Less Than Impressed With Safestyle

By Mike Ashworth | July 1, 2015

Less than impressed with Safestyle.

Last week my 86 year old mum had a window installed. She then proceeded to open the window being as it was a nice day, big mistake. A few hours later and she couldnt shut the window as it appeared to have shifted / warped.

Despite fact that she was only able to put the window on the half latch, and that was with the aid of a family member, she was left with it like this until someone came out yesterday to have a look at it. I say someone came out but what actually happened was that Safestyle promised my mum a visit in the afternoon, the afternoon rolled around and nobody came to visit. My mum then had to get on the phone to them again, someone came out, made some adjustment / repairs, mum pointed out the gap between window and frame, the chap made no comment at all about that, and then left.

Mum opened window for a few hours, same problem again.

She rang them this morning and was told by the person on the phone that the guy who visited yesterday reported back to HQ that it was my mum who was the cause of the problem. And they then proceeded to tell her this on the phone. She was very upset and hurt by this comment. An 86 year old woman, made to feel shit by Safestyle. Well done! I hope you are happy with yourselves.

The quality of the work is a bit suspect imho, the joins on the window dont look great plus if you look at the photos you will see that even with the window being shut there is a gap which is clearly visible.


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Strictly Business Radio Show

By Mike Ashworth | October 9, 2014

Brighton is home to some fine Hip Hop talent and also where the Strictly Business Radio Show emenates from. Hosted by Tim Aldous aka Black Belt Jonez and Seb Tyni Jolin.

Strictly Business Radio Show on Facebook

Part One. Includes a mighty posse cut from Zion I Crew featuring Mr. Lif, Derek Murphy aka Sadat X, Opio, DEUCE ECLIPSE & Kev Choice, dope new cuts from Anthony Johnson, Dragon Fli Empire, GUTS , Ed OG, Young Zee on DOPE FOLKS RECORDS plus some old classics from The Coup and Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams aka The Goats



Part two.   Includes new bits from Doc TMK feat. Marc Smith (courtesy of Ant Cole Dusty Platter), Has-Lo, Diamond D, Dead Residents & Hi Coup (courtesy of Johnny Juice Rosado)



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Update On My Terminally Ill Uncle

By Mike Ashworth | October 6, 2014

I posted on the Bupa UK Facebook Page about the care of my Uncle.

“Hi Mike, as you requested we have been speaking to a member of your family about your uncle’s care and have been in touch to arrange a meeting. In the meantime, if you have any further feedback, please email it to: feedback@bupa.com Many thanks”

Feedback?? They refer to this as feedback?? wtf!

Update: We’ve had some communication from the Manager of Burrswood House, who has said sorry for the isolated incident regarding him being left is his own mess. They are now going to be taking their responsibilities more seriously including regular checking on him etc which is what should be happening.

I am saddened that it’s taken us kicking up quite a stink to get to a position where a minimum level of care has been promised for my Uncle.







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The awful treatment of my terminally ill uncle.

By Mike Ashworth | September 30, 2014

This is an email sent by a family member to Adult Care Services in Bury regarding the treatment of my Uncle, who is terminally ill with cancer, at Burrswood House Nursing Home in Bury, which is owned by Bupa.

I have removed some of the names and replaced with x’s

Dear Sir / Madam

I am writing to you with concerns about the standard of care of David xxxxxx, aged 64, who is a resident in Burrswood House Nursing Home, Newton Street, Bury. He is terminally ill with cancer which has spread to his bones, chest, abdomen and liver.

When we visited on Sunday afternoon his bed was unmade, the nurse call buzzer was out of his reach, his clothes were unclean, his toilet room was filthy and he had not been shaved for days but all that paled into insignificance due to the level of pain he was in. He was in so much pain that he was crying and asking for a knife to stab himself as he could not stand it.

I spoke to the nurse named xxxxx who took the time to explain and discuss his analgesia with me and assured me it would be reviewed on Monday and indeed his GP visited yesterday and increased his morphine. I believe he also added in a relaxant. I am grateful for that but it is still not good enough as he is not being cared for.

He went to this home for 24 hour nursing / palliative care and to find him in such a state was heart-breaking. I was so upset about his level of pain and distress that I didn’t take it up with xxxxx re the other concerns.

I made his bed and tried to make him comfortable and tried to occupy his mind to try to take his focus off the pain he was in.

Carers were passing and must surely have noticed his bed was unmade? It was quarter past 2pm when we arrived to find him lying dishevelled on a bed with just a crumpled sheet at the bottom and not covering the mattress which meant he was lying on the mattress itself.

He has a close friend named xxx who is his former partner and she visits him regularly. She visited him later on Sunday (after we’d left) and also yesterday, and she spoke to xxxxx as well about his room being a mess, his bed unmade, David not receiving the care he needs and was informed that his level of care was being upped. It is totally unsatisfactory for this only to be done when concerns are raised – if he was being cared for properly his needs should be reassessed frequently and his care plan amended accordingly. xxx had to shave him on Sunday evening and she told me he had not been shaved since the Wednesday. This is neglect!

