Sunday, 21 January 2018

Such generosity!




Photo 01- stunning fly reel, one of the prizes donated.

Such generosity!

One of our members has graciously decided to make a donation to the club in respect of our yearly competitions for the heaviest Pike in the season and the heaviest Brown Trout. The prizes on offer are of the highest quality and will meet the needs of the winners for many years to come!

Photo 02 - The whole kit!

The prizes are a fixed spool, big capacity, bait runner reel in the big pit style which is a solid piece of kit. It is a precision built reel, silky smooth and features high line speed on the retrieve and disengaging the bait runner is a seamless affair. The reel comes with a spare alloy spool and a spare graphite one.  It is very well built and in the hand and on the rod, it will serve you well.

Photo 03 - Big pit reel!

The second part of the gift to the club is the fantastic fly reel which comes with three spare spools of lightweight alloy. Encompassing all in a soft fabric bag you will know where that fast sinking line is at all times. The working of the reel is an absolute pleasure each click being positive indicative of precision build quality.

Photo 04 - The other view of the big pit reel.

These prizes will be in addition to the ones we already offer. We are extremely grateful to the member donating these items it was an act of kindness we did not expect! Nevertheless members this year have an extra incentive when fishing for the big one! Tight lines!
Photo 05 - One of Davy's Pike from yesterday.

                                                             
The minority!

Speaking with our loch keeper last week she expressed her concern at the numbers of living trees which had been subjected to butchery.  By that I mean branches being hacked off presumably for burning. The majority of anglers know how to behave in the countryside but for the minority who do not take note – No cutting of trees is permitted!

Photo 06 - Thick snow yesterday.

Yesterday!

I didn’t chance it yesterday deferring to the BBC’s weather reports. One member who braved the conditions was Davy Forsyth and you know what, he caught a couple of fish. Trudging through three-foot-deep snow you might say he got his just rewards! The following photos show just what Davy encountered!

Photo 07 - A last look!

The wider world in my view!

The most inept!

Never in all my years on earth have I come across a bunch of idiots like the current crop that have the temerity to call themselves a government! On accepting her crown the Maybot promised much along the lines of “strong and stable” and the rhetoric convinced quite a few let’s say unthinking types! The reality, however, has been a complete and utter shambles at a time we need resolute certainty!

Lord Snooty aside, we have here the most inept politician ever. Butcher Thatcher famously said, “the lady is not for turning”! The Maybot does nothing else! The Maybot and her flock of sheep are successfully building a new reputation for the country but unfortunately, that reputation is a negative one, we are already the laughing stock of Europe!

We are evermore seen as a haphazard, bungling and clueless nation! Now you might think I am being unnecessarily hard on who I am sure is a delightful woman, but the bottom line is that this woman and her flock of utterly talentless so-called politicians are ruining your lives!

The Brexit dilettante who only hears the words with which she has programmed with ignores the society which crumbles all around her! All our public institutions are in terminal decline as they relentlessly cut their funding to the bone! It seems apparent the Maybot is only interested in cutting tax for the rich to the exclusion of all else!

Now the above must surely damn the Maybot but unfortunately, that is not the end of her destructive spree! It is now clear to all that public opinion has now shifted away from the Brexit that was founded on a plethora of deceit and downright lies!. Most thinking politicians at this point would come to their senses and be honest with the public and say that another referendum is needed as it is clear public opinion has changed!

Behaving like a programmable robot (hence the Maybot tag) she ploughs on pulling us deeper into a void that will set this country back tens of years! Opinion from all the leading authorities is warning against her irresponsible course, business body’s, trades unions, economists, in fact, the only voices for Brexit are clowns like Boris Johnston and Michael Gove!


With these diddy’s at the helm, it’s going to be a choppy journey, we should prepare to tighten our belts and brace ourselves for another year of blundering on the world's stage! People all over the country are completely bewildered by the actions of this government. Who would have thought the Scottish voters in the 13 constituencies who blundered by electing a Scottish Tory could have caused so much carnage! They voted in haste, we now repent at leisure!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

New visitors to the loch!


Photo 01-  Looking from the Village hall as the light goes!

New visitors to the loch!

