Latest posts by Palaisglide

MOB rants

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 15:25

Tina had women walking into the men's in France whilst in full flow, nodding and into a cubicle saying there is a queue at the ladies, how do you dry your trousers after that I ask.
G/G Cyprus when I first went there was pretty basic in  toilet facilities although not as basic as Africa. The Bay of Naples was once one large sewage pond and our boat sat in it for three days, I did not eat much.
The Desert was easy take a trenching tool line up with the perimeter guard and walk out so many paces, make sure you did exactly 180 degree turn remembering it was pitch black and no lights in the Laager, do what was needed and then pace back stop when you had counted the number of steps and shout. It was known for men to step out and never come back as turning slightly the wrong way could send you into the void.
Trains from one end of the Canal to the other had a hole in the floor, you could see the track rushing by, "but hey" some of us once lived with earth toilets in the village or up the garden or yard toilets with half or no doors, we could all sing in those days.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 13:43

G/G, Many experiences of France, it was part of Nato at one time and nothing changed my opinion. You can fall in love with a country on sight yet another possibly noted for its beauty or what ever is a no go area. It was not only me, we had some manoeuvres with us representing the East attacking France, my lads wanted to use live ammunition, I had to hide it or they would have.
After Germany and Austria France to us was not a clean country and that was not just my opinion.


Forum names

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:38

Had many names on various boards over the eleven years of posting even once had the title of Researcher for BBC, a group of us corrected misinformation about the war and there was plenty of that.
Once thought of calling myself Pendennis after a Castle overlooking Falmouth, we set up camp there for a week to close the cliff walk for one day, it was military land and the one day closure kept it that way. spent a lot of time in Loe, a lovely area lovely girls what more is there to say.
The Palaisglide was a tempory measure but seems to have stuck as for being like Len Goodman "ahem" the cockney sparrow I ain't, tall I am, light on my feet still, dance no longer, no urge to.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:19

Stockton a covering of snow still some falling and by the look of the sky more on its way.
Gardening is on hold until my permafrost melts.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:14

Who set me off on this rant???
France, the only good thing about it is we have a dirty big stormy Chanel between us and yet now I am told that London has more French people than true Londoners, if France is so good why are they here?
I had to cross the North Sea almost on a monthly basis at times and would land in Holland Belgium even Hamburg anywhere but France apart from using the night train from Calais to Austria but then I slept all the way.
A week in Paris with Joan turned into a weekend and move on, she thought it dirty noisy and simply mad, she covered her eye's in traffic, so did I and I was driving. We ended that week in a lovely Chateau although she would have gone straight back on the ferry or to her better still Holland, she could nip into Northern France and spend hours in those little craft shops in the lace making area.
My Son is winding up the farm and heading for France soon with the horses, I think they are mad but it is their life, he said you can come and stay all winter dad, "what" some of the posters on here say it is colder than England right now, I rest my case.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:56

Had Him ten years G/Grandma and loved him he would take on anything big or small if they tried anything. We walked miles he kept me fit and he loved the Lake District we went often because a lot of the Hotels allowed small dogs in the room. We would walk the lakes and boat ride back, now that he did love, up the gang plank straight up the Bows and onto the seat looking out the way we were going. Some of the boat men got to know him and made a fuss of him. They would announce on the Speaker, "Captain Benji is in charge of the boat you can see him looking for sharks or torpedo's", he was great fun and my last dog, parting with them is almost as bad as parting with a loved partner.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:38

G/Grandma, I had a West Highland Terrier that did the same job as your dogs, we were over run by cats before he arrived and that soon changed.
One big black who could manure the garden in one go decided to try his luck, a brief quarrel and he lost scattered up the fence and sat looking at Benji, who turned walked back then took a flying charge and leaped up the fence just missing the cat who with the bounce of the fence shot up in the air turning somersaults and vanished into next doors shrubbery never to be seen again. benji got well rewarded.


Forum names

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:28
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Oh I like this thread! Nigel -'doc of rages'?  Frank my dad was a musician and met my mum on the Isle of Man when he was there playing and she was holidaying there. He played with a lot of the big bands of the era etc and my mum loved to dance hence my love of jazz, classical, pop, rock , opera and of course the best of all -wonderful Gene Kelly musicals- quite an assortment! He went on to have his own repair business and was regarded very highly by all in the music business. I love hearing your stories. Can I adopt you as my surrogate Dad? 

Welcome Daughter join the rest as I seem to come across as dad for some reason. Even the new recruits saw me in that capacity, "Sir the drill Sergeant shouts at me and his lanquage", tears running down their cheeks. I know lad or lass, his job is to keep you alive, it is not hate, he loves you and fails if you end up in a box.
I love and play music and when in the mood I get in the mood with Glen Millar's in the mood and all the tunes I danced to. String of Pearls being a big favourite.
"Hey I also loved Al Bowley and Chick Henderson, deathly silence then a chorus of who the H@#@ are they, two brilliant crooners one killed in the London Bombing, Bing Crosby said Chick was the greatest crooner ever he came from Hartlepool, the toilets down the yard with no doors you had to be a singer.


Forum names

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 17:56

Lyn, are you with some TV programme set up. I was contacted tonight by the local History section asking me if I will tell some of my stories about dancing to a network TV unit. Been there done that with the BBC so the answer is no.
GI's had gone off to the Pacific war still going on when I started going to the big boys dances, we had Canadian's from the local Bomber Squadrons to compete with, great lads and Stockton was little Canada for them, we took them home for meals and some home comfort after all most were not that much older than me,
My parents danced in competition and took me all dolled up as the baby sitter would not look after the wild boy as she called me. Older women got me up to dance between the competitions and I was a fast learner. We had school hall and church hall dances, always crowded with boys and girls. I became probably the youngest MC ever at the Cadet Dances once a month, "Marjory will dance with me as we lead off the Chrysanthemum Waltz" and as the band struck up we would really lead off the dancers young and old until the circle was formed, yes I could dance and had no shortage of partners, in the Palais many of them married missing husbands in the forces, I was safe, maybe. The lads said I could smell a dance from fifty miles away and danced in many of the largest halls, London Blackpool and lots in-between plus of course Bridgend (I put that one in for Gardening Grandma).
No dancing these days it would be the Zimmer frame Waltz very slowly, well not quite that bad but I did think of forming a dance group from those little electric scooters that yap at your heels in Town Centres. Like the pied piper of Hamle I would lead them into the river.


Forum names

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 15:58

My post name came after the best of three falls with the sign up page when nothing I put in would pass muster, having brought up some pictures seeing one that brought back memories I put it in and bang was signed up.
Cannot get an avatar on so gave up trying. Frank is one of my real names, does that make me shy and retiring???


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