The Truth Is Out There

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"The missing wreckage of a miniature UFO that ‘crash landed’ on the North York Moors 60 years ago has been found - hidden in the archives of a London museum.

The story has been claimed by some experts as Britain’s answer to the Roswell incident. 

When the Yorkshire object was opened a tiny book made of 17 thin copper sheets was found inside, held in place by a coil of copper wire. The sheets were covered in more hieroglyphics and these were deciphered by a Scarborough café owner, Philip Longbottom...

He claimed they contained a bizarre 2,000-word message allegedly sent to Earth by an alien called Ullo who wanted to warn us about atomic warfare. It contained the warning: ‘You will improve or disappear’...

But for half a century the missing pieces of the puzzle have been sitting inside a tin cigarette box at the Science Museum Group’s archive, more than 200 miles away from the wild moorland where they were found at the height of the Cold War.

Papers in the museum archives reveal the remains of the ‘Silpho Moor Object’ were sent to London for examination by experts in 1963.

Sceptics claimed the ‘saucer’ was made from a domestic hot water cylinder in a back-street garage and planted on the moor as an elaborate hoax.

Believers such as Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, who led the RAF during the Battle of Britain during WW2, revealed in 1959 that he had ‘actually held and examined’ the Silpho object. He described it as a ‘a miniature pilot flying saucer’ - and was convinced it was a genuine artefact from space... 

Tests carried out at Manchester University revealed the object’s shell contained lead and the copper parts were of unusual high purity. But a metallurgist concluded it could not have arrived on Earth from space as there was no evidence it had been exposed to high temperatures...

The story first broke on 9 December 1957 when the Yorkshire Post revealed how ‘a mystery object’, shaped ‘like a large flattish spinning top’, 45cm in diameter and weighing 15kg, had been found on the moor north-west of the town two weeks earlier.

Scarborough businessman Frank Dickenson, then 42, claimed he and two friends were driving up Reasty Hill near the village of Silpho at night when his car stalled and they saw ‘a glowing object in the sky’ that appeared to fall to the ground on a ridge above Broxa Forest.

Mr Dickenson left the car, climbed a steep bank and found the metallic saucer lying in a patch of bracken. But as he returned along a footpath to alert his friends he passed a young couple walking towards the scene. When the three men returned to search the moors, the object was gone...

Mr Parker’s fascination grew after he, Mr Dickenson and Philip Longbottom prised open the two halves of the object. Inside they found traces of ash, fused glass and the copper book ‘that had a coil of hollow tubing wrapped around it’.

The story made headlines just two months after the Cold War space race began with the launch of Sputnik. Some of those who examined the Yorkshire ‘whatnik’ initially feared it could have fallen from the spy satellite or was part of a bomb or wartime mine.

And in a bizarre twist, over thirty years later a cache of IRA guns and bomb-making equipment was found near the same patch of isolated moorland shortly before Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was due to speak at the Conservative party conference in Scarborough.

The arms cache included Czech-made Semtex, a key component in bombs used by Irish terrorists. It was found by a man searching for compost in Broxa Forest, close to Silpho Moor, in March 1989 and sparked a huge security operation."

Turkey Carpets

"The village of Silpho, tucked away deep in the North York Moors, has become an unlikely focal point for an army of Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hunters and paranormal investigators searching for definitive evidence about alien life...

"The British Flying Saucer Bureau, which was set up more than half a century ago, is leading the investigations to establish whether the Silpho saucer did come from outer space.

Its head of investigations for the north of England, Russ Kellett, has been researching the case for more than a decade.

He said: "This really is one of the original X Files, and it is the British equivalent to the Roswell Incident over in America (where a UFO was supposedly found in New Mexico in July 1947).

"It is such a fascinating case and provides us with one of the first incidents where something tangible was found.

"We are trying to track down anyone who was about at the time of the find, and ultimately we are trying to find out if the saucer is still in existence.

"If we can find out more about the flying saucer then, who knows, we might be able to prove that this was conclusive evidence that the human race has been contacted by alien life forms.

"That in itself would mark perhaps the most important development known to mankind, giving answers to some of the world's mysteries but also opening up a whole host of new questions.

"It really is such an exciting time."

The Silpho case hit the national headlines after the Yorkshire Post carried an article on December 9, 1957, under the headline, "Has Yorkshire got a flying saucer? Mystery object found on Scarborough moors".

Once the saucer had been opened, 17 thin copper sheets were found inside engraved with a lengthy message in hieroglyphics.

The mystery surrounding the object has been heightened with the passing of time after the exact ownership of the flying saucer has become increasingly murky...

Harry Challenger is the editor of the Flying Saucer Review, which was established in 1955 and is the oldest English-language publication of its kind.

Mr Challenger said: "The Silpho disc, like the Roswell Incident, appears to be a signal or a wakening call, although we cannot be certain from whom. There is the enigma that this object has gone missing, and it has never been authenticated.

"But if it had been, it could have given clear and tangible evidence that something is out there."

However, the intriguing find has not gone down in the folklore of Silpho, with many villagers unaware of the bizarre find almost half a century ago.

Richard Coates, 60, who has lived in the village with his wife Diana since 1970 and is the vice-chairman of the parish council, said: "I keep an open mind about these things – you shouldn't discount something until you have got definite proof that it is a hoax. It really is an intriguing case, especially as it is so close to home."


All very Prudom ..

Oooh :

"The Energy Secretary, Mr Anthony Wedgwood Benn will today open the valve which will bring ashore Britain's first North Sea oil. The oil arrived at the BP refinery on the Isle of Grain, near Rochester, Kent, last night on board the Liberian-registered tanker Theogennitor. The 18,000-ton cargo of "black gold" came from the Argyll Field, 225 miles off the Scottish coast.

The oil is being produced by a consortium which includes the American Hamilton Brothers company, RTZ, Texaco and Associated Newspapers. The consortium plans a big welcome when the oil is pumped ashore from the tanker this morning. Mr Benn will open a ship-board valve to allow the flow to begin.

Argyll is the smallest commercial North Sea oilfield and will soon be producing 35,000 barrels of oil a day. Another company confirmed its plans to land its oil in England by the end of the year. Mobil, whose development in the Beryl Field, 95 miles south-east of the Shetlands has been going ahead on schedule and and they expect oil to begin flowing in December.

Mr Benn yesterday hit back at Conservative claims about the vast cost of Government participation in North Sea oil. Some Tories have quoted figures as high as 5bn. Mr Benn said, "Our aim is that these outgoings will ultimately be recovered in such a way that participation places no net burden on public funds. It will, over a time, be self-cancelling."


One hour after this Yorkshire Post story was published & went Wobbly it was pulled.

Interesting, Heritage. Mind it could simply be that One is in residence.

Watch this space ...


Ah, so ...

"Fragments of a mysterious object dubbed "Britain's answer to Roswell" have been unearthed after being hidden away for decades in a Science Museum archive.

