- Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Drivers dream of owning an Aston Martin or Jaguar, but most drive a Ford or Vauxhall
Four fifths of drivers describe their car as important to their independence
Drivers in the Scotland are most likely to own a Ford (15%), but one in three UK motorists (32%) dream that their “other car” was an Aston Martin, Audi or Jaguar. A new survey from Age UK Enterprises, the commercial arm of the charity, reveals that drivers have high aspirations when it comes to cars they dream to drive.
- Monday, 09 December 2013
On one occasion, in my single days, I was invited to spend my summer leave a period of two weeks with an army friend who was a farmer in the Midlands. He was married with a small family and the district in which lived was in rolling countryside. After I had unpacked and had lunch on the first day, he invited me down to his local, a picture card example of the perfect inn. Inside he introduced me to the lovely people who were obviously regulars.
About five minutes after we had arrived, the landlord entered the lounge bar to join his wife at serving. He was wearing a thick bandage round his head, and both his eyes were bruised and blackened. At once the general conversation was solely on an incident which had taken place the previous evening.
Assisted digital proposals are unsatisfactory” - Keep Me Posted campaign responds to new government online proposals
- Friday, 06 December 2013
Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of Keep Me Posted campaign comments on the Government’s approach to assisted digital: “The proposal to take millions of transactions online will, frankly, be unsatisfactory for millions of people. 18 per cent of the population has no online access, including large numbers of older, disabled, impoverished and geographically isolated people.
“Expecting people to rely on the help of their family and friends takes away their choice in how they manage their own affairs.
- Thursday, 05 December 2013
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is giving advice on avoiding the consequences of intoxication behind the wheel this Christmas time.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “This time of year brings with it brandy pudding, mulled wine and Christmas parties. If you’re heading out for a few drinks, make sure you have planned your journey home before you start, so that you don’t drive after a drink.”
- Thursday, 05 December 2013
Having a dog is good for your social life, adding an average of three friends to your social circle, according to new research.
The findings emerged from a detailed study carried out among 1500 dog owners, which discovered sharing casual greetings, anecdotes and tips on canine care on the daily walk opens new doors socially.
For one in twenty dog owners their pooches have led them to befriend more than 10 people they would not have met had it not been for their four legged friends.
- Monday, 02 December 2013
The girl sitting in the C.I.D. office on a Friday evening was about eighteen, and judging from her clothes had arrived there directly from her place of employment at Casey's the commercial bake house, just up the road.
That establishment was well used by the uniform branch, who called in from their beats and, at the invitation of Tony Casey, the owner, partook of the many products manufactured there; even taking them home to their families. The girl, it transpired had been caught by a foreman stealing a large and elaborately decorated cake which had been ordered for a posh wedding.
- Friday, 29 November 2013
Anyone who was of Superintendent rank and higher was entitled to be conveyed to and from duty by police vehicle and Detective Superintendent Donald Gibson took full advantage of the facility. He lived some twelve miles from his office, and it was the task of whichever detective constable was the night detective, to pick him up at six thirty each morning.
On a frosty January morning, detective constable Bernard Postles drove to his boss' home, and the two left for Mill Street station. When they were approaching the city boundary there was a message over the radio to the effect that a man had been seen to be carrying another man over his shoulder and that there was blood around the head of the person being transported. Superintendent Gibson told the information room that he was nearby and would attend.
- Thursday, 28 November 2013
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week he is advising motorists on how to drive safely through fog.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Fog is one of the most difficult conditions to drive in - crashes in fog make the news headlines often enough to remember them. Ensure you are prepared so that you can carry out your journey safely. Allow lots of extra time for the trip.”
- Monday, 25 November 2013
The Manchester club scene of the nineteen sixties was exceptional; it seemed as if it had appeared overnight as some four hundred night clubs took the people by storm. Former theatres and cinemas became plush drinking dens, where entertainment was the key. At the lower scale would be the singers and comedians who hitherto performed in the pubs on a Saturday night.
At the best joints top stars of the entertainment world were common place. Those premises were, to say the least, dingy, and their customers questionable, but were nevertheless well patronised. At the better class clubs the furniture and decoration was expensive and the carpeting plush, the lighting, just right, the prices inflated, and the customers equally questionable.