Nostalgia

On This Day, 5th May: Upton Park Swansongs for Brady & Tevez

West Ham 4-0 Wolves, 5th May 1990

Saturday 5th May 1990, exactly 30 years ago today – eleven days before the deaths of American entertainers Sammy Davis Jr and Jim Henson, Madonna was number one with ‘Vogue’ and Look Who’s Talking topped the UK box office as West Ham United rounded off the 1989/90 season with a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 22,509 at the Boleyn Ground.

The pre-match presentations for this final game of the campaign saw Trevor Morley voted in third place of the Hammer of the Year running, with Stuart Slater runner-up and captain Julian Dicks claiming the award for the first time. Liam Brady was also recognised by chairman Martin Cearns before the last game of a career which had taken in Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Inter Milan, Ascoli and, since March 1987, West Ham United. He had also won 72 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

The Hammers opened the scoring in the 18th minute – a move involving Steve Potts, Stuart Slater, Martin Allen and Kevin Keen ended with Allen dinking in a cross from the right for Keen to nod home a brave diving header against the club he would go on to join three years later. It was Keen’s 13th goal of the season. The Irons doubled their advantage six minutes before half-time – another move down the right involved Keen, Potts and Stewart Robson with Potts evading a two-footed lunge to cross for Morley (pictured below) to net a second diving header of the afternoon and his tenth of the campaign.

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The second half saw the Hammers’ ex-Arsenal midfield men come to the fore. First Robson broke from midfield to fire in the third with a blistering strike into the far corner from distance just two minutes after the interval – it was his only goal of an injury-hit campaign. Then, right at the end of the game, substitute Brady picked up the ball after good work from Tony Gale and a neat pass from Robson, and advanced to the edge of the Wolves penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable drive to bring down the curtain appropriately on a superb career. He was engulfed by delirious supporters in the then-customary end-of-season pitch invasion. My video below shows the presentations and goals from this game, as well as an interview with manager Billy Bonds.

Bonds’ Hammers would finish the 1989/90 Second Division season in seventh place, with Wolves ending up in tenth position. Leeds topped the Second Division, Liverpool won the title and Manchester United won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Ludek Miklosko, Steve Potts, Colin Foster, Tony Gale, Julian Dicks, Kevin Keen (Liam Brady), Martin Allen, Stewart Robson, Stuart Slater, Trevor Morley (Jimmy Quinn), Leroy Rosenior.

West Ham 3-1 Bolton, 5th May 2007

5th May 2007, exactly 13 years ago today: West Ham met Bolton at the Boleyn Ground, Beyonce featuring Shakira was number one with ‘Beautiful Liar’ and Next topped the UK box office.

Future Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had just left Bolton, leaving Sammy Lee to take charge of his first match for the Trotters. Jussi Jaaskelainen and Kevin Nolan were both in Lee’s starting line-up and would of course go on to represent West Ham later in their careers, while future Hammer Ricardo Vaz Te would also make an appearance from the bench.

The Hammers started brightly in front of a crowd of 34,404, with Hammer of the Year Carlos Tevez curling home a delightful free-kick after just nine minutes. It was 2-0 just over ten minutes later when Mark Noble released Luis Boa Morte who squared unselfishly for Tevez to tap home his second and send Upton Park into raptures. The Argentine then delivered a perfect cross to the back post for the onrushing Noble to thunder home a volley beyond the aforementioned Jaaskelainen to put the Irons three up with less than half an hour played. Tevez is pictured below, celebrating his second goal.

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The second half saw Bolton score a consolation when the late Gary Speed beat Robert Green with a left-foot shot in the 67th minute. It was a third successive win for the Hammers and took them out of the relegation zone for the first time since December; the goals from this match can be viewed on the WHTID social media pages. The Irons went on to secure their survival with a victory at Old Trafford against champions Manchester United the following weekend.

