Archive for August, 2011

FixMyTransport – Blackrod Station service and amenities

August 30th, 2011 No comments

A new website has launched today, from the creators of TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet, comes FixMyTransport which as well as letting you report issues, allows you to open up an issue for wider support/discussion.

Further to my post about how Blackrod Station is treated as Lostock’s poor relation, I have created a page about the lack of service and amenities at Blackrod Station.

If you feel the same way, please support it.

C & CA Holmes – A proper camping shop

August 10th, 2011 No comments

Coleman unleaded 1We have a Coleman Unleaded-1 camping lantern. While camping I needed to replace the gas mantle; no problem, there’s a spare one in the box, except there wasn’t; it presumably fell out at some point.

Since we were heading to Keswick today, it shouldn’t be a problem to get a spare, or so I thought.

C & CA HolmesAs anyone who has visited Keswick will know, it’s full of outdoor shops. Unfortunately, many of these have gone the same way as the ‘sports’ shops on the high street that wouldn’t know a piece of sporting equipment if you hit them over the head with it, because they are just selling ‘sports fashion’ clothes. I lost count of the number of blank looks I got when asking for a mantle in the outdoor shops around Keswick.

Fortunately, someone pointed me in the direction of C & CA Holmes, a small shop with high shelves and a knowledgeable gentleman who immediately reached under the counter and produced the exact replacement mantle for my model. Not surprisingly, their website states “We stock those hard to find items, that can ruin your holiday when you leave them at home”. A proper shop!