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    I had to go back to Russia quickly about three weeks ago. My wife's mother died. We could not make it back in time for her death, and my wife was hysterical in a hotel in Moscow when we found out that she had passed away. The deterioration was so sudden. I did like her, and recall with great fondness my dad talking with her, although my dad understood no Russian and she did not understand any English, but they would still talk and laugh. We did get to the funeral which was seriously odd. Open coffin and the funeral was actually outside under a gazebo in 30+ degrees of heat. Some of the customs I found were really strange, often, as with the Russian custom, with vodka copiously drunk. Priest was good though, very caring. No hearses though, just a minibus with the coffin put in it without much dignity. All mirrors and glass must be covered for 9 days after death. Vodka and bread to be placed on the grave every day. At each grave plot there is a table and a bench, for relatives to eat and drink. The 9 days after the funeral we walked to be at the grave before dawn broke, and had breakfast, meaning bread cheese, rice and the inevitable vodka. The grave is in a beautiful spot. It is in the foothills of a mountain called Beshtau. The wake (Pominki in Russian) was interesting. Apparently I am now head of the family. I am not sure why, it was something out of the Godfather, with people giving me brown envelopes full of cash! So after a bit of prodding I understood that I had to give a speech in Russian and to lead the toasts. I did what I could. I did notice that some people cried at my speech so I think I got it right, and with dignity. There is not one wake but three. one at the day of the funeral, one at 9 days later, one at 40 days. I had to return to England so cannot attend the 40 day wake. Its something to do with the 40 days of Christ's torment. The food from the wake cannot be thrown away, but massive doggy bags to everyone. After that, you have to give the food to the poor. Was in the market place handing out food. I kept the vodka for myself. After the funeral, I found out more about my wife's father. Photos of him in a Russian tank near Stalingrad. One photo was not nice, with dead Germans, but it was a time of war, I suppose. I now have his diary and will have to study it. It was her wish that she wanted to give me his medals but we could not find them. The Russians do respect their veterans though, because the plot was provided by the state, Grigory Zinovin died in 2003, but his funeral was paid for by the state. Consequently the plot was open for his wife at no cost (apart from the funeral services) She had a very unusual first name, probably Arabic in origin but she was Russian to her bones. She was a paediatrician. Her name was Muza Zinovina. God rest her soul.
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    Just got in from an afternoon in our meadow, one of the attractions in the village ‘open gardens and open church’. Perfect weather until the very last minute. The grey Fergie started and performed well and was quite an attraction. Lots of very interesting, knowledgeable people to talk to. There was a large turn out and many teas were sold in the village hall. They’re having a bit of a knees up in there this evening for the participants on bring and share basis but I think I’ll head off to the farm shop which is open until 9pm and get some proper food and not share it with anyone except my wife. I can’t keep up this sociability nonsense all evening!
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    thank you margie. it is always comforting to speak to people o this site. I think it is not only because we are nottinghamians, but there are some very nice people here!
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    I went to the Senior in 1969. Cheap trip included train tickets to Liverpool, ferry tickets, a bag of sandwiches, and a copy of MCN, courtesy of MCN; 5 quid. We met friends in Ramsey who gave us a lift up to our chosen spot, The Gooseneck. Highlight was of course Agostini on the MV. Gooseneck was a slow corner and while the field were negotiating it, knees out, elbows out, Agostini, who had caught most of them passed them here on the outside then disappeared up the hill leaving a black rubber line on the road, sounds were awesome since we were sitting on the roadside bank, feet dangling over the edge of the road. That year the course marshalls were riding the Triumph Trident 3 and I think they were in a 'display' mood as they opened them up departing the Gooseneck. The howl of the 3 was new to me at the time and quite bloodcurdling. A great day out roughing it, sleeping on the night ferry deck on the way home.
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    Back in my Narrow boating days, when I could afford a beard..
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    Effectively the Broad Marsh centre blocked off the route to Trent Bridge and I am sure it was a factor in the awful destruction of Arkwright Street. West Brigeford is flourishing and the Trent is a lovely place to be. How stupid was it to close off a perfectly functioning road which was the main route to the river and the football and cricket grounds. Furthermore, I could imagine that Arkwright Street could have been a street of boutique shops and curio places, micro pubs and a delight to walk along.
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    Even my GP doesn't believe I'm 76. She reckons it's not decent for someone of my age should have such good skin. ( I have a picture in the attic which ages through the years..)
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    Judged a Show Jumping competition today, held in an indoor arena located in a village called Stonefold. All went well, by which I mean no body fell off, so no First Aid was required. The encouraging thing was a young lad of six came into the arena and jumped a course off the lead-rein, winning the class.That in itself made the day worthwhile.
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    Ne'mind the cars, what a smashing picture.
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    DJ 360, I was the bass player in Litter-played at the 360 Club. You may have the DJ. Regards, Will2017
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    This is perhaps a better shot from "Saturday Night". Looking down Hartley Road as he turns into Norton Street.
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    Still looking good, Beekay!
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    My heart goes out to you. Once is bad, twice is awful and a tragedy I cannot imagine. My family, who I loved, grew old and died, with their loved ones and peacefully at old ages, as it should be. God love you for your loss.
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    Ah yes, the candles. The stubs are not to be thrown away at all. They are to be put into the grave. It was too windy for any of the candles we held for that to be possible, none of them lit due to the wind. I still have my candle and will light it at my parents grave. It seems appropriate.
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    Eh up ! Just watch where you're prodding !
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    Look forward to meeting you sometime Fly. With a bottle of Chianti and some Arica beans...
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    Yes, I understand how you must feel BK. My mother was upset when we took her there for lunch, quite innocently, and she remembered that’s where here brother was taken to.
