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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2011

I thought it was me

Earthquake hits VA, rocks US East Coast

I must be becoming an isolationist or something. Yesterday was another day I spent doing things, without the TV or radio on, and no surfing on the internet. It seems sometimes that I spend my life online, so I’m taking a break from it. So when my wife came home and said “Hey, did you feel the earthquake?” I was a bit taken aback. Yes, I’d felt something yesterday at about 10 to 2, but I hadn’t realized it was an earthquake. No. I had, but I’d dismissed that thought. It didn’t feel like an earthquake ... Mr. Experience there, having been in exactly 1 minor trembler before.

I don’t remember enough of my geology to say whether it was P-waves or Rayleigh waves that struck here, but what we did get lasted about 5-10 seconds. It felt like the chair I was in was starting to tip backwards, in several pulses. My first thought was that it was me; was I having a heart attack or a stroke or some inner ear issue? Not that I’m given to any of those, it’s just that this earthquake was silent. After that I thought, hey maybe this is an earthquake, I hope the concrete slab floors we’re on can take it. But then I dismissed those thoughts entirely; this is New Jersey and we don’t have earthquakes. Guess I should have listened to my Inner Californian.

I was at work in the grocery store the night that the last real earthquake struck this general area, when the local Ramapo Fault had a bit of a slip back in the early 80s. That quake may not have lasted as long as this one, but the sensation was completely different. And it was unbelievably loud. It sounded like a helicopter the size of a freight train was landing on the roof. The floors were jumping up and down. No question that it was an earthquake; I knew so instantly. I remember that I was in the back of the store by the meat counter, and that I took about 5 steps and was out the front door. And that place was a full size grocery store, not some little bodega.

This time around we got a bit of rolling of the ground instead of vertical shaking. Half a dozen or so pulses that felt like the floor was tipping away a bit. Then it was over. No buildings collapsed, no windows shattered, nothing fell off the shelves or countertops here. It didn’t make a sound. So I promptly forgot about it and went back to whatever I was doing ... oh yeah, still mucking about with spreadsheets on the PC.

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Virginia, Sends Shockwaves Throughout East Coast

An unusually strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck central Virginia Tuesday afternoon and sent tremors along the East Coast, which prompted office buildings from Washington D.C. to New York to be evacuated.

There were no immediate reports of injury or serious structural damage.

The earthquake struck near Mineral, Va., more than three miles below sea level, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Mineral is town 83 miles from D.C. and has been known for its seismic activity, but seldom produces a substantial earthquake.

At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. Authorities put all flights on hold.

A spokesman for Washington National Cathedral said at least three of the four pinnacles on the central tower have fallen off and the central tower appears to be leaning.


New York also felt tremors from the earthquake.

Buildings in New York City shook briefly and the FBI building was evacuated. Flights resumed at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Airport, where control towers were previously evacuated. Evacuations were demanded as north as Canada.

Federal officials say two nuclear reactors were taken offline near quake site in Virginia; there was no damage reported. Indian Point, a power plant in New York, said on Twitter that there are no issues at the facility.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation and in “close contact” with federal and state partners.

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking.

When the quake struck, President Obama was just starting a round of golf on Martha’s Vineyard, where shocks were also felt. He led a conference call with emergency chiefs later in the afternoon.

The ground quaked as far south as Charleston, SC, and north of New Hampshire, experts said. The epicenter was estimated to be a little less than four miles below the Earth’s surface. Concern over aftershocks remained, although officials assured the public that the chance of any devastating temblors was slim.

In Manhattan, where the quake registered just over 2 on the Richter, business came to an abrupt halt.

It figures, right? Whenever anything happens, Obama is playing golf. Because that’s about all he seems to do.


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calendar   Tuesday - August 23, 2011

Ancient church and village and trout streams. Another England

The weather could not have been any better yesterday when my wife insisted she show me a village close to here that would be worth seeing and snapping a few pix. Mostly the church due to its age and the age of the village. Although there wasn’t much of the village itself I could photograph at the time.
Lucky we went yesterday cos it’s been raining today and when it wasn’t raining it was windy and cold. It stayed cold and wet all day.

