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With local TIC's about to close, subject to SBC's Cabinet decision this Tuesday, perhaps some alternative Tourism related employment awaits  :-) 

Ninjas Wanted - "Warlord Tourism"


Applications are invited from anyone over the age of 18:

"Sharpen your shuriken, Japan's Aichi prefecture is looking to hire six ninjas in a bid to boost tourism.

The roles are full time and the pay is ¥180,000 ($1,600; £1,100) a month, the job ad says (in Japanese).

Physical fitness and acrobatic skills are a must says Aichi prefecture, which hopes to promote "warlord tourism".

Ninjas were 15th Century Japanese mercenaries specialising in espionage, assassination, sabotage and other forms of irregular warfare.

Such trickery was considered beneath the samurai, or military nobility, who had to observe strict rules on fighting honourably."

"The job specification has been somewhat changed for the advertised roles.

It involves stage performances and "PR work" for radio and television. Combat experience as a ninja is not required and a track record of killing people for money would not help your application.

Ideal candidates should "enjoy being under the spotlight even though he or she is a secretive ninja," Satoshi Adachi of the prefecture's tourism promotion unit, told AFP.

As the troupe will sometimes perform in English, Japanese language skills are preferred rather than essential, Mr Adachi said, although a passion for history and tourism is a requirement.

Training is also a little quicker these days: winning applicants will be up to speed in the arts of wooing tourists with back flips and sword play by the end of April."

"Successful applicants will be performing in Nagoya Castle and various other locations.

Aichi prefecture may be hoping to see some of the success seen by neighbouring Mie prefecture's Ninja museum in Iga city, which combines historical details with acrobatic performances inspired by tales of the ancient warriors.

Iga, which brands itself as the "home town" of ninja, was once home to many ninjas, also known as shinobi, who emerged as a distinct phenomenon in the volatile "warring states" period of the 15th Century. They gradually disappeared as Japan was unified in the 17th Century."

"While ninja were a very real historical phenomenon, much popular folklore about them is based on legend and myth.

But while once they were looked on as little more than a historical curiosity of more interest to foreigners than Japanese themselves, prefectures are increasingly keen to capitalise on historical ties to tap into the country's tourism boom.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to increase tourism even further in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Anyone over 18 can apply to be a ninja in Aichi, and applications close on 22 March."

Any members of the Welcome to Yorkshire team should receive preferential treatment...



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OJs: 'Dangermen' at Welsh Mine


"A company in Wales has advertised for a rather unusual position, which requires applicants to have a head for heights and also be able to sing a cappella.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog asks for candidates who are “physically fit and strong and able to work in semi-darkness.”

Aww:  http://cambrian.holdingarea.co.uk/article.cfm?id=102528&headline=Dangerm...

"AFTER a nationwide search for people with unusual skills, Llechwedd Slate Caverns has successfully recruited two dangermen to work on its pioneering new visitor experience.

Iago Morgan Jones and Keirren Jones, both from Gwynedd, will play a key role in Llechwedd’s exciting new deep mine tour, which opens in March 2016.

The dangermen recruits, who speak Welsh and English, are circus-trained and specialists in aerial acrobatics.

Iago is a director at the Cimera Circus, a social enterprise company based in Caernarfon. Keirren is a former army gunner who served in Afghanistan and east Africa before joining Cimera and training in trapeze and aerial stunts.

Both say they are delighted with their highly unusual roles.

As Llechwedd’s dangermen they will work deep underground but at substantial height – up to 150 foot – above the mine’s floor level.

Llechwedd is being tight-lipped about the precise details of the new attraction, but says that it will feature extraordinary light projections, enhanced reality technology and explosive special effects which will transport visitors to ‘another time and place’."


"It’s a rock revolution that shaped the look and feel of the world as we know it.  A way of life which built communities and defined generations of families ..."


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SBC: Cabinets, Closets & Catch22


"Senior councillors have over-ruled one of their own committees which had given new hope for the future of Whitby’s tourist information centre.

At the borough council’s full council meeting yesterday (Tuesday) it rejected recommendations by the health and well-being scrutiny that had been made just the week before following a two and a half hour debate.

The scrutiny committee had agreed that other options be explored which would have given community groups time to put bids in to take over the running of the facility such as the one pictured."

Closet: http://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/local/council-u-turn-on-provisi...

Catch 22: http://democracy.scarborough.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=540&MId=7470

Democracy? ... lol


Most of that will be going into the WTY hotpot....


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CERN - Seeks International Artistes


"For any artist out there wanting to get up close and personal with the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, this might be your chance: the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) is seeking submissions for its COLLIDE International Award. The lucky winner will get the opportunity to work with a CERN scientist on a project designed to bring art and science together...."

Seriously: -)

"Famously home to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN has offered the award to artists with an interest in the sciences for several years. This is the first year, however, it will be collaborating with the Liverpool-based Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). The winner of the COLLIDE International Award will win a three-month-long, fully funded residency split between the two institutions as well as a $15,000 cash prize,..."

"Encouraging curiosity is central to our agenda, and introducing the public to experimental and open-minded artists is an amazing way to inspire creativity both within science and arts," FACT director Mike Stubbs said in a statement..."

"To apply for the COLLIDE International Award, artists must be “interested in the cultural significance of science” and can show that they “[push] the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields,” according to Arts@CERN’s website. While there are no limits to age or nationality, applicants must speak English well enough to communicate with the scientists at CERN, who use it as a common language. Applications are being accepted through May 23, and the winner will be announced in June..."

Apply here: http://arts.cern/collide-international-award


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Nest in the Field


"Two 12-month traineeships are available at the East Yorkshire reserve which spans a three-and- a-half mile sandy peninsula that juts out into the North Sea at the mouth of the Humber Estuary."

"“Spurn is a place like no other, with high tides transforming Spurn Point into Yorkshire’s newest island.

“Renowned for its autumn migration spectacle when thousands of birds fly overhead, its deep rooted maritime and defence heritage, and its new role in marine conservation, following the designation of the Holderness Inshore Marine Conservation Zone, Spurn could be just the experience you are looking for.”

