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26th October 2020

We've come across this rather strange
BBC news story about
Darlington Railway Station
there are 4 plus 4a platforms at Darlington
platform 1 and 4 are 'outer' and on the
East coast main line
nestled between them are two
terminus platform 2 and 3
which are the terminus for
Saltburn to Darlington services
we are in a strange transitional phase right now
the thing about platforms 2 and 3 is
They are not electrified
they served DMU - diesel multiple unit - services
between Darlington and Saltburn
calling at Thornby for Stockton
Middlesbrough and Redcar
two things have happened
Darlinton to Saltburn services have been
largely replaced by
Bishop Auckland to Saltburn services
meaning few trains terminate in Darlington
except in emergencies
platform 4a is for such emergencies
mainly when Trasnpennine Express trains have to hang fire in
Darlington on their way from Newcastle to Manchester
the second shift in need is that
Bishop Auckland to Saltburn trains are planned to be
hydrogen powered
and so electrification of platforms 2 and 3 is
not needed
The issue here is that - electrified or not
Darlington has an up and a down
goods loop
so that goods trains do not have to pass through
the train shed
and do not need to have the platforms cleared
so that they can get through
The headline
Darlington to lose status through loss of platforms
we assume
derives from a plan to allow SOME
East Coast Main Line services to
use the goods loop is they are not stopping in Darlington
we should point out that IF the direct trains form
Redcar to London
they will run
Redcar, Middlesbrough, Thornaby, Eaglescliff, Yarm
Thirsk Northallerton
not via Darlington

to clarify - once again
the East Coast Main Line
is 4 track up to
at Northallerton it splits into two two track lines
one goes to Darlington and Newcastle and Scotland
the other two tracks go to
Teesside and Wearside
The direct trains from
Sunderland to London
neither call at nor visit Darlington
the direct trains from
Redcar to Manchester
neither call at nor visit Darlington

We thought we would mark
Black History Month
with a reference to
Cary grant and Myrna Loy
The movie
Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House
neither of them played
she was played by
Louise Beavers
You can cut the story many ways but
one version is
New York advertising agent wants to move
from cramped flat in New York
vast wooden hut in Connecticut
amongst other trials...
paying for this extravaganza
relies on him - Grant, Mr Blandings
keeping his job by coming up with a slogan for
Wham, a sort of tinned ham
perhaps not unlike Spam
The family getting under each other's feet so much
the maid - Gussie - is privy to her employer's stress
What are we having for tea today Gussie?
more of that ham?
Oh Misser,
Don't say ham say wham
and an advertising legend is born
and the house is paid for
some would say
this is
cultural misappropriation, or theft
in some eyes
Gussie should have kicked the Blandings
out of their flat
Moved into Mr Blandings office
and the shed in Connecticut
she inspired Mr Blandings slogan
that is such a small step from saying
white folks can't wear
corn rows
a particular African version of plaits

I asked my congressman
and he said: quote
I'd love to help you son
but you're too young to vote
there ain't no cure for the
summer-time blues

parents get
because they have votes
and so do nutters
we are have made a few comments about the
Regent Cinema project
we do hope the town won't be extracting the remnants of
a rather large number of oversized
sandbags from the beach over coming years
we are contrasting the efforts of the builders of
The Beacon
and the new Regent cinema
we should say
the concrete wall sections were not
cast in situe
they were cast in Belfast
A V Dawson
brought them from the docks one at a time and
the two machines that set them
and the bits the current contractors are busily drilling through
well each had two caterpillar tracks
each of the 4 tracks was brought by its own
STGO category 3 wagon

Wash your hands before touching food
eat 'on the go foods' whilst holding them
in the wrapper or a napkin
stifle coughs and sneezes
we note that the contractors have
given up trying to find
in the Regent Cinema
whether they ever did find any
we don't know
we may look out some pics of the
mansize machines
previous contractos used to
The Beacon
and the rest of the sea wall
bu for now we will content ourselves with
The Sea versus Tonka Toys
sometimes I feel like
a motherless child

we are not seeking to deal with
precise legal definitions here
in the UK if you
can't be looked after by your
natural parents
there are three options
and you may be normal
or unusual in yourself
the three basic options are
orphanage, children' home
foster parents
if a child is adopted by new parents
they are treated as though they were
the adoptive parents' natural children
which transfers a major finacial burden
from the local authority to the new parents
this means that adoption is only really an option for
normal - not special needs - children
although this may not work out if the problems emerge
some time after adoption
children loosing their parents through accidents
are the ones most likely to be adopted
there cn be a lot of money available to
temporary parents who
fostering placements can be quite short
foster parents are generally not
natural relatives of the children
sometimes when family members take over responsibility for
a child
they can get quite cross over not qualifying for
fostering fees
here is the crux of the free school meals controversy
the terminology is unhelpful
the legislation talks of
two sorts of money
child support
child benefit
child support is a
civil fine payable to a mother by the child's father as
ongoing punishment for
not marrying her
or for having divorced her
it is payable to the mother not the child
child benefit is a reward for a mother for
having got pregnant when having
no visible means of support
no job, no husband
or such at inadequate rates
it is payable to the mother, not the child
in a very real sense
free school meals
are the only benefit
bestowed DIRECTLY on the child
and it is not surprising that some activists see it as
a vital protection for children who
may be being exploited by their parents or guardians

We guess this is for
the editor of the EG
rather than the mayor of Middlesbrough
you gotta demolish that SHED
if you wanna build that extension

We could get all worked up about how
in the past
dementia wasn't recognised and families suffered losses
due to
The head of household
head of the family
having legal rights that trumped all
no matter how disadvantageous they were
Ricker's dad died a long time ago
These pictures are of the wallet he left behind
and so we should say
these people are
Ricker, his mam and her mam
Ricker's dad's parents died before he was born
this gran died on
Christmas Eve
when he was 4
his dad died when he Ricker was around 28
and his mam died when he was around 33

As Ricker approaches his
bury by date
The bank have a handy blank next to
date of death
on his file...
he is appalled by how much tat of his own he is surrounded by
he spends his declining days
trying to put right the damage
his mam and his grandad did to his gran's house
knowing that when he goes
there will be a week when the garden is
full of rubbish skips
no matter what he does
the house will be sold as a
fixer up er
and gutted
but it keeps him interested in life
Ricker wants it noted that his in the picture gran was
born a Wright
Wright's Biscuits
of Tyne Dock, South Shields
were one of the constituent companies that came together
to form
United Biscuits
but Eva Wright
married beneath her
hitched her wagon to an ambitious retailer who
only ever had the one shop - in Tyne Dock
a haberdasher
a credit haberdasher
and on a night
Eva's daughter Eva May - Ricker's mum
would come home in tears because she had been around
all the houses in Tyne Dock
and been told that nobody had any money to
pay their instalments and arrears on
the credit they had taken out to 'buy'
haberdashery - like anything woven
and any accessories thereto
haberdasher - dealer in small articles of dress
ribbons, needles etc
here's the thing
in those days - the mid 1920s
there really wasn't any sort of
Experian or credit cards, or even bank accounts
in a sense
the haberdasher would not know
how much 'tick' you had with the butcher or the baker
or the green grocer
and a couple of years without
was a very different thing from a couple of days without food
poor credit in the dress shop
did not mean poor credit at the grocers
but here's the thing
the MEN were out of work in the shipyards
but the women were not
out of work in
the biscuit factory
you could say
biscuits and bustles
eventually Masie's father's wholesaler died
and the son ended HIS credit
so he moved to Redcar to be a clerk in the
at the steel works

Endeavour is futile
without a tragic
back story
you haven't got a hope in hell

human interest story
that's what you are
that's what you
need to be

19th October 2020

we were wondering...
has Andy Burnham
Labour Leader in exile
seen the movie
Ace in the Hole
people in trouble
immediate help available
journalist wants to
give the story legs so it can go national
for local authorities
CoViD 19
the latest goose that lays the golden eggs
for local authorities
There is a saying
a stock response to a question
Oh, that's beyond my pay grade
the people most likely to try to operate
beyond their pay grade are
police officers
around the world they stand for
brute force and ignorance
and their training manual is very thin
it consists of
if ignornce is bliss
'tis follow to be wise

British police reckon on being different
they say they
police by consent
their is a fine line to be drawn here
the line is between
policing by consent
what this means is that if you consider the
primary role of the police to be to
keep the peace
after all magistrates are also known as JPs
Justices of the Peace
the difficulty is that that shapes the world in the image of
the people who shout the loudest
the nutters who are to be
pacified, placated, appeased
and so we divide the population into three of four groups

the nutters
the (silent) majority
the experts
the traditionalists

and so to the crux of this matter
the core saying

hold on tight to nurse
for fear of something worse

and that is the story of Redcar and
The Tees Valley
over the past twenty to thirty years
somebody came along
Lord Melchet in the 1970s
and said there is a better way to make steel
and the people said....
wll it cost jobs
and Lord Melchet said
Hell yes
and the people said
no way
in the 1960s and the 1970s you had two major
post war re-organisation of British industry under way
the modernisation of the railways and the modernisation of
steel production
there were vast difference between these two processes
the modernisation of the railways replaced two
cohorts of the working class elite
train footplate crew and miners
a raggle taggle army of
steering wheel attendants
two minority elites replaced with
low skilled, cheap, quick and easy to train
people in entry level jobs
the modernisation of the steel industry lead to
a reduction in the British Steel
shall we say payroll rather than WORKforce
from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands
when the man of the house is unemployed
and the woman of the house is working
especially if they are not working at home
a conflict between
men with jobs and men without jobs
can be played out as a campaign to promote the idea that
women are at risk in the workplace
however, returning to
nurse and something worse
we should say that nurse in this context is
referring to
governess, or school marm
many, possibly most, technological advances in
result in
the removal from the workplace of
jobs that can only be done by a man
at the transition from
car assembly lines that were simply
conveyor belts
to car assembly lines using
robots and power tools
time and motion experts
worked out how to divide tasks on the assembly line
such that
any worker could carry out the standard task in the standard time
this was the end of
big strong lads
lifting and fitting the wheels
and tall skinny lads with long fingers
installing the instruments into the
back of the dash board
design the workplace to
minimise training costs and
democratise the workplace
what it did do
intentionally or not
was signal to employers
if training is
out the window
we can take on female workers
without worrying that our investment in training will
collide with the female realisation that
pregnancy brings
something more worth doing than
working for a living
and the point of this diversion?
the Get Wet has been collecting the
mutter from the gutter
and they say that
Redcar's Olefin 6
was shut down and 'mothballed'
in September 2020
and as we said not so long ago
chances of re-starting a plant like that
once it has gone cold?
vanishing to zero
and so?
and so
we think there will be
no more flaring in Kirkleatham
ever again
and that should be an encouragement to
people thinking of bringing jobs that
do not involve
sheltering under a dragon's wing

and for the police?
butt out of things you don't understand
take care to distinguish
envoronmental activists, and such
environmental experts, and such

we don't know when was the
High Water Mark of
State controlled Grammar Schools
but there were notable examples
manchester Grammar School
Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
the idea that all the kids
even all the boys
smart enough for it to be worthwhile giving them a decent education
from cities as large as Manchester or
Newcastle upon Tyne
could be taught in just one school
seems the basis of their relative decline
one thing we can say is that there were many types of
grammar school
boys', girls', co-ed
grammar technical schools
our Ricker attended a
boys' grammar technical school
in the then small town of Redcar
girls in the area could attend the
Girls' Grammar
Cleveland Grammar
That was not a grammar technical school
that was in a context where there were three tiers of
state secondary school
grammar, technical, modern
we have no actual experence of
Secondary Modern school education but
we suspect that the 'modern' bit
consisted of adding
to the traditional
Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic
the three Rs so beloved of
Cabinet Office Minister Gove
Mr Gove of
'we have had enough of experts'
to distinguish
technical from modern
Redcar's grammar technical school had
workshops with
band saws, drill presses, planer thicknesers
capstain lathes
blacksmithing furnaces
a technical drawing office
that stuff would have been sold off when
Coatham grammar technical school was
replaced by
Saltscar Comprehensive
although it may have gathered dust until
the building
the most expensive ever put up by
North Riding County Council
was demolshed to make way for
a centre for excluded pupils
under construction in 2020
we have no confidence whatsoever that
eductional buildings erected by the state
will be for long used for the purpose
advetised in the planning application
as an aside
we can report that when
The Coatham Grammar building was put up
so much was the concern over it being built
on a marsh
that its several wings were
linked with
rubber gaskets
in case there was differential settlement
and then when the site was re-developed fo the
Mo Mowlam refuge for the slightly deranged
instead of building the land up
with hard core
they dug down into the mud
and in an even more distant reference we cn say that
storms revealed a
drowned forest
on Coatham - Redcar beach
some of the peat from that was been dug up during the
construction of the new drain
on the Regent Cinema site
we are ay a strange juncture in UK politics
the Tory party are presently
the party of no loosers
and the Labour party is
the party of entitlement
in that sense
for the time being at least
all UK politicians are
left of centre
the whole of Brtish politics has become somewhat like
The National Trust
saddled with a load of castles and ramparts to
protect against those post Second World War
ignorance, want, stravation
foreve chanting
hat's that coming over the hill
is it a monster?
a perfect example of this was the rather nice woman
who was appointed
children's commissioner for England
and immediately went abroad - Middle East
looking for the starving childen she couldn't find in the UK
to refer back to an earlier comment
having re-organised logistics to create opportunites for
droves of steering wheel attendants
we now have
trucks driven by East Europeans
and vans driven by
every initiative drempt up by
the plutocrats of oxford University
seems to end up being
a solution
in search of a problem
plutocracy - government by the wealthy
each of them
having got bored with being wealthy
gets into
tell yer mother I save ya
mode wanting to
go down in history
as having saved the nation or the world from
something or other
and that is not a lot different from
for example
the authorites in North Korea
maintaining their grip on the populace by
keeping them in ignorance
just sufficent education to perform
and feeding them stories about
imminent invasion threats
and so
problems that require
teamwork and public co-operation
get shoved to the side in favour of
'problems' that can be
solved at a stroke
The Dear Leader

sometimes we have a little chuckle to ourselves about
home spun medical advice
from the Dutch
we have a trumpet shaped firearm called a
Paddy Hodsman
used to point out a bus on his travels with Tommy Robson
the blunder bus
taking the single mums to the orphanage to give birth
that is by the bye
we just thought we would record that whilst we had the laptop fired up
the object today s to set a question for the people who fall between
Only Connect
and Unitersity Challenge
in the US College Bowl

What is the link between
oxford Ragwort

the hint is
pwoplw get confused about different classes of things that
can do you harm
our Ricker is always a bit careful about
eating anything that has gone mouldy
he likes cheese
cheese is mouldy milk
here's the thing about mouldy food
the contrast between
mouldy food and food with a bacterial contamination
over the years a lot of people have died from eating grain
flour based foods
prepared from gain that had been contaminated with we cook food to make it easier to bite and chew
and to improve the taste
we also cook food - and check temperatures reached
to kill bacteria
for the most part
kill the bacteria - the food will be safe to eat
we will be safe from infection
eat something contaminated with the wrong kind of fungus
made from the wrong sort of mushroom....
three sort sof mushroom
tasty, magic, lethal
all effects not of the mushroom itself
potentially INFECTING you
but the toxins it secretes and spread out through what it is growing on
kill the fungus, you don't destroy the toxin
not necessarily
the one does not automatically follow from the other
this needs saying but the point here is that
cancer is not an infection
it is not usually secreting a toxin
not like
botulism secreting
clostrdium botulinum
botulina toxin
here's the thing
if you give a patient the toxin that
for the sake of arguement is
the toxin produced by
or myobloc Jeauvea others
say you gave it as an
rather than to kill nerve cells so your
muscles couldn't concertena your wrinkles
absolutely, fundamentally
if you are in a dirty filthy place such as a hospital...
you may pick up C diff
and your body's previous encounter - real or simulated with
C botulina
compromise your efforts against C diff
in this context
the antibiotic IS NOT, NOT, Not
causing the Clostridium to
it is compromising your ability to
fight C diff
bacteria and fungi secrete toxins to
suppress competitor bacteria and fungi
viruses do not do this
viruses are way too simple
viruses produce one thing
and they can't do that without hijacking a living cell
Oxford ragwort
this Scenecio was introduced into Britain via
Francisco upani and William gerard in the
years of their visit
1700, 1701, 1702
from Sicily
where it lives as a native on
volcanc ash
they planted some in the
Duchess of Baufort's garden in
later jacob Bobart the Younger
took some to the
Oxford Botanic Garden
where he was
Horti Praefectus head gardener
it found the stonework of the
Dreaming Spires
including the
Bodleian Library
made it feel right at home
by 1800 it had the official name
Senecio squalidus
from being endemic to the volcanoes of Sicily
it transitioned to become
endemic to those slopes
and the also to Oxford walls
endemic meaning
restricted to, not found anywhere else
and then came the
Industrial Revolution
and for some strange reason
ocford was connected to the
Railway network
this had two effects
thye seeds of Oxford ragwaort were carried along the tracks
by the slipstream, vorticies, eddies of airste up by
the second factor was
the tracks of the railway were set on rocky balast
and that we strewn with cinders and ashes
even more like the old country and its volcanoes
than soppy honey coloured stone walls is Oxford
and now
Oxford ragwort can be found anywhere in the UK where
there have been railways
cancer cells DO NOT
neighbouring cells
just as ragwort cannot transform
nearby rose into ragwort
cancer cells ar cells that have entered an
inappropriate stage of development
or mode of action
most likely becaue a gene or number of genes that
should have been or were
switched off
were inappropriately
switched back on again
or the converse
this is why
if you have - for instance
breast cancer
'that has spread'
it will be the
lymph glands in your arm pit
and not other structures nearer to the breast that
may well be removed
however, further to other comments about the role of
bone marrow in immunology
bladder cancer spreads to - bone liver lung
breast cancer spreads to bone, brain, liver ling
colon cancer spreads to liver lung
kidney cancer spreads to bone liver lung
secondaries or daughter colonies of
mode dysfunctional cells set up where the
blood circulation
lymphatic drainage
carry them
each cancer cell is in a world of its own
transported into a
second childhood
where it just grows and divides
to produce a meaningless blob or mass of tissue that
usually squashes surrounding structures
but may secrete harmful hormones are similar chemicals
the cancer cell has lost its sense of its role in the
organisation, structure and function of
the body as a whole
like an ambulance chasing lawyer
and so we should end with a quote
somebody first said it but we forget who
an honest politician is a person who
when bought
stays bought
Sometimes we want to publish a picture of something that is
very big
and things to do with trains are often
long and thin
to give you a chance to explore today's thing
we have set the picture
side on
most mobile 'phones will have a fit if you try to see something side on so
good luck with that
we said earlier that contractors were installin drainage on the far boundary of Coatham Marsh
even earlier we said that the nature of the
keep out signs indicate
high voltage electrical installations
if you can see the little white towers...
these are to stop te drains overflowing
if they back up
There's a Whitby mineral train in the shot of you can find it this is a track bed for a set of
sidings intended for fuelling trains with hydrogen
The white streak to the right is the road bridge at
Redcar British Steel railway station
the black building is
Steel House - visible from Trunk Road - other side
the second picture...
at the bottom you my just be able to see the
new fence that
fences the
Hydrogen site
from the

12th October 2020

People in general think of
as a car and van manufacturer
from the earliest days
Mercedes was a name
the name of a company chief's daughter
a name given to a brand of vehicles made and sold by
Daimler was at the start British but soon became German
Daimler is probably bigger than BMW
BMW is a German family business making cars and such
The Ford family own around 2 per cent of shares in Ford
the thing is
the shares the family own are
voting shares
all the rest carry no authority but
bear risk and dividend dependent on how the family run the company
The company still owe billions to the US government
after a bail out during the 2008 crash
although they have paid back three quarters of what they borrowd
when we talk of
in the context of Formula 1 motor racing
we mean
Mercedes AMG Petronas
at points along the way
two companies grew up
as dominant amongst those
doing up-grades on Mercedes cars
in broad terms
Mercedes bought all of AMG
and half of Brabus
in essence Mercedes have to irons in the fire of
performance upgrades
Petronas is owned by what they call a
sovereign wealth fund
it is owned by a government
probably the government of Malaysia
Petronas is shall we say ten times the size of Mercedes
and they 'own' through sponsorship
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 racing
Petronas do not own Brabus
Petronas are into many things
property - the Petronas Towers
but mainly
oil,gas and shipping
Red Bull sell sodas
Red Bull do not make sodas
they licence other companies to make
Red Bull
Red Bull
sell Red Bull
and they spend a third of the money they make on
Red Bull Racing
a couple of F1 teams
and that spend amounts to
thirty million dollars a year
and half of that has been going to Honda for engines
The point is
Mercedes AMG - owned by a government and in the fossil fuel trade
will not be making fossil fuel free engines for anybody
would Daimler through Brabus
make a hydrogen fuelled internal combustion engine for
Red Bull?
essentially Red Bull have
let out a tender
they re offering 20 million pounds sterling GBP
Great British Pounds
per year
to supply four F1 cars with
hydrogen powered internal combustion engines
Fiat through Ferrari?
Daimler through Brabus?
not Honda it seems
if Renault Nissan Mitsubishi
are thinking past batteries
and let us say
the hydrogen will be being produced in Redcar
and Nissan is near Sunlessland
and the UK government are handing out cash to companies willing to
develop new uses for hydrogen if they are
base in the Tees valley
It is rather looking like Renalt engines for Red Bull
even if that means a change of
senior staff
at Renault
between them
Renault and Nissan
Own three per cent of
it is an important dimension of
protecting our credibility
We have to drip feed information
to some extent
we have - if you check - mentioned
cast iron gas mains being replaced with
plastics ones
to be more resistant to water content
increasing water content
we now have
British Gas Networks
selecting Cumbria
the county of the
Lake District
of north west England
selecting Cumbria for a trial of
increasing the amount of
in mains gas
you may have noticed that we are amongst the few who refer to
Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi
as such
Renault make their
Nissan Leaf battery car in
Washington, Tyne and Wear
near to Sunderland
a few years ago they hived off their
battery making division
if you make electric cars and you stop making
you are thinking of switching
from batteries to fuel cells
Now Honda have given 18 months notice of bringing and end to
making engines for
Formula 1 motor racing
Formula 1 has pioneered
hybrid motive power technology
as it stands the plan as published is
ramp up hydrogen for Cumbria cutomers
and if all is well
run around as some people may remember from the 1970s
run around and swap the
burner nipples in all the customer appliances
as in the switch from coal or town gas to
natural gas
and fit - for free - new burner nipples to burn
pure hydrogen
if it works in Cumbria they will roll it out across the UK
we've set a couple of hares running there
and here is another
if you can really easily modify a
domestic water heating boiler to run central heating
you can adapt an internal combustion engine to run on
you don't HAVE TO have a fuel cell stack to
run a vehicle on hydrogen
we listen to people quite carefully
we think there is in F1 terms
pressure from
Red Bull
for regulation changes that would allow them to
build their own
hydrogen powered internal combustion engine for F1
whilst Honda concentrate on fuel cells
the project has been priced at
200 million GBP Great British Pounds
can the Red Bull owner afford that
you don't have that close a grip on the numbers
if your planning isn't really well advanced
a hydrogen powered internal combustion engine in F1
in the 2022 season
that's the concept

A little while ago we had something to say about
if a female does not show signs of puberty by
age 13 and or is not menstruating at least
nine times a year by age 16
something is wrong and tests are in order
we respond to news stories in the question of
when it is right to raise certain issues
and so we are presently driven to the other end of the scale
in the past we have told the tale of
little boy Ricker who was so excited about
going on holiday...
that when his mam insisted he have a wee before they set off
he had to explain that he couldn't
because 'it' had gone hard and despite needing a wee
he couldn't
get it out
and this refers to the fact that
males get
piss proud
and females don't
a male can get an erection that is more pronounced
if his bladder presses on the veins draining his penis
and this can be expected from the age of puberty and
nothing is amiss if puberty happens
in females by the age of 8
and in males by the age of 9
when you have
ambulance chasing lawyers getting BBC screen time
to speak of
females of age 19 not 9 being
too young to be skewered by a prince...
you are not surprised if
the Quackery of the Land of the Free
want to dose all under twenties with
puberty inhibitors
drugs that suppress the production of
puberty causing hormones
infantilising a young person for
but not sexual
child abuse
and so the question is
is there social harm as well as personal abuse
if parents delay the sexual maturity of their offspring
to a time of the parents' choosing?
this whole matter is reflective of
foot binding in Ancient China
and not exactly
chemical castration
chemical FGM
genital mutilation
even if temporary
it has a smack of
I'm up, pull the ladder up
WE are the adults and they are the children
and it's gonna stay that way

5th October 2020

Who is
Sir Tufty Cutts? sorry...
Our Ricker can't tell whether his brain is going
or standards of
on the TV
are slipping
not Sr Tufty Cutts
Our Rickers got lots
two of the are certificates from
Durham University
Distinctions in
we have had a data loss in
Public Health England
There are two fundamentally different ways of
storing and retrieving data in computers
one of the problems with this site is that it does use
very badly
tables are a variety of arrays
data can be stored in computers in
linked lists
if you have
750 pupils in a school
you can set up a database that is defined as having
enough cells to contain
750 individual data sets
on the other hand
you can set up a computer to accept data as it comes and
end the entry with a pointer to the locaton in memory where
the next data set can be found
in other words
when you don't know how many people will apply for a CoViD test
you could set up an array or table with space for
60 million people
or you could use a linked lists protocol that can cope with
any number of data sets
we presume that several government departments have
universal data arrays
Inland Revenue, your National Insurance Number
your NHS number which incidentally
is in no way related to your NI number and
if you are a patient at a major hospital
you will have a patient number that is in no way related to
your NHS number
an NHS number is 10 digits a James Cook number will be a letter followed by 6 digits
when these web sites were registered
the registration HAD to BE made via
not 'phone call, not letter, not email
people don't expect to have to
re-train if they have not lost their appointment
so they use
legacy technologies

we have photos of the latest visit of
Cnute Construction
to Redcar
but they are not exciting enough for us to bother to upload them
got a bunch of thickoes? get them to fill plastic bags with sand off the beach
and stack them around the Regent
including across the exit of the land drain you are contracted to move
come back after a lively night and find
Old North Sea has half emptied all your sandbags
if you got a handfull of
Hi-Vis old farts and a digger
why bother with the

we think
we think this may be a pictue of a tree
if it is a picture of a tree...
it's a weather picture
somewhere around here there is a piture of a tree at
Redcar Tesco
that has had the leaves on its northern half
stripped off by a north wind
leaving the leaves on the southern half
still in place
just wanted to explain how that got there
if it did

Our Ricker has been doing a bit more gardening this year
and these pictures illustrate
just how long it is since
he was last able to
do much in the garden

The fossil boys have got lots and lots of money
they can afford to give lots of it to
the likes of Satchi and Sarchi
Public Relations people
to spread
nobody gives us any money to correct
Group Think
they generate
The cheap and cheerful repost....
Somebody has convinced the UN
the United Nations
who have told the BBC
18 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions
come from agriculture
and that 20 per cent come from transport
let us turn the ideas under that upside down
from the point of view of your own home life...
setting aside the economics of running the home
take the life of a person in their early teens
for themselves they have two things to consider
what they eat
what they wear
they eat and drink food and drink
they part company permanently with the waste that produces
they buy, are given, clothes
they wear the clothes and after they have been worn
set them aside in their wardrobe, throw them over a chair
stick them in the laundry for mum to wash
take them to the charity shop
throw them in the rubbish
food and drink and a straight through deal
unless you follow Howard Hughes
clothes have a re-cycling element
you can add and remove clothes to and from your
at will
some used clothes are turned into
wool based wall insulation but that is a side issue
agriculture is like the clothing industry
like the fossil carbon elements are
diesel fuel for farm machinery and food distribution
and fossil fuel inputs into
fertilizer and agri-chemical inputs
these are not
carbon going into and coming out of
farm animals
farmers take carbon dioxide out of the wardrobe
the air, the atmosphere
and feed it to plants
the animals - or people - eat the plants
and the carbon dioxide is returned to the wardrobe
either directly through burps and bottom burps
or after the microbes 'out there' have
digested the poo
the question is not
how often do we visit the wardrobe?
the question is
how often do we hit the shops?
there is no net impact on global warming from
the essential processes of agriculture
the single most important question in
the economics of agriculture is
plants fix carbon dioxide
you gotta do that to be regarded as a plant
fix in the sense of taking it out of the atmosphere
and turning it into something solid
such as sugars and cellulose and lignin
a small proportion of plants
do the same thing with nitrogen
in a
crop rotation
one year in four - usually
a farmer grows a crop that fixes nitrogen
in the way that all plants fix carbon dioxide
we will not check this but
the Ricker mind thinks of
clover and beans
it is actually nodules on the roots of suitable
host plants that contain the
nitrogen fixing bacteria
just as in 'all plants'
it is the chloroplasts that live in the leaves
that fix the carbon dioxide
we can mine for all the nutrients plants and ourselves need
except nitrogen
recycling the fixed nitrogen
before it is released back as a
gas in the atmosphere by
unhelpful micro-organisms
the essence of
orgasmic farming
that is
organic with a PR spin
if you are vegetarian...
to be organic
you need to spread
human waste on farmers' fields
if you eat meat
it is animal waste that has to be spread
human waste pong something awful
and so we run it through
the Northumbria Water
Bran Sands
sewage dewatering plant
to remove the pong and probably kill any
before it is spread on the fields as pellets
In theory
you need a special licence to sell and use
polyhalite fertilizer
such as is dug up at Boulby
and will be dug up in the new mine
a licence to use this
fertilizer that has no nitrogen in it
unless you mix it with a source of
fixed nitrogen
that is why the Billingham plant - factory - was
originally called
Concentrated Compounded Fertilizer
Nirtam mixed with salt
nitrogen, phosphorous, potash,
yer gardening gurus will tell you
an unbalanced fertiliser gives you
all leaves and no flowers
people are made of
carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous sulphur
and all those other things
well perhaps for a start it should be
because we would be
jelly fish without
the other things are mineral too
magnesium, zinc
this is why if we are cremated
we turn into a puff of smoke and a pile of ash
we are made from
fixed air - oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide
dissolved rocks
and that whole thing of
hydrogen compounded with oxygen
Ricker remembers a snort of derision from a
University of Teesside Business Studies lecturer when he said
well, the brain is mainly
fat and salty water
but it is
things stick in your mind
when Ricker was at school
there were educational films
no computers
you live your life up to a point and then you may have
a moment, an epiphany
Ricker had grown up with the idea that
Diamonds are For Ever
then he saw this educational movie where
a diamond was heated in a gas flame and
dropped into a flask of
liquid oxygen
nd it scuttered around the glass and
fizzled away to nothing
it had been turned into carbon dioxide
by appropriate conditions

When Ricker was at school his head teacher was a reader of
The Times Education Supplement
ever now and again he would announce something about that he had read there
Jarvis won a photography competition
from time to time he would announce that somebody had been
granted an exhibition by Oxford or Cambridge
in essence a student studies for three to five years
The theory is that if a student does
really really well in any year
they would get money to support them in the following year
if they did well in that year
the following year they could get a scholarship
this means that this is a double whammy
signification that they are doing well
and money
Durham do things differently
if they have a student short of cash
they are up for a
cash because they are broke, end of

Things change
little things pass us by
something that we heard tell of was a system of
some sort of quiet - on the quiet
negative income tax
we are not tax accountants but over time there have been various
tax allowances
as a teenager Ricker's Uncle Wilf showed Ricker a copy of
ICI's annual accounts - late 1960s
impossible to remember whether the chap mentioned was
The chairman or the chief exec
at the time
his 'compensation' was listed as
salery subject to income tax - £2,000 per year
expenses not subject to income tax - £20,000 per year
one of the features of the pre-Johnson Tory government was
introducing a payment - a few hundred pounds
to couples who married
it is interesting to consider
in terms of income taz these days
does a wife claim an extra allowance because
she has a husband
does a husband claim an allowance because he has a wife
apparently they can choose
if the wife is paying 'supertax' the 40? per cent on the
top part of high earnings
and her husband isn't
for tax purposes, the wife is 'head of household'
to claim against 40 per cent instead of normal 20 per cent
some people think the tax system is designed to generate income
for the government
some people think the tax system is designed to
mould human behaviour
and so we are not surprised that it is suggested that for a time
people paying higher level income tax
were made tax allowances for their children
at a higher rate than people who paid nothing but standard rate
as we heard it
there was a major tax advantage in having
4 rather than 2 children if you were a higher rate tax payer
and so, at some point, a child may be one of four
and become too old to qualify for their parent's tax relief
and be at university
and so...
is a student in need or an exhibition or scholarship
or a bursary
a student from a deprived area - background
or a student from a family with four or five kids where
the collective
college fund
has died up
because daddy and mummy can no longer claim for the
entire brood
on expenses

we just want ot add a note about local government finances
chief executives in local authorities are paid
vast sums
the roles are therefore keenly competed for
and so only people who know the ways of the world get such jobs
it is not surprising then that
local authorities
Up North
want to take over control of CoViD testing
If they do you will se numbers sky rocket
the more 'cases' they can register
the more funds they can claim for from
central government
and do you think that
if local authorities hired
test and trace officers
they would
make them redundant?
see there's balance
left and right wing rip offs in two paragraphs

28th September 2020

Left Luggage Removal
The sculpture
Left Luggage
was left by the production company Atonement
and now it is being moved on to
make way for a new
Cinema Complex
Some people have asked
related to
Jonathan Swift?
people have traced Taylor Swift's family back
eleven generations but not found a Jonathan
Jonathan Swift was born in the 17th century
Jonathan Swift was Irish in a time when being Irish was
to be British
we may say things about his genetics
but what we know is that he attended
Oxford University
Hertford College
but then he attended Trinity College, Dublin
we could - at this time - refer to his
Modest Proposal
but he is more famous for writing
Gulliver's Travels
it is well known - even today
Although Swift locates the four destinations in
is that on
different continents
we think he may have been thinking nearer to home
Most people remember
the world where people are very small
six inches tall - 15 cm
Some remember
where the people are
the people are
72 feet tall
there is less consideration given to
The flying island of Lapuna
or Balnibarbi
the land ruled from the island
The 4th land is not really named
it is just an island where
the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos live
we are doing the
Eng. Lit. essay here
We are putting forwards is our normal
pithy way
the proposal
for you to analyse and discuss...
Lilliput is Swift's version of London
Brobdingnag although set as
the united States of America
is also perhaps
Laputa would serve as
The British Empire
and also as
Cambridge University
Blind Science with not humanity
to contrast with Oxford's
Faith not Facts
humanity and compassion
and the final land
the land of Yahoos
The land where the Houyhnhnms or
horses come from
and to that end...
we will not type out the full title
it begins
A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children
of the poor from being a burthen sic
to their parents or country
It is essentially as a satire...
putting up the proposal that since the poor of Ireland
are much better at producing children
than at producing food crops
they should eat their children
This is one of those absolute
1729 A modest Proposal
1845 to 1859 Irish Potato Famine
1584 potatoes planted in
Youghall near Cork, Ireland
Ireland is
it is so wet that it mainly grows
grass raise cattle for dairy as opposed to beef
so along come the potatoes
and they get planted instead of the grass and
you cut the cattle out of the loop
and so you can feed lots and lots of people
without having to have lots and lots of cattle
except that
grass belongs in Ireland
and potatoes
you need a somewhat drier climate than Ireland
say, Lincolnshire or Holland
in Ireland
potatoes get
they rot
and rotten potatoes don't make
1560 population of Ireland 1.4 million
1718 population of Ireland 2,9 million
1841 population of Ireland 8.13 million
1851 population of Ireland 6,55 million
1861 population of Ireland 5,8 million
2016 population of Ireland 6.66 million
These are All Ireland Numbers
Island of Ireland
It has taken from the Irish Famine in 1851 to
2016 to get the population back to post famine levels
never mind pre-famine levels
That Roman Catholic anti-contraception message is
finally getting through?
Breed and the Brits will feed you
as at present
Ireland is
90 percent self sufficient in food
over the 40 years that the UK has been
In Europe
world transportation methods have improved
fifty years ago most lamb eaten in the UK was
frozen New Zealand Lamb
Europe had
Wine Lakes
and Butter Mountains
surplus food in storage
separating the UK from its Empire
and the resultant Commonwealth
was a major plank of European policy in
reducing European overproduction of food
well - oversupply
if Britain stopped importing food from the Commonwealth
and Australia started exporting food to China
farm incomes in Europe could go up
setaside including British farmers
to set a proportion of their land aside
leave it
to counter oversupply
Set-Aside was an incentive scheme introduced by
The European Economic Community in 1988
to help reduce the large and costly surpluses
produced in Europe under the
guaranteed price system of
the Common Agriculture Policy CAP
it became compulsory in 1992
originally set at 15 per cent of land
land that could be farmed but wasn't
it reduced to zero by 2007
a word here about
import tariffs are paid by the importer to
the government of the country
INTO which the goods are being imported
in simple terms
you may pay 20 per cent VAT on a thing
because you have bought it
you may pay another 20 percent on that thing
if it is imported
the numbers may vary
you could pay zero VAT on home grown
essential foods
20 per cent VAT on luxury foods
and 40 percent VAT and Tariff
on imported luxury food
you could pay
20 per cent VAT on a second hand car
you could pay 60 percent on a new imported car
20 per cent VAT because you bought it
20 Per cent CAR TAX because it's new
20 per cent import duty because it's imported
not all number need be 20 per cent
but ALL those taxes go to your own
national government and
the base price on which they are calculated may be
discounted by the government where the cars were made
by way of an
Export Subsidy
incentive payment
so that the pre-tax price in the importing country
may be lower than the pre-tax price of the same tem
in the exporting country
thus the government of the exporting country are
paying the government of the importing country to
take their goods
The present BrExit 'negotiations are about
European manufacturing countries
Germany, France, Italy
wanting to retain control over
the level of Export Subsidy the UK government can pay
to companies which export to Europe
importers in Europe are not
altogether against
UK Export Subsidies

we have extremely limited resources and
particularly in these troubled times
we have concentrated them on content
we have not taken the trouble to set up
user tracking for any site other than
as we have said
other sites with the same content are
easier to use on a mobile 'phone
we may well - in context of our overall traffic
assume from the little information we have that
people have switched to
Teesvalley and our street
we can only say that
Redcar dot biz had 1,109 unique visitors
that's visitors not visits
in January 2020
1,046 in February
and 219 in August
transparency that is all
we could say that the information has
an R number
we don't have re-tweets and such
but in the old terms
people are free to
this information even though it is

It is a fact not often considered that
'Great Cities' in general, are located near to
where great rivers meet the ocean
London is a 'Great City' and
Glasgow was for some time regarded as
'The Second City of Empire'
It has been relatively recently that
London has survived despite the
'Port of Thames'
moving to Tilbury
and a little longer since most ships could get
no closer to Glasgow than
Grenock - spelled, spelt, Greenock
We have made mention of
the Manchester Ship Canal
being the means by which
Manchester competed with Liverpool
What, then, is the explanation for
The explanation is only partly geographical
Birmingham is located slightly centrally in England
Birmingham exploited the development of
canals to compensate for its lack of a major river
all of this worked until the coming of the
railways when Birmingham's lack of a river
became even less important
Birming ham was then sitting pretty with a choice of
Sea Ports located at the local railway goods yard
all in the realms of
compensation and mitigation
not cause
What is the cause and function of
Oxford is and was a place
in the countryside where
The Chattering classes of London could
The Great Stink
a safe place away from
pestilence and plague
If we now consider the contrast between
Great Cities of Europe
Great Cities of The World...
what is the major difference?
What one factor distinguishes
Birmingham from
London, Antwerp, Saint Petersburg?
There is something that Birmingham is
it is not a
Guild City
once a year
we completely forget at what time of year
probably late spring, Boat Race time
the BBC slip in a couple of hours of
Saturday morning TV that gets little publicity
it is coverage of
The Lord Mayor's Show
and the floats are not
Notting Hill Carnival
Samba Band
they represent the
Trade Guilds of The City of London
As with the
Union of Sooth Sayers and Mystics
in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Clearly Defined areas of Doubt and Uncertainty
through to
Trades Unions in the second half of the 20th Century
and their
Demarcation Disputes
In London you could not work at a trade unless
you were a member of the appropriate
Trade Guild
In Birmingham
You had the goods, you could sell them
and all the while
local authorities under pressure to establish and run
Trading Standards Departments
to in a sense
Test Goods
in some unremarked contrast to
Universities and Technical Colleges
set up to test workers
That is a fairly significant conflict in world affairs
The quintessential Guild University of London is
City University
Gresham College
Sir John Cass Business School
Their ethos is
take on as students people who have already got
through family ties and networking
nailed on job prospects
and train them to be consistent in their work with
the approprate Guild
In the sense that their full time courses evolved from
day release and night school for
ambitious employees
'Real Appretices'
This is not practicable for the new
street corner universities
they know that most of their graduates'
First Destination on Graduation
will be
the Hospitality Industry
Soda Jerks
berger flpper
you can't spend three years
training somebody how to use a
beer pump and a contactless till

21st September 2020

There is a vague distinction between
a constricted site
a non-constricted site
Interserve are building a refuge for refusenics
The Mo Mowlam Centre for
excluded pupils
on Corporation Road and
it is a huge site
and they are putting up a couple of phases of
single storey prefabs that take up around
15 to 20 per cent of the site
they have chosen to go
clarts plodging
as Our Friends in the North
would have it
mud on the road
contractors and deliverers told
park on the pavement
workers parking in the
Technical College car park opposite
somehow overcoming the extensive provision to keep
local residents out of the car park when the college is closed
and then there are the contractors
demolishing the old Pavilion Theatre, Regent Cinema Coatham Pier
on a restricted site
with a clearly defined work site that is very much
restricted for size
we shall see whether they continue as the have begun
live up to
The Considerate Constructors code
and don't join Interserve in the
Clarts Plodging League
what is so particularly upsetting about The Mo Mowlam Contract is
that throughout
Tarmac have delivered and laid wagon after wagon of
blacktop to site
and the site manager has refused to make
workers and visitors
is there a hint of
just ignore the little woman about this?

now that our Ricker is very old he sometimes loses a word
he's lost a word just now
the word he wants is hiding behind another word or term
every time he searches for the word he gets
toxic shock
that's not what he wants for the present purpose
you will have heard of
post traumatic shock syndrome
so that means it must be
disorder not syndrome
post traumatic shock disorder
and so he has the missing word
the word he wanted was
or it may have been
he's still not sure
there are three things going on here
trauma - a bang on the head, pr a broken leg
then there's
now shock has been used in times past to refer to the
effects of blood loss
and the surge of hormones that come with physical trauma
so the second thing is the effects of having a
now healed injury
the third thing is
having similar psychological and hormonal consequences of
witnessing something terrible happening to someone else
a near miss for yourself
or something really nasty happening to, say, a pet
and so we run to the actual word Ricker lost
women used to be said to be hysterical because
they had a womb with associated ovaries and hormones
Ricker is very particular about words and he gets
hissy about misleading use of words
it is only recently that mental illness has been
on account of 'cos he watches
Le Tour de France cycling...
he sees the ads in between and
most of them are for charities
Guide Dogs for the Blind
the RNIB
Royal National Institute for the Blind
Royal National Institute of Blind People
the real problem is the way
medical professionals use technical terms that
mean something different to them
from what they lean their patients to believe they mean
technically people can be
vision impaired
but the Guide Dogs people and the RNIB
have picked up this term
partially sighted
strictly speaking
partially sighted means
suffering from
hysterical blindness
and if a person has a functioning visual system
blots out the images
or does not trust that what they can 'see'
is really there...
a guide dog
will give them confidence to walk about
a guide dog may also be a great help to
a person who is
blind or vision impaired
but it is a mistake to assume that
in an ideal world
everyone with a vision disturbance or blindness
would benefit from having a guide dog
guide dogs could
restore confidence to a person who has
any sort of
particularly if that is vision based
if you wear glasses - specs
you are sending a message
I don't see too well
and a guide dogs sends that message more loudly
somebody else who does not see too well
may not want to send that message and will
either blunder about or more likely, these days
wear contact lenses
some vision impaired people would not want to
for instance, attract pick pockets
by having a guide dog
there is this standard piece of
medical gallows humour
the consultant says
they have patients who are in because of a disability
but if I set off the fire alarm
it's the patients who 'can't walk'
who are first out of their beds and
off down the corridor
and so
we have
assistance dogs
not just guide dogs for the blind

we think we know why the vision assistance charities have
revived the old
partially sighted
it is probably an attempt to
accentuate the positive
it's probably a bit late to some extent but to
accentuate the positive they should have taken
a leaf out of the book of the
Spastics' Society
who finding
being used as a derogatory
changed their name to
they should consider whether
are available as charity names
Sight Savers is already taken

14th September 2020

The smelting of aluminium is very
energy intensive
it uses a lot of energy
back in the day when aluminium was an
exotic wonder material
the cost was - well, very high
and in the UK
especially with aluminium being so important to
military aircraft
the government had a special industrial complex built
It was built near Fort William in Scotland it had the ability to produce
42,000 tons or is that tonnes, probably tonnes
42,000,000 kilos
about 100,000 pounds
of aluminium
hydroelectric power
and it was probably very important to the UK war effort
but these days despite still being able to
generate that amount of aluminium
that is not the sort of amount of aluminium
an economy such as the UK's requires
We have referred to Lynemouth, Big Georgie and The Ace of Spades
they took over the core production
That closed when the coal ran out
didn't completely run out but the easy to get at stuff ran out
and then there was
and that shut down
but there was a plan
The plan was
would build a new
Nuclear Power Station on Anglesey
to power a new aluminium smelter
and than there was
Redcar and the Dogger Bank Array
and now Hitachi have put it in writing
they will not build Wylfa
The Dogger Bank Array is well on in
being built
Lynemouth ran out of coal
Nuclear is too expensive
major aluminium smelting in the UK will
happen in Redcar using
wind power
it's dead cheap to build a wind farm
it's dead cheap to renew a wind farm
howe's about you try to
bomb a wind farm?
how you gonna lock onto a bunch of
big plastic sticks
spread out across miles and miles of open sea?
militarily a wind farm is a very secure power source
slightly unreliable, but very secure
which is why
The British
bury power cables
you may fracture some turbine blades
but even if your subs identify where the connecting cables run
how are you gonna damage them?
and who wants to clean up after a
bomb has hit a nuclear power station?
if you use
floating wind turbines
the connecting cables will be vulnerable to
being cut
so you need a very very large area of
quite shallow seabed
The Dogger Bank, off Yorkshire
and Redcar has massive amounts of the well located
Brown Field Sites

We are getting rather frayed at the edges
we are running this lot from a
smart 'phone
and the smart 'phone is on line
and the lap top isn't
but we have to
1 upload code from the laptop to the 'phone
2 have the 'phone switched on near the laptop
either by cable of bluetooth
the 'phone seems to be connecting the laptop to
The Internet
and altering software settings
and since the laptop is running Windows 7...
it should not be being updated
what we can report is that we can't be bothered to
fire up the 'phone
every time a thought occurs
and there is an order of magnitude difference between
a bit and a byte
we can say that the traffic on the suite of sites
for September 2020 is
30 gigabytes
not 30 gigabits
there are approximately 9 bits in a byte
since we get the same stat for every site we assume this is
the total not per site
and so we have a responsibility to
1 get things right
2 keep on paying the bills
but we are
mega fed up
and not about to add to our expenses by
taking out a home internet contract
when we have absolutely no idea WHEN we will get
back into the 'office'
if we didn't have
'testing' we would think this epidemic was over
out of an abundance of caution
we are relying on half remembered mantras from
the childhood of superannuated geeks
IF all these
experiments to test religious beliefs
lead to a solid knowledge base
the investment may prove valuable
at the moment we are not distinguishing
died WITH CoViD
died FROM CoViD
to some extent this is like lumping together
people who die with tattoos
with people who die due to sepsis following
having a tattoo done
the current regulations are
entirely preparation for the
Blame Game
that will emerge in a year or so's time
journalists and opposition politicians
have to hold government to account
was it Bill Shankly who said
some people think football is
a matter of life and death
it's more serious than that
in that sense
he was talking in a context where
many young men had recently died in two world wars
he was suggesting that if you played for a major team
it should be expected that your exertions would
drive you to an early grave
but for true sporting success you needed
the wholehearted support of
entire communities
when there is no science
trying things at random is a natural recourse
ignoring the conclusions that those sacrifices bought
in the words of Harold Wilson
having a free vote
and repeatedly having free votes until you is
profligate of human life
there are still influential people
David Hockney - artist
who believe that
a life that does not involve smoking
is a damaged life
1 repeating the experiment until
a majority of scientists are convinced
2 repeating an experiment until
all scientists are convinced
3 repeating an experiment until
a majority of people are convinced
4 repeating an experiment until
all people, everywhere, are convinced
in preparation for the coming
blame game
are we still not 100 per cent convinced that
CoViD is a
and one that is
in other people
not in an alien miasma or cloud
we should note that our impression is that
pedal cyclists are the
athletes most likely to die for their team

