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WELCOME to CUBA and CornwallPosted: 28/04/2019
Part 10
Back in yer own bed fs!
We have been to the most of the Caribbean but there was so little to do at the hotels we stayed at with very little outside attractions for the people. The most outstanding surprise is just how very nice the people are the waitresses the bar staff the gardeners we never witnessed any dissent between the hundreds of staff who mostly worked very happily together, shame we Brits aren't more like that. My personal opinion of Cuba is that the weather and the lovely local people who look after you are the huge bonuses to the holiday industry in Castro-land but there was not a lot to do unless you wanted to go by taxi which would have every chance of breaking down either due to the ages of the vehicles or the bumpy holes in the main roads or you can go by an underfed horse and cart or a pony and trap to take you to see some local house to which from all accounts is totally boring. But the dear ladies in their group of twenty had it all sorted out, let’s just enjoy ourselves be happy and smutty together, have a few drinks for fun and laughter then a few more tipples and if the food wasn't all that good well you've lost weight so that must be a bonus’ my lovelies but my lasting thoughts are that we certainly would not-not go back to CUBA! Although we topped up the tan and had a comfortable part 2 of the holiday. We normally book our holidays through the Internet without an agency THOMAS COOK is such an agency that we certainly would not recommend. Whilst we did not go the capital Havana just to see a few more old cars and a town and its people in a permanent time warp is not our scene. With moving CUBA into the 21st Century the country could and would become a World Class holiday location with massive outside investment or in a dream world the perfect environment for growing and legalising Cannabis which aint gonna happen. The Cubans they are lovely people great weather but not worth the day and a half travelling time both ways from the homeland of Cornwall to Cuba particularly the Costa Verde Hotel allegedly a flagship of THOMAS COOK Holidays.
Playa Pasquero well worth it’s ***** rating apart from their ‘free to piss’ policy?
To my readers of these blogs thank-you I love you all now stop moaning, sorry but I was having a break from writing, I have another much longer story written and forgotten now being updated since 2005 the year when my lovely wife nearly caused my early demise ffs coming soon. Thank you. Geoff X
Now then back to the real-world we are back to learn that Julia had apparently been crying a lot allegedly missing her daughter and me Says Julia, calling me ‘my Geoff!’ oh no, I'm not ffs, but for her own reasons she normally ignores my Lou and to muddy the waters she was so delighted to see me with her loving smiles (it’s indigestion) but of course she was cos I have so much patience with her, she’s got Dementia ffs, let her be herself and let her do her own thing, don’t worry, be happy, love you my Lou, now it’s back to reality, “Drink something Julia or you will dehydrate and die ffs. X
Thunder Thighs are fine someone to grab hold of and love forever. X
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Posted from Home Page 26/27 April;Posted: 27/04/2019
SATURDAY Very HIGH winds all over West Cornwall today with poor forecast from BBC the winds win so it is in the Public Safety interests that we have cancelled today at MITCHELL! really Sorry. FRIDAY we made the wrong decision to cancel Falmouth today and I apologise for any inconvenience caused to both buyers and sellers. The overnight rain was heavy and at 9.30 am it was raining in St Columb also at Falmouth, we were aware of the BBC forecast suggesting between 60 and 80% chances of rain and as Nigel was on the spot at Falmouth he suggested that we should cancel the Car Boot Sale! Sorry, Sorry, Sorry! Geoff ........................................
Read, Geoff Says coming soon a full short story of 26 pages of our respite Holiday to CUBA and THOMAS COOK holidays failures and the hotel we refused to stay at after 5 days plus getting away from mother in law Julia who has Dementia, OMG the relief! Would we recommend THOMAS COOK HOLIDAYS? That'll be a Nope then. High dramas in a must be read story from MONDAY 29th April. Geoff Says. X
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MARKETS versus CAR BOOT SALES and the winner is; CAR BOOT SALESPosted: 08/04/2019
Comments and Car Boot News;

We have been very lucky to have had reasonable weather on the last two Saturdays at Mitchell although pretty cold the Car Boots went ahead. Now then, despite all of my nagging a gent came to report stolen items from his stall, do I feel sorry? not really, he is totally responsible for a stall the size of a small bathroom security conscious he is not junior or senior management potential, he is not. Apparently, a man took a hat from my complainant’s stall he put the hat into his pocket, stall holder says “hey, are you going to pay for that” the man says ‘NO’ and he walks off into the crowd with a FREE hat FFS! ‘Hat your service sir’ I cannot emphasise enough that you should watch everyone who comes to your stall and remember this that most shops in Truro have shop thefts despite the fact the shops have security cameras. sorry mate, shit like happens in the real world as you have found out today, bet you didn’t tell the wife what happened on your watch, did you? I will, Hah!

