Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photo of Chapel from 1965 to 1968

for Peter...

then and now...

...then: Sue (Cumner that was) and Yanne (Duncan that was)...end of 1965... beginning of July 2009...courtesy of Holger's ongoing updates...
...then: St. Nicholas around 1953...courtesy of Diane K... end of July 2009...courtesy of Holger's ongoing updates...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Demolition - Not quite !

All this depressing talk about demolishing mainsite reminded me that one building they'll never eradicate is the bunker beside the main gate which you will see still bears the wartime marking " Banter Ruine " I took this shot in May this year. The Banter pub now appears to be an up market restaurant. Sadly no mention on the current menu of the "farmers breakfast" I enjoyed there at '97 reunion. The Fliegerdeich looks quite secure and Frobisher now appears to have been converted into private accommodation. In the backgound is the new hotel opposite the main gate which was still being finished when I walked past, even though there were people checking in. Possible venue for a future reunion?

Race for Life

Proudly showing off our medals

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's all a load of bull

It's tough love, but these days you get it where you can.

Monday, July 27, 2009


I was in the pub yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my farts with the beat.

After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my pint and noticed that everybody was staring at me.

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.

Check before You Wish.

Three Italian Nuns die and go to heaven.
At the Pearly Gates, they are met by St. Peter.
He says, "Sisters, you all led such exemplary lives that the Lord is granting you six months to go back to earth and be anyone you wish to be.
The first nun says, "I want to be Sophia Loren; And *poof* she's gone.
The second says, "I want to be Madonna and *poof* she's gone
The third says, "I want to be Sara Pipalini......"
St. Peter looks perplexed. "Who?" he ask "Sara Pipalini;" replies the nun.
St. Peter shakes his head and says, "I'm sorry, but that name just doesn't ring a bell."
The nun then takes a newspaper out of her habit and hands it to St. Peter.
St. Peter reads the paper and starts laughing.
He hands it back to her and says."No sister, the paper says it was the 'Sahara Pipeline' that was laid by 1,400 men in 6 months." !!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sad demise of the old school site

This photograph was taken during the first week of July by Jim Mills (Drake 53-56), it says it all really, the whole site is being redeveloped - progress I know but to see this gave me a bit of pang! Good job we have loads of great pictures from 1997 when the whole site had not changed much at all. There will be a report in the NL 48 in December.

Yet Another successful visit

Excuse me folks but in case you missed it.
Yet again the 'Ampshire visitors to the Capital city resulted in a cup winning victory for the 'Ampshire side.Great day good summer's day .
A few liquid's to celebrate.BUT always a BUT a very quiet day today Sunday. Coffee and tablets in a dark corner.
Hey up ''Ampshire - Soft Southerners!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

good luck, Carol...

...Race For Life...

People and their dogs

As a newly elected 'condominium commando' I find myself embroiled in HOT issues between dog owners. My thoughts are that , if these owners cannot resolve their issues between themselves it calls into question their abilities to handle canines. Not being an owner myself I am bewildered by the attributes and maudlin attitudes given these mutts. At any given time I can look out my window and see owners parading in front of my window with, not only one, but two dogs and chatting with them as though they understood. In most cases the words are used to justify the unruly behaviour of the animal!.. One word from the master/mistress and they do as they please. My current problem is that one owner doesn't want another owner passing in front of their window (common property) as it induces their two dogs to go into paroxyms of yelping. Has anybody had eperience with this along with advice, short of banning dogs?

'bye 'bye, Churchill...'bye 'bye, St. Nicholas church...

...two more bite the dust! :(

For Julian

Happy Birthday Julian

A very special person has a birthday today, Julian Barry (Howe 66-67)if anyone knows how to upload a YouTube video of GLORIA from the 60s I think he would be pleased - really do need to learn that trick!

Have a good day everyone and in particular Julian, heres hoping the boat finally reaches the mooring - will have to post a picture of this boat now it is in the water and not leaking it seems :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009


An elderly man in Kentucky had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over.
He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.
He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'We're not coming out until you leave!'
Bob Lintott: The old man frowned. 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.'

Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator.


