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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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Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Virtual gridlock on Coast Road - thanks to cyclists 

Tempers raging high as bicycles  take over Southport's main 50 mph coastal roadway 

Today a large group of cycle riders created long delays for drivers on the Coastal Road. 

A long line of cars (stretching from Ainsdale to Birkdale) behind these riders moved at a snail's pace. 

There is a dedicated cycle track available, yet the bikes chose to use the main road. 

Every season MANY 'responsible' bike riders use the cycle track with no problems, yet this group did not! 

The road holds a 50 mph limit yet drivers were forced to travel at low speeds from just 10 to 20 mph behind the bikes.  

Several vexed drivers have contacted us stating that the delay  created by this band of  bikers cost them up to 45 minutes extra, on what is usually a straight and routine trip. Many people were made late for various appointments due to this ill planned activity. 

Cars were unable to overtake and the leading question is posed ... 

What would have happened if an emergency vehicle such as a police, paramedical or fire engine had reason to use this busy two lane road?

Questions have of course been raised  in the past about the basic unsuitability of any slow-moving vehicles (tractors, horses, etc) using this frequently deadly and narrow road.

Cyclists have as much right as anyone to utilise our UK road network,  yet 'sensible' ones do naturally see the logic of not creating unnecessary confrontation with other road users, via sheer arrogance.

Bias and antagonism helps no one!  

Another problems that creates frustration for road users and accidents ... 

Lighting Regulations

It is illegal to cycle on a public road after dark without lights and reflectors. Exactly which lights and reflectors, where to fit them and when to light up, is defined by the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations

Be seen and be safe! 

Friday, 26 June 2015


Censorship against evil race hate or the removal of cultural heritage? 

Have Apple, Amazon and Ebay etc shown a caring side or are they just bowing to half-baked, politically - correct  opinions over what is alleged to be right or wrong?

See this link

Also see

This is what Ebay is saying...

Effective immediately, we’re updating our offensive materials and prohibited items policy to prohibit the sale of Confederate battle flags and many items containing this image. We’re banning these items from all of our global sites.We believe this image has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism. Our decision is consistent with our long-standing policy that prohibits the sale of items that promote or glorify hatred, violence and intolerance. This action isn’t expected to impact the listing and sale of authentic historical items – or other items of historical significance – from the American Civil War period.Over the next few days, we’ll be removing listings of Confederate battle flags as well as those that contain this image. We’ll refund all insertion fees associated with such listings. This initial removal of listings won’t count as a policy violation against your account. Going forward, we’ll also block new listings of Confederate battle flags, as well as items containing this image.Thanks for your understanding and – as always – for selling with us.
The eBay Team

Any stand against the evils of slavery and race hatred is naturally to be congratulated.  

However, are we 100% certain that this rush to remove the  Battle flag is being made clear enough ?

First of all we have to define what is meant by the 'Confederate Battle Flag'. Are the censors speaking about just one flag or the earlier versions? More than one type of flag was flown during the Civil War days so...?

There were three consecutive national flag designs that served as the official national flags of the Confederate States of America (the "Confederate States" or the "Confederacy") during its existence from 1861 to 1865.

Here are a few examples below that may be under threat from manipulation, mind-control and ultimate censorship... 

Will the censors then clarify 'which' particular flag they are banning or will it be every single one EVER associated with the Southern States? 

I have only mentioned a few here.

I have a feeling that people who are passionately interested in retaining some type of cultural heritage in the South may not be too happy about this current censorship. 

I reiterate that honourable stands against race hate are commendable, yet we have to be most careful about seeking to rewrite history. 

This is because history itself teaches us valuable lessons that we must never forget. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Friends of Brookdale
June 2015 update

A meeting was held by the Friends of Brookdale group yesterday (23.6.15) with Cllr Paul Cummins; also in attendance was Marcus Roberts from Sefton. Many questions were raised by the carers present.
 Cllr Cummins confirmed that money was available for the improvements needed, such as car park resurfacing and structural improvements. He stated that the council had a commitment to carers’ involvement in any changes/improvements and that we would work together on this.

