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Another Visit To The Old Neighbourhood

April 3, 2010
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In 1975 I moved to Lincoln with my family, from Kent.  At first, I hated this small, provincial city and wanted to go home…but I was stuck here.  Anyway, that’s another blog, for another day!
Apart from a couple of visits, in the early days, I have not seen the place since, apart from a couple of pictures…but now, thanks to Google, I have been able to wander the streets and marvel at the new shops and open spaces, and to remember those places that have not changed…
First of all, I was so glad that the concrete fortress (top left) had been swept away and replaced with a brick-built shopping precinct that looked friendly and inviting.  There are modern apartment blocks all around the town, as well as houses and bungalows, so people are once more living close to the shops.  There are plenty of grassed areas with trees and shrubs, which make the town look fresh and clean.  I love it!
You can no longer see the river from the High Street, but the Riverside Gardens have been re-landscaped with plenty of trees and shrubs, pathways, raised flower beds and benches…lovely.
This view of the Town Hall has changed…Erith 012
Gone are the small parade of shops, and the little road down to the station, instead there is a large roundabout…how open is that!  They must have built over the railway line to create such a wide space.
Moving up the hill to Northumberland Heath,  Bexley Road seems not to have changed much at all…even Wellingtons store is still there!!  That was a surprise!
The Top Shop, at the top of Horsa Road, is also still there, as is the Halfway Shop Erith 022 at the bottom of the road.  Other corner shops, Like Bob’s, on the corner of Horsa and Ethelbert roads, and the butchers opposite the Halfway, have not fared so well, and are now just houses.  The view across to the park and Duchess of Kent pub, on the corners of Sussex Road still look the same, though.
Another thing that I have noticed is that all the pubs that I remembered Erith 034 (not from going in them, as I was too young at the time), are still there and look much the same as they used to…unlike Lincoln, where many old pubs have been closing at quite an alarming rate, and the chains, like Wetherspoons, are thriving.  The small shops are still there…all independent…with only an occasional ‘High Street’ name…and only one boarded-up shop!
Anyway…down Horsa Road we go, to my old house.  Erith 025 OMG!  What have they done to it?!!  There is one thing that has happened to this place, and it’s like a terrible disease…render!!  Render, and pebble-dash, are never a good idea, as they often don’t let the brickwork and mortar breathe, and can later cause more problems than they originally covered up.  And those cheap-looking windows!!  I shall say no more.
So, when I moved here in ’75, I wanted to go home.  When I visited in the late 70s I found the place to be grimy and closed in, and was so glad to get back to Lincoln.  Now, the grimy, graffiti-covered nastiness has been swept away, and Erith is a thriving town once more.  A big pat on the back for the town planners who have included lots of parking, trees and open spaces, to make Erith an attractive place to live and shop once more!
I am impressed.
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  1. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2010 1:49 pm

    Another memory I have is of getting off of the bus, after Saturday morning cinema, and waiting at the zebra crossing for the traffic to stop. There was nothing coming up the road, and the traffic duly stopped on the other side. As I began to cross the road, a car emerged at speed from Avenue Road, knocking me flying back up towards the bus-stop. I was extremely shaken and frightened, especially when people crowded round to see if I was OK. I ran home and hid in the garage, shaking. The bruise I had on my thigh was black from knee to hip!

  2. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2010 1:52 pm

    Just past the pub, both primary and secondary schools have been swept away, but the front playing field is still there, and so is the wall and original railings. It\’s such a shame that all the blossom trees, lining the drive-way, have also gone.

  3. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2010 5:14 pm

    I\’m a teapot! I\’m a teapot! I\’m a teapot!

  4. Natalia permalink
    April 4, 2010 5:24 pm

    No You are not Sandi. The Teapot is the Dormouses Domain, I don\’t recall seeing you carachterized in "Wonderland" :op

  5. Princess permalink
    April 4, 2010 7:12 pm

    Aaaaw, relieved it was no worse than a big bruise(tho that is bad enuf) Hope u have a lovely resta Easter, Luv PF XXX

  6. Sandy permalink
    April 4, 2010 7:22 pm

    Sandi, you know how to catch my attention. mmmmmm tea

  7. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2010 7:52 pm

    Have just boiled the kettle!Actually, I posted this yesterday…nothing. Then I thought that if I commented then someone might notice…nothing. So I resorted to doing a Tim Brooke-Taylor of Goodies fame…that worked!!OK, so in future I shall shout "KETTLE GOING ON…anyone for a cuppa?!!" or something like…?!