We have always had a good relationship with the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain and we were delighted when Region 31 got in touch asking to come and fish in April later this year. We always look forward to meeting anglers such as this group as we invariably find them to be aware of good angling practice, be aware of the countryside code and jolly good people to boot!

We have not yet received the specific numbers coming but it will be between twelve and twenty anglers staying for a period of two days. They will be fishing on the 14th and 15th of April and will be based at the graveyard swim. To accommodate the anglers all our boats on St Mary’s have been reserved for them so no boats will be available for hire on St Mary’s on these days.

We are currently in preliminary discussions with a Scottish coarse angling group who would like to hold a lure fishing competition for Pike over both the lochs in May. They estimate between 40 and 60 anglers will be taking part in the one-day event. We will keep you posted.

Photo 02 - Club fish finder donated by Davie Wilson.

Topper bloke!

You will have seen his name here from time to time catching some nice Pike and Brown Trout. However, that's not the reason he is appearing today. Davie bought one of these for himself and decided to buy one for use by club members, what a noble thought! Well along with the one gifted by Mike Christie we now have two so just ask Jenny and get out with a fish finder. Many thanks, Davie!

A hearty feed!

Yesterday just before getting out of the car at the village hall I noticed what looked like a load of Blackbirds feeding on a Hawthorn bush. I had a look through binoculars and the majority of the birds were Fieldfares and they were getting stuck into the berries. One fieldfare devoured 11 haws, an amount I never thought they could cope with. The berries, however, are turning and the rosehips are already gone so it looks like lean times ahead! Great to see nature in action!

New contour map see below.

A new view!

Over the years we have had much help from our members and many visitors in helping us to propel the club ever forward. Recently one of our keen visitors Anthony Keenan, a committed fly fisherman who spends his time off wisely seeking out wild Brown Trout and now Pike got in touch. He is also a very keen hill-walker and as such is heavily reliant on the excellent Ordnance Survey maps.

Through his hill trekking, he came across the depth map for the lochs and mailed them on to is. This map is easily expandable allowing anglers to home in on the area of their interest. This will surely be of help to many anglers, many thanks, Anthony.

The wider world in my view!

Despair all around!

Almost everyone I meet is filled with incredulity at the daily shambles that is Brexit! It is probably the topic of a century unless Donald Chump starts World War 3! The Maybot,s legendary bungling is now set in stone for all time! But this week another hobby horse rose to prominence and that is our National Health Service. Yes, the system that has helped many of us is in crisis yet again!

There is no doubting that winter brings increased pressure as it has always done, but what is different now is that the service is unable to cope with that extra demand! You would have thought that the government would have in place a plan to deal with this recurring problem and it seems they have!

It's not a thought out tailored plan, rather a sledgehammer to crack a nut type plan! It consists of cancelling all waiting list operations for a month or so and see how that goes!  I have never heard of such a cack-handed plan! All this plan achieves is furthering the suffering of the patient on that waiting list!

One health minister said there was no need for patients to wait in corridors there were plenty of chairs on which they could sit! You really have to wonder what goes through the mind of these Tories, it's patently obvious they have not got a clue! Our health service in Scotland is in a much better condition than that of England and Wales!

However, that is not to say it is in great shape! Listening to Fuhrer Davidson criticising the Scottish Government on their record on health care made my blood boil. This jumped up loudmouth journalist is mostly the reason our health system is below par! The party which she would like to lead is responsible for chronically underfunding our health service for the last eight years! They would rather give tax cuts to the rich when they should be taxing them more to pay for an improved health service!

It is clear that on every front this government is useless! They are presiding over a moment in our history where the decline is resolute, steady and steep! If we are unfortunate enough to have to endure a full term under these fools then our country will bear no resemblance to that of eight years ago! This government has been tried on all political facets and has been found wanting on every single one! Too many people blundered in voting for this crass administration let’s hope they have learned a lesson!

And so it continues!

You would hardly believe it but the so-called reshuffle (a bloody shambles) of the Maybot’s team has actually managed to make things worse!  The only minister in her cabinet with an ounce of savvy Justine Greening was sacked and the job she turned down was given to the failed TV presenter, the evil witch, Esther McVile!

