Thursday, April 30, 2009

A thought for Ryan Air...??

A Mormon was seated next to an Irishman on a flight from London. After the plane was airborne, drink orders were taken.

The Irishman asked for a whiskey, which was promptly brought and placed before him.

The flight attendant then asked the Mormon if he would like a drink.

He replied in disgust, 'I'd rather be savagely raped by a dozen whores than let liquor touch my lips.'

The Irishman then handed his drink back to the attendant and said, 'Me too, I didn't know we had a choice.'


Before and after pics, I got them the wrong way round.
Today is trap setting day, tomorrow first day for hauling. Hope to have our first taste then. We usually buy them right from a fisherman on the wharf.

A laugh for today....

You will have to click to enlarge to read comfortably, - unless you are only 15:) - hope it is clear enough. This was on the back page of the sports section of our daily paper, today. Where do they come up with this stuff!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Sue

Happy Birthday to Sue Burroughs - new editor of the New Cavalier - sorry he got the name wrong in this - but I know you will love it...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cardiff-Don't drink and DIVE!

Drunk and DIVE!!
A man is stumbling through the streets of CARDIFF totally drunk when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. The drunk walks into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of booze. Whereupon he asks the drunk, 'Are you ready to find Jesus?
''Yes I am' replies the drunk, so the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the river. He pulls him up and asks the drunk, 'Brother have you found Jesus?'The drunk replies, 'No, I haven't.'
The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again, but for a bit longer this time. He pulls him out of the water and asks again, 'Have you found Jesus, my brother?'The drunk again answers, 'No, I have not found Jesus.'
By this time the preacher is at his wits end so he dunks the drunk in the water again, but this time he holds him down for about 30 seconds. When the drunk begins kicking his arms and legs, the preacher pulls him up. The preacher asks the drunk again, 'For the love of God, have you found Jesus?'
The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and says to the preacher,
'Are you sure this is where he fell in? ? ?'

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bald Eagles

Try this site for a view of Bald Eagles nesting.
You wont be disappointed - click on live cameras and you will have a choice of three nest sites in British Columbia. One in Sidney, where the chicks (3) have already hatched, one on Hornby Island where they are still egg sitting, and sadly the one in Delta that has been abandoned. The one in Sidney is amazing.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Two for Helga

As promised, the boats are popping up on the canal (Not mine unfortunately) Re: Buckeburg we lived over a general store at 6 Am Vwehlen corner. This was the beginning of the road to RAF Buckeburg (about 5 miles out of town as I remember)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

tony angelino's "cwying" only fools and horses

Is this the one you mean, Helga?

Telling It Like It Is

Following on from "The Front Fell Off " posting, I thought you might appreciate this bit of Australian straight-talking which I snapped in Alice Springs last October.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The front fell off!

One for our Aussie friends.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Julie London - Cry me a river 1957

Here it is for us folk of mature years - from the movie. I remember seeing it back then.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Message from the New World /Colonies

Today I had e mail from Tom Fisher ex Collingwood of the 50's era.
To all he knew and all who remember him he wishes all at the Cardiff reunion a great time. Sorry he cannot be there to stretch memory lane further.
Best Wishes ,Cheers from Tom ( West Aussie -Perth.)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lower loaf to upper crust

During, and for a while following the war, Mum would take me from the 4th floor 1b-room garret flat in which existed in the depths of New Ferry (In the sight of Cammell Lairds shipyard and within the smell of the tannery) to the terraced estates of her aunts and uncles in St.Helen's. Aunts-Maude, Annie and May all lived in brick houses with such things as brass sundials, boating ponds and two pianos, a full grand and a baby same! They were all members of a cult called the 'Plymouth Bretheren' the visits were agony! However the trip there was such an adventure. We took a double decker bus from New Ferry to Rock Ferry where we took the Mersey Ferry to Liverpool out and the underground train back (past the gas works). That however was not the highlight. We used to get the front seat on the upper deck of the tram! From this lofty perch I flew this magnificent machine which rocked and screached like a banshee as it made the slightest of direction changes. We had the right of way over every other person or vehicle, all got out of our way as we went up the dead centre of the road, they even had hedgerows keeping all others from us. We disembarked like royalty in front of the St.Helens Town Hall steps... magical

Not quite nothing

Based on your statement, Mr. P, "Oh you guys don't have to wear anything." I submit this picture titled "Night patrol man," as a possible outfit for Cardiff.

April 18th...believe it or not!

In the words of Victor Meldrew - I don't believe it!! But it is true - please someone tell me this is the last of it.

Good Friday 2009

Yes I had climbed the hill but still had enough energy to take this photo! A week late but still worth sharing; hope all you bloggers had a good Easter break.
Still waiting for the scaffolding to disappear on Woolbridge Manor then will send you photo of that.
42 days til the reunion in Cardiff.... correct me if I am wrong, I don't mind :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Clement Freud Joke

I was sorry to hear of the death of Clement Freud - one of those larger than life characters that illuminated the entertainment world with grace and wit. I loved listening to his stories and jokes on the radio programme "Just A Minute." This link points to one of his ruder offerings

