Round Here - Lister Park

Lister Park was donated to the City of Bradford by Cunliffe Lister in the nineteenth century. Here is a statue to the philanthropist himself. He was one of Bradford's most successful businessmen. He had made a fortune from the manufacture...

Club Run - part fourteen

James was in the den, drinking lager, listening to R Dean Taylor singing, 'There's a ghost in my house', and feeling very pleased with himself. He had been waiting for this moment all day, storing it up, feeling it welling up, savouring his sense of...

Why do we tell stories?

Every known society has produced stories. It is a sociological universal. And there aren't many of those. Whilst we devoted a great deal of time and resources to exploring the world we live in, this basic question appears to be overlooked. Yet I...

They don't pay road tax

What is it about the mere sight of a cyclist that drives some motorists insane with rage? If you are a cyclist, you will know exactly what I am talking about. For those of you who don't cycle, let me explain. Talk to any cyclist and sooner...

The hardest words to say

I am sorry. I made a mistake. I apologise. What is it about these words that makes them so difficult for our politicians? President Obama without knowing the facts of the case criticised police handling of the arrest of Professor Henry Gates. He...

Club Run - part thirteen

It seemed as though this glorious summer would last forever. On that following Sunday, the sun shone as brightly and as beautifully as any that had graced the Garden of Eden itself. There was not even a cloud in the sky, nor the merest suggestion of a...

Easy ways to improve your life!

Would you like to seriously improve your life? Would you like to know some simple easy to follow steps to a happy and fulfilled life? Well Dr Wiseman, who studied the psychology of deception has the answers. If you buy his book 59 Seconds: Think a...

Club Run - part twelve

Late that night James received a telephone call from Tom, which was guarded and cryptic to say the least. All Tom would say was that he wanted to meet, as soon as possible. James could not help but notice the sense of excitement in Tom's voice. ...

Our money

The economy is in such a mess that the government is borrowing millions of pounds every hour. Yet in a hopeless, futile attempt to promote party interest, Gordon Brown, and his government, repeatedly tell us how they are going to spend more and more of...

Experts know best!

I am sure some of you will recall the old adage: 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away.' The National Health Service has a new, bright twenty-first century version designed specifically for children: 'An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.' The...

Club Run - part eleven

The Aleswick Cafe was located approximately two-thirds of the way round their loop. It had plenty of outside seating, the staff were friendly and welcomed cyclists. Moreover, the coffee was rich and aromatic. Best of all, the cakes were home-made and...

Think you have a right to privacy?

As you read this, a state official may be trawling through your email or telephone records, or they may have attached a tracking device to your car. Such activities would be legal under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, if you were suspected...

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In Memorium

In memory of our soldiers who have fallen in Afghanistan. Private James Prosser, aged 21, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh was killed as a result of an explosion that happened during a vehicle patrol in Musa Qaleh district, northern Helmand province...

Is it time to bring our troops home?

Our soldiers are currently dying at the same rate they did in Korea. Our political leaders have been less then frank with us. The military leaders feel provoked to publicly exposing ministerial misrepresentations. The Secretary of Defence is forced...

How annoying is that?

Some things are extremely annoying, out of all proportion even. Here are some of everyday life's little trials: People who want to sell me something but won't tell me what they want. They expect me to wait patiently while they go through their...

Just FYI

Just FYI Just for the sake of clarity and accuracy: I am not any of the Top Ten Bloggers! Have a nice day Steve

Little Brother

Little Brother is watching you. He is everywhere, yet rarely seen. Little, who? Little Brother, he knows where you've been. In the street, Your image is caught. For crime must be beat. Image is so fuzzy, all for naught. ...

Drugs for convicts!

The government is using our money to provide prisoners with methadone at an annual cost of four million pounds. This is the same government that is borrowing millions of pounds every single hour of every single day. I think someone needs to ask...

Hypocrisy Rules OK

The United States of America has denounced its enemies for breaking international law. An American soldier was captured, subject to video interview, pleading to return home. This has been broadcast. The USA has been quick to condemn this as a flagrant...

Why are we at war? - part three

In response to widespread public disquiet at the current death-rate in Afghanistan, both the government and the opposition have been quick to make clear their commitment to pursuing the war. If our leaders expect to maintain public support for...

Moon Landing: A Hoax!

In July 1969 I was thrilled to watch blurry black and white images of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. This was the most spectacular demonstration of humanity's capacity to use knowledge and understanding imaginable. To reach out from our home, to...

Wisdom

Is wisdom bought? Where is the university? Is it for nothing that we toil and strive? Where is wisdom? Listen to your heart: It has a tale to tell. Think of yourself; Think of others as well. Where is wisdom? Is it...

Round Here - By the canal

Round Here is a series of pieces about where I live. This post is about the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The canal was built in the latter part of the eighteenth century. It is one hundred and twenty-seven miles long and has ninety-one locks. It...

Club Run - part ten

It was Sunday; better known to many in Gigglesborough and the surrounding district as club run day. Just as on that first Sunday after the fateful Annual General Meeting, it seemed that every single cyclist would be participating. As they arrived at...