The Devil God's Best Friend

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If you have any interest in: Ufology, Paranormal, Angling, Paganism, the Eco-system and general controversy then this may just be the place for you. I am a published author of books concerning these particular topics...


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Friday, 20 March 2015

SOLAR ECLIPSE TODAY





I briefly mentioned the celestial events in my last UFO Digest article that were expected today, 20 March 2015. These were of course the Solar Eclipse, Spring Equinox and the Supermoon.


The solar event was almost spoiled by thickening cloud yet as readers can see in England we did manage to have some success with the cameras.


The temperature dropped to a chilly 5 degrees celsius in my Southport location and the birds did appear somewhat confused, as the morning gradually darkened.



Once again the doom and gloom merchants were proved wrong as we are still here and the day is already brightening up.



In fact these wonderful celestial events would seem to be a beneficial sign of increasing light on all levels.

As the Romans would have said...


“Hail Sol – the great life bringer!” 


Addendum:

Thank to Rebecca from the Southport Visiter for uploading some of my shots ..










Monday, 16 March 2015

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BROOKDALE RESOURCE CENTRE SUCCESSFUL

BUT NOT ONE SINGLE TORY COUNCILLOR IN SIGHT!





Ainsdale Conservative apathy reached new heights during the successful fight to keep Brookdale (Woodvale’s dementia facility) open. 

Politicians from both Labour and Liberal Democratic groups arrived to show strong support for the campaign. 

The fight back was initiated by locals/families who were deeply concerned for the continuation of the centre, following outrageous council threats of closure. 



However, Ainsdale Ward Tory councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill never came near the campaign or the facility.

Their interest was in fact - ZERO!





A local Brookdale campaigner stated.

“We have had really good support during this hard battle from Labour and the Libdem people. They have been visiting the place regularly and seeing what they can do to help, yet Conservative councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill, have been totally invisible and never came anywhere near the fight. It has been stated that they are, ‘Dementia – unfriendly’ and in this instance this is a true fact. In the end we won the fight so these two Tories were not even needed, but it would have been nice to know they actually had some compassion for the families suffering under the axe of closure. They let us all down badly.”


Some politicians appear to care about their community, whilst others do not!

Woodvale, in Ainsdale Southport, remains as one classic example of this truth!

What do we pay them for? 





Sunday, 15 March 2015

SHAMED TOWN CENTRE TORY FINALLY RESURFACES TO DEMAND CLEAN TOWN ENVIRONMENT - BUT AINSDALE'S CONSERVATIVES REMAIN TYPICALLY INVISIBLE! 




Duke's Ward Tory, Cllr David Barton, has been invisible for some time following his controversial activity of self-promotion at Southport's Remembrance Day event.


http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/southport-tory-councillor-david-barton.html

Barton has however now resurfaced, like a struggling U-Boat skipper, in a Champion  article concerning cleaning up the town centre in which he is quoted...


http://www.champnews.com/newsstory.aspx?story=3063512&word=&userid=

I have to agree that a clean environment is most "beneficial" to our wellbeing  and that is one reason why a number of us residents in Woodvale have been seeking to get the place cleaned up and improved for the local elderly residents as well.




Sadly our best efforts (supported by Libdem councillor, Haydn Preece, and Candidate Lynne Thompson) have been largely thwarted, thanks to blocks by the two Ainsdale Conservative councillors, Terry Jones and Ted Hartill.

It is commonly accepted by locals that these lacklustre politicians have been more than reluctant to help because proposals to improve the area did 'not' come from them. Basically, they have given the widespread impression that it's a case of ...  It was not our idea so get stuffed - don't call us, we'll call you! 





http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/tension-threatening-community-in.html

Woodvale's dilapidated Sandbrook Way Precinct remains in a state of increasing decay - so it would seem that these Ainsdale Tories do fail to share much similarity to Cllr Barton's alleged concern for residents or the local environment in their ward.

BROOKDALE FIGHT WON - BUT NO TORY IN SIGHT! 




More recently, amazing Ainsdale Tory apathy was witnessed during our successful fight to keep Brookdale (dementia facility) open. The plain fact was that Councillor Jones and Hartill never even bothered to show their faces to support the wonderful facility. They are invisible!

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/friends-of-brookdale-celebration-time.html


Of course this brief yet accurate analysis may once again invoke the wrath (hollow legal threats etc) of Tory chief, Terry Jones, but facts speak for themselves.

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/family-threatened-with-legal-action-by.html



Telling the truth upsets some, but that is the way it always is! 


Essentially Ainsdale Tory councillors  have left Woodvale and its needy residents to simply rot!











Friday, 6 March 2015

Pat Regan, Southport Fly Fishers (SFF) regular, takes the Trophy again and two fine anglers receive very well-earned honours





Above from left:  Frank Porter, Pat Regan and John Wilkins.

Long - standing Southport fly fishing experience second to none


Pat Regan has won the best bag limit (trout) trophy three years in succession. This is the sixth time Pat has won this fly fishing trophy

Moreover, Southport Fly Fishers (SFF) has created a new class of ‘Honorary Membership’ for Frank Porter (club member since 1980 and our longest serving member) and John Wilkins (club member since 1983). These fine members have worked unstintingly  over many seasons for SFF. 





