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25th March 2019

We have noted the BBC and ITV coverage of the release of
Adam Johnson
The BBC did straight reporting
ITV added a little
Vox pop
The grannies said
He's probably still in a bit of bother
The grandads were clearly
in their fifteen seconds of fame
virtue signally
We will remind ourselves of the case
here is a single man with a young daughter
at the time of the 'offence' newborn
the mother is pre-occupied with the baby and
he is not denying responsibility for the baby
he encounter an opportunity for sex
he checks with the prospect as to her age
she is approximately 15 and a half
and he expresses regret that he cannot have sex with her
because she is under age
and so
in his view he is being very careful not to
break the law as he sees it
this indicates 'ignorance' and not
mental incapacity
over the past few years we have moved through a phase of
considering any involvement between
a male and a female as
some variety of
sexual assault
there is absolutely no doubt that until
twenty or thirty years ago it was generally held that
if it can't get you pregnant
it isn't sex
in the USA such date related activities would
have been referred to as
heavy petting
if a child pets a farm or zoo animal
they are not accused of bestiality
indeed activity in the
movie theatre was classified into four levels
out side top
inside top
outside bottom
inside bottom
and the depth of a relationship measured on this basis
and if things got out of hand
if he's broken through
I'll kill myself
referring to a marriage prospect being expected to be
not frigid
virgo intacta
and so to what we may refer to as non-Christian
marriage traditions
if you think - absolutely wrongly - that
if a female has sex with more than one man
any children she has will carry characteristics of
all the men she has ever had sex with
hey never mind non-christian
we wouldn't put it past our
homeopathic elite
to believe such things
then you want to restrict females to having sex with only the one partner
and thus the 'tradition' of the groom's mother
inspecting the bride to check that her
hymen was intact before agreeing to the marriage
why do we see the justice system in the face of
technological advance
driving itself further and further back into the
Dark Ages
in trying to determine right and wrong?
it is puzzling
we accept that justice should not be
but this concept of
out of an abundance of caution
is damaging but temporary
a lot of American reality TV is
and some of it relates to
Cherry Bustin'
one specific instance is of a
rough terrain cycle route 'jump' being
without explanation
referred to as
the Cherry Buster
and this is the deep thinking
girls should not be allowed to participate in sport
because of the risk of a
tear to the hymen
playing sport can ruin your marriage prospects
and hence
girls of seven being married and locked up in the home to
protect them from becoming
damaged goods
by exerting themselves in any way
married but unawhere for many years as to
who their husband is
In Victorian England
there was a thriving trade in
hymen reconstruction
as a result of a
homeopathy style belief in
sex with a virgin as a cure for
sexually transmitted infections

21st March 2019

We've ripped these graphs of the website of
The Office for national Statistics
We want to note , point out that they are all on the same
but the vertical percentage scales
you don't have to spend much time walking around the
High Streets
Highways and byways
to realise that
when around two and a half percent of
people of working age
are not in work
we can regard that as
as good as it can get
2.5 per cent unemployment is
full employment
nobody fit for work and of working age
out of work
we will be waiting three months at least to see
the effects of
Universal Credit
Job Seekers' Allowance
and we include the graphs for Wales
to point out to
Charlie Boy - The Prince of Wales
and similar
that there is no justification for
re-locating North east Jobs
we would also point out that in both regions
female unemployment is
much more volatile than male
and perhaps one other point
we do believe that there MAY be a solitary
back to work contractor with an office in Redcar
but most unemployed people in Redcar are referred to the likes of
Working Links in Middlesbrough
we are not at all certain that
Redcar Job Centre
is entirely secure
However, it is hard to deny that
whoever was in charge between
2008 and 2010
was a disaster in both Wales and The North East

20th March 2019

From 15th August 2018...
The Whitehaven news
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS),
there were 5,660 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit in July –
a drop of 55 compared to revised figures for June.
It is the third month in a row that unemployment has fallen,
reversing five months of consecutive rises.
In July, four of Cumbria’s six districts saw falls in the number of claims made.
The biggest falls was recorded in Barrow nad Copeland
barrow 970 - 2.4 per cent
Copeland 1,300 - 3.1 per cent
We have a couple of points to make
So far as we can tell
there is not mass unemployment in Whitehaven
Remember that the area has mass employment in
well paid secure jobs in
The Nuclear Industry
and secondly
we do not think a new
coal mine
will offer many
female jobs
We acknowledge that there is
for the days of coal mining
and we suppose that any new deep mine will be subject to the
conditions of the
Health and Safety at Work Act
and so will not be
a brave brute force and ignorance industry
such as the nostalgia is for
We cannot say what sort of market there will be for
coking coal
now that direct coal injection technology is proven
we suspect that some of the £800,000 invested in Redcar
is being re-couped around the world in
implementing the
Redcar process
in other plant

19th March 2019

Our Ricker always accepts the first appointment offered
to him at the dentists
it's always mid-morning
and when he gets there the TV is on and
the programme that's on is
Wanted Downunder
and now it begins to make sense
There are no
English Speakers
left in Australia and New Zealand
and the BBC have to send
Clive Myrie
down there to
translate and interpret

We did not perhaps explain the steel works issue properly
The prime location for a steel works in the UK is
and so around a billion pounds was spent on an upgrade
and then the product was deemed
for export only
here's the question
given that a complete new style
integrated steel works
would cost two to three billion to build
and one billion has already been spent on Redcar
who will invest three billion on
building a new steel works
in the wrong place
what we are saying is
if the government trash Redcar
nobody will replace Redcar at Port Talbot
the consequence is
all the steel used in the UK
will have to be imported
Port Talbot has to close
if three billion isn't invested there
and what message is it to
The World
about the wisdom of
inward investments to
the UK

18th March 2019

Here's the thing
This isn't dangerous
the LOWER gutter drain is blocked
and when the road isn't flooded
the fact that the upper dran isn't blocked
seems adequate
and we did see the news clip of police
not Cleveland Police
rounding off the search of a drain for
a murder weapon
by stuffing a load of dead leaves
into a gully pot
there is clearly a species of human who
think if you can't see it
it does not exist
mainly, coppers
coppers who
almost always regard anybody who is
bored and lonely enough to
ring them for a chat
a client

The story of
Steelmaking in Redcar
continues to unfold
we have some number
in the public domain
we are very clear that the
Three Thai banks
not High Street Banks
but investment banks
possibly the
Sovereign Wealth Fund
that is
The Government of Thailand
have an investment in
Redcar Steel Works
£ 800 million
eight hundred million pounds
and that is mostly made up of the
value of the kit
not the land
and as we have previously said of the
Renault car plant in
Washington, Tyne and Wear
you ain't never gonna
pack that lot into
shipping containers
and the British Government is spending
twenty million pounds a year
keeping it in
working order
There are a handful of security people
twenty million a year must mean some
expenditure on developmental works
from a financial point of view
when does spending
twenty million a year on
closing Port Talbot
redundancy money, redevelopment money
become a better investment than spending
twenty million a year on
a billion quid's worth of state of the art kit?
given that the all up cost to government of
closing Redcar was
fifty to sixty million
we are looking at
why does the
British Car Industry
not use Redcar Steel?
perhaps because
half of it is German
and half of it is Tata
but that is looking back
five years or so
what is the future?
we oft times quote
Hinge and Bracket
late 20th century act of
two men dressing as women
'Patience is a virtue
as well as an opera'
Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket
imaginary musicologists

15th March 2019

DB Rail
stands for
Deutche Bahn
or German Rail
and they have just been fined
a bit less than three million pounds because
someone of the ilk of the people who were
abused at Medonsley Youth Detention Centre
played with their trains and
lost his legs
soon in this
Wonderland of Alice
people will be getting legal aid to sue
vehicle owners when
vehicles moved without the owners consent
break down and inconvenience
the person of appropriate
back story
but here's the thing
Leon Brittan - chancellor of
The University of Teesside
and some Tory called
Peter Lilly
banging on about a
short sharp shock
Gilbert and Sullivan
The Mikado
'There's none of them would be missed'
In the comic opera - The Mikado
to put an end to executions
which have got out of hand being eventually
just about the only sanction available
the court appoint
a condemned man to be
Lord High Executioner
so he has to execute himself before he can execute anybody else
The problem with evoking this as a solution to
loutish behaviour
what these privileged Tory ministers did not realise was that
the people on the ground had it correct
these youths were, in the phrase of the time
not all there
you can't shock somebody into
growing replacements for
the bits of their brains that are
nutters from before they were born
and for lawyers to suggest that they were
perfectly all right until somebody
battered them or buggered them
in the sense that these things happened before
the modern era when it's straight from
the CT scanner
the nut house

sometimes we loose the will to live
there is a clearly defined block of homes in Redcar
bounded by
Corportation Road
Kirkleatham Lane
Roseberry Road
West Dyke Lane (Road)
and in the May 2019 local elections
people living within that Newcomen block, in
Severn, Derwent, Forth and Greta
will be voting for Dormanstown councillors (2)
people living that block but in
Westfield Avenue, Easson Road, and Brooksbank Avenue
will be voting for 2 councillors in Coatham Ward
This is all about population drift
as the number of adults per household falls
mainly due to
widows and single mums
bits of the semi-old town
have to be added to bits of the
really old town
to keep the numbers up
as of May
there will be two councillors for each of
Dormanstown, Newcomen and Coatham
a of today
there are
three for Dormanstown
and to each for Newcomen and Coatham
widows stay in the homes they have lived in all of their
adult lives
and only single mums
will live that close to 'the works'
including Dormanstown - Limerick Road
Industrial Estate
and then their kids get overweight because
they live so far away from the shops
they feed the kids on
'phoned for take-away food

13th March 2019

Menstruation, also known as a period or monthly,
is the regular discharge of blood and mucosal tissue (known as menses) from
the inner lining of the uterus through the vagina.
The first period usually begins between twelve and fifteen years of age,
a point in time known as menarche.
However, periods may occasionally start as young as
eight years old and still be considered normal.
The average age of the first period is generally later in the developing world,
and earlier in the developed world.
The typical length of time between the first day of one period and the first day of the next is
21 to 45 days in young women,
and 21 to 31 days in adults (an average of 28 days).
Bleeding usually lasts around 2 to 7 days.
Menstruation stops occurring after menopause, which usually occurs between
45 and 55 years of age.
Periods also stop during pregnancy and typically do not resume during
the initial months of breastfeeding.
Timing is of the essence in conception
addressing miscarriage in particular...
we have said
try for a baby
in the first week, not day or two, after menstruation ends
if you get your egg fertilised before it gets out of the tube and
into the womb
you risk a tubal or ectopic pregnancy
if your egg gets fertilised more than a week after the end of your period
it won't have time to grow enough and
get the message across to the womb that
menstruation must stop
hence miscarriage
so some more scope for mumsnet University of Northumbria style
did you have a miscarriage?
how many days after your period do you think that
you had the sex that caused to pregnancy?
we guess early fertilisation - subject to ectopic pregnancy protection
means less miscarriages

We said
nothing much happened in the middle third of a pregnancy
this makes it rather easy to distinguish
loss of the child in the first third from loss of the child
in the final third
in the beginning we say miscarriage
towards the end we say
and there isn't much overlap
what we can say is that
stillborn children - excluding those of mothers who have
had a major trauma - accident or assault
usually have a discernable
birth defect
we have a lot of trouble accepting that
anybody has any actual proof that children lost
in the early part of pregnancy have
chromosomal abnormalities
a miscarriage is a trauma but
it is not a stillbirth
it is a
mega period
nobody is gonna fish the embryo out of the
toilet bowl
show to the doctor!!!!!!
miscarriage is very common
two miscarriages in a row is
very rare
we are convinced that the majority of miscarriages are the result of
the womb being on
autopilot and
not picking up on the signals from the
that it has been
and ploughing on with the regular
and that matches up with the fact that
even when
pregnancy simulating hormonal contraception is in place
the womb wall does not much thicken
but it does a bit and a bit of
spots of blood on the undies not a flow
a routine signal of an upcoming miscarriage
hence we say
sometimes a female
catches at the least sniff of a sperm
it is the second fertilisation in a row of an egg
that gets the message through to the womb that
pregnancy is afoot

11th March 2019

Cleveland and Whitby was a parliamentary constituency centred on
the town of Whitby in northern England.
It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of
the Parliament of the United Kingdom from February 1974 until
it was abolished for the 1983 general election.
Cleveland and Whitby largely replaced the previous Cleveland constituency.
It was defined as covering the urban districts of
Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Marske by the Sea,
Skelton and Brotton, Whitby, along with Whitby Rural District
A contraceptive implant is an implantable medical device used for
the purpose of birth control.
The implant may depend on the timed release of hormones to
hinder ovulation or sperm development,
the ability of copper to act as a natural spermicide within the uterus,
or it may work using a non-hormonal, physical blocking mechanism.
As with other contraceptives, a contraceptive implant is designed to
prevent pregnancy, but it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections
The contraceptive implant is hormone-based and highly effective,
approved in more than 60 countries and used by millions of women around the world.
The typical implant is a small flexible tube measuring about
40mm in length and is inserted under the skin (typically in the upper arm) by
a health care professional.
After it is inserted it prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones that
prevent ovaries from releasing eggs and thicken cervical mucous.
The two most common versions are the single-rod etonogestrel implant and
the two-rod levonorgestrel implant.
Brands include:
Norplant and Jadelle (Norplant II)
Sino-implant (II), marketed as Zarin, Femplant and Trust
Benefits of the implant include fewer, lighter periods;
improved symptoms of premenstrual syndrome;
long-lasting, up to three years; smoker- and breastfeeding-safe;
and the convenience of not needing to remember to use it every day.
In some cases, negative side effects do occur,
the most common being irregular bleeding for the first six to 12 months.
Less common symptoms include change in appetite,
depression, moodiness, hormonal imbalance, sore breasts,
weight gain, dizziness, pregnancy symptoms, and lethargy.
We're not suggesting that we have had any
over our writings about eggs developing
before they are fertilised
there are many many living things on this planet and they
do the same basic things in very different ways
and so we are not willing to research just exactly how we get
hens eggs that are fertile - which are fertile
some fertile - most that we eat, not fertile
you have to trust that
free range eggs you buy haven't been dug out from
under a broody hen and are a
bloody mess inside
to the point...
hens lay eggs
some hens at some times lay
fertile eggs
to lay fertile eggs - eggs that could develop into chicks
the hens have to have got a supply of
bird type sperm
from somewhere
crack open a new laid fertile hen's egg
and it will be indistinguishable from
an infertile hens egg
they candle possibly fertile eggs to shine a light
through them to detect the shadow of the
developing chick inside
they only do that after they have been
for a while
and to check they haven't as above
swept up a fertile egg from under a broody hen
so you may end up eating an egg containing a
primitive streak
the tiny beginnings of a chick
the eggs come from the hen's ovaries and there is
no way
a sperm could get into the egg through the
shell it has at the time it is laid
the sperm has to join the egg
long before the egg is
fit to be laid
that was just to put some
real world context
into the concept of human eggs
developing and changing
before they are fertilised
and going a bit 'wrong' if they
hang around for too long
and from this the question
ovaries produce - evulse - eggs in a steady stream only held up by pregnancy
only around three species
humans and a couple for cetaceans - whale types
stop and have a menopause
we have said that
females are born with all the eggs they will ever have
and all but these three species
die when they run out of egg
and that is why
is so important
and premature menopause such a serious matter
NOT that HRT - hormone replacement therapy
is essential to life
but it is very important
but since human males live nearly as long as human females
this is something humans have evolved to cope with this
and since you are not shedding eggs during pregnancy
your egg supply will last longer
and your menopause will come later
some conditions - anorexia for instance
suppress ovulation and so
a contraceptive method that
suppresses ovulation
and does not offer the monthly reassurance
that you are not pregnant
should delay the menopause
particularly important if premature menopause
runs in your family
and so hens don't have a womb where the chicks
develop in a fixed spot
hen eggs develop on a conveyor belt or more exactly in a tube or pipe
so there unfertilised human eggs are not swept out by the sort of
beating hairs and waves of tube wall contractions that
sweep hen eggs along
and then the question
why does the human womb wall
become thickened and bloody
when the egg in there has not yet been fertilised?
has this apparent evolutionary miss step developed to
flushing fluid
to expel the eggs past their fertilise by date?
or is it just
gettingahead of the game?
people have tubes like the hen
the fallopian tubes
but then at the end there is this widened out
holding area we call the womb or uterus
and in that area
implantation - that cannot happen in hens
can occur, must occur for
foetal development
there is a distinction between
egg, embryo, and foetus
stages in development
expectant mothers are aware of three sections of pregnancy
they are called trimesters
being pregnant is very different in these three periods
and they are broadly three months long each
firts trimester is the
morning sickness period
the middle trimester is
largely silent - marked only be an absence of periods
and the final trimester in characterised by
lugging around this growing bump
and the kicking

Our Ricker has just watched
episode 1 of series 13 of
Wheeler Dealers
We think it may be the last series with
Edd China
we think we see the problem
without going through all the details the gist appears to be that
the series was sold - the rights to produce were sold
in essence in previous series
Ed China was
presenter and
workshop director
from the s 13 ep 1 - series 13 episode 1 - it is clear that
somebody else s directing the workshop sequences and
Ed is merely
featuring in them
putting that another way
or the most part
the cameras 'missed' the crucial processes
and we got
I'll have to do this
I've done that
and nothing in between
but just like with
Top Gear
there comes a time when
employing apprentices
is more important than
the quality of the product
the new style is much more in keeping with
the approach of the new
workshop presenter
Ant Anstee
wom we have seen in a
Glenister co-presentation
along the same lines
that flopped

We are now on one of our word origin riffs
so here we riff out to those pictures
that photographers persuade
medal winners to pose for on podia such as
when wining at the Olympics
the snappers like to get the athletes to
bite on the medal to
prove it's not chocolate
it is so to say to prove that the medal is
solidus in Latin means
firm or sold
it is also Latin for
a coin
genuine Roman coinage was struck with great force in
very hard metal
a soldier was not
a spare
along the lines of
Lt Col Yardley in the Boer and First World Wars
the spare sent into the army from the cosmetics dynasty
incidentally we thing there were three brothers
the heir, one for the army and one for The Church
a soldier was
and enlisted man or NCO
non commissioned officer
who was
to be in the army
and not there for a laugh
the tales of the officer seating better than the men
in the trenches
the officers were buying their own food etc.
or having it sent by their families
soldiers got rations
they didn't get
mess bills
both ends against the middle
three levels of humanity in the
Roman Army
only the soldiers got paid
but the officers may have had a share in any
Spoils of War
and in the modern commercial world...
Sweat Equity
start-up businesses that
pay expenses and shares to workers
not salary
salarium - salt money
by extension - living (feeding) expenses
and so... not salery or cellery
and from a day when
the forces knew the value of
micro-nutrients - such as salt
and an employee being
worthy of his salt
and above or below the salt
if at dinner you sat between
the master and the salt
you were a very important person

Time was there was a
Football Sam
How do you get to be a
by owning a football club?
start out as a billionaire
concerning the two significant football clubs in
North East England....
Mike Ashley is using
Newcastle United
as a cash cow to finance
his attempt to buy up the High Street
and the Boro Lad
having given up his attempts to use
owning the Boro to get
elected MP for Middlesbrough
is using The Boro to shore up his
Country Club business
Rockliff Park near Darlington
could we say
have taken over the market niche of
To recap
ICI and British Oxygen
used to run tankers around Teesside
with ice forming on the delivery pipes
and fumes coming out of the vents
There was a War on
and the Boro lad got soft loans
to buy safer tanks and tankers
and so he made his money by paying
Bulkhaul drivers and operatives
normal HGV - large goods vehicle - union rates
with no
danger money
soft loans and lower wages equals
enough to guy a completely bankrupt

What we are saying is
from the 1940s to the late 1960s
industry on Teesside was run on a
War Footing
and then in the early 1970s
came in
The Health and Safety at Work Act
along with such as
Clean Air Acts
and there was a switch from
Danger Money
where there's muck, there's brass
to lower wages but longer lives
the railways went from steam to diesel
and as an example
steam engine drivers could
turn up for a shift
more than
'half cut'
from the previous night in the pub
and the wind in their faces on the
open footplates
would keep them awake
stick 'em behind the windscreen in a
heated diesel cab
and they kept falling asleep
and SPAD
signal passed at danger
and so hell these days
even airline 'pilots' who simply
press go
have to be drink and drug tested

and so we are doing a
stream of consciousness riff on
Redcar in the 1960s
and Redcar and a Boys' Grammar School
a Girls' Grammar
and a
Technical College
that is now all concentrated in and
annex of
Stockton Riverside College
called something like
Redcar and Cleveland College
and in the 1960s
Mr Winterschalden
lived in Corporation Road
the road the boys' grammar and
the Tec were in
and Mr. Winterschladen was married to
Zoolimah Hopkins
and Zoolimah Hopkins was
an opera singer
and in the 1960s
Stanley E Hodgson
who was in the choir at St. Peter's church - anglican
and was head of history at
Coatham, the boys' grammar
and Mrs Winterschladen
sang together in the hall or theatre of
Cleveland Tec in
a production of
La Pericole
This is the sort of elitist frippery the
transfer of Redcar from
Whitby to Eston
put an end to
now Redcar is Redcar and
some money at least is to be spent on the
Theatre on the beach -
The Pavilion, the Glasshouse, The Regent Cinema

this transition - the original one
was signified by the transfer of representation of Redcar
in parliament
from Tory Proudfoot
to Labour, Jim Tinn
on first election
Jim Tinn took advantage of a
permanent pair
to retire to
The Lake District
back in the days of two party politics
an Tory and a Labourite would promise that
neither would ever vote in parliament
thus slightly increasing the majority of
the majority party
we don't know how often Jim Tinn was re-elected but
we are pretty sure he never had a constituency
or perhaps even a Houses of Parliament
office or office staff
we would not doubt he paid family members to be staff
the term is sine cure
a vicar has a sine cure if he has a stipend but
is responsible for the cure or care on
no souls
sini cure
no responsibilities
stipendium Latin for wages

5th March 2019

We have a
The Mighty Redcar
The building that featured in the trailers....
has a new roof and
the guy featured as the
property developer
is doing it
Massacre of the Israeli team at the Olympics
our Ricker's cousin
Brian Robson
was the manager of the
Yorkshire Bank in
We're not exactly sure
we think it was Chesterfield
however, we do know that Brian lived in
no he must have been
from the Chesterfield branch to
the Leicester branch because he
lived in
and Ricker was at Leicester University
for a conference - British Association
British Association for the Advancement of Science
and Ricker and a friend were invited to
Brian Robson's house for Sunday lunch
and Oadby is very like the part of Manchester
like Hale Barns
where this aspiring heart surgeon was murdered over the weekend
since Ricker and his friend did not want to arrive too early
they took a short walk around the area
they observed
a very large truck offloading a huge pile of
cheap frying pans
into the garage of one of the grand houses in the area
clearly one way to get to live in a place like that is to be
a sell it cheap, buy it cheaper
Market Trader
and referring to the murdered girl scout
middle class people
want somewhere to buy their drugs
and they won't want
Goodie Twoshoes
queering their pitch
no matter how many police you recruit they will
never get out of their cars
and never stand between
The People
The only bit pleasure they get
given that they aren't allowed to touch each other

4th March 2019

There's a
The Silver Surfer
perhaps in a
'linked move'
a concept of
bored a pensioners surfing the Internet being referred to as a
silver surfer
It's hard to summon up admiration for
David Lammy MP
However, we are not happy with
the BBC
and its calendar of charitable events
journalists have what they call
diary events
they get told a report is to be published on a particular date
and before they have any sight of that report
embargoed or not
they have their reports on the report
on the stocks
like a ship ready for launch
like an epitaph - obituary - waiting for a death
and so we come to bring a number of concepts together
David Lammy has recently decried the
BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief
in terms of
White Saviours
people who do a sort of
self serving self publicising
actors and comics
tour of a benighted land
and so we arrive at the concept of the
Silver Saviour
a bored pensioner who lights on
The Trussell Trust
The Food Bank
as a means of making their lives
have meaning
Trussell seems to be a brand name associated with
mortgages and home purchase
and in a way we are baffled at the BBC's
promotion of the Trussell Trust
at the expense of
The Sutton Trust
perhaps as with the obituaries it is a case of
insert name here
it reminds us of induction training at Tesco
the recruit is told
here is the exam paper
here is the answers sheet copy the answers onto the answer sheet in your own handwriting
and she writes
insert name here
next to
speaking of Tesco...
now that the refurb of Redcar is over
including LED lighting
ever since the new central library in Redcar was opened
neither staff nor visitors have been able to
switch the lights on or off
there may be an emergency override for
caretakers and emergency services
we have no idea about that
but for all normal practical purposes
the lights are operated by
occupancy switches
the lights in each aisle come on and go off
depending on whether there is anybody there
the staff canteen is
posher than the customer caf
and relating to Marks and Spencer
it is interesting that
the Marks and Spencer on Cleveland Retail Park
is for all the world indistinguishable from a
Cash and Carry
will it - being on an Industrial Estate Skippers Lane
soon be taken over by
and run as a
fullfillment centre?
we still have
Poundland in Redcar but it is carrying lines
that cost more than a pound
without any shopfitter involvement
the defunct
outlet is being
restocked as
One below
we guess it's not
One under
since that is code for a
suicide on the railways
we guess that they will be
selling items costing less than a pound and so we
expect that will include
sanitary protection in
packs smaller than the typical
bale of hay
bale of hay
Being a silver saviour and idolising
Ricky Tomlinson....
These people are entitled to go robbin'
because they don't have any money....
in a younger person it would be
unlooked for

25th February 2019

We have a few development notes
There is work going on at what is officially called
The Olympic Fitness centre
They seem to be having the roof off
Money has been approved for some sort of redevelopment of
The Regent Cinema
Tata Steel appear to have confirmed their sale of their
ransom strips along the river frontage - 2 miles
and near the SSI blast furnace site

to clear up a bit of airport confusion
Teesside Airport changed name when
British Midland International decided to
run feeder - connection flights to some other airport
British Midland split into
BMInternational and flyBMI
flyBMI is no more
what was
is to do the same trick but will be running little 'planes
tricked out in Virgin something livery
and feeding passengers to
Virgin Atlantic
There is no reason why
Virgin Atlantic 'planes
could not in time
because it is such a good runway
see the reverse and
use Teesside as Teesside International

we have made mention before about
women getting things they don't want
because they ask for what they think they can get
and not what they want
the coverage of the Scottish island child murder is
tangentially linked
the boy abducted, raped and murdered the girl
and his family lost their anonymity
we do have a couple of problems
firstly with the abduction
did the girl not protest
or were her grandparents
blind drunk?
the boy wanted to know what it was like to murder somebody
he was intent on murder
did he actually rape the girl
did he calculate
I could get life for this
I'd better cash in my possibly last opportunity to have sex?
or did he not rape the girl
but he wants the world to think he did and
if he had clearly not raped her
would his anonymity have been preserved?
boy kidnaps and murders girl...
not the same punch
they could have been having an adventure and she died by accident
it takes sex not murder to make him evil
and so to
sitting as we do
outside the box
we are thinking
all those girls
in a class of girls
14 to 16
you may think that it would be the
brassiest who got pregnant first
but it is often the shy one
because she never believed anybody would
WANT to fuck her
so she made no preparations and told nobody afterwards
couldn't believe it had actually happened
and so with metoo
the true purpose of metoo is to normalise
go to work, get fucked
it's not just you
but men have the power
and men take women at their word
and crack down on
workplace relationships
NOT what women want
women want workplace relationships
proper safeguards
put in place
in other words
not a blanket bad
but mechanisms to ensure they are
the whole point being
the whole problem being
not the sex but the question
did you pretend to consent
to get a promotion?
to avoid getting sacked?
we fail to attack
abuse of power
and settle for
attacking sex

and here we diverge from the current case
why do some men sometimes
1 rape
2 murder
3 rape and murder
before DNA a rape victim may have been murdered to silence her/him
you find better DNA on a dead body than on a
showered or bathed live survivor
broadly speaking a man who rapes and murders
sets out to humiliate the target
we have no problem identifying with that if the target is male
if the perp wants to humiliate the target but
finds that he/she actually enjoys the encounter
he may well be
frustrated and become enraged and
proceed to lethal force
we note in the recent case
the perp had knife but did not use it to kill
he smothered his victim
was there a fairly late stage at which the target
decided to scream for help?
was the lethal action not intended to kill but to
was there a fairly late stage at which the target
decided to scream for help?
was the lethal action not intended to kill but to

The system has prejudices
The basic belief of the system is that
men are only interested in women for sex
the basic belief about women is that
they are willing to
put up with the sex
to get the support and protection
One of the things our Ricker has found most frustrating is
being pushed aside because
a woman needs that job
but at the same time being regarded as very strange
if not gay
taking a woman's work seriously
work, career, job
women don't want to be paid no more than
pin money
enough money for beauty treatments and clothes and shoes
so that they can get out there and snare a man
whatever work they do is supposed to be restricted to
making demands on male workers
no women welders
women in sales, marketing, logistics
ordering the men around
not co-operating with them
if women have equal pay
why would they want anything to do with men
since they are independent and not in need of
protection and support?
and so we give the woman with
spina bifida
the job as office manager
she hasn't got a hope in hell of
getting a bloke
not because she will make an excellent office manager

22nd February 2019

In Germany in the 1930s
The National Socialist Party
recruited an elite force
we know them as
The SS
these were young sons of
respectable working class fathers
sons of carpenters, brewers, plumbers
they were taken from their families for a period of intensive training
and the y were told that they were
in British terms
The Salt of the Earth
the supreme examples of human-kind
and today in the UK we have the equivalent
a paramilitary force with
no officer class
the names change but they are generally referred to as
Special Patrol Group
within the police
and they consider any statement running to more than
a couple of dozen words to be
the ramblings of deranged mind
purity in simplicity
goodies and baddies
The SS
we should find out the difference between the SSand
The Gestapo
small in number and all powerful because of
a sense that at any moment any citizen
could be informed on for
not informing on their family, friends and neighbours
normally The British would not fall for this
however over a couple of decades
mobile 'phone 'breaks' have
come to replace
fag - cigarette - breaks and
not out of fear or malice but out of
boredom and curiosity
an informer culture has developed
and the classic SS tactics of
we don't want evidence , we just want names
have become
media mantras
it will be interesting to see how this will pan out
but knowing The British...
we'll work through it
and of course
recruitment policies in the police will play a part
Thatcher's Storm Troopers
and their sons and nephews are retiring out anyway
after The Irish and The Moslems
we don't see the next
Gullible Group
on the horizon
and we don't see the same appetite to be
agents provocateur
within the forces
although the vegans and such will always be with us
and all of this is sometimes referred to as
pitting both ends against the middle
the elite conspire with the dregs to
keep the middle classes in line
The Russian Royal Family and Rasputin
Bullock noted that Hitler's father, Alois,
had been born out of wedlock to Maria Anna Schicklgruber.
Eventually, the acknowledged father, Johann Georg Heidler, married Maria,
but he never bothered to legitimize his son.
In 1876, however, the brother of Johann Georg Heidler, then dead,
took the necessary steps to legitimize Alois and legally change his name.
Thus, records Bullock, ''From the beginning of 1877, 12 years before Adolf was born,
his father called himself Hitler,
and his son was never known by any other name until
his opponents dug up this long-forgotten village scandal and tried,
without justification, to label him with his grandmother's name of Schicklgruber

The Gestapo , abbreviation of Geheime Staatspolizei (Secret State Police),
was the official secret police of Nazi Germany and German-occupied Europe.
The force was created by Hermann Göring in 1933 by combining
the various security police agencies of Prussia into one organisation.
Beginning on 20 April 1934, it passed to the administration of Schutzstaffel (SS)
national leader Heinrich Himmler, who in 1936 was appointed
Chief of German Police (Chef der Deutschen Polizei) by Hitler.
The Gestapo at this time became a national rather than a Prussian state agency as
a suboffice of the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo; Security Police).
Then, from 27 September 1939 forward, it was administered by the
Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA; Reich Main Security Office).
It became known as Amt (Dept) 4 of the RSHA and was considered a sister organisation to
the Sicherheitsdienst (SD; Security Service).
During World War II, the Gestapo played a key role in the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS)
paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).
The Allgemeine SS was officially established in the autumn of 1934 to
distinguish its members from the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troops or SS-VT),
which later became the
and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS Death's Head Units or SS-TV),
which were in charge of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps, where millions were killed

21st February 2019

21st February 2019

We have some well out of date
international labour Organisation stats

up to November 2018
and there is an up tick
the up tick in female claimants
more closely follows the up tick in all claimants
and this may indicate that
Redcar and Cleveland being a
Universal Credit roll out area
women put onto
Universal Credit
are being added to
the job seeker claimant total
even though they were not previously
Job Seekers' Allowance

20th February 2019

generally speaking
when a boy has a melt down
we put him on the autistic spectrum
when a girl has a melt down
we search of a boy or a man to
brand a pervert, for upsetting her

perhaps sometimes
young people misidentify
autistic girls as
girls who don't like boys
in all female partnerships we do tend to see
one of the couple as more and the other less
tending towards being in touch with their male side
being an autistic female
is not the same thing as
being a lesbian
being female and preferring a
submissive partner is not
a gender issue
in many cases, it appears
the sub-dominant partner in an
all female partnership
could be just as happy in a
mixed gender partnership
so long as the male was a
regular male
and not
an alpha male
she seeing herself in a
sisterly team
with the males of the clan
aloof and only necessary for breeding purposes
and it is doubtful that that
qualifies as a

we have to note that the broadcast media appear to share our
frustration with the Office for National Statistics
particularly in respect of
unemployment figures they have during these months of
goal post moving and ball shape changing
taken to reporting the figures from the press releases
without comment
it is very important that
weather data are collected and reported is a
standardised way that
has not changed since the invention of the
Stephenson Screen
The ONS did resist the move from
reporting the number of people registering as job seekers
monthly to
six monthly or annually
perhaps they are simply embarrassed to publish
quarterly figures that deviate so much from
monthly figures and have
randomly chose quarterly figures
honestly they should only have the following quarters
April, May, June
July, August, September
October, November, December
January February, March
They should also accept that they are the holders of
actual figures
they should make it clear that they are the
statistical authority and should publish
raw data
and not interpreted data such as
seasonally adjusted averages

When we fictionalise the stories of real people to
illustrate a point
we tend to choose
Greater Eston
rather than Redcar itself
and so it is today
we are about to consider the story of
Sam's gran
Ricker can't remember which university
Sam's gran attended
but Janet Stark was a graduate in something biological and
her husband had a better degree from the same course
so they were married and living together when they both got
teaching jobs at
Eston Grammar School
and then
came along and Eston Grammar became
Gillbrook and lost it's sixth form
and got Harry Hindle a Primary School head
as it's head
and Janet Stark stayed at Gillbrook
and Mr. Stark moved to the new and short lived
Eston Sixth Form College
so we infer that
Mr Stark had taught A' level and Janet had taught
O' level
and was confronted with teaching
the likes of Senga McCubbin
and Janet had more than one coping strategy
she rented a flat in Great Ayton and moved out of the family home
later she moved to Stokesley
then we have the
Harry Hindle - Derek Douglas axis
Derek Douglas was not a bad sort of cove
we are talking of the days of
Cleveland County Council
and Derek Douglas had been a local authority
meat inspector - abattoirs and such
he did a teaching qualification and
became a biology teacher
and he had a big old car
and a Hillman Imp
and a wife and a son and a daughter and
his mother living with him
and Harry Hindle - these being the days of
lessons in corridors
got two or three
extra scale points
Harry used one of them to promote
junior biology teacher Derek
to parity with formerly senior biology teacher Janet
and Janet left to
retrain as a social worker
and thus Sam became a
probation officer
given that Harry ha more then one scale point to allocate
he could , without consulting the entire staff as he did
have given both
Derek and Janet a point each
Derek had financial dependents and
Janet had
left the kids with their dad
so .....
so this is why
Working Tax Credit was invented
and why
it has to be protected within
any new benefit system so that
income matches need
authority within the workplace
does not match financial liabilities

19th February 2019

Unemployment in the North East increases
The North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the country.
During the last quarter unemployment in the North East went up by 6,000 to 69,000.
Nationally unemployment fell by 14,000 and now stands at 1.36 million.
on 23rd January 2019
we said
they were not for the quarter after the quarter that was previously reported
Yesterday we got figures for September to November 71,000
We couldn't be arsed to record the previously published figures but we think
they were 74,000 for the period
July to September
so September to November is
the quarter following
July to September
So the unemployment rate went UP by 6,000
from 71,000
to 69,000
they were not for the quarter after the quarter that was previously reported
Yesterday we got figures for September to November 71,000
We couldn't be arsed to record the previously published figures but we think
they were 74,000 for the period
July to September
so September to November is
the quarter following
July to September

18th February 2019

This week we will have the start of the arrival of three
Tunnel Boring Machines
They will be creating a 22 mile
22 mile
tunnel under the
North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is an upland area in North Yorkshire, England,
containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.
The North York Moors National Park was designated in 1952,
through the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
The National Park covers an area of 554 sq mi (1,430 km2), and has a population of 23,380
The tunnel will run from a fertilizer mine near WhitbyBR> to
processing works and docks in Redcar
we are not sure about
why three/
one to start near Whitby
one to start in Redcar
and one to???
cut a passing loop tunnel at half way???
These things are normally
single use
you assemble them at the bottom of a shaft
and when they are done
you run them into a siding of their own creation and wall them up...
will the steel trains from Redcar to Skiningrove
use the same tunnel?
we shall see
we have to assume that the trains will have electic locos
we think that lower down there will be mention of the
First power from the Hornsea Wind Farm
coming ashore in Coatham Bay last week
Redcar - Wilton International will eventually
within two years
get half the power
all the power would power
one million homes...

The name of the mechanoid in Red Dwarf is spelt
The image is of a drawing made by our Ricker in around 2004
Holly and Hilly
The Red Dwarf ship's computer
before and after
gender re-assignment
Last week there was a rig and for a time
a tender - a tug boat
in Coatham Bay
just off shore from the
Coatham Bay Wind Farm
it was gone by Friday
'Electricity has been produced for the first time at
what will be the world's biggest offshore wind farm
The first turbine at the
Hornsea One development
located 75 miles (120 km) off
The Yorkshire coast started generating on Friday
15th Feb 2019
Each of the 174 turbines will measure
623 feet
190 metres
high and are being made at
Siemens factory in Hull
When fully operational in 2020
the farm will produce enough energy for more than
a million homes
and half that power will run
under the middle of
Kirkleatham Lane
in Redcar
Wilton International

We have written about this before on some other web site
like twenty years ago...
The formula for
producing a kid most nearly matching your
genetic potential
It is not complicated
it is not necessarily easy
It requires co-operation
choose the potential father
stop your contraception
probably a few months ahead of time
and switch to a barrier method
choose a suitable month
thinking what month you would like the child to be
born in
as you come up to your period
what you want is the chosen father to have
only fresh seed on board and so
while you are having your period
get yer granny to milk him dry
as your period ends and you start to feel quite randy
make sure the man does not
ejaculate for between 4 days and a week
to build up a load that is
mature but fresh
and then get get that load up you as
quick as possible
then go back to barrier methods for the rest of the month
and try again the next month if you don't catch
The thing is...
in the UK around now only around
twenty per cent of children - pregnancies are
that does not mean the other
eighty in a hundred are
the result of one night stands
they just happen because
mum 'forgets' her contraception
or somebody misunderstands the
rhythm method
and so we suppose that most parents
want to see a child as a gift from God
a magical, mystical thing that should not be
brought down to earth by
having planning involved
and at best when a couple say they are
trying for a baby
they really mean they have
given up using contraception
and get at it when mum fancies a bit

15th February 2019

We do tend to use rather out-dated cultural references
and so..
The Admirable Crichton
Lord Loam - Cecil Parker
and his family are shipwrecked on a desert island
where his manservant - Kenneth More
proves the undisputed leader
British movie of 1957
based on a famous play
it may be appropriate to quote
horses for courses
in changed circumstances different skill sets are needed
or it could be a reference to
lions led by donkeys
and that would be the basis of the cult TV series
Red Dwarf
but at first
Crichton was split into
Criton and Holly because of the
Hal reference
Authur C Clark
and then
there you go
Holly becomes Hilly
a female version and then disappears
When the university sector trumpets
wider participation - in higher education
what are they offering?
you can't give half the population a qualification
once reserved for five percent and
expect the rarity value to be maintained
back in the day
universities were few and some only acknowledged
Oxford and Cambridge - Oxbridge
and the basic idea of Oxbridge was that
the brightest and separately the richest
half a persent of
late teenage boys
would spend half of each of the three or four
most formative years of their lives
in the company of
the 0.005 per cent of the brightest of adults
adult males
if you go down to your local
Further Education College in the 1950s
and do evening classes in cookery
you don't expect
Brian Turner
to be teaching the class
although he often did
the classes he taught
James Martin
were very small
what with the telly and t'internet
most people can get what they need
without attending classes
going to university these days
aside from the extreme
unconditional offer followed by bought in course work concept
is partly about a three year summer camp
for growing up at
and partly some somewhat experienced feedback
feedback from both fellow students and tutors
and this appears to be the crux
thoughtless feedback to a groundling...,br. could lead to suicide
there is scope for
if ignorance is bliss
'tis folly to be wise
in terms of just what other people are capable of
and you are not
is excluding able students
from whatever background from specialist institutions
filtering experiences and sheltering people from
self knowledge?
we don't know this stat
we would like to
rank conurbations from largest down
which have a higher education in then that is
more than
twenty five miles from
the next nearest higher education institution
Tyne and Wear
would not be on the list
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria University
University of Sunderland
opportunity to specialise and distinguish
Oxford bangs on about 5 percent from disadvantaged backgrounds
but, names change
Oxford Brooks, whatever, options
In the world of the Harry Potter sorting hat
any kid can go to any university
local industry and local commerce
depend on the teaching and research of local universities
The geography of The Tees Valley says
steel and chemicals
the university of the tees valley says
social care
it's an economic drag
when the major institutions have
managed decline
written through their bones
what is the morality of letting doctors teach
student nurses
if it denies incompetent nurses the right to
start a fresh career in teaching
those who can, do
those who can't , teach
those who can't teach, write textbooks

14th February 2019

There's a review - probably on their own web site of
Marks and Spencer
at Cleveland Retail Park
it refers to a combination of the tin roof???
and the noise from the freezers and chillers making
mobile 'phone contact with
she who must be obeyed
Leo McKern?
Leo McKern - spelling? - British actor
played an elderly barrister in a UK
sitcom - situation comedy
and always referred to his wife as
she who must be obeyed
regarding what to buy
and so to
Redcar Tesco
the new freezers and chillers
such a lot quieter
except for the fresh milk display because it has
noisy fans being of the
just wheel in the whole cages
no decanting - shelf filling - variety
and thus having no thermal mass or insulation
all the rest....
pull down shutters for enclosure during shop closure,
and central evaporators for store-wide distribution of
in other words the individual freezers and chillers
don't have radiators but they do have
refrigerant circulation pumps but no
fans or radiators
and they still have hot air ducts to
move machinery heat
as opposed to heat removed from the food
into the roof space
and proper drains to avoid
pools of condensed water on the floor
you can hear yourself think n there now
away from the fresh milk
and get your buying instructions by 'phone
oh and equine 'flu?
Redcar is aflat racing course
no jumps, no winter meetings

Regarding an earlier post regarding
The University of Teesside
fish that keeps to the bottom of a river
spectator in the pit of a theatre
a vulgar fellow
not to be confused with
he had a thorough grounding in electrical engineering

13th February 2019

We don't really know what to say about this
This is
The Sustain Programme
it's 35 million quid paid to the
Universities of Swansea, Sheffield, and Warwick
'make the UK Iron and Steel Industry
carbon-neutral by 2040'
are we to assume that the
Old Biddies at The University of Teesside
turned down the offer of this funding
on the grounds that it
Big Boys' Toys
The brief is to
look into
harvesting untapped energy sources
and capturing carbon emissions
as well as
developing new products
and so...
we think Warwick is at
Royal Leamington Spa
just south of Coventry
and so
there are elements of the
motor manufacturing industry
in the Birmingham area
Port Talbot
in South Wales - Swansea University?
Two out of three - Sheffield and Birmingham are
users of steel
Swansea associated with steel making
Not Teesside, Sheffield, and Warwick
Swansea, Sheffield and Warwick
we suspect that the authorities at
The University of Teesside
are hunkered down in their
Managed Decline
preoccupied with
asylum seekers
the unemployable
we are aware that
Tata have just spent tens of millions of pounds on
a refurbishment of one of
Port Talbot's two modest sized blast furnaces
and are planning now to spend some more money at the
Port Talbot BOS plant
the steel maker
Sustain won't be needing those
but here is the point
it appears to us that it is
The University of Teesside that is deliberately
denying The Tees valley the option of
hosting top level employment
in both
The NHS - doctors and dentists
the steel industry
Smart people who venture here
will be arrested for
upsetting the
From University of Warwick
News & Events - Smarter, greener, cleaner steel:
£35 million boost for research to transform UK steel industry
· - Carbon Neutral Steel Making is the future for a sustainable and
world leading industry – meaning the steel industry will need to
transition from coal as its primary energy source to waste materials,
renewable energy and hydrogen. · -
Twenty partners … steel sector. …
If a product isn’t made of steel it’s made using steel .
Steel is at the heart of UK manufacturing sectors such as
the car industry, construction, packaging and defence. …
Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, steel expert at Swansea University and
SUSTAIN’s deputy director, said:
“This news is a massive vote of confidence in the steel industry.
… Gareth Stace, UK Steel Director General, said:
“This new boost of innovation funding into the sector is a vital piece of
the puzzle to help deliver our vision of a cutting-edge,
vibrant, and sustainable steel industry in the UK.
11th Feb 2019

11th February 2019

There's a song lyric somewhere from the 60s? USA
straight razor toting kind of a woman
early 20th century women about town
hat pins as weapons
we like this story about a woman vsiting a hospital
the receptionist asks
would you like a wheelchair?
woman explodes with
why on earth would I need a wheelchair?
well the walking stick
I carry that purely for defence

We note that
Store Twenty one
closed in Redcar last week
We note that
are almost ready to move from
West Dyke Road to
The High Street
If you're desperate for cash
you take your tools, 'phone, laptop etc to
credit jewellers
we have to say that
O'Connor Utilities working for
Northern Electric
have decide not to continue the new
high voltage ring main down
Pybus Place - private property
but double back out of Dundas and along
The Esplanade
and so far....
indications are that they will
by-pass the Woolworths sub-station
they do seen to be installing
low voltage connections
to all customers between the new
Tyne Tees Entertainment sub station
and the relatively new
Palace Hub sub station
as it stands the appearance remains that
the plan to demolish Marks and Spencer
and possibly also Woolworths
remains on track
we suspect that the Woolworths building is already being
supplied by the Palace Hub sub station
it certainly could be
They won't be digging up in front of
The Palace Hub
in this phase
but later
seems a bit odd leaving new cables
terminated in the ground
but we think there will only be one more
phase of installation
probably later this year

We are interested in the concept of
The Outlaw
The Western American
concept of the outlaw was about
a plague on all your houses
but also lead to the actual or movie poster
Wanted, dead or alive
in essence a person who had committed any of a range of offences
would not be arrested but would
loose the protection of the state
There are two concepts involved in London
a killing is only really of interest to the media if it is
perceived as
and the combination of the
Bleeding Heart Liberals and the Trot Tots
childlike adherents to Venezuelan socialism
who propose that non-white violence s
an understandable cry for help
and white violence is a kind of
man bites dog
outrage against the natural order
for the London authorities this only becomes a
Pressing problem if
non-white long term UK residents
killing tourists
locals are supposed to be
perfect and respectful hosts to their visitors
it is hard to find a slum or shanty town in London
but when violence occurs
away from tourist areas
the Bleeding Heart Liberals and the Trot Tots
what happens in the favella
stays in the favella
we can't confirm the spelling of favella
we must respect the cultural traditions of our
long term guests
we really need to research the following
we'll do our normal pre-research think piece
and sort out the clarifications later
back in the 1960s or 70s in the UK
when everybody watched the same TV
there was a famous scientist - anthropologist
Desmond Morris
and his book - one of them and perhaps his TV series?
was called
The Human Zoo
it brings into question the perhaps conflicting concepts of
we throw into the mix at this point
The Lake District Pound
Victorian Navvies being paid in washers or tokens
how integrated should people be?
The concept of the Human Zoo - in our assessment
without checking out the views of Desmond Morris
recalls the likes of
exotic being from far flung lands
brought back to the UK to be displayed as
rather like
The Elephant Man
If we take an area such as a
China Town
we expect to go there and get
some sort of Chinese experience revolving around
we do not expect to step into a time warp in which
different laws and moral standards apply
in the animal zoo
only the
would expect to put the
lions in with the lambs
without mishap
so we think
if you want to come to our country
you are free to integrate
you are also free to aggregate and display your
traditions of cuisine and decor and dress
but we have a bigger problem with
you bringing your medicine and morals and traditions
especially if they abuse females and children

7th February 2019

Note to
Department for People at the BBC
If BrExit ever ends....
Transfer all your BrExit commentators to
The Sports Department - in Manchester
commentate of
Round the World Yacht Racing

Are we going to begin by
straying beyond our
titular bounds
Yes Glaxo in Barnard Castle is in Weardale
not the Tees Valley
we do feel moved to consider this issue
of antibiotics
you know the story of the stranger lost in rural Ireland
asks a local for directions and gets the reply
if I was going there I wouldn't start from here
this is supposed to indicate unhelpful advice
the thing is
if you are asked for directions and that doesn't happen
in the days of satnavs....
if you make a regular journey from somewhere to
the requested destinaton
a more secure way to direct the enquirer is to
direct them to where you would set off from and then add
directions to their target venue
you could easily direct them
in the way of satnavs
into a bog
if you try to invent a more direct route for them
very often we are not encountering a stranger on the road
we are getting a call from somebody whose location is
vague to us
if we don't know where you are
how can we suggest a route to
where you want to be
where we want you to be
in educational terms the choice is between
building for the pupil an island of knowledge
in a sea of ignorance
or building out their territory of knowledge
from the coastline of where they are
a bigger, better continent of
knowledge and understanding
and so with antibiotics
there is a problem with what the punter wants from
and what an expert considers reasonable, sensible, logical
the experts - we - the famous in his own laptop, Ricker
wil progress better if we grasp that
the punters want
to mean
artificial immune system in a pill bottle
they consider pills to be magic
the baby boomer punters anyway
to be able to magically adapt to whatever purpose
Aladdin wishes the genie to dispose
it's not a car
or a truck
it's a Transformer
somehow the punter mind knows that the pill isn't a Transformer
but reverses the roles and declares that the
pathogen is a Transformer
the maths defeat the punters
we can say that if there are
100,000 bacteria in a wound
they will be ALREADY at point of infection
present in a variety of forms
and most will be likely to be killed by simple antibiotics
take a piece of bread
it would have to be a soggy piece of bread
say a number of bacteria fall on it
and a number of fungal - mould - spores fall on it
the bacteria and the fungi
both want to eat the bread
the fungi are higher forms of life than the bacteria
the fungi
piss all over the bread with a secretion that
kills a lot of bacteria but they don't get affected by
frankly the fungi can go through all the bread eating and
spore generating they want to do on that slice of bread
long before the weedy varieties of bacteria they didn't bother to
devise and secrete a poison for
have got their arses into gear
the fungi wouldn't evolve a toxin specific for
any number of bacteria that are too weedy to be a threat
and antibiotics are made for us by fungi
we grow penicillium moulds and extract the penicillin
we get penicillin from mould
just like we get
alcohol from yeast
and what the punters want the experts to do is
make antibiotics from
they expect the experts to
GM - genetically modify the fungi
so they produce an antibiotic that kills a
broader spectrum
of bacteria
bacteria NO VIRUSES will be harmed by
doses of antibiotic
fungi ain't that clever
we will credit this Sam to her granny's old boss
Mike Jackson
he probably picked it up in the
Bowls Club
bloke in a bar needs a wet
he's so bustin' he can't finish his pint before he goes and he
writes on a beer mat I've spat in this
when he gets back
somebody else has added to the beer mat
so have I
just dessert for not trusting his mates to
leave his pint alone while he went for a slash
Here's our thought for the day
if bacteria are mutating into resistant forms
what's their incentive to
mutate back into the susceptible form
which after all these decades
is what we still normally find?
Bottom line...
there are antibiotic resistant bacteria
they just ARE
they are not caused by antibiotics

6th February 2019

we have a new web address
se you there?
one day

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon,
impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is
a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and
has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon
remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved.
Individuals with impostorism incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or
as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be.
While early research focused on the prevalence among high-achieving women,
impostor syndrome has been recognized to affect both men and women equally.
We have touched on this before to a smaller audience...
We decline to research the dates and details
at some point around the 1960s
King's College Durham
was more like
King's College London
St. Mary's College Durham
or Grey or well any of the others
and essentially,
not gradually
King's College Durham
the parts of Durham University located in Newcastle was
lopped of
lock stock and barrel
to form
The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
and that meant that
the only significant 'science ' department in Durham University was
The Geography Department
there may be some dispute over that
there were definitely no
botany and zoology departments in - at - Durham
and so an entire department had to be recruited over one summer vacation
the zoology department were recruited
under or by Oxford Don Dave Barker
as a job lot from
The University of Hull
Dave - wife of author, Pat Barker
no fair, smartwer less famous husband of Pat Barker
and the one Durham graduate - possibly of the name Grey
willing to make the move from Newcastle to Durham
and hence imposter syndrome and wanting to
keep the likes of Dave Hyde M.Sc. Manchester and our Ricker as pets
whilst dishing out
D.Sc. degrees and professorships to
The likes of Cuddly Ken Bowler
a D.Sc. is not much different to an honourary Ph.D. Doctor of Science, Doctor of Philosaphy
We justr clocked sommat
we had been confused about
Kate Silverton off the BBC
Thought she was Northern and found she was Southern
and now we see she shares with Ricker the honour of being
a Cuth's Grad
Graduate of St. Cuthbert's Society , University of Durham, UK

5th February 2019

We do try to correct our errors....
We want to list the realities of the
Trains from Eaglescliffe
They were a start up using
Intercity 125s
They sold out to
the bus company
There are two routes
Bradford Interchange, Low Moor, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield
Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontifract Monkhill, Doncaster, Kings Cross
and the original...
Sunderland, Hartlepool, Eaglescliffe, Northallerton, Thirsk, York
Kings Cross
Hartlepool and Northallerton
Car Parking, Step Free Access, Disabled Assistance,
Self-Service Ticket Machine, Ticket Office, Waiting Room
Refreshments, Bicycle Storage, Toilets (open times vary)
Taxi Rank, Staff for all or part of most days
Eaglescliffe has..
car Parking, Step Free Access, Ticket Office, Waiting Room
Bicycle Storage, Taxi Rank, Staff for all or partof most daysBR> staff on Island Platform, not in car park
and Monday to Friday Azoomas call at eaglescliffe
7.29 - peak service probably costs more - KingsX 10.14
09,28 for KX 12.32
13.13 for 16.08
16.15 for 19.07
18.17 for 21.08
KX 08.06 Eaglescliffe 10.51
KX 11.27 14.04
12.57 for 15.46
Peak Service KX 16.48 for 19.26
Last train 19.27 for 22.52
The same number of trains on weekends
times differ - a bit
Hence thus and therefore and you want
proper disabled services and you can
drive from Eaglescliffe to northallerton in
15 to 20 minutes
get the train there - less parking busier staton
That's the winter timetable...
conecting trains call at
Saltburn, Marske, Longbeck, Redcar East, Redcar Central
British Steel Redcar, like about once a week
South Bank, Middlesbrough, Thornaby (for Stockton)
by whick we mean you can walk over the river bridge
Stockton Railway Station...
well Grand Central runs through Stockton railway station
but they don't stop
in the winter time...
Northern Trains - workie buses
Metro Centre, Newcastle, Heworth
Sunderland, Seaham, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew
Billingham, Stockton, Thornaby, Middlesbrough
with connections from Middlesbrough to
James Cook (hospital), Marton, Gypsy Lane, Nunthorpe
All those on same train - through train
on winter weekends
and on weekdays up to 18.33 Metro Centre departure
We have four or five trough trains from
Middlesbrough to Whitby most winter days
Arriva re thus running Northern and Grand Central trains
TransPennine Express
are running on the East Coast main line,BR> and on the
Yarm Goods loop
and GNER are running on the East Coast Main Line

Ricker is not demented but sometimes
Teesside Airport???
Not exactly nailed down but
it looks that way
Ricker is trying to remember the name of an
Irish writer who
had a bit of a look of
Tintin's dog Snowy
he probably went by
two initials and a surname but wasn't
W B Yates
he means
George Bernard Shaw
never G B Shaw
anyway there is an Irish writer who is said to have said to
a society lady at a function
we'll update the numbers...
and we are taking
into account here
would you sleep with me for a million pounds
well I might
would you sleep with me for a tenner?
what do you take me for, a harlot
Oh we've already established your profession
we are now negotiating a price
people who have no idea of the value of money
for instance asking a politician
how much does a Gregg's sausage roll cost?
often have trouble knowing
right from wrong
legal from illegal
because they can't distinguish the
going rate for a legal act
the going rate for an illegal act
particularly if the supplier asked is
a lawyer or an accountant
when such people are approached by the
super rich
to do something and the price is high
the super rich being also super dim
they don't understand whether the high price is
because it's difficult
because it's illegal
so here we are thinking way outside the box
and we don't know what proportion of people who are
have DNA taken
it could be everyone
it wouldn't alter the story here
Let's just go way weird and suggest that
Jane had a child and some dingbat with dosh
or perhaps a father who was
a ploice officer who missed the lesson on
misconduct in a public office
got it into their head that
Ricker was the father
in the world of mega bucks
and the world of
I've got a Warrant Card
somebody may decide that to get a DNA sample
what simpler than to get Ricker arrested?
Ricker has never made claim to have had a girlfriend
but the first candidate was
and she had a little sister called Sarah
the h was important he got told off for forgetting it
and Sarah was a toddler when Ricker and Gwynneth were
sixth formers
and Sarah's mam was Gwynneth's step mother
there are all sorts of ways the
bored and feeble minded can
imagine things
and if all that hangs together
Ricker could have pleaded not guilty
and not have a - now long expired - criminal record
a spent conviction
except that
in the UK we
not only don't have a viable
Statute of Limitations
we don't have a genuine concept of
The Spent Conviction
In law convictions become spent after five or ten years
so you can tick the box
I have no unspent convictions
not if the job involves
involves working with vulnerable people
they changed the name but it started out as a
Criminal Records Bureau check
the problem is
defining work with vulnerable people
funny they didn't check out the recently resigned
Chief Constable of Cleveland
It's transformed from
a protection for vulnerable service users
an excuse to bin the CV of people you don't want to
and thus circumventing discrimination laws

4th February 2019

We are trying here to put some context into the
announcement that x trail won't be
screwed together at the
Nissan badged Renault plant in
Washington Tyne and Wear UK
Renault did a spin off of the battery manufacturing plant in Washington
We can't at present see global x trail sales figures BUT
They are small compared to the Leaf
What has happened is....
we think
Washington being an assembly plant
it was going to take
Renault diesel engines made in France
and screw them into X trails in Sunderland
Sunderland has the mahusive sheet metal presses
to make body panels, probably much better kit than in France
However, the thing is
the petrol engine designed for the x Trail
is only made by Renault in Japan
Sunderland could mke the bodies BUT
it's one hell of a press to change the press tools on
the engines would have to come at
personal import numbers from Japan
overall not worth the candle
Leaf does not get a mention but it is
the thing that could keep the Sunderland presses
working in the long term
As of March 2013, Nissan has an installed capacity to produce 250,000 Leafs per year:
150,000 at Smyrna, Tennessee,
50,000 at Oppama, Japan, and
50,000 at Sunderland, England.
The first vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced at Nissan’s plant in Oppama, Japan,
which started production on 22 October 2010
U.S. production began in January 2013, at Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Production of the Leaf at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England, began in March 2013.
In March 2013, the Chinese government announced that a partnership between
Nissan and Dongfeng Motor to build Leafs is being planned.
The initial production line will be able to produce 10,000 units per year until it is upgraded to 50,000 units by 2015.
x trail
On October 27, 2016, Nissan Motor Corporation announced the production of the next X-Trail at NMUK
Niassan motors UK?
In February 2019, these plans were cancelled with production planned to remain in Japan.
Nissan's Sunderland plant in the UK has been in operation since 1986 and
has around 7,000 employees.
Sunderland will continue to manufacture several Nissan models and the company
reaffirmed its commitment to manufacture the new Qashqai for 2020 at the UK plant.
Both Nissan and British officials confirmed that no jobs would be lost due to
the modified arrangement, which will see production of the X-Trail moved to Kyushu.

