Tees Valley, UK
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Photo Essay on the return of
Zetland Lifeboat

18th October 2019

Today we will be
feeding ducks
Brain the size of a planet and
Marvin's giving advice about feeding ducks
The ducks suffer no direct harm from eating bread
the problem is
they don't eat it all and
rats eat what the ducks leave
Anas is a genus of dabbling ducks.
It includes the pintails, most teals, and
the mallard and its close relatives.
It formerly included additional species but
following the publication of a molecular phylogenetic study in 2009
the genus was split into four separate genera.
The genus now contains 31 living species
A dabbling duck is a type of shallow water duck that
feeds primarily along the surface of the water or by
tipping headfirst into the water to graze on aquatic plants,
vegetation, larvae, and insects.
These ducks are infrequent divers and are usually found in
small ponds, rivers, and other shallow waterways,
or else they may stay near the shallow, slower edges of larger waterways and swamps.
Yer Park Duck will be a dabbler
the trick to responsible duck feeding is to put the food
within reach of the ducks and out of reach of the rats
bread - chuck it far out across the water
feed whole grains that will sink into water too deep for rats and just right for ducks

16th October 2019

Perhaps this a good Sam
in bad taste
black snowflakes used to fall on Redcar
Now they play for England
Here's the thing
which is the more racist thing...
You can't play for England, cos youz black
hey, you're playing for England
and you're black
(right on brother)
we too are the downtrodden underclass
but we don't even have the
badge of a colour difference
to show for it
a player getting upset about having it pointed out to them that
they are black and that is upsetting them
is a worry
it calls to mind black people taking
quite effective
drugs to lighten their skin
is that because that makes them more employable
because they are not happy being dark skinned?
pre-school kids don't notice these things
somewhere along the line these kids
get a complex
about being black
the black guy
the girl with the rose tattoo
what are black people objecting to being
different from?
this all stems back to a boxer called
Cassius Clay
he decided that being black wasn't
distinction enough
so he changed his name to
Mohamed Ali
since most black people in the USA when they have a religion
are some sort of Christian
who or what was he identifying himself with/
identifying himself with being unique
as in
I'm the Only Gay in the Village
perhaps these footballers should be advised to research
South Africa
refusing to play England - at cricket
if England fielded
Basil d'Olivera
and England late sacking a white player
don't quote us, Graham Gooch??
for playing in South Africa
in the aftermath
nobody is threatening to walk off if
England field a black player
that is real progress
that should be remembered
God knows what would happen if England fielded a woman
and speaking of which
perhaps now is the time to raise the Strictly question of the year
Michelle Visage
regard herself as
a trans woman
or simply
a drag artist?
and from here we ask
what would happen if
men who identify as female
were allowed to play in the
England men's team
Is the message of the Bulgarian FA
When we play England
we want to play a
bunch of fat slobs like
Paul Gascoign - Gazza

There is a technique in management called
run a flag up the flagpole and
see who salutes
The UK follows the USA in many things and so we
look to the US for indications of where
law enforcement is going
shoot the nutter and
use sex crimes to fill the prisons with
nice people like us
that seems to be the trend

We are not going to disguise this
except that we are not going to publish the graphs
In the North East of England in July 2019
we saw a significant up tick in unemployment
we don't collate these numbers and so we don't know
to what extent they are seasonally adjusted
in the raw data
we expect the July figures to include a lot of
School and college leavers registering for the first time
if these are the raw data it is
diappointing but not surprising that the North East England
unemployment rate has ticked up to
six per cent
if they are seasonally adjusted it is a worry
we thought we would try something different
some actual numbers
Total population (2018)
Sunderland(numbers) Redcar and Cleveland(numbers) Great Britain(numbers)
All people 277,400 136,700 64,553,900
Males 135,300 66,400 31,864,000
Females 142,100 70,300 32,689,900
Source: ONS Population estimates - local authority based by five year age band
Population aged 16-64 (2018)
Sunderland(numbers) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
All people aged 16-64 174,500 62.9 59.6 62.7
Males aged 16-64 85,900 63.5 59.8 63.4
Females aged 16-64 88,600 62.4 59.5 62.0

Employment and unemployment (Jul 2018-Jun 2019)
Sunderland(numbers) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
All people
Economically active† 136,100 76.2 72.3 78.9
In employment† 124,800 69.7 67.8 75.6
Employees† 111,000 62.2 59.4 64.6
Self employed† 13,400 7.3 8.0 10.7
Unemployed (model-based)§ 9,400 7.0 5.6 4.1
Economically active† 71,100 80.6 77.1 83.5
In employment† 63,700 71.9 71.4 79.9
Employees† 54,300 61.7 60.4 65.4
Self employed† 9,200 10.0 10.3 14.2
Unemployed§ 7,400 10.4 7.2 4.2
Economically active† 65,000 72.0 67.7 74.3
In employment† 61,100 67.6 64.3 71.3
Employees† 56,700 62.7 58.5 63.9
Self employed† 4,100 4.6 5.8 7.2
Unemployed§ 3,900 6.0 5.1 3.9
Source: ONS annual population survey† -
numbers are for those aged 16 and over,
% are for those aged 16-64§ -
numbers and % are for those aged 16 and over.
% is a proportion of economically active
· Economic inactivity (Jul 2018-Jun 2019)
Sunderland(level) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
All people
Total 41,500 23.8 27.7 21.1
Student 8,400 20.1 19.7 26.9
looking after family/home 8,500 20.4 21.1 23.6
temporary sick # # # 1.9
long-term sick 13,900 33.5 32.6 23.0
discouraged ! ! ! 0.4
retired 5,100 12.3 16.8 12.9
other 4,400 10.7 6.9 11.2
wants a job 11,300 27.3 10.0 20.7
does not want a job 30,200 72.7 90.0 79.3
# Sample size too small for reliable estimate
Workless Households (Jan-Dec 2018)
Sunderland Redcar and Cleveland Great Britain
Number of Workless Households 18,100 9,700 2,919,800
Percentage of Households that are Workless 19.4 23.8 14.3
Number of children in Workless Households # # 1,259,000
Percentage of children who are in Households that are Workless # # 10.3
Employment by occupation (Jul 2018-Jun 2019)
Sunderland(numbers) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
Soc 2010 major group 1-3 43,600 34.9 31.7 47.1
1 Managers, directors and senior officials 10,200 8.2 7.2 11.1
2 Professional occupations 19,300 15.5 15.1 21.0
3 Associate professional & technical 14,000 11.3 9.3 14.8
Soc 2010 major group 4-5 25,900 20.8 24.3 19.9
4 Administrative & secretarial 11,900 9.6 11.1 9.8
5 Skilled trades occupations 14,000 11.2 13.1 10.0
Soc 2010 major group 6-7 26,400 21.1 22.1 16.4
6 Caring, leisure and Other Service occupations 12,900 10.4 13.9 9.0
7 Sales and customer service occs 13,400 10.7 8.1 7.3
Soc 2010 major group 8-9 29,000 23.2 21.9 16.6
8 Process plant & machine operatives 12,900 10.4 11.0 6.3
9 Elementary occupations 16,100 12.9 10.9 10.3
Source: ONS annual population surveyNotes:
Numbers and % are for those of 16+ % is a proportion of all persons in employment
Qualifications (Jan 2018-Dec 2018)
Sunderland(level) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
NVQ4 and above 43,800 25.0 29.6 39.3
NVQ3 and above 77,500 44.3 51.8 57.8
NVQ2 and above 124,400 71.0 70.4 74.9
NVQ1 and above 150,600 86.0 82.5 85.4
Other qualifications 8,500 4.8 6.6 6.8
No qualifications 16,100 9.2 10.9 7.8
Earnings by place of residence (2018)
Sunderland(pounds) Redcar and Cleveland(pounds) Great Britain(pounds)
Gross weekly pay
Full-time workers 503.0 480.5 571.1
Male full-time workers 528.0 523.8 612.2
Female full-time workers 460.5 451.2 510.0
Hourly pay - excluding overtime
Full-time workers 12.52 12.26 14.36
Male full-time workers 12.54 12.84 14.89
Female full-time workers 12.20 11.98 13.56
Source: ONS annual survey of hours and earnings -
resident analysisNotes: Median earnings in pounds for employees living in the area.

Here are the raw data
Note that give away
Trained scientist at work
Here are the raw data - plural of?
not here is the raw data
like, these is the months of the year, like
Claimant count by sex - not seasonally adjusted (September 2019)
Sunderland(numbers) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
All people 8,570 4.9 4.2 2.8
Males 5,230 6.1 5.3 3.3
Females 3,340 3.8 3.1 2.4

Claimant count by age - not seasonally adjusted (September 2019)
Sunderland(level) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(%) Great Britain(%)
Aged 16+ 8,570 4.9 4.2 2.8
Aged 16 to 17 15 0.3 0.2 0.3
Aged 18 to 24 1,875 7.9 7.4 3.9
Aged 18 to 21 1,180 9.4 8.1 4.2
Aged 25 to 49 4,555 5.2 4.6 3.0
Aged 50+ 2,125 3.7 2.8 2.3

Employee jobs by industry
B : Mining and quarrying 10 0.0 1.6 0.2
C : Manufacturing 21,000 17.8 13.2 8.1
D : Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 3,500 3.0 0.3 0.5
E : Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 1,000 0.8 1.2 0.7
F : Construction 6,000 5.1 4.6 4.7
G : Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
15,000 12.7 18.4 15.2
H : Transportation and storage 6,000 5.1 9.2 4.8
I : Accommodation and food service activities 6,000 5.1 6.6 7.6
J : Information and communication 2,000 1.7 1.3 4.2
K : Financial and insurance activities 5,000 4.2 0.6 3.5
L : Real estate activities 1,250 1.1 2.1 1.7
M : Professional, scientific and technical activities 2,500 2.1 5.3 8.7
Redcar mid way between Sunderland and the national average....
N : Administrative and support service activities 10,000 8.5 5.3 9.1
O : Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 7,000 5.9 4.6 4.3
P : Education 10,000 8.5 9.2 8.9
Q : Human health and social work activities 17,000 14.4 13.2 13.2
R : Arts, entertainment and recreation 2,000 1.7 3.3 2.5
S : Other service activities 1,750 1.5 1.8 2.0
This the bit where we get fed up or vindicated regarding
Will the sky fall in if a
large employer
UK Business Counts (2019)
Sunderland(numbers) Sunderland(%) Redcar and Cleveland(numbers) Redcar and Cleveland(%)
Micro (0 to 9) 4,850 85.8 2,805 88.8
Small (10 to 49) 655 11.6 285 9.0
Medium (50 to 249) 110 1.9 55 1.7
Large (250+) 40 0.7 15 0.5
Total 5,650 - 3,160 -
Local Units
Micro (0 to 9) 5,770 77.7 3,250 81.8
Small (10 to 49) 1,330 17.9 575 14.5
Medium (50 to 249) 265 3.6 130 3.3
Large (250+) 65 0.9 20 0.5
Total 7,425 - 3,975 -
Source: Inter Departmental Business Register (ONS)
Note: % is as a proportion of total (enterprises or local units)

14th October 2019

Michael Buchanan
We should try to find out about the real
Michael Buchanan
We are not entitled to assume that he is a
washed up formr journalist
trying to re-launch his career
Along the lines of the hack in the movie
Ace in the Hole
He appears to be an alcoholic, based on a story about his time at
BBC Radio Leeds
How exactly you can stand in the midst of a
yacht marina in Hartlepool
and say
Unemployment and poverty are killing this place
Those of us who stretch back to the days when the
Nuclear Power Station
was being built
remember what an armpit of a town
the Hartlepools used to be
and he can stand there and say
It were all great around here with the shipyards
until ten years ago when the cuts came in
He totally failed to do his
vox pops
in front of any shred of dereliction
at least Middlesbrough has Gresham
Thes people like entirely within their own fantasies
Shipyards in Hartlepool?
First of all
no river runs through Hartlepool
Not the Tees or any other
Hartlepool is a Sea Port
Like Port Clarence it wanted to
ship coal from the Durham Coal field to London
It was built entirely the same as
Seaham in county Durham
Seaham got the trade
Having the docks
docks NOT slipways as in shipbuilding
a graving dock
as in
ship repairs
Victoria Harbour to the north with its
Fish Quay
and West Harbour connected to that marina
Hartlepool didn't get to export coal so it
imported timber
and now instead of importing timber it
If you have ever come across a ship called
you should know that it was restored in Hartlepool
and on the back of that
they did the same to
HMS Trincomalee
and that stayed and is now the centrepiece of the
National Maritime Museum
Here's the argument regarding such facilities as
the police custody suite
what they say is
there are 18 cells here and there were three jobs
three jobs per shift, meaning around a dozen jobs in total
what they didn't have were any inmates
Just as an aside
we've commented on
O'Connor Utilities periodically replacing some of the
electricity cabling in Redcar
At this moment they are putting in a new cable to run
as a ring main around the block between
The Old Middlesbrough Town Hall and the new
Middlesbrough Police Station that has
a massive modern custody block and
since the invention of the internal combustion engine
the police struggle to
put in a whole shift transporting a prisoner the
ten miles from Hartlepool to Middlesbrough
It's never about the
it's always about
nice little community of a dozen cops
sharing tea and biscuits with the regular suspects
well out of the way where the brass and the public won't bother them
and not a word about
the retired retail manager
had had his benefits stopped
had he been sanctioned because he thought himself
the tasks set by the Job Centre?
there's another theme here
religion - particularly Christianity
can be divided into two modes, varieties
perhaps we could say the
non-Roman catholic churches
and the Roman Catholic church
at this time we may even put the
Irish Catholic church into the
non-Roman camp
and consider South America as the primary home of
The Roman Catholic Church
what we are referring to here is
one set of churches designed, operated, to guide people in
how to live a good life
and another
designed to offer consolation to people living in
deeply miserable conditions
a lot of people who take drugs
and run under trains
are preoccupied with
joining some lost friend or relative
in heaven
people who have been in long term relationships
these days perhaps over ten years
have two modern conventions to consider
renewing their vows
eternity rings
a fair chunk of loneliness and despair comes from
loosing a partner or job
not being willing to move on
and worse
expecting the previous situation to be restored
once they get to heaven
renewing vows is cool
buying eternity rings is
not cool

11th October 2019

Long, long ago we write about
William Robson and John Ord
bringing milk from the Dorman Estate
Down Marton Road into Middlesbrough
and paying a toll to bring goods - the milk
into the town
This is the Toll Bar Cottage

There are no hard and fast rules about
shift patterns
A very normal pattern - what they had at ICI Wilton
6 'til 2 earlies
2 'til 10 lates
10 'til 6 nights
If you do away with the night shift you reduce the management load
What we understand in
closing the night shift is
Nissan - shut the night shift, to introduce the new model Juke?
if you stop the night shift your engineers have time
overnight to sort out teething troubles
you bring back the night shift when you have everything
running smoothly

We just want to add a note on the
Direst trains from Redcar
We don't think this is about expecting more passengers
boarding in Redcar than Middlesbrough
As it stands when The TransPennine Expresses
'turn around' in Middlesbrough they don't turn around
They sneak up the Whitby line and lurk there
and have to avoid being in the way of trains for
Nunthorpe and Whitby
like the Nunthorpe tain want to be on the Nunthorpe line
five minutes after the Manchester train
slips on onto the up line to set off back
That's a bit tight
However, if the Manchester Trains and The Azoomas for London
were both turning around in Middlesbrough
they just could not both use the Nunthorpe line as a
'pretend' siding
and so they can - by adding around 10 to 15 minutes to the overall
journey time
use Redcar Goods Yard instead

9th October 2019

We could call this
A Tale of Two Totters
This bloke was walking along Corporation Road
He was a bright young lad and
always had an eye out for
the main chance
There was this old house and it was being stripped out
for conversion
there was a skip in the drive
in the skip was a length of that special armoured cable
the sort electricians use to run power around the outside
of buildings to save
ripping up the floors and walls to install an extension
or garden water feature
nobody is very clear about the law regarding
lifting things out of skips
you could find somebody says you should ask permission
but who from
if there is anybody about they are probably contractors
people who themselves don't
the contents of the skip
so our likely lad pulls out the cable
and walks along the road to some waste ground nearby and
puts the cable into the long grass
later he gets a mate who drives a taxi to run him to the spot
and they load the cable into the boot - trunk - of the cab
and off with it
a lot of effort for a few quid but people do have
inflated ideas about how much scrap is worth
this is actually a virtuous act although the participants
thought it was dodgy
perhaps the people who hired out the skip would have salvaged the cable
if they found it dumped in their yard but
it would probably have ended up in landfill
by contrast
another pair of 'scallies' run short of a fix and knowing that there
is a scrap yard near a set of points on the railway at
South Bank
they chop the control cables out of the railway and
weigh the cable in
at the scrap yard
all this in the shadow of the place those two blokes died
messing with the coke works
naturally they do this in the very early morning
and so the first trains of the day are cancelled
whilst the rail company come out to replace the cable
we say company - it is the government, nationalised rail infrastructure
and Ricker was supposed to be on that first train
he was heading for an appointment at
James Cook hospital
and so he was an hour late and missed the first of two tests
and got a prescription based on the one test he was
in time for
and had to wait three months for another test appointment
and the day before that appointment
the cable for the South Bank points went missing again
and here is the law of unintended consequences
these lads do this because
The Labour and the Silver Saviours who run
Food Banks
tell these people that they are brave souls who fight back against the
heartless capitalists
that is one dimension but we have had this problem before
now it is South Bank
a few years ago it was
Network rail
burried the cables near Eaglescliff so deep
that it was not worth the while of the
smack heads to try to dig them up

8th October 2019

This is Redcar Central Goods Yard
and class 68 Reliance
waiting to return on yesterday's
training run

We saw this growth on the footbridge
Looks like seaweed
We guess it's a liverwort

We've made little image logo type thing
from an
Aero Pictorial Ltd
image of Middlesbrough Docks
taken in 1947
compared to now
everything is small and low
The Boro's Riverside Stadium is at around 1 o'clock
It looks like there was a swing railway bridge over the
Dock Cut
There is now a two leaf bascule road bridge there at the end of
Shepherdson Way
past the stadium
meaning there is now a wall down the middle of the Dock Cut
under the bridge
Imagine, UK trade depended on these dinky little ships
Bell Brother's
as in Gertrude Bell of Kirkleatham Street, Redcar and Arabia
is still standing as the smudge in the top left hand corner of the image
The works was opened in 1853
and so stood for nearly a century
over the river
at Port Clarence
and the name Clarence
not the cross eyed lion on Daktari or whatever
The Duke of Clarence...
The Lord High Admiral
went on to become
King William IV
Teesside is OLD
and although on the
Liverpool to Manchester Railway
Rail Passenger TICKETS
were first introduced
everything else was copied from the North East of England
In 1815 a third of a million troops returned to Britain
from the Napolionic wars
Stationary steam engines got their start in the mines of Cornwall
and the cotton mills of Manchester
LOCOMOTIVES - moving steam engines
Got their start in North East England
1814 was the date steam locomotives began to earn money at
Wylam Colliery
built from plans pf
Richard Trevithick's tram engine
that had run at Pen-Y-Daren ironworks in South Wales
Ten years earlier
To cut a long story very short
The railway at the Middleton Colliery near Leeds
was the first revenue-earning steam worked railway in the world
but it was a works shunter
not a public railway
the first public railway was
The Stockon and Darlington
The Middleton Colliery engineer was a Stockton lad
and he brought the idea to
The South Durham Coal Owners
In 1768
a canal - effectively- from darlington to Stockton had been proposed
actually from Winston just south of Auckland Field to
the docks of Stockton-on -Tees
In 1810, Leonard Raisbeck, Recorder of Stockton,
suggested a railway from the coalfields
and the man with the money was cloth merchant
Edward Pease
The put up the money so it went his way
The people of Stockton did not see why the diversion to
This 'pointless' diversion qualifies this as the first
public railway
opened if you are checking the vintage of your local railway
Royal assent on the Stockton and Darlington Rail Bill
19th April 1821
construction begum
May 1822
There was a proposal for a
Tees and Weardale Railway
That was what Port Clarence was meant for and
the transporter bridge was built for
and the name of the project was changed to
the Clarence Railway
sucking up for Royal Assent
The best thing about this is
The Coalowners
didn't own the coal
they leased extraction rights from...
The Bishop of Durham
What is
The Bubble Act of 1720?
It was a law repealed in 1825 that prohibited or sought to rein in
speculation of the scle of the,
So South Sea Bubble
any road up the Clarence Railway was opened in 1833
and the Clarence Railway ran along an embankment that towered over the back
of our Ricker's Grandad's house in Haverton Hill.
and relatives driving the locos would stop out back and pick up
a pot of fresh brewed tea
Here's another thing...
the Stockton and Darlington Railway reached a terminus in Middlesbrough in
However, In 1853 there was no station in Middlesbrough and the
Stockton and Darlington pressed on
in 1853
to Ormesby, Nunthorpe, Batterby and
in 1846
a different railway called the
Middlesbrough and Redcar
set out from a junction with the Stockton and Darlington at
Cargo Fleet
It was the extension of the Middlesbrough and Redcar to
Saltburn and - yes it did used to be there - Whitby
that lead to the building of the Grand Middlesbrough Station
Some of which remains after World War II bombing
We should say
train used to run along the coast from Saltburn to Whitby
See one way by rail and with them piers
the other way by sea
Now trains from Middlesbrough to Whitby have to run into
Battersby and then reverse out to Whitby
never the original intended route
Lots of wooden tressels on the Satburn to Whitby
set alight by Beeching
One of the Redcar Piers - Coatham Pier was
built at the end of
Station Road
by 1887
The North East Railway
connected Middlesbrough and York
by-passing Darlington
The replacement of North Road with Bank Top in Darlington
did away with that
Perhaps not the last Summer Coastal but
on 22 August 1964
a steam engine worked and eleven coach train at 8.45 am
from Saltburn to King's Cross, London
Redcar became Redcar Central when
Redcar east was opened in 1929
Now, here's a thing not a lot of people know
Bolckow and Vaughan
Derwent Works
Initally, they took coal from the Durham coal field and iron ore from
The Iron ore in the Eston Hills was
of such poor quality
we think it had a lot of phosphorus in it
that to make good iron
they Yorkshire iron ore had to be blended with
haematite from Cumbria
and the Stockton and Darlington Railway were making a mint
transporting iron ore from the Eston Hills to Consett
54 miles, 1850
Bolckow and Vaughan were certainly not finding iron ore in Durham
The move to teesside was cemented when methods to
get the phosphorus out of the iron emerged and
coal to Teeside became a better bet than
iron ore from Teesside to Consett
However, all along it was getting easier to import high grade ore by ship from the world
particularly Scandinavia
than haul it over the Pennines
and so, to an extent, the failure of the early railway to
do mountains
meant Teesside with both ports and railways....
well in the end
it took a long time for Consett iron works to die
Very similar arguments apply today to
We are disposed to think Lincolnshire iron ore was
superior to Yorkshire iron ore
but don't tell anybody we said so
We should point out that a part of the old
North Yorkshire Coast Tourist line
is still operational
It spurs off short of Saltburn
as a mineral line
Skinningrove Steel Works
and what was called
Boulby Potash Mine
and Boulby is
just short of Staithes
and so just short of the Redcar and Cleveland boundary
ans so
half way from
Redcar to Whitby
IF, quite a big if, the mineral tunnel from
Redcar to Scarborough is completed
the railway preservationist would have an opportunity to
rebuild the line from
Whitby to Staithes
and reclaim the Boulby to Saltburn line

7th October 2019

Anybody who deals with
food shopping
has probably noticed those labels that have a
silvery maze on the back
these are the things that set off the alarm as you
try to leave the store if they haven't been cancelled
as an aside some checkouts can read a bar code and fail to
cancel the dongle if you don't
pass the item close enough to the plate
that is the cause of most false alarms
one thing that could be done
to make an enormous difference to
recycling rates
would be to put a dongle in all
plastic packaging
that isn't cancelled at the checkout
then local authorities could issue
with a reader
so that they could put the empty package into
the appropriate recycling bin
Ricker will not be happy when he sees a documentary about
how somebody got to be a
from ripping off that idea

This is going to be difficult for Ricker to write
back in the day in around 1983
the two lecturers in anatomy and physiology
Not Professor Ruskell
married each other and left at short notice
this was shortly after Ricker was accepted on the
optometry and Visual Science Course
at that short notice, days or weeks the department had to replace them
before term started
they made an internal appointment of
Terri Griffiths
and recruited
Ron Douglas
from one of the universities in Brighton
Brighton and Sussex??
Probably Sussex
They were given three year contracts
and so
whether or not Ron got wind of Ricker's mother's maiden name being Frank....
whether or not Ron being half German felt ganged up on by Jewish Simon Barnard and Howeard Solomons...
Ricker was due to graduate in Optometry and visual Science
at exactly the same time as Ron's contract ran out
Ricker having been to Newcastle medical school
Ron having been diagnosed with a major psychosis
the head of the Optometry department having died of
a heart attack in the summer
Ron took his chance to have Ricker required to withdraw from the course
at this distance
it could be easy to suggest that
Ricker had applied for re-admission to the course
a year or two later
AFTER Ron had been granted
he would probably have been let back in.
and he would have had a career

We don't have the time to monitor much of the UK media output
beyond the BBC
and so we don't know whether this campaign
low key, but on going
to refer to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as
Mr Johnson
extends beyond the BBC
there is clearly BBC content, broadcast in the UK
that is designed for US broadcast
Beyond 100 Days in particular
people in the UK who wish to hear the UK PM referred to as
Mr Johnson
may first recall that in the US
President Johnson was referred to as
Lyndon Bains Johnson
they my think that that was designed to make the President
appear more
the truth is a bit less simple
It is a very common idiom, saying, epithet
in the US, to say....
I've got a real Johnson for that car
A Johnson in the US vernacular is
an erection

This feeds into a different issue
what we seem to be seeing is BBC journalism
for English speaking audiences written by
people who's first language is not English
writing about a heat stroke death in the UK
for a UK channel
They used the term
heat gauge
where a native English speaker would say
is heat gauge a translation from
The Welsh?

This leads us to the
Qualifications Sam
We have to consider the concept of
Discharge from a mental hospital
In a sense discharge simply consists of
physically letting the patient out
however, one can understand the concept of
discharge papers
some note on a computer that tells the police not to
follow them and bring them back
and so to the Sam about the
village idiot
must be the sanest man in the village
he's the only person living round here with
a certificate to prove it
and so as we increasingly move to
private medicine in the matter of mental health
entitling mental health hospitals
recovering the fees charged to the
patients who have been successfully treated
via the Student Loan Company...
a degree certificate
especially a First
is a a certificate of
fitness to be let loose
We have to do a Marx Brothers Sam at this point
Where is Santa Clause?
there is no sanity clause
best Christmas present ever
being told you are
not a loony
not normal

is sometimes defined as a
belief in a supernatural power or being that
controls the universe
There is a conflict of understanding between
supernatural control
in a coin toss series discounting accidents
such as the coin rolling down a drain or getting wedged in
a crack on its edge
we know that in any one toss the coin will come down
either heads or tails
we also know that if the series of tosses is long enough
half the results will be heads and half tails
randomness and certainty in the same enterprise
the randomness provides an opportunity for a
Deus ex machina
a supernatural force
to skew the odds
on an individual toss
We are not about to research the biography of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
we are going to assert that he developed the character of
Sherlock Holmes
as a person dedicated to
a thing, perhaps, Sir Arthur was not
when our Ricker was young he had a textbook entitled
Deductive Organic Chemistry
well his dad had bought it
The idea was that if you know a few rules you can deduce
from a chemical compound's chemical formula
its properties
Ricker found a problem
he couldn't find a chemical formula for the process in which
cement plus water equals concrete
hardened, cured, cement didn't seem to have a formula
it had constituents but not a structure
it is actually a strange process
over a long period of time the wetted cement
gets harder and harder
somehow, despite not being in fluid suspension
the atoms, molecules, gain a more and more regular
crystalline structure
more hard and more brittle
all structures emit energy and become less organised
over time
entropy and enthalpy
cement gains strength over decades
but over centuries it looses strength
the crux being
randomness does not
prove the existence of God
The existence of the universe
proves the existence of God
and so to optometry
after Richer was
required to withdraw from his course
he continued for a while to be involved in
optometric matters
as previously suggested in a
Bone Collector fashion
by snail mail to, particularly,
Optometry Today
and so there was published a correspondence between
Ricker and an optometrist in which
the optometrist sought to describe
optical phenomena he regarded as
and Ricker sought to offer
rational explanations
Ricker did not get the last word and
Optometry Today switched its attention to
Hammond Organ recitals and other socials
We said Ron Douglas's mam was German
there was another 'science' lecturer who
gloried in the title
Frau Herr Professor Wolf
she had a German husband
and so
City had a German dominated
science staff
and a Jewish dominated clinical staff and
the clinical staff thirsted after Ricker's
Rational explanations
and the science folk
wanted to promote
and so initially
the deal was
no honours, more time in the clinics
after the head of department died in post
the deal became
withdraw from the course
with an implication
if you ask nicely we may
skip you out of the final year, direct into
the pre-registration year
not even having you n the same building
let alone the same floor
as the mystic scientists
and that speaks, a little tangentially,
to the idea, reality, that the religious convert
is far more zealous than the native adherent
pushed into a career in science you can
find religion

1st October 2019

Them soft southerners probably regard the current press coverage on
as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic
Up North we regard it more as
going to a football match and
chanting about your own
Here's a thing about democracy and science
If you want to get from
A to B
you may have a choice of routes
What you won't have a choice over is the fact that
get from A to B
you will have to
in a sense, the whole point of politics is that it is a mechanism
for making choices, making decisions
politics is a solution to the problem of having choices
The current problem is that it is assumed that
when there is no choice to be made
politics and democracy are being
denied, frustrated, suppressed
We demand a four day debate in parliament on whether
the sky should continue to be

Ricker is going to tell a story about a classmate from school days
He's looked up his name on the internet and not identified anything
last time Ricker heard of
Phil Broomhead
he was going to be
a quantity surveyor
and Ricker was told that that was a good job
There are three Broomhead stories but we will tell two here
Ricker had the impression that Phil was one of those lads that
everybody wanted to feel he was doing well
Ricker wasn't in on the deal
and could put his foot in it
Phil played for a cricket team
Phil was very proud of being an
opening batsman
Phil was not pleased when Ricker stated to burble on about
the batters at three and four have the highest averages because
the opening batters are only there to
tire, wear out, the front line bowlers
and so to the story that links that physics teacher - Michael
and Phil Broomhead, with our Ricker
A level physics lab
One day Michael pairs up Ricker with Broomhead
double physics practical
Geiger counter and a radioactive source
take a reading from the Geiger counter with the source at
different distances
a snap you may say
Ricker and Broomhead spent the entire lab
agreeing how to follow the instructions on
how to wire up the experiment
they generated zero data
This was Michael's demonstration to Ricker of
what a pain in the arse it was to try to teach any thing
to fuckwits the like of Phil Broomhead
next week Ricker got his co-operative partner back
Since Ricker can't remember who that was
we are thinking he got passed around all of the class

While we are on about labs
when Ricker was at City in London
a chap called
Simon Barnard
was the chief clinical demonstrator
and you will probably not see that easily that at one time
he taught in Israel
and you can cross reference
Simon Barnard to his mentor
Howard Solomons
Simon did not think that he had enough lecture room time to
cover all the material he needed to dictate
and so he would give supplemental lectures at the beginning of
and one day Ricker is sitting at the back of the group
imagine, if you lecture to fifty and you have a dozen in a clinic
you have to give each supplemental, four times
Ricker is sitting at the back of a group in a clinic with his
lecture notes open
and he's not writing anything down
all the other students are in front of him
facing Simon not Ricker
one of the demonstration assistants comes over to Ricker and
looks at his notes
and says
I hope you write out your notes neatly when you get home
He'd come over to find out why Ricker wasn't writing
and when he found out it was because
Ricker already had those notes because
Simon was repeating himself
he changed the subject
all the other students got those pages in their notes
because they weren't studying optometry
they were studying
note taking
it would have been up to one of the ones at the front to tell Simon
what was happening
We mention Israel and Howard Solomons because
at the time
Ron Douglas was Ricker's personal tutor and
Ron's mum was
and Dave Hyde from Durham University had told Ron
'all about'

30th September 2019

Today's Class 68
on a test visit to Redcar goods yard
We assume that each driver is trained for one loco only and
each driver has to learn the route in their own loco
so test visits to redcar will continue until December
when 'training' or jollies
will be complete

We, that is to say our Ricker, like
The BBC's Martine Croxall
We like her better than her mug shots
and we associate her with some linguistic rigour
some calling out of
However, such journalise seems every evening to creep onto
the Teleprompter or Autocue or whatever brand of
word feeder the BBC uses,
Have you ever read or heard...
Just exactly what she did not want to know
was right there in front of her
in the page
In the page?
Everybody we know, when reading, reads what is
on the page, written on the page, printed on the page
and so how do BBC paper reviewers get to see
What is in the front pages of the newspapers?
What we can find
in the papers, OK ON the inside pages is
in the papers but the front pages are not
the papers they are ON their fronts
like signwriting ON the front of shops

speaking of women on TV
Goblin Works Garage
has ended after a handful of episodes
the Brit blokes will be on 5th Gear in future
in the last episode to be aired
there were some weird sequences in which
Hels - Helen Stanley - appeared with a name necklace around her neck
Ricker wonders whether she suffered some sort of bereavement
Rcker has two rules about women
1 never cheer up a woman who seems upset
Rarely does Ricker regret having no money but
sometimes he does think it would be good to be able to
offer Hels a job

This web site is a platform
We try not to abuse it
Other people get on other platform and
usually from laziness
promote a misleading message
Class 800 trains
Liveried as Azumas
When Natsun, then, Nissan, now Renault
came to Sunderland
they came with a screwdriver factory
assembling kits
Now,right now,
have two engineering facilities in England
One is in County Durham, Shildon perhaps
The other is in
Doncaster is engineering and testing
The Azumas destined for UK rail are
tested and passed out
in Doncaster
Doncaster Hitachi has two sources of train sets
They come from Shildon
and they come from Redcar
The ones from Redcar arrive at Teesport
fully assembled and ready for final testing
Why does this happen?
The ones from Redcar arrive straight of the ship from Japan
This is because Shildon does not have the
to screw together all th kits required on UK rails
The function of Shidon is to show that the local workforce are
capable of greater things.
So, what's the point of whinging about Shildon not
building light rail workie busses for
Tyne and Wear Metro
perhaps Wrightbus in Northern Ireland should have bid for that.

Our Ricker - like most people - often reacts to the surface appearance
of news stories and official reports
He's had a think
a think about a report we got heated about that came from
The United Nations
This is Ricker's platform
who was using The UN as a platform?
Who was using the UN as a platform to promote the idea that
a third of children growing up in
North East England
are growing up in poverty
The mini epiphany?
The author is reported as
and so we deduce, somewhat belatedly
Do the Australians think
When the UK leaves the EU
will a lot of the ex-pat Brits
Go back to where they came from?
and leave Australia with
First Nations people
and folk who can swim from their nearby native islands
This leaves us with the conclusion that we over-reacted to a report
that was intended for internal consumption in Australia
We apologise for that
We apologise for wasting our time and yours
However, this one takes a bit more explaining away
UK Government Officials
Stated that 8 of the 10 most deprived neighbourhoods in England
are in
They re behind
Jaywick in Essex
That is fair enough
The reporting then goes on to say
32,844 neighbourhoods were assessed and ranked.
By doing this they were able to say that
There are more deprived areas in
than any other area
You know what a tendency these statisticians have to
include all of Teesside in stats on 'Middlesbrough'
At the other end of the scale did they count
Prestwich, Salford, Urmston, Sale, Gately, Stockport
Ashton-Under-Lyme, Oldham
as towns equivalent to Middlesbrough Middlesbrough with Manchester?
Perhaps the statos would like there to be a
Greater Middlesbrough
as in Greater Manchester
but there is not
Now then you wimin
Keep tweaking the stats until you can get
Boro to the bottom
This is a clear case of
biting the hand that feeds you
Teesside, Middlesbrough in particular
is very hospitable to
asylum seekers
and then they get told they are a deprived area
what we would say
You should not deposit a lot of people who are
not allowed to work
in an area
and then say
'unemployment' is high
and economic activity is low
We also note with casual dismay that when two blokes
One from Edinburgh and one from Warwickshire
died messing around with the
South Bank Coke Ovens
The media had to interview the leader of the local council
and didn't identify her as
leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council
but as
a member of some
All Teesside committee
Not Middlesbrough?
Kill the story.

