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  1. 16 points
    I looked at the chulla Member offline tag today with great concern. Unfortunately my fears were confirmed. I did not know until today. Never knew his real name. The shock of learning about his death truly touched me. I always bottled out of meetings because I am innately shy, but I wish I had met him. I feel he would have made me welcome. I was often in Nottingham at the time of a meet but couldn't summon up the courage. Now an great opportunity has been missed. He always seemed to me to have a very incisive mind, and he knew what he was talking about too. Decent men are rare. I will miss his contributions to NS as he was very influential in many respects. Also, I wish his family peace following his demise, and I do hope that they find some comfort in knowing that he was respected by people he never knew in person.
  2. 9 points
    Had another smashing day here in Lytham St Annes. The weather couldn't be better, but today we have been like two 70odd year olds instead of youngs. We have cycled 113miles over the last 8 days, not a lot to some people, but to us rather plump, foodies, it has taken its toll. No cycling today, we decided to take it easy, wish we could say the same about the munching. The weather looks good for tomorrow, so we will probably be out early in the morning, I feel a 20miler coming on.
  3. 8 points
    What a day, it was the day that we took mum into care home. Started badly, when the carer came mum was still asleep so she left her for a while and tried to wake her again, she took her breakfast and she still wouldnt wake up. At this point I felt sure she was faking it. After 2 hours she was awake and refused her breakfast and tablets. Getting to the point she was cross because she had to go into care. I told her not to be so childish, then she said that if she was being childish I was to give her a dummy. However we took her this afternoon and she sulked all the way. I felt really cruel. After signing papers etc and putting her things away 3 nurses came in and asked her what she wanted to eat. " Fried fish , chips and mushy peas" she said. The nurses burst out laughing the ice was broken. I had to come home to fetch some more things and I found her a different person, she was calm. The home is only a few minutes away from us by car ( within walking distance but uphill all the way) so we can pop in easily. She will have physio twice a week so she seems quite happy ( for her anyway. As I was leaving my son and grandson came in so I think she will have more visitors there than she has at home. At the moment I feel deflated, my daughter got the evening off to stay with me so we got takeaway pizzas and a tray of pasticcini. Think we really deserved them!
  4. 8 points
    Returned home today from Blackpool. Had a smashing time with lovely weather. After an absence of 42 years not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, town center is a bit like the wild west but half a mile up the coast was excellent. Had a bus ride in Tuesday to Lytham St Annes thought we might bump into carni & Chris but after checking all the fish & chip shops & ice cream parlours they were not to be seen. Anyway will go back again hopefully . Proper trams. Never find a phone box when you want one then 8 turn up together.
  5. 8 points
    Mums birthday today 96. wished her happy birthday and she said 4 more to go before 100. Then asked what day it was. When I told her she said " thats my birthday, what day is it" Went to fetch her cake and some pasticcini and salatini to have a party later. Hope my husband or son remember to bring some spumante.
  6. 7 points
    Talking of age, the other day sat in the Sally Army cafe in Bulwell & got talking to a lady about Bulwell over the years & was amazed when she told me was past 100 years ! Cracking converstion from a dear old lady who still had all her marbles & had a beautiful complexion for one so old. Must be the Bulwell air !
  7. 7 points
    Party finished now the clearing up. Don't think mum noticed very much.
  8. 7 points
    Nottstalgian Trogg has asked me to post this on his behalf, nice one Trogg ! Nice find,lovely written tribute, thankyou Trogg.
  9. 7 points
    Permit moi to have a small boast. I passed the RoSPA advanced driving test today - at gold, the highest standard...
  10. 6 points
    Ive lived in many places.......but still have dreams of the house where i grew up.(probably twice a week) always nice dreams but make feel very 'Melancholic'' the next morning,,about 5 years ago visited my old friend and next door neighbour who still lives there,,,,looked over his garden fence onto my old garden,,very big garden and hardly changed, Saw the old brick wall,that i used to kick or bowl a ball at,,and in my minds eye could see all my old mates from the 50s,,and the big gate where Dad spent hours bowling me Spinners''....me Mam hanging out the washing,,Aunts and Uncles laughing with a drink on a summers evening,,the bedroom window where i sat playing my record player very loud with window open so Christine 3 doors away could hear it,,the same bedroom where i'd pretend i was Billy Fury using my Tennis Racket for a Guitar,,also recalled having a national dried milk can with a string connecting to Harry next doors bedroom,, ''Twang'' ''H'' Recieving,,come in ''H'' over,,............,, ah and so much more, Felt really sad after driving home,, is all this Nostalga really good for you ?
