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Rob.L last won the day on June 13 2016

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    Born Mapperley now Arnold

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  1. Rob.L

    Vanished shops

    A DOT was featured on a recent episode of “Shed & Buried” on Travel Channel (one of the obscure Sky/cable channels). As I recall, the owner wanted a few thousand quid for it, but I wasn’t watching too intently as I can’t stand the bloody awful Henry Cole who presents the programme.
  2. Mention of Van Der Graff Generator reminds me of staggering out of the Bell one boozy Saturday lunchtime, when my mate Bob Hayes asked if I fancied going to see them play that evening. ”Where?” I asked, thinking somewhere local like the Boat or Uni, or De Montfort Hall. ”Hammersmith Odeon. The gig starts in three hours.” Cue a mad dash to the station, another mad dash across London, just making it there in time. Then another rush to catch the last train home. Missed the last bus, so had to walk the three miles home. It was worth the effort, though.
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    My washing machine saga

    Might just be that Lada don't offer their vehicles for sale in Europe any more? Possibly because they wouldn't meet EU safety or emissions standards? As for white goods, we bought a Gorenje larder fridge about fifteen years ago, made in Slovenia and a lot cheaper than other brand names. Turns out that it was actually identical to a Smeg fridge, but with a different door and less than half the price of the trendy version. It's still working perfectly, even though it has now been demoted to being the beer fridge in the garage. Not as old as our Zanussi tumble dryer. That's nearly twenty-five years old and still going strong.
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    I WILL Impress!

    Lizzie, Male MASBs seem to appear more and more in your group of friends. Just ask our usual Saturday night guest!
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    Things you don't see anymore

    Having had to drive to pick our daughter up tonight, on roads which were sheet ice under fresh snow and ungritted, and having to avoid or pass other cars which were struggling, I'd tend to agree that we ought to have a similar law in the UK*. Either that, or making it compulsory for new drivers to learn how to drive in adverse conditions. * Although my (part-time 4wd) Hyundai has summer tyres on it and performed excellently!
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    Beast from the East

    You're right, Phil. It doesn't look like the gritters have been out at all. Perhaps they used their stocks up last time? The roads here in Arnold are lethal, with cars struggling on flat roads, never mind on the hills. Could be worse, though. My brother in law and his wife are currently in their caravan just outside Skeggie. Must be bloody freezing for them!
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    Things you don't see anymore

    When I went to buy my current car, it had the gunk kit in the spare wheel well. As I tow a caravan, I insisted that the dealer supply a proper spare, even if it was only a space saver, which they did. I did notice that a full-size spare now appears on the list of optional extras, with a price tag of £250! It doesn't help that many cars are now fitted with "unidirectional" tyres, meaning they can only be fitted with the directional arrows pointing forwards. So a spare with such a tyre could only be fitted on one side of the car
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    Mapperley as it was in my day!

    Yes, that's me! And the two older Shaw brothers were my best mates. Although we all used to knock around together while we were at Westdale, it all came to a sudden halt when I went to Carlton le Willows and everyone else went to Gedling or Cavendish.
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    Mapperley as it was in my day!

    Hello fellow former Fernleigh resident, and sufferer of the Westdale huts! I seem to recall that one of your brothers was my brother Michael's best mate. Didn't you live at number 15?
  10. In which case, try the Nag's Head down the bottom end of the village. Simple, straightforward, food at a price comparable to Wetherspoons without the downsides of those establishments.
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    Bleddi mice!

    "being caught short in chest waders when wearing a large coat and often a life jacket is... way way of keeping your feet warm and moisturised.
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    Things you don't see anymore

    And punctuation?
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    Gedling History Trail

    I loved that corner into Wood Lane as I used to use my racing bike to get to school and could build up enough speed on the bike to take the corner at full pelt, which gave enough momentum to get up the hill at a decent speed. Not visible in the modern pic is a bungalow which used to be owned by a fellow Sherwood CC cyclist, Derek Long, who owned a building company and was known to turn up to races in either a Bentley or RR (can't now remember which)
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    Any more bodgers here?

    Not to mention matchsticks in the screw holes. Also used elsewhere instead of rawl plugs.
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    How's your day?

    Best meat and potato pie I ever had was in the Blue Bell back in the late 70s, when Eddie Hand ran it. His missus made them fresh every day, and served them up with mushy peas. Flaky pastry topped, too. Add in a pint of Home Ales mixed, and it was seventh heaven.