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  1. From Nottingham, turn right at the crossroads in Thurgarton, through Bleasby, straight ahead at crossroads bottom side of Bleasby village. AFAIK it's a retirement home now; a former landlady, Muriel Wanless, live in the old folks' bungalows in Thurgarton. In its latter days as a pub it was a popular bikers' meeting place.
  2. You could be on to something there. I'm ex Minster Grammar School, had bikes all me life! Funny though, had Harleys over 20 years yet I've never watched "Easy Rider".
  3. An often overlooked factor was(and still is to an extent) the vulnerability of the railways to strikes.The whole network was effectively controlled by three unions, NUR, ASLEF and TSSA; effectively, the footplatemen, station staff/shunters/signalmen etc, and junior management.All were until comparatively recently closed shops, and if one went out the other two would not cross the picket lines. I do think one of the most short-sighted steps in recent railway history was the lack of investment in Freightliner container traffic. Back in the mid-80's, an entrepreneur called Edward Lacoste operate
  4. Being Grade 2 listed for quite a few years has probably done a lot more!
  5. Found this, an interesting snippet..... Colwick Cheese
  6. Duetting with Duster Bennett now, sadly. Don Partridge Obituary
  7. Most folk I know in Ilson are round the bend anyway!
  8. It was "Mr. Piper" actually; played by a Canadian opera singer called Allan Crofoot. Come with me, come and see All the wonders there will be In my stories,in my songs And everywhere where fun belongs. There'll be heroes, giants bold Visit lands both far and old With magic tricks to shiver your skin Laughs galore with animals in Your world of fun, Pied Piper's home! I swear I've just typed that out without recourse to Wiki! Funny how some things stick in your mind.
  9. Ah, don't remember him, must've been after my time.
  10. Slightly off-topic, sorry, but do any of the bikers on here remember that lad from Derby who had the V-8 Imp-engined special? Two Imp blocks with a one-off crankcase. He wasn't a very big chap, the bike was huge, but he could certainly ride it!
  11. Would that be Dave Smith? Stocky bald-headed lad, had a son in the Army who was wounded in service IIRC?
  12. One you all seem to have overlooked, to my surprise; GT Cars,the Renault dealers next door to Chettle's yard on St. Peter's Street, Radford. Been closed for many years and I think the site's been built over now. My first job after leaving the Army was as a parts salesman there, in the early 1980's. They also had branches in Long Eaton, Derby, and Sheffield.
  13. You wouldn't have got many when my old man was alive. He worked for Hoveringham, so knew every field where they grew; used to come home with dirty great bags full of blueys. Funny thing was he was allergic to all fungi, so my Mum used to do 'em for me and her, just how radfordred showed us only without the fried egg on the side, and cos we was poor it was streaky bacon not the posh shortback wot he's got! :tongue:
  14. Couple of other factors to consider. 1) Very few people would have had cars. If they did, they were probably known to half the street, and an unusual one would be spotted. 2) People knew their neighbours better; as per above, a stranger would be noticed. 3) If the miscreants were caught, they'd not only get a rough time off the coppers but probably off the other lags inside, especially for robbing a woman. Plus they'd get a substantial sentence in a proper jail, not probation and a chance of an adventure weekend. Prison might not be a deterrent today, but that's only because it's far too c
  15. Yes, and it's a damn good job she's not Italian! :tongue:
  16. What Rog said. Pity some of us can't be more gracious. Old adage; if you can't find owt good to say, don't say owt at all.
  17. Road classifications were introduced shortly after WW1, so this would date the map to early 1920's. As littlebro says, it's probably a hybrid, not all features would be updated simultaneously, no satellite photography then!
  18. In the mid-1960's, used to get sent down to Thurgarton post office ( before the shop on the crossroads was built) to fetch a packet of "Doctor Whites" for me mam. Mrs. Reeve at the post office would always wrap the packet in brown paper and seal it with tape, presumably so's no-one would know what it was! Can't help wondering how our parents' generation would cope with some of the adverts on the telly at the moment!
  19. Me mam was a genius at mental arithmetic, and could add up her shopping bill as she went along; it was a foolish checkout assistant who dared to argue with her. Kids can't do that today, everything's done with a calculator; even two pints at £2.50 each seems beyond them. I agree, it pays to check, especially if you pick the wrong item up on those BOGOF jobs and end up paying full whack for both items. I've found by experience that if it happens at our local Morrisons they happily apologise and sort it promptly, whereas at Tesco's it's almost like they hate you for catching them out. Incident
  20. And of course you'll remember the other choice you used to get... eat it or bloody go without! !hungr!
  21. Pretty much what it says actually; bits of pork offal (liver, kidney, heart) and scrap bits of belly and bacon, fried up in a pan with onions, drain the fat off, add gravy and simmer. Seriously unhealthy by todays standards but surprisingly tasty. Another one from my memory banks; though my dad was allergic to mushrooms, one of his favourite pastimes when going for a walk down the gravel pits was picking bluebuttons, which mam would fry with streaky bacon. Just done a bit of boiling bacon for me sandwiches last night; nowt like it used to be though, I preferred it when the fat to meat rati
  22. Inspired by the "sandwiches" thread..... probably like many of us of a certain age, I could pretty much tell what day it was as a kid by what turned up on the dinner table. In our house, it was as follows; Sunday Roast beef/pork/lamb/chicken, mashed taters (new in season) carrots, greens (cabbage, cauli or brussels, occasionally purple sprouting broccoli) peas (fresh in season) and roast taters. Monday If Mam was home; Sunday's leftover meat warmed up in a pan with gravy, veg and mash. If there was a whist drive; cowd meat and chips.With Dad's pickled beetroot. Tuesday Liver and onio
  23. The demolition of some of the viaducts (mainly the one which is now occupied by the new courts) was done by Watts, whose yard was on Porchester Road. I knew Dave Watts slightly, as he and Roger Radford (who owned Thomas Long) used to drink in the Red Lion at Thurgarton. Dave told me that he reckoned it took him longer to knock those viaducts down than it took the GCR to build them. He reckoned they'd have stood at least another 100 years with absolutely zero maintenence, that's how well they were built.
  24. I've just found this bit of British Pathe film which shows the actual event; should bring back a few memories. My link Enjoy!
  25. Nice one Firbeck, you are hereby awarded a virtual pint of Home Mild! BTW, that link appears to be busted. I often wonder if it was this event which kindled my later interest in steam; as I've said before I was too young to consciously remember it on BR. Would anyone know when steam disappeared from the Nottingham-Lincoln line?