Number 29 April, 2012
The Monthly Newsletter of the Association Of Ex-Round Tablers’ Great Britain and Ireland A member of the Round Table Family of Clubs
You Are Never Too Old! Meet Jack Pemberton who on Sunday 25 March ran 6 miles at Billericay Rugby Club in aid of Sport Relief where he raised the magnificent sum of £700. Jack is aged 76, extremely fit for his advanced age, and still referees football regularly on a Sunday morning. Ian Piddlesden, Wickford 41 Club
RTCW Need help to find runners for our
Great Manchester Run team Please help us fill the 40 spaces we have available for the Run on 20th May 2012 The monies you raise will help us make some poorly children’s wishes come true. If you cannot run please forward my message on to help us spread the word Please contact email@example.com
Dreams we have made reality include Natalia aged 8, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Natalia wanted to swim with dolphins and we made this wish come true.
Scenes Of Jersey The Venue for our National Conference and AGM 2012 See page 4 for details
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Can You Help A Fellow 41er?
Editorial - Is There Anybody There?
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The copy date for the May issue is Sunday 22nd April. Editor: Ray Hill National Communications Officer
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Editorial Is There Anybody There ? Well the Newsletter is back after a month’s holiday. There were several reasons for the non-appearance of the newsletter in March including personal health problems, working to get the Links magazine to the printers and preparation of the AGM extra which was designed to the give full access to all information regarding the AGM to all members. This AGM Extra Newsletter was necessary as we still appear to have many ‘Club Censors’ who simply refuse to pass on national information to their members. Additionally there are still those that we cannot contact because the same censors refuse to give us their members’ names, addresses or e-mail details. Every affiliated club will have received the formal AGM papers before you read this, these are designed for discussion at the club meeting. Every member with an email address on the Club Administration System (CAS) will have received a link to the Newsletter Extra which can be read on-line or downloaded. This contains all of the National Officers’ reports, resolutions to be put to the AGM (including a rationale), details of members standing for office, the proposed budget for 2013, the Income
and Expenditure Account for 2011 and details on proxy voting and how to raise an amendment to a resolution. Every member with a correct address on CAS will have received a copy of the Spring edition of Links magazine. Those that have bothered to remove the wrapping will discover inside a two page item on the resolutions, candidates and voting procedures Finally all of the above mentioned documents are available on the club website (41club.org) and are openly available to anybody in the world with no restrictions. I know of no other organisation that takes so much effort to communicate what is happening at its AGM as 41 Club, yet there are still accusations that we are a secret society hiding things from members. Nothing could be further from the truth. All members of both the National Executive and National Council are volunteers who give freely of their time and efforts in an attempt to ensure the future of the organisation that they are proud to be a member of. If club members choose to ignore all correspondence from National and individual members refuse to read such correspondence that is sent to
them then that is their choice. “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink”. As long as I am the communications officer I will do all I can to ensure that every member is kept as up-to-date as possible with the happenings in the club. What I do object to is individuals who feel that they alone can make decisions for their members. Returning to my original point, the main reason for there being no March Newsletter was that I did not receive a single item for publication. I write this editorial with only 2 days to go until the deadline for the April edition and again I have not received a single item from any club. It is now well over 5 weeks since I received my last item for inclusion. I even thought that my email address was not working and sent test messages to myself (I was getting that desperate) but yes it works fine. For the Newsletter to work I rely heavily upon you the members to supply articles and if this trend continues then the Newsletter will soon be a thing of the past. Please submit your items to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us make this a newsletter that truly reflects a club with a future.
