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Red Arrows Morecambe
Fortrose :We had a wander around here and then went for a really nice meal at the Anderson Hotel.
Not allowed on board, fussy buggers eh?
Whitby: Endeavour, Well a reproduction of Captain Cooks famous ship, My mate Bryan looks UNDERWHELMED
This is a summer ferry from Nigg to Cromarty or vice versa:
Three Witches
Cartmel
A day at the Races/
Sundown, Time for a dram

tim

Wednesday, 24 February 2021 07:55

Morning sky

Tuesday morning.


Tuesday morning
Wednesday, 24 February 2021 07:31

Strange days

Just a note to establish the fact that my site still works and we, ( me and Mrs Tim ) are still wick.

We went to say goodbye to a friend the other day, We had known this lady for close on forty years.
Although we didn't meet often we were "old friends", The last time we called at her house we were welcomed in and had a good long chat.

Sadly her heart gave out and she died at home.
The funeral was at our local parish church with a restriction of 30 mourners inside, there was a speaker system set up in the church yard for the dozen of so of us outside.
Not ideal but the best allowed.

I think without covid and the uncertainties that exist, the church would have been packed.

Nice eulogies , but hymns with us not singing seemed odd.
The fact that we couldn't have a drink and a chat to the family was a shame as I always think it is a major part of the grieving process.

I just hope I live long enough to escape the restrictions so any old friends who out live me can have a dram and tell stories .
Saturday, 02 January 2021 12:12

Changes

I found the previous layout a little clumsy to edit and post,
So despite being advised not to by the Facebook based joomla group, I have installed K2,  a blog script.


Even though the previous layouts were set to blog mode as it were, they were still faffy.

Imported posts from the other categories and discovered we have some duplicates.

Will make some changes over the next few days.

Oh and I have really fallen  out with Google.
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 11:59

Testing stuff

Hope you all had a safe and peaceful Christmas !
Please note the use of the word CHRISTMAS not bloody Holidays !
Also we give out Presents, NOT gifts.

Anyway, I am testing a few things on here, So I might break the site and therefore you will never know why.

But just in case I dont wreck it entirely, You have a chance of knowing what happened.

I have a back up so I should be able to restore if everything goes to splodge.


Friday, 11 December 2020 09:04

RIP Babs

RIP Babs x

So sad to read this, Superb and Classy Lady.
I can still her her laughing.
RIP x
Wednesday, 09 December 2020 23:38

Stanley Baxter

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                  Stanley Baxter , (94 and looking good ).  I just read that he got an award for his work.

 This man's television shows were a big part of my childhood, I can still see my Dad laughing out loud.

So many of his sketches and jokes would offend some bugger these days and yet it was all meant in fun.

When you think of the comedians in the sixties and seventies, they made fun of situations.
and people who found themselves in them.

Dave Allen, Les Dawson, Bernard Manning and all the gang at the Wheel tappers and Shunters club,
Much of the jokes they told would be unacceptable now.

Although I wonder about Phoenix Nights,  Would that be made in this current " Lets not offend anyone" age?

To my mind, So much good stuff has gone to the wall and been replaced with absolute tat.
A lot of the old stuff is being pulled from the web, You tube being a big host of clips, many of them being copyright and being copied and uploaded by fans who simply wanted to share the stuff they love.

So well done Mr Baxter sir, You deserve whatever the award was, and thank you for making me and my dad laugh !

.


Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:46

Plastic !

Just read an item from social media, saying plastic in the sea is set to treble by 2025.

Five years away,!
So please can someone tell me why so much of what I buy in my local spar or coop shops is still wrapped in the stuff.

I went for a couple of big carrots the other day, Both shops had them in bags.

Cabbage, in a bag.
Spuds, in a bag.
Apart from putting people in the plastics industry out of work, Perhaps change to paper bags or canvas or something.
Perhaps the above paragraph is the real truth of the matter.
Why cant we ban the bloody stuff.

Look along the road sides at the water bottles discarded from passing cars .
Fast food containers and the bags it came in,
Peoples civic pride seems to have gone these days.

Charge levied on a plastic bag isnt very effective. So let those of us who care about the world we live in avoid plastic .

.
Sunday, 08 November 2020 07:53

Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget
We will remember them.
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 09:44

November morning !

