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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Moel Famau to become a Beacon

in the Daily Post. It would appear this will not be permanent though.
The lights will be set up for a week after 25th October 2010


Monday, August 30, 2010

Vehicle Noise

At last some common sense in Walesonline

Lisa's Kitchen - Lemon Meringue

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Antiques Road Show comes to Penyffordd

or I wish it would. Here is a fly door knocker made out of cast iron or steel. It has been cast. Has three different paint colours. The underside including the legs are painted black. The paint looks pretty tough could be stove enameled? It's about 5 inches long. The wings are used as the door knocker mechanism.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Unusual Traffic Calming Method

because the police have given up on Flintshire communities courtesy of our politicians. A community reduced to gimmicks.

More Mushrooms

Found this during the walk today along with a good soaking from a shower. It's called Fly Agaric it was used by Russian noble men instead of vodka or whatever. Not recommended unless you know what you are doing. No I have not tried it. The Carlos Castaneda books cover this subject plus a few others. The books can be read as fiction. They are about men of Knowledge in Mexico an alternative view of the universe.


Arnold in trouble with Pensions

No not our Arnold, I mean Arnold the Terminator. This shows how public sector pensions will sink the ship if not brought under control.

The excellent Cynical Tendency 

 Zero Hedge

Welsh Newspapers continue to shrink

This is depressing for local democracy. The newspapers themselves and or their websites need to survive so that local issues can be fully discussed. I am of the opinion that newspaper websites do not make much profit.

Link BBC News Wales

keywords, Leader, Daily Post

Latest Welsh Voting Intentions

read UK Polling Report

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Chronicle

Have you ever tried to find the letters page in The Chronicle. It takes about 5 minutes. Today I have made the letters page. More later.

Snouts in the trough continued

So our government stood by whilst the city bet our country in a card game and lost. Then Mp's were caught fiddling their expenses (very small beer compared to former). Now it seems they have been handing out more of OUR money to civil servants and ramping up their own pensions whilst our schemes fall through the floor. ( courtesy of Gordon Brown)

Link The Slog

"Deputy Prime Minister without Portfolio (or Party) Nick
Clegg said six weeks ago:
Private sector workers have already seen final salary schemes close, while returns from defined contribution schemes fall. So can we really ask them to keep paying their taxes into unreformed gold-plated public sector pension pots? It's not just unfair; it's not affordable."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I used to have a business account in Hawarden. I ran it by the seat of my pants expanding business with what ever was available ( credit cards were still to come ). It got to the stage where the manager wanted the banks money back so I would get phone calls most days to say money was needed for the account. The sound of the old fashioned dring dring phones still still causes me to pause. I finally had enough money to clear the loan and I foolishly let the bank manager know. Next day he was around knocking on the door wanting his cheque.

Times change my problem was a bit of over trading. Current banking problems remain. We the tax payer will be paying for these idiots for the forseable future. The Slog reveals that Barclay's Italian sovereign debt stood at £790 million during the recent stress tests designed to test the banks robustness. Two months later the debt has strangely gone up to £8.6 Billion -- Crooks! They are all in it together banks and government. No more boom and bust said the man. lol

Link The Slog tells it as it is

Penyffordd Crime Wave Update

My sources tell me it's Penyffordd Holywell not us that's having the issues.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Traffic Jams

You do not know what you are missing.

Link The Independent


Mark Isherwood AM explaining the future police cuts required for N Wales. You may think I've turned into a true blue. This is not the case. The blue yellow team are pandering to the speed lobby. I have a letter in the tubes about today's Leader comment on speed cameras. If published it will not go down well. Although the letter could be used to say that things are going to change... I doubt it.

Link Mark Isherwood AM debate at the Welsh Assembly

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Village Gossip - Break ins

I am told there have been 4 break ins recently, one near where I live. Should the village not be told if the gossip is correct? Also where the break ins are happening.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gwernto Newt

This little lady found sitting on the road in Gwernto Woods. There also many toads. Toads are nice not slimy like frogs, they seem to have calmer personality too.

keywords Common Newt

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dismissing a county councillor

on Walesonline

Link Haverdfordwest Council

To eat or not to eat?