In 1957, newspapers reported a small "copper-bottomed flying saucer" being found on Silpho Moor near Scarborough.

Despite tests finding the object was likely to be terrestrial in origin, the unusual item sparked wide intrigue.

Shards held in the archives have been re-examined after archivists were told of their "cultural significance"..."

About that tin opener.

"Doubts about its authenticity were quick to emerge, with tests at the Natural History Museum and the University of Manchester finding it was likely to be an "elaborate hoax".

Despite this, Dr Clarke said, the object created an urban legend, provoking many conspiracy theories.

While at a recent conference about the National Archives, Dr Clarke was told about "alleged UFO bits" lying in a cigarette tin in the museum's collection.

"Dr Clarke said: "He opened the tin box and took out the pieces, it was an amazing revelation - it had just been sitting there for half a century.

"There must be a lot of it still out there, sitting in someone's attic, or maybe these are the last remaining pieces."

He added: "I thought it was a prank, but the question remains - who went to all that trouble at great expense and what did they gain from it?

"It has been described several times as Britain's answer to Roswell, and I don't think that's too great an exaggeration."

Mr Thirlaway said: "We didn't know there was this massive cultural history behind it, it really brought the items to life for us.

"There's a chance they may go on display as we're now aware of their cultural significance."



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The Dark Knight Rises

One for the 'Jerry Grumman' show ...

All highly amusing ... the Q remains. Did they 'Frack' or didn't they? 

A: Why wouldn't they.


"..the object weight some three or four stones, he was unable to take it back with him.

... As the cash was provided by Mr. Parker/Avenel the object was immediately taken to him at his Scalby Cottage. It was about 45 cm (18 inches) in diameter and shaped like a flattened spinning top. The upper dome was white whilst the base was copper with some unusual hieroglyphics etched into it. These looked like some form of shorthand appended by what appeared to be a numerical key.

A small electric drill was used to cut through the thick axis which held the two hemispheres firmly together. Inside was what looked like a roll of copper with a coil of hollow tubing wrapped tightly around it. Ashes and a white powder covered the inside. When the roll was carefully removed from the coils it was found to open out in a small book.

This had a total of seventeen pages, each made of copper foil and covered with inscriptions similar to those seen on the outer casing. The scroll measured approximately 15 cm x 12 cm (6 by 5 inches) and had a thick piece of copper as a back cover. This appeared to have some time have been subjected to intense heat. The copper backing was slightly larger then the individual pages. Each piece of copper foil was stamped with about fourteen lines of writing, made up of almost entirely of T's and V's at different angles...

"Professor Bernard Lovell of Jodrell Bank suggested that it may have fallen from a passing aircraft. However, the most likely suggestion came after the subsequent deciphering of the hieroglyphics by an interested space enthusiast, who claimed that part of the message suggested that the disc had originated on mercury and was launched from a scout ship en-route to Yeovil (possibly Silpho is the little green men's equivalent of a motorway service station!).

A photograph of the object appeared in the Yorkshire Post on 9th December 1957 - but don't try looking. Mysteriously pages 2 and 3 of every library copy have been removed!

...The saucer was in fact one of a batch of secret surveillance objects code named PF228. Three of those launched went astray, two falling into the Atlantic, the other being lost somewhere over northern Britain. He recognised my description of the object as he was working at the base at the time of their launch. They were (he claimed) deliberately disguised as UFOs for the very reason that we discovered. If one were to be found, no-one would believe anyone about it."

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The Plot Thickens

"...I am writing about an even more pressing short-term challenge. Just a few weeks before Theresa May underlined the vital importance of local papers to our democracy, the House of Lords did something astonishing to undermine our work.

They used an entirely unrelated Bill on data protection to sneak through an amendment that could threaten the existence of many local newspapers. Now elected MPs need to protect the work of the local press – and local democracy – by undoing the work of unelected peers.

We need them to vote down this harmful, backdoor threat to local and regional papers like the one you are reading, hence why I am writing directly to encourage all of our readers to make your views known to your MP and ensure we continue to have a vibrant and free local press...

"As chief executive of Johnston Press, the company that publishes this title, I’m an evangelist for all local papers. I agree with Lord Leveson, who published a report into press ethics some years back and said such titles were “good for our communities, our identity and our democracy and play an important social role”.

Practices on certain national newspapers were appalling, and the culture that led to phones being hacked needed to be radically overhauled through the Leveson Inquiry.

But one of Leveson’s recommendations – that newspapers should be forced to sign up to a Government-sponsored regulator or face the guarantee of ruinous court costs – is frankly terrible for the local press...

"When enacting Leveson’s recommendations, Ministers wanted every paper in the land to sign up to a regulator approved by a state-appointed panel. Practically every paper in the country views this as too much of a step towards state regulation of a free press.

To strong-arm papers into signing up for this kind of regulation, they made a law (Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act) that said if a title didn’t join an approved regulator, then anytime they were taken to court – whether they won or lost – they would have to pay all the costs, including those of unsuccessful claimants.

Just think that through for a moment. The smallest, most dedicated local paper (a title with one full-time journalist for example) could be taken to court, win on every count, but still have to pay all the costs of the losing complainant as well their own.

Not only is that unfair, and not only would it create a constant fear of financial ruin, but this fear would have a devastating effect on the freedom of journalists to do what we all need them to do: to hold the powerful to account without fear or favour.

If someone didn’t like a critical story their local newspaper had run, they could threaten legal action in the knowledge that even if they lost they would face no cost and the newspaper would be damaged, possibly ruined. It would have a chilling effect on journalism.

That is why we were relieved when the Government said it would repeal this awful measure, but now the Lords wants those provisions to be enforced through another means...

"The new, industry-backed regulator we are now signed up to is tougher than critics realise. If an investigation is triggered by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, a vast number of work hours can be spent exhaustively going through notebooks full of shorthand and taped recordings in order to be sure we got the story right, and to resolve any complaint.

We always want to get the story right: that is how we serve our readers and our business won’t prosper unless we serve them well.

So elected MPs, even if they’ve been on the wrong end of tough scrutiny from their local paper, need to stand up for a free press and local democracy. If they agree that their constituents must have the opportunity to hold them accountable through free and fair reporting, they must overturn the vote in the Lords.

If this reckless Act is not overturned, many papers will not be around to serve local communities at all."


Hmmm ...

"Details were correct at the time of walking, but please remember that changes occur in the countryside."


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The Truth is In There

"Dredging is underway at Peasholm Lake in Scarborough.

Work is being carried out to maintain the lake within the park, which will involve the lake being emptied and dredged, to ensure a suitable depth for the operation of the pleasure boats and Naval Warfare is retained, and to help alleviate flooding issues.

When the lake is empty, there will also be a chance for any necessary repairs to be made to the sides of the lake and the surrounding fencing..."

Ah, so...


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The Common People

"The agenda for the all-day summit, seen by the BBC, says there will be a discussion of "wider governance considerations" which insiders say is code for the succession."

