Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hailma = Scam

Random scam that arrived in my inbox this afternoon.
Hello dear,

My real name is Hailma. I want us to be one beautiful friend, I hope you wouldn’t mind despite we don’t know each other before, I will like you to contact me via my private email address so that I will give you all my details and also to send you my pictures, I saw your profile today on Facebook and become interest in you, Please contact me with this my private email( I will be looking forward to receive your feedback, Bye from.

Mon vrai nom est Hailma. Je veux que nous soyons une belle amie, je l’espère, vous voulez bien malgré nous ne connaissions pas avant, je voudrais que vous me contacter via mon adresse e-mail privé de sorte que je vais vous donner tous les détails et aussi pour vous envoyer mes photos, je vu votre profil aujourd’hui sur Facebook et deviens intérêt pour vous, Se il vous plaît me contacter à mon email privé ce( je serai impatient de recevoir vos commentaires, Bye de.

The Durham Brewery, County Durham

Last Monday we paid a visit to The Durham Brewery to purchase some of their beers (Unit 6a, Bowburn North Ind Est, Bowburn, Co. Durham, DH6 5PF).
It’s been quite a long time since we last went on a proper beer-run, and we thought buying direct from a local brewery would be a good way to support a business in our local area.
Durham Brewery
Inside the shop at The Durham Brewery there is a bar, and some tables and chairs, so a good place to taste a few ales.
Unfortunately I was driving, and it was also early in the morning, so neither of us sampled any beer on site, but we did come away with 13 bottles.
Durham Brewery

To date we have only tried one, the Temptation Imperial Russian Stout. This is because Mrs.R has been very unwell, and it would be a shame for her not to enjoy the beers. I’m sure once Mrs.R is back in full health, we will devour our beer haul at a decent rate.

The welcome we received at The Durham Brewery was very friendly, and the lady who served us was knowledgeable about all of the beers.
We will definitely have to revisit to restock in the future.
Durham BreweryDurham Brewery

Blog post by Richard Randall

Red Letter Days – A Rip-Off

A little while ago I won a £100 Red Letter Days Gift Card. Living in North East England meant there was not a great deal of activities in this region, so I decided to spend the Red Letter Days Gift Card on a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of Single Malt Whisky. No indication was given of the brands ,but given each bottle cost £50, I did have rather high hopes.
The drinks arrived yesterday and my hopes where shattered. The Champagne was bottle of Louis Dornier NV. After a quick Google search I found it for sale for £16 online. I also found the The Great Glen Malt Whisky online for £20. If I chuck on £10 for postage and packing that leaves a £54 blackhole.
This means the little boxes and sticky labels on the bottles cost a whopping £52. My guess is they cost about £3 in total if I was being generous.
Red Letter Days proves to be a complete rip-off


Hi how are you? Honestly I don’t know as to begin acquaintance on the Internet, but I am sure of one that our acquaintance will be very interesting. I send you in this message my photo. I hope that shortly you will answer me. And then I will tell you a little more about me. To the fast. Kseniya


The Crack by Christopher Radmann – Book Review

I gave up reading The Crack by Christopher Radmann at page 109. I found it plodded at such a slow pace, I could not really get into it. The writing quality was average, so not good enough to keep me turning the pages.
It starts on New Years Day, 1976 in South Africa and follows a couples decent into madness.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Zhanna = Scam

Hello! How are you? My name is Zhanna. I am 27 years old.
My home country is Russia, I think you do not mind the distance? I found
your email address on a dating site.
I really want to meet you! 🙂 I am lonely, never been married and had no
I want to find a man for serious relationship who will love, cherish and
respect me.
I think that if you contact me, we will find understanding.
I never got acquainted through the Internet. I hope that this is not a
I hope I will get your reply very soon. Zhanna!

P0282097 = Scam

Dodgy scam that arrived in my inbox today.
My name is Miss Sophia Tutu, single and after going through your profile in FACEBOOK.COM, i found it very interesting and want us to become friends,so i will like you to respond to me for you to have all my details that you may need about me and will also send my photos and my phone number.
I will be waiting for you email to my inbox
Thank you,
Mi nombre es Miss Sophia Tutu, sola y después de pasar por su perfil en FACEBOOK.COM, me pareció muy interesante y quiere que nos convertimos en amigos, por lo que me gustaría que usted responda a mí para que usted tenga todos los detalles que usted puede necesita de mí y también enviar mis fotos y mi número de teléfono.
Voy a estar esperando para que usted envía por correo electrónico a mi bandeja de entrada