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  1. For my 14th birthday in August 1964 my older sister Marion took me to The Odeon in Nottingham to see The Beatles in “A Hard Days Night”. I'd started listening to The Fabs when Marion brought home their first LP “Please Please Me” in the autumn of 1963, then in December she went out and bought “With The Beatles” and I was hooked. In August the following year my mum and dad bought me my first electric guitar from Jack Brentnall's. Their shop was next door to the old County Hotel and they had some amazing guitars. Mine was a cheap Japanese import called a Freshman. It cost 14 guineas and I plugged it into the back of my dad's Grundig radio trying to emulate my heroes. It took me about 6 months to learn how to play it properly, no thanks to Bert Weedon's “Play in a Day” book which showed wannabe superstars how to play Bobby Shaftoe but was no help at all with John Lennon's mind blowing rhythm guitar playing on “All my Loving” and “I'm Happy Just to Dance with You” Since then I've played guitar on and off for 56 years. I've had some very good guitars but never a great one. If you study the picture below you will see George Harrison on the set of AHDN playing his Rickenbacker 360/12. Now that is a great guitar. Olivia Harrison still has George's original and there are probably one or two similar ones from that era that have survived but you would need a second mortgage to buy one assuming one came onto the market in the first place. Rickenbacker is still a very successful guitar manufacturer based in California and for the last few years they have been producing in limited numbers, an exact replica of George's 360/12. They are very sought after instruments and define the sound of The Beatles from 1964/5. The 360/12 was also used by Roger McGuinn of The Byrds notably on Mr Tambourine Man and many other Byrd’s recordings. Well, following this lengthy introduction I'm chuffed to bits to tell you my darling wife of over 30 years, Kim, bought me one for my 70th birthday. It arrived from CA in early August and it's an amazing guitar. Simply the best I've ever owned. PS I forgot to mention that unlike some other US based guitar manufacturers such as Gibson and Fender, Rickenbacker have resisted the temptation to cut costs and have some models manufactured in Asia. All Rickenbacker guitars are manufactured in their Santa Ana CA factory.
  2. I think the Radfords will sell up if the next managerial appointment doesn't perform. Sky bet currently has Paul Heckingbottom installed as favourite
  3. Time to ignite (sorry) this thread again as November 5th looms. I guess the big bonfire event on The Forest is cancelled this year due to COVID. I took the family a couple of years back and was thoroughly unimpressed. The traffic was horrendous and it took me ages to find a parking space. I also thought the funfair was tacky so although I've always loved Bonfire Night. I drove back home to Daventry feeling quite fed up. Back in the early 60s when I lived on Russell Rd the scouts used to have a decent bonfire on the Forest. IIRC it was down in the corner where Noel St. meets Gregory Boulevard. Not sure if I've related this story before but around 1962 or 1963 my friend whose mum worked at Bairnswear got her to bring him a long cardboard tube which he used as a rocket launcher. Not vertically but horizontally. He stood in the middle of Russell Rd where it crosses Laurie Avenue and fired a rocket down towards the Forest. Talk about stupid. Fortunately it didn’t hit anyone and he quickly decided not to fire off any more. I think it was that year we made torches from broomsticks with rags soaked in paraffin wrapped around the end. We paraded down Russell Rd on to the Forest with these medieval torches aflame. Fireworks used to start appearing in our local newsagents Codds on Laurie Avenue from mid October and although there was supposed to be an age restriction on buying them we never had any problems. Penny bangers and jumping jacks were favourite but I recall Standard fireworks produced bangers called Cannons in a few different sizes. My favourite trick was to light a banger let the fuse burn a few seconds then throw it up in the air so it exploded in mid air. All good fun unless you happened to get one with a short fuse! Well I've lived to tell the tale but I know there are a few unlucky youngsters who have been badly burned messing with fireworks so the modern controls on fireworks has to be a good thing. Finally then I must comment on the wonderful smells that fill the air on bonfire night. The smoke from the bonfire the sulphurous fireworks and the baked spuds, mushy peas and chestnuts. Halloween doesn't come close.
  4. Mess

