Thursday, 30 April 2009

Last day of April....May tomorrow !

Early start..... awaiting the arrival of the 06.40 Transpeak to take me to Matlock.
At Matlock in good time, to catch the first train out of Matlock to Nottingham. Guard Julie was great company, making an otherwise long journey into an exciting exchange of chat & good humour ~ thanks Julie.


A Public House, "Hand & Heart" which is an unusual but quaint name for a Pub I thought, passed it on my way to the Diversity Course.


The Nottingham Wheel has gone ! A picture I took two days earlier of the dismantling, just the space remains now.



Passed the Job Centre in Nottingham, loads of people awaiting the 9am 'Doors Open' !
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Almost 6am 30/04/09 .........in the UK.
Yes, I'm flagging on this last day of April as it's been a rollercoaster of a week thus far and today sees no respite with a long day and adverse weather conditions from being on both sides of the country in one day.
More later.........

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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Gone in 60 seconds !

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/scotland/8023502.stm
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Stephen Hendry's 147 maximum.
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I won the Poetry Slam !

True ! This evening at the Grove Hotel, I won this month's Poetry Slam !
First Prize was a Limited Edition Mug in a cardboard box, Thank you Ma'am !

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Tuesday .....

Last Tuesday in April, and the rest of the Board of Directors gave their last-minute apologies for today's meeting in Nottingham..... leaving yours truly to turn up alone.
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Swine Flu ....... Everything is Tuesday !
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Monday, 27 April 2009

Dentist this morning !

Well, it is Check-Up time once again at the Dentist on this cold, last Monday morning of April 2009..... why does going to the Dentist instill an exclusive anxiety akin to nothing else ? ? ?

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Hey, that was pain-free ! The painful part was getting there through the ((( torrential ))) April Shower that began around 5am and IS still going strong !
I had two X-Rays, and an appointment is made for me to have a small filling. 30 minutes should see my pearly whites bck to optimum condition (I hope) :-)

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Oh Yes, I'm So Happy !

Oh Yes, I'm So Happy!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause I get to hear your lies
I'm so happy
surprise!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you tell lies on me
I'm so happy
see?

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you call me names
I'm so happy
I've fame!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you break your promises
I'm so happy
I'm joyous!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you gave me some attention
I'm so happy
I'm in heaven!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause I get to be used
I'm so happy
I'm amused!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you spare me a few minutes
I'm so happy
I must be nuts!

Oh yes, I'm so happy
'cause you let me love you
I'm so happy
I'm through with you!

Oh yes, if Iwas so happy
'cause of you
I'll be happier
now without you!

sandy nobody

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Moody Cow !




Nice name for a Shop "Moody Cow", this one is in Bakewell, Derbyshire.........QUICK, there's a SALE on !!!
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Job seekers queue for hotel jobs.

Job seekers queue for hotel jobs.

A Derbyshire job centre has opened on a Saturday to deal exclusively with job applications at a new hotel.

A queue of people hoping to apply for various roles at the new Jury's Inn formed outside the job centre in Wardwick in Derby.

The 205-bedroom building in the city centre will open on 19 June.

The increase in unemployment in Derbyshire was 50% last year compared to a 33.6% national average, official figures have shown.

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Trust ...



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Saturday, 25 April 2009

You Light Me Up ........


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There's a light in my life
And it's taking me over .
All of my life I've waited for this
Like a flame in the night
You comfort and guide me out of my darkest hours .

Chorus
cos' you light me up when you're around and you give me hope and strength that carries on and now I know what love means

The invisible threads that circle around me
They start at my heart and crawl right out of my skin
When I am all in the dark I still feel you beside me
But I will never let you go

Chorus
Cos' you light me up when you're around and you give me hope and a strength that carries on and now I know what love means

I trust in you, I trust in you, I trust in you, I trust in you

Cos' you light me up when you're around and you give me hope and a strength that carries on
and now I know what love means
and now I know what love means
and now I know what love means

There's a light in my life
And it's taking me over.

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Getting Organised ?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6164635.ece
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Read the Link (above) to find out what "Getting Organised" means !
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Friday, 24 April 2009

Hey....it's Friday again !

