Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Letter from the Editor

Happy New Year Cuckooites,

I am reporting to you from my position as Editor of this website.We are now ending the third year we have been on the web,we have had great success sometimes but lately we have started to falter and in my words become very boring and mundane.The life blood of this website is when Cuckooites send in old photo's and story's they remember from the past and engage in the postings they find interesting.Sadly this has stopped happening and I have nothing to work with to keep this site vibrant and exciting to visit.It needs chat and conversation from you all not just a few who have tried hard to keep it going but I think will agree it has become harder and harder.What happens in early 2010 will decide our fate as I for one are not interested in spending my time for a loosing cause.We have a good thing and it will be missed by many as we have up to 1500 visitors a week at our peek ,but in the end it will be up to you if we survive and become the vibrant site everyone wants.Our work is not done as we continue to find old friends and neighbors all over this world who are excited to find old friends from their childhood.

I hope we get the response we need to carry on but if we should fail I want to say it has been fun.

Your Editor Tommy

Friday, 25 December 2009

How on earth did our Mom's cope

yvonneH said...

How on earth did my mum cope,
In days of only sunlight soap,
No detergent making foam,
Just wash boards skinning knuckles to the bone.
Soda crystals in the tub,
For clothes so hard and thick to rub,
The copper tubs with wooden lids,
Turning the dolly is what they did,
Cold water carried across in pails,
Sore, chapped hands and broken nails,It really was the thing to do,
To rinse by hand in Reckits Blue,
Then outside to turn the handle.
Of the heavy wooden rollered mangle
We sure have come a long ,long way,
When we do the washing every day,
No drying clothes round open fires,
today we have the tumble drier,
No damp rising to the attic,
Thank goodness we've gone automatic,
But what a nightmare it would be,
If time turned back, quite suddenly,
Should we be plunged into that sad plight,
Then I would be washing half the night.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

To all Cuckooites around the world

Wishing all Cuckooites a very merry Christmas and a wondrous,joyous and happy New Year.

Friday, 18 December 2009

This has been posted before but seems so appropriate at this time of year


Lest we forget, we are the lucky ones, we were born under the shelter of the spreading chestnut trees.
Like spreading branches of a Horse Chestnut tree, our arms and hands like conker leaves, now continue to reach out throughout the world. Many of us through the use of this site may have found a long lost friend, neighbour or fellow Cuckooite.
I know in our old age we sometimes seem unappreciative or forgetful, but there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, we eventually remember the important and joyous things.
Sure, over the years our hearts have been broken or we have suffered a traumatic incident. How can you go through life and your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or when a beloved pet maybe gets hit by a car?
Like a chestnut tree that has had so many big sticks thrown at it, hopefully with the right attitude, one can still stand tall with pride.
And like some conkers that get smashed in a game, our hearts also get broken, but broken hearts are what give us the strength, understanding and the compassion we need. A heart never broken is too pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect, or be able to spread out it's arms like branches touch someone in need of a hug or a few kind words, or touch a friend after a falling out and be warm and forgiving over a cuppa.
And like a conker it's really ok to be a bit tough and prickly and maybe unshaven on the outside, life can do that to you, but unlike the conker we don't need to become too hard, or uncaring on the inside.
We are so blessed to have lived where we did and played hard and long enough, and like our beloved Horse Chestnut trees, we should have grown strong, spread our seed, blossomed and matured, into adults and loving parents.
Autumn leaves will certainly fall and our silvery hair will shed, our teeth may fall out and some poor unfortunate soul, (no one in particular thought of here and not to even mention anyone by name) may have their things drop off.
However, we will still have those youthful laughs forever etched into wrinkles on our faces.
So many have never, played conkers like we did or really loved, or seen things sag and really laughed.
Tragically so many have died, some for you and me, before their hair could turn silver or become a sixty-er or seventy-er conker or more.
We truly have much to be grateful for.