  11. 6 points
    Canning Circus was a very important thoroughfare in times gone by..a sandy climb up , what we now call Derby Rd. At midnight in the past ..this area was for burying suicides. No longer called Sandhills..some photos of times past.pre development..1956.clearance of area...1959.19th century dwellings on Cottage Terrace.1957..facing Boots Cash Chemist.Canning Terrace renovations..40 years ago.Almshousing...1978.Taken from Ilkeston rd.mid 80's alterations.Tramlines unearthed in 1983 at location.Sunday maintenance of lights..late 80's.
  12. 6 points
    Another stressful day at work today. Horrible to be stuck at work when the weather is so lovely! Hoping an internal transfer into a new role goes through smoothly at work. Currently at home (new home - not sure if I've told everyone that I've fled the nest, moved out and in with my partner) and just enjoyed a delicious steak dinner. Not looking forward to another early start tomorrow!
  13. 6 points
    They all went in a matter of seconds but there were only 9 of us.
  14. 5 points
    I love my nostalgic thoughts about my childhood, whether it is because I moved so far away from the place I grew up in I don't know, but not a day goes by that I don't wander off in my thought to myself as a child living in Hardys Drive. I feel as though I have been two people in my life. The one I am now and the person that lived in Gedling, who left all her friends, family, surroundings and basically everything, when I married. I do definitely feel as if I have been two people? No regrets, well perhaps a little one. I wish I could have bought mi mam and dad with me. I often research Hardys Drive, in fact I spent an hour looking at it last night, I found an advert for the house I grew up in, it was for sale, I think it was £179000, but it was a pit house or council house in those long ago years. The description of the bedrooms, took me back to my memories of going through one bedroom to get to the third one which was just big enough for a small bed, I was a mardy cat and wanted to be near mam and dad so they let me sleep in there sometimes. The shared courtyard was mentioned, oh I remember it well, with a bit of muck just outside our backdoor, which was the garden, made some lovely mud pies with cups and spoons. I'm sure mam would have washed them well before tea?I wonder if they have installed a bathroom these days, it was the tin bath and a dash across the yard for the toilets for us. I learnt something last night, I always wondered when those houses were built, well....it seems it was 1880, described as cottages. Please don't ask me where I was looking to find this information, chances are I will never find it again. I love my nostalgic moments in Hardys Drive, and I bet SueB48 will remember it well. I think I will have another look now, see what else I can find. Sorry for rambling. It's mi age ya know!!!
  15. 5 points
    Woke up to the news that we have a third Great Grandchild Boy 10 pm yesterday. Celebrations this evening It's just late enough to make a lot of noise outside - nailing a tin roof onto the new workshop.
  16. 5 points
    When I see old corpo buses in museums etc, I suddenly feel quite old ! Having driven most of em !
  17. 5 points
    Met Mrs PP there.....remember her skipping off the floor after a dance and I thought, hey! she's something special. Could not believe my luck when she asked me to dance for the ladies excuse me. She still maintains that she was heading for my mate but he dodged behind a pillar, so she had to ask me, to keep face. My mate was to become our best man a year later
  18. 5 points
    Saw this on another forum a couple of years ago and just rediscovered it whilst trying to sort out computer problems caused by Julie's windows 10 update. I'm on Windows 7 so I should have been safe but the W10 update stole some of my files and corrupted them (We're on a home network).... Anyrode-up miducks, It made me sit back and consider the meaning of friendship and loyalty: A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble... At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?' 'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked. Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up. 'The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked. 'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.' The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog. After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. 'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?' 'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.' 'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog. 'There should be a bowl by the pump.' They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.. 'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked. 'This is Heaven,' he answered. 'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.' 'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.' 'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?' 'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.
  19. 5 points
    Had a family of about 10 plonk themselves not 20 foot away from us on the beach, I'm now finding that Leeds/Wakefield/Barnley accent annoying not from the blokes it's the women, ones puffing on a vape tank the size of a packet of biscuits that's never left her hand, in the other hand her iPhone which she's now talking to her Mam back in the UK via video link, I'm surprised you can't hear her? Half sleeve of tattoos & three stone over weight ..... Broken Britain.
  20. 5 points
    Today's youngsters. Would they survive? A few days ago Severn Trent Water had a burst mains and our village was without water. PP up early as usual and gets 4 x 5 gal containers out of the cider shed ready for a trip to Town for water. Too early to knock up grandson next door so went to inspect the well and pump. Water 8' below ground and 18" deep. Just need some 20mm bore tubing for the pump. Went to see if grandson coming to Town with me to collect water. "Errrrm! wife got an appointment to get nails done" he said. "OK, are nails more important than fresh water"? I replied. Without hesitation he said "yes" .............he does have a turn of humour but.....? Lucky for him the water was on again before lunch.