Oh my goodness, it is so ! It is Friday once again, time sure is moving fast but positively so far this year..... MY YEAR, 2009 WILL BE MINE. (I certainly wish/hope/pray that it will be.)
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Anyway, I'm in Manchester today, just been in Primark and "spotted" an irregularity in the price 'mark-down' of some Throws. They should have been marked down to £10 from £15, but I noticed that some were marked down to £6 and had a horde of Ladies interested in them for £6 a piece, it caused quite a stir as the Store were adamant that the ones marked at £6 were going to be withdrawn but I ((( persuaded))) the Manager to let them go at £6 and show some Goodwill....... as it is Friday {again} :-)

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Do you ever.........?

Do you ever get those days where you feel that something is about to happen .... but you can't put your finger on just what it might be ?
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Yep.... today is definitely one of those kind of of days, must be something in the air ?
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Monday, 20 April 2009

Future Poetry Sessions @ Buxton Library

June 12th, August 14th, Oct 9th and Dec 11th
1.30pm - 3pm..... Poetry Sessions @ Buxton Library.


http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/find_your_local_library/buxton/default.asp

All Welcome.

October 9th is National Poetry Day.

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Ongoing problem....

Last week I had to consult Trading Standards over an ongoing problem with an Internet Provider ....
http://robhanlon.blogspot.com/2009/04/trading-standards.html

Well, I had to consult with them again this morning as the Internet Provider, had eventually agreed to send a SIM card free of charge and on receipt of the said SIM card my 'mobile broadband' with 99.5% guaranteed coverage of the UK would be operating as it should.
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It did not !
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So, one last chance for the supplier of the goods to put it right, I visited the local branch of that well-known "warehouse" place and they contacted the Internet Provider on my behalf. The upshot from which, I was again showered by apologies from the Internet Provider and have been 'guaranteed' connection in 48 hours.... though it was not possible for the Internet Provider to put this in writing !
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As it stands, I have had no Internet Connection since 11th April and yet I still pay the contracted rate of £25.00 per month, and to add insult to injury this month's Direct Debit went out this very morning.
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See what Wednesday brings ?

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Freewill.........

There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance take,
A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.

A planet of playthings,
We dance on the strings
Of powers we cannot perceive
"The stars aren't aligned,
Or the gods are malign..."
Blame is better to give than receive.

Chorus ...
You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill;
I will choose a path that's clear
I will choose freewill.

There are those who think that they were dealt a losing hand,
The cards were stacked against them; they weren't born in Lotusland.

All preordained
A prisoner in chains
A victim of venomous fate.
Kicked in the face,
You can't pray for a place
In heaven's unearthly estate.

Chorus

Each of us
A cell of awareness
Imperfect and incomplete.
Genetic blends
With uncertain ends
On a fortune hunt that's far too fleet.

Chorus
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Weird ..... or what (?) ....... the first song on Accuradio today was 'Freewill' by Rush, never heard it before but it surely is appropriate to hear and then read the lyrics and apply them accordingly.
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Friday, 17 April 2009

Clarity....

One of the good things about time is that with the passing of time, things become abundantly clear. The clarity may not give any personal satisfaction but it sure gives an overwhelming urge to shout out "Eureka", as the proverbial penny finally drops, just like all the pieces of the jigsaw interlocking together to display the full picture.

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If I listened long enough to you
Id find a way to believe that its all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Someone like you makes it hard to live without
Somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never think about myself

If I gave you time to change my mind
Id find a way just to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

If I listened long enough to you
Id find a way to believe that its all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Someone like you makes it hard to live without
Somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
Never think about myself
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TGIF

Thank Goodness It's Friday !
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With Monday being a Bank Holiday this must be the longest/shortest week of my entire life, there has been so much going on but very little to show for it {yet}. I'm hoping to get some clarity on a few situations real soon ........... before the next Bank Holiday ( Mayday - was there ever a day so aptly named ?) ............ comes along to interrupt the momentum.
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Have a Nice Day......... is one phrase I'm applying to me today............TGIF.

