Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Praying for Leroy

"Anyone with needs to be prayed over, come forward, to the front at the altar," the Preacher says.

Leroy gets in line, and when it's his turn, the preacher asks: "Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you."

Leroy replies: "Preacher, I need you to pray for my hearing." The preacher puts one finger in Leroy's ear, and he places the other hand on top of Leroy's head and prays and prays and prays, he prays a blue streak for Leroy.

After a few minutes, the Preacher removes his hands, stands back and asks,"Leroy, how is your hearing now?"

Leroy says, "I don't know, Reverend, it ain't til next Wednesday!"

The Lancashire Hotpots

I was searching recipes for a warm and comforting meal and came across the above singing 'Chippy Tea' Paul, if you find this as funny as I, perhaps you can post it? (You Tube - Lancashire Hotpots - Chippy Tea)
There you go Lofty!
Come up north at your peril Alex!

Why men have two hands

Or men indeed

Why women have two hands!

One swallow doesn’t make a summer….

No Linda Lovelace jokes please. For most of what passes here as Summer in the UK the country has been bisected by a bank of cloud stretching from the Bristol Channel to the Wash. Above that line vitamin D deficiency is once more on the increase although on a positive note the expense of designer sun-glasses is something we have been spared. Those in sunnier climes please spare a thought for us……

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Too many pics from across the water on here! Have some of this!

Two Asian heroin addicts have injected themselves with curry powder by mistake - both are in intensive care...
One has a dodgy tikka and the other one is in a korma.

A woman brings eight-year-old Johnny home and tells his mother that he was caught playing doctors and nurses with Mary, her eight-year old daughter.
Johnny's mother says, "Let's not be too harsh on them.... they are bound to be curious about Sex at that age."
"Curious about Sex?" replies Mary's mother. "He's taken her appendix out!"

I had a mate who was suicidal. He was really depressed, so I pushed him in front of a steam train. He was chuffed to bits.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mystery man ?

John L' s mention of Clive Walch rang a bell because I have a feeling that this picture may be him ? If it's not him then can anyone tell me who it is ?No prizes for recognizing the location!
I believe this was taken in the summer term 1960.

Drake boys Cricket XI 1958

Dmitri's recent reference to the Turley brothers reminded me that in the Hall photo archive there is this shot( complete with camera shake ) which I think includes one of the Turleys. Can D, or any other Drake contemporary identify him ? Others present include Dave Dalton ( Head Boy ) , Dennis Worth, Barry Lloyd, Mike Hayley? Who were the others ? Taken at the Sportplatz, Summer '58.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I give up!


Out of the blue...

As I mentioned in a recent post, former Drake boy John Chatterton (brother of Daryl whom we greeted in Cardiff), dropped in on the blog this week. He sent this photo to jog our memories and I for one remember him. In 1961 he shared one of the large end rooms upstairs with the late Richard 'Jock' Pringle and three other boys, including the late Tony Cundy. He also shared the room next door with Roger Cheese, Stuart Young, plus A.N. Other.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Animated Gifs

Have "written" a guide as to how to upload an animated gif to the blog.
Click on the link and I look forward to seeing some of your work!
Try and keep up with the "Howeites"

Thank you

You may remember some time ago I did the Race for Life - just had email from Cancer Relief and with my online and cheque donations - I raised £155 - so big Thank you to those Bloggers who sponsored me x x

Friday, September 25, 2009

Big Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Does this make it easier to see, Cyril?

PRS wilhelmshaven ww2 wwii

This is Terry's aerial shot, overlaid with a more recent Google Earth pic which it fades into. It's not 100% accurate as the photo's are at slightly different angles but it's close enough.

Friday Prayers

Dear God,
Please send Dennis Clark to a different summer camp this year.

Dear God,
Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.

Dear God,
Please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I thought someone might like to see photos of his home town waterfront.

I used to work as a labourer installing telephone cables near the site of this tower in the 1970s when it was part of a Royal Navy barracks. Now it rivals Sydney or Auckland harbours in the Antipodes. The weather today was great too.

Brian Arthur's Hofner guitar !

The Guitar that we all coveted including Jimmy Mellor. It was ELECTRIC for goodness sake. The rest of had to soldier on with our humble acoustics. Others present are Bob Innes ,BA & yours truly sporting his latest rocker quiff . It must have been a Saturday evening , because we are all in 'civvies', and probably before the cinema in Churchill or maybe a dance. Those lucky girls !!!

Recognise anyone?

Former PRS staff members at their Stafford reunion in ?.

Linkable Link for John L's Post

Thursday Prayers

Dear God,
If you give me a genie lamp like Alladin I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.

Dear God,
We read that Thomas Edison made light but in Sunday School they said you did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.