  8. Sandi permalink
    April 4, 2010 8:04 pm

    Have just been telling Mum about Google Street View, and about how Erith has changed for the better, and she said that last time she was down there, a few years ago, the place was still a mess, and all the (remaining) shops closed early because there was no-one around, and the Riverside gardens were neglected and over-grown. She was pleased that Erith has been re-born and is a real town once more, with housing and apartments close by…how it should be.

  9. ROCKET permalink
    April 5, 2010 1:33 am

    I love Google Earth and was pleasantly surprised the first time I tried street view and found a decent image of my mom\’s front door. Thanks for taking me along on your journey down memory lane. One thing….zebra crossing?? We have deer crossings but I didn\’t know y\’all had zebras running loose in the UK.

  10. Sandi permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:40 pm

    LOL! Black and white stripes on the road…where you can cross. Traffic does not have to stop, unless someone is actually on the crossing. Then they invented pelican crossings and now there are puffin crossings…and to confuse us further, we must \’only cross with the green man\’! Green Man?!! What flamin\’ green man?!!! Not the Hulk, I hope…?!!!

  11. ROCKET permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:52 pm

    Oh, I see! We call them pedestrians, not zebras. Some of them wear stripes and others could pass for a striped horse when seen from the rear but they only have 2 legs. Our zebras are black and white striped ponies and are imported from Africa but we don\’t allow them to roam the streets. We also have two legged critters who do nothing but make a nuisance of themselves and are referred to as horse\’s asses.

  12. Sandy permalink
    April 5, 2010 6:56 pm

    Puffin crossings!! Political correctness gone mad with separate crossings for smokers!

  13. Curiosity permalink
    April 5, 2010 7:02 pm

    What about the Sleeping Policemen, we have them on our roads too RM.I clicked on a little symbol on google maps of a face with glasses on and suddenly the whole street view became 3D!!!!

  14. Sandi permalink
    April 5, 2010 7:55 pm

    LOL @ Sandy\’s comment! Sometimes I wish there were seperate places for smokers! Walking up the street, you have to weave in and out of all the blasted smoke-screens that form outside certain shops!RM, see above comment re two-legged critters that make a nuisance of themselves!Anne, have you got 3D glasses, otherwise it just goes blurred in two colours!

  15. Sandi permalink
    April 6, 2010 1:41 pm

    Another difference between Erith and Lincoln is that Lincoln is a jungle of ruddy railings, herding pedestrians to the crossings that are now around the corner, where you cannot see what is coming! Cars coming round the corner are faced with red lights, resulting in a lot of near misses. It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured!!! I, for one, do not like using these crossings, and will cross further down the road!

  16. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:01 pm

    Oh when did you post this? Slap my wrist for not seeing it….LOL I had to google what a puffin crossing was! Didn\’t realise they\’d changed it\’s name when they made it blind person friendly…

  17. Bran permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:16 pm

    we have sleeping policemen, usualy asleep in the police station rather than being out on the beat!

  18. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:20 pm

    LOL Bran…Oh did you know there are Toucan crossings and also Pegasus crossings too?

  19. Sandi permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:27 pm

    I couldn\’t remember what the other crossing were, and Robert was out so I couldn\’t ask him. Oh, sill me…I only had to pick up the book and check…DOH!This was posted on the 3rd…which was…er…Saturday.Asleep in the police station, eh? Sounds like a right Carry On…!

  20. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:38 pm

    I wonder if the horse is actually trained to push the button or is it up high so the rider can reach…. Ah was doing my whole no pc bit over the Easter break so that\’s how I missed it – although I did check on my updates…

  21. ROCKET permalink
    April 6, 2010 2:58 pm

    Our policemen are afraid to sleep on the job for fear of their fellow officers eating all the donuts. Besides, the sections of interstates 77 and 81 running through our county are notorious for speed limit enforcement (read HUGE fines) and are patrolled by sheriff\’s deputies and state troopers. Our guys get to run with lights and sirens a lot and they love it!

  22. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:08 pm

    Chip, Bran lives in a beautiful quiet off the beaten track area in Cornwall.. I don\’t think many people would be able to speed there even if they wanted to!

  23. simon permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:25 pm

    We have lot\’s of toucan\’s in Bristol. Pegasus was a new one on me. When the Zebra crossings first came in in was rumoured drunks could be found there on an evening mumbling, "\’l\’ll get a tune outta dish piano if ish the lash fing i do" . Occasionally it was. The Japanese wildlife know what to do : the British wildlife clearer yet RM ?

