Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Last Day of 2009 ...Happy New 2010

The last day of 2009, a Thursday, but this is no ordinary Thursday, this is the day where a Blue Moon appears taking us into 2010, a new year, a World Cup year of football in South Africa, a year where the VAT resorts back to 17.5% from 15% from 1st January..... so many things happening and taking place, it's easy to have positive or negative expectations of the coming year but I am quietly confident that 2010 will be the best year of my life ~ no idea where this confidence is coming from and I can't explain why 2010 should be better than any other year except my gut instincts are drawing me to this conclusion. No matter what happens, 2010 will prove to be, overall, a really good year ..... I hope it is for everyone in 2010 ........... Happy New Year.



Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Buxton Humanist Group Meetings in 2010

Buxton Humanist Group meet on the 3rd Monday of each Month

Meetings will be held in the Piano Lounge of the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire

7pm for a 7.30pm start.

For further information on the Buxton Humanist Group please contact the Local Organiser, Marge Rose on 01298 72310


Monday, 28 December 2009

Landslide ....

2010 is almost here, the last of the Noughties is destined for the history book

Both eyes open, looking onwards and upwards with an occassional backwards look.


Thursday, 24 December 2009

Christmas 2009

A White Christmas, though not an 'official' White Christmas at the Bookmakers.
I did tell you ! This was reported on the 8th January 2010 ....

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

High Peak Disability Sport e-news

Sharing Good Practice Issue 20, 24th December 2009

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the e-newsletter of High Peak Disability Sports Group. Through this newsletter we hope to keep people informed, share good practice and promote sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people in the High Peak.

Please support our efforts by forwarding it on to your colleagues and friends or print off a copy of the attached word version for those without access to e-mail. For a hard copy of this newsletter contact Helen Ashworth mailto:

To remove your name from the mailing list please e-mail mailto:

In December’s issue:

1. Free Swimming Lessons for Disabled People;

2. Boccia Leader’s Award

3. National Pan Disability Boccia League 2009/2010;

4. Boccia Festival, University of Derby Buxton;

5. Typhoo Sports for All: Disability Inclusion Training Workshop

6. Club start dates: January 2010;

7. High Peak Disability Sport Group next meeting.

1. Free Swimming Lessons for Disabled People

DC Leisure have teamed up with the ASA to ensure that more people have the chance to learn to swim. New Mills Leisure Centre will be offering free swimming lessons for disabled people for 12 weeks from 8th January 2010. Places are limited so if you or someone you know would like to take advantage of this initiative contact:

Sally Rafter, Swimming Co-ordinator, New Mills Leisure Centre:

01663 748843, e-mail:

2. Boccia Leader’s Award

This is a five hour course which gives a basic understanding of the sport, enabling participants to lead Boccia sessions at community and recreational level. To complete the course, participants will also need to deliver 2 hours of Boccia in their community setting.

The course will be held at St Philip Howard Catholic Sports College, Glossop. SK13 8DR on Saturday 16th January 2010 from 9am – 2pm.

The course is free to Derbyshire residents.

To book a place on the course contact Emma Champion:

07947 832413

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

3. National Pan Disability Boccia League 2009/2010

First round matches in the national Boccia league are due to played early in 2010. The Buxton College of Further Education teams will play their first matches against the Matlock team in January while the newly formed High Peak Sharks team will enjoy their first outing in early February against Stockport.

The 2009/2010 league is the biggest ever with 114 teams registered from all over the country. To find out more about the game of Boccia visit:

4. Boccia Festival, University of Derby Buxton

35 youngsters from Harpur Hill and Peak Dale Primary Schools took part in the Boccia Festival in December at the University of Derby Buxton. The day was a great success and all the participants took away a goody bag and a certificate to commemorate the day. 15 young leaders from Step 2, Buxton College of Further Education received certificates to reward their achievement in planning and running the event.

For more information about Step 2 programmes at the college visit:

5. Typhoo Sports for All: Disability Inclusion Training Workshop

This is a new 6-hour theory and practical course presented by Typhoo, in conjunction with the English Federation of Disability Sport to enable sports coaches the skills to include disabled people in their coaching sessions.

For more information or to book a course contact:

Dave Cartlidge, Training Development Manager, EFDS, 0161 247 5633

6. Club start dates: January 2010

Sport 4 All: multi-sports club for people with learning disabilities aged 16 or over and their friends. Every Tuesday 6.30 – 8.30pm at Providence United Reform Church, Mellor Road, New Mills, SK22 4DP. £2 per person.

First session in 2010: Tuesday 5th January 2010

High Peak Sharks: swimming club for disabled people of all ages: Every Saturday 5.30 – 6.30pm at New Mills Leisure Centre, Hyde Bank Road, New Mills, SK22 4BP

First session in 2010: Saturday 8th January 2010

7. High Peak Disability Sport Group next meeting

The next meeting of High Peak Disability Sports Group will on Wednesday 13th January 2010 at 5.30pm in Room DO/GO5, University of Derby Buxton, 1 Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY. Chair: Paul Evans, 0845 129 77 77

Minutes of our meetings and earlier issues of this newsletter can be accessed through a link on St. Philip Howard Sports College website:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Winter-time Blues !

Whilst out this morning jogging in sub-zero temperatures and snow up to me knees, Summertime Blues came on the personal hi-fi ..... I changed the words to sing "Winter-time Blues" !


