Saturday, March 28, 2009

A gay chap who lived in Khartoum,
Took a lesbian up to his room,
And they argued all night
About who had the right
To do what and with which and to whom.

There was a young girl who begat
Three brats named Nat, Pat and Tat,
It was fun in the breeding,
But hell in the feeding,
When she found she'd no Tit for Tat.

There was a young man named MacNair,
Who made love to his wife on the stair,
The bannister broke.....
Without missing a stroke.......
He finished her off in mid- air.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sage,has very kindly nominated me for this award,for which I thank her.I am delighted to except this award.

Now as I understand it I have to nominate 10 blogsites I feel deserve this award as well.

That is not hard, in fact, there is a lot more than 10 to be honest.

This is what you do:

Put the logo on your blog

Nominate at least 10 blogs

Be sure to link to these blogsites, which I would if I knew how too. (after all these years!)

Let them know they have received this award

Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received this award.

I would have shared it with others but I see they have already received the award.

So here are my 10:




david farley


hog dayafternoon




the dotterel

I have nominated these blog people because I find their blogs interesting,informative, and it just makes you think.

Sometimes they are very funny as well, sometimes you could be having a bad day and then you get on these blogs and they make you smile and laugh and it just lifts your spirits.

Great blogs and great bloggers.

Thankyou all for that.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This is our deactivated WW11 rifle.
It is an Enfield. 303" No.1 MK.111
We have had this for about 20 years, the reason is because my dad brought these (the rifle and baronets/swords) because he loves militaria.
Shortly after wards, there was a lot of break-ins where he lived (Oxford) and he was worried about them being stolen, so he asked us to look after them for him.
We willingly agreed, as both geoff and I love militaria as well.

They were up in the attic because you cannot display them anyway, but it seemed a shame to have them up there.
Years went on and eventually we decided to sell them.
We took them to Biddells and Webb in Birmingham and explained what we had and they asked us to bring them along so they could look at them, This we did.
They have militaria auctions once a month so these will be going in for auction next month. (don't know what date but we will be told and he even asked us to go along to watch)
In fact I am upset to auction these as you must know by now how much I love guns/rifles.
But my head must rule this time (LOL) and we must let them go.

I hope they go to someone who will appreciate their true value and will look after them as we have.

P.S. I have got to give you a laugh, I published this and then re-read it, I always do this just to double check on spelling, er I mean, typing errors, when I saw that I had actually written:
"So these will be going to action next month."
Well, ACTION???
Don't you think that that was a subconscious typing error on my part?
Being they are deactivated WW11 rifles???? They have already seen action, haven't they???
It should have read AUCTION!
God, I laughed when I realised what I had put.
Baronets and swords that came with the rifle.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A while ago I did a post about my grandfather, Frank Ponting, who was in the Grenadier Guards. I explained that although the photos I had shown you were good there was one which my grandmother, Lilian, had in her house which she kept for years until she died.

This is the photo.

As you can see, I think it is the best photo of all,so no wonder my nan had kept it for all those years.

He is tall, over 6ft, and handsome.

She had this photo right above the fireplace and we know she used to 'talk' to him.

She never did get over his death and at such a young age, he was 36 and died of T.B. (Tuberculosis).

I said I would try to get this photo for you, and on mother's day we went down to Oxford and my sister, Yvonne, gave it to me. It is a photo of a photo because it is too large to scan and it was framed.

It is years old.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I have noticed that saturdays seem to be the day of jokes and fun, so here's my pennies worth, just for a laugh.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Ian Richardson.
Have any of you been watching 'House of cards'?

I have watched it before and I find it fascinating.

It is a political thriller, written by Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff at Conservative Party headquarters.

It is set at the end of Margaret Thatcher's term as Prime Minister, in 1990

The one person who excels in this is Francis Urquhart, played by Ian Richardson.

He is spellbinding, you cannot believe that a person could get away with the things he has done.

Lets take the opening of the 'House of Cards'
Francis Urquhart, (who is a Chief whip) Ian Richardson, is sitting at his desk with a picture of Mrs. Thacher, he looks at it and says:

"Nothing lasts forever. Even the longest, the most glittering reign must come to an end someday."

He then puts her picture face down on the desk, with a smile.

And this is where the story starts.

A new man is elected as leader,Henry (hal) Collingridge

Francis Urquhart likes Henry but is secretly contemptuous.