Barton Stacey is the actual name of the village.
The church dates from the 11th century.



The history of the parish covers over 4,000 years - with evidence from Neolithic tribes, through Romans, Saxons, and Normans, and into the modern era.

The parish takes its name from Saxon times, when the village was Bertun ("ber" or barley and “tun” or place - another name for farmyard?), a Royal Manor of Edward the Confessor. In 1206 the Manor was bestowed on Sir Rogo de Stacey and became the Berton of Stacey or just Barton Stacey.

You won’t find thatched roofs on the cottages in Barton Stacey; in 1792 a spark from the village forge set a great fire raging which destroyed many of the houses. But the village centre has a 200 year old pub, The Swan Inn, which sits opposite the church.

Fire that destroyed the village







A few miles outside the village is one of many places like this.



And signs like this are for very real.  Some places have people on guard.



This final shot is the road beside the church and leads to another village with the name of Newton Stacey.


Good evening to all ... I’m gone.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/23/2011 at 10:37 AM   
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Another old photo

I’ll not repeat my experiment of asking ‘who is this’ again. I’ve just been going through my photos and I wanted to share this one with BMEWS. Not sure of the year, but I am sure I was either in college or off in the Navy.

Two of the hottest women I know. Shame they’re my sisters.



Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/23/2011 at 11:36 AM   
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Most Awsome Job in the World

Lady Tester
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just one monday morning eye candy to chase away the gloom

After that last mind robbing article I thought a brighter spot on this gloomy (here) and rainy Monday morning was in order.

I happened upon this and liked it.



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The weather has turned foul, again, putting a hold, again, on my work outside which is desperately needed after a year or more of neglect.  So I’ve been trying to play catch up before we enter fall and winter.  Even some inside work depends on better weather then we have at the moment.

Well, since I was up early anyway and craving coffee to get my circulation going, I took the papers in from the porch and turned the pages of one paper to see what headlines were screaming read me first, while the coffee water came to a boil.
And oh boy. Did I find a headline.  I have not read past page nine as yet, because this bit of idiotic, loony tune , politically correct health and safety stopped me in my tracks.  I could have saved time and got the water boiling if I’d held the cup and read the article at the same time.

This is a military demonstration, a re-enactment of an event. But it must pass health and safety rules for this very cocooned generational group of jobs worth pin heads.
If there is one, I think even God may have deserted them and decided that since they have free will and their will is to self destruct, well then so be it.

They’re DOOMED!

Health and safety defeats Marines who tackled Somali pirates

Marines who have defeated Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean were sent for “training” by health and safety officials before being allowed to re-enact their encounters at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

By Auslan Cramb
The Telegraph

Members of HMS Montrose’s counter-piracy team board hijacked ships using a technique called “fast roping” in which they slide down ropes without harnesses and with their hands protected by asbestos gloves. The men planned to display the technique at the event and were astonished to be told they would have to undertake training with an industrial rope-access firm.

They were also not allowed to simulate shooting pirates, who would instead have to give themselves up as part of a re-enactment of last year’s successful Ocean Shield operation. The Marines were sent to a council facility in Edinburgh before health and safety officials at the local authority and the Historic Scotland agency approved the display.

They were shown how to abseil to the standards expected in an industrial environment and have not been allowed to “fast rope” in the show, which is performed every evening in August.

A senior military source said: “Historic Scotland thought everything looked far too dangerous and the Marines were told to tone everything down. That included abseiling down the walls of the castle and the re-enactment of the fast roping on to the ‘captured’ ship.

“The Marines were also not permitted to shoot the pirates. Instead all the bad guys surrender. It is all a bit sad really.”

Donald Bisset, a rope access expert at Web Rigging in Edinburgh, added: “They are trained in fast-roping, that is how they get on to the decks of ships that have been taken over by pirates.
“I don’t think the council was very happy with that from a health and safety point of view so they were told they had to abseil. Someone at the council put them in touch with us.
“We just set up the ropes for them and were on hand to make sure they were doing it safely.”
One member of the audience was not impressed. “I thought the re-enactment of taking over the pirate ship looked like something you would expect to see in a children’s pantomime,” said Ross McNeill, from Glasgow, who took his father, Bill. “I certainly don’t think it would put off real-life pirates, it would just encourage them.

