Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Reunion Update

Hi Everyone who is attending the Reunion,

Here is the evenings schedule for those of you who want to arrange Taxi's or rides.

6 P.M. We open the doors for registration and a warm welcome from your Reunion Organizers.

6 P.M. -730P.M. Social time for taking Photo's sharing memories and meeting old and new friends.

7 30 P.M. We will be serving our wonderful buffet supper,be sure to bring your appetite and save room for desert,coffee and tea will be available.

8 P.M. Our famous Pub sing along will be led by our man with the golden voice Terry Finucine accompinied by Sheila Bransfield and the voices of our great Cuckooite choir.

8 30 P.M. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away to all the old favorites performed for us by Christopher Columbus who will be glad to take your requests .

10.P.M. Our grand raffle drawing,all funds go to reducing the cost of our next Reunion in 2011.REMEMBER TO BRING A GIFT THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS FUND RAISER.

10 30 P M WE will continue to dance the night away until the Grand Finale at 11 30 when we will close with Old Lang Sine and We'll Meet again.

11 30 P.M Our farewells until we meet again.

Remember everyone this is a bring your own booze night .

Also those who want to help decorate the hall we will be meeting at 3 P.M. on Saturday,All the help we can get.

Also those who are available ,some of us will be meeting for dinner and drinks at the Crown Pub,Northolt Village at 6 P.M Friday the night before the Reunion. Jackie tells me meals start at Four pounds and are very good.

We still have a few places available for late comers who want to attend as we have had a few late cancellations.Contact Jackie at

Any Questions contact me

We are going to have a wonderful evening together,just like old times.

Fondest regards Tommy and Jackie.

P.S. Please do not bring guests who are not registered.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Major referbish for the Old Cuckoo School

I believe they where awarded three million pounds for this project,does anyone know if this is correct,I read it somewhere.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Our Website

Under comments tell us what you think of our website,tell us what you think we can do to improve it.Tell us if you like the format,ease of adding comments,contacting the editor.Tell us if we are giving you what you want.We are listening to your suggestions and want to make this the best possible Website for our group as possible.We are growing very big and do not want to forgot what we did to get us here.So here is your chance to sound off I want to know your thoughts.
Thanks Tommy your Editor.

Tech support for your computer


Tech support:   What kind of computer do you have?
Female customer:   A white one...

 Customer:   Hi, this is Maureen. I can't get my diskette out.
Tech support:
 Have you tried pushing the Button?
 Yes, sure, it's really stuck.
Tech support:
 That doesn't sound good; I'll make a note.
, wait a minute... I hadn't inserted it yet... it's still on my desk.. sorry....


Tech support:
 Click on the 'my computer' icon on to the left of the screen.
 Your left or my left?



Tech support:  Good day. How may I help you?
Male customer:   Hello... I can't print.
Tech support: Would you click on "start"  for me and.
Customer:  Listen pal; don't start getting technical on me! I'm not Bill Gates.

Customer: Hi, good afternoon, this is Martha, I can't print. Every time I try, it says 'Can't find printer'.  I've even lifted the printer and placed it in front of the monitor, but the computer still says he can't find it...

Customer:I have problems printing in red...
Tech support:  Do you have a colour printer?
Customer:  Aaaah...................thank you.

Tech support:  What's on your monitor now, ma'am?
Customer:   A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me at Woollies.

Customer:   My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support:
 Are you sure it's plugged into the computer?
 No. I can't get behind the computer.
Tech support:
 Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
!   OK
Tech support:
  Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer:  Yes
Tech support:
 That means the keyboard is not plugged in. Is there another keyboard?
 Yes, there's another one here. Ah...that one does work...

Tech support:
Your password is the small letter "a" as in apple, a capital letter V as in Victor, the number 7.
 Is that 7 in capital letters ?

== =============

: can't get on the Internet.
Tech support:
 Are you sure you used the right password?
 Yes, I'm sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Tech support:
 Can you tell me what the password was?
 Five stars.


Tech support:   What anti-virus program do you use?
Tech support:
 That's not an anti-virus program.
 Oh, sorry...Internet Explorer.

 I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screen saver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears.



Tech support:  How may I help you?
 I'm writing my first e-mail.
Tech support:
 OK,  and what seems to be the problem?
 Well, I have the letter 'a' in the address, but how do I get the circle around it?

A woman customer called the Canon help desk with a problem with her printer.
Tech support:
 Are you running it under windows?
 "No, my desk is next to the door, but that is a good point.  The man sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his  printer is working fine."


And last but not least...

Tech support:
"Okay Colin, let's press the control and escape keys at the same time. That brings up a task list in the middle of the screen. Now type the letter "P " to bring up the Program Manager."
 I don't have a P.
Tech support:
 On your keyboard, Colin.
  What do you mean?
Tech support:
 "P".....on your keyboard, Colin.

Here is a old one from the past.

Turn up the sound,sit back and enjoy.