1st February 2019

The trouble with women is...
they never ask for what they want
they distract themselves by asking for what
they feel they are entitled to
even if they don't want it
and the battle for
is for turning things a man would work or negotiate for
a constitutional right

We are going to have a go at another analogy
If you are a relatively poor home owner
and you have little or no insurance
a burst pipe can be a nightmare
If you are rich
a blocked pipe....
move into a hotel for a couple of days
whilst the concierge sort s things out
on the other hand
if you are really quite rich and own a
cabin in the hills
and the cabin is burnt in a forest fire
or slides away due to subsidence
you may face a huge - un-re-insurable loss
what we are trying to get at is
if you are a normal healthy person
any chance of getting super rich would seem
very attractive
Ricker knows nothing about this but
when at 31 he arrived at City University in London
He could not have known whether
Jane was still single
if she was...
that would put a different light on the apparent pressure
from City University
to swap from Optometry and Visual Science
The Business School
If you are ill and in a lot of pain you want to be
as close to medicine as you can get
in hopes of getting a solution to your problem
rather the very rich person may want to understand
global warming and its effect on forest fires
and the mega rich person
just buys another mountain
Ricker's sister is married to an industrial chemist - retired
and this lead to a short but illuminating exchange between
Ricker and a fellow optometry student
for whatever reason Ricker said
Martin has got his name on some patents
Elastoplast Airstrip
and the young woman then said
what are you doing here then?
there followed a quick explanation that what had been said was
has his name on the patent
owns the patent
the patents resulting from Martin's work belong to
Smith and Nephew
but it illustrated the point
this is a university
it's not for rich or clever people
it's for poor people to get a meal ticket
the degree that unlocks the
well paid, secure, office job
to translate the Japanese
a window watcher
in Japanese business culture, employees who develop
continue to turn up for work and sit at desks near a window
and are never again handed an assignment
and so the student assumed that having your name on a patent
would mean being super rich and
relieving all your relatives of the need to
study or work
and clever people 'competing for'
window watcher roles
was threatening to the security of
the window watching classes
rather well illustrated by
the relative points out to a woman in uniform that
the patient has been sick - vomited
and the uniform replies
I'm a grduate
I don't do sick
and Ricker's motivation in his failed attempts to be a medical student was
The NHS has no time for me
perhaps if I were a medical student
I'd become a test case and
my fellow students would be set on to
try to figure out what's wrong with me

Here's a question
Why should Redcar be
Twinned with Shrewsbury?
well it's thirty miles south west of
That's not the reason
as we understand it there's a
derelict flax mill
around there that is
the first multi-storey building to use a
steel frame
with infill brick
instead of load bearing masonry
and Redcar has
rolling mills

resemblance in essentials
between two things or statements
otherwise different
human animal and plant design is
rife with analogues
a left hand is a mirror image of a right hand
but a foot is an analogue of a hand
hence thus and therefore we have another bit of
giving birth is an analogue of taking a dump
when constipated
mansplaining about childbirth
because we all take a dump so regularly
we may not analyse the process
it has two main sections we push to expel
consider the making of sausages into
we deposit turds
we divide a continuous extrusion into sections
and we retract the material not expelled
from the end
shall we say from the anus to the rectum
what Claire Rayner was on about is
to get the baby out quickly what you got to do
is push and rest and push and rest and not
do the nip off a section and retract the rest bit during the
rest intervals
at worst lets say
dumping the head turd now and saving the shoulder turd
for later
not a good plan
perhaps a good plan is
when not near giving birth
make yourself deliberately constipated
hey does that happen naturally during pregnancy??
and practicing
keeping the pushing going witout
retracting for a rest
just take the rest without retracting
tough love this mansplaining

We are moving into fantasy land here butwe have not traced
the death of Tiny Rowland's wife
she had thre daughters and a son Toby
Toby is an internet entreprneur
So we guess he has a more substantial platform than
Our Ricker
If he was born in 1969
he was 2 or 3 years old when Jane and Ricker began their time at Durham
We judge Josie Rowland as a feisty character and we
that as soon as she produced an ligitimate male heir to
Tiny Rowland
she would want any difficulties regarding children earlier produced
Here was the deal
Ken Bowler was Ricker's moral tutor at Durham
Ken said we can't give you a first and a Ph.D. studentship
but we have secured funding for you to be my research assistant
Dave Hyde suggested it could easily be a job for life
It's kida like
applying a standard solution to a different problem
What was proposed was framed as though
Ricker had got Jane pregnant
not that Tiny wanted Jane out of Josie's life
Ricker let Jane down at one point
She asked him to drive her to a wedding
He declined
he always declines when things are dropped on him
we can guess - pure guess
that the wedding was of Jane's mother
milk will be spilt when the guy with the money
no the wife of the guy with the money
expects to manipulate
the guy with the smarts
Did the offer of funding for a research technician
for Cuddly Ken - Hull Uni mate of Roy Hattersley
come from Tiny Rowland?
Park Jane in Durham well out of the way...

31st January 2019

Of the 136 local authorities
that provided information to
the BBC under the Freedom of Information laws,
123 have overspent on their high needs budget
which ones?
the ones which provided information
136 of local authorities approached
replied and
123 of those have overspent

we don't know about football...
but since Emiliano Sala disappeared
we've heard nothing about
Mo Sala
We are

What's sauce for the goose is
sauce for the gander
what's sauce for the gander
is sauce for the goose
are both true of is
gender equality about
equality or
role reversal?
back in the sixties in the UK there was a
public information campaign along the lines of
if men could get pregnant
they would take more care over contraception
middle aged man in a cardi
with a bump

30th January 2019

We have look for the biography of
Roland Walter 'Tiny' Rowland
and we have come up with
Roland Walter "Tiny" Rowland was a controversial high-profile British businessman,
corporate raider and Chief Executive of the Lonrho conglomerate from 1962 to 1994.
He gained fame from a number of high-profile takeover bids,
in particular his bid to take control of Harrods.
Born: 27 November 1917, Kolkata, India
Died: 25 July 1998, London
Education: Churcher's College
Known for: Corporate raider
Children: Toby Rowland, Anda Rowland, Louisa Rowland, Plum Rowland
Organization founded: Lonrho
We have a couple of dates of birth for the 4 children
they are around 1969
and his wife...
A petite Rhodesian brunette, Josie Rowland was the daughter of
the Lonrho chief's estate manager, Lionel Taylor.
They met in London in 1965 and married three years later,
when Rowland - nicknamed Tiny by his mother - was 50 and Josie was 24.
30 May 1993
In respect of our Ricker
we are interested in a person called
Jane Rowland
Jane Rowland graduated from
Durham University
in the summer of 1976
at the time she lived in Woking, Surrey
Her graduation was attended by a big chap who had
a big look of Tiny Rowland
So she would have been born around 1955
She had been our Ricker's tutorials partner on her course
Durham - two tutees per tutor group
As far as we know Jane Rowland and Peter Robson
both lived in Woodham Way in Woking
or both lived in
Shores Road, Woking
or both
after Ricker left Durham
Peter, his brother, shlepped up to Redcar to ask Ricker
whether he was 'still interested in Jane
Jane got an upper second
Ricker got a third
before the results were announced
maybe a year before but before
Jane told Ricker that
her parents wouldn't know the difference between
a first and a third
The listed dates are consistent with
Jane Rowland being a child Tiny Rowland had before he
about ten years before he married
and her mam was probably not the mother of the other four
Tiny sprogs
and when the results did come out...
Ricker's academic tutor told him
don't worry about the class of your degree
those are just for the parents
than of course
Ricker's dad sold his house - in Croxdale - from under him
because he had failed at uni and should
go home
to Redcar
The British legal system
reference the Jack the speedbaot freak
regards women as
not fully human
and at all time the responsibility of the nearest man
to be controlled and cared for as with a pet
then of course
no other university would want to see
their qualifications devalued by
granting Ricker a higher qualification than Durham had
Is it possible that Tiny Rowland
wanted to reverse roles for his
unacknowledged daughter by
fixing her and Ricker's degree classifications to make him
the pet?

28th January 2019

Our Ricker is very old but even he has trouble remembering that
twenty or thirty years ago
people wrote letters and posted them
a long long time ago Ricker had a friend he called
Keithypops was a doctor who worked as an eye surgeon
one day Keithypops got in touch with Ricker and said
got your letter but
in future could you address letters to me to
The Eye Department
Huddersfield Royal Hospital
you addressed the last one to the
Ophthalmology Department and
that made it virtually undeliverable
Keith had recently been appointed as a consultant
having previously worked in London
so nobody in Huddersfield had ever heard of
him or ophthalmology
but it puts Ricker in mind of an incident at Durham University
it was the summer term - don't pick us up about semesters
and names such as Hillary and Michelmass
and the second years were doing their
research projects
Ricker was working alone but some of the others were working in some way
also with Dave Hyde as supervisor
with vision
and they had set up
now this goes back to the days of film
silver halide film and chemicals
not digital cameras
and people had ready access to
electronic flash guns
and they had a test button
so you could test whether they were working without
opening the shutter
so you could walk around with a flash gun
and no camera and press the test button
and the flash would go off
and Dave Hyde had set up this flash gun as a portable light source
he had covered the lamp with some black card
with slits in it
to reduce the flash intensity
now, not as par of their project
one of the lads with access to this setup
decided that it would be a laugh to
set off the flash in Ricker's face
here's the interesting thing
a little later - half a minute or so perhaps
they asked Ricker - this must had been on the back of a comment
because they had not let Ricker examine the flash gun
how many slits are there in the black paper
Ricker said
hang on a minute, looked at the floor, blinked a few times and said
he was right
he wasn't remembering how many slits there were in the black card
he was checking out how many strips of
rhodopsin - visual purple - were still present in his retinas
there is image latency in human eyes
just thought we would mention that in the context of
Phil the Greek
and another thing
when Ricker was doing his anatomy classes at
Newcastle Medical School
there was a real life
Silent Witness guy
probably dead by then - we have the book....somewhere
called Spillsbury
there was a case where the murder was by gunshot
but the peculiarity was that after shooting the victim dead
the murderer shot out both of the victim's eyes
in pursuit of this concept of the
persistence of vision
he thought there was at least a chance that Spillbury would
be able to print a picture of the last thing the victim saw before death
by using the rhodopsin image as a negative

single in kind
having no like or equal
being the one specimen
single sole
it comes from Old English: anlic, one like
unique is English
very unique is not English
one of the only
will not wash
one of the few
one of the rare
only is only
unique is one of a kind
still... George Clarke... probably Irish
we can't comment on the Irish Language

A thought has occurred
if The University of Newcastle upon Tyne
and Newcastle Medical School
continue to deny the existence of
James Cook University Hospital
will the status of Newcastle Medical School
decline to that of
Sunderland Medical School
what would be the consequenses for
The University of Teesside?

We're gonna have another tilt at the question of
antibiotic resistance
Let's say you have a boat
let's imagine your body as a boat
it's quite a leaky boat but you have two things to keep you afloat
you have a collection of bungs
and you have a bilge pump
Let's say that the vast majority of the holes in your boat are
either square or circular and
the bungs you have were supplied by the boatbuilder and they are
all square or circular
a very small proportion of the holes in your boat are
when you miss hole or a new one appears
some water will get into your boat and that water will be
pumped out by your bilge pump
and the fact that your bilge pump is runnng will alert you to
search for a seal the new holes
but the square bungs won't fit in the triangular holes
and the round bungs won't completely seal the triangular holes and
eventually you bilge pump will fail
and your boat will fill with water and you will sink
without the need for any
Deus ex Machina
invention of a new shape of hole
what we are trying to explain here is that these
supposedly 'new' resistant infections are
running riot through the general population as for instance
threatens to do
these are things people are found to have when they are
at death's door
back in the day
was referred to as
the old man's friend
death from pneumonia is quick and painless
and you gotta die of SOMETHING
you gotta die and they have to put something on
your death certificate
not everybody who dies capable of culturing a
resistant infection is in their 80s
but almost all the rest have something else
very seriously wrong with them
you died of heart or multiple organ failure
we were able to culture something obscure from your remains
we'd killed off everything else
by the time you died
deus ex machina
person - usually a god - who intervenes opportunely to
solve a problem - especially in a stage play, novel etc
a cop out in the case of a plot inconsistency
non sequitur
illogical statement or conclusion
conclusion that does not follow from premisses
premise - is a verb
premiss - is a noun
to premise is to deploy a premiss
non sec wit ur
premise - to set forth beforehand
surmise -imagine or infer something without proper grounds
to make a guess or conjecture
Old French - surmise: accusation - without evidence
600 people a year killed deliberately by somebody else
60 of them kicked the cat when they were ten
every person who kicks a cat at ten
will go on to kill another human....

25th January 2019

the dead cat on the table charge grows
The dead woman's father is a
in the Prisons service
looks like the
Home Secretary
had an arrest warrant issued in
mid January 2019
ten months after the lad skipped court
parents, cat's paw for the Home Secretary?

It's not just the weekend cover amongst
BBC news script writers
who stuff up
climactic refers to a climax
climatic refers to the climate
both Greek
climate is from the Greek for a slope
climax relates to a ladder
so some of our railway pedestrian bridges are
and some are climatic
Tanni Grey Thompson - Eaglescliff station reference
What Baroness Tanni wants
is a couple of passenger lifts at Eaglescliff
Thing is, the only Azuma trains that stop at Eaglescliff
are run by a company tht only runs
Sunderland to Kings Cross
Great Northern Railway
or some such
in the media the Tanni T
complaint is that the ramp is
very long
here's the thing
pedestrian bridges over railways are of two very similar heights
for electrified and non-electrified tracks
given the standard height
if it's very very long....
it won't be steep
id it's short it will be steep
but it still won't be a lift
where muggers can hide
like in a subway
sometimes you just can't win
the trouble at Eaglescliff is that it has
an island platform
it it had two trackside platforms
at least The Dame could get on the train to London
without recourse to a bridge
but apparently she has no problem with the shorter steeper
down line bridge ramp
because when she arrives by car to catch the train
she is alone
but when she arrives -from London - by train
there are staff to help her

There is this
rising from the roots
flavour to
The Tees Valley
Ricker is currently congratulating himself on remembering a trade name
Elementis Chromium
Back in the day there was a green patch alongside the
Darlington to Saltburn railway line
bet you haven't noticed that railway lines are still measured in
miles and chains
surveyors used to measure land with chains
Redcar Central Station is
well there is a notice at the side of the level crossing
a notice installed less than five years ago when the
gates were renewed
that tells visiting engineers
how many miles and chains it is from
The main East Coast Line - at Darlington, not Northallerton
to West Dyke Road, Redcar
none of yer killy metres on the railway
The green patch by the side of the railway was a lot nearer to
Darlington than Redcar is
It was at Urlay Nook
Urlay Nook is a disused railway station
next along the line from
Teesside Airport
For many many years there was a passenger shelter on the station with
Hazel O'Conner
graffiti on it
Frankly we don't get out that way much and
we may be confusing
the closed Urlay Nook with the still open
Allens West
railway station
so we have sympathy for newsreaders who pronounce
Lack en by
Lake n bee
Allens West was a depot that was the last vestage of
RAF Middleton Saint George
and the green patch was a huge
green - actually green, not overgrown
spoil heap from
what at the end was called
Elementis Chromium
and now this
which is on the opposite side of the railway from the airport
is to be
a global centre of excellence for the
heands on training of
helicopter paramedics
due to the site now being the stabling and maintenance base for
The Great North Air Ambulance charity
and their livery is....
green and white - natch
The training centre is based in the old
not very old twenty or thirty years old
Elementis Chromium offices
Newcastle Universty took our
medical school away
got one in Newcastle
got one in
Sunderland, only city in the UKto have
a medical school and no hospital
not exactly true but
is there any medical facility on the scale of
Teesside's James Cook University Hospital
what university exactly is referred to in that name?
Teesside where all the nurses, and parmedics and, and
and NOT doctors, or dentists
train but
all sorts of facilities for training
professions allied to medicine
are building up

23rd January 2019

We are concerned about this speed boat tragedy
Firstly we are concerned that
The Home Secretary
may be biging this up
Trump slinging a dead cat on the table
a a distraction style...
more seriously we have heard some misrepresentations
it has been suggested that this was a hire boat
we understand that it was the defendant's own boat
we think the victim was driving - piloting - the boat at the time of the crash
the question is
what is the proper response to
Can i have a go?
No, you haven't got the skills
I'm a female, you're patronising me
take me home
we suspect
since video and audio from the victim's 'phone was recovered
that the court or the prosecution had evidence of this
and that this is the basis for allowing the appeal

We have visited the exhibition in the
Palace Hub Art Gallery
on Redcar Sea Front
that is devoted to
Beach Litter
specifically plastic waste
The display is
at the rear on the right
this display is well worth a visit
the display of source material does not quite qualify as
it is curated found objects
However, that is important
The prints displayed on the walls around the
do very much qualify as art - fine art
The artist has divided the found objects into around 6
display cabinets and allocated each a category
we would divide the found items in two ways
firstly we would divide the items into
single use plastics
discarded plastics artefacts
the other distinction we would make is between
material discarded overboard by ships crew
as part of routine maintenance
things that may be lost by children
there is a really very small collection of
cotton bud stems
and as we have remarked preciously
the thrown off ships theory is bolstered by
the paucity of local domestic brands
we noted
window frame shims
that indicates that somebody operating as a
double glazing fitter
has been fly tipping on a beach or in the dunes
one case is plastic bottle tops
we did not investigate why there were few
plastic bottles
perhaps the bottles degrade quicker than the tops
they are made of different plastics
good as art
not so good as evidence that local adults are careless with their rubbish

Someone is playing games with the unemployment figures
Yesterday we got quarterly unemployment figures
they were not for the quarter after the quarter that was previously reported
Yesterday we got figures for September to November 71,000
We couldn't be arsed to record the previously published figures but we think
they were 74,000 for the period
July to September
so September to November is
the quarter following
July to September
Will the ONS EVER publish figures that don't include September?
they have figures for a number of things including
in employment
seeking work
economically inactive
we are seeing
employment rise because
economically inactive people are taking up jobs
vacated by departing immigrants
if they become economically active
and suddenly are awakened to the world of the
living wage
they may become economically active
we think that traditionally
people who were not
benefit claimants were ushered out of Job Centres
with a flea in their ear
at the same time as such jobs as
family doctor
were being listed on the kiosks - computer terminals

22nd January 2019

We thought we would not comment on the
lunar eclipse
but we will take the opportunity to explain something else
What we understand of
is related to
The Turn of the Year
we see people celebrating the
Summer Solstice
at Stonehenge
however we think that the whole idea is that what really matters is that
around the 20th December
the nights begin to get shorter
The Winter Solstice
for a long while early civilisations built structures at which
the sun rose over a particular item
a stone or a tree stump or a gap in the hills
on the shortest day
essentially there would be a....
reverie here
Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy reference
The Restaurant at the end of the Universe
big party to go out with a bang as
the sun abandoned the planet and
life as they knew it would come to an end
except that the threat was annual and regular
this requires a line in the sand or more specifically
a line between where you stand to observe and where you see
the sun rise
the gap in the hills is fixed but the stone you observe from
has to be set in the correct place
what the early British did was to find a
natural - not man made - line in the landscape
a rift or glacial scrape
that was naturally on the exact alignment of
winter and summer solstice
this made the site that became
was a God Given Clock
and thus the most sacred site in the country - possibly the world
what is really interesting is the story of the
Abandonment of Stonehenge
It was along the lines of
People loosing their religion when
Men - people - first walked on the moon
All Shiny and New
Supervet catchphrase reference
People came the The British Isles with a new technology
the ability to make household goods of a new type
These people we refer to as
The Beaker People
Fisrt signs of the Beaker People - last signs of use of Stonehenge
something new to believe in
after all the sun had been coming back each year for centuries

21st January 2019

We are not wishing to get too deep into the specifics here
we recently heard a vox pop about switching from
smoking to vaping and the woman said
I know smoking is harmful but
vaping isn't completely safe, is it?
this is like saying
My insurance policy costs
£80 a year
but the alternative costs
twenty pounds a year and so
because the alternative isn't free
I'm not switching
It's no wonder there are communities that doctors
don't want to work in
now we are going to discuss something that has serious potential to
be got out of proportion
before reading this next bit
get it clear in your mind
it is entirely safe to drink tea
however here we want to use a benign example of
how difficult it can be to change somebody's behaviour
to their advantage
there are now several commercially available sources of
caffeine is good
when consumed in sensible quantities
the three main sources are
tea coffee and fizzy drinks
the fizzy drinks can be a problem due to the added sugar
however t this point we are at
tea versus coffee
the difference is
tea contains a lot more
than coffee
quite simply a person set in their ways may find it difficult to
deal with digestive difficulties associated with tannin ingestion
they may resort to weaker and weaker tea
failing to get the caffeine that would be beneficial because
they can't cope with the tannins that come
with the caffeine when taking the caffeine in the form of tea
they resort to weaker and weaker tea
falling short on their caffeine intake
instead of alternating tea with coffee
having coffee early morning
tea during the day
and cocoa of a nigh-time
the approach...
I only drink tea but I have to have it very weak
is a position it is very difficult to get a person
out of
and similarly for more serious
nuisance habits
we have a Tommy Tale for this
So far as we know when Ricker were a lad
only two people in his family bought fags
Tommy - Ricker's dad - and kari the then wife of one of Ricker's brothers
Given the overall state of kari we are not willing to say that
she was not adicted to fags
what we can say with certainty is that
Tommy was habituated to buying fags
in the army he had bartered or given his tobacco ration away
however,at the foot of his office building in
Albert Road, Middlesbrough
there was a tobacconist's cabin
Tommy had to walk past the cabin to get from office to car and back
and so friendly like he didn't wave and walk past
he popped in for a chat
and as soon as Tommy appeared in the cabin door
the tobaconnist slapped Tommy's usual order down on the counter
being a regular customer was part of
Tommy's PR
he knew customers would be in there too and a good work about him from the staff
was good for his business
Tommy was habituated to buying fags
and then he would light them and left them
burn down between his fingers...
whenever Ricker kissed his dad
there were bits of tobacco on his lips
proper cigarettes not filter tips
once Tommy retired he no longer needed the PR and no longer walked along
Albert Road
and he stopped buying fags
stopped dead
no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever
and so
habituation from adiction
is the same sort of probalem as
intollerence from allergy

It used to be called
I will vote for you or your law if you
finance a hog roast for my constituents
Now the trend is
I need to get this grieving family off my back
can you pass a law that they can present to the media as
being in the name of their dead daughter?
it is quite a major line that needs to be drawn between
associating the name of a dead child or a retiring MP
with a law
allowing the grieving couple to
determine the substance and effect of that law
we could end up with a deluge of mad cap laws that remained in force
and had to be enforced until
the parents or the ex-MP
that is a version of democracy that involves
more clout the more touching your
back story
However, we have to admit that
superstition and arbitrary power got us to where we were
fifty years ago
so it's not a complete bust

Pedant's Pulpit
The day on which it occurred
The day that it occurred on
In theory
that is for
the one and only
which is for
which of two or more
hence we can swap the two around
so long as we construct our sentence appropriately
and the
that-phobe can say
The day which it occurred on
but we can't say
The bomb which exploded
without implying that there were other bombs that
didn't explode
The bomb that exploded was a danger to many people.
The bomb which exploded was a danger to many people,
implies that the ones that didn't explode were no danger to anybody
and so the question of
a media editor
'correcting' the English of a contributor
say the original text is
This terrorist act must be condemned in the strongest terms
That is a flat statement
if the editor changes it to
This terrorist act (which) must be condemned in the strongest terms
it implies that some terrorist act don't reach that threshold
to insert 'that' may be correcting the English
to insert 'which' changes the meaning
an editor may change a journalist's copy
but tampering with an official statement from a
political party or other organisation is
treating with fake news

This is one of our
Newton Moments
a situation where we feel the need to explain something in detail
and the writing is quite a slog
Consider the gooseberry bush in Ricker's garden
he bought it and planted it and
every year it produced a set of leaves
and every year they got eaten
all of them
by the specialist fly that the plant was infested with when he bought it
he bought it and it introduced a pest into his garden
eventually Ricker bought some worms
Pippa Greenwood
is it
woman who used to be of
Gardeners' World
on TV
and couple of years later
Ricker's gooseberry bush
managed to keep most of its leaves for
most of the summer
here's the thing
without its leaves the plant - bush
had never produced any berries
in the real world being the only gooseberry bush for miles around
probably an exaggeration
it may still not produce any berries
for other reasons
like not having its flowers fertilised
but say all else is well...
the bush can be moved but it can't move itself
to colonise other gardens
it needs to have somebody or something else
transport its seed
the way that is done is
the bush persuades the something else to
eat its berries
and poo out its seeds in another garden
so here is the bind
the bush
something to drink it's nectar - for fertilisation purposes
and eat its fruit - for colonisation purposes
but it does
want anything to
eat its leaves
hence only the very specialised fly is a problem
because it has evolved to overcome the
gooseberry bush's leave protection measures
and here is the lesson for
who are biological but
much more complicated than gooseberry bushes
as people have got so much more clever
and produced babies with bigger and bigger heads
getting pregnant when you are
young an supple and still growing is
mechanically a good thing
but it leaves you with a baby and then a child
long before you have enough
life experience to be a
good mum
for best result s you have to separate
the mechanical from the mental
the trick is to have a number of
pretend pregnancies
lots of sex
whilst young
to prepare your body
whilst giving your mind time to develop and grow
and that requires
your first pregnancy
not simply
you feel your family is complete
to put it another way
oh this is to introduce an unfmiliar term
Bell JAR
a bell jar is one of those
bell shaped glass covers The Victorians
put over ornate trinkets such as clocks
to keep the soot out of their nooks and crannies
if you put the gooseberry bush
under a bell jar
it will never have any babies
on a slightly tangential note
a man with the chutzpah to
get stuck into
The Queen
would be likely to drive a car
without rearing a seat belt

One of the things we want to point out is that
senior ministers don't stay in post long and
any help available from a
Middlesbrough born secretary of state for trade and industry
will be a
limited time offer
no chance of
deferring to after The Labour get back into power

There is these days less mention of the concept of
positive discrimination
In broad terms the concept of positive discrimination is that
you can't tell a woman or a 'black man' that
they have got something wrong
many organisations now have a
cat's-paw female or ethnic minority
spokesperson or chief executive
who is immune from being
repeatedly asked the same question
Amdrew Neil seems to have taken over in this role from
Jeremy Paxman
There is something else underlying this
tick box accountability
if a university or professional accrediting body is
under scrutiny of an automated variety
the system will expect
most candidates will do OK
some will be super smart and
some will fail
in a context of pressure to carry out
positive discrimination policies
and return statistics relating to
some people must be failed to
demonstrate the rigour of the assessment
we get the
white boys always do worst syndrome in assessments
white boys from deprived backgrounds are
in the statistics
the lowest achieving group
they are the only group it is
to criticise and fail
and when any of the nation's
precious princesses
never told they are wrong
go out and get themselves killed
there will be another raft of legislation
banning something else
that is based on
I don't want my wife or daughter to have
died in vain
and not on
statistics, logic or FACTS
has anybody any idea what
4.5 milligrams is?
There are approx
25 grammes - grams
in an ounce
a microgram is a thuosanth of a gram
if you have in your company
dozens of factories the size of a football pitch
you have scope to dedicate on of them to
producing hypoallergenic foods
f the retailer isn't allowed to display the product in
plastic wrap
how do you avoid cross contamination?
how do you run a commercial kitchen
the size of the average living room or lounge
and avoid cross contamination on the
microgram level
clearly if you offer a
no nuts product
it should not have pea sized chunks of nut in it
being jailed or shut down because
millions of pounds worth of lad equipment found
4.5 mcrogrammes in a korma...
Under the Food Safety ActBR> a korma was found to have contained
4,3 mg of peanut - making it an offence
£2,500 fine plus costs
Spice of Life Grimsby July 2017
what is an mg?
is it a milligram
or a microgram?
how many little girls dying from
overuse of epipens
would it take for
The Mother of Parliaments
to be persuaded to nod through a change from
millgrams to micrograms?

The UK Supreme Court has much less power to deem the
product of the
Bear Pit
that is the
House of Commons
than occurs in paralle with the US Supreme Court

What did the Romans ever do for US?
Well one thing they didn't do is
give us the word
child is Old English
the problem is it covers four different things
four different classifications of people
we've quoted this before
a son's a son until he takes a wife
a daughter's a daughter for all of her life
and we've referred before to
a woman getting grief from her parents
flashing the rings on her ring finger and
you gave me away
some people would have it that a person is only
an independent adult
between the ages of
35 and 65
times change and so does technology
there are still battles about
the voting age sometimes being
but mostly being 18
the age of consent being 16
the age of criminal responsibility being
depending on the nature of the crime
we have referred to the fact that despite the name
we have parent benefit and call it child benefit
we speak of tightened rules on
free school meals
technology says
technology exists that can say
take child benefit
put some of it into the carer's bank account and put some
into credit on a app on the child's 'phone that will allow the child to buy certain things
mainly healthy foods
using their 'phone for contactless payment
experimentally that could start at
10 years old
but it may even work for
five year olds

18th January 2019

Phil the Greek's
the incident has been timed at 3.00 pm
at this time of year....
at that time of year
low sun
anybody driving - age no major factor is
looking for movement in the distance
it is very easy to see a dazzling light and not see movement and
assume nothing is moving
of course in this case this may not be a factor
on what we have seen
low sun
is more likely than
to be the majopr factor

17th January 2019

Yesterday the
Office for National Statistics - UK
published December 2018 figures for
inflation - including house price inflation
we are used to stats coming out mid month for the prevous month
in December we did not get
November unemployment figures
we got quarterly unemployment figures for
August, September , october 2018
we consider ourselves
at or past mid January
no December unemployment figures
can't reasonably re-re-publish
the August October figures
perhaps we will get the
November, December, January quarterly figures
in mid February???
perhaps we will have to wait for
rising figures
before we get more information
Here's the odd thing
The ONS say that they will publish the
next quarterly figures on
22nd January 2019
To that extent
it appaers ONS have abandoned
monthly reporting of unemployment
but it is a little odd that they intend? publishing
the November, December, January figures
on 22nd January
It is also of interest that a search of their web site for
North East England
throws up mainly
North East Lincolnshire
The North East is
getting boring
from a stats point of view

Sajid Javid
Presently the Home Secretary - UK
with a strong background in banking
We remember three government ministaer were involved in the
SSI shutdown
we have forgotten one of them
Anna Soubery is
a barrister
a rent a mouth
not responsible for policy and so
she would have said whatever Sajid Javid told her to say
He served in the Cabinet as Culture Secretary from 2014-15,
Business Secretary and President of the Board of Trade from 2015-16
and Communities Secretary from 2016-18.
He was appointed to his current role as Home Secretary in June 2018
Javid joined Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City immediately after graduation,
working mostly in South America. Aged 25,
he became vice president.
He returned to London in 1997, and later joined Deutsche Bank as a director in 2000.
In 2004, he became a managing director at Deutsche Bank and,
the following year, global head of Emerging Markets Structuring.
His time in the US included a spell as an aide to Rudy Giuliani's winning 1993 New York mayoral campaign.
In 2007, he relocated to Singapore as head of Deutsche Bank's credit trading,
equity convertibles, commodities and private equity businesses in Asia,
and was appointed a board member of Deutsche Bank International Limited.
He left Deutsche Bank in 2009 to pursue a career in politics.
His earnings at Deutsche Bank would have been roughly £3,000,000 a year at the time he left
and the Evening Standard once estimated his career change would have required him to take a 98% pay cut.
There is therefore no
established link
Sajid Javid
Tata Industries
we suspect that he is
Not a details man
and just bought some line sold to him by
an influencer

We are sure there will be a
Tata Team
in government
but the three people who fronted the closure of SSI were
probably acting as somebody else's
cat's paw

and the new bloke in the job...
Gregory David Clark MP (born 28 August 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician who
is the MP for Tunbridge Wells and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Clark was born in Middlesbrough and studied Economics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where
he was president of Cambridge University Social Democrats.
He then gained his PhD from the London School of Economics.
Clark worked as a business consultant before becoming the BBC's Controller for
Commercial Policy and then Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from 2001 until his
election to parliament in 2005
interesting, very very interesting

15th January 2019

movie, 1966
Fahrenheit 451
a review ten years later said
In a fascist future state, a fireman's job is to
burn books
1984 stuff
a little lacking in plot and
rather tentatively directed
but with charming moments
He barely dramatizes the material at all
and though there are charming childlike moments
the performers seem listless
and the whole enterprse a little drab
This is
Francois Truffaut,
Ray Bradbury
Julie Christie
Cyril Cusack
We are deliving here because of the report of
Cleveland Police
The father of a newborn baby was 'shocked'
to be confronted by police after posting on social media
that he accidentally fed his son chilli sauce
Paul Dawson from Stockton was out with his partner and
five day old Ben
on 5th January
when the mishap occured
Forgetting he had been eating spicy chicken wings
Mr Dawson put his knuckle in Ben's mouth to
pacify him
Cleveland Police Officers visited Mr Dawson
after a member of the public complained about
his Facebook post
We will step back a little here
Recently a bridge collapsed in Italy
a huge bridge
quite a number of people died
the bridge had been built soon after the second world war
at the time of
New Brutalist Architecture
At that time many public buildings and
civil engineering projects were built with
lots of concrete and not much steel
because steel was in short supply and you need
a lot of concrete in a structure if
there isn't going to be much steel
this tidal wave of concrete spawned in
Ray bradbury's mind the idea of a future world where
nothing in the human environment would burn
and so
Fire Fighters would need a new role
firemen - burning books
last vestiges of the combustible
like cladding on tower blocks
people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
people in wooden homes are careful about
fire safety
put people in concrete tower blocks and
fire safety looses priority
then fit plastic window frames and
the lot goes up
now that we live is such a safe and secure environment
we call an ambulance for advice on a
hang nail
and the police about
are chicken wings and babies to come into contact?

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury,
first published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works.
The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and
"firemen" burn any that are found.
The book's tagline explains the title:
"Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns..."
The lead character, Guy Montag, is a fireman who becomes disillusioned with his role of
censoring literature and destroying knowledge,
eventually quitting his job and committing himself to
the preservation of literary and cultural writings.

Should we regard it as amusing or sinister
sinister is the opposite of dexter
sinister refers to 'left handed'
dexter refers to right handed
should we consider it sinister or amusing that Sam on a visit to our Ricker
we think we can allow you to keep the big black books
referring to volumes of
Encyclopaedia Britannica

This past weekend we saw one of the new
a blink and you missed it appearance of
Redcar's Stray Cafe
considering how beautiful
it is a great honour that Redcar
we id blink so we don't know whether the shots of
The Beacon
were in this episode or will feature later

The May 2019 local council elections are creeping up on us
and so we should note there will be
boundary changes
for instance...
the people who in the past have voted in
Dormanstown Ward without living
that side of Kirkleatham Lane
will from now on be voting - if they wish
in Newcomen Ward
but not Dormanstown

14th January 2019

Time for one of Rickers little word games
how the hell did
and hypochondriac
get their meanings?
This yer Ancient Greeks
hupo -hypo- under
fair enough
we have to imagine then Ancient Greeks
walking everywhere and carrying heaavy loads
and dying and having quite deformed joints by the time
they died
and so despite all we see
osteoporosis seen way back as something very painful,br> debilitating but
something that was
never gonna kill ya
of course we are not about to check for rhe first use of the term
that may have happened long after the Ancient Greeks
like with Victorian doctors playing with words
you check, we can't be arsed

We are intrigued by developments at the supermarket
that time forgot
Tesco Redcar
what we see looks like
well in yer ordinary supermarket
the chillers and the freezers
they have a variety of ways to pump heat out of the food
into your face
it looks like Tesco Redcar are fixing some sort of
centralised climate control for their stock displays
some sort of system for running cooling water or
refrigerant through the cabinets and taking the heat
into the ceiling
and from there to ...
who knows where we guess it's an experiment
if it works
maybe there will be a press release
or for all we know Redcar is the last store to get the upgrade
When we say
The Supermarket that time forgot...
There are or should we say were
three well spaced supermarkets on
West Dyke Road, Redcar
The first was
that was built on the site of the old stables at
Redcar - horse - Racecourse
then there was
The Co-Op
built up at the turn in the road on
Top Lakes
and then there was
built between the town centre and Redcar Central railway station
and then
all od Safeway became
Redcar Tesco
the Co-Op was split in two and became
and half
Pound Stretcher
hence people either go to
Aldi or Morrisons
between the two is a turn off onto
Roseberry Road where
something like Netto became
tiny ASDA by asda standards
and there is a Sainsbury's and a Heron Foods
on Roseberry Square too
and the Heron Foods used to be
Roseberry Square library
and the library is now a part of the
amienety block
for the football pitches around the back
All of whch makes Tesco Redcar
The oldest building in Redcar in use as a supermarket
apart from
Heron Foods on the High Street
and Fulton Foods is in the
Frank Dee supermarket
that moved next door
opened by two then
Emerdale stars
and now B and M

We kinda gave up on
Ian and Duncan Smith
when they stopped being in charge of
the benefit changes but we do have an observation about
what we take to have been his
tag line
Make Work pay
The specifics of the recent judicial review seem limited
on the face of it the problem is an automated system that can't
smooth out earned or more specifically non-benefit income
over a period of time
the system appears to be modelled on the
Pay As You Earn tax calculation algorithms
we have long had problems with people
for instance
being put into a higher tax bracket because
they were on one month's pay slip paid
a bonus for the entire year
For instance we wonder how many
John Lewis Partnership partners
had this problem in earlier rosier years
This therefore is not a new problem
it is simply now affecting lower paid workers
with the living wage being now substantial
the main problem is probably with workers on
part time or zero hours contracts
we have memories of bemoaning the
Parent Tax Credit
being named
Child Tax Credit
clearly a genuine child tax credit would never
vary or amount to a taxable amount
what varies is
what adult held bank account should it be paid into?
We, however, consider the major give away in the tale of the
misleading tag line
to be the idea of
one payment per household
the Smith Twins concept is a benefit system that
incentivises - as with the get married tax bonus
the concept of
it will all be plain sailing if households consist of
breadwinner - in full time work and preferably male
and a homemaker - with a pin money job the proceeds of which
are not vital to the family finances
not make work pay
make conventionality pay
and the smoking gun?
This whole saga of Universal Credit began when
Ian and Duncan Smith as government ministers
made visits to sink estates and saw
the extent of the chaos of the lives of the residents
and Universal Credit was devised to
give their lives more structure and stability
the problem was and is that there was no thought given to
more modern and yet stable domestic arrangements
the idea was - even if never codified
take these people back to the 1950s
The 1950s on a middle class Garden Suburb
just the sort of place most teenagers are
more keen to escape than
The Ghetto

There are probably quite a few people still around who remember
Sooty and Sweep
Steptoe and Sons
do you recall
Very clean
Probably a Macca line
or both Lennon and macca saying it
well the reference is to
Wilfred Bramble
Steptoe Senior
in the Beatles Movie
A Hard Day's Night
we can't say whether that line was a reference to
Wilfred Bramble's parallel role in Steptoe and Son
The Sons catch phrase in that was
to his dad
you dirrrty old man
somebody they met on a train?
or a pretend uncle
we don't recall
However it is the other Steptoe, Junior, Harold
Sooty and Sweep the children's puppet show was presented by
Harry Corbett
and Harold Steptoe was played by
Harry Corbett
not the same Harry Corbett
and so Harold was billed as played by
Harry H Corbett
an so Ian Smith being a TOry probably knows who
Ian Smith was
He was something along the lines of
Last white Prime Minister of Rhodesia
and so
Ian Smith the younger may have been better advised to
have himself referred to as
Ian D Smith
reminds us of the son of the headteacher of
Coatham West School
back when it was new
The lad went by
Ian Taylor
but in the Yellow Book at Coatham he was always listed as
G I Taylor
beause he was
Godfrey Ian Taylor
He could not convince anybody he was
Ian Godfrey Taylor
didn't help that he was a git
well you would be if yer dad was on that money
bought a farm at Skelton on the proceeds

10th January 2019

Oooo Errr Mrs - missis
Somebody at Tata has
Thrown a Trump
You builda steel works in Redcar and wella
shut down JLR
Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC is the holding company of
Jaguar Land Rover Limited, a British multinational automotive company with
its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, United Kingdom,
and a subsidiary of Indian automotive company Tata Motors.
The principal activity of Jaguar Land Rover Limited is the
design, development, manufacture and sale of vehicles bearing
the Jaguar and Land Rover marques.
Both marques have long and complex histories prior to their merger
– Jaguar going back to the 1930s and Land Rover to the 1940s –
first coming together in 1968 as part of the ill-fated British Leyland conglomerate
Ford brought them together, and then sold them to Tata Motors
Until Tata acquired them in 2008, Jaguar and Land Rover were both part of
Ford's (NYSE:F) Premier Automotive Group, or PAG. Ford had acquired Jaguar Cars in 1989, hoping to use it as
the basis for an aggressive global push into luxury vehicles.
Eventually, it was folded into PAG, a new Ford division that ultimately included
the Aston Martin, Volvo, Land Rover, and Lincoln brands
However, we can reverse this
Tata were always going to axe 5,000 jobs this month
so there is a point at which the government say
no matter what we do to Redcar...
here's the thing
every weekend a smart looking sleek black Jag parks near
Ricker's gaff
trouble is
it's a debadged X type
it's a diesel
there are quite a few smart looking car in Ricker's street
on examination they mostly prove to be
JLR made a lot of diesels
are they restructuring to make something else or
are they giving up?
in other words
are Tata willing to make carbon free cars out of Redcar steel
or Redcar aluminium
or Redcar plastics?
Redcar's blip is the result of
having industries that are
not the sort of basket case that
mega conglomerates take off governments' hands for a fee
to preserve the jobs....
in terms of
news values
a handful of redundancies is
proper news
a broad sweep of industrial development is

8th January 2019

We can never stand 100 percent behind anything we say
people we report sometimes lie
Here is a perspective on steel in Redcar,Br. at the time of the SSI closure
SSI were producing slab steel for export and
structural steel - girders - was being rolled by
somebody else in Lackenby Mills, using steel
brought in from either
Scunthorpe or Port Talbot
that somebody else was
Tata Steel
the question that moved forward this week is
Tata who have previously 'sold' the mills to
a new start-up with the old name
British Steel
have sold a large section of land to the government
That is the South Tees Development Corporation
and other land on the steelworks site still belongs to
the bannk that are the creditors to the wound up SSI
Were Tata 'ransome stripping' SSI to protect their grip on
the UK steel market?
The land in question - transferred this week
is described as
development land
and as such is probably vacant land between the mills and the blast
rather than the land under the mills
It is possible
only possible
that either
1 now that the UK government own the ransom strip the Thai banks will
sell their Redcar land to the UK government
2 now that the UK government own the ransom strip the Thai banks will
come back and re-open SSI Redcar
subject to the - bin the coke ovens etc - technical upgrades

We are referencing an edition of
Abandoned Engineering
on the Yesterday channel
Some air head from
King's College London?
in the episode
called Ghost Ships
next due for broadcast 11.00am Thu 10th Jan 19
Fressview channel 19
says because so much air is pushed through blast furnaces
modern steel is contaminated with radioactive fall out
and the iron and steel in ancient shipwrecks is less radioactive because the air then?
then being when it was smelted
was not radioactive
but Professor I've never been outside the M25 except to
fly to France and Switzerland???
so far as we know cosmic rays have been producing the same amount of
carbon 14 carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since
before humans discovered fire
if the ancient iron is low in radioactivity....
so must be today's
Christ you can sell anything to the NHS
Talk about Emperor's New Clothes
The idea is tht only super clean non radioactive steel is
good enough for MRI and CAT scanners in them
Halls of Mirrors
London Teaching Hospitals

This comes from
a suggestion from a panellist not one of the elves
we know that newborn babies
benefit greatly from getting
from early breastfeeding
here's the suggestion
if you have a baby girl and you continue to breast feed her
after your own hormones have settled down following
pregnancy and birth
the rebound can be very strong and quite a lot of women get pregnant again
very quickly after birth and then there seems to be a lag
ten months later another birth
no more births for three or four years
here's the thing
does a new mother tone down her own hormone levels
to prevent her dosing her daughter with hormones she isn't ready for?
the suggestion is that some girl babies
have periods in sync with their breast feeding mums
we don't consult mumsnet...
perhaps we should just leave that hanging
except to say
it is quite commonly believed that
breast feeding suppresses female libido
perhaps it is a sacrifice to protect the little ones from female hormones
cue a shoal of papers on
breast feed too long and your little boy will grow up
this is the point where we accept that
this whole thing disgraces the memory of the originators of
we should at this point insert a hyperlink to out stuff about the
origins of gay
but instead
new readers start here
is not a link
perhaps if you search this site for
Waghorne or triplets you can find the original???
a set of triplets
two identical and gay one non identical and staraight
Mrs Waghorn had sex - unprotected sex
around the time the egg that became the straight triplet was shed
thing is Mrs Waghorn was in her mid to late thirties at the time
and so
her ovaries had got out of whack
they are supposed to alternate
each of the two ovaries shedding an egg every 60 days
or 56 or whatever
meaning between them they shed an egg once a 'month'
in the ovaries all the eggs
little girls are born all stocked up with
all the eggs they will ever have
all the eggs are sheltered and protected from
hormones and such things
once shed they are out to get fertilised but also begin to develop
ther were chosen to be shed because they were furthest on of the
remaining at that time
once shed they develop and the egg that became the
gay twins developed so much that it split in two
eggs don't implant into the wall of the womb until
after they are fertilized - after than they are back in
protective custardy
but an egg floating around
not in the ovary and not in the wall of the womb
fishing for sperm
is vulnerable to influences and those influences will be
mum's female hormones
and so the egg sets out to develop into a little girl
but if after quite a time the egg - split or not
and not flushed out with the next menstrual flow
is hit by a sperm with a Y chromosome
no matter how far down the road to being a girl it has got
the Y chromosome will give it
boy bits
whch are the same bits girls have but in different places and
proportioned differently
somewhere we have a very neat
hot dog analogy
and so we have
two gayness generators
not having much unprotected sex and getting Y chromed rather late
being male but being breast fed for rather too long by a horny mum
here's a project for the
New Wave Researchers
is there a link between
gay baby boy
light periods
a light period could fail to flush away a
past its fertilize by date
for the more adventurous....
is there a link between having a gay baby boy and
low fallopian tube motility?

