David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Friday, July 31, 2009

Do not eat chicken sandwiches!

Don't Eat Chicken Sandwiches no matter What.......................

A little boy and a little girl attended the same school and became friends.
Every day they would sit together to eat their lunch. They discovered that they both brought chicken sandwiches every day! This went on all through the fourth and fifth grades, until one day he noticed that her sandwich wasn't a chicken sandwich. He said, 'Hey, how come you're not eating chicken, don't you like it anymore?' She said 'I love it but I have to stop eating it.'

'Why?' he asked. She pointed to her lap and said 'Cause I'm starting to grow little feathers down there!' 'Let me see' he said. 'Okay' and she pulled up her skirt. He looked and said, 'That's right. You are! Better not eat any more chicken.' He kept eating his chicken sandwiches until one day he brought peanut butter. He said to the little girl, 'I have to stop eating chicken sandwiches, I'm starting to get feathers down there too!' She asked if she could look, so he pulled down his pants for her! She said

'Oh, my God, it's too late for you! You've already got the NECK and GIBBLETS!!!

My thanks to Ruth for sharing this little gem with me. I am surprised at you naughty lady!!!!!!LOL !!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wisdom of a Retiree

I've often been asked, 'What do you old folks do now that you're retired? Well, I'm fortunate to have a chemical engineering background, and one of the things I enjoy most is turning beer, wine, Scotch, and margaritas into urine!

What more can I say!

My thanks to Jim Doney for sharing this gem with me.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Marketing the Church

A must-see television advertisement chronicling the significance of the Catholic Church now and throughout history. http://CatholicsComeHome.org

I am grateful to Thom Curnutte of Anglican Wanderings for drawing my attention to this advert. ...but what do you think about Christian "marketing?" Positive or negative? Necessary or wasteful? Your views would be appreciated.

PS. I am disappointed to learn that the Anglican Wanderings blog has come to an end. It has been of enormous interest to me and has taught me a great deal about many aspects of my Anglo-Catholic faith. I have, for a very long time, carried a link to Anglican Wanderings in my list of Favourite Blogs to the left of this posting. I started following it soon after Rev'd Andrew Teather first launched the site. I shall miss the postings but wish Andrew, Fr. Lee Kenyon and Thom Curnette every good wish for the future and I hope to see them blogging again sometime in the future. Many congratulations on a job well done. Your Online ministry has been greatly appreciated. Come back soon!

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

The year is 1907, one hundred and 2 years ago.

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Every American citizen needs to read this! As the underlying message equally applies to Great Britian today so should every Brit read it!

My thanks to my friend Mark Winfree of Pennsylvania for sharing this photograph and message with me.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Pearls of the Aegean

Captain's Reception 27th June, 2009
Captain Roy Dearman

Having just returned from a wonderful cruise aboard the Thomson Celebration around the Greek Islands I am about to return to my regular blogging pattern. In case you may be interested I will tell you of some of the interesting places we visited on the cruise.

Having flown to Corfu to join the ship we sailed to Crete and visited Knossos, the most impressive and best known palace of the Minoan civilization. Famous from Greek Mythology as the capital of the Minoan culture, Knossos is inextricably linked to many thrilling myths and legends like the 'Labyrinth of the Minotaur'.

We sailed overnight to Kusadasi in Turkey and enjoyed a visit to Ephesus and The House of Mary. Leaving the port behind we headed up into the hills to the house of The Blessed Virgin Mary, recognised by the Vatican as a place of pilgrimage. The small chapel has been built on the foundations of a humble dwelling where Mary's believed to have spent her last days. One does not have to be religious to appreciate this very serene setting. From there we travelled to the world famous archaeological site of Ephesus for a walking tour of such wonderful sights as the Temple of Hadrian, the Marble Streets and Celsus Library. I could not help but cast my mind back to the days when St. Paul lived here for three years and told the Ephesians the good news of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. No less than 3,000 people received the good news and it is widely accepted by theological scholars that this was the place from where the Christian religion spread to Greece, Europe and the rest of the world.

We then sailed overnight to Santorini and visited the beautiful village of Oia which reminded us of the setting for the film Mama Mia although,of course, it was on a different island. We saw the cave homes once occupied by the original inhabitants. The village is perched on a cliff top and afforded breathtaking views over the caldera. On the return journey we visited a winery and spent some free time in Thira town before taking the cable car back to the ship's tenders on the harbour side.

Next we sailed to Piraeus, Greece where we took an excursion to the captivating city of Athens passing some of the main sights including Constitution Square, the Houses of Parliament, the Neoclassical-style university buildings, the Royal Palace and the Old Olympic Stadium of Athens. However, the real highlight of this tour was when we arrived at the foot of the magnificent Acropolis, one of the most famous and photographed ancient monuments in the world. After a steep climb in scorching temperatures we finally came upon the ancient temples of Athena Nike and the towering Parthenon. Again breathtaking views over the city of Athens down below.

Sailing on we arrived at the island of Katakolon where we experienced a visit to the famous site of Olympia, one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the Olympian Zeus and birth-place of the Olympic Games. The sanctuary of Olympia spreads around the green wooded feet of the Kronion Hill, where the rivers Alpheios and Cladeos meet. We learned a lot of interesting facts about about Ancient Greece and the Games. After this we visited the Archaeological Museum, which is one of the most important of its kind in Greece and hosts an impressive collection of artefact's and treasures from its past.

The last day saw us return to Corfu still with time to spare before our flight home. We used this time to include yet another excursion visiting some of the most spectacular places in the north of the island. First we called at the island's Greek Byzantine Monastery set in fragrant gardens and still in use to this day. Following this we arrived at Paleokastritsa, a quiet resort nestled in a beautiful bay where we took a boat ride to view various caves around the bay. After this we headed up to Bella Vista, the most famous viewpoint in Corfu, to capture some magical views overlooking Paleokastritsa and the island's west coast. We returned to the ship via the village of Makrades,the Troumbeta mountain passage and a string of traditional Greek villages.

Special thanks to Captain Roy Dearman, his officer's and crew for making it such a truly memorable holiday. The service on board was first class throughout the entire cruise and one felt one was staying at a 5 star floating hotel. Well done Thomson Holidays for all your attention to every little detail which all added up to a perfect holiday.