Mrs Mills.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Fw: Reunion from the past

I have just sent this email to the B.B C. keep your fingers crossed they may want to come along .
----- Original Message -----
Cc: Busy
Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 6:40 PM
Subject: Reunion from the past

we would love you to attend our reunion,who are we .We are a group of older generation pensioners who grew up on a council estate in London during the second world war.We have spread our wings all over the world and this will be our fourth reunion ,once again having a sell out.We pride ourselves that we survived a world war came thru poverty and went on to make something of ourselves and raise our children to hold their heads high and be proud of where we came from .Our Reunion will be held on Saturday 26th September 2009 at the Perivale community club at the bottom of Horsendon Hill Midx. The council estate we all came from was called the Cuckoo estate Hanwell W.7.We call ourselves Cuckooites and we number in the hundreds check us out on our world wide website   
I am the editor of this website and I live in Seattle Wash .U S A.I left London when I was 24 years old I am now 71 and I will be attending and organizing with help from our group this our fourth Reunion.If you are interested in a real make you feel good story of a group of older generation who found each other after being apart for over fifty years you will find a great story of human interest here.
Thanks Tommy Higginbottom

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Memory's from the Past and All our Yesterdays.

Hi Cuckooites all over the world,Wow how we have spread our wings since leaving the Cuckoo estate,We are everywhere.As you know our second book has been flying of the shelf and it looks like we will need a second printing in the near future.Our first book we are hoping to put back in print for those of you who want to complete your set.Both books are for sale at eight pounds fifty each.If we get enough orders for our first book we will reorder.
Also Jackie has some lapel pins for the girls and the guys that every one will want to wear as a sign of pride these are available at four pounds each and includes posting.
You can order yours today by contacting Jackie by email at
Please do not wait to long to order or you may miss out on this first printing.

Only six weeks to the big night I am getting excited.
Jackie and Tommy

Beryl Nairn Sent in these photos.

Office staff from United Dairy's ,Beryl with Fred Kemsley on a office outing to Brighton.

Now and then Sonia Fowler from Mayfield Gdns

Sonia is looking for old friends who new her growing up as a Cuckooite.

Angela Wakefield has sent her first photo to us.

Cuckoo girls Juniors class late 40's

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

London Transport buses we rode on as kids

Great photo's from the past ,they where great buses to get us around .We all spent many a hour riding them all over the place,we could not have gotten by without them,See John's comments

Relics from the Past.Sent in by John (Eggo) Eggins

Do you have any relics from the past you would like to share with us,Sorry no wives or your old man,we allready have plenty of them.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Fw: Brent River Walk


Tom, maybe you could post this on the web site with the web address, all they have to do it click on it and then on slide show to see some familiar land marks.

Monday, 3 August 2009


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.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

New Seatbelt Law.

New Book All Our Yesterdays

By now most of you who pre-ordered and pre-paid for your books have recieved them in the mail,we thank you very much for your support.Please tell us what you think of our new book and post any comments you feel are appropriate.If you have not ordered your's be sure and contact Jackie as soon as Possible as they are selling out very fast and it looks most likely we will need a second printing done ,
Contact Jackie by Email

The last two British surviorsof World War 1 have died,Please a moment of Silence.

British soldiers

Two of the last British survivors of World War I have died. Henry Allingham's funeral takes place today, with the funeral of Harry Patch to follow next week. To mark the occasion, we asked Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to write a poem.


In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If poetry could tell it backwards, true, begin
that moment shrapnel scythed you to the stinking mud…
but you get up, amazed, watch bled bad blood
run upwards from the slime into its wounds;
see lines and lines of British boys rewind
back to their trenches, kiss the photographs from home-
mothers, sweethearts, sisters, younger brothers
not entering the story now
to die and die and die.
Dulce- No- Decorum- No- Pro patria mori.
You walk away.

You walk away; drop your gun (fixed bayonet)
like all your mates do too-
Harry, Tommy, Wilfred, Edward, Bert-
and light a cigarette.
There's coffee in the square,
warm French bread
and all those thousands dead
are shaking dried mud from their hair
and queuing up for home. Freshly alive,
a lad plays Tipperary to the crowd, released
from History; the glistening, healthy horses fit for heroes, kings.

You lean against a wall,
your several million lives still possible
and crammed with love, work, children, talent, English beer, good food.
You see the poet tuck away his pocket-book and smile.
If poetry could truly tell it backwards,
then it would.

Derek Applin and George Sivers

Del Southon sent in these photos


My first Job after I left school,what was yours.

As a starter for this month, how about hearing of the first job that you had. Two weeks before leaving school, in 1945, the leavers were sent to the hall to meet the employment officer. I always remember the lad in front of me telling the man that he wanted to be a bus driver. If that wasn't bad enough,I said that I wanted to be an electrical engineer. I didn't have a clue what that involved, just that it sounded good. As it turned out, I never heard any more about it.
   My dad was still in the army and so my mum took charge and got me a job with a small printing firm, in South Ealing., the deal being that I would work there for six months and then, if I fitted in, would begin a five year apprenticeship. My job involved arriving before the workers, to clean out the pot bellied stoves and relight them. After that I would be sent out on the company bike to deliver packets of printed material to customers, usually offices on the Great West Road. Apart from the fact that it was January, and freezing cold, the bike had a badly stretched chain that fell off at every opportunity. By the middle of my third week I got so fed up with hitching the chain back onto the sprocket that I pushed it back to the shop. The boss complained about the time I'd taken and I handed in my notice. End of printing career! Del.

August Chat Room.


Lost and Found


Bit's and Pieces.


Sports from around the world


Meals and Recipes