“My dad felt it had all been a bit emasculated by health and safety concerns. I remember going when I was younger and there were motorbike riders on see saws and a stunt where they took a gun apart, hoisted it over a wall and then reassembled it and fired it. That is the sort of thing you remember.”

Alan Smith, a spokesman for the tattoo, denied that health and safety concerns had adversely affected the counter-piracy boarding unit’s display, adding: “It is a matter of opinion whether there is a stunt or not. There are health and safety concerns with everything we do but nothing so far that has stopped us in our tracks.”

Lesley Brown, of Historic Scotland, which is responsible for Edinburgh Castle, said all the procedures in the show had to be checked against health and safety standards and “risk assessed for impact to the castle.”



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calendar   Monday - August 22, 2011

Still Not Dead Yet

Sorry, just about nothing from me this past ... week? I’ve been very busy.  Aside from my regular work, I spent a couple of days analyzing the nature of bowling league, and developing an idea that could make the sport more attractive to millions of people. In all likelihood nobody cares. Now I’ve heard back from that customer for whom I installed those cafe doors, and they think they want spring loaded hinges. I have to go talk to them, because those hinges (called double action barrel hinges) are quite expensive. Sure, you can get the small ones for not too much money. But you have to use a big one for thick doors, and they can get pretty pricey. At the absolute least it’s going to cost $100 for a set of 4, plus my time and effort, which is going to be pricey this time around. And that $100 is a huge bargain; hinges like that usually cost about $75 each, and you need 4.



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calendar   Sunday - August 21, 2011

the nanny state alive and well in the private sector.

It doesn’t come as any surprise but that doesn’t imply it isn’t a cause of the old affliction … RCOB.  How can it not?
What gives ppl working in a public place like a pub, the right to lecture parents and refuse to serve them a drink, because in their view, they should not drink in front of their kids.  Would the idiots like to follow the parents home and enforce that rule there as well?
Don’t you just hate people who take these things on themselves?  Like, who died and left them boss?

Take a look.

Responsible parent? Sorry, only binge drinkers welcome here

Two mothers were refused alcoholic drinks in a pub because the barman said it would “inappropriate” for them to drink in front of their children.

By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

It was meant to be a refreshing pit-stop during a hectic family outing.
But when friends Ali Ineson and Emma Rutherford popped into a central London pub to buy their children soft drinks and themselves an alcoholic drink, they were shocked to find their order refused.

Although happy to sell the soft drinks, the barman would not allow them to have a white wine spritzer and a vodka and Coke because it would be “inappropriate” for them to drink in front of their children.

The decision by the staff of the Britannia pub, which is owned by one of Britain’s biggest chains, will fuel fears of a creeping “nanny state” culture over alcohol.
The mothers and their four children, aged between eight and 12, had just climbed the Monument and were about to tour the museum warship HMS Belfast when they stopped at the pub, near the two attractions, for a break.

“I thought it was a joke at first,” said Miss Rutherford.  “It seemed like it was the kind of gag a barman might make to break the ice.

“We were trying to order a white wine spritzer and a single vodka and Coke - it wasn’t like I’d asked for a bucketful of whisky with six straws.”

Mrs Ineson, who is married to the Ralph Ineson, the actor who appeared as Chris Finch in BBC sitcom The Office, and the ‘death eater’ Amycus Carrow in the Harry Potter films said: “I was totally shocked and asked the barman to reiterate.

“He said he wasn’t going to serve us because it would not be ‘appropriate’.
“The children’s drinks were served with no problem, so it was not as if the management did not want children in the pub.

“To say that you can’t have a drink when your children are present is remarkable. I’m sure this establishment serves City people after work and a lot of them leave considerably worse for wear.”

The two friends, who run a Wimbledon-based company MRA PR, said they sat outside the pub and left as soon as their children had finished their drinks.
Mrs Ineson, 43, added: “My husband was away at the time, filming the new Julian Fellowes drama Titanic. When he heard what had happened he was furious.
“He wanted to gather together all the children we know, take them to this pub and order himself a pint.”

Under the Licensing Act 2003 children are allowed into pubs and clubs if they are accompanied by an adult.
Traditional rules which barred under 14s from licensed premises had been removed as long ago as 1994, providing the hostelry had a “children’s certificate”.
However, licensees have overall discretion about who they can allow into the premises and can still enforce a “no children” rule.

A company spokesman said: “Our policy is to welcome families into our pubs during the day, providing there are no licensing conditions preventing us from doing so.
“We are therefore now going to investigate this complaint and we would request that the responsible adults concerned contact us directly in order that we can ascertain the facts of the situation.”



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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2011

eye candy

Hafta go so I’m leaving her to keep an eye on things ...




Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/20/2011 at 05:09 PM   
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two stories, same outcome. some favored minority groups can break laws

It appears to be catching. The idea that no means yes and the taking of private land or public land not intended for the use these folks make of it. But then, the authorities enable them with idiot appeasement.  And this story is only one of two with the same sort of kid glove lets not offend attitude. The family in question here knew from the beginning that the land they were on was not a designated site for these vermin.  Plus, they are on the green belt.  Not that it means anything to them of course.

A TRAVELLER family has been told they can continue living on an unauthorised site in Corringham until August 2013.

At their meeting last night, Thurrock Council’s planning committee debated whether the family, who live in a mobile home at the end of Park Gate Road in Corringham, should be evicted or allowed to stay permanently.

The application to legalise the site was deferred in March because the committee was reluctant to follow officers advice and throw the family off the land.

Instead they asked officers to go away and investigate if there were any special circumstances that would allow the family, who have been living there since 2006, to stay.

Last night, officers said there wasn’t, and the report to the committee warned that approving the site, which is on green belt land, “would set a very dangerous precedent that could readily be repeated elsewhere in the borough”.

The site has been subject to enforcement notices since December 1995, and when the current owner bought the site a notice was in place saying it was not a designated traveller site.

Labour councillor Gerard Rice then came up with the idea to allow the family to stay until August 2013, when the council will be forced to find 87 more pitches for travellers in the borough, and look at whether or not to legalise the site then.

He said:” I would suggest that in this particular case that we give the family temporary permission.
“This would give the family some finite time there.”
Tory councillor Stephen Veryard agreed, he said: “I think we are in an awkward position. If they knew they had temporary permission for a year or so, I think it would give them peace of mind.”

But independent councillor Barry Palmer thought the committee should just make a decision one way or the other.
He said: “At the end of the day, we are subjecting this family to a considerable amount of distress, I would think, in that we keep prolonging it.”

Tory councilor Joy Redsell was in two minds about the application. 
She said: “ I agree with cllr Rice in principle, but I just feel that we are pushing this on and on and on.
“We’ve been given advice from officers which seems pretty clear to be honest.
“We are not standing up and being counted, and saying ‘this is how it is’.
After more debate the committee agreed to allow the family to say on site until August 2013 when the council carries out its regional spacial strategy.
A caveat was put in so that the temporary permission cannot go past that date.


“we are subjecting this family to a considerable amount of distress”
Scuse me councillor but didn’t those vermin cause their distress by their illegal action? Oh, lets not talk about that. This is a protected minority and like one or two other favorite minorities, nothing is their fault.

I see the councillors and others here as being played in the movies.
By the Marx Bros.  (honk,honk)

Meanwhile, in a place referred to as a stockbroker belt village, travellers who illegally moved into a paddock in Waltham St. Lawrence, Berkshire in 2009, were told to leave by Friday, Aug. 19.  But wait … after a legal battle and a public inquiry, the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles by name, ruled that the ten caravans now have until Feb. 2013.
Town council in this case says that’s not acceptable and will seek further legal advice to bring the removal date forward.  Lots-a-luck.
Meanwhile, people arrested for not just looting but merely picking things off the ground dropped by looters, are being arrested and some stiff jail time is being issued. I’m not defending them BUT, good grief. Travellers/Gypos steal land and houses and wreck property and?  Anything happening to them? Any arrests? Any penalties for law breaking?


