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    I've just found this: https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/ . Maybe things are looking up although I note McDonalds and Costa aren't listed as partners.
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    Litter, well, to use the modern vernacular it does my 'ead in. How can people be so selfish and uncaring about their surroundings? When I were a lad sure there was litter but It seems to be getting worse these days and it isn't just the youngsters. I grew up in the 50s and 60s and back then my mum and dad's generation were much more caring. I guess they were just happy to have made in through WWII. They taught me that littering was almost as bad as vandalism. The Keep Britain Tidy campaign along with a £50 fine if you were caught littering was quite effective but is now long forgotten. Nowadays I live in a small Northamptonshire town and the council employ a good few "litter pickers" but still litter is evident at the side of the roads and paths. I find it offensive and when I walk our dogs I regularly pick up what I can manage. I simply can't understand why people drop litter so close to litter bins. Haven't they got a brain? As for people who throw stuff out their car windows, they should be publicly flogged and people that indulge in fly tipping should have the word "slob" tattooed on their forehead. As a start I think all drinks should be sold in a returnable glass bottle. Or you could even consider a 5p deposit on a can, refundable when returned to a recycling centre. I bet you wouldn't see so many discarded then. I see some places have started having litter picking days where the community get together and go out picking. A great idea which I hope catches on before we all drown in a mountain of crap.
  3. If you're interested in old valve amps you should checkout http://www.chambonino.com/ John is Nottingham based and I came across his site when I was researching Linear amps. Linear were cheap and cheerful valve amps from the early 60s which lots of lads bought when they started out on electric guitar. They were definitely “no frills” but they've become sought after over the years and command decent money now if you can find one. John's website is full of information and pictures of those pioneering valve amps such as Selmer, Vox, Bird, Watkins etc. A great read if you were in a band in the 60s. BTW our band’s rhythm guitarist had a Selmer 30 watt all transistor amp back in 1965. The amp was just a small rectangular box perched on the top of a 2 x12” speaker cabinet. It looked punny after the big heavy valve tops but it was much lighter and bleddy loud. Like all solid state electronics it came on instantly without the warm up delay.
  4. Hi manorcom, I've just been reading this thread with great interest. In the mid 60s I played in a band with a lad called Charles aka Tony Dickens who lived on Gawthorne St. Tony joined Bendix in 1966 and had a Cavern Deluxe which sounded great. He worked with an electronics engineer called Joe Green who helped our band out a lot with his knowledge. Tony knows quite a bit about the Bel amps. He's posted on here as tony1 in the past but is also on FB as Charles Dickens. I've got an email address for him too which I can send as a PM if you'd like
  5. Back in the late 1970s when I worked in Peterborough a fellow Nottinghamian made a reference to snobs and I was the only other person in the room that knew what he was talking about. Outside of Nottingham they're always referred to as five stones.
  6. Hi again DJ360 I've been reading up on the various Beatles recordings/formats/mixes etc and the DeAgostini Beatles vinyls get very good reviews. I was tempted myself when I saw them but I have so much Beatle music already I decided to pass. They were certainly a cost effect way to buy The Beatles on vinyl without a drop in quality. It would seem I was wrong about the 1987 Rubber Soul CD. It appears it's a remix of the 1965 vinyl stereo version and rectifys the vocal/instrument separation. I also discovered that I have a CBS CD of Rubber Soul that contains the mono mix and stereo mix from 1965. BTW the US release of Rubber Soul had a slightly different track listing to the UK release. Don't ask me why. I guess you've deduced by now that Rubber Soul is my favourite Beatles LP. I've even got an original EMI 2 track mono reel to reel tape of it. I've always been a big fan of reel to reel. I've got a 1974 ex BBC 2-track Ferrograph Logic 7 if you know what that is. I restored it a few years back and it is superb but weighs in at 26Kg. Ferrographs were the last of the great British reel to reel machines before the Japanese took over. Now before the moderators delete or relocate this post I must get back on track and remind readers I initially posted on this thread because I lived on Elstree Drive from 1950 to 1961. I think the first record I remember my dad bringing home was Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock around the clock" on a shellac 78 in 1956. The B side was called Thirteen Women which I thought was a bit odd. It's not a great song but most B sides weren't. Back then we had a huge HMV radiogram which only played 78s and when 45s came along dad went and bought the BSR deck which he played through the Grundig radio. My wife and I regularly visit antique and collectors fairs and we're always struck by how beautifully made the cabinets that house the early radio and TVs were. I think the first 45 my dad bought for the new setup was Lonnie Donegan's "Does your Chewing Gum lose it's flavour (On the Bedpost overnight?)" I loved Lonnie Donegan and his rendition of "Have a drink on me" is still a favourite. BTW I recently discovered that "Does your chewing gum etc" is actually a cover of a 1924 recording by The Happiness Boys called Does the spearmint lose it's flavor on the Bedpost overnight? The title had to be changed because Spearmint is a registered trademark in the UK.
