Prepare for an old-fashioned blogposting that celebrates the trivial and (mostly) unimportant...


* Hundreds of sheep have been rustled from two Northumberland farms - 270 from Elsdon, 30 from Bellingham.  Police said that sheep-rustling is a concern ‘because of its effects on business’.

* An obsessed fan of the musical Rock of Ages has spent £15,600 to see it 500 times since 2009.  Abe Calimag (what an awe-inspiring name!) of Virginia has travelled all over the world to see the 80s-themed show.  He says that seeing the same show is ‘what I enjoy’.  And why not?

* Conservationists are attempting to restore habitats for dormice along canals and rivers following a 600-mile survey of historic hedgerows.  The hazel dormouse, famed as a character in Alice in Wonderland, is under threat from loss and fragmentation of its habitat.

* The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in Moorestown, New Jersey, got lost in translation.  Officials had thought that the phrase Nos secundus coniecto omnia meant We confirm all things twice.  But in fact it means We second-guess everybody.  The engraving is set to be changed.

* A new attraction is gracing the Eiffel Tower.  The newly-renovated first-floor was unveiled on Tuesday - it’s a glass floor that visitors can stand on more than 50m (164ft) in the air and look straight down to the ground.  The 2-year renovation was inaugurated by Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo and cost 30m€ (£23.5m).

* The Pope got an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex from a Catholic couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last.  Ron and Mavis Pirola, parents of four from Sydney, told a Vatican gathering of some 200 prelates that great marriage boils down to great sex.

* When officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato - supposedly the oldest man in Japan - on his 111th birthday, they found skeletal remains in his bed.  Mr Kato had probably been dead for 30 years.  His granddaughter had told officials that he ‘didn’t want to see anybody’.  Police are investigating the family on possible fraud charges.
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More intriguing facts from a wonderful tome Hildie gave me at Christmas…

* Locust swarms move so fast because each locust is trying to eat the one in front and avoid being eaten by the one behind.

* A medium-sized tube of toothpaste contains enough chemicals to kill 13 dogs.

* Mothers over 40 are twice as likely to have left-handed children than women in their 20s.

* Charles Darwin’s tortoise Harriet died in 2006 aged 176.

* King George IV had a pet giraffe.

* Multiplying 21978 by 4 reverses the order of the numbers.

* MOW, NOON and SWIMS read the same upside down.

* Adolf Hitler bit his nails.

So now you know...
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A crocodile laughing at Brenda's first joke


Two crocodiles were sitting by the side of the River Thames.

The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, 'I can't understand how you can be so much bigger than me. We're the same age, we were the same size as kids. I just don't get it.

'Well,' said the big crocodile, 'what have you been eating?'

'Politicians, same as you,' replied the small crocodile.

'Hmm. Well, where do you catch them?'

'Down at the car park by the Houses of Parliament.'

'Same here. Hmm.....How do you catch them?'

'Well, I crawl up under one of their Lexus cars and wait for one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab them by the leg, shake the shit out of them and eat 'em!'

'Ah!' says the big crocodile, 'I think I see your problem. You're not getting any real nourishment....
See, by the time you finish shaking the shit out of a politician, there's nothing left but an arsehole and a briefcase’.


The only cow in a small town in Ireland stopped giving milk. 

Then the town folk found out that they could buy a cow in Wales quite cheaply. 

So, they brought the cow over from Wales. 

It was absolutely wonderful, it produced lots of milk every day and everyone was happy.

So they bought a bull to mate with the cow to get more cows, so they'd never have to worry about their milk supply again. 

They put the bull in the pasture with the cow - but whenever the bull tried to mount the cow, the cow would move away. 

No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would move away from the bull, and he was never able to do the deed.

The people were very upset and decided to go to the vet - who was very wise - and tell him what was happening and ask his advice.

‘Whenever the bull tries to mount our cow, she moves away.

If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. 

When he approaches her from the front, she backs off. 

If he attempts it from the one side, she walks away to the other side.’

The vet rubbed his chin thoughtfully and pondered this before asking ‘Did you by any chance buy this cow in Wales?’

The people were dumbfounded, since no one had mentioned that they had brought the cow over from Wales. 

‘You are truly a wise vet’ they said. ‘How did you know we got the cow from Wales?’

The vet replied with a distant look in his eye: 

‘My wife is from Wales... ‘

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I’ve been so neglectful of my truckshunters email inbox that I overlooked another of Brenda’s messages - the one which informed me that, not content with her brilliant performance on The Chase, she has now appeared on Two Tribes, the new-ish tea-time quiz programme on BBC2.

The big event happened on August 27, though.  Is there any way at all that this programme can be watched now, so late in the day (as it were)?

If not, we’ll just have to hold a Special AGM so she can tell us all about it…

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 Serge sent me this photo of some walruses because he knows they're my favourite animals; 
aren't they lovely?

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You may already know that the Tyneside Cinema operates a ‘Silver Screen’ filmshow programme for crusty and decrepit old fogeys like me - and that I take advantage of the scheme quite a lot. 


Brenda now tells me that the Odeon at Silverlink has special film-shows for over-55s as well.


So… if anybody fancies a trip to the movies, get in touch.

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Thanks to everyone for joining in the good wishes for Ada’s 90th birthday last week.  Hildie and I called in to see her the day after her birthday and she looked extraordinarily well and catered for us like a professional - pies and sausage rolls, biscuits and cakes, tea and coffee.  And the crack was good, too.

Thanks again, to everyone.

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Yesterday - October 1 - was a day of genuinely awesome significance to truckshunters everywhere; a day it would have been scandalous to overlook; and a day worth resurrecting this tired old blog for.

Ada, our Honorary President (and all the closer to our hearts for it), celebrated her 90th birthday.

I could go on and on about the sharpness of her wit, the clarity of her recollection, her sprightly step, her incisive determination, her gentle consideration for others...but, instead, I thought I’d mark the occasion by showing some of the many photographs of Ada that I and others have taken since she attended her first AGM four years ago.
This is one of my personal favourites; Vivienne is on the left, Hildie on the right.
It was taken outside the Sage.

This photo was taken the same day.

With (from left) Hildie, me, Gerry (aka J Arthur Smallpiece), Alfie Joey and Hilary 
at Tynemouth station.

Back at the Sage again, with (from left) Vivienne, Sid, Hildie, Maureen, me and Lawrence.

With Hildie at Newcastle Library.

At Grey's Monument with Hilary, Gerry, Hildie and me.

In her garden with Hildie...

...and with me.


At our last AGM in Grainger Market with Keith and Hildie.

Back at Grey's Monument, this time with (from left) Michael Poulter, Linda, Keith, Gerry, 
Serge, Hildie, me, Neville and Vivienne.

At her home today - the first day of her 91st year.

And this is my favourite photo of Ada.
A very special lady...

A very, very happy birthday to a seriously remarkable woman - from all truckshunters, everywhere, past and present.