The Trust added: “This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the exciting developments at Spurn and help make it an exceptional place for wildlife.”

Prospective trainees have until noon on April 11 to apply for the roles, and the successful pair will be tasked with spending three to five days per week helping to plan and deliver practical reserve management, help welcome visitors to the site and assist in delivering a programme of Trust events."

T&C's not found ... hey ho :



Chirp chirp ...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH4VXiTZL0c


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Wales n Whisky - Carrots

'Coyote Ugly' - Acquired:

"American bars of the same name and is best known for its scantily clad waitresses, aka “Coyotes”, who regularly sing, dance on top of bars and generally just have a really good time.



Wot no Magic Mikes?






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BT's Hackathon


"The telecoms giant is recruiting for 900 positions in its security business, some will be hired by hackathon-style "war-game" competitions..."

"BT is to recruit 900 people to work in its security business as part of a major drive to protect consumers, businesses and governments from the growing threat of cyber crime.

Of the 900 new positions 590 will be based in six sites across the UK; Cheltenham, Ipswich, Swindon, Sevenoaks, London and Cardiff. There is yet to be a breakdown of how many jobs will be based in each location.

The company expects to take on and train 170 graduates and apprentices, as part of its recruitment intake in the next 12 months.
People will work in a range of cyber security and related support service roles."


Wot no BT engineers ...




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HRH's Wonderful Web

Web Expert?


"In an effort to increase her appeal to a younger audience, the monarch is on the look out for a media specialist to boost the Royal Family’s profile on social media.

In addition to continuing managing the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Britain’s most prominent family, the candidate will be expected to find ways to attract new followers.

The job is being advertised on the British Monarchy website. It states the person must be experienced in managing “high-profile websites” and “comfortable developing strategy and managing wide-reaching projects.”

The candidate must also be aware of The Queen’s visibility to millions around the world and act accordingly.

“It’s about never standing still and finding new ways to maintain The Queen’s presence in the public eye and on the world stage. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional,” it says on the royal family’s website."

tis listed as Head of Digital Engagement  ... Charm School? 

Apply here: https://theroyalhousehold.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/bra...


Any replicants wishing to apply for the position of posing on postage stamps and pound notes have yet to be advertised ...


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Odd Jobs - Back to Belarus


"The President of Belarus is the country’s head of state, the guarantor of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, the rights and liberties of man and citizen. His authority is established and defined by the Belarus Constitution and by the Presidential Act of the Republic of Belarus.

The current president of Belarus is Alexander Lukashenko. He was elected to the post in 1994 and is now serving his fifth term.

How is the President elected?

The Belarusian President is directly elected by the people of Belarus for a 5-year term of office.

Any Belarusian citizen over the age of 18 can vote in the elections.

Presidential candidates must be:

  • a citizen of Belarus
  • over 35 years old
  • resident in Belarus for at least 10 years
  • Presidential responsibilities

The President is responsible for:

  • the sovereignty of the Republic of Belarus
  • national security
  • territorial integrity
  • political and economic stability

As well as being head of state, the President also fulfils a number of other roles including:

  • Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Belarus
  • Head of the Security Council

What are the Powers of the President?

The President of Belarus has wide-reaching powers. These include:

  • implementing the key principles of domestic and foreign policy
  • representing the State of Belarus on the international stage
  • calling regular and extraordinary Parliament elections
  • appointing the Prime Minister and the Chair of the principal courts in Belarus
  • signing bills
  • granting pardons to convicted prisoners
  • awarding state honours, ranks and titles
  • Presidential privileges

As head of state, the President of Belarus enjoys full immunity. In addition, the Constitution states that the honour and dignity of the Presidential office should always be protected."


"This country of just over 9.5 million people - a sort of halfway house between an expanded European Union to the west and the great expanse of Russia and what was the old Soviet Union to the east - is one of the flattest on Earth...."

Fascinating  ...   Cake eating ....



Oooh, 2016 is Belarus' year of Culture ..


Oh, OK ;-)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD0eb0tDjIk

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Works in Progress ...

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Odd Jobs: New 'Ropes' for Vikings

Rookie Rope swings into action :


A cliff (rope) rescue technician has to go over the cliff to rescue anyone in trouble. But the coastguard needs more volunteers.

Matthew Atkinson, senior coastal operations officer, said "Without a rope rescue capability, people using our coastline could be put at serious risk.

"Our training is a programme taking a new recruit from a foundation skill level right through to the top competency levels required in the rope rescue syllabus.

"We train, we encourage and we test our coastguard rescue officers to make sure they meet all those standards.

"It takes a special kind of person to volunteer in the coastguard.

"But we do need more people on our teams. It could be you helping to save a life or reuniting someone with their family.

"We're looking for people across an area stretching from Ravenscar to Sutton Bridge in the Wash, Lincolnshire – get in touch."

Email the coastguard at area6 @mcga.gov.uk  if you would like to volunteer.

Lemmings need not apply.
Ladies do not wear high heels when walking along clifftops ... unless they have alternative uses as spikes.
Gentlemen if your wife were to erm, 'slip' over a cliff... 
a: swiftly follow
b: quickly calculate a call to your lawyer
c: wonder where the dog is
all things being equal ...
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Odd Jobs: Tea Total


"IT’S a job many would die for: travelling the world working at the top of your game - and drinking as much tea as you could dream of.

Taylors of Harrogate is searching for a trainee tea buyer, who will, alongside tasting hundreds of teas per week, travel to far-flung corners of the globe to meet the tea and coffee growers that make Yorkshire Tea and its other products so distinctly tasty.

"The right candidate for the rare position will start in the tea tasting room, organising samples and preparing tasting batches, as the palate is trained to pick up the delicate sensitivities of a brew, and the “unique” language of the tea industry is picked up. Up to six months of the initial training will be spent abroad, visiting Africa and Asia....

“Tasting is something you have to learn. They say 95 per cent of us can technically be trained as a professional taster. It’s about teaching your tongue as a muscle to pick up the skill.”

