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    Not really sure this warrants it's own post but don't where else to put it! I have always loved carousel horses, I blame the gallopers at Goose Fair for it. Well, forward a good few years and I came across an old beaten up carousel horse head that sold at auction, I had missed it by a couple of weeks. Hoping to find another, I began researching them. They have a fascinating history in the UK, Europe, and the US. Stemming from ancient Arabian games to test a warrior's skill, that in turn inspired medieval jousts. So began the hobby of collecting and restoring, as only limited space will allow. This is from the makers Stein & Goldstein, two gents who carved them in the US, they carved it in 1916. Only 3 of their carousels remain today out of the 17 they made. One is located in New York's Central Park, the rest burned down, were destroyed, lost, or were sold off piece meal to collectors in the mid 1970s when prices hit an all time high for individual figures. This was my ugly duckling at auction, I saw a swan wanting to emerge from under all that paint http://
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    http:// Just a quick share of my sweet boy, Rogan, riding shotgun my way to the mountains
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    Thank you NewBasfordlad, I can't take any credit for him personally of course but I sure share your kindred appreciation of the beauty and the work. It is a marvel to me, how these men made such majestic things, given their resources in that era. They were Russian immigrants who came to America to start a new life. Their trade from home was wood carving. They started with women's hair combs, it was the only work they could get, then they progressed to horses. Finally owning their own business. Their first full carousel was a massive machine, however, it burned to the ground on opening day due to an accidental fire in the park. Can you imagine Not like you can uninstall and rescue these in a hurry, they weigh about 200lbs each. All that work up in smoke, gut wrenching. Be still my heart, I'd love to go to Vienna. The Lipizanna stallions would be such an experience to watch, magnificent animals aren't they? Seeing them in the flesh must have been quite something for you. He does have that kind of Lipizanna look doesn't he? Some people do not like this style of carousel horse, they find them too big and think the S&G horses just look angry, but I think he looks regal. When I was a kid I'd always pick a particularly unruly horse at Bestwood stables to ride, named Kelly. It was my chance to be a rebel and go galloping off wildly into the the woods, then blame it on the horse! He's only an inch shorter than I am and currently resides in my bedroom. When the sun goes down at the end of the day he looks quite magical, it really highlights the hills and valleys of the carving. I'm soppy, these little things just make me happy as...
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    #26 I do vaguely remember that CT, did they also have function rooms. I think it was there we had a works Christmas Diner Dance I had to present the bosses wife with a bouquet. Thought I was the bees knees in my beautiful red chiffon dress I was only 16.
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    This took longer than I dared dream, twenty hours in, a gallon of Brasso and a half pound of wire wool down, I questioned my sanity. I could have paid someone to do it but it meant something to me to tackle it alone, I look at it now and see blood, sweat, and tears, (a bit of carpal tunnel too! ) http://
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    Skill's latest pair of new buses. One luxury coach & one luxury double decker. The DD is named "Arthur" after Arthur Skill the company founder. Not my poor quality picture but Skill's !
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    Yes, you are right about the Lyme disease, I should have asked if you were in remission, not just ok. I'm glad to hear you have been symptom free for 7-8 years now as it can be truly horrible, I know I don't need to tell you as you know full well. It's a very controversial topic in Canada, I'm not sure how it is in the States? I knew someone who ended up going down to the US to get tested many years back. Good for you for seeking out a treatment that works in keeping it at bay, I truly hope it continues to do so for you. I got very sick from eating a rotten, undercooked fish in Honduras, it gave me bleed in my upper gastrointestinal tract, so I had vicious cramps and uncontrollable black diarrhea. The medicine I was given at the hospital did not work at all, no change in 2 weeks. Finally, I stayed up in the slums, a kind lady offered me food one evening and I tried to explain I was sick from bad fish and couldn't eat. She waved a finger at me and rustled me up a tea steeped from various plants in her yard, I watched her pick them. It was full of twigs and something that tasted like lemongrass, she urged me to drink it and I had nothing to loose at that point so I sifted the brew through my teeth. Well, by next afternoon I was completely symptom free, I was grateful and completely amazed. I believe that there are cures out there we are not aware of for all sorts of illnesses and it would not shock me at all to find out it's something that's been used by native people for generations. Picturing a bobcat watching traffic, what a sight that must have been! Keeping nature and people safe and in harmony, it's a fine balance isn't it? What do you think of all the reported mysterious big cat sightings they have in the UK?