    Bobby Ball

    I didn't like him at first either but he did grow on me over time.
  5. Hughton is an excellent manager and if left to it should get Forest on an upward trajectory. Unfortunately Zorba has a track record of interfering. Let’s hope he's learned that keeping a low profile is the best thing for the owner of a football club.
  6. Happy days Oztalgian. Yes Johnny Morris was the Hot Chestnut Man. He was on BBC Children’s TV in the early 60s. I tried very hard to make a “winter warmer” using an empty, perforated Lyles Golden Syrup tin using fence wire as you described but failed miserably. I think I even went and pinched some glowing coals off the open fire in our lounge but still couldn't get it to work. Shame. I loved the fires my dad and I used to have in our garden in the 50s. He used to get sawn logs from work which we would burn in the house and garden. A very nostalgic smell which contributes to my enjoyment of Autumn.
  7. I got the fire pit going this afternoon and roasted some chestnuts in the brass gizmo my dear wife bought me last year. It's made totally of brass and consists of a hinged and perforated container fixed to an arm about about two foot long. Looking at its construction makes me think it could be Victorian. Whatever, it’s a big improvement on the biscuit tin and bent coat hanger I used to use. The results were brilliant. After a few minutes the charred outer of the nuts cracked off easily to reveal the dark yellow roasted nut within. Delicious. Who else enjoys roasted chestnuts? Remember Johnny Morris on kid's TV in the late 50s stood next to a brazier with a big bag full of roasted nuts.( A word of caution, never stand too close to a roaring brazier or your nuts will definitely get roasted lol)
  8. Phil, my wife is a very competent dancer having attended a performing arts academy in Coventry called Pattison College. She didn’t pursue it as a career becoming a teacher instead. I for that matter can't dance to save my life which has caused much debate and argument during our 31 years of marriage. I will only venture onto the dance floor if I'm very well oiled and have lost all my inhibitions. When I'm stone cold sober I'm extremely conscious that I look a complete pillock when I attempt to dance. I'm a competent musician so I don't or shouldn’t have a problem with rhythm but dancing and me simply don't mix.
  9. Phil and Beekay do you remember the Cavaliers and Roundheads we used to joke about in the boy's changing rooms at school? Sorry Jill someone else will need to explain if you’re confused.
  10. Slightly off topic but I loved Al Jolson. My mum took me to see Larry Parks in The Jolson story when I were a kid. She also told me she saw Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer at The Apollo on Berridge Road. I think it was the first “Talkie”. Wiki says it was released in 1927 so she was 9.
  11. IIRC back in the 50s I was given a shilling by an uncle when he visited and I spent it all on 48 Black Jacks. This PC nonsense does my head in and a dare say quite a few black people think it's gone too far too. Wasn't there a dance in the 20s called the Black Bottom? Perhaps the creator should have called it the white arse. Back to Black Jacks. The packaging was redesigned a few years back to remove the golliwog images. Am I even allowed to say that these days?
  12. Back to sweets of old. I bought some Black Jacks last week and find the product development people have been dabbling with the recipe again. The aniseed flavouring is hardly discernible any more. Whatever test/trial methodology they used to validate the change, it's failed miserably. The current product is light years away from the original I enjoyed as a school kid in the 50s and 60s. Almost certainly the recipe change is driven by the need to cut costs but sorry to say the product is now screwed. I fully expect it to disappear off the shelves as older consumers at least will be less than impressed.
  13. A quick update for interested parties. I've recently acquired a CD of Kelly's Directory of Nottingham and West Bridgford 1953 and what a delightful read it is. I've found so many old relatives, friends, acquaintances and shops from my youth in the 50s and 60s. Copies are still on sale on eBay for £6.99. I thoroughly recommend it and no, I'm not on commission lol.
  14. Mess

    Coca Cola

    Yes mary1947 it was a very popular tv ad here in the early seventies. The New Seekers also recorded a version.
  15. Mess

    Coca Cola

    Katyjay, Strange drink. They used to sell it in McDonalds in the UK but it never caught on so they dropped it. I know exactly what you mean about Germoline. It never appealed to me I have to say.