Working alongside people with 30 years’ experience tasting certainly helped - especially when it came to getting to grips with the language of tea.

“When we’re evaluating different teas, we use words and phrases in a way I’d never heard them used before,” Mr Boocock said. “Sometimes, for example, we’d say a tea was brisk, gutty or useful - which means it would be a good tea for us. But if you were ear wigging on the conversation a few eyebrows might get raised.”

Oh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU1WTAsI5XI

Ooops that was a tad harsh, Benedict for Bond?

Brooks & Monks ... Brewing ;-?



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Boundary Changes

The Boundary Review .... no matter how many axes you throw in ... tis still very boring :


Equality .... tis a conceptual theory 


"The richest 1% of the UK population owns more than 20 times the wealth of the poorest fifth, according to Oxfam.

That made Britain one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and contributed to the vote for Brexit, the charity said.

Its analysis found that about 634,000 Britons were worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million people.

Oxfam has urged Prime Minister Theresa May to help close the gap between the "haves" and the "have-nots"...."

Elon Musk ...  eat your heart out  :-)))


"An engineer has arrived in the UK in his solar-powered tuk-tuk seven months after setting off from India on a 6,200 mile (9,978km) journey.

Naveen Rabelli, 35, drove his auto-rickshaw off a ferry in Dover five days later than planned after his wallet and passport were stolen in Paris.

He set off to raise awareness of electric and solar-powered vehicles.

India-born Mr Rabelli, who is now an Australian citizen, said he hoped to end his trip at Buckingham Palace.

The self-modified vehicle features a bed, passenger seat, solar-powered cooker and cupboard containing food donated by people along the route...."

Fantastic ... where do we send the invite?

Oh.   "... India-born Mr Rabelli, who is now an Australian citizen, said he hoped to end his trip at Buckingham Palace."

Dear Madge ....  You may recall that fella Capt. Cook  that tucked his way around the globe on behalf of the empire, ... well there's this strange wee fella about to land on't ya doorstep and we wondered if you could direct him up north, ya know that Northern Powerhouse thing, yep I get that 'meraigns ... meringues  are oft menu  but I feel this boom coming on ... 

Tuk Tuk. X

PS tis nowt to do with the national Stockholm syndrome.... aka Brexit.

Warm glow warm glow....




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SXX: York Potash Posts - Jobs


Be the best :-))

Hmmm ... Multi tasking ...


Wot no leaping through hoops of fire ... or dodging bullets?

Dear Matt ... Erm,  I mean Tom.

I was just kinda wondering if someone forgot to reload the coffee machine with milk and sugar this mornin ... mind, I don't spose being late helps.... ;-)




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Virgin Hunts New Train Drivers


Erm ...  nope none around here.;-?

"VIRGIN Trains has launched what it claims is the largest recruitment of train drivers on the East Coast Mainline since the 1980s.

The firm said it was offering drivers the chance to be part of a “new era” of rail as the search for new recruits coincided with the arrival of its new fleet of Azuma trains, built by Hitachi at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

In all 78 drivers are required to operate the 65 strong fleet when it launches in 2018. However would-be recruits, who must be 21 or over, only have a week in which to reply.

Virgin has already signed up 24 trainee drivers in January, the first such appointments for nearly three years.

New recruits undergo a year-long development programme including classroom-based and ‘on the job’ learning at different locations on the East Coast route.

They also use a state of the art state of the art simulator in order to familiarise themselves with the train cab.

The new fleet will provide an extra 12,200 seats, while there will also be a new and expanded timetable.

Clare Burles, people director at Virgin Trains East Coast, said: “The arrival of our Azuma trains is an important part of our plans and we need amazing people to join us on our journey.

“It doesn’t matter if you have never worked in rail or if you haven’t even considered a career as a train driver before, we are looking for people who are not afraid to do things a little differently and want to be part of something innovative and rewarding.

“As a train driver with us, you’ll not only get fantastic benefits and career development but also spectacular views of the iconic intercity East Coast route from a very unique working environment –how many jobs can offer you that?”

Tara Johnson, a driver for Virgin Trains east coast, said: “I love the freedom and benefits of the role and there is never a boring day on the job

“It’s a lot of responsibility too – the safety of our customers and getting them to where they need to be on time is top priority but the training and support we receive is brilliant.

“Some people ask what it’s like to be in the cab solo but it really doesn’t feel like that. I always feel part of a team.”

A spokesman for Virgin East Coast said retirements were another factor in the recruitment drive and it was not connected to the current dispute with the RMT rail union.

To find out more about the application process – which ends on Friday October 14 – visit www.virgintrainseastcoast.com/about-us/azuma-train-driver/what-happens-n... "

Ah, so ... psychometrics ... I know a few of those.



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SXX: Regional Sales Executivesssss


"Sirius Minerals is seeking a number of Regional Sales Executives to focus on direct sales and generating new business opportunities for its flagship product, the multi-nutrient fertilizer POLY4.

Reporting to the Sales and Marketing Director, the roles will be regionally-focused, with a mandate to build market opportunities within fertilizer and agricultural sectors through direct B2B marketing.

Ideal candidates will have direct sales experience in creating markets for new products within fertilizer, agricultural, farming, or petrochemicals sectors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Fully responsible for the development of a valid sales pipeline of opportunities in the assigned region, with the support of our Market Research and R&D Departments;
  • Generate new business within the fertilizer blending and distribution market channels, through conference marketing, direct discussions and site visits with customer prospects;
  • Deliver sales contracts through the successful negotiation of full Take or Pay Offtake Agreements within given region;
  • Customer retention and contract delivery;
  • Attend industry events such as fertilizer conferences, and trade shows to increase visibility of POLY4;
  • In conjunction with other team members, develop professional, value-based customer proposals to cover key contract elements including pricing models, territories and product schedules;
  • Communicate agronomic and economic benefits of POLY4 to distributors, dealers, growers and blenders involved in the crop production and/or the crop input system; and
  • Communicate and coordinate market and pricing information with the Sales and Marketing Director, as well as, the larger organization.

