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  1. Drive it to a scrap metal dealer yard (not a car breakers yard) and you will get a good price at today prices. Certainly more than £200!
  2. Such issues can become trivia but from that which you describe, I would have thought that you have a case to present to the shop in terms of ethics. First being that it caused you and your son distress due to the unexpected content of the card. If the cared was sold as new and unused, I think you need to take the issue up as a trading standards one. Pete
  3. Check out my son http://www.joshua-holt.com/ But come on...free...give him £50 sovs....like you he has to buy his kit and maintain it which costs money. Pete
  4. I do believe in god....I just spell god's name this way..N.A.T.U.R.E.
  5. God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Voltaire. Sufficient said....eh;)
  6. It is heart breaking to see people paying extortionate prices for kindling. £2.99 -£4 for a mear bag of sticks. I was stood in a que the other day at B&Q and watched the guy two places in front pay £12 for 3 bags of kindling. Probably sufficient to light 4-6 fires and lets remember that kindling is only the primer for the main wood or coal. With just a bit of ingenuity that £12 would buy a cheap bow saw and axe which would be adequate to cut scrap wood which can be found in skips, on industrial estates, builders merchants to name a few sources. Not only are you wasting money, you are being ripped off! To season any wet pine just place the chopped pieces in the oven after you have used it for cooking. The residual heat will take the moisture out of your kindling. Remember, wood keeps you warm in three ways, When you collect it, when you cut it and when you burn it. Be warm (and sensible) folks.http://www.sheffieldforum.co.uk/images/smilies/huh.gif Pete
  7. It is really interesting to learn from the folk tales about the Bole Hills and I am now wondering if I should try and find the time to do some historical research from the public records on the history. It does seem to have a fascination and hold some wonderful memories for many people. As I walk up there now, I contemplate if the present generation of young folk will look back in twenty or so years with similar memories. I find the societal changes also very interesting and I now compare how we would share our first smoking experiences as a gang, with a packet of John Player Number 6 or if desperate some Park Drives probably liberated from our fathers. Comparing this to some of the present generation who toot on the Ganja and even Chase the Dragon up there, I wonder how such influences will affect their memories of such a lovely place in the years to come. The other aspect of the Bole Hills which I find inspiring, is the social connection if offer to folk. In these days of fear, societal introversion, decreased community chat on the streets, I have noticed that most people will still stop for a chat or acknowledge each other with a nod or even say hello to each other when on the Bole Hills. I could say it brings out the best in people but here is more to it. Having a dog walking with you up there seems to bring out the synchronicity in folk and I rather suspect that the phenomena of green space just liberates the human psyche and re-adjust's our inbuilt humanity toward communal sharing. Either that or those Aliens did something magical up there in the 60's
  8. JOBEE...Just an awesome quote. It summarises it all for me. Thank you..Pete.
  9. Your welcome Brian. After shopping around I have come to the conclusion that solid fuel including wood is not only higher priced than surrounding area's I also am of the thinking that it is unnecessarily priced to high. It would seem that the older methods of trading would incur some discount for large amounts, but I do not see this in Sheffield any more. Solid fuel suppliers in Sheffield sell their products much higher than surrounding merchants for reasons I am yet unsure off. Some may quote rising fuel costs others higher rates, but I would assume with the rising turnaround to solid fuels and higher demand the merchants in Sheffield could not only offer to reduce costs and compete with merchants from surrounding areas but offer discounts for bulk buying. I am wondering if people would be interested in a cooperative method of purchasing fuel. It costs me £10 in diesel to drive over to Castleford, Wakefield or Rotherham. Purchasing approximately one tone in Sheffield, using my van to pick up would cost me £340 for smokless fuel. Going over to other areas would cost me £240 per ton plus the diesel Grand Total of £250. It is quite a saving! In fact the savings aquired enabled me to buy a chainsaw so I can process my own wood. Wood purchased in Wakefield is £110 per ton (transit pick up load) The guy will deliver to Sheffield for an extra £12 thus making it £122. His wood is a nice mixture of part seasoned oak, beech, ash and birch. I have various quotes from local wood suppliers here in Sheffield for between £175 - 250 per ton. Some even asked extra for delivery and some did not even no what seasoned wood was! It makes sense to not only shop around but to also consider cooperative bulk purchasing. This way groups could chip in a couple of ton and split the costs to save money. I have also come across a company in Liverpool who sell recycled logs made from compressed chippings. Having used a sample, I found them clean and very warm burning. Very good if you want to get the stove warm quickly. They are priced at 1040kg of Wood Briquettes inc VAT and Delivery £289.00, if you order now an 8% discount is available making the total approximately £269. He will sell you a sample pack and give a discount of the full purchase price of the sample pack if you re-order. When I phoned this guy, he was open to even bigger discounts for cooperative bulk purchasing. The benefits of these briquettes are that they ar very easy to store, clean to hand and obtain great thermal heat output. Another suggestion for cooperatively sourcing fuel is to work together to purchase or make a community press and make our own briquettes. Please see the following You Tube links. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Ha3CJo9gA&feature=related If any one is interested in cooperative values and working together, please do get in touch. Pete.