IMG ChillyMorning
Fresh morning 
Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:51

Anglesey

Decided to come to Anglesey for several reasons, None of which are anything to do with you.
Lovely island with tons of memories for me and the boss.

 IMG On the walk to the pub

A view of the "old bridge " and the menai straits on the walk to the pub.

So far we have had really good weather,
Went up to the Sea Shanty for lunch, The sort of place you can spend ages looking at all the nautical themed decor.
IMG seashanty chorizo
Chorizo in red wine sauce and a side order of chips.
Fantastic lunch. !

Friendly staff and delicious food. 
I was quite impressed with the QR system of covid track and trace they used. 

We also  went to the Boat House in Red Wharfe Bay.

IMG TheBoatHouse RedWharfeBay 

Went with friends who are in our "bubble" and I had the superb Chowder for lunch,
Served with some chunky bread.
Also they have a vast array of cake and pastries as sweets.

IMG Healthy Options
There are more along the bar.
A world of decadence !

I could have spent several days here surviving on cake !


Thursday, 27 August 2020 21:44

Whitechapel and stuff

Back watching Whitechapel,

Some of it is far fetched,

Some is bloody scary.

Sorry about the lack of posts but a couple of projects have cropped up.

Anyway, this site is a test bed more than a serious blog.

Take care, wont you.
Saturday, 15 August 2020 10:09

VJ day, 75th anniversary

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We can have no concept of how life was then, September 1939 through to August in 1945.
Not knowing who lived and who died, Waiting for the telegram,
I think that makes todays pandemic pale a bit.  Terrible though it is.

Sadly VJ 75 came and went with very little acknowledgement .
Thursday, 30 July 2020 20:01

Warsaw Uprising

August the first is the anniversary of the Warsaw uprising.

Screenshot 20200730 192556
Wednesday, 29 July 2020 11:47

The Steam Train

Message from a friend, There is a steam train due on our near by line at 8:55 this morning.
I love steam trains, Lots of nostalgia and a certain edge over diesle,
Plan to take a walk down the fields after breakfast.

Mrs Tim came downstairs and said, " I think it has just gone, I looked out the window and could see steam".
I messaged the friend, She thought it must be another as the timetable she looked at showed it hadn't set off yet !
.
Sunday, 19 July 2020 07:14

Netflix

Watched "Derry Girls" on netflix last night,
Good to watch and very funny in parts,
much of it sectarian humour.
I wonder how long before some sad person decides to sanitise it ?
Saturday, 20 June 2020 11:25

Anti social media

The variety and choice of social media apps, is somewhat bewildering to an old geezer like me.

I looked through what was available a few years ago, My Space was big then and many bands had pages on it
Lots of google stuff, blogspot etc.
Things changed ,as they do.

Along came twitter, facebook, instagram, whatsapp and more.
Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:19

This site.

Just a reminder that this is a test site,
Allowing me to talk twaddle and post things for fun.

Some may be contentious  some may not, Although I dont swear on here.
I dont judge others that do, but I was always told it showed a lack of vocabulary.
Plus this site is in the public domain.

Torn about the comments facility, as it seems dick heads are still posting viagra links.
I genuinely thought we had moved on from all that.

I have turned it back on, I can ignore the planks !

Changed the slider script, they both work well.

So, there you have it.

I will try to post from time to time.

Saturday evening,  Just finding a few minutes to make some changes whilst eating a peanut butter sandwich, and drinking tea.
I will make a little time to post some drivel soon,  Honest.  
I have been playing with Parler, Gab and Fediverse.   Getting tired of the big social media companies like facebook and twitter.
Whatsapp, ( Sadly owned by facebook ) and Instagram.

Now using Telegram, Signal and one or two others.

Oh and this site may simply vanish if I play with it enough.

Take care and stay safe
Friday, 29 May 2020 09:50

John Cleese on Jokes

This was an attempt to add a telegram timeline,  Will have another go when I have a little time to spare.
In the meantime, the clip should run if you click it.  A little annoyed that I can do it with twitter but not t.me/s/stannards

https://t.me/stannards/184
Monday, 18 May 2020 15:54

A blast from the past

I make no secret of the fact I dislike Facebook.
Said it before and will probably say it again...

