Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas.

I want to wish all my friends .new and old who have become great Cuckooites and have helped us become a great website. With out your input and dedication we would not be where we are today.
Thank you have a wonderful holiday season.
Tommy @ Sue.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Update on my opperation

Hi folks,
finally getting around to thanking those of you who wished me the best on my total knee replacement surgery that I had done last Tuesday.After some set backs and other problems they released me to come home yesterday Saturday.Sue picked me up dumped in the back seat  as I could not bend the new knee yet to get in the front.They tell me the operation was a total success and I am now the owner of a knee that will forever hold me up at the airports when going through security.If any of you out there are experiencing knee or hip  problems I urge you to see a orthopedic surgeon for advice,I myself waited far to long to get this procedure done.I will have physical therapist visiting me at home for the next four weeks to get the knee working like normal and I have a good supply of pain killers on hand.Hopefully I will be able to drive in about a month.
Thanks again you are the greatest.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Sports from around the world.


Get busy with your memories from Christamas

Come on Cuckooites,we can do better than what we have so far.Get out those pens and pencils and send us or post them on the site and tell us your best Christmas story as a kid growing up on the Estate.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Staying on subject

Hi Cuckooites,please let us try to stay on subject when posting comments.I see by some of the posts we are all over the place again.This was one of our biggest complaints from folks who where visiting the site.Please think before you post.
Thanks Tommy.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Beyond the Brent .A letter from the past

Friday, 28 March 2008

Beyond the Brent Dot Tessier

Hi Jackie,  I received the book today thank you very much.  I've scanned through it and have read most of the stories and seen the photos but what is nice is that as I have it in print I can show family/friends.  I was surprised to see my story on there as I didn't realise it had been kept.  It gave my grandaughter Ashley's age as 20 but she is only 10, but I probably did that myself.
Overall, I think the book is well presented and the photos are good, I just wish I knew more people in them.  Reading the stories has made me realise that life was hard during the 40s and 50s.  We didn't have the technology we have today and I clearly remember Mum washing clothes by hand, carrying them down two flights of stairs (in Brants Walk) to hang them out and if it rained we'd all go running to get the washing in.  Trying to get it dry in a cold flat was another chore.  If Mum had the fire going she would drape the washing on the clothes horse near the fire to dry.  Mum scrubbed the floors on her hands and knees, she planted vegetables in our garden, she had to go shopping every couple of days and so on, but what I've realised is that although life was very hard it was healthier.  People had more physical work to do and therefore didn't suffer the problems we have today with weight and health issues.  Also, no one had time to feel sorry for themselves they just got on with things.  Us kids would worry about Mum having to work so hard (she had two cleaning jobs too) but even in her 70s she walked straight and tall and wouldn't take pills of any kind.  There were many families like ours and I didn't see a TV until I was 11 as we couldn't afford it.  We were poor but like many of the others in the book, we were taught right from wrong and good manners.  We all rebelled at certain points in our lives but never hurt anyone and ended up as good decent people.  This says a lot for everyone from the estate and their parents before them.
Many thanks
Dot (Tessier)

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Fw: Order your book and lapel pins

Hi Cuckooites,our book and lapel pins make excellant Christmas gifts for the family and old friends who grew up on the Cuckoo estate.
The book costs Seven pounds includes shipping and our lapel Pins cost four pounds this includes shipping.See photo's attached.
    If you are interested in getting either or both please contact Jackie Stringer
at   or telephone to place your order. 0208 8683133.
Wear your pin with pride show the world where you came from.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Next Months Feature comment page

Hi Cuckooites ,you all put on your thinking caps and tell us your favorite story from Christmas past.Do not put your comments on this page save them for next month.We will vote on all the story's we recieve and we will announce the best story in January from your voting.Your prize to the winner two Cuckooite lapel pins for you and someone else of your choice.So start now we want to hear from you in December..


Friday, 31 October 2008

November Chat page,and food for thought

This thought has just occured to me. When photo's or text that is copied from other websites or publications is entered on this site, and the permission of the copyright owner has not been given, then copyright laws are being broken. I am not being paranoid, and maybe if it was discovered no action would be taken. But who knows? By the way the music on Tommy's Photo albums would also come into it. It is worth thinking about because ignorance is no excuse in law. So this is just Food For Thought. Jim Davis.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

The movie and where to get it.

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John Boorman
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November 1987 (USA) more
Comedy | Drama | War more
The epic story of a world at war. And a boy at play.
A semiautobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... more | add synopsis
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations more
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 (Cast overview, first billed only)
Sebastian Rice-Edwards ... Bill Rowan (as Sebastian Rice Edwards)
Geraldine Muir ... Sue Rowan
Sarah Miles ... Grace Rowan
David Hayman ... Clive Rowan

Sammi Davis ... Dawn Rowan

Derrick O'Connor ... Mac
Susan Wooldridge ... Molly
Jean-Marc Barr ... Cpl. Bruce Carrey
Ian Bannen ... Grandfather George
Annie Leon ... Grandma
Jill Baker ... Faith
Amelda Brown ... Hope
Katrine Boorman ... Charity
Colin Higgins ... Clive's Pal
Shelagh Fraser ... WVS Woman
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113 min
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Charley Boorman, who plays the Luftwaffe Pilot, is the son of the film's director, John Boorman. more
Revealing mistakes: When Bill is being chased, the dog is running next to him in the last couple of shots. more
Clive Rowen: Billy, before I go there's something I want to tell you. You're not quite old enough, but, well...
[he produces a cricket ball]
Clive Rowen:'s the googly. Your hand is too small to master it, but you can make a start.
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A perennial delight, 31 January 2005
Author: pekinman from Illinois

I've been watching 'Hope and Glory' for almost 20 years now, since its release in 1987 and it is still a total pleasure to view. John Boorman has re-created his memories of experiences during the Blitz and produced what could have been a very cynical, black comedy. But instead of dwelling on the death and destruction he has created a delightful pastiche, almost like a fairy tale, viewed through the eyes of a boy, Bill (Boorman himself), as he adapts and revels in the collapse of all the old and comfortable patterns of his life.

I am no fan of child actors, of the Shirley Temple/Freddie Bartholomew type, but these young British actors are wonderful. Bill is played by Sebastian Rice-Davies, a kid who seems to be possessed by the humor and life experience of a 35 year old. His younger sister, Geraldine Muir, steals her scenes with her cherubic face and rapier tongue. Her commentary on sex is hilarious.

The cast is uniformly excellent, though often over-shadowed by their young colleagues. Ian Bannen once again shines as their grumpy grampa, full of vinegar and oaths. His character is revealed to the fullest extent as he shakes his fist at the power lines encroaching on his idyllic house on the river Thames, hissing out "I curse you, volt, watt and amp!" This is indicative what all has been lost prior even to the bombs falling; the advancement of what is popularly thought to be Progress.

'Hope and Glory' is a salute to a more civilized society that was dealt a death blow during The Great War (WWI) and would be buried forever after WW2, Hitler's bombs just sped up the process of the dissolution of civility and decency.

But there is hope inherent in this film. Humor survives and the links with the past are secure, as embodied in the relationship between Bill and his grandfather, they connect and that connection cannot be broken, leaving me with the thought that perhaps we can return to better days, before MTV, Jerry Springer, Enron, Bill Clinton and a government educational system that demands our conformity to some sort of ephemeral "norm".

'Hope and Glory' is endlessly thought-provoking at the same time making one laugh at the follies of human-beings.

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