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  1. 5 points
    It gets better. Elizabethan restaurant in colour! Just found this http://wayneburrowsnc.wordpress.com/lost-city/#jp-carousel-410 http://wayneburrowsnc.wordpress.com/lost-city/ There's some brilliant ads for Nottingham shops from the 60's on this site.
  2. 3 points
    Radfordred. Sydney Pearson Hill was my grandfather and like you say an old boy. He was Sherriff of Nottm in 1959, Lord Mayor in 1961, BEM in 1963 and later on knighted. Not bad for a person born out of wedlock and later became an engine driver. He died of multiple cancer in 1968. Not everyone agreed with all his politics and I was one of them, but he was a gentleman and was a true Labour Alderman - there for the people of Nottingham. Not like the present self-serving bunch of Richard Heads.
  3. 2 points
    The rest of the parts were transported to a secret location yesterday. I went there in the evening to meet the group and start to divvi up who will do what. I brought the control panel, the mechanical plate (with the clockwork on it), two of the motors and a gearbox back with me. There is a gearbox (worm and wheel type) that drives the petals with a bung on the side that says "oil level". This wouldn't have been accessible in-situ. Thought I'd better check the level....... are you ahead of me?.........dry as a bone. Luckily it only runs for around seven seconds eight times an hour so I think it's OK. I also need to swap a couple of bearings on the con-rod and do a bit of de-gunking. The main task for me is to sort out that missing motor/gearbox/shaft/pulley. Before I can spec. the parts, we need to sort out the shaft for the main cobweb water wheel. It is clear now that the housing with two bearings in plummer blocks is not original so we have to cut that off and weld a tube on instead then decide whether it ought to have plain sleeve bearings or maybe needle roller bearings. Once that's sorted I'll have a better idea of the relative distance from drive shaft to wheel shaft. That determines the size of the drive pulley, which then determines the speed of the drive shaft. The motor gearbox is available in a range of different speeds. I've figured that the wheel needs to turn at around 5RPM. That's all for now, Engineer
  4. 2 points
    Surely you don't make her sit in the freezer to eat her tea?
  5. 2 points
    Until I saw the Comet speakers I thought I might have sold you that system in the 70's lol. I used to work at Laskys on lower parliament st, next door to the Miltons Head pub and the Golden Egg cafe. My first system was a Yamaha Sa600 amp, Technics Sl2000 turntable with shure M95ed cartridge and Ambassador speakers which I soon upgraded to Kef caprice 2's I also had an Audiotronic dolby cassette deck (Lasky's own cost £39) oh and a pair of Sennheiser HD424 headphones. I remember selling Kid Jenson a pair of Koss headphones when he left radio trent to join Radio 1. He had to provide his own headphones apparently.
  6. 2 points
    I remember peoples houses where they had newspaper for a table cloth, lard, sauce,stained tea cups on the table ,lino ,no carpets i knew kids that had nits fleas there was hard times for some ,i knew kids whose parents were alcoholics,and housework and laundry were not a priority,teachers thought such kids were scum and rarely sympahthetic. Kids grand parents had it even harder, these tv programmes never mentioned what some of these people had gone through during war years, either direcly or because of .Forign hardships were different they endured horrible hardships, but a lot of ordinary folk had gone through hell and never ask for or got sympathy. I think as kids you did notice that some people tried to speak posh to anyone who was seen as being official , including doctors and solicitors etc,and possibly those being interviewed are an example.
  7. 2 points
    I think this topic is going rapidly down the pan...
  8. 1 point
    I recommend this to those who have not yet seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK-cSNAas2k
  9. 1 point
    Forgive me and point me in the right direction if this is discussed somewhere. I've been trawling the threads but can't find any info. Recently, I said to someone that, as a kid and new to Nottingham, in 1961 I went to a place on the Trent with a funfair. The memory was pooh poohed! Can anyone help please? Was there such a place and where was it? I remember going once by car, but no idea of the route. But I also recall going by boat. With a friend, we got a boat from Trent Bridge and went down river...I think. We went under the bridge then, somewhere on the left, there was a little place with a small (and run down) fun fair where families went for a day out. I seem to think it was Colwick area, but I've googled and there's absolutely nothing looks familiar! Was there ever such a place? Cheers
  10. 1 point
    Thanks mick2me. Some interesting threads. I hadn't thought of Pleasure Park as a search tag! I remember the anticipation of the funfair, having moved from a seaside area, I was missing that beaches and fairs. The boat trip, I think it must have been on one of those pleasure cruisers was good. Then we arrived and I was looking round for a Big Dipper and dodgers. A couple of swing boats and a kiddies roundabout didn't quite do it for me! One of those occasions where it's better to travel than arrive. I liked the row boat hire at TB. Thinking back, as someone commented, H & S wouldn't allow it now. As a 12 and 13 year old, with a friend we were allowed to hire the row boat for 30 mins or an hour. No life jackets and I remember once reaching a point where the current was stronger than us. I was just worrying that we wouldn't get back in the allotted time because I didn't have any more money; no sense of risk or danger from the elements. The joy of youth eh!
