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.

Thursday, 8th March 2018.

Solid rain (they did forecast ‘bad’ weather) this morning so no out and about biked as yet. Some ‘gardening’ done yesterday so that multiple wheelie-bins can be kept in a more or less wind-free spot that’s not near front or back doors. Bins now emptied two or even three-weekly are apt to carry ‘aroma’s’. But, News with Noughts is that wage growth (pay rises?) and general public-spending are ‘in the black’ for first time since 2002. Borrowing this year then may be £40,000,000,000.00p instead of the forecast £49,900,000,000.00p. This is fine. So long as the ‘spare’ £10,000,000,000.00p helps with national debt, rather than disappears into things like hs2.
Total cost of ‘workplace and state pensions’ stood at £7,600,000,000,000.00p (7.6 trillion) in 2015. That’s over four times the UK economy.
UK passport costs to rise from £72.50 to £85.00p – adult, and from £46.00p to £58.50p under 16.
In 2016 four cyclists died and 60 were badly injured on our ageing roads. Bike-routes are good, if few and far between, use ’em if at all possible – take care out there!
Update Very cold but a six or seven miler rode later while it wasn’t raining. Sunny at Elton’s ‘beach’. Pic One.
Snow on the hills and ice around Elton’s embankment wall.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018.

Warm-ish and wind-free for an easy few biked miles early-on. But, again there are ‘severe weather’ warnings today for the next few days when we’ll have: four inches of snow, hail, gale-force winds, thunder etc. This is par, weather-wise, for North West.
A little News with Noughts: Number of kids in homes where ‘no one has ever worked’ increases, last year, by 17,000 to 200,000!
And Jeff Bezos is ‘Forbes’ ‘top’ billionaire with $112,000,000,000.00c.
Watched another Shetland episode last night. It’s okay but mind-numbingly slow. They need Strike in it to give it a boost!
Locally, a bit more of the (eventually?!) Bury to Radcliffe/Bolton bike-route has been hard-cored. Folk are working there at moment so it’s all fenced-off, but it’s being done.

Tuesday, 6th March 2018.

Drizzly early-on but not cold for the biked six-miler. Pic, of Crompton’s Lodge, taken in February – it’s much tidied-up around there now, with access from Bury & Bolton Road down steps.
There is News with Noughts: Former soldiers are to get £40,000.00p tax-funded bursaries, to train as teachers.
Shinmoedake, James Bond, 007’s, You Only Live Twice Japanese volcano, has erupted about 600 miles from Tokyo.
Facebook says I’ve attained umpteen ‘smiley face emoticons’ from about 6 posts – keep it up (they say) and watch your friends lists grow. (Wots the pay?)
Watched Strike – Career of Evil – final episode last night (recorded) and it was good. Robin finally marries, but gets mugged, but Strike figures-out who the baddie is and nabs him. Again a realistic fight scene at the end rather than umpteen arms outstretched, pointing hand-guns at each other, as in silly us cop-show stand-offs. So Strike sort of ended last night (I think) unless JKR knocks a few more out.