Sunday, 29 November 2015

A body is announced!

I have been in and around Birmingham for a couple of weeks. The notable presence in the area is the police. On  Friday the 20th of November Inderjit Bhogal  41, described as Asian 6 ft tall left the Brasshouse pub near Brindley Square at about 10.45pm. He was later seen on CCTV near the canal. I don’t suppose for one minute he thought he was taking his last walk. The police and divers have been searching the canal and the local area ever since. Today 29/11 about mid-day his body was pulled out of the canal near Sheepcote Road Bridge. A tragic end to my short story!


What is amazing is that the body was lain just under the bridge for a couple hours before they could get a coroner and a vehicle to the scene to pronounce him dead and take him away. Whilst waiting 10 officers, of varying ranks were involved in ‘protecting’ the corpse and stopping the public from using that part of the tow path. I cannot believe that no vehicle was available. They could have gone to the nearest vehicle hire base and got suitable transport for a lot less than the cost of 10 officers for 2/3 hours.



Saturday, 28 November 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

I was gonna be a star

In another life I was a singer, not famous but quite good. I started singing at school when I was about 6 and never stopped. The head mistress Mrs Jessica Horsbourgh insisted I sang a solo in the school play, I was good. And every time we got a visitor to the school I had to stand up and do my piece, it used to embarrass the hell out of me.
I then progressed on to doing backing with a small rock band when I was 17. Mainly because I couldn't play the guitar. We/they were called Program. If I recall correctly we did one gig, but we practised a lot! I did the art work for our first album cover. Shame we never got a contract it was a good cover.
Then I did nothing until I got my second divorce (39), when I took up playing the guitar that I had owned for some time, to avoid becoming a couch potato. After I had learned my first song I thought 'I can do that' and set about writing. I didn't stop for about ten years.

I did my first solo gig at the Bulls Head in Aston Clinton one year after I started learning to play.

While I was learning I was a member of the local church and did my early gigs there on Sundays. I was a founder member of,
There were 7 of us, we would sing in church nearly every week much to the disdain of some of the choir. Until, that is, we started singing my compositions.
There was Margret & Steve Pay (both Lay preachers) Richie & Roz Palmer (he was an airframe fitter) Brian Ludlow (doctor) and me (lecky) & Sandra White (nurse). We played a few gigs out at other churches and shows etc. Brian's wife, Lady Margret Ludlow, was too busy bringing up the children, of which, they had a few.
After that I was moved to Wiltshire, funnily enough Richie lived there too, and we formed Old Frendz . We only did two gigs and split, but we had fun rehearsing. I still make a point of visiting Ritchie and Roz when I go home. Alas, sadly, I have lost touch with the others. Happy days.
I still own 4 guitars and I still sing and play, but only on my front porch. I write a lot, but not lyrics. Seem to have lost the touch. In my hey day I could write two songs a day.
OK it ain't over till the Fat Man sings.

PS Hard to believe with that hair, I was a Sergeant in the RAF. I still have more hair than is decent for a man of my age.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Its a brothel not a club

Conservative Minister Robert Helford MP had a six month affair with a very nice bit of totty. They met at his ‘club’. He was filmed leaving the ‘club’ with said totty. This led to his embarrassment when it was discovered that he had claimed 30,000 pounds of our hard earned taxes for his membership fees to this high class brothel. Why are we paying for this?

Robert Halfon, who was cheating on his life partner, said the most important thing to him was ‘to repair my relationship with my partner’.

No Robert you fucked up. You deceived your life partner and you stole from people who are not able to afford it. You are a crook and should go to jail. You are typical of the corrupt regime that think we will turn a blind eye to you thieving, immoral bastards in the House of Commons.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Phyllis May

This is the boat that went all the way from Stone to Carcassonne and down Indian River. She was burned out a couple of years ago and  and a replacement was sought buy he owner Terry Darlington. She is now back to her former glory.
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

On the Shroppie


1000 words of lies.

You wouldn’t believe the furore raised by a simple cartoon in the Daily Mail. Had it stayed in the Mail no one would have thought any more of it, but  Kerry-Anne Mendosa the chief editor at The Canary decided to make a big deal out of it and wound up the proles for miles around. Her article starts with this headline

“The Daily Mail has sunk to an all-time low with this despicable response to the Paris attacks”.

