Sunday, 31 January 2010

So you reckon you never forget a face

When you have a moment, thought you’d like this one!
'So you reckon you never forget a face.'

Here's a chance to prove it.

I was almost recognising what I had seen but I didn't handle the second part of the memory test so well. I.e. Where I had seen them.

What about you?

This test will determine if you're getting enough sleep or if your mind has really lost it! The test consists of three parts:

You'll be shown 12 photos in the first part,

You'll be shown another 12 photos in the second part,

You'll be shown 48 photos in the third part and asked if you saw them in the first part, the second part - or never saw them at all..

When you have finished the third part, your results will be given to you.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Durham Peeler - Winter 2009

Double click on the image of the magazine to view (& from there you can download a copy as well)

Friday, 22 January 2010

Enjoy the ride as there is no return ticket.....

George Carlin's Views on Ageing
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YESSSS!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh! what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling.

What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone..........!!

But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60 --- You didn't think you would!!

So, you BECOME 21 -- TURN 30 -- PUSH 40 -- REACH 50, and make it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it's a day-by-day thing -- you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards -- 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again -- "I'm 100 and a half!"
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age -- weight and height -- let the doctors worry about them -- that is why you pay them!!

2. Keep only cheerful friends -- the grouches pull you down!!

3. Keep learning -- learn more about the computer -- crafts -- gardening -- whatever -- even ham radio!! Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop' -- the devil's family name is Alzheimer's!!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. ALWAYS REMEMBER -Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take -- but by the moments that take our breath away!!

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body,
but rather to skid in sideways,totally used up and worn out, shouting
"Man, what a ride!!"

Durham Peeler - Summer 2009

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Durham County Constabulary's first Prison Van. LANCIA 1928. Reg. XG4

P.C. 504 Collinson. One of the few authorised drivers.
because of its notorious handling "qualities"
Look out for the first of a series of articles on the Durham County Motor Patrols
 June, 2010 issue of The Durham Peeler

Your Life In Their Hands... Durham Cadets circa 1960 First Aid Training.

Just When You Think the World Isn't Fair...

In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University.
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully.

He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Peter was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Peter and his son Cameron were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Peter, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.  I know what your thinking... The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed his stupid ass against the railing, killing him instantly ..! Probably not the same elephant?
This is for all of my friends who send me those heart-warming stories

Who Hung the Monkey. The Hartlepool Legend Lives On (Now Illustrated!)

"Monkey hanger" is an affectionate term by which Hartlepudlians are often know

According to local folklore, during the Napoleonic wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée (literally, tide-chaser) was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, wearing a French uniform (presumably to provide amusement for those onboard the ship). On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions, and many locals were unaware of what a Frenchman may look like, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Just to make sure, the animal was thus sentenced to death and hanged from the mast of a fishing boat on the Headland. Nowadays, many Hartlepudlians have positively embraced the term, and only a small minority still consider the term 'Monkey Hanger' offensive. It is often used to refer to supporters of Hartlepool United Football Club by supporters of their arch rivals Darlington.

It is said that King Kong once came to Hartlepool bellowing "I've come for m' boy...!"

Friday, 8 January 2010

December 2009 CopperPlate

News Update

Most readers will not realise just how much effort and enthusiasm that has been invested by Bob Brown  in creating the new NARPO News page.

On behalf of all NARPO members, Bob, please accept our grateful thanks for your efforts - you are commended on the professionalism - I'm going to have to watch my job as Editor of the Peeler too I think?

The new webpage is a wonderful medium for up to date news and ongoing research. The response time is excellent and announcements, notices, deaths and other regulasr activities can be broadcast  almost instantly. Enjoy also the developing library of police related photographs many of which are from the Durham Peeler archives. Remember we are always keen to have new photographs . We can have originals scanned and returned within a short period of time.

I would encourage anyone with news, stories, photographs to get in touch with me. Alan Watson,  at the Durham Peeler magazine or for more immediate publication, ,direct to

Congratulations once again Bob.

Alan S. Watson Chairman Durham Branch NARPO.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Durham NARPO News - Welcome......

Welcome to the Durham NARPO News...  A means for ex Durham Constabulary officers / staff to keep in touch with what is happening in the land of 'retirement.

Articles/features are regularly updated and extended.  To read the Copper Plate or Durham Peeler, click on the appropriate issue image - all pages can then be read full size.  

Please feel free to send any article(s) you might want to post for the info of others to and we will update this news forum.
If you have any 'old' photographs that we can add to the photograph albums please forward them as .jpg's to the email address above

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