Found these growing near the greenhouse in wood chippings from the shredder. They look for all the world like mushrooms but mushrooms grow in fields in grass.There was a party of fungi gatherers who went to Scotland. They ate a toadstool and became very ill. I think they are still on kidney dialysis machines and will continue to be. They are not that sure what they ate.

Here is one to stay away from. The Destroying Angel found in UK woodland.

Here's one that can open your head Magic Mushrooms

Greenhouse produce

A lemon apple cucumber, they're prickly.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Farmers working late

Elwyn the farmer we know is having his hay baled. It's 9.30 and the baling people still have more fields to do for others.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Joan of Penyffordd in the Leader

Joan Hassall, of Penyffordd, near Buckley, said: “Since I lost my husband golf has been my salvation. “

Link The Leader

Friday, August 13, 2010

Good Game

So we are going across a hill in a field near Nant Y Ffrith when a dozen large bullocks come running at us. We have the English bull terriers on leads with us. Do we run or do we stand our ground? The standard advice at the moment is to let your dog off the lead to fend for itself should there be trouble. As there also 20 sheep in the field this would be pure folly. One of ours would chase the bulls around then when he got tired attack a sheep or three. One has to be pragmatic. I see the dog's reactions when confronted by sheep that's why he is never allowed off the lead in sheep country or almost anywhere as his recall ability depends on what's happening.

So off we go across the hilltop running with dogs on leads with a dozen bullocks in chase 50 yards behind us. I see a chance to put some space between us and the bulls by going around a shallow ravine that can't be crossed. This is good enough to stop the bulls and they watch us walk away from the top of the hill. Last year there were atleast 5 people killed by cattle in UK. It would be fair however to say that the young cattle were just up for some fun, the dogs however have far more deadly intentions. A kick in head by a bull is not to be taken lightly, the dogs are however fearless

On a legal point a field with cattle and footpaths in is the responsibility of the farmer. Last year a farmer was found against where a woman was brain damaged by cattle when walking along a footpath.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Four Girls Coach Hire

Four Girls
The Old Post Office Yard
Corwen Road

Tel: 01352-770438

For reference purposes 

keyword: email

Football in Penyffordd

in The Daily Post. I presume we are talking us and not Penyffordd near Prestatyn.
Division One (14): Acrefair Youth, Borras Park Albion (R), Buckley United, Castell AC (R), Communities First, Garden Village, Glyn Ceiriog, Hawkesbury Villa, Llanuwchllyn, Mold Juniors, New Brighton, Penley, Penyffordd, Saltney Town.

Rich Speeders

Read in The Cynical Tendency

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Warren Hall Business Park Update


keyword Cllr Derek Butler

Police back the use of speed cameras

in Walesonline.

The Government are kow towing to the speed lobby. This will cost lives. The amount of idiots who have car licences is legion

key words Britain’s top traffic police officer Mick Giannasi

Walesonline Comment Quote A voice of reason amongst the muppets User Image
Moz1 wrote:
Of course speed causes accidents, if you go too fast you have less time to react to something. Also, the speed you are going greatly increases the chance of someone being killed, if you are hit by someone going at thirty you are likely to die if hit by someone at twenty - you'll probably live. Being hit by cars is the biggest cause of death of children in the UK - that's right it really is. Lets get sensible about speed and stop pandering to the idiots who think the road was put there for them to drive like lunatics and who then complain because the police enforce the LAW. If you don't like it, vote for an MP who will change it, but first go and see the family of a child killed by a speeding motorist and tell me that speed doesn't matter.

