Richard's Journal

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December 2009

Havant Borough 50+ Forum, Warblington and Denvilles Residents' Association, Havant Borough Council, North Dorset District Council, Southern Entrepreneurs
Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive, Councillor Tony Briggs, Leader of the Council, Janet Rees, Corporate Director, Joy Okwuadigbo, Head of Regeneration, Frank Campbell,
Havant Borough Council


Tuesday 1st December 2009

A fault had developed with my new Acer laptop so I took it back to “At Your Fingertips” in the Greywell Centre, Leigh Park, Havant. When Ian Bennett tried to run it the computer would not work on either the battery or the mains power supply, so, unfortunately, it had to go back to Acer. That was annoying as I had got used to the new machine, was very pleased with it and was using it a great deal.

Later in the day I received a fascinating E-mail from someone I do not know but found me on the Internet.:

Subject: Lorelei

Greetings Mr. King.

My Name is K***** M*******. I was born in New York USA march 1967 and grew up in the island of Puerto Rico. Since the age of 7 or 8, I been having a dream that I’m on an edge and I can see myself floating in the water below I can feel the coldness and myself slipping away.

When I was in High School I entered into an arts contest and made a beautiful drawing of mount and a castle on a cliff looking over a river. That was the first time I heard the name Rhine River as one of the professors thought I drew it because I knew about the place.

In Feb of 1992 my son was born. And my life changed. I started to get strong déjà vus. Because of my grandmother being a healer  ... and with her passing away the following year... I believed that her ability and gift was awakened in me along with motherhood.

There is just one thing that really is driving me crazy. I keep seeing the same numbers when I think about the Rhine... 366 and 144 and the number 222. By doing Google search using those numbers and the Rhine River I found you. Is there any connection with the number 366 and 144?  I have so much to share with you... as well as questions about a place called Cologne. I apologize if my English is not perfect my language is Spanish. I currently live in Western Australia. Thank you kindly for your assistance.

K***** M*******

Though short of time these days, I spent a couple of hours doing some research, though that only resulted in discovering that the Roman Army was able to cross the Rhine in 366 A.D. due to it freezing over and being reminded that 144 is a Fibonacci number. In due course, I E-mailed people I know who might have some ideas, so we will have to wait and see.

Saturday 5th December 2009

A very wet day though Jo and I had arranged to go to Redhill to visit our son, Tim, and his girlfriend/partner, Jo, whom we had recently learned was expecting our second grandchild.  We set off for West Sussex to our daughter’s house and went from there, eventually, travelling to Redhill with Emma and Ann, our granddaughter.

In the afternoon we all travelled Dorking way, for Jo to collect her car from a garage and to visit a Christmas Fair at a local pub.

All in all it was a very pleasant day, even though spoilt a little by the weather.

Sunday 6th December 2009

Sometime during the day, in a conversation with Jo, she asked if I had heard anything from Chris Stanley, the Acting Chairman of Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association, following my earlier E-mails to him about joining the Residents’ Association Committee. I said that I had not and Jo said she thought the continued delay was rather strange.

Monday 7th December 2009

Havant Borough 50+ Forum - Meeting at the Civic Offices, Havant

Unfortunately I was a little late for the December meeting of Havant Borough 50+ Forum at the Civic Offices, Havant; it had been brought forward to 1.30p.m., something I did not realise until I re-read the minutes of the previous meeting just before setting off, though commitments would not have allowed me to get there any earlier than 2.00p.m. anyway. As it happened and as I had already surmised, the meeting started half an hour earlier to allow for other business before the answering of questions to be submitted to Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive of Havant Borough Council  and Councillor Tony Briggs, Leader of Havant Borough Council, though it turned out that only Councillor Tony Briggs was available as  Sandy Hopkins had to go to another meeting in the north of Hampshire.

During the meeting I had some ideas for questions for Sandy Hopkins, and Councillor Tony Briggs, of Havant Borough Council at the next meeting of Havant Borough 50+ Forum Meeting on Monday 7th December 2009.

Councillor Briggs answered the questions on his own. the included my questions, though some, particularly the one about repairing the damage to Blenheim Gardens, caused by heavy vehicles going to Copsey's Nurseries, were combined with other questions and there was some skipping over of the real questions, particularly in that case. Many of the answers were reasonable, or mostly so, but there was also an element of buck passing, particularly regarding the repairs to Blenheim Gardens, it being said that roads were a County Council responsibility, even though it was 
Havant Borough Council that had lead the decision to allow access for the vehicles that caused the damage. One of Havant Council's traits is running away from problems, including, particularly, those of their own creation.

Just before the close of the meeting, I was in conversation with Brandon Taylor of the Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association. Brandon expressed surprise when I mentioned that I had still heard nothing from Chris Stanley, the Acting Chairman of Warblington and Denvilles Residents’ Association, reiterating that the Association needed people for the Committee.

Tuesday 8th December 2009

Having not heard from Cecilia Harding of "At Your Finger Tips" about my computer I called at the shop while I was in the Greywell Area of Leigh Park, only to find the shop closed and shuttered with a note on the shutter to say that it was closed until 3rd December due to illness, modified to "Until Further Notice".

That evening I decided I had to link the old computer to my Web Sites. There was a  little problem with the FTP program but a brief conversation with my Host Company, always helpful, soon sorted that out.

Wenesday 9th December 2009

Jo and I had relatives visiting, to exchange Christmas presents and for them to see Anna, they not having had much time to do so at the wedding on 14th November.