Not long back from an obligatory visit to one of our plants where I had to sit an IOSH refresher course and exam (elf n safety, legislation, RIDDOR - all that worrying stuff for employers). The plant was our Speciality Packaging site in Fawdon just north of Newcastle, so I made arrangements to drive up on Monday afternoon and stay at the Gosforth Park hotel which gave a good opportunity to meet up with Stewart Sexton (the blogger formerly known as Boulmer Birder) for a pint and a good natter. Really good to meet like-minded people from the blogging community - a few anecdotes and experiences shared, and it's amazing how well you feel you know someone that you've never met before.
The journey home today was much less pleasurable - crappy traffic and roadworks on the A1 and some sort of hold up around Sheffield on the M1. As ever, driving on your todd is made much more bearable with the iPod plugged in and belting out some great tracks. Amongst the selection today were a number of tracks from one of the great ska/reggae revivalists from 79/80 - The Beat (though You Tube posters insist on adding 'English' in the name to appease some yankee no-hopers with the same band name). No apologies for overloading the YouTube clips.
This is great album/film BTW
First thing I saw when arriving home was a micro on the window - Agonopterix heracliana. I've put a trpa out more in hope than expectation.