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  1. She didn't like local dialect and I'm sure would have stamped it out if at all possible :o(
  2. Nah then, you're mekkin'm up as you go along <g>
  3. On mainland a bothy can be a dwelling or shelter. In this case a railway bothy is a lineside hut for the shelter of permanent way (trackbed and earthworks) workers.
  4. Does anyone remember Alf Hutchin(g)'s barber shop just below the railway bridge in Daybrook? I remember my father buying a fishing rod for me in about 1959ish from the shop next door. We fished in Arnold park pond but never caught owt
  5. When in primary school I was asked to construct a sentence containing the word "Road". I responded with "I couldn't get past because my brother was in my road" and suffered many swipes with the cane for my misuse of the English language!
  6. The railways were inconsistent in their disposal of properties. They were happy to sell 2 acres of land along with the Watten Station but wouldn't sell the tumbledown bothy at the end of the plot. That bothy is still falling to pieces and it is a great shame that such pieces of history are neglected for the sake of a simple sale to an interested party.
  7. Warning! Trainspotter alert! After the closure of Daybrook station and the line through Mapperley tunnel (known as Gedling tunnel to we of Arnold origin) many old carriages of different origins appeared on the line between Daybrook and Hucknall Road. This would be about 1963. They were stored there for a time and many left in near derelict condition, presumably scrap. Does anyone: A) Remember this? B) Have photos of those carriages?
  8. The trains (4 in each direction each day) are no bother at all. Lorries hitting the level crossing are, however, another matter! When working in the garden the train drivers always give me a toot on the horn and a friendly wave as they pass. Here in the country the old ways are not yet fully dead.
  9. That's a real b*mmer! What an opportunity to have missed
  10. In the early 60s we lads hero worshipped a fellow called Paul Harwood - a local cyclist of some note (I think). None of us had ever met him but he was said to be the bees knees of the Midlands cycle world.
  11. I had been told that there used to be a signal frame in the station office. Recently, we installed a multi-fuel stove in that room and I took advantage of the floor being bare to get underneath and see if there is any trace of it remaining. I discovered the severed remains of a two lever frame still in situ beneath the floor alongside what I now to be a tunnel leading onto the trackbed - which was nice :o)
  12. WARNING! Trainspotter alert! I live in the former Watten station near the end of the Inverness- Wick line. Milepost 154 is at the end of the garden. The following link should take you to a couple of photos in Picasa - I hope. If not I'll try again.
  13. An introduction: Ayup mi duks...... Name: Compo Origin of name: Wore Parka and wellies whilst riding my motorbike to work at Plessey in the early 70s when Last of the Summer Wine was new. Named after the character Compo Simmonite. Formerly nicknamed Simo at school. Birth name: Paul Simonite. Gender: Male. Born 1950 in Arnold. School: St Bernadette's Sneinton Dale. University: RGU Aberdeen Served with the RAF until they became disenchanted with me and my antics. Hobbies: Nostalgia; Mountains and wild places; Travel - particularly South America. Have lived in Ethiopia, Falkland Isla
  14. Would that have been on the Oxton By-pass?
  15. BTW the Mermaid (Hatters) is smaller than I remember. Must be that it seemed bigger due to its importance in my younger life.
  16. Another great Nottm Chipy was George's chippy on Sneinton Dale. He used to hide we schoolkids in the back of the shop when the headmaster drove down the dale looking for us at lunchtimes.
  17. The one in question was on the left a few yards before you get to the cross roads at Cross St. & Coppice Road. I think Fine Fare had a building on or adjacent to the site in later years.
  18. Salop or Slop Street Chippy was run by a German lady. Many years after she left Slop Street I found her in a chip shop on Carlton Road and then later still, about 1975-80ish in a chippy in Dunkirk. She was a lovely lady but I suspect she may have had problems with locals being German and running a business just after WWII. I think a fish'n chips in the late 1950s was one shilling. Fritters 1d each and chips 3d for a huge bag.
  19. Hatters was the chippy of choice for my gang of lads in the 60s. If flush we would go upstairs and sit in the window seats to watch the world go by. It was actually called Hatters before being taken over by the Mermaid. Our rival gang used the chippy at the top end of Front Street. Can't remember the real name but we knew it as "Joe Borwn's Chippy" after the leader of the gang who used it most.
  20. I too remember Arnold Wakes. My gran used to live on High Street opposite Wharton's dairy and adjacent to Harry Fish's bakery. A visit to gran's was always great - the smell of baking and the taste of fresh ice cream made in the dairy across the road. The wakes was a landmark in the year. The rides, music, noise of the generators and engines plus the sideshows and fairground stall owners selling their wares and games of skill to the punters. If I was lucky I would have as much as two bob to spend and savoured spending every last penny~~~~~~~Happy days indeed!