Friday, November 04, 2011


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Man Flu !!!

1. Man-Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact*.*(Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

2. Man-Flu is not 'just a cold'. It is a condition so severe that the germs from a single Man-Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys too.

3. Women do not contract Man-Flu. At worst they suffer from what is medically recognised as a 'Mild Girly Sniffle' - which, if a man caught, he would still be able to run, throw a ball, tear the phone book in half and compete in all other kinds of manly activities.

4. Men do not 'moan' when they have Man-Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

5. Full recovery from Man-Flu will take place much quicker if their simple requests for care, sympathy, soup and regular exposure of womanly parts are met. Is that really so much to ask? Florence Nightingale would have done it.

6. More men die each year from MFN (Man-Flu Neglect) than lots and lots of other things. (Like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

7. Men suffering from Man-Flu want nothing more than to get out of bed and come to work, but they are too selfless to risk spreading this awful condition amongst their friends and colleagues. In this sense, they are the greatest heroes this country has ever known.

8. In 1982 scientists managed to simulate the agonising symptoms of full blown Man-Flu in a female chimp. She became so ill that her head literally fell off.

9. Man-Flu germs are more powerful than He-Man, The Thundercats and The A-Team combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting 'lady medicines' like Lemsip, so don't bother trying to force them on a victim of Man-Flu.

10. While it may seem like a Man-Flu sufferer is just lying around enjoying a football show on television, it is a commonly recognised medical fact that the exact pitch and frequency of the commentator’s voice has remarkable soothing powers.

Every minute in this country one man is struck down by Man-Flu. Women, all we ask is that each of you offers them soup, some kind words and your undivided attention and care. Then maybe, just maybe, we'll beat this monstrous disease together.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Family History Resource Disk ...

I am at present producing a disk of all my family history links which I have gathered over the last ten years.

I am also putting in information on how to go about your search for ralatives.

Hopefully, it will be finished in the next month.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

We said a little prayer today.

We said a little prayer today
A prayer for mates who died
And no one here’s ashamed to say
There’s been some tears we’ve cried
For good mates full of zest for life
Cut down while in their prime
Amid the war’s furore and strife
Now gone before their time
We said a little prayer today
For all their families
And asking Lord for strength that they
Can bear their sadness, please!
For Parents who have lost a son
And Kids who lost their dad
And wives who’ve lost beloved ones
So tragic Lord, so sad.
We said a little prayer today
For strength and courage for
The mates and colleagues who must stay
Away to fight this war
We’re sure they’re sad to lose their friends
So help them bear the strain
That when one day this fighting ends
This cost won’t be in vain
We said a little prayer today
For those who sacrifice
Their lives in service in the fray
To pay our freedom’s price
O help us God to realise
As tears flow for the lost
Our Peace and freedom is the prize
That’s won at such a cost

Jim Cosgrove 2010