Skills and experience

  • Extensive experience in commercial positions in similar, preferably with value added fertilizers exposure
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Effective customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Proficient in MS office, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel for extensive periods of time
  • A Bachelor degree in Agronomy or an Ag related field would be beneficial, but not essential


Attractive remuneration package depending on experience

Closing date

31 October 2016"

Close. ;-)


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Sticks for Stuck in the Muds


"12:48pm 7th October 2016

Could you rescue someone in trouble on the Yorkshire Coast?

The Coastguard Rescue team's on the Yorkshire Coast are looking for new volunteers to join them.

There are currently vacancies in Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington.

Training will be provided so you would be able to to respond as part of the team to;

  • help rescue people trapped on the coast, eg on cliffs, stuck in mud or in the water
  • search for missing people
  • report and deal with pollution and other hazards
  • help emergency services and local authorities during emergencies, eg flooding
  • gather information for the coastguard operations centre
  • go to schools, clubs and other public places to tell people about staying safe at sea and along the coast
  • carry out duties for the Receiver of Wreck, eg dealing with wreckage or dead whales and dolphins on the shoreline

Senior Coastguard Operations Officer - Matthew Atkinson - talks about what the role involves...

There is more information available on the Coastguard Website

For an application pack - email area6@mcga.gov.uk"

May suit a retired Pirate ... a minimum 5yrs experience of dealing with total tossers ;-?


Ah, so ... ;-))


Oh ... is lunatic some sort of technical qualification ?


Hmm ...

World Octopus day eh ? playtime.

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Netizens: Golden Rice 'Balls'


Ah, so   ... The Democratic League :-)

"Serving tea and receiving guests may not be everyone's dream job, but it was a good enough prospect to make nearly 10,000 people apply for one receptionist job.

China's highly competitive civil service recruitment process recently saw a record-setting 9,837 applicants for a post as "China Democratic League public reception staff".

The Democratic League is one of several minority political parties in the country which have very limited powers, and is hardly seen as a prestigious placement.

So why are so many people hoping to be its receptionist?"

Oh, OK:



Breaking ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37788882

From the electoral gimmicks : 


"She told the Yorkshire Post yesterday that “done right”, a devolved authority could harness “the great potential of our region”. But she warned that if the Government “can’t put its money where its mouth is” devolution risks becoming an electoral gimmick."

Oh: http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/167991/sirius-mineral...

"Mining to dining

According to Shore Capital the Hancock investment fits snugly with Gina Rhinehart’s ‘mining to dining’ strategy.

The billionaire’s company is best known for its iron ore operations in Australia’s Pilbara region, where it runs mines with Rio Tinto. bBut, it has in recent years, it has invested in agricultural assets.

In partnership with a Singapore investor, it bid A$365mln for a cattle operation spanning an area (almost) the size of Scotland.

“Hancock’s recent focus on agriculture was the result of it identifying a fast-growing Asian demand for higher-quality foods," said Shore analyst Yuen Low.

“We believe that Hancock identified an investment in Sirius as a logical, complementary extension of this strategy.”

Low, in a note, said significant tracts of farmland in Asia suffer low productivity due to salt-induced degradation."


Knife n forking ...




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NYMNPA: Senior Minerals Planner


The North York Moors National Park is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK with 23,000 residents and 7.6 million visitors per year. Our purposes are to ensure that the North York Moors retains its special qualities and to help the public enjoy and understand them. Within this context a key challenge is to ensure that new development takes place without compromising these purposes and we need high quality people to help us do this.

This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a skilled and experienced mineral planner. Sirius Minerals have planning permission for a world class project to build and operate a new polyhalite mine at a site near Whitby.

Working to the Project Director, you’ll be responsible for leading our input into the development management service that will deal with planning and condition discharge applications, check compliance with plans and manage any issues arising from this.

As the lead planner, you’ll need to have some great skills and be able to demonstrate to us your;

  • Experience in dealing with major applications;
  • Ability to deliver on the ground on time and on budget;
  • Experience of working with communities on contentious projects;
  • Enthusiasm for protected landscapes and what makes them special.

You’ll find that you are working with skilled, dedicated and supportive colleagues; and there will be chance to take advantage of our excellent personal development and flexible working opportunities.

The National Park and surrounding area is a superb place to live and work with excellent schools and good access to main transportation links. The post is based at the Authority’s Headquarters in the attractive town of Helmsley (market town of the year 2016).  

If you want to know more about the Sirius Minerals development and the Section 106 agreement, please have a look at our website page on York Potash.

Please feel free to give Chris France, our Director of Planning, a call for an informal discussion on 01439 772700

If you are interested, we would love to hear from you

Job Title - Senior Minerals Planner

Salary - £32 - £36k pa with potential progression to £40k

Closing Date - Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Closing Date - Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Related Documents


application Form/Job Description are linked:



;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCcLMNcWZOc

Hmmm ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZxIJVm095Q

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SMP : Previous Form ...

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SXX: Fixed Positions


Human Resource Manager :


Treasury Manager :


Deputy Dog :


Mebbe .. 



"And Ed Balls remained in Strictly Come Dancing only by popular vote! Popular mood seems to be anti-establishment, favouring underdogs who chime with us. However, it’s a change we’ve little experience of in serious matters and few case studies on which to predict.

At school I learnt about the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. Cars from Ford’s plant in Dagenham passed my school bus stop, evidence of assembly line mass production. I worked through an era of profound change to digital technologies and on into the Knowledge Revolution. We tried to protect our valuable knowledge assets while moving manufacturing itself to low cost countries like China.

Twenty five years ago I came across technology for the military which I thenth ought incredible. It was manufacturing on demand aboard naval ships. If a part is needed, make it with instructions downloaded from the ether.

I was working on similar research for the construction industry. And guess what? It has happened via robotics and developments such as 3D printing which forms intricate parts layer on layer.

