Thursday, 28 January 2016

The answer

I enjoyed my little quiz and it seems most who answered had at least some idea what it was and two people with a little prompting were spot on, well done Haddock and Albert. The object in question is one of the few CS gas canisters ever used on mainland Britain, it was fired during the 1981 Toxteth riots. I lived in Toxteth at the time and as a 20 year old I'm afraid to say a riot was something I was not going to miss out on.The gas canister hit a wall just above my head ( another individual was killed by a direct hit) and several seconds later I was a mess of snot, tears and puke...charming I know! A good friend of mine pulled me to safety which was nice of him as a police charge swept past and by this time they where not taking any prisoners...well not without a good pasting with a truncheon. The riots where very violent and very destructive with inbetween 700 and 1000 policemen injured, my involvement was mainly as an observer as I had friends on both sides of the line and you could walk via alleyways from behind rioters to policemen and back again quite easily.I have to admit even though people died and a chunk of the city was burned down I found it exciting but then life was different then...well at least mine was.I shall revisit this subject of the riots at a later date if anyone is interested.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Give us a clue

I thought I'd have a little quiz so here goes....does anybody know what the pictured object is? As a clue I can say that it is an object of social history quite rare and dating from the early Thatcher years....any ideas?
UPDATE, people are getting close so I'll answer tomorrow.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Time flies

It doesn't look like much thought and effort went into this build when seen at this speed.....if only all my projects went this quick then my joints wouldn't ache so much!

Thursday, 31 December 2015


Well that's 2015 just about done and dusted, not a bad year but not a great one either, mind you any year above the ground is a good one so hey ho! I'm hoping with some effort on my behalf 2016 will be a great year and with that in mind I'd like to wish anybody kind enough to take the time visiting here a very happy,prosperous and fruitful new year.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

All done here with kids safely in bed (asleep I hope) and I'm collapsed in front of the fire with a decent drink,as for the pic I'm not in it cos why spoil a decent pic! So a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all who visit here.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

christmas 2015 tune 4

The OTW family do love us some Boney M at Christmas, what's not to love about Bobby Farrells moves!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Selling Christmas

Christmas like most holidays has been used by the advertising industry to sell just about anything.As a rule I try to ignore the soft sell and just buy what we need or what I feel may benefit me in some way.Today however a packet of cornflakes (which I buy anyway) with box art consisting of a Norman Rockwell Santa drawing did catch my eye and ended up in the shopping trolley.....advertising works!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas 2015 tune 3

Not a traditional carol or Christmas hit but Jethro Tull always capture the mood.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A black and white Christmas

I always liked childhood trips into Liverpool when it was Christmas as the council did a pretty good job brightening the place up (even when we lived in a monochrome world) A few years previously my mum like the little girl shown would have spent a Christmas or two in an Anderson bomb shelter but knowing my family I'm sure she would have enjoyed the warmth of the season just the same.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

winter warmer

Kids exhausted from playing with cousins and doing Christmas stuff so time to crank up the fire and hit the bourbon and rye....its a dirty job etc.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas 2015 tune 2

I always liked Richie Blackmore in his mad axeman he is just mad but him and his missus put together a good effort for Christmas.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Great expectations.

Over the course of the weekend my wife and I endeavoured to work our way through our childrens Christmas lists.The long process of would should or could in respect of the various requests was finally completed on Sunday night when we discovered yet another double sided list from daughter number 2, a comprehensive list to add to her already voluminous demands. Now she has been a rather good little girl so there is no doubt which side of naughty or nice she is on but the GDP of a mid ranking nation would be required to satisfy her wishes. I do quite admire and enjoy the kids lack of any idea of the price of toys and their belief in Santas ability to fulfil his half of the whole Christmas deal,mind you...its not him that pays!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Off we go

Lets get this Christmas off to a good start with a bit of Brian Setzer....for my little sis!

Monday, 30 November 2015