Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Looking back.......

Found my files with a load of "Newsletters" in dating from back in 1994 with No 2.  I don't have No 1, but have loads of them.  Also the newspaper clipping is from the International Express that I bought on a whim in Charlottetown one day back then, and found it in the letter section.  And the rest is history!  I went to the first reunion in Newbury, managed to get a very reasonable fare for a one week trip, - it was quite an experience.  I don't think there have been as many attendees at a reunion since that first one.  Anyone else remember that?

Just around the corner - Pancakes sausage & maple syrup...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hmmm Nice Out

Sent her out to shovel the deck with Howards manual.

Monday, February 24, 2014


A Georgian is to a Russian what an Irishman is to an Englishman or a Belgian is to a Dutchman (and, for all I know, vice-versa).

So, a Russian was walking along with a book tucked under his arm. A Georgian, whom he knew, fell into step. "Hellyo" Said the Georgian. "Ent hellyo to you" Replied the Russian.
"I see you heff a book"
"What iyss iyt abowt?"
"Iyt's abowt lyodzic"
"Lyodzic? Whyat iss thyet?"
"Lyet me teyll jyou abowt lyodzic.......Jyou heff an akvarjyum?"
“Jyes, I heff an akvarjyum”
"Thyis tells me jyou like fyish - thyis iys lyodzic – and if jyou like fyish, jyou probyably like other animals - dwogs? Cyats?"
"I LYOVE dwogs and cyats! Hyow dyid you know?"
"Iyf jyou lyove dwogs and cyats, jyou will like cows?"
"Of course I like cows"
"Thyis tyells me jyou probyably eat beef and enjoy to barbeque?"
"I do, I do, I LYOVE to barbeque"
And thyat, my Georgian fryient, tyells me jyou are a fyamily myan wyith a wife and kyids!"

The next day, the Georgian was making his way down the street and this time, he had a book under his arm. A Russian of his acquaintance fell into step. "Hjello" He said, "Whyat is thyat under your arm?"
"It's a BOOK"
"A BOOK.......but djou cyan't read! What's it abowt?"
"Really? What do jyou know abowt lyodzic?"
"My fryient, lyet me tyell jyou abowt jyuo heff an akvarjum?"
"No....I do not!"
"OH..............MY.………..GYOD..........!          JYOU ARE A HOMOSEXUAL!"

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A gulley-washer - although I believe the sun may have actually risen, Paul.

 Rain cascading off the back roof
 Visibility almost nada - and water cascading off the front roof
 Not the sun never setting, just a street light
 And then the drainage ditch was full

Spot the TWA sticker

Hello all

Took this photo Thursday, never realised the sticker was in the background :)

Happy birthday again Paul x

Hope you saw me wave Alex when I drove past your way last night ;)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

for Jim...

...just in passing, to remind Jim how cold it can get in the Netheregions of the Northern Hemisphere! :))

Could not be true of course...

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he
asked about his bill, and the barber replied, 'I cannot accept money
from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The florist was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill,
the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you, I'm doing community service this week.' The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a 'thank you' card and a dozen doughnuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Member of Parliament came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, 'I cannot accept money from you. I'm doing community service this week.' The Member of Parliament was very happy and left the shop.
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Members of Parliament lined up waiting for a free haircut.

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between
the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Now this is terrible weather....

Snow-plow going by the end of our driveway about 45mins ago, driver laughing all the way.  I am not sure what Howard was saying, leave it to your imagination.  We got dumped on again last night, another lot coming tomorrow and on Friday.  Where did we go wrong, oh I know, came to Canada instead of Australia.  Plow (Canadian spelling) driver then backed up and gathered more snow and deposited it just in the right place - totally blocked the driveway.  Thanks mate, even though I know we need this snow clearing equipment there is a limit!!


Had to get out of the house for a couple of hours to show you all what BAD weather we are having!! "WHITE STUFF"and WATER everywhere! So I hope you all realise now you are not on your own up there.!!LOL.

HELPHitting the UK

Hitting the UK 3rd apr-12th.Two nights Heathrow airport,get in late so will take the train into the city next day and show the warden a tiny bit of the place,Any hotel/car rental suggestions.Also Helga, will be looking for a hotel in Newcastle mid week two nights any ideas.pendleburyf@gmail .com.Some of you may have    either will work.Thanks.

Monday, February 17, 2014

But wait there's more(paperback edition).