Let us explain to you one of the core causes of
within the British working class
Just as the people of colour
people of color
put so much energy into promotion of the idea that
people of colour are the only people ever to have been
The Jews
promote the idea that they are the only victims of
The Second World War
people with a simpler approach to life conclude that
the only reason we got into the Second World War was
to rescue the Jews
in that perception
a lot of Brits died so that Jew could live
and they don't seem very grateful
They seem to suggest we didn't get there quick enough
Let them down on Normandy Beaches
Rocked up years late at Dunkirk

25th September 2019

Our Ricker recently wrote to his - one of his old - universities
An essay on
Universities within Society
I have been prompted to write this by a recent letter from The Society.
I have recently found myself hving to decline a treatment recommendation from
a hospital worker with
34 letters after his name.
That can be quite a challenge
Over time, almost all cultural references lose their power.
This certainly applies to modern entertainments if not to cultural legends and biblical references.
However, since the ephemera can now be researched on the internet, all is not lost for the transient.
I set this out as justification for using a children's TV show as reference to my experience of being a pupil and a student.
I would say, also it covers my experience as a citizen.
I am referring to an animation called.
Chorlton and the Wheelies.
To save a Google search...
The Wheelies are small creatures on wheels not legs.
They are dominated, terrorised by a wicked witch who is a teacher type character.
One day an egg appears and hatches.
A baby dinosaur emerges - Chorlton.
So far as I can remember, he has a broad Yorkshire accent.
Although since Chorlton cum Hardy is in Manchester it was probably supposed to be
a Lancashire accent.
He is completely impervious to the wicked spill of the witch and whenever
he encounters the witch he chortles about the
little lady.
Speaking of character names in entertainment,
before my time there was a fairly successful music hall entertainer called
Nosmo King.
He had a train journey during which to choose a new alias to avoid conflict with
another act with the same name he started with.
Nosmo King came from
No Smoking
on the carriage window.
At about the time of
Chorlton and the Wheelies there was an even less memorable animated character called
Issi Noho.
thIS SIde up
NO HOoks.
Sometimes I am Chorlton and I disrupt the plans of many people to belittle and humiliate the afflicted.
In that sense, there are two sides to this.
My teachers always had a different view of me from my fellow pupils.
I will make two observations about my
giving the little people a chance.
I was at school along time ago and many of my teachers had been in the war.
The head of Geography was Mr. Ingham.
During the war he had been chief of police on one of the major Mediterranean Islands.
One day he produced pictures of a landscape.
He passed them around and asked the class where it could be.
Not until all the pupils had had a go, did I simply say.
You see I always knew the teachers' tricks.
It was like the University Challenge of the old days.
Thinking outside the box, not Good Will Hunting style trotting out the
familiar responses.
I am told that I am related in a non-blood relative fashion to at least one
now dead University Challenge question steer and
the key term is
lateral thinking
you teach as set of fact
and then you ask a question that cannot be answered without
linking the facts in a way that has never been taught.
Everybody has heard of New Zealand
but why New where is Zealand?
Holland, the Low Countries.
A picture of
dykes and windmills.
The second reference is to sports.
I was never picked for teams in P E lessons and the teachers thought I was
one day a teacher told me to bowl at cricket
after two of three deliveries
he told me to switch to
he did not know that every day I would take on all comers on the school field at
and never loose
On the other hand the pupils did tend to depend on me to get them out of scrapes.
One day, for some reason, Mr Bulmer the biology teacher,
had set some sort of maths homework and everybody but me had got it wrong.
He sent me home early for lunch whilst he and the class explored the problem.
He was a good egg but did suffer a bit from imposter syndrome
having been in The Navy and being the only non-graduate teaching an academic subject.
Perhaps because he was displeased to return to school after the summer,
when I was around 9 years old within the first week of the new school year - September
one of the other boys tripped me up in the school yard and used his
boots with segs
boots with steel reinforcements on the underside
they are called segs because they look like segments of an orange
steel tipped boots in hsi case
but they are supposed to be used to reinforce
to kick my face in
His dad had a trade
He was a TV aerial installer
perhaps that was not
steady work
I never went back to that school and after several months
I started at another school after Christmas.
My parents were so pleased that I survived that they expected little of me academically
and accepted teachers suggestions that I was moronic.
What had actually happened was that I had lost the ability to write.
Well not quite.
At the time of the incident I had learned the letters of the alphabet and the numbers.
What I had not learned was how to form
ampersand and the pound sign.
It was years and years before I mastered those, or even knew they existed
Added to which...
My old school taught
and my new school taught
and they require fountain pens with
very different nibs
I was set passages of text to copy out each day during the summer holidays
by my dad
it was a problem
it was more of a problem and a let down for him because his handwriting was
a beautiful
And so to my nickname or pet name at secondary school.
One day a physics teacher decided to tell the call that
my homework looked like a spider had crawled across the pages of my exercise book.
This lead to my classmates calling me
with considerable affection
At that time certain German and Japanese motor manufacturers
tried to launch the
rotary engine.
The Wankle Engine.
and the most famous model at the time was
The Wankle Spider.
and so
boys who were not in my classes and knew I was the smartest kid in the school
tried to re-name me Wanklespider.
They didn't get very far.
I added the preamble and so to the original message...
I have had a standard form letter from the Principal regarding
help from me for a student support bursary.
I will say at first that just for now I have no spare cash for the purpose.
I could say that the reason I am short of cash is that I am trying to repay
a debt incurred trying to attain a masters degree at
the University of Teesside.
If I said that it would not be the whole truth.
However, I have decided at this time to set down some thoughts
for you, and perhaps the principal,
regarding such funding.
I set out two thoughts as a beginning.
Firstly, it is easier to make the rich poor than to make the poor rich.
in the sense of all of the rich and all or the poor.
In this context there is a contrast between
St Cuthbert's assisting a handfull of bright prospects and
a government seeking to generate an 'all graduate' population.
At greater length I would cite a reference on Wikipaedia to,
The greatest artistic gymnast in history
Simone Biles
Since much of her story is on Wikipaedia
I shall paraphrase to my case.
Simone Biles could not be raised by her birth parents due to
their problems with alcohol and drugs.
from her early teens she was home schooled so that
she could train an extra ten hours a week.
In the modern rather complication definitions of such things she has two brothers.
We are told that she graduated from her home schooling and
registered to attend UCLA as an amateur gymnast on a scholarship.
After many public protestation that she would attend UCLA
she turned professional and disbarred herself from the scholarship.
She then took up an association with some,
possibly Open University style, organisation known as something along the lines of
The University of the People.
At this point I stray into news coverage.
I understand that there was some high profile problem with her
National Coach.
That seems well documented.
What is not so well documented, in a Ben Stokes sort of a way,
is the suggestion that a close relative - perhaps one of her brothers -
is currently accused of killing three or four people.
A third reference could be to
You can take the woman out of the sink estate
but you can't take
the sink estate out of the woman.
Two things
How often does a relationship founder because an ex
perhaps a boyfriend but perhaps a father or brother
need I refer to The Duchess of Sussex
decides that the
Girl from the Bronx
should become
her family's
One Woman Army Against the World
secondly, is the coach actually in
protective custody
and did the brother decide
become convinced that now
he is the law
and take his sister's court victory as his
licence to kill.
From this evolves the question of
At one end of the spectrum it could be assumed that
lack of physical evidence of
violent assault
negates a charge of intimate misconduct.
At the other extreme the concept of consent may extend to effectively
the form of the marriage ceremony
this in the sense that consent is only complete if it is
given and accepted by all connections
including money grabbing psychopathic pseudo-relatives.
The problem with marriage is that as a legal construct it lost validity
when the concept of rape within marriage was introduced.
Essentially. the concept of rape within marriage
destroyed the adage
you hve made your bed now you must lie in it.
There is a movie called
Two Weeks Notice.
The idea of a rolling contract.
I give you old fashioned marriage style control of my body
but only for a fixed period subject to renewal.
I think that what is not ever considered in these cases is
the question
did the
active partner
get valid consent
from the passive partner...the vulnerable partner
but we do not consider the actions of third parties.
We are beginning to consider
coercive control
we never question the actions of the person who says to
the vulnerable partner
you are not entitled to give consent
we TELL under 16s they are not entitled to give consent
but we excuse them from giving consent
due to their assumed vulnerability
we, as society are tending to enlarge the set of categories of people we
are not entitled to give consent.
as society, but not as pimps, partners, brothers fathers
we say if you gave consent we should
punish you.
but we will refrain from punishing YOU because you are vulnerable
but only if you lodge a complaint.
The vulnerable person is then pressured into making a complaint
that is self saving from retribution and not
retributive toward the partner.
and so in essence
the Honour Killing
is retribution for giving consent.
Consent recognised in law but not in tradition.
then, 'right on' law enforcement
takes one partner into protective custody
to appease the non-partner exercising coercive control
and prevent an Honour Crime.
Apart from a handfull of years in Durham and London
I have lived all my life in a small northern town that is of no consequence because
it has no Premiership Football Club - the only reason for a town to be on any map.
For many years a JP, a magistrate, lived next door to me.
On one occasion whilst I was a dinner guest in his house he commented.
You don't look Jewish.
My parents were not natives of Redcar - Old Redcarites.
My mother had arrived from South Shields after World War II.
My father had arrived from the Stockton-on-Tees area quite a bit earlier.
At the meal in question were the JP, his wife and their two daughters,
one married and one single.
My invitation may have been an act of charity not wanting to see a single man alone.
However, the rection of the rest of the family to Bernard's observation
indicted that the matter of my ethnicity had been a topic of discussion in the family.
I can happily state that according to
Ancestry DNA
I am one third Irish, One third Scots, one third Viking
a bit more Viking.
Nothing else whatever.
This brings us to the question
What brought it to the mind of Bernard's little Welsh wife, Megan, that
I may be Jewish and hence unsuitable as a son-in-law?
We come now to the familiar phrase
The Truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but The Truth.
The middle bit is the problem.
If that were applied, no case would ever end.
Here is the case for the prosecution..
As background I will say that both my parents were
but I raised myself as an Anglican
I was confirmed and spent my teenage Sundays
Serving on the Altar
leaving my parents at home
I did not carry any of this into my University years.
Lapsed Methodists, practicing Anglican..
where did the idea of being Jewish come from
It's all in a name.
From the time of my birth onwards the most famous victim of
The Holocaust
has been
Anna Frank
and my mother's maiden name was Eva May Frank
so I must be Jewish
except that
Anna Frank's
MOTHER was Jewish
and her father who along with his children by another wife
survived the war
was not Jewish
but the publicity fixed in the public mind the idea that
is a Jewish name
to the extent that my first line manager in my first job
a friend from Hull university days of Ken Bowler
asked me whether I was circumcised
I am not.
Sometimes people's prejudices completely miss their target.
I was a member of the Coatham Parish.
At a certain point my father was buried in
Kirkleatham parish churchyard.
For some reason I was at an event at Kirkleatham with my mother
and she was somhow related to the local parish priest
Reverend Colin Linguard.
I got chatting with the curate.
He was an ex steel worker.
The main thing he said to me was.
You should go to London and
take your mother with you.
A little later my mother died and it was arranged that
she should be buried in the double family grave.
I arrived for the funeral to find that grave disturbed but a new grave
opened up for her
as it happens, next to the grave of
my vicar at Coatham.
He was vicar of Coatham but buried at Kirkleatham.
Allan Wordsworth.
name ring a bell?
It does make you think.
Wouldn't the normal Christian approach be.
You should go to London
and don't worry, we'll look after your mum.
The Principal in her letter does not refer to
Impostor Syndrome.
Perhaps it is far from her mind I note a reference to
families who may have more than one child at university.
In my year the student who got the First in my subject - zoology - was
one of around four sons - Richardson.
the chap who got the first in botany
was one of four sons and had a stint as Vice Chancellor.
At the time of BSE
government probably assumed that a first in botany from Durham
had the endorsement of the David Attenborough of the day
Dave Bellamy
My brothers are dead.
One was a Leeds graduate and the other an Oxford grad - BNC.
When I was at school I had dealings with the sons of the boss of
Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company
I knew to, there were four.
I tutored the third one in his gap year because although he was going to
Oxbridge to study medicine, he had no biology A level
Over all I suppose that I prefer the concept of
extra money whilst at uni to the concept of
a better class of degree because daddy has run out of favours.
More importantly
not giving graduates qualification
that they can never hope to live up
in order to influence their
first destination upon graduation.
One of my friends at Durham had had a holiday job on
The Fergie Wagons
back in the days when Ferguson Transport ran out of Blyth.
He was a Greyman and got put on a General Degree after his first year.
perhaps he was an only child with a future in Road Transport?
I am a little puzzled that Cuth's should be the resort of
upper middle class parents with a working class scale of offspring.
The law of unintended consequences.
In the case of BSE
bovine spongyform encephalopathy
a government floundering between the advice of a
berk with a first in botany
and the world's greatest bio-medical scientist
reference the blog www.redcar.biz
with a third in zoology
it's all about the jarbs
first destination after graduation as the jargon goes
get 'em a job within six months of showing them the door and we are
you get to be vice chancellor of Durham University on the basis that
you've got three brothers.
I am not closely involved with the issue but,
I understand that it is the plan to restrict, over time,
child benefit
to a mother's first two children.
To clarify
my dad retired and ran out of favours when I was 11.
My brother worked for Maxwell Batley Solicitors in London and so
had great contacts
he also had an idiot son
idiot son got a lower second from UCL but he'd almost got kicked out of
his public school - Radleigh
and failed the chartered surveyors' professional exams
all FIVE times he took them
so my bro couldn't get me a job his idiot son couldn't do
at that time he hadn't divorced the lad's mother
and then
and then consider his neighbour and my tutor group partner
Jane Rowland
no don't consider her
nor Tiny
Check out Tiny's Wikipaedia entry
no mention of Jane
but Tiny was at our graduation
never seen her since.
The idiot is the only Eiric Robson on the Internet,
last time I checked.
That leads to the key group of students in this matter.
The children of divorced upper middle class parents
neither of whom want to spend their share of the divorce settlement on
the kids
or upper middle class fathers who have paid
child maintenence for any reason and
going to university marks the point where child support ends.
The maintenence loan will be a lot less than
the child support for a lot of Durham style students.
I will at this point make some unresearched sweeping statements.
I have lived through some considerable changes in education in this country.
To begin:
These days every 'profession' wants to be a graduate entry only profession.
To my knowledge no university has ever offered a degree in
how to be something in the City.
fity years ago almost every undergraduate studied on the basis that
on graduation they could sell their textbooks to freshers and burn their lecture notes
they would never give thought to their honours subjects again.
The point of getting a degree was to get an
office job
and avoid any risk of digging drains.
Then came the day when the
Polytechnics became universities
and later
colleges of Higher Education became universities.
I am struck by the announcement that
Sunderland Medical School
is the first new medical school since
It all feeds into the Elephant in the Room approach to
Higher Education on Teesside.
I went to school with a lad called
Stephen Pearson
and he being an accountant I was not surprised when
the next I heard of him was as
chief finance officer of the new - then new - joint
Teesside University - Durham University campus in Thornaby,
and then it disappeared without even a puff of smoke.
and then it was a joint medical school with
Newcastle University.
Than then simply disappeared,
and is now apparently wiped from history.
When teaching at Teesside Polytechnic I got the memo
as we are now becoming a university we expect enquiries from the press
for expert opinions on topics in the news.
We wish to establish a register of experts so that we can
re-direct these enquiries efficiently.
Nobody, not one single lecturer or Professor put their name forward.
The unspoken text was
we are about our students
our subjects.
People on the outside expect a good qualification to mean
bright as a button and right up with this - on the certificate - subject
lovely handwriting
takes really accurate notes
memory of a goldfish.
would anybody accept that of their doctor
or even their physio?
It is not that a university education grew out of a
no travel cheap substitute for
The Grand Tour
it is that ... well to digress
I forget the motto of Durham University
Gratia Gratiam Parit
is Cuth's
but I do remember the motto of
The City of London University
To Serve Mankind
meaning that a world with educated people in it is a better world.
a sort of technocrat's equivalent of
noblesse oblige
with status comes responsibility
our mission is to turn the yoof into
useful citizens.
There is a motto on an old school building that is now a part of
THE University of Teesside
Aut disce aut discede
That is a little harsh for my liking
it means
(if you enter here, do so) either to teach or to learn.
From time to time I refer to the fact that
Cambridge University
no-plaformed Sir Isaac Newton
their core business was training Christian priests
Douglas Adams
we demand clearly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.
explained things
and that's
shooting the fox to
English Literature grads - some of whom also qualified as lawyers
who dominate the UK establishment.
pondering the imponderable
has been replaced with
campaigning for the downright
This issue is settled but we are the new generation and we
want to go back to
square one.
I have another tale about the effect of university attendance on families.
I guess that Janet Stark was born in around 1942.
I think Janet met Mr. Stark at university, don't know which one.
they got to be the biology teaching team at Eston grammar school.
He had got honours, she not.
She was left at the comp and he went to the Sixth Form,
when the grammar was closed.
I am in passing suggesting that in the 1960s women were not expected to need
especially if the had a man in tow.
What I really want to point out is;
Janet's mother died from kidney failure when the medics ran out of
places to make dialysis fistulas.
Janet was still quite young.
Here is the point.
When Janet returned home from uni - probably as the first uni student in her family
she would get irritated when her parents
referred to things, ideas, etc. as
the things they described as logical were
it stands to reason
in their world meant
it's what we expect
and no matter how logical an idea
no matter how much evidence is available
if an idea is
it will be described as
the half a century passes
and Earl Gove decrees that he and his
have tired of experts
and set a target of
90 percent of people having neat handwriting
not ten per cent of Brits knowing about how the universe works
Janet has switched from teaching to social work
Janet's grand daughter asks
why did
consultant psychiatrist Dr. Green
not conclude that I was mentally ill
for quoting from text books?
Sam inspected my home and decided that I should
dispose of all my books, mostly my father's books,
I could keep that rather smart copy of
Encyclopaedia Britainnica.

24th September 2019

a class 68 loco - a stand alone diesel-electric loco
called Lord something or other
in TransPennine Express livery
made a test visit to the
Redcar central
Goods Yard
we can only suppose that TPE have such a loco for
rescue missions....
like a push through the Pennines in case of
The wrong kind of snow
TPE trains will be stabled at
Redcar Central from December 2019
TransPennine Express (TPE) will sub-lease fourteen Class 68 locomotives from
Direct Rail Services from 2018 for initial use on the
Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough route from early 2019.
Once more sets are delivered and staff have been trained they will also
work Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough services.
for which read manchester Airport to Redcar service
These will haul five-car rakes of Mark 5A coaches, with
a driving trailer at the opposite end.
The TPE vinyled locomotives do not feature yellow front ends,
following a change to the regulations.

20th September 2019

We need to express our regrets regarding the fatalities
yesterday in South Bank
As far as we know what happened was..
in the past coke ovens had
push hoods
just like a hob in the kitchen
the retorts where topped with an industrial scale
cooker hood
just like a range in a take away
the fumes were piped to an anciliary plant
the heavies called
coal tar
were condensed out
and the gas stored in that huge drum you can see in the pictures
the condensers will be full of condensate
you punch a hole in that with a gas axe and you admit
atmospheric oxygen and a flame
and so
not an explosion
a kind of rocket engine
oif you made a decent hole before you got things hot enough for ignition
you get a plume of flame coming out of the holeyou made
that you push over any
cherry picker
Let us hope those operative were not working for
Able UK
they should know better
You cannot treat this kit like an office block

12th September 2019

There are these days, few people alive who were adults during
the inter war years
and so we do not have at the top of our minds the idea that if we
leave the 21st century German Empire
within a decade the Germans may declare war on us
the mind set is simply not there
hence we have to take care over
leaks of strategically important information
to wit
we 'think' that the UK has three major
oil refineries
Miford Haven in south west Wales
Grangemouth near Edinburgh, Scotland
and Seal Sands, on Teesside
we are ever sceptical about
government leaks
we note one here
it has been said that a section of
the version of Yellowhammer that has recently been published
had a section 'redacted'
that section is said to have said that
2,000 people would be
laid off
if BrExit caused a shut down of the UK's oil refineries
not a lot of people know this...
Teesport is the second or first largest port in the UK
you include the material coming and going by
customs backlogs will not affect
pipelines and cables that
cross borders
and so we ask
why were oil refineries ever in the
Yellowhammer Report
if we apply our trademark
thinking outside the box
somebody may have thought
we can use Yellowhammer as a cover for
researching the effect of converting from
petroleum based fuels to
electricity of hydrogen
it appears that
phasing out oil refineries will (would)
remove about 2,000 jobs from the sector
moving to hydrogen, as opposed to electricity
would not affect employment in
filling stations
blue sky thinking is it?
the aim is to distribute infrastructure to avoid
having easy and easily targeted megastructures
in the Second World War in the UK
distributed manufacturing came down to back yards
there was a house in Forth Road in Redcar where
war manufacturing was done in the garage
Flemings Garage
on the corner of Trunk Road and Kirkleatham Lane
now replaced with Drive Vauxhall
was supposed to be a motor repair shop
but over half of it was a
'gas metre factory'
that actually made war materials
since the war...
for planning purposes
has meant putting
all your eggs in one basket

we - that is our Ricker- can look things up in places
you probably wouldn't
as it stands we recognise that whenever
cystic fibrosis
gets publicity
the patients featured as
little white girls
what we do not have to hand is anything about boys with the problem
what we do know is that CF - cystic fibrosis - two things
seventy per cent of sufferers have a 'fault' in their
number 7 chromosome - in fact both of their number 7 chromosomes
and so CF is not - as they say - sex linked
and yet it's all about little white girls
we know that there are males who are infertile because
the tube for letting sperm out
gets gummed up just like the little girls' lungs
we infer that most boys with CF die very young??
the first health warning is that
30 per cent of people with a CF type problem
don't have that particular gene defect
some stats....
in the USA...
1 in 3,300 white births
1 in 15,500 black births
1 in 32,000 American Asian births
are affected
and here is a problem with interpretation
30 per cent of patients are adult
we reckon that means 30 in a hundred affected people
survive into adulthood
CF is one of those inherited problems we have a big problem with
it is not 'dominant'
not something that can be dealt with using
gene silencing
not due to too many copies of a a normally healthy gene
BECAUSE 7 is a chromosome we each have two copies of
and one functioning copy is enough
in detail...
the most common deviation - delta F 508 - leads to the absence
a residue at position 508 on the CFTR protein
what we mean to say...
two things
3 per cent of white people have one defective chromosome
3 per cent only half there translates to
one in 3,300 not being there at all
the other problem is
the other 30 percent
have one of
different defects
we can look towards using
gene splicing
to help
up to 70 percent of affected people
in essence
girls with CF are not very likely to have children
boys with CF are very unlikely to children
people with one defective gene and one normal gene are
really very likely to have children
quite a lot - without genetic counselling - will
produce affected children
here is the medical ethics dilemma
we are coming up to a TV series about
cleansing of the collective genome
here's a thing
in a world where
facial recognition CCTV were permitted
one could see that checking people for being
CF carriers would be permitted and somehow
the production of children without a working gene
would be outlawed
in our world>>>
CF therapy drugs are expensive
predicting which couples may produce affected children would be difficult
couples who produce an affected child could be offered
free life prolonging drugs for that child
in return for agreeing to
produce any further children by
invitro - in glass - techniques
that would include splicing a normal gene into the embryo
the trouble with genetics, eugenics, is the
Nazi inheritance
it is very difficult for people of today to imagine the
context and mind set of the mid 20th century
the German Empire was quite large and
individuals did things that were not core to the regime
one doctor was obsessed with
blue eyes
and did horrific things in concert with
the overall concept that
power lay with people with simple ideas about science
putting that another way
most senior Nazis were most of the time
right off their heads on drugs
and so
medical ethics people can have difficulty with
eradicating genetic burdens such as CF
and breeding a
Master Race
with blonde hair and blue eyes
and so we concentrate on
palliative and mitigating therapies for the likes of CF
rather than eradication programmes
after all, these days...
hair dye - bleach - and coloured contact lenses
need we say more

our Ricker was a bit miffed by one particular
Silly Season Story
somebody had published some findings of
milk proteins on the teeth of some
fossil humanoid
and the tag was
although these people were
lactose intolerant
we took no notice about what era the fossil came from but
once people domesticated
cattle sheep goats
milk was easier to come by - not seasonal - than fruit juice
fermented or other wise
and was safer to drink than water
large numbers of people world wide these days are
lactose intolerant because
boiled water is safer to drink than milk
we cannot see how anybody could assume
these people were lactose intolerant
but we can see that
milk drinking and cheese making could
come before tea drinking
you become lactose intolerant when
you - as an individual - stop drinking milk

11th September 2019

yes, by June the North East was back on the downward
females 4.8 male 5.1 per cent

21st August 2019

Today we want to unpack the
Welsh magistrate Sam
if we unpack it
we begin to see the relevance of
DNA profiling
we suggested
two girls, two boys, two babies
and the beak was threatening the boys with rape convictions
if they didn't each marry one of the girls
and he didn't care which girl which boy married
on the plus side
if they had had DNA information
perhaps the boys would have ended up
married to the mothers of their own babies
but what if
despite both boys having had sex with both girls
DNA showed that one boy was the father of both babies?
the purpose in the magistrate's mind was
to get both girls married off
without DNA that could be achieved with the
threat of a rape conviction
in the alternative scenario
is one boy the happy dad with
sister wives?
not in the UK
which is the greater crime
considering the boy who had sex
with both girls and got neither pregnant
in the current atmosphere where a boy deserves jail for
looking up a girl's skirt
it's hard to think about a distinction between
having sex with contraception
and having sex without contraception
in some mind sets
just as medicine thwarts God's justice
illness being a punishment from God
and mere palliation being somewhat dodgy
contraception thwarts the mechanisms 'intended' to
force boys into marriage
what we are saying is that over time
the people who say
the wages of sin is death
the wages of pleasure is
are loosing ground
these days nobody - on 'factual' TV at least - is suggesting
that adulterers be burned at the stake
but some are suggesting that some elements of the
this is heinous outside marriage concept
are to be retained
we are fairly stunned that the most recent past UK government
actually gave a tax break to couples who marry
in a context where they also pay benefits to
one head of household per household.......
getting husbands and wives to even have
joint bank accounts
let alone separate bank accounts....
we just wonder whether BrExit aside
the new couple in 10 Downing Street
will drag the UK government into the 21st century

our Ricker is beginning to feel more and more like
movie reference
the Bone Collector
depending on other people to feed him information
ever since Cleveland police decided they could
tot up the number of emails he sent and
present the number
90 odd running to 134 pages sent to
The University of Teesside
whilst he was a masters degree student there
as harassment
we should explain that whatever the law now says
the law on harassment at the time stated that
a person had to be clearly told that a person wanted no further contact
from another person
and that an offence occurred on the third breach of that instruction
there was a problem
gas company reminding you that your bill is overdue
and so the brave new world where it is
to quote a probation officer
illegal to disagree with an MP
and so PC Hinchcliff trawling through
Ricker's course work to find
personal comments
didn't hack it
as it happened the charge was laid without any warning to
cease and desist having been delivered
but then that is how
the law is
'adapted to purpose'
inconvenient bits of 'process' are omitted
for instance
if the law says an agency must seek a warrant to carry out an action
a police warrant card can be substituted for an instance specific warrant
access to premises can be effected on grounds of
potential fire risk
our Ricker avoids direct communication
hence why our Ricker is
'difficult to contact'
and so to the matter in hand
we do not know anything else about this than that
our Ricker keeps getting missed 'phone calls from
and those numbers?
The Port of Hong Kong
perhaps the Elected Mayor of Teesside should call back
on Ricker's behalf
seriously though
we could just whip through the CV of one
Vera Baird
twice married - no children, sometimes claiming her
step children - children by another wife of a former husband
mid career junior barrister
selected onto the women only short list for
MP for Redcar
immediately promoted to QC - Queen's Counsel
loses seat to LibDems
selected to run for Police and Crime Commissioner for
Cleveland not a part of that
recently appointed
Victims Commissioner instead of PCC
causing expensive by-election for PCC
incidentally, a recent vox pop recorded in London
'Hornsea wind farm, up in Newcastle'
every day they see the
weather map
place names all over
not in London, must be in Newcastle
the crux is
The Labour, women only short lists
followed by police protection from
criticism and work responsibilities
like people who run platforms such as this web site
no work responsibilities???
but not legislative powers
no government pay
This Sam is real but we have no idea what the name of the
real town or village was
a young lad thirty of 40 years ago
got a bike
and he lived in 'Newtown'
and after a while he got more and more into
bike riding and he - this is a long long time ago
found in the telephone (number) directory
the Newtown Cycling Club so he wrote - not texted or emailed wrote
to the cycling club requesting how to become a member
and he was told he was too young
perhaps he had expected a reduced rate if he said he was a
and then his parents got involved and discovered that
Newtown Cycling Club was
a working men's, CIU style, club with no connection whatever to
Club and Institutes Union
and so to the link between
The Church of England
The Labour Party
in the past, when a clergyman, priest,
wanted to write a book
or was completely useless
he would be appointed to a
sine cure
a priest is officially a
cure of souls
and a sine cure is a job - with pay
but without any parishioners - not responsible for
anybody's immortal soul
and so
The Labour Party uses
Women Only Short Lists
as their equivalent of the sine cure
but they don't tell nobody but the police
and this includes
seats in parliament and jobs in universities
and in essence Joe Public is entirely in the dark
adrift between
not taking women in roles seriously
like I don't want to see the manageress
I want to see the manager
and intruding on some sine cure

19th August 2019

our Ricker does not get involved with children
saying that
he has experience with children
he use to do wildlife experience sessions for
top Primary kids who were doing th and the littlies too
he was super bad at preventing the youngsters' teddy bears from
escaping into the woods
mostly they were found
sometimes child would arrive without a teddy and leave with
a teddy that had previously belonged to a helper
until they decided to concentrate on
teenage slow learners
not really Ricker's bag
in particular he has nothing to do with children who
are trying to cross a road
a long time ago he had a bad experience
small number of children were trying to
cross Corporation Road to get to Locke Park
the green man came on and all but one of the children
set off
the last child a girl of around 8 or 10
hesitated and Ricker encouraged her to cross
now means now
the green man generally only stays on for
five seconds
once you step out into the road you have right of way
but this girl hesitated for another three or four seconds
and so the green man was replaced by the red man
it was no longer safe for the girl to cross
how could Ricker prove that he hadn't encouraged the girl to
cross on the red man
they both - Ricker and the girl - eventually crossed safely
but that was the end of Ricker advising children
now he stands well back if an adult appears to be teaching
road safety
what Ricker has never done is care for other people's babies
now there's a Maisie tale for you
amongst other things Maisie was step mother to
and Gordon and Sheila had a daughter
and there was only a couple of years between
Katie and Maisie's Ricker and Sheila's Katie
but they were rather separate in parenting styles
Ricker got cotton terry washable nappies and
cotton washable snot rags
Katie was on disposables
Kleenex and such
Kleenex were disposable paper tissues
incidentally unlike today's wet wipes...
with no plastic content
one day Maisie took Katie to the toilet
as they were leaving Katie protests
you haven't blotted me
God back to the days of liquid ink and blotting paper....
there used to be a cartoon
from a newspaper re-used on novelty gifts
little girl rising from the toilet
and the legend
the job's not finished until
the paper work's done
there seems to be a seam of thought that
knickers are
adult diapers - nappies
dump, pull up
no pervie fondling of nether regions
we have no idea what the viewing figures are for
The Victoria Derbyshire show
BBC News channel mid morning fill in
but we note a reduction from 90 to 60 minutes
we sometimes catch the weekly roundup
essentially it appears to be
Jeremy Kyle
made by wimin
and so to an item about a nursery nurse who
photographed babies' bits while changing nappies
just the bits, no identifying marks such as faces
and sent the pics to some bloke
we can see how some people may see
hanging a nappy as no different from
changing a child's outdoor shoes to gym shoes
or re-tying a shoelace
but some would say changing a nappy involves some wiping
some may even say
as with a dog walker reporting a limp
there should be some care to look out for
nappy rash
even signs of abuse
what seems to stand out is this
apparent terror within the lower orders of
very happy to come in front of TV cameras - not
identity disguised
voiced by an actor
that doesn't even happen - didn't
on Jeremy Kyle
this Derbyshire will fly at anybody changing nappies
but sits back passive when somebody suggests that
they will kill a body who may have photographed
a baby's bits
this is 'camera shy' to the point of
and 'condoning' Lynchings...
at time of writing we do not know whether the
copper in Berkshire was killed by a
13 year old
we will not be surprised if the 17 year old
who killed a lawyer in Newcastle
comes out with the defence
I thought I was protecting the 14 year old form
a paedo

in the UK in the past week we saw a
milestone in gender equality
a man got eight and a half years for
stealing sex toys
a woman got ten years for
drowning her babies
the darkest hour
is just before dawn
in the UK
again the role of the media is important
did the mum get
five years for each baby she killed?
did the bloke get
around a year for each of a string of offences
are these sentences to be served
in parallel - or sequentially
concurrently or consecutively
and will the mum serve her sentence
after release from the nut house
or whilst in there time served on remand - waiting for and during the trial
who's scarring people off having
sexual undertones to their actions
the police
the courts
the media?
the ultimate non-contact sex crime
is a 21st century invention
there has to come a point where
people begin to wonder
if we can't think of any more things to
make illegal
do we need MPs?
things get made illegal so that
politicians can say they are
for a living
retained fire fighters
perhaps MPs should only go to work
if somebody can think up a threat to civilisation
in the nature of the thing
laws rarely if ever define
what is legal
as opposed to
what is illegal
it is interesting how much easier it is to
reverse a principle than to adjust it
once upon a time a person of nobility could demand that they be tried a jury of their peers
people like the defendant would decide
guilt or innocence
this was a bit one sided since
suspected thieves could not demand to be tried by
convicted thieves
and more so in the US where
jury selection is more prominent
a defendant is likely to be tried by a jury of
the accuser's peers
and that has it's pitfalls because in a
sex related case
women jurors are going to need more convincing that
the accuser is a credible witness
it is perhaps a reason for so many
rape and related trials that
a male jury will rubber stamp the conviction
a female jury will be more analytical
there are debates about the purpose of sentencing
some say punishment
some say rehabilitation
perhaps we more now are in the era of
pour encourage les autres
see what's happened to him
or the same will happen to you
there is a story a Sam
about two boys from Wales
brought up before the beak - magistrate
on a charge each of rape
and the evidence was that
both of them had had a go on each of the two girls complaining
and both girls were pregnant
so nobody knew which boy was the father of which baby
the magistrate decided
I don't care which baby is whose
I dismiss this case on the condition that
each girl gets to marry one of the boys
all this stuff about
sexual undertones to male actions
is all about just getting
all the girls married off
before or as soon as
they first get pregnant
if you like it, put a ring on it
even if you's gay
all the system wants is excuses to get
men over a barrel
there remains an expectation that as soon as a woman
she will
give up work
the problem with this is
the cost of housing has been linked to
two adult incomes
for around three generations now
and women expect
social care
to be paid work
not charity work
hence, thus , consequently
it is those actions
with a potential to be construed as having
a sexual undertone
but do not involve a single female of marriageable age - status
that are most targeted by media and justice departments
woem too young to marry
women already married
women in the movies
just plain ordinary
straight perv
entrapment into marriage
and so today
if you see a bloke taking an interest in a woman
and you move in too quickly with the police notebook saying
sign here to say you will never contact this woman again
a guy the likes of Ricker will say
sure, pass us the pen
thanks for the top off
that this one is another
out and out nutter

at this time we are not clear whether the
British Steel buyout is
one deal
two deals with the same buyer
to whatever extent this is two deals
we will consider now
the Scunthorpe deal alone
and then consider whether the same deal will be
extended to Teesside
we said that the government set aside
90 million for re-settlement of
redundant Redcar steel workers
and they were able only to disperse a bit more than
half of it
if we say a redundant Scunthorpe steelworker
would have a lot more trouble finding work
than a redundant Redcar steelworker
we could say
closing Scunthorpe would cost the government
two to three hundred million
not an out of the question sum
politically, it is more acceptable
if you can get to through regulation
EU regulation
to give the Turkish military
those two to three hundred million
to keep the steelworks open until
most of the existing workers qualify for
their pensions
since Lackenby is profitable such support is
probably not needed in Redcar
we should know
but we think, Turkey is not in the EU
and so if there is BrExit
things should run fairly smoothly

15th August 2019

if you are a tennis fan
you may have a favourite player
if you do, your focus will be on that player
and it will be him or her versus the rest
if you play
you may focus on playing well and or winning
the thing with football is
if you are a part of a crowd of
50,000 supporters of the home team
it is not your favourite against the world
it is your team against the visitors
and there can be less emphasis on your team doing well
and more emphasis on the visitors doing badly
as with cricket sledging, you want to
psyche out the opposition
and then it is a case of
what are they 'touchy' about?
many many years ago Ricker got some very
disapproving looks when he wanted to refer to a
woman whose name he had forgotten and said
the round faced girl
it's picking on a point of difference
to identify somebody by what the authorities would call
distinguishing features
is to discriminate
like she's a very discriminating buyer of
she likes the red shinny ones
and so with several friends called
you can discriminate between them by calling
one Rich
one Richard
one Dick
one Dickie
at what point do you start to analyse and say
you chose to call me Dick rather than Richard because of
the association with the penis
if you call a Richard Rich
are you commenting on his wealth?
not to mention
Dickie, do you mean, Trickie Dickie?
if the modifiers to people's names cannot
make any reference to
gender, ethnicity, religion whatever
can they exist at all
many people may meet a couple and pick up on
the pet names they have for each other and begin to
refer to them by those names and
cause great offence
I would ask you to address me as
Nancy is my name within the family
and you are not yet an accepted member of
our family

Ricker has remembered about the
New Scientist
activists almost always act in ways that
raise suspicions about their
just like the vegans discounting the realities of
the Carbon Cycle
the initial bone of contention
the thing that set
Climate Change Research
on a bumpy course
The Arctic Ice Cap
the conflict was
researchers were denied access to the sea under the ice
they said they wanted to measure the
thickness of the ice to be able to
calculate the extent that sea level would rise if
it melted
glass of water
pop in ice cubes
mark the level of the water in the glass
loosely cover the glass
wait for the ice
some of which sticks up above the water
wait for the ice to melt
check the water level
if the loose cover restricted evaporation
the water level will
not have changed
were these activists
who wanted to measure the thickness of the ice at the
North Pole
complete fuck wits?
or did they want to go under there because
the world's nuclear weaponed sub-marines
live under there?
the density of 'water' varies with temperature
4 is the significant number
from memory
the density of water is lowest at minus 4 degrees C
if you fill a container with water
full and sealed
cooled freshly boiled water contains no dissolved atmospheric
gases - oxygen, nitrogen etc
but that's a different matter
put your full sealed plastics box into the freezer
and when the water freezes
it will expand and split the container
if the container can withstand the pressure...
the increased pressure can alter the freezing point of the water
the boiling point of water at sea level is
100 degrees
top of a mountain
the water will boil at a much
lower temperature
and so making a decent brew gets difficult
and there's a hell of a lot of
water pressure
at the level of the underside of an iceberg
and so the hydrodynamics of
sea ice and very very complicated
not least because
icebergs from glaciers are
fresh water
and sea ice is salt
and so sea ice is more dense than glacier calves
it has to be a lot colder for the open salty sea to freeze
than for fresh water droplets in the atmosphere to freeze
this means that for the ice sheet to expand - spread
in winter
hard to freeze sea water has to freeze to form a platform
for easy to freeze atmospheric moisture
to land on and be protected from warming and dissolving
in open water
if ice flows do not form or are smaller
less snow is preserved
and there is less water above sea level
that, however, relates to the area of the ice cap
there has to be sea ice under the snow ice to protect
the snow ice from the winter gritter effect of
snow being dumped into sea water
but none of the earth's floating ice will raise sea level
as it melts
Nearby Greenland ice cover is a very different matter
and a lot of ice at the South Pole rests on rock
and so the size - especially not the thickness of
the North Pole ice field is not a sea level issue
but is a problem for Polar Bear habitat size

14th August 2019

patent means open
when somebody gets a patent on an invention
they protect their right to get paid if somebody else
makes a mechanism of the same design
the motivation behind the scheme is to
magic tricks
working prototypes
some people prefer not to
patent an idea - publish it and claim royalties
they prefer to keep
trade secrets
such as recipes for food products
we accept
magic tricks
trade secrets
but then we come to the term
Greek - oxus, sharp - morus, dull stipid
figure of speech in which two words or phrases
of opposite meaning are set against each other
for emphasis or effect
for example
that statement is truly false
falsely true
truly false means genuinely false
falsely true?
we can't think what that means
and so to the phrase of the week
if you believe in science
back in the day when people sold
patent medicines
people bought them
1 because they needed some help
2 because they thought
if he can afford to have those special bottles and labels
made up he's not a
fly by night
there ar quite a number of antiques around that have
completely fake
registered design and patent numbers
incorporated into them hundreds of years ago
a bit like false number plates on
gettaway cars
it's one of those things we won't be researching but
we seem to remember that
Albert Einstein
started out adult life as a
Patents Clerk
trying to work out whether designs submitted should be
granted a patent
and so to the term
Peer Reviewed Paper
back in the day when three percent of people
wnet to university and most of them
didn't do science
another scientist would be a
rare bird
today with 30 per cent having
academic letter after their name
and a lot of them science related
peer review is not so rarefied
back in the day of pigeon post
our Ricker wrote to
New Scientist magazine
to point out a published error
he got a short reply to the effect
we are a POPULAR science journal
in other words
don't let the facts get in the way of a good story
with a quarter of the younger population
seeking their
fifteen minutes of fame through
scientific breakthrough
there are a lorra lorra
fancy bottles and labels
being produced
speaking of pigeon post
letters from our Ricker to
Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister
are probably available now under the
thirty year rule
and archive archaelologists will probably be able to find
the one where he shares his first
back of an envelope calculation that
global warming could not produce a
sea level rise in excess of
5 metres
unless it got too tatty to file as she
carried it around in her handbag

here we see in the
benefit dependency figures for
people of working age
an April to May drop from
5.6 per cent
5.3 per cent
we will have to wait to find out whether this is a
resumption of the downward trend
pre universal credit

Ricker's mind is failing
he's having trouble distinguishing between
blasphemy is the word he is struggling for
some other words
the thing is there are things to do with religion
that are no longer crimes in the UK
we should check the life history of
blasphemy laws in the UK
but we probably won't
and the forces that feel that loss are
sex crimes
dismissal of religious orthodoxy
it really is quite interesting that
we very much doubt that the rise of Islam in the UK
has much to do with race or ethnicity
Christianity is seen as no longer a
rod of iron
disciplinarian religion
with a comprehensive unshakable set of rules
and we have always said
converts are always more zealous than
people brought up in a faith

and there is another strand of public speaking that
thinks it's
to say
sex and violence
instead of
these people probably don't think through anything carefully
on the surface it appears that they don't see
sex crimes as crimes of violence
but a separate category relating to
reputational damage

and then we move to the concept of the
All Seeing Eye
like on US banknotes
and we said many people go along with the idea of meeting in church as
in the sight of God
you meet with God in church - not everywhere
and then
you have to have a concept of God's view of you
if you need to go to confession
and that seems to have this sub-section that
if you walk around
to coin a phrase
inside a pillar box
God won't be able to tell whether you are a
man or a woman
and rather like a mid twentieth century boy's school
no guv
we ain't got no wimin 'ere
and so
God can see you when you are in church
and when you are out in the street
but nowhere else
and so everywhere else is where
you can do the naughty
and so the
you can't prove you didn't blaspheme
is replaced with
you can never prove yourself innocent of
sex crimes
rather in the manner of
black balling
accuser gets anonymity and is not required to
produce evidence
and the police are saying
people with differing views
must be located in different places
and that's called
allopatric speciation
as opposed to sympatric speciation
where people with differing outlooks on life are
expected to
rub along

there are still a lot of people
perhaps fathers of girls, in the main
who regard females as
the weaker vessel
and when seeking a partner for a daughter seek to
hobble the man to level the playing field
and some think a woman should always have the undisputed right to
have any man they have ever had any contact with jailed
on a whim
we have touched on this next bit before but
it is becoming increasingly more important
medical examiners can determine
from a pattern of bruising etc.
if a person - normally woman
has been dry humped
no use in historic cases
and being dry humped is the definition of rape
however, women and their dads
are increasingly claiming that
seduction is rape
and this is why prosecutors wish to have
complainants 'phones
to see
not did the complainant have sex
dry humped or not
was she
The Office Bike
did she have a shred of 'reputation' left
for the accused to
if it's gonna happen
there always has to be a first time
lock up every man who takes a person's virginity?

this all points up a distinction between two words
heretics have been subject to all sorts of pain
over the years
but they tend to be people who
refuse to recant
opinion contrary to orthodox opinion
teaching or belief
from the Greek hairesis - choice , school of thought
to speak irreverently of God
to desecrate by impious talk
to take God's name in vain
to curse and swear
and since that too is
from the Greek
we infer
gods as well as God
in a sense
pas devant les enfants
not in front of the children
this amplifies the idea that children are
little people who snitch for God
essentially to blaspheme is to
behave normally in an inappropriate context
in church or with children present
you can forget yourself in church
but often there can be children present
where you would not expect to find children
without you knowing
in some sense
a child creates a church when they
say their prayers at bed time
in this sense
priests and children share the capacity to
invoke God
the problem with blasphemy is it invokes summary justice
there is no question of an option to recant
and by extension
there is a big difference between discussing theology
down the pub or in the seminar room
and preaching heresy from a church pulpit
and so
what parts of a university campus are
consecrated spaces
for orthodoxy alone?
and then we get to the Latin
Latin is the language of
The Romans
The Greeks were all about
The Gods
The Romans were the transition from
the gods
and so for them
the sacred and the profane
swearing - profanity
and from the Latin
pro - in front of
fanum - temple
slagging off
God or the gods
on the temple steps

12th August 2019

Our Ricker was sad so see that
Colin Briggs
apparently failed his audition to
present the
Look North North East and Cumbria
early evening magazine programme
and quite pleased that this has put an end to
Ricker's daily morning routine of
slipping off to the toilet during some
chaff on BBC Breakfast
only to discover Colin
half way through his monologue
Ricker reckons
Colin ...
pale - check
male - check
stale - we don't think so
and so
now that she's pregnant
The Boro Lass
will not be enough to persuade Ricker to plough through
the references to
one in five million medical ailments
and bizarre sports
we feel we should explain
Pro-celebrity cricket
The professionals are paid by their
The celebrities are on
Central Contracts
some grounds make money from hosting Test Matches
there is the MCC and the TCCB
well they keep changing their names
cricket is
The Marlebone Cricket Club
then there is the
Test and County Cricket Board
so there are important people such as
Tim Rice
who are MCC members
so counties used to loan players to the TCCB to
appear in Test Matches
now all the counties
including the ones that don't have any
celebrity rank players
pay the TCCB to pay the celebrity cricketers
it would be a bit like the ASO paying
Froom and G Thomas
instead of INEOS doing it
and if there aren't enough people on
Central Contracts
who are fit to play
somebody gotta pay...

