In this blogposting…
*A Quote from Kev
*Some Stuff From Peter
*Dave Shannon’s Searching Questions Of The Week
Now - tread softly, for you tread on my dreams…

The latest AGM took place, as planned, at Saltwell Towers in Gateshead. Linda, Vivienne, Hildie, Sid and yours truly enjoyed copious amounts of coffee, tea, cake, chocolate biscuits and the odd muffin (as it were).

I’ve just realised how stuffily middle-class and middle-aged that sounds. Experienced truckshunters will know, however, that that is precisely what it was not. Our well-established ‘public nuisance’ level was kept satisfactorily high, although - just for a change - there was some serious talk scattered amongst the guffaws.

It was all the more delectable because Saltwell Park is so luscious and so beautifully well maintained; and, of course, because of the wonderful Spring weather. The park is fairly sheltered and I’m convinced that the temperature crept up to the high teens (although that could have been wishful thinking on my part). In any case, the daffodils and crocuses (croci?) are out at last, the trees are coming into leaf and the bees have started to buzz.

It was lovely; a splendid time!

Linda noticed that, near where we were AGM-ing, they’re building a scaled-down Tyne Bridge in the park. Except that, on closer inspection, it appears to be only one half of the bridge. Can anyone throw some light on this? Is it the same ‘model’ that was displayed at BALTIC when it opened? And why are they only building half of it?

Or have we got this entirely wrong?

‘Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm’.

...who emailed me with the following snippets…

‘Bob Holness (‘I'll have a p please Bob’) is supposed to have played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street'

(Never mind ‘supposed to’, Peter. Did he or didn’t he?)

AND 'Heather Small and Rick Astley are half brother/sister; same mother, different dads. Apparently you can hear it in their voices!!!!!’

I received this intriguing and thought-provoking email from Dave a few days ago. Try to obey the in-built instructions as you go…

Question 1
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three of
whom were deaf, two of whom were blind, one mentally disabled, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Now - read the next question before looking at the response for that first one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates:

- Candidate A:
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10
Martinis a day.

- Candidate B:
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening..

- Candidate C:
He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks
an occasional beer and has never committed adultery.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Decide first... No peeking, and then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:
If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn't it?
Makes a person think before judging someone.

Amateurs ... Built the ark
Professionals ... Built the Titanic

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Hildie said...

Morning ..... right .... I got up and at it this morning .....
re the Tyne Bridge replica we saw yesterday in Saltwell Park ....
apparently, it was Gateshead's 2010 Chelsea Flower Show exhibit. They are now ,very kindly, installing it for we locals to enjoy. The idea behind it was Gateshead involvement in the Great North run.
2010 was the 30th anniversary of the run .... hence their Tyne Bridge idea for the Chelsea Flower Show.

We might all be able to sleep at night , now we've got to the bottom of that!

Thank you all for a lovely time yesterday ....
special thanks to Super Sid who did one of those twirls with his cape and flew over to Gateshead Interchange to get me, after the man didn't let me off the bus at Bensham ....
and to Ian who put me on the right road home (well, via Newcastle)!

Michael said...

Bob Holness (‘I'll have a p please Bob’) is supposed to have played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street'

(Never mind ‘supposed to’, Peter. Did he or didn’t he?)


I can assure you all that Bob Holness did NOT play the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street"...that honour goes to Raphael Ravenscroft. It is reported that he only got paid a session free of 20-something pounds for his contribution, even though without that iconic sax the song wouldn't really be as memorable!

It is also a myth that Helen Terry (who famously sang with Culture Club back in the 80s) was one of the backing volcalists on Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side".

Sid said...

I just knew you would know the answer to that Michael.
Hildie....I was trying to keep the cape thing quiet.

Hildie said...

Je suis desole, Sid!

I like Kev's quote .....
and here is one from me ....
well, to be honest, from Carl Jung!
"The shoe that fits one person
pinches another; there is no
recipe for living that suits all cases."

Hildie said...

Doh! Sid, I forgot I was female ...
and, as a consequence, I should have said (about the cape thing)
je suis desolee!

Sid said...

That's okay Hildie, I didn't understand either of them, well not without the help of the internet.

Hildie said...

I should, I suppose, have posted this last Friday ......

Friday 25th. March was National
Procrastination Day in France.

However, its French founder (David
d'Equainville) insisted at the time that he had "no issues with people putting it off until tomorrow."

Sid said...

Procrastination is my middle name Hildie...just ask my wife.