7th January 2019

Re lower down
we was right, broadly
cosmic rays convert nitrogen into carbon 14 or similar...
and that stops for
fossil carbon
but that does not mean that modern steel or wood or whatever is
more radioactive than
pre atmospheric testing, material
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Radiocarbon dating (also referred to as carbon dating or carbon-14 dating) is
a method for determining the age of an object containing organic material by
using the properties of radiocarbon, a radioactive isotope of carbon.
The method was developed in the late 1940s by Willard Libby,
who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in 1960.
It is based on the fact that radiocarbon (14 C) is
constantly being created in the atmosphere by the interaction of
cosmic rays with atmospheric nitrogen.
The resulting 14 C combines with atmospheric oxygen to form
radioactive carbon dioxide, which is
incorporated into plants by photosynthesis;
animals then acquire 14 C by eating the plants.
When the animal or plant dies, it stops exchanging carbon with its environment, and
from that point onwards the amount of 14 C it contains begins to decrease as the
14 C undergoes radioactive decay.
Measuring the amount of 14 C in a sample from a dead plant or animal such as
a piece of wood or a fragment of bone provides information that can
be used to calculate when the animal or plant died.
The older a sample is, the less 14 C there is to be detected, and
because the half-life of 14 C (the period of time after which half of a given sample will have decayed) is
about 5,730 years, the oldest dates that can be reliably measured by this process date to
around 50,000 years ago, although
special preparation methods occasionally permit accurate analysis of older sample

a decade or two ago a form of torture called
achieved some fame
the essence of waterboarding is to make you think you are drowning
even though you are not
it is a version of the
Sword of Damacles
a sword suspended over a diner that may fall and kill him
over and over again we see
Back Bench MPs
seeking their
fifteen days of fame
saying that which the government has decided
may not happen
There is sooo much frustration building up in the UK over
MPs who are supposed to serve constituents
using swathes of constituents as
cannon fodder in their
strutting and preening
for the media
utterly unable to budget and plan
will it end?
probably not
we accept that the hacks are not back from
Klosters as yet
we understood that
Universal Credit
was being rolled out on Teesside over Christmas 2018
now it seems that there are two sorts of
Universal Credit claimants
New Claimants
people who are existing claimants on the old benefits who
will at some point be transferred to Universal Credit
This is The Word
Universal Credit is being rolled out across
Redcar and Cleveland this winter
If you are of working age and need to make a new claim for
housing benefit, income-based job seeker's allowance
income-based employment and support allowance
working tax credit, child tax credit
you may need to claim Universal Credit
where does 'may' come into it?
we are not sure but it seems to depend on
where you live
whether you are in
The Testing Zone
and that appears to have just today
Here's an important detail
If you are making a new claim
it will take five weeks for you to get your first payment
and we suppose a change of circumstances includes
moving home
especially into or out of a pilot area
and the size of pilot areas seems to be...
here's another little gem
your direct debits and your card payments go out as appropriate
here's a thing to understand
the system will not consider the question
this application is from Joe Bloggs,
do you think we should pay him?
the system asks
is this a valid claim?
how much should we pay?
where should we pay it?
when should we pay it?
the system pays THE CLAIM
not the CLAIMANT
we are still working with the 'over Christmas' information but
universally you can make ONE 1 no more than one
application for an advance payment LOAN
to tide you over the 5 week processing period
5 weeks is not so bad, think
you apply when you need to
subject to those wandering pilot zone boundaries
Claim as soon as you need to
not when you run out of money
this means - if it's change of circumstances
you declare your change of circumstances the minute you get
your last 'old system' payment and at that point
you are assumed to not be eligible for a further payment for another 4 weeks and so the
system thinks your next payment will only be delayed by one week
trouble is
people who get more than one of the listed payments
get paid them in different weeks
and so
you claim as soon as you lose entitlement to
the one that pays first
if you don't claim
you may get payments that are not due
that is if you get a child tax credit payment
after your change of circumstances
but you main benefit is working tax credit
your finaces can get very tangled
the repayment of any advance payment
may still be being deducted
12 months later
it may be a cheap loan but there is no guarantee that
the actual rate of Universal Credit you eventually get
will be the same as the Advance Payment
what we are saying is at claim time you may be estimated to be entitled to
say a thousand pounds a month
but six months down the line your circumstances
child coming of age, increase in your wages, change in rent amount
may mean that a twelfth of that grand
makes a very big dent in the Universal Credit you are by then
entitled to
In essence, if the Prima Donnas in Parliament would
leave it alone
your best bet is
if you have time switch your old benefit payments to
to get yourself used to that
tyr to lump your various payments
as Universal Credit will
budget for a five week month from your final
old benefit payment(s)
especially not for a trivial reason sucha as a
missed appointment due to a hangover
do not assume this is like the doctors
you can't just not turn up
and you can't cancel an appointment
at least don't assume that you can cancel an appointment
sanctions can way exceed
loss of benefit on the day

speaking of Klosters...
Dancing on Ice os
Strictly Come Dancing on Ice
The Jump
stood in for Dancing on Ice when it wasn't available,BR> of the three
Strictly is the boss
notwistanding the limited ice area
the production values are not very
perhaps advertising revenues are low in January
why a car reseller not a holiday company as sponsor?
the very least we should expect is live music
a recognisable house band
a lot better than last year
is thre room for
The return of The Jump?
we think so
if Dancing on Ice lost all it's Jump aspects
and they were transferred to a revived Jump
we would probably all fell better served
There were three 'fill in' repeat episodes of
Goblin Garage
over the holidays
and the bearded one featured in a festive sting
We hope it's coming back
and we really really hope the original lass is in any further series
and then there's
The Greatest Dancer
we have not seen all of its first run out...
our impression...
a lot of gymnastics and street
and what happens if a group or troop wins the
place in strictly?
The Strictly format is couples
the prize on the greatest is to be
a non-professional partner in a couple
the link is not yet obvious
We like Oti
we know that Strictly is introducing more Street
we like the new format
we are a bit concerned about the
out and out
this is as much about the back story as the performance
but overall these three or four formats are
very winter-worthy

We are moved to enter a nature note
we think that there are not many
berries on the trees and bushes
we think this is because a mild autumn and winter have
left more birds and animals alive to eat them
we could be wrong but
we think that when people say
'lots of berries mean
it's going to be a harsh winter'
it really means it has already been a harsh autumn
and is not much of a guide about how harsh the winter will be

We are still a bit confused about
the structure of this page
sorry about that
a point has been raised about our confusion over
radio activity
in steel and other metals smelted during and after
the era of Atmospheric Nuclear Weapon testing
the argument is
yes, radio active fallout is a surface effect and ores are mined
'vast amounts of air are blown through the furnaces
during smelting
and that air is contaminated'
because as we have said
the gases that are blasted through the blast furnace are generated
from fossil coal in
atmospheric nitrogen, atmospheric oxygen
neither of which remain in the steel product
and fossil carbon
that's interesting
we would need to consder
radio carbon dating
as in archaeology
to get a handle on that
here's the thing
the carbon in iron and steel comes from
the coal and coke that is fossil
and unaffected by fallout
the amount of carbon dioxide
that is
atmospheric and not fossil
and passes through the furnace is
really quite small
However, considering radio carbon dating
if the idea is that the likes of wood
are constructed from
atmospheric carbon dioxide
new growth timber
timber from trees that have largely grown since the 1950s
would be more radioactive than old grown timber
perhaps 'they' don't do radio carbon dating on
samples that were alive post 1950
perhaps they apply a correction factor but
we understand the idea that once fixed by plants into the likes of
carbon isotopes will decay at a set rate
and the difference between the proportions of different isotopes
in the sample and in atmospheric carbon
give an idea of how long the sample has been 'fixed'
but in the absence of atmospheric testing
a think that only occured for a few decades
what tops up the proportion of unusual carbon isotopes?
are wes aying that
cosmic rays are creating rare carbon isotopes that
decay in wood?
or are we saying that
rare isotopes decay slower when locked up in wood than when
in the atmosphere?
we remain confused
we could however ask
how radioactive are the plants we eat?
and would steel made from sewage sludge be
more radioactive than
steel made from coal?
we think this effect would be
negligible to non-existent

4th January 2019

Today we set out to reinforce the fact that we mentioned that
puritanism is not a sect of or restricted to
so here is one quote
From astanhope's Flickr set on Thailand,
here's a statue of the Fasting Buddha at the Wat U-Mong temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The short version of the story goes like this:
After the young prince Siddhartha Gautama left his palace to
search for enlightenment, he lived as an ascetic for six years.
The emaciated Siddharta finally attained enlightenment and became
Buddha (The Enlightened One) when he discovered the Four Noble Truths .
The statue above depicts this part of his life. If you're only familiar with the fat Buddha, here's another fact for you:
it is not Siddharta at all.
There are 28 Buddhas, of which Siddharta was one.
and from another source...
Scholars are hesitant to make unqualified claims about the
historical facts of the Buddha's life.
Most people accept that the Buddha lived, taught, and founded a
monastic order during the Mahajanapada era during the reign of
Bimbisara (c.?558 – c.?491 BCE, or c. 400 BCE),
the ruler of the Magadha empire, and died during the early years of
the reign of Ajatasatru, who was the successor of Bimbisara,
thus making him a younger contemporary of Mahavira,
the Jain tirthankara.
While the general sequence of
"birth, maturity, renunciation, search, awakening and liberation, teaching, death"
is widely accepted,
there is less consensus on the veracity of many details contained in traditional biographies.
The times of Gautama's birth and death are uncertain.
Most historians in the early 20th century dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE.
More recently his death is dated later, between 411 and 400 BCE,
while at a symposium on this question held in 1988,
the majority of those who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of
400 BCE for the Buddha's death.
These alternative chronologies, however, have not been accepted by all historians.

to simplify....
some say the Buddha went through an anorexic phase trying to
curry favour with God
and then decided that wasn't working and got serene - fat
we point this out as proof of the universality of the idea of
not pissing off God by
going with the flow
and then there is
The Inquisition
auto da fe

by which we mean
suffering in this world to
save your immortal soul and the planet

The first recorded auto-da-fé was held in Paris in 1242, under Louis IX.
On 1 November 1478, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile received
permission from Pope Sixtus IV to name Inquisitors throughout their domains,
to protect Catholicism as the true faith.
It originally applied to the Crown of Castile—the domain of Isabella—but in 1483,
Ferdinand extended it to his domain of the Crown of Aragon.
Ferdinand's action met with great resistance, and resulted in
the assassination by conversos in 1485 of Pedro de Arbués.
In spite of this social discontent, in the following years between 1487 and 1505
the Chapter of Barcelona processed more than 1,000 people, of which only 25 were absolved.
The monarchs immediately began establishing permanent trials and developing bureaucracies to
carry out investigations in most cities and communities in their empire.
The first Iberian auto-da-fé took place in Seville in 1481;
six of the men and women who participated in this first religious ritual were later executed.
Later, Franciscan missionaries brought the Inquisition to the New World.
The exact number of people executed by the Inquisition is not known.
Juan Antonio Llorente, the ex-secretary of the Holy Office, gave the following numbers for
the Inquisition excluding the American colonies, Sicily and Sardinia:
31,912 burnt, 17,696 burned in effigy, and 291,450 reconciled de vehementi
(required to perform an act of penance).
Later in the nineteenth century, José Amador de los Ríos gave even higher numbers,
stating that between the years 1484 and 1525 alone, 28,540 were burned in person,
16,520 burned in effigy and 303,847 penanced.
However, after extensive examinations of archival records, modern scholars provide lower estimates,
indicating that fewer than 10,000 were actually executed during the whole history of the Spanish Inquisition,
perhaps around 3,000.
The Portuguese Inquisition was established in 1536 and lasted officially until 1821.
Its influence was much weakened by the late 18th century under the government of the Marquês de Pombal.
They were also held in the Portuguese colony of Goa following the establishment of the Inquisition there in 1562–1563.
Autos-da-fé also took place in New Spain, the State of Brazil, and the Viceroyalty of Peru.
Contemporary historians of the Conquistadors, such as Bernal Díaz del Castillo, recorded them.
Although records are incomplete, one historian estimates that about
50 people were executed by the Mexican Inquisition.
some say that the penance was so onerous that
execution was a release
Oh Lord make me good, but not yet
Saint Augustine of Hippo
13 November 354 – 28 August 430 AD) was a Roman African, early Christian theologian and
philosopher from Numidia whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and
Western philosophy.
He was the bishop of Hippo Regius in north Africa and is viewed as
one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity for his writings in the Patristic Period.
Among his most important works are The City of God, On Christian Doctrine and Confessions.

At the age of 17, through the generosity of his fellow citizen Romanianus,
Augustine went to Carthage to continue his education in rhetoric.
It was while he was a student in Carthage that he read Cicero's dialogue Hortensius (now lost),
which he described as leaving a lasting impression and sparking his interest in philosophy.
Although raised as a Christian, Augustine left the church to follow the Manichaean religion,
much to his mother's despair.
As a youth Augustine lived a hedonistic lifestyle for a time,
associating with young men who boasted of their sexual exploits.
The need to gain their acceptance forced inexperienced boys like Augustine to
seek or make up stories about sexual experiences.
It was during this period that he uttered his famous prayer,
"Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet."

3rd January 2019

Due to a bit of holiday cover....
we are running two versions of this page and
bits may appear and disappear
this is an artifact and not
editorial removal

Sometimes we mis-remember things and sometimes
the internet sends us to examples where the same idea has been used twice
what we remember is
Are you in pain my dear
There's a pain in the room somewhere
but I'm not sure I'm in it
perhaps we polished the memory
Hard Times Full Text: Book 2, Chapter 9 Page 5 - Shmoop
‘I want to hear of you, mother; not of myself.’
‘You want to hear of me, my dear?
That’s something new, I am sure,
when anybody wants to hear of me. Not at all well, Louisa.
Very faint and giddy.’
‘Are you in pain, dear mother?’
‘I think there’s a pain somewhere in the room,’ said Mrs. Gradgrind,
‘but I couldn’t positively say that I have got it.’
After this strange speech, she lay silent for some time.
Louisa, holding her hand, could feel no pulse; but kissing it, could
see a slight thin thread of life in fluttering motion.
‘You very seldom see your sister,’ said Mrs. Gradgrind.
‘She grows like you. I wish you would look at her.
Sissy, bring her here.’
what we are referring to is
the sort of delirium that some painful conditions can produce
and our Ricker has had a lot of that

Monotremes (from Greek µ????, monos ("single") and t??µa, trema ("hole"),
referring to the cloaca) are one of the three main groups of living mammals,
along with placentals (Eutheria) and marsupials (Metatheria).
The monotremes are typified by laying eggs rather than bearing live young,
but like marsupials store their newly hatched larvae-like developing newborn puggles in a pouch,
and by structural differences in their brains, jaws, digestive and reproductive tracts, and
other body parts compared to the more common mammalian types.
However, like all mammals, the female monotremes nurse their young with milk.
Monotremes are traditionally referred to as the mammalian subclass Prototheria.
The only surviving examples of monotremes are all indigenous to Australia and New Guinea although
there is evidence that they were once more widespread including some extinct species in South America.
The existing monotreme species are the platypus and four species of echidnas.
There is currently some debate regarding monotreme taxonomy.
What we are therefore saying is
we have complex highly evolved mechanisms to
safely produce and deliver
healthy new examples of our species and through
cultural norms
we conspire to abandon them
The Puritans
The Black Death was a bubonic plague pandemic,
which reached England in June 1348.
It was the first and most severe manifestation of the Second Pandemic,
caused by Yersinia pestis bacteria.
The term "Black Death" was not used until the late 17th century.
Originating in China, it spread west along the trade routes across Europe and arrived
on the British Isles from the English province of Gascony.
The plague seems to have been spread by flea-infected rats,
as well as individuals who had been infected on the continent.
Rats were the reservoir hosts of the Y. pestis bacteria and
the Oriental rat flea was the primary vector.
The Puritans were English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to
"purify" the Church of England of Roman Catholic practices,
maintaining that the Church of England had not been fully reformed and
needed to become more Protestant Puritanism played a significant role in English history,
especially during the Protectorate
what we are saying is that
we can be very smug about our understanding of the nature and spread of
the Black Death
but those poor souls were in the dark
lots of people who experienced the Black Death developed coping strategies
those remote and fearful
concluded that
was construed as an affront by God
who responded with plagues
further plagues have been the
influenza pandemic of 1919
and the HIV pandemic of over half a century later
hence, so long as there are infections
there is amunition for the puritans
Nature - God if you will - engineers a pleasurable reward for
appropriate behaviour
drives puritans and conspiracy theorists to
dfoubt the wisdom of nature and decree
austerity of actions
without logic or evidence
And so
UK law, Empire Law , US law etc.
are driven by the determination of the people who
experienced the Black Death
The Great Fire Of London
1666 - 666 the name of satan
to avoid provoking the wrath of God by
having a good time
and doing what comes naturally

2nd January 2019

We lost a bunch of code????
Nobody came to eat the Christmas dinner
our Ricker cooked
no change there then

What we were supposed to be saying was
This was
chocolate shop on Redcar High Street
then it was Thorntons outlet
then it closed and is still in
Thorntons coulours
and this is directly the result of the
tumbleweed and soup kitchens

2nd January 2019
Happy New Year
WE have a few
Mighty Redcar
The lass with the GCSE result and the
downsizing mum with three jobs
is at college in Middlesbrough
and her mum still has three jobs

the lad who lost his job
cold calling
because he admitted to burglary
is working at Tesco after a spell on a
council apprenticeship
the gifted musician
has signed to
Glassnote Records
same as Mumford and Sons
and that motormechanic lass is still working at
Kwikfitin Marske
no word on the netball player....
Here's a word to think about
a smith is a person who shapes metal
perhaps we should know why
we do however have quite a set
tinsmith, silversmith, goldsmith
and blacksmith is interesting
a blacksmith is a different thing from a
a farrier is a person who
shoes horses, a veterinary surgeon
from, Latin ferrum iron
we should have better things to do...
we have scanned the literature.... smith is supposed to be Old English but
it appears to be still in use today in
and appears to mean
this is consistent
in Icelandic it applies to all hammering trades
including people who hammer wood for a living
it appears that black iron is consistently black in the hands of a blacksmith
because using - traditionally - only fire, water, whale oil
an anvil - or as they say
an anvil shaped object
very sniffy about the quality of their few tools
and hammers
they don't traditonaly use tools the like for saws
that would reveal the silvery heart of the metal
and finally
some reference to the word smith
seems to be absent from the literature between
the 15th and 19th centuries
perhaps in that time they WERE referred to as farriers
or perhaps this is some abstruse reference we can't be arsed to follow up
then we trip into the world of the absurd with the likes of
hammering out copy
on tripewriters
strange how words change
a doctor would not be a surgeon
a barber would be a surgeon
there's an old school building in
that is now a fairly lowly part of
The University of Teesside
above the entrance it says
in terracotta
aut disce aut discede
it is Latin and short hand for
enter here only to
teach or to be taught
a doctor in the sense of a GP or
family doctor is
the best substitute you can have for the fact that
there are no university professors
living and working in your community
not M.B. Ch.B.
bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery
These days your GP is just as likely to be
member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
they may be
Ch. B. but fat chance they will be let loose
in a minor surgical clinic
doctor comes from
reciter of doctrine
somebody who has learned the spells and incantations
Ricker had his annual Christmas dose of
Terry Pratchet
channel 11 Pick TV
so why blacksmith?
smith as a metal basher is Old English
it very much pre-dates
there are all sorts of iron based materials
many these days are electro plated
there is a basic distinction
black iron
bright steel
blacksmiths worked traditionally with
iron not steel
ad that was black iron
iron that had a black surface when cooled but not
and here we dirverge or link up with a different current story
iron and steel have their structure significantly altered by
heat treatment
heat treatment involves heating and cooling metals at specific
that involves the concept of
and in history metals have been heated in coke or charcoal
fires but also to specific temperatures in
baths of the likes of
molten salt
and quenched in
water and
whale oil
hot iron - descaled hot iron
quenched in whale oil
develops a
black surface
a blacksmith shapes black iron

We will start the new year with the
Contraception Sam
This is a joke from the era of the
introduction in the UK of
The Pill
it is therefore probably of
Second World War Origin
pre-National Health - NHS
What's the cheapest form of contraception?
how so?
clamp firmly between the knees
Last Year one of the stars of more than one of the
Blues Brothers movies
we won't name her because we can't be arsed to check this story
she died quite old and so when she gave birth twice
before the age of eleven??
if you mean
two children by the age of 16...
that would be
Aretha Flanklin
it was almost 100 years ago
those two children have had time for a
full life before she died
we contemplate
we contemplate at what age did artist
Tracy Emine
first have sex?
at what age - if ever - did Tracy Emine first give birth?
in that context we contemplate...
Iceland, Norway, Japan
whaling countries
what is the link between
wealth and civilisation?
do those three nations indulge in whaling because
they's bored with beef
they's dirt poor
they got a lot of demented citizens who want to
preserve traditional lifestyles?
What is just about the 'worst' thing you could say to somebody
these days?
we guess qute high up the list would be
Yeah, I'll do that for you
if you'll fix it up for me to fuck yer seven year old daughter
the Power Play behind that being
so reprehensible is that that diva got pregnant at eleven
she had sex at seven
but the artist
who may or may not have had sex at seven
didn't - probably didn't - get pregnant at eleven because of
the NHS
The darkest hour is
just before dawn
we can go back to Shakespere for
Taming of the Shrew
fuck my seventeen year old daughter and I'll give you half my wealth
does society always have to
back up a bunch to take a run at
making a social advance?
is it an inevitable reality that society as a whole will always take a
look a gift horse in the mouth
approach to scientific progress?
we like to drag in old sayings on these occasions
when a woman's waters break
as she is giving birth
those waters are
baby's accumulated
and the phrase we will evoke at this time is
arve bin doin' this since before you
had a hole in yer arse
unborn babies wee they don't poo
females have two holes in their arse
so they can be fucked
not because they deserve a spare
here the word we need to research is
mammal of sub-class monotremata
primitive egg laying Australiana including
duck-billed platypus and spiny ant-eater
we will have to look into this further
so we have Aussie animals that have tits but lay eggs
as above and we have other Aussie animals
such as kangaroos
that have tits but keep them inside a pouch
so we have to say
because 'rooes don't have huge play with me pussies
they have to give birth to
proper little runt babies that have to crawl up mum's belly and
hide in the pouch with the tit
until they can grown to the size any normal
self respecting mammal would be born
so we're guessing that monotreme means
having one hole as in mono
in their arse and laying eggs but giving milk to the babies after they hatch
in a system very different in mechanism but
similar in effect to
pigeon milk
where pigeons secrete a type of milk in their crops to regurgitate for their nestlings
not enought synthetic jeapordy in that for yer
David Attenborough
monotreme - one hole in its ares lays eggs but has fur and primitive tits
marsupial - two holes in it's arse but both small andhas
two wombs - tiny internal one
and much larger external one - called a pouch
if women keep having less and less sex and
just the one pregnancy the
post natal intensive care ward will be lined with the
human equivalent of kangaroo pouches
and humans will retro-evolve into marsupials
speaking of which we will reference an appearance of the
lovely Denise Welsh
on Loose Women
she demonstrated an misunderstanding of the concept of
egg bound
she had grown up thinking that being egg bound was
being constipated through having eaten too many eggs
a chicken gets egg bound
when an egg gets stuck and they can't shit - birds don't piss
birds only have
one hole in their arse
speaking of which....
what is the opposite of
if ignorance is bliss
'tis folly to be wise
midwives have a vast range of tales to tell
an example
why are you measuring my pussy?
to see whether you are dilated enough yet
but I thought
the baby would be coming out through my
belly button
I thought that was what it was for
no dear baby has to come out the same way it went in
yer pussy don't suddenly pop open the moment you get
or don't get
it's yer lifelong friend
we do not know whether late great Claire Rayner
wrote this...
some of the pain ( in childbirth etc.)
which civilsed women experience may be
a creation of her civilised state
more tense, more pain...
if ignorance is bliss
'tis follow to be wise
the worried well
the woman pulls against the natural tendency of her
muscles to move in one way
and so causes some of her own misery
midwives will say
push hard into your bottom
what they mean is
giving birth JUST like having a whopping great shit
a real log of floater and
giving birth in front of strangers in a public place
the fact that a huge turd will likely come out before baby
is something the unwise mother to be will stress about
however, we have a number of new problems
if you only plan on having one or two pregnancies
you will be loathe to write off your first born as a
literally a DUMMY run
a first born that will not survive
or may be brain damaged by pioneering the way out
when twins are born it is the one who is left behind who
gets brain damaged because senior twin
'pulls out the afterbirth
before junior twin gets to the fresh air
in terms of retaining the ability to
milk yer man
to secure a future further pregnancy
what you do not want
is an episiotomy
if they threaten to cut you
insist on a C section
tell them this you must have at every opportunity
no twat like a horse, half measures
for 1 future sexual performance
for 2 avoiding MESH implants and
prolpsed womb and such
you need a tracky bottoms elactic hole in your pelvic floor
our Ricker had a bunch of anatomy lecturers at Newcastle
some were junior doctors training to be surgeons
Dr Grey was a non-surgeon anatomist
he expressed some frusration at
in the terms of the profession
surgeons who automatically jump to
resect muscles
the person with the theory
and the person with the massively higher
patient stisfaction rating
looks to
finger dissection
pulling the patient apart may seem
less elegant than slicing them up
muscles, nerves, blood vessels
respond infinitely better to being teased out of the way
as in transplanting seedlings in the garden shed
than to being hacked about like an old buddleia
that you just want out of the way
reemer, nothing but a reemer
to the tune of
dreamer, nothing but a dreamer
pre-natal pelvic floor exercises
otherwise known as

24th December 2018

oe of those words you can discuss for hours
we retain our disdane of the Welsh angle
although the idea originted in 1589
the implication being that The Welsh got to Newfoundland before the English and
told the locals what to call their native birds???
1582 Ingram's Narrative
sounds a lot more like
any laguage we don't recognise must be Welsh
from what we can deduce it appears that
contrary to current realities???
back in the days when they got the name...
pengines were migrating up the west of the Atlantic
and were found in
The earliest spelling of penguine that we have found is
We guess it's cold out there but the one letter refers to the
penguyns of Penguine Island
and that has nothing to do with pinioned wings
there is a lot of support for the idea that
penguine is not the name of the bird
the top of a rather ragged list of posibilities is that
penguines was birds that were discovered on
an island called
Penguine Island
The Penguine Island birds
that brings us no nearer to knowing why it was
called Penguine Island
we tend to the idea that
on account of the fact that the penguine species are the only
that take being poor flyers to the ultimate
not being able to fly at all...
the name of the island got adapted for the bird
explorers would often ask the locals
what is this place called and
write it down = for the first time - wrong
penguine can also refer to pinggin a West Indian Plant
We must therefore conclude that the basis of the movie
Penguines of Madagascar
no we probably have that wrong
you know the one where
Santa gets a bang on the head and forgets he's Santa
and The Reindeer won't pull the sleigh without
direct orders from him and the penguines take over
on the basis that
Santa 'used to be' based at the South Pole and had penguines not reindeer...
perhaps he had penguines at the North Pole and
it's not that penguines can't fly it's just that
they can't fly without a dose of Santa's sparkly stuff
just as likely as relying on 16th century adventurers
Those original Newfoundland accounts say
a bit like lemmings
persuade one penguine to walk up a plank into the ship's hold and the
entire collony follows it
That's in the movie
apart from the three plus the egg
the four - after hatching of Private

WIth our sensible head on...
we suspect that the term
originally referred toa type of auk
that would not be included in the concept of
penguine these days

Between 1892 an 1896 the term
is introduced into popular American culture
hoboland in some respects replaces
in some respects the hobo is a gypsey who
dispenses with pony and living van
because he can
because of the coming of the railways
many people claim to have been responsible for the
defeat of slavery in the US
but athough we see the hobo was represented as a version of
The Irish Navvy
incidentally a digger or excavator such as the RB series
would have been in it's day referred to as a navvy
navvies and wagons
the railways were
remembering that they were at first goods not passenger hauliers
the God diven gift to the
hop a train and the bloodhounds are confounded
whenever owning slaves became illegal...
escaping rural poverty was made possible
by the coming of the railways

many thing can be classified or divided in many ways
one way to classify energy is into
intrinsic energy
the main forms of intrinsic energy are
geothermal and nuclear
carbon based energy is generally
one of two forms of insolation energy
carbon does not exist in the atmosphere in
elemental form
elemental forms of carbon include
diamond, graphite, coal - in an impure form
in the atmosphere carbon - apart from dust
exists as compounds of carbon with
other elements
oxygen and hydrogen
insolation is energy arriving on the planet's surface as
various wavelenghts of light
from the sun
in - inward bound
solation, sol -sun
insolation - incoming from the sun
although more complex elemental molecules and atoms can
degrade - fall apart - to form carbon
we can say that the planet has a fairly fixed stock of
carbon atoms
in the presence of oxygen with a little initiation energy
fire triangle - heat fuel oxygen
carbon soon finds itself part of
carbon dioxide molecules
unless hidden from sources of free oxygen
deep in the ground
the effect of plants is to
take energy from the sun - insolation
and use it to transform the condition of the carbon from being
part of carbon dioxide
to being part of
bigger molecules such as
sugars and
the effect of certain
non plant organisms - bacteri, fungi whatever
is to transform the environment of those carbon atoms into being
part of
hydrocarbons such as methane and
sugars with the oxygen taken out
and so when we put the oxygen back in
by burning them
we get carbon dioxide
the global warming thing s not
how much carbon does the planet have
how much is floating around in the atmosphere
how much is locked up in the ground
the more carbon in the atmosphere...
the less insolation is
from the planet
and the more the sun heats the planet
we have a
Goldielocks concept of
atmosphereic carbon
not too much, not too little
just right
although excess atmospheric carbon causes
overheating of the planet
excess volcanic dust in the atmosphere
blocks insolation
and thus
ice ages
to this extent...
during the early years since the
industrial revolution
the global warming effects of increased
atmospheric carbon dioxide were to some extent
masked of mitigatted by the
pseudo volcanic ash effect of
extra elemental carbon in the atmosphere
in the form of soot and smoke
meaning that
gas is cleaner than coal
cleaner simpler systems
show up fundamental effects more clearly
and this probably explains why
global warming does not show up as significant in the
ice or gelogical record
until after the switch from coal to natural gas
this is not to say we should switch back to coal
the effect on
lung health was immediate
but it explains the lag in
global temperature change

In the modern world we sometimes hear
these rain showers will peter out over the morning
it beats talking about those
as in as the degoes on
on what?
seriously though...
peter out
where to now Saint Peter?
when a ore vein dwindled away
the miners had to search for a new vein
they looked to St. Peter
the patron saint of travellers to
bless and guide their journey to the next ore vein

What is the linguistic difference between
They shared a kiss
he stole a kiss
we are given to understand Paul Gascoigne case pending
that to steal a kiss is now defined in law as
sexual assault by touhing
so on the one hand
a celebrity who refuses to
sign an autograph or
pause to be in somebody's selfie
is an arrogant bastard
if there is no camera to record it
where is the market value in a
peck on the cheek
only in the
criminal injuries compensation
how many men in the UK in 2018 said to another man
words to the effect
are your intentions toward my daughter honourable?
in the Christmas context
somebody put new - independent women - lyrics to the Christmas song
Santa baby
maybe ten years ago
a version of a Chrstmas song the had removed the lines
he'll say are you married
we'll say no man
but you can do the job when you're in town
current version appear to have re-instated those lines
hand bags and glad rags...
something about
spending years trying to
make herself (into) a bride
no wonder young females are stressed
over the past several decades we have seen
British Boys increasigly either
seeking male company to the extent of pretending to be agy
or seeking SOuth East Asian wives
to avoid the angst of the British Female
seeking to be independent and dependent at the same time
we have recently seen the demise of the
LiberalDemocrat peer
Lord Ashdown
formerly known as
Paddy Pantsdown
due to a work based extra marrital affair...
but increasingly
the world seems less and less able to distinguish between
an association between two single people
and an association between two people
one or both of whom may have another relationship
or may have had another relationship
you've made your bed so you must for ever lie in it
no divorce - even from the entirely fictonal
common law marriage
there seems to be some sort of hankering for the concept of the
childhood sweetheart
choose a partner of the opposite sex at nursery
and wander off hand in hand into eternity
anything less pure is a
fall from grace
true love comes before the age of
carnal knowledge
so that..
even when there is no scope whatever for a sense of
in a relationship
it can still be condemned on the grounds of
absence of
parity of esteem
between the partners
if one - particularly the male
is senior
in workplace rank, social standing or age
to the other
he will be condemned as
and she will be condemned as
a golddigger
the golddigger's unspoken wedding vow...
what's yours is ours
what's mine's me own
meaning at divorce it is the husband's assets that are to be shared
not the joint assets
because the contest is not between
husband and wife but between
first and second wife
or second and third etc.
failing a marriage to a childhood sweetheart
amarriage must be between two virgins

the curate's wife gives birth to a baby
and he says
but I was naughty twice, vicar?
in other words we had sex twice , why isn't it twins?

on the same pay
the man exactly 18 months older than the female
and after they buy or rent a house on the basis of their
joint incomes
she must be free to leave work at any time and have
the family income level maintained through benefits
to avoid them having to downsize
'married' women choosing to give up work is
what foodbanks are for
because the husband must not be
promoted from the status level his wife had
when she chose to give up work
in work benfits, not promotions

21st December 2018

The airfield began its life as Royal Air Force Goosepool,
and in 1941 became RAF Middleton St. George
when the aerodrome opened under the auspices of Bomber Command.
Whilst the nearest settlement was Middleton St George,
the station acquired the Goosepool after the nearby farm.
In 1943 it was allocated to No. 6 Group, Royal Canadian Air Force.
A sub-station was located at RAF Croft, Yorkshire.
Squadrons based here include: 76 Squadron, which flew Handley Page Halifaxes,
78 Squadron, which flew Armstrong Whitworth Whitleys,
419 Squadron RCAF, which flew Vickers Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and Avro Lancasters,
420 Squadron RCAF, which flew Wellingtons, and
428 Squadron RCAF, which flew Wellingtons, Halifaxes, and Lancasters

we have a Tommy Tale about Goosepool Aerodrome
As we have said Tommy was a director of George Hodsman and Sons 1928 Ltd
In that capacity he visited a trade exhibition in London in the early days of the war
He bought a 22RB
perhaps an 19RB
he went off for a drink
he came back and found a
requisition notice on his new machine
The bastard government agent had waited until the digger was sold
so that the loss would fall to the user not the manufacturer
Tommy had to go to Churchill - probably not in person and say
Gimme back me digger or you don't get no aerodrome
he got his digger back

Gradually Universal Excavators designed by Bucyrus-Erie replaced
Ruston and Hornsby designed models.
The original range of standardised rope-operated machines included
10RB, 17RB, 19RB and 33RB and were upgraded through some intermediate models
including the 54RB to a main selling range in the 1960s of
22RB, 30RB, 38RB, 61RB and 71RB.
In addition, there were the large machines including
the 110RB which evolved into the 150RB.
Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd was an engineering company established in 1930
and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby based in Lincoln, England and Bucyrus-Erie based in Bucyrus, Ohio,
the latter of which had operational control and into which the excavator manufacturing operation of
Ruston and Hornsby was transferred.
The Bucyrus company proper, from which the Bucyrus component of the Ruston-Bucyrus name was created,
was an American company founded in 1880, in Bucyrus, Ohio.
During the Second World War, the company developed a trench cutting machine known by the
code name Cultivator No. 6 at the behest of Winston Churchill.
RAF Middleton-Saint-George opened
January 1941
built on Hodsmans supplied foundations
level and true
unlike the roller coaster at Newcastle

We note the current interest in
prostate cancer
we want to remind people
especially all those uni dons looking for
idiot safe 'reseaerch'
what we need is somebody to test for a link between
prostate cancer and a
high calcium diet
including living in a
hard water
if yer water furs up yer pipes
it'll fur up yer arse
We believe in books
sometimes what we read there is very impressive
we read in a version of Collins Dictionary that
is derived from the Welsh for
white head
we are not impressed
in the same book we read
outermost joint of a bird's wing
a penguine is a
a bird with pinioned wings
pinion - to cut off the pinion
a penguine is a bird with
wings that have bits missing so they can
swim well but fly badly
we say this because since we have
penguines on the Esplanade
penguines are the unofficial bird of Redcar
our penguines neither fly nor swim
being rather steely
they protect the town

and another thing
we reckon that over the ages the butterfly most closely
associated with people has been the
cabbage white
and we reckon
they have evolved gradually
we refer to the classic work on moths
somebody did a classic old time study on a species of moth
they were originally white with black speckles
as the buldings and trees darkened with soot during
the industrial revolution
the species morphed
white with black speckles
black with white speckles
and so to the story of
we reckon
cabbage whiye butterflies started out as
yellow with black speckles
and came to be called cabbage white as the yellow faded
and so we conclude that
butterflies were named in the same way as
and hence
flying curls of butter
and just as moths are not in any really meaningfully different from
the term butterfly spread from the cabbage white to
all day flying moths
we have a couple of Ricker related comments
there was reference to a bucket chair
that should have been
tub chair
regardng penguines
Ricker is half way through his zoology degree and his dad decides that
people are not descended from apes but from
because he waddles like a penguine
he he just gets all sorts of grief and his dad trying to force him to agree,,,,
the classic example of somebody
talking bolocks from a platform is
Charlie Boy - Prince Charles - and his

We never get to see any of those letters sent from
government mnisters to
constituency MPs
however we have the impression that very often the major phrase in use is
'we have consulted with the industry'
a problem?
member of the public? - ring the police
member of the government? - contact an appropriate - or not - trade association
the rest of us are just
ghosts in the machine
On the other hand a couple is examples of how
'industry' regards this approach from government
essentially Ricker contacted Thermos
and they sent samples to his school of
different stages of the construction process of making
Thermos flasks - free
but they declined to comment on
How Thermos flasks WORK
similarly a zoo replying to a question by saying
there is nobody here capable of answering that question
such honesty and humility cuts no ice with government who
will always
consult with the industry, and nobody else
because every issue is to be analysed
exclusively in terms of its implication for

18th December 2018

We don't really want to be negative in the
Festive Season
but we react to inspiration
Ricker is very old
and he dropped out of med school a long time ago
we don't remember exactly how much he paid for it
but he used part of his uni grant to buy
a calculator
in the days when
Durham University bought a new admin computer
for the admin offices in New or Old Elvet
and to deliver it upstairs
they had to bust out the wall and use a
mobile crane
to deliver it
God knows what you could have had for the price of that calculator
at that time
let's say it cost twenty five pounds when a house cost
five thousand
naturally he did not need it at uni
so he left it at home
and he came home weekends
and one weekend early on he had to search for his calculator
he found it under the cushion in the
bucket chair
and it was obvious that
his dad had used his walking stick to
smash the display
before hiding the calculator
not only did he not hold with algebra
he believed that you should always
show all your working
in his first year at Newcastle
hs only year there
and in all his years at Durham
he never left his mam and his dog
alone with his dad for more than
three days at a stretch
and to take up his second year in Newcastle he would have had to
attend classes
nine to five, five days a week, 48 weeks a year
to get the degree his parents wanted for him and to
keep his mam safe
he had to switch from dentistry to
not to put too fine a point on it
the plan was that perhaps he could go back to med school
once his dad was no longer a threat to his mam
and when his dad died he went to City to do Optometry
but there were dons there who were more dangerous than his dad

The sexist, agist, how things have changed issue
regarding Ricker's dad is/was
Ricker's sister was 250 miles away in
for God's sake
and he didn't have a girlfriend in Redcar who would be
willing to pop in and see his parents were OK
two or three times a week
all females have for half a century had
far more important things to do
society has changed

10th December 2018

We said - or suggested - a while ago that
drug companies want to disown and discredit
antibiotics because they are the only one of the 4
most commonly prescribed drugs
that are not addictive
there is a parallel in vaccines
as vaccines have developed they have
analogy time
if you had a pet dragon - your immune system
say you trained it to destroy all
vehicles that came onto your property that had
red painted alloy wheels
you would not be training it to destroy
all vehicles that came onto your property
discounting the cost
anybody wanting to steal from you could easily
avoid dragon problems by
changing the wheels on their vehicle
on the other hand if
you say
all the vehicles with valid reasons to be
on my property are diesel
you could train your dragon to
attack vehicles with petrol engines
in a factory, even easier
all our vehicles are electric
attack the vehicles with exhaust pipes
in that sense
with current vaccines - 'flu vaccines
you make a vaccine that identifies the most
variable part of the virus
not the core elements
and so you have a market for 'flu vaccines
for ever
not a one shot cure, end of market
say you had a small independent country with mountains
say you had a ski-lift
say you wanted people to use the ski-lift and not the road
to the top of the slopes
you could ban vehicles from your country
but the locals may not be too chuffed
say you ban SUVs - sports utility vehicles
but allow Citroen 2CVs
the locals could potter around and
the tourists would stump up for the ski-lift
when the drug companies promote - to government
the concept of
anti-biotic resistance
they are not saying
if you ban SUVs
somebody will invent the 2CV
they are saying
if you ban SUVs
you will boost the market in 2CVs
it's an important distinction
this past weekend we saw an example of
mind creep
somebody on the BBC - no names? Victoria Fritz
don't vaccines cause viruses to mutate?
so don't blame it all on the
autism theory
people are resisting vaccinations because they are
reverse engineering from
'antbiotics cause resistance'
'vaccinations cause resistance'
good news for
Big Pharma
bad news for the planet
find some top brass who
did not grow up with
a pill for every ill
'loosers work in universities'
the smart guys work in
Big Pharma
big pharmaceutical companies
our Ricker has...
taught day release to
workers at a large pharma plant
the names keep changing but
Barnard Castle stays put
Glaxo Smith Kline at one time
not necessarily the
sharpest knives in the box
but way smarter than the
full time students In a nutshell
Big Pharma want
treatments keep
at bay, is that bey?
cures put an end to the matter
particularly those such as
drive smallpox to extinction
save on health care expenditure
cost JARBS
create redundencies
and the reason why the drug companies want
governments to
campaign against antibiotics is that
all the major ones are
out of patent
and hence cheap to buy and
government and pharma want to shovel huge stacks of
tax payer money at drug companies
anf they are now
hoist by their own petard
due to the notion
if antibiotics cause resistance..
so will vaccinations

30th November 2018

Let's try to explain the workings of the
South Tees Redevelopment Corporation
parents who say
please marry my daughter
she's had a few epileptic fits
and we don't think she's safe on her own
we n only afford half a million as a dowry
It's like owning the best house in town and
we buy any house dot com
Just because you want people to
tell yer mother I saved you
owe you
if you didn't play that game
you incite another child to, say
walk along the top of a wall
and then you grab them and say
tell yer mother I saved you

29th November 2018

We now have the two theories about the closure of
Beals in Redcar
remote location
adverse publicity about tumbleweed and soup kitchens
Hexham is as remote as you can get and
still open
Redcar and Bishop Auckland in the heartland of whinge
negative publicity costs jobs
We have the news about Intu
or however they spell it
wanting to sell to Peel Holdings the - ref Teesside Airport - shut down merchants
and not getting a deal
we understand the idea
we will get votes if we arrange handouts
politicians don't see any mileage in
vote for me and I'll get you a BETTER job
we feel we have to excuse those who reflexly say
about anything
this will cost jobs
this will create jobs
it's hard to make a slogan out of
enough with the entry level jobs
we deserve better

28th November 2018

The term laterality refers to the preference most humans show for
one side of their body over the other.
Examples include left-handedness/right-handedness and
it may also refer to the primary use of the left or right hemisphere in the brain.
It may also apply to animals or plants.
The majority of tests have been conducted on humans, specifically to
determine the effects on language.
Language functions such as grammar,
vocabulary and literal meaning are typically lateralized to
the left hemisphere, especially in right handed individuals.
While language production is left-lateralized in up to 90% of right-handers,
it is more bilateral, or even right-lateralized, in approximately 50% of left-handers.
Broca's area and Wernicke's area, two areas associated with the production of speech, are
located in the left cerebral hemisphere for about 95% of right-handers, but
about 70% of left-handers.
Damage to either the right or left hemisphere, and its resulting deficits provide
insight into the function of the damaged area.
Left hemisphere damage has many effects on language production and perception.
Damage or lesions to the right hemisphere can result in
a lack of emotional prosody or intonation when speaking.
Right hemisphere damage also has grave effects on understanding discourse.
People with damage to the right hemisphere have a reduced ability to
generate inferences, comprehend and produce main concepts,
and a reduced ability to manage alternative meanings. Furthermore,
people with right hemisphere damage often exhibit discourse that is
abrupt and perfunctory or verbose and excessive.
They can also have pragmatic deficits in situations of turn taking,
topic maintenance and shared knowledge.[medical citation needed]
Some popularizations oversimplify the science about lateralization, by
presenting the functional differences between hemispheres as being
more absolute than is actually the case.

We need to talk about
cattle and sheep
their digestions are
they emit a lot of methane
methane is a global warming gas
methane naturally oxidises to
carbon dioxide
and that is an even more potent
global warming gas
sheet and cattle get the carbon in the methane they emit
NOT from fossil sources but as
carbon captured from the atmosphere by the plants they eat
so long as you eat sheep, cattle and milk
raised locally from locally grown fodder
negligable food miles
you are eating
carbon neutral food
the plant crops you and the animals eat
are grown with the aid of
fertilizers that are produced using fossil fuel energy
and crop rotation produces
organic fertilizer that contributes less to
fertilizer run off and
the likes of algal blooms in waterways
Ricker ain't smart enough to invent the Internet
but he ain't an ignorant fuckwit neither
to extend the gassy theme
shurrup an'
give yer arse a chance
'cos no doubt yer farts
make more sense than yer words
Here is the problem
people who advocate
seek justification and
we can't get a clear shot on
global warming because
these nutters
hang this crap on the issue
and so
using sewage sludge as the carbon source
IS the means to make the likes of
iron and steel production
in a way that concrete production
which involves liberating carbon from limestone
totally and entirely
although a carbon neutral energy source can be used

This is going to need some checking
but we will make a start
we start from the contention that changing
paranoid schizophrenia to
is understandable but misguided
the problem with bipolar is the association with
polar opposites
other reclassifications refer to a
not poles
we see poles as attractive in this case because
what we are dealing with here is
left brain - right brain
and left or right brain dominance
we should check and quote the
division of labour between the
left and right hemispheres of the brain
we would point out the physically
the entire brain in a distorted hemisphere
and the hemispheres commonly referred to are actually
quarter spheres
perhaps more so as we age
running the brain is a chore
it saps energy
the core theory of people snapping from
Dr Jeckle to Mr Hyde is that
at times of stress and exhaustion
the dominant hemisphere weakens and the
tech speak here
tech speak designed to avoid offence
gains the upper hand and is
how shall we put it
less refined and polished is its approach to life
also less self confident
some treatments for this class of disorder have shown success by
disconnecting or removing the sub-dominant hemisphere of the brain
and naturally when patients are nor
faking it
the voices in their head and
multiple personalities
are in the sub-dominant hemisphere

Westgate was East Anglian Co-OP
Beccles (formerly Westgate)
Bedford (formerly E Braggins & Son)
Chipping Norton (formerly Westgate)
Diss (formerly Westgate)
Hexham (formerly Robbs)
Keighley (formerly Sunwin House and latterly Westgate)
Kendal (formerly J R Taylor and originally Musgroves)
Lowestoft (formerly Westgate)
Mansfield (formerly Westgate)
Peterborough (formerly Westgate)
Skegness (formerly Westgate)
Southport (formerly Broadbents & Boothroyds and originally Boothroyds)
Spalding (formerly Westgate)
St Neots (formerly Westgate)
Tonbridge (formerly Bentalls)
Wisbech (formerly Westgate)
Worthing (formerly Bentalls)
Yeovil (formerly Denners)
Former locations
Beales in Harrogate in 2013. This branch closed in 2014 and was demolished in 2015.
Abingdon (formerly Westgate)
Bishop Auckland (formerly Westgate; closed January 2017)
Bolton (formerly Whitakers)
Cinderford (formerly Westgate; closed July 2013)
Ealing (formerly Bentalls; closed October 2007)
Fareham, Beales for Men, later Beales Boutique (opened 2010)
Harrogate (formerly Sunwin House and latterly Westgate; closed 2014; building demolished 2015)
Horsham (formerly Allders; building now occupied by Dunelm)
King's Lynn (formerly Westgate; closed 2016)
Maidstone, Beales Outlet (formerly a branch of T J Hughes; closed June 2013)
Redcar (formerly Westgate)
Rochdale (formerly Sunwin House and latterly Westgate; closed August 2016)
Saffron Walden (formerly Westgate; closed December 2016)
Skipton (formerly Sunwin House and latterly Westgate; closed November 2012)
Walton-on-Thames (formerly Grant Warden; closed January 2006)
Winchester (closed August 2016)
Strange that none of this was

26th November 2018

F1 motor racing well not be back until
mid March 2019
and as a finale
an example if silo thinking
we are not in a positon to do the following but
we suggest it
draw a line from the middle of a line between the
highest point on each front tyre
to the top of the roll bar behind the driver's head
does that line run above or below
the empty VW split screen frame?
the problem here is that this is
road car racing
it is not rallying
there is always a
road surface
to the extent that
the surface of the track does not
rise by as much as a centimetre
within the length of the cockpit
anything the could itrude
into the cockpit would be
so small as to miss the extra frame
and then of course
who gets out of a car on fire first
the occupant restrained by
a seat belt
or the occupant
restrained by an air bag?

Beals Redcar

That's the second half of a

Locke Park rainbow

small plug for an upcoming event
1st and 2nd of December

The sub station on stilts has been replaced with or by
a brick outhouse
sub station

We wus wrong
New in New life is
nothing to do with ebay versus Amazon
New Life is a branch of
The Pentecostal Church
and we have a big one
On Top Lakes
on West Dyke Road
and we shall see
but this is shades of
The Salvation Army
when you buy from NewLife
are you supporting
care for the poor
for a Christian cult?

strike out references to ebay but
we stand by
Amazon 'donating' surplus stock to
NewLife to avoid
Landfill tax

23rd November 2018

The Beals Store in Redcar is set to become an
Amazon pop-up shop
seling off stuff they have had on line and have discontinued
we don't know any of the following for certain
We think the
East Anglian Co-Op
they had a number of retail centres around the country and
sold them off to Beales
or sold off the freehold of
all of their stores occupied by Beals to Beals
then some gut bought Beals for
the stores near the south coast
and Redcar stopped being a
pioneer for expansion and became an outlier
a logistical and management nightmare
the guy kept it going for a while because he got it
buy five, get one free
Will Amazon stay?
we would say that they have not rushed to
catch the Christmas trade
so this is probably more
no frills
T J Hughes
and the like have missed a trick
passing up on the unit
It will not be branded Amazon
something with
in the name to identify it as selling
remaindered stock
a bricks ebay
a rival to
T K Maxx
Shopping at Newlife is good for the environment,
good for your pocket and good for
disabled children and their families.
We recycle goods from major companies helping them achieve
their environmental social responsibility policies.
As a result we offer clothing, textiles, footwear, accessories,
house wares, gifts and on occasion furniture,
books, electrical items, toys and much more across our stores.
and so Amazon appears to be their major client
It's about avoiding putting unsold stock into landfill
Newlife Pop-up Shop - Redcar
Newlife Redcar is the second store to open in the North of England this year and
takes over the former Beales premises on Regent Walk.
The 30,000 square foot site will open its doors to the public in December with
the sales floor taking up 5,000 square foot selling
a range of fashion and homeware and other goodies at cut-prices.
7 Regent Walk, Redcar, TS10 3FB
so it will begin - and possible end - in a small area at the front of downstairs

Our Riker's parents left school at 14
from his being nine or eleven to the death of his second parent
when he was in his mid thirties....
he was being 'taught' by
and whenever they consulted his tutors
they were told he was an idiot
we now find that universities are spending less than
half the money they spend on teaching
and you can bet your life
they are not spending the rest on research
what the unsuspecting non-graduates do not understand is that
universities are packed with
amateur psychologists
who regard a
Good Degree
as the mental health equivalent of
a wheelchair, false leg, or heart transplant
we have an 'amateur psychologist' don story about Oxford
a guy - prob from Ricker's own school
went for an interview at an Oxford College
he entered the recruiter's study for the interview and
was invited to take a seat
there were three vacant seats
a dinning style chair, a modern designer chair, and a huge comfy
well stuffed leather arm chair
the candidate faced with the choice said
ah, the old, amateur psychologist trick
he didn't get in
dons want to feel superior to students and that is why the trawl for the
dregs of society
the idiot sons of the vastly wealthy have deserted them
so Ricker is working for Dolland & Aitchison opticians
the company say
the only person on our board who is not an optometrist is
the finance director
the university have sole right to nominate student optometrists
they want their student fees
you can't be a pre-reg without OUR degree
D & A will not pay, your mother will have to pay
so she sells her house
then Ricker gets onto the course and then
the other students see Ricker as their probable future boss and
pay more attention to him than to the dons
so the university throw him off the course

21st November 2018

Here we are thinking about
Free From Foods
In broad terms a product that is
gluten free
is made from
rice flour
instead of
wheat flour
now there's one really important thing about rice
cooked rice does not keep - except in the freezer
for some reason - probably easily found and related to
what sugars it contains and that it does not contain gluten
ordinary moulds - such as those in cheese
grow faster in cooked rice
so our Ricker has done an unintended experiment
on his digestion
three days in a row he ate a free from pizza for lunch
each slightly out of date
on day four he had run out of pizzas
by 11.30 a.m. he suddenly had
acid reflux
his smarter than the average nutritianist
was gearing itself up for
another onslaught
and when steak pie - regular pastry - followed by
week old pineapple cottage cheese arrived
calm was immediately restored - stomachwise
and what do the flakes say?
even though I have gone gluten free
I still have a delicate digestion
I couldn't risk going back to what ordinary people eat

We talked about the passing of
Cancer Research UK's Irene
we have a few more details
we can say that
Irene was
Irene Crystal
and her husband was John Crystal of
Crystal Painting and Decorating
and he had recently retired and they had bought a mobile home
and were gettng around quite a bit
to the extent that Irene was only in the shop on Wednesdays
and what happened?
they had a little motor bike accident and
Irene hit her head and
on account of her being on the warfarin for her heart
she ended up with a lethal bleed on the brain
sometimes you just can't win
it was always
Pat and Irene
and Pat's husband had been a bookie in Marske
something like that
then Pat sold up and moved to live with or near her
daughter in Newcastle
perhaps the proceeds were invested in
the future of Pat's grandaughter
Pat had been the brick-a-brack expert
regarding other Old Timers
Val has retired from her voluntary work with
Cancer Research UK
Val lost her daughter - her only child?
to cancer when they were both quite young
and Val dedicated a lot of her life to
sitting by the beds of the terminally ill
so that they would not die alone

at present we are a little confused about the
abandoned Beal's Department Store in Regent Walk
the shop fitters have not been in but
a logistics company from the
West Midlands has stacked a whole load
well five or six artics worth actually
of Amazon boxes in the back of the store
some may say that this is Amazon stockpiling ahead of
but the escalators are being serviced and this is
dump stack
distribution warehousing
we mean the stock is stacked in a way that you could only
access it from the edges
not get at something from the middle
so with no shop fitters
best guess is
re-open as Beals
but time will tell
but if this turns out true
then this hiatus has been entirely engineered by
media stories about
tumbleweed and soup kitchens
speaking of which..
we were recently told
The Trussel Trust has dished out
around 6,000 emergency meals to children in the past year
and it's actually???
twenty per day
or well you work it out
they wouldn't be doing this on
school days...
so less than 100 a day each day in
the school holidays
over 6,000
suggests 6,000 children not 6,000 meals
fake news ??
and this touches on the incentive to both parents and pupils
turn up for school, don't get excluded and
you'll get fed for free
IF your family are genuinely poor
what means test are The Trussell Trust applying?
do free food handouts release funds for
mobile 'phones, drugs, drink and holidays in Spain?

Kerry Louise Pink
died in 2006
Jacqueline Ann Pink
is the licensee of a
micro pub in Station Road, Redcar
that pub hosts
folk groups
recently they showcased a combo with a name similar to
Peggy Pooler
why they weren't called Peggy Pooler we don't know
perhaps it's like
Cliff Richard
not being called
Cliff Richards
to get a second, correction, name check...
Peggy Pooler is the witch that lives in the bottom of
ponds and lakes and
drags you down to drown
if you get too close
Peggy didn't need to get
Kerry Louise all that close
and she could end her life from a distance
because Kerry Louise was
so drunk

19th November 2018

If you fancy a home or room decorated for a
child free Christmas
What used to be called
Ron Hill's Christmas Barn
on the Esplanade
Next to the lifeboat station
may be where you need to be
it is another of those strange Redcar retail venues
cheap as chips hardware store under the same roof as
moderately high end
home furnishing

the rest we can't be bothered to sort out
just a walk in the park...

