in the plan
build new rolling mills where
The Coatham Bay Wind Farm is
right now
Redcar got the concast
Redcar got the first of the three
big blasts
then the politics set in
There was a guy who used to go around
pulling GM food crops by the roots
Called him
Lord Melchet
his dad was the guy with the plan for Redcar
Well he got about a third of it
Closed Motherwell
Closed Consett
Closed Corby
built the first of the three
big blasts
got stopped
Beeching all over again...
The Tories don't give a damn about
industry
labour were loosing safe seats
or fearing they would
Here's the thing
Bran Sands
Sewage Dewatering Facility
eventually got built
it has been a part of the plan all along
Make all the steel the country needs
in Redcar
without using any coal
using carbonised dewatered sewage sludge
so that the nation could have steel
and the NUM
National Union of Miners
could go hang
As we say
1949
iron works all over the place as a reward for
Bevan Boys' efforts during the wat
1970s
secure steel supply in face of
Arthur Scargill
Battle of Orgrive
and such
scaling the
Commanding Heights of the Economy
or in his case
The Barbican
housing development
Hence, something designed to thwart
King Arthur
turns out fifty years later to be the route to
a world beating
unique selling point
carbon neutral steel


We have little or no familiarity with the
addition of steel making to the ironworks located
beyond Teesside
we don't know whether they have
BOS plants
the traditional method of making steel from iron is called the
open hearth process
We don't aim to be fair in our comments
so we will brush aside the comment that
Two iron and steel rolling achievements of note were
the production of an iron rail
62 feet (19 metres) long
in 1851 in Port Talbot
and the installation of a mill at
Dowlais, Wales
capable of rolling 18-inch (46 centimetre) deep
H beams 50 feet (15metres) long
and rail up to 120 feet(37metres)long
The first I beams were rolled in France in 1840
By 1850
there were quite large blast furnaces producing iron
however
making wrought iron and steel was either by the
puddling process
or
the crucible process
There is a Time Team episode or two about the crucible process
They produced metal in batches of
a few hundred pounds each
half as many kilos
Steel making as an art form or ceremony
dates back to
1200 BC
it involved
sponge iron, hot charcoal
and quenching in oil or water
In 1846 in Kentucky
William Kelly
devised a process of steel making that
was very like iron making
liquify iron using heat
blast cold air through it
in England in 1846
Henry Bessemer patented a similar process
and we had the
Bessemer Converter
First results were a bit disappointing but
adding a little
manganese to the molten product
improved matters enormously
Here's a thing
William and Friedrich Siemens
German born but living and working in
England
invented a method for
recycling the blown air and thus getting higher temperatures
since this was a batch process
the equipment had to be
alternately
hot and cold
This was given efficiency by
transferring the heat between the working part and
regenerator chambers
chamber packed with heat resistant bricks
sort of like
electric night storage heaters but
gas fired and cycling more frequently
Siemens brothers for the regenerative chambers
Martin for using gas instead of solid fuel
hence
Siemens-Martin process 1864
otherwise known as the
Open Hearth Process
There was always too much
phosphorous
in British and Europen iro ores
for either the
Bessemer Converter or the Open Hearth to work properly
The answer was to line either or both with
lime limestone whatever
limestone is also added to iron ore in blast furnaces
the lime forms a slag that absorms the phosphorous
lime is alkaline - opposite of acid
another word for alkaline is base
We have the basic for the B in BOS plant
First commercial Bessemer steel in the USA
Wyandotte. Michigan 1864
Felt sure Wyandotte was a breed of hen...
First commercial Open Hearth steel production in the USA
Trenton, New Jersey, 1868
These processes could produce steel in batches up to
15 tons - more tonnes
They were using steam driven mills
Note. Electric cars pre-date internal combustion cars
external combustion (Steam engines), electricity,
gasoline, in that order...
By 1904 the electric arc furnace
had replaced the crucible furnace for the
production of high quality and speciality steels
about four tons per batch
When it comes to coke...
for a long long time
coke was made from coal by the
heap method
charcoal was pilled into a heat and covered with
damp straw or soil and tended but allowed to smolder for a few days
result
charcoal
they did the same thing with coal to get coke
The modern approach is called a
retort
1861
A coke retort is like a book on a bookshelf
In it's most basic form you sandwich coal
the book between two walls of refractory, cermaic
heat resistant material
the hard back book covers
and you set light ot it and let air pass up through
the coal and emerge as
smog
from the top
naturally you want to collect some at least
of this smog and condense is into the likes of thus you are distilling the gas and tar from the coal
and the coke is the pure carbon cinders left behind
What the coke ovens in South Bank never had were
push hoods
when the coal is cooking
it is under a hood that sucks up the smog
when the coke is done
it is pushed out of the retort sideways into a
tub and is quenched with water
in South Bank
this pushing and quenching occured in
the open air
every push added an cloud to the smog
Now we'll have a bash at the O in BOS
The fractionation of air to produce
pure oxygen was developed in 1889
Imediately before and after the
Second World War
experiments in the use of oxygen ib steelmaking
began in
Germany, Switzerland, England, Sweden and the United States
In 1949 a new process came into being as a result of
expeimental work in Austria
The furnace for the process is roughly
pear shaped
steel lined with basic refractory
alkaline heat resistant blocks
The mouth of the vessel is open and faces upwards
The liquid metalic charge is
was in the case of Redcar
brought direct from being tapped from the bottom of the blast furnace
via the
torpedo trains
one of two torpedos at a time
and palced in the vessel
it is oxidised by a
supersonic jet of oxygen from
a water cooled lance
that directs the oxygen vertically downwards
onto the charge of metal
there could be scrap added for
economic and alloying purposes
Officially this is the
L-D process
This memorialises the experiments in the Austrian towns of
Linz and Donawitz
Basic Oxygen Steelmaker
Lackenby was one of the first into production in
the early 1950s
We should explain what is so good about the BOS process
What you do with the BOS process is
blow off all the carbon in the iron
then you add back carbon in an amount
determined by the customer specification
In the other two processes you have to fiddle about trying to
halt the process at just the required point
In the blast furnace you make
iron with carbon in it
In the BOS plant you
make PURE iron and then you convert it to steel
by adding back carbon and alloying metals
according to customer requirements
This why cars made in the 1960s and in Italy
rust to nothing in less than ten years...
crap steel, not made in a BOS plant
Hence, by the side of the
Middlesbrough to Saltburn railwat line
a silvery plant with towers and
BOC
on them
British Oxygen Corporation
owned by Air Products or the USA at present?
and huge pipes leading from the
BOC plant to the BOS plant
creamy orange in colour with
OXYGEN
printed on them at intervals
like about a foot in diameter
you can run a blast furnace on compressed air
but you need oxygen for a BOS plant
Small scale steel production is
electric arc and needs either
a blast furnace to supply iron
or a good supply of scrap
All the elements of
steel production from iron ore
need to be very large to be cost effective
The BOS plant process is
autogenous
It requires no fuel
it depends on
1 The molten iron arriving hot enough
2 heat generated by the combustion of the
excess carbon in the iron with the oxygen from the lance
the insulation properties of the vessel walls
Using oxygen - thta is
pure oxygen
avoids contaminating the steel with
nitrogen
included nitrogen would
affect the crystalline structure of the steel
and could possibly cause the production of
nitrides
as contamination
Thus, therefore, consequently
we have
Tories
including
Anna Subury
recruited to the
Scargill,
kill Redcar
faction
simply due to their failure to
master their brief
Cat's Paw
is it?
If we take
King Arthur
as an example
we can consider why somebody with
significant natural assets and attributes
and why they would want to get involved in such a
primitive activity as
coal mining
We have no axe to grind against
nuclear power although we do think
the country should put
fission
behind it and wait for
fusion
what we are aware of is that the original move to
develop nuclear energy was
inspired by the idea that if you
took the workforce out of their
Donkey Jackets
and put them into
White Coats
it would civilise them
Part of the concept of the
Harold Wilson
White heat of the
technological revolution
white, clean, civilised
Put a Scargill into a
Business Suit
as a Union Leader
rather than a
technocrat
and you are then
only half way
to
rationality
Arthur Scargill
could have become
The UK's Donald Trump
We suspect that was his plan
perhaps that plan was undermined by
Arthur having a smattering of
brain cells
Something deep down like perhaps
his mother's voice or a teacher's saying
What the hell do you think you are doing?
BR>


19th September 2017


You may be wondering why there was no panic on the
Palmers Green tube...
They were 'all' listening to their music
using
noise cancelling headphones
so they didn't hear the explosion
makes you think about the daft floosie who got herself
wanding into the road
Was she wearing noise cancelling headphones?
Bevin Boys were young British men conscripted to work in
the coal mines of the United Kingdom, between December 1943 and March 1948.
Chosen by lot as ten percent of all male conscripts aged 18–25,
plus some volunteering as an alternative to military conscription,
nearly 48,000 Bevin Boys performed vital and dangerous,
but largely unrecognised service in coal mines.
Many of them were not released from service until
well over two years after the Second World War ended.
Wot we think...
We think that the government thought
The war is over
oil supplies will be restored
we finally no longer need coal
we will
reward the
Bevan Boys who stay in the coal fields with
iron making plants
their lifelong reward
Somehow the reward to the fathers became the birthright of the sons



We have watched the movie about
Gertrude Bell
We have a slightly different perspective on matters
We can work backwards
T.B. Robson is working on the
Bell Brothers Iron Works site from
1919
he is working for George Hodsman
The first conclusion is
If TBR is saying he was working there for
George Hodsman and Sons (1928) Ltd.
he must in 1919 have been working for
some other company that belonged to
Hodsmans and went bankrupt in 1928
necessitating a new company
distinct from the original
We know that Hodsmans were
recovering and recycling slag from the site
until their demise in 1963
We acknowledge that in the letters
chosen for the film
Gertrude bell refers to
a country house in North Yorkshire as her home
We have a copy of the her biography somewhere about the place
but as usual, research Ah can't be bothered
so working from the film...
GB died 1926 aged 58 so born 1868
We know that Dormans owned the
Bell Brothers Ironworks site
Evidence includes the map naming a part
Dorman's Pool
However, via personal communication
Tommy to the lad Ricker....
we know that
the Dormans managers were asking
Hodsman's a royalty per ton for the slag
that Tommy negotiated down by half
because he was a regular
House Guest
at Grey Towers
By 1919 Bell Brothers were not making iron
by 1926 The Bell family were not living in the
country house in North Yorkshire
They were probably living in their
Town House
in London
We could research the date on which
Gertrude's father built
Red Barns
in Kirkleatham Street, in Redcar
The Bells were
Ironmasters
at the time of Gertrude's birth
in about 1868
We know she and her younger full brother
were raised from very young
in Redcar
we know from the book biography
that her early memories
probably deep memories from when her
birth mother
was still alive
that she often played in the sands of
Coatham Bay
and often visited her
grandfather in the
North Yorkshire Country Seat
sand for her would have been a memory of her birth mother
her birth mother died as a result of
giving birth to her full brother
It, therefore, would appear
we conclude
that it was Gertrude's grandfather
who was the successful Ironmaster
and her father rather presided over the demise of the business
her father would have had shares in
The North Eastern Railway
and been a
coal owner
as well as an Ironmaster
all of these businesses would ahve suffered in
the '28 crash
but clearly the ironmaking went
tits up long before then
the film does indicate that
Gertrude was
very high maintenance
and if her father indulged all of his children in similar vein
clogs to clogs in
three generations
may well apply
It's a fascinating story and the main part of her story is about
The French and the English carving up the remains of
The Ottoman Empire and
Standard Oil
SO
Esso
of America funding the tribes because they thought it should be
a three way split
France?, UK USA
because the yankie Jonny Come latelies
wanted all the German defeating glory
It illuminates the lower material about
the UK getting used to having
oil - not just whale oil
in the 1930s
are reverting to coal during the Second World War
and then
discovering
North Sea Oil in the sixties and seventies...
What we see with gertrude Bell is
Daughter of a
Coal owner on his uppers
refers to nasty oil
in letters
wants to protect the coal trade by
having the
Middle East
turned intoa
Tribal Homeland
with museum etc.
protected from
industrial development that would
rival her father's enterprises


Standard Oil Co. Inc. was an American oil
producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company.
Established in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller as a corporation in Ohio
, it was the largest oil refinery in the world of its time
Its controversial history as one of the world's first and largest
multinational corporations ended in 1911,
when the United States Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil was an illegal monopoly.
Standard Oil dominated the oil products market initially through
horizontal integration in the refining sector,
then, in later years vertical integration;
the company was an innovator in the development of the business trust.
The Standard Oil trust streamlined production and logistics, lowered costs, and undercut competitors.
"Trust-busting" critics accused Standard Oil of using
aggressive pricing to destroy competitors and form a monopoly that threatened other businesses


Esso /'?so?/ is a trading name for ExxonMobil and its related companies.
The name is a phonetic version of the initials of the pre-1911 Standard Oil (SO = Esso),
and as such became the focus of much litigation and regulatory restriction in the United States.
In 1972 it was largely replaced in the U.S. by the Exxon brand after it bought Humble Oil,
while Esso remained widely used elsewhere.
In most of the world, the Esso brand and the Mobil brand are the primary brand names of ExxonMobil,
with the Exxon brand name still in use only in the United States alongside Mobil.

18th September 2017






What thye government wants to do
is spread jobs across the country
The word for industry is
integrated
the government's answer to having
disintegrated industry
is
infrastructure
take the jobs to the people
by pigeon post
not conveyor belt
Nobel Prize is it?
So, ICI was
formed in 1926
by the amalgamation of four famous firms
Brunner and Mond and Co. Ltd.
Nobel Industries Ltd.
The United Alkali Co. Ltd.
British Dyestuffs Corporation Ltd.
We move on to a guess the year quiz later
suffice to say
In that year
ICI Billingham was
'the biggest chemical works in
The British Empire
Now get this
Billingham had at that time
Britain's first plant for the
hydrogenation of coal
to produce
upwards of 100,000 tons of??
petrol
At the time
Perspex
was the only finished plastic
made in Billingham
Also at the time
Billingham produced
urea and phenol for
thermo-setting plastics
and a factory on a 35 acre site
was under construction for the manufacture of
5,000 tons a year of
nylon
nylon, a derivative of coal
used in the manufacture of
yarn
at the Pontypool factory of
British Nylon Spinners Ltd.
There is a public road
between
Port Clarence and Hartlepool
that is seldom used by
The public
for many years there was a plant or works situated
near one side of that road
that appeared to be
for ever burried in a permanent
Snow scene
It was, perhaps still is
Tioxide
It had been established in 1934 as
British Titan Products Ltd.
producers of
titanium dioxide
that what makes everything that is white
white
We could say somthing here that would be very unwise...
Wilton
3,600 acres
Now Wilton International
in 'our year' we don't even have
Cow Green resevoir
let alone
Kielder Water
we nevertheless have
ample supplies of pure water
Half the site
Garden City style is designated at this time for
leisure pursuits
this is a time when
this part of the site
now a golf course
provided a
lovely setting for
Wilton Castle
in which the
administrative staff is accommodated
being carefully preserved
This was before the building of<<
The Wilton Hilton
not a hotel
nor anything to do with
Paris Hilton
but the enlarged replacement for
Wilton Castle
on the works side of the main road
At this time
the transition is being made from
hydrogenating coal to
cracking petroleum
to make
aviation spirit, synthetic rubber, and polythene
there is a move into
synthetic fibres and
soapless detergents
Wilton is making
phenol formaldehyde moulding powder
The Tees-Side Parkway
a road ten miles long and 120 feet wide is
about to be built by
North Riding County Council
We done the white
There was also
The Green
now a housing estate...
at that time
The Eaglescliffe Chemical Co. Ltd.
could boast a century of operation
situated alongside the
Stockton and Darlington Railway
in 1833
at
Urlay Nook
they began with making fertilizers
Then they had oil and cake mills
extracting oils from seeds
then they made
sulphuric acid
Then they became
British Chrome Chemicals and
went green
literally
green pigment everywhere
See they got the sulphus for the sulphuric acid from
the mineral pyrites
and they got copper as a by-product
then they got
material suitable for furnace linings from the
left over rock
then they got into
bichromates
so then the military wanted
sodium chromate for
smoke bombs
then they started producing
pure chromium oxide
to go into the
'special metal'
in RAF jet engines
and then of course there was
chromic acid for
chrome plating
By the time they left
they were called
Elementis Chrome
Sadlers
Messers Sadler and Co.
of the Cleveland Works, Middlesbrough
Since 1868
distillers of tar
they were producing
naphthaline
disinfecting and sanitary fluids
They had an 18 acre site with adjoining
storage for
creosote
Creosote was a wood preservative and
Sadlers were shipping it out at
500 tons per hour
The Randolf Coke Ovens
were at
Evenwood, County Durham
and
Randolf Coke and Coke Nuts
were well known in the district
In 1927 in
Faverdale
the Darlington branch of the
Chemical and Insulating Co. Ltd.
was established
producing
magnesia chemicals
magnesia
was used where
asbestos would later be employed
ships, power stations, factories and houses
able to withstand temperatures from
100 to 2,000 degrees
in old money F not C
T.S.S. Mauretania
was insulated with
magnesia
not
asbestos
also power stations at
Darlington, Kirkstall, Hams Hall, Willesden, Ribble, Newport
and Bonnybridge
The Darlington brand
also covered the
new fangled
spun glass
fitted under white enamelled casings on
domestic boilers
and in ceilings and other parts of
old and new houses
Steetley Magnasite
that excracted magnesia from sea water near
Hartlepool
is now also a
housing estate
first it was magnesia
then it was asbestos
now it's
polystyrene and polyurethane
Is this progress?




In place of Strife
Storming the Commanding Heights of the Economy
Disaffected youth
We can see from the
Parsons Green Tube incident
just how much a couple of
misfit youths can cause
That makes it worth while to step back and
look at the origins of the present situation
Marks and Engles sat in a library bay window
and contemplated the horror of
hoards of
agricultural workers
herded like sheep into the squalor of the
housing surrounding the
Manchester Mills
In the 1960s and 1970s
people had in the words of
Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
Never had it so good
Few people today would like to go back to
the days of fuzzy black and white television
and hours a week stood in the rain waiting for a bus
but the contrast with the worst of the
Industrial Revolution
was stark
We've previously referred to
Workers on strike for fame
Lennin or Lennon on sale again
Workers paid union subs
union leaders needed to be
relevant
Cathy Come Home
had been on the telly
and
charities such as
Shelter
were taking the
limelight from
organised labour
to wrest back relevance
union leaders began to
agitate for an idea beyond
protecting the workers
to a more general application of
Russian History
and a policy of
decapitating the nation
persuading
The People
that
all bosses and experts were
evil
We accept that we have only a passing knowledge of
The Sub-Continent
South Asia
but we understand that
for the moment at least
most things are done by people
technology exists but
people are not afraid to employ people
to do the simplest of things
we are thinking of
tiffin boxes
is it
man goes to work
goes off without his packed lunch
wife spends the first half of the morning
preparing his lunch
she them gets a man
a chain of men actually
to take her husband's packed lunch to
his workplace
every day
not just in an emergency
like once in a blue moon taxi-ing
a forgotten laptop computer
That sort of thing
does not happen in the UK
BECAUSE
we now have a tradition that that would be seen as
an opportunity to
bring the economy to
a grinding halt
by the unions
people in the UK
use technology to design
vulnerabilities to disruption by the
grunts
out of the system
and in the UK
the concept of the
walk-in job
is just about dead
everybody
especially the media
are dead set against
zero hours contracts
because zero hours contracts
undermine the power of the people
who do the jobs like
ferrying the tiffin boxes
Returning to the fictional town of Thirsk
If the 100 unemployed people are
half agricultural workers who have
wrecked their backs or knees at work
and half youths
who have a criminal record for
looking at some lass the wrong way...
We set up systems to
ensure that
undesirable types never secure work
where they may upset people
and then we whinge because there is
unemployment
The logic is
bring back hanging for stealing a loaf of bread
but
replace it with hanging for stealing a kiss
or more specifically
transportation
to Australia?
for stealing a kiss
It is noteworthy that
The BBC in the UK are still running a series called
Wanted Down Under
trying to persuade the likes of
nurses, midwives, and motor mechanics
to alleviate the
unemployment problem in the UK
by upping sticks and moving to
Australia
It speaks to the persistence of the myth that
if the NHS can just
get over the hump of
fixing everybody up
ill-health will become a thing of the past
and we can send all the
guest-worker health-workers
back home




Today we are travelling back in time
No particular reason
The time we are going to is
Just before
ICI Wilton was established
We can offer a very specific context
ICI Billingham was at the time
a giant fertilizer factory
There was no Seal Sands oil refinery
The most poignent fact about that time was that
Kosmos V
was at 27,000 deadweight tons
the largest ship ever built on The Tees
Built at
Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
and she was
a whale factory
At the time the Teesside workforce amounted to
275,000
men and women
At this time around half that number
are engaged in
iron and steel production
and such subsidiary occupations as
engineering and shipbuilding
Imported tonnage in this year amounted to
3,300,000 tons - not tonnes
and 3,000,000 tons of that was
iron ore, scrap iron, and other sundries for iron and steel making
This was a time of
National Reconstruction
and the government restricted exports
However, 300,000 of steel products are exported through the Tees
Some thirty five years earlier...
the area's primary product had been
pig iron
Four million tons
37 per cent of British national output
of that, one and a quarter milion tons
were exported from the Tees
and 60 per cent of that was for export
the other 40 per cent being delivered elsewhere in the UK by coaster
By the date we are considering
That pig iron trade had been lost to
Corby and Sunny Scunny
Scunthorpr
by the date we are considering
Teesside was engaged in producing
steel
Here are some company names to conjure with
Dorman Long and Co. Ltd.
The South Durham Cargo Fleet Group
Pease and Partners Ltd.
Gjers, Mills and Co. Ltd.
Bet if you can remember Gjers Mills
you never knew that was how it was spelt
By this year
for unfathomable political reasons
the national production of this
new fangled
steel
is to be split accordin to the
seven-year development plan of
The British iron and Steel Federation between
The North East Coast
and
The Other Place
each of the two areas having a target for
in five years time
producing three and a half million tons
Let's be clear
THE PLAN
is for The Other Place to produce
Three and a half million tons of steel
and for
The North East Coast to produce
match the Midlands by producing
3,135,000 tons of pig iron
AND
produce
3,500,000 tons of steel ingots and castings
The plan is for The North East Coast to match
The Midlands plus The Other Place
In this context
The North East Coast
means
The north and south banks of the Tees - including Hartlepool
Plus
Consett
At this time - and for ever -
Pease and Partners and Gjers, Mills
have no steel making - just pig iron making - capacity
In this year
Dorman Long and Company
have control of more than half the blast furnaces in the
North East Coast region
and produce
1,200,000 tons of pig iron
and
1,550,000 tons of steel ingots
ten per cent and thirteen point five per cent of
national production , respectively
here's another list to conjure with
Dorman Long prduction
49.6 per cent sectional materials
'girders'
obviously, beams, stancions, columns,
smaller rolled sections
15 per cent sheared and universal plates
8.9 percent railway and tramway materials
26.5 per cent sheet bars, billets, blooms, and slabs
Note SSI produced NOTHING but slab
over twelve per cent of
sections and plates were sold to
local shipbuilders
Dorman Long were consuming much of their product
in house
within their
Britannia Works in Middlesbrough
and at
Nine Elms
in London
and in joint ventures with
Redpath Brown and co. Ltd
later
Redpath Dorman Long
At this time
Redpath are in the midst of supplying
1,300 tons of structural steel to
provide the steel framework of the
New House of Commons
Dorman Long are also supplying their subsidiary
Tees-side Bridge and Engineering Works Ltd.
At this time Dorman Long has a plant at
Germiston
no clue?
it produced 15,000 tons of structural steel in a year...
and 1,620 forty ton bogie wagons
It's a part of
Dorman Long (Africa) Ltd.
along with
Durban, Port Eliabeth, and Capetown
To digress into the 21st century
we will one day wander over and take a photo of
Typhoon
Typhoon is on the Limerick Road Industrial Estate
and is the world's largest manufacturer
they amke them right there
they export not import
of
Dry Suits
You've heard of
wet suits
In Redcar they Make
dry suits
In a wet suit you'd catch your death of cold
in half an hour
working half way down the legs of an oil rig at sea...
back to our reverie
We got distracted because in our chosen year
Dorman Long in Redcar
were producing
heavy weldings
At this date this factory had for twenty years
been producing 90 per cent of the
D.C. magnet cases
to the electrical supply industry
The whole integrated lot
craftsmen, designers, technicians
pioneering
heavy welding
We could rhapsodise
when you weld a pressure vessel
you put the bits near each other
then you weld them together
then you build up the weld propper
then you stick it in a lathe and
cut off the
positioning weld
because it will be crap
At this time
Dorman Long are
carbonising over a million tons of coal a year
Mainly at the
Clarence Works
on the north bank of the Tees
This produces balst furnace coke
immense quantities of
crude benzole
and tar Clarence distillation plant
for conversion into a wide range of derivatives
which command an extensive sale at home and abroad
To recap
No petroleum
no oli from rocks
what we now make from
oil
was then made from
whales and coke oven fumes
This is then kicker in the guess the year quiz
A project immensely greater is now in hand
The company having embarked on the erection of a new steel plant
and
universal beam mill
on a 650-acre site at...
dan da da dar
Lackenby
The design capacity of the new palnt is
350,000 tons of ingot steel per year
most of which will be required by the new
Universal Beam Mill
the first of it's kind in this country
It is calculated that
23,000 tons of machinery will constitute the mill
housed in 14,500 tons of
shed
17,500 tons of steel will go into the
open hearth steel plant
that's the
BOS plant to you
and all this will create
1,700 jobs
Not NOT NOT
17,000 jobs
not 130,000 jobs
1,700 jobs
And, and to feed that lot
Dorman long propose
subject to ministerial approval
to build the two biggest blast furnaces in Britain
that will have a combinedcapacity of
15,000 tons of pig iron
PER WEEK
Der now you may be a bit confused right now...
enter
South Durham-Cargo Fleet Group
Second largest of the steel plants
on Tees-Side
They have recently - in this year we are transported to
recently carried out extensive schemes of
reconstruction and modernisation
including the electrification of their
plate mills at
Hartlepool
A new blast furnace has also been built at
Cargo Fleet
and given such satisfactory results that
a second of similar design
is to be constructed
The Head office of the two associated companies
South Durham Steel and iron Co. Ltd.
and
Cargo Fleet Iron Co. Ltd
and their subsidiaries
are in Middlesbrough
and the tree amin works are in
Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, and West Hartlepool
Each works has access to the others by road rail and sea
The Middlesbrough Works
now remembered as the
South Bank or Grangetown steelworks
produce
finished steel sections, including rails
rail accessories
piling, joists, angles and channels
and innovation
broad flange beams, with parallel flanges
The Malleable Works
in Stockton-on-Tees
takes supplies from West Hartlepool and Middlesbrough
for conversion into
pipes
steel tanks
and welded fabrications
South Durham pipes are produced for
all types of
water
gas
sewage
and
hydro-electrical
installations
in diameters from 13 inch
up to 96 inch
and lengths up to 30 feet
They do
welding
An then there is
Skinningrove
There is Skinningrove even in the 21st century...
Justn go to Carlin How and look out to sea
In our chosen year
Skinningrove is using both local and inported ironstone to
produce around
4,000 tons of basic and foundry pig iron a week
it is a fully integrated steel works producing
steel ingots
blooms
we should explain here
blooms and slabs are huge strips of steel
a slab is much wider than it is high
a bloom is about as high as it is wide
and about twice as high as a slab
billets - small short blooms
and
rolling sections, joists, and rails
In the 21st century they produce
CAT
caterpillar track shoes
last time we checked
one of only three of four plants in the world
licensed to produce the genuine article??
In 1910 - not our year
skinningrove
began with one 200 ton capacity tilting furnace
that worked direct from hot metal
from the blast furnaces
working with pure
Cleveland Ironstone
Skinningrove was the first plant in England
to utilise a mixture of
coke-oven gas
and blast furnace gas
for steel smelting
This avoided - for some years
the need to use
producer gas
see references to
stoves
elsewhere
producer gas
special form of gas
special form of furnace for making
producer gas
an inflammable gas containing
carbon monoxide and nitrogen
made by passing air through
red-hot coke and used for gas-engines etc. remember
suicide by putting your head in the gas oven
pre-dates
Natural Gas
Producer gas and
Town gas
different products
made by different methods
in the UK Town Gas
from the
Gas works
and produced from coal
was entirely replaced by
almost pure methane
North Sea
or
Natural
gas on tap today
Back to Skinningrove in our year
A 44inch Cogging Mill with
with 36 inch roughing standsBR> etc.etc.
all designed to be
elecrically powered from the get go
not a conversion from...
steam?
Next big guess the year clue
all this welding is the result of
producing
lots and lots of
Bailey Bridges
In this year
including the ironstone mines
The Skinningrove Iron Company
provides work for
2,600
men and women
Pease and Partners
Pease is a Teesside name roght from the days of
The Stockton and Darlington Railway
At the company's
Normanby Ironworks
there are three blast furnaces
A deep berthed wharf capable of taking vessels up to
9,000 tons
is part of the works site
The refined iron is made in the following grades
cylinder, malleable, chilling, white
and alloyed with
nickel, chromium, manganese etc
They produce
Foamed Slag
That said, at this time the company specialises in
railway chairs - the cast iron seats between rails and sleepers
and Brake Blocks for rail users
By taking on
jobbing work
in mould making and casting
they are keeping up production of around
1,000 tons per week
Gjers, Mills
Ayresome Ironworks
1870
At this time there are still
five blast furnaces
with only two ever in use
but they do have a
sinter plant
Darlington and Simpson
rolling mills
Here's a thing
for all you
Architectural Historians
jointly owned by
Dorman Long and....
Crittall Manufacturing Co.Ltd.
90 acres of that - over three sites
so they roll
roll
light sections to very close tollerences
for use in the...
metal window industry
Richard Hill Limited
Newport Wire and Rolling Mills
And then there is
The world's worst polluting industrial company
A fambulous story of
The council not reading the regualtion properly
Warner Steel
North Ormsby
Officially
Specialising in the production of
High Grade refined Iron
Messers Warner and Co.Ltd
of Cargo Fleet, Middlesbrough
North East Iron Refining Co.Ltd
of Stillington,
They were supposed to be
refining pig iron
to supply a variety of
jobbing producers of
cast and malleable iron products
in the area
Their plant was designed and built for that purpose
however
they found it
more profitable to chuck
unsorted scrap
into their furnace and
an endless plume of totally unfiltered <<
shite
constantly issued from their chimney
all over the homes of the people of East Middlesbrough
Eventually the council decided to shut them down
not realising that they ahd signed an order
that involved
compulsory purchase of
a thriving business
cost'em a bob or two
but probably worth it
The year is
1949