Redcar has regained its
Two Escalator Town
status B&M have opened their new store in
Regent Walk - Morrisons front yard
in all of the space of the former department store
using the escalators to link the two floors
and stlil no To Let sign on the old place
to us
it looks like this fairly new building
what can we say
needs a lot of work to get the best out of
the footprint
there's a little discount foodstore next door
we can never remember which is
Fulton Foods and which is Heron Foods
one of them belongs to the holding company that owns
the one that is next to the 'old' B&M is
the one that doesn't belong to B&M
where are we going here?
that long deep, narrow store was
the original Frank Dee supermarket
and we very much doubt that the building that B&M
just moved out of was designed to be a supermarket
it is 100 per cent
two story
and the upstairs was never used by
Frankie Dee nor B&M for selling space
to make proper use of the building
it needs
customer, stairs, lifts, escalators...
it needs A LOT OF WORK
the point we were making was
we think it wasn't intended for Frankie Dee
they must have seen it being built and decided to move into it
we realise that you enter the new B&M
at the corner
so we will define
Regent Walk as the front
and Lord Street as the side
if you go way back on the left hand side
you can find the rather well hidden
customer lift

this means
Fulton Foods re where Frank Dee started
and Heron Foods are the
Alt B&M

we have
key workers
they appear to have
and no
to cover
at 100 per cent
when the key workers go on holiday
and here is a question
industries get
cheaper power
if they agree to go on a tarif where they will be
first in line to be cut off if there is a problem
back in the days of
computer magazines
you would see adverts for
uninterruptible power supplies
the ones designed for desk top computers had
like the batteries that run the sirens on
burglar alarms during power cuts
the bigger ones have - petrol or diesel - generators
if a customer - Network Rail for instance - chooses
the cheap rate, first or second in line to be cut off- tarif
they should have working and regularly tested
uninterruptible power supplies
but let's face it
Network Rail
is a
Heritage Railway
running in the 1950s
war footing
make do and mend
why would you pay out twenty five million a year
at the rate of 59,000 per year each
to a bunch of people to watch a fleet of trains
drive themselves
because you want to inject a bunch a 59,000 a year
salaries into a bunch of
deprived communities
seems common sense to skip the dog in the cab that's trained to
bite the 'driver' if they touch the controls
and then you have to send
elitist scum train fitters - on 35,000 a year -
out to re-start the train if they switch themselves off
due to a power glitch

8th August 2019

The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects,
financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in
the United States between 1933 and 1936.
It responded to needs for relief, reform, and recovery from the Great Depression.
Major federal programs included the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC),
the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Farm Security Administration (FSA),
the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
They provided support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly.
The New Deal included new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and
efforts to re-inflate the economy after prices had fallen sharply.
New Deal programs included both laws passed by Congress as well as
presidential executive orders during the first term of the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

you know about
some people have collections
like Poole Pottery
they add extra bits to the collection
when they have money or see an unusual example
some people buy a bigger house to have more 'spare' rooms
to house their collection
trees are not like that
trees have a life cycle
they grow
they mature
when they reach their mature stature
they stop growing
when they stop growing
they stop collecting and storing
more carbon
a mature or
climax forest
is a carbon store
but not
a carbon sink
it stores a lot of carbon but it does not absorb a lot of carbon
its hoarding days are over
we absolutely give up on trying to explain the
carbon cycle
use it as a search term
there is no doubt about what it is
it is an intermittent carbon store
cattle do not burp
fossil carbon
they do not eat coal

this one has really got Ricker stumped
it's a reference to the era of
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
but he can't be absolutely certain it is from that
we think it's
Hey Zeff
there's an infinite number of chimps with typewriters here
with a script for Hamlet
and that is based on the concept of
let a billion flowers bloom
Market Economy is
let lots of people try
somebody may well succeed
the Command Economy
let's find out who has the highest IQ and
give that one individual
infinite resources
and in the US that was called
The New Deal
the response to the
Great Depression
at this point we are thinking about
once great universities recruiting
at random - because their choices are deemed
apparently thick due to poor teaching
recruiting at random from
disadvantaged communities
and then what?
send then back to those disadvantaged communities
armed with a decent education
randomly assign them to top jobs in government to
ensure government is
appearances support the latter
and if they
never go back
by the time they reach prominence they are
not a window on the real world but
a window on the past
there appear to be two candidate types for government advisor
did very well at Oxford, has made the odd slip
has always been right in the past, but is wrong this time
over and over again
and anyway if he's been to Eton
we'd know what sort of child he had been
and what his parents did before the dementia
and so...
Not The New Deal
and not
Let a Billion Flowers Bloom
as we say from time to time
look no further than
Good Will Hunting
make allowances for poor teaching
devise a test that detects the
and never, ever, dismiss a person as
self taught
thye say
never learn to do something that you are not willing to do
for the rest of your life
they say artificial intelligence and robots are stealing jobs
is probably just one of many many jobs, careers, that
have been automated as a result of
reducing the job into a single repeated 'routine'
in order to be able to recruit to the profession
people incapable of
decision making and still less problem solving
before there was
computer says no
there was
routine says no
protocol says no

now that the crisis is passed... if Mrs May were still PM
would we by now have
millions of people heading for the hills
there's a reservoir
in their town
like with the cladding like

we have it on our to-do list
check on the energy density of a
range of fuels
and so we were watching this TV show
it was about
rocket fuel
they had these three
steel drums
upside down
the standard ones about 4 feet - just over a metre high
and a foot and a half in diameter
heavy to lift - empty
they put
a weight - a couple of grammes???
of fuel in each
the same weight of fuel in each
the same weight of chemical drum in each case
gunpowder in the first
diesel in the second
hydrogen in the third
the gunpowder one made a feeble pop sound and didn't move
th diesel on lifted 10 or 20 centimeters off the ground
a foot or so
the hydrogen one...
ten feet up in the air - three metres
it's all about
E = mc squared
energy released is the speed of light squared
the amount of mass converted to energy
and in the case of this experiment
it's all about the
proportion or per centage
of the maas of fuel that is converted to energy
burn a carbon based fuel and the weight of the
gases and ash left,
very similar to the maas of the original fuel
burn hydrogen in oxygen and
the mass of the water molecule produced is
a lot less than the mass of the hydrogen
like, hydrogen ballons
and the oxygen
it means you carry less
mass and thus less weight
for a given amount of energy storage

and then we come to
steam railways
they say they need coal to run steam railways
the clue is in the name
we would guess that more than half of all
steam engines that are
that is
in routine service
oil burners
it can be oil not coal, as well as steam
it can be hydrogen and steam
all a stem engine needs is
and as few leaks as possible
at this point we are duty bound to remind you that
in the summer of 2018
the steam trains - coal fired steam trains
could not run on the
North York Moors Heritage Railway
sparks, cinders and ashes
starting too many
trackside fires
no matter how cheap the coal
the fire risk could shut them down anyway

the main characteristic of the management of
Command Economies
is that as they begin to fail
the management conclude that the failure is not in the concept
because the rules aren't being enforced rigorously enough
China is seeing the growth in its economy slow
and concluding that this is due to leakage from outside
for instance people tripping over the border to
Hong Kong
to buy goods at prices cheaper than
the state regulated prices in China
and in the UK in the 1940s
this was called
Re-sale Price Maintenance
and the last product to be de-regulated?
you would be denied supply
if the manufacturers found out you were selling for less than
the price they printed on the label
and the current manifestation of the organisation dedicated to
bust cartels is called
The Competition and Markets Authority
and with BrExit
the supermarkets want that
wound up

and so, we can extend out
Jewish list
lamb for Isaac
Jesus for mankind
foreskin for knackers

We have a lightly sad tale to tell about
Morrisons Supermarket
quite a long time ago they ran a
Management Trainee recruitment drive
maybe ten years ago
the striking thing about it was it said
upper second class honours
minimum entry requirement
most of those people are now
stocking shelves

We have
Pro-Celebrity Golf
we have
and now we have
pro-Celebrity Test Cricket
first they went on and on and fielding some
(be)Knighted washed up batter
now it's the turn of a crocked bower
That's Entertainment!
Pilots have training
They are trained that
In an emergency
in that order
and the police
responding to
what people expect of them
yes, no, no
essentially emergency response vehicles are operated like
bumper cars
we will drive but we will not navigate
we will not communicate
sometimes we say a actor or a singer
really communicates with their audience
the Emergency Services are


even when they have hair like a bag of chips

5th August 2019

If we were to diagnose the state of the police service
as an organisation
we would categorise it as
repeatedly carrying out
obsessive rituals
without any concept of
these people live in a bubble
more like a silo
along with
the Crown Prosecution Service
and asked
why do you do these things
they reply
'The Public'
expect it of us
like the public being the old biddies you meet
at church on a weekend?
Over the next three years
20,000 UK police officers will retire
and as such the fat bastards will
do the police equivalent of being
Japanese Window Men
clock on at work and
trawl the internet for
kiddy porn
and the 20,000 replacements will have to be
half female
half Pride groups
half black and ethnic minority
and so some of them my want to spend their shifts
chatting with their extended families
we have said before and we really mean it
non detectives should be on five year contracts
fie years on the beat and out with a university degree
but we must get rid of The College of Policing
Police officers do not belong to a religious sect
a causa nostra
if they want clients..
they should leave the police and
become solicitors or social workers

Since the 'Nick' is a leftist coppers stooge
we wonder whether he has been given
18 one year sentences to run
not consecutively
and will be quietly let out before Christmas
There is a jargon term for the overall problem we have
with the police
it is
Not Invented Here Syndrome
this occurs in all walks of life
if you make flavoured crisps
if a rival company brings out
prawn cocktail flavoured crisps
do you bring out your own version
or do you start a scare story that
something in prawn cocktail crisps is
harmful to health?
For cascade spillway lower
read hydraulic jump stilling basins
Stepped spillways, consisting of weirs and channels,
have been used for over 3,500 years since
the first structures were built in Greece and Crete.
During Antiquity, the stepped chute design was used for dam spillways,
storm waterways, and in the town water supply channels.
Most of these early structures were built around the Mediterranean sea,
and the expertise on stepped spillway design was spread successively by the Romans, Muslims and Spaniards.
Although the early stepped spillways were built in cut-stone masonry, unlined rock and timber,
a wider range of construction materials was introduced during the mid-19th century,
including the first concrete stepped spillway of the Gold Creek dam (1890) in Australia.
During the first half of the 20th century, the stepped cascade design became out of fashion,
partly because of the maintenance costs but also because of the development in hydraulic jump stilling basins.
Yet the long-lasting operation of several famous stepped cascades has demonstrated the soundness of the stepped spillway design.
Although the stepped spillway design was common up to the beginning of the 20th century,
a lot of expertise has been lost since, and the present expertise is limited to very simple geometries,
namely some flat horizontal stepped prismatic chutes, despite some recent interest in stepped spillway design.

we have a small but significant aside regarding our comments about
The Nazis and self sufficiency and national pride
these days we identify
Germany, Italy, and Spain
as 'former' fascist states
a lot of eloquent leftists
fought in the Spanish Civil War
that war lasted three year in the 1930s
and it did immense damage to Spain
we said that Germany had nothing but
coal and people
it had access to iron - perhaps from Scandinavia
what it absolutely did not have in the 1930s and 40s was
and anybody with an engineering background knows about
tungsten carbide
tungsten carbide is a type of steel alloy that is
much harder - more durable - than everyday steel
and although there was no tungsten in Germany
it could be had in Spain
for at least half a century it was thought that
gold looted from Europe was smuggled to
South America
to fund retirement lives for
fleeing Nazis
it is now proven that the gold - including from the teeth of
concentration camp victims
was handed over to Spain - Franco - in exchange for

we know we got the line wrong
we think it should be
I'm the king of the swingers
a jungle VIP
and at the time
the song was written at the height of
compound reference to
primates swinging through the branches of jungle trees
and the character being a hep cat
a male with multiple female partners

we should just add this technical detail
the Nazi system is called
A Command Economy
The British system is called
A Market Economy
and Stock Exchanges
grew out of
London Coffee Houses
which were a
alternative to
Ale Houses

here we are off on one of our word things
we possibly didn't make it crystal clear the misogyny - woman hating - expressed in ancient religions
is based on Eve eating the fruit of the
Tree of Knowledge
not specifically 'The Apple'
and figuring out how to reproduce
thus usurping the exclusive
Creator Role
of the
Creator God
and gettin Him jealous
The Lord thy God is a Jealous God
and that be Greek
missien to hate
gune woman
and on the other hand
misogamy - hatred of marriage
gamos - marriage
and from gamos
protoplasmic body, ovum or sperm
which - that - unites with another of the opposite
sex - gender
for conception

and then we get this uniquely
Christian twist
we move on from God forming Adam out of clay and
breathing life into him
and forming Eve from one of Adam's ribs
hence the feminist magazine title
Spare Rib
to saying
God sanctions men getting women pregnant
by Himself
getting Mary pregnant by this
sexual method
all this penetration and
waiting for the baby to grow and giving birth
a bit, only a very little bit, like
the motor industry selling
kit cars
have sex - make your own people
and so,
New Testament Christianity
and Old Testament religions
including basically the ones where
men and women worship separately
are misogynistic
out of fear
not loathing
fear that love between men and women will
piss God off big time
these days we are all across the idea that
The Authorities
Major Corporations
know exactly where we are and what we are doing
at all times
The Scriptures
have a kind of
smoking and snogging
behind the bike sheds
as though
God can only see us when we are
In Church
and so
look we men and we women
we are keeping our distance
given the massive rate of
childhood deaths
and the way kids blab
hiding sex from children makes 'sense'
in a
When did you Last See Your Father
kind of a way
famous painting about
probably Cavaliers and Roundheads
interrogation of an 8 year old by
to try to trace his father
what have your parents been up to asks St. Peter
at the Pearly Gates - to Heaven
oh can't resist...
WPC Pearly Gates
woman police constable
a Joyce Grenfell character
from a time when WPCs were restructed to
taking charge of
lost children
and all this leaves one wondering
is this ceremonial Male Circumcision
an attempt to con God into thinking
look, I've castrated my son
he won't be any threat to your
prerogative of creation
a bit like the Paschal Lamb
Paschal pronounced pascal
relating to
The Jewish Passover and Christian Easter
The Passover to do with the Jews escaping a purge
Easter - well Good Friday
Jesus gets dead
Abraham - was it? - offering to sacrifice his son to God
and God arranging the supply of a lamb as a substitute
thus, a paschal lamb is a substitute sacrifice
the Lamb for Isaac
Jesus for mankind
and the Passover celebrates the time
God killed the first-born (sons) of the Egyptians
but 'passed over' without any killing
the homes of the Israelites
maybe they had some substitute sacrifice ready
having been fore warned
perhaps FGM
female genital mutilation
has the same roots
although it does not appear to be performed
as a ritual in church
but more practically to
do all those preserve virginity
ease childbirth, things
some cultures sew 'em up
some cultures cut 'em apart

just a short note about the difference between
the dam at Whaley Bridge
that recently part-failed
and a modern dam such as Kielder in Northumberland
in the old designs the overflow runs down the slipway
and can erode it
in modern designs the overflow is projected into the air
to land in the river beyond the entire structure of the dam
4. Discharge into each river is by cascade spillway, which
encourages reoxygenation of the water,
which may have been retained in the tunnel for some time.
a cascade spillway is designed to have the water
impact the structure vertically downwards
not run down an inclined plane
a mega fish pass but not for fish
the reverse
now that the police have started with the
we can be of no further help

we have noted something about the AA adverts
the vans in the ads are yellow with black AA on them
around these parts
there are two liveries
some of the vans say
fuel assist
some say
battery assist
that's progress...
you tell 'em what car you got and they
send a different van if you got a battery

2nd August 2019

here is a story we absolutely cannot stand up
pure gossip
a long long time ago
our Ricker had a beard
and the main reason he had a beard was he was
too ill to shave
he volunteered for the Redcar Tory party
and some chap called
Robert Goodwill
wanted to be an MP and he
was told he should stand in Redcar as the
Traditional Tory blooding of standing in a no hope
before being offered the Tory candidacy in a Tory seat
and so it proved
he stood and lost and went on to greater things
been an MEP still an MP
things were different then
some in the local party thought
with a good local candidate the Tories could
give Labour a bit of a battering
but the party agent for the nearby Tory seat
then called Langthingy Lang bar
was an Alan Partiridge style
no a Rimmer - Red Dwarf - style dork called
Wendy Powell
she had all this stuff about
lock and unlock
going on
and insisted that all votes were
or they'd have to be taken again
and so when Ricker suggested that it would be a good idea to
find a better candidate for Langthingy than
Michael Bates
she returned his five pound note and
rejected Ricker's application to renew his
Langthing Tory party membership
and being he dork she is
she noted the serial note of the fiver in the
letter returning it
natch M Bates lost and went to
The Lords
our Ricker found himself sitting amongst
a gaggle of LibDems at a
Public Enquiry
after Ricker spoke
those around him propositioned him for membership
what we are driving at is
little parties such as the LibDems are
desperate to find effective leaders
the two big parties Tories and Labour
are like F1 motor racing teams
desperate to keep the good drivers at bay
to reserve the driving seats for the
people who can pay
or who have sponsors who can pay
and there are two types here
Jungle Book types
I'm the king of the jungle
a jungle VIP
I've reached the top and had to stop
and that's what's bothering me
families who think we've got the cash
maybe we should have
a doctor
or an MP
in the family
the other type is
God get him OUT of the family business
park him in the Commons before he bankrupts us
and now a third style of candidate
we MUST have a one legged, native Welsh speaking
woman with vitiligo
in the commons
go fund us
we found a reference to Wendy Powell being Mr bates agent in 1993
we have a pile of notes and letters and people have been coming in congratulating him
Wendy powell, Mt bates agent said
Mr bates the Tory MP for Langbaurgh in Cleveland
resigned as a
Parliamentary Privaste Secretary to Nick Scott, the social security minister.
it is an unpaid appointment, but MR bates intends to forego his
increase as an MP
either stopping it or giving it to charity
he had voted against a 2.7 per cent pay rise for MPs

consider the non-human primates of
sub-Saharan Africa
chimps are supposed to have
80 odd percent of human intelligence
and even more genes in common with humans
life for these creatures is
one long
Easter Egg Hunt
and when you get overspill of those who have
evolved into humans, into the Middle East
where the pickings are much less lush...
we get the classic
over-thinking of the situation
and invent increasingly arbitrary
rules or strategies
for the game
the basis of

30thJuly 2019

we've talked about
Quarter Days
as it stands
are moving out of the
Frankie Dee building on
1st August
and that's a quarter or rent day
and they reckon the new store in the Beales building
will not be fit to open for another week AND
there is no
To Let board on the Frankie Dee building
we call it the Frankie Dee building because we remember
two stars from
coming to open it a Frank Dee supermarket
when it was first built
hence , we wonder whether somebody
bigger than B&M has bumped them out of that store
we shall see

we should edit this lot
some impressions of
Redcar Triathalon 2019
as outsiders we did think
one of these won
and one of the Redcar lot
came third
but we do not know how many races were
running at the same time
how many people who looked as though
they had finished
had dropped out

1 142 Male David Robertson Speedhub 00:12:48 00:31:28 00:18:45 01:03:50
2 180 Male Lewis Timmins Tri Vector Racing 00:00:00 00:00:00 00:00:00 01:04:43
3 17 Male Mika Brown Jackpot Racing 00:12:33 00:31:32 00:19:39 01:05:00
4 197 Male James Wilson Redcar Tri 00:12:57 00:32:07 00:19:43 01:05:45
5 189 Male Scott Wardman Triology Bike Science North East 00:12:59 00:32:08 00:20:08 01:06:18
6 114 Male Mark Mills Wakefield Triathlon Club 00:14:45 00:31:53 00:19:58 01:07:57
7 33 Male Alexander Cunningham Physiohaus 00:14:47 00:31:58 00:20:05 01:08:03
8 187 Male Garry Walker Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei - Coalfields Tri Club 00:18:57 00:08:04 00:39:11 01:08:10
9 49 Male Harrison Edwards Bradford Swimming Club 00:12:54 00:32:18 00:22:51 01:09:13
10 34 Male Jason Cutler NRG/Triscience 00:18:33 00:00:00 00:40:49 01:10:06
11 185 Male James Turner NYP Tri 00:14:52 00:31:56 00:22:47 01:10:44
12 2 Male Tim Ashelford Jackpot Racing 00:14:35 00:33:19 00:21:32 01:10:55
13 100 Male Dave Mann NYP Tri 00:15:28 00:32:27 00:22:03 01:11:19
14 131 Male Connor Prior Wearside Triathlon 00:13:42 00:34:22 00:22:25 01:11:37
15 46 Male James Dytham VO2Max Race Team 00:15:36 00:32:35 00:22:21 01:11:41
16 143 Male Stephen Robinson 00:15:12 00:35:00 00:20:10 01:11:51
17 111 Male Christopher Milbourne University Of Bath Triathlon Club 00:16:27 00:33:46 00:20:07 01:11:59
18 171 Female Brit Tate Leeds & Bradford Triathlon Club 00:13:35 00:34:31 00:23:05 01:12:21
19 175 Male Scott Thomas

29thJuly 2019

and the people who appeared to have dropped out had done
somewhere down there we were writing about
people in the desert
seeing so little around them and
beleving God could have hand crafted all of it
some people do take this concept of not
usurping God's role as sole creater of everything
to extremes
and here we are talking about Jewish and parallel traditions
perhaps in the modern day
Orthodox Jews
people - men, we suspect - who for instance
never cut their finger nails
so that they can do no manual work
the most well known example from The Bible of this is
other wise known as
manna from Heaven
the food supplied miraculously to the Israelites in the wilderness
a sweetish juice of the ash, used as a laxative
the other slightly less well known similar reference from The Bible is
consider the lilies of the field
they neither sew nor do they spin
and words to the effect
best dressed things around without lifting a finger
nad there is a line of thought that
the more you supply social housing and hand outs and benefits
the more you feed this parasitic
something will turn up approach of
Mr Micauber in Dickens
and a related line than
you please God more by accepting charity
leaving things to
God and Providence
than by carrying out busy body charitable acts
and at one level we have religion as the opium of the people
preaching fatalism
and at another level
leaving the dirty work to the
unclean infidels
infedels, not faithful, fidelis - faithful

the people who wrote The Bible
were nomads
more gatherers than
hunter gatherers
and when they had eaten a place out they would move on
and come back later when God had replenished stocks

one definition of
is to interpret freely
and so to paraphrase the script of a recent
TV documentary on
Germany in the 1930s and 40s

there was a conflict from the start between
The National Socialists
and The Jews
but the conflict was not about physical attributes
the Nazis were suppored to be all about
Nordic blue eyes and blond hair
versus hooked noses and swarthy skin
that was not the basis of the conflict
The National Socialists felt that the
Pride, Honour and Self Respect of
The German Folk
resided in
self sufficiency
having no need to trade
getting by, thriving
by exploiting local resources
since Germany had
people and coal
and not a lot else
socialism was about
state control of local resources
this lead to a basic fundamental world view
if something Germany needed ws not to be found in Germany
Germany would not trade for it
Germany would have to get bigger
to include places where that thing could be found
there is a subtle difference between this and
British Empire Building
The British were explorers
the whole South Asia dimension of the British Empire was
a response to the failure of the East India Company
an organisation that was rooted in and founded on
in America and the likes of Australia
the British were finding and developing
continents that were sparsely populated and
there was so element of
we will bring you
what did The Romans ever do for us - style
civilisation in return for raw materials
Even today remnants of the
French Empire
are run as
parts of France
in a way that parts of the British Empire never were
parts of England
to return to Germany
there was a developing conflict between
just taking what you need
and the need to trade with the likes of
America and China that were just too large
and too far away to simply roll Germany into them
once you have dedicated all your local resources to
creating the armed forces to conquer the lands that
have the things you need
if you then have to trade
ll you have to sell is
1 major countries have their own armaments industries
2 if you sell armaments , they may be used against you
and so we are lead to the conclusion that
Germany didn't start the Second World War
directly to gain the opportunity to
kill Jews
this is so often the sub-text of any discussion of
The War
The Germans reached a point where
coal and the Jews were the only
resources left to them to exploit
the death camps were
at or near
munitions factories
and the Germans didn't want to feed
people who could not make armaments for them
I kill you because you cannot work
not because you are Jewish
and you cannot work because
I can't feed you

and this scenario is repeated in 21st century
Germany is short of
fit young people to provide
elder care
so it seeks to annex North Africa
to enlarge Europe in order to have control of
fit young Africans
and that is what The British rebelled against in
2016 by voting to leave Europe

sometimes we are shamed by the lack of precision in
our grasp of cultural references...
there's a thing in either
Alice in Wonderland or Alice through the looking glass
we must withdraw from that distinction
there is a theme in the books about that Alice of
a playing card - the knave of hearts?
dashing around
painting the white roses red
or the other way around
Thought of Chairman Mao - China
to exaggerate
the people must plant and eat rice
but the Great Leader hates green
and so the rice plants must be blue
we think of so much of what we buy being
Made in China
we think of these things being made throughout China
but they are actually mad in a part of China, well
no larger than France???
in Redcar we see the world in a Redcar way
and in Coatham we see a word in house windows that
we don't - on reflection - expect to see elsewhere
in Redcar there may be a smattering of the now illegal
what we see in Coatham is
what is being offered is
week-night accommodation for people
who are not local but work as
contractors in local industry
that is China in
a nutshell
in microcosm
millions if not billions of people trekking back home from
Industrial China to rural China
for the Holidays
and here's the thing
Hong Kong
very different sizes
very similar economies
and so
if China could just get control if
itty bitty Hong Kong and itty bitty Taiwan
it could triple the size of it's economy
here is the
yeh boss we done it
we killed the goose that laid the Gold Eggs
what is our reward?
like the who will rid me of this turbulent priest?
China believes that it is the
location of Hong Kong
and not the system of government
that produces the wealth
and the UK
Hong Kong was British
the Chinese asked for it
and we gave it to them
like dad handing over his used car to his daughter
when he gets a new one
and she never taking it in for a service
Martin gets a company car and so he
hands the keys of his cherished car to Jon
nad he immediately trades it in
Martin could have sold it
he wanted and expected Jon to look after the
family heirloom
no chance

The company applying for permission to build a
centre for the terminally bewildered< BR> on Corporation Road, Redcar
began construction of
Sacred Heart secondary and St Benedict's Primary
on the same site and
went out of business before they finished it
and it was finished by
have a guess...
so started by Mowlem
finished by Carillion and now managed by
God knows who
so we shall see this latest
Mo Mowlam cetre fares in the land of
empoly morons and go bankie

we made a slight mistake regarding the
we can't be bothered to research the fee
for a filling
what we should have said was
you pay the dentist fifty pounds for
a checkup
and you pay her
fifty pounds for her to have her
hygienist give you a scale and polish
in the context where no surgery is required...
the hygienist is
doing the work
and the dentist is getting paid for
instructing her nurse - to take notes
and her hygienist
and so
under socialism...
should the dentist get paid anything at all?
we have taken some pictures to demonstrate the potential for
sand not mud
music festivals in Coatham Bay

and one of those pictures
not very clearly
shows that the electricians are still
digging up junction boxes made of
wood and tar or pitch

So far as we know
Sir Arthur Dorman
had daughters not sons
and so we have no sense of dynasty
we cannot therefore claim to speak in any way for the family
but we do have links to the
top management in the historic steel industry
as a sort of token of the role of the steel industry
in the UK economy
having a steel industry for many countries is akin to
having a space exploration agency
not a source of steel
and there was a company with offices in
Ennis Square in Dormanstown that was called
Thomas Mouget
they made their money by
searching for and digging up
surplus steel that
Dormans had deliberately buried on site
in times of glut
if you want
Dole with Dignity
you have to do something with the surplus stocks
a government obsessed with
entry level jobs
skill free jobs
will have to import labour if they set up
in North East England
and that is something the armed forces and
Probation Service
have been doing for decades
if your business is
too big to fail
a National Status Symbol
and then gets dropped
the local community ends up with a
load of dross
that the local police should be
not making excuses for
and we didn't get any help from
The directly Elected Mayor of Middlesbrough
writing this

25thJuly 2019

and so
Redcar Cricket Club
is the home of
Redcar Running Club
but Locke Park is the home of
Redcar Park Run

and so we have a picture of
Cleveland Golf Club
it's end on, and the club house is quite long
but you should be able to see
the greenkeepers sheds to the left

this concept of the artisan golf club
is a good opportunity to explain the difference between
left wing and right wing politics
and so we can go back to little Ricker
and he's ten years old and he gets
wrong off his mam
somewhere along the way the other kids in his class had
asked him how much housekeeping his dad gave to his mam
and not knowing anything about these things he was truthful
about the cash handed over
apparently it was a very small sum
and the mums at the school gate
put this back to Ricker's mum
there were two problems with this
the family did a weekly shop
at Hintons
either the one on Albert Road in Middlesbrough
or the one in
both long gone
the whole chain long gone
and Tommy paid at the checkout
so the weekly shop was not part of the housekeeping
on top of that
Maisie had her own money
the rent from her dad's house
because he was off in Taunton
living with his second wife
and so to
pocket money
Ricker didn't get any pocket money
but for those who do
it comes in two forms
a weekly allowance
payment for chores
left wing politicians believe that
people should get an allowance
because they are poor
right wing politicians think
people should be expected to do chores
in exchange for treats
neither left nor right wingers want to see anybody starve
but here we get into a difficulty
how do we define
take a dentist
a dentist will probably get
fifty quid for doing a checkup
fifty quid for doing a filling
fifteen quid for taking an x ray
the filling and the x ray can be seen by everybody as
but a lot of people have a problem with seeing
the checkup as work
it is clinical time
but not physically moving anything
in a sense one way to deal with
care for the aged
is to say
for every year of time over the age of
that you remain
out of care
you qualify for a year in care at a later date
because looking after yourself
is work
and so it is with children
money spent on the police
meant that they provided
deterrent protection
then children could entertain themselves
out and about
as in the old days
but so long as they remain
a reactive force
children will have to be entertained
in the home or at a paid for facility
and the will need more pocket money...
especially during the summer break

24thJuly 2019

Gorn - gone
and never called me mother
people - parents - in developed countries these days
do not expect to have to arrange funerals for
their children
this is new
this is not a given in the developing world
we in the chattering classes are
too busy to consider
how strong in the developed world is the
concept of an after life?
if you start from a concept that at one time
4,444 years BC or BCE
everything on Earth was hand crafted by God
and then
Adam and Eve got a fit of the smarts
like the computers getting AI - artificial intelligence
eating from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge
figured out how to
the planet is infested with
also people who were not hand crafted by God
and hence they are regarded
we are regarded as the product of
Original Sin
and so when we finally pop our clogs
we turn up at the Pearly Gates and
we are essentially
Fake Designer Goods
not under warrantee
and so
because of a deal between God and his
only begotten son
Jesus is God's experiment with this
sex thing that the alsopeople invented
and so
if you reckon that at least half of your children will
predecease you
die before you do
you reckon that if by then they still know nothing about this
they will get into heaven through the
express channel
and hence the concept of
don't let them know anything about sex until
you are sure they are survivors of the
lottery that is childhood
and hence
preparation for adult roles can wait
we have not researched the details but we understand that
the registration of births did not take off until
the newspapers saw
hatches, matches, and despatches
as a revenue stream
and up to them children did not officially exist
until they reached seven years of age
that is not to say that children were not seen as
suitable for
sending up chimnies
and working in
blacking factories
exploit the children but
reward them with an express pass
into heaven
it is worth remembering that although
people evolved in Africa
the scriptures that people in
the world's major religions
keep harking back to were and are
out of Africa
they were written in the middle east
where the world is
nothing but sand
and in such a sparse environment it was easier to go along with the idea that a
humanoid God
could personally hand craft
the world and all that is in it
like in
six 'days'

23rdJuly 2019

Typically, Artisans pay a lower fee in return for helping to maintain the parent club’s course.
The clubs give reserved weekday and weekend playing times,
and the Artisans provide monthly work parties to assist the greens staff.
This may include raking bunkers, replacing divots or repairing pathways.
The Cleveland Artisans' hut has been replaced with a
driving range
and so they probably have a hut somewhere else on site

22nd July 2019

Let's get this poverty idea nailed down
once and for ever
in the North East of England we had in
April 2019
5.6 per cent of households that housed
one or more people of working age
who would be in poverty if it were not for their
Universal Credit income
and so to be actually in poverty you have to be
an asylum seeker prevented from working
but provided with subsistence
a person sanctioned because of
non compliance with Universal Credit rules
somebody with adequate income but
exceptional expenses
pay day loans
an expensive drug habit
a gambling addiction
such things
and so
we repeat
the solution to giving children year round access to
healthy food
put credit on their 'phones
credit that can only be spent in
daily amounts
specified products

we are the last people to claim to be
down with the kids
what we claim is to not be
living in the 1950s
however, there are a couple of
acronyms we can explain
we doubt this first one has much currency
my best mate's fit mum
the one that is very very well known is
mum I'd like to fuck
clearly what all of us want is some sort of balance between
security and excitement
for children the basic is for
their mum to be able to
get her end away
without the whole family having to
move house
having sex with somebody from work
at work
is probably the best way to protect the children from
tension and instability

it is quite interesting to contrast modern day
concepts of sex with those of the past
people these days have less and less direct contact with
real animals and so this may mean that
human specific sexual habits are evolving
the two
last steps before full intercourse
used to be
on balance - including comments by and about
Donald Trump
essentially cunnilingus is
licking woman bits
for animals important to check whether
the time is right
as we have said
higher primates need to have their
birth canals stretched for simple safe delivery
and so
the people who write based on observing people
and not extrapolating animal behaviour to people
recognise that
are more important to humans
and so in pursuit of law enforcement's obsession with
ensuring that
everything that can be done
is illegal
we now have the legal concept of
sexual assault by penetration
and sexual assault by touching
and coming soon
sexual assault by breathing???
oh he's getting in his reference to
movie, Tell it to the bees

there is a moment in time when a female has
her first period
and she should be prepared for that
on the other hand males experience changes
their voice will break - become lower in tone
and something else happens that is a bit of a problem
if you are not prepared for it
Tommy and Maisie and their son Ricker are going on holiday
and Tommy is in the car ready to drive away
honestly they aren't going anywhere that special but
Ricker is really excited
and mum is getting frantic between
Tommy blowing the horn and wanting to get started and
she wanting Ricker to have a last wee before the
long road trip
and Ricker having to say
to his mum
for the first time
I can't
it's gone hard
calm down and I'll get the job done
the whole raft of sensible advice that is
denied to young people because it is regarded as
exploitative to raise such issues with young people
men - particularly young men - get
piss proud
the erection is not caused by blood being diverted to the penis
it is caused by the drainage of blood from the penis being blocked
a distended bladder can cause this and this is
a vicious circle
the more the bladder fills
the more difficult it is to drain the bladder
and people causing excitement
make matters worse
the fundamental priority is
the system will
not allow him to
piss up yer chuff
but if he can calm down
at least it will only be the pressure from his bladder and not
also the tightening of the sphincter on his veins
that are forcing the erection
and threatening the bladder rupture