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    Well I've just returned from Gonalston farm shop with a boeuf borgignon and some duchesse potatoes. At around £10 that's an expensive take away. As I passed the village hall I saw some old farts carrying hot food in. I don't think I could face a jolly evening with them! I feel somewhat weary after a long day in the sun. I've got to get up early tomorrow to take my car to the dealership in Lincoln for its three year service and first MOT. Never time to relax here.
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    A friend has photos of his Polish grandfather, who he never met, lying in his coffin, surrounded by males of the family. All looks distinctly mafiaesque! My friend's father, as with many other Poles, was marooned here after WW2. In recent years, due I assume to the influx of Poles working in the UK, my friend has found a jar with a burned out candle on his father's grave the morning after All Souls. Presumably, the Polish community has logged local gravestones bearing Polish names and treated them all to a candle at All Souls, as is their custom. Personally, I think that's rather nice.
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    Barrie, you didn't play the part of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs did you ? I've just had shivers down my spine.
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    Will this do Margie ?? x Still got me own teeth too !!
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    Hang on Margie, I'll send you my latest ' Wanted' poster !
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    Well today it isn't raining. It's even a bit sunny and warm enough for a bit of ray catching between 'pottering' bouts in the garden. Planted out a couple of Gazanias. Still have a few Nicotianas, Verbenas, bedding Lobelias and little violas to stick somewhere.. ( Suggestions not required.... )
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    Just watching Australia vs Italy in the Womens World Cup. Technology is ruining the "beautiful game" 3 minutes to conduct a VAR review of an offside decision .............. FFS
  28. 1 point
    Quite right DJ360 all with basically the same performance and specs, 25-26mpg, 0-60 around 14 seconds. As we used to say in the trade, the only difference was "sh1t and glitter"
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    My neighbour had a Sunbeam Rapier in the 60s. As I recall the Sunbeam Rapier was the 'sporty' one, the Hillman Hunter, the 'cooking' version, and the Singer Vogue the 'luxury' version of basically the same car. I'll soon know if I'm wrong....
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    Don't forget the Silver Cross !!
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    How many can you name? Did you have one?
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    Blackfoot were a great band, led by the brilliant Rickey Medlocke, currently back with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southern Rock at its VERY best !
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    DJ..The Moby Grape song didn't drop completely out of of sight..Blackfoot opened there set at Knebworth in '85 with it.. but still nearly 30 years and counting!
  34. 1 point
    Been some cracking coverage on ITV4 of the Isle Man TT 2019, anyone been?
  35. 1 point
    I've just found this excellent article regarding the history of Notts County FC. There's some really good old photos. Thanks to 'Footymad' http://boards.footymad.net/showthread.php?t=38206582
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    Well, I'm humbled. I've just been looking for the photo of the Overseas Column in Centrals yard (didn't find it ) and saw this post. In reality, the small number of people abusing the site is minimal in relation to the lovely and interesting people who make this site so interesting . So, spat over, back to great memories of Nottingham and it's life. Regards all.....
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    Will2017, thanks for the tip about the 'Playedinaband' site. A goldmine of info. Found this: Whichwhat pictured on the stage of the 360 Club in 1969. 50 years ago! I've consulted my 1969 diary and we had them booked on Sunday 2nd Feb 1969, and Saturday 19th April 1969, so very likely one of those dates. I will almost certainly have DJ'd both nights. Just for interest, the Exit sign just visible is over the 'Stage Door'/Fire Escape on the side wall of the club. Looking out of there you'd see St Mary's Church and a view down towards Boowul Market. I don't know if the fire escape has survived the conversion of the 360 club into flats.
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    Dunno worrappened, because I was obsessed with music as an adolescent. One of my best mates at the time Bob Wyville (sadly deceased), and his younger brother Graeme, formed a band called the Hound Dogs while still at school. I seemed to drift off more towards motorbikes and other stuff. Graeme went on to be in various bands including Rainbow Sunset, then a stint in the BBC created band 'Highly Likely', who did the theme to Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads'. I think he was also in Paper Lace for a while. These days he's playing bass in the Billy Fury Story. Last I heard Alan Carnell was running a recruitment business. Rick Kenton went on to a spell with Roxy Music and a solo career. I went on to a spectacularly non musical career, unless you count the few times I've stuck my finger in my ear and sung the odd Whaling (wailing?) Song in a folk club.
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    Go back to February 2016 in this thread for a photo I posted showing the Hindley's/Bradleys place on Clumber Street (and, yes, it's now the Levi shop).
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    Had Classic FM on and they played Karl Jenkins Palladio. Cannot get it out of my head! Great music.
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    Googling "anti-biotics" and "itching" does bring up a number of hits saying that one in ten people have allergic reactions and one of those can result in hives . I think this is what's affected me as it's the first time I've taken strong anti bacs. I'm continuing with the anti histamines and the itching (all upper body) is slowly receding .
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    #66 It's amazing how quickly these anniversaries come round, MD and the odd memories that stay with you. When my mother was in Kings Mill, the new hospital wasn't quite finished and, on the day she passed, I was unable to find a parking space anywhere on the site at 3pm so had to park in Morrison's next door and walk back to the hospital. It was clear that mum was rapidly slipping away and as I only had 2 hours to park in Morrison's, I remember telling her, in her comatose state, not to go anywhere until I had moved the car! I raced out of the hospital, jumped into the car, drove into King's Mill car park where there were now spaces as visiting time was over, and back to mum's bedside where she was still waiting. I then encouraged her to go to a better place and within 5 minutes, she was gone! I often shop at Morrison's there and occasionally park in the same space I used that day. It always makes me laugh when I think about it! Don't think I have ever run so fast in my life!
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    But I don't think he would've done much racing in it.
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