10th September 2020

Back in the day
if somebody had an obsession
it was said that they had a
sometimes we feel that the people with a
coal kink
should be humoured
perhaps we should forget thinking of coal as a
valued asset
and see it as
a cancer
to be cut out
how much money would the
coal obsessives be willing to loose
just to stay muckey?
once it's gone it's gone
they can't whinge on about empty coal seams
and eventually they will not be able to sell the coal
for a price that doesn't bankrupt them
not when the easy to get at stuff is gone
the only reason they can contemplate digging up more coal is
because they have access to more and more powerful machinery
That is
more and more powerful Dinky Toys
When Coal was King
surface mining for coal in North East England was
carried out by a Bucyrus dragline called
Ace of Spades
Big Geordie
Bucyrus Erie 1550W
Ace of Spades
8 November 2008
Once the largest dradline in Europe
The Ace of Spades was built in
January 1992
and habded ove to
Crouch Mining
M D Thomas writing a
Journal Article in
Mining Technology
Journal volume 77
in July 1995....
British Coal opencast (BCO) engaged
Harhischfeger P and H in October 1989 to
design and manufacture
construct and erect
and commission
a P and h 757 dragline
a project in total valued at
15 million pounds
The machine is now the largest dragline in
replacing the previous record-holder
the Bucyrus Erie 1550W
Big Geordie
Ace of Spades operated at
Nick Drew, March 2014
Ace of Spades weighed
4,000 tonnes
four thousand tonnes
it had a power output of 11,680 killowatts
in diesel terms that's
15,690 horse power
and abucket capacity of 65
it moved 300 million tonnes of spoil
spoil is overburden
the stuff on top of the coal
it was retired in 2003
and went off to a second life in
The United States of America in 2011
This sort of machine typically has a crew of
less than a dozen people
Banks Mining were licenced to remove
3.2 three point two million tinnes of coal from
These people are the
energy industry equivalent of
the people who despoil archeological sites
in serch of trinkets
The purpose of
Ace of Spades, when in Northumberland was to
provide coal to
Lynemouth Power Station
so that it could supply power to
The Alcan - Aluminium company of Canada -
Rio Tinto Alcan
Lynemouth Aluminium Smelter
and now???
Alcan are gone and the powerstation is burning
biomass to feed the National Grid
and the shit from the coal diggings is
being washed out of the cliffs onto the beach
we suspect that power from the
Dogger Bank Wind Turbine Array
will be used to power a,bR> new aluminium smelter in Redcar
we have a few very boring pics of
contractors putting drains into a
possible site
near Redcar (British Steel) Railway Station

7th September 2020

It has to be said that platform 2 at Redcar Central station
The Matchstick Platform
is a lot shorter than the original,
still in place without track,
Platform 2
and a lot shorter than the in use original Platform 1
it's about a car and a half short of a six car
TransPennine Express Train
rotten to the core

We made reference to
Wright's Tower House
on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough
what we didn't say was that
only the corner half of the shop was demolished to
make way for a
'stylish new' Macdonald's
half of it is still there and just being
slowly eaten by the developer mice

Back in the day - the 1960s?
there was a popular song, well presented
the 'hook' of which was
you'll be a woman soon
soon you'll need a man
and it my have been that lyric that inspired the
catch phrase
a woman needs a man
a fish needs a bicycle
there is a story about a man who was a
slow learner - as we would say these days
and as a boy he had been drilled into believing that
having sex was a bad, bad thing
and then for whatever reason it was decided that he should be married
and he was married but he would not consummate the marriage because
having sex was a bad bad thing
in the sense of his failure to respond when his new wife said
we should have sex now
and this is a day when nobody really considered removing
pubic hair
so both had quite luxuriant bush
and so it was that the wife persuaded the husband that
it would be a good idea for them to go into the
tobacco blending business
we're not going to have sex
we're just going to blend your tobacco with mine
a fruit by another name
is just as sweet
if you hide sex from children if you build it up as
a fate worse than death
you can give them a 'complex'
and that can develop into a
a fetish that could be dangerous
declared and perceived 'sexualities'
have multiple origins
in women
the concept of
individual distance
can be significant
individual distance is the distance from
somebody else
at which a person begins to feel uncomfortable
take two people who come across a person with a compound fracture
a broken bone with the splinter poking out and bleeding
one person may not want to be within twenty metres
of that person
the other person may be
magnetically drawn to the scene
Ricker recalls coming across a
raw golly
a featherless chick that had fallen from the nest and died
Ricker was fascinated
Edward, the friend he was with, was appalled and dragged
Ricker away
there is no sexual element in these cases
a woman who has been told NEVER to allow a
man or a boy
for fear of a
and in need of being
fondled and fucked
may turn to other women for relief
Have the people who sought to
protect her from unwanted pregnancy
done her a service in the means they have employed?
it's a simple thing
cross the road when the green man shows
don't cross the road when the red man shows
but if you are too young
don't cross the road if you are alone
at what stage is a child safe to
cross the road alone?
at what stage is a child safe to be
Ricker once went on a mission to
a sink estate in Middlesbrough
with the
Tees valley Wildlife Trust
because somebody had got funding to do a survey of
water voles
it was quite interesting
the two things the children were fixed on
they were not with their parents
but the community accepted the Trust people as
sort of 'supply teachers' people who were safe with their kids
two things...
the children would not
cross a road
the entertainment involve kite flying
the little boy declined to take the kite across an
empty field
so as to be able to run back to Ricker
into the wind and get the kite aloft
and so we have
territory, home range, and separation anxiety
all problems with
personal development
not, you're too young to do that
you should NEVER, EVER do that
and language is so important
when Eston Grammar School's building was turned over to
Gillbrook Comp.
some rats that had been intended for
dissection by A level students were
left behind in a prep room freezer
when the South African dissident Oxbridge graduate
it was 1977 and his 'mate' Steve Beko had just been killed
when he found out that there were rats in the freezer
he insisted on having one thawed out so he could
dissect it for his class
in front of his class
and the kids liked that
that was OK
until one of them went home and told the family that
teacher had
cut up a real live rat in class
and the headteacher was met with an
anti-vivisection delegation
just that one word embelishment
rael live
meaning to the kid
not a picture in a book
at Cotham in Redcar
the Grammar School
bred and killed and dissected rats in A level biology
harbouring live vermin
a real no no in Eston
and that sort of
is not NOT related to a shortage of money

There are days when we dive into this code and....
It's all getting very complicated
We remember the day the government announced that
All schools should achieve
above average performance
it was very quickly pointed out that
however the standard and achievements
the average will always be
higher than half the results and lower than half the results
However, the media would complain that
by 2024 all schools must do better than the 2020 average
a confused message
back in the day when it was
politically acceptable for politicians and not just the media to
regard the populace as utter morons
there were two simple public health messages
that we do not hear these days
Wash your hands before touching food
Coughs and sneezes spread diseases
and so
we don't say
sanitise your hands as you enter Greggs
we say, wah your hands incessantly, and eat incessantly

we want to develop this idea of
management by numerical targets
this, particularly with regard to
The Police
We have heard recently that it has been suggested that
police should be trained in
conflict resolution
Ricker remembers things about being young
as in the average age of a copper time was the lads would stand at the urinals and
compete to see who could
jack off highest onto the wall above
The Porcelain
young men are very adrenaline sensitive
Here's the problem that targets cause
in this instance
The Police are set response time targets on reports of incidents
coming in from the public
The police call handlers categorise the calls into
emergency and non-emergency
naturally we have to be confused
in the UK
999 is for emergencies but
routine calls are????
well we don't know
they could be
or they could be
lets stick to 999
so the handler not the caller chooses emergency or routine
and so the MANAGEMENT say we want to be judged on
how quickly we arrive on scene at incidents WE decide are emergencies
and we don't want anybody expecting us to turn up at all to
boring reports
on the other hand
here is the crux
the public are not too fussed as to whether a cop car turns up to
a drunk in the road in
five minutes
ten minutes
but they want the cops to turn up to a burglary
before the rain washes the finger prints away
if the cops took a little time to get to scene a few seconds later
without WITHOUT
a lot of
death by cop
in transit
on scene
could be avoided
and that is not down to better training
it's down to better
performance assessment

We thought that since the original web site is
Redcar based
we would do a little bit of
the Secret Life of Redcar
style history
back in the day
during the second world war
industry was using quite a lot of
whale oil
we always forget the dates exact name of the
the McKewen Bridge on Redcar Trunk Road
the nanny great thing hiding in plain sight in Redcar is
Wilton International
It used to be called
ICI Wilton
we need to introduce a product to you
Fuel Oil
also known as heavy oil, marine fuel, furnace oil or
bunker fuel
it is a fraction obtained from
petroleum distilation
the distilation - same as distilling whiskey
the distilation of crude oil
as itself it is defined as
any liquid fuel that can be burned in a furnace or boiler
to generate heat
in an engine to generate power
liquid is a moot point
ships that run on bunker fuel have to keep it
to keep it
it is any oil based fuel that has to be
at 42 degrees C or 108 degrees F
in order to catch alight
it is made of long chain - high molecular weight
hydrocarbons - molecules made of
hydrogen and carbon
mainly alkanes, cycloalkanes and aromatics
first -over on
Seal Sands
they take from the crude oil
by distillation
propane, naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel
then they take
diesel and lubricating oils
bunker oil is what is left and is not
asphalt - road tar
there's a tunnel under the
River Tees
that brings the bunker oil to
to the Olifin 6 cracker
in 1973 bunker oil produced
16.8 per cent of electricity in the US
not any more
the burning of natural gas
mainly methane
got cheaper and stayed that way
if these days they ever re-light a
coal burning power station
they first warm it up by burning a quantity of
bunker oil
number 6 oil
requires correctly engineered systems for
storage - could go solid like pitch in a tank
if not heated
pumping and burning
on that scale kerosine is
number 2 oil
and number 6 has to be stored at
38 degrees C 100 degrees F
and heated to 65 to 120 C
before it can be pumped
there is a similar product
to British Standard 2869
Class G heavy fuel
number 6 can contain up to
3 per cent surphur
this means if they are shut down
sulphuric acid is generated
and rots the guts out
and that dear friends is why....
we keep having
over Wilton
despite the words of
they reckon
Redcar residents' lungs
are more resistant to sulphuric acid than
their cracker
if they can't shift the products
they can't shut it down
because sulphuric acid would condense inside
and wreck it
so the product - chemical intermediates
has to be burned off - flared

what the plant aims to do is to
convert big heavy alkanes
into cute little
if we knew what
7000 kiloPascals of pressure was
we coud tell you that the plant needs
high temperature
high pressure
and catalysts
to do it magic
WHEN it's doing it
Seal Sands will have
what they call
Cat Crackers
catalytic crackers
their magic is to turn
in simple terms
diesel into synthetic gasoline
as opposed to gasoline distilate
Traditionally... Wilton olifin 6 operated at
750 to 900 degrees C
in aprocess called
steam cracking or
at lower temperatures - 500 degrees
you get needle coke
used to make electrodes for
steel and aluminium
arc furnaces

we have had instructions from
The Management
we have to plug
their other web site
Click here for av it

we want to do a bit more of the
uplifting story and
we include two pictures of the same plant
taken at different times
to show that
the plant is
actually growing there

brave heart
uplifting in these difficult times

Tees Valley, UK
Good enough for
Government Work

4th May 2020

Here's the plan!
Whenever we update this file
the updated version will appear first
perhaps not by very long
Our Street
the slot in the template

we have had instructions from
The Management
we have to plug
their other web site
Click here for av it

4th July 2020

according to paypal
nobody, absolutely nobody
has donated one thin dime
to the support of this web site
that is interesting
we should clarify a comment that may appear
somewhere on this site
the spat we have had with our ISP
Internet Service Provider
is not about content
it revolves around a very clumsy strategy
designed to convert contracts from
manual renewal
automatic renewal
so several of our sites are now on
automatically annually renewable contracts
just need to keep enough money in the bank
and not get the card cancelled
as our Ringtons deliverer said
when introducing a price rise
times must be hard

1st September 2020

We have this notion
we propose that all students who
graduate from
Oxford University
Saint Andrew's University in Scotland
be given the same degree
it would be a bit like an MBA
it would be an
and that would be
Master of Networking
In essence
people who go to St. Andrews
are so rich they don't need jobs or skills
they just need an appropriate other
Students who go to Oxford
my need a job but on the basis
It's not what you know, it's who you know
there is a dimension of
Emperor's New Clothes
about this
when Oxford gets an
Ace Blagger
into the role of Prime Minister
takes one to know one
he or she sees through the
Oxford smoke and mirrors
and looks for results
We are not going to research
Carnegie Mellon University
beyond saying that it is and has been
an MIT style institution
a Technology Institute
not a
Con-artists' Conservatoire
Carnegie spent a lot of money on education
but not in
Ivy league universities
IV is Roman numerals for 4
don't care what they are called but they are
the US equivalent of
Oxbridge - Oxford and Cambridge
Carnegie spent money on
library services but not so much on
library buildings
he paid for
music lessons - not church organs
and he gave money to schools if they
cut their links with religion
sometimes there is reference to
The University of Life
Carnegie saw a distinction
he promoted
learning of knowledge and skills
he did not promote
a Teenage Freemasonry
he was interested in, shall we say
wealth creation
wealth concentration

in a sense universities began by
providing a staycation alternative to
The Grand Tour
for lower tier gentry
but they branched out into
training priests and training lawyers
the training of
the majority of people who have been
granted audience in
Her Majesty's Courts of Law
the training of barristers is in two parts
The academic and the vocational
during the vocational section
a candidate must
' attend qualifying sessions with their
Inn of Court
These are professional development events of
an educational and collegiate nature
which are arranged by or on behalf of the Inn
our Ricker has forgotten the term
and it is no longer published
but the essence is
You have to attend and eat a minimum number of
Evening Meals
within the confines of your Inn
Eating in Hall
in uni terms
not having done that is why Ricker has a lower class of degree
it's about
a working barrister wants to stand up in court
and think
that person representing the opposition
the defence to my prossecution
the prosecution to my defence
I've seen him with soup down his front and
roaring drunk
that makes me feel less nervous

but what can you say about the universities of today?
a government does not see a steelworks as
a source of steel
they see it as a source of National Pride
they see it as a source of JOBS
if you can walk you can sign on at the steel works
if you can't walk, you can sign on at the university
priority number one for universities is
provide sheltered employment for
the vulnerable
Those who can, do
those who can't, teach
most people are probably aware that court cases come in
degrees of importance
different grades of judges
without too much detail
all the different styles of court proceedings can
be divided into two layers
those where the sides can be represented by
a barrister
and those where the sides must be represented by
a legal team lead by a QC
a QC is a Queen's Counsel
he or she is really there to represent
The Queen
long long long ago
they would have been
King's Counsel
and one day will be again, one day
there are therefore two stages in advancement
being called to the bar
stage one a being granted audience
stage 2
taking silk
becoming a QC
in one sense
if you show good judgement but
do not advocate well for your client
you may be seen as more like a candidate for
The Bench
stop making arguments and start making judgements
become a judge
this entire system depends on the availability of
expert witnesses
witness for the defence
witness for the prosecution
witness for the court
all the professional participants
have a primary responsibility to
The Court
and hence to
The Crown or
The People
and here is the deal
hearsay evidence is not allowed in court
witnesses must confine themselves to
what they learned - observed, heard, etc.,
when they were there
not what they have heard since
or concluded
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth
this clearly does not apply to
expert witnesses
if they were there they would be
expert witnesses
an expert witness is allowed to address the court
without being a barrister but
only in the form of answers to questions from
and judges
who are by definition barristers
this is intended to bring
clarity and speed of action to court proceedings
it often does not work out that way because
expert witnesses often do not get an opportunity to
have a quiet word with
and another thing
in a lot of proceedings
the roles of
expert witness can get blurred
in an important case with large legal teams
what the interpreter is doing could be checked
but not in low rent proceedings
it is - in the UK - not all that long since
the two sides - defence and prosecution
had to disclose the essence of their case to the opposition
a lot of cases used to hinge on an ambush
dramatic but not just
BR> the whole 'networking thing' took on a very different character when
socials intended to help people feel their way in the profession
got mixed up with
socials intended to help people feel their way around
potential life partners

recently our Ricker had the opportunity to visit
he noted a couple of things related to recent entires below Teesside Magistrates Court has been re-named along the lines of
Teesside Justice Centre
what ricker noted was that the concrete walls of the building
have what some call an
exposed agregate surface finnish
and the rock chippings exposed are not the sandstone of the Town Hall
he also noticed that the two recently completed office blocks near
the Town Hall are faces in
white bricks
and although the buildings do not have
'public names'
one is designated
Central Buildings
and the other
Peacock House
white bricks... Peacock Buildings
has the architect built a couple of
tributes to the
Pease Family?
by the by
we did mention
The Owners of The Middlesbrough Estate
the people who laid out the structure of Middlesbrough
they were a group of
Quaker Business people
and finally
Ricker brought back some pics of the state outside
Teesside Crown Court

when people talk about
financial services
often they are talking about
a lot of what drives commercial activuty is
big compensation pay outs encourage organisations to
take out more and more cover
and in many ways the courts work as follows
the defendant says
I have been planting bulbs in gardens for
twenty years
I always plant them pointy end downwards
but because I have been doing this for twenty years
I am a world authority on bulb planting
those other people who buy bulbs and get fabulous floral displays must either be
paying a lot of money for their bulbs
or they must be planting
mutant Frankenstein bulbs
and they will be wildly unsafe

24th August 2020

The universal - university - fuckwits
have driven us to the
outer edges of the universe with this one
beyond the book of words
beyond the big book of words
beyond Google
We have had recourse to
The Big Big Big book of words
break out the
oxford English Dictionary
plural fomites
Latin - fomes - fomitis
touchwood - tinder
the morbic matter of a disease
any porous substance capable of
absorbing and retaining
contagious effluvia
we are back to the trendies
yer modern classic version of
fomic transmission is
sour dough starter
1899 R F Burton
Journal of the Geographical Society
This must be an efficatious fomite for
cutaneous and pectoral disease
rare - an incorrect back formation from
the whole idea here is
you get a droplet or series of droplets
of a yeasty substance that lodges in a porous surface
textiles, paper, natural equivalents
and for a while all is well as the yeast lives off the
sugars carried with it in the splash droplet
there are two viable means of
food supplies last until, say, rain
washes the organism to a better place
the organism goes into
suspended animation - spore, etc
fomic transmission does not apply
if the droplet does not contain a food supply
water etc
the organism is incapable of spore formation
that s to say
it is not fomic transmission if neither of these apply

and our thoughts turned to
it's all about like the way the manufacturers make
glass wool insulation
they just spray molten glass into ?
swirling blasts of cooling air
the lava erupts into relatively cold and wet air
and kind of shatters as it solidifies
so we have three basic types of sand
the stuff that forms during the eruption
the stuff that is broken up layers of the shells of
sea snails and the like
and the special variant on that
coral sand
broken up coral reef
weathering comes into this at a very minor and later stage
pressure compacts sand into layers and you get
sandstone and limestone
and you can build with that
especially if you haven't yet invented
cement and concrete
sandstone and limestone are much more vulnerable to
weathering - freeze thaw, water flow, etc
that lava that sort of oozed out and set in big blocks

we think we need to say something about
three things that need to be distinguished
a pathogen
a vector
a spore
pathogens are things that
generate pathology in a patient
and pathology is pathos
a sad situation
some schools of medical knowledge divide
conditions and situations into
pathological and physiological
pathological - something gone wrong
physiological - all quiet on the Western Front
we're gonna just slip this in here
The British fought the
First Boer War because
Dutch settlers were denying
First Nation South Africans
equal constitutional rights and
also discriminating against other settlers of
British origin
it was the Second Boer War that was sparked by
the discovery of diamonds
back to the medicine
religions are strongest where - so to say
intellects are weakest
lots of deprived people can be characterised as being
they get a chip on their shoulder
they tend to thnk that
people who don't worshi with them
even if they nominally share the same religion
are trying to
undermine their religious faith
getting at them
on account of their religion
we will therefore reference The French
in 1916
not long before the Great 'Flu Epidemic
there was a row in France
Somebody figured out that
a major line of transmission of
that all sorts of people
but especially sick people
would flock to a
and scramble to
kiss his ring
mouth to mouth contamination
we have said before
apart from fungi
very few pathogens can survive outside a living host
for very long
there are two ways a pathogen can endure over time
it can reproduce - resetting its life cycle to zero
and that requires a host - to feed on
some can use method two
in bad times
many fungi and a few bacteria sucha as tetanus
can form spores
we have also said that
one a spore - you need a wound to
essentially digest the wall of the tin can
you have holed yourself up in
Trogen Horse style
and even in your tin can
although you don't 'live' and so you don't need
food and oxygen
your tin can can rust away if you are not kept
moist - in soil or amimal excrament
what we are getting around to is this concept of< R> fomites
at this point we move back from
CoViD19 to tuberculosis
To quote the book of words
In developed countries
human TB occurs almost exclusively from
inhalation of organisms
dispersed as droplet nuclei from a person with
pulmonary - lung - TB
whose sputum smear is positive
M.- that's mycobacterium, part bacterium, part fungus
M. tuberculosis may float in the air for several hours
thus increasing the chance of spread
fomites appear to play no role n their spread
the whole thing is exactly the same
as CoViD
the young repelling the pathogen despite contamination
the elderly copping it
BAME folk being less resistant
the whole nine yards
and so to
and the associated group
intermediate hosts
you have malaria
you can't give another person malaria
you can give malaria to a mosquito
that mosquito can gice malaria to another human
you can isolate people who have malaria
or you can exterminate the mosquitoes
but you have to isolate the affected patients
FROM mosquitoes - not people
sometimes social distancing won't work
there appears to be no intermediate host involved in
the virus does not appear to get into
blood meals taken during insect bites
if it does it would expalain spread without
human contact
and Scotland with its midge plagues
would be the first place we would expect to see that

17th August 2020

We think the story of
Grey Towers, Nunthorpe
is a bit more interesting
Grey Towers was built for
William Randolf Innes Hopkins
between 1865 and 1867
and it was a bit odd
and we have a link here
It was designed by John Ross a
Darlington desgner who also used
help from
Edward William Godwin
The building is faced with blue flint stone
The Builder
at the time
we believe that it was actually faced with
whin stone
from the Teesdale quarries that
were the basis of the< BR> quarrying arm of George Hodsman's business
the quarry that was active at amalgamation with Hargreaves in 1963
was and is
High Force
but there were also
Force Garth
Bow Leas
and this name Bow Leas...
You know that the late
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
was before marriage
Elizabeth Bowes Lyon
so we get
Bows as in pretty pink bows
and not bows as in the prow of a ship
or Bose
The thing is...
Hodsmans took over quarrying the Whin Cill
when it was no longer to quarry or mine it for lead
The London Lead Company
shut up shop
any road up
The most interesting thing about Grey Towers is that
Hopkins went bust
his company
LLoyd and Co, Hopkins, Gilkes and Company
of Teesside
provided the ironworks for
The Tay Bridge
the one that blew away and killed a train full of punters
Now then there will have been a
Hustler School in Middlesbrough
Hopkins' brother-in-law was
William Thomas Hustler
Acklam Hall
and he bought up the mortgage on Grey Towers
bought it for family honour not use
it stood empty from
1879 until Authur Dorman bought it in 1895
and the second baronet or whoever inherited in 1931
sold it to a Middlesbrough JEWELLER called
T Gibson Poole
who had been born in Dudley
This place had 30 bedrooms....
and Poole wasn't interested in them
he - being mayor of Middlesbrough
bought it to
give to the town as a
so people with tuberculosis
could have their beds shoved out into the gardens
in 1942 the TB problem had got so bad that
the 30 bedroom house was converted to offices to administer
a santorium built in the grounds
Middlesbrough's in 20th century
and when the NHS finally got a grip on TB
it stood empty until it was
re-done as
condos - condominiums
flats, apartments round the year 2000
see Bowlees Cottages .com
Bowlees Visitor Centre
This is Durham
On the other hand
in another part of the wood...
Bowes Museum
and that is bows as in pretty pink bows
cos it was built by
John Bowes
art collector
born London 1811
died Streatlam County Durham
the museum he built and left to
The Nation or some such
contains within its French Chatteau walls
El Greco, Francisco goya, Canaletto, Fragonard, Boucher
and the famous automata
the fishing silver swan
not that real swans eat fish
it's in Barny
Barnard Castle
and the castle and half of Upper Teesdale
belong to
Lord Barnard
doesn't stop the locals calling the town
Barn ad castle
or Barney
if you are called
and you fancy building a chatteau up north
wouldn't you be attracted to a village called
we've had a change of
Lord Barnard
but the one incharge in the 1960s.....
the estate is probably called
The Raisby estate
and The Raisby Estate has mineral rights in
Upper Teesdale
it has the rights to all that lovely yellow sand on the
beaches between Redka - Redcar - and Sandsend
on the North Yorkshire coast
but only BEFORE the River Tees washes it off the estate
and so
local authorities used to by
whin stone and slag to make up roads
Lord Barnard persuaded the authorities to
change the s[ecifications so that
his sandstone could be used for building and road foundations
soft as shit and you can collect it with a
kiddies bucket and spade
you have to blast for whin
built on Raisby sand
The Whin Sill or Great Whin Sill is
a tabular layer of the igneous rock dolerite in
County Durham, Northumbria and Cumbria
it is the foundation of
High Force Waterfall
on the River Tees
and those castly things
Lindisfarne, Dunstanborough, and Bamborough
and a little thing called
Hadrian's Wall
The Little Whin Sill is in Weardale
we sometimes get in a bit deep
we like this story about the whin sill
the idea is that this was so much more than a
volcanic eruption
this was hundreds of square miles of land covered in
you see pictures of the expansion of
volcanic islands and the red hot lava
turns instantly black as it hits water
the theory of the
Great Whin Sill
is that it took thirty years to cool
and in the process it turned the
it settled near
sugar limestone
this is where our geography lets us down
this effect is northern as we said
but we know about clints and grikes
we know about
limestone pavement
natural limestone that has fractured in a way
that it looks like humans laid it
and the problem is
so far as we know the sand on
the beaches of North Yorkshire is
not ground up limestone
ground up volcano stuff
Hodsmans did quarry sandstone
down south in a place called
and when we say down south we mean
near Pickering in North Yorkshire
in conclusion
we suspect that when the Great Whin Sill was formed
the heat it brought
fractured both the carbonferous limestone and the
igneous rocks from previous eruptions
and so we get pockets of what may be called
rotten granite
granite all busted to pieces by the heat from
more recent eruptions
but we are afair way out of our depth here
rottn granite is also called
more politely
decomposed granite
in the literture it is said to have been
but we thnk this
heat from huge pools of lava
makes a lot more sense
Although there is a castle in
Barnard Castle
the main 'home' of Lord Barnard is or was
Raby castle
and the estate is called the Raby Estate
and how the quarry company came to be called
we don't know
but it no longer exists in that form

Oh we have a fresh little gem of the
Dorman Variety
we are not going to copy out the results of our
latest researches but a couple of things stand out
as at around 2011
the 4th Baronet Dorman of Nunthorpe
was still alive
was a tax accountant
and had a daughter who was born in 1984
and so unless the law changes and she becomes
a dame
it look like the baronetcy will died out one day soon
However, much more interestingly
aside from most of these baronets being
lawyers and accountants - not industrialists
The third baronet was at and graduated from
Brasenose College, Oxford
1941 - 42
that would be around the time
Tommy's smartest son
graduated from
Brasenose College, Oxford
quelle surprise

10th August 2020

We're gonna kick Tommy Wopson
What his first girlfriend Milcie Sinton called him
firstly we have learned the difference between
a knight and a baronet
if you are made a knight you are title
Sir Joe Bloggs
later we may return to
Tommy Atkins as the British Army equivalent of Joe Bloggs
Sir Joe Bloggs and the current Mrs Bloggs - Lady Bloggs
end of
if however you are a baronet
you are
Sir Joe Bloggs bart
and the kicker
the eldest of your sons to outlive you
gets to be
Sir James Bloggs bart
and so on
in that sense somebody made a baronet
is seen as somebody founding a dynasty
with descendents expected to keep up the cause
if you win an Olympic medal or write an important book
you could get a knighthood
if you found a massive industrial conglomerate
you could be made a baronet to encourage the family
not to sell out when you die
and so
Arthur Dorman
made a baronet but that's just a hereditary knighthood
not Lord Dorman, not in the House of Lords
Sir Arthur Dorman's father was a
courrier in the leather trade, in London ish
so nice try but no cigar, no seat on the red leather benches
we are now on the third of fourth
Sir younamehim Dorman bart
never heard a peep out of any of them
except the first
we return to Tommy
Tommy's dad cme down from Low Houslop Farm near
Woolsingham in county Durham
and he and another lad called John Ord
got jobs as farm lads on the
Grey Towers Estate
later known for a while as
Pool Hospital
around about the time Tommy is in France
Arthur Dorman is buying the Grey towers estate at
new money
not at all well established
and by now John Ord and William Robson
have get well established on
Home Farm
but now William Robson is just a frequent visitor because
he has upped and gone to work for
The Diamond Boring Company at Port Clarence
where one
Don Revie is his boss
and where ownership of this
salt works has passed from the American Diamond Boring Company to
The United Alkali Company
and Donnie's son Donnie his working for William Robson
and one of William's sons Tommy
is visiting Home Farm and Grey Towers as a guest
and Tommy marries on of John Ord's daughters - Bessie
but that is a little later
Tommy is officially
Tom baker Robson
to distinguish him from his elder half brother
Thomas Robson
and he marries Elizabeth Ord in 1923
and after failing to get his
battle-field commission regularised...
where does he go to work?
at Hodsmans who are...
reclaiming the Bell Brothers Ironworks site that
Arthur Dorman has just bought
did Tommy fail to remain in the army?
or did Arthur Dorman say
to the army
I need him back here, your war is over
in 1866 Arthur Dorman was apprenticed to an ironmaker in
we're gonna slip in something about
whilst we remember
there is not and never has been a
Tees Valley Borough Council
There is and has long been a
Test Valley Borough Council
the River Test is in Hampshire
our Ricker was at a conference once and there was some contention
as to why The Tees had two delegations in attendance
turns out, one of the delegations was a lone woman
representing the River Test
where the water cress comes from
Arthur Dorman did not have the sort of
apprenticeship in the iron and steel industry
you may imagine
at the end of it in 1873, he set up on his own as a
Metal Broker
In 1876 he teamed up with
wait for it
Albert de Lande Long
1844 - 1917
and they bought
West Marsh Ironworks in Middlesbrough
by 1901 they employed 3,000 people and
produced 180,000 tins of steel a year
when dear old Arthur bought out Bell brothers in 1902
he gained strategic control of the
coking coal producing collieries of
Brancepeth, Brownley and Tursdale
ad during World War 1
Dorman Long became one of
Britain's leading manufacturers of
artillery shells
and so it was in 1917 that Dorman Long opened
Redcar Steelworks
In 1929 Dormans bought
Bolckow and Vaughan
two years before Arthur died in Grey towers in Nunthorpe
The knighthood was 1918
and the bart came in 1923
we always think of
BART when we hear bart
Bay Area Rapid Transit
somewhere in California
all these
Tyneside Tossers
rabbiting on about
Armstrong making guns on the Tyne Scotswood
nothing to fire from them without Dormans
it's hard to think why a bloke living in Nunthorpe
with a steelworks in Redcar
built a museum in memory of his son who died
during the Boer War - not in action
in Middlesbrough
you see this is where we get let down by
research recollections
we have no idea what a currier did in the leather trade
it came after tanning
it was about stretching, polishing, colouring etc. leather
between tanning and aking into items
but it may have been quite smelly
the lad Arthur was educated at
Christ's Hospital School in London
and he didn't have an apprenticeship in Stockton-on-Tees
it was at Richardson, Johnson and Company
at their rolling mills in
Thornaby on Tees
sarth of the riva
at grey Towers from
1895 to 1931
if we were really really desperate to find something to do we would
find out exactly what the
Gilchrist-Thomas Process was
and how it differed from
The Bessemer Process
note differed FROM
not differed TO
as in yellow is different to orange
it could be that
Gilchrist-Thomas is about ironmaking
we know the Bessemer Process was about
making steel from iron
and so Dormans bought the Britannia Ironworks in Middlesbrough
and set up to use the new method that had been originally demonstrated
on the Bolckow and Vaughan site
agh no! we bin caught out again
poor poor knowledge
we have banged on about Lackenby and its
BOS Plant
every now and again another piece of the jig-saw
falls into place
we said - honest we did, months or years ago
the iron ore from the
Eston Hills
was shipped by rail from
Eston to the Durham coal field -
Consett Iron Works
and then they reversed and brought the coal to the ironstone mines
and we said that they had to blend ironstone from the
dark side
the west coast - Workington
with the ironstone from Eston
because there was too much
in Eston Ironstone
used an air lance to control the carbon content of steel
Gilchrist-Thomas used a basic - not acidic - liner in the
Bessemer converter to remove the phosphorous
and later on some Swiss or Austrian chaps
used oxygen instead of Bessemer's air
to speed up the process from a day or two
to half an hour
to give you
BOS Plant
Basic Oxygen Steelmaker
It's not entirely clear but
it seems that
alkali is used for liquids
and basic is used for solids the likes of rocks

back in whenever, the days of monochrome TV - probably
there was an interesting bloke on the box
probably BBC 2
was BBC 2 polychrome
maybe BBC TV had a sort of
late night high brow slot in monochrome...
This bloke was called
John Julius Norwich
he was an aristocrat and an art historian
we mention him only because his name was
Norwich as current toffs use Wales as a surname
over time but especially during the
Second World War and the following National Service
letters home from the front
or wherever the troops were located
away from their loved ones
would often be signed off
my secret love's no secret any more...
so commonplace that it hardly qualified as a coded message
mere shorthand
NORWICH stood for
kNickers Off Ready When I Come Home
and what it indicates is that with so many men
away from home so much of the time
and the time when they were together with their wives
and girlfriends
being so short and decided by the military and other employers
lots of women had to have sex
at the wrong time of the month
or have no sex at all
this had been fairly standard for toffs who - the men
had almost all been in the military
in the 20th century it became more widespread for other ranks
and thus an irrepressible surge of gay men
who had to come out because they were so numerous
and being gay had to be legalised
it would be interesting to contrast
stats for being gay in men born
in the early to mid 20th century
with the proportion in men born after National Service ended
and so we have the aristocratic
and Tommy's Earl of Essex seemed to fit that category
he had been a lieutenant in the Hussars
before becoming a temporary Captain in the Remount Service
what we know about him was that
after the peace was signed in 1918 or whenever
Tommy had
stamped in his pay book
and Tommy switched from being
Radar O'Reiley to
Lt.Col. Yardley
to being ADC to The Earl of Essex
at this point we have to admit to owning a picture of Tommy at the time
looking rather foppish
what we do know is that The Earl of Essex - that one, Tommy's
was for ever after
well into
amateur dramatics
Tommy had three things to say about his post war service
whilst retained
the official purpose of his retention was to help with
Tommy was a renowned
horse whisperer
a world class judge of the value of horses
he and The Earl
toured France
valuing all the horses
and requiring all the 'keepers'
to buy them from
The British Army
all were assumed to be escaped military stock
at this time The Earl was married for the first of
4 times
and it was a part of Tommy's duties to
select suitable
that the keepers could not afford to buy
for the earl and his lady - not necessarily his wife
to ride around the countryside on
the third Tommy duty was
to man the piano that the troop carted around with them
on their merry way
essentially - and not necessarily entirely after
the armistice - peace
The Earl and Tommy were the core of a pre-cursor to
Entertainment National Service Association
Every Night Something Awful
the circuses part of the
Bread and Circuses
Navy Army and Air Force Institute
so we have Tommy living the real life
and the real life
It Ain't 'arf Hot Mum
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
but with vets and horses
there is a very interesting point under this
why was there 'confusion' about the ownership of horses
was the
Broad Arrow
simply clipped into their coats and not branded?
or did their coats grow over the brands
or was it simple reparation - taxing the French for
liberating them?
and the question of aristoes having multiple wives and
insufficient, legitimate, male heirs
never quite found the time to stuff their wives at
an appropriate moment
and all that stuff - still dominant today about
gay men not troubling their wives much
and gay men deciding what women want
to justify their own disinterest

You will know by now that our Ricker is
very very old and did most of the things he has done
a long time ago
Ricker watches
Have I got News for You
he does not subscribe to or read
Private Eye
so he knows about a chap called
Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop has some sort of relationship with
the satirical magazine, Private Eye
Back in the days of monochrome TV
when our Ricker lived and worked in London
to him there were two book shops in London
The Modern Book Company
one day Ricker was walking towards Foyles
without any particular intention to go in
and a man almost burst out of Foyles
and walked towards Ricker as though he recognised him
Ricker definitely recognised
this other Richard - Ingrams - who had such a look of his own brother
That Richard was the second editor? of Private Eye
Private Eye founded by Christopher? Booker and Wille Rushton
all very Shrewsbury
and our Ricker has a feeling that that Richard
bequeathed Private Eye to Ian Hislop
because he believed him
too lazy to bother to change it
and so it appears to have proved
Ian Hislop's version of satire is
the point with Hislop is
don't let the character of your victim
get in the way of a good joke
the laugh is the alpha and omega
the beginning and the end
and this is in concert with the journalism of
don't let the facts get in the way of a good story
and so quite a few people have successfully sued Private Eye
and Hislop has a sort of autistic
but I made people laugh
response to error that devalues any
well targeted barbs
and so to the seed for this particular musing
it does not matter what the facts are we will talk of
Harry Hyams
In Ricker's mind there is some sort of link between
Foyles and Charing Cross Road and Centre Point
There was a road junction in east central London
that was very congested
and the London County Council wanted to widen the road
and improve the junction but
at the time for some reason they did not appear to have the
compulsory purchase powers needed to take over and demolish
the properties in the vicinity
and so they did a deal with the property developer
perhaps he was Harry Hyams
for the surface rights to the land in exchange for the
aerial rights to the same spot
we have to assume that although the council could have
bought the land
the courts and arbitration services would have set
an astronomical value on the site
and so the deal was struck
we will build our traffic island at ground level
and you can build anything you like
on top of it
and he built
Centre Point
it shows the complexity of our Ricker's mind
that he sees Centre Point as a physical manifestation of the
Private Eye column
Pseud's Corner
for some reason he cannot recall Ricker found himself a student
at Sunderland Polytechnic with two of the same tutors he had had at
Durham University
one was known as George
because he was Greek and he had an impossibly long name
they had been demonstrators at Durham and got
more senior, more permanent jobs at Sunderland
demonstrators are generally Ph.D. students
and Ricker's former Durham tutors when at Sunderland
described Ricker's essays as
short and to the point, not pseud
Ricker regards everything to do with London as
and as he has said before
people in London think they are
God's gift to humanity because they are
IN London
not because they are FROM London
and so how will this affect people who are rarely in London and
today I shall mostly be
being in Guildford
a little while after Ricker stopped working in London
he get a 'phone call from a chap you actually said
Hi, I'm ringing you from London
like? on behalf of London?
the gist of his spiel seemed to be
what chance do you have of hearing
Ella Fitzgerald sing live
if you don't come back to London?
well actually almost all the people he listed were
as Ricker told him
Later with Joules Holland
at the time
before he got into
it brings us to another issue
the first boss of the BBC
the DG or whatever - not Lord Reith
never listened to the wireless
but he struck up a relationship with the
porter or station master at his local commuter station
and he would ask him each morning
what did you think of last night's entertainment?
and armed with this
vox pop
he would wander into work and appear to
have his finger on the pulse
how many Cabinet Ministers today
'phone of text their childhood nanny
and ask for direction on ongoing government policy?
down with the people
is the stock in trade
of the oligarch
in a modern democracy

Some people may remember the
Burt Bacharach and Hal David song
The Look of Love
it came from a movie called
critic - Donald Zee - described it as
based on a novel by Ian Flemming
and so the head of MI6 has
Sir James Bond's retirement
bombed flat by the RAF
to force him out of retirement to fight
1967 film
David Niven as Bond
not a Cubby Brocccoli production
we understand Barbara Broccoli
tried to bury it with a re-make
possibly involving Tintin
deal or no deal?
Ricker says to himself
all I want to know is
where do they want me to work?
I then walk into the nearest Estate Agents
as the price of a house just like mine in Redcar
then to the bank or building society and
what wages do I need to raise that mortgage?
That's what you pay me
we don't do London Weighting
was the flat reply
London is the place to go when you have money to burn
or launder
not the place to
make your fortune
or even to serve mankind
To Serve Mankind
is the motto of
The City of London University
whether or not the song was in his mind
Elton John's
Yellow Brick Road summed up Ricker's reaction to
the opportunity to retire in his mid-thirties
maybe you'll get a replacement
there's many out there to be found
mongrels who ain't got a penny...
Ricker's dad worked for
The Earl of Essex
at the end of the First World War
and was invited to go to his estate to continue
this work
at some point when Ricker was a teenager
and his half sister had her elder boy in a pram
there was a family trip to a country village called
something like
not to be confused with
Lullingstone, Roman Villa
to see what Tommy had turned down on the grounds that
it would be a secure job but with
no prospects
The 7th Earl of Essex served as a
Temporary Captain in the
Army Remount Service
alongside Ricker's dad Tommy
and the estate fell into ruin
perhaps it would not have done so if
Tommy had taken up the offer
and the 8th Earl took up farming in Buckinghamshire
and Tommy went home to Teesside and helped run
a quarrying and roadstone company
that was sold out to
Hargreaves Quarries
later part of RMC
Ready Mixed Concrete
The 7th earl became Earl in 1916
after his father was run over by a taxi cab
Tommy's Earl of Essex died in 1966
and Tommy died in around 1979

do a science degree and come to London
live in a garret and fawn over
set up a business selling
party favours
and live to see your daughter become
Queen of England
the route to the top is
sell something really cheap that everybody buys
and buys over and over again
and take a tiny royalty from every sale
the classic example
the Tetrapac cardboard carton
there's an amazing bloke who owns
shed loads of classic cars
who made his money from selling
little dispensers that issue
numbered tickets
so that people can join a queue
and then mill around and not loose their place
in the queue, just wait for their number to be called
laws intended to inspire the next
light bulb moment
create billionaires from daft little ideas
a chap called Lodge
didn't patent the
spark plug
strangely, although the likes of
get the legal rights to a lot of Lodge's developments
Lodge seemed to live quite a contented life
perhaps, being 'famous' for having his
thunder stolen because somebody whom he had
bounced an idea off
sought peer review from
published whilst he was on holiday
actually was a pioneer of
Work-Life Balance
that difference between being
and being

Once upon a time our Ricker had a meeting with
the CPRE
they have changed their name but it used to stand for
Committee for the Protection of Rural England
The gist of what they were saying was
we don't want any more Rural New Towns
the likes of Harlow and Milton Keynes
we want more new Towns on the fringes of
Heavy Industry
the likes of
Redcar and Billingham
and the scientists say
now new housing within 4 kilometers of the likes of
Olifin 6
and the CPRE have more votes than the scientists
like a dog returning to its vomit we return to
Nitram and pril
the Ammonium Nitrate involved in the Lebanon explosion was
impounded due to a safety risk
it was made in the Southern United States and headed for
it is in a sense a two stage process making ammonium nitrate fertilizer
first you make ammonium nitrate
then you turn it into pril or is that prill?
if you buy table salt you will see an
anti caking agent declared
the explosion in Lebanon happened in the early evening
we do not know what happened
what we can accept as a first working hypothesis is
the ammonium nitrate was impounded because it was in a damgerous state
because it had not been converted into pril
this would have caused it to cake
to set into a huge uneven block
the most likely happening is that
somebody stayed back late at work and
took a jack hammer or JCB
to the lump
hoping to break some off to sell
on the monochrome market
you do not
need to add anything to ammonium nitrate to get it to explode
you simply have to
detonate it
apply a short sharp shock to a lump as opposed to a
slidy all over heap like a pile of really dry rice
that is Nitram
and Nitram is made in
Billingham on Teesside
and the thing that makes
ammonium nitrate into Nitram
is the pril tower that stands on the north approaches to the
Newport Bridge
we could tell you how to turn Nitram into ammonium nitrate
but we ain't going to

3rd August 2020

we thought we would leave the stats a week
so we have the number of positive tests for
22 July and followed by 29th July
Redcar and Cleveland 705 706
Middlesbrough 963 968
North Yorkshire 2,545 2,562
Stockton on Tees 970 980
Sunderland 1,777 1,781
Hartlepool 600 611
Darlington 606 609
Durham County 3,338 3,355
Surrey Heath 433 436
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if you've been reading this blog during the
epidemic or pandemic
you may have thought Ricker was getting frustrated
that people are not reading the textbooks
here we have to move from the textbooks
or at least away from medical textbooks
you know those weather stories about
hail stones the size of golf balls
they say that snowflakes grow from tiny seeds
they do that artificially on some ski slopes
the thing #we' have learned about this virus
and perhaps many viruses - this being to some extent
the first virus to get so much scrutiny
they say that those big hail stones get big because
the wind and such moves them up and down in cold wet
damp, humid
and they layer up
as we understand it
the more humid the air
the less humid the air
the lower the rate of virus transmission
we said before that there is a balance
did you ever see that trick in
domestic appliance shop windows
they would set up a vacuum cleaner and put the hose on the
blow end
by the way we said we didn't have an idea of how much pressure
there is inside Olefin 6 at Wilton
we said 7,000 kilo Pascals
well here it is
a vaccuum cleaner produces
20 twenty kilo Pascals
and Olefin 6 uses seven thousand kiloPascals
back to Curry's window display
usually a cylinder vacuum
pipe on the outlet
oh the days when you re-sprayed your car, using a
spray gun accessory for the Hoover...
the cleaner would be on the floor of the window display
the pipe would be angled towards the window
and they would put a beach ball
into the air stream
and it would bobble around all day, half way up the window
you take these two things together
drafts keep virus laden water droplets airborne
and available to be inhaled by other people
but in humid conditions
the individual droplets grow to a size where
drafts can't keep them aloft
The Australians - the people dealing with this in winter
discovered this
you know those
probably not familiar with the name
used in butchers and the like
ultra violet lights attract insects
and the fly onto an electrified mesh
we suggest
keep humidity moderately high
and have some sort of ducted fan system that
attracts and condenses the water droplets from the air

29th July 2020
we have to consider the reverse of this
we have to consider the idea that
virus can be emitted in quite large droplets
with low concentrations of virus in them
and then
exposed to very dry air
they - the droplets - are dehydrated
have water removed
making them
and with a more concentrated load of virus
making them
likely to stay airborne longer
more effectively infectious

We have these fragments of memory from
a long long time ago
we know
Callers Pegasus
was an travel agency type business
so we conclude that
was a furniture shop
it's just the sort of thing
people with dementia like...
random urgings of an insane mind
we are today considering the word
means the same thing as
you've never heard of either have you
we will make mad stab and say
we think cantor is Jewish
we have been able to establish
at great personal risk - reaching for
volume 2 of the dictionary
m to z
that precentor is a word used in
some Presbyterian churches etc
one who leads singing in congregation
female precentrix
no need for that these days
in English Cathedrals....
member of the clergy responsible for
general control of musical arrangements
ranked between
the Dean and the Succentor
in more modern terminology
a Minor Canon
to be precise...
Christian churches run long sides
East - West
so the choir has a North Side and a South side
the north and south sides are the long sides because
the axis of the church runs east - west
so the Cantor or Precentor is in charge of the choir on the North side
and the Dean is in charge of the choir on the south side
and so
there's one of those crooner standards
in Italian
Italian for to sing
Volare sung by Dean Martin
probably rhymed
Volare with cantare
we stop there on the research
when he was quite young our Ricker wrote a letter to
The Sunday Times Magazine in response to a
think piece
by renowned hotelier
Sir Charles Forte
Ricker's line was that he had seldom seen such a
display of hypocrisy and cant
Ricker's letter was published soon after
cant - singing the old songs
insincere or conventional mode of speaking
an expression peculiar to a class
as , thieves cant, slang
to speak hypocritically with
affected piety
what's the modern term
something signalling
virtue signalling
we mention this because of comments by a judge,
at the end of a recent rape trial
concerning the devastation and destruction of
the lives of these nine women...
caused because???
you 'ad 'em and
didn't marry 'em
it does no service to these women to
declare in open court that their lives are now
effectively over

27th July 2020

you know what
that's all a bit garbled
those numbers and such
we have added
next day numbers to show
the difference between
22nd July and 23rd July mostly we see a range from
no new positive tests in
Redcar and Cleveland
to 4 in somewhere else - Hartlepool?