Councillor hits out at speeding

No silly not Penyffordd. Cllr Chris Jones of Sealand in The Leader

House sales in Min Y Ddol


keyword CH4 0EB

Speed reductions

Why do councils drag their feet over speed reductions on dangerous roads and roads through communities? In nearly all cases a lowering of speed limits does no harm, it has only benefits

Link Daily Post

Tory MP behaving like Penyffordd Cllrs

We are in the 21st century just a few clicks from your local councillor. Penyffordd residents are supposed to stand for council to help residents and the village. However  a few cllrs hide their email addresses or never return an email. We have 12 cllrs, only three respond to emails.
Cllr Linda Vidamour, Cllr Cindy Hinds and Cllr David Williams.

Not all the others use email but those that do and hide them should consider why they stood for council.

Link The Guardian

Quote from above puts it succinctly
Johnny Chatterton, the digital campaigns manager for 38 Degrees, had asked the MP to clarify that he did not want constituents to be able to contact him "quickly and easily".
Chatterton said: "It appears that you are asking to be removed from a system that quickly and easily allows your constituents to get in touch with you about issues they care about.
"You mentioned complaining to the information commissioner. As an MP you are paid, with taxpayers' money, to represent your constituents, and we believe that as your parliamentary email address is in the public domain it's legitimate to use it to facilitate your constituents getting in touch with you. We have been in touch with the information commissioner to confirm this.
"Before the election, when you were still a candidate, you were happy to encourage people to email you and provided an email address for us to use – I expect some of your constituents would be disappointed if it was the case that you were less happy to be contacted now you have been elected."

Monday, August 09, 2010

Local Councils

How they are run and how they used to be run on the Walesonline site

Retiring Police Chief tells it as it is

In an interview in today's Daily Telegraph, the outgoing Cambridgeshire police chief said: 'Driving without care or consideration for other road users is probably among the worst kind of antisocial behaviour in its truest sense, because serious offenders can, and do, kill.'

It's across the spectrum though from 17 to 70 across all the social classes. There is also the issue of environment which is not mentioned by and large. More speed more noise.

English Bull Terrier Forum

Bull Terrier
English Bull Terrier.
I've put this on for a friend. Getting recognised by Google takes sometime, one of our business sites took nine months to appear on the google search engine. It helps if a site with a rating mentions a new site. It's the way the Google algorithm works..


keywords: dangerous dogs, bill sykes, oliver twist, charles dickens, bullseye, breeds, dangerous dogs bill,

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Saving Flintshire Council money

Get rid of Chief Executive Colin Everett and make Cllr Arnold Woolley Chief Executive as well as Leader of the Council. Pay Arnold an extra £40,000 saving the council and us long suffering ratepayers £100,000 per year.
Postscript: The piece was done "tongue in Cheek". Arnold informs me the cost of extra assistants required far out weighs the current cost of our Chief Executive

The full story Link Ian Dale 

Tigerella Tomato

Melon - will it reach maturity?

Lemon apple cucumbers wrong shape

Postscript Or maybe they are white cucumbers.

Garden Produce

Lisa's Kitchen - Balsamic roasted sausages with red vegetables

Penyffordd Businesses affected by Warren Bank divert to Dobshill

The village is relatively quiet at the moment. School holidays, the credit crunch and the Warren Bank divert. This suits me but I don't run a business in the village. Quite some time ago Cllr Tony Sharps told Northop Hall community that they needed to use their shops or they would lose them. The same applies to Penyffordd. Councillors should be encouraging residents to use local busineses or our nearest shops will be Buckley or Broughton Retail Park.

House Sales Penyffordd District July 2010

Those below exclude any sales from Meadowslea development for some reason best known to Ourproperty.

28 Penymynydd Road £137,500
Penyffordd, CH4 0LQ 4th May 2010

Helygen Newydd Wrexham Road £315,000
Penyffordd, CH4 0HT 18th June 2008

You can search all these sales totally free of charge by going to

Friday, August 06, 2010

Footpath No Entry

A footpath in Gwernto Woods. Both ends blocked. Half of it looks like it has been blocked for 20 years. We call it the peacock footpath as there are peacocks in the area. A favourite by farmers in the area is to run barbwire across the top of the stile.