Ricker's dad has left behind his
CV
Ricker provides the first line
25-11-1897 - 3-12-1980
T.B.Robson address in Redcar supplied here
Works manager Slag Works Port Clarence
this was the abandoned
Bell Brothers iron Works
Your best bet for locating that today is
Dorman's Pool
off the A 187 Seaton Carew Road
just south of the
Saltholme Wild Bird Discovery Centre
on the opposite side of the A178
Bell Brothers was between
the 'recently' constructed
Huntsman Drive
and the River Tees
George Hodsman and Sons(1928) Ltd. 14 years
Joint Managing Director - 26 years
National Executive of Granite and Whinstone Federation
National Executive of Slag and Macadam Industry Federation
No.4 Area representative Limestone Federation
Representing
Northumberland, Durham, North and East Ridings of Yorkshire,
part of Cumberland and part of Westmorland
National Executive of
Roadstone Joint Industrial Council
That was his CV
It should be noted
The slag came from Port Clarence on the Tees
Ah and
Grossie
There must have been an iron works in
Grosmont
on the Grosmont to Pickering line
because
Hodsmans took slag out of there
Time for a little story
all the world's a stage...
So we are guessing that
under
Lend-Lease
The British had to buy
American trucks
Been to Grosmont?
It's a bit hilly
Unlike the Contientals
The British have not discovered the
hair-pin bend
British roads do not
zig-zag
up and down hills
they go straight up and down hills
So Hodsmans get these
Dodge trucks
Fill 'em in the works
drive to the bottom of the hill
tip off half the load
take the other half to the top of the hill
tip
go back and get the first half recover the other half
by hand with shovels we suspect
The thing they had in the works
they called a
high lift shovel
It called itself a
DROTT
no back actor
front half of a
JCB
but on caterpillar tracks
it wasn't a
power problem with the Dodge Trucks
The problem was
they fitted
long wheel base bodies on
short wheel base chassis
load the back end and
point it at a hill
and
the front wheels came off the ground
The Limestone came from Spaunton
The whin came from High Force in Teesdale
and also
Force Garth
Ricker's got pictures of the weigh bridge at Force Garth
but he would never be able to find them
They also made tiles in Oldham
An upstart jerk called
Marley
picked their brains on that and set up in opposition on
the opposite side of the clay pit
Actually they had around three quarries in Teesdale
whin is the blue-grey chipping in the surface of
a properly constructed road
The alternative is green
Green is
Ingleton Granite
the rest is shit
If it's pale grey and bubbly
it's literally
steel works slag
Whinstone is specifically the rock of
The Whin Sill
The rock that
Hadrian’s Wall stands on
We said when Tommy Died
late 1980
While he was alive
Tommy was torn between wanting Ricker to stay at home
to look after his parents and
having a hankering for Ricker to attend
The Sir John Cass Business School
Tommy's widow really wanted to own a haidresser's
Since the boy Ricker wasn't gay....
she settled for funding him to train as an optometrist
similar sort of shop?
So we reckon Ricker started his course in 1983
The optometry department was a part of
The City(of London) University but
not based on campus
based in the old abandoned London premises of
The Dame Alice Owen Girl's Secondary school
They had decamped to Hertfordshire of some such
The sports hall of the school had been divided into two
lecture theatres
these were sufficient venue for the lecturing needs of the department
Nevertheless, one day, Ricker's class were informed that
one of their lectures had been rescheduled for
The Business School Auditorium
plush or what!
Then three things
Ricker's mam died
1985?
Ricker applied for a pre-reg at the Co-op opticians
where The British Heart Foundation shop now is
Mr. and Mrs. Greecy Reecie
were dispenser and receptionist
He had gone to Manchester for the interview and was
interviewed by somebody who said he was
new in the job and he or the other guy had just done
an MBA
Master of Business Adminsitration
Then the Co-op closed all their optician shops
and Ricker was required to withdraw from his course
Nobody said to Ricker
we think you should use the funding your mother
left you for the final year of the optometry course
to fund an MBA at City
perhaps Ricker is just a touch
autistic, in not cottoning on??
HW went to Teesside Polytechnic to study this
computing
instead
Actually, the details are shrowded in the mists of time
but it is understood that Ricker's first
computer course were at
Sunderland Polytechnic
That was in the days of Diane
and those days were most definitely days when
Diane Bulmer was
under age
She was at Warwick Road Secondary
but Ricker had been her baby sitter when she was seven
Her dad - Duncan Bulmer - was Ricker's biology teacher
Clever yes
Duncan and Ann Bulmer
have a daughter and call her
Diane
Ann was a primary school teacher
There's a certain symmetry about that
Diane Bulmer 15
Ricker 25
Janet Stark 35




Today we return to a couple of themes
and add a third strand
We have talked about how
disappointing
Carol Vorderman's
degree classification was
and how for
A star A' levels you need a teacher with
access to past marking schemes
T G Pearson had a son
Stephen
The Pearson's did the sensible thing
twice
on the second occasion Stephen became
an accountant
The first smart thing they did was for Stephen to do
at A' level
Physics - where his dad knew the score
and Maths and Further maths
We can call this the
James Hunt
gambit
do maths and further maths and
the bastards can't argue with you about what the correct answers are
answers are correct or wrong not on the marking scheme
James Hunt as a British motor racing driver
died young
but not in an accident
knowing his era..
probably lung cancer
We have to consider the difference in motivation between
Carol Vorderman with a Third Class degree in Engineering
and
Carol Vorderman with a First Class degree in Maths
That is in part the point of the
UKCAT
People with
three A stars in
Physics, Maths and Further maths
carrying all before them
including sweeping up places in medical schools
and then having no
empathy or understanding
being in effect
Rainman
autistic savant
Rainman
or
Rocketman
Elton John
And all this science..
I don't understand
it's just my job
five days a week
Here's a comment about
technical routines
optometrists have a routine
to make sure they do all the tests and forget nothing
a rookie may take half an hour
it is essentially a twenty minute routine
If you book an eye test
you book parking for a twenty minute test
allow the rest of the hour for a delayed start and perhaps a dispense
all is under control
Ricker has this story about
The AA
He's driving up the motorway
He has his mother on board
she is weeks away from dying
The car packs up
Problem one
There has been a previous incident
an accident
as a result
the police have disconnected the motorway 'phones
on that stretch to avoid
having the same incident repored several hundred times
Eventually Ricker finds a cop car
and reports his incident to the AA
Automobile Association
so dying mum has been freezing in dead car for a quarter of an hour
one further half hour later
AA patrol turns up
Ricker says
It's the fuel pump
mechanical pump
driven by a lube on the camshaft
the pivot rod had vibrated loose and dropped out
patrol begins his
disgnostic routine
half an hour later he fits
a bolt into the fuel pump
as a temporary replacement for the pivot pin
by this time Ricker's mam has been
spirited away to some complete strangers' living room
for a cup of tea
stress or what?
This is the thing
The fictional story a local family doctor begins first aid
they are pushed out of the way by
somebody claiming to be
an off-duty paramedic
they are pushed out of the way by
somebody claiming to be a nurse
they are pushed out of the way by somebody
claiming to work at the hospital
they are pushed out of the way by
somebody claiming to be
a First Aider
they are pushed out of the way by a cop
all have their
Routines
and none of them are being the least bit of help
These days they may eventually
say a couple of hours later
be shepherded away by somebody in a
First responder's uniform
who is so dim they have to have their and leave it running all day
because they were off sick
the day they did
starting the car




Some time ago we published a rather elegant explanation of
AC and Dc electricity
We many have left the impression that
AC and DC generators are
very different
This is not really so
The difference lies in the connections
This diagram in a simplification but shows the
essential difference between AC and DC electrical kit

and this diagram shows that
in generators or alternators
as opposed to cells or batteries
the voltage constantly varies
but it goes
positive, negative, positive, negative, etc.
with AC
and
stays positive with DC

DC is always pushing - as we said
and AC is push me, pull you - as we said
In both cases
you put in energy to
drag a conductor
through a magnetic field
and that energy is transferred to
moving the electrons in the
part of the conductor that is in the magnetic field
DC connections
drain those moving electrons from the generator
AC connections
force them back in

15th September 2017


Now we have three categories of people
Who were affected by the
Grenfell TOwer
Tragedy
Victims - who are dead
Survivers
neighbourws not classified as survivors
There are now clearly around a couple of hundred families
who three months or so ago were
considered so disadvanteged that
they qualified for social housing
Now - due to compensation payments and charitable giving
these people are really very wealthy
This case is unusual
often there has to be a criminal case
a criminal conviction
fifteen thousand in
criminal injuries compensation
civil case
further compensation These people got the money
up front
How will that affect their attitude to proceedings if
there is no prospect of further payouts
at the conclusion to the inquiry?
Social media and
just giving web sites
are changing the dynamic
why hire a lawyer
when
a social media appeal
is quicker and more profitable?
ten or twenty years down the line
how many trilion pound global conglomerates
will be able to trace their origins to
seed capital gathered from the ashes of
Grenfell Tower
or will they all
spend, spend, spend?
Certainly, already most of them look
prosperous
when interviewed

14th September 2017


This is a slightly complicated story about retail
it relates to
www.charlesclinkard.co.uk
Redcar has a Clinks
Redcar had both a Clinks and A Clarks
Guisborough has no Clinks
Greggs used to be on the High Street
When
Regent Walk
was developed
Greggs took a unit there as a snack shack
with the restaurant remaining on the
High Street
Then Greggs changed policy and closed the cafe
It is now the
Headscarf Optometrist's
Greggs is way too small
something about needing to provide
tiolets was it?
for customers
Clarks in Redcar may have closed to allow
Greggs to expand into the next door unit and stay
legal
Clarks return
probably not while Clinks remain

13th September 2017


Arrgh
We have messed up
We have failed
We have not explained what we meant
This is apparently very difficult to grasp
In a high Rise building of multiple occupation
It is very easy - almost inevitable that
in the event of a fire
The escape route will become
lethally smoke logged
without the temperature in any part of that escape route reaching
the level to trigger a sprinkler system
There are two sorts of sprinkler system
Those that act as though a tap has been turned on
Those that are activated
a system that is activated
is like turning on
a tap in the kitchen
1 once it's on it can't be turned off
2 it runs the bath and the shower and the WC too
The heat bursts a glass ampule
it is gone
the absolute reverse of
an electrical fuse blowing
That's why we have
Smaoke alarms
How would you like it if your home was deluged with water every time the
smoke alarm went off?



Brexit has to work
and it has to work for the sake of both Britain and Europe
If we step back and regard European History of the
20th Century
We observe the
Desperate Attempts of
The British Media to
Build up
Churchill
as a
messianic leader
to match
Hitler
and the British People were
having none of it
The Germaic Peoples
Slaves etc.
are hard wired to think
Problem?
Need a Messiah
Europe needs a strong democratic close neighbour
to keep that in check



We accept the difficulty of introducing
Tunnel firefighting technology into tower blocks
It is counter-intuitive
Public housing is more
politically sensitive
than transport
Speaking of transport
never mind the North-South divide on transport spending
For God's sake build the
Long Tunnel at Stone Henge
We are supportive of compromise
We recognise the massive risks of
malicious triggering of sprinklers
We conclude
That is stronger than suggest
that the best option is to
Install
dry riser sprinkler systems
that would be
Fire Service actuated



'flu
the seasons
spring, summer, autumn, winter
alternate between the
northern
and
southern
hemispheres
In the northern hemisphere is the UK
Australia is in the southern hemisphere
Sooo
The idea is that
the 'flu the UK will get
follows the 'flu Australia has just had...
not the other way around?
Perhaps new 'flu comes from
China
to Australia
and then hops a 'plane to the UK??
perhaps all the 'flu virus particles
in the UK turn to pumpkins on the stroke of midnight
on New Year's Eve
and have to be replaced with
new ones from Australia
by the drug companies selling the 'flu jabs?
Why wouldn't the Australian 'flu epidemic of
July 2018
be the same as the UK 'flu epidemic of
January 2018?
We always thought
Scotland
was the
Testing Ground
Australia is the new Scotland?



We asert copyright in the contents of this site
but
we note the case of the
dispute between the animal rights charity
Peta or some such
and the owner of the camera on which the photo was taken
1 Camera traps
copyright of the pictures captured by camera traps
belongs to the person or organisation
who that set up the trap
2 thirty or forty years ago there was
a flurry of interest in the question
When a photographer
takes a picture of a
building
are they infringing the copyright of
the architect
of the building?




We are not intending to criticise
Phil Judge
He was Ricker's PE teacher too
He took Ricker aside one day and asked
what did you have for breakfast?
The answer was
A poached egg
what Ricker didn't say was that the breakfast had
been prepared for him by his dad
not his mam
There were a series of problems over
the school thinking that his mam cared for him
and messages not getting through to his dad
Other points of note about Phil Judge
We said
Greek God
we directly meant
athletic, curly haired, blonde
What we did not say was that at the time
Mr Grey apparently also left and he was
we understand
a sort of Founding Father of
Redcar Gymnastics Club
still going
and perhaps
most important of all
Agbo was a maths and not a PE teacher
and Agbo was....
A G B Old
England full abck and
sub famous brother of....
Chris Old
cricketer
We spoke of the
Sir William Turner Foundation
supporting Redcar and Cleveland College
Agbo was principal there for a while



There are things in the world that puzzle us greatly
but exercise us little
for instance what is right wing
extremist
Two people have been described as the first
right wing terrorists detained under
terror laws
We know the leftists stand for
money for nothing
whingers win
that sort of thing
We have ahd a lot to say about Islam that
was intended to be neutral
factual
Silly Us fundamentalists
that is
reactionary
that is
right wing...
Seems you are
left wing
if
The UK Labour Party
support you
Who knew?
SO far we know all
extremists and fundamentalists want to
turn back the clock
Not to defend
'Right Wing Groups'
but we understood they didn't wan to
kill
anybody
just have them live somewhere else



Mathematics for
DTI Mandarins
Take a fictional town
let's call it
Thirsk
Say there are
1,000
people of working age in the town
let's say there are
100 unemployed people of working age in the town
We have an unemployment rate of
ten per cent
We build a clothing warehouse with a
rural development grant
it creates
100 jobs
those jobs are taken by
Polish Nationals
We then have
1105
people of working age in Thirsk
and 100 of them are unemployed
unemployment rate
nine per cent
ever so slightly over nine per cent
We have
REDUCED the unemployment rate in Thirsk
by ten per cent
now 9 that's ninty per cent of 10
and we've done all that without
disturbing the
ecology of the local pubs and betting offices.
The odd five people?
Running the newly opened
Polish Speciality food shop
Business rates on the shop and the warehouse
we'll have our investment back in less than a hundred years

11th September 2017


Locke Park boathouse has had
something of a revamp



There is a
Parkrun

Redcar has one of the
In difficulties
Greenwoods

We are also loosing our branch of
Clarks Shoes

Never mind
Can't be helped
Woolworths
Marks and Spencer - still empty, something about asbestos?
Thorntons
now Clarks
To add insult to injury
A notice in Clarks window...
Now your nearest Clarks will be in
Guisborough
Ho hum
Two weeks from now
the start of autumn
A TV programme becomes a
National Institution
most often when it appeals on many levels
To us
Strictly
is
The Dave Arch show
although over the years
one of two for the backing singers have
misfired...
overall we think the show would probably be nothing
if it had
canned music
Every year we look for the guy in the band
with the
pork pie hat
and if we see him
we settle down feeling confident
that the shows will be great
sometimes we record it and fast forward through the
vox pops
but that's just us and our busy schedule
programme producers pad out shows with
vox pops - interviews with 'real' people
and
noddies
edited in shots of
interviewers silently nodding to camera to
suggest they understand and approve of what
the real person is saying
but as we say
to be really popular
a show has to have
a wide variety of strands
A life well lived is punctuated with
moments of revelation - epiphanies
we remember
Mr. Brooke
the music teacher and orchestra conductor at Coatham
getting cross with the school orchestra and saying
FOLLOW the soloist
don't try to make them follow you
Mr. Brooke - Joe Brooks
taught Ricker English one year
He had a miscommunication with the Head of English
Mr. Eliot
The music room was a
genuinely sound proof booth
on the far side of the sports hall
Mr Brooke never went near the staff room
Ricker's class were juniors at the time and
there were two set texts for different age groups
Ricker's class as juniors studied the
more senior text
One was
Moonfleet
the other was
The Moonstone
One day - this regarding Our Ricker's disregarded disabilities
Mr Brooke set a test and marked it in from of the class
He picks up Ricker's short, tattered answer sheet
and waves it at the class
with something approaching disgust
He sets out to share the answers with the class
expecting a laugh
at the end
he awarded the highest mark in the class
On account of Ricker being able to write but
not for long
he perfected a technique for producing answers that
one later university tutor described as
pithy
short and to the point
Wouldn't you just know it
teacher Ricker has fond memories of...
J. Brooke B.A. Durham
By the way
We much earlier referred to an ex-cop geography teacher
J.K.Ingham, M.B.E. M.Sc. Leeds F.R.G.S.
Speaking of those apparently wasted on the likes of Redcar...
Seth was really quite upset at the waste of a
shining life
when in retirement
Ronnie Roebuck
ran off the road on his push bike
somewhere on the moors
and died
R. Roebuck M.A. Oxford
classics master
decided Our Ricker shouldn't be entered for
O' level Latin
probably quite wise
although Ronnie didn't actually teach him
Ricker's Latin master was
resident Greek God and games master
Phil Judge
who decamped to one of the schools called
Haberdasher Aske's
immediately after recommending Ricker's relegation
If we speak of 1969 - 70
Coatham was sort of jointly administered by
Teesside County Borough
and
North Riding (of Yorkshire) County Council
There were in fact
19 governors
10 from Teesside CBC
Including...
Ron Hall, W Herlingshaw - memorialised in the Herlingshaw centre
on Normanby road Eston
An out door roller skating rink they put a roof over in 1980
Jim Fawns and Charlie Amer
North Yorkshire had two
including
Alderman Colonel R.J.L. Jackson O.B.E
wot owned the farm at the top of Yearby Bank
There were Foundation Governors
The foundation still supports Redcar and Cleveland College
One from the Old Cothamians Association
one appointed by the Council of the
University of Leeds
Four Co-Opted
Rev Cannon A. H. Waton M.C. M.B.E. M.A. Chairman of Governors
Rev Allan Wordsworth M.A.
Dr. G.I. Macinlay - a local Family Doctor
Stanley Nixon Esq. - top local solicitor
an an Ex-officio
Jim - where exactly is Redcar? - Tinn Esquire, M.P. for Redcar
Jim Tinn was very ex-officio in almost everything he was
supposed to be associated with
Labour MP
Lived in the Lake District
probably had
a pair
in the Commons
a pair is where two MPs from opposing parties
One Labour, one Tory, agree either never or
on special occasions
to vote
so that their abstentions cancel out and they
never hear from the whips
as in
three line whip
plus ca change ... plus c'est la meme chose
ex officio Latin, by virtue of one's office
you have this job automatically because you have another job
So, in this case
Jim Tinn was automatically an govornor
it wasn't up to
The Labour Party t nominate him
as with the councillors and aldermen
There's only one MP and the local MP is automatically a governor
in this now defunct case
Hence, our little pun
ex officio doesn't actually mean
never in his office
office as in four walls and a desk as opposed to
office as in 'office holder'
Reluctant MPs now have the
Jo Cox
excuse
not a good memorial to a good woman
Have you seen the
armoured limousine
Tony Blair
is trolling around in these days
are we paying for that?
Coatham School
only really ahd that configuration for about ten years
1963 to 1973
it was then reduced to
The Sir William Turner Sixth Form College
Certainly as the
Corporation Road Coatham
they were only really interested in pupils
going to university if they were
going to Cambridge
Not Oxford, or Durham or Leeds or London
they would help you with an UCCA form
UCCA became UCAS
and give you a reference but
they weren't interested
it was a
Grammar Technical School
a number of teachers with
M. Coll. H.
after their names??
God knows what that stood for
HND or something
You can guess
member of the College but the H?
Even though that was the age of free higher education
on account - we suspect - of the head's two sons
not being able to get into Cambridge
he put them straight to work in
solicitors' offices
We should say
Headmaster
S.G. Barker
M.A. Cambridge, L.L.B. London J.P
We know this gets a bit chaotic but
this is where we have chosen to write about
maintenance grants
We have mentioned this before
UCCA and the later UCAS
UCCA stood for
Universities' Central Council on or for Admissions
UCAS probably stood for
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
is the real world
sorting hat
from Harry Potter's Hogwarts
we could say that fifty million people in this country live within a
student commute of
one two or three universities
they do not live within a student commute of
most of the others
maintenance grants
allowed universities to specialise in a particular
ability band of undergraduate students
if you take away maintenance grants
teenagers will want to live at home and attend their
local university
If they aren't good enough - tough
Can't think off hand of a town with a
Russell Group University with
no shit heap nearby
Durham?, Not really
The problem is pressure from
local likely lads and lasses and their parents who
live on
oh let's think?
Teesside?
and want a degree
and want no living expenses
and don't want a harassment conviction if they
hand in their course work and expect it to be marked
like in MARKED not simply graded
Students, teenagers, parents, families want
Higher Education Comprehensives
they have Secondary Comprehensives
University staff want to provide
at their choice
County Modern Style Higher Education
Turn up, shut up, collect your certificate (of attendance)
We want to use
The University of Teesside
as an example
There was - and our direct contact ended around 15 years ago
a massive conflict between a
university that saw itself as providing
sheltered 'employment' for
women returners
divorcees
and a reputation for being
ranked eleventh in the UK for
Computer Science
and we mean a proper ranking
not a
student satisfaction survey
the result was
massive security
focused on
plagiarism prevention
the biddies just could not get their heads around
the fact that they shared a town with so many
computer whizz kids
Earlier, Ricker had been teaching
computer science to the
HNC students
and doing binary maths and such with them
they were mostly technicians at
Glaxo Smith Klien in Barnard Castle
the HND class was full time
and their tutor gave lectures on
Computing in BASIC
a computer language
Rickers students stayed on en mass to the end of his sessions
at 8.30 in the evening despite their journey into the hills
HIS students
nominated one or two of their number to
take the notes on behalf of the class
in daytime
He'd been edged out of the chemistry department
into computer science...
Natch
the chemistry department got shut down
hey biggest petrochemical complex in Europe
wy would the local university need a
chemistry department
none of the old biddies wanted to teach chemistry
What people want
whether they realise it of not
whether thye can articulate it or not
is the opportunity for the
45 per cent below the top five per cent
to have the opportunity to go to their
local comprehensive university
with a student loan for reasonable fees
AND
for the top five per cent to be able to get
bursaries to go to the place most suitable to their needs
at no cost to them
Here's the problem
Bursaries for the best
versus
bursaries for the poorest
in fairness...
bursaries for the poorest of the 45 per cent <
and for the best five per cent
Now that wasn't too difficult was it?



