Saturday, 21 January 2012

Are you having trouble posting comments,

I f you are one of the many who are having trouble posting comments,here his a simple way to post.Follow these directions and you will have no Problem
1 on the bottom of the comment page is a direction which say's  Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom).
2 Left click on this direction and it will take you to another page that shows the comments for this posting       
3 Left click on any comment and it will take you back to the original comment page you was at.
4 Left click on Post a Comment and it will take you to the page where you can post your comments.
5 Type in the comments you want to make then sign your name and post.
If you follow these directions it should solve your problem,now give it a try and live on the wild side.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012












All the girls had ugly gym slips 

It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

Nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school

Nobody owned a purebred dog

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces

All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . .  And they did!

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car...
And people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?

Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of  today?

When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home

Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula  Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on.  To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Coca  Cola  in bottles.

Blackjacks and bubble gums.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

Hi-If's & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Adding Machines.


Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

It wasn't odd to have two or three  'Best  Friends'?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'? 

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a slingshot ?

War was a card game?

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life. 
Double Dare You!

1981 & 2005 - Two Interesting Years
Interesting Year 1981
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Interesting Year 2005
1. Prince Charles got married.
2. Liverpool crowned soccer Champions of Europe.
3. Australia lost the Ashes.
4. The Pope died.

Lesson to be learned:
The next time Charles gets married, someone should warn the Pope.







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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Fw: Tower Bridge Sent in by Freddy Reese.


Thought you might appreciate seeing these old sepia photos of the "old lady"
Best Wishes,    Freddie
Subject: FW: Tower Bridge
 Stripped down as you've never seen her: Pictures of Tower Bridge during construction found dumped in a skip

This is one of the London's most beloved landmarks as you've never seen her before.
Stripped down to her underwear, the never before seen pictures of Tower Bridge - one of the world's most recognisable structures - have been unveiled after the stash of hundred-year-old prints were found in a skip.
Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the bridge's foundation, the 50 sepia photos reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the capital's most popular tourist destinations, which was the first bridge of its kind in the world.

Never seen before: The pictures of London's Tower Bridge were found in a skip and then wrapped up in brown paper and put in a carrier bag under a bed
The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed 'The Wonder Bridge'.
The discarded pictures, which were retrieved by a caretaker who was looking after a building being turned into flats in 2006, have spent the last five years in a carrier bag underneath his bed.  
The 59-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that after the occupants of the Westminster office building moved out, the album and a number of documents were thrown into a skip outside.
He said: 'I took the ledgers to the Tower Bridge Museum because I thought they might have some historical value.

Remarkable find: The prints reveal in incredible detail the ingenuity behind one of the capital's most popular tourist attractions and how it was put together

A view of the bridge: The sturdy steel frame of Tower Bridge can be seen, before it was covered with its distinctive stone-cladding on the orders of architect John Wolfe-Barry
'They included records of the materials and used in the bridge's construction and what they cost.
'I told the man at the museum that I had also found some photos but he told me they already had plenty of those.
'I didn't know what to do with them so I wrapped them in some brown paper and put them in a bag under the bed.' It wasn't until earlier this month, when the owner of the photos mentioned them to his neighbour, City of Westminster tour guide Peter Berthoud that the significance of the find fully emerged.
Mr Berthoud, an expert in the history of London who gives guided tours around famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, said he was gobsmacked by the haul.

Stripped down: The photographs show how the bridge was put together over eight years, revealing why it was nicknamed at the time the 'Wonder Bridge'

Landmark: Tower Bridge remains one of the capital's most iconic structures and a tourist attraction today, 125 years after building started

Sepia to silver screen: The incomplete Tower Bridge features in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes battles with his adversary Lord Henry Blackwood
And contrary to popular misconception, the images reveal the bridge is a sturdy steel frame beneath the instantly recognisable stone-cladding.
Mr Berthoud said: 'When my neighbour gave me a disk with the images on I just couldn't believe it.
'I spent hours going through my books to see if these pictures were already around, but I couldn't see them anywhere - they are totally unique.
'Quite simply London Bridge is the world's most iconic bridge, and it's the only bridge over the Thames which has never needed to be replaced at some point.

Discovery: Peter Berthoud was gobsmacked when his neighbour showed him the haul of photos. He spent hours going through books to find something similar, only to discover they are totally unique

Transformation: The bridge took eight years to build and at the time was a landmark feat of engineering, combining elements of a suspension and high level bridge and a bascule
'It combines elements of a suspension bridge, a high level bridge and a bascule which allows it to open for ships to pass.
'Nothing had ever been made like it before, and nothing since.
'People are always surprised when I tell them Tower Bridge is a steel bridge, as the stone cladding is so recognisable.'
According to the tour guide, the bridge's original architect, Horace Jones, wanted to clad the bridge in brick, however, following his death he was succeeded as architect by John Wolfe-Barry who decreed the bridge should be clad in stone.

Development: Photos show the progress in the construction process, from basic structures to something easily recognisable as Tower Bridge as we know it today

Unique: Many of the 50 sepia prints are in good condition, despite dating back to 1892. Several are even dated, making it possible to trace the progress in construction
Although many of the century-old pictures are in a state of disrepair, around 20 are in good condition.
Many of the 12 by 10 snaps are dated and clearly show how the bridge was put together over a space of eight years.
Memorable scenes include turn-of-the-century labourers taking orders from a site foreman in a bowler hat, and a shot of the bridge's original steam-powered engine room, which could open the bridge in less than a minute.
In one poignant picture flags decorate the body of the bridge and a hand-written pencil note reads: 'Note, flags denote Mr Hunter's wedding day'.
Mr Berthoud said: 'My favourite pictures of the simple, humble guys building the bridge, unaware that what they are making will be so historic.
'People are so used to seeing images of the Empire State Building being built, but this is part of British history being created 50 years earlier.'

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Where has everyone gone

I will try to answer that question,funny thing is they are still with us .Last month in one week we had over 600 people visit the website.In one day we had over 165 people check in.It amazes me where they come from but why they choose not to participate is even stranger.If we where to announce a Reunion tomorrow we would be sold out in a month just like last time.Unfortunately I am no longer in a position to spend the money to fly from Seattle U S A to organize the event and spend the time and energy I have in the past to put this event on even with the help I have received from Jackie Stringer to handle everything until I arrive a week before the event.Age catches up with all of us and until you have tried flying for up to 15 hours and the jet lag you endure it is no longer fun.
We have over 800 pounds in reserve if anyone wants to take on another reunion I am sure Jackie would help and I would get the word out to the mailing list of over 300 Cuckooites we have on file.If you want it bad enough get going and go for it.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Our Noble Knight Sir Rustalot,2012 will be his year'

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Today...I wish you a day of ordinary miracles

A fresh pot of coffee you didn't have to make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
The fastest line at the grocery store.

A good sing along song on the radio.
Your keys right where you look.

I wish you a day of happiness and perfection-little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you, holding you so gently because you are someone special and rare.  I wish You a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

Send this phrase to the people you'll never forget.
It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them.

Take the time!

  Wishing you the very best for 2012