Alan Curbishley’s Hammers went on to finish the 2006/07 season in 15th place, while Bolton ended up seventh. Bobby Zamora would end the campaign as the Irons’ top goalscorer with 11 goals from 37 appearances. Tevez was voted Hammer of the Year with Zamora runner-up. Manchester United won the First Division title and Chelsea won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Robert Green, Lucas Neill, Anton Ferdinand, James Collins, George McCartney, Yossi Benayoun, Nigel Reo-Coker (Hayden Mullins), Mark Noble, Luis Boa Morte (Jonathan Spector), Carlos Tevez, Bobby Zamora (Marlon Harewood).

Bolton Wanderers: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Ivan Campo, Abdoulaye Meite, Lubomir Michalik, Ricardo Gardner (Stelios Giannakopoulos), David Thompson (James Sinclair), Gary Speed, Andranik Teymourian (Ricardo Vaz Te), Kevin Nolan, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Davies.


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Through the Lens: Photographs From The Past Part 6: European Cup Winners Cup 1965

Following on from their FA Cup victory against Preston North End, Greenwood’s West Ham United entered the European Cup Winners Cup. The competition was relatively young having started in 1960/61, and it was the perfect opportunity for Greenwood to pit his team against some of the best teams in Europe. How would Greenwood’s team playing ‘the West Ham way’ do against European opposition?

In the first round the Hammers played La Gantoise of Belgium in Ghent and came up against a team who sat back to frustrate West Ham’s more free flowing football style. But, Boyce secured a vital away victory with an early goal in the second half. La Gantoise continued their defensive play in the second leg and managed to take the lead after Martin Peters put the ball into his own net. Johnny Byrne scored the equaliser just before half time and the Hammers progressed after a 1-1 draw securing a 2-1 aggregate advantage.

The second round saw the Hammers drawn against Sparta Prague, without captain Bobby Moore who was recovering from a groin injury. Prague stifled the Hammers with their man marking but John Bonds 25 yard strike eased the team into playing their natural game to see the first leg through 2-0 after Sealey got himself onto the score sheet.

In the second leg Sparta, who were league leaders, pushed forward forcing West Ham back in the early stages of the match, but the Hammers caught their hosts on the break and Johnny Sissons put them ahead. Sparta did not give up and continued to push forward, managing to get a disputed penalty saved by Jim Standen and scoring 2 goals to leave a tense finish to the tie.

Moore returned for the knockout stages of the competition against Lausanne of Switzerland, full of international players and Greenwood looked forward to the opportunity to pit his team against what was pretty much the Swiss national side. Injury to Eddie Bovington lead to the selection of Dears, who retained his place for the rest of the season. Dear put the Hammers 1-0 up on the 21st minute and a Byrne solo effort doubled their lead. Robert Hosp gave the hosts some hope going into the second leg at Upton Park.

The second leg saw both teams come out of the blocks as West Ham tried to finish the game off and Sparta looking to get back into the tie. And indeed they did when Kerkoff headed in the equaliser to leave the game nervously poised. The Hammers lead was restored when Eli Tacchella scored an own goal. The Swiss were not going to give and on 49th minute when Hertig scored leaving the Hammers to soak up the pressure.

Peters made it 3-2 on the hour with a header to send the crowd roaring but the tie was still to play out. Eschmann’s over head kick put the Swiss back in the match until Dear finally settled the match a minute before the final whistle. The game was finally over and will live long in the memories of those who watched such an amazing and exhilarating match, even for the neutral observer.

West Ham played Real Zaragoza of Spain in the next round, already the holders of the Inter Cities Fair Cup and having found the net 15 times in the competition so far. The first leg was at Upton Park, with Dear and Byrne putting the Hammers 2-0 before the visitors grabbed an away goal through Brazilian Canario. Would this be enough for West Ham to secure a win on the away leg?

Sealey replaced Byrne, who picked up an injury playing in the England-Scotland match. Byrne had been a crucial player in the cup run so far. Zargoza’s pressure, despite West Ham defending well could not stop Lapetra scoring an important goal that left the tie level at 2-2. West Ham managed to come through the match and secure a 3-2 aggregate win when Johnny Sessions scored to equal the tie and set up the final at Wembley to meet 1860 Munich.

