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  1. One of my favourites. When you listen carefully it's genius playing by each and every musician. They all compliment each other perfectly. At the moment I'm in a Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup phase. Their best work for me.
  2. This film is on tv again tonight, freeview 81.
  3. Motorcycle shops

    Bernard was a great chap. A little odd and quiet but very helpful. My wife used to work for a joiners who had the shared the yard and my dad knew Bernard somehow but I don't recall how. I had a Norton ES2 and cross threaded the inlet manifold which was aluminium and quite delicate. Bernard spent ages sorting it out for me. When his workshop was cleared I got some BSA workshop manual given me as I had a BSA by then.
  4. Bromley House

    That's my maternal Grandmother Ian. Miss Maud Ellis. She was one of the daughters of Samuel Ellis, bakers in Arnold, quite well known for their excellent cakes. She married Charles Edward Clarke when he returned from the war. I may have quoted the dates incorrectly from memory. I beleive there is a Kodak exhibition currently on in the attic.
  5. Bromley House

    I too joined Bromley House a year ago. My renewal has just come through and I intend to remain a member. It is not terribly expensive, less than the price of a decent coffee per week and well worth the fee. I joined primarily as I was involved in a project relating to the letters my paternal grandfather wrote home from France in WW1 and it was a calm pleasant convienient place to meet others involved and work. It is a wonderful place with many interesting books both ancient and modern. My maternal Grandmother was a librarian there from 1913 to 1919. The building is in the process of having some major repairs particularly to the roof. The staff are very helpfull and I would thoroughly recommend anyone considering joining to do so.
  6. British Summer Time Begins (or Ends)

    I've re built motorbikes from scratch, repaired clocks, built my own radios and hifi amp. Built computers and repaired them and achieved numerous technological feats I am proud of, but I have never managed to set the clock on the cooker once. It is a source of great shame and embarrassment for me but I confess it here.
  7. The Times, best place to live list

    You never know David. I'm lowly but it is widely rumoured that we are related to Lord Byron by blood on my fathers side. My gg grandmother was named Ada Byron Martin. Perhaps not beyond the realms of possibility given Mr Byrons rather active 'social' life. I think there must be plenty of Byron's offspring dotted around. On my mothers side a very long time ago a direct descendant was apparently Lord Mayor of London and In the 1900's some family members were quite wealthy and owned a lot of property particularly in Arnold. Don't know where the money went but it didn't find it way to me............unfortunately. I've just noticed your not local so Southwell library would be a stretch.
  8. I've posted a reply re Wilsons Lane. Hope it is of interest to you.

    Look on the 'Timesbest place to live' post.

  9. The Times, best place to live list

    I've asked around David and this is what I've found out re Wilsons Lane in Morton. I don't know when Wilson's Lane acquired its name, but it was known as such in 1841 as this name appears on the Enclosure Award map and quite obviously was so-called because the only residents on it were Wilsons, - Robert and wife, Sarah, at what is now Elvina Cottage, and James and wife, Ann, at what is now Morton Fields Cottage, but was for years the Poplars, on the corner of Gravelly Lane. I am sure they were brothers - James born 1767 and Robert 1769. Each owned their properties - Robert had 4 acres at Elvina and James 9 acres. The 1841 census shows there was another Wilson, Joseph, round the corner, I think at Hollycroft, who was probably another brother (age is about right). James died in 1841 and his son, another James, moved into the Poplars. Robert's daughters continued to live in Elvina. It would be possible to find out who the parents were and to confirm the brothers, but I don't have the baptism records before 1813, though they are available at Southwell library had I the time and inclination! So so you need to visit the Library at Southwell now. If you do want to go then check the opening times as it closes several half days. hope this helps. A credit to Jo Blaney who gave me this information.
  10. 21st March 1918

    Spot on Oztalgian. Gerry was trying to hurry before the yanks got their act together. The documents I have show that it was many months, almost a year in fact before my grandmother was officially informed her husband had been killed in action. She hoped he was a prisoner as a friends husband who had been missing for some time earlier in the war turned up as a prisoner. Harold is named on a memorial in Arras. My father visitted and I've been too. When I went the area was frequented by druggies and prostitutes but the Cemetary was well kept as they nearly all are. The letters written by my grandmother to Harold after he had been killed which were returned to her as location unknown are particularly heartbreaking. I visitted a German war cemetary while I was out there and found many Jewish German graves alongside their Christian comrades poignant. Harold is also named on the organ screen at St Stephens church, Bobbers Mill Road.
  11. The Times, best place to live list