19th July 2019

moving on from cricket to golf
why are the Majors always won by somebody
you've never heard of?
because there are people who will pay more than
the prize money to spend the weekend
with a player you have heard of
can't be in two places at once
miss the cut
and in the category of
we have the
rugby club Sam
so there's this amateur rugby club
probably Union
There is Rugby Union and Rugby League
to digress
soccer is a gentleman's game played by thugs
rugby is a thug's game played by gentlemen
in essence rugby is so dangerous it is
hardly ever played without a referee
soccer - football - is hardly ever played with a referee
except professionally
there is Union and there is League
the main difference is
Union was designed as a game all the boys in a school
could find a role in
modern Union and all League
has little or no role for the
whippet style kids
no role for the bean poles
the line out was a jumping and catching element for
the taller lads
no line outs in League
all scrums
no attempt here to explain
scrum, ruck, etc
but reference
The Eton Wall Game
every set piece - except the penalty kick - in League is
a dozen rhinos - six a side - in a shoving match
as we said Rugby was designed as a game that included
all types of school boys - later girls too
league was for
Works Teams
can't miss this side reference
in Dormanstown there is a social club called
the Councillor Cliff Holding Recreation Centre
or something similar
now we forget the exact relationship
half brother whatever
but a close relative of Councillor Holding
played rugby - union - for Coatham School and
he was a prop forward
and so he was universally referred to as
wait for it
Scaff Holding
and the PE- maths teacher refereeing these matches
A G B Old
England Full Back and
older brother of
England cricketer
Chris Old
where were we?
so essentially
in industrial communities
if you weren't fit to be a forward - a rhino
you played in the works
Brass Band
Rugby League
and back to the Sam this Amateur Rugby Union touring team
fetch up at some foreign town
probably in France
and after settling in at their hotel
they are taken out on the town for
a pub crawl around town by
the host team
next morning is match day
and the tourists turn out on the pitch and
face a team of lads
not one of whom were
on the pub crawl the night before
and so it is with
sports people you've never heard of
always winning
especially at
Golf Majors

and so we reach
in the unemployment stats
no change
no change - no news
as we are now informed that
Universal Credit Rollout
has now moved on - to Yorkshire
if we at April with the North East England stats
we should be OK to assume that roll out in
The North East was mostly complete by
and so
it looks like any trend in figures that is not
Rollout Related
will start now and be published in
there is a firm of
mortgage brokers we do not wish to
name check but
regarding Universal Credit
in the main, if your circumstances are not
constantly changing in a big way
you will , as an individual
only encounter
Universal Credit Roll Out
in your entire life
and ONE OFF Loans are available to help
we are interested in the question
how does Summer Holiday Poverty impact
parents of pre-school children
not too sure how toddlers qualify for
free school meals
or that Child Benefit Universal Credit elements
as each child starts school
'child benefit' is to covery food all year round
Free School Meals are
and added bribe or incentive to
attend school
not a starvation preventative

16th July 2019

we are definitely going to struggle with this one
people take enormous risks
sell all their goods and property
to leave one country
so that they can re-settle in another country
we wanna be in America
everything free in America
there is this thread in
American popular culture of
the European settlers in America sought
the freedom to live life the way they wanted to
and the authorities wanted the land
and so they made grants of land and instituted
devolved powers - freedom
that freedom was not
individual freedom
it was an option for particular sects and religions to
set up communities within which there would be
less individual freedom of thought and expression
than in the big cities
they were trying to harness the
drive and charisma
of pioneer leaders to
bring infrastructure to the virgin land
we can say that only professional people
have the resources to leave a developing country
and settle in the developed world
how ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm
now that they've seen Paree - Paris
governments of developing countries
and education foundations in the developed world
offer the likes of Fulbrights - scholarships
to people with potential in the developing world
to study in the developed world
all very well in the era of the
pigeon post
however there is a conflict
in the land of the blind
the one eyed man is king
in the land of the blind
the one eyed man is
and so...
The Salem Witch Trials
people who come from
important families in the developing world
and with their intellect and curiosity in
the developed world and
find themselves at odds with
old money families who have for generations
ruled on the basis of
superstition and tradition
we experienced a touch of push back
over our photo of the Brent topsides
we never stand 100 per cent on our accuracy
and the sequence may be different from our quote from
national media
we now think that the sequence of arrivals is
delta, bravo
well we do sometimes forget to cross reference
local knowledge and official publications
there are - in good bookshops, including W H Smith
Ordnance Survey maps
in the past they had quite a lot of
white space on them
places in those white spaces did not officially exist
there are a quite a few white spaces on maps of Teesside
to this day
we do not wish to disrespect that tradition
we have checked
Hartlepool Nuclear Power station
and the adjacent Able UK scrap yard
and not in a white space
we will admit that
Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station
appears on OS maps as
Power Station
and that it isn't actually
in the town of Hartlepool
the site from which the photos were taken is
a protected site
it is protected under the guise of being
and was and perhaps still is
a RAMSAR site
there is public access
however there are installations on that site
which we would not seek to photograph
and would not expect to photograph without
provoking an armed police response
but hey
it's a golf course
Cleveland Golf Club has an adjunct
we may have the name a little wrong
round the back
on Tod Point Road
there is a hut
and it has a sign along the lines of
Cleveland Artisanal Golf Club
so the workies can use the course without
mussing up the club house

15th July 2019

In Praise of Older Women: the amorous recollections of András Vajda
is a bildungsroman whose young narrator has sexual encounters with
women in their thirties and forties in Hungary, Italy, and Canada.
"The book is dedicated to older women and is addressed to young men--and
the connection between the two is my proposition" is the book's epigraph.
Kildare Dobbs wrote in Saturday Night,
"Here is this Hungarian rebel who in 1957 could scarcely speak a word of our language and who
even today speaks it with an impenetrable accent and whose name moreover we can't pronounce,
and he has the gall to place himself, with his first book and
in his thirty-third year, among the masters of plain English prose..."
In 2001 it was translated for the first time into French, and became a best-seller in France.
It has twice been made into a movie: a 1978 Canadian production starring Tom Berenger as Andras Vayda,
and a subsequent 1997 Spanish production featuring Faye Dunaway as Condesa.
In 2010, the book was reissued as a Penguin Modern Classic.
perhaps today we should begin with a
Tommy Tale
although this one is about his brother
Fusty Bob Robson
back in the day some football teams and a lot of
cricket teams consisted of a mixture of
and Fusty Bob was
a fitter, turner, burner, welder and
in the Tees shipyards and sometimes got
loaned out to
Barrow in Furess
on a weekend...
he was a football and cricket player
on this particular day - Bob being more of
a bowler than a batter
his team were at the crease - batting
and so a couple of the gentlemen were on the pitch
suddenly, one of the batters walked off the pitch
Bob asks
what's up? You weren't out
I've scored three and I'm puffed
modern sport is so convoluted that
what with agents' fees and bonuses
it seems that a lot of today's players act
as though gentlemen
swap the Lambo
the cup holder's full
we just don't know what class of athlete
actually plays to win
and which compete on who has the
wife dying the most gruesome death
entertainment, product promotion
back story
and the player looses the team win bonus
because the gentlemen want
more time to sign autographs
we recall
play up
play the game
we should research that
maybe it's from a
War Poet
England certainly didn't play up
they were way better than New Zealand
in the men's cricket cup
and could have won with
a dozen overs to spare
instead of which they
'made it exciting'
and were awarded the win on a technicality
they scored more boundaries - home runs
and to get to the same score...
they ran less singles

perhaps we have not explained this well
England and Great Britain have traditionally had trouble
winning major titles
to take the men's cricket as an example
and contrast it with
F1 motor racing
some racing car drivers - Lewis Hamilton for example
trust the team
and just turn up on the day like an amateur
some like Michael Schumacher
obsessively micro manage the team
if you take England men's cricket
there is a massive 'team'
it would be an exaggeration to say that the
pay roll of the ECB - England and Wales Cricket Board
is bigger than the entire population of
New Zealand
but the point is
in New Zealand and several other places
the money the players get may be much less
and the pressure to be a celebrity
whilst still playing
is much less
GB teams may do better if the media
focussed on the play of current players
and if they want to cover
the private lives of athletes
perhaps they should concentrate on
the recently retired

we should research
from the movie
in the mind is
will you marry for the money?
take a lover in the afternoon?
and of course Peter Sarstead
Where do you go to my lovely?
when you're alone in your bed

The Fifty Shades series was very successful but
for most men unreadable
there are two books in the literature written in
response to a challenge
Mary Shelly was told women can't write horror
written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
and somebody else was told women can't write porn
and a classic was born
The Story of O
however, along the way a far less famous
female author of porn was at work
Anais Nin was born on 21 February 1903
she began writing in the early 1930s
However she wrote letters to her father
who was estranged from her mother
from the age of eleven
and we can say that she was writing from within the
Bohemian and intellectual life of Paris in the 1930s
and New York during the second World War
her diaries were published in 1966
she died in 1977
we particularly like this passage of her work
reproduction for which we have no permission from
her literary executors at time of publication, Rupert Pole
or publishers W H Allen
At that time they were still executing people for grave offenses
Sh had been in Paris when they had hanged a Russian radical
when he had killed a diplomat
it had been a cause celebre and so the students had determined to
despite the early hour
and they had got rather drunk by dawn
the woman in the story is pressed against the police rope
around 10 metres - 30 feet - from the scaffold
she was pressed in on all sides
and then the policeman walked the prisoner up the scaffold
to quote from there..
At this moment she became aware of someone pressing against her
far more eagerly than necessary
In the trembling, excited condition she was in
the pressure was not disagreeable
Her body was in a fever
anyway, she could scarcely move, so pinned was she to the spot
by the curious crowd.,
She wore a white blouse, and a skirt that buttoned all the way
down the side
as was the fashion then
a short skirt and a blouse through which one could see
her rosy underwear
and guess at the shape of her breasts
two hands encircled her waist, and she distinctly felt
a man's body, his desire hard against her ass
She held her breath
her eyes were fixed on the man who was about to be hanged
which made her body painfully nervous
and at the same time the hands reached for her breasts
and pressed upon them
she felt dizzy with conflicting sensations
she did not move of turn her head
a hand now sought an opening in the skirt
and discovered the buttons
each button undone by the hand made her gasp
with fear and relief
the hand waited to see if she protested
before proceeding to another button
she did not move
then with dexterity and swiftness she had not expected
the two hands twisted her skirt around so that
the opening was at the back
in the heaving crowd, now all she could feel was
a penis being slipped into the opening in her skirt
her eyes remained fixed on the man who was
mounting the scaffold
and with each beat of her heart , the penis
gained headway
it had traversed the skirt and parted the slit in her panties
how warm and firm and hard it was against her flesh
the condemned man stood on the scaffold now, and
the noose was placed around his neck
the pain of watching him, was so great that it made this touch of flesh
a relief, a humans, warm, consoling thing
it seemed to her then that this
penis quivering between her buttocks was
something wonderful to hold on to
life, life to hold , while death was passing
without saying a word the Russian bowed his head in the noose
her body trembled
the penis advanced between the soft folds of
her buttocks
pushed its way inexorably into her flesh
she was palpitating with fear
it was like the palpitation of desire
as the condemned man was flung into space and death
the penis gave a great leap inside of her
gushing out its warm life
the crowd crushed against her
she almost ceased breathing as her fear became pleasure
wild pleasure at feeling life
while a man was dying
she fainted

not what you might expect to find in
Fifty Shades
but we would say
set text
The Woman in the Dunes from
Little Birds
was their consent, discuss

references to
Cherie Booth
'carting her apparatus around on tour'
come from reviewers of her own published works
so clearly in the public domain
from sales statistics
allowing for some women having a selection
there are around one third the number of
dildoes and vibrators
in circulation
as women
and by the way
sitting on the washing machine
when it's on spin dry
is the number one untraceable resort
and eventually the kids loose faith in the story that
that is the sound of a

sometimes all we have to go on is a title
and perhaps we will be able to unpack something from this one
In praise of Older Women
we don't think it was a movie
and so
when men reach their
mid life crisis
they buy and restore an example of the car they
lusted after when they were teenagers
when they were teenagers that car was
brand new
we have to have mixed feelings about the
model turned pop star
Sam Fox
she was from the 80s and last we heard had
turned lesbian
however would men who were teenagers in the 1980s
lust after posters and videos of Sam Fox
as she was in the 80s
or as she is now...???
why would a boy not lust over this year's model
rather than what was fashionable five o ten years ago
so how come it is a legitimate jibe at a man to ask
do you prefer younger women?
that question is a long way from
would you dump your 18 year old girlfriend if
you got a chance at a 13 year old?
how do police and prosecution lawyers get themselves to
a position where
they think preferring younger women is as weird as
preferring men?
animal shelters rehome
puppies and kittens
more easily than cats and dogs
THAT is the norm
but our Ricker...
he's got a
pet rock
it is a geode...
well one of those rocks that has been
split open to reveal the crystals inside
the name of the game is
the relevant Sam is
I've got three kids
one of each
although we do stand by the idea that
taking care over the moment of conception
yields worthwhile dividends
for our part
we oversymplify
and there are consequences
when we say the sole purpose of the
Y chromosome is to tell the girl bits to
grow out into boy bits
we forget to say that
by that time
it CAN be the case
if mum got her dates wrong
the girl brain is already set on a course
to womanhood from which it cannot
back track

in a dispute the first party to hire a lawyer
gets to pick from all the lawyers who are in business
the person being sued
has to chose somebody from a different firm
to arrange their defence
so long as the police continue to adopt the
first party to a dispute to ring them
as a client
the other parties to the dispute will have
no recourse to
legal representation
except a defence attorney
and hiring a defence attorney is
nine tenths of an admission of guilt
the true and presently non-existent role of
law enforcement is to gather evidence and make a judgement
about whom to arrest
a judge is an arbitrator
a weigher of arguments
not a 'you dibbed us, so we'll do whatever we can for you'
kind of a guy

11th July 2019

Boris Johnson was born to British parents on 19 June 1964 in Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City.
His birth was registered with both the U.S authorities and the city's British Consulate,
thereby granting him both American and British citizenship.
His father, Stanley Johnson, was then studying economics at Columbia University.

These days in the UK we associate the police with
crashing cars, smashing down front doors
pompous hyperbole on the steps of court houses
in the past - mid twentieth century
people associated the ploice with
closet gays
we have heard of
Cressida Dick
Metropolitan Police Commissioner
female same sex relationship chief of police of
Greater London
the police now defend the rights of
people with minority sexual inclinations
in the past they
kept the secrets of important people with
minority sexual inclinations
a lot of the fuss about historical abuse allegations revolves around
this transition
in the modern context the broad aim is to
encourage people with a shared interest to
get together and leave everybody else alone
regarding Granville Gibson
at 83 years of age
a clergyman married for fifty odd years to a woman
to the very end claiming that being gay was disgusting
these chaps fall between two stools
he appears to have had some agy sex encounters at a time when
gay sex was newly legalised
these people do not say in their defence
it was supposed to be legal
they say I never dun it guv
and the cases hinge on
the core question for that era is
it takes one to know one
in other words did these men
prey on the vulnerable
pick up on a budding, shared tendency
their flat denials obscure justice and understanding
and a concept of three classifications of men comes about
straight men
gay men
gay men who suspect they are gay but because it is illegal
resist temptation
and then it's not illegal...
if gay sex is illegal - and lesbian sex was never illegal in the UK
you marry a woman and either suppress your illegal urges or
keep very quiet about them
and hence all those
keep our secrets or else
initiation rights in the likes of The Masons and thus, the Masons being keep to have
the police inside pissing out
woo in more ways than one
the police and magistracy etc
and we see just exactly what sort of chap
The Bar was interested in at the time of transition in
Tory Bliar
a man who preferred the company of men
but did his duty by his wife
the people who bring these complaints
are the ones who believe that
either by physical contact with another male
a boy can be turned gay
or that
if only those men had left me alone
I could have kept my foot on the neck of
homosexual tendencies
is there ever any evidence that gay men
preyed on out and out straight young men
we think not
but if you say
children should know nothing about sex before marriage
and emphasize girls
and you clamp down on
you are hoping to keep the wives of closet gays
so clueless that they
don't dob their gay husbands in
which came first the chicken or the egg
the egg
because the chicken egg was laid as a mutation
by a bird that wasn't quite a chicken
but in this context
porn on cinemas
easy to keep closet gay fodder females away
home cinema...
the internet
more and more difficult to keep young females
in the dark about what a real man could do for them
don't go screwing my girl
we may have to marry her off to some
closet gay
which came first
female access to porn
the demise of the need for gay men to
stay in the closet?
probably dumb schmuck females became thinner on the ground
for a variety of reasons
getting out of the house

10th July 2019

we are going to start today with a Tommy Tale
it set the scene
back in the day, relating to Locke Park
originally there were public toilets flanking the central entrance
on the left side the Ladies
on the right side the gents
brick built, pebble dashed
set six feet back from the pavement
and 15 yards to either side of the entrance car park
Ricker came home from school one day to find the police
just leaving
Tommy had reported somebody for
touting for gay sex
as the police left they said
sorry, when we took the call we
didn't realise how old the caller was
we'll try to get this right
it's still not sufficiently ancient history
so no names
there were two sisters who had had a father who had
been a success in business
when the houses were built in Corporation Road
he bought a pair of semi detached houses
one for each daughter
opposite the gents
one daughter married the other didn't
the husband's sister's husband
was convicted of offences associated with
gay sex
it ended his marriage before he had any children
and his wife never re-married
this is history but not ancient history
we see how many people now attend
Pride Events
the number of gay etc. people has not changed
and so
think of how many people these days are
out gay
and then consider that same proportion of the population being
closet gay in the 1950s and 60s
hoards - hordes - of gay men marrying women
to prove they were not gay
and then
not troubling the wife
it was the genesis of the idea that
sex is a burden to women
'rape' a fate worse than death
it's the compo - compensation payments - and the sympathy
that block newly empowered women from
busting this myth

Here is an example of a small piece of
planning dogma
causing a long running difficulty
this is the current perception of the problem
the railway station at
Teesside Airport
is too far away from the terminal
perhaps we should move it or
run a shuttle service
The thing is
the terminal was built at a time when
the future was air travel and
the future was the motor car
PURELY to make the terminal appear
trendy and modern and futuristic
it was built as far away from the railway line as possible
It's been there a while now
now the airport deserves a modern
travel interchange
built over the railway
here's the thing
shuttle bus...
between railway station and terminal
between terminal and runway
how do the planners propose that passengers get from
terminal to aeroplane?
by travelator?
one of those escalator thingies that runs on the flat
build a new terminal on the railway and
the runway runs north east to south west
at the north east end it is
500 metres from the north east apron
the terminal is
750 metres from the south east apron of the runway
it seems clear that the present arrangement is for
passengers to arrive and depart at the runway near
the south west end
perhaps new runway lights would ne needed but
building a new terminal on the railway
near the north east end
and repurposing the present terminal
looks like the most viable plan
and the fact that the runway is
2,500 metres long...
is why
could use it

we get statistics thrown at us all the time
one such idea is that the average speed of traffic in London is
11 miles per hour
here's the thing
when a vehicle driver passes as cyclist
they are supposed to leave around 4 feet of space between
the vehicle and the bike
when a cyclist wants to jump a queue
they feel entitle to slip through a gap as narrow as
their handle bars
why mark out the cycle lane at the width of handle bars
and expect motors to find an extra 4 feet?
and another thing
cycle paths
completely pointless if not physically separated from
because a bike on the pavement at 30 miles an hour
is not intrinsicly safe
has Boris Johnson
given up his American citizenship
or is he planning to be
when he gets bored with Downing street?
President of the United States
is he disbarred for not having actually been born in the States?

8th July 2019

A confident blonde in her first year of theatre studies at Warwick University,
she had no idea that accepting a lift from a seemingly well meaning taxi driver would
lead to nearly two years of torment.
Since blacking out in the back of his cab in July 2007,
her life has been overshadowed by interviews with
police, summons to court and scrutiny in the witness box.
Still only 20, Miss Symonds is faced with the prospect of
never finding out what he did to her that summer's night.
"It was absolutely terrifying when I found out how many woman he had gone after," she said.
"I was definitely in a position of danger, in a situation where I was not in control and
I will never know what really happened to me.
her father is the co-founder of The Independent
The Domestic involving London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and
his current partner Carrie Symonds has generated lots of feedback, much of it
breaking down along strictly tribal lines.
Many out there on the right are incandescent with rage that the Rotten Lefties™ at the
Guardian were gifted the recording of what the Daily Mail so quaintly called a “fracas”.
Most on the left are not.
Former Conservative Party aide Carrie Symonds was targeted by the serial sex predator John Worboys, it has been revealed.
and so the main woman is
very well connected
a drama 'queen
or graduate
and can't say Worboys did anything to her
she has no memory of the encounter

our Ricker, our window on the UK in the 1960s
is struggling to recall a name
he knows what sort of person he is thinking of but
not the exact identity
and so the person was NOT but was of the ilk of
Jess Yates, Betjeman, Humph - Humphry Littleton
non of those but a similar public figure
lower we discuss the jail bait concept and
really we are trying to think outside the box
regarding the moral panic of the past two decades
it does rather seem like a person of social group
contemplating its wardrobe and considering
one last costume party before consigning a bunch of ideas to the
museum where we may find the
chastity belt
from a long view perspective we are trying to put the past two decades
into perspective with the
period 1950 to 2000
and we are looking at the question
what was the effect of The Beatles on UK public morality
we can start from a teenage Ricker
and he was at a school everybody was intrigued by
girls and sex but
nobody had ever seen sex actually being done
except one lad - probably Dyer - who had been brought up in India
and had come across a couple having sex in the street
outside his house
in the sub continent
there was probably no effective contraception and
vast populations who were still
economically valuable as labour
in contrast with the UK where a baby boom was going on
that was a rebound from the end of two World Wars
'designed' to cope with the surplus labour resulting from
in effect 'western governments were encourging
use of 'the pill' to facilitate contraception to
damp down the baby boom
not wanting it to encourage
because we were in the age between
The Pill and DNA parentage checking
and very much pre
equal pay for women
and so The Pill was exclusively for
Married Women
and so
and so The Beatles were very into
South Asian culture
and brought a South Asian vibe that was perhaps in a way
with its concept of caste
an echo of UK Victorian hypocricy and double standards
at the core of this is this avuncular bloke who
felt comfortable speaking on a late night TV chat show saying
my daughter approached me and said
I've not had sex yet
we are not thinking she was under 16 at the time
I've not had sex yet and I was thinking
it would complete my relationship with you if
the first time I have sex it were with you
the chat said his reply was
I think you should run that past your mother first
and he heard nothing more about the matter
at this time we have many cases of
essentially non-Asian people bringing prosecutions against
Asian men for 'grooming' white girls and having sex with them
at the core it would be fair to say
in world terms
there are no South Asian people living in the UK who could be described as
of Lower caste - as being disposable
the very fact that they are in the UK means that they are
high class and valuable
and so young women whom UK society has discarded
young females in care
are fitting into the South Asian psyche as
a substitute for the
of the Old Country
and hence a contrast between
young males in respectable families expected to
sew a few wild oats in their youth
and saving young females for the marriage market
in a thinking outside the box concept
just exactly how outraged is UK public decency by the idea that
the best way to ensure that young women are safe from
harm and exploitation in social contexts is for
their early sexual experiences to be with
someone within the family or known to the family
their dad, uncle or 'uncle'
there seems to be a police concept that
to simplify matters
in their words
sexual gratification should be only ever
sought or achieved as a by product of the activities
of a married couple attempting to conceive a baby
that fundamentalist view seems confined to
law enforcement and so
are cases where people are saying
we don't want these girls
they are white and we don't want them being taken up by Asians
it's a bit like saying
I have lost interest in my car
I have a new one but
I don't want to see somebody else driving around in it
so I'll have it scrapped rather than trade it in
in other words
if a woman is too rough for marriage
she should be denied sex
but that of course returns us to the
gay man's guide to what women want
the idea that women of all degrees would be so
grateful to be relieved of the burden of having to have sex
we suspect that the 'morality' and the metoo of the
first two decades of the 21st century will prove to be
a nostalgic pause for breath and
not the pattern for the future
and what we do need it watch very carefully at this time is that
the stretch don't cut
concept is paramount and so
the cutters of the middle East and Africa should not get any
traction behind the idea that
the South Asians are worse than us because they
gain sexual gratification from their
efforts to prepare their girls for motherhood
at this time we will not launch into all that shit from farmers
and zoo keepers about
ethnic purity versus hybrid vigour
except to suggest that if there is a gene for intelligence
you want your kid to have as many copies as possible
whatever the source
breed from the best and
God will not punish you

we should research this properly but
for those visiting or with current knowledge of
Ennis Square, Dormanstown
there's a socking great
social housing association head office that
wasn't there in the days of
Thomas Mouget
currenlty called Beyond Housing we think
Mouget's offices are now
The Legion
The Royal British Legion
and so we take it that when
Mouget stopped hiring veterans to work as
labourers in the steelworks they
gifted or sold cheap their offices to
The Legion - the veterans association
and the partner company to Mouget was
Mouget processed the scrap
Lintzgarth processed the slag
you will have heard of
tarmac and the company Tarmac
ther was a company called
Road Materials
we are talking mainly south of the Tees
elsewhere we have referred to
Hodsmans and the Bell Brothers Iron Works at
Port - Port Clarence
the difference with Hodsmans was that they were not
steelworks focussed
they began with quarries in Teesdale
and took up the clearance of the
by then Dormans owned Bell Brothers site
as a sideline
with interests as far away as
they were based around
High Force Quarry in Teesdale
but with offices in
Prudential House on Albert Road
not the present Prudential House
that was built on the site when
Hodsmans' offices were demolished
Ricker was a bit scarred of the old
French style all open steel lattice type
so he used the stairs
and we point out from time to time for new readers
the Blind Shepherd of Teesdale
worked for Hodsmans
as a shot firer
until he blinded himself in an accidental
and Tommy was standing by the weighbridge at Port
watching explosives being used to loosen
slag from the tip
when a lump of slag flew a bit further than expected
and hit a bloke standing next to him
possibly as customer definitely a visitor
and killed him
and for the record
Ricker got his name...
in honour of
Dick Shrigley
Durham County Council
chief engineer
predecessor to
Mr Tully
and Mr Tully's son was
Pete Tully a one time biology teacher at
Coatham Grammar
and Pete Tully was one of the people with a
low opinion of Tommy the Boss at Hodsmans
we seem to think
Tully House
is somewhere in Cumbria
six degrees of separation and all that

one of the things Hodsmans did was
make clay goods
at a factory based on a clay pit in
and they were heading for becoming a part of
Hargreaves Quarries
and so they wnated to divest themselves of
the clay pit
they put it up for sale as a going concern and a
Mike Ashley type showed an interest and had the place assessed
and then he pulled out of the deal
and bought some land on the opposite side of the clay pit as
agricultural land
and set up
Marley Tiles
and Hodsmans workforce lost their jobs
Hargreaves Quarries became a part of
and that was more recently a part of
so much for
Eastgate Cement works where
Ricker's uncle Wilf didn't work because
he retired after organising the move of the
Ord Port
Ordinary Portland Cement Works
what is now Bamlets Warf in Billingham to
having been the
Transport Manager
at the Ord Port and husband of Mabel Robson
the postmaster at Portrack
and because nobody could spell
they used to reserve tables at restaurants as
Mr and Mrs Robson
Wilf Scollick for the record
Uncle Wilf was a transport manager and never owned a car
him and Mabel had a
not much smaller than the cars of the day
and every Saturday Ricker had his tea at his Aunties'
not His Aunty's
Eunice and Mabel and Wilf
now here's a bit of social history for you
you can check up when their house was built because it is
53, Junction Road, Norton, Stockton-on Tees
and we think it was built in around 1957
and when Ricker visited - every Saturday
if he wanted the toilet
he wasn't allowed upstairs
he had to use the outside toilet
who builds a house in 1957 with an outside toilet?
at the time
this house had four downstairs rooms
the front room
nobody EVER went in there
except the decorators
the back room
rarely visited
the kitchen where they all three lived
and the scullery
where the cooking was done
when we say outside toilet..
this was not the proverbial
brick privvy
there was no back yard
there was a garden a bit more than square
and beyond that
a veg plot somewhere between
an allotment and a small holding
next door but one was the school that is now
William Newton Further Education Centre
and out back was a farmer's field where now stand the likes of
Brambling Close
off The Glebe
and so The Aunties' house was a part of
ribbon development along the new
Junction Road linking
Norton High Street
the A177
Durham Road
well Durham Road in Stockton
and Stockton Road in Sedgefield
oh the Morons with Money
have heard of
and now there's in fill behind the
ribbon development
back to the outside toilet...
it was a bricked off section of the scullery
not door from the scullery to the toilet
the only access to it was a door from the garden
so it was a
mud room with a toilet
so the gardener could relieve himself
without entering the house
and visiting children could be sent
outside to do their business

we don't get to follow bike racing that closely but we
note that
Mark Cavendish - Cav
is not riding in The Tour de France this year
what we thought was...
he was happy with his team but
not with his team's choice of bike manufacturer
it often seems
professional sport is
part entertainment
part product promotion
can it be true that the money
Dimention Data
get from a bike manufacturer is
big enough to reckon loosing out on
stage wins
is worth it to avoid rider quotes about
the quality of the bikes they are selling?
take two teams
last year one was called
Dimension Data
and the other was called
and the other
Dimension Data
this year
two teams called
and Dimension Data
BUT with
BMC as the bike sponsors of
Dimension Data
BMC no longer able to afford
Name sponsorship of a Tour de France Team
what would Cav say about riding their bikes
if he didn't win?
even if he did?

we have a little contribution here to the topic of
energy conservation
we start with our
adult social care Sam
it's a bit dated and a bit
Hanna Hauxwell
the woman living alone reaches a certain age and
as a birthday present the local council send
an adult social care social worker to visit her
and it's winter and it's her last visit of the day
and so it is dark outside
the old woman lets the young woman in and the
cotage is cosy
but it is lit by oil lamps
the carer says that must be a problem in the night
how long does it take you to light the lamp in
an emergency?
oh not so long - usually
this can't go on
I'll arrange for you to have your cottage to be
connected to the electricity and
get you electric light
and the old woman agrees
since there appear to be no other issues
the social worker is not back before the old woman's
next birthday
nothing appears to have changed
the cosy cottage is lit by an oil lamp as before
did we not get you on the electric?
did nobody tell you how to use it?
oh everything is wonderful
were very kind
but it is so special the electric light
I don't waste it
I only switch it on long enough to see my way to
light the oil lamp
in some sense there are millions of people all around us
who quite happily say
oh the new gas boiler is great
the electric timer, thermostat, and ignition mean
I don't have to wait until I feel cold to
turn on the heat
there are two things here
without any analysis the assume that
electricity is way way more expensive than gas
and second they are reinforced in that belief because
when you use so little electricity
the vast bulk of the bill is the
standing charge
the charge for the rental of the supply equipment
the standing charge is like having to
hire a trolley when visiting the supermarket
back in the day when infrastructure was being rolled out
the standing charge was a sort of indemnity for the supplier that
if the new service didn't take off, take on, whatever
contracts for standing charge would recover the cabling cost for them
we still have this problem today
but we are a bit more savvy about it
what people - especially the vulnerable - need is a utilities equivalent of
the SIM only deal on a mobile 'phone
standing charges should not exist for properties over five years old

in the sphere of we provide the 'balance' missing from state media...
MR Johnson's latest 'girlfriend'
she pulled that black cab driver - Warboys - and decided he was her ticket to fame
and then she pulls a man about to become Prime Minister and
well how much help did the neighbour get in
knowing there would be a row?
how much confusion is there between
get off
get off it - the wine stain on the sofa
get off me
back in the days of the introduction of the
reel to reel tape recorder
shall we say at the transition point from
wax cylinders to tape
the concept of
the edit
was not conceived of
and so a - BBC? - sound engineer
volunteered to record his local vicar's
Easter Sermon
and alonside playing back the genuine reproduction
at the following Christmas party
the engineer played a version in which the vicar was heard to
say some things that nobody would ahve expected him to say
it's all in the edit
like the MR Preview - Previn - sketch on
Morcombe and Wise
all the right notes but
not necessarily in the right correct order
should we be raising our daughters to be
jail bait
as a sort of - slightly - toned down version of
Killing Eve

4th July 2019

we think we missed something yesterday
we think that
Lee Iacoca
aged 94 from complications associated with
Parkinson's disease
and we have no details
except that he was
America's answer to the UK's
Alex Issigonis
Alex Issigonis designed
the Mini
and Lee Iacoca was responsible for
the Mustang
Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca EYE-?-KOH-k?; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019)
was an American automobile executive best known for
the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at
the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s, and then later for
reviving the Chrysler Corporation as its CEO during the 1980s.
He served as President and CEO of Chrysler from 1978 and additionally as chairman from 1979,
until his retirement at the end of 1992.
He was the only executive in recent times to preside over the operations of
two of the Big Three automakers which he did during different tenures.

3rd July 2019

So far as we can recall around this week is the
60th anniversary of the first official declaration that
smoking can damage your health
we were amused this morning to hear that
in North East England
around one in six people still smoke
fifteen per cent of pregnant women smoke
and on in six is??
around 16 per cent
so being pregnant has no effect on smoking habits
the argument for
smoking hash being illegal
smoking tobacco being legal
for a lot of the poorest people
smoking is the only bit pleasure they can afford
we are not the experts but
we would say
smoking weed is in the pleasure zone
smoking tobacco is in the
two fingers to you
I ain't gonna be told what not to do, zone
clearly pregnant women are generally young
this means that the smoking thing is
not generational and is
related to certain enclaves of
family and wider social group
we would suggest that the politicians who are
frightened for their seats if they legalise cannabis
are not the same ones who are frightened for their seats
if they outlaw tobacco
and here we come to the idea of
two party politics and
having a government with a large majority
if tobacco were outlawed it would be
temporarily unpopular with
ten per cent of the population
concentrated in particular enclaves
less so now since vaping would not be banned
a secure government could ride out that storm
especially since the media have long since
lost the advertising revenue from tobacco
care to extrapolate if
it takes 60 years to get from
90 per cent to 15 percent
how long to get from
fifteen percent to zero?
in simple terms
if the government do nothing
smoking will be history in the North East in
around another ten years
how many un-necessarily deformed babies will be
born in that time?
nationally in the UK?
around a million

we saw a rather perceptive trailer
promo for the iPlayer?
for Peeky Blinders
it's a gangster drama series based in the
English Midlands but
looking like New York ...
the idea of the trailer is
if you send people - mainly men - into a theate of war where
a lot of people are dying in hand to hand combat
whatever their pre-war background, they will return
inured to lethal shoot on sight violence
nd so to refugees
they are supposed to be in fear of their lives
not economic migrants
and so they should be expected to arive in a
trigger happy
frame of mind
it is not
to take this into account

on a related point
if you live in Redcar and you suddenly decide that
you would like to move to York
you will not be entitled to
social housing in York
because you made yourself
intentionally homeless
in Redcar
but if you live in Surbition or Eritrea
you can rock up in
Kensington and Chelsea
and get social housing that in ten years time you will own
through right to buy
despite having no links to central London
no job in central London
and no need - medical or similar - for
services that are only available in central London
London wants to demonstrate that it is a
World City

2nd July 2019

To clarify
if a woman wanting a job
posts a glamorous picture of herself
in her profile on
and somebody remarks on Linked-in that she
looks very pretty
that can be deemed an inappropriate comment to make on Linked-In
that does not make it an inappropriate comment to make about
a woman trying to make the best of herself
why did she want to look good on Linked-In?
is looking pretty a part of her qualifications and CV?
and so to chat up lines in person or on line
quite often when two women of opposing views make up a panel
on a TV show
no matter what the topic the conversation descends into
I've got a boyfriend, have you got a boyfriend?
I've got kids, have you got kids?
that is a level of personal attack that very few men would descend to
are you genuinely interested in the answers to your questions?
or are you just trying to wind a rival up
Will Self style
to the clarification
if - like Tanya Nelson - you come from a polce background
if you say
let me know when Ricker is in town
there are two obvious interpretations
let me know so I can be sure to
bump into him
let me know so I can hide
you can't - without evidence, an added qualifying comment
make that choice
999 calls work on 'phones with no credit
and for various other reasons
people will contact the emergency services when
it is inappropriate
when all they want is to say to people
haven't you noticed my engagement ring
I'm proper stoked
let me tell you about him
and then there's
God I've met this gorgeous bloke
but I get all tongue tied and shy
and casual observers conclude that
every time these two meet
the woman gets all upset
we'd best step in a warn him off
it's the modern equivalent of
shoot first and ask questions later
and if there are no children involved
restraining orders can be
without limit of time
and when the man gets one
the woman can feel she has been dumped
not adding to her well being
and from the police perspective
if there is a 'victim' and no named perp
We don't do detecting
Here's a crime number
talk to your insurance company
you may say but what about forensics
isn't that detecting?
no, forensics are not there to
solve crimes
they are there to provide evidence against somebody who is
already bang to rights
because they are the partner or ex
there are two prime problems with the police
they see any insured loss as a
victimless crime
because the victims get compensated and
the insurance companies stay in business
and they think
so long as these people stick to killing each other
they are just
thinning out the dross
the police do not see themselves as citizens
they regard all non-police as
grist to their mill
the bit part players is their
daily dramas
there are clearly elements within
the police, the Tory Party, the Justice Industry
who think if there were more
economic crime
there would be less need for a
welfare state
pay insurance premiums>BR> not
and others who regard
insurance premiums as a
stealth tax
thin the buggers out
principle seems to be very significant
on the face of it
he only killed her
he never felt her up
we can let him out after five years
he never touched her but
the psychological harm...
keep him inside for at least 30 years
is this
our health system has harmed these people so
let's blame some bloke
to deflect from systemic failings or
faith over facts
can you have a religion that does not have the motto
faith over facts
preying for a miracle is one thing
but driving people down a damaging path because
a thought occurred to some bloke whilst he
had his head under a blanket
is quite another
and sometimes young people with sensible ideas
become overwhelmed with
mass stupidity
somebody - easily researched - said when younger
religion is the opium of the people
and then found their
turned into a religion
nostrum is Latin for
our unfailing remedy
and all this
fear of vaccinations style problem is akin to
secret knowledge
fear of missing out
this allied to
a concept of any complex explanation being
written off as
the ramblings of an insane mind
one of those
Edison, Ford whoever with the
invention is one per cent inspiration and
99 per cent perspiration
might have thought
90 per cent
it is fascinating how governments will spend
eye watering amounts of money on the likes of
large hadron colliders and such
to demonstrate theories in physics
but doing simple cheap
Royal Society Christmas lectures style
demonstrations is
too much for the media
and is the domain of
seeking to sell a product
rather than explain a reality
that was the classic misuse of the demonstration
the fire spread UP Grenfell Tower
and there followed a demonstration of
molten polythene dripping DOWN from
an overheated cladding panel
so often real scientific breakthroughs come from
people of independent means
and not inventers struggling in garrets
inventers struggling in garrets are more likely to
seek their fortunes by coming up with
quack patent medicines

1st July 2019

"The medium is the message" is a phrase coined by
Marshall McLuhan introduced in McLuhan's book
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man,
published in 1964.
It means that the nature of a medium
(the channel through which a message is transmitted) is
more important than the meaning or content of the message.
McLuhan tells us that a "message" is,
"the change of scale or pace or pattern" that a
new invention or innovation "introduces into human affairs."
McLuhan uses the term 'message' to signify content and character.
The content of the medium is a message that can be easily grasped.
And the character of the medium is another message which can be easily overlooked.
McLuhan says
"Indeed, it is only too typical that the 'content' of
any medium blinds us to the character of the medium."
We love this story about the conflict between
the importance of the message
and the importance of the medium
we are not endorsing either here
a young woman is at the water cooler, on a coffee break,
in an informal meeting with work colleagues
for the first time since becoming engaged
eventually in frustration at her lack of an effective
communications medium
a platform
she says
it's really hot in here
I think I'm going to have to
take this ring off