In 2010 I had a crown replaced. My mouth was scanned and I saw displayed a 3D model of my teeth, and the gap. A digital tooth was then placed and adapted to fill the gap, with the data transmitted to a micro-lathe to duly sculpt my new crown.

In the future, such technologies may bring manufacturing back by parts being made on demand, locally.

Couple that with a ubiquitous shift to self-service, drone delivery and the requirement to be online to do anything much, and you can appreciate how difficult change can be for some of us to even grasp an idea, let alone understand it.

Thus, I’m seriously considering proposing a programme of talks on Technology Awareness for Dummies (TAD), in aid of our wellbeing.

Technology should be our servant not master. That requires ‘techies’ to reach down to our level and us to reach up to grasp the basics of the new 3 R’s! The Marmite test. Do you hate, love or simply accept change? It depends on the change and how it might impact you, of course. Like it or not change seems set to continue apace and more widely, affecting the way familiar services are provided to us. A concern is that the ‘old’ qualities (which are bang up to date) of relationships between people should not be lost; we must and can do something locally about that ourselves.

A phrase has been coined for the era we appear to be entering -‘Post-Truth’. It refers to a new culture of political debate with calculated focus on emotions, while dismissing policy detail (the facts).

There are repeated assertions using headline-grabbing sound bites that drown out opposing factual argument. Social media feeds it.

Brexit and the US election thrived on it and the associated verbal abuse.

What of local change?

Whitby faced industrial and social change many times in the past and looks set to do so again with new offshore supply services and major mining.

Changes often hold Marmite challenges but whether we are personally for or against something, I hope we can be passionate in different views without treading a Post Truth path."

Wise words.... nicked ;-)

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The Can Can


Storms in a T Cup


Ooops, Kettles.

Nicked LSE SXX

"While its  Quiet


Some of them are silly, but if you think about it, these questions probably haunt you too!

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
They're going to see you naked anyway...

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's
face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Why, Why, Why

do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four
billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why do they use sterilized needles
for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when a revolver is thrown at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses
are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the
vacuum one more chance?

Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?

Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?

In winter why do we try to keep the h ..."

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Sticks n Stones



"Although the moors seem wild and natural, their appearance is entirely the result of human activity. Each generation has left its own mark, manipulating and managing the land to meet its own needs.

The evidence of this can be found all around us, if you learn how to read the signs. Take a closer look at the countryside, towns and villages of the North York Moors and you can start to imagine what was happening here hundreds or even thousands of years ago..."





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Broken Wings


"8:02am 28th January 2017
(Updated 9:12am 28th January 2017)

Scarborough-based business man Ben Stonehouse is seeking crowdfunding to help restore a Sea King helicopter with the aim of creating a unique café experience.

The self-confessed helicopter enthusiast, purchased the XZ598 – HAR.3 Westland Sea King helicopter, which was a former Search and Rescue helicopter based at RAF Leconfield, in an auction earlier this month.

Ben has begun sourcing the missing parts to renovate the helicopter with a view to restoring it back to its former glory.  So far, he has successfully sourced five main rotor blades.

Commenting on his recent purchase, Ben said:

“This is a very exciting opportunity for people to get involved in a truly unique project.  While this has always been a dream of mine – to own my very own helicopter – I know there will be lots of people out there who would like to be part of that dream too.

She’s in a pretty sorry state at the moment, but if I can raise some additional funding I can purchase the missing parts and continue to restore her back to her former glory.  She won’t ever fly again, but by creating a café in a unique setting means people will be able to enjoy the helicopter experience without needing to take to the skies.”

Ben is offering a package of incentives to those who can invest in the Sea King Café Project. 

The package includes: free coffee at the café for a year, customised T-shirts, a private launch party event, your name on a rotor blade and an opportunity to name the helicopter.

For more information about the project and to pledge your support visit http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sea-king-cafe"

Nice one Ben ... no flying mind ;-)


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2022 - Common Wealth 'Host'


"Federation president Louise Martin said the federation was now “actively exploring alternative options, including a potential replacement host.’’

Commonwealth Games Australia CEO Craig Phillips said his organisation had not been approached to step in as an alternative host city for 2022.

“If that approach does come, it is something that we will give due consideration,’’ he said.

The Commonwealth Games Federation, which was recently granted to power to choose a new host city without a formal bidding process, will now invite cities considered willing and capable of hosting the Games, to register their interest."

;-)) How about Rotherham?

Oh, OK: http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/turnbull-government-criticises-...

"SOUTH Australia’s energy plan could increase electricity prices in other states, federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says.

Mr Frydenberg has condemned the plan announced today as a “$550 million admission of failure” and “a warning sign to other states”.

The Turnbull government is now seeking legal advice on whether the decision today is a breach of national electricity market rules.

“Going it alone created South Australia’s problems and going it alone won’t fix South Australia’s problems,” Mr Frydenberg told reporters in Canberra.

“The measures announced today will only increase electricity prices for South Australians and has the potential to increase prices for Victorians, for people in NSW and in Tasmania,” he said."

Awe ... they got no Northern Lights ;-)



Oh.  http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-marine-120308-081028

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The Ides of March


" ‘The lingering infamy of March 15th 44 BC may have been a factor in the UK amending its schedule for triggering article 50, which was originally planned for today’

"Frequent misspelling apart, auguring remains an important feature of modern political life, just as it was in Rome 2,061 years ago on this date. As recently as last week, the lingering infamy of March 15th 44 BC may have been a factor in the UK amending its schedule for triggering article 50, which was originally planned for today.

According to the Daily Telegraph, at least one government minister was appalled by the symbolism of Brexit beginning “on the Ides of March”. So instead, now, it will happen later in the month.

The ever-rational Dutch, by contrast, were sufficiently relaxed about the date to have a general election today. Let’s hope they don’t live to regret it.

Rome’s original augur were religious officials who studied the behaviour of birds and other animals, seeking signs (or “auspices”) of how the gods felt about any course of action. They were arguably the forerunners of today’s political consultants, albeit that the latter now have the benefit of opinion polls, which are at least presumed to be more scientific.

