Wednesday, November 29
I am wondering if someone has made a mistake with the recently installed speed humps on Barrow's Fairfield Lane. Every other road or street that I can think of that has speed humps is in a speed reduction zone, these are clearly marked as you enter and leave them with the speed limit(usually 20mph) and telling you that it's a speed reduction area. Have they jumped the gun by installing speed humps without first advertising their intention of declaring Fairfield Lane a speed reduction area. And as there are no signs to tell us what the speed limit should be, can we if we damage our cars by driving at the normal 30 MPH send the repair bills to the council?
Tuesday, November 28
Speed humps we drivers have every reason to hate them. They force even good drivers to drop their speed to unnecessarily low levels, they can cause damage to both vehicle and passengers, and the process of slowing down and speeding up is bad for fuel economy there's a queue of other interested parties who haven't got a good word to say about them either. Environmentalists dislike them because they cause pollution - 80 per cent more carbon-monoxide emissions have been reported on roads with conventional humps. The emergency services say they present such an obstacle for them that they have cost lives. Residents complain about the noise humps cause; bus companies often withdraw services when they're installed on routes. Now a British company claims it has found a way of retaining the one benefit of speed humps - reducing speeding - while overcoming the downsides. The Transcalm is an inflatable rubber speed hump that uses a valve to detect vehicle speeds. If the driver is sticking to the limit, the hump deflates, enabling the car to maintain a constant speed. The valve can be tweaked so larger vehicles such as buses and the emergency services can cross them at whatever speed they like. And they're quicker to install than conventional humps, says the maker, Dunlop. What a brilliant idea,but at £2500 each I doubt we will be seeing many around here, they will stick to the big lump of tarmac method I fear.
Monday, November 27
Sunday, November 26
Saturday, November 25
Friday, November 24
Thursday, November 23
Have you the balls to display your balls on the back of your car or motorcycle? Hand finished in the USA these terrific testicles are available now for only $25 and $1.50 postage for each extra nut. Available in lots of different colours and finishes including blue balls for married guys and hand painted camouflage balls for military types.
The folk who operate the pay and display car park at Barrow's Furness General hospital must be rubbing their hands together and jumping up and down with delight. What a windfall the recently painted double yellow lines on nearby Dalton Lane must be for them. At least sixty extra cars will be forced to pay to park on the hospital's expensive car park, that's a minimum extra income of £300 per day, £2100 per week, £9000 a month and a staggering grand total of £108.000 a year. Quite why the yellow lines were put there is a mystery, no problems that I can think of would justify this unjustified and unwanted parking ban. It's not as if the patients and staff who parked there caused any problems for local residents, very few houses front onto this part of the road and the ones that do have huge drives.
Wednesday, November 22
There is apparently an amateur taxi driver in Seattle who drives around in an old checker cab offering free rides. He says that he does it for fun and as a hobby, but when I checked the video out from Drive Time I get the impression that he's in it for the girls.
Monday, November 20
Today I finished the day of with a trip to Lancaster and picking up Dave Myers, one half of the hugely popular Hairy Bikers. Laden down with bags he was on the last leg of his marathon thirty six hour journey home, from Argentina where he had been filming for a third series of the motorcycling, cooking, travel and generally letting the good times roll The Hairy Bikers Cookbook
He did tell me some titbits from the new series but let's wait until it's release in spring , but I can tell you that Dave manages to mention Barrow more than once or twice.
Saturday, November 18
This local taxi driver is being made to resit his test and has to endure driving round with learner plates on in the meantime. They tell me this is because of overuse of indicators and failure to meet the target for splashing walkers when it rains on Barrow's man made lake on Rawlinson St. But worse of all he was found to be unable to steer with his belly whilst eating a Greens meat-n-tatie pie with one hand and talking on a phone in the other hand. Hey just joking mate honest!!
Friday, November 17
Wednesday, November 15
Tuesday, November 14
"oh, how we all laugh at the weekly Evening mail column known as Taxi Tales, where one of Barrows finest (sic) taxi drivers ridicules the people who pay his wages."