'Dear Old Bean,

Pheasants, peasants &  Martin Sheen

This Green be pleasant, Roses

The Mean'

Ah, so ..

"Sonic innovator and multiple Grammy Award winner Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016). Nile’s work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross have sold over 300 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicci and Sigala reflect the vanguard of contemporary music."



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Its Wet Up North

"Despite covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.

Over one billion people lack access to water and another 2.7 billion find it scarce for at least one month of the year. A 2014 survey of the world's 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of "water stress"

According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth."

Eight days a week ...

"To study skates, they extracted the animals' motor neurons and sequenced their DNA. Specifically, they looked at skate embryos because it's in this early stage that both skates and humans develop neural circuits. In the beginning stages of a skate's development, they propel themselves with their spine, but by the time they hatch, their spine becomes fixed and they use their fins to push forward.

"By comparing mouse and skate, we knew everything important for walking in mice is also detected in skates," he says.

Both skates and mammals, the study shows, have the same "genetic switches." Essentially, the same genes that tells a skate to move its little fins are also the same genes that tell us to move our arms and legs."



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Half A World Away

"More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals.

The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 vessels show commercial fishing covers a greater surface area than agriculture, and will raise fresh questions about the health of oceans and sustainability of trawler fishing..."

GeGa explains JeCo's vision of the future:  @ 6/07

"Never interupt your enemy whilst they are busy making a mistake .."

Now if we could 'swap' Bolton for Barnaby ...

Ah, So ..

Beam me up ...

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Charters of Fundamental Rights

"In 2014, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, and Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, used the Charter to appeal against the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 which would, they believed, limit the confidentiality of communications with constituents. Though a leading Brexiteer, Davis sought to use the EU Charter to ensure the rights of MPs.

The Government proposes to incorporate almost all EU law into domestic law. It will then consider which to retain, which to modify and which to repeal. But the Charter is not being incorporated. There are good reasons for this. Some provisions of the Charter, for example the right to vote for and stand in European Parliament elections, will be irrelevant after Brexit. Others, such as the right to free movement in the EU, go against government policy. Nevertheless, Brexit will reduce our rights and the protection given by the courts..."

"If we are not careful, papers that have served their communities with the emphasis on that word - community - will wither, while the tech giants continue to grow in profit and power, but with little focus on or concern for places like Yorkshire. Here is the issue: currently, newspapers are only able properly to carry out their journalism thanks to an exemption in data protection legislation which enables them to publish details of local people involved in local events, report the day to day work of local organisations and carry out investigations on your behalf."

"This one's for all you geeky linguists out there. The word lobby dates all the way back to the 16th century meaning covered walk, as in traversing a monastic cloister. It's verb use, however, is far more fascinating. In the UK, 'lobby' refers to each of the corridors in the Houses of Parliament to which MPs retire to vote, as well as to the several large halls in which members of both houses meet members of the public. It's third use, also refers to lobby correspondents - i.e those journalists you see lobbying politicians to get their scoop. It's all a tad confusing, but in a nutshell, a word wrapped up into the workings of the UK constitution is pretty cool..."

Meanwhile :

"It's one of most coveted addresses in the land, and parliament's speaker gets to call the place home. Luckily for current speaker John Bercow, he and his family live rent free in a lush palatial apartment overlooking the Thames. Rent-free and bill free? Where do we apply?"

"Funding decisions on the Council’s applications for the Whitby Piers Refurbishment Project are anticipated to be received soon. Council is recommended to :

1. approve a total project budget of £9m for the Project including £1,397k contingency, subject to the Council obtaining a satisfactory level of external funding to finance the Project, noting that the Council’s current maximum contribution to coastal protection schemes across the Borough is £5m.."


"Like it's UNESCO-neighbour Westminster Abbey, the entire Parliamentary estate is built on an island. For those who walk through and visit, it's strange to think that Parliament and the surrounding area used to be separated from the rest of the capital..."

"It's actually illegal to die inside the Palace of Westminster. We're not too sure what the punishment is if you do actually die within its walls, but according to Parliamentary  insiders, the law is in place for a very good reason. Anyone who does happen to kick it in the building, would be entitled to a State Funeral, so it survives to ensure the tax payer does not have to fork out for the local butchers regal wake..."

Insert your own ... (if ya can find it)



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Trout Infested Waters

"Scarborough Yacht Club has raised £920 for Scarborough RNLI over the last year...."

Parking v Perking :

"Now, as councillors at Scarborough Council are set to debate a motion banning their launch outright from authority land, critics say this should be the start of a region-wide trend.

“Whatever goes up, must come down,” said Coun Bill Chatt who proposed the motion. “It’s all of our problem.

“People don’t realise they blow out to sea, they blow out over land, and have been linked to the deaths of animals and other serious incidents.

“It’s a fad - there’s no need for it. We talk about getting rid of plastics, so why not this pollution?

“Yes, they look nice, but what damage are they doing once they are out of sight?”

Coun Chatt’s motion, seconded by Coun Helen Mallory, is to be debated by councillors on Friday.

The move would see them banned from being launched on any authority-owned land, such as parks or outside the town hall.

“As much as 65 per cent of the Scarborough District is rural,” said Coun Chatt. “We’re in the national park. The last thing we want is to put any fires on the moors.

“We don’t know where these things are going, but half are ending up in the ocean.

“We can’t stop people setting them off from their own homes,” added Coun Chatt. “But Scarborough Council needs to set the trend and say we don’t want these any more.”

"In a statement, the park said: "The authority finds itself in a very frustrating position.

"Consideration is not given to other users, fragile habitats and the environment of the national park are being destroyed as tracks become wider resulting in more damage.

"Repairs are too costly for the authority and landowners to implement and traffic regulation orders can result in significant costs."


"Sustainable Beach Net Fishing for Sea Trout

'This Council requests the Fisheries Minister, George Eustice MP, to protect the sustainable beach net fishing for sea trout, predominantly in Filey Bay, by not accepting the current proposal from the Environment Agency.’"


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The Fearsome & The Fossils

"... According to legend, wolves which roamed the countryside up until the 18th would dig up bodies from graves which would them turn them into werewolves.

While many a tale has been told about wolf sightings in the area, the most famous - and fearsome - is that of an eight-foot tall beast which was said to terrorise the area.

Known as 'Old Stinker', the half-man, half-wolf creature was famed for its foul breath and devil-like red eyes, and has been spotted several times over the years, with the most recent sighting being just two years ago.

Locals reportedly caught sight of the beast lurking on the banks of the Barmston Drain near Beverley, causing widespread panic in the area and sparking plans to hunt the creature down on the next full moon.

The Barghest and Padfoot of Yorkshire

While having the eight-foot Old Stinker on the loose somewhere is bad enough, it's not the only beastly wolf said to be roaming about as legends of phantom black dogs have plagued Yorkshire folklore for years.