These are bits of shipwreck
note the way the timbers have been joined with wooden pegs
no metalwork
we were fascinated at how
some sort of tar based sealant had
set as hard as rock
over the centuries

This time of year
the lights come on in the shelters
on the Esplanade
and another set have cught fire due to
salt spray corrosion
you could see how the overheating conductors had
melted their plastic insulation off
no arson posters this time

well here's Nutkin's close up

not universally popular
there are about three in Locke Park
not red

This one of those special moments that
verge on the mystical
it may not be obvious from the pictures but
they are an attempt to capture
a rainbow in a fountain
the mystical bit is that we could refer to the building
in the background as
The Pink Pavillion
because it is where a teenage girl
called Miss Pink
hanged herself
when very drunk
having fallen out wth her friends
nuff said

This is one of those tech think pieces
it means we have no inside information but
things we see on the street make us think
Ricker has never had a gas bill in his adult life
his parents had them
as he recalls, gas utilites don't sell specific gases
except in the case of bottled gas where
the bottle colour indicates
blue for butane, red for propane
people connected to the mains are offered 'gas' that when
burned in approved appliances will produce a guaranteed amount of heat
per standard volume
you may be buying methane but there is no guarantee there is
nothing but methane in the pipes
we don't known how long the gas mains have been laid in Redcar
they would originally have carried
town gas chemically quite a cocktail and the origin of not having a contract that
stated what chemcals you were getting
killing yourself by putting your haed in the gas oven
was based on the carbon monoxide content of town gas
produced by roasting coal and thus also called
coal gas
then in the 1970s we were switched to
Natural Gas
pretty much taken direct from under the North Sea
ever since
new gas mains have been
yellow poly something plastic
and so we wonder why the old cast iron gas mains
that have served us so well for so long
are now being loosely lined with plastic
we don't have a significant gas leak problem
on anything like a scale similar to the
water main leak problem we have
we do this leap of imagination now
are Centrica - the people who distribute gas
anticipating the gas they supply, in the future
what combustible gas is
available in vast quantities and
wetter than Natural Gas?
what if
what if it's possible to increase the amount of hydrogen
and reduce the amount of methane in gas
and still fulfil the contracted heat outputs
by burning the gas in the same appliances
nobody need ever know
just a thought

16th November 2018

A couple of things about
life, training and discipline
in the Allied trenches on World War One
we said that at times they were put in a gas chamber with irritant gas
and at other times with lethal gas
it's the lethal gas we are not sure about
when they were in the gas chamber with the irritant gas and with
their gas masks on
they were ordered to take them off
to impress on them that there was to be no hesitation
if they heard
they dropped everything
and put on their gas masks
and put gas masks on the horses
The other matter relates to
shot at dawn
the firing squad would not be as you probably imagine
what happened was
a blanket with a target on it would be put up
a detatchment would be ordered to fire at the target
nobody - except the officers, MPs
would know whether there was anybody stood on
the other side of the blanket
did they have MPs?
Military Police

the unemployment stats issue
If you ask
how many people had a birthday in July?
How many people had a birthday in August?
How many people had a bithday in September?
How many people had a birthday between
1st July and 30th September?
the last answer will be a lot bigger than the other three
if you ask
how many people had ten fingers in July?
How many people had ten fingers in August?
how many people had ten fingers in September?
how many people had ten fingers between
1st July and 30th September?
all four numbers will be about the same...
in this case
having ten fingers is being
long term unemployed
and having a birthday is
having a change of employment status

There s a saying
in vino veritas
effectively it means
people are more honest when drunk
over the past few days pundits on UK TV
have been drunk on excitement and this emerged
The headbangers want to reinvent the UK as
The Singapore of the North Atlantic
this so clearly demonstrates that all of the
chattering classes see the United Kingdom as
London plus a swamp
tthey cannot recognise that any form of civilisation
exists between
the M25 and Paris
it's hard to know what to say

14th November 2018

Our Ricker has reached that point in his life where
he can't distinguish being
being tired, from beng sad, from being disappointed
we have always worked from BBC figures
not Office for National Statistics figures
in mid October 2018 the BBC published unemployment figures for
September 2018
in mid November 2018 the BBC published figures for
unemployment for
July to September 2018
for The North East of England all the above
where are the unemployment figures for
October 2018?
we have the numbers for the individual months
July, August and September 2018
why, why right now, are we being given the
of every person who
REGISTERED as unemployed in the entire quarter
even if only for a day?
somebody decided some bad news was required?
what we have in the latest figures is a measure of
Labour Market CHURN
the extent to which people are
changing job
about 10,000 people
CHANGED their employment status
in the North East in the July to September 2018 quarter
and as we said prevously
they would mostly be
school and college leavers
15th August we were reporting 54,000 registered unemployed in the North East
for the period April to June 2018
so we have to assume that the BBC at least reports
quarterly figures in November, February, May and August
and monthly figures iin the other months
so these quarterly figures are supposed to be more accurate
because they are reported after more checking?
but it is a diferent measure and< R> we can see how much less
there is in the April to May quarter
with 54,00 for a month and 52,000 for the quarter

Here's a question to think about
while you read this
why - in a era of wooden pit props
did the British army have a need for pit props
during the First World War?
The Western Front in the First and Second World Wars
was fought on
flat, soft, wet land
and on such terrain there are three forms of protection
everywhere plus some tree cover
in a matter of minutes fit young men can
dig a
Fox Hole
over days and weeks that can become
a trench
and we left hanging in the air
why were armour and air cover decisive
when artillery and gas had not been
the months and years evolution of the trench is
The Bunker
proof against a lot of artillery
The Gas Mask
EVERYBODY - including babies and dogs -
had them in the Second War
they were introduced in the First
some of the
were so thick they couldn't manage a gas mask
when they were introduced there was training
there is controversy about this traing
they were issued with th masks and
taught how to fit them and
sent into gas chambers
at first into irritant but non-lethal gas
later into lethal gas
and the lads who could not
get the mask to fit
or could not breathe through them
are reported to have been
written off in the gas training chambers as
a liability to fighting efficiency
we have NO proof of this
although the pit props held up the sides of the trenches
trenches didn't really need vertical sides
the main use for pit props was so that
the miners could dig tunnels under
no-man's land
and pack explosives under enemy emplacements

12th November 2018

Redcar's version of the face in the sand was of
Private Theo Jones
we don't have a drone for pictures but there was one there

You will have heard of a Rock Star sometimes referred to as
Elvis the Pelvis
Elvis Presley
We don't hear much of his work these days
This week we will sort out the words of his recording
most appropriate to the occasion
An American Trilogy
including the Battle Hymn of the Republic and
All my trials
Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old things they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland
Oh I wish I was in Dixie, away, away
In Dixieland I take my stand to live and die in Dixie
Cause Dixieland, that's where I was born
Early Lord one frosty morning
Look away, look away, look away Dixieland
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory hallelujah
His truth is marching on
So hush little baby
Don't you cry
You know your daddy's bound to die
But all my trials, Lord will soon be over
Hush little baby, don't you cry,
You know your mother was born to die
All my trials, Lord, soon be over
Too late my brothers, too late…

Hush little baby don't you cry
You know your daddy's bound to die

The British are past masters at self deprecation
we are thinking about the harm The British feel they did throughout their
we should try to get a handle on the scale of
The American War of Independence
and compare its scale to
The American Civil War
we would like to consider how many lives were lost
in the conquest of India
and the battle for Indian Independence
and compare that with the
consequences of the
partition of India
India and Pakistan
and then the division of Pakistan into
Pakistan and Bangladesh
what is the distinction between
Conquest and peacekeeping?
The British have
Turned to Islam
at a governmental level
because of the depredations of
The Roman Catholic Church
and not devastating failure in
The Church of England
or the wider Anglian Communion
It is a blind spot in our knowledge about
that we do not understand how a nation so easily
driven into the thrall of the Nazi pagan cult
and yet emerge with a major political party called the
Christian Democratic Union
it seems to us that Europeans are driven to
plead for a despotic dictator at the slightest sign of
There is a major contrast between the aftermath of
The First World War
The Second World War
after the First
the allies sought
rather as the loosers in a civil court case are required to
pay the winners court costs
and after the Second
Germany got
The Marshall Plan
help with reconstruction
after the First the British
demanded reparations from
The French as well as the Germans
they wanted their fee for liberation
France stood against
Germany, Italy and Spain
who turned to fascism
did the British demand reparations from
Italy and Spain?
The Germans got the Marshall Plan
and they still want to rule the world
treat 'em hard, treat 'em easy
it's all the same
where is the evidence of
negotiation and compromise?
Here's the thing
Marshall was the name of the American military man who
organised the reconstruction of
'Mainland Europe' - continental Europe
after the second world war
so we ask
given that the
European Union
grew out of the
European Coal and Steel Union
set up to exclude Great Britain
under the Marshall Plan
how much influence has America got in
shutting down efficient British steel plants such as Redcar
before Dutch and German plants?
and a German car industry that simply assumes it has
US support for
for instance
cheating diesel emissions tests
has anything changed/
since the Marshall Plan set out to
did it set out to level the playing field between
Germany and the UK?
was it just the threat of having a female President that
drove America into the hands of
The Trump Dynasty?
Not very 'British' are they?
ah yes
Pennsylvania Dutch
Is it a veneer of Britishness that
holds America together?
and maintains America's status in the World
Many people around the world
know The British very well
from literature, art, culture, science and engineering
and they buy American on the assumption that
America is The UK's smarter kid brother
like Sherlock Holmes's smarter brother
whom we never see solve anything
he's only smarter because he never gets wrecked
This brings to mind the reporter's conversation with a miner
a coalminer and so a
reporter: so how are things?
What do you think of
Lord Lodonderry?
Oh he's a fine gentleman
we have no beef with him
Reporter: so where's the problem?
It's them
they treat us like dirt
and you can guess
the coalowner who owns the pit where our pitman works is
Lord Londonderry
bears of very little brain
and Trump supporters...
don't do
joined up thinking
every single thought is firmly
in a silo

to some extent ths illustrates a little of
failure of joined up thinking
or more precisely
making the wrong linkages
people who are
vegetarian or vegan on
moral or compassionate grounds
think they are saving the animals from being eaten
to a large extent - if they had their way and made us all vegan
they would be denying many many animals the opportunty to
in the sense that
if we all stopped wearng hats nobody could afford to
manufacture hats
and so
compassion in agriculture
is a more animal supporting stance than
vegan to prevent the animals from being eaten

We will now introduce a concept not much referred to recently
The concept of the
Battlefield Commission
In the First World War people did go home on leave
there was some two way traffic
a lot of soldiers died in a short period of time and
structures such as
staff officers
non-commissioned officers
began to break down
a serving NCO in theatre was not going to be sent
back to Sandhurst for a couple of years to
earn their promotion
Some people were promoted within their
class derived silo
Tom - not Tommy this time
Tom was in the Second World War
he was from Middlesbrough
there were three sections to his working life
he last worked as a science technician
in a couple of
Cleveland County Secondary Schools
the first being Gillbrook in Eston
he got that job because ICI decided to move
plaster board manufacture
away from Teesside
before starting with ICI
Imperial Chemical Industries
he had been in the army
and being a
lad from The Boro
his highest rank was
Battery Sergeant Major
so he had been in
The Gunners
not the soft Southern soccer playing nancy boys
The Royal Artillery
on the other hand
on Armistice Day 1918
Tommy was wandering around camp - whatever
and he came across
The Major
a hot a amajor
the major
We have said before that we are talking
The Cavalry and we are talking
the commanding Officer being
Lt. Colonel Yardley
Lt. Colonel Yardley was the spare
in the
Heir and spare hierarchy of a cosmetics company called
Col. Yardley had been in the
Boar War
In South Africa
and he had written
The Book
on cavalry tactics
fat lot of use in that
Sea of Mud
we said , or implied that Tommy was
Col. Yardley's ADC
in MASH terms - Radar O'Reiley
we digress
do you recall those Cellnet raprocks
the 1980s mobile 'phone?
think back 60 years to World War One
land lines
land lines from
The Front
The War Office in Whitehall
stretched across the trenches....
so you have Colonel Yardley on the blower to and
he keeps
loosing the connection
so he deputes Tommy to not just
make - set up - the but to impersonate him in conversation with HQ
so back to the Major
Tommy is wandering about in the day or so after the armistice
and he comes across the major
sitting down with his head in his hands
crying his eyes out
sobbing uncontrollably
Tommy had had his pay book stamped
but the major was up for demob
soon he would have to go back home and
return to
managing the family
fish and chip shop

We have this poignent little act of nature
This 'wreath' has grown on the steps of the
sand sculpture cenotaph
at Tuned-In

rememberThe Beast From the East?
remember it stripped the sand off the
drowned forest
some of the sand is back and it is holding the doors closed on
the surface water drains

we got a sand sculpture
on the beach

and it is one of those
I could do that
and so people did
with a bit of help

and this is a part of
The Help
doing some TV

The re-vamped Greggs is open now and
if you were wondering
they did get planning permission for those
tables, chairs and barriers
on the highway
and they are opposite
Costa Coffee
who probably don't have planning permission for that
A board

To quote Paul, the sage of The North
Every day's a school day
We have a new perspective on
the obsession of the
Under Class and their
Praetorian Guard
The Police
kiddy porn
or more specifically any sight of
cameras anywhere near children
and any photographs of children
in this connection we return to the concept of the
people unconsciously inherit
mutated, transformed, evolved versions of original concepts
there was a classic sci-fi example of this
we thing it was a
Star Trek
probably William Shatner era
the crew found themselves in a titanic struggle with a
Red Dwarf
Battle Star
and when they overcame it and examined it
they found that the whole structure had accreted around
the tiny space ship sent out to
boldly split infinitives
and discover non-human life in
the universe beyond
we have just discovered that
apparently, during the First World War
it was a
Court Marshalable offence
akin to
to be in possession of a camera
whilst on active service
when you are a
Bear of Very Little Brain
even if you have never been closer to active service than
having a grandad who was
In The War
you may grow up with
the meme that
photography is heinous and seriously illegal

and thus the basis of an inter generational battle between the
Barack Room Lawyers
and the
wielders of
Smart 'Phones

having reference to
Hill Street Centre
having an access from
Linthorpe Road
gives us pause for thought
at around that point on Linthorpe Road there is
fairly high end men's outfitters in
a restored pub that
sports the first example of the world's first
Registered Trademark
The Bass Triangle
What is more apposite is that the preserved elements include
a ceramic frontage that examplifies
On Linthorpe Road the
Doctor Dresser
style of
Linthorpe Ware
at around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century
a style of ceramic was developed that did not stay in
Linthorpe for long
but over three of four potteries was very influential
the dominant look is a glossy mottled dark green
There's a pale brown version on Redcar High Street
that was for a time called
The Stockton

The "father of industrial design" is being honoured in
the Teesside town where he aimed to set up an art industry colony.
Christopher Dresser has also been described as
the forgotten figure of the Victorian art world,
as he never gained the recognition of contemporaries such as William Morris.
However, he created what were effectively some of the first designer labels in
ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, glass and pottery ware.
In 1879, Dresser helped found Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough to
provide employment for redundant ironworkers.
A £10,000 bequest has now led to the formation of
the Christopher Dresser Society at Teesside University,
to recognise his work and create a resource for further scholarship.
It is being launched with a lecture and symposium ,
and there will also be behind-the-scenes events at the Dorman Museum,
which holds the world's largest collection of Linthorpe Pottery.
Dresser was born in Glasgow in 1834 and went on to travel widely in
Japan, America and across Britain.

We now have a slghtly altered view of the military dynamics of
The First World War
digging trenches provided almost perfect protection from
enemy small arms fire
all that was initially available
this lead to long periods of little advance on either side but
high casualties from
sorties out of the trenches
two things changed that
and then casualties were high despite the trenches
what is very surprising is that
the Americans
planned to - in the modern parlance
the final allied victory
Tommy recalled meeting a column of Yanks
sent to relieve the British
and being asked
where's that
God danged shootin' gallery?
the yanks were cut to bits in hours and
the Brits had to go back to the front long before they had expected
on top of that
the Yanks turning up late to claim the glory
turned up too late
and the final defeat of the Germans took only 100 days
and that was probably down to the introduction of
air cover

9th November 2018

Here we go with
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer Middlesbrough
Hill Street Centre
M and S James Cook Hospital
M and S Guisborough Food Hall
Marks and Spencer Middlesbrough, Redcar
Hillstreet Shopping Centre
01642 227811
Open · Closes 6PM
Located in: Hillstreet Shopping Centre
25 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 1RH Hours: Open · Closes 6PM
Marks & Spencer Middlesbrough Cleveland
01642 457911
Open · Closes 8PM
2B A1085 Cleveland Retail Park Middlesbrough TS6 6UX GB,
A1085, Marske-by-the-Sea, Redcar TS11 8AA
Phone: 01642 457911 Marks & Spencer Teesside
Teesside Retail Park
01642 608452
Open · Closes 9PM
Firstly when a business gives it's address as
Middlesbrough, Cleveland
It's in Redcar and Cleveland
not Middlesbrough

What we are saying is
First we had
Asda South Bank
Then we had Tesco on
The Eston Rec Recreation Ground
then we had
Cleveland Retail Park
Cleveland Retail Park fronts - in case you didn't know
Skippers Lane Industrial Estate
And Marks and Spencer Teesside
is in Thornaby
on the site of the former
Stockton Race Course
An the Teesside unit is the one with
things other than
Half of the defunct Redcar High Street store was
devoted to food
and... Teesside Park has a mega
Morrisons food store
and has lost - amongst others
Toys R Us and Maplin

8th November 2018

We are interested in this concept of
The Decline of the High Street
The Revolution in Retail
what we find interesting is the concept of
retail as it used to be
first we will repeat one of Tommy's retail stories
he was doing a relief shift in a Co-op shop
and somebody came in and asked for
a quarter of broken biscuits
we haven't got any broken biscuits
can't you break some?
shops are local
perhaps they get too close to their
client base
how many friends and family are entitled to
benefit from a worker's staff discount?
but there is loyalty and trust
deeper and more meaningful than
discount vouchers and points and
Green Stamps - nobody remember those??
what is missed in this conversation is the idea that
The Internet
is the first iteration or example of
consumers - end users, consumers - getting
direct access to warehousing
bypassing the retail shop
this is clearly not so
to be pedantic...,BR> the railways came to America and
a chap called
decide to use the
US postal service to
distribute a catalogue
and sell to the nation
Mail Order
the moves from
Mail Room
Call Centre
On Line
are trivial compared to
the mass printing of retail catalogues
and so
is no explanation for the
decline of the High Street
the decline of the High Street
relates - mostly - to
parking charges, congestion charges
that class of thing
along with other
stealth taxes such as
business rates
supermarkets steal customers from high streets
local authorities can't
fuck up supermarket car parks
like they do town centre roads
and to give the local example
Redcar is slowly emerging from the era of
Can't have it in Redcar
it's gotta be in Greater Eston
Pathetic Tesco in Redcar - built as a Safeway
mega Tesco in South Bank
South Bank and Grangetown have a combined population of
around 4,000
So they build a massive Asda
then they build a massive Tesco
'cos they think
if we build a couple of massive providers of
entry level employment
on the doorstep of the
indigent poor
they will take up the work
shoals of people commuting from Redcar to
work in South Bank and not live there

6th November 2018

It's way too late to make this suggestion now
let us record the thought
It would be good to sound the sirens on
Wilton International
for eleven seconds
at eleven minutes past eleven on Sunday 11th November
to broadcast something similar on the
Tannoy at Redcar Race Course
We can make the suggestion that
Wilton changes it's regular siren test to
the eleventh of each month
instead of 11 am on a Tuesday
The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists (1914) is
a semi-biographical novel by the Irish writer Robert Tressell,
published after his death from tuberculosis in 1911,
about a house painter's efforts to find work in the fictional English town of
Mugsborough (based on the coastal town of Hastings) to
stave off the workhouse for himself and his daughter.
An explicitly political work, it is widely regarded as
a classic of working-class literature.
Writing in the Manchester Evening News in April 1946 George Orwell praised the book's
ability to convey "without sensationalism and almost without plot ...
the actual detail of manual work and the tiny things almost unimaginable to
any comfortably situated person which make life a misery when
one's income drops below a certain level".
He considered it "a book that everyone should read"
and a piece of social history that left one
"with the feeling that a considerable novelist was lost in
this young working-man whom society could not bother to keep alive".
Ricker has read this book
it is long and he did not annotate his copy
He believes half of it was written by
'the author'
and half by an editor
the line he cannot find time to locate is
a discussion between workers in a meal break where one of them says
What we need is a
Great War
This was written before 1914
we suggest that
The Scottish Highlands were
subject to
The Highland Clearances
replacing people with sheep
when automation came to industry
steam and diesel power
some people flocked to the likes of
for factory work
but further to the
South East
opportunities were less obvious
there is a simple two stage logic to this
There was no welfare state
no industry in some areas
the government - all toffs at the time
no universal adult sufferage
said lets' put the surplus men into the army
and get
the middle calss and neuveau riche industrialists
to pay for it
and they said
we ain't paying all this tax for the forces
if there isn't a war on
hence the 'need' for
A Great War
and the frustration of
The Press
about the lack of
re-runs of the Charge of The Light Brigade

The Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign
is an initiative backed by the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
at the US National Institutes of Health to encourage parents to
have their infants sleep on their backs (supine position) to
reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Since "Safe to Sleep" was launched in 1994,
the incidence of SIDS has declined by more than 50 per cent

The teaching of
The Recovery Position
Safe to Sleep
and it should stop
clealy babies are snottered to hell and
preventing cross contamination from
one lung to the other is

5th November 2018

A quote from The British Cavalry
oft quoted in the First World War
relating in part to the demise of
The King's Shilling
We get men for nought
we 'ave to buy 'orses
The King's shilling, sometimes called the Queen's shilling when
the Sovereign is female, is
a historical slang term referring to the earnest payment of one shilling given to
recruits to the Armed forces of the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries,
although the practice dates back to the end of the English Civil War.
To "take the King's shilling" was to agree to serve as a sailor or soldier in
the Royal Navy or the British Army.
It is closely related to the act of
The practice officially stopped in 1879, although the term is still used informally
men sometimes drank a pint in a pub
and found a shilling in the bottom of the mug
and were deemed enlisted
pewter mugs with a shilling under glass in the base are made and sold today
in memory

2nd November 2018

Somewhere in our archive we have a picture of
Cauldron Snout
it's black and white and taken
around the time that
Cow Green Reservoir
was built
but since we can't be bothered to find it
and this colour picture is almost identical
we've ripped it off a website called something like
The Teesdale Cow

we will one day find our own image
and perhaps make further use of that

We want to mark
The Centenary of the Armistice
with a Tommy - Ricker story
Ricker's mam paid for him to have some piano lessons
they did not go well and ended quickly
there was a reason for this
Tommy could play the piano
Tommy couldn't read music
Tommy's idea of musical notation was something called
Tonic Sol Fa
Sound of Music stuff
do a deer, a female deer
ray a drop of golden sun
me a name I call myself
fa a long long long way to run
so a needle pulling thread
la ?
te a drink with jam and bread
that brings us back to do
none of this
staves and minims and crotchets stuff
this feeds into Ricker not doing well at school
he was a bookkeeper by qualification and
saw algebra as a way to
cook the books
with all its fiddle factors
so Ricker had to do his maths homework in secret
returning to Tommy and the Armistice
Two movies come to mind
captain Correli's Mandolin
The Piano
we will add that Tommy played
popular tunes but at the same time he did
it's not singing and not humming but a
specific jazz form
and so... when Ricker's dad played the piano
he always thought of
Louis Armstrong
What we are establishing is the
Tommy was an accomplished entertainer playing
popular tunes of the early Twentieth Century
so we are filling in gaps here but we have said that
Tommy was in Army Remounts
and that he started around 1916 at Romsey Camp in Hampshire
and stayed until 1919 or 1920
so we can picture him playing for the troops at Romsey Camp
but we have to use our imagination to see
a couple of shires
dragging a cart with a piano on it through
Flanders mud
nonetheless it PROBABLY happened
We have said that
The Cavalry got a bad press
Alley Slopers Cavalry
The cavalry being accused for
sloping off into a back alley of the fighting
because there was only one
cavalry charge
in the whole war for the
war correspondents
to write about
by contrast with the fairly recent
Charge of the Light Brigade
but - we think it was
6th Army Remounts
deal in draft horses
only the likes of
The Earl of Essex
had chargers
and the highlight of their service was the opportunity one day to
fall in behind
The Black Watch
when marching to a new depot

We want to consider a phenomenon we refer to as Newton Syndrome
There are two aspects to this
1 Yes we know you've always been right in the past
but this time you're wrong
here's the answer
I'll write up my reasoning when I get time
in a sense, when you are a Primary School pupil
every adult is a teacher or a parent
the worst thing about being a teenager is
the discovery that despite having jobs and money
adults get things wrong
there is this conflict between
common sense
we won't be held to account for not researching this properly
but it's a tradition that we say that
wise things are quotes from Einstein
who is said to be quoting
and so one of these possibly misattributed sayings is
common sense is that layer of prejudices we
build up before our teenage years
teenagers hadn't been invented in Einstein's day
let alone Newton's
and so the response
it stands to reason
often means
that's what we always say
rather than
this is a logical argument
and another phrase that has crept in is
out of an abundance of caution
that means
stuff evidence, stuff logic
that's a new idea
the old one was rubbish but it was
and still is, regarded as
best practice
for legal and disciplinary purposes
and so we will stick to that
in the American Independence??? spirit of
Gentlemen we must hang together or we will
hang separately
in other words
not breaking ranks
is more valuable than
not being catastrophically wrong
we could contrast
be reasonable
it stands to reason
be reasonable
amongst other things
including don't ask such a high price
don't give us too many new ideas to digest
it stands to reason
SAYS this is a logical argument
but it means
bye bye, I'm going back into my shell
in other words
reasonable comes from ratio or balance
and logic comes from
well it comes from the
Greek for speech
in other words
you have an idea
stand up in front of an audience
and persuade them that it makes sense
in theory the rules should include
the audience should be intelligent and educated
- citizens not slaves
and so there will be no
pressing the buttons of the illiterate
these days - particularly in complex fraud cases
finding a capable jury
is next to impossible
playing to the gallery
has all but consumed discourse
in court a jury should be comprised of
normal adults with no personal connection to the case
often this is impossible to establish in
the court of Social Media

Alexander "Ally" Sloper is the eponymous fictional character of
the comic strip Ally Sloper.
He is one of the earliest comic strip characters and he is regarded as the first recurring character in comics.
Red-nosed and blustery, an archetypal lazy schemer often found "sloping" through
alleys to avoid his landlord and other creditors,
he was created for the British magazine Judy by writer and fledgling artist
Charles H. Ross, and inked and later fully illustrated by his French wife
Émilie de Tessier—a rare woman comic-strip artist at the time—
under the pseudonym "Marie Duval" (or "Marie Du Val"; sources differ).
The strips, which used text narrative beneath unbordered panels,
premiered in the 14 August 1867 issue of Judy,
a humour-magazine rival of the famous Punch.
Punch and Judy geddit?
The highly popular character was spun off into his own comic, Ally Sloper's Half Holiday, in 1884.
Ally Sloper's Cavalry:
From Mons to Loos with
the Army Service Corps
During the First World War Hardcover – 14 Nov 2015
by Herbert A. Stewart (Author)
Before Tommy's time
but not before the time of
Ricker's gandad
and somebody else was at the same gig....
Ally Sloper’s Cavalry
submitted by Michael Sieve’s granddaughter,
Natalie Seeve-McKenna (Faculty of Education, Health and Community, LJMU)
Liverpool John Moore's University
Michael Sieve, far right, with his ambulance team in
the Army Service Corps at Passchendaele 1917
In the summer of 1917, five young men from
Ireland and North West England arrive at Passchendaele,
ready for ‘the big match at Wipers’.
Soldiers of the Army Service Corps (ASC – ‘Ally Sloper’s Cavalry’ – named after a newspaper cartoon of the time)
, they drove ambulances, evacuating the dead and injured from the front;
or, in the words of my grandfather Michael Sieve,
“putting the bits and bloody pieces back together again”.
Michael came to Flanders from his home in Limerick, Ireland,
where his family had settled after fleeing from anti-Semitic pogroms in
19th century Lithuania.
He had grown up during the Boycott of Limerick’s Jewish community,
and work was hard to find.
After a spell selling coal around the streets of Belfast,
he volunteered for steady work with the British Army.
Saved from the frontline by his poor eyesight,
George had a hernia
inugial - they didn't operate in those days
Mike spent the war years aboard his ambulance,
driving back and forth with its precious cargo of thousands of
damaged and dying young men.
A quiet man, he spoke little of the war subsequently,
except to damn the politicians and rulers who directed it.
He left the army to settle in Liverpool, to marry and raise three sons
. Kindly and placid, he suffered from his ‘nerves’,
and getting work was always difficult.
His wife Bluma, a migrant from pre-war Russia and a full-time midwife, kept things afloat.
Meanwhile Mike would take refuge in his card games,
a quiet figure in the formal dress of the time,
smoking his pipe and taking long walks along the dockside.
Little remains to us of Michael’s part in this calamitous time;
an abiding family refusal to wear Field Marshall Haig’s blood red poppies;
a recollection of his softly singing some few lively verses from
the popular battlefield song of the time,
‘Mademoiselle from Armentieres…parlez-vous’;
and the memory of a life lived humbly through the storms of the last century.

29th October 2018

As the crow flies it is about
twenty five miles from
the mouth of the River Wear to
the mouth of the Tees
The mouth of the Tyne about is
about nine miles north of
further away from the Tees
the River Wear
a couple of things
the Tyne has two sources
The North Tyne and
The South Tyne
the confluence is near
the North Tyne
flows around the back of rivers such as
The Wansbeck that drains into Morpeth
The South Tyne flows south around the back of
The Wansbeck, The Cocket, The Blyth, The Pont etc. etc
The Pont flows through
Tommy only believed in
he was a bookkeeper by qualification and
saw algebra as a way to
cook the books
with all its fiddle factors
so Ricker had do do his maths homework in secret
returning to Tommy and the Armistice
Two movies come to mind
captain Correli's Mandolin
The Piano
we will add that Tommy played
popular tunes but at the same time he did
it's not singing and not humming but a
specific jazz form
that's Pont ee land
not Pontyland
the South Tyne flows due west - east
all diddly squat 'rivers'
where we are going here is
many people have heard of
the waterfall known as
High Force
some have heard of
Low Force
but few ever refer to
Cauldron Snout
Cauldron Snout is the water fall that drains
Cow Green Reservoir
Cauldron Snout is the official source of
The River Tees
the stream that feed Cow Green Reservoir are called
the likes of
Trout Beck
and Burnhope Reservoir
is the official source of
The River Wear
and Cow Green and Burnhope are
five or six miles apart
people in the Tees Valley have a choice of
pointing their Freeview aerials at either
Burnhope of Billsdale transmitter
The Wear is in County Durham
and County Durham grew when the boundary between
Durham and Yorkshire was moved from the
bed of the Tees to the Pennine tops
to listen to
The London Chatterers
you would think that Teesside was nearer to
Newcastle than Sunderland is
tain't so
The aggregate for the concrete used to build
Cow Green Reservoir was
Quarried as Winstone - a form of granite
from High Force Quarry by Tommy's George Hodsman and Sons
and one of the industrial accidents that were
the cost of water
The Blind Shepherd of Teesdale
blinded whilst scratting for 'lost' explosives
in the quarry
A trip to Specsaver wouldn't have done him much good
referencing to ad where the shepherd shears the sheepdog

We try to fly the flag for all things
Tees Valley
we are a bit concerned by a stat about
James Cook Hospital and the patients of Tees Valley
It is said that The Tees Valley has the highest incidence of
lower limb amputation in the country
due to smoking and pollution bunging up local lungs
and arteries
the top line story is that
stop smoking advice has
removed the Tees Valley from that place on the league table
all good
however we notice that a lot of people in the area
with a lower limp amputation
do not appear to have been fitted with an
indwelling prosthesis
they seem to be knocking around in wheel chairs
because their surgeons have not replaced the leg bit with
a metal peg sticking out
to which to attach a
Help for Heroes style
that's a bit sad

continuing with the medical...
do not put friends who are
that's paralytic
in the
Recovery Position
lie them on their back with knees but not feet
in the air and
put something the likes of
a three litre bottle of water
under their neck
to keep their air way open
the recovery position is only to
drain a punctured lung
put shooting and stabbing victims in the recovery position
we assume in these cases that
one lung is less injured than the other and so
we want any fluid in the less compromised lung to
drain into the more compromised lung
and possibly out through the wound
laying the patient
on their wound will act as a form of
so long as the substrate is solid
not mesh or sand without
a water proof covering
or course not if that will drive a weapon
or shrapnel deeper into the wound
it's not magic or a deal with God

22nd October 2018

This is by way of a side note without
much of a deeper meaning, but
it is interesting to see some comment at a current inquest
relating to the specifics of
as opposed to simple
getting drunk and falling in the water
There was traditionally some sort of even along the lines of
a rugby football match
referred to as the
The Dental-Agrics are in that sense the
Newcastle equivalent of the
Oxford University Bullingdon Club
two things to consider about being
1 a dentist
2 a farm manager
well paid and shitty jobs
an uncommon combination
it can be assumed that there are in vets at Newcastle
and actually the Agrics will probably inherit the farm
Now that most dental and vet students are
dentals have a short time to make friends because
once they qualify
their work colleagues will be
dental nurses and hygienists, who hang around for five minutes
the Agrics are probably now in a class of their own
back in the day though better to find out early whether
you are cut out for a life
up to your knees in shit
and up to your arm pits in guts....
It is said that the most precious commodity in
Posh Girl Schools
biscuit tins full of
horse manure
top antidote for
home sickness
does the following constitute hazing
in a class the tutor takes a sample of urine and
dips a finger in it and
then suggests that a lot can be learned from the
taste of a patient's urine
he them sucks his finger
and invites the students to do the same
here's the twist
he is trying to impress on the students
the importance of
paying attention to detail
HE didn't suck the same finger he had dipped in the urine
will the students?
thus if you are asked to bring your own spirits to a party
should you bring a bottle of watered down spirits?
if you are in line to inherit
half of Northumberland
The South Island of New Zealand
why do you go to university?
not to get a qualification but to
get an education
fat chance, comparing the internet with
the sort of low life universites employ
no, you go to university to make
life long partnerships
like daughter of a Party Favour seller
going to St Andrews
is your only hope in hell of
becoming Queen of England

back in the day
the day before the deep freeze
council would restrict the location of
fish and chip shops because of the smell of rotting fish
by-laws about noxious trades...

22nd October 2018

The fossil boys have opened up a fresh front
so far we have seen
screen subliminal images of
their foods being cooked on
gas rings
we expect to see a lot more of this in future
we expect there is a financial incentive involved
a pecuniary advantage

Eeee sometimes we go somewhere quite
arrant nonsense
and what does that come from
never heard of this before but
arrant is a
of errant
Latin errare to wander
one of two words derived originally
from the same root but varying in
spelling and meaning
arrant nonsense
knight errant
this is what we set out to say
sometimes we speak disparagingly about
kicking the can down the road
so we got into
what does disparage mean?
in English we should say
sometimes we speak negatively about
but back to disparage
to decry, to belittle
to lower in rank or reputation
to deprecate, to depreciate
unjust comparison
and so to
what is the difference between
disparate - essentially different
desperate - to be without hope
and so to
perform invisible mending - dispatch
to send away - despatch
in American English there are two parallel vocabularies
words that are often used are spelt
phonetically - as they sound
words that are less often used are spelt
according to a set of rules
there are a lot of high profile contests
along the lines of
spelling bees
in America
and there is this classic answer
universally accepted as deserving full marks
to ask that question is a
demonstration of Imperialist Elitism
you get full marks for rejecting the question as
no need for President Trump to bring that in
and here is the answer
a Young Nation prizes
and tolerence and elitism are not good bedfellows
The question is
Why is London regarded as a Young Nation?
kicking the can down the road??
Europe is dominated by Germany and
Germany is dominated by
people who grew up in East Germany
and are dominated by
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
relating to
The Berlin Wall
and thus have a visceral response to any sort of
Border Control
kick the can down the road a decade or so and these
will fall out of power

19th October 2018

When not thinking too clearly or
consulting a map..
it's easy to conclude that there are
thousands of sovereign - separate - countries around the world
there are in fact around 200
and they use less than 50 commonly traded or exchanged
US dollar, Great British pound, Euro, Japanese Yen
and then all sorts from
the Argentine Peso
to the
Vietnamese Dong
nevertheless many trades are in US dollars
how many recognised countries
don't have a recognised currency we don't know
some of those are the countries that only use
the Euro
and one of those countries is
The Republic of Ireland
This Macron character in France...
is getting very anti-British in his rhetoric
we said...
when the UK leaves the EU
Ireland won't be able to hide behind the UK
when attacked by France
on the Common Agriculture policy in particular
imagine all those folk
turfed out of
North Africa and The Middle East
heading for
after being kicked out of Greece and Italy
Here is the question nobody is asking
could Ireland leave the EU and continue to be in
The Euro?
if it could then
there would be no problem with the
internal border within or on the Island of Ireland
there would just be a customs union of
the English Speaking
Union of The United Kingdom and Ireland
hence, we think, the
Transition Period
may not be a transition at all
but a period to see what will be the
effect of BrExit on The Republic of Ireland
in other words
at the end of the transition period
BrExit is stopped
Ireland leaves too
the original proposal is deemed safe
transitioning from one gender to another is
a process
gradually stepping up the drugs and the surgeries
the BrExit transition period appears to be
publish the proposals
wait two years
implement the proposals overnight
that's more a
grace period
a transition
a bit like a
gap year
you know you goin' from school to uni
but not right now

we caught a little clip of
Frank Field MP in the UK House of Commons
he seemed to be saying that
any hitch in the supply of state benefits to
drove them to, as he said
the red light districts of his constituency
for men - weighing in scrap, including church roof lead
for women - a knee trembler by the bins round the back
of the boozer
it leads to the idea that
men are being forced out of
girl jobs
so that wimin can be
kept off the streets
we have to ask
if women can earn 80 quid a day in a regular job
and 80 quid an hour turning tricks
where does paying or not paying them benefits fit in?
men are less likely to turn tricks than women so
women should have the jobs and the benefit payouts?
is that the Frank Field road to a
Tidy Britain?

18th October 2018

On the positive
the builders are in at
the former Clark's shoes in Regent Walk
to develop the extension to
Greggs snack shack next door
not so good
O'Conner Utilities have re-opened their
ducts to the Dundas Street sub station
the gas supply to the
Woolworths - Marks and Spencer duo units
has been disconnected
it looks like more work and an
all electric future
planning is a complex beast
some people submit planning proposals on
property they don't own
there is outline planning permission
detailed planning permission
perhaps the gas supply has been disconnected from
only the Marks and Spencer building and
the council 'line' is that nobody wants to
occupy it because of
sometimes disconnecting the gas is the first step in
what if somebody wants to
demolish the Marks and Spencer building and
perhaps build a
Regent Walk style arcade?
perhaps for the location the unit is too big
in business rates terms for
one business to occupy

17th October 2018

as is routine we refer back to
12th September 2018
We suppose it had to happen
the number of unemployed in the North East has risen
April to June it was 4.3 per cent of the workforce
it is now 4.4 per cent
that is the measure of the effect of
people graduating from schools colleges and universities
and not having jobs to move directly into
that's a lift from 54,000 to 56,000

and now...
what we assume to be the figure for
September 2018
up 1,000 on the previous month
down 4,000 on the same month in the previous year
September being a neutral sort of month
no surge of school and college leavers
no seasonal employment - retail for Christmas etc.
and September being the month when people loose their
seasonal Tourist Industry jobs
if we accept say 25,000 unemployed as full employment
accounting for churn and the unemployable
and a 4,000 a year rate of decline
and no sign of any
major employers
packing up
the trend is for 'full employment'
in five of six years time
speaking of major employers...
these September figures probably do not reflect
the recent major uptake of employees at
Sirius Mining - between Redcar and Scarborough
that is - including those previously there
well over a thousand jobs
much more in the pipeline
perhaps not so much help on Tyneside and Wearside
we suggest that fit willing and able young people
on Teesside will have little trouble in finding work in
the 2020s
we are not holding our breath for separate
Tees Valley unemployment figures

15th October 2018

We feel the need to remember
just another person who has passed away
and her name is Irene
and here's the thing
she was one of the longest serving volunteers at
The Cancer Research UK charity shop in Redcar
her life had been dominated by a really quite different
medical problem
essentially although Irene lived quite a long life
it was not a normal life
even though to see her at work in the shop
or living her life around town
she did not look special
she may have behave a bit
but she was not really apparently very remarkable
perhaps there is some drive to distract yourself from
your own problem
by busying yourself with other people's problems
Irene's problems were not cancer related
although we cannot say whether she died from cancer
her life was dominated by two things
she had really serious heart problems
they were so severe that it would have been
suicidal for her to attempt to have children
and then again
there was a third element to Irene's story because
she was one of the people who volunteered to
have experimental treatments
experiments that paved the way for today's situation where
heart surgery is ten to twenty times safer than
the amputation of a limb
Thank you Irene

Let's try to put this
Tyne -Tees
thing into some perspective
if you had a business based in Southampton or Portsmouth
you may wish to have a small head - sales office in
you would be looked at a bit askance if you
decided that you needed to be headquartered in
go figure

We have a Strictly theory
We think theat this Sean(n) character didn't shine in the assessment period
and got allocated to a professional who wasn't supposed to progress
hence the Megan's dad style pap set up
it turned into a good test of public opinion
but a problem for the press trying to find somebody to
trangress etiquette in a way that will
outrage public opinion
it's getting thin pickings

11th October 2018

Here is a different perspective on the
Ian Swales saga
what we find is that the emails that the police took to court
where there was the bizarre spectacle of
Officer Lindsey Forbes - female - acting out
the contents of emails
the main thing was
the emails that the police chose were emails sent
to a doctor at their - his - official NHS
email address and
CC'd to the personal email address of
the local MP
two issues here
a police officer 'assisting' Lyndsey Forbes asking
why did you cc these emails to the MP not
us the police
Ricker's reply was
you - the police - are not legislators
an NHS psychiatric nurse asking
how Ricker got hold of the doctor's email address
in the first place
the answer being that he had been given it by the doctor
and thus to the concept of the
post code prejudice
the underlying idea that if Ricker were
not a nutter
he'd have an office in London
the converse of this is even more significant
most MPs represent either provincial constituencies
or the refugee camps in London
they disregard any advice coming from
local experts
even if local means universities such as
Durham, Manchester, Oxford Cambridge
and are bedazzled by
with smart offices in London and
expenses accounts at posh hotels and restaurants
and swallow any amount of sheer bollocks
We see Cleveland Police are producing more
stuff about cold cases
we have to admit that we are in two minds about
statute of limitations and double jeopardy
we belive that after around six years
many solicitors destroy their notes on
cases the courts have finalised
we are not happy - for instance
with a situation where there may have been an assault
and ten years later some form of
medical negligence leads to the death of the victim
and the original charge is upped to murder
all of which relates to
our not having the documents for the following
but perhaps others do
we are referring back to our Ricker's brush with
Ian Swales
this is how we understand it went down
on some particular date Ricker emailed Ian Swales
he used the Ian at not the info at email address
so given that this was along the lines of and not
this was his email not a government
official type communication
and not directed to his office staff
that was crucial to the case against Ricker
but not the case against Ian Swales
the case against Ian Swales and Cleveland Police is this
Ricker sent an email to Ian Swales about the risk
that anything built on the Redcar Central Station car park
could be deemed temporary and subject to demolition
because of the covenant
three days later Ricker was arrested over
sending the skid marks emails
emails that had been sent over a month earlier
the charge therefore is that
Ian Swales contacted the police and asked them to
silence Ricker over the covenant issue and
the police trawled back through the Swales inbox to
find something that might stand up in court as
top and bottom

This Curse of Strictly meme...
we are not Dawkins fans but we must keep up with cultural trends
a meme is the cultural equivalent of a gene
in the sense of being subject
Chinese Whispers style
to mutation and evolution
This Curse of Strictly issue, theme
is significant
in the pre-20th century world of
gender segregation
and no divorce
a woman only had two people to please
her mother and her husband
what an extreme distance from the
1950s housewife to
the pop or movie star with as many as
hundreds of millions of internet followers
when a person's livelihood depends on their
appeal to tens of thousands of people or
just a couple of dozen work colleagues
how do we square that circle with
if you even look at another woman
I'll dump you?
should all female actors be lesbian so that
when they play across from male actors
their partners who are wives
will not get jealous?
we have contraception
we have DNA based paternity tests
remember Michael Jackson
a song about pre-DNA testing paternity suits?
the boy is not my child
not so long ago...
this drills down
because of contraception and morning after pills and
DNA testing
women can't
get a lumper after a one night stand
by claiming the bloke got her pregnant
and so
the blessed lawyers talk of
post traumatic shock
lives being ruined
to persue their quest for
non-tax based wealth re-distribution

We like this gate
we;ve never seen one like this before
we reckon it's intended to keep out vehicles but
let horse and rider through without unlocking

we are not in Locke Park here
we are in
Kirkleatham Woods

this one is supposed to be arty clever
the spire of the Old Alma Houses
framed by the poles of a
power transformer on stilts

the Kirkleatham Walled Garden redevlopment scheme

tree lined walks in the woods
just south of the
east-west part of West Dyke Road

we took a special interest in this fence
back in the days of
the enclosures
when the gentry laid claim to common land
they surrounded it with a
quick set hedge
and many land boundaries are still marked by these
hedges the core of which is
come the industrial revolution...
the gentry took to marking their boundaries
for legal not security purposes
with this distinctive
cheap and easy to errect
iron fencing

reductio ad absurdam
reducing the position to an absurdity
disproof of a proposition by proving that its
logical conclusion is absurd
carrying of anything to absurd lengths
oh what distances we have covered
our Ricker remembers
a primary school teacher who had for some reason
been to America - the United States - during
the summer holidays and
presumably at the airport
had been on
a horizontal escalator
a travelator
and remarked on the huge
warning sign at the end
we honestly cannot imagine that this apparatus was
particularly long
presumably it was installed simply because
it was possible
many people appreciate the help of
an escalator
but a travelator is
reductio ad absuram
as are many of the demands of the
snowflake generation
for child and female 'protection'
in the UK we have a chef from York
who disappeared
a doctor's daughter
a couple of little girls who disappeared abroad
one of whom was the daughter of doctors
the other who's case went quiet until
her father retired
in short a cast of characters who could be counted on the
fingers of one hand
and if it's a quiet news month
there will be a demand for a few more
million for the police to continue their enquiries
and then we get pundits on the news saying
look people are being swept off the streets in
their thousands
we hear about it every week
except that every week it's the same handful of cases
because there is always some
up and coming journalist who
wants to do a
Cliff Richard
and what is the inevitable consequence of
reductio ad absurdam?
the fable of the boy who cried
Americans may be more familiar with the story of
Chicken Little
who said the sky was falling in
there is an animated movie
two consequences
that and the fact that deriving from
familiarity breeds contempt
we see Halloween - a celebration
evolve out of a traditional fear of the
and so it will be in time with

if you not sure that an allergic reaction
shows up within ten minutes...
ask yer granny
first time you get a
'flu jab
they ask you
are you allergic to eggs
if you say no they give you the jab but
they ask you to go back and sit in the waiting room - area
for ten minutes before you leave
just to check you are not going to have a reaction

We have a further example of the
hierarchy of disinformation
The National BBC - London and Manchester
say there will be work on servicing
Royal Navy Ships
they say it will be done
on Tyneside
The regional BBC based on Tyneside say
it will be done
(on Teesside) in Middlesbrough
it will actually be done
in South Bank - in Redcar
it's a biy like saying that
something that is going to happen in
is going to happen
in London

This allergy thing is a job for our Ricker
this is thinking outside the box stuff
we've quoted the text book
we need to report the more extreme thoughts
this is not orthodoxy
we do get upset when people refer to a
peanut allergy as a nut allergy
peanuts are a form of pea
not a form of nut
that problem clouds everything else
Greek allos other, ergon work
The Thought of Chairman Ricker...
he's picked up on the fact that the sesame seeds
see, seeds not nuts...
weren't seeds but some sort of semame derived product
perhaps seeds, perhaps sesame seed flour
but siad to have been
baked into the bread
not - as with burgers - sprinkled on the top
and visible
at first blush that may move towards explaining any time delay
however, this is not where his mind is moving
he can't see how a bread dough could be manufactured
with a sesame flour content
without that being well known
this smacks of defending the victim against a charge of negligence
the time delay may be key
if there really was a time delay this raises the notion of
incubation period
we are here drawing together
we are familiar with the concept of an infection
having an incubation period
we have these two extremes that we consider separate
we expect the incubation period of an infection to be
we expect an allergic reaction to set in within
like with those allergen droplet tests on a
person's arm
this brings us back to the
anthropomorphisation of pathogens in
public health publicity
in the mid twentieth century
the idea that germs are
out to get you
we know about people who are hardly affected by pathogens
that kill other people
such people - especially before more modern concepts of immunity
were often referred to as
the mid maturity concept of immunity divided people into
those without immunity who would die
and those with immunity who would be carriers
in a way this is why immunisation schemes
require almost 100 per cent vaccination uptake
however we are beginning to see people more as in
three categories
another manifestation of
Goldilocks syndrome
those who have no immunity
those who have too much immunity
and those who's level of immunity is
just right
and thus we have
desensitisation therapies
are so to the famous case
if we were to design a desensatisation therapy for
somebody hypersensitive to whole sesmame seeds
we may well feed them bread with small amounts of
sesame flour added to the dough
what has to be recognised is that
food allergens
as opposed to
pathogens with allergic properties
do not reproduce or increase in any way
in quantity after ingestion
the wise know that if the spices are
too hot
a glass of milk is the cure
it does not destroy the spice
it wraps it up and delivers it to
the stomach
where stomach acids
destroy it
this is why an allergic reaction to an allergen
that is not alive and not capable of
is expected to take no more than ten minutes to develop
and should peak that quickly
then subside
at worst it should stimulate the secretion of
excessive quantities of stomach acid
leading to
acid reflux
because anything in your gut
is not by definition
in your body but
in a tube that runs through your body
a few bits of post conference goverment business
does anybody outside Liverpool demand
a Christian Burial for patients bloody bandages?

We need to say at this time that we understand that
The 2020 cycling Tour de Yorkshire will visit
we have no idea of the route but
as for cycling challenges
relating to local roads
depending on your definition of Redcar
there could be cross winds if racing along the
Coast Road
between Redcar and Marske
there is Yearby Bank
and Flatts Lane
The thing is, in 2019
all stages will start or end or take place in Harrogate
that is not confirmed for 2020
however, Harrogate is 40 kilometers from Redcar
and since stages are a lot longer than that
a Harrogate Redcar Harrogate stage is quite possible

We should tidy that up a bit
What WE would do is
Hellenic Macedonia
Just thought we'd say that before we forget

The Supreme Court appointment
we listen to the chattering classes
what we heard was a panel of two female commentators
with a female chair and no men present
doing a paper review and saying
why was this woman not believed?
She's a married woman
a 'Freudian' slip disclosing that a woman only
gains gravitas through marriage?
we scrabble for any other explanation
is it marriage confers gravitas
or is it
all single women are
pathologically attention seeking?

O'Conner Utilities have got the new electricity
cable ducting to
Dundas Street sub station
and some cables - low voltage - laid but not yet connected
they can get from there to
Pybus Place
but if they need to connect to
Woolworths Redcar
currently Goodwins, not changed the sub station name
along the front of the empty
Marks and Spencer
and a few amusements
back round to Bath Street
This is the thing
back in the daywhat now presents itself as
Noble Amusements was
an arcade that served as the other
choose front of back
entrance to the Palace Cinema
so the arcade is no more and so public utilities
cannot run back to the High Street
having nipped around
Woolies and Markies
so they amy have to go along the Esplanade to
Bath Street
and loop back to serve the
High Street North side shops between the
Palace Hub art gallery and
Bath Street
The Palace Hub - art gallery with space for
pop-up offices above
probably has its own sub station
they will have to come back out to
The Esplanade
that should not cause much disruption
at this time of year
except to Pacittos ice cream factory and shop

1st October 2018

We know nothing about the politics of
Greece and Macedonia
speaking entirely from an outside perspective
we recognise that Macedonia is a smaller country than Greece
but we also expect a country to be
to be more important than a county
except in the case of Yorkshire....
Yorkshire is
God's own country
it may be
God's own Country
but it is NOT
God's own County
East Anglia
can't write Anglia without thinking of Harry Potter
East Anglia is a region of England
it is a form of
Eastern England
nobody considering this issue from outside the box would
suggest re-naming a country
and leaving a county with the same name
in other words
WE would expect
Macedonia to be the country
South Macedonia to be the county
if Greece wants South Macedonia to remain a part of Greece
they should accept that it is not a country
and hence gets
second dibs
on a choice of name
This should be a problem for Greece not Macedonia
It is difficult to see why
organisations such as the EU
would take Greece's case seriously

regarding THIS from earlier...
in other words
wrenching something out of another person's grasp
is theft and a crime
but burglary is just
appropriate redistribution

most of us may casually thing that a person could
steal a car
in the UK
this does not happen
in the UK a thief is - sometimes - charged with
taking without owner's consent
if you take it and move it and abandon it
you have MOVED it not stolen it
and regarding livestock
if they choose a new owner
Pied Piper style….
That’s a loyalty issue, hence
Rustle not steal
After that…
possession is
Nine tenths of the law
Contact you insurer

We would like to refer to our being picked up on
our use of
microrhizal bacteria
and not microrhizal fungi
this is a bit complicated so we won't comment beyond
we know fungi are involved
we suspect bacteria are also involved

we need to quote from our favourite medical text book
Anaphylaxis can be aggravated or even induced
de novo
by exercise
and some patients have recurrent symptoms for
no identifiable reason
end quote
we have a problem here
in the specific circumstances of
anaphylactic shock whist aboard an aeroplane
this is a confined space
in normal circumstances
lie down on yer back and elevate the legs
could prove tricky
what we think is
first give oxygen
we are a bit puzzled by the idea that the needle on an
epipen should be 25 mm
you administer this to a thigh
you need it to act on the BR> smooth muscle between the ribs and
on the diaphragm
what we are saying is
this form of shock paralyses the
breathing muscles rather than the heart
the heart may stop eventually not initially
in this case it the
bit of
cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
that matters
we are not sure about the case currently
in the news but
the suggestion is that the 'plane was
half an hour from landing
but the flight was not long haul and so
it was probably less than half an hour after
no information was given about
how often the patient flew
what, if any, problems she had had on
any previous flights - long or short haul
we would not rule out
a reaction to
cabin air
the experience of flying - including
air pressure change
in short
there is a - in our opinion
a close link between
anaphylactic shock and
panic attacks
the symptoms of a panic attack can include
chest pain and discomfort
dizzyness unsteady feelings or faintness
fear of dying
palpitations or accelerated heart rate
shortness of breath or smothering sensation
flushes chills trembling shaking
all sorts
can you die of fright?
panic attacks by definition
last no more then ten minutes
pass off without treatment and are
if somebody has a panic attack and are
given very strong treatments as for
anaphylactic shock
that cannot be regarded as
a double dose of adrenaline
could adversely affect
somebody experiencing a
panic attack
This is the time line we have been left to
construct for ourselves
buy food in airport
eat food in airport
wait half an hour or so for flight boarding
get ten minutes to half an hour into flight
gradually fall into anaphylactic shock
what would make sense is
buy food at airport
put it into hand luggage
half way through flight take out food and eat it
proceed to die from anaphylactic shock
within ten minutes
What we were actually told was that
the cabin crew could not get the
defib gear
to the patient
because they were in the midst of
landing procedure
not 'within half an hour of landing'
and so a panic attack at the prospect of
the perils of landing
is not contraindicated
in short
around a third of people report having had
at least one panic attack
classic example
a person who entirely safe getting a panic attack
volunteer in a Cancer Research UK charity shop
on a courtesy visit - reward
to the Manchester labs of the charity
we have to think that the apparent increase in
anaphylactic shock diagnoses
could be almost entirely down to
misdiagnosis of panic attacks
There are related issues
There was that TV comedy series where one
of the character's catch phrase was
I'm the only gay in the village
when he clearly wasn't
so not
I'm gay
Oh I'm gay too
I'm the only gay in the village
no I'M the only gay in the village
what am I if I'm not anorexic?
in other words
for many, being anorexic isn't an eating disorder
it's a search for identity
preferably unique, high up the pyramid, identity
autistic savant style identity
naturally that is often mislabeled
attention seeking
significantly different
attention seeking - searching for an identity
self harm
triggers similar physiological reactions to
early, birth canal stretching, sex

There is a saying
farmers should
live as if he were going to died tomorrow
farm as if they were going to live for ever
here's the thing
whilst the leftist wing of the chattering classes
treat the poor as pets
creatures with no concept of time
the unions are increasingly selling themselves in terms of
deferred benfits
such as sick pay and works pensions
Momentum are setting themselves up as toffs
knowing what is best for the goundlings
the unions are being more inclusive and looking at
as the new middle class
that is the Labour Party split

28th September 2018

Perhaps this is
too much information but
we are considering Ricker got arrested for
not knowing Ian Swales' involvement
pointing out the covenant on the bridge site
so the authorities dredged up some emails about
essentially the balance to be sought between
keeping your children clean and abusing them
including to phrase
putting up with the skid marks
to keep on the safe side
Sam gets the gig of talking to Ricker
and amongst other things asks
how often do you masturbate?
he replied rarely, just to confirm that
everything is still in working order
what he didn't say was
because his illness meant that
he was incapable of the physical effort involved

On 11 February,1797
the British frigate HMS Minerve,
under the command of Commodore Horatio Nelson,
passed through the Spanish fleet unseen thanks to heavy fog.
Nelson reached the British fleet of 15 ships off Spain on 13 February,
and passed the location of the Spanish fleet to Jervis,
commanding the fleet from his flagship Victory.
Unaware of the size of his opponent's fleet—in the fog,
Nelson had not been able to count them—Jervis's squadron immediately sailed to intercept.
and so...
the Coatham Terrace names commemorate
Admiral Lord Nelson?
Funny now that
being gay is more acceptable than being straight
we don't hear much about
kiss me Hardy
once supposed to be Nelson's famous last words

The Mighty Redcar is complete
We have a couple of comments
but first
for ex-pats
we are pretty sure the betball player
was at
Coatham West
Redcar Community College
and so going to Queen Ethelbergers would have been like
The Waterboy
and it's around 25 miles each way
from Redcar to Flamingoland<
quite a commute to sell ice cream
and we may do a bit later about
Chris Rea
singer songwriter
Rea's ice cream parlour was on
The Front
on the opposite side of what is now
Pybus Place
That's the
Back entrance to Boots
the front entrance is on the High Street
when Regent Place was built
Boots swapped from the south to the north side of the high street
and so they got a
difficult to find
seafront entrance
up Pybus Place
so in a way
Boots stands between
Regent Walk and Pybus Place
and you could - nobody does
walk out of Morrisons
down Regent Walk
cross the pedestrianised high street
walk through Boots along Pybus Place
to Pacitto's on the sea front
we are expecting O'Conner utilities to have completed
the ducting under the Esplanade
for the new electricity cables
before Sunday 30th Sept. in time for the
Redcar Half Marathon
to pass
from now it's route to
the Graffenberg Street sub station
should be more along the back streets - actually
they only have the bit from Dundas Street to
France Street - actually called
Moore Street north of the High Street
to do
regarding Moore Street
Northern Gas utilities should be
in the record books
they managed to dig up the new blacktop - tarmac
on Moore Street, this week
before it had gone cold
it must make them very proud
from Pacitto's ices, that is still open
we have had a lot of businesses in the Rea's unit
including a horse tackle shop
at present it is a temporarily closed?
motobility - disability scooter - outlet
there has been a scheme for visitors to hire an
electric wheelchair
for some time
to some extent the council see that in the same light as
providing a
disabled toilet

The Steel closure taskforce was given around
ninety million
they have only managed to give away
fifty million
because the money had to be given to
redundant steel workers
to set up businesses
if three thousand people get
fifty million
they get
16,556 each
we guess a quarter of that number got
4 times that amount each most of the rest found paid work or
took their pensions
and it's like Lottery Money
if it isn't claimed
it isn't paid
so the SSI task force will never see the other
40 million
and so
for the government
closing SSI cost half what the budgeted
which will encourage them to proceed with
steel industry rationalisation
That said
referring to the show...
you can sum it up in a definition of being
middle class
being middle class required the facility to
live on
deferred gratification
the 14 year old said that very well
you don't get paid for handing in your homework
you get paid for weighing in scrap
irrespective of how much money you have
or how little
this is the Tory Project
and Universal Credit
is a part of it
paid once every 4 weeks
monster interest rates for
getting a sub
subscription? no
when Tommy was the wages clerk
the men would like up for their pay packets
and then go to the back of the queue and
return to the window to ask why it was empty
you've had it in subs
being middle class is
half way to delayed gratification
you buy a house and you live in it whilst you
pay for it
the living in the house isn't delayed
but the not being three pay packets away from
if you are middle class you buy your home
and risk eviction - re-possession
if you are working class
you live in social housing
and you get housing benefit if you can't pay
here's another phrase from the under belly
two scenarios
dad is the only wage earner in the house
there is no wage earner in the house
homes can be models of communism
within the home
things can be held in common
and so the phrase that characterises these communities is
when accused of theft...

nobody was using it

in other words
wrenching something out of another person's grasp
is theft and a crime
but burglary is just
appropriate redistribution

Early Autumn in Locke Park

Now, a bit more about
The bombing of Redcar.
West Terrace, which is a modern
amalgamation of the two sides of the
ancient boundary between
Coatham and Redcar
The Terraces of Coatham
Have different names on the two sides of the road
except that Nelson Terrace and it's partner are
not on either side of a road but
on either side of
The Cricket Ground
Hence, there is a road in Coatham that is
St. Vincent Terrace on the east side and
Victory Terrace on the west side
and it looks like the Germans blew a huge hole in
Victory Terrace
well it wsan't a conservation area back in those days

That's four new houses on the site of
or two?

