Saturday, 16 December 2017

No more apples in the orchard.

Take a last look at these apple trees in Mountfield Farm orchards opposite my house in Canterbury. They have just been grubbed out along with the windbreak of poplar trees. A developer is going to plant 4,000 houses here instead.

With a bit of luck the increased congestion will reduce the speed of the traffic going down my road to a walking pace. 

All I will need then is a gas mask.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

No snow in Chillenden

Yup, there's no snow in Chillenden.

And judging by the position of the windmill, not much wind either.

When it is windy the windmill falls over.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Immigration Cyclists see the Brassiere Tree at Kingston

Every Christmas time this fir tree at the side of the road out of Kingston, Kent, acquires a set of Christmas decorations. I have no idea who affixes them or why but I utterly support the concept. It does no harm and it amuses people. 
The Highways Authority have, over the years, chopped the lower branches of the tree as it grew and so the anonymous decoration hanger has had to migrate his attachments higher and higher up the tree.

As I led the Immigration Service cyclists on our monthly ride down the hill into Barham for lunch I warned them to keep a look out for the tree.
It was covered with brassieres!

Merry Christmas!
(I'm glad I've got that off my chest.)

Friday, 1 December 2017

Just to keep me legal...

I found a sum of money in the street in Canterbury today. If I keep it with intent to deprive the owner of its use then I will be convicted of stealing. So, if any of you lost a sum of money in Canterbury today, if you would like to tell me what exactly the amount was and where you lost it, I will gladly return it to you.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

How to hack into a Mac.

Listening to BBC Radio 4 this morning I was shocked to hear that Apple had discovered an easy hack into their latest operating software. My shock was not so much at learning that the hack existed but rather that the BBC announcer explained the key strokes necessary to achieve success. 
So now we can all do it. 
Jolly good.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Rock & Pop music in Bromley

Bromley Court Hotel in the 1960s
I recently worked in Bromley and revisited the 

I was aware that it had been a private residence and was over two hundred years old but I had not heard of the part it had played in the popular music scene of 
the 1960s.
The 'Bromel Club' had hosted such names as The Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, The Who, Pink Floyd and David Bowie. Even Jimi Hendrix had played there. 

Have a peruse of the contemporary adverts for the club and decide which evening you would have liked to have attended.

I think I would have gone to see Monty Sunshine, regardless of the expense, all of half a crown.