The Devil God's Best Friend

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If you have any interest in: Ufology, Paranormal, Angling, Paganism, the Eco-system and general controversy then this may just be the place for you. I am a published author of books concerning these particular topics...

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

An hour on the Yarrow in June

Dull evening, but good wild trout
 on the fin!

It was a flying 'after-tea' visit to the beck and the evening looked very stormy.

Luckily I managed to stay quite dry and the storm passed over the river quickly.

The river was thin, due to lack of water, and very few flies were hatching 

Nevertheless, I was soon rewarded with a nice fit brownie that shot  all over the pool and led me a merry dance on my little, 5 foot, dry fly rod 

River Yarrow trout are lovely and very well marked 

Another wonderful River Yarrow glide that soon produced another good trout to the dry fly

All fish were caught on dries and returned to the beck 

More angling action here:

Thursday, 19 June 2014

28 Club members - spreading the thanks

Election won - now time to say 'Thanks'! 

Following the election victory by Cllr Haydn Preece, 28 Club members Pat and Scott today delivered hundreds of 'Thank you' leaflets to homes in Ainsdale, Southport. 

Hundreds of leaflets delivered but plenty more to do... 

We nearly ended up in Formby again... 

How we won....

Just because the election is over does 'not' mean that residents do not need to be warned about the current, two- man, totalitarian Tory regime of apathy and division in Ainsdale.

Don't do as we do - do as we say! Ainsdale's current Tory regime Hartill and Jones. 

How Tory Cllr Ted Hartill deals with long standing community volunteers (with full Sefton Council dictatorial backing from uncaring officers, Margaret Carney and Rajan Paul). 

Thankfully, a few good and more caring councillors like Haydn Preece (left) and Tony Crabtree have come out in support of the banned WWP volunteers with the official complaint against Cllr Hartill's Woodvale charity being the latest move.

Moreover, the local press recently reported that Cllr Crabtree had dumped the Tory Party and joined Labour. He stated:

“During the last two years I have become very disillusioned with many people in the local Conservative Party and extremely frustrated with the national Conservative Party for not dealing with the problems here in Southport. I feel the local Conservative Party has drifted away and has forgotten basic facts. Councillors are there to represent all their residents’concerns and worries both locally and nationally. I believe their policies have been to the detriment of Southport and the residents they claim to serve."

Full story:

Some of us in fact 'know' that Cllr Crabtree is 100% accurate in his cutting remarks about the Conservatives. For example, this is how Tory leader, Cllr Terry Jones, treats Ainsdale residents that he either dislikes or perhaps just feels threatened by... 

Can anyone in their right mind 'ever' trust the Southport Tories after all this divisive, own-goal, nonsense? 

Lack of basic good judgement, on the part of Cllr Jones and Hartill, is now well-documented and available for all to see! 

The battle for justice and basic commonsense in Ainsdale continues...!

Saturday, 14 June 2014


The 28 Club  Attend a Thank You Party at Cllr Iain Brodie Browne's House

This afternoon we had the pleasure of attending a celebration in Birkdale after our recent  success with Ainsdale's Cllr Haydn Preece.

Subsequent  to the last election Cllr Preece won by just 28 votes, defeating the Tory candidate Jamie Halsall. 

Winners.... Cllr Preece with the 28 Club 

Southport MP, John Pugh 

All Libdem councillors from Ainsdale and Birkdale were in attendance 

Look out - Scott's found the cake ... 

Birkdale's Cllr Richard Hands 

Cheers..... 28 clubbers, Scott and Cath  

Jasmine and myself - enjoying the June sunshine 

Altogether a very pleasant afternoon, with some rather stimulating conversation... 

Monday, 2 June 2014

Digging over North Meols Civic Society's Garden

Digging the eco-action!

Geoff Wright asked if I would volunteer to dig over the North Meols Civic Society's Garden, so this afternoon Jason and I nipped down to Churchtown to shift a bit of soil...

Above: Geoff Wright and Gladys Armstrong of North Meols Civic Society

Above: Jason's never far away when heavy work needs doing - he loves it

The lads - ready to get stuck in... 

Warm work but at least the rain held off ... 

Almost finished  ..  

At last, all sorted out... 

