For Harvey

tatton tackle harv

Once, there was a way to get back homeward
Once, there was a way to get back home
Sleep, Harvey darling, do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby

Golden Slumbers was played on the radio when I was driving home from the vets’ on Sunday night. So sad. Rest in peace Harvey my love.

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Winter’s on its way.


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Uncomfortably dumb?

The Secretary of State for International Development has multiple dodgy meetings with a foreign government yet her own Nasty Party seniors, in the Foreign Office and Downing Street, “did not know”?

Yeah, right.

Ms Patel is going to be a scapegoat here to protect those above her… She’ll turn up in another cushy job in a few months when the media attention dies down.

Remember Liam Fox? Defence Secretary under David (Pig Fucker) Cameron, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011 over allegations that he had given a close friend (Adam Werritty) inappropriate access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas.*

Now Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, and President of the Board of Trade.

Anyway, back to the Patel scandal, apparently it was an “accident”**

Really? What was an accident? The meetings with Israeli ministers or the fact that these meetings took place has been found out? You do not have accidental meetings with senior foreign government ministers, these were pre-arranged. Lord Polak of the lobby group “Conservative Friends of Israel” was also present. Not another accident, surely? That is the very same┬áConservative Friends of Israel that Patel herself was once involved with. Adam Werritty was also a lobbyist. Do you see a pattern emerging here? If there are still doubts about the meeting being accidental this quote from the Guardian might dispel them.

Ms Patel might find the retirement advert in the screen grab from the Grauniad’s website useful.

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi, a member of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, told BBC Two’s Newsnight – Ms Patel was not having “clandestine” meetings with “an enemy state” and that the Foreign Office was made aware of the meetings while she was in Israel.***

If the FO knew about the meetings Boris can hardly say that he was unaware of what was going on, which puts him in the same boat as Patel. If he knew why did he not pass the information on to May? If he did not know he should be sacked for gross incompetence.

Or maybe Bumbling Boris did tell May, and Downing Street is telling porkies about her not knowing.

In which case we need a new Prime Minister.

Selfservatives – Rotten to the core and bent as nine bob notes.

Sources – *Wikipedia **BBC R4 Today Programme 8/11/17 ***BBC Website
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Comfortably Numb

Brilliant solo cover of the Pink Floyd track by Jamie Dupois

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Linear thinking

I get some weird ideas when I let my mind wander off on its own. The rusty old wheelbarrow I rescued from a skip some time ago has a flat tyre. I could get some puncture repair gunk from the cycle shop and see if that solves the problem… On the other hand, I could fit the barrow with a flanged wheel, or maybe even just remove the tyre from the existing wheel.

Then the “linear thinking” comes into play. A flanged wheel needs a line of rails to run on, a railway, in this case a monorail. Wooden rails would suffice for the loads to be carried, it could be a permanent line from the garage up the back garden to the compost heap, with portable rails being used through the garage when access is wanted to the front garden.

Maybe I should have posted this in Playing Trains instead of here on B.O.B.

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Another Sunday fridge clearance

The Sunday morning survey of the fridge’s contents revealed a glut of celery, peppers and courgettes as this week’s leftovers. An odd mixture but what the heck.

A curry is now simmering away in the slow cooker. The bulk is as mentioned above. Three chopped pears add sweetness while baked beans, chick peas and mixed veg are thrown in for variety, plus curry powder and chilli powder for heat. The top up liquid is diluted orange cordial, again for sweetness.

The mornings are getting noticeably chilly as the nights grow longer, it’ll be warming hearty stew season before long so the slow cooker will be in virtually constant use soon.

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Sunday Special

Stood looking at the contents of the fridge and wondering what to cook for Sunday lunch. Something different from my staple diet of bean chilli and veggie curry. Something tasty. Something spicy.

I bought a couple of packets of stuffing mix when I did my weekly shop in Aldi last Monday, so I made one of them according to the instructions on the box.

While the kettle was boiling I chopped two large chillies, a small handful of Brazil nuts, a generous handful of chopped mushrooms and about half a dozen pickled olives. This mixture was stirred into the stuffing along with a handful of grated cheese and the whole was put into an oiled baking dish and placed in the oven. The instructions on the box say the stuffing should be cooked for half an hour if spread on a baking tray or rolled into balls, my mixture is a big lump in the bowl so I’ll give it a bit longer.

After about twenty minutes I removed the bowl from the oven and spread a layer of porridge oats over the stuffing. This was topped with grated cheese and lightly seasoned with chilli powder before the bowl was returned to the oven.

In the meantime, breakfast! As the oven is on anyway it makes sense to bake the hash browns, veggie burger, tomatoes and sausages at the same time as the stuffing is cooking.

Who needs a smart energy meter to save money?

Answer to the question above – The energy companies do, so they don’t have to pay somebody to read your meters.
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Ooooh, that hurts so much.

Do you ever have one of those days?

Seen on a model railway forum, where the discussion was originally about modelling the Festiniog Railway’s gravity trains, on a circular layout.

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What a day. Wednesday is usually my day off but the other driver is on holiday so I was working yesterday. Sandra and Mandy, the two lovely ladies at Middlewich, gave me a wonderful birthday present, and a helium filled balloon with “60” on it which was in the van cab until I picked Harv up on my way back to Sandbach after the Congleton and Crewe run. When I was leaving work the boss presented me with a couple of bottles of beer. An excellent gesture on his behalf considering what he’s been put through this week (he became a grandfather for the first time on Tuesday).

After work I had a couple of pints in the Military Arms before catching the bus home then after tea I took Harvey for a walk – OK, to the Midland.

There’s a good reason for walking all the way to Elworth for a pint. In fact there are a few good reasons, not least being the fact that is probably the friendliest pub you could ever want to drink in. I’m driving in the morning so I had to keep a strict cap on my alcohol intake but it was a really enjoyable evening drinking good beer in good company.

As we left the pub there was a southbound freight thundering through the station at some not inconsiderable speed, a proper train, no passengers, and when we got to the old railway line on the way home there was a fox ahead of us. Luckily I still had Harvey on the lead so he didn’t go for it. The fox stopped to watch us as we watched it, then trotted off when it realised that we posed no threat. The “icing on the cake” for a perfect birthday.

My thanks are due for all the kind greetings on Facebook and by email, also to the regulars and staff in the pub too!

And for those of you that call me a grumpy old git – Yep, yer right now, I am officially old.

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How does he do it?

I crushed two worming tablets into a bowl with a bit of broken biscuit to disguise the texture then added a drop of water, to soften the mixture, and stirred it into half a tin of Doggiedins.

Harvey was there as soon as I put the bowl down, he sniffed at it suspiciously and started nibbling. After a while he walked away so I added the rest of the Doggiedins and put the bowl down again.

This time he ate it all… Apart from a residue in the bottom of the bowl that looks like the crushed worming tablets.

More broken biscuit added, this time with a handful of his chocolate drops and a dash of water to soak the residue into the biscuits.

He’s studiously ignoring the bowl now.

That’s just the easy bit, after I’ve had my breakfast I’m going to have to get him to stay still long enough for his flea drops to be applied… And I’ve only got two hands.

Dogs. It’s a good job we love them!

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