26th September 2018

It's one of the minor mysteries of the modern world
why, when called to the
Coatham Road Surgery
do ambulance crews intitially drive to the
Lagan - Saltscar surgery on Kirkleatham Street
and then have to drive
against the flow of the one way system through
The Community Heart
to get to the
Coatham Road Surgery???

Sometimes we remember saying and wonder
how limited in space and time was their popularity?
Today we are thinking about
You throw your rubbish
where you throw your love
to some extent it points up the current concept of
the snowflake generation
every agency is running around falling over itself to
banish stress from the lives of people
especially women and children
alongside the above saying was
you've made your bed
now you have to lie in it
social stability, to some extent
meant having the same argument with the same person
over and over again
restraining orders today handed out like parking tickets, mean
you never discuss any topic with the same person twice
it's a different kind of
Groundhog Day
we are seeing a sense of
Gender Reversal
once women get into a workplace
they demand that it become a
female only safe space
and as women used to work in the home
not just cooking and cleaning but also doing
spinning, weaving sewing etc.
not so much female weavers
now women go to 'work' to
and men stay home and
and in the workplace
a Queen Bee emerges who
seeks to be the only member of the work group who is
having sex
even though they are past having children themselves
they want the attention of their female minions
focused on them and not children
The Bill Cosby thing is interesting
we are considering two types of fear of apprehension
so we'll take skydiving as our example
could be bunji jumping
some people with a fear of heights and falling
do it once and it opens up a whole exciting new world
some will have their fears deepened
from what we have seen
we think Bill Cosby
saw himself as a sort of
amateur sex therapist
introducing shy women to
the joy of sex
not wise in the era of the
Queen Bee
moving out of the domestic context

24th September 2018

We have this uncertainty about
swan family life
from the evidence of moulted out feathers
we would say that the pair on the east pond of the marsh
are hiding at least one cygnet
but these pics are from
The Fleet
three cygnets
two adult males
one adult female
two of the cygnets were sticking to
one male and one female
the other cygnet was staying close to the other male
we do suspect that closely related adults
look after each other's cygnets
leading to the appearance that one pair has produced
an enormous brood

Here's the problem with people who believe in a
pyramid structure for society
they believe that they - in particular
and anybody else is part of a minority
they must by definition be
superior to anybody more ordinary
whereas they may be a part of the
under pyramid
a world made of things arranged in a
diamond configuration
two pyramids joined together
at their bases
The Inquest into the Westminster Bridge murders
provides a different perspective
the thing happened because
this guy got off on previous charges
on the basis that he lost control when defending the
honour of his religion
so he felt indebted to his religion and his version of God
and Westminster Bridge was his
payback to God
for getting him off
to make sure that his debt to God didn't
shift him down the pyramid
In heaven
and that is for eternity...

We don't know what Comcast will do with Sky
Here's the thing
It was Comcast who put the
fibreoptic cables into Redcar
they passed it on to
fairly early and
then they bought into the Virgin brand
so Sky?
not so sky now, more fibreoptic
saves putting up them satellites
Comcast are a cable company

We have Suzannah Constantine on Strictly
Did you know that
The University oof Teesside was originally
Constantine College
and the Borough Road frontage of the university is
the original Constantine College building - the grey rocks
and the shipping company that Constantine founded
Constantine Hogg
and Connie Hogg
lived in a house in Corporation Road, Redcar
a spinster
it brings to Ricker's mind how
his mam sometimes related to him in
what should we say
more like a daughter than a son
sharing things only a daughter would find useful
down to a rather intimate response from
Connie to the question
how are you

Black plastic
the first principle of plastic recycling is
if the raw material is multi-coloured
add a load of soot and make the product black
so black plastic is
1 recycled
2 packed with soot
can't add more soot, things would fall apart
two stated problems
photo sorters get confused
by all that soot?
non black plastic
lets light through that
upsets the roots of potted plants

We're gonna put a marker down here because we may forget the
details if we don't and we have no time to research this
HMS Endeavour, Captain Cook's ship
scuttled as Lord Sandwich II
in the war of American Independence
presumably still working for the British??
as a troop carrier
is said to be one of a dozen or so ships scuttled
sunk deliberately
at the same time
off Rhode Island in 1776 by the British
and the People of Rhode Island reckon to own it
not The British, not the Australians, not the finders
it's kind of symbolic of
The British giving The Americas their Independence
as much as the
Founding of Australia
This is a perspective we don't often see
one decade between
Discovering Australia and giving up America
We have to think
The British would have fought a lot harder
or just allowed some Americans to sit in
Parliament in London
if they didn't have their brand new toy
That was the whole point
No taxation without representation
write off the taxes from America and
put your energies into exploiting Australia
here's the technical bit
bits of wood...
they have found bits of wood they think are from Endeavour
they want to try to show that that wood came from trees
harvested from the Whitby - North Yorkshire, UK - area
because Endeavour was built in Whitby and
the other ships recorded as scuttled at the same time
were not??
if the Whitby ship builders imported their timber
the identification process my be sunk
we doubt many 'artifacts' were left on a
hulk deliberately scuttled
it does seem Cook was allowed to sail around the world in
a ship that was near its scrap by date
a troop carrier is not a fighting ship
1770 was Australia foundation year

We get these flyers through our doors
regularly - probably once a year - from
Queen Ethelberger's girl school in York
this The Mighty Redcar related
here's the math
the fees are 18,000 pounds a year but you get
a 90 per cent discount if you from Grangetown
Now we have a bit or an idea about
educational economics and
we would expect that 18 grand a year would buy you
a place at a
Boarding School
at the very least we would expect
boarding Monday to Thursday night every week
if you have the facilities
letting the poorest pupils stay over on the weekends
no prob
SO what the hell
is that netball lass doing commuting daily
from Redcar to York?
or more exactly
not taking the course because her mum
couldn't afford the train fares
on the other hand
1,800 a year fees for a day pupil
not so much of a discount is it
Queen Ethelbergers don't appear to have had a right of reply
to us, as broadcast it looks like
an open and shut case of
modern slavery
perpetrated by the mother on the daughter
because it involves childcare
and not
the bleedin' heart
won't be interested
the whole enterprise is driven
not by the identity of the'victim'
but whether the case puts a
class or gender enemy
in the frame
we do wonder how long it will be before
men are being criticised for
failing to consummate a relationship
compete a marriage by sexual intercourse
no sign of bursaries for
girls with no father to help them
escape their demanding mothers
thinking about such families and
children now in their seventies
the father of a boy and a girl living in Corporation Road
died when they were in their mid teens and the lad
was taken straight out of school - Coatham
and given a job in Barclays Bank
so he could support himself, his mother and sister
his sister got a job in the same bank as
the manager's secretary
now that's the sort of thing
the sort of local Freemason sort of thing
that head office was always going to put a stop to
a couple of
no marriage, no kids, early retirements
there then
speaking of which
they were - the brother and sister
stalwarts of fundraising for the
now we are not happy with the RNLI
they took away our lifeboat
not the seafront zodiacs
the mariners lifeboat at South Gare
and then they got into this thing about
The Ginner
if you want to stay Royal you'll have to
come out against sex
and that is why
the NSPCC refused to go Royal

we may get the name eventually but let's call
The Home Guard, Dad's Army
let's suppose there was a lad in the Home Guard who was
a Private Pike type character
we understand
Redcar had never been bombed any other time before or since
and most of the bombs - about three - landed in Locke Park Lake
damaging houses in Corporation Road
The ceiling fell down on Pat Robson's bed
and that indicates she was sleeping in the back bedroom
not the side bedroom at the time
it must have been early evening if Pat wasn't in bed
her mam had dug her out of bed and taken her to the
Air raid Shelter at
The Quarendons
her dad may well not have been home because he was often
Fire Watching
on the roof of the office building
the old version of
Prudential House
in Albert Road, Middlesbrough
they didn't have
Anderson Shelters
In Corporation Road
they had the brick built ones with
a foot thick of concrete for a roof
there's an Anderston Shelter in Ricker's garden
to this day
somebody put a mezanine in it
to act as a rabbit hutch
the bottom is frog heaven
it's flooded as the water table has risen
and while we're at it
the playing field of
Coatham Church of England Primary school
near the bridge approach
a megga shelter called a
decontamination unit - centre
the blast blew the bedroom door open
this is the Private Pike bit
there is this guy - may be alive to this day
we forget his name
either he heard the air-raid siren and failed to
muster to the Home Guard post
or he mustered and sneaked out
but when the bomb landed
he was in the cinema
and not the Home Guard HQ
and he lived hapily ever after
sliding doors again

we caught an episode of the rather tiresome series about the
a family of loggers in North America
this particularly irksome sequence related to a
rookie driver
we don't know what side of the road these guys are supposed to use
what we got was an image of a loaded truck
slammed into the side of the trailer of an empty
here's the thing
they could have hit head on
they could have passed - road wide enough
but the driver of the empty slewed across the road
into the path of the loaded
and the driver of the loaded was fired for
not having his radio switched on
red necks protecting each other against
townies who
follow the rules

21st September 2018

20th September 2018

The disruption due to storm Ali
lead to us listening to a really nice chap
a historian
discussing Teesside history on
Wednesday lunch time on
BBC Radio Tees
and one topic was
the bombing of Redcar
so we thought we should clarify
There are two relevant
Blue Plaques
some mention was made of Zetland Road
we don't follow that
there is a plaque at the corner of
Coast Road and Zetland Park
that dedicates some seats to
use by veterans
we forget whether that is
seafarers or military
the other blue plaque is on Coatham Road
where the mayor and other notables were killed by a stray bomb
that landed on a Social Club in a house
and the house was not re-built
and the site is
a memorial park
We have pictures
It appears that there were so many people in the house because
It was being used as the Headquarters of the local
Home Guard
and so around 17 people died
including the mayor who was also a JP
many other services have added their memorials and
the site is opposite
the War Memorial in front of Cherry Trees
on Coatham Road
and is actually on the corner of
Coatham Road and Elliot Street

This is not yet the time of year when
office work appeals
however, we are moved to do a bit of maths
we want to do this now because it seems
timely or time appropriate
our first instinct is to reach inot the past for
an analogy or example but
that could be prejudicial
cause readers to polarise due to the choice of example
so we will tread carefully
we will start with
frequency distributions
experiment 1
27 heads and 23 tails out of 50 coin tosses
is a distribution of the frequency of
50 throws into two classes
heads and tails
the total number of observations or measurements
the total frequency
is classified or distributed amongst various
classes or classifications
a famous kind of frequency distribution is called
has the name
normal distribution
it has many observations clustering
around the middle
and fewer at the extremes
at the sides - when thinking of a graph
what we say here is
we expect that over a vast number of coin tosses
and excluding the freak landing and holding on the edge
you would eventually do enough tosses to get
exactly the same number of heads and tails
say you split it up
say you do a series of experiments
each of fifty tosses
and you record the result of each set of 50 separately
results such as as follows can be expected
number of heads number of sets with that number of heads
0, 0
1, 0
2, 0
etc , etc
11, 0
12, 1
13, 3
14, 8
15, 20
16, 44
17, 87
18, 160
19, 270
20, 419
21, 596
22, 788
23, 960
24, 1080
25, 1123
26, 1080
27, 960
28, 788
29, 596
30, 419
31, 270
32, 160
33, 87
34, 44
35, 20
36, 8
37, 3
38, 1
39, 0
etc. etc
you get the idea
plot it out on a graph
1 to 50 along the bottom
the x axis
and the number of instances up the graph
the Y axis
that's a normal distribution
and if you join the dots you get
what is called a
bell shaped curve
contrast this with another observation
pretend you know what a
telephone directory is
then think of you
numbers in your 'phone
take the last four digits of one hundred
'phone numbers
private numbers
not the local hospital or any other set of
contacts with the same or similar related numbers
any given digit should occur
40 times
an example set gave
0, 44 - 1, 38 - 2, 32, - 3, 32 - 4, 46
5, 36 - 6, 43 - 7, 50, - 8. 44 - 9, 35
this is called a
uniform, or near uniform
if you are or were ever fortunate enough to
study biological sciences or
any other form of engineering or science
to degree level
you will know or get to know the test to
distinguish between
an normal distribution and a uniform distribution
it is called a
chi-squared test
we think this is enough for now
except to say that we need to look out for bias in reporting
and to look out for repeatability in the data set construction
there are lots of complications and caveats but
when we measure anything about
we expect to get a
normal distribution in the results
for example
there will be more people or
medium height
than of exceptionally
tall or short stature
Here is the problem
human characteristics and conditions
normally follow a normal distribution of a
skewed distribution
or a twin peak distribution
for instance in height
one peak may be male and the other female
The problem is
politicians and administrators assume that the
populations they rule
have a
pyramidal structure
they take the lowest number they can record
it the case of the first example
one head out of fifty tosses
and assume that that is the figure for
The Majority of People
the People at the Bottom of the Pyramid
and then they get all tangled up in semantics about
such as
Absolute Poverty
Relative Poverty
to try to explain why these assumptions
fit the facts

for absolute clarity
the assumed pyramidal distribution has
the x an y axes transposed in relation to the
normal and uniform distribution
that is, if plotted out as the others it would appear as
a ski slope

a concrete example of this from
The Tees Valley, UK
is heroin
we have said that a shoplifter in Redcar is
likely to be a middle aged or elderly woman
if we look at the whole of
petty theft
we are looking at ballpark figures not statistics
around half of loss due to
petty crime
including petty theft and criminal damage
around half of it is due to
the actions of heroin addicts
a fuller statement of the facts is that
around half the losses due to petty crime is
down to TWENTY or less heroin addicts
who are
1 prolific offenders
2 in their fifties and sixties and
dying off
every time a
smack head dies on Teesside
the petty crime rate
goes down by five to ten per cent
nobody NOBODY is getting hooked on smack
on Teesside these days
this is why we get the saying
lies, damned lies, and statistics
it's the analysis that should be scrutinised

18th September 2018

There are two terms that are significant in the
European context
command economy
we could say that
The French are
Fiercely Independent
and the British are
Proudly Independent
but the rest of Europe has more of a
cultural tendency towards
authoritarian administration
The German Chancellor
started out in
East Germany
and a bit like Trump Tweeting
has made some very important decisions
all on her ownsome
a bit like a mum
barging into a classroom to
smack her own child
in the current context
very shocking
harmonisation is not very British
but it is not
The classic example of
American Harmonisation
Henry Ford's
You can have any colour you want
so long as it's black
that's poor East European economies saying
to make it cheap and universally available
we will cut
to the absolute minimum
fashion, choice, design
are denounced as
bourgeois decadence

We have this rather sad observation to make
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
is for people who have stopped breathing and have no pulse
here's the thing
it has to be because of heart failure
heart failure pure and simple
the idea is to oxygenate the blood
remove carbon dioxide from the blood and
deliver that blood to the brain
to keep it alive
if you do CPR on a patient with a stab wound
particularly a laceration of a major blood vessel
all you are doing is
pushing the patient's blood
out of their body
heart, lungs, brain
no good without

and so we move on to trying to explain
there's a GAP in Ricker's guttering
somebody has been up a ladder at a neighbour's house and
pulled the guttering to make a joint and caused a gap
over the back windows
this will need a proper fix
we could just drop a patch on it
but we will probably
fit a soffit board and
an new longer length of guttering

17th September 2018

Some of the most common physical changes to occur
during pregnancy are seen in the breasts.
Soon after conception expectant mothers begin to notice breast tenderness,
swelling of the breasts, stretch marks, and darkened areolas (the skin around the nipples).
Because of the increase in hormones during pregnancy,
many women see this skin continue to darken as their pregnancies progress.
The color of your areolas may begin changing as early as the first or second week,
and some women also find that their areolas grow larger in diameter,
especially as the breasts begin to swell.
The nipples may also grow in size or stand out more prominently.
Darkening of the skin—known as hyper pigmentation—is also common in
the external genitalia and around the anal region during pregnancy.
Now that lass who married
'Our' Mo Mowlam's widdower
campaigned against
topless glamour shots in newspapers
and then she decided to
come out as a
single mother
she had battled all that time to keep the world protected from
a topless fashion
and then it turned out she was trying to avoid pressure to reveal that she had had
a pregnancy
in art
how many works of art display
female genitalia
as opposed to breasts
and how many display, depict, male genitalia?

Some of us have lived long enough to be
old enough to remember
blotting paper
how to explain blotting paper
thick soft paper
harder and thicker than
kitchen wipe paper
paper that will absorb water and not
let's go back to the childhood of the
1950s and 60s
children were being brought up by parents
and teachers
who had been required to
Dig for Victory
during the Second World War
grow their own food
and wanted to have youngsters understand how
plants develop from seeds
the problem was
children would
dig up the seeds after they had been planted
to see how they were getting on
and they would often die as a result
hence books encouraging children to
line a jam jar with blotting paper
put water in the bottom of the jam jar
wedge a seed
probably a broad bean
half way up between the blotting paper
and the glass of the jam jar
and watch the seedling germinate and grow
and so or sow to
stop digging up the negotiations
why not have a pseudo-Brexit computer game
and play with that whilst the
professionals get on with the real thing?
oh wait
is that what the journoes are actually doing?

There is this word
it's a word used when organisations
particularly the UK government
want to steer the media in a particular direction
but not to have anything announced before
a particular date
it's an extension of the idea that
the media don't release the names of
people who have died
next of kin have been informed
British Steel redundancies
we are not under embargo
it appears that to some extent the BBC are
we can deduce from BBC coverage that
to put it bluntly
from now on
any plant that British Steel run in
will be run from
and or South Wales but probably Redcar
management functions etc.
that for Redcar is this week's good news
the not so good news is that
Yorkshire Trading
want to close the
Goodwins store they run in the former
great location but
if the usual suspects
TK Max, Primark etc
are not interested
we assume there is still a
flea market at Redcar Racecourse
the Redcar Woolworths building would be excellent for
one of those places where
a handful of people are on hand to take money
but the floor space is divided up into
indoor, permanent pitches for
individual dealers who are
out and about but contactable by 'phone
at the same time we would like to see
a proper Yorkshire Trading in the former
Beale's unit
all that requires an acceptance by the
council and the media that
Redcar is not Grangetown

14th September 2018

Full name Donald George Revie
Date of birth 10 July 1927
Place of birth
Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Date of death
26 May 1989 (aged 61)
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Full name
Brian Howard Clough
Date of birth
21 March 1935
Place of birth
Middlesbrough, England
Date of death 20 September 2004 (aged 69)
Place of death Derby, England
We have previously detailed Ricker's relationship to
Old Big'ed
His father was the brother of, the father-in-law of his dad's sister

On 5 August 1973, Clough put his name to an article in the Sunday Express
which savaged Leeds United's disciplinary record,
stating that Don Revie should be fined for encouraging his players in
their unsporting behaviour and Leeds relegated to the Second Division.
Clough also said that
"The men who run football have missed the most marvellous chance of
cleaning up the game in one swoop" and went on to say
"The trouble with football's disciplinary system is that those who sat in judgement
being officials of other clubs might well have a vested interest."
Days afterwards, Clough was charged with bringing the game into disrepute,
but he was cleared after he had later resigned from Derby.
In September 1973, Clough travelled to West Ham United's Upton Park and made a £400,000 bid for
Bobby Moore,
a player he admired, and Trevor Brooking.
West Ham manager Ron Greenwood told Clough that neither was available but that
he would pass his offer onto the board of directors.
Clough never told either his chairman, secretary or other board members at Derby about the bid.
Longson found out four months later during a chance conversation with Eddie Chapman,
West Ham's secretary at the time, but by then Clough was no longer the Derby County manager.
We'd have to say there are a couple of sad things about yesterday's
The Mighty Redcar
on the one hand sad to see middle aged women
trying to push young women out of the town
without really knowing
where to
but the plight of
burglar boy
is sad to the point of sickening
we assume this call centre he worked at is in
Stockton-on-Tees south of the river
there you have a boss
running a cold calling outfit
who is sailing so close to the wind
that he dare not employ anybody with
the slightest criminal conviction
we await further episodes but
we read this as indicating some
problem with
what shall we say
gig economy versus black economy
so much despiration to
get people into jobs
that the there is an appetite for
funding and supporting
dodgy dealers
our Ricker was on the High Street
the day that
central casting cop
from central casting
was being filmed
never seen him before or since
more often he's seen the lass two doors down
walking shoplifters to the station
shoplifters are
female and middle aged to elderly
beardy boy was
brickin' it
'cos he'd never been to Redcar before in his life
Grangetown born and bred

we have a story about William Robson
John Ord
as you travel into Middlesbrough on
Marton Road
there used to be and may still be
a little cottage on the right hand side
very close to the road
Ottawa Road, Boynton Road
that sort of area, right at the top
that cottage was important to
William and John
William had arrived from Low Houslop Farm, Tow Law
as a farm boy
we don't know where John Ord came from
but they were farm boys together on what was later
Dorman's Estate
see we don't know much about that time
We remember
Poole Hospital
but we don't know whether
Sir Arthur Dorman
lived at
Grey Towers
Nunthorpe Hall
we think Grey Towers - Poole Hospital
and we think Grey Towers Farm
would have been called
Home Farm
after a while
John Ord stayed on the estate
and William Robson set out again and
got a job with the
Diamond Boring Company of America
Port Clarence
he ended up in charge of
Lancashire Boilers
that generated the steam to
dissolve the salt at the bottom of
the wells the Diamond Boring Company sank
at Port
to extract the
the salt that was the basis of the the business of
The United Alkali Company
that with Nobel and a couple of other became
he incidentally became
King of Haverton Hill
John Ord stayed on the estate and became
Sir Arthur's Estate Manager
and darn it
John Ord married off one of his less
sweet natured daughters to
William's son Tommy
and the significance of the little cottage?
it was the
Toll Booth
they halted there to pay an
entry tax
on the milk they
brought into the town every day
we wonder whether it was ever called
Toll Booth Cottage

Those Lancashire Boilers...
they were no ordinary Lancashire Boilers
these were
Forty Foot Lancashire Boilers
nothing whatever like a
Locomotive Fire Box
This is a fire bed approximately
40 feet long and six or eight feet wide
to be fed and tended from one end
no blowing coal dust in with a fan
heaving limps of coal in and
raking them to the back
William Robson's boss was
Donnie Revie
and William was the boss of
Donnie Revie Junior
and Donnie Revie The Third
England manager
and none of them was called
Don Revvie
not at the works

12th September 2018

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge,
a little more reason, and a little more compassion into
world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will
learn at last to live in peace and friendship
—?Senator J. William Fulbright
In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright proposed a bill to use the proceeds from
selling surplus U.S. government war property to fund international exchange
between the U.S. and other countries.
With the crucial timing of the aftermath of the Second War and with
the pressing establishment of the United Nations,
the Fulbright Program was an attempt to promote peace and understanding through educational exchange.
The bill devised a plan to forgo the debts foreign countries amassed during the war
and in return for funding an international educational program.
It was through the belief that this program would be an essential vehicle to
promote peace and mutual understanding between individuals, institutions and
future leaders wherever they may be.
If we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace.
—?President Harry S. Truman
On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law,
and Congress created the Fulbright Program in what became the largest education exchange program in history.
Since it began, the program has operated on a bi-national basis;
each country active in the Fulbright Program has entered into an agreement with the U.S. government.
The first countries to sign agreements were China in 1947 and Burma, the Philippines, and Greece in 1948.
Fulbright South Africa
•Be a SA citizen (Non-SA citizens are required to apply in their country of citizenship,
even if they are resident in SA)
•Have a four-year bachelors degree, a three-year bachelors degree plus honors year,
or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Masters •Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
•For Non-Degree studies: Must be registered for PhD with a South African university
What do we look for in our applicants?
•Academic excellence
•Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study
•Clearly written study objectives
•Demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and
a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and
share with American citizens aspects of South African culture,
•Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities,
•Evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
•A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.

Now here we have a problem
this appears to say that a Fulbright is for study in the USA
an inconsistency with our story
There's a lass in Cuth's bar
Cuth's is
Saint Cuthbert's Society
a college of
The University of Durham, UK
She is from South Africa
she is not black
she - like so many 'whites' in South Africa
MAY be Dutch passing for English
she may be English
in ancestry
She is said to be
On a Fulbright
she is definitely on a scholarship
one of the best South Africa has produced
she's relating this to Ricker some time later
sombody in the bar
probably some bloke
probably a bit worse for wear
takes on a serious tone and asks
What's it like to be really thick?

We suppose it had to happen
the number of unemployed in the North East has risen
April to June it was 4.3 per cent of the workforce
it is now 4.4 per cent
that is the measure of the effect of
people graduating from schools colleges and universities
and not having jobs to move directly into
that's a lift from 54,000 to 56,000
that is not by any means the highest rate
London, for example, has a higher unemployment rate than
North East England
The thing is
people enter the workforce en mass
at the end of the school year
but they both leave the workforce - retire - and
find employment
across the years

11th September 2018

We feel somewhat duty bound to
offer this technical explanation
we don't remember the
political stripe of the government that decided to
and re-launch it as
Network Rail
there is a parallel
a parallel with the water industry
we can't say water and rail were privatised
at the same time but with the same intent
both needed massive capital injection
there was this great
millennial vision
sort out the rail and water
infrastructure in general
have all nurses graduates
all by the year 2000
with the water
the schemes envisaged
were supposed to be completed by
the year 2000
after that water bills should have
gone back to funding
care and maintenance of
a posh new system
peanuts in effect
and the whole point of privatisation?
different rules on borrowing money
governments - treasury departments
don't like borrowing money to pay
running costs such as wages, pensions and benefits
on the other hand
they have rules against
government departments behaving like businesses
and going to
the market for loans
essentially a government department can't
pawn or mortgage a
National Asset
for whatever reason - Crossrail comes to mind
Network Rail has reached the limit or what it can borrow
by permitted means
54 billion pounds is the ball park figure
and so
two factors are at play
The Elizabeth Line has been screwed up
they built it in four or five years
and now they will have to spend another year
making it safe for the public to use
Group Think
this starting ever business statement with so
both explanations apply
there are no rail engineers that
know their arse from their elbow
they can't borrow their way to
outsourcing solutions

then there is the parallel between
The water companies and the police
beast from the east
2018 hottest summer on record
followed by thunderstorm deluges
no hose pipe bans
no flooding events
job done
pay off the works already done and
then cut bills
the police are forever
trying to invent new crimes
to justify continued expenditure

speaking of hod carriers and
labourers in general
we don't know how many people remember
Geoff Capes
but back in the day when<<
labourer meant strong man
not unskilled worker
the chap referred to was
he must have been some sort of
weight lifter ....
for a while he was the
Hoover of strongmen
Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt
(1 August [O.S. 20 July] 1877 – 19 February 1968) was
an early 20th-century Baltic German strongman and
professional wrestler who is recognized as
professional wrestling's first world heavyweight champion.
Hackenschmidt launched his professional career in
Reval in the Governorate of Estonia and lived most of his life in London, England, where
he gained the nickname of "The Russian Lion".
He is believed to be the creator of the professional wrestling version of
the bear hug as well as the person who popularised the hack squat,
a deadlift with arms behind the body.
He was known for his impressive strength, fitness and flexibility and,
later in life, wrote many books on physical culture, training and philosophy.

A few seasonal Locke Park shots

and a photo that got left out earlier
this is

well to be honest we don't know but we
assume that this WAS
Robson Street
in Haverton Hill
named in honour of
Ricker's grandad
William Robson
it was said that
at one stage Old William had
intended funding this terrace as
investment property
but after he pulled out
the council kept the name
This is something interesting in Locke Park
many years ago somebody decided to
ring bark this tree
presumably with the intention of killing it

and it didn't die
but we wonder
it shedding its leaves early
is the canopy no longer feeding the roots?
it there some sort of
symbiotic mutual aid deal going on
with micro-rhizal bacteria feeding the roots?

something else

but here we come to it
why we got onto

This tool is sold as a
float or trowel to
square off outside corners in
but we find it very useful as a
when repointing ridge tiles
charge it
use it to dump as small heap of mortar
right next to the ridge tile
and trowl the heap under and smooth against
the ridge tile - roof tile junction

10th September 2018

It's a part of the folklore of
UK Rail Privatisation
that the one group of people who made an overnight
financial killing
were the people who
bought up all the
British Rail rolling stock
everything with wheels
and leased it back to the
train operating companies
British Rail sold them at scrap value
because they
were to be replaced within 5 years
with new train operating company stock
and they are still in use
now the question is
what is it with
Network Rail?
Is it that they are civil servants and
everyday when the workers knock off they
shrug and say
Good enough for Government Work
or are the politicians saying
standards - finance
we don't mind if standards slip
so long as we
get it off the back of a lorry
Network Rail versus Hitachi
that could be interesting
can't really see Hitachi doing a Carillion
just to save government faces

We are coming up to
Political Conference Season in the UK
we won't be taking much notice
overall we view these people
as follows
They think the are indulging in
Dog Whistle Politics
but what they have is
whistles tuned to the ears of
we would put cattle above
the intellectual level
the people they consult

We are more sad that puzzled that
match fixing for betting purposes - bad
match fixing for global diplomacy purposes - good

It is strange how things
in this case
The Mighty Redcar
trigger disregarded memories to
rise to the surface
thinking about then grandfathers of today's teenagers
an item that may still be available but is not
in common use and the job title of the person using that item
to earn a ( good ) living
the job was
hod carrier
the item a hod
imagine two boards about two feet by one foot
joined along one long edge
one end of this shelf blocked by a
one foot square piece of wood
and a handle akin to a broom handle attached
complicated this
half way along the long joint
but in line with a diagonal of the
square end piece
a small trough
attached to a stick
carrying bricks or mortar
a hod carrier was a
bricklayer's labourer
and a combination of
blocks alongside bricks and
the telehandler
an extreme for of
fork lift truck
did for the hod
and the title hod carrier
fifty years ago the bricks of a house were
carried up a ladder in batches of
well imagine two cubic feet of bricks
about 36 bricks at a time
A hod is usually long enough to accept 4 bricks on their side,
however, by arranging the bricks in a chevron fashion,
the number of bricks that may be carried is only limited to
the weight the labourer can bear and the unwieldiness of that load.
Typically, ten to twelve bricks might be carried.
the hod was used to carry both bricks and mortar
the mortar would be dumped from the hod onto a
spot board
a bricklaying gang would often be a
two and one
one mixing mortar
one up and down the ladders with the hod
one laying the bricks
if the two didn't keep up with the bricklayer
they were at risk of having a trowel thrown at them
because they would be being paid by the brick laid
the bricklayer would be on piecework but he would be paying the other two
by the day
so hods
on the shoulder of some lad who hadn't gone to school
and had a life expectancy of around 40 years
and didn't understand money
still available
for example
Used as mortar hod dimensions 300x300x430mm or brick hod good condition
the job is still listed but
it is debatable how often a hod is actually used

7th September 2018

We watched the first of four episodes of
The Mighty Redcar
we were a bit lost a lot of the time
it did seem to be a sort of
joint enterprise between
Redcar and Cleveland Council
and the BBC
we were confused about the programme's definition of
what seemed to be most troublesome was the
script editing and the editing in general
we started out with a quote of a number
in the region of 35,000 and that was supposed to be
the population of Redcar
Redcar and Cleveland County Borough Council has
two MPs
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
only the constituency of
The Shetland Islands
has less then 60,000 constituents
not a fact but a ball park figure
so RCCBC should have 120,000 adult inhabitants
and half of them should live in the
Town of Redcar
The council bits were filmed at
Golden Boy Green
well South Bank
we are thinking
is the population of
Greater Eston
the other script comment we noted was
the population of Redcar has been declining for years
we hadn't noticed
we have noticed the way
Greater Eston has very sensibly
shrunk away from
the works
there seemed to be a hint that the
lad who was making it
not in Redcar Wetherspoons but
at one near the cinema in Middlesbrough?
since there are so few secondary schools in Redcar
disguising the fact that the lass with the prom
went to Rye Hills
seems a bit pointless
we can't pre-judge how these stories will end
but we would quibble with the comment that there are
no full time jobs in Redcar
what we would agree with is that there are no
entry level
full time permanent jobs for
young people who
didn't go to school and have taken no exams
and we would comment that
the moment the steel works closed
the Redcar offices of the
probation service
closed too
a bit like bright kids leaving home for uni
probation service clients
leaving home to move to a town with
a steel works
to sign on there instead of at the
job centre
we sense that people in Redcar are always willing to say
the closing of the steel works had a devastating effect
on the town
but actually we don't know anybody who worked there
they say this because they expect
their windows to be bricked if they upset
the steel workers
we will not explore the question
How much of the funding for this series came from
the steel closure relief fund?
so far we have seen no link between the characters in
the series
and the steel works
we wonder whether by episode 4 - the final
we will see some more recent
drone footage
and we note that in the planning application to
develop the Coatham Hotel Ballroom
it is described as the
Former Olympia Gym
Olympia Fitness Centre
overall we have to accept that people decide to do
drama and journalism on Redcar because
they consider it a case study in
industrial decline
we could waste our time rebutting individual
points in the narration
not gonna
what we would caution is
don't think of Redcar as an object lesson on
how to cope with mass redundancies
Redcar is and always has been
so many towns in decline are
one trick ponies
nothing could be further from the truth in the case of Redcar

We make point and leave them lying
today we hear that the mining company Sirius
has added tens of millions to the
budget for the
transport tunnel
we said it was specced too small
let's hope that they get a proper railway and not the originally specified
conveyer belt

6th September 2018

The 'opening' of the Walney Extension Wind Farm
prompts some calculations
They say it is the largest in the world and will
power 600,000 homes
There is this thing about
peak demand
Take a family of 4 in the 1960s
just when
North Sea Gas was
putting gas boilers into most homes and
turning the coal house into a kitchen extension...
If at that time you had an all electric house
you would have
no double glazing
no loft or cavity wall insulation
on between 30 and 60 days in February and March
each year
you would come home and want the house instantly lifted from
10 degree C to at least 20 degrees C
you would want the oven on for up to an hour to prepare the evening meal
you would be generating
peak demand of around 10 killowatts for
between thirty and sixty hours PER YEAR
and Walney could provide that for
60,000 homes
out of 25 million
however, today, even in the teeth of
The Beast from the East
if the house was 20 degrees C at 7.30 am
when you left it
it will be at 20 degrees C at 6.30 when you return
you would not be
storing electricity
you would be storing heat in your well insulated home
and you would have taken tea out of the freezer and put it in the 'fridge
the night before
and you would run the microwave at 800 watts for ten minutes and
the coffee or tea maker
for a similar time
peak demand is a fading problem
and so
is less of a problem
it was
coal base load
gas peak demand
in all probability the future is
no peak demand and a variety of
energy storage as opposed to fuel storage

5th September 2018

Simon Barnard
Department of Optometry & Visual Science, Hadassah College, Jerusalem,
IRISS Medical Technologies Ltd.,
Barnard Levit Optometrists
Institute of Optometry,
Department of Optometry & Visual Science, Hadassah College, Jerusalem,
City University London
City University (GB)
Our Ricker's main clinical tutor

And we think about
Life imitating art
and we contenplate the movie
King Ralph
in respect of
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb
the current Home Secretary
Cupid Stunt

Your son has
tasted a whole worm
It is named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930),
Warden of New College, Oxford, who was
notoriously prone to this mistake.
The term "Spoonerism" was well established by 1921
The Class 800 Intercity Express Train is a type of electro-diesel train used in the United Kingdom,
based on the Hitachi A-train design.
They have been built by Hitachi since 2015.
The first units entered service on the Great Western Main Line (GWML) in October 2017,
and will enter service on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) from December 2018.
The Class 802 is similar but has uprated diesel engines and larger fuel tanks.
These trains are being assembled at the Hitachi Newton Aycliffe facility,
alongside the related Class 801 electric multiple unit,
from bodyshells shipped from the Kasado plant in Japan;
no body construction takes place in the UK at present.
The Class 800 units are part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).
On Great Western Railway, they are known as Intercity Express Trains (IET) and
when they enter service with London North Eastern Railway, they will be known as Azumas.
As part of the UK Government's Intercity Express Programme (IEP),
the Class 800 units are to be partial replacements for the aging InterCity 125 trains which
currently operate services on the Great Western Main Line and
the East Coast Main Line.
The Class 800s are electro-diesel multiple units,
being able to draw power from electrified overhead lines where available or
power themselves via underfloor diesel generators when outside the electrified network.
The train specification requires that this changeover can occur at line speed.
As part of the Great Western Main Line order was originally for Class 801s,
all Great Western franchise units have the possibility to be converted to
electric-only operation by removal of the diesel engines.
The Class 800s are capable of driver only operation when necessary,
but guards are to be kept on the units.
Door release will be controlled by the drivers,
with the guard being responsible for closing them using the control panels in the vestibule area.
The driver will then carry out a secondary check of the side of the train
before departure using the in-cab television monitors
A total of 80 train sets will be constructed, with
36 five-car and 21 nine-car units intended for operation with Great Western Railway,
plus 10 five-car and 13 nine-car with London North Eastern Railway.
we kind of assume that even if the nine-cars trains can't be
stabled in Saltburn
the five car ones can be
it makes no sense to stable
non-stopping - express - trains at a
junction station
such as Middlesbrough
Despite being underfloor, the generator units (GU) have diesel engines of V12 formation.
The Class 801 has one GU for a 5-9 car set.
These provide emergency power for limited traction and auxiliaries if
the power supply from the overhead line fails.
limp home
The class 800/802 electro-diesel or Bi-Mode has 3 GU per five car set and 5 GU per nine car set.
A 5 car set has a GU situated under vehicles 2/3/4 respectively and a
9 car set has a GU situated under vehicles 2/3/5/7/8 respectively .
According to Modern Railways magazine, the limited space available for
the GUs has made them prone to overheating.
It claims that, on one day in summer 2018,
"half the diagrammed units were out of action as engines shut down through overheating".

Hitachi Newton Aycliffe is a railway rolling stock assembly plant owned by Hitachi Rail Europe,
situated in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in the North East of England.
Construction started in 2013 at a cost of £82 million, with train assembly commencing in 2015.
It was the first factory that Hitachi built in Europe,
as a result of it winning the Intercity Express Programme tender.
No actual manufacturing operation takes place at the site;
it assembles components built elsewhere into completed trains.
seventy percent of the content - cables seats etc.
is sourced from within a 40 miles radius of
The Hitachi plant
By October 2017, the plant employed over 1000 members of staff.
At present they have
capacity problems
and are 'turning down work' as a result
The factory covers over 31.5 acres of land with a building footprint of 44,000 m2.
It can assemble a maximum of 35 vehicles a month.
The site is situated close to where George Stephenson assembled Locomotion No. 1,
the first locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line.

3rd September 2018

We can't understand why so many of
The Chattering Classes
can't understand the concept of
funny how they spell BrExit , BREXIT
but UCAS, Ucas
Say you have a family business running
a chain of eateries
you have a big extended family and
a different member of the family is
the manager of each of the 28 shops
Say one of the shops is run by a staff who
don't like the fact that
other shops recruit unsuitable staff members and
instead of sacking them
they send them to that one shop
transfer them
say the target shop says
actually we are very good at baking
you lot just brew coffee all day
we want to stop taking your failed staff
we want to drop the corporate name and logo
but we want to
continue to supply you with baked goods
and buy the coffee you so expertly roast
where is the problem?
Leaving the EU is leaving the EU
it isn't staying in the EU
and it isn't setting off in the
Golgafrinchian B Arc
to a far away planet
we'll still do deals and we'll still
attend family functions
we don't give a damn who owns what newspaper but
journalists seen to think
all newspapers are printed by the same publisher
and so
whatever title you write for
the same publisher has to agree to print your work
The EU has to agree to what everybody does
like getting a bit ahead of themselves in viewing the EU as a future
World Government
and this speaks to journalists' assumption that
regulations and standards are all
like you don't drink cyanide because
there are EU directives against it
not because it is deadly poison
there may be EU directives limiting how much cyanide is permitted
in food and drink on general sale
but they are not arbitrary or in broad terms, negotiable
Even those of us who do not travel abroad electrical travel adaptors
within the EU
not all electrical sockets and plug tops are
not of a standardised design
they comply with universal safety standards
in their own particular way and
It is not the EU that decrees that
electrical goods sold in the UK
must be fitted with plugs that will fit
UK sockets
that would be
market forces
people expect the correct plug
they don't expect to have to buy
or even fiddle with
an adaptor
many electrical items will go bang
if they were wired for the USA
110 volts
and are plugged into UK mains
230 ish volts
without a transformer
for instance
most shaver sockets
in the UK have both a
230 and a 110 volt outlet
or 240 and 115
so far as we know
at some point the UK supply voltage dropped from
240 to 220 volts
UK made or designed electrical appliances usually
have 220 - 240 volts on their rating plate
German made items may say
230 volts
when intended for the UK market
back in the day before
power tools were battery powered
many building site power tools were
fitted with a completely different shaped plug top
that would only fit into a 110 volt isolating transformer
we should know the difference between
and 1,200 watt
but off hand we can't think of any
watts equals volts times amps
for 1,200 watts
at 240 volts the current will be
5 amps
at 110 volts
nearly, eleven amps
welders run on
step down transformers
reduce the voltage - increase the current
which is why when welding you have to
strike an arc
it's all to do with
inside electrical switches are
spring loaded
because when electricity is flowing through a circuit
it will continue to flow
even if an air gap develops in the circuit
for a given voltage
the switch has to instantaneously create an air gap
between the terminals that
the current cannot bridge by
ionising the air in the gap
smash open a switch and see it's built like a gin trap
in the early power stations
they had huge ostrich feather fans to
blow out the arc after flipping the switch
switching off only
breaking the circuit only
but as the switch closes
it may begin to arc as it gets near closure
hence the springs work
both ways
on and off
so when you weld you close the switch
then you take the electrode very close to the workpiece
then you draw it away
and you have to get an arc length that will sustain
won't go out
but the longer it is
the hotter it will be up to the point where the arc snaps
hence inexperienced welders
constantly weld the filler rod to the workpiece
and the arc stops and the transformer changes its
hum note because the
resistance in the output side has gone right down
open circuit - no heat
filler rod stuck - little heat
arc - lots of heat
an arc has a high resistance
to that extent arc welding is plasma welding
but a 'plasma welder' uses a gas flow
to direct and shape the plasma - ionised air or gas
arc welding - air plasma
MIG welder - metal inert gas welder - inert gas plasma
TIG welder - tungsten inert gas welder - for aluminium or stainless steel
a basic arc welder runs the filler rod at
48 volts
that would be AC alternating current
more advanced arc welder will convert mains AC to
DC - direct current
for a more stable arc
and hence more stable and controllable
weld pool

We are not surprised to discover that
our own archives yield more pictures of
than Google
To begin
a picture of the pier when it had something
at the end

and Redcar Pier, just before the end

Ricker's long dead dog

now this is interesting
Norman Cross
site of the world's first
Prisoner of War Camp


taken in 1965
before the Americans
revamped it?

Pat and friend
now this has to be 1950s ?
this is the end of a garden in Corporation Road Redcar
this horse was in
Flemmings' Field
what would be on the south side of Corporation Road
opposite Locke Park
long ago the gardens were doubled in length
so this pint is half way down one of the gardens as now
Oh here we go
Saltburn Railway Station
mid 1980s?

Ricker being cute

And just for Highways and Building regs....
progress shots of the building of
Locke Road Rail Bridge

30th August 2018

It's funny how an expanse of empty platform
isn't favourite for a photo
we can't find a pic of
Saltburn Station that isn't taken looking towards the buffers
We have found a picture of as model of Saltburn station
as originally built
Everything in this pic that was railway is now
except the tracks that end in the buffers - red - in the
bottom right hand corner

and those buffers are at X in this shot
of the actual
note at the time - gap in Saltburn Pier

30th August 2018

Ricker sometimes comes up with a good explanation
of something that troubles us all
back in the day Ricker worked in a shop that had
carpet tiles
they were eventually replaced with vinyl
the tiles were a problem because
low grade window smashing
pre-teen boys sticking
chewing gum into the carpet to
leave their mark on the High Street
however, the female manager was stressed
one day, closing time, two male staff including Ricker
in the shop - on the shop floor - with the manager
last minute customer comes in
manager is hoovering
customer says
you should get them to do that
Ricker says
hoovering is
women's lawnmowing
men get all sorts of flack about paying too much attention to
their lawns
women never get any grief over
obsessive cleaning and tidying
lawns should be mown
they wouldn't be lawns otherwise
wild flower meadows...
but with this if
hoovering is your
do it but don't say
I'm only doing this because he won't

Regarding Ian Swales and the presumed
breach of covenant at Redcar central Station
Ian Swales was an active MP and
not particularly old by MP standards
he only stood once
and the LibDems put up
Josh Mason - who lost the seat back to The Labour
none of which restored Ricker's reputation
Check out
Ian Swales Building Contractor
Horton House,
Town Street,
North Yorkshire,
United Kingdom.
YO43 3PE
it is the very same

We have seen material from the Tees valley Mayor about
problems with using Middlesbrough station as a
for direct trains to London
Saltburn is just a few miles down the line and is
a purpose built
Terminus Station
we have an old air phot that shows
the long strainght platforms
Saltburn railway station serves the town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea in
the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England.
It is the terminus of the Tees Valley Line and
is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.
It is unmanned, and has two acrylic glass passenger shelters,
bench seating and an electronic information board.
A self-service ticket machine has also been installed to allow intending passenger to
buy tickets prior to travel or collect pre-paid tickets.
Step-free access is available from the main entrance to both platforms.
Station facilities here were improved in Summer 2012.
The package for this station included new waiting shelters,
decorative planting schemes, renewed station signage,
a digital information screen displaying live departures,
and the installation of CCTV.
The long-line Public Address system (PA) has been renewed and upgraded
with pre-recorded train announcements.

we promissed coverage of advanced
working at height
This is a
hip roof and you can't use a
roof ladder with a hook at the top
so you bed a
surveyor's ladder behind the
toe boards of the tower

perhaps you should tie - with a rope - the
top of the scaff to the rafters
of the house

29th August 2018

an en campment in the open air
without any cover
from which...
bivvy bag
something between a sleeping bag and a tent
kept in a rucksack
back in the day...
haversack canvas and military
what 1960s schoolboys were expected to keep their
schoolwork in
never forget
boys born in the 1950s expected to be
called up for National Service
even though it had been discontinued
over the years
for boys born in the 1930s and 40s
part of the incentive to
get into university
was that certain courses conferred
exemption from National Service
and with many ex-services tutors
life at uni was quite a bit different from today
in case the walker or climber
has to overnight outdoors unexpectedly
attracted by smells and bells
religions are to a large extent
opt outs from
conventional science and technology based
norms of behaviour
in society, in
The secret world of four year olds
girls are made of
sugar and spice
and all things nice
and boys are made of
slugs and snails
and puppy dogs' tails
except that not every toddler conforms
shall we say Holy Orders within religions
have tended to provide a shelter
an outlet for
those who do not conform to
gender stereotypes
religions have male clerics bedecked in
splendid robes
and female devotees
hobbling around in bivvy bags
our Ricker has never sorted out the basics of
human relationships
he was on track at one point
dental student
girlfriend - sort of
however, there comes a point
Ricker goes on and on about how ill he has been
when you are in continual - not continuous - pain
and your love life is stalling
you tend to turn inwards and consider options for
improvement in your own health
it can't be denied that the whole thing pivoted on one word
Ricker suggested that it would be good if
Gwynneth was a bit less
Peter had had a similar problem at Oxford
at Oxford the females were described as
not quite the bivvy bad of today
but definitely not
making the most of themselves
driving intelligent well educated young men
into the arms of nurses and telephonists
men are not entirely clueless but they are often
presented with dilemmas
lots and lots of people know where to find Ricker
he'll be taking his constitutional (walk)
along Redcar High Street, most mornings
so when he 'bumps into' a female of his acquaintance
on his walk...
and she is not alone
if her companion is male
in all probability the message is
look, I've pulled, you were too slow on the uptake
if the companion is female
is she there for moral support
or is it
you've got me all wrong
this is my girlfriend
on balance a bloke would decide
if I were offering moral support I would be
at least ten paces away from the person I was helping
Ricker's generation may have been the first to
generally allow space for
any lesbian tendencies in the females around them
seeing as at that time lesbianism was not illegal
although these days females are beginning to be
under suspicion of grooming younger females
In general young men are saying
why should I do a socially suspect job such as
when all the females out there would feel
by any suggestion that I could
support them as they made babies for me
what if you are a male dentist
and your girlfriend
gets off with your nurses?
in our modern world where
the drudgery has been taken out of
housewifely duties
is there a line to be drawn between
all serious football clubs should have a
women's team
women should never do housework
as so
bet you have never considered why
The Roman Catholic Church
outlawed contraception
it is because it undercuts the
gay cleric's USP
Unique Selling Point
Fuck me, I can't get pregnant
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In The Second Sex, de Beauvoir (1949) argued that young women lack
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28th August 2018

This may be one of those things that qualify as
an epiphany
Ricker's sister has just reminded him that
2nd September is her wedding anniversary
we refer often the Ricker having his
face kicked in in the school playground
here's the thing
that school, Ricker's first, was a
Church of England church school
the one associated with and across the road from
the church where his sister got married
Ricker had always thought that he got his kicking because
the assailant thought he was
too clever by half
perhaps, given that the assault occurred days not weeks after
the wedding
it was quite a grand wedding
was the assault something to do with the wedding?
was it not
too clever by half
too posh by half?
what if the assailant's mum was the church cleaner and
found way too many flowers after the event?
puts a different perspective on matters

One thing we do understand is
why City decided Ricker shouldn't do a
research project in his final year
Ron Douglas contacted
Dave Hyde
who had been Ricker's
Research Supervisor at Durham university
and so
it wasn't Ricker's actions or activities at City
that was the problem but
his reputation from Durham
and at Durham from
Newcastle Medical School
Ricker has this problem
It's a great responsibility being
the greatest living bio-medical scientist
when Ricker first tumbled to this reality his salvation was
Mark Knopfler
can't spell that either
History's greatest guitar player
in that first phase
relating to BSE
and the moron from Ricker's class
whom the press were feting
forget his name but he did get
sacked as Durham University vice-chancellor
at that time
Ricker played a lot of
Dire Straits
just to keep his feet on the ground
What we don't understand is why
City required him to
withdraw from his course
without fixing him up with a job
we don't have the time line
head of department dying come between
don't do an honours project
withdraw from the course
in a science department in a university
the staff - the people on the pay roll
can be divided into 4 categories
teaching staff
research assistants
support staff
generally technicians and support staff are
employed on terms common in public service
beyond the university sector
research assistants have short term contracts
teaching staff usually start on short term contracts
and MAY be given tenure
tenure being a job for life
within similar restrictions to 'normal people'
sometimes this means if there are cut backs
they may come just before somebody who is
a good the excellent teacher
teacher includes research supervisor
gets tenure
and the baby may be thrown out
the bath water
and so people are desperate to
get tenure
just as hospital doctors
want to be made up to
that effectively means
team leader
the origins of the title consultant are that
when the NHS was set up
the majority of
team leaders in hospital medicine thought
they were too grand to be
classed as Civil Servants
so they were in a sense
self employed
as in a way are GPs to this day
The government of the day thought that
all existing team leaders would be
given the title consultant
but the title would be phased out
because it was a one off deal
and future team leader would be called
team leaders
didn' 'apped

and so
Durham wanted to offer Ricker a technician role
in other words as Ricker graduated there was talk of him
staying and being paid out of
university funds
not given a class of degree that would
qualify him for a
Research Council funded post graduate research bursary
The problem was not that he was
a poor boy
the problem was that - in service training excepted
his parents had left full time education at 14
and looked at his degree certificate and concluded that
he was a fantasist
and they were better off cutting their losses and
having him home to
care for them in their old age

However we now get to the
Who will rid me of this turbulent priest
This is the moment when we consider what happens when
take the random utterances of their superiors
the wrong way
it relates to
What was Tanya's mum's job
and what was her relationship to
some less familiar branches of the
police community
saying that Tanya's dad was a police officer
may not convey the true import of the statement
we are not talking
we are talking branch
Tanya's mam was on telly a lot because she was
The manager of the visitor centre at
and her daughter having a partner who was
certified as a
bt Teesside University, City University
and Durham University
just wasn't gonna happen

Ricker being the greatest living bio-medical scientist
makes him attractive to
extremely able women
in Ricker's generation
extremely able women were attracted to
The Nuclear Industry
and our Ricker's first
'girlfriend' was
Gwynneth Dakers
and when she left school she went to work at
and Ricker sent her his data from his Durham
research project
asking, specifically
did she have access to a
spectrum analyser
so she could do the analysis of his data
instead of him
get this
Ricker is from the Dark Ages
This is a technique Dave Hyde learned at
Manchester University
The data were on a
you got an oscilloscope that had a motor driven film camera
mounted to drive a standard movie - 35 mm - film
past the screen
you set the film moving and
you switched off the x drive on the oscilloscope
and applied the output of the
musicassette, audiocassette recorder - Walkman had not yet been invented
to the y plates of the oscilloscope
individual pulses hit the bit of film
in the central vertical slit at any moment
the result was a strip of negative film stock like
the was you see
represented on
computer editing suites
a picket fence with all the pickets different heights
except that they weren't all different
this is neurophysiology
these signals were of nerve cells firing
and each cell - or type of cell - produced a
picket in the fence
of it's own individual height
so Ricker was measuring the heights with a ruler and
plotting when each cell was firing and
he kinda though his friend could help speed things up
and she lived in the on site residence at Harwell
The Ickneild Way House or Home
so that's where he sent his data
he never heard from his friend again
until some years later she returned to him
a necklace he had given her
he assumed that this was to do with her
getting married and making a clean, fresh new start
and if
If she was the same Gwynneth that was supposed to be
Ricker's youngest nephew's girlfriend's research supervisor
on her placement at Harwell as a
medical physics student at Surrey University
if she hadn't cried off with a health problem
Sliding Doors
Seven Degrees of Separation
or just
It's a small world
Gwynneth's dad , Mr Dakers had his own
chemist shop in a back street
residential area of Hartlepool
He was on his second wife , not Gwynneth's mum
they were in the local archery club
Heugh Bowmen
when Ricker met her she was a
student at...
St. Mary's College in Hartlepool
that would be like, Roman Catholic
We could say, having heard nothing from Gwynneth
he got some sort of comment regarding the matter from
Ken Bowler, his moral tutor
so she must have referred the matter to her boss
and Ricker has NEVER accepted
being contacted by third parties to his relationships
so it would be more correct to say
after he didn't get a reply from Gwynneth herself
She never heard from Ricker, ever again
whenever women refer Ricker's communications to
a higher power
he feels like the subject of the movie
The Tueman Show

However, these are incomplete memories
It is probably too late to confirm that when Tanya arrived at
City University
she looked like the main character in the 'current'
Lloyds Bank commercial
knowing how it goes, that commercial will probably never be seen again
What we have no explored so far is the state of optometry
at that time
and Ricker's role in proceedings
what was happening on the outside was that
independent opticians were
closing and selling out to
the likes of D and A
on the inside
City were offering university places on
optometry and visual science to
the sons and daughters of
non-graduate opticians
to some extent
opticians thought that their kids could
get into university on the grounds of them
needing a degree to have the right to
carry on the family business
and then after the kids had graduated
the parents could sell up and
the kids would ayhve degrees that would help them
find other work
some people thought that Ricker coming from
D and A mangement to the university
overplayed his hand by writing letters to
the trade journal
Optometry Today
before he secured registration
Ricker saw it differently
he was so ill that
he saw those letters as his legacy
signing off with a few words of advice
within a science based department it is easy to
loose sight of the extent of the university's market in
Liberal Arts
the chatterings of the Chattering Classes
the whole point of
was as it said on the tin
pathways out of optics
for a lot of families
and so
Optometry Today
started producing fetures on
Hammond Organ recitals arranged by
local groups of optometrists
optometrists who registered before there were
degrees in optometry or
as in their day
ophthalmic optics
a lot of physics with a hint of the medical
bringing in the likes of Ricker from Durham
and Liz Pymm-Smith from Cambridge
was not what the rank and file were looking for
and this draws us into the matter of nursing
at the time most NHS nurses were
Irish Catholics
and they were in the habit of reporting on
doctors - especially surgeons
for their approach to patients
at the core The Roman Catholic Church would have
preferred the NHS to employ nurses
just nurses, no doctors
at heart the church regarded illness as
a punishment from God
and cure as opposed to care
thwarting God's justice in
visiting pain and death on patients
this lead to a scism and the establishment of
paliative care services
The Roman Catholic concept of
Healthcare is
provide paliative care and
prey for a miracle
and that is almost as cheap as
Charlie Boy's prescription of
just like the motorist who never
lifts the bonnet or hood
poking around in people's internals was
to despoil the temple that was their
God Given Human Form
you will live if God wills it
if the surgeon removes your gall bladder
concentrate on the specs
and leave the eyes to Jesus

It has to be said that Ricker has never voluntarily
sought out and acquired a pet
he has cared for many animals over the years
animals pressed onto him by family and neighbours
he had a dog - no name computer password implications
and a cat and rabbits and hamsters and guinea pigs
and stick insects and tropical fish
actually he may have wanted the
stick insects and tropical fish
what comes to mind is the rabbits
his parents went out of their way to buy a rabbit for him
bought it from miles away
she was a nightmare
something out of Watership Down
there were more docile ones
and in between there were rabbits hard to distinguish from
wild native rabbits
none of them were eaten by the family
all of this comes around to a trait of perhaps the relationship
between Ricker and his dad
Ricker handled his pets
he didn't just stroke them as they sat on the ground
he would pick them up and cuddle them
Ricker does things his own way
Ricker does not follow tradition
he is often unaware of tradition
Ricker did not like getting claws dug into his arms if
he cuddled a rabbit
so he held his rabbits as a
human may hold a baby
feet up
paws in the air, mouth and teeth in the air
Ricker's dad found this offensive
what you doin'?
checking to see if it's hat's on straight?
rabbits don't wear nappies , diapers
so holding a rabbit in the manner of holding a baby
put it's genitals on display
not acceptable to Ricker's dad
we suppose by similar logic
one should not hold a hamster with it's back in the palm of the hand and
a thumb under its arm pits....
no wonder people wanted
a pill for every ill
no sort of doctor patient contact without a
they didn't breed horses in the army
so all that vet's arm up the cows bum
not a part of Tommy's experience
telly off at the slightest hint of
it's not an uncommon approach
witness by shall we say the contrast in
editorial style between
The Supervet
The Yorkshire Vet
We are not Alex Salmond fans
we remember way back a popular concept in
personnel management
never heard of it for decades
personal distance
when two people occupy the same space
the personal distance is the distance between them
at which each of them becomes uneasy about the
excessive intimacy
so here - in the 1970s - we had
no need for actual touching
just a subjective feeling that
somebody was
too close
and this was the era that brought us
modesty boards
under office desks
so the lasses couldn't
flash their panties at the lads opposite
what's that one called?
Basic Instinct?

