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  1. 8 points
    Another day finished at the office.
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    Our road always floods when there's heavy rain as the drains can't cope, our drive slopes up from the road so house a few feet above road so safe from flooding. Moaned to Ashfield council many times but nothing ever done... Wife was staring through the lounge window during the heavy rain yesterday: I eventually let her in...
  3. 6 points
    What a shame Firbeck excellent photos are now broken?
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    I could identify most of the locations, and I've probably seen some of the drivers. Typical day-time driving standards are definitely worse than they used to be, but there are obviously also a lot more cars on the roads. And I agree with Brew that some of the dash-cam brigade seem to think that having one fitted makes them holier than the rest. Something I do a lot these days when driving (which I never used to do) is to watch the actual road surface. You could easily wreck your tyres or suspension in some of the potholes and crevices which are all over the region. Add to that the spectacular lack of white lines (worn away) at some complex junctions, it's easy to understand why some people get genuinely confused.
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    Somewhere out there, Colly, there is a parallel universe in which you remained at Chester le Street, won a place at Oxford, wrote a thesis on how to make tea and were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Somewhere out there is a parallel universe in which our Ben is a Trappist monk!
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    Visiting my maternal grandparents was always a special holiday. We lived in Nottingham and they lived in Barrow in Furness. Their house was bombed during the war and they ended up living in a flat above some offices. Being there meant visits to the coast, beach combing, collecting winkles and cockles, searching rock pools for baby crabs, always being careful to watch for the incoming tide. My grandfather was called Gary by all his grandchildren, don't know why maybe it was a name for grand dad in those parts. He used to go crabbing and bring all sizes of crabs back in a sack and empty them onto the kitchen floor. Then a mad scramble to get them into the boiling pot. Nana used to take me to a little herbalist on the main road to drink a glass of sass ( sasparella). On market days she would take me to the fish area and buy me a pint of shrimps which she always did when I was small and if I didn't get them would scream until they were placed in my hands. As I grew and was able to travel on my own and spend the school holidays with them Iwould visit everyone I remembered. My 2 aunties were the usual ones I visited. Irene because she had 4 boys and they were great company , Gwennie because she had a budgie who talked and how he could talk. " here comes the vicar, here comes the vicar, here comes the vicar" when he got no response he'd say " bu**er the vicar. He often used to escape but was always found mostly on Peel Island where the lighthouse keeper knew exactly who he belonged to. They were very poor but they gave me the most delicious breakfasts of broken biscuits for me pure luxury. Gary worked at the steel works and when the 12 o'clock buzzer sounded for lunch I'd never seen so many bikes all in one place. There were also the bikes belonging to the shipyard employees. From where they lived I could see the high level bridge being raised to let the ships through. If my parents took us , my brother and I, we would come back the coast road way and pick up some flukes. Don't ask what they are called but to us they were always flukes. Huge flat fish, bottom dwellers that when cleaned their gills were full of tiny pink shells. I loved this fish Many happy memories, but on revisiting Barrow with my husband quite a few years ago, it didn't seem the same. The butchers shop where my Uncle Tom worked was no longer there, the sass shop had gone too. I left there feeling quite sad as if I'd lost a little of my life.
  7. 3 points
    Had a drive into Bulwell for breakfast this morning,,,,sat with a bloke i'd not met before,,,soon got talking about health issues for over 60s,,,(he was 65),,his tale was sad but funny.. Told me he suffered from 'Depression'''.......and tried to commit suicide a few years ago,,by jumping from his 4th floor flat,,,told him 'you seem ok now,,are you?.........''''..yes mostly''' he said,,,..............i asked him if he still lived in same flat?.........Oh no,,he replied,,they moved me to 12th floor,,,, Both of us laughed,,,meet all sorts in Bulwell...........
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    I've learned something new. This is the late 1920s, with the pre-Player's buildings in the background. It shows houses on the 'other' side of Prospect Road which are long gone, and there are some interesting buildings fronting on to Churchfield Lane.
  9. 3 points
    When I first read the title to this thread, I guessed it would be something to do with Black Friday and special deals from Currys.
  10. 3 points
    Something else I recently remembered about visiting grandparents. When we went to my grandma’s house at Lenton, it wasn’t unusual to go wandering off upstairs and poking around in the bedrooms. In my grandma’s room on her bedside cabinet she always had a packet of polo mints, something we didn’t have at home. It made them seem slightly exotic, so I’d always go back downstairs and ask if i could have one of the polos. How many kids today would get excited about having a polo mint ?