Wintertime Blues

Well, I'm a'gonna raise a fuss,
An' I'm a'gonna raise a holler.
I've been working all winter
Just to try and earn a dollar.
Well I went to the boss
Said I had a date
My boss said "No dice, son, you gotta work late"

Sometimes I wonder what I'm a'gonna do
There ain't no cure for the wintertime blues

Well my mom 'n' poppa told me
"Son you gotta earn some money,
If you want to use the car
To go riding next Sunday."

Well I didn't go to work
I told the boss I was sick
"Now you can't use the car
'cause you didn't work a lick."

Sometimes I wonder what I'm a'gonna do
Cause there ain't no cure for the wintertime blues.

Gonna take two weeks
Gonna have a fine vacation
Gonna take my problems
To the United Nations

Well I went to my congressman
He said, quote: "I'd like to help you son,
But you're too young to vote."

Sometimes I wonder what I'm a'gonna do
Cause there ain't no cure for the wintertime blues.


Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Buxton Humanist Group

Buxton Humanist Group meet on the third Monday of each Month, 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start to the Meeting ~ all welcome.
Venue is the Piano Lounge, Old Hall Hotel,The Square,Buxton, SK17 6AZ

There is a Guest Speaker each month.

For further details of the group, please ring Marge Rose on 01298 72310 and leave a message or go to the Greater Manchester Humanists website at .....

Monday, 21 December 2009

Great Scottish Run 2010

Just entered the Great Scottish Run - Half Marathon (again) for 2010, an 'Early Bird' Entry.

Sunday 5th September 2010 – Glasgow, Scotland


Sunday, 20 December 2009

Festive Greetings ...


Weather in Buxton ...

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Third Time Lucky ?

I 'treated' myself to present of a 3 dongle and webbook package from Carphone Warehouse in January this year. The first webbook they gave me, an Elonex, developed an 'electrical fault' in August and was deemed to be beyond repair but apparently nobody from Carphone Warehouse could communicate this to me and after waiting beyond the 28 days CW said they required, I went into the local CW Store to find they had a Toshiba N100 they wished me to have, as a 'Goodwill' gesture. This Toshiba notebook lasted less than a month, but because I couldn't get it into a CW store to take advantage of their 28 day guarantee replacement Policy, they said I would have to pay £39.99 to get it repaired as this was the CW 'Policy' ~ despite being unhappy about this, I agreed to the charge as it meant I would have something to use my dongle (which costs £25 a month on a two year contract). This took place on the 22cd October, the Toshiba was handed over for repair and I duly waited for word that I could collect it, pay the £39.99 charge and then be able to access the internet on the move once more.........I waited more than the 28 working days that CW said they needed, and visited the local CW store to enquire where my repair was .... the answer was not as expected, they said my Toshiba was sent to the manufacturers (despite CW telling me it was a Software repair that they would repair for the £39.99 fee) and they had 'no idea' how long it would be.
Once again, I was most unhappy, not only with the fact that I had nothing to use my £25 a month dongle on, but perturbed by the fact that once again CW had failed to communicate anything either through their Customer Services or the local store.
I demanded that they make good the 'package' that I had purchased from them originally, which was a webbook complete with a dongle to access the internet whilst on the move and which I was paying £25 a month for but could not use .... as I had no webbook.
After a fashion, the local store contacted their Customer Services and,once again, relayed the history I experienced of their product(s). Customer Services, as a gesture of 'Goodwill', said that I could have Samsung N140 (pictured) to replace the missing Toshiba N100, and that it would be in the local store for me to pick up within 7 days.
7 days (and more) I entered the local store (once more) to enquire on the whereabouts of the "promised" Samsung N140 .... lo and behold .... it was not there !
Once again, the local CW store contacted their Customer Services and was told that they didn't send it because they could not find a way to raise an invoice (or something to that effect) ... which was not my problem, all I wanted was a webbook.
Once again, I demanded satisfaction, as I was incensed that not only did I feel badly let down by CW, I was astonished by their lack of communication in dealing with my case. The "best" that CW could do, would be to send the Samsung N140 directly to me and once again I was 'promised' by CW that they would use a next-day delivery service, so that I would receive the product between 7.30 am and 9pm next day. I accepted this was all they could do, and agreed for it to take place.
Well, that delivery should have taken place .... yesterday .... and it never happened as 'promised' as CW sent it by "Standard Delivery" and it arrived today.
As I mentioned earlier, this CW 'package' is over a 2 year contract which costs £25 a month (CW are quick to point out that this is to 3, the internet provider, for the SIM card) .... I have been able to use what I pay for, through no fault of my own, this 'package' only three out of the eleven months I have had it so far.
I hope the remaining 13 months of the contract are trouble-free, as I certainly won't be renewing this, and I would recommend that everyone think twice (and twice again) before taking any contract out on products such as these.
Be warned.

Monday, 7 December 2009

John Lennon

I remember buying my first copy of "Double Fantasy", on vinyl, I loved all the songs without realising until years later, that the album was like a Love Opera, each alternate track being John followed by one from Yoko. Played in it's entirety, it stands up to be a true Classic Album, made even more 'classic' because it was released the same year that John Lennon was murdered, on 8th December 1980
For me, the song "Watching the Wheels" puts everything into perspective.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Blue Moon ....

Looking forward to seeing this year's Blue Moon, a fitting end to 2009


December 31, 19:13 (blue moon)

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Buxton Water in Colour .....

After the overnight Snow has melted, it brings colour down from the Hills ~ making the River Wye appear "Red" !


Let it Snow, Let it Snow...Let it Snow

The scene that greeted me as I arrived back in Buxton from my French Class, yes December 1st 2009 and the snow is starting in earnest and moving north to a town near you.