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Tony Ogden - 1929 - 2012. Costa Blanca and Iberian Cluster Following a period of illness Tony passed away on Tuesday 6th March, just a few days after his 83rd birthday. His contribution to the club and the movement was recognised in the Association Award, presented to him by President Malcolm at the Iberian Cluster. Tony, together with the late Ken Evans of Majorca 41 Club, initiated the Iberian Cluster which first met formally in 1993. 41 Club generally, and especially on the Iberian Peninsula, is stronger thanks to Tony. Andrew Johnson Calpe and District 41 Club
41 Club Forum 41 Club has around 18,000 members and lets say around half of those regularly use email and the internet, yet the 41 Club Forum has only just over 100 registered users. There is always a flurry of debate on the Forum, especially just before the AGM but it would be great to see more members taking the opportunity to contribute to the debate so why not register now, the link is in the top right hand corner of any 41 Club web page or you can get there directly using this link:
You need to register to use the forum but its a quick and easy procedure and you wonâ€™t get any additional spam by your signing up..! Weâ€™d love to welcome you to the Forum, go on do it now and contribute directly to the discussion about the future of our Club. David Hewiit, Honorary Web Master
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Not long now to Conference! Here in Jersey the weather is already getting warmer, spring flowers are bursting out all over the Island and the birds are singing, heralding our sunnier and brighter late spring months you will enjoy during Conference. By the time Conference arrives I expect you might need your sunglasses and possibly a splash of suntan lotion as well! Be Prepared Put away those cardigans and winter clothes. You will be visiting the Sunshine Island. Make sure you pack some lighter clothes, plus swimming trunks (for dips in the Hotel’s indoor pools, unless you are very brave and going for the sea) and comfortable walking shoes (particularly if you have booked a Coach Tour), with all the other usual clobber you take on holiday. The Friday night President’s Banquet & Ball is Black Tie formal wear (with all your gong’s) and of course you will want to bring your “Allo, Allo, Jersey!” themed Fancy Dress for the Saturday Night Fancy Dress Party. Dress Code for Thursday evening’s Vin D’Honneur & Welcome Party will be smart casual jacket & tie. While you will need Photographic ID or Passport for travel (check your carrier’s requirements) don’t worry about changing money, here in Jersey we accept almost anything provided it is Pounds Sterling – even Isle of Man ones. TIP: Make sure you change any Jersey Notes back to British Notes before you leave Jersey as our own “Green Back’s” are not accepted back on the Mainland. I once nearly got permanently stuck in a very dark corner of Waterloo Station when I overlooked this! Your usual Debit or Credit card will work throughout the Island. It is essential if you have booked our Airport to Hotel Transfer - but not yet given us your flight code & timings (at time of writing there were quite a number who hadn’t) – Please advise your flight code and arrival / departure times to Andy Cornish, our Registration Officer, by e-mailing him at email@example.com - NOW ! Please note that taxis are expensive so we would recommend you take advantage of our Airport to Hotel Transfers (NB: Arrival and Return – Thursday to Sunday only) please contact Andy Cornish to book and pay your £10 / person now. He will need to know your flight code and your arrival / departure times when you book. Your Transfers must be pre-booked, we regret being unable to provide this service on demand when you arrive. We strongly recommend you take out personal travel and cancellation insurance. We cannot be held liable for any losses or costs incurred arising out of travel delays / cancellation or other exigencies arising from bookings you have made direct with your travel operator and hotel. Regarding medical
cover any doctor’s visits / appointments and medication will be charged as they are private providers, but following reinstatement of the reciprocal Health agreement with UK any hospital treatments are provided free to UK Nationals. If you are travelling to Jersey with Condor Ferries please note all their fast ferries are now departing from Poole for the foreseeable future, due to ongoing structural defects with Weymouth’s loading ramp. We understand they are notifying all passengers but do check with them a few days before departure to confirm are still operating from Poole. Getting to Conference OK you have boarded your flight or ferry, what happens on landing in Jersey and where do you go? Most of you will be arriving at Jersey Airport. After collecting your bags and passing through Customs, you will exit into the Arrivals Hall. First thing before going anywhere: Please do introduce yourself to the Conference Stewards at our Welcome Desk located in the Arrivals Hall. They will be very pleased to greet you and help with any (reasonable!) requests. If you have booked our Hotel Transfer the Stewards will ask you to confirm your Sunday departure details (so we can check and arrange your return Transfer back to the Airport). They will advise when the next coach / minibus will be departing for your hotel and then direct you to where you can board. