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  1. Here is a section of an os map from about 1900 showing the area where Snakey Wood must be. I was hoping it would be marked but I can’t find it. You will see faintly underlaid the modern street names so could work out where the Lowes estate is if you are familiar with the area. I’m not. I marked Sandy Lane. I am familiar with much of Sillitoe’s work. His grandfather lived towards Wollaton Vale (Engine Houses) so walking the area he was not far from Beeston, Bramcote etc. People would stroll out several miles and think nothing of it.
  2. If you read this memoir there is a mention of Snakey Wood last quarter of Page 6, quote…. Meeting at the Oak at six we were clearly had strength in numbers. There was anything from five to around twelve of us. We’d walk down Wollaton road, cross the A52 and head up through the sprawling Lowes estate to the scrubland at the back known as Snakey woods. see https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2086/12064/glue sniffing chapter (2).pdf?isAllowed=y&sequence=1 Hope this helps.
  3. You can still get them in modern cars Ben as optional extras but they can be expensive.
  4. In my dads Morris 8 the windscreen could be opened having a hinged top edge with a small winding handle on the bottom. It also had a small tab on the centre of the steering wheel above the horn press for the trafficators. I also recall it had a roller blind in the rear window made a yellow cellophane type material that was operated by a pull cord above the drivers door that you could open to reduce rear dazzle.
  5. I remember all the things mentioned about old cars. My dads car when I was young was a Morris 8 and that had trafficators. I still remember the ‘plop’ they made when retracting. They were easy to remove and he used to keep a small bowel and old paint brush to wash them in parraffin when they got sticky. My first car had a foot operated dip switch and a little button on the dash that squirted a drop of water on the windscreen for screen wash. It had been converted to flashing indicators which we always called winkers. My Ford Escourt Mk2 had the rubber bulb and switch on the floor for screen wa
  6. My son has been to do some filming there so not as a customer as such but what he saw he thought was pretty good as a tourist attraction.
  7. I was born and lived my early life in a very modest 2 up 2 down terraced house in Radford. The kitchen which was the single storey bit at the back, common in these type of houses, had a small separate room off the kitchen which was always referred to as the scullery. I can remember a meat safe being in there which was a small cupboard with big panels of perforated zinc in it. I don’t remember what else as when I was about 3 or 4 the bath was moved from upstairs into the scullery so what had been the upstairs bathroom became my bedroom. My goodness, it was cold in winter.
  8. No Jill. You as the victim. I’m sure you were never guilty of offending.
  9. This may be of interest to some. Thinking of you particularly Jill Sparrow.
  10. Promised to take my grandchildren which I will soon as my bank loan comes through.
  11. I have a large antique oak top table with 6 chairs for our dining room and it gets used quite often for Sunday lunch when the family visit. Other times eating is a tray on the knee. I often use the table for working on the laptop etc.
  12. DJ360. Col A Riot had a legal definition ie. 1714 Riot Act The early 1700s was a time of unrest in Britain with riots occurring in 1710, 1714 and 1715. The preamble of the Riot Act refers to these ‘rebellious riots and tumults' and states that the existing laws were insufficient. The Act allowed local officials to read a proclamation ordering illegally assembled groups of more than twelve people to disperse. Refusal to disperse was a felony offence which carried the death penalty. It is from this we get the phrase ‘reading the Riot Act'. Contemporary accounts disagree as to
  13. Graham. I am in touch via a private Facebook group with a number of retired officers. I will post a copy of the link to your article and let you know any comments they have. Some of them go a fair way back and will recall many of the stations long gone.
  14. Sorry I couldn’t list these in one post. My father is 5th from left back row on the above picture. I’m assuming that there are other stations present at this parade as there seems too many for just Triumph Road. I have the Lenton Times articulated on the AFS station, Triumph Road.