Postscript: Half sorted. Farewell to Jimmy the local sheep farmer
who was found dead tending his sheep not far from here.
Always willing to stop say hello and pass the time of day.

keyword: Gwernto Fach

A strange Heron

Story in The Post

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Politicians kow tow to the speeding lobby

There is nothing wrong with the speed camera at Coed Talon, Chester Rd Penyffordd should have one. Even an empty gatso would be ok. It slows the idiots down.
Top Gear idiots rule the roost over long suffering communities

Read here Link Walesonline

keyword Jim Moore, Gosafe

We join the 21st Century

We now have a Blackberry just like Howie. Email and web browsing on the hoof. Just a few little problems as always with technology. The BT email does not like being set up on the Blackberry. Also why can't all phone systems be Nokia? I have previously had a Samsung and Motorola operating system both rubbish in my humble opinion. This phone saves us £70 a quarter on our previous setup. Business at the speed of light.....

Moscow looking at blog

It is a little disconcerting when you find someone has been looking at the blog from Moscow with no Google link to see where they have come from.

Alison goes to the Queen's Garden Party

Link Alison Halford

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Dog's Toilet

That's outside our house. Same dog has deposited stuff outside on sucessive days, pedestrians are spreading it around............. I've been looking at deterrants such as Jeyes fluid, bleach  or chilli pepper flakes. Forum people recommend the following, they say it works.

May add a few chilli peppers as well.....

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Decline of Law and Order

Comment Quote by Spiral Architect on Thaddeus J Wilson's Decline of law and Order

The police is run by politicians – in Westminster, in council chambers and in the headquarters of the various forces.
As we all know – whilst feigning altruism (and efficiency), politicians have only their own interests at heart………both financial and ideological.
The end result is that nothing of any value ever gets done, the lives of decent, law-abiding people become blighted and criminals and yobboes have licence to operate with impunity.
The public is being ripped off and let down, it’s time to act.
How did it come to this?……………….(he asked rhetorically).

The police is run by politicians – in Westminster, in council chambers and in the headquarters of the various forces.
As we all know – whilst feigning altruism (and efficiency), politicians have only their own interests at heart………both financial and ideological.
The end result is that nothing of any value ever gets done, the lives of decent, law-abiding people become blighted and criminals and yobboes have licence to operate with impunity.
The public is being ripped off and let down, it’s time to act.
How did it come to this?……………….(he asked rhetorically).

Leader Letter " Look after your own ward and stay out of others"

Click image to read

Klaus interfered over a gate that was stopping anti social behaviour on a public footpath in Penyffordd. The gate did not stop access to the footpath. Klaus forced its removal. The gate that was doing no harm cost a considerable sum of money
That's the 3rd county cllr to have a go at Klaus in a week.  Cllr Bernie Attridge, Cllr Chris Dolphin of Whitford and now David.

postscript: Klaus of course is taking plenty of no notice he's in The Leader today over a dangerous wall near a footpath in Connah's Quay.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Police, Government and Statistics

"The fall in serious crime is a fiction as far as I'm concerned. It changed in nature, and it didn't get detected anything like as much as previously.....and of course, middle ranks came under pressure to 'change' the definitions."

The former detective is referring to credit card, identity and internet crime. He goes on:

"It was unbelievable. There we were in an electronic crime wave, and the rug gets pulled out from under the SFO [Serious Fraud Office]. It was a case of 'we can't solve it, so lets make it disappear'. I took early retirement after that. The dishonesty was sickening."

Read the rest  The Slog

Sunday, August 01, 2010

A New Manager for Hanson Cement Padeswood

Stewart Jones has taken over as Hanson Cement Plant Manager from Mark Cox who has been given promotion. Mark is to become UK Operation Services Manager.

Link Daily Post
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