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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spot the Penyfforddian


The above photo and many others can be purchased through The Leader on the above link.

Dove Cottage Gardens open to the public in aid of NGS

From the middle of Penyffordd you travel along Rhos Rd to the roundabout, straight over towards Corwen then left before railway bridge. There will be yellow signs directing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Robbing Banks

We are consolidating a few building society accounts. Not too consolidated, eggs in one basket etc.

My wife walks into The Nationwide who took over the Staffordshire BS to ask them to close our account.

Its already been closed says the girl.
Perhaps your husband closed it?

"No I think not."

Then Lisa has a long conversation with the manager.

Apparently the account was classed as dormant
No letter to us to advise of course.
Hoping we've forgot about it, etc.

Our money turned up today. Wont be using Nationwide ever !

Bastard banks want closing down.

Bosses put in jail for a minimum 10 years.

ps. Did you know those in power are lining up customers to be the suckers if your bank or BS goes down the drain. Yes madame we've used your life savings to pay for our bad bets.
If this is not so please explain why.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How well do you know Penyffordd?

Put your post code in here

I got 31% ( I did mine without Google )

The survey asks if I've ever been to Penyffordd lol

If you work in Flintshire County Council in planning or are a councillor you may find it easier.

There's no questions about the Millstone or Red Lion.

If you want to have a proper go at this you need to know how many people lived in the Penyffordd  political ward at the last census about 2010 / 2011 or there abouts.

You can tell from the map area covered what the ward consists of.
I know I've walked it lol.

On Using No protection

I occasionally correspond with county councillors not of this ward. Yesterday I started receiving spam from a county cllr. I don't use anti virus software or malware lookout stuff.

I happened to open one of the spam emails nothing more.

Two hours later I notice I have started to send spam to people including customers from my address book exactly the same as the one I opened.

Ah ! you say you should have anti virus software. It would appear that such software has no use whatsoever for server side run operations.
( The Cloud )

So I changed my email password, that fixed it thankfully.
I also deleted all such emails.

So what did I and the county cllr have in common?

We both use Gmail
We both opened an email, nothing more.

I've informed said cllr using another  email address.

A sign of things to come? - Powercut

No sooner do I mention energy security and the lights go out last night at 8.15pm. No bath, no internet and no telly.

How long is it to be off for? An hour, 2 hour or 5.

It would be very easy for our energy company to set up an online form where you could leave your mobile number for them to text you when the lights go out.

ie. sorry about fault it will take about 2 hours to fix.

There would appear to be more important considerations than customers such as executive remuneration.

So we went to bed at 9.15 and the electricity came back on 9.40pm

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Penyffordd Comment - Energy Security

So our very brave Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for very strong sanctions over the recent commercial plane that crashed in Ukraine against Russia.

Who controls natural gas that UK and Europe has to use.

Russia   Doh!

If you rely totally on gas ( I don't, it was a concious decision ) you have a problem this coming winter if the above is not sorted  out amicably with Russia

Increase energy prices will affect jobs, the economy, keeping your house warm in the winter.


And the markets won't use this as an excuse to put up gas prices will they !

Rosedale comment on the above link
"The central premise of this badly researched article that "the price of LNG in Asia has crashed from $20 to $11 per British thermal unit since February" is essentially false (apart from the obvious typo - per BTU should read per million BTUs).

Russia is a reliable and presently irreplaceable supplier of large quantities of relatively low-cost pipeline gas (and continued to be one even through the height of the cold war). A boycott would be pointless and futile anyway - Europe would be freezing and half its factories shut long before Russia ran out of money or anything else.

The Russian people, as history shows, have an immense capacity to suffer hardship and privation when their homeland is threatened, and I doubt that things have changed so much over the years or the centuries that the Russian government will alter its present policies under the threat of sanctions as long as it sees its vital national interests being at stake."

Penyffordd Carnival 2014 Thank You

Stuart Guy, Chair of Penyffordd and Penymynydd Carnival Committee
issues a big thank you to all those that made the event happen

Mrs Mary Price - Funeral

Tuesday 29th July 2014 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Penyffordd moves to a different beat

School holidays have begun.
The kids disappear
Always wonder what they do in the mornings
Computer games? Television? Mobiles? Sleep?

A lot less traffic, no hassles parents in cars.
You can even drive into Chester easily

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Penyffordd Health - Saturday Special

They're very clever bacteria. Here's an article on why antibiotics are failing.
If mine had failed I'd have been dead a week ago. Pneumonia does not take prisoners.
It appears we are growing new bacteria in the sewage works.

