August 2016

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beck cleared

...and after Operation Clearance!

22nd August

Even though Hubcap and I both rely on the computer for our businesses, we're not techno-savvy. We don't like upgrades or learning new software; we resent built-in obsolescence; we're make-do-and-mend people who prefer to use our possessions to destruction (then recycle them!). So when the original supplier refused to clean out four years' worth of dust and cat-fur to stop our laptop overheating 'because it's too old', I was relieved when they added, 'But we know someone who will.' And they directed me to Microtech Computer Repair Centre, where Eddie, the friendly and non-patronising proprietor, sorted things out in no time. It was refreshing to find the shop busy - obviously plenty of people, like us, prefer to keep their perfectly functional (if ageing) hardware than replace it every time the latest 'must-have' comes on the market. So I'm happy to recommend Microtech to anyone in/near Wakefield needing technical help from a real human being rather than an on-line robot - and it's thanks to Eddie that I can write this today without the laptop threatening to burst into flames!

Then it was off to Beckside to deal with a completely different problem: the massive

balsam beck

Balsam on the banks at Beckside: Before...

1st August HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY!

When I was a child, we never celebrated Yorkshire Day - for the simple reason that it didn't exist! This fairly recent addition to our annual calendar of 'special events' was first observed in 1975 by the newly-formed Yorkshire Ridings Society, founded in 1974 in response to the Local Government Act of 1972 and the threat it posed to Yorkshire's historical boundaries and traditional subdivision into three Ridings (East, West and North). The date, 1st August, was chosen partly because it's the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire (a cause championed by the Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce, whose house in Hull is now a fine museum), and partly to commemorate an important Anglo-German victory against French forces at the Battle of Minden (1751) in the Seven Years War; and the Yorkshire Ridings Society's celebrations of the day always feature a reading of the 'Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity', a statement of allegiance to Yorkshire.