In a pulsating final, with both teams going close as play went from end to end, the first half ended 0-0, but did not lack any entertainment and produced an exciting match. There was still much to play for in the second half. But Sealey was to write his name in the history books of West Ham with two goals that put the game beyond their opponents. Ronnie Boyce perfect pass set up Sealey for his first goal and two minutes later another from a Moore pass that hit Peters and fell to Sealey to win the Cup for the Hammers.

The photo shows Sealey slotting the ball home at close range. I love this photo, the composition is excellent and it has all the key elements to capture a moment that will live long in memory. The depth fo field really helps to focus on Sealey as your eye is led into the frame from the byline and then you notice the details – the tufts of grass around the players feet, the packed crowd behind in the stands and the concentration on Sealy’s face as the white blur of the ball heads towards the back of the net. Its a classic photographic composition that as a photographer you’d be ready to shot and would have set up and shot loads of times during the game hoping to catch a telling shot or save.

Sadly for Sealey, a broken leg suffered from an accident at the training grounds meant he was restricted to playing just five more times for West Ham before moving to Plymouth Argile in 1967. Sealy passed away in 1996 aged just 53.


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In Focus: Robert Snodgrass

Born in Glasgow on 7th September 1987, Snodgrass joined West Ham United in January 2017 on a 3 1/2 year deal for a fee of £10.2m. Robert extended his contract before the start of the season until the summer of 2021.

Robert began his professional career at Livingstone and has had spells at Stirling Albion before moving to Leeds United winning promotion to the Championship in 2010. He has also played for Norwich City and Hull City and rose up through the Scottish national side through the under-19, under-20 and under-21 side before joining the full international squad. Snodgrass missed the whole UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after suffering a kneecap injury but returned in a friendly against Czech Republic in March 2016 and also scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win against Malta during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. Robert retired from international duty in October 2019 having scored 7 goals in 28 caps.

Snodgrass spent most of the 2017/18 season on loan at Aston Villa in Championship, scoring 7 goals and providing 14 assists and being part of the team that won a play off final place after beating Middlesborough in the two legged semi final. But Villa failed to win promotion to the Premier League after losing 0-1 to Fulham in the final.

Snodgrass returned to West Ham the following season, scoring his first two goals in the EFL Cup match against Macclesfield on 26th September 2018. He has made 29 appearances in all competitions this season scoring 5 goals – including a brace in that memorable home match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 1st February 2020.

In March 2019 Snodgrass was charged by the FA for allegedly abusing anti-doping officials who attended the clubs training ground to conduct out of competition testing on 6th February 2019. Snodgrass received a fine of £30k and served out a one match ban.

Snodgrass is a versatile player capable of playing across the midfield and delivering vital crosses into the box from the flanks, particularly with his left foot and from corners and free kicks. With a passing accuracy of 77.8% and averaging 21 passes per game, Snodgrass has hit form this season and is certainly a grafter on the pitch and rumour has it Moyes is looking to extend his contract for another year. A very different story to when Robert was told he could either leave the club or go out on loan in 2017.

Snodgrass is a hard working player who for me puts in a shift whenever he is on the field. There was a time at the start of his West Ham career when he seemed to struggle on the pitch and criticism was focused on whether he is at the right level in the Premier League. When he was on loan at Villa people said that the Championship was probably his level. For me, over the last two seasons you can see his resurgence and commitment to the team and desire to win, whether he starts or comes on as a substitute. I believe he has become an important player for us and extending his contract could be good business for the club at the moment.


Nostalgia

On This Day, 2nd May: Cup Final Delight, Survival Secured & Frank's Farewell Hat-Trick

West Ham 3-2 Preston, FA Cup Final, 2nd May 1964

West Ham United met Preston North End in the FA Cup Final in front of 100,000 at Wembley exactly 56 years ago today, on the 2nd May 1964. The Searchers were number one with ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’, and Harry H. Corbett, Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker and Richard Briers were in UK cinemas in the Galton and Simpson comedy The Bargee. The First Division Hammers emerged victorious against the Second Division Lilywhites with a 3-2 win. Preston had beaten Nottingham Forest, Bolton, Carlisle, Oxford and Swansea on their way to the final, while West Ham’s run to Wembley had seen them knock out Charlton, Leyton Orient, Swindon, Burnley and Manchester United.

