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Building a Backyard Bar with some Recycling

Building a backyard bar is a great deal easier than you think and it can be made from new and recycled material. Building a backyard bar from Fastclamp, galvanised tube and recycled wood gives you an industrial look and the pleasure of knowing you did it yourself. I was recently furloughed in the United Kingdom and was left with little to do. The reason being in the previous weeks when we were all on lockdown, I was working with my wife to create a garden in our then ugly backyard. In a time where suddenly our weekends did not have football, nights out in Manchester’s Northern Quarter or weekends away. Pallet Garden

We had created decking areas, built a metal shed bought from Argos, something I will never do again, it was like tiny screw armageddon. We created a vegetable garden from two old pallet sides and from pallets even more garden spaces. With the hanging pots on purple pallets, the space is a tranquil vista to sit and play cards and enjoy visitors. In the midst of all this plant life is a hammock chair, perfect for reading or reflecting on a stressful day. A space though that was not filled was an area of decking outside the entrance to our home.

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Slowing the rate of Climate Change

In a rapidly changing world, where there is probably a climate change protest every day somewhere on the planet. Where some protesters spray buildings with fake blood or lie in the road to disrupt the lives of the general population. It is clearly time for change, most of us probably sit somewhere between those claiming a climate emergency and those denying climate change exists at all. My own opinion is we need to protect our planet for future generations; and the changes we make now will last long into the future. This is why we should all be contributing to slowing the rate of climate change.

Slowing the rate of climate change

Image by Steve Eason

 

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Lockdown in Ashton under Lyne Now and Then

Not since World War 2 have the people faced anything like this Lockdown in Ashton under Lyne. For the first time in 75 years the people have had their freedom curtailed by a British Government. As the PM said as he made his recent statement to the UK, “no Prime Minister wants to enact measures like this”. But the simple truth is, he was left with no choice as so many peDowning Street London ople ignored the pleas from the Government on Social Distancing. Even though these measures are now in place and we have lockdown in Ashton under Lyne, some are still ignoring it.

As I walked my dog recently for his and my daily exercise, we came across a gathering of ten or more young people on the track we follow. I have to say I was completely shocked at this blatant disregard for the safety and the good health of the local population. So maybe in the end the measures from Her Majesty’s Government will have to be ramped up even further to ensure that we diminish the spread of Covid-19. So this lockdown in Ashton under Lyne and across the wider world can be reduced to the absolute minimum required. The following Blog compares what is happening today with the generations that faced the terrors of World War 2 here in Ashton.

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Spanish Flu Ashton under Lyne

The last Pandemic to hit the town of Ashton under Lyne was Spanish Flu, a virus believed to be a strain of H1N1. Something we are all familiar with over the past few years and will probably see again in future years. What is ultimately sAshton under Lyneurprising, is the fact that when the illness came to the town in 1918, it was dismissed. This was despite the fact that housing for the working class was some of the worst in Britain. As a member of the local clergy put it, an English man’s home is his castle; but in Ashton this amounted to two leaky rooms, housing a family of seven.

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Transition Period British and European Standards

The United Kingdom left the European Union at the end of January and we are now in a transition period as our Government and Transition Period Civil Servants attempt to come to a deal with Brussels. By December 2020 we will hopefully have come to an agreement with all parts of the EU machine and will have started making trade deals with other independent nations. Putting these matters aside, the concern of this latest Blog is to try and pick out what will happen to the BS EN standards after the transition period.

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UK Pipeline Suppliers Commercial Blog Post

UK Pipeline SuppliersThere are many business that can be known as UK pipeline suppliers and they could be supplying anything from copper pipe and bathrooms; to control valves and steam distribution pipework.  As it so happens our business Besseges (Valves, Tubes & Fittings) Ltd and valvestubesfittings.com is closer to the latter. So as Blogs go, if what you are looking for is a kitchen or bathroom, then we are probably not the best qualified to help you. If though you are looking for copper pipe and fittings for a commercial installation; then we are good to go.

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Ashton under Lyne Christmas Past & Present

For the majority of the population of this small northern mill town, Christmas is a celebration of all that is good about our society. An Ashton under Lyne Christmas is repeated in cities, towns and villages across a mainly Christian England. We could say the United Kingdom but how Christmas is celebrated in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can have different traditions.Ashton under Lyne Chrsitmas

An Ashton under Lyne Christmas is a time for sharing and family; a time of celebrations and gifts, big and small. I suppose that in a town that was once named the northern Jerusalem; by someone else who said he was a prophet from God. We should look closely at our history and traditions, especially at this time of year. To save you looking this one up the man was John Wroe and his followers; the Christain Israelites wore white robes and paraded through the streets of Ashton under Lyne annually.

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Press Fittings and Pipe for Compressed Air

Press fittings and pipe are available in various materials to cover a multitude of distribution systems. We can offer material that will carry water, gas, chemicals, AdBlue, oils and now compressed air. The fact is our stainless steel

Press Fittings and Pipe

system has always been a carrier of compressed air; and some have used carbon press fittings and pipe for compressed air systems. The issue with using carbon press fittings and pipe is the fact that standard carbon press pipework is only zinc coated on the outside. This means any moisture within a compressed air system could cause corrosion. To read more on press fittings and pipe for compressed air, please click the read more tag.

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Climate Change and Steam Systems

You would not put the words climate change and steam systems together as most people look at steam as something from the past. But steam as a source of heat transfer technology could possibly be one of the cleanest forms of energy available; if the approach to boilers and steam distribution change. Many businesses will look inside their boiler house and see nothing but dirty energy production and a necessary evil. The truth is what people see and what reality could be are a long way from what we have presently.If there was a green alternative that was cost effective for  every industrial process, I don’t believe I would be writing a Blog entitled Climate Change and steam systems.

Many businesses use process steam as their primary source of heat transfer but do very little to look deeper into their systems to see the possibilities. Presently climate change and steam systems march together in the wrong way. My experience is the fact that large amounts of small and some large businesses ignore the dirty truth in search of what they believe are greater profits.  Maintenance of existing steam systems sometimes is little more than fire-fighting. When in truth it should be a priority, when a steam distribution system runs efficiently, costs are reduced, heat transfer increased; and production is more efficient.

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Football in Ashton under Lyne a Short History

Football in Ashton under Lyne takes us right back to 1878 when Hurst Football Club was formed with the earliest recorded report coming in 1879. A game played on the 16th March 1879 against Hurst Red Star FC in their then colours of black and white stripes. The Robins as they are known now were then the Lambs; and remained the lambs until 1923. Hurst FC better knoFootball in Ashton under Lyne wn as Ashton United Football Club played their first games at Holebottom in Smallshaw Ashton under Lyne, the ground was we assume on land adjacent to Holebottom and Coronation Road Ashton under Lyne.

The image shows the Hurst FC team that famously won the first ever staging  of the Manchester Senior Cup in 1885. They beat the then Newton Heath Football Club (Manchester United) 3-0 in the final. In the same season they won a game in the second round of the FA Cup. Only to have the result annulled, losing their place in the third round of the competition; Hurst FC refused to play in a replay of the game. Only seven years later the club folded in 1892 after finishing ninth in the Ashton and District Football League.

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