Friday, 19 January 2018

19th January 2018 - Of Black Cabs and Remembrance

Thought for the day:""You are so sweet" Tom said splendidly"

As I wander through the web and social media - a number of items come to light, that do not really fit in with any specific theme so I tend to keep them ion the side until I find a reason to use them - but do not wish to forget them. For that reason  this blog has a varied and often random feel to it - and it is only when I look at the statistics behind the dashboard that I see that there are some people who actually pop in and have a look at what is written.

So to you, the unknown few who have a glimpse into the mind of an aging bard - welcome and thank you for taking time to pop in and have a look.

Today's little gem relates to a story that came out around remembrance day - and possibly I shall remember it myself when we come to November next year - but on the basis that I shall probably forget, I thought I would post it here anyway. It relates to Black Cabs in London. The vehicle known to be built with the smallest turning circle to manoeuvre the streets of London.  I was explaining to my brother in law from USA about the "Knowledge", the learning of all streets and routes in London before you are able run a Black Cab - something apparently is unknown in the USA. I suppose in these days of Satellite Navigation the need for the "Knowledge" is lessened. Certainly that woudl be where the Uber drivers came in with their private hire cabs.

However - a more little known item relates to the selfless actions that the Black Cabs take regarding Veterans at Remembrance Day..

Apparently known as Poppy Cabs - each year all fares are waived as they take the veterans to the Cenotaph.

Looking further I find that the capital’s cabbies have a history of waiving fares to transport veterans. The Taxi Charity runs annual trips to Worthing for retired war heroes, and earlier this year (2017) took a group to the Netherlands to commemorate the Liberation of Arnhem.

The site taxicharity.org lists details....

Funded entirely by the drivers themselves, this is seen as a highlight of the taxi trade year when taxi drivers make a special effort to pay back part of the debt owed to the veterans old and young.

Taxis are provided on a ‘turn up and go’ service between 08:00 and 10:00 from all London’s mainline stations plus Victoria Coach Station, Victory Services Club and Union Jack Club.

Subject to availability there will be vintage taxis also taking part in the event. Visitors may be able to sit inside the vintage taxis for photographs and may even be allowed to ride in them - we would ask for a donation to the British Legion funds.

A number of dedicated taxis will be taking Chelsea Pensioners, resplendent in their scarlet uniforms, to Westminster Bridge to enable them to mark the eleventh hour – something that those who are not fully ambulant would not otherwise be able to do.

All London taxis are wheelchair accessible, a feature much appreciated by many of those attending the service and parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

Drivers wishing to help can do so by turning up at any mainline station, Victoria Coach Station, Victory Services Club and Union Jack Club.

Sadly this year it seems that security issues also take a part as we can read :
Mindful of the terrorist attacks over the past year, and depending on security considerations on the day, it is intended that return journeys start from Westminster Bridge and Admiralty Arch where there are dedicated pick up areas. Marshals will be fully briefed on the day and will advise passengers accordingly if there are any changes.

Subject to availability there will be vintage taxis also taking part in the event. Visitors may be able to sit inside the vintage taxis for photographs and may even be allowed to ride in them - we would ask for a donation to the British Legion funds.

A number of dedicated taxis will be taking Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in their scarlet uniforms to Westminster Bridge to enable them to mark the eleventh hour – something that those who are not fully ambulant would not otherwise be able to do.


I salute them and lift a Glass..
Cheers

and in other thoughts


Thursday, 18 January 2018

18th January 2018 - Tattoos and Cartoons

Thought for the day:"'I'll have to telegraph him again' Tom said remorsefully"


Was putting my current birthday card out with this picture...



of course I got some responses to this picture of the day






From the pen of the great Myke Slater

and of course as the tattooist goes from bad to worse in his health...



Loved these ones - Party Time..


and for friends of Empire



Check out his work here on his SCRIBBLES PAGE

Have a good day - I am still Chuckling

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

17th January 2018 - Youtube shut down the Money - I will never be rich


Thought for the day:"'My steering wheel will not turn' Tom said straightforwardedly"

Saw this and chuckled..


Another week and another cover page and profile...

"I sang out my heart on the fret-board of life.."


And may have changed the Profile picture as well..




