Compo

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  1. Christmas began early in Aviemore. They had their lights up when I visited. on November 1st
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    Graffiti

    Equally entitled to make his mark as a social comment but not to deface the work of another. That's the difference between art and vandalism. The yob/yobess who defaced the picture is not entitled to do this - his/her mark should be alongside if it is to be a comment and not to be considered wanton destruction.
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    Graffiti

    How is it that the 21st century has bred so many small minded, destructive creatures? I hesitate to call them people - they are more of a sub-human species in my books.
  4. I was just recalling an elderly shop labourer at a factory in which I once worked - Plessey, Beeston. It also brought to mind a labourer called Harry Spouge, who worked in the same factory. Harry was a footballer and began playing for Leicester City just before WWII. Sadly the war interrupted his footballing career and during his service he was hit in the back by shrapnel and forever afterwards had a stoop from the injury. Of course, it ruined his career and being poorly educated, he ended up as a labourer in the factory. He used to take shop orders for morning breaktime and always tickled us with his "How many want Codycola?". For some reason he was unable to say Coca-Cola. He was a nice bloke and it was very sad that he had suffered and had his life spoilt, fighting for his country.
  5. Regardless of the monetary price there is the environmental and human price to pay for renewables. this is a price that no developer talks about. Rare Earth minerals are not called that for nowt. They are scarce and essential for renewable power generation. This means that they are of a premium price and so valuable that in the few places where they are found, the populations and land have been devastated in order to extract the minerals. There are two main centres for strip mining rare earth minerals; The Congo and China. Mining in the Congo has led to a civil war being fought over the lands and many people being either ousted from their tribal land or simply annihilated. Similarly, in China thousands of farmers have been removed and the land torn apart, mile after mile, for the minerals. The environmental damage is massive but who cares? Renewables are "Clean, green energy"...Grrr!
  6. Here's a bit of advice if you are planning to install solar panels. Don't put them on the roof. If they go wrong (And they will) it costs an arm and a leg to get them fixed. Install them at ground level so you have access to them without paying for specialist roof workers. Mine failed last winter and cost me £1200 to have a couple of connectors renewed and an insulation check. Total work time - around half an hour. They failed again this week. I was forced to get out onto the roof to disconnect a short circuiting panel - would have cost me another £1200 to get the repairers out but all it needed was to unplug two connectors and plug them back in a different order. Time take -- 15 minutes. I have lost the use of the disconnected panel permanently but they no longer make that type. Given that it is in the middle of an array it is not practical to replace it with another of different type and dimensions.
  7. Many thanks Stuart; someone in another forum said they thought it might be New Brighton but your image is spot-on. I wonder if we went by a Skills or Barton excursion coach? Surely, it wouldn't have been by train from Nottingham?
  8. I have been trying to identify the location of this photograph. Featured are myself in my mother's arms and my maternal grandparents. Can anyone identify the location, please? The date is 1951 and in those days i don't think we travelled very far from Nottingham for our day-trip holidays. The trip would have been taken by train or coach.
  9. When I started senior school all the boys had a haversack, either Army or RAF government surplus. I haven't seen schoolkids with one of these for many years but I suppose that's because they were still offloading WWII surplus stock when I were nobbut a young'n. They were almost exclusively covered with pop group names and other such stuff like their best girl or favourite motorbike name.
  10. [wedding ring that was buried in the sand] Sadly, no.
  11. I know I've mentioned it before but just to remind you that if anyone finds a gold wedding ring on Mablethorpe beach, please let me know - I buried it in the sand by the sea wall in 1969 and would like it back .
  12. Stuart, St Alban's is the name I was looking for. Many thanks, you've jogged my memory. My father worked there as caretaker in the '70s and '80s but I couldn't recall the name when asked by my aged uncle.
  13. Was it always called Derrymount, Stuart?
  14. What's the name of the primary school on Oxclose Lane between Byron Street and Sherbrooke road, please?
  15. Until recently, these people would kill you as soon as look at you. So what changed things? Simply, the Chinese. They have built dirt tracks into the far reaches of the Omo Valley in search of minerals. The deal was that the Chinese get the minerals at cut price and the Ethiopians get the tracks and other infrastructure that goes with the tracks. The so called "Savages" quickly caught on to the fact that dirt roads bring vehicles that contain people with lots of money to give away, so they make sure that their villages are not too far from a track and the outsiders simply come and give them money for just being themselves. The money buys arms and ammunition to fight their rival tribes as they have always done but it also allows them to travel into the city to get supplies that would otherwise be out of reach to them.
  16. They were government aids for her bad leg, Beekay. the tribe lives in a protected national park zone in the Rift Valley and are entitled to aid as and when required. Doesn't stop them being warlike though! When we went into the national park we had to take an armed park guard to protect us against wild animals and possible attacks from tribal factions. The tribes visited had become used to occasional foreigners and had learnt that valuables such as fresh fruit and corn can be had in exchange for a warm welcome. The odd thing about the facebook ban is that two of the photos in the album showed totally naked men wearing nothing but spots of white paint on their bodies. They went unnoticed!
  17. Here's "Spam" with his girlfriend "Spat" A feral female whose name aptly describes her attitude. [Photo taken in twilight, hence grainy image]
  18. This is "Spam" the local feral tomcat, stalking his food bowl in the garden.
  19. I have received a temporary ban from facebook for attempting to upload a pornographic image; an image that shows partially clad women. So, according to facebook, I'm a pornographer. The photo was taken in 2010 in the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia and depicts Mursi tribal women wearing their large lip-plates. Here's a link to the image - please tell me how pornographic you find it and if I should also be barred from using this site for my porn. It is my view that the image may be a bit scary but that's how the tribe is. Mursi women in the Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia
  20. From: http://www.historyofdolls.com/history-of-famous-dolls/history-of-golliwog/ "One theory of the origin of the name “Golliwogg” says that while British soldiers held Egypt in the second half of the 19th century they had Egyptian laborers that worked for them. Workers wore insignia W.O.G.S. on their armbands which meant “Working on Government Service”. British troops spoke of them as “ghouls” - which is an Arabic word for a desert ghost. Egyptian children played with black dolls which they would sometimes give to British soldiers or they would buy dolls from children. That dolls were later called “Ghuliwogs” and later “Golliwogg”. How much truth is in this theory - it is not known."
  21. My day today is a little odd....woke up with this! Well, at least it's different.
  22. I think they had been there for some time, Margie - they had taken on the brown look of soil stained bone.
  23. MargieH: They looked like a child's humerus, ulna and radius to me - all disarticulated. I did wonder if a child had been buried just beneath the surface in "Pauper" fashion.