Perhaps an earlier description paints the picture better; she was described as “a stain on humanity “with many calling to “lynch the bitch”! Undisputedly the most reviled politician since Butcher Thatcher! In her previous ministerial role, she managed to inflict untold damage on the most compromised in our society, the disabled!
Disabled people all over the country will be shaking with fear knowing they are in line for a massive hit! Now the Maybot would likely have appointed her because there was no one else in her talent free ranks. It is, however, another spectacular own goal as the country’s most hated politician again comes to the forefront.


Interestingly McVile was a director in the family demolition firm and it turns out that this company was twice served with a prohibition of work notice with the second one closing the firm for good!  Yes, the McViles allowed their workers to use scaffolding without any safety rails putting those workers at great risk. Not really a suitable background for a cabinet minister! It’s just another massive blunder that characterises the reign of the Maybot!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Membership 2018!



Photo 01 - My first of 2018 weighing in at 8lbs 3oz!

Membership 2018!

Already a few membership renewals have come in but will not be processed until February. We decided last year to have the season roughly concurrent with the start of the Brown Trout season. The starting date for membership will be the first of March 2018 01/03/2018! Therefore we have allowed the month of February and the first week of March to be the period for renewals.

So existing members should renew their memberships during this period if for any reason doing this is a problem please contact us and we will do all we can to accommodate you. Those who are seeking to join the club should mail us and as existing members drop out we will accommodate you.

Members who are not renewing their memberships should return their keys to the club so they may be given to others. We have not yet nailed down a definite date for our AGM but we should be able to clarify this soon.

Santa!


Photo 02 - Yoshikawa ?? initial impressions GOOD!

Yes, he visits every year and occasionally leaves us something really quite useful. Amazon vouchers are one such gift, you are getting the variety of a city centre whilst lying on your favourite couch. I got some and I decided to get a couple of new reels. My requirements were line capacity of over 200 metres 20lbs mono. Also required were the bait runner facility and good build quality. As I have previously stated the number of bearings is of no interest to me, some of the best reels I ever owned run on plain bearings!

The reels I got were Yoshikawa size 6 reels and I am pleased with the performance so far. Landing my first Pike of the year (fat as a pig) the reel was resolute and the clutch smooth. The bait runner trips with a muffled but precise click. It’s not a comprehensive review but the reel is off to a good start. The proof of the pudding, however, is how it performs after the ritual abuse to which I subject my tackle. I will update the review later in the season.



The wider world in my view!

We have just taken our first breaths in the New Year and already the Maybot has started this year’s programme of bungling and U-turns! Yes, we are only days into the New Year and it’s all going belly up again! The NHS is not in crisis the Maybot announced, yet clearly from staff, patients, visitors and commentators from every sphere it clearly is in crisis!

Patients spending 12 hours in a corridor because no beds are available are an absolute outrage! It seems that everyone in the country recognises the NHS is in crisis except the Maybot and the buffoons she calls her government! She said the NHS was better prepared than ever before for the impending winter onslaught, clearly, it is not! Only today I was conversing with a member who has suffered ill health and has found the service to be below par! Remember in Scotland the SNP have mitigated the cuts to health boards the situation in England is the worst it has ever been, shame on the Maybot!

She must think we are all a bunch of Muppets! When you starve a service of funds it requires year after year for many years, delivering that service becomes more difficult with the passing of each year. That is what has happened; you do not need a PhD in economics to fathom that one out!

That is bad enough but what is happening to the NHS is happening in social care, council services and public services! I cannot remember a time when bungling on an industrial scale was so common. There is not a week gone by where one catastrophe or disaster has not taken place. Every public service that we have has been decimated by the Maybot!

So here we are facing the most crucial moment in peacetime history and we have a band of lightweights leading us to god only knows what! All of us at some time or another have set ourselves a task but have had to move in another direction because that task was unattainable, or because we found the end result unsatisfactory!

And so we plough on with this Brexit nonsense, whilst it is clear to most thinking people the outcome will be catastrophic! Jobs are disappearing overseas, experts predict a period of desperate growth for many years yet they still persist! The fools at the helm need to be stopped before it is too late! There is no research-based evidence, no thought out policy just glib phrases like “a deep and special relationship” which means nothing!

