Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!...


...Babs and Terry are already in 2009!...have a good one!...see you there in about eleven hours! :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sueddeutsche zeitung finds

the solution to a recent survey published here

click here

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Birthday

Just heard on the bush telegraph,that our man from 'Ampshire is celebrating his 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Alex. Have a nice day!!!

Collingwood Girl triumphs again


Just to end the year on a traditional note - Collingwood Girls still picking up trophies - our karate party - student of the year!! Gosh I am so proud

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Public Service Notice



For those of my schoolmates around the world, and particularly those unfamiliar with the FREE "KIJIJI" (I think it means garage. or boot sale in scouse) website, take note that I have now sold over 12 items that went unsold in our Dec. 20th. garage sale. I note that it is active in every major country in the world. Another great advantage -NO SALES or VAT taxes - (A lovely sense of beating the various arms of Governments ! Of course I declare a sale and submit my 15% ??.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year

Christmas 1917

In 1917 during The Great War ‘The Bloody Red Tabs’ were always insistent that all communications home showed that the troops were well fed and healthy. This Christmas card home from the 34th Division bogged down in the muddied hell of Ypres was no exception. The artist did however manager to sneak in a few rats.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Christmas to all you PRS Bloggers

Very best wishes for a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

See you at the next reunion in Cardiff, God willing :)

lots of love from Sue B in deepest Dorset, where the sun shines every day - I wish!!

Mennonite - Green Transportation


Somewhat North and a little bit East of London.(ON) lie several Mennonite communities. They shun electricity, cars and power driven machinery. You see a pic. of one of their horse drawn carriages on a rural road. A few short winters ago I had to hole up in the village of Embro, situated in the heart of the area due to a particularly heavy blinding snowstorm. In the morning I proceeded north in my 4wd and found myself moving along wedged between two of these wagons axle deep in snow. After about 10 minutes the black suited driver in front stopped walked towards me and said "I don't have a car to break trail ,but there is nothing in our creed forbidding you to do so!" With that I went around their buggy and broke trail for the two following mormon wagons (PS both filled with rosy cheeked, bonneted little girls and their mums and dads)

Sunday, December 21, 2008



Yes Mr. P, she does have a mother and as you can see, they are out enjoying the winter snow in North 'Ull.

...at last!...

...the winter solstice is here...

...ditto...

...it takes all sorts!...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas one and all


Merry Christmas to all my friends and chums, old and new. I have dispensed with the traditional (Helga style) festive pictures and submitted my idea of a rip roaring festive season.

Friday, December 19, 2008

THE HISTORY OF SANTA - THE UNTOLD STORY

THE FINAL PART

1875: After reading the works of Carl Marx, Claus V chooses communism as the new form of government for the North Pole. Some Elves protest this but they are successfully quieted. (It is also because of communism that Santa Claus' suit later changes his colours from green to red).

1881: Claus IV dies in captivity, just as the new government gets underway. His funeral is not a large one.

1887: In order to keep up with growing populations, Claus Toys becomes industrialized. The Elves learn the ways of mass production on the assembly line.

1893: Another mutant reindeer is born, and is named Rudolf II in honour of the first one, whom the communist government now honours for "giving the government back to the Elves".

1900: Sigmund Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams" is published.

1903: After he had been presumed dead for many years, Frosty the Snowman is claimed to have been sighted on several occasions. All throughout the Kingdom, Children are saying that they had heard him say, "I'll Be Back".

1906: Claus VI is born. The Claus family celebrate, but the Elves aren't that least bit excited.

1909-1922: The toys are distributed yearly but begin to show signs of propaganda influence. Frosty the Snowman continues to appear occasionally. Claus V begins to grow uneasy, fearing some sort of hidden sabotage.

1925: Claus V dies under mysterious circumstances. He is found buried in the snow in the castle gardens, frozen solid. Many think it is the work of Frosty, but this cannot be proved.

1926: Claus VI takes over, and immediately tightens up security. He rules with an iron hand, although a fair one. Electricity is introduced and for the first time, the Kingdom has streetlights. The factories are expanded, and the toys continue to be used as propaganda throughout the world.

1929: Angered by Claus' commercialisation of Christmas, the Grinch attempts to remove the material goods to show the true meaning of Christmas. He fails, and later Claus commissions a cartoon, which warps the story so that theGrinch is made out to be the villain.

1949: Claus VII is born.

1979: Claus VI dies of natural causes.

1933-1990: The North Pole remains stable with everything running smoothly. However, across the Western world, a pattern starts to emerge which is noticed by Claus VII. Children receive Claus' toys each Christmas. But, as they grow older, their parents throw them away and tell their children that there is no such person as Santa Claus.

1991: There is a first sighting of an ‘Anti Claus’.

1993: ‘Anti Claus’ is observed closely with telescopes and photographed. His suit is like that of Santa Claus, but with the reds and whites reversed. He carries a hefty 3-ply bag, full of gifts that no one wants or needs. Also, instead of using reindeer and a sleigh, he drives around the world in a bathtub pulled by eight flying Bison.

1997: ‘Anti Claus’ is tracked by radar and found to live in an underground hideout run by an army of dwarfs at the South Pole.

1999: Communism fails utterly at the North Pole due to the nature of the Elves. Claus VII flying clockwise around the earth making his Christmas rounds, collides with ‘Anti Claus’, who is flying counter clockwise. A Huge explosion and blinding flash of light occurs, leading scientists to believe that they have annihilated each other.

2000: The North Pole becomes a democracy, run wholly by the Elves’. Christmas is no longer commercialised or exploited. Happiness is finally achieved throughout the Kingdom.

2008: It is discovered that Claus VII did not die in the mid air explosion with the ‘Anti Claus’, but merely made it appear so. He is discovered living in Saudi Arabia, making millions in the oil business and planning his come back after the present recession, which he feels will end in time for the Christmas of 2010.

To one and all: Have A Great Christmas!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Makin a list checkin it twice - 2 Ronnies-four candles

In the spirit of the buying season... watch this episode

KLAUS

Geoff,what has happened to Klaus? Was looking forward to the next episode.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mackem Mover v Geordie Dancer

Maybe we should do similar at Cardiff - Rodney Rocker v Drake Dancer?

Hope it cheers Alex up -

just to set the scene!...


...wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a great New Year...have fun everyone...I know I shall! :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

AND WE ARE NOT MENTIONING POMPEY

Real story and dat

The REAL Christmas story

Dare's dis bird called Mary, yeah? She's a virgin
(wossat then?)She's not married nor nuffink, but she's got dis boyfriend, Joe, innit? He does joinery an' dat.
Mary lives wiv ‘im in a crib dahn Nazaref way.One day Mary meets this geezer Gabriel. She's like `Ooya lookin at?'Gabriel just goes 'You got one up the duff, you ‘ave girl.
Mary's totally gobsmacked. She gives it to him large 'Stop givin me grief' yeah?
I ain't no slapper. I ‘aint never bin wiv no one!'So Mary goes and sees her cousin Liz, who is six months gone herself.Liz is largin' it. She's filled with spirits, Barcardi Breezers an' dat.She's like 'Orright, Mary, I can feel me bay-bee in me tummy and I reckon I'm well blessed.
Think of all the extra benefits an' dat we a gonna get.'
Mary goes 'Yeah, s'pose you're right'Mary an' Joe ain't got no money so they have to ponse a donkey, an' go dahn Bethlehem on dat.
They get to this pub an' Mary wants to stop yeah? To have her bay-bee an' dat and Joe wants a Becks and a shot.But there ain't no room at the inn, innit? So Mary an' Joe break an' enter into dis garridge, only it's filled wiv animals. Cahs an' sheep an' dat.Then these free geezers turn up, looking proper bling, wiv crowns on their ‘eads. They like `Respect, bay-bee Jesus', an' say they wise men from the East End.Joe goes: 'If you're so wise, wotchoo doin' wiv this Frankenstein an'myrrh shit? Why dincha just bring gold, Adidas and Burberry?'
It's all about to kick off when Gabriel turns up again an' sez he'sgot another message from this Lord geezer. He's like 'The police is comin an' they're killin all the bay-bees. You better nash off to Egypt.'
Joe goes 'You must be monged if you think I'm goin' dahn Egypt on a minging donkey'Gabriel sez 'Suit yerself, pal. But it's your look out if you stay.'
So they go dahn Egypt till they've stopped killin the first-born an' it's safe an' that.Then Joe and Mary and Jesus go back to Nazaref, an' Jesus turns water into Stella.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Grilled Tomatoes

