Monday, 30 November 2009

St.Andrew's Day

St. Andrew's Day is the feast day of Saint Andrew. It is celebrated on 30 November.

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, and St. Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day . In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St. Andrew's Day as an official bank holiday. Although most commonly associated with Scotland, Saint Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Romania, Russia and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.


In 2006, the Scottish Parliament passed the St. Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007, which designated the Day as an official bank holiday. If November 30 falls on a weekend, the next Monday is a bank holiday instead.

The notion that the day should be an official bank holiday was first proposed by Dennis Canavan, Independent Member of the Scottish Parliament for Falkirk West in 2003.[2] However, the Bill he introduced to the Parliament was initially rejected as the Executive did not support it. A compromise deal was reached whereby the holiday would not be an additional entitlement. Then First Minister, Jack McConnell, stated that he believed that employers and employees should mark the day with a holiday, but that this should be as a substitute for an existing local holiday, rather than an additional one.

Although it is a bank holiday, banks are not required to close and employers are not required to give their employees the day off as a holiday.

St Andrew's Day is an official flag day in Scotland. The Scottish Government's flag-flying regulations state that the Flag of Scotland (The Saltire) shall fly on all its buildings with a flagpole. The Union Flag is also flown if the building has more than one flagpole. The arrangements for the United Kingdom Government in Scotland are the opposite. They fly the Union Flag, and will only fly the Saltire if there is more than one flagpole.


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Then She Found Me


Some movies are just so good, they get better every time one watches them. "Then She Found Me" is one of those to be watched over & over & over again. Helen Hunt is brilliant, Colin Firth is excellent and Bette Midler just acts her pants off !
Recommended viewing - this is entertainment of real life scenarios - adapted from Elinor Lipman's novel of the same name "Then She Found Me".


Saturday, 28 November 2009

They said it would snow at Christmas ...

They said it would snow at Christmas ..... but it is only Saturday 28th November 2009


Brighton seafront ....

Arrived in Brighton on Wednesday 25th November, got to to the seafront around 4pm and took this photograph (above) just before entering the UMI Hotel. The weather was rather "fresh" to put it mildly.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

New Camera "Take 2" !

The old 'new camera' developed a fault after two days, so here is a photo with the new 'new camera' (above) as I load u the Software and get to grips with the new novelty.


Monday, 23 November 2009

Matt & Phred's Jazz Club

Matt and Phreds are delighted to announce the set of the very talented musician Martin Harley this Thursday night (26th November) at the club.

For those of you who haven't heard of him yet, Martin is a mesmerising solo performer in a contemporary blues / Americana genre. His prowess as a guitarist, and in particular the unusual weissenborn style of lap slide work that he has mastered has won him an army of fans around the world.

Since November 2008 Martin has opened most shows for Brit Award winner James Morrison and some in mainland Europe .

His dynamite shows with his band on Glastonbury ’s famous Acoustic and Avalon stages this summer earned a listing in the Virtual Festivals “top ten best of the rest” review of gigs outside of the Pyramid stage.

Fresh from an international tour, Martin is playing Matt and Phred’s as part of a month long tour before he heads back into the studio in the New Year.

Martin will be accompanied by a band of guest musicians and as always with our Thursday night gigs it's completely free, so come along and see him before he gets too big!

Matt & Phred's Jazz Club
64 Tib Street
Manchester M4 1LW
Tel: 0161 831 7002
Fax: 0161 831 7003

Sunday, 22 November 2009

New Camera

12.2 Megapixels of new camera, much more than the previous 3.2 Megapixel camera. Took the picture above to see the difference, as it is one of my most "shot" locations.

What Lips My Lips have Kissed ....

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why
(Sonnet XLIII)
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more


Saturday, 21 November 2009

Stopping red-light runners in Brandon

Stopping red-light runners in Brandon.

Traffic surveillance cameras to catch red-light runners are being installed at six local intersections, including two in Brandon. The camera tower installed at Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road, seen in the center of this photo, was activated on Oct. 30. After a 60-day warning period, citations will be issued by mail starting Dec. 31.

Good to see Brandon catching up with technology, might just free up those nice Law Enforcement Officers to deal with real crimes.