Jimmy Milne’s underdogs took the lead after ten minutes when Jim Standen failed to hold a shot and outside-left Doug Holden beat John Bond to bundle home the loose ball. Johnny Sissons, the youngest player in the Hammers’ line-up at just 18, equalised just a minute later, shooting left-footed beyond Alan Kelly. Irish international Kelly had a son, Gary, who would later have a loan spell at West Ham as emergency goalkeeper cover in 1994, although he never played a first-team match for the Hammers. His other son, Alan Junior (another goalkeeper), played for Preston and Sheffield United and also represented the Republic of Ireland. Preston regained the lead in the match five minutes before half-time when Alex Dawson headed home from a corner.

Ron Greenwood’s Hammers were level within seven minutes of the start of the second half – Peter Brabrook’s corner was helped on by the head of Ken Brown and found Geoff Hurst whose header struck the underside of the bar before finding the net via the luckless Kelly. The favourites took the crucial lead in the dying seconds of the game when Peter Brabrook’s cross from the right was nodded home by Ronnie Boyce to claim West Ham United’s first peacetime FA Cup. Bobby Moore walked up the 39 steps for the first of three occasions in three consecutive years to collect the trophy.

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Preston’s Howard Kendall became the youngest player to play in a Wembley FA Cup Final, aged 17 years and 345 days. He retained this record until 1980 when, ironically, West Ham’s Paul Allen played in that year’s final at the age of 17 years and 256 days. Seven of the Hammers XI that day are still with us, although only three of the Preston line-up – Dave Wilson and goalscorers Holden and Dawson – are still alive today.

West Ham United: Jim Standen, John Bond, Ken Brown, Bobby Moore, Jack Burkett, Peter Brabrook, Eddie Bovington, Ronnie Boyce, Johnny Sissons, Johnny ‘Budgie’ Byrne, Geoff Hurst.

Preston North End: Alan Kelly, George Ross, Jim Smith, Nobby Lawton, Tony Singleton, Howard Kendall, Dave Wilson, Alec Ashworth, Alex Dawson, Alan Spavin, Doug Holden.

As an added bonus, I found this incredible colour footage of the bus parade, which is well worth a look:

West Ham 4-1 Chelsea, 2nd May 1988

2nd May 1988 – with S-Express at number one with ‘Theme from S-Express’ and Wall Street in UK cinemas, West Ham United met Chelsea for the final game at Upton Park of the 1987/88 season in front of 28,521.

Prior to kick-off, Stewart Robson was named Hammer of the Year, with Billy Bonds runner-up. The Irons, needing a win to secure top flight survival, broke the deadlock in the 16th minute – Mark Ward found Leroy Rosenior (pictured) who swivelled and fired beyond Kevin Hitchcock from just inside the area. The pair were involved again for the second goal 20 minutes later, Ward producing excellent work in his own half before sending Rosenior clear with a delightful ball in behind the Chelsea rearguard, the striker slotting past Hitchcock to double the lead.

Hammers defender Paul Hilton scored the third on 57 minutes after Tony Dorigo had blocked Rosenior’s header following Tony Gale’s flick-on from a corner. Rosenior turned from hero to villain when he lashed out at future West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke and was sent off. Substitute Colin West reduced the arrears for Chelsea from a corner but Tony Cottee restored the three-goal advantage, making it 4-1 with a late header from a Ward cross. Cottee would be the club’s top scorer in 1987/88 with 15 goals from 44 matches. The goals, and end-of-season presentations, can be viewed in my video below.

The Hammers would finish 16th in 1987/88 while Chelsea would finish 18th. Liverpool won the league title and Wimbledon won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Tom McAlister, Steve Potts, Paul Hilton, Tony Gale, Julian Dicks, Mark Ward, Stewart Robson, Alan Dickens, George Parris, Leroy Rosenior, Tony Cottee.

Chelsea: Kevin Hitchcock, Gareth Hall, Steve Clarke, Steve Wicks, Tony Dorigo, John Bumstead, Micky Hazard (Colin West), Joe McLaughlin, Pat Nevin, Gordon Durie, Kerry Dixon.

