Hello, I'm Chrissie. I can't get over how lucky I am to be living at the seaside - I still love living at Cleveleys after being here for more than 15 years. I hope you enjoy my slightly cock-eyed look at life - come back regularly for a look at living beside the seaside, our mad family life and my view on local and topical current affairs. The weather often features, along with the very different things that you get to see and do when you live somewhere like this.
I'm seriously beginning to wonder if we've lost our marbles in our house with the strange things we keep saying and doing. For example, we were getting the tea ready on Saturday (Jane and I in case you are wondering) and as we had salad all the ‘stuff’ was out on the worktop with Jane doing one bit and me the other.
It’s amazing how seamlessly we just work together and fit like pieces in a jigsaw, she does her certain things and I do mine. But anyway, we had the usual salad, lettuce and stuff with fresh beetroot for the men as they don’t like pickled beetroot, even though it looks like I’ve slaughtered a pig when I start chopping it up. Jane prefers beetroot in vinegar while I don’t like any of them so I abstain.
She looked at my plate and asked me if that was all I was having but as usual, as I don’t eat much anyway, I said I was fine with the salad I had. Undeterred, she went through a list of things that she wanted me to eat to fill my plate with, even though I didn't want it filling, when she said ‘do you want some beetroot then’ which made me crack out laughing as she knows it’s not the top of my list for favourites. She even got the jar out and unscrewed it for me while I was beginning to wonder if an alien had taken my daughter’s body over as everyone knows I DON’T LIKE BEETROOT!
Suddenly she proclaimed at the top of her voice, ‘I know what you can have you can have some of these cheesy savoury crackers’ while all of a sudden in her most quietest, squeakiest voice added ‘and me’ which was code for I want some but I’ll make it look as though they are for you! Well we all fell about laughing at her at her attempts to fill me up with all the things that she wanted extra on her plate, that’s my Jane.
Upstairs we went to have tea when Kevin started off. We have the box of M&S chocolate biscuits on the table which had been there a few days, you know the ones I mentioned on Facebook when we opened them that are scrumptious.
He looked at the box and asked if Jane had got a box of biscuits from the O2 shop and why had she got them so again off we went laughing at him. She'd put an O2 leaflet on top of the box that was all, definitely not another one to tuck into. So it went on the rest of the day. I’m beginning to think we’ve all been smelling petrol fumes or something, as daft doesn’t come into it with all the strange things we’ve been doing. Is anyone else out there like this?
On to more serious matters. Did you know that our area is having some brand new trains in an effort to get people out of their cars and onto trains? Good luck with that one then.
There will be a £500 million pound investment, my it makes your eyes water doesn’t it, to ease congestion on the North West rail routes. It means that 43 electric trains and 55 diesel trains are being built in Spain as I speak. Hopefully they will be on the rails (as they say) by December this year. They'll be of a modern design, can travel at 100mph, will have Wifi plug sockets in every seat, air conditioned and what really impressed me was that there will be no internal walls.
Also, 70 trains have been refurbished, along with improving railway stations and did you know, you can book a seat up to ten minutes before departure with everyone having access to a table or pull down flap from the seat in front.
They still don’t guarantee a seat for everyone, which is one thing that would put me off from using a train, but it's obviously a great improvement on what's happening now.
Picking up on some of the improvements, Wifi will be popular I’m sure, that is if they don’t get vandalised of course like they were on the new buses, cynical aren’t I. Air conditioning is great for the heat of Summer when everyone stifles on the trains but the great thing I think is the lack of walls in the trains.
In this day and age, when sadly you seem to have to look over your shoulder more, walls in trains make better cover for yobs, or anyone wanting to do something on a train that they shouldn’t. So to get rid of them will make it more difficult I think, don’t you.
In the ‘good old days’ when trains had separate compartments, when you were in one you stayed there. You never knew what sort of persons were going to plonk in your carriage and if they were a man-eating ogre, there was nowhere to go! Similarly with trains with corridors and separate compartments at least you could get out of the carriage and go somewhere else if something inappropriate was happening in front of you, so for me, bring it on, abolish the walls!
All in all it’s what's needed on our railway system because until travel is more up to date with what people want and expect, is comfortable, on time and safe and all the other things that we all want, people will still use their cars to get from A to B, don’t you think?
I'm sorry if you read this at the end of the last blog (and the one before), but it's important so I'm going to keep repeating it for those who haven't seen it yet.
If you rely on Facebook to tell you when the next episode of my blog is online, you need to know that they're changing the way they show you news.
They are reducing the posts that you see from 'Pages' (the ones that you 'Like') in favour of posts from friends and family and Groups (that you 'Join')
This is their blog post on the subject:
Jane has set me a new group up so that hopefully you'll keep seeing my posts. Even if you already like my Facebook page, please join the group until we all see what effect this latest change is going to have. It also means that we'll be able to talk to each other more easily too - which will be nice.
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