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  1. 4 hours ago, MargieH said:

    I went to Specsavers this morning and was in there for ages.  Apparently the macular degeneration in my left eye is now 'wet' so I've been referred to Addenbrookes so they can inject into the retina to sort out the blood vessels which are starting to appear there.


    Not an appealing prospect from where I sit Margie.  I really hope it helps you.

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  2. 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 checking daily for  feed back on an Echocardiogram I had last Sat.

  3. On 3/4/2021 at 11:39 AM, MargieH said:

    Why do some people treat animals so badly?


    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.

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  4. 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.


    22 minutes ago, radfordred said:

    repetitive banter on there? 


    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?

  5. 2 hours ago, Beekay said:

    DJ, I have to add to that. When I was at 'Springhead' xray centre on Cinderhill Road, Boolwul,  we were about to close down


    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, but all huge to my young lad's eyes. They were all standing up on their edges and someone popped in and told us very firmly not to touch anything.  And we didn't....but I was absolutely aching to pick up the biggest magnifier and look through it.. at anything..

    The only other thing I recall was a loo at the back of the building.  From the partially open window I could see out over woods and fields which were totally alien to me.  Like another world.  But they would no doubt have been the area arond Crabtree, with Snape Wood beyond. I see from Google Maps that the building is still there, but no clue as to who is using it now.




  6. 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 Majesty The Blessed Margaret of Thatcher did away with all that.


  7. 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.







  8. 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..





  9. 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 seeing this on TV on a series called 'Harper's West One'.about posh Dept. store.  John Leyton was presented in store as 'Johnny St Cyr'.. :)

    Huge hit.


    Girls soon started falling at my feet like that too.  Then I discovered deodorant.....

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  10. 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.



    Thanks to you both for enriching my musical experience.


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  11. 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.

  12. 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?


    Bakery.  Turner's.. that's it!  There was also a Co-op Bakery somewhere.  Wasn't that bombed during WW2? Another name I recall is Blanchard's Bakery. 

  13. 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.


    P.S.  Wasn't there a bakery somewhere between P.P.Payne and Thos. Forman? Sunblest maybe? I recall we went on a visit there from Henry Whipple Junior. As we left, each of us kids was given a loaf of bread and a single 'fancy' cake.  Our teacher, a lady whose name I don't recall, was given a loaf of bread and a whole box of fancy cakes... That was when I learned my place in the pecking order...:laugh:




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  14. 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... :laugh:

  15. 3 hours ago, Brew said:

    Just when there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel Brazil comes up with a variant against which the present vaccines may not be so effective.


    We will have a second jab in a few weeks but it looks like a third one, sometime before next winter, may be needed to deal with the new variant.


    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 have to constantly change the vaccines.. it has to be worth it.


    I stil hold out the hope that Covid-19 will eventually mutate in such a way as to become a  nuisance, rather than a killer.  Although viruses clearly do not 'consciously' mutate, it is those variants which spread easily which are most likely to perpetuate.. yet those which kill their host clearly limit themselves.


    ..I think.. :blink:

  16. 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 the single, but also the Platters Album.


    So here is 'Sweet Sweet Lovin' from 1967.




    And also from '67.  'With This Ring'



    Maybe not quite the classic sound of the Platters, but much loved by all of us who were 'digging' on the dance music of the 60s, and later adopted by the 'Northern' crowd.













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