It's a fact that, in Canada, the grilling of tomatoes at breakfast is virtually unknown! My Polish B-in-L (name Swiergosz - looks like the bottom line of an eye chart) was visiting and I placed two slices on his plate with the usual Bacon and Eggs (Translation - Eggs and Bacon) he immediately smothered them with KETCHUP !!...
There is an old Yorkshire couple who are deeply religious. Sadly one day the old lady passed away, and the husband, in respect of their religious beliefs, asked to have the words "She was thine" engraved on her gravestone.The day after the funeral he decided to take some flowers to her gravestone. When he got there he was shocked to see that it had the words "She was THIN" engraved on it.So he went to the stone carver to complain. "What's up with you? How could you miss the 'e'?" he said, so the stone carver apologetically said "Eee bah gum ol’ lad, I'll have it corrected for you by tomorrow". The next day the husband goes back to the gravestone again, only to notice than now engraved upon it are the words "E she was thin"!

1st of the Cracker jokes

A very happy jovial guy married for years receives a visit from his close friend.
Hi what is wrong you look a bit down not like you.
Well the wife went out 4 days ago for some milk. As yet she has not contacted me at all.
Oh no, sorry to hear that how are you managing?
Oh I am fine I am using that powdered stuff ,it is really good.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I thank the sender ;-) I'm just NOT politically correct.......

Brains and / or common sense

A Yorkshire man and a 'Southerner go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fall asleep. Some hours later, the Yorkshireman wakes the Southerner. "Look up at the sky and tell me what you see." The Southerner replies, "I see millions of stars.""What does that tell you?" Says the Yorkie. The Southerner ponders for a minute. "Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Timewise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" The Yorkshireman is silent for a moment trying to digest all that has been said, then he speaks. "You Southern idiot, someone has stolen our tent."


Well for those that have not been to Beverley, you do not know what you have missed. Very desirable area to live for both Yorkies and 'others' although their numbers are strictly controlled. Incidentally Babs, my son and his girlfriend are on their way to Oz for a month. Just emailed me from Singapore where they are staying for a couple of days then off to Brisbane and Angnes Water where girlfriend's parents live. He has been told it is 35 C there at the moment. It is nearly 35 F here which is warm for the tough Nortnerners.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

One without Pete


Another gang at PRS in 1997

One with Pete



The gang at the Birmingham reunion

LET ME KNOW WHEN IT'S ENOUGH

OUR SURVEY OFFICE

ABOUT 50METRES BEHIND THE MACHINE

THE OTHER END,DRILLING AND BLASTING AREA.


WATER ENTERS HERE.



TEMPORARY DAM.




WALL IN THE RIVER TO DIVERT FLOW.





HE'S NOT SHY JUST COVERING THE LAPTOP TO
OPERATE THE SCANNER(3D IMAGE)






JUST TO DISPEL THE RUMOUR THAT SURVEYORS

DON'T WEAR GRUNDY'S.




Wednesday, December 10, 2008

News flash......

I received a report from my sister in UK today. She told me that our dad (88) had reached out to pick up the telephone, lost his balance and fallen of his chair.

