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Back with “Calamity Clegg”

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Election PosterIt’s bad enough being without your PC, but being made to listen to Clegg on TV?

To a person like me, being without a PC or internet access, is as bad as having an arm or a leg amputated. Things started going awry three days ago when intermittently the machine would just close down suddenly. I knew it was virus free and malware free so there were no worries in those departments, so I assumed that the CPU was overheating causing the protective mechanism to intervene and shut down the machine. So I took it apart removed the CPU cooling fan cleaned up it’s base and applied a new coat of heat sink compound, hoovered all of the dust out of the case and applied a drop of light engineering oil to the spindles of the case fan and the CPU fan as well as the power supply fan. Everything seemed to be working again, until Saturday when the problem reappeared, I noticed that the PSU fan was noisy and eventually it stopped, the power supply quickly overheated and burned out the resistors in the bridge rectifier, thus bringing instant death to the unit.

I can tell you that it was excruciating having to watch the TV programmes that the wife and children enjoy, so I spent my time reading National Geographic magazines until I could get my  hands on a new PSU. Whatever comments I have managed to post on other sites over the weekend have made because of the courtesy and good grace of friends and neighbours.

I would have loved to have been able to buy a power supply in South Shields or Jarrow and support local traders but alas not a single one of them is prepared to open their shops on Sundays or Bank Holidays, hence a trip to Gateshead’s Metro Centre today to pick one up from Maplins. Less than thirty minutes to untangle the old wiring and replace the unit and I’m back in business!

I’ve also distributed hundreds of leaflets in South Shields this weekend for the election, and met with Karen Allen again, and I must say that she’s extremely chipper and looking very pleased with her efforts and those of her volunteer helpers, all of us are reporting many incidences of voters telling us that they are prepared to vote Conservative for the first time, and this view is quite prevalent amongst the younger age groups. South Shields has a great chance to vote for change and the Conservatives are offering a great local candidate who carries freshness ,vigour, and common sense values in her campaigning. She was out banging doors again in Marsden and Whitburn today and I’m confident that she will return a far better result than some previous candidates.

All of this contrasts greatly with the staid announcements from the globe-trotting sitting MP David Miliband, who seems to be in the game of finding out how many miles he can put in around Great Britain while fighting to replace Gordon Brown after the election putting in just a couple of visits to his own constituency, and the rather ridiculous pronouncements that I heard on Sky News this morning bounding from the lips of “calamity Clegg”. Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal-Democrats (who appear to be keeping a very low profile in South Shields – in fact they seem to be as loquacious as Victor Thompson) was cracking some joke about David Cameron measuring the curtains for No. 10 and claiming a “birth rite” to rule!

I almost fell off my seat – it is all rather rich coming from a man who has already told us he is a millionaire with around 30 notches on his bed post . The wealthy Lothario is also the son of a former bank chairman, and was educated at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire and Westminster School in London, followed by Robinson College at the University of Cambridge, he later worked for the EU Commission before becoming an MEP. He was also a partner in a political lobbying firm prior to becoming the MP for Sheffield Hallam.

Hmm, that big glass house that he built is hardly the sort of place to be throwing stones in is it? If there were such a thing as a right to rule then “Calamity Clegg” could claim to be just as well qualified as anyone else! As with many of the Lib-Dem leaders words over the past two weeks, this statement quickly unravels and comes back to bite him in the bum.

Anyway, it’s good to be back in the chair and giving the legs a rest, I’ll be back at it tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be tramping the streets of South Shields as early as I did today – 7:30 am (but I was very quiet with your letter flaps.)

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Written by curly

May 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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  1. Nice to have you back Curly. I was getting worried. So you weren’t knocking on any doors then?
    Any bets on Karen getting more votes than Mr Psallidas?


    May 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    • The boundary changes pretty much guarantee that!


      May 4, 2010 at 7:30 am

      • There is also a more energetic and active campaign to consider, South Shields will have seen 150000 copies of four different publications from Ms. Allen as well as some good door step activity. I hope you have been enjoying your own campaign Bryan.


        May 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

    • Yes, I’ve knocked quite a few, and I’m confident that the Liberal-Democrats will under perform in South Shields, I guess their small numbers have hampered their campaign.


      May 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

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