Sunday, 25 October 2015

Important new rules!


Photo 01 - 14lbs 10oz

Important new rules!

Following our AGM there are now changes to our club rules mainly pertaining to those who fish for Pike in the loch. From now on a permit whether club membership or day ticket shall entitle the holder to legally fish with three rods instead of the previous limit of four rods. This would seem to be the accepted number of rods across the country.

Mr Xxxxx our loch keeper has noted over time that some anglers take up a rather large area of shoreline fishing with four rods but having these rods covering a large distance! This of course is unacceptable and the meeting has deemed that the three rods in use must all be within 50 yards. So the distance between your two outer rods must not be more than 50 yards!

Our membership cards will change in design and a photograph will be laminated on to your membership card. So please enclose a passport type photograph along with your membership application for the coming season. Any member fishing over at Bowerhope must place their membership card on the dashboard where it can be seen clearly!

We have now arrived at a design for our pier and it will be a floating type with anchors to secure it. We hope to have the boat bay excavated by the Flood Protection Scheme in the next few weeks and this will allow us to progress this work. Meantime we are having moulds made so that we can cast concrete weights.

Elliot Fraser gave us a rundown of our financial position and it was pleasing to hear that once again we are in good financial standing. Our permit outlets have all returned good receipts and we are most grateful to the Glen Cafe, the Tibbie Shiels Inn and Fishers in Penicuick and of course our loch keeper who sells the majority of our permits. The club committee of seven members were re elected en bloc, and members should be aware that these lads give up a great deal of their own time carrying out work that progress the aims of the club. St Mary’s Angling Club is in the debt of these stalwarts!

Competitions!

The meeting agreed that we should once again hold our open wild Trout competition. The date has not been cast in stone but will be around the third week in April and avoid clashing with Easter. More details will be uploaded nearer the end of the year. We will enter two teams into the Lindean inter club competition next year and in an effort to involve any interested members we are asking any member who is interested in representing the club to get in touch. Simply drop me a line on stmarysloch@gmail.com and all the names will be put in a hat and drawn out on a Saturday morning in the club boathouse.
Photo 02 - Is this whats coming?

Kirkstead trees!

Hugh Chalmers of the Tweed Forum recently visited our tree planting area on Kirkstead burn and conclude the trees that are growing are doing very well indeed. However we have sustained losses due to stock ingress and natural failure so he has arranged for a further 50 trees to be sent so we can fill the gaps. We have declined to carry out any works at Riskinhope due to the precarious condition of the fencing and banks!

The wider world in my view!

A new poll tax!

You have just got to hand it to these Tories, when they say they are going to do something they go ahead and do it even when the whole world tells them it’s the wrong thing to do! Their attack on working tax credits is of course what I am referring to, in spite of the fact that Lord Snooty promised on camera that the tax credits would remain untouched!

This of course has become the trademark of the Tories promising something then as soon as they get the chance do exactly the opposite of what they have said! All the independent financial advisory bodies have come out and said that the so called “living wage” and increases in tax thresholds will not combine to make up the shortfall caused by taking away tax credits leaving many low paid families worse off to the tune of thousands of pounds!

It then becomes very clear that the sacrifices to be made to satisfy the Tories will be heaped upon those who are already struggling to survive! No surprise when I say that these were exactly the people the Tories said they would not target! Remember the phrase uttered by Lord Snooty and minister without a clue Gideon Osborne “we are all in it together”! The recent developments don’t really back up that somewhat lofty statement and what we are seeing is the same old Tories and same old policies!

Feelings are beginning to overheat as it becomes clear what the real intentions of the master bunglers are! It’s as it always was with the Tories punishing the poor to reward the rich! The dithering general public (in England thankfully) who voted these dolts in must now be cowering in shame with regard to what they have done! The lives we led 10 years ago will never be revisited until they are bundled out!

There is however a chance to stop this outrageous measure (for which the Tories do not have a mandate!) via the House of Lords and it will be most interesting to see if they have the courage to carry out what they say they will! Quite frankly these measures need to be stopped by whatever means necessary! It may come via the Lords although I have my doubts rather it will come later from public demonstration along the lines that did for Butcher Thatcher!

It is moves such as the introduction of the above measures that bring home exactly what it means to be a Tory! Working class people mean nothing to these devils they seek only to line the pockets of their own kind! Here in Scotland they are near to extinction as we have seen through them a good while ago. Consequently many Scots will take part in demonstrations against such injustice but a successful campaign will require a much higher level of input from English people, for it was them that put these clueless brutes into power!