In that context, in 1983
a question about contact lens training and fitting
so Ricker had a married couple as patients
wanting contact lenses
so he made a joint training appointment for the couple
and he got back a comment on the notes
one patient at a time in future
it is a touching issue
you can do a sight test - eye examination - without
touching the patient
but you can't do contact lens
fitting and training without touching the patient
as a consequence in many opticians
you have to wait longer for a contact lens appointment
wait until a female optometrist is available
incidentally the optometrist requesting
one patient at a time was male
further incidentally...
optometrists have a laugh watching doctors and nurses doing
ophthalmoscopy on TV
you no where like near enough to see anything
this is why optician chains routinely do
fundus photography
so the optician can skip or do
pretend ophthalmoscopy
in order to be able to keep their distance
let the machine, not the clinician, get
up close and personal
incidentally 3
clinical test for a
did they get to a lens prescription that
optimised the patient's visual acuity
clinical test for an optometrist
patient, ophthalmascope, pencil, paper
draw patient's fundus
photograph patient's fundus
compare photo and drawing
hence Ricker, skip your final year....
you remember
torch-like thing they looked in your eyes with

Time for the
Student Nurse Sam
The tutor says
and at this point in the bed-bath you should
hand a clean damp flannel to the patient and
invite them to attend to their own genitalia
and the student nurse writes down
their own Jenny Taylor

speaking of which
First Aid
First Aid trainers instruct First Aiders in
How to put the patient into the
Recovery Position
You will never, NEVER find a patient in a
hospital context
in the recovery position
this assumes that the patient has lost consciousness
is breathing and has a pulse and is
how shall we say
about to 'come round' - regain consciousness
you assume the patient is was in hospital bed but on the floor
you kneel at right angles to the patient with
your knees at around the level of the patient's knees
but around a foot away
you reach over the patient's legs and lift the far knee up
to around a right angle
you then pull the knee towards you
in this way the patient ends up with
hips stacked left above right or right above left
thus when the patient comes around they will
perceive their
modesty to be intact
it's in the same class of
medical usefulness as
single sex wards

26th August 2018

Cat's paw is a phrase derived from La Fontaine's fable,
"The Monkey and the Cat",
referring to a person used unwittingly or unwillingly by another to
accomplish the other's own purpose.
The story is
chestnuts roasting by an open fire
They are too near to the fire
the monkey grabs the cat's arm - front leg - and
uses it's paw to drag the treat outof the fire
Janice Webster using Tanya as a
cat's paw

Ron Douglas
optometry and visual science
clinical non-clinical
non clinical, physics/maths - biology medicine
In shall we say 1983
Professor Ruskell's two juniors in biology - top floor Dame Alice Owen Building
married and left - abruptly
Terri Griffiths was on hand to fill half the breach
she later married a dentist - Dr Sanders
and freed herself from having the same name as
a famous snooker player
They dredged up Ron from wherever his CV says
Ron and Terri got
three year contracts
they were appointed after Ricker was accepted on the course
but started at the same time
They didn't have tenure
so Ricker was due to get a degree in
optometry and visual science
at precisely the same moment that
Ron's contract was up for renewal
hence Ron not wanting him to have the degree
one of the clinical tutors said
to Ricker
in the marking scheme
60 per cent of the marks are
not allocated to
specific knowledge or skills
so we can make sure the students are
nice to us
hence Ron's scope to have Ricker off the course
given that there was no head of department anyway
it's all a bit
sliding doors

24th August 2018

So far as we knowin 1984 non-graduates got a lot of help with
fees and accommodation costs
We said Tanya Robertson was in hall in
well we didn't give the dates
and not in hall in 1985-6
and so she may have been back in hall in 1986-7
and we assume qualified as an optometrist in
well, before 1990
we are kinda guessing she paid her way through some other courses at
the University of Teesside
working part time as an optometrist
Two things here
in her second year the living out one
she lived on a canal barge she shared with a couple she didn't get on with
to that extent, we would surmise that she was not getting much
parental financial support
we would therefore guess that these messages about her being dead
came at the time she qualified and her connections decided she was
too good for a part time polytechnic lecturer
nothing too upsetting about that except that
at the time Ricker was making no attempt to contact her
given the family were involved
it would not have been a plan to
get him to forget about tanya and pal up with somebody at the poly
We are being a bit coy with other people's information here but
her mum was on the telly a lot because she was in an advert
that was played over and over again - probably only locally
and her catch phrase was
and no arm, nor an actress
this is ma job
perhaps you remember that and not where she worked
That would be OK as an end to the matter if it were not for the
second meeting
why did the Robertson family know Ricker was teaching at Teesside Poly?
why did the poly think the news of the death of a former fellow student
needed to be broken in person by a cleric?

we will move on to Ron Douglas
we could say that the teaching staff at City Optometry are
divided into two groups
clinical and non-clinical
Ricker had a degree in zoology
Ron Douglas had something similar
by the way his mother was German - hence Ulm
so the department chose Ron as Ricker's tutor
First they decide that Ricker should not do the
third year research project and get the degree without the honours
and spend the freed up time in the clinics
then they decide he should withdraw from the course
this probably would not have happened if
Ricker had not had Ron as his tutor
at the time there was
Professor Gordon Ruskel, Ron Douglas, and Terri Griffiths(female)
teaching biological stuff in the department
There was some problem at the time providing
suitable course material on the biology side
Ron knew nothing - especially about medicine
an Terri had ripped up and binned her lecture notes when she
Presenting lectures to a clas including our Ricker was a
bit of a strain
When Ricker and Ron have their final meeting
Ricker kept saying
you know
and Ron kept saying
no I don't know
this happened after the head of department had died suddenly
before he had died he had had Ricker in for a chat and
counselled him that Ron needed careful handling because of his
mental health issues
Ricker did his best
it wasn't good enough
all of that is why we think Ricker's arrest was
about janice Webster
not Tanya Nelson nee Robertson
Ron is a biologist specialising in the visual system who joined
City University London in 1984.
He was previously a Royal Society post-doctoral fellow at
the University of Ulm (Germany) and a research assistant at the University of Sussex.
Ron graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Sussex in 1977
and obtained a PhD on 'spectral sensitivity and
visual adaptation in the rainbow trout' from
the University of Stirling in 1980.
This was followed by post-doctoral fellowships at
the Universities of Ulm and Sussex, before joining City University London in 1984.

when we hear about it taking decades to train as
for example
a facio-maxillary - we can't spell that
we do say that that is because suitable training cases come up
so rarely
training on simulators
assessment on simulators
will cut out years of hanging around waiting for suitable patients

23rd August 2018

We may be about to venture into the
deeper, darker recesses of tanya's story
it is a bit
stream of consciousness...
When a new cohort - year group - of students
enter a university department
well back in the day anyway
they would each have a mug shot taken and
they would be provided to the tutors and pinned up on the notice board
Ricker remembers Tanya's first year mug shot
pretty young thing with quite a lot of not
excessively curly hair
There were two halls a residence
perhaps Ricker's was called Finsbury hall
it was near the Barbican in London
This was is there any way to believe this
in the days when
very near to Finsbury hall was the headquarters of
and over the road was a Porche dealership
and on the corner was
The Museum of London
Two halls of residence and on three year courses you did
your first and last year in hall and the middle year living out

switch viewpoint
sometimes The Government want a bit of privacy
They want to put something somewhere where they can
have a good idea of who the visitors are
in the phrase they would put that thing
at the back of beyond
there are consequences to this of the variety
This is a local shop, for local people
let us say that there are places in Scotland with which
the 19th century
has not yet caught up
we are not talking of Scotland we are talking of Tanya's home town
it is actually in England but many would not know that
two things about Tanya and mug shots and halls of residence
Tanya's induction mug shot stayed on the notice board for
quite a time
she herself
got a makeover
elf cut blonde
by the standards of those days Ricker was quite a big lad so
he didn't see tanya as a big lass
but have you seen her mother
lots of you have because she was on telly a lot
she's tiny
with all due apologies
an elf cut blonde Tanya.... a prettier version of
BBCBreakfast's Steph McGovern
we should say , slightly prettier but Ricker is biased
when Ricker was communicating with City in the summer after his second year
he mentioned he would like to transfer to
the other hall - problem over him
not standing up when the female services manager entered the room
and he mentioned he'd like to be in the same hall as his friend Tanya
was that anything to do with his being asked to withdraw from his course?
spinning back Ricker was not so sporty
Tanya was venturesome
they did not do sport together
one day Tanya - in a lull in proceedings in a lab class
fished out a piece of blue sparkly fibreglass
and announced that this was
all that was left of her
canoe - kayak?
Ricker's reaction was perhaps Tanya's first indication of how he felt about her

we'll roll on a bit now
Ricker was teaching - part time - at Teesside Polytechnic
and he arrived one day to find a note in his
pigeon hole
can you imagine having those
it asked him to make an appointment with the
Polytechnic chaplain - wife of the Vicar of Marske
Let us be clear this is years after his last contact with Tanya
She wants to inform him that Tanya has died
later a letter from tanya's mum
later two Saturday morning 'phone calls from
a middle aged man who didn't identify himself
All in a context of Ricker having no means or desire to
contact Tanya
seeing as how she was obviously mixed up with a load of
out and out nutters
you have to accept that these people were saying Tanya was dead and
he was entitled to say to himself
they may be saying
you know how venturesome Tanya is
if you don't accept this fantasy
we may be foreced to turn it into a reality
there could be a nasty accident
Thus we have a context
a possible scenario under which
these people living in the long long ago thought
it's bad enough that Officer Nelson has this
what we really have to do is ensure he doesn't get
any grabdchildren
as a result
let's fix the little bastard up with a career and
chase off any potential boyfriends
Perhaps Tanya gained strength as she approached her thirties but
the authorities had cast the die
and weren't going to backtrack
no matter how much Tanya put into the effort

22nd August 2018

A few problems, developments?
Regarding Tanya Robsertson
let us suggest that at the age of 35 approx
Tanya Robertson decides to change her name to that of her
natural father
That should be simple
For Tanya it was a nighmare
Two things
Did she do it without consulting her father?
as it happens
Mr. Nelson was also
Police Officer Nelson
Uncle Bill not as
influential as daddy
Could that be
member, not member of
oh let's say
It is the influence of The Freemasons amongst
police and magistracy
that skews the justice system in favour of
protecting secrets
and away from tackling prejudice
We are expecting to produce further pictures about more challenging
working at a height
essentially if you can't work from a platform
you should - probably only then - wear a harness
and fix it to the tower above where you are working

21st August 2018

Most people even regular
Church goers
in their hearts regard religion as
a hobby
a hobby that turns to a crutch
in times of tragedy and distress
for other people it's a
like the straight half of the priesthood who
regard themselves as
social workers in fancy dress
there are a 'hard core' of people who
are obsessed
Many people have a 'family pet' that
can come to be regarded as a third - or whatever number - child
What is fundamental to
the likes of Roman Catholic Priests
is that no matter how much you love your pet
it does not have
an immortal soul
some priests and nuns have
over the years convinced themselves that
children born out of wedlock
similarly have no immortal soul
and so can be regarded as animals
part of God's creation
but not
a part of the
Communion of Saints

we think we should have said
Scotland's Northern Constabulary

20th August 2018

To be clear
Our Ricker has been arrested and subject to an invalid trial TWICE
Once for knowing that Tanya Nelson was Tanya Robertson
something she was not hiding from him
and again for suggesting there was a covenant on the land
comprising the West Dyke Road Station Car park
It's a form of
importuning is to request with urgency, to pester
to solicit
this form is to select a 'mark' and
suggest to them that they have broken the law
the implication being that they would not
report such a thing of a
paying customer
clamourous in urging a claim
troublesome by begging
For some time now the criminal classification of
vexatious litigant
has been removed from the legal code
MPs looking for a moment of fame
may consider bringing it back

Are you saying to yourself
That may be the way to the
Community Heart
but it's not the way to
keep going...
and yo find yourself

on the other side of the level crossing
without the queue
and the way back..

on the other side of the level crossing
without the queue
It's a grand life
being in government
or being owed a favour by the government
have you ever wondered why there are allotments
at the side of Redcar Lane - West side
either side of the level crossing
why it is so far from the school to the houses opposite?
we will bet you a pound to a shilling
ther are covenants on that land
preventing the erection of
permanent structures
because that land is earmarked for
railway bridge embankments
AND the land on which
Redcar Job Centre and
Swales Towers
are built probably has similar covenants
for the same reason but
It's illegal to disagree with an MP
well it's a sacking matter if you're a civil servant
no road bridge at Redcar Central Station
It's a grand life
being in government
or being owed a favour by the government
have you ever wondered why there are allotments
at the side of Redcar Lane - West side
either side of the level crossing
why it is so far from the school to the houses opposite?
we will bet you a pound to a shilling
ther are covenants on that land
preventing the erection of
permanent structures
because that land is earmarked for
railway bridge embankments
AND the land on which
Redcar Job Centre and
Swales Towers
are built probably has similar covenants
for the same reason but
It's illegal to disagree with an MP
well it's a sacking matter if you're a civil servant
We don't know when Redcar Job Centre was built
we know that when
Denise Robertson worked there
Wife of William Robertson who went off to be
chief constable at the now absorbed
Inverness regional police service
it was upstairs at
that is now a car park
before there was a proper building that is now
Redcar Job Centre the site had a
Garden Centre that was a massive
made from the same pre-cast concrete sections that
sectional garages are made from
to comply with the covenant on being
Tanya Robertson changed her name to
Tanya Nelson by Deed Poll
her mum was
Chief Constable William Robertson's sister
and Denise was William's wife
he was with Cleveland Police before he got the top job in Inverness
The Highland Constabulary
It is now subsumed into Police Scotland
and anyway William Robertson was only in the job for about three years
far be it from us to suggest that he was sent to the wilds of Scotland
because his niece was at Teesside University and
an embarrassment to
Cleveland Police
we can say that Tanya was born
just before
abortion was legalised in England
no road bridge at Redcar Central Station

Perhaps we need to make this clearer
Confidentiality is
'necessitated' by
illegal prejudice
note the j in the middle of that
judgement before evidence
pre judgment
junping to conclusions
judging a book by its cover

There is analysis on line of the meaning of
the Adam Ant Goodie Twoshoes lyric
we have not as yet consulted this
what we see here is people
broadly of a Roman or Irish Catholic background
but generally with this concept of
Original Sin
and a basic problem in
Public Health for the Lower Orders
that they believe everybody must have
at least one vice
and it is better that it be a
self destructive
than a
predatory vice
drinking and smoking seem as
a defence against any suggestion that
they harbour a vice that
threatens other people
hence the doctor who nags them about
smoking, drinking and eating
is threatening their defence against
accusations of child abuse - or neglect
and in the spirit of
getting their retaliation in early
they spring in their minds to think
he's trying to recruit me to a
paedophile ring

This could be on of those
Bear Grills, Ray Mears, or similar
sleeps in hotels
The question is
Does Ricker's extension have a flat roof?
the short answer is
the picture answer is

The honest truth of it is
Don't try this at home
That is don't try doing a photoessay on
roof repairs without a
Class 3 Scaffold tower
a bit like this

EN 1004
Mobile Work Platforms
maximum height 8 metres
Tested to
not blow over in a
Force 6 gale
This on is called a
If you are good at DIY
and you get a quote for
roof, gutter, or even window work that is
for more than 1,500 quid....
consider a Reachmaster and
get a free scaff for your trouble
or hire one
Word to the wise
1 also consider hire of a scissor lift
2 don't do this if you are not
compliant with the following
The Scaffold towers may only be set up and used by
persons familiar with the appropriate
assembly and usage instructions
In short
hire it and get the hirer to set it up and take it down
if you are not a scaffolder
The DIYer should stick to
moving it and using it
We should point out that
Ricker has a standard old style loft
that is not dry lined
and long before tackling the
lack of a gutter
he replaced a broken roof tile
from inside the loft without any risk of falling
and so many years later the repair is still good
even though the tar paper under the replacement tiles
remains torn

Normally we are very confident about scientific topics
however one has us baffled
we understand the concept
the idea is that in the 1950s and 60s
nations carried out
atmospheric tests of
nuclear weapons and there was
radioactive fallout around the world
and so metals smelted after that were produced from
contaminated ores by methods that
did not removed the radioactivity and hence some metals are quite radioactive
the bit we don't get is
fallout is a surface phenomenon
ores are mined
metal ores mined from underground
should be as free from radioactive contamination as
metals smelted before the nuclear tests and
secreted in shipwrecks at the bottom of oceans
you should not add radioactivity unless you
alloy with pre-test ban metals

18th August 2018

Adam Ant
Goodie Two Shoes lyric
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Don't drink, don't smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
There must be something inside
If you take up the Truckle Brothers 3 for2 offer
you pay six pounds sixty six pence a kilo

We thought we would have a ramble through the world of
the word
The word like has two origins
both from Old English
gelic similar
lician to please
consider the difference between
gin is an alcoholic drink like vodka
gin, like vodka, is an alcoholic drink
the problem comes with
he had consumed an alcoholic drink like vodka
if it was an alcoholic drink like vodka
it may have been gin but it couldn't be vodka
he was in the habit of drinking a beverage like gin
couldn't be gin
what about
his drinking was confined to
the likes of gin
the likes of gin has in usage the meaning
gin and things similar
it tasted like gin
it tasted of gin
it tasted like gin suggests
it may well have been gin
it tasted of gin
suggests a mixture a part of which may have been gin
on the one hand English is difficult
on the other it is powerful

That is Gandpa William Robson
Tommy, Fred, Bob etc's father
It is the only image of him
it was taken by or for a local newspaper
at the insistence of
Billingham Urban District Council
he was
chair(man) of the Billingham Council Housing Committee
Why the only picture of him
because he didn't believe in
The Worship of Graven Images

In a sense this is a bit of an
Islamic concept
however there is another idea
the idea that
the camera
steals your soul
when it takes your photograph
we have suspicions about
people in deprived communities
hardly ever, if ever, having a camera
the idea that anybody with a camera was
a toff
not somebody wielding the camera on behalf of
its owner, their boss
when people are described as having
hundreds of thousands of photos of people they have never met...
there is this story
daft story
if a tree falls in a forest
and nobody was there to see it fall
did it really fall?
at one level this is daft
at another level it is possible to see this as
did God - or Slarty Bartfarst - put it in the forest
as a fallen tree
like a modeler creating a
diorama of the model train layout?
some somebody commits the crime of
by definition that is taking somebody's picture without them knowing
so if they don't know about it
how can it ruin their life?
well it can't unless
other people know about it
and regard them differently
because they have seen a photo of them
somebody who is a world famous
Radio Personality
and somebody decides to publish
publicity photos of them
OOO I hadn't imagined he would look like that
so we castigate some forms of upset
and condone others
there is this story about a man - perhaps a person who
has a nasty accident and wakes up in a hospital bed
their bed has them facing a wall and they can't get out of bed
the patient in the bed opposite can see out of a window
that is beside the first patient's head
and the new patient gets bored and curious and wants to
know what the other patient can see
out of the window
the patient who can see begins to describe the beautiful garden
beyond the window
one day the patient without the view wakes up to find the other bed empty
chose for yourselves whether the patient has
died or recovered
and the remaining patient is moved to the other bed
discovers that
all that can be seen through the window is
a brick wall
so, who is the most despicable
the person who person who takes photos of you
or the person who tells you somebody has photos of you
and wants half your compensation as fees?
Hence the unmasking of the faceless bureaucrat
William Robson
except he wasn't a chief executive
he was an elected politician
Photo on your election leaflet sir?
We are saying here that there is an obsession with
images - photos - both wanting
hundreds of thousands of them
and equally thinking there shouldn't be any
a long time ago we discussed
two versions of Islam, one with images and one with
abstract patterns
and suggested that the one without images was saying
if we can't all have - afford - family portraits then
none of us should have them
so with the rise of the selfie
almost at trivial cost
it perhaps becomes a generational issue
oldsters see pictures as precious beyond imagining
youngsters discard images more easily than
plastic cups
however,there is a different dimension we have just touched upon
family secrets for instance, adoption
we asked what harm if you don't know that there are
covert pictures of you in circulation but
friends, employers etc. do know about them and have seen them
consider a person who knows they were adopted
but was told that their parents and brother or sister are dead
the community where they live know that their
birth family
are alive and well and living in the surrounding streets
in these days of heightened security such people can have difficulty
getting ID
and they have to negotiate the difference between
a birth certificate
an adoption certificate
here is the point, a point we keep coming back to
we do not put birth certificates and adoption certificates
into the category of
sex crime
but we do put photos of children in that category
we do recall some discussion - some probation service discussion
about whether it was appropriate for
Our Ricker to
be allowed to keep photos OF HIMSELF as child
so let's get this straight
what is being suggested here is
somebody who is obsessed with images of children will
if allowed to keep a cache of such images will be
driven to seek more such images
and can put all thoughts of children behind him if
all images of children - including his younger self
are taken from him
every time an adult masturbates over an image of
a woman or a man or a child
a little bit of 'the victim's, the survivor's soul
is chipped off and destroyed
one thing that confuses this issue is the
blurring of child images in TV reports
when the item is about
the current volume of ice cream sales
people in the accmpanying visuals
don't have their faces obscured
only when the item is about serious crime
murder drugs, abuse
are faces obscured
however this obscuring can lead to an idea that
children should never be photographed
so the question is
why in hospital documentaries and even in
The Supervet
do we have people and things fogged out?
out of an abundance of caution....
it may be a matter of
medical confidentiality that
Mary has corns
it's not a matter of medical confidentiality that
Ibraheem isn't a doctor, he's a porter

Kirkleatham Lane

Trunk Road

17th August 2018

we started this
we have started a project to produce a photo guide to the
recommended access to Redcar Town Centre
We note some confusion in the road signs at the
Kirkleatham Lane, Corporation Road junction
it is possible to interpret the signs to mean that
there is nothing but industrial estates over
Kirkleatham Land Rail Bridge
This is not the case and this is the recommended route to
The signs will guide you to turn right into
Coatham Road
and rightagain along Nelson Terrace - beside the Cricket Ground
pictures later if we can be bothered
In the process we have collected a second
Trading Standards issue so...
two birds with one stone
We don't know why supermarkets put
a price and a price per kilo or similar
we hate to offer free publicity and get
stabbed in the back for our trouble
this applies in both these cases
We went to a lot of trouble to promote
Truckle Brothers cheees in wax not plastic
Morrisons were selling
200 gram(me) pucks of cheese at one pound fifty
and the sign also said three for the price of two
and also said seven pounds fifty a kilo
all the Truckle Brothers pucks are 150 gram
That is
ten pounds a kilo
the sign still says seven pounds fifty a kilo
The other isuues is with
to coin a phrase from the forther head of Coatham School
S G Barker
also a JP - Justice of the Peace
bolshie yob ticko
more conventionally
a barack room lawyer
selling fragrances at the entrance to
Regent Walk
inventing laws of his own

16th August 2018

It may appear that we have a particular problem with the
emergency services
let us step back a few decades
When Ricker's mother was dying
she was in the habit of collapsing in supermarkets
so on one occasion
she was put into an ambulance and Ricker was asked to
follow in his car
North Tees was where they ended up
off the ambulance set with blues and twos
at the hospital the crew opened the ambulance ad said to Ricker
where did you come from?
as he pulled up behind them
a lot of emergency vehicle drivers have
never owned a personal vehicle with any
guts and are not very good drivers
Here is the point of this day
What do emergency vehicle drivers expect
other road users to do when they switch on their blues and twos?
the issue here is
with blue lights flashing
nobody can see their
trafficator lights - their indicators
they are swamped by the blue flashes
they cannot communicate what they are about to do
blues and twoes - two tone sirens
should only be used when
not when maneuvering



Pedestrians want to use the traffic island to
break up the crossing procedure into
two phases

many years ago Railtrack - Network rail
renewed Locke Road Rail Bridge
and we assume these signs are the result of
the council not getting of its collective arse and
removing the weight restriction
that has no
engineering validity

15th August 2018

We have a couple of pictures but not to hand
Fred Robson was the
Superintendent of the ambulance room at ICI Billingham
he was also effectively
bone setter, nurse practitioner, paramedic
he had the job these days may be done by the fire service
probably not
of climbing the plant structures to recover casualties
he was the physio for the
Billingham Harriers
St John Ambulance chief instructor

We've been on about this since the days of
Mo Mowlam
The traffic island north of Locke Road rail bridge
It's a traffic island
it's not a roundabout
people indicate right coming over the brow of the bridge
and then go straight on past the traffic island
and that's dangerous for pedestrians crossing the road
with the new Community Heart there is
a lot more traffic doing this

We have seen the
April to June unemployment figures for
North East England
4.3 per cent of the workforce
so we repeat our previous figures
North East unemployment

It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
22nd March it was 67,000
and that was
5 percent of the workforce
The March number available today...
4.8 percent of the working age population
Now they - the BBC - are saying
down 2,000
4.8 per cent
against a national 4.2 per cent
down 8,000 since February 2018
is that a reduction of 8.6 percent in six months
don't know
but at this rate.....
zero unemployment in 4 years
8,000 divided by six (months)
1,333 reduction per month
61,000 divided by 1,333
45 months

and so....
from January to March
April to June
we have a reduction of
69,000 minus 54,000
reduction of 15,000
one way of looking at that is
a 21.7 per cent reduction
another way of looking at it is
a reduction of more than a fifth
from winter to spring
we can't say at this time that the reduction from
spring to summer will be by another fifth
we will have to wait and see
unemployment in North Yorkshire is
just over 5,000
Unemployment in the North East is
4.3 per cent
Firstly that compares to 4.0 per cent nationally
and that is the lowest national rate since 1975
those figures indicate that the
North East Workforce
1,255,813 people
Here's the thing
there are not a lot of people looking for work in the North East
the LOCATION is ideal for lots of employers
don't be slow to move here if you don't want to have to
import the workers
who probably won't be coming from
needless to say
if one quarter reduces the unemployment by a fifth
18 months to full employment

13th August 2018

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We must note that from the end of August
Redcar Burtons and Dorothy Perkins
is/are closing
but as we suggested oh such a long time ago....
Redcar Greggs is finally expanding into the
next door unit
vacated by Clark's shoes
We have been thinking about
Smart meters
We know why they are being rolled out
on a worldwide scale these are meters that can
be sent the equivalent of a
mobile 'phone message to
disconnect your supply
this means the supplier does not need to gain
the physical access of employees
to your home or business
to disconnect you
and so
if they can't switch you from one supplier to another....
imagine the scope for
hackers and holiday relief staff
to deny you service
for a laugh
send us a few quid
or we'll disconnect you
we are not at all sure about these things
if you can't drive a bunch of trains from a control room
how can you control a self-disconnecting
meter network
from a control room?

We are all too familiar with the specific
body language
that means
I've been sent by me woman
with her list of demands
so we bin busy
There is one railway line running through Redcar
The Darlington to Saltburn line
however as a mineral line the line runs to Boulby mines and
Skiningrove steel works
and beyond Middlesbrough all over the place
within Redcar - the actual town centre
it passes under two railway bridges and
over two level crossings
Kirkleatham Lane, Locke Road, bridges and
West Dyke Road and Redcar Lane (Church lane) crossings
in that order as entering the town from
these crossings are about equally spaced along the track
there is another - height restricted road under rail
bridge at Redcar East Railway Station
so what is the mental process involved in the following
geezer in a car about six vehicles to the south of
West Dyke Road level crossing
waiting for the crossing to open
a dozen vehicles at least behind him
he reverses into the exit of the car park and
effects that way a sort of U turn
he proceeds to the roundabout and
turns not right towards
Locke Road Railbridge
but left
towards Redcar Lane level crossing
does he suppose that
the advancing train will have had
West Dyke Road level crossing closed for it and
not Redcar Lane level crossing?
What is more surprising??
he is in the box seats for crossing the railway
after the crossing opens
once he enters Thrush Road - the road running parallel to
the rail track
his access to Redcar lane will be blocked by the queue
of vehicles waiting on Redcar Lane for the crossing to open
unless he chooses to turn right away from the town
in which case
why did he turn left at the West Dyke Road roundabout?
why not go straight on?
go figure
perhaps for some people it's a case of
I'm in the car, I must be moving
even if it's in the wrong direction

There is no great divide but
just as people can be said to be
on the autistic spectrum
people seem to differ in the extent to which they
do joined up thinking
journalists have no sense of joined up thinking fatbergs in the sewers
om Tuesday the same journalist
is saying that the planet will die
if we don't wash out our margarine pots and
present them for recycling
cleaner than new
here's an aside
a journalist is a person who has to present copy
every day
a correspondent is somebody who
sends in a report when something noteworthy happens
a journal is a diary
a diary of record not a diary of appointments

We were considering
little boy soldier Tommy Robson
We were thinking about
Milcie Sinton
When Tommy left for the war
it was in a bit of a rush
we assume the rush was to
get a good unit before
conscription arbitrarily allocated him to God knows where
so he says to Milcie
here's a few bob
buy something to remember me by
a little later his mam writes to him
Do you realise...
that money you gave Milcie Sinton...
she's bought a ring and she's
goin' round sayin'
Tommy Wopson's gonna mawwy me
He did come back and he didn't marry Milcie Sinton
In the mean time
Tommy is in 'France'
Belgium is a country invented by the British
to annoy the French
The first King of Belgium's Queen was
Meanwhile is France...
Tommy learns some French
of course all British soldiers at the time were
referred to as Tommies
so Tommy often thought they knew his name when they didn't
Hey Tommy, voulez vous couchez avec ma soure ce soir
so far as we know....
little boy soldier Tommy politely declined
when we are busy not doing
joined up thinking....
we think of
no NHS before the mid 1940s and so
no free health care for 'the masses'
before the mid 1940s
A week is a long time in politics
a couple of decades is a short time in
everybody assumes that the NHS was the
spontaneous invention of
Post Second World War Labour government minister
Bevin Bevan two different people
Bevan's inspiration came from
miners contributing to a health fund
mainly relating to treatment of
injuries caused by industrial accidents
however, the support he got and needed
came from the
evidence of the
induction medical examinations of conscripts
in the middle of the First World War
If every male is conscripted into the armed forces
in their late teens and early twenties
and the forces provide free health care...
you already have an NHS for adult men
the mid 1940s simply saw the provision
extended to
women, children and veterans
So when our Ricker's uncle Fred was
The Ambulance Man at the Factory
What he actually did was run the
ICI company Accident and Emergency hospital
and that is why
despite the claims that the honour is as
Common as Muck
he became a
Serving Brother of the Order of St. John
as in
St. John Ambulance Service

we were struck by the twin policies of
social change employed by governments
chuck money at the problem
bastardise the language
so we decided to investigate the term bastard
bottom line
it comes from the French for
Son of a saddle bag
it conjures an image of the young females of a district
gravitating to the
bright lights of the nearest Inn on the
nearest highway and offering
comfort and recreation to weary travelers
and getting pregnant in the process
as far as we know many
apparently technically
bastard is brown waste from sugar refining
used to colour beer
now we regard brown sugar as a more natural
and superior product but
probably the colour is put back rather than
left in
Old French, bastard from fils de bast
son of a pack-saddle
so in that sense
a bastard was not some sort of
legal anomaly
a child who grew up
and the difference being put down to
the father being someone who was
not from around these parts
someone of vague origins

Maybe the editors won't read this bit
if they do you will already have red their
Charlie Boy's uncle or great uncle
Lord Louis Mountbatton
Vice-Roy of India
Here's the thing
everybody expected the people to vote in
Churchill in gratitude for him winning the war for them
instead they voted in The Labour
as a reward for winning the war for Churchill
expecting to loose by a landslide
The Labour made
Magic Money Tree promises they did not
expect to have to keep
and so?
and so
British armed forces were drawn from throughout
The Empire
and beyond
and so
don't it get right on your wick the way
business oriented interviewees start every answer with
it's taking over from
is is
the colour of this apple is, is red
thinking in cliches not words
So, Lord Louis sez
hey we can afford a
National Health Service
at a pinch
but we can't afford a
Empire Health Service
better cut the buggers loose
Independence days all round

7th August 2018

Northern England dialect
suffering under oppressive heat
Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers
close today
close as in near
not close as in open and close

More roof work

Yes, it's only the bottom row that's nailed on

3rd August 2018

We have to admit we have not tracked down the
planning application for
aluminium processing in Redcar but it was
reported in the Evening Gazette
what we gather is that the plan is to work backwards from
semi-finished aluminium stock to
smelting with smelting
not forming a part of the current application
it appears
Phase One
is a re-melt facility
that would take
raw aluminium and scrap aluminium
melt it, alloy it, cast it and
perhaps roll it
we expect further phases to provide
more vertical integration

Ricker is upsetting his neighbours by fixing his roof
We would point out the rather indistinct picture of
a nail head in a tile
they were never going to fall off
they are nailed on

1st August 2018

Yorkshire Day

We have said this before
Technical like
a Moron is an adult with the mind of a
seven year old
not that bad...
but it does come from the Greek for stupid
we have some snaps
We start with a couple about what was built on the site of
Coatham School
electric cables
vigorous sex
that's what happens to a
park bench when you
really get into it
\took the condoms
left the wrappers
Two of them are of laburnum keys
'cos of on account of we
mentioned them looking like peas
some of them are of how
New Pavilion Theatre
The Regent Cinema
is collapsing
we reckon that outhouse- extension was put up to
hold that corner up
there's one of the new cables under the High Street
and there are some of
The roof of Ricker's house
he's had years of being told it was collapsing
if you look carefully you may see
it was
built that way
for some reason
perhaps to do with the gutters
the corner rafter is
cut lower into the brickwork
batons need replacing though
perhaps we'll level it up this time

28th July 2018

Today we are going to do the
Beat Police Sam
A beat officer is called aside by his boss
Eric we have a problem
you haven't arrested anybody for months
If you don't arrest sombody this week
we'll have to send you back for refresher training
Next day Eric brings a bloke to the desk
What's the charge?
What did he set fire to?
He was arsin' up and down the High Street

26th July 2018

Let's say this
We are most definitely busking here...
we are taking two and two and making...
ever such a lot
Eirik Robson's former father in law was
Ambassador Smith
that is is ex- wife was born
Jane Smith
Sir Howard Frank Trayton Smith, GCMG (15 October 1919 – 7 May 1996) was a British diplomat. Career Educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Smith worked at Bletchley Park during World War II
and later became the British ambassador to Moscow.
At college in Cambridge, Smith was a contemporary of Asa Briggs,
playing chess with him and recommending Briggs to fellow Cambridge mathematician Gordon Welchman for service in Hut 6.
In 1978 Smith was unexpectedly appointed Director General (DG) of MI5,
the United Kingdom's internal security service, by Prime Minister James Callaghan, serving until 1981.
shuuly shum mistake....
Oh and Gordon the Moron..
At the time Gordon was demobed from his Army National Service
His dad was Managing Director of
George Hodsman and Sons 1928 Ltd
Chaiman George, other directors, his sons, Paddy and Hill(ary) Hodsman.
and somebody called Hodsman
George's nephew, brother , a close relative, was
Dean of the School of Dentistry at Leeds University

Regarding Dr Webster
we have no access to his medical records
we have discussed the
Webster- Ricker conflict with
Dr Green at what was St. Luke's mental hospital
We elicited a tacit agreement that...
Dr. Webster - A Beautiful Mind
Our Ricker - Good Will Hunting

25th July 2018

This is not a correction
not an apology
It's a different perspective
Cantor Sets
The Mandelbrot set
Cantor sets are the earliest appearance of
objects known as fractals
The diagonal argument developed by Georg Cantor
shows that certain intervals of the real number line
are uncountable sets
Fractals are sets that have structure
on arbitrarily fine scales
We do not live in a fractal universe
There are two ideas floating around in the world of fractals
Have you heard the question
How long is the coastline of the British mainland?
it depends on how close together are the points
you make a straight line measurement between
if you measure from
South Gare to Saltburn Pier to Huntcliff
you get an altogether shorter distance than if you
measure every grain of sand nearest the sea
Dr. Webster was an expert on
fractals and their application in
visual representation
if we take a mathematician's view of a fir tree
we see them representing it as
a pin needle
a set of pine needles arranged on a tiny branch
a set of tiny branches arrange on a bigger branch
back in the days of
restricted bandwidth
representing something in
computer graphics
as made up of
bigger and bigger arrays of
a simple tiny element
was attractive
we do not live in a fractal universe
hence thus and so on
Dr webster was Director Designate of Teesside Polytechnic
there was supposed to be a major growth industry in
using fractals to
produce 3D interactive representations of
such as
urban redevelopment projects
and architecture
nowadays it's all done with lasers and
ground penetrating RADAR and such
but back in the day
Dr. Webster was
Director Designate of Teesside Polytechnic
multimedia consultant - visualisation consultant
The Teesside Development Corporation
Two brains, two jobs
trouble was
after some sort of medical emergency
he never turned up at either and
whenever anybody asked where he was
Janice his wife would say he was
at the other job
Eventually the university sent him a severance cheque
and one day when Janice was at work
at Teesside University
Dr. Webster snuck out of the house and
banked the cheque
thus therefore consequently
we could say that Janice Webster
didn't want to become
Vice-Chancellor of The University of Teesside
she just didn't want anybody who
as we say
knew their ares from their elbow
to be vice-chancellor
because she
lived for the day her husband would get well and
return to his rightful place at the head of the university

In similar and related vein
we should clarify the law on harassment
at the time of our Ricker's wrongful plea of guilty
The law then stipulated that to be guilty of an offence
a person had to be clearly told not to contact the complainant
again in future
an offence under the act would occur at the
subsequent contact
oour Ricker knew of nothing amiss until the moment of
his arrest and has never attempted to contact of follow
Tanya ever since
given the permanent restraining order
she can contact him but she should inform the court
which happens no longer to exist being - having been
Guisborough Magistrates
or the police if she wishes to do so
Is it possible that the choice of
Guisborough was
because the police CPS expected it to be easier to
con a bench in the sticks
about the nature of the law and the
nature of the evidence
Ricker has certainly never lived in Guisborough
we have no idea whether Janice or Tanya lived there but
in light of the guilty plea
no non-police witnesses were called or apparently present

Here's a question
what sort of person do you think would apply to
a Fire and Rescue service?
clearly they could be either (any) gender
but are likely to be male
how many people over 30 would bother to apply
even if it were allowed, is it
how many people who have a job would
fancy a career change?
Northumbrian Fire and Rescue recently advertised
twenty vacant roles
two statistics emerged
They geared up in expect
tens of thousands of applications
they got
less than 5,000
given that all 61,000 people unemployed in the area
risk sanctions - no money
if they don't apply for lots and lots of jobs....
you would guess that at least half the
unemployed and a good number of people in work
would apply
it isn't surprising that the service thought the
response was disappointing
we take it these were full time paid positions??
retained, on standby firefighters could be older...
we reckon that firefighter is a job in the
full training will be given, category
at the very least it should offer a
free large goods vehicle driving licence
and other
transferable skills

speaking of the
emergency services
it seems abundantly clear that
the police are not attracting or recruiting
candidates who are fans of
who dun its or police procedurals
they seem to be mainlining on
car chase addicts

Mr Fox made our Ricker cry
just the once
Mr Fox was Ricker's last Primary School teacher and
one day he decided to have a rant at Ricker in front of the class
Mr Fox had been told that
Ricker's dad had hired
Bill Hicks
as a tutor to help him pass the 11plus
and Mr Fox was affronted
however the reason Bill Hicks had contacted him
Bill Hicks was the head of English at
Eston County Modern - Harry Hindle's school before
he became head at Gillbrook
the reason Bill had contacted Mr Fox was
How the hell did Ricker's dad get the impression
Ricker would need help passing the 11plus?
one day at around that time
Ricker went home and found his mam and Mrs Smith
he just sort of mentioned
oh by the way
I've passed the first part of the 11plus
I have to go to the grammar school to do
part 2
cue joy and consternation and
a ten bob note
The reason Ricker's parents were considering St.Peter's
was that they expected him to fail the 11plus and
to have to buy him a decent secondary education because
his Primary School had told them he was an idiot
and why did he decline St. Peter's?
They didn't arrange a proper visit
they just drove down to York
into the school car park and walked him through an arch
to be confronted by a vast playing field
never went inside
never met anybody
Ricker is 10
he had his face kicked in in the playground at nine
he looks at this playing field and thinks
is this what they do here?
play rugby all day every day?
I think I'll pass
when Ricker passed the second part of the 11plus
his dad bought him a second hand
reel to reel tape recorder
and was for ever after threatening to take it back
pass the 11plus you get a second hand tape recorder
fail - Gordon
you get an education at one of the world's top public schools
was it common entrance in Gordon's day?

Moving on...
We have referred to the pressure on men to be married
Perhaps this has a little of the chicken and egg aboutit but
if you allow homosexuality
you free men - both gay and straight - from
having to 'prove they are not gay' by marrying
that frees women from having to ern a living
back in the day when men had to be married there were few
women left on the shelf
and whole professions could be set aside for them
this meant that if you were s spinster you could be
a school marm
but if you were male or you were female and got married
you had to move aside and make way for
the spinsters of the next generation
it wasn't the immorality of having a boyfriend
it like
parking in a disabled bay
taking up a job reserved for loosers
now it's for
single mums and divorcees
that men with physical limitations are
kept out of the only jobs they can do
to keep single women from becoming
sex workers
the main thing is getting
sex workers OFF THE STREETS
in this world view
all women are sex workers
simply wives are on
long term contracts
and that is knocked on the head by the
wedding vow busting concept of
rape within marriage
what happened to
with my body I will honour you?

23rd July 2018

We don't know how to spell
Phillip Morris
We learn new things all the time
we heard yesterday that
the team the car company???
is jointly owned by Fiat and
Philip Morris
Philip Morris is a
tobacco company
we know this site is accessed from all around the world
mostly by bots
but we do not know how
F1 motor racing is presented in
developing countries
perhaps with tobacco adverts
Philip Morris International is a leading international tobacco company with
a diverse workforce of around 80,000 people from all over the world.
Pirelli tyres are listed as an official supplier
is that tyres to tobacco or tobacco to tyres?

Let's run a scenario passed you
A worker applies for a job as a
retail sales assistant
they are interviewed by
the shop manager and the company area manager
they get the job and the area manager
breaks the news to the candidate in private
at this second interview they discussed the new worker's
physical limitations
it was agreed that the new worker would never be
required to carry anything weighing more than
10 kilos
the area manager did not pass this information on
to the rest of the staff including the manager
a few weeks later a delivery of packages weighing
12 kilos arrived at the shop
all the staff were asked to help unload the goods
The shop manager was arrested and charged with
attempted murder
and the new worker was charged with harassment
it was good for the police
clear up rate
no work involved in identifying suspects
this is how it is with
all sorts of jobs such as
Member of Parliament
University Lecturer
I - Vera Baird - agree to go on your
women only short list
on the understanding that
I will be contacted by female constituents, no males
I - Janice Webster - will agree to be a university lecturer
on condition none of my students have any
A' levels
and here's the snag
courts consider the evidence put before them
not the motivations of third parties
if Janice Webster wants to be
Vice-chancellor of The University of Teesside
and thinks she should because
before he got sick
her husband was Director Designate of Teesside Polytechnic
she can have every viable candidate for vice-chancellor
arrested for harassment
on the grounds that they
handed in their course work
The University of Teesside
handed Ricker's course work to Cleveland Police
they counted the items and pages
and declined to hand over the actual files to the court
and said Ricker had sent all the items
85 running to 135 pages
to one of his half dozen tutors
when it was all his masters degree course communications
and incidentally
at the time
a conviction for harassment could only occur
if further communications had been sent after
two clear warnings to desist
we seem to have lost that in the frenzy for convictions
we've said all this and not made our point
Janice wanted to discredit and banish a 'rival'
this failed in the medium to long term
in the short term
Ricker disappeared from her life but
Ricker got a restraining order banning him from contacting
no mention of The University of Teesside
or anybody else working there
you can't keep pulling the same trick
people get wise
last we heard Janice was a
community liaison officer
probably retired by now

At this point we want to go back to the mid 1950s and
Maxwell Batley
we said we don't know the details and date of
Peter Robson marrying Kari Petersen
but it was the mid 1950s and one day...
maybe on several occasions with an ultimatum
Peter's father Tommy, got a 'phone call from
Maxwell Batley, perhaps from Maxwell or Batley
the message was
in terms
If your boy's wife doesn't stop ringing here
he's going to have to leave us
so this call would have been made when Peter was
in his late twenties
you should be able to infer what Peter's boss's reaction
would have been if five years earlier he had
wanted to marry Eva
in that profession at that time he would have been considered
too young to marry in any circumstances
It should be recalled that although Peter
owned Merrywood, on Shores Road, in Woking
and a ski lodge, in Norway?,
at the time he retired
in the years we are talking about he had not yet bought
his house in
Vista Way, Harrow
he needed to keep his job
and his kids - that is Eirik and Annelise
were raised in
Woodham Way, in Woking
moss does not grow on a rolling stone
value-wise quite a difference between
Woodham Way, Woking
and Corporation Road, Redcar
not so much
Ricker has never considered whether when he
declined the offer of a place at
St. Peter's School York
it was Peter and Maxwell Batley
and not his recently retired dad
who were proposing to pay the fees
but then...
North Riding (of Yorkshire) County Council
were prepared to pay for him to go to
Archbishop Holgate's in York
he one smart cookie
but him 'sister's' husband's dad
taught at Coatham
Coatham it was
Peter and Gordon were Old Boys at St.Peter's, York
they left Coatham because
Gordon was a moron
and St. Peter's promised to make something of Gordon
in return for the joy, privilege, whatever
of teaching Peter
and then
the Oxford College that gave
Call me Dave a double first
gave Peter a lower second
BNC - Brazenose College
We're kind of assuming that Gordon did
his dentistry training at Leeds
we know he picked up Sheila his wife
while she was a
hello girl
GPO telephonist
and he was in the pay corps
doing his National Service in
Gordon had to repeat so many years that
Sheila pressured him to give it up and
take a job as an
Education Welfare Officer
Peter Robson married Kari Petersen in 1952
So perhaps he was, by contrast, under pressure to
be married
for career reasons
we don't recall the date of the
lived eleven hours Ingrid
but Peter and Kari marry 1952 and
Eirik is born 1958 followed by Annelise
At this distance it is difficult to untangle
what pressures men in the 1950s were under to be
family men
from memory
family photos show
Peter at Eva and Tommy's wedding but not
Gordon, Sheila or Kari
we understand that Kari returned to Norway
to escape Peter but he followed her
and all
after 4th July 1951 and before the end of 1952
and Peter looks really realy cross on
Eva's wedding photos
the wedding was at Zetland Park Methodist Church, Redcar and was
the first wedding there requiring some sort of
licence to perform marriages to be obtained
we understand that the wedding was planned for later
and brought forward
perhaps the established venue would not find
an earlier slot
we don't know whether
registry office wedding were available then
if Eva's parents had bought the dress...
one interpretation is that
it was brought forward to thwart and attempt by Peter to
whisk Eva off to London
Tom Gordon Robson married Sheila Field in 1947
Tommy didn't like Sheila
when in 1955 she had Gordon's only child christened
Catherine Mary Clare
Tommy dubbed her
Cement Marketing Company
of course Sheila being one of those Irish Catholics
so devout that real life causes them to loose their fate
Tommy had to mock her
eventually he conned her into eating a ham sandwich
on a Good Friday
we don't know whether she actually vomited when she realised
Sheila was going to have 'lots of babies'
had one, gave it up
kid catcher
Tom Gordon Robson married Sheila Field in 1947
We can't say this story had a happy ending
but there is an interesting footnote
There was this bed
it was a big bed and it was made
during the Second World War
We think it was bought as the marital bed of
Tommy and Bessie Robson
When Ricker was little it was - it is a double bed
his sister's bed
Tommy and Eva slept in the back bedroom
Ricker variously in the two other bedrooms
Pat slept in the master bedroom in the big bed
Tommy and Eva slept in separate single beds
and Eva's beef was
Tommy had the one near the window
she thought he should be in the one near the door
to protect her from intruders
The main point of the footnote is that
after more than twenty years of sleeping in the back bedroom
in single beds
just a year or two before Tommy died
they moved into the big bed in the master bedroom

20th July 2018

We've seen some publicity lately about
deprived areas of Middlesbrough
having the highest rates of
avoidable deaths
we have number of points to make here
in 'deprived areas'
local politicians have said - decided
smoking is the only bit pleasure these people get
you can't ban it
deprived areas are the ones where it is most likely that
children will be withdrawn from
sex, sexual health and related lessons
because it is against their parents' 'religion'
or 'moral beliefs'
in deprived areas it is very likely that children will
be 'taught' science - particularly human biology
bt teachers who do not have a degree in science
head teachers are almost exclusively
former English Teachers
for generations
the priorities of schools in deprived areas were
feed the children at lunch time
and now at breakfast too
regard all subjects as opportunities to
refine neat hand writing
with a bit of good spelling thrown in
Ricker worked in Eston in a secondary school
for five years as a teacher's support - science lab manager
a science graduate in a secondary in a deprived area
a year or two later moved to a school nearer home - nearer central Middlesbrough
he was replaced by a chap made redundant at ICI
this new guy was an
Elder of the Jehovah's Witnesses
and a condition of him taking the job was that he would
supervise 'his children's' science education to ensure
no young JWs were taught - for instance
blood science that may support transfusions
the official line is that
deprived communities are deprived because they
do not have much money
the reality is that not having much money is
only one of the problems they face because they
decline to accept and act on any sort of advice
or 'main stream' education
let's consider an analogy for
a 'proper' regard to the care of the
female teenage body
let us say that every female at age
eleven or thirteen
is given - by the government, by God
a brand new car
this car is intended to last her for the next thirty years
she is to keep it close
nobody is allowed to drive it
nobody is allowed to service it
she can sit in it and fiddle with the controls
but she cannot start it up
she cannot have any lessons on how to drive it or
any other vehicle until she is 16
and until she is sixteen whenever she is a passenger
in a car
she must always travel in the back seat
on her sixteenth birthday she will be given the keys
and a driving licence
to this we have to add the effects of
a major political party
the Labour Party
deciding to
weaponise the NHS
political parties seek power
for them
power comes from popularity
their own popularity and the
unpopularity of their opposition
thus to use the NHS as a weapon to gain power
you have to convince the voting public that
public services and in particular the NHS
is not working, is failing
one way to do that is to
pile - in the public mind - more and more
responsibilities - areas of responsibility
onto the service
for deprived communities this has the side effect of
generating dependency
convincing people that
more and more things should be done by
the authorities
and not by individuals, families and communities
developing a culture that insists on
approaches to problems that
deliberately have - cause - the NHS to
ride for a fall
establish cultural norms that demand
political parties have no vested interest in
promoting healthy lifestyles when
they are not in power
- with associated responsibility
it should on the other hand be remembered that
in some communities
a high level of engagement by the authorities is
on the
don't try this at home theme
and quite often people - men in particular
may be prosecuted to protect them from
vigilante action
perhaps there should be
cooling off centres
a radical alternative to jail
where somebody is removed from their
family and community, by order but
without stigma of conviction and blame

we have sorted out some more of our Ricker's
family tree
his dad's mother was
Mary Eleanor Moorhead 1866 to 1928
His dad was William Robson 1863 - 1948
so there were twenty years when William was
a widower from his second wife
but we don't know when his first wife died
we don't know when
Mary Eleanor Moorhead's sister or daughter from another marriage
died and she
lived until she died
in William Robson's house
That was Lizzie Moorhead
William and Sarah Ann's son was called
Thomas Robson
but one of
William and Mary Eleanor's sons was called
Tom Baker Robson
imagine the anguish when
the curate taking his funeral referred to
our dearly departed brother, Thomas
somebody else entirely
William Robson's father was
Thomas William Robson
and his mother was
somebody with the surname
and we think that somebody was
a postmistress or postmaster's daughter
like her grandaughter Mabel
looks like the family
forced the divorce on William to
get him a better wife
and celebrated by christening
one of the new couple's children
Tom Baker Robson