Newquay should be OK for Tuesday & Thursday this week the ground is dry enough and Newquay sellers are keen to set up their stalls and start to earn some money.

Two years ago, we were suddenly told that the owners of Par Market had decided that they were going up-market and that Car Boot Sales certainly according to Par Market management were not up-market enough to feature in their plans so reluctantly we lost the very popular Thursday sales. We go back a long way to the very dark days with this Par Market who were furious that I started a very popular Car Boot Sale just over the road from the Market with up to 200 stalls. Par Market staff were instructed by the Management team in those days to either steal or take our directional signs and throw them into hedges to try to thwart our business threats of violence were issued to myself and some of our team members so in all we have taken a considerable amount of abuse over the years that “Car Boot Sales have totally ruined Markets and their business” which is a total load of boll ox because it was the Markets who ruined their own businesses over the last 15 years with too high rents for stall-holders and lo and behold Lidl and Aldi B&M and POUNDLAND came along swept up and tidied up and stole all of the Market business by offering much better qualities of goods great value and with cheaper prices and the store comfort that the Markets cannot afford match nor compete with because of the high rents set by Landlords which is the truth and nothing but the truth.
Now then, Par Markets attempt to go up-market was to introduce an expensive ‘food hall’ which is not getting the ‘foot fall’ of customers so stall holders are not able to cover their rents easily so guess what they decide to introduce ‘Car Boot Sales’ in the hope that the people who attend their boots will also boost business enough so that hopefully the stall holders don’t leave and the food hall is not the ‘White Elephant’ predicted by locals driven away from the Markets to places like Lidl & Co! Car Boot Sales cannot be the saviour of Markets it’s too late, believe me for over 60 years I have watched the decline of Markets throughout the country.
I worked in Surrey Street Market in Croydon Surrey from the age of 15 running a variety of stalls and in them there days Markets were packed from 6 in the morning to 7 or 8 at night times 7 days a week and they were huge crowds of people most of the time, the wages were crap but what an atmosphere to work in FFS!
Our local Markets are Par Market and Pool Market 25 years ago all roads leading into Par were jammed with traffic heading for our Car Boot Sales on the right and Par Market on the left, seconds away!!

But how’s that for being two faced, so here is a vow and a forecast; I predict that the entire Par Market area and its buildings are gone and the land will serve the people’s needs much better to become affordable housing for the masses in time to come because all of the businesses in the Market World throughout the Country are struggling (high rents for stalls) whilst the Car Boot Sales will by far out-live ALL MARKETS far-far-far into the future way beyond my time and distance in itself but Car Boot Sales including Car Boots Cornwall who will survive under new management in time. It is just a matter of time dears?

I mean, be sensible let's just take a look at the huge successes of HAYLE Car Boots & Rosudgeon Car Boot Sales and Mitchell Car Boot Sales & Truro Cattle Market Car Boot Sales & Bude & Falmouth & St Columb Major & Withiel Car Boot Sales, thousands upon thousands of eager buyers and sellers visit these Car Boot Sales weekly far outstripping the foot-falls of West Cornwall’s local Markets. We get some of the Market traders from Pool and Par come to our Car Boot Sales they are really nice people but most of them complain that trade has declined over the years, good luck!
I rest my case!
I am told that the Car Boots are at 8.00 am on Wednesdays;
Hope your Car Park melts.


Several years ago, I was asked to see the owners of Pool Market to discuss the possibility of my management of the Pool Market which was generally supported by stall-holders in the hope that I could stop the decline of their businesses by increasing their foot-fall to the Markets days of opening. With my CV with Markets since the 1950s and being in the 'people business'for all of my working life (so far ffs) I absolutely knew that I could turnaround the business at Pool Market within a 6-month period benefiting the local Community the Market Traders and enhancing and improving the reputation of Pool Market. I attended a meeting with the owner to discuss what we both expected if I took over. Negotiations took place but broke down without reaching a conclusion as I wanted a high price for my CV my work effort and expertise. I had several of the stall-holders ask me to reconsider but a decision was made that I was too expensive for their success.
That was the biggest mistake that Pool Market has made since I have been in Cornwall for well over 30 years because I would have gone in there with my team and the one and only Lee Miles of LTC Catering the complete turnaround would have been instant with huge changes to bring the place back to life with happier stall holders and happier repeat customers with increased revenues due to increased foot falls, their loss my lovers!
Croydon's Surrey Stree Market in 1956
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Posted from Home Page 11/03/2019Posted: 11/03/2019
TRURO is ON SUNDAYS at 1.30 pm! MITCHELL will start SATURDAY at 12.00 noon!