Ricker has a different way of putting that lot together
some people in Redcar will still be alive
who remember
Col Rose
he was what Coatham had for a careers advisor
the thing was
you didn't get a session or interview with Mr Rose
he just had this one thing he did
he had the school signed up
God knows how
to the
Public Schools Appointments Bureau
so one day our Ricker gets told
this summer you have a placement at
Kodak in Harrow, Harrow not Stevenage
Harrow they made films and photosensitive papers
Stevenage they processed your pics
so before the term was invented
Ricker was an intern in the
Quality Assurance labs at Kodak
and the people on the shop floor had an industrial concept of
a sample
they would send up these plastic screw topped jars
Solvent 3
although the labs were QA labs
actually their main purpose was to check that as little
got into the drains
as possible
Ricker did silver assays
being as how he was the intern
he was given the old manual gear to do his tests
and then after he had put in half a day getting his results
the boss would zap the sample through the
autoanalyser in around 5 minutes and get the same result
the kicker in this is that
solvent 3 was a saturated solution of
sodium or potassium cyanide
and when a sample bottle fell off a trolley
people were told
don't let any dogs lick your boots
when you get home tonight
so Ricker remembered the trendy term
an actual intern is a junior doctor who
lives in the hospital - sleeps in an office on a ward
so that he can be woken to attend any
overnight or weekend emergencies
and the same can be said of nurses living in
the nurses' home - on site
town end near Marton Road at James Cook
a real intern isn't unpaid
they just never get to go home
until they get promoted
and somebody else becomes the intern

so far as we can tell the following are
total numbers of confirmed cases of
the 2019 corona virus from the start of testing to 22 July 2020
total followed by number per 100,000 people
total followed by number per 100,000 people
Redcar and Cleveland 705 515.7 23rd Juy no change
Middlesbrough 963 685.2
Stockton on Tees 970 491.9 23rd July 971
Hartlepool 22nd July 600 643 23rd July 604
Darlington 606 568.7 23rd July no change
County Durham 3338 633.4 23rd July 3340
Sunderland 1,777 640 23rd July 1,778
North Yorkshire 2,545 414.9 23rd July 2,547
Surrey Heath 433 487 23rd July 434
Redcar and Cleveland 705 515.7
Middlesbrough 963 685.2
Stockton on Tees 970 491.9
Hartlepool 600 643
Darlington 606 568.7
County Durham 3338 633.4
Sunderland 1,777 640
North Yorkshire 2,545 414.9
Surrey Heath 433 487
that, incidentally translates to a population of
Middlesbrough 140,500
Redcar and Cleveland 136,700
Stockton on Tees 197,100
Hartlepool 93,300
so far as we can tell this reflects more on
people's willingness to get tested than on
infection rates
no figures here for negative test results
at some time this year
705 of the 136,700 people in Redcar and Cleveland
got a positive test result
if we say 90 per cent of people only have the disease for
two to three weeks
at any given moment - on average
35 people in Redcar and Cleveland
had active disease
however it is much more likely that
at the height of the crisis
around 100 people were carrying the virus and
today - almost none
and the problem was and is no worse in
Middlesbrough or Hartlepool than in
Surrey Heath where the London commuters live
Surry Heath is essentially Camberley
will the last person to
attend a funeral in Hartlepool
please turn the lights out
does less than 100,000 people qualify as a town?

It's sheer jealousy you know but out Ricker reckons
Helen Stanley's world fell apart when the team went to the states and
she met Partridge's family
if Ricker had a glamorous assistant....
we have a couple more H.L.Menken quotes
man who hates women as much as
women hate each other
this one is Voltaire not Menken
Amusing - distracting - the patient
whilst nature cures the disease
this is very important because
through the second half of the 20th century
in the NHS in the UK
there was a culture of
a pill for every ill
the concept that the drugs were doing all the work
and no consideration need be paid to
the treatment and the natural resources of the patient
working in concert
to achieve the best possible result
the idea was
fling endless options at
lab rats
voluteer patients
and licence the ones that do the least harm
and this is linked to the saying
the operation was a success but the patient died
that still applies to cancer surgery
the surgeon measures success in terms of
histology reports that
show adequate margins
did we get it all out?
not did we do unsurvivable damage?
may cancer surgeons have a personal relationship with
the tumour
the patient
anthropomorphising the tumour or the infection
dismissing the patient as
just another one of the
little people

our Ricker is fired up, motivated by
spurious health advice on TV
on free to view terrestrial TV
there is this issue about white
if a product is white
over the ages it has had one of three things added
1 lead oxide
2 zinc oxide
3 titanium dioxide
lean oxide is toxic and banned for mere whitening
zinc oxide is in all sorts of skin creams and is
broadly fine but not in food
titanium dioxide is the
new thing but so far no problems have emerged
the problem here is about
galvanised metal, iron and steel
galvanised metal is dipped in molten zinc
and forms a layer that is effectively
a sacrificial anode
it get corroded in preference to the steel
and corrosion has to get past the zinc to get to the steel
if you heat galvanised metal you may vapourise the zinc
the effect is a bit like breathing in irritant but not highly toxic
you need zinc in your diet so after a day or two
the body will make proper use of the zinc delivered
in an inappropriate way
this is perhaps an old fashioned and expensive way to
protect steel
it is very random in terms of coating thickness
you can put an much thinner and more comprehensive layer of
zinc onto metal by
zinc plating
it is a common characteristic of
electroplating processes that
cyanide based solutions play a part
they are thoroughly washed off in the process being
very soluble in water
we say
don't let your kids suck and chew paintwork over 50 years old
because there is likely to be lead in the paint
we don't say
don't let your kids put anything shinny in their mouths
we do say don't let them swallow batteries
your silver and gold plated cutlery is perfectly safe
because any cyanide involved in the plating process is long gone
so it irks our Ricker when
car shows on TV say
don't grind or weld
galvanised metal components
but don't say
don't grind or weld chrome plated components
galvanising has nothing to do with cyanide
all fumes should be avoided
but not on grounds of cyanide presence

20th July 2020

we want to address a couple of concepts relating to
You probably don't remember
Old Big 'ed
managed some club in the East Midlands
played for Boro
Brian Clough
he had a cousin called
Jack Clough
Jack Clough was in the military
Jack Clough was a project manager in
petroleum and petrochemical plant installation
Jack Clough had a private pilot's licence
Jack Clough was in the SBS
Special Boat Squadron or Section
is the SAS on steroids
Jack Clough was shot by the Yanks
'Friendly Fire'
they transfused nine pints of blood into him to keep him alive
Jack Clough had two sons
one was Michael we could check the other one's name
Michael was OK
did things like going to Germany to sell welders
The other one
let's guess he was called David
anyway the other one wanted to
follow in his father's footsteps so he
got into training to be a para
member of the Parachute Regiment
no bother getting accepted onto the course
knowing who his father was...
trouble was
on his final assessment
a parachute jump
he screwed up
landed badly
broke his ankle
not gonna be a para
he point in being in the army then
The army had trained him
time to
buy himself out of the army
pay compensation to the army for their loss of a trained recruit
we think that no longer happens
but it did back then slave owners
when they had to give them their freedom

we can argue about the definition of a bolt
and a screw
a bolt has a nut
a screw has no nut
either or both of them can have a washer
these days people probably don't think about
the employment contracts of the people who
built the railways
they were called
because they were the same people who had built
the canals - the navigations
people these days have probably never heard the term
paid in washers
the navvies who built the railways
were paid in tokens that
could only be spent in
company shops
they were not paid in
legal tender
real money
and so by the definition of current protesters
they were slaves
and they were
for the most part
or Polish

where to start?
there is a difference between
a dysfunctional standard family upbringing
an unconventional upbringing
you can think
a professional who had a challenging childhood
will have empathy with messed up kids
the problem is
neither party is any sort of expert on
take two girls
let's call the first one Janet
let's say she starts out OK
in some dead and alive hole such as Hull
and she was born in 1942
it goes OK for a while
then her mom gets sick
she has kidney failure
modern medicine comes to the rescue
sort of
she gets dialysis
she stays alive
for a while
the hospital run out of places to
make fistulas
all the veins she could have used
had used to take the blood out and put it back
had collapsed
transplants were not on the horizon
she died
and Janet had been old enough to get involved in the whole tragedy
and then she is a teenager with only a dad to rely on
and without malice he could struggle with a
teenage daughter in the UK in the mid 1950s
if you smart enough to get to uni in the late 50s early 60s
you smart
if you feel motivated by your mother's fate to study biology
if you take a job teaching biology in a grammar school in Eston
right under the shadow of South Bank Steelworks...
that's getting iffy
then your grammar is closed and you are re assigned to an
11 to 16 comp in the same building...
then you think
I'm gonna tackle these morons
one at a time
not by the classroom full
I'm gonna be a
social worker
Heavens to Betsy
so by the time you get to having a granddaughter
oh by the way you left your husband and the kids and
bought your own house in
by the time you have a granddaughter who takes after you and
she goe one step beyond and becomes
a probation officer!!!!
what we have here is a system that prizes
and not effective role models
it's basically
keep a lid on it
rather than fix it
and then there is girl number 2
in a sense she has the opposite problem
her mom is a single mother
but her father is not exactly dead
he's just married
to somebody else
not her mom
and here is a specific difficulty
let's say she was born in 1962
let's say she's called Tania
and she gets to university too
and perhaps, just to add a side issue
let's say dad's legitimate kids don't get to uni
once she graduates
dad may start to think
perhaps I should have gone through all that
divorce and re-marry stuff but
those were the days
Church of England wouldn't have had that
but this does present a problem
you have a father who
doesn't really know his graduate daughter at all
he feels a sense of
and a sense of duty to protect
but he has no love
or even empathy
for his child
and he regards her as precious
but has no idea of what she wants or needs
and if he's a copper
nobody is going to argue with him
about anything

we are going to continue to nibble at the
sugar and rum trade
The Indian indenture system was
a system of indentured servitude
by which
2 million Indians
South Asian types
were transported to labour in
European colonies as a substitute for
slave labour
following the abolition of the trade in
the early 19th century
naturally this system was diverse but in essence
the men involved were required to
swear before a magistrate that they were going
and they were paid
eleven cents a month
thus evading the charge that this was
in the legal sense
we are gonna free-style it a bit from here
in the UK as elsewhere
through long tradition
people - mostly boys at pre-teen age
signed indentures to be
apprenticed to a master
they would work
think of famous European painters...
and people making cart wheels
and brewing beer
they would sign up to work for a master
for free
for seven years
in exchange for learning the master's trade
very recently in the UK these sorts of
job placements
were outlawed
we forget the trendy term for them
we now have all sorts of apprenticeships
some very short
presumably now on living wage
here's the thing
when indentured for a trade
you are working for the seven years
without pay but with
like there's a dormitory where the
apprentice jockeys sleep
and their food and tack are provided by the master
in the case of the Indian indentured labourers
they agreed to work for free or the 11 cents pocket money
in exchange for something else
1 release from a debt
2 transportation to a place they would rather be
we do want to say that the 'slaves' on the sugar plantation
had help
the main power provision was from
four legged associates
we know not, horse, mule, cattle
they were supervised by a small number of
white overseers - including security
around 6 security guards per island
we bring you now to the present day - for a moment
a lot of people are familiar with the
semi-comic detective series
Death in Paradise
it takes around six months of location shooting to make each series
most main actors can only stick it for around three series
half the year stuck in the middle of nowhere
the main point about being a slave in the West Indies was
so much time on your hands waiting for the crop to grow
and nowhere to go
and the real kicker was
even if you did get permission to leave
the ships all went to
you would have to go to England
not Africa
if you left
some did
we know of nobody who went to England and then
went on to Africa
and so
everybody being somewhat
stir crazy
tensions ran high and
for a time
the people with the weapons
were slaves - machetes
security - guns
violence was high on the agenda
it didn't mean that
the white people were immune from slaughter in
slave rebellions
we could say
without much hope of being believed..
The sugar plantations in the West Indies were
set up by the Dutch
and run repressively by them
and they gave up
and switched to beet sugar
and the British took over and kept the industry going
in a much more British way
until the First World War spoiled the party

we have another Menken quote
the haunting fear that
someone somewhere
may be happy
we have a
G K Chesterton quote
we will adapt it for the modern world
Police officer
A person who pours righteous indignation into
the wrong things
in the original it was

H L Menken
was an American writer and journalist
1898 to 1956
in some ways most famous for a series of books about
American English
the language
not so much the ethnic group
He titled the series
The American Language
he was generally regarded as
anti-Semitic and racist
and he was to some extent famous for his coverage of the
Scopes Trial
The Monkey Trial
the trial of a schoolmaster for teaching evolution
his wife, Sara Haart, had been an advocate of
the 19th amendment
to the United States Constitution
up until 1776 many of the colonies in what would become
The United States of America
allowed woman to vote
in America in 1807
every state in the United States adopted a constitution that
denied the vote to women
they got it eventually
but one failed attempt to grant it was
the proposed but not ratified
19th amendment
just another example of
colonial life being somewhat more Liberal
than commonly portrayed
anyway we are just getting our context in
before quoting Menkin
we have this current Menkin quote

Hygiene is
The corruption of medicine by morality
kinda sums up what we have been saying just lately

three phrases come to mind for the present situation
blow the froth off the top of the coffee
taking in each other's washing
shall I be mother?
young people these days seem to see
taking on a job in the
service sector
getting paid for being sociable
in the works canteen
without actually setting foot on the shop floor
pressure to
have a job
results in people doing for each other
things they could do for themselves
the downside is that
instead of doing these things for
somebody down the street
they are commuting huge distances to
seek these services
if father is home, working from home
he may - the sexist swine
call out
any coffee on the go?
if he's
at work at work
either he has to walk to the
bistro on the corner
have deliveroo
deliver his coffee to his desk
what is missed here is that
how shall we say
if the worker's work consists of
sub-contracting a manufacturing order to
all the tea in China
and most of it is grown in
India and other South and South East Asian countries
either that item will be made in a
sweat shop in Leicester
or in a
highly robotised, hi tech facility in
China or Japan
people are 'put off'
'real work'
by the image of the persistent
British sweat shops
but we see a glimmer of hope
children of the 1950s were inspired by
replacing filthy coal and oil with
'clean(er)' nuclear and gas
what we see is despite the children of the 70s
switching to
really clean
desk top and lap top computers
children of the 21st century
during lock down
at the beginning anyway
into a vision of
modern manufacturing
by making PPE
personal protective equipment
3D printers
never mind free tablets for underprivileged children
get the 3D printers and laser cutters into class rooms and youth clubs
what about
sports clubs where
the geeks don't just
keep score
but design and make the
sports equipment?
today children we will be exploring options for
working out how many beans make five
when the battery dies on our 'phones
today children
we won't just be putting your pictures aside to dry
we will feed your files into the printer to
produce trainer uppers or face shields to your design

we do find it easy to imagine our UK
Prime Minister
with a mental age of six
so we enter that wonderfully imaginative world
and explore the concept of
hand washing
when our Ricker was seven and attending his sister's wedding
he was trying to be awfully grown up in his posh togs
and he tried to shake hands with the vicar
and offered his left hand
and the vicar shook it with his left hand
there are cultures where that would be very
offensive in adults
the theory is
you shake hands with the hand you DON'T use
to wipe your bum
but we want to explore the distinction between
handshakes and fist bumps
we imagine the six or seven year old
and we think
most of them have heard of
when Ricker was six he knew he could breathe
in and out through his nose
but whilst poking it
he couldn't figure out
why there wasn't a hole in the middle
it does tend to thoughts of magic
even a six year old Prime Minister
knows that elephants are very good at football
with a big enough ball
but they put their food into their mouths
using the trunks
and their trunks are their noses
perhaps to the six year old PM
human arms and hands are like
elephant trunks
breathe in and out through our palms
and not the backs of our hands
perhaps if our
Infant Hercules
Prime Minister
attains the mental age of 12
he will figure out that
noses are for
breathing AND smelling
here may lie the confusion
it is said
by some
that if you wear gloves
whilst peeling and chopping onions
you cry less
who is to say that
there are not
nose type smell sensitive nerve endings
in the finger tips
that could pick up a virus?
the wonderful world of Desilu
the guy Desi Arnaz??
the woman
Lucille Ball
the classic sketch
in the department store
climbing into the fridge
to check that the light goes out
when the door is shut
never take anybody's word for anything
The All American Way
Desilu defunct 1968

14th July 2020

we remembered, we remembered

funny how you always remember right at the end
reference to a 70s chocolate bar add where the puppet
eats the whole bar before he
remembers what it's called

it's called
involuntary muscle spasm that interferes
with vaginal intercourse or other penetration of the vagina
also when you can't get the speculum into the vagina
to do the smear test
and in extreme cases
can't get a tampon in and need to use pads

we want to make a point here about the way
law enforcement
take scientific medical advice
and turn it on its head
to take the medical opinion first
we won't bother with the name of the drug
it has been described as an
oral pregnancy test
it came before
the most sophisticated bit of technology
you will ever deliberately piss on
the home pregnancy test
that wasn't the point of the drug
the point of the drug
the scientific point of the drug is a
condition called
absence of menstruation
the idea was
is the patient really pregnant?
medically you don't have periods
if you are male
if you are a little girl
if you are past the menopause
if you are pregnant
if you have certain disorders, illnesses
anorexia is the most common disorder suppressing periods
in the days when this drug was prescribed
anorexia was not on most people's RADAR
the scientific idea was
if you are of an age when you should be having periods
and you are not and you are not pregnant
a little nudge will bring on the period
the downside - scientifically - is that if you are pregnant
and a scientist in those days would imagine that
a woman not expecting to be pregnant
would have self selected for this treatment by 'knowing'
that she had not had unprotected sex in the past few months
perhaps too much to ask
medics mistaking
why have my periods gone
am I pregnant
may bear some responsibility for the problems that ensued
the essence is
if somebody is pregnant
and the pregnancy is in the
developmental phase
the early phase
and not the
growth phase
the second and third trimesters - thirds
even the slightest invitation to produce a period
will hold the prospect of causing damage to
the link or bond between
the womb wall and the placenta - later the afterbirth
and in the early stages of pregnancy this could interrupt
development of bodily features
from the scientific - drug company - point of view
you don't do this test unless you
you are not pregnant
these days if you are female and of child bearing age
you can't even get an X-ray
without giving a negative pregnancy test first
times change
where we get into the
misinterpretation of scientific advice by
law makers and law enforcement
is who should be expected to have periods
to quote from the book of words
Delayed menses should be evaluated if
a girl shows no signs of puberty
by age 13
and menarche has not occurred by age 16
or if five years have passed without menarche
since the onset of puberty
end quote
also if you go 3 months without a period
or have less than 9 periods a year
here's the legal slight of hand
a female should be ready for sex
NO LATER THAN her 16th birthday
and the law says a female should not have sex
BEFORE her sixteenth birthday
the law picks up in the age 13 bit too
it makes se with a female under 13
a more serious offence
like the lawyers overheard 13 and 16
from the row behind in the cinema
and made up their own minds about their significance
speaking of which
we were mentioning
heavy petting in the cinema
we forgot to mention that
the back row of the
Palace Cinema on Redcar sea front
now replaced by
the Palace Hub
had special double seats on the back row
expressly for the purpose
this presents two major defects in a
one size fits all set of laws that are
mandatory not advisory
and like many unreasonable pieces of legislation
in the spirit of
the darkest hour is just before dawn
the more unreasonable a law is seen to be
the more extreme the penalties that are introduced
tak out a Jenga block and anarchy...
a couple including a female under 16 are seen as
deliberately setting out to send the whole of humanity
to eternal damnation
and the punishment reflects that and not the sex
on the other hand females over 16 are not protected from the
what's wrong with you? accusation
these days
as opposed to say 40 years ago in the UK
we don't hear the word
fridgid - ever
we do forget the term but
there is this story about a couple found dead on Redcar Stray
early one morning
because in her fright
the female had gripped the male's todger so hard
they could not separate
and died of exposure
it goes with the myth of the
vagina with teeth that chops of todgers
we have previously made mention of
dry humped
as a definition for rape to avoid all those arguments about
but being clamped so tight shut that no mortal man could get in...
it's gotta leave a mark

a major problem is one of scale
if you are Tommy Trump
and you live in Coronation Street
in Manchester
and you keep a pig in the back yard
you are considered to be
well worse that the bloke at the end of the street
who runs a fish and chip shop
that smells of rotten fish
a pernicious trade
subject to local authority supervision
back in the day
if you own a country house
you will be in line to be bought up by
the National Trust
if you have
a Home Farm
complete with pig styes
and a fish pond
it's a matter of scale
and so long as 'people'
the media
regard 'Redcar' as a
little sister to the cute fishing village of
the steel works will seem like a
monstrous carbuncle on the face of a beloved friend
last month a USAF pilot ditched in the North Sea
he did not survive, condolences
the thing is he set off from Lincolnshire
and landed in the sea quite a long way off
and yet early press report were that
he had crashed near
in the minds of hacks there are only
fifty towns in the UK
and they all have Premiership or Championship
football clubs
we do recall the story that there are no football clubs
in Scotland's Premiership that
have a stadium of the same name
Celtic - Glasgow
Rangers -Glasgow
it may not be quite true but as examples
Ross County, St. Mirren, St Jonstone
Queen of the South, Partic Thistle,
would the Scottish media say
a helicopter crashed onto the roof of
the Clutha club
near Celtic
they probably would
it probably reflects a reality that
lots of people get into journalism
through sports journalism
through keeping score at cricket matches
and writing about football matches from the
side lines for the school magazine
or web page
what constitutes a town
we have heard of
Kirkleatham and Eston
variously described as
near Middlesbrough or near Redcar
when it comes to London
all we gets is
North London, West London, East London
Lord Sakes yesterday we actually got
in Bow, East London
orwas it
Bromley by Bow
or was it Bromley in Kent?
we recall the footballer who missed an match because
he put Stamford Bridge
into his sat nav
and ended up in Stamford Bridge
not Chelsea
if you are interested...
the crane collapse in Bow
somebody decided that
the crane didn't need its counterweights
whilst it was being erected
was leaving them until
they actually started lifting loads
this was a special type of crane
ir can be more lightweight because
it does not have a
at an angle
but a vertical tower and a
so the forces ar taking two sides of a triangle
so that a swinging jib is not involved and all the
slewing occurs way above any surrounding structures
we have one working on the
Mo Mowlam centre on Corporation Road, Redcar this summer
but the horizontal traveller or arm is a load on the crane from the
get go
and the counter weights must be in place before the traveller goes out
the origin of the word jib is that it is the name of the
that is the ground or in-fill of the triangle and so
the use of jib in crane speak probably comes from
jib spar
the pole that holds the jib sail up
speaking of place names
the police
not having any staff in North Yorkshire.....
quite an important road runs through
Chop Yat
the police could never find it because it's
on the maps as
Chop Gate
locals told the change the name
would never happen in Wales
back in the days of black and white TV
sorry monochrome TV
North Yorkshire used to get the
Welsh regional opt outs
near enough for government work
the transmitter is called
and on Teeside
TV aerials point in opposite directions
we get equally rubbish reception from both
Pontop Pike
little place, Teesside
only got the one rubbish football club
doesn't need its own TV transmitter
Pontop Pike
312 meters of pike - hill
and 149 metres of tower
between Stanley and Consett
opened 1953
mast height 314 metres
built 1969
essentially, properties that
got TV
before 1969 have aerials pointing north
and properties that got TV after 1969
have aerials pointing south
Billsdale is a
guyed steel tube
so we assume there is a lift inside
it's on the top of
Bilsdale West Moor
nearer to Chop Yat than
the B1257 runs in the bottom of the vale of the Seph
and that dvides Bilsdale West Moor from
Bilsdale East Moor
we don't have the spot height for Bilsdale East moor
or the base of Bilsdale transmitter
but it was probably chosen as a high point and
400 metres above sea level is typical in those parts
it's effin' enormous but apparently
not always run at full power
what we want to know is
what happened to
Burnhope TV transmitter
Burnhope was set up to provide
ITV independent TV
in the North East of England
but now it doesn't
it's a DAB only transmitter
digital audio broadcasting

what we are getting at is
The Big Blast in Redcar was built in the
when it was built and commissioned
it made
South Bank steel works redundant
soon after only the
coke ovens, the offices, and the
BOS plant remained
the blast furnaces had gone
South Bank coke ovens remain
Lackenby BOS plant remains
Basic Oxygen Steelmaker
basic as in alkaline - not acidic
not bog standard
they get the ph up by adding limestone
we not very sure but we think it was the
Ineos chap who turned down the chance to
build replica Land Rovers on the site
'there's nothing there but a muddy field'
that tends to be the way with development sites
see, he's used to buying up redundant
but working plant
such as his recent purchase of all of
BP's petrochemical plants
here we go...
you can separate crude oil into things such as
petrol (gasoline)
heating and aviation fuel
and you are left with
something more waxy
the stuff
the Sa bit being
Saudi Arabian
use the Olefin 6 plant at Wilton, Redcar
to crack down into smaller lighter
chemical intermediates
raw materials for the likes of plastics
if you are bp and you are transitioning from
British Petroleum
British so the Obama administration reckoned they should
pay for the refurb of the Southern coastal states of the US
despite the oil spill being created by a US sub contractor
we digress
if you are bp and you want to transition from
British Petroleum
Beyond Petroleum
you won't be processing crude oil
and you won't have
waxy, varnishy stuff to dispose of
ditch petroleum - ditch petrochemicals
and the tail starts to wag the dog
we need the petrochemicals to make the likes of plastics
we don't need the lighter stuff because we've gone
electric or hydrogen
The Ineos guy decided to walk into a disused car plant
in South Wales
we don't know how that went
as of now
Redcar and Cleveland Council
Up the Boro council
are considering a planning application to use that
muddy field to build
wind turbines

we know that we are kinda
in the vanguard in medical thinking
we are not entirely dismissive of the
conflict in the minds of young people
particularly of, shall we say
AME rather than BAME background
trying to reconcile their religion and their
professional training
if they are of less than top notch intellect
they will tend to see their
professional routine as pretty much the same thing as
a religious ritual
for those with 'a religion'
it can be a bit like a Jenga Tower
disprove one element of their faith
and their whole faith and compass in life
a lot of medical professionals expect to leave uni
with a professional routine that will stand by them
throughout their careers
and so the emails that change protocols
stress them out no end
for that class of medical practitioner...
there is a tendency to at least go along with
patient families' and patient communities'
concept that all illness is
a punishment from God
this becomes a sliding scale
you have a disease after having sex
having sex must be naughty
you have an illness after shaking hands
you must have neglected the hand washing ritual
you get ill after using
not that anybody does these days...
a telephone kiosk
soon after somebody else
you may have perfected the hover in public toilets
but you can't hole a 'phone conversation
whilst holding your breath
so how can you have upset God
to the extent that he visited a plague on you and
your household?
if you are told you can get very ill
simply by breathing in
air that somebody else breathed out
where's the crime in that?

It is sometimes difficult to grasp how
the speed of social and moral change varies across
social groups and institutions
for many people in authority
the mere fact of sending an email was regarded as
an act of sedition
Ricker remembers being asked by a
Probation Officer
do you realise that every time you
send me an email
I have to print it out and put the hard copy
into your file?
in broad terms
Watsonm Crick, Frankline and the other guy - Wilkins
settled the issue of the DNA structure in 1952
Frankline died a few years later
it was in 1962 that the survivors
Crick, Watson and Wilkins were awarded their
Nobel Prizes
for the work
nobody has ever fixed the fact that
Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded
to dead people
thye are supposed to designate
special people who can be turned to for advice
people whose future endeavours should be invested in
trouble is
ten years is an untypically short time from
discovery to award
so Nobel Laureates
tend to be a bit past it
defeating the point of the
no posthumous awards clause
to get to our point
we want to contrast
The Fifties
and the invention of the
with the swinging Sixties
both are still - just about - within living memory
one quote - a song lyric - characterises the 50s
we're not checking when it was written
she's gonna have fun fun fun
'til her daddy takes the T bird away
it's a car a Thunderbird
throughout the fifties in wetern culture the
DNA story was gaining momentum
and in the Swinging Sixties
the availability of the
contraceptive pill
a vegan prescription, just to let you know
the contraceptive pill became the issue
but another quote for the fifties
probably not from a song but maybe from a movie
that shows the gulf between the fifties and the sixties is
after a session of heavy petting on the
back row of the movies
one young woman says to another
if he's broken through
I'll kill myself
not so much fear of
unwanted pregnancy
fear of
virginity loss
heavy petting categories
top outside
top inside
bottom outside
bottom inside
where was Ms Allred then?
perhaps not yet born

6th July 2020

from time to time we get irritated by
media output
are stirred to
state the bleeding obvious
so we will start with the not so obvious
in mid 18th century Silesia
the king of Prussia
subsidised experiments to improve the
extraction of sugar
in 1747 Andreas Marggraf
isolated sugar from
here's a name from the 60s
'pop' group
The Wurzels
sugar beet
Tate and Lyle
Tate Gallery
cane sugar - West Indies
British Sugar Corporation
mangleworzles - Lincolnshire
by 1914....
the sugar beet industry in the US
matched European production
California, Utah, Nebraska
in the US
beet sugar was produced in
World War 2
Interned Japanese
US beet sugar 11 states 55 per cent of sugar production
US cane sugar 4 states 45 per cent of sugar production
in short
people Tate and Lyle
who made vast sums from cane sugar did so
it wasn't until the country couldn't get
cane sugar imports during
The First World War
that the UK government allowed - promoted
beet sugar in the UK
cane sugar producers didn't
make their vast fortunes by
working Africans to death
as in abolitionist propaganda
but by exploiting their
monopoly of supply to
Brits who were and are
addicted to the stuff
the prices people were willing to pay for sugar
the workers could have had
enormous wages and the sellers would not have noticed
remember sugar cane...
plant grass
wait most of the year for it to grow
set fire to it
to burn off the dry bits with no sugar
and make chopping space
spend a month or two chopping it down
boil it up
stick it on a ship
that's a two month work year
plenty of time to recover
and perfect your singing
the 'slaves' on sugar plantations in the West Indies were
seasonal agricultural workers
but it was uneconomic to
return them to Africa in the
off season
their livilhood was protected by the
British Government's suppression of beet sugar in the UK

1611 King James Bible
Henry 8 - 1386 - 1422
1590 earliest record of a
compound microscope
a microscope using more than one lens in an optical path
and so
any observations of tiny things before 1590
Henry 8 but not James 2
would have been with a glorified
magnifying glass
Elizabeth 1st 1533 - 1603
we tend to think of
The Church of England
as a whacky marginal aberration founded by Henry 8
what we forget is that
before he fell off his horse
Henry was deeply involved with Rome
Elizabeth the 1st and Queen Mary were
daughters of Henry 8
here's a thing
if Elizabeth was Queen
she would by the conventions of the day
not have eggs
and therefore
could not have
legitimate heirs
married or not
it is very 21st century
to have
daughters fit into the royal line of succession
without quibble
we tend to think of the
King James Bible
as uniquely
but interpretations of scripture
which books to include and leave out etc.
would have been more shared across
that may be imagined
in a sense there was - at the time
no point in Elizabeth 1 giving birth
because she would be handeing her throne to
her partners child not hers
and with no DNA back then
which bloke's kid gets the crown?
but there is a different angle here
see below
people in Tudor Times
believed that
first mating sealed the deal in terms of
the genetics of all future children
we are cast back to the writings about
The Mother of John The Baptist
but then found not to be
maybe she
had sex once
nothing happened
she gave up
until much later
it's a thought

and so we come to the
Twins Sam
the curate's wife gives birth
and he - oh the day when clergy were male
but I was naughty twice vicar
the opposite concept
each and every penetration leads to a birth

we're writing about this as though it's
ancient history
there appears to have been a
paradigm shift
between Ricker born in the 1950s
and his half brothers born in the 1920s
men born up to the twenties or thirties
seemed to think that
any bloke with
good bloodlines
could knock decent kids out of
anything with tits
that shift in opinion probably came with
Watson,Crick, Wlkins, Frankline
we say Watson and Crick but
if it weren't for
Watson - Yank, Crick - Brit
it would probably have always been the other way around
that book
The Double Helix
probably laid the foundations for a
meaningful sort of
wimin's lib
a genuine
female emancipation that
BAME people will not have the same
groundwork for
what BAME people need to work on is
a reputation for being
our Ricker knows his limitations
he has no idea who
Tom Marvolo Riddle
he was
Lord Voldemort
and so
first Austrian Grand Prix of 2020
was a
Voldemort themed fancy dress party
The next few months will be a
Jobsworths' Jamboree
all sorts of regulations will be introduced so that
they can be relaxed
a couple of weeks later
what fun
speaking of characters from the past...
we, Ricker, recognises that most people don't
references to Douglas Adams and
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
at the start of the series
Earth is designated
at the end it has changed to
Mostly Harmless
the great selling point of the guide is that
the front cover is dominated by the words
Don't Panic
strange when all UK journalistic wisdom would say
to sell newspapers you need to
tell the casual observer that
there is something new to panic over
as a TV series and as a movie
Hitchhiker's is a quest
The quest is to find the answer to the ultimate question
Life, The Universe and Everything
there are three computer characters in the series
Marvin the Paranoid Android
Brain the size of a planet
of which more later
brain the size of a planet and they
ask me to open a door
the second computer is
Deep Thought
in the BBC television series it is represented as the
Shell - or is it BP? - building
near the National Theatre
it is set the task of telling people the answer to the question
Life, the Universe and Everything
for our point we have to spoli the surprise
the answer Deep Thought gives is
referring to Marvin's brain size
turns out the mice
as in
ah the plans of mice and men
do often gang astray
what have men got to do with it?
ask the mice
the mice
have commissioned
Slartybartfarst's company to
The Earth 2
to replace
The Earth
and both were intended as computers to answer the ultimate question
we will make an aside about
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
it's a pop-up restaurant
set up so people can dine whilst
the end of the universe
a time and event
not place
the point is
if you ask a
computer to answer a question
its answer will be a number
whether it's 42
or pie to six million decimal places
and so with health difficulties
garbage in - garbage out
but more significantly
numbers in - numbers out
we picked out a statistic - unverified as they say
first month of lockdown in UK
16 women and children killed in locked down homes
one mother and her three children were the
victims of one incident
so we could say
no more than 13 incidents of
lockdown man on women and children homicide
no more than 13 men
lost it to lethal effect
normal non-lockdown monthly average...
percentage wise significant and all tragic
but not the
mass slaughter as advertised
over the past five years
we have seen around a dozen
terrorism related homicides
and one
white man retaliatory attack
Finsbury Park
and that white man was
we do seem to be quite chilled as a nation
and too keen to give too much of a platform to
people who are too close to the
pockets of paranoia

in these days of
electronic program(me) guides
it is not easy for a reviewer to
as the old time radio disc jockeys would have said
back announce
an item
The Yesterday channel recently re-ran a series on
the private lives of (British) monarchs
and the last one was Henry the eighth
it was fronted by the chief curator of the British Royal Palaces
we lighted on one comment she made
she said some people in Tudor times - the days of Henry 8th
had an idea that
every time a man had sex he shortened his life by one year
Henry died at 44
another idea was that depite marrying her
Henry never had sex with
Ann of Cleaves
it conjures up in the mind the concept of
people the likes of Henry 8th
only ever having sex on their
wedding night
and if it didn't do the trick...
next wife
Henry couldn't get a male heir
makes you wonder how hard he tried
what he thought was actually involved
I piss on this lamp post once
and it is for ever mine?
lock her up in a tower and
every time she comes on heat
one of her husband's sperm will develop
before there were microscopes
or perhaps just as they became available and were
still rubbish
at least one drawing emerged of the
asserted to be trapped inside each sperm
a humanculus being a tiny fully formed baby
wikipaedia reference
here is the difference
every little girl is born with all the eggs she will ever have
many never develop but they can be counted
boys MAKE sperm
they bud them off from mother cells
sperm count and quality can be affected by
environmental conditions
if we take two ideas
the late 20th century concet of the
fractal universe
p everything is made up of smaller and smaller versions of itself
and the concept of
every boy has knackers full of
children hidden in sperm
and all the male sperm have
sperm in their knackers and
it's turtles all the way down
Terry Pratchet reference
what preformationism says is
everything that will ever exist
was created by God in his
six day week
it's just that a lot of it is at present so small
it can't yet be seen
but it may grow
it is based on
16th century alchemy
19th century science fiction
before he fell off his horse...
Henry 8 was very into
The Enlightenment
Alchemy and all that
there are species
where the female mates once
stores and nurtures masses of sperm
and doles them out as she produces eggs
perhaps the royal physicians had been studying
and this fits in with this concept of
a husband and his mother insisting that the bride
be virgo intacta
groom's mother inspects the bride
and hands her the white dress in which to walk down the aisle

6th July 2020

according to paypal
nobody, absolutely nobody
has donated one thin dime
to the support of this web site
that is interesting

as a planet
we are suffering a bit of a setback
but in the UK
for some at least
it's back to
onwards and upwards

29th June 2020

we are going to explore the issues around the
Smallman case
we start from the concept that two women are
reported to the police as missing
the first allegation is that the police took an
oh they'll turn uo
dead or alive
initial attitude
to the case
this in itself begs the question
did the police know
right from the outset
that these were women of colour?
was t just a case of
oh just another missing persons case
or was it
oh God not THEM again
were the Smallmans
known to the police?
and then the family find the
victims and the murder weapon
we would guess that in the majority of murders
we've found a body
is the gist of the initial report to police
it is not very clear that
a prior missing persons report
automatically dictates that
the police should find the body first
we would guess that very rarely are
police eyes the first to light on the
body of a murder victim after death
we have a point to make about how this will play out
we are wondering how much of this will be divulged
we are wondering = in this modern age
what sort of police officers would you set to stand over
female dead bodies whilst SOCO arrived
scenes of Crime Officers
what chance
female victims - female guardians
plenty of low ranking female officers around in London
if the unofficial pics were taken by female officers
that will be clear because the issue is
not the taking but the publishing of these images
that is at question
and that brings us to the question of
automatic victimhood for females
and we will refer readers to the
bed bath scene
Christy Brown's
My Left Foot
the title of this autobiography relates to a chap
who had control of his left foot
and nothing else
and the passage relates to a group of
female nurses
turning his bed bath into
personal, group, entertainment
essentially relating to the fact that
this stricken man despite having no
control over his body
was subject to 'normal' consequences of
sexual arousal

this being factual
brings to mind a fictional scene
the singer and entertainer
once played the part of a priest in a movie
in the essential scene his character is left alone with
a young woman who is comatose
and as a result of his doing what any
red blooded male would have done before
DNA was discovered
she is snapped out of her coma
we also have reports or stories of
father's visiting morgues to
identify their dead daughters
and discovering the attendants
having sex with their dead daughters' remains
the phrase there being
he prefers his meat cold
on at least one occasion the producers of
adult entertainment, looking for
a USP - unique selling point
have set up in a care home to make a movie about
women over 100 having sex
not a niche that gained much popularity
there is a sense of
she's not much use for anything
but at least the lads can have a bit of fun with her
if you can't sing, dance, cook, tell jokes
in a sense, no matter how disabled
you can
lie back and think of England
and it is not exactly clear why such people should be
reduced from
basically useless
to utterly useless
because what they can do is
sex related

we don't know the history of small local
furniture retailer
Barker and Stonehouse
they have some large stores now and they are
possibly not in the same ownership they were in
the mid 1980s
at around that time they left their
modest store on
Redcar High Street
and at least one of our Ricker's neighbours
still works for them
what we were getting to is that
for a little while the unit was occupied by a
gift shop
it may now be
but it was a long time ago
so knowing exactly is difficult
what we are getting to is a line of merchandise that
or a while was displayed in the gift shop window
it was essentially pink and it
featured a matchstick figure of a little girl
and the legend was
when I grow up
I'm gonna be a nurse
and see lots of men's
as we sit here now
we consider when will the pendulum swing back
and what will
schoolgirl stationery feature in
twenty years' time?
in the UK in the 1960s
little children
with large families
children raised children
without much adult supervision
and little ones learned about
gender difference and sex by playing
doctors and nurses
albiet that the nurses were girls and the doctors were boys
and it was mainly about familiarising little boys with
girl bits
the standard was and now we have
and still we do not have adult supervision
but we do have
police surveillance
children use the internet to compensate for
the relative absence of siblings
brothers sisters cousins etc
we recall a BBC
play for today from the 1960s
about two men who had been at boarding school together
and they had very different memories of
night time wanderings into
matron's room
one had been in the habit of going there
for hug to help with his homesickness
the other had regularly gone there to
stiff the matron
at present we are somewhat adrift in these matters
but the two men in this play were regarding the same woman
very differently
and in conflict over it
say you are an important professional of
South Asian extraction
you are proud of your work role
your family think you need to be married
your family think you should have children
your family think that you should only ever have sex
in pursuit of children
and so
as soon as you have children
you should not
the lady wife
for more sex
and so what does she do
she - especially if she is not also a doctor
she switches from being your sex partner
to being
your feeder
and you become morbidly obese
we have mentioned
a MILF is a
Mom I'd like to fuck
a type of sex video focussing on the
'mild perversion'
the crazy thought
that even after she has produced all the children
she ever would want
a woman may still be
up for a seeing to
Ricker does not buy every book he looks at in a shop
he remembers a memoir of a
vice squad policeman
in one section the copper recounts his arrest of a man who
had a girlfriend who had a daughter who was not his daughter
and this chap had got into the habit of visiting his step daughter
on his way to bed
and chatting a bit and
fingering her
so he was getting nicked for having sex with a child
what we should say is
the girl protested that she did not want her step father locked up
the question is
how did the police find out about this activity?
we have to assume that the mother rang the police
we have to assume that the mother was happy to loose her boyfriend
we don't know whether they were living in his house of hers
perhaps she was willing to loose her home
and possibly have her daughter taken into care
just for the satisfaction of
ringing the police for a whinge
what is lacking is that initial sense of
shrug, the girl got fingered, so what?
from the police
and the reason is
no judgement
just process
and once the process begins
it no longer belongs to
victim, perp, or witnesses
it belongs to
law enforcement
and their question is not
how will this affect the parties?
their question is
how will this be reported in the media?
in a sense the media have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs
at one extreme
less people get married so that the media cannot
tag a relationship with
and so the media plough on
treating cases where none of the parties were married as
adultery any way
and the public don't give a click
but for the media and law enforcement
no matter how dry the well
in terms of public reaction
they still keep going there
like the old talk show host Sam
this letter has just flooded in
and these days
are the most senior talk show hosts
referencing constituency office eamils
as their authority to
try to vote down the Laws of Nature

we think we should explain what
cock a snook
cock a snook means
thumb your nose
just thought we'd clear that up

When our Ricker was at school
one of the lads in his year group was called
Dyer was an OK guy if a bit
over confident
Dyer's claim to fame was that he was the only person we knew
this is a long long time ago
the only person we knew who had actually witnessed
people having sex
this bloke had been humping this woman in the street
outside Dyer's front door
in India
and this is where we are getting
Dyer in India
General Reginald Dyer
and the law of unintended consequences
first we will say that
when the suffragettes and suffragists were
rioting for votes for wimin
women had the vote
they could vote people - including other women -
on and off local councils
votes for women was about
women being entitled to vote in
Parliamentary Elections
and honestly that was coming whether or not
wimin smashed windows or starved themselves to death
being a suffragette was like being
a football hooligan supporting
Liverpool or Man City
not Bradford Park Avenue
the unintended consequence comes that in India
Indian men had fought and died in the
First World War
for the Empire
and didn't get the vote
the women had worked in munitions factories
and DID get the vote
no home rule for India
and so, bitter resentment
another liberation movement
The Indian National Congress
The Congress Party
got stroppy
April 1919 Congress announced
big meeting in
Amritsar in the Punjab
The State Governor arrested the two main speakers
cue rioting
five Europeans dead
and another thing
for some reason the rioters didn't roam the streets
they crammed into a walled courtyard
when the local military commander ordered the troops to
open fire...
nowhere to run to
500 dead
officially 379
and that was..
Richard Attenborough's 1982 film
and that movie became
the official history of
India in the British Empire
and there was a
Public Enquiry
and some people thought Dyer had
done the right thing
King George the fifth's
note the dumbing down here
we assume King George V's would flummox you
King George the fifth's deathbed scene is disputed
there is a town on the south coast of England called
at some stage it became
Bognor Regis
because some king - possibly George V
went there a lot
on his death bed some flunky tried to cheer him up by
maybe soon we can go to Bognor
King George V's famous last words
in 1936
Bugger Bognor
officially however they are recorded as
How goes the Empire?
if you are a Geordie you may 'get' this
just like
toon army
we had Mohandas Gandhi
known as
Mahatma Ghandi
and so we have - well had
ma hat, ma ganzi
need those in inclement weather
Ghandi wanted home rule or independence but
he was a big stalled over whether
India should or should not be
A Muslim State
in essence
Ghandi was against partition
HE wanted an all India secular state
other people were more interested in
it all got very troubled when
The Labour
lost the 1931 General Election and
the National Government
scrapped The Labour's plans for Indian Independence
and then Ghandi got arrested again for
telling Indians not to fight for the Empire
in the Second World War
that has to be seem as
not as support for Hitler
no you never knew
in 1933 the Oxford Union
University Debating Society
voted to
Not fight for King and Country
in 1935
11 million people signed
The Peace Ballot
we see things differently now...
in the 1930s
The British saw that
the outcome of the First World War
had been very - perhaps overly - harsh on Germany
in those days
people in the UK saw
Japan as doing
what they see China doing now
they didn't care much about
The Frozen North
and Germany
their main fear was that
would turf the Brits out of
Israel, Palestine, and Egypt
and close
The Suez Canal
to British Trade
all that stuff about
dame Vera Lynn
and Burma
the movies tell us that
the war in the East
didn't start until
Pearl Harbour
the Brits celebrated
V E Day
but their eyes were always firmly on
V J Day
victory over Japan
and in their hearts
the Brits abandoned
Hong Kong
the day
Enola Gay
dropped her gift on
since we have the numbers to hand referring to Richardson asking,
on a first visit to Newcastle upon Tyne
where are all the bomb sites?
during the Blitz
18,800 tons of bombs landed on London
152 tons of bombs landed on Newcastle and Tyneside
there is a 'conspiracy theory' that
the Blitz was not designed to destroy British Industry
but to rid Britain of its slums
in preparation for a German take over
Glasgow and Liverpool - although ports - were the only
other target hit with over a thousand tons of bombs
apart from Plymouth - Devonport the British naval headquarters
tht got 1,228 tons
less thn Glasgow - 1,329
and far less than Liverpool- Birkenhead, 1,957
Sheffield 355 Birmingham 1,852
and in deference to their bombed cathedral
Coventry 818

There used to be, and possibly still is a thing called
Imphal Barracks
In 1944 when the Japanese
Invaded India
The British and Indian Armies defeated the Japanese
at the Battle of Imphal
Th Chinditz
were a specially trained unit
something between
the French Resistance and the SAS
who were British, Chinese and American
they landed behind Japanese lines and blew up bridges and such
how little but ocean lies between japan and
the American seaboard - California etc.
where a lorra lorra ethnic Chinese lived and live

while we're on
relating to Redcar or Coatham
just to skip back a while
at some stage
Cleveland Golf Course
was cut in two - smaller half now abandoned
by a new link road from the Kirkleatham Lane railbridge
to the sea front
the road is called
Majuba Road

think of the movie
The Zulu wiped out an entire British army column
at Isandhlwana
the British had guns
unlike at the Dardanells much later
but they couldn't get their ammunition boxes open
they had
brought the wrong spanners
The Zulu went on
no doubt chuckling themselves silly,
at attack a small base at
Rorke's drift
and the British were not
almost all Welsh as in the movie
and they did better
having found the appropriate spanner
Two years later
not facing
fuzzy wuzzies
facing Dutch Boer farmers
we are presuming boer is Dutch for farmer
British tactic - fusillade
let 'em 'av it boys
Boer tactic
sniper fire from rifles normally used for hunting
The Battle of Majuba Hill
The British were slaughtered
and those remaining
pulled out of
the Transvaal
as fast as they could run
and so
Majuba Road, Coatham, Redcar
is a War Memorial
Transvaal had diamonds and still has/
and it was Dutch, not British
British wanted it
here comes your
Liverpool FC reference...
The Dutch
got their retaliation in early
by attacking the British bits of South Africa
In 1899
at the battle of
Spion Kop
the Boers slaughtered the Highlanders
and cooped the British into
Mafeking, Ladysmith, and Kimberley
in time the numbers of British re-inforcements
won the day
but then we get to a
Genuine British Baddie
you seen those World War One posters?
Your Country Needs You
that guy is
General Kitchener
and it was his idea toherd all the
South African Dutch together
so they couldn't support and provision
Dutch Terrorists
and so he invented
The Concentration Camp
and they had some for
The Dutch
and some for
The Blacks
and they were as bad as the Nazi ones
except for the gas chambers
the inmates were left short of food
for fear they would pass it on to
the Partisans
The essence of the Spion Kop massacre was that
the Brits chose their
camp site, in completely alien territory
in thick mist
and were astounded to wake up next day
in the midst of the enemy
The British are characterised as
Lions lead by Donkeys
but over and over again
they get bailed out by their