  7. Again with a few corrections. I told you I was a bit OCDC lol. I very much enjoyed your Hi-Fi memories DJ360. My Beatles LPs were all bought on the day of release so I assume they’re first pressings. I usually bought them from Boots on Pelham St where as a Boots employee (D10 Beeston 1968-72) I could use my discount card and get 10% off. After Sgt. Pepper I bought Yellow Submarine, The White Album, Abbey Road and The Let it Be boxed set. I'm a bit OCDC so they are in outstanding condition although not mint because I've played them all (carefully) a good few times. As I'm sure you know the later Beatles albums in mono are more valuable than their stereo counterparts because they were less common in the late 60s. My first wife's father was very into H-Fi and in the late 60s he had a Leak Stereo 30 Plus amp (transistorised) with some excellent KEF speakers and a Thorens turntable. It was the most impressive sounding setup I'd heard up until then. He also used to play his Uher Report reel to reel through this system. Later on he bought two huge floor standing Wharfedale Teesdale speakers and a Quad amp which was stunning. He then added two more Wharfedales and a Pioneer quadraphonic amp but as you may remember quadraphonic sound didn't really catch on. I well remember the early Beatles stereo albums which were a Godsend for a guitarist/vocalist such as myself where you could hear the instrumental parts and vocal harmonies so much better. IIRC when the Beatles albums first came out on CD in 1986 the first four were in mono but Rubber Soul was in stereo and the vocal/instruments separation was preserved. When the albums were remixed/remastered in 2009 the sound engineers put the vocals in the centre of the mix and also adjusted the stereo image of the instruments. Finally in my collection of Beatles LPs I'm very fortunate to have a first pressing copy of Beatles for Sale in stereo which was given to me by my first wife's father. The cover shows slight signs of wear but the record itself is in excellent condition. The vocal/instrument separation makes for very interesting listening. I bet the other early albums are also fascinating to listen to in stereo.
  8. I very much enjoyed your Hi-Fi memories DJ360. My Beatles LPs were all bought on the day of release so I assume they’re first pressings. I usually bought them from Boots on Pelham St where as a Boots employee (D10 Beeston 1968-72) I could use my discount card and get 10% off. After Sgt. Pepper I bought Yellow Submarine, The White Album, Abbey Road and The Let it Be boxed set. I'm quite OCDC so they are in outstanding condition although not mint because I've played them all (carefully) a good few times. As I'm sure you know the later Beatles albums in mono are more valuable than their stereo counterparts because they were less common in the late 60s. My first wife's father was very into H-Fi and In the late 60s he had a Linear Stereo 30 (transistorised) with some excellent speakers and high quality turntable although I regret I don't remember the manufacturers. It was the most impressive sounding setup I'd heard up until then. He also used to play his Uher Report reel to reel through this system. Later on he bought two huge floor standing Wharfedale Teasdale speakers and a Quad amp which was stunning. He then added two more Wharfedales and a Pioneer quadraphonic amp but as you may remember quadraphonic sound didn't really catch on. I well remember the early Beatles stereo albums which were a Godsend for a guitarist/vocalist such as myself where you could hear the instrumental parts and vocal harmonies so much better. IIRC when the Beatles albums first came out on CD in 1986 the first four were in mono but the fifth, Rubber Soul was in stereo and the vocal/instruments separation was preserved. When the albums were remixed/remastered in the early 90s the sound engineers put the vocals in the centre of the mix and also adjusted the stereo image of the instruments. Finally in my collection of Beatles LPs I'm very fortunate to have a first pressing copy of Beatles for Sale which was given to me by first wife's father. The cover shows slight signs of wear but the record itself is in excellent condition. The vocal/instrument separation makes for very interesting listening. I bet the other early albums are also fascinating to listen to in stereo.