18th July 2018

North East unemployment
It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
22nd March it was 67,000
and that was
5 percent of the workforce
The March number available today...
4.8 percent of the working age population
Now they - the BBC - are saying
down 2,000
4.8 per cent
against a national 4.2 per cent
down 8,000 since February 2018
is that a reduction of 8.6 percent in six months
don't know
but at this rate.....
zero unemployment in 4 years
8,000 divided by six (months)
1,333 reduction per month
61,000 divided by 1,333
45 months

we had a bad day yesterday
we lost the backup of this file
we now have a new backup
we intend having a revamp
revamp can only happen if there is no or little new material
today we will attempt to make the routine additions
we were making when a stray press of a
function button emptied our working file
we were attempting to put together some
family history dates for our Ricker
we said his gran was a member of the Wrights biscuits family
she died in 1956
Christmas Eve
It is Ricker's earliest clear memory
he was standing in the fireplace in the front room at home
and his mam came back from visiting his gran
and there was much commotion
Ricker was a little abandoned
a lot of the family were home for Christmas
he gathered what had happened and
looked up the chimney
Santa had taken his gran away for Christmas
it was late in the evening and somebody put him to bed
he probably had presents next morning
after all it wasn't his mam who had died
but we expect she was very upset
he really has no more memories for the next 18 months
after that his earliest memories are of
first days at school
Here are some rather odd dates
21st April 1951 Bessie Robson dies
4th July 1951 Tommy Robson marries Eva May Frank
19th April 1952 Richard Robson gets a birth certificate
Peter Robson had been born in 1926
He married Kari Petersen a Norwegian nurse working in London
The marriage happened in Norway so we have no details to hand
We forget when their first child was born and died - Ingrid
Eirik was not her twin but her younger brother and
was born in 1958
This is the official line
Tommy married Eva because if despite her not being a
live-in maid he would have to go and live in a hotel
if she didn't marry him
Now we switch to 1976
Ricker graduates
the family turn to Peter and ask if he can
fix Ricker up with a job
Peter is a top lawyer in London - Maxwell Batley
he has one suggestion for Ricker
he fixes him up with an interview for a job that is already filled
in a solicitors in Towcester or similar
in the middle of nowhere
Going back to Eva's marriage
she was working for two men
one ten years younger then her and the other
21 years older than her
she married the father
Eirik may not be massively bright but
consider which is more likely
Eva getting carried away comforting the father or the son
so soon after Bessie's death
It would not be surprising if the idea evolved in
Eirik's mind that
Ricker was not his kid uncle but
his elder brother
he would not want any form of preferment or
inheritance from his father
to Ricker
hence we develop a situation where
a powerful family will not brook Ricker
living of working in or near London
and the medical profession saying
you will work in London
or you will not work at all

16th July 2018

We ripped this off the Chronicle website
about some pics in the
Tyne & Wear Archives collection and
many objects that help to tell the story of Wright’s Biscuits,
including various tins, promotional and advertising material,
and even a collection of cast brass biscuit cutters,
are housed at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.
Wright’s Biscuits became a well-known household name in the North East.
Set up in South Shields as maker of ships' biscuits, they started out in 1790.
After a fall in demand, Wright's turned to making more up-market biscuits and,
after 180 years of sweet treats, the Wright's Biscuit factory closed in 1973.
Adam Bell of South Shields Museum & Art Gallery said:
“The biscuits were made by Wright’s Biscuits Ltd of South Shields,
a firm whose origins dated back to the 19th century when the company,
then called L Wright & Son, made ships' biscuits for the busy maritime trade on the Tyne.
"Wright’s Biscuits Ltd came into being about 1933, when Messrs Webster and Cross took over as directors.
The company had, by this time, switched from production of ships' biscuits to
‘fancy biscuits’, ie for domestic consumption.
“To help sell their biscuits, the new directors drafted in
Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879-1964),
a popular illustrator of fairytale and nursery rhyme books, known for her depictions of plump children.
and we say...
In Kirkleatham churchyard lie the unmarked remains of
Eva Frank nee Wright
and Eva May Robson nee Frank
Ricker's mam was the daughter of Eva and george Robert Frank
and Eva May was the daughter of Eva Wright who
was one of the Wright's biscuits Wrights and
married George Robert Frank and they set up a
Credit Drapery business in
Tyne Dock
and when the slump hit in the 1930s
Eva junior would go around the doors looking for the payments and come home with nothing
so the shop closed and George Robert came to Redcar to
work as a weighman at the steelworks....
and Little Eva having been a manager in the NAAFI in the war
running troop trains
came to Redcar to live with her parents
and got a job serving in
Tom Raw's shop in Park Avenue
and left there and became the first
maid - actulaay carer for Mrs Robson who was dying from throat cancer
not live in, in the Robson household
and Bessie died
and things took a peculiar turn....
and Eva ebded up married to Tommy
not necessarily a good move
because his son Peter - two sons Gordon and Peter
was outraged at having his girlfriend pinched
and so
Ricker's nephew Peter's son
claims to he the head of the family
not our Ricker
and he receltly tried to proved it by having a lavish second wedding
probably at Bambrough castle
and inviting all the family
Our Ricker
"Attwell created ‘Mischief’, a rotund impish little boy,
generally depicted holding a large ginger nut, which became the Wright’s company trademark.”
The kid "Mischief" was Wright's trademark.
Children could join the Mischief Club and get a special badge.
Adam Bell explains the company's advertising and the face of
what would become an iconic North East product:
“The rebranding clearly worked, as
the company went from strength to strength,
supplying its biscuits to all corners of the country as well as
exporting to places as far flung as Hamburg and Rangoon.”
It was subsumed into
United Biscuits
Eva Frank nee Wright died in 1956

14th July 2018

Demonstrators threatening Pride events
This is the problem
What may be described as the
Germaine Greer - GG - problem
if you are fully surgically and hormonally
transgender - male to female
you may fancy men
you may have a
clean pocket to accommodate them
but there is deep scepticism that
you can develop the nerve network and
become orgasmic and
there is equal doubt that you will ever become
a sqirter
capable of female 'ejaculation'
and as such you reduce the female role to
doing a man a favour
which is not very emacipative
who is to say that there are not natural processes that could
allow the nerve network around the anus and rectum to
spread to the pocket of a fully post operative
male to female trans-gender individual
a lot of trouble and doubt to avoid
a little
colonic irrigation
The two intemate topics most often discussed by
women of Germaine Greer's generation
when they were young wives were
What page they estimated their husbands had got to in
The Karma Sutra
how often they themselves - not the husbands - faked an orgasm

Research relating to comment above and below
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The other problem with GG is
she says that once she was
post menopausal she experienced such severe
vaginal attrophy
that men can no longer
penetrate her
we can't see how she couldn't
in the words of Ricker's one time
eye surgeon friend
Hi Keith, still in Hudderfield?
Take it on the shitter
The Gräfenberg spot (usually called G-spot) is defined as
a highly sensitive area near the entrance inside of the human vagina.
It is believed to be a part of the urethal sponge.
Some people believe it is a bundle of nerves in the female human reproductive system.
If the area is stimulated, this can cause
pleasurable sensations, female ejaculation and a strong orgasm in some women.
Some doctors and researchers who specialize in the anatomy of women say that
there is no anatomical evidence for the "spot".
We say...
In the 1960s
There was much discussion about
clitoris versus g spot organsms
Regarding gay men there is a myth that they
allow themselves to be buggered
to please their partners
There is clearly a complex going on regarding
anal sex, vaginal sex and clitoral stimulation
not to mention the sensations of defecation
and childbirth
There is a question regarding
can women who have had their clitoris removed
rather than simply
provide or allow it

We reckon there are around
200,000 people living in
Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland
The NHS spends 480 million pounds a year on their health
broadly they spend
8 million pounds more on their
GP drug prescriptions
than on the typical population of 200,000 residents
and that is around 40 pounds each
or around two or three prescriptions a year
time for the
NHS GP joke
doctor, doctor
every time I drink a cup of tea
I get a stabbing pain in my right eye
oh it's the sugar you put in your tea
stop putting sugar in your tea
after you stir in the sugar
take the spoon out of the cup
before you stat to drink the tea
just in case any of you
don't get this
what this 'Sam' is getting at is
the whole of the public service
and particularly the NHS
is dominated by highly qualified people
solving the same
trivial problems
for the same people
over and over again
Take two highly skilled and educated people
one is the highly skilled
maxillo facial surgeon
our Ricker might have become
if he hadn't decided to care for his aged parents
digression before we forget
might or may?
leads on in this stream of consciousness....
to train announcements
we suppose it may have something to do with
passenger vision problems??
but train companies have taken to quoting how many
carriages there are in an expected train
the problem is
This is a Northern train
which has two carriages
No we don't agree
we think it should be
that has two carriages
there's a split infinitive in the
public notices on the closed down
Regent cinema
Ricker the surgeon
Ricker the blogger
Ricker needed surgery himself
who better to do it than the
son of a dentist, dentist who is up for a challenge
or the
she's one for the quota
female who can proudly boast it took her
twenty years to learn how to
open a tube of toothpaste
but she ACHIEVED it
if like Ricker you got your face kicked in
you would hope there would be somebody to
rebuild your face
but how much of a maxillo facial surgeon's time
is spent
keeping their hand in
by rebuilding the faces of people who were
conceived in the
sure and certain knowledge that
based on genetic counceling
they would deffo need
lots and lots of surgery
in order to survive
if you prevent costs
are you saving money?
if you have people who heed help they should have it
should you deliberately breed
defectives for doctors and surgeons to
practice on?
do anti-vivisectionists
support ignoring genetic counceling and
if you need to experiment and practice
you should
keep it in the family
deliberately produce
human guinea pigs
and protect the animals
perhaps there actually is a conspiracy to
circumvent the
vegetarian, vegan, anti viv lobby
by encouraging
to breed
will the
medical establishment
embrace genetic counceling
training and product development can be
almost exclusively
be done on/in simulators?

Here's an insight into why
gender based law and practice
does not suit women
we referred to it recently.

In a context there all law making and
law enforcement
was in male hands
whenever an issue relating to
women's issues
was raised
the system turned
not to women
but to
men who were in touch with their feminine side
for guidance
in other words
gat men were deciding what women wanted

13th July 2018

It's a very long time since
our Ricker upset the then
Mrs. Thatcher
by pointing out that
she had described some action of
the then Michael Hesletine
possibly the swinging of the mace
as puerile
Latin puer, a boy
These days we have
well the BBC and is it the Grauniad?
have puerile to perfection
the little lad with his
Trump balloon on a string
Here is what matters
we understand he is a
gay man
his relationship to
Donald Trump is that Trump has said
women like you to feel them up
our boy says
This is a president you advocates
grabbing women by their genitals
he is quite clearly of the type who
thinks they are saying
I wonder how that person feels about that
but is actually saying
I wonder how I would feel if that happened to ME
despite being gay he probably has
boy bits
bits that can be
and that can be painful
he is never going to have sufficient empathy to understand that
when somebody feels a woman up
there is nothing per se to 'grab'

There has been damage to the sand sculptures in Redcar

band stand

Here's the thing
This probably the third year that these
sand sculptures have been put up
different theme each year
The first year they were put up on the
since then they have been put up outside the
Yoof Centre
First year they were unmolested - until they wer
removed in the late autumn
The band stand
it is quite small
but it was not used as a reviewing stand
on armed forces day because
like the yoof centre
it is not in the centre of the Esplanade
expanding and extending the Esplanade
onto Newcomen Terrace and beyond
should, perhaps, have been delayed until
the central part was
ram packed and congested

12th July 2018

Firstly we should record that
Craig Beer
former partner in Brown Beer Nixon Mallon
solicitors has died
after a retirement occasioned by dementia
He the guy who persuaded our Ricker to
Plead guilty to harassing
Tania Nelson
when it was Tania Nelson who was
under investigation for
having a boyfriend whilst
working with a gnag of evil old
divorced and widowed women
at the University of Teesside
Coven Leader
Janice Webster
WHilst we are on about The Boro
Flannels is still open
Cool gear
D and G
around 450 to 950 quid a garment
Flannels is one of the UK's leading luxury retailers,
specialising in contemporary men’s and women’s designer clothing, footwear and accessories.
Neil Prosser, the founder of The Flannels Group,
opened his first shop at 88 King Street in Knutsford, Cheshire in 1976.
He nurtured the concept of quality customer service and innovative ideals alongside high fashion designer product,
introducing major UK and international designers to the North West for the very first time.
With a brand portfolio including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler, Jimmy Choo, Stone Island and Kenzo,
Flannels has grown rapidly with stores opening in leading UK cities including
Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and Cardiff.
In the C and A building in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough
Flannels continuously strives for excellence,
sourcing key pieces and collections from the world’s most iconic brands
alongside new and exciting designers.
The cool, spacious and minimal interiors of the stores allow
each carefully selected brand to have their own identity,
reflecting the company’s philosophy in the importance of
individualism and attention to detail.
By providing impeccable customer service in a unique setting,
Flannels has created a benchmark for luxury retailing.
An established worldwide online luxury retailer,
has been designed as an extension of an already successful business,
offering the same iconic designer brands as the stores.
With the latest designer fashion at your fingertips,
it has never been easier to perfect your style,
choosing from a coveted selection of leading international and cutting-edge labels.
may we suggest that
Flannels is in Middlesbrough because
they know where their on line customers
We note however, how the whole CONCEPT of the
seems to have died

11th July 2018

noblesse oblige
The aristocracy must behave according to their obligations
Rank entails responsibility
To take a slightly tangential approach
For the UK it is OK to let
win the
Cod Wars
It is not OK for the UK to let
steal the Falklands
The trouble with
Europe is that it is
France and Germany
You wouldn't hit poor little
would you?
you make up a club that has
women and children
in the officer roles
and it shields the thugs they keep at home
Germany and France saying we need billions
from the UK and USA to protect
states near Russia from Russia
is like saying
I need a Humvee - Hummer
because I want to be able to
let my cat out at night
We're thinking about
Lord Carrington
former UK Foreign Secretary
who has just died aged 99
we don't know whether he went to Oxford
Oxford University carves up the
establishment roles
Oxford Dons think
so long as I have a job for life at Oxford
and all my former students have
three acres and a Jag
let's be generous with the rest of the world's resources
hence loose the Cod Wars
destroy the UK fishing industry
those chaps up in Iceland probably need an
even break
Give our island communities over to those
funny little foreigner characters and
bring our people home
Here's the other thing
for the past several decades
whenver Oxford did stumble across a
poor boy who knew his arse from his elbow
they've sent him to
leaving the field open for
Call me Dave types
in Westminster and Whitehall
either way they would only hire
people we know
thoroughly reliable chaps like
Philby, Burgess, McLaine

10th July 2018

Corrections time
We are a bit backed up with bits of text that
haven't been checked
Eaglescliffe station was built in
but after that a part of
grew up between
Egglescliffe and Stockton or
Eaglescliffe and Thornaby-on-Tees
presently a part of Stockton

on a different matter
there are challenges in upgrading a
TransPennine railway
TransPennine Railways are-have commissioned
hybrid trains
There are significant sections of their network
where electrification is easy
there are significant sections of their network that are
In the past - say thirty years ago
there have been fires in tranpennine tunnels
in the thinking outside the box engineering world
you would run hybrid trains that would
charge batteries on downhill sections
and use the stored energy in the tunnels
in the real world
they will probably use diesel power in the tunnels
keeping the fume and fire risk problems
electric trains can switch voltage
and from AC to DC
on the fly
since nobody - including no wildlife
would stray onto the track in a tunnel
from the side
at worst entering the tunnel from one end of the other
it would be possible to use existing
tranpennine tunnels
without boring them out to accommodate overhead wiring
by running the trains on
Third rail power in the tunnels
as on London Underground
makes the job very similar to any other electrification project

Boulby Potash Mine has stopped mining potash
since that recent date we haven't actually seen and mineral trains
in Redcar so it will be interesting to see whether
after this switch to
polyhalite mining
transport out will remain on rail

Quickly, for the benefit of
Redcar Expats
there is an upcomming TV series and the trailer
features this building
The Coatham Hotel is now
but the ballroom or dancehall is
So much for
Come Dancing

We quickly snapped thes to show what remains of
Sir William Turner's School
It's a Highereducation wing at
Redcar and Cleveland College
successor to
Cleveland Technical College

This one is a view of where the old tech was
With the
Redcar and Cleveland Community Heart
in the distance

That lot is
Corporation Road
Redcar Central
a simple down platform

A general view including the
up platform

and the domain of
Linda Green and her
glamourous assistant

We have more but for now...
Coatham Memorial Hall
The school hall of
Coatham Grammar
and the new
Swimming baths
built on the site of the
old Coatham Grammar school building

9th July 2018

In the overall scheme of things
The Management
have provided us for testing purposes with
a version of
Google Chrome
that displays our little video
and a version of
Internet Explorer
that don't

This is not any particular
special date in the
Christian Calendar
like Easter or Christmas but
some ideas about Christian symbolism
have recently been revived
when Christianity was originally an
underground movement
it had elements of the secret signs me associate with
The story goes that
their world being sandy and dusty when
two people who did not know each other
but suspected the other of being a Christian
one may casually use a toe to draw a
a fish
in the sand
it came from Jesus saying
you are fishermen
a bit lower class than him
a carpenter
you are fishermen
but I will make you
fishers of men
that is
equip you to gather men to my teachings
to this day if you are very observant you may see a small - not tiny
chrome fish on the rear of a vehicle - car
however in art for around a thousand years
the symbol of Christianity has been
The Cross
There is a problem with the cross in art and
medical - biological - reality
few people these days will know the story of
the crucifiction of Jesus
so we will run over it
basic idea
The Romans had a bit of a soft spot for Christianity
but they were the -foreign - power in the land
needed uniformity across the empire
both Jesus and Bar aba, Barabas
were native preachers
they had a following each
It all kind of came to a head during a Jewish Festival
the main stream Jewish priests wanted The Romans to
tidy up the extremists
and the Romans agreed to crucify one of them at the festival
and the people chose Jesus
him not being a local lad
it being a holiday the executioners were keen to get it over with
it was supposed to be a lingering death
so when his family said he was dead
the soldier poked him in his side
That would be
poked Him in His side
and when he didn't flinch
they naffed off and let the family
have 'the body'
as we said, at the time
the sign of the cult was the sign of the fish
a very long time later some important warrior
converted to Christianity and
took the shape of a sword as the symbol of the cult
and so evolved the idea that Jesus was crucified
not on a cross - an X
but a sword shape
in the mean time - for a while
the symbol of Christianity was the
Chai Rho
in English
an X for the cross and a P for the body

Regular visitors to this site know the score
an opinion piece with some background research above it We think this was a service
perhaps not a true
set up by some sort of
start up business
and allocated some slots to
enter and leave
King's Cross, London
running from some
North East stations
to London
mainly seen as running TO London but
as seen from the other end
Non-stop Kings Cross to York
then stopping at the likes of
Thirsk, Northallerton, Yarm, Eaglescliff
and terminating in Sunderland
Eaglescliff is famous on 2 grounds
after Dame Tami Wheelchair
for the record - spinabifida
wot married some bloke called Thompson
moved from Redcar to Stockton
she gets the train to
The House of Lords
from Eaglescliff
and Eaglescliff is called Eaglescliff because
The sign writer couldn't believe there could be a place called
They set up with
Jimmy Saville era British Rail
InterCity 125s
painted black
They have sold out and bought replacement trains
still allover black
and apparently intend replacing those in autumn 2018
Now, there are
Transpennine Express - TPE -trains that run from
Newcastle to Manchester
There are Transpennine Express trains that run
from Middlesbrough to Manchester
we reckon the TPE trains from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
to Manchester
run on the
East Coast Main Line
From Newcastle to York
and then naff off to Leeds or some such
The Grand Central and the Middlesbrough TPEs
join the East Coast Main Line - ECML
Except that they don't
south of Northallerton
and not north of Northallerton
the ECML shares a track bed with
two additional tracks for
local services - 'goods lines'
since the GC Grand Central
only stops at Thirsk and York
between Northallerton on Kings Cross
it gets swapped to the
fast up or down line slotting in between the
woo woos
similarly the TPEs
Here's the thing
GCs and Middlesbrough TPEs
spend a lot of time
hanging around in Northallerton
waiting for a slot to
switch over to the
main line
because there are only two platforms at Northallerton
However, the
Yarm Goods Loop
has an underpass at Northallerton
down trains
down trains are trains travelling
no matter what direction that is
down goods trains don't stop at Northallerton and
nip under the main line using the underpass
consider the expense of building a couple of platforms
on the scale of the down platform at
Redcar Central
Yes the Darlington to Saltburn Line has stops at
Redcar British Steel, Redcar Central, and Redcar East
the down platform at Redcar Central is the one
on which you wait for a train to Saltburn
It is a pile of lumber
consider a couple of those on the goods loop
at Northallerton
and you have the cheapest way imaginable to
> cut five to ten minutes off every journey from
Sunderland, Eaglescliff etc
to Manchester or King's Cross
Between Yarm and Northallerton there are
four level crossings on roads that are glorified
farm tracks
removing them would allow for
shall we say
BOTH motor sets on the TPEs to be used to
get some speed up
They need two motor sets to compensate for
the almost total lack of tunnels
in the pennine section of their route
and the non-electrification od all but the
ECML section of their route

6th July 2018

This would be an experiment then...
We can't see anything
Maybe you can....?
We don't know how that bit of code we can't find
got to the top of this page??

3rd July 2018

Ethanol fuel is ethyl alcohol, the same type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages,
used as fuel.
It is most often used as a motor fuel, mainly as a biofuel additive for gasoline.
The first production car running entirely on ethanol was the
Fiat 147, introduced in 1978 in Brazil by Fiat.
Ethanol is commonly made from biomass such as corn or sugarcane.
World ethanol production for transport fuel tripled between 2000 and 2007 from
17×109 liters (4.5×10 to the power 9 U.S. gal; 3.7×10to the power 9 imp gal) to more than
52×109 liters (1.4×1010 U.S. gal; 1.1×10to the power 10 imp gal).
From 2007 to 2008, the share of ethanol in global gasoline type fuel use
increased from 3.7% to 5.4%.
In 2011 worldwide ethanol fuel production reached 8.46×1010 liters (2.23×1010 U.S. gal;
1.86×1010 imp gal) with the United States of America and Brazil being the top producers,
accounting for 62.2% and 25% of global production, respectively.
US ethanol production reached 57.54×10 to the power 9 liters (1.520×10 to the power10 U.S. gal; 1.266×10 to the power10 imp gal) in 2017-04.
Them numbers is big
ten to the power 6 is a million
ten the the power 9 is a billion
ten billion litres then....
The hold up
the fossil boys having the UK government by the
short and curlies

We should now wrap up the CO2 story
The two plants that came back on line yesterday are
The CF plant at Portrack, Stockton-on-Tees
and ENSUS at Wilton International, Redcar
The CF plant is the former CCF plant
the one we have talked about that has the
Prill Tower
and makes
Nitram fertilizer
The ENSUS plant
takes corn on the cob from America
and makes Industrial Grade
Corn Mash Whiskey
Jack Daniels effectively
on a proper Redcar style scale
and it is not for
Human Consumption
it is intended to effectively
alcohol down
as in water down
petrol - gasoline
In some South American countries
not researched
they run cars on
ethyl alcohol
you can run petrol engined vehicles on
any admixture of
fosil petrol and bio-ethanol
The difference with this plant is that
it is a chemical plant not a brewery and
so it does not vent the CO2 produced by the yeast
in the fermentation step to air
but collects it and sells it on
If the government would sanction
more alcohol and less petrol
petrol is petroleum spirit
petroleum is oil from rocks
the UK's Co2 supply would not need to be
imported and would come from a
biological source - American corn
but could be brewed from local cereal

'Speaking' of Portrack...
we have made mention of
Mabel Ricker's Auntie Mabel
We said she had cerebral palsy
she was
a bit flaky
she had no children but it is not clear that She and her boyfriend weren't able to marry
until after
his mother died
so she was not known as
Mrs Scollick
when she was
postmistress at Portrack for so many years
but as
Miss Robson
However, at home she had a carer
her sister Eunice
and when Wilf's mum died
he and Mabel married and bought a house in
Junction Road, Norton and
she took her carer with her
Wilf, Mabel and Eunice
and they didn't have a car
Wilf and Mabel on the motor bike
Eunice on the bus
and Wilf?
he was the Transport Manager at
we get trouble here again
to Ricker it was the
Ord Port
to nobody else apparently
it was the
Ordinary Portland Cement Works
in Billingham
and Wilf's last job before retirement was to
plan the logistics for the move to
the now defunct and problematical
Lafarge Weardale cement works
relating to Cleveland Police's current
Showcase Cold Cases
Auntie Eunice's Besie Mate was
Mrs. Glass
Deep deep resentment when, when
the trio retired to Scarborough
cut off Mrs. Glass
referencing language from the
Victorian fossil craze
Auntie Eunice was a
strange little ossity
Tommy and Eunice were not just folically challenged
they were both completely bereft of hair
from early adulthood
and Euncie had
after it came in
NHS wigs made at
Carter Bequest Hospital
like really late on in life Masie took scissors to
a few moustache hairs on Tommy...
but she had more hair between her breas6ts than he
had on his face
too much information!!!

2nd July 2018

Koninklijke Hoogovens known as
Koninklijke Nederlandsche Hoogovens en Staalfabrieken (KNHS) until 1996 or
informally Hoogovens.
was a Dutch steel producer founded in 1918.
The IJmuiden steelworks based in IJmuiden, the Netherlands was
built between 1920 and 1940,
first producing iron, later steel, with
hot and cold rolling producing flat products.
In the 1960s the company diversified into Aluminium production.
The company briefly merged its IJmuiden steel plant with
German steel company Hoesch from 1972 forming
the joint venture Estel but demerged in 1982.
In 1999, the company merged with the larger British Steel plc to
create the Corus Group steel company.
The aluminium production assets were sold off during the Corus period.
In 2007, Corus Group was purchased by India-based Tata Steel
and was renamed Tata Steel Europe in 2010
English: Royal Blast Furnaces; "Hoogoven" (plural "hoogovens") is Dutch for
blast furnace.

just in case some don't read today's effort to the end
one definition of
abstract speculation
the current trend of
writing abstract speculations into law
in the name of
it's part of their religion
is deeply problematic
ideological versus logical
in a sense since they are both from the Greek for discourse
logical is the winning arguement
ideological is the loosing arguement

If you were a multimillionaire with a young family
who had only ever played tennis
to please yer mum...
would you be flogging around a scorching tennis court in front of
millions of people, waiting for you to fail?
not to mention
we know of no accident
so if one hip has gone
the other one is probably knackered too

Colin's back
COLIN BRIGGS BBC Look North Breakfast presenter
This month's factoid
From Ringtons
Door to door tea sales
Ten years ago this month
Peter Hobbs died aged 92
Peter Hobbs as in Russell Hobbs
and he
invented the kettle that
switches itself off when it had boiled
the thermostatic kettle
now them has to be
thermostatic gas boilers....
a bit big for brewing tea
some significant reduction on
kettles boiling dry and falling apart at the seams
on gas hobs
Ironic? Hobbs promoting the demise of the gas hob

We don't normally take time to do
the science of things that don't matter
Formula 1 motor racing tyres
the commentators often refer to
different compounds
on different grades of tyre
This MAY be so BUT
although it is possible to change - vary - the mix
the compound of a tyre or batch of tyres
the 'obvious' way to vary the grip or
of the tyres
the thing to vary is the
time spent in the
vulcanisation step
in the manufacturing process
In the factory vulcanisation is a compound of
temperature and pressure
if you send out a tyre in a
part vulcanised condition
as the tyre goes through
in service heat cycles
vulcanisation - hardening
will occur in conditions of
elevated temperature but
normal pressure - atmospheric
and this is why they sticky tyres
blister and delaminate as they harden during the race

We have included a lot of material on
child nutrition
so we feel compelled to publish this warning
Young children (less than 4 years)
have limited chewing ability
could choke on small sweets
in other words
under 4...
big toys with no small parts
and food and drink that is not going to
block any of their pipes
if it
'goes down the wrong way'

Tata Steel
which is essentially
Port Talbot, South Wales
and has been a division of
has merged with a division of ThyssenKrupp of Germany
the two merged divisions
will be a
as in plc and Ltd
they will be
and so in a way they will be successors to
at the divisional level this is
ThyssenKrupp divesting instead of
Tata shutting down
as we understand it
they think they will accumulate enough
around 4,000
retirements and voluntary redundancies
at Port Talbot
by 2026
to be able to shut Port Talbot then
without significant
political unrest, protest
That is the point when a decision will be made
as to whether to return
steel making
as opposed to
steel processing
to Redcar and Cleveland
Whether it will be ThyssenKrupp
buying Redcar from
The British Government in or around 2026
we can't tell
ThyssenKrupp are quite
vertically integrated
and we don't think they would want to be without
blast furnaces for long

It's very difficult to find the analogy for
and the modern equivalent
man explaining
We want to succeed
on our own terms
introduce a female approach to tasks and problems
the problem can be
we hear the advice from the men
who have been doing this for centuries
so we will do the opposite
plead our bellies
if it goes wrong
here we think about the phrase
hoist by their own patard
a patard is a handgrenade
and this phrase relates to
lighting the fuse and delaying the throwing of the grenade
and being blown up ones self
once in your - ginner prince, etc - hell bent mission to
get as many men as possible jailed
you have established
statute law and case law beyond doubt
and then relatives, victims and survivours
have some group of women
no males in sight
bang to rights on the same issue
how do you get the law to do what you intended
and not simply
what it says on the tin?
The Law is an Ass
The Law is a collection of words
to date we print laws
some day
parliaments may be required to
Artificial Intelligence packages
in place of written laws
Gort maringa
Gort was a robot
possible inspiration for
we refer only to the original version of
The Day the World Stood Still
1951 Cold-War wish-fullfillment
Michael Rennie as the all powerful alien

Redcar shops
The Redcar Greenwoods is being used to promote a new Greenwoods
In Wellington Square - a backstreet - in Stockton
they will soon be too downmarket for Redcar
We are intrigued by
They are the rent to buy chain
they are fitting out the
former Oxfam shop on Redcar High Street
a much smaller unit than the corner unit
opposite Boots on Regent Walk/High Street
are they expanding or downsizing?
looks a bit like another prominent dark space

This is a bit of experimental writing
not quite stream of consciousness but...
we're trying to understand how
as an example
The people living in Britain in the
20th Century
managed to rub along without the 'aid' of
any of the laws passed in the 21st Century to date
we talk about private members bills being
nodded through
and the point here is legislation passing into law
without proper
without ANY parliamentary scrutiny
The pattern seems to be this
some nutter with time on their hands
an obsession and clout
finds a back bencher looking for an honour
gets something nodded through
it's a bit like
The Congestion Charge in London
It was introduced to raise a stealth tax
but it ended up doin what it said on the tin
it reduced congestion - on the roads
and more and more people arrive in
Central London - by train
What happens with
New Legislation
1 satisfaction for the nutter
2 the justice system says
a great new way to lock up more MEN
3 male behaviour changes
4 that behaviour if found to be
NOT the exclusive domain of males
cases crop up in which people see themselves as
victims and survivors and
there is not a male in sight
THEN and only then
will the legislation be properly
tested in the courts
Harold Shipman - male - slam dunk
Cottage Hospital on the South Coast
no male staff...
hush it up
we are contemplating using height as an analogy for
learning ability
we are considering a sweet shop
if you are tiny wee
and can't reach any of the shelves
somebody will lift you up to help you get the sweets
if you are just a
short arse
and you climb up the stack
you'll get banned out of the shop
there is this line in the collective mind of society between
the hopeless and helpless who 'deserve' millions each in
and the challenged who need to be locked up
The difference seems to be between
no behaviour
unlooked for behaviour

WE don't like to comment on the situation of
obergrappenfhurer Trump
no apologies for the spelling of that
We would like to comment of the journalism of
What made Milwaukee famous
made a looser out of me
what made Milwaukee famous was
a beer not a bike
We severely doubt that
Trump's last stand
will be over motorbike exports
but you have to appreciate hacks lining it up
by forgetting the booze

The Trump mind is not vacant
the prime concept appears to be
Six degrees of separation
he Gets supply chains
When we say
Breakfast cornflakes
we are not referring to
The young Maybot cavorting through waving fields of wheat
corn in corn on the cob cereal and it
comes from America
and it is
after the protein that has a taste and can go bad in storage
has been processed out
pure carbs
digested directly to sugars
On the box it will say it has nutritional value
that nutritional value is
those laws do not apply to all the products made from corn
only the cornflakes
promoting trace nutrients is Un-American

We are told that
Trump versus Rodham
Trump will appoint regressive conservative
Supreme Court Justices
Rodham would have appointed
Liberal Supreme Court Justices
here's an angle
There are and always have been a number of females in
this area and many more who
are continually pregnant and seeking abortion or
if you make abortion more difficult...
are you into the range
we'll do your abortion if we can
give you a
contraceptive implant
at the same time?
is it repressive of women to insist that if they
are not presently up for motherhood
they use contraception?
This guy Trump
the media got hold of some footage of an off the cuff
remark that
women like a man to feel them up
publication of this was supposed to destroy his
attempt to become president
sometimes it is easier to make a
180 degree U turn
than to make a tiny course correction
just slam it into reverse
if we set aside the
we need the rake off from compensation claims, layers
what would it take to swing the ship around to say
every little girl is entitled to
a satisfying sex life
it will shorten her first labour from
twelve hours to two

29th June 2018

There was a Vane-Tempest pit - coal mine
The Vane, later Vane-Tempest Baronetcy, of Long Newton in the County of Durham,
was a title in the Baronetage of Great Britain. It was created on 13 July 1782 for
Reverend Henry Vane.
He was a descendant of Sir Henry Vane the Elder, also
the ancestor of the Dukes of Cleveland. Vane married Frances (née Tempest).
He was succeeded by his son, the second Baronet.
He succeeded to the substantial Tempest estates on the death of his maternal uncle,
John Tempest, and assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Tempest in accordance with his uncle's will.
Vane-Tempest represented both the city and county of Durham in Parliament and
was a well-known sportsman. He married Anne MacDonnell, 2nd Countess of Antrim.
They had one child Lady Frances Anne, who married Lord Charles Stewart, later
3rd Marquess of Londonderry, who assumed the surname of Vane in lieu of his patronymic
. Vane-Tempest died in 1813 when the baronetcy became extinct. Sir Henry Vane-Tempest, 2nd Baronet, was the great-great-grandfather of
Sir Winston Churchill through his daughter Lady Frances Anne, mother of Lady Frances Vane,
wife of John Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough and grandmother of Churchill.
Way back in the swinging sixties
Lady Londonderry was famous

We haven't had herons in Locke Park for long
We could be about to loose them
if the fountains aren't run in this sort of hot weather
the fish will die and not be able to
feed the herons
We suspect that the fountains that aerate the pond water
are off because
blanket week is clogging their intakes

In the overall scheme of things
most people leave school knowing that somebody
'they went to school with'
has already died
perhaps from cancer
perhaps by accident or misadventure
our Ricker first met with mortality when
Beatie Grant
died of cancer
but there was another death
a lad who was and always had been a complete
pain in the arse
In the end he defied instructions not to
take a canoe - kayak - under repair that
had had its buoyancy removed
out into the bay off Saltburn
he drowned - natch
everybody said
we knew it wouldn't be long
it is disappointing how the little pleasures of life
can be so severely curtailed by the actions of a few
Ricker likes to look over bridge parapets and
contemplate the rail tracks
or the river below
and the places they go
can't do it
because if he does
some 'wag' in a passing car is bound to
get the window down and shout
Don't jump
There is this landowning family in the
Tees-Wear area with the fabulous name of
We do get a lot upset about the concept of
we want to ensure that xxx didn't die in vane
The Dambuster crews who did not get home
did not die in vane
they would have if the bouncing bombs hadn't worked
That's it
You don't save the lives of millions of people who would
never dream of jumping in front of a train
by harping on about the handful who do
You are not saving a life
You are denying somebody their
Darwin Award
Nutters should have their 'accident'
before they get to breed
There's a story of a massive bridge in Scotland
during the construction about five people died
The first man to die died right at the beginning of
and the last man to die was his son
who died right at the end of construction
Health and Safety can reduce danger and risk
thwarting suicide
is a whole lot bigger enterprise
We assume that when somebody commits suicide or
dies in an Internet Stunt
the family will be very upset
We never voice the possibility that deep down they are thinking
Thank God it's over
Some of these campaigners - maybe most
could be driven by guilt at their relief
not grief

OK Sam
Where are you Sam?
The Marines joke
Medic Medic
we've got a case of beriberi here
Give it to the Marines
they'll drink anything
Redcar's Armed Forces and Reservists Week
Now then Amy
Impish Amy from the dentists...
The NHS won't be issuing an ambulance like one of these...

28th June 2018

The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the special forces unit of
the United Kingdom's Royal Navy.
The SBS can trace its origins back to the Second World War when
the Army Special Boat Section was formed in 1940.
After the Second World War, the Royal Marines formed
special forces with several name changes—Special Boat Company was
adopted in 1951 and re-designated as the Special Boat Squadron in
1974—until on 28 July 1987 when the unit was renamed as
the Special Boat Service after assuming responsibility for
maritime counter-terrorism. Most of the operations conducted by
the SBS are highly classified, and are rarely commented on by
the British government or the Ministry of Defence due to their sensitive nature.
The Special Boat Service is the maritime special forces unit of
the United Kingdom Special Forces and is described as the sister unit of
the British Army 22 Special Air Service Regiment (22 SAS),
with both under the operational control of the Director Special Forces.
In October 2001, full command of the SBS was transferred from
the Royal Marines to the Royal Navy, while the green beret remained with the Marines.
On 18 November 2003, the SBS were given their own cap badge with the motto
"By Strength and Guile".
This follows opening recruitment from only the Royal Marines to
all three services of the British Armed Forces.
The SBS has traditionally been manned mostly by Royal Marines Commandos.

Do you know what the term
rhyming slang is always assumed to be
but a lot of it had wider influence
borasic stands fo
borasic lint
and rhymes with
we therefore assume it was
cotton lint pads
impregnated with
boric acid
and the basic wound dressing in the
First World War
Jump to search Boracic lint was a type of medical dressing made from
surgical lint that was soaked in a hot,
saturated solution of boracic acid and glycerine and then left to dry.
It has been in use since at least the 19th century,
but is now less commonly used.
When in use, boracic lint proved to be very valuable in the treatment of leg ulcers.
The term "boracic", pronounced "brassic", is
also used as Cockney rhyming slang for having no money - "boracic lint" ? "skint".
and we were here referring to the recent finding that
Vaseline is
for burns scalds and grazes
most people will fix themselves up
if the wound is protected with sutures and brassic lint, loosly applied

We chased up the Colin Briggs story
He has had his operation and is OK
but has a
great face for radio
all swollen and that
we believe he will return to our screens

Right now we want to show some respect to
Julia and Les
and Vanessa and Victoria?
so we will leave lessons to be learnt
to a more fitting time

Instead we will have something to say about
Armed Forces Week
and we will end up in a repeat of a criticism of
Channel 4
Back when our Ricker was a lad would have an Astrocan coat and a cigar
and one day he arrived with a big old Vauxhall
that he had 'restored'
every bit of the engine was painted a different colour
To Ricker this was
Jack Clough
Ricker's dad Tommy
real name Tom Baker Robson
Not Thomas
Thomas Robson was
Tommy's half brother
Ricker's dad Tommy had siblings
Thomas William Robson married somebody called Baker
God knows when
His kids were
Margaret, Annie, Jane, Thomas, John, George, James, William
William lived from 1863 to 1948
At some point William married
Sarah Ann
William and Sarah Anne had two children
Salena and Thomas
Then we had the
You're needed at home incident
the divorce
Then there was marrying
Mary Eleanor Moorhead
then there were
Janet Isobel (Jenny), Tom Baker, George Frederick, Robert William
Eunice, Mabel, Annie
Mabel and Annie were twins born in 1905
Annie died at birth
Mabel lived for around 90 years with
cerebral palsy
Today we want to return to Jenny
She died in 1947, so before her father
she would have been born before 1897
She married John Clough
John Clough was the brother of
Joe Clough
Joe Clough was the father of
Old Big'ead
Brian Clough
Legendary Boro footballer and
Football manager
Jenny and John Clough had
John (Jack), Tom, Robson
SO we still have
Robson Clough, as in Robson Green
Jack married Muriel Clough - a cousin
They had
David and Michael
Jack and Muriel divorced and Jack married Win
David tried out for the Paras
but broke his ankle in a passing out test and
didn't become a paratrooper
This was a problem for Jack
When Jack visited Ricker and his dad he was visiting from his
home in
Jack moved on to far smarter lodgings
after he teamed up with Win
Jack ended up with a private pilot's licence
but Jack was a project manager of
oil refinery construction sites around the world
none of this was what really mattered about
Jack Clough
We don't hear so much about the
these days
Jack Clough wasn't in the SAS
Special Air Squadron
He was in the
the Special Boat Squadron
Got shot by the bloody Yanks
7 pints of blood to save him
and they call it
friendly fire
None of which has anything to do with
Channel 4
John Clough move away from The Boro
he moved to York
because he was a
train driver
Based in York and not in London
he wasn't the regular driver of
Fastest Steam Engine alive
but he did quite often drive
and when he wasn't driving Mallard
he was training engine drivers
just that extra little top up on their training to
pass them out for the main line
but he hadn't started there
we don't know quite in what order he did these two things but
He was at
The Dardanelles
broom handles for rifles
and he was one of the main guys
reversing steam trains
munitions trains
up to the trenches
Still no Channel 4
Whenever Channel 4 make a series about
Steam Trains
they will have some
frying an egg on a coal shovel
What did John Clough die from
like so many steam engine drivers
he died from
stomach cancer
and the railway companies....
punched holes in the coal shovels to stop Peter Snow
going the same way
The Robson family fram was
Low Houslop
Tow Law
and Tommy's dad walked daily to and from
Walsingham Grammar School
They recently shut down?
their Sixth Form
That's NOT Walsingham nor Wolviston
The walk may have been only three miles each way
the winter snow was deep

27th June 2018

We always feel the need to simplify
and then we regret it
Food is digested by the body
it's an automatic process
It also occurs in a sequence
There are no facilities in your mouth to
digest proteins and fats
There is this very famous food product called
Heinz Sandwich Spread
It is the most perfect simulation of
ever marketed
we need
we feel the need to distinguish between
eating sick
as your dig or cat may do
and what
undeveloped tribes of humans and
other Primate Species
They use their mouths as
very sophisticated
food processors
they healthy adults - the ones with teeth
do two things with their food
before they swallow it
they chop it up with their teeth
and they use enzymes in their saliva
to convert
complex carbohydrates
simple carbohydrates
they convert starch into sugar
in the mouth before swallowing the food
if they don't
bolt it down
in the state of nature
mums feed babies on breast milk
then they move on to
feed food they have
chewed but not swallowed
to their toddlers
so they are not feeding
to their children but something
sweet and mushy
without added stomach acid
Saliva contains the enzyme amylase, also called ptyalin, which is
capable of breaking down starch into simpler sugars such as
maltose and dextrin that can be further broken down in the small intestine.
About 30% starch digestion takes place in the mouth cavity.
Lingual lipase is an enzyme that breaks down fatty acids, specifically triacylglycerols.
Excreted as part of saliva, it doesn’t finish its job until it gets to the stomach.
The amount of lingual lipase in your saliva decreases as you get older,
and gastric and pancreatic lipase lower down in your digestive system
take over the job of digesting fats.
Lingual lipase is very important for infants because it helps them
digest the fats in milk, making digestion much easier for their immature systems.
Baby saliva breaks down milk fat in a way that
adult saliva does not
reference here
lactose intorerence
Keep the milk coming
only ADD fruit juice
don't replace milk with fruit juice

25th June 2018

Funny how you can make wrong inferrances from provided data
Ricker last saw his neghbours on Saturday afternoon
perhaps they have gone on holiday
he heard tell of a serious crash on one of their regular routes
Facebook tells us the accident accured on Friday not Saturday and the car involved was beige
the car they were in was bright yellow
Facebook or Ricker wrong
There's a flash Jag sitting outside their house that
should have taken the bloke back to work on
Tyneside this morning
Time will tell
but if you have a drive and you are going on holiday
youstick the car on the drive not the grass verge outside....

any road up
children's food fads
One of the things we rearely see these days are
Laburnum trees
the seeds look like pears in a pod
and in the past children have eaten them and
from poisoning
We think that the ideal
for a children's obesity campaign would be
Padington Bear
we gonna invoke Ricker's nephew Eiric
we have memories of Eiric
one of them is
his mum having to fish the
out of the marmalade
befo0re Eiric would eat his toast
thta was along time ago
it's long since been possible to get
orange jelly - marmalade with no bits
we are all familiar with that great saddness that
on their 18th or 21st birthday
youngsters louse that magical certainty that they
know best about everything
it comes from teachers constantly
churning the curriculum
so that parents can't help with homework
However, toddlers know their limitations
they know they can't tell
laburnam seeds from peas
so they eat neither
they instinctively trust
processed food
because they are hard wired to trust
food regurgitated by their parents - carers
you eat it
if it don't kill you
spit it out and we'll eat it
of course little ones like fresh fruit
there is an association between the sweetness and
the nutrients that will see them through the coming winter
but they don't swallow them whole
tiny fingers and tiny teeth allow them to
reject the

22nd June 2018

We think
may have been
Davidson's Cafe
We think the other name was a toy shop on the seafront
pretty much where the
Tyne Tees Entertainments
kids annex is being built
lets do the science on the
carbon dioxide shortage...
Do you know why
given that it's a beer of stout
there is such a
creamy head on a Guiness?
it's because Guiness use
carbon dioxide
to shift it down the pipes
nitrogen makes smaller bubbles
carbon dioxide in
cut salad
if you keet cut salad moist and
supplied with carbon dioxide
it does not die
plants - in sunlight - take in carbon doxide
and let out - oxygen
they don't spend much time in the dark
in supermarkets to a much lesser extent
,bR> if you run a fancy deli...
pot dishes to cook your pate etc. in
seal it in with a layer of wax on top
get the pots returned
The Type of Gas Used. Instead of CO2 like a traditional draft beer system,
Guinness uses a nitrogen/CO2 blend
to push the beer through the lines,
and it's nitrogen that gives Guinness its
tell-tale creamy, tight head.
Mixed gas comes in an all-in-one air tank that contains 75% nitrogen and 25% CO2
it would prob work for every other berveage

20th June 2018

We have been looking at the
recycling of packaging
over the months we have eaten a lot of
cheese packaged in wax
and we have kept the wax
We bought a little heater that
melts fragranced wax
we melted the food waste wax
and poured it into a silicone mould
we have a block and a half of wax
the first effort is no totally clean cheese crumbs sink
so a cleaner wax block would result from
separating the top lot from the dregs
Maybe one day we will find a use for the wax
it is easily modeled and very clean
Crafters will be gearing up for Christmas
there will be all sorts of
silicone moulds out there
little wax Santas...
we have no explored the potential for
painting the wax
we recognise some
fire risk with wax
but with care
interesting decorations could be produced and
although the dish gets a bit hot for
tiny fingers
We think - and this advice comes from a
Qualified and Registered PAT tester
it should be quite OK to
swap out the dish for a tiny little pan
with a handle and a pouring spout
on cooling spilt wax will stick the pan to the base so
cool separately
no serious hard should come with adult supervision
many foods other than cheese could probably be
wax packaged - rather than plastic
and we think the fire risk from wax is
at least no greater than that from plastic

18th June 2018

We are not happy that every issue relating to
is dealt with under the sexual offences act
Perhaps we need a
Gender offences Act
Princess Di v paps
Cellulite (also known as adiposis edematosa,
dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis,
gynoid lipodystrophy, and orange peel syndrome)
is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within
fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically
as skin dimpling and nodularity,
often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks),
lower limbs, and abdomen.
Cellulite occurs in most postpubescent females.
A review gives a prevalence of 85 to 98% of women,
indicating that it is physiologic rather than pathologic.
It can result from a complex combination of factors
ranging from hormones to heredity

So far we have picked up one sensible comment about
The World Cup
We can broadly divide footballers at this level into two groups
Those for whom the World Cup involves
playing with and against players that - who - are
better than they are used to in their club football
those who will be playing with and against rubbish
there was a time earlier in this century when
Boro were in the Premiership and
every game was
England versus the Rest of the World
Boro was the only club with players eligible for England
being Boro of course they weren't picked
The big six demanded to see their players at the World Cup
no matter how few games they had actually played
for their clubs

We always admit that we make up stories
fictionalise real events to illustrate points
We have noted that
araf apparently means slow in Welsh
we have not checked
so when we said Tommy's granddad used
arf for left we was busking
he may have used arf for woe
with the horses like
we have an alternative insight into the
causes and conduct
of the First World War
we have some facts and some speculation at our disposal
we know that in the late 19th, early 20th century
mechanisation displaced a lot of men and horses from
the countryside
we are not willing to hunt down the reference with the key text
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
but if was an idea in circulation at the time that
What was needed was a major war to
Thin the buggers out
We have to say that it all got more than rather out of hand by
1916-7 winter
they in essence, overdid it
they went from buying surplus horses and seeking volunteers
to conscription and seeking any source of horse power they
could get their hands on
in the first half of the war you had the sort of
War Horse
horses bought from British farmers and landowners
importing wild horses from the pampas of
South America
at that time we are reporting from
Army remounts
We get men for nought
we have to buy horses
So Tommy Robson
First involved in the import of
wild horses from South America through
Romsey Camp
in the first third of his army life he was
a horse whisperer
breaking in pampas horses
his second stint was as a
Radar O'Reily to Lt.Colonel Yardley
in the trenches
and his final stint after being
in 1919
was assisting
The Earl of Essex
in exacting horse related
post war reparations
It was mega traumatic getting
hundreds of wild horse to
disembark from a cargo ship by 'walking' them down
a long steep ramp to the dockside
you can't be a bit pregnant
and you can't be a bit at war
what if they gave a war
nobody turned up?
making sure people turn up
is down to the press
get a few thousand of the feckless and witless
all fired up
and eventually everybody else will be forced to join in
the point about The Great War was
they mechanised agriculture before
they mechanised war
and then they mechanised war
and The Second World War
wasn't about mopping up some surplus
men and horses
it was
And it was only stopped by
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
should have stayed home yesterday
that kiss you gave
ain't never ever gonna fade away

Two points about
The Mac
Glasgow College of Art
how much has been lost
we suspect that if this was a 35 million rebuild...
a great deal of the fabric and contents
including the windows as we understand it
were not on site
demolishing the entire block and
building a new edition of The Mac
alone on the entire block is probably the best option
This is one of a few Macintosh designs
We in Redcar have several schools that were built to
The same design
The design has not been lost
in the context of
modern building regulations
simply take the architect's designs and
in a more suitable location?
according to today's regulations

We set out with the idea of a little
photo story
and discovered that we can't pin this down
There should be a picture somewhere near here of some
we thought
just look it up and give it a name
not so simple
our book og grasses
The observer's Book of Grasses sedges and rushes
was printed in 1962
and it appears that in those days
grass identification was by reference to
drawings produced by studying dried specimens what we have in the picture
It may be meadow barley - hordeum pra(e)tense
wall barley, or
squirrel-tail grass - hordeum maritimum
Durham to Kent - fits
the trouble is this stuff is always
pendulous - drooping
in the book these two are 'erect'
we'll go for squirrel-tail grass
what we wanted to say is
up until fifty years ago
this stuff was called
bugs and lice
because it was always
covered in insect life
these days...