  24. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:35 pm

    LOL>>> Love the snail Simon

  25. ROCKET permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:38 pm

    @ Simon – Video #1 is disturbing because a deer with no fear of humans is lacking in survival instincts. Then I realized it is a Japanese video and I couldn\’t help looking for the Honda logo on what is obviously a robot deer. As for videos 2 and 3; they are obviously evidence that the use of hallucinogens is widespread in the UK.@ Eileen – I forgot about that. In an earlier comment Bran pointed out to me that he lives in a peaceful corner of the world and there is even rideable surf there.

  26. simon permalink
    April 6, 2010 3:51 pm

    This was the original intention of the pelican crossing a survey found kids don\’t really understand it either I did find the green man\’ll stop now – it\’s a red light and I need to go to the shops… I\’ll take my brolly though

  27. Eileen permalink
    April 6, 2010 4:08 pm

    Showing my age now.. I remember the green man visiting our school….

  28. Sandy permalink
    April 6, 2010 5:18 pm

    Thank goodness you don\’t need to take a test before you go out on foot on the pavement – I can see a big failure rate coming on. I just been to good old wikipedia which told me all about them so I feel more pavement worthy already.I remember that public information film – but this one sticks in my mind as well – I wish I\’d brought me brolly!

  29. Curiosity permalink
    April 6, 2010 5:34 pm

    The Tufty Club was the one for learning how to cross the road!

  30. Sandi permalink
    April 6, 2010 8:38 pm

    My…you guys have been busy while I\’ve been out! Of course, now I\’m home, everyone has buggered off!!Oh, well, looks like I\’ve ot some stuff to catch up with here…LOL!

  31. Arlene permalink
    April 6, 2010 9:06 pm

    That was a nice nostalgic blog, I love to look at the history of old places. I went into Google earth a few weeks ago to look up my old house too, I think I mentioned it, it wasn\’t much different except for the cars.I also remember the Green man and Pelican crossings, previous to them it was simply the Belisha beacon that flashed, I can\’t remember whether you were supposed to cross when it was flashing or when it stopped! I must have got it right \’cos I\’m still alive. At school we had to learn <look right. look left, and right again> then cross, I can\’t recall being told not to if there was a car coming, but unless you were on a main road there weren\’t many cars around, and NO, it wasn\’t coach and horses, I\’m not that old. Two interesting blogs Sandi.

  32. Eileen permalink
    April 7, 2010 12:08 pm

    Laughing at Arlene\’s comment about coah and horses…..This is the one I remember!

  33. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 12:36 pm

    Well blow me!! Simon, you have proved that there is a green man in Lincoln after all! That was Lincoln High Street near Gowt\’s Bridge! I wonder when that was filmed? Quite a while ago…80s perhaps…the hairdressers has been gone quite a long time!

  34. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 12:41 pm

    I think they should bring back hanging…I mean…oops! Sorry, I meant they should bring back The Green Cross Code man, Eileen…some hunk, in lycra, we can all drool over…and move the crossing to more sensible places…and the belisha beacons just flashed all the time, Arlene, \’cos they were on zebra crossings.

  35. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 12:44 pm

    I was wrong…Licoln uni students made that film in 2004! I thought that Hairazors had gone long before that!

  36. Sandy permalink
    April 7, 2010 1:24 pm

    Good to see David Prowse here on live spaces – before he went over to the dark side.

  37. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 1:44 pm

    Dave Prowse on FB…? Hmmmm…that explains a lot…!

  38. Curiosity permalink
    April 7, 2010 2:22 pm

    Daves brother Bob has a gymnasium that I used to use a couple of roads away from me. It is called \’Bob Prowse Gymnasium\’I used to enjoy using it until I took my daughters there for an induction course and the instructor – cor he was fit- had all his boy tackle hanging out from the legs of his baggy shorts while doing toe touches! Said he did not know and wondered why we was giggling, he was the one with the red face…..we all had smiles!!

  39. Eileen permalink
    April 7, 2010 2:27 pm

    And that stopped you from using the gym? Lol…

  40. Curiosity permalink
    April 7, 2010 2:59 pm

    Oh no! I still used it but the daughters couldn\’t face it. Must admit I did used to glance his way when others came in for induction. Mind you, the showers were shared and at that time I was sooooo happy with my trim, slim fit body that it did not bother me to use them in the nuddy. Good grief you would not want to see the state I am in now!!