Referred to as the Barghest (or Padfoot in the Leeds and Wakefield area), the black dog-like creature is believed to have huge sharp teeth, huanting eyes and the ability to shapeshift.

It is said to prowl the streets of Whitby and the surrounding countryside at night, and sightings of a black bear-like creature with yellow fangs have also been spotted in York over the years.

Rumour has it if you hear the chilling howls of the creature during the night, then you won't live to see the dawn.

Filey's parkin-eating dragon

Reports of terrifying wolves are a dime a dozen in this mysterious part of Yorkshire, but they're not the only creature said to have stalked these parts, with Filey boasting the most peculiar tale of all.

Local folklore claims that Filey Brigg, a low headland which juts out into the bay, was formed by the Devil with the purpose of wrecking ships.

It is believed he dropped his hammer into the sea while making it, but upon reaching for it he grasped a haddock and supposedly shouted, 'Ha Dick', giving the fish its name and explaining the distinctive finger print-like markings on the fish where he held it.

Another equally fantastical tale is that the Brigg is actually the skeletal remains of a dragon which used to reign over the town.

Legend has it the dragon was enticed into eating a great amount of sticky parkin by locals, which caused its jaws to stick together and forced it to jump into the sea to clean its teeth.

The villagers then seized their opportunity to ambush and kill the dragon, and the rocks near the town are said to be its fossilised remains."

Meanwhile :

"Andrew Crooks, Head of Region for Yorkshire, said:

“Proposing to close the Bridlington store was a difficult but necessary decision.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been consulting with our colleagues and, following this rigorous process, the decision has been made to close the store on 21st April.

We’d like to thank our customers and members of the local community for the feedback they’ve given our team over the last few weeks."

Hmmm ....

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Titan Surveys

“We suggest that humans notice when magpies occasionally pick up shiny objects because they believe the birds find them attractive, while it goes unnoticed when magpies interact with less eye-catching items. It seems likely that the folklore surrounding them is a result of cultural generalisation and anecdotes rather than evidence.”

"Fresh from a three-year $2 billion spending spree buying up North Sea oil assets, Jim Ratcliffe has turned to a rather more unlikely project.

The billionaire founder of Ineos, the petrochemicals giant, has invested $10 million in a safari tourism project in southern Tanzania. This is on a top of an eclectic investment portfolio that includes an $800 million venture to develop a new 4x4 vehicle, a Swiss football club and Belstaff, the maker of luxury jackets.

A year ago he became one of Iceland’s biggest landowners after buying a 300 sq km area in northeast Iceland, which includes some of the country’s most wild and remote places ..."

"Chemical company Ineos told the BBC it is likely to cut gas usage at its Runcorn plant by a fifth in response to the National Grid's request.

However, the company said it did not expect the move to make a material difference as it gets most of the heat it needs from its own energy-from-waste plant.

There was a large spike in trading prices for gas bought on the day on Wednesday, but prices for gas bought a month ahead declined slightly."

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The Rat Pack

"12:58pm 12th March 2018
(Updated 3:43pm 12th March 2018)

A British shale gas company owned by Barclays is sounding out rivals about pumping cash into the business as it delays fracking at a controversial site in Yorkshire until later in the year.

Sky News has learnt that Third Energy, which is awaiting the outcome of a review ordered by the Government into its financial strength, has in recent weeks approached a number of other industry players about a potential deal.

The development underlines Third Energy's need for new investment as Barclays, which effectively outsourced the management of its shareholding in 2015, declines to inject more capital into the company.

The British bank has previously indicated that it will sell its stake in the business, although such a deal is unlikely until after the results of fracking at its Kirby Misperton site are clear.

Sources said on Monday that several other specialists in the hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - sector had been asked by Lazard, the investment bank, to consider offers to invest in Third Energy.

An outright takeover of the business or merger is also thought to be being suggested as an alternative option by Lazard to prospective investors.

Reports last year suggested that Third Energy would examine a £500m stock market listing, although this is now considered by industry bankers to be off the agenda.

Like Cuadrilla and Igas Energy, Third Energy hopes to cash in on an increasingly permissive political climate towards fracking on the UK mainland.

In the Conservative Party's general election manifesto last year, Theresa May pledged to support the development of the UK's shale gas sector.

However, protests over its presence at the Yorkshire site that it believes contains significant gas reserves have clouded Third Energy's progress.

It has also faced questions over repeated delays to the filing of its accounts, prompting Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, to seek guarantees of its financial resilience.

Barclays is the majority shareholder in Third Energy, with the investment managed for it by Global Natural Resources Investments, a former subsidiary of the bank.

Third Energy's chairman is Keith Cochrane, who was the interim chief executive of Carillion for six months before it collapsed into liquidation in January.

Its other board members include Lord Gadhia, a Conservative peer.

The company recently said it would release some of the equipment required at Kirby Misperton until the outcome of the resilience test was clear.

It added that it was "committed to working with our local community and have taken guidance from Flamingo Land, local farmers and the North Yorkshire Police that it would be helpful for the local community and economy to avoid operations during the school holidays and harvest season".

Mr Clark also indicated that Third Energy had met the technical requirements necessary to enable it to frack at the site.

In a statement issued to Sky News, a spokeswoman for Third Energy said: "Third Energy has all the necessary funding in place for its current operations, both onshore and offshore.

"As is normal in natural resources, including oil and gas, when moving into the development stage companies look at different options for funding known developments, future exploration and also further opportunities."

"That's because some banks refused to loan to businesses based in a town that's stamped with an expiry date — preventing newcomers from getting the capital to invest in the town and current businesses from growing.

"At the moment no one is lending to any businesses out at Jabiru because of the short duration of the head lease," Mr O'Brien said."

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Trout Watch

"11:11am 16th March 2018

It's the last chance to help preserve Filey's fishing industry.

The town's fishermen face the government's refusal to renew their licenses because of fears over declining salmon stocks.

But the fishermen say they release most salmon, as they try to catch sea trout.

More than 9,500 people have signed a petition they've started, calling on the fisheries minister to save their culture and livelihood..."

Knit one pearl one ;-)

"Marine Enforcement Officer (Scarborough & Whitehaven)

Based in: 1 vacancy in Scarborough and 1 vacancy in Whitehaven

The Marine Management Organisation is a government agency that licenses, regulates and plans marine activities in English waters to ensure they’re carried out in a sustainable way.

About the role

Reporting to your Senior Marine Officer, you’ll tackle a range of work centred on marine enforcement. This is a varied role where you’ll ensure compliance with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and marine conservation and wildlife legislation, as well as marine licensing regulations. Day-to-day, you’ll assist with planning and undertaking compliance and enforcement work, which includes inspections of vessels, premises and vehicles at ports and potentially at sea. When you’re back at the office, you’ll play a role in data inputting and validation as well as the use of Information Technology (IT) and be involved in carrying out investigations, gathering evidence and conducting interviews when infringements are suspected. You will be required to consult on applications and documents relating to marine licensing, marine pollution and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF). We’ll also look to you to represent the MMO at meetings and to work in conjunction with over government agencies and stakeholders...

