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    Happy Birthday Norman Atkinson. He is some where around 70 plus I think.
    Don\'t ask me to do a dam thing, I\'m retired.

  • #2

    Many Thanks, Charlie!

    The actual figure is Three Quarters of A Century.

    For the record, I am still complete- or should I say- almost. The hospital cat did get the odd meal!!!!!

    My wish in life is that you all manage or better my score.



    • #3
      Happy "B" Day Norman ! All the best to you and keep smoking them chips !!
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      Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

      It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.


      • #4
        Ain't that longer than the European nations have been civilized?

        Happy birthday Norman. (I've read about the Norman hordes that invaded England and Europe)



        • #5
          Did the queen send a telegram?



          • #6

            Nah! You only get three quarters of a telegram. It was her Official Birthday and she was up to the eyes in dishing out awards to people who had already been paid handsomely for doing their jobs.

            Allan, it is called the British Constitution and you have to have a tough one to put up with what goes on. This is why we have the Pilgrim Fathers. They got fed up with it all a long time ago.

            Mind you, 2nd Cousin Rowan got an invite to Big Ears's Second Wedding.



            • #7
              You are joking right? Rowan isn't really your cousin is he??


              • #8
                Is that a metric century ?


                • #9

                  Easy question first!

                  We have had to get used to metric measure and kilometers are 5/8th of a mile.

                  The Euro is about 2/3rds of a Pound Sterling

                  and we still drive on the Wrong side of the road- but our ships do.

                  So I buy my Imperial swag in Spain and my metric in England. And I live in the grounds of a mental hospital. I really do.

                  Rowan Sebastian Atkinson- well?
                  The book says that he was born in Newcastle upon Tyne.This is where my mental hospital is.

                  OK- his father was Eric and was a farmer.
                  Eric farmed at Stocksfield- which is actually Northumberland County- but on the border of County Durham- now Tyne and Wear.
                  Stocksfield is a village but is also the name of a large area surrounding it. In it is a tiny hamlet of Newlands.

                  My family came from Consett which is or was County Durham which is is a kick in the pants from Newlands- Stockfield or what you will.
                  Recent information takes my family further South by only a few miles to places called Ferryhill and Shildon.
                  The Census of 1881 gives William born 1841 and a blacksmith- my great grandfather. Sam my grandfather wasin the 1901 Census as 37 and an engineman and my father was 4 at the time.For some reason- probably work in the coal mines or steel making- they appear in a tiny nearby village of Iveston.
                  I have tried to precis the information.

                  But in Iveston appears Annie- aged 50 in 1901 and she was a fruiterer shopkeeper. She was born in Northumberland, Newlands and now Durham Iveston.

                  Now in Consett- where my family lived were a partnership called Atkinson and Browell who were fruiterers!

                  There are a heap more Atkinsons listed- but all born around this relatively small area.

                  At this point, I can only suspect the real connection with Rowan. Except!!!! there is a Rowan lookalike in my family and he appears behind Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference with Churchill and Stalin. This man who wore two uniforms blew up the school chemistry lab. Rowan compared to Doug was an amateur!!! Doug was a spy.
                  Have a look at Yalta in Google.

                  Now, then!!!! This doesn't end the chapter.
                  I made rude remarks about Big Ears. Another Prince of Wales was beaten up by a young lady whilst he was at Oxford. The story goes that she also had a go at becoming his wife. She wasn't quite posh enough but her relative Lizzie Bowes Lyon was- and is the grandmother of Big Ears.The lady in question
                  was called Alice Pleasance Liddell. Alice was one of the daughters of a Dean in Oxford University. A lecturer at the University wrote a book for her called Alice in Wonderland and another called Alice through the Looking Glass.
                  My wife is one of the Liddell Family.

                  Confused? What about poor me!



                  • #10
                    "Wonderland"? Now it all makes sense
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                    Thank you to our families of soldiers, many of whom have given so much more then the rest of us for the Freedom we enjoy.

                    It is true, there is nothing free about freedom, don't be so quick to give it away.


                    • #11
                      THAT OLD GANG 'O MINE


                      • #12
                        Norman, congratulations!

                        Consett - cycled through there a few years back. There's a bike path on the line of the Stanhope and Tyne Railroad from the 1830s and
                        some fantastic engineering-type sculptures/artefacts etc set up along it. Some pics and descriptions at:


                        Blue tailed fly syndrome still active here. Progress Clarkson-wise limited, but the extension piece has now been removed :-)




                        • #13
                          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by NORMAN ATKINSON:

                          My wish in life is that you all manage or better my score.
                          Happy birthday Norman and many more, that was a very kind birthday wish - thank you!

                          in Toronto Ontario - where are you?


                          • #14

                            I never thought that being 75 was going to such fun.

                            I had thoughts of wheelchairs, incontinence pads and - Oh I have forgotten!

                            Seriously, and I can be.
                            I have wonderful thoughts of friends.
                            The roar of the US Navy and Embassy flights taking off from my little RAF station- no Reveille when those boys were around!
                            The US boys just as worn out as my boys flying suppilies into a beleagured Berlin on the Berlin Airlift. At least, the Wall is down now.

                            One of the Forum wrote about D Day and we were all reminded of the sacrifice in every theatre of War. Something that our children should add to their family and National history.My little bit here was just a bit of happy nonsense.

                            One thing that comes out of the family nonsense is a bit of Latin and it reads
                            " Fama Semper Vivat". It reads in English
                            " Our Reputation Liveth Forever"

                            It is too good to just to keep it in the family; so share it with us



                            • #15
                              Norman my old mate.
                              Many happies and all that crap.
                              What did you buy me ?

                              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.