Getting back on track...
It reminds Ricker of an incident at
City University
The student timetable was maladjusted
Ron Douglas, Prof Gordon Ruskell, and Terri Grifiths
knew sod all about anatomy and physiology and
really struggled to pad out their session
Simon Barnard had so much medical stuff to cover
that he had to give supplimentry lectures
during practical sessions
This mean giving the same supplimentary lecture
several times - to different practical groups
each year
consequently
he lost track and once give the same lecture twice
normally Ricker would be at the front of the class
and able to give a speaker a quiet word of advice Ricker found himself stranded at the back of the class and
note taking being difficult he decide to just sit it out
This was noticed by a teaching assistant
who then strated into a whole thing about
I hope you write up your notes neatly when you get home....
He said that because he checked what Ricker had and saw
that he had the notes for that lecture
and the other students/
mass demonstration of
university lectures?
dictation practice for
trainee short hand typists
me I know nothing
I know nothing about the contents of the letters I
type up for my boss to sign
On the night before the exam
I will put the contents of these notes into
short term memory for the following morning
and solemly swear never to think of
these things, ever again
Here's the thing
if you want to produce a prescription for
glasses that will not result in
rework
due to patient dissatisfaction
Ricker had a lot of trouble
after moving into retail
learning not to refer to customers as
patients
what you need is a
routine
what happens with a routine is you don't forget
anything important
you also gloss over anything
out of the ordinary
so
what's the point of all those lectures on
detecting pathology?
The rest of the students were not
in trembling awe of Simon Barnard
they simply didn't notice that they had had those notes before
even thought they were resting on their knees
in their folders or note books



You have probably never heard the phrase
Void your rheum
it means
spit it out
rheum - pronounced room
is thin, serous fluid secreted by the mucus glands
and discharges from the nostrils and eyes
during catarrh
or - more likely
the common cold
it's the streaming in
a streaming cold
it's tears
sometimes it is referred to as
spleen
when a person is so outraged they splutter
However
Synovia
God knows why
the Greek 'for' like raw egg white
is described as
fluid secreted from the glands in the joints of the body
other wise known as
synovial fluid
rheum is from the Greek - rheuma to flow
What commection with the character
Ruhma in BBC Doctors? - no idea
So somehow???
rheumatism
gets its name from...
tears
clearly people who investigated it early
associated a tears-like fluid with joints why the divergence into referring to that as
synovial fluid
and not also referring to the disease as
synovial atrophy
or some such
Who knows?
secretions in the body from glands within
skin-like membranes
are divided into
serous
and
mucus
mucus is the catarrh version
Mucus is latin for
slime from the nose




Locke Park boathouse has had
something of a revamp


There is a
Parkrun

Redcar has one of the
In difficulties
Greenwoods

We are also loosing our branch of
Clarks Shoes

Never mind
Can't be helped
Woolworths
Marks and Spencer - still empty, something about asbestos?
Thorntons
now Clarks
To add insult to injury
A notice in Clarks window...
Now your nearest Clarks will be in
Guisborough
Ho hum
A bit of a photoessay on
how to make
mutton pies
with lamb












Time was
when you couldn't lay hands on a
rolling pin
you'd reach for a
milk bottle
How times have changed...


here you see
we have bundled up the off cuts and
kneeded them a bit
and then rolled the result out
to make a case for a 4th pie








You need the paper template
to know how big a wedge to cut out of the base
to make it
dish
properly





This is like the
pastry equivalent of
bits
bits of dropped off but cooked batter from the
fish fryer
in the chip shop



9th September 2017


There's something odd about
pain
The basic function of pain is to
make you recoil
after you have recoiled
the pain will either subside
or not
if it does not..
you have a choice
dull the pain
and or
investigate and seek a remedy for the cause
we will some day investigate the difference between
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
but for now we understand that
osteo is the result of overuse or poor quality of
joint cartilage
the other is like
type 1 diabetes - the same sort of auto-immune disease
very painful
once you have recoiled
once you have explored repair options
The question is chronic pain that has outlived its
usefulness
what then?
it's debilitating
it's frightening
but is it worse than being
completely zoned out with drugs
if you are lying in a hospital bed with a
shattered pelvis awaiting surgery
any amount of painkillers short of lethal
makes sense
but not when you are post operative and for months or years on end
the vicious circle is
the more pain killers you take
the more pain 'hormones' you inevitably have to secrete
to protect you from something
entirely new and unrelated that
you will need to recoil from
or investigate
You can't assume that
one problem is your total allotment
you need to be receptive to warning signs
whenever you are not
in a hospital bed
many people resist being weaned off
painkillers
some people prefer
chest pains
to
being dead from a silenced heart attack
even if their knee is
giving them some
gyp
A couple of points to direct towards those who
demand that they should never be in pain
a Coatham lads story
Pete Astle
He had some sort of accident and lost
pain sensitivity in one of his hands
now we have had some stories
mainly it appears due to the actions of one youth
about
acid in the face
and the life changing consequences
Pete Astle had no sense of pain in one of his hands and
one day to show off to his pals
when they were in the chemistry lab
he wrote his name
Pete
in concentrated sulphuric acid
on the back of his hand
That said
let's state the
bleedin' obvious
if you insist on long term pain relief
that is chemical
and not
involving repairing the real cause of your problem
you are volunteering for
all the problems associated with
leprosy
speaking of Pete
reminds us of TGP
being a senior A' level examiner
There is a distinction to be made between
giving candidates prior knowledge of questions
and
teaching to the test
an example of teaching to the test is
describe how you would...
if you say
draw a line from
point A to point B
thta will get you a pass grade
to get an A star grade you have to say
draw a line from A to B
using a straight edge
somebody who has been taught
fillet the
marking scheme
will get the A star
somebody who answers
draw a line from A to B
using a very sharp pencil
will get the pass grade
somebody with a Nobel Prize in physics
wouldn't have a clue
to A star answer is not
the best answer to
this year's question
this is a trick or quirk
to answering all A' level physics questions
it's like the difference between
sitting your driving test
having or not having had
paid for professional lessons
Hence,
you could predict your A' level
physics grade on the basis of
whether you were taught by
Mr. Pearson
or Mr. Baldwin
Not because Mr Pearson was a Manchester graduate
and Mr Baldwin was a Newcastle graduate
but
because
Mr. Baldwin had access to
past papers
but Mr Pearson had access to
PAST Marking Schemes



Here's one of those radom insights into
The mind of Our Ricker
We said we thought of
God the Father
as a sort of
Seethrough Jesus
That's not really suitable
Think of
God the Father
in terms of a
pen and ink self portrait sketch of an
Elderly Leonardo da Vinci
that's about as near as anybody can expect to get



We try to get there in the end
Bake Off is back
At this point we will have a little rant
Why is
Doctor Foster
beating Bake Off in the ratings?
Here we switch from
fiction to
Virtual reality
We refer to
The Spub Faced Nipper
and his childhood sweetheart
Mr. and Mrs. whatever he's called
are
shall we say
worth twenty million
how dumb do you have to be to decide to
bung a couple of million - at least
to the lawyers
on account of cos Mrs Coleen Rooney
thinks her fella is only entitled to
get his end away
when she's in the mood?
Ricker has a problem
many problems
but this problem
the women he knows who are young enough to
make babies for him
are young enough to be
his daughters or granddaughters
here's the thing
It would not be acceptable for him to
have a favourite amongst
a gaggle of daughters
but he is expected to have a favourite amongst
a group of young ladies
who have or want to
make babies for him
First there is the
don't panic if it looks like a burnt offering
that's what it's supposed to look like

just slice it


OK we bought ready rolled pastry

and a pie maker
YMCA charity shop





and the filling was bought in too
and the one that leaked
needed a few minutes longer
BUT
no soggy bottom
We roasted lamb
but we tested the piemaker with bought in
chicken in sauce

8th September 2017


We try to get things as correct as possible
We now understand that
Sacred Heart Secondary Redcar
has been an academy for the past couple of years
we suspect this is the reason for the reduced
bussing assistance
from
Redcar and Cleveland Council
Staint Peter's Roman Catholic School in Eston, in Redcar and Cleveland
remains voluntary aided so far as we can tell
but is - was at May 2017
in special measures
for being rubbish...



There's this saying about farmers
Live your life as you will die tomorrow
farm as if you are going to live for ever
At present there is a
Coop
or
Co-op
funeral service advert that is
getting a lot of showings
It involves a steam engine
and probably the quote
some day all of this will be yours
Traditional values divide men and women into
men providers
women carers
Therefore as a young male
a boy may try to store away treasures
whilst his sister concentrates on
try to catch herself a good man
For a male...
having children in order to have younger people
to pass his treasures on to
is very much undercut if all the evidence is that
the grieving family will be
ordering in a skip
before his lifeless remains have gone cold
knocks that motivation
entirely on the head
both the motivation to store up treasure
and the motivation to
have children
Take for instance the father who gifts
his treasured old car to his son
when he buys a new one
and starightaway
the lad sells it and puts the money to some
completely different vehicle
If dad had known
perhaps he would have preferred to just
give the lad some money for a deposit
on a car of his choice
and kept the old banger in the garden for
the odd nostalgic run out
Our Ricker has similar problems
when he realised that he could never drive again
he systematically dismantled his two cars and
gave the bits to scrap dealers
If he had the money
he would seek planning permission to have
his house demolished after his death so as to
reward his patient neighbours with a
patch for much needed
off street car parking
here we are going to break a
cardinal rule
of the internet
but we think the point justifies it
Rickerhas always believed that his home has
negligable market value
because it is
number thirteen on the street
If he had had a proper job at any time
he would have sought to buy
number eleven
and knock the two into one
people
by which we probably mean men
are slow to recognise that they
owe the fact that they have careers
to
the fact that they have children
How many women who bleat on about
equal pay
have even heard tell of a woman
with support payments for an
ex-partner
to find out of taxable income?



The artist who missed out on the
Turnham Green Terrace
name check
funny how one memory can block another
Ricker knew it wasn't
Francis Bacon
but something
not someone
similar
Sir Quentin Blake
that was the man
The other one missing is
Blocked by knowing it wasn't
Bob or Rob Langley
must have been something similar
or the block wouldn't apply
Anyway this is
Well yesterday...
Mister Nevule died
You have to be very very old to remember how he
swept
George House
and
Tom Kilgour
aside....
For those who could know
Tom Kilgour was a prototype
Colin Briggs
George House was
ah
a Geordie Eric Morcombe
the three worked well together at first
shame they didn't feature in the tributes
nice to see Rothbury Bob
there though
Rothbury Bob's catch phrase was
Good enough for government work
a weather presenter
To all those totally bemused by all of this
Mike Neville
was a local news anchor with
at different times
ITV, BBC, ITV
over 40 odd years
and died aged 80 this week
News anchor does not cover it
He was a Geordie
Michael Parkinson
but with the ability to appear in
panto
So a Geordie
Terry Wogan
more like
If Mike hadn't hated the
superficiality of
London Luvies
he would have given Wogan
a run for his money
We don't know what sort of cancer got him
but God he looked ill for years
probably lung cancer
Mister Nevule
worked with
Nick Owen
and
Kate Silverton
in their formative years
If Mike Neville hadn't got so ill
would
Media City
have gone to
Newcastle
not
Salford?
who knows

7th September 2017


According to the government...
77 staff at
Sacred Heart Redcar
Including 55 teachers
and the pupil teacher ratio is
14.3 pupils per teacher
that's
786 pupils
Three and a half coach loads of
one of the coaches is very small
wooliebacks and scaliebacks...
IF - as can be presumed
reduction in pupil numbers
is reflected in low recruitment to the youngest year group
not pre-mature leaver
this is and 11 to 16 school
number will be falling in a way that
the youngest year group probably has not got one fifth of the
student population
Since this is a voluntary aided sectarian school
the
extra cars in the car park may beaccounted for by
staff not paid or
not paid by
Redcar and Cleveland council
Many teachers say they love school
when the children aren't there
There is such a lesson in
double standards
in schools
We consider children to be
future adults in development
schools - in general - want to
infantalise
young people
There are things you are allowed to excel at
scoring a goal
is a good thing
saving a penalty
is a good thing
However, having a well developed
dress sense
skill with
make up
bad, bad, bad
However we do see some elements of restraint
in education
we have not seen any widely reported instances of
a class being taken out of lessons
and
put into detention because
they ran a race
and
didn't all reach the
finish line
at exactly the same moment
clearly some schools would have
drill - square bashing - and
synchronised swimming
as the only permitted
physical education
but for now they are holding off
We think many
school manager should go on exchange visits to
North Korea
and not come back
We probably haven't told this story before
the one about
the castle in the mountain pass
and
the bed
It has a certain
Jonathan Creek
vibe about it
so there's this other story to tell first
The story of the
magpies
One for sorrow
two for joy
three for a girl
four for a boy
five for silver
six for gold it goes on a bit further
This is the thing about
reading signs from nature to guide
human life
The idea is
when it is still winter
and it is too dangerous to go traveling
the magpies will spread out across the countryside
and they will be observed alone
an indication to not set out on your journey
when they come together to breed
spring is on it's way
they only congregate in large number when they have <<
fledged a large family
You should say to a lone magpie
of either sex
of either gender
Hello Mr Magpie
How is your wife?
Back to the bed
if you were foolish or desperate to attempt a journey
over a mountain pass at the wrong time of year
You may not encounter
Saint Wencesslass
you may encounter a baron who would offer you a bed for the night
BUT
if you were too tall to fit the bed
he would chop bits off your legs to make you fit
and if you were too short
he would put you on the rack
and stretch you until you fitted exactly
Too many schools...
decide on a standard of attainment 'appropriate'
for the local community
For instance
many schools believe that it is adequate to employ
Science teachers whose lessons
consist of dictating sections of text books to the class
how that keeps people safe in their homes
is anybody's guess
and try - bed style - to fit all their pupils to that metric
Incidentally the text book for
The eleven plus was called
Attainment Tests
in the sense that success was to a large extent dependent on
effort
there were three sections
Arithmetic
English
IQ
all susceptible to practice



6th September 2017


Casual observation reveals that
Redcar and Cleveland Council
are again this year providing
FOUR
coaches to
bus kids into
Sacred Heart School
as last year
last year they reduced the number
In the interests of
safeguarding
we have no idea whether there are actually
any kids on the coaches
Judging purely from the
number of cars in the staff car park...
if they have over a hundred staff
and
around
300 students
no wonder
OFSTED
rates the school
Excellent
Cursory observation from off site produces an estimate of
150 staff parking bays for both
St. Benedict's primary and Sacred heart Secondary and
around 50 bays appear to be vacant on a school day
some reduction in staff as well as student numbers...



Let's just explain this
Europe
thing
Say you are a retired gymnast and you were pretty good
medals and things
so you have a couple of kids
and you want your kids to grow up just like you
so you buy a trampoline and set it up in the garden
and your kids play on it for half an hour
and then go back to their computery devices
BUT
your garden becomes kid central as
all the other kids in the street line up to<
pester to have a go on your trampoline
The arseole DTI sez
let's
build more warships
set up workshops to
hand knit balaclavas
whatever
let's get
the kids off the streets by giving them
army style
paint the coal white
employment
UK in EU...
these
makework schemes
mop up
unemployment in Eastern Europe
outside Europe?
God knows what the
We only employ Oxford Graduates
because we don't know anybody who
didn't go to Oxford
Did you used to dine with
Anthony Blunt?
That's
Positive Vetting
DTI will come up with
but you can guarantee it will be something
mind numbingly stupid
like lets build warships
anywhere but on the Tees
and because none of the other ports is big enough
let's build them out of steel lego
We forgot something
Fort William has the only working
aluminium smelter and
the most recently built one
Lynemouth in Northumberland is being demolished
we forgot that the other coal fired one
on Holy Island off Anglesey, North Wales is
also being turned into a
Country Park
Anglesey??
at least Lynemouth had a coal mine to supply the coal everything Anglesey needed to make aluminium was
imported by sea
reminds one of the radio comedy sketch about
the design of a new
walkie talkie
for the armed forces
somebody misplaced the decimal point on the
technical drawings and
now they are building the world's biggest single span
warehouse in South Wales
to house the prototype

4th September 2017


Let them speak for themselves...
Their address may suggest they are at the lower end of the social scale
, but residents of Clement Attlee Court are proud of where they live.
The estate in Fulham, west London, contains more than
800 flats and maisonettes
Problems with crime and drugs have been tackled over the past 10 years
while the estate has been refurbished.
All the blocks are named after Labour politicians.

3rd September 2017


We have not researched this properly but
We understand that
Saint Paul the apostle's illness was
epilepsy
As always, what follows is a random collage
the gist is
parents look to universities to protect their children
in a variety of ways
including the now infamous
safe spaces
where parents fear that if their children have their
minds broadened
too much they will become estranged from their families
this particular set of stories really relates to
a university's response to
the guilt that independent opticians felt when
selling out to multiples
and wanting their children to have
some protection
in the form of a qualification differential
from their managers
the independents had fallen victim to
the tax authorities and the banks - perhaps
and they wanted the next generation to be
protected by the universities and professional bodies
from similar pressure from the managers at multiples
No matter what they say their motto is
The basic idea behind
Freemasons
is
protection and security for
the mediocre
How much of a link there is between
The Police and Freemasonry
is debatable
but
overall and in general
they have the same world view
In a sense
collective protectionism comes in several forms
The Country Landowners Association
Labour Unions
Trades Unions
There once was a time
in the time ofshall we say
Keith Davey's dad
when if you wanted specs
you went the the chemist's
Specialisms develop over time
qualify as a pharmacist and
you can fix people u-p with specs
over time knowledge about all sorts of things advances
people start to specialise
jobs get advanced
jobs get left behind
new roles spring up without regulation
at the moment the thing most definitely in the
it's clearly medical but it's totally unregulated is
botox and dermal fillers
over time a group of people will band together who
have done this for a while without killing anybody
and they will get
old and slow
and they will petition the government for
regulation
and the first regulations will be
you can do this
if
Either
you can prove that you have been doing it for twenty years or more
or
you've got a degree in it
and the people selecting, teaching and examining the students
will be the people who have been doing it for
twenty years or more
and
the universities will effectively
rent out space to the profession
and the tutors will make up their own science
and publish it in their own
peer reviewed journals
and anybody who is not a member of the profession and is not a
Freemason
and does any sort of
Emperor's New Clothes
shtick
will be evicted by the police
who believe in that sort of thing




There was a moment in the 1980s that
could be regarded as an epiphany in
Our Ricker's life
He was living and working in
Guildford, Surrey
He was wandering around and in some more
industrial estate sort of road he came across
a sight that brought home to him the
complete and utter pointlessness of
his existence
by an office doorway there was a sign it read
Something or other Motors (Northern) Ltd
at that moment Ricker realised that there are people
living in the UK
who regard
Guildford
as
Up North
The people who run the UK regard
Waterloo Railway Station
as an outpost on the Moon
We have a little story about Ricker teaching at
Teesside Polytechnic
some - presumably local - media organisation
approached the poly or the uni
what they were asking for was
this was pre-internet, pre- mobiles
Now that you are a university ....
can we have the numbers of the direct lines
into the offices of your academics
so that we can have a
directory of
who to call for a comment when
an issue or topic comes up
the staff were asked to volunteer
nobody wanted to be one the list
Nobody wanted to be the next
David Bellamy
Leave us alone
we just want to
exploit the little children
At the time when Ricker was living in Guildford
he was providing holiday coverfor the
dispenser-manager of
D and A - Boots in today's money - opticians in
Epsom
aside from measuring up patients for their specs
he was by definition
managing the staff
there were two receptionists who were
well one was more attractive than the other but
they were not
old hands
and they were having trouble with men
specifically with
their men
the less attractive of them was worried about her man because
he was a sort of general hand at a
garage, motor repairers
he had been asked to move a car
as he did
it was a Jagwar
a Jaguar, we don't know whether this was a Jaguar Dealership
He'd never driven an automatic before
he slammed it into a wall
The more attractive receptionist had had bust ups with her man
and the area manager
her problem with the boyfriend was that
she had dropped a jar of
instant coffee
and swept it up an put it into another jar and
her boyfriend had refused to drink the coffee she made for him
from the sweepings
on the grounds that it may have shards of glass in it
The row she had had with the
area manager was about how to fill in the
spectacle order form
she had written
len
he had pointed out that it's spelt
lens
but surely she said
lens ends in s
so it must be a plural
Down South
is awash with
fuckwits
Fuckwits wot the BBC keep telling them is
God's Gift to Humanity
There were two receptionists in the Guildford branch
neither was particularly attractive
neither was so to speak - single
The dimmer one married a postal worker
whilst Ricker knew her
and her parents lived in a tied house belonging to
the local brewery where her dad worked
like a council house , not a pub
The other one'ws dad was just retiring from the
local office of some government department
Min of Ag and Fish
something like that
That would make him an
ADAS advisor
Agricultural Development Advisory Service
She was the smartest - and we are not talking appearance
receptionist Ricker ever worked with
Her man had been made redundant as an
apprentice printer
he had been taken on as a retail assistant and
let go
because
the manager was too busy to train him
in other words
cheaper to keep a week than a fortnight
a slow learner
pride of our nation
She
was
Miss Vanessa Williams
and she
like the consultant optometrist
Ela Terelak
had
Terry Thomas teeth
big gap between the top front two
There used to be a tube station called
South Kensington
There probably still is and
the entrance was at a road junction where around
six major roads meet
The D and A at South Kensington was
goldfish bowl of a showroom ar street level directly opposite
over this junction
south west of the tube station entrance
and testing rooms in the cellar
This was in pre-history
this was before
debit cards
not before credit cards
Ricker opened a
Williams a Glynn's bank account
he kept going into the Williams and Glynn's
over the road in Old Brompton Road next to the Post Office
to cash a
self cash
cheque
which was how you got your money out before debit cards
time and again the same cashier would ask him to repeat his signature
because it wasn't quite right
and he needed the cash to buy a tube ticket to get to his next gig or home
and he'd just nipped out of the shop
leaving it in the charge of the receptionist...
There were four shops around there
Kensington High Street
Brompton Road
Old Brompton Road
and somewhere we can't trace
on something like the
Clement Attlee Estate
So perhaps we are talking Notting Hill
Kensington High Street shop was
almost exactly opposite to the entrance to
Kensington Palace
but it waws actually opposite
The Inn on the Park
Brompton Road was
almost next door to
Harrods
When Ricker popped into Harrods on occasion
he got used to being button holed
by clients mistaking him for staff
One of the Old Brompton Road receptions was quite the joker
on her day off she rang the shop and asked
Do you do
contact lenses for dogs?
Ricker had no alternative but to
take her seriously
anybody who has watched
The Vet on the Hill
TV documentary series will understand why
At Kensington High Street
he had a patient who wore very dark glasses all the time
elderly lady
actually Elderly Lady
When he got down to treating her he found out why
The 'whites' of her eyes were
black
because
silver is a very effective antiseptic
silver and silver plated cutlery suppresses
bacterial growth in a way
stainless steel does not
however, somewhere along the line her
oculist
had offered her
silver nitrate eye drops and
she had gone with that because it had sounded
expensive so must be good
a bit of overuse
silver tarnish on her eyeballs
not harmful
but
not too attractive?
in most social circles
The main thing about
Brompton Road was it was at street level and
IF
Ricker had wanted to be properly presented
he would have had to change his shirt
at lunch time
because by then the collar was black from
traffic filth from the road outside
At Brompton Road Ricker had a patient who gave
his work contact details as
The Institute or whatever of General Practioners
and a home address in
Devon
The bugger - nice chap actually but
commuting three days a week from
Devon to Kensington
Then There was Kilburn
Not Kilburn but
British Rail Kilburn High Road
Mrs. Oligario
Dand A reckoned that she
may settle down a bit after she had her
hysterectomy
but in the mean time...
Ha
the receptionists
came across every day
from
The East End
could have been
Chadwell Heath
probably wasn't
but that's where the lads who painted and repaired
the D and A shops came from
We want new carpet tiles in the Guildford shop
Oh get the lads from Chadwells to do it
anyway
one of these lasses was a single mum
here is the classic example of Ricker's
mamagement skills
D and A didn't pay
London weighting
they didn't pay travel expenses - except for Ricker
so these two lasses were not to put too fine a point on it
a bit strapped for cash
The manager Mrs. Oligario was poorly
she let the girls run riot
the girls got very brave in the circumstances
Ricker only went there sometimes
other people, people other than Ricker and Mrs Oligario
were sometimes sent there
The shop was opposite a big tall hotel
Ricker had petty cash
Ricker sent one of the girls over the road to buy
a few hundred postage stamps
to put on reminder post cards
the girl came back shortly after wards
quite unconcerned to report that
the stamps had blown away as she
crossed the road
given that nobody had had a reminder post card from
Dand A Kilburn High Road for
years
this was probably a well practised routine
It was petty cash
no way anybody could check whether
any reminder post cards had been sent out
it was a neat little scam
You see Ricker is a how shall we put it
sensitive soul
what he didn't want was an article in either
The Kilburn News or the Chadwell Heath Courant
about D and A receptionists being nicked for theft
Ricker's answer was to
take the reminder post cards home
and take them to Guildford Post Office and
have them
Franked
no call for stamps in the branch
However, as we said
he wasn't the only person going to the shop and...
one day and African gentleman
who was staying at the hotel opposite
brought in an empty spec frame and asked for it to be glazed
turned out
'the girls' had a second line of business
So spectacle lenses are cheap in Africa are they?
the African tourists were popping over the road from the hotel and
the receptionists were selling them
empty frames from the display
for cash - no receipt, no prescription, no lenses
perhaps the African people thought the
spec frames with
blank - plano - display lenses in them
made them look distinguished
Ricker wasn't there the day one of the African gentlemen
perhaps staying a little longer than normal in London
came back for an eye test...
or perhaps they just brought a frame back
and asked for a refund and
and the girls had no cash and the till was empty...
Ricker wasn't there to save the day
probably some locum was there...
fifty year ago
almost every workplace had at least two male members of staff
and
the police almost never went into
for instance
schools
all-female staffs
seem to ring the police almost daily
we suspect that would die down somewhat
if all police first responders were
female
the girls got nicked
not really what D and A would have wanted but
some people have
how should we say
technical skills but no
management or PR skills
Ricker had a view of how best to protect
share holder interests
and since the major shareholder was
Gallagher's tobacco.....
you needed a finely tuned concept of PR
Turnham Green Terrace
was a different deal
This lovie Chiswick
The Nationwide presenter who wasn't
Frank Bough
lived near there
regularly to be see filling his car at the off licence
the receptionist there was mates with a
props lady in the industry
BBC?
don't know
she would
borrow
spec frames from the display for productions
perhaps some of them were returned
Here's the thing
before the independent optician sold out to D and A
he was at liberty to do whatever he wanted with his stock
after he sold out....
not quite the same situation for his former receptionist
watching dramas of TV is well certainly was interesting
distracting
for the optics savvy viewer
optometrists very very rarely
prescribe
flats
when they do it is in high prescriptions
when the props lady has borrowed a fram from the opticians and
the lens is screen printed with the frame manufacturer's logo
the props lady knocks out the display lens and
replaces it with a flat piece of acetate
here's a business opportunity with
a medical dilemma
we used to get asked
can i have my prescription lenses
printed with the logo - like the display version
err, no
that would interfere with the vision we are
trying to perfect
Ricker could never get anybody to believe that one day
the artist who designed the
Beatles
Sgt. Pepper sleeve
was once observed
scrutinising the Turnham Green Terrance window from outside
the lady who played
Mrs. Slowcum
in
Are you being served?
must have lived near Guildford
because she used to pop in there and be
very disappointed because we didn't have any frames that were outrageous enough for her character
So what you really have here is a situation where
Ricker was a personality within the industry
and this was a
power play
between
The University
and the industry
the university
1 asserting their authority
we will decide who joins the profession
2 playing King Cnute
attempting to protect the interests of the
sons and daughters of the
independent opticians
against the power of the
corporates