  21. 5 points
    This does it for me, when cars were allowed in the tram track.Nice to see a bus crossing in front of the Council House. Were Farmers still going? I see Nat West is shut...must be after 3. Zodiacs had the vinyl roofs and star type hub caps?. Land Crab Austin..and those fold away rain bonnets. Transoms and putlogs seem well fitted..1972.
  22. 5 points
    A brilliant sunny day watched by thousands who obviously enjoyed it all,,to say nothing of the millions around the world, the country needs more feel good factors like that,, £32 million cheap at half the price, footballers earn more than that...........where i do agree catfan the country should be building council houses,never mind affordable homes where speculators rip the young off with exorbitant rents............ Thats OBSCENE...........
  23. 5 points
    Bus will be about 1954/5 registered. Photo is later than that. It'll be winter at about 11.25!
  24. 5 points
    Permit me KJ. The following was spoken by Dave Piggott at Dave Birch's funeral... DAVID BIRCH 1939 – 2018 David Birch was an aviation historian, “ par excellence “. Dave was a founder member of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust back in 1981 and he played an important and significant role in the activities of the Derby & Hucknall Branch throughout this time, being a member of our Executive Committee until very recently. Dave did not only work through the Trust, but was involved with many other aviation based organisations. For example he was a member and author for Air Britain in the UK and by the example he set was one of the inspirations that led to the Aircraft Engine Historical Society of America being set up. He had a cadre of contacts around the world who regularly either phoned or emailed him with their queries. Dave was born in Sherwood, Nottingham on 12 August 1939 and was educated at the William Crane Scool, Aspley, and like many boys of his generation was inspired by the things around him. The skies were full of exciting new military aeroplanes and impressive steam locomotives were criss-crossing the countryside. In 1955 , Dave joined Rolls-Royce at their Flight Test Centre at Hucknall Aerodrome as an apprentice. He worked as a skilled coppersmith and soon knew every nook and cranny of the site. In the late 1970s, when the Flight Test activities at Hucknall had been wound down, He joined Product Support in Derby, the organisation which looked after the Company’s engines out in service. Dave retired in 1995 completing 40 years service with the Company. Dave must have been born with a way with words, as he soon started writing about aeroplanes as he wished to share his enthusiasm with others. He became established as an author with organisations such as Air Britain. As soon as our Trust came into existence, Dave began collecting historic Rols-Royce documents and formed an archive in the cellars in the Main Works in Nightingale Road, Derby. This was research material for his writings. Our first Branch magazine, The Archive, soon appeared full of interesting articles to be circulated to our growing membership. Dave was a detailed and tenacious researcher, he knew what he wanted and did not give up until he had found it. Not only did he research and write the articles, but he also type set them. It was a bit of a “ Forth Bridge Job “ as he insisted doing it all himself and produced three or four 64 page editions each year. Slowly other members offered articles for inclusion and if they came up to Dave’s high standards, he would include them. When the printing process went digital, the wife of a member who had professional experience, assisted by taking over the type setting duties. In all, a total of 94 magazines were published until the Trust’s all branch Journal replaced our branch edition. I often think, it was a pity Dave was denied his century! Never the less, Dave continued to be a major contributor to the Journal. Dave authored many books for the Trust including books on the Handley Page Halifax, the Rolls-Royce Crecy and the Meteor tank engines, armaments. Probably his two masterpieces were his book on Rolls-Royce and the Mustang and his life’s work, the History of Hucknall the latter being published just last year. I know that the Hucknall volume gave him great satisfaction and sense of achievement, especially in that it received some excellent reviews from places that Dave held in high regard. To recognise all Dave’s achievements with his pen, in late 2016 the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation presented Dave, in front of all his peers, with their Gold Medal. There are many other stories that I could recount after over 35 years of association and friendship with Dave, but all good things come to an end. Dave, well done, you will be sorely missed for all your achievements and wise counsel, rest in peace. Dave Piggott 4 April 2018
  25. 5 points
    Really enjoying watching the Royal Wedding, now that everyone has stopped discussing what everyone is wearing and who the designers are! But why does Victoria Beckham always look so miserable, I wonder... Loved the address by Bishop Michael which was all about love and how it can change the world - so refreshing to hear someone speaking so informally and from the heart - the Gospel choir singing 'Stand by me' was such a good choice, too. I thought the whole marriage service was very uplifting - a breath of fresh air! I hope Meghan and Harry will live happy and fulfilled lives and continue to bring hope and joy to places where there is very little.
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