22nd June 2020

une 2020
There are times when people say
a bad workman
blames his tools
on the other hand
right tools, right materials
make the best job
our Ricker bought a couple of cameras
and some other kit
for himself from Cash Converters
for Christmas
and lockdown has rather suppressed his
these pictures show that it is very likely that
the swans he wrote about just before lockdown
did actually nest and rear young in Locke Park

it's very easy to say that it was Ricker's lack of experience
with his 'new' kit that caused these pictures of a heron
to be of such 'poor quality'
they are however
very atmospheric
capturing the vital moments of
a heron catching fish
with thousands of pounds worth of kit
something for
may have been achieved
but to him these shots are

and this is dad off into the distance
chasing geese off his pond
and leaving the kids with mom

sometimes we can develop a misunderstanding
from other people's words
when a black person or a person of colour says
it is wrong that black history is not taught in schools
in countries with significant black minorities
we may interpret that as
hey look at me, I'm an important part of
this society too
but what if they are saying
I'm upset, I'm confused
because I don't know why things are as they are
the national education system has let me down by
leaving me ignorant and
in my amateur and immature way
flailing around trying to fit the pieces together
clearly the Romans and the Nazis did terrible things to
The Romans essentially bought slaves from
what may astonish some
Black rights activists is the story of this chap
called something like Pick
who had a statue in Washington DC
what almost nobody knows is that
this chap was based in the mid west
not the south
and he did something quite unexpected
from a modern perspective
he was recruited by the South
we think that's the Confederates
to try to link up with the
First Nations People
we guess in the mid west and the west
to join the Confederacy because
First nations people
owned slaves
and his legal work was
helping first nations people sue the
Union Government
either to keep their slaves
or keep their lands
whooda thunk it
what we haven't figured out is
did Red Indians and Eskimos
have black African slaves
or did they enslave members of
other first nations tribes?
it seems to us that the whole point of
living on a reservation or in Alaska is
there are no laws
and so we had to get into the origins of
and here we get into
in Sanskrit, sindhu is the word for river
Hindustan is a name applied to
the upper valley of the river Ganges in India
and Hindi is a language spoken in
northern India
which is a combination of
German and native Indian influences
is one of the four traditional hereditary classes
into which society in India
is divided
does a young person of South Asian ancestry
living in the UK
and learning nothing of Indian History from
an objective state education source
assume that the caste system in India was invented by and imposed by
The Colonial British?
and here we come to the problem of
back in the day
if you were smart you did French
if you were thick
you did French Studies
and French Studies didn't involve any of
the lingo, just the culture, taught and examined in English
and then the fuck wits in Wales decided to
take up classroom time
teaching Welsh the Language
and not Welsh the culture
in all Welsh Schools
like teaching by
Rote learning
selections from a book about Islam
written a few thousand years ago
and again
not in English
even though
they will understand English in China and Brazil
but not Sanskrit
or Arabic
it's not English cultural colonialism
one third of English is Latin and one third Greek
and sod all is
Old or Middle English
English accepts the words as they originate from other languages
robot is English but it originates from Polish
so if you want a
a Welsh word for robot
you are not cocking a snook at English
but Polish
if you didn't have a word for robot
before the word was developed in Polish
then inventing an alternative word for robot is
protecting your cultural heritage
as with
put wood in t'oil
being a traditional cultural variation on
close the door
preserving traditional variation is
constructing a
Tower of Babel
as in the arsehole creeping nonsense of
The French
insisting on referring to
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Organisation Treatysome of the Altlantic of the North
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkies
reference to De Gaul and the Free French
Marshall Petine was it?
Reject English but
surrender to the Germans
people don't choose their skin colour
but they do choose to become morbidly obese and
they do choose to take up their children's time
learning things - including languages - that are
not main stream
and then want?
extra marks in their main stream studies to
compensate for the time they have spent
polishing their cultural traditions
I should get extra marks if my exams are during
Ramadan because
the fasting makes me light headed

a couple of economic notes from Redcar
it sounds as though the oil cracker is
back on line after its 'overhaul'
and that is in line with the doubling of motor traffic
since the early days of lockdown
The leftists always want to
get their retaliation in early
pre-write their 'news' items
so for the hacks with all the stories about
Cash Converters
and prized X boxes being traded in to
put food on the table
we can report from
Redcar Cash Converters
that the first day of
non-essential shop opening was
a bit hectic
but the rest of the week was
'pretty quiet'

a few years ago our Ricker was on some sort of
web forum
he was mainly reading other people's stuff
but he did get into a few exchanges
he gave up after a while
he came away without a direct quote but
with the distinct impression that
if he'd studied something along the lines of
and not French
he would have been a shew in for med school
as a society the UK
and we do doubt that the UK is a nation
it is more like a
as such, despite this, whatever it is
it does seem to be
getting a bit ahead of itself
problem solving, done
the thing of the day is
sales, promotion, education
doctors with

Here's a little challenge to
BBC news editors, script writers
would you ever say
the child was separated to his mother
you would say
the child was separated from his mother
so why in God's Name
would you say
The Imperial study is separate TO the Oxford study
spit feathers ain't in it

at the same time we have a clarification to make
long long ago we published material about
not having patients sitting up because they drown in
their own saliva
we were giving public service advice for
normal people
at that time we did not know that the majority of
'working age' CoViD-19 patients are
morbidly obese
long ago, as opposed to long long ago
we explained why the morbidly obese have difficulty breathing
per se as they say
we did not link these items
for most people the failure to
achieve a productive cough
is their main risk
for the morbidly obese
CPAP or whatever it is
that keeps the patient conscious
not intubated and sitting up
allows that blubber to sink into their hips
and if they are conscious and not packed full of antosins
they will cough

we need to add something to comments
quite a lot lower down
relating to vaccines
we need to explain that
if you take the likes of
tobacco masaic virus
and tack on some element of
corona virus
there may be an initial surge of
helpful antibodies
what is much less likely is that
a human immune system will
take a tobacco plant virus
and use it to keep up its defences against
a corona virus
and this could explain why many
cobbled together
viccines have limited success
the ones that work well consist of
inactivated virus
not dummy virus
and the other point
to be of any use against a virus
the effort has to be
and extinction event
a global extinction event for the virus
not a long term expansion of human defences

in the sort of on-going series of
jottings from our Ricker's fractured memory
important moments
In Queen Street there are many houses
one in particular was
when Richer was at Primary School
his father not yet retired
but around the time Ricker had his
face kicked in
in the school playground
being too clever by half
this particular house was arranged with its
front room - downstairs
serving as a sweet shop
much like a part of Ricker's mum had had
a sweet shop in part of her home
when she was a little girl
and one day the shop shut
and then the
Get Wet announced that the man who had
helped his mam to run the shop
had been
kicked to death
and the Get Wet opined
what did he expect
living with his mam and running a sweet shop
any right thinking dad would kick him to death
this kind of
media stroke law enforcement
pandering to the brain dead
was naturally very influential on everybody
not just the slowly healing Ricker
as an aside
the media have had an ongoing struggle with their
one shared brain cell
over how to
now Ricker recognises the word
never seen it expressed as calumniate
calumny - false accusation, malicious slander
how to calumnise these people with this
new American import epithet
without distressing the
newest darlings of the media
The Gays
in the public mind
gay men would want to recruit little boys to
adopt a gay life style
and any man who would volunteer to have the slightest
contact with children
was assumed to be
out to convert them into gays
here is the major conundrum
anybody viewing this issue from the outside
would say
we the British have always had our suspicions of
men who chose careers as teachers in
boys' prep schools
men who liked little boys
The Americans thrust into the media mix
the concept of the paedophile
men who like the company of
liking little girls was added to the list of
traits not a part of a straight man's make-up
and at at this time we still see women
buying the idea that to snare a
real man
they have to install large lumps of silicone
under the skin of their chests
say you like big tits
only females over 18 have big tits
and the ones who don't should get
plastic - cosmetic - surgery
quite an enditement of
American insecurity over
gender identity
these days in the UK
any men working in
pre-teen education are employed to
protect the
wimin and childer
from any parents who show
male characteristics
and show up at the school gates
Ricker's local Primary
looks for all the world like a
cattle market
for all the layers and layers of
steelwork fences

today, however, ricker set out to write about
his mam
his mam and JK Rowling
for the most part, poles apart
but in 1915
George Robert and Eva Frank
were pregnant
and the little boy was
and Eva was advised that the best wy forward was
to get pregnant again as soon as possible
and in 1916
Eva May was born
and she simply didn't have the plumbing to be
a worthwhile substitute for her dead
elder brother
and as she grew up matters were not helped by
the fact that her
boy substitute role was picked up on by her
school friends who didn't call her
Masie as her family did
this is all very well
but the point we wanted to get to is
we don't know what Masie's elder brother was callled
and we don't know why he died
what we do know is that if this had allplayed out in
2015, not 1915
it is almost certain that un-named son
would have survived as a
special needs child
and George and Eva would have dedicated their lives
to his care
and never have 'tried for' another baby
being so overwhelmed with the task of caring for
their handicapped or disabled son
and so
through the 20th century we have
a phase where there are families invested in
daughters who
we think in Redcar of Gertrude Bell
are women who get opportunities in life that
were not afforded to women previously
because newly affluent middle class people
find themselves with
daughters and no sons
and make the best of it
and the best of it very often did not stretch to
'making a good marriage' for the girl
and then we see society
randomly selecting girl pupils and
without any significant consultation with the family
fast tracking or shoe horning these girls
into medical school
and the like
and getting the shock of their lives when
at 14 they return from a
in the old country
married to some peasant labourer
three times their age who has
already worked three wives to death
we watched a TV show about
King Tut
The boy king of Egypt
it was fairly clear that his left leg thigh bone had
suffered a break at the growth plate
leg bones have interstitial and appositional growth
they grow in length from a plate near the end
massive overgrowth
and yet
in the face of the evidence that he had an
unsurvivable leg injury
and he had the most aggressive form of
malaria and he lived to the age of 19
the commentary had to say
because his mother and his aunt
were the same person
to died young from
in breeding
we do not
follow the science
if we followed the science
if we followed the science
many many women could have their dearest wish granted
they would want their early experiences of sex to be with
someone they trusted
not some stranger who was
available to marry them
or a 'good catch'
and the request
fuck me daddy!
could be routine and complied with
so when the
gay bashing slot
is removed from the media template
it has to be replaced with the
paedo bashing slot

what we find totally unacceptable is the case of
professional footballer Johnson
given five years because
on discovering that his new girlfriend was
a few weeks under age
decided not to have sex with her
what was in the brainless mind of the tril judge was
the lad had fathered a daughter by a previous
girlfriend and
decided not to marry and divorce the mother
thus giving his daughter child support
but not giving somebody else's daughter
the child's mother
half of his worldly wealth
it's all about the money
he got five years
not for not having sex with an underaged woman
but for declining to marry his daughter's mother
and fifty years ago...
how would anybody know he was the girl's father?
we just want to put down this marker
it's a Roitt quote
Figure 9.1
Antigen drives immune response
as the antigen concentration falls
due to catabolism
and elimination by antibody
the intensity of the immune response declines
here's the kicker
but is maintained for some time
at a lower level by
antigen trapped on the follicular dendritic cells
of the germinal centres
in other words
some antigen cells are kept as
pets or hostages
to keep the immune system's
'hand in'
extending the period of
contamination response to
a length more like
long term, parasite response

15th June 2020

we don't care to check sources when the source is
less important than the quote
in this vein
we THINK this may be a quote from
The American War of Independence
we think one of the
how shall we say
said to the others
Gentlemen, we must all hang together
or else we shall all
hang separately
clearly a motto adopted by the
UK Police Federation
what we are saying is
there are times when evidence has nothing to do with the case
the idea is that
every time a police officer is not
defended in their
right to do wrong
society is adding to the concept
to paraphrase the French police
No Police - no peace
for example
statistics tell us that
there are between 20 and 100
heroin uses on Teesside
and that these people are getting towards elderly
hence, despite the fact that these people have been
on crack for decades
as they die from old age
some will say that four or five
geriatric smack heads dying every year
1 every year a quarter of drug users die
2 if it were not for the efforts of the police
Teesside would be completely depopulated in five years
here's a police style statistic
the average intelligence of the general population is
lower than the average intelligence of police officers
all police officers are smarter than everybody else
and should be in charge
of everything

now we will take you back to around 1960
we refer to Ricker's dad Tommy
this will stun and amaze you but
Tommy and his fellow company directors had
Triumph Vitesse motors for their company cars
for reference
1960 - running cars weighing 17 cwt - around one tonne
with six cylinder 90 BHP - horse power - engines
Tommy's boss was George Hodsman
He was the chairman
his sons were - along with Tommy - directors
the directors - mostly not George
would entertain customers to lunch
we talking The Swan Hotel
The Vane Arms
Tommy would tip his drink
into the potted plants when nobody was looking
we guess Paddy - the 'boys' were called Paddy and Hill
we guess Paddy didn't do that
Paddy lost control of his flying machine on
more than one occasion
had to have his scalp sewn back on once
on such occasions he would be taken to the local
cop shop
now our Ricker is no stranger to custody suites
but they are a little different these days
back in those days
if you went into a police custody suite
you found the
Police Benevolent Fund charity box
stuffed it full of notes
and got kicked out for your trouble
out to the street
not the cells

we have to comment at this time about
Life of Brian
and the question
What have the Romans ever done for us?
apart from the roads
and apart from the drains
and apart from the food
and apart from the clean water
and apart for the holidays
and apart from
one of the classic realities is
America gets it's independence
and follows up with a civil war
'India' gets it's independence
and partition into
India and Pakistan
and Pakistan gets it's independence
and there is partition into
Pakistan and Bangladesh
elc etc
latest is
wherever the Ang Sang Su Chee
being ousted after independence
we would
if we were out and about
include a picture of the statue outside
Teesside Crown Court
not a blindfolded woman
holding up a set of scales
the scales of justice
a woman holding up
by the scruf of the neck
in one hand a little boy
and in the other hand a little girl
who are bawling at each other
the idea that all was sweetness ond light in
parts of the world distant from Britain
before the British arrived
is tosh
on almost all occasions
the British granted independence when
the locals finally fixed on a decision that
they wanted it
we saw this item about some place where a lot of
our coffee is grown
it pointed out that
the people who now cultivate that coffee
are in no way, in the slightest
but they moved to that area less than
one hundred years ago
The British contributed
Greenwich Mean Time
and the Harrison clocks
and James Cook drew maps and charts
all making worldwide navigation and trade possible
and some of the lower ranks behaved very very badly
but James Cook was killed by
Native Action
on a far away beach
and so there is some case for a comparison with
tourists being shot up by
people opposed to
modern life
on foreign holiday beaches
regarding slavery and the definition there of
we would refer you to the
Bosman Ruling
you will be familiar with the idea of
the transfer window in soccer - football and
the Bosman Ruling put an end to the idea that
a football club could
sell a out of contract player
to a rival club
it did not put an end to the convention that
a club can sell a player who is
in contract
to another club
in slavery terms this is
selling down the river
slaves had a better life the further up river
mainly the Mississippi
that they lived and worked
a slave who disobliged his or her owner
could be sold to a slave owner nearer to the sea
where life was harder
almost everybody has a
contract of employment
it is not the existence of the contract that is
a matter of contention
it is the TERMS of the contract that matter
a lot of 'protesters' are young people who are
behoven only to their
doting parents
and so have very advantageous
life terms and conditions

in the short term we owe this Sam to
the show Kindig Customs
but we doubt it originated there
The Dental Sam
I like my women like my dental floss
waxed and minted
we were thinking at this time about
this question
many major religions specify for their adherents
a period of fasting
taking the UK Christian religions as an example
Lent is arranged in the year
for those who don't know it's from
Pancake Tuesday to Easter Sunday
arranged at a rime of year when
food is in short supply anyway
winter stores used up
and perhaps it has been seen as
making a virtue of necessity
a cover for poverty
but that may not be entirely the case
if we were fully up and running we would find out
the details here but we are thinking about cartoons
by Gillray or some such of some king
probably a George
and also thinking of pictures of
Henry the eighth
in later life
grossly over weight
and the only people we see today
looking like that
live in 'deprivation' on Sink Estates
and so
perhaps there traditional periods of fasting were
always designed to give people's bodies a break from the
as we say
incessant gorging
and in the case of Christianity
get people's bodies fit for the
farm work of spring

we have a Ricker story about Lent
at about the time that Ricker was moving on from having all
his food cooked for him by his mother
to cooking his own supper from
Vesta freeze dried meal kits
his mam volunteered to cook him a
last supper before Lent
and it was
and it wasn't very nice
his mam had had this genius idea
she would put Ricker off chips for a month by
cooking him
turnip chips, not potato chips
and we mean French Fries here

we may ask
the reason why elderly kings become
grossly overweight is because they are fed
using the best of ingredients
prepared for them by the best of cooks
is there a link between that and
significant mass ill health being linked to
highly processed food?
the second group of over weight people in history were
constantly tasting and nibbling and not being
served meals
when food comes straight out of the 'fridge
or from the freezer via five minutes in the microwave....
consider kids no longer outside having adventures
and discouraged from too much
screen time
they are constant fodder for the
feeder who gets their
carer fix
in ten seconds
from the 'fridge to the kitchen table
and the glow from seeing
the little ones 'tucking in'
fades so quickly

we therefore consider that
treating 'the deprived'
like RoyaltyBR> is
Killing them with kindness

in April 2020
in the almost total absence of
rail commuting - trains, tubes, metro
the size of the UK economy
reverted to what it had been in
what we are unlikely to discover is
what would the economy's growth rate from
April 2020 onwards have been
if commuting to London and within London had
ended permanently?
what will be interesting to see is
how much did UK GDP
Gross Domestic Product
April 2020 and May 2020?
what if/
what if it grew by the same amount - per centage
as it did between April 2019 and May 2019?
the Governor of the Bank of England today
spoke publicly about
instantaneous micro-metrics
in other words
how much GDP changed between April and May 2020
and he will have told the Treasury
and if it grew substantially
government will not be fretting about
getting people back on buses and trains
and apparently...
they are not
insisting on face coverings
a public health measure
not so much
a confidence boost
we are very overworked and we don't check our metrics
we do however believe that over time this has become a
more widely referenced platform
and so our policy of saying
so few people will read this,
it's not necessary to get permission to
name names
should be reviewed
abd so we will depart from
and the cloak of
and re-tell old stories without names
but first a new one
consider a little girl of six or seven years
two parents
dad takes ill and spends a lot of time in hospital
eventually he returns home - alive and quite well
happy days
consider two photographs
one before hospital and one after
before hospital both parents are
beyond morbidly obese
after hospital dad is a normal weight
forget gastric bands
think Hotblack Deesitu
a fictional - Hitchhiker's Guide - tycoon
who spent a year dead for tax reasons
take deprived people and
put them in an induced coma for three months
to stop the bastards
incessantly EATING
and get their bodies back to a weight where
they can breathe unaided

say you were a moderately smart but not
massively well educated police officer
your sister gets pregnant
you use your influence to get
your sister a job
since you live in
west Cumbria
you get her a job as visitor centre manager
at Sellafield nuclear re-processing plant
and you get the father
a job in the police
well no - the father is already a police officer
and already married and so not available to
marry your sister
and it gets fixed up for the girl - the daughter
to do an optometry degree
in London
and since you have been so nice about the whole thing
they make you - briefly, for pension reasons
chief constable of Scotland's Highland Region
before all the regions were merged into
Police Scotland
and then the daughter decides to
change her name from
her mother's surname to her father's surname
and your father fixes it for the court to
serve a notice on the daughter's friend from university
never to contact her again
this is your problem
the sending to university
wasn't a sending to university
it was a sending to London
to Farfaraway
and the astonishment, the hurt, the crime
this boy, this university
has caused this girl to
want a graduate for a partner
not a
rather in the spirit of
a Good Jewish Boy
a Nice Young Copper
university life has
ruined the girl for
domestic bliss in the home of Plod
but the boy is an easier target
he has ruined the girl's life
because she
can't forget him
that's the World According to The Filth

we were thinking about referencing
the police pandering to
Daily Mail readers
and we were stuck with how to spell that
so we checked
a panda is
a racoon-like animal found on the
south and east borders of Tibet
no apologies to China for recognising
a bear-cat
and thus
a red panda
and so
the black and white jobs?
not pandas
giant pandas
not so cat-like
and nothing whatever to do with
PC Plod
the police pander to bigots
and that use of the word comes from
male - pander
female - pandress
a go-between in base love intrigues
one who ministers to the evil desires
and passions of others
to help satisfy any any unworthy desires
in the story
Troilus and Cressida
how apt
Cressida Dick
London Metropolitan police chief

we were a bit hesitant earlier about
being beyond reproach
we thought it may be
Napoleon's wife
but that's
Not tonight Josephine
moving on to the next lover
Caesar's wife must be beyond reproach
and that should apply to
law enforcement
we accept
you can't argue with stupid
but it does appear that
law enforcement have heard of neither
Caesar's wife must be beyond reproach
The Boy who cried Wolf!
in the UK automatic support of law enforcement
seems to have shrunk to readers of
The Daily Mail
The Mirror
and that demographic seems to be shrinking
but if they know about the Daily Mail
it's not surprising that with it's
mainly female readership
they press the
little girl lost button
more and more people are turning to
their insurance company not the police
and as they are pressured for a
crime number
by the insurance companies
people are more and more just
cutting their losses
I've used it a couple of times
it's gone
easier to get another one at my expense than
tangle with law enforcement
it really won't be long before
the only people ringing for the police will be
lonely widows
even divorcees will have better things to do

and so we have to put that into terms
The Filth will understand
around half the female population would
these days
think long and hard about contacting the police
they would be weighing up
will they come around here
search the place and find
my vibrator
and put me on the
sex offenders register

at this point we are drawn to two concepts
noblese oblige
throwing the baby out with the bath water
to dig aa little deeper
there are many elements in any story
to take migrants as an example
if this Dyson chap was famous for
inventing the
inflatable raft
and one day 400 years from now there was a
statue to him in some city square
would people want to pull it down because
quite a number of people who used
inflatable rafts to cross the channel for
purposes of illegal entry
had fallen over board and drowned?
the reason that two hundred years after a statue was raised to
someone who founded a lot of
improving institutions in the likes of Bristol was that
at the time the statues were being raised
a relatively small number of people were making a lot of money
from their own and other people's inventions
and the labour of many many people
and there were few if any taxes
and most tax was spent on the army
and the purpose of the statues was to say to
the newly rich
if you give to charity
we may raise a statue to you
think on that
and at that time
a statue in a town square was more
than a grand tomb hidden away in a local church
oh yee who are without spot of sin
you can always
get an angle
on somebody
if you want to do character assassination
it was 400 years ago
most people did not write
history is written by the winners
we forget because we deliberately forget about Tyneside
Was it Grey or Grainger
probably Grey
major abolitionist
massive statue in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle University
the only UK university to confer an
honourary degree on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
in person, during his lifetime
on the other hand
the American abolitionists
were abolitionists because they
could not use slave labour
their economic set up was
not based on
people slaving away in the fields and open country
the Northern Economy was based on
more highly skilled factory work
and factories concentrate labour and
concentrated labour leads to
slaves were dispersed around the countryside and not
Organised Labour
the north wanted the south to have to
pay wages
to level the playing field between North and South
it is all but impossible to know how
willing people in Africa 400 years ago were
to travel to a new life in
America and the West Indies
it is informative to consider
people these days are
hell bent on getting from
North Africa to London
and they end up in Middlesbrough....
the message for
statue toppling is
Don't get famous
just stick to getting rich
it's safer
there does appear to be a strain of
if The British hadn't brought our ancestors here
the Americans wouldn't be able to persecute us
There's a street in Newcastle called
Blackett Street and some say
it should be renamed because
Blackett made his money from
West Indian rum
and it wasn't
Fair Trade rum
The British used
Naval Power to make
World Trade and Globalisation possible
you sell wholesale
you don't get retail prices
providing a market
is making use of an item
but is it automatically
in New York
almost everybody in law enforcement was
most of the psycho cops we hear about have names we may
associate with
Central and Eastern Europe
the myth and folklore is that
the Nazis decamped to
South America
but the entire Americas these days have an air of
mid 20th century central Europe
and the ritual
Blame the British
is misleading
to say the least

8th June 2020

we have quite a list of
texts for the day
lickspittal SkyNews
little girl lost
physician heal thy self
fight fire with fire
during this current health emergency
billions of people around the world have shown
public spiritedness
social solidarity
the one organisation paid to be
public spirited
the police
have shown themselves to be
self serving
the core difficulty seems to be an error
on the part of society as a whole
fight fire with fire
hire the scum of the earth to
put a boot on the neck of
the scum of the earth
can't find trouble?
manufacture some
the supreme venality in this is Sky News and some
print titles
little girl lost sells papers
drag up a 15 year old story
that has had
in the past THREE YEARS
and use it to
sell papers
aggrandise some of the filth
distraction defend
no wonder the London chief of police is
the final text of the day
agent provocateur
in training
some of the police are selected to
throw the stones
a little training exercise in
will attract media attention
just utterly typical of the
man bites dog
we have learned to rise above

Here's an idea we haven't seen
when people use public transport
they usually start and end their journey on foot
for the most part
bus stops and railway platforms
at least at one end of the journey
are open air
not enclosed in a building
with concern about transmission of viruses etc.
we are surprised that nobody appears to have advocated
open topped buses
even open sided busses and trains
just take out the windows
as a start
you'd need some really low flying aircraft
to make that work for aviation
but helicopters....

Our Ricker is very tired now
and sometimes he gets cross
and he has a problem remembering
what he meant to say
by the time he's got the kit
up and running
one idea that is available right now is
the matter of
people say that
powerful people don't
do detail
we said something about economics being about
calculating odds
the underpinnings of this are a little more troubling
some may think that this is about
being lazy
if your efforts are concentrated on
predicting outcomes
in a crisis
then you are not much help in
dealing with or resolving the crisis
having a better understanding than other people of
how things are likely to turn out
is really a superset of the thing that
in more recent financial history has been
and named
insider trading
if people who are entrusted with
the care of the nation
divert their activities
divert the activities of
civil servants
into providing the elite with
insider information
that is a severe breach of trust
even worse
the point of having
inside information is to
ensure that you
come out on the winning side
and at that deeper level
in order for there to be
a winning side
there has to be
if your seventh son
requires a luxury yacht of his own
create a crisis from which you can profit
in classic
financial services lingo
the mantra is
churn means fees
and so the extension of that is
the accusation against
Dominic Cummings
is that he deliberately generates
to disguise change
churn is activity where none is needed
chaos is activity to
disguise or distract from
not the same things

the other issue of the day that comes to mind is
our Ricker's crusade against the
got a problem?
it'll be down to mutations
sometimes things just happen
one of the things we can say is that
quite a number of famous scientists
died from cancer
we won't fact check this
we are thinking of
Rosalind Frankline, Marie Curie, and
some bloke who pioneered X-ray scanning
Rosalind Frankline didn't really work with radiation
but she did work with
X-ray crystallography
we will be a bit obscure - poetic here
when Enola Gay imparted her
kiss to Hiroshima
tens if not hundreds of thousands of people
Enola Gay's gift was white hot
most of the people who died
died from burns
the mutations majors
would expect that region of Japan to be
over run with mutants and have
world record levels of cancer
it ain't so
we've mentioned
John Clough of York
whose son Jack lived in Lazanby, Redcar
drove steam trains
including, occasionally, Malard
we've mentioned tht in common with a lot of
steam engine drivers he
died from stomach cancer
because the crew used to
cook meals on a shovel in the fire box
and after a risk assessment
the railway company
punched holes in the shovels
to stop them
with all that coal and smoke in their lives
footplate crews didn't die
in excess numbers from
lung cancer
but specifically from
stomach cancer
from constantly ingesting
little bits of coal dust
that chronically irritated and wore away their
stomach lining and
caused the cells of the lining to
over-react to the erosion
and perhaps it was when they retired and
stopped scrubbing their insides with their food
that the hyper-activity overshot
coal dust imbedded in gut walls
failure of contact inhibition cancer
all of that
ALL of that happened before
labs could routinely check of
genetic mutations
and so
the myth of the mutations
was born
Ricker is deeply indebted to his dentist
sometimes just before an appointment
Ricker gets a reminder text
sometimes he doesn't
he believes the staff just forget
the current dentist did not work at that practice
when it was first set up
the building is an old old terrace house converted
it was set up - converted - by a now retired dentist
and was an NHS practice transferred from rooms above
Goodswens butchers on the High Street
Herbie was a man with a first degree in
Chemical Engineering
re-trained as a dentist
and so as an engineer he wanted his
Pink Palace
to be built and engineered to the highest standards
the standard response from staff to patients
enquiring about a missed reminder text is
oh , it's really hard to get a signal in here
the walls are lined with lead
to keep the X-rays in
it seems qute plausible that Herbie had
expanded steel mesh embedded in the plaster to
form a Faraday cage to keep things safe
but the idea of
the entire building
including the reception area
being lead sheathed
like a church roof
is a bit like overkill
but that's nothing to the lengths people have gone to
to re-assure neighbours when building
proton therapy units
people get really really fixated on something and
to hell with evidence
'out of an abundance of caution'
there is another epidemiology story around
back in the day
there was quite a fashion for
watches with luminous dials
no batteries, no LEDs
the numbers painted on with
radium lacked paint
and the story is that the women who
painted the numbers on the dials
got jaw rot
from constantly
drawing their paint brushes through their lips
to make a fine point
whether they had more jaw rot than other people of
their socio-economic background is not clear
most women seemed to have
all their teeth out
as soon as it was free on the NHS
fifty years ago
it was almost universal for
lab tecs to walk around with
X-ray dosimeter badges on their
lab coat collars
you rarely see that these days
and Ricker has seen footage of
a CAT scanner being
after decades of use
no measurable hazard

on the other hand it just
beggars belief
to see people who are
morbidly obese
being warned that they are in danger of
starving to death

1st June 2020

and now we do the
Modern History bit
although the miners wanted to
hold the nation to ransom after the end of the
Second World War
the 1960s
The North Sea gave up
Natural Gas
from the early 1970s
but the government didn't have great confidence that
The North Sea would yield all the oil and gas
the UK would ever need
when the oil and gas first started to flow
some people wanted to know
will the UK be applying for membership of
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries
the thing was
The Ayrabs have got all this oil and gas and no
use for it
so the bit that did not apply to the Uk was
just exactly why the government thought we had less
oil and gas than we had coal...
not clear
and then we discovered Norway owned half the
North Sea petroleum anyway
so the policy was born
crawl up the arse of the ayrabs
to ensure petroleum supplies for ever
now we see
gen3 energy on the horizon
generation three
coal, oil/gas, alternative
and we've got so far up ayrab arses
we are having trouble climbing back down again
and so to return to F1
we see that Williams F1 and associates is
up for sale
if we were the Italian Government
given that now
is a busted flush
we would give
a couple of billion euros
and tell them to buy and fund Williams
and stuff the FIA
and the fact that this hasn't happened
means it's petroleum
not Ferrari
that's a busted flush

Time is moving on now for our Ricker
and thinking back and repeating or revising
earlier writings begins to seem more acceptable

William Robson
lived from
1863 to 1948
he may have lived longer but for circumstance
but perhaps our Ricker would not have been born if he had
every day
literally to his dying day
William Robson
who had been born to Thomas William Robson
and a wife born a Baker - nee Baker
on Low Houslop Farm, at Tow Law
near Wolsingham Grammar School where he studied
he had walked every day from Low Houslop to school and back
and in his old age he replicated that walk
by walking from his home in
Haverton Hill
Cowpen Bewley
and one day, on the return
as you left Cowpen he lost the shelter of
a six foot high boarded fence
he had not prepared hin mself for the loss
and the wind blew him to the ground
he was dead from the cold before anybody
found him
not easy to spot in the drifting snow
and William had several children but
Tommy hero worshipped William
his father's death shattered Tommy's world
Tommy had been born in 1897
by 1948 Tommy had two sons and a daughter
Tom Gordon born 1924, Peter born 1926, Patricia Maureen born 1934
Tommy was out of the house up to 19 hours a day
how much of that time he spent at work
and how much with his father we cannot say
but his sons were not living at home at the time of
his father's death
they were not living anywhere near home
at a time when travelling the length of the country
in a single day was epic
Tommy had left school somewhat after becoming
14 year old
somewhat after because he attended
High Clarence?
and after exceeding school leaving age
he stayed on for a while as a
a sort of unpaid class room assistant
Tommy's sons graduated from universities
Tommy loved learning and resented his sons' opportunities
quite a lot
not long after Tommy's dad died Tommy gained a
third son by a second wife
and he is our Ricker
we have recently said that
worked for Maxwell Batley
when Ricker was around mid teens
Tommy and Peter fell out
perhaps one last time
over our Ricker
they both wanted Ricker to live with them
and Tommy won
and so later when Ricker needed Peter for
career help
Peter a partner in Maxwell Batley!
the best he could do was an interview with the
Northamptonshire coroner
for a job that was already filled
for those who don't care
we should say that at the time
the time when Ricker was a young man
Maxwell Batley were
Privy Council agents
and had offices in London, America and Japan
Privy Council agents is like a sort of barrister
if you need to petition the Privy Council
only certain law firms
have audience
our Ricker hasn't kept up with Maxwell Batley history
but he understands that they some time ago moved from being
commercial lawyers
to being
personal lawyers
having individual not corporate clients
our Ricker remembers his last meeting with Peter
it was at a wedding
Peter was still defending his friend at
NatWest bank
said whatever happened, happened below his pay grade...
but just to show how long ago this was
Peter's last apparent dig at his dad
attempt to impress our Ricker?
was to drop the name of his
possibly last client
Kerry Packer
a sort of cross between
Rupert Murdock and Donald Trump
and so
we can say
by choosing his mam and dad over his brother
our Ricker - as a teenager - condemned himself to
internal exile
Up North

for editorial balance we have to note
from a combination of published information and
personal communication
we are not clear whether our Ricker's exile was
personal to him
or the result of his association with his friend
Jane Rowland
as we have previously said
her non-appearance on Tiny's Wikipaedia page
is curious
we checked once and couldn't find him in
Who's who
folk won't remember how
the establishment
The Management
is that Hale and Pace?
decided that Mohamed Al Fayed
and not Tiny Rowland
should buy

there was a system back in the day where
A levels were entirely about
University Entrance
and in a sense if you were an oik
you studied for and sat
Joint Matriculation Board
that was the entrance exam board for
five universities
we know they included
Sheffield and Leeds
the others may have included Liverpool and Manchester
so if you were the one guy in the class who was
taking JMB and applying to
Oxford or Cambridge....
not so good
not doing their entrance exam
however, what we do recall is
schools entered pupils for exams
not parents, not pupils
even though the pupils were
18 or 19 years old
and there was a strange anomaly
the pupil - student - was expected to turn up for and take
the exams they had been entered for
and schools made university applications on behalf of students
and wrote anonymous references for students to universities
the strange by-product of this was pupils finding
a General Studies A level exam on their exam time table
turning up and doing the exam and
General Studies never appearing on their Exam Certificates
as a subject
one explanation is that this was some sort of
insurance policy
if you failed all your subject exams you could still attend
Founders Day or whatever and be handed a
General Studies certificate
and so to
Oxford and PPE
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
a kind of General Studies degree in which you could get
First Class Honours
even if that is not quite true
many of the people who end up in government have degrees in PPE
and if we ignore the PP bit
the economics bit
if the studies are taken at all seriously
are really about
applying statistics to futurology
they push the nation's leaders into
estimating what will happen next
on the basis of what happened before
in essence
calculating odds
that's what economics is
and so a 'trained economist' is not interested in
facts or logic
but in
chances, probabilities

it's official
F1 motor racing is now officially
Banger Racing
not so much
run wot ya brung
run what you brought
five years ago
who wants to buy a car
nailed together by a bunch of
donkey jacketed thugs in Oxfordshire?
that's what they used to say about
British Leyland cars
F1's going the same way
where is the
Alec Issigonis
of Williams and McLaren
and why is F1 so cheap?
a bloke who sells sodas for a living can
afford to run TWO teams
there's more fun watching
push bike racing
sell it to the yanks, they said
they got money, they said
day by day
dollar by dollar
dreams dribble away
so far as we know
when F1 ditched tobacco advertising
it didn't ban
Petronas, Shell, Esso
Esso is phonetics for
ans SO stands for
Standard Oil
changed it like dropping
Standard from Standard Triumph
when standard stopped meaning
and began to mean
entry level
why the hell aren't they each putting
a couple of billion a year into F1?
we are left with
ABB or similar putting
a couple of hundred quid into
Formula E>BR> look what the UK government can put into
lockdown compensation
and the attitude of
oil giants to motorsport
Ricker has got the hump
he's now seem all the Fantomworks episodes
no more Audrey
it is very interesting how
US TV executives see a series as pointless
if there are no pranks
what he found most amusing was the episode where
he - the owner - couldn't fix a
because he didn't get Audrey to
email Morgan
and he didn't see the
kitemark on the windscreen that said
it was toughened not laminated
some glass is
toughened AND laminated
and you can't drill that either
and - from another episode - glass doesn't
snap around sharp angles
seven screens to figure out you need to
grind a right angle into glass
but there is a more serious aspect to this
people build up businesses and
discover they can't run them any more
so they sell the business and buy - build the
cars of their childhood dreams
sometimes they don't buy a car
they pay a PR or lawyer to
re-establish the
morality they were brought up with

when we talk about
we forget that we still have alive with us today
the likes of our own dear - dirt cheap actually
who are a bridge with a much more
fragmented past
when Ricker was a lad his dad taught him about
gardening and two words from then have stayed with him
Ricker can find no reference to his dad's usage of the word
the old saying was
he calls a spade a spade
not a shovel or a trowel
Tommy understood two garden implements
a spade and a gripe
and a gripe was a
a gripe was a gripe because its prongs could be used to
spear something and get a grip on it that a spade could not
the other memorable word from gardens - allotments - past
wickens are a form of grass, a weed in the garden that
has tough root style runners that
have a resemblance to
candle wicks
so wickens was wick uns
wick ones
when Ricker started to get some other gardening information from
the television and
Percy Thrower
he learned that people in the Great Beyond
referred to wickens as
couch grass
and couch grass is where we want to be at right now
how does a grass evolve to be so darned difficult to
eradicate when poa annua almost leaps into the trug
at the sight of a human hand?
some weeds are easier to shift
but they all seem to still exist
until you bring in
glyphosate weed killer
some survive by being tough
some survive by breeding like rabbits
and so it is with germs
some have grown up in the mean streets
some are the social butterflies of the likes of
if people and such develop defences against germs
some of the germs will be just that bit tougher
and the tougher ones will take over
the world of germs
as opposed to the world of people where
they will find life increasingly difficult
and get even more complicated as the selection pressure
we want to comment about a couple of thing that
require some basic information
diphtheria is a bacterial infection
'flu is a virus infection
there are parallels however
they are both initially infections of the nose and throat
sometimes we expect the United Kingdom to be
behind the curve relative to
the United States (of America)
we hve a little history regarding diphtheria
we forget when small pox was declared the first and only
infection eradicated
the history of diphtheria in the UK is interesting
taking data from
G Dick 1980 Leiden University Press
the British began immunisation of mostly children
around 1938 to 1939
at which point there were
12,000 notifications of diphtheria
100,000 people
a serious problem
by the time our Ricker was born in the 1950s
there were almost none
and so far as we know it has stayed that way
in the United States we are not so sure about
diphtheria vaccinations
what we do know is that there is a very cheap
antibiotic called erythromycin
which our Ricker has taken a few times
without problem
and which is the indicated treatment for diphtheria in the US
we don't have figures for diphtheria in the USA or worldwide but
we assume it has not joined small pox on the
extinct pathogens list
the argument from the drug companies is
some ethnic groups and enclaves
American Indians
First Nations People
refuse to take the erythromycin
on cultural and religious grounds
what is interesting is that this sheds light on the
now on the back burner
issue of herd immunity
whatever proportion of people take erythromycin
what they are doing is killing any diphtheria bacteria
they are carrying at the time
the book referred to above contends that
the level of herd immunity achieved in the UK in the war years
that wiped out diphtheria
75 per cent
the stated problem is
75 per cent of the nation is no good
if zero per cent of an enclave have co-operated
it is possible that there being a war on
didn't get the national figure over 75 per cent but
did force the enclaves into some level of compliance

protection from different type of infection require
different types of immune preparation
defence against polio requires high levels of antibodies
TB tuberculosis is a disease of a thing that is much bigger
part bacteria, part fungus
and to be ready for that you need
macrophage-activating cell-mediated immunity
'flu can we include CoViD-19?
you need
cytotoxic T-cells
and here's a completely different perspective
it's too late trying to tackle that with
antibodies of cookie monsters
the route to protection from cholera is
cue the Actimel adverts
antibodies need to be in the gut lumen
mixed in with your food not your blood
to inhibit the cholera from
getting a foothold on the gut wall
and gaining entrance in the first place
friendly bacteria time
gut flora extravaganza
if it were not for the terrible toll
in human misery and death
HIV would be an entertaining curiosity
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
is an RNA virus
but it does something quite spectacular
when it invades a human cell
it uses reverse transcriptase
which it carries around
to produce a DNA sequence that it inserts into the cell
humans having DNA
now this is not completely off the wall
humans store information as DNA but they translate that
into instructions for cell activity
using transcriptase
human cells routinely have
messenger RNA
there is no such thing as
messenger DNA
HIV locks onto a host cell
it releases
single strand RNA
it uses its own reverse transcriptase to
coppy off
double strand DNA from its RNA
it gets the DNA incorporated into the human cell
and then, dan dan darr
nothing happens until
years later
the human cell decides to transcribe that area of DNA
and it
'thinks' it doesn't think it just is
it thinks it's producing
human messenger RNA
and it's actually producing
weird or what?
and this does not happen just anywhere to any cell
the human cells involved T-cells and are called
phytohemagglutin blasts
presumably the only human cells where this
you may have heard some talk about two populations of
HIV positive people
those who are positive for the virus
and those who are both positive for the virus
suffer from the disease
those with the disease have
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
it can be said
somewhat inaccurately that
people with HIV and no AIDS
were infected by contaminated blood products
more exactly, but not exactly
if you have a lifestyle that constantly exposes you to
Pneumocystis carinii, cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr Virus
and fungi such as
Candida, Aspergillus, and Cryptococus
and the protozoan, Toxoplasma
then your modified CDA T cells
are more likely to be switched on
and start producing HIV particles
it is very difficult to imagine that a health service that
depended on buying blood products from
street sleepers would
engineer such as pathogen to wipe them out
but it is a quite extraordinary story
the reason why we know HIV wasn't engineered is that
it was only the names HIV and AIDS that came about
whenever they did in the late 20th century
the disease was long known as endemic
local to
parts of Africa
and known as

and the other interesting virus we
previously made passing reference to is
Human Papilloma Virus
and there is a link here
a substantial minority of tumours - cancers
arise from infection with
oncogenic DNA viruses
Epstein-Barr virus - EBV
in lymphomas
and HPV in cervical cancers
and RNA viruses in human T-cell leukaemia virus 1
the dysregulated uncontrolled cell division of
cancer cells
creates a milieu in which
the products of normally silent genes
are expressed
sometimes these encode differentiation antigens
normally associated with earlier foetal stages
in other words
the virus switches - not by design
jsut by being there switches back on growth genes that were switched off
but not destroyed
way back in the womb
and affected cells
grow like Topsy
and become
a tumour

be your own immunologist
go to
We said we read books
sometimes a quote and an acknowledgement
is best
just a side note first is designed for
laptop viewing is designed for
smart 'phone viewing
viewing on a 'phone is a bit of
a pain
the thing is
pot calling the kettle
back from the days when both were heated on an
open fire
anyway, in this context
doctors complain about patients who
consult Dr. Google, the Internet
the trouble is
most doctors in Primary Care
General Practitioners, Family Doctors
these days say
if you have more than one thing wrong with you
make more than one appointment
and then search the NHS for a protocol on the
disease the appointment is about
and so
their response to a problem may vary drastically
from one day to the next
people who write textbooks
need to be a whole lot more careful
and so we make no apology for quoting from an
immunology textbook written twenty years ago
the one we are quoting from is a sort of
programmed text
version of the original
somebody called
Arthur Rabson
has converted
Ivan Roitt's
Essential Immunology
into a programmed text called
Really Essential Medical Immunology
and Peter Delves was involved in both books
so the Mickey Mouse adaptation....
Tufts University, Boston
the core material
Royal Free, University College Hospital, London
first quote
Milestone 17.1
In an attempt to confirm
Paul Ehrlich's
concept of
'horror autotoxicus'
the body's dread of making
antibodies to itself
Rose and Witebsky
immunized rabbits with
rabbit thyroid extract
in complete Freund's adjuvant
this procedure
also done in rats
resulted in
resulted in the production of
thyroid antibodies
chronic inflammatory destruction of
the thyroid gland architecture
end quote
in the current CoVuD-19 crisis
there is talk of
cytokine storm
this is why we put
transplant patients
kidney being the classic
immune suppressants
any kind of disturbance
let us say
chronic disturbance to distinguish
a wound or surgery or
metal or plastic implant
a chronic disturbance such as
a chronic infection
or the presence of a biologically active
implant such as a kidney transplant
with a biologically active
chronic implant
such as a chronic infection
in the case of COViD-19
a wart virus that penetrates to the lungs
the secondary disease is
and far from
boosting the immune system
it needs to be calmed down
and in the spirit of
Walt Disney....
The simplest way to avoid infection is to
prevent micro-organism from gaining access
to the body
the major line of defence is of course the skin
that, when intact is impermeable to most infections
Most bacteria fail to survive for long on the skin
due to the direct inhibitory effects of the
lactic acid and fatty acids in sweat
and sebaceous secretions
and the
low pH
high acidity
they represent
an exception is
staphylococcus aureus
hair follicles, blackheads, acne
mucus secreted by the membranes lining the
inner surfaces of the body
acts as a protective barrier
to block the adherence of bacteria to
epithelial cells
microbial and other foreign particles
trapped within the adhesive mucus
are removed by mechanical strategems
such as
ciliary movement, coughing and sneezing
plus ,BR> flows of tears, saliva and urine
natural chemical defences include
acid in gartric - stomach - juice
spermine and zinc in semen
lactoperoxidase in milk
lyzozyme in tears, nasal secretions and saliva
in the vagina
women, all females, benefit from a bit of a free ride
works like this
if you are not so stupid as to kill off your
house guests
they secrete lactic acid to
repel gate crashers
commensal organisms - your house guests
metabolise glycogen secreted by
vaginal surface cells - epithelia
into lactic acid that deters, destroys
foreign biota
that may stray there
and so
if you overdo the antibiotics...
protective commensals are disturbed
and things you don't want get a foothold
Candida albicans
thrush, darling
Clostridium difficile
The perceptive Russian zoologist
Elie Metchnikoff
1845 - 1916
recognised that certain specialised cells
mediate defence against microbioal infections
so fathering the whole concept of
cellular immunology
1882 he shoved rose thorns into
star fish larvae
and because these larvae are transparent
he could see that
there were cells in the larvae that could move - motile
and there moved and surrounded the rose thorn
that set him off on studying more complex animals
and he ended up with two types of
cookie monster
both polymorpholeucocytes
here is another important matter
we said T-cells are born in the bone marrow
what we didn't say is
share a common haem(at)opoietic - blood forming stem cell
with the other formed elements of the blood
all the cells - including the RBCs - bud off from the same
mother cells
mother can't make RBCs at the same time as cookie monsters
cookie monster birthrate up
red blood, oxygen carrying corpuscle birthrate down
and neither live for very long
RBCs up to 80 days
similar for cookie monsters
the exception are
the long-lived
mono-nuclear phagocyte system
to simplify
the poly go for the things that
blunder in and make a mess
the mono go for the
entrenched parasites
and as we have said
lymph nodes
lung, liver(Kupffner cells)
we expect your eyes have glazed over by now
but we may return to this if
the people from
The University of Betty's Tea Rooms
publish any more bullshit

27th May 2020

It's called
Group Think
it's also called
fear of missing out
we've tried to be nice
to drop hints
to use
nudge think
here is your scenario
the one you haven't thought through
kids in Primary School
a dozen or so at a time
one in the pack is
snottered to hell
picking their nose
blowing there nose
putting their hands in their mouth
you send them home
no prob
would you ask them to
wash their hands in your school
before they leave?
another kid shows no particular signs but
is infected and has been
picking their nose and putting their hands in their mouth
when you say
scrub your hands
it suggests
to the kid in us that
hand washing is a
vigorous activity
so if you are a kid you
turn the taps
water splashing everywhere
then the kid
adds virus to the splashing water and
the kids using the sinks
either side of them
breath in the deadly elixir
stick to the alcohol wipes
if you have a religious objection to
spectacle cleaning wipes use
iso-proply alcohol
test to see if that works
stop seeking
homespun bastardisations
of the scientific advice