  11. 3 points
    I picked up Princes at War by Deborah Cadbury whilst in the library. A look at the archive evidence for the relationship between Edward VIII and George VI. Although before my time, David, Prince of Wales has always fascinated me and though I have read many books and articles relating to him, it is still very difficult to understand his undoubtedly damaged personality, still less that of the peculiar woman he married. Otherwise, his family comes across much as anyone else's: a collection of oddballs who are often at daggers drawn with their parents and siblings. I'm sure that applies as much to any of the members of NS as it does to the royals, with the exception that our dirty washing isn't displayed for all to see on the front pages of the media. That's what Facebook and the like is for...at least for some, who seem to revel in it.
  12. 3 points
    When master and I decided to call it a day on long all travel and also just going over the channel. We decided to have a dog and holiday's in the UK, During our year's we have had many dogs, well dogs !! no only bitches it was decided that at our ages a rescue dog would be best, well we looked and looked but could not find what we wanted, we had 2 Rotties and had done trials with them many years ago and i think this was t back of our minds. One day while at Chinese brush painting the tutor had her dog with her it was a west island white, mind made up we started looking, well we found Meurig Kennels in Wales which had Westies and other dogs. Went down to pick up our Westie. Well it was in a pen with a young minature Schnauzer this Schnauzer came straight up to master and licked him, that was it we ended up with Sam a dog, we have had Sam about 7 months now and I would not swop him for anything or anybody. My only worry is age (me that is) have we done the right thing we did not intend having a puppy but HAY-HO we got Sam and he's great.
  13. 2 points
    Watching that video of the Market Square convinces me that the look, layout, design and everything else about the Square was better then than it is now.
  14. 2 points
    Me neither. And never been remotely interested in wanting to. I have also never bought a lottery ticket so wouldn't know what to do there either.
  15. 2 points
    Same here. I make a point of having spaghetti on toast, topped with cheese. I don't eat meat, haven't done so for 40 years. All I'm interested in is seeing the snowdrops and daffodils springing up along with the return of the daylight. The winter solstice is my celebration day. It gets lighter from then onwards.
  16. 2 points
    It must have gone into the same black hole that a very expensive laptop I ordered for my late husband disappeared into. That arrived at their depot never to be seen again. Luckily the seller sent us another one, I presume he was insured, but he sent it by another carrier with no problem.
  17. 2 points
    Compo we have a pellet stove and it's been caput for almost a week. Called our usual firm to come to fix it but they were unindated with work , called another firm and they were the same. The second one rang today to say one of his colleagues was in the area so he called in and found it was one of the pumps that had failed and he wasn't qualified as he was an engineer for stoves,but said for the first to bring a pump when they come tomorrow. It's cold and hasn't stopped raining for days so we are suffering with hot water from immersion heater, electric fires and a godsend of a Camino which has 3 outlets and is at present burning logs. Hope they remember to bring the pump tomorrow.
  18. 2 points
    Rememebr it?! If you want to work for the delivery company "Yodel" it is a compulsory skill!
  19. 2 points
    There's been a lot more than the usual amount of precipitation here in the last few weeks. I say precipitation as at the height I live, it's been coming down as sleet. It doesn't last long on the ground and because of living part way up a mountain, there is not much danger of flooding. One good thing about it is that the ski resorts are getting plenty of snow for the winter tourist season. (I'm not suggesting I like the tourists but a lot of the locals work at the ski resorts in the winter when the vineyards and perfumery land are 'resting').
  20. 2 points
    AG's book came up on one of the Nottingham sites on FB today. It may sell some more copies for him.
  21. 2 points
    Wheatsheaf 1937 "New version" with new road and bridge over railway 1937, presumably rebuilt to face the new road; And the bay windowed house definitely looks to be part of the Mill (1931), new bridge not yet open;
  22. 2 points
    Not sure if I've ever posted this before. The early Wheatsheaf, the version before the one which later became McDonalds.