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    Nobody knows if one is totally cured of Lyme ABA, I had a relapse after I was almost 100% right from the initial attack, took me right back to square one after so much hard work in rebuilding muscle tissue. But been symptom free for around seven or eight years since using a herb called "Catsclaw" which I attribute my cure too. At present there is NO medical cure for the disease, I've heard of horror stories from other Lyme patients over the heavy use of drug type antibiotics, which don't work, just a case of trying them to see if they improve a patients lot, I steered clear of them as we suspect I'd been infected for a few years. We saw a male Bobcat once when we lived in the Sierra Foothills in California, it was sat at the intersection of two highways watching the traffic!! I assume it was male because of it's size. Neighbor of mine told me of a local who found some Bobcat kittens in her barn, when she got back with a rifle, the Mother had taken them out the barn and gone. She feared the Mother would present a danger to her kids and dogs, they can be quite dangerous. So we know they are around here. We know we have a local lion, probably a male according to wildlife, he's been caught on hunters night cameras several times over the last few years.
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    Anybody remember this......the Carola Restaurant which was in the Odeon cinema when it became twin-screen in the mid-60s.
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    Never have liked modern buildings, cars or furniture. The older I get, the more I rebel against the throw away, wasteful society we live in. Last time I went into Nottingham, I didn't recognise it. Full of ugly modern architecture. When you look at what has been destroyed to make way for it, I could weep. We can never retrieve it. So sad.
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    Well done, ABA! Wonderful to see someone who is willing to spend money, time, blood sweat and tears restoring the past. I too love old artefacts and most of the furniture in my house is Victorian or earlier. Ikea holds no appeal for me!
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    Thanks all. Have been trying to finish my never ending bathroom project today. When that's done, my serious DIY days are over. It all stresses me out too much. So I'm gonna stick to gardening and walking and days out.. Leave the plumbing to a .errr. plumber..
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    All rather different from these days: At Huntingdon Street, early 1970s.
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    The old fashioned gob shoppers were great, contests were often had to see who could make them change colour the quickest.
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    #162 I'm with Mrs Mess on that one. I love Kit Kat but Bar Six was much yummier. Wish they still made them.
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    That horse is so beautiful such craftsmanship. It reminds me very much of my one and only visit to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna back in the early 80s. I watched in awe as a horse working rider less but on a long rein leapt in the air just like that. Their Lipizzaner's are magnificent horse's just like him, working in a beautiful old world backdrop. If ever you find yourself in Vienna go its worth every penny.
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    My favourites where, bonfire toffee (not the preformed sweets, the proper stuff, in shards) rhubarb & custards, sugar mice, mojos (spearmint - the best) fruit salads, the "cigarettes" (very un-PC now) the big Easter eggs (especially the Quality Street one) parma violets, drumsticks, Mr Freeze pops, sticks of rock from the seaside, sugar dummies, lemon sherbets, monster munch, frazzles, scampi crisps, 99s with a flake from the icecream man, cornettos, pepperoni sticks, prawn cocktail crisps, dip dabs, space dust (crackle - pop!) floral gums, jelly lager and beer bottles (again, not PC these days) pear drops, proper jelly babies, bubbly bubble gum (the pink hard stuff). Then there's school dinner deserts like jam roly poly, spotted dick, treacle pudding, cornflakes with golden syrup on a jam coated tart (don't know official name but was was good!) How'd we keep our teeth? I used to buy a 1/4 a week, that was all my pocket money, that made a pound of sugar month I ate To redeem myself, I don't remember eating sweets when I went to the city centre, I'd go to the Victoria market and buy a bag of white button mushrooms, loved them!
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    #35 - I don't think it's the same one. I'll have to dig a photo out and post it when I get chance! Hope you are well and enjoying the forum thus far!
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    I feel the same ABA, I left Nottm in 1966, and was not even aware of what was about to happen, especially to the beautiful Architecture. I only moved approx 70miles away and I did keep visiting family in Gedling, but for a few years I never really saw the city centre. As my children grew up and we had more freedom, we could spend more time visiting. We would go into the City, and I would be so disorientated because some of the Old Nottm that I was so familiar with, had gone, Streets and areas in St Anns where my family had lived, just didn't exist anymore. As this was happening in Nottm, the same was happening in W-ton, and when I look at old pictures of W-ton around 1900 to 1966 when I moved here, they also lost the Architecture, to be replaced with eyesores. Trinity Square was my first big shock. I remember standing on the pavement on Milton Street probably in the 1970s and felt lost, I couldn't get my bearings at all with my memory of the area. Let's hope that good sense prevails and the powers that be, realise what has been lost and leave the rest alone.
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    Oh, you make me laugh, must have been a good story to go along with that Sounds like a dream to me too, I can't help feeling like I was born in the wrong era. So swooned with things of the past, they resonate much stronger than anything of today's day and age.
