Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Still stranded in Cornwall by the weather. As you can see, the beaches are impassable.

No. 1 son has been staying for a few days with an old school friend in Cape Cornwall. Picked him up yesterday from the last house on the right before America.

The place was a derelict wreck until a few years ago. It’s since had a complete renovation to the original specification, plus the installation of geothermal heating. Learned a thing or two about under-floor heating and wooden floors. Major re-think ahead when we get home.

There was a news story yesterday about a Cornwall PC who retired after 40 years on the beat. It shows how little news there is when ‘man retires’ becomes a major news item. I wouldn’t mind, but he retired aged 60, which is well before you or I will retire. I suppose it’s a miracle he hadn’t retired much earlier on full pension due to some trumped up health reason. It’s even more miraculous that he never got above PC in 40 years’ service.

Here’s something to ponder the next time you’re caught in a traffic jam; you’re actually part of the problem, so stop complaining!

May I wish a Merry Christmas to anyone out there taking the trouble to read this.


  1. Merry Christmas from the tundra waste lands in Devon!

  2. Maybe the guy was content to be a constable. My daughter studied Physics and German at university, she is really happy delivering mail as a rural Postman. She is something of an enigma, she studies Buddhism and is a Black Belt in kickboxing.

    The very best Christmas wishes to you and yours sir.

    Kindest regards,


  3. I've taken the trouble to read your posts for getting on for two years now. It's no trouble, it's a pleasure. Look forward to them each day. So thanks mate and have a great Christmas (and worry not I will drop this mask of honesty after the festive season)

  4. A merry and peaceful Christmas to you.

    PS: Wouldn't be a policeman for quids.