26th May 2020

interesting to see how so many really nice people
in the media
have never heard of
Barnad Cassle
Barnard Castle
some got it as
Castel Barnard
confusing it with
Bamburgh were they?
just to put the record straight
it has, for news purposes, a
Young Offenders Institute
that used to be an RAF base
Dominic Cummings
There's no fool like an old fool
when an older man marries a younger wife
there is a tendency for him to regard her as a
a Princess
perhaps as a mistress
rather than a partner
for those who can afford this it has been in the past
if you are regarding your wife as your daughter
and her child as
your grandchild
especially if you work long hours
you can become
wildly over indulgent
of your little family
if the wife is, on top of this
a first time mother
all logic goes out of the window
most people won't know what a
PeLiCon crossing is
it is a pedestrian light controlled crossing on a highway
central York is a very busy place
one day Ricker was about his business in York
and about to use a pelicon crossing
this bloke came rushing toward him
setting off to cross the road
against the lights
and shouting
I have a child, I have a child
as though the universe would hear him and re-set the lights
kiddies can really mess with your mind
some call it
Baby brain
we have to make allowances
up to a point

25th May 2020

Oh Ricker in danger of having his
thunder stolen
a native T-cell
is a T cell that has
differentiated in bone marrow and
and then been tuned up in the
the thymus is a gland in the chest
we are not in the business of going
too deep into detail
simly because we can
there's a chicken and egg problem here
B-cell lymphocytes produce antibodies
T-cell lymphocytes are the cookie monsters
there are loads of types of T-lymphocytes and they
are born in the bone marrow and
go to uni in the thymus
as we get older our thymus shrinks
as does our brain
a major part of
is that our brains become
read only memory
as opposed to
random access memory
and so
the University of the Thymus
stops recruiting fresh tutors
and they concentrate on
how we fought the Boer War
the chicken and egg thing is
1 the egg came first because
the first chicken egg was a
mutant version of something that
wasn't quite a chicken
2 you get CoViD-19 if you are old
you have a shrivelled thymus if you are old
you don't need a blood test to know that
your thymus will have dementia compared to
how it was thirty years ago
counting T-cells
may be a semi non-invasive method of telling
just how far your thymus is
but an x-ray or scan would do that

18th May 2020

we are not going to dispute that
is a pandemic
it could be said to be
an epidemic
in each country where it is occurring
what is interesting is that
to describe something as
pandemic - as an description, and adjective
as opposed to a noun - a thing
is the same as describing it as
kosmos - the world
polites - citizen
both cosmopolitan and pandemic mean the same as each other
and the opposite of
endemic means local
it has come to be used to mean
but it really means local
and so..
why the yearning tp describe CoViD-19 as
a pandemic?
we have not seen the headline yet in print
but we see it in the mind's eye of sub-editors
pandemic contains the essence of
the very stuff of headlines

the Greek,
honestly when we say that we don't know
how much modern Greek differs from Ancient Greek
but we assume we are meaning Ancient Greek
the Greek for
and as the medical English is
an osmia
a nosmia
and for the same reason that it's
an apple
a apple
and presumably plastic surgeons have a term for
Cirano de Bergerac syndrome
is that correct
straight off the top of Ricker's head???
there will be a medical term for
having no nose
if we were inventing one
is Greek for trunk
a problem there because
animals with a trunk
isn't Greek
nasus nose
if it's medical, if in doubt
assume it's Greek
given our Ricker's beginnings he can say
with certainty
all I want for Cwismas is
me ma two front teef
so I can wish you
a Mewwy Cwismas
without a
fore proteros
tooth odos
without pre-maxillary teeth

there has been a little comment on
that what is sauce for the goose in the sense that
whatever the logic behind deciding that
the population must be protected from
that protection is
'really bad news'
for a whole lot of other infections
and whatever objections there may be to
'un-natural medications'
antibiotics, vaccinations etc.
the antivacs don't seem to have got their act together
to any significant extent
to oppose
behavioural public health actions
lockdowns, track and trace etc>BR> clearly they have objected but for some reason
the mainstream media have not
allotted them
equal time and exposure
on this occasion
and so several infections may
go the way of small pox
as colateral damage
as we write we stand at almost two thirds through
the original 3 month CoViD-19 lockdown
at this point we are thinking about a time
fifty years ago
and one third of the way from
the start of the UK NHS and the present
and so we are looking at some of the things that were written
at the twenty five years in, stage
Cyril A Clarke
was then
Head of the Department of Medicine and
Director of the Nuffield Unit of Medical Genetics
University of Liverpool
he wrote
Human Genetics and Medicine
genetics is of increasing importance in medicine
because more is known about the basic facts of
and partly because
with the control of many infections with
public health measures
genetic disorders
are relatively more frequent than they were
end quote
this was a serious doctor and scientist
speaking to us from hs time
this will stand some textual analysis
DNA and RNA stop being
mystery stuff
between 1952 and 1962
if like Ricker you studied these things in the 1970s
you did two separate genetics courses
taught by different lecturers
the old guys taught
Mendelian Genetics
the genetics of
what gives
Mendel was a priest who bred peas
wrinkled and smooth peas
and the young guys taught
Molecular Genetics
the story of how it works
nobody taught about how to do
Gene Editing
and so our Dr. is one of the old guys
and so his line is a bridge between the two camps
his line is
1 infections are now under control and so
they are not
thinning out the genetic defectives
'relatively more frequent' means
say one in a thousand children born
have a genetic disorder
say nine out of ten of them
die from measles before they reach school age
and only one in a thousand kids without a genetic disorder
die from measles before school age
people over the age of five who have
genetic abnormalities will be
few and far between
but if you remove infections
they will make up an increased proportion of the population
2 from the molecular camp he picks up on
now that we know how genetics works
and we can see that
things that run in families are
real, physical, chemical differences
we cannot say that
people with non-infectious diseases
got them because they were unlucky
or because their parents were poor and
couldn't feed them properly
he concludes that the
new era role of genetics is to
prop up
genetic counselling
and this is the area between
knowing how genes work
and this is being able to
detect genetic errors at an early stage and
convince prospective parents to
go for a termination
most right thinking people would say
and we are not entirely sure we can
number Phil the Greek amongst these
most right thinking people think
we should eradicate pestilence - infections
and not the genetically enfeebled
and so
in a sense
Watson, Crick, Frankline and Wilkins
and the gene editors
we had an era when we developed
techniques along the lines of
invitro fertilisation
that's fertilising human eggs in a glass dish
not up somebody's chuff
that being
in vivo
within the living
we have no evidence that the folks who have
campaigned against
antibiotics and vaccines
were in fact
modern day Spartans
in Ancient Greece
the Athenians - people who lived in Athens
were the softies
and The Spartans - people who lived in Sparta
were the toughies
Athens - Edinburgh
Sparta - Glasgow
so the legend goes that women in Sparta would leave their
new born babies out exposed on the hillside above the city
for a night
and if they were alive next morning
they were worth the trouble of raising them
the professor was dealing with
nature does not sort these kids any more
because we have done away with infections
1 we have to learn how to
1a we have to pay for
lifelong care for the defective who 'should have' died
in infancy
Gone and never called me Mother
populations - communities with
high infant mortality rates will have
low CoViD-19 mortality rates

however this is not so simple
1 Hardy-Weinberg
2 Huntington's Disease our man had that down as
Huntington's chorea
Hardy-Weinberg states that with certain provisos
if two contrasting genetic traits exists within a population
they will continue in the same proportions
from generation to generation
the major proviso is that
the two traits was not subject to
selective pressure
and so
brown hair, blonde hair
but not brown hair, red hair
nobody fancies a ginner
we exaggerate
to switch from Huntington's
to pre-mature male pattern baldness
some genetic defects
don't manifest themselves
until after you have bred
to be more serious
you think you could handle a dose of that guy
but you don't realise
he and his (your) kids will be
full blown demented
before they is fifty
nobody expects the young women of
the 1970s to have faith in
gene editing
and so they were not keen on
tests for the likes of
Down's syndrome
our man had quite a list
Anencephaly, a no brainer, one in five hundred
you do know why you have ultrasounds during pregnancy
cleft palate four in ten thousand
cleft lip, with or without cleft palate
one in a thousand
club foot, one in a thousand
congenital heart disease, six in a thousand
there are only three common birth defects
that are more common in girls than boys
dislocated hip
curvature of the spine
both six times more common in females
spina bifida
just more common
and a 4th
just more common
manic depressive psychosis
four kids in every thousand
three girls for every two boys
and a 10 to 15 percent chance
if you produce one nutter
all yer kids will be nutters
whether or not you is normal
there are more psycho women than psycho men
women are just
better at it
the reason for genetic defects being more pronounced
in males is that
for most species, not just humans
males are experiments
the natural process is for a community to
breed from
most of its females
and very few of its males
the essential female role is to
cop a dose of the
most impressive bloke they can get their hands on
but over time
rather unimpressive specimens have
developed the likes of
to give the male dross - failed experiments
a chance to breed
in more natural conditions
women want two types of men
the impressive ones to
harvest a dose from at the appropriate
time of the month
and a gay guy
to act as a wife
for the remainder of the time
and by contrast....
one per cent of babies...
equal males and females
14 per cent chance
all your kids will have it if one does
and an interesting aside
in the UK there are normally
half a million nutters walking the streets of the UK
and they've all been under house arrest
for the past two months
where are the mass graves?
have they been better behaved during lockdown?
schizophrenia is now called
nobody has said anything about whether
lockdown is
we would guess it is soothing for
we saw one case where
one bipolar subject has got by with
two months of Sundays
an interesting side line here
Never in a month of Sundays
back in the day
people had children as a
an unhelpful child - not doing chores
would be described as
cheaper to keep a week than a fortnight
applied to horses too
and so
the work value of an adult daughter
versus the work value of a wife
when a man sought permission from a man to
marry his daughter
the father would agre to
offer his daughter's hand in marriage
in exchange for
the groom working a month of Sundays
for the Father-in-Law
the trick was
a month of Sundays isn't
the Sundays in a month - 4 or 5
it's 28 to 32 Sundays
the groom would work on the father-in-law's farm
or in his business
on 30 Sundays - his days off from his
weekday employer
to compensate for the loss of chores from the daughter
somewhat different from
I has two of everything
I told you when I wrote
but now I've one of
nothing at all
Paddy McGinty's goat
her trousseau
eaten by a goat
so we have
month of Sundays
take this good for nothing wench off my hands
and I'll pay you
please marry this bitch
so her younger sister can get married
Taming of the Shrew
Kiss me Kate

to return to the Hardy-Weinberg law
this is the reason why there is almost always
a replacement pathogen when we
eliminate a threat
the idea is
every species has an range of
ever present
understudies - potential replacements
we introduce a selective pressure
the proportion of the
traditionallly dominant variant
goes down
and the proportion of the traditionally sub-dominant variant
goes up
and if it was previously at
almost undetectably low levels
we think it is a new mutant variation

the most important thing about
and in particular
medical science
is that almost everybody picks up
a smattering along the way
a little knowledge can be dangerous
setting aside the plot lines of
zombie movies
people who have paid a little attention to
news stories over the years....
think about all those kids who race go carts
from the age of six
and then have a super licence
before they have a
public highway driving licence
and how they can relate to sharing the road with
people who passed their test at the
20th attempt in their late fifties...
it is difficult to have a
meeting of minds
and so
how do folk who trained as doctors
to be one up on their pharmacist parents
relate to problems in medicine that
don't relate to drug selection?
and how do real deal bio-medical scientists
time was...
people with bio-medical science degrees
weren't allowed to be members of
The Institute of Biologists
because they were
lab technicians
how do real deal bio-medical scientists
get inside the heads of
clinicians and lab tecs?
it ain't easy
and so you have to put your
couch potato head on
and think
what related news stories have I seen that these also people
will have seen?
and Ricker has come to the conclusion
had the light bulb moment
the epiphany
if you know sod all about immunology
and you were asked to recall a news story about immunology
what would be the first one you can remember
it strikes Ricker that a recurring theme in
immunology news stories is
the Boy in the Bubble
kids who don't have an immune system
or more recently have had it deliberately destroyed
to counter an auto-immune disease
if you were a boy in a bubble you would be
helpless in the face of any infection
we hear that story over and over again
and so
the amateur or dilettante immunologist thinks
I have a functioning immune system but
if I haven't been vaccinated against
the specific pathogen I face today
then I am as defenceless as
the boy in the bubble is
whatever infection he meets
and hence the headless chicken dismissal of
all forms of defence that
don't involve

11th May 2020

it's often a bit uncomfortable trying to define
one definition is
if I can't be
King of the World
somebody like me should be
often the people of a country, population whatever
who have a
despotic leader
are divided about his or her
qualities and suitability
and so another definition of democracy is
as at present in the United States
anybody born here
can be elected President
but not more than twice
not for more than 8 years
the real difficulty with democracy is when a nation is faced with
complex, nuanced, decisions
it is interesting that perhaps
newspapers grew out of
people who wanted to influence public opinion discovered
literacy amongst the masses
and discovered printing
and put them together
and then people got a taste for
news and opinion
and began to be a target market for
and to sell advertising you have to sell copies of views
and so
newspapers developed the technique of reducing every issue
into a startling headline
quite what the link is between that and
police officers needing to have the mental outlook of
newspaper sub-editors
escapes us
that having been said....
setting aside police officers and newspaper editors
people are mostly willing to divide life's gristle
always look on the bright side of life
problems for the pub
problems to leave to the experts
most people don't have a category
problems that must be
dumbed down
and every now and again Ricker writes something that
has a complex back story
and then gets interested in the details
hence recourse to
The Electron Microscope in Biology
A. V. Grimstone
assistant director of research
Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
in 1968
all viruses are exceedingly small
but some are smaller than others
a few of the larger ones can just be seen
in the light microscope as minute dots
but their shape cannot be made out
and nothing can be seen of their
internal structure
before the advent of the electron microscope
the shapes and dimensions of viruses had to be
deduced indirectly
for example
by determining how fine a filter they would pass through
or studying their rate of sedimentation in a centrifuge
gap in quote
specimens which are to be studied in the electron microscope
have to be supported on something
and this obviously cannot be a glass slide as in a light microscope
since this would be opaque to electrons
we'll paraphrase from here
they used small metal grids about 2 to 3 mm in diameter
normally made of copper
the holes in the grid being 0.1 mm in diameter
these were normally made by a process very similar to
chrome plating
electrolytic deposition onto a suitable substrate as he says
and as 'sheet' of nitrocellulose
was laid over the grid to be between the sample and the copper
the sample is obtained by
putting the tissue in a blender
he says homogeniser
and then a centrifuge to get rid of the dross
wash and centrifuge at least three times...
suspend in saline - salty water
put a drop of virus rich saline onto a grid
allow it to dry
in order to obtain satisfactory images of virus particles
some method of enhancing their capacity to
scatter electrons must be employed
in 'staining' for the electron microscope
consist of certain salts of heavy metals
lead, uranium, or tungsten
which have high atomic numbers
from example dunk it in
uranyl acetate
mainly these 'stains' will be taken up by
and so
for viruses
what they do is
flood the grid and
the virus particles will be
islands in a lake of stain
and the electrons get through the virus
and not through the surrounding
dried up lake bed
the 'plating' method we touched on earlier is called
in a vacuum chamber you vaporise a chunk of metal
imagine a tennis ball
imagine a spot light shone on it from an angle
a sort of shadow will appear on the side of the tennis ball
opposite to the source of the stream of metal particles
and some sort of image can be had from that
the metal that hits the virus
doesn't hit the grid
so if the virus 'falls off' the grid
there will be a virus shaped gap in the layer of metal
deposited onto the grid
none of this is
an every day tale of virus folk
going about their evil business
all about deducing things from
it is known from chemical analyses that
most virus particles consists of nothing else other than
a protein coat
and a nucleic acid core - the genetic material
as we have said
soaps and detergents
cut through grease
fats, oils lipids
you need a
biological washing powder
with added enzymes
to destroy proteins
or strong alcohol
viruses are not built like
they are not chocolate coated
they just look like it
the book contains a real electronmicrograph of
a human wart virus
they look an awful lot like the pictures of
corona viruses we see on the news on the telly
we should note at this point that
a virus is ninety odd per cent either
and Watson and Crick did not deduce the structure of DNA
by bunging a sample into an electron microscope
they got
Rosalind Frankline
to crystallise the material and do
X-ray crystallography on the material to
provide them with the data they needed
would the
I'm the Professor of Virology at
Betty's Tea Rooms
zip it
shut the fuck up
the best way to explain how viruses get
multiplied, reproduced is
it's like somebody clicking on
send all
when sending an email
you think you are sending the whole email
but you are sending a copy to each of the addresses in your
contacts list
it's no more complicated than that

we are sensitive about making public statements about
the private lives of public figures
but an old fool can get emotionally involved in an apparent
Ricker does think
Ant Partridge
does not appear to be making much of a job of
making Helen Stanley happy
such an attractive l
and self confident lass
when she first appeared
on our screens
not so long ago
we depend very much on what
our Ricker can remember
but we do have some recourse to reference material
we note that wikipaedia head their entry on
coronavirus with a
transmission electronmicroscope image of the virus
not the current one but similar
and we had earlier said we did not know whether the
artists impressions on the telly
were based on transmission or reflection
so now we know
and we know that the environment in which
these snaps were taken
is very hostile
vacuum, electron bombardment etc.
we would suggest that what is in the images is
actually the result of
contrast in the image deriving from
some part of the virus absorbing more or less of
a stain
probably a heavy metal - top of Ricker's head, osmium
introduced to the viral sample
before the sample was placed inside the microscope
a ghost in the machine
Ricker knows a bit more about
herpes virus than corona virus
and a basic distinction is that
herpes is DNA based
and corona is RNA based
nobody seems to have settled on an antiviral for corona
but acyclovir is used in herpes cases
what we want to explain here is the likely best case scenario
regarding antiviral drugs
the mode of action of Zovirax is that the trade name?
is that you ingest the drug
your body converts it into something else and then
we get to the Lego analogy
Lego bricks depend on having as one may say
a male and a female surface
a knobbly side and a cavity side
when you add a brick you press the cavity side
down onto a knobbly surface and the two bricks stick together
if you are - for instance - making a model of a
fuel filling station you want to
entrance from exit and so you lay down a
perimeter wall
you could just lay down standard bricks
but you may wish to make a neater job by
choosing the thinner - often white - bricks that
have a cavity side and the knobbly side is replaced by
a nice neat smooth surface
the mode of action of acyclovir is that it is converted in the body
flat topped bricks
when the virus is forcing the host cell to synthesise more
of the virus DNA
the cell picks up the drug product
instead of the regular DNA component and thus
a synthetic stop is put to virus production
and here is the prime issue
the drug stops or hinders new virus production
it is not lethal to the virus
other mechanisms need to do the
clear up
the work of removing the already existing virus
and frankly
if that does not happen
as soon as the drug dose runs out
we are back where we started since
no damage has been done to the
complete, entire, virus particles in the body
and so,
the 'best hope' for a drug
as a stand alone
is to put a patient into a
I'm not currently manufacturing virus
so long as the drug is being administered
but other more toxic drugs are being researched
yer quick dirty solution is
bung patients drugs such as acyclovir and
measure the drug titre to look for an effect
but as to
saving the life of the patient
they ain't dying from corona virus
they are dying from
pneumonia/general organ failure
like the waitress said to Ricker when he ate the
watercress on his plaice and chips
you're not supposed to eat the decorations
prompting the question
how many customer's meals had that watercress

here is an important concept
just as, as soon as, a sperm enters an egg
it is no longer a sperm but a part of a
egg plus sperm equals zygote
so as soon as a virus particle enters a host cell
it is partly
note partly - no conscious thought so
no intent
no partiality
it is partly dismantled
go again
it's all up to the next gen(eration)
from then on
and so...
naturally the new particles
mass house invade
the next door cells
but eventually this
street party
comes to the attention of
the authorities
the immune system
already been on?
but the point is
pneumonia WITH influenza
plaice WITH watercress

if we set aside the big things
protozoa, fungi, etc.
that can infect us through
or be injected by insects such as
the immune system has three targets
cancer cells
viruses are only a problem when they can find a suitable
host cell
bacteria and cancer cells
need a food supply but not necessarily a host cell
viruses spread
they invade more and more host cells and
take them over and destroy them
bacteria and cancer cells
one cell
one lone bacterial cell
in the absence of an immune system
and the presence of food
in an environment such as
temperature, absence of UV light, etc. etc
to which they are adapted will multiply
like rats in a barn
and so will cancer cells
cancer cells are rogue versions of you so they
are adapted to living in your body
they, in the term
multiply by division
one lone cell switched to
proliferative mode
usually, but not always by
a foreign body - asbestos fibre, calcium deposit
cutting them off from contact with their neighbours
loss of
contact inhibition
they can't detect a neighbour so
they ' assume' a void or wound and
multiply to try to bridge the
phantom gap
most if not all
brain tumours
in nature
they are related to
malfunction, errant mode change, in
the scaffold cells that regulate the
physical structure of the brain
of actual
nerve cells
the immune system has what the espionage community would call
back passages
that would be
back channels
indiplomatic circles
we have a blood circulation that connects everything to
the immune system
but also provides nutrition to everything
including pathogens
the body also has a
lymphatic system
it drains fluid from all over the body and feeds it to
the immune system
and it contains little or no nutrition
and things we don't want
bacteria, viruses, cancer cells
wind up in the Lubianka
the lymph nodes
but surgeons
remove the Secret Police dungeons
when they find - breast cancer, arm pit nodes
and after that
your immune system no longer has any
comcentration camps
for rogue operators
what the chance of
cleansing lymph nodes without destroying them??
the cancer cells didn't
in the lymph nodes so their removal is
at best
collateral damage
bacteria and viruses in your lymph nodes would probably
not lead to their excision

we know how keen
(Billy) Bunter ( of the Remove)
is on
Oxford University
the nearest we could come today is
The Oxford University Press
unfortunately for Bunter
it is a monograph published by OUP
but written by
A C Allison
in 1974
when he was
Head of the cell pathology division of
the Clinical Research Centre of
the Medical Research Council
previous to that he had worked at what they then called
Mill Hill
The National Institute for Medical Research
and so to quote
just a little bit
In 1955, Christian de Duve
and other scientists working with him in
gave he name lysosomes to a group of
microscopic organelles
located in the cytoplasm of animal cells
They are distinguished from other organelles by
three major functions they perform
1 They digest material taken into the cell
this may be food in th case of protozoans
or bacteria in the case of
slip out of quote here
Greek phagein to eat, kytos hollow
an amoeboide white blood corpuscle
that ingests - swallows - foreign particles
the big lumbering cookie monster of the
immune system
or the Kodiak Bear
capable of ingesting
fungal filaments
the phagocyte engulphs the foreign matter and
its lysosomes
digest them
return to quote
2 they break down parts of the cell
or even all of it (after cell death)
3 they release the enzymes they contain
outside the cell causing extracellular breakdown
as in
resorption of tadpole tails
end quote
our Ricker knows stuff
'cos he's read books
sperm have a special type of lysosome
they use them to drill a hole in the wall of
an egg to ge inside
none of that
glass tube and pointed stick you see on
when they doin'
fertility treatments
the point is
people and also people and
as Durrell would have it
My Family and Other Animals
are not
sitting ducks
when we are healthy
we have defences
very good ones
very good, not perfect

imagine there's a charity called
Cancer Research UK
imagine that at one time in their history
they had a commercial arm that
ran charity shops
and imagine that at one time they had two sections on their tills
and 'head office' bought in
New Goods
to be sold alongside the
second hand donated items
imagine a quite successful shop in Scotland
in Glasgow or Edinburgh
and each autumn the manager of that shop
had to do a ring around other shops in the area
to try to off load
thousands of pounds worth of
New Goods she couldn't sell
guess what they were
Christmas cards
why could she not sell them?
because her shop was in
a Jewish enclave
didn't stop Head Office sending her boxes and boxes of them
every year
no matter what she said
and who she said it to
so let's move on to a more biological example
some people breed rabbits
most people who breed rabbits produce them for food
but some people are
in the fancy
they breed rabbits because they make pets and they
can be bred for their appearance
and a classic style or breed of rabbit is
The Dutch
it has a particular fur colour pattern
normally they are mostly black with white bits
say somebody brings out movie that features a rabbit character
that has a Dutch pattern but the black bits are
the breeders would suddenly have an unexpected new market for
brown and white Dutch rabbits
they would need to
suitable breeding stock
institute a
previously unpopular and little bred from
brown and white Dutch rabbits would suddenly be
in demand
you design a medication that
kills the normal versions of a virus
you clear a niche
for a slightly different version of that virus that
never really showed up in tests because
it was crowded out by the version that
fitted to niche better and
hadn't before
encountered the medication
bring in the medication and
the minority version
blossoms and
you THINK you have a MUTATION

regular readers will know
we like to delve into
words and word meanings
the period of British History between
the two World Wars
is interesting
in many ways but today we would contrast three eras
the period between the
Napoleonic Wars
and the Boer War
was the period of
Industrialisation in the UK
the period of history from
The Boer War - the war between
the British and the Dutch
over South Africa
was the period of
votes for working men
votes for women
the period 'Between the Wars'
the Interwar Years
terms for the period between
the First and Second World Wars
was different
some will recall tales of
The Press Gang
people being forced into
Armies and Navies
but the 'victims' of such pressing were
likely lads
people having their
furlough is, leave of absence
Dutch - verlof, permission
because the Great War
later known as
The Second World War
came after
The Industrial Revolution
and was the first war after the industrial revolution
it killed a lot more men - almost all casualties of WW1 were male
and so the protagonists introduced
a form of semi-universal conscription
people had reserved occupations if they were
in more modern terms
essential workers
World War I
was the first war in which
there were utterly unprepared patriotic call ups
followed by conscripts
'old sweats'
and when the army - in particular
carried out
Induction Medicals
they were utterly shocked at the
poor state of health of volunteers and conscripts
compared to
that sudden discovery of the
general poor state of health of
Joe Public
was the motivation behind the push
the endeavour from 1919 to 1949
to set up
The National Health Service

the word we are working on today is
1919 influenza pandemic
deaths due to
but what does it mean?
inappropriate nutrition
One Hundred Years Later
an infectious disease epidemic in the UK
due to
shortage of food
too much of the wrong food
all these Leftist activists
got a problem?
shovel some cash at it
give the benighted 'maw monay'
to buy processed foods
don't offend them by
teaching them how to

We remember things you don't
most of you
a very very long time ago
there was no such thing as
human immunodeficiency virus
and no such thing as
we forget what that stands for
could be
auto immune deficiency disease
or acquired immune deficiency disease
there was no AIDS
but there was a relatively expensive
sold as a slimming aid
in an instant
and up until last year there was
corona beer
and other things with corona in their branding

4th May 2020

Here's the plan!
Whenever we update this file
the updated version will appear first
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4th May 2020

many people are familiar with the line from
Monty Python's
Life of Brian
He's not the Messiah
he's a really naughty boy
what is less often reprised is the converse
a sketch where
John Cleese
dressed in business suit, bowler, brolly
and brief case
enters a terrace house
and two of the team are dressed as
fishwives, old biddies, old women
and one looks up and says
oh your boy's home
and the other attempts to
oh we forget the term for
stroking or chuckling a baby's cheeks with fingers...
and there is some comment about
oh hasn't he grown
who's a big boy now?
are you eating your greens?
and eventually the Cleese character in exasperation says
I'm Her Majesty's Secretary of State
for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
please do shush
of course this is not the original script
but you get the idea
there is a similar story
probably true and oft repeated
woman leaves work on maternity leave
and a few years later
she feels it is time to re-commence
hosting dinner parties
and so she invites her husband's boss around for dinner
and she thinks it is all going very well
until she suddenly looks down and realises that
she is cutting the meat on the boss's plate
into tiny toddler sized pieces
and as a third in the series...
Ricker used to bank the shop takings at
the post office in Thirsk
and he used to chat to one of the tellers
one day she said
I'm off on my maternity leave now
off to do something
she referring to raising a child
some women - perhaps we are thinking of the likes of
the lawyer Ms. Allred and similar
perhaps we are thinking of our own
Vera Baird
what shall we say
their experience of men
if they have any
is of a person who
isn't home during the day
to them - in their formative days
a man is a person who
goes missing for a living
how hard can that be?
women should be allowed to do that too
and then when they get into
the world of work
that isn't - like school - about
neat handwriting, addy ups, and takie ways
they decide that if they can
photocopy a script
these days email a script
and book a 'plane ticket
they should be allowed to
direct a movie
and they are oblivious of the
other women who have been
ankle biting their movie director fathers since birth
and making their own movies - at home
schools tell pupils
learn this text
off by heart
and you will be entitled to
rule the world
and those teachers seldom encounter the
recitationists they have produced
when they are still
stocking shelves
thirty years later
nobody should be surprised by the stories of
young adults
is the current version
Young Welsh and Minted?
young adults remembering how their teachers told them
you'll never amount to anything
your exercise book is blotted and
you forgot your lines
what gets you to
either the bottom or the top
in teaching
is sod all use anywhere else
and we can draw these two themes together in
The Life of Ricker
see, when he was young he owned nothing
he had the use of quite a lot
but his parents OWNED these things
and they had the right to
bin or sell anything Ricker depended upon
and after Ricker's dad died it all belonged to his mam
she had had a shop of her own
a sweet shop in one of the windows of
her parents' haberdashers shop in Tyne Dock
before she was a teenager
when she became a widow she decided that
although she would really like to own and run a
she had a son and no daughters
and so
selling the house to
pay for her son - Ricker
to train as an optometrist
would mean she could
own and run an opticians' as second best
and Ricker had a degree in zoology from Durham University
so the training should be
a walk in the park
however her assessment of
an optician's being on a par with a hairdresser's
was a major bone of contention in the industry
the thing is
at the time there were
a lot of independent opticians and the Co-Op
ran a lot of optician's shops
to put it bluntly
at around 1980 in the UK
the majority of opticians
both the dispensing opticians - DOs
and the ophthalmic opticians - OOs
in work, had trained in
technical colleges
some time in the 1970s
optometry was introduced from the United States?
and optometry - being and optometrist - was
a graduate only entry profession and
the technical colleges were
all of this was the 'official' line
the reality was that
as time went on 'the powers that be'
who were paying for eye tests and specs
wanted more emphasis of
detection, prevention, and cure
not simply
this meant that these new university courses
introduced a boat load of
training related to the detection of pathology
and to remain in business as opticians
to be an optometrist
you couldn't be simply
a refractionist
a refractionist is somebody who can
test the optical qualities of eyes and
prescribe corrective lenses
up and down the country
there were thousands of little shops
labelled opticians
that dished out specs little better than
ready readers
the legalisation of the sale of ready readers
was probably calculated as pressure on refractionists to
sharpen up their game
offer more than specs that 'helped'
and so, most optometry students being
the sons and daughters of
went home with all these tales of pathology
and mum and dad - mom and pop - refractionists
were ageing and under pressure
from the government who paid them and
Dolland and Aitchison who employed
anybody who was qualified
no special consideration for
keeping it in the family
and so
time and again young people
still in the early 80s on full grants
not paying fees
would get home one day and find that
dad had sold their
the business they had expected to inherit
to D and A
the man from Del Monte he say
on yer bike
last we checked
D&A is now lost as a brand
and owned by
Wallgreen in The States
and operating as
Boots Opticians
and the only other place you can get your eyes tested is
something of an exaggeration
but running an independent optician's shop tends to be
a second string in a household and very
high end
get yer prescription from Boots or Specsavers and
have it dispensed in a
boutique opticians
life's too short to wear boring specs
some will remember
Are you being served
on a day when Ricker was at another branch
the actor who played Mrs Slowcome
went into D&A in Guildford and asked if they had any
of her trademark outrageous specs
nothing in stock came near

we have been having a think about social norms
we are thinking back to the
dawn of the age of the teenager
we are thinking that some of the
first teenagers are now
generation curtain twitch
perhaps they are the people who
due to family pressure
missed out on the
Swinging Sixties
so to go back in time
as today
teenagers like - slightly noisily - roaming around in groups
they are simply spilling
playground norms
onto the streets
but as a group matures
within that group, gradually, increasingly
the question may be heard
do you know what's
green and hairy?
the answer was
a gooseberry
if three people
two males and a female
two females and a male
were walking along together
this was a single that it was time for
two of them to become
a couple
and the gooseberry was the unwelcome third party
and a lot of the activities of the
metoo movement bear analysis of
how sure are you that your ministrations are welcome
to either party?
is the elephant in the room
not fear of sexual exploitation
threat to social norms and conventions
are you
protecting the woman - or man
or, at a deep level are you defending the likes of
Arranged Marriage?
over and over we have seen a failed theory defended with the
it's only failing because
it isn't being applied WITH SUFFICENT RIGOUR

a long long time ago
there used to be a thing on the BBC TV news called
we don't know what the K and the G stood for
KPMG was a firm of accountants
when our Ricker was a little boy - under 11
his dad used to go to work
nd he would talk about his work
and Ricker didn't know what to make of it
there were the daily tales of
Paddy and Hill
but from time to time Rcker's dad - Tommy
would mention
Pete Marwick
except that Pete Marwick wasn't Pete
it as probably
Peat Marwick
was probably the middle bit of
George was Tommy's chairman
and his sons, Hillary and Patrick? Paddy
were Tommy's fellow executive directors
and we assume from this distance that
Lancaster was a non-executive director
and Peat Marwick were the company's auditors
all of which is fine and dandy
but here and now we have a tale of Lancaster
it appears to our Ricker that....
oh we need to step back from Lancaster
St Peter's School, York
Ricker's half brothers
Peter and Gordon
were pupils at St. Peter's
the school that never celebrated bonfire night because???
Guy Faulkes was an old boy
we don't burn Old Peterites, even in effigy
Gordon, Peter, and Ricker all went to
Sir William Turner's School
allowing for a time slip...
Gordon was a moron and got thrown out
and St. Peter's took him on condition they could
have Peter too
Ricker, some years later, stuck it out at Coatham
and so
St. Peter's got Peter into
Brasenose College
but there is a twist
it was wartime - second world war
and BNC were billeted on some other college
you can work out which one from the next bit
but it may have been Christchurch
what we can tell you is that
BNC were billeted on the college that has
Tom Tower
and this is where Pete's career took its first setback
he was given the room to the left - right next to
Tom Tower
as you look up from the quad
all his time at Oxford
Pete couldn't study
for the sound of that
blessed bell
well, anyway that was Pete's excuse for getting
a lower second
and so
National Service after Oxford
navigator on a destroyer on the
Russian Convoys
probably not
whilst Gordon did his National Service before Leeds University
in the pay corps in Bournemouth
and then after Oxford and the Navy
gets the lad a job at
Maxwell Batley, solicitors
at the time they were at
Bevis Marks
it's a street in London
later London Wall, later still
Chancery Lane
the Lancaster story has a second part
Lancaster had spoken for young Pete
and the reports he got back were not all good
one day Lancaster said to Tommy
either at a board meeting or in a 'phone call
'if that lad of yours can't stop his wife
ringing him at work
they're going to have to let him go
Kari was in a difficulty
Pete was one of the brightest legal minds
of his generation
did the paper work for the merger of
The National Provincial and Westminster banks
The NatWest
and Kari was a nurse from
Tronyam - that's Trondheim - in Norway
so you see the rather tenuous link with the Russian Convoys
she had been working in London but had no links
with London nor England beyond
nursing and Peter
you are not wise to strand a typically
highly strung scandy blonde in a foreign land
it ended in more than tears
it ended in ECT
they had a boy and a girl and stayed married for
a very long time - decades
but ECT
stands for
Electro Convulsive Therapy
at least - so far as we know - she didn't get the full
frontal lobotomy
we could detail Gordon's
Hello Girl wife
Christ, this goes back so far into ancient history
right at the start if you had a telephone
it didn't have a dial
or a keypad
you picked up the receiver and a woman said
hello, what number do you require
a Hello Girl
'spose that was what you picked up if you were
a squaddie in the pay corps, in Bournemouth
so Ricker's brothers' wives
put Ricker right off girls
right from the start
first kiss some podgy little kid called Pamela
when they were 8
first 'girl friend', they never kissed
Lizzie Brown when they were ten
things never really improved after that
as the horrors of his own family
played out against the background of
the girls in his class entering
neat handwriting competitions while he was
trying to pass the eleven plus
we should explain
the mixed gender primary school class were
half aiming for
The Boys' Grammar
and half aiming for
The Girls' Grammar
shall we say
gender differentiated entrance exams
the boys sat the eleven plus in the assembly hall of
the boys' grammar school
it was invigilated by boys' grammar school masters
who presumably marked the papers
so we assume the converse happened to the girl candidates
just an exercise in
which girls do we want to teach
boys weren't competing with girls
girls weren't competing with boys
and the girls' grammar got girls
into higher education perhaps even further education
about as often as the boys' grammar got a boy into
Oxford or Cambridge
these days
anybody with
basic secretarial skills
can have a First Class Honours Degree
and if they don't have basic secretarial skills
they are
special needs, vulnerable, on the autistic spectrum
so they get a Higher National Diploma in being very trying
trying very hard
and an Olympic Gold Medal in
tossing the bean bag
they call it Botcha

we know that whenever anybody reads anything
the bit they don't read is
the caveats
we know that using analogies is risky
when we say
it's LIKE this
but it's NOT this



this and so...
although a virus is like a sperm
the most important bit of a sperm
that a virus does not have is
a flagella
it does not have an
outboard motor
it does not have
independent motility
wherever it goes
something has to take it there
a scudding cloud of aerosol excretion
an inward breath from a new host
who got too close to an existing host
before gravity made that cloud
hit the ground
or a breeze swept it away
once in the new host the virus will look for
cells to parasitise
it will enter the first cell it lands on
it will not
go house hunting
to get deep into a host's body
the process the host should be using to
transfer it to the
fiery pit of hell
we know as
the stomach
has to go wrong and deliver it to
the Elysian Fields of
the lungs
some people have a problem with
the gag reflex
that is responsible for this
valve based control
as we are on what a virus is not
we will take on board slightly failed analogy that we are
aware of but have not yet used
if you have the good fortune to live now
in the era after the invention of
the microscope
you live at a time when
it is technically possible to create a
pollen count
because there is such a thing as a pollen count
the administration of amateurs
can't we have a virus count like the pollen count?
pollen grains survive
around a million times longer than virus particles
and they don't exist within
gravity sensitive
water droplets
we can't expect to find
viruses in air samples
as we find bits of carbon and pollen grains
for all practical purposes
the source of viable virus is
breathing in somebody else's contaminated breath
Hit the ground
That quick, that close
However, indoors.....
Legionnaire's Disease
different problem
bacteria in water tanks
being distributed to the air in a confined space by
the air conditioning
a virus
could not survive as a bacterium can in a water tank
air conditioning can
fight gravity
and keep an aerosol in the air
longer than in an indoor setting where
the air is
indoors - gravity
outdoors - gravity and breeze
indoor with air con - swirling air that
keeps a virus airborn for much longer

we do at this point have a little time to
consider the future
we have to recognise that thoughts building a business
in North East England
are dominated by considerations of
how will this sound in court
The local law enforcement are so short of
'real crimes'
to put into the databases they submit for funding
that everybody who
picks up the 'phone
to the police
or communicates in any other
'acceptable fashion'
acceptable fashion does not include
oi mate, over 'ere
instantly becomes a client
with a
crime number
or these days if the call is about
'a group of youths'
a dozen different crime numbers
for the database
whenever the
CPS - Crown Prosecution Service
there are locally several layers in law enforcement
plods, wooden tops
Judges, of various degrees
plods can add to the coffers in the mode of a
traffic warden, issuing a penalty charge
if the matter is one for the courts
normally the plod will
report the incident
and after detectives have had their
go at the time sheets over it...
the CPS will decide on
whether to prosecute
the decision will be based on the
merits of the case
did the prisoner break the law
but the real decision is on
what are the prospects of conviction
and so most often the judgement is not of
what happened
who was involved?
women have to go a long way to get seen as
somebody magistrates or a jury would
like to see in jail
especially as it is very difficult to keep from them
the answer to the question
does she have kids
and this plays into the concept of
getting your retaliation in early
we have seen less publicity about the fact that
when a woman takes up with a man she is
entitled to access his
police and criminal record
for a man
even asking for a 'phone number
could be regarded as
there is an absolute assumption that
how do you know that a character in a
Disney cartoon is female
the long eyelashes
bat your eyelashes
the absolute assumption that
any character with long eyelashes
is pure as the driven snow
and so any sort of
web site based on
ideas and concepts
has to restrict itself to
things already in the public domain
However, in the midst of the
steamroller effect of
due process
there is no invitation to
demonstrate that something published
was already in the public domain

These very local and specific
web site names were set up and maintained
to promote the wellbeing of the people and areas
to which their names refer
in the absence of any sense that
it is safe to do business
under North East Law
a different strategy is necessary to have any hope of
making money
especially if you are deemed by the
local law enforcement and
educational establishment
as somebody who
should be down London
that strategy is to
select, own, and
fatten up for sale
a URL that some corporation may one day decide to
buy for a lot of money
our Ricker has a suitable URL
it has been hacked
we are pretty sure it was hacked because it was
involved in the data breach at
a very long time ago and the details
sold around
it may have been hacked because it is valuable
however, we are willing to invest a little in it and see
how safe it now is
the hack is quite a simple one
it is a variant on the
distributed denial of service
instead of flooding the web site
it sends endless emails to an email address
over time
in this case
instead of a person sending an email to this address
getting an obscene reply
they get a message that
the sender's message has been rejected because
the recipient's in box is full
having time on our hands
we may explore this dilemma
that is whether to make any further investment in that URL

at the heart of this is the question
back in the day
as soon as a schoolteacher got a boyfriend
let alone got married
she was expected to 'retire'
and there have to be two major justifications for this
1 being married to a schoolteacher may be seen as
offering a man
privileged access to children
2 such jobs as were made available to
single adult women
were reserved in small numbers for
women who didn't have a hope in hell of
getting their hands on a man's
pay packet
these ideas stand like
abandoned bridge piers in a river
tempting modern day people to build
castles upon them
if we refer to the
Home Secretary Priti Patel...
we have in some sense the category of
a woman who NEEDS her job
because she has no man
and therefore
to keep her off the streets
prevent her from becoming a sex worker
she must
alongside the likes of police officers
we forget, The Emperor's wife
be beyond reproach
as a probation officer once said to our Ricker
'it's illegal to disagree with an MP'
but only if the MP is female
the whole
women only short lists project
would need to have some element
preventing a
revolving door
having a woman in post
is seen as more important than
having a capable and accountable person in post
our society in general is affected by this
but the publicity falls to the
make weights
and damages the prospects and reputations of
the decent ordinary women who could
make their way without special consideration
and without having to pretend they don't like men

some of these datelines go just a bit wrong
because it is a faff to publish a file
and so we build up a few items ahead of time
as at 28th April we were saying this..
many 'cultural traditions' can have their origins lost in
the mists of time
and when they do they gain in gravitas - believability
and so we will tell the story of
The Salvation Army
we could be wrong about the name but
this particular 'church'
was founded by a married couple
who may have been called
they were not responsible for the name
The Salvation Army
they were a married couple and at one point their son
one of their sons?
was a stroppy teenager
he didn't want to work in his parents'
version of a Methodist Church
he wanted to join the army
so they re-named their church
The Salvation Army
so that he would stay
that much is interesting but currently The Army
has a motto along the lines of
Blood and Fire
we forget
what we want to point out is that motto or not
They had a slogan
the slogan related to their offer to
the indigent poor
the inhabitants of the most appalling flabella style
is that favella?
slums in the likes of London and Manchester
we now have the
Firebrand Preacher Sam
he says
Jesus said
You are fishermen
I will make you fishers of men
I will save mankind
and the heckler says
do you save women too
Yes, yes women too
Good, will you save two for me for
Saturday night?
that being the Sam
the slogan was
Soup, Soap, and Salvation
that's what the Salvation Army traditionally
offered to the 'homeless'
and from this develops the idea of
1 pack the bellies of 'the poor' with
fatten them up
and 2
clean them up
so the God will prefer the look of them
if you can get the smell off them
they will loose a lot of their
you take an association with
God and The Bible
and weld on your own
untested medical theory
and after a hundred years or so
people assume that your quackery
is in The Bible
since nobody ever reads more than a hundred words
of The Bible at any one go or ever in their lives...
people mix up
quotes from The Bible
quotes from Shakespeare
quotes from random other sources
and we have no idea who came up with
cleanliness is next to Godliness
but it's a pretty universal
that dirty things are infested
clean surfaces must be
we will introduce a bit of commercial promotion here
free of charge
we said about silver being
antiseptic and turning things black...
Carron Phoenix Bali Granite Composite
kitchen sink and drainer
Sanitized Reg. Trade mark
real granite composite embedded with
silver phosphate glass
to prevent 99 per cent of bacteria from
on the soap angle
taking Booth Junior's approach into account
encouraging the poor to use soap
was more about encouraging volunteers to
walk amongst them to help them
with less recourse to
smelling salts
nosegays or whatever
rather than any genuine belief that
soap and water are the answer to
the plague
and in the tradition of
Chinese whispers...
washing just your hands
won't cut the stench by much

27th April 2020
many many people are familiar with the concept of
being stuck between
a rock and a hard place
we see this reflex deployment of
child abuse and the murder of women
whenever the police and their cohorts
want to attract our attention
for 'children are being abused'
oi, over 'ere, listen to me
and certainly not
excuse me, can I have your attention?
that aside
along with their
scum of the earth
anybody sez anything I don't understand...
I'll 'ave 'em sectioned
or branded a
we are will inject the Welsh for politician here
the Welsh for Member of the Assembly is
whiney dog
and for once we must note the spelling
Auf Wiedersehen Pet
other than the police impostor syndrome
that is
I'm way out of my depth here so
time to kick some shins
this problem of the
whiney dog wimin
when our Ricker was a little boy
according to his mother
telling him later
she refused to smack him when he was a todler
he enjoyed it too much
these days
ninety odd percent of men who have a job have
what a century ago would have been described as
a bobby's job
and is now termed
a desk job
men in general don't get up at four o'clock in the morning
to go to work
not expecting to see hearth and home ever again
and so the concept of the man as
the provider
having martial rights
has largely evaporated
but in some sense there is a lingering concept of
if she likes sex so much
maybe I should
give her something she doesn't like so much
in return for her
bed and board
maybe I should beat her up like I do me mates down the club
and so the rock and the hard place
one the one hand
the home where she gets beatings not sex
and the workplace where
she is constantly plagued by her
impostor syndrome
want the man who beats you - physically - out of your home
or the man who beats you - intellectually - out of your workplace
and so often it appears that
ousting the capable from workplaces
is cheaper and easier than
a one adult per home, policy
and here we reflect the concept
I would like to treat my cubicle at work
as if it were my home
to be Queen of all I survey
the world has a feeling that it is more appropriate to
socially engineer the workplace
than the home
and so
professions and workplaces develop
wimin only
and in the van (guard)...
universities and schools
setting the mould for all future generations
is the satisfaction of
when physically beaten
or when subject to
non physical coercive control
coercive control - something women are past masters at
can never be accused of

we wish to skim a line between
properly researched and peer reviewed
something people can understand that
doesn't drive us into the ground with
the fact checking burden
in that context, first
the platisma muscles
are involved in nodding your head down
but they mainly
open your mouth
and are to that extent, technically the
antagonists to the masseter muscles
but here we want to fly a kite
about the relationship between viruses and people
viruses don't PLAN anything
think of a virus as a fashion item
you design it, you make it< you put it on sale
and it either flies of flops
it has no conscious involvement in
how popular or successful it is
what we are not going to research is how to classify
Corona virus 2019
some corona viruses are
'flu viruses
some are
common cold viruses
we, as opposed to the specialists in this field
don't know the difference between
the common cold versions
and the influenza versions
their genetic codes will have been published but
life's too short
if you were designing corona viruses
and NOBODY is
you may feel that the common cold versions are
more successful than the 'flu ones
the lame brains of the military bent
may think that the 'flu ones are
'more successful'
because they do more damage
what you have to remember is
these are parasites
and successful parasites
do not kill their host
like mistletoe
and sometimes
like corals
it's hard to tell which is host and which parasite
for example an alga living in an animal that can grow
a calcified shell
we know that in the past all sorts of biological weapons research
has been disguised as
Research into the Common Cold
but The Common Cold does not bother us much
and so we don't try very hard to defeat it
it's not smallpox after all
a common cold corona virus triggers in us
the streaming cold
reaction that protects us from
well not from the virus parasitising our nasal and oral cavity surfaces
but protects us from having that class or virus
penetrate into
our lungs
where is can do real damage
by treating lungs tissue
in a way that it is 'designed' to
fit to
treat the more robust
tissues of our nasal cavities
in this theory we define
a 'flu virus
a virus that slips - inadvertently - through
the defences that
trap and corral
a corona virus we would otherwise classify as a Common cold virus

and so, grasshopper...
we should consider
the wart
there are viral and fungal infections
of the skin
that never venture deeper into the body
than the skin
consider a person who has a cough and or a fever
amd suspects they have CoViD-19
and test positive
and recover from their symptoms
the corona 2019 virus was trapped in their nose
and some other virus was in their lungs
giving them their symptoms
they would, could develop immunity to that
other virus
Corona 2019 would be like a wart to them
never seen by their immune system
and so they harboured the virus but
only after they symptoms subside..
do they become
infected with it
because the virus eventually slid down to the areas of
thinner, more delicate membranes
much closer to blood capillaries
in the lungs