Monday, 14 December 2009

A young Fred Reese as we remember him

Fred now lives in Australia,many of us knocked around together as kids in School.So many memories.Please read Freds email to me under comments.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Jimmy Boyd the original version

How many of you remember this version of I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause,left click on this link to play recording.

Val Bailey Seasons Greetings

Wishing all my freinds and fellow Cuckooites a Merry Xmas and a wonderful happy,healthy and prosperous 2010.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Sandra Thorn sent this photo in.

Sandra Thorn from Mayfield Gds,she attended Brentside Jnrs,St Anne's .This was a Coronation photo taken at school do you reconise anyone.Sandra now lives in Inverness Scotland for the last 24 years.

A younger Jim Davis from a time gone by.

Here is Jim wishing all Cuckooites a wonderful Xmas and A joyous healthy 2010.May your glass never run dry.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

D V D s

Hi All you Cuckooites who have ordered the D V D's of the four reunions.We ask you to be patient if you are wondering why you have not received them.They where mailed from the United States on the 1st December,they had to clear customs and between the British postal service who I believe are having strike problems and the U S Postal service they have yet to arrive.We are keeping our fingers crossed they will arrive safely but who knows right now.
Thanks for your patience and it is not to late to order your copy if you are interested.
Thanks Tommy

Monday, 7 December 2009

Merry Xmas from Upfield Road.

Happy Xmas everyone,
I really believe that all of our forbears would be proud of this site, so I am including their photo, so many of the offspring of their friends and neighbours are getting together at the reunions and on the site. Looking at the age of my brother Paul this was taken around 1958
Perhaps someone knows who some of the people are on the outing. My dad is the tall one on the right and my mum is in front of him This picture has previously been on the site but a lot of cuckooites have joined us since then, So happy Xmas from them and us to cuckooites everywhere.
Best wishes and thanks to everyone who makes this site possible, I would be lost without it. Yvonne(Holt)Phipps.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Tommy and Sue Higginbottom

Seasons Greetings from Seattle Washington,U.S.A.WE wish all Cuckooites the world over where ever you are a wonderful Xmas and a happy, healthy 2010.It is great to know so many wonderful People I have met thru this group we all call Cuckooites.We love you all.


Chriss is from Brantswalk and now lives in Florida U S A ,she wishes everyone a Merry
Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Jim Davis sister she is the quiet one in the family.

Your Cheating Heart for all you Cuckooite Girls

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Your cheatin' heart will make you weep
You'll cry and cry and try to sleep
But sleep won't come the whole night through
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You're gonna walk that floor
the way that I do
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
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Friday, 4 December 2009

Your favourite Christmas Present

Tell us what your favourite and best Christmas present you ever recieved as a kid and who it was from.Let's have fun with this posting everyone get involved so easy.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Relics from the past.

Peter Jordon,sent in these relics,the bottom one is all that is left of the Pallidiam Cinema and the fasage of the Walpole in Ealing Broadway.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Letter to the editor

I am allways looking for ways to improve the website.If you have ideas to share please post them here.The more we are involved the better the website is for everyone.

D V D's and Books for Christmas giving

Hi Cuckooites,Jackie will be recieving this week a shipment of D V D 's,these are exceptional quality you will want to own if you have attended any of our four reunions,They are all put to music with great pub songs from the past.Our first D V D we are offering combines the first three reunions,2003,2005 and 2008,the second D V D is from our last Reunion in September 2009.Over 500 of you Cuckooites attended these Reunions and I am sure each one of you will treasure owning your very own one.
The normal cost of buying just one of these would be around sixteen pounds each but we have produced them in volume and can offer them to you at our cost plus the shipping for just Six pounds each.These D V D's will play on your T V or on your computer,I have a 42 inch T V and watching all my friends who attended these events is Great.These D V D's are a one time limited addition and when they are sold we will not have any more as we have bought in bulk.Jackie allready has a lot of orders and you can get your copy by emailing or phoning in your order.
Our two books Memories from the past and All our Yesterdays are back in stock ready to ship before Christmas,these make wonderful presents to family and friends who are a part of the Cuckooite Family.Order your copies today.
Contact Jackie at
Phone  0208 868 3133 
Order early so you will not be dissapointed.
Happy holidays  Tommy and Jackie.