Whatever your background, you should have the ability to interpret and apply relevant legislation as well as a strong drive to enforce rules protecting fish stocks, marine habitats and marine wildlife."

Anyone got a pied piper?

lol ;-)

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Culture Vultures

"Labour's Tom Watson said the decision was a "bitter blow to the victims of press intrusion".

Mr Hancock also announced that the government would not put Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act - which would force media organisations to pay legal costs of libel cases whether they won or lost - into effect and said they would seek repeal "at the earliest opportunity"...

"Mr Watson claimed the newspapers had "helped write" the culture secretary's statement and accused Mr Hancock of failing to "stand up to the tabloid-style newspapers who are propping up this government".

He also defended privacy campaigner Max Mosley, who is facing questions in the Daily Mail and The Sun about a racist leaflet published in the early 1960s...

"Mr Mosley has donated about £500,000 to Mr Watson's office and has said his family money has been used to back official media regulator Impress, set up in the wake of Leveson. The Labour Party has said it will not accept further donations from him.

Mr Hancock accused Mr Watson of being "tied up with the opponents of press freedom" and said Labour's proposals would "would lead to a press that is fettered and not free"...

"In his original terms of reference, it was envisaged the inquiry would be split into two parts.

The first, looking at the culture and practices of the press and relations between politicians, press and the police, took place in 2011 and 2012, with a full report in November 2012.

The second part was scheduled to consider the extent of improper conduct and governance failings by individual newspaper groups, how these were investigated by the police and whether police officers received corrupt payments or inducements."

Gossssip makes the word go around.

Ah, so ....


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Shake a Speare

"Yorkshire isn't stranger to a curious myth or two, having been riddled with tales of witches, vampires and dragons living in its midst.

And with many a mythical beast thought to have called the county home, rumours of giants once roaming the landscape isn't all that surprising..."

"... Robin Hood is, of course, a legendary figure. Many, even scholarly, attempts to identify him with a real historic person have failed to convince. The legend is an on-going, amalgam and accumulation of fictions, dating back more than 800 years and added to by a conveyor-belt of inventive antiquarians, wishful propagandists and imaginative Hollywood film-makers. There are hundreds of places, from Scotland to Surrey, named after him at different times, but he never hid in any of his caves, drank from his wells, sat in his chairs, climbed his hills, hid in his oak trees, or was buried in any one of his graves along with Little John. All these place-names were adopted by locals to lend authenticity to the multitude of stories, plays and ballads about this most famous folklore hero..."

Oh, OK:


"With the census being a tool to help the government make decisions about future funding, there are fears that groups most in need of government assistance may not be counted accurately..."

"As soon as the Space Industry Bill is enacted and a regulatory framework is in place, we will seek to apply for a licence and expect to become the first fully operational, licensed spaceport in the UK and Europe."

Oh go on then ...

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North Yorkshire Archives

"THE future of an archive that gives a unique insight into 800 years of North Yorkshire’s history is the subject of a public consultation launched this week.

Currently, the archive is housed in the County Record Office in Northallerton, but the building is in need of a complete overhaul if it is to continue to maintain these important and irreplaceable documents in a secure, controlled environment...

"The service is also keen to take advantage of opportunities offered by improved broadband coverage across the county to allow online access to its unique collections. It wants to know what current users and non-users would like to see from a digital-age record office. It also wants to learn from the many dedicated, enthusiastic heritage groups and volunteers how it can better support them in preserving the heritage of local communities.

“While the archive houses many rare or irreplaceable documents, it is not solely about these. It is a living thing, collecting and archiving today’s records, whatever the format or medium in which they are created, so that future generations will have the same opportunities we have to study their past..."

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National Morris Dancing Day

"Scarborough will be hosting the National Morris Dancing Day in 2020.

The MOD made the announcement on the Sabbath. Earlier the Prime Minister announced that the 2019 event will be  at Winter Hill.

Scarborough's Premier leadership team had submitted a bid to host the national Rattle Tag event, the bid has been described by the MOD as “outstanding”.

The national Morris Dancing event takes place annually in June and is attended by senior politicians and public figures, as well as thousands of well wishers.

While Scarborough’s Rattle Tag Group normally attracts in the region of 2,000 people, the council says hosting the higher profile national event could bring in as many as 200,000 hanky waving enthusiasts to the town.

A Council Elder said:

“This is a massive coup for the Borough of Scarborough and is recognition of the enormous effort we, as a wider community, put into honouring the contribution and sacrifices of our Morisco frinds particularly those with links to Yorkshire.


It’s somewhat fitting that Scarborough’s Morris  Day is today celebrating its 658th anniversary and while many societies across the world celebrate calendar events with dance customs around the incontinent they put in an awful lot of work to make the event a success, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank our dancers who wore colourful, fairly elaborate costumes with pendant sleeves and attached bells and the scores of volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event so popular."


"Once lush vegetation is now gnarled, brittle and dead, burnt out rabbit holes hint at the shocking heat while, sheep which were rescued from the path in the middle of it all,  are also rising from underfoot.

A band of exhausted Trunkles are doing all they can to prevent the craze from spreading, just as they have done relentlessly for the past week.

Others come from the music hall era ('Getting Upstairs' is still oppressive and all consuming - and 'Old Black Joe' coming not just from the sun beating down from the cloudless sky"

The Rattle Jags have said it could take weeks for it to be extinguished completely.

"... there is no evidence that the dance came from the Moors or entered the country with the armies of John o' Gaunt or anything of that sort. Neither is there proof of any connection between Moorish dancing and Morris dancing."

Zzzzzz ...

"This calm, serene orb sailing majestically among the myriad stars of the firmament"

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The Great Yorkshire Show

"God gave me this land!" he shouted. "I'm not scared of you - you'll have to kill me before you can have my garden."

"Living and working in the countryside is the envy of many, yet rural dwellers face challenges of which their urban counterparts are blissfully unaware. That is why I am delighted to have secured a debate in the House of Lords tonight on the challenges and costs of providing public services in rural areas.

Public services in rural communities are coming under increasing pressure. Delivering health and social care, affordable housing, adequate transport to work or to see the doctor or dentist, accessing the digital economy via broadband and mobile phones are major challenges on a day-to-day basis.

Successive governments have – for years – failed to understand and grasp the challenges associated with the efficient and safe delivery of key services. Officials seem to be metro-centric and urban-based and, in many cases, have never been exposed to the challenges of rural life. Also, funding per head of the population in is invariably less in rural areas. Finding an affordable home, with the ability to travel to a job some distance away; filing a tax return online; using the electronic prescription service in rural GP practices; reporting an emergency with a poor mobile phone signal; accessing local post offices and banks for small rural businesses are everyday examples of the issues..."

"Modern office blocks and high-rise flats now surround the overgrown garden and topsy-turvy house which is decorated with graffiti, its mismatched furniture cemented to the floor."