    Didn't see it on the list Rog. You need really fast broadband apparently. I was an apprentice electrician when Crabtree was being built which I stuck at for 4 days. I did later live in Bulwell for a few years 76 to 81. My son was born there. Not been back for years.
  12. The Times, best place to live list

    Hello David. There isn't a church or church yard in Fiskerton is there? Perhaps you mean St Denis at Morton. As for Wilsons Lane I don't know off hand the origin of the 'Wilson' in the Lane. I was the chair of the local history society but gave it over some time ago but am still involved so I'll do some digging for you. Incidentally my cousin has done the family tree on my mothers side and is way back to the 1300's. I'm sure we have Wilsons from Southwell and a very posh landed gent with a plaque at Rolleston Church. Who knows long lost cousin David. Rather surprising to find I have ancestors out here as I was born and raised in Radford. I had no connection at all here but just liked the area so moved.
  13. The Times, best place to live list

    Just to put the record straight it is the combined villages of Fiskerton and Morton that have both made the Times list not just Fiskerton. I believe that Morton is actually the more atractive but I would say that, wouldn't I (but it really is)
  14. 21st March 1918

    Please let's spare a thought today for all those soldiers who died exactly 100 years ago today. The media seemed to have largely forgotten this momentous day when Germany launched their spring offensive along many miles of the western front in France at 4am on 21st March 1918. Thousands of soldiers on both sides were lost. My Grandfather Harold Aaron Priestley was serving with the 2nd 6th South Staffordshire Regiment. He was just to the east of the village of Bullecourt in France occupying a section of the Hindenburg Line having been moved there 2 days previously on the 19th March. The Germans had spent months planning a major attack with many battle hardened German soldiers who had been fighting on the Russian front joining their colleagues on the western front after Russia signed a peace agreement with Germany following the October Revolution. The German attack began at 4am with very heavy shelling with both gas and high explosive shells continuing until 8am. The South Staffordshire Regimental war diary records that following the shelling the enemy advanced in mass formation exposing the flanks and capturing the front line. 23 officers and 600 (charmingly referred to as ) ordinary ranks were killed. Harold was one of the dead. Whether he was killed in the artillery bombardment, gassed or in the hand to hand fighting that ensued we will never know but he fell on that patch of French soil. His body was never recovered and there is no known grave. His many letters record his ongoing sadness and regret at being separated from his wife and infant son throughout the years he was away at war and his hope and prayers to be spared and return home safely. It's hard to imagine the fear and terror he must have endured in his final moments. The South Staffordshire regiment was pratically wiped out. The Divisional Commander Sir J Aylmer Haldine K.C.B DSO later recorded his admiration and thanks for the very gallant stand made by the Division against overwhelming numbers of the enemy supported by tremendous artillery, his greif at the many casualties and satisfaction of knowing they did their duty in the most trying circumstances as can possibly happen in war. It has long been my intention to be at the location where my grandfather fell on this day, the 100th anniversary of his death. Sadly for a number of practical reasons, health issues and the poor weather I cannot be there. I am overcome with feelings of guilt and regret that I haven't made it but I will visit later this year with my son and grandsons. Today I will spend some time visiting my grandfathers former homes in Mapperley and Hyson Green where his beloved wife Eva spent the rest of her life a bitter and heart broken widow. I will also visit the church where his name is recorded with all those of the parish that served in that war to end all wars.
  15. The Times, best place to live list

    I knew grumpy Gordon very well. I used to fix his computer for him which he seemed to bugger up on a daily basis. I went flying with him several times some years ago. In fact I have some photos of my house I took from the air when I was with him. He was very abrasive and often rude but a character and I rather liked him although my wife didn't. Not at all. I went with him to the Waggon a few times albeit several years ago, didn't know he'd been banned and I've seen him in the Bromley. Don't know why you'd ban him unless it was very serious as he drank sufficiently to keep the profits up. I was very shocked when he shot himself. I knew he was down after Mavis died but still rather drastic. The house could be very nice. Stands nicely on the river but awful from the road. I think it's a pleasant view. Looks across to where the battle of East Stoke took place in the civil war. It's got that separate small house in the front yard too. Fine for a granny annex but if sold separately a definite no no. I think the mooring in front is being sold separately too so not included with the house.