Bonus Ball Game

18 April, 2014

So this weekend sees the final bonus ball draw. Thanks to everyone who supported me and congratulations to the winners

and the winner is…

27 October, 2013

Week 1..Will Pugh, Week 2..Denis Doyle, Week 3..Damian McKenna, Week 4..Stuart Webber, Week 5..Patricia Barwell, Week 6..Patricia Barwell (again), Week 7..James Warren, Week 8..Laurie Hill, Week 9..Clive Bone, Week 10..Derek Cole, Week 11..Laurie Hill (again), Week 12..Logan Newman, Week 13..Barry Thomas, Week 14..Tas Uddin, Week 15..Gordon Standley, Week 16..Phil Channing, Week 17..Denis Doyle (again), Week 18 Barry Thomas (again), Week 19..Paul Tew, Week 20..Darren Billinghurst, Week 21..Laurie Hill (third time), Week 22..Nigel Holmes, Week 23..Gordon Standley (again), Week 24..Andy Southwell, Week 25..Dean Thompson,

Bonus Ball

24 October, 2013

So to kick off my fundraising I’ve organised a bonus ball competition. 49 great mates have supported me and each week for the next 26 weeks whichever of them matches the Bonus Ball drawn for Lotto each Saturday will win £20. Each player has handed over £26 (equivalent to £1 per week) to take part so after all the winners have been paid I will have raised £754 towards my target of £3,000. Thank you all and good luck, you are amazing.

So I’ve signed up to take part in a trek in October 2014 to raise funds for Angels Support Group.

Spread over 10 days I will be huffing and puffing my way up and down the Mountains in Northern Vietnam. staying overnight in the homes of various village tribes we meet on the way.

I did something similar a couple of years ago when I trekked remote stretches of the Great Wall of China raising money on that occasion for The Lupus Trust.

More details to follow so watch this space..

Watch where you are going

13 February, 2012

Sat Nav blunders ‘have caused up to 300,000 accidents’

Satellite navigation systems have been blamed for causing around 300,000 people to crash in Britain, a survey has found.
A further 1.5 million drivers admitted performing sudden manoeuvres or changing direction because they were following the devices’ directions, while five million said they had driven the wrong way down a one-way street.

A total of 14 million drivers – half of Britain’s driving population – now use satellite navigation in their cars to get them where they want to go.

But campaigners fear that the devices can often replace common sense and believe many users may be putting their lives in danger as a result.
One in five of the 2,000 motorists polled blamed the gadget for making them hesitate on a busy road and lose track of the traffic, while more than one in 50 said it had caused or nearly caused an accident.
Recent examples of sat nav blunders include the Syrian lorry driver transporting luxury cars from Turkey to Gibraltar who ended up in Skegness because his system was confused by the Rock’s status as part of the UK.

Meanwhile in Gillingham, Dorset, four actors from a touring theatre company had to be rescued from the roof of their pink Mercedes van after their sat nav directed them through a flooded ford.
Maggie Game of insurance giant Direct Line, which carried out the survey, warned: “If a satnav gives you an instruction that is likely to endanger other road users, ignore it.
“Motorists must realise that while they are a helpful navigation tool, they should not follow their instructions to the detriment of road safety.”

The Government has announced that the Lloyd’s building at One Lime Street, London, has been awarded Grade 1 listed status on the advice of English Heritage.

Heritage Minister John Penrose announced the accolade today, crediting the building’s ‘architectural innovation, historic interest and celebrated design’. The Lloyd’s building is the youngest ever to receive graded status.

Grade 1 buildings are considered to be of ‘exceptional interest’ and extremely rare – only 2.5% of the 375,000 buildings listed by English Heritage are classified as Grade 1.

“Lloyd’s was ahead of its time when it approved the building of One Lime Street,” says Richard Ward, Chief Executive of Lloyd’s. “It’s a world famous building that has gone on to embody the world famous Lloyd’s brand.”

The building, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was designed to meet the Lloyd’s market’s future demands by allowing the underwriting space, ‘the Room’, to expand or contract as required by the market.

“The building is still modern, innovative and unique – it has really stood the test of time just like the market that sits within it,” continues Ward.

“The listing decision will protect it against unsuitable alteration or development whilst retaining its flexibility to adapt with the market’s needs.”

Some of the explanations people give for how they got involved in an accident make for interesting reading. Here’s a selection:-

Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have!

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intent!

I was thrown from my car as it left the road, and was later found in a ditch, by some stray cows!!!

I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.

I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

I told the police I was not injured, but upon removing my hair, I found that I had a fractured skull.

I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.

The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian had no idea which way to run, so I ran over him.

A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face.

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him

How safe are your roads?

20 January, 2012

Just click here to access the data

Cruise Ship Disaster

18 January, 2012

Making headline news this week has been the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

This is shaping up to be the most expensive individual shipwreck in history where the situation has not been made worse by pollution clear up costs following leakage of fuel

When you combine the value of the ship, compensation for injuries and deaths and lost revenue from future cruises the total bill could well exceed £500 million.

It’s hard to see how the vessel might be salvaged and it is likely to be declared a total loss.