Battle of the Sexes,A war on words

Join Yvonne,Val Brooks,Eileen Bolton and sister Barbara Bradford as they battle Jim Davis,George Key, Paul Holt and myself Tommy to see who can be the superior SEX.

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

The story begins

The Story Begins
> Last week I was in West London attending a conference.
> While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people
> behind me beginning to clap and cheer.
> I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts
> of patriotism I have ever seen.
> Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their
> uniforms, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost
> everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.
> When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and
> cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded Briton
> who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families. Of
> course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung
> heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go
> to school, work, and enjoy our home without fear of reprisal.
> Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of
> our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran
> up to one of the male soldiers.
> He knelt down and said 'hi,' the little girl then asked him if he
> would give something to her daddy for her.
> The young soldier didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said
> he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.
> Suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him
> the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.
> The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was
> Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Corporal and had
> been in Afghanistan for 5 months now.
> As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed
> her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
> When this temporarily single mum was done explaining her situation,
> all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second.
> Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking
> walkie-talkie.
> They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on
> it.
> After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back
> over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and
> he told me to give this to you.'
> He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a
> Kiss on the cheek.
> He finished by saying 'Your daddy told me to tell you that he loves
> you more than anything and he is coming home very soon..'
> The mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the
> young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum.
> I was standing no more than 6 feet away as this entire event
> unfolded.
> As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people
> resumed their applause.
> As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few
> dry eyes, including my own.
> That young soldier in one last act of moment turned around and blew
> a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.
> We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families
> and thank God for them and their sacrifices.
> At the end of the day, it's good to be an Englishman.
> Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every
> Friday.
> The reason?
> Englishmen and women who support our troops used to be called the
> 'silent majority'.
> We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for Country and
> home in record breaking numbers..
> We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing.
> We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or
> our opinions.
> Many English people, like you, me and all our friends, simply want
> to recognize that the vast majority of Britain supports our troops.
> Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with
> dignity and respect starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday
> until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every
> Briton who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.
> By word of mouth, press, TV, let's make Great Britain on every
> Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football team
> If every one of us who loves this country will share this with
> acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family, It will not be long before
> Britain is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once 'silent'
> majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets
> on.
> The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make
> things better for you?' is...'We need your support and your prayers'...
> Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example;
> and wear something red every Friday.
> Lest we Forget.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Order your Reunion D V D Today.

Listen up Cuckooites.
Announcing some breaking news ,we have just introduced two excellent D.V.Ds.for our group that are available for you to purchase.The first one is a combination of our first three reunions that took place in 2003 ,2005 and 2008.If you attended any of these three Reunions you will want to own your own personal copy to be able to watch on your T.V.just like loading a movie.The second one is from our recent 2009 Reunion held this past September.These are very professional recordings all set to music featuring family.friends and neighbors from the Cuckooite family.These are limited additions and only as many as are ordered by you will be available.Do Not Miss out on these special D V D,s to treasure for years to come.
Cost of each D.V.D is six pounds and includes shipping and handling.If you ordered a C.D.this will take it's place as this will also play on your P.C. as well as your D.V.D.Please expect up to a two week time before delivery.
You can reserve your copy now by contacting Jackie at
Or by telephone at  0208 8683 133
Jackie has ordered a new publication of our two books Memories from the Past and All our Yesterdays in time for Christmas,these would make excellent
Christmas gifts for Friends and Family.order early to be sure of Christmas delivery.
Price is eight pounds fifty pence and includes shipping and handling.
Be sure to contact Jackie right away to reserve your copy's
Thanks Tommy and Jackie.   

