Life

Politics

How is it that politics always gets in the way of something you enjoy! Whether you be the member of a club, part of a team or just a family there are those in ones life who delight in procrastination and obstruct you at every turn. Is it about power, being in control or being the mess room lawyer as we use to say on the railway (Those who think they know it all but really know nothing at all). However you have to take the knocks as they come and learn to get on with life which is what I intend to do.

Be happy.

CPFC

As if defeat to the mancs wasn’t enough

Fan Arrested Over Wayne Rooney Incident With Investigation to Follow
By Daniel Cook  
24 February 2014

A Crystal Palace fan has been arrested over the incident that saw a coin being aimed at Wayne Rooney during Saturday evening’s game against Manchester United at Selhurst Park.

With Rooney making his way over to the corner of the field midway through the first-half, a coin, along with a bottle and cigarette lighter were thrown onto the pitch from the Holmesdale Road stand, prompting Rooney to show referee Michael Oliver the offending objects before taking the corner kick.

Whilst the initial arrest has already taken place, the FA are thought to be investigating the incident further in an attempt to identify any other individuals involved, with the potential for further punishments being handed out to the club as a result.

It was a frustrating moment for all of us, given the work that the Holmesdale Fanatics had put into the display beforehand, with the media as a whole now focussing entirely on an isolated moment of stupidity rather than the overwhelmingly positive aspect of what the Fanatics bring to the club as a whole.

Speaking to Five Year Plan about the issue, Steve Browett was understandably angry at what had happened, giving a very direct view on the incident:

“I was really angry because you’ve got guys who have spent hundreds, thousands of hours getting that display right and you turn on Match of the Day and all you see is some t— throwing a coin at Wayne Rooney. One idiot has screwed it up for everybody else and it makes me so angry. I hope somebody turns him in because he’s not welcome at Selhurst Park.”

Quite how this specific issue will affect the club going forward is still unknown, although it’s plain to see that the actions of one foolish individual will not be a positive thing for us in the eyes of the FA, or those tasked with maintaining order at the games we attend.

Hopefully, these sorts of issues remain isolated occurrences rather than a frequent aspect of our support. There really is no need for it in any sense.

3mm Society

St. James Northampton, Model Railway Exhibition

Visited the show in Northampton organised by the 3mm Society Northampton group to raise funds for St. James church. Thanks to an accident on the worlds longest car park known as the M25 we got up there later than anticipated and after spending 15 minutes looking for somewhere to park Mr P and I made it to the venue. Churches make ideal venues for model railway exhibitions, plenty of space and usually a good kitchen on hand. The only downside really is that they can only used on a Saturday as some other bloke uses them on Sundays!

There was a fair smattering of layouts. Steve Fackerell had come all the way up from Dorset with Hennock and tried to hid from the camera

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I featured Hennock on my blog about the Warley show and is indeed a fine layout. One of the layouts that took Mr.P’s fancy was Petton originally built by Mark Haynes but now owned by Geoff Tew. Measuring 4ft x 1ft 6ins this is indeed a compact layout built to 12mm gauge, 3mm scale running both kit built stock & modified Triang

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Next up was Hemyock Road, Mark Haynes current layout based on the old GWR branch line to Hemyock. The layout is built to 3mm standards, with 12mm gauge soldered track, open top baseboard, scratch built buildings and again running kit built stock and the odd Triang item. Very impressed with the layout and I have asked Mark to bring it along to the AGM in May.

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Lastly 2 layouts owned by Kevin West – Triang 1957 to 1967 and Sabins End. Triang 1957 to 1967 demonstrates just a sample of the items produced by Triang during those years to TT scale. Running on the Triang Type A track there is a vast amount of stock and demonstrates how TT stood for Table Top. A lovely layout, must admit I was getting high on the fumes from those Triang motors!

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Kevins other layout Sabins End will be appearing at the BRM show at Ally Pally in March. Again to 12mm gauge, this TT layout depicts a small country terminus station somewhere in England, again running kit built & modified Triang. The building kits are by Bilteezi.

An interesting layout ably demonstrating what can be done with TT.

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Last but not least, Peter Stratford was also attending with the 3mm Society publicity stand and demo. Being camera shy did not get any pictures of him – may be next time.

A good afternoon, despite the M25 & well done to the Northampton Group and thanks to Mr. Preece for his company.

