Archive for December, 2010

Beware these, that is even if you know you have one, I didn't, and became aware when the money was removed from my account absolutely to my surprise. The perpetrators of this deed are Quote Mart, they are a trading name of BISL Ltd, the real insurers are ABC insurance, and get this they are a trading style, yes style, of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. It is even more complicated as the courtesy car is by another insurer and the motor legal protection is yet by another. Although new to me this type of automatic renewal has been…

Dec 24th by Ian under Bird Watching

On the Western Perth by pass this afternoon about 2.30 on my way to TISO's, which is in the old glass factory, and not way past screwfix where the map tells you. Bit of Irony there where a shop selling sat navs, maps and compasses has and internet map telling you it is nearly 1 Km away. The point is I saw my first Perth Magpie flying atop the Nth bound carriageway trees, single bird, but I issued no incantation as this is not a superstition I have. I did see another some weeks back at Arlary, just Nth of…
Listening to the BBC World service I heard of this strange feature of Catalan nativity scenes. Its the very necessary inclusion of a Caganer, pronounced Cack'an'ae in the nativity scene. Catalan nativity scenes are more than just the manger but a scene of Bethlehem with a Caganer usually partially hidden behind a bush or tree. Why? it's a person in the act of defecating, with the produce of a bowel movement evident should you have any doubt. This scatological squatting figure, now plastic, formally pottery as this is no new phenomenon, but dates from the 17th century, is now symbolised…
I have a Skoda Octavia estate L & K,¬† bought from Thompson and Potter in Burrelton. My wife has a Skoda Fabia SDI whose wipers packed in about the 8th of¬† Dec, wipers are fiddly but can usually be DIY fixed.¬† So what do you check first? the fuse, I downloaded the fuse box positions and they were the same as the Haynes manual. It is a 20 amp fuse not a mini blade, so I checked all the 20 amps, and they were OK. That in itself seems troublesome as it points to the motor or the relay. So…

Dec 14th by Ian under Materials and Construction

Well if it is I would like you to listen to the link below http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00c4pmk/The_Climate_Connection_The_Climate_Connection_2010_Debate_Whats_Stopping_Us…
Disturbingly I know exactly where the devils plantation is, I have driven past and cycled past it many times. The authoress, May Miles Thomas, a BAFTA¬† award winning one, says you will either get it or you wont. Mine is a work in progress, but I wanted to share the site and await your feedback, (if you get it, or not) http://www.devilsplantation.co.uk/ this is my link to the devils plantation it is from Shereen Nanjiani's Sunday news program on radio Scotland http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radioscotland/2010/12/shereen-may-miles-thomas.shtml…
SEPA are quite rightly concerned about water/river quality. I do wonder if winter quality river measurements in the melt period will result in SEPA bringing to court the maintenance contractors for trunk roads and the local councils for, excessive salt content in said waters ? Interesting political and legal position…
What is it? Transport Scotland, more like Transport halted Scotland. The whole of the central belt ground to a halt yesterday through the major routes, one of which, the A80, is at least 10 years delayed in it's bringing to construction. The usual professional tongue flappers started to blame, surprise weather, jack knifed trucks etc etc. Anyway the media allowed a voice to all those with an opinion and are the now non travelling public furious? you better believe it ! and furious at the excuses and comments like "first rate effort". What did that fiasco cost yesterday to businesses…
What can you buy for 20p a kilo? well pine cones, with global 24/7 news you kinda feel you can grasp what's going on. Well I never knew this and I never even thought about it. What? The hand collection of pine cones from Georgia whose seeds are the stock of the Nordman firs we buy as Christmas trees at about ¬£40. This is pure exploitation of subsistence farmers who risk their lives 40 to 50 metres up trees collecting cones for a seed base. Their exploitation is made easier by their communist past, their former world was controlled by…
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