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About Richard

Expat and traveller now living back in England. I now call Easington Colliery, County Durham home. My interests include cooking, travel, wine, beer and photography.

Olga – = Scam

Hello my new dear friend!!!
How are you doing?
To tell the truth, I am trying to be acquainted trough Internet first time in my life so I don’t really know what I should write but I will try.
Fisrt of all I want to explain where did I find your e-mail address.
I went to agency of acquaintance and said that I want to find a serious man through the Internet.
I want to destroy the loneliness and to find the good person who, as well as me will want to share all pleasure of life.
So they gave me your e-mail address and said that you are also trying to find a good and serious partner in life.
So let’s communicate!
I want to tell you just a little bit about me.
My name is Olga. I am 29. I am from Russia. I hope you don’t mind that I am not from your country.
My height is 5,7. My weight is 121,25 pounds.
I have 2 high educations and now work by my diploma. I work in a computer store. I am selling computers and other staff.
So you see I don’t have any difficulties to write you e-mails. What are you doing in life? What is your occupation?
I have never been married and I don’t have any children.
I hope you don’t mand if I ask you some questions?
How old are you?
Where are you from?
Have you ever been married?
Do you have children?
What kind of relations are you trying to find?
I also want to send you some of my photos for you to understand who is talking to you. Hope you will like it.
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Warm wishes, Olga.


Easington Colliery Caravanning Club

Do you want the dystopian holiday of a lifetime?
If the answer to that question is yes, then you should head to Easington Colliery.

We can offer wonderfully unsafe pitches for your prized caravan.
Easington Colliery
Easington Colliery
No visit to Easington Colliery would be complete without a walking tour of the A and B streets, where you can admire the fine collection of burned out houses. There are also many properties boasting smashed or boarded-up windows, rubbish filled yards, and the remains of wheelie bin fires.
But please be careful not to tread in the generously deposited dog shit, and broken glass on the pavements and roads, and on no account take any back home with you for a souvenir of your fabulous holiday – that would spoil the area for other visitors, and residents alike.
Anthony Street, Easington Colliery
Baldwin Street, Easington Colliery
If the walking tour leaves you a little weary, there are always countless sofas and armchairs scattered about, where you can rest your aching bones, and admire the scenery, as some of the sofas are conveniently placed in prime locations with views of the North Sea.
Easington Colliery
One thing we all look forward to on a holiday is trying the local cuisine, and getting gastroenteritis.
Have no fear. We have that covered.
Seaside Lane is awash with take-aways. You may even get lucky and find a free deep-fried rat with your meal.

Wynyard Hall, Farmers Market

On a overcast Sunday in the middle of March, we decided to pay a visit to the Farmers Market at Wynyard Hall, (Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF).
It was the first market of the season, and the first that we had ever visited at Wynyard Hall.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Being early birds we turned up at 9am, which was the time the market was due to open.
Most of the stalls holders were ready for business, with just a few who were yet to finish displaying their products, so we had a little wander in the grounds of Wynyard Hall to kill some time before all of the goods were ready to be sold.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Once the farmers market was fully up and running, we started buying anything and everything that took our fancy, like a couple of food starved zombies.
Well, maybe not zombies, but the food dispossessed. It has been a long Winter.
The first items to go into our shopping bag was a couple of loaves of bread, from The Moody Baker
Once one has purchased bread, what could be more important than beer?
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
The answers to the above question is lots of beer.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Next into the shopping bag was 7 bottles of beer, from Three Brothers Brewing Co Unit 4
Clayton Court
Bowesfield Crescent
TS18 3QX
Tel: 01642 678084 )
Seven bottles of beer loaded into our shopping bag (3 Short and Stout, 2 Brew No.1, and 2 Malt-Teaser) we moved on to peruse the next stall.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
With Mothers Day just around the corner, I thought I’d better get something for the old gal.
What do you buy your 80 year old mother. Well, I thought I could not go wrong with some soap from TOC Aromatherapy and some biscuits from The Sawley Kitchen
Laura did not want to be left out of this gift buying extravaganza, so she picked up a small, and reassuringly expensive (£6.50) bag of Luxury Bolivian Dark Chocolate Truffles from the Itzamna’s Cocoa.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
You cannot have a successful day shopping unless it involves purchasing some meat, and what better meat than pork.
These sausages and black puddling are from Wrefords Farm (Fleming Field Farm, Shotton Colliery, Durham DH6 2JD) which is only a few miles from our house. Now that is what I call eating local.
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Nothing goes better with sausages and black pudding than some nice fresh eggs. We picked up 6 duck eggs, and a couple of goose eggs, from The Clucking Pig
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Also into our shopping bag went some cheese. A Teesdale Curd from Teesdale Cheesemakers and a blue style cheese and a goats cheese from Laceys Cheese
Wynyard Hall, Northern Dales Farmers Markets
Just when we thought the day could get no better we were handed a free bag from Northern Dales Farmers’ Market the folks who runs lots of farmers markets up here in the North East England.
Blog post by Richard Randall = Scam

