Thursday, 27 October 2016

My three girls.

Love them all .

Sad but I do not have pic of my lad.



















Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Theatre in the Dock

Once a year the dry dock at Tooley’s is closed for the week. The dock is drained, pressure washed, and dried out for the coming festivities. Once prepped the stage arrives. Lighting, sound and performers. Rehearsals begin.

The dock is 226 years old and is a Scheduled Monument.

This year Kate Saffin performed ‘Idle Women’. A 50 minute play about the women who took the places of those boatmen who went to fight in WWll. Heater Wastie read her poetry and sang with the squeeze box as did Phil Underwood.

Kate in rehearsal.

The troop in performance

The troop in promopose

Steve Haywood putting in a guest appearance.

As Patrons
of the Theatre n the Dock Company of players
Tim and Pru put in an appearance.

Tim signed the comments book. Steve signed his own book.

Pru put in the kisses


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Banbury Canal Day

If you’ve not been to Banbury Canal Day May I suggest you try and make it next year. Not only is it a fab day, but it is a fab weekend.

Kate Saffin organises a theatre production in the dry dock at Tooley’s on Friday this includes one of her one woman plays. This year there was also performances by Helen Wastie and Philip Underwood.

This years play was written and performed by Kate about the Idle Women.

Saturday sees the annual ‘Boater’s Bash’ also in the dry dock. 40 or so boaters get together for a …….get together. Fish and chips and bring your own bottle. There is also entertainment in the form of Helen and Philip. Steve Haywood read from one of his books.

Sunday is Canal Day proper. Boats, stalls, fair, etc Kate does short renditions in the the dock, excerpts from her various plays. Helen, Philip and Steve Haywood fill in spaces where they can. Even I read some of my work.

It is a good weekend, not to be missed.

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09 October 2016 15:26:59


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But what does it mean?

Thursday, 6 October 2016


… think you were cheated and want a second referendum, may I remind you June 23 2016 WAS the second referendum.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Muddy Waters

Those who are aficionados of the Muddy Waters collection of children’s books will be pleased to know that there is a new book out. It was first sold at the Banbury Canal Day. It is an anthology of Muddy Waters and includes a new story in America.

This is a must have book.


Get your copy at the web site.
New book

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Morning Pauline!

I have mentioned Pauline here in the past, but now we have a picture. Kevin and Pauline are locals to the Thrupp area. They live in Shipton the next village up the canal which, as it happens, doesn’t have a pub. So we graciously allow them to use the BOAT INN in Thrupp.

Morning Pauline


You will notice that Molly, not being the centre of attention, is sulking,

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tut! Tut! Tut!

This picture has been doing the rounds for some time now. Understand this it is a fake. Tony B-lair is a pigmy. By that I mean politically as well as not tall. This picture has been photoshopped. His legs are far too long. Despite B-lair being a callous war criminal I would very much doubt even he would do this. If you see this on FB please do not pass it on. You will be just clogging up the airways with shit!
Of course if you know proovably different then please tell me.

Monday, 26 September 2016


This is how we used to phone people years ago. You would put 4d, proper pennies, in the slot and dial the number you wanted. When the person on the other end picked up their phone you would press button A. If they failed to answer you would press button B to get your money back. However it was almost impossible to pass a phone box and not going in to press button B in case the previous user had forgotten to retrieve his 4d.

The shelves used to hold 4 phone books listing all the local numbers.

A-D E-K L-R and S-Z. Later the yellow pages.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

For those who…….

…..signed the 4 million people petition for a second referendum.


17 million trumps 4 million. Suck it up cupcakes.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


The result of the Brexit referendum has caused all sorts of whining from the remain camp.

Younger voters are saying that older voters have destroyed their future. This of course is absolute bollox. If you look at the figures it becomes plain to see that, if any one destroyed their future it was they themselves as an apathetic bunch of nobodies.

In the following picture you can see that the older the demographic the more responsibility they  took to get to the polling station and cast their vote in the referendum.


Only 36% of younger voters could be bothered to get off their arse and walk the short distance to the polling station. That means 64% didn’t think it was important enough to vote. That 64% could have made the difference for the remainers.

There were some voters that voted out, that later said if could vote again they would vote to stay. This surprised me. This referendum was the one and only opportunity for everyone to have their say. I find it incongruous that people would vote to leave because they never believed that Brexit could win. What cracked Logic is that? Such people who treated their vote with such contempt didn’t deserve the vote in the first place.

Of course the powers that be never believed that Brexit could win which, of course, is why they put that less than honourable buffoon Boris in charge of the leave campaign. Well fuck them and their arrogance!

David Cameron as the PM should have stayed out of the fight. Instead he should have been the referee, making sure that both sides played by the rules, fairly, but no he took a stance which he should have known would put his leadership in jeopardy. Then, when his arrogance lost the referendum, he walked away from his responsibility DUTY to see things through to the end. A more cowardly politician does not exist. Cameron is a pigmy of a man. He has proven this in the past on many occasions and only deserves our contempt.

I don’t mind saying I voted out, but I encouraged everyone in my ‘circle’ to vote.


I placed these posters on my FB timeline. You will see I didn’t say you should vote OUT, I didn’t say you should vote IN. I said you should VOTE. I thought voting was more important than how you vote! We have the vote because people fought to get us the vote. Not voting is not responsible, it is not a protest. It is an abrogation of civil responsibility. I have nothing but utter contempt for those people who let the UK down in her hour of need.

Remainers do not have any issue with Leavers their argument is with those who, on the day, failed to do their DUTY.

Ciao Maffi

Odd fact. In London more people voted OUT than voted for Sadiq Kahn to be mayor. Odd that he is fighting to take London out of the UK so it can stay in the EU. Another Pigmy!