  10. I have been using Nichols at Wadsley Bridge. They are good company and do deliver. Sadly smokeless fuel prices are now rather high but some quality fuel can still be had at a cheaper price. With regards to wood, I use both wood and Taybrite (Nichols sourced). I get some kindling to light up and then burn ash or beech for a few hours to get the stove warmed up to operating temperature. When the ash is glowing golden I switch to Taybrite and then basked in the cosy heat. At the end of the day, I top up with said wood. Nichols will deliver but if you are passing they sell sacks, which are clean and strong clear plastic sacks. Taybrite is a staggering in price and is slowly creeping up to the £9 for 25kg bags. I have learned to formulate a network for when I am travelling around Yorks in my car or van. I pop into a place in Castleford which sells the Taybrite equivalent of £12.50 for 50kg. The saving is worth it. They also sell a smokeless coal and coke mix which is excellent on my Aga stove, it burns very hot and lasts a long time, this is £12 per 50kg which I consider to be a bargain as it is cheap, long lasting and burns very clean. Castleford is a good shopping town and has the Ski slope with shopping Outlet should you wish to combine a visit. The company I refer to is called Lomas. Look out for the clearance store next door, they also sell cheap bags of coal and local food stuffs at very economical prices so worth the trip if you have room in your car. Just to give you an idea about load, I have used my daughters Micra to collect coal I can easily get 175 kg in the back with the seat down. There is a builders merchants in Wath on Dearn, just next to the large Tesco, which sells coal of many varients quite cheaply. The Merchants also have a large supply of stoves and related stove ancilleries. I hope this is of use. Be well and warm Pete D Campy Coal & Solid Fuel Tel: 01977 513590| 11, Westfield Avenue, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 2EQ Castle Energy Group Ltd Coal & Solid Fuel Tel: 01977 518802| Carr Wood Industrial Estate, Carr Wood Rd, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 4SB Contact us Tel: 01977 518802 J Lomas & Son Coal & Solid Fuel Tel: 01977 703299| Rear Yard, Calder Works, Methley Rd, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 1NX Tel: 01977 703299 Get directions from: e.g. postcode or street and town/city. Castle Energy Products Ltd Coal & Solid Fuel Tel: 01977 668578| The Potteries, Pottery St, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 1NJ Tel: 01977 668578 Michael J Lumb Fuels Ltd Coal & Solid Fuel Tel: 01977 555424| Cinder Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 1LU
  11. I have come to a present awareness that 'best' is not a concept that I could entertain for it implies a sense of elitism and contest. I am presently mindful that a useful religion is actually called 'choice' mixed with tolerance and respect. Namaste.
  12. I recall being told as a young lad the tale by many older folk who lived in the Crookes area, that the Bole hills where used during the industrial development of the city as a place for recuperation of sick workers. According to the sources who informed me, many sick industrial workers were sent on 'holiday' to the Bole Hills to take in the fresh air. Upon leaving school in 1978, I went to work in the factory's of Sheffield. The city at that time was still very much organised around the 'clan' system. Sheffield was a collection of smaller villages surmounting to unity in the larger aspect of the metropolitan 'city'. My older work colleagues were always inquisitive as to which part of Sheffield a new worker came from (mainly to determine appropriate banter and distribution of the infamous Sheffield p*ss taking). However during more intellectual moments the history of Sheffield was informally taught to to us younger ones as a course for heritage and pride in our city. I clearly remember stories from these stirling workmen that they had relatives who had experience of such occurrences where people were brought in by the old charabancs (horse drawn bus/trams) and latterly the trams, which were housed in a depot on Pickmere Rd, in Crookes. Have a look at the following link which shows not only the old trams but some photographs of the charabancs (sharabangs).
  13. G'day Jobee I wonder if you interpreted my end of the thread as being pro religion. My attempt to distinguish between religion and spirituality, was to place my voice to a personal preference for spirituality rather than religion. Personally my own statement is that religion is a human made concept, essentially applied to the desire to control, organise and shape the essence of spirituality. In our western world view we are so indoctrinated by religion (not only X-tianity) that we can become sick of it. Personally I think and feel sick of it. Religion like Politics breaks down because the humans who instigate it are in the least fallible and at worse corrupted when maladaptive thoughts shape their beliefs. However, with our western world view and religious condition, we tend to be rather defensive and scathing of anything which becomes confused with it. So, although I have little to no time for religion, I would not cast spirituality away with the same brush. I refer to your quote from Albert Einstein "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religion (spirituality) then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." Einstein had a perspective based upon his scientific investigative thinking. I admire his sense of inquiry and rational, not to mention his genius. In that quote, I interpret it as a quest to place a rational perspective from his view on the matter of religion. As I read it again, I thought of another quote which I think is attributed to Henry David Thoreau , "I believe in god, I just spell it N.A.T.U.R.E." We all have a perspective on the matter, my choice would be to not comply with anyone or any religion which is maladaptive in thought, especially if such maladministration of thought and behaviors seeks to influence, shape, structure and coherse others into that experience / perspective. I deem it important and respectful if each person can make their own informed choices and test out what they wish to work with in life. If some have an externalised locus of control and seek their god in such a view, then so be it, if other are internally locussed, then so be it. I uphold the view that if we have mutual respect and dialogue and we become skilled with such, then we can all live in a relative sense of co-existence. Thank you for your links to the Coventry Forum...I noted the 'self direction' to your own writings their! Maybe a tad narcissistic perhaps?
  14. There is nothing to stop you going green laning. Despite the encroaching legislative attempts to discriminate against 4x4's, it is still legal to go off road. I would therefore recommend you consult with some of the local clubs as to the best local routes. Try these links as a way of enlightening your desires with your 4x4. http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=16343 http://www.glass-uk.org/ http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/ Finally, I am not sure what sort of 4x4 you are driving, but you cannot beat getting some information from the king of 4x4's at http://www.pandd.org.uk/ Be well and drive well. Pete
  15. Sometimes it is possible to see the retailers of 4x4 vehicles offer off road days on designated farm land above Redmires (Yorkshire Moor). The last group up there was sponsored by Bentley s the Suburu dealer. I would recommend joining the local 4x4 club, who will organise event days, and also be able to offer appropriate legal advise and conversational training for treading light with your 4x4. Be well Pete
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