Recently the Prime Minister visited a
bus factory in Guildford
It used to be
Hestair Dennis
See the old time
Fire Engines...
with
DENNIS
on the front grill
at that time they were still building them in Guildford
and
the first of two flat mates in Guildford that
Ricker had was
a lad
from so far north he was from north of Redcar
and he was an apprentice in the
Fire Engine factory
Sign of the times
Hestair Dennis was the result of
Hestair buying Dennis
Dennis built fire engines
Hestair sold stationery to schools
See local government contracts link
You wanna keep selling exercise books to
the local authority purchasing collective
Buy the busted flush that builds the councils' fire engines
builds them in
friggin' Guildford
not Gateshead
We'd rather
import fire engines from Germany
than build them in the UK
North of Watford
That was just around the time the local electronics company was
shutting down
Marconni was it?
Small note regarding Our Ricker's youngest nephew
to mark the demise of the
printed Yellow Pages
we seem to remember
Yellow Pages was one of his early employers

1st September 2017


A little knowledge is dangerous
I'm up, pull the ladder up
We've won the lottery
and we're not sharing
Sometimes there can be deep pathos in the things
youngster tell that
their dad told them
Way back when the polytechnic became universities
a student said
His dad had said
Yes there are more universities and more
graduates
but the number of
First Class degrees hasn't increased
There is a hope expressed here
If we go back to the now outlawed
I Q
or intelligence quotient
measurement
If you say that degree classifications are
objectively assessed
If you say
The aim is to get the majority of the 3 to 5 per cent
smartest teenagers into university
they would achieve a certain standard in their studies
If you then say we aim to get 30 to 50 per cent
of teenagers into university
if the same number of people get firsts
the proportion of students getting firsts would drop dramatically
it hasn't, we don't think it has
It is very difficult to see how to explain
how a job candidate in their fifties with few qualifications
can be compared with a teenager with a double first
There is a very interesting
comment to be made here
three phases of higher education
phase one
it is only available to the children of the very rich
phase two
it is available as a prize in a competition open to
anybody under fifty but mainly teenagers
now it is a right available to anybody willing to live with a
lifetime debt - at high interest rates - of seventy thousand pounds
Having universities at the present time seems very like a job creation scheme
There has been another evolution in student life
clearly no teenaged school leaver was ever equipped to
be an ear nose and throat surgeon
but broadly they would be equipped to become a
trainee ENT surgeon
what has evolved - with increasing wealth in families
is
The Grand Tour
was an educational trip for the children of the very wealthy
Universit became a
staycation version of the grand tour
then
the
gap year evolves
meaning
BOTH a real Grand Tour and the staycation version
speaking of BOTH
We recounted the Derek Douglas story
One of his sayings
that is one he resorted to often not one he invented
was ironic
Too many chiefs and not enough indians needing the money
and you have people with qualifications that the
promoted people don't have
who has seniority?
important today for gay etc. couples who don't adopt
Gillbrook had three technicians
John was the workshop technician
there were two science lab technicians
John had arrived first by at least a year
Bill arrived last but was
an Elder of the Jehovah's Witnesses
Ricker was a graduate
Ricker was and would always ahve been
the boss technician because
although John was ahead of him in
long service increments
Ricker had a
qualifications allowance
Incidentally
Bill started out by having some of
his children
withdrawn from certain
biology lessons
evolution and such
one day suddenly
Ricker is informed
Bill is now the
chemistry technician
Ricker you will be doing biology lab prep and physics
not chemistry
As usual...
Bill becomes a problem
Ricker has to shift
and Ricker did the ordering
one day 'they' had let Tom loose with the order book
he ordered
liquid paraffin
instead of
paraffin
liquid paraffin is a fifty fifty emulsion of
paraffin and water
one of the teachers made a complain that Ricker gave her
a single pellet of sodium metal to demonstrate
the reaction with water
she had wanted the whole jar
a little later
a the same cycle
the head of chemistry put
a whole pellet of sodium into a
pneumatic trough of water
a pneumatic trough is a glass bowl
about 14 inches across and five inches deep
the resulting explosion split the trough
clean in halves
water and sodium and the sodium hydroxide the
product of the reaction...
everywhere
kids all gathered around the demonstration bench
Mrs Hamilton that was
guess what
wife of an ICI executive




Here we have a couple of stories about a lad called
weel we think it was
Ian McIntyre
and he'll be 65 now if he's still alive
around the time of his O' levels
his dad got a new job back in Scotland
It would be preseumptious to say a
transfer from
Wilton
to
Grangemouth
Two things about the move
One, he went quickly and after he had gone
his mates made a recording of their voices on a
musicasette so he wouldn't feel too lonely
and postage was so cheap
and the new fangled padded envelopes
that were at the time padded with
shredded newspaper not
bubble wrap
were so expensive
it made sense to post the empty envelope back to the lads
The second thing about him was a story about
education versus training
many many ICI people were ex-forces
they had been trained in the forces but they were
smart enough for their kids to get to the
grammar school
So one day Ian's dad decides to service the car
he puts too much distilled water into the battery
he thinks
water in - water out
Ian says don't do that
there's acid in them batteries
but his dad gets a straw
and a mouth full of battery acid
It was ever so in A and E
mind actually he did just take in a bit and it hadn't
mixed much with the acid
so spitting it out and washing his mouth out at home
was all that was necessary
the lad's got an education you daft old sod
listen to the lad
by the way did we tell you
your mouth is slightly alkaline
which is why you have teeth
almost every year it is the same
summer holidays
somebody who runs a massive industrial plant
on a painting by numbers basis
is left in charge by the holidaying engineers...
kaboom

31st August 2017


Here's a question
when a baby fills a nappy...
is that lack of control
or
sprainting
anybody who has had a face full of wee
whilst changing a nappy
may think it's sprainting



It's quite interesting how
the police investigated Ricker's involvement in the
Towcester crash
One police officer came up very close to him
and asked him some question of other
didn't want the answer
wanted to find out if his breath smelt of drink
second
there were no skid marks just behind Ricker's tyres
he hadn't braked suddenly
third
the radio was playing very loudly in the truck cab
there was no radio in Ricker's car




And another thing...
troop
large assembly of people
body of cavalry, light-horse, dragoons
troupe plural
soldiers, collectively, an army
to flock to gather in a crowd
they all trooped into the dining room
trooper
non commissioned cavalryman
North America
Mounted policeman
especially A Mounty
Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman
a Mounty always gets his man
Given this...
Whence
These troops?
It's a new development
What this is NOT saying is
These troopers
It is saying
This collection of various groups of combatants
It is, in a sense a plural of a plural
There is this old chestnut
children's or childrens'?
You can't say the second is ALWAYS wrong
because
Mary's children, and Rosie's children
equals a plural of plurals
technically
a plural of a collective noun
grammarians - experts in these things
may say
only a restricted list of plurals have
collective noun status
we don't know
By saying
these troops
you are covering yourself
if all the people you were referring to were soldiers
you could say
these soldiers
however, if you know or think that some of the people
you are referring to are
marines
play it safe
say these troops
and since we are at this point in the dictionary...
trope
to speak
metaphorically or figuratively
the opposite of
plain speaking
and thus elitist

30th August 2017


We have an observation about
CCAD
CCAD is
Cleveland College of Art and Design
many years ago
we observed an example of
The tail wagging the dog
At the time The University of Teesside
was offering a masters in multimedia
the university referred Our Ricker's course work
to Cleveland Police as
evidence of harassment
purely on the grounds of volume
83 emails extending to 134 pages
At the same time a tutor from
CCAD was doing the course
she attempted to establish
links between
CCAD courses
and
UoT Courses
not least because at the time
CCAD had
more and better resources
Give the wrong
PEOPLE
the authority
by giving the
no brainer choice of institution
the authority and...
not NOT something the police should tangle with
Get the training at CCAD
Get the qualification at UoT
Almost all of the charity shops in Redcar are from large chains
They are the trading arm of major charities
not so much a local church or youth group
in a pop-up shop in a semi-derelict shopping centre
we noted a sign in the window of one of the
less commercial, more homespun, charity shops
charity shops generaly have been based on a core business of
clothes that are
perfectly servicable but a little out of fashion
as a consequence a lot of
management push is on
number of items processed
The sign says
Today we have put out
100 clothes
well something along those lines
Here's the thing
being a bit picky about language
Your clothes are
1, your ensemble, the whole of what you are wearing
2, all the items of clothing you own
The core of the notice should be
Today, we have added 100
fresh garments to out displays
We turn over stock quickly
please come in regularly and
avoid missing that bargain that will be
the perfect item for you

29th August 2017


Spraint is the dung of the otter.
European otter spraint
Spraints are typically identified by smell and
are known for their distinct aromas,
the smell of which has been described as
ranging from freshly mown hay to putrefied fish.
The European otter's spraints are black and slimy, 3–10 cm (1–4 in)
long and deposited in groups of up to four in prominent locations near water.
They contain scales, shells and bones of water creatures.
Because of the decline of otters in Britain, several surveys have been made
to record the distribution of the animal, usually by recording the presence of spraint.
Further, there is some evidence that spraint density is correlated with otter density


The word transhumance comes from French and derives from the Latin words
trans 'across' and humus 'ground'.
Transhumance developed on every inhabited continent.
Although there are substantial cultural and technological variations,
the underlying practices for taking advantage of remote seasonal pastures are similar.
Moving sheep up along a road in the Massif Central, France Transhumance is a "form of pastoralism or nomadism".[2] Khazanov categorizes nomadic forms of pastoralism into five groups as follows: "pure pastoral nomadism", "semi-nomadic pastoralism", "semi-sedentary pastoralism", "distant-pastures husbandry" and "seasonal transhumance".[3]


On motorways
don't brake
if changing lanes
will solve the problem
avoid
don't try to stop
Police are really bad drivers
The thing is
if they are in a marked car
everybody instinctively knows that
that car is being driven by a maniac
so they have less accidents than they would
if they were driving a Q car
99.99 per cent of cops would not be given the keys to a Q car
there are plans in the UK for supervised learner drivers to
cops misdiagnose the cause of accidents
especially on motorways
you get an incident on the northbound side
soon you will have another incident on the southbound side
police blame it on
rubbernecking
people looking right
instead of ahead
that isn't the problem
the problem is
people see an incident
an incident on the
OTHER DIRECTION ROAD
and they<
brake
they have no need nor justification for braking
it's none of their business
It's the core thing
on non motorway roads
excessive speed can be a major problem
on motorways
loss of control is what does it
and
the major cause of loss of control is
doing an emergency stop because
a bee has hit the windscreen
roll off onto the hard shoulder
do nothing spastically
The professional motor race drivers call it
flat car
modern cars have
four wheel independent suspension
what you should aim for is to have
at any time on the motorway
where the black top is always near perfect
all four dampers should at all times be equally
extended
Secondly there is a new name for what used to be called the
scrub angle of the tyres
the steering wheels - normally only the front wheels
are controlled by the
'steering wheel' in the cabin
the steering wheel is metal
everything in the steering system is metal
until you get to the tyres
the metal bits are stiff
the rubber bits are not stiff
how stiff they are is related to the tyres pressures
the vehicle will not go the way the wheels are pointing
unless the wheels are pointing dead ahead
as soon as you put in a turning force
1 the tyres will flex
2 the tyres will loose grip
you will get
understeer
the car will turn less than the wheels do
the angle due to the loss of grip
used to be referred to as
the scrub angle
fles angle plus scrum angle
equals
understeer
the degree of understeer is related to these angles
not to speed
speed determines
impact energy
excessive speed isn't the cause of the impact
it is the determinant of the <
severity of the impact
because
there are
no hairpins or chicanes on motorways
no bends with an apex to hit
until somebody does something
STUPID
BUT
almost nothing
can happen that blocks the
entire width
of a motorway
roll off from lane to lane
DO NOT
make right or left TURNS from one lane to another
Our Ricker
speaks on these matters with some emotion
He has experienced driving a car and
having the windscreen smashed by a brick dropped from a
motorway overbridge
having rolled a car on the
Whitby Moor Road
when the rear suspension collapsed
despite having a six month old MOT
That car he had also had a
lead foundry wagon up the arse
with a secondary impact from a
Refer
a refrigerated artic
up the back of the first truck that was a rigid
This was near
possibly just south of
Towcester
interesting bit of road
a kind of hollow way
curving to the left
deep in trees on either side
with a junction on the right hand apex
beyond the trees
somebody wanted to turn right at the junction
Ricker last in the line of cars held up
while they were held up while the vehicle
wishing to turn right
waited for a gap in the oncoming
smack smack
a couple of wagons up his arse
good thing they were wagons
sheared the arse end off
ABOVE
the level of the boot floor
didn't burst the fuel tank
the car and the rigid were repaired
the artic cab was written off
but
the car should have been written off
Marske Motors got the repair work by
quoting low and then
submitting a
supplementary quote
the driver of the first wagon reckoned
he would loose money because
he would be restricted to
yard work
until his truck was fixed
Ricker's car absorbed the energy and
wasn't catapulted into the oncoming
and so we have him today
We know this was a long time ago but
it does illustrate what an idiot
Our Ricker is
The car was his dad's
Hillman Avenger and
it had non reclining seats
when Ricker picked it up
his dad was 79 years old and not driving
when Ricker picked up the car from repair
the back of the driver seat was
tilted back over thirty degrees
as a result of it having hit Ricker's back in the impact
The mechanic
got into the back seat
put his feet behind the top of the back rest and
pushed it back up vertical
These days...
out with the mobile 'phone and a
slam dunk for a
whiplash claim
Probably the car rolled on
the Whitby Moor Road
because of undetected damage caused at
Towcester
should have been written off
instead it got an
MOT
Why was Ricker driving it
cos it hasd been his dad's by then dead dad
and his mam wanted to go to Whitby in it
not in Ricker's own car




We think there is going to have to be a
serious rethink
of
The Emergency Services
There are clearly a group of
proper emergency service workers
Fire and Rescue
Coast Guard
Mountain Rescue
that sort of thing
So far as we can tell the rest
really come under the
NHS
The Ambulance Service
out workers from NHS Accident and Emergency
Police
out workers from the NHS mental health service
So far as we can see
almost all calls to the police are from
nutters
In this country at least
next to nobody who is not a nutter
thinks crime pays
losses are insurance matters
you don't need a
crime number
if you drop your 'phone in the sea
why should you need a crime number if
you leave your bike somewhere
and forget where you left it?



One of the things that really upsets us about the Jews is
that they try to suggest that they were the only people
to be persecuted by the Nazis
We have had this
Don't mention the war
approach to Germany
and a part of that is
not mentioning
the extent to which everything
non-Aryan
Non-German
was a target
although they wanted to re-write The Bible
to remove eveything Jewish
erm,... item one
The Old Testament...
they closed down Romanist churches
Started their own with Hitler as the Messiah
Went into Poland and shot all the Roman Catholic priests
What we don't hear about is the first moves that the Nazis made
towards developing a new church with
Hitler in the Mohammad role...
was to accuse , arrest and try
random Roman Catholic priest for having
girlfriends
The second move...
was to accuse Roman Catholic priests of
kiddy fiddling
The German people had been deeply devout Roman Catholics
Under Hitler they
stopped
Christening
their children
and began to use
Pagan rites for naming, marriage and funerals
it began with saying Jesus had been German
and exiled to the Middle East
and ended with replacing Jesus with Hitler
You can see how the past ten or twenty years has been a bit
worrying
a bit of a throwback
but also
Hamlet without the Prince
You could say if
Nazi persecution of priests
were a deer hunt
21st Century paedophile hunting is
in equivalence
fox hunting
just done for the fun of it



We want to have a stab at explaining
Saint Paul's argument about the
changeability of
The Law
The freedom of the Gospel
Letter to the Galatians
chapters 3 and 4
Paul first recalls the covenant promise to Abraham
that through Abraham all nations would be blessed
Christ has redeemed people from the curse of The Law
by becoming a 'curse' for people
Christ has taken away this curse or burden
by taking it onto himself
in order the all people by faith might
receive the Spirit that was promised.

A couple of points here we have substituted
people for men because
when men was written, people was meant
Second, we note that this is about
salvation but also about
God the Son
being and help mate to help people to come to
an appreciation of
God the Holy Ghost
The Spirit of God

But - says Paul
the promise had already been made to Abraham and
his seed (singular) the Messiah, the Christ
Messiah is leader sent from God

Christ is annointed one
So John the Baptist annointed Jesus
when he baptised him

OK so this is the argument
The Law
didn't come along until
430 years after God's promise to Abraham
so Abraham is being told
In 430 years time The Law will come
don't sweat it
later on a Messiah will come and clear it away...
Changing circumstances
changing Law
Also
Paul says
The Law was added because of transgression committed first
by people who caused Moses to shatter
the first tablets of
The Law
and was thus not ultimate but rather
time-bound
limited, tainted by the evil reality
it had to counteract
Rather like
you will have to wear nappies , diapers
until you are potty trained
until you need Tenna Lady
Secondly The Law was given only for a restricted time
from Moses
till the offspring should come to whom
the promise has been made

This is about
not visiting the sins of the fathers on the sons
but it is contingent
it will be visited on generation after generation
The first generation to be freed will be
The generation who are alive when
The Christ arrives

thirdly
The Law came via angels and not direct from God
so is a bit suspect on account of
lost in translation doubts
here's a one
paidagogos
instructor or custodian
Probation Officer
God's Chosen People will be subject to
a tighter set of laws whilst they are
on probation
new laws after probation ends
different rules for
the craftsman
and for
The apprentice
God's timetable for Salvation
would change when
The Chosen people and The Gentiles
had
outgrown
The First Edition
Being a catholic church...
Christianity has no distinctions between
Jews and Gentiles
Men and Women
slave or free
hence
various sets of laws must be replaced by
one universal Law

We will note here that
Saul-Paul-Saint Paul
never met Jesus
It would be complicated to argue the mind of God
The mind of Jesus
but
it is arguable that
Saint Paul took on the role
that Jesus had mapped out for
Saint Peter
Paul was
a First century Jew
According to Paul was trained as a Rabbi
under Gamaliel I
like most rabbis he also learned a trade
in his case as a
tentmaker
Although he probably never met Jesus
In Jerusalem
he learned enough about Jesus to recognise him as
a major threat to
Pharisaic Judaism
The Pharisees
First reference to Paul Saul
is as a prosecutor of the Christian Church
In the judgement of Paul the Pharisee
Jesus had broken the law and had
taught others to beak it
and had been justly condemned under the Curse
that the old testament book of
Deuteronomy
pronounces on lawbreakers
So, Paul did meet with
Peter and James
We should note that
Napoleon of France
was a major influence in setting out a version of Judaism that
renounced the aspiration to having a
Homeland for The Jews
In 1885
In the USA
where even by then a lot of German Jews had decamped
there was a so-called
Pittsburgh Platform
a conference of Reform Rabbis
by then almost all American Jews were Reform
This manifesto declared that
Judaism was an evolutionary faith
no longer a national faith
and that it was to be
de-orientalised
History not tradition
The Talmud
to be
literature not Law
This was pretty much reversed by the
Columbus Platform of 1937
Conservative Judaism saw
Judaism as a developmental religion
One could say that as
Reform
was a product of
The Enlightenment
Conservative Judaism
was reform at the pace of the people
Reform wanted to be
Right On, hip, progressive,
Conservative wanted to be
popular and liberal
Orthodox
was a term invented by the Reform to describe
their opponents
It could be said that Reform faltered when
ordinary Jews saw the trouble in Germany
in the 1930s
and here are two things
The Nazis kept on doing such terrible things and
God didn't stop them
people kept trying to
assassinate Hitler
and failing
botched attempts at assassinating tyrants
strengthen them
make them seem more like
The Chosen One of God
Many Jews probably felt stranded between
Thinking Reform was being punished for
Going too far
and not wanting to go back to Orthodox
Significantly though
the thought was
If the deeply - Romanist - Germans
can turn against us so violently
can we trust our
Fellow Americans/
We should go back to seeking a
Homeland



We have refined our view of the
Golden Calf
Moses bruns it
grinds it up
throws the ashes into water and
makes the people drink the water
That has to be a wooden calf
We think
The calf was wooden and had
something written on it
and had nails or hooks sticking out of it and
The Israelites had devised some sort of
ritual in which they
danced around a lot
and hung their gold earrings off the calf
and later took them back until the next
ceremony



Almost all animals
mammals at least BR> are in one of two groups
They are either
transhumant
or
territorial
even the transhumant ones are
ultimately territorial
we will expand
a territorial animal or bird
will exploit and defend a patch of habitat
here we go for having to do some fact checking
this is a story but it is about real birds so
perhaps we should get the correct species
let us say we are talking about a
song thrush
turdus philomelos - maybe, they are forever changing these names
who the hell would know
probably it's a
mistle thrush
turdus viscivorus
yeah probably that one
it lives in a town centre park and it has a home
a territory
this territory is mainly a bush
this bush is a bush with edible fruits on it
rowan perhaps
the thrush considers this bush belongs to it
it is highly protective of this bush
and won't let any other birds into it or
eat any of the fruit
it is a hard winter
it gets really hard in January
we are in the UK
this thrush is very careful to just eat enough of
the fruits on its bush to keep it going from day to day
what we are saying is
it hasn't fattened itself up for winter
it is regarding its bush as a larder or deep freeze
so come late March there is still a lot of fruit on the bush
although the thrush is quite skinny
it looks like the fruit will see it through to May
and May will mean new growth and new things to eat
Then one day
a flock of
Redwing
turdus iliacus
roll into the park from the not too distant
farmland and open country
they strip the mistle thrush's bush
in a matter of minutes
and move on
and within days
the mistle thrush is dead from starvation
Best laid plans of mice and men... what have men got to do with it?
Hitchhikers reference
What we wanted to do here was demonstrate that
two very similar species can become
hard wired to follow different
survival strategies
we understand in the UK there is a herd of cattle called
The Chillingham Cattle
or
The White Cattle of Chillingham
and they are
both wild and protected
they are not tended
if they were tended they would change their
behaviour patterns without changing their genetics
We recognise the fact that we are being discursive here
we are getting there
cattle just let it in and out just wherever
because they are naturally
transhumant
and when they deposit a cow pat they would
naturally expect
minibeasts, bacteria weather
to have removed the deposit long before they
are that way again
on the other hand
territorial species
most pets
hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, dogs
are territorial
male cats having larger territories than female but..
they are
hard wired
to use latrines
to do it in the same place every time
hence thus and therefore...
humans are essentially
more territorial than chimps
richer had this
female Norwegian Elk Hound
she didn't actually have a latrine but
she was hard wired to
dump discretely
she would be off into the bushes when nature called
this is the exact opposite of
sprainting
otters don't just have latrines
they have a series of latrines dotted
in prominent place around the edges of their territory
the girl was discrete because she was hard wired for
bush craft
for not letting the elk know where she was
we are now really close to our major point
animals and people have within them
hard wired behaviours
to make society work we have not to
attempt to
suppress these behaviours
we should manage them
Hence, we want and expect families and tribes
to rub along happily in increasingly dense populations
The hard wired responses are
either to
get highly territorial and defend out diminishing allocation of space with
flags, CCTV cameras, high walls, locks and panic alarms
or
band together in marauding groups
taking what we want and moving on
What is happening at the moment is
the authorities are saying
regarding your territorial urges
certain groups are protected
certain groups are
fair game
it is
The French Revolution
and its
denunciations all over again
bread and circuses
you can denounce anybody as a
kiddy fiddler
and
out of an abundance of caution
you will not be asked for any proof
just as those denouncing each other during
The French Revolution
were not asked for proof
Instead of saying
we can't control people's territorial hard wiring so
we will sacrifice certain groups
the aim should be
how do you channel these natural urges into
friendly rivalry
dog pooh problems demonstrate
that pet dogs are not being provided with
latrines
cats? litter trays
no doggie equivalent
cattle if handled stop seeing people as a threat
people can learn to limit their aggression
channel it into vigorous not violent activity
In the movies we have made some small progress
we still see
contains some sexual content
meaning contains no sexual content but
if we put up that warning you are more likely to watch
however, the routine plot lines where
the action indicates that at this point
he should be giving her a right seeing to...
he kills her instead
because
violence is OK
sex is not
we even begin to read movies in this way
woman is killed
in real life at this point she would be fucked
He's OK
he only killed her
he didn't touch her up

