Holiday weekend...

This is the May Day holiday weekend and Monday is a holiday. As seems to be traditional with these weekends here, the weather was not as good as it could have been with some rain showers and a bit of a cold wind today. Nevertheless, I was out early to ge the shopping done and to use up the last of my discount vouchers. By the time I had got what I needed and a few things for storage, I had just managed to reach the qualifying amount so getting the discount. It means that I will not not need to do much shopping over the next couple of months, only getting the fresh stuff and the milk etc.

Posted: Saturday 29th April 2017

On the river - again...

The Ocean Winner heading down the river Clyde on its way to Aveiro in Portugal.d

The Ocean Winner heading down the river Clyde on its way to Aveiro in Portugal.

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This seems a bit like a "groundhog day" experience as this evening I did exactly the same as last evening and went down to the riverside to see a ship go past.

It was about the same time, and the only differences were that it was not as sunny as last night and the ship that went past was not green but painted red and a bit bigger. Even the tug that was with it was bigger than the one last night.

The ship that left Glasgow tonight was the Ocean Winner, a geared tweendeck general cargo ship owned and operated by Kaalbye Shipping of Odessa in Ukraine.

It was built in June 2009 by the Rongcheng Xixiakou Shipyard in China. It is 116.23 metres in length with a beam of 18.0 metres and a gross tonnage of 6,479 tons. With a deadweight tonnage of 8,072 tons, the Ocean Winner can carry up to 370 TEU of containers or up to 11,098 cubic metres of cargo in two cargo holds.

The ship is fitted with two 45 tonne capacity cranes on the port side for cargo handling. Powered by a Pielstick 8PC2-5L diesel engine rated at 3,250 kW at 520 rpm, the ship has a speed of 13 knots.

You can see from the photograph that the ship is lightly loaded as it is sitting high in the water, but it is carrying a massive wooden packing case on the deck and I have no idea what is inside it. I suspect that is is some sort of machinery, but that is speculation on my part. still it added a bit of interest.

Posted: Friday 28th April 2017

On the river...

The Anna Lehmann heading down the river Clyde on its way to Stavanger in Norway.d

The Anna Lehmann heading down the river Clyde on its way to Stavanger in Norway.

© John G. Fender 2017

It is a while since I mentioned anything maritime and this evening, I popped along the riverside to see one of the small cargo ships that come and go on the river regularly. This evening's departure was the cargo ship Anna Lehmann.

The Anna Lehmann is a boxshaped general cargo ship, strengthened for heavy cargo and is owned and operated by Reederei Lehmann GmbH & Co. KG of Lubeck in Germany. It was built by the FSW Frisian Shipyard at Lemmer in the Netherlands in October 2000 and is 89.72 metres in length with a beam of 13.6 metres.

With a gross tonnage of 2,820 tons and a deadweight tonnage of 4071 tons, the Anna Lehmann can accommodate up to 198,000 cubic feet of cargo in the single cargo hold. It can also carry up to 261 TEU of containers. Powered by a MaK 6M25 diesel engine rated at 2,400kW, the ship has a speed of 12 knots.

I'm not sure what the ship brought it when it arrived from Bordeaux in France but you can see from the photograph that it was not loaded as it left Glasgow on its way to Stavanger.

Posted: Thursday 27th April 2017

How much is this costing...

Today's post brought yet another large glossy brochure from BT trying to entice me into parting with more cash in addition to the amount they already get from me and that has just been increased. This brochure has details of yet another offer for the BT TV service and it is less than the previous offer was. So far the last three offers have been less than the one before. I wonder I I continue to ignore these if the prices on offer will continue to be reduced.

Somehow I doubt that but no doubt other bits and prices will be added into the offer to make it more attractive. However, BT is wasting their time with me as at present I have all the TV I need for the few occasions when I actually have time to sit down and watch it. After all, most of it seems to be either rubbish or repeats of rubbish these days. These brochures cost money to produce and distribute, so I wonder how much BT is spending with all of the promotion to try to sell BT TV as a service, especially when the market seems to be crowded with similar offerings and at the end of the day, all this promotion is being paid for by existing customers.

Posted: Wednesday 26th april 2017


I went along to my dentist for a routine check up and this time, as part of the process I was treated to a couple of X-rays, one on each side of the jaw. These can show up problems long before they become apparent as toothache. The good news is that the x-rays were nice and clear and not blurred as has happened before. In not so good news they revealed a couple of problems that will need treatment before they get worse, so I have booked a couple of sessions for getting the issues dealt with.

Posted: Monday 24th April 2017

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