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…
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 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…

Nov 21st by Ian under Miscellaneous

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few pics from my brother, same Panasonic as I have.…

May 10th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007dvhr/The_Interview_07_05_10_Michael_Lewis/ I am not going to say anything, just listen to this interview.…
Mainly from American movies I have the implanted notion that rivers in America, particularly in the West, run wide, clean and have deep pools. When Big Gordon and I fished wee Scottish streams a 2 pound trout was a whopper, and rarely seen or caught, I often used to harbour a notion that fishing the wild undisturbed American rivers for trout would be so natural, wild fish, in wilderness, you, a fly rod, a camp fire, fresh fish. It would have been like fishing Scotland's streams in the 17th century, only the catch would be comparable to catching a good…

Jan 19th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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http://gregpytel.blogspot.com/ try this blog spot for a very interesting view of the financial crisis (don't think it's over) and bankers behaviour. I obviously would never make a banker as I cannot see how a bonus can be paid until the taxpayers money is paid back. But we are shareholders so the money will not appear as a debt, but if we are the major share holders then surely we can veto these payments when management meetings are held, I understand major shareholders are present at some of these. It is apparent that bonuses will be paid, with the banks paying…

Dec 29th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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It's decorative, particularly on trees land smoothing, blanketing mouldable, a plaything represents Christmas to those of us in the north is like breaking a spell when you are the first to walk on it Cornices, don't be the first ! Is easy to shovel puts superior smiles on 4 x 4 drivers brings neighbours together, in mutual car shoving, complaining and snow moving increases wellie sales Increases bird numbers and variety to your feeding table makes it very important to feed and water the birds makes driving "interesting" bonus time for gritter drivers nice for a couple of days....... add…

Dec 21st by Ian under Miscellaneous

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Well how were 192 countries ever going to agree?  the developing world had their hand out and the developed world need to look after their economies, this, that puts money in the hand of the developing world. I never liked the stance of the G77's  Sudanese chairman, I heard a long interview with him on the BBC's world service, and he was clearly educated, erudite, and entrenched in his views. Anyway he doesn't matter, as he represents the nations with the hand out, those of you who have read most of my posts will remember the "golden rule" he who…

Dec 14th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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Pictures today of Gordon Brown kitted up with all the protective gear in Afghanistan, well why not give him a taste of what the troops have to endure by sending him out in less than the best vehicles that they have, to Helmand province. Be more than his defect eye that would be half shut and shut. And the great perpetrator of our entry into the illegal war in Iraq, Mr Middle East peace maker, Mr Tony Blair, is making blaa blaa about WMD's I would have found another reason to invade, he declares, this dictator (Saddam) bombed and gassed…
Can you believe the absolute brass neck of these egregious bankers? going to resign as they can't represent the whole of the shareholders to their benefit. Well they blooming well should have resigned when they were representing the whole of the shareholders when the share price was 20p. Was that to their benefit? Call their bluff Mr Darling, on behalf of the majority shareholders, us! How can they say this top talent needs rewarding, this is the top talent that brought the bank to it's nadir. Take the one point something Billion quid and give it to the retail side…

Below is an excerpt from the internet, adding to my sparse folklore knowledge of the magpie, this by a chance remark from a colleague who stated his wife saluted a lone magpie and issued a greeting. Well we knew he was / is dithering on a delicate edge of sanity but his wife also?

Seems not, she is following an age old superstition that I and her still borderline husband were not aware of !!

Magpie Superstitions

There is an age old rhyme regarding magpie superstitions, brought to the fore in the 1970’s, by the children’s programme named after the …

Nov 19th by Ian under Miscellaneous

From listening to various radio programmes it is apparent that large investment banks particularly Goldman Sachs, are investing in super computers. principally in America, seemingly these computers can monitor all selling and buying of shares and have algorithms that cause the super computer to act ahead of  the normal system that has alerted the super computer through the normal system to a deal on which to act. I don't pretend to understand stocks and shares and the dealing that goes around them. But the principal of share holding is surely to help companies that you favour with your money to…
I don't read newspapers, I get my news through the radio, I have a great little DAB radio that is first into my suitcase, when travelling. The business programme on Radio Scotland on Sunday got my ears fully tuned in. It was the prosaically named James Smith, Chairman of Shell, Shell UK I guess as I may have missed this point, however the reason I was listening with attention was, he was espousing the same doctrines for planet salvation as Tom Friedman in his book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. The guy is no dumb red neck Texan, this Brit is…
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