Dr. Epstein was a renowned physician who earned his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees in his home town and then left for Manhattan, where he quickly rose to the top of his field.
Soon he was invited to deliver a significant paper, at a conference, coincidentally held in his home town. He walked on stage and placed his papers on the lectern, but they slid off onto the floor. As he bent over to retrieve them, at precisely the wrong instant, he inadvertently farted. The microphone amplified his mistake resoundingly through the room and reverberated it down the hall! He was quite embarrassed but somehow regained his composure just enough to deliver his paper. He ignored the resounding applause and raced out the stage door, never to be seen in his home town again.
Decades later, when his elderly mother was ill, he returned to visit her. He reserved a hotel room under the name of Levy and arrived under cover of darkness.
The desk clerk asked him, "Is this your first visit to our city, Mr. Levy?"
Dr. Epstein replied, "Well, young man, no, it isn't. I grew up here and received my education here, but then I moved away."
Why haven't you visited?" asked the desk clerk.
Actually, I did visit once, many years ago, but an embarrassing thing happened and since then I've been too ashamed to return."
The clerk consoled him. "Sir, while I don't have your life experience, one thing I have learned is that often what seems embarrassing to me isn't even remembered by others. I bet that's true of your incident too."
Dr. Epstein replied, "Son, I doubt that's the case with my incident."
"Was it a long time ago?"
"Yes, many years."
The clerk asked, "Was it before or after the "Epstein Fart?"

Cornish Crocosmia

This was taken with my mobile phone but the blurriness I feel makes it looks better - love your flower pictures Diane hence it prompted me to send this! If you can get to Cornwall visit Kennock Sands, lovely part of the coastline but watch out for those waves.... that is another story, if I can reduce it to a few words I may share it with you all - later.

Red Hat Ladies

Started in the US of A and , apparently, very popular in Canada is the 'Red Hat Ladies'. These are groups of 'maturing' women who band together and go out and do things as they wish and want. Because red and purple do not match these are the colours of choice for their uniforms, a kind of 'In your face approach' which permeates their activities. The attached pic. is of Kathy (centre) and the two ladies who are taking her out for initiation (Lunch at 'Swiss Chalet' and a live show 'Don't sit under the apple tree') PS. You know you are getting old when you don't care where your wife goes, as long as you don't have to accompany her!

Handy Man !

Paul -Norm of 'Ull,
How about this in your Telewag Paul - sports page.
Global Ambassador for POMPEY is to be the Handiest Player of all World cup Matches .
Deigo Maradonna.
Watch out when we meet 'Ull we could win with a couple of slam dunks!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Everythings growing..

My only Peace rose, my Mothers favourite.

Me 'erb plants! Actually doing well this year.

Some of our flowers this year...

Despite the lousy summer, everything seems to be early this year.

two more down...

...the gym...

...the science blocks...

Has anyone seen the sun?

Before the papers predicted that the swine flu pandemonium would reach aporkalyptic proportions and that there would be mass listeria, we were told that we would be roasting in the streets this summer and that zillions of us would be succumbing to heat exhaustion. I wonder has anyone seen the sun?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Another senseless death in the music world

New York (July 20, 2009)--Tom Pfaeffle, a recording and live sound engineer who worked with Nirvana, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Rodney Crowell, B.B. King and others, was killed Friday night while vacationing with his wife in Twisp, WA.

The 49-year-old engineer, who owned The Tank Studio (Black Diamond, WA), was shot at the Blue Spruce Hotel, after apparently trying to use his key in the wrong room door. The 57-year-old suspect, being held for second degree murder and assault, shot Pfaeffle in the chest through the door; the engineer died at an area hospital two hours later. A second shot apparently went through a wall and nearly struck another person; police have not released the suspect's name and are investigating a motive.

One up so far

Just in case you have not heard Aussies ZERO England ONE UP.
Don't tell Ricky(Whinger) POMting.
We never bowled one underarm during the whole match.
G'Day Bruce/Shelia.

Death of Gordon Waller

20th July Moon Landing

Saturday, July 18, 2009

For those that couldn't make it on the 4th July

and those that were there will recognise themselves in the crowd

Friday, July 17, 2009

One from the vaults

Quiz for Alex and maybe a few others - happenings at Lords when they had a visitor hold up the game reminded me of similar way back at Trent Bridge - how many can you name - I of course would win as I probably know half the folk in the crowd behind! Bet you all know the lady in the Blue hat...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

another one bites the dust!...