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel direct to Hotel de France, our Conference Centre, or our other Hotel’s. For those making your own way there are two options: Bus: No.15 bus service (tickets bought on the bus) operates from outside the Arrivals Hall every 20 minutes Monday - Saturday (during peak times) or every 30 minutes on Sunday; taking about 30 minutes to St Helier’s main bus station on south side of the town. From there you will have to catch a Taxi (go to east side of Pomme D’Or Hotel) for a short ride to your Hotel. Taxi: Most expensive transfer method from Airport (expect to pay circa. £15 one way), but at least they will take you straight to your Hotel. Taxi’s can be found directly outside the Arrival’s Hall to your right. If you are arriving by Ferry with your car please drive direct to Hotel de France, directions from Jersey Harbour to Hotel de France or our other hotels, can be found on Google Maps (we have checked their routes work) or use your Satnav. We don’t expect many will be coming by foot on the ferry, but if you have achieved this feat - well done for the challenge and please ring our Conference Hotline when you arrive in the ferry terminal for assistance and relief for your weary soles. Registration Our Registration desk will be open in Hotel de France main reception, directly inside main ground floor entrance, for you to register upon arrival and receive your Welcome Pack. Registration desk opening times are 10.00am – 6.00pm on Thursday 26th April; 9.30am – 6.00pm on Friday 27th April; and 8.00am – 10.00am on Saturday 28th April. Having registered if you are staying in Hotel de France please check in at their Reception desk to receive your room key – then unpack, relax and enjoy! Those staying in our other Hotel’s (Merton, Mayfair or Monterey) can first checkin there and drop your bags, then go to Hotel de France for registering and receiving your Welcome Pack. If you are staying at Mayfair or Merton Hotel’s and you would like
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transport, please call our Conference explore our beautiful Island. Hotline and we will send a Conference So what else can you do? Quite Shuttle to pick you up. simply, Lots and lots! Too much to cover all you can do in this article but Getting Around comprehensive details can be found We have laid on for all delegate’s a either on jersey.com or at the Jersey complimentary Conference Shuttle Tourism Desk in the foyer of the Hotel going from Hotel de France into Town de France where a range of leaflets (sorry cannot stop at Monterey on will be available about everything you outward loop as exit from Hotel de can get up to while in Jersey. Some France is beyond Monterey Hotel) selected highlights include:direct to Weighbridge Square - close to centre of St Helier, our main shopping Maritime Museum: precincts and other attractions. The An award winning drop-off point is the bus lay-by near museum housed in western end of the road Tunnel, south converted maritime of entrance to Jersey Museum. From warehouses. See the here you can catch the Conference TB Davis Exhibition: Shuttle, returning back via the Monterey Between 1922 and (Monterey resident’s going to Town 1940, in the era of can board Shuttle on this return loop) hunger marches, the to Hotel de France. For delegate’s Wall Street Crash and staying at Mayfair or Merton Hotel’s the Great Depression, transport to Town will be provided by Jersey-born Thomas Benjamin Davis calling the Conference Hotline. gave away an estimated million pounds The Conference Shuttle will be to what he deemed to be good causes. operating on Thursday from 12.00pm The greatest philanthropist the Island to 6.00pm, and on Friday & Saturday has ever known, Davis was born in from 8.15am to 6.00pm (Last Shuttle poverty, yet when he died 75 years back from Weighbridge Square later, he was a multi-millionaire. This departs 5.45pm on all days), taking exhibition tells his story, from humble approximately 20 minutes to complete beginnings as a 13 year old fisherman the Loop. Please note transport to becoming a qualified master mariner. availability is subject to demand and His history will be traced through the capacity. years when he made his fortune in For delegates in Merton, Mayfair & Southern Africa to the glory of owning Monterey Hotel’s we have also provided the racing schooner Westward. (Short transport taking you to Hotel de France walk from our Conference Shuttle for all the evening functions. Departure Minibus Town stop). for Thursday’s Vin D’Honneur & Central Welcome Party plus Friday’s Presidents Market: Banquet & Ball commences at 6.30pm Probably and for Saturday’s Final Night Fancy the finest Dress Party commences at 5.30pm. Victorian For those who want to dance the night market in away the last transport back to Merton, the whole Mayfair & Monterey Hotel’s will depart British Hotel de France 45 minutes beyond I s l e s . midnight after the music has well & Between them, the 36 market stalls truly finished. Any Golfer’s residing cover almost every retail experience in our other Hotel’s please announce – everything from antiques to flowers, yourself at Registration so we can then fresh vegetables to jewellery. If you arrange to collect you at 7.00am on can’t find what you want here then Friday and take you to Hotel De France you have to ask the question: do you for catching the Golf coach. really need it? (Medium walk from If you want to explore further afield our Conference Shuttle Minibus Town then Taxi’s can be ordered at your Hotel stop). Reception desk, or alternatively use A Taste of the Conference Shuttle to Weighbridge St.Helier: Square then walk across the Square Guided Walk and west down The Esplanade past (Mondays Pomme D’Or Hotel beyond which you only): Find will find the main Bus station on other out how a side of the road. handful of What’s to do in Jersey? fishermen’s Between Thursday and Sunday huts grew during Conference, we have a busy into a major programme planned and you won’t financial have much time for anything else. But centre and hear about our Honorary if you really want to opt out on any day Police, our unusual relationship with or are staying for longer before or after the Monarchy and our first postmaster! Conference you will have more time to Visits include the Town Hall and the Page 5