Dear God,
If you let the dinosaur not be extinct we would not have a country. You did the right thing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

further to WW2 posts on U-boats...

...courtesy of Hartmut and Holger's site...


Dear Mr Slimes,

My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a weekend with the Marines

Ms Take

For John S...........

The inset is Lemp after receiving his Knights Cross 14th Aug 1940. Hard to decide if same man.
Were you aware that the U 50 was at Wilhelmshaven 2 March 1940?On route to Keil.
Dönitz awarded many of the crew that day with Iron Crosses. I have several photos of the event showing the school.
Thanks to all for the comments and interest shown

PRS in WW2

Those WW2 shots of the Sub crews got me thinking of an aerial recon shot I had of the site during the war. It shows a few buildings not there in Google Earth, - is the building at the end of the jetty the one Helga was talking about in that 3rd photo?

Wednesday Prayers

Dear God,
If you watch in Church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes.
Mickey D

Dear - God,
If - we - come - back - as - something - please - dont - let - me - be - Jennifer - Horton - because - I - hate - her.

Dear God,
I would like to live 900 years like the guy in The Bible.

Now, that's a dust storm...

It started out west, I got it in Canberra yesterday, and this morning it hit Sydney. Its like being on Mars, I tells ya...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Number Three

Number Two

U-Boat DVD Still One

Have managed to capture three images from the Channel 4 programme, will have to post them one at time. All comments info welcome.

There once was a school...

...but all's not quite gone yet...
It's still not clear to me how they are going to get rid of these when it's been proven cost-prohibitive to demolish them elsewhere.

At least what's left will be kept well maintained.

And there will always be this reminder.

Tuesday Prayers

Dear God,
I think about you sometimes even when I'm not praying.

Dear God,
I am American. What are you?

Dear God,
I bet it is very hard for you to love everybody in the whole world. There are only 4people in our family and I can never do it.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Message for Roger H and John S
Watched the battle of Atlantic last night and with regard to the u-boats seen did either of you notice a bit of the main site in background?I may be wrong but have it on dvd which I will study. Supposed to be set in 1943 and onwards but I spotted several boats displaying their numerals.
Saludo Amigos!

Monday Prayers

The children's prayers for this week are reproduced as originally written.

Dear God,
Instead of letting people die and haveing to make new ones why don't you just keep the ones you got now?

Dear God,
I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that OK?

Dear God,
In bible times did they really talk that fancy?

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Mr and Mrs Joe Kinson

Hot off the press from Pat Underhill .. the Happy Couple

Cut backs for BFPO

WITH its motto “Swift and Secure”, the British Forces Post Office has been helping our forces across the world keep in touch with loved ones at home since the Peninsular Wars, more than 200 years ago.

But now its future is in peril because of a “mean-spirited” Government plan to save just £1.7million a year.

By September next year, the axe will have fallen on BFPO post centres at 10 British bases in Europe, including Portugal, Belgium and Gibraltar.

As well as ensuring troops stay in touch with friends and families, the BFPO system is essential for servicemen and women to keep up with financial or administrative affairs.

Many banks and lenders, including Marks & Spencer, refuse to send bank or credit card statements to addresses outside the UK unless they are BFPO. Open University literature and even postal election ballot papers will be hit.

Parents serving abroad who want to send their children to university in Britain have complained they may be classed as foreigners and forced to pay far higher tuition fees.

Even the cost of small luxuries such as weekly magazines will soar as subscribers find themselves paying foreign postage rates.

Last night one serving infantryman, who did not wish to be named, complained: “We have to fight for decent equipment, fight for decent housing and now this, it’s really the last straw.

“We’ve always relied on BFPO. It gives access to a safe and reliable system at UK prices no matter where you are in the world.”

Almost 15,000 people have already signed a petition on the Downing Street website (

Saturday, September 19, 2009

From the Link Meister!

This is the way I post links
1. Make sure you are in the "compose" window and not in EDIT Html
2. Paste the link address of the required web-site
3. Highlight the link address and click on LINK button on toolbar.
4. Small window will appear called Hyperlink showing the web address, click on OK
5. Left click in window to clear the highlighted address
6. Click Preview
7. Test the link by right clicking on it and choosing the "open in new tab"
8. If all well........Click on PUBLISH POST

I will now post a link to a web-site which is full of info regarding posting etc.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Mouse, The Waterslide

I'm afraid I'm not yet up to putting videos on to the blog, but here are some that are worth looking at. Hope you haven't come across them before.

If these addresses don't work, please Google "mouse bungee jumping" and "extraordinary waterslide jumps"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another View

Yes a great place to visit, Helga, have been twice.Imagine the entry price if it was anywhere but Turkey!

Another View


I believe there is a blogger with Pompey connections.Am looking for any info on Hilsea Barracks and what stands there now and any info on North End School?

a woman of our times...

