Tuesday, 29 January 2008
The Cuckoo Bird - No Longer Endangered!
At last the rare Cuckooite Bird, which was once thought to be extinct is now known to be alive and well. It is thriving so well and it's numbers are increasing every season that it is to be removed from the endangered species list. In fact ornithologists say that many Cuckooites will be flocking to their natural habitat "The Cuckoo Estate" this coming Spring in April and it's not too late to join them. This occurrence will be their third such reunion, and many of these migratory Cuckooites will be returning from overseas and from far Beyond the Brent.
The Cuckoo Estate a residential community in Hanwell. This estate was build around 1937 and a portion of the residents were from other parts of
During the war years in particular the residents grew into a very close community, so much so that the "community spirit" has continued on .and on and on .
Here we are in 2008 and the past and present residents (around 120 people) are meeting up for a third reunion at the Perivale Community Centre (Saturday 12th April 2008 7.30 p.m.) coming in from the Cuckoo Estate, coastal and country resorts, and from the United States and other lands. There is no limit to their travels in order to attend this very special reunion. They have not lost their old Cuckoo Estate spirit and are all meeting up to chat to old friends and family members. The bond grows stronger and stronger ..
The Cuckoo Estate community now have their own website www.cuckooites.org
and so many have sent in their special memories of their time on the estate. It is hoped that we may make a book containing all these wonderful stories.
In this day and age, it is quite extraordinary that there is such a community spirit still
continuing long may it last.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
Does anyone have a favorite movie or film star from the 1950's?
Eff worked at the Granada Greenford, she must have seen a lot of films and
probably has some memories of her favorite film stars too.
I remember Bridge Over The River Kwai with Alec Guinness, who also starred
in many old Ealing Film Studio movies.
Liz Taylor was another big English born star.
There were the On the Road To movies with Bing Crosby and comedian Bob Hope
who was another ex Brit.
I'm not sure but I think Sir Alfred Hitchcock was English born also.
Kenneth Moore starred in Genevieve and also The 39 Steps.
Well that's just a few, there are I'm sure many other stars from England
that made it bigtime on the big screen…and oh yes don't forget Dianna Doors.
Well if you can remember more English stars or even if you have a favorite
American or other star, or if you just want to share some memories of the
films or musicals you had seen let's hear 'em.
I thought this may make a nice change and something we can all talk about.
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Saturday, 19 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
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Someone who teaches at a middle school in Safety Harbor, Florida , forwarded the following letter. The letter was sent to the principal's office after the school had sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. An old lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit to all humankind.
Forward to anyone you know who might need a lift today.
Dear Safety Harbor Middle School:
God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent Senior Citizens Luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Safety Harbor Assisted Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away. I am all alone and I want to thank you for your kindness to an old, forgotten lady. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio; but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping. The other day her radio fell off the nightstand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass. Thank you for that opportunity.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
At last the rare Cuckooite Bird, which was once thought to be extinct is now known to be alive and well.
It is thriving so well and it's numbers are increasing every season that it is to be removed from the endagered species list.
In fact ornithologists say that many Cuckooites will be flocking to their natural habitat The Cuckoo Estate this coming Spring in April and it's not too late to join them.
This occurrence will be their third such reunion, and many of these migratory Cuckooites will be returning from overseas and from far Beyond the Brent.
You may even hear their distinctive call or spot one of these colourful creatures as they gad about visiting various old haunts and frequenting such watering holes as The White Hart.
This rare photo of one near it's favorite habitat, (The Old Cuckoo School, where comedian Charlie Chaplin was a pupil), shows just how comical these birds can be. They are not to be confused with the more common variety which have a less appealing plumage and song, nor do they share the same sense of humour.
And one more thing......Arry, whoever you are mate, please feel free to stick this photo up your ornithology album.