We will quote Martyn Kelly in The Independent 17 June 1996
Last summer the people of the North East of England saw a
white elephant finally change into a
useful beast of burden
The reason?
Kielder Water
the largest reservoir in Europe
plus a pipeline that enables water from Kielder to be
pumped to rivers in the region
and your competing claims?
how you like these apples?
Kielder Water reservoir
capacity 200 billion litres
Just to remind people
27 million GBP - quid - spent
300 loads of river water per day
we set out here to publicise the fact that
Teesside is set up with a pipeline to
all the water you could ever need
The reservoir was
designed to meet the water demands of
the whole North East well into the future.
Situated in Northumberland’s North Tyne Valley,
water released from Kielder can supply
Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside, more than 80 miles away.
1. Northumbrian Water’s Kielder Water is the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe by capacity.
It is the reservoir that supplies the Kielder Water Scheme.
2. After the Kielder Water Scheme was put on the agenda, a
public inquiry was commissioned in 1972.
The initial sessions, held over six weeks at Newcastle Civic Centre,
heard nearly 200 objections before the inspector recommended the scheme go ahead.
3. The Kielder Water Scheme is a regional transfer system that can
release water from Kielder Water in the North West of the region into
the Rivers Tyne. Wear, Derwent and Tees.
4. Discharge into each river is by cascade spillway, which
encourages reoxygenation of the water,
which may have been retained in the tunnel for some time.
5. Kielder Water cost £167m to build.
Construction began in 1975 and the reservoir was opened by the Queen on May 26, 1982.
6. The reservoir is capable of holding 44,000 million gallons of water.
7. Manpower on the construction reached peaks of 1,500 engineers and construction workers.
8. The reservoir took two years to fill with water after it was completed.
9. It has a surface area of 2,740 acres.
10. Its shoreline, including Bakethin, is 27 miles and
the depth is 52 metres (170 feet) at the deepest point
11. Kielder Dam is 1.2km long and 52m high and is
constructed of glacial clay originally deposited more than 15,000 years ago.
12. Water release is controlled from the valve tower, that stands
70m (230 feet) high (the height of a 23-storey building).
13. A water release of Kielder’s maximum 1,300 million litres per day
can produce enough power to illuminate a town the size of nearby Hexham (population 11,000)
14. Over the years, the lake has come into its own,
with underground springs ensuring that it always remains at high levels,
regardless of the prevailing climate condition.
15. The North East region benefits from a complex water grid system that,
using a mixture of gravity and pumps, can move water from its 22 reservoirs to the rivers Tyne, Wear and Tees.
16. On the shores of Kielder Water stands Kielder Forest, England’s largest working forest.
17. Together they form Kielder Water & Forest Park,
one of Britain’s leading tourist destinations, welcoming an estimated 410,000 visitors in 2016.
18. An estimated annual visitor spend of £24.4 million supports 450 jobs in the local economy.
9. The area is designated as having the darkest skies in England,
with a second Kielder Observatory being built in 2017 to
complement the original observatory that overlooks the lake.
20. Kielder Water works closely with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and
other partners to develop and protect the local wildlife.
21. Following a 150-year absence, ospreys returned to Kielder in 2009.
The birds have bred successfully in Northumberland every season since
the species returned to the North East.

we think we should probably research
Marshal McClure
The medium is the message
the point being
well two points really
disposable income is at the heart
but there are two uses for disposable income
one is to buy things we don't need
the other is to pay more than we need to
for things we need
because they are presented as
desirable, heavily promoted brands
and for instance
this is not simply packaging
clearly to survive 'in the wild'
people and other living things need
very sensitive food testing equipment
look, taste and smell...
and so
a part of a brand
is a very subtle distinctive 'taste'
that's the one I normally have
comes out as
that one's the best
in nature we are always alert to
a slight off taste
because that may indicate some sort of
don't eat the yellow snow
we thus take the story of
Stalin talking to Churchill
one of them had suffered a
family bereavement
and they were men who had overseen
activities that had resulted in mass human extinctions
and Stalin is supposed to have said
a single death is a tragedy
the death of millions is
a headline
Second World War
UK and Russia allies against Germany
Russian leader Stalin
British leader Churchill
in other words
when one person dies
the hacks can fill pages with
their back story
and when a lot of people die all at once
the hacks don't want to be seen as
prejudiced or discriminatory
and so they give up and move on
and it can be quite a tight margin
the public are expected to be
fascinated by the back stories from
the London Bridge murders
even though almost none of the people involved were
UK residents
and yet
to focus down on
The Hillsborough tragedy
not the back stories of the victims
the lives of the handful of
bereaved relatives who claim their
15 years - or 50 years - of fame
Andy Warhole
everybody is entitled to their
15 minutes of fame
and for most people those 15 minutes occur
on their wedding day
along with their memorial of the day in the
hatches, matches and despatches
in the classifieds in the local paper
remember our Ricker got his
15 minutes of fame with a rather good
picture of him on the front page of the
Get Wet
so he's not complaining
it's one of those little mysteries of growing up
the picture credit in the Get Wet has always usually been
and it took a while to figure out
EG stands for the photographer was a staffer
and the picture belongs to
The Evening Gazette
returning to the theme
we have several definitions of
what do we need?
what do we need to stay safe and healthy?
what do we need to feel happy and included in society?
and hence
absolute poverty
relative poverty
this means that
absolute poverty can be fairly firmly defined
howeve, rhaving enough
to be clear of absolute poverty will vary
according to where you live
and your skill and knowledge levels
living in
Milton Keynes
will for instance require different
expenditure on energy
for safe levels of heating and or cooling of
the living space
for cold, hot , and temperate climates
even the basics for survival are not
universal, equal
to be out of relative poverty
a person would have to be as well off
as everybody whose life style they are aware of
and does not comply with the
socialist concept of
from each according to their ability
to each according to their need
that is not a formula for equality of
and provision is the only thing that can be measured
in terms of

28th June 2019

the version with the lettering

27th June 2019

There have to be a lot of people who
don't go to the dentist's
until they are in pain
and so they associate dentistry with pain
and so it becomes unpopular
however these days
these days
messing with your teeth is
ever more popular
especially in the area of
tooth whitening
and perhaps there is a gulf opening up
mouth cosmetics
tooth care
we are not sure about the financial arrangements
in the UK
when the NHS came in
if you had more than a few decayed teeth
the dentist would - for free
pull out all of your teeth and
give you a set of dentures
and those dentures were supposed to last you for
the rest of your life
no more trips to the dentist
if most of your teeth were good
you probably had the two or three
rotten ones removed
and gaps left
over time
more and more fillings were applied to
save semi-rotten teeth
and early on
charges for dental services
were introduced breaking the
free at the point of use
once we started with charges we ran into this
problem of
the patient needs this very expensive thing
they won't pay for it
shall we give it free
because it's expensive
this patient wants something really cheap
they will pay for it
let's take the money
like 15 pounds for a prescription for
15 pence worth of paracetamol
and so
the finances
and the influence of finances on
have become major issues
to digress
although there is insurance and charitable funding
pet owners have many of the same medical challenges
regarding their pets as they have regarding
sick relatives
it is routine to say
as a rough guide
surgery - apart from simple bone setting and
is not acceptable for a dog
over the age of ten
because most dogs don't live to 12
let alone 15
we are as usual
building to a point
we forget that although the
the Department for (of) Health and Social Security
was split and then there was the
Department of Health - National Health Service
with the recent in name only
we forget - or never knew that
the NHS is divided in many ways but mainly
Hospital run by the Government
Family Doctor Services, dentistry, pharmacy, opticians
and a whole lot more
run by private contractors who
either get their money from the patient direct
or claim the money the patient owes them in that sense the NHS is two arms
the hospital running arm
and the sub-contract management arm
and we have written before about how
opticians have developed
enhanced services
extending beyond fixing you up with the correct specs
to routine medical checks
the sale of fancy specs subsidising
the provision of screening services
with - essentially - no incentive short of
a negligence charge
to make the contractor do these extra things
and so to dentistry
and this is just an excuse to publish this pic

wrong pic
there is one with writing on it
and here is the question
if it is - private or NHS - expected that a dentist
takes X rays of a patients teeth
X rays designed to detect tooth decay
every two years
should they be expected to take a whole mouth X ray
every five years?
the arguments against panoral X rays are
1 they are no help detecting tooth decay
2 they involved a rather large dose of X rays
if we say
for patients reporting mouth pain
without evidence of tooth decay
the dentist should do a high quality pan oral X ray
who pays for the provision and maintenance of
the rather large machine?
the pic is not a simple panoral
it is a computer enhanced panoral
it is unlikely even that level of detail would be
possible with a machine installed
at many thousands of pounds expense
more than five years ago
this patient could have an
osteosarcoma - mouth bone cancer
the cancer could be eating away his jaw
since this is a pic of our Ricker's mush
we doubt that
in this case we are seeing feint traces of
tracked infection
after the face kicking
a splinter of bone got lodged between two emerging teeth
and was undetected and provided a track for infection
technology advances
but who pays
we have a cast of the jaw showing the bone splinter
that was only visible
in a cast taken after the lower right 6
molar tooth that emerged at the injury site
was removed because
it had rotted because of under treatment
due to a fear that
a lot of drilling in that tooth could
cause the jaw to snap

24th June 2019

regarding vehicle fuel
we want to review three terms that
will be familiar to
British Gas - Centrica - engineers
aerial decomposition
an explosion occurs when
energy rich material undergoes a chemical reaction
within an enclosed space
and very suddenly the pressure in the enclosure
domestic gas explosion
an implosion would occur if
the inside of an enclosure that is
full of NOTHING BUT steam
has cold water injected into it
early steam engines used this idea
the thing with an explosion is that it fragments the enclosure
and produces
schrapnel - flying objects
and aerial decomposition occurs in an
open system
such as
Earth's Atmosphere
two things
there is no limiting boundary - apart from gravity
to an open system
the enclosure of the cloud is
surrounding atmosphere
and that may be propellel away from the incident
at high speed
but by definition of this being an aerial decomposition
it carries no solid debris
and so
if gas escapes from a crashed vehicle
there could be an aerial decomposition
so long as there is no secondary enclosure such as
a cabin
load bay
as we stated before the gas containment should be
within the cage of the suspension
not the enclosure of the panelled structure

we should point out
this rig topside was not
heading to Redcar
it went to
and there are pictures of
the first rig to come ashore
the second rig to come ashore
Hartlepool nuclear power station
so the structure in the middle is
Brent Delta
and the ship
can't berth in Hartlepool
but that is NOT to say it can't berth
in Redcar
Redcar don't have
The scrap yard
Able UK

we often prefer the sort of
stream of consciousness approach
to the researched approach
and so we say
we think there is or was a TV show in
The States
College Bowl
there certainly is a UK Tv show called
University Challenge
the questionmaster of University Challenge
was originally
Bamber Gascoign
and he was replaced by a BBC journalist
on one occasion in his pre University Challenge days
this fop
asked the current Prime Minister
or someone of similar rank
the same question six times
at the time he asserted that he had not had an answer
during the role change the hack admitted
the gallery
the directors and producers
told me I had to fill in five minutes
and that was the only question I had prepared
perhaps news conferences are a bit of a lottery and hacks turn up
not knowing whether they will get a chance to speak
we recall another BBC luminary
who started out as a
Business Presenter
transferred to sport
and now prattles on about being
an alcoholic
presenting politics, science, diplomacy etc.
as sport
because you are so plastered that you can only manage one question
is hardly offering
Brian Walden quality service
to national debates

back on last Friday we were having a
housekeeping day
and so we made time for a couple of comments
regarding blues and twos
why the hell anybody would want to
drive a truck between
Darlington and Penrith
completely baffles us
if they wanted to drive between
Teesside and Glasgow...
that makes some sense
and so the A66 will be improved
in Greyling time
the nub here is that
on the map the A66
in Grangetown
but in the real world
it just becomes the
six lane
Trunk Road
and the first roundabout on the A1085
the Wast Coatham Lane turnoff
is at the junction of Corporation Road with
West Dyke Road
and so we get Q cars
turning right onto Mersey Road
turning right into Thames Road
and reversing back out onto Mersey road
to start another A66 run
and how do we know it's a training run
'cos they're four up
and on each pass
there's a different
pointy head
in the driving seat
and this applies to the big rigs too
if you get lost
don't do a U turn at the
Mersey Road traffic lights
press on to the roundabout

we would like to point out that
Coatham is not Gotham City
we say
Coat 'am

the Mansion House
the reaction , more than the event
demonstrates something of a generational divide
to borrow from The Hitchhiker's Guide
older people and Young Fogies
tend to regard women as
whereas the young regard them as
spoiler alert for
Killing Eve
er this is like like
bicycling Eve
killing time
she's a psychopath and she's female
she's not called Eve
She's called Villainelle
we thought we would just run across the
objections to vaccinations
if we take Disney as an example
media and entertainment people are very worried about
racial stereotypes
and other similar forms of discrimination
and so instead of having
different types of people in stories
they have different animals
often different species of animal
depicting different human stereotypes
this leads impressionable people from an early age to
misjudge how 'human' various animal types are
and this leads to the objection to vaccines that runs
how did you obtain the consent of the hens
for their eggs to be used for
vaccine production
this was not the original objection
as we earlier stated
these people made a major error
not considering the vulnerability of the
naked egg
however having made the mistake and seen it
they sought to deflect criticism by
transferring the blame onto the vaccine
in a sense this can e seen as a kind of
displacement activity
a displacement activity is where
you want to punch somebody in the face
but you punch a wall instead
and birds breeding in dense colonies do a lot of this
instead of pecking at each other's throats
they peck at nest material
Oh God, I've done this terrible thing to my child...
must do something about it
can't fix the child
let's make her famous
by making the whole world change its behaviour
in her honour
and so
casting around for something to blame
they did not blame the concept of vaccination
nor the vaccine itself
these early pioneers had at least a dozen
brain cells to rub together
they lighted on the
preservative used in the storage of the vaccine
we are forever pestered about
best before and use by dates
a problem with vaccines is that to work in
the places they are most needed
there is a vaccine protection problem
they need - or at least needed - to be kept
lower temperature - longer shelf life
not so easy in turn of the century
Africa or Asia
and so the manufacturers added a preservative
and being scientists not PR gurus
they decide on a
mercury compound
as the active preservative
and the grieving parents
hit on the mercury as the cause of autism etc.
not making that excursion
outside the box to reflect on
how much mercury amalgam
dentists stuff into most kids mouths every day
but the hacks can't resist a
bad news story
a human interest story
and so the whole anti-vaccine monster got its start in life

21st June 2019

and the winner is...
The world’s largest ship will soon attempt the biggest project
of its kind and attempt to move an entire North Sea oil rig.
The £2.4bn vessel, Pioneering Spirit, is
382 metres long and wider than three football pitches.
It is due to lift Shell’s Brent Delta oil rig off its concrete legs
and to a decommissioning site in Teeside in May.
bit late whot!
we have to admit at this time to
shortcomings of our own
and of
The River Tees

we have failed to make a note of the name
of the largest ship on earth
and The River Tees
has failed to provide it with a berth
we have also failed to remember the names of
North Sea Oil Rigs
there are two prices for oil quoted on the exchanges
one of them is
Brent Crude
we have forgotten which Brent rig is already gone
Brent Alpha, Brent Delta
the top sides of one of those are presently
loaded aboard the largest ship in the world
in Coatham Bay
and they await transfer onto a
to bring them ashore
onto the beach as the industry has it

this is one of those moments where we have to decide whether to
edit history
for the common good
despite the utter brainlessness of
The chattering classes
we will go with some disclosure
we have two metaphors in mind at the moment
we have walking on hot coal in mind
but we will go for the
bomb disposal training metaphor
if you had more than the standard single
brain cell issued to
the chattering classes of North London
your approach to ordnance disposal training would be
train them on dummy bombs and
after they know the drill
let them help with some real incidents
the weberati - trying for a revamp of
would say
train 'em on live bombs from the start but
give them really good protective clothing
the specific reason why we have a
tidal wave of people - mostly boys in their late teens and
early twenties in the UK, with autism is
the concept of the
measles party
yer vegans and such
in a group of parents with infants
the idea was - probably still is
oh Sebastian has the measles
let's have all the kids round to his
so they can all catch it and
get it out of the way
the downside is
these parties were attended by unvaccinated young women
who at the time had eggs
not in the ovary and not implanted in the womb wall
and fertilised or unfertilised, vulnerable to
hormones and infection
and consequences are
brittle X syndrome and similar
the other metaphor was
hardening up your feet by walking on burning coals
but it is not so powerful

20th June 2019

Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder.
Symptoms often include mild to moderate intellectual disability.
The average IQ in males is under 55.
Physical features may include a long and narrow face, large ears,
flexible fingers, and large testicles.
About a third of those affected have features of autism such as
problems with social interactions and delayed speech.
Hyperactivity is common and seizures occur in about 10%.
Males are usually more affected than females.
Fragile X syndrome is inherited in an X-linked dominant pattern.
Women with a premutation have an increased risk of having an affected child.
It is typically due to an expansion of the CGG triplet repeat within the
Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene on the X chromosome.
This results in not enough fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP),
which is required for the normal development of connections between neurons.
Diagnosis requires genetic testing to determine the number of CGG repeats in the FMR1 gene.
Normal is between 5 and 40 repeats, fragile X syndrome occurs with more than 200,
and a premutation is said to be present when an intermediate number of repeats occurs.
Testing for premutation carriers may allow for genetic counseling.
There is no cure.
Early intervention is recommended as it provides the most opportunity for
developing a full range of skills.
These interventions may include
special education, speech therapy, physical therapy, or behavioral therapy.
Medications may be used to treat associated seizures, mood problems, aggressive behavior, or ADHD.
Fragile X syndrome is estimated to occur in 1.4 in 10,000 males and 0.9 in 10,000 females

and so fragile in this context means
liable to
create loads and loads of copies of a gene
that you should have a few copies of
reference race colour and copies of the melanin gene
here we go diving into something we need to research
we want to start with a concept we don't hear anything
let alone
the concept is
fragile X syndrome
that being in the context of
the X chromosome
from memory we have
23 pairs of chromosomes
one of each pair from mum
one of each pair from dad
semi-matching pairs
in addition we have an X chromosome from mom
and EITHER an X or a Y chromosome from pop
there isn't much on a Y chromosome
just the instruction to
build out your bits into
boy bits
and so girls have
24 matching pairs of chromosomes
and boys have 23 matching pairs of chromosomes
plus a dangling X and a Y
ninety five per cent of people with
Down Syndrome
have been given two chromosome 21s by mom
and one chromosome 21 by dad
the rest have a variety of chromosomal abnormalities
that are not helpful here
such as an extra long chromosome with the
genes represented twice and
their body made up of cells from two or more distinct cell lines
right now we don't want to go there
and so we have this dangling X in boys
and it is vulnerable to damage
because when not in use it has no partner to snuggle up to
on the average
boys get more personal - not in their germ line
genetic defects than girls
and most of them will be in their lone X chromosome
and so to some characteristics of our subject today
twice as frequent in boys as in girls
here's a phrase we'll have to have a crack at
he concordance rate is significantly greater in
monozygotic twins than di-zygotic twins
if you are identical twins it is much more likely
that if one of you has it both of you will have it
much more likely that if as twins you were
two separate eggs right from the start
so it is heavily biased to being
genetic in origin
CT scans have isolated a sub-group with
enlarged brain ventricles
the fluid filled lakes or caves within the brain
in particular they have tinny weenie
cerebellar vermis
affected individuals have
cytomegalic inclusion disorder
junk in the brain instead of brains
ketone the important bit there
PKU is found in most populations
one in sixteen thousand live births in the USA
there's an enzyme missing and an amino acid can't be
properly broken down and eliminated
resulting in
brain damage
the child needs a special diet if you want to
keep it alive
of what do we speak?
autism natch
oh and one other thing
German measles - rubella
some kids with autism were born to mums who
had rubella during pregnancy
and so the puzzle
test for
1 congenital rubella
2 PKU before giving shots, jabs, vaccinations

19th June 2019

here is where we drift away from the hydrogen story
the story as presently presented by the industry
for efficiency we need a battery to store the
energy we harvest from the brakes
so for routine motoring
as opposed to motorsport
we ditch the idea of burning hydrogen in
n internal combustion engine and we go with
the fuel cell and battery combo
off hand we have forgotten the name of those
solid state 'fridges
but you can do a sort of heat pump job where you want to
chill the inside of the vehicle or its load bay
here's the bit the industry may not like because it
points up a negative in the fuel cell concept
we have no idea what is taught in school about science
back in the day you were given a small tank of
acidulated water - weak, weak acid
and fixed up two electrodes
one positive and one negative
probably connected to a battery or a power supply
if it was a power supply it would definitely be
a DC - Direct Current
power supply
you switch on and bubbles appear on the electrodes
and you arrange two test tubes full of the water over the electrodes
to catch the bubbles
and you test the gas you collect
and you do this by putting
a glowing splint - splinter of wood
to the mouth of each tube in turn
and if all goes well
th gas in one tube will
explode with a skueeky pop
and the gas in the other tube will
re-ignite the glowing splint
the squeeky pop tube is full of hydrogen
full of oxygen
so the complete formula is
acidulated water plus DC electricity
gives hygrogen and oxygen - in separate places
and the fuel cell
remixes the hydrogen and oxygen in
the pressence of a catalyst
to create
water electricity and heat
none of that is a problem
there is a problem
if you collect the hydrogen and
bin the oxygen
vent it to the atmosphere
when you run the fuel cell
you will have to recover the oxygen from the air
and it will be full of muck
but more importantly
you will have to taken in
five times as much air as oxygen
because water is H two O
you need half as much oxygen as hydrogen but
two and a half times as much air as hydrogen
the problem is
because the fuel cell produces heat
even if you cool it it will get hot where the
chemical reactions occur
if you get the oxygen from the air
you will
singe the nitrogen
and create small amounts of
nitrogen oxides
since you create both oxygen and hydrogen
in appropriate proportions at
the filling station
overall and on balance it would be better to
fuel the vehicle into separate
liquid oxygen
liquid hydrogen
that's the way to live up to the claim of
in use the vehicles will emit
nothing NOTHING apart from water
that's how you power a space ship
using solar power when available
split the molecule
not the atom

we are always highly amused by emergency services
and recovery crews who say
oh we can't touch a hybrid
it's got batteries
we sometimes think
hows about we come round yours on
bonfire night and
slosh a couple of gallons of diesel
on yer bonfire, for a laugh?
but seriously
having the fuel tanks well separated from
the human occupants is always a good idea
in the USA
people modifying old time pickup trucks
often move the fuel tank from
in the cab
to under the flatbed
what we can say is that
if we are not transporting
liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen
in bulk
but each vehicle will only be carrying enough
for its own motive power needs
any oxygen and hydrogen left on board
after an accident
would quickly
boil off with
and first responders could be equipped with
compressed nitrogen
the bubbles in Guinness
to disperse the gases which would be
the classic example of
dilution is the solution to pollution
but compressed air from a truck braking system
would be perfectly fine for fuel dispersal purposes
we envision two to four
basket ball sized spheres
embedded in the stronger
front and rear
suspension and drive elements of the structure
a bit like oversized versions of
Citroen DS suspension gas spheres
suspension accumulators
for those who know their automotive history
regarding public confidence...
we point out from time to time that
mains and bottled gas do not
in their natural state
the smell is added - something along the lines of
methyl mercaptan
the gasses used in
hydrogen powered vehicles could be
probably for preference with a dye
rather than a smell
that would be released on impact to
avoid it being continually burned up in the exhaust

18th June 2019

sometimes we get the sense that we are
Not cutting through
so here's a MAP

and now we have the
Revenge of the Scoucers on Redcar
a firm of Liverpool architects has designed
the re-fit for Beales department store and
B and M - Bargains and Madness
ar moving in in
mid August
whether they are expanding into Beals
Frankie Dees on the High Street
we don't know,
Santandare are getting on with their refit

17th June 2019

We are based in the UK Premier Industrial Area and so
we have
Folk Memories of
old tech
There will be many people still alove on this area who remember
BOC Golf balls
These were quite small trucks that had
a silvery spere mounted on their flatbed
we found a pic of similar at
anyway the thing is
when you are dealing with a new technology
no matter what the safety record of the established competitor...
they will demand the new tec be banned if it is not
100 per cent safe
and for carrying liquified gasses
a sperical metal container is king
and we are amazed to be able to report that
we caught the commentary on the
Le mans 24 hour endurance race
and the discussion on
the FACT that in two years time
Hydrogen powered cars will be running at le mans
and the venerable presenter was a bit flumoxed by
the fact that there are two ways to
use hydrogen to power a vehicle
you can burn hydrogen in an internal combustion engine
and you can get a fuel cell
a hydrogen stack as was referred to in the talk
to generate
what we don't know is...
do fuel cells get hot in operation?
yes they do
around half the energy in the hydrogen
is emitted as heat
and so tro get the efficiency of fuel cellstacks
each cell creating 0.7 volts
a co-generation system raises the efficency from
40 odd to 80 odd percent
and so with a fuel cell system like....
The first fuel cells were invented in 1838.
The first commercial use of fuel cells came more than
a century later in NASA space programs to generate power for
satellites and space capsules.
Since then, fuel cells have been used in many other applications.
Fuel cells are used for primary and backup power for
commercial, industrial and residential buildings and
in remote or inaccessible areas.
They are also used to power fuel cell vehicles,
including forklifts, automobiles, buses, boats, motorcycles and submarines.
essentially if you use existing
natural gas pipelines to supply hydrogen
the 'waste heat' from the fuel cells can be
utilised for
space heating
or to drive air conditioning apparatus
the hydrogen does not need to be transported
we could and can - installations exist
we can supply electricity from any source via a grid
and use that electricity to generate hydrogen
at the filling station for loading onto the vehicle
at petroleum fuel speeds
A fuel cell is an electrochemical cell that
converts the chemical energy of a fuel (often hydrogen)
and an oxidizing agent (often oxygen) into
electricity through a pair of redox reactions.
Fuel cells are different from most batteries in requiring
a continuous source of fuel and oxygen (usually from air) to
sustain the chemical reaction,
whereas in a battery the chemical energy usually comes from
metals and their ions or oxides
that are commonly already present in the battery,
except in flow batteries.
Fuel cells can produce electricity continuously
for as long as fuel and oxygen are supplied.

Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by
Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding.
The book focuses on a group of British boys
stranded on an uninhabited island and their
disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
The novel has been generally well received.
It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels,
reaching number 41 on the editor's list, and
25 on the reader's list.
In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on
the BBC's The Big Read poll, and
in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of
the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

We are looking at UK politics from our
out of date cultural references perspective
and so we quote Halliwell...
Lord of The Flies GB 1963
After a 'plane crash
a party of English schoolboys are
stranded on a uncharted tropical island
and gradually turn savage
semi-professional production of
semi-poetic novel
that worked well on the printed page but
on screen
crude and unconvincing
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by
Nobel Prize–winning British author William Golding.
The book focuses on a group of British boys
stranded on an uninhabited island and their
disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
The novel has been generally well received.
It was named in the Modern Library 100 Best Novels,
reaching number 41 on the editor's list, and
25 on the reader's list.
In 2003 it was listed at number 70 on
the BBC's The Big Read poll, and
in 2005 Time magazine named it as one of
the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

speaking of crude and unconvincing
the Richard Rawlings show
we were recently watching a couple of episodes from around
five years ago
where his crew were making a
Knight Rider KITT car replica
and saying that they couldn't manage to fit a
smart speaker
it just demonstrates the speed of tech change

13th June 2019

You know this thing about
women being written out of history
we are as confused as anybody about this one
we know that former Redcar MP
Mo Mowlam
died of a brain tumour and didn't have any kids
we understand that she was the
Northern Ireland Secretary
when the
Good Friday Agreement
was being thrashed out
and we know that history tells us that
Tory Bliar and some US Senator or Congressman
take the credit for the Northern Irish Agreement
but we have a small local development
we wrote earlier about the
Sir William Turner's School
First Eleven Cricket Pitch being torn up to build a new school
a Grammar Technical School
and that it had replaced Coatham School in Coatham Road and
Eston Technical School
and so history repeats itself
sort of
for a while after the SWT building
later called Saltscar
was demolished
the council wanted to sell the land for housing
and this story reflects the change in
priorities in education
there is a concept in child care referred to as
let them
hang as they grow
it is similar to
you can take a horse to water
but you can't make it drink
over the years the education system has provided services to children and their parents
but targeted particular groups for
special treatment
clients to push
as opposed to the majority allowed to
hang as they grow
in the 1960s the
Suitable Case for Treatment
were the bright kids of pushy parents
now it's the pushy parents of the
not all there
and more likely the pushy foster parents of
the not all there
only the very local will refer to
the big house next to the field
on Corporation Road
Nixon's house
but Mr Nixon was the main
Solicitor in Redcar at one time
it looks like it has about six bedrooms
qnd is castellated
it has like arrow slits along the roofline
there is a planning application in for it to be
converted into a children's home
more significantly
there was a school - still there
in Grangetown
that's the Grangetown in Redcar not the one in Sunderland
that was called
it has 66 pupils
and is referred to as a
not STEM - Science technology engineering and maths
SEMH - Social Emotional and Mental Health
and so this will be a referral unit
and Pathways is a part of
Horizons Specialist Academy Trust
and has already been renamed from
The Mo Mowlam Academy
So far as we can see
Nixon's house will be used for
residential care of around ten children
and the new build will provide
Day Care for around
100 pupils
a rise from the 66 currently accommodated in Grangetown
here is where the Middlesbrough - Redcar distinction bites again
Teesville is social housing south of South Bank and Grangetown
it had a Primary School called
Teesville Infants School
that has stood empty
because people are moving away from close proximity to
industry and
another Educational Trust
Archway Learning Lane Campus
for secondary age pupils
is moving from
two sites in Grangetown to
the Teesville campus
and the money for the conversion work
one point four million
will come from central government
same basis as
Tuned In
at the Coatham Enclosure
same basis as the Mo Mowlam Academy
people are moving away from
The Works
and the likes of Coatham
are settling in as an outer ring of
supported housing and education

perhaps we should explain
there is a massive
green corridor between
Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland
it lies either side of
Skippers Lane
called High Farm Normanby
and for most of its run Skippers Lane is
not a road
it is a track, footpath or residential walkway
Having said Teesville Infants is defunct
we assume that Ravensworth Junior is still alive
North of The Trunk Road
there is still that knot of Primary Provision
called Beech Grove with associated Roman Catholic provision
still serving South Bank
we see Middlesbrough Council with
limited land area
building on Green Space to get up
council tax revenue which they keep
and to hell with
business rates which go to central government
and so Redcar get the applications for commercial developments
and Middlesbrough - west of Skippers Lane
small as it is
becomes dominated by private residences
Middlesbrough is more interested in residents who
don't qualify for
Council tax rebates and discounts
and so not
Social Housing and pensioners

as an aside we are intrigued that the councillors for
the new ward of Wheatlands
live in Soppett Street and Granville Terrace
we would have thought that was more
West Dyke ward territory Granville Terrace
strange days indeed
large scale shop fitting is going on in the
Former Beals Department store
it may be being fitted out for tenant
or it may be being split into smaller units

12th June 2019

and what do we say by way of apology?
last month we published the North West Male graph??
what we seem to see is that for some reason
probably a statistical freak relating to
no Jobe Seeker Allowance in the North East
and a lot of Job Seeker Allowance in the North West
recorded unemployment in the North West was static and
rose in the North East
and so we now see two months in a row of stability
in the North East
There was a downward trend
then there was an injection of extra people recorded as
what we look for in the coming quarter is a return to the downward trend
static is probably
less people actually unemployed offsetting
a few stragglers going onto
Universal Credit
in other words we think in November December January
more people were transferring from
than were finding work
February March
about equal numbers transferring from Job Seekers to Universal Credit
in future we hope to see
reductions in the number of people on Universal Credit
we have no way of knowing whether the
future 'unemployment figures' will be
people depending on Universal Credit
or will include people claiming Universal Credit as
a top up of wages
both numbers are important but
as of now we don't know which we are getting

10th June 2019

The New Measurement Train (NMT), also known as the Flying Banana,
is a specialised train which operates in the United Kingdom to
assess the condition of track so that engineers can determine where to work.
It is a specially converted High Speed Train, consisting of two Class 43 power cars
and five Mark 3 carriages.
It can check the condition of most main lines and some secondary routes operating
on a 4 weekly cycle
. This cycle replaced its original 13 week cycle after the introduction of the
Plain Line Pattern Recognition (PLPR) Design Patrolling Program.
The train is permitted to travel across any part of the network where
HSTs are permitted, as well as High Speed
essentially, belive it or not...
the Northallerton to Saltburn route is now
a part of the
main line network of UK rail
we believe that this is not such an
obscure reference
we know how
Germaine Greer
is very out of favour these days
she is however an instructive
voice from the past
a past that is still with us in part
we are not sure
we always rely on unreliable memory
rather that proper research
this may be in
The Female Eunuch
in any case it is a glimpse into the
teenage lives of women still alive today
there is a term we hope no
UK teenager of today is familiar with
and of course Gremain Greer was a teenager in
the term is
jam rag
and the story is of Germaine Greer being forced to
wash her sanitary towel
in the garage
so that her brother(S?)
wouldn't see what she was doing
and here is a basis for a lot of
domestic violence
women raised to be so secretive about their
intimate hygiene
that they raise suspicions of
in their partners
and here we must digress into
the question of the modern relevance of fidelity
in a world not so far away where
women had very restricted access to income
on marriage all their wealth was transferred to their husband
and there was no
DNA paternity testing
fidelity was super important
now it seem more like a reflex response to
certain triggers and memories of times past
regarding the local Redcar charity EVA
we have no beef with it but as we suggest elsewhere
we are not clear that this charity knows whether it is
and elaboration of
or a special pleading housing association
it seems to us that a mainstay of the conflict between ourselves and
Cleveland Police
is that they have allowed themselves to be
co-opted into a process of requisitioning
Teesside University
the sole institution of Higher Education in the area
to be a
Women's Refuge
not excluding men with a proven record of gender based violence
but simply
men - steelworks
women - university
we have a situation with our Ricker
managing Cancer Research UK
Redcar shop
made one hundred and ten thousand pounds in the year
required to leave after his unpaid internship ended
and then criticised for not turning up
days later to the shop Christmas Party
if a man isn't safe to work with women
how can it be safe for him to
socialise with them?
we acknowledge that now
Cancer Research UK Redcar has a male manager
he did not immediately replace our Ricker
but in the mean time
they temporarily closed on Sundays
making the male Sunday manager redundant
Kevin - now working at Tesco Eston
he worked alone but after a short Sunday closure
they appointed a female Sunday manager to work alone
we will excuse the previous area manager responsible
they decided not to employ men
in order to avoid employing
redundant steel workers
in this case a
union rep and loader - high lift shovel - driver called
Les Day
more recently a hire car driver
nobody should have put pressure on them to do that
and so we move to
equal pay for equal work
men and women banned from doing equal
or easily comparable
you, Ricker can't have a job in Redcar because
we refuse to see somebody exercise the skills you have
in a location where we want
everybody to be
on minimum wage
hence a dispute over regional pay variations
in the same bus company
Redcar bus operators have the second lowest wage rates
in the country
because it's a low wage economy
and thus a low skills economy
and it becomes a vicious circle when
if you seek to drive away skilled workers
you get low productivity
and can't afford high wages
if the local management make the business profitable
the business can afford to pay higher wages
not so much
Lions lead by donkeys
more donkeys assassinating the lions and
installing mules as their
fall guy, leaders
but here we combine two concepts that are beginning to overap
to go to the beginning of acceptance of gay behaviour
having a staff consisting of half a dozen females and
one gay man
seems OK
and so it has to be
the gay guy won't get the women pregnant
no consideration that he may
have a hissy fit and
scratch their eyes out
but then we have to consider the likes of that
diver chap
Sir Elton John
men in same sex marriages having 'having' children
if you are in a gay marriage and you have children
you become
provider for those children and
need a man's wage
this kinda puts single gay men in the women category
and married gay men
in the men category
it's getting quite complicated now
why not just give up and allow all sorts of people access to
all sorts of jobs
lessons on female intimate hygiene
should not be restricted to
girls and boys need to know about these things and
be prepared for their effects on
the coming adult relationships
like at what point in a new relationship do you
first audibly fart in the presence of your new beloved?
at what point do you say
it's not hair washing night
it's my period?