Once again we find ourselves being governed by a bunch of incompetent liars! Many families will now feel duped by these idiots and will suffer because of that, if however you voted for them then what’s coming is your just rewards! The jobs created by the posh boys are not real jobs they are part time low quality jobs that do not pay enough to sustain a family. These people will now be pushed into poverty doubtless having to rely on food banks!

The damage that has been done to our society by the Tories is truly astonishing. They have decimated our heavy industry getting rid of many manufacturing jobs replacing them with worthless service industry jobs. They have starved our councils of money required to keep our core services and now councils starved of cash are paying off staff in huge numbers because there is nothing left to cut! Our police service has been cut to the bone leaving us with a skeleton service leaving a severely diminished level of policing and still they want to cut more! Our health service is on its knees due to massive underfunding and is struggling like never before and it will only get worse while politicians continue to deny the real problem and skirt around the edges!

This is the result of Tory government, everything we hold dear has been wrenched from us leaving us in a position similar to Victorian times! The United Kingdom cannot survive another four years of Tory government, we in Scotland can and must abandon ship before the crash! The SNP now needs to change gear and push forward the date of the next referendum. There are many factors that could trigger the next vote but none are as compelling as four further years of a pernicious Tory government! The seeds of a new poll tax have been sown!

Bravo SNP!

I was delighted to read this week that Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh the SNP MP for Perthshire has tabled a bill that would allow the Scottish Government to give emergency money to those who have had their benefits sanctioned by Iain Duncan Smiths vile administration! What kind of government cuts off the means to exist for that is all that benefit payments allow! Only a cruel compassionless and thoroughly repugnant administration like the Tories is the answer!

Ms Ahmed Sheikh has highlighted the stark difference between us Scots and the English in that we do care for those less fortunate and we seek a future where the right to live is enshrined in our very own constitution. So SNP lets hear a lot more like this and bravo Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and the SNP!

A real life comedian!


Some of you may have noticed Borg queen Ruth Davidson appearing on the satirical news programme “Have I got news for you”! She was desperate to generate some mirth but it was only the mocking of her and her despised party by the other panelists that drew any laughs. She sat stony faced as the panelists exposed the loathsome Tories for what they are! The funny thing was that although she failed as a comedian in the show, in her real life job she is a comedian of some repute! Yes as leader of the Scottish Tories and an MSP she is a laugh a minute, stick to the day job Ruth you will get way more laughs!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Restrictions on spinning, lures and flies!


Areas in red are no go areas until 15/03/2016


Restrictions on spinning/lures and flies!

Yes every year when the season for Brown Trout ends our restrictions on spinning/lure and fly fishing come into place. We agreed these restrictions with the Tweed Commission a number of years ago with the aim of safeguarding the migratory fish that enter the loch. Should any such fish be hooked it should be carefully unhooked preferably in the water and returned to complete its journey.

The map above shows the restricted areas in red.

The rules regarding these methods of fishing are as follows-

From the 6th of October until the 15th of March fishing by means of lure fly or spoon must be with such items over 5 inches in length  this is to lessen the chances of hooking a migratory fish.  There is a 100yd exclusion zone around the entrance of any feeder burn entering the loch.

At the bottom of the loch there is an exclusion zone marked by two white posts sited in the margins just before Kirkstead burn and directly across below which no fishing is permitted with the exception that dead baiting is permitted. These posts require re painting and have been removed they will be re sited next week meantime any queries please speak to Mr Xxxxx our loch keeper. Anglers are reminded to comply with these restrictions and they will be enforced by our bailiffs as well as the River Tweed bailiffs!

AGM

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday commencing at 7.00pm at the tibbie Shiels Inn on the banks of the loch. Come along and have your say you will be most welcome at what is a very informal gathering.
Photo 01 - Spent Fireweed!

The wider world in my view!

Complete and utter chaos!

With the support for independence growing daily many Scots now look upon the Westminster crowd from the standpoint of an observer! The4 more these directionless fools plough the country further into the mire the nearer we are to becoming an independent nation. Lord Snooty it appears has not a clue and probably deserves the accolade of the most out of touch prime minister ever!

