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Infrastructure in the North!
Started by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
Richard Branson gets paid compensation because his Pendolino trains have to perform sub optimally due to inadequate nature of West Coast Main Line.

Now, would you credit it, East coast track is not up to standards required by new trains!

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3076) Report abuse

Did yoo see the joint BBC 'Inside Out' live program tonight, about the Northern Rail Chaos, from the three Northern England BBC regions, those being

BBC Northwest
BBC Yorkshire & Lincolnshire
BBC Northeast

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
Aye. Andy seems to be performing well as the region's advocate.

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
Disgraceful how deceitful our politicians can be: claiming budget for transport in North is comparable to that for the South, when the huge budget of 'Transport for London' had been excluded from the latter.

And they get away with it!

Being not a fit person to hold an office seems to be no barrier to actually holding such office!

Are voters ultimately to blame?

Advancing their own ideologies at the expense of the well being of the rest of us?

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3076) Report abuse
I have noticed since Osborne lost his job has Chancellor of yon Exchequer, that this Northern Powerhouse idea, which was his, has slowly been being done away with, no electrification of the trans pennine route and no road tunnel through the pennines, expensive yes, but it would have powered the Northern, East West links.

Has regards the program last night I think the presenter from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire was good, but our Dianne Oxbury was 'wooden' she is the weather presenter on Northwest Tonight and she is good at that and doing the Northwest 'Inside Out' but saying that she has never done anything like that before and she presented only the weather forecast for over 20 years, before dooing the 'Inside Out' thing, so I think she has started the program presenting career a bit late ...

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
The Yorks&Lincs lass (Keeley Donovan) is also a weather girl, on BBC 'Look North' Local News, though I observe she has been diversifying her activity over the last few years. I guess they eventually want to move on from doing weather forecast presentations.

(I don't know if we are particularly subject to a micro climate, but the local forecast is notoriously inaccurate!)

Any proposal in Westminster to spend money in the North runs into opposition from Northern MPs for constituencies that are not recipients, making 'me too' demands as the cost of offering their support.

Yields what they called 'Pork Barrel Politics' in U.S.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3076) Report abuse
Dianne Oxberry is actually from Sunderland

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
A 'Makem', eh.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3076) Report abuse

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
I believe that is the name for a Sunderlander.

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
The north East is a region that I have never visited.

I am planning to though. Hoping to visit Kielder soon.

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (3076) Report abuse
Righteo Oh

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse
I remember when we did have electric trains running in tunnel under the Pennines. You could get from Manchester to Sheffield quicker than you could get to Rochdale.

We have gone backwards!

Posted by: grimshaw (1470)  Report abuse
Keeley Donovan is from Grimsby .

I understand she likes haddock and chips with mushy peas .

Just thought i would mention .

Posted by: broady (14105)   Report abuse
“Makem” I believe it is derived from shipbuilding days. I think the Sunderland shipyard made them and Newcastle finished them hence “ you makem and we’ll tackem” Stand to be correcte on this.

Priscus, Word of advice. Learn the lingo before you venture there.A language of its own but gradely folk. Like a drink.

Posted by: PeterP (6864) Report abuse
In today's paper Branson saying he hates people who are lateOne traveler said he is late 30% of the time due to Branson's trains being late

Posted by: priscus (7147) Report abuse

Yes, I also have heard that story. No idea whether or not it be the case.

My besi friend for some years (See him not a lot since he got wed and moved away) was a Geordie, and yes, he whur a heavy drinker. Used te keep us all awake with endless rounds of 'Blaydon Races, Cushie Butterfield, Geordie Hinney, Lampton Worm, etc etc.............) And then by loud snoring, and could never wake him the following morning!

Next door neighbour is a Geordie. You would not know bowt him telling: speaks perfect RP,

Across the way neighbour also a Geordie. Only when Newcastle lose does he revert to Geordie speak.

Don't know if I will encounter much, as location to which I am going, there is no one there. That is why I am going: dark skies.

Posted by: whups (3166)  Report abuse
branson says his biggest bugbear is people being late . maybe he should apply this to his train service.


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