Okay ya beat it out of me.Postcards,the one lady went back to New Jersey,never to be seen again.The other a kiwi was working in London and sharing a place with her sister.After the drinking cronies left the kiwi "G" lady wanted to come for a visit.Much consternation for mumsie!!! two bedroom house and told her I wasn't sleeping on the couch---- oh the scandal.Time to look for a job,as most ex army surveyors went into the oil patch I followed suit and set up 3 or 4 interviews in London.G and I visited my sister ,Manchester area on our way down.All companies offered jobs and all were Middle East,North Africa locations ???.Hmmm just shelled there last year of army.Made out okay on the double dipping travel expenses and told them I would think it over at home over a pint or more.Got a tip for a Canadian firm giving interviews.So back down to London and stayed with G.Got the job along with 3 others two of which were army pals (oil patch is a big family for ex squaddies).Canada,Barry my army long time friend from South Hetton flew out of Heathrow to Calgary new years eve 75.January 4th Mr P was up on the arctic,you may have seen the program "it aint arf cold mum".Yep cold and dark though another great experience.Early april got a phone call,not your regular call back then mobile transfer from London UK via ??? to a trailer in the arctic.G at 25 years of age had a stroke in London.Between her sister and my mum went down to help out she was able to cope.Ice break up meant we got out of the north before the end of april and I flew home for a few weeks.Started proceedings to take G back to NZ.Finished off my term in Canada and flew to Christchurch,its a long haul.To be continued.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

on the good ship Lollipop...

 ...Shirley Temple Black...

...born Shirley Temple...

...April 23, 1928 - February 11, 2014...

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Clive Walch

Very sorry to hear the news about Clive.My condolences to his family.
Here are 2 more shots  which should bring back memories of him. We became friends for several terms before he left in '59. In the first shot he & I are on a  deich walk.  I recall that in the winter months we used to walk as far as the wrecked fourth entrance which was strictly out of bounds.
He & I were also keen members of the CCF  and in the second shot we must be getting ready to go over to the Bonteheim on a Wednesday evening drill night.Brian Arthur is in civvies but cannot recall the name of the other cadet.
Rest in peace.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

A man of my time

Firstly apologies for not being a regular visitor here and I promise (again) to visit more often.

I know a few pictures have appeared on the blog of my great mate Clive Walch (he's the one underneath) but I'm sad to say that today, he finally succumbed to a fight against cancer at the North London Hospice.  I was fortunate enough to see him for one last time, earlier this week and relive some old memories.    His brothers, including Rod who was also in Drake around 57/59 were with him to the end and had travelled across the globe to support him.   

I don't know yet when the funeral will be but if anyone knew him and would like to attend, please contact me and I'll let you know the details.

Clive Walch, 1943 to 2014, RIP mate

Barney's birthday...

...from this... this... just six years!...well done, Barney!...and congratulations to Eileen too, of course, eh! :)) 

Friday, February 07, 2014

End of an era

They were the sign that you had started school and the only way mothers could ensure at least some of their child’s PE kit would return home at the end of term.
Hours were spent sewing them into t-shirts, skirts, bags and in the cases of the hapless few, even socks.
But now after 140 years and being remembered by generations, the woven school name tag is in danger of disappearing.
Cash’s, Coventry’s oldest remaining weaving business, has gone into administration as it struggles to appeal to a new generation of parents who are instead choosing waterproof marker pens as a quicker and cheaper way to mark their children’s clothes.
Siobhan Freegard, from Netmums, said she is always impressed when any child comes to school with a woven nametag – something she believes is a sign of the “Perfect Mum.”
She told the Daily Mail: “I think the advent of the waterproof pen, which costs about 20p at the checkout of all school uniform shops, was the problem. It is like a magic wand.”
The woven name tags have been made by Cash’s since the 1870s and by 1964 the firm was appointed ‘Manufacturers of Woven Name Tapes to Her Majesty the Queen.’
Nametapes are produced in several styles of handwriting and in different colours, but this attention to detail makes them labour intensive and also means parents have to spend time at home sewing them into clothes.
KPMG, the joint administrator, is trying to find a buyer for the business, which was still making around 9,000 nametapes last week.
The majority of the 58 people working at the factory have been made redundant.
Will Wright, a partner at KPMG, said: “I really hope that this is not the end of the road for the business.”
Cash’s was set up by two Quaker brothers, John and Joseph Cash, in 1846 and became England’s leading silk ribbon manufacturer. 
Maybe I should keep the ones that I got for my boys to send to a museum - with great timing I bought about 100 for each of them - and then bought one of the waterproof pens. 

Monday, February 03, 2014

Chateau Freddiecakes

Twice as big as the one four of us slept in in Hamburg(in the snow) oct74.Yes we were medicated.Army buddy and two aussie guys whose van quit after Munich.We took it upon ourselves to act as tour guides.Took them to Hamburg to see the boats and Amsterdam for the tulips.Then we invaded my parents in Newcastle.Liked to keep my parents involved.Every time I visited the old man and I would have a few in the working mans club.Pretty well without fail his friends would say"are you courting yet? closely followed by when are you going back"?.Elbow,elbow there must be something wrong with the boy!!!.In hindsight the Newcastle invasion was embraced by the fact a couple of ladies had all ready sent postcards from the beerfest.Which  set aside any fears that their little boy was ok.But wait theres more--------------------

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Hull v Spurs

Yes Paul. We had a good view from the upper tier, West stand. I was at the 'Lane' for the Spurs home fixture in November.