Monthly Archives: February 2014

Easington Colliery Unpolished

I would like to start this blog post, by pointing out that the photos below are not indicative of the whole of Easington Colliery, but rather small pockets of decay.
I just wanted to highlight the grubbier side of Easington Colliery.
While Easington Colliery is a former coal mining town, and has seen major decline since the closing of the mine, it has not fared that badly all things considered. There is high unemployment, but there is also evidence of affluence; early risers obviously going off to work, and new or newish cars parked outside some of the properties.

Easington Colliery
Speaking to some of the older people who live in Easington Colliery, they all say the same thing, that it’s a shame the mine was closed down because there’s still plenty of coal to be mined, and it would provide jobs for the youngsters who seem to have little chance of employment.
There does seem to be quite a lot of houses that have been sold recently, and are currently being redeveloped, which is hopefully a good sign for the future of Easington Colliery.
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Blog post by Richard Randall

Arcane Movie Tees – I Won One :)

Yesterday the post lady delivered an Arcane Movie Tee that I had won via their twitter account @ArcaneMovieTees. Happy Days! You can’t have too many t-shirts, and given that we are starting over again in England after living abroad for a decade, and then deciding to drop-out and give everything away before heading off travelling for 2 years, means we have little in the way of clothing, so the t-shirt is a very welcome addition to my wardrobe.


Blog post by Richard Randall

Total prize value to date: £687 (from 1st September 2013).

Durham City, Walking and not Plummeting

It has been six months since we had a day out, just for the pleasure of it.
So, on Sunday we decided to drive to Durham and have a wander about the city. It was a very cold morning but the sun was shining, so it was a perfect day to be outside. It was made even more perfect by the fact that we managed to park directly in front of Durham Cathedral, and for free. Result.
We parked up, unloaded the dog, and set out to explore Durham on foot.
Barley was very excited to be out among so many people. If fact the excitement was almost too much for him, he attempted suicide. As we were walking across one of the bridges over the River Wear he tried to jump over the wall on the bridge. Luckily I had a good hold on him, and Mrs.R also grabbed him. It was a very close call, and no doubt the fall (over 5 metres) from he bridge into the ice-cold fast flowing river would have been fatal.
Disaster averted, for the remainder of our wandering we made sure to keep Barley away for any walls and long drops.
DURHAM, ENGLANDWe enjoyed wandering round Durham, snapping a few photos, and soaking up the atmosphere. It was like old times. Being tourists. The only difference was the fact that we visited Durham early, too early to be able to stop for a pint. In preparation for our day out I had asked fellow CAMRA members on the CAMRA Durham facebook group for info on dog friendly pubs. Next time we visit Durham, we’ll have to make sure it is a little later in the day. Being a tourist is thirsty work. 😀

Blog post by Richard Randall

Maria = Scam

Hello, my name is Maria and i like to get acquainted with you!
I found your mail-box thru a dating agency so i asked myself, why don’t i
write a line to you 😉
I want to to find a nice buddy, a man, perhaps a lover. yep, i used to talk
love and erotic themes straightly and i don’t like any tricks, it’s all so
simple :), so if you like we could
try to chat a little and send some photos to each other, maybe some sexy
pics either?! 😉
Anyway, if you are intrigued, please answer to my mail box
I hope you found my proposal interesting and you’ll write me back soon!
Lots of kisses,


E.T. Phone Home

Twice over the last 10 days we have lost phone communications. Weirdly it seemed to be for no logical reason. It was not weather related because we have had relativity clement weather compared with the south of England. On the positive side, on both occasions I contacted TalkTalk on their website, and the next day an Outreach engineer arrived to fix the problem. On an even more positive note, we did not lose our internet connection. 🙂

Blog post by Richard Randall = Scam

This scam arrived in my Facebook inbox this morning. It’s been a while since I last received a scam message on Facebook.
mi nombre es Sisay, l normalmente no se incluye en línea aquí, le gusta que seamos amigos, por favor, me gustaría que en contacto conmigo a mi ( l e-mail que desee nuestra comunicación a través de correo electrónico para i le dirá más detalles acerca de mí y te mostraré mi foto. ( miss Sisay

my name is Sisay, l do not normally come online here, i will like us to be friends, please i will like you contact me to my e-mail ( ) l want our communication through e-mail so i will tell you more details about me and show you my picture.( ) miss Sisay

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – I Won It

Today a copy of Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas arrived in the post. I won it via Book Tokens Ltd. I received an email from Jennifer saying that I had won it. My  favourite kind of email 🙂 .
I’ve not yet got around to starting it, because I’ve a other books waiting in the queue to be read, but from the back cover blurb, it, sounds interesting.

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Total prize value to date: £669 (from 1st September 2013).