Compo

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  1. Just received this from my brother: According to someone who lived near the Arboretum for a long time: "The arboretum had a Capuchin monkey, it had white fur round it`s neck and sat on a bird table near the cockatoo. They also had Toucans which would break the legs of pigeons if they got into the Aviary. Do not know when the monkey was there or when it died. Lord Snowdon designed the new Wire Aviary later."
  2. I remember the aviaries in the Arboretum but did any of the cages ever house monkeys?
  3. Concentrate and answer the following 4 questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way. 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? Did you say, 'Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?' Wrong Answer. Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the reperc
  4. These two prints were found in my mother's collection when she died. It is possible that they were in her mother's before she had them. they were stapled together. The castle is obviously Nottingham but the other photo is marked "Prospect of County Hall as it appear'd in the year 1750." Question is: Is this Nottingham's County Hall?
  5. One of our teachers at school owned a "Tawse". A three tongue lash designed for chastising pupils. He named it 'Willy' and would jokingly say "Any more trouble from you lot and I'll get my willy out to you! This always had the effect of creating mirth and thus stopping any affray or other negative issue. He wouldn't dare to say that today - he get snowflaked out of the profession!
  6. Archie Duncan (Little John) is currently appearing in the 1954 Shelock Holmes TV series on Talking Pictures. It features Ronald Howard as Holmes, H. Marion Crawford as Watson and Archie Duncan as Lestrade.
  7. Be honest now.....Who can look at this picture without singing the signature tune?
  8. RR: That reminds me on one fine morning back in 1973. I was wandering around the cattle market when I spotted huge piles of ex-school dinner-ware. There were glasses, water jugs, dinner and side plates. I bought a set of dinner and side plates for a few pence each and to this day still have two of each dinner and side plates. Turned out they were translucent Pyrex and tough as old boots. My four remaining plates are still used regularly for baking, freezing and even eatinng off. Wonderful, old English-made crockery. They don't make 'em like that anymore!
  9. They make such a racket though! You should hear the cars up here in Scotland: rattle-rattle-rattle as they pass.
  10. I always like to go out for too much to drink to mark the beginning of the weekend - that's about all I miss since lockdown began (Only kidding about "Too much"). The Scottish government were the first to close the pubs and they are intent of being the last to re-open them. There has always been a strong religious element up here that opposes any form of pleasure (The Wee Frees). Sadly, although not in a majority, they seem to have a disproportionate influence on government.
  11. The Midget sounds like a worthwhile project, Phil. Must be worth a few bob nowadays too.
  12. Nothing is wasted in nature. Dead animals are soon despatched by carrion eaters. the only renmants we see in our patch are feathers and the odd stripped ribcage.
  13. Was the Beeston canal wide enough for barges or only narrow boats?
  14. Does anyone know when the last Trent barge found its way up river to Nottingham and how far beyond Nottingham they could travel? There seems to be some barges on the opposite side of the river in this photo. Photo: My brother fishing opposite the Waterways buildings near Trent Bridge circa 1973
  15. Does anyone have a flatbed scanner they no longer use? I am looking for a working flatbed to replace my all-in-one printer etc.. that finds Windows 10 too much to cope with.
  16. Thanks Phil, That's the one I was thinking of. I thought I had posted the question but this morning I couldn't see it so I reposted - hope it doesn't get me a 'telling off'!
  17. Can anyone tell me where the Hearty Goodfellow pub is/was, please? The subject came up elsewhere and I can't for the life of me remember where it is.
  18. The latest 1000 piece puzzle; a present from my little sister. Why is it that if you live in an old railway station people keep buying train stuff as presents?
  19. Successful night spent in tent followed by a bike ride at 0615hrs this morning. Arm stopped bleeding; hip and knee now swelling nicely - black ice on downhill No permanent damