Monthly Archives: July 2018

Tuesday, 31st July 2018.

Bike-ride to Lidl for supplies. No bus fares at all. There and back, just over one hour. You can wait 30 to 45 mins for a 98 bus at times – from Bury an hour’s wait isn’t unheard of.
Old tree and weeds shifted from front path later. Can get wheelie-bins (now four) from back to front easier.

Monday, July 30th 2018

Rained off yesterday so a new (Arch) operating-system shoved in lappo. It’s the fastest Linux of all. Six miles ridden this morning but rained-off, a few minutes ago, weeding garden.
Great finish to Le Tour yesterday, watched most of it on tv, hence no post here (and lappo being upgraded). Geraint Thomas is worthy winner. Aliphillipe brilliant and Sagan good too.

Friday, 27th July 2018.

Very warm for a biked shopping trip for supplies.
Once again met a biking couple, at Radcliffe, searching for Cycle Route 6 access to canal (to Bury) tow-path. Again they were Land’s End to John O’Groats bikers beaten by lack of NCR 6 signs. They were opposite Dunhelms so only minutes from NCR 6 along Darbyshire Street, then across Spring Lane at new lights to route access next to Coney Baths centre (Banana Walk) – a ride of about half a mile. Mind you, everyone finds bike-routes tricky, at first and NCR 6 is all over Radcliffe.
Some really disconcerting ‘video’s’ from Manchester Airport ‘customers’. Folk are being charged £4.00 to get out of ‘drop-off, pick-up’ areas. But actually getting out of the slow-moving exit queues makes you liable for a £25.00 ‘time penalty charge’. One report concerns a lady driving ‘the wrong way’ (?!?) and getting a £100.00 ‘fine’ on top of exit charges, to get out of car pick-up areas! Disgraceful. Taxis too are caught-up in this money-grubbing farce.
There’s a lot to be said for bikes …
One night, last week, $12,000,000,000.00c were ‘wiped-off’ Facebook shares etc. I mean, why bother?

Thursday, 26th July 2018.

Very warm again but a touch of breeze along canal tow-paths this morning. Large, gold coloured, Dragonflies about.
Update Went up Bury to see Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom – and it’s brill. (Air-conditioned – brilliant!) Loads of folk get eaten by dino’s – came out starving so went in Wetherspoons for burgers!
Single-deck bus on way back, so couldn’t go upstairs. Doh.

Tuesday, 24th July 2018.

Very warm earlier for bike-riding to Lidl’s for supplies. Even warmer riding back with panniers bulging … it’s about 3.5 miles there and back, along local bike-routes.
Watched beeb’s ‘Keeping Faith’ (Detective? Thriller?) and it’s very beeb with arty-farty acting, music and camera work and the blurb says ‘Series One, Episode One’, so it’s basically a never-ending soap – stars Eve Myles – ex Doctor Who, Broadchurch. Good actress.
Le Tour’s been okay so far. They’re into Pyrenees now, should be interesting.

Monday, 23rd July 2018.

Into very humid deepest depths of Bury’s jungles earlier on. It looks ‘wild’ but it’s only half a mile or so from Bury Town Hall – the bike-route is on top of it. (Daisyfield)
Over five miles biked this morning around the lanes.
News with Noughts is that £724,900,000,000.00p will be taken (from the economy) in tax this year. It’s 34.3% gdp. Royal Mail’s boss ($6,000,000.00c a year) lives in Switzerland.

Sunday, 22nd July 2018.

Drizzly rain around Warth earlier and Hogweed forests, along Irwell banks, are wilting; next year’s seeds sown … largest ‘forests’ this year seem to be Irwell banks behind Close Park. Tallest plants maybe at Warth, on nearside (canalside) banks. Some must have been over twelve feet tall. Biggest plant ever seen was in old canal aqueduct near Drinkwater Park at Prestwich. It filled the twelve foot wide canal channel and was over ten feet tall with a four inch thick main stem and metre wide leaves.
Bushes, in pic just below trees, are Japanese Knotweed – another house-value killing invasive!