Tuesday, August 30, 2011


A car caught alight on the A14 at the junction with the A1 motorway.
A motorcyclist came off his bike on the A14, causing tailbacks.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Plague of Frogs to Follow...

Again, all the family in Washington are well. Damp, but well.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Guided Bus Reported to be Good for St Ives

"An increase in shoppers in St Ives has been reported by traders since the guided buses started to operate less than three weeks ago," says the Cambridge News.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tory Events in Cambridge

31 August, CPF discussion - Natural Resources.

10 September, Clay Pigeon Shooting.

21 September, Tour of Houses of Parliament.

23 September, Vicky Ford MEP Lunch.

28 September, Coffee Morning, Castle Ward.

8 October, Quiz Night, with S Cambs and SE Cambs in Bottisham.

21 October, Buffet Supper at Trumpington Hall with Jane Ellison MP.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake at Mount Vernon

The family in Washington DC right now is OK. They arrived at Mount Vernon just as the earthquake rolled in... So while I can't provide a photo of George Washington's home from today's expedition, here are some from an earlier visit.
Miss them lots...

A Blessed Chancellor

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Active or Reactive, NOT Proactive



It should join the other nonsense words from the advertising industry…

· “Buy Pro Bright Polisher Heads at Dentalshop”

· “Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief 75ml contains an exclusive Pro-Argin formula”

· “Proactiv skin care system”

It’s all Pro-Nonsense and should not be used by Pro-Fessionals.


Anger at A14 U-turn drivers after accident closes road

A driver was left unconscious after a smash on the A14 which led to the road being closed for a short time today (Sunday)reports the Cambridge News...

Friday, August 19, 2011


Delays as lorry and car crash
A collision between a car and a lorry on the A14 eastbound near Newmarket caused tailbacks.

'AVing a Laugh in Scotland

A by-election in Scotland... The Lib Dems got their votes counted five times and the final result overturned the first round vote by putting the SNP ahead of the Tories.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Tory Government at Last?

Not for nothing are the Canadian Conservatives called 'Tories'...

"The Harper government has promised major events next year to commemorate the War of 1812. It has swapped traditional art in government buildings with pictures of the Queen. And... it will announce that the names of the armed forces will be restored to those that were discarded more than four decades ago."

The government, "has lowered sales and corporate taxes, avoided signing climate change legislation and become a stark advocate of Arctic sovereignty... increased military spending and extended Canada's military mission in Afghanistan."

So there.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Lorry and car collide on A14
Published: 17/08/2011 18:51 - Updated: 17/08/2011 19:42

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sir Les Moves to DC

Here's a job you thought only existed in comedy...
Cultural Program Officer
Embassy of Australia - Washington, DC (Downtown area)
The position is located in the Cultural Relations Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This position is central to the ability of the Cultural Relations Branch to deliver the projects, publications, and special events...

But Sir Les's job there won't be as fun because he would be placed: "Under general direction and in accordance with Workplace Diversity, Occupational Health and Safety and Industrial Democracy principles and practices... " He would not give a Four X for that.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A14 Lorry Breakdown

Broken down lorry which blocked A14 is recovered
A broken down lorry that was causing tailbacks on the A14 has been recovered...

Friday, August 12, 2011

A14 Again...

Overturned caravan causes delays on A14
Published: 12/08/2011 08:25 - Updated: 12/08/2011 09:31

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Point, Well Presented

"...And of course later today the looters will be condemned in Parliament by a bunch of people who stole money by accident." Daily Mash

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Carry a Big Stick

The academic says...The experience, as badly as the Metropolitan Police and the establishment hate to admit it, is that apparently “flashmob violence” can only be deterred by forming a similar mob, with an equal or greater propensity for violence. With more here.

The Daily Mash says... HAVING a gigantic number of policemen on the streets of London does seem to prevent riots, it emerged last night. The bold experiment in public order was declared a success after thugs and looters realised there were 16,000 heavily armoured professionals, each carrying a big stick with their name on..

Glad the tactic is working Cambridge too.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Car, Bus and Bike Race to Cambridge

The Cambridge News ran the 'race' and the car won by a 10 second squeak. Of course, the A14 was kind and it helps to do this outside term time.

Riot Control - Georgian Style

A picture of the Gordon Riots.

In 1789 the mob stormed the Bastille as it was a symbol of oppression. In 2011 the BBC's 'protestors' are fighting the establishment by looting Carphone Warehouse and Curry's.
Notice how they never break into bookshops?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Flat.Earth's Anti-Bus Timetable.

A letter for the local paper on Cast.Iron's propaganda piece published by the Cambridge News.

Dear Sir,

I notice that Cast.Iron have been given yet more editorial space (CEN, August 5th.) for yet another attack on the guided bus.

Tim Phillips is quoted as saying that the railway journey from Huntingdon to Cambridge took 38 minutes in 1869 whilst the bus journey on the guided busway would take 71 minutes.

The passenger service from Huntingdon to Cambridge was operated by the Midland Railway before the First World War. I happen to have a replica of their 1903 timetable. So I looked it up.

The service consisted of three trains a day. One stopped at all stations and took 53 minutes. The other two took 38 minutes - but did not stop at any stations between St. Ives and Cambridge. Passenger trains did not have brakes on every coach in 1869 and would undoubtedly have been slower.

Then I looked at my Cambridge Busway timetable. Service A will go from Huntingdon bus station to Cambridge New Square in 36 minutes. Three times an hour.

It would seem that, not for the first time, Tim Phillips has been flexible with the facts.

Yours sincerely,

James Strachan

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aesop's Fable for Cast.Iron

According to Whom You Ask

A great city was besieged, and its inhabitants were called together to consider the best means of protecting it from the enemy.

A bricklayer earnestly recommended bricks as affording the best material for an effective resistance. A carpenter, with equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable method of defense. Then a currier stood up and said, “Sirs, I differ from you altogether: there is no material for resistance equal to a covering of hides; and nothing so good as leather.”

The leather salesmen from Flat.Earth are out banging the train drum again, see here.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Oil on road after accident on A14
A three-vehicle pile-up caused long tailbacks on the A14.
First Published: 05/08/2011 14:38

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A14 Crashes

Crashes cause A14 delays

Motorists faced delays after three rush hour crashes hit the A14
First Published: 04/08/2011 18:51

Monday, August 1, 2011

Letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

I recently received a copy of the latest Liberal Democrat propaganda - the Cambridge Herald.

If I am to believe what I read, all the good things in this coalition government come from the Liberal Democrats, and all the bad things from the Conservatives. With a few snide attacks on Labour as well.

This reminds me of those middle class marriages where husband and wife go to dinner parties so that the husband can complain about the wife, and the wife can complain about the husband.

We are in a serious financial crisis. We need to work together to resolve the crisis and to restore growth in the economy.

Liberal Democrats have chosen to be part of the Government that aims to solve this crisis. They should work as part of the team and not snipe from the sidelines.

Yours sincerely,

James Strachan