24th April 2020
Newcastle University
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
are doing some interesting research
they are taking samples from sewers
and testing them for
Corona Virus 2019
1 presumably to protect the operatives of
Northumbrian Water
working in their water treatment works an sewers
2 if they are finding traces...
it gives the lie to the idea that
soap and water and detergent
and other things put into sewers
destroy viruses

stands for Gross Domestic Product
it refers to the monetary size of the
turnover of the - British - economy
we have been told for decades now that
the vast majority of economic activity in the UK
consists of
service industries
particularly financial services
particularly in London
and hence it was a no-brainer to
shut down the
industrial sector
when a contagious disease problem arose
here's the question
if all the people involved in
service industries
and let's remember, even if the media forget
there are service industries such as
architecture, industrial design, etc. etc.
that are neither manufacturing nor financial
if all these people are now
working from home
completely unaffected by the lock-down
why should GDP shrink?
we suspect that we will have to wait some time for the
April to June 2020 figures to be published
but they, HMRC, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs will
already have the March numbers and soon have the April figures
we are guessing that
London Locals
will have lost their jobs - well their work
in sandwich bars and on the transport network
but a lot of that work will have been transferred to
commuter towns

we've had a thought
Our Ricker's had a thought
when the history is written
he is wondering
will CoViD-19
be referred to as
summer 'flu
it does seem that a lot of people have not been able to
shrug it off in spring
on the other hand...
people with mild to moderate 'flu
in the past
have never been told to
stay in doors and pretend that it's still
what about
hay fever as a natural antidote to influenza??
it is a fact
perhaps an irrelevant, misleading fact
but it is a fact that most of the people who are dying from
are the people who are being
from it
second fact
the shielding isn't working
disputed fact
the new treatment does not work as well as the old one
feed a cold
starve a fever
one interpretation of that is
if you have a mild infection...
build yourself up, chicken soup and exercise
if you have a serious infection
go lie down in a darkened room
it's pretty clear that almost everybody who gets CoViD-19
gets a mild illness for at least week
and that does bring
differential treatment
into question
do the people who go on to develop a serious illness
handle the mild illness differently?

as at 22nd April 2020
we have not seen any pictures or footage of
healthy looking people who have
died or come near to death from CoViD-19
and most of the people who have been described as
having no underlying health issues
really demonstrate how
being overweight to the point of
morbid obesity
and having undiagnosed type two diabetes
counts as having no underlying medical issues
we should just run over the problem
take the throat of a typical adult male
we expect to see an
Adam's apple
if you can't see it - overweight
but that is not the main issue here
put your thumb one side of the larynx
the Adam's apple
and the fingers the other side
between thumb and fingers you have the larynx
and some skin
and two muscles...
the left and right
they have to do with pulling your head down
when you nod
you can hardly feel them at all
they are really quite thin sheet muscles
if you are not very very very fat
if you grip your throat at one side of the wind pipe
so that you grab
skin, fat and platisma
between thumb and fingers
you can get an idea of the double up thickness of a
platisma muscle
there is a similar pair of muscles at the sides of your face
the masseter muscles
these close your jaws
ths sort of sheet muscle is the sort of muscle you use
to breath
the diaphragm
The diaphragm has a problem
it is used to expand the lungs but
it is not attached to the lungs
in the way that the masseter muscles are attached to
yer jaws
the diaphragm is arranged like
two analogies here
one more universal than the other
the more universal one is
a washing line
or the cable on a suspension bridge
lungs above the cable
guts below
to breath in the diaphragm contracts
and becomes
more like a plate
and less like a bowl
the place where you put fat in is your belly
more than anywhere else
if the bowl of the diaphragm is
constantly full of fat
the muscles that is like a plate and not
big strong and thick like
the muscles in your limbs
eventually gives up
the more restricted analogy is
ratcket straps truckers use to
strap a load onto a lorry, wagon, truck
or anything
a point is reached where
if the load was not a
solid box
but a huge spring
no matter how tightly you cinch the
ratchet strap
the spring will not compress at loading
as much as it might in transit
because the other large flat muscle of your tum
your six pack
will be fighting the diaphragm
to try to compress and move
yer fat gut
flabby six pack - flabby diaphragm
and that is not the only option
when you buy and eat
beef or any other meat, lamb, pork
you can move your ribs
closer together as you rib meat
your inter costal muscles
we need another analogy
consider a bucket
consider half a bucket
half cut away vertically
consider the bucket handle
with the half bucket
upside down
that is your chest
your chest if the half bucket is
nailed upside down to a wall
the wall being your spine
half bucket upside down...
when the handle swings free it
approaches the wall
your ribs sag down and towards your spine
now forget the half bucket and
imagine a stack of bucket handles
attached to your spine
in the middle section
the T spine
the thoracic spine
if the top handle stuck out horizontally
because it was fixed to your clavicles
collar bones
and there were muscles in between each
bucket handle, or rib
and the next
if the muscles contract the handles, ribs
move closer together
and the lower ones move
because they are separately attached to your spine
at the ends
the middle bit of the handle
the sternum - breast bone
away from your spine
inflating your lungs
not if there six inches of blubber
encasing yer six pack
it's another price we pay for
yer pigs is designed to carry their blubber
between their legs
below their guts
humans don't go in for crawling around on
all fours
so our breathing is affected by
blubber that weighs on our ribs when we
lie on our backs
inhibits our puny little inter costal muscles when
we want to move our ribs away from
our spines
being overweight is a whole hill of bother
a pre-existing medical condition

for a variety of reasons
various health and wealth statistics are
collected a variety of areas with conflicting boundaries
we have s glimpse of
North East and Yorkshire
having quite a high number of people in hospital
due to Corona virus illness
around the 2,000 mark
and probably a very similar number of deaths
on the other hand
James Cook the regional trauma centre for
Tees valley and North Yorkshire
to late April 2020
recorded 130 CoViD related deaths
and we have an explanation for that
North East and Yorkshire includes what we could call
The Leeds - Bradford area
the culture on Teesside is....
the target is a home of their own for
every adult
the culture in the Leeds - Bradford area is
security in numbers
big extended families including several generations
sharing a kitchen, sharing a bathroom
social distancing work a treat on Teesside
not so much in
West Yorkshire
and so...
not so much an ethnic but a cultural split
and not so much a
rich - poor split either
as so often
functionally illiterate
are not
really good at taking advice
they, as they say, are best
nudged towards thinking that
best practice

we think of
Jimmy Nail
we continue to fail to spell
Aufhueidesein Pet
and we consider the
troops stationed in Germany after the Second World War
and the contractors working in Germany later
and we see the logic in the idea that
the culture in
North East England
to be aligned
and with culture....
the fate of infections
we consider
the contrast between
take-away food culture
cafe culture
we consider a stratum in society where
many people eat take away
don't have a dining room at home
eat on the fly
en-suite bathroom facilities
and consider their life style
the most challenging for an infectious epidemic
and of course
beer halls
when Germans socialise
they tank up on alcohol

back on the 20th April
the BBC in North East England
produced a report expanding on a
news item about the
independent elected mayor of Middlesbrough
that they had broadcast the previous day
we have referred before on the idea that
a third of the residents of Middlesbrough are
functionally illiterate
we have also commented that we believe that
it is our understanding that
everybody in North East England - including Middlesbrough
plus most people in Yorkshire
who are on benefits
are on
Universal Credit
how the hell is anybody on Universal Credit
who has been on Universal Credit
for months if not years...
going to have their finances affected by
the CoViD-19 epidemic - pandemic?
they have no job to loose
they are exactly where they were at Christmas 2019
so how does some
'think' tank
come to the conclusion that
Middlesbrough will be the UK town that will be
hardest hit
by CoViD-19?
there is only one answer that makes any sense whatever
this think tank must think that Middlesbrough
has the crown for
the black economy
working for tips
guvvie jobs
that is not a helpful suggestion
and you know what
what with VAT and Tax Returns
if the people of Middlesbrough
have been spending more than they have had in
in benefits and declared income...
perhaps that is where the idea came from
and here's the thing
goods bought in Middlesbrough shops
could be bought by anybody if paid for by cash
but credit card, debit card, and on-line purchases
especially if for delivery to Middlesbrough addresses
will inform the picture of
local wealth or poverty
wherever there is a big hospital on the patch of
a small local authority
if you divide the number of CoViD deaths
around 150 for James Cook
to 20th April
into the population of Middlesbrough
and not into the population of
Tees Valley and North Yorkshire
you get quite a high per capita death rate
they know you know
the government like
there used to be a big deal with the likes of
South Tees
people used to buy things
out of the catalogue
20 or 38 interest free payments
100 payments with added interest
and the stores had their own delivery vans
Blue vans called White Arrow
had a white arrow on a blue van
and you could tell coppers and the steelworkers didn't buy from the catalogue
what their wives did with the
another matter
they bought from
Binns, Newhouses, Wright's Tower House
Tower House on Linthorpe Road was demolished and it's
McDonald's now
and one of the others is called
never was no House of Fraser
nor Harrods
on Teesside
anyway you could tell coppers didn't buy from
the catalogue because one day in the run up to Christmas
a White Arrow van was hi-Jacked
in Grangetown
and the parcels taken
and the copper investigating said
loads of kids won't get their Christmas presents this year
you fail to deliver...
you have to re-deliver
Ricker's brother Peter's best mate was
boss of the NatWest and got
cashiered for
the Blue Arrow Affair
easy to confuse...
when he was a lad Ricker made twenty five quid 'cos
his brother was so
dog with two tails when he first got his
Couttes Bank account that he sent Ricker a cheque
for his birthday - just the once
just to prove to his - their - dad that he had
made it
Couttes no longer belongs to NatWest
couldn't have Couttes - one branch in Charring Cross Road?
belonging to the government

we don't know this....
we understand that
in mid April 2020
the current owners
is that Ineos? no idea, Huntsman?
the current operators of
Olefin 6, previously known as Olifine6
on Wilton International, in Redcar
shut it down
due to
they only have - by reputation -
ten days storage capacity for
petroleum products
we have not herd that they have decide to
do routine maintenance during the CoViD scare
but they probably have

20th April 2020
we don't normally take the trouble to say
told you so
but we have to point out that we have said
don't rely on soap and water as a defence against
and that advice must be taken in tandem with the
undisputed decision and advice that
clinical gowns
cannot safely be
to a safe usable condition
it's a worry
that those who advocate
soap and water
are very firmly amongst those who
do not back up their 'advice' with

we are at this time looking at
old farts' predictions
about CoViD-19
and what we see right now is a sub species of the
The Army demands re-armament funding to prepare to
re-fight the war we just won
this particular version is also a version of
'out of an abundance of caution...'
we will recall the worst thing that is remotely similar
that has ever happened before
and assert that
History is about to repeat itself
and the problem with this is illustrated by
shall we say
The Tay Bridge Disaster
what we can say about that is that the bridge that was built
in a little English valley a while before the
ill fated version of the Tay Bridge
dodged a bullet
there's a town on the M54 a bit north west of
Birmingham in England
we could say the town is in Shropshire
and a part of it is called
and the whole of it - the town - is called
New York, New York
so good they named it twice
New York City is in The State of New York
London, England
New York, New York
and so
The Iron Bridge, is in Ironbridge
THE Ironbridge
and from today's perspective
we could say that The Iron Bridge is lucky to survive
for one very simple reason
it was built from a kit of parts that were cast
in shapes almost identical to
the shapes carpenters would have cut oak trees into
to create a kit form bridge
what the people who built
The Iron Bridge did was to
build a wooden bridge kit and
instead of erecting it
they used it as a pattern to create moulds
into which to
cast iron
because they knew nothing else
and cast iron does not react to
forces, stresses and strains
the way that oak does
and when the idea was scaled up to create the
first, ill-fated Tay Bridge
it got blown away
with great loss of life
because it needed storm force winds plus
a massive passenger train running over it
to destroy it
and so the subtle difference between
those who fail to remember history
are bound to repeat it
those who fail to STUDY history
are bound to repeat it
the members of the
old farts' society
are presently absolutely convinced that
because the
influenza epidemic of 100 years ago
came in three increasingly worse
the current pandemic has to have two more
even worse waves
and that they will come before a vaccine
can be developed
and hence
We're all doomed
the Chinese epidemic came after thirty years of
economic boom
not thirty years - Boar to First World - war
the European epidemic
comes 12 years after the European economic bust
the economies and the peoples of China and Europe are
probably in the best state of readiness to confront
a pandemic
that could be imagined
no sense here of nations on their knees
awaiting a
coup de grace
South America?
who knows but not China or Europe - including the British Isles
there is no doubt that this pandemic
requires a response
although the threat is the same - almost identical
an influenza virus few if any people have
immunity to
but ninety odd percent of the people in its path
bear no resemblance to the
folk liberated from
Belsen concentration camp
or who survived the construction of
The Bridge over the River Quai - Kwaii
but what is the relative health quotient of
a secret smoker - Bullingdon Club former member
and a concentration camp survivor?
we need to fight today's battles not those of the past
in medicine as much as in anything
we see people die on training exercises
yomping over the moors in
SAS selection tests
these were, are fit people, doing just that bit too much
like Douglas Adams or Andrew Marr playing squash
this being a Prime Minister business
isn't difficult enough for me
I'll do it on ten Churchillian cigars and two bottles of brandy a day
just like yomping with twenty stone in my back pack
without water and in 30 degree heat
and so
out of an abundance of 'caution'
we have to say
The Chinese are lying about there being no second wave
we must remain locked down until
either there is a second wave in Europe
we develop a vaccine

we are trying - not very hard - to remember
in the past did the media refer to themselves as
The Fifth Estate
they see themselves as a part of government
what they clearly do is to think
1 that their boss should be richer than any politician
Lord Rothermere, Condad Black, whoever, should be richer than
The Rees Mogg clan
to mix generations
2 that senior politicians and administrators should be
even lees well educated and dense than their
op. ed. scribes
and so
with the BBC...
when Tweedledee is indisposed
they fill their news schedule with
clips of Tweedledum
and we note that
'cos thiis a war on
there is no Points of View style analysis of
what the punters think of the
output of the propaganda machine
when there was a real war on there was ITMA
Its That Man Again
in which context....
we will delve a little deeper into
immunology 101
we consider the merger of
police and fire services
'cos there's nowt ta do
cops are issued with cruisers
and told to
go play with the traffic
when they take over the Fire and Rescue Service
they don't want the actual emergency service people to
continue to watch telly and do fry-ups
between shouts
they want them to cruise the streets too
in their big red trucks that can't get down your street
the immune system...
some things can be picked up in a blood sample
think of those things as
police cruisers
let's just say
young people
always up for a bit of action
bored with soaps
always on the Twitter looking out for some fun
older people
engrossed in soap opera story lines
need to hear the big loud clangy bell to
get them off the sofa
the immune system
keeps the
Big Guns
tucked up safe the th garage until
the minions twitter back with some sort of alarm
what we have to think of when regarding the immune system is
a DJ or MC
disc jockey or master of ceremonies
who has junked the CD - compact disc - collection
and does requests from
the big big problem with the immune system is
auto immune disease
when we are born be have - our immune system has
access to every
lets step back here
imagine that for every product of living activity
there is a poison
imagine that actually there are not many poisons but each poison is
confined, secluded, locked away
by a door that can be opened by any one of
an almost infinite number of keys
we have tried to explain the concept of
imagine that some of the keys that are capable of
releasing the Wrath of God
are bits of YOU
or more exactly
are replicas of
bits of you
to stay alive
to avoid auto immune disease
you need to
destroy those keys
before they lead to them causing you yourSELF
being destroyed
and there is a developmental period when
a window in time
your immune system comes into contact with
has its key destroyed
any future contact with bits of stuff that were
present at roll call during that window
will not
set off the alarms
the problem with this is that this roll call is not
very early
as an example
sympathetic ophthalmia
if some of the contents of one eye are
released into the blood stream through trauma or disease
your immune system can launch an autoimmune attack on the
fellow eye
and destroy that too
so, but
people keep recording
New Music
it has to be added to Spotify
say there was some sort of
Chinese Wall
Spotify in China and Spotify in Europe
somebody in Europe makes a request to a DJ who has
an all zones access to Spotify
she play some weird stuff
and everybody covers their ears...
but what if it's
an ear worm
and the crowd can't get it out of their heads?
major bummer
and so...
the reason why young uns can be exposed to a novel virus
and not pack out their blood stream with
as older folk would is
they's chilled bout this
they got it covered
they know the combination for the lock
no need to clog up the roads with
big red trucks
immunology 102
most of us
got a spleen
it's a very bloody article
get a whack in the guts
and your spleen is the major candidate to cause
internal bleeding
so lot of trauma victims have it out
'co folk don't drop down dead without it
it does a thing
yer spleen does
a ot of people - surgeons
regard the spleen as not much different from
the appendix
a bit or a liability and no use to God nor Man
yer spleen is the re-cycling depot of your
blood circulation
our Ricker had an enlarged spleen
and so did his mam
and he had this interesting conversation with
Keith Barker
a GP
Ricker sez
when I was still growing I had splenomegally
Keith sez
you can't have had a spenectomy
there would be a scar
I didn't say splenectomy, oh never mind
before Ricker gave his mam big floppy tits
by his requirement for milk....
his mam didn't like
swimming cozzies
her ribs - especially on the left side
stuck out
further than her tits
she had had childhood infections and splenomegally
at an age when her ribs were just
green sticks
and were moulded out into a bulge by her spleen and to some extent
her liver - on the right hand side
and so
get an infection when you are young and your spleen and liver
clear way the mess - the evidence
get an infection when you are older and
you will have heard of
sclerosis of the liver
not non digestive components of your insides are
spleen, pancreas, liver
they are the support system for your blood supply
and they all get sclerotic
and their work rate falls
pancreas problems - main symptom, diabetes
so in the elderly
infection leave
more debris, for longer, in the blood stream
and that can be detected and
it can cause micro embolisms
minor blockages
in the lungs and the brain
hastening death
and so
just because you can't find debris from an infection in
the blood of the young
does not mean that they do not have immunity to that pathogen

it's a bit frustrating that some
cultural references are universal
and some are very generation specific
so taking the universal idea of the
Swiss Army Knife
and the generation specific equivalent of the
Thunderbird 2 pod selection sequence....
where is your Spotify?
your cloud storage?
it is in your
bone marrow
all that pluripotetiality
wide range of possible options
lies with the 'mother cells' in your bone marrow
and as we said to damp down autoimmune disease
we destroy keys
but perhaps we should say
door bells
when you
develop immunity
during an infection or as the result of an
you cause a proliferation of the specific types of
antibody production cells in your bone marrow
they don't continually produce antibodies
there are just more mother cells sitting waiting to produce
the antibodies that are needed to tackle a particular
so you can't measure enhanced immunity from the
of the antibody in circulation
you can only detect
and as we say
a healthy spleen will do good tidy-up
you see there are generations of
bone marrow cells
granny cells don't produce antibodies
mother cells produce daughter cells that
produce specific antibodies
immunity consists in having more mother cells
primed and ready to produce
huge numbers of specific daughter cells
at the drop of a hat
whenever that darn varmint shows its face again

14th April 2020
Ricker is old enough to have enjoyed the
'Kids Show'
as defined by the cast of
Mont e Python's Flying Circususus
The Goodies
the never quite made it as a partner in
Terrybly, Terribly, Boring & Dull
Tim Brook-Taylor
we like to do a Matt Cartoon style pun
if we were Matt we would draw this
drawing together Timbo and face masks

A muffled titter ran around the theatre
as played by
Marty Feldman
draw your own cartoon

we recall the old Sam about schools
schools are wonderful places
when the kids aren't there
and so to the police
now that the streets are empty
falling over themselves to do
foot patrols
empty streets don't
puncture their dream world

and of course we are being lied to
we don't need mass graves for virus victims
they are for the thousands of
women and children who are being
massacred in their own homes because they
have men in them

1960s definition
the schmuck who earns your child support
2020 definition
the daft cow who earns your child support
wimin need wives 'cos
they've had men banned from all the
paying jobs

one of those strange examples of circular reality
has recently happened to our Ricker
he got a snail mail paper letter from
James Cook
not the actual James Cook but
the hospital named in his honour
and it was a copy of a letter originally written to
somebody else
it wasn't a mistake
it had been snail mail CC'd to Ricker
on purpose, a courtesy not a leak
and it had the prime recipient's details
lightly crossed through
what was interesting about it was
it was from a
hospital consultant
included in the top right hand corner
the email address of that consultant's secretary
and the nature of the circularity?
a comment from a then soon to retire, male, psychiatric nurse
to our Ricker
a question
how come you CC'd this email - original to the then local MP
to your GP - general practitioner
how did you get his email address?
erm, he gave it to me...
to speed up communications....
and the reason for this comment is
the complete fiasco of the
CoViD-19 death rate reports
doctors have
believe it or not
it really is true
through which to
communicate with medical databases
how the fuck does somebody die and not get the death
registered the same minute via the data logging system
and yet we have something like Friday 10th April
980 CoViD-19 related deaths registered in the UK
over 700 of them did not happen between
5.00 pm on 9th and 5.00 pm on the 10th
they happened up to several weeks earlier
because the NHS still hasn't implemented
fax registrations - 24-7
billions of pounds worth of
and the actual information depends of a
nine to five office clerk
and a typewriter
and so to
security and confidentiality
at what point do the
powers that be
determine that
you need security clearance to
a doctor's emails
but NOT TO
know where to send them?
these are examples of the way that attitudes
snap from one extreme to another
another example is how the hacks want to
disclose secrets
the bozo from the media asking
when are you going to disclose those stats
and the patient boffin having to stand there and not say
they are, and always were and always will be
on the government Office of National Statistics web site
without any security clearance
you fuckwit

all of which leads us back to the constant theme of
just how long our Ricker
has been knocking around
because we have another of his
back in the day examples
the first computer language he learned
in any depth
in fact it may have been the first language he ever learned about
his first experience of computers was at
Sunderland Polytechnic
but at Teesside Polytechnic he definitely started with COBOL
and the story was
if you were a computer programmer in those days
and with COBOL
you worked out what you wanted the computer to do and
with a pencil you filled in
data sheets
then you swanned off home leaving the data sheets
in the office
and the
data entry clerks
transcribed your program(me) instructions
Jacquard cards
and somebody
fed them into the card reader
actual cardboard sheet cards
into the guts of the
main frame
and you went to your
dumb terminal
and issued a command to the main frame to
run your code
and when it didn't work
you wrote some more data sheets and ordered up some more cards
and there came a time when
new fangled
high level languages such as
BASIC and PASCAL came along and you
entered and edited your code for
digital storage
right there at the terminal
and a room became vacant in the polytechnic
the one where the data clerks had worked
and there were
or there would have been redundancies
if the union hadn't negotiated
natural wastage severance
amongst the data entry clerks
and so...
we have fax in hospitals
Dolly and her friends
know how to use a fax machiene
and aren't ready for retirement yet

something that has struck us is
these runners and bikers
are supposed to be running and cycling
for the good of their health
but they can't do
social or individual distancing
for the good of their health
a lot of them do look really quite fit
we do wonder how long it would take some of them
to achieve the
fat bastard status
that got the Prime Minister
a hospital bed
if they gave up
what we can't understand is why they
if they are
adrenaline junkies
have not caused a world wide
rowing machine shortage
we conclude that a lot of them are not
out for the good of their health
out on the pull
like a game of musical beds
if you ain't got a partner when the music stops...

and another thing
for all the world it does appear that this crisis
discloses a lot of 'medics' as
undercover journalists
who have gone to all that trouble to qualify and get jobs
in the health service
in order to
have a platform from which to attack the Tories
however caring and keen to spend other people's money they are
would you recruit any of them
from down the pub to help you
fix, fettle, mend your car?
they seem to all be
why haven't the government fixed this yet merchants
like AA, RAC, Green Flag, operatives who tow you to a garag
200 miles from home...
they seem to be utterly clueless in matters
scientific and medical
and overflowing at the gunwales on
social injustice

this is a very accurate but not very relatable analogy
to all these medics
their 'work'
science, medicine, etc
is like
figure skating
and politics is
ice dancing

half a century ago the UK was a very different place
there was and still is a particular
Religious Minority
Jehovah's Witnesses
they were and are a minority
back in those days being a representative of
a minority
was not a recipe for
fame and fortune
we do not know the numbers
but we do reckon that there have always been and still are
a whole lot more Moslems than JWs in the UK
we refer to fifty years ago because at that time
the Cathy Come Home tendency amongst the
chattering classes
recognised JWs as a minority but
designated them as
a minority suitable for persecution
not a elite
just a minority with deeply held beliefs
insisting on having 'their children' withdrawn from
lessons on evolution
was not the sticking point
the cause celebre was
JW parents denying their children
blood transfusions
on instruction from scripture
the contrast with today is the
culturally dominant minority - Islam
we have seen very simple science
alcohol based sanitisers
soap and water
and the chattering BBC
and the
'there are no winners here'
Prime Minister
we get scientific evidence for
copper killing pathogens
and no evidence about the relationship between
pathogens and soap
well it is interesting
ancient peoples cleaned their skins by
rubbing on oil, fat, or grease
and scraping it off complete with top layer of skin
here in the absence of the Internet we are
into our Ricker's mind and not his books...
they scraped the oil and skin with a
not in the OED oxford English Dictionary
not the printed version anyway
they scrapped the mucky oil off with
a locust's leg
and then a locust-leg shaped implement
and then
they discovered that if they mixed
wood ash
from the camp fire
into the oil
it worked better
and wood ash is an alkali, a caustic
and soap was born
and then, when they found water
in bathing quantities
they discovered the lather
all very good but all about
not anti-sepsis
not about
treating wounds
one of the earliest wound treatments were
Stockholm Tar
that is a particular moss
sphagnum moss
what is quite interesting is the origin or the word
a'l col
the power of
to turn eyes into those
huge great things
them a rabs fall for
powder of antimony for staining the eyes
the first
eye shadow and kinda
like English women in the 17th ? century?
trying to make themselves
pale and interesting
by using lead white as foundation on their faces
and rotting there faces in the process
how we got from
to alcohol we don't know
antimony - toxic
alcohol - antiseptic

if you accept that
200 Sunday 5th April deaths are not recorded until
Monday 6th
and not reported until
Tuesday 7th April
then - give or take a handful
we have had in the UK
650 CoViD-19 related deaths per day
for nearly a week we see no evidence that
hospital bed occupancy has done anything other than
reflect that
perhaps at around 6,500 at any one time
there seems no reason to presume that this
the behaviour of the UK population
in respect to CoViD-19
will change, suddenly or otherwise
and we would remark that the average number of deaths in the UK is
15,000 per week
and at present we have
12,000 per week
and we would expect this lower than aerage number in
and so CoViD-19 has not affected the death rate
and this is between four and five percent of deaths
being of people who have tested positive for
CoViD-19 in hospital

what we lack at the moment is numbers for
How many exhibits in the
Walt Disney Memorial Twilight Zones

it really so so fortunate that
hacks and politicians have such
short attention spans
they really do seem to think that
the world would grind to a halt if
there were no Prime Minister
at this point we think we should pick up another
little problem with
a little knowledge
people are saying
you can't destroy a virus by freezing it
because we store them by freezing them
here's the science as opposed to the 'science'
when you put something like food
into your domestic freezer
that something will cool quite slowly
and eventually freeze
and when you take it out
it will slowly thaw and
the instructions on your frozen food will say
don't re-freeze once thawed
and that is because
many - most? - items of frozen food are
flash frozen
if you run a lab and you want to preserve a
well for instance
a sperm sample or somebody's eggs
you flash freeze them by
dunking them into
liquid nitrogen
and the water instantly freezes into
tiny tiny little ice crystals
if you bung a slab of meat of a turkey
into your freezer at home
it takes hours for the meat to freeze solid and the
ice crystals are huge and
they burst the walls of all the cells they
grow in
destroying their
we don't KNOW that freezing food and gear at home
destroys viruses
but it's a pretty good bet
and we wanted to add a note about the word
do you know where it comes from?
cow pox to protect from small pox
or more directly
vacca Latin for cow

6th April 2020
we should try to draw attention to a conflict between
government and industry
CoViD-19 is a SARS infection
seeking a vaccine for this corona virus is like
buying a speed gun to outfit law enforcement that
can only clock the speed of
Ford cars
so that each cruiser - patrol car - has to be outfitted with
a different, separate speed gun for
every make and model of vehicle it may encounter on the road
it is engineering specificity
that takes time

we have no idea how to spell the name of a
male grooming product that was popular with
footballer style influencers in the 1960s
but if we say
anybody who was around at the time will understand
there are any number of products available to counteract
frizz or fly away hair
and they can be described as
hair oil
we talk below about the little hairs that sweep dirt out of the lungs
well they won't do much sweeping if they have been
to use the terminology of the 1960s
plastered down with (hair) oil
and that - in the lungs - comes in the form of
vaping oil

people associated with Oxford University are so
bowed down with the weight of their
arrogance and self satisfaction....
it will be interesting to see their reaction
if they never, ever, get around to
testing and approving the
antibody testing kits that
the government has bought for them to
play with
in the sense that Oxford University is a
it was interesting to see
turn to
Brand Dyson
rather than industry experts
for help with ventilators

betya don't know what
tobacco mosaic virus
like we said
viruses can cause variegation in green plants
and so...
if you put elements of a pathogenic virus into
the genetic code of a TMV virus and infect a crop of tobacco
you can harvest something that can be injected to
forewarn and pre-arm the patient's immune system to the existence of
that pathogen
it's not exactly necessary to get BAT
British American Tobacco
to do that but
if they want the positive publicity
to set against the negative around the probability that
the CoViD-19 death rate amongst smokers...
is relatively massive...

we have actual death rate figures for last weekend
Friday 260
Saturday 209
Sunday 180
Monday 393
and so some may say
Monday! a surge
if you add 209 and 180 and 393
and divide by 3
you get 260
and why/
team leaders
and so
junior doctors don't switch off life support
until after they have consulted with
so consultants call life support
just like they call resus
and you get a backlog
Monday morning
for Tuesday's numbers
back to 260 come Wednesday?
looks like a plateau to us

here goes with a comment on
medical advice by
vox pop
a vox pop is an insert into a report that
the voice of the people
and these days to avoid accusations of
'upsetting somebody'
they are rarely if ever followed by and
expert rebuttal
we mine the magic mind of our Ricker for a classic example
The first time there was a fire in the
the Channel Tunnel
Trans Manche Link
between Dover and the mainland
all the lorry drivers who were involved
were packed off to a medical centre for
chest X-rays
and this medical centre was in France
and the drivers - a lot of them
were British with primary care doctors, GPs, family doctors
in the UK
so they were handed their X-rays to take back to the UK
for their primary health care practitioner to
add to their files
so yer 20th century equivalent of Dan Johnson
grabs one of these truckers and his X-ray
and the driver holds up the film to the camera
a bit like the
Dunblane Whinger
more recently flashing his hip replacement X-ray
at his mobile...
and declares
look at all that black
me lungs is full a soot
despite modern X-rays being
because medics are used to reading
X-rays in
bones show up white
and spaces show up black
last week we had some
CoViD-19 survivor
bleating on about the black bits in her lungs
on TV
without correction

here is another problem
The problem of
in the UK a patient's notes can be marked DNR
DNR stands for
Do Not Resuscitate
and the point is that most patients with DNR on their record
a judged to be patients who would spend
one or two months in intensive care
and then die
and so
confronted with a patient in arrest
you have two categories to put them into
medical arrest
traumatic arrest
it is morally acceptable to
resuscitate a patient in
traumatic arrest even if they are DNR
so their heart stops because
a screen falls onto them in bed
or Sunderland score a goal
it is much more questionable to
watch them quietly slip away
and set about shocking them back to 'life'
throughout this episode
people will have DNR added to their records
what the government are seeking to do is
flag up very clearly that this will not be because of a
shortage of ventilators
and at a final reckoning
the government will want to see and show statistics that say that
the rate of DNRs did not increase during the crisis

30th March 2020
as it goes, perhaps quite randomly
long long after
Walt Disney
died his name lives on
what we don't know is
given that he had his, or some of his,
remains cryogenically preserved
so that he could be thawed out and
brought back to life
at some future
life imitating art
re-creation of one or more of his movies....
we are beginning to wonder whether there will be tanks for
other forms of
liquid air
installed at
the London City Airport
so that city types can vote after
Hotblack Desiatoo
spending a year dead for tax purposes
they get thawed out to return to their
yachts in the Caribbean
so far as we are concerned the purpose of
intensive care
is to give time for the connections
business, family, social
to put the deceased's
affairs in order
before filling in the
date of death box
in all the significant documentation associated with their demise
there is a concept in medical science
our Ricker's experience only stretches to a
the concept is
the heart-lung preparation
more human versions include
brain dead
back in the days of
freak shows
there was a real live
Headless chicken
somebody had decided to kill the chicken for the pot
by chopping off its head
it kept wandering around
they were taken by this and
decided to drop food into the open gullet
it lived for quite some time
however, in all probability a technique was devised
to produce living, walking, headless chicken for
the paying public to gawp at
just as the media observe
The Nightingale Hospital in East London
this is not
dead man walking
this is
dead men rotting in hospital beds
death warmed up
you can keep these 'alsopeople' 'alive' for a couple of months
eventually they will need
ecmo, dialysis,
ECMO, Extra Corporial something or other
the walking dead may remember this as a
heart-lung machine
its PROPER use is during heart surgery
to take over from the heart and lungs whilst they are being operated on
The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
use a version to keep children alive whilst they wait for a
transplant donor
they are mostly what are called
Berlin Hearts
to return to our current patients...
and they will still die from
multiple organ failure
morally, you should not put a patient on
life support
unless you have a clear plan about
what TEMPORARY problem you expect them to overcome
in the next three to four weeks
however, we have enough tales of
people waking from deep natural comas
how IS Michael Schumacher the F1 motor racing ace, doing?
to muddy the waters
but here is one important difference
the people who
come round months or years later
were quite young, fit and healthy at the time of
their accident
and in a sense
could have snapped out of it at any moment
most of these victims could at best
snap back out into
deep dementia and disability
not so easy
so we say about these people
on ventilators
are they awaiting a
lung transplant?
what we see is people who are waiting for
the straw that breaks the camel's back
for how many of these people will it be
an infection
for how many will it be
a fall
for how many will it be
Sunderland failing to get demoted?
and it is this
and not
two versions of the virus
that makes the difference between
a couple of packs of paracetamol
and a ventilator

our estimate
based on published government figures is that
the CoViD-19 disease outbreak in the UK will peak
on 7th April 2020
and that on that day
1,250 people will die from the disease

we are told there may be 20,000 deaths from
that means that the projection is that
by the time there have been
10,000 deaths
we will have passed the peak
there was an aeroplane called
The Something or other Clipper
it was probably a Boeing 747
and it landed on a Scottish village called
and it is assumed that that happened because
there was a bomb on board
and it landed at the end of a particular street
if it had happened on a Saturday afternoon or
on a day when one of the local children was
having a sleepover
one home or garden could have had a dozen members of one family
on site at the moment of impact
that would mean that the deaths would not be
evenly spread throughout the community
discounting the passengers and crew
there would be to that extent some element of
the random
in the death toll
that's very different from saying
this corona virus
settles in a person's lungs
if they have rubbish lungs they are at high risk
it is pretty rubbish to say the
probability of someone with good lungs dying from this
is the same as a person with rubbish lungs
if we simplify and add the number of people with
COPD - chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
and cystic fibrosis
we get a number pretty near the number of people at highest risk
and so
a country with so many million people has the prospect of
suffering so many deaths
population size relates to death toll
two differences
we have listed reasons for COPD to include
chemical and particulate intrusion to the lungs
at the 'moment' when CoVid-19 hits a country
the two factors are
what proportion of the population have COPD for historical reasons
how good has that country been to that date
keeping people with COPD alive
in a 'developing country' or war zone
you get COPD, you die
PDQ - pretty darned quick
and so in a country with a poorly developed healthcare system
you won't have many candidates for a
corona 19 mediated death
most of them will already be dead
and so an underdeveloped country may be
rated 'more successful' at dealing with CoViD-19
than a developed country

although this was intended for publication on
30th March
it was written earlier
and down to the next
30th March
this was written on 28th March
because some complete
lame brain
we understand his father has been diagnosed with dementia...
is now chair of the health committee of the
UK House of Commons
we have to have
why aren't we doing what they are doing
not science based
health policies
and so we have the shift to the
mushroom management method
keep 'em in the dark and
feed 'em bullshit
and so we
that we are being fed figures for
number of people admitted to hospital
1 with respiratory distress - breathing problems
2 testing positive for presence of the SARS corona virus of the year 2019
3 dying on that date
and they give us an arithmetic series
24/March - day recorded, or day published??
25 march 463
26 March 578
27 March 759
28 March 1019
if we project this arithmetic series we get
29 March 1358
30 March 1693
31 March 2103
1 April 2588
2 April 3073
this is an arithmetic series
no reference to medicine or biology
the 'problem' is
you cn take a span of any number
a classic is
number of vehicles on UK roads
if we assume as above
exponential growth in
number of vehicles on UK roads
we won't use real numbers
can't be bothered to look them up
if we set up a series like this
2 million in 1950
4 million in 1960
8 million in 1970
16 million in 1980
32 million in 1990
64 million in 2000
you will see that
like sheep in Wales
there would be more cars on the raod
than people in the UK
by the year 2000
it didn't happen
quell surprise
in the current case
so long as you restrict your data gathering to
people admitted with respiratory distress
you will run out of people with
COPD, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, etc
long before you run out of
All Patients Admitted
which is why there is a peak
some will die some will recover
most will recover without joining the data set
the fact that they don't join the data set
because they come in with a broken leg etc.
gives the impression that the
policy has worked

30th March
Bring out yer

The Victorians had a word for it
sickly, infirm
solicitous about one's own health
person disposed to live the life of an invalid
Tees Valley version
can't work
'ave you seen the muck in 'ere

most of the people tested for
presence of Corona 19 in the UK
have been tested on admission to hospital
most have proved negative
the number testing positive is
most of the 9,500 people testing positive
and so
the bulk of 9,500 admissions were positive
and less then 500 have died
we expect
more of the people who are admitted to test positive
more of the people who die in hospital to test positive
the proportion of both admissions and deaths are
expected to reach around 80 per cent by the end of the summer
the questions are
will there be more hospital admission
will there be more hospital deaths
averaged out over the next six months
the overarching question is
will the virus lead to more deaths over six months
or will it lead to
a normal summer death rate
concentrated into mid spring
and here is the final question
what are the Chinese doing with those
massive hospitals they built in a fortnight?
turn them into exhibition halls?
hire expo
don't build more hospitals

no government can make life
entirely fair
it is clear that the current lockdown is being applied
mostly to those people who are easiest to lock down
however it needs to be remembered that the people who will be
most heavily affected will be
people operating in the
black economy
their goods and services will be in greater demand
but also much easier to observe
perhaps there should be a little app that
pops up and asks
are you sure you want to use the word
in a country with a population size and type of the UK
we expect around 2,000 deaths per day
the pandemic is more ar process than an event but
in the grand sweep of time
it is reasonable to consider it alongside other
when we consider the difference between
died with the virus on them
died from the effects of the virus
it could be helpful to consider
deaths at the time of another event
just to illustrate the difference between
cause and effect
there will still be people alive who remember the
first moon landing
it was around 50 years ago
consider the period
two weeks before the moon landing
two weeks after the moon landing
in that time
2,000 people a day died - probably
and so
30,000 people dying that 'month'
some of them will have passed away
not knowing whether the mission went well
some of them will have heard the
good news
before they passed
learning about the outcome of the project had
almost no influence on their
length of life
or time of departure
but some may have had a
I can rest in peace
kind of resignation
and this virus thing has a similar dimension
died with the virus, died from the virus
consider our Ricker's dad
Ricker made a batch of
elderflower wine
Tommy liked it
so Ricker and his mum decided to
give Tommy a glass of the wine
once every day
and not have any themselves
the inevitable happened
Tommy died less than a week after
the wine ran out
most routines will somehow
eventually be broken
lucky socks disintegrate
etc, etc
if there are
2,000 deaths a day in your country
it is when suddenly there are
3,000 deaths a day
that you should consider that
something is up
as we write...
around 40 people a day
are learning about the moon landings
before they pop their clogs
it's a worry
but it is also worth remembering
the whole exercise is designed to
protect the health service
not to
defeat the virus
in a sense the whole exercise is like
moving to
big school
and discovering
or perhaps we should say
even wordsmith Tweedledee
has discovered
antigen and antibody
but oh so sad to see him try to sell
Hobbit Talk
from his
old uni, Oxford
to the experts at a press briefing
there's this
how shall we say
Blue Skies Thinking
paper published by some people at Oxford
what do you think about that?
No, Prime Minister

one thing we can predict...
by the time this is published...
if the normal death rate for the UK is
2,000 deaths per day
if, IF
the death rate for April, May, possibly June
3,000 per day
in July and August it will be
1,500 per day
we will have
run out of critically ill people
sometimes to some people the actual age of
The Wisdom of the Ages
can be a surprise
we are thinking of all these
young hacks
on the recieving end of
reader opinions
and not knowing what lis beneath some of the assumptions
one of the major things that people seem to be having trouble with is
why is a meeting of three people
just as much of a risk of
cross contamination
as a meeting of 300,000 people?
the reason why older people have trouble with this
is that if you were really quite young during
The Cold War
just after the end of the Second World War
you picked up quite a bit of
nuclear physics
and the concept - without going into too much detail
was that a
Nuclear Device
was that The Stranglers
anyway the basic idea of
how to set off a nuclear device was to
use an explosive charge within the payload of
Enola Gay
we can never remember the name of the second bomber
an A bomb and an H bomb
well in an A bomb
you have two intricately formed lumps of
fissile material
with a space between them
and behind each an exposive charge
and to set off the bomb you
detonate the two explosive charges
and this forces the two lumps of fissile material
and the combined mass of the - weight of the
new single lump
exceeds the critical mass for that element
and the device
goes critical
as the reactor at Chernobyl did
wham, bang, thank you marm
that's where the oldsters get the idea that
there is a safe
rather than a safe distance
we should say
Chernobyl was the result of a
wonder what would happen if?
whereas the more recent
Japanese reactor disaster was the result of combined with
storing spent fuel in the roof space
instead of sending it to
for reprocessing

It's sometimes interesting to listen to what
people say
and gain an insight into how their minds are working
take two concepts
social distancing
self isolation
it appears that on 24th March
most mobile 'phones
not particularly, subscribers
were sent a text saying
self isolate
to tell of Freudian Slip is when
people come on the telly and say
stay at home and wash your hands regularly
in how many of those people - who say that
is that a tell indicating that they see a virus as
an example of
spontaneous generation
if you are isolated at home
you are in one of two groups
you have the virus
you don't have the virus
what the heel does
washing your hands
have to do with
swapping groups?
see we create waste
we void waste in urine
people such as
Howard Hughes
who drank their urine to avoid
loosing vital essences
were unwise
but they were failing to get rid of
something newly generated
waste from their blood
by-products of their life processes
we don't
we allow them to
they have to come from somewhere
in whatever quantity
no matter how small
we need
the seed

it puts one in mind of the question
why is the barnacle goose
called the barnacle goose?
before people understood
there was a time in the year when there were
an a time in the year when there were no geese
and so people searched for something that
resembled barnacle geese
and they found that barnacles had the same
black and white stripe pattern
so they concluded that
the geese hibernated as
or all died and left barnacles as

Here we have a CoViD-19 case study
before this particular virus
got out of China
woman in her 80s spent
seven weeks in hospital with
last week she returned to hospital with pneumonia
and died within three days
could the hospital spare a bed for another seven weeks?
did they find a virus on her that wasn't there a couple of months ago?
did she get less intensive help
second time around
did she die from CoViD-19?
if so was that
Primary due to the virulance of the disease
or secondary to
increased pressures on the health service?

and all the while we have the
Bolshie Yob Tickoes
who make up the medical profession...
peeling labels off supply boxes to
'generate' evidence that
The Tories are Killing People
but are they?
are they saying
if you don't let us stop treating yer granny
you may be dead from the 'flu
by Easter
we are all familiar with
tears brimming
tears rolling down cheeks
what most people don't consider is that
tears are constantly flowing and
draining into our noses
and so they take virus with them
whether or not we
touch our faces
and this is why they contain
lysozyme the enzyme that damages pathogens
and as we know
the rate at which tears are produced
hence a streaming cold
the eyes are more delicate than the stomach and so
major pathogen destruction occurs in the stomach
if we are considering what happens in
what shall we say
the harbour of our body
rather than the port
enclosed be not genuinely
a distinction between
The Coast Guard
The Harbour Police

we said earlier that
grey squirrels may be using squirrel pox virus
as a weapon against red squirrels
to move to a plant based example
most people are aware of the concept of
variegated greenery
and some may know that flowers
are known fro a major part of their beauty
being down to having a virus on board
indeed many variegated plant varieties are subject to
reverting to plain green
if they loose their virus
and gardeners have to cut out the reverted bits to
maintain the virus infection
at the very least we can say
viruses are not
inevitably lethal