26th August 2017


There was a girl from South Africa who
used to run bare foot
may have been
Zola Budd
Ricker knew a guy who was a member of the same
running club as her
he said
we never see her
we wouldn't expect to
here's the think about
inclusiveness
nobody gets to the top if
ordinary people refuse to
share the lower rungs of the ladder with
people with potential
excluding excellence from a very early age
to encourage mass participation in terms of
depriving the talented and genuinely driven of
opportunity




Torah
in Judaism, broadly, the substance of the
divine revelation to Israel
the Jewish people
God's revealed teaching or guidance for man
Torah is often used in the restricted sense of
The Pentateuch
The first five books of the Old Testament of The Bible
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
traditionaly ascribed to
Moses
the original recipient of original revelation on
Mount Sinai
Split time
In times past Egyptian Jews apparently believed that
only the legal portions of these five books
were revealed by God
but the overriding belief was that divine inspiration extends to
every phrase and word
There is therefore - to extend this
a distinction between
The Written Torah
and
The Oral Torah
at an extreme
one group say
Got the ten commandments?
You got it all
the other extreme will add almost anything
by way of
all the laws, customs, and ceremonies of Jewish Life
into The Torah
The written Torah
in the sense of the Pentateuch
is preserved in all Jewish synagogues
on hand written parchment scrolls
that reside inside the
Arc of the Law
Readings from the Torah
are an important part of
synagogue ceremonies
there are essentially
three sorts of Jews
COnservative, Orthodox, Reform
Paul
as in Saint Paul's Cathedral
argued for the impermanence of the law
This in Paul's letter to the Galatians
He is arguing with them about how much
Jewish custom - including circumcision and food laws
a convert to Christianity should submit to
interestingly
this thing of the zeal of the convert appears here
gentile - gentile is non-Jew
gentile converts to Christianity were referred to as
Judaizers
Paul says
he has proved that
The law was given only a limited role in the
total history of salvation
In the objective sphere
without seeking to cause offence
We can see Jesus as the
Smart country bumpkin with
skills in both the likes of woodworking
fishing etc.
and oratory
BUT
Paul
as the following hard nosed
highly educated firebrand
SO there are three blokes in this
The guy who predicts the coming of
The Christ - John the Baptist
Jesus the Christ
Paul the publicist
Very very clearly
in Christianity
especially in the days of the people who had met Jesus
Not using God to bolster their position
as potential leaders
Remember
It was the Jews who wanted to kill Jesus
not the Romans
the Romans found his
consolation and reward in the after life
emphasis
useful and helpful
Jesus and even more John the Baptist and
Saul-Paul
playing down most especially any suggestion of
physical strength and leadership qualities
Paul was a very ill man
his conversion on
The Road to Damascus
was a realisation that
he wouldn't live long if he pursued
worldly power by persecuting
Jesus and his followers




In 1928 George V was King
William Collins were book publishers and
they got a licence to print
twenty thousand copies of the
Authorised King James Version of
The Holy Bible
They were Scottish
they were in Glasgow
They bound up some of the prints with a
Bible Reader's Encyclopaedia and Concordance
by
Rev W M Clow DD
Doctor of Divinity
Principal-Emeritus
probably means he had been the principal but
had retired
of the United Free Church College, Glasgow
So we let him have the next few words
Baal
English - Lord
originally the Baalim or Baals were local deities
connected with agricultural operations
gods of soil and fertility
In course of time the localised attributes became
centred in
common worship of Baal
the sun-god
or
chief agent of the production of plenteous crops
His female counterpart was
Ashtoreth
the moon goddess
As with all religions connected with the soil
the worship partook of a
gross and sensual nature calculated to
attract the
hot-passioned Eastern peoples
this element it was, which so often
led astray
the Israelites
from the sterner worship of
of the God of Righteousness
end quote
Now we move on to Bible quotations
We are not starting in the
First Five Books of the Bible
We skip on to the seventh book
Judges
Judges Chapter 9 verse 33
And it came to pass
as soon as Gideon was dead
that the children of Israel turned again
and went a whoring after
Baalim
and made
Ba-al be-rith their god
verse 34
and the children of Israel remembered-not
the Lord their God
who had delivered them
out of the hands of their enemies on all sides
paraphrase of verse 35
and they abandoned Gideon's family
We now go back into the
five books
The second book - Exodus
Moses is up his mountain
carving his ten commandments
Ten Commandments
he's gone a while
and
The people in Moses' absence
cause Aaron to make a calf
Moses eventually returns and
sees the calf and
drops and breaks the tablets
that have the commandments on them
and burns the calf
so we assume it is
gold covered wood???
verse 1
And when the people saw that Moses
delayed to come down out of the mount
the people gathered themselves together
onto Aaron
and said onto him
Up, make us gods
which shall go before us
and as for this Moses
the man that brought us up
out of the land of Egypt
we wot not what has become of him
verse 2
And Aaron said unto them
Break off the golden earrings
that are in the ears of your wives
of your sons
of your daughters
and bring them unto me
verse 3
and all the people broke off their golden earrings
which were in their ears
and brought them unto Aaron
verse 4
and he recceived them at their hand
and fashioned it withe graving tool

ding ding ding
graving tool
graven images

after he had made it a molten calf
and they said
these be thy gods
O Israel
which brought thee up out of the
land of Egypt
end quote
So here's the thing
separation anxiety
like the puppy that thinks it's
an orphan as soon as the car door slams
Moses lead the children of Israel
out of Egypt
but
not immediately into
The Promised Land
so they get edgy
It's a bit like
The Secretary of State for Health
mortality variation isn't LIFE
it's the rota
Moses was with us when we came out of Egypt
our gold earrings were with us when we
came out of the land of Egypt
Moses great leader?
gold earrings lucky charm?
he gone, gold here
musta bin the gold
God and Moses not happy with the
worshiping of graven images
but he - they both - wanted
the people of Israel
to venerate the
stone tablets with
the Ten Commandments
on
so?
venerating objects OK
AND
all this
before
God
sent
Jesus
the golden calf was a
calf
not a statue of
Aaron
or a statue of
Moses
a flamin' cow
So, not a lot of support for the
iconoclasts
returning to
Baal
he had some connetction with the
concept of the people of Canaan
The Canaanites
and the cycle of
seven years of fat cows
and seven years of lean cows
cow wasn't a randome animal
but God was not happy to be portrayed as a cow
Baal was the title and main character of the
first play written by
Bertolt Brecht
1918
a man who becomes a vagabond and murderer


24th August 2017


If there's one TV programme that is an essential guide to
the mush that passes for brains in the UK
chattering classes it's
The BBC News channel's paper review
Somebody takes the trouble to make the statement
the bike had no front brake
the chattering classes
fact filter in place, hear that as
the bike had no brakes
Every living minute you have to think
not just is what I am about to do
legal and decent but can
any conceivable description of it be
elided into something blameworthy
elide - to cut off or suppress a final vowel or syllable
Latin elidere to strike out
In the current case
the cyclist rode through a
green traffic light
he saw the woman deep in her mobile step off the pavement
into his path
He shouted a warning
perhaps technically he should ahve had a bell
how many bikes have bells?
he swerved
he slowed by several miles per hour
she stepped back into his new
post swerve , path
On a fixie - the type of bike involved
the optional front brake
not fitted in thei case is
powered by the fingers
the bike has no
free wheel so the braking is done by the
LEGS
legs are....
wait for it
stronger than fingers
BUT
Tagets drive the police to seek
convictions
not justice
and the truth
the whole truth
and nothing but the truth
prosecution witnesses are
schooled, groomed to
utterly ignore
The whole truth
they will be silenced by barrister or judge if they become
discoursive
just answer the question
we don't criticise the jury
The judge is at fault for
reported unacceptable comments
It's absolutely fucking typical
Blame the Bloke
Must be up in neon in the
judges' changing rooms



We are taking advantage of a lull in the rate of
publication of utter bullshit about meical matters to
try to get to grips with the geopolitics of the
mid to late first millenium
There are two great schisms - rivalries dominating there
The Holy Roman Empire
was tearing itself to bits over this matter of
icons or no icons
Christ Church Coatham has been there
falling down now but still in use
for around 150 years
sometime in its history
either when it was first built on at a refurbishment
or both
regarding the east wall behind the altar...
the wall is divided into a row or series of ornate niches
around the size of a large child
about 4 feet high
it seems these were disigned to have and indeed did have
images of saints and the like painted into the wall
surrounded by the ornate plaster or stone work
on at least one occasion took one look into the chancel
and declaired
those will have to be painted out
Henry VIII and that who knows over and again
Durham Cathedral
heads knocked off statues of saints
It does not seem to bother people much at present but
from time to time it gets people well rilled up
So these disputes weakened the Roman Empire and
the Arabs saw their chance
essentiall to expand from what we would call
the Middle East
into onto the islands and coastlines of the Med.
However the Islamic Empire had similar tensions
So far as we can tell
The Shi'ah
Were in terms
The Party
of the Royalists
who thought the Caliph should be
Abu al-Abbas as-Saffah 749
the lavisher
one who shall be chosen from the
House of the Prophet
There was a general agreement on
the claims of Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law
Ali
and his offspring
to the temporal caliphate and the imamate
Members of the
Abbasid revolution however...
had included both an extremist wing that attached itself to
the Abbasid family as being the ultimate spiritual heirs
of one of Ali's children by a slave wife
and a moderate wing
that expected that the ligitimate
and direct descendants of Ali would
now assume the caliphical office
Essentially
The line of succession became
descendants of
Mahammad's uncle al-Abbas
and not
Ali
the direct and ligitimate descendants
The Alids crystalised into
The Shi'ah
and the
rulling Abbasids
became
the Sunnis
after
adherants of the sunnah
adnerants of the example of the Prophet
Here we have a fairly modern echo of this with
the coronation of out own dear queen
Queen Elizabeth II of the UK
during her coronation she
retreated from the gaze of the TV cameras to be
anointed with holy oil
The Abbasids
from illigitimate stock
took to giving themselves names or titles such as
al-Mansur, al-Muntasir
He who is made victorious by God
al-Mutawakkil
He who depends on God
al-Musta'in
He who seeks help from God
So, we have QE2
German Princess
British have just beat the Germans
God sez it's OK for me to be queen 'cos
You didn't beat
Us Germans
You beat Hitler
You rid us Germans of Hitler
thanks



We feel the need for a little insert here
about
Methodism
We wnat to start with an observation that may be incorrect
we associate methodism with
Trinity Methodist Church
We start from the concept of
The Trinity
The Trinity is
Father, Son and Holy Ghost



We, this site, prefera
beatic Christ
to a
Crucified Christ
We understand that the
Christ overlooking Rio we may check
we prefer a Christ offering blessing
to
a Christ in Agony
That said
God the Son
is God in human form
God the Holy Ghost is
God very much not of physical form
By derivation
and quoting the concept that
God made Man in his own image
we may see
God the Father as a sort of
See through human form
If God provided Jesus as a guide and exemplar
and teacher
He did not just
try to influence the affairs of people by
sending the Holy Ghost amongst them to
give them the occasional nudge
If you are a Christian
as opposed to as we say
any other follower of the teachings of the Pentateuch
then it is difficult to be
an iconclast
Methodism
Methodist Christianity
a highly institutionalised example of a form of
a religious life
that has appeared from time to time throughtout the history of
Christianity
A methodist 'church' is a variable thing but
many are like a
social club with no bar
no alcohol
We may get to Reccabites
Total abstainers
many Methodists only take the sacrament once every few months
and often with a non-alcoholic drinK
Methodism is marked by a warm acceptance of
the doctrines of historic Christianity
without
a stringent insistance on the need for
doctrinal conformity or
a great interest in
theological speculation
doctrine honoured but not
honoured in the observance
Big on the power of the Holy Spirit
Expecting the Holy Spirit to
confirm the faith of the believer
and
transform their personal life
This is getting close to
Society of Friends
Quakers
Methodists insist that
the heart of the religion lies in
personal relationship with God
By
By simplicity of worship
by the partnership of ordained ministers and laity
in the worship and administration of the church
To be clear
normally no division of a Methodist church into
chancel and nave
by a concern for the underprivileged
and
by the betterment of social conditions
To contrast with the
fatalism
and consolation
of many Romanist churches
We must note here a BIG difference between
methodism in the UK
and in
The Empire of the United States of America
In the UK Methodists are
skilled working class and have
No Bishops
In the USA Methodists are
Middle Class and have Bishops
In the USA
Methodism is
Anglicanism by another name
with parallels but no direct links
What links UK and US Methodism is
John Wesley
John Wesley was born in 1703 and
founded Methodism
he always wanted it to be a
faction within the Anglican Church
but that was asking too much
They had to split
He was an ordained minister in the Church of England
He was a
Fellow of Lincoln College Oxford in 1726
So the brother was Charles Wesley
The Methodists called themselves
the Holy Club
in Oxford
ironically dedicated to
attend the Sacrament frequently
really meaning to be a regular church goer
Study the Bible - seriously
become a prison visitor
to the filthy prisons of Oxford
their father was rector of Epworth,
In 1735 the brothers went off to
Georgia, USA
to be pastors to the colonists and
perhaps
missionaries to
the First Nations people
They failed
comprehensively
they discovered themselves to be
quintessentially dilettante
They returned to the UK
This bothered them
They turned to
The Church of the Brethren
in 1738
with help from Peter Bohler
they found God
Then George Whitfield
Also an Anglican clergyman
invited tem to
Bristol
to help preach to
the colliers of Kingswood Chase
where human conditions were
at their lowest
John ended up doing the
Jeremy Corbin
outdoor oratory
and Charles wrote
6,000 hymns
Came down to it
after the American Revolution
1784
The Anglican Church
were getting picky about<<
ordaining post independence American clergy
SO John Wesley
took it upon himself to do it himself
thus declaring
separation of the two churches
He left the Deed of Declaration
regarding 100 men to govern the new church
In 1795 Wesley died 1791
1784 in US The Methodist Episcopal Church founded
It had been Francis Asbury, a blacksmith
who arrived in 1771 who aligned the church with the
new American Republic
hence, and such
The UK and nearby got a new church
better suited to the workers in the
Industrial heartlands of the Industrial Revolution
Because the newly independent United States
needed a new church
even though the two churches had very little else
linking them



Now we will run a bit of context past you
Year by year
In 570
The Persians overthrow Abyssinnian rule in Yemen
Mohammed founder of Islam is born
The Chin monk Chi-Kai 531 - 597
interprets Buddism as symbolic mysticism for the initiates
a back step here
517 Wu-Ti becomes a Buddist and introduces the new religion to China
572 - 591 war between Persis and the Byzantine Empire
573 Abu Bekr, Mohammed's father-in-law and
first Caliph of the Mohammdans born
Get a young wife, get a young father-in-law
587 The Visigoths in Spain are converted to Christianity
Foundation of First Buddhist monastery in Japan
596 Pope Gregory despatches St. Augustine of Canterbury as
missionary to Britain
597 ST Augustine of Canterbury lands at Thanat
baptizes Ethelbert of Kent
founds Benedictine monastery in Canterbury
600 Tibet begins to develop into a unitary state
Czechs and Slovaks settle in Bohemia and Morevia
Yougoslaves in Serbia
The barbarian invasions halt in western Europe
The Khazars form an empire between the
lower Volga and the lower Don
Pope Gregory strives for the peaceful conversion of the Jews
and introduces picture books to illustrate
Bible Stories to the illiterate
if you got the people with the skills
representational art is easier than
spreading literacy
Bishop Isidore of Seville 560 - 636
collects old Greek and Roman writings
Book printing in China
Coptic art in Egypt
the emergence of the Classic Buddha figures in
Yoga positions
601 The First York Minster
Well stick
627 in here
Mohammed's enemies from Mecca besiege Medina and slaughter 700 Jews
Edwin of Northumbria replaces the first wooden
York Minster
with one of stone
Pope Honorius I build s new churches in Rome - 638
602 St Augustine of Canterbury establishes the
Archiepiscopal see of Canterbury
603 First mention of London
First St. paul's church in London
604 First church bell in Rome
606 Fatima daughter of Mohammad born dies 632
610 Mohammad's vision on Mount Hira
613 Northumbrians under Ethelfrit defeat Britons
near Chester
614 The Persians take Damascus and Jerusalem
take as booty a holy cross
taken back by the Byzantines in 628
616 PPPPpersians overrun Egypt
Kent passes to Wessex
619 The Persians in Egypt, Jerusalem and Damascus and
at the Hellespont
620 The Isle of man annexed by the kingdom of Northumbria
production of porcelain in China
624 Mohammad marries Aisha, the ten year old daughter of Abu Bekr
625 The roman missionary Paulinus comes to Northumbria
Mohammad begins to dictate The Koran,BR. 626 Edwin of Northumbria founds Edinburgh
and begins christianising his country
627 Persians decisively defeat the Byzantines at Nineveh
see above for more
628 Mohammad captures Mecca and writes letters to
all the rulers of the world
explaining the principles of Islam
632 Mohammad dies
Buddhism becomes the State Religion of Tibet
633 The Arabs attack Persia
Oswald becomes king of Northumbria and Bernicia until 641
Spain becomes an elective kingdom of the Visigoths
Progress of Mohemmadanism the churches of
Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria are lost to the Christian faith
635 Damascus becomes the capital of the Caliphs until 750
christianisation of Wessex
636 Quite a biggie this one...
In the Frankish Empire
French and German become distinct languages
The Christian Church in Southern Ireland
subsumes itself into the Church of Rome
637 Jerusalem conquered by The Arabs
638 Persia appeals to China for help against the Moslems
639 The Arabs attack Armenia
640 The Arabs find in Alexandria the famous library of
300,000 scolls
641 The Arabs under Omar destroy the Persian Empire
They rule over it until 1258
Islam replaces the religion of Zoroaster
The book-copying industry at Alexandria
destroyed by the Arabs
end of Alexandrian School - centre of
Western culture
643 Moslems conquer Tripoli
building of the Dome of the Rock begins in Jerusalem
644 Chinese move into Korea
645 Anglo-Saxon king Ethelhere buried in ship burial at
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
646 Byzantine fleet recaptures Alexandria
647 Emperor Harsha's death breaks up his
northern Indian empire
649 The Arabs conquer Cyprus
650 Hindu empire in Sumatra
Caliph Othman puts Mohammad's teachings into
114 chapters
influenced by Jewish and Christian teacings
Buddhist monk Bhartrihari writes 100 proverbs about
love, life and resignation
The monk Shan-tao 612 - 681 fights
Chi-kai's mystic Buddhism and
popularises
Amida Buddhism
Development of the art of weaving in Byzantine empire
Chin artists use lamp-black ink for taking rubbings
leads to wooden block printing
caliphs introduce the first organised news service
In India, first surgical developments
bladder and plastic operations
652 Aswan agreed upon with Nubians as southern limit of
Arab expansion
655 Peterborough monastery founded
657 Whitby Monastery founded
664 Synod of Whitby,
England adopts Roman Catholic faith
King Oswiu of Northumbria decides in favour of
Roman ritual
Founding of St Peter's School York
Public school
Our Ricker's half brothers Gordon and Peter were
pupils, nor Ricker, turned it down he did
mind his dad probably couldn't have afforded the fees?
but him being so smart perhaps he could ahve got a bursary???
Council offered him
Archbishop Holgates
his mum and dad turned that down
went to Coatham instead
St. Peter's never had
Bonfire night on November 5th
bad form to stick an old boy on a bonfire
even in effigy
Guy Faulks an Old Peterite
669 Here's an odity
Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury
organises Anglo-Roman church
670 Arabs attack in North Africa
codification of the law of Visigoths in Spain
672 The Venerable Bede English monk and historian - born died 735
674 glass windows in English churches
685 Battle of Nechtansmere
victory by Picts thwarts Northumbrian efforts to gain control of
Scotland
686 Sussex the last heathen kingdom in England converted to Christianity
687 St. Kilian, Bishop of Wurzburg
executes St. cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne
Cuddy Duck
Eiderdown
The Eider duck, provider of the best human bedding
was and is resident on Holy Island and
St Cuthbert being Bishop of Lindisfarne
One of the Farne Islands off Northumberland
the special local duck was called
St. Cuthbert's duck
of
a Cuddy Duck
big beautiful things
males black and white females
not Bill Oddie's
LBJ
Little brown job
Big Brown job
she on her nest is VERY difficult to see amongst
her plucked down and the dying surrounding vegetation
Not that she needs to hide
if there were any preditors on the islands...
there wouldn't be any
puffins
697 Northern Irish church submits to Roman Catholicism
700 The Plalms translated into Anglo-Saxon
The Lindisfarne Gospels
Easter eggs
tapestry weaving in Peru
water wheels for power all over Europe
710 Spain, Visigoths out, Arabs in
Spain Jews liberated by Arabs
712 The Arabs occupy Samarkand and
make it the centre of
Islamic culture
here they learn the art of making paper
Seville conquered by Arabs
Moslem state established in Sind 715 The Moslem empire extends from
Pyrenees
to
China
slight backtrack
710 china refuses to help the
Kashgarians against the Arabs...
716 Arabs conquer Lisbon
717 We refer to this elsewhere but here is the date
Caliph Omar grants tax exemption to all believers
720 Moslems settle in Sardinia
their army crosses the Pyrenees into France
seizing Narbonne
opposition to the use of images in Byzantine churches
the Iconoclasts
official policy of Leo III and Constantine V
Abu Masa Dshaffar - famous Arab chemist
invented - discovered -
sulphuric acid, nitric acid, aqua regia mixture of the other two
nitrate of silver
back to
715 Charles Martel becomes mayor of Frankish court
725 While the Arabs ravage southern France
Charles Martel crosses the Rhine and conquers Bavaria
726 Image worshiping controversy between
Byzantine emperor and the pope
730 The Venerable Bede
Historia ecclesiatica gentis Angulorum
We thinking
History of the clerics of England
Pope Gregory II excommunicates the Byzantine emperor
732 charles Martel's victory over the Arabs in
the Battle of Tours and Poitiers
stems the tide of their westward advance
735 Casa Grande an Indian fort
and large irrigation works in Arizona
charles Martel conquers Burgundy
Venerable Bede dies
He - as a historian - had invented
BC
Before Christ
for dating events
The year he died
Alcuin
the next great English historian
was born
741 Constantine V Copronymus succeeds to the throne of
Byzantium - stays there until 775
renews the prohibition of image worship
742 Charlemagne born
740 is the date of the oldest Western Crucifiction
still in existence
chapel of Saint Maria Antiqua, Rome
745 Constantine V defeats The Arabs
748 Arab fleet destroyed during an attack on Cyprus
750 The darkest hour is just before dawn
the dawn coming is the dawn of
Charlemagne
Tamil first recorded
Science developing
Pharmocology and medicine become two separate sciences
In Arab Spain
medicine, mathematics, optics and chemistry flourish
China
Hanlin Academy for the encouragement of chinese arts and sciences
Chinese royal stables contain about 40,000 horses
mostly for the playing of polo
beds become popular in France and Germany
Ta Dah!
The Bavarians start putting
hops
into beer
751 In the battle of Samarkand
china loses western Asia domination to the Arabs
Four sects have developed in Islam
Sunnites - modern eqiuvalent TUC members
Hefenites
Shafites
Malikites
Chinese paper makers captured at Samarkand
teach paper manufacture to the Arabs
754 Constantine V begins
dissolution of the monasteries
757 - 796 Offa - of Dyke fame - king of Mercia
759 The Franks get Narbonne back
760 Founding of the Turkish Empire by a Tartar Tribe in Armenia
Book of Kells
Latin gospels written in Irish
'Arabic' numerals
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
althought not necessarily the full set and definitely with no zero
of Indian origin
turn up in Baghdad
755 Tibetan army invades China
Pictorial book printing known in Japan
> Imagine having no text - no movable type
just JPEGs and GIFs
771 to 814 Chaeles the Great - Charlemagne
772 Charlemagne intrduces tythes
essentially ten per cent income tax
although actual income tax was much later
to support
clergy, churches, schools and the poor
778 charlemagne defeated by The Basques at
Rroncesvalles in the Pyrenees
subject of
The Song of Roland 780 Empress Irene becomes virtual ruler of the
Byzantine Empire until 802 and
restores image worship
782 Alcuin leaves monastery in York
to aid Charlemagne's revival of learning
Construction of Offa's Dyke
The great Arab scientist Jabir born 722
establishes the science of chemistry as distinct from
alchemy
791 Byzantine spat Irene locked up by her son Constantine
for her cruelty
next year she regains her power
792 beginning of the
Age of the Vikings
in Britain
Vikings attack the English island monastery of Lindisfarne
797 Irene blinds Constantine
she proposes to marry Charlemagne
The Greek Church makes her a saint
800 Charlemagne crowned
First Holy Roman Emperor
by
Pope Leo III in Rome
Irene - Charlemagne split
Eastern and Western Roman Empires
Here we have the east and the development of
The Greek Orthodox Church
Christian and with Icons
Greece, Russia etc
801 Charlemagne prohibits prostitution
810 Persian scientist and mathematician
Muhammad ibn Muss al Chwarazmi
writes a book on equations
in it he introduces the term
algebra
814 Arabs take over Indian numerals
including zero
to multiply by ten
Charlemagne dies
Western Empire begins to decline
Doge's Palace begun in Venice
826 The Arabs conquer Crete
and plunder from there to the Greek Islands
827 Arab conquest of Sicily and Sardinia begins
832 Persecution of image worshipers
in the eastern Empire
834 Danes raid England
838 Arabs sack Marseilles and settle in southern Italy
in the battle of Amorion Asia Minor
they defeat the Byzantine army
840 Danish settlers found
Dublin and Limerick in Ireland
845 Paper money in China leads to
inflation and state bankruptcy
849 Alfred the Great born dies 899
850 Groups of Jews settle in Germany and
begin to develop their own language
Yiddish
Astrolabe perfected by Arabs
The Arabian goatherd Kaldi credited with the discovery of coffee
857 First reports of poisoning due to grain being
infected with the ergot fungus
866 The Danes establish a kingdom in York
869 Malta captured bt Arabs
870 calibrated candles used in England
for the first time to measure the passage of time
877 Egypt annexes Damascus
Arabs conquer the whole of Sicily and make Palermo the capital
900 Beginning of Christian reconquest of Spain
England divide into shires
with county courts as the safeguard of the civil rights of
the inhabitants
930 Cordoba becomes the seat of Arab learning sciencw commerce and industry in Spain
939 Arabs loose Madrid to the kingdom of Leon
942 The Arabs bring trumpets and kettle drums to Europe
975 arithmetical notation plus minus multply divide
brought into Europe by the Arabs
1000 Indian mathematician Sridhara recognises the importance of
the zero
Arabs and Jews become
court physicians in Germant

21st August 2017


We guess we are coming to the end of this year's
Bored? Redcar?
season
so some promotion of what it's like
The sand sculptures are in a different place this year












So we can't remember how long this lot
has been in Coatham Bay
but we hardly ever see all of them working at once
now it looks like major repairs....