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    I'm a Tudor lass at heart! I love the era of the Tudors and, given the choice would be living in a wood framed, wattle and daub abode! Don't like the 21st century! I was once called a Mediaevalist...by the local vicar! I told him that I regarded the term as a great compliment, although that's not the way it was meant!
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    Thank you Jill! They don't make em' like they used to do they? I can just imagine you in a Victorian or Georgian abode, your profile pic reminds me of the lovely Old Masters paintings, I could easily see you in lovely foil-backed Georgian paste jewels and all the accoutrements of the era.
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    What to do about a pole? I managed to track down an original English Anderson galloper pole, had it packed up and shipped to Canada. The British Customs Officer had a great time ribbing me about the "brass pole" I was clearing, cheeky bugger. Oh, but was it ever in rough shape. Likely not been polished in a 100 years and the only reason you could see any brass shining through was because it was covered in remnants of varnish. I had my work cut out for me, my scullery maid skills were about to be tested... http:// http://
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    Hello Melissa! Yes I'm pretty sure that's the one, in Hucknall right? It's been a while, had to clear some cobwebs Makes me wonder who looked at stinging nettles and went "let's me a cup of tea out of it"
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    #21 I believe engine drivers and stokers on the old steam trains did the same thing, NBL.
  26. 1 point
    Only got back today from a few days away in the caravan with no wifi so have lots of posts to catch up with! Col and Carni - so sorry to hear of your problems .... we will be thinking and praying for both of you and hope all will be well.
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    Second only post from a relative new member. Oh! Blondie...you have stirred up some memories. We must have met. Started my Tom catting at the Palais, moved on to the Beachcomber, Eight Til' Late, Penny Farthing, The pigiale, Hippo, 99 & every place open til' I fell asleep. Nights started at the Playhouse bar followed by the Imperial & the Salutation & anywhere in between. I can't say the 99 was particularly 'classy' on account of the fact that they always let me in! My days in the ole' town ended in 76' when I departed the UK. My last year being spent mainly in the Newcastle Arms followed by Babel. Just imagine.....I might have bought you a drink!
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    #51 Bet they're not subjected to knicker inspection either! Such goings on wouldn't be permitted today!
  29. 1 point
    #876 I don't know you, carni, and you don't know me.. but I read a number of your posts prior to joining and you sound to me like a lovely women with a great heart (where it matters most) and a stellar sense of humor. All I know is this, that having courage does not mean not being afraid, no ma'am. I have seen people be big scaredy cats and still be the bravest people I ever met. Being vunerable is not a weakness, it's takes a strong person to be in that place... You'll be in my thoughts on Thursday.
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    I am once again in the middle of a scarey health time. I wont go into detail but as you all know only to well by now (Cos i'm mardy and keep tellin' yer) I have a heart problem. I now have another that has reared its ugly head in another part of the bod. I received the dreaded letter last week and have been called back in on Thursday for more tests and examinations. True to form; I have gone totally to pieces all ready. Hence the reason I am not posting much, my sense of humour seems to have took flight. You know Tony Hancock in 'The Blood Donor' That is how I feel now, mardy s.d am I. Anyway reading ABAs post reminded me of the thread I started once 'That friendly smile' I think it's called that, and I truly hope I get looked after by people with ABAs attitude, because it means so much to us scaredy cats and being permanently in the state of 'Flight or Fight' just now, I could do with lots of ABAs around on Thursday.
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    Funny carni I remember it well. I would never do that with my sherbet they were so precious I loved them, still do but I do remember tipping it into my mouth choking and spraying it over the next person to me by accident.
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    Re# 130. Maybe the decrease in size of various chocolate bars, snacks and biscuits is due to the enforced introduction of metrication. Also on some I notice, the type of chocolate has altered. Perhaps it's the consistency of the ingredients, again maybe due to EU interference, or the inferior quality of Fair Trade produce. Let's face it, the majority is crap ! On the cake front, the chocolate on cream puffs or 'Elephants Feet' has definitely deteriorated, as has the chocolate on top of eclairs. It's more like a soggy icing sugar these days. Lets return to our proper snacks !
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    Get Plantfit round with his gun FLY! Oh here we go, I'll be in bother for saying that .......
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    I can't remember if I posted this before, so in case I haven't, our Tiger !
  36. 1 point
    Yer in fer a treat ! Loads to see, keep you occupied all day. Mrs C & me were there last Christmas. Enjoy yersen. Don't forget to have a wander around his lordship's "Gaff" !