Above: the winning catch 




One of the excellent trophy trout from last summer on fly


The winning weight for the three fish limit was 9 lbs (2.5 lb, 3 lb and 3.5 lb) and they were taken one bright day in April 2014.






SFF  club have a waiting list and with fishing on the Lune, Hodder, Welsh Dee, Yarrow in addition to a 2.5 acre lake,  this makes very good value.  Anyone interested in joining the SFF can contact John Smith (Secretary) at:  
john.jdsmith@btopenworld.com

Alternatively, they can write to John at:  'Glifhadia', Leyland Lane, Leyland PR26 8LB.

Last year's trophy  news...

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/holy-grail-of-local-trout-angling-comes.html 













Friends of Brookdale - Celebration Time!



Following official confirmation that our lightning - strike campaign to save the Brookdale Resource Centre in Woodvale, Southport, was successful it was celebrations all around







It was simply 'not right' or logical that Sefton Council had originally planned to close this essential specialist, dementia - care centre and a great many people agreed with us.

Friends of Brookdale wish to thank everyone who helped to make a difference.


We reiterate our sincere thanks to everyone who supported this wonderful and successful health care campaign... 



Looking after good neighbours is never a task,  but an honour gladly undertaken. 









Thursday, 26 February 2015

Friends of Brookdale at Southport Town Hall, 26 February 2015




2,028 signature strong petition


Friends of Brookdale today attended a Cabinet Meeting of the Council to put forward the 2,028 signature strong petition to keep the Brookdale Resource Centre open.

Many of the campaigners arrived to show a united objection to the original proposal to close the centre. Lindsay Scott gave an excellent five minute speech to put forward everyone’s concerns and reasons for it to stay open.





Above: Friends of Brookdale pictured at Town Hall with Cllr Liz Savage (blue coat)



Although Cllr Peter Dowd said there had been a U-turn to the original proposals, we felt it was still important that our voice was heard. There was another petition also put in by another person, to state discontent with the consultation process. The councillors in the Cabinet meeting voted in agreement with Cllr Dowd that the Brookdale Resource Centre was indeed to stay open.


The meeting was very highly charged and emotional as a lot of people in the ‘audience’ wanted to speak and were not allowed to due to the regulations of the council. Cllr Dowd said he will continue to liaise with Friends of Brookdale on its future.

Friends of Brookdale campaigners were ‘over the moon’ at the result today but will not completely feel safe until after the budget meeting on the 5 March 2015.



More here: https://www.facebook.com/brookdaledaycentre






Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ainsdale Countryside under threat!



Ainsdale Community Wildlife Trust (ACWT) and the battle against Sefton Council to save our fragile countryside


Public meeting over former playing fields site; details here... 




Turn Ainsdale into a sterile concrete jungle, with gridlock and overcrowding or preserve and even enhance the natural wild places that we have loved and cared for throughout countless generations?



Under Sefton Council's Local Plan more than 243 homes are earmarked for the site, which the charitable trust wants to make into a wildlife reserve. 

Of course at the end if the day it's all about money, money and 'more' money and to hell with wildlife (even when it's legally protected)  and our green places... 

For what it’s worth I left the following post regarding this subject on the Southport Visiter Facebook page...

Wildlife has no voice to protest; therefore it resides at the frequently pitiless mercy of mankind. Some of us with true compassion for wild places and the wonderful rare creatures that urgently require them do what we can to defend such havens. Since I was a child I have seen our old Southport countryside vanish and it is a massive eco-tragedy. My father was a tough old soldier but he would have wept at what has happened to the rural, green places. The choice is simple, do we want to concrete the fragile landscape everywhere or do we wish to preserve our beautiful untamed places for future generations to enjoy. My kids alone prefer to run in grassy meadows and hillside rather than breathe toxic car fumes and walk on tarmac in gridlocked cities. We do not own nature – we are simply a part of it and must grant it the sincere respect that it‘s truly due! When we have destroyed it all – it will be gone forever!


AINSDALE COMMUNITY WILDLIFE TRUST 




 Thankfully, some folk do appear to care a little more about the ecosystem than others and everyone needs to check out this informative link pronto...


And please do make sure you watch this brilliant ACWT visual walkthough so you know what sort of wanton eco-destruction Sefton Council wishes to undertake, via building on this lovely wildlife haven!



ACWT deserve full support from the Southport public today. 


The great joy such nature reserves give families is immeasurable.



Most of us may recall those balmy summer days in lovely natural places full of bird song and butterflies. Do we really want to destroy all that? 







Crimes against nature are appalling and must always be challenged. 

If we let them they will get away with it, time after time.

Call for Sports area? 

I am aware that Cllr Preece's campaign for keeping playing fields for the younger community is ongoing! I am as yet not familiar with the possibility to satisfy both calls for a nature reserve and sports facility. However, I would suggest that perhaps a fair compromise may be found so that both parties work 'together' for the common good to save this lovely area.

Better to have factions working together against land loss than at each other throats, via different agendas. 

The latter belligerent scenario would only help the land-destroying developers. 

As always I welcome feedback on these vital issues.