  11. 1 point
    If I ate anything fast(usually sweets) My father would say. "It's like givin' pigs cherries"
  12. 1 point
    They'd have to slow down on the old Ethnic slaughtering and land stealing for todays better educated viewer. And even show one or two black cowboys who mysteriously didn't exist in the 40s/50s movies.
  13. 1 point
    The Spread used to be great in the mid 60,s upstairs in the cocktail bar. There used to be an extremely camp bar man called Simon who worked there. We would often ask him for something we knew he didn't stock upstairs, and when he'd gone we used to help ourselves to free drinks. Very naughty but some of my mates were poor students. The landlord banned us several times but always relented as his profits were very soon down. Great days.
  14. 1 point
    Used to have a pint of Bass in here in the evening when I was doing my HNC (Chemistry) at the Technical College (later Trent Polytechnic) around 1969/70. The landlord was a dour old geezer but he did do a mean cheese and onion cob No wonder I couldn't get a girlfriend in those days. What a geek. Studying at college and smelling of chemicals, fags, beer and cheese and onion!
  15. 1 point
    Agree bog standaard behaviour ,it should be wiped out.
  16. 1 point
    http://wayneburrowsnc.wordpress.com/lost-city/#jp-carousel-687 The Grosvenor Mansfield Rd. The Berni upstairs was my first experience of "fine dining" lol My dad played dominos at The Grosvenor on Friday nights in the 50s, It was my local in the late 60s. I well remember standing in the courtyard one hot summers night in 1968 with a pint of warm Home Ales bitter in one hand and a Players No 6 fag in the other whilst the smell of grilled steak wafted out the upstairs windows and "Lady Willpower" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap blared out the jukebox downstairs. I wasn't 18 until August but hell, how cool was I? Answer: not very, but I didn't know that then. A few years back my daughter's boyfriend at the time said he'd discovered an amazing pub not far from Trent Uni. I thought he was referring to The Peach Tree (now Langtry's) or even The Spread Eagle (gone now I think) but no, he was referring to The Grosvenor. I must call in next time I'm passing.
  17. 1 point
    Having suffered from sciatica for the last 6 months or so, I felt quite a bit better yesterday. Went for the longest walk I have taken in a long time - not a marathon by any means, but two or three miles (without feeling that I was walking on broken glass, and my legs about to collapse under me). Nice afternoon - took the bus up to Stanton by Dale, then walked along the road to Dale Abbey. Just right - and no adverse after effects. May take a walk across Wollaton Park this afternoon.
  18. 1 point
    Mess posted this in the "Co-op" thread but it is so good and wide-ranging that I think it deserves a thread on its own, so I've separated it.
  19. 1 point
    Stephen Frears who directed the documentary was given by Nottingham City Council guidelines of what to film. To those who didn't live in Nottingham the documentary was shocking, and gave the council the extra strength in their argument that St Ann's had to go . . . Sadly the whole project was fraught with problems and issues. When the first phase of houses were built many it seemed were happy to have the new housing, but wanted to retain the pubs, shops and the sense of community many had lived with...... I was interested to learn yesterday that the Chase Shopping area is now being demolished. They really did know better back in the 60's didn't they? But all in all it is an interesting documentary, but it is perhaps better known as a piece of council propaganda. I always hoped that a follow up would be filmed to see how the changes of St Ann's affected those that featured in the original.
  20. 1 point
    Bridges School of Motoring...my next door neighbour, in Watnall. I was 18, 1975. Had 6 lessons, then off to Chalfont Drive for the test, and passed first time despite going through a red light. The examiner put his glasses on as I reversed round the corner and ended up in the middle of the road. I suppose I should add I was wearing tight jeans, low cut top and my lurve beads. Sometimes you just have to play the girly card!!!
