Saturday, April 26, 2008

Well I'm glad I wasn't paying for that

As some of you may or may not know a large oil refinery is on strike this weekend which also means one of the main pipelines from the north sea oilfields has been shut down. The government has assured people that there is more then enough petrol to last two days in fact we have weeks of supplies if people are sensible and smart about filling up. However they have forgotten the old sayling " A person is smart, people are dumb". So coupled with the governments record at present people are not believing them. And panic buying petrol. A lot of petrol in fact. Tap dance said she went to a 24 hour supermarket this morning and by eight am the petrol station there was full and the queue stretched out of the car park onto the road. So this demand coupled with recent oil prices had meant petrol in a lot of places has hit a huge £5 a gallon.

So bearing this in mind Grumpy decided to fill his car up with petrol on the way into Loughborough to do the shopping. Now the fuel warning light had come on so the tank was pretty empty and he thought it would be a good idea to fill the tank right up for once. So he did. £56. That's right, £56 for a tank of petrol. That's the kind of prices we're dealing with in the UK right now. So particurly for my US readers, cheer up next time your fill you car up with 'gas'. It could be worse.

It was a very warm day today. In fact so warm both Grumpy and I wondered if we needed to take our coats shopping as it felt like we didin't need them. For once we didn't see the Elders in the market place. I guess they were off somewhere else. But there were lots of Police. Everywhere. Apparently there's a important football match in Leicester so they were encouraging the visiting fans to stop in Loughborough for Lunch.

I guess it makes sense to someone somewhere.

Anyway asides from that I haven't really done much at all. Just sat around doing nothing constructive... Okay I was watching Greys anatomy DVD's, but that's only because they were at the top of the DVD pile.


Dr Who was good this evening. It's the first in a two parter so it will be interesting to see where things go next week.

Anyway, That's all for now folks,

tune in tomorrow, same geek life, same geek station.


drat said...

Its funny I have been thinking the same thing

Alice Wills Gold said...

What's the american amount of that tank of gas...I am too lazy to calculate and I am sure you can do the math in your head. (or my head too...which is what I almost typed)

Do you seriously see the missionaries every time you go to the market place. What is a market place? Man, you are giving me all kind of material for a new British post.

Take our coats shopping????

Saxon said...

Well great minds think alike Drat :-)

Modest ones too.

Saxon said...

According to the current exchange rate £56 comes out at $111.07 USD.

take our coats shopping is an expression. I meant by that we discussed if we needed to wear our coats while we were shopping or should we leave them in the car.

Loughborough has a 'market' every Saturday. Basically there are lots of stalls in the town centre. Selling all sorts of things from clothes, to vegetables, to dog food to books. Not all on the same stand obivousily.

We do see the Elders most saturdays in the town centre.