The term " brink of armageddon is used" by a scientist

Friday, July 18, 2014

Water Works - Possible Lead Toxicity Issue?

Last week we had a letter from our water supplier to say that maintenance work will be carried out on the water main to improve flow. This would involve temporary water discolouration.

Today I see a sub contract company for the company who own the water network have started on Chester Rd.

It seems the job entails sending rods back up your tubes from the stop tap outside your house.
edit addition : perhaps they back flush?

We have lead pipes which must have a good internal deposit. Is it healthy to remove it?

Lead is nearly as toxic as the mercury amalgam that I have in my teeth fillings.......doh

Thinks I'll ask.
Or perhaps I need to look first.

No good have emailed Dee Valley Water on

You might want to too.

below edited:

You may ask "and the photo ?" That is Johnny Depp playing The Mad Hatter in Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland. Hatters suffered from mental problems due to mercury exposure in the hat manufacturing process. We won't talk dentists and mercury exposure.

There's not much difference between lead and mercury.

The Google

Or for those who would wish for more education

DEFRA are in charge of water quality.
This is what they have to say about lead pipes. I found this tonight after writing article.

Speed Bump Dodgers on Chester Rd

A commenter says

"They need to put a kerb or a post to the left of the first speed bump on way into Penyffordd. People barrel down the road and swerve onto the muddy verge to avoid the bump. Seen two cars skid doing this when it's been raining. Accident waiting to happen."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

School child nearly killed on Chester Rd Penyffordd yesterday

Not quite sure of all my facts here Edwina .......but here we go.

A schoolchild cycled down the Penymynydd Rd yesterday afternoon after 3.20pm  across the road onto the wide path outside my house then down to the Chinese then did an abrupt left hand turn on to Chester Rd in front of a moving vehicle that managed to miss child.

This scenario a nightmare of mine

Ysgol Penyffordd are aware.
Post office might be aware
Chinese was shut and won't be aware

Media should get permission to talk to council personnel

All Ysgol Penyffordd children are warned of the dangers of traffic on Chester Rd.

Time for compulsory 20mph between garage and institute and Penymynydd Rd to the school.

Note to Cllrs. Some drivers hammer over the speed bumps.

Apart from what I've said, I kno* nothing.


*copyright Private Eye

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Talk with Edwina

Tonight I have had nearly an hour chat with Cllr Edwina Davies. Edwina put me right on a few misconceptions I have on council. In another blog I will put down what I thought and what the actualitee is
as Alan Clark would say.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


There I was talking to a baby blackbird up the garden, no one around. I leave the greenhouse door open. She had been headbutting the window because I turned up. It must know where the door is, it goes there most days when not plundering gooseberries.

Then I here this brrrgn brggn...... a moby

Next door in covert mode. Or not quite..................

Oh dear !

Flintshire County Council Bin Services

The other day I said there were possible interruptions

Services appear to be running as per normal

white bag day etc

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Penyffordd Elections 2016

I've got all the paper for a fiver from the carboot
I have free printing facilites.
Tom splits the costs between 8
(postscript I forgot his cronies are diminishing)
If Tom's standing I wonder which yes man will be replacing Cllr Joe Bell?
Its time half of the committee stood down.
We've got no full size football fields for public use
We have no doctors surgery

All that's needed is the hoof work to deliver
Best to get them all out before the certain phone call from FCC CEO Colin Everett (Returns Officer).
He said he didnt like the tone of my literature
I said I didnt like blackmail attempts against my wife when standing for council
Did I mention the late night silent phone calls (no)

How do I get hold of a list of old, gaga and infirm who have a postal vote?
See they always need help when filling their voting slip in.
Just put your cross where my finger is.
You say you'll pop it in the post on the way past

Am I standing for

1. County Cllr?
2. County Cllr and Community Cllr?
3. Or none of the above?

Your decision.

Memo to Penyffordd Cllrs

The new clerk is hiding information of council meetings on the council notice board. Under instructions from Tom? Or perhaps its in the council minutes. (Joke)

Somethings don't change do they.

I'm going to press this. Its a fundamental right that cllr meetings are available to read.

If not why have a £10000 clerk for 3 days work a month.

Memo also to the Penyffordd clerk. Best you get any "off Penyffordd committee instructions" in writing. Your job is to be neutral and to advise cllrs when they are being unfair and vindictive


1. Secret meeting by Penyffordd Community to get Flintshire lawyers ( very deep pockets) to take action against me for having temerity to suggest 2000 cars a day breaking 30mph on a major route to school was something they didnt want to know about. Previous clerk visited the house to tell me.
He said speeding traffic is nothing to do with the council.  The agenda hidden because only the front page was showing. I should have had a go then.
Notice the modus operandi. Verbal with no record.
What he said to me and a witness is a downright lie. It is a function of council. Not the clerks fault acting under instructions. I wonder if clerks comments to me were discussed in council and who passed minutes? Someone say "don't make us laugh please"

2. Cllrs taking vindictive action with the distribution of grant money in the village. Was it 3 years on the run they gave grant money for their mates and nothing to a society I belong to.

