In 1900 there were 3384 working pits in the UK. In 1964 I commenced my first job with the National Coal Board (NCB) as trainee financial officer, my salary was £7, 7 shillings and sixpence ( about $8). In Northumberland and Durham there was about 120 pits left but over a hundred were closed between !960 and 1970. There are none in this area and none left in the UK. The only coal now used in the UK is supplied from the USA and Russia. The only industries requiring coal are for the manufacturing of steel and bricks. We had a large sanitary industry but vitually all the factories are now closed. We import mainly from China and Turkey with smaller quantities from Europe.
It has been a traumatic week for children expecting exam results in this country. Because they couldn’t go to school to sit exams it was decided marks would be awarded from teacher assessments over term work but also ucsing a algorism, based on schools past performances, socio economic background etc. Well it all went wrong. It started to go wrong in Scotland where it was found students in poorer schools were judged to have worse results than normal whilst private , independent schools did even better than normal. A lot of children couldn’t go to universities. So it was then decided the teachers assessments only would be used. So in England exactly the same thing happened using the teachers assessments and algorism system and the lesser well off chidren were also worse off. And again after a huge up cry it was decided the teachers opions were accepted. The minister for Education, Gavin Williamson and his assistant don’t believe it’s their fault. The quango that set up this algorism are being blamed and the chief education civil servant too. It’s nobodies fault, of course, but some little backroom boffin will be blamed no doubt after there is an enquiry. And where was the PM when this happened on holiday of course.
Oh, by the way , when other exam results were published, and they used the teachers asessments well the pupils did 30% better than usual. So everybody is now happy!!!!!
Just a quick word re my friend Trump. He is struggling in the polls and his natural reaction is to cheat. By sabotaging the way the postal votes are normally organised!
One of my hobby horses is the conduct of the Royal family. I am looking at a photograph of Prince Charles who is proudly stading with a chestful of medals. The trouble is he didn’t actually earn any. Things like The Coronation medal, the Silver and Golden Jubilee medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal Long Service Good Conduct Medal, Canadian forces Medal, New Zealand Commerative Medal, Commonweath Order of merit, etc etc. I don’t think he has actually done any fighting so why all these medals. Half of them are given by his mum anyway!!!!
Finally Prince Harry and Megan apparently will need about £5 million a year to live on. They owe £2.4million from the British tax payer for a house they did up in England. They are paying at a rate of £18,000 which will take them at least 11 years. They will have borrow from Harry’s Grandmother I suspect.
I need some HUMOUR
If all the salt in the oceans was spread evenlyover the land it would be 500 feet deep!
The ancient Egyptian word was pronounced “miaow”
When Danes pose for photos they say”orange”, The Chinese say “aubergine”, and the Germans “ant shit”
In 2009 a search of Loch Ness for the Loch Mess monster located 100,000 golf balls.
The Spanish for “when pigs fly” is “when hens piss”
MINCING–Affectively elegant or dainty.
GALLUSES–Braces for trousers.
LADIDA–Affected way of speaking.
LAVATORY– Room with flushing toilet and washbasin.
PROGGY MAT– A mat made from rags.
OLLY GORLIES– Giggles.
SCRAMPTIONS– Extra bit,
SCRUMPTIONS– Bits of batter left after frying fish.
TOON- The city of Newcastle