...heard on the news this morning of the demise of folk singer, Mary Travers...of "Peter, Paul and Mary" fame...aged 72...

Me and my friend!


Roman Business Centres.

One thing I have learnt in my recent travels is that all Roman toilets were very carefully sized. Readers may find some of the dimensions interesting. Perhaps what is less surprising is that most important decisions were made here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oh Dear!

Dear John,
I love you. Do you love me?

Dear Mr Simes,
I am your wife. That school keeps you so busy that I haven't seen you for seven months. Will you be able to come home for Christmas? Please phone.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a lawyer, so your teachers need to be careful what they say to my son.

Dear Dear Sir,
Please could I apply for the Threshold Assessment to receive an enhanced salary.

Dear Occupier,
GAS BILL - This is a final demand for the sum of £23,635.33.

To Whom It May Concern
Joe Bloggs is a fantastic teacher who would do better at your school than mine.

Dear Mr Slimes,
%*&! +%%

Dear Simes,
Welcome as a new teacher to this friendly local authority.

Dear Headmaster,
Sir, I have been your deputy for three years. Sir, when will you be moving on?

Dear Mrs Simes,
We would be pleased if you could join our School Knitting Circle.

I've never met you, but I feel I've known you for a long time.

Dear Reverend Professor,
I think you may have applied for the wrong post.

Dear Sir John,

Dear John Simes PhD MB ChB MA(Oxon) MSc(Cantab) Cert Ed MEd FRS
Thank you for your application, but I regret that you are under qualified for the post of primary school head teacher.

Dear Mr Simmes,
I am writeing to complane about my childs pore speling.

Dear John,
I am sorry, but ...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

what's wrong with this picture?...

A very mini reunion

Diane and I met in Derby today. We thoroughly enjoyed a couple of hours together,before we both had to go our separate ways.

RIP Patrick

I loved this scene and the music - and blow what my mum says - they are better than Jimmy Young

Monday, September 14, 2009

School Stories 4

I used to consider myself to be a conscientious, well-organised and hardworking primary school headteacher. One day the secretary took a telephone call and made an appointment for a mother to see me the next day. Of course, I needed all the information to hand about her child, ready for the meeting, so I read through all his school records, talked at some length to his classteacher ... and to him, listened to him read and looked carefully through all his exercise books. After about two hours' work, I was ready to make an informed contribution to any discussion about him that his mother and I might have.

The time came, his mother arrived and was shown into my office.

"Hello, Mr Simes. I wonder if you could countersign my passport application."

School Stories 3

A past teaching colleague of mine used to be a pupil in a secondary school in Buxton, Derbyshire. One day, at break time, she needed to talk to a teacher who was in the staff room. When she got there, she saw a notice on the door:


... so she didn't and walked straight in.

Fifty years later she still comes out in a cold sweat when she thinks about this memorable occasion.

School Stories 2

Jessica: So why did you have to leave your part-time teaching job?
Mum: For more money in this full-time one.
Jessica: What's so important about money?
Mum: Well, it'll pay for the roof conversion, and the new kitchen extension, and your new wardrobes, and the new carpet ...
Jessica: Stop showing off.

School Stories 1

Although our grand daughter, Jessica (aged 7) is not a Roman Catholic, she attends a Convent School where her mother used to teach. They say prayers every day and once she came home with a prayer ... she seems to have misheard/misunderstood the ending!:
"In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Syrup. Amen."

Thorah Island on Lake Simcoe

As summer closes I am getting a couple of 'overnighter' 'single handed' stays on our boat. This island is famous for its' 'milk snakes' and a pack of large wolves. I took my fold up bike and cycled the 'roads'... I met some interesting folks who live there 8 months of the year. (Deliverance Style) This coming week I am off to 'Pefferlaw River' not exactly the Zambesi or Irriwaddy but I am sure I will have some small adventure...

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Squirrel with nuts!

A life on the ocean wave anyone?

The weekend is the start of the Round the World Clipper race, starting (and finishing) in 'Ull. We couldn't attend the Sunday race start but on Friday, Mrs L and I donned our best Kevlar vests, complete with camouflage bling and went for a look at the clippers in 'Ull Marina.
Whilst I admire their resolve and competetiveness, can't say I'd fancy 10 months in one these!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Behind the Gym!

This was were the buses returned to after lunch. I have it on good authority that a certain young "lady" sometimes displayed her "top bits" at the changing room window as the boys disembarked.
Needless to say it never happened when I was there.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Wont have time to check in here tomorrow a.m. - catching an earlier ferry that first planned. But I will be checking in whenever I can when I am in England.

Carol if I can get to W.B. will let you know somehow.

Now I can actually say, we go tomorrow!! Yeeha:)

Jim's back