August 2013


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The cheapest pre-booked ticket back from Stevenage was direct to Bradford, 3 hours after the game.

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For which sensible City fans there would agree was a lucky point.

City are in blue tops, Stevenage in white and red.

The broken down train on Thursday was a better place to be than on the last nightmare one. The guard did not understand railways (they are not trained to anymore) and talked way to much, but did really try to make things better, although one of the other staff prompted her to give out water when the temperature was getting into the 40’s.

The was conversation, including lending of mobile chargers when the Thunderbird locomotive was attached and electricity restored. Some nice folk and nobody getting arsy that I could hear.

Being so late meant I missed my American cousin Mary Beth, the main reason for going down! Sad to miss her but she did cheer my mother up. Ma went from slow and ill to bright and cooking for an audience. The power of an audience.

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This is the loco that eventuallybrought us to journey’s end

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The train we were on brought down the power lines. I think this is the third time this has happened this year.

I experienced one such. This experience was better. Water and ice were given out as the temperature went above 30 C, and there were a nice set of folks around me.

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The train had no electricity and thus no air conditioning for over 2 and a 1/2 hours.

Bradford based poet and showman Glyn Watkins presents a show celebrating the birthday of the Bradford born writer J.B.Priestley, his work, a meat, and potato pie that defied Hitler that he made famous, and a city that defies the odds.

It is being presented at the Gumption Centre, on 13th September at 7.30 pm.

Tickets for the show are £4 in advance from the Gumption Centre, Bradford BD5 0BQ – 01274 241111, or £5 on the door.

Pie and peas will be available, including meat and potato and vegetarian pies. 

The show features readings from Priestley favourites such as: When We Are Married, and The Good Companions as well as stories about his life and home town of Bradford, accompanied by pictures.

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Priestley was born in 1894, on Mannheim Road in Manningham, Bradford. He became one of the 20th Century’s most successful authors and playwrights, and during the early years of World War II his broadcasts to the nation did much to help morale. 

One of the most famous broadcasts was about Robert’s, a Bradford meat and potato pie and peas shop, famous for having an enormous pie in the window that steamed every hour the shop was open: ‘…a perpetual volcano of a meat and potato pie.’ 

Priestley had been told the shop had been destroyed in an air raid. He  came home to see for himself in September 1940, intending to write an elegy to the lost pie, but to his delight he found it had survived to steam again:

 ‘Every puff and jet of steam defied Hitler, Goering and the whole gang of them. It was glorious.’

Glyn had the idea to celebrate Priestley’s birthday with readings and a meat and potato pie supper in the early 90’s, both because he is a fan of Priestley, and because he has the same birthday. As he has said: 

I get to perform the work of my favourite writer: tell stories; show pictures; celebrate the great British pie; eat pie; and get people to pay to come to my birthday as well!

Since then he has celebrated this great occasion in Bradford, London and last year in Lewes, Sussex. At each place he walks around the town with a big pie to advertise the event, claiming that there is nothing like a pie to get people talking.

This year Glyn is linking the show to the Positive Bradford day on 28th September, and including more stories and pictures about Bradford’s history, especially the area around the bottom of Little Horton Lane, the site of Gumption Centre, at Glyde House. 

Priestley would have known the area very well, as he was a regular at the 4 theatres that once stood close by, especially the Prince’s Theatre, which stood almost opposite the Sunday School that became Glyde House. Priestley later premiered 4 of his plays at the Palace.

Myself and Dave Pendleton sat down today and wrote a running order for the projected Positive Bradford City Show on the 28th September, at the 2013 Suite, Valley Parade, after the home game against Shrewsbury.

The show will change from what we have written (yes it will David!). Some depends on getting images I can use to make the presentation, and the 2013 Suite is an unknown quantity, and I have had load of ideas since we finished (we must have red headed footballers and Stuart McCall, we can hardly have one without the other!), but we have the makings of a really good show.

Dreadful, dreadful printer that is almost impossible to use. Plug it in and it seems to be just what the photographer ordered, but that will not last long.

You will spend hours trying to figure out what has gone wrong. The software is aggressive (the ‘Solutions menu’ will stick itself on your doc at any opportunity) and does not even have an ink check that I can find. All the issues are displayed in a secret code on the printers tiny display board, and you have to find and read the hidden manuel on your computer to find out what it means. Solutions my arse!

The display does not even tell you which cartridge has run out FFS! Are you supposed to replace both!? You’ll need lots of money because, despite what reviews say, it seems to eat ink.

It is impossible to refill the cartridges yourself, fair do’s, but I’d wished I’d known; but the fact the scanner will not work if the ink runs out is not acceptable. The fact HP and Kodak do the same shows that technical reviews are not doing their job. It should be the first thing at the top of the review, then the manufactures will stop this wholly unacceptable, robbing trick.

Would people who test and review inkjet multi-function printers PLEASE:
(1) Test if the cartridge can be refilled.
(2) Test if the scanner works if a cartridge runs out.

Not so long ago cheap inkjet multifunction printers would scan when the ink ran out, and had cartridges that could be refilled at home. The market has always been based on selling cheap printers and expensive ink, and Canon, Hewlet Packard and Kodak have obviously spent all there research money into stopping this.

I am now on my third multi-function that cannot be refilled and will not scan if there is an empty cartridge.

All 3 were bought in a rush for a job; but I did read the reviews for all 3 before buying. No review ever mentions refilling (which might be acceptable) but not one mentions the scanner becoming a glass plate when the ink runs out, which should be a major minus point for a multi-function.

If I cannot get this bastard, shit, ink guzzling Canon MG2150 going I cannot afford a new one, seeing I cannot afford ink for this one; let alone a separate scanner and decent printer. My only choice will be to bring the 10 year old multi-function at my mother’s back home. At least that still always scans.

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