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Tees Valley, UK
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Government Work

There are two related problems regarding
Caroline Flack
we hark back to the idea that
a woman's place is in the home
but that is a bungled response to
a fundamental problem
we say women who are menstruating are unclean
and not fit to be let loose
or even confined to a hut at the bottom of the garden
and the word is that it is because of the bleeding
the reality is that it is the
pre menstrual tension
that makes these women at this time
something between
hard work
downright dangerous
if women investigated domestic disputes
they could raise the question of
time of the month
under present arrangements
the mantra that no report or complaint
can be withdrawn
then any woman who is
even just a little troubled by
is doomed to live alone
There is a problem with some schemes to
Level UP
we do bang on about it in various ways
locllay we have
The University of Teesside
Cleveland Police
but they act as though they were
The University of Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Police
there would be no problem if they changed their names and
left the rest of
The Tees Valley alone
but they insist that they own the entire territory
that no other university or authority can come onto their patch
and that if your face don't fit at Teesside
you gotta leave home to go to uni
that isn't levelling up
that's ghetto creation
Grangetown and South Bank
were built to house steelworkers and their families
in the mid 20th century
they moved to better housing in Eston
and in the 1960s around
20,000 people were on the payroll and so
at least 50,000 people lived in Greater Eston
then Lord Melchet came along
it is worth noting that building a
new steelworks
or a new
petrochemical plant
is different from building
an industrial estate, business park, or office complex
the main difference is that
with the others tenants come and go and there is
churn in the workforce
when you build the sort of thing that
dominates Teesside
you recruit a vast entire workforce at one time
and those workers and their families
grow old together
there is massive stability
and massive inertia
and when it comes to an end it is a
devastating shock for
an entire generation in the vicinity
BUT to give clarity
Nationwide the British Rail family
was devastated by the
End of Steam
but the nation as a whole was
hardly troubled at all
and so it is with
The Tees Valley
there are pockets of despair
within a thriving community
and this is where politicians
not as people but as a result of the
democratic process
cause a problem
the one who get elected
often want to be
and so they seek to do
one deal that creates or brings
thousands of jobs
and they can say next election
I brought thousands of jobs
but because the employer wants a
young and enthusiastic workforce
they attract workers from
around the world
and create housing, schooling, healthcare problems
that need solving but don't create any
work opportunities for locals in their
fifties and sixties
jobs equals votes
increased production equals yawn
Melchet was
the Beeching of the steel industry
he of
I want to fire a gun across the works
and not hit anybody
Beeching was ex-ICI
In the 1960s and 70s
Redcar - specifically Lakes Estate
see photo essay on Kirkleatham Ward
was built to house the children and grandchildren of the
redundant steelworkers
to be near their new jobs
ICI Wilton
Redcar was built to house
Petrochemical workers
and here we fail
we use the words
and we know what they mean
and we ASSUME that other people know what they mean
and they don't
Redcar's ICI Wilton site
was from the start
petrochemical complex
and by definition
a petroleum complex
petro chemical means - chemicals from rocks
petroleum means - oil from rocks
and by extension - fuel from rocks
the nearest petroleum complex the Redcar is
Seal Sands - built over the estuary of the
River Tees
accessed from the North Bank
in Stockton-on-Tees
Wilton in Redcar made
it made
plastics not fuel
the reason why Wilton International
ICI Wilton
was built was
The Trunk Road
that runs from Eston to Redcar
there s a massive bridge
it is so big it seems more like a bank of hill
and it isn't a simple bridge over a railway
or a bridge over a road
it is those things
but it was built as a
pipe bridge
it allows the road to fly over
a mass of pipes that connect
with the river frontage
and the oil refinery at Seal Sands
the bridge is called something like
McGowan or MacSomething bridge
it only carries four lanes of traffic but it was built
with a two lane central reservation
and a safety lane on either side
The Trunk Road is a
Tanker Route
at the Redcar end of the bridge there is a huge roundabout
and one of the exits from that roundabout is
the entrance to the Wilton Site
and the reason why Wilton is strategic is that
when it was built it made
adipic acid
and what that is for is to make
synthetic silk
and we call synthetic silk
and when Wilton was built the nation needed silk
natural or synthetic
to make parachutes
hence Mr Dahouski from the Polish Air Force
living in Corporation Road
and that is what
The Trunk Road is called when it narrows to
a simple two lane highway
and the other thing, polyethylene
ICI called it
Alkathene, polythene
when our Ricker was at school
there was little talk of steel
we showed a movie - spectacular, called
A Study in Steel
designed to inspired kids about the steel industry
but the basic Sam was
which is the odd one out
polythene, polypropylene, polyputthekettlon
the dads of the lads at school
worked at ICI
and the dads?
if we take a PPE perspective
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
there were a number of armed conflicts after
the end of the Second World War
however, across the piece
mandatory military service
provided many more people in the forces than
were needed
especially in light of
The Bomb
Mutually Assured Destruction
and so keeping
The Lads
got difficult
and what developed were what were called
Barrack Room Lawyers
individuals who stood to some extent
enlisted men
and their officers
that was a problem
finding these lads
jobs in Civvy Street
became a priority
and that military discipline
and military indiscipline
was transferred to the likes of ICI Wilton
and this had an echo in the matter of
coal mines
in the sweep of things
men who were the sons of coal miners
were conscripted into the forces
Bevin Boys
men of their fathers' generation who had been
selected by lot
to go down the mines instead of facing active service
during World War II
these people returned after National Service
and to quite a significant extent
they brought the culture of the
Barrack Room Lawyer
to the civilian workplace
and this was transformative for
Industrial Relations
there is no way we are going to say that there was not
poverty and deprivation in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s
but in both the UK and the US
the wealth that science technology and engineering
born of a war that was very different from any earlier ones
for the first time funded to invention of
The Teenager
and here's a point about the technology of the day
Wilton had a power station - all of its own
and that power station was
coal powered
and the gas used in all applications then was
produced from roasting - coal
coal powered a complex that turned
into plastics
and the machinery was lubricated with
whale oil
now there is a whacking great Natural Gas powered
electricity generating station put on site by
and another electricity generator that gets its energy from
Liverpool's municipal waste
and that arrives via a rail line that runs under that
Trunk Road bridge
now Ensus makes fuel
by fermenting grains
and producing
Jack Daniels for cars
not petroleum - bio-fuel
and in a sense it was food companies and supermarkets
who - seeking to extend shelf life
insisted that ICI made plastics that were
virtually indestructible
not bio-degradable

Oh what a tangled web we weave
when first we practice to deceive
watching UK law enforcement is like
watching a weaver
slamming the shuttle from one side of the loom
to the other with no consideration of
what they are producing

a seafront tattooist in Redcar has this
[M]ODIFIED girls
as part of the graffiti on her car
perhaps both of her cars
both minis
one says
my other car is a real mini

16th March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9th March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3rd March 2020

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

2nd March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12th February 2020

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

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

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

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

11th February 2020

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

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

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

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

10th February 2020

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

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


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