Monthly Archives: August 2016

Final Tally

So that’s it then. The Olympics are over for another four years.Podium A fantastic performance from Team GB. Can’t wait for Tokyo….but wait….news just coming in from Rio…..Beryl has finally learnt to fly…up up and away. At least her shadow makes her look like an Eagle coming in to land.

070422-N-5215E-003 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 22, 2007) - A Special Olympics athlete participates in the long jump at the Naval Academy. This was the 39th year the Academy hosted the event, which drew 175 athletes from the surrounding area for two days of aquatics and track and field competition. More than 300 Midshipmen, active duty service members, and Annapolis-area high school students volunteered as event staff and athlete escorts for the event. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew A. Ebarb (RELEASED)

Emergency Butterfly Valve Repair

StrippedAt 2.00pm yesterday, this butterfly valve was on our customer’s production line. The seal failed and the line went down. Our Production Team (partially viewed above, he’s shy!!….not!!) dropped everything and stayed late last night to strip it down.

Here’s Beryl amongst the debris at 7.00 this morning. With Beryl

We re-started work on it first thing  and by 9.30 it was was curing and awaiting finishing.


Ready for dispatch and back with a very satisfied customer by 11.30.

Job well doneFinished

Thanks to everyone involved who made it happen.

Beryl faces eviction

Following recent stories of a lively nightlife in Rio, Beryl decided to try one of the local tapas bars. Unfortunately, she forgot to take her purse (well where would she keep it?) and the Spanish Bouncer throws her on to the street.

ATHENS - AUGUST 23:  David Gomez of Spain competes in the shot put discipline of the men's decathlon on August 23, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in the Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Gomez

“No, I’m not paying your bar bill, now get out!!”

Someone then suggested she should in future always keep a ‘flexible friend’ with her, but I’m not sure she has the right idea


To cap it all, she spent the rest of the evening chatting up the USA basketball team, but just gets dumped!!

Basketball 2

Wonderful Wednesday

Another good day for Team GB. The Hockey Women guaranteed a medal by beating The Black Sticks (sounds like an old Led Zeppelin song), Sailing’s Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have been frustrated by a lack of wind or the wrong kind of wind or something, but will pick up Gold today whatever blows. And Charlie Hull made a solid start in the women’s golf.

Meanwhile, back at the Avian Olympics, Beryl has been investigating more ways to improve her flying skills.

Speed is of the essence here, but the flights are short, and this isn’t the kind of website that promotes a smack on the posterior with a table tennis bat. This guy is having waaaay to much fun.

Table Tennis II

Slightly longer journeys are achieved by the Water Polo Team. However, being launched from the deep end to the shallow end and back again wears thin after a while, and she really wasn’t keen on the fashion….those hats?!! Make you look like an anorexic Telly Tubby.

Water Polo II

Now this is more like it. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Germany's Betty Heidler hurls the hammer during the Women's Hammer competition at the ISTAF Athletics Meeting in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

To you…to me…to you…to me

I heard a great stat this morning on #bbcolympicbreakfast ….If Jason Kenny and Laura Trot where a country, they would be 13th on the medal table this morning. But as we finally get another burst of summertime, Beryl takes to the beach for a bit of volleyball. She is determined to get airborne but I’m not sure if this is quite the answer.volleyball

Catch up from the weekend.

It’s been such a hectic weekend of sport for Beryl that she neglected to fill you in on some of the key events that happened in Rio.

Golf was on the menu for the first time in 112 years. Former player turned commentator Beryla Sorenstam, tried to get a little too close to the action and scored a Birdie she hadn’t bargained for.

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Birdie II

Meanwhile Orvilla Greenduck (Here shown in her away-kit of yellow with contrasting red piping), a distant relation, still labouring under the misapprehension that she could fly, has taken to trampolining to get airborne. Can she succeed?…’course she can!

Air shot … Georgia's Luba Golovina performs during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Marvellous Monday

Beryl du Kling jumps another clear round in the Prancing to Music for Avian Equestrians. More complicated than dressage, this actually involves an element of sport as opposed to just showing off. At least Aggers seemed to enjoy it (Don’t get me started…)

Show jumping