We may have got this wrong
Even if we are wrong it must be considered
The concept of the
cat's paw
or cat's-paw
the story is that the chestnuts are
roasting by an open file
to coin a phrase
the monkey thinks
if I reach into the fire to steal the chestnuts
I may get burned
so he grabs the cat's ram and uses the cat's paw
to fish the hot chestnuts out of the heat
What we may have wrong here is the idea that a bunch of
Moroccan youths were living in
The Basque country
and they carried out terrorist attacks in Catalonia
Catalan separatists achieved
devolution without terrorism
but
Basque separatists have a devilish reputation for
terrorism
It's a worry if Basques wishing to destabalise
Spain
recruit, con, Moslems into working for them
unbeknownst to the Moslems themselves
The point being
under the laws of
Political Correctness
you can't
'Crack Down'
as hard on
Islamist terror
as you can on
home grown
Civil Unrest
Ri Poll



Lies
damned lies
statistics
What do you think are the chances of being
arrested on a Sunday afternoon for
non-payment of a fine?
If you go to a custardy suite on a Saturday night
it will be busy
with drunks
if you witness activity on a Sunday afternoon...
somebody is being brought in for murder
It's the input that varies
not the precision of the processing

Take Usaine Bolt
He is evidence that a man can run
100 metres in ten seconds
That is not
proof
that the running speed of men is
100 metres in ten seconds
and crucially
not proof that any man can run
a marathon in 1 hour 17 minutes
evidence has to be contextualised
a car that can cover 100 metres in 10 seconds
may be able to do the marathon distance in
1 hour 17 minutes....
not the same thing
no way
how could you run a trial on the barm pot's theory?
easy
take a distinct locality
Inverness or Peterborough or Salisbury
change all the NHS rotas in that locality <
to have Sunday on a Wednesday etc
see if the mortality rate on the
fake Sunday matches the
real Sunday or the real Wednesday
The question you are testing is
is it the rota that causes variability or
is it the world that causes variability?

The following uses fake numbers to illustrate environmentalist clap trap
we may dig out the real numbers but...
say
there were five million private cars on
UK roads in 1950
and there were 10 million in 1960
and there were 20 million in 1970
and 40 million in 1980
then by the sort of use
governments make of statistics
there would be
80 million by 1990
and 160 million by the year 2000
BECAUSE
the number of cars on the road
doubles every ten years
biut only until everybody who wants one
has one
kinda like the number of
tonnes of green fly there would be in you window box
at the end of the year if there were no
ladybirds....
and horses would become extinct by 1930
because of the invention of the
internal combustion engine
etc. etc.
facts are facts
but
facts are not explanations




One of the major characteristics of
Faith
adherence to a religion is that
converts are more devout
more devout than people raised in the faith
It is therefore often easier to discuss a religion with
the rank and file
than with the converts
So we take a step back from both
Islam and Christianity
that we feel will not offend the ordinary adherants
There is aa phrase in the theatrical world
perhaps more used in
literary and threatrical criticism
than in the actual production of the works
The phrase is
deus ex machina - Latin
There is another phrase
stream of consciousness
authors take two basic approaches to writing
some produce - get a stage payment from a publisher for
a synopsis
they map out where the story is going before they
work out details such as actual
stage directions and dialogue
other people just launch in and see
what characters turn up and
where those characters take the story
This second group can find themselves in situations where
the action runs into the ground
reaches an impasse
French deadlock
Situation from which there is no escape
A deus ex machina is a person who intervienes opportunely
to solve a problem
especially in a play, novel etc.
They come in two basic types
an aunt or suchwho dies and pays off a bankrupt's debts
and the just simple
voice off stage that says
you are forgiven
your debts are cancelled
There is a quiz question about a
Dickens novel
What event ends the court case
Gradgrind versus Gradgrind?
The answer is the lagacy that
Gradgrind and Gradgrind are
fighting over in court is all spent of
lawyers' fees
and there is no longer any legacy to dispute over
In the case of the Arabs in Mecca and Medina in
the 7th century
there was a risk that factional fighting would dissipate
all of the tribal wealth
Muhammad is in a sense a
real life deus ex machina
brought in to say
all of you are wrong and I have been sent from
just off stage
from Mecca to Medina
or with Jesus
From Bethlehem to Jerusalem
direct from God to tell you so
if the
deus ex machina
arrives with perfect timing
all concerned my
jump at the chance to
accept this compromise
this
face saving getout
From this simple almost trivial happenstance
a world religion of great longevity can arise
On analysis
the objective observer must conclude that the
Jesus story is way richer than the Muhammad story
In real life The Empire of the Caliphate
or
Caliphal Empire
was a state comprising the entire Islamic community
and the lands under Muslim domination
in the centuries following the death of the
Prophet Muhammad (AD 632)
In the name of Allah and Islam
Arab armies extended the theocracy
state ruled by God
founded by Muhammad and his successors
the caliphs
beyond the original home in
Western Arabia
until by the early 8th century it included
most of South-west Asia, North Africa and Spain
The impetus of expansion
the state and community adrenaline if you will
associated with a dynamic project of expansion
enabled the
Patriarchal and Umayyad caliphs
(632 - 750)
to maintain the unity of the empire
However, by the time the system had become the
Abbasid dynasty or state
in (750 - 1258)
in that time there were clear geographical
limits to the identifiable land
Atlantic in Spain
Sahara desert in Africa
Indian ocean and Hymalayas in South Asia
the impetus to expand fell away and the cry of
Don't you know there's a war on
cut no more ice
and
the inadequacies of the central government
and the cultural tensions between Arabs and non-Arabs
became evident
It was deja vue all over again
decline and fall of the Roman Empire
re-written
A slow process of disintegration set in as rival
caliphates and local dynasties sprang up
in various parts of the Islamic World
By the end of the 10th century
the Abbasids no longer had any real political power and
although most Muslims continued to regard them as
Religious Leaders
until the extinction of their line
It's all been about
A return to the
Good Old Days
ever since
and there's been a lot of ever since
The Romans had planted a seed with
Christianity
and
Christianity had a human face
it was an easier sell for a
Roman Revival
of sorts
In the early days
Muhammad got his chance because
the neighbours to the north
The Romans and the Byzantines had
fought each other to a standstill and
Muhammad was a kind of
Jerremy Corbyn
of his day
He just upped and declared to the children of the
chattering classes in
Mecca
that he was
a prophet and 'warner'
and it kind of caught the collective imagination
In September 622
Muhammad and about seventy supporters nipped out of Mecca to
Medina
and the deal appeared to go along these lines
The Arabs of Medina were having some strife
internal feuds
and the Jews of Medina told them that they had had some success<<
in these matters with this
Jesus
dude
and perhaps the feuding Arabs of medina could
bury the hatchet
under the guise of all deferring to this
like
wise incomer
Muhammad
It all grew out of that really
Well Muhammad dies ten years later
so
no social media
not a lot of writing actually so the cult
perfect beginnings for a cult and then a religion
However in those ten years...
Muhammad had no desire to humiliate the Meccans
The people of Mecca
because
He wished to make the
Ka'bah shrine in Mecca the centre of his faith
and
Restore the Pure Religion of Abraham
Not quite pure
after 630 Muhammad lived in Hejaz
and
the distinct - distinct from Judaism
elements is Islam were established
Poor tax, fasting, veiling of women
performance of pilgrimage to Mecca
Here is the melding of The Jewish
and the Christian
The Muslim community became what has been called a
Super-tribe
a confederation of Arab tribes
cemented together by adherence to the
Islamic Faith
rather than by the old system
That the Jews kept
of
Blood kinship
Islam is
in terms
The Meccan Catholic Church
in parallel to the
Roman Catholic Church
Meccan - headquartered in Mecca
Catholic - anybody can sign up
We lazily act as though the Roman catholic Church
were the only catholic church
We seem to remember the likes of
Ian Paisley
Northern Irish protestant
perhaps referring to
Romanists
rather than
Catholics
perhaps not?
When Muhammad died
a lot of the
what shall we call them?
illiterate nomads?
of the desert
who had not gone into Isalm much deeper than
having a personal allegiance to Muhammad as a
Great Leader
Lost Faith
and this is the point at which Muhammad's
chosen successor
Abu Bakr
turned Islam into a Military State
deploying Troops and General to suppress dissent
Here we have the thing
The whole point of Muhammad was that he was
The Last Prophet
His replacement could not be a priest
Abu Bakr only ruled for two years
and he nominated
Muhammad's father-in-Law
Umar
as his successor
He was not a priest
The became not the
next prophet
but
the second Caliph
Abu Bakr was the first Caliph and he
established the military machine of Islam
Umar - the second Caliph
was a concilliator and administrator
and lasted ten years
From 644 to 656
after Umar had been assasinated by
a Persian Slave
Owned by Umar??
They got
Uthman
and he was...
a Son-in-Law of the Prophet
The Bedouin Tribesmen of the Army...
had by now
Harvested the Low Hanging Fruit
They were having to shuve on into
The Caucasus and Afghanistan
not easy fighting
not rich plunder
And Uthman was getting it in the neck for the mess
Umar had set up
Overall
it could be said that
The Meccan Catholic Church
soon became
The Holy Meccan Empire
as a parallel to the
Holy Roman Empire
Perhaps now we should skip on to
Umar the Second
717 to 720
It was all beginning to get fraught
Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz
Umar II's caliphate became famed as an interval of
pious and ascetic rule
amid the frivoloity and godlessness of the
Umayyads
The Umayyads were a family we skipped
UUUmar II was attempting to deal with
converts
conquest brings converts
In the first days of the
Patriarchal Caliphs
the terms
muslim
and
Arab
had been...
wait for it
coterminous
We remember the transition of some copper from
retired copper at Cleveland Police
to Mayor of Middlesbrough
and his significant shock at discovering that
Cleveland Police's patch
and Middlesbrough
were
NOT
coterminous
being Mayor of Middlesbrough
did not make you Mayor of Eston
coterminous
having the same boundaries
The state did not go out of its way
to encourage conversions
despite the universality of Muhammad's message
and the comparatively small number of converts were easily absorbed
into the
Muslim ummah
and admitted to some of the Arabs' financial privileges
We get the peasants doing the
How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
now that they've seen Paree?
so familiar to our own days
Peasants fled from the countryside
where they had been bound to the soil
in a serflike condition
little changed by the coming of Islam
to the anonymity of the
towns and garrisons
contributing to the socially turbulant populations of the latter
It was a major source of chagrin to the converts
or mawali - clients
that, though they had adpoted a faith in piety
in which all men - at least - were supposed to be
equal
they were regarded by the Arabs with contempt
The poll tax was payable by non-Muslims
and not by Muslims
We mentioned the
Poor tax
earlier
The poor tax was
one fifth of all war booty
and it was to be spent of relief for the poor
At this point the caliph is attempting to
consolidate the Shiah
Get all the rulling class Moslims
singing from the same hymn sheet
We have mentioned Shiah and Sunni Moslems before
In essence
he did the thing we are doing today
He said
Converts who are doing the same sort of jobs as Arabs
are exempt from the poll tax
Now we skip on to Hasham 724 to 743
he's really into this conversion from
military to civilian administration
Next major change
744
Yazid III
son of al-Walid I
and a Persian slave mother
Then there is a revolt Al-Abbas had been The Prophet's uncle
but the family had played no significant role in politics
during the earlier Umayyad period
From 718 onwards the Abbasids
based in Humayad in southern Jordan
organised a network of secret agents in al-Kufah
out of the reach of the Umayyad in say Iraq
747 was time for open revolt
When you is a nomad...
the visual and plastic arts
The wot?
When you are a nomad any form of
artistic expression
other than story telling...
including poetry and unaccompanied singing
Means
colbber
stuff to drag around with you
is the term remembrancer relevant here/
oral tradition
dancing would be OK
unless it was too stimulating
Hence, one copy of the Qur'an per tent
and most of the family learning it off by heart
saves yer back
Islamic religion was little formalised or
institutionalised during the Umayyad period
In the succeeding - following
Abbasid period
more so
During this period of personal uncertainty and
separation from the tribal past...
the Shi'ites
came to look for an inspired charismatic leader
from the 'Ali family
The Kharijjites , however, saw salvation only within
the holy community of Kharijjites
Whatever
Two extremes...
The majority
Between these two extremes
the mainstream community of orthodox or
Sunnite Islam
contained within it
currents of opinion
rather than distinct sects
such informal groups as the
Qadarites
or and the
Murjites
they
postponed judgement on the status in the next life of
those guilty of great sins
A definitive version of the
Qur'an
was needed
in 656 it emerged
It was produced between
650 and 656
It is a seemingly random collection of what appear much like
memos or texts or emails
It is not much like
The Bible
which is really like an anthology of
Inspirational stories
The Qur'an is fairly randomly ordered
not set as a devlopning narrative as is
The Bible
Qur'an is
learn this stuff
The Bible is
learn from this stuff
We could go on
we may go on at a later date
That, however, is enough to prompt the question
essentially a caliphate has no priests
just references to the words of
The Prophet
so what sort of caliphate
has no caliph?
What sort of caliphate did
ISIS
want?
The texts of the Qur'an are traditionally
ordered in print
according to lenght
The invitation appears to be
Have a go at memorising these short ones first
before you graduate to the longer ones




We guess we are coming to the end of this year's
Bored? Redcar?
season
so some promotion of what it's like
sand sculptures are in a different place this year












So we can't remember how long this lot
has been in Coatham Bay
but we hardly ever see all of them working at once
now it looks like major repairs....





We may have got this wrong
Even if we are wrong it must be considered
The concept of the
cat's paw
or cat's-paw
the story is that the chestnuts are
roasting by an open file
to coin a phrase
the monkey thinks
if I reach into the fire to steal the chestnuts
I may get burned
so he grabs the cat's ram and uses the cat's paw
to fish the hot chestnuts out of the heat
What we may have wrong here is the idea that a bunch of
Moroccan youths were living in
The Basque country
and they carried out terrorist attacks in Catalonia
Catalan separatists achieved
devolution without terrorism
but
Basque separatists have a devilish reputation for
terrorism
It's a worry if Basques wishing to destabalise
Spain
recruit, con, Moslems into working for them
unbeknownst to the Moslems themselves
The point being
under the laws of
Political Correctness
you can't
'Crack Down'
as hard on
Islamist terror
as you can on
home grown
Civil Unrest
Ri Poll



Lies
damned lies
statistics
What do you think are the chances of being
arrested on a Sunday afternoon for
non-payment of a fine?
If you go to a custardy suite on a Saturday night
it will be busy
with drunks
if you witness activity on a Sunday afternoon...
somebody is being brought in for murder
It's the input that varies
not the precision of the processing

Take Usaine Bolt
He is evidence that a man can run
100 metres in ten seconds
That is not
proof
that the running speed of men is
100 metres in ten seconds
and crucially
not proof that any man can run
a marathon in 1 hour 17 minutes
evidence has to be contextualised
a car that can cover 100 metres in 10 seconds
may be able to do the marathon distance in
1 hour 17 minutes....
not the same thing
no way
how could you run a trial on the barm pot's theory?
easy
take a distinct locality
Inverness or Peterborough or Salisbury
change all the NHS rotas in that locality <
to have Sunday on a Wednesday etc
see if the mortality rate on the
fake Sunday matches the
real Sunday or the real Wednesday
The question you are testing is
is it the rota that causes variability or
is it the world that causes variability?

The following uses fake numbers to illustrate environmentalist clap trap
we may dig out the real numbers but...
say
there were five million private cars on
UK roads in 1950
and there were 10 million in 1960
and there were 20 million in 1970
and 40 million in 1980
then by the sort of use
governments make of statistics
there would be
80 million by 1990
and 160 million by the year 2000
BECAUSE
the number of cars on the road
doubles every ten years
biut only until everybody who wants one
has one
kinda like the number of
tonnes of green fly there would be in you window box
at the end of the year if there were no
ladybirds....
and horses would become extinct by 1930
because of the invention of the
internal combustion engine
etc. etc.
facts are facts
but
facts are not explanations

19th August 2017


Chimpanzees mate throughout the year,
although the number of females in oestrus varies seasonally in a group.
Female chimps are more likely to come into oestrus when food is readily available.
Oestrous females exhibit sexual swellings.
Chimps tends to be promiscuous,
and during estrus females mate with several males in her community,
and males have large testicles for sperm competition.
However, other forms of mating also exist.
A community's dominant males sometimes restrict reproductive access to females.
A male and female can form consortship and mate outside their community.
In addition, females sometimes leave their communities and mate with males from neighboring communities.
That's the wiki line
Now Our Ricker being the expert like
accepts all that but has a somewhat different interpretation
in evolutionary history terms
chimps may not be the earliest evolved species to hit this problem...
The core problem is the same as domesticated animals
The domesticated animals get bred to be big
too big to be born without a vet to help...
The difference between wild chimps and farm animals is that
chipms have difficulty giving birth because their
heads are too big
to accommodate them big brains
the females of many species sactifice strength and agility to have
a female pelvis that is sub optimal for life but adapted to
childbirth
chipms long ago took this as far as they could
Chimps have to compromise between the
lower order tendancy towards
'autism' when not in oestrus
rejecting mating when their eggs are not at their peak
and needing to invent
recreational sex
to ensure their birth canal is well stretched and supple
in preparation for punching out
little big head
without doing too much damage




THIS is the absolute quintessence of
pissing into the wind
nevertheless we will do the Derek Douglas story
As we didn't make quite clear...
Derek Douglas was the sole wage earner in a household
consisting of
himself, his wife, his two one of each teenagers and his mum
He had come to teaching a mature entrant
adequately but not very well qualified
locally schools were bursting at the seams
children taught in corridors
an education system akin to today's NHS
hence
spare 'points' on the staff salary budget
two biology teachers
the graduate, the head of biology
a scale point up from the assistant head of biology
use spare point to help out a struggling DD
BECAUSE
the maths department consisted of
Tom Jones and Cathy Gale
and they were single with no kids
maths may be more important in your eyes educationally but
if you are Harry Hindle and when the chips are down
IF there's a fire in the hairdressers
what do you take with you as you leave?
the appointment book
if there's a problem in a school what do you prioritise?
make sure the kids get their
school dinners
sod the graduate biology teacher
sod the childless maths teachers
give the promotion to the least effective
least qualified teacher
BECAUSE HE'S GOT KIDS
What's the phrase?
That's beyond my pay grade
They get the promotion because they need the pay
fucks up chain of command
SOLUTION?
Working Tax Credits
Extra money for those who need it
without putting fuckwits in charge
Did it work?
Yes
Did it cause a public backlash?
No
So let's give a
Nobel Peace Prize to
IDS
and The Tories for
scrapping it
W edon't know what became of DD's boy but
this was pre ADHD
attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder
and the associated drugs so
the NHS solution for
kids as thick as pig shit?
Grottmets
little rubber drain plugs fitted into the
eardrums

18th August 2017


We begin today with a linguistic quirk
deer versus dear
strangely
in Old English
deore - precious
deor - an animal
curious, don't you think?
Sir Bernard Henry Spilsbury (16 May 1877 – 17 December 1947)
was a British pathologist. His cases include Hawley Harvey Crippen,
the Seddon case and Major Armstrong poisonings, the "Brides in the Bath" murders
by George Joseph Smith, Louis Voisin, Jean-Pierre Vaquier, the Crumbles murders,
Norman Thorne, Donald Merrett, the Podmore case, the Sidney Harry Fox matricide,
Alfred Rouse, Elvira Barney, Tony Mancini and the Vera Page case.
Spilsbury's courtroom appearances became legendary for his demeanour of effortless dominance.
He also played a crucial role in the development of Operation Mincemeat,
a deception operation during the Second World War which saved thousands of lives of Allied service personnel.

Do children learn this these days?
How did you get INTO your mummy's tummy?
I'm not daft, I'm not silly
I took a ride on my dad's willey
The other day Our Ricker woke in a memorable dream
He was holding an owl in his hand
he knew that ifhe let got of the owl it would
bite of otherwise seriously injure him
However, despite being into aviary - bird zoo
he couldn't find a cage that didn't already have
an occupant that would eat the owl
that's the state of Ricker's mind
Being beset by several bands of
fuckwits
and unwilling to let them eat each other
must be how every educated person in the world feels right now
Amazing how much junk you file away when
you become
An Enemy of the People

simple diagrams about how images get turned upside down
in eyes and cameras
The following diagrams of eye optics
are from
The Practice of Refraction
by
Sir Stewart Duke-Elder
who died in 1978


simple diagrams about how specs work
Now not as promised but
further to our earlier comment

The difference between a normal eye and
a myopic, minus prescritioned, short sighted eye
The diagram 4
illustrates another significant word
pair of words that require explanation
The BBC bitesize quote refers to the camera image being
Real
in diagram 4 of this figure

the dotted line refers to a point
where the lens
makes an image that isn't real
appear to be
so the short sighted person's glasses don't
cure or correct their shortsightedness
they move a distant image to
a place where they can see it clearly
right under their noses
but that image is not real
it is referred to as
Virtual
specs for long sight - hyperopia
caused by the lens being suited to a bigger eye than you got
focus a real image properly on your retina
same with readers - help for stiff lens syndrome
presbyopia
real real
minus lenses for short sight create
virtual images
they create a
virtual reality
they don't just sharpen up the focus of the routine
We have never checked this out but
Thirty years ago Our Ricker made this prediction to
Optometry Today
Half of the optics in camera lenses are dedicated to creating
flatness in images
there are no flat images in nature
If you combine the lens and the sensor
make a CCD - charge coupled device
replaced with-by light sensitive diodes
that is bowl shaped like the back of the eye
you can halve the complexity of camera lens design
Is this how mobile 'phone cameras get such
great results from such tiny cameras?
The virtual image
can't be recorded there by a photosensitive material
at the point in space where it appears to be
it's imaginary
it doesn't even appear to be there
it appears to be where anybody else would think it was
way in the distance
it's the combination of the eye lens - and cornea and spec lens
that put the real image on the retina, the back of the eye
in other words it's a physicist's construct
for purposes of calculation
We have another point to make
regarding colour
neither the eye
nor the camera is a
spectrum analyser
the eye and the camera produce
four images
red green blue white
other colours
both in between and
ultra violet and infra red
are ignored
on detection and imagined in processing
Considering 3
in this set of diagrams
for the short sighted person
R is the far point
the furthest distance away from the eye that an object
can be seen clearly
for a normal
this point is the
nearest point of distinct vision
THEN
then you get to the 'advantage'
of being short sighted
prebiopia
as we age
late thirties onwards
we loose the flexibility in
the lenses in our eyes that allow us to focus
short sighted people can take off their glasses to see
clearly
at near
normal and long sighted people need
reading specs or a reading add
bifocals
Varifocals
as short sighted people loose lens flexibility they
probably need a negative add???
it's an 'add'
but if you are very short sighted
if your prescription is more than
minus 2.5
minus 2.5 ADD plus 2.5
plano
plano is zero
plus 2.5 is the normal for people over 45 with
lenses
stiff as a board
if you're less short sighted
minus 1.0
your reading add 2.5
the power of your reading portion will be
minus 1.00 plus plus 2.5
equals plus 1.5
Soooo
if you have
not multifocals or varifocals but
TWO PAIRS, distance and reading
if you are normal
no distance glasses
plus 2.5 lenses in your readers
if you are shortsighted by minus 1.00
distance glasses minus 1.00
reading glasses plus 1.50
The add bit is always the least objective thing
hold this text at the distance you want to read at and
I'll bung a few lenses in your trial frame
until you're happy
Here we got a bit out of our depth but
There appears to be a cut off for
properly short sighted at
minus 1.5
some people can have massive prescriptions
and the so called
pabble glasses
but
high index is not to be confused with powerful
high index lens glass
bends light more for a given curvature
lighter thinner lenses for the same bending power
stronger lenses bend light more
higher - refractive - index glass lenses
are lighter thinner for the same effect
for glass read plastic
Two reasons for not wearing
ready readers
one the detailed pathology checks
Secondly
almost everybody has some degree of
astigmatism,BR> and by golly a proper correction for astigmatism
can make a world of difference
if you have lived with uncorrected astigmatism
right up until you need readers
and you get the proper far and near
astigmatic correction
your whole world will become suddenly HD
high definition