Friday, 20 November 2009

Record price for Victoria Cross.

A VICTORIA Cross awarded to a bomber pilot from Baillieston, Glasgow has sold for a record £348,000 at auction.

The medal was won in 1943 by Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid who, despite being wounded, managed to pilot his Lancaster to and from Germany on a bombing raid.

Mr Reid, who later joined the Dam Busters squadron, died in 2001.


Buxton Poetry Competition 2010

Buxton Poetry Competition 2010
Theme : A Breath of Fresh Air
Open Poetry - Poets 19 years and over
Young People's Poetry - Young People aged between 12 and 18
Children's Poetry - Children aged up to 11
Open Poetry - 1st Prize £300, 2cd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100
Young People's and Children's Poetry - Waterstone's book tokens.
Exhibition :
The 15 Finalist' Poems will feature in an Exhibition at the Devonshire Dome during Buxton Festival.
Entry Deadline :
1st April 2010
All Poems must be submitted with a completed Entry Form.
Patrons :
Andrew Motion and Lady Jasmine Cavendish
Judges :
Ann and Peter Sansom
For more information or to request an Entry Pack :
Tel: 01298 70395

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Shine Manchester 2010

Shine Manchester 2010

Date: Saturday 17th April 2010
Time: 22:00
Location: Manchester
Entry fee: £30*

* This goes towards the cost of staging the event, meaning that all the money you raise can be spent on our life-saving work.

Join thousands of men and women walking to beat cancer at Shine Manchester 2010.

Get your friends and family together for a night to remember and bring light to the lives of those affected by cancer.

Choose which type of cancer you want to fundraise for from the carousel below (click on Link), or you can walk to raise general funds for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work.

Enter Shine Manchester 2010, walk a full (26 miles) or half marathon (13 miles), and the money you raise could ultimately help save thousands of lives.


Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Great Scottish Run 2010

Great Scottish Run 2010 ~ Glasgow

Taking place on Sunday 5th September 2010 the Great Scottish Run will be the biggest racing event in the country. Register between 20th November and January 2010 to secure your race entry at the lowest price possible - just £24.50 for the half marathon and £19.00 for the 10k!

Remember entries open on 20th November 2009 at


Monday, 16 November 2009

Humanism ~ Who are Humanists ?

Humanism ~ Who are Humanists ?


A.C. Grayling

British Humanist Association
A.C.Grayling ~ 'Darwin and the Darwinian Controversy' chaired by Professor John Harris.

Wednesday 18th November 2009

6.30 - 8.00 pm

Main Auditorium, St Peter's House

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH


Sunday, 15 November 2009

One Year Ago ....

Sound familiar ? The same weekend last year was similar with atrocious weather !

Thank goodness for the music ...


Saturday, 14 November 2009

ATMs all out of order !?

ATMs all out of order !?

What is going on with the ATMs of all the High Street Banks ?

This morning they are all out of order with no mention of when they will be back in operation. Meanwhile those Branches that are open this morning are doing things manually, but this is an example of how much we have all come to rely on technology and if something goes wrong, then it's bound to go wrong on the busiest day of the week for using Automatic Cash Machines.

As for 24/7 Online Banking ? .........

Service Interruption

One or more of our systems are temporarily unavailable.

This means that you will not be able to proceed at this time.

We are aware of the problem, and hope to fix it soon, so please try again later. We apologise for any inconvenience.


Friday, 13 November 2009

Active Derbyshire Competition!!!!

Active Derbyshire Competition!!!!


Through the Active Derbyshire website
we are holding a competition for anyone who has improved their fitness, taken up exercise or changed their life through exercising.
What we are asking people to do is write up their story and then the best one will win £100 sports shop vouchers. Closing date of the competition is Wednesday 16th December.

Could you please advertise the competition when you are out and about but if you actually know someone who would be a good case study please encourage them to go on to the website and write up their story. If they do not have access to the web then they can just send a written copy in to me at the address on the poster. Feel free to print off the poster to give to people.

If you do need any more info then just e-mail me back ~ but its fairly simple and hopefully we will get some great case studies to then use on the website.


