Friday, 30 April 2010

Out of town for the month

Hi gang,as I mentioned before Sue and I will be gone the month of May and I will not do a May update,carry on with what we have going and I am sure you will find a lot to talk about with the General election next week.I will be in the Yorkshire area we have rented a cottage for the week and I am looking forward to the outcome.Remember most politicians promise you the moon but deliver mostly empty promises.Your country is in a mess just like the U S is and no one has the magic pill to fix it.Only time and sacrifice will win the battle so hang in there .I will be back the 1st June and hopefully we will be still going strong.
Take care and all the best.

Tom Higginbottom
Seattle, Washington
Tel (206) 937-3127

Monday, 26 April 2010

How True.

While walking down the street one day a "Member of Parliament" is
tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the  entrance.

'Welcome to heaven, ' says St. Peter. ' Before you settle in,  it
seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these
parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you. '

' No problem, just let me in, ' says the man.

' Well, I'd like to, but I  have orders from higher up. What we'll do
is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can
choose where to spend eternity. '

' Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,'  says the MP.

' I'm sorry, but we have our rules. '

And with  that, St. Peter  escorts him to the elevator and he goes
down, down, down  to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the
middle of a green  golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and
standing in front of it  are all his friends and other politicians who
had worked with  him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him,
shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had  while
getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a  friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar
and  champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy
who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a
good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises....

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St.
Peter is waiting for him.

' Now it's time  to visit heaven. '

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group  of contented souls
moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a
good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by  and
St. Peter returns.

' Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and  another in heaven. Now
choose your eternity. '

The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ' Well, I would never
have said it  before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but  I think
I would be better off  in hell. '

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,  down, down to hell.

Now the doors of  the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren
land covered with  waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and
putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his  shoulder. ' I
don't understand, ' stammers the MP. ' Yesterday I was here and there
was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank
champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a
wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.

What happened? '

The devil looks at him, smiles and says,  "Yesterday, we were campaigning.. ...

Today, you voted."


Sunday, 25 April 2010

What I Want In A Man







What I Want In A Man!  
Original  List
: age (20 something)

1. Handsome

2. Charming

3.  Financially  successful

4. A caring listener

5. Witty

6.  In good  shape

7. Dresses with style

8... Appreciates finer   things

9. Full of thoughtful surprises

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age  32)

1. Nice looking

2. Opens car doors,  holds  chairs

3. Has enough money for a nice dinner

4.  Listens more  than talks

5. Laughs at my jokes

6. Carries  bags of  groceries with ease

7. Owns at least one tie

8.  Appreciates  a good home-cooked meal

9. Remembers birthdays and   anniversaries

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age  42)

1.  Not too ugly

2.   Doesn't drive off until I'm in the car

3.  Works  steady - splurges on  dinner out occasionally

4.  Nods head  when I'm  talking

5.  Usually remembers punch lines of  jokes

6.   Is in good enough shape to rearrange the  furniture

7.   Wears a shirt that covers his stomach

8..   Knows not  to buy champagne with screw-top lids

9.   Remembers to put  the toilet seat down

10.  Shaves  most  weekends

What I Want in  a Man, Revised List (age  52)

1.  Keeps hair in nose and ears trimmed

2.   Doesn't belch or scratch in public

3.  Can tow a  Caravan

4.  Can cook a BBQ

5.  Doesn't re-tell the  same  joke too many times

6.  Appreciates a good TV  dinner

7.  Helps with the  housework


What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age  62)


1.  Doesn't scare small  children

2.  Remembers where I have put  things

3.  Can still tow a van without causing chaos on the  road

4.  Only snores lightly when  asleep

5.  Remembers why he's laughing

6.  Is in  good enough  shape to stand up by himself

7.  Usually wears  some  clothes

8.  Doesn't notice my facial hair and  wrinkles

9.  Remembers  where he left his  teeth

10. Stops trying to tell jokes

What I Want in a Man,  Revised List (age  72)

2.   Doesn't miss the  toilet.

3.   Remembers where we both  live.
Send this to the women  who will enjoy reading it and to  the men who can handle  it!












Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Old Cuckoo Photo's

We are now in our fourth year of this website ,I made this photo show with photos that where sent in this past year by you.Hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
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Monday, 12 April 2010

Are you having problems posting comments.

