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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
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Tizer
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Posted - 05/11/2011 : 11:28
Trying to catch up on this thread...

Re comments on Bob Diamond and Barclays. If you listened to that `Today' interview I hope you also listened to the last 5 minutes of the programme when Paul Lewis and Merryn Somerset-Webb filled in the real details, such as Barclays being in deep trouble over the payment protection insurance (PPI) miss-selling scandal and having the largest number of customer complaints (about half a million per year).

"There's also an old Ottoman language Kus Dili (or Tweet language)" - Bruff
And all those people out there tweeting on Twitter thought Twitter was something new!

"I see in the local paper that Silent Night has been saved." - Moh
Being `down south' I didn't hear much about that but The Times had a bit about the company closing one plant and shifting workers to Barlick.

The motorway crash in fog on the M5 yesterday evening has left several dead and over 40 injured with petrol tanks exploding. The BBC says emergency services described it as "the worst road traffic collision anyone can remember". We live about 10 miles away from where it happened and we heard a boom at the time.

 

 


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moh
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Posted - 05/11/2011 : 13:41


quote:
Bodger wrote:
Nov. 4th. = mischievous night, is this still held ?, and are the mothers busy with treacle toffee, parkin, & toffee apples
This caused a debate when it was raised before - we always celebrated on 4th Nov. but others think it should be 30th October, the night before Halloween.



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Stanley
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Posted - 06/11/2011 : 05:29
Much is being made of Silentnight revival but what it boils down to is that they have closed the Batley factory sacking 100 workers and transferred the work to Barlick hence the extra investment. I wonder if 100 workers will actually be recruited?

Speculation about the role of smoke from a firework display at the local rugby club drifting over the motorway.  Not sure about 'biggest' crash in living memory. I was in the smash at Thelwall in about 1970 caused by fog. That was big but not many deaths as the fog was so bad everyone was travelling slowly. I got out of the cab and sat on the banking listening to it and it went on forever!


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Posted - 06/11/2011 : 11:49
On the M5 crash, I think when the BBC said the "emergency services described it as `the worst road traffic collision anyone can remember'" what was meant is that it was the worst that those working in the local emergency services could remember. More generally it's being described as the worst crash in 20 years. It was even closer than I had thought, so perhaps not surprising we heard explosions. The priest of Creech St Michael (the village right alongside where it happened) ) was talking about it on the BH radio programme this morning. Many people involved officially in attending the accident  and deaing with the injured (emergency services, hospital staff, council workers etc) live in the village. The lady who was organising the emergency response even had a daughter in the crash - luckily the daughter was OK and was able to give valuable information and convince them of how serious it was. It's sad about the people who are dead and injured, and their relatives, but there are a lot of local people who will remain troubled by what they saw and had to deal with in burning cars and petrol explosions.


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Stanley
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Posted - 07/11/2011 : 04:31
There was a programme on BBC2 last night about snow and one presenter said that 1963 was the worst winter in living memory. Really? How about 1947? (Why do presenters have to conduct an orchestra when declaiming their piece to camera?) (Why do we have to have inane background music in what purports to be a serious documentary programme?)

I was on the tramp in 1963 and kept going right through it. I could tell you some war stories? Swing that lamp!


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Posted - 07/11/2011 : 06:08
Forgot to mention this the other day. One for Mel. Have a look at this LINK. Reg Dean is 109 years old and if you go digging has some very sensible views on life.


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Stanley
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Posted - 07/11/2011 : 07:15
Talked to the lady in what used to be the video shop under the Majestic and asked her whether it was another sandwich shop. She says it is opening as a deli.


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catgate
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Posted - 07/11/2011 : 19:07
I was facinated (or may be vaccinated) by this :-

http://www.iaindale.com/posts/lin-homers-dodgy-past

Looks like the left are still keen to let the world in.


Every silver lining has a cloud.


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Stanley
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Posted - 08/11/2011 : 04:59
There was an interesting interview with a whistleblower from the Borders Agency on R4 yesterday. It appears that it is regular practice to tailor the rigour of the inspections to the length of the queue as staff cuts start to bite. They even have codes for the various levels.

 Realised me net curtains were not white! Triggered a disturbing bout of curtain washing......


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Posted - 08/11/2011 : 05:12
Isn't it amazing how dog hairs clump in little drifts in the corners of the treads on the stairs....  I might have to have a major attack on them shortly, they're slowing me down as I climb the stairs.... I need a careless housekeeper!


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Tizer
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Posted - 08/11/2011 : 12:35
While the news media was focused on the M5 crash at Taunton the nearby town of Bridgwater was on the verge of sliding into the river. Heavy rains flooded the streets and the water made its way down towards the river, then cracked the river wall. That doesn't sound significant but its actually very dramatic because the wall is more like a sea wall and about 20 foot high. Bridgwater is on the River Parrett near where it meets the Bristol Channel which has a tidal range of 20 foot or more. Twice a day the river comes up to near the top of the wall and falls to the river bed about 20 foot below. Several big vertical cracks have appeared and a segment of the wall has moved outwards leaving an enormous hole between it and the road. People have been evacuated from the nearby houses, hotel and shops and the area cordoned off. A large sewer passes along the length of the road and is now broken so the enginees have put in place a temporary above-ground sewer...but it has to cross a bridge over the river, go down the other bank, then back across another bridge. Major works will be needed to remove the old wall and replace it with new. Today a structural engineer is to be lowered into the hole to view the damage. rather him than me!

You can see the wall and the damage on this local newspaper video [LINK]


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Bradders
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Posted - 08/11/2011 : 19:44
Yep , I watched that on "Spotlight " this evening Peter ....Some poor people will not be allowed back into their homes for months , and a chap who opened a restaurant 8 weeks ago was looking decidedly sick. One bloke  said that residents had been allowed one 15 minute visit to their homes to recover valuables and the like. ....Likened it to a Supermarket  Game show !


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catgate
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Posted - 08/11/2011 : 21:47
That's rather sad Tizer. I used to visit Bridgwater several times a year, in the 70s and 80s and got to like the place and the people I met there.

There was a company there who used to do some contract manufacturing for the company that provided my daily crust, and I used to go down and spend a couple of days or so on technical matters.


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Stanley
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Posted - 09/11/2011 : 04:54
Tiz. It brings home the fact that even today we rely on much of the old Victorian (and earlier) infrastructure. Good though the builders were, it still needs maintenance and upgrading, something recent governments have been very bad at financing. Take one example, the canal infrastructure. Maintenance cut to the bone and a very murky prospect for the future under private ownership.


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Posted - 09/11/2011 : 11:12
After the sudden shift the wall is continuing to move outwards by about half an inch a day. The engineers say it's only the remains of the modern concrete 900mm sewer pipe that are holding it back, otherwise it would be a landslide into the river and the buildings would follow. The street running up at right angles to the river at the point where the cracks formed is called Castle Street, after Bridgwater Castle which stood on that spot until the Civil War when the Parliamentary artillery flattened most of it. The hotel on the right of the hole is named after the Watergate where the boats would tie up and offload their goods and people to make their way straight into the castle. There were old stories of tunnels under the castle and in 2008 Wessex Water workers found a "smuggler's" tunnel under Castle Street and archealogists did further work on it [LINK]. It makes me wonder whether such tunnels are involved in this collapse or even whether the workings of the water company might have contributed to the collapse!

Catty, where your connections with Bridgwater anything to do with the shirt-making companies in the town - I know you were in textiles.


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