We have always said we don't give references because
we don't want you following them up and
frightening yourselves to death
We have a book in our collection
It is stamped
St Luke's Hospital Medical Staff Library
We are going no further than to say it was written by a
Home Office Pathologist at
Guy's Hospital London
It's a proper medical textbook with
real pictures of real dead people and
explanations of how and why they died
on page 196 there is a picture of a woman
she is lying dead on a kitchen floor
the legend reads
A typical abortion case
An obviously pregnant woman found dead
the head resting on a pillow
the skirt half up
panties on the floor nearby
but no instruments to be found
thye were found in a kitcken along with a note
making an appointment with a woman suspected of
making a living in
abortion services
This book was printed in 1979
It was not a book about
the HISTORY of Forensic Medicine
It was a working handbook
We have a couple of eye related stories
We could be wrong but the first may relate to the work of a
pioneer of forensic science
Spillsbury ??
anyway
The victim had been shot with four bullets
two to the chest that killed him and
two more that been used to destroy his eyes
so we are considering this to be an early case
perhaps mid Victorian
Why shoot out the eyes?
Fifty years ago this seemed absurd
and the reason for doing it seemed even more absurd
The driving belief was that people such as
Spillbury had got forensic science down to such an art and
there was an idea that the retinas of dead people
retain an image of the last person of thing the
dead person saw before they died
in this case the murderer
and Spillsbury may ahve a technique for recovering and recording those images
better to be safe than sorry
fifty years ago was before
DNA profiling the idea of - in theory at least
some Spillsburyof tomorrow finding
a pattern in
rhodopsin in a dead retina...???
don't seem so fanciful now does it?
The other eye story relates to horses
For quite a while vets believed
'cos it was in their textbooks and their lecture notes
that horses had in their eyes
ramp retinas
these were supposed to be an arrangement under which
horses could see in detail what they were eating
at the same time as scanning the horizon for danger
turned out that the studies were based on a small sample of
dead horse eyeballs
that had all been preserved in exactly the same way
and in the fixing procedure
they had all developed the same
post mortem
ramp
because of the way they had been squashed whilst the chemicals took hold
This reminds Our Ricker of a Derek Douglas story
Derek Douglas and Janet Stark were the biology teachers at
Gillbrook School
long story about Janet Stark
Short version she left teaching when DD was made up to the same grade
as her because
he had two kids and a mother to support and she
was living alone because she had left the kids with her husband
when she split
Before he became a teacher - by doing a course
DD had been a council meat inspector in local Teesside abatoirs
hence he had contacts
he could get bulls' eyes for the kids to dissect
This story hangs on the precise meanings of words
DD had read that for the dissection lesson plan to work
the eyes had to be
FRESH
all went well for a number of years and then
one of the lab techs put the next day's supply of ox eyes
into the freezer compartment
DD hit the roof
his lesson was ruined
ox eyes were thawed out
lesson went better than ever before
FRESH
not meaning still warm from the head
meaning
not preserved in alcohol or formalin
So far as we know

17th August 2017


Accustomed as we are to being told by the police that
what we say is evidence that we are
mentally ill
Ripped off from BBC bitesize GCSE revision site
Like the eye, the image produced by a camera is
diminished, inverted and real.
Camera part Function in the camera Structure in the eye performing a similar role
Lens To focus light onto the photosensitive surface at the back of the camera.
This can either be photographic film or a CCD (charge-coupled device).
Lens - which focuses light onto the retina.
Focusing screw Allows the user to adjust the focus for nearer or more distant objects.
Ciliary muscles - which stretch or slacken the suspensory ligaments to adjust the shape of the lens
Aperture Allows the user to adjust the amount of light entering the camera in different light conditions.
Iris - which adjusts the amount of light entering the eye through the pupil.
Shutter Allows the user to adjust the length of time that light enters the camera,
which controls the amount of light to which the photosensitive surface is exposed.
Not applicable (although we do have eyelids). Photosensitive surface Detects and records the light which is focused onto it.
This can be on photographic film,
but digital cameras use CCDs which convert light into electrical signals which can be stored.
Retina - which detects light and converts it into electrical impulses which are sent to the brain.
One key difference between a camera and the eye is that
a camera does not focus light onto the photosensitive surface by adjusting the shape of the lens.
Instead, the focusing screws move the lens forwards or backwards
in order to focus the image onto the photosensitive surface

16th August 2017


Published: 06/05/2008
Vision Express has acquired G.Bateman Group,
the family owned optical company,
for an undisclosed sum, Optician has learned.
With over 70 stores, the Group which has branches across Southern England
has been a family concern for over 100 years
. The acquisition takes the total number of stores owned by Vision Express
to 300 and, according to the company,
reaffirms its number two position in the optical market
There are people called Batemand who are independent optometrists
Now we turn to a recent real case
The optometrist in question was not called
Honeysuckle Rose
but something similar
In the end the evil twisted bastard on the bench
had their way
citing 'case law"
no jury has the right to convict
a female defendant
the optometrist whose child patient died
following missed pathology
had her manslaughter conviction quashed
juries decide
judges pull the rug
The point is clear General Optical Services
Pathology?
Optometrists routinely write or these days type?
NDA
In theory, NAD stands for
No Abnormality Detected
in effect it stands for
Not Actually Done
The lesson?
you got a kid with wonky eyes
get a male optometrist to check them out
they are legally responsible for their actions
and inactions
Returning to Our Ricker
Initially he was told by D and A
The only directors we have who are not
registered optometrists
are the finance directors who are registered accountants
If you want to work here you must do the degree
and we won't sponsor you
After two years on the course...
the message had changed
We need to prevent you from being able to criticise our optometrit's work
we want you in unqualified PR and management
on account of 'cos at that time the
'Professional Journal'
Optometry Today
of optometrists had taken to covering
recitals on the Hammond Organ by
semi-retired optometrists
Now there can't be many pre graduate intake optometrists
working
but they left their mark
ensuring that the
pathology box is now the exclusive domain of the
digital camera and the computer
Boots and Specsavers will
take pictures of your retina and
Our Ricker could detect pathology and maybe the computer can
the optometrists - probably
but not all of them
professor Ruskell was
Prefessor Gordon Ruskell
chief clinical honcho was
Simon Barnard
shop or clinic in Brighton
teaching in Islington
commuting by
Morgan
We are really going way back into history here and we note
A chap called Land
There were instant picture cameras called
Polaroid Land cameras
Mr, Dr, Professor ? Land
wanted to have a scientific paper published
at the time the journal in particular was printed in
Black and White
Mr. Land paid for an entire issue of the journal to be
published in colour
so that his paper could be presented as he wanted
and speaking of Europe
as we try not to do
A European edict
for certain regulatory purposes
The AOP
Association of Optometric Paractitioners
had to sack their
General Secretary
who was not a registered optometrist
and replace him with a
Secretary General
who was a registered optometrist
Very French, very NATO V OTAN
We do not have the papers from
Honeysuckle Rose's case
What we do think is
it may revolve around
cupping
on your fundus photographs - one for each eye
there should be a pale disc flecked with red strands
in a normal eye the disc should look like
something no less flat than a dinner plate
if it looks anything like a cup
or a soup bowl
you in deep doo doo
A and E time
That shouldn't be any problem to see on a photo
but there is no legal requirement to take
fundus photos...
standard exercise in the assessment of
optometry students
allow them their
ophthalmoscope
paper pad
pencil
draw the back of a fellow student's eye
tutors take fundus photos
tutors compare student drawing with photo of
same student
nobody should qualify as an optometrist if
they can't do ophthalmoscopy
doctors on the other hand...
you know they ain't seeing anything because
letting the cat out of the bag here
they wave the instrument around
shine it's light in your eye and
don't get anywhere near enough to
be able to see a blind thing
The flecks are blood vessels and they are the basis of a
retinogram
We think it very unlikely that
any of the old time - non graduate ophthalmic opticians
were taught how to use an ophthalmoscope
let alone rigourously tested on it
they first registered before
fundus cameras were available - we suspect
For Ricker
happy memories
sad ending
The problem is
The Luddites won the battle but not the war
however it left the
numpties
such as the police
assuming he'd been required to leave because he'd
touched somebody up...
sad times
society will grow out of it
some day
a security feature
two things you can use for eye recognition
the pattern of the iris and
the pattern of the blood vessels in the retina
Regarding allowing people who are not fully trained to qualify
First not upsetting the young lady,
and letting her pass on the understanding that
she wouldn't be able to do too much harm before
she got married and started a family
secondly
Half a loaf is better than none
if she is from an ethnic or religious group
she may be the only person they would trust
or be allowed to consult
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital
style
third
she's paying overseas student rates of fees and
will be off back to the Old Country once she qualifies and
would be adequate for a
barefoot medic
and then she marries local and decides to stay
not so easy as it was
The converse is
really excellent student
given harder work than the rest to keep them
stretched
and causing them to give up in despair at the
impossible work load
Then of course there is the question of
entrance requirements
We need to check
Ricker worked in the
Godalming factory of
Bateman's Opticians
he was for a short time their
ace plate maker
There are machines called
WECO machines
they grind the spectacle lenses to the correct
edge shape
to fit the frame
surfacing
This was back in the day
soon after shops had on site labs
back in the day
there was a market for
reglazes
people had a favourite or expensive frame
and their prescription changed so they needed
new lenses in an old frame
A WECO machine is a follower grinder
one end of a spindle you put the lens to be
edge ground
at the other end you put a
template
or
'plate
the effect is a sort of
copy lathe or copy router to
give the lens the edge shape of the 'plate
So, patient wants a reglaze with
Varilux vaifocal lenses
Batemans have to buy those in
they can't be made in the surfacing department
expensive
we no wanting wastage
we not wanting patient or optometrist to demand
rework
problem
this is a reglaze
this is a frame Batemans don't stock
Because Batemans are not stockists for that brand
they don't have
OEM manufacturer's 'plates for those frames
Job for Our Ricker
make 'plates for the customers' frames as they come in
there was a machine naturally but
Ricker got respect pretty quickly for
making 'plates and causing zero rejects
a fun summer
Serious side issue
once or twice in the summer
a Hurray Henry and a few mates would descend on the factory
kick stuff around a bit
this guy was a
dispensing optician
not the optometrist who tests or examines your eyes
but the guy who measures you up for the frames and lenses
He kicked stuff around a bit because
he was showing off to his mates
because he was the son of the owner
lots and lots of optician business selling up to the multiples
because
not a hope in hell of the kids getting onto university courses in
Optometry and Visual Science
more chance if a daughter than if a son
but
not much chance really
When the courses were not university degrees
the sons of potential employers of
non university graduates
qualified former students
would have been cut some slack
later, with degrees
Give the lad a first
that's cheer up his dad
Oh, we never thought
a first class honours degree in
optometry and visual science
er
entrance qualification for
medical school
who'd a thunk it?
You wouldn't accept
an honourary degree
for medical school entrance
but an undeserved first class real degree
awarded as a gesture of solidarity
no problem
parent prospective empoyer of graduates
person who has overcome 'difficulties' in childhood
disabled student
all up there ahead of the grafters who were
marked down to stretch them
challenge them to greater efforts


This has sent us off on one of our word adventures
A Religious Fundamentalist
is somebody who
sees
The Bible
or some other text
not as a product of a religion but as the
foundation
of the religion
hence the bible not as a
hayes manual or Vedi mecum
but as the whole point and basis of the religion
and hence
The Literal Truth of the Bible
fundamentum - foundation
but
we have a related Latin word
fundus
as in profound
and pension fund
a pension fund is
a big deep store of money
a prefound comment is one of
deep significance
your fundament is
your nether regions
the lower parts - usually excluding the legs
in medicine there is reference to
the fundus of the stomach
it can mean a pouch of the stomach
below the exit
perhaps a caecum
cattle talk?
fundus
we are lost here
the fundus of the stomach is the bit
ABOVE
when standing
the entrance
the caecum is
Latin for blind
the blind alley at
the junction of the large and small intestines
a big version of the appendix
in optometric terms...
very common in professional talk
not common amongst patients
the pictures the optometrist takes of
The back of your eye
are referred to as
fundus photographs
this is because in terms fundus means
bottom of the bucket
it's an INSIDE job
it's not
round the back of the shops with the bins
it's the back row of the cinema
a dentist lies you back like a barber
an optometrist has you sit forward and
put your chin on the rest
oh and this runs us into a whole other area
floaters
the mobile 'phone and the selfie stick have
brought modern people into a whole new world of
self image
for a long long time
people were gradually getting used to their image in a mirror
but they never gave much thought to the significance of the term
mirror image
on their self image
take a picture or photograph
one where the sitter has a brooch or badge on one side of their top
hold it up to a mirror
the badge will appear on the opposite side
when contemplating a patient
the patient's left
is on your right
when we check out appearance in the mirror we are checking
a mirror image of what the world sees
you need to take a selfie to see how you really look
This is interesting but not so important as
floaters
if you sit or stand after lying and bits appear to be
floating up in your eyes
they are not
if they appear to be sinking
they are
it's a gravity thing
if you have a
moat
Bible speak
in your eye
not a plank
Bible speak
and it appears under those conditions
or after blinking
to be sinking
you got something in your eye
to be precise in
the tear layer
tear as in tears for souveniers
not tear and share
no biggie
if the bits appear to
float
upwards
big problemo
you my child be havin'a
detached retina
the lens in the eye
turns everything
upside down and
the brain
swaps it back the right way up
the 'floaters' are bits of retina
FALLING
from the
back of your eye
to the
bottom of your eye
A and E
presto
If you have a
mimus prescription for lenses
check more often for floaters
'cos
you eyes not the shape of
an orange
they the shape of a
marrow
not so much natural things
spreadin' you retina over the back wall
keepin' it there
We feel the need
We feel the need to counterbalance all this
eye talk
with some
dentistry
Here's a
fact they never told us on
Time Team
let's detour to China
but first
Ever heard the term for a young lady
pale and interesting
back in the day
classy girls showed the world that they
didn't have to toil in the fields all day
by having no tan
being pale and therefore posh
and therefore interesting
China
Quite the opposite of
Better dead than red
chinese parents went in for
foot binding
they would bind up little girls' feet
and probably break bones
to give them
bonsi feet
so that they were incapable of
manual labour and it was
marriage or 'the game' - being a concubine
for their little darlings
teeth then?
your dentist will whinge on at you about two things
flossing and
your deplorable
overbite
Here's the thing
before people had knives...
they didn't have overbites
go back through the archaeological record
really primitive tribes have
mouths like chimps
your overbite isn't due to genetic mutation
it IS due to something you did
or didn't do
when you were a child your mum cut up your meat for you
you never ripped the meat
raw or cooked
off the bone with your teeth
and you
got like the cattle
grinding your tough LITTLE bits of food
between your back teeth and
as your jaws developed
you habitually held the lower jaw back to
get the back teeth properly together and
not having the front ones clashing all the time and
like a nasty facial expression
caught in the wind
it stayed like that
the jaw form followed
function
not
genetics
it's a shocker, yes

14th August 2017


Anna Mary Soubry[1] (/'su?bri/; born 7 December 1956)
is a British Conservative Party politician.
She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for
Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire since the 2010 general election
We admit to being baffled about why
she was so keen to see
Redcar steel works close
Nottinghamshire is
former coal and steel country
perhaps she just thought
what's sauce for the goose
is sauce for the gander...
We are really bad at
American History
but
California was admitted to the Union
in 1850 as the 31st state
Baja California
remains in Mexico
mexico got ripped off
in 1848 gold was discovered at
Sutter's Mill
just nine days before
Mexico signed the
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
ceding to the United States
a vast area of the SOuthwest that included all of
present day California
The Spanish had discovered California in 1542
then estimated to be inhabited by
130,000 'primitive Indians'
That would be First Nations residents
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
was the man
and he discovered and later
in 1602
Sebastian Vizcaino
named
San Diago
San Catalina Island
Santa Barbara
and
Monterey Bay
In around 1773
the Spanish started settlement
to keep out
The British and the Russians
who wanted
Sea otter pelts
Then the Roamn Catholic Church
peacfully converted the Indians
and trained them to irrigate the land and
produce
hides, tallow, wine, brandy, olive oil grain
Mexico got independence from Spain in
1821
The new independent Mexican government
took the church lands and gave them to
supporters
1846
War between
American settlers from the east
and Mexico
Mexicans surrendered near Los Angeles in January 1847
The form of the modern USA was set at that time
Gold Rush from early 1848
started by
James Wilson Marshall
just picking up nuggets from
The American River
near Coloma
cholera killed most of the prospectors
Two billion dollars in gold was found
but
the smart immigrants got into the farming
and made twice as much...
Nonetheless, if it hadn't been for the gold
California would still be a part of Mexico
Nice weather for
lab techs and nurds
did the rest
All in all then...
a week is a long time in politics BUT
we kinda glad
The US president
POTUS
has chosen
The President of North Korea
as the Tweedledee to his
Tweedledum
and not our dear
should that be very expensive
Boris
of th Johnson clan





The people of Redcar
have a message for the
also people of South Wales


Our steel works is a





hive of activity
Be aware that
if it is no so already
Within five years
All of this will belong to
ThyssenKrupp
ThyssenKrupp not Hitachi
Nissan
becomes
Renault Nissan
Nissan sells it's worldwide battery interests to
The Chinese
Japan - client state of the USA
Honda can't build an F1 engine that can
pull the skin off a rice pudding
Not looking good for Japan
not looking good for Brexit
Not looking good for the USA
Looking good for China
Looking good for South Korea
Looking erm, interesting for Germany
looking interesting for France
In a 'May you live in interesting times'
oriental curse kind of way
So we also have to comment to the
alsoperson
Anna Soubry MP
????
Our
Coatham Marsh Nature Reserve
is getting SMALLER
not bigger
What is happening here is that
steel railings are being fitted to
a pipe bridge
a bridge for pipes not people or vehicles
over
The Fleet
to transform it from
safe for dog walkers
to
safe for workers
Time will tell what happens next
but these are permanent - not temporary
as in prelude to demolition
works
Here's an interesting fact
they say...
There are 130,000 members in the
British Steel Pension Scheme
they say there are
5,000 employees at Tata Steel UK
We are confused
We know that when the original
and still extant, single blast furnace in Redcar
was built in the 1970s
The British Steel workforce on Teesside went down
With the closure of the South Bank steelworks
from
tens of thousands
to thousands
a lorra lora people took retirement and early retirement
BUT
if they were in their fifties or older in 1975...
and Port Talbot was built in the 1960s
they were born
1920 or earlier???
The people affected by that first wave of
redundancies would be around a hundered years old right now
if they were made redundant when much younger
they would only have a handful of years entitlement built up
and we know how notoriously low
male life expectancy is in this area...
Secondly, we know nothing about the
personal finaces of retired and redundant
steelworkers on Teesside
BUT
we understand that
it's years and years since most of them
opted out and bought pensions with
Scottish Widows
Who the hell are these
100,000 people still in the company scheme?
five times the active workforce
Thirty years in the job and
150 years as a pensioner?
We know about widows inheriting a pension but
grandchildren?
Surely it's not down to
quick, he's about to croak, divorce him and let
some schoolgirl marry him before he goes
There's a numbers problem somewhere
Hence, and all, 100,000 pensioners
most of whom had around five years service
and are each due around
1,500 quid a year in pension
We cannot possibly say what actually happened but
we can see a possibility that
When British Steel folded
the bulk of the Teesside workforce with short service
opted to cash in and buy a private
Scottish Widows pension that they may or may not have been adding to
with other employers since
and the majority of the
South Wales and Sunny Scunny - Scunthorpe workforce
stayed in the British Steel scheme
that was taken over by the buyers of
British Steel
and ended up with Tata



We just want to quickly run over
Terri's story
to illustrate some of the difficulties
face
We are talking Department of optometry and visual science
At some point a
panda eyed girl
called Terri Sanderson
then and nee Griffiths
Terri Griffiths
was the poster girl for the department
in that it was a picture of her that
illustrated promotional material for the department
she was a graduate in
optometry and visual science,
an optometrist and working in some capacity
either in the department or in the associated
London Refraction Hospital
At the time there were two young We think
well single anyway
lecturers in the department who taught
anatomy and physiology under the guidance of
Professor Ruskell
he too an optometrist and holder of a B.Sc.
In the summer vacation one year
these two decided to
marry and move to the country
perhaps they were actually quite old and
retired....
There were two lectureships vacant in the department
around a month before the start of the new
academic year
Those two had gone
just GONE
Professor Ruskell remained
The department hurriedly appointed
Terri and a chap called
Ron Douglas
who had just completed a Ph.D.
on something to do with fish at
Brighton or Sussex university
to the vacant posts
Ron completely new to anything medical
Terri more details later
So the students are getting three sets - series - of lectures
from the experienced Prof. Ruskell
and from the other two
The two were given
Three year fixed term contracts
at this moment they are presented with
Our Ricker as one of their new students
He with one year at medical school and
a degree in zoology from Durham
Ron's degree in biology was from
University of Strathclyde
in Scotland
The whole thing was a bit of a struggle but having Ricker due to
graduate in Optometry and Visual Science
at the precise moment set up a tension
The two struggled to produce lectures and practical labs
Clearly Ron didn't have a clue...
He later succeeded Ruskell as professor
Terri wore several rings on every finger apart from her ring finger
and hated having the same name as a then
very famous male snooker player
The students asked Terri
Why don't you just use the notes you took when you were a student?
Oh I binned those the moment I passed my exams
Here's a thing about SOME
students
lecture notes are to be
written up and
committed to short term memory the night before the exam and
never entered into long term memory
In this case
Terri and Ron probably got tenure
immediately after their fixed term contracts ended
Ron stayed
Terri escaped when she married a dentist
but these are the ways
universities fill teaching posts
It should be noted that the reason why
Ricker had to leave
Dolland and Aitchison
now a part of Boots
was that with his illness and disability he
needed a shop of clinic where he could work and
establishe a routine
but D and A
wanted to use him as a locum
chasing all over central and west London
Hence him arranging a pre-reg with
The co-op in Redcar
days before they closed all their optician shops

10th August 2017


What's the famous quote?
Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?
What the police gotta do
is
quit taking the ramblings and rantings of
politicians
as
instructions
and
work orders
There's a problem here with the media
Words matter
we recognise that a couple of things apply to
The Media
that don't apply to us
They revolve around the concept of the
Press Embargo
The press are given advanced information about an
upcoming story
so that they can get their
facts straight
In the recent Newcastle case
They must have known that the women involved were
women
all over 13
all but two over 16
and yet they turn to
The NSPCC for comment
National Society for the Prevention of CRUELTY to CHILDREN
Not the national society for the exploitation of
Adult Sex Workers
We crave a story so
we are let down by the AGE of consent
so we have to refocus on
Vulnerable Adults
On a trip to New York in 1881, Liverpool businessman Thomas Agnew (1834–1924)
visited the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
He was so impressed by the charity that he returned to England determined to
provide similar help for the children of Liverpool.
In 1883 he set up the Liverpool Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (LSPCC).
Other towns and cities began to follow Liverpool's example,
leading in 1884 to the founding of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (London SPCC)
by Lord Shaftesbury, Reverend Edward Rudolf and Reverend Benjamin Waugh.
After five years of campaigning by the London SPCC,
Parliament passed the first ever UK law to protect children from abuse and neglect in 1889.
The London SPCC was renamed the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1889,
because by then it had branches across Great Britain and Ireland.

The NSPCC's campaigning role has often been controversial.
The Guardian reported New Philanthropy Capital recently concluded that
its campaigning is "flawed and naïve" and that there is "zero evidence" that
£250m the NSPCC has spent on its recent "Full Stop" campaign actually benefited any children.
The NSPCC also received complaints, amongst other things, for "cold" mailing young mothers
with a "babies' names" booklet containing instead a detailed list of the deaths of babies.