Truro is on every SUNDAY at 1.30 pm Sellers can arrive form 11.00 am however if you are selling our advice is to be at the location no later than 12.30 pm. Some buyers may wish to arrive early to set their stalls up, there will be an additional £5.00 to pay to set up from 12.00 noon! Booking a stall is not necessary just arrive with your car loaded up safely and one of our team will point you in the right direction! No selling No Buying No reserving until the horn is blown to start the sale at 1.30 pm! Now then, you must be secure at your stall because some bugger might want to steal from you so it's 'eyes on the prize time' I really mean it because theft at Car Boot Sales happens almost weekly.
I would ask some of our regulars to keep and eye open for anyone who wishes to deprive you of your property. I know some sellers say 'I am only selling a load of crap I want to get rid of' and looking at some of the stall I totally agree about their 'load of crap' comments but one man's rubbish is another man's pleasure so I am told. Enjoy your life and our Car Boot Sales and remember 'no fricking nicking' FFS!! Geoff X

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Roche Brass Band ensemble delights Truro Car Boot customers! Back this SUNDAY with a great raffle 5 tickets for £1.00Posted: 04/12/2018
What a pleasant surprise for all buyers and sellers who came to TRURO on Sunday and for them to be so entertained with the music of The Roche Brass ensemble who played some delightful Christmas Carols.
Our Amelia has played in the band for several years and her mum Johanna used to play the Bass until recently. They conducted a super cheap raffle with some great prizes with tickets only 5 for £1.00. Lots of great compliments!
The ensemble will return this coming Sunday when hopefully they will have a dry day with sellers setting up in the open air on the hard-standing Car Park at the rear of the Cattle Market.
The Roche ensemble are available for private bookings and if you really want a great treat for that special occasion why not use the whole band for a realistic fee!
All enquiries to;nfo@rochebrass.co.uk

Well entertaining reminded me of my PONTINS days when we used to have Brass Bands Week where competitors from all over the country would arrive in coaches galore to take part in a hotly contested competition for the best band of the week. Great memories.
Thank you Amelia and husband Rob! Great!!
WELCOME to Roche Brass Band
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KENYA TRIP Rhiannon's Update;Posted: 03/12/2018


I am very close to reaching the amount needed to go to Kenya thanks to all the wonderful people who have donated items for me to sell in the car boots.

I'm happy to say that Geoff has allowed me to do a £1 stall that I'll be doing soon in order to raise that last little bit! (I will give an exact date closer to the time) so if you wanted to pop along and show your support it would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,

Rhiannon X

Geoff Says!
We are absolutely delighted to help this young lady Rhiannon and her friends to raise money towards this wonderful Charity effort The Kenya Expedition for 2019.

May I ask all sellers if they would kindly consider to donate any sellable items towards this charity event please, if you have just a small carrier bag of 'SELLABLE' items that Rhiannon can sell towards this genuine effort to help those less fortunate than ourselves then respectfully I would ask you to give generously and leave your donations with either Rhiannon or one of my team members please!

Many thanks and good luck to Rhiannon and her team, we will give updates over the coming months. Thank you from Geoff and all of the Car Boots Cornwall teams. Good Luck. Geoff. X


I'm Rhiannon Wooldridge and next summer in 2019 I will be heading out to Kenya in East Africa, where around 51% of the population live in absolute poverty. I will be out there for 4 weeks, making a difference towards:
1.) Education
2.) Housing
3.) Healthcare and sanitation
4.) Food and water security
5.) Environmental protection
6.) Sustainable livelihoods.

I will be doing this with Camps Internationals, who have over 100 humanitarian projects, and through Newquay Tretherras School, where a dozen or so more students are joining me on this trip.

On this trip we will be:
1. Building Desks for school children who would otherwise be sat on the floor.
2. Building classrooms to provide children with safe places to learn.
3. Digging elephant watering holes, helping the elephants to survive the dry season.
4. Making ethical deterrents to protect local crops, reducing elephant poaching and increasing crop production.
5. Rhino sanctuary maintenance work as they are hugely endangered.
6. Goat de-worming.
7. Installing fresh water tanks at schools and villages.

