29 November 2017
|Noticeboard at North Greenwich Station|
|Couple of pix from the night|
|Support from Europe|
28 November 2017
23 November 2017
19 November 2017
I have only lived here since 1999. We have a nice little town.
Once the town was on the coast directly but over the years our side of the Channel silted up. Resulting in the capital of the "Cinque Ports" becoming further from the sea itself. We still have a beach and a promenade but they are further from the town centre.
In the photo is the Royal Military Canal. Built in case Napoleon invaded and to be used as a moat to delay and stop the invaders. They never came and the canal is a national monument.
18 November 2017
After last weekend's ride in just about 2°C air temperature I knew I needed a new pair of more winter season gloves.
Santa unfortunately doesn't come to me anymore so it was left to Mastercard to get involved.
We dropped into Laguna and after choosing a glove I thought might fit the bill but on the way to see if they had my size, I saw the "sale" bin. The still came in at over a £100.
In there we some Dainese gloves. Part leather part fabric. I tried a pair on and like Goldilocks one pair too big. One pair too small but the next pair. Just right.
You simply know. The fit was so "easy". Natural I suppose you could say.
I've worn them about the house and tomorrow if the weather isn't too wintry they'll get the first outing.
Didn't get to try them out. At 2°C and frosty road and car iced I decided not to risk it.
Felt a bit guilty until on the back road I witnessed a cyclist slide off on an ice patch. That made me feel vindicated.
14 November 2017
The problem is that the cable I can't find has a jack plug at one end and a serial connection at the other. How to connect it to a modern computer might prove difficult.
7 November 2017
1 November 2017
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die."
30 October 2017
25 October 2017
Tomorrow marks the launch of the 2017 Poppy Appeal.
This year we are once again asking our supporters to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made not just by the Armed Forces of the past, but by today’s generation too.
Please do look out for coverage of our campaign. As well as advertising in national and regional press, we’ll also be unveiling our brand new nationwide TV campaign.
Starting 28 October, two second teasers will air during peak evening spots on Channel 4 and its associated channels.
Our full 30 second advert will appear from 4 November, but I am pleased to share with you an exclusive preview today - be sure to check it out here or by clicking on the image above.
You can also follow the campaign on Facebook at Royal British Legion, Twitter, and Instagram.
Rethinking Remembrance is about remembering servicemen like Harris Tatakis, a Royal Marine injured in Afghanistan, who said of his experience, “When you come home injured, it can feel like you’ve been forgotten.”
By wearing a poppy and supporting the Legion, you ensure no one is forgotten. You are not only honouring the memory of those who have fallen in past conflicts, you are also giving vital, life-changing support to people like Harris who need your help. Men, women and families – here and now – who have served their country and need help to Live On through injury, illness, bereavement or other forms of hardship.
Rethinking Remembrance is all about the past and present, as well as the future. As you read the stories below, of Donna and Mark, Harris, and Tom, please know that it is for their futures – and for the futures of thousands of other ex-Servicemen and women across the UK – that we ask you to support this year’s Poppy Appeal.
Over the coming weeks, the nation will join together to remember our Servicemen and women, veterans, and their families. We hope you will join us, and wear your poppy with pride.
Assistant Director of Fundraising: Individual Giving
23 October 2017
The chili fried squid was excellent, so too were the duck hoisin pancakes. The main courses came first (!) and then we had everything on the table at the same time. I had chicken katsu. To say it reminds of something my old she cat. Minnie, used to leave for me in the kitchen sink if she was left in all day..... No don't go there.
22 October 2017
20 October 2017
18 October 2017
Got back from Florida last Friday. Had a couple of hours rest and then got up. A suggestion from my brother, Neill, to beat jet lag.
Having kitchen fitters in does help with early mornings and no lie-in.
Saturday was a bit knackered and had a lie-in. Sunday up to get to the County for the monthly Meldrews Meeting.
Monday went to work. Feeling okay.
About halfway started to feel warm. Took off sweatshirt. Hotter. Hotter. Sweating. Chilling.
Then apparently I passed out.
I was helped off the train by a kind lady who turned out to be a nurse. I was sick on the platform. She stayed with me for about twenty minutes. I was so out of it I can't remember her name.
Some British Transport Police came along and called a Paramedic. She came quickly on her bicycle. Fully equipped. Did blood pressure and heart rate. Then when I told her what drugs I am on she called an ambulance. Possible heart attack?
