The Anonymous Widower

More Progress On The Bacon Factory Curve

The Bacon Factory Curve at Ipswich is progressing well.

I should be going back to the dentist in the Spring, so it will be interesting to see the progress as it is slated from completion next year.

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Travelling With Michael Palin

The Class 153 train, that shuttled me to Felixstowe was named after Michael Palin.

Travelling With Michael Palin

Travelling With Michael Palin

I wonder how many other trains have been named after comedians?

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Freight Trains At Ipswich

On my trip to the dentist in Felixstowe yesterday, I changed trains at Ipswich. There was a wonderful example of the problems that the Bacon Factory Curve is designed to eliminate, as two freight trains going to and from London, passed through the station at the same time.

One thing that worries me, is that these trains were going through a busy station, where lots of people were waiting for trains like I was. Is this a good idea from a Health and Safety point of view?

Many of these trains, are routed by the North London and Gospel Oak to Barking lines to complete their journey.

When the curve is fully operational, they will go on a more direct route, via Stowmarket and Peterborough.

But will those who live on that line be complaining of very noisy Class 66 locomotives at all hours of the day and night?

Incidentally, as a lot less freight trains will be travelling to or from London, they should be able to use the direct line through Ipswich station, which is between the main lines used by passenger trains to stop at platforms 2 and 3. This will certainly make things less frightening and probably a lot safer.

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Peer-To-Peer Lending Be Allowed In ISAs?

According to this article in the Telegraph, it looks like it might happen. Here’s the first bit from the article.

Savers will be able to earn tax-free returns on peer-to-peer lending websites under plans to allow this type of investment within an Isa, The Telegraph understands.

Industry sources said a consultation on opening up Isas to peer-to-peer lending – sometimes referred to as “crowdfunding” – is expected to be unveiled by George Osborne in the Autumn Statement on Thursday.

At present my total losses from my Zopa lending is £708.93.  That should be judged against total earnings of £16,009.32.

But if they allow losses to be set against tax in ISAs, then I suspect, we may see peer-to-peer losses to be set against your tax bill. So on that basis, I will be a couple of hundred pounds or so better off.

Zopa at present is lending a small amount less per day, than it was a month or so ago. So allowing losses to be set against tax, may well get more people to put their savings there.

The only losers in this case, will be the banks and building societies, who pay a derisory rate of interest.

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Finance, News | , , | 1 Comment

A Game Of Four Odd Goals

Yesterday, I went to the football at Ipswich on a very cold evening.

As I needed to go to the dentist in Felixstowe at lunchtime, I went early. This meant that as the cost of my dentist in Felixstowe is so much lower than one in London, I effectively was able to buy a First Class ticket on the saving, thus avoiding the need to pay rush hour prices to get to the match.

The idea was then to come back to Ipswich and waste time by going to a museum, watching a film, exploring the shops and having a pizza in Pizza Express.

All I did was have the pizza and get very cold, as Ipswich shut down virtually completely around five, giving me nearly three hours to find something to do. Since, I worked in the town, all my friends there have either moved away or now live way out of the town.

The biggest disappointment was that the first showing in the cinema was 19:30, whereas in Cambridge today several films start at around four. I could have walked to the multiplex, but I wanted to go to the cinema in the Corn Exchange, where C and myself had so many happy memories.

Even Debenhams and Starbucks shut at six, whereas John Lewis in Cambridge and Norwich shut yesterday at seven.

No wonder the town centre was as dead as a doornail.

But then the crowd at the football was less than fifteen thousand, which is very low for Portman Road.

The game was a pretty good one and memorable for four rather odd goals.

Luke Hyam and Carlos Edwards seemed to stumble over the ball before they put it in the net and Jordan Rhodes, for Blackburn, got the best of the Ipswich keeper in a rush for the ball.

And then to seal the match, Frank Nouble, thundered in on the Blackburn keeper and stole the ball, before slotting it in the net. Mick McCarthy, summed it up as follows on the BBC report.

He is a handful and a frightening prospect when he is bearing down on you.

He certainly scared the goalkeeper. For a big man, Nouble’s pace is astounding.

At least the train was warm, going home, even if it wasn’t a Class 90 and Mark Three coaches.

December 4, 2013 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment