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Street View... at night, what's the point?
at 16:46 13 Feb 2019

I use Street View quite a bit in my job, to talk some people into addresses they've not been to before... I discovered that the Street View for King William Street in the City of London was taken after dark... who the feck thought that a good idea?,-0.0879647,3a,75y,356.81h,90t/data=!3m
Making America Great Britain again!
at 16:57 12 Feb 2019

Nice subtle way of beginning the proves...
Camden Collection for Beattie Statue
at 13:59 12 Feb 2019

What did we raise Sunday?
A little bit of training goes a long way
at 21:12 8 Feb 2019

I have bored you all before with tales of my offspring, especially the youngest (YO) who is a Met Police Volunteer Cadet.

Today she used the first aid skills that she has acquired and very possibly saved someone's life. Fate also plays a part.

She was released from school early as she was unwell. Whilst walking home a cyclist misjudged a right turn from a main road into a side road and ended up bouncing across someone's car bonnet and hitting his head in the road.

YO sprang into action running to the scene of the collision and set about exercising what she's been taught: asking the person their name, talking to them, recognising and acting on the signs of shock and concussion, making the person comfortable and safe (recovery position, checking airways etc.)

When a paramedic arrived on the scene, they let her continue assisting until ambulance arrived. She said the bystanders gave her a round of applause and the medics and police gave her praise. The police asked her where she got her training and were really impressed that it was with police cadets, promising to give feedback to her sergeant.

If she had not been sent home sick, she would not have been in that place at that time. Maybe medics would have got there in time, maybe someone else would have administered first aid. She said the fella was going purple and choking at one stage, so I think chances are she saved his life.

Funny really as on my way home from work there was an article on the radio about how bad out borough, Lewisham, is; gangs, knives, scooter scrum and highest level of school exclusions in London. Wonder if this good news story makes it into press?

For those of you [like me] with keyless cars...
at 17:17 6 Feb 2019

One of my men was leaving home this morning to go to his first job and couldn't find his car... it was not parked where he had left it.
He asked me what he should do...
Ring the Police, I said
You mean 999 he asked
Yes, now!

I then rang a colleague who has access to the telemetric data [our vehicles are fitting with 2 different tracking devices] and he advised me that the vehicles somewhere in the English Channel having arrived at Tilbury Docks approx. 06:45 this morning.

This type of crime is more common these days as thieves acquire devices that can capture the signal from a key fob, so beware - I recommend getting one of those old school steering wheel locks, one of these will do...

We are now short of one expensive German saloon

The Chauffeur?
This plank had left a personal briefcase in the car; bank statements, DVLA Licence, PCO Licence, iPad and passport to name but a few items.

oh dear
Another example medieval practices surviving in the 21st century
at 16:42 4 Feb 2019

Following on from last weeks "breast ironing" and the FGM conviction, may I present exorcism...
Finally had time to watch the, erm, "highlights"
at 16:35 4 Feb 2019

I see they avoid the contentious booking of Downes, and foul on Keane that led to their goal.

Ok so Wednesday made enough clear chances to bury us... but they didn't, that's football. I mean how did their striker miss the open goal?

"That's football" also then, I guess, refers to refereeing mistakes.

But what was Downes booked for? He looked more fouled than the person doing the fouling, and the challenge on Keane?

However, as I believe luck sometimes evens out... maybe next Sunday the favour can be repaid. Eh? Or was that luck sometime Evans out?

I think from here on all fans should embark on a mission to encourage lapsed fans to PR for the rest of the season, there's no jeopardy we know our fate, lets just show some defiance towards our circumstances. In the words of Reg in Life of Brian... solidarity brothers...
at 16:14 4 Feb 2019

As we're on a trip to a level of football last charted by us in the 50s, how about a 50s style formation 4-2-4 or the like, no tracking back from the front four and then at least when the big boot punts forward we'd have a chance of retaining possession.

Also, I'd like to apologise for the defeat Saturday, all my fault I'm afraid. I was wearing the same sweatshirt I wore to Rotherham for first away game of season. The game that started all this rot. I promise not to wear it on a match day again.
Tickets [x 2] bought & printed
at 07:19 2 Feb 2019

Despite a stinking cold, it being cold outside and the team being utter cack I am taking advantage of a work free Saturday to come along and lend my support today.

I do not come in expectation, but football is the game it is because of the twists and turns, so up til kick off anything is possible... even a win!

Assuming game is on tomorrow
at 18:45 1 Feb 2019

I will be attending my 4th home game of season tomorrow, will buy tickets in the morning after checking all is well with roads and game on.

Previous home games;-
Naaaridge & Brentford both 1-1 and Wigan 1-0 win, so here's hoping for another positive result.


Downside is that tomorrow I intend to drink beer and following the closure of Hotel Pendejo Senior it means using Guest House Pendeja Sister, which will be providing me with a sofa to sleep on and two large dogs who will no doubt offer to keep me warm.
A pair of horse sized dogs with slobbery gobs.
Rhetorical question...
at 12:19 31 Jan 2019

How do people get by in this country without being able to speak English?

