Women help make history at Portsmouth Dockyard


I was an apprentice in Portsmouth Dockyard when the girls in the photograph joined. There used to be two entries a year and they were one or two behind my entry. I met them though, a few months after that photo. They came to the machine shop where I was on my second stint I believe.

Mary Bromley, Mary Malloy, Susan Wright, Vivien Hurage and Barbara Arnold. I wonder where they are now ?

How many of them completed the apprenticeship and how many continued along their chosen career path at the end of training ?

If anyone knows, please let me know.

Women help make history at Portsmouth Dockyard – Remember When – Portsmouth News.

Fury as lorries park up in lane as work on new estate begins


Do you suppose the developers and planners factor in the misery that residents have to endure when a new development gets underway ?

The additional noise levels, the additional traffic, the dirt and dust that finds its way inside your house and the dirt and mud that is spread along the adjacent roads.

Its a fact of life that you have to consider if you move into a house on an incomplete development.

Its a totally alien concept if you happen to be living in an established environment.

Perhaps there should be a form of compensation that is paid to locals whose lives are disrupted for the duration of the development. A sliding scale based on proximity to the centre point of the development with additional payments based on your living on the main access route. This payment would be funded by the CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) charged on new development land.

Somehow I can’t see that idea catching on anytime soon.

Fury as lorries park up in lane as work on new estate begins – Environment – Portsmouth News.

Plumbing New Depths


Received an e-mail with the following photo’s attached. The e-mail claims that they are from Mexico.

Wherever, I don’t feel quite so bad about my own DIY plumbing results.

Anyone out there have any evidence of more outrageous installations ?

Local Forums looking into community bid for South Parade Pier


I should like to wish the Eastney Neighbourhood Forum, and the East Southsea Neighbourhood Forum, the best of luck with their proposed bid to raise funds to enable them to take over the ownership and running of South Parade Pier.

Per my previous post and previous articles in The News, the pier is in dire need of some TLC and some innovative management to make it a viable and profitable business.

Forum looking into community bid for South Parade Pier – Environment – Portsmouth News.

View From The Conservatory


Today the post is more of a View In The Conservatory.

Over the last few days, with the glorious weather that we have been “suffering” (tongue firmly in cheek), the temperatures have been as high as 41 degrees. While that is far, far too high for a wilting pansy such as myself there has been at least one plant that likes the conditions.

We have three orchids that we have, so far, failed to kill following their initial blooming. In fact we one plant with two fresh shoots growing rapidly and we have this one which is just gorgeous.

You can see why I have entitled the photo “Pretty Maids All In A Row”.

Pretty Maids All In A Row

Southsea Pier Safety – The Unbalanced View


How can you ban the general public from the pier on safety grounds but then still allow anglers access

Surely it is either safe or unsafe.

Or does the couple of quid charged to the anglers really make everything all right ?

Its time that some form of national funding was put in place to ensure the survival of the many piers around our coastline. They are part of our heritage. I would hate to see Southsea Pier go the same way that other piers, such as those of Brighton and Hastings Piers.

Southsea Pier has so far withstood the ravages of time and also Ken Russell’s attempt during the filming of the movie version of The Who’s Tommy.

Outcry as public barred from pier over safety fears – Local – Portsmouth News.

Blenheim Palace


Yesterday was the second of what we hope will become a frequent event. Choose, with friends,  a location to visit, travel, lunch, tour, head home and stop for an evening meal en route. All punctuated with gossip and laughs.

Yesterday we chose to visit Blenheim Palace near Woodstock. Some of you may recognise it from the recent Jack Black movie, Gullivers Travels. Blenheim was used as the Lilliput royal palace.

Instead of lunch, we chose to take a picnic and why wouldn’t you when Blenheim offers over 2000 acres of grounds in which to throw down a blanket. To be able to feast both on the food and the fabulous views provided.

We threw down our blankets high on the rise alongside the lake. There we feasted on roast chicken, pork pie,  mixed salad, fruit cake, walnut cake and fresh fruits.

At the same time we savoured this fabulous view of Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge. Apparently, at one time this bridge only sat astride several streams. There are rooms within the bridge, now flooded, that the 4th Duke supposedly used for gambling with his cronies. Much later the streams were further damned and the two lakes were formed.

And this is the view in the opposite direction.

Many folks come to visit the house and  grounds. They come for a variety of reasons, be it for weddings in The Orangery, the history, the beautiful scenery or perhaps just a bit of scavenging

The following are just a few snaps taken around the grounds.

The Column of Victory
Entrance – Blenheim Palace
Architectural Features – Blenheim
A Cheeky Shot
Chestnut Blossom
The Cascade – Blenheim Palace
The Lake Below The Cascades
The Boat House with Blenheim Palace above and behind

For other pix please take a look at my Flickr photostream, just click the link over to the right.

This Is A Cracker


The boss wondered why one of his most valued employees was absent but had not phoned in sick one day.  Needing to have an urgent problem with one of the main computers resolved, he dialled the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper. ‘ Hello ? ‘

‘Is your daddy home?’ he asked.

Yes ,’ whispered the small voice.
May I talk with him?’

The child whispered, ‘ No .’

Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, ‘Is your Mummy there?’ ‘ Yes

‘May I talk with her?’ Again the small voice whispered, ‘ No

Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked, ‘Is anybody else there?’

Yes , whispered the child, ‘ a policeman . ‘

Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked, ‘May I speak with the policeman?’

No, he’s busy , ‘ whispered the child.

‘Busy doing what?’

Talking to Daddy and Mummy and the Fireman , ‘ came the whispered answer.

Growing more worried as he heard a loud noise in the background through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, ‘What is that noise?’

A helicopter answered the whispering voice.

‘What is going on there?’ demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive. Again, whispering, the child answered,

The search team just landed a helicopter

Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, ‘What are they searching for?’

Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle…

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