It seems he executed an arse-plant, landing in the waste paper basket beside his chair. Unable to extricate himself, he called my mother (84), who shuffled along the corridor (haste is not an option, here, you understand) to find out what the fuss was about.

She saw Dad's plight and, in manner for which we Lintotts are renowned (although, in truth it's Mum's family that has this warped genetic trait) she completely lost it. Now laughing uncontrollably and with a bladder the size of a lentil, Mum was also in dire straits.

As good fortune has it, the 'care givers' arrived in the nick of time!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Female compassion......

A man was sitting on a blanket at the beach. He had no arms and no legs.
Three women were walking past and felt sorry for the poor man.
The first woman said, 'Have you ever had a hug?'
The man said 'No,' so she gave him a hug and walked on.
The second woman said 'Have you ever had a kiss?'
The man said 'No,' so she gave him a kiss and walked on.

The third woman walked over to him and whispered in his ear 'Have you ever been
screwed?'

The fellow looked up in amazement and said 'No.'
She said 'You will be when the tide comes in.'

Oh! Suit yourselves..............

It's a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, 'Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu.'

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!' said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time,' Pedro begged.

'But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon.' replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me.'

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, 'OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu.'

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

'Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 08, 2008

For those in warmer climes


While messin about @ Google Videos or You Tube

Dare you to try 'Max Wall doing the disco' 'Tommy Cooper doin 'The hats' sketch ' Wilson and Keppel the sand dance' 'Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry) doin the 'Lancers' 'Charlie Drake at the Labour Exchange'......

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Headin fer the last roundup !







After 50 yrs. of marriage & raisin kids and all the joy and frustration attached thereto,after hills and valleys in business (one enormous valley in '82) after a life of moves across Europe, and N.America, after being in a 'velvet rut' for the last 10 yrs. We are moving Jan 15th 09 to our 'slice of the pie' kids and debt free ! Everyone is invited to our new place at 'Lagoon City'. Ontario (I suggest the Spring to Fall period)....

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fast breakaway

The return of the Canadian winter puts me in mind of a PRS story. Those of us who had ice skates (I had a pair of nickel plated ones that you keyed onto a pair of boots or shoes; here they call them 'bobscates') were bussed out to a flooded field which was frozen and stretched for miles. I had made a rudimentary kite and had a length of parachute chord. This along with a strong Wilhelmshaven wind shot me along at a high rate of speed! It carried me to a windmill which was driving a very interesting 'Archimedes screw', lifting water up from one flooded field to another. Turning to discuss this with any other 'Hans Brinker' I discovered I was out of site of the group and miles from the bus and facing a return trip into the face of one of those N.Deutsch biting winds. After a bruising battle back, in typically inappropriate clothes, I arrived at the MT as the last one by 1/2 an hour, frozen and non the wiser....

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I saw this little gem today........

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order; American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'RowingTeam Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses.

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced toIndia .

Sadly, the End.

Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US , claiming they can't make money paying American wages.

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses... and now wants the Government to 'bail them out'.

IF THIS WEREN'T SO TRUE IT MIGHT BE FUNNY

The Honeymooners

Some of you may recall post the other week about ex PRSite getting married - you may not have known though that the honeymoon was in Thailand and they were due back last weekend

just had text though that said - they are stuck in Phuket (think that was what she said) - might have flight to Frankfurt on Friday or Heathrow on Saturday - but nothing confirmed - they have to pay for flight on to Manchester as civil unrest not on insurance of course.. they managed to get another week in a hotel there so making most of it. Trust a Collingwood girl to be in the thick of the action

for Eileen...

...here's one way! :)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Joan Thurston and Helen.
Carol and the lovely Jack. No Paul he won't give you any tips,plays his cards very close to his chest our Jack does.
Mary and Barrie Paice

Gamston today

Helen Coulson and Carol

My type of car


Sorry I've not been joining in the car dialogue - now this is car picture I do like -