Monday, March 30, 2009

I was wrong

Did have a sort of Welsh hat - well my bonnet and my grandad's trilby anyway

One for the ladies

What can be more Welsh than Shane Williams playing Rugby

A harbinger of Spring......

…..and a timely reminder that we’re all destined to become numbers under New Labour’s vision for our Sceptred Isle (assuming they don’t lose our data)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I'm for the Welsh

If we are talking Cardiff and Welsh traditional dress Paul, well these two take a bit of beating

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Breaking Welsh Boredom

Could this be a new call for subscriptions to plaid cymru

Oh well, with all this chat about India.......

An aged and retired colonel was sitting in the lounge in his club in Mayfair.
"Of course, I used to be in the Punjab, doncha know." He suddenly blurted out to npbody in particular.
"Oh, really Colonel?" Responded a younger officer, more out of politeness than anything else.
"Oh yes," Continued the old boy, clearly pleased to have an audience, "I remember one day when the punkawalla came runnun' in and shoutin', "Man eatin' tiger, Sahib! Man eatin' tiger!" Got me attention, I can tell you! Have to deal with man eatin' tigers, y'know. Tends to piss off the natives if you don't! Well, I shouted out some orders an', in a few minutes, there I am, sittin' on top o' me elephant. Got the old twelve-bore on me lap and we're headin' orf in pursuit. Wasn't long before I saw a pair o' yeller eyes starin' at me through the long grass. Bloody great tiger! Biggest I ever saw! HERRUMMMPH.....YAEEERGH......HUMPHAAAAAARGH! Shit meself!"
"You know Colonel, I'm not at all surprised," Said the younger officer, "I'm sure I'd have done that, too in those circumstances."
"No, no.....not then, you bloody fool! Just now....when I went HERRUMMMPH.....YAEEERGH......HUMPHAAAAAARGH!"

Holiday Photography Tips part 1.

When on holiday always be prepared for inclement weather. For example, in the Caribbean dry season it now rains 24/7 due to global warming. This can pose problems for the holiday snapper. How do you find appropriate waterproof gear and how do you deal with the corresponding low light conditions?

In low light, shutter speeds drop and there is an increasing likelihood of camera shake due to the movement of your hands, the result: your picture will look blurred. One way around this problem is to set you camera firmly on a SOLID object. Here you can see the experienced photographer doing just that. Your Countryside Correspondent unfortunately couldn’t find a willing young lady so you will see that consequently this picture isn’t as sharp as it should be.

I hope you are reading this Young Babs, as I’m looking forward to lots of interesting pictures of Camels and Arabs doing way out things.

Friday, March 27, 2009

What a great sporting life

Well the F1 season is here again (still walting for the Aussie 2008 GP cap Babs). Can't be bad for us blokes, good footie (unless you are a Portsmouth or Newcastle supporter, golf (playing tomorow - Sat) and now F1 and it's back on the Beeb. WOW - no adverts to spoil the moment! It's great to be a fella!

In a bid to raise the tone above politics.....

And there was I thinking Britain was a nation in crisis......

Gordon Brown wants to end 'discrimination' against women and Catholics over throne

Gordon Brown has spoken of his desire to remove discrimination in the 21st century after opening talks on reforming laws which determine the succession to the throne.


It’s getting to that time of year…

……….when the sap starts rising and us boys have to strut our stuff.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Out of the mouths of...........

A small boy was lost at a large shopping mall.

He approached a uniformed policeman and said, 'I've lost my grandpa!'

'The cop asked, 'What's he like?'

The little boy hesitated for a moment and then replied,

'Crown Royal whiskey and women with big boobs.'

Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?

Umbrella Lil

Don’t-cha just love Americans?

Who's Counting....

An article in the Times today is headed 'Show us Your Loo Before You Woo"

It claims 660 million people in India poop outside. Set me wondering who the Hell counted. Now THAT'S a research project I don't want! However, it led to me thinking that a suitor with a suitable pooper might be a 'dapper crapper bride snapper' or even a 'hot bog bird dog' and might be a member of the 'new loo bridal crew'.

Ah me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is it me or are folk getting uglier these days?

Recently, what with global warming and all I was out photographing parrots. Not as easy as it seems as they tend to be very shy......

…………..when I noticed that I wasn’t the only one watching the parrot!

Eventually, after half an hour of climbing and stalking I came across this ugly bleeder. I have no idea what it is, but it was over six feet long! I can only assume it has something to do with New Labour.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What does a woman spend her money on

Plus a million other things!

Clever video though.

The ghosts of prisoners past?

From the Telewag today comes this little gem:

"At a memorial at the mouth of Tunnel Harry, carved from the sandy soil under Stalag Luft III under the noses of the German guards, the men who helped those who fled only to be shot dead by the Gestapo toasted their absent comrades."

There is an accompanying photograph - which is, I assume, of the ghosts of those shot?

For Paul who likes quizzes.

Only the Dutch could possibly have such inimitable style but where is this little seaside town?