  23. 2 points
    Vic you seem to indicate that the Kenneth W Clarke in the court case mentioned above is yours . There was another report of the same case that said Kenneth was aged 26 ( in 1944) . This computes to him being born in 1918 . Moving forward to the wartime 1939 Register there was a Kenneth W Clarke , a grocery manager living on Carlton Road with a Skellington family . This register doesn't give any relationships between residents within a property and he may have just been a lodger there ? (His occupation does match the later court case.) Fortunately the Register does give a date of birth .12th Feb 1918 . I am sure you realise that given this date of birth it's likely your father may have passed on . Indeed there is a death in the registers for a Kenneth Walter Clarke in the 4th Qtr of 1987 in Truro district , quite a way further West than Bristol that you mentioned in another message . However the death record does give his date of birth as 12th Feb 1918 , matching that given in 1939. Of course this is all circumstantial , the "Kenneth W" in 1939 could have had a different middle name and the "Kenneth Walter" in 1987 could have jetted in from some other place on the planet and just happened to have the same date of birth. Sending for his death cert may give further details such as where he lived and who reported the death but there's no guarantee it's the right man . Good luck !
  24. 1 point
    William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army was born in the same street as me, Notintone Place.
  25. 1 point
    I said it already, but I'll say it again. Happy birthday and many more, Jill. Hope you have a great day.
  26. 1 point
    Happy Birthday Jill Hope you have a 'Purrrfect Day.
  27. 1 point
    That's right Margie, they make excellent broth . I learnt that from my mother in law.
  28. 1 point
    Just had a new BT phone book posted through the door. It's not much bigger than a leaflet these days. I remember when you needed two hands to lift it; and jokes about being strong enough to rip a phone book in half.
  29. 1 point
    DJ you and I are rarely in agreement but in the case of roast beef.... I make an exception.
  30. 1 point
    I've had a couple of glasses of wine.. but at the moment I'm thinking I'd quite like a dinner party with H.G.Wells ( 'War of the Worlds', 'Men Like Gods', 'The Time Machine', 'The Shape of Things To Come' ) ..with Arthur. C. Clarke. ( 'Rendezvous With Rama', 'Childhood's End', '2001' etc..) and with Charles Dickens.. ('A Christmas Carol', 'Great Expectations', etc.. etc..) The first two would remind us of how our ego as the Human Race sets us heading for a fall.. Dickens would remind us of the possibility of Realisation and Redemption. Not too many laughs... though Wells could be hilarious. ( 'The History of Mr Polly.'. 'The New Accellerator') but we might learn something.... Hopefully while it's not too late.
  31. 1 point
    Dave, that takes me back to when I rewired the house we bought in Australia, stripped to my shorts in the roof space running cables out, 100 plus outside, tin roof too!! Mind, I worked at Boulby for nearly five years, when I worked in a district the coolest spot was 90F and that was our snap cabin, try 110 plus in the faces!! Mind the only cables I pulled down there were heavy trailing cables that few the machines. I planned my days on this house when I built it, ran all the cables out prior to gyprocking the ceilings.
  32. 1 point
    What always worries me is US style mains plugs. Two thin wobbly pins and no earth. . similarly poor plugs in continental Europe too... but with round rather than flat pins Although it can be a PITA, it seems to me that the UK style is very well thought through. A 'gate' opened first by the earth pin, before the live and neutral can even enter the socket.. and a fuse as an integral part of the plug. There was a bit of an issue years ago.. when the EU decided that 4mm 'banana' pugs as used for loudspeaker connections.. needed to be banned, because some clown had plugged a passive speaker into the mains and was surprised when it blew up. This because the EU mains pins are also 4mm. After a while.. it all seemed to go away.. and I have to say that it is no reason to support Brexit!!
  33. 1 point
    Bear with me its a long time since I was in the trade over there. My first question would be what kind of appliance was it behind? Cooker? Dryer? Freezer? Next question would be what size wire gauge is it? I don't know the metric equivalents of 7.044, 7.029 etc. In my day most cookers didn't have a box behind them. Just a control on the wall and a short length of 7.044 cable behind them permanently wired in. In Canada and the US there is a big plug in behind stoves and dryers so the owner can safely disconnect them. Wondering if the UK went the same way? Apologies if the above is not helpful. I'm just curious.
  34. 1 point
    Here's wishing my adopted big brother a smashing 21st birthday (again...and again!) for tomorrow. All the best folk are born in November!!