  9. In the early 60s the family Hi- Fi system consisted of a BSR Monarch U8 turntable plugged into the pickup sockets on the back of my dad's Grundig 3028 radio. He bought the radio in the late 50s and it was an excellent bit of kit of which he was very proud. It had “3D sound” which was actually three speakers each with frequency filters, a green magic eye for optimising the tuning, piano key band selection and four plastic wheels for adjusting the frequency response ie tone. It was in a dark wood veneered cabinet and pretty much state of the art in the late 50s. It must have been quite expensive when he first bought it.There's a restored one on eBay at the moment which looks great. I might take the plunge one day. The turntable was very versatile and had four speeds 78,45,33⅓ and 16 rpm. When playing 78s you had to flip over the stylus in the cartridge. I was always fascinated by the 16 rpm setting which I later learned was used for some speech only records which I have never seen to this day. It was all mono of course but it still produced a good sound when I played my sister's early Beatles LPs and 45s. Around 1967 my dad bought a Baird Stereogram from Radio Rentals on Friar Lane and in the Winter of 1967 I'd scraped enough money together to buy The Beatles Sgnt. Pepper in stereo. I remember being blown away when I heard it for the first time. I've still got it. It's in excellent condition with all the cutouts intact.
  10. I read somewhere on here that Oliver Barnett taught Maths and maybe Latin at Claremont in the late 40s and 50s before aspiring to Head Teacher. He later became head at Forest Fields on Stanley Road when it opened in 1956. Interestingly he was also called Ollie Beak after the puppet who appeared with Fred Barker on the ITV children's programme “Five o'clock Club” hosted by the lovely Muriel Young. BTW I also had two pals who attended Claremont in the 60s they were John Sanday and Ian Grey. Did you know them John?
  11. I was in Annesley 1961-6. The house master was Head of Physics Brian aka Bomber Smith. Super bloke. He also used to help PE master Ian Gibson with rugby. I hated it. Did you know Ian Gibson was an excellent centre/ winger for Leicester Tigers in the 1960s? IIRC he had short curly blonde hair and was a Loughborough graduate. He was also pretty handy with the plimsoll if you forgot your kit.
  12. I attended FFGS from 1961-6 and found headmaster Oliver Barnett a bit of an enigma. He had a fearsome reputation with the cane and certainly favoured girls over boys. He had little time for underachievers and always struck me as cold and extremely serious. Yet before becoming a headteacher he taught Maths and Latin and I have read several accounts from older former pupils that he is remembered with affection as an outstanding teacher. He was extremely proud of FFGS which he certainly regarded as “his school”and following his retirement in 1965 the school was never the same. It would seem then that after becoming headteacher he modified his style into what he thought a head should be. Discipline and respect were very much his values which certainly rubbed off on me and many many others who attended that establishment. I would have very much liked to experience his softer side but his stiff upper lip approach meant it was never on display as head apart from the day he retired when he was clearly moved by tributes he received particularly from Lord Mayor William Derbyshire who attended the school that afternoon. BTW the school motto was Pulcherrima sequimini which I guess was Oliver's creation. Google translates it as “beautiful follow” but I remember him saying on several occasions that it meant “seek beauty”. I think he was trying to say “think positive” but that's just my take on it.
  13. Do any of you Dungeon Clubbers remember a young mod from around 1965 called John Young? IIRC he had short blond hair and lived on University Boulevard at the Dunkirk end. He was around 17 in 1965 and had an older sister called Angela who was about 19. I met John through Angela who was my dad's secretary at Simms Sons & Cooke on Spring Close. S S & Cooke was flattened to make way for the QMC in lthe late 60s. I remember John's mum looked just like Thora Hird. John also had a friend a few doors down called Graham Ruffles who was a good guitarist and played in a group called X-IT. He looked like Sonny Bono. Graham helped my bandmate Charles aka Tony Dickens and I learn guitar and we've never forgotten him. Graham had a younger sister called Diane and she hung out with Tony and I for a while in the mid 60s. John's sister Angela was a single mum and had a daughter called Sally Anne. I believe Angela later married a lorry driver from Boots Beeston called Barry. Hope these names and memories ring a few bells.
  14. Bury were kicked out the league if you recall
  15. Gold is still the most attractive investment because it's free from VAT when you buy it. Other precious metals such as silver, platinum and palladium all attract VAT.
