I am one of a family of seven children,during WW2 living in the country, when the London blitz started my parents took in two evacuated families making up a fair old number.God knows where we all slept,I cant remember,but it was happy days for all us kids with loads of adventures,I do remember that! This is a photo taken one afternoon,me somewhere underneath.
For some reason later in the war we moved house right into the centre of London and gained first hand knowledge of bombs and rockets before moving back out to the safety of the Essex coast.
Outside Bristol Zoo there is a car park for 150 cars and 8 coaches/ buses.
It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine, charging cars £1 and £5 for coaches.
This parking attendant worked there solidly for 25 years.
One day, he just didn't turn up for work.
"Oh well," said Bristol Zoo management, "we'd better phone up the City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant."
"Err ... no," said the Council, "the car park is your responsibility." "No," said Bristol Zoo management, "the attendant was employed by the City Council wasn't he?" "NO!" insisted the Council.Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, is a bloke who had been taking the car park fees, estimated at £400 per day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over £3.6 million!And no one even knows his name.
Feverfew is edible and medicinal. has a good reputation as alternative medicine and extensive research has proved it to be of special benefit in the treatment of certain types of migraine headaches and rheumatism or arthritis. The plant is rich in sesquiterpene lactones, the principal one being parthenolide. Parthenolide helps prevent excessive clumping of platelets and inhibits the release of certain chemicals, including serotonin and some inflammatory mediators. Constituents of Feverfew are Volatile oils, containing pinene and several pinene derivatives, bornylacetate and angelate, costic acid, b-farnesine and spiroketalenol ethers. Other constituents include essential oils, flavonoid glycosides, pinene derivatives and costic acid. Feverfew should be taken regularly to receive maximum benefit and protection from migraines. The leaves and flowering heads are antiinflammatory, antispasmodic, aperient, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasodilator and vermifuge. An infusion made from the whole plant is used in the treatment of arthritis, colds, fevers, as a sedative and to regulate menses. Also used as a foot bath for swollen feet. Applied externally as a tincture, the plant is used in the treatment of bruises. Chewing several leaves a day has proven to be effective in preventing some migraine headaches. Feverfew’s sedative properties make it useful in hysterical complaints, nervousness, low spirits, and is a general tonic. Also said to be good as a syrup for coughs, wheezing and breathing difficulties. The dried flower buds are said to have the same properties as pyrethrum, and used as an insecticide. An essential oil from the plant is used in perfumery.
Handy stuff to have around? But best of all it's easy to grow and looks stunning.
SILVERSTONE...I took this with my trusty Rolleiflex mid fifties during a vintage race,wheel departing from its master just as they passed by. In those days one could stand right alongside the track,health and safety hadn't been thought of yet but if you stepped actually on to the track a steward would shout at you not very politely. The gentleman on the left wearing a flat cap as most racing enthusiasts did,far better than those ghastly baseball caps now being warn.
The workman on the ladder didn't fall off. The car remained upright.This photo doesn't show all the sparks that were flying.