In spite of creating humanitarian disasters in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya Snooty is intent on pushing into Syria putting thousands of civilians at severe risk of losing their lives! Lord Snooty is often heard uttering the phrase “you have to weigh up the consequences of non intervention with the situation created by planned intervention”!
He seems to be unable to grasp the concept that if we do not intervene thousands will die as they have all throughout the history of these countries. If we do intervene then the aforementioned still occurs but many of our soldiers lives are lost and we spend hundreds of millions of tax payers money in armaments and logistics!

Similarly with the NHS they skirt around the real problem of massive underfunding and implement meaningless reform which instead of making the system more efficient makes it more fragmented and of equal importance ends up costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions! To have an NHS as the majority of the public would envisage it will cost tens of billions year on year to take in the heavier demands and the rapidly rising numbers of elderly making use of the service.

On the economic front supposedly the Tories trump card they appear to be incapable of carrying simple arithmetic! The cuts in tax credits plus the new national living wage will not make poorer people better off! Even the Institute of Fiscal Studies concurs with this! The woman on Question time this week was evidence of that! Incidentally the poor woman’s mistake – She voted Tory, a stupid mistake which will haunt her for the next four years!

It doesn’t matter on which front you focus the outcome is the same. A mixture of incompetence, stupidity and compassionless bungling that can only lead to one outcome. The outcome is of course the poor and needy becoming significantly worse off. It’s akin to being in a sadomasochistic novel but the consequences are very real indeed! There are millions who placed their votes wrongly and indeed did not place their votes at all who will suffer badly over the next four years. The message is simple –
Do not vote Tory under any circumstances!

A new future on the horizon!

Who would have thought it the SNP massively growing in membership in spite of being in government? It is completely turning upside down the usual pattern of events where the longer a party remains in power the more unpopular they become. There is no question that support for independence is growing rapidly and the next referendum is very close indeed!

In Scotland the opposition is weak. Labour is still reeling from the kicking dished out by the Scottish electorate. The Tories are in Scotland a shrinking force as their true colours are exposed and given their current policies will never again be a force in Scottish politics. ! Borg Queen Ruth Davidson says the coming election could be a record event for the Scottish Tories. Indeed it will be, but the record will be for the lowest number of MSPs ever! The Scottish Puppets are completely irrelevant and for the purposes of discussion will be ignored!

There is a real chance of the SNP taking all 73 elected seats leaving the hangers on to fight for the second flight seats! Quite frankly what has occurred in Scottish politics is without precedent, all effective opposition has been wiped out leaving a few directionless whingers! It’s not difficult to fathom out what has brought about this sea change in public opinion.

What differentiates our Scottish government from the morons in Westminster is honesty, equality and vision! Compare Westminster’s Gideon Osborn’s numerous predictions on the economy, not one single prediction has come to pass he moves on simply by con tricks and bungling! The diddys at Westminster have nothing to say on equality they are more than happy to reward the rich and punish the poor! On a vision for the future the Tories seem content to preside over a fragmented nation whose industry comprises TESCO, ASDA et al whilst allowing our real industry (steel) to die whilst doing nothing!

We in Scotland are choosing a different future, we seek a degree of fairness in government dealings whilst offering a safety net to those less fortunate. We need and will get with independence a trait not seen for a very long time- competent government! We will seek to invest much more heavily in health care making the Scottish NHS the envy of the world. We will seek to bring on industry protecting that which we have and nurturing new businesses rather than relying on supermarkets, consumer debt and their like. We will seek a redistribution of land returning much back into public ownership. 

My hope is that one day an enlightened Scottish government will adopt the policies of the left wing Labour party giving hope to the weak, poor and disabled of the country! It is clear that Scots take a more compassionate view seeking to ensure all can benefit from a country’s prosperity!
To achieve these aims will require a super strong Scottish government and to this end we must ensure that all Tory, Puppet and Labour opposition is brought to their knees come election time to ensure our independent future!


Photo 02- My Old Skool Zephyr 550!

My motorcycle restorations!

Kawasaki Zephyr 550

A few of you have asked how I am getting on with the 3 projects I set myself earlier in the year, Yes these were the beasts that have taken up much of my time this year and indeed are still doing so. The Kawasaki Zephyr 550 is done with new rear shocks, new fork seals and a complete re spray. Coupled with a general tidy up job and service and she was ready for the road. Based on Kawasaki’s unburstable Z series engine she should see 100,000 miles no problem!  Of course she suffered the normal winter of neglect syndrome with gummed up carburettors which necessitated stripping the carbs and clearing the jets. However carb cleaner would not clear the blockage and I had to employ an old tactic of soaking them in hot caustic soda which worked a treat!

