Monday, September 30, 2013

Love your Van Sue... Don't buy one of these

8 years ago I took a clone to this van (Layout, colour 'an all) from London. ON to Vancouver BC and return, in the month of Dec.... 7,000 miles including vicinity mileage. It gave 11 mpg. as it had a 'low speed' rear end tied to a 305 cu .inch V8 . Fuel cost me approx. $5000.00. The good part. It had a control that , when parked, it would start up and run for 20 minutes every 3 hours and ran the high BTU aux. heater in the rear. This was useful while stranded in Rogers Pass for 8 hours, as they closed the road behind me. I then had to wait as they fired cannons at the over-hanging snow banks (15 ft deep) for avalanche control. Then... That's another story, in fact a book could be written. Needless to say I sold this beast when I got back home.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

rumour has it...

...the manufacturing of campervans will cease as from next year, or so I overheard on BBC Radio four this morning!...

Monday, September 23, 2013

It doesn't rain it pours

We have just learned belatedly that Bryan Jacob (Collingwood 50 - 52) died on the 15th August at the age of 78. His funeral was on the 12th September. Having no surviving family, we were only alerted about his death via Joe Kinson, who received the news from his pal, Brian Cater. Brian had apparently tried to call him, but the phone number had been cancelled. Bryan was reported to have looked quite ill at the last reunion, but the sad news was only uncovered after checking the Gloucester obituaries.

This photo taken at the Soton reunion shows Bryan flanked by Jack Moore and Tony Griffiths.

Another sad passing

We are sad to have to report the passing (last Sunday) of Linda [ Dench] Jones (Hood/Collingwood 58-63) due to a brain tumour following an earlier stroke. Despite spending a good deal of her life in a wheelchair, she was reported to have been a lovely person with a wonderful outlook on life. She attended most of the reunions and became a popular member of the '60s Clan'. Our sincere condolences go to her family.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Not many more days like this I suspect. Beautiful sunny day (last Saturday) in Staithes. Stopped for a pint in the Cod and Lobster (hey up Eileen), then down to Whitby to end the day.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

happy birthday downunder... Jim...think we can safely say ‘tis Monday morn’ by now darn sarf in Queensland!...

...ahah!m so now it's safe to add this 'handsome divil' to the gallery...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ladies - prepare for the winter months

Direct your men to this site at fist sign of sniffs... or you could get stocked up ready for him I suppose...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

for those under the weather...

...and for those whose need a holiday... Beijing Hotel Brochure...clearly translated directly from Mandarin to English!... Getting There: Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests. The hotel: This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self. The Restaurant: Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you. Your Room: Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is on heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! You will not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts. Bed: Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers. Above all: When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

happy birthday... Di...

Welcome to East Yorkshire

Did I say summer was still here in East Yorkshire? Well, It has never stopped raining since!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Couldn't believe my eyes!

Jen and I were in Madisonville (a few miles west of Mandeville, where we live) and there, on the Tchefuncte river, was a hoomin' been, floating above the river! His platform put me in mind for The Eagle and the inverted sauce boat the Mekon (Treen big cheese) would mosey about upon. There was one notable difference, whilst the Mekon's has no visible means of either support or propulsion, this fellow's was altogether more primitive. It was connected by a canvas fire hose to a jet ski. The stream of water expelled by the jet ski (and normally used to propel it) was forced up into the little platform and then out through two downward facing apertures and at great speed, allowing the man whose feet were strapped to the top to mover up and down, from side to side and forwards and backwards within the limits of the length of hose. Quite ingenious.

It's never too late to learn new words.......................

Words for 2013 * TESTICULATING. Waving your arms around and talking bollocks. * BLAMESTORMING. Sitting round in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible. * SEAGULL MANAGER. A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything and then leaves. * SALMON DAY. The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die. * CUBE FARM. An office filled with cubicles. * PRAIRIE DOGGING.. When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. (This also applies to applause for a promotion because there may be cake.) * SALAD DODGER. An excellent phrase for an overweight person. * SWAMP DONKEY. A deeply unattractive person.. * AEROPLANE BLONDE. One who has bleached/dyed her hair but still has a 'black box'. * PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE. The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again. * OH-NO SECOND. That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (e.g. You've hit 'reply all'). * GREYHOUND. A very short skirt, only an inch from the hare. * MILLENNIUM DOMES. The contents of a Wonderbra, i.e. extremely impressive when viewed from the outside but there's actually naught in there worth seeing. * MONKEY BATH .. A bath so hot, that when lowering yourself in, you go: 'Oo! Oo! Oo! Aa! Aa! Aa!'. * MYSTERY BUS. The bus that arrives at the pub on Friday night while you're in the toilet after your 10th pint and whisks away all the unattractive people so the pub is suddenly packed with stunners when you come back in. * TART FUEL. Bottled premixed spirits, regularly consumed by young women. * TRAMP STAMP. Tattoo on a female. * PICASSO BUM. A woman whose knickers are too small for her, so she looks like she's got 4 buttocks.

Journey up North

Leicester Cathedral
Met up with fellow Collingwood Girl Pat (Tricia) Smythe in Leicester, 
Pat commutes everyday to London- there's stamina!
Pat and I shared a room in Collingwood Girls in 1967

Opposite Leicester Cathedral
Burnby Hall and Gardens
Leeds allotment

Breezy Knees Garden... big feet in Yorkshire!

Whitby..... ahhhh it was lovely day and pirates invaded!

Eileen and I having lunch in York
York Minster looking very smart
Yorkshire Lavendar

Bettys York - the small one with smaller queue

Met up with Carol G on the way home near IKEA Nottingham

Eilleen and I had coffee in Haxby before using our bus passes to York

Eileen's secret viewing platform - M&S cafe

Steam train to Whitby from Pickering
One of the many fabulous views en route

Whitby in the blazing sunshine

Whitby from top near the Abbey

Big thank you to Jim for making these photos possible, camera is amazing :) xx

Sunday, September 01, 2013