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General Discussion / Re: Roll Call
« on: April 27, 2011, 04:01:32 PM »
I'm still here - sorry not been around for a while although did try a short time ago and thought the Gremlins had attacked the website as it refused to show itself.  Glad all ok and busily catching up with all the old news.

General Discussion / Re: New Tenants
« on: January 14, 2011, 07:09:57 PM »
Bren - thinking of you - keep safe x

General Discussion / Re: Snow
« on: December 17, 2010, 08:10:31 PM »
Hi everybody - been missing for a while I know but just wanted to come on line and wish everybody a very happy Christmas and happy and healthy 2011.  Looks like we have been promised another snowfall tomorrow so guess everything will seize up as previously so unless you have done your Christmas shopping - think that will have to be IT! We are having our bathrooms and cloakroom replaced - have been since middle November - and our Rumanian fitter has turned up every day, including during the heavy snowfall a few weeks ago, from the south coast.  He has no problem with the snow in the UK, cannot understand why the country grinds to a halt, and said that it is nothing compared to the snow in his homeland.  He also works until after 7 p.m. every night without taking a break!  Hopefully he will not be with us on Christmas Day. 

General Discussion / Re: Downham - a place in the country
« on: October 07, 2010, 04:06:02 PM »
IF these yobs want to fight. Then put them in the Army, at least they are then fighting the enemy and not our friends. ( End of rant !!!sorry!!!)
Don't think the forces should be a dumping ground for detritus - there are many brave girls and boys in our military.  Think boot camp would probably sort them out - although what happened to parental control?
Haven't been around for a while - husband on chemo and new baby for daughter and my soldier son-in-law but have checked whats been going on without logging in. Hope all ok?

General Discussion / Re: Water
« on: September 29, 2009, 06:35:38 PM »
Please can you send some of your rain to the south eastern corner of England.  We have had hardly anything for the whole summer and have had to hose the garden most of the time - unlike our friends north of the border who have had nothing but rain for the whole summer. Saw a lot of rain in Venice two weeks ago on the 16th though - if there's a descriptive term greater than 'stair rods' or even 'cats & dogs' then it was that.  The paths were about two to three inches deep in water (thats the paths folks - not the canals!) and we arrived back at our hotel having walked from the south of the island to the north (or should I say paddled) to find the hotel reception area under water as well.  Now that was early for Venice - they don't expect their rain until November. Anyway - expect we will pay for it soon as at the moment we are enjoying an Indian Summer.

General Discussion / Re: Early Years Clubs etc
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:58:22 PM »
Hi Frank - do you mean St Luke's church in Downham as the place you went to scouts?  If so, you may have heard of my brother - Don Bourne and his friend (Peter) who, I believe, became the first Queens Scouts at that group although thinking about it - it might be a little before your time as I remember that as a Queens Scout he was giving out coronation programmes in 1953! Anyway, be interested to know...

Where are they now? / Re: Old playmates
« on: September 11, 2009, 07:29:16 PM »
Gosh Bren - I remember Andree Jackson from school - had no idea that she had died - that really threw me cos all my memories, like yours, are of our class at Churchdown up until the age of 15 and thats where the faces have stayed. Also remember Janice Burgess - she and I were friends at school and remember that she lived in Whitefoot Lane and had a birthday party one time which I thought was very grand and to which I was invited! Thought she was very posh - well she was to me anyway!!!

General Discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: August 26, 2009, 04:50:33 PM »
David - thanks for the information.  Had quite forgotten about Brittany Ferries - despite the fact we have used them a lot cos they are a brilliant way to get to Normandy and Brittany!  I will get them to send their new brochure.  I understand what you say about the Brit tourists and I am pleased to say that Avignon is not on our list of places to visit as we 'did' Avignon a few years ago!  We also plan to be back home before the holiday season starts as I said before himself is planning to go back to work, albeit part time.  Anyway - whenever we have been to France Stuart has always been mistaken for a Frenchman - even to the point of being asked in a supermarket for advice on buying wine by a Frenchman!  Your "bit of France" sounds idyllic - how long have you lived there and why did you up sticks? (Just out of interest and only if you feel like saying).

