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Three parts for a new loading ramp in Heysham port.
13th Mar 2009, 07:42   comments (0)

Good on him, I say!

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(not my pic)
I've been surfing around the news-sites all day, gathering bits & pieces
together, and put together as full a story as I can manage.

26th February at 06.00hrs on the Station Road Industrial Estate, in
Coleshill, near Birmingham a 41 year old trucker (some sources name him as
"Versillious Michalakopoulos", others ''Vassilios Chalopoulon'') was
sleeping in his cab outside International Forwarding Limited (IFL) where he
was to unload his cargo of designer T-shirts later that morning.

The driver, who owns his own vehicle, is married with 3 children, and is
possibly from the Thessolaniki area of Greece. He'd often been to IFL in
Coleshill before.

He awoke to the sight of flashlights being shined into the cab windows and
went out to confront the (three) men, at least one of whom was carrying a
baseball bat. The driver suffered a wound to the head from the bat, grabbed
a knife and managed to fight off all three of the robbers/hijackers who all
suffered knife wounds and fled in a blue Subaru Impreza.

The trucker called Warwickshire Police at about 6.20am claiming he had used
a knife to defend himself from attackers who had attempted to raid his
curtain-sided lorry. He then pulled into IFL's yard and warned people as to
what had happened, straight away he said he'd stabbed some people and medics
ought to find them quickly.

Shortly after 06.30hrs the blue Impreza pulled up at the doors of Sandwell
General Hospital in West Bromwich and two men, Spencer Howells (34) of
Bassett Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands and a 15 year old male (who cannot
be named because he's a juvenile ) got out calling for help. Dean Skidmore
(36) of Brierley Hill had already bled to death on the back seat of the car.

The truck driver was arrested on suspicion of murder, has now been released
on bail, and is to return to the police station in two weeks time.

Spencer Howells and the 15 year old were arrested and have been charged with
conspiracy to rob and assault with intent to rob. They appeared before
magistrates in Nuneaton on 2nd March. Howells was remanded in custody and
the 15-year-old was bailed. Both will appear before magistrates again on
13th March.

On 3rd March, Warwickshire Police also charged Danny Lee White (18), from
the Bilston area of Wolverhampton, with conspiracy to commit robbery and
with assault with intent to rob. He has been granted police bail to attend
Nuneaton Magistrates' Court on 12th March.

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian McGee, from Warwickshire Police, is leading
the investigation.


I'm a (Dutch-based) UK trucker and I salute this guy.

I've often had to spend the night on that very industrial estate and have
had my trailer broken into in that area before now too.
I'd like to contact him, see if we (truckers) can help at all, maybe start
up a fund for him and his family, show our solidarity.
8th Mar 2009, 14:58   comments (12)


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For inspiration!
8th Mar 2009, 07:25   | tags:comments (4)

All knotted-up

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But we're working on a solution.
Meeting a feller this weekend together with whom I'll put an end to this problem forever!
6th Mar 2009, 11:22   comments (5)

Think Green With Your Heart

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Anja's website has gone "Live" tonight.
It's her first compilation of things that interest her and will be updated and expanded as she goes along though I think there's a ton of information on there already.
Well done babes!
1st Mar 2009, 19:10   comments (5)

Manipulation of Reality EXTENDED!

Just been round to the Library to clear out all the "M of R" frames. It's
been nine weeks now and my time's up.
Thing is, there was nobody else in the diary to show their stuff in the
library after me, so It can all stay there!
(except the three Anja wanted back in our bedroom)
We'll play it by ear, if/when someone else steps up I'll move out, or
if/when I find another home for them I'll take out what I need. Next idea
was our local hospital, they have a (smaller) public area I might be able to
hang five or ten frames in.
I'll call round.
1st Mar 2009, 13:53   comments (8)

Planning the trip

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This is Cor & Francisca, we're all travelling to London for the "Shoot"
We've been all over the place with Cor & Fran on weekend trips; Dublin,
Luxembourg, Barcelona, we get on really well together on holiday, something
that can be a little difficult sometimes, even with the best of friends.

Hotel booked; the "Think Tower", an apartment building opposite Tower Bridge
(south side) so nice and close to the Tate.
Arrive (by car) on the Friday and staying 'till Tuesday, Cor & Fran won't be
"Shooting" on Saturday but we'll meet up after.

Dinner was slow-roasted Lamb Shanks with winter mash (carrot & swede in
there, whole-grain mustard) & roasted baby veggies. The good old "Jamie
Oliver" prawn cocktail (with chunks of avocado) as a starter and Fran
brought along a lovely sherry-trifle for pud.
1st Mar 2009, 07:10   comments (3)


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So, it's a bar, right? and a bike.

All the drinkers sit at the "letter-box" shaped bar and they pedal while they're drinking.
All the bike pedals drive a central shaft together to get the thing moving.
There's a "BOB" (who's on the Cola) driving up front and a "Griet" behind the bar, pulling pints.

If I ever get a whole bunch of you guys over here all at the same time I'm going to hire this thing.