Sunday, December 31, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
A Toast ...
I'll never be Toastmaster again.
It is a long standing Fart tradition, since at least 2001, that there should be many toasts at Xmas dinner.
After doing The Queen, The Cooks, Absent Friends, The Scottish Distilling Industry, (and all who sail in her) and getting through a good portion of the phone book things got a bit fuzzy.
Anyway, Here's to you lot ...
Happy New Year...
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Tis The Season etc.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Jam Today, Jam Tomorrow
From this afternoon the holiday traffic will start to build up.
On the highways, all major work is suspended, and every effort is made to avoid traffic delays.
In the cities, the opposite is true.
The holiday break is an ideal time to tackle major work.
Most importantly this break I will be lounging.
My truck is parked up in the yard, I am parked up on the couch.
This is the first time we have been parted since delivery and 72,000 km's.
It feels odd.
I hope I don't pine away ...
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Crash Your Car Early This Xmas.
I chuckled a bit when I saw this.
Obviously the farmer over the road got very sick of "rescuers"
This car just sailed off the end of a straight piece of road, in daytime.
It only took out a fence, and ended up well off the road.
We like that ...
Labels: car accident
Monday, December 18, 2006
A Paucity Of Rhubarb ...
Rationing Queue London
One of my U.K. corespondents, ersatz soubriquet, has alerted me to a terrible crisis.
Britain is facing a Christmas rhubarb shortage.
The UK's crop is behind after record high temperatures in autumn and winter.
Happily relief is at hand.
Once more our small country has made the supreme sacrifice and sent some of ours.
They need more...
Wrap your rhubarb parcel, Kiwi's...
Custard too ...
It is Xmas, after all ....
All you need to know about Rhubarb.
"The Guangzong emperor (1620-1621) is miraculously cured from some severe illness he got after having had a joyful time with four "beautiful women" sent to him by a high official, cured with rhubarb, naturally. "
The Rhubarb Triangle, & The Rhubarb Special Express
Hot Babe with Rhubarb
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
For Great Aunt Annie
We are flat out getting the road sorted for Xmas at the moment.
And it's bloody hot.
Everything has to buttoned down for the holiday traffic.
We aim to have no temporary speed restrictions.
The construction crews will be having a break too.
A few maintenance people stay on for routine work, and in case of slips, fallen trees etc.
This year I won't be one of them.
Oh dear, how sad, never mind ....
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Check the comments!
Trucks and Us
The truck drivers were a bit cranky today.
There is a lot of work going on at the moment.
The rush is on to use fine weather to get the road sorted for the Christmas break.
This means lots of road works.
The CB crackles with complaints of trucks getting dirty.
(Hey we're working in the dust....)
Signs are another thing truckies complain about.
Not enough, or too many...
Yesterday I heard a conversation criticizing the way in which we pick up a set of signs.
We set them out and pick them up in a precise order. It is obvious when you think about it.
The Sign Truck goes with the traffic flow, first setting up the "Working Man" and moving towards the work site, then follows with the "Flagman", (Stop On Request) and then the speed restrictions.
The process is repeated from the other end, again going with the traffic flow.
Doing it in this manner means that you have some warning out as you set up the signs.
Picking them up, you also leave the "Working Man" last for the same reason. You work so that you have some signage behind you in the hope that nobody will kill you from behind.
We on the road have a good idea of the truckies gripes.
We drive trucks ourselves.
Sadly there are a lot out there who don't have a clue what we are doing and why...
So in a bid for a bit of mutual understanding & goodwill,
If you are from a trucking company and read this,
(I know a lot of you do ...)
I would gladly write something for your company magazine, or get answers to questions ...
And seeing it's Xmas,
For Free Too ...
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Down Under ...
Bird Flu ?
Penguins wiped out by mystery illness
"All but one of the yellow-eyed penguin chicks hatched on Stewart Island this breeding season have died, from a mystery illness that has veterinarians scratching their heads."
Nice to see the concerned Police types with sneeze shields.
They must be waiting for the Ambulance...
Monday, December 11, 2006
One must do one's bit...
"Glass recyclers want the Government to encourage the use of crushed glass instead of mineral aggregate in base course for roading." Stuff
So every bottle you drain, saves a road somewhere....
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Guinness-guzzling camel crashes Xmas party
DUBLIN: Staff at an Irish riding school were forced to postpone festivities after Gus the camel chomped his way through 200 mince pies and several cans of Guinness intended for their Christmas party.
Gus, starring in the riding school's Santa's Magical Animal Kingdom show, helped himself to the feast while staff were getting changed for the party.
"Gus found his way out of his pen and helped himself," Robert Fagan, owner of the Mullingar Equestrian Centre in central Ireland, told Reuters.
The 11-year-old camel, originally from Morocco, cracked open six cans of Ireland's famous stout with his teeth after the door to his stall was left open.
Gus appeared well after Monday evening's feeding frenzy, Fagan said, adding: "We were all looking forward to it, but you couldn't blame him. He's really a very gentle, docile sort of camel."
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Someone up there has a sense of humour.
Here we are cleaning up after last week's rain, wind and cold and suddenly it's bloody hot.
Time for the annual bleeding tar panic.
And all my chocolate biscuits melted ...
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
There was a very lucky lady in that distant car today.
She clipped a truck & trailer, virtually head on.
The batteries in my camera were flat and I just got the one shot of the skid marks.
They tell a story.
You can see the single front tire marks heading off to the left side of the road.
The heavier ones are the trailer.
After the impact the truckie has come off the brakes and steered the rig off the road.
The car has rotated and gone into the opposite bank.
The driver was cut and bruised.
The impact was a glancing blow, the evasive action probably a life saver.
Labels: car accident
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
"Drunk drivers trying to sneak past police could be pulled over by an ice cream truck playing Greensleeves in a novel new campaign."
"Anything could be a police patrol car. We could be in an ice cream truck. We're trying to get people to think a bit more. But I don't want to give away too much."
"They might not even be motor vehicles. We could pull them over in anything - and it might not have four wheels,"
Road Block Awakino Hotel...
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Towies can be a bit strange sometimes ....