"...As we marvel and wonder at the craftsmanship and husbandry of the produce on display at the Great Yorkshire Show, we can simply urge the Government to be mindful of the everyday needs of country folk. A good start would be to rural-proof every policy emanating from Westminster and Whitehall, and to test its implementation against the costs and challenges facing rural communities.

"He took it upon himself to clear up all the rubbish, and planted a garden - he just wanted somewhere to grow some vegetables"

Now five years on, this is a wake-up call to the Government that rural dwellers should be treated equally with their urban cousins, and to encourage a more joined-up, cross-departmental policy approach to the challenges and financing of public services being delivered to rural communities."

"My grandfather said, 'I don't need this tree, it takes up so much space.' It's really big and the roots grow through everything. He tried to cut out the roots, fighting for years with this tree."

"... It is quite a small river and eventually becomes a tributary for the larger River Ouse at Airmyn. The River Ouse (and the River Trent), eventually become tributaries for the massive River Humber that joins the North Sea near to the city of Hull."

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Cabinet Reshuffle

"Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism has stepped down from his role.

Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, who represents Newby ward on the authority, was today (Monday) replaced by fellow Conservative Cllr Martin Smith.

Cllr Jenkinson said it had been his own decision to step away from frontline politics.

He said:

“The decision was for health reasons and it was my decision. It was on doctor’s orders and you should always listen to your doctor.”

As portfolio holder for Tourism Cllr Jenkinson oversaw the fortunes of Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre and also the Tour de Yorkshire, which has visited the borough for each of the four years of it being run.

His replacement, Cllr Martin Smith, most recently served as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough for the year 2017/18.

The change was confirmed today in a published decision by council leader, Cllr Derek Bastiman."

Erm,  fit for purpose?

Keep shuffling ;-)


Ah, so .... ;-0

Oooh ...

tis like pic a dish, innit.

The Deming Cycle?


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Prop Up 'Bingo'

""The Open Air Theatre, the biggest outdoor theatre in Europe, is actually a tremendous benefit for Scarborough.

We've seen Lionel Ritchie, we're having Britney Spears coming to Scarborough, we're getting these top line acts, it's absolutely great.

Because of that, we're seeing bed occupancies in our hotels and guest houses increasing, we're seeing developers like Premier Inn coming in to build new facilities in Scarborough. 

I can remember when the Borough Council embarked on the Open Air Theatre project and there were a lot of 'keyboard warriors' who were saying 'it's a white elephant' 'you won't get decent acts' 'it won't benefit Scarborough'.'

In fact, there were a lot of people who said not to put money into the Open Air Theatre but put it into the Futurist instead.

I think the decisions made by the council, against a lot of criticism, have been absolutely correct."

"This is absolutely tremendous news for the Tour de Yorkshire and for the county as a whole. 

The prestige of hosting the world’s best riders is just one part of why we organise the Tour de Yorkshire but this is so much more than a bike race. The benefits it brings to Yorkshire innumerable.”

These figures support the feedback we received from right along the race route. In Garforth, for instance, businesses reported two weeks’ earnings in the space of 24 hours, in Richmond, all 12 cash machines ran out of money on the day they hosted the start of stage three and in Beverley, cafes there told us they’d had their busiest day all year. It’s news like this which makes us so proud, and so passionate about building on these successes in the future.

The Tour de Yorkshire is about bringing communities together as well and the way people turned out to support this year’s race was truly overwhelming. The county has taken the event thoroughly to its heart and we’ll work hard to ensure it keeps on going from strength to strength.” 



"More than 6,000 households in Scarborough are in fuel poverty, according to a government report.

Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show that 12% of households in the area would be pushed into poverty by the cost of heating and lighting their homes properly.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber, around 270,000 households are in fuel poverty.

Each household is on average £252 short of their required energy bills each year - a measure called the ‘fuel poverty gap’.

The fuel poverty gap in Yorkshire and the Humber is the lowest in the country.

A household is considered to be ‘fuel poor’ if they have fuel costs which are above the national median average and if meeting those costs would push them below the poverty line..."

The Frictionless.

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Project Iceberg

"Earth has not seen a solar eclipse fall on a Friday 13th since December 1974.

We won't have another Friday 13th Solar eclipse until September 12, 2080."

"Historically, the foundation of property law in the US and UK was enshrined in the Latin phrase “Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos” – which roughly translates as: “Whoever owns the soil, holds title up to the heavens and down to the depths of hell.”

"The underground is, after all, where we hide things. When Westminster tube station was built, much of it had to be “planned by omission”, a guide told me. Engineers would submit plans and the government would send them back with suggestions for different routes – refusing to explain why."

"“Land prices tend to force private construction downwards, especially where there are planning limits on upward expansion,” says the Ordnance Survey’s Rollo Home... The Ordnance Survey has suggested that £5.5bn ($7bn) is spent every year on exploratory excavation just to figure out what’s underground..."

"Although Musk’s company will build the tunnel, the city will own it and lease it back to Musk for use, and Musk has also stated that (unlike in Melbourne) no land will be seized to build it..."

Sounds like a plan.

Ah, so ...

"Meanwhile, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is currently funding a “subterranean challenge”, soliciting bids for techniques to enhance “situational awareness” of global underground spaces, with a $2m prize. The challenge is to create machines that can make their way through tunnel systems, urban undergrounds and natural caves. Robots will need to climb, crawl, squeeze and sense their way through these environments, with an eye towards future use in dangerous or hostile underground environments that human bodies can’t access. These robots will effectively become our subterranean avatars, and their deployment will mean that there really is nowhere left to hide."



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The Dis-Information Game

"Speaking on state TV,  Foreign  Ministry spokeswoman Serena Zakhanova claimed that either "the date and the exact time were superimposed on the image" or that intelligence had "mastered the skill of walking simultaneously"

"Soon it would not necessarily matter that the background of the US Open images were not identical; that the camera was at a different angle; that Google Maps shows that the non-return gates are a series of near-identical corridors that two men could easily have passed down, adjacent to one another, at the same time.

What would matter would be that some people following the story would begin to question what was real and what wasn't. Some might even begin to question the very idea that there was a real, reliable version of events at all..."

""The more different theories you put out, the more different Google results you're going to get," said  Nimmoy. "So instead of seeing two or three different versions of the story you're seeing 20 or 30. And for someone who is not following the story regularly that becomes more and more confusing until they give up. And at that point, disinformation has had its effect.""

""The strategy is optimised for the internet, it's meant to go viral," said Spock. "That's why mockery and sarcasm and attempts at funny memes are so much a part of this ... It is disinformation for the information age."

"In 2015, the Federation was sufficiently alarmed by disinformation that it created a task force - the NGOD - directed solely at counteracting the perceived threat. The small team attempts to debunk fake stories in real time, but it is reportedly vastly outmatched by the amount of material coming its way.