"Here's a few questions for him, why do Taxi drivers stop in the middle of the street,(completely blocking it) when parking places are often available, why do they let people sit in the back with children on their knees(illegally), why do they double park in cornwallis street (so they can chat to each other without getting out of their car) why do they beep their horn(also illegal) to alert the passenger they have arrived,even in the early hours?"
"Are taxi drivers above the laws that other drivers are expected to follow?"
"Professional drivers, don't make me laugh!"
"All is not lost however because I once saw a taxi double parked outside the post office on Lesh Lane when there was loads of places to park only a few feet in front of him, what he did'nt reckon on was the police car that pulled up behind him."
"These taxi drivers think they are a law to themselves, sudden u-turns in the road, parking on Abbey Road outside of the Railway facing on-coming traffic !!!, I once saw one turn into Dalton Road from Abbey Road !!, only one headlight working, etc etc etc"
"Or © trying to get a good nights sleep when some cretin starts sounding his horn across the street because someone at a party has called a Taxi at 3.00 A.M. if"
"Or (D) wondering why it's one law for the ordinary driver and another for the taxi driver."
Hit the nail on the head there "why do the parents do it" it's a parents responsibility morally, but by law after the age of three and up to age 16 the driver has to see that the child is safely strapped in. As for parking well if you order a taxi you would want it outside and not have to go looking for it down the street wouldn't you . A lot of folk we pick up are disabled and need door to door service would you have us throw the poor granny out half a mile away from home?. Headlight out don,t think so pal taxis are by law amongst the most regularly tested and inspected vehicles on the road. Most local firms have callback nowadays and so the horn blowing is a thing of the past. As with any group we have the good and we have the bad but remember one thing if you drive badly for too long you won't last too long driving a taxi. Insurance premiums start at £2000 per year but rise rapidly if you have accidents
Monday, November 13
Sunday, November 12
Saturday, November 11
Lot's of football fan's in town for the Barrow versus Bristol Rovers match at Holker St. This for some reason meant a huge show of strength by the Police, with many special constables and reinforcements brought in from out of town. But of course it was raining and blowing a gale and so there was no chance of the opposing fans having a scrap. The police even brought in dog patrols, but when I think of police dogs I tend to think of big snarling German Shepard's and not the cuddly assortment that minced up and down Holker St today. None of the fur ball's held on huge chains by handlers in full black SWAT team gear would have frightened anything but a very nervous pussy. Mind you I did hear that Basil Brush was in town today doing a show at Forum 28 so they may have been friend's of his. Boom Boom!
Friday, November 10
Thursday, November 9
Tuesday, November 7
Even whilst the last of the flames were being damped down by fire-fighters, jokes started to be told about the huge fire which destroyed Barrow's M.F.I furniture showroom and the adjoining Allied Carpet store. A bit cruel maybe but that's the way Barrow folk are, we seem to revel in black humour especially in the face of adversity. The first one told to me early Monday morning was "They are are having a sale at M.F.I. today lots of cheap black ash furniture" and "Allied Carpets are having a special on charcoal carpets". No doubt about it there will be more in circulation, and even in more tragic circumstances I have heard Barrow folk use humour as a way of dealing with things. In a crisis other folk will dig the insurance policy out but a true Barrovian will put the kettle on for a brew and sit down and try to see the funny side.
Monday, November 6
Over this weekend at least twenty different fares told me of the demise of one of Barrow's most well known characters "Russell the dog walker" as he is known. Some told of a sudden heart attack and some even went as far as telling me that he had been murdered. It seemed that by Sunday night that it was the talk of the town and everybody knew. Monday morning and I find myself driving down a country lane near the village of Gleaston. As I rounded a bend I was shocked to see what must surely have been a ghost! but then again ghosts aren't usually seen dragging two Jack Russell terriers and they don't give you the thumbs up when you pass. I was straight on the radio to the office, to tell them that I had spotted Russell alive and well, but no they said everyone says he's dead. "If he is then I've seen my first ghost" I replied. Later that day he was spotted in the town centre giving folk his usual greeting's of "now then me ol jack rabbit"and" ow yu doin ya old stag". Yes I can truly say that Russell is one of a kind and we're all glad that he's still alive and kicking.