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I fixed it!

peiper, you had a problem with this:

I don’t know anything about failing CCD cameras. But I took that photo, and turned it into a B&W:


Note the hint of ‘mystery’ in the B&W version.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/20/2011 at 03:33 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2011

eye candy

Looks familiar but I can’t place her. Doesn’t matter. She sure is pretty.


Josephine something. ? Forgot. Who cares. Right?


Outta here .... Enjoy your weekend.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/19/2011 at 01:34 PM   
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greek salad, king prawns,chips but no otter. a pleasant afternoon meal


The wife and I pass this place every week on our way to to do our weekly grocery shopping.  We generally go early in the morning when this place is closed.  Recently we had occasion to go much later. In fact about 12:45. So we went in on a slightly windy and cold day.  Sat outside because I couldn’t tolerate what passes for music inside.  Seems to be the law these days. An establishment MUST provide intrusive and annoying sound as though everyone else is gonna like that crap.  As a rule, managers and employees never hear what we hear. In fact, they hardly hear it at all.

So we sat outside due to that and also because of the setting.

The Willow Tree is I believe under new management. The plastic tables and chairs are being replaced and the wood deck seen here is new.


Their king prawns are something like $1.60. Each. Had two and the dish comes with a huge plate of chips. (French Fries to us yanks) And they are quite good. Too many to eat there and ended up taking some home. Wife had a generous Greek salad. Naturally I had to try a little.  That’s gonna be my choice on our next outing here.


The prawns were overcooked and the meat was stuck to the shell, had to really work to get it out.  One tiny square napkin and a thin one at that. And the paper wasn’t very strong either.  Certainly not adequate for that sort of meal. Which doesn’t mean it didn’t taste okay. It did, but nothing to rave about.


Which makes the very long wait for what I got hardly worth it.  From ordering to serving seemed to take forever. But then I suppose even five minutes would feel like that if one is hungry.


Are we going back? Yeah. Why? Because I just have to have that Greek Salad, the staff are really nice people, and maybe I will find something else on the menu that won’t disappoint.  AND .... I never got to see the Otter that lives there.


Are you ready to order sir?
Yes. I think I’ll have Otter steak with a side of chips and a side order of Greek Salad please. Yes, next Monday would be fine thanks.


photos taken when restaurant was not open for business


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not just another hi-speed chase … see link

This is an eye popping thriller.

Back after a day off ... hard rain all day yesterday non stop, flooding in some areas of country, not in ours. Booted this morning and this was the first thing I saw and wow.
Sorry the cops didn’t beat hell out of the crazy bastard ... I’ve never see a car chase quite like this one.

There is no sound and sorry .... link but no embed.  That’s cos the darn thing starts automatically and .... note to Drew.
I really can’t figure out how to shut off the auto feature as per previous advice.

So catch the link and watch the video.  Hollywood couldn’t dream this one up.

Man jailed after shock footage of high-speed police chase

By Gaby Leslie

Police have released nail-biting footage of a high-speed car chase in which a driver speeds the wrong way down the UK’s busiest motorway.

In what Derbyshire Constabulary has described as one of the most dangerous driving incidents they’ve ever witnessed, audacious motorist Mark Jones tried to flee from officers at top speeds of 120mph before making a U-turn in front of other terrified motorists.

Jones was sentenced last Friday to 16 months in prison at Derbyshire Crown Court. He also faces a five-year driving ban.

During the video, filmed by the North Midland Helicopter Support Unit, the 28-year-old drives the wrong way down the M1 into oncoming traffic.

Cars and lorries try to stay clear of the Vauxhall Insignia during the chase which lasted 40 minutes on 18 March this year.

The lawless driver can also be seen colliding with several cars and ramming police vehicles while trying to weave through traffic.

In one part of the video, Jones exits the motorway and drives over the speed limit through a suburban street while overtaking another driver on a mini roundabout.

Eventually a traffic jam on the A38 to Ripley allows police to detain him as he is blocked from driving any further.

In the final moments of the clip, police can be seen holding the driver down with what appears to be a Taser gun above him.



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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
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