Peter Wilson, the UK ambassador to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said earlier this year the OPCW had counted more than 30 different Academic theories swirling around.

The effectiveness and reach of this type of disinformation operation in the West is debatable. A YouGov poll conducted earlier found that 75% of Britons believed that Serena Williams was behind the net, while just 5% said they thought Serena was innocent. But the sheer volume of disinformation being exported abroad remained a major cause for concern, said one EU umpire who works on the issue but was not authorised to speak about it publicly.

"Some people like to think this tactic was used around Brexit and it went away, or it was used around no villages within its borders, and only a handful of farms, a couple of hotels, and a few roads, nearly all of them single track... but it's happening 24/7," he said. "Others also use disinformation, of course ...

But this aggression, this exporting of information narratives abroad, this is really something where “Please don’t let everyone else know about this place,” is number one in the world."

Best not mention 'Cricket'.

"Mapping these features was once a laborious process involving theodolites and other instruments but has been transformed by digital technology. Now Robertson uses a two-metre pole – known as a Global Navigation Satellite System receiver – that is fitted with GPS sensors. They can pick up a combination of US, Russian and Chinese satellite signals that allow him to pinpoint his position on Earth’s surface with centimetre accuracy.

“You follow the line of the road or track you that are mapping and the GPS receivers marks your route on your laptop. Then you record what the surface is made of – grass, or tarmac, or soil.” All that information is recorded and is then used to generate a new map of the area. It is a constant business even in the Highlands.

Ah, so ...

"Today the OS has two main series of British maps: the Landranger with red covers and the Explorer with orange covers. The latter are scaled 1:25,000, in which 4cm represent 1 km. Landranger maps at 1:50,000 scale have less detail but more coverage on a single sheet."

"I don’t think any conspiracy stands up, so for me, it is an unexplained accident and I’m content to live with that.”

"By contrast, there are acres of blanket bog covered with blaeberries (bilberries), heather, bog cotton, tormentil and an exotic range of fungi including the purple amethyst deceiver."

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The Fifth - Amendment

"The government has awarded £900,000 to Scarborough's Skills Village.

It's one of sixteen successful 'Fast Track' projects receiving a share of £6million Coastal Communities Fund money to help deliver sustainable growth and jobs across the Great British coast.

The £900,000 grant goes to the Scarborough Construction Skills Village project to help tackle local unemployment and skills challenges. The funding is to support local residents into new apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry, particularly in micro and small construction companies.

As part of the fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund, sixteen 'ready to go' projects have been selected to start work to transform their coastal communities in 2018-19 before the main round funding becomes available in April 2019.

Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry MP, said:

“It’s really exciting to see money from the Coastal Communities Fund help kick start these shovel ready projects, which have the potential to unlock the barriers to development and growth in our coastal communities. 

Investment in our seaside areas, through projects such as these, will provide nothing short of a New Deal for the Great British coast, creating thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the shore.” ..."

"The full list of projects getting grants is:

  • Almost £1.1m for public realm works and cultural initiatives in St Austell, Cornwall
  • £985,522 to improve the visitor experience for disabled visitors to the Fylde, Blackpool and Wyre coasts in Lancashire
  • £896,568 to support residents into apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry in Scarborough
  • £803,236 towards plans to train new workers and support culture festivals in St Austell, Cornwall
  • £499,100 towards a Fabrication Laboratory, a workshop providing technical training and support for local creative businesses in Margate, Kent
  • £414,763 towards a new Suffolk Archives and Heritage Centre in Ipswich
  • £304,000 to promote new visitor opportunities and extend the season in Berwick, Northumberland
  • £258,526 to create a volunteer network on the Jurassic Coast in Devon
  • £170,000 to promote West Sussex as a hub for water sports
  • £110,000 as part of a project to introduce heritage boat tours of Falmouth's docks in Cornwall
  • £98,077 to make Deal in Kent a cycle-friendly town
  • £71,000 for nature tourism for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • £61,390 to turn St Hilda's Pit Head in South Shields to a base for a community arts project
  • £60,000 towards the creation of an events centre on the Isle of Wight
  • £53,000 towards a scheme to extend the visitor season in Beer, Devon
  • £53,000 to support measures to increase yacht visits between Brittany and Devon"

Erm ...




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An Antipodes Map

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"Let’s salute the EU nationals who boosted UK economy during times of austerity

"ONE of the best ways of assessing the nation’s economic health is to count the number of cranes on the skyline.

During the deep economic freeze which followed the financial crash, building activity halted in parts of Britain. Workers downed tools as credit dried up and schemes were halted. When British building sites finally displayed traces of life, it was greeted as the surest sign that the long awaited economic revival was on its way.

Today, the construction industry faces a terrible dilemma. Lots of people want to build houses and commercial space to ensure we have places to live and work. But the sector is also facing the potential loss of one of its most reliable sources of labour. British builders need restrictions on European Union workers like a hole in the head...

Across the UK, one in 10 builders is an EU national. This figure rises to a third in London.

"Bodies such as the National Federation of Builders are concerned that many jobs in the construction sector will be classed as low-skilled under the new post-Brexit immigration system which has been outlined by the Prime Minister..."

"“All skill levels matter to the UK economy. Today’s proposals risk worsening labour shortages, already serious in construction, hospitality and care. Restricting access to the workers the UK needs is self-defeating.

“Just weeks ago the Migration Advisory Committee confirmed that EU workers – at all skill levels – pay in more than they take out. They have not reduced jobs, wages or training for UK workers.”

The CBI is also disappointed that a major flaw in the UK’s current system - the net migration target - will remain because it means that workers with skills the country needs are being turned away and jobs are being left unfilled.

If the flow of labour from the EU is reduced to a trickle, building firms may struggle to complete the projects our economy needs to grow.

If fewer homes are built, it will become even harder for young people to reach the first rung of the property ladder.

The skills shortages in construction pre-date the debate about Brexit. We are reaping the bitter harvest of failing to invest in a workforce that knows how to build offices, factories, schools and houses.

If nothing else, Brexit will force us to invest in training vast numbers of construction workers. But training takes time, which is in short supply as the Brexit clock ticks towards midnight."

"George said: “There was zero fear on my behalf. I had to keep in my mind that if I displayed physical elements of fear it could result in shaking and reduction of concentration, the consequence being that I could fall to my death. It is all about your psychological state, you have to dictate your psyche as it ultimately affects every physical move.“

What drove George to do something so dangerous?

He added: “As a former sufferer of depression, I was lucky enough to have a passion in climbing.

"Whenever I experienced a trigger of depression, I found happiness through climbing – the freedom and peace I felt whilst doing the climb aided my psychological thoughts and led me to a better place."
Hmmm ....
“Muck and Magic Gardens Competition becomes more popular every year and we are really pleased to see so many enthusiastic people who just love being in their little piece of paradise."
Dancing Queen ffs ...
Pedestrians, beware!
Park n Ride ...
Oh, ere we go ...
Never gives up.
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Harro Gate

"Harrogate residents could bag the chance to appear on the new series of The Island with Bear Grylls.