General Discussion / Re: Big day!
« on: August 26, 2009, 04:19:51 PM »
Mike - so sorry have been away so did not see news of your daughter's wedding.  Every happiness to them and if your daughter is as lucky as mine she will have found a "diamond" of a husband!  My pair gave me a 65th birthday barbecue on Saturday with entertainment?! provided most of the time by my son-in-law. Don't forget the pics Mike.

General Discussion / Re: Estate Boundarys
« on: August 09, 2009, 06:08:35 PM »
Only prefabs I can remember are the estate where my Aunt and Uncle lived after WW2 when he returned from serving in the Royal Navy - believe they were in Sedgehill, Catford - right next door to the Comprehensive School which I believe was called Sedgehill Comp. - anyone know if they are still in existence? My Aunt and Uncle died in the late seventies and we always thought it was probably due to the material the prefabs were made of - ? asbestos or am I wrong - anyone know?

General Discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: August 09, 2009, 06:02:49 PM »
Pauline - thanks for the advice.  Been warned about St Marks Square - we are staying north of Venice in the Canneregio area. David - we have been to Verona previously and agree with you that it is lovely to visit although unfortunately we have not been lucky enough to attend a concert.  You obviously live in France - what part?  We are hoping to have a long break in France in May of next year when himself officially retires, takes three months off work and then returns on a part time basis!  We had in mind trying to rent somewhere in the Luberon region - any ideas as to who to contact with regard to long term lets - any agency or something similar.  Looking online produces some very expensive rentals!

General Discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: July 30, 2009, 10:12:22 AM »
Thanks for that Dickie - and I was looking forward to my holiday!!! My daughter and her husband spent their honeymoon there and we are staying at the same hotel as they did.  Have to say that even my son and daughter in law, who are very hard to please, had only good things to say about the city.  Anyway as far as smelly cities are concerned - I spent the day in our own fair capital on Monday which must surely come at the top of dirty places to visit - even the pigeons seem to have vacated the place! Still it was full of tourists so I suppose they like it.....

General Discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: July 29, 2009, 10:57:52 AM »
Hi everybody - lovely to hear about all those far away places - if I enjoyed flying I would be there!  We have had one week in a converted fisherman's cottage in Portloe on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall - idyllic - the pub was just up the road serving the best food and the sea was almost outside the front door!  Couldn't decide where to go for a later holiday but himself came up with the idea of going to Venice (short flight) so that's where we are off to in September for seven days.  If we get bored there (is it possible?) then we will take the train off to Verona.  And for those of you who have been to Venice - we are NOT staying near St Mark's Square and we have been told not to buy food or drink there as its very expensive!

General Discussion / Re: WHERE DID WE COME FROM ?
« on: May 10, 2009, 07:00:20 PM »
Bren - you have been working hard on the family ancestry!  Reminded me that I managed to get a lot of info about Stuart's family (both sides) through the 1881 census largely because his Mum and Dad are still alive (both nearly 90) and she knew something of their ancestry.  Interestingly her maternal great great grandfather was mentioned on the 1881 census as being 21 and as we knew he had been a master mariner on a tea clipper it was not a great surprise that he was on board ship at that time and his street address was "Victor". The census listed everybody serving with him. Stuart's Dad's family came from the Sittingbourne area and in 1881 had a 93 acre farm - now I wonder where that went..... 

General Discussion / Re: WHERE DID WE COME FROM ?
« on: May 09, 2009, 10:29:20 AM »
Very interesting Christine, the person who is supposed to of invented the jet engine was "Whittle" he came from a place just north of Rugby. I don`t know if that helps your research. But there was another chap from the Swindon area who first thought about a Ram Jet engine, he worked for the GWR in the 1920`s, it was only on paper and he died before a working model was made.
Splinter - that's correct - Whittle was the name mentioned in my childhood - but that was about it! 
Pauline - thanks, that's really good of you.  The only thing I can say is that my father's full name was Sidney George Walter (just shown as W on the web) Bourne, he was born on 13th October 1904 and registered in the Southwark area.  I have no idea about his parents and of course as he was the youngest (and the first to die) in his family the only cousins I knew were all the same age as my mum and dad! Unfortunately we seemed to have been abandoned by his family and I neither saw or heard from them from that day on - and they say families were close in those days! Anyway Pauline if you have any success then would love to hear - I just need a link to get started. Either email me on the private messages or I really don't mind my friends on the Downham site seeing if you have any success.

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