  41. Eileen permalink
    April 7, 2010 3:38 pm

    Blimy! I\’m no way confident to do that – nor have I ever – even as a child!

  42. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 3:47 pm

    I\’ve never used shared changing rooms and showers, but I used to be scared of using the ladies shower…until I saw the sizes and shapes of some of the women wandering about, and thought \’What am I worried about…!\’

  43. Eileen permalink
    April 7, 2010 3:59 pm

    Yeah… I keep my cozzy on if I\’m in the shower….. I\’ve always been very uncomfortable showing my bits….

  44. Arlene permalink
    April 7, 2010 5:07 pm

    Ann, did you stop enjoying going to the gym because the instructors bit were on show, ?? perhaps you\’d have preferred the green man flashing his belisha beacon eh?? LOL

  45. Arlene permalink
    April 7, 2010 5:09 pm

    Just looked at the Green cross Code video as recommended by Eileen, I forgot about the cross on his outfit, I think he looks like Richard Maddely.

  46. Curiosity permalink
    April 7, 2010 6:41 pm

    Wonder what the Jolly Green Giant flashes??

  47. Sandi permalink
    April 7, 2010 8:03 pm

    His sweet corn…?!

  48. Sherrilynn permalink
    April 8, 2010 5:58 am

    Oh my gosh…. you 2…… LOL…. sorry could\’nt help it.

  49. Sandi permalink
    April 9, 2010 7:39 pm

    Don\’t apologise, Sherrilynn…was you going to say the same thing?Anyway….I think it\’s about time bored you all with something else, dont you…? Now let me see…what can I write about next…? I know! How about costume and bonnets…?!!!

  50. Sandi permalink
    April 9, 2010 10:33 pm

    OK…no one\’s bothered what I write about…!

  51. Curiosity permalink
    April 9, 2010 10:50 pm

    I was trying to comment and say yes please, but I was watching Harry Potter and had to use my mobile and it was a bit fiddley to do! Film finished so here I am on pc.

  52. Sandi permalink
    April 10, 2010 1:11 am

    So, you want me to bore you with…costume again?!!

  53. Sandi permalink
    April 10, 2010 11:03 am

    So be it…! I am now in th process of getting together the things I need for making and up-dating costume, for this year\’s Jane Austen Festival, so between now and September I will be posting \’update/progress\’ blogs, with photos of my humble efforts. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…!!! Mwahahahahahaha…!!

  54. Curiosity permalink
    April 10, 2010 12:21 pm

    Josh and I are about to make some muffins, then go over the club to watch the Grand National while they cool. So yep, we are here but a bit busy at the mo!Look forward to seeing your progress this evening when all is back to normality at my house!

  55. Sandi permalink
    April 10, 2010 2:41 pm

    Save one for me, will you…?! Do you mean proper muffins, or the individual sponge cakes? I love a toasted muffin…and ocasionally with a fried egg…ummy!

  56. Curiosity permalink
    April 10, 2010 2:44 pm

    I had forgotten about our version of a muffin, thanks for that reminder Sandi. We made banana muffins and banana milkshake. Went over the club while the muffins cooled down but couldn\’t resist for long so we are home again now.

  57. Sandi permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:11 pm

    You made banana sponge cakes…! NOT MUFFINS…!!!! Get it right…! LOL!!!

  58. Curiosity permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:19 pm

    Whatever they were, they were yummy. I like them cos they are made with oats and sunflower oil which is much better for keeping cholesterol down and do not have butter or marg in the recipe.Clare just collected Josh and I am feeling a bit lost in my empty house. I have had a lovely couple of days with him.

  59. Sandi permalink
    April 10, 2010 7:45 pm

    Has himself woken up yet? He always seems to be alseep…are you sure you dont drug him to keep him out of your way?! LOL!!

  60. Curiosity permalink
    April 10, 2010 9:53 pm

    I was trying to watch telly but had to keep turning the volume up cos his snoring was too much. I gave the tiniest \’tut\’ and he woke up, jumped up and said he had enough of my noise and was going to bed! So off he went without any dinner and I popped a beef curry in the microwave for myself and had a lovely evening afterall! lol

  61. Sandi permalink
    April 11, 2010 9:45 am

    LMAO!! Men!! Is he one of those who is snoring away, instead of watching TV, but when you turn it off he\’s suddenly awake declaring that he was watching that!…?

