Saturday, 20 June 2009

Scavenger hunt part 2

See if you can find this quote in our archives.
I wonder what the Arsenal and QPR fans thought of that.
We need the posting day,month and year.Test your search skills.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Scavenger Hunt

Here is a new way to get you working.
Somewhere in our archives is a article called Where the Grass is Greener,See who is the first person to find the article,the month and year it was posted and who the article refers to.No cheating John B do it legitimately.We could have some fun with this Tommy.

Sunday, 14 June 2009



*A Well-Planned Retirement*
*From The
London Times:*

Outside the Bristol Zoo, in
England, there is a parking lot for 150 cars and
8 coaches, or buses.

It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging
cars £1 (about $1.40) and coaches A£5 (about $7).

This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25 years.
Then, one day, he just didn't turn up for work.

"Oh well", said Bristol Zoo Management - "we'd better phone up the City
Council and get them to send a new parking attendant..."

"Err ... no", said the Council, "that parking lot is your responsibility."
"Err ... no", said Bristol Zoo Management, "the attendant was employed by
the City Council, wasn't he?"
"Err ... NO!" insisted the Council.

Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of
Spain, is a bloke who had
been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at A£400 (about $560) per day at
Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to
just over A£3.6 million ($7 million)!

And no one even knows his name.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

Easy access to past months features ,photo's and postings.

Hi Cuckooites and guests of our website,
do you know how easy it is to go back to past years and months features and comments and spend time reading and reminiscing from your past growing up as a kid or teenager on the Cuckoo estate.
Follow these easy instructions and you can find many great memories and stories from our past.
To start left click on the arrow of past year you want to open ,this will then open the months of that year,all you do now is click on the month and then click on the posting it is as easy as that.
Give it a try you will enjoy what you find we have hundreds of features and stories and thousands of comments to discover.
Thank you for visiting our website and we hope we have brightened your day.
The editor.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Doctor Lasnik,one of our earliest heroes

I believe his sister Mary if I remember right also worked in his surgery on Greenford avenue.The little girl is his daughter Judith who sent in these photo's courtesy of Del Sothon.He did so much for our community and took good care of us all before the national health service came to be.Please share your memories of this wonderful man with us. Mine would be playing musical chairs in his waiting room,as one patient went into see him you would all get up and change your chair forward.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Link to Effs article under lost and Found

Eff a great article,true love is still alive and thriving.

Tommy: I added an item of interest in lost and found, I tried to provide the link which was

but it didn't come up so that you could click on it, like it just has for you.
Can you add this to it please.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Fw: FW: Dear mum letter.....brilliant

Sent in by Beryl Bradford,
P.S. You and Grace have a lovely holiday in Cornwall.



A mother passing by her son's bedroom was astonished to see the bed  

was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, she saw an

envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow.

It was addressed, 'Mum' With the worst premonition, she opened the

envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands.

'Dear, Mum.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to

elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene

with Dad and you.

I've been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I

knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercing's, tattoos,  

her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.

But it's not only the passion, Mum. She's pregnant.

Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the

woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.

We share a dream of having many more children.

Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really

hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with

the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want.

In the meantime, we'll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS,

so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!!  

Don't worry Mum, I'm 15, and I know how to take care of myself.

Someday, I'm sure we'll be back to visit, so you can get to know your  

many grandchildren.

Love, your son, Nicholas.


" P.S. Mum, none of the above is true. I'm over at Jason's house.  

I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than

the school report that's on my desk"

I love you!  

Call when it is safe for me to come home












Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Some places you may remember

A Trip Tp Costco


Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Biscuit, the Wonder Dog and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say. Forward this (especially) to all your retired will be their Laugh for the day


Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Hotel Keys - Credit card type - Police Message

Subject: Fw: FW: Hotel Keys - Credit card type - Police Message






This is pretty good info. Never even thought about key cards containing
anything other than an access code for the room! 

 Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card? 
a. Customer's name
 . Customer's partial home address 

c. Hotel room number
 d. Check-in date and out dates
 e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date! 
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is
 there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the
 hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using
 a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go
 shopping at your expense.  
Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until
 an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the
 new guest's information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and
 the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process. 
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept
 in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT! 
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you,

 or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket,
 and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room.
 They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure
 you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that
 could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. 
For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket,

do not toss it in an airport
 trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially
 through the electronic information strip! 

If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several
 times.. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything
 on the card. 
Information courtesy of: Police Service.
PLEASE FORWARD to friends and family

Sent in by George Key.







Monday, 1 June 2009

To all my Friends ,Debbie Graham sent this poem in.


1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this..

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,

no video/dvd  films, 

no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on


Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully's always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO


And YOU are one of them!


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore



Jim Davis thought some may find this of help.

Hi Tom I don't know whether you want to put this on cuckooites or not, 
but it might be a great help for some of our folk. I took a chance and 
purchased two of these king sized covers. They are excellent quality 
and you can change a duvet cover with ease inside a minute, What's 
more because of their design two duvet covers can be used in four 
different ways. Two King size covers with matching pillow cases for 
£78 seems a bit expensive, but they are top quality. this is the web 
address for people to go and have a look for themselves. /

Beryl Nairn sent this in from Homefarm Road.