It's never that easy to get hold of good volunteers and North Meols Civic Society is, like other groups, always seeking members so why not join them and help out in this worthy cause? 

Friday, 30 May 2014

Sandbrook Way Fence Repairs

Good Work for Woodvale Residents Continues 

30 May 2014. Update 

Following long-standing pressure for improvements from us and Cllr Haydn Preece the Sandbrook Way fencing repairs continue

Above: previously rotten fencing is repaired and today being repainted.

Regardless of unhelpful blocks for precinct improvements by local Tory councillors, Hartill and Jones,  this repair marks a welcome victory.

The blocks for additional improvements appear to be aligned to the fact that others have tabled such positive proposals, rather than the self-seeking Tory blockers themselves. 

See also:

Nevertheless, it's good to see the properties getting long - needed attention.

We believe that if everyone put in some free time to try and ensure that the area close to them was improved then we would all have a far better town and our Southport communities would flourish.

Community and political apathy just will not do as it leads to dereliction and crime spots.

The ongoing saga of the Conservative gaffer's school-yard  threat (well I 'think' that's what it was supposed to be).... 

We of course replied to the meaningless and rather bewildering legal threat sent to us by Cllr Terry Jones back in early April. 

But did we get any reply back from Jones you may ask?  

This well-paid Tory chief (or his stated Conservative "legal department" ) has not bothered to reply to us. No surprise there then after considering the rambling and emotional content of the Tory leader's 'threat' we responded to. 

If people, are going to bang their little war drums in temper then they should be prepared to continue with the march and not flee from the battle field! 

We do what we can for the Community because we care, not for any over-inflated salary funded by the taxpayer. Being in a position of political power should NOT grant the holder with the right to threaten and bully residents who are seeking to do what's positive for the community. 

The sooner some lethargic politicians along with their unquestioning and supportive minions realise this truism the better it will be for us all! 

The explosive political situation in Woodvale is today a total disgrace and it will be fully exposed in due time, with or without the aid of the Southport press! 

Friday, 23 May 2014

Victory for Cllr Preece and the 28 Club


People Power in action 

Cllr Haydn Preece, Ainsdale's Woodvale Woodland Project (WWP) - supportive and 'only' pro-active councillor has retained his Ainsdale Ward seat following a strong campaign by 5-times election loser, Dr Jamie Halsall. 


We are reliably informed that it was just 28 votes between victory and defeat. 

We are advised that our hard-working community crew played a "Major" part in making it victory, via helping with many election news deliveries in Ainsdale. 

Therefore, we are now the one and only '28 CLUB' ... 

Ainsdale Tory Councillors treated us with utter disrespect and disdain after we were forced to blow the whistle on local community activities headed by Cllr Ted hartill.

An official complaint from Cllr Preece to Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association (WACA), which is chaired by Ted Hartill,  is 'ongoing' and relates to the following items ...

* The use by volunteers of mechanical equipment and insurance cover.
* The felling of trees
* The implementation of fires
* Utilisation/disbursement and control of One Vision Housing Assn Funds
* Purchasing of equipment
* Supervision/duty of care/ during activities
* Inclusion/community engagement policy
* Following Charity Commission philosophy/rationale
* Social Media Policy
* Procedures to deal with management/grievance issues.

Local Tories, Cllr Jones and Cllr Hartill, also blocked our potential improvements for the elderly residents of Woodvale's Sandbrook Way. Thankfully, the public do remember these things at election time.

True Community commitment or typical Tory spin? 

Tory candidate, Jamie Halsall (right),  had campaigned on the noble promise to help and be there for local residents in need. Not once however had he bothered to contact any of the beleaguered and 'banned' WWP team who were possibly the most victimised members of his chosen community in Ainsdale ward. 

Thanks for nothing Dr Halsall! 

People who sit on fences should NOT seek to represent a community!

Cllr Ted Hartill had used the community- based WWP to promote his private political agenda. This was proven in several posts herein. Again, the public do recall these things when it matters most. 

Local communities need real dedicated representatives who work effectively for them, not self-seeking political engineers that do not. Nothing else will suffice! 

Like Cllr Preece, we shall continue to do what we can for the community! 

Someone has to!