Strange things happen when
you're having fun
our Ricker attended some sort of reception
when he arrived at Newcastle Med School,br. a student asked him
do you know what an autoclave is?
Ricker says yes
the student hands him a pint - beer, lager whatever
Well this is the student version
in a way it presaged alcohol based hand wipes at
ward entrances...
the idea seemed to be
keep yourself tanked up with alcohol
and the bugs won't get you
we will refer back to this later
for now
remember that before we had
chlorine, filtration and UV sterilisation
it was the rule
never drink the water
stick to the beer
the alcohol in it makes it safe
dredging through the ancient mind
a lot of people alive today won't remember another
medical term
before there was
there was
Gripe Water
white wine for babies as medicine
now we turn to
the Bullingdon Club - at Oxfrod University
That's Oxford but it gives us an idea
now that all their students are
diversity hires
perhaps we should refer to the current regime as
Call me Dave had mates at Oxford and
we assume they were all in
The Bullingdon (Drinking) Club
one of his mates was a med student
by the time Call me Dave was
Prime Minister
this mate was a cardiologist in
matey wasn't a heart surgeon
his patients had
congestive heart failure
it's bummer
70 per cent of patients are
dead within five years of diagnosis and
there is no treatment
except to
knock off the booze if you are an alcoholic
the mode of action is that something
probably an infection
kills off the myocytes
we should check the distinction between
myocytes and myoblasts
the ones in the heart
the cells that create new heart muscle cells
if we could be arsed we could check whether this is
the same problem as was once called
rheumatic fever
and so
and so our latter day Einstein from Oxfraud
mate of The Call me Dave PM
discovers that patients with
congestive heart failure have
high blood salt content
due to their rubbish circulation NOT
getting their blood to
their kidneys very often
and so
the Brain of Britain
puts the cart before the horse and declares that
high salt intake causes heart failure
and since his bezzie mate is PM - Prime Minister
the dumb arsed thought becomes
NHS orthodoxy
and so to this past weekends
field trial
the military having some independence from
Oxfraud and The Westminster Madhouse
they decided to go the other way
the top military medics persuaded the
commanding officers or the lads and lasses - guys
who were
Trooping The Colour
load up on salt in the
week running up to the ceremony
admitting the favourable weather
not a single - or married , sorry
not one participant
as with all these things
some of the media seem to have found a participant who
fell off his horse
so we have to say
despite loading up with salt
they were not dropping like flies
and some people make a living out of
demonising salt so there is bound to be
there appears at present to be more money in
demonising salt than
isotonic drinks
they had loaded up with salt and that
loaded up their plasma with water and with
loads of salt and water on board
they sweated their way through with
good temperature control
here is a question for the nutritionists and
does sweat with its salt content
cool the skin more efficiently than
water - pure water - on the skin would?
putting that another way
suppose that the salt in sweat is only there to
balance the water - salt balance remaining in the blood and
tissue fluid
after the 'loss' of both as sweat
if a film of water cools as well as a film of sweat
the body's salt content would rise as we sweated
the salt is there to balance the body's water content
and if it is missing
and we would not benefit from sweating
the water not balanced by the missing salt
has to go into the bladder and be voided
if your body salt content is low
your body water content will be low
your blood will be more viscous - syrupy
and harder for your heart to pump around
salt retention with thin the blood and
ease the stress on the heart
the lesson is
don't extrapolate from the condition of the sick
to determine optimum behaviour for the well
don't have a hearty breakfast
it diverts blood from the muscles
load up with salt it helps you retain water
which when you are well
and not at death's door in bed
comes in handy if you ever need to
get a sweat on
perish the thought you

Honestly, we're just adding this bit for
entertainment value
This past weekend
for the second time in recent weeks
The Flying Banana
has been spotted in Redcar
now we are not sure whether there is only one
Flying Banana
the one seen this time seemed bigger than previously
The Flying Banana is a train - a railway train
It is yellow and so t is a banana
and it's flying because it s the only train that
travels faster than speed limits
it does not have
blue funnels like the fuck wit mobiles< BR> it is in fact an engineering train
it exceeds the speed limits to test whether
they are too low
it is ram packed with measuring equipment
and in theory it should travel all the British lines in turn
if it is frequenting the
Darlington to Saltburn line
that probably means that it is
surveying line improvements
changes are afoot
relating to
relating to
Direct train between
Middlesbrough and London
and that appears to involve surveying the
Middlesbrough to Saltburn section...
we shall see
what we shall see

7th June 2019

regarding the Peterborough by election
The Greens should be disappointed but
will they learn that when people
vote green they expect green
they do not want
vote green get vegan
they do not want
vote green get remain
if they are not disappointed we will begin to suspect
entryism of The Greens
by the fossil boys
on the other hand
The Labour
people vote Labour
when The Labour say
vote for us
people vote Labour
when The Labour say
vote for remain
they do not listen
people's votes will reveal that
voting Labour is not
it's football
support the team - sack the manager
people don't vote for the policies
they vote for the colours

at some point regarding
women's problems
some stats about half the women who have
relationship problems
have diagnosable mental illness
before they have a relationship
if women are to be helped...
there has to be some recognition that
a large proportion of women who are classed as
having trouble with men
actually have more deep seated problems with
being female
that is not NOT to say they have difficulty
accepting subservience
it is that they have trouble with
having periods
having babies
a whole lot of things that
involve men
either not at all
or tangentially
we have a housing crisis because it is assumed that
it is
for women to share living space with men
but what if
having provided
man free accommodation for women
their mental health does not improve?
there must be significant numbers of women who were
raised by a single mum
and taught by all female teachers
and not pressed to find a boyfriend
and what is the state of their mental health?
consider that before forcibly excluding men from
the lives of females - young or old

6th June 2019

we have no record of anybody connected to this site
having contacted the Flat Earth Society

we were remarking about the
swords into ploughshares
conversion of the CCF headquarters at Coatham into
a language lab
we do note that the bloke who did the install
took several days to hand wire it and
parked his car in the playground not the car park and
his car was
one of them flash mechanical injection
sic transit gloria

there now follows one of those
we'll get to the point - eventually - items
there are times in an individual's life history when
they are most especially vulnerable
even in species where the parents are very attentive
babies are easy prey for predators
there are inevitable losses
particularly when parents are away feeding
this is a time of plenty for the predators and
the species that normally feed on the dead
an infant is almost as easy to eat as a dead body
this provides a problem for the predator
there are many many amazing life forms on the planet
if we restrict ourselves to
mammals and birds
the creatures we normally see
they generally don't have
or other food storage facilities
and so they are not equipped to exploit a glut of
easy pickings
if they breed like crazy in the good times
they will all starve to death not much later
and so
suppose one mountain lion can survive on the
number of goats that fall sick in a hundred square miles
of mountain
it could survive on the number of goats that fall sick
pus the number of baby goats that are born in
ten square miles
except that that would drive the goats and then the lions
to extinction
what happens is
the goats - well their ancestor species
the breeding season
if all the mummy goats have their babies at the same time
there won't be enough lions to eat them all
and if there were enough lions to eat all the babies
the lions would starve the rest of the year
and so it is with
beauty therapists
because we do not shed traits from our ancesters
people retain the mechanisms for
a breeding season
and so we get stories about all the staff in a
beauty parlour
giving birth within days of each other
one day Ricker got a flea in his ear from
Mike Jackson
Mike was head of science with special responsibility for
biology and they got to talking about
Jack the Ripper and female anatomy and....
although we now know Jack the Ripper was a psycho living nearby
there was some belief at the time of the Ricker/Mike conversation that
only a doctor would know the difference between
a womb and a bladder
actually Jack the Ripper displayed all of the women's internals
he did not home in on the womb
but Mike's response was amazing to Ricker
he said easy to tell the difference
the womb is much bigger
the result of years of
drawing female insides on the blackboard
as full term pregnant
anyway the flea in the ear came from
Mike at the time lived at home with
had living at home with him
his wife and FOUR daughters
this guy is a zoology graduate from Hull university and
lifelong biology teacher
and Ricker says
women synchronise their periods
does that happen in your house?
how the hell would I know when my daughters are
having their periods?
well the small would give it away
not to mention the tantrums
females signal to each other through small
about their point in their cycle
in order to have their babies all together
to create a glut of food that predators
cannot fully exploit

higher primates - including humans
retain the breeding season because
1 it facilitates creching - nominated adults
caring for the young of several females
on a rota?
forgotten what's American fot rota - schedule?
2 one important driver of
if you starve
you don't have periods
you don't smell
but although in developed cultures
women of child bearing age
that can be from
NINE years old
ovulate about every 4 weeks
in conditions of food glut and starvation
and weather extremes
women will ovulate
as appropriate

5th June 2019

We must just slip into
BBC mode at this point
Welcome on this fine Wednesday
we have offered a right of reply to
The Flat Earth Society
and asked them whether in their opinion it is
Derogatory. A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.
[After the Blue Stocking, Society, a nickname for a predominantly female
literary club of 18th-century London
(probably so called after the blue worsted stockings
commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time)
Ricker's brother Peter went to Oxford
and he married a Norwegian nurse in London
and asked why he didn't marry an Oxford grad
he referred to them being
Blue Stockings
we have to ask
you went to all that trouble getting your daughter into uni
why would you prefer her to come home with a certificate and make
babies for a lad down the chippy
than come home with a dose of
an Olympic Athelete or a Nobel Prize winner?
we love an obscure reference
we could attempt to guess what
stands for
we reckon in this case it stands for some magazine
or Film Bureau
the quote is about a movie called
To Sir With Love
Sidney Poitier
The sententious script sounds as if it has been
written by a zealous Sunday school teacher
after a particularly exhilarating
boycott of South African oranges

This web site is not about
balance where no conflict exists
and we accept that somewhere there will be
architects designs and photographs of
The Sir William Turner School
1961 new build for North Riding County Council
we said NRYCC was run from
Northallerton not York
we also recognise that education in the South Tees area was
for many years run from offices in
Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough
whether that was always a sattelite office of Northallerton
from the start we do not know
despite being demolished as an icon of the hated
grammar school system
the building was the most expensive school
cost per pupil at prices of the time
ever built by
North Riding of Yorkshire County Council
there was a science lab
a physics lab, a chemistry lab
two biology labs
that we can recall
we suspect there were 7 science labs in total
one for the first two years
three for the O level students
and 3 for the A level students
what we want to move on to is the more social sphere
the reason NRYCC spent so much on the building was that
the site belonged to the school
that is
the school - the new school - was built on the
playing field of the independent school
specifically on the
First Eleven cricket pitch
so the money the county saved on land
they spent on building
and so
the school had a very large sports hall
a music room
and a theatre
this had a stage and a balcony and colonnade
but a flat floor and no fixed seating
and so the theatre was used for
assemblies and lunch dinning and as a theatre for the local community it had facilities
however it was never used for public events because
its facilities were almost exactly duplicated
across the road in the
technical college theatre
now also demolished but replaced
we are getting the a point here
as a fully fitted out theatre
the assembly hall of SWT had
a guest cloakroom
off the entrance foyer
so this room was never intended to be for
daytime use by staff and students
and in 1969 to 1971
and possibly a couple of later years before closure
in the early 1970s
that cloakroom was allocated to between
three and six
girls form Cleveland grammar who visited to study
A level Physics and perhaps chemistry and maths
because Cleveland Grammar
didn't have enough clever girls to justify
finding a female physics graduate to teach them
in other words
boys had got to university after studying sciences
at Coatham
and their parents had demanded that
their sisters get the same chance

speaking of the link between
state education and charity...
our Ricker shared classes with a lad called
Ewan Williams
and Ricker never met Ewan's dad
but we kind of assume they had dads of similar age because
shortly before Ricker started at SWT
'Shiny' Williams had been required to retire as
the biologu master at Coatham
since almost all the educational material
in the biology department had been
the personal property of Shiny Williams
he took it all with him when he retired
we guess he was not happy to go
there was a cupboard under the blackboards
in Ricker's formroom
that was packed with donated
mechanical adding machines
that some person or organisation had
and the school never took out of the cupboard
and it is probable that a lot of the
never disturbed
books in the library were donations of
one kind or another
and so we are not clear to what extent those
Cleveland Girls were at SWT
for the teaching
and to what extent for access to the
lab facilities
the practical being quite an important element in
A level science exams
at the time
Ricker remembers having to go to
Longlands College - long gone
to do his biology A level practical exam

and another little nugget about
SWT and social change
when the school was built
a section of the workshop block was dedicated to
the CCF
Ricker wasn't in the CCF so he does not know whether
people who were not pupils were members
we doubt it
the CCF was run by Geps
Geps was
G E P Sidaway
and the CCF was the
Combined Cadet Force
and during the 1960s
after only 4 or 5 years having a base in the workshops...
that space was taken over - by around 1969
to be converted into a
Language Lab
a change from
travel the world
meet interesting people
kill them
get out there and
pass yourself off as a local
and figure out what
they are prattling on about

3rd June 2019

We were amused when
decided that they too wanted
re The Transporter Bridge
to also have a huge piece of utterly redundant
civil engineering
a mega sculpture
and so they had
The Spire
built as a
film set
for the likes of
Transit Van commercials
way to go
naturally Ricker had a suggestion
now that exist the likes of
Asian Hercules II
gigantic ocean going floating cranes
why not lay a deck under
The Transporter
that can be removed
should any ship ever want to
come in on The Bendy
or be built at
Bamletts Wharf

This is another one of those stories that
baffles us a lot
The indications are that
Cleveland Police
'are setting out their stall'
for a swoop on
Tees Port
with a view to making arrests relating to
Modern Slavery
and they have had
dry runs
practice exercises
to judge how much effect such a raid would have on
the Redcar area

a couple of follow ups on Coatham Grammar
we talked about head teacher S G Barker
we don't recall him ever teaching
that's probably the norm
what he was was a little more interesting
as far as we know he was recruited on the basis that he was
as a Cambridge graduate
overqualified for the job and expected to
move on to better things quite quickly
and never left
and his teaching experience was
so far as we know he was recruited from a role as an
education officer in a
and essentially
the role of headteacher was a
side line that
provided a home - Red Barns in Kirkleatham Street whilst - aside from presiding over school assemblies
his main activity appeared to be to act as
a JP
a Justice of the Peace - a magistrate
just as a sideline
he lived in Red Barnes and the boys there were
supervised by a teacher called Mr. Hargreaves
and the school - discipline etc was
run by a chemistry teacher called
Mr McGreger - who lived on Coast Road
the boys were in four houses
Ingham, Cochrane, school and another
and venn diagram like
all boarders - boys living in Red Barns
were in school house
but not all boys in school house were boarders
two of the teachers were just a touch dodgy
Mr Grey is reveared in the town as a leading light
in the local gymnastics club
got a plaque and such
but it did seem that all too often
the separate staff shower was
not working
and he needed to shower in the communal shower
with the boys
and Mr Hargreves...
there was a story about
one of the more senior boys sneaking out after
lights out for a pint
and returning to find
Mr Hargreaves
sitting on his bed
we would point out that the wife of
Debbie McGee
some cove off the telly called
Paul Daniels
he was a pupil at Coatham and his sons
not hers
were pupils at Eston Grammar
and what would have been the difference in their experiences?
well, mostly due to being of different genertions
but father at a boys grammar school
sons at a mixed grammar school
Mr Blenkiron was the technical drawing master at Eston
casting no aspersions on him but reflecting on
staffing policy
he was the only engineering teacher at Eston
we have to step back here and say
before there was Eston Grammar and before
Coatham transitioned from
grammar in Coatham Road to
Grammar Technical School in Corporation Road
there was a school called
Eston Technical School
or similar
and the technical bit of SWT - Coatham
took most of the staff from there when it was closed
there were supposed to be three types of state school
grammar, technical, and modern
and before there were comprehensive schools there were
County Moderns
and at this point
hands up anybody who knows what a
ROSLA Block was
a lot of schools that were not replced under
Private Finance Initiative
probably still have a Rosla Block
a Rosla Block was a block of bare classrooms
built in the playground of a secondary school as a
Raising of the School Leaving Age
block when the school leaving age went up from
15 to 16
Gillbrook had one
and presumably it was built for Eston Grammar
the school previously occupying that building
indicating that
even if you got into the grammar school
you were not guaranteed to
stay on for O levels or even CSEs
even after ROSLA there were
Easter Leavers
pupils who stayed until they were 16
but left before the exams in the summer term
the boys in particular were a common sight
roaming the streets in the daytime in the early summer
and so back to Mr Blenkiron
he stayed in Eston
he was on the staff of Gillbrook when the others
Bowers - woodwork, Latto - metalwork, Everett - not quite sure
Warne - general science but only there a couple of years
went off to Coatham
we would describe Mr Blenkiron as
considered safe to teach in a school with girls
and so
was it Mrs Holmes
there was a teacher at Gillbrook who was
the wife of a local industrialist
and she taught
Home Economics
and she may or may not have taught at Eston Grammar
probably did
and there was a
pupil kitchen
at Eston and
no pupil kitchen at Coatham
what would boys need with that
ah now we recall
the home economics teacher
whatever she was called was the wife of the owner of
the South Bank scrap yard
by the coke ovens
probably not Holmes
probably called Pat
God, the wonders of the Ricker brain
it's taken three hours of
subcoscious effort but the result is in
Pat Knee or Nee probably not Mee
and we don't know whether
Mrs Hindle
was teaching typing at Eston Grammar or
Eston County modern
before her husband Harry
took over as head of Gillbrook
but she taught it at Gillbrook
and just out of fairness we should say
the kids in Eston called
our Ricker
by reference to the butler in the TV series
The Adams Family
the staff and Ricker himself called him
well no thought of him as
Marvin the Paranoid Android
from Hitchhikers Guide
Brain the size of a planet and they
ask me to open a door

30th May 2019

here is an example of why it is almost essential to be
by an A level examiner
script marker
in order to get an A or better grade
describe in your own words how you would
create some optical diagram or other
let us say somebody with a knowledge of physics would say
draw a line from
A to B
only a script marker would know that
some of the marks are for adding
using a straight edge
and there are no marks allocated for adding
using a fine point pen or pencil
you are time restricted
you can't elaborate at length
you have to know
where the marks are
we don't have up to date experience of
The University of Teesside
however our Ricker was there when
it was transitioning from
Polytechnic to University
what happened was
what we - they - now call
STEM subjects
were shut down
Science, technology, engineering, maths
and social sciences took over
and really the only science courses promoted were
forensic science - crime detection services
that was not the most striking development
the institution became obsessed with
security and in particular
counter plagiarism measures
essentially the university hired a herd of old biddies
and recruited
university students
the staff were essentially saying
the fuck wits from round 'ere
couldn't possibly produce course work like this
without ripping it off the internet
putting that another way
local sixth formers suddenly had the opportunity to
live at home and go to uni
and the local uni wasn't intellectually prepared for that
but that fades into a different difficulty
plagiarism or not
let's invent a scale of academic competence
incompetent - 0
master -10
if you hire a herd of hacks to be the
teaching corpus
and they are say 2 or 3 on that scale
and you recruit a load of students who are say
5 or 6 on that scale
you will get a schism
between the
I'm only here for the beer
I'm only here for the certificates
and the
this subject has always fascinated me
and here we are mainly regarding
course work
there are probably many formats for course work but
two major forms dominate
individual projects - such as essays
group projects - reports
if for personal, social, reasons
children in local schools, parents in need of care at home
you get a smattering of students who are in the
9 or 10 range
essentially you will get
conflict between the
groups that learn more from fellow students than from tutors
and students who say
I didn't come here to fill my head with all this
deep stuff
it makes my brain hurt
and so the able students are
weeded out
on pretexts
especially if male and white
and so also to
guest speakers
no platforming
especially if female and white
here's a concept to conjure with
the straight A student
or more specifically the contrast between
the straight A student
the one A and some dross student
what is the belief about the second sort?
what is the belief about the first sort?
regarding the first sort...
there is a general belief that although A level subjects
come in
levels of difficulty
French versus French studies
the language versus the culture of France
a student would take three or four subjects in the same
degree of difficulty category
and so
the work load for one A level is considered to be
a third or a quarter or the work load for a full set
and essentially
a candidate from an obscure institution
would not have it taken into consideration that
if they present with one A grade and some dross
the school had non-graduates teaching the subjects
the student got dross grades in
they would say
they are obviously a slow leaner who
focussed their efforts on
the easies subject
not their favourite subject
in order for school to choose a particular exam board
exam boards are now stand alone - not
gatekeepers for specific universities or consortia
in order for a school to choose a particular exam board
they must offer a syllabus and exam and mark scheme
suited to the average student
not to detecting
how shall we say?
at this point we feel it may be interesting to
point up the distinction between
a grammar
and a
a grammar school was essentially a state school designed to
get the best out of the best children
as currently believed
a crammer was generally a
parent funded school
possibly a school attended alongside as state school
for the dumb kids of rich parents
and so to the question
if the county wanted Ricker to go to
Archbishop Holgate's in York
why was he taught A level physics by
some bloke called Michael
and not by
Tom G Pearson
who was an A level examiner with the JMB?
Joint Matriculation Board
the answer
as S G Barker was only interested in finding students for
his alma mater
his old uni
he ran Coatham as a state funded crammer
despite being remined by the council that he was funded to run it as
a Grammar Technical College
Latto, Warne, Everett, Bowers
were on his staff
not at
Eston grammar
because that had
Ricker and others were excluded from
the top stream
because their interest in their subject
their questioning approach
disrupted the
spoon feeding process
of achieving
Oxbridge acceptable exam performances
and we have said before
his boys - SGB's - not being of the blotting paper sort
did not go to university
but direct from school into
solicitor's offices
and the Ricker story?
shades of the movie
Good Will Hunting

28th May 2019

We have a problem with
The Green Party
more like they have a problem
so there is a family vote
over the holidays do you want to
1 go litter picking on the beach
3 go play football in the park
the family vote to litter pick
and the parents then say
ah, you have to read the small print of the deal
because we need to
borrow the school mini bus to
get to the beach and
dispose of the litter we collect
you have to do
extra homework
before we set off
in other words
the greens are saying their supporters are
The Green party is
Funded by Europe
and a second referendum will
get them out of that bind

we don't propose to write a history of
education in North Yorkshire
however, Ricker has some memories
and he starts from one of his class-mates being from
Ainderby Steeple
and Ainderby Steeple is just west of
we said that part two of the 11plus was administered by
the local grammar school
but not in a public school sort of way
they were acting as agents of the local authority
it is a bit confusing that
back in the day
post second world war
Yorkshire was divided into three
and they were
North, East, and West
South Riding was a fictional construct
Now there is
South Yorkshire
and North Yorkshire
back in the day there was
North Riding of Yorkshire County Council
and County Hall was in
and so far as we know
girls in Redcar who passed the 11 plus went to
or were offered places at
Cleveland Grammar
end of
so far as we know
NRYCC covered
and so York was administered from
and so it was that
a lad - possibly called Stephenson
and possibly a farmer's son
did his 11 plus in Northallerton and was
offered a place at Coatham
a residential grammar school in
and Coatham was officially
Sir William Turner's School
and Sir William Turner had been
Lord Mayor of London
and it was
Sir William Turner's School
The Sir William Turner School
not the same animal as
Sarah Metcalf
a council school named in honour of a
local councillor
but a school founded by a bequest of a
former Lord Mayor of London
in effect
Chomley Turner
inherited Kirkleatham
on condition that he built and ran
the school
but Ricker was better at
the 11 plus stuff than this Stephenson cove
and he was offered a place at
Archbishop Holgate's School
in York
but Ricker's parents were
old and demented
actually when Ricker did the 11 plus his dad was
65 and deaf as a post
and his mum was
and people regarded Ricker as having an
unemployed dad
not a retired dad
Ricker could not complain money wise
when his dad retired
he bought two annuities
the second with the two year's pay he got for
leaving work before his contract ran out
and they paid out
eleven hundred pounds a year
but they were not a pension
not index linked
when he died, his widow got nothing
and by the time he died
1,100 quid was
a lot less money than it had been when he retired
a lot of inflation in the UK between
1963 and 1983
and the two of them being demented
Ricker is not sure they claimed any benefits
he does know that his dad was
ever so cross when
his mam got her state pension
we suspect that at the end Tommy was
living on the remnants of his annuity
and not claiming his state pension
he had probably never thought about
whether his employer had paid
National Insurance for him
and anyway Ricker had a grant to go to uni
but in those days
it was paid by
The local education authority
not the national government
which was why he got paid to go to
Newcastle medical school for one year
to take his degree at Durham University
however we had digressed
Ricker was
the smartest 11 year old in North Yorkshire
and so he was offered a residential place in York
but it was his parents who
got to decide that he would attend Coatham
so he could come home for lunch
every day
when he was at primary school
he had school lunch
but by the time he got to secondary school
he needed to go home and check on his parents
at lunch time
because they were
there hadn't been a problem when
his dad was out at work during the day
and so
Ricker got himself to Durham University
despite dumbing down his secondary education from
Archbishop Holgate's Coatham
but with only the one A grade at A level
he was regarded as a
lame brain when he was there
unnervingly bright but
not very precise with the
rote learning
and Cleveland Grammar was
an annex of Warwick Road
Coatham was demolished after being Saltscar
The Foundation Trust now supports
an annex of
Stockton Riverside College
Cleveland College or some such
in Corporation Road Redcar
Archbishop Holgate's...
Until 1985, it was an all-boys' grammar school.
With the reorganisation of education in York in 1985,
the school changed its name to Archbishop Holgate's School,
and became a co-educational [comprehensive] school.
During this transition period the outdoor swimming pool was
converted to an indoor pool,
a new sports hall was built, and upgrades were made to
music, design and technology, home economics and other facilities.
The school's facilities now include an
indoor heated swimming pool, a chapel and a
boathouse on the River Ouse.
In 2009 a £4.3 million two-storey learning centre with
landscaping, parking and bike storage, called
the LearningCentre@AHS was built,
and now serves as the home of the school's sixth form facilities.
where did that come from?

we did not catch the whole of a TV show called
100 vaginas
but we note this
snowflake comment
when I was being taught how to
fit tampon
I was told
it's just like having sex
in that case
I'm never having sex
and by contrast..
a documentary on car auctions
the office manager
apparently a married woman
possibly with kids
picks up her office coffee mug with
will show knickers for chocolate
printed on it and turns to the camera and says
you got any chocolate?
it is so difficult to identify the
in all contexts

24th May 2019

We are just thinking about
as we see it
two things
it is not a major issue
secondly, more importantly
we think the remoaner concept of the
best of three is interesting
is the present Prime Minister a fan of
Harold Wilson?
in the days when the media fabricated....
it was said that over some issue
his cantankerous back benchers were told
You'll get a free vote on this
and you'll keep on getting free votes
until you get it right
what we think is
when people voted in the referendum
most of them thought they were voting yes or no to
a no deal BrExit
and so
we think there is a major prospect that
using the Euroelections as a second vote
the leavers will vote leave and
a significant proportion of the remainers
will vote for
a negotiated exit
we think the
remoaners have been quit clever
1 puts them at the top of the ballot paper - alphabetically
2 vote change to get no change - to get what we already have
they may get a number of misdirected votes as a result

24th May 2019

This has not been checked for typoes
typographical errors
and so some of the quirks may be unintentional
Pitmatic (originally "pitmatical"), also colloquially known as "yakka", is
a dialect of English used in the counties of Northumberland and Durham in England.
It developed as a separate dialect from other Northumbrian dialects such as
partly due to the specialised terms used by mineworkers in the local coal pits.
For example, in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear the word Cuddy is an abbreviation of
the name Cuthbert but in Durham Pitmatic cuddy denotes a horse,
specifically a pit pony.
In Lowland Scots, cuddie usually refers to a donkey or
ass but may also denote a short, thick, strong horse.
a cuddywifter
is a
lefthanded person
a mule amongst ponies because
with a scythe or other farm implement
using it the other way
could have a neighbour's ankles off
a Cuddy duck
a St. Cuthbert's Duck
the eider from which we get
Traditionally, pitmatic, together with some rural Northumbrian communities including
Rothbury, used a guttural R.
The emphasis here being
bury not berry
This is now less frequently heard;
since the closure of the area's deep mines,
many younger people speak in local ways that do not usually include
this characteristic.[citation needed]
The guttural r sound can, however, still sometimes be detected,
especially amongst elderly populations in more rural areas.

There has been a small amount of comment
re Steph McGovern
we could be wildly wrong here but
we always thought she went to school
in Thornaby
well next to,br. anyway
what we would set as a project is to research
the language
When Morrisons the supermarket
The Pig and Whistle
and built a two story car park on the site
they got a sculptor to
put up a
low relief bronze panel as a replacement for
part of the railings
and at the time
Morrisons was run by the Morrisons family
and was based as now in
and so
our Ricker met with the sculptor
an it is very fine work
he carved - scraped - the design into a bed of sand
and the bronze was poured into the mould
a couple of inches thick
there's a fishing boat at sea
Redcar enough
not very Bradford
but there's a miner
and it had to be said that the artist
Bradford based
created the miner as a tribute to his father
but, BUT
the artist's dad was a coal miner
the miners of Cleveland were
Ironstone Miners
there is little or no celebration of
as opposed to
pitmen dug coal
the coal is
North of the Tees River
but to a lot of people
they are all miners
and so
the ironstone that began
industry on Teesside
was dug up from
The Eston Hills
and go up there and wuo will find
without assistance from
Time Team
remnants of the iron ore extraction
and if you travel a little space due south from
you will come across
Liverton Mines
the reason why
Carlin How
got a steelworks
and the reason why that area switch from
alum mining to
ironstone mining
and it all started in
That's yer
North Yorks Moors Railway now
and so to the
col mining heritage that is not 'ours'
There is a place at the north end of
Teesside's famous
Transporter Bridge
that gives somewhat of a lie to the
Myth of the Transporter
There was a village or tiny town called
Haverton Hill
There's a Tyneside thing
Jimmy nail or whoever
When the Boat Comes in
it can be argued that this has a Teesside origin
it's an interesting story
down stream from the original settlement of
Haverton Hill there is a straggel of housing called
High Clarence
and Port Clarence
and Port Clarence is at the north
end of the Transporter
and as is the way with industrial development
the river has to some extent been
canalised - made into a canal
and not so long ago the river Tees forgot
and spilled over and flooded
The Clarences
there is a patch of land between
High Clarence and Haverton Hill
that is marked on maps as
Recreation Ground
traditionally it wa known as
The Bendy
it was not flat
it was banked by river action
ridged not sloping
and when children wanted something that
they were not going to get
they were told
When the ship comes in on The Bendy
the myth of the Transporter is that
it ws used by workers who
lived in Middlesbrough and
worked in
Furness Shipyard
The area is now called
Bamlett's Wharf Industrial Estate
and those shipyard workers went home
along Belasis (Avenue)
to their homes in Billingham
The Transporter always was and always will be
a blue painted
White Elephant
the homes of
Port Clarence
were built
the docks were never cut
build the bridge and we'll let you build the port
and the aim to
get coal to the sea
further south than
is half the size of the Tyne one
and is not
in Australia
Seaham became the dominant Durham coal port
Even Hartlepool failed to develop a coal trade
and developed as a timber importer
taking timber from
The Baltic
and so the pitmen
and also to Eston
nobody remarks about this but
for coal mining communities
if we still dug coal in terms of social change
pithead baths
if you go to
Open Air Industrial Museum
where relics get re-constructed
you will get an insigt into life for pitmen
and their families
Pithead baths
when her man was due home from his shift
the housewife had to have a hot tub
tin bath
of water ready in front of the range
pitmans homes had no inside plumbing but they all had
a range the working man's Aga
and the wife would have to wash her man
she mustn't MUSTN'T
wash his back
to wash his back would weaken it
and he would be crushed in a
tunnel collapse
and so..
with characteristic lack of grip
when Langthingy was created as a local authority
its offices were created as an extentsion of
Eston council offices
and the leisure centre built near where
Tesco Eston is now
wasn't called
Eston Leisure Centre
it was called
Eston Baths
so the non-exostent caol miners of the area
would have somewhere to
freshen up
between work and home
Redcar's Grammar School was
for boys - seperate girls' grammar
called Coatham and Cleveland Grammar respectively
and Eston grammar was co-ed
and if our Ricker hadn't had his face kicked in and been
transferred to Newcomen
he was on track to be
the first boy ever to get from
Coatham Primary
Coatham Grammar
and around thirty kids at Newcomen each year
did the second part
the grammar school supervised part
of the eleven plus
like almost half of the intake

20th May 2019

British Steel Corporation (BSC), formed in 1967 through
the nationalisation of UK steel companies
British Steel plc, formed 1988 through the
privatisation of British Steel Corporation
British Steel Ltd, formed 2016 from the sale of the
long products division of Tata Steel Europe (former British Steel plc business) to Greybull Capital.
Greybull Capital's four members are
Nathaniel Jerome Meyohas, Marc Meyohas, Richard Cal Perlhagen and
Greybull Corporate Partner Ltd;
Greybull Corporate Partner Ltd, is owned by
Jerome Nathaniel and Marc Meyohas with equal shares,
it was formed on July 2012.
Greybull Capital say they "make long term investments in private companies"
with a "broad portfolio spanning investments in the
energy, technology, retail, industrial and manufacturing sectors in Europe and the United States".
Greybull Capital is run by brothers Marc and Nathaniel Meyohas and
longstanding family friend Richard Perlhagen.
"We are a family-owned, family-run business with interests everywhere"
Marc Meyohas said in a Sunday Times interview March 2012.
Greybull was set up to invest the wealth of the two families, whose ties
go back forty years.
Marc and Nathaniel Meyohas's father is a French corporate lawyer.
Perlhagen’s father owned a Swedish pharmaceutical operation which was
sold for over ten million pounds.
Marc Meyohas said in a phone interview May 2016
“It’s purely family money; we don’t manage institutional capital.
As a result you can move quickly.”
Following privatisation in 1988, the company together with the rest of BSC became part of
Corus (1999),
later Tata Steel Europe (2007).
In 2016 the long products division of Tata Steel Europe was
sold to Greybull Capital with Scunthorpe as the primary steel production site.
we don't much like repeating things
today we will begin by setting out the structure of
The Tees Valley
the Administrative Tees Valley
we are willing to accept that there are places where
people have at least two
either working for them of exploiting them
we don't know the term but
once upon a time there was
Redcar Borough Council and
busking here....
it was bit bit like
Hambledon Borough Council now
lay with
The North Riding of Yorkshire County Council
Redcar schools were administered in
then came
a unitary authority
we don't remember much about that
then came
Cleveland County Council
and it was run from
in the new build just beside to long established
Middlesbrough Town Hall
but it was not a unitary authority
it ran the schools but there were
lower tier councils within its boundaries
and they did things the like of
bins and street cleaning
the four lower tier councils were
and Redcar was in Langthingy
it wasn't actually spelt LLangthingy
but it did reflect the idea
it's got a steelworks so
it must be in Wales
it was actually called - by nobody local
and it was supposed to be pronounced
lang bar
and it was named for
Langbaurgh Ridge
and (site of) Langbaurgh Castle
which were originally supposed to be in
Cleveland County
but ended up in
The Hambleton district
North Yorkshire
and the boundary runs
clear across the top of
Roseberry Topping
all along
Canny Yaton
Great Ayton
was intended to be in
but ended up in North Yorkshire
and there was a lot of trouble like that
about these boundaries
and so the decisions were simplified
the 4 district councils were defined by
by major rate payer
any steel works - British Steel
either paid its rates to
Hartlepool or Langthingy
any chemical industry - ICI
either paid its rates to
Stockton or Langthingy
the boundaries were drawn up such that
neither British Steel nor ICI
Imperial Chemical Industries
paid any rates to
Middlesbrough District Council
and that gave Middlesbrough
independence from industry
Cleveland County
collected rates from the
industrial perimeter
and spent the money in the
Town Centre
Unified Business Rates
were introduced and
collected by
National Government
Cleveland County
lost its purpose
Darlington and Durham
went through a similar process
and on the dissolution of
Cleveland County
the name Cleveland was freed up and so
Langthingy wa renamed
Redcar and Cleveland
without boundary changes
and that would be
Redcar and Cleveland County Borough Council
and so
to this day
any published statistics relating to
no NOT include
Industrial Teesside
they relate to the commercial heart
and so to today's analogy
the original concept of
glamping - glamourous camping
was a caravan not a tent
and there are three main sorts of caravan
caravan, static caravan, and modile home
the latter is RV
the British get
RV and SUV confused
an RV is around the size of
Beckingham Palace - now sold by the soccer club owner
and so there is a choice
and we want to use that choice of
camping gear to the location of
steel making and processing plant and equipment
there is a concept of an
integrated steel works
for this purpose we will use an RV
as the analogy for that
let us say that you live on an
Urban Clearway
with very limited off street parking
and you want to own an RV
Winnebago - that sort of thing
you can rent space on a Caravan site and
keep your RV there
like many people would do off season
here is what
British Steel are doing
they do have quite a large estate in Redcar
but it's only big enough to park
the limo
the SUV - the sports utility Vehicle
next door some foreigners own a huge tract of land
and they have abandoned a last year's model RV
on the site because
they can't get an SVA for it
a single vehicle approval certificate
so they can't take it onto the local roads
and so
British Steel are tripping back and forth between
their classic SUV - Lackenby rolling mills
and their entirely clapped out RV
Scunthorpe Steel works
whilst looking over the fence with disgust
at the slow degredation of Redcar iron works
the one the owners put a
crate motor
into months ago
like the direct coal injection plant
and so it's a stand off
Greybull and Her Madj - her government
let us shut Scunthorpe and re-open Redcar
we shut Scunthorpe and Lackenby
High Noon
is almost immediately after this week's

16th May 2019

we love these
think tank press releases
relative poverty
we are told that relative poverty is
having less than 60 percent of the
UK median wage
and so we say
living wage less than ten pounds an hour
working week 40 hours
400 pounds per week
twenty thousand pounds a year
lets take a couple of well paid jobs
doctor, engineer
lets take a couple of massively overpaid workers
head teacher, senior police officer
and let's say
one hundred thousand pounds a year
median between those s
twenty plus half of 80
twenty plus 40
60 thousand pounds a year
60 per cent of that is
36,000 pounds a year
so anybody earning less than
36 grand a year is living in
relative poverty
unless you want to set the top wage at
footballer or songwriter level
in which case
anybody living on less than
one million two hundred thousand a year is
living in relative poverty
and if you can't feed a couple of kids on that
perhaps you should stop wrapping each
corn flake
in gold leaf

15th May 2019

15th May 2019

Today is
Bone Day
we will always oversimplify
in the interests of explanation
and our latest oversimplification was to say
that cancers consist of
cells growing and dividing
out of control
there are people whose business is to
find the remains of long dead people and
work out where they were born by
analysing the chemical makeup of
their teeth
onc you get your teeth
that's yer lot
they don't
heal like bones
and there is a very simple reason for that
despite teeth having a live pulp in a cavity
bones have
there is no such thing as
dentoclasts and dentoblasts
we have
odontoclasts when young
they undermine the baby or milk teeth
by resorbing the tooth root tissue
odontoblasts create dentin the bit between the pulp and the enamel
ameloblasts make the outer enamel
in teeth once formed
what does this mean?
the knitting of a broken bone is not
nor a shaft of invisible light from the creator
in essence
you may have heard of
stress fractures
the knitting of a broken bone is a
welcome side effect - leisure activity if you like
of the mechanism that
mitigates the adverse effects of the
potential fro bones to suffer
stress fractures
when a bit of bone appears to be stressed
or in the wrong place
the osteoclasts
dissolve it
and the osteoblasts
replace it
with new bone
bone growth occurs in two modes
and this is why
The Super Vet
rambles on about
not damaging the
growth plates
with his screws
interstitial growth can
only occur at the growth plates
they run across the bone
one each end
like the cuts in a loaf of bread
and so
when the osteoclasts
go for it, go for the construction analogy
some forms of bone cancer
all the ones we know about
are like
there's a pothole in the road and
road planer comes along - the osteoclasts
and removes the road surface
but it cuts so deep there's nothing for the
Barber Green or Blaw Knox
the plaver to coat
road gang
followed by paver
and then the roller
and don't roll the binder off
in other words
if you run over uncured blacktop
you separate the aggregate - stone etc - from the tar
the person who lays paving stones is
a pavior
a machine that lays black top
is a paver
and so if you have a cancerous set of
yer bone
in that area becomes
swiss cheese
and so to Ricker's mouth
X-rays showing bone missing
suspicion of an osteclast based cancer
if it were so
we would not want to release the rogue osteoclasts
into Ricker's circulation and so
when the teeth need filling
agony better than death
sometimes deep down
Ricker wasn't so sure
Ricker persuaded or conned a dentist
into removing the tooth the hospital said
lets see if it settles down
and he's been slowly recovering from the
ever since
hey Ricker boy
which would you rather die from
bone cancer
but Ricker knew
he didn't - yet - have bone cancer
he had bone loss because
he'd had his face kicked in

We find something interesting in the
current unemployment stats
our most recent numbers are for
what we can say is that
the national unemployment rate is
3.8 per cent
in the North East
the male unemployment rate id
just over 4 per cent
but the North East female unemployment rate is
over 5 per cent
and it would not be too much of a stretch to say that
a lot of the people we see in
entry level jobs at present
look like they could easily be
women aged between
60 and 67
women who aren't getting the pensions they expected
and if this is happening in The North East
and not elsewhere we wonder whether
people who would have been on
Pensioner Credit
as opposed to the
State Pension
Universal Credit
that would cause a blip
we should note that
Redcar and Cleveland Council
will be lead by an Independent representing
and her deputy will be a woman representing
St. Germain's
and that's
Old Marske
the High Street and the 'council estate'
and she's a LibDem