Monday, March 23, 2009


A married couple went to the hospital to have their baby delivered. Upon their arrival, the doctor said that the hospital was testing an amazing new high-tech machine that would transfer a portion of the mother's labor pain to the baby's father. He asked if they were interested. Both said they were very much in favor of it.

The doctor set the pain transfer to 10 percent for starters, explaining that even 10 percent was probably more pain than the father had ever experienced before.

But as the labor progressed, the husband felt fine and asked the doctor to go ahead and kick it up a notch.

The doctor then adjusted the machine to 20 percent pain transfer. The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor then checked the husband's blood pressure and was amazed at how well he was doing.

At this point they decided t o try for 50 percent. The husband continued to feel quite well. Since the pain transfer was obviously helping the wife considerably, the husband encouraged the doctor to transfer ALL the pain to him.

The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain, and the husband had experienced none. She and her husband were ecstatic.

When they got home, they found the postman dead on the porch.


A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular D.I.Y store customers.
This one caught me by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a very clever scam. Simply going out to get supplies has turned
out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't
happen to you or your friends.

Here's how the scam works:

Two seriously good-looking 20-21 year-old girls come over to your car as you
are packing your purchases into the boot. They both start wiping your windscreen
with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy
T-shirts (even in the cold). It is impossible not to look.

When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say "No" and instead
ask you for a ride to McDonald's. You agree and they get in the backseat. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.

I had my wallet stolen Jan 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th
& 29th. Also Feb 1st, 4th, twice on the 5th, 14th, 15th, 19th, three times last
Saturday and very likely again this coming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


It's an odd thing but here we are in USA and today. Jen has called an old friend in New Zealand for a chat, because it's mum's day, we've both chatted with our parents (in spite of our advancing years, we presently still can) and I've farted about talking to folk in UK and here. Odd thing is that where Jen quite definitely has roots (born and bred in Bishop's Stortford in good old 'Ertfordshire (Apologies to Bernard Miles) I do not. The old 'military brat' thing comes home to roost every now and then.

Back in the late 60s/early 70s, Jen and I shared a huge house in Queen's Park (Kilburn for the less class conscious) with usually about 8 other folk. We lived there for over two years and there was nary a dispute. Everything that needed to be done got done and today, we meet every now and then and pick up wherever we left off. I value that far more than Jen because, other than PRS, it's the closest thing to roots, I have.

I love Bishop's Stortford - I worked in Harlow, close by, for a couple of years - it's where Jen and I met and we're still together after over 40 years - and I envy the fact that my in-laws (lovely people whom I value as close friends, not people remote by a generation) have much of their heritage there. Jen wonders down the high street and people she went to school with stop and chat. People who are parents to the people she went to school with stop and chat, too.

Having sais that, I believe we had a fantastic education. I've seldom met people who are not military brats who have the rounded experience we all share and, rather sadly, many of the people I meet who have university education do not share the smarts that many of us on this site have.

OK. Maudlin BS but basically, there is a hole and whilst part of me really appreciates the fact that I can, thanks to PSR, hold my own in most circumstances, I would like to have roots.

What say you all?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another unusual sight

This is the view from my back garden and the label for this post has been quoted many times whilst having coffee/tea in my garden. Hmmmm bit hideous unless of course you are a fan of railways. I prefer Daffs in my green patch..

Have a nice day!

Yes this is Dorset

This was my view from my front door this morning - yes I still live in deepest Dorset, apparently it is the nosecone of an early jet - Vampire maybe, if anyone knows better let me know. Can anyone better this re 'views from your doors'?
Thank you for the sympathy, am on the mend but still not 100%, the shock of seeing this though has set me back :) Good job I am stalwart Collingwood Girl!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mr Pacey

Mr Smitherman

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Flooded Frome

Should have put these pictures on blog a month ago, now confined to my sick bed I am catching up with stuff, lots of sympathy please!!!
When I went out to take these photographs I had hoped to get a picture of Woolbridge Manor - featured in Tess of the Durbervilles, Thomas Hardy - sadly it was covered in scaffolding so have to wait.

Spring in part of Dorset

Taken in my garden this am, think I have seen very same statue recently on this blog, there is me thinking it was one off... :) Lots of Daffs this year.....

Loved the window cleaner by the way, notice no female comments on that, I am very tempted - definitely not a Drake boy anyway!! Hope RSPB not watching either, taking a cat up that high.....

Small glimpse of our Kopf

The earlier pictures of Mr Sharp reminded me that somewhere in my stash I had picture of him - but only in background of photo of Collingwood boy being presented with yet another trophy. Excuse quality of the snap - it has not seen the light of day for many years - the young man of course is Ray Chapman - or Pinnochs to his friends

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Drake Boy on TV

Drake Girl on telly

Just watching Channel 5 news and in their articles about folk getting MBE's etc was our very own Dorothy Chapman (now Neyland) Drake 51 - 52 - you can see her on the website

or hopefully through this link

Tracking the Queen

As the QM2 sails towards merry England, it has its own Babs tracker!