Hardly objective. This of course sets the people who are going to read it into an emotional storm from which most will never recover. I should point out it would seem the readership are a regiment of PC Nazis! They will automatically be looking to be down on the Mail.

Mendoza follows that with another negative:-


At this point she could have shown a picture of Noddy and the PC Nazis would have spat out the anti-racist venom that appeared in the comments column. The cartoon is not a statement of what should happen, but what is happening. The Proles failed to see this!

This is the cartoon:-


The premise of Mendosa is that it is a racist piece of junk and should be banned or the cartoonist should be charged with hate crimes. Her point is that it depicts all Syrians as rats.

The way I see it there are three groups in this cartoon. There are Syrian refugees, there are suspect element (in shadow) and there are the rats. I’m not sure what the guy on the right is there for. It is my contention that the rats may represent other nationalities who are taking advantage of the Syrian situation. All three groups are being allowed IN.

Mendosa then goes on to compare the cartoon to a German cartoon from the 30s/40s. Well that was lighting the blue touch paper. The Proles went fecking ballistic.

In the German cartoon the Jews are all being kept OUT. The similarity I see is that both cartoons are graphically depicting what is/was happening and not what they want/ed to happen. You will, however, notice that all the Jews have been represented as rats unlike the other photo where rats do not appear to look like any ‘race’ in particular.

This is the German cartoon:-


What is most sad is that during my attempt to put across my point of view I was called a leftie, a rightie, a liberal, a fascist, a wanker, a pedo, (I dont get that one) a fifth columnist. While I was quite ready to try to see their point of view, which I couldn’t because there was no real objectivity just lots of missed placed emotion, not one was prepared to even consider what I said. Now I might be wrong I don’t know but I feel  sure that Mx Mendoza wrote this piece with the intention of raising Cain and she succeeded. To me she appears to be no better than the SUN or the mail. Certainly not a credible journo.

I would email Mendoza,  but couldn’t find and email addy on the site.

Come on tell me I am wrong!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015


That’s a lot of money. It’s a lot of money for just about everyone unless you are a squillionaire or an MEP! Our MEPs receive €96,246.36 (£78,000) a year for a job that many of us would do for half the price. £78,000 thats about three times the national average!

Plus the EU contribution into his non-contributory pension is equal to 3.5% of his salary. We pay that! €3368.62 per year. That’s €16843.11 for the 5 year term.

All of their airfares are paid when travelling within the EUs 28 member states. FIRST CLASS!

There is an extra travel allowance up to €4,243 for trips outside of the EU on whatever official business.

MEPs are given a €304 a day "subsistence" allowance for when they're on official business. If that is only 100 days a year it totals €30,400

Add to this an MEP is allowed to claim back two thirds of all medical bills. Viagra is included on that.

MEPs can claim up to €4,299 a month to fund such things as phone bills and computers. €51,588

All MEPs seem to have a hoard of flunkies and to help them pay for that they can claim up to €21,209 a month for staffing costs. That’s €254.508 pa

And of course when the gravy train stops they will get £39,000 to ease them back into the ‘real world”.

This so the expenses can all add up to £623,067.38.

Shit I’d do it for a lot less than that.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

And again, Give up!

I see once again marina bound myopia has been switched on. Mr Gary Edwards says in  the November edition of Canal Boat Magazine that the solution to the CCer ‘problem’ is to have a higher licence fee. "Why not introduce a continuous cruiser license fee? It would seem legitimate to me that those who are continuously cruising the system would cause more maintenance and, therefore, thier use of the system should cost them more in license fees.”

“Perhaps the extra fees would be similar to the cost of a permanent mooring; this may encourage more continuous cruisers to find an approved mooring"

Now I remember this being put forward in 2004/5. The proposal then was to increase the CCer licence to 247% of the ‘normal’ licence. I and others fought very hard writing to all and sundry to stop this preposterous proposition. Now 10 years later Mr Gary Edwards drags it all up again. Does he think we have nothing better to do with our time then to fight this battle all over again? There is no CCer problem. The problem exists in the marinas. People who park up for most of the year in a horizontal block of flats. People who don’t put anything into the system. People who will call CRT to fix something they could fix themselves. People who spend their lives polishing a possession instead of getting out there and using it.