A credible cross-party opposition needs to be formed with the sole aim of giving the British people a vote on the final referendum deal. The terms of the vote should be either
 (1) Accept the deal and make the best of a likely poor situation.
 (2) Forget the Brexit nonsense and go back to EU membership!
The salient point being is that our future is too important to be left to the duffers in government to decide! 2018 will be a momentous year but it could also be the most catastrophic in our history! The people of this country deserve a future, what we are currently facing is an absolute disaster waiting to happen!

Fox hunting!


The Maybot today reiterated that there will not be a vote on the subject in this parliament, yet another massive U-turn! What great news! To see a bunch of alcohol-sodden Hooray Henry's chasing and subjecting a wild animal to extreme torture is a sight that needs to be consigned to history! If a fox is causing damage it could be humanely shot! The Maybot hasn’t got much right in her premiership and even this was forced upon her, some good news in what is normally a deluge of nonsense emanating from Theresa Mayhem!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Once more once less!



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Photo 01 - Radek with the last Pike of 2017!


Once more, once less!

Well, in a few hours 2017 will be gone forever and we will wake up to the New Year that is 2018! Looking back the initial part of the year was taken up clearing up the almighty mess left by Mr. Xxxxx, and once that was done we could all get on with doing what members of an angling club do – angling!  There were no extremes of weather this year, just an average Scottish year, nothing to write home about!

On the fishing front, it was indeed another good year with unusually, many anglers reporting multiple catches during their sessions! Previously two to three fish would be a terrific day but this year six or eight per session was not uncommon. I took great heart from the fact that plenty of Pike from the different year classes was caught which shows an optimum food tree is present.

Incidentally, for those anglers wishing to age their fish, this can now be carried out easily as we will be installing a microscope (handy), and a microfiche reader (essential,) to magnify the scale making it simple to read. There will also be written guidance on how to read the scales and a pad on which to record these details.
Clearly, our population of Pike is thriving, due in no small part to the eradication of the Muppet types that attempt to visit and injure and kill our stock.

The wee humpy back Pike seems to be caught regularly at the hall, Davy Wilson caught her last week and he estimated her weight at around eight pounds, so clearly she is thriving!
On the Brown Trout front, although fish were caught they were not in the numbers previously recorded but some very nice fish showed! Topping them all was Stuart Sutherland’s six-pound beauty which was an absolute beast! It is important to note that we do not get the numbers of days gone by, due to the fact that we are not allowed by law to stock fish.

On the administrative side, things are going very well in spite of Mr. Xxxxx aided by the angling bully! Informally, our bank balance is the highest it has ever been. We have eight people on our waiting list to join the club so we are again looking at maximising revenue! Club members should take note and be aware that money is available for any improvements, so if you have any ideas let us know!

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Photo 02 - Boys will be boys - Great!

On the local front, we hear that the Burns family are taking over the Glen Cafe and this is excellent news, we can now expect the food emanating to be of a very high standard according to the lads who dine at the Gordon Arms, we wish them every success. For the first time in a number of years, we have not made our yearly donation of £50.00 to the St Mary’s village hall fund. Members felt that since only twice did we receive a letter of acknowledgment/thanks (from Doreen Davies and Paul Collins) we should cease this practice! We will be looking for a suitable charity locally to benefit from our donation!

On Christmas Eve I received my usual call from Piotr Kokot our ex-loch keeper who amazingly still gets the odd call from anglers seeking to hire a boat! He sends his best wishes to all at the club and hopes you are all doing well.  Tomorrow we cross the line into a brand new year once more as we have done many times, but in so doing, it is once less, as our allotted three score and ten slowly crumbles away!  Enjoy 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Redressing the balance!

Both the photos this week were supplied by Martin and Radek two Polish anglers who visit the loch as often as they can. The Pike in photo 01 is the last Pike to be caught in 2017 so well done Radek! They catch fish and always return them safely. They leave no rubbish and according to Jenny, all you will find after they have departed are their footprints!

The last group of Polish anglers we reported on were wasters who left a heap of crap behind them! The bottom line is that in every race there are wasters but when you look deeper the majority are decent right-thinking people like the two lads mentioned above! You just need to glance at the court pages in the local papers, indigenous waster, Muppet types are everywhere! 

Martin and Radek, please do keep in touch, we are always delighted when anglers of your calibre visit! Tight lines for 2018!

The wider world in my view!

Blind leading the blind!