I had hoped that finding him in such a state was an isolated incident but after speaking to xxx I find that she has regularly found his room a mess, his bed unmade and his care standards lacking. xxx has often had to give the care that the nursing home staff should have provided.

I have emailed a complaint to the Nursing Home earlier today and have flagged up my concerns with the Care Quality Commission but since then xxx has visited him again and found him totally naked! She had to wash him, dress him, shave him and make his bed yet again!

Last week, David telephoned his sister, in great distress to say he had been shouting for a nurse for a long time and could not reach his buzzer and no-one was coming. He had phoned her to ask if she could ring the home to tell them he needed attention. She rang the home but it was some time before she got an answer and he was still left in distress while this was happening. The nurse told her she was going to go to him – but you can appreciate that all this is really upsetting for his family and friends.

Today we find out that two of his friends visited him recently and were really shocked to find him in the state he was in and they told xxx they believed he should be moved.

We are all very upset that our loved one, a dying man, is being left in such distress and without the care he needs. We feel he should be moved somewhere where he can be cared for appropriately such as the Hospice.

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What’s Going On In The Middle East

By Mike Ashworth | September 27, 2014

Confused? No need to be…..


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James Coburn and The Rum Bastards Trailer

By Mike Ashworth | September 24, 2014

New trailer for forthcoming film James Coburn and The rum Bastards.

The trailer features lots of awesome northerners such as JB Barrington, Dave Spikey, Shaun Ryder, John Cooper Clarke, Clint Boon, Bez, Rick Witter, Neil Bell.

James Coburn and the Rum Bastards is a rockumentary about a fictional punk band that met in Strangeways prison in the 1980s. Their story is told through a succession of interviews, from the fictional band members and other fictional characters to established artists such as Clint Boon and John Cooper Clarke.

Film will be released early 2015.


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Litter Enforcement Team Hit The Town Centre

By Mike Ashworth | September 11, 2014

The double standards exhibited by St Helens Council are astonishing.

Today I witnessed two gentleman in Church Street issue a lady with a fine for putting the butt of her cigarette on the floor after smoking.

Where else was she to put it? The cigarette tray on the bin in Church Street outside Boots was full and the bin that was damaged by a delivery vehicle months ago has never been replaced. http://www.fixmystreet.com/report/491487

It appears to me that the two gentleman were making many notes about the littering in Church Street probably so they can work out how much money can be raised from this when more cuts come through in the next financial year.

Walk a few minutes to outside Town Hall and its a completely different story however… 5 litter bins within a stonesthrow of the building.

So you have to ask,  do they want to have a litter free environment (many bins outside town hall would suggest yes) or do they want to have a nice revenue stream from fining people £50 as the lady was today, when no places to dispose of litter are available.

It should also be noted that the two gentleman below, aside from wearing a top with a logo on had no other official ID, paperwork or anything  on display via a lanyard or similar.


The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 makes it an offence for a person, who an enforcement officer proposes to give a fixed penalty notice to, to fail to give their name and address when required to do so, or for them to give false or inaccurate name or address details.

If you refuse to give your details I understand they have the power to detain you until a police officer arrives.

The two gentleman would have been better employed approaching people who had just littered, telling them what they’d just done, and asking them to remedy the problem by picking up the litter and taking it with them. Unless of course they are employees of Xfor, who many Councils are using to “enforce” the littering policy.

Disclaimer. I hate litter as much as next person however I aslo loath double standards and councils who place obstacles in the way of litter prevention.

Update: I was in town earlier and thought I’d ahve a chat with one of the guys, the fellow on the right in the photo as it goes. The moment I stopped to chat to him one of the other “enforcement” team joined him, perhaps they thought I was going to kick off, who knows. What I can tell you is this. I’m a big lad, yet I felt a little intimadted by their demeanour. Now imagine if that were women they were approaching? Interestingly I and my friend have only observed them giving “tickets” to women, not men, not young groups of lads etc.

Also, the fine is not £50 it is £75. It is £50 if you pay it within 10 days I believe.

The chap I spoke to said everyone in St Helens knows about this “zero tolerance” policy. It’s been in the paper, on social media. Really? I asked a few people and nobody recalls hearing about it.

He said that he’d much prefer not to have to do this and instead for the town to be free of litter. Hmmmm, i’m not convinced, it’s a fantastic revenue stream for the council. If they issue 30 tickets a day, thats over £800,000 per year. Nice!




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The Council’s Focus

By Mike Ashworth | September 9, 2014

Today I noted that St Helens Council are flying the Scottish Flag, the Saltire, above the town hall. Time and care and attention has been taken to do this.



Within a stonesthrow of the Town Hall in Hardshaw Street we have this eyesore (and it smells).


I find it rather disappointing that the Politics of Scotland are deemed a greater importance than the streets of our Town Centre, especially as the Council have recently introduced new teams to deal with rubbish.

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