I see it as the destroyer of the internet, so many companies have moved to facebook and  allowed their "proper " website to gather dust.

However, I have to admit, it works.
A brilliant way to keep in touch with friends and relations, along with some great support groups......

Saturday, 16 May 2020 06:50

Stoned ! Updated

Walked up to the shops yesterday, Partially cos we needed some stuff, and partially so we can see the grandkids and family over their fence.
On the way home we spotted these stones



stone3

stone2

Seems to be a bit of a thing around here at the moment,

The one below is of a pub I frequent that was done up for 
VE75, even though it wasn't open.
Farrierstone

Update, on thursday a stone fairy placed these on our doorstep.

OurStones





Wednesday, 06 May 2020 18:45

One tree hill

A little walk this morning for exersise, Lovely clear skies and sun beaming down.

Mrs Tim only has little legs, but hell's teeth she can tram on.

I had to run at times to keep up.

bluebell woods
Some fabulous bluebell woods.

One tree

I know, I should crop the pictures.
Will try harder... honest.
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 07:56

Star wars day

May the fourth.
Often called Star Wars Day, to me however, it is Happy Birthday Tim day.
So in case you are asking, Yes thanks,  I had a great day despite the lockdown.
Presents of sweets, cakes and malt whisky.
Topped off with a daft family video linked quiz.
Sadly no hugs. 
IMG CAKE
Having to eat it all.


Thursday, 23 April 2020 07:01

St George's Day

St GeorgeA friend of mine put a flag of St George on his Facebook page and received a Ban.
Saturday, 11 April 2020 11:53

Easter Saturday

Took a little excersise this morning,
I refuse to "do Davina " I see Mr Motivator is back ! .

I tend to go along with a quote from, I think Oscar Wilde,
When I feel in need of exercise, I lie down until the feeling goes away.

Given the weather is superb, I had a little walk up the hill ,
Nice but hazy view of the church.

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Probably ought to have resized it.

One of my vices is Easter egg chocolate. I love it, keep all the tat that they put in them, Just a simple empty chocolate egg.

A pint would go down well !
Stay safe x
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:59

Locked down !

Apologies for no posts for a while,  I have been busy updating some other sites and tweaks etc,

I keep seeing posts on facebook and twitter from people complaining they are bored,  Perhaps that is indicative of society today.
People want instant gratification, Music and entertainment streamed.

I have a loft full of books, Most of them paperbacks,  Retained as they were so good, I planned to read them again.
Not that I ever did.

Slightly concerned my ceiling may collapse with the weight !

Should you read in the papers, Elderly couple found crushed in bed in North Yorkshire,
That will be us !
woody1

We have a few bird feeders in the garden, Just watched a woodpecker come for some lunch.
Take care and keep your distance, xx{jcomments off}.
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 15:44

Corona virus lockdown.

So here we are, Self isolating again.
Going nowhere, A friend of mine has his wife and child stuck in Central Europe, not allowed to fly out, and he can't drive out to get her as the land borders are closed.

However, it seems the skies are full of aircraft going somewhere.
busysky
it seems some People are going somewhere. 
Last night this thing came over, a bit of an interesting aircraft,
An Antonov, reg'd in Lithuania and globe trotting.

WhereAmI
Have a look on you tube at an Antonov, Very impressed, If I had my time again, I would be an antonov pilot.
Monday, 16 March 2020 15:58

On the hunt for erratics

Lovely day so we went for a.walk up the back of Austwick, Searching for some erratics.

Gave up in the end and decided to self isolated in the Game Cock Inn at Clapham.
The excellent one in Yorkshire

Panini was delicious as was the pint

GameCock0Well......
We returned a couple of days later, armed with some cheese and Branston sarnies and a bottle of Wainwright's superb liquid sustenance.

We managed to set off in the right direction and with an amazing level of  determination, we arrived at some of the Erratics.

Erratics, if you don't know are rocks in the wrong place, or Granite rocks carried along on glaciers and left sitting on the limestone after the ice melted.


Some limestone pavement.
Pavement





An erratic or two.

