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  1. firbeck; we remember the first episode of Dr. Who. also. It was the first show on TV following the football results. There had been nothing, no news at all on the TV after JFK's assassination. And then there was this music and this totally different kind of show. Tom Baker was one of the best, we think.
  2. Stan: Barton Hart was my music teacher from 53-57. In sixth form, he even listened to my Elvis, Jerry Lee and Gene Vincent records in the music room. When we were in Nottingham in 1985, we walked around the old school - the grand piano was still there. Also, the Honours Boards. I remember Carmen, La Traviata. What were the other operas we performed for Speech Night? I like to recall his cloak and fedora. He was a rare kind of teacher.
  3. Ashley: I had almost forgotten what the place looked like. The window closest to the middle of the building i.e.the top floor, was where I worked. When NEV dissolved and WSB came into being, we had to clean the place. I wore whitewash for weeks! We partitioned the top floor into office and workspaces. The new owners of WSB Precision Components were: Doug Woods, Graham Straw and Gordon Brown. Perhaps WSB came from their surnames.
  4. I have a small cookbook with pork and lamb recipes that my mother gave me some years ago. It is titled "Making the Most of Meat" - Co-op guide to Lamb & Pork cookery. There is a recipe for pork pie. I do not know how old this little cookbook is, but there is mention of the New Zealand Meat Producers Board - before the Common Market? I also have at least two other pork pie recipes. We have enjoyed pork pie and pickled onions on quite a few occasions. My mother used to make her own potted meat, pressed tongue, etc. I just found a date for the cookbook - 1973. It's still has money-of
  5. MartynE: sounds like one and the same. Used to see him on Mansfield Road, a lot. He used to hang out in the bombed-out houses at the bottom of Sneinton Road - he'd make a little fire in there.
  6. Ashley: Some of those shelters were the basement of Metallifacture. One of the employees at Metallifacture was a warden at the time and had just finished putting the people in the shelter and a bomb bounced off the road and into the shelter.
  7. Don't know about any Native Americans in Old Basford, but don't see why not.
  8. mick2me: Itchy-coo was a homeless person, who wandered all over the city. He looked like a pile of rags that walked, jumped, twitched and generally scared the little kids. As far as we know, he was quite harmless.
  9. Does anyone remember "Itchy-coo"? This would be in the 40's and 50's.
  10. Beefsteak: Norman was one of the sons, Alan was another. Apparently, when Norman & Mike (his business partner) were rebuilding TV picture tubes (hence the "Electronic Valve" part of the business name), they would sleep next to the equipment all night - to keep it running.
  11. littlebro: we just could not come up with the name, thanks!
  12. Re: shops on Arkwright St.....Seem to remember buying my first tennis racquet and tennis balls from Redmayne & Todd.
  13. So, does anybody know the name of the pub, opposite the old NEV plant, in East Bridgeford? Nev's location was in an old malt house on Main Street. It wasn't The Reindeer, but we used to go to the Reindeer, also.
  14. Ashley: WSB (Precision Components) was formed at the same time that Nottingham Electronic Valve was voluntarily liquidated. So, it just a case of switching one name for another - everything else remained the same. The Wycliffe Mills site was so filthy the employees had to clean and paint it all. To the rear was a tee-shirt and underwear garment manufacturer. On the floor below was a building supply? business. Re: the video tape recorder - the prototype was developed and built in East Bridgeford.
  15. Bryan attended both Peoples College and Nottingham Tech. College,served apprenticeship and was promptly conscripted into the RAF! And thereby hangs a tale.
  16. Ashley: I remember the Italian POW camp at the top of Colwick Woods very well. The prisoners were allowed to work during the day and report back to the camp at night. We played all over the site after the war and the huts had gone.
  17. Re: the piping system in the shops - it's called a Lampsen Tube.
  18. Ashley: It was more like 1965. Some of the employees would go swimming at Carrington Lido at dinnertime, in the "summer". There is news article, dated June 29, 1985, in the Evening Post re: one of the owners of NEV - Norman Rutherford, entitled "Norman and the missed millions" by John Brunton.
  19. We can recommend the East Shore of Mobile Bay in Alabama. We live in Fairhope, which is listed as one of the fifty best places to retire in the U.S.A.
  20. Hi y'all! We are living in Alabama, USA and wonder what has happened to all the folk we knew in school. Anna went to the Dale Secondary School and then to Mundella, and Bryan went to Player Secondary School and Nottingham Tech. College. The time periods would be in the 1950's. Anyone out there?
  21. NEV(Nottingham Electronic Valve Company) operated out of East Bridgeford - my husband worked there as Chief Engineer and designed most of the tooling for the mechanics of the world's first home video tape recorder. NEV became the property of the Cinerama Corporation - the old NEV staff then started up in Basford manufacturing the Wesgrove recorder. My husband personally made the recording heads for the machine. If anybody needs a recording head set, let us know!