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Bridgwater: 5-bed Edwardian Town House For Sale

For Sale: 5 Bedroom town house in Historic Bridgwater, Somerset    SOLD!!

House For Sale

House For Sale - TA6 7DN

On three floors, brick construction.  Located on the west side of Bridgwater, with easy fast access to the town centre.

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Full central heating
  • Roof remade to modern standards of lining and insulation
  • Double glazed
  • Triple glazed conservatory area.

Price:

I’m looking at £164k but in the current market, who’s to say? Make an offer.

Cons:

  1. Needs some renovation to the most modern standards
  2. Small garden front and rear
  3. On main road
  4. On street parking (although most people don’t use their garages for parking hereabouts anyway)

Pros:

  • Almost totally complete and original Edwardian (1903) town house with nearly all fittings and fixtures, tiles, original fireplaces (some marble) in every room, inbuilt wardrobes and cupboards, servant’s bell (yes really!). c.f. point 1 above!
  • Minimal garden maintenance. c.f. point 2 above!
  • Sash windows ditched in favour of modern double glazing (visually not so good but a lot less draughty and quieter too)
  • 28kW gas-fired Central Heating (except hall for aesthetics)
  • Huge bedrooms mainly, can easily be converted en-suite with room to spare.
  • Two w.c., one with bath & shower
  • Conservatory-like covered and insulated courtyard.
  • Close to town centre shops & entertainments etc
  • NOT on the flood plain!! (on an old sandstone mound in Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels)
  • New clean & efficient bathroom
  • 2.5 miles from M5 motorway
  • 1 mile from mainline railway station with direct links to London & Edinburgh
  • 5 miles from Quantock Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)
  • 5 miles from Bridgwater Bay (see above)
  • 15 miles from Brendon Hills & Exmoor, see above
  • Glastonbury (new age mob) is 25 mins away, Exeter 35 & Bristol is 35-60 mins away, (dependant on time of day and place!)

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Spiv Britain

You’ve Got to Laugh

Following the biggest financial meltdown in history over the last 2 years, the optimists are vociferously making themselves known and talking the economies of the world, up.

Money, it´s a crimeHowever, the United Kingdom is not doing as well as Germany (and France), apparently.  The reason for this is that Germany’s profits have mainly come from manufacturing exports and their trading is done mainly in the Euro which makes their transactions and agreements easier.  Also, in Europe they are not so het up about house ownership and thus didn’t have the collateral to increase the levels of personal debt that has been seen in Britain.  This was the news this morning.

Meanwhile, UK house prices are sliding up again….

HOUSE PRICES BOOM

  • Q.  So is it back to normal?
  • A.  I think attitudes are back to normal.

White van man and the manic BMW & Audi drivers are hammering down the motorways again, so they can obviously afford it.

In the same news programme this morning it was stated that Britain’s recent prosperity is based on…  the financial markets.

So Germany makes, while Britain gambles…

wall of banksAnd as optimism returns, all the platitudes about financial controls are being quietly swept aside.  Instead of controls, HM Gov is going to increase the tax on the gamblers!!!  (see “Call for bank tax to curb bonuses” )

These are all clever people apparently, and they’ve all done their economics homework.

But they fail to correlate the fact that the gambling spiv country has done badly in the recession and that the prime reason for the recession was people acting like gambling spivs.

So while they’ve made “agreements” for tax-havens like Bermuda & Liechtenstein to behave better, Britain, in actual fact, has not altered it’s behaviour.    It’s whole raison d’etre and source of wealth is gambling and spiv cons.

Britain is like a Las Vegas in the ocean.   Only bigger.

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Austrian Toilet

Strangely post on March 12th, 2009
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Difference between shelf and standard toilet pans

Not being a frequent foreign traveller, my recent stop in Eisenstadt, Austria, at a 5 star hotel open my eyes a bit.  A peculiar quirk, for me, was the toilet, with a shelf, in the room’s en-suite bathroom.  I’ve since found that it’s called a “shelf toilet”, a German invention to ease the inspection of one’s droppings and save water.

It turns out it’s not that peculiar and is quite common.

There are various pros and cons for the system, one main con being that it limits the library function of the loo…

German Toilet

German Toilet

Because yes,  the main con is the pong! Your molehill sits forlornly on the shelf until it’s flushed away, thereby negating the prime reason for J. G. Jennings’ invention of underwater plop disposal by his wash-out design with a shallow pan and the U-bend.

