Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ron's Christmas Wallop

Ron's Christmas Wallop - a drink for Christmas
Ensure you have a clean bottle
Beat together
1/2 tin of Condensed Milk - a good brand - it needs to be sweet
1 Tablespoon of Coffee essence (yes the liquid with chicory - Camp Brand if avail)
2 Tablespoons of Chocolate Topping
Beat again
3/4 cup of rum (whisky is you prefer it)
Beat Again
One carton of Fresh Cream (oh well its Christmas)
Beat 6 seconds - if too long will get very thick
Pour into bottle - should be enough left over for a taste
Put into fridge - this is a way of making cream last longer

I have been known to use one cup of rum which sure gives enough for a taste.
After all you need the Rum to keep the cream and eggs. 
Very nice on ice and with milk

Camp Coffee can be purchased from
not inexpensive -In Sydney we can buy Bushells which is very similar.
I suppose if the bottle stuff not available - you could make some very strong coffee and include in the mix

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hazlehurst Road - Wandsworth - V2 Rocket November 1944 and Service 16 Nov 2014

November 1944 Bomb Damage in Wandsworth - Hazlehurst Road Garratt Lane

Hazlehurst Road - Map and modern photo and MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS

A service in being held on 16 November 2014 to remember a terrible night in 1944 when a V2 Rocket fell and killed 34 people. A friend was there and gave me photographs of the damage. Since then the pages have grown and several relatives of the dead have contacted me and my pages provide some idea of the horrible impact of such weapons. We are hoping to contact other relatives re the service if you know any likely people please pass on....

Monday, September 01, 2014

Farewell: Bill Kerr aged 92

Bill Kerr obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Perhaps Bill was the first Aussie I ever heard when he walked on in Hancock's Half Hour

as the bloke from Wagga Wagga. And I was amazed to find WaggaWagga.  was a real place.

Bill was a laconic butt for "Tony" and the show was so funny.
Above Tony Hancock, Moira Lister, BILL KERR, Sid James

Bill had walk in parts in all manner of films Bill Kerr - IMDb ..  amazing his first film was 1933. Bill often very funny but also serious roles such as The Lighthorsemen (1987) - as General Chauvel

I will always remember his mad role in Razorback (1984) - IMDb

about the wild monster pig that brings terror to an outback town and Bill is the professional hunter  "There's something about blasting the shit out of a razorback that brightens up my whole day. "

Good on yer cobber

Monday, May 19, 2014

Farewell: Jack Brabham

Back in Jack's time I was very keen on Motor Racing 

Jack Brabham obituary | Sport |

For me it was all Jack, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Graham Hill.
Jack was high on my list at the time for his determination
Jack Brabham pushes his car to world title, Florida 1959
He was also obviously a very great gentleman

The photos are of Brands Hatch in March 1965 in the pits and at Druid's corner a severe test for the drivers

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Movie: The Great Beauty "La grande bellezza" (original title)

The Great Beauty (2013) - IMDb

Won an academy award as best foreign language but is it that worthy?  We saw it on vacation in Narooma as our friends had heard it was a great travel film on Roma and we've all enjoyed visits to Roma.

Well did it have great shots of Roma - but only some. Such as the opening is good a classical choir and an old building and an Asian tourist with DSLR taking shots of the City from the Hill. With a smile on his face he drops dead - "see Rome and die" yes it must have been what was meant. The the long Closing credits with a slow boat down the Tiber. That was good. The hero Jep has an penthouse overlooking the Coliseum but no new insights except he is rich. A mysterious character has a briefcase full of keys to palaces staked with antique works of art. Some excellent pans of statues etc....

We see a lot of strange goings on. It is a 21st century version of 1960 "La Dolce Vita ". decadent high society life. Often there are sex scenes. A performance event out of town at the aqueducts. A naked girl runs head on into an aqueduct. Blood appears. Jep who works for a magazine interviews with sarcasm the organiser. Several parties at which they dance in lines to loud rhythmical drum music - called Ethiopian Jazz. Jep says how well they perform "the Train". These loud scenes go on and on - much too long.

Jep now knows his first love has died and wonders about life. A crazy cardinal who recites food recipes and won't talk to Jep of spiritual matters (symbolic of a sidetracked Church).  A 100 year old nun/saint appears...who then struggles on her knees up the stairs at which Martin Luther realised that self imposed suffering was not the way to heaven. Yes it has interesting stuff and like a lot of such films people will use it to discuss life etc...

But its long and I just wish someone had learned about film editing and continuity of script.  You will hear discussion of what happened to Ramona - because it is just not clear. Jep pontificates on how to perform at funerals and you have to work out who died. So was the journey worth it. Reading around some walked out. Our friends thought it was awful - well more did not live up to the promise of lovely Roma. Other reviews rave about the film.  Jep is a sad sarcastic character but played very well by and he has a lot of laughs amongst his disillusionment .....

See it or not well as its Roman -  Caveat Emptor

Thursday, January 16, 2014

St Piran's: Britain's oldest chapel to be re-excavated

Exciting news we visited St Piran's in 1955 - wow a 6th century chapel... Just amazing those early days of Christianity in Britain

The Archaeology News Network: Britain's oldest chapel to be re-excavated

And here are Mum and Dad a bit frozen well a tricky flash shot as very dark inside the protecting bunker ....

Above written in Jan 2014and now August 2015 an update on the site including colour photo above showing the altar where my parents stood in 1955
The Archaeology News Network: Skeletons found at Cornish chapel dated to Dark Ages