Victorian covered markets, with tales of our famous cows and potatoes and maybe even a taste of something local, before reliving the last land battle fought in the British Isles in our own Royal Square. Booking essential call Arthur Lamy on 01534 853525. (Commences from Liberation Square, opposite Weighbridge Square) J e r s e y Museum: On display - The Death of Major Peirson – by Copley, normally hanging at the Tate Britain. This exceptional famous painting represents the Battle of Jersey, a pivotal point in Jersey’s history. It portrays those that fought and died to keep Jersey special. This iconic painting represents in pictorial form, our nationhood, our Island status and allegiance to the Crown. (Very short hop from our Conference Shuttle Minibus Town stop). Corbiere Lighthouse: Seeing the Light: A very rare opportunity on Saturday 28 April to see inside the famous lighthouse of La Corbière. Explore the dramatic headland and be entertained by your guide with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway uncovered at half tide and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views. Booking essential call Jersey Tourism 01534 448877. (Requires car, bus or taxi ride, confirm times when booking). Well worth the visit – I have done the tour and well worth the effort. Landing Permission – Fancy Dress I still remember 2002 Fancy Dress competition when many of you arrived with mega fancy dress outfits including Spitfire’s and even a large Lancaster/ Wellington bomber, which all made quite a sight and contributed to a great evening. For those of you planning a large outfit (particularly any bombers) please can you notify Dick Stanley to request landing permission! We might have to prepare your flight plan in advance. All participants in the Fancy Dress Competition must complete an entry form and place this in the box near our Registration Desk before midday on Saturday. The pre-judging for the Fancy Dress takes place on Saturday commencing 18.00 finishing at 19.00
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sharp, in the Starlight Room east side, Atrium Bar & Brasserie, but if you have beyond the Starlight Bar. not booked the Welcome Party we regret our Stewards cannot allow admission to Alert your Ladies! this Dinner. Hotel de France have two Baoli Hair & Beauty at Hotel de France other restaurant’s – Saffrons & Aroma is a separate operation (they lease the Café – open for diners but please space) and are very popular with non- book your table for Thursday evening resident Islanders. We recommend with the Hotel direct, when you arrive ladies pre-book now if they want a for Conference.. Otherwise there are hair-do or other treatments during plenty of alternative restaurants at our Conference weekend, please call them other Hotel’s or within St Helier Town direct on 01534 758144 or visit www. centre. baoli.co.uk for details of the full range of their treatments and services. We 41 Club AGM Day-Trippers cannot guarantee availability although Can any 41 Club Member visiting the Hotel has requested they are Jersey for a day trip on Saturday 28th open during Conference weekend. April 2012 to attend the 41 Club AGM Alternatively there are plenty of other PLEASE notify our Registration Officer hair salons around St Helier within in advance by e-mail to cornish@ reach of Hotel de France. jerseymail.co.uk. Conference Registration now Upon arrival at Hotel de France from Closed Reception turn left down ground floor We sold out Thursday’s night corridor and proceed to far western end Welcome Party in early March and where you must register for the AGM expect to have sold out the very few in the Foyer. Registration desks open remaining seats available for Friday & at 8.00am. You can also purchase a Saturday well before this is published. Baguette & Pint for the Lunch break We regret no more registrations or before 10.30am. Once you have been bookings can be taken. registered you are then able to enter Please Note you must wear your the Corbiere Room where the AGM is Delegate’s badge to gain entry to all being held. evening functions. All Delegates’ are invited to attend the States of Jersey Keeping you Informed Vin D’Honneur reception on Thursday There will be a Conference Noticeevening, between 7.00 to 8.00pm in Board in Hotel de France Reception,
which we will regularly update with all the latest Conference news, information and gossip and transport details (including timings for your departure on Sunday). Information on timings for your departure on Sunday will also be posted on the Hotel reception noticeboards in Merton, Mayfair & Monterey Hotel’s. We have set up a Conference Hotline for you to call should you need any assistance during Conference – make a note of the number 07797 904303. This will be manned throughout the day & evening during Conference, where you can contact our Jersey 2012 Conference Committee. Finally, can I wish you “Bon Voyage” and a trouble free, smooth, journey to the only 41 Club Conference that takes place “overseas”. I am hopeful my order for the ‘Sun to Shine’ during our weekend will be granted from onhigh, which is highly likely. - I will keep praying. Not long now to our 41 Club Jersey 2012 Conference. Then let the Fun begin! I very much look forward to personally welcoming you to Conference later this month. Paul Harding MIoD, 2012 Conference Chairman.