As I've probably said a few times, and some of you who have met her know, my wife is from Colombia. Her English is "ok" [better than my Spanish I hasten to add & she's gained qualification in child care in English] and often works as an interpreter for her community [& friends].

One of her Bolivian friends, whom we have known for well over a decade sent her a picture of a PCN and asked what it was... it was for an unpaid London C Charge, which had rolled over to £240!!.

Said friend then arranged to come to ours in order to pay ticket via internet... bringing 6 [six] tickets @ £240.00 each [3 x C Charge + 3 x T Charge]. She had been binning them but realized when she started receiving them with red print was probably important. She said she was completely unaware of the C Charge, which has been in place 13 [??] years or so now, let alone the new fangled T Charge.

Part of the reason they can survive without English is because there is a significant Latino diaspora in London, who help each other out when it comes to the need to speak English.
"Vintage" London in the Snow pictures
at 14:58 28 Jan 2019

for those that like their photos
I believe in miracles
at 10:08 21 Jan 2019

You may well do after reading this
Manufacturers Safety Recall
at 17:06 20 Jan 2019

Short Version - Wey hey! Got car fixed without direct cost to me!

Long Version... Boring, but cathartic to type up

Got a letter back in October from Mazda UK advising me that my vehicle was subject to a Safety Recall and to contact my local main dealer urgently to get it sorted.

Urgently turned out to be 24th December, some 6 or so weeks later.

Took car in, 2 hours later got car back. Didn't get any paperwork and when asked they said something [can't recall what] replaced and a software upgrade.

Week or so later... red warning triangle on the dashboard and a warning message "Vehicle System Inspection Required" - looked in the owner's manual and apparently this warning could mean anything from "low coolant level" thru to "your cam belt is about to shred" - quite a spectrum of possibilities.

Tried "my" garage close to work, but I guess they hadn't returned to work yet, so next day off [2nd Jan] took car to main dealer assuming plug into their computer diagnose and away we go.

Nope they needed to keep the car; a bit of a pain as I had a family funeral to attend down in Kent [same place we said goodbye to my mum, just to add to the poignancy]...
Whilst I knew where I was... I didn't know how to get there or home on public transport, and don't possess a smart phone. Luckily I do possess a brain, and logistics is my profession.

No wheels and a place difficult to get to on public transport, family coming down from Ipswich not interested in diverting into SE London, hire companies not interested in spot hire for 24 hours [got a deal for 48! Err no thanks]. Eventually my wife found one of her friends willing to lend me their car. This poor car never goes outside of London, so I reckon taking it up to "70 mph" on M20 did it a world of good. The poor thing was out paced by a coach on the return journey travelling uphill, but once the hill was crested I was able to pass it again, then leave it in rear view mirror.

A few days later I was given the call to come and collect the car... fearing the costs of a main dealer I put a credit card into my wallet.
"How much will it cost me?" I tentatively asked
"Covered by the safety recall" came the welcome reply.
Phew swerved an expensive cost just after Christmas...

36 hours later... same warning message and red triangle. Finished my working week and took car to main dealer... AGAIN!

"Needs a new vacuum pump and we don't have it in stock so will have to order one" they said.
"Can I have the car back then?"
"No, it's part of the braking system"
"Courtesy car?" I explained that a combination of my start time at work, where I live and where I work... public transport is not an option.
"Yes, but you can only have one for 48 hours"

Not good as still had 2 days with no means of getting to work, and it meant a half day on 2nd day, Sunday, as the dealer closed at 15:00. Cleared it all with Line Manager.

Given I work for a company with 500 odd cars, which is owned by a company with over 3,000 cars my free rides are hard to come by. Especially as the 3,000 are self employed and don't do free rides.

Line Manager gave authority to drop a free ride in system, and my job allows me to select the driver.

Eventually got car back... again covered by safety recall, which I since looked up on the net and would appear to have been the item that generated the safety recall in the first place.

All in all, I am pleased to have had a main dealer work on my car with no expense to me, but wonder if the three trips to the dealer [four including getting courtesy car] were really required.
I guess some problem solving steps needed to be gone thru... and had this been communicated I'd have understood.

RIP Sgt Major Shuuuuuuut uuuuuuuuup!
at 18:38 19 Jan 2019
at 19:30 16 Jan 2019

That chain around Mrs May's neck, not your average bit of jewellery that.
BT Sport / The Big Match
at 08:15 13 Jan 2019

Was watching a couple of old episodes of The Big Match [82/83] on BT Sport the other night... no footage or direct mention of Ipswich.

But it was interesting to see some of our ex-players

Brazil for Spurs; twisting & turning his way past defenders, winning his fair share of headers [against Hansen / Thompson of Liverpool]

Mills for Southampton, switching from right to left foot effortlessly when bringing the ball forward

Muhren for Manure his trademark first time crosses.

Other things worthy of note...

This was the season Man City were relegated by Luton, Pleat ran onto the Maine Road pitch to celebrate as Cities hordes invaded.

Chelsea just avoided relegation from 2nd to 3rd tier!

Given that we had lost Robson, Brazil, Mills and Muhren during pre-season... our 9th place finish was creditable.
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