Wing of augury

In 44BC, concerns about Julius Caesar’s fate began a month before his assassination, when the haruspices – a specialist wing of augury, whose members interpreted the entrails of sacrificed animals – noticed some disturbing trends.

First, a bull Caesar had sacrificed was found to have no heart. Even by the standards of the time, this must have been well outside the plus-or-minus three per cent margin for error. But in case it was an “outlier”, they carried out another sacrifice, and the second animal was found to have a defective liver.

Caesar’s life was therefore deemed to be in danger for the following 30 days, although he himself was not too worried. In any case, he was almost in the clear by the fatal morning. Then, Shakespeare has him mocking a soothsayer, viz: Caesar – “The Ides of March are come.” Soothsayer - “Ay, Caesar, but not gone”.

Twenty-three stab wounds later, the victim was uttering another now-famous phrase “Et tu, Brute?” And ever since, this has earned him the gratitude of political headline writers, renewed each time a two-faced politician with a B-name – this time last year it was “Et tu, Boris?” – makes the news.

A little disappointingly, it’s unlikely such a line was uttered in real life – that was Shakespeare again. Historians suggest Caesar said nothing intelligible, and was more preoccupied at the end adjusting his toga.

The Romans’ calendar is still very much with us, in modified form, but the Ides of March is now the only vestige of a strange and uncharacteristically inefficient system by which they used to keep track of days.

For reasons best known to themselves, they identified three key dates in every month: the first (kalends, from which we get calendar), the one in the middle (ides), and a day in between those two (nones). Then they counted back and forth from each to get the date.

So every month had an ides, more usually on the 13th than the 15th. But one never hears now of the Ides of January, for example: even though, for added portent, that was a Friday 13th this year.


If augur is constantly confused with the unrelated auger, meanwhile, it’s odd how other, closely linked Roman words have drifted apart. Consider the adjective “auspicious”, which still means much the same as it once did, minus the avian input (although the most recent mention in the Irish Times archive had even that, thanks to the Chinese Year of the Rooster).

Contrast this with “auspices”, the root noun. Now invariably used in the phrase “under the auspices of”, it has become a word beloved of bureaucrats and administrators. Whatever about the thing under the auspices, the auspices themselves are always located in the headquarters of an organisation: the HSE, for example, or the Department of Finance. And the word somehow implies sensible management, not (we hope) people who base their decisions on the behaviour of birds."

Ah, so ... Valentinos

"Spurinna was a haruspex. His calling was vital, if a little unusual, requiring him to see the future in the warm entrails of sacrificial animals.

At the great festival of Lupercalia on the 15th of February 44 BC, he was a worried man. While priests were running around the Palatine Hill hitting women with thongs to make them fertile, Spurinna was chewing over a terrible omen...."


How Now


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The Nanny State


"Addressing party staff at Lib Dem HQ yesterday, Mr Farron defended his liberal credentials claiming he was “passionate about defending the rights and liberties of people who believe different things to me”.

But he said he had become “the subject of suspicion” since the campaign “because of what I believe and who my faith is in” and this has “obscured” the party’s message..."




Ooh flying pigs...


"... The two main political parties mechanically and vacuously repeat the slogan that Brexit means Brexit and that the United Kingdom must leave the Single Market. They are like the citizens of Denmark who refused to admit their king was going past without any clothes on. King Brexit is similarly naked.

Common sense therefore would suggest that it is time to take stock of the situation before stumbling further into the abyss. The Government should, therefore, give MPs a free vote as to whether to hold a second referendum.

If the House of Commons said no, then the buck stops firmly with Parliament. If a referendum is called, and the people voted to remain, then that would 
clearly instruct the Parliament not to 
do a Brexit deal.

It is possible however, on further consideration of the new evidence and changing circumstances outlined above, that the voters on second thoughts will change their minds, as they do about general elections. In which case, Parliament would resume normal service with the EU. The business community, the NHS, the universities, the farmers and even the local authorities would all breathe a sigh of relief, because they would have escaped from a perilous future.

However it seems very unlikely that the two main political parties would have the courage and the common sense to endorse this approach, because they are fearful of the anti-immigrant feeling in the country which determined the referendum last year, even though most of the concerns were shamefully related to prejudice against coloured immigrants, which has nothing to do with EU membership. The naked King marches on..."

Oh Deer ; -0


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Hocus Pocus


"The White House disputed the notion that the administration has a hiring problem and noted that its candidates must be vetted by the FBI and the Office of Government Ethics before being announced publicly, which might contribute to the perception that there is a delay in filling key posts.

“I have people knocking down my door to talk to the presidential personnel office,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “There is a huge demand to join this administration.”

The White House picked up the hiring pace in May and the first half of June, particularly for positions needing confirmation. It has advanced 92 candidates for Senate confirmation, compared with 59 between Trump’s inauguration and the end of April.

But the Senate has just 25 working days until it breaks for the August recess. At this point, Trump has 43 confirmed appointees to senior posts, compared with the 151 top political appointees confirmed by mid-June in President Barack Obama’s first term and the 130 under President George W. Bush, according to data tracked by The Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition...

But as the president continues to sow doubts about his loyalty to those who work for him, most recently with his tweets on Friday that appeared to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, a number of qualified candidates say they see little upside to joining government at this time. They include eight Republicans who said they turned down job offers out of concern that working for this administration could damage their reputation.

Republicans have become so alarmed by the personnel shortfall that in the past week a coalition of conservatives complained to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. “We remain very concerned over the lack of secondary and tertiary executive-level appointments,” they said in a letter signed by 25 prominent conservatives called the Coalitions for America, describing their concern that the leadership vacuum will create “mischief and malfeasance” by civil servants loyal to Obama...

... some candidates have faced inexplicable delays on job offers. “People are waiting to hear back. Promises are made but not kept. People are left stranded. Positions are implied, and people are left hanging.”  In a town where the long hours and financial sacrifice of working in government are outweighed by the prestige of a White House or agency job, the sacrifice is beginning to look less appealing...

