Friday, 30 December 2011

Fw: Questionnaires

Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 4:15 AM
Subject: Re: Questionnaires
Hi I have attached some versions that may be easier to add I don't know.

On 30 December 2011 12:13, Emma Straker <> wrote:


Hi my name is Emma and I am currently studying at The University of Northampton for an Honors Degree in Construction Management. I am in my final year and therefore I am required to complete a research project. My research project is titled "Is behaviour or personality influenced by the appearance of the council house we live in or grew up in?"


The reason for choosing this topic to investigate is because for a few years now I have been interested in the aesthetics of social housing. The reason for this is because I grew up in a council house in West London and at the time I didn't consider it to be a particularly nice or nasty looking house until I moved to Northampton in 1994 aged 18. As I became more and more interested in buildings and Architecture, I started to become aware of the council houses here in Northamptonshire. I started to question why some of the housing estates were not as nice (in my opinion at least) as those built before the Second World War for instance.



This then made me look back at the estate I grew up on in London. I researched it and found that in 1995 it became a conservation area because it is an estate planned by the London County Council, which survived the Second World War with many original features and layout completely intact. I started looking at other council estates that are located in London and then to high rise flats. This led me to think about the crime rates in those different styles of homes and estates and to ask myself if the people living there are happy or not?


In order to complete my research I have created 2 questionnaires that I would be honoured if you could put on your website for people to fill in and then email to me. One is for people who live on the estate and one is for those you just grew up there. I simply want to compare people's opinions and life experiences from different styles of houses in a selection of estates in London, Northamptonshire as well as a few other towns.



Emma Straker









Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my many friends and fellow Cuckooites a wonderful Christmas holiday where ever you may be thru out the world.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Fw: Well I didn't know that, well worth the read to become even more educated

Joan Teal sent us this trivia.




: Well I didn't know that, well worth the read.
There is an old Hotel /Pub in Marble Arch, London , which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hung. 

The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''.

If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD.

  If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON.

  So there you go. More bleeding history.

  They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "piss poor", but worse than that were the really poor folk, who couldn't even afford to buy a pot, they "Didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

  The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. 

  Here are some facts about the 1500s:

  Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married..

  Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

  Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

  There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. 

  The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. 

As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold. (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

  In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight, then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old''.

  Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.. When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "Bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''chew the fat''.

  Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

  Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''.

  Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

   England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people, so they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. 

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell ''or was considered a ''Dead Ringer'' 

  And that's the truth. 

  Now, whoever said history was boring ! ! !

  So .. . . get out there and educate someone! Share these facts with a friend, like I just did! ! 




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Friday, 16 December 2011

Fw: Irish Birth Control......


  Hi Tom, Would you try posting this on the Cuck's for me please, I know that Beryl enjoys a good irish joke.
Jenni and I wish you, Sue and your family a very wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to keeping in touch throughout 2012.
Your old school friend, Freddie 
Mrs. Donovan was walking down
O'Connell Street in Dublin when
she met up with Father Flaherty.

The Father said, 'Top o' the mornin'
to ye! Aren't ye Mrs. Donovan
and didn't I marry ye and yer
hoosband two years ago?'

She replied, 'Aye, that ye did, Father.'

The Father asked, 'And be there
any wee little ones yet?'

She replied, 'No, not yet, Father.'

The Father said, 'Well now,
I'm going to Rome next week
and I'll light a fertility candle for ye
and yer hoosband.'

She replied, 'Oh, thank ye, Father...'
They then parted ways..

Some years later they met again.
The Father asked, 'Well now,
Mrs. Donovan, how are ye these days?'
She replied, 'Oh, very well, Father!'
The Father asked, 'And tell me ,
have ye any wee ones yet?'

She replied, 'Oh yes, Father!
Two sets of twins and six singles,
ten in all!'

The Father said, 'That's wonderful!
How is yer loving hoosband doing?'

She replied, 'E's gone to Rome
to blow out the fookin candle.'


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Fw: A beautiful story....

It,s me again guy's just received this great fishing tale and pic's, thought you may like.





The Best Day Of  Fishing Ever!
I've heard of salmon  jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this...   

Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out  with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when  four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his  boat.

"Once the deer reached  the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking  directly at us.  We could tell right away that the  young bucks were distressed.

I opened up my back gate and  we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild  animals onto the boat.  In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything  quite like it! Once onboard, they collapsed with  exhaustion, shivering."

"This is a picture I  took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the  Alaska Quest.  We headed for Taku Harbour. 

Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been  pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as  if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest.  

After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed,  but the smallest deer needed a little more help.

  This is me carrying the  little guy.

My daughter, Anna, and  son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know  how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had  been others who did not survive.  

My daughter later  told me that the experience was something that she would  never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as  well!"

















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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Fw: And you were thinking of moving to Florida........?


Check out the size of this sucker guys!!!  Be very careful Tommy mate if you are ever invited to a round of golf at Jacksonville.!!
Merry Christmas Guys
Fred and Jenni

St. Johns County Sheriff, St. Augustine , Florida

This is why you shouldn't go looking for the golf balls hit 'Out of Bounds' in Florida !!!



This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record, in fact.
This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.
A little research revealed the following:
One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man. 
A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.
The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.
This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds. (How much do you weigh?)
Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).
A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot accurate striking distance.
(The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet . )
This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr. was President.
Now just ask yourself these questions: What has this snake been feeding on and where are its offspring?