Cunningly, the five star hotel had placed a huge jet-engine-like suction tube placed about a foot from the shelf to suck the noxious odours away.  What such a bog would be like without that on a hot summer’s day, I can imagine.  It was bad enough in winter, with a fan.  Unfortunately, although I intended to take a photo – I forgot;  one of the many things I forgot to do on that trip.  So these pictures here, are from elsewhere.  It also means my well-known bad taste is on break, so a poop picture on a shelf can be found here, if you’re interested.

A safety feature of the suction tube was that it had gauze over it so that if you fell backwards against it, your giblets wouldn’t get sucked up onto the hotel roof.

Anglo-Indian ToiletIn this page at Banterist,  the posting and cumulative effect of the subsequent comments had me in stitches.  I’ve since added an extra shit type here because of it.  It’s mentioned as being common in Holland but my passage through Schiphol relieved me of that pleasure.

As a matter of toiletry interest, my favourite bogs are nice clean French crouchers – they are the wash-and-go of the crapping world.  My least favourite type, apart from a specific, memorable,  wasp-ridden open dry toilet (with a 12 foot poop drop) near Plan de la Tour in Provence I encountered, is any (of which there are plenty) dirty motorway “aire” toilet in France which need wellingtons and a shovel to visit.  They’re most common down the A7 near Montelimar (say) or round certain industrial towns near Paris.   One in particular near Bollene I’ve visited at New year and in August, and the defects are not seasonal!  The only difference was that in winter the piss lake was frozen.  It’s definitely the area  –   I’ve been to some marvels of public hygiene on the French autoroute system.

I’ve never tried the Anglo-Indian toilet pictured but it looks interesting, but not when you’re drunk.

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Yikes! What’s the DfT Up To?

What indeed?

Today, we’ve had two (at least these are the ones I’ve spotted) news releases from the Department for Transport (DfT) that presage some changes in the future:

Now all we have to work out is, “What are they really going to do?

It’s my five decades’ experience that when a government needs something draconian doing that will really annoy vast numbers of voters for a long, continuous period (unlike ‘bring back hanging’ which only pops up with particularly gruesome murders), what they do is release lots of unpleasant tasters to get the general public all hot and bothered.

After a suitable period, they implement something that’s only ‘half as bad’ as the leaked plans, and thus, the original proposal is passed with barely a whimper.

The trouble is, that I think the proposals are only half the solution.  My previous life as a Class One (now C+E) HGV driver is part of my observational evidence….

As an HGV driver with the wheels rolling perfectly legally for 45 hours a week,  you see all sorts of happenings on Britain’s roads, and the key factor in most smashes (I don’t call them accidents), are:

  • excessive vehicle speeds
  • excessive vehicle accelerations and decelerations
  • insufficient distance between vehicles
  • a disconnection due to the continuous high speeds, of the driver with his environment – I call this “the speed gaze”.  Mr Riverol, an army veteran, mentioned a similar phrase for soldiers on continuous alert – they call it “the thousand yard stare“.

My HGV experience lasted during the UK’s transistion from unlimited HGVs having a speed limit of 60mph (most people stuck to 100kph except at night and close to Scotland – then the Scanias would be tanking along at 90 ), then to speed-limited 60mph (most locked at 100kph), and finally to the current state of 90kph by law (usually 55-56mph).

When these limits were brought in all the excuses were rolled out; never get job done, will hurt jobs, will increase costs, will be dangerous, will cause bunching, etc.

In actual fact, I found the wagon a lot easier to drive and the MAN 17-322 2-axle unit pulling a triaxle curtainsider was a lot safer for me and others, because it had a manual speed setting as well as the default maximum.  This meant I could flip the switch entering a 30, 40 or 50mph zone and keep my foot hard down without worryiing about speeding…it just rolled along. But, it meant,

I could use my full concentration on my wagon and the environment through which I was driving.

So I never hit a car or cyclist, I never squashed a child.  In fact, I got certificates for safe, uneventful driving, which is how it should be.

It’s not a fucking race, is it?

As an HGV driver over 45, I have to take a medical every 5 years which costs about 90 quid now.  I don’t drive for a living now, but I like to keep the licence going…

The DfT plans are only what professional drivers do anyway.  With over 28million cars in the UK, it’s my opinion that it’s only right that everyone is fit to drive and is forced to drive properlyIt’s a total red-herring that a few people drive crazily.  As I’ve said before, the average UK motorway speed is 71mph, even though the limit is 70mph!  This means most people speed.  Most people break the law!

