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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.
>
> RED FRIDAYS
>
> 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.
>
> IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON
>
> IF YOU COULD NOT CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON.
>
> IT IS YOUR CHOICE.
>
> THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED----
>
> 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 Busysmiths@aol.com
 
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 photo.one 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. http://www.lulu.com/content/305123 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 lulu.com 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

Cuckoo Seniors – The War

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Fw: Great being English!

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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 (www.bbc.co.uk/crimewatch).

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: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jan/28/ukcrime.artnews

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

Max Hall

BBC Crimewatch
Tel: 0208 008 0899
Mob: 07969 746 135
Email: max.hall@bbc.co.uk
Room: MC4D6 | BBC Media Centre | 201 Wood Lane | London W12 7TQ



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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 sthiggy@comcast.net    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.
Tommy

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])
7.Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
10.Hi-fi's
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  Busysmiths@aol.com 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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