Compo

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  1. Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation, There was misery, poverty and great deprivation Some stockings were empty, some fridges were bare, The heating turned off, little money to spare. Boris Johnson was cosy, a quaffing champagne, Cognac and Port so he’s feeling no pain, Stuffing his chops on goose flesh and gammon, Caviar, Stilton and the finest smoked salmon. The homeless are shivering in cardboard containers Ex-Servicemen, youngsters, both Leave and Remainers The nurses and doctors all still searching for beds With a shortage of staff, of money and meds. The Mogg’s singing carols with moguls and bankers, Hedge funders, financiers and various wankers Admiring his baubles and pulling his crackers, Rejoicing that he's got us all by the knackers. Your Gran’s in the corridor, still on the trolley While the Chancellor’s counting the last of his lolly And Grandad’s in pieces, stemming his tears Though they’ve paid their dues these past sixty years. But hey, Gove’s on the sherry and is quite off his tits While his missus is battered and doing the splits And Drunken Smith is a singing along with the Pogues With the rest of the mob and a few Russian rogues. And the kids who are dreaming of gifts in the morning Won’t get them- their benefits were stopped without warning While those who dosh is in off-shore accounts Will be rubbing their hands as the total mounts. And the Waspi woman alone in her kitchen Has long given up on Dancer and Blitzen She was robbed of her pension, they don’t give a shite That she’s freezing and hungry on Christmas Eve night. And now, here’s the end of my last festive story Don't forget to vote- unless you're a Tory. [Unknown]
  2. There's no Bryden Street in my 1960 Burrows map of Nottingham, but there is a Dryden street.
  3. The patch idea originated in Universities. Poorly paid professors sewed patches onto their tweed jackets as they wore out, in order to make them last longer. During the early 20th century manufacturers began to make the jackets with ready sewn patches. [Source: a number of different history sites]
  4. "Your name vill also go on ze lizt - vot iss it?" "Don't tell him, Pike!" Philip Madoc and M̶r̶ ̶S̶w̶i̶n̶d̶l̶e̶y̶ Arthur Lowe, in Dad's Army.
  5. Whatever happened to the saying "Fred Karno's Army"? The last time I recall hearing it was when in the RAF. I was on a mobile radar unit and we would prepare for a trip to a given location when suddenly and very frequently we would be re-directed elsewhere. Someone once said "It's like bloody Fred Karno's army is this!"
  6. Turned out to be an Ilkeston based case, if I recall correctly.
  7. Watched the 'War of the Worlds' drama series over the past few weeks. I was looking forard to the climax but it never happened; most surreal, it was.
  8. No internal picures CT. There is a potentially useful contact in there though. I shall pass it on. Thanks for finding this.
  9. It's MOT faliure day once again tomorrow....We have to put our cars through a ministry test to see if they are fit for the roads; so why is there no test to see if the roads are fit for cars to use?!
  10. Fingers crossed for you all.......
  11. Does anyone have any photos of the Arnold drill hall from any period up to the 1970s? A lady who was born there in 1959 is seekiing pictures, especially any from the inside. Any help appreciated.
  12. Well gerronwi'it and ay a gud'n my friend. Happy birthday Beekay.
  13. May had a little lamb, it followed her to sleep, The lamb turned out to be a ram, Now Mary's full of......no wait - that's probably inappropriate for this thread.
  14. Jonab: She called the Bast*rd Stephen She called the Bast*rd Stephen Seh called the Baaaaaast*rd Steeeephen Cos that was the name of the ink.
  15. He's probably aready got a copy, Lizzie.
  16. Sorry RR but hard fried egg and mushy sprouts - yeuch!
  17. Several weeks ago, 'er indoors bought me a rather expensive birthday present. The seller put it to YODEL for delivery - Two weeks ago Yodel said it was in their depot ready for delivery, today Yodel deny all knowledge of ever having received it from the seller. Yodel have quite simply at best, lost it, at worst stolen it.
  18. Yesterday I bought a new log burner. The price was £990. When it came to paying, the shop owner charged me £950 and I thought nothing of it at the time but when I got home I thought - hang on a minute.........I bought a fire, a length of flue with an offest and the fire, for £950? Something's not right. So I phoned the shop and said I thought they might have undercharged me. They were grateful for me pointing this out and would I mind paying them an extra £40 (to make it up to the £990 for the fire) and I could have the flue pipe for free (should have been £60 on top of the fire price.). When they delivered the fire this morning they had bunged a few more extras in for free; which was nice. Glad I shopped local now RESULT!
  19. Locos Scrapped at Rigleys, Bulwell Forest. - Total 26 42792 45535 61126 61334 63925 63926 63927 63928 63932 63935 63936 63937 63938 63939 63941 63945 63956 63962 63964 63972 63973 63974 63977 63980 63985 63987 [Source: Railuk.info]
  20. I found this photo in the book "Blowing off Steam" by Jack Bracken. Jack was a former fireman based on the Midland line at Mansfield loco. I can receommend the book if you can find a copy - it's full of great anecdotal stories of his exploits between 1941-1954, when he left the railway to start his own business. I wonder if there are any more photos of scrappings in action at Rigley's? Class Code O2/1 Designer Gresley Designation 2-8-0 Built 30/06/1921 Builder North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow 1948 Shed 40E Langwith Junction Last Shed 36E Retford (GC) Withdrawn 08/09/1963 Disposal details Rigleys, Bulwell Forest. Disposal Cut Up Disposal Date 28/02/1964
  21. After reading a strtng of terrible railway books, I have found a good, well written, anecdotal railway book written by a retired Masfield locomotive fireman (1941-1954). His accounts of happenings are second to none and so well written that I find it hard to put down.