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Growing Up in Greenford

Year: Unknown

Growing up in Greenford in the 1960s

Here are some random memories:

Lists Bakeries on Greenford Broadway. Lovely aroma, tasty bread. The paper bags all used to have the slogan 'Good Flavour Always Finds Favour'.

The covered market near the junction with Windmill Lane where I was often sent by my parents to get smoked fish.

The Greenford Fish Buffet catching fire (this was at the corner of Greenford Road and Costons Lane, near the Salvation Army I think).

Various fires, leaks and chemical spillages at the Lyons factory which was diagonally behind our house. Dad had a VHF radio and we used to tune in to the emergency services and listen in to the action.

The new bridge being built near the Black Horse on Oldfield Lane that replaced the old hump bridge over the canal.

Flooding! The junction of Currey Road and Oldfield Lane North is downhill whichever way you approach it. So it was prone to flood after heavy rain until they sorted out the sewers some time in the mid 1980s. This was too late for some of the houses opposite us -- they effectively became uninhabitable and were pulled down to make way for a multi storey car park for Glaxo employees. The houses were actually very nice ones, good solid 3 bed semis and a few old cottages. Nice houses, wrong place. Our house was set on higher ground so never flooded but it was sometimes a close call.

I often used to walk or cycle alongside the canal which was then heavily polluted. If you fell in your next journey would be to the hospital to get your stomach pumped, or so the urban legend went. Fortunately I never got to find out for myself. But certainly there were often dead fish floating on the surface and some nasty looking scum. The Garners bakery nearby smelt good though (the site is now operated by British Bakeries).

There were no BMX or mountain bikes in the 1970s, so I used to ride my very conventional sit-up-and-beg 3-speed hub-gear bike off road on the waste ground just off the Western Avenue near the Aladdin Factory (now B&Q).

I remember the British Bath Works on Long Drive and the local residents demonstrating about the noise and vibration coming from the factory. It closed soon after that. Nowadays you would never get planning permission to put a factory like that so near a residential area, or vice versa.

The little one coach push'n'pull diesel train that went between Greenford and Ealing Broadway. Frequent mainline trains using the BR line parallel to the Central Line, which still used semaphore signalling. They were often express trains going between Paddington and Banbury or Birmingham. The line is now hardly used. The railway bridge over the canal (visible from the allotments on Carr Road) was referred to as the Cattlebridge, for some reason.

The tunnel at Greenford Station -- now blocked but which I guess would once have led to the decommissioned BR station. I never did get to go down it! And the quaint hand painted sign at the ticket booth stating "All Tickets Must be Shewn Here" which was an archaic spelling even then.

I went to Wood End Junior School. My class teachers were Miss Hiden, Miss Wilder, Mr Day and Miss(or Mrs ?) Lambert. They taught me well, and without a SAT or a government target anywhere in sight. I took my 11 plus without even knowing what it was (and passed!). They were good teachers, I wonder what became of them.

The betting shop on Oldfields Circus, opposite the John Blundell furniture shop. I would pass it as I went home from school and usually there would be a race in progress. The race commentary was played over loudspeakers so there certainly sounded to be something exciting going on in there, but the windows were screened and a notice on the door barred under 18s from entering. The sign on the front said it was a Turf Accountant, which still didn't really tell me much about what they did. I'm sure all the secrecy was well meant, but it just used to make me all the more curious about what went on behind that mysterious door.

Kinmac -- the car dealer on Whitton Avenue near Oldfields Circus. I think they used to sell British Leyland cars but of course that meant their trade would have declined rapidly as better designed and built cars from elsewhere eroded their market share. The garage is no more -- the site is being redeveloped as retirement homes.

Rocky's Pizza opening in the 1970s, at the junction of Berkeley Avenue and Greenford Road. I used to think eating from there was very exotic. At the time, Berkeley Avenue was still open to traffic but later it was closed when the Glaxo site bought it from the council in order to bring the various site entrances into the overall site perimeter.