Mr John Sharp

The real Mr S.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Brook Benton - It's Just A Matter Of Time (live)

And one more!! Could go on, but wont - ain't nostalgia great!!!

Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock (1956)

One more!

Little Darling by the Original Diamonds

Look at these guys!! How fantastic are they still. I saw this show on PBS television a short while ago, all the old rock and roll and doo-wop hits from my time.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Yes it is

Uh-oh! Another contender for the 'DUH!' factor: guessed it!.....THE TELEWAG today:

Beyonce fans 'among least intelligent but Beethoven fans are cleverest'

Your taste in music reflects your intelligence with fans of Beyonce among the most stupid and Beethoven listeners the cleverest, it is claimed.

The study was carried out by Virgil Griffiths, a PhD student in America, who compared students' scores in SAT exams with their favourite music acts and genres by analysing data on social networking sites.

Dunno about you but Beyonce gets MY vote!

Happy Birthday WWW

Twenty years ago today the Internet was born

Thursday, March 12, 2009


This revelation was lifted from today's Telewag:

City smog 'can lead to lung disease and early grave' find scientists

Last Updated: 8:07AM GMT 12 Mar 2009

Scientists who followed the progress of almost 450,000 people for 18 years found they were significantly more likely to die from lung disease if they lived in areas highly polluted by ground level ozone.

Those in places with the highest concentrations had a 25%-30% greater risk of dying than those exposed to the lowest levels. ..........

and so it goes on.......and people are paid TO RESEARCH THE BLEEDIN' OBVIOUS!

Please, somebody, tell me by whom - because I want to be paid to research the correlation between being held under water of extended periods and drowning and, judging by this, I might even know where to look for subjects!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

and here they be!...

...against a backdrop of Santorini...

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Just for Paul, a post from MW!

As promised Paul, a post from Market Weighton. This is the "Giant Bradley" statue established in MW Market Place last year. It commemorates William Bradley who was born in MW in 1787 and at 7ft 9ins was the tallest recorded Englishman. The town holds a Giant Bradley day every year, normally the last weekend in May with stalls, bands, groups, displays etc and usually a visit by the current tallest Englishman.
The bad news is I can't provide you with a pic of the Burgess Ice Cream works as it aint there any more! The site now contains retirement flats so if you're that nostalgic Paul, it's somewhere to consider for retirement.

Not so cheap Airways

Perhaps the sigh of things to come folks!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

guess who is about to wake up..... a birthday over in the land of OZ!...

Hapy Birthday!!

Hello there Babs, here's wishing you many happy returns of the day, much love Peps xx

Lucky escape

Some of you will have seen this on the news - but for those who missed it - obviously his number was not up

Friday, March 06, 2009

Demise of the elephant trunk transplant?

This, I kid you not, was also lifted from the Telewag today!


Penis contraption 'extends manhood by a third'

Even though the men were not aroused when the measurements were taken, the device improved erectile function by up to 36 per cent.

A total of 21 "highly motivated" patients with an average age of 47 were recruited for the study, which involved using the extension device every day for six months.

Five patients failed to complete the course for different reasons, including "pain and penile bruising".

The men started out with an average flaccid penis length of 2.82 inches, which increased to 3.72 inches a year later. No significant increase in girth was reported.

A "satisfaction" rating system produced high scores for length during erection and sex life.

The research was reported today in the British Journal of Urology International.


Well, I guess the old dodge with the five pound bag of flour and a yard of string is also obsolete, then!

Gods's teeth! Have these people nothing better to do?


I know this is pedantic and maybe even suggests a mild dose of anal retention but, I lifted the following from an article on the Telewag just now:

Michael Jackson O2 concert tickets: Fans complain
The large number of Michael Jackson fans trying to book tickets to the King of Pop's O2 shows are causing problems for his official website.

This bastion of the English language is slipping! 'Fans' are not the subject of this sentence, 'The large number' is! Thus, the sentence should read 'is causing problems', not 'are causing problems'.

Even the Beeb drops this ball on a regular basis these days. Poor show, I say!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Right Marker Circa '55

Yours truly-Jack Newbyon-I don't remember who the inspecting officer was. I do remember Mr.Turner over his shoulder. I had many a run in with him.. We were in a Geography lesson and he asked for the many uses of 'Soy' I said Soy Sauce- He had never heard of it and gave me a detention for making fun of him

Yorkshire Airlines

One of the best clips I have seen for a long time.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

for Babs...

Gamston yesterday

Helen Coulson and Janice Farmer. This is the lot.As you all know,I am technically challenged,and I was having problems using my new camera.


CArol,Barrie and Jack

Gamston yesterday

Jack and Joan Thurston (Collingwood) Jack and I were in the minority yesterday.

Gamston yesterday

Barry Paice (Collingwood)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Gamston shock!

Not very clear on this photo but - shock horror - Smiling Jack is wearing purple - not pink - so look out lads - those of you who have been busy digging out your pink for Cardiff - back to drawing board. Not sure why Jack and Barrie are so happy this time - maybe they heard some good news?