Sunday, September 28, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oops forgot the church in Preston



Freddiecakes Does UK

Thursday night,Toronto--St Johns--Heathrow for 6/30a/m.Through immigration and customs 7/10 a/m.Sit and have a coffee and take my gps(satnav) with UK map chip outside,glad to see it works.Big saving over a rental.Go pick up car,yup  pay a pound for what we pay a dollar for,always new I was lucky here.Meander west from heathrow to Wiltshire and try not to upset the other motorists.Pull into Salisbury for a wander about.My first encounter with hostile one armed bandit,aka parking meter.Buy a pay as you go phone(good move),fish and chip lunch then leisurely drive to Stonehenge.Huge tourist spot now,15pounds each for a tour and shuttle bus.Better try my spiel,I used to pee on those stones when I was a kid,yes sir,thats why there is a rope around them now!!.I can tell my charm is not working,ermm veteran,cancer survivor and all round nice guy he says handing over his credit card.Yesss terminal is not working so the lovely lady gives me two free tickets,probably my animal magnetism was too much for her.Take the shuttle and wander around the rocks,noticed a couple of plain clothes boys in a car.I assumed with the alert level being raised it was common place now.Walked back through the fields to the car after a quick purchase in the gift shop.Cops everywhere,naturally assumed it was for my protection to keep the fans back.If you don't believe me you can ask President Obama as he was there right after us.Drove to Westbury via Larkhill,Shrewton etc,an old stomping ground for many of us no doubt.Stayed at an army buddies place.Next morning took the train into London and did the tourist thing.Tower Bridge then west along the river to culminate at the Palace.The warden does not mind walking so we covered a bit of ground.No time for any guided tour but stuck our heads in a few of the major sites,St Pauls etc.Double decker bus ride back to Paddington and back to Westbury for a get together with a couple of more army pals.They have been here a couple of times as their daughter lives in Kalamazoo.Off to the Manchester area via a quick visit with Mr Geoff Heath who was getting ready to upstakes and live on the boat,52 years since we last met! which obviously means he is getting old.Good luck and enjoy retirement Geoff.Sorry Lady T,but I only stopped in Easingwold for another rekindled meet,yes nother army guy who used to date my sister 50+ years ago,nice little town and great to see him again.We played a lot of basketball together and yes you guessed right! he too is old.Skipped the next visit in the Durham area as I wanted to get to the crematorium in Newcastle for the next day.Stayed at the Hilton in Gateshead,pretty nice though everything we assume as the norm here is an extra at most places we stayed.Wandered about the Toon for a while then hurled down a couple of near beers.Had to get an appointment from the civic centre for a time to spread mum's ashes.The clerk did not want to take a 50 pound note from me as the magic pen did not show the right colour?.Not to worry I spent it a St James Park,more toon gear for the fam.Headed up north for the afternoon,Warkworth and Bamburgh which is a great setting around sunset.Drove back to N/C,third hotel before we got a room.Crem the next morning with a couple of cousins and good friend.Lunch at The Jingling Gate(already apologised to Helga).On to Hexham,nice walkabout and visit the Abbey.Stayed in the Best Western just near the Abbey,end to a nice day.Think it only rained for two minutes the whole of our trip.Took a pleasant drive to the Lakes via Hartshead? cafĂ©.Ulswater was tranquil,Windermere another tourist mecca.Spent the night at Premier Inn in Preston,rough neighbourhood???.Had to park the car around the block and deposit a large bag of pounds in the bandit.I had my camera on my belt and did a double take walking back to the hotel,passed the drug and alcohol centre with its own church across the street.See pics.Drove down to Oxford for our last night again arrived at another Premier Inn for 2/30 and all ready










full.He booked us in one in Didcot 10 miles away so we drove into the city centre to feed another bandit.Ran around for while with frequent stops to feed the bandit.The warden discovered we could get into even song at Christs Church Chapel??(well I am a heathen)at 6/30.Drove in bus lane  a few times to find a more long term parking lot.Not bad 8 quid and a pint of blood for three hours.She enjoyed the choir then back to inn for dinner.Successful drive to return the car and that sums it up.Awaiting a few tickets to arrive for driving oopsies,in my defense the gps lost lock driving in town quite often.Told Helga, Norm I gave your golf towel to the cute receptionist in Hexham.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SPRING BLOOMS DOWN UNDER.









The Phoenix has come home


The Phoenix stone has come home to Wilhelmshaven!!
The stone with the Phoenix Crest that was taken to Rinteln when the Wilhelmshaven school closed has been returned and is being unveiled in its new home on Saturday 11th October at 11:00.
Some former members of both the WIlhelmshaven and Rinteln schools will be attending - along with some of our local friends who have had connections with the school over the years. There will be reports in the local press and hopefully on BFBS as well.
A short reception will follow the ceremony. If anyone would like more information, please contact Barbara Steels via: chairman@prs-wilhelmshaven.co.uk

Monday, September 15, 2014

happy birthday...

                            ...to Jim...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More from the Bunker

The group that has been trying to preserve the Bunker has just added  about 100 photos to their Facebook page
 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.537794299699193.1073741836.110667825745178&type=1

I presume those without FB account will not be able to view them - but worth a look if you can.

Friday, September 12, 2014

on a happier note...

                ...happy birthday to Di...

yet another man of our time...


          ...Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside...
                 ...6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014...

another man of our time...

...Sir Donald Alfred Sinden  CBE  FRSA...
 ...9 October 1923 – 11 September 2014...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

a man of our time...

                      ...Richard Kiel...
           ...13 Sep 1939 - 10 Sep 2014...

Monday, September 08, 2014

Sunday, September 07, 2014

PRS safari park?

Photo by courtesy of Holger Raddatz

Friday, September 05, 2014

a woman of our times...

 ..."Can we talk?"...
 
     ...Joan Rivers, (Joan Alexandra Rosenberg)...
                 ...8th June 1933 - 4 September 2014...
                  

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The poppies


Not sure how many are there now but considerably more than the 200,000 from when we were first there a month ago.