  16. Mansfield have had a poor season thus far and the Radfords must be very disappointed after coming so close to promotion with David Flitcroft. I can't see them dropping out the league again but they could be playing Notts again in L2 if the mighty magpie's revival continues. It would be so ironic if Notts and Mansfield changed places. The Mansfield fans really enjoyed Notts demise last season and were very disparaging about Alan Hardy. Mr Hardy brought a lot of it on himself but the new owners and management team seem to be getting Notts back on an upward trend. I can't see Lincoln doing much now the Cowleys have left. I think they'll be back in L2 or even non league again quite soon. I hope Chesterfield come good again. Kevin Randall was a great player for Notts in the late 60s I think Forest might just make the play offs but thereafter who knows? Wayne Rooney is certainly having a positive impact at Derby after their recent woes. If Forest don't get promoted this season I predict Derby will be pushing them much harder next season. Funny how Forest supporters don't mention Leicester much these days.
  17. Ritter do an excellent dark chocolate marzipan bar. Tesco used to sell them and I think Waitrose still do. https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/products/ritter-sport-plain-chocolate-marzipan-filling/009680-4793-4794?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Zev54CH5wIVRrTtCh3uXABxEAQYASABEgIKfvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  18. It kills your fingernails trying to manoeuvre a heavy mattress with no handles.
  19. Great article here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2397937/Now-thats-magic-The-adverts-helped-Black-Magic-chocolates-SAVE-Rowntrees-brought-luxury-masses--just-14p-box.html I saw one of the original empty Black Magic caskets from the 1930s at an antique fair a few weeks back. It still had the red ribbon on it.
  20. Yep they're still around. I saw them in Sainsbury’s earlier this week. Anybody seen Nuttall's Mintoes on sale anywhere? IIRC they were made in Doncaster. M&S did a slightly softer version a few years back but they could still manage to pull yer fillings out.
  21. Well here we are. Fifty years to the day when The Beatles released their swan song(s) Abbey Road and still the BBC2 special discussed in this thread hasn't surfaced. I'm particularly disappointed because back in September 1969 I was having the time of my life. I was 19 and still living at home, doing well at college (Trent Poly) and at work (Boots QC Labs in D10 Beeston) Notts County were on the up again after years in the wilderness. The world was my oyster. Me and several chums used to descend on The Grosvenor on a Friday night after a hard week at work and college. Most Saturday mornings there was overtime available in Boots QC labs with the bus picking up outside Toby’s on Friar Lane at 07:30 so it was important not to get carried away drinking the Home Ales bitter that the lovely fiery redhead Hazel used to dispense in the lounge. The resident gay guy Claude used to provide the entertainment. Players No6 and Embassy were the cigarettes of choice back then and the air was always thick with cigarette smoke as we accumulated the vouchers to exchange for gifts. The effects on our lungs never crossed our mind in 1969. Goose Fair was only a week away and we all left the pub promptly at 10:30, so called drinking up time to walk back to my mum and dads house on Russell Road to watch The Beatles new LP being reviewed on BBC2. A few months earlier my dad had rented a new colour TV from Radio Rentals and we all crammed into the back room to watch and listen to the Fabs latest offering. I wish I could go back and see it and do it all again. Abbey Road and Rubber Soul are Beatles albums I can feel as much as listen to. What a time, what a band.
  22. We're on a roll. COYP
  23. A few years back I bought a Notts County programme for Notts v Forest at Meadow Lane dated 22nd April 1950. I got it off a trader in West End Arcade for £15. The record books show that Notts won the game 2-0 with Lawton and Sewell scoring. The attendance was 46000 with Notts completing the double over Forest that season having beaten Forest 2-1 at the City Ground earlier in December 1949 with 38000 watching. In that game Lawton & Broome scored for Notts. That season (1949/50) Notts were promoted as Champions of Div 3 (South) whilst Forest finished 4th. They were promoted the following season. Halcyon days for Nottingham football especially Notts supporters. Just goes to show how badly things have gone wrong at Meadow Lane of late.
  24. At the other end of the scale Peter Brough with Archie Andrews was the worst yet he was extremely successful on the radio where his vent skills were irrelevant.
  25. Gottle of geer. Fly2 you're quite right that technically Arthur Worsley was an outstanding vent but it was Nottinghamian Neville King who made me laugh most.