My observations,

…which I’m sure others have witnessed as well over the last few months, are that when the fuel prices shot right up, suddenly everyone slowed down – to about 70mph! Now that fuel is back below 90p, people on the M5 near Bridgwater are habitually doing 90mph again…

…that is, most people break the law!

Conclusion

So I say;

  • slow people down by all means possible to drive within speed limits
  • save fossil fuels by all means possible – it helps the environment and the balance of payments deficit
  • make people fit to drive both mentally and physically
  • immediately confiscate and crush cars uninsured cars that are not VOR’d within 3 days
  • ditto for cars without a valid road fund licence
  • get all cars that weigh more than a tonne off the roads now – there’s no need for them, they are an extravagent expense (for the country) that represent all that is wrong with “the consumer society”.  BTW, I don’t care how much money anyone wants to spend on a car; the costs I want reduced are environmental and resource costs.  If a two tonne car is unobtainable, people will express their kudos by other means and just as soon spend their money on gold plated Fiat 500 with knobs on…
  • crush cars that are modified to break the C&U (Construction and Use) Regulations for sound and emissions
  • crush cars for parking on a footpath

It looks like I hate cars and people from the above…? Far from it.

I just want people to treat others as they’d expect to be treated themselves – with respect, and with respect for the motoring laws which are set for the benefit of everyone, in one way or another.

For my last point above, people who park on footpaths to (helpfully) let traffic flow, by that very action force a woman and child with a pram into the traffic because the footpath is blocked, are showing the utmost disrespect for everything that a decent society values.  If that woman and her children are crushed in the traffic, my suggestion that the car should be crushed does not seem excessive, don’t you think?

I can similarly justify every remark above.  Try me.  Or try me here, previously.  This attracted a lot of hits and probably upset the relatives although none contacted me.

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Use the Green Stick, Mr Postman!

Workers and ordinary intelligent users of the Post Office Royal Mail system (“the post”), must be very worried by the latest news about the holistic vertically integrated business that was “the post” being further split up and creamed off.

see 50,000 jobs at risk in break-up of Royal Mail or Royal Mail faces call to change

The writing was on the wall when the year 2000 split law (twat Blair) came in.

Previously, if I ordered some goods mail-order, I’d collect at the local sorting office.  After 2000, and increasingly so, if I miss the delivery to my home (as do 90% of people as we’re at work), I have awkward and useless phone calls followed by refusals to redirect and finally, in the case of crap CityLink, a 70 mile round trip to Exeter Airport!

In the last case above, it was to collect an item costing about £30.  I wasted 90mins of my time and 2 gallons of diesel costing  a tenner!

This was all because the mail-order company can save 50p over Royal Mail rates.

Just look at the environmental cost!  It’s absolutely appalling.

I used to deal with Dabs many times, Dabs.com.   I no longer use them.  Why?   Because they were bought out by …BT, formerly part of “the post” and the service is falling badly.   They don’t use Royal Mail to provide the delivery service!  See above for the twisted logic.

Home Delivery Network – former FedEx, White Arrow & Littlewoods business.  Another one creaming away core business from what should be an efficienly run SERVICE. Try phoning and re-arranging…

DHL (sorry, it’s my lot) – stinky unhelpful Taunton office with crap opening times.

Amtrak – dismal and pokey warehouse in Taunton.  Vehicles held together with stick tape.

All the above have long transport distances for collection of things that only recently got delivered no bother at all.  THIS ALL COSTS. The sneaky underhand method at purchase time is that the full cost isn’t shown on a web purchase page.  If Misco said that the true cost of an OEM DVD writer was £16 + VAT + £4 postage + (£10 and over to collect it) + 90mins of your time during the rush-hour traffic after you’ve finished work early to get the time to collect it, I think people would think twice.

The sad thing is that “the post” had until recently a wonderful local network of collection points that most people could walk to… (called post offices!)

The only way the mail can fight back against the blood-suckers is to level the playing field towards a proper environmentally friendly inclusive SERVICE.  Make ALL businesses who want to do the work, legally obliged to take all packages that are handed to them all the way from door-to-door for the cost of a stamp and make them responsible for the full economic cost that the receiver of the package is currently forced to pay.

Currently, drive on the motorway at night and you’ll see a few hundred high artics transporting the high-value cream that used to be “the post”‘s work.  It’s no wonder they can make money.  It’s the cream.

Let them try a proper service where the whole cost to the environment is accounted for.

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