The other condition that goes hand in hand with gummed up carbs following a winter of neglect is that of seized brake calipers and all three were rock solid. However some hammer work with a rubber hammer (ended up with a 3lb lump hammer!) on the sliders and employing a grease gun on the bleed nipples sent the seized pistons out at a rate that wouldn’t disgrace a Kalashnikov! A rebuild with judiciously applied red rubber and copper grease had them back stopping as Mr Kawasaki intended. A routine service and she was ready for the road.


I have covered near a thousand miles on her and she is a most satisfying ride, a bike very easy to get on with, handling well and showing acceleration enough to embarrass most cars! I took her up to 110mph on a private road of course and she is quite stable at this speed. I was going to sell her but she is so different from my other mounts I may end up keeping her! We shall see!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Angler information!

Photo 01 - 11lbs 10oz one of eight caught yesterday!

Angler information!

We very much value our access to fishing on the east side of the loch and we pull out all the stops to ensure its continuance! Over the past month there have been a couple of incidents where unknowingly visitors to the loch have pitched up base camp on the Bowerhope side unwittingly breaking our rules!

Our rules regarding fishing on the east side of the loch are as follows –
If you are a club member you may take your vehicle up the Bowerhope road and park in the lay bys with your membership ticket displayed in a place of prominence allowing it to be read. Visitors to the club may not use the Bowerhope road under any circumstances!  Fishing on this side of the loch is however still accessible to visitors. Visitors may hire a boat and row over to the area they fancy. It is also possible to walk to your selected area.

We have formulated these rules after consultation with the tenants of Bowerhope to take in their concerns and wishes. Clearly then it can be seen that all areas of the loch are accessible to our anglers. Part of the problem is anglers just turning up at the loch and commencing to fish which is in contravention of the protection order! This is unacceptable as well as being illegal. If you want to come and fish particularly late at night or first thing in the morning you must firstly make contact with our loch keeper!

We fought long and hard to secure these concessions we will not stand by idly and watch them being lost! Anglers must follow these rules!

Photo 02 - There is no doubt it's autumn!


AGM
Again we remind members that we are holding our AGM on Wednesday the 21st of this month starting at 7.00pm at the Tibbie Shiels Inn. It’s a chance you have as a member to formulate the direction of the club and we welcome contributions from all. The meeting is informal in structure and anyone who has anything to say will be heard! We look forward to seeing you there.

How to thin out Pike!
Yes many clubs in our area have in the past utilised many methods to this end. In the mistaken belief that their Trout stocks would massively improve if the predators could be culled. This has not proved to be the case. Our club in the past has carried out netting in spawning areas with mixed results yet still the Pike thrive!

It’s very difficult to catch large numbers of Pike unless the area is repeatedly netted which is not a practical proposition given the sheer size of the lochs. A much more effective way is to allow fishing for the species! Rough handling aka “Dangerman” style will put paid to many fish, check out the video to see what I mean oh and it’s not at St Mary’s as the title suggests! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPyaB3zxDz4 also be sure to check out the comments and listen carefully at 1.09 when the female says “oh not another one” (deep hooked!)! Absolutely shameful Pike handling!

Errant shopkeepers who sell electronic alarms without stressing that in addition mechanical devices must be used in case of battery failure, which is more common than you would think. Photo shoots that go awry when the Pike being photographed tighten and jump out of the captors hands on to the stones below.

Going to sleep drunk with lines still fishing in the water meaning any fish taking will likely be deep hooked and given a death sentence. Clueless anglers not using wire traces or using them with 6 pound mainline! I could go on and on but one thing is certain careless angling for Pike will decimate that stock quicker than any means of netting or trapping! It is therefore down to each and every Pike angler to seek to minimise the harm done to the fish! With angling comes responsibility, take that responsibility seriously!

From our recommended dealer!

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Oh and check out the 360 degree viewer it gives you a good look at what is a very well stocked tackle shop.
Photo 03 - Like a mill pond!




The wider world in my view!

A new caring Lord Snooty!

Yes the less astute among us may well have been taken in by the weasel words uttered by a Tory speech writer via Lord Snooty! A Lord Snooty who cares for the poor, who seeks to end the gross inequality that infects our society. He claims to be on the side of hardworking society unlike cabinet posh boy Jeremy Hunt who thinks we do not work hard enough!