However - Along come Youtube and decide that Vollsanger Channel is too small for monetarisation.
Now you need 4,000 hours of watching and 1,000 subscribers...  A pity really - I was heading for $1.47 - I could have been rich one day...

vollsanger,
Today we are announcing changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). While our goal remains to keep the YPP open to as many channels as possible, we recognise that we need more safeguards in place to protect creator revenue across the YouTube ecosystem.
LEARN MORE
What's Changing
Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, vollsanger, is no longer eligible for monetisation because it does not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetisation tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on 20 February 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated.
One of YouTube’s core values is to provide anyone the opportunity to earn money from a thriving channel. Creators who haven’t yet reached this new threshold can continue to benefit from our Creator Academy, our Help Centre and all the resources on the Creator Site to grow their channels. Once your channel reaches the new threshold, it will be reviewed to make sure it adheres to our policies and guidelines, and if so, monetisation will be re-enabled.




And the current stats:


So 22,945 minutes is about 385 hours - a long way off  ....


Sunny Day for a change - Cheers...


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

16th January 2018 - Of Turbines and Stormy Times

Thought for the day:"'I've lost a lot of weight' Tom expounded"

Walked along the beach at Burry Port yesterday. Seems the storms have really affected the coastline.





The Dunes have been really eaten away  and the old seating area has disappeared entirely with danger signs around..
Even the Flood Sign has been washed away..

But among the debris there is a piece of structure that is now completely uncovered....

 Back in July 2017 I took these pictures of the structure - just peeping out from the dunes.

The undertow had pulled most of the sand away - but it was still clearly buried.

Yesterday, we have the following

 A closer look shows :
 It is interesting to realise that this was one of the bases for the Wind Turbine experiments of the 1980's.  From 1981 to 1989, we passed the building and testing of a number of wind turbines on the road down to Burry Port...


This picture shows an ariel view of the testing site and also the old Power Station that dominated the sky line at the time...


A number of designs were tested, mostly half or quarter size but I recall that they seemed pretty big at the time.

Also a couple of pictures of the old power station:

 
Good thing that there is no Global Warming or we could all be in trouble!!



Cheers!!


Monday, 15 January 2018

15th January 2018 - Monday Blues ?? I don't think so!

Thought for the day:"'I'll dig another ditch around the castle" Tom said remotely"

A dreary, rainy Monday..... and yes - the mountain of paperwork is still with me ...



When is Blue Monday 2018?

It's been calculated that Blue Monday 2018 will be January 15 (TODAY) using the formula below.
The date is generally reported as falling on the third Monday in January, but can also on the second or fourth Monday, or even the Monday of the last week of January.
The first one was January 24 in 2005.



3
 The formula for calculating Blue Monday
Me ? Huh!
Glass of Chateau 41 - life is not so bad ...

Cheers !



Sunday, 14 January 2018

14th January 2018 - Of Losses and Fair Grounds

Thought for the day : 'I must make the fire hotter' Tom Bellowed..

Sunday and a chance to breathe. Promised to get up and make a cup of tea - but the dog did not want to get up at early o'clock so managed to rest for longer than I expected. Finally got a cup of tea ready at the crack of quarter past ten !!

But tea is done - and ready for the next cup of tea.
Birthday wishes are done and facebook is checked.
Just need to avoid the big pile of paper to my left, and right and in front of me ... could be a paperwork day today - at least it ought to be if I stop procrastinating here ...

As we go into 2018 - it is perhaps a moment to look back upon 2017 and some of those famous people that were lost
this picture is not complete as it came out quite early in the autumn and there were more afterwards but it serves as a reminder...



And completely different but useful to put here for the saving - the Chinese go in for extremes it seems - particularly with their amusement parks ...

Enjoy :



So - if that does not make you feel sick !!

But it seems that they are out there - ...

or the ten deadliest roller coasters..



I shall now have my second cup of tea I think ..
Cheers!


Saturday, 13 January 2018

13th January 2018 - A long day of Athelstan

Thought for the day:"'That's the last time I pat a lion" Tom said offhandedly"

Long day in Preston - Grand Court of Athelstan reconstitutes Northumbria Province and constitutes the New Province of South Rheged


Acting as Grand Organist so got into the picture ...

another one down ....



'nuff said