Personal Stuff: If you don't know me - GO AWAY!!!!
To see a larger version, just click on any picture. Full name: Stephen Michael Hooker, nicknames: Acw, Zok. Born in Aberdare, used to live in 46 Peasant View, Godreaman, Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan where my parents still live. Also used to live in Selbourne (Selborne) Street, Chuckery, Walsall. Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Visual Communications from West Midlands College of Higher Education. Ran a business from The Custard Factory Digbeth.
We headed off to Cosford, again. See the aeroplanes. It was that or the zoo, which is a bit of a drive, too far I said, but Bradley was certain. "Ooo, Ooo" He'd say, excitedly bobbing up and down.
Didn't get many good photos of Bradley, as it was just me and the boy. Esme, went off with Amanda for the afternoon.
Saw a few planes taking off, little glider or training planes. And the rest of the usual show of big planes, bombs and fast ones.
One highlight was watching Bradley zip around the tables in the cafe, pretending to be a plane, with his arms outstretched. He did maybe four laps, of six tables and I was wondering when he'd stop. Nobody seemed to notice him, nor my applause. Suddenly, he stopped, and took a deep bow, to his admirers - me. Arms tucked in and very theatrical. He's learnt it off his sister. Perfect.
They grow up sooo quickly.
Of course, we start in the big park. We start in one of the gardens, feeding the fish, off to the adventure playground, into the kiddies, park, thence to the little fair. Thankfully, many were unmanned.
Some pix from indoors before we set out on our Sunday adventure. I do some Scrabble with Esme. At last, I find something she'll do with me as part of my educate the kids current gig.
The Telford Steam Railway Museum Esme gets a bit scared here. Who can blame her, they are huge when you get up close, and the stink of old machine oil must be over powering her their noses.
We first take the model train railway, and pretend to be trains, going woo-woo, chuff-a-chuff, the whole bit, as we whizz around the tracks.
The view of the Severn's flood plain between Cressage and Buildwas. In the Autumn, I'll get some of the floods, it's an impressive contrast.
"So what becomes of you my love
When they have finally stripped you of
The handbags and the gladrags
That your poor old Grandad had to sweat to buy you"
I love this song. Always brings up the hairs on the back of my neck. I didn't realize that Rod Stewart did this first. The Stereophonics are from the same village in South Wales as me, about a mile or less up the road.
"A healthy immune system can enhance your resistance, but remember that sugar weakens your immune system so if someone in your house has a cold, stay away from sugar.
Dairy also increases mucous formation, so avoid dairy as much as possible. Herbs that promote sweating help the body rid the virus through the skin, so hot peppers, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and other warming herbs are helpful. Vitamin C, zinc lozenges, Echinacea and goldenseal are great, but I would certainly keep Kan Jang on hand."
I feel a bit better now the aspirins have kicked in. And I certainly had a sweat feast in bed last night. So did Bradley.
"Any form of hot drink will provide relief from the symptoms of sore throat and cough. The hot fluid has a demulcent and soothing action and tasty drinks containing slightly bitter flavours such as lemon and citric acid are particularly beneficial. Spicy foods and hot soups are also beneficial as they promote airway secretions which have a calmative action on an inflamed throat."
I've got a cold, so's Amanda, Bradley and Esme. And we're all in a bad mood too. Bugger. They can put men on the moon, but can't cure the common cold.
"SAT 17th MAY 2003 (1pm - 4pm)
"BLUES ON THE FARM"
Barleylands, Billericay, Essex"
This isn't me. A nice clean simple site, with plenty of info. Strange big world. Do a search for Steve Hooker in Google and he's been dogging me for two years now. Though I should confess to a little jealousy to his rock and roll pedigree.