On the political front, 2017 was a wretched year, we were subjected to lies, incompetence and high buffoonery the likes of which we have never before encountered! The Maybot and her band of buffoons caused absolute mayhem and at the same time managed to rubbish the standing of the UK in front of the world! 2018 will be a year where unfortunately this mayhem continues, we will be dragged kicking and screaming into an insular little world furiously waving our union jacks.

A cross-party alliance will form to try and derail Brexit but they will fail due to infighting and insignificant issues. Just when the people needed unity there will be none! The bums that comprise our negotiating team will achieve nothing whatsoever other than embarrassing the nation; anything we do get will be gifted by the EU out of sympathy! Foreigners cannot understand the naivety displayed by our negotiators, as the Hungarian prime minister said: “they do not seem to understand the manner of negotiation”!

Our children will see their futures compromised with many exciting avenues that were open to us closed off as we look ever inwardly! Our businesses will be on the back foot wrenched apart by governmental indecisiveness!  Our NHS will suffer a serious collapse as it is again denied the money it needs to flourish. Our councils will become impotent, starved of resources as they try and cover the shortfall of cash from central government.

Our friends and neighbours overseas will watch aghast as we tumble downhill and will look back with heavy hearts as we tear ourselves apart! Students in years to come will be dumbfounded to see how we withdrew from the world’s stage to become the small insignificant country we will invariably become!


Alas, the future does not look great, and for those of us in the winter of their lives, it will not matter too much. For the youngsters, however, our actions have made for a bleak future. I hope those who voted for little Britain can sleep at night, our duty should have been to make things better for the next generation, we are failing spectacularly in this endeavour!

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Be patient!

Photo 01 - Looking down the lowes by Stevie Nimmo yesterday.

Be patient!

Over the last few months, we have received quite a few applications for membership of the club. The situation is that at the present time we are at the maximum figure of 50 members with eight people on the waiting list. What usually happens is that a few drop out and these spaces will be filled by the people on the waiting list on a first come first served basis1

It has been suggested that we could increase the membership limit above 50 but we are not so minded at this time. We do not want to slip into a position where there is a possibility of overfishing! There is no shortcut to becoming a member so just hang in there and be patient, your chance will come!

A different level!

We are now a year down the road of having a new loch keeper and after a few teething troubles the system is now operating at a very satisfactory level! Feedback from our members and visitors has invariably been favourable and if an arrangement is made to meet on arrival she will be there unlike in the past!

Jenny was concerned that the Lowes boat was always full of water and came up with a system whereby an elasticised tarpaulin is put on the boat after use stopping it filling with water! Importantly we have realised increased revenue which always helps. Yes, we have moved up a level with our new arrangements which will benefit both members and visitors!

Photo 02 - early morning view from the boathouse!

Buying for anglers!

If you are buying for an angler and you are stumped as to what to get why not visit your tackle dealer there are many staffed by knowledgeable vendors. Around here we have dealers in St Boswells, Kelso, Duns and Berwick and of course our recommended dealer Fishers in Penicuik who also offers a rapid mail order service. Mike and staff in Fishers will be able to answer your every query and if you really can't decide why not plump for a voucher so the angler can choose themselves it's the safest way and I'm sure appreciated by the recipient!

The wider world in my view!

At last!

It has taken a helluva long time and I had almost given up on them, yes, it’s the progressive SNP and their little-used tax powers! I’ve been saying for quite some time that if we want better public services then we have to be prepared to pay extra to get them! On Thursday Scotland took the first step along that road and we will look back on that Thursday and know the country made the correct decision!

We have only the bare bones of a public service facility at the current time as the Tories continue to decimate all that we hold dear! It became apparent to our government that we had to face up to reality and choose a new way! On Thursday the SNP did just that with a revamp of the tax system means the large majority of Scots would not pay any more tax but a small proportion would pay slightly more!

What pleases me the most, however, is that the majority of Scots understand why increases on the higher paid are necessary! No one likes paying more tax but it is a fundamental requirement that those who earn more pay more in taxes. If your next choice is whether to buy a new Audi or BMW then you need to contribute more to society, indeed, you should be proud to do so! We now stand as an example to the rest of the UK!

The political parties in Scotland, on the whole, were satisfied, letting out only a few half-hearted moans all but the Tories! Yes, this party which should have no seats in an equitable society screamed blue murder!  This ill-educated rabble programmed only to shout about the union tried taking a stance on another subject and how they failed!