West Ham 3-0 Nottingham Forest, 2nd May 1992

Finally today we travel back exactly 28 years, to the 2nd May 1992 – The Hand That Rocks the Cradle topped the UK box office, KWS were number one with ‘Please Don’t Go/Game Boy’ and UEFA awarded the 1996 European Championships to England three days later. Already-relegated West Ham United, meanwhile, secured a 3-0 victory over Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest in front of 20,629 at Upton Park.

Stuart Slater was in the West Ham side to make his 179th and final appearance for the club before moving to Celtic; Dean Martin made his only start for the club in what was to be his third and final appearance in claret and blue. Des Walker was playing his last game for the visitors before a summer move to Sampdoria – he would return to the City Ground later in his career.

The first half ended goalless and few could have anticipated the second 45 minutes that were to follow. Frank McAvennie had been named on the bench by manager Billy Bonds and was to leave the club on a free transfer that summer; with no sign that Bonds was going to put the Scottish striker on, midfielder Mitchell Thomas faked an injury at half-time and McAvennie replaced him. The 31-year-old marked his 190th and final appearance in claret and blue by scoring a second-half hat-trick, the only treble he scored in his two spells with the club. His first came when he latched on to Steve Potts’ lofted pass forward, controlled with his right foot before slamming home with his left. His second was a tap-in after a Mike Small pass and his third was a well-taken effort with his left foot after he’d controlled a long pass forward from Julian Dicks with his chest. McAvennie joined Aston Villa and enjoyed a brief spell with them in the first season of the Premier League.

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The Hammers ended up bottom and were relegated at the end of the 1991/92 season; Forest finished in eighth position. Dicks was voted Hammer of the Year for the second time, with Potts runner-up. Small was leading scorer with 18 goals in 51 matches, Leeds were First Division champions and Liverpool won the FA Cup.

West Ham United: Ludek Miklosko, Steve Potts, Tony Gale, Alvin Martin, Julian Dicks, Martin Allen, Mitchell Thomas (Frank McAvennie), Ian Bishop, Stuart Slater, Dean Martin, Mike Small.


Talking Point

Lockdown 2 - The Sequel

Do you know what the most important law in the world is? Murphy’s law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. This accurately predicts what is happening currently.

What’s happened to Greta? We haven’t heard from her in a while. The climate change protesters laid their bodies across roads to stop the economy. Well, now they must be in climate changers’ heaven. The world’s economy has stopped. Millions will be unemployed and another few million will die of hunger. They got what they wanted – a clean world and fewer people. Who would have thought? Anyway, we won’t be seeing them for a few years.

How to get yourself in a mess during a lockdown? My youngest son ordered a takeaway curry for his family. My grandson had a chicken korma, which he didn’t finish. So, the next day, he heated up the leftovers in the microwave for lunch and went for a sleep. The next incident was my son heard a thump from above and called my daughter-in-law to have a look (he is too lazy to climb the stairs). She found my grandson had fallen out of bed and could hardly talk or move. Then, he started throwing up profusely. They called an ambulance which arrived in two minutes – this must be a record and he was taken to hospital. The first I knew of it was when my grandson Whatsuped me, looking very spritely and proud he was in an hospital bed. Alls well that ends well. He won’t be having curry – ever.

We live in this bizarre world where Sir Richard Branson is asking for financial assistance. I have this morbid theory. In reality, I died sometime in March and my spirit has created this world in which I have to exist in. Is it hell or is it heaven? Funnily enough I watching the setries DEVS on BBC and this is actually the plot(almost).

As part of my daily exercise, I wheeled out my bike, blew up the tyres and gave it a good oiling. I decided to practice in the side roads opposite my house. What’s the expression – ‘It’s like riding a bike.’ Getting on a bike after a couple of years certainly isn’t. Getting on the bike was a bit like getting on a horse and I wobbled a bit as I rode off. I came to a steep hill and I was determined to get to the top. I didn’t. I ended up sitting on someone’s front garden wall trying to get my breath back. During my ten minute recuperation, I had to weigh the positives and negative. The positive was that I would become the fittest person to ever come out of lockdown. My figure would reduce from that of a German businessman’s to someone who resembled a stick insect. On the negative side, I would have a massive heart attack, wobble into a pantechnicon or fall off and break my wrist or ankle. No one would come near me to give me the kiss of life, as this has been prohibited under the Government lockdown rules.