The station guys were excellent and took me to the first aid room. More vomiting on the way. Ambulance was there.
They took some ECG's and saw some iregularities, but each one they did was the same.
Firstly under blue lights and sirens we went to St Bartholomew's (Barts) where I was wired up again for more ECG's. Same result. They decided that there was no coronary problem. Back to the ambulance and more sedately to The Royal London Hospital. One of the oldest hospitals in the capital.
Loads of tests and they determined that I had a normal fainting condition. Body temp rising allied with low blood pressure and low heart rate and poof! Sparko!
Still feel tired and as we say cream crackered in Cockney Rhyming Slang. Saw my own doctor and advised not to exert myself and return to work on Monday
Work ain't gonna be happy.
27 September 2017
I will be following this and made a donation to the cause earlier today. The donation actually entitles me to ride with them through the Eurotunnel as far as Paris. The first leg of their RTW trip.Whether I'll actually do that is debatable and under discussion with Claire. The ride is only a week after we get back from Florida.
Slavery exists and needs to be stamped out across the globe. It was finally outlawed in 1807 in Britain and its Empire. Yet today it exists in many forms.
Sign up to the blog and read the entries from the organisations they are hoping to support on the trip.
The guys don't set off until October 21st. Plenty of time to catch-up and even donate.
18 September 2017
17 September 2017
Guessed at what they will call them. Look like a good idea.
Bike stuff especially could do with some of these.
The British Legion are apparently trialling them in South and West Yorkshire!
So have to wait and see if they are produced in time for the start of the Poppy Appeal next month.
I could do with a few for bike gear and hoodies.
16 September 2017
|St Paul's Cathedral|
|Thames Sailing Barges and HMS Belfast|
15 September 2017
8 September 2017
3 September 2017
2 September 2017
The FA Cup. The oldest football cup competition in the world.
The smaller clubs began playing early in August and today in the third round of games called the First Qualifying Round my local club, Folkestone Invicta, began their attempt to reach the First Round Proper.
It's this round where the Football League clubs from the third and fourth tiers on the pyramid come into play.
Invicta are in the 7th tier.
The opponents today were Greenwich Borough from the division in the Isthmian League, currently named after the sponsors Bostik.
Plenty of huff and puff. A mistake ked to the visitors going ahead after only 8 minutes. Invicta pulled level just before half time but were generally the better side but 1-1 was about right.
Into the second half it was more of the same but surprisingly it was Borough that scored first.
Invicta pressed and pressed and a late and clumsy tackle saw the visitors reduced to ten men with a red card for a second yellow card.
It wasn't long before Invicta drew level. A fierce shot into the bottom corner.
With some time wasting angering the home fans the game came to a head. A few skirmishes. What we call "handbags".
The pressure continued and after a long break for an injury to the Borough left back saw them reduced to 9 men.
The last few minutes saw them fighting a rearguard action until a corner and Invicta scored a third to win the game, 3-2.
A superb game for home fans and neutrals. For a tenner it was great entertainment.
30 August 2017
29 August 2017
One of whom has been "Mr Sicknote" up to now and the other actually leaves the day after for a rival club - see update below - one game player after he had a stomach pull and then a cold, or was it the other way around. It means that it was late August before he made an appearance.
Thursday 31st August 2017
The transfer window is closed. At 11pm it was met with a fanfare and a countdown on Sky Sports 1.
In the end the we have offloaded Spanish striker to Deportivo on loan for the season. OS that should save the wage bill.
Sicknote stays. The club made a desperate attempt to sign a replacement from Monaco and had agreed a massive £92m fee but that fell through so he stays with us until the January window at least. Some will say this was a token attempt as it was never going to happen. A kind of "cover your arse" move in case Sicknote left and we were another man down.
A whole host of lesser cast members left as well either free or for the token £1m. At least we have brought in about £73m in revenue and only spend £46m.
And are the fans happy. Wait and see when AFC Bournemouth come to the big city.
Want-Away2 - Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
Long Service Full Back - Keiran Gibbs
Another German International - Shkodran Mustafi
German international centre back - Per Mertesacker
Rookie - Rob Holding
Record Signing - Andre Lacazette
Sloth - Daniel Welbeck
Other French Striker - Olivier Giroud
Sicknote - Alexis Sanchez
Spanish Striker - Lucas Perez
Brazilian Centre Back - Gabriel
Spanish Left-back - Nacho Monreal
Finest right backs - Hector Bellarin
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