23rd March 2020

as we write
we have no idea when these words will be published
we have a couple of observations on the concept of
The Playing Fields of Eton
We have this idea that rich people pay a lot of money to
have their children well educated
the consequence, the concept not appreciated
is that the 'Best Schools' are
Military Cadet Training Establishments
they do not prepare their pupils to
understand the world
but to
re-fight the Napoleonic Wars
the other point is informative trivia
The First Hospital in England to declare itself
Full due to CoViD-19 illness
is situated on
the Playing Fields of Harrow School
not Eton
it is right hard by
Harrow School Swimming Place
over the road from the actual school
again we see real world evidence that
illness is the bedfellow of wealth
not poverty
it is often the arrogance of wealth
in face of healthy living guidance
that puts most strain on the health service

we are going to outline three scenarios
we know some people will say that we are suggesting that
all three will happen
to quote the great
Edd China
you can't argue with stupid
we set up three scenarios that
1 Corona Virus number 19
is just another name for the 'flu
2 Corona Virus 19
arrived from space and will wipe out
all life on Planet Earth
3 Corona Virus Number 19
is a virus that has been kicking around in a
geographically isolated region
and it has been spread by
increased trade and tourism
well number 3 may be true but let's pretend not
the bane of anybody trying to use
USE not Create, collect
is that the rules for compiling them are
always being changed
so you are rarely comparing like with like
so trends may be glitches or artefacts
what appears to be a disruption to a trend may
in fact be a disruption to data collection methods
and so here we pretend that we have a
pure time series
numbers that record the same thing in the same way
all the way through
here's the test
are the numbers of people dying with the infection
1 rising
2 steady
let us say that we are confident that there is
only one way the new infection can kill people
in this case
by oxygen starvation due to
inflammation of the lungs
what we have in the real world statistics as published is
this person died and we found the 'new' virus on or in the body
the test used is not the old fashioned bacteriological test
take a sample and smear it on a Petri Dish
and see what grows
the test being used is essentially the same as
DNA profiling used at crime scenes
DNA profiling as developed in
Nottingham or Leicester
is a crude version of what is now used
we do sequencing now
they did patterns then
and probably still do for
Law Enforcement purposes
but that is a side issue
what matters is the CoViD-19 test is
very sensitive
and we get that result in the stats
we do not get that broken down into
the general headings we would expect in
an autopsy
a post mortem
we get
was the suspect there
why or how did the victim die
and so to our three scenarios
we have a concept of
excess deaths
if we take people who died of respirtory failure
we expect more to die in the winter
than in the summer
that in a sense is counter intuitive
we would expect from logic
as opposed to from experience
that all that pollen and hay fever and such
would mean more deaths from respiratory failure in the summer
than in the winter
but it is not so
and so...
how do we calculate the
excess deaths from CoViD-19
if between 30 and 40 people dying each day from
lethal respiratory disease
where found at post mortem to be
smeared with
alder pollen
or grass pollen
or corona virus number 19
we would come to a different conclusion from if
on day one we found 30 dead people with CV 19 on them
and on day 2 we found 60 dead people with CV 19 on them
and on day 3 we found 120 dead people with CV 19 on them
here's the bit that's difficult
if we had a serological test - blood test - for
CV 19 antibodies
we could test the dead people's blood
and see whether they
died whilst fighting CoViD-19
or whether it was
an innocent bystander
that deserves thought and investigation
This planet is chugging along reasonably well
not in terms of how well it is being managed
but in terms of how much less badly it is being managed
than it used to be

at times like these we do reflect on the
the default position of
the press and the authorities is
notwithstanding the
Cult of the Pulitzer Prize
is this the big one
is Armageddon upon us?
the default position is
anything 'green' or ecological will
cost jobs
and any consideration of
any discussion of
matters medical
is done for the sole purpose of gaining
sexual gratification
since most male police officers have not yet
discovered the existence of
let alone the purpose of
the little button just above the
joint between the legs on the
Barbie Doll
they are married to...
they assume that
sexual gratification is a
purely male thing
and so matters related to
children and medicine
can safely be handed to
The Ladies
since they will just
kiss it to make it better
and so there is a medical crisis and
men in sheds
decide the answer will be
a better mouse trap
like sending the men off to
boil some water
during childbirth
send the men off to
make ventilators
while the
clean up the mess
Ricker's Gran died when he was 4
it was Christmas Eve
like not the day
like 8 o'clock in the evening on the day
his mam was visiting her mam
and the excitement killed
Ricker was 4
but he had a half brother who was old enough to
have a wife
and that wife was a nurse
and Ricker's mam and her step daughter-in-law
spent that Christmas Eve
Laying Out
Ricker's Gran
so she was fit for
the Menfolk to see
ans so Ricker knows he has to produce an
engineering based explanation to
viruses and immunity if the explanation is to have any
cut through
with the press
imagine then
that you are working in the
shed at the back
of a world famous museum
and an artefact is brought in that must be preserved as is
but you are to try to get it working
think of a model of an old steam engine
you need a drive shaft the connect
two part of the mechanism together
if you are lucky
the two ends will need a rod of the same diameter
and you will have that in stock
your day will go smoothly
if you are 'unlucky' or lucky if you are
looking for a challenge
you will have to select some over sized rod or bar and
turn down each end as appropriate

when we say
when we throw our hands in the air and cry
not everything in medicine is about
we do not mean
The Universe is and always was and always will be
exactly as God created it
we have faith in Darwin
whether or not the universe is a
supra galactic super computer
evolution in the 'real world' does not happen at the
speed of a weather forecasting computer
evolution grinds wondrous slow
humans involved in
animal husbandry and plant breeding
can speed it up with
un-natural interventions
adult supervision
in nature
major genetic changes are
almost always
we know that in some parts of the world
before the introduction of
world wide click of the mouse
social media and before that
the movies
in some parts of the world
the flatter a girl's face
the more likely she was to
in other parts of the world
the larger and more prominent her eyes
the more likely she was to breed
and so
geographically anchored diversities evolved
this is in contrast to
islands where
only one bird
for example a finch
finds its way there and
lfe is hard and
yer basic generic finch struggles but
the weirdoes
find a niche
and each family in its niche gets more and more weird and
eventually evolves to a point beyond
actually fitting in in the mother family

virus particles are not
crews by teams of
little green men
the selection process for them is rather
one sided
although some of the
bomb disposal expert humans
will blow themselves up in the process
over quite a short time
the variants of viruses that
humans can tolerate will persist
and the variants that humans cannot tolerate
go out of production

that being the overall picture
although most people will come to terms with their new
slightly modified
more nearly
some individuals will
whenever they encounter a
kryptonite medallion
go into
anaphylactic shock
remember kryptonite was not toxic to humans
we would love to get the message across that
evolution is about
and survival of the fittest
suffers from the fittest means
the best fitting
not the biggest and strongest
and so to return to our museum example
if each model fits on a table top
and the technician is offered
a tree trunk
by stores
the technician is not going to
SELECT the tree tunk

from time to time we come up with an idea that
needs writing down before we forget it
this idea is about
keeping your distance in groups
most in the developed world people get the opportunity
whilst children
tp play with
thinking more about the more powerful magnets
to keep them strong
they are supplied, as toys, and otherwise
with a
there are two main styles of magnets
horse shoe magnets
bar magnets
horse shoe magnet has a single keeper
installed between
the poles - the ends
bar magnets are stored
in school science labs at least
in pairs side by side, head to toe
with a keeper at each end
with a good strong magnet
it is quite a job to remove the keeper from the
poles of the magnet
it's an amusing little game to
put the keeper on a table
and see how close you can bring the magnet to the keeper
without the keeper flying through the air to
jump into place on the poles of the magnet
as so with a virus
it's like throwing a crisps or a mint into the air
and trying to catch it in your mouth
get the distance wrong..
and your treat ends up on the floor

16th March 2020

Our Ricker does not watch
Last Tango in Halifax
for a very short time
Ricker's sister was a fellow pupil with
Anne Reid
at White House School
in Kirkleatham Street, in Redcar
White House school, white bricks, Pease
been there before

one of the more
lines promoted on TV is
this pandemic is nothing whatever to do with 'flu
if you have been recommended to get this year's
'flu jab
and you haven't
for God's sake
go to a pharmacy - not your GP - and get one
your body is not
like a parking space
you can have more than one infection at the same time
even if the 'flu vaccine is no help whatever with
CoViD-19 - of which we are far from certain
you don't want CoVid-19 and 'flu together at the same time
a lot of this talk how shall we say it
you may have only carrots and no beans
in a farmer's field
but that does not mean you can't have
carrots, bean, spuds, and asparagus , and
God know what else
on your allotment - kitchen garden
and worst of all
do not
deliberately expose yourself to the likes of
the 'flu
in the hopes that it will keep CoViD-19 out

here we are going to apply a motoring analogy to
the viral pandemic
in the UK
almost everybody recognises the term
as standing for
Ministry of Transport
an MOT
or an MOT test
is a test to generate a certificate to say
a tested vehicle is fit for use on public roads
and naturally MOT has become more widely used for
an in-servce check of fitness
the thing about an MOT is that it is entirely
safety orientated
and so there are two sorts of classification of failure
a vehicle can fail because it has so much bodywork rust
that it is beyond economic repair
it could fail because it needs a light bulb replaced
it will not fail if it has
scratched, mildly dented and surface rusted bodywork
a car will not crash as a result of being
a very unfashionable colour
or having disgustingly dirty seats or carpets
despite its new MOT we will scrap it anyway
those are the people we need to protect?
obsessing about protecting fit and healthy 80 years olds
from having a temperature for a week
should not be used as an excuse for
letting a bunch of folk with dementia
drown in their own saliva
say you have a village in which over a period of ten years
thirty people die
say twenty of those people had
a Ford motor car
this is a very weak link between
having a Ford car and dying
it is very easy to test a patient who is very ill
to check for one particular virus
and fail to check for any others
if you leave a number of cats
home alone
and your furniture is damaged - scratched to death
in the absence of CCTV
do you blame all the cats?
in all probability you blame the cat that
most recently joined your household
and so we are
underestimating the number of infections
and over estimating the influence of the new virus
in morbidity and mortality of patients
what we should be looking for - in China
four months down the road
chronic effects
a change in the level of health of the survivors
we have the medical histories of the victims
there are few accounts of
people who were fit and healthy before infection, dying

ther is no validity whatsoever to the idea that
anybody over the age of 70
who contracts the virus
will die
or even need more than a couple of packets of
paracetamol and some honey drinks
all the people who have died WITH the new virus
have been over 60
does not lead logically to
everybody over 70 who contracts the virus will
need to be put on a ventilator
the first question journalists should be asking is
what proportion of people who were over 80 and
living in Wuhan
six months ago
are alive today
and how does that compare to the proportion who
survived the corresponding period
in previous years
that answers the question
is dying from this infection
related to being elderly?
since this virus is the new cat in the household
is it destroying
all the furniture
or has it just just taken exception to
one particular cushion

The problem we have in the UK with the
why aren't we doing what them other people are doing
is that they have dug up
Passover thinking
a viral infection is not a
a cloud that will sweep across the land and leave
a shower of rain
avoided by ducking indoors
the virus, the infection, is not
out there
it is in other people
and all this cleaning is of minimal value
in the worst case scenario
it will always be in them
even after they are immune to it
you too need to be immune to it
we cannot rely on it
mutating to a more benign form
we have to learn to live with it
and anything else the
gastronomic adventurers dig up for us
that is the risk
we will take three viruses
small pox
human papilloma virus - HPV
human immunodeficiency virus - HIV
small pox is a simple lethal viral infection
right from the very start
the very start was that
having a bout of cow pox
gave you immunity to small pox
the basis of inoculation and vaccines
most viruses take over a cell
> a cell of a bacterium, a plant, an animal, a person
and rather in the sense of a
home invasion
take over the facilities to breed
like a burglar getting the baby sitter pregnant
HPV does something different
it digs up the garden and plants hash
it doesn't
borrow the facilities
it turns up the heating
it switches the cell into a
proliferative mode
so far as we know
HIV targets cells in the immune system
when we say that we don't mean it
what we mean is
the cells that HIV is able to break into
happen to be cells involved in immunity
they probably swallow it in a way that other cells don't
just doin' their job
like bomb disposal experts
and get blown up by a virus no other cell would go near
it's tough to build up immunity to a virus that
goes straight for the military
we don't know which of those
CoViD-19 is
it is Probably PROBABLY quite a lot like
but not exactly the same as
the sort of virus we can keep down to a
harmless level
we may even get lucky and
do a small pox on it
we don't know YET
we think it is time to do a bit about
regarding the current pandemic
we have been told that the source or epicentre or
patient zero
was associated with a
live food market
separately we have been directed towards
pangolin scales
we have a virus
it is spreading because there is no
herd immunity to it
almost anywhere in the world
the appropriate contact tracing exercise would be to
identify a community - anywhere n the world where there was
a herd immunity to this virus
a place, however large or small, where
almost nobody got sick,
whether or not they test positive for the virus
and then you do on that population
serological - blood - tests for antibodies to the virus
and then you cross reference to any
'novel' foodstuff that has recently begun to be
exported from that place
foreign country or enclave
to Wuhan
it is clear that to stop this happening again
Naturalists should be
out there
collecting samples from all manner of wildlife
so that their viruses can be characterised
and vaccines put on the shelf
BEFORE some crack pot, arty farty, chef
decides to put
yet another
on the menus of the world
and we wish to distinguish
Gordon the Moron Ramsey
who applies new techniques to
dependable food stocks
vox pops
why do the BBC think that they should inflict
their 'rushes' on the public
just to 'prove' that they are not censoring public opinion
regarding testing for
the CViD-19 disease virus
there are two tests
the swab - nose and throat swab - test
and a test not being done yet
the serological test
the swab test tells us whether you have the virus
that's it
it does not tell us whether you have the disease
the serum test will tell us
whether you have or have had the disease
there is no test, and never will be a test
that tells us whether you are
susceptible to the virus
there are no people who can be identified as
likely to get the disease
except categories such as
and as we said
too weak to cough
vulnerable people can be identified by their
not by a lab test

we will now try to give a relatable concept of
a carrier
you have a body that has
in a sense this could be seen as
surfaces - your garden
insides - your home
most people who don't want their home
infested with wild mice
will at the first sign of visiting mice
lay down traps and poison
most people would not set them around the
boundary of their garden
your body does not do that in terms of
anti bodies
the immune system is
and so any virus on YOUR surfaces will be
safe from your immune system
however, as we have said
safe from the immune system
but not safe from
drying out , ultraviolet light etc.
so there is a vestibule
nose and mouth cavities
where the virus is safe from your immune system
and safe from the big bad world
but still will not remain viable for very long
maybe a couple of days

now we bring in another concept
tidal volume
at rest - that means, at work
sitting at a desk
each breath shifts around
half a litre of air
the lungs are a cul-de-sac
somewhere along the evolutionary road
things evolved that
didn't get their oxygen by
passing water over gills
they developed a push me pull you approach
people who study fossils tell us that
insects escaped the water long before any other type of life
or is that any other non-plant type of life did
so we set that aside and consider
animals evolving out of fish
but more importantly this somewhat risky concept of
having lungs that do not drain
it's one of those imperfections that results from the random nature of
evolutionary history
fish have lungs as well as gills
we have fish now that can live out of water
mud skippers
the thing about the lungs that fish have is that they are not
designed for
exchange of gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide
their name gives away their function
fish have a mechanism to control and adjust their
like as ship but in reverse
a ship takes on and pumps out water as balast
to perfect its trim and ride height
fish have the reverse
a structure called a
swim bladder
that they use to adjust their trim and buoyancy
by filling with gas
it has no ducts to the water
or does it?
do fish blow bubbles when
they want to sink?
there are species of fish that
blow bubbles
they make floating nests for their eggs
from air bubbles
but we don't think the swim bladder has anything to do with that
perhaps some mud skipper types
developed with a duct
like a hare lip on a human - a defect
a defect that got useful to a
fish out of water
if you wanted to DESIGN an out of water
gas exchange organ
you would design it with a sump plug
design it as an analogue of the gut
but the lungs weren't designed
they evolved as a result of a need colliding with a
and so we need to
normal people - not athletes
have two litres of air in them when they have breathed out
and two and a half litres when they breath in
and the air change is
at the top
for a virus in the nose and mouth
trying to infect a cell is like
trying to pitch a tent in a fast flowing river
what you get is saliva and mucus
nothing for the tent pegs to grip
your insides are - male form
a main road and a cul-de-sac
female form, a main road with a
cul-de-sac at each end
except that the lower female cul-de-sac has
a cut through, ginnel, walkway, whatever
that's a different story
the main road is
the gut
the cul-de-sac is the lungs
in the lungs there are
two major clean up mechanisms
little hairs called cilia
that are a bit like the thing where the hairs on your arms
stand up and relax when your hair stands on end
they beat up and down to shift mucus and any trapped
soot, bacteria, and viruses
towards the mouth
and the other clean up mechanism is
the cough
the cough clears mucus that has got out of the
tiny crevices - actually more like tiny bunches of grapes
into the tubes of the lung
one of the problems with ait pollution - including smoking
is that the cilia get gummed up or killed
a bit like for those who know about these things
inner ear deafness when the bits of the ear that
pick up vibrations
get damaged
or never form properly
and cystic fibrosis
is where there is
too much mucus in the lungs and or it is too thick and sticky
irritation cause over secretion of mucus and we get
facultative? - temporary - cystic fibrosis
grape type bit full for mucus not air
starve the body of oxygen
providing oxygen instead of air
only works if
1 only part of the lung is gummed up
if the patient is so weak that
their tidal volume is
way down
shallow breathing
suction will only clear the tubes
not the alveoli - the grape style end organs
which is why you need a chest drain...
overall, adapting cystic fibrosis therapies to
pneumonia a pleurisy is the sort of last resort
or if you want that in English...
Healthy persons commonly aspirate,
but normally defence mechanisms usually
clear the inoculum without sequelae.
Aspiration pneumonia includes three syndromes
based on the nature of the inoculum
1 chemical pneumonitis
2 Bacterial infection
3 mechanical obstruction
as noted below
bacteria and fungi can live on - eat
many substances
viruses need to infect living cells
broadly a virus in a human needs to gain access to
actual cells - usually via access to the
blood circulation
the irritation caused by a virus
can cause the body to secrete the likes of mucus that
protects cells from virus particles
but at the same time all that
soggy bandage mucus
is food for bacteria
and so
the primary disease may be a viral infection
antibiotics are important to suppress the
secondary bacterial flowering
they don't kill the virus
but they do help the patient

two of the cutest things in nature are
Koala bears and Meercats
they appeal because they
spend a lot of time - like humans
with their spines vertical
their heads stacked above their chest above their hips
what happens here is...
consider a beer bottle
a person or animal with a vertical spine
their lungs at least
can be seen as an empty beer bottle
that is stood up
left out in the rain
rain will enter through the neck and
in time water will build up in the bottom
an animal such as a dog
could be considered as an empty beer bottle
laid on its side in the rain
no matter how much rain gets in there
due to a flood or simply rain falling down
the bottle will never get even half full
if you sit around a lot
and you begin to cough and splutter if you
attempt to lie down
that may well be an indication that you have
congestion of the lungs
a build up of fluid on the lungs

9th March 2020

we are not here to understand the details of
Scunthorpe and Port Talbot steel works
one or both of them has three tiny little
blast furnaces
one or both of them has four tiny little balst furnaces
we are not going to research how many of them are in use
we know that one a Port Talbot has had money spent on it recently
we are now told that
around 50 people will soon be loosing their jobs at a
for Christ's sake
steel distribution depot in
whose idea was it to sell Redcar steel from a dump in Darlo?
and so on top of that
as we said before around a dozen train crew
shifting bloom from Scunthorpe to Redcar
raw - unrolled - steel will not be run from Scunthorpe
to Redcar
Lackenby and Skinningrove will 'soon'
for a while
get their steel from
a new electric arc scrap melter
to be built at Lackenby
when that is up and running
there will be 400 job losses in Scunthorpe
as one blast furnace is shut down
the strip mill will be put back into
Lackenby Mills
the beds and infrastructure are still there from when it was
shipped to China in the first place
at that point there will be a question
do we
1 go back to shipping raw steel to Redcar from Scunthorpe
to feed the re0instated strip mill
2 do we build a new blast furnace in Redcar to feed the mills
3 do we re-start the existing blast furnace in Redcar?
there is a problem with option 3
the existing mothballed plant
can't run at less than
3 million tonnes a year
that puts it in competition with....
the toys they play with in Port Talbot
pipes are supposed to be made in
and long products - railway rails
for example for
are supposed to be made in
not flaming Scunthorpe
and so it is not so much
Death by a Thousand Cuts
more like death - for SCUNTHORPE - by a dozen cuts
400 out of 2000 jobs go as soon as the electric arc furnace
at Lackenby is up and running
less than a couple for years
to reprise
Lackenby HAD
a strip mill and a beam mill
it still has its beam - girder - mill up and running
it just needs its strip mill back in the beds alongside
in the pre-existing
rolls and motors are
they wear out
all that needs to
'come back'
are the roll frames
and for our Geordie neighbours
rolls used to mean
Davey Roll
one roll per 40 tonne truck
rolls are a bit like
brake drums and discs
you take them off and re-cut the surface
but eventually they can't be re-cut any more
in sum
as a result of Scunthorpe-Port Talbot having
six to eight tiny little blast furnaces
and Redcar having a whopper
Scunthorpe-Port Talbot has
flexibility in terms of
adjusting output
every time a blast furnace goes cold
there is a risk
greater with the smaller ones
that they will have to be
completely re-built
in order to be able to start them up again
However, this deal is more complicated than that
So far as we can tell....
Port Talbot remains
and will for the moment continue to supply
strip or sheet steel to
The UK car industry
what is quite interesting is that
Jingye have bought
Lackenby, Skinningrove, Workington, Darlington
but ALSo
In other words they have bought
Corus minus what Tata and Liberty have
we think Liberty own Hartlepool
and so
we are unsure
about how many jobs have been lost in
The Netherlands
at the start of this deal
if we could say that the deal means
closing one blast furnace in Scunthorpe
and one or two at what was
Hoogeovens then we are a lot nearer to having enough demand to
justify re-lighting Redcar
and there is another dimension to this
we can't check at present
can't be bothered to check
but Jingye has been described as
we are not entirely sure that that is not
more exactly
Hong Kong Chinese
that would make quite a difference

we'd like to know
why are the
rich, powerful, and famous
in such shockingly poor health?
setting aside the concept of
you've met this female
bung her a few million or you'll
spend the rest of your life in jail

this movie mogul
appears in court looking like death warmed up
and the wimin say
it's theatrics
he knows actors and their tricks
setting aside the fact that his accusers are from the same the moment he gets into custardy
never mind jail
he's whisked off for
heart bypass surgery
some may say it reflects the
self delusional bubble in which
rich, powerful, and famous people
people... Liz Tayler, and somebody who has just had a
Liza Minellie was it?
so people not just men
once The State
has control of these people
and stops fawning on them
the state says
we're not having you dying on us
you WILL have a check-up
and we will keep you alive
our Ricker remembers having to have a
chest X-ray
to prove he didn't have TB
before he was allowed to
work with children
much much later he recalls being
frisked by a policeman
to check whether he had an erection
in a room full of women
priorities change
if it had been a rectal probe searching for
that would have made sense but this was a
frontal only
see how YOU like it attack
probably standard
'see if we can provoke the prisoner'
but there is another dimension
was the male PC trying to check whether a
'bloke' who can
with wimin
really has any
wedding vegetables
at the same time
Ricker was asked
have you any illnesses
he said yes
and go a two minute argument from a woman
who refused to write down
Guillain-Barre syndrome
because she didn't do
just box ticking
but the woman at the other end of the counter
was quite happy to write down
for eye colour
and while we are at it
the rather lovely DC - Detective Constable
Lnsay Forbes
remember The Inspector Lynley Mysteries?
DC Forbes reminded Ricker of Lynley's side kick
Sgt. Barbara Havers played by Sharon Small
never heard of her again?
opened his clamshell mobile
and instead of going beep it
Dolce et Gabbbana
and so clamshell 'phone gives a date clue
Rickeer had been arrested for sending an email to
Ian Swales MP
that referred to the fact that
women have simpler plumbing than men
and therefore tend to be much more leaky
that was before
Period Poverty
a Thing
and so on
International Wimin's Day
we can say there is still progress
Ricker did get off in the end
but it is quite interesting to contrast the
team of wimin set on Ricker a few years ago
mentioning Wimin's Things
and the removal -post BrExit
of the designation
luxury item
from sanitary products
here we will reference from below
the statistic that
one third of 11 year olds in Middlesbrough are
functionally illiterate
this case was heard in Teesside Magistrates' Court
and Teesside Crown Court
in the magistrates' court
Cleveland Police and the crown Prosecution Service
had DC Forbes
read out the emails in open court
for the benefit of the bench
they were all set to have her repeat the performance
at crown Court
but the judge said
thta won't be necessary
we can read
there is no way Ricker can be accused to
seeking to upset DC Forbes in this case
but the CPS?
oh it brings back the days of
Joyce Grenfell
comedy actor
George, don't do that George
Grenfell often played a typical 1960s
Woman Police Constable
there are none of those today
nobody with the rank
restricted to
keeping children and sex workers
out of the hair of
real coppers
the character was normally called
WPC Pearly Gates
referencing St Peter
Pearly Kings and Queens
the question we have to ask is
is this new found obsession with
a response to
higher standards and greater demand
or is it a response to
having more wimin
on the force
in the courts
in the probation service
are these wimin still playing real life Pearly Gates?
we know that there are at least
three high profile
unlawful killings of female police officers
whilst on duty
Yvonne Fletcher
being the 'first' high profile case
Cleveland police has to scrabble back to
the 19th century to find and officer of any gender
killed on duty
other than by their own appalling driving
which is the driver?
we've got more female officers so we need to find suitable cases for them
we need to deal with these issues
we can't get the 'lads' to do it
better get some wimin in?
and this is not about
physical limitations
barristers and judges
of the female construction type
who are in court and well protected
from physical harm
are pressured towards
working in the
Family Division
it's almost like
we have a dog section
we have been ordered to have as many cats as dogs
in the kennels
what the hell are we gonna do with the cats?
mouse patrol

we understand that it was
International Wimin's Day Yesterday
Ricker had a think
he asked
what movie?
and he thought
Wall E
the 'guests' on the space ship
but then of course he thought
Boxing Helena
all the time that we develop
electricity and hydraulics
we get closer to
wimin no longer needing men to
do the heavy lifting
nobody sees the world from every available point of view
we want to reference a
Charlie Chaplin
but this sort of thing always required a lot of
back story
if you see old buildings you see the windows are
made up of small panes of glass
connected with strips of wood
it was essentially the development in mid 20th century of
float glass - Pilkingtons
Yes yes Ricker met Sir Alexander Pilkington
Teesside Polytechnic
incidentally he was there to demonstrate the first
liquid crystal display, not float glass
would the wimin allow either of them anywhere near
these days?
float glass made possible the introduction of
'picture windows'
windows not broken up with supporting glazing bars
and so, back to Charlie Chaplin
in the movie in question, Charlie is walking the streets
of a working class section of an industrial town
on his back is a wooden frame
on the frame are sheets of window glass
around 30 by 45 cm
one foot by 18 inches
Charlie indicates - silent movie
to a street urchin
this if you throw a stone and break a window
Charlie is then miraculously on hand to
replace the broken glass
for a fee
the days before
the days when wimin
got a man in
if anything broke
the days before
waiting 'til tea time and telling the
man of the house to
make use of the twenty odd quid a month for
and download a Utube about
how to fix it
and the wimin chorus
wot? in THESE shoes
wimin's complaints about the
intolerable burden of femininity
bring back images of
foot binding
binding little girls' feet so that they could not grow
so that they were unable to walk, or work
mainly associated with medieval China

if we ever get back on line we have something to search for
neuramimic acid
as things stand we know very little about this
we know the definition
it is located at the region of a cell membrane where
viruses attach
cells - we don't know which ones
have a structure - a sort of docking port
for viruses
and so we cells that have
virus receptors
if the cells the collect virus particles are
part of the immune system
they may have these docking ports as part of a process of
destroying the virus
to reproduce - even to continue to exist
viruses need to be inside cells
if some cells are designed to capture them...
it is possible that if a cell has
virus receptors
and for some reason has
defective or absent
the virus may thrive to an unexpected extent
the other possibility is that some cells
harvest virus particles
to use as weapons
we have said - below - that some viruses are known as
perhaps some of the body's cells are seeking bacteriophage
and catch some other type of virus

It is a very, very, very long time since our Ricker
last had his hands on an
electron microscope
and just to show how much things have changed
it was at the
Tioxide Reserch labs
on Portrack Lane, in Stockton-on-Tees
hence we stand happy to be corrected if these things have changed
what we understand by an electron microscope is
a microscope that does not use light to produce images of samples
but a beam of electrons
back in the twentieth century
most people had a box in their home that produced and used a
beam of electrons
it was called
the telly
the TV - television
modern TVs don't use that technology
electron microscopes use a technology
quite similar to the reverse of the of
Cathode Ray Tube
reverse in the sense of similar to the way
TV cameras of the time worked
what we are getting at is a technology where
electro magnets moved beams of electrons
in a similar way to the management of
light rays
by lenses
there is a major problem with
beams of electrons
they just don't pass through
and so where ever you are using beams of electrons
you have to work in a vacuum
this is no problem with samples of
or titanium dioxide
or anything
viruses are very small
too small to see with a light microscope
and so they have to be imaged by an electron microscope
they are also very
if you want to image very small sqidgy things
with an electron microscope
who have to either
freeze them
more likely
plate them
with metal
you bombard the sample with atoms of metal
and a surface of metal is built up
and that metal impression will
survive the conditions
vacuum and electron beam bombardment
that exist, prevail, in the sample chamber of
an electron microscope
and so
there have been 'images' of viruses kicking around
for a long time
but the impression of
inside out golf balls
is a bit
how shall we say
at best they are images of
what viruses look like
in outer space
and light has colours
electron beams are not recorded in colour
the colours are artist's impression added later
somewhere in the chaos of our Ricker's 'library'
there is a book full of electron micrographs
real ones
and they are all in
black and white

seeing as how Ricker has nothing better to do
we'll explain how electron microscopes work
light is photons
and photons have a dual nature
in the words of the old timers
they are particles that have
St.Vitus' Dance
they are particles that are ALWAYS moving
and they progress from source - sun, light bulb, whatever
to target, place, surface where they are absorbed
they progress, process, but the also
vibrate, veer from side to side
and the distance they process - as in a procession
whilst moving once from side to side and
back to the side where they started
is called the
blue light makes the trip quicker than the other colours of
visible light
because it is more energetic
and so to has a
and the wavelength of the light determines
how much detail you can get in an image
is the same
but they are much much more energetic than photons
so they have a much shorter
and can capture images of much finer detail

if you are an ecologist you have two forms of
optical assistance
and binocs
lots of people have binoes
they are
binocs are
binocular microscopes
a binocular microscope is an instrument for
obtaining a low magnification view
of a sample by
reflected light
if you are a
medical laboratory scientist
you will not be using binoculars
you will be using
binocular microscopes
transmission light microscopy
routine light microscopy
lies between
the binocular microscope and the
electron microscope
but it is the one where the sample is sliced thin
with a microtome
and mounted on a glass slide
so that a section can be viewed
in an electron microscope
the images are produced from electrons
reflected off
and not transmitted through
the sample
so far as we know
nobody has yet developed
computer aided electron tomography
whereby electron are 'shone' through structures
and a computer generates an image from
data about how the electron beam is deviated and absorbed
if such machines exist
they are not used to generate the
'virus images'
of popular science

we are somewhat blocked at present
so we thought we would do some research
just to see what the other guys think
latin for - poisonous liquid
intracellular obligate parasite
that means it lives
inside the cells of other species
it cannot live anywhere else
once outside the host cell
it can go through a process of dying
from which it can be revived by
Google,Twitter, whatever, reference?
by being a clown car that blunders into a gold mine
we want to say here
virus 'activity'?
there is NOTHING going on here the likes of
bees finding nectar
absolutely the opposite
put that completely from your mind
it is inert - apparently lifeless, non-functioning
outside the host cell
the host cell has to have
it is invisible except under the
electron microscope
it's vanishingly tiny
a few molecules
those molecules are
perhaps a protein coat, perhaps not
depending on strain
nucleic acid
usually RNA
ribonucleic acid - RNA
deoxyribonucleic acid DNA
definitions change
once upon a time
a virus was
any kind of pathogen
then the sub-divisions
ultra virus and filterable virus came to be used
what we now call a virus is
the very smallest biologically active entity that is
as we say
something more than an enzyme
some viruses are referred to as
these viruses specialise in being parasites on
here is the bit that matters
they can exist on surfaces and in media
but they need to be
in living cells
in order to reproduce
in relatable terms
see them as male
see them as having
because bacteriophages can be
in bacteria
most research on and in viruses has been done on
honestly, beyond their structures
we don't know much about what viruses actually do

the first
take away
from this
you can't study viral infection through
conventional - visible light - microscopes and slides
they are way too small
the second take away is they are not a fungus but
they are a parasite and we know that
a lot of fungi live on they
dying parts of trees
the thing about the over 80s being the main victims
is that their cells are loosing their vitality
their defences are down
and one of the basic ideas about virus damage is that
a virus blunders into a cell
it sets about using the facilities
and turns the cell to making virus
like Nazi Germany invading Poland and making the local car factories
switch to making tanks
the virus does not make virus
it forces the cell it has invaded to make virus
and swords to ploughshares
we are developing treatments that force a virus
to force a defective human cell
to make the product - often an enzyme or hormone
that that cell should be making but isn't
once a cell has been switched to tanks manufacture
virus manufacture
we have no way to switch it back
if we are old or ill
we may have no healthy cells left
that is not the usual state of affairs
however old we get we are geared up to producing
skin, and gut lining, and lung lining, cells
and so for the most part
old people who die from this sort of thing
drown in a soup of secretions, virus, and dead cells
here's the kicker
we have said
don't put casualties in
in this rare case
put the patient in the recovery position
less affected lung above the more affected lung
and put a chest drain
in the lower lung
the drain should be right into a brochus
not simply into the
pleural cavity
the companion of pneumonia is
so the gunk can drain out without coughing or suction
the people who will die from CoVD19
corona virus disease number 19
are either
too weak to cough
or some blame idiot - possibly themselves
has rammed them full of
cough suppressing meds
and another thing...
nerves are very complex structures
but the are essentially
tubes of salty water
encased in fat
and so
some viruses merge into the fatty walls of nerves
and get carried off by the structures of the nerve
like a termite blundering into a tunnel that's
part of an ant nest
and then we are talking
chicken pox and generally pox viruses, that sort of thing
not the pneumonia an pluricy type virus
differnt wall material
different 'strategy'

and one thing to be on the look out for is
the unproductive cough
if you are ill and you experience the cough reflex
and nothing comes up
that's a worry
if you are not ill it is probable that what came up was
so little - the routine maintenance load
that you did not notice it
because it should not normally come up as far as your mouth
spitting is generally not

we have heard this comment about
don't touch your face
in relation to hygiene
we think we should introduce a couple of 'new' words
into the conversation
lysosomes - lysozomes
lysozyme an enzyme found in mammalian tissue secretions
such as tears and white of egg
white of egg is avian not mammalian but let that pass
except to ask
does this have any bearing on the
attenuation of vaccines produced in eggs?
Greek - loosing body
nearly spherical bodies smaller than mitochondria
which are thought to isolate autolysing enzymes of the cell
and so prevent
they have been called mitochondria B
and light mitochondria
we do not know whether they have their own
and are therefore the same sort of
obligate commensal parasites that mitochondria are
up sum
tears disinfect your eyes
and salive disinfects your mouth
it is
that represent the major infection threat
the watchword is
it'll never get better
if you pick (at) it
it is much more important to keep wounds clean
than to avoid touching your face

we have no idea how long ago
'call me Dave'
David Cameron
was UK Prime Minister
but we have seen at least one really significant change
since then
this speaks to the folly of
consulting with the industry
in times of crisis
people in the UK are not at unprecedented risk from
CoViD 19
to be more precise
however the problem points up a snag with
deciding that one particular industry is
all important
it is often a little off-putting to see
adverts from the likes of
where a tap is running to waste
with clean drinkable water
after an intervention by a charity
it contrasts with UK call me Dave era
born out of
a leaking water pipes situation
hose pipe bans
and the like
we have moved quite smartly from
water is precious
water is spreading disease
all over the place
a government that 'delivers' for one industry
let the pipes leak, we'll handle public opinion
damages other industries - the health service...
and the general public good
wash under running water
or with alcohol
you are not saving the planet by
rinsing your toothbrush
in a puddle - very elegant posh new bathroom puddle
of stagnant water
there are people saying
soapy water destroys pathogens
we are far from convinced about this
water hot enough to destroy germs - pathogens
will scald
do not rely on the temperature of washing water
on your person
as opposed to water used to wash
crockery and cutlery
to destroy pathogens
the posh term for hand washing - body washing - is
from the Latin
to wash away
soap is a mild caustic
it is generally made by treating fats with
full blown caustic materials
the function of soap is to
lift away the surface layer of the skin
pathogens in a bowl of tepid, slightly soapy water?
hot tub, sauna
alcohol destroys germs
for best results it should be
60 per cent alcohol
but the much weaker whiskey etc.
is all to the good
there used to be much talk of
surgical spirit

We're going to put down a marker here
Jingye Group
is a Chinese company
and today they are signing up to buy
British Steel
for £50 million
and they have a plan to invest
£1.2 billion
in the company
The initial job loss projection is
The loss of 400 jobs

What they get for the 50 million is
a steelworks in Scunthorpe
and a set of rolling mills at
Lackenby, between Redcar and Eston
we have to admit we don't know how much
steel rolling capacity at Scunthorpe that includes
what we do know is that Lackenby rolls structural steel
Scunthorpe rolls
long products
we think that means
railway track
as of the present...
Scunthorpe sends one train load - ball park figure
of cast steel - slabs and blooms - mostly blooms
blooms are like steel tree trunks but of square section
to Skinningrove each week
and considerably more of the same to Lackenby
In terms of the published plans of the UK authorities
'a Chinese company' has plans to build an electric arc furnace
at Lackenby
to generate steel from scrap
it seems unlikely that this plant will produce
less steel than the amount currently transferred by rail
from Scunthorpe to Lackenby and Skinningrove
this could mean that one of
the dinky little blast furnaces at Scunthorpe
will be shut down and replaced by electric arc steel from scrap
and that randomly fits with the loss of
400 jobs
we understand that the redundency figure for
Redcar is around
we guess that is the number of the
train crews and associates
and if that is so they sould be easy to re-deploy

we do keep battering our heads against one particular brick wall
we understand that one third of
children leaving Primary School - aged 11 years - in Middlesbrough
functionally illiterate
given the investment in
class room assistants
some sort of explanation is called for
we have seen the idea of
breakfast clubs
the idea that these children can't read
because they turn up to lessons hungry
nobody seems to have an explanation as to how they can be
so undernourished as to be unable to concentrate on lessons
and at the same time
morbidly obese
never mind illiterate...
many of these kids arrive in Primary School
aged 4 or five
doubly incontinent
in nappies, diapers
is this
for lack of cash in the home?
or is it for lack of care?
there is a 'Blue Collar Mantra'
never learn how to do anything
that you aren't willing to
do for the rest of your life
is the reason
hey kids, don't learn how to read and write
it'll load you with
children have this charmed phase in their
normal development
The terrible twos
toddler tantrums
teenage rebellion
it could well be that efforts to persuade children to
value maximising their potential
should be focussed on them when they are between
five and ten
this agegroup tend to think their parents are saints
and frankly, without adult male family members
because the wimin are being protected from
coercive control
and all male teachers are paedos
all they have for ideas about male attributes come from
shoot 'em up
computer games

3rd March 2020

We have below published some thoughts on
Oxford University
and it's relationship to
The British Civil Service
when an organisation
launches a new initiative
it is easy to assume that it is NEW
mostly it will be a revamp or adaptation of
something traditional
Oxford keeps saying they want students from
deprived backgrounds
this is an adaptation of the system under which
the illegitimate offspring of The Nobility
sent away
to Public Schools and Oxford University
on the pretext that
it wasn't because of the identity of their
secret fathers
but because they were
ever so clever
ans so the tradition of them then finding their way
to Court
Non-hereditary roles
roles they did not inherit
but could be appointed to
grew up
and the demise of
Rotten Boroughs
constituencies where there were
a handful of eligible voters
is quite recent in terms of these institutions

2nd March 2020

This is a review of what is below
we want to use this idea of
grey squirrels versus red squirrels as an explainer
even though we are not entirely certain it happens
one of the ideas that comes up is the idea of
people who are immune compromised
being at greatest risk from viruses
we really want to place the lethality of virus infections on the scale of
autoimmune disease
to stretch a point
in the normal way of things in , for instance, Australia
it is quite routine for travellers to camp overnight
and start a camp fire
in bush fire season that may be forbidden
to put it another way
if the fire service are out on a job
they may extinguish a neighbour's
pretty display of candles
with extreme prejudice
collateral damage
when we say
pre-existing condition
we mean
the immune system is
already out on a job
and it may react in a
trigger happy way
to the least sign of trouble
sometimes we call that an auto immune response
bullets get sprayed around all over the place and
there is collateral damage
friendly fire
when a grey squirrel detects a squirrel pox virus
it shrugs
when a red squirrel detects a squirrel pox virus
all hell breaks loose
and so in a way
the people who die from these viruses may be
1 already at death's door
2 may respond with something akin to
anaphylactic shock
to the arrival of the novelty

When our Ricker worked for a small family run chain of
Opticians' shops with a factory in Godalming in Surrey
Bateman's ?
he shared a room with a Kenyan Asian
and so perhaps he has some insight into the mind of
Priti Patel
Ricker's room mate was an aerospace engineer and
he kept moving jobs because
he wanted to live and work in the UK
these companies hired him with a view to sending him out
as a sales engineer in the
Indian Sub-continent
in the first instance...
the Colonial British
had The UK, India - the continent - and
swathes of Africa
at their disposal
and so they sent, settled, re-planted
the wily little Indians
there is some confusion about the evolution of
ethnic slurs
time was there was a removable
paper golliwog behind the label of every jar of
Robertsonsí Jam
But wog derives from
wily oriental gentleman
oriental is the opposite of
The Orient
is the land where the sun rises
The Occident
is the land where the sun sets
and then there is the gender politics
did wog become unacceptable because of
a reference to wiley
damning someone with feint praise by describing then as
too clever by half
or effeminate
womanly wiles
if you are loosing the arguement
flash what you keep between your legs
is wily a distraction from a failure of fact or logic?
we suspect - without evidence - that golliwog derives from
goggle eyed foreigner
and when you witness
David Lamy MP in full flow.....
we digressed...
so they were sent , settled, re-planted
the wily little Indians
into Britannia's African lands
to organise the locals into a workforce
when the Africans gained independence from
they were left with their now resident
and they were more keen to be rid of them than of The British
and so they were sent 'back' to the UK
and not back to Asia
there is parallel to this an element within
anti-immigration sentiment
that is along the lines of
I'm up, pull the ladder up
To turn to the UK Civil Service
there is a clue in the name
Civil Service - Military Service
the problem is
you can't - generally - send a civil servant on a
suicide mission
if they become an embarrassment
and so to Oxford University
we have no stats on what proportion of the
First Division Association
the union of the top Whitehall civil servants
are Oxford graduates
we suspect it is very near 100 per cent
and Oxford University is forever bleating on about
wanting to broaden access
the thing about this is that it is an example of
both ends against the middle
their prime clients are the sort of people who
Own Scotland
half of the South Island of New Zealand
and the people they want to recruit are
people who's families
don't have a pot to piss in
they don't want to
broaden access to
The Middle Classes
they want students who are distinctive to an extent
way past weird
and what do they intend to do with those of their graduates
who own less than ten thousand acres of
Grouse Moor
they intend to establish them as
Senior Whitehall Civil Servants
so that they can
do the bidding of the university's paymasters
in developing countries graft, corruption is for
the benefit of politicians
in the UK
let us say up until fifty years ago
corruption was for the benefit of
Members of the House of Lords
and administered by Oxford University's
placemen within the civil service
Kenyan Asians are accustomed to being
turfed out of places where they are seen as
too clever by half
nd perhaps too honest and fair dealing to
understand the nuances of how to
keep the nobility on top
families who have previously
ruled East Africa on behalf of the
London House of Lords
may not be so keen to rule the UK
on behalf of Oxford University
However, in the present context
Oxford University has had almost half a century of
treating Whitehall like a
Steel Town
you pack ex-con(VICT)s and military drop outs to
sign on the pay roll at a steel works
if you are Oxford University you
give your fuck wit graduates a
Double First
and pack them off to Whitehall
and now the shit has really hit the fan
when, no longer can they say
nuffin to do wiv me guv
Brussels, The EU, Europe
take your problems there
this is a
private Tea Room

Here's a bit of social history in the making
we start from having three quarters of our children
then we have minimum unit price for alcohol
and we have
a sugar tax
and then we say
people on Universal Credit should
get their
almost pure sugar
free from Food Banks
if minimum unit pricing for alcohol comes in in England
taking the next strand
shooting galleries - safe places for street drug consumption
will Food Banks
The Trussle Trust
be applying for
alcohol licences
so that they can distribute alcohol free to
people on Universal Credit
is the idea that
people from the underclass should be so fat that
decent middle class people of all ages
can out run them and avoid being knifed?

perhaps this is as good a place as any to consider a little discussed aspect of
and in particular the enslavement of native Africans
Africans were desirable as slaves in the
West Indies and The South of America
because they thrived in the climate and in the work
they were productive and not worked to death as
the victims of slave labour camps in the Second World War
The British are for ever attacked for
Imperialism and Colonialism
because they are seen as
a soft touch for compensation
nobody is getting any compo from
The Nazis
and they won't get far with the Germans either
in fact...
UK payments to Europe could be seen as a German plot to
get The British to pay Germany's compensation debt to
Central and Eastern Europe
however, they rank with two other groups
The British constructively dismissed
Religious Dissenters
from England by allowing them religious freedom in America
The British settled Australia by sending convicts there
and how shall we say
from a non-conventional standpoint
certain Black tribes of Africa
did pretty much the same thing by selling members of
other Black Tribes of Africa
to Slave Traders
it can be said that Black people ended up in
America and The West Indies
as a result of
Ethnic Cleansing
of certain Black African Tribes
by other Black African Tribes
and that
White Men did not penetrate the
Heart of Africa
The Interior
The Coming of the Railways
simple test
anybody enslaved in Africa before the railways
was first captured by Black Africans

we like to tap into our Ricker's memories of things past.
things 19th century
those little sayings and such that time has forgot
at this time
from the Latin
a month named for the Roman
Festival of Purification
the old English name was
February Filldyke
February is the month when traditionally
water from snow melt in the mountains
flushes all of winter's debris from all the
local lowland water courses
all this flooding is
Nature's Spring Cleaning
Chuck out the Chintz
Latin Februarius, from Februa

there is some value in the saying
you can't make an omelette
without breaking eggs
the trouble with these sorts of things is when they are
here we are trying to say
you can't have a healthy economy
creating pollution
and we see all along the way
safe waste disposal
and not
integrated waste elimination
for example
keep petrol and diesel but
add on catalytic converters
it hasn't 'worked'
carbon capture and storage is
cat converter level of
sticking plaster
as for the process industries in Redcar
when you burn a carbon compound
you get other carbon compounds as waste
when you transform some carbon compounds into
different , more useful, carbon compounds
if you are being efficient
your high conversion rates
you are not creating carbon containing waste
Carbon Capture and Storage
could represent the
pitfall of being an
early adopter
you get lunbered with a huge mechanism for
producing catalytic converters
the market wants
hydrogen fuel cell stacks
every time somebody in government
or politics
we've consulted with The Industry
we think
Emperor's New Clothes
people in government have zero capacity to
evaluate advice on technical matters
and they think people with a lot of money are
either very clever or
Beloved of God
whenever some organisation
a village fete committee
are looking for officers
they will chose the resident with
the biggest car or the biggest house
as the treasurer
on the basis that
1 all the money the organisation will ever hold
would be petty cash to such a person
and so they wouldn't trouble to steal it
2 if they do get into financial bother
like the old time football club owners
they could reach into their pocket
like Mike Ashley
and bail the club out from
a day's spending cash
we really want to put this down as Ricker has remembered it
Back in the day
an entertainer called
Tommy Trinder
Fuham Football Club
if Ant McPartland
of Ant and Dec fame
put half
of his kiss off for his former wife
into Newcastle United
they'd have a team with a number 9
never mind re-naming
Shearer's bar the
Number Nine Bar
they should retire the number 9 shirt
until they can spare the cash for somebody to
wear it

politicians - particularly in the run up to an election
are very busy people and they may not take much time to figure out
where people who are lobbying them
are coming from
say, you are a person with some influence
and you are approached by two people
one says
I'm not sure about my kid's future
should I encourage them be be
a dentist
a barrister - court advocate
and the other person comes to you and says
I'm very worried about my kid's health
she needs: a wonder drug, an expensive operation, psychotherapy
they are coming at you from different angles
one wants advice
the other wants
the trick of the professional lobbyist is to disguise
a plea for help
an offer of advice
essentially advice on how to be
do what I want and EVERYBODY will love you

Here's a bit of social history in the making
we start from having three quarters of our children
then we have minimum unit price for alcohol
and we have
a sugar tax
and then we say
people on Universal Credit should
get their
almost pure sugar
free from Food Banks
if minimum unit pricing for alcohol comes in in England
taking the next strand
shooting galleries - safe places for street drug consumption
will Food Banks
The Trussle Trust
be applying for
alcohol licences
so that they can distribute alcohol free to
people on Universal Credit
is the idea that
people from the underclass should be so fat that
decent middle class people of all ages
can out run them and avoid being knifed?

we like to tap into our Ricker's memories of things past.
things 19th century
those little sayings and such that time has forgot
at this time
from the Latin
a month named for the Roman
Festival of Purification
the old English name was
February Filldyke
February is the month when traditionally
water from snow melt in the mountains
flushes all of winter's debris from all the
local lowland water courses
all this flooding is
Nature's Spring Cleaning
Chuck out the Chintz
Latin Februarius, from Februa

there is some value in the saying
you can't make an omelette
without breaking eggs
the trouble with these sorts of things is when they are
here we are trying to say
you can't have a healthy economy
creating pollution
and we see all along the way
safe waste disposal
and not
integrated waste elimination
for example
keep petrol and diesel but
add on catalytic converters
it hasn't 'worked'
carbon capture and storage is
cat converter level of
sticking plaster
as for the process industries in Redcar
when you burn a carbon compound
you get other carbon compounds as waste
when you transform some carbon compounds into
different , more useful, carbon compounds
if you are being efficient
your high conversion rates
you are not creating carbon containing waste
as for the process industries in Redcar
Carbon Capture and Storage
could represent the
pitfall of being an
early adopter
you get lunbered with a huge mechanism for
producing catalytic converters
the market wants
hydrogen fuel cell stacks
every time somebody in government
or politics
we've consulted with The Industry
we think
Emperor's New Clothes
people in government have zero capacity to
evaluate advice on technical matters
and they think people with a lot of money are
either very clever or
Beloved of God
whenever some organisation
a village fete committee
are looking for officers
they will chose the resident with
the biggest car or the biggest house
as the treasurer
on the basis that
1 all the money the organisation will ever hold
would be petty cash to such a person
and so they wouldn't trouble to steal it
2 if they do get into financial bother
like the old time football club owners
they could reach into their pocket
like Mike Ashley
and bail the club out from
a day's spending cash
we really want to put this down as Ricker has remembered it
Back in the day
an entertainer called
Tommy Trinder
Fuham Football Club
if Ant McPartland
of Ant and Dec fame
put half
of his kiss off for his former wife
into Newcastle United
they'd have a team with a number 9
never mind re-naming
Shearer's bar the
Number Nine Bar
they should retire the number 9 shirt
until they can spare the cash for somebody to
wear it

politicians - particularly in the run up to an election
are very busy people and they may not take much time to figure out
where people who are lobbying them
are coming from
say, you are a person with some influence
and you are approached by two people
one says
I'm not sure about my kid's future
should I encourage them be be
a dentist
a barrister - court advocate
and the other person comes to you and says
I'm very worried about my kid's health
she needs: a wonder drug, an expensive operation, psychotherapy
they are coming at you from different angles
one wants advice
the other wants
the trick of the professional lobbyist is to disguise
a plea for help
an offer of advice
essentially advice on how to be
do what I want and EVERYBODY will love you