“Everybody’s trying to draw cosmic conclusions about the Trump administration, and my view is it’s still too soon to know what we’re working with,” said a former high-ranking Bush national security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly. He said a chief executive such as Trump “who comes in as head of a political insurgency” needs time to hire at least some people to his team who have not served in government before...

“In some cases, it’s just sour grapes,” the official said."









Ah, so ...



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The Magic Seaweed

"Patrol Vessel Crewman/IFCO PN030998

Working under the direction of the Skipper & Mate, you will form an essential part of the crew supporting the safe operation of the Authority’s main fisheries vessel North Eastern Guardian III.

  1. To act as a Fisheries Enforcement Officer on the patrol boat, boarding vessels at sea and carrying out inspections of fishing catches, landings and fishing gear and gather all possible evidence of suspected breaches of regulations.
  2. To take statements and submit written evidence to be considered by the Chief Officer for prosecution.
  3. To lead and assist in the interviewing of suspects using recordable media in line with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and associated guidelines.
  4. To attend Court as required give evidence and be cross examined by legal professionals.
  5. To collect and record data/statistics and prepare reports and returns as required.
  6. To work as a member of the Patrol Boat crew, assisting in the enforcement, environmental and maintenance duties of the vessel, carrying out boardings of vessels at sea as required.
  7. To assist in the safe handling and navigation of the vessel.
  8. To work on all deckside activities including the safe operation of winches and haulers, mooring and slipping operations.
  9. To support any ‘stand alone’ offshore vessel operations including rigid inflatable boat (RIB) and estuarine survey vessel deployments either in an enforcement capacity or otherwise as instructed.
  10. To liaise with all land-based staff in the coordination of Authority’s wider operations and undertake shore duties as required anywhere throughout the district from time to time.
  11. To liaise with fishermen and Officers of related bodies as required.
  12. To maintain a thorough knowledge of the Committee’s Byelaws and national and EU Legislation.
  13. To collect and record data/statistics and prepare reports and returns as required.
  14. To attend training courses as required.
  1. To support the Environmental and Scientific Team in the commissioning, deployment, maintenance and use of the vessels marine survey equipment at sea.
  1. To undertake and support environmental surveys and monitoring projects relating to all aspects of the marine and estuarine environment to include both quayside and offshore activity.
  1. To support the Environmental and Scientific team in the commissioning, deployment and use of the vessels marine survey equipment at sea.
  1. To actively contribute and participate in the Authority’s education and outreach programmes.
  1. To assist and support in the induction and training of new staff members.

20.       Perform similar duties as required commensurate with the nature and grade of the role.

PLEASE NOTE - We cannot accept a CV as an application, please contact our office or visit our website to obtain an application form..."


Parott fashion ... ;-)


Notre Damn...



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RIO- No Drivers Required

Tata Steel has acquired a new smelter technology and its intellectual property rights from Rio Tinto, one of the leading global iron ore mining companies, for an undisclosed amount.

The newly acquired technology along with Tata Steel's existing innovative Hlsarna technology has the potential to reduce use of energy and carbon emissions by at least 20 per cent and bring down steel-making cost through use of lower priced raw materials, including steel scrap.

Tata Steel has tested the HIsarna technology at its IJmuiden steelworks in the Netherlands. HIsarna consists of a reactor into which iron ore is inserted from the top. The ore is liquefied in a high-temperature cyclone and drips to the bottom of the reactor. When powdered coal is injected into the reactor, it combines with the molten ore to produce pure liquid iron and CO2 (carbon dioxide).

This technology removes a number of pre-processing steps resulting in significant efficiency gains.

The pure CO2 produced through in HIsarna installation can be captured and stored for reuse.

This process will cut CO2 requirement by 80 per cent and lead to cost saving, besides substantially reducing emissions of fine particles, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

TV Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel, said the acquisition of full intellectual property rights for Hlsarna, is a significant step towards establishing Tata Steel's pioneering credentials in the steel manufacturing space and ensuring long term sustainability of the business.

Reduction in use of energy and carbon emissions is a challenge for the steel industry and the Hlsarna technology could play a role to achieve a circular economy with zero waste, he said."


Hmmm ... Spooky

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A Poke in the Eye


"The Pirate Party, which bases its policies on civil rights, free sharing of information and direct democracy, holds 10 out of 63 seats in the Althing, Iceland's parliament.

They are the third largest party in the country, based on size of vote in the 2016 elections."



The point being  (Boris' domestic life aside ) that the EU needs to hold up its hand to its 'expansion' plans.

Let Eurovision be the 'spirit' of 'love' but what excuse does the EU have for its rapid 'expansion' programme over the last four years? 

Handing over hard cold cash to cover the EU's energy sources, ie the Ukraine & Turkey was perhaps stretching 'boundaries' too far.

Meanwhile, in plain sight are 'capitans' who fight their corners .. eg John Dewar v Eddie Thornton on the 'fracking front' ...

I don't see anyone fighting for the other 'side' of Devolution nor for that matter Brexit. 

And if you think Jeremy Corbyn did anything for the Remain camp...

Think again. 

Mind, one 'apologist' is quite enuff for one day....



Ah, so

Simon Reeves is on the Box BBC 2

The Plain ... no natural boundaries.


Liquid Cheeeze ;-0

Oh ffs .. By Default?


"The idea that any Conservative is going to sign up to a Jeremy Corbyn-backed amendment is fantasy..."

Back to the drawing board ...


".. market access “should continue on current terms” and that the framework for this “strictly time-limited period” must be “the current structure of EU rules and regulations”. The only difference will be that from 29 March 2019, all new EU arrivals will be registered."

Mind an apology from the EU wouldn't go amiss.

Cough ...

Ah, so ...


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Grow Your Own


"Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was responding to industry claims that food prices could rise sharply in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

If this happened, he said the UK would respond by "growing more here and buying more from around the world".

Labour said his comments amounted to telling people to "dig for no deal".

The National Farmers Union has argued Brexit is an opportunity to "reverse the downward trend" in the UK's self-sufficiency in food but insisted this should not be done by "closing off markets".