  62. Curiosity permalink
    April 11, 2010 1:34 pm

    He moaned that I was late up this morning so I played him the recording of his snoring last night. I taped him when he was snoring on the sofa with the telly on and you can hardly hear it above his decibels and again when he was in bed and I was trying to sleep! His solution…….."Well sleep in the spare room then!" Tomorrow night I shall be over 300 miles away from home when I go to bed alone, heaven!!

  63. Curiosity permalink
    April 11, 2010 1:35 pm

    Day after tomorrow night as in Tuesday.

  64. Sandi permalink
    April 11, 2010 1:40 pm

    Robert recorded me \’grinding away\’…a gentle snore…! He made out that I was shaking the building with mine!!!

  65. Sandi permalink
    April 11, 2010 2:03 pm

    Cheeky blighter!!

  66. Deb's permalink
    April 14, 2010 10:27 am

    Morning Sandi ((hugs))I am wandering in a bit late on the but in response to your blog, it does look prettier, have you been tempted to go back and revisit the place in the flesh or are you content with the google shots?xxx

  67. Arlene permalink
    April 14, 2010 3:02 pm

    67 comments!!! is this a record?? the most I\’ve had is 8 [ish] often I\’ve to struggle with getting 2, I think you and RM are on a competition to see who gets most. I think I might start telling lies and making up wierd and wonderful stories to get more. LOL

  68. ROCKET permalink
    April 14, 2010 5:08 pm

    Hmmm….Frankie claims that I snore but I know I don\’t. I stayed up all night with a tape recorder running and didn\’t record one peep out of me. She, on the other hand, snored so loud she drowned out the battle of Stalingrad on the Military Channel.

  69. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 12:12 am

    Ooh, blimey…some more comments! I haven\’t visited my blog for a week, \’cos I haven\’t seen any comments in my updates page. Arlene, sometimes people sneak in here and hold \’conversations\’ while I\’m out at work…LOL! Debs…re-visit the plce for real? Maybe…one day…perhaps…I guess I\’m content to see that the place is working again.Chip…Robert is always telling people about me \’grinding away, and not letting him get any sleep…I don\’t beleve him…perhaps I should stay up and record myself, too…LOL!

  70. Princess permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:42 am

    I DARE YOU Sandi, 2 record him snoring!!!! Hehehehehehhe!Hope u have a Wonderful Day, sun\’s out here & it\’s lovely! Luv PF XXX

  71. Eileen permalink
    April 21, 2010 10:25 am

    I don\’t know what you mean about people having conversations here without you…. Nothing to do with me ;o)<< runs out sniggering >>

  72. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 11:02 am

    LMAO! I don\’t mind… Hi PF…lovely weather here, too. Have just thought of something…I haven\’t got anything to record him on…oh, poo!

  73. Eileen permalink
    April 21, 2010 12:28 pm

    What your mobile doesn\’t record? Oh silly me you hate your mobile!( I could record Brian with the ipod he bought me for my birthday if I really wanted to – but as he wakes himself up from snoring I don\’t need to prove it to him! )The kids have done it to me before – especially when I grind my teeth :$

  74. Cornish permalink
    April 21, 2010 1:14 pm

    I only snore when I\’ve got a cold or when I\’m pregnant. The second won\’t be happening again so I guess it\’s just down t colds now. I usually wake myself up too!

  75. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 1:23 pm

    Ewwww…Eileen! You grind your teeth?!! That would wake me up if I did it…shudder! Of course…pone…er phone, even…LOL! I could record him with my phone…but he\’s being very quiet at the moment…!Rachel…colds…bunged-up…snotty snoring…and waking up with a mouth and throat that feels like a parrot has been in residence for a week!! Yep…I remember it well…LOL!

  76. Eileen permalink
    April 21, 2010 2:10 pm

    Oddly when I\’m asleep not much wakes me.. unless it\’s the kids walking about.When I\’m stressed out I grind my teeth… I snore most of the time :o(

  77. simon permalink
    April 21, 2010 3:28 pm

    Sandi- if your feeling technically inclined and have a few hours to spare setting it up, you could install a \’Sandbox\’ via HTML on your space front page. it\’s like a chat box that people can randomly converse within to each other. Having said that – I like having it all in the comments bits- leave a trail of evidence for the rest of us to chuckle over .

