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  1. 12 points
    I am so glad my sister told me about this site. Having just moved back after more years than I care to remember I am by myself a lot. I have joined a couple of things at the library which get me out to socialise a bit but I still miss my close friends. Being quite shy I do find it hard to approach people I don’t know, I tend to get clumsy, tongue tied and blush. Don’t have the same problem with dogs probably because they don’t judge just accept you as you are. So this site has been a godsend as you have all been so welcoming.
  2. 11 points
    As a newish member (joined October 14) I must say I enjoy this site. One thing I find (and perhaps it is just me) is that when I browse a subject and read the conversation you all obviously know each other very well and I do feel like I would be butting in if I joined in conversation. Don’t take this as a critism, it isn’t, when I have joined in I have been welcomed, even got some likes, perhaps it is just a case of gaining confidence on the site?
  3. 9 points
    Exactly how I felt Jonab, Now funny you said about translating back and forth , I have a similar problem. There are many situations, phrases and words that I have forgotten in English. Sometimes the words come easily when I've finishing talking and I remember them but it's annoying when I've forgotten the word I want. Listening to us at home ( English practically all the time) we do add words or phrases in Italian because they are the words or phrases that seem more appropriate and we hear so often so it may sound funny to some . My husband and daughter carry on a conversation in Italian then revert to English . SG don't worry about butting in, if it annoys anyone they will tell you. But it won't happen. I have met a few members when I went to Nottingham last January I wish I had met more but I was only there 3 days. They are all special in their own ways and do really care if you're ill. So don't leave us.
  4. 7 points
    Stavertongirl, I was a complete noob here in January this year and at the time I felt a total interloper into other people’s conversations. This very quickly ended and I was accepted into ‘the fold’ very quickly indeed. What I thought might be a problem turns out, in many ways, to be an advantage. I have not lived in Nottingham since 1979 – that was my first difficulty, no longer being a Nottinghamian. The second was that I have lived in the South of France for thirty years so that English had become my second language. I visited England last December and it felt like I was in a foreign country trying to speak a foreign language (I had reached the stage many years ago when I was thinking in French) and, for a period at the beginning of that trip I was having to translate everything said to me into French and translate any reply back to English – not easy when you’re trying to have a casual pub or supermarket conversation. While I was over on my last visit, for some reason now forgotten, I thought about Berni Inns so I Googled it and that’s how I found NS. I was a bit hesitant at first but I very quickly got into things here and I now feel ‘part of the family’ (I hope other members feel the same about me). NS has done me a huge amount of good in firstly bringing back my knowledge of colloquial English (it had gone a bit formal and textbook-like and seeing/hearing English on the telly is not the same) plus the ability to again think in English without having to translate into French and back again. Another thing is that NS has revitalised my memory cells and I am now able to recall things about Nottingham that I thought had long disappeared from my mind (and occasionally from written Nottingham history). Nottstalgia a good place. I just wish I had found it sooner.
  5. 5 points
    I've found that the forgotten English words and phrases have, to a significant extent, returned since NS. Regarding speaking at home, there are six of us here (four humans and two dogs). Mme is the concierge/cook. She is always called Mme (Madame). Her name is Rosie, I think. She speaks little English and most of that is swear words. Her husband, Philippe, looks after the heavier house duties (garden and building maintenance). He speaks a bit more English but it's a bit of a wasted effort to try and have a conversation - not easy in French, either! The other person is Thierry, my carer (am disabled and stuck in a wheelchair). He speaks reasonable English - certainly enough to cope with my visit to England last Christmas. The cleverest occupants of the household are the dogs. Obviously, they have a limited vocabulary but they understand both English and French.
  6. 5 points
    Everybody on this site was once a newcomer. It's what they do next which is more significant. After a while everyone drops into one of several categories. 1. Those who disappear soon after introducing themselves and forget they ever registered here. 2. The long-time lurkers who obviously find it interesting but very rarely post. 3. The regulars who post often and who are known to everyone else. (aka The Bens). 4. The long-serving members who appear from time to time and then disappear back into their hole for a few weeks. 5. The nervous ones who gradually build up their confidence. 6. Others.
  7. 4 points
    SG, dip yer bread mi duck, we all started out as newbies once, I did in 2012 and still have no idea how to post photos !! And it's great that so many folk have tried to initiate me into the dark art of something called cut and paste but all I can read is blah.. blah...blah ! You really get to understand the meaning of cyber friends, and I even managed to meet up with some of them occasionally.
  8. 4 points
    Thanks, I really enjoy this site, love the banter between you all. By the way, completely off subject, I know I am home somebody called me “meduck” yesterday, now I know I am at home
  9. 3 points
    I'm sure we would all welcome you to join in any conversation you wish, SG. The more, the merrier!
