BTCC Silverstone

Went along both days at the BTCC at Silverstone. Enjoyed ourselve, got stung by the food prices and the gravel after a Ginetta hit the kitty litter….

Saturday weather was OK but Sunday we got drenched and it was either roasting or freezing!!!!

Didn’t bother lugging the heavy camera around on the Sunday so the album is Saturday only but here it is :

BTCC Silverstone September 2019

Estyn has significant concerns over education in Powys…

I’ve had awful dealing with Powys County Council over the last 14 months. Not just one department but several, including the Education, Social Services and even the general County Council side…
They have been abject most of the time – reactive not proactive, unable to tell the truth and have covered up serious issues to make sure they don’t look bad…

Read these articles and see how poor they are…

http://www.mynewtown.co.uk/viewernews/ArticleId/15155/fbclid/IwAR1678ZOdpjyS7070Ifl9-nID_j0dXg4kPivurJMbiBCXL8eDjca1Ym75-g

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49635430?fbclid=IwAR3OnwgODC9r_E-baRqX-c9n-WBkBXVDAWGXjhWlmZEmlqc2W84AHTjM9-Y

https://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/17892124.powys-county-council-39-s-education-department-39-causing-significant-concern-39/

I think it’s pretty clear that Powys County Council in general performs poorly, which has been my experience over the last 14 month. Rosemary harris appears unable to keep staff and unable to arrest the sliding performance of the County Council. Just another nail in the coffin of Poor Powys

Social Worker faces Fitness To Practice hearing…

https://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/17877972.powys-social-worker-faces-fitness-practice-hearing/

Having dealt with social services in Powys many times over the last 13 or so months I can really understand how this has happened. I wonder if Ali Bulman really understands or even knows how poor many of her members of staff are? Whilst dealing with the issues I had, which ultimately were steamrollered through against me by Powys County Council I was lied to brazenly, spoken to really badly and some members of staff were simply rude or obnoxious. The reports generated were often factually incorrect, were 9 times out of 10 late or incomplete, and then these reports were rehashed or cut n pasted by subsequent social workers so the errors were replicated along the lines. Even the spelling was atrocious and the name of the child they were supposed to be looking after spelt incorrectly!!! The District Judge even criticised the performance (not) shown along the way. And yet as I met others in the same boat they relayed exactly the same experience in their cases. How can a people focused service be so poor in execution? The staff were often aggressive and showed little empathy. They were rigid and inflexible and believed one side all the time even after realising that this side had lied because they wanted to keep face. If you then add in that they put pressure on other services like education to keep along with this deceit it really shows a service that is not fit for purpose

I’d welcome Ali Bulman to contact me, in fact I’d love to hear from her. It’s not going to happen because she will be scared with what I say about her performance, because as head of a service the buck stops with her…

Oh and Ali – your staff have my contact details. They just fail to actually use them to help themselves. Oh and you *may* want to get them to understand GDPR as well as they have broken it numerous times towards me…
I was often able to hear details about other “clients” whilst on the phone for example…

Engaged 4 years today ;)

It is 4 years since myself and Sian got engaged….

Now we’re married and much better than marriage attempt number 1 it is too 😉

Here’s to many more years happily married!

Love you x

Shiny new computer ;)

I’ve finally managed to upgrade my work computer (this one I’m typing on right now) after little secondhand upgrades over the last few years with a brand new one!

It is a Ryzen 5 2600 (I know not a brand spanking new 3000 cpu) 6core 12 thread chip, with an Asus Prime B450M-A motherboard, 16 gig of 2400 ram and a shiny Corsair Force MP510 nvme drive. After a few difficulties getting it up and running mainly related to my backup of my old system it’s running fine and super fast now!

I’m really pleased with the performance, my old 6c12t Xeon X5670 scored around 1400 points in cinebench 20 and this new system is around 2950 ish which is a nice healthy around twice as fast and the crystal disk mark is a mahoosive improvement over the old system

So this is a great addition to my systems at home – next the “old” system is going across into my music pc which will also be a huge boost!