We do say over and over that The Labour
are very very niche, parochial, local to
North London
and so the following will probably not bother them at all
so long as they continue to
Weaponise the UK National Health Service
by constant references to the NHS failure
they seem to be saying that they introduced it but
The Tories have completely messed it up
they never actually say that because they
never criticise the structure or management of the NHS
they simply say
we - The Labour - will spend enough on it to get it
working properly
the self absorbed failing here is that
they are sending message to other countries that
a healthcare system in their country that mirrors the UK NHS
utterly unaffordable
fundamentally will not work
and so other countries don't have their own version of the NHS
and possibly if The UK Labour Party were
more constructive about the UK NHS
it could become a pattern for world governments
in this very important aspect of governance

we had the opportunity to see the
body language at a TV interview with
Ms Allred and one of her clients
we are not sure that Ms Alllred has the same motivation
with all her cases
the question of the airliner fuel dump
seemed to be all about the money
the movie mogul case seems to be more about power
we do note that it is a view amongst
that they want to break down the idea that a role is
men only
they then want equal representation
then they want all men demoted to the rank below
the presiding women
women instead of men
women and men together in equality and harmony
and this pre-supposes that the decisions that
powerful men make
and based on pure power
and in no way on
knowledge, expertise and experiences
meaning that wimin need nothing but arbitrary power
in order to replace powerful men
in that sense there are trends towards routinely
giving women better paper qualifications
and giving men
criminal records
rather like deducting 75 points from Saracens
to ensure that they are relegated
rather than matching the deduction to the
returning to movie mogul case
when we observe the demeanour of the client
we are driven to the conclusion that
in the mind of the plaintiff - the complainer
the concept of sexual assault
has replaced in their minds the concept of
a breach of contract suit
a woman who plots out in her mind
how a relationship will develop
and when it deviates or ends
taking the man to court is seen as having two
possible consequences
1 prolonging the association
2 some sort of
shot gun wedding
in the bad old days...
a single man was able to end proceedings against him by
marrying the plaintiff
because a wife could not testify against her husband
it was to give a deserted girlfriend this option
that this rule existed
how shall we say
uneducated, not clued up, feminists
agitated to have this weapon taken away from women
and really, a single woman
getting entangled with a man
in no position to marry her was not going to
get support from the courts

The average life expectancy of
females in
Redcar and Cleveland
in the most recent decade for which there are figures
fell by one month
there are three important things to say
this does not apply to males
who have seen life expectancy increase
Redcar and Cleveland includes
Greater Eston
and that includes
South Bank and Grangetown
there are a couple of health issues
one for female and one for male
since the 1970s and HASAWA
Health and Safety at Work Act
direct industrial disease
which has historically affected men more than women
has been in decline
and is the main driver of male life expectancy extension
on the female side
as we say that the numbers are in the
range of the early 80s
the bulk of deaths in the current data are
deaths of women who were born in the
late 1930s and early 1940s
we can say that both World Wars drove
female emancipation
when our Ricker were a lad
many things impinged on his mind in a superficial way
he knew about
and he had heard of
Billy Jean Moffat
later Billy Jean King
and British and Australian female tennis players
and so in his mind for whatever reason
when he heard about
a tournament in the USA being referred to as the
Virginia Slims
he assume that
Virginia Slims
was a revered retired female tennis player
who had had a tournament
named in her honour
in reality
Virginia Slims were the first cigarettes
marketed directly at
smaller, more dainty fags
sometimes the talismans of
buying the things that
harm men
and so it is traditional to say that
improvements in health for women have been
offset during the
second half of the 20th century
by women taking up men's bad habits
women came late to tobacco
and the negative effects have not yet fully
run through populations
minimum prices for alcohol and
punative taxes on tobacco are new ideas and
have not yet shown their worth

24th February 2020

we need to make a small but important point about
mesh implants
essentially you would not
sew together a garment without
providing the edges with
it is almost certain that it is the practice of
cutting the mesh to size with scissors
that leaves sharp edges that cause
there are many tough but soft fabrics
but there should be some sort of
thermoforming to adjust the size of the implant
the surgeon should decide on the size and shape of the implant
using a template
and then feed the template into a mechanism
to have a bespoke implant with smooth edges
manufactured for immediate use
the material used should be the same as is used in
stitches that dissolve over time and do not need to be

Some people succeed in turning some small issue into
a life's work
this latest virus outbreak could have been
the culminating event
for the people who are the
sub section of the
it's all about genetics
whom we could describe as the
it's all about mutations, brigade
we imagine that there are teams of scientists
around the world
who have been - rather as astronomers awaiting
an eclipse or meteor strike
awaiting a
novel virus
so that they could track
how it mutated
and this virus has remained
perhaps you remember
a former Prime Minster of the UK
Theresa May
being asked what was the naughtiest think she had
ever done
and she said it was running through a corn field
without permission
our Ricker has a related confession
when he was a teenager
they were still growing corn - wheat
on the land that is now the south side of
West Dyke Road
and at the junction of West Dyke Road
Kirkleatham Lane
Ricker stole
six half grown wheat plants - without permission
and he took them to school and
fitted them into rubber bungs in the tops of
old glass milk bottles
and set up the roots in water in the bottles
and each bottle had water in it that was
deficient in a major nutrient
and so a whole lot of kids attending biology class
watched them grow
of course the one with no deficiency in the
hydroponic water
outgrew the others
however, Ricker did not do the other experiment
he did not buy from the traditional school outfitters
heat seeds that had been
subjected to nuclear radiation to induce
many schools may have bought them and done this experiment too
in the pictures, in the catalogue
the resultant plants looked a lot like the
nutrient deprived examples in Ricker's experiment
the radiantion had not
turned wheat into
it had turned wheat into wheat that didn't grow very well
not so much mutated
not all there
because some of the embryo's cells had been
killed rather than changed
and since Ricker didn't do this experiment
just saw the advertising photos
he can't say whether the plants in the photos
grew normally but more slowly
and certainly can't say whether they could be
bred from
we understand that there is a well established tradition
in North East England
of providing free holidays to children who's
parents or grandparents
were living in
Pripiat - Chernobyl
at the time the nuclear reactor exploded
they do not come for specialist medical attention
and we do not wish to delve into the medical records of
the populations of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
but we are not aware of
novel animal life near Chernobyl or
strange diseases in Japan
however we are aware of
Minimata disease also called itae itae
in Japan as a result of water in the country being
contaminated with heavy metals from
industrial effluent
that is the fault of Japan
if they admit that
why would they cover up
mutations due to American bombing?
and so the mutation lobby retreat to their labs
huffing about like
astronomers after a meteor miss
the next one will hit
we , the people who think outside boxes
don't exist in silos
more evidence of how slowly, if ever
biota evolves
because, because mutations are
and as such
very very very difficult to survive
think of it as
not - old style technology reference here
not swapping a single carb set up for
tripple twin choke Webbers
and hoping to get more power
waiting for the chassis to rust some more
and hoping that the
weight reduction will
improve the
power to weight ratio
mutations are not
design refinements
they are damage
that is why there are in
successful species
mechanisms to prevent them
not PROMOTE them
and certainly not
direct them
there are mechanisms for the promotion of
but these are complex and are invoked in
times of stress
and a moment of
romping through a host population
is not a moment of stress
mutations are invoked as a
last desperate punt to create a new generation
weird enough to survived a catastrophe
what is actually happening is that
our planet used to be really quite big
but travel has become easier and
pockets of isolated population have had
relationships with local wildlife and their
and then suddenly
somebody decides that
travelling around the world and eating
weird stuff
will make a great TV show
and something that most people have no immunity to
is spread around the world
in ethnic markets and trendy restaurants
and to be brutal
we may refer to the
Tiny Tim paradigm
poor family, lots of kids, survival of the fittest
Tiny Tim dies in infancy
rich uncle Scrooge bungs poor family
a wedge of child benefit
Ting Tim lives
but remains severely handicapped
the sick, and particularly the
essentially defective
no longer slip quietly from the edges of society
they linger in a blaze of publicity
we should just add a note on
how the mutation theory 'experts'
have responded to the fact that
our Ricker was correct to say
you will find that there is no
difference between the genome of
healthy cells and tumour cells in individuals
they are now saying
this is the new mantra
the mutation occurred long before
the changes that represent the disease
sometimes bio-medical scientists have a big problem
working out what planet the rest of humanity
are on
the non medic thinks
Ricker is recalling an exchange with
geologist Mark Jordan
the non medic thinks that
people would live for ever if
they never had an accident
or encountered an infection
suggesting that
no mouse - no matter how pampered - has ever lived
more than ten years
different species are built with an expiry date
is shocking to the non-medic
people are built to reproduce
not to live for ever
there is a theory
often a 'scientific' theory can go unchallenged
untested because it seems like a waste of time to
duplicate the study
there is a theory that
the lifespan of species is defined
not in days or seconds
but in
the idea is that from birth - on average
excluding accident and illness
preventable shortenings
the natural lifespan of any species is
the same - on average - number of
heart beats
and so
a shrew lives at a hectic pace
with a naturally roaring racing heart rate
and an elephant or a Blue Whale has this
incredibly slow heart rate
and lives for a lot longer in terms of
solar time
people are the exception and
live for around four times as many heart beats as
any other species
so - by this theory - we a built to
reproduce and die by our twenties
but live on into our 80s
and only to species
humans and some sort of whale or dolphin
are the only ones to have
the menopause
to have a life beyond reproduction
despite the matriarchal
granny in charge social structures of
the likes of
to stay alive they have to have to potential to

in the short term we may decide to use
to do a Cnute type
hold back the tide
effort to
keep infections local
but world trade and tourism is a
fairly unstoppable phenomenon
the question is
are the deaths of a few hundred old folk
a price worth paying for
or is that beside the point
are you using the inevitable demise of
a bunch of oldsters and a sprinkling of
younger otherwise defective people
a fact of life to be used as a weapon against
clearly the latest exercise has had the effect of
suppressing communal gatherings
however, it has come at the cost of
damaging global trade
The Chinese authorities may have thought they could
continue to sell to the world
whilst locking down civil society
what happens next?
we have to expect that at some point
the emergency will have to be declared
we have seen before
repressive regimes who think that if they
lock down a society for while
the people will
get out of the habit of
holding mass street demonstrations
and everything will calm down
that will only really happen if the opportunity to
correct governmental errors is grasped
on the other hand
it is hard to see how a government could be more
generous than the French government
and yet
the French have failed to
get a life
and will just keep on with their
What have the Romans ever done for us?
this is otherwise referred to as
First World Problems
there is this
Gulliver's Travels
concept of
Big-endians against Little-endians
a nation engulfed in civil war over
which end of a boiled egg to open
Sheer versus Sunni in Islam
and the somewhat similar but different
how will you vote
I'm agin the government
whoever is in control
we want them out
so the Chinese authorities may be
in the phrase
hoist by their own petard
blown up by their own hand grenade
create the perception of a global health emergency
to suppress the Hong Kong riots
and destroy your export trade in the process
the Chinese authorities can't stop
The West
switching to
or wherever
They may think they have a claim over
but not Japan or Thailand
and as an example
the camera maker
designs the most prestigious mass amrket cameras
but they have the slightly cheaper ones
Made in China
and the more up market ones
Made in Thailand
The Chinese authorities
and the French Authorities
need to find a better way to
convince their people to
get a life
get with the programme

We remember the story of the man whose girlfriend
had an identical twin
and one day the twin is visiting and decides to
do the washing up
her sister's boyfrend comes across her
perhaps having just returned home and
approaching her from behind and mistaking her for his girlfriend
does what he would normally do
to his girlfriend
and so we move on to the line between
they all look the same to me
every man should be able to identify and name
every woman who has ever touched his life
however, we want to develop this matter of
identification and the BBC
we assume that this will have been pointed out
on social media but an expert being interviewed on the BBC
was captioned as being from
The CASS Business School
we have given up on railing about the BBC
referring to NATO as Nato and on and on
this is the reverse
The Cass Business School
The Sir John Cass Business School
whilst on this topic...
the matter of job losses in
The City - of London
all that red braces and Porsche motors
people these days
commute to jobs in The City
the entire
Cannery Wharf
at least the Americans have the decency
not to spell that after the little yellow bird
The whole Cannery Wharf development
and the earlier
Barbican housing development on City Road
were designed
not to earn vast quantities of foreign exchange
but to take from the dole
the sons of the dockers
made redundant from the docks of
The now non-existent
Pool of London
when it was too narrow, too small
and large modern ship could only get up river
as far as Tilbury - even before
the Thames Barrier or Barrage
like the one on the Tees
by the John Lloyd sports centre in Stockton
second best? white water canoe slalom course in
the UK the other one only being better because it's
Nearer to London
the area
fifty years ago
Central London was knackered
when at Durham University
Ricker took a car full of students to
Newcastle to visit the
Hancock Museum
and Richardson
a lad from London
where are all the
bomb sites
London ain't all built up like this
anybody who has seen
Grainger Town in Newcastle
would have to admit it is rather spectacular
whether it is actually
Portland Stone
or a local equivalent is a mere detail
and so
in the natural scheme of things
the government having overseen the
re-birth of London
honestly is
looking for a new project
Grainger Town is not it

Sometimes we get a
blast from the past
that makes the present
make more sense
we are not the only people exercised about
poor take up of vaccinations
Ricker remembers that his dad had
four or five neatly spaced scars about the size of
a very small coin
on one of his upper arms
these were the result of
Army Service
to Ricker that indicates that
at some point around a hundred years ago
the army had been experimenting with
vaccinations and that they had been giving
as opposed to the modern
all of that said this is just background to the current point
Military Service and vaccinations
we, the media, blame a particular doctor and his theories about
when Tommy was at war
many of the cannon fodder
were diagnosed with
shell shock
seems appropriate
perhaps it was medical black humour
any road up
we take all these things together and we come to an
interesting theory about
why anti-vac has been given such a run for it's money
over the years
When troops returned from the
First Gulf War
Shell Shock
was termed
Gulf War Syndrome
and to distract from the idea that it was
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
the idea was put around that they were suffereing from
side effects of the vaccinations they had been given
at embarkation for the Middle East

our Ricker is very old
and remembers things from the past
a couple of memories from very early
Ricker's dad was very old when Ricker knew him
one day Ricker's parents decided he should ahve a pet
so they saw an advert for a rabbit
and they went to a council estate in Middlesbrough
to buy this rabbit
she looked OK a sort of
dutch fur pattern but she was
later there were other rabbits
male and female
Ricker cannot remember ever asking anybody to
buy him a pet
when he bought pets of his own they were
tropical fish
to speak of this first rabbit
she was stroppy with Ricker
he had the wounds to show for it
mostly from the claws not the teeth
one day Ricker had a memory etched into his memory
a rabbit memory
his original rabbit running around the greenhouse with
a baby hanging half way out of her bottom
she was
Ricker has a dread of having kids and then when they are
them going to school
and him being arrested for having told them things
he shouldn't have told them
kids blab
Ricker had things available that are not available
to the modern child
and so for a while he kept the babies in a bottle
pickled, so to speak
these days Ricker is amazed to see how
friendly pets seem to be
his experience of pets was that only the dog
showed the least sign of affection
and so the question is
did Ricker have
a lesbian rabbit?
she was a bit smaller that the other female rabbits
but she never wanted anything to do with them
are we bundling two separate things together?
I don't want to be female
I want a girlfriend
the same thing?
it is a long time since we wrote about
we have written about how to end up with a gay boy
what we have not discussed recently is
if baby is born with six fingers
it will be whisked off to have the extras snipped off
before mum gets a sight
more centrally if the gender is not clear
from the outset the mantra would be
make IT into a little girl
by removing any less than convincing
boy bits
this is where language is a barrier to understanding
a person may be told
you were operated on soon after birth because
you had not fully developed
they may conclude that this means they were born
early, pre-mature
but those words may cover a situation where
despite being full term
their bits were unconvincing
and were removed so that they would fit in well
well enough
as girls
or 'girls'
and until relatively recent times
that would be that
no counselling
no hormone therapy
just, well
no sexting
another reason to
never photograph children
possibly the only reason for never photographing children
what the eye don't see
the heart don't grieve
if you've never seen normal
you won't know you are
the other memory that comes to his mind at present is
back when Ricker was a child there were no houses on
Mersey Road
but they were coming
the memory is of bare earth by the side of the road
Ricker's friend Edward was with him
they came across a
dead raw golly
a raw golly was any sort of tiny baby bird
that had not grown any feathers yet
Richer was fascinated
Edward was fearful
Don't touch it
the memory is significant because
Edward was Edward Dahouski
probably spelt wrongly
but later
Ela Teralak
told Ricker that Dahowski was a
good Polish name
and he went on to do two things
he became an RAF officer cadet
medical student at Newcastle Medical School
where Ricker was a dental
and Edward killed himself by
wrapping the Austin Healy the RAF paid for
around a lamp post
despite his father's service to the nation
was it wise to send a boy
too squeamish to poke an dead blackbird chick with a stick
to medical school?
people are supposed to be able to answer when asked
where were you when you heard about nine eleven?
Ricker remembers exactly where he was when he heard
Edward's dead
Someone had come to the door and told Ricker's mum and
Ricker was in the garage with the door shut
'playing' with his Bunsen burner and his chemicals
and none of those pretty girls ever got to be
a dentist's wife
not Ricker the Dentist's wife, anyway
here's something with which to amuse your friends
why there is there no word for
a baby rabbit
like cub or chick or puppy?
it's because
a rabbit is a baby
cony or coney
hare - leveret
coney - rabbit
connection to Coney Island?
no idea
we think of rabbits as all so cute that we refer to them all
whatever their age
by their baby name
we are the sort of people who try to stick to
constructive criticism
in other words if we don't care whether you
improve or not
we will
let you hang as you grow
we think that refers to
pleaching fruit trees
or not bothering
pruning for shape
so we do take time to consider
UK law enforcement and the BBC
you see our Ricker remembers the days of
TOGS and the DG
we can't remember what TOGS stood for
but it had a lot to do with
Terry Wogan
or Woebegone
and the DG was
The Director General of the BBC
heaven forefend that what the BBC needs is
a revival of Irish influence...
Two generations of the
still alive
will remember two BBC children's TV presenters
we should say
ITV always gives up too easily
at one time - a very long time ago
apart from Crackerjack
children's Tv was
BBC Blue Peter
ITV Magpie was that B A Robertson?
and so
Blue Peter - Valerie Singleton
The Ellis lass - Janet?
and neither of them were married
and we are way off piest here
Wasn't it
Sophie Ellis Bexter
Janet Ellis's daughter??
our most significant Blue Peter quote was
Valerie Singleton
I've never had a husband of my own
but I've had loads of other people's
how the hell did we get from that to
hash tag metoo?
and the traditional wisdom is that
every 'generation' rebels against the previous one
and so what will the generation that rebels against
at a more serious level
we see a wave of 'progress' spread across the world
we see people trying to be stay at home missionaries
setting up foodbanks in the prosperous UK
where were they in the days of
Cathy Come Home
when there was real hardship in the UK?
what happens is
whatever the personal peccadilloes of the staff
raising money for
Oxfam - the Oxford Campaign against Famine
is a whole lot easier than
contraceptive and obstetric care to deprived communities
and so in the 1960s in the UK
child mortality plummets
women no longer have to have a dozen pregnancies in order for
two of their offspring to out live them
and there is a baby boom gap between
a sharp drop in child mortality
universal contraception for mothers
we won't try to research the precise context and quote but
a Cardinal or Pope
asked about what he thought of a historic change
a century earlier
it's too early to tell
The Roman Catholic Church still opposes
because it thinks that the benefits of
modern medicine
may be a flash in the pan
over geological time
and so to the current context where
despite many clergy we have
same sex marriage and opposite sex civil pertnerships
and trans sexual women
being female is essentially safer than being male
and so we start out with more women than men
and then
every trans sexual woman is one less available husband
every male to male single sex marriage or civil partnership
is two less available husbands
three things in
having it all
career, kids, husband
in broad terms women share the first two
there career is in some sort of team
their kids go to school and grow up
how long before people start to see the positive side of
sister wives
share the good straight blokes around a bit
get yourself a dose of the
most impressive bloke you can get your hands
all five of them?
referencing ads for dog chews relating to how a dog's mouth
is it's hand
and not some gay guy or absolute wretch - misogynist - that
nobody else wants
there's a choice here
fighting to keep some monster away from your kids
competing for your kids to have some time with their dad
despite him having so many more...

17th February 2020

Perhaps we will begin with one of our
grammar-punctuation diversions
any sensible hairdresser may well put a notice in her window saying
walk in Ladies cuts available
some may say
that should be
Walk-in Ladies' cuts available.
others may say
Walk-in Lady's cuts available
you see
Ladies' Cuts
you need to buddy up and be accommodated
in batches
it's a double plural
On 12th February 2020
Redcar's new Tory MP stood up in Parliament
and read out a question to the Prime Minister
that had been written for him
we want him to succeed
we don't want him to perpetuate myths about Redcar
This month a chap was found dead in bed in a house converted to
bedsits in Coatham Road
at least 8 police vans were used to block major roads in the town
on the off chance that there were
suspicious circumstances
there were none
it's rather like all those scientists
who train in something obscure
because there is no competition for places and funding
and universities like to boast
a full set
and then when they get a doctorate or professorship
try to convince the world that their specialism can be
applied to
cancer research
wooden tops
and then
the police become
an army of occupation
in their own land
perhaps we should reference
Caroline Flack
at this point
there is this point about - movie reference - precogs
but more generally the idea of
nipping things in the bud
conflicts with the idea that
just because acorns can grow into oak trees
doesn't mean we should
not plant beans
where we don't want oak trees to grow
never mind Tasers
ditch the
hair trigger
and don't use the real world for
training exercises
or every crank call as an excuse to stage one anywhere
if the police had more than 1,000
significant cases a year
they would probably want to learn about
from the ambulance service
and just for scale and context...
in the UK
and to address the idea that
witness intimidation could
damage conviction rates...
perhaps we should use the cases of
Caroline Flack
and her boyfriend
and the Prime Minister and his girlfriend
clearly the latter is a case where to supposed victim
has not
changed her mind
but the credibility and motivation of a third party witness
is what is at stake
so we take Janice Webster and her assistant Tanya Nelson
and we accept that Mrs Webster was under present arrangements
entirely entitled to have
anybody arrested for contacting her assistant
if she did not approve of the contact
the law used to state that
a wife could not give evidence
against her husband
now it seems that a person may not give evidence
in support of their friend or partner
to give a little context
population around 60 million
between a half and three quarters of a million people
die each year
and of those
200 women are unlawfully killed
and around 400 men
1 you can't lock down a town
especially one the size of Redcar
every time somebody dies
2 for those who like targets...
consider three statistics
the number of murders solved
the number of murders prevented by law enforcement
the number of suicides caused by law enforcement

Recently there was a
current affairs short
about Redcar
broadcast on the BBC
the voiceover stated that
Redcar is a town that was built to house steelworkers
and their families
we mostly doubt that there is any point in correcting such reports
but hey ho
Redcar has had several
that could be described as steel works
in the looser sense of including
ironworks, steelworks, and rolling mills under the heading
South Bank - part of Greater Eston, a part of
Redcar and Cleveland had a steel works and that has
coke ovens and a BOS plant
closed for the past five years
a BOS plant is a Basic Oxygen Steelmaker
Lackenby has rolling mills - operational to this day
and a concast idle for the past five years
a concast is a continuous casting plant
it turned out red hot steel like toothpaste from a tube
Redcar has an ironworks - which fed the BOS plant
in South Bank with molten iron for conversion into
The people who worked at South Bank
lived in Eston
it used to be a stand alone local authority
but is now a part of
Redcar and Cleveland
Eston Urban District Council
no longer exists
we have never figured out who
Long was
Sir Arthur Dorman's company was called
Dorman Long
and they made the steel for
The Tyne Bridge and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
they took their iron from South Bank iron works
they built
The BOS plant and Lackenby Rolling Mills
and to house the people who worked at Dorman's
they built
They did not build Redcar
Dormanstown is a ward within Redcar and Cleveland
it used to have 3 councillors
due to depopulation
it now has two councillors
2,000 workers at the Redcar combine of 'steelworks'
Population of Redcar and Cleveland 130,000
just sayin'
just for the record
Titus Salt built workers housing for his factory
but Dormans were the first people in the world
well in the UK at least
to build 'works' retirement bungalows for
their pensioners
They are in use to this day
in the 1970s
British Steel
demolished South Bank iron works - all but the coke ovens
and built
Redcar iron works to supply molten iron to
Lackenby BOS Plant, Concast and Rolling Mills
The Lackenby Concast was built at the same time as Redcar iron works
and Lackenby Mills were converted from
Coal to natural gas
for the re-heat furnaces
Redcar is an integrated steelworks
if it all worked together as built
and didn't import steel from Scunthorpe
integrated means in this case
vertically integrated and means
it can turn out beams
and if the gear was put back in the shed
strip steel
without re-heat
the material never going cold from
blast furnace to rolling mill

and the thing that got skipped over in the
vox pop
the old woman telling it like it was
she said
in them days you left school and you went to
ICI or British Steel
and you had a job for life
ICI was Imperial Chemical Industries
and be sure
you didn't have to work at Dormans
to live in Dormastown
you were just as likely to work at ICI
and that's now called
Wilton International Process Park
and Louise who used to live next door to out Ricker
went straight from school well after a secretarial course
probably at Cleveland Tech
to work in the
Wilton Hilton
that was not a hotel and nothing to do with Hilton
but was what they called the
ICI Wilton admin offices
so the old woman in the clip
put ICI before British Steel
as a lot of people would
but the media never
make a peep
about the demise of ICI
and the Huntsman takeover and the Ineos takeover
and just to say how long ago Louise's first day at work was
that day she was asked to
send a fax
these days that would only happen in the NHS

this is where our
living history resources falls down
we know that there is now
Redcar and Cleveland Community Heart
and that it is built on the site of the former
Sir William Turner's Coatham Grammar School
but we can't recall where
Redcar Council offices were 'originally'
The library was where the doctors now is and
the fire station was nearby
can't quite picture the council offices
what we do know is that Redcar came under
North Riding of Yorkshire County Council
and when it was taken out of that
it was a district of Cleveland County
and we don't recall whether it was in or outside of
what we do know is that
under Cleveland County
there were
Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, and Langthingy
and Langthingy District Council had it's offices
and council chamber
in the former premises of
Eston Urban District Council
and when Langthing became a
Unitary Authority - A County Borough
it had it's name changes to
Redcar and Cleveland
and moved it's administration to Redcar
and the old Eston Town Hall has been demolished
and so really it would be about fair to say that
Eston was built to house the steelworkers
and they had South Bank, Grangetown, Eston, Normanby, ormesby
Greater Eston was a whole lot bigger than
and Dormanstown is on the Wilton side of the Trunk Road
There are a lot of people who would like to put
Greater Eston into Middlesbrough
but the problem is
Redcar was put into Greater Eston
but Greater Eston did not have space to grow
hemmed in by
Middlesbrough, the works - British Steel and ICI
The Eston Hills
and so Redcar out grew Eston and the balance of power shifted
and in parliamentary terms
Mr Proudfoot was the Tory MP for
Cleveland and Whitby and we think that it was in the days of
Mo Mowlam that bits of Langthingy
now called Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
swapped from East Cleveland to Redcar
we think that could have been
and Jim Tinn as the Labour MP for Eston
and so
it's more about boundary changes and personalities
the people of Guisborough
loved the late Ashok Kumar - the MP for
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
because he was working at
British Steel, Redcar
completing a Ph.D.
at the time he was first elected for The Labour
so this swap, this small change in the Red Wall
is not very much about an electorate lending their votes
but genuine change
we've written this up before but
it has no
cut through
with journalists
in the 1970s
in the vicinity of Eston Recreation Ground
there were four secondary schools
St Peter's Roman catholic
Sara Metcalf
now St. Peter's is offering to take non-Roman Catholics
to survive
Stapylton is housing estate
and Sara Metcalf has closed
some locals are very attached but
we think it and the nearby Eston Town Hall
will have been demolished by now
four secondary schools condensed into
one and a half
Gillbrook has a new PFI building
St. Peter's soldiers on
they call Gillbrook something like Hillview
the name matters not
and from the inside Ricker viewed the panic over jobs that
moving from teaching kids in corridors
to closing schools caused
and so we have
graduate biology teacher feeling that
future security lay in
social work
less kids
more one to one contact
there were NO classroom assistants in
Cleveland County
in the mid 1970s
so when work dies up you big up the concept of
The Pill
leading to smaller family size
goes hand in hand with
smaller workforce numbers
there were - are
two kids per mum
in contrast to the
baby boom
when there could have been
twelve kids per mum
the hoards of the
lumpen proletariat
never got born
after the mid 1970s
the poiliticians
have not clocked the change in family size
and they can't compute
a lass from Stapylton, School Eston
scoring a Ph.D. at Durham University

and so the next question is
who will replace
and what is it with that BBC sting about
the lad, his mum, his watch, his dad
and a sun beam?

There is a new concept in healthcare
that you may not know about
it has developed quite rapidly over the past 40 years
it is called
something along the lines of
pre-hospital medicine
anybody aged under 30 has probably known little else
and so a little historical insight
or context
when the UK NHS was founded
most people who considered themselves to be ill
took themselves off to their GP or Family Doctor
most people whom somebody else thought was ill
were scooped up and driven to the nearest hospital
by people who were effectively
Uber drivers with
uniforms, a stretcher, and a van
at best their other equipment would amount to
a First Aid Kit
containing some bandages to stop or cover up
there are ambulances like that on the road today
sent to low priority cases
per-hospital medicine began with
it has branched out into
mobile trauma doctors and air ambulances
there is a distinction here
in the old days
when population densities were lower

we must quote the little amusement in a TV show title
there is a children's animated series about a vet
an animal doctor, called
Dr. Fetch
and so the series is called
Fetch the Vet
as in
Jones the Post
Must be Welsh then

back in the day this concept of
the Hit and Run accident
grew out of the idea that anybody lucky enough to
operate a motor vehicle
had a civic duty to stop at any accident scene
or if
flagged down
and either scoop up the patient or
drive the the surgery and
Fetch a doctor
anybody being flagged down now would be
expecting a car-jacking
that sort of General Practice mix of
Private and Pro Bono (Publico)
was what we had before the NHS
The initial response or effect of bringing in the NHS waS
GPs began to write drug prescriptions
initially, all prescriptions were free to everybody
a pill for every ill - and free
this had a slightly perverse consequence
'poor people' got powerful, effective
but often addictive drugs
and rich people decided all these prescription drugs
were free
so they must be rubbish
so they developed the market in
alternative medicine
which must be better
because you had to pay for it
out of this
and because community doctors did not have to do
what para-medics began to do
GPs developed a role of
not so much
fro their patients
Personal Shopper
in the healthcare market
and that is essentially where we are today
and if the GP refers you to the
wrong specialist
in the hospital
that cannot be corrected by the hospital
the individual teams within the hospital can
look over the fence
but they can't trespass on another specialism's turf
somehow they have to encourage the patient to
go back to the GP and
start the whole process over again
with a more appropriate referral
if you have diabetes
you need to be seen by
an endocrinologist
a vascular surgeon
both of three???
an eye specialist
hence the
British Heart Foundation
saying they fund diabetes research

You may have noticed that we appear to have had
a little down time
and not much to show for it...
we have had a little time to think about
we will step back a bit from that and try to think about
the differences between men and women
if you make a slightly different distinction and put
straight males on one side
and women and gay men on the other
males seem to regard themselves as
females seem to regard
their bodies
in the way that males regard
their cars
there is a tattoo parlour in Redcar that has a
promotional vehicle - two
one says
my other car is a REAL Mini
the other has a really great slogan that we forget
but it is an improvement on
altered girls
men get tattoos to
show how brave they are
or to honour a person or organisation
very important to them
women seem to go for
anything from a new hair do
cosmetic surgery
in order to be somebody new
and that leads us to
on the one hand they
whinge constantly about how much more money
the government should be spending to
try to make the place fit to live in
and how government money spent elsewhere is
completely wasted
all that Londoners do and say seems calculated to
convince themselves that they
made the right decision
moving there
let's face it
anybody who lived there over fifty years ago
done a Boycie
bought a chunk of the
Home Counties
with the proceeds of
renting out the
East End hovel they were born in
no doubt our ex-chancellor owns
homes on four continents
but did you see the
mid-terraced shoe box
he uses as a week-day home
when he was doorstepped after resigning
no wonder Tweedledee was slow to
give up his
Grace and Favour Home
when he gave up being
Foreign Secretary
such an opportunity the Germans gave us in the
Second World War
ask the historians what
Teessiders did with
Cannon Street in Middlesbrough
Industrial Estate
Slum Housing
Mean Streets
and now the grandchildren of the denizens of those
mean streets
squabble about
where to put the three cars that belong to
each detached villa

watching the BBC is like watching a
Natural History series
watch the little weasels squirm
there was a thing called
BBC Sport
it was told to move to
Salford, a part of Manchester
and it did
then they invented the
Sports Business Department
and even though most of the sport business stories involve
Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City
the BBC Sports Business department is
in London

a SpAd is a
Special Advisor
is a
Signal Passed At Danger

we do try to keep
an ear to the ground
and here we are considering the suggestion that
Teesside has a very high proportion of
children in local authority care
we do not excuse any authority figure who stands between
any little girl and a thorough understanding of her
reproductive biology
that aside
because we don't think that is more of a problem on Teesside than
there appear to be two main reasons for a mum
giving up their child for adoption
discounting those children removed from their parents for their
own - child - safety
in the context of
child benefit
at an early stage
that is pre-pregnancy
young women may in the spirit of
the parallel
Future Homemakers of America
a genuine strand in the US education system within living memory
be under pressure to
give us the grand bairns
never mind who the father is
this strand is all about
the cash and social housing that comes from being a mother
the other strand is
I really really really fancy that guy and
those other girls have sex with him
but if I can make him a baby...
I'll have one over on them
and a third strand is
children born with severe handicap - disability
children come up for adoption when
let's take a specific example
is it a Bowie quote
took him minutes
took her nowhere
heaven knows she'd a taken anything
little lassie gets laid down on the floor by the
lad she is besotted with
and he shoves a baby up her
and all goes well for a while
but then
he moves back to Scarborough
his sister doesn't like her
and she kicks the girlfriend and the baby out
so the baby goes up for adoption
since it has filed to secure
the desired long term relationship
for the mum
and in all of this we are trying to say
the causes of instability in the lives of children
cannot all be put down to
maw monay

Some confusion has been reported around
bank overdraft charges
whatever the motivations of the various parties
what is happening is that
bank - major High Street bank - debit cards
are being converted into
credit cards
customers - especially the vulnerable
will need to check as to whether
suddenly their debit card
allows them to have access to
at credit card levels of interest
Sometimes we have a little difficulty
deciding whether a story is an
urban myth
in all his long life our Ricker has never quite 'got'
the point of
decaff coffee
if you don't want coffee why are you drinking it?
is it just a carrier for
an excuse for drinking milk, cream and sugar?
we are getting to a point here
perhaps decaff coffee has some sort of
a little different from
hot milk
with his dental background...
Ricker is a bit put off
a number of soft drinks that say they contain
phosphoric acid
Coca Cola
is one of those
and we are not about to try to find out whether
Pepsi Cola
contains phosphoric acid
we have a solid fact about Coca Cola
in the 19th century
Coca Cola was called COCA Cola because
it contained extract of
coca leaves
and then in the early years of the 20th century
they had to do a kind of fix
they had to put an extract of coca leaves in Coca Cola
so that they could continue to call it Coca Cola
but they had to remove the cocaine
so at that time
and here is the uncertainty
perhaps to this day
Coca Cola is the Cola equivalent of
decaff coffee
so if billions of people really really like
the taste of coca leaves
does that pre-dispose them to
like cocaine?
like it, if presented with it
rather than
seek it out
in the first place
it does not seem any more fanciful than
the idea that marihuana
causes psychosis
rather than psychotics liking hash

12th February 2020

here is a question
why to Kier Hardy
MP for Euston and Kings Cross
agin HS2? nostalgia
after all the half of his constituency that was
listed to be demolished to make way for it
has already been demolished
we think that it's more about those people we own
batches of
gold plated shoe boxes in London
and are afraid that people will
weigh up the cost of a
Birmingham to London season ticket
against the rent on a converted
shoe cupboard in London
it looks very
I'm up
pull the ladder up
and people who own a hobby farm in
Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire
are not so much bothered about
having to play a bit of swapsied with their neighbours
to make sure all of their
Polo Paddocks
are on the same side of the railway
but the threat to their
Buy to Lets
in the capital

the stated aim of
Universal Credit
is to
make work pay
Arbite Macks Frie
get a job and the state will leave you in peace
at the same time the likes of
the living wage
mandatory works pension enrolment
mean that employers can't afford to pay many people
much more than the living wage
some commentators
nobody should have an income
less than two thirds of
the middle wage between the living wage
and the maximum wage they pay to anybody they employ
many people have heard of the concept of
the manager in charge of paper clips
the Japanese Window Men - employed to sit at a desk and
stare out of a window all day
and the men who for a hundred years
signed on at the steel works instead of
The Labour Exchange
this erodes the differential between
those who
work for a living
and those who keep under the RADAR
by turning up at a social club and drawing their
Dole with Dignity wages, and pensions
and then comes the potential for conflict
the dole with dignity employee
goes down the shops or the pub
and starts splashing the cash at
the bar staff and shop staff
and trades persons attending their home
and creating a stink
threatening the worker because
they are not working well enough
or showing enough
to their customer
this means
make work pay
gets replaced with
make having a job pay

when a really important - rich, famous - customer
or a valued regular customer
arrives at a restaurant
they may - if it is not a very high end establishment
we divert here to do a Mark Jordan story
Mark Jordan was the son of a local
secondary school head teacher
and Ricker wasn't his best friend
mark was one of those people who over the years had been
instructed to make sure Ricker wasn't feeling
left out
for a while Mark was married to a
South East Asian wife
but before that he was an
oil company geologist
and on an occasion Ricker
put him up in his dorm room at City University in central London
this guy was going to marry a South East Asian wife
and so Ricker took him to a Chinese restaurant for a meal
and Mark ordered
despite them not being on the menu
if you order something that is not on the menu
you will disrupt the work flow in the kitchen
now we switch to the streets of England around half a century ago
back then nobody had heard of a
pooper scooper
Ricker's Aunties - thirty years ago - lived on a posh estate of
retirement bungalows
in Scarborough
and they referred to their road as
dog shit alley
on top of that
fifty years ago
the streets were home to
quite a number of
feral dogs
who were not as discrete as today's
urban foxes
in those days a sickly dog was often described as
suffering from
here's the thing
quite a lot of the canine deposits to be seen around were
lacking in colour
these dogs
including the ones sharing a home with humans
were riddled with infections
now we have to bring in another strand of this story
regarding people and shall we say
four legged friends
the cellular elements of our and their blood
are generated in the
bone marrow
birds have such light bones Lord knows where they do this
perhaps a liver style organ
when a mammal
is confronted with an infection
they will have that infection kill a lot of their
white blood cells
to keep up the fight
we, they
have to replace those white cells and we
put in industrial sized purchase orders for the replacements
to our bone marrow
and, well, orders for new
oxygen carrying red blood corpuscles get
back ordered
the destruction of the dead white blood cells
does not add any colour to our excrement
red blood corpuscles get battered around as they circulate
unless you have
sickle cell anaemia
you RBCs will be
like aerodynamic for in a fluid
well most like
clays as used in clay pigeon shooting
a lot like
but broadly like a
dinner plate
despite that
after around 80 days they are ready for
recycling and they have
haemoglobin in them
and that's
and when you get rid of it
it turns your stool, your number 2s
the colour of
Stadium of Shite
but if you are not managing to build new
your turds will get
paler and paler
and if you are in this state
you catch the influenza
you gonna need to get on the oxygen
to help out yer battered old
Ford Escort
and so
after the First World War
millions of people
died from a version of the 'flu
that these days
people shrug off in a day or two
not because the 'flu has MUTATED into a benign form
but because they are generally a lot fitter than
a population that has just gone through
four years of
Total War
and now
there are two groups of people - in China - who are
dropping like flies from something
Brits will hardly notice
1 people with lings knackered by levels of air pollution
that Brits haven't seen for 40 years
2 people who's hearts can't circulate their knackered RBCs
fast enough
and another thing
the immune system has two divisions
you could say
one lot poison the pathogen
and the other lot
eat it
'immunity' depends on the poisoners
until we develop specific poisoners
that we call
developing immunity
we depend on the swallowers
which are they ones that die of

The essence of being
closet gay
is a pretence that you are not gay
and people who were
and some still are
closet gay
find interaction
no matter how intimate
a chore
and so
whether or not they are
actively gay
they seek to minimise the burden involved in
being straight
and so they will do all they can to limit the scope of
straight behaviour
to make it easier for the disgusted to
once they are
out gay
they no longer give a hoot for
what the straights do
and so the more gays that are out
the quieter the life for straights

11th February 2020

at this point we will introduce the concept of
mitochondrial DNA
in humans - and similar
the egg is a cell
the sperm is not a cell
red blood corpuscles are
blood cells that are so packed with
oxygen carrying haemoglobin
that there is no room for anything else
and so they are corpuscles
not cells
they carry no DNA
a sperm is the reverse
a sperm is a packet of DNA
a half set
an outboard motor
nothing else
this means that you get
half your DNA from each parent
ALL of the gubbins
in all of your cells
and that includes your
in theory
because that outboard motor is
active and has components
and they may include mitochondria
we aren't researching that
and so
in genealogy - family history taking
we say
the DNA from the nucleus of your cells
comes from both sides of your family - equally
but your mitochondrial DNA is the female line
people have suggested that if you
come out the way you went in
you will be contaminated with
mummy's little helpers
on the way
but if you come out by
C section
you miss out on gaining the hitch hikers
and so to the squirrels
red squirrel babies have
squirrel pox virus particles
as part of their initial
gang of hitch hikers
they will, as is the nature of the thing
regard squirrel pox virus
in the same way - not exactly
mummy's hitch hiker mitochondria
scraping the barrel of Ricker's memory here
he thinks that
poisonous toads are an example of
a type of species that
don't produce the toxin themselves
but deliberately implant something
a fungus or bacterium or something
into their skin
so that their skin is toxic but they
don't mess with their own skin so they are not
but anything that bites them
when you load up yer
poison arrow
you wipe the arrow on the toad's skin
you don't
spatter it with
blood of toad
and so
if we take on board a virus
we keep it safe
and if a predator takes a bite
they get sick
and leave us alone in future
if we get stressed
winter chills, bereavement, Sunderland scoring
another bloody goal
we loose control of our
ferocious beasts
our mercenaries
launch a coup attempt
and they turn on us
and we get the snuffles
or in the case of
something we would wish on our enemies

we are very pleased that
Philip Schofield has
come out
he's rescued himself from the
Tory Bliar Trap
what we hope is that future generations of
gay men will not be saying
as so many of these closet gays have in the
not so distant past
in effect
if there weren't no paedos
nobody would be gay

we have a couple of gratuitous comments to make about the
don't see too well
celebrity skater
people make considered decisions
they weigh things up and come to a conclusion
many many moons ago the experts debated
should it be
visually impaired
vision impaired
and we decided on
vision impaired
and a couple of
fuck wit ice skaters
decide on
partially sighted
you just give up
we are supposing that the
runner who is tethered to a guide
may have
ret pig
she may not
retinitis pigmentosa
can be treated by
stem cells into the retina
or gene therapy
via virus transfer
it may not work
but it's worth a try
and we love
Christine and Jane Torville really

and a little side line on
infection control
our Ricker worked for a while on
Kensington High Street, London
opposite the
Inn on the Park
one day this patient came in wearing
very dark dark glasses
when she took them off
the whites of her eyes were
she was elderly in the 1980s
at some point she had decided to
or been advised to
as we say
silver nitrate solution
eye drops into her eyes
given she may have been born
as long as 120 years ago
she may have had an eye infection
before there were any of
vaccines, antibiotics, antivirals
if she was very rich
a befit toddling around
Kensington High Street
silver nitrate eye drops may have been her only option
to save her sight at the time...
wearing silver
and perhaps copper
but especially silver
especially as rings on fingers
is a simple, safe, semi-permanent
safeguard against infection
certainly indicated for anybody with
a compromised immune system
three things about this
gold does not count
this puts silver
nose and lip rings
on the table
do people with
mercury amalgam tooth fillings
suffer less respiratory infections
and following on from that
do people who have amalgam fillings removed
and replaced with dentures
see a spike or general increase in
respiratory infections

10th February 2020

This should be
a new blog
we hope that the original
very very very long
file is still available

people in the UK get their
from the movies
and in respect of the widest collective of people
who have seen the same
science influencing movie
lots of people have seen
Horton hears a Hoo
there have been lots of derivatives of
a Marvel Comics style story about
people living in a universe contained within
a gemstone - a diamond or such
it feed into the idea of a
fractal universe
an idea that anything can be
magnified or reduced
at will and will function
and so we have a concept of
pictures of
virus particles
taken from electron microscope pictures, we assume
and coloured in, rather as in Victorian Post Cards
and the unspoken assumption that these are
tiny, tiny little space ships
with human like
at this point we want to step away from this line of thought
and consider
but first
we want to point out that
everything of plant origin that imparts
to food
is derived from chemicals produced by plants to
protect them from being
and the squirrels?
despite the fact that in the UK
where there are now
American grey squirrels
it is WRONGLY assumed that there were previously
British Red Squirrels
there is this idea
which may be true
that just as herbs carry chemicals that
try to kill green fly and
make tomatoes taste interesting to humans
red squirrels harbour a
squirrel pox virus
that does them no harm and
kills grey squirrels
people sometimes ask
why are some animals in Australia so
over the top venomous?
it's because the venom is 'designed' to kill
non-human prey that has a massive tolerance to
the toxin in the venom
nothing to do with people - at all
people collateral damage in an
arms race
the spider and the fly
viruses are somewhere between
toxic chemicals
bacteria and fungi
for themselves
they simply
just like
they have no plans
no command and control
and they happen to
at a very primitive level have
a nature that is best seen as somehow a combination of
a toxin such as lead or mercury
and a enzyme such as
that would be wrong
a virus is an elaborate for of enzyme
not between but beyond
there are examples of
re-inventing the wheel
in the evolution life on earth
but they are rare
and so - for instance - many many species will
have, make use of, the same enzymes
a bit like Windows and Apple computers
using the same electricity
and machine code conventions
but different interfaces with the
and so a virus can be seen as a
freelance enzyme
and to that extent
a mitochondrion
is a structure within a class that includes viruses
the term for this may be organelle
we unconsciously put mitochondria to work for us
we can consciously put viruses to world for us
delivering gene therapy
and perhaps sub-consciously
like the story of the
grey squirrels 'using' squirrel pox virus
against red squirrels
it is very strange to the 'expert'
that people - philosophical vegans for instance
see animals as
sentient - having feelings hopes and aspiration
don't attribute these to
so we are free to eat them
but do attribute them to
and so to
we all know that
you have to be an expert to
gathering the mushrooms
some people - particularly in the Uk
half a century ago
were quite keen in
living dangerously in this sphere
a vogue for eating
magic mushrooms
quite, but not always fatally, psycho-active, toxic
and so to the latest
toxic wild foods problem in China
the trendy leftist will have immediately assumed
people in China choosing toxic foods
out of desperation in the face of
grinding poverty
it now appears that the problem stems from a
trade similar to ivory
pangolin scales
something consumed because it is
rare, endangered, and EXPENSIVE
scavenged from a rubbish tip
and we return to the concept of
people who are too
to get into
conventional, science based, medical school training
settling for qualifications in
traditional medicine
like our own
Charlie Boy
and his
speaking of
Prince Charles
he must be very gratified to know that
institutions such as
The 'University' of Sunderland
and now creating
Bare Foot Doctors
to provide health care
outside the
the M25 is the motorway ring road around
Greater London
there are a couple of useful comments on the above
it may help to counteract
regarding a people
of viruses
if we adopt the early terminology
virus particle
and secondly
adapt to viruses that are new to them
this is sometimes described as
developing immunity
we have the concept that
red squirrels are susceptible to
squirrel pox
but what research has been done on the question
can red squirrels develop immunity to squirrel pox
is there something fundamental that is preventing that
or are greys just taking advantage whilst
the reds are feeling a bit
and would we have
a winter this year
and would we have winter snuffles
if the media
still had


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