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yesterday's talk of computers reminded me how the U.K. could have given Bill Gates a bit more of a race in developing the home computer. While Windows was still a gleam in his eye, a British company were making kits of a simple home computer. Acorn Computer’s first public offering, the Acorn Microcomputer (later known as the Acorn System 1) was shipped out in April 1979.
Not much to look at but this led on to the BBC computers which were used in large numbers in Britain's schools in the 1980s and then the Archimedes range of desktop computers in 1987. My Archie never crashed, could resist a virus attack due to its operating system being incorporated in its circuitry and had an elegant desktop that is still used today (RISC 5). Its biggest problem was its cost and lack of decent marketing (a familiar story in British enterprise). The company still exists today in another form and is using their RISC technology as the operating system for mobile phones.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

One for any aficionados of post-war British comic strips out there

I believe I am right in saying that the 14th April 1949 saw the first appearance of the Eagle. This was a British weekly comic, which ran in two main incarnations over the period of 1950 to 1994 (with accompanying annuals). It is strongly associated with its flagship character, Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, (created and illustrated by Frank Hampson in the colourful photogravure format), doing battle against the Mekon and other interplanetary foes. Great stuff even if the writers/illustrators had an imperfect notion of space travel and gravity.

In the gender gap tradition of the day, the sister comic was the Girl (1951 – 1964).

I had stopped reading it by the time I attended PRS in 1962 as an 11 year old but the quality of draughtsmanship and storylines for their serious stuff, like the strips covering the lives of Marco Polo/Sir Walter Raleigh etc, leaves pleasant memories of a gentler and less frenzied age.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Birds of a feather

Three white swans - taken Sunday morning from our patio

Carlisle Photos

The Courts (Cumbria County Council)
Old Town Hall (tourist information)

Carlisle Cathedral


Friday, April 10, 2009

A few titters to liven up your Easter....

My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. She
asked, 'What's on TV?'
I said, 'Dust.'

And then the fight started...


My wife and I are watc hing "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were
in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"
"No," she answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."

And then the fight started....


Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, grabbed
the dog, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to
the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The
wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the
radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into
bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation,
and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."

My loving wife of 10 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband
is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started...


I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road
and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes
you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny? Yeah,
well I couldn't believe it.... He was a DWARF!!!

He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, "I AM NOT

So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"

And then the fight started.....


My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3

I bought her a scale.

And then the fight started...


When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace
so, I took her to a gas station.

And then the fight started...


After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social
Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license
to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my
wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have
to go home and come back later.

The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my
curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof
enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the
Social Security office.

She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten
disability, too.'

And then the fight started...


My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I
kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a
nearby table.

My wife asked, 'Do you know her?'

'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to
drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she
hasn't been sober since.'

'My God!' says my wife, 'who would think a person could go on
celebrating that long?'

And then the fight started...


I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason, took my
order first.
"I'll have the strip steak, medium rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?""
Nah, she can order for herself."

And then the fight started...


A woman is standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, 'I feel
horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replies, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect.'

And then the fight started.....

Happy Easter...

Thursday, April 09, 2009


If, while attending Cardiff bash, you cross the Clifton bridge ,turn right and go to the village of Yatton, you will have completely wasted your time! However this was the last address of my parents. There is a particular pub (Prince of Orange) That is regularly visited by the ghost of the 'Grey Lady' a spechtre not near so frightening as the local citizens. I feasted on fried pigs brains on toast washed down by a local brewed zyder, heated and spiked with Vodka. There was also a blind greyhound which goes in ,on its' own, sits by the fireplace and is fed zyder until it thinks it can see and then goes home! Home of Adge Cutler and the Worsels...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spring in Carlisle

Spring reaches the wet and windy north a little later than down south. Snapped this on my wife's mobile phone camera in a park in Carlisle this morning.

Nearly here

Just seen Message from Cas to say she is waiting to pick Babs up from QM2 - think it was due to dock early this morning - but of course takes time... welcome home Babs


It's Julian's birthday today.

Here's his first hit - Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Unnatural selection

I have never understood how, during 'natural disasters', someone is 'miraculously saved'.

The Telewag is on fire today.........

First, there's this:

"Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover

A bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover - by boosting the level of amines which clear the head, scientists have found."


And then:

"Scratching helps to relieve an itch by reducing sensations of pain sent to the brain, a study has found."


Maybe it’s time to blow the trumpet?

Here in England bent double under the sullen mediocrity of Brown and New Labour we need this guy. Whatever happened to real Englishmen? All banished to political correctness, focus groups and discovering their feminine side I guess?

Monday, April 06, 2009

Jamaican dog sled team?

A few weeks ago we went to dog sled races. These were sponsored by the local Metis Council (Indian/French origin)

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Poll No 2

Yes! He has done it again.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A no go in Wales

I have a spare fancy dress costume (above) if anyone is interested

Or this

1st April

Don't know whether this is an April Fool joke or something to do with the G20 summit but bloggers who use Windows might want to ensure they have all their Microsoft security updates and anti-virus software up to date. A virus that experts believe has wormed its way into millions of computers could choose today to attack, possibly midnight local time according to some experts.
The Conficker virus, which is thought to have infected up to 15 million computers since last autumn, has so far lurked harmlessly but it is thought to be programmed to change the way it operates today. Conficker, which is also known as Downadup or Kido, is a 'worm' virus that exploits a gap in Microsoft Windows software. Experts are sceptical about whether today is the day the worm will turn but urge the public to ensure their anti-virus software is up to date. Apparently, one of the ways you will know if you are infected will be not being able to access security sites to do an update.
If your PC has been infected with the virus you can download Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool from the website to get rid of it. In all likelihood nothing at all will happen and the date reference will turn out to have been a red herring.