Oldies But Goodies...



Two Great Old Ladies ... Olive Riley (108 yrs) and Ruth Hamilton (109 yrs) ......


Hi Everyone,

Well I have been checking out a few new blogs this morning and Boy! have I found a Doozy! It's a site called '70 Plus and still kicking ' the blogger is called June Saville, she comes across as a delightful Australian lady who is interested in literally everything and like me into short stories - Judy from the other side of the Hill got me into checking out her site and I'm so glad. I have a feeling that Judy got June and I mixed up though, 'cos June's blog site should have got the full cup award and 'yours truly' the half cup methinks...

I have spent an hour or so reading her blog and hearing about the 108 yr old Australian lady blogger called Olive Riley - what a woman, between her and an American lady called Ruth Hamilton who is 109 years old, the rest of us are just babies. The experiences they have had in their lives would put the youngsters to shame.

The next bit is from an email I received recently, have a decco ...

In the year 2008 the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in England,and said:

'Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save two of everyliving thing along with a few good humans.

'He gave Noah the CAD drawings, saying: 'You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.'

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard, but no Ark. 'Noah!' He roared, 'I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?''Forgive me, Lord,' begged Noah, 'but things have changed. I needed Building Regulations Approval and I've been arguing with the Fire Brigade about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I should have obtained planning permission for building the Ark in my garden because it is development of the site even though, in my view it is a temporary structure. We had to then go to appeal to the Secretary of State for a decision.

The Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions toclear the passage for the Ark's move to the sea. I told them that these would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it. Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest set up in order to protect the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no-go! When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

The County Council, the Environment Agency and the Rivers Authority ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until they'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood. I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission on how many disabled carpenters I'm supposed to hire for my building team. The trades unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only accredited workers with Ark-building experience. To make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark.

' Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, 'You mean you're not going to destroy the world?

''No,' said the Lord. 'The British government beat me to it.'

The foregoing might seem to some as being a bit blasphemous, it is not intended to be - But it is typical of the rules and regulations that folk in this country have to work under in order to get anything built or accomplished here in this day and age......





Cheers to All, Kate xxx.