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  1. Tom Waits. Little known in many quarters, but a true genius of an observer and commentator.. Dark humour at its best.
  2. I think the 'jangly' guitar is down to a certain Rickenbacker guitar model. The Byrds used a few different but related models I think.
  3. Not an appealing prospect from where I sit Margie. I really hope it helps you.
  4. Lizzie, I too hope all is well. Do you not have access to test results online? All of my routine bloods etc.. get put up on my personal record via 'Patient Access'. I can see the individual components of the blood tests and the comments of whichever Doc has reviewed them. They usually reduce it to 'Satisfactory Result', or 'Abnormal.. Action Required'..which I think has only happened to me once..when I was having all those presumed allergy issues a couple of years back. Also some, but not all hospital tests, such as abdominal MRI, appear there. At the moment I'm checkin
  5. There seems to be a massive rise in dog theft everywhere. It is no doubt the criminal's response to the huge increase in walking as a pastime, along with the fact that some people seem to think that dragging a dog around with them is a necessary part of walking, so that demand for dogs is very high. Add in the fact that people being at home is drastically reducing opportunities for burglary, so the crooks are looking elsewhere.
  6. I'm on Facebook. As with any other online medium.. it is what you make it. I use it for accessing a few local community blogs etc, and for keeping in touch with a few people, including those on the Nottstalgia Facebook page. Is the question mark at the end intended to convey an Aussie style raised inflection or 'uptalk'? Or did you just mean to use an exclamation mark?
  7. Hi BK, When were you there? I only ever went inside the place once. An uncle of mine was a sort of 'live in' caretaker there at one point. I think it would be early 60s at the latest. We had a family Christmas or New Year party there where we sat down for a meal in a big room. I recall it was freezing in there. At one point we kids all wandered into a room where there was an x ray machine, and on a sort of side table there were several huge square shaped magnifying glasses. They were no doubt used for looking closely at x-ray images. There were several different sizes, bu
  8. Swings and Roundabouts I think. Most jobs up to late 60s/ early 70s were a minimum of 40 hours p.w. Saturday morning was a common requirement, and of course Saturday working went with the territory in retail/hairdressing etc. New year's day wasn't a holiday until sometime in the 70's. I worked with a Scottish bloke who flatly refused to work New Year's Day. They didn't sack him. Then again. 'time and a half' was common recompense for working overtime above basic contracted hours. Also 'Double Time' for Sundays and 'Treble Time' for working Bank Holidays. He
  9. I said earlier that Joe Meek had produced the Chris Barber version of Bechet's 'Petite Fleur'. I was mistaken. Joe Meek produced Humphrey Lyttleton's 'Bad Penny Blues'. And Mc Cartney 'borrowed' from the piano riff for Lady Madonna' And here is Sidney Bechet's classic 'Petite Fleur'. Played ..not on clarinet as many think, but on Soprano Saxophone. His power and sense of melody were phenomenal. Peerless.
  10. I think this was Hot Chocolate's third chart single, but it was the first one which registered with me, and it is still my favourite of all their songs.
  11. You do have to wonder though don't you.. Where did all of those stunningly beautiful early 60s girls end up? John Leyton is now 84.
  12. Blame Mick2Me... I did and I think I got away with it.... As for booze and the jab. I've already commented here that if it was a real issue, I reckon the NHS would be shouting about it. but they aren't.
  13. Don't worry Mary... I always treated my girlfriends with the greatest of respect. And while this one lived close to Formans, she didn't work there. She worked as a Comptometer Operator... in Boowul. I always wondered what a Comptometer Operator was.... until I found it was a sort of mechanical calculator. But whatever.. she was very beautiful. My mate Picko tells me she is still around and he bumps into her occasionally.. Memories...
  14. That early 60's 'pre Beatles' period which Ben and Margie recall, was great for me too. I was barely adolescent at that time though and girls were scary things. Still..something was stirring in me and I loved songs which had 'fresh' and different sounds. I recall Summer evenings spent hanging around on Boowul Common, where 'older kids' gathered around the station entrance and the buildiing site which was to become the Golden Ball pub. Songs like: Del Shannon.. wiith compulsory lunatic dancers... John Leyton. I recall see
  15. We lost two Greats yesterday: Chris Barber. Age 90 Highly respected for his influence in Trad Jazz, but other fields too. Here's his band's version of Sidney Bechet's classic. Incidentally, produced by Joe Meek, and with Monty Sunshine on Clarinet. I think Bechet's version, with Sidney on Soprano Sax.. is much more powerful and raw, but Barber's version is sweet and charming. Bunny Wailer. Member of the original Wailers alongside Bob Marley, some years before Marley became huge, but also successful as a solo artist. I played this at the 360.
  16. As I recall.. £6.12s. in Sept 1965 as an engineering apprentice for NCB, nominally attached to Linby, but spent most time at Arnold and Carlton College or the training centre in Watnall. I didn't last long in that role and transferred to the Scientific Dept. at Cinderhill. By the time I walked away in 1967, I'd reached the dizzy heights of £8.10s.6d p.w.
  17. I always liked the Thos. Forman building. Very fine sight from the bus. I had a brief fling around 1970 ish with a young lady from Waldeck Rd. opposite Forman's. I can still recall her surname and the full address.. She looked very much like the young Cherry Gillespie and caused quite a stir when I took her into my local...
  18. The Water Pumping Station opposite Payne's was apparently opened in 1857 and closed in the 1970s. It was known as the Bagthorpe Works. Links to more info here: I've had a look on street view and it is clearly still some sort of works or depot, quite possible still for water. Blue and white sign near the entrance but obscured by trees. Would it be 'Severn Trent Water' now?
  19. Alliteratively speaking, as I recall, P.P.Payne produced packaging products. As a prolific passer-by on public transport, I perpetually pondered the precise purpose of packaging products P.P.Payne produced. Also, as I recall there was a water pumping station on the corner opposite Paynes. On a good day , from the upstairs of the bus, you could see into the pump house where there were what looked like steam driven pumping engines. outside was an ornamentally shaped pond. Later, it was just a scruffy yard, with pipes and stuff piled up. I've no idea what is there now.
  20. I see my multiple post from last night (which of course was not caused by me.. but by some sort of system error ).. has been tidied up. I'm guessing it was Kev who did it, but whoever it was, many thanks.
  21. I don't blame you.. Stupid bloody site showing my post as 'saving' forever. Still showng it like that... No doubt some sort of 'time -space continuum loop anomaly...' Or just a maintenance issue. Maybe Kev can tidy things up in the morning. P.S. I think it was 9...
  22. As some may know.. the Common Cold is caused by a range of Coronaviruses. For years, the 'Common Cold Research Unit' or whatever it was called.. looked into treatments and possible vaccines. Not so much because the Common Cold is dangerous.. but because of the economic cost of zillions of sick days per year. Again.. as I recall.. the Common Cold Research Unit was eventually wound up because it became apparent that no vaccine could combat the wide range of Coronaviruses, which , like the Influenza viruses.. were constantly mutating anyway. Covid however IS seriously dangerous,so even if we ha
  23. Many of the groups who came out of the Doo Wop era of the 1950s moved into a more soul/r&b based style in the 1960s, which put them into the soul/dance club scene alongside releases from Motown, Stax/Atlantic/Capitol and numerous other labels. The Platters were no exception and in the late 60s while we were running the club nights at the 360 and elsewhere, we became aware of a Platters song called 'Sweet Sweet Lovin', but couldn't find a copy anywhere. So, Picko wrote to their music company in the US, which at that time was 'Musicor'. Not only did they send us two copies of t