They face the next election, and they win by a narrow majority of around 24 seats, and Urquhart expects to be given a senior position in the Cabinet.

However, Henry decides not to reshuffle at all and Francis Urquhart is stuck as Chief Whip.

Francis is not happy with this.

He, Francis Urquhart, then decides to get his payback with Henry, the new leader and now Prime Minister.

Francis enlists the help of Roger O'Neill, a Tories public relations consultant, but before that he was a former rugby international who has a cocaine habit that has been funded by his Tory expense account.

They start work to undermine Henry Collingridge.

Roger O'Neill gives an opposition MP Stephen Kendrick, information concerning hospital cuts that would make Collingridge look foolish at Prime Minister's Question Time.

He also sets the scene for Urquhart himself to pose as Collingridge's gentle, alcoholic brother Charles so that he can trade in Mendox Chemicals shares, a company about to benefit from the government.
He buys shares from the Mendox company and puts it in Charles Collingridge's name.
Charles denies this but no-one believes him.
He is then sent to a hospital to 'dry out.'

As a result, Collingridge becomes accused of insider dealing,and he is eventually forced to resign.
Roger O'Neill is found dead in a public toilet, supposedly having had a heart attack.

There are many other people he 'sets up' but I won't spoil it for you and tell you the story.

Of course, we know who did all this but Francis Urquhart is keeping very quiet about it.

They then need a new leader and guess who 'pretends' he is not interested in it?

Yes, Francis Urquhart.

However, he is 'convinced' by other members of parliament that he should stand for it, and he does.
He wins.
His deviousness doesn't stop there though, although he now has what he has always wanted, the leadership, he is still not happy.

He wants to be Prime Minister.
And he does.

Francis Urquhart.
He is hard, cold, devious, strong,intelligent,and power crazy. He is in fact quite frightening.
What a mixture, and it works perfectly.

The one thing about him is his facial expressions. He hasn't got any. His face is drained of emotion, cold , hard eyes look at you and then he smiles. His face lights up and his eyes are warm.

He would melt the heart of any woman, and he does.

He spends his life destroying others that may get in his way of becoming Prime Minister, scheming, lying, setting them up.

Even killing.
The one thing about him that really sticks in your mind is the way he talks, he seems so sincere and yet, he will do anything to get what he wants.
I'm sure that if I ever met him I would ask him if politicians really behave like that, I'm sure his reply would be:

"You may think that, I couldn't possibly comment."

He then smiles.

And melts your heart.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

So, Red Nose Day was a massive hit, was It?
They collected a grand sum of.......


The most they have ever had in 21 years.

Did someone mention a credit crunch?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I haven't blogged for a while have I? That makes a change 'cause I usually have something to say about whats going on in the world. But in actual fact I have had writers block. Funny that isn't it? I just had nothing to say about anything. I've left comments but could not think what to actually write about.
But, today is different, I am still ill with the cold/virus and have to have another week off work, my b.p. is still too high but I'll keep taking the tablets. Apart from that, I'm fine.
Today, I went out and cleaned my car, inside and out, the only reason is because I feel so ill I felt I would have to do something or go mad. You know what it's like, all you do is tell yourself how ill you feel. So, with the sun shining out I went, the car went into shock I must admit, and I feel so much better for it, apart from a splitting headache and my back breaking, but there we are that is what happens when you get to my age.
I have done two lots of washing and hung it out, the first lot has dried now it's waiting to be ironed, and wait it will, as I hate ironing!
Anyway, thats it, the sun's out, the birds are singing, snowdrop is full of life and not just sitting around in her favourite armchair, (usually mine) geoff is cooking for tea, so, great.
I'll go and have a glass of wine now, 'cause it's saturday.
Cheers everyone, I hope you all have a great day as well.

Monday, March 09, 2009

I love the pictures of stars and space I get with the National Geographic magazine and this one is spectacular.
Like a blue eye, the Helix planetary nebula is a mere 700 light years away out of the constellation Aquarius.
This is a spectacular photo of what is called 'a last gasp' of a sunlike star before it becomes a dwarf. That means it will die out completely.
The white dots around the inside of the star are still a mystery, but in fact, each white 'dot' is in fact as large as our solar system.
But what a fantastic picture of the 'blue eye.'

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Anyone for fish and chips?

This fish as a tiger fish and it comes from the Congo river which winds through several African countries.
This is a new species of fish and as you can see, I wouldn't want to have that biting me.