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optimistic. I love communication, meeting with my good friends. I
Very open; I am always ready to help my close friends. I
An interesting and active person in life.
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Experiments in the kitchen. I would like to try new dishes from another
Cultures. I like walking, I like to go to restaurants, movies,
Theater, museums and art exhibitions. I adore art and history.
Travel is my big passion. I’m looking for a serious man who knows,
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Whitby – Fish ‘n’ Chips and Daytrippers

On a sunny August Monday morning Laura and I motored down to Whitby in North Yorkshire. It was our first day trip out in many moons and
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
One of the reasons for the trip was to sample the famous Whitby Fish ‘n’ Chips and what better place to try it than at the Quayside Fish and Chip Shop.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
It won the national award for best fish and chip shop of the year in 2015.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
We had arrived early in Whitby so it was almost a Fish and Chip brunch that we ordered. Eating Fish and Chips at 11.30am was rather odd, but having spent some time in South East Asia it was not the earliest strange meal of the day, that we have ever had.
Whitby, North YorkshireWe enjoyed our Cod and Chips just across the road from Quayside. Sitting on a concrete bollard type thing. Proper British holiday style of alfreco dinning.
I’m always dubious about ‘Award Winning’ but I can say hand on heart that it was great. Really ferm well cooked fish in the best batter I’ve ever had that was not homemade.
Quayside Whitby
7 Pier Road
North Yorkshire
YO21 3PU
Tel. 01947 825346
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
A trip to the seaside would not be complete without buying some rock to take back home for friends and family.
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Blog post by Richard Randall

July, August, September, October, November and December. Competitions Wins

It was a very slow start to July. In fact the first prize to arrive was a bag of HJ Lea Oakes Equerry, Horse and Pony Mix feed. It arrived on the 28th.
On the same day a pair of Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Binoculars also arrived. They went into the big box to be donated to charity.

August Wins:
On the first of the month a PRO KENNEX Kinetic Ki 15 260 Tennis Racket arrived at our door.

Next to arrive was a box containing two toys. One is a Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Zeg and a Blaze and the Monster Machines CGC92 Monster Dome Playset.

Next to arrive was a Mabes of London Daiquiri beach shirt.
September Wins:
I won a Motorola MBP853 Connect Wi-Fi HD Video Baby Monitor. While I don’t have baby, I do have two dogs and I’ll use this to keep an eye on them.

Next to arrive was a signed Team Gb cycling top.

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £6397 (from 1st September 2013).

Maria R = Scam

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Lubov = Scam

Nice to meet you! How are you doing? I write to you with my personal email so write to me at any time.
I will be always glad to answer you. I with pleasure will tell to you about me and about my life.
I send you my photo if it is pleasant to you, I will send to you more. I’m from Russia, I hope this is not a problem for us.
I also will be glad to see your photos.

Fire – Barwick Street – Easington Colliery

This morning, I heard that sometime yesterday there had been yet another arson attack in Easington Colliery.

This house fire in Barwick Street, Easington Colliery, is as far as I know, the forth one to have occurred in the A and B streets since March of this year.

Arson is rife, but nothing is done about it. #brokenbritain

After hearing about this latest arson attack I wandered over to Barwick Street to see for myself.

I walked down the back of Barwick Street first, where a police car was parked outside of the burnt out house, to snap a few photos.
At the front of the property there was another police car parked up. Presumably the two policemen have been parked in their cars overnight.
It’s interesting that despite Easington Colliery residents being told that money is tight, and resources are limited, they can afford to have two police vehicles just sitting there for so long.
If they actually patrolled the A and B streets regularly then maybe incidents like this wouldn’t happen in the first place.
Horse, stable door…….

Unlike two of the previous three arson attacks, the Barwick Street property is not an end of terrace house, it has neighbouring properties on either side.
Thankfully, by the look of it, the fire did not spread to the adjacent houses, forcing any tenants to move out, which is what happened after the arson attack in Anthony Street; the lady who lived next door had to move due to smoke damage which left her with nothing.