There were often car crashes at the junction of Currey Road and Oldfield Lane. It was a busy junction with a downhill approach, where drivers were often tempted to cut the corner or approach too fast. We got quite used to the sound of the impacts.

Boston Hair Fashions, the barber on Clare Road. Run by an affable, chatty, overweight man who died suddenly.

My parents lived on Costons Avenue from 1960 until 1969, and then moved to Oldfield Lane near the junction with Currey Road. I was born in 1962 and I had a lot of freedom and independence as a child, much more than today's children get. It did me no harm and a lot of good, and I'm sure overall it's no more dangerous now than it was then.

My parents sold up in the mid 1990s and moved to the south coast where they still live very happily. Their old house (451), and its semi detached neighbour (453), are now converted into bedsits. It is a pity, they were really nice family houses.

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Monday, 23 November 2009

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Angella Ware sent in these photo's from Cuckoo Ave

First Photo of Dad Frank tending his greenhouse,second of the best photo's I have seen of the River Brent as I remember it as a kid.Third of her sisters,Sally and Maria Ware taken outside their home on 58 Cuckoo Avenue,Angela lives in Spokane ,U.S.A.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Reunion 2009 Photo's of a wonderful evening

Jackie and Tommy,your Cuckooite Reunion organizers.Some crowd photo's enjoying the nights dancing and activities.

Fans of Doc Martin

I was wondering how many of you are fans and watch the show Doc Martin.Here in America we are on our third season one behind you in the U K.We get it on out P B S station which is Public broadcasting service and is run with contributions and Corporate sponsors. I have to say I think this is the very best of English television,the show is fresh and funny.The scenery from where it is filmed in Cornwall is marvelous and the village reminds me of so many others I have visited on my trips to the U.K. over the years.I would only hope that this type of productions keep coming as I find it refreshing from some of the low taste shows we are constantly fed as a diet on our American T.V.Bravo British television you have produced my favorite hour of t.v. I watch each week.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Memoir's of a Scoundrel.

Repeated by request.

I am posting this email in response to a request I had from Tommy, regarding

my book that has been published. He read it a while ago and said

he enjoyed it very much, and thought it would be nice if he could download a preview

for our web pages. But I am afraid that is technically not possible, so he asked

me to do a short introduction, so here goes.I am the author Jim Davis and I was

born on a west London council estate, ( in fact the Cuckoo estate ). For many people

this equates to coming from the wrong side of the tracks, and I don't think I

would disagree too strongly with this pre-conception. Anyway this is my tale of a

young scallywag that grew into a scoundrel. Love, hate, humour, Joy and sorrow,

all are covered within these pages. To those who decide to read my story I hope you

enjoy it. Click on the link that I have provided.

It will take you directly to the book. You cannot do any damage and you

can't accidently purchase the book. So have a read and see what you think. If any of

you folk in the U.S. decide you want to purchase one, as the book is printed over

there your best bet is to purchase it through In the U.K. If you want you

have the choice of ordering direct, or if you let me know I can order then forward it

to you. So have a look you are not committed. Jim.

Memoirs of a Scoundrel

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Fw: Great being English!

George Key sent in this video and ask me to post it for all you folks to enjoy.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Friday, 6 November 2009

Fw: BBC Crimewatch - help needed!

Hello Tommy,

My name is Max and I work for the BBC on Crimewatch.  I saw your cuckooites webpage and would be really grateful for your help.  I'm assuming that having lived in the UK that you'll know what Crimewatch is about (

I'm trying to find someone who lives on the Cuckoo Estate who would allow us to film in their property for a day for a Crimewatch reconstruction.  We are not a big budget programme so we can't pay big locations fees but we could provide a token amount.  We would need the property for one day from about 8am until 5pm.  It's a small operation: one cameraman, a sound recordist, about three or four actors and the same amount of production crew.  We have public liability insurance although wouldn't be doing anything that would cause any damage. 