We have chosen to go to Kenya for 3 main reasons:
- 42% of Kenyans live below the poverty line.
- Nearly half of the population live on less than $1 a day.
- Average life expectancy is 55 years.

I have been doing, and will continually be doing, numerous events to raise just under £4000 to embark on the expedition.

One of the ways I have been raising money is through selling items in car boots. Geoff has generously offered me a free stall, where most of the items have very kindly been donated, and from this I have made around £300. From doing the car boots Geoff had also offered me a job and all the money which I get paid also contributes to the £4000 needed to go to Kenya. So a big thanks to Geoff!
If you have any unwanted items that you want to donate then please email me at rhiannonwooldridge@hotmail.com.

On Sunday the 16th of September I will be hosting a coffee morning with Shannon Wright, who is also going on the trip. It is at Goonhavern Village hall at 10:00-12:00. There will be a variety of cakes, other refreshments and raffle prizes, not to mention live acoustic music from our local singer Tess! (see poster image for more information). Your can also look on my Kenya Expedition Facebook page: @Kenyacharitytrip. Anyone is welcome, the more the merrier!

In the Easter holidays my friend, Hannah Williams, and I are going to do a sponsored walk. The walk we will be doing is the West Highland Way in Scotland. We are aiming to complete it within 5 days during the Easter holidays 2019. The 100 mile walk starts at Milngavie (Glasgow) and finishes at Fort William. The West Highland Way is a challenging walk over multiple terrains from mountains and lochs, to moorlands and farmlands. Any donations would of course be greatly appreciated. If you would like to generously donate then please visit my Just giving crowd funding page (see below)

Any donations and sponsorship are hugely appreciated and I'm open to any suggestions on fundraising ideas, again my Facebook page is @kenyacharitytrip, my just giving is https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/rhiannon-wooldridge and my email is rhiannonwooldridge@hotmail.com. I will also be working at the car boots in Newquay and Truro and will be hopefully be selling at more of Geoff locations (my stall has a few small signs on it about my trip!).

Rhiannon's KENYA trip!
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End of SEASON is SUNDAY the 6th of JANUARY 2019Posted: 25/11/2018
By PUBLIC demand SATURDAYS at TRURO at 12.00 noon/SUNDAYS at 1.30 pm
The public have asked for SATURDAY to change to 12.00 noon at TRURO Cattle Market and for SUNDAYS to remain at 1.30 pm. ..........................So that means SATURDAYS up to Christmas on the 1st 8th 15th and the 22nd of DECEMBER ............. SUNDAYS will be on the 2nd 9th 16th and the 23rd of DECEMBER and we restart the 2019 Season on SATURDAY the 5th of JANUARY at 12.00 noon and on SUNDAY the 6th of January at 1.30 pm Happy Car Booting to all from all at Car Boots Cornwall and thank you all for your support during 2018 Thank you. Watch our there could be a thief about? XX
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SELL for FREE this SATURDAY at TRURO Cattle Market at 9.00 amPosted: 17/11/2018
FREE to all SELLERS this Saturday at TRURO Cattle Market for all sellers for ONE day only at 9.00 am
Just for ONE day only this SATURDAY FREE to all sellers at TRURO Cattle Market on SATURDAY 24th on NOVEMBER that is for ALL sellers.
The eyes have it!
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SUNDAYS at TRURO at 12.00 noon and St Columb Major at 1.30 pm (subject to weather and ground conditions!
DO NOT FORGET Truro is on at 12.00 noon and St Columb Major starts at 1.30 pm It will not be decided until the day of the Car Boot Sale at TR
@ TUESDAYS at Chapel Farm opposite HENDRA
Starts - 12.00pm
Starts - 12.00pm
@ NEWQUAY Chapel Farm TR8 4NY
Starts - 12.00pm
@ FALMOUTH EVERY FRIDAY definitely at 12.30
Starts - 12.30am
@ MITCHELL (TR8 5FD) SATURDAYS at 12.00 noon
Starts - 12.00pm
@ TRURO SUNDAYS weekly at 12.00 noon 2nd JUNE!!
Starts - 12.00pm
@ St Columb Major (TR8 4JA) Every SUNDAYS at 1.30 pm
Starts - 1.30pm
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