Lycra Lemons

Middlepath Street in Belfast is shrinking

Middlepath Street in Belfast

Despite having paid for decades to fund our roads, motorists are being squeezed out. Some Lycra lout, no doubt sitting behind a desk somewhere, has decided to remove a lane from Middletpath street to provide a cycle lane.

In doing so seems to have squeezed the remaining  lanes, that big pink bus (no doubt the creation of another lycra lout) seems awfully close. We really must stop this war against the motorist!

Elsewhere in the city we see massive disruption and potential lane stealing to accommodate “bendy wendy” the latest brainchild  of those who were not up to the task of providing a decent tram system. Were bendy buses not already tried and failed?

Back to lycra! Cyclist rises along the A2 towards Bangor at the edge of the road. Why? there is a dedicated cycle  lane provide at great expense, and much ballyhoo, but not used!

It is too much to expect politicians to stop this madness against car users but you would think the motoring organisations would take up the challenge. I wont hold my breath.

Traffic Light Bias

Cars backed up way beyond Holywood towards Belfast, have you ever wondered why?

Cars backed up well beyond Holywood.

Recently I have been travelling up to Belfast a lot more than usual. As such I have become aware of the number of times we are stopped at red lights on the journey.

It seems the entire flow towards Bangor ( or Belfast) is stopped to let a couple of cars exit for the seaward side of the A2, surely there has to be a better level of programming for the lights. The flow on the main road cannot be restricted every time someone approaches the lights from the side roads, or is that just how it seems? Certainly, from an environmental point of view, it does not make sense for the high volume A2 traffic to be continually interrupted.

Approaching Holywood from Belfast is another issue, judging by the amount of traffic backed up for a considerable distance would seem to indicate an unfair balance given to those exiting Holywood.

As I have said over a number of years now, what is required is a motorway replacement of the A2 which is not only a killer road but simply inefficient.

Dawn Crothers Summer Art School


Dawn Crothers Summer Art School

Hello there!! Hope you are well and enjoying the amazing weather we have been having!! I’m very pleased to announce my summer children’s art class and workshop schedule for July & August 2018. My classes have been very popular with those who have attended over the past number of years and I am currently developing this side of my business to facilitate as many children of various age groups. I hope there will be something for everyone and have also organised a couple of visits to the Ulster Museum to teach the children a bit more about other artists and help them to appreciate the cultural world around them!
Many thanks again for your continued support and look forward to working with your little/ big ones over the summer… I’m sure you’ll have some masterpieces to hang in those empty spaces at home by September!! Many thanks Dawn x


Mylo is missing

Mylo is missing

Mylo lives on Abbey Park and has been missing from 11pm on 8 June 2018

10 month old, yellow eyes, light ginger with white chest and feet. Mylo is also microchipped and neutered.

Please check your garages, sheds etc in case Mylo has been locked inside.

Any sightings of Mylo can be reported to Vicki on 07541913189

Mylo is missing

Mylo is missing

Mylo lives on Abbey Park and has been missing from 11pm on 8 June 2018

10 month old, yellow eyes, light ginger with white chest and feet. Mylo is also microchipped and neutered.

Please check your garages, sheds etc in case Mylo has been locked inside.

Any sightings of Mylo can be reported to Vicki on 07541913189

Earthquake in the vicinity of Hull and Grimsby


A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centred in north-east Lincolnshire has been felt 60 miles away

According to the  British Geological Survey  it occured at 23:14 BST on Saturday, epicentre in Grimsby at a depth of 11 miles.

The question is how are the Green Party going to blame this on fracking?

Trooping The Colour

HM The Queen

Her Majesty the Queen is quite the trooper herself, standing on parade would be a task that would daunt people half her age.

We are so lucky to have her as our Monarch.

The Wee Yaris

“The Wee Yaris”

Some years ago we purchased a Toyota Yaris from Charles Hurst. For some time afterwards we would receive periodic calls from Hurst’s enquiring how the “We Yaris” was behaving. A short time after purchase we had an issue where the memory stick would not work, the guy from service had a look at the stick pronouncing it was probably corrupt after blowing int it. Probably not a great idea to tell someone who fixed TV, Videos, Hi Fi’s and builds his own computers that his memory stick was corrupt.  Anyway, after contacting Toyota within the showroom the problem was eventually sorted!!

I should also mention that a while back “The Wee Yaris” was subject of a recall due to an air bag issue and was given the once over. In that assessment the technician mentioned the tyres were crinkling, just like the skin does with aging.

Recently “The Wee Yaris” had a problem, a completely flat rear tyre. When inflated a hissing noise was heard which was traced to the valve stem. No problem I thought so I rang a downtown tyre depot. Despite decades of experience they could not tell me how much it would be for a valve stem but would probably be in the range of £25 to a hundred and something. Thought they should know and surmised a minimum of £25 was a bit steep.

Drove round to the national chain, who said ok, so I sat and waited. Guy comes in and escorts me to “The Wee Yaris” and points out the crinkling. Proclaims we need four new tires, I protest that Toyota were aware and that the car had passed its MOT a couple of months ago. To no avail the guy point blank refused to fit a valve stem.

Attempt number three at a nearby tyre depot! No problem take a seat. While waiting a technician comes in and speaks to another customer, you need something (I couldn’t hear) he said. Customer responds “it was through MOT 4 days ago”, technician sales ploy fail!
Some time afterwards the technician approaches, “The Wee Yaris” needs new tires. I repeat the Toyota, MOT comment, technician backs away proclaiming he would not be happy to drive on the tires. The other customer rolls his eyes when hearing the sales pitch. Anyway I leave with the new valve stem fitted and a remarkable bill of £4.

“The Wee Yaris” is rarely used and certainly not driven at speed, there is little wear on the tread given the low mileage on the car.

The point is!! I could have been considerably out of pocket as could another customer. The state says our cars are fit for use on our roads, yet the unwary could be spending so much more than they need to. Seems a visit to a tyre depot can cause unnecessary harm to your wallet.

The private parking firms have been described as the wild west of the industry, perhaps the tyre replacement industry can be described in similar terms. Or perhaps is it the motor car industry in general ?

Your experiences?