The story we are filming relates to an elderly couple and their 47 year old son in Bolton who were art forgers.  It's an extraordinary case in which the son would build art forgeries in the shed in the back garden and sell them to museums and auction houses, sometimes getting hundreds of thousands for his forgeries.  I've attached a link to the story:

If you know anyone, please could you put me in touch?  I would need to know early next week if possible.  My contact details are listed below.

Thanking you in advance for your help.

With Best Regards

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Reunion Photoshow

Hi Cuckooites,
I am now working on the Reunion Photo show and D V D ,hopefully I will have it done by this weekend the hardest part is puting names to faces so I am sending out a lot of emails for clarification.Hopefully I can get it right first time.It is not to late to get your photo's included if you will send them to me.I saw a lot of camera's popping at the Reunion and it would be nice to get as many different photo's as possible.Please send them to me at    and I will include them ,names to go with faces would be nice as well.
You should be able to down load the photo show on this website by next week before I take of to Vegas to meet up with my best friend Maurice Field from Cuckoo avenue.We have so much fun on these trips and we get to leave the spouses at home.The saying is( What goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas).I will not be telling.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Relics from the past


I  have six pairs of the original brass door  handles from 71 upfield road, which I had to clean when I was a kid.
Thought you'd like to see a photo of them.
Cyril Eggins.

Do you remember

Anonymous Jackie S said...

Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?'

'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.

'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'

'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !

'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it :

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 19.

It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

I never had a telephone in my room.The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES from a friend :

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it.. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz :

Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom.

1.Candy cigarettes
2.Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles

4. Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the movie
6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt, but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Flossie Shelvey up and about

Good news on Flossie's rehab.Lynn her daughter has informed us she is slowly on the mend and informs us things are inproving.See Lyns remarks in comments

Fw: November update

Hi Everyone,It has been a very busy month since returning to Seattle after the great reunion we had in September,The journey home was horrendous being that we are 8 hours here in Seattle behind U K time.It took me over a week to get over the jet lag and the terrible cold I caught while there but I must say the weather was glorious no rain for two weeks and I got to spend time with some of my favorite relatives.Sue and I have just returned from a sixteen day cruise to Quebec Canada,on the way we visited Nova Scotia,Prince Edward Island,New Brunswick,Boston ,Bar Harbor and Portland Maine.Fantastic scenery and the ship was loaded with Britt's it was like being at one of our Reunions.The weather was a little colder than we expected it to be ,when we arrived in Quebec they had just been hit with a early snow blizzard and we had six inches of snow to greet us but glad to say it did not stop us from enjoying the wonderful city.If you ever get the chance please visit this part of the world so much history that is tied to the U. K from the first settlers who left our shores for a better life but not knowing the perils they faced from Indians,disease and the harsh winters they had to endure.So much different these days visiting from a floating hotel where you are made to feel like royalty.The vacation has done me good and I have enough time to rest up before I head of to Las Vegas in ten days to meet up with my best friend Maurice Field ,we try to make this trip every year in November,leave the wife's at home and have a good time,this year there will be four of us as Paul his son and a friend will join us,no sleep for six days I will be a wreck when I get home.
Just to let you know I have started on the Photo show for the Reunion,I will have it ready some time this month,if anyone has photo's they want to send me to have included please send them as soon as possible so they are not left out.I will also be making a D V D you can order more details to follow.
Jackie is getting ready to place a printing order for more books,Memories from the Past and All our Yesterdays ,these will make wonderful gifts for Christmas for family and friends please place your order with Jackie at she will gladly take care of your orders.I hope you all have a wonderful joyous holiday season, ours here in the U S and Canada starts this month in November with our Thanksgiving celebration a joyous family get together.
From our house to yours we wish you all well and hope we can all meet up one more time in 2011.
Fondest regards Jackie,Tom and Sue.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