We have in the UK a religion called
The Roman Catholic Church
it is not the
Established Church
official partner to The State
in the Church and State duopoly
We have a heir presumptive to the role of
Head of State
Prince Charles
note it is his prerogative to choose any of
his many names as his reginal name
it is not to be assumed that if he becomes king
he will be Charles III
He has long since stated that
Following his mother who pledged to be
Defender of the Faith
he would pledge to be
Defender of the Faiths
However, this should be seen as a step towards
Islam becoming the Established Religion in the UK
not Roman or Irish Catholicism
However, there has been a trend towards the
absorption of Vatican concepts into UK traditions
We have no real experience of the life of a
British Vaticanite
we understand they have a
concept of
Original Sin
Something along the lines of
Adam and Eve's children were born
outside the Garden of Eden
and as such are not a pure of genuine part of
God's Creation
We know that on a weekly basis
a fundamental difference between
Life within The Established or
or most
protestant churches
and the life of a Papist
is that Roman Catholics are encouraged?
to go to
once a week
and at confession dream up some sort of sin
they can confess to and ask for absolution from
of their local priest
Perhaps women and girls are more likely to comply
we don't know
This may have a bearing on a desire on the part of
members of the faithful
keeprers of the faith
to be deemed
More Sinned Against than Sinning
a snitch's charter
This seems to spill over into a drive to make
all the natural traits and behaviours of the male
and hence
there seems to be almost and inevitability that
every crack pot obsessive
Private Member's style
Act of Parliament
should have a female fist name attached to it
Megan's Law, Christine's law, whatever
We see Gina as quite prominent in this league table
we have a feeling that
a textual analysis of this site may find that
is one of its most used words
quite often we fail to recall clinical terms
and then later find them on line
We will probably find the appropriate term for this
who knows what drives
Charlie and his two boys
we will recall the
modern genesis
of the
Do we call her
Princess Diana?
Charlie's middle wife
There was a moment of cataclysmic schism between
Lady Di and The Media
most will not remember it but it was
high definition, telephoto lens shots of
Lady Di's Orange Peel Skin
There is a world of difference between
a flash of thigh
a photo worthy of
a dermatological - skin care - textbook
there was endless speculation about
treatments and cures

15th June 2018

The past is a far country
We've made reference previously to
the song lyric
You get thirty years for robbin' a train
ten for murder
now that's insane
that was written a long time ago and
the basis of life sentences has changed
instead of being on
life licence
liable to recall to prison at any time after
the afore mentioned ten years
murderers are now often given a
parole board restricting, defying
minimum term averaging around
25 years
this raises a couple of questions
we have murder and manslaughter
but we also have this concept of
life means life - supervision
but not necessarily detention
some 'murderers' can be out in a very few years
some can avoid conviction due to
their parental - maternal - responsibilities
although that should not be so
there are therefore shades of two varieties of murderer
the ones who are a threat to society
the ones driven to it by the spider in the bath
how much provocation will convince a jury to acquit?
There are a lot of people who divide other people into
three groups
victims - survivours
perps - criminals
people not involved to the judicial process whatsoever
If Fred owes Bob ten quid
and then
Bob accidentally runs over Fred's cat
the debt is likely to be forgotten
never repaid
we have a lot of females coming along with complaints
usually about men
usually in some way an extension of the concept of sex
we suppose that a female who is 'on' of incontinent
may not wish to see pictures of her sanitary arrangements
published on the web
but does that have anything to do with sex?
what we wonder is
people - particularly females -
Sam alarm - never mention
body dysmorphic disorder
may have mental health issues relating to
self worth, self esteem
it should be considered whether they crave
officially recognised
victim - survivor status
in order to have their own
real or imagined faults and errors
wiped clean
whatever I did it was because somebody upset me
squabbing siblings
Maisie nicked my pencil
yeah? but last week Freddie kicked the cat
as to what purpose a photo may be put to
cryptic comment...
should we make the
of photocopies of album covers
a criminal offence

This Week yes
Question Time no
Huw Edward's 'dad'
Richard, Jonathan, David?
chivalry is not a gene
it's a quirk
questioner says
I'd rather listen to an educated minister than
a tabloid hack
Dwindlebum - There are no tabloid journalist on this panel
1 the female in question is 'freelance'
2 there are no 'broadsheet' newspapers these days
3 here is the problem
all journalists would like to be read by all
60 million residents
to that end...
they dumb down
they seek to demonise something or someone
sugar? - same colour as the Germany strip
that's enough
vitiligo or oh we forget the term
excessive capillary supply in the skin
vitiligo is patches of low of no pigment
these are the two forms of
stretch marks
Now take janet and her granddaughter Sam
All those years ago Janet blew out our Ricker
all these years later a little subtle questioning and the conclusion...
Janet was embarassed about Ricker seeing her stretch marks
Janet ans Sam share another bodily characteristic that
janet didn't give a monkey's about
but it bother Sam - at least a bit
is that a rug
that on the floor is a rug
who'd buy one that looked like this?
Ricker cuts his own hair like his nails
little and often
no evidence of barber visits....
some people
For all those men who went to
boys' only schools
The girls who don't do PE
are on
the woman who turns up at work
26 days a month in jeans
and two days a week in a skirt
is on on those two days
Ricker's sister didn't bother
she just took two days a month off
but she did work for her dad

14th June 2018

The past is a far country
Power tends to concentrate in the hands of
older people
There is this contrast between
traditional societies are place where
every generation in a society were
raised, brought up, in the same context
with the same art
the same stories
the same 'technology'
Almost all the people who grew up with
Radio but no TV are now dead
There are lots of people still around who
saw colour replace black and white
625 lines replace 405
the advent of the
remote control
we could go on and on
Younger people have difficulty in imagining the
thought environment
concept environment
that shaped the attitudes of their elders
there must have been some sort of
little illustrated book to learn
how to read
the text was
little girls are made from
sugar and spice
and all things nice
and little boys are made from
slugs and snails
and puppy dogs' tails
this sort of thing ingrains
deep sexism
in now more elderly generations

13th June 2018

We should point out...
an iced bun is not a
cup cake
an iced bun is a
petit pain
probably made with a sweetened dough
no filling
slathered with a slurry of pure sugar and water
The Morrisons version is called something else and
is split horizontally and
packed with congealed cream
a treat but NOT
a balanced diet

As we write
Greewoods men's outfitters is still open in Redcar
Carpetright is still open
However, re changing use of High Street locations
we've had disbelief about this in the past but
the building where we presently have
was at least until the 1970s
Lonsdale's Cafe

It was 22nd February
we were reporting
North East Unemployment at
22nd March it was 67,000
and that was
5 percent of the workforce
The March number available today...
4.8 percent of the working age population
so we are down 10 percent since Christmas
ten percent in three months....
So today....
4.6 per cent
10,000 down since Christmas
That is the February to April figure
still three years to zero
except that the rate of decline will slow
we think it will settle around
high twenty thousands
that would be
2.5 per cent
it may go lower
in this region
we are
net exporters of manufactured goods
we have a lot of people
with homes locally who
work mostly on contract around the world
and 'on the rigs'
in the North Sea
quality people who expect to work for their money
the change is
now that local industry has
cleaned up its act
there are jobs near home for
the late middle aged who are too old
for the traveling life
especially if they have complex healthcare needs

12th June 2018

We are going to bite on this 'controvercy'
when is a 'uniform'
fancy dress
Uniform: always the same, conforming to one pattern
of all the items of uniform that you could
hide something under
the guardsman's busby
that would be husars
a Hungarian word
has to be the king
somebody at the trooping of the colour
was claimed to be the first participant to wear a turban
how would anybody know?
He was the first participant to be
excused busby
excused boots
a bunch of twaddle

If you had been born in
which you almost certainly were not
a part of your routine use of language
may have been
the epithet
adjectival phrase
She's in a worse state than Russia
Presidents Trump and Obama represent
very different concepts of
relief for the oppressed
in a sense the election of President Obama
represented one of those
breaking through the glass ceiling moments
President Trump has more the air of a man
hurling rocks down onto the
glass sky lights from the penthouse balcony
however his 'base' see him as clearing a way for
them to join him
All around the world there are difficulties with the process of
offering help to the masses
the other day we saw a clip of a man
an ordinary man
in a vox pop saying
along the lines of
something should be done about the
salt and sugar in the food that is making
our kids overweight
In essence there are two problems here
1 The lack of nutrients not the presence of sugar
2 Salt has nothing NOTHING to do with the case
We think back to The Romans in Britain
and throwing broken and cheap jewelry into votive ponds
and contrasting that with today's people who think that
the more expensive a drug
the more likely it is to work
When a problem is clearly
creeping up on society
as with child obesity
the time available should be used to
get the science right
not on how to
weaponise the issue
party political advantage
that is
Labour : spend more money
Tory: educate and (stealth)tax
Teaching a load of bollocks
does more harm than good
as in
difficult sums
pundits and politicians should be required to
show their working
explain and justify their answers
problem? consult with the industry
is the
which solution will cost the least number of jobs?
approach of mandarins who
and this is interesting
diversify access to the Civil Service and you get
mandarins who's roots are in
the poverty of South Asia
replacing mandarins who are steeped in the
Hungry (19)30s UK
they are a new batch of people haunted by
mass unemployment
sugar is important
if we go back to
pre-industrial times
the only source of
refined sugar was
honey isn't sugar
it's mostly sugar
processed foods are to natural foods
sugar in a bag is to honey
in more refined circles we may refer to
the sugar coated pill
if we go back to an industrial context
Tommy was born in a ship building town
Haverton Hill in Stockton-on-Tees
as it happens
in 1897
when he was very young he would say of his
little brother Bob
He'd eat shit, if you put jam on it
even jam is part way from
refined sugar to honey
anything that is
pure wheat flour dusted with refined sugar
is the source of
empty calories
that does not suppress appetite
Those street urchins were not obese
because they got
Jam and Jerusalem
not refined sugar and mobile 'phone apps
If we were making a
public health information animation
the bad guys would be a family of
iced buns
iced buns are bread buns topped with a
slurry of sugar and water
they are the epitome of
junk food
we want ot know
what sort of a nutter ranks
iced buns
as more nutritious than
turkey twizzlers?
somebody who has it in for
turkey twizzlers
is seeing the issue from the point of view of
convienience foods cost (kitchen, entry level) jobs
not nutrician
That's the problem when somebody tries to
run two campaigns together
separate public health from JOBS

11th June 2018

Now Jemima
what do you want to be when
you grow up?
My auntie says that when I grow up
I'll be a
Proper Little Madam

You say the word... and
Kerry Packer
was a Maxwell Batley client
in the days of Peter Robson

We are not at all familiar with
The Lake District
we recently had something interesting pointed out to us
The names of the lakes
The biggest are
Bassenthwaite Lake
Derwent Water
Crummock Water
Ennerdale Water
Wast Water
Rydal Water
Coniston Water
Esthwaite Water
no mention of
Lake Windermere
mere: also meer, Old English mere, a stretch of water
it's like
the hoi poloi = the the people
Lake winder lake
it's a bit like the Tour de France bods
they stick
col in front of every hill name
col de Sutton Bank
Hill of Sutton Bank

long before our time but we lurve the name of
the character of the
First Bond Girl
Sylvia Trench
actor just died
Eunice Gayson - age 90
How old is Sean Connery?
That well know absentee Scot

This is Spinal Tap
when you give birth they give you an
for pain relief
Another term for spinal tap is
lumbar puncture
What we talking about?
myalgic encephalopathy
cerebro-spinal fluid is generated somewhere in the brain
there's a nexus of blood vessels that purposely leak
plasma of a sort into the spaces or ventricles within the
brain and spinal cord
this fluid is resorbed at the base of your spine
around the pelvis level
if the fluid can't drain from the brain to the spinal cord
that's called
water on the brain
so they put in a shunt
to drain it into the chest cavity
and they have to choose the appropriate
bore or diameter of pipe to regulate
drainage against production
in meningitis...
the csf - cerebro spinal fluid
is infected
the treatment is to establish
a spinal tap
you gradually drain out the infected csf
as the nexus in the brain
replaces it with
fresh clean stuff
in its own sweet time
The theory is
M E is
slow motion meningitis
and the csf may not seem particularly badly
but the treatment is the same
just lots of little sessions of spinal tap
over a long period of time
We recommend a
lumbar shunt
a shunt from the lumbar spine to the
abdominal cavity

We are thinking about all those
also universities
that want to do
social research
We therefore throw out a challenge
This is the season of
wimin's equality
The basic question is
who tells little girls that
their wedding day will be the pinnacle of their lives
who tells them to
sharpen their elbows and get the
CEO desk
mothers fall into categories
mothers with boy(s)
mothers with girl(s)
mothers with both
as an aside
there are far too many children growing up as
an only child
because women don't understand that
giving birth for the first time is way more difficult
than further efforts
we ar putting out the idea that
women with a daughter or daughters
promote marriage because they see
marrying off their daughters as a
pain free way to acquire a
and mums with both
I've got three kids
one of each
or for the more forward thinking
fix the daughter up and get a
pain free grandsons
A lot of women would admit to that
Woman beware woman
The elephant in the room
women make
rods for their own backs
and each other's
and then blame men
Back when it was newly published
Ricker bought a copy of
Germain Greer's
The Female Eunuch
one time he returned from uni
to find his mam had written
Go back to Australia
on the dust cover
His mum was born in 1916
We don't know why Germain Greer has no children
but if it was from choice
then she was purposely putting herself into the
precise role of eunuch
a eunuch gains access to the privy chamber by
removing all prospect for
getting any of the ruler's wives pregnant
if you are female and set your face against having children
you are saying
share your secrets with me
I won't use them to set up any children of mine to
overthrow you
We hear nothing of them these days but
back in the day
In Oxford
the term was
Blue Stocking
a woman like Miss Gertrude Bell of Red Barns in Redcar
setting out to be her father's one woman army
against the world
What support is there for the concept that
a little girl should look forward to wearing her
Prom dress and her graduation gown
and not her wedding dress

One of the themes of our Ricker's life is
We keep putting pretty girls his way
why doesn't he
jump them
maybe he's gay
If he'd never been arrested for harassment
the current wave of hysteria about
harassment, stalking, voyeurism
could be seen as vindication of his cautious approach
but here's the twin track dilemma of the modern world
dynasty versus term limits
what do you do with a
Great Man's
Idiot son
when our Ricker was a student and a trainee in London
in student hostels he encountered strange young men
one of whom claimed to be the son of a senior executive at
an oil company
We have alluded to the Blair folly of
Higher Education for all
just to make sure all his kids got into uni
For example
there are well less than 1,000 MPs
no matter how many kids you send to uni
that number won't increase
Blair got where he got through
references not qualifications
referring back to Gaylord Blair
If you want a gay bloke in the 70s
fixed up
don't offer him boys
offer him
an ugly bird
whom he will feel prettier than
Indeed, if we could remember the other guy's name...
Two Australian entrepreneurs
The Sky guy and the cricket guy
Ricker's brother represented the other one
not Sky
maybe he's dead
there are two sorts of organisation
the ones that belong to somebody
and the ones that belong to a lot of people
If you have a problem with
you change the top management
if you have a problem with Sky
it isn't going away
the thing is
The founder of Sky or Facebook
wants his company to rule the world
His kids - even her kids -
will want to sell shares and diversify their investment
Is the child of the Great Man
realy and idiot
or just not a

A question that people who are not involved in
Higher Education
may ask themselves is
How many people do a
Diploma in Garden or Landscape Design
without having the slightest intention of
becoming a garden designer?
How many people do a degree in
with the firm intention of becoming
a trader in The City of London?
This clash of
dilettante, amateur study
within the old established universities
and direct preparation for work
in the New Universities
is very important
We don't know the Cameron family history very well but
we understand that
Call me Dave
got a double first
and one of his brothers - perhaps his only brother
didn't and
became a barrister
got a proper job
We have said before
universities are deeply concerned with
First Destination Statistics
They want their 'better qualifications'
to be relatively rare and
they reserve them for the students they think
will find getting a job
the most difficult
Putting that a different way
universities can offer two
amongst other
an education or training
a qualification
the two are not necessarily linked
If you have a role in marketing
Call me Dave's first destination?
you may chose
an idiot who conned his way to a double first
he may be just what you are looking for
the risk is if that idiot fetches up in a role
that involves real power
One thing that has happened with the
expansion of undergraduate student numbers
in universities
is that research income has almost been
both income and prestige
teenagers in the 40th percentile
don't really expect that their degree in
astrophysics will send them to the moon
reference Trillion in Hitchhiker's Guide
they certainly won't by the end of their
first week of lectures
We could here draw a distinction
All students wishing to become
must do a degree in
Optometry and Visual Science
before commencing their
pre-registration apprenticeships
contrast with
University departments of
Optometry and Visual Science
have the exclusive right to
dominate candidates for
pre-reg positions in optometry
Back in the day
our Ricker did an exam
a practical test
administered by
The City (of London) University department of
Optometry and Visual Science
but not a university exam
a professional exam
after that it was suggested that he spend
all of his final year in clinic
but it wasn't put in writing
and he naffed off home
others were
as an example
prepared for careers at what was then called
Transport Research Laboratories
we forget what the dropped R stood for
probably Road
The industry, the profession
wanted the employees who
couldn't hack the actual clinical work
to have immunity from criticism or attack from
the workers
Honours Degrees for the parasites
bare registration for the workers
Who were the biggest victims of this policy???
medical schools
taking on the optometry students with the
First Class honours degrees in... Optometry
and ditching the registered guys
UK Clinical Aptitude Test
designed for students in sixth form
not anonymous
but OK
gets a load of future GPs into med. school
the experts
crying in the wilderness
and finding
this sort of platform
instead of due honour at the
Top Table
We should explain about the UKCAT
in a genuine test
you would go to the test centre
the same ones as the
Driving Licence Theory Test Centres
and show your passport at reception and get a
code number
you would then enter that code into the
test computer and do the test
the computer would have no information about
who was taking the test
the test is in 4 sections
some are reasonable but
the abstract reasoning test is very fast and
the questions are divided into four categories
the test is several questions about each of
a selection of patterns
if you are in a group or are an individual
for instance somebody who has taken the test previously
whose self esteem
the computer wishes to alter
you will not get
one set of questions at each difficulty level
all your questions will be at the most difficult level
you have succeeded at previously
achievement according to ability
reward not matched to achievement
You can only do the test for real once a year
putting that another way
the system remembers you from previous years
and it is measuring how good you are
but also how long it took you to get that good
just like universities that ignored retake grades
the problem is
if you do the test annually you get
a picture of how stable your abilities are
if you handicap retakes
the system cannot know how often you have done the
supplied by the system
practice tests
in other words to avoid complaints from schools and colleges
they are provided with a cheating mechanism
a genuine test would have far more questions
This kind of test is really easy to cheat
do the test a year early and deliberately do
really badly
then in the year that counts
you will get easy questions
another point
anybody can do this test
you don't need to be
by your school or college
so you can do the year early one without telling your college
the UKCAT is designed as a tie breaker
you have to use the score you get in the year you apply
although your poor first score won't be used
the test you do second time may be harder because you are a resit

9th June 2018

The Fleet swan pair with baby

The UK's native orchid
the pyrimidal

conker tree

We're back with the new year's
sand sculptures
some relate to the
war that ended 100 years ago

There's a bike shop in Redcar
these bikes are around
nine hundred pounds each
but a little while ago there was a bike
priced at four thousand pounds
in the window

Pound World may go but
the internet will bring customers for
specialist retailers
would you buy a four grand bike
on the internet?

7th June 2018

House of Fraser closure list
early next year
closure: Altrincham, Aylesbury, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bournemouth,
Camberley, Cardiff,
Carlisle, Chichester, Cirencester, Cwmbran,
Darlington, Doncaster, Edinburgh Frasers, Epsom, Grimsby, High Wycombe,
Hull, Leamington Spa, Lincoln, London Oxford Street, London King William Street,
Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Skipton, Swindon, Telford, Wolverhampton, Worcester.

In the period between one and two hundred years ago
a saying along the lines of
They get paid in washers
pertained particularly to
The Construction Industry
initially it referred to
workers being issued with tokens to
spend in the company shop
rather than coin of the realm
Rather like the
Lake District Pound
later it degraded to meaning
being paid very little
Here's the thing
in the age of being paid in washers
if you wanted a job done
you paid somebody to do it
He - usually he - would then spend his wages in the local economy
These days
In these day of making work pay
instead of the worker employing people to support his efforts
his employer provides
a van
uniform, personal protection equipment
a canteen
digs if working away from home
employs his female partner???
to work in the works canteen
the admin office
to arrange the support services that
in former times
he would have bought with a portion of his wages
and so
we are back to being paid in washers
but a mixture of
tokens and benefits
and real money

6th June 2018

To maintain focus
Railway workers on the Japenese Bullet Train system do
literally they stick a finger out like a gun
every time they have a thought or take an action
The Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) is a train protection system used
throughout the two UK passenger main-line railway networks,
and in Victoria, Australia.
The UK Rail Safety and Standards Board's definition is:
The purpose of TPWS is to stop a train by automatically initiating a brake
demand, where TPWS track equipment is fitted, if the train has:
passed a signal at danger without authority
without authority = manual override
approached a signal at danger too fast
approached a reduction in permissible speed too fast
approached buffer stops too fast.
TPWS is not designed to prevent SPADs
Signal Passed at Danger
The Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS) is
a train protection system used throughout the two UK passenger main-line railway networks,
and in Victoria, Australia.
The UK Rail Safety and Standards Board's definition is:
The purpose of TPWS is to stop a train by automatically initiating a brake demand,
where TPWS track equipment is fitted, if the train has:
passed a signal at danger without authority
approached a signal at danger too fast
approached a reduction in permissible speed too fast
approached buffer stops too fast.
TPWS is not designed to prevent SPADs
but to mitigate against the consequences of a SPAD,
by preventing a train that has had a SPAD from reaching
a conflict point ahead of the signal.
A standard installation consists of an on-track transmitter adjacent to a signal,
activated when the signal is at danger.
A train that passes the signal will have its emergency brake activated.
If the train is travelling at speed, this may be too late to stop it before
the point of collision,
therefore a second transmitter may be placed on the approach to
the signal
that applies the brakes on trains going too quickly to stop at the signal,
positioned to stop trains approaching at up to 75 mph (120 km/h).
At around 400 high-risk locations, TPWS+ is installed with
a third transmitter further in rear of the signal increasing the effectiveness to
100 mph (160 km/h).
When installed in conjunction with signal controls such as 'double blocking'
(i.e. two red signal aspects in succession),
TPWS can be fully effective at any realistic speed.[
TPWS is not the same as train stops which accomplish a similar task using
electro-mechanical technology.
Buffer stop protection using train stops is known as ‘Moorgate protection' or 'Moorgate control’.
but to mitigate against the consequences of a SPAD,
by preventing a train that has had a SPAD from reaching a conflict point ahead of the signal.
A standard installation consists of an on-track transmitter adjacent to a signal,
activated when the signal is at danger.
A train that passes the signal will have its emergency brake activated.
If the train is travelling at speed, this may be too late to stop it before
the point of collision,
therefore a second transmitter may be placed on the approach to the signal that
applies the brakes on trains going too quickly to stop at the signal,
positioned to stop trains approaching at up to 75 mph (120 km/h).
At around 400 high-risk locations,
TPWS+ is installed with a third transmitter further in rear of the signal increasing the
effectiveness to 100 mph (160 km/h).
When installed in conjunction with signal controls such as 'double blocking'
(i.e. two red signal aspects in succession),
TPWS can be fully effective at any realistic speed.
TPWS is not the same as train stops which accomplish a similar task using electro-mechanical technology.
Buffer stop protection using train stops is known as ‘Moorgate protection' or 'Moorgate control’.
Automatic train protection (ATP) is a type of train protection system which
continually checks that the speed of a train is compatible with the permitted speed
allowed by signalling. If it is not, ATP activates an emergency brake to stop the train.
Accidents preventable by ATP
Russell Hill Subway Crash - 1995 - Driver passed two signals at danger,
resulting in a collision between two subway trains.
The line was equipped with train stops, but they were installed incorrectly and thus did not function.
Hines Hill train collision - 1996 - driver misjudges end of crossing loop
during simultaneous cross with opposing train. Two killed
Watford rail crash - 1996 - Signal passed at danger resulting in collision with coaching stock. One killed.
Southall rail crash - 1997 - Signal passed at danger, resulting in a collision
between a passenger train and a freight train crossing the track in front of it.
Glenbrook train disaster - 1999 - too fast after Stop and Proceed
Pécrot rail crash - 2001 - Train departed a station passing by a red (closed) signal. 8 killed, 12 injured.
Waterfall train disaster - 2003 - too fast around very sharp curve after driver suffered a heart attack.
17 September 2005 Too fast through turnouts between Joliet and Chicago.
Amagasaki rail crash - 2005 - Overspeed through sharp curve. 107 killed, 555 injured.
Chatsworth train collision - 2008 - driver of commuter train passes red signal and collides head-on with freight train - 25 killed
Hordorf rail crash - 2011 - Signal passed at danger resulting in collision between a passenger train and a freight train - 10 dead, 23 injured.
2012 Buenos Aires rail disaster - 2012 - Didn't brake resulting in collision the end of the track - 51 dead, 703 injured.
2013 Buenos Aires rail disaster - 2013 - Four signals passed at danger resulting in collision with a stationary train - 3 dead, 315 injured.
Santiago de Compostela derailment - 2013 - Overspeed through sharp curve. - 80 killed, 140 injured.
12 July 2014, Kaloyanovets - Overspeed through turnouts set to diverging track. Driver dead, 14 injured. ATC (EBICAB) was available but wasn't turned on.
Accidents not preventable by ATP
Clapham Junction rail crash - 1988 - wrong-side failure - both signal and balise would have shown false green lights. 35 killed, 100 plus injured.
Cowan rail crash - 1990 - wrong-side failure - caused by sand on the rails.
Clementi train collision - 1993 - oil spillage on track, may have interfered with normal ATP operation on the 12 trains that arrived at
Clementi MRT Station in the early morning since the oil have come
into contact with the ATP power system fixed into the rails.
The ATP system in question is continuous ATP, which is still used on the
North South MRT Line and the East West MRT Line. 156 injuries, no deaths
Bruehl train disaster - 2000 - too fast through turnout during single-line working and degraded operations.

What we are saying is trains can still crash with ATP
if there is a track fault
a track fault would not be noticed by a driver
Accidents preventable by ATP
Russell Hill Subway Crash - 1995 - Driver passed two signals at danger,
resulting in a collision between two subway trains.
The line was equipped with train stops,
but they were installed incorrectly and thus did not function.
Hines Hill train collision - 1996 - driver misjudges end of crossing loop
during simultaneous cross with opposing train. Two killed.
Watford rail crash - 1996 - Signal passed at danger resulting in
collision with coaching stock. One killed.
Southall rail crash - 1997 - Signal passed at danger, resulting in
a collision between a passenger train and a freight train crossing the track in front of it.
Glenbrook train disaster - 1999 - too fast after Stop and Proceed.
Pécrot rail crash - 2001 - Train departed a station passing by a red (closed) signal. 8 killed, 12 injured.
Waterfall train disaster - 2003 - too fast around very sharp curve after driver suffered a heart attack.
17 September 2005 Too fast through turnouts between Joliet and Chicago.
Amagasaki rail crash - 2005 - Overspeed through sharp curve. 107 killed, 555 injured.
Chatsworth train collision - 2008 - driver of commmuter train passes red signal and
collides head-on with freight train - 25 killed
Hordorf rail crash - 2011 - Signal passed at danger resulting in
collision between a passenger train and a freight train - 10 dead, 23 injured.
2012 Buenos Aires rail disaster - 2012 - Didn't brake resulting in
collision the end of the track - 51 dead, 703 injured.
2013 Buenos Aires rail disaster - 2013 - Four signals passed at danger resulting in
collision with a stationary train - 3 dead, 315 injured.
Santiago de Compostela derailment - 2013 - Overspeed through sharp curve. - 80 killed, 140 injured.
12 July 2014, Kaloyanovets - Overspeed through turnouts set to diverging track.
Driver dead, 14 injured. ATC (EBICAB) was available but wasn't turned on.
Accidents not preventable by ATP
Clapham Junction rail crash - 1988 - wrong-side failure -
both signal and balise would have shown false green lights.
35 killed, 100 plus injured.
Cowan rail crash - 1990 - wrong-side failure -
caused by sand on the rails.
Clementi train collision - 1993 - oil spillage on track,
may have interfered with normal ATP operation on the 12 trains
that arrived at Clementi MRT Station in the early morning since
the oil have come into contact with the ATP power system fixed into the rails.
The ATP system in question is continuous ATP, which is
still used on the North South MRT Line and the East West MRT Line.
156 injuries, no deaths.
Bruehl train disaster - 2000 - too fast through turnout during
single-line working and degraded operations.

Arse about tip
This railway staffing problem
we may mention
ATP versus ATWP or ATPW
the arse above tip....
what is happening is
single operator trains
with the technology we have now
what we really need is a staff person on board who is
a conductor
no driver but a conductor who can respond to any
alarm from the automatic driving system
ATP is Automatic Train Protection
we don't have that
we have
Automatic Train Protection and Warning
The unions killed ATP
they insisted the driver have the scope to
over-ride the automated systems
in other words
as they say in haulage
have you got drivers or
steering wheel attendants?
The weakest component on the bus or truck is
The nut behind the wheel
Ricker is one guy who has found himself on a
rail replacement bus that
nearly made it to the destination station
and then went around a roundabout and
miles in the opposite direction
before the passengers rescued it

They want to expand Heathrow because...
Airlines like to fly their passengers
Low over London
The free tourist attraction would be missed if
Luton were expanded

It's pretty obvious that there has been no
Serious Scientific input
chemists, physicists as opposed to
building technicians
The first question a scientific investigation would ask is
calculating the total volume of
polyethylene in the cladding
if it all burned in
a range of times
what would be the total heat energy output
considering the different burn rates
what would be the likely
thermal energy flux figures for different
rates of burning
we assume that half the heat generated would
radiate towards the tower
and half away into space
since aluminium is a thermal reflector
the heat generated would
to some considerable and measurable extent
bounce around between the two sheets of aluminium
and radiate at lower temperature than the
combustion temperature of polythene
much of the heat of combustion would leave the cladding
along with gas combustion products
in flat calm conditions
were those the conditions on the night in question?
this heat and these gasses would rise vertically
as melted and unburned polythene went down under gravity
on the face of it
there was little fire damage below the level of the
original fire
so pictures of tests showing molten polythene
seen designed to distract

4th June 2018

We are fascinated by these constant references in the
Westminster Bubble
to all material things being
there is an assumption that because there is
near zero manufacturing in London...
there must be near zero manufacturing in
The Country as a whole
what possesses a reporter to research
how many people are employed in the computer based
creative industries
how many people in the UK are employed in
the coal industry?
Who the hell care how many people are employed in the coal industry
Here's a fact
Bavin Boys
by lot young men were conscripted into the mines
instead of the armed forces
so they were selected by lot
shifted all around the country
The miners recruited into the mines in
the 1940s
but on demob - demobilisation - they stayed in their
allotted mines
of course they and their kids feel lost
they don't belong
ex-mining villages are
like military camps
people a few generations down the line are
going back where their great grandfather were snatched from
so today's urban chattering classes
see the natiion's hinterland in terms of
great great grandad's experience of being
snatched from the slums of London
to work down the mines

we referred to
feed a cold and starve a fever
we often refer to
as causing
vomiting and diarrhoea
we want to emphasise
when you get an infection
especially when you fight it with a fever
your systems shut down
most especially your kidneys
forcing the sick to drink
routinely putting them on a saline drip
without obtaining objective evidence of
just makes a mess
the gut will excrete excess water if
the kidneys are shut down
In times of stress - infection
the gut wall is much easier to repair-replace
than the kidneys

In the USA a train driver is likely to be
The Engineer
What it is difficult to comprehend is that
for - let us approximate - the first
150 years of the 200 year history of railways
there would have been few if any
railway locomotive drivers who had
a licence to drive a road vehicle
there was a category of licence for
Traction engine driving called
road locomotive
referring to the term engineer
there was little to distinguish
operating a machine in a factory
operating a locomotive
and quite early on
mechanisms on the footplate for alerting drivers to
hazards ahead
were introduced
The main hazard on modern railways is
curves and speed restrictions on curves
However, it is very unlikely that
engineering works will
reduce the safe speed for an existing curve
drivers just don't have enough to do to enable them to
keep focus
on modern railways accidents occur when
The wetware - the people
over-ride the automatic systems
and that is mostly
road users
misusing level crossings
no amount of diligence from drivers would
avert a collision with an object on the tracks
essentially an elite group - train drivers
are expected to be less skilled than
the general public who are licenced to drive
on the open road

We've done a cut
there may be a backup
it will be jumbled

Is there a celebrity chef called
Jason Outlaw?
one placed beyond the protection of the law
a bandit
outlawry: the legal process of putting a person
beyond the protection of the law
essentially all those
wild west shootouts
were no concern of
Law Enforcement
because they were between outlaws
In the UK at present we have an entire
outlaw ethnic group
the only people the Oxford Trots can target are
White Anglo Saxon Protestants
the only escape from
Enemy of the People
status for a WASP is
a diagnosis of mental illness
everyone else pleads the
it's part of my religion
female pirates used to avoid the death penalty by
pleading their belly
suggesting without proof that they had an
innocent unborn child within
and since justice was
execution, transportation - to Australia - or release
if they could carry off the proposal that they were
they got off Scott free
This concept of then cult as a religion concept
holds less away in the UK than in the USA
In the USA, publish a few leaflets, call yourself a religion....
Tax exempt, no scrutiny by law enforcement
The USA is a Secular society
The Authorities play NO PART in the conduct of religions
The Founding Fathers fled to
The New World
to avoid conformity to ethical norms
In a sense....
all this plays into the idea that
intra-nicine conflict is
a private matter
we can't find a spelling or meaning for
but it is very similar to
intramural: within these (four) walls
rape within marriage and domestic abuse are very modern
what are we gonna do now
wadda we gonna do now
pace - pache, acknowledging being in the footsteps of - Spike Milligan
inventions of law enforcement in the
there is no privacy
modern world
internecine : mutually destructive
deadly, pertaining to civil war
today, trade wars
intranecine within a small group
internecine : between self distinguishing groups
within an externally recognised group
Gulliver's Travels: littlendians and bigendians
relating to the entirely random dispute about
which end of a boiled egg to open
Marmite lovers, Marmite haters

2nd June 2018

Coatham Marsh Swans
Three musketeers
three pairs
west pond pair, one baby
east pond pair, one baby
middle pond pair, three babies
middle pond pair mated last - in better weather
not very impressive overall , though

We are living
Down the rabbit hole
cab hailing app
The Knowledge
If you hail a cab in London
in order for the driver to not take you on a wild , long and expensive
goose chase
They have to have The Knowledge
they have to know the quickest and most cost effective route
from where you hail them to where you want to go
minicab drivers don't need to have demonstrated
the knowledge but you have to book them in advance
from a mini cab company
So here's the thing
The Railways
driving a train does not involved
it involves obeying the signals
responding to the signals by
accelerating or braking
end of
to be allowed to drive a train on a particular route
you have to first demonstrate that you
know where the signals are
at the trackside, on overhead gantries, you say
not good enough
train drivers are assumed to go to sleep between signals
or more precisely, chat with the fireman
fiddle with the steam guages
unless they see waved red flannel petticoats
id RailTrack, Network Rail
change a light bulb
all the drivers on that line have to be
that's not
Spanish Practices
That's employing the biggest herd of
dumb fucks
they can lay their hands on
to drive trains
the travelling public will accept that
driverless trains are safer

31st May 2018

Hands up
Major error
Terribly, Terribly, Boring and Dull
Tim Brook-Taylor
The Goodies
Kids programme
as Mr Cheese would and did say

Imagine the most devastating day in
The History of British Policing
the day they install a little keyboard
in front of the front passenger seat of
patrol cars
that can bring any other vehicle in the vicinity to a
safe stop
no more
the ash tray is full
let's crash the car
absolute devastation to morale

Let's divide the
Emergency Services
into four sectors
Let's set the Ambulace service aside
We have then
Coast Guard
There are moves to merge police and fire
Coast Guard are the people who call out the
The lifeboats
If - Whitby - you are a lifeboat coxwain
and you take a life boat out for a joy ride
you get retired
If you are a police officer
they give you a vehicle and say
go play with the traffic
You provide police officers with vehicles that can
do 150 mph
but you can't keep them at a station waiting for a shout
we can - we suppose - look forward to
fire tenders on patrol
after the merger
What most people probably don't realise is that with the
It DON'T work like this
The control room is tracking all vehicles with GPS
when they get a shout they
check for the nearest cruiser cruising - not on a job
and 'phone them to
offer them the job
they are all on open channel
the controller goes on the radio and talks to
a likely crew and
all the other officers on shift overhear the call
if anything remotely interesting happens
you get
40 squad cars
and twenty fire tenders
just aching to get something to put on their work log
WOrk in the police and fire is
in the words of Monty Python
name of a solicitor's firm
Terribly, Terribly, Boring and Dull

30th May 2018

June drop
Apples naturally shed some fruitlets in early summer,
and this process is known as the ‘June drop’.
This may look alarming but, in fact,
is not usually a cause for concern as a good crop of apples is often left on the tree.
This spell of bad weather
is measured by the fruit trees to determine the extent of the June Drop
The trees want to set seed and get them eaten
they will not put themselves at risk from
snapped branches etc
to produce the maximum crop of
little apples
they had produced an excess of blossom
and now is adjustment time
grape vines will need you to do the honours....

It is very difficult to weld together
cultural references from the past fifty years with
current values
we will motor through this, whatever
a lot of people remember
The Two Ronnies
a lot of their output was classic
there was, however, as strand we don't often see reproduced
it ws the
spoof musical number
normally involving the stars cross dressing
Hold the spoof concept in mind for a moment
we then go back a decade or so
to a large extent beyond living memory
we encounter an early example of
political correctness in popular entertainment
There was a regular Saturday night entertainment called
The Black and White Minstrel Show
This it must be emphasised was popular entertainment of
the highest quality
It was produced in the era of
Black and White television
before colour
it revolved around the
George Mitchell Minstrels
The format of this show was that
the men sang and the women danced
and there were guest artists
the very best
what sparked the demise of the show was that
the women were white
and whatever the natural colour of the men
they appeared with blacked faces with
large white lips and eyes
later htis was spoofed in Two Ronnies musical numbers
There are two levels of objection to these shows
on the one level
an assumption that the singers were white and that
the likes of lesser Nat King Coles
were being denied work by the makeup department
on the other level that the shows encouraged
white girls to get off with black men
We emphasise that fact that these were
extremely polished shows because we want here to
introduce the concept of the
Cake Walk
cakewalk: form of entertainment amongst
American Negroes
in which a prize of a cake
was given for the most graceful steps and figure
in walking
popular stage dance developed from the steps
She's got shares in the Harton Coal Company
she's go a
strike the pose
the cake walk develops into
The cat walk
In a sense the Black and White Minstrel Show
was a point of high art between the
mocking of slave girls and mockery by the Two Ronnies
and yet
it was what got the chop
How much mockery was intended by giving
Pastor Curry
The Windsor Wedding Gig?
How much mockery is intended by giving
David Lammy MP so much air time
how careful do minorities have to be to avoid
self mockery?
in the interests of their personal
15 minutes of fame?

29th May 2018

This spring our Ricker was confronted by
an angry deputation
actually they were well into their anger and
not taking much notice of him
their problem was of his making though
He's lost track of when he did the deed but
homelessness has resulted
Ricker is not very well and so he has stopped
part way through some building work on his home
the scaffolding has been up for a long time
it took the full blast of
The Beast from the East and some of the planks moved
he took the planks down
however the steelwork remains and
one day he was cat called by a host of
the evicted
the scaff was covered with a delegation of
protesting that they had not been able to nest in
Ricker's eaves this year
This is the sort of thing that happens
humans tidy the world and
wildlife is rendered homeless
and people bemoan the loss of twittery things
as of yesterday we have only seen one
cygnet - baby swan - on the marsh
perhaps there are or will be more

we feel driven to note that
Jow Blob's transport yard was at
Phoenix Sidings
we assume that was Stockton-on-Tees

We have been considering the
Sussex Wedding
Mostly the oration
Ricker was busy making his lunch at the time...
To start with a song lyric
We got married in a fever
hotter than a pepper sprout
We've been talkin' 'bout
ever since the fire went out
The 'sermon' seemed to be a
paean of praise for
hot headed impulsive behaviour
we suspect that is just what the
African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American
community does not need
and so far as we can see
had no connection with the nuptials in progress
around the speaker

26th May 2018

We are writing between the exit poll
and the result in the
Irish Referendum
We have said previously that
in the EU without the Uk to
hide behind
Ireland will get mullered by France
on the common agricultural policy
we also commented on Ireland
'Wanting Independence'
and then signing up to be a part of Europe
if that move was designed to
shift from a Protestant to
a Roman
the current social policy changes may give that
the finger
The Brexiteers may want to consider that if they permit a delay
the more delay they permit
the bigger the chance of
taking Ireland with us

We were on the
lady - woman theme
we don't know all the details
We can start with the basics
Say you are
Sir Bobby Robson
if you have a wife she is
Lady Elsie Robson
if she becomes a widow she remains
Lady Elsie Robson
However if she carries on your charitable work after your death
she may become
Dame Elsie Robson
what she will not become is
Elsie, Lady Robson
Elsie, Lady Robson is somebody
born a Lady
so two exceptions to
Lady meaning - a nobleman's wife
when she's a Dame and when she's a Lady from birth
these things are denoted
and ultimately....
The Baroness
Baroness Thatcher
not given a
Life Peerage
but a barony
that her
second hand car salesman of a son
could inherit

Sometimes when we set off in pursuit of one of our
linguistic quirks
we get so side tracked we forget the original idea
Everybody says
There is a 'myth' that the word hello was invented by
Thomas Edison as an appropriate utterence in place of
the sound engineers'
Testing one two, one two
before the days of the telephone
people communicated by sound in two ways
in close proximity they spoke and listened and made no particular
starting utterance
however, at distance they would
being out of sight of each other
begin and possibly carry out the whole of
a conversation with
a yodel
not as in YOur DELivery
and in the Uk and thus in the USA the standard yodel
used also to control dogs and other domesticated stock was
moving on...
to the bee attles
I don't know why you say goodbye
I say hello
as in
see you later
not if I see you first
hello, goodbye
hello is a yodel
goodbye is a blessing
God be with you
to get to our original thought
when something a little shocking happens
something falls and narrowly misses somebody
a common interpretation is that that is
Oh God
now many reality TV participants are schooled say
Oh Gosh when they mean Oh God
When something shocking happens and somebody seems
to be to blame we say
we no not reflect that
Jesus! is short for
Jesus wept!
and we do not give thought for the fact that
Jesus wept!
is short for
Jesus wept
over such as these
Our Ricker has a particular interest in Jusus
His GP - family doctor - is called Jesus
Jesus is a normal name
Jesus, John, Paul Ringo
The God bit is
(the) Christ
so you can call a child Jusus
but you can't call a child
Jesus Christ
just like you can't call a child
Pope Paul
but you can call the
Paul Pope
you can't call them Christ but
oh now we go back...
Christie Brown, My Left Foot
some got a shock when the found out
Chris Bonnington
Christian Bonnington
not Christopher
There's a bit in My Left Foot about
the nurses
giving quadriplegic Christie - cerebral palsy - a
bed bath
and discovering he had a huge
it just came to mind in the context of the
Don't get Harried, go fuck yourself
story line
Whilst we are on the theme of communication
people who do not know horses think
this animal is very big
it must have taken it a long time to grow this big
it must be old
almost all the horses you will ever meet are
we once say a young woman making a bit of a mess of
demonstrating horse plouging
it was obvious where she was going wrong in her training
but only to an expert
horses are strong
they can be devoted
but they are not
when Ricker's grandad and great grandad
used horses to plough
consider the verbal commands
walk on, and woh
arf and go round
arf means turn left
go round means turn right
the horse knows it is at the end of the furrow
all it wants to know is whether to turn left or right
to it there is no difference between
go left
go right
they are both
two word commands
one word command, turn left
two word command, turn right
of course it know the difference between
arf and woh
woh is with reins, arf, without
the young women had got away with using
complicated commands on her own farm but
faced with a camera crew
the horses got flustered and confused
make sure your
traffic management - road usage
commands are clear and simple
on building sites this
number of words code
go right
good for stop
can be interpreted as go

Since there is no news...
we thought a bit of medical lore
Feed a cold
starve a fever
we don't have the numbers to hand but
let's start at the beginning
people say they like raw milk because
the cream rises to the top
if you see the cream rising to the top
you know you have bought milk
here's the thing
it isn't
that stops the cream rising to the top
the dairies do two separate things to milk
there days they do three separate things to milk
Joe Blob
was a haulage contractor
The was Joe Williamson
and he had the
Heinz distribution contract
and over Thornaby way
not far from
Renold Chains
he had a farm
When his wife died he renamed it
Betty's Close Farm
these days they call it
Ingleby Barwick
any road up
it was obviously a hobby farm
and there was a farm manager and they milked a few calves
and Ricker kinda got to be a fan of
Pasteurisation when he got this image of the
cow shit hanging off the
milk cooler
we'll divert to an image of Ricker visiting
Tommy Banks
in Teesdale
he's sitting in the kitchen
mopping tea and biscuits
and suddenly Tommy open a cupboard door
and there's calf in the cupboard
a live calf
Tommy banks for the record was actually called
Tommy Bainbridge
this is shaping up to be a long 'un
here's the thing
it isn't Pasteurisation that stops the
cream rising to the top of the milk
dairies Pasteurise the milk
they homogenise it, and now they filter it
it's the homogenisation that changes the
mouth feel
we are not standing by these numbers but
Pasteurisation involves taking milk instantly from
4 degrees C
what's that?
40 degree F ?
booting it up to
73 degrees C
holding it there for
15 seconds
and banging it back down to 4 degrees
again, again instantly
it kills stuff
stuff that can now be removed by filtration
and hence
feed a cold, starve a fever
when you run a fever
this is not NOT being caused by the bug, the pathogen
it is being arranged by your body as a form of
over time we have evolved to 'realise' that we
our tissues are more heat tolerant than
the bad guys
but we can only do this if we
shut everything down
so don't go pestering a gut with
chicken soup
if the body is running fever
and don't
without medical advice
try to cool the body
let the fever run it's course
wait for the crisis to pass
then offer hydration
a patient that is shivering
having chills
needs energy
chicken soup, meat balls
cabbage soup
since we are in the season
and we don't advocate prescription drugs
over the counter remedies
a fever is for infections
and heyfever is a wrong response
heat kills pathogens
it does not destroy
cove the counter medicine
number 1
cetirizine hydrochloride
anti hayfever medication
if one dose has no effect...
knock it on the head
the patient probably has an infection
over the counter medicine
number 2
go that if your cough is so bad
you risk breaking your brittle bones
not for pre-teens

we was considering that pretty Russian lass
when you get bowel cancer
and they disconnect your gut from your bum
you are in for
stoma care
the bag on you tummy you collect yoy poo in
so we are told she has a
now in our book
a tracheotomy is a
cut trachea
a tracheostomy
is the hole the cut produces
the whole point of having the wind pipe cut
is to amke a hole the patient can breath through
then you have a
healed tracheotomy
and no tracheostomy
just a tracheotomy scar

21st May 2018

Our Ricker was quite impressed to see
The Duchess of Sussex
getting married in a replica of his sister's wedding dress
and that fine upstanding chap she was marrying is
Seth's son
Stanley Hodgson, head of History at Coatham Grammar
Industrial chemist tha knows
knows a bit about glue
Unibond in particular
long retired, consultant?

A couple of
female emancipation issues
have cropped up during the recent
Royal Nuptuals
derives from the Latin for
do as you're told
Here's the thing
When you're the father of boys
you worry
when you're the father of girls
you prey
A son'd a son
until he takes a wife
A daughter's a daughter
for the rest of her life
The Obey
in in the wedding ceremony isn't
free spirted blythe virgin
knuckling down to be
the drudge of her husband
it is
in connection to the
giving away
an instruction to the bride
an agreement from the bride that
after her marriage she will
side with her husband and
not her parents
in any dispute

Stanley Holloway
I'm getting Harried in the morning
do your little dance and raise your husband's manhood
lay him down on his back and
fuck yourself on his dick
How do you do sex that isn't
done by the male to the female
I'm getting married in the morning is
sung by Stanley Holloway My Fair Lady
it's about a confirmed bachelor in his fifties
contemplating his upcoming nuptuals to
some post menopausal old trout
who will rule his life with a
metaphorical - we hope - rod of iron
females aspire to marriage
females also aspire to
marry above themselves
to make a good marriage
and that means having a husband who is
better educated than her parents
if you want to raise kids for me....
do it my way
not according to the traditions of your
dirt poor siblings

Let's talk a little about
North British marriage traditions
The culture of North Britain - Scotland and the Borders
was of cattle raiding
people lived by herding cattle
from time to time they would
have a raid on another tribe or encampment
and herd all their cattle away
'early defences'
were actually designed to make it difficult to
get your cattle out...
most of the people on these raids would have been
young men with no wives
hence they would pick up a few girls along with the cattle
they would carry them off home and
put them in a thorn bounded stockade
until they got used to being a part of their
new family
the sparkly sparkly of the
engagement ring
denotes the thorns of that stockade
once you put a ring on it
it can't run off back home
problems always arose when
a raiding party took a fancy to
wives not daughters

Jesus' crown of thawns signifies
his brain, his mind, is wed to God

18th May 2018

Here's on to try out on your friends
what does
put wood in t'oil
We have probably featured this before
mid 19th century
Wear Valley
it means
to coin a phrase
shut that door
of course it probaly dates back further to
a more important decision
if you put a shutter up at a window
you will need a candle to see...
shutting doors and shuttering windows had
cost implications and was a decision for
the head of the household

We doubt that many people are taking much notice of
The Giro d'Italia cycle race
the Kenyan Brit is struggling somewhat
it brings to the fore the question of
Professional Sport
Horse Racing is the archetypal Professional Sport
it exists solely for the purposes of betting
the horse owners
put it on
to pursue their own rivalry
simply as owners
not trainers or riders
but perhaps as breeders
many other sports are almost entirely amateur
in the middle was 19th century cricket
There were - usually on the same team
Gentlemen and players
Gentlemen was unpaid, players got not much more than
a very complicated sport
not designed for betting
once people start betting on a sport as complicated as cycling
there are problems over what constitutes cheating
switching to athletics for a moment
say you took out a bet on whether a particular athlete would would your bet be
valid or invalid
the athlete who succeeded was helped by
a pace maker who did not complete the mile?
should sports participants be
restricted as to how much training they are allowed to do?
should they be banned from taking medication that
they would be taking if they were not competing?
should contestants who always need , say
asthma drugs
be allowed to use them and compete with those who do not need them
should they take the drugs they need
compete alongside the athletes who do not need them and
get a different classification and prize from
the healthy contestants
even if they are quicker or whatever
cycle in the normal race but be classified as
paralympic sort of
in that case
would it be fair for a cyclist taking medication to
act as a pace maker for and athlete who was not
and the helped athlete to win?
Now we are getting down to
retired athletes wanting a pay off or else they will say
their coaches 'upset them' during training
to counteract that
all nations would have to agree on the fine detail of
training methods and regimes

Our Ricker has had a bit of brain fog after
A little oral surgery
He is somewhat recovered

We may say that it is now established in
English Case Law
that it is a woman's prerogative
to throw acid in an ex-partner's face
we say this on account of the vast quantity
and precision of the
given to the jury in the recent case
we stand back a little and consider the meaning of
it comes from
Latin, prae before as in prior
rogare to ask
it implies to do something
before or without asking permission
We don't have any doubt that in the recent case
the intent was to disfigure but
in the commission - the seeking of - the disfigurement
the defendant set in train a series of events that
in all fairness
gross negligence manslaughter
in the sense that no care was taken to limit the damage to
'mere' destruction of good looks
the conduct of the trial amounts to regarding the defendent as
without criminal responsibility
that is to say
a culture within the court system that holds that
females NEVER reach the age of complete
criminal responsibility
and are tried as if
under the mental age of ten years
in other words
females are not expected to comprehend the possible
unintended consequences of their actions
they are regarded as emotional and not thinking

15th May 2018

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

and on 15th May.....
a reduction of
what we think is...
the April number
is the same as the March number
that's no disaster but
these numbers are really quite confusing
as it goes....
early March was a
Beast from the East
weather nightmare
we tend to think
will see a delayed
Summer Seasonal Workers
delayed take off
and so we really do expect that number to be
beginning with a 5
next month

8th May 2018

My pink half of the drainpipe
keeps me safe from
You who speak to me across the fence
Of common sense
How your tomato plant will win a prize,
won't that be nice,
And by the way, how's your wife?
Your holidays were spent in Spain
You went by train
You'll go again
Have you seen me bullfight poster on the wall?
Do you know the appy memory it recalls?
Here's a photograph of me and my son, Ted
That's me cousin with his hanky on his head!
We booked in at our otel just after two
And met a family from Bradford that we knew
Oooh, a melody! Burp!
My pink half of the drainpipe
Separates next door from me
My pink half of the drainpipe
Oh, Mama!
Belongs to me
Rodney's vain saxaphone solo, as promised
My pink half of the drainpipe
Semi-detach-ed, ah!
My pink half of the drainpipe
Oh, Mama!
Belongs to… I have a sister in Toronto who's a nurse
And I've had a bit of bother laying turf
It's life, not books, that taught me all I've learned
Woop, in the b'oven my rice pudding's getting burned!
Ere, have you seen the new attachment on me drill?
I must have the cat put down, cause he's ill
Hey, neighbour!
My pink half of the drainpipe
I may paint it blue
My pink half of the drainpipe
Keeps me safe from
I'm a wobbly jelly, you're a pink blancmange
I'm a sherry trifle, you're a chocolate sponge
Your dad wears a paper hat, mine inflates balloons
Whoops! Boodly boop! Pop! Here comes a spoon!
My pink half of the
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandMembers
Vivian Stanshall
Trumpet · 1962 – 1970
Neil Innes
Guitar · 1965 – 1970
Roger Ruskin Spear
Tenor saxophone · 1962 – 1970
Larry Smith
Drums · 1963 – 1970
Rodney Slater
Bob Kerr
Sam Spoons
Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell
Dave Clague
1967 – 1968

We may live to regret this headline but
Fergie gets real world
for those not familiar...
as a manager
Ferguson was famed for getting
lots and lots of
injury time if
his team were not winning

So we are considering the origin of the word
The official line is
Old English: wifmann
and wif is: Old English for wife
We don't think this is
what shall we say?
the only issue
we think the term is popular because it also
woe of man
Here's a major problem with women
If they have a problem with a man
be it a neighbour, work colleague, partner
they have three basic options
sort it out themselves
get a women to speak to the bloke on their behalf
get a bloke to speak to them on their behalf
send a woman and the man may just score a
new girlfriend
send a bloke and he will leave....
a completely wrong message
with a flea in his ear
even if he is a copper
Do It Yourself
Move On
However, there is another issue
taking Ricker's neighbour as an example
The Fence
The secure, dog proof fifty year concrete and decking fence
versus the
shiplap panels
Here's the thing
there is a fence
on Ricker's side of the fence is
a row of dense but not dog proof shrubs
on the neighbour's side of the fence is
a row of conifers
in other words
nobody can see the damned fence
so demanding she has the same sort of panels
all around her garden is
Up North
a person may be referred to as
Our Lass
The official line is that that refers to an
isolated word of Scandinavian origin
lassitude refers to
exhaustion of body or mind
from the Latin lassus faint
and may refer to the tendency for females to
have a fit of the vapours
is even more interesting
Let it be said that one of the people our Ricker would
most like to be able to afford is
The lass out of
Goblin Garage
the TV car build show
that curled up at the foot of the bed
on Christmas morning.....
back to Lady
interesting transition of status
peak lady
title given to the wife of any nobleman
the origins are really quite different
Old English: hlaefdige, a kneader of bread
a man's
chief cook and bottle washer
a woman is a wife
a lady is
as in
lady in waiting
a servant
some food for thought for the
football clubs choosing a name for their
all female squads

we are from this diverging out into
The Nature of the Tees Valley
We have been considering
Journalist Geography
What US towns and cities do you remember
New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago
not places particularly associated with
sporting venues
There is one of those
Patter Songs
about the states of the United States
what did Delaware boys
what did Delaware
she wore a brand New Jersey
etc. etc.
The thing about UK journalists is
they know that London exists
and they know that there are a number of
professional football grounds in London
The only towns outside London that they have
heard of, or visited, are the ones with
professional football grounds
so ask a journalist
Is Durham
a town, a city or a county?
derr no football team
must be a county
Name the towns and cities in The Lake District
Whitehaven - rugby
Kendal - mint cake
Carlisle - football club
hence for journalistic purposes
is the only town of city between
Sunderland and York
or Newcastle and Leeds for the
less nurdy
There are two consequences of this
first none of the other towns or cities exist
because Middlesbrough has HAS a football club
actually based near Darlington at Rockliff
the entire area
whatever size it may be
Newcastle and Leeds
is dedicated to
cloth caps and whippets and pigeons
SO here's the reality
there are three major employers within the boundaries
of Middlesbrough
aside from a number of schools - women teachers
hospitality and retail - female dominated
The massive James Cook University Hospital
and associated healthcare roles
female dominated
The University of Teesside
mainly nursing a social studies
female dominated
The Town of Middlesbrough is almost devoid of
female orientated work opportunities
and yet
and yet
the surrounding towns of
Stockton - including Billingham
and Redcar
and Darlington
that have no football clubs worthy of the name
provide almost exclusively
male orientated jobs - in engineering and process
but they don't exist for journalists because
they don't feature on
Football Focus

On Early May Bank Holiday Monday
and ITV production company visited
to do some filming for
The popular drama series

we had to notice these traffic lights showing
both red and green
but this topic is getting old

some location shots

we have to ask
if ITV can set this up...
why do people get blurred out
on other TV shows?

and the figure in the
trail coat
is Brenda Blethin
rehearsing to play

There is an expression in English
po faced
it may be poe faced
it means
we can't trace the word po
or poe
It is interesting that Ricker's mam's dad
had a couple of antique terms for the
The clarty
related to
clarts plodging
playing in mud
and we think
He's on the poe
Geordy or West Yorkshire or
entirely made up
whatever it has always lodged in Ricker's mind that
is derived from
poe lice
in Scotlandthe police are referred to as
The Polace
and the term derives from
The Greek polis for The city
The Police act on behalf of the
local local authority
in yer dreams
more and more there is only one city controlling
UK police
so no longer
the (local) city
The City of Westminster

4th May 2018

We are writing this in the context of
having the overnight UK local election declarations
but not the next day ones
reverting to the President Trump Base
his popularity can be seen as a backlash against
political correctness
they see him as a
a scallywag
a scamp
a scamp is like a rogue builder who will naff off
before completing the job
and there is a whole class of people who see
scientists and engineers as
armchair pundits
people who dream up fancy schemes
and blue collar workers have to
turn those into reality and that
cutting corners
in their opinion
there are two sources of failure in the
erect a flat pack chair
1 throw away the instructions before you start
2 get utterly bogged down in trying to relate
a line drawing and some badly translated text
to the reality before you
these days
in one off construction projects
the materials will arrive on site
precut by computer guided equipment
there is less scope for the builders to
do this one the way we did the last one
The Labour are
a solution in search of a problem
The Labour Party has little or no scope to
do exactly what it says on the tin
Protection of the Workers
now happens in courts and tribunals
not in
and council chambers
The Labour
especially in urban areas
and especially in those urban areas
dominated by recent immigrants
is becoming
almost exclusively
the party of
claimant advice
they, it, has little or no role in
although there have been strenuous attempts to
replace a fight against
economic exploitation
with a fight against
social exploitation
controlling behaviour
within the home
within families
There is a clear commercial trend from
getting more things
having a more meaningful existence
a Labour that has lost sight of
Self Improvement
is struggling with that
struggling with a shift from
Home Improvement
Lifestyle Improvement
in the

An example of
bad - faulty - setting out of
temporary traffic lights
the traffic coming from behind the camera
in theory
should be
buses only
the traffic coming towards the camera is mixed
non bus traffic
MUST turn right
into Cleveland Street
and not proceed ahead into
West Terrace
fortunately the bus drivers are
possibly subconsciously
aware of the fault
and are ignoring it
they must stop at the
Halt line when the traffic lights turn red
unfortunately although the signals are
correctly positioned
the stop NOTICE
is located at the
STOP line
it should be located at the
HALT line
if buses stopped at the stop line they would
block access for oncoming traffic to
Cleveland Street
stop sign o


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