Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Harvey the dog and Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicholas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

16 Nov 2013

Beers from my youth

Our local Lidl store had an offer on Brakspear Beer. This brought back some very happy memories of the early 1980's and visiting the local pubs around Amersham in Buckinghamshire. The reason for this area that although I lived in Beaconsfield, I went to school at Raans School and my first job was at Hivac,(which became General lamps and gave me my way into cable TV) a manufacture of valves and neon lamps So the question is, which beers could I remember and which pubs are still open.

Morrels. This like a lot is no longer brewed by the original company

Brakspear Beer Still brewed by the same company.

The Blue Ball  
These two were the main pubs our little group drank in. Havn't been back for over 30 years and amazed they are still pubs. Perhaps a visit next time I visit Slough.

The Bell

There were obviously many. many pubs and beers we drank but the above stand out.  I am amazed, given the number of Pubs closing that so many of my 'old haunts' are still open. If I remember any more I will update this page.

8 Nov 2013


As I noted on Facebook, I had a near miss with a fag end thrown from the car I was following on the way home last night. Had I not had my visor down this could have easily blinded me or left me with serious burns. In the various comments were a couple which I have taken note of and are on the subject of forgiving. As Jesus said 'forgive those who sin against you'. So I have continued to pray about this and will try and forgive this person.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Mark 11:25

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. "

3 Nov 2013

Caught in a Spiritual Battle?

The last few weeks I have found life a bit of a struggle. No major thing but lots of little things that just get you down. In the midst of this I have also realised I have been forgetting to trust theLord I have also not been to Church, making excuses etc for not going. Anyway today I went along to Welton and it was like a revelation. There were three total immersion baptisms. But it was the testimonies and the 'sermon' that had me 'hearing' the Lord  for the first time in a long while. These testimonies were not  the usual ones that I sometimes get a little fed up as they seem to be from people who have been 'bad' people and who have been converted from a life of crime etc. These could have been my life story, these people have lives like me and had similar problems and concerns in their lives and had now taken the step of accepting the Lord fully in to their lives. The worship also spoke to me with some of my top 10 'feel good' songs. So I came out not having a 'miraculous' moment but just a sense that the lord will always be at my side and although I have problems and moments in my day when I can see no way out the Lord will guide me and steady me and see me to the other side, still in one piece.

These are some of the Bible verses that were used in the service.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Philippians 4:19 (NIV)



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