13th May 2019

In cell biology, contact inhibition refers to two different but
closely related phenomena: contact inhibition of locomotion (CIL) and
contact inhibition of proliferation (CIP).
CIL refers to the avoidance behavior exhibited by
fibroblast-like cells when in contact with one another.
In most cases, when two cells contact each other, they
attempt to alter their locomotion in a different direction to
avoid future collision.
When collision is unavoidable, a different phenomenon occurs whereby
growth of the cells of the culture itself eventually stops in a
cell-density dependent manner.
Both types of contact inhibition are well-known properties of
normal cells and contribute to the regulation of
proper tissue growth, differentiation, and development.
It is worth noting that both types of regulation are normally
negated and overcome during organogenesis during embryonic development and
tissue and wound healing.
However, contact inhibition of locomotion and proliferation are both
aberrantly absent in cancer cells, and
the absence of this regulation contributes to tumorigenesis.
Stoker, M.G. (1967). "Density dependent inhibition of cell growth in culture".
Nature. 215 (5097): 171–172. doi:10.1038/215171a0.
so perhaps we will have to rip this off from somebody else
rip off above
Ricker below
as far as F1 goes
when will
stop stalking
and start racing him?
probably never
it's probably in his contract to
worry the lad
not dishearten him
on the other hand
Formula E
give them full race batteries
and put them on an
F1 track
and you get a normal race
without the sound effects
and a lot of high end cars
have how shall we say
exhaust notes
they tune the 'mufflers' to
create a selling sound
with a microphone inside each exhaust
and so the
entertainment continues
we hope the next step will be for
Formula W
to allow
different car designs
not the
Top Gear style
Star in reasonably priced car
formula we presently have

and today's lesson on aero is...
the tow
if you think about it for many a year most
cars had engines
and most cars didn't have
power steering
we go off piste a bit here
soft start
on electric motors
if you have an idle electric motor and you
slam in the contactor - switch
you get a massive spike in current drain
because the rotor is still and
the motor is not acting as a motor
it is acting like an
induction heater
and hence modern drills etc.
Bosch in particular
don't start as soon as you pull the trigger
soft start
in terms of drills
it is easier to vary the speed of the drill than to
start the drill
and so
then a car punches its way through the air
it sets up
in the air near it
and so the air is in motion and
if another car comes along
instead of overcoming the
of the air stream
it simply has to guide it on its way
absorbing less energy

Ricker hates repeating himself
so perhaps we will have to rip this off from somebody else
contact inhibition
when surgeons revise a surgery
operate in the same place for a second or further time
they encounter
things - bits of your body
that should slide over each other
are stuck together
the initial surgery disrupted the relationships
between the anatomical elements
and where you were cut and stitched
healing took place
the healing and repair process
the two cut edges of the skin
jointed back together
they also got stuck to the muscle below
to varying extents
how does the body know when where and how to
link back together
bits that the surgeon separated?
millions and millions of cells
before your surgery
since you were all growed up
they just sat there not doing much
apart from their job
and why was that?
it was because
if you get a 'phone call from your sister
pretty much at the same time every
so long as the calls keep coming
you don't report her missing to the police
when a tissue is cut
the cut ends - the cells making up the front line
assume that a gap has developed and
they proliferate - divide
to try to reach the other side of the presumed gap
and close it
what is there will probably not to space
it will be debris
blood, muck
and so two things happen
the cut edges grow
and blood - often brought through new growth
tiny blood vessels called capillaries
seek to shift the muck and debris
now say the gap isn't filled with stuff that
the blood can break down
say its a shard of glass
or an asbestos fibre
or a calcium crystal - breast, prostate
then the gap persists
and the cells in the cut edge
remain convinced that there is a gaping hole and
if you are lucky
they take a chill pill and decide to
workaround the edges
lock up the intrusion in a
it is probably a matter of chance
what sort of
pluripotential cells get
isolated by
the intrusion
and whether you get
normal healing
scar tissue
a cyst
or a tumour
some cells - shall we say cartilage cells - will behave
quite calmly
some bone cells will
go bananas
and it depends on the nature of the intrusion
we can put certain metal things
screws, pins, plates
into bones and they are happy
here's the thing
a simple fracture can be opened up and operated on
at low risk
but a compound fracture
one where the skin is broken
lets all sort of stuff into the bone
and the reaction can be
we could call that infection
but it may actually be a cancerous reaction
once a cell that has a limited rage of options
be solid bone or grow
decides to switch to a mode
it should have given up before you were born
anything can happen
but mostly the cells will just grow and divide and
or the technical term is
they will not be challenged by your immune system and
will grow and divide and spread
around your body
killing you - without intent
before they are more numerous than your normal
well behaved cells
and so
for instance
the problem with asbestos is
the fibres are just the right size
and hardness
to switch the cells that come into contact with them into
rampant, baby-like, growth mode
and a lot of people with asbestos in their lungs
never got mesothelioma - asbestos related lung cancer
and they got the cysts monitored for years and years
people who got coal dust and not asbestos fibres in
their lungs got
well not quite
and here's the rub
the thing they don't tell you
because they have
consulted the industry
asbestosis is lung damage caused by
asbestos in the lungs
the stats tells us that
the people with asbestosis
now lumped with other things under
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
who were not
heavy smokers
generally did not go on to develop
mesothelioma - lung cancer
there is as they say
a dose-response relationship
between how much asbestos and how much smoke
and how likely it is you will get
cancer not just cysts
heavy smoker in this case is
more than one pack a day
passive smoking
Tommy gave up smoking when Ricker was
around ten years old
so far Ricker shows no signs of
prostate cancer
both his father's other sons died of it
and the one who died first....
had the wife - then ex-wife - who was a
chain smoker
we can say that many cancers are
like you need
glass fibres, resin and hardner
to make a plastic moulding

and so to therapy
take your dog to a normal vet
they may try to save it by
removing the limb that
has the cancer
that's the one step up from
pain killers and
'put your affairs in order'
obviously there are more precise versions for
remove the cancer
and then there is
kill the cancer cells without removing them
various types of
radiation therapy
and then there is conventional
this kills cells that are
actively dividing
ut it often kills cells you want to divide and grow
like hair
and then we get to the
21st century stuff
as we said
cancer cells
get away with it because they are
they have a
hall pass
the immune system does not bother them
and so we now ha e therapies that
target cancer cells and
like zap them with a
paint ball gun
and your immune system 'sees' that and
arrests and destroys them
the futuristic therapy
identifies - would identify - cells in
baby mode
cells behaving in a very primitive way
and switch them to a more
mature mode
so that they slowed down
this is the current challenge
how to
reduce malignancy
rather than to kill or remove
the Holy Grail of cancer research is to
develop a therapy that
halts tissue repair
at the
cyst forming stage
the real problem is
bits breaking off the body of a cyst
and spreading the
'repair process' around the body
oh we feel a Rachael Whitereed analogy coming on
the ace piece of 20th century art was
Rachael Whitereed having
the inside of a house sprayed with
and having the actual house removed
a sculpture of
the living space provided by a home
the council had it demolished - natch
it's a good image for cancer though
I just told you to
blow the bloody doors off
I just wanted the brickwork pointed
I didn't want the house filled with shotcrete

10th May 2019

we struggle to detect the difference between
we can't show you the cover of the LibDem manifesto
because it's got
on it
tomorrow at dawn your teacher will be
stoned to death in front of you
because she suggested that the
classroom hamster
should be called
In ecology, climax community, or climatic climax community,
is a historic term for a biological community of
plants, animals, and fungi which,
through the process of ecological succession in
the development of vegetation in an area over time,
have reached a steady state.
This equilibrium was thought to occur because
the climax community is composed of species
best adapted to average conditions in that area.
The term is sometimes also applied in soil development.
Nevertheless, it has been found that a "steady state" is
more apparent than real,
particularly if long-enough periods of time
are taken into consideration.
Notwithstanding, it remains a useful concept.
The idea of a single climax, which is defined
in relation to regional climate, originated with
Frederic Clements
in the early 1900s.
The first analysis of succession as leading to
something like a climax was written by Henry Cowles in 1899,
but it was Clements who used the term "climax" to
describe the idealized endpoint of succession.

we mentioned the national statistic on
we assume that this is a measure of the
average wealth produced per worker
another measure of productivity is
the wealth generated per
person of working age
that would fold in the
unemployment rate and the employment rate

when is the Cleveland Police Servce
going to get a senior officer who will arrive and
Ah yes, Teesside
Just like South Wales
a very very long time ago
in the days of Black and white
day time BBC TV in the North East
BBC Wales
it wasn't in Welsh
like just bung 'em something to
demonstrate the sets in the shops
near Wales isn't it?
speaking of which
Ena Sharples
character not actor
in the latest Waitrose advert

We think Archie may be
The Ginner's pet name for his
big brother
I may be a ginner but
I'm not bald
Archie Bald
we have two candidates for
tool of the month
runner up
co-leader of the Greens
'people voted Green to
stay in the EU
no fuck wit
if they wanted to stay in the EU they would have voted
the winner though
some twat called
at Lancaster University
and so we have to do the whole
Climax Forest thing
just 'cos of him
way way back in the mists of time there was
on biology syllabuses a thing called
The Kreb's Cycle
another of those wonderful
learn it, don't think about it bits of
and then there was
and he decided to become
an ecologist
wrote a book
worked for the government
two things to distinguish
evolution we tend to use regarding
genetic change
is regarded as not involving genetic change
what we have to say has to be
in the spirit of the
Idiot's Guide
series of self help books
and so
what is the familiar?
ya gotta go to yer Monty Don
yer Gardeners' World
from time to time there will be features on
starting a new garden
and sometimes it will be
clearing the weeds from an allotment plot
but sometimes we get half way to paradise
from Mother's Nature's point of view
starting a new garden is the likes of
bringing new life to a freshly emerged
sand bar in an estuary
but to the Monty class of person
starting a new garden is
buying your three acres - to go with the Jag
and finding that it is
an open field
what do you do first
you plant a quick set hedge
traditionally hawthorn
a fast growing, dense
shelter belt
when you have created a
you can begin the think about
what plants you would
like to see in your garden
and think less about
what will grow
gardeners and growers think about succession
in terms of
what will be nice in January
followed by what will be nice in February
that is only part of Mother Nature's concept of
she knows about the weather at different times
of the year benefiting different plants
but you can't grow mistletoe
until you have a suitable tree
to grow it on
stability leads to diversity
grow on freshly turned soil
and so
diversity through stability leads to the
demise - locally - of pioneer species
need a bit of mole disruption or similar
to get the poppies back
there are probably a great many way to classify
one way is to separate
thought experiments
practical experiments
we have referred earlier to the story of tipulids
once upon a time
landowners believed that
lived on heather shoots
and so heather is burned to
provide lush flushes of regrowth
to feed the grouse
not bad for the results of a
thought experiment
what if we burn the old heather the grouse can't eat?
set a bunch of eco logists on the problem and they
grouse fee a lot of
tipulid larvae
to their chicks
out there in the real world
even the freshest, most succulent heather shoots
are too tough for tiny newly hatched grouse chicks
so using insecticide because you think
tipulids - daddy long legs - are
with your grouse...
not a good idea because
mummy grouse is exploiting tipulid larvae
food processors
to made heather into
baby food
and so
and so to sheep
and the fuck wit from Lancaster
experiments versus marketing
the really big threat to rural economies is
if you want to sell herbicide
you produce data about how your
herbicide kills bracken
if you are an eco logist
you study bracken
not herbicides
and you test three
bracken suppressing strategies
and you find
the most effective means of suppressing bracken is
to have it trampled
lets just assume without proof that the moorland succession is
heather, bracken, rowan
from a commercial point of view we
best exploit moorland by combining
grouse and sheep
bracken ain't no use to either
the sheep do three things
they are a crop
they halt succession - from heather to bracken
and they
stimulate the growth of
what they eat
grass grows from the root
it does not grow at the tips
it grows like an old time car aerial
it is pushed up
it is not added to like a Lego tower
and so the more the sheep browse
the more the brouse grows and the more
the grass transfers to
the sheep
carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere
into the grass
out of the grass
into the sheep
and some of it belched back into the atmosphere
a carbon cycle that
does not release any
fossil carbon
and does not
when the entire rather short cycle is considered
add to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
if the sheep did not browse
the grass would reach its natural height
stop growing
stop fixing atmospheric
carbon dioxide

and so the constant drive from
the hacks
to find the
next thing to
becomes a
Game of Jenga

and while we're on...
one way of dividing grazing animals is into
one the one hand the ones with teeth
and on the other hand
the ones with tongues
like rabbits, and sheep and deer
not fact checked
bite off what they eat
and like cows and giraffes
rip grass up by the roots with their tongues
so sheep are
they have a static territory that they
rabbits are avid gardeners
and cattle migrate and don't come back until
the land they have laid waste
has recovered

8th May 2019

Here we hold up our hands to the possibility of
having made a major error
we think the Labour Group on Redcar and C council
will be lead by a councillor for Coatham called
where we are way out of line is in suggeating that
he does not live in Coatham
but in Yew Tree Avenue
he is definitely a little guarded about where he lives
and we suppose there is this problem
if I am a Tory and I don't live in Kirkleatham
what if I get elected to represent Kirkleatham?

we continue to be a bit
confused by the election of councillors in
there are
5,507 registered electors
in Kirkleatham
1,425 of them
turned out to vote
in person or by post
they didn't hand themselves in to vote
and there wasn't a Tory candidate
there were Tory candidates in all those no hope wards
South Bank, Dormanstown, Grangetown Eston
and the Labour candidates who were elected got
550, 588 votes
and the one who was not elected got
and the UKIP candidate who was elected got
672 votes
no candidates withdrew after initial nomination
in that ward
so the Tories didn't withdraw to aid
UKIP or the LibDems
so where were they?
it is not at all clear why
parties that win one seat
only put up one candidate
it looks to us that a number of candidates take a
I won, I'm done
that is
they want to stand
but they don't wish to serve
and soon we shall see whether they
allow 15 Labour councillors - out of 57
to form a minority administration

7th May 2019

Boxing Helena is a 1993 American mystery thriller film with
horror elements directed by Jennifer Lynch, and starring
Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands and Bill Paxton.
The plot follows a surgeon whose growing obsession with
a woman leads him to amputate her limbs and hold her captive in
his home after she suffers a car accident.
The film garnered notoriety prior to its release after
protracted legal battles with Madonna and Kim Basinger,
both of whom backed out of the leading role of Helena.
It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1993,
where it received critical praise.
After receiving an NC-17 rating by the MPAA,
the film was given an R-rating on appeal and
released in the United States in September 1993,
but received critical backlash and was a financial failure.
we forget the titles of remakes
more recently there was a gender reversal version

We have had a little look at
Redcar and Cleveland
local election results
Dave Walsh is not re-elected
and Skelton now has 4 Tory councillors
we were wrong about the number of councillors changing
still 59 - we haven't counted
remainers lost
leavers won
Teesville Independents have 3 members
should be Labour
The individual results for each ward are available below.
Belmont Ward - Pe?ter Berry (Independent) and Anne Watts (Independent)
Brotton Ward - Barry Hunt (Independent), Graham Cutler (Independent) and Martin Fletcher (Independent)
Coatham Ward - Neil Baldwin (Independent) and Carl Quartermain (Labour)
Dormanstown Ward - Ceri Cawley (Labour) and Alec Brown (Labour)?
Eston Ward - Christopher Massey (Labour), Dan Rees (Labour?) and Geralidine Williams (Labour)
Grangetown Ward - Lynne Pallister (Labour) and Adam Brook (Independent)?
Guisborough Ward - Bill Clarke (Independent), Shelagh Holyoake (Labour) and Dennis Teasdale (Conservative)
Hutton Ward - Malcolm Griffiths (Conservative), Caroline Jackson (Conservative) and Graham Jeffery (Conservative)
Kirkleatham Ward - Mike Lockwood (UKIP), Leah Quartermain (Labour and Co-operative Party) and Charlie Brady (Labour and Co-operative Party?)
Lockwood Ward - Steve Kay (East Cleveland Independent)?
Loftus Ward - Wayne Davies (Independent), Tim Gray (Independent) and Mary Lanigan (Independent)
Longbeck Ward - Vera Rider (Conservative) and Norah Cooney (Conservative)?
Newcomen Ward - Billy Wells (Independent) and Carrie Cook (Labour)
Normanby Ward - Chris Foley-McCormack (Labour), Chris Gallacher (UKIP) and Billy Ayre (Labour)?
Ormesby Ward - Carole Morgan (Liberal Democrats), Glyn Nightingale (Liberal Democrats) and Irene Nightingale (Liberal Democrats)
Saltburn Ward - Craig Hannaway (Labour), Stuart Smith (Independent) and Philip Thomson (Conservative)
South Bank Ward - Sandra Smith (Independent) and Sue Jeffrey (Labour)?
Skelton East Ward - Julie Craig (Consverative) and Cliff Foggo (Conservative)?
Skelton West Ward - Craig Holmes? (Conservative) and Lee Holmes (Conservative)?
St Germain's Ward - Deborah Dowson (Liberal Democrat), Karen King (Liberal Democrat) and Margaret Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Teesville Ward - David Fisher (Teesville Independent), Robert Clark (Teesville Independent) and Vince Smith (Teesville Independent)
West Dyke Ward - Mary Ovens (Liberal Democrats), Chris Jones (Liberal Democrats) and Malcolm Head (Liberal Democrats)?
Wheatlands Ward - Yvonne Lax-Keeler (Liberal Democrats) and Shaun Moody (Liberal Democrats)??
Zetland Ward - Louise Westbury (Liberal Democrats) and ?Alison Barnes (Liberal Democrats)

we strive to find analogies
we have this atmospheric carbon analogy that is
very good
but it is a bit techy
most people run a car
most people neglect the routine servicing
here we are talking about
topping up the water in the radiator
no radiator on VW Beetles etc.
we are talking water cooled...
what people seem to really struggle with is
the concept of the
carbon cycle
and so we water in the radiator
it don't stay there
over time, some of it goes missing
and so it has to be topped up
we will split this analogy two ways right here
one way
we customise the vehicle and
fit a bigger engine
we will need more water in the cooling system
that is our analogy for
human population growth
rising living standards associated with
the industrial revolution
bigger engine - more cooling water
but here it is
we don't drag a water bouser - tank
around with us to keep the engine cool
static steam engines had to be built
over a water source
they did not - generally - recycle their cooling water
right or wrong, that's the crux of this analogy
the reason why the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide
are going up is that
our global economy
behaves like and early steam engine
not circulating - recycling - the cooling water
but in this case
not recycling the
we absolutely, positively
remove the carbon dioxide from
Earth's atmosphere
and here we spin off to
analogy number two
we switch from water to
if you do your car maintenance
properly you do not
simply top up the water
we check the
antifreeze - water
balance in the coolant
and so
higher carbon dioxide - more luxuriant plant growth
more toxicity to animal life
global temperature rise
second point - submarines and space craft need
to keep carbon dioxide levels below
toxic to animal life
there are hydrometer style gadgets
like the ones use to check the level of alcohol in
beers wines and spirits
to check you not got too much water in your coolant
so the aim is not
get rid of the carbon
it is
hold the carbon dioxide concentration in
the optimal range
fixes atmospheric carbon and
makes the
carbon cycle
go round
fossil carbon
adds excess carbon to the atmosphere and
thta could be said to be like
adding too much water and
diluting your coolant and
the coolant freezes
and splits the engine block
except that with the Earth it may be
too much anti-freeze and the Earth
because the anti-freeze is there to
stop the coolant from freezing
not to help it
cool the engine
essentially it is the water vapour in the atmosphere that
cools the Earth
and it needs it because of all that
remember that - energy from the sun
and to complete the story
you can get
waterfree engine coolant
and that transfers the heat
but neither freezes at any
earthly temperature and cannot be
got over its boiling point
by any known vehicle engine
but completely swapping our atmosphere for
carbon dioxide
would be toxic to all animal and plant life
plants MAKE oxygen from
carbon dioxide
they make their equivalent of
from the carbon
and they throw away the oxygen
but not all of it
they need oxygen in the same way
animals do
plants give off oxygen in sunlight
and they give off - a lot less - carbon dioxide
in darkness
depending on how vigourously they are
at the time
crops grow more vigorously than
scrub or 'weeds'
and so give off more oxygen
and store more carbon
man can choose
release carbon that was captured from the atmosphere
months ago
or carbon that was captured from the atmosphere
hundreds or thousands of years ago
we need a
carbon cycle
we do not have to have just the one cycle
we can have the carbon cycle
and an alternative
non-carbon energy cycle
the non-carbon energy cycle being
as with braking systems that
take kinetic energy from vehicles and
without resort to carbon
store the energy in a battery

this whole analogy works better if we say
burning fossil fuels is like
topping up your engine cooling system with
anti-freeze instead of water
the anti-feeeze gets too strong and
the radiator stops working

by the by
one of the big things about motor racing
fastest lap is set towards the end of the race because
the cars are lighter
because they are no longer carrying fuel so far as we know
a fully charged battery
weighs exactly the same as
a fully discharged battery

we will have something to say about the
local government elections
when we have had a look at the details
for the
Tees valley
no overall control
for Redcar and Cleveland
there were
27 official Labour councillors
13 of them lost their seats
when 27 of 59 councillors were Labour
it was still a labour council
and so this Bank Holiday will see
whether there are
other groups
Labour, Independent Labour, whatever
14 official Labour councillors in an
authority with 56 or 57 seats
will be interesting but as of now
they have sorting out to do
in the present climate
it may be difficult to find people who are not
official Labour
who are willing to take cabinet roles
it the holliers and so
a bit of science
we are watching the excellent
Tour de Yorkshire
cycle races
and we are inspired to offer an insight into
consider a cyclist, or runner or vehicle
as a spoon in your tea or coffee
the point of the stirring is to mix the components
usually distribute the sugar
and so the spoon moves the liquid over the solids
and so we have the tea moving in the mug
but the interesting bit is the fate of the spoon
as the spoon stirs it rotates
at first it is moving through static tea
eventually it will be being carried around by
whirling tea
however if you had a really big mug of tea
you could imagine
like a family stirring the
Christmas cake mixture
more than one spoon in the tea
all stirring the same way around the mug
the one at the front
will be doing the work of
getting the tea moving
and the other spoons will be
contributing a lot less to the effort of
getting the tea moving
and then there is the matter of
in motor-racng
the aero uses
reverse of keeping an aeroplane in the air
the shape of the car to
press it into the ground for more grip
that pressing helps with cornering
it costs drive energy and so
and this is called
grip or downforce
and so to get
more straight line overtaking speed
the F1 cars have
drag reduction system
a bit like turning the spoon
edge on as you stir
and then there is
we have fairly static air in an indoor
less so at an outdoor veldrome and
on the road
in motor racing
there are extremes
roundy roundy
drag racing
drag racing is
dead straight
and is just a case of trying to get
the car
the air
an so it is an extreme
wedge shape
and the lifted air is
dumped onto the spoiler above the rear wheels
for maximum traction
in drag racing the aim is to
lift and drop the air
in the twisty course versions
you have
a very important
pushing the air to the sides
as in the
bow wave of a ship
and getting the vehicle is referred to as
ground effect

There are a couple of old movies that
we haven't seen because of
poor reviews
that have significant story lines
we will try to research them later
They are a movie in which
Peter Sellers
gave a reputedly poor performance in
Being There
it is the story of some sort of low grade
an illiterate gardener
somehow, perhaps through utterances to
an employer
gains a reputation as a
homespun philosopher
and like quienoir
gets adopted by the
chattering classes
and quite quickly becomes
President of the United States
or some such
so very Trump
perhaps that is enough of that
the other movie we can't seem to track down so easily
it is a horror movie of the
how shall we say
psychological as opposed to gory variety
we think it was called
Boxing Helena
since we hve not seen the actual movie we will ignore the reality
and go with the concept it inspired
a man abduct a young woman
perhaps he has sex with her but he
in the more modern term
spikes her drink
and so we are in
Warboys territory
the crossover into other tales is that
at first he keeps the woman in a semi-comatose state for
some time and visits her for sex periodically
he knows that she cannot survive very long in this state
and so one day she wakes to find
she no longer has feet
a little later she has no legs
then no hands
then no arms
eventually she is a sex toy
entirely healthy but
entirely helpless and dependent
as it stands
these amputations could not be achieved without the assistance of
a lot of kit and some human assistance
the movie is however some sort of
graphic representation of
controlling behaviour
without the need for actual amputations
the subject is gradually rendered dependent
our Ricker can be fairly neutral on the
cat versus dog
pet debate
since in his early years he both a dog and a cat
there is a difference
some cats may even catch food to contribute to
the family feast but most
have a home sharing arrangement with humans
most dogs are dependent, junior, family members
and so to the concept of
human pets
most people have children because they
want a state in the world when they are gone
want the challenge of developing a part of the next generation
there is a line somewhere in dominant human behaviour where
caring for those less fortunate
morphs into
keeping other humans as pets
we have a safeguard in cases of handicap, disability etc
that the assumption is that all decisions are taken
with the interest of the more vulnerable party
being given priority
to some extent this is driven harder by a desire to
avoid a repeat of the holocaust
at all costs
we turn to the memory of Steve Bates
Dr. Bates was Ph.D. in metallurgy and
Gilbrook being the secondary school in
South Bank, Teesside
that took the slightly smarter kids....
slightly left wing should we say
Steve decided that he absolutely believed in
comprehensive education
so as a metalurgist working as a
head of physics in as steel town comp
matched his skills and ideals
and he stuck it for a couple of years
but to cut a long story short
his next bright idea was to become
and education officer in
The Royal Navy
where other people would supply the
and we are talking about the
when new steel works were being built
and when Steve's predecessor
Arnie Harker
had left teaching and walked into a job at
the steelworks
as a steelworks labourer
and his former pupils
hazed him rotten
and having spent ten years - for instance - drawing
a cross-section of a hydraulic jack
on a blackboard
he couldn't for the life of him
recognise the real thing
when sent to fetch one
design-tec Sam time
boy gets sent from workshop A to
workshop 1 with the errand
Mr. Everett has sent me for a
long stand
right oh boy, just you stand there over by the door
and so...
a combination of
union power
governments obsessed with jarbs - job creation
education becomes
you can take a horse to water
but you can't
make it drink
when would you ever hear a leftist politician say
what these poor wretches need is
post doc teachers?
more money means
at least one teacher per pupil
when you see the stats - nursing homes
more staff than inmates
and the opposite
ad lib - at liberty - narcotic pain relief
when patients die a week or two 'early'
is the outcry that this is
the slippery slope of a holocaust
or is it
short hospital stay cost jobs
'entry level' - low skill jobs
in the UK we have a legacy from days of union power
the concept of
Demarcation Disputes
we demand
clearly defined areas of
doubt and uncertainty
amalgamated union of
something along the lines of
priests and mystics
Hitchhikers Guide reference
and in the US the concept of a
Union Crew
the idea is that if you want to put really really stupid people
into the workforce
you have to give each worker a very limited
skill set
classically, a
sagger maker's bottom knocker
because each task will require many
if you replace
a multiskilled craftsperson
a team of microskilled individuals
this will
reduce unemployment
reduce productivity
and so at present in the UK
we have
falling unemployment and
at best
stagnant productivity
a sagger maker makes the rough
clay pillar-pots that keep
pots from collapsing into each other in a kiln
and so to the combined
acronym - job title Sam
He's PS to the PPS to the PM
private secretary to the
parliamentary private secretary to the
Prime Minister

nothing can be done
without first assembling a large
crew of narrow specialists
at one extreme there should be no such thing as a
consultant general surgeon
at the other extreme
we need multiskilled stevedores
if cargo handling isn't to become
completely automated
ships have
ship's captains
dock captains
crane operators
shipping company managers
insurance company representatives
the cargo owner
the cargo supplier
the cargo customer
the lifting gear hire company
their insurers
Health and Safety Executive of Government
the port - dock manager
their insurance company's representative
and the trucking company
and so we have
near full employment despite containerisation
and the end of manual labour
but it all requires
literacy, numeracy, computer skills
and of course,BR> no early retirement of physical disability grounds
I cannot wark, let alone work
aye but you can watch a computer screen
so do it for a living
if you can play bingo
you can watch a production line

we have used the
Bessie and Masie contrast and we have more detail to impart
as Ricker grew up one remarkable feature of life was
his mam trying to track down supplies of
Iodised salt
table salt with added iodine
and 90 per cent of goitres are
caused by iodine deficiency
and it is the other ten percent that are cancer
and in his twenties and thirties Ricker was on
good terms
with his family doctor
Ricker would be questioned about
who is doctor Barker
why have you got his email address?
and again we see people reading their boss's emails
and taking them personally
practice managers and receptionists who
treat doctors as their
personal employees
so back before that got fraught
Julia Speit being a
without being a doctor
anyway, way back when
when Ricker's mam died
the GP practice produced Masie's death certificate
and Dr. Barker
was good enough to add
to the causes of death
thyroid deficiency
and bangs on the head notwithstanding
she got myxodaema and not
on her cert
and by association you could reference
myxodaema madness
and so
and so to Bessie
Peter - Tommy and Bessie's younger son - was
an Oxford graduate
and one year Tommy and Bessie were in the front seats of his car
driving along the A1
at Dishforth
and so it was boat race day in some year from 1949 to 1951
or perhaps it was earlier
and Tommy was driving on the big road and not contemplating any
but later he had to admit that he was listening to the
commentary on the Boat Race on the radio
the land around there is quite flat
and it is very difficult to know what Tommy would have
done differently if the radio had not held his attention
a Polish refugee on a moped
we think Polish refugees on mopeds are
post war
this man on a moped - low powered motorcycle
probably wasn't listening to the Boat Race
was riding along a farm track
and somehow the moped rider missed the presence of
the A1
and managed somehow to ride directly into the path of
Tommy and car
and he landed on the bonnet - hood
of Tommy's car
and came through
the windscreen
and glass from the windscreen
lodged in Bessie's throat
and so we have a choice of next steps
1 the glass in Bessie's throat caused
a contact inhibition derived
cancer of the thyroid
2 Bessie was examined by
doctors other than Fallows
and diagnosed not with a goitre
but with throat cancer
and packed off to Newcastle
we favour the hybrid scenario
the glass affected the goitre tissue and
turned it cancerous
and so Tommy had two opposite wives
one with too much thyroid
and one with not enough
and so
the moped rider survived but
Bessie died

1st May 2019

we have a couple of tidy up points to make
Ricker lostcontact with his
Fergiewagon friend
after their first year because
the friend was put on a
General Degree
that is he was on course when Ricker last knew, to
do a degree consisting of the first years of
three different degrees
so he would ahve studied in
six different departments
whereas Ricker was knocked down from
to zoology
only studied botany in his first year
and so
Carol Vauderman from Rhyl
Fergie man from Blyth
Ricker from Redcar
all did not get a top class degree
and incidentally
Ricker was declined entry on his course at City
when he applied from his home address in Redcar
but the following year
when he applied from his
work address in Guildford, Surrey
he go in
and then when he signed up for a pre-reg
first job
in Redcar he was required to withdraw from his course
Liz Pym-Smith
was having trouble with City
because she was
commuting from Cambridge
and we should say
Carol Vauderman's first job was as an engineer at
a hydro-electric power station in Wales and so
we can say Cambridge
didn't want to
waste a good degree on somebody who was
already fixed up with a job

this is a bit about what we call the
Harry Potter
sorting hat
universities recruiting students
with a view to them working on graduation
in their university area
and not their home area
and now we see this with
University Challenge
it was
I'm Joe Blogs from Chelmsford
now it's
I'm Joe Blogs, originally from Chelmsford

regarding Bessie Ord
we suggested that she died aged around 50
we've seen estimates from 47 to 50
from cancer
throat cancer
before she died she had a
which means
Mr Munroe-Black
removed her throat
and why?
well it was 1950
she had not been to the doctor because...
no lets put that another way
perhaps Dr Fallows had told her
she thought she had a
bloody great swelling in her throat and she thought it was
so did she have symptoms of
Graves' disease?
did she think it was something she picked up on the farm
what is sure
she had to go to Newcastle
even to get her throat ripped out
and was her
being the stroppy sister
to do with Graves disease that
developed into cancer?

30th April 2019

We think the optician industry provides quite an important
insight into the problems of managing a world
in which science and technology advances so quickly
We have mentioned before how
Newton was
no platformed
Cambridge University
because their core business was
the training of Christian priests
we are not here to criticise
The Former Polytechnics
for having an
engineering bias
we recognise that fifty years ago
patients with cancer would not present before
their condition was terminal and so
with days or weeks to live
what was the point in telling them they had cancer?
this morphs somewhat
you don't tell somebody with terminal cancer that
they are about to die
because it will upset them
and that morphs into
you tell people what ails them
because you get a thrill from upsetting them
and so to a previous MP for Redcar
a chemical engineer turned accountant who
on being offered advice on
matters medical
had the advisor arrested on the grounds of
you can talk all you like about
sprockets and valves and nuts and bolts
but don't mention
off with their heads if they want to discuss
women's things
and so to opticians who traditionally were a side line of
and there again
opticians - physics and engineering
family doctors - state registered drug dealers, chemists
non of your
and so, for example
City University had developed a department of
Optometry and Visual Science
out of their
lenses courses
at a point they had a choice between
Liz Pymm Smith
who had done vision studies on babies
at Cambridge
and Ron Douglas
who had studied at
Strathclyde University and
done some
research assistant work in Brighton
Brighton or Sussex Uni
and they decided a guy who liked fish
was a more
professor of anatomy and physiology
an expert on babies
we are going to go back nwo
back to a time that
makes you wonder about the miracle of
our Ricker still being alive
you can probably find a reference to a
a pretty little thing in a glass case with a drum
the drum revolves and a pointer traces out
the air pressure in the room onto paper wrapped around the drum
imagine one with no case painted green and with
a drum between 15 and 30 cm - a foot
in diameter
and no ink
the paper made balck by a sooty flame
and the pointer scratching the soot off and
later the soot being fixed in a bath of varnish
imagine Ricker is in a physiology lab class at
Newcastle medical school
albino rabbits the sort people used to eat
one by one
the rabbits are anaesthetised
and the lab assistant
removes the still beating heart and
mounts it on the machene
and the students
feed different drugs to the isolated heart
and will later
write up a lab report on the effect of different drugs on
heart rate
then a year later
Ricker fresh out on med school in a lab at
Durham University
he has a pal who lives in Blyth
actually at the time he is a Greyman
living during term time in Grey College
and this lad had been a drivers mate in his holidays
on the Fergie Wagons
back in those days Ferguson transport had been based
in Blyth
and Dave Hyde has been stunning frogs so the class
can experiment on them
and there is a display of brain related items in the lab for the day
and one of the items is a real human brain
on a dish and Ricker picks up the brain and
places it in his friend's hands
and now...
we have vegans
and economists advising government on
medical treatments
and Ricker is still alive

29th April 2019

Vorderman was educated at the comprehensive
Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl.
In 1978, when she was 17, she went to Cambridge, where
she read engineering at Sidney Sussex College.
Vorderman went to Cambridge as one of the youngest women
admitted at the time.
Her degree was only a Third [3rd class],
a result she herself has described as having been "disappointing".