"What we are seeing here is kind of evolution on steroids." Says Melanie Stiassny, she is a member of the National Geographic Society.

Well, it certainly looks like it is taking it's steroids, don't it?

This fish, as you can see, has an transparent head.
It's head is like a fighter- plane cockpit.
The barreleye fish shows it is highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes-topped by green, orblike lenses.

This fish was discovered alive in deep water off California's central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

It is 6inches long and has been known since 1939 but only from mangled specimens dragged to the surface by nets.
This is the first photograph of the fish alive.
This is the biggest Stingray fish ever seen.
It weighs an estimated 550 to 990 ponds (250-450 Kilograms) and it was spotted in Thailand.
The stingray's body measured 6.6ft (2 meters) wide by 6.9 ft (2.1 meters long).The tail was missing but if it had been there it would have been 14.8-16.4 ft long.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Three times I've started this blog and three times I've deleted it.
I am in a bit of a whirl at the moment because I haven't been feeling very well at all.
The reason?
High blood pressure.
I know everyone goes on about it,usually joking, you know the sort of thing. But I didn't realise it could make you feel so ill. I have headaches, backaches and everything else aches. I am soooo tired and I can't thunk.(Well,some may not blame my B.P. for that.)
I went to my doctor (wonderful man) about 6-7 months ago complaining of this and that and he asked me many questions,and he suspected it was my blood pressure, so he took my blood pressure and he said it was a little high but nothing to worry about. However, he asked me to go back in 2 months time, which I did. Again I had my B.P. (blood pressure) taken and again it was a little higher but nothing to worry about. He asked me to come back in 2 months time.Which I did. Again I had my B.P. taken and again it was high, only this time it is high, very high.
Your B.P. should be 120/80
My B.P. is 159/98
My god, I was so shocked when he told me. I asked him what causes this to happen.
He sat there and explained that it is hard to explain why people have high B.P. it just depends on what you eat, your weight, if you smoke, what excercise you do.
Eat? perfectly normal everyday meals, meat,veg,etc.
Weight? Yes, I am roughly 1-2 stone overweight. (different doctors/nurses tell you different weights that you should be!)
Smoke? Yes. For about 30 years. (God that sounds awful, doesn't it?)
Excercise. Nope.

Mind you, I must admit I work on the self scan tills which means I am stood up all day and runing around, as I have 4 tills to look after, and when I go for my break I don't sit down 'cause I go out to smoke. I leave home at 7.15 a.m and I'm home noramlly at 1.30p.m.
When I get home I am shattered and the first thing I do is have a coffee, sit down, and a smoke. Then I have a kip. When I say that I mean I go to bed and sleep for about 2 hours. I am so tired.
All part of this apparently my doctor says.
One thing my doctor didn't mention was stress.
So, I did.
He agreed with me, life is stressful now, isn't it?
He asked me what I meant by 'stress.'
God, was I glad he asked. I wanted to get this off my chest for years. So this is what I told him: (My doctor does know geoff as he is his patient as well.)
"I am married to a man (geoff) who is 20 years my senior. He is now 73 years old. He is bad tempered, slow, very slow thinks he is god and as cantankerous as hell."
My doctor looked at me and was silent for a few seconds and then he said gently:
"yes, I understand that but the outcome is still the same."
Meaning, I still have got high B.P

P.S. Geoff will not see this 'cause he doesn't read this blog site. Just as well, I don't want him to see this, it would cause too many arguments.

Anyway, I have been given two lots of tablets which hopefully will lower my B.P.
I go back in 3 months time for another check up.
Hopwfully, the tablets should have worked by then, if they don't I don't know how they deal with it then.

Sorry, this is just a 'let off steam' blog.
I'll cheer up next time, I promise!!

P.S. Constable confused: I thought of you at the time because we have spoken about high B.P. before, haven't we!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particular icy winter.
They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.
Because of hectic schedules the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room and decided to send his wife an email.
However, he accidently left out one letter in her email address and, without realising his error, sent the email.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home form her husbands funeral.
He was a minister who had a heart attack and died.
The widow decided to check her emails, expecting messages from her relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widows son rushed into the room and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My loving wife.
Subject: I have arrived.
Date: October 16th 2004
"I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you can send emails to your loved ones.
I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
Looking forward to seeing you then!
Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!"