Friday, 20 January 2017
I am sure we have all at sometime wondered who to contact when we see something wrong in our area. Well now there is a ‘Problem Central’ where you can report all manner of problems that need fixing. Its online and is called FIX MY STREET. Anyone can report a problem. When you report a problem the council or relevant authority knows within minutes or at night the very next morning.
I report many things, my local council removed a dead fox from the road near where I had a mooring, various road defects have been fixed, but my best effort was to get a fence built to stop cars parking on a grass verge outside a Co-op and turning it into a mud puddle.
Everyone can make a report just by clicking the logo in the right margin here. Or see the www. address in the poster below. Before reporting aa problem ask yourself can I fix this myself (litter etc) if not get in touch.
Be a good citizen report problems and get them fixed.
Thursday, 19 January 2017
I first came down the Old Main Line in 2006 just after I got my boat. At that time this hut had recently been refurbished. I remember it well. Exactly what was to happen to it was uncertain, but it was again pristine. History tells the story. It would seem its purpose was to fuel the tiny minds of the local ‘bastards’ who had, at this time, never done shit worth spitting on (and probably still haven’t). One night some time after my visit the mindless arsonists set fire to it. There was no rhyme nor reason they just set fire to it. There was no consideration for all the hard work that had been put into its renovation. They just torched it. Selfish little bastards!
Is it any wonder it just sits on the side of the lock looking dejected and hasn’t been refurbed again?
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
I believe this practice started in Paris. It has become the norm for lovers across the world to attach a padlock, with their names engraved on, to the structure of bridges everywhere signifying their eternal love. The key is then tossed into the water. It has become so common they now make padlocks heart shaped for the purpose.
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Monday, 16 January 2017
Last year 2015 I asked the CRT why this gate, which is normally locked …….
CRT were asked if they would open the gate so cyclists could ride through without stopping, thereby avoiding being attacked. As a temporary measure this was a good idea, but what needed to be done was to cut back the bushes and improve the lighting. This was never done because of the cost.
But of course now, saving the cyclists from getting robbed has introduced a new problem. This ramp down to the gate allows cyclists to get up one hell of a speed before they get to the now open gate, rocketing them along the towpath endangering pedestrians.
People who use this path tend to be locals, so a map is as much use as a tits on a bull. Non-locals tend not to go sight-seeing in what is essentially a derelict part of town. So the real problem has not been addressed.
On the other side of the canal, on the up stream side of the bridge is another of these chicanes. There are no bushes and no ramp but this gate is also locked open, I assume for the same reason. Proper lighting along the canal would greatly improve the security, yet the council are to busy on their prettification of the city.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
…..Post Office was a wonderful Victorian building from a time when having a Post Office was something of which a town was very proud. This office has closed down now but its importance can be seen from it’s high quality Victorian structure on a city main street. Not as it would be today, a utilitarian unit.
Standing in its doorway and looking back across the street is the ‘new’ Post Office. It is of little or no architectural value at all. Even the building in which it sits is a typical bland accommodation frontage.
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Friday, 13 January 2017
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
I saw this model in an arcade shop near New Street station. Made out of what appears to be aluminium. Although you cant see it here it is etched with all the rivets and panels. It has a good 18” wingspan. It cost a fortune. Exactly how much I don’t know, but the Russian doll on the plinth was 65 quid. Had I a house of my own, as opposed to a boat, I would most certainly have enquired about its cost.