Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Normally, of course, I'd just post a comment, but you might miss these "late" ones. Therefore, just this time, I'm listing those I'm commenting on to enable you to read what I've written - that is, if you want to!
24 August 2009 - Roger Hall - HM Ambassador - helicopter
24 August 2009 - Paul/Squirrel - fagging
14 August 2009 - Helga - cherry trees
1 August 2009 - Helga - chapel bells
30 July 2009 - Peter Duncan - chapel photo
10 July 2009 - Helga - bunkers
23 May 2009 - Helga - Fliegerdeich views
Here is link to Train A
Hopefully I now know how to post links correctly!
Alex, not sure which house or year you were but if you had been at Howe when Chris Halliwell was a prefect you may well have seen a different side of his character, he owned a piece of rubber hose which many a junior felt on various parts of their bodies. I believe his brother, Andy,never forgave him for his attitude!
The "junior" world was a very different place at school but we did survive!
Sorry, being a bit negative today.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Next up is watching the ASHES WINNERS play the Aussies in the one day series at 'Ampshires ground - Early Sept.
Next worry (BIG) is sorting out POMPEY in the Footie world.
Other claim to fame "I TOLD YOU SO "Brown was a waster and so daily it is proved.
Whilst away I see Chris Halliwell mentioned,he was a good footie man and cricketer in the First teams whilst I was at PRS.Can't beleive he was a disagreeable type.
Derek Morley was the star horse rider and he and I returned via Hook Holland to UK when we left PRS he was going to Ashford Kent but no contact since then.
Fred interested in the French town names.When working in east France lived next town from POMPEY which was impressive for me in my my shallow world.The Eiffel tower steel came from POMPEY-not a lot of people know or probably care but tis true.
Diane,Names in Newfoundland - went to Mosquito Bay and it was suitably named .Also rmember the name of Jean Nichol and her mates you may recall Patsy Kelly ,Julia Armstrong, Sandra Snip.I saw Sandra at the last Fleet reunion
Friday, August 28, 2009
I look forward to making some useful contributions, especially when something regarding the history of PRS crops up. For example, I have some interesting information about the cherry trees and the bells of the Chapel. I will write something about these soon.
Best wishes, John
I am no expert but to insert a "live" link to another web page i.e. www.engrish.com/ you need to:
1) Sign in to your Blogger Dashboard and click on NEW POST.
2) I have put a red line around the "insert link" icon in the picture above.
3) A pop-up will appear asking you to "Allow Scripted Windows" which you click on to accept.
4) Type the full URL of the website you wish to link to in the new dialogue box that shows at the top end of the page e.g. www.engrish.com.
5) Publish your post and then click on View Blog to see if it has worked.
Due to the sex test being carried out on certain atheletes to determine sex. I have just read the best solution so far. A man will always remove his sweater by getting hold of the neck at the back and haul it off! A woman will fold her arms in front and holding opposite corners will pull up and back! Simple! Tsk! :)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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 HAPPY!!!"
So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Apologies to those of you who have seen this before, but as Jimmy has now joined us I thought he might like to see it. Drake senior boys in the prep room around winter 59/60.Jimmy is fourth from the front in the middle row. He and David Gilbert are the only ones who appear to be doing any work.! Other suspects include Charlie Arthur, Ian Stewart, Pete Rees, Peter Bearman , Johnny Brooks & Bill Johnson. The Prefect/monitor in the backround,I think, is Jim Forlow.
Monday, August 24, 2009
The best of the best and admired and respected by all Howe boys of the mid-fifties.
Here he is with some of the prefects that all "us juniors" were quick to avoid!
Taken in 1955 or 56
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Povprod are an independant TV production company based in Plymouth, a pure coincidence of course! But that is also the home base of my former Military unit, 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery. I was interviewed by them at my home for four hours on June the 9th, although when their film is completed, I'm quite sure that my part will only be a small one! The film in question has been commissioned for Sky, The History Channel, and is to be aired sometime this Autumn. As details emerge I shall post them on my website. But they did film me performing one of my new 'Northern Ireland' related songs that didn't make it onto my 'The Ulster Songbook' charity CD. I found the whole experience most worthwhile and highly rewarding, despite the awakening of old ghosts from a highly intense period of my life that might, perhaps, had been better left undisturbed! But one cannot deny ones past, and I certainly do not intend to deny mine!
And for those of you that follow these things, my album 'Red Sky Descending' has not made the Mercury prize short list. Not that I ever thought that it would. But I did see the whole exercise as a PR opportunity that was not to be missed. And besides, I at least managed to get a distribution deal with Code 7 through this little idea of mine, and that was most definitely worth doing!