 Carers stated that concerns over referrals were slow to come through and that some professional agencies were not telling people in need about the service offered by Brookdale. Road signage was required and marketing was needed to ensure this essential service was easily found by people.
 Cllr Cummins listened and promised to look into the problems faced. 
 It was stated that in order to develop Brookdale to ensure the delivery of care stays excellent, Sefton needed to look into training needs, physical structure and referral rates.
 Friends of Brookdale are continuing to work behind the scenes with professionals in order that this much needed service continues to flourish.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

How long before someone gets hurt under Woodvale eyesore?

Despite the best efforts of local campaigners the Woodvale eyesore on Sandbrook Road/Way corner, that is the old abandoned Brook building, remains.

In fact the monstrosity is now more dangerous than ever with planks of rotting wood falling from higher up. Sooner or later collapsing debris, perhaps in high winds, from this building may hit a passer-by, even a child.  

This whole area and the typical pre-election political promises to finally address it properly shame this entire region.

More like a bombed out war-torn  inner city than a classic seaside town.

Litter and fly-tipping is also a problem with locals having to clean up the mess, due to no feasible concern from the Council or some politicians of the Ward.  

Broken residential fences that should have been fixed months ago by One Vision Housing also remain an issue of concern.

Woodvale’s forgotten wasteland exposes appalling  authoritarian and political lack of concern and leaves residents wondering just what the hell is going on! 

See also...

This fiasco disgraces our town and is clearly unacceptable - but why do us residents have to do all the shouting when others have 'blocked' proposals to improve this area? 


Friday, 19 June 2015

Car Crash:  Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport

 19 June 2015

Hopefully no one was badly injured in this horrific looking crash.

We saw it it around 2.00 pm.

People often have difficulty crossing the road at this spot as the cars do race along at great speeds.

It is a 30 mph zone.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Hot June day and rising fish on the Hodder

I recently managed to grab a short visit to the river and found some good risers willing to take the dry fly.

Targeting wild trout of course at this time of year, yet the fabulous grayling like to show up whenever they take a fancy to our flies.  They have no concept of man-made open season's and regulations, so can roll up at any time they like... 

Temperatures were high and water levels low but both trout and grayling attacked my dry duns and spiders with an attitude... 

The wonderful silver lady of the stream, seen here under the dappled woodland light.

All fish were returned carefully to the stream.

Sadly, I did not get any shots of the trout but the grayling shots were satisfactory. 

Wild place, wild fish - perfect! 

Successful, but well-chewed, dries on the day 

You can keep your cheapo holidays abroad and crowded beaches if that turns you on ... 

I'll stay at home thanks ... ! 

Fast thin runs that hold quality game fish

A few blue winged olives came onto the water and this nice fish took a suitable imitation. 

Deeper, more mysterious pools always hold a certain fascination 

Another fit fish goes back... 

And another good fighter ... 

Heaven on earth... it's here! 

More here... 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Jellyfish Phenomenon of the Mersey Estuary

The Liverpool docks are well-known for moon jellyfish, the UK’s most common species, which float with the movement of the water. I am no expert but these that I have pictured at the nearby River Alt appear to be the same type. Aurelia aurita (the moon jelly, moon jellyfish, common jellyfish, or saucer jelly) is a widespread species,

All species in this genus are very closely related, and it's not that easy to identify Aurelia medusae for example without genetic sampling.

Year after years these guys float onto the beaches when the weather warms up. I was lucky enough to be on the estuary when the high tide had deposited a great many jellyfish. 

Countless jellyfish were trapped in the tidal pools. 

My son Jason had never seen so many jellyfish 

Beaches absolutely littered with jellyfish this week 

They are so unusual and create such public interest that I believe that they  should have a blog page all of their own...