Local bigmouth John Lamont, he who is content to see poor people struggle to exist under the punishing brutality that is the botched universal Credit system said no one should pay more tax in Scotland than in England! Mr. Lamont should realise that we in Scotland make our own decisions and that he should concentrate on serving his constituents as all he has done so far is put his foot in it!

Similarly Murdo Fraser apparently the finance person for the Tories could only repeatedly blurt out that a manifesto pledge had been broken! In the strictest terms, it has been, but it has been broken to lay the foundations of a new and fairer system! Fraser only needs to look to Westminster to see massive U-turns botched deals and gaffes on an industrial scale!

As pragmatic Scots, we are coming round to the fact that for better services we have to pay more! If you cannot come round to that position then maybe you should move. Yes, McKay delivered a budget along the right lines though most left-leaning commentators would say he did not go far enough and I would agree! Those who earn massive salaries should pay significantly more!

If our way of living such as it affords you a good wage then you should be happy to pay more towards making life better for those who are not so fortunate! If you do not take that view then maybe you should be somewhere else! We need to see this trend continue with the rich being taxed more and more whilst still allowing them a very good standard of life! A significant change has taken place and Scotland will be the better for it! 
             
A never-ending nightmare!

This week saw the Maybot humiliated yet again as her flagship policy of Brexit stumbled on its way to god knows where! This clueless woman even managed to get a round of applause from the EU27 but it was not for what she had achieved, for that was nothing, but simply out of kindness for one who has been beaten and downtrodden by anyone she encountered!

Not wanting her to get all the attention not so clever David Davies managed to flutter a few EU hearts when he said the previous agreement May claimed to have gotten was christened merely as a statement of intent by the Tories! The result, however, is that everything thus far agreed will now have to be committed to paper in legalese and handed to Brussels’ ASAP!Yet another cringe-worthy moment that marks us all as fools!

Facing another embarrassing defeat the Maybot has again U turned and the exit date is no longer written in stone. The negotiations up until now have been led 100% by the EU 27 and there is no reason to believe that this will change in the second part of the process!   May, Davies et al are completely out of their depth, its one humiliation after another any humanitarian would say let it end now to alleviate any father suffering!   
 
This process has turned out to be a rout for the EU for they hold all the cards, any sane negotiator would call off the process, start again this time with research, proper preparatory work and skilled negotiators, only then would there be a chance of a favourable outcome for the UK! The best option, however, is to ditch this erroneous process and resume membership of the EU!                                                                                                                                                           

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Getting nippy!

 Photo 01 - Clouted ewes! see below.

Getting nippy!

Yesterday up at the loch it seemed almost dead the usual procession of cars absent and not one motorcycle was seen all day! No walkers, a trickle of vehicles mainly vans and a couple of hardy cyclists in thermal gear completed the picture. A few blackbirds were seen feeding off the remaining haws and rose hips as the food source withers away!

As happens every year the weather closes in and effectively the area goes into hibernation. Have a look at photo 02 below and you will see a toad (I think?) that I uncovered under some leaf litter next to the boathouse hibernating for a couple of months waiting on warmer weather. Apparently, these creatures can withstand some freezing in their bodies and recover, oh to be like a toad!

Only three anglers covered both the lochs yesterday and the reason was readily apparent – temperatures dropped to minus 6 later in the afternoon with an all-day high of minus1! Yes, you really need to layer up if you are thinking of spending time outside in this weather.  The upside, however, redresses the balance, Vivid, sharp, and clear days, the sound of nature uninterrupted by endless traffic and no chumps or angling bullies in sight! Breathtaking!

 The boathouse toad!

Back in time!

Have a look at photo 01 above and you will see sheep with vinyl squares stitched to their rear ends! At first, I struggled to figure out what they were for but then it struck me! They are a primeval form of contraception called “clouting”! Stout fabric (I’m told tweed cuttings were very good in the heady textile days) is sewn on to the ewes wool with the tail held down and three sides of the square are sewn leaving the bottom side open for excretion of waste!