IMG Erratic1
Sunday, 15 March 2020 10:08

Sunday chores

A short post written on my android, while I wait for some back ups to finish.
As much as anything else, the whole site is a test site.
Issues with image sizes at the mo.
Ho hum,  In the meantime I am listening to Brian FM.  Really good music, minimal rabbit !
Thursday, 20 February 2020 09:53

Real Women ?

I have been reading quite a bit about people being sacked for using the wrong pronoun.

It would seem that all you have to do to use the facilities  traditionally reserved for those of the other gender is "self indentify ".

Seems quite useful if there is a long queue for the ladies loos,
(as there was the last time we landed in bodrum,) My wife walked with her mate into the gents toilets, fair to say she only did it because I was in there.

She didn't bother to declare her change of sex either.

I have always had sympathy for those who feel they are in the wrong body,
Most of us have met feminine men and masculin women, and some variations of that.

However, we are now seeing the eradication of what I would consider to be women's safe areas, Women's loos and changing rooms.

Seems we now have gone beyond tolerance of those who don't fit neatly into one of two categories, and being asked, if not forced to accept those who want to frequent ladies changing areas because they get a thrill or sexual gratification by being there.


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Things seem to have got carried away when Womens sports are included in the diversity definition

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I saw a strap line that said,
Womens sports are there to celebrate the achievement's of extraordinary women,
Not ordinary men.
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 23:49

Just another picture.

Up the lane and look left.
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 08:15

Flat hats no whippets (School run )



MyHat
Monday, 24 June 2019 09:49

Catch 22, Valley, Anglesey.

Anglesey.
For no particular reason I decided to include a picture of a superb lunch I ate at Catch 22 Brasserie.
I probably should put it on trip advisor, But I dont like using tripadvisor anymore.

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If you should find yourself in the vicinity of this Brasserie, Go and eat there.
Food is delicious and the staff are lovely.
(Keeping my fingers crossed that we both survive the lurgy)

Hopefully, I might get a free coffee for the shameless plug  
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:30

phone entry

Might be better to change the editor.
crossbay17a
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 13:50

New item test for soup

When you set stuff up for other people, you should bare in mind they may not see things as you do.
So here is a little more soup.
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HeadingNorth
Friday, 03 August 2018 12:13

Beyond the Wall

I have family up north, Above Inverness over a couple of Firths and before you know it, You are in Brigadoon.

Well it isnt really called that, But I never could remember the proper name.
We just followed the A9, Lots of cameras and tempting straight fast bits,
The initial plan was to break the journey and have a look around Stirling Castle,
That plan was scrapped as I missed the exit and Stirling Castle passed majestically by our right side window.
Saturday, 21 July 2018 09:53

Salford Quays and Paul Simon

We went down to Manchester to see Paul Simon on his " Homeward Bound" tour.
held in the Manchester Arena. They have airport style security there now and you are frisked etc and walk through a scanner.
I dont think any of us would have a problem with that given what happend before.
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 10:01

Flowers for a friend

 WhitbyFlowers

As you drive along the road it is not uncommon to see a bunch of flowers on a grass verge or tied to a lamp post marking a place where someone has died in a crash.

Frequently these are wrapped in celophane and the flowers have died leaving a bunch of dead vegetatation in a grubby discoloured wrapper.

I dont know how you feel but I think it looks awful and very sad.


 Surely it would be better it the flowers had been unwrapped before being put in place and they would degrade gradually.?

I was lying flat on my back, wearing headphones and listening to some faint music struggling against the noise of the MRI scanner,  I had been told I could bring in some music of my own choice, but to be honest I really couldn't be bothered.

This was my third scan at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. a CT scan, Then a Bone scan and now this MRI scan.

November 2014. I was told I had agressive Prostate Cancer.

Sunday, 30 June 2019 19:45

Intro...

This site is a bit of a wall, random thoughts of an old man and also doubles as a
test bed for plugins and scripts.
There is a very good chance I will break the site from time to time and it will vanish, Quite likely to pop back up though.
Friday, 29 March 2019 14:03

Having a rejig

Just changing some stuff
Monday, 04 March 2019 09:16

Panto time

Every year at the half term our local theatre group put on a pantomine.
This time it was Snow White and the Seven dwarves.
Lots of Sunday afternoons rehearsing culminated with perfomances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

I had the priveledge of helping back stage and setting out the props.
Apart from the fact you can only see the stage from the wings and sometimes not even then, So you dont really get to see the show, it is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done!