...this one is 'twixt Rodney Girls and what used to be Hood Girls but which later became Mountbatten Boys around 1964/65...mainly for first form boys afore they decamped to a main house on Fliegerdeich...

Mere cats

I have a few in my garden.

Compare the Meerkat

This little guy has quite a following in UK

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Erm, Paul, hate to alarm you...but...

...this message greeted me on my signing in to the blog just now:

..."this blog has been locked due to possible blogger 'Terms of Service' violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked. This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review"

...and now I'm assuming that I won't be able to post this, in which case I'll send you an email to this effect...but I'm going to try all the same...

Save the bell tower

Photo by Mr. J Meredith and courtesy of the TWA website.

"I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Wilhelmshaven where a small group of exPRSites met up with and shared activities and memories with former German staff and others with an interest in the School. The photos depicted by Holger are a true representation of what the site looks like today. However, by spring 2010, all of the buildings except for the 2 bunkers and the boiler house will have been removed. Funding will be provided to landscape the site and make it a pleasant looking area for the people of Wilhelmshaven. It is hoped that the site will attract investors for business purposes and employment. While the site was owned by the Federal Government, no develpment could take place; now the town of Wilhelmshaven owns the land and is in a position to make improvements.On my final visit to the former School site, I was invited to take anything I wanted - I have a bag of bits and pieces which will be on display at the next Reunion. I have also asked the site manager if we can have the bell tower on Churchill and one of the round windows from the Church. He said he will do his best to dismantle them carefully. I sense another trip to Wilhelmshaven to collect these items!" (Barbara Steels-Miller TWA Committee Member responsible for Memorabilia)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

One for Alex

Funny that Alex - I thought the same as you - like you say one of the most upsetting scenes in cricket - though not all the Aussies were happy with it..

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Who Else?

Saving us from defeat and it had to be -"COLLINGWOOD"

Friday, July 10, 2009

the end of an era...

What happened to global warming?

Could Summer finally be here? My mesembryanthemums opened for five minutes yesterday.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

PRS memorial plaque unveiled

Following the unveiling of the PRS memorial in Emsstrasse adjacent to the main site two years ago, a further memorial has been unveiled 62 years to the day on which the school was opened.

A blast from the past

Lovingly restored to mint condition and seen here on its maiden voyage.

Jimmy Mellor found

Carol informs us that Jimmy Mellor (back row - second from right) has been located. He says it doesn't seem like 50 years since he was in touch and hopes to hear more from us all. Others in the photo - if I remember correctly - are John Frewer, Ian Stewart, Brian (Charlie) Arthur, Roger Hall, Bill Johnson and Bob Innes. Photo by courtesy of our countryside correspondent (hey up D).

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

A beautiful message about growing old...

Ashes to Ashes

I suppose you want it back? Oh, I forgot - you kept it anyway ...

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Save our old country

England my England
Goodbye to my England, So long my old friend Your days are numbered, being brought to an end To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that's fine But don't say you're English, that's way out of line.

The French and the Germans may call themselves suchSo may Norwegians, the Swedes and the DutchYou can say you are Russian or maybe a DaneBut don't say you're English ever again.

At Broadcasting House the word is tabooIn Brussels it's scrapped, in Parliament tooEven schools are affected.. Staff do as they're told They must not teach children about England of old.

Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and ShawThe pupils don't learn about them anymoreHow about Agincourt, Hastings , Arnhem or Mons ?When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

We are not Europeans, how can we be? Europe is miles away, over the sea We're the English from England, let's all be proud Stand up and be counted - Shout it out loud!

Let's tell our Government and Brussels too We're proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union JackLet the world know - WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK !!!! If you are English, pass it on please.

Monday, July 06, 2009

For baby fans

The only star in the house now (taken at 2 days)
Faye and Matthias

Anto', Matthias and Faye

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Take a last look

Anyone for tennis?

A message posted on the TWA public site yesterday, indicates that soon all that will be left of the Bante Kaserne will be our photos and memories.