  35. 1 point
    Well where do I start. Thankyou for all your encouraging comments. The rain here is due to finish at 1pm tomorrow. Last night one of the dogs was sniffing around in the corner where the tv is and I noticed the floor was shiny, it was wet with a fair sized puddle. Moved the tv and place bath towels down to absorb water. I couldnt see where the water was coming through and I imagined it was like a few years ago when it was coming through the power points. But they were dry and so I supposed it was coming up between the floor and skirting boards (tiled both of them). After mopping up everywhere seemed dry but just in case I placed 3 bath sheets down . This morning 2 of them were wet through and I noticed a shiny streak coming down the wall, looking closer it was coming from a crack in the wall but only losing water on the bottom part. I think the ground is so bogged down that its obviously got to come out somewhere. Our road has been closed further down and there are other roads that are dangerously close to flooding that are put on standby. I suppose in a sense that we are lucky, just hope it doesnt get worse for those already in a disastrous state.
  36. 1 point
    Mary had a little lamb It followed her every where Now it goes to School with her Between two lumps of bread.
  37. 1 point
    I found this photo in the book "Blowing off Steam" by Jack Bracken. Jack was a former fireman based on the Midland line at Mansfield loco. I can receommend the book if you can find a copy - it's full of great anecdotal stories of his exploits between 1941-1954, when he left the railway to start his own business. I wonder if there are any more photos of scrappings in action at Rigley's? Class Code O2/1 Designer Gresley Designation 2-8-0 Built 30/06/1921 Builder North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow 1948 Shed 40E Langwith Junction Last Shed 36E Retford (GC) Withdrawn 08/09/1963 Disposal details Rigleys, Bulwell Forest. Disposal Cut Up Disposal Date 28/02/1964
  38. 1 point
    I see they are trying to raise the age from 18 to 21 to have a face tattoo known in the trade as a “Jobstoppers” I’m thinking if you make yourself unemployable stop your benefits kiddo? https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/19/face-tattoos-banned-people-21-11183776/
  39. 1 point
    Yes they are the ones that speed, zig zag in and out of traffic and use their mobiles on instatwitface whilst driving. In many cases the P stands for Pratt. Don't know about the UK but here in OZ they must be using cheap paint on the road line markings as they all but disappear in heavy rain and I so wish they would use the old fashioned "cats eyes" instead of plastic reflectors
  40. 1 point
    I too have 75 spring bulbs to plant in containers but at the moment it's just not going to happen. I can't do it and everyone is too busy to buy the compost and plant them.
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    My son always carries a 'poachers rod' when out for a walk. Last Christmas the pike were just queuing up to be caught at the local ponds! Never happens for me.
  44. 1 point
    ... and miming. But the sound was good!
  45. 1 point
    Songs from another time.. 1950s harmony.. I thought this stuff was 'naff' at the time.. but I've since learned different.. Rockin!!
  46. 1 point
    If you check your gps you'll find that 75 indicated is around 70. All speedos underread.
  47. 1 point
    I too have fond memories of the place, M.D. I can recall the swings next to the outside loos in the car park at the side. They may have been gone by your time. Mum and dad would sometimes go there on a Saturday evening if they weren't going into town to Coleman's, dancing. One would see friends from school sitting outside with their parents, enjoying a lemonade. Nowadays, they'd be overcome by exhaust fumes from the traffic! Life was slower then.
  48. 1 point
    I also watched Love your garden, with the obsequious short arsed but much appreciated Alan Titchmarsh the other night. His gang did a tremendous job on renovating the large garden of a poor chap who contracted meningitis and sepsis in his mid 40's. He's had to have amputation treatment on all four limbs. I know that a lot of these heart wrenching stories are virtually unwatchable, but this one really hit home for some reason. Maybe it's because I love gardening so much, that I'd be devastated if for any reason I was prevented in doing so. Anyway, well done to Alan and his gang.
  49. 1 point
    Can't even wrap fish n chips in it nowadays!
  50. 1 point
    I frequented the Punchbowl in the 70s usually on a Saturday lunchtime when there was a meeting up of several members of several local jazz bands. They didn't play or anything, it was just a friendly get together. The thing that sticks in my mind particularly is that they did very good toasted sandwiches. One day I was quietly having a roast beef toastie when a woman sitting at the next table leaned over to me and said 'You don't want that do you' and proceeded to remove the filling from my sandwich and feed it to her dog sitting on her knee. I was speechless but I got my own back - I had smothered the beef with horseradish. In case you don't know, dogs don't generally like horseradish so, after a few seconds, said woman was covered in dogs vomit. Whoever was working behind the bar found the whole thing hilarious and I was given a free sandwich to make up for my loss and for providing a good laugh to all the punters. I have often thought back to that occasion and wondered why the canine instinct of sniffing before eating didn't come into action.
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