  78. ROCKET permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:10 pm

    Now I know where all that noise is coming from at night; it\’s all you Brits snoring and grinding your teeth! As far as folks having conversations over here I have no idea what you mean.BTW; Simon the Simian Quick Reaction Amphibious Assault Force (SQRAAF) landed where they did because sometimes an ape has to do what an ape has to do. I hope you have a large stock of bananas on hand because by now you know they are not to be trifled with when they\’re hungry.

  79. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:20 pm

    I like the trail of evidence theme…especially if we skip over to someone else\’s blog, with the same conversation…how confusing…LOL!!So, R, are you suggesting that us Brits are responsible for all the earthquakes, etc., caused by the vibrations of our combined snoring…? Hmmmmm….!

  80. Princess permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:30 pm

    As a non-snoring Brit, I object! Sandi, can it be noted in the minutes please, Thank u!

  81. ROCKET permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:30 pm

    Hmmmmmm, could be but I am wondering about Simon\’s involvement in that volcanic eruption. Am I the only one to notice his uncharacteristic quiet spell during that incident. The whole "helping a friend move" story seems a bit thin.

  82. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:44 pm

    OK…PF does not snore. There…done.You are not wrong, there, RM…he has been pretty quiet since before the eruption…! Hmmm…!

  83. Princess permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:47 pm

    Thank u Sandi! My hubs wud like 2 place an objection, but wot does he know!!!

  84. simon permalink
    April 21, 2010 8:50 pm

    Like Ahmed Said !

  85. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:12 pm

    …I KILL YOU…!!! LMAO!!!

  86. Sandi permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:14 pm

    LOL! PF…I know where yu are coming from on that one…what does h know?!! I guess you have stayed up, too…and never once heard yourself snore…just like RM.

  87. Princess permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:57 pm

    Yup! When he digs me, I say…."I\’m not snoring, I\’m not even asleep!" Tho, it does only happen when I have a cold!!!

  88. ROCKET permalink
    April 21, 2010 10:21 pm

    That proves my theory; Simon is channeling a puppet! What\’s more unsettling is Sandi\’s comment about blowing up the sunset in my comments! I think snorting all that volcanic ash is causing psychotic behavior over on that side of the pond. Someone wake up, Dick Cheney. Tell Donald Rumsfeld to dig up his stash of cattle prods and water boarding tables. We\’ll save y\’all if it kills ya! We\’s \’mericans and we know what\’s best for everybody! OH MY GOD…..I MUST HAVE SCREWED UP MY MEDS…..I"M TURNING INTO A REPUBLICAN!!!

  89. Sandi permalink
    April 22, 2010 5:06 pm

    Ye gods, Chip! What have they done to you…?!!!

  90. ROCKET permalink
    April 22, 2010 5:16 pm

    It\’s okay…..the drugs have worn off. I know this because I\’m once again certain that George W. Bush is a &#$@!%^#@!! #$@!!@#&^ % %$#&&@!@!!!! Ah…..that\’s much better.Thank you for providing a forum for my breakdown and recovery as well as a place for me to announce to those who are unaware that TOMORROW IS SANDI\’S BIRTHDAY!!!!! Simon is getting the chimps all decked out in their finest hula skirts, party hats and roller skates. Just wait until her neighbors see that mob rolling up Newark Road! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  91. simon permalink
    April 22, 2010 7:35 pm

    We regret to inform you that the monkeys are currently \’engaged\’ with "The Beast of Bodmin Moor."- they turned left instead of right after the landing- updates will be on my page in due course RM- SShhhh !

  92. Sandi permalink
    April 22, 2010 8:29 pm

    OI! OK…I\’m 21 again…got that?!!!

  93. ROCKET permalink
    April 22, 2010 10:33 pm

    Oh…okay, Simon ::wink,wink:: @ Sandi – I will be 29 forever and for very good reason. For my 30th birthday, when I was still single, wild and free, I took a page from my favorite uncle and celebrated my birthday for an entire month. There is no doubt in what\’s left of my mind that the fact that I survived is nothing short of miraculous; a miracle that will never happen again. Even if I was still hale and healthy the memory of the stupendous hangover I suffered is enough to make me cringe in fear. Even though I have not imbibed at all in the past 18 years I am not operating at an alcohol deficit because I soaked up enough booze during that celebration to last me until I\’m 135 years old!

  94. Eileen permalink
    April 23, 2010 9:42 am


  95. Sandi permalink
    April 23, 2010 10:03 am

    LOL @ RM…thanks PF…another sunny day…no work…wa-he-e-e-e-ey-y-y…!!

  96. ROCKET permalink
    April 23, 2010 6:02 pm


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