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Blackpool Air Show 2018

Two great days at the Blackpool Air Show, Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th August 2018.   A big line up with the  RAF providing the Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Pilatus and The Red Arrows on Sunday.    Saturday … Continue reading

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Very Enjoyable Lake Windermere Boat trip

After a fabulous stretch of weather in May and early June it seems to be turning.   On Tuesday 12th June we decided to take a ‘green’ route boat trip on Windermere.  This takes about 45 minutes going from Ambleside to … Continue reading

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Kendal’s Art, Museum, Church

A visit to Kendal in April 2018 specially to go to the Abbot Hall Art Gallery on the way to the Lake District.   The gallery is displaying a Monet which is on loan from the National Gallery of Scotland until … Continue reading

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East Lancashire Railway day out

An enjoyable day at the East Lancs Railway on Thursday 29th March.   Tornado, the 100mph steam loco, was the star of the show hauling full carriages on many trains. Also on duty was the Crab and diesel.  On static display … Continue reading

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Ambleside and Loughrigg

A visit to Ambleside, 2hrs walking on Loughrigg Fell, 1hr lunch at Zeffirelli’s, 1hr shopping. Our favourites Cunningham’s Outdoor Clothing shop opposite the old bridge house, The Detail shop opposite a pub for nice design items, The Old Bank Chocolate … Continue reading

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Blackpool

A sunny February day at Blackpool 2018.

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Blackwell Arts & Craft House, Bowness, nice lunch

Blackwell is a large house overlooking Lake Windermere, built as an arts and craft house in 1900 by the Holts brewing family of Manchester.   We visited in December to have a Christmas Lunch, very good it was, booking essential as … Continue reading

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The Fylde Gallery, Lytham, bright display

The Fylde Gallery is an attractive and small place upstairs in Booths store at Lytham.  It has a regular change of exhibition.   In November 2017 a display by Jeffrey Hammond showed us his bright and large acrylic paintwork of local … Continue reading

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Gresgarth Hall Gardens near Lancaster

Gresgarth Hall, where is that?  That’s what I said.  About 5 miles east of Lancaster on the road to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn right at Caton and there it is.   On a bend the long tree lined drive hides the house. … Continue reading

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Williamson Park, Lancaster

Under a mile from Lancaster city centre up a hill is Williamson Park, a small lake and fountain, a wooded area, the Ashton Memorial, Butterfly House, aviary, mammal house and cafe.  Most of all there is a scenic view of … Continue reading

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East Lancashire Railway and The Whitaker Museum

A visit to the ELR on Saturday 14th October for the Steam Event.  Running were ex Southern 34092 City of Wells and ex-LNER 60009 Union of South Africa plus some local locos. We drove to Rawtenstall which is the nearest … Continue reading

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Northern Powerhouse v Midlands Engine

Traditionally Birmingham has been known as the ‘second city’ after London.  For the last 20 years Manchester’s star has been rising and it now makes a valid claim to be second city.  The Northern Powerhouse seemed to support this call … Continue reading

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Railway Electrification in the North West

Work is underway at a fairly slow pace on electrifying more track in the North West of England. Currently the Manchester to Blackpool line is forecast for completion for the summer timetable of 2018.  Work on re-aligning the track is … Continue reading

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Donald Trump President of the USA and Brexit storm

On the 20th January Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the USA.   Coupled with Brexit it’s a perfect storm for those of a liberal bent.  Although there are those who say the liberal thinkers brought it on … Continue reading

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Offshore Windfarms near Lancashire

If you visit the north Lancashire coast you can see rows of windmills near the horizon.   The closest is Barrow, 90MW.  Nearby are 3 others:  West of Duddon Sands 389MW,  Ormonde 150MW, Walney 9MW.   Just off the Mersey … Continue reading

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Brexit Secret Strategy

David Davis the minister for Brexit says to keep quiet about the Brexit strategy.  Cards close to chest etc.   How do you keep it a secret?  As soon as talks begin it will become apparent unless it’s fiendishly clever, … Continue reading

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Brexit progress September 2016

Nearly 3 months after the EU referendum the UK position is still largely a blank page with the heading Brexit: Some Knowns We have a new PM and with that we got a cabinet with 3 pro-Brexit members in charge of … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Boundary Review 2018

The Electoral Commission is to publish initial findings on the 13th September for its review of boundaries.  There will then be a 12 week public consultation period and two other public reviews before the September 2018 presentation to Parliament.   … Continue reading

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Northern Powerhouse for the chop?

The previous Chancellor, George Osborne, put forward a number of plans for more devolution and had a vision of creating a northern hub mainly based on Manchester and Leeds.  Since the referendum the new administration seems to be backtracking from … Continue reading

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Lake District and Yorkshire Dales Extended

On the 1st August it was announced that the Lake District will be extended eastwards to the M6 and the Yorkshire Dales will be extended westwards to the M6. From the west coast to the east coast there is now … Continue reading

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