The eldest daughter was at her BF’s parent’s house when the conversation turned to their 5 year old washing machine which had recently suddenly stopped working properly.

“I’ll have a look,” quoth she, “Gimme a screwdriver.”

In a trice she had whipped off the lower cover and was unscrewing the pump housing cover. As it came off the BF’s mother shrieked and swooned at the sight of a teacup full of water spilling onto the kitchen floor.

Daughter then hoked out an assortment of coins, string, clips, guitar plectrums and lint from the trap, refitted the pump cover and the lower fascia.

As the company admired the washing machine’s new lease on life the BF’s father remarked:

“I don’t understand it, WE’VE HAD IT SERVICED EVERY YEAR.

The Two Faces of Gina Miller.

The Two Faces of Gina Miller.

Gina Miller is motivated by the highest altruism. We know that because she has told us so. In interviews and in news reports she tells us: “This was about doing the right thing”, “This case was about process not politics”, “It’s just in my nature, it’s what I do, I tend to stand up and speak up when I see something dysfunctional happening”, “We have to come together. We can’t have this fractured society that’s resulting at the moment”, “This had to be done”, “Defending democracy is the best way to spend my money”, “This is in no way to obstruct the Government’s timetable for Brexit.”


But you don’t have to dig too deeply to notice that sometimes she lets her guard down. She said she felt “physically sickened” by the historic Brexit result. When asked about the abusive and other comments she has attracted she let slip: “I believe that level of abuse means I am doing something right for investors.” Her opinion of referenda? “a complete waste of time.” What does she want? “….a grown-up, sober debate and then a vote.” That’s a vote in Parliament, btw, not a vote by those ‘complete waste of time’ little people, who obviously got it wrong the first time. And her bottom line?

“The UK fund industry has much to lose,” said Ms Miller.

Sour Grapes

From the Web:

The Supreme Court must overturn the Article 50 ruling. Otherwise, we face a constitutional crisis

In its ruling that the Government must seek the approval of Parliament before beginning the process of taking Britain out of the EU, the High Court states that “this is a justiciable question which it is for the courts to decide”. Herein are the seeds of what could become the biggest constitutional crisis since the Parliament Act battles of 1910/11. Justiciable or not, this is a matter that the courts should have declined to hear.

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Car Boot Sale 43

If you ever need a new(ish) vacuum cleaner getting one couldn’t be easier. Drive round a sink estate or down Benefits Street and look for abandoned vacuum cleaners in skips or bins. Take a selection home and try them out (outdoors). Three out of four will make a noise when plugged in but have no suction. Those are the ones you want.

They have clogged internal filters that the owners were unable (due to poor management skills) to clean. Give your chosen cleaners a thorough clean, inside and out, cleaning and replacing internal filters and dodgy seals and fitting a new bag if applicable.

Ta Daaa! A nearly new vacuum cleaner! I recovered three such vacuum cleaners in my latest house clearance.


I got this little beauty from Freecycle. The owner said the suction wasn’t very good. She was a well spoken lady in one of the better neighbourhoods. It was the same thing. Clogged filter. I cleaned the dust chamber and washed the detachable filter. Works a treat. Looks like new.