For those of you who are having trouble posting a comment on this website - I have had the same problem. But while we were visiting our son in Salt Lake City, he came up with a solution that worked for us. Our problems started when we upgraded to Internet Explorer 8. We tried a couple of fixes including using 'compatibility mode' and neither worked. Using a different browser seems to work just fine. The one we used was Fire Fox but also Chrome may work. We're including links for both in case you might want to try either as a possible work-around for any problems you may be experiencing.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Cuckooites get together in Seattle

When I originally posted the other photos this one got left out.Tommy ,Sue my wife Angella (Ware)and her husband Ron we had a great time meeting up and swapping story's as Cuckooites do.

Monday, 5 April 2010

More early photo's of the estate around 1938

Would it not be wonderful to find out who the people are in the photos,the man on the bike looks like he is making deliveries and the iron railings are still up from before they where taken down for steel to make arnaments during the war.These are the last of the great photo's Jackie found descibing early times on the Cuckoo Estate

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(This really puts grandchildren into perspective) 

1.  She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Gramma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye...

2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 62. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.
 As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like: "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire - it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode
 our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and
 I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story. "What's it about?" he asked. "I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."

 7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued... At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these, yourself!"
  8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."
  9. When my grandson asked m e how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised, "mine says I'm 4 to 6."
  10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting," she said, "how do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
  11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote:  "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked.  "Sure," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."
  12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.  Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.  "They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.  "No," said another. "He's just for good luck."  A third child brought the argument to a close.  "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
  13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the airport."
  14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
  15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.





Thursday, 1 April 2010

Sally's garden page.

Check in and tell us what is going on in your garden.share your garden tips with your friends and neighbors.

Terry Finucine proud Grandfather.

Terry become a proud Grandfather his daughter Jullianne gave birth to a little girl they called Pheobe.Amazing thing is that Terrys Daughter was 48 years old that has got to be pretty wonderful for Mom and Dad. We wishh you all the best Terry and Yolande as proud grand parents

Cuckooites get together in Seattle

First photo Tommy and Angella (Ware ) Recent meeting in Seattle.Tommy and Angella
lived opposite on Cuckoo Avenue and did not know each other growing up.Second photo.Tom ,Sue my other half Angella and Ron her husband.Third photo Angella 's family and friends.We had a great get together and reminiced about our growing up on the estate.

Brian and Yvonne (Phipp) Holt

This photo was taken in Scotland before Brian passed away they make a great brother and sister act.Brian told me he had a handicap of around 5 I believe is that correct

Del Southon at his painting exibition

Del with Wild Bill Davison.I will let Del clue us in to time and place.

Early Photo's of the estate.

More early photo's of the estate taken around 1937 .Amazing how clean and organized it was,name the places if you can reconise them

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Tommy said...

Jim I do not think Ted means to condone this behaviour but tell us where he came from and the people he knocked around with .The Teddy boys some of them did run in packs and where cowardly but many I knew and I wore that dress at one time along with the italian style a little later.I think Ted is just talking the way it comes out and is not looking for a argument just stating his life as he does ,not sure what is wrong with that.

jim davis said...

I am sorry Tom but I see it differently than you. Some of the people I knocked about with were villians and hard men. When nessesarry they would have what we called a straightener. I.E. a fist fight. None of my crowd, to my knowledge carried Knives etc. If they had then I would not have associated with them. If you read what I wrote again Tom, I said nothing personal about Ted, just his choice of friends.


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yvonneh said...

Ted ,
if you go way back on the site you will see a St Annes class photo, I think she is on it, there are some other photos on the site of her in the church girls brigade with my friend Ethel Walker from Lyle Crescent. do not know where she is now I havent seen her since we left school. As I joined the wrac i lost touch with a lot of school friends.All I remember is that she had deep auburn hair.
Whooeee, John I have read that over and over and still cannot make head or tail of it. I prefer my encyclopedia Britanica version at least it makes sense, but we still have not found out what PROPER english is.

jim davis said...

Languages surely change with the times. If you have ever tried reading stuff from just two or three hundred years ago it is difficult to understand. I am not talking about slang, but proper English used at variouse time in the past and up to the present. I wonder what it will be like in the future; Punjabi perhaps?

yvonneh said...

Could be Jim, it will add another flavour to what is our international language, I have come to the conclusion that perhaps there isnt a proper English only like beauty it is in the eye of the beholder.Those that went to public school would say they spoke proper english, as do those who live on the cuckoo estate and went to St Annes and Brentside, or those that live in East Anglia or Northumberland, or the West Country or even little old me and Ted.