  21. 1 point
    Thanks for this Compo. It was shown early last year at The Lakeside (Nott'm University) as part of the Saturday Night Sunday Morning exhibition being held at the time. The audience was a mix of older St Anns (pre-demolition) and current, younger residents. When the film had finished, most comments came from the older people, most of whom, like posters on here, said things were not as bad as the film showed. But demolition didn't start until late'69 early '70 and many houses owned by private landlords, having been under threat of demolition for some years, were not all properly maintained as a result. So I think yes, the film makers chose their properties carefully to make their point, but they didn't make them up! From my own experiences as a kid in the '50s, I can agree with ayupmeducks #3 about the facilities our house had. However, mum & dad kept it clean, and dad even managed to coax flowers out of the bit of soil he'd built in as a raised bed in the backyard, en-route to the outside lav. On the other hand I do remember a few kids in my class at Elms Infants who turned up in really tatty clothes and shoes, so their homes may well have been in poorer condition than ours. My mum also did lace work, and I remember she'd found a way of pulling several threads at the same time to separate the rows of lace. There was also something to do with hairnets - slicing them out of a line of nets and stretching them over a cardboard disc. The presenter of this filmclip, Ray Gosling (died Nov 2013), was very active in the old St Anns and takes a deal of credit for organising the residents and getting their voices heard when it came to planning the new layout. Some say things were rushed and that Wimpeys gave out backhanders to get redevelopment rolling. Mistakes were made and had to be put right within a few years - the younger residents I mentioned above still have complaints about the area they live in today. But it has to be remembered that many St Anns people complained that things were moving too slowly once demolition had started, and couldn't wait to get into one of the new houses.
  22. 1 point
    back in the 50s all schools football was played on sat.mornings,kicking off mostly at 10 am,i plyed for Henry Whipple then Padstow and remember catching the bus to different school grounds,we played local Derbys in Bulwell against,St.Marys,Rufford,Springfield,Highbury and Bonnington,and travelled to foriegn parts to play haydn rd,Claremont,Huntingdon st,Berridge,William Sharpe,Players,Cottesmore,Whitemore, dont think they play sat.mornings now,could be wrong,thinking back we took the Teachers for granted who gave of their time,had some brilliant ones,H.L.taylor,mr Barnes,mr Harris,mr walker,mr fyles and mr Thomas,it was compulsary after every game win or lose to give 3 cheers for the other team.ah happy days
  23. 1 point
    When I was a kid in Nottingham, I used to enjoy the field trips, some were abroad or trips to London etc. These trips took the kids out of their comfort zones and helped them to adapt to different situations. In Australia I had a thriving business. I used to organize school field trips for the schools (mainly primary schools). In the contract I organized the bus, food, menu and activities program for a 4 to 5 day trip. All equipment was supplied, tents, cooking equipment etc. (we had a fully equipped trailer). The camps were usually conducted in National parks which had limited facilities With each camp went a camp cook, a leader (who was also qualified in First Aid) and 2 teachers from the school. The activities included leadership skills, teamwork, orienteering, camp hygiene, cooking, fire making and recreational activities such as forest walks and swimming. The kids loved the camps. It took them well away from their comfort zones and they had to adapt to their new environments quickly. They always came back from the camps with additional life skills that they could not learn in school or at home. Only once did we encounter a major problem. A child was bitten by a spider. We always had a vehicle available for emergencies. The bite was treat by the first aid person, then the student was rushed to the hospital for treatment. After the treatment the student's parents were notified and with their permission the student returned to the camp. I had this business for 4 years, then one day the Education Department advised that no further field trips were to be conducted as they could not get insurance for the trips from the insurance companies. Insurance companies said the risk was too great for insuring. So who missed out? The kids. The kids nowadays are not allowed independence, they are not allowed to think for themselves. Just imagine what these kids will be like as employees. The bosses will have to make all the decisions for them, they will not be able to work in a team. the boss will spend most of his/her time handling complaints. Like, He took my pencil, or this is too hard for me. It is getting harder and harder to prepare kids for the future. Parents and Government departments are becoming to overprotective. I believe we can still protect our kids, but allow them opportunities to think and learn for themselves. The best learning tool is to learn from mistakes, don't pamper the kids, let them or make them work things out for themselves like we had to.
  24. 1 point
    The age of political correctness and discrimination gone stark raving mad! The comments following this article are sufficient............... http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/firearms-officers-win-sex-discrimination-3157108
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