Best you ask the wise heads at County Hall for advice . Don't want you mixed up in the politics.

We remain in the dark ages with a dead hand on the tiller.

What better example than Cllr Joe Bell. How many meetings has he attended in the last 4 years.
What has he done in the last 4 years. A comment made by Joe 2008 / 2012 about flashy signs on Chester Rd during committee was a golden moment.

I presume you cllrs remember that embarrassment

Tom's lot would vote for a donkey if asked to do so !

You just don't listen do you !

So says a commenter (troll) over me criticising my views over the strike.

FACT As I said private sector pays for all public services and their employees.

The government have ways around this of course. They keep inflation rates artificially low penalising those that have savings.

They print money by the billion making your savings and earnings devalued.

Back to the troll.

In the previous blog about firebrigade pensions ( which a commenter says are gold plated)
There were good detailed comments explaining, informative and intelligent by at least one teacher.

Then we have the above plonker who wrote the title
Bet you won't say who you are.
I have no issue with anons, otherwise I wouldn't get any comments lol
I have issue with the above comment, similar and personal abuse.

I have kept all IP addresses since 2003.
I'm sure it could lead the way to those who tried to blackmail my wife from standing a a community cllr in the ( edit 2008 ) . It took 5 years but I now know where the information came from. Who set up the CCTV looking at my house. Might even lead the way to those who damaged my car twice. ( got infra red now fellas) Who got the parent to ring up accusing me of being a pedo ( I dislike children) Then we have council minutes of my victimisation.

A minority play hardball in this village
I think I know who you are . A scrutinisation of IP against events would be interesting.
I keep all evidence off site. The dog knows where they are but Lisa doesn't.
Its up Pen Lan y Gwr ( Gods country )

Infamy, Infamy, they've all got it in for me, copyright Kenneth Williams or perhaps the writer of the film, play, whatever.

So sorry for the rambling back to the troll
Originally 6 comment were published in 8 minutes

A concerted effort. You can tell from the style of writing that they are from different authors

I've noted a trend in a few school teachers
When challenged they go into "class mode" and talk to you as if you are a 12 year old
Perhaps its hard to switch off

The above comment was published at 20.00 hrs
A teatime session in The Red ?
Without looking at the IP's I don't know whether it was from in the village or not.
I'm not looking

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mark Isherwood AM

Haven't seen him in the Flintshire Chronicle for ages. Thought he'd died.

Anyway he is alive and well on Twitter.

Also here

Mark's website is impressive  perhaps Penyffordd Community Council might take a look.

Just in case you think I'm Conservative, I'll put Labour on shortly

On the presumption that Tom owns the field opposite his farm. I spy a Conservative placard at voting times in the past. Surely not you say he's Independent.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bin collections to be disrupted by strike

According to the Daily Post

Good job we haven't got a couple of young kids in nappies as mentioned on

Cllr Colin Bithell

This morning I bumped into Colin in the Post Office. I had a 5 minute conversation with him.

See ! I'm not all bitter and twisted.

Over the last 10 years Colin has suffered great loss.

The experience of Colin makes me wonder about a living god
How could God be so heartless.
He needs an apology from his god

I hope Colin is comfortable in his present circumstances.

A days holiday today for Penyffordd school teachers

Teachers start off at £22k and I presume if you've been there a while its £30k a year

There are many people on minimum wage and zero contract hours.

Teacher and Firebrigade leaders are taking the piss.

postscript. I think the government are trying to trim firebrigade pensions which are very adequate.
Never understood why I should contribute to public sector pensions.
I could never afford one.

The action is also political. More of this to come before the election

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

New supermarket for Penyffordd

I joke a little. It's to be built in Buckley. We like Aldi and Lidl.
As with a lot of stuff in Penyffordd its ok if you have a car.
Anyway who wants supermarkets, shopping mals in the village.
A doctors surgery might be handy..............


Monday, July 07, 2014

Don't set fire to your house on Thursday

As the fire brigade are on strike.
Excuse the flippancy but they get paid an awful lot more than me.
Did I mention their pension that I pay for that I haven't got.

A fireman mate of mine drives a new jag he's retired.
Had it one year bought a new one.