Many members of the cast are children and as we have a self imposed censorship on posting pictures of children,
I have a limited choice of pictures I could post here.

The group has a picture on their facebook page in the public domain, So I am sharing it here.!


SnowWhitePublic
The Facebook Page to watch.

Friday, 13 July 2018 08:26

Town Council precept grants

Bentham Council only speaks with one voice, So please be clear that I am speaking as an individual on anything council related.

As many of you know, Bentham Town Council makes annual grants to local groups and clubs.
Council try to support the volunteer run organisations that help knit our community together and makes Bentham such a great place to live.

Sadly Council cant give money to everyone, Nice though that would be, So Council tends to concentrate on groups and clubs would struggle for funding from elsewhere.
Friday, 13 July 2018 08:07

Stephen Fry and Prostate Cancer

I was sorry to hear about Stephen Frys prostate cancer diagnosis, but good to know he is having treatment, in fact from what he said in his twitter clip. He sounds like the specialists are on top of the job.
Or as sorted as you can get when, and I paraphrase his words,
The word cancer is clattering around your head.


I imagine there are many people who like me know exactly what he means by that phrase.
It sounds very much like a matter of good timing that it was diagnosed in time.
He says the discovery was made as a result of an mot style medical and thankfully his doctor took a PSA test.
Thursday, 19 November 2020 07:46

Plastic !

Just read an item from social media, saying plastic in the sea is set to treble by 2025.

Five years away,!
So please can someone tell me why so much of what I buy in my local spar or coop shops is still wrapped in the stuff.

I went for a couple of big carrots the other day, Both shops had them in bags.

Cabbage, in a bag.
Spuds, in a bag.
Apart from putting people in the plastics industry out of work, Perhaps change to paper bags or canvas or something.
Perhaps the above paragraph is the real truth of the matter.
Why cant we ban the bloody stuff.

Look along the road sides at the water bottles discarded from passing cars .
Fast food containers and the bags it came in,
Peoples civic pride seems to have gone these days.

Charge levied on a plastic bag isnt very effective. So let those of us who care about the world we live in avoid plastic .

.
Sunday, 08 November 2020 07:53

Remembrance Sunday

Lest we forget
I will remember them.
Wednesday, 04 November 2020 09:44

November morning !

IMG ChillyMorning
Fresh morning 
Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:51

Anglesey

Decided to come to Anglesey for several reasons, None of which are anything to do with you.
Lovely island with tons of memories for me and the boss.

 IMG On the walk to the pub

A view of the "old bridge " and the menai straits on the walk to the pub.

So far we have had really good weather,
Went up to the Sea Shanty for lunch, The sort of place you can spend ages looking at all the nautical themed decor.
IMG seashanty chorizo
Chorizo in red wine sauce and a side order of chips.
Fantastic lunch. !

Friendly staff and delicious food. 
I was quite impressed with the QR system of covid track and trace they used. 

We also  went to the Boat House in Red Wharfe Bay.

IMG TheBoatHouse RedWharfeBay 

Went with friends who are in our "bubble" and I had the superb Chowder for lunch,
Served with some chunky bread.
Also they have a vast array of cake and pastries as sweets.

IMG Healthy Options
There are more along the bar.
A world of decadence !

I could have spent several days here surviving on cake !


Thursday, 27 August 2020 21:44

Whitechapel and stuff

Back watching Whitechapel,

Some of it is far fetched,

Some is bloody scary.

Sorry about the lack of posts but a couple of projects have cropped up.

Anyway, this site is a test bed more than a serious blog.

Take care, wont you.

Saturday, 15 August 2020 10:09

VJ day, 75th anniversary

Screenshot 20200815 100701
We can have no concept of how life was then, September 1939 through to August in 1945.
Not knowing who lived and who died, Waiting for the telegram,
I think that makes todays pandemic pale a bit.  Terrible though it is.

Sadly VJ 75 came and went with very little acknowledgement .
Thursday, 30 July 2020 20:01

Warsaw Uprising

August the first is the anniversary of the Warsaw uprising.

Screenshot 20200730 192556
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