Around an hour ago, we left the van in prison hospital.

Where it shall have cosmetic surgery.


Anyone with an A level in Sociology knows this boot.

Only three and six. A bargain and still available in a bar in Newcastle. Until someone spots it.

And, if they don’t, it’s mine.

A clue. The Town Wall.


Walking to a bus stop in town the other night, I noticed bright lights to the side of the high level bridge. On investigation, I found that a film crew were at work.


After watching this morning’s cycling, I made my daily trip to the storage yard; this time to fit carpet.

Unfortunately, I’d been supplied with a set of Right Hand Drive carpets, so the main cab floor piece doesn’t remotely fit.

Which means I need to wait for a replacement before we can re-fit the front seats. This is something of a pain since the van’s booked-in for re-upholstery on Monday.

One positive, though, is the carpet provided to cover the (not very attractive) under seat storage compartments.

Tour of Britain

Yesterday afternoon, we went into town to watch the end of the third stage of the Tour of Britain. It’s quite a few years since I’d seen a stage, so the scale and organisation were a great surprise. Definitely a good thing for Newcastle.

Since today’s stage was to start across the river in Gateshead this morning, I walked down to the quayside to watch. All 20 teams were introduced as they signed-in, before the 11:00 start.

An excellent way to spend a morning.

Viva Las Vegas

A lady (who I relied on a lot) I used to work with is currently in Las Vegas. She sent me pictures of a crappy van.

Isn’t this the most beautiful thing ever.


It may seem a minor thing, but I fitted new seatbelts in the van today. However, the originals were ancient and were frustrating to use when one is used to modern belts.

I’d never previously fitted a seatbelt, so the job took longer than it probably should have. I do have some leftover bits, but I’m assuming these were optional.

Cab floor III

Well, that’s the floor finished.

There’s just a small amount of rust to sort out, where the new kick boards will be fitted, then we can lay the floor insulation and carpet.