Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We could be back to the nautical barrel here Paul.

A rare sight these days.....

It always gave me a wry smile when they used to ask whether you wanted it ‘back or front?’

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Helga...

Have a lovely day Helga -

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The revival has begun - Harry for King. Sorry to our Pompey supporter but that's football.

Back to school

slow low level flight

I just took a low pass over the old PRS. - Thanx to 'Google Earth' Amazing detail from a height of 90 metres! Seems they've made a yacht club behind Drake all along the shore to the guard house (Ah! the guard house).... "Try it yourself" as per the 'Art Attack'

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Camera Clash

A ppreciate your sympathy with the camera clash. Alas, All my life the camera has not helped me.
On the speeding ticket in Birthdy girls Town - Diane /Tidworth, I have been offered for another £60 to attend a speed awarness course and if a good boy at the end of the course I get the 3 points just alloted to my license , will be removed.
Now what a lot of Political mumbo is this - mind you I am going for it to get the 3 points removed -hopefully. This sytem is apparently offered in a few counties but not nationally. Now there is a fair and democratic set up.
Well thought out by my favourite man Gordon and his mates.

Maybe the Birthday Lady had a word with her friends in Tidworth ,thanks Diane..

rumour has it...

...'tis Diane's birthday on the morrow...

Arguement Clinic

Monty P at it's best

John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett: Class.

I found this on Youtube, Paul, I have never seen it before but had a great laugh!

Collingwood boy

Just in case you haven't noticed, a lad called Kenneth Small has posted a message on the TWA member's website. He and his brother Peter attended PRS for six terms from Sept. 1959. His family was stationed at RAF Westerland on Sylt. If anyone remembers him, or has memories of Sylt, let's be hearing from you. Did you spy on the nudists Ken?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An amusement:

Would anone care to punctuate the following sentence?

John where Jim had had had had had had had

I assure you, it can be punctuated two ways to actually make sense :)

Watch out Bill!!

Snowed in Orillia, Ontario yesterday! When do you move Bill? We might get flurries tomorrow, but probably only rain.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

At Bill Rainford's request (it seems he hasn't mastered the blog yet)

Not being too adept at putting pics on the blog, perhaps you would care to pass this on? The only persons I can identify (although I remember all the faces) from Right to Left. ? - Ted Shaw - Tony Lyle (whose horse fell on him and crushed his ankle) ? - ? - ? - Frank Ball - I believe that's Terry P standing behind him - Yours Truly - The remaining 7 to my right I cannot name


2008 Ride for MS

On a Saturday in June 1800 of us rode from Grand Bend. Ontario (situated on the worlds' longest fresh water beach -approx 180 miles) to the Western University campus in London. 88 kilometers (53 miles +-) we returned on the Sunday. We raised a remarkable CAN $ 890,000.00 !!. for MS (Canada has the highest frequency of this disgusting, to date incurable, disease in the world. I lost a s-in-law when she was only 52 and had suffered for 14 years.) I completed the ride in 6-1/2 hrs each way (There are a few lengthy hills). I was asked why a man with heart by-pass. diabetes and hip surgery was raising money for this cause? I answered that all my issues are somewhat under my control but with MS you just suffer with little relief and no cure!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sharing the Love

My all time favourite Cliff

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Not sure if this is appropriate after Cliff......

A cardiologists Funeral

A cardiologist died and was given an elaborate funeral.
A huge Heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service.
Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever.
At that point, one of the mourners burst into laughter.. When all eyes stared at him, he said, "I'm sorry, I was just thinking of my own funeral....I'm a gynecologist."
The proctologist fainted.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Here's Cliff

It's for you Sue.....


Levi Stubbs

Levi Stubbs, lead singer of legendary Motown band The Four Tops, has died at his home in Detroit, US, aged 72. Great Motown hits included, Bernadette, Sugarpie Honey Bunch and the classic Reach Out and I'll be there. GREAT MUSIC OF OUR ERA.

How Bee Gees are saving lives

In papers today - make sure you bring it to Cardiff Geoff!!

At 103 beats per minute, and a rhythm that will just get stuck in your head, the Bee Gees' 1977 disco song "Stayin' Alive" is the perfect solution to truly help keep people staying alive during CPR.

CPR can triple survival rates, but some people are hesitant to do it in part because they are unsure about the proper rhythm for chest compressions.

In a study headed by Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois medical school, 15 doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to "Stayin' Alive".

Five weeks after practicing with the music playing, they were asked to perform CPR again on dummies by keeping the song in their minds. The average number of compressions the first time was 109 per minute and the second time it was 113. That's more than recommended, but Matlock said that when it comes to trying to revive a stopped heart, a few extra compressions per minute is better than too few.

"The theme 'Stayin' Alive' is very appropriate for the situation," Matlock said in a telephone interview on Thursday. "Everybody's heard it at some point in their life. People know the song and can keep it in their head."

"It drove them and motivated them to keep up the rate, which is the most important thing," he said.

Friday, October 17, 2008


It's Chuck Berrys birthday tomorrow, he be 82 dontchano!