Mr Grayling's comments comes amid fresh warnings from supermarket bosses that the UK leaving the EU in March 2019 without at least the outline of a future trade partnership would be bad for British consumers..."

Knife n forking? 




"Over dinner, the PM hopes to end a stalemate over the three initial topics for negotiation - which are the amount the UK owes the EU when it leaves, the future rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU, and what happens on the Northern Ireland border."

Ah, so ...

Left overs:




Oh well ...



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Customs & Xoists

Special Delivery?


"The vehicle is 4.6 metres wide and approximately 4.5 metres high, and around 27 metres long, and is carrying electrical equipment."

"Another similar load will take the same route on Tuesday, October 24."


"ARCHAEOLOGISTS know these stone structures are thousands of years old.

That’s about it.

They’re deep within Saudi Arabia’s deserts.

"And they’re only called ‘gates’ because — from the air — they simply look like line drawings of a traditional gate found of farmers’ fields.

That’s because these ‘gates’ make no sense.

All of them appear to lead to ancient domes of lava.

And at the time the rock walls were put in place, the lava was most likely active... The discovery is in the volcanic region of Harrat Khaybar, in Saudi Arabia."

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The Blue Planet II


"Blue Planet II has it all. It’s expansive and profound, showing us the sort of inexplicable wonders we tend to forget about during the tedious mundanity of our everyday put-the-washing-out-and-stress-eat-a-bun lives. It’s narrated by our last true national treasure. There’s a hint of dented patriotism tucked away in there, too, given that this sort of prestigious wildlife documentary is the only remaining form of entertainment that Britain can legitimately say it is best in the world at..."



“Strike me pink”

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The 'Superdome'


Line Pilots?

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 500 hrs UAV flight time
  • Minimum of 250 hrs of UAV experience with Max t/o weight above 150kgs
  • Commercial UAV licence
  • Ideally VHF radio licence – this can be provided if required
  • Class 2 medical (or capable of achieving one)
  • BVLOS experience
  • Excellent flight planning and meteorology skills
  • Sound knowledge of aviation regulations, National and EASA
  • Good attention to detail
  • Willingness to deploy as required, sometimes for several weeks at a time
  • Good team player



Ah, so :


"Bailey is an advocate for women being treated equally. We're hoping this can help other women fight to break the glass ceiling," Blackwell said of her client.

According to the complaint, other rules for cheerleaders in the Saints' handbook include:

  • Dancers will make no public appearances or post photos on the internet wearing Saintsation cheerleader uniform
  • Members shall not date or fraternise with any player, coach or management personnel
  • Socialising in close proximity with players will result in immediate termination
  • Social media accounts must not identify Sanitsation dancers as members of the team
  • Game day make-up and hair cuts must be approved by the team director

It is unclear how many similar rules exist for cheerleaders working for other NFL teams.

However, the Saints are not the first team to come under scrutiny for their treatment of cheerleaders."

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NYMNPA - SoS - Applicants

"The search is on for a new colleague to join the North York Moors National Park Authority’s team of Members – an influential group of people who play a major role in shaping the direction of the Authority.

The appointments will be made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, later this year..."



"Candidates will need to have a good awareness of the issues affecting National Parks generally and a clear understanding of National Park purposes. They will also be expected to act as an ambassador for the North York Moors, influencing and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders."


"... the middle stone-age inhabitants at the end of the last ice age were probably impervious to the plummeting temperatures around them."


She added: “We’re dealing with a very small piece of the jigsaw. We don’t know an awful lot about these people but we have some insights into their behaviour.

“We do know that they made houses on the dry land and that they had fire and the skills to keep warm...”


The FoxForceFive ...

(films you wish ya never got to see ;-)




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Park Services


"Help!! Our Director of Park Services is retiring and we want you to bring us your energy, dynamism, and brilliant communication skills.   In return, you’ll get to work in the North York Moors, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK.  We are here to promote opportunities to understand and enjoy the North York Moors and its amazing special qualities - we are looking for a talented person to lead our work in this area. You will be the Authority’s strategic lead on delivering our exciting work in recreation and access, education, youth engagement, promotion, tourism, visitor centres and communication, ensuring that the North York Moors is relevant, interesting and accessible to all sectors of society. You’ll also need to continue our impressive work in generating income but without compromising our values. "

May the best man win ...




Hmmm ....


Litter Picking?


Keep Britain Tidy.

Seriously, tis dangerous to go around picking up other peoples litter ...


Oooh Err



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Thomas Cook

Your questions answered:

"What goes on inside is extremely secret. Members of the public are kept away by warning signs, electronic surveillance and armed guards.

It is also illegal to fly over Area 51, although the site is now visible on satellite images. The base has runways up to 12,000ft (2.3 miles/3.7km) long."

“So, I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats,...people who wanted to give the invocations at the government body’s meetings had to belong to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula.”


Why what Cameron says about the queen matters?



The study focused purely on Canadians and did not cover any US diplomats, their families or Cuban residents of Havana.

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Darth Maul

The Oldies & Goodies :-


"The campaign group was set up to support Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

Mr Watson has been at odds with Mr Corbyn over Labour's stance on Brexit."





“It’s a really, really big decision that the country has to make.

I think it wouldn’t be right for Labour to have no opinion on such a big decision..."


"I'd Really Rather You Didn't Go Around Telling People I Talk To You."

Darn it..



making every day a good day..

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The Tour Operator

"There were fears thousands could storm Area 51 on Friday after a Facebook event urged people to raid the base.

The deleted tweet - by a PR arm of the US military, DVIDS - showed a photo of a stealth bomber, stating it would be the last thing raiders would see.

The military unit said the tweet "in no way" reflected its stance.

The Nevada base has long been rumoured to house secrets about extraterrestrial life."



"Recognising that global temperatures have risen by 1.1 degrees C since 1850, the paper notes they have gone up by 0.2C between 2011 and 2015."

"Len McCluskey said anyone who could not support Jeremy Corbyn's position should stand aside."