Congratulations to Don Wales and his team who on Saturday set a new record of 86.069 mph. However on Sunday they went even faster, reaching 87.833 mph (141.353) km/h.
Good luck to Don Wales and his record breaking attempt at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire this weekend.
Don is attempting to take a petrol driven mower into the record books and recorded a speed of 86.069mph yesterday. He plans to make an attempt to break the 100mph barrier today. Full story can be read here
Once again the sights and sounds of the British countryside under attack. By whom you may ask. Why, the townies, the part-time residents who purchase second homes just so they can use the countryside as their own personal recreation site.
These are the same folks presumably who put up with the ever-present honking of horns in perpetual traffic jams that blight our city centres, the incessant wailing of emergency service sirens and the boom boom boom of over powered stereo systems that appear to be installed in most hot hatches.
Presumably the typical city cacophony is acceptable while it appears that the perfectly natural sound of a cockerel is too much for them to bear according to this article
Well go back to the city is what I say. What on earth did you expect when you bought a place in the country. The countryside is full of many strange noises and smells all of which should be treasured.
Where I live we have the sounds of pheasants calling, jays chattering away as they beat a hasty flight through the trees. Even those cute little squirrels can kick up quite a din when they are agitated, hissing at next doors cat or even other squirrels. What about the owls screeching in the night, and who hasn’t felt the shivers run down their spine at the eery call of the vixen. As I write this, there are dozens, if not hundreds of birds singing their hearts out despite having joined the dawn chorus which must have started around 04:30 this morning.
Are these the next sounds to come under the disapproving glare of the townies as their idyllic tranquility is disturbed by nature, what on earth did they expect to see and hear when they opted to step outside the city limits ?
Will nature have to give way to some kind of enforced sonic curfew to satisfy these idiots ?
The countryside is a noisy place. Get used to it.
Is Radio Paradise (RP) the best Internet Radio Station on the planet ?
To date I believe it is. The variety of artists, musical styles and the quality of the broadcasts are what has sold them to me. The eclectic mix on RP has your typical FM station beaten hands down.
And NO ADVERTS…NO COMMERCIALS…NO RAMBLING DJs WHO LOVE THE SOUND OF THEIR OWN VOICES MORE THAN THE MUSIC THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYING.
RP is a listener supported station, that means they rely on donations
Bill & Rebecca Goldsmith have put together probably the best format station. The linkage between the tracks is sometimes really quite sublime. The ability for listeners to rate and comment on the tracks played is quite often the most entertaining place on the web.
I want to tell you about a series of books to which I have just been introduced by my friend Eric.
The series is called Emperor and tells the story, via four novels, of the life of Julius Caesar.
From young boy to Consul of Rome and beyond with Rome, Spain, Gaul, Britain and Greece as a backdrop. The books are filled with adventure, pirates, political intrigue, a little romance and lots of action both on land and at sea. The books are also peppered with other famous characters such as Pompey, Cicero, Mark Antony and so on.
When I was at school I had no interest in history, the curriculum seemed to be obsessed with dates and dry facts. On this date Caesar fought this battle, on that date Caesar became Consul…… bleugh !!!
If only my tutors could have enlivened the classes with stories such as these.
Since starting to read these books I have been prompted to research the backgrounds of many of the characters. In part to determine the reality but also to understand a bit more about the times. Thank you Mr Iggulden for peeking my curiosity.
Also, having travelled around in Europe, many of the places mentioned in the books are places that I have visited. This gives more substance to the books and to a degree fills in gaps that I didn’t know existed in my travels.
The author Conn Iggulden, goes to great lengths in the back of the books, to explain when he has played fast and loose with history for the purposes of maintaining narrative flow. He is the first to point out that it is nigh on impossible to cover everything that Caesar achieved and so there is some telescoping of events.
I only started the first book (The Gates of Rome) some two weeks ago but I am now racing towards the end of the fourth (The Gods of War). The pace in these books never lets up and I am already mentally applying the brakes because I don’t want the story to end but, at the same time, I want to see what happens. All this despite knowing the historical ending.
Thank you Eric, for introducing me to Emperor.
Sometimes I feel the need to have my say.
Usually I want to have a moan about the stupid stuff that goes on around me. I see or hear stuff on the news or read stuff in the papers but there is no clear way to have my say.
Well, here is where I’m gonna do it.
Don’t expect it to be sharp, smooth or witty although it may be all of the above from time to time.
This makes sense….. NOT !!!
- 2 teenage delinquents damage a cross and write sexual and rascist comments in prayer books at Blackburn Cathedral.
- They are sentenced for this criminal act and the JP (chair of the bench) in his summation said ‘normal people would think that you were scum’
- The clerk of the court chastised the JP for use of inappropriate language and encouraged the parent of one of the delinquents to make a formal complaint.
So does common sense prevail …… Nope.
The mother complains, The JP is now unable to chair the bench until this nonsense is resolved.
In my view, the clerk overreacted and certainly overstepped the mark. The JP certainly was reflecting the views of the wider public.
Already a parent of one of the miscreants has supported the views of the JP and I applaud the fact that he has made this view known. So many parents take the view that the own “little johnny” can do no wrong.
We need a few more like this JP. (Full Story)
Yet another instance of common sense being thrown out the window.
Teacher Lynda May has been pursued through the courts for a matter which should have been dealt with by a local disciplinary review.
What is truly breathtaking is the fact that the CPS felt that such an incident warranted the full weight of the law, the judge also felt there was a case to answer. Only after due process did common sense raise its head and Mrs May was cleared. (Full Story)
It’s no wonder that our judicial system is so bogged down.
It has started again.
The so-called weather experts are once again telling us to get ready for that long hot barbecue summer. Look what happened with last years barbecue summer and I thought the met office had abandoned long-range forecasts. According to the press, not only are they forecasting fine weather but they are daring to predict temperatures up in the high 30’s in August.
Don’t know about you but I am keeping my brolly close at hand.
Thank god the courts have seen sense and banned the strike that was supposed to start today. I don’t know about you but I am sick to death of the way in which it is seen as OK to hurt the general populace just so you can get your way.