Saturday, 29 March 2014

Humour - HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY ? (written by kids)

1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids) -

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 > (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10


When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- - Howard, age 8


It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child )


There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there ?
-- Kelvin, age 8

And the #1 Favorite is.......


Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
-- Ricky, age 10    WOW! This kid is going to be husband.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Tank Museum - Veteran Podcasts

Veteran Podcasts
Go to this link and you will hear snippets from a series of personal accounts given by former British servicemen who fought in tanks during World War Two and after. These accounts were recorded by The Tank Museum curatorial staff, and represent a fraction of the unique stories and accounts held on tape in The Tank Museum Archives.
Comment: Well worth a listen.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Truck - Rust Hole

I can share with you I'm doing some bodywork restoration on the CCKW at the moment and recently had it home to work on.  I focused on rubbing down and then re-painting the cargo body, and generally everything went well, apart from the discovery of this corrosion hole at the back :(


My current thinking is to fill it for the moment, and then get it welded up properly along with some other planned work later in the year.
After the paint had dried we took it out for a short drive into York where we parked up for a picnic lunch in the cool spring sunshine.



Managed to sneak a photo in in front of Cliffords Tower.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Peiper und die Leibstandarte Dezember 1944 - Mai 1945

Comment:  Some great footage of vehicles in action here.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 27 - 'Oopss'

Comment:  Someone's got some explaining to do...

Friday, 21 March 2014

WW2 20mm Bolt Action Game

Had a very entertaining 20mm game using the Bolt Action rules at the club last night.  I was on the British side with John and Steve against Andy, Simon and Mick (the Krauts).  The scenario was that an important Allied General had crash-landed in no-mans land and both sides were racing to secure the crash site.
It was one of those nights when the dice gods had decided that I was but a pawn to play with and torture at their leisure. The number of low dice I rolled,  especially 1's was quite amazing.  My team blamed me for losing faith with the dice early on, and because of this said I was the architect of my own bad luck !  Well bollocks to them is what I say, because my bad die rolling spread to them as well ! LOL
Just to get a flavour of what happened, my Air Liaison called in an Air-strike on a juicy target, but because I rolled a 1 it was a rookie pilot who swung by misidentified the target and then went and shot up my team-mates Steve's troops instead !  I then called in an Artillery barrage, but because I rolled a 1 it fell short on top of the observer !!  Fortunately he survived, so I called another in, but again I rolled a one so it landed off table, and so it went on ! LOL  Good fun game though :)
Here's some photos (none of the vehicles or figs are mine).













Tuesday, 18 March 2014

WW1 memories: my grandfather's story

The Imperial War Museum (in the UK) wants us all to share stories of relatives who fought in the First World War. Toby Helm looks through the letters, diaries and photographs of his own grandfather and uncovers a harrowing and haunting picture of life on the frontline.  Link


Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire

This is a link to a brilliant article about the Darkages and the Romans written by Dominic Selwood.  Definitely worth a read:  Link

B29 kee bird crash

Comment: Worth a watch if your interested in aircraft.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Documentary film T-34

Comment:  This is worth watching for tank fans.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Film - When Trumpets Fade

The full film about the WW2 Battle of the Hurtgen forest can be viewed on U-Tube: Link

Huge Tank Graveyard In The Ukraine

Perhaps they should have held on to them. Hundreds of rusting tanks abandoned in secret Ukrainian depot unveiled as Russia's armoured vehicles line its streets.  There are more than 400 abandoned tanks at the plant in a secret, heavily guarded depot in the town of Kharkiv. The depot is in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine - just 20 miles from the border with Russia. Photographer Pavel Itkin, 18, was able to sneak into the heavily monitored site without being spotted by guards He spent two hours walking around the barely-used repair centre taking photographs of old tanks and engines.
Read more: Link


10mm M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer

Work continues to get some paint on my 10mm US army.  Here's a couple of M36 Jackson Tank Destroyer from Pendraken Miniatures that been receiving some attention.



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Picture Of The Week - No 26 - How To Disable An Elefant

Comment:  A fascinating picture produced in WW2 by the Russian army showing how to disable a German Elefant heavy tank destroyer.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014


A Husband takes his  wife to play her first game of golf. Of course, the wife promptly hacked her first shot right through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.
  The husband cringed, 'I warned you to be careful! Now we'll have to go up there, find the owner, apologise and see how much your lousy drive is going to cost us.'
  So the couple walked up to the house and knocked on the door. A warm voice said, 'Come on in.'

  When they opened the door they saw the damage that was done: glass was all over the place, and a broken antique bottle was lying on its side near the pieces of window glass.
  A man reclining on the couch asked, 'Are you the people that broke my window?'
  'Uh...yeah!  We're sure sorry about that,' the husband replied.
  'Oh, no apology is necessary. Actually I want to thank you.. You see, I'm a genie, and I've been trapped in that bottle for a thousand years.   Now that you've released me, I'm allowed to grant three wishes. I'll give you each one wish, but if you don't mind, I'll keep the last one for my self.'
  Wow, that's great!' the husband said. He pondered a moment and blurted out, 'I'd like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.'
  'No problem,' said the genie 'You've got it, it's the least I can do.. And I'll guarantee you a long, healthy life!'
  'And now you, young lady, what do you want?' the genie asked.
 'I'd like to own a gorgeous home in every country in the world complete with servants,' she said.
  'Consider it done,' the genie said. 'And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary and natural disasters!'

   'And now,' the couple asked in unison, 'what's your wish, genie?'

'Well, since I've been trapped in that bottle, and haven't been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with your wife.'
  The husband looked at his wife and said, 'Gee, honey, you know we both now have a fortune, and all those houses. What do you think?'
  She mulled it over for a few moments and said, 'You know, you're right. Considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn't mind, but what about you, honey?'
  You know I love you sweetheart,' said the husband. I'd do the same for you!'
 So the genie and the woman went upstairs where they spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other.
   The genie was insatiable.   After about three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into her eyes and asked, How old are you and your husband?'
  'Why, we're both 35,' she responded breathlessly.

 'No kidding?'  he said.  'Thirty-five years old and you both still believe in genies?'