I wonder how many trees Mr Edwards has reported down. More to the point I wonder how many he has helped to remove. How many shopping trolleys has he removed from the cut? Has he ever picked up a discarded porta potti. When he moors up does he ever pick up the litter near his mooring, probably not. When he goes down the weed hatch does he take the propfoul with him or does he just discard it on the towpath like most marina myopics do. When was the last time he did something that needed doing because it seemed like a good thing to do rather than leave it to someone else because “it’s not my job.”

Apart from regular tools I have a long pole net, shears, loppers pruning cutters, pruning saw, log saw, spade, broom, litter pickers and all are used regularly. I have lost count of the times I have called CRT to report a problem and I will stay to help if I can. Shopping trolleys 3 or 4 a year, about 60 cones in 5 years and I average about three tons of rubbish every year, not to mention the 8 porta potties I have collected since 2011. My second step houses some big spanners so I can tighten and adjust mechanisms if required. I trim back over hanging trees and bushes, clear by-washes if I can.

Let me ask Mr ‘problem’ what he is prepared to pay me and others like me to keep the canals clear so he can enjoy his two weeks and odd weekends. Personally I think I am worth £20k a year plus expenses (I pay for all my tools and bin bags myself). However if I was to be paid it would be by an increase in HIS licence fee! I think CRT & MR Edwards are getting good value from my licence fee. “Me, me, me, me, me,” that’s all Mr Myopia is saying. “I want, I want, I want;” well let me tell you, you can’t have it!

My income is not great, adequate would best describe it. However 80% of my income goes into the the waterway economy, other CCers do similar. Does Mr Edwards think that all the pub and shops would survive if that money wasn’t put into the local economy? Some might but many wouldn’t.

Understand this Mr Myopia we all pay the same price for the same access to the same system. It is not us that are using it more, but you who are using it less. Campaign for lower fees for marina moorers and see how far you get, just leave us out of it. If all boating means to you is trying to screw up other boaters then you need to find something productive to do with your time, I understand ISIS are recruiting!

I will never be encouraged to be in a marina. I don't want to be stuck in a marina. I bought my boat to travel. I can do precious little travelling in a marina. So why would I pay for a permanent mooring if I was never going to use it. The CCer is a legal entity laid down in the 1995 Act. By all means campaign to change the law, but be careful what you wish for. The new law may well be nothing like you want.

You have to be a boater….

….to understand what a lash up this is. Engineering of this standard is just not acceptable!


Monday, 16 November 2015

A Heron….

….doing what herons do!

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It’s a shame that the Diwali Festival Of Light isnt a Festival of Anti Litter. On a canal path near you!


Sunday, 15 November 2015


Some times when one is clearing the detritus of other peoples sordid lives you come across odd things in the water. I have lost count of the condoms I have seen and pairs of knickers I have disposed of. Tops jackets and jumpers trousers abound, but like everyone else often around the propeller.

I have collected about 10 full cans of beer, spoons, glasses, cups, a dog lead - two in fact! I have rescued various dolls from a watery grave and copious quantities of jewellery (some worth weighing in). Thousands of bottles, and cans likewise.

The most obnoxious are the 8 porta potties I have bagged and stored on the roof while waiting for somewhere to properly dispose of them. there was one that was absolutely full to the brim that I didn’t move, rather called CRT to tell them where it was. The next time I passed it had gone, but I was surprised however, to see that the two tyres and the bin bag of domestic rubbish that it sat on where still there, but not now.

A dozen or more shopping trolleys have travelled on my roof to the nearest store for disposal point. (Tesco in Loughborourgh must have had apoplexy when I left a very old, rusty well soaked specimen of dereliction in the trolley park)

In Leicester I retrieved 7 traffic cones which brings my total to about 60. At Nuneaton I dragged a full wheelie bin out of the water. On The Shroppie last month I found a full length of planed 3 x 2, this will do duty as a stand for Molly’s roof top basket.

But the most interesting and amusing thing I found was this:-
It is a tea light holder.

Saturday, 14 November 2015


Today I received this from 38 degrees

“It’s scary. Scary because people were enjoying their Friday nights and then worlds were turned upside down. Scary because people might react in the wrong way...And it’s so, so sad.” -
                                Laura, 38 Degrees member.

I would like to know what is the wrong way to react to an attack of this nature. These barmpots will have us rolling over and surrendering.



Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Fly tipping

There is a nice little basin along from my mooring at St Vincent Street Bridge. You could probably get half a dozen boats in there without too much trouble. Here is a  map.
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I know it wasn’t there yesterday. This is a shame because it is a nice little basin and useable


Needless to say it has been reported.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

All is revealed

Recently the subject of this gate being locked open was raised. Of course leaving it open like this allows cyclists to speed up down the ramp and most would see it as an accident waiting to happen.

I raised the issue of H&S with the local CRT office and receive a semi acceptable answer. Apparently CRT were asked by ‘interested’ parties to lock the gate open. We are talking City Council and Police. The reason was that there had been a spate of muggings at this location, Sheepcote Bridge.

As cyclists were stopping to manoeuvre their bikes through the chicane muggers who were hiding behind the bush leaped out and attacked their unsuspecting victims.

I can see this as a simple short term solution,but what really needs to happen is a couple of things. Increased Police presence police cars crossing the bridge could slow down and shine a torch down the ramp on to the gate area,  and better lighting. At this point the area is next to pitch black,

So in order for the council and police to avoid paying for a solution CRT are required to put pedestrians and boaters in harms way. Will they never learn!


Saturday, 7 November 2015

HST (High Speed Travel)

I watched a hire boat yesterday some two hundred yards away. If his throttle wasn’t hard on the stops my name ain’t Maffi. His wash would have been over the bank if not for the fact that banks here are unusually high. 

I was crawling along scooping up rubbish as I went. I wasn’t about to let him pass me at speed because he would have lifted me up an dropped me in the shallows and I would have been stuck. I signalled to him to slow down. As he passed I told him 4 mph was not a target but a maximum (he was going faster). I said he should be more concerned about not breaking wash. I think this fell on deaf ears.

He said he was just trying to over take me. I told him I thought he was trying to over take the  London to Glasgow 747. Need less to say he shot off at stupid speed and arrived in the city a week ago last Wednesday what with him being Dr Who and all.

When I moored up I fired off a message to Napton Narrowboats. As of now I am yet to received a reply.

What they have in common is…

All those I Iisted in yesterday’s post are, by today’s standards, “Islamophobes”.

Every single one of them has at one time in their history (some many times) made statements against Islam and Mohammed. Most are very much against the proliferation of Islam and see followers of Mohammed totally unsuitable to live in the modern western world.

Europe will soon go under because of its former liberalism that has proved childish and suicidal. Imre Kertész

Quran… an accursed book…. So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.– William Ewart Gladstone UK PM

The command to propagate the Moslem creed by the sword is always obligatory……… by fraud, or by force. John Quincy Adams.

Nor can the Plundering of Infidels be in that sacred Book [the Quran] forbidden, ……Benjamin Franklin

Over a billion people believe in Allah without truly knowing what Allah supposedly stands for or what he really demands of them. Professor Bertrand Russell

To liberate the Muslim from his religion is the best service that one can render him. Joseph Ernest Renan

Religious harmony is a desirable thing. But it takes two to play the game. Unfortunately such a sentiment holds no position in Islamic theology. Ram Swarup

No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Sir Winston Churchill

Here is the full list. Do not accept what it says, do some Googling.

Those Liberals among you don’t have to look you can go sit and have a cup of tea and contemplate your destruction of the UK.

Friday, 6 November 2015

What do they have in common

Thirty four philosophers, statesmen, and writers of the last 1400 years. What do they all have in common?

Answer at the weekend if I don’t go away.

Adams, John Quincy American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829.

Ali, Ayaan Hirsi Somali-born American (formerly Dutch) activist, writer, and politician.

Al-Ma’arri 11th Century blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.

Ambedkar, Dr.B.R. Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer (14 April 1891– 6 December 1956).

Aquinas, St. Thomas (Contra Gentiles, Book One, Chapter 6, Paragraph 4) Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism (1225 – 7 March 1274).

Aurobindo, Sri Born Aurobindo Ghose, was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet (15 August 1872– 5 December 1950).

Besant, Annie British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator. Party member of the Indian National Congress (1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933).

Chattopadhyay, Sarat Chandra Bengali novelist and short story writer (15 September 1876 – 16 January 1938).

Churchill, Sir Winston British Conservative politician and statesman of the United Kingdom during the Second World War.