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    Managed to get my pictures off photobucket Lovely sign this,heading towards the county of my birth Between Coddington and Newark In the castle grounds and the Civil war camp Time for reflection,the Polish war graves Newark Back road to Coddington Only four miles to go and a nice cuppa and bacon sandwich Rog
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    A nice ride out yesterday,this time on the other side of the A46 to my usual routes,I wanted to go up through Thorpe on the Hill,down through Eagle,Eagle Hall and onto Swinderby village where I planned to have a short stop to have a quick snack and a drink,after that it was onwards to my halfway point of Collingham which I am pleased to say is in Nottinghamshire (good to be back in my own county) another swig of water and a couple of biscuits then start to make my way back home,this time going over the A46 nearer to Newark the Brough turnoff to be precise then only a few miles left before getting home,a nice round trip of about 35-40 miles,picture as follows going over the A46 at the Thorpe on the Hill turnoff this one speaks for itself Swinderby crossing box Happy food on my trike seat,two biccy's and a banana Saw this and thought of Jill Rog
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    My sort of Coach that Catfan.........4 Ash-trays...........lol.
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    This lunch time I sliced a loaf on a bread board that I made 65 years ago. I was 13 years old at the time and at Berridge. I turned that bread board on a lathe and the piece of 'deal' was scrap from the centre of toilet seats. Can you imagine a 13 year old being let anywhere near a wood working machine with a large face plate these days? I started learning woodwork at 10 when at the Windley jr school. The woodwork shop was on Tennyson St annex. Again - can you imagine a ten y/o wielding sharp chisels and saws these days?
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    Long eared bat on the wall in an old store room,there was no hatch cover in the loft,so he used to come down each night for a wonder round,sometimes he was still there in the morning when i arrived at work,he/she is about the same size as a matchbox, Probably get shot for taking his/her picture,no bats were harmed during the taking of these pictures Rog
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    It seems our little feathered friend are looking to join the housing market so to give them a helping hand or should that be wing I built these for them out of some scraps of wood that was knocking about in my old shed so a few galvanised nails to prevent rusting and a few pieces of old plastic conveyor belting and here we are,just got to find somewhere to put em now,if I haven't got space in my garden I will have a nip out on me trike and just nail em up on some trees or bushes down the local lanes. Rog
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    Auf Wiedersehen Pet - Becoming increasingly relevant again as jobs continue to disappear 'Allo 'Allo - Refreshingly funny Goodnight Sweetheart - Interesting storyline - Bugga not on YouTube Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - TV Series not quite as good as the radio series but well worth watching Minder - "The World is your Lobster" I regularly watch many of these and other shows mentioned on my favourite tv channel YouTube
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    Mrs Catfan's new baby pet, freshly adopted & follows her around the garden & responds when called !
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    The ultimate sweet heaven. I usually only had either a ha'penny or at best a penny to spend but it never stopped me from wishing
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    My parents had four children under 5yrs of age, so money was short,some of the sweet things we enjoyed were home made.We would sit with a saucer of Cocoa and sugar, Delicious! and when dipping our little fingers in it was to slow,we would lick it up,hence the set chocolate faces, Rhubarb Sticks and Sugar, A real treat was Mams home made Brandy Snaps,Made in the black oven at the side of the fire, Rolling it round the poker to make the curl,and taking it in turns to have one. Another thing we used to do under supervision was all sit down with plastic needles and thread Puffed Wheat on to cotton and when it was full,eat them. YumYum
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    Katyjay, you're right about the garage. And just to prove it......http://www.pictureth...014489&prevUrl= Which also gives us a date for when the church disappeared
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    Stu's post #32 shows the Square when Holy Trinity church was still there. I wonder what the public reaction was when the church had been reduced to this And I bet there are people here now who remember Trinity Square when it looked like this
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    One thing hits you when reading this thread - we all have memories of going off for several hours away from home, and our parents didn't bother or worry about where we were. I remember when I was around 10/11 years old and I was beginning to discover girls, and during the long summer holidays one year, I used to spend most of the day hanging around the house of a particular set of twins. It was a five minute bike ride away for me, and I don't think anybody on our road knew where I got to - but nobody cared. My mum wasn't going frantic, even though I was only coming home for my dinner then going straight off out again. She didn't know if I was in the house next door, or on the street 5 minutes away, or down Clifton Grove playing up and down the banks near the river. Nobody worried about what kids did or where they did it. Is that a good thing, or was everybody just naive?
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    What we didn`t tend to do when I was a kid was play in each other`s houses - and certainly never in the bedroom. It was - knock on the back door (never the front!) - 'Is your Carol coming out?' - and either, 'No' or 'Yes, wait on the yard.'
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