It’s all a massive con trick and to be frank it should be what you expect from the Tories! They have redoubled their efforts to punish the poor with recent predictions that 200,000 families will be pushed into poverty by the vindictive cuts to tax credits being pushed through by these goons!

We are in a new situation entirely where there is no credible opposition to the lot that masquerade as our government and that they were only elected by mistake! Perhaps the only reason they got into power was that Labour with Milliband and Balls at the helm were viewed as a joke particularly on economic policy!

The great “recovery” that the Tories talk of incessantly is now looking increasingly fragile. The International Monetary Fund is now warning of a second financial crisis looming on the horizon and we don't have a solid manufacturing base to see us through! Snooty will be trembling with this news as their “recovery” built on a house of cards could at any moment come crashing down about his ears!
Preaching to the converted Lord Snooty drew applause and standing ovations aplenty. The reaction from “hardworking” people however is completely opposite! The Tories have won the battle in regard to rhetoric and whilst this is a trifle annoying they have resoundingly lost the battle when it comes to actions! The massive amounts of jobs created have turned out to be of the worthless variety leaving millions on the brink of poverty!

They stand idly by as the last remnants of our steel industry dies, they conveniently ignore the fact that coal from Australia is being shipped in to fire our power stations when the country stands on a huge untapped store of coal, thanks are due to Butcher Thatcher for this! The aims of this inept and corrupt administration are crystal clear they wish to continue the subjugation of the weak, disabled and poor! They seek to maintain the status quo with the rich getting even richer and the rest of us left to our own devices!


Here we have the same old Tories and Lord Snooty who know nothing of care and compassion, treat them as scum for that is what they are!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The final assault of 2015!

Photo 01 - A view from Bowerhope!

The final assault of 2015!

Yes with only days to go before the season for Brown Trout closes for 2015. Yesterday saw all our boats out with Trout hunters seeking the ever elusive scale buster! The heavy trout for this season is currently 1lb 4oz caught by Elliot Fraser earlier in the season, now it’s not a heavyweight compared to past catches but it is the heaviest recorded. If you think you can whack this you have until midnight on Tuesday, good hunting!

It has not been the most prolific of seasons for Brown Trout and no doubt it will end up as one of the more forgettable ones! Our longest serving member Pete Young has described this season as the worst he has ever experienced in 70 years of fishing. Blanks were aplenty and rising Trout almost nonexistent. This will however tie in with a notable absence of fly life on the surface of the loch. Cold conditions in the earlier part of the season were probably a major factor in the absence seeing anglers coming off the boats with blue hands and no fish!

There is no explaining the weather, we take what we get it’s that simple and here in October we are experiencing some of the coldest nights and hottest days of the year. A sort of free gift of warmth which was so sadly deficient during the time we call summer. Unfortunately the week ahead is set to see us return to business as usual with a howling wind and rain!

Certainly if you are a boat angler the conditions you endure are significantly more extreme than that of bank anglers. I recollect many times conversing with anglers disembarking their boat complaining how cold it was when we that were on the banks did not suffer from cold conditions. It is possible to spend a good deal of time analysing why the season turned out to be a poor one but realistically we simply have to accept it and fish on to the best of our abilities!

We will never see the returns reach anything like that before the stocking of the lochs was stopped. Now the rights and wrongs of that decision is a complete story in itself, many seeing the situation being brought about by Salmon lobbying groups fearful that their Salmon may pick up some kind of disease introduced from a fish farm via stocking.  Any argument that the purity of the strain of Trout would be lost  however is blown right out of the water as stocking year after year got rid of the original strain a long time ago!

Our anglers however are pragmatists they take the conditions they are given They are not anglers seeking the ease of “plastic” fishing rather they embrace the challenge in front of them, that is wild fish in a very big and sometimes very wild pond indeed! Yes all sorts of ironmongery will enter the loch today as anglers implement their final assault of the season. There will be hopes aplenty and maybe a few will ponder the possibility of a record breaker because it does happen, the next few days will reveal all and we must wait and see!

AGM
Again we remind anglers that our AGM is coming up on the 21st of this month at the Tibbie Shiels Inn commencing at 7.00pm. It’s an informal night where we all sit together with no top table and everyone will have a chance to speak if they so wish. So please do come along you will be most welcome!

What now?
With the season for Brown Trout all but gone you might be wondering if there is any sport to be had during the winter months. Well the good news is that there is plenty. Fishing at the loch continues with Pike fishing available all year round and there is some good sport to be had but it's not for the infirm. Conditions can be extreme so best make sure you are well wrapped up as it can be bitingly cold! 