October update,

Hi Cuckooites it has been a rough two weeks since returning from the Reunion,what with jet lag and the 20 hour journey to get home and the cold I brought back with me.What I need is a time capsule so I can whisk my way to London without the 8hour time difference.I used to be able to do it standing on my head and be back to normal in a couple of days.but are those days gone.Well just to let you know Sue and I will be gone starting tomorrow on a 16 day vacation and cruise.We are going to sail up to Quebec Canada from New Jersey for 14days of total relaxation,good food ,great entertainment and take in the wonderful ports of call on the way.I have chosen not to take my laptop so I will not be monitoring the website or posting any features I feel I need a break to be honest.
I will be back on duty around the 1st November until then I leave you in the capable hands of Jim Davis .
I hope in the mean time Flossie continuous to improve and when I get back the news is all positive.
Until then Bon Voyage Tommy

Sunday, 11 October 2009


 I hope you don't mind but I thought while the cat is away the mice can play. With all that is going on in the lives of some of our friends at the moment, I thought how about giving them/us something to smile at, and use this page for people to tell us about;

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Reunion Photo's

Thanks to all of you who have sent photo's to me.I have way to many to put them on our website one at a time.I will be working on a photoshow which in turn I hope to make into a D V D all put to music of all the photo's I have received.This will take a while but I hope to have it done very soon I am leaving for a two week vacation next week on Thursday and this will slow me down a little,but please hang in there it will be well worth it when it is finished.Hopefully we can make the D V D 's available at our cost to anyone who would like to own a copy.A great way to view the show on your telly so much more detail.If you are interested in ordering a copy let me know at    I will let you know when they are ready and how much ,no obligation as I will only make up what I have orders for.
Thanks Tommy

Monday, 5 October 2009

Fw: He's My Brother - This is Priceless

Subject: He's My Brother - This is Priceless

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are

"Eight," the boy replied.

The man continued, "Do you know what these are used for?"

The boy replied, "not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for
him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use
these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he
can't do either."

Please pray for Flossie(Shelvey) Boyce

I recieved this email from Lynn Flossie's daughter this morning informing me that her Mom had a stroke over the weekend.Many of us where with the Flossie and the Shelvey clan at the Reunion just a week a go.Let us all pray she is comfortable and makes a speedy recovery.
Lynn's email.

Hi Tommy, glad to see you had a safe journey back to the states after our lovely reunion. Great to meet up with everyone again. Good contingency from our East Anlgian branch. I write with some sad news unfortunately. Mum suffered a stroke yesterday morning and is currently in Colchester Stroke Unit. She has no movement in her right side and we are awaiting the results of a second scan to deternine the damage done and possible prognosis for the future. I will keep you informed of any progress. Take care Lynn and family x

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Enlarge any photo.

Remember to left click with your mouse to enlarge any photo,they are so much easier to see and show so many more details.Please enjoy.I will add as many as I can over the next week but hope to put a photo show together also a D V D put to music as soon as time permits,please be patient.

Reunion Photos.More to come so many.

Adrian Impey,Maurice Field@ Bobbie Bray,Jackie ferguson @Eileen Venney,George @Joan Key,Val bailey @Terry Bransfield Molly Bransfield on the right..Del Southon
It may take me untill the end of the year to get all the photo's posted .Thanks for sending them in.

More Reunion Photo;s

Ray Higginbottom @Viv Blewett dancing,Pam Morfett @Peter Jordon.Lynn and sister.Grace Reading ,Beryl Bradford,James @ Margaret McTernan all related as sisters.

Friday, 2 October 2009

The Hall decorated for the big event

Jackie Ferguson was insperational in designing the hall,It was a blaze of Red White and Blue as you can see by the photo's.Thanks to all who helped set up befor the event.

First Reunion photo's

Derek Applin sent in these photo's taken Saturday night.Please send yours in as soon as possible so we can get them on our website.