Monday, 19th March 2018.

Cold again this morning but it was sunny – still is. So a windy five miler early-on. Still drifts of snow here and there, pic taken from Wellington Viaduct looking toward Radcliffe.
News with Noughts abounds – Martina Navratilova – ex-tennis champ – pulled £15,000.00p from beeb for Wimbledon tv ‘expert’ work. Doing the same John McEnroe was given ten times as much!!!
And one in six burglaries are done by under 18’s – 2000 of ’em were arrested in first half of 2017!
Bit busy here with crotchets and quavers – whatever they are …

Sunday, 18th March 2018.

Colder this morning and ‘up to a foot’ of snow is forecast. It was an inch or so around here with some three inch deep drifts. Main roads were just wet and quite bikeable so a few miles were rode or walked – tow-path is littered with tyre popping thorns, so walking it does make sense. And today camera-setting was right!
Strangely, after two ‘Beasts from the East’, it might be prudent to realise that our (heating/cooking) gas comes from, you know, the erm, same place … dee dum … coincidence?
Extremely low temperatures, for seven days, will qualify oap’s for (another) cold weather (£25) payment.

Unusual News with Noughts is that over 50 firemen had to fight a blaze at Ray Mill, Stalybridge last night.

Saturday, 17th March 2018.

It’s Beast from the East time again with, this morning, blizzard conditions along Radcliffe canal. Pix were taken but camera was on wrong setting – doh!
For News with Noughts: a teenage Steve Jobs job application form sells for £125,000.00p at auction!

Friday, 16th March 2018.

Murky weather this morning but five or six miles biked before rain set in. Beast from East is set to return anytime too. Got a few ‘plays’ … thanks!
Loads of News with Noughts: 500,000,000 year-old spider/insect related sea-monster brains found well preserved in Greenland. (Rumour pervades that one is being sent to Houses of Parliament!)
Over past 3 years parents taking children on term-time hols have paid £24,000,000.00p in ‘fines’.
A rare 1923 Leica camera sells for £2,100,000.00p
After 1000 years a £5,000,000.00p ‘plan’ may result in BEARS again roaming Bristol woods.
And in 2017 62,000,000 statins were prescribed. (Someone’s pulling £ out of cholesterol!)

Tuesday, 13th March 2018.

Rainy early-on but it cleared and has been quite sunny – despite Arctic forecasts – but there (could be?) a ‘massive solar storm’ tomorrow (whatever that is) and, a (possible) ‘super’ eruption from the Yellowstone Park volcano. Then again, in both cases, there might not be. An update says Beast from East 2.0 will bring snow ‘almost everywhere’ next weekend. Again, it might not.
News with Noughts suggests chancellor has about £15,000,000,000.00p to ‘play with’ later this year – so it’s goodbye to that.
And we (might) still be paying parts of the £37,000,000,000.00p Brexit get-out bribe in 2064. No need to worry about that then.

Monday, 12th March 2018.

Rainy all day so far, with really sad news about Sir Ken Dodd. He was a lifelong comic genius. RIP Sir Ken.
We’ve just got politicians to give us a laff now.
News with Noughts is that ministers have set-up a £300,000,000.00p fund – to allow ‘old age’ to be ‘researched’. And there may be a ‘chewing-gum’ tax to off-set £50,000,000.00p clean-up costs.

Sunday, 11th March 2018.

A fine Mother’s Day morning for biking farm-lanes; and, from this one, distant steam plumes and whistle hoots signalled steamers at Bury South.
While there a fellow biker, riding sleek ultra-modern, watched City of Wells go by, getting pix on his ‘phone. He’d biked (to work nearby) from Warrington – 26 miles he’d clocked. I said little about my two-mile farm-lane free-wheel! (Have a safe and easy ride home!)
Diesel. Say no more.
Then a very clean and shiny Leander came up – backwards but still Leander. It went for coaches then came back up again.
Compared to Wells and The Crab, Leander seems remarkably quiet when taking-off. (Some AVI shots YouTubed asap.)
Lanes are okay but still mega-puddled and muddy. Take care on two wheels.

Friday, 9th March 2018.

Nippy at first but it warmed-up nicely for the 7 biked miles this morning. Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Blue Tits, Long-tailed tits, all at feeders this morning. Elton Reservoir was like glass without any wind.
Seen before but another pic of that Newfoundland taken along canal tow-path.
Radcliffe’s Danny Boyle looks set to direct the next James Bond film.
And News with Noughts is that Amazon may ‘overtake’ Apple to become world’s first $1,000,000,000,000.00c company. (That’s one trillion dollars!)
Busy day today tidying garden after weeks/months of wet/cold/freezing/ snow laden weather.