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The Blog of Mike Wilson

About Me

This is like jumping into deep, icy water. I've no idea what it will feel like, but am full of anticipation of a shock.

I'm a bit of a writer and I do like to have my say. I think that when one reaches retirement age, but still aware that one doesn't know everything, one has the right to have one's say. We've lived life, endured life, survived life and not yet met death. So we could be said to know what we are talking about (well, in some cases, anyway).

I do have a website (www.freespiritwriters.me.uk) and I have definitely had my say on there. But on Bridlington.net I will confine myself to Bridlington matters, how they affect me and mine and how things should be done in a perfect world - which it ain't.


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    A gift for Charles' grandson

    Created - Wed, Jul 24th, 2013 - viewed 3090 times

    The coble Three Brothers was moved from her normal mooring alongside the boat hoist to this corner of the harbour so that Prince Charles could visit her on Tuesdady, 23rd April, 2013.

    I hope those in the crowd knew about Three Brothers.

    I love this! A couple...


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    A walk by the park

    Created - Wed, Jul 31st, 2013 - viewed 3046 times

    I walked home the other day up the path alongside Duke's Park, called, I believe, Monks Walk. I was surprised to see a butterfly and then realised that there was quite a few nature subjects to be photographed.

    These two photos amuse me because of...


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    A Brilliant Show at the Spa Theatre

    Created - Thu, Aug 8th, 2013 - viewed 3122 times

    This image was originally used on an LNER travel poster in the Twenties or Thirties. In 2004 it appeared on a box of biscuits sold by Marks & Spencer.

    Last night, 7th August, the image appeared on stage at the Spa Theatre as a backdrop to the summer show...


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    On the beach, southside

    Created - Thu, Aug 15th, 2013 - viewed 2935 times

    The other day, I had a three-hour stroll on the beach at south side, and then all the way home to the Scarborough Road end of town. There was a lot of work going on but many people were enjoying a few hours on the sands.

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    National Railway Museum, York

    Created - Thu, Aug 15th, 2013 - viewed 3143 times

    This is Mallard, a 'streak,' designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. It's an A4 Pacific, with a wheel arrangement of 4-6-2. This means there is a pony truck with four wheels to guide the loco round bends, then six huge driving wheels, and a trailing bogie with two wheels to help...


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    More about the Hough letters

    Created - Sat, Aug 17th, 2013 - viewed 3146 times

    Great day for a writer! My name was mentioned in the Times. For me, that's an achievement. The article above appeared in the main section of the paper. I had been told by the author that it was due to appear, but I didn't imagine it would take so...


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    Gazza The Gull

    Created - Wed, Aug 21st, 2013 - viewed 2935 times

    Back to the seagull problem. I don't think this is the way to encourage visitors not to feed the gulls. The council, I presume, has decided to make gulls a fluffy and cuddly bird which amuses children.

    I can understand this as other creatures have been made fluffy and...


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    A Day Out in Scarborough

    Created - Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013 - viewed 3065 times

    My day out to Scarborough was for more train-spotting. The Scarborough Flyer was hauled by one of Stanier's Duchess 4-6-2- locos The Duchess of Sutherland, No. 46233. The packed train arrived at three minutes to one. (There's a clip on YouTube. Search for Duchess of Sutherland, Scarborough). When the...


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    I'm back!

    Created - Sun, Sep 8th, 2013 - viewed 2874 times

    On 23rd August I lost my internet because the modem failed. The replacement arrived only yesterday. I've written to Tesco saying that I thought the service was less than satisfactory but I don't expect a reply. And I lost all my work on an external disk. Yes, I know I...


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    Observations on America

    Created - Tue, Oct 22nd, 2013 - viewed 2919 times

    October seems so cold and wet. After three weeks in Nevada and Arizona I shouldn't be surprised. For twenty-one days the temperature was way up in the eighties, even the mid-nineties when in Phoenix. We didn't see a cloud until the last but one day, and cloud all the way...


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    Snail mail

    Created - Mon, Nov 4th, 2013 - viewed 2794 times

    We returned home the other day to find that snail mail really existed!

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    Movember!

    Created - Wed, Nov 6th, 2013 - viewed 2955 times

    Here's my tash! I decided to grow one for November. My mother-in-law has offered me a fiver already for testicular and prostate cancer research. If you want to sponsor my tash until the end of November, send me your contribution via PayPal at my email address: michael.wilson@tesco.net.

    If anyone...


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