So, let's start the weekend with a Berry classic. Brought back to life in Travolta's hit film, 'Pulp Fiction', here's 'You Never Can Tell'


Canada votes..

As probably NO other country in the world knows, Canada has just had another federal election. When Stephen Harper became prime minister with a minority government, he promised elections would be every four years, but here we are two and a half years into his mandate and we were thrust into the whole ridiculous farce once again. The result? Well, he's back with another minority government after spending millions of tax payers dollars for an ego trip. The voting turnout was only 52% nationally, that should surely tell him something? Well maybe not. This is a man who has his personal hair stylist travelling with him, at a salary of well over what the man on the street would make, so heaven help us. Maybe a coalition government is needed here, surely the best from each party would do the best for the country because we dont seem to be getting much out of the last several governments. Aagh, I always say I dont get into political discussions because I dont know enough about politics, but there is a limit to the ordinary persons patience with it all. There, now I feel a bit better and as its only 7.15am hopefully the rest of this Friday will go better!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The last three, I promise....

Where the rock has been blasted away for the new highway through New Brunswick.
Longue Lac, or Lake Long in New Brunswick.
And these two characters were going nowhere fast. Outside one of Irvings Big Stop restaurants in New Brunswick where we stopped for our evening meal on the way home on Tuesday. We got home just after 11 pm that evening. 3800kms round trip, would have been more but we didnt get down to the US as we had forgotten our medical insurance papers. Travelling in the US without that is not a good idea. We were insured, but didnt have the necessary info for phone numbers etc. We took our passports, but I suddenly remembered on Friday eve about the info. Oh well, we spent a couple more days with friends and had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with them.

Just a few taken on the road..

New Brunswick, Saturday morning 4th Oct.
Quebec, part of the mighty St. Lawrence river.
Aah, English spoken here!!
Taken about 2kms up the road from where I used to live. Click to see the colours better.
No, its not Prudence the moose, just a warning at the side of the road coming back through Quebec on Tuesday. Didnt see any moose, and only one deer at the road side. There have been some nasty accidents especially at dusk when the animals start to decide to cross the highways.

At the restaurant

The evening dinner at Mrs. Mitchells School House restaurant. A very pleasant evening. I dont think I'd better send all these to Barrie Adams, too many. Will just send a few.

Nearly there.

Bill, Jon, Ron and Jen.
Three "babes", Bill and Jon
Same group, sorry for the repeat.
THE group!
Same group, slightly unravelled.

More pics - Ontario, 2008

Ann Margaret, Ian, Dianne.
Jenn, mr. p.
Bill Rainford.

Howard, Bob.
More to come - but only a few. Stay with it.

Home again..

A chatty group.
Bob, mr.p, Ron Rose, Jon Downe.J

Jenn, Bob, mr.p and Ron

I see mr.p has already contributed his pics to the blog, and no this "babe" was not napping at her post!! Cheeky young monkey (as my Gran would say)! As he has already told you, a good time was had by all, and we did not intend to be "fashionably late", but had been told 1pm. Obviously a mix-up between Eileen Rose and myself. Anyway, here are some more pics.

Some humour from Afghanistan


1. You refine heroin for a living, but you have a moral objection to beer.

2. You own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 rocket launcher, but you can't afford shoes.

3. You have more wives than teeth.

4. You wipe your butt with your bare left hand, but consider bacon 'unclean.'

5. You think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide.

6. You can't think of anyone you HAVEN'T declared Jihad against.

7. You consider television dangerous, but routinely carry explosives in your clothing.

8. You were amazed to discover that cell phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.

9. You've ever uttered the phrase, 'I love what you've done with your cave.'

10. You have nothing against women and think every man should own at least three.

11. You bathe at least monthly whether necessary or not.

12. You've ever had a crush on your neighbor's goat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Don't know how true this is but. . .

If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you will have $49.00 today. If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you will have $33.00 today. If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you will have $0.00 today. But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for recycling refund, you will have received a $214.00. Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle. It is called the 401-Keg. A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon! Makes you proud to be an American.

(401-Keg refers to a retirement plan here, known as a 401-K after the legislation that created it)

Monday, October 13, 2008


From the Massachusetts Port of Hyannis:

To the Island of the rich & famous - Nantucket:

Where multi-million dollar harbour homes rest
next to million dollar yachts:

And New England 'shingled' houses:

Were we rested before moving back to the main
land and Plymouth to see the Mayflower:

And the Rock:

Before moving North West through forests of
autumn change:

And onwards to New Hampshire and the Mount
Washington 'Cog Railway':

Where the temperature moved from + 68 to -15
in 45 minutes of travel:
To the summit:

Then back at sea level and on through valleys of
reds yellows & golds:

Through the State of Maine 'covered bridges':

And more autumn colour:

To Bangor, (and Stephen King's home):

Before finally moving South again to the quirky
book shops of Salem:

The witches 'Court House':

And the grave yard where they were put to rest:

We saw it all, and done it all through 12 great
days of travel!
Go drive though New England in the fall, you'll love it!