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  1. It's so true, Jill, what a step backwards. Back in the day things were made with such artistry and craftsmanship. People treasured them and they stayed in families for generations. They were made so well, form, function, and beauty. Now, it's the norm to buy new furniture every few years, on a whim or for fashion, or because it falls apart and you have to. Same for clothing, I'm in awe of how men and women's clothing was once made. Now that was tailoring and dressmaking, exquisite! Not that you can't find well made things today, but it's a niche, a rarity. The general min
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  2. Stripped to the wood, 15+ layers of ugly paint later... He has to sit a year or so to get used to the dry weather before I start restoring the wood, replacing losses, re-glueing dowels, etc. It could crack in 6 months if I start now, gotta let this old boy's joints settle into his new retirement climate! http://
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  3. Did someone mention carousel horses ? Mrs C enjoying hersen, Albert Docks, Liverpool.
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  4. Oh carni, that's tragic, progress isn't always progress is it? That must have been bewildering for you, no? I only knew the Market Square had changed quite a bit, when I left it was still with the fountains, which I know weren't always historically there but still... My mates did a leg-and-a-wing and tossed me in one on my last day in the UK. T'was like pigeon poop soup, at least I kept my head out of it! I tried not to "squelch" when I got on the bus home, I was worried the bus driver wouldn't let me on. Better bring a box of tissues with me next trip home, a pint or two
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  5. 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 o
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  6. http:// Just a quick share of my sweet boy, Rogan, riding shotgun my way to the mountains
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  7. 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 openi
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  8. #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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  9. One of my favourite painters, actually from Notts, Arthur Spooner. This painting of his of Goose Fair I'm especially fond of, to me it's just magical. I can smell and hear the sounds of the fair when I look at it. There are much clearer pics of it online if you wish to see, or even better, in person at Notts Castle. http://
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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
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  13. 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 suspe
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  14. I love "genuine" bonfire toffee although I haven't seen it for ages. I've made it myself for a few years now on November 5th and it's always popular with the family. The edges are almost as sharp as glass which I guess is why it's no longer available. I never took to Parma violets or floral gums but I enjoyed cherry lips which were also quite fragrant. My wife always goes on about Bar Six. She says it was nicer than Kit Kat. My personal favourite was Cadbury's Lucky Numbers a chocolate assortment a bit like Quality Street. They didn't last long. I remember my cousins and I
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Totally agree fly..............anyway just would'nt know what to wear.........
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  19. 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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  20. Thanks for your support again everyone. It means a lot. I do know that there are a few of you Nottstalgians out there going through ordeals of their own and and manage to get by without adding to this thread. Those of you that I know about are all still in my thoughts. I never talk about my health issues to people face to face, other than close family, and find my release in tapping away my troubles on this thread on my Laptop; I know that those of you that read my posts are doing it by choice as we have the option of reading the posts we choose. I thank you for that. Please don't think
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  21. 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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  22. catfan, your Wife looks lovely on her steed, what smile. Thank you for sharing, great snap!
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  23. #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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  24. Bar Six was made by Cadbury's and was available in the early 1960s - don't know when they stopped making it (I assume they have). It was like an imitation Kit Kat, but with the biscuits part transverse instead of lengthways (if that makes sense).
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  25. #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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  26. A mate of mines wife won a £300 voucher for Sat Bains for some targets she had achieved, we where invited, table for 4 total bill £604.
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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. ABA, in our community in north west Phoenix we have bobcats and coyotes. Javalinas too
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  30. 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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  31. #21 I believe engine drivers and stokers on the old steam trains did the same thing, NBL.
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  32. #19 Going back to March 1963 as an apprentice on EMGAS I was sent to a mains laying gang to observe the procedures employed. As usual with EMGAS it was like stepping into a Dickens book, the first morning break at 9-30 was a real shock, the foreman had already got the tea on the go, boiling a huge black kettle over a coke brazier ready for when the guys came back from the grip (trench to you). The first thing a couple of did was wash off their shovels, then place them on the brazier followed by a lump of lard, eggs and bacon..... by it did smell good when all you had a cheese sandw
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  33. Carni just catching up and sorry to hear everything. You'll be ok its the waiting that gets to you. Fly could have given you at least one doughnut greedy greedy. Never mind when you find something nice and gooey eat it all yourself and dont tell Fly.
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  34. 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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  35. 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 A
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  36. #51 Bet they're not subjected to knicker inspection either! Such goings on wouldn't be permitted today!
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  37. #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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Get Plantfit round with his gun FLY! Oh here we go, I'll be in bother for saying that .......
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  41. I can't remember if I posted this before, so in case I haven't, our Tiger !
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  42. 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
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  43. 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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  44. #26 Mick2me I read your story above and it filled me with sadness for you. You also inspired me to write about an image that has been in my mind for many years, tho i can't put a year on it. Whilst walking through Nottingham on my way towards the Square on a very busy pre Christmas Saturday, every one around rushing to get those last minute presents, all lost in their own aims for the day. The crowds of people all coming towards me with arms full of bulging Christmas shopping bags, trying to avoid each other in the rush, i think it was on Exchange Walk. Suddenly through these people, walkin
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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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 g
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  48. 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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