Candles are banned in our house - a Colin edict

Quote of the day

"A working wife gives a much better return than an ISA."

Colin Lollypop

Will you know where your children are during the school holidays?


My mum never knew where I would be.

From our Sandycroft home I could be on the river bank, Mancot, Hawarden, Queenserry, Shotton,  Connah's Quay, Saltney, Broughton. In any of the countryside between the above.
Used to wade across the River Dee to the other side.
From 14 onwards I was usually on Hawarden golf course.

Always turned up for tea

Drinking and drugs not. A swig out of a bottle of whiskey or gin revealed it to be very bad stuff.

Drugs? Didn't know what they were.

Signs of drugs can be seen in Penyffordd. Apparently there is the odd spliff to be seen in the road gutters. This I have not seen myself but have been told by a person who has a lot to do with our paths and roadways.

Penymynydd Roundabout Traffic

I see the above appeared on the Penyffordd Community Council July agenda.  This is an area I try to steer well clear of at busy times such as first thing and tea time. The roundabout has two lanes entry at some junctions. The roundabout is not designed for two vehicles side by side even if some sillies try it.

Cllr David Williams wants the roundabout decorated with plants and trees. I think is should be shrunk to allow two cars to go around at the same time in safety.
 The roundabout is a outdated, a bottleneck

A further option is to knock Tom's house ( Penyffordd Headquarters) down and make the roundabout bigger and make the section of road between Penymynydd and Dobshill a dual carriage way. ( I joke)

postscript: Also an issue is the Hope turning at Hope which should be made three lanes. This affects Penyffordd residents but is not in our parish

Friday, July 04, 2014

Road safety

Flintshire County Council are going to introduce advisory 20mph speed limits outside all schools. A step in the right direction. Our lollypop man Colin has nearly been knocked down twice since he started.

Last week he was standing in Penymynydd Rd with his lollypop escorting children across the road. A motorist who thought lollypop was loitering in the road carried on moving. This was while two further children were crossing the road. The motorist had not seen the children.......
I think license removal for a few months might concentrate the minds of some.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Houses Sold

Address  Sold price  Sold date  Type

16, Green Park, CH4 0LY £135,000 01 May 2014 3 bed detached
9, Min Y Ddol, CH4 0EB £132,500 20 Mar 2014 2 bed semi-D
20, Alyn Drive, CH4 0HP £125,000 28 Apr 2014 3 bed semi-D
6, Warren Crescent, CH7 3BZ £114,750 30 Apr 2014 2 bed semi-D
Bank House, Lower Mountain Road, LL12 9RW £520,000 04 Oct 2013 4 bed detached

From all of us here at

Something for free

I have a Nokia 625 it runs the Microsoft Windows mobile platform. Anyway it says I'm being upgraded to 4G .

Lisa asks Have we any 4G transmitters around here?

I use mobiles for calls, emails and texts.

You cannot however beat a large computer screen.
Using mobiles all day is not my scene.

I'm with O2

postscript. Now they say I need a new 4G sim card,
So it isnt free lol

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Close to Home

Having just been in the Maelor for two weeks with pneumonia I have a special interest in the following issue. The PM bless him is calling for new antibiotics to deal with illnesses that currently defy treatment. C. Difficile, MRSA and other virus and bacteria are modifying so that antibiotics will not kill them.
Antibiotics are in our food. Meat and dairy I think.
Doctors hand them out for lots of stuff, although they are trying to cut down

Problem is Prime Minister the baddies alter all the time.

ps I'm currently on 14 antibiotic pills a day, good job they are working.
Think most of them are finishing tomorrow inc the steroids.


I get on fine with the China's. Jimmy is my favourite. Other neighbours are fine excepting 2.
One has never spoken in 10 years, not sure what the issue is there, their problem.
Another neighbour is friendly sometime and hostile other times. Had about 5 arguments there
 over the years. Currently no speak, don't know why.

Won't acknowledge my existence when talking to some people.
Again their problem

I'll talk to anyone, life is too short.

Bathing in micro waves

A perfect day in Penyffordd, warm and sunny.
I have a 100 jobs......................
Or is it 200.

Here I am in my little quiet office previously unaware that the BT wifi box is spewing out microwaves. Just like sitting next to the box in the kitchen that's on all the time.

If you don't need wifi some can be disabled.

Another way is to block the microwaves by giving the box a tin foil coat using aluminium foil from the kitchen. I suppose you have to leave it part open. My mobile uses One Drive and loads photos up to the cloud when I have new photos. This is a good function that gets rid of the need to use cables

Will put some links on later
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