The producers are searching for the next round of contestants and are keen to see if any Harrogate locals are up for the challenge. The Channel 4 show sees participants placed on a remote Pacific Island for six weeks as a test of their survival skills.

They have no outside interaction and are left completely alone, with only the clothes they arrived in and some basic tools and training. The contestants will film themselves, share their story of survival and, this year have, the chance to win a prize.

British adventurer, Bear Grylls, narrates the show, which is in its sixth season. The producers are looking for a range of people who are fit and able to participate. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply and they are looking for people with a variety of backgrounds and professions who are confident in they can make it to the end of the show.

However, applicants do not need not need any prior experience in adventure or survival pursuits to participate - just the thirst for a challenge.

Shine TV, the producers of the show, have confirmed that they will cover any ‘reasonable’ pre-agreed loss of earnings for everyone who participates.

Those who dare can apply for the show on the website The closing date for applications is Friday, October 12."

Hmmm ....

"The chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire tweeted... "Hurrah for the NHS.""

Oh another contender ;-0

Oh yes it is, oh no it isn't...

"It’s always exciting to unveil the host towns for the Tour de Yorkshire and this year is no exception. We’re thrilled that Bedale will be making its debut as the town gave the riders an amazing reception when they passed through earlier this year, and I’m sure Redcar will also excel in 2020. The other locations have already proven themselves as more than worthy recipients and we cannot wait to return..."

Right, Said Fred:

The full UK gin bar crawl map

Still unsettled about the Maybot...

“We’re over the moon that once again we will get the opportunity to showcase the Yorkshire coast to a global audience by hosting the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019. The race’s upgraded status is set to make the event more spectacular than ever before for spectators and we can’t wait to see exactly where in our borough the riders will be racing.”

Every Cloud ...

Hi Ho ..


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The Dancing Queen

"A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change..."

Got it.


About that walk ...

"We’ve got enough things to worry about without giant half-humanoid, half-arachnid creatures taking over the world."

"The term “filibuster” comes from the Spanish word filibustero, which came to Spanish from the Dutch word vrijbuiter, a “pirate” or “robber.” In the 1850s, the Spanish word filibustero was used to refer to American soldiers of fortune that traveled Central America and the Spanish West Indies stirring up rebellions. The word was first used in Congress in the 1850s when a debate lasted so long that a disgruntled senator called the delaying speakers a pack of filibusteros."

“Ultimately, like the rest of this trip it has almost certainly proved to be nothing more than a costly and inconsequential series of photo ops.”

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Sleepy Hallows

"I would like to know who apart from the bicycle lobbyists are backing these highly dubious proposals.

Twelve months ago the public made clear their displeasure about any intention to develop this local amenity and footpath into a primary route for cyclists.

In spite of the reported consultations these new proposals seem little more than a distraction from the real issues previously raised by favouring needs of cyclists above those of other users. As a regular pedestrian user of this treasured amenity I wonder about the convenience of ‘passing places’, with those on foot having to do all the dodging.

It seems like another case of the council pushing through deeply unpopular schemes with their mantra ‘the status quo is not an option’. Is this just another way of dismissing dissent and pushing through a deeply unpopular scheme in a different disguise?"

"Last week’s letter misses a simple fact of life. No road, right of way or public amenity exists indefinitely without maintenance.

As an article on page 7 reports, a footpath on Fountains Close, laid in the 1970s, needs to be lifted and completely restored. The Cinder Track was abandoned following the Beeching Report in the 60s, and has had “sticking plaster” repairs even since. Drainage has failed, slippage of the entire track has occurred in places, and the surface in places is rough and often impassable in wet weather.

Scarborough Borough Council should be congratulated for listening to the public reaction to the Sustrans proposal then developing a restoration plan that was almost universally accepted by those members of the public who attended the consultation events, after reading the documents circulated in advance of the meetings.

As for who uses this valuable amenity, I have met vehicles, walkers, dog walkers, horse riders, families out cycling together, mountain bikers and disabled people. Almost always respect is given and received to and from other users. Educating users by using signage and volunteer rangers, maybe facilitated by the National Park, will go a long way to minimising problems."

"The Cabinet should also consider establishment of a technology park and a digital development center for development of Big Data and information security software on Russky Island."

"One of the most interesting objects on the island is the Voroshilov battery, which operated until 1997. Today, tourists from Japan have a very strong interest in whether or not the battery still operates and in which direction the artillery is facing."

"In a statement Post Office said that the move would support "the long-term sustainability of Post Office branches" and bring "longer opening hours for customers in many areas"

“Due to the significant costs involved in the booking of world-class acts this year and the associated costs of putting on these shows it is not anticipated that there will be any profit share due to the council in this financial year.”

“We’re continuing to respond to unprecedented change on high streets and in consumer trends. By adapting to the needs of customers we’re making sure Post Offices will matter as much tomorrow as they do today, with services available when and where people want them, in convenient locations and open for longer hours, including Sundays."

"For the purpose of establishing a major research and technology center on Russky Island, the Russian government should work out the issue of attributing a special legal status to Russky Island for development and implementation of innovative projects, testing and pilot rollout of advance developments, including in spheres of robotics, healthcare, biotechnologies, unmanned and marine transport, environment protection, etc.," the assignment says."

“What the estimated value doesn’t include is stays of over one night or repeat visits to the borough so it is believed that this figure is likely to be considerably higher than the £7m quoted.”

Baldrick !!! 

"This 6-hour excursion along the Cinder Track takes you to the unusual Russky Island (aka OAT) where, you will admire picturesque views of the Post Office  and will visit a number of forts and batteries which were built at the beginning of the 20th century..."


"The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 344 years to build, beginning in August 1173. It began to lean in 1178 once construction on the second floor had begun. The lean was due to one side sinking into the soft ground"

Twinkle Twinkle

"Given the vulnerability of the structure, which barely manages to stand vertically, it was expected to sustain serious damage or even collapse because of moderate seismic activity. Surprisingly this hasn't happened and until now this has mystified engineers for a long time. After studying available seismological, geotechnical and structural information, the research team concluded that the survival of the Tower can be attributed to a phenomenon known as dynamic soil-structure interaction (DSSI).

The considerable height and stiffness of the Tower combined with the softness of the foundation soil, causes the vibrational characteristics of the structure to be modified substantially, in such a way that the Tower does not resonate with earthquake ground motion. This has been the key to its survival. The unique combination of these characteristics gives the Tower of Pisa the world record in DSSI effects.

Professor Mylonakis, chair in Geotechnics and Soil-Structure Interaction, and head of Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering Research Group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Grown Ups, said: "Ironically, the very same soil that caused the leaning instability and brought the Tower to the verge of collapse, can be credited for helping it survive these seismic events."

A Northern Echo


No butts, ifs or maybes...

Sssssh ...