Aith Gun

Aith Gun
Breezy Isles, Shetland

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Smiling. Ain't it great. A friend from a while ago used to exclaim that it was always gorgeous to meet gorgeous people. How right is he.

While we go through the undulations of life, we can sometimes forget that a smile can lift a person from the low points.

So, on that note.....

Smiling is infectious
You catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today
I started smiling too
I walked around the corner
And someone saw me grin
When he smiled I realised
I had passed it on to him
I thought about the smile
And then realised its worth
A single smile like mine
Could travel round the earth
So if you feel a smile begin
Don't leave it undetected
Start an epidemic
And get the world infected!

For H

Saturday, November 24, 2012

United we Stand

Hellow folks,

my latest news is that I have been nominated and elected as the union rep at work. Representing the Unite workers at County will of course be hard work, especially with the impending doom we are always told we are facing.
We have been championing some causes over the last few months, most recently, to have defibrillators installed in any new public building. We also want to get them at sports events especially where youngsters are, and their excitable dads. I have been introduced to the OK Foundation recently by Cllr Matthew Tomlinson. Please have a look at the link, there is also a petition to sign if you are minded to. It would be very helpful.
My questions in Full Council I believe got support, I think we may need to push harder as time goes on.
My thanks, during the last Council meeting to Cllr O'Hare. We submit written questions to council on some occasions, but, the public are not always in receipt of those questions in advance. I was having a little trouble reading out my questions, he asked if they could be taken as they are as they have been circulated in advance. Many years ago I fractured my skull in a car accident, some may say that that could explain much, alas, no, one thing it did seem to do was make it difficult for me to read, especially speak at the same time.
We, the Labour Group also put a motion to council about introducing a Living Wage, please click on the link to find out more.

It seems The Maltings are to be demolished. We have asked for the plans for demolition, as yet, Places for People have yet to divulge, makes you wonder if they are hiding anything, especially as they make their money on social housing. We have spoken to residents and will be forming a monitoring group. Also the plot borders with Greencroft Valley, that too will have to be monitored.

The Pumpkin Patch is being made ready for winter, we have dug over some of the beds, we have also approved the purchase of a shed, this means we can pop along at any time. Louise from the Community centre will be encouraging some of the youngsters in her club to get involved, the plan would be to let them have one of the raised beds. This can be discussed at the AGM on Sunday 25th November at 3pm at the United Reform Church in Penwortham.

Hmm, work. This year I will be spreading Christmas Grittings in and around Brierfield. I volunteered to do the Christmas week to let those with young families have their Dads at Christmas. I now drive a 26 tonne, 6 wheel drive gritter/plough. It is exciting stuff. What I also have to keep in mind is that I will be driving on untreated roads. After a nights driving, this screen is very welcome.


The Remembrance march in Penwortham was well attended. It was great to see so many young folk still taking part.
The memorial has been cleaned up by Ron and his friends, if you want to get involved, give them a call at Penwortham Town Council
Anyone know of this Penwortham resident. I spotted these papers on Ebay and grabbed them. Happy to return to relatives if they are still around.
The radio show is still in full can listen here to a few shows.

Octobers Show

Novembers Show (Remember)

The shows are pre-recorded at my studio at home and are on Preston FM every 4 weeks.
Hurst Grange Park.

Although the friends group do what they can, it seems there is need for a great deal of work. How, I wonder it managed to maintain the green flag I do not know. We are still waiting on some action.

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Cllr Keith Martin

Friday, November 02, 2012

Grittings from here

Getting ready for a nights work in Burnley

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Monday, October 22, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Der Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts

The book has arrived in Amsterdam, below is a copy of the reply I got...


Dear Keith Martin,

Due to a ‘server migration’ I had no opportunity to write you earlier, but I have received Der Mythus des XX. Jahrhunderts. I would like to have the time to work my way through 700 pages of gothic script, but for the time being we will keep the book for research and reference when relevant.
The inscription is written in the so called ‘Sütterlin’-script. It’s not the language but this script that makes it hardly legible for me. What I do gather at this point is that the writer of the inscription gives the book to his ‘best friend’ in remembrance of the ending of a course they both attended, apparantly something in law. If I do find the opportunity I will try and decypher it fully one day.
So thank you very much for letting us have this remarkable document, and should you ever be in the Netherlands do not hesitate to contact us for a visit.

With kind regards,

Gertjan Broek
Collecties - Collections

Anne Frank Stichting - Anne Frank House
Postbus - PO Box 730
1000 AS Amsterdam - NL
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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Alfred Rosenberg

A while ago I found a book at a charity stall. For some reason, it had a very sinister feel and look to it, it was in German and printed in 1939. It is called Myth of the 20th Century  I did a little research and found that this was one of the reasons Alfred Rosenberg, the author, was executed after the war by Pierpoint. I lent the book to a friend who fancied a go at reading it, he was stationed in Berlin during the Cold War and knew a little of the German Language. After getting it back, I was a wee bit worried what to do with it. If I sold it, what sort of group or person would buy it and for what reason. I contacted the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and let them know of my thoughts and wondered if they knew a safe deposit for the book. They emailed back and said a researcher is very interested in the book and thought it could help their cause. Of course, how could I say no. The book will be on its way to the Museum at the week end, with hope it may help the research and be part of the museum and give an insight as to why we should never, never let this be acceptable, the persecution of another race.

Anne Frank
Died of Typhus weeks before the British liberated the camp.

If you ever visit Amsterdam, please take the time to visit the Anne Frank Museum. The industrial extermination of human beings depicted is very moving. Many a wet eye during my visit.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kingsfold Community - Hardship Fund

Need a little help???

 There is a small fund available for those who may need a little help. This applies to groups and residents in Kingsfold. Please keep in mind, it is a small fund. If your group needs something or you are struggling to pay a bill or at risk of getting into debt then we may be able to help.
We will as well try to point you in the right direction and see if there are any other ways you can get help.
They will normally be a one off payment though consideration may be given for up to two months if required.
You must live in Kingsfold and your group must be in Kingsfold to help enhance the lives of Kingsfold residents.
The money is offered completely on trust. I would like to know how it was used though and if it helped.

It is a confidential service, unless your group would not mind me mentioning them on my radio show and on this and other website. Hopefully it will get you more attention.
You can contact me or pop along to the Penwortham Community Centre and speak to either Mick or Steve, the two officers. They will then contact me.

If you feel you want to take part in this project, have a little spare cash we are hoping to set a small committee up to perhaps boost this. It will evolve as time and experience goes.

Where did the money come from?
The Council at South Ribble voted to increase members expenses by £250 a year to cover increased costs of fuel and other modes of transport. I ride a bike every where, you may have seen me. So the extra "expense" is not really there. I obtained the bike from my work with the Cycle to Work scheme. I have added another £50 to that and it then lets us offer £25 a month. I know it is not a great amount, but it could be just enough to give a little boost, buy a little time or get the odd piece of stationary for your group.

The fund has been taken twice, not all of it, but enough to help.

I have recently qualified as a Community Health Champion with the Royal Society for Public Health. I now get regular updates from the NHS and other bodies. I will be putting this together for my web site and for here. It is taking a little longer than I hoped.