December 2010

Well, here we are a year older as a nasty Arctic blast cuts through our workshop reminding us that the ball chasers have missed all the good weather and winter is upon us once more. Our draught excluder went atop the roller-shutter last week meaning no more tea breaks in the street and Carl’s heater has been grafting away to keep the chill off though it’ll likely expire for the want of fuel if our…


June 2010

Whatever has happened to our milk?

Remember when you were a kid and the milkman left bottles on the doorstep and on cold mornings you could pop off the foil lid and the cream was so thick it wouldn’t pour?

And that was only on days when the blue tits hadn’t pecked through and nicked the lot. There was something endearing about small, blue and…


February 2010. Part II

Have you noticed how difficult it’s becoming to buy proper light bulbs these days?

All you’re allowed, it seems, is those eco-do-good anaemic jobs that take a week to warm up then give out less light than my Hallowe’en lantern used to when I was a kid. Even the lanterns themselves have gone all disabled-access since pumpkins were invented. I’ll have you know that…


February 2010

Doesn’t it drive you absolutely bonkers when people say or do things without engaging their brain first? When they just blindly accept what’s presented without wondering whether there’s a better way or fail to challenge stuff that’s clearly nonsense.

Way back in the eighties some university boffins decided that what would fire the imagination of us young, engineering…


January 2010

This coming October it’ll be ten years since I cautiously crawled down 140ft of rope provided by the navy in 1967 (we found it reaching for the surface from an old clump weight and nicked it smart-ish) and crashed into the mortal remains of Donald’s Bluebird. Where did all the time go? It’s frightening.

The team made its annual pilgrimage to Coniston again…