Angela Carter

Active Lifestyles Development Officer
Derbyshire Sport
Godkin House
Park Road

Tel: 01773 571225
Fax:01773 571239

Partners working together to improve the lives of the people in Derbyshire throughout sport and active recreation.

Partners:- Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derby City, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Peak District National Park Authority, Sport England, Sport Governing Bodies, Further and Higher Education, School Sport Partnerships, Local Sports Networks.


Friday 13th ....

Scary !


Monday, 9 November 2009

YSIM ~ Young Scotland In Mind, Event.

Want to have a laugh!!!!!

Come along to the Queens Hall for a night of entertainment, on Saturday 14th November at 7pm, where there be a variety of comedians to make you chuckle and its all for a good cause. 10 COMEDIANS FOR A TENNER, BARGAIN!!!!!!!!
All proceeds go to The Centre of Health and Wellbeing, a Scottish Charity which helps people suffering from long-term health conditions.
BOX OFFICE 0131 668 2019

The Centre of Health and Wellbeing
(Scottish Charity Number SC039989)

Samantha Lynch

Forum Coordinator
Young Scotland in Mind Voluntary Sector Forum for Children & Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing
235 Corstorphine Road
Edinburgh EH12 7AR

Direct Dial - 0131 314 6628

Mobile - 07970 784 616

Fax - 0131 316 4008


Remembrance Sunday ~ Buxton 2009

Remembrance Sunday in Buxton (above), November 8th 2009 must be one of the best attended Services in all the years I know of in recent times. An Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday was conducted by The Revd. John Hudghton & The Revd. Colin Smith. Music by Fairfield Band.
Remembrance Sunday in Buxton from the past (below).


Sunday, 8 November 2009

US Healthcare Reform Bill passes first hurdle ...

US Healthcare Reform Bill passes first hurdle ...

The US House of Representatives approved the broadest overhaul of US health care in four decades overnight, handing President Barack Obama a hard-fought victory that energised his top domestic priority.

Heeding Mr Obama's appeal to "answer the call of history," lawmakers capped 12 hours of bitter debate with a 220-215 vote for a 10-year, $US1 trillion-dollar plan to extend health coverage to some 36 million Americans who lack it now.

"Tonight, in an historic vote, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would finally make real the promise of quality, affordable health care for the American people," Mr Obama said in a statement shortly after the vote.

One Republican supported the measure, but most criticized its $US1 trillion price tag, new taxes on the wealthy and what they said was excessive government interference in the private health sector.

The battle over Mr Obama's top domestic priority now moves to the US Senate, where work on its own version has stalled for weeks as Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid searches for an approach that can win the 60 votes he needs.

Any differences between the Senate and House bills ultimately will have to be reconciled, and a final bill passed again by both before going to Mr Obama for his signature.

The overhaul would spark the biggest changes in the $2.5 trillion US healthcare system, which accounts for one sixth of the US economy, since the creation of the Medicare government health program for the elderly in 1965.

The vote followed days of heavy lobbying of undecided Democrats by Mr Obama, his top aides and House leaders, and a deal designed to mollify about 40 moderate Democrats who are foes of abortion rights.

Democrats could afford to lose 40 of their 258 House members and still pass the bill. In the end, 39 Democrats sided with Republicans against the bill.

The landmark vote was a huge step for Mr Obama, who has staked much of his political capital on the healthcare battle. A loss in the House would have ended the fight, impaired the rest of his legislative agenda and left Democrats vulnerable to big losses in next year's congressional elections.

Mr Obama said he was "absolutely confident" that the Senate would pass its own bill, stressing: "I look forward to signing comprehensive health insurance reform into law by the end of the year."

I think this is a positive step in the right direction.


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Stressbusters ~ Buxton

Hello All,

just to let you know that Waitrose Supermarket in Buxton have chosen Stressbusters ~ Buxton, as one of the nominated Groups to receive a share of the £1000 monthly Community Awards for November 2009.

Remember to put your green token in the Stressbusters slot at the checkout when doing your shopping ~ it's votes that count in how the £1000 is divided up.

