Wednesday, 29 May 2013

On Top of The World


29th May 1953: Hillary and Tenzing Conquer Everest
 New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Mount Everest was named after Sir George Everest, the surveyor-general of India who was the first to produce detailed maps of the Indian subcontintent including the Himalayas.

Edmund Hillary was knighted on his return.
Sir Edmund took part in several expeditions after that including a trip across Antarctica to the South Pole in 1958. He set up a medical and educational trust for the Sherpa people in 1961 and was New Zealand High Commissioner to India in Delhi from 1984 to 1989.
He died aged 88 in January 2008
Tenzing Norgay was awarded the George Medal for his achievement and later became director of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He died in 1986.His family are campaigning for a posthumous knighthood...By the 50th anniversary of the ascent in May 2003 over 1,300 people had reached the summit of the roof of the world.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Big Cheese

American wins Traditional Gloucester Cheese rolling contest, held annually on Cooper's Hill, Brockworth

Put That Light Out!

RIP Bill Pertwee, Dad's Army's grumpy Air Raid Warden...

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Car Boot Sale Doodles

 Introducing a brand new talent, Philip age 11, who  drew me this great character "Dave" under the shade of Lockwood Viaduct at Huddersfield Rugby club Car Boot Sale. A big thank you to Philip and his Mum for helping me and Pat raise a mighty £41.20 for The Parkinson's Society.......Philip, For the Manga Club contact: Huddersfield Children's Library Tel: 01484 221956. Keep on Doodlin'!!

Saturday, 25 May 2013



The Tate Museum has paid out a record sum to keep Constable's famous picture of Salisbury Cathedral for the Nation....

Philosophy According to 1960s Musicals

  Jewish milkman Tevye, from "Fiddler on the Roof"

Hand Drawn Monkey

OK, so I pinched their Monkey logo, must be worth a plug....

Someone Else's Monkey

Quite liked the logo from a Beer Fest in follow

Back to the Bat Cave!

See last posting


More than half of the wildlife in Britain is in decline, according to a  report by animal charities.
Half of our animals, birds, insects and plants have declined over the past 50 years, including the Greater Horseshoe Bat. The use of medicines to cut worm infections in cattle has severely reduced numbers of this bat, which feeds on the larval insects in cow dung. Yum!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bonnie Tyler's Big Hair

Blindfold Pinning The Hair on Bonnie Game,  Eurovision Night 2013

Justin Bieber's Monkey

Pop Star Justin Bieber's  pet Capuchin monkey is seized by customs officials in Germany

Hi-de- Hi Goodbye

RIP Maplin's finest Ted Bovis, AKA Paul Shane... 

You're Never Alone..With a Garden Gnome

Chelsea Flower Show bows to the inevitable and allows gnomes after a 100 year ban

Sunday, 19 May 2013

David Beckham's Underpants

Spending more time in his underpants....David Beckham retires....


Census of puffins being held on the Farne islands, off the coast of Northumberland. Last time they counted in 2008, there were 38,000 breeding pairs.....

Eurovision 2013

Oh well. At least Bonnie Tyler beat Englebert Humperdinck

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Hong Kong Duck

Stunt to float a giant 54 foot duck  in Hong Kong Harbour goes down like a lead balloon...

Barbie House

A life-sized Barbie House has been opened in Berlin. Complete with Ken....

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sir Alex of Govan

Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as manager of some unassuming little club in Lancs 

Ne'er cast a Clout till May is out

In other words, keep your vest on!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

An Inspiring Story of Adventure and Survival

All about Sir Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic Explorer.....


Celebrating  the successful completion of the Basic Expedition Leadership Award with Kirklees D of E , after a soaking camping in the Yorkshire Dales. So inspiring! Well done everyone!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Very Hungry Caterpillars

Extreme measures being taken to wipe out the Oak Processionary Moth, attacking Oak trees in Berkshire. Forestry Commission brings in the helicopters......

Saturday, 4 May 2013


Beltane  is a festival that marks the return of summer with the lighting of fires; where people could burn their winter bedding and floor coverings, ready to be replaced afresh.  Now there's a thought.....

Friday, 3 May 2013

Desperately Seeking Noddy

Noddy seeks royalties as Enid Blyton gets her own exhibition. Fans check out the National Children's Literature centre in Newcastle. There's lashings of ginger beer.

Hillman Imp Hits 50

I remember it well...going for a ride in Dave's green Hillman Imp, with green furry dashboard. And then there was Jools and his orange Allegro. X-ray, Whiskey Delta. Two  Seven Five Sierra.

International Piracy

 Former hostage, Colin Darch, was surprised to find his audience at Parkham WI dressed as pirates...