Those who were with me at the end of June - come on, keep up! - Will remember the
saga about BT trying to pull in a new cable to fix a cable fault down the road. In
June they came and cleared the assorted blockages then later the cable was pulled
in. Next I was told that the connections would be made in a couple of weeks. Naturally
I spotted someone fiddling in the box yesterday so I was hoping the final connections
were being made, as a couple of weeks ago men were down a hole up towards Birstall
This morning a man was wandering around the box down the road so as I passed I just
asked was he making final connections. No, apparently the local (aka area) sewage
farm had a fault and he was trying to fix it. That brought forward a thought as he
knew nothing about the cable replacement but he was aware of all the assorted faults
in the phone system here. Now, if only the left hand actually knew what the right
hand was up too! Talk about operating on a need to know basis - I know of a local
council who has that attitude. You would have thought in this day and age knowledge
is normally readily available, so are they are still paranoid about security for
some reason? We are not talking about public access in either case.
My recent reader would be aware I had to go for a minor operation yesterday and I’m
pleased to report I’m still alive although, I hope, settling in problems. I just
has cataract sucked out which is a nice simple operation but believe me the lead
up is a challenge. You spend 60 to 90 minutes having assorted drops in your eye that
can really sting then they give you more when you are nearly in the operating room.
The operation is odd as you simply have the surgeon telling you what he is up to,
but everything is just a painless light blur, so you don’t really care anyway. I
won’t bore you with all the follow up drops, do’s and don’ts. With me, I perched
my glasses on my nose so I could at least se something (the treated eye has a protective
patch for overnight to protect the eye), so just watching TV or reading can be a
challenge. Mind you clever clogs indoors had here done 10 years ago and could see
from day one she says. Me?, I struggling as to which of my three pairs of glasses
I should remove a lens, leave it or what. I will be asking questions later today
so watch this space!
Friday, August 3, 2018
After a lot of experimenting, removing a lens is not the solution. In my case it
seems it has almost settled down and for reading, the ones I was using previously,
work just as well and for anything else, no glasses are actually better than before
the operation. I suppose it’s mainly because they did the worst one first, so I now
have one good eye and one not as bad as the other one was before the operation. Come
on, keep up, I know what I mean! Anyway, I’ve convinced myself that my sight is actually
marginally better than before and that can’t be a bad thing.
It seems yet another Borough Councillor has resigned so yet another by-election may
be coming our way in September only for yet another on May 2nd 2019. Naturally, I’ve
been asked if I will stand, so a weekend of thinking do I really want the hassle,
but I suppose the natives ought to be given the chance to get the government know
that UKIP is watching as they try to wriggle out of the result of the referendum
as it didn’t suit their backers. UKIP supporters don’t really trust politicians (at
least this one doesn’t) and believes in democracy with just a small touch of politics
otherwise nothing will get done.
So, dear reader, what do you think? Do you want to send a message that you want BREXIT
to happen and as we managed for hundreds of years without formal ties, why shouldn’t
we do it again as everyone seems to want to come here judging by the increasing numbers
of immigrants and visitors and it can’t be the climate so it has to be something
else that we have missed.
If you think yes, then get in contact as I can’t do it on my own in this heat as
I’m still ill remember! On the other hand, is you think I should keep my views to
myself and stop annoying you then the same applies.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
‘ello’ me hearties, it’s me again! Those of you who visited us outside the old council
building just by the roundabout car park wondered what we were up to if Ed missed
accosting you as you tried to slip past. It also surprised me how many actually were
not from Birstall. Many had relatives who lived here, so something must be attracting
Is it the free parking? - welcomed by many in this day and age of money grabbing
councils, or maybe the park which many were visiting today? Anyway, only another
couple of opportunities to have a chat as it’s just a 6 month trial to see how residents
react, so write or e-mail the Parish Council with any comments as personally I think
it’s a good idea, although the feeling is that support is not widespread within the
council but I may be wrong!
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
By now some may have twigged that I thought it not a bad idea to try and concentrate
the minds of the government by trying to gain a few votes for UKIP before next Mays’
main Parish and Borough elections which occur just after the March 2019 deadline
for the UK to actually leave USE (my regular reader will know what that means, other
may guess and the rest will have to ask). So, as I got about 65 votes last time,
let’s try to make it 3 figures for this by-election and send a valuable message to
Mrs May that BREXIT still means BREXIT!
Of course, you could always join me trudging (and hobbling with my resistant left
leg) round Greengate and Haslam Fields estates in an effort to provide an alternative
to the usual political candidate. Together we can make a difference! Election date
is 13th September and you know my name so what is your excuse for not voting? No
good saying you don’t vote as it’s a waste of time as this time It’s a message you
are sending rather than electing someone. You will get another opportunity to not
vote on May 2nd 2019 after leaving USE so this time you can silently affect government
I’m still waiting for more than a few spots of rain so my new grass might stand a
chance, the weeds to really establish themselves and our usual variable weather pattern
I’ll tell you a coincidence that really must be a 1000 to one. My car was taken for
it’s annual service and mending of things that broke over the past year and they
left me one as he couldn’t drive two cars at once. After a while I thought it looked
familiar and loo and behold, it was my wifes’ old car that she traded in two years
ago. Normally, they bring a new demo car in an effort to get us to buy a new one,
but bringing back our old one really took thinking about. I can hear you saying why
didn’t I take it to the garage? Well, I had a new eye lens fitted last week and all
the gunge sucked out and they don’t like you driving for a while while it settles
down, so there! Don’t worry though, the other one will have to be done next so be
careful out there.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Now I’m getting cross. We had some drips yesterday but rain it wasn’t. Then my wife
came back from Markfield and informed me that it absolutely bucketed down there (or
should that be up here?) with even puddles in the road. I know we have a river and
lakes to the rear of us, but is that any reason to withhold our rain quota?
Right, for any of you who recently moved, do check that the council actually put
you on the electoral roll as my new neighbour assured me it had been done, when he
signed my nomination paper for the latest election in September - another will be
along in May 2nd 2019 (Borough) and May 6th 2021 (County) and if Mrs May loses her
nerve, then anything can happen after March 2019 - but it transpired that the Borough
forgot to turn over the paper so not on the register of electors.
Meanwhile UKIP have managed to continue being disorganised, but what’s new? They
have a new leader who is doing his best but I’ve stood a few times as an independent
and never had any problems but I have done it all before though. I can see I might
have to get involved if only to reassure some of you doubters.