Please circulate to anyone who you know who could make a difference.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

Rob Hanlon

Stressbusters ~ Buxton is part of North Derbyshire Forum for Mental Health CarersCarers.

Therapist: Daniela Litchers
Tel: Linda 01298 23980 for details.


Friday, 6 November 2009

Buxton Library Poetry Sessions 2010

Friday is Poetry Session Day at Buxton Library
Time of each Session is 12 noon until 1.30pm
Date of each Poetry Session is .....................

Friday February 5th
Friday April 9th
Friday June 4th
Friday August 6th
Friday October 8th
(National Poetry Day 2010)
Friday December 3rd

A Friendly environment to read/perform your own Poetry (or someone elses) or just come along and listen.

Free. All welcome.


Times Like These ....


I'm a one way motorway
I'm a road that drives away and follows you back home
I'm a streetlight shining
I a white light blinding bright, burning off and on

it's times like these you learn to live again
it's times like these you give and give again
it's times like these you learn to love again
it's times like these time and time again

I'm a new day rising
I'm a brand new sky to hang the stars upon tonight
but I
I'm a little divided
do I stay or run away and leave it all behind


Every once in a while, I come across a random song that seem's to resonate so deep that I swear it could be written just for me ! Hearing it played acoustically is usually the best way to hear a song, no technical effects... just raw vocals and a simple guitar as back-up.


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Nowhere Boy


Must-See-Movie..."Nowhere Boy"


WaistWise Weight and Health Programme

4th November 2009 saw the first 100% Pass for Clients on the WaistWise Weight and Health Programme for men run by Derbyshire Health Promotion Service. The Programme run over a number of weeks beginning in August 2009 was co-ordinated by Nick Hodgson, WaistWise Healthy Lifestyles Advisor ~ each week Nick covered a different aspect of healthy eating, drinking and exercise. The Programme also incorporated some gentle exercise at an appropriate level for each individual attending. 100% Passes for all Clients on this Programme included attendance, weight loss of at least 5% and waist-size decrease of 5% .... the first time a WaistWise Programme has ticked all of the boxes !
Further WaistWise Programmes are being rolled out across Derbyshire, for more details contact:
Derbyshire County PCT
Derbyshire Health Promotion Service
1 Church View, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, S45 9HA
Tel: 01246 868 400
Fax: 01246 868 478

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Buxton Design & Place Making Strategy.

Send any comments, ensuring they are received by 27th November 2009 to...

Richard Tuffrey
High Peak Borough Council
Council Offices
Hayfield Road

Or email :


Buxton Fire Station

Buxton Fire Station, end of an era. Soon there will be a 'state-of-the-art' Fire Station built on the outskirts of the town.

The view from Buxton Fire Station, prime development land opportunity.....wonder who will take up this opportunity ?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Last Resort

She came from Providence,
the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang
heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams
like a refugee
Just as her father came across the sea
She heard about a place people were smilin'
They spoke about the red man's way,
and how they loved the land
And they came from everywhere
to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand
or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars,
out for a good time,
Can't wait to tell you all,
what it's like up there
And they called it paradise
I don't know why
Somebody laid the mountains low
while the town got high

Then the chilly winds blew down
Across the desert
through the canyons of the coast, to
the Malibu
Where the pretty people play,
hungry for power
to light their neon way
and give them things to do

Some rich men came and raped the land,
Nobody caught 'em
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes, and Jesus,
people bought 'em
And they called it paradise
The place to be
They watched the hazy sun, sinking in the sea

You can leave it all behind
and sail to Lahaina
just like the missionaries did, so many years ago
They even brought a neon sign: "Jesus is coming"
Brought the white man's burden down
Brought the white man's reign

Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
'Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and
justify our bloody deeds,
in the name of destiny and the name of God

And you can see them there,
On Sunday morning
They stand up and sing about
what it's like up there
They call it paradise
I don't know why
You call someplace paradise,
kiss it goodbye


Out of all the songs on The Eagles 'Hotel California', this one "The Last Resort" resonates like no other as it has all the key words in it and seem's to give something without taking anything away.



Sunday, 1 November 2009

Full Moon

Nothing is better than seeing the reflection of a Full Moon on the sea...