This reminds me of the story of the young and beautiful Queen Sunandha of Thailand , or Siam as it then was in 1860, who drowned because the law forbade anyone to touch her on pain of death. I suppose the royal family could afford to lose her as her father, King Mongkut had 82 children. She and her ten-year old son were crossing the Chao Phraya river in a separate boat, as nobody was allowed near them. Unfortunately, there was a strong current and the boat overturned. The guards in other boats watched as they drowned, afraid to break the law.

Gradually, we’re going to get sick of Netflix and reading and start our own creative efforts. After all, I’m writing this, my wife is painting pictures and my son is writing songs. Multiply that a billion times and we’re going to have a Coronavirus Renaissance. People will discover, you don’t need Versace printed on your t-shirt or fancy jewellery, or fast motor vehicles or even holidays when you are stuck at home. Make up and botox are out the window. File your own nails and do your own hair. We are learning it was all vanity, vanity, vanity.

After the fiasco with my bike, I’ve taken to walking through the forest with my daughter. I like to have a short rest on one of the benches on the footpath. My daughter stands lookout, in case there are some armed police hiding in the bushes.

I’ve been following the excellent advice of Donald Trump to ward off Coved-19. So far, I have been taking the malaria pills I have left over from a holiday to Africa, sleep at night under a UV lamp. Today, I started injecting myself with Dettol. I feel a bit light headed but incredibly clean.

I think the Royals are so wonderful. They really lift the spirit of the nation. It brought a tear to my eye watching the pictures of Prince Andrew helping to pack food parcels. He really cares for the vulnerable, particularly young women.

I’ve just worked out what the statistics mean because at the moment the infection rate is level rather than dropping, even though we have been in lockdown for five weeks. Anyone in lockdown is not going to catch the virus. So, in the main, the people who are catching it and being tested are the health workers and their families. The NHS employs 1.5 million people. Add care workers and families, so there must be at least six million people liable to be exposed to the virus. 5000 a day are catching the virus, so that would make 5 years before they all have antibodies and the rest of us can be released from lockdown. The 1918 pandemic went on for two years, but the world population was only 1.8 billion then.

And the WHO states that catching the virus does not give a person immunity, so, it’s a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. Once you think you get to the end, you have to start all over again (or Groundhog Day)

Kim Jon Un apparently is in a coma or dead. No doubt some mad general will take over and push the red button. That will be one way of getting rid of the virus. Donald Trump will state that fallout is an excellent way of eliminating the virus.

As the Queen has no one around her any longer, I am told she has to make her own tea. Apparently, she has never heard of tea bags, so she makes it in the old fashioned way. Plates of food , which have been blasted with uranium to eliminate any virus, are left outside her door, with a tin of dog food for her favourite corgi who is with her. However, her aides are afraid that at 94, she might mix things up, so they leave a note on top of the food ,’This is for you’ and ‘This is for your dog’.

Sales of food and drink have shot up by 31%. So, we’re all going down in style. I’m not sure if the figures include Northern Ireland, as wakes are no longer allowed.
I understand when the new rules about flying come into effect, you will have to spend two weeks in self isolation when you go anywhere and two weeks in self isolation when you get back. So, in order to have two weeks on a beach in a sunny climate, you’ll have to take six weeks off work.

We are experiencing such wonderful blue skies. Isn’t the world going to be such a beautiful place when humanity is extinct? Greta must be thrilled at the prospect.

We are now reaching the point where a lot of men haven’t cut their hair or shaved for six weeks. The caveman look is back. Soon, we won’t be using deodorants to save the ozone layer and not bathing to preserve the water supply.When we come out of lockdown, you won’t need social distancing and people won’t want to come near us anyway.

Finally, I’d like to share a joke with you. I was Skyping my eleven year old grandson and I told him to tell me a joke. He looked one up , ‘What did the pirate do when his parrot bit off his penis? Got himself a woodpecker?’ I laughed even more when he asked me to explain it.


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