  10. 2 points
    I have seen Rolling Stones many times including at the park in London, Long John Baldry, Billy J Kramer, Amen Corner, Bill Haley & Comets, Gene Pitney, Dusty Springfield, The Animals, Small Faces, Beach Boys (bit disappointed in them), Johnny Kid & The Pirates (Shakin’ all over - brilliant). Many of the other groups in 60’s and 70’s. Always wanted to see Tina Turner but never got to see her.
  11. 2 points
    Appen it does Oz ! I have managed so far to survive without a "smart " phone and have no intention of altering the status quo.
  12. 2 points
    ...my thread on Mansfield Rd.still seems to generate posts. Bluecoat School departed this area in the Summer of Love.As featured in the illustrated London News of 1853. The grand opening.Sadly many ornate features have been removed.Edwardian winter image of Bluecoat School.
  13. 2 points
    I have not loaded any apps to my phone. Does that mean I am appathetic?
  14. 1 point
    Enjoyed seeing some "sick" songs but they aren't. There are many songs I like that are sad like C&W songs. It brought to mind a couple of Italian songs. One called Piange al telefono , an estranged father tries to phone his wife and his daughter answers the phone saying that when a man calls and asks for her, tell him I'm not at home. The singer Domenico Modungno goes on to ask his daughter about school etc. His daughter has never seen him so doesn't know who he is. He cries and daughter asks why he's crying. It's very sad. Another one is a bit silly but I love it. " Lu Grillo e la Luna" the grasshopper and the moon. Sung by the same singer but in Sicilian. The grasshopper sees the moon every night and falls in love with it. The moon says " Come to me , look how beautiful I am, come and I'll hug you" so the grasshopper jumps in the water and drowns but the song goes on. A bit babyish I know but sung in Sicilian it's very emotional. I know I'm soft.
  15. 1 point
    The route you are referring to would be the no.13, which ran from the city via alfreton road, over bobbers mill, up aspley lane, left on western boulevard then right on beechdale road and finished up on glaisdale drive. This route could be mixed with the 56, & 60. Cor! Its all coming back to me. This Nottstalgia is addictive. Take care Jill, Barrie.x
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  17. 1 point
    Just got round to reading your post DAVIDW it take's a lot to upset me I have a very board back, I just like the discussion that we have, I would never take offence, its just good old banter.
  18. 1 point
    Declawing should be illegal here too. Horrible thing to do to any animal. Never heard of it ever being done to a dog, but there is probably some idiot somewhere that would do it. Maybe they need a part or two removing. Learn how it feels. Vet visit went well. Jake is fine but he does need his teeth cleaning. The vet showed me one of his molars and it was quite discolored. I don't mind getting it done but I hate the thought of having to knock him out to do it.
  19. 1 point
    Buy newspapers in bulk before a price increase...
  20. 1 point
    Better late than never. I still have my drivers and conductors badges. I was taught to drive in 1964, on a AEC mk3 preselect double decker. The instructor took the bus from parliament street down to Trent embankment, (43 terminus). Then after a brief instruction, I spent the rest of the day driving up and down Trent embankment to Wilford road traffic island, (47 terminus). After four weeks instruction I took my test on a double decker with crash box gears, ( the reversing test was at the back of Trent bridge depot). I remember the examiner was watching me while my instructor was on the platform guiding me back and I flattened a ' no parking' sandwich board, put out by NCT to keep the area clear for tests. The examiner said it wasn't my fault as the man on the back should have noticed it. He gave me a pass certificate and I was then transferred to bilborough depot as a driver. Barrie.
  21. 1 point
    Was looking at Google Maps the other day Margie and recalling how I used to get off the A1M at Balby in Doncaster and get a bus from the 'Winning Post' pub into the centre, then another bus out to Hatfield to see the lovely Jenny. Open All Hours was filmed in the back streets along that road and it seems that the 'Arkwright' store is still there. Lister Street Balby.
  22. 1 point
    Ummmmmm ................... Get some malt extract down you!
  23. 1 point
    I watch Doctors, Neighbours, Eastenders, Holby City and Casualty.... what does that make me? I often read Nottstalgia posts at the same time as watching soaps though - I'm able to multitask!
  24. 1 point
    The Nags Head, Mansfield Rd.Not to be confused with the OGNH..which was across the road.If the story is true..this is the pub the sentenced man refused to have his last drink in..before heading to Hangman's Hill at St.Andrews Church..quite foolishly..a messenger dashed up Mansfield Rd.with a pardon from Shire Hall..too late..he went straight up to Forest Rd.junction.
  25. 1 point
    A great image of Moulin Rouge picture house...taken from the ramp at Victoria Station.John Garners and Quality Cars..which became Dolphin Motors( backed onto North Church St.) The Kray Twins visited that cinema for a midnight show of a skin flick! Scaffolding on Burbeck House and Dawsons Bikes can just be seen.
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