Friday, 26 March 2010

Glitch in our website.

It seems we have a glitch in our website right now.No one can make a comment.I have tried contacting Google to explain our problem and hopefully it will be fixed shortly.
Please be patient and check in for further details.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Terry Bransfield

Again Terry has opened some wounds ,people will remember him for what he was whether it is good or bad.I myself would like to think of him as the man i have met at the last 4 reunions.We all pay for our mistakes and I believe Terry paid for his.I do not want us to get all upset with what went on in the past but move on.We all know there where problems on the estate where we grew up but most of us managed to make it out unscathed ,There are problems everywhere but we can always turn them into the positive if we allow ourselves the insight to look for the good in people and not dwell on bad.We can not go back and change what has happened we can only go forward and try to be more positive in our ways ,change yourself as you do not have the power to change others.My sermon for the day.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Grace sent this in for her friend Jim Davis.






It is important for men to remember that as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger.  When you notice this, try not to yell at them.  Some are oversensitive, and there's nothing worse than an oversensitive woman.

My name is Jim.  Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Terri.  When I retired a few  years ago, it became necessary for Terri to get a full-time job along with her part-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed.  Shortly after she started working I noticed she was beginning to show her age.  I usually get home from the golf club about the same time she gets home from work.

Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner.  I don't yell at her.  Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the  table.  I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the club so eating out is not reasonable.  I'm ready for some home-cooked grub when I hit that door.

She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating, but now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner.  I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that they won't clean themselves.  I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.
Another symptom of aging is complaining.  I  think.   For example she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour.  But, boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I just smile and offer encouragement.  I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three  days.  That way she won't have to rush so much.  I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any -- if you know what I mean.  I like to think tact is one of my  strong points.

When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods.  She had to take a break when she was only half-finished mowing the yard.  I try not to make a scene.  I'm a fair man.  I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while.  And, as long as she is making one for herself, she  may as well make one for me too.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Terri.  I'm not saying that showing this much consideration is easy.  Many men will find it difficult.  Some will find it impossible!  Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women get as they get older.  However, guys, even if you just use a little more tact and less criticism of your aging wife because of this article, I will  consider that writing it was well worthwhile.  After all, we are put on this earth to help each other.



Jim died suddenly on February 7 of a  perforated rectum.  The police report says he was found with a  Calloway extra-long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing, and a  sledge hammer laying nearby.  His wife, Terri, was arrested and  charged with murder.  The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to find her Not Guilty, accepting her defense that Jim, somehow without looking, accidentally sat down on his golf club.








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Hi Cuckooites,
I will be gone the whole month of May to Europe spending two weeks in the U K and also going on a Mediterranean cruise.Sue my wife retired this year in February and we have been planning this trip for a long time.With this in mind April and May will be together as I will not have the time or inclination to change it being gone.This will be only for two months so bare with me and I hope you will all keep the site going while I am gone.If by chance I find a P C  I will wiegh in with any thoughts I have to contribute.We have had a very good start to the year and I believe we are back on track with a website we all want and can contribute to.
Thank you my friends it is a lot of fun when we get it right.
Regards Tommy

Friday, 19 March 2010

Del Southon Portrait

Del did this painting portrait of a Jazz artist he became friendly with .The artist's name was Michael Garrick some of you jazz inthusiastics might know of this man.Del has a amazing talent that he has shown us in the past along with John Battaglia,between them they where given something the rest of us just wish we had.Do you have a talent you would like to share with us.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Yvonne Phipp sent in these photo's,

The occasion was her Grand daughters wedding I believe,Ken her husband is the first photo with bride and groom I think Correct me if I am wrong Yvonne.

Friday, 12 March 2010

More early photos of the estate

These photos where taken in the early 70's,as you can see we have more cars showing up but still not as many as you see today on the streets,it is hard to find a place to park,can you name the streets showing.
Again where does Jackie find these great photo's.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Another White Hart pub outing

Derek Applin sent this photo in,Dereck I am beginning to think your Mom and dad spent a lot of time up at the White Hart like my Mom and Dad.Can anyone reconisce any one in this group of day trippers.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Roy Baker sent in these photo's

The top one is of his sisters wedding see attatched comments.The bottom one is Ted Baker when he was a baby and was evacuated to Ireland ,How did that happen Ted.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Castle Bar Halt

This photo is one of the best I have seen,taken in 1937 it shows the simplicity of the world we lived in.How many times did you cross this bridge or cheat and cross the tracks when a train was not coming.Our beloved playing fields where on the other side where we Whiled our summer days from school played all sorts of games.And if you saw it now,ugly Copley Close what a blight on the landscape.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

More early photo's of the Cuckoo estate

Here are two more early photo's of the estate that Jackie has sent me.I find them fascinating as they are so stark and void of people and cars.The overhead shot was taken in 1938 as where the street scenes.I know where they are and the names let us see if you do.As I have said I have many more but want to keep you all excited about these as they are a wonderful find thanks to Jackie Stringer our U K co ordinater.

My old mans a Dustman

This one will bring back lots of memories.Lonnie Donegon

More old photo's of Cuckoo old school and surrounding areas.

The pictures of Beresford Avenue and Greenford Avenue showed the posh side of homes that where adjudent to our estate.I wonder how those residents took to seing us lot move in the other side of the street from the slums of London.
I bet it caused a little contrerversy does anyone now.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Red Rock Country Sedona Arizona

Sue and I have have just returned from this paradise in Arizona,We spent nine days hiking and taking in the wonderful red rock formations,This is trully a remarkable place and if you ever get the chance please visit it.Sedona is located about 4 hours south of Las Vegas on the way you can visit the Grand Canyon and take in another of Natures great wonders.This is where many cowboy and Indian films where made and as I looked at these majestic rocks or mountains I expected to see Indiam smoke signals rising into the sky.This is just a handfull of the 100 or so photo's I took I hope you enjoy as much as we do.Photo's can not possibly capture what we saw with the human eye but I tried.Tommy and Sue.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Early pictures of the Cuckoo estate

Jackie Stringer found these rare photo's of the estate taken in 1938.The first one is Kennedy Path leading from Kennedy to Harp road,The second is Westcotte crescent,I believe running on the left side of the council building yard.Notice how clean the estate was and the lack of vehicles very much different if you was to visit it today.We have many more photo's from this time period of the streets on the Estate and will publish them periodicly as they are so rare.
Left click to enlarge and see the many details very clearly.

Elvis Pressley,Its now or never.

Just for you Angella and Jim ,Have a wonderful 50th we will all be thinking of you

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Doreen Bennett sent in these memories

Doreen Bennett when she was in the Brownies at St Christiphors and her babtism document signed by father Russell.Left click on any photo to enlarge.

They do not make them like this anymore.

Jackie found these great photo's of the push and pull steam train that run from Ealing Broadway to where and can you name all the stops it made on the way.These are great photo's from the past.