Danielou, Alain French historian, intellectual, musicologist, Indologist (4 October 1907 – 27 January 1994).

Durant, Will American writer, historian, and philosopher (November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981).

Elst, Koenraad Belgian orientalist and Indologist.

Franklin, Benjamin American revolutionary, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790).

Fuxiang, Ma Chinese military and political leader spanning the Qing Dynasty.

Gautier, Francois French writer and journalist based in India.

Gladstone, William Ewart Prime Minister of the United Kingdom four times between 1868 and 1894 (1809–1898).

Hamid, Tawfik (aka Tarek Abdelhamid Egyptian author and former member of the militant al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya.

Husain, Irfan Pakistani columnist and writer for Dawn.

Jefferson, Thomas U.S. president addressing the Continental Congress about the brutal pirate attacks of the Muslim Ottoman Barbary (1801–1805 and 1815).

Kertész, Imre Hungarian author, Holocaust concentration camp survivor, and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature

Lewis, Bernard British-American historian, scholar in Oriental studies, and political commentator.

Muir, Sir William Scottish Orientalist, scholar of Islam, and colonial administrator (27 April 1819 – 11 July 1905).

Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Conversation between the Emperor and a Persian scholar, 1391.

Patel, Sardar Ballavbhai Indian barrister and statesman, leader of the Indian National Congress and one of founding fathers of the Republic of India (31 October 1875– 15 December 1950).

Prithipal, Dr K D Professor of Comparative Religion, University of Alberta.

Rai, Lala Lajpat Indian Punjabi author and politician who is chiefly remembered as a leader in the Indian fight for independence (28 January 1865 – 17 November 1928).

Razi, Zakariya (Rhazes) Persian chemist, philosopher and physician, 865 – 925AD.

Renan, Joseph Ernest French expert of Middle East ancient languages and civilizations (28 February 1823 – 2 October 1892).

Roosevelt, Theodore “Teddy” 26th President of the United States

Roy, Shiv Prasad Indian Bengali writer.

Rumi, Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Persian Sufi poet and philosopher.  (1207– 17 December 1273).

Russell, Professor Bertrand British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic (18 May 1872– 2 February 1970).

Shaikh, Dr. Younis Pakistani medical doctor, human rights activist and freethinker.

Swarup, Ram Independent Hindu thinker and prolific author (1920 – 26 December 1998).

Tagore, Rabindranath Bengali polymath and Nobel Prize winner in Literature who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941).

Thursday, 5 November 2015

So what?

I dont care how old the story is. I don’t care that  Andrew Ryan was a bit of a skate. I don’t care that he stole the book. What I do care about is that both crimes were equally offensive to two different groups of people. Both crimes were designed to incite and offend the other group and the punishments were vastly different. Would you have been any the less enraged at my publishing this if I angled it from the ‘poppy burners’ pov and complained that their punishment was too lenient? There is no winning when the liberal minded get on their high horse. 

Like Churchill said “This is not the beginning of the end, it is the end of the beginning.”


Hence forth there will be no comments accepted on this blog. I am tired of people trying to make points off me when they have no idea what this blog is and who I am. This place is about what I want to say if you want to say something start your own space.

Walk in my shoes and see my mind, see my struggles, see my dangers.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

And so it begins……

A former soldier has been sentenced to 70 days in prison for setting fire to a copy of Muslim holy book the Koran in the centre of Carlisle.

Andrew Ryan had previously admitted religiously aggravated harassment and theft of a Koran from a library.

The 32-year-old, of Summerhill, said he had been "shocked" watching a Muslim burning a poppy on Remembrance Day.

Shoppers and schoolchildren witnessed the burning, outside the old Town Hall, on 19 January.

Sitting at Carlisle Magistrates' Court, District Judge Gerald Chalk described it as a case of "theatrical bigotry".

He said: "It was pre-planned by you as you stole the book deliberately.

"You went out to cause maximum publicity and to cause distress."

Ryan struggled with security guards in court after the sentence was passed.

While being handcuffed he shouted: "What about my country? What about burning poppies?"

About 10 people were in court to support Ryan, and as they left the court they shouted "do you call this justice?".

After sentencing, Insp Paul Marshall, of Cumbria Police, said: "This incident was highly unusual for Cumbria as we have such low levels of hate crime in the county."