Inspiration and motivation
You might remember my Christmas story that I wrote at the end of last year. I was talking to my friend in California using Skype this morning and she suggested that I write a summer sequel. It’s not a bad idea. I’m inspired! We all need inspiration and motivation to do anything. Money seems to be the only motivation that many people seem to need and a lot of it!
“Wealthy elderly people who do not need benefit payments to help with fuel bills or free travel should voluntarily return the money to the authorities, the work and pensions secretary says.” (BBC News) I don’t know. Buckingham Palace is a big place to keep warm, they need their winter fuel payments. They hardly use their bus passes anyway…
Thrifty Thursday bargain hunt
The Aldi super-six this week are leeks (pack), new potatoes (750g), onions (1kg), broccoli (350g), carrots (1kg) and parsnips (600g). They are all 49p. That’s better, we can make some winter stews with those to keep out the cold! (more…)
The scandal of British poverty
I usually try to bring you bargains on a Thursday, but you just have to shop around in your own neighbourhood and get what you can. More and more people in Britain are struggling financially, because they have have been encouraged by government and the media to be irresponsible with money and live for today. Many people are still trying to put off facing up to their problems and over a million people take out those evil payday loans every year.
Yet another Sunday ramble
Regular readers know that on a Sunday, I write about anything I feel like writing about and tend to just ramble on. This week the government has announced it will lend money to banks, so they can lend it to us. The interest rate the government is charging is less than 1%. It’s working, I had a letter from Barclay’s offering me a balance transfer for a fee of 2.9%. That’s a nice little earner; nice to see the greed culture at Barclay’s hasn’t left the building, along with Banker Bob. (more…)
Is it Sunday?
It doesn’t seem like Sunday today for some reason. I usually write my blog as lunch is cooking, but I’m late today; lunch is well and truly over. We do tend to be creatures of habit. We even drive habitually, not thinking about it too much. So I think Damon Hill has a point when he objects to the speed limit on motorways being raised to 80 MPH. People are half asleep much of the time and don’t realise the dangers for the rest of the time. I think it could be raised to 80 if it was strictly enforced but some idiot would want to do 90 or 100 or even faster. I think some changes should be made to all roads. (more…)
Something to talk about….
That is Forge Mill Farm in the picture, if you click that link you should be able to see where it is on Google maps. Not only that, but you can see it on Streetview, because they actually went in there with the camera! I hope you find this interesting. I’m not boring you am I? I would hate to bore you. I watched the roof closing at Wimbledon on TV last night; bleeding fascinating. That woman who talked about the tennis on BBC gets excited. Can you imagine what she would be like when she gets home? Her poor bloody husband… (more…)
This week near West Brom…
The road in the picture is the Black Country New Road. Notice the traffic lights, that’s a pelican crossing and a bit farther on there’s a speed camera. Do we really need to spend money on such things in these austere times? A little farther down that same road on the stretch from Wednesbury to Moxley island, Sandwell council appears to be trying out a new traffic calming idea. There are lights and the kerb juts out at Moxley Island; but before you get there, we have pot holes. Yes, potholes all the way from Wednesbury to Moxley, aided and abetted by manholes that either stick up in the road or are in a hole. This idea isn’t very successful yet, but wait until those holes are a bit deeper; that’ll slow the buggers down… (more…)
The Black Country Rain Dance
This afternoon the flotilla of boats will go up the Thames as part of the Jubilee celebrations; all broadcast by the BBC. It’s costing over ten million pounds and there will be over 1,000 vessels and 10,000 flowers. The BBC never come here to televise our Bank holiday rain dances do they? They were dancing naked over the allotments this morning to get a bit of practice in. You should see the size of their cucumbers already! (more…)
Bluebells and Buttercups.
It’s another sunny day in England. I have just been in the garden doing a bit of pruning. I nearly took photos of the bluebells, I have better ones than they have in Bluebell Wood. I have lots of wild flowers, I wonder if I should take a few and plant in the woods? That’s a nature reserve and they only have a few wilted bluebells. I’ve got tiny lilac flowers that look like they could be rare orchids. I have tiny pink flowers too, I wonder what they are? I do know the common ones, the dandelions and the daisies. The bluebells and buttercups look the best. I piled all the cutting from the fuchsia that I pruned in a pile to burn them, but that will be difficult because that’s where all the rare flowers are growing. I wonder if the BBC would like to make a programme about my garden? (more…)
A different pace of life…
There is something fascinating about narrow boats. I suppose they represent a slower pace of life away from the madness of modern life. They might be slow, but they get there. Someone has nicked all the lighting from the canal and stripped out the cable; it would have been dark staying there overnight. No wonder they are traveling in a convoy. Most of the boats have television aerials and some even have satellite dishes. That dog looks happy enough on the tow path and his owner was reading the paper. Farther up the tow path they were sitting on the benches having a little barbecue. They have all moored on that one side of the canal though and all is not what it seems. The local people tend to walk down this side, because if they walk down the other side it leads nowhere. The drunks on their way home from the pub, the graffiti artists and the odd jogger. (more…)
Average or Typical?
The Bank of England
They have a computer at the Bank of England running a computer model of the economy so they can manage it properly. They are doing well with it; aren’t they? They saw all the problems coming of course and were ready with their quantitative easing programs.