Monday, 30 July 2012

FW: The Importance of Having an Occupation after Retirement



The importance of having an occupation after

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to "make a
difference" in the world.
It is at these times that our hopes are boosted by the remarkable
achievements of other "seniors" who have found the courage to
take on challenges that would make many of us wither.    
Harold Schlumberg is such a person:


I've often been asked, 'What do you do now that you're

Well...I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and
one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whisky
into urine.
It's rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and
I really enjoy it."

Harold should be an inspiration to us all.


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fwd: Fw: Number of folks who have visted our site in July

    Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Total 728 272 184 88
Average 91 34 23 11
Day Date Page Loads Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Saturday 28th July 2012 50 22 13 9
Friday 27th July 2012 120 36 25 11
Thursday 26th July 2012 95 41 26 15
Wednesday 25th July 2012 123 30 20 10
Tuesday 24th July 2012 92 41 29 12
Monday 23rd July 2012 58 28 17 11
Sunday 22nd July 2012 83 43 34 9
Saturday 21st July 2012 107 31 20 11


Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later

First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website.

Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits - all your visitors.

Page Load - The number of times your page has been visited.

Tom Higginbottom

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Fw: AT&T



Take a look at these great posters. Using just hands and a phone, an American phone company
AT&Tadvertised worldwide by painting hands in the colors of different countries. It's just brilliant.








Costa Rica









The Netherlands



South Africa

United Kingdom



Friday, 13 July 2012




How very true this is. Left click to enlarge photo


Grab a cup of coffee

Dine out at your favorite restaurant

Spend some time at the museum

Meet at a popular diner

Relax at the beach

Go to a game

Going out on a date

Take a drive around town

Thank God I belong to another
generation !!!!


Monday, 9 July 2012


Two of Miles Davis. I’ve probably painted Davis more times that anyone else as he’s appearance changed with each new stage of his playing, I loved his early stuff, but didn’t like, or understand the later, electificated, stuff. It all sounded too computerized and the painting of him playing was done to give him a robotic appearance. It’s now in Germany.

Getting to meet him wasn’t easy because he was usually surrounded by minders. Fortunately, I was having a chat with Ronnie, in his office, one night, when Miles dropped by for a social visit. While they were chatting I sketched him with conte crayons and, when I’d finished, went to put it under my chair. He suddenly said, “Is that me?” I replied that it was, and he beckoned me to hand it over. He stared at it, nodded and said “Okay”,  then started to hand it back, thought about it and then picked up a pen from Ronnie’s desk and signed it, which was a bonus.

A bit later on, I had a drink at the bar with one of his heavies and asked him why Miles wore shades, even in a dimly lit club. The guy just grinned and said, “When he’s toting those things everyone he looks at appears to be black, so he’s happy.”

The Hanwell Sarsen stone


An interesting item from the Hanwell .org. uk site.



Freddie Reese







Welcome to








The Hanwell Sarsen stone


It is thought probable that this large glacial boulder was swept down from the frozen north during the Ice Age.

In the early 1900s, when Townholme Crescent was being excavated, this stone was discovered in a layer of gravel just below the surface. Many stone implements and cinerary urns were found around this stone indicating that it was an important burial place for the Saxon tribes of those times.

It is interesting to note that other Saxon remains were found in 1886 where Oaklands School now is which is within a hundred yards or so of the Sarsen Stone excavation site.

There are several versions of the origin of Hanwell's name and one of the contenders is 'Stone by the spring' which involves the well known 'Hanwell or Sarsen Stone'. The stone, (han) would have been originally deposited in the Ice Age close to a little stream, (wiella), which -Flowed into the Brent and was excavated from where Townholme Crescent now is.

Early Christian Saxons used the word Saresyn (i.e. SARACEN) as a synonym of the words pagan or heathen, and as these stones were popularly associated with Druid worship, they were called Saresyn (or heathen) stones. In the tin mining areas of Cornwall old attle or rock was called 'Sarsen' or 'Jews' leavings' on the assumption that Saracens, Jews and Phoenicians had once worked there.

Sarsen stones form the outer circle at Stonehenge. The Hanwell 'Sarsen' Stone can be seen just inside the main entrance to Elthorne Park.

This page was originally prepared for Hanwell History society by Chris Edwards.















FW: Balcony in Mumbai

Amazing piece of modrn architecture in
Mumbai India. 
Ok, I admit it, I'm a wimp…..but no way would I get into one of these pools,
not even the bottom one (the one above may break….)
That's always assuming I could afford to be there in the first place. 
Apartments with Balcony Pools in Mumbai



Saturday, 7 July 2012

Fw: First amazing views of London seen from the top of Europe's new tallest ...

Subject: First amazing views of London seen from the top of Europe's new tallest building

This is very topical as The Shard officially opened today

This may put an end to the London Eye Ferris wheel - as for half of the 30 min trip you are below half height and cannot 
see anything.
That tiddler in the distance is Canary Wharf! First amazing views of London seen from the top of Europe's new tallest building.
There's only one vantage point in London where world icons like Big Ben and St Paul's Cathedral look like little models and tall buildings such as the Gherkin and 
Tower 42 are dwarfed.
These amazing photographs taken from the crane at the top of the Shard - Europe's tallest building – offer a unique view of the capital spread out below and a 
sneak preview of the view that will enjoyed when the building is finally complete.

Brave London-based panoramic photographer Will Pearson, 38, gained rarely-granted access to the crane at the top of the building's 700-foot high concrete core 
last year to take these pictures over three sessions totalling 12 hours.
Toy town: From the top of the Shard, Tower Bridge , Canary Wharf and City Hall look like little toy models. The last few floors of the building are now taking shape.

Mr Pearson said climbing out on the crane to shoot the pictures was 'a bit terrifying'. It is 'really the pinnacle of a dangerous building site,' he said.

'The crane operator was a legend and he agreed to actually rotate his crane for me so I could take my shots of the city from its highest point. 
'I was standing over a mesh but I was aware of the precariousness of my position.
'So I effectively turned the crane into the world's largest tripod for the period of the shoot.'
Eerie: London is lit up as dusk falls and grey and purple clouds swirl above the capital. The city looks as if it goes on forever as the sun sets on the horizon. 
Uninterrupted: When it is complete, the Shard will offer 360-degree views for 40 miles around. This shot just shows the outer perimeter of the city in the distance 
Touching in its majesty: Dusk falls on the city, as seen from 700 feet above. The Thames meanders off into the distance 
Work on the Shard began in February 2009 and an estimated £450million has been spent on its construction so far.
The building will eventually offer uninterrupted 360-degree views of the capital, stretching for 40 miles in every direction.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the view from an observatory that will be 72 floors up.
Beautiful? The city is lent a rose-tinted hue by the setting sun, as seen from its tallest building. Photographer Will Pearson found the experience of taking the pictures atop a crane 'a bit terrifying' 
Unique views: The Tower of London can be seen in the foreground and the outer reaches of North London stretches off into the distance 
Major landmarks: On the Southbank, the Tate Modern chimney reaches up to the sky joined by the slim Millennium Bridge to St Paul's Cathedral and the Old Bailey to the north of the river 
Eye spy: The London Eye appears prominently on the London skyline next to a not so Big Ben. To the far left, Battersea Power Station peers out through the haze 
Build up: Europe 's tallest building is currently in its final stages of construction after three years of work and 12 years after the project was first conceived .
That is London Bridge station in the foreground. The historic station building is currently being demolished, to be replaced by something 'modern'.