Situations Vacant Due to a number of National Councillors finishing their term of office, being promoted to a member of the National Executive or deciding to leave for personal reasons, we have vacancies for National Councillors in the following Regions: Region 9 Lincolnshire Region 11 Cheshire & NW Midlands Region 14 West Midlands Region 15 Heart of England Region 18 Essex & NE London Region 22 West of England
Region 25 South East England The National Councillor is the key link between the Clubs and ‘National’, and acts as the conduit of information between them. I am therefore seeking candidates to fill these roles at the earliest opportunity. Applicants must be a member of an affiliated club. Applications close on the 31st May 2012, and should more than one person seek the role, then an election will take place.
For further information on the role please download the following file: CLICK HERE. A Nomination Form can also be downloaded: CLICK HERE If you require any further information on the role please do not hesitate to contact me. Martin Green National Secretary
Can You help A fellow 41 Club Member? I have been chosen as a Games Maker for the Paralympics in London and would like to know if any ex tabler or 41 club member would be willing to give me a bed for the duration of the games from 28th Aug- Sept 8th. I will gladly pay for any accommodation which ideally would be near the Excel Centre ( have bike will travel)!! Near by Hotels etc are charging ridiculous rates. If you could put this request in the next issue I would be obliged. Many thanks Stephen Daughtrey Chairman Retford 41 Club ( ex Hallamshire 438 Tabler )
Solution on The Back Page Page 6
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Club News Adapting
For some time our club had been aware that the automatic progression from Table to 41 Club had broken down. This was not a problem, we had well attended meetings and the club was in a nice comfortable groove. We also had a regular programme of speakers that were found by one of our very well connected older club members. So each month on the appointed day, we just made ourselves tidy, turned up at the established venue in a formal club, with a fairly rigid dress code, ate our meal, listened to our speaker, chatted to our old mates and went home in time for cocoa before bed. All very easy. There were occasional summer away days, when we ventured out. These were the meetings when our less frequent members would be likely to turn up. We even saw some of the ex-Tablers that had not joined the Club as guests. However, our cosy routine was suddenly rocked. A few of our older members had left the club including our speaker finder. Our meeting numbers began to fall below the minimum required by our venue. We also observed that as members retired from work, they tended to miss more meetings, as they became more nomadic and had different priorities. What was needed was younger replacements i.e. ex -Tablers. However only a small number of the 4050 year olds were choosing to become members of our club. Over the last few years our Table had gone through a regeneration it was now back into double figures and was populated by younger energetic guys that most of 41 Club did not know. They had a very active programme of meetings designed to attract new members (and retain the older ones).