What was intended by the founders was
campaigns against the exploitation of children
such as
Those set out in
Dickens' Oliver Twist
The use of little boys to
scamper up chimnies to clean them
stick to yer knitting
go play with the traffic
Say you were a student vet
or doctor
and you had the chance to win a medal inthe
World Athletics Championships
and you KNEw
that if you won that medal you would inevitably be accused of
cheating
and those accusations of cheating would never leave you in your
vet or medical career...
how hard would you try
to win?
Fame and respect can no longer attach to
one and the same person
BECAUSE
most people don't get a shot at fame
if they don't have that all important
killer back story




We've fallen into a trap here
We've tried to explain an unfamiliar disease
by reference to a familiar disease that is very different
As time goes by we get more clarity over genetics
We have two major groups of diseases that are
influenced by genetics
PKU is genetic
pure and simple
other diseases are
influenced by
our genetics
breast cancer, type 1 diabetes,
are not things you inevitably get if you inherit
a particular faulty gene
they are things that can befall you
and depending on your overall
genetic make up
different people will cope with them
better or worse
hence the talk about
single engined, twin engined and hot air balloon
We have said elsewhere that
most type 1 diabetes is related to
a growth spurt in
what can we say
mid pre teen age years
age around 7
it can also be related to a minor rupture of the
pancreas
We've said before we have various distinct
separate
fluid circulations in our bodies
The blood
the lymph
etc.
in the normal course of events
many tissues and structures of the body will
never come into contact with the blood circulation
and its white blood cells
unless they are injured or infected
What happens with the immune system is that it is born
with
totipotentiality
just like
stem cells
as we develop and grow
we destroy the
what shall we call them?
cells lines or variants
that would make us - our immune systems
attack us
It is called
establishing SELF
We should not have immunity to ourselves
we should leave our own cells
unharmed, unmolested, in peace
This is not a perfect process
There is a window in time in the development of
the immune system when
self is being established
the night of the long knives
when the immune cells we don't want are destroyed
some will get missed
if islet cells
islet of Langahans cells - the insulin producing cells
in the pancreas
don't show up at roll call
on the night of the long knives
we will remain immune to our own islet cells
if the growth spurt or an abdominal injury
releases islet cells into the blood circulation
the effect will be that of
a vaccination against our own islet cells
and war will commence
there is hope that one day
a therapy will be developed that will be a
night of the long knives part 2
just for the anti-islet immune cells
it will not be easy
current ideas relate to
the same sort of therapy that treats
leukaemias
kill the lot and start again with stem cells
It hasn't got a lot to do with genes
or gene therapy



Today we want to try to explain an issue
we think has probably never occurred to you
The question we think you will never have asked is
why has it been possible for so long to live
a long and relatively happy life as a
paraplegic
but living
quadriplegics are such a modern phenomenon?
It's really just a way to introduce a concept in anatomy
We need two images in your mind
First we need you to be familiar with
The Japanese Pagoda in Kew Gardens
secondly we need you to think of the mechanism of an
umbrella
Put them together and imagine
an umbrella with many layers of roofs
resembling the pagoda
imagine the many layered umbrella
folded
that is our model of your spinal column
Your spine contains a massive superhighway of nerves from
the bottom of your brain to your tail bone - coccyx
Oh we do remember the glee of the girl who
was entitled to time off school because she
officially had a
displaced coccyx
Fat trollop had landed on her arse and crushed it
This is the thing
because during evolution and development
the human body has been closed like an umbrella
bits swept back and downwards
nerves exiting the spine serve bits of the body
lower down than
straight out at right angles
like the mechanism of the closed umbrella
It boils down to
breaking your back only affects your legs
you have to break your neck to be in
a life threatening situation
Technically
the spinal column below lumber vertebra L2
is the body's equivalent of the
M6 north of Preston
a traffic cone warehouse
The technical term is
filum terminale
above it there is a
lumber enlargement
with a big sign at the end called the coonus medullaris
that reads
Beyond here be witches
not actually but effectively
Coccyx, five pelvic vertebrae, 4 lumber vertebrae
then civilisation begins
However, in that area the nerves that have left the
spinal cord
have not left the vertebral canal
still protected by the bones but not
bundled together in a
one hit cuts the lot
fashion
Right down to your stomach
the nerves you need
leave the spinal cord between your
ear hole and your top jaw
or higher
OK OK some order here
A Table C is neck cervical
T is chest thoracic
L is back lumbar
S is pelvic sacral
Shoulder abductors and lateral rotators C 5
adductors and medial rotators C 6, 7, 8
needs explanation...
C 6, 7, 8 nerves control bringing your arm close to your body
C 5 move it away from the body
both at shoulder
6 7 8 do the more subtle shoulder movements
Elbow Flexors C 5, 6
extensors C 7, 8
Forearm supinators C 6
Pronators C 7,8
Yer what?
So we guess this is about rotating the forearm
One has the palm of your hand facing your face
the other has the back of your hand facing your face
Wrist C 6 and 7
digits - fingers and thumbs - C 7, 8
hand C 8
AND appearing for the first time...
T 1
After that ....
we skip right down to
hip L 1, 2, 3
and L5 S1
knee straighten your knee ... L 4, 5
bend yer knee..... L5 S1
Ankle ... L 4, 5 and S 1, 2
Foot L 4, 5 and L 5 S1
Essentially...
you can break yer back almost anywhere below the neck and
ALL?
you loose is hips and below
We have a note here for the
amateur medic
You know this thing about the
patella reflex?
you cross the patient's legs as they sit
you karate chop across the knee just below
the knee cap
The foot should fly up
Here's the thing
if you repeat this in short order
the amount by which the foot flips up
should decrease with each chop
this is about
ganglia
This is about peripheral autonomy
ganglia are little brains
some species only have ganglia - lots of them
no brain as such
Whenever anything happens unexpectedly
to a part of the body
the local council - the local ganglion
deals with it
in a rather crude fashion
after a bit - not very long in the case of the
patella reflex
news gets back to headquarters
and the message goes out to the locals
they is messing us around
knock it off
it's a hoax
and the reflex subsides
AND the consequence of this??
spasticity in the case of
healthy ganglia
not under the control of mashed up
brain centres in
cerebral palsy

9th August 2017


a little knowledge is dangerous
We have a little knowledge about the
child 'S' with PKU
case
we have certain suspicions about this case
The disorder is not
aggressive
not
dominant
it is about an enzyme being missing from
the child's body
in essence it is not altogether different from
our favourite of the moment
Type 1 diabetes that does not have
an essentially genetic basis
Type 1 diabetes is like the
hormonal equivalent of
MS - multiple sclerosis
in Type 1 diabetes
the immune system attacks the insulin producing cells
in MS the immune system attacks the nerves
any genetic dimension is about
not having belt and braces
it's like flying in a single engined aircraft
no fall back if something goes wrong
PKU is of different origin
equivalently
having PKU is likes taking off in a
hot air balloon
you have no engines from the start
perhaps your mum launches you like
a tow plane releasing a glider
but no
hot air balloon
because
if you regulate your diet VERY carefully
you don't really need medication
the enzyme is missing but with very careful diet
you will never need it
everybody needs insulin - the diabetes material
careful diet controls the extent of the injections
you will need but you will need injections
if it's type 1
PKU is much more like type 2 diabetes
in that control of diet can CAN
control the disease
How so ever, however, whatever,
from the little bit of information we have about
child S
he appears to be in a different category
he has inherited a defective gene from each parent
BUT
it appears that his mum
inherited a defective gene from each of her parents
in other words
mum appears to have had PKU whilst carrying
child S as a pregnancy
a pregnancy conceived by mating with
a father who was either
a PKU patient or
had one defective PKU gene
This is referred to in the profession as
taking the piss
just because your PKU is well controlled
doesn't mean you can
bang out healthy kids
Even if the baby does not have PKU
because it has a working gene
from the father is like
Being pregnant whilst an
end stage alcoholic
in terms of the effect on the baby
Taking the piss, and some
PKU is rare amongst
blacks and Ashkenazic Jews
overall in the USA it occurs in
one in sixteen thousand live births
Not mega rare
Foetal PKU syndrome is
mega rare because
most PKU patients have some sense of
responsibility
What we are referring to here is a trend
for people in the context of the existence of the
NHS
to make a business out of their genetic disorder
and to be encouraged by professionals who
do not necessarily have the disorder but can
make careers out of people with
avoidable genetic disorders
This industry depends upon
The courts
The courts are organisations that are in a
we are where we are context
Their question is
What is to be done for this
poor scrap of humanity?
Not
How will we prevent this situation from arising again
There is a massive overhang of discomfort
from the 1930s and 1940s in Germany
relating to the compulsory sterilisation of
genetic defectives
Nobody wants to go there again
The point is
how do we encourage those families that do have
serious genetic disorders running in them to
breed responsibly
The Jews have a big problem here and they have
used genetic counseling and incest taboos
to try to tackle this problem responsibly
They have contributed very positively to
their own salvation
but there are still rogue individuals out there who
resist measures to avoid the problem and
insist on rolling the dice indiscriminately and
they can do that because there is an NHS

8th August 2017



This is an important picture
This man was forced to have this photo taken
It isn't a police mug shot
It is something very similar
This man died in around 1945
He was called
William Robson
William Robson 1863 - 1948
This is the only picture ever taken of him
It is the only one because
He had strong religious convictions and
did not believe in
The worship of Graven Images
he was a Christian
but that particular belief has resonance with
SOME traditions of Islamic Art and Culture
The reason he HAD TO
have the photo taken was that he was
Councilor William Robson
Chairman of the housing committee of
Billingham Urban District Council
and citizens were entitled to be able to
recognise him in the street

This is an example of the use of a
concept of religion in
Tribal Politics
If your tribe has highly talented artists
who can make really accurate
representations of anything
if you can paint or draw a beautiful and accurate
still life
that is not a much different skill from
capturing a likeness
of a person
Thus, in Islam, it is the skill that is attacked
no representational art
only geometric patterns
Essentially, the Shiites were the descendents of
the founder of the religion
and the Sunni were
the ordinary people
ordinary people can be set to work
banging out identical tiles - like robots
Picasso
Supposed to have spent his life
relearning how to paint like a child
It was all about
Civil war
all about an art for the masses
but not art for mass consumption
The muriel on the wall of a terrace house in
Coronation Street
but a form of art that
the masses could participate in
the sort of
tourist tat
churned out by
indigenous peoples
the world over
So you say
My people can't do that
His people can do that
My people are not capable of doing that
His people are capable of doing that
We'll declare Holy War over the concept that
Nobody should be allowed to
do that
There's a difference between
Only
Genuine First Nations people
should be allowed to make a living from
primitive art forms
AND
Cut off the hands of the people who do the clever stuff
or in modern practice
accuse the scientists who won the war for us
of being child molesters
as soon as
The Peace
begins
Turing
It is interesting how in the UK
we have managed to split or share the credit for
The winning of the
Battle of Britain
between
The designers of the Spitfire and Hurricane
and the pilots
not a common feat
Perhaps it is worth noting
AT the end of the war
Most of The Few
Dead
Mitchell
dead
Turing
still alive
perhaps we prefer our heroes dead
perhaps it's a
Duke of Wellington
hangover
when can you stop
heaping praise and prizes
on a living legend
Dead
bung the widow a pension
and move on
Or
vote them out of office
Churchill
and set them on
rewriting History
in a purely
inky
form
There's a lesson there about who to
put into the
House of Lords
Please God
NOT
Blair


A level results season coming up?
We want to make a comment about A levels
often people comment about
A level being
too narrow
at GCSE and at university
a student is likely to be interacting with
up to a dozen educational professionals
at A level there is a bottleneck where
they may have two or three teachers they see
every day
Those teachers can be divided into two groups
those who have no children or little children
Those who have grown up children
The first group will be experimenting on
their pupils
trying to figure out how to get them the best grades
so that they know what to do if or when
they have kids of their own to help
the second group will be thinking
why should I help this lot
compete in life ahead with my
little - idiot - darlings
At A level
you are least likely to get a
satisfactory mix
of these two types of tutor
We note the
Pre-Stephen and post Stephen
phases of
legendary Coatham physics teacher
Tom G Pearson
Ace at
teaching to the test
before he finally produced
an accountant
Chief finance officer of the afore mentioned
Queen's College
if memory serves?
Our Ricker had a problem with
the chemistry teacher,
Mr McGragor,,
duputy head
grown up kids
lived in the smallest house on
Coast Road
some people may not know that there is a
terrace of three houses on Coast Road
It looks like a pair of semis
Mr McGregor lived in the sliver in the middle
Our Ricker...
ace experimentalist
volumetric analysis
numbers spot on
McGregor response
suggesting to the class that
Ricker had bribed the
lab tech
to give him the numbers...
makes you wanna punch the wall
Ricker knew his place
he always let the other lads have a go first
when they had run out of
wrong answers
he would score for the team
against the smart arsed teachers with their
trick questions
geography
Mr Ingham
He'd been
Mediterranean island during the war
produced copies of a landscape
asked the class to say where it was
Ricker always could put
two and two and two and two together
Answer
Zealand
How the fuck did he do that?
Too clever and you get accused of cheating
very flat,wet, windmills,
recent lessons on
New Zealand....
knowing teacher's thought processes..
Zealand is a name for or a part of Holland




Picture credit Duncan Bulmer
Nobody has a right to see this photograph
police mug shots of this man exist
They do not look like this
This is him
not long out of nappies
The code?
Palatinate Purple for Durham University
red for science
ermine for honours
Real, House of Lords Ermine would have
black spots
This is
Our Ricker
The World's Greatest Bio-medical Scientist
He The Man
At what point does a person
gain or loose the right to
internet or digital privacy
Do the people who believe that
under 18s
should not be photographed
or over 18s should have the right to
have other people's photos of them
when they were under 18
destroyed
deep down
share William Robson's belief that
all images of the human form
offend God
Is the development of The Internet
being seized by the
Islamist tendency
to be a platform for a belated
attack on all forms of photography and
figurative - as opposed to abstract - art
abstract art being
symmetrical and un-symmetrical patterns
not REPRESENTING anything
because
God designed and made everything and
to make copies is to
infringe His copyright
Other traditions reflect this in
allowing representational or figurative art
but only if it includes a
deliberate mistake
not possible with early photography
Picture of how you looked twenty years ago
when you were ten
does not put you at risk of
sexual exploitation
but
could be tantamount to
having your pigtails cut off
Photography steals your soul
some say
age at which photographed
immaterial

7th August 2017


The Gatlin victory over Bolt
presents a problem or three...
Firstly we see the likes of
Ennis Hill
getting upgraded because women have been disqualified
retrospectively
In the British justice system
if a jury is rash enough as to
convict a female defendant
an appeal court judge will
automatically quash the conviction
unless there is evidence that she is a
lesbian
A diversion of course between
criminal justice and sports justice
Here's the thing
The core issue
What if
The cheat would have won
even if they hadn't cheated?
Some cheating is clear
An early winner of the
Tour de France
is said to have taken a train ride
with his bike
during the race??
On the other had
If you enter an exhibit at the
Chelsea Flower Show
and display bought in plants and flowers
That's OK
Entering shop bought
fruit , veg or cakes
in the competition at the village fete
is...erm?
cheating
that's the point
what actually constitutes cheating?
it is definitely the point regarding the
banned and recently returned
Russian?
female tennis player
The drug was legal for years
it stopped being legal
she kept on taking it and didn't fill in the
forms in the new way
and got banned
There's a lot of emotional support for the
F1 motor racing driver who
was almost killed in a rally car accident
and has arm damage
and is back driving F1 cars
so far, not in races
No way he could have survived
let alone drive again without having drugs that
would be banned during competition
We want sport to do two major things
aside from providing entertainment
we want it to encourage young people
not to ignore and squander their potential
We want it to encourage and reward
application and effort and
the overcoming of adversity
We have to be careful we don't
exclude from sport
the unlucky - those who are injured by accident
or who are injured by trying too hard
those who need help to function well
If you denounce therapeutic exclusions...
you begin to sail quite close to the wind of
saying
sport is designed to identify
genetically perfect specimens
the South African runner with no feet
Blew it big time
just as he was beginning to ask
why not have para-athletes in
open competition
blades for feet, anti ADHD drugs
BOTH banned from
open competition?
If you are type 1 diabetic and thus
need insulin
should you be confined to the
paralympics?
With our amount of medical content
you would not be surprised to see us
concerned about
medical school entry
probably won't have time to watch the up coming
TV drama about a nurse
masquerading as her doctor friend
on the basis that a remote hospital is
desperate for staff
Trust me
as in Trust me I'm not a doctor
when people come up with extreme diets
and look good for a few months
and then die in their fifties....
too late?
It's definitely the case that
state funded sectarian schools have been a
major weapon in the fight to reduce
home schooling
and that by analogy
if you want people to spend more time
at 'the doctors'
and less in hospital
a basic concept of medical hierarchy breaks down
a lot of people in hospital
disengage brain
as soon as they are approached by a doctor
they then , later, ask a nurse
what was she on about?
Having a lorra lorra
nurses of many different backgrounds to
'translate English to English
works in big hospitals
at the doctors
it's hard enough to get any sort of appointment
chances of button holing a nurse
in a corridor?
vanishing to nil
Hence, a drive to recruit and train
doctors representative of the populations
they will serve
more immediate empathy
much bigger chance of
getting out of their depth
despite the increasingly
two way nature of media
making discussion with journalists possible
people with real knowledge
haven't the time to monitor these conversations
and can't actually be identified in
on line conversations
a major reason for
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People have had pets for a very long time
people - for a very long time -
have had very sophisticated relationships with their pets
They can see commonalities between humans and all sorts of animals
In that context it is easy to see how some people
come to the conclusion that
all people are the same
This may well be a true story
it may well - in essence - be an oft repeated true story
little girl is an only child
little girl has a doll she dearly loves
One day her mam decides she is
too old for dolls
Mum gives dolly away to poor family
lots of kids in the poor family
Days later original little finds her
beloved dolly
in bits
strewn around a back ally
it's a very sad story
it's about
personal and communal ownership
Did mum one genuinely think the urchin kids
deserved the doll more than her own daughter did?
was she jealous of the doll?
why not buy the poor family a doll
or agree the donation with her daughter?
why did the poor family destroy the doll?
were they un able to share and care?
was that why they were poor?
Oh this brings back memories for Our Ricker
He was promised a tape recorder if he
passed the eleven plus
he passed
got the tape recorder from his dad
it was second hand
from then on his dad
threatened to take it back off him so often
that in the end his mam had to buy him a second tape recorder
which is probably one reason for his home being crammed
with duplicate items
another is so that
if the bailiffs arrive
they will have something to fill their van with...
the really sad thing about this is
Ricker's dad was demented and
Ricker's teachers
swore blind to Ricker's dad that Ricker was gonna
fail his 11plus
and he walked it
but no expectation of having to supply the tape recorder

5th August 2017


Dame Miriam Louisa Rothschild DBE FRS
(5 August 1908 – 20 January 2005)
was a British natural scientist and author with contributions to
zoology, entomology, and botany.
Rothschild was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985
and was made a Dame in 2000.
In 1973 she was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She received honorary doctorates from eight universities,
including Oxford and Cambridge. She gave the Romanes Lecture for 1984–5 in Oxford.
In 1986 the John Galway Foster Human Rights Trust was established;
in 2006 the name of the trust was expanded to
The Miriam Rothschild & John Foster Human Rights Trust.
This funds an annual lecture on human rights.




Today we visit
accountancy corner
In accountancy
When somebody owes you money
that debt is regarded as
an asset in your accounts
It has a value
an asset value
It is worth something
It can be traded
In October 2007, a consortium of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Fortis and Banco Santander
, known as RFS Holdings B.V
. acquired the bank, in what was the world's biggest bank takeover to date.
Consequently, the bank was divided into three parts
, each owned by one of the members of the consortium.
However, RBS and Fortis soon ran into serious trouble
: the large debt created to fund the takeover had depleted the banks' reserves
just as the financial crisis of 2007–2010 started.
As a result, the Dutch government stepped in and bailed out Fortis in October 2008,
before splitting ABN AMRO's Dutch assets
(which had primarily been allocated to Fortis)
from those owned by RBS,
which were effectively assumed by the UK government
due to its bail-out of the British bank.
The operations owned by Santander, notably those in Italy and Brazil, were merged with Santander, sold or eliminated.
Say you are a property developer
say you set up a stand alone company to develop a hotel
say you hire a contractor to build the hotel
say the individual company you set up to build the hotel
has no assets other than the fact that you
a wealthy property developer set it up
What may happen is that as the contractor builds the hotel
they get
stage payments for the works stages they complete
say you
mortgage the hotel with a bank
you draw down stage payments from the bank to pay the stage payments to the contractor
They get paid
The bank does not
Say the hotel is a total disaster
can't sell it, rent it, or run it at a profit
The individual compnay you setup
not your entire empire
files for banruptcy
The bank owns a worthless hotel
but nobody owes the bank anything
The bank will then try to sell the debt
This is where the concept of
cents on the dollar
comes in
they will sell the debt they can't recover from the company that has folded
because bundled with the debt is a hotel
Somebody may buy the debt in which the property developer borrowed
100 million dollars
for twenty million dollars
hoping to recover that or more from some disposal of the hotel
Let us now consider
Barclaycard
We will simplify matters by saying that there are two types of cerdit card
Visa card
and
Mastercard
Let us say that there is a form of Visacard called
The EGG CARD
Let us say that Egg card goes bust
Let us say that
Barclaycard takes on the assets and liabilities of EGG when it goes bust
They may buy these at quite a lot of cents to the dollar
60, 70, 80...
Nevertheless they are
Traded assets
Barclaycard acquire in one fell swoop
a lot of desirable clients don't want because they have entered into arrangements
brokered either by
Citizen's Advice
or through the courts
to repay these debts at
less than one percent per month
Barclaycard may
actually we know that they have
falsely purported to some
former ex EGG customers that
They Barclaycard
have sold these customers debts to an independent
Finance Company called
Link Finance
They have not sold these debts
despite referring to Barclaycard as
vendor
in official decumentation
They appear to have done this in order to
negotiate a faster rate of repayment than
officially agreed with
EGG
or
Barclaycard



4th August 2017


Vorderman was educated at the Roman Catholic comprehensive
Blessed Edward Jones High School in Rhyl. In 1978,
when she was 17, she matriculated at the University of Cambridge,
where she studied engineering at Sidney Sussex College;
she earned a Third class in all three years of her education at Cambridge
, and thus became a member of the "Nines Club",and graduated with a third-class honours degree.
Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE
born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall, 3 April 1934),
formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall,
is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and
UN Messenger of Peace.
Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees
Alma mater
Newnham College, Cambridge
Darwin College, Cambridge
Doctoral advisor Robert Hinde
We have brought to mind the
classic, perhaps ultimate
You didn't need qualifications to do research at
Doxbridge - Durham, Oxford,Cambridge
Prior to the era of the
Former Polytechnics
Jane Van Lerwick Goodall
Did a PhD on
primate behaviour
no previous university qualifications
whatsoever
Mind, Ricker wasn't gonna get a PhD
he was just gonna be a researcher
It was twenty years before
Dave Hyde got a PhD......

2nd August 2017


The phrenic nerve is a nerve that originates in the neck (C3-C5)
and passes down between the lung and heart to reach the diaphragm.
It is important for breathing, as it passes motor information
to the diaphragm and receives sensory information from it.
There are two phrenic nerves, a left and a right one.
Pain arising from structures supplied by the phrenic nerve is often
"referred" to other somatic regions served by spinal nerves C3-C5.
For example, a subphrenic abscess beneath the right diaphragm
might cause a patient to feel pain in the right shoulder.
Irritation of the phrenic nerve (or the tissues supplied by it) leads to the hiccup reflex.
A hiccup is a spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm, which pulls air against the closed folds of the larynx.
Ricker ...
hiccups?
every time he swallowed solid of liquid
He's getting better now....
Sorry ladies
she cats are NEVER in the mood until
AFTER
they have been raped
shades of The Bard's
Taming of the Shrew
Induced ovulation is when a female animal ovulates
due to an externally derived stimulus
during, or just prior, to mating,
rather than ovulating cyclically or spontaneously.
Stimuli causing induced ovulation include
the physical act of coitus or
mechanical stimulation simulating this, sperm and pheromones
Domestic cats are often described as induced ovulators.
During intromission, the penis probably causes
distension of the posterior vagina and induces release of
gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) from
the hypothalamus via neuroendocrine reflexes.
A surge of luteinising hormone (LH) occurs within minutes of mating.
With multiple matings, the LH surge is
greater and lasts longer than when only one mating occurs.
There are reports of ovulation without mating in cats.
Spontaneous ovulation not only occurs in cats, but occurs with some frequency.
It appears that non-copulatory ovulation may be possible
in response to a variety of visual, auditory or olfactory cues.
It is more appropriate to consider domestic cats to be both an induced and spontaneous ovulator. We should point out here that
Women of child bearing age
living in close proximity
synchronise their cycles
so that like deer
they will gie birth at around the same time
creating a creche
Often remarked to happen in
Beauty Parlours and hair dressers
This snippet of conversation occurred quite a while ago
Our Ricker was in a vehicle on
The Trunk Road
with a a small number of
retired steel workers
one of them remarked how ironic it was that
on the Redcar site of the road
Wilton International
had a huge - prison quality - steel fence
and on the River side
the steel works had some
dilapidated wooden railings
If you are
steel
on Teesside
you are completely
'word blind'
to anything else
Hence, the difficulty in promoting Teeside
We refer to
King's College Durham
spinning off to become
Newcastle University
attempts to establish
Queen's College Durham
in similar vein have collapsed
simply because
Newcastle University got established
before Newcastle Polytechnic got any traction
and so
The now University of Northumbria
didn't have the strength to strangle
Newcastle University at brith
in the way that
Teesside Polytechnic - the University of Teesside
was able to do a Herod on Queen's College




Medical bulletin on Our Ricker
As part of the magical mystery tour around his body
This year he has
mostly been having
phrenic neuritis
not a hobby to be recommended
characterised by
some coughing and
random hiccups
We live in the past
A Far country where
The Derby
Is a horse race run on a Wednesday
and each Saturday in the winter
your uncle did the pools
because there was no lottery
and every football team played
a league match
kickoff 3.00 pm
every Saturday
alternating home and away
We live in that world in our dreams
So we see the approach of the
2017-18 football season and we reach for
a footballing analogy
Somewhere between the football of our dreams
and
the football of today
There was an invention
The Transfer Market
So in the early days of the transfer market
transfers would have been between
British Clubs
Players would have grown up with a decent sized club
and later - possibly much later
been bought by another club
At first ownership of players was for life
Then the Bosman ruling - probably spelt wrong here
Bozeman?,BR> meant players could go
out of contract
like having your car crushed if you forget to
renew the road tax
if you were the club
like not being a slave, not being property
if you were a player
Where we are going here is
What's it like to be sold by your club?
often - even today - if you are a Chelsea player
and you get a bit over the hill and get
bought by
Manchester United
Oh that's managers isn't it
If you get bought
you are often not selected for games
Against your old club
Here's the thing
relating to
immigrants
you get bought from Chelsea by Man U
You may not be expected to play against Chelsea
BUT
you are NOT
allowed to play your games for Man U
in a Chelsea strip
Some loyalty to the
Old Country
is endearing
but unless you are here on a contract to
REPRESENT - short term
your old home country
You play for us now
Even if you are secretly buying up
half of Estonia
with your wages
Redcar and Cleveland includes
Greater Eston
There used to be an amateur football team called
Eston Villa
Aston Villa geddit?
'Typo' on your CV
Used to play at number 9 for
Eston Villa
A bit like
I've got a double first from
Oxford Brookes University
Speaking of which
Our Ricker's trip to Glasgow
one of two
The other time he only saw the airport hotel
He'd gone for an interview for a
Research Studentship at one of their
'universities'
interview was with a reseach supervisor and
a vice chancellor who seemed to have arranged himself
almost upside down in his chair
for the purposes of the interview to give
the clearest body language message possibel that
this meeting was a waste of time
BUT
one of his professors was an external examiner at Durham
or some such
and so needs must
needs must, when the devil drives
the thing was
Ricker's undergraduate research project had been
really whizzo
at least to masters degree standard
but it was clearly written up as a study of
the neurophysiology of
limnea stagnalis
now this potential Glasgow research supervisor
knew a bit about
classical experiments in neurophysiology
mostly done in California, perhaps
So the interviewer asks
where did you get the material to do these experiments on?
Short embarassed silence from Ricker
Sorry, my study was on
limnea stagnalis
not limulus
limnea stagnalis is the common British pond snail
they have probably renamed it by now
classically
invertebrate neurophysiology is done on the
massively bigger and easier to work with
limulous - the horseshoe crab
easy to get in the states but
not in Blighty
lymnaea stagnalis
Great pond snail
35 to 50 milimetres
OK so this is vivisection
What our man did was
open the top of the snail's head
expose the mouth from the outside
imagine, no bones, no skull
not outside as in where the food goes in
outside as in outside the mouth but inside the head
He had this amazing set of gear
one thi