At a recent Easington Colliery P.A.C.T. meeting, which was attended by local residents who are all understandably concerned for their safety, after the previous arson attacks, the police in attendance said that they would be taking a, ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to much of the criminal activity that happens here.
This was welcome news to members of the community who were at the meeting, to be told that the police, and council, were taking things seriously. But unfortunately, no sooner had the words ‘Zero Tolerance’ been said, they were more or less immediately retracted, by, ”but we don’t want to give the offenders criminal records that could negatively affect the rest of their lives, blah blah blah…….”, despite the fact that these criminals are making the lives of the local residents seriously intolerable.

That statement proves that the police put the wellbeing of criminals above that of the decent people living here, who deserve to feel safe in their own homes and in this community. People who have worked hard all of their lives and just want, and deserve, to live their lives in peace without feeling threatened or in danger.

So, basically, the police won’t be taking a ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to anything, least of all serious crimes such as arson.
No doubt this latest fire in Barwick Street will be mentioned at the next P.A.C.T. meeting, and like all previous meetings the officials in attendance; councillors, police, and a representative from Durham County council, will once again lie about what they are doing to resolve the many problems in the A and B streets, and elsewhere in Easington Colliery, and then as usual they will brag about the obscene amounts of money they waste on vanity projects; many thousands of pounds, in an area where lots of residents are struggling to survive and having to use the food bank.

The sad fact is the council and the police just do not care.
Maybe they consider everyone who resides in the A and B streets, and other parts of the colliery, to be scumbags, who don’t deserve the right to live a decent and safe life.
As long as the councillors and police are alright, and it’s not their homes that are being attacked by arsonists, or their lives that are being made unbearable and miserable by anti-social behaviour, and criminal activity, they will continue to do nothing.
Their complete disinterest in actually doing anything about the myriad of problems in Easington Colliery is clear for anyone who attends the P.A.C.T. meetings to see; the councillors spend a lot of time checking the clock on the wall, obviously wishing the hour away until they can leave and go back to their comfortable safe lives.

It’s not surprising that there has been another arson attack in Easington Colliery, when the people responsible know that they will not be caught, and that the police don’t want to punish them, or take any action that will result in them receiving a criminal record.
People only behave as badly as you let them, and it’s common knowledge that in Easington Colliery you can get away with anything, including arson.

What is it going to take until the officials, who are employed, or elected, to help look after the best interests of the residents of Easington Colliery, actually start doing the job they are paid or elected to do.

I will not be attending the next P.A.C.T. meeting, or any future meetings, it is a waste of my time, and no doubt that’s exactly what the councillors and police want, for no members of the local community to attend the meetings, because then they can kid themselves that they have done a good job, and there are no social problems or crimes to be dealt with in Easington Colliery.

Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery
Arson in Easington Colliery

Mrs. Fatou Robinson Coulibaly = scam

A bog standard scam that arrived in my mail box this morning.


Greeting’s in the Name of God,

Please use this money for the Churches and to the Less Privileged in the world.Greetings to you and your family in the name of God,in my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching i made on the internet on my bed side.

I have decided to seek your help in carrying out my last wishes.My name is Mrs.Fatou Robinson Coulibaly,My late husband was a Warlord in his Country popurlally known as “IB” Ibrahim “IB” Coulibaly I’m a 48 years old woman and my Country is Sierra- Leone,i was a merchant and owned two businesses in Dubai,i was also married with two children.

My husband and two children where involved in war between my late husband and with the FRCI,” Republican Forces of Ivory Coast.


Before this happened,my business and my concern for making money was all I care for, i never really cared about other values in life.Since After the death of my husband and two children ,I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible
is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited a trunk box with the sum of $(4.7 Million USD) Four Millon Seven Hundred Thousand in a Security Company here in Abidjan as Family Valuables.

Recently,my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or a God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.I want a church/God fearing person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that “Blessed is the hand that giveth”. I took this decision because I don’t have any child that will inherit this money and my late husband’s relatives are not Christians and I don’t want my late husband’s efforts to be used by unbelievers.

I don’t want a situation where this money will be-used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision.I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that “the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace”.I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives are around me always. I don’t want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the relevant information that will lead you to have access over this fund.I will also present you as the beneficiary of this Trunk Box with the Security Company.

I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my Sheppard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life and pray to
God to forgive me my sins.

Pls send this information’s of yours,so that i will present you to the Security Company as my partner whom i will want the Company to transport this box to you in your country for family use.

(1) Your Full name……………….
(2) Your Full address…………….
(3) Your telephone/Fax Numbers…….
(4) Your Age/Occupation…………..

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Hoping to receive your reply and you can write me with my personal email address at

Yours Sister In Christ,
Mrs. Fatou Robinson Coulibaly