Great Photo Beryl where are you and can you name some of the other girls from your class.Looks like you may have been seniors in this photo.

Visitors Page

Jill Boon. said...

Hello my name Is Jill Boon and I live in Greenford,I found your website by accident and was really surprised with what you have set out to achieve.I know of the Cuckoo Estate ,everyone has heard of it and I have before getting married courted some of the boy's who lived there.I am in my early sixties now but reading some of the stories posted it has taken me back to a time I had almost forgot,like the Granada cinima on Sunday afternoons,we only went there looking to meet boy's also the Catholic hall across from the Red Lion pub where we went on Saturday nights for dances ,started going there when i was fourteen my mom would have killed me if she had known,luckily no harm came of it.I still live in the same house on Greenford Road just on the way to Northolt.Greenford has changed so much,what used to be a friendly shoping center now looks like Southal so many shops owened by imigrants to the country I feel out of place.Anyway great to have found you and I will stop rambling on.

Tracey Thomas Greatdown Road said...

My Name is Tracey Thomas Nee Hammond, although i'v lived in Swindon
all of my life but both my parents came from Hanwell, My mother Rita
Hammond nee Lambert lived in Greatdown Rd & my father Ron Hammond
lived in Home Farm Rd. My mother lived with both her Mother (Joan
Blandon nee Lambert) & Grand parents at 64 Greatdown Rd i believe,
until she married. Sadly both my Great Grandparents died in the late
70's, my father in 1979 & my Grandmother in 2000. I would be grateful
if you would ask any of the Cuckooites if they can remember any of the
above, myself included as my Sisters( Laraine & Wendy) & I had some
great holidays with our Great Grandparents in Greatdown Rd.
My mother doesn't have a computer(If it's not gas she can't work it)
her words not mine, but i am will to act as go between.

Yours Sincerly

Tracey Thomas

jim davis said...

Welcome Jill, I am sure many of us off the Cuckoo Estate spent much of our time in Greenford. At places like the Playhouse, Granada, Cosy Cafe and spending all night at the Snooker Hall above Burtons, after missing the last bus home because of having a snog, with our girl friends, and hoping to get more than what we did. I have always felt Greenford, Hanwell and Ealing folk were as large a part of my life as those off the Cuckoo. So yes you are welcome.

jim davis said...

Likewise welcome to you Tracey I hope you find people on this site that know your family, and they can give you some information about then etc.

Val B said...

Hello Tracey, I am sure I know the name Rita Lambert. I think your mum may have been in my class in the juniors, if she is about 67 or 68? My name then was Val Bailey. Would be interesting to know if she remembers my name.

Grace said...

HI Tracey i new your grand parents as i lived at 76 greatdown they lived in the same gateway as the Redgrave,s the other neighbour was Hemmings,i used to play with Marie Redgrave and Olive Hemmings we moved to Upfield in 1948 so lost touch with some neighbour,s but welcome to the site maybe your Mum would know our surname BOLTON.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Brants Walk, moved to Cambridgeshire when I was 17 years old. Since then I've lived in Norfolk, Suffolk, Texas and Arizona. Have lived in a village near Ipswich, Suffolk for the past 25 years. Dot Tessier

The Street where I lived

Eddie said...

We, the Maguire family, lived at 263 Greenford Avenue but there were no kids living in or around our area, mainly lots of retired old folk, really nice people though.

I was at Brentside from 1969 to 72 before leaving to join the Underground. But at school I can remember from memories, Derek Sweeney from 131 Greatdown Road, Steve Williams from 62 Wescott Crescent, Steve Golds from 77 Mayfield Gdns, Bob Simpson from 70 Bridge Ave, Naresh Shah - a really good friend who moved onto Julien Rd in Ealing....I think. Would be great to make contact again.


Phil Sim said...

I class as a cuckooite my name is Phil Sim i was born at 93 Beresford Ave on 9/10/41
i went to all the cuckoo schools infants ,juniors and seniors.
I remember all the Finucanes,Bransfields,and many more.
I must have been at the seniors in1952,was inthe same class as George Perry
Roy Adams Derek Wilkinson,Graham Boulter,Tony Cressy.etc
We had Praggy as our maths teacher come football boss,there was,Pickering the PE teacher
Lock music.Bartholomew was art.Great days,great fun.I remember the lunchtimes also
going up the chippie,getting half a loaf filling it with chips,if i remember Mr Oliver gave us a
rocket though walking along the road back to school eating our version of a chip buttie.
I played in the school football team we were preety good as i remember that always got
Praggy excited.Mon mornings we would get one of the boys to ask Praggy what the game was like
on the Saturday,he would start his report and we then new maths would go by the board that morning
because he would go on through the lesson.
This looks a great site i bumped into by mistake and hope towrite again soon

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