The process of “bratting” or “clouting” was used to prevent ewes of 3 years and under from reproducing, as often, they became weak during and after the birth particularly in roaming flocks where rams would do what they do! Today there are more modern methods of contraception available to farmers but how interesting to see such an old method still in use today! Sometimes the old ways are indeed the best!

Photo - 03 Stuart with a blue Pike?

Havin a laugh!

Member Stuart Grieve sent in the above photo claiming it is a blue Pike. Hmmm, it is certainly a fine fish no doubt about that! However, to put this fish forward for the heavy Pike competition we would need scales and a verified weight. It might fool Mr. Xxxxx but for us, it won't do! Also, you look like a youngster in that photo miles away from the elder statesman look you now portray and your clobber seems very 1970s! I'm afraid it's a fail, Stuart!

The wider world in my view!

Beyond normal descriptive words!

This week has been an exceptional one where new hitherto unseen levels of bunging were portrayed by our complete shambles of a government! Most normal people had thought the bungling had peaked earlier in the year but boy, were we in for a shock! I am now firmly of the opinion that no one in this so-called government has an ounce of savvy, they are all variations of the village idiot!

A “deal” was done on Monday, then in the middle of her lunch supposedly to celebrate that a deal had been done she receives a call during which the DUP firmly put a spanner in the works! The Maybot had neglected to get approval from the DUP who are keeping her in office and the deal was blown! You couldn't even class it as a schoolboy error for a schoolboy would have nailed it no problem!

What kind of negotiator does not have the sense to run the proposed deal to all on their own side before going public? The answer, of course, is Theresa Mayhem, this forlorn figure who promised so much and delivered less than nothing! Yes, this incoherent and clueless woman did what no other Prime Minister could. She rubbished the good name of the UK by negotiating like an unprepared school kid on the world stage! The Huff Post mentioned the 3 Bs, blundering, blustering, and high buffoonery as her guiding lights! On all the substantive issues she folded, and the EU won hands down!

Mind you, she is not alone; blustering Bulldog David Davies must take the title of the country’s biggest liar! For months he has insisted that the government holds extremely detailed impact assessments which examine the impact of Brexit on various sectors.  When they were forced to divulge these assessments all that was presented was a ring binder full of loose notes largely amounting to nothing!

When Davies was hauled in front of a select committee he astonishingly admitted that in fact no impact assessments had in fact been carried out! It is beyond belief that they have just walked into these negotiations without doing any preparatory work! Puffed up incompetent fools do not cover it, this is probably the most important negotiation since the 70s and we are stuck with this lot!

It got even worse when Philip Hammond let slip that there was no strategy and worse no idea of the end goal that they wanted to achieve! When did anyone enter a negotiation without an idea of where they wanted to end up! Clearly, the government is comprised of intellectual featherweights!

If ever there was a time for a mass protest surely it must be now! I am not the only one who is staggered by the breathtaking incompetence of this administration! Just take a look at the newspaper headlines on Saturday and the usual suspects are proclaiming a huge victory for the Maybot! The events of Thursday night/Friday morning was not a cause for celebration, it was simply a fudge and a moment best forgotten until it returns to bite us!
Look at the quote below which succinctly summarises the events of the last week entitled -

 The drunken idiot!
 That time that drunk idiot climbed out of the club window wearing union jack shorts, and then queued for two years, argued for ages with the doormen and then paid a huge amount to get back in- just to sit almost where he was before. Then vomited on his shoes!”

That is exactly what has been achieved although we have still to vomit on our shoes! Don’t worry however there will be numerous instances of this in the near future! The Maybot and blustering Davies have only achieved what the EU wanted them to achieve, without Juncker’s help they would have achieved nothing. They took six months to achieve what a smart sixth former could have achieved in two weeks!

The next year I fear will be a rollercoaster ride which will end very badly indeed! A monumental success would be getting a free trade deal like Canada the more likely scenario is, however, we end up with no deal with the EU and suffer a massive recession that will make 2008 seem like a boom! These clueless fools are ruining the future for all our youngsters; it doesn’t matter much for those of us in the winter of their lives!

The next year will be pivotal for the country, England in particular, as we Scots can take the independence route! This is an insignificant government with nothing at all to commend, how unfortunate then, they are in office at the most important point in our recent history! Those thirteen Scottish constituencies who elected a Tory gasbag will have a lot to answer for! God help them and us!