This is my website and on it you may find , News, Gossip, Scandal and Excitement.
But don't hold yer breath !
My Wall is for easy posts from my phone,
Pearls of wisdom buried amongst piles of twaddle !

My Blog is for deeper more meaningful drivel.
The whole site is really a test bed for things and may disappear in a blink of an eye,
As may I.
Nice streaming station.
Listener supported.

Radio Paradise.

Or you may prefer Brian FM

Streaming good music from a crappy little building
in downtown Ashburton, New Zealand.
Plays through a few apps also.
Shoutcast Radio Player
and Tune in.

The Odd Folk

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My nephew is in a band !  Nice website, contains tracks info and stuff.

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06 June 2021, 16:09

Took a trip up to Lanark,
New Lanark Hotel by the falls of the clyde.

New Lanark Hotel
Great location
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01 June 2021, 17:47

June the first

Sunshine in Yorkshire
Another lovely day,
Hope it lasts till Juen june J
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21 May 2021, 08:30

Pub food, Hotel prices. Clean and pleasant

Wasdale Head
Lunch in here with family. Good day out.
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12 May 2021, 12:06

Try this

Telegram: Contact @stannards
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16 April 2021, 10:35

Doing a bit of a repair on an old garden seat, Decided I would dowel the new front and back frame and avoid using screws,  All went well until I got to attaching the seat bit, to the rest of it.  Decided I should use a bigger dowel, Off to local builders merchants and bought 15mm dowel.  After I got it home I realised I hadnt got a 15mm drill bit.   Back to Builders Merchants, they stock 12mm and 16mm !  Assistant suggested I sand it out.    I pointed out politely, they sold me the bloody dowel, Why dont they stock drill bits to suit.   
No publishable comments.

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22 April 2021, 17:04

Grandad, maybe put the social media down and stop racially abusing people ok?
Although I realise accusations of racism is a bit childish when I cant prove them. But cut me some slack here,

13 April 2021, 07:34

A bit cold this morning.

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11 April 2021, 19:07

Goodnight Sir.

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07 April 2021, 23:38

Think I found the quirk.  Seems to be ok now, So thought I would share this 

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07 April 2021, 08:32

No snow yet.

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06 April 2021, 12:36

Doing a site backup and then a wipe and re-install. 
Some strange things happening.

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05 January 2021, 22:10

A glass of Red and a black and white film.
" Man who cheated himself "
Love these old films.

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05 January 2021, 16:51

Just removed some test posts.
Thinking that if the kids are off school, it might at least snow !

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06 April 2021, 12:31

NO no please NO

05 January 2021, 16:16

Testing an alternative point of view

What more can I say.
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03 January 2021, 23:49

Decided to re activate the wall script. Mainly because the whole aim of using joomla is so User groups can post to the community sites I maintain.
This script is simpler.

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03 January 2021, 11:11

Its a bugger when we have to have Bucks Fizz for breakfast, just to use up the orange juice !

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02 January 2021, 21:13

Surprised 1

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02 January 2021, 21:04

Telly is getting worse and worse.
Saturday night tat.

Bucks fizz, Smoked Salmon and scrambled egg.
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23 April 2020, 07:03

Playing with layouts etc, Put the wall back on, But might take it off again, Not sure it has a purpose that isn't covered by my blog.

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02 January 2021, 20:54

This one

23 April 2020, 06:58

St George's Day

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10 March 2020, 21:44

Out tonight with the family, Our daughters birthday.
Went to the Royal at Kirkby Lonsdale.
Staff were great, helpful and friendly.
Most of the family had pizzas, I chose the Goan fish curry.
Very nice but a distinct lack of curry.
Never mind. I will go fo something else next time.

Waiting for the others
Through the mirror
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03 March 2020, 15:11

One of the things I do is share twitter feeds to a local website, So I look for what i think will effect the locals and visitors to our town and refeed it on the Town website.
One of the feeds I follow is by the local rail company,  Cancellations, Breakdowns etc.
This morning one of the conductors posted that someone called Stuart Forster had complained on twitter about the delay to his journey caused by someone being killed on the line.
His message was along the lines of " Push the body out of the way, I am running late. "
Fair to say that some people pointed out how callous he was and he seems to have deleted the tweet.
His website is  In case you felt like discussing this with him.
There are some real tossers out there !

Message has gone.
Sensitive soul my arse
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03 March 2020, 07:02

My left nut. 
On BBC , a three part series, about a boy with a swollen testicle.
worth a watch.

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28 February 2020, 07:41


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25 February 2020, 14:57

As a town councillor I and my colleagues get invites to conferences etc.
The Rural Network has just sent through an invitation to attend any of three "Rural Strategy Road shows on :".
1. The South East .
2. The Midlands.
3. The South West.
We are in Yorkshire !

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20 February 2020, 10:45

Never enough sockets!

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17 February 2020, 17:08

I have been reading lots on twitter about men who identify as women competing in women's athletics.
In my opinion that is a rather stupid idea.
How would you expect someone of 6 stone and 5ft tall to stand a chance against 6ft 3 of muscle and bone.
Then I found the image below, so I stole it.

Female Sport
Image stolen from Dr Emma Hilton, with apologies
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17 February 2020, 07:53

Half term... Having a lie in, Still in bed at 7.50
Decadence reigns.