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I got the call today, I didn't wanna hear
But I knew that it would come
An old, true friend of ours was talkin on the phone
She said you'd found someone
And I thought of all the bad luck,
And the struggles we went through
And how I lost me and you lost you
What are these voices outside love's open door
Make us throw off our contentment
And beg for something more?
I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again
I've been tryin to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore
These times are so uncertain
There's a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
The trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
They're the very things - we kill I guess
Pride and competition
Cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us
You know it doesn't keep me warm
I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you, baby
And the more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I'd figured out
I have to learn again
I've been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore
There are people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby; life goes on
You keep carryin that anger; it'll eat you up inside, baby
I've been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thought seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you dont love me
I've been tryin to get down
To the heart of the matter
Because the flesh will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinkin' about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me
Forgiveness
Forgiveness - baby
Forgiveness
Forgiveness
Forgiveness
Forgiveness

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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Trading Standards.

Big ((( Thank You))) to Trading Standards who gave me some excellent advice on dealing with a rather persistant problem with a Broadband connection that I pay £25 a month for yet receive no service connection. Hopefully the immediate problem will get resolved asap, but the whole episode has left me wondering about the apparent lack of Customer Service when all the Advisors are based abroad in India and are only 'authorised' to do certain things which amounts to "take it or leave it" in plain English. I intend to take this matter further because not only have I been paying for a service I can't access, all the information I have received expected me to pay for replacement products that were faulty in the first place !
There are two Laws covering customers, Sale of Goods Act 1979 and Supply of Goods Act 1982 .... neither of which have been adhered to by the provider of this Service that boasts 99.5% coverage of the UK.

Watch this space for further developments.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Downtown Buxton....













Lots of activity, but what happened to close the main thoroughfare through Buxton town ?
Answers on a Postcard please.
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Tuesday 14th April 2009








Crossroads (above), each photo is of each corner. All Souls Community Centre is the place I wanted to find for a future Diversity Course.









A Mini - with some real eye-catching livery !





Nottingham Crematorium - a rather imposing frontage to a final resting place.







































Wow, another scorching morning !
In Nottingham, photos to follow, but the pace of life is so different here... yet it's less than 40 miles from 'home'.

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Monday, 13 April 2009

Back to "normal".....

Well, the Easter weekend is almost over and it is back to "normal" tomorrow except that tomorow (Tuesday) is going to feel like a Monday and things will never feel the same until the two Bank Holidays in May have passed, as everything feel's out of synch somehow.

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Laugh, I nearly died.....


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I've been travelling but I don't know where
I've been missing you but you just don't care
And I've been wandering, I've seen Greece and Rome
Lost in the wilderness, so far from home
Yeah, yeah

I've been to Africa, looking for my soul
And I feel like an actor looking for a role
I've been in Arabia, I've seen a million stars
Been sipping champagne on the boulevards - yes

I'm so sick and tired
Trying to turn the tide, yeah
So I'll say my goodbye
Laugh, laugh
I nearly died

I've been down to India, but it froze my bones
I'm living for the city, but I'm all alone
I've been travelling, but I don't know where
I've been wandering, but I just don't care

I hate to be denied
How you hurt my pride
I feel pushed aside
But laugh, laugh, laugh
I nearly died

Been travelling far and wide
Wondering who's going to be my guide

Living in a fantasy but it's way too far
But this kind of loneliness is way too hard
I've been wandering, feeling all alone
I lost my direction and I lost my home...Well

I'm so sick and tired
Now I'm on the slide
Feeling so despised
When you laugh, laugh
I almost died

(Been travelling far and wide
Wondering who's going to be my guide)

I hurt my pride, hurt my pride, hurt my pride (Been travelling far and wide)
Been travelling, yeah

(Been travelling far and wide
Wondering who's going to be my guide)

(Been travelling far and wide)

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Easter Monday...

What a difference a day makes !
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Today I left town to go into Stockport by train and the otherwise busy, overcrowded carriages were almost empty except for the few taking advantage of the bright sunny Spring morning.
Arrivin in Stockport was no different, it was like a Ghost-Town, no people/no cars/no shops open.
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Amazing, what a difference a day can make.
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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Bleaklow.....






















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Bleaklow was the destination for Easter Sunday's Ramble, perfect weather conditions except for the many bogs and 'invisible' potholes that one generally vanishes into at inappropriate moments !
There was the scene of the 1948 Air Crash that we passed, details of which can be accessed at http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/ Another 20 - 30 feet of altitude, this crash may never have happened, as it is the highest point around those parts. Tragic accident.

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