We made a quick check
counted the pages
and we reckon there are around
2,700 registered voters in the
Redcar and Clevalend ward of
South Bank
one day we will do a quick and dirty survey to see
how well that justifies the removal of one
but we extrapolate that there are in the region of
8,000 Redcar and Clevland residents
living as close to local industry as
the people who were affected by the
Bopal explosion
that killed and blinded
that's proper blinded not
Flesh Gordon - airline pilot blinded

Sometimes we are as guilty as anybody of
loosing a few zeros when counting the money
Here is the cost of running an also ran F1 motor racing team - Haas - for a year
one hundred million pounds
so we may say
why is Ensus - bio-ethanol manufacturer on Wilton International
whinging about government regulations?
why don't they sponsor Williams?
Ensus wants to see more bio-ethanol in our car fuel tanks
how much will the guy who wants
to avoid health and safety upgrades on his fossil fuel plants
be paying to take over
Sky cycle racing?
Ineos something along those lines
we guess it's a lot cheaper to pay
The BBC North America editor for example
to lobby on your behalf
than to go direct to the people through sport
the single most valuable investment of time for
a student in England
is to learn the dates of the
Kings and Queens of England
that is very little data
and it makes you seem very much on top of
a major exam subject
it is in fact very few data
but knowing that is
a bit like a Masonic Handshake for
a datum is a given
a datum line is a
base line
a collection of datum points
is a
data set
and so the scientist talking
science to scientists will say
this data set
speaking to a general audience will say
this data
the data set of
the dates of the Kings and Queens of England
is the most cost effective in education
cost - leaning effort
effect - credibility
however, knowing the dates of the Kings and Queens of England is
and very stable knowledge
it carries with it the sense of having life together but
take another fact
the time of the last train from
Leeds to York
is a simple fact
there are few contexts in which the
date of birth of
King Henry the Eighth
will vary
the last train from Leeds to York
will not leave early
it may leave late
it may not run at all
Kings and Queens of England
simple facts
knowledge of the time of the last train
from Leeds to York -
even if you know when it is due to leave
you don't know when it will leave today
will leave next Tuesday
or left last Wednesday
and here be the thing
the thing that distinguishes a qualification in
or Economics
in some subjects there are facts to remember
in some subjects there are data to manipulate
a fact versus a skill
facts have always been valued above skills
the two most important questions to ask about an exam are
can we use a calculator?
is this an open book exam?
up until very recently
libraries were huge and rare
people in important jobs had to carry
knowledge about their specialism in
a notebook and their memories
we normally set exams that can't be done without a calculator
it will soon be the case that a significant proportion of exams
will not be possible without access to
Google and social media
and so to the time of that train
if you KNOW the time of the last train from
Leeds to York
was 22.45
what the hell use is that to you in 2020?
and that friends is
drowning in
oceans of facts
without so much as a raft of logic or comprehension
to sail them on
if the demented tour guide or platform announcer
tells you the time of the last train
50 years ago
what are you to do?
you miss your train or you take one earlier than necessary
because we EXPECT
that the nutters are all locked up
and none of them are
here is an example of
the blind leading the sighted
Ricker is having a
pre-sentencing assessment with a probation officer
Officer - not Sam - says
Carol Vauderman has a degree in maths
Ricker says
Carol Vauderman's degree is in
and is a third
assessor says
Carol Vauderman has a first class degree in maths and you are
Carol Vauderman s famous for
doing sums
but she does not have a degree in maths
the question is not
are you correct
it is
are you NORMAL
any normal person would assume that Carol Vauderman
has a first class degree in maths
and so
Cambridge University
gave Carol Vauderman a third in engineering
because they thought she was not
cut out to be an engineer
and she made a name for herself for
doing sums on the telly
and her degree only came out in the wash
she did not need it for her career
it's like
this student is not cut out to be a
nursery nurse
and as a technicality we will
fail her in arithmetic despite the fact that
she clearly does know that
two plus to is four
we are only interested in blocking her plans to
become a nursery nurse
we are not interested in her personal credibility
or her general reputation
we are purely interested in baring her from
the nursery industry
if other people are stupid enough to believe that
she does not know
two plus two is four
we don't give a damn
we just don't want her
reading Neacher to two year olds
and so we visit
The Opticians
Ricker has been to the opticians' recently
there is something new
long long time ago opticians
made a big deal about taking
photos of the back of your eyes
the machine that does that, now does something else
it is both a
fundus camera
an autorefractor
some time in the late 1970s
a regulations changed and people who were not by then
registered ophthalmic opticians
had to get recommended for sign up as
pre-registration trainee optometrists
from a university department of
optometry and visual science
and that mean - almost entirely
optometry became - overnight -BR> a graduate entry profession
but the universities involved were not any too
UMIST - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
Aston in Birmingham
City in London
perhaps one or two others - a Glasgow one?
and what these universities did to
'celebrate' their promotion from being
technical colleges to being universities is
they switched the emphasis from
getting the correct prescription for your lenses
checking your eyes for any pathology
any illnesses or defects
glaucoma, cataract, etc. etc
and so when you went to the opticians
you did not know whether you were being examined by
a refractionist
an optometrist
except that the older ones were refractionists and the
younger ones would be optometrists
but you would not know that
the development in the past year is that
the optical assistant
previously a
Dispensing Optician
operates the autorefracter/fundus camera
and the field checker
and the NCT
non contact tonometer
and the optometrist then sees you with
a slit lamp microscope, a rhuby lens
and a wall chart
with lenses set in a refractor head
no trial case
no ophthalmoscope
no retinoscope
in a room equipped for
contact tonometry
in other words
your High Street Optician has
all the eye kit your local
casualty A and E department
has for eye examination
not the eye department but the casualty department
neither can
operate on your eyes but the level of tec is
extremely high
but you are still liable to
NAD syndrome
on the GOS form
general optical services
there is a box called
and the standard entry in that box is
officially that stands for
no abnormality detected
unofficially it stands for
not actually done

26th April 2019

We just want to quickly run over the
local local elections on
2nd May
we always expect
The Labour
the field a full set of candidates
the real puzzle regarding
candidate lists is
Kirkleatham ward
three seats
3 Labour
1 LibDem
the Tories don't even seem to want to know
whether they have any support there
that political point aside
as we see it the number of wards has been increased
from 22 to 24
it appears that Westworth has been renamed Belmont
we are far from clear about that
Longbeck had three seats
Longbeck has 2 seats and a new ward nearby called
has emerged and has 2 seats
Dormanstown has been reduced from 3 to 2 seats
Skelton had 3 seats
it has now been split into 2 wards
East and West
each with 2 seats
South bank has lost a seat
down from 3 to 2
we cannot verify these figure but we think there were
5 two seat wards and are now
11 two seat wards
and we think the council will reduce from
59 to 56 seats
something like that
a couple of Labour councillors have swapped ward
after being ousted due to ward size reduction
all in all
population density is declining
populations are drifting away from
proximity to industry
but nothing really dramatic is happening

24th April 2019

There is something quite odd going on in
the aviation industry in the UK
most aeroplanes - most flying vehicles equipped to
carry people have what the police refer to as an
and human beings refer to as a
number plate
except that on 'planes the number is
not on an actual plate but painted on the body
and the smaller the 'plane
the more noticeable the index marking
we were not alone in noting that
the 'plane in which footballer Salla died
was US not UK registered
today we noticed that a helicopter
fighting UK moorland fires is
US registered
these are small aircraft not given to
flitting across the Atlantic
there must be some
in being US and not UK registered
We make some fun about Ricker's age but
it is quite important
We are not sure when the NHS was established but
we assume that it was in the late 1940s.
he was born in 1952 and so any normal person would
assume that he had lived all his life
under the care of the NHS.
we suspect that this is not entirely the case.
we know that when he was due his mother was
booked into a maternity clinic called
Overdeen in Saltburn
was that
it had an entrance on
Saltburn Lane
Saltburn Dene
and may now beclled
Saltburn Grange
look for Saltburn Grange on a map and
it was that or a similar nearby
and so we assume that his mother’s pregnancy care was
either there or with Ricker's father’s doctor.
his mother was a mature prima gravida –
she was pregnant for the first time at the age of 36.
and so he was a forceps birth transferred as
an emergency from Overdeen to Middlesbrough.
and we will not concern ourselves over the month but
the transfer occured on a Saturday
and the birth occured on the Saturday
but Masie did not regain consciousness until
the Wednesday
By the time he was 9 years old the family doctor was
still caring for him and he was Dr Fallows and
nobody remembers Dr. Fallows.
He was based in the building on the corner of
Coatham Road and Station Road
now called
The Ridings
that is now some sort of child welfare office.
Essentially, when Ricker was nine years old he
had my face kicked in in the school playground
– Coatham C or E Primary.
We should recall that in those days the school had
children for 6 years and had
5 members of staff
Miss Simpson, Miss Sherburn, Miss Neasham
nobody had ever heard of
classroom assistants
and the teachers tended
coke fired furnaces in the middle of the classrooms
and the playground was the one over the road
Coatham High Street
and it was flat concrete
none of the play equipment there these days
and, the incident happened at a school that wasn’t
directly a council school and was dealt with by a GP who
wasn’t entirely integrated into the NHS.
As we understand it, the NHS has no records of Ricker
being a patient of Dr. Fallows.
They have no records of him at all as a child.
Thus they have no record of the incident and
he is working on the assumption that he
became an NHS patient at the time of the incodent
after missing a term of school following his injury
that he was transferred from Coatham Primary to Newcomen Primary.
That would have been early 1962.
He remembers a school dentist at Newcomen battling to
remove a persistent milk tooth from his lower jaw without anaesthetic.
The problem is cold hard reality.
After he had my face kicked in
dental X-rays showed a significant amount of jawbone to be missing and
both my dentist and the consultant dentist at the then
Middlesbrough General Hospital were unwilling to mess with
his teeth in case my jaw fell apart.
To quote the consultant at Middlesbrough General,
‘we’ll just see if it settles down’ .
we conclude that Ricker's term in bed – at home –
was some sort of sepsis-associated coma.
Every time Fallows came to see him
he suggested a different infection to the parents.
At the time his sister had just married and left home and
his father was aged 65 and retired.
To spin on a decade, at that time the term dementia
had not entered public consciousness and
he got a very negative reaction at dental school from
referring to the troubles he was having with my ‘senile’ father.
This reaction was along the lines that I should not be so
disrespectful to my elders.
Consequently, having been declined the opportunity to
intercalate a science degree whilst he sorted things out
he dropped out of medical school and took
a degree in zoology at Durham University.
Regarding his vision, his main memory of the assault was of him
bent over a sink red with my blood and my left eyebrow draped across
the fingers of one of the teachers.
The scar is visible but not obvious.
Clearly, sending him home with an Elastoplast over his wound was
a cover up,
and explains his muscle imbalance and
the difficulty fitting specs to his bridge.
When he first visited London – these days I guess London claims Harrow,
he was at Kodak not the famous school -
a part of the advice he got was
‘ if you knock a man down, never let him get up again’
and so the NHS has always been reluctant to treat him because
to do so may involve admission of previous mistreatment.

Masie was demented
she knew she was demented and she
thought she knew why
almost every day her slightly older cousin
would meet her out of school and every time they met
the cousin would
bash her over the head with her school books

We work mostly from memory and so we may
have got this wrong
in terms of the name and sport of the player but
We think it was
Rio Ferdinand
a soccer player
a famous sportsman retired and then decided to
come back as a boxer
and the experts said
'it won't work
you have to condition your body from an early age
to take the punches
this now gets very personal
the personal experiences of
our Ricker's parents
we have said Tommy had two wives and that
the first one died
we will at this point we want to describe
what shall we say
Tommy and Masie's first
romantic weekend away
it is somewhere on this suite of sites that
Bessie was nee Ord
and Maise's mum was nee Wright
Masie's family - the Wrights - made biscuits on
South Tyneside
South Shields, Tyne Dock
she was a townie
she had a busy early adult life
culminating in being a
NAAFI manager
during the Second World War
she stayed on Tyneside when her parents moved to Redcar
so that George could take up a job in the Steel Works
then she went into the army and
her main boyfriend went to
Northern Ireland to be a customs officer
so she found herself in her mid thirties
on the shelf and out of the NAAFI
so she came to live with her parents in Redcar
and Bessie....
she was the stroppy one amongst the
daughters of
John Ord
and John Ord was a teenage friend of
William Robson
Tommy's father
and John Ord was
Sir Arthur Dorman's
Estate Manager
and so Bessie had grown up on
Home Farm
on the Dorman Estate
and so Tommy shall we assume took the virginity of
both of his wives
but the Bessie experience set Tommy up for a shock with Masie
we can't prove it but we reckon
Bessie didn't fancy Tommy all that much
according to Ricker's slightly unreliable copy of
the family tree
Bessie was born in 1901 and her eldest was born in
and so
what can we say
how should we put this
when Tommy had sex with Bessie she
took the advice to
lie back and think of England
whereas Masie was being approached by a much more
impressive chap and was shall we say
quite the juicy Lucy
and this lead to a bit of a shock for Tommy
with such as larger target - from outer appearances
he did not expect her to
bleed when he got stuck in
and presumably some rather vigourous
horse riding had removed that possibility
from any or Tommy's encounters with Bessie
and as a result of this bleeding on first contact
it is possible that in respect of Masie
Tommy was indeed
only naughty once vicar
and Ricker was the result
it is certain that they only moved from
separate beds
to the marital bed
after over twenty years of marriage
however there is another factor at play
the move occurred when Ricker was
away at university
and this has a twist
Masie was propper miffed that Tommy had the bed
nearest the window
and Masie felt he should have the one nearest the door
to protect her from intruders
she achieved this transposition when
she moved them into the master bedroom
Ricker no longer being in the house
Tommy's daughter had had the marital bed and the
master bedroom from the moment her mother died
until she left on marriage
indeed if he had died as young as he had expected to
he probably expected to leave Bessie's house to his daughter
before she married
an added complication was that
Tommy wanted to care for his daughter
he wanted somebody to help with that
Masie was ideal but in the spirit of the time
a man and a woman living together had to be married
so Tommy had to marry Masie
but he couldn't have sex with Masie in Bessie's house
the real problem was
one of Tommy's sons
didn't suffer the same inhibitions
and a race developed between Tommy and Peter over
who could marry Masie and defeat the other's plans
and the elder had to win

16th April 2019

Regarding the rugby players
at this Easter time we wish to remind everyone that
Jesus got into trouble becauseof the
Liberalism of his teaching
and the fact that the orthodox
Jewish Priesthood
resented it and felt threatened by it
if you want to be
you should quote

sometimes it's not worth the effort...
but we should point out the
bleedin' obvious
we made an effort to record the return of
Redcar's old lifeboat
we should say that these days
commercial vessels and rigs are
self rescuing
they are big
and they carry their own lifeboats
and the RNLI now rescue
small craft and free swimmers
as a result
Redcar no longer has a lifeboat
the nearest is probably at Hartlepool
we do have a
mega Zodiac
an inflatable with more tec than
most military units
and they will sweep you up if your
inflatable gets blown out to sea

When Greggs re-opened on Regent Walk - Redcar
we noted tht they had planning permission to
set up a barrier and tables and chairs in the highway
and that Costa Coffee opposite
probably didn't have permission for their
A board
now Costa have applied for permission to have their own
pavemant cafe

The structure of
Notre Dame de Paris
is not what you would expect
we could contrast it with
Westminster Hall
Westminster Hall has what we call
a hammer beam roof
stone ceiling below the
wooden roof
this fire has proved to be a very cheap method for
removing a rotten old wooden
that was over the stone ceiling
the stonework - including the ceiling - remains
as of this morning it appears that around
ten percent of the ceiling has collapsed
mainly in the area of the
that is mainly onto open space not structures
and most of the important windows
were below the ceiling and re safe
the windows that were lost
looked into the attic
and could not be seen from inside the cathedral
and so were probably not the most precious work
and when a new roof is installed
it will almost certainly have
in it
think of Notre Dame as a very ancient version of
Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is in effect
three buildings under a metal tent
we will have to see how things pan out
however that Victorian spire may not return
We hear that the department store in Hexham
Beals, formerly Robbs
is closing
we reported that an evangelical church had taken over
Beales in Redcar
they stayed open for one quarter - three months
there was a small amount of tec and a lot of clothing
towards the end they were offering and still found themselves hauling most of it back to
the West Midlands they were offering metal detector for £15
ebay price - £10 free delivery
and asking ten quid of a mobile 'phone repair kit
a fiver on ebay
and this at the same time that
Morrisons at the other end of the precinct
are knocking out
magnolia bushes at fifty quid a pop
and we mean selling not just stocking
and an independent interiors shop
near to where Ramsdens used to be have
a special offer on
chalk paint at twenty five quid a tin
half the stock gone in a couple of weeks
people in Redcar want
droves of shoppers milling around
on their 'phones doing
price comparisons

Notre Dame burns
very sad but
nobody has
for decades in France
so it's burned before it fell down from disrepair
it may have to be rebuilt as a Mosque
if the Brits have to pay for it
considering how little damage there was to the scaffolding
it must have been a really rubbish roof
any comment from
Andrew Marr
about how much use
sprinklers would have been?
it all makes the efforts to
burn down
York Minster
look rather pathetic

12th April 2019

We sometimes think
that's beyond a joke
or in our case
beyond a Sam
we will insert here a clearer explanation of what follows
it is an example of the sort of shit that can
get an MP deselected
a constituent has noticed that there will be
53 Tuesdays in 2019
and in the context of the
shortfall in benefit payments
demands their MP ask the government
what they are going to do about it
there are 365 days in three out of four years
there are 366 days in a leap year
2019 is not a leap year
2020 is
there are 52.1428 etc weeks in a year
there are 52.2857 etc weeks in a leap year
that is 365 divided by 7 is 52.1428
and 366 divided by 7 is 52.2857
that won't fly and so
if you get an annual salery you will
work a day for free in February
in leap years
and if you rent anything
on an annual rent
you will get a free day on 29 February
in leap years
if you deal with the private sector
private landlord, works pension
you will get a schedule of payments
your rent will be quoted as
per calendar month
and you will be given a schdule of payments and that may mean
December payment on 23rd December
next payment 31st January
on the basis that payments will not be possible at weekends or on
Bank Holidays
if you are dealing with the state
your payments will be
weekly, two weekly or four weekly
and for example your state pension will be paid
for example, every 4th Tuesday
and so
if your state - not works - pension was paid on
9th April - any year
but it wouldn't be that if the 9th were on a weekend
if you were paid on 9th April
your previous payment would have been on
12th March
and your next payment will be on
7th May
you will not be paid
per day or per year but per week
with the payments arriving in your bank
either once a week, once every two weeks or
once every 4 weeks - not once a month
the day of the payment will stay the same but
the date will change
on account of the existence of
Bank Holidays
that mostly fall on
a Monday
most benefit payments are paid out on
a Tuesday
if you consult a calendar
you will find that
the first and last days of 2019
and this means that despite 2019
not being a
leap year
there are
53 Tuesdays in 2019
and there were 53 Mondays in 2018
because there are 52.14 weeks in a year
except for leap years
except that there aren't
and so the human rights lobby conclude that
in 2019
benefit claimants will get
52 weekly payments of benefit if
they normally get a weekly payment on
a day other than Tuesday
and have to pay
53 weeks' rent
if their rent payments fall on a Tuesday
and on 9th April 2019
one of the
chief gannets
stood up at Question Time in the Commons
and asked the Prime Minister
what she was going to do about it
the number of days in a year is about
physics and geometry
and how far the Earth is from the sun etc.
so we have
less works pension
and less annual pay
per day , but not per year
in leap years
benefits are paid
once every four weeks
if you pay
private rent of
£500 pcm
you pay
12 times a year
if you get benefits you get them paid
52 times a year
26 times a year
13 times a year
so where in all that is the fact that every year
except leap years
takes turn to have
53 of one of the days in it?
in 2020 the first day of the year will be
a Wednesday
the last day of the year will be
a Thursday
and the first day of 2021
will be a Friday
and the last day of 2021
will be a Friday

11th April 2019

Have we got this correct?
Snow White and the
Twenty Seven Dwarves
Hi-ho Hi-ho
it's off to work we go
We're busy doni' nothin' working the whole day through
trying to find
lots of things
not to do

10th April 2019

Generally speaking we try to avoid
giving politicians references
if our Ricker was the
head teacher
of a mythical
Tees Valley High
and asked to give a report on
The Elected Tees Valley Mayor
he would say
on a personal level this boy lies
somewhere between
Lord Bates
Call me Dave
a bit drippy
but with an aura of a boy whose parents
have huge ambitions for him
the first thing we have to say is that
the guy has two jobs and one is
related to
The South Tees Development Corporation
and yet it appears that his office is
in Stockton or Thornaby
he never appears to visit any part of
Redcar other than the SSI ironworks site
his original and perhaps remaining
senior civil servant was warned that
on appointment the role
may involve some visits to Teesside
the original successful candidate could be described as
a civil servant expecting this to be his
last appointment before retirement
however, clearly,
The boy wonder sees Redcar as a stepping stone
into the shoes of Call me Dave
and so
to digress millions of people over the years have
eaten with implements emblazoned
Sheffield Steel
and Sheffield is not a bad place to make cutlery
it is not a good place to make
nuclear submarines
and so
if the people who run the Tory party
and live in
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall
what with the coming of the motorways we could refer to as
The New Home Counties
and so
12 new
Institutes of Technology
are to be set up in
4 in London - natch
2 in the West Midlands
Milton Keynes, Swindon, Durham, Exeter, York, Somerset
from where we sit
why is Port Talbot
more important than
Bristol or Bath?
Turn Teesside Polytechnic into a
University of the Third Age
specialising in adult care
and build your technological hubs
as far from the sea as you can possibly get them
will the Teesside mayor stand for re-election?
or is he auditioning for a
safe Tory seat in the shires
from which
unlike Amber Rudd
he can launch a bit to be
Prime Minister?

5th April 2019

Vaginismus is a condition in which involuntary muscle spasm prevents
vaginal penetration.
This often results in pain with attempts at sex.
Often it begins when sexual intercourse is first attempted.
The underlying cause is generally a fear that penetration will hurt.
Risk factors include a history of
sexual assault, endometriosis, vaginitis, or a prior episiotomy.
Diagnosis is based on the symptoms and examination.
It requires there to be no anatomical or physical problems and
a desire for penetration on the part of the women.
Treatment may include behavior therapy such as
graduated exposure therapy and gradual vaginal dilatation.
Surgery is not generally indicated.!!!!!!
Botulinum toxin is being studied.
About 0.5% of women are affected.
Outcomes are generally good with treatment.
Episiotomy, also known as perineotomy, is
a surgical incision of the perineum and
the posterior vaginal wall generally done by
a midwife or obstetrician.
Episiotomy is usually performed during second stage of
labour to quickly enlarge the opening for the baby to pass through.
The incision, which can be done at a 90 degree angle from the vulva towards
the anus or at an angle from the posterior end of
the vulva (medio-lateral episiotomy), is
performed under local anesthetic (pudendal anesthesia),
and is sutured after delivery.
Its routine use is no longer recommended.
Despite this, it is one of
the most common medical procedures performed on women.
In the United States, as of 2012,
it was performed in 12% of vaginal births.
It is still widely practiced in many parts of the world, including
Japan, Taiwan, China, and Spain.

A sprain, also known as a torn ligament,
is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, often caused by
trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional range of motion.
The severity of sprain ranges from a minor injury which
resolves in a few days to a major rupture of one or more ligaments requiring
surgical fixation and a period of immobilization.
Sprains can occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle and wrist.
Sprains typically occur when the joint is taken beyond its functional range of motion.
There are certain factors which increase risk of sprains.
Fatigue of muscles generally leads to sprains.
When one suddenly starts to exercise after a sedentary lifestyle,
sprains are quite common.
While scientific studies are lacking, it is often thought that
not 'warming up' is a common cause of sprains in athletes.
'Warming up' is thought to loosen the joint,
increasing blood flow and making the joint more flexible

Sometimes we like to come at topics from
as some may say
out of left field
we are not in any way football experts but we do know the lyric
left field in motion
I'm gonna have to penalise you
and so we begin with
Northern England female author
Pat Barker
She was the second wife of
David Barker
Davd Barker was the professor of zoology at
Durham University and he and a chap called
Catz or Katz
were the world authorities on
muscle spindles
and their work was done on
it is probable that UK armed forces medical examinations
included the patella reflex test
cross your legs and get a
rabbit chop blow to the lower part of the knee and
your foot is supposed to rise toward the ceiling
we say it must have been in the army medical because it was in so may
TV sketches at the time of conscription
what we say is
there are supposed to be two sorts of muscle
smooth muscle and skeletal muscle
muscles are made up of bundles or sheets of fibres
some muscle fibres are specialised into being nerve terminals
and when one of them is stretched
a signal goes around quite a shopt loop to
pull the whole muscle back to its original length
anybody who just does the test once is
you have to do it several times and look for a gradual
reduction in the response that show that
higher centres are intervening and
your back isn't broken
and the expert - David Bowsher writing in 1967
basically the reflex depends upon the fact that the
Group 1a primary afferent fibres coming from
spindle organs in intrafusal muscle fibres send an
axon branch to the alpha-motoneurones which innervate
the extrafusal fibres of the same muscle
don't you just love it when experts
dumb things down for you by putting
at the beginning of what they say
thus when the muscle fibres are suddenly elongated
stretched - thanks yeah, elongated means stretched
no it don't not if it ain't elastic
by a tap with a patellar hammer
on a tendon
the spindle organs discharge into the afferent fibres
which fire the alpha-motorneurones
this causes the extrafusal muscle fibres to contract
thus restoring the muscle to its original length
and on and on about how complicated it actually is
here's the thing
we don't know whether the muscles of the
uterine wall
have muscle spindles
they should be smooth muscles and have none but
they are special
it is a part of dysmenorrhea
that people get
functional dysmenorrhea
is the cyclical pain associated with
ovulatory cycles
and the phrase when uttered by men is
punishable by
stoning to death
time of the month
premenstrual tension
occurs in the seven to ten days before
don't fuck me now
I'll only miscarry
and so to cramps in the more general sense
the aclte pain associated by cramp
is alieviated by gently relaxing and stretching the
affected muscle
the initial stab of pain is because
the muscle spindle has been stretched but
due to lactic acid build up or infection
or something such
1 it has developed a hair trigger sensitivity
2 it has been isolated from the calming influence of
higher centres
and the result is
and spasm activates
as opposed to
nerves and
the higher centres feel overruled
patchy loss of bits of womb wall will
and a general confusion of nerve signals

and here we come to a distinction
people who suffer from
period pain
do so every 'month'
but by contrast
when you
go over on your ankle
sprain your ankle
it hurts a lot
the first time
and a lot less the next time
and eventually
it doesn't hurt at all
and the theory is that
as we grow we are moulded by our use of our bodies
and some people are regarded as being
double jointed
and we take it that they have
longer more flexible tendons
we assume that that is genetic in origin
we should check
we do not assume that
although the womb and the tummy wall
stretch without much pain during the
final third of pregnancy
the birth canal's first distension
will not be
the mother of all sprained ankles
we prefer to
get the sprained ankle phase out of the way in
the playground and on the sports field
and not save it for
one day
running for a bus
and landing awkwardly on a
paving stone edge

4th April 2019

On 11 April 1990, HM Customs & Excise in Middlesbrough seized parts of
what were believed to be a massive 'supergun' on a ship bound for Iraq.
It was revealed that parts of the gun had been manufactured by Forgemasters
who stated that they had been told that the pipes were to be used in a petrochemical project.
Make it in Sheffield..
you gotta get it to Middlesbrough - well Redcar actually
in order to be able to actually export it
In 2016 Forgemasters obtained a £30 million loan from
US bank Wells Fargo, underwritten by
UK's nuclear submarine programme contractors
BAE Systems, Babcock International and Rolls-Royce,
in view of Forgemasters' vital role in the nuclear submarine programme.
The underwriting arrangements are due to expire in July 2019.
On 19 January 2016 the company unveiled plans to consult on
“up to 100 redundancies across all its divisions” out of
nearly 800 staff.
Chairman Tony Pedder explained that
“The storm clouds which seem to gather periodically over
the steel and steel-related sectors are once again evident.
Of particular concern has been reduced activity in
the traditional oil and gas sector, with oil prices down to a level that is
deferring much potential new investment."
The announcement was made as the company published accounts for
the 18 months to December 2014, which showed a loss for the first time since
the management buyout in 2005, of £9.4m.
The company was severely affected by the 2007 United Kingdom floods,
when the nearby River Don flooded the works with several feet of water,
but after a cleanup effort Forgemasters was back in action within weeks of the devastation.
Once upon a time Lord Mandelson was
MP for Hartlepool
On 17 March 2010, Lord Mandelson announced that the UK Government would loan the company
£80 million at a low 3.5% interest rate towards the design and building of a new
15,000 ton forging press (together with other investors).
The press, intended to give Forgemasters the ability to manufacture ultra-large forgings for
the nuclear power industry, would allow the UK to use home-manufactured components during
the building of proposed new nuclear power plants in the country.
According to The Engineer - a journal, as of 2010, there was only one other manufacturer in the world,
Japan Steel Works, with the adequate presses and certification able to manufacture
all the required ultra-large forgings,
however the World Nuclear Association stated that very heavy forging capacity was also operating in
China and Russia, and was under construction in France and South Korea.
Following the United Kingdom general election, 2010, held on 6 May,
the new Government announced a Treasury review of all Government decisions on funding since 1 January,
essentially a review of 'election bribes'
aimed at reducing the country's budget deficit in response to
the preceding financial crisis and concerns over sovereign debt,
which led to a period of uncertainty about the expansion's future.
On 17 June 2010 Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced the cancellation of
12 projects totalling £2 billion agreed to by the previous Labour government,
including the £80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable explained
the reason was that the project required very large loans and promised extraordinary
rates of return with little risk investment by Sheffield Forgemasters,
and given the financial situation the government could not support this.
Forgemasters' chief executive stated that the project was not economic using private finance,
and was unlikely to go ahead without government loans.

Sometimes we feel the need to report on something that is
so outragious that we don't expect anybody to
believe us
There is a company in Sheffield called
Sheffield Forgemasters
we don't know whether they produce forgings
we do know that they produce
steel castings
The company appears to belong to
This bloke
and all sorts of people - companies - around the world think
that name sounds like
The real McCoy
we'll order from them
and this is the bit we don't expect you to believe
the company has a number of small work sites
and on one they
melt scrap in an electric arc furnace
and on another
they pour the molten steel into moulds
they transport the molten steel in
open topped crucibles - as high as a double decker bus
from one site to the other
on public roads
the local council provide permanent
traffic lights
to stop the traffic so that the molten steel can pass
and where are we going to here?
Meridian metal Trading is a company based in Dudley
they process steel sheets and coils and
supply 250,0000 tonnes to customers each year
they employ 170 people
in Guildford Surrey, and Sheffield,
and in sales offices in
Bolton, and
Newport , South Wales
and they have just called in Duff and Phelps as
they are in administration and they are
probably the major
customer of
Port Talbot steel works
have they gone out of business because
their customers have switched from
Port Talbot tat
imported steel products?
every little council
every MP
has a couple of hundred jobs in their area that
they believe are keeping
the sky
from falling in
maybe the government are having trouble figuring out
how to shift decommissioned nuclear subs
overland to

1st April 2019

Here's a statistic to ponder
very few UK children are living in
absolute poverty
half of children live n or near
relative poverty
8 out of every ten children who
live in relative poverty are
under five years old
at first blush that sounds like
the youngest most vulnerable children are
the most likely to be living with the least cash
here's the concept to throw into the mx
work-life balance
most people these days have
zero, one or two children
the time when your children are at their youngest is the time when
being with them so so much more precious than
spending on them
hell, how many under fives know what
an allowance or pocket-money
this statistic is paired with the
to 'choose'
zero hours workng
flexible working
if this statistic remains stable then
each year or each five years
we are seeing a
of toddlers whose parents think
they grow up so quickly
time is more precious than money
and the other line of thought...
women are starting a family at an older age than earlier
and so
although at the time they have babies and toddlers
may be low
including household goods and cash saving
may be significant
you works a job for five years
you get pregnant
you take a year's maternity leave
you go back part time for four or five years and
the subventions from the bank of
Granny and Nanna
never get into the statistics...

This was supposed to be the 29th March edition
in a point of anti-pro
'our' mainframe
Sun Systems
was down on 29th March
Sometimes we just go home
Speaking of crap engineering
as previously advertised
in 2 weeks time - 12 to 14 March
The 1,000th
F1 Grand Prix motor race will be held in
And Charlie Whiting won't be there
spinning in his grave
We are wondering
we are wondering about why we have
Formula E
We are wondering why
F1 hasn't announced a switch to
hydrogen powered internal combustion engines
What F1 needs is a team
sponsored by a
we finally caught sight of
Richard Rawlings having birthday cakes made by
Buddy and Duff
our message to Richard Rawlings
Air Ride is no substitute for
and that isn't just for the cream in the cakes
right now we reckon
Fantom Works
is the only car show worth watching
shame the budget don't run to a rolling road brake tester
and we think it's hilarious how
semper fi
amounts to
Lucas gear is crap
Americans like that remind us of UK newspaper headlines
Fog in Channel
Continent cut off
This is the bit that was supposed to be 29th March
We will try to reference three factors influencing
British Politics
at present
We do not intend researching the
History of the European Union
however it has had twin tracks
Economic Co-Operation
Political Union
when Europe was about economic co-operation
it was , well actually its history rather reflects the
History of the Automobile Association
Back in the day
the AA was for pleb motorists - Sunday Drivers
and the RAC was for toffs
you could say, to oversimplify, along came
Green Flag
and the AA responded by splitting into the
commercial AA
and the political
AA Foundation
and so with Europe
in the EU there is more power with the
unelected executive
than with the MEPs
however, howsoever the power is divided up
over there
the power is
over there
second influence
quotas in elections
all female short lists
This has meant that the quality of candidates for
major parties
has been squeezed from at least two directions
the role of an MP is reduced by power lying in Brussels
and the number of constituencies allowed a
Male White Anglo Saxon Protestant
is reduced
and from these forces
the calibre and responsibilities of a
British MP
have shrunk to the scale of a
County Councillor
of fifty years ago
and so the quality say
haven't got the back story
the jobs a front anyway
and we get the rabble we see on TV today
and the question is
after BrExit
are this rabble suddenly to be
in charge of running the country?
even the
rump of responsibility
have a tendency to
consult with
over every issue
no matter how far it is removed from economics
perhaps there are
'powers that be'
engineering this current
swish back of the curtain behind which
The Wizards of Oz
have been cavorting
We have the people alternately shouting
we want our representatives to be
'one of us'
'where is the leadership?
perhaps in Parliamentary Elections
voters should have two votes
one for a back bencher
one for a minister
let the people, not the government decide
who will
and who will

There may still be buildings in London with
carved into their frontages
LCC stood for
London County Council
and the name was changed to
Greater London Council
some seem to confuse the significance of
leader of the GLC with Prime Minister
partly because
Greater London Council sounds a lot like
Diet of Worms
Geneva Convention
it sounds like it is
The UK's contribution to
worldwide debate a bit like
and some seem to think the shift from
Mayor of London
Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
is a bit of a climb down
because in terms of
funding for your local
Youth Club
it probably is
if individual votes are available to be bought
local politicians are more strongly placed to buy

25th March 2019

We understand that a woman losing her virginity before marriage can
cause complications in some cultures and societies hence
the desire from some women for hymen repair surgey.
A virgin is often expected to bleed after intercourse on her wedding night
– however it’s worth noting about 25% of women do not bleed, despite being virgins.
Many developing countries now allow doctors to legally perform hymen repair –
this has reduced the number of female deaths due to questioning of virginity.
We’ve been performing Hymenoplasty otherwise known as
regency international clinic .co.uk
Hymen repair surgery since the late 1990s,
helping many women from different backgrounds and cultures.

Here's one of those questions that
nobody ever asks
how do you 'qualify' to be buried in a
white coffin?
so far as we know the style. colour, etc. of a coffin
is entirely up to the person arranging the funeral
and or paying for it
so perhaps we should ask
what motivates somebody to have a loved one
buried in a white coffin
it would appear to be mostly about
so not - given the concept of original sin
not a Roman Catholic tradition
and yet
probably more likely amongst Roman Catholics
and in that case
subjet to the approval of the
officiating priest
we are here getting around to the origins of the
Christian wedding ceremony
think of it like this
the groom stands waiting at the altar
there is delay
and the father of the bride
eventually, proudly
walks the bride up the aisle
in her wedding dress
her white wedding dress
chosen by her
consider a different scenario
the delay is due to action in an anteroom
there the bride is being examined by the
mother of the groom
or some other designated female representative
of the groom's family
and if she is satisfied that the bride is
viro intacta
SHE hands the bride a white gown
so that she can be walked up the aisle
by her father in garb that signifies her new family's
acceptance that she is a suitable
pure and chaste partner for
their boy
at the very least,
utterly clueless about sex

There was a movie famous in the 1960s
we have no clue about what it was called
and the actor's name that springs to mind is
Julie Christy
but we may be completely wrong there
the movie was about a rape and the consequences of it
and early on there was a rape scene
and this rape scene was entirely composed of a
head shot - just the face
of the woman being raped
and there was outrage that
such a pretty young woman as the actress
would know so much about sex that she could
render the experience of being raped
so accurately
if ignorance is bliss
'tis folly to be wise
young men were suppose to
learn and practice on
sex workers and bring what knowledge of sex they had
to an otherwise completely clueless
marriage bed
and this was an era when it was by no mean unknown for
a girl playing netball in the school gym
would be hauled off the court to the showers
with blood running down her leg
because nobody had thought to tell her about
the curse
It is in the nature of the structure of this web site that
we try to avoid editing already published material
and thus we are here commenting on material below
we absolutely divide potential offenders into three categories
those we completely disregard the law
those who choose to break the law
those who act in a way that they believe to be lawful
but others find unlawful
we have to put Adam Johnson in the third category
regarding the mother of his daughter...
there is acting strictly according to the lw and
public decency
we see more and more charges of
outraging public decency
and we see being practical
when a rich and famous man is about to be presented with a
child of his own and
he is not offering marriage to the mother
despite both parents being single...
the strength of the relationship is in severe doubt
if you are about to give birth and
you are not close to the father
if you wish to claim child support
it is not in your interests or those of the child to
damage the father's career and standing
if you are close and wanting to continue an intimate relationship
and you recognise that you chose the father on the grounds that he is
a regular straight guy
and you recognise that you may find yourself in the grip of
baby blues, post natal depression, whatever
you would be well advised to
arrange, in outline at least, for yer granny to
at least offer the lads a few
hand jobs
while you get yourself straight
as it appears

the view of the judiciary
and law enforcement
is that a single woman who has sex
damages her hymen by
playing sport
or having an accident whilst
climbing trees or
horse riding - other than
side saddle
destroys her marriage prospects
or at least her prospects of
making a 'good marriage'
and that thus the question of
is not a question of consenting to sex
but a question of consenting to trading her entire
future wealth and happiness
for a
momentary session of rumpy pumpy

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

In Victorian England
there was a thriving trade in
hymen reconstruction
as a result of a
homeopathy style belief in
sex with a virgin as a cure for
sexually transmitted infections

21st March 2019

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

20th March 2019

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

19th March 2019

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

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

18th March 2019

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

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

15th March 2019

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

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

13th March 2019

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

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

11th March 2019

Cleveland and Whitby was a parliamentary constituency centred on
the town of Whitby in northern England.
It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of
the Parliament of the United Kingdom from February 1974 until
it was abolished for the 1983 general election.
Cleveland and Whitby largely replaced the previous Cleveland constituency.
It was defined as covering the urban districts of
Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Marske by the Sea,
Skelton and Brotton, Whitby, along with Whitby Rural District

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th March 2019

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

4th March 2019

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

25th February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

22nd February 2019

In Germany in the 1930s
The National Socialist Party
recruited an elite force
we know them as
The SS
these were young sons of
respectable working class fathers
sons of carpenters, brewers, plumbers
they were taken from their families for a period of intensive training
and the y were told that they were
in British terms
The Salt of the Earth
the supreme examples of human-kind
and today in the UK we have the equivalent
a paramilitary force with
no officer class
the names change but they are generally referred to as
Special Patrol Group
within the police
and they consider any statement running to more than
a couple of dozen words to be
the ramblings of deranged mind
purity in simplicity
goodies and baddies
The SS
we should find out the difference between the SSand
The Gestapo
small in number and all powerful because of
a sense that at any moment any citizen
could be informed on for
not informing on their family, friends and neighbours
normally The British would not fall for this
however over a couple of decades
mobile 'phone 'breaks' have
come to replace
fag - cigarette - breaks and
not out of fear or malice but out of
boredom and curiosity
an informer culture has developed
and the classic SS tactics of
we don't want evidence , we just want names
have become
media mantras
it will be interesting to see how this will pan out
but knowing The British...
we'll work through it
and of course
recruitment policies in the police will play a part
Thatcher's Storm Troopers
and their sons and nephews are retiring out anyway
after The Irish and The Moslems
we don't see the next
Gullible Group
on the horizon
and we don't see the same appetite to be
agents provocateur
within the forces
although the vegans and such will always be with us

and all of this is sometimes referred to as
pitting both ends against the middle
the elite conspire with the dregs to
keep the middle classes in line
The Russian Royal Family and Rasputin

Bullock noted that Hitler's father, Alois,
had been born out of wedlock to Maria Anna Schicklgruber.
Eventually, the acknowledged father, Johann Georg Heidler, married Maria,
but he never bothered to legitimize his son.
In 1876, however, the brother of Johann Georg Heidler, then dead,
took the necessary steps to legitimize Alois and legally change his name.
Thus, records Bullock, ''From the beginning of 1877, 12 years before Adolf was born,
his father called himself Hitler,
and his son was never known by any other name until
his opponents dug up this long-forgotten village scandal and tried,
without justification, to label him with his grandmother's name of Schicklgruber

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

21st February 2019

We have some well out of date
international labour Organisation stats

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

20th February 2019

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

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

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

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

19th February 2019

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

18th February 2019

The name of the mechanoid in Red Dwarf is spelt
The image is of a drawing made by our Ricker in around 2004
Holly and Hilly
The Red Dwarf ship's computer
before and after
gender re-assignment

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

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

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

15th February 2019

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

13th February 2019

We don't really know what to say about this
This is
The Sustain Programme
it's 35 million quid paid to the
Universities of Swansea, Sheffield, and Warwick
'make the UK Iron and Steel Industry
carbon-neutral by 2040'
are we to assume that the
Old Biddies at The University of Teesside
turned down the offer of this funding
on the grounds that it
Big Boys' Toys
The brief is to
look into
harvesting untapped energy sources
and capturing carbon emissions
as well as
developing new products
and so...
we think Warwick is at
Royal Leamington Spa
just south of Coventry
and so
there are elements of the
motor manufacturing industry
in the Birmingham area
Port Talbot
in South Wales - Swansea University?
Two out of three - Sheffield and Birmingham are
users of steel
Swansea associated with steel making
Not Teesside, Sheffield, and Warwick
Swansea, Sheffield and Warwick
we suspect that the authorities at
The University of Teesside
are hunkered down in their
Managed Decline
preoccupied with
asylum seekers
the unemployable
we are aware that
Tata have just spent tens of millions of pounds on
a refurbishment of one of
Port Talbot's two modest sized blast furnaces
and are planning now to spend some more money at the
Port Talbot BOS plant
the steel maker
Sustain won't be needing those
but here is the point
it appears to us that it is
The University of Teesside that is deliberately
denying The Tees valley the option of
hosting top level employment
in both
The NHS - doctors and dentists
the steel industry
Smart people who venture here
will be arrested for
upsetting the

From University of Warwick
News & Events - Smarter, greener, cleaner steel:
£35 million boost for research to transform UK steel industry
· - Carbon Neutral Steel Making is the future for a sustainable and
world leading industry – meaning the steel industry will need to
transition from coal as its primary energy source to waste materials,
renewable energy and hydrogen. · -
Twenty partners … steel sector. …
If a product isn’t made of steel it’s made using steel .
Steel is at the heart of UK manufacturing sectors such as
the car industry, construction, packaging and defence. …
Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce, steel expert at Swansea University and
SUSTAIN’s deputy director, said:
“This news is a massive vote of confidence in the steel industry.
… Gareth Stace, UK Steel Director General, said:
“This new boost of innovation funding into the sector is a vital piece of
the puzzle to help deliver our vision of a cutting-edge, vibrant, and sustainable steel industry in the UK.
11th Feb 2019

11th February 2019

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

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

7th February 2019

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

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

Here's our thought for the day
if bacteria are mutating into resistant forms
what's their inentive to
mutate back into the susceptible form
which after all these decades
is what we still normally find?
Bottom line...
there are antibiotic resistant bacteria
they just ARE
they are not caused by antibiotics

6th February 2019

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