Railway

Polegate signal box – Maureen Copping

In todays edition of the Sussex Express 21 Feb 2014, there is an article from Councillor Michael Clewett who says that Polegate Signal Box will not be demolished. he has made successfull negotiation with Network Rail who will give the box to Polegate Community, to turn it into a railway museum. the existing plastic windows will be replaced by the original wooden windows of the Saxby and Farmer design. all the electronic equipment wll be taken out of the box, and the Absolute Block system will remain. the Up Starter Signal will also be removed from its present site to sit in the garden behind the signal box, where it will form part of the museum. it will be connected to one of the levers and will be set to Off when the museum is open and On when the museum is closed.

Footnote: glad to see some of our railway heritage is being preserved.

Life

BBC News Five lose housing benefit cut appeal

Carer Jayson Carmichael said he was ”devastated” by the Court of Appeal ruling
Five disabled social housing tenants have lost their Court of Appeal bid to have benefit cuts for those with spare bedrooms ruled unlawful.

Judges said the court could not intervene in the government’s “controversial” housing benefit changes – dubbed a “bedroom tax” by critics.

Lawyers for the group had argued the regulations applying in England, Wales and Scotland failed to reflect the accommodation needs of disabled people.

They said they planned to fight on.

The court also ruled against two lone parents who claimed the government’s cap on the total benefits paid to families violated human rights laws and common law because of its impact on vulnerable families.

‘Devastating impact’

Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, said the legal challenges were to two of “the government’s most controversial measures” relating to state benefits.

He said the court could intervene only if the measures “were manifestly without reasonable foundation” and he ruled that stringent test was not satisfied and both challenges must fail.

But Ugo Hayter, who represents two of those fighting the changes, said they were “baffled” by the Court of Appeal’s findings and were considering taking the case to the Supreme Court.

“The court recognised that our clients and thousands of disabled people across the UK had a need for accommodation not provided for by the new housing benefit rules, however the court decided that disabled tenants should not have their housing needs met on an equivalent basis to their able-bodied counterparts, just because they are disabled.

“Instead disabled tenants are being forced to rely on short-term and discretionary payments.”

And Anne McMurdie, whose firm represents three of the appellants, said: “Disabled tenants are not asking for extra funds – they are asking for housing benefit to be paid at a level which meets their needs – for the same right as others. Discretionary payments are not the answer.”

Jayson Carmichael, from Southport, Merseyside, who was one of the appellants, said he was “devastated” by the ruling.

He said: “It’s ludicrous because human rights laws have been implemented by tribunal judges up and down the country. I think we’re just being made an example of because of our high profile in this group case.”

Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive of national deaf-blind charity Sense, said it was “extremely disappointed” with the outcome.

“Although this decision concerns the cases of five individuals, the impact of this policy has been devastating for many disabled people,” he said.

National Housing Federation head of policy Kevin Williamson said the court action showed “how desperate” people had become.

He said: “Disabled people across the country are being forced to cut back on food and heating to pay the bedroom tax.”

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of disability charity Scope, described the ruling as “a setback for the campaigners and a major blow for the 400,000 disabled people who are feeling the impact of this policy”.

Reform ‘essential’

The Department for Work and Pensions, which was a defendant in both cases, welcomed the rulings.

“Reform of housing benefit in the social sector is essential to ensure the long-term sustainability of the benefit. But we have ensured extra discretionary housing support is available for vulnerable people,” a spokesman said.

Referring to the benefit cap, the spokesman added: “We are pleased that the courts have ruled again that the benefit cap complies with the European Convention on Human Rights.

“The benefit cap sets a fair limit to what people can expect to get from the welfare system – so that claimants cannot receive more than £500 a week, the average household earnings.”

Since April last year, people deemed to have one spare bedroom have had their housing benefit reduced by 14% while those with two or more spare bedrooms have seen reductions of 25%.

The challenge to the change originally concerned 10 families but five cases involving disabled children are no longer being pursued because they have since become subject to an exemption from the benefit cut.

The group includes wheelchair user Richard Rourke, 46, from Bakestone Moor, Derbyshire, who says he needs an additional bedroom to store mobility equipment.

Among the others involved in the case is Mr Carmichael’s wife Charlotte who says her spina bifida means she is unable to share a bedroom with her husband, who is also her full-time carer.