And that is all for now from myself, except for one more thing! All of you out there hoping for the release of the new Stonefield Tramp album 'Full Circle.' At this moment in time I have no idea if, or when, this event may occur! June was nice, July was awful. Better not put those umbrellas away just yet!
And there is a new on/off member of the household. She is rather adorable, or she is when she isn't sinking her teeth into me! And her name is Poppy."
Terry in Belfast (1970)
Yet another Drake boy who caught the strumming bug at PRS
With lovely daughters, Fiona and Sarah.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
A young family moved into a house next door to an empty plot. One day, a gang of building workers turned up to start building on the plot. The young family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in all the activity going on next door and started talking with the workers. She hung around and eventually the builders, all with hearts of gold, more or less adopted the little girl as a sort of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had tea and lunch breaks, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. They even gave the child her very own hard hat and gloves, which thrilled her immensely. At the end of the first week, the smiling builders presented her with a pay envelope containing £2 in 10p coins. The little girl took her ‘pay’ home to her mother who suggested that they take the money to the bank the next day to open a savings account. At the bank, the female cashier was tickled pink listening to the little girl telling her about her ‘work’ on the building site and the fact she had a ‘pay packet’. “You must have worked very hard to earn all this”, said the cashier. The little girl proudly replied, “Yes, I worked every day with Steve and Wayne and Mike. We’re building a big house.” “My goodness gracious,” said the cashier, “And will you be working on the house again next week? The child thought for a moment. Then she said seriously: “I think so. Provided those w*nkers at Jewsons deliver the f*cking bricks.”
Sunday, August 16, 2009
www.jessops.com.Suggestion for value for money etc a SonyA330 -10>2 MEGAPIXELS DIGITAL slr WITH 2:7 " LCDmonitor comes with Sony DT18-55mm f3:5-5:6 Lens.Thiis babe is small,light and packed with features.
That is the recommendation from your newest Camera/Photo expert.Based in darkest 'Ampshire where the curtains are drawn since 5 oclock yesterday
Hey up Paul hope to see photos soon on a blog near US.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Les Paul passed away yesterday - gosh the memories from the '50s! He was a fantastic guitarist and their harmonies are unbeatable. He was the inventor of the electric solid body guitar and the innovator of many studio techniques. Including multi track recording.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Two shots including our newest member which he may find interesting. Welcome aboard Jim , I can't really believe that it's 50 years since these shots were taken, where did the time go? Jim, can you identify the four others in these shots. For those who don't remember Jim, he's on the right in the first shot and in the middle in the second.
Friday, August 07, 2009
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud ...
but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
see lines and lines of British boys rewind
back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home -
mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
not entering the story now
to die and die and die.
Dulce - No - Decorum - No - Pro patria mori.
You walk away.
You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
like all your mates do too -
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert -
and light a cigarette.
There's coffee in the square,
warm French bread
and all those thousands dead
are shaking dried mud from their hair
and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.
You lean against a wall,
your several million lives still possible
and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards,
then it would.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Like the Queen she has by way of the blog been given 2 or 3 Xtra Birthdays.
Also understand our YORKIE has chosen to travel South to Royal Berkshire to celebrate.the trains are ok but I have to say today you still need your Brolly.
By pass Batley and have a good one in (Royal) Berkshire
Cheers and easy on the ice.
Monday, August 03, 2009
...The scenario: it is 1615 and King James is on the throne and looking fer something different fer 'is tea, grubwise!...and so he calls fer chefs far and wide to create a dish 'fit fer a king'...
...and lo, the haggis was born...in England!...And, strangely enough, it's actually a Scot who has just discovered this historical snippet and spoken out in order to set the record straight! :)
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
"We have a number of locomotives at the NRM without names." Harriet was told by museum staff."
"Mostly freight locomotives though." one staff member added .
"Oh dear, that's not very fitting for a Prime Minister." said Harriet. "How about that big green one over there." she said pointing to engine no. 4472 .
"That's already got a name." said the staff member. "It's called The Flying Scotsman."
Not to be outdone, Harriet exclaimed, " You could always rename it, after all this is a national museum funded by the taxpayer!"
"I suppose it might be considered." said the staff member. "After all, the LNER renamed a number of locomotives after directors of the company, and even named one Dwight D. Eisenhower."
"That's excellent!" said Harriet. "So that's settled then.....let's look at renaming 4472. But how much will it cost? We can't spend too much, given the MP's expenses scandal."
The staff member thought hard and long, and then replied.................
"Well, we could always just paint over the F!"...