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05 February 2020, 09:08

Feeling a little obsolete, Dad is taking Flopsy to school this week... Missing great conversations with a ten year old.  
Mind you, I shall have to get used to it, because in the not to distant future she will change schools and go by bus.
Starting with her big brother I have been taking my grandkids to and from school most days for close to ten years.
Dont they grow up fast ?   I shall miss it.

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01 February 2020, 08:07

A pinch and a punch, tis the 1st of February.
The UK is supposedly out of the EU. The world seems to still be turning,  so perhaps we ain't.

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02 February 2020, 09:41

I think we àre

31 January 2020, 10:07

Wednesday lunch at the game cock in austwick.
Superb meal and great service.

Tartiflette I think
I didn't know what it was either until it arrived. Delicious.
Yorkshire Dales Restaurant, Pub, B&B - Game Cock Inn Austwick
Game Cock Inn Austwick - Traditional Yorkshire Dales Restaurant, Pub, B&B serving delicious food with a French twist
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29 January 2020, 09:55

Great news from my oncologist yesterday at Rosemere in Preston Hospital. PSA still insignificant .  All good.

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26 January 2020, 19:23

Tea tonight is a bowl of chips sprinkled with a little too much Anglesey sea salt, The chilli one.....

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25 January 2020, 10:05

Happy New Year 

Happy New Year
The year of the Rat
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19 January 2020, 17:23

Tonight's evening sky looked really nice

January Sky
Thought this was nice.
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15 January 2020, 22:38

I had a trial account with audible, The app that reads the story to you.
Unsure of what book to choose, I  eventually picked 
"Unseen Academicals." by Terry Pratchet.
Really enjoyed it, I had never read or listened to any of his stuff before.
I looked on Kindle for more and although I knew he was a prolific writer, I didnt know how prolific.
Now being the owner of an Amazon Alexa, We have joked in our family that Alexa is always listening and pushes adverts at you for things you mentioned in passing.
Well, tonight on my telly appears a programme on, Yup,
Terry Pratchet.
A fascinating insight into a very talented man and also a very emotional and sad ending.
Thank you serendipity, or Alexa or even Sir Terry Pratchet.

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04 January 2020, 18:44

Just seen on twitter a sign for the ladies loos in a Liverpool women's hospital.
My granddaughter would have to go in there potentialy followed by a bloke !
The lunatics have taken over the asylum

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04 January 2020, 09:15

Just watched the  clip about the bush fires in Aus.
Hope the link works.
If not, I will try to rip it 

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01 January 2020, 17:13

Well, Happy New Year to all.
I had a great night, Huge buffet and plenty to drink.

Our do
One pic of many
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28 December 2019, 09:36

Over the last couple of nights we have watched the entire Gavin and Stacey.
Loved every minute of it. Pre PC when they showed people smoking and drinking.
Cracking telly. 

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26 December 2019, 23:39

That's it, over for another year, too much food and sweets.
May partake of some frivolity and a little cavorting on New Year's Eve.
Who knows.
Take care all x

Wee dram
Some Old Poulteny. smooth and delicious.
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23 December 2019, 09:19

I thought this was nice.

Lest we forget !
Happy and peaceful Christmas.
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20 December 2019, 09:02

New version of Linux mint available, So I thought I better create a snapshot in case it goes phfsht 
Erm.... still running after half an hour.
Maybe I should wipe the drive and start again 🥴

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19 December 2019, 09:35

Beer and Carols at the Farrier, Some good singing, Some festive staff !

True spirit of Christmas.
Enthusiastic staff !
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17 December 2019, 06:41

Lurgy alert !
Flopsy has the lurgy,  Along with Dad and his recuperating leg,  Their house is beginning to look like a hospital.

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13 December 2019, 08:52

This is a farmer speaking about his land, sheep and conservation.
I thought it was well presented. Follow the link.

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10 December 2019, 22:29

Streaming Radio Paradise, Great playlist, A choice of three.
Browse to it, or on radiodroid  or you can get the app from Google play.

Radio Paradise.
Streaming great music from
US of A.
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07 December 2019, 10:09

Just seen a couple of my contacts are using signal
as a messenger app,  Looks nice and neat.
I have been looking and playing with some of the more secure apps that are not owned by the "big boys".  My apologies if that is sexist.
I like Telegram myself.
  I use one account as a bit of another blog  and another as a personal messenger.  
I am really impressed with Briar. peer to peer.  Love the idea. Plus the updated version allows you to send the link to add a contact.
You can get all of these from google play or apkpure and I think fdroid as well.
Mind you, while we are all clinging to facebook and twitter there aint much hope is there? 

Secure messaging, anywhere - Briar
Secure messaging, anywhere
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06 December 2019, 08:37

Flopsy's school Christmas fair yesterday. Good fundraiser and concentrated round the important things in life.

Looks interesting, but emoji like
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04 December 2019, 07:02

Found something to watch on telly last night.
"The Irishman "
Brilliant film, but start early as it was about three hours long.

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24 November 2019, 07:18

Tried Britbox uk, read a review that said the bbc and itv had launched a new pay per view service, so I thought I would take a look. 
They offer a  free month but want your card details first.
What they dont tell you is they dont have an app or an apk to load onto your smart telly.
So you can only watch on your phone or pc.
I had to watch on firefox. I chose the ipcress file with michael caine.
It needed three refreshes to start, repeatedly flagged up " Unable to play your video" and froze twice for at least a minute. I think it needs some work.
But it might provide an alternative over Christmas, Sit in the corner with headphones and ignore the relations !

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