Tablers joined us for an occasional meeting, but were quite candid about their dislike of 41 Clubâ€™s formality and the fact that the generation gap was now significant. They highlighted that a number of ex-Tablers had chosen not to join 41 Club and the reason for this was simply that they felt we were too rooted in the past and had not adopted adapted and improved. Our President sensed the mood and began the communication process by highlighting the issues using our monthly e mailed newsletter and inviting members comments and ideas. The responses were discussed at a Council Meeting, an unusual event in itself. Fortunately most of the 40-50 year olds that are currently in the club are office holders. They could see the need to secure their own 41 club future. So a plan of action emerged and this was communicated ahead of our February monthly meeting at which the issues were to be discussed. The congregation of this meeting included Tablers, ex-Tablers that were not club members and our National Councillor Barry Durman, who kindly agreed to come along. (He gets copied in to our newsletter and sensed something significant was happening). A frank exchange of views occurred but all very much in support of the need to link Table and 41 Club by improving communications and accepting that the format of our meetings needed to change. So armed with the general approval of our members we have set up a subcommittee to make the ideas become reality. Having decided to break the low maintenance model for club meetings there is now a need to; find venues, think up interesting activities and get stuff organised. The first sub-committee meeting
included a brain storm from which 17 possible meeting ideas emerged. Sub committee delegates will shortly meet with Table members to ensure that ahead of the start of the new year both clubs can be aware of what the other is planning/doing. The hope is we can identify opportunities to meet jointly and to share some social activities too. We hope too that 41ers will attend Table meetings from time to time. Similarly we will emphasise our willingness to support Tableâ€™s charity activity having tended not to do so in recent times. At the last meeting the first signs of change were evident. The venue was the same (pre-booked) but the dress code included soccer shirts and the table football tournament generated an exciting atmosphere which took many members back to their misspent youth.
but surely there are other ways? In a geographically dispersed organisation, such as ours, one should not need to attend the AGM to be able to record a view. There is hardly a PLC or major charity in this country that could ever get its proposals agreed or directors and trustees elected if it relied only on the people attending the AGM. To maintain that one has to hear the debate at the meeting itself in order to be competent to vote is both insulting and perverse. Clubs are quite capable of debating issues locally and should have an opportunity to make their
views count without sending a delegate to a meeting that might be many hundreds of miles away. This communication is sent on behalf of my members who think as strongly as I do on this matter. As a Club, we shall certainly be using our proxy vote against this fatuous motion and urge other Clubs to do the same. Chris Willsher Secretary/Treasurer Kinross-shire 41 Club
Everything is not necessarily resolved now but the likelihood is that our clubs can come closer together and both will continue to thrive. Ken Banfield - Northampton Nene 41 Club
Postbox I know that an unsuccessful attempt was made in an earlier newsletter to start a discussion on this topic but I hope it is not too late to raise awareness of the proposal that the National Council is bringing to the AGM to do away with the proxy voting system altogether? I for one cannot understand why any organisation in todayâ€™s world should set out to reduce the opportunity for obtaining the democratic views of its membership rather than explore ways of increasing it. I accept that the proxy voting system has limitations and could possibly be open to abuse
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The Back Page The Evils Of Drink Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble A drink a day keeps the shrink away. -- Edward Abbey is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth. -George Burns When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading. -- Henry Youngman I saw a notice that said “Drink Canada Dry” and I’ve just started. -- Brendan Behan Yes, madam, I am drunk. But in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. -- Winston Churchill (replying to I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and Lady Astor’s comment ‘Sir, you’re drunk!’) narcotics. I break out in handcuffs. -- Robert Downey Junior No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness I envy people who drink -- at least they know what to - or as good as drink. -- G. K. Chesterton blame everything on. -- Oscar Levant One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. -- George I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints - beating my Carlin previous record by 20 minutes. -- George Best (on a blood transfusion for his liver transplant, not on his Drinking) Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. -- Ernest Hemingway A man’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another drink. -- W.C. Fields A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her. -- W.C. Fields You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. -- Dean Martin I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all Time is never wasted when you’re wasted all the time. day. -- Frank Sinatra -- Catherine Zandonella
Sharing In Marriage... An old man placed an order for one hamburger, french fries and a drink. He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing one half in front of his wife. He then carefully counted out the french fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bits of the hamburger the people around them were looking over and whispering. Obviously they were thinking, ‘That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them’. As the old man began to eat his fries a young man came over to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything. People closer to the table noticed that the little old lady had not eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink. Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman said “No thank you, we are used to sharing everything.” Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of her food, and asked “What is it you are waiting for?” “The teeth” she replied.
And Finally .... Are You A games Maker? On page 6 is an appeal from a 41er for help with accommodation during the Olympic Games. This major event of great importance to most of the world relies heavily on thousands of volunteers giving their time freely to ensure that all runs smoothly. We know of many 41ers who have volunteered for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I am sure that there are many more. Many live outside the London area and are discovering the high cost of accommodation during the events. We would like to know if you are a volunteer. Please send your name, club and details of your Olympic duties and dates. We will then compile a register of 41 volunteers and hopefully it may help you find accommodation and transport during the events. Plus of course providing an ideal opportunity for some fellowship.
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