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Hello Tommy,thanks for the welcome.My name is Ken Bunting,I was born in Mayfield Gardens (quite near to Rosie and Pat Gadston)wonder if they remember me?I lived with my Mum and Dad upstairs in a one bedroom flat and downstairs lived my aunt and uncle who had 3 children.Pam and Brenda Green who now live in Tennessee with there mum my aunt Flo who is still going along very well at the age of 88.The third member was Ray who lives in Canada.It was to a lot of cuckooites at the time the (POSH)side of the Greenford Ave,in fact,I had to wait for my parents to go to bed and would then pull down the front of what seemed to be a chest of drawers to find a fold up bed.On lots of weekends my mates sometimes,3 or 4 would end up sleeping there,it always suprised me that my mum would never show any shock at finding so many bodies in one room.Among my mates was my oldest and dearest friend Jim Davis,we have known each other for more years than I care to remember.We were in the same class right from the infants through to leaving school.I married Jan who lived in Browning Ave on 4th JUNE 1960. We now live in KENT a lovely county with some of the most gorgeous scenery going,Jim and and his lovely wife (another Jan) came to see us,we hadnt seen each other for the best part of 20 years so it was lovely.Another great mate was TERRY FINUCANE,I remember his dad was at one time the manager of the QUEENS CINEMA at Brentford,we used to go and get in for nothing.Do you remember Terry?While writing this,I suddenly remembered the PENNY POP SHOP in HANWELL BDY I dont if its been talked before.anyway,hope someone finds this of interest,and hope to see people at the reunion I have known cheers TOMMY
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Hi Tom, I know maybe more than most how much time and effort you have put into running this website in its first year. It is clear also how much people enjoy visiting it. We have a good core of people that contribute regularily and long may they do so. But this message is for those that enjoy the site, but as yet have not taken the bull by the horns and told us a little about themselves.I can assure them we WILL be interested. So If you are still alive you do have a story to tell, but of course if you are now dead you will be excused. Jim
My name is John Corsham the younger half of twins John & Eric.We were born at no 9 Laurie Road in September 1937.we were the last children of Flo & Bill we had three other brothers Bill-Vic and Dennis plus two sisters Vi & Doris,sadly Bill Vic and Doris have all passed away in the last ten years.We had what I would describe as a very special childhood growing up on the cuckoo estate during and long after the war,we went through all the periods of rationing and food shortages but we kept smiling and looking forward to better days,they did come quite quickly and before we had time to enjoy anymore childhood days we were 15 years old (grown up) and started work which when you look back now was quite young.We did our national service in the R.A.S.C.as drivers and spent our two years in Fleet in Hampshire attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps traning establishment,it all went well but we were glad to get demobbed and get on with our lives.I married in 1957 and had three sons,Eric married in 1965 but had no children.We are both enjoying our retirement I live in Dorset with my partner Jill and Eric is widowed and still lives in Greenford.
I must just add that while we were growing up we had many friends in the C.L.B and many others who I can still remember with affection and we were a very contented bunch.Eric and I are looking forward to our next reunion in April,see you there.
Monday, 7 January 2008
LIFE IN THE 1500'S
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the1500s:
These are interesting...
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water.
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying It's raining cats and dogs.
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old..
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ..dead ringer.
And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !
Saturday, 5 January 2008
> that gave us so many headaches were in Upfield. I don't remember any there
> but we did have one at the bottom of Greatdown, although the railings had
> been removed to build aircraft carriers, or so we were told. In the latter
> days of the war our green was used as a market place where pieces of
> shrapnel, or any other bits of stuff that we picked up after an air raid,
> could be swapped or purchased. The monetary units were cigarette cards
> as the hostilities ended and we lost interest in bits of land mines and
> bombs, we started card fairs. The idea was to play darts, marbles and coin
> tossing, usually three cards to play and six if you won. I remember having
> an almost full set of Stars of the Silver Screen and using them to ante up
> the three that were missing. I never was a gambler and ended up with only
> three left. Recently I wrote a short story about hobbies and collecting
> used that memory as part of the tale. We also used to visit the tip in
> Greenford to scavenge for pieces of cinema film. Any film that shed a few
> pieces of footage from shows at the Granada or Playhouse would end up
> and were used as collateral for buying cards. If you found a few frames
> one of the rare technicolour films they were like gold dust. How simple
> achievements were in those days. Del.
Thursday, 3 January 2008
My parents were very friendly with neighbours Father and Mrs Russell, and dad told me many a story of Father Russell who enjoyed a pint and was to be seen often in The White Hart. However, he was always there with a collecting tin for the church and only used to have one drink. He was very highly thought of in the community for the way in which he mixed with the locals.
The Church Lads Brigade was formed round about 1947/48 and my father, Jim Bailey, was very much involved in this as my brother also joined. Dad used to do door to door collections and raffles, always fund-raising for the CLB. Mum used to be there as well making tea and other refreshments for them.
Jack Annis was the officer in charge, Len Weedon was bandmaster and Sid Barr was PT instructor. At a later date John Stone was involved.
Names of some of the lads that spring to mind are Roy Lovell, Sid Hooper, John Thompson, Colin Murphy, Peter Todd, and oh yes a young Terry Finucane.
We also went to
When my sister got married at
About 1949 or so I remember a musical production of Sleeping Beauty being put on, which was directed by Mrs Russell. I starred in this together with my friend Valerie Eaton, who lived at 23,
By about 1950/51 the Church Girls Brigade had also been formed and of course I joined!
Len Weedon taught the girls and I can remember band practice in the back room. Then once a month after Church parade, we marched around the streets, eventually teaming up with the boys. I played the drum.
Mrs Cowlin, the mother of twins John and David, who were in the
Father Russell left and went to a church in Ruislip and Father Walker then took over. He was known to us all as "Willy" and was not so popular.
The clubs started to go down in membership as we all got older and eventually they finished.
Other memories of St Christopher's are of my mum and dad going to Whist Drives which they helped to run, and of the loan club which collected money on Fridays in the back room. On payout day in December there was always a Christmas Bazaar in the hall.
St Christopher's played a large part in my life and I have many special memories of it.