Many "plastic" fisheries remain open all year round so if you are desperate to see a bend in your rod these might be worth a shot and if you pay enough you might get a couple for the pot. In the same vein Grayling fishing is available on the Tweed and it's tributaries. Like the "plastic" fishing this can simply be a matter of reeling them in if you encounter a shoal. I've eaten Grayling in the past but would not recommend it but since we are all different you might like them. So there you go no need to sit in front of the fire watching laborious repeats of Midsomer Murders, get out and enjoy the crisp air!


The wider world in my view!

Are we really a civilised society?

Some of you will have tuned in to watch the BBC programme on a food bank in Dundee on Monday night and I must admit it was compulsive viewing! Here we are in the 21st century in a country that’s ranked the 5th most prosperous in the world yet we see food banks springing up all over the place. We even have one in Galashiels run by a coalition of churches.

According to the Trussell Trust who run the majority of food banks in the country the numbers required are rapidly spiralling upwards as the Tory oppression increases! Millions of voters will now be realising the error of their ways as an unopposed right wing Tory administration run riot over all of our public services. Cleverly utilising the plethora of TV programmes highlighting the “benefit scroungers” and there are some but not nearly as many as they would have us believe! In true Tory tradition they plough onwards fighting for “hardworking families” (sarcasm!).

Of course the reality is much different as you could plainly see from the programme on Monday. People with organic disorders vilified, marked down as scroungers having their benefits stopped with nothing at all to live on! Just what kind of civilised people do that? The job centres charged with carrying out Tory policy with no exceptions are basically in the main staffed by halfwits who carry out orders without question. These people are not qualified in any field merely robotic in their actions, the ideal tool of a harsh uncaring administration!

We cannot see human beings being pushed to the edge by these fools who have no idea of what real life entails. Every person in this country has a right to the basic necessities of living, they don’t need colour TVs but they do need food so why can the government not meet this need instead of relying on charities. The biggest worry however is the increasing numbers of working people being forced to go cap in hand to a food bank to feed their families simply because their “wages” do not allow them to carry out this basic need!

This Tory government and the puppets in the last administration have brought us to this humiliating position. People having to beg for food whilst Lord Snooty and his like enjoy 5 course dinners with high purity cocaine for afters! It’s so far wrong it is absurd! The wealth of this country desperately needs to be redistributed. The lack of compassion and humanity shown by this inept government is absolutely staggering! Thank god we are leaving them behind!

Photo 02 - The train gathers speed!

The Borders Railway.

I recently had occasion to travel on the train as i needed to pick up one of my bikes which was in Tweedbank undergoing an MOT test (she passed!). On entering the “interchange” I enquired as to how to obtain a ticket and was told by a railway employee that I would be best to buy a ticket on the train as often the conductor will miss you and travel would be free! Indeed it was thus, my £1.80 remained in my pocket!

Of note was the amount of litter on the track and in the carriages, McDonald’s wrappers, Costa coffee cups and general debris was everywhere immediately creating a negative impression. The journey itself was very good quick, smooth and reassuringly 7 minutes late! There can be no doubt this mode of travel is a step above bus travel and will make journeys to Edinburgh most pleasant.

From what I could deduce the majority of the passengers were nostalgia seekers reliving the old Waverley line experience and a few train buffs soaking up the technicalities. Any new mode of transport should be welcomed but for those who wait to see the Borders revitalised by the train, take some deep breaths and relax, for it will be a very long wait indeed!

Posh boy’s conference!

Yes those with bulging bank balances will be heading off to Manchester this afternoon to seek more wealth and more punishment for the poor it is after all what defines a Tory! This administration that was propelled into power by a fluke now have free reign to clobber the poor and line the pockets of their well heeled pals!
However all is not well for Lord Snooty he has bungled the Syrian campaign, is in an insoluble situation over Europe and is facing civil unrest over their poor punishing policies! Oh and the long awaited book by Ashcroft entitled "Call Me Dave" comes out tomorrow and more revelations are promised! Rather interestingly all the delegates have been told to hide their official badges maybe something to do with the mass demonstration against austerity cuts organised by the TUC.

The last thing people struggling to survive is to see holier than thou posh boys dripping with tenners rubbing their noses in it!
There will be much backslapping and indeed bickering but the outcome for the people of the UK especially England will be dire! There will be no high points for the poor of this country emanating from the gathering of the self centred posh boy’s in Manchester!