albert smith

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  • Birthday 12/13/1928

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    home brew wine, sequence dancing. previously snooker, rallying & 22 rifle target shooting.
    Oh yes ,I'm also known to some as Eddie.

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  1. Trust the phone to ring at an awkward moment!
  2. Honestly Ben I had not seen your post re a 'medical examination' before posting on the 'joke'page!
  3. OMG Fly, right on the doorstep and didn't give them a thought! I'll be down in the morning. Thanks.
  4. Thanks everyone for your help. I think Rr has the best idea at the Valve Shop at least the assistant will know what he's talking about as Tesco & Wilco's only know 'what it says on the tin'! Thanks again.
  5. Like so many people nowdays I have several solar lights in the garden on replacing two 'failures' the instructions state that replacement batteries can be purchased at any electrical store. The specification is AA 1.2v 150mAh Ni-MH but Wilco's & Tesco only stock AA 1.5v 'normal' batteries. Anyone changed solar type batteries recently and know where they're in stock?
  6. Just 'pinched' this of FB
  7. Didn't we used to have reference numbers in the top right corner so as to be able to join a topic days/weeks later?
  8. Evening all, two weeks since the MRI Scan and 4 phone calls to the surgery "No results yet Mr Smith but keep calling it can take 8-10 weeks before we hear anything"! I've knocked off the codeine's and down to 4 paracetamols as the pains just a general ache around the hips unless I do something silly like putting in the bedding plants then it's a job getting out of bed next morning! Still no dancing, I just go for a chat whilst Barbara has learned to dance with lady partners, we have some very good friends who make sure we get out & about. Barbecue last Sunday, weren't we lucky!, Duchess Theatre last night so we don't do so bad! But I can't see myself walking the mile & a quarter to Bulwell Market in under 19 minutes in the forseable future, pity
  9. In my 'teens' I called in a barbers on Drury Hill, it's the only time I've ever been asked "Something for the weekend Sir"?
  10. I nearly put this post on the “Why” topic because that’s what I’ve been asking myself ever since my ‘ailment’ started @11.30pm on Friday, December 7th. last year! To explain I have to go back to my teen years when I saw a demonstration of ‘Indian Club' swinging’ by the Boy’s Brigade, I was so impressed I went straight down to Redmayne & Todd’s and bought myself a pair. They’re still on top of the wardrobe, unable to be used indoors ‘cos of the low ceilings. About the same time I was able to attend 2X2 week courses at the Army School of Physical Training, and qualified as a PT instructor in the Army Cadets, one of the instructors frequently used the phrase “Use it or Lose it”, an instruction I’ve tried to follow ever since, particularly since ‘retirement’ 25 years ago. Over the years a ’loose sequence’ of exercises has evolved, as much for mobility as fitness, so lots of stretching & bending, club swinging without the clubs and even ‘hula hoop’ without the hoop, and usually ending ‘punching’ towards the ceiling then slowly and still punching outwards bend down to punch the carpet 10 times between my toes, repeated three times! So WHY on December 7th. after over 70 years did I start with the stretch for the ceiling and then find myself punching the carpet? I actually came down for the 2nd. sequence when this “Catherine Wheel” of a firework exploded at the base of my spine. Such was the fury the ‘fire’ reached across the hips & down both legs worse than an electric shock because 6 months on the effects are still ongoing! To cut a long story short the transition from being possibly the fittest eightynine year old in Bulwell to a walking stick dependant semi invalid is a bitter pill to swallow together with the 8 Paracetamols & 4 Codeins per day. I'll finish my self inflicted moan with the 'Good news', I have an appointment for a MRI Scan tomorrow,Tuesday, at the QMC. Keep your fingers "X" Please.
  11. The caption for Picture 3 is wrong, it's looking away from Sneinton Hermitage and that'.s the Earl Manvers in the background
  12. Re. Hutton St. picture, I was late for school (Sneinton Blvd.) watching a body being carried from the debris!
  13. !Nice Post Oz but as Fly says ‘Short Rest Trips’ should be great if they run as planned by the “Brains upstairs”. Most Nottingham Drivers had very good ‘road cards’ covering the jobs worked from the depot, outside of these boundaries ie. Rhyl beyond Crewe, Blackpool beyond M’chester etc. a relief crew or if cheaper a conductor/driver would be needed to the destination. Once there it usually depended on the local manpower to see to the engine etc. for the return trip. The “Raleigh” works outing is a good example of the logistics involved, 6 trains, 6 ‘Jubilee’ engines with “Raleigh” reserved for the Directors train (with dining car!) all to be assembled, cleaned & ready to depart in about a 90 minute slot from the station and fitted in to the timetable to where ever they were going & returning the same night, and that's just one station & loco on one day. Good job ‘Northern Rail’ weren’t in charge! Incidentally Nottingham MPD had a 'London short rest' all the year round rostered into No.1 link. On duty 6.30 am. work the 7.30ish semi fast express to London, engine taken to Kentish Town Loco to be turned etc. The afternoon was your own but back at 6.15 to work back to Nottingham and finish about 11.15 pm. About 1960 ? Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, the the crew turned in, took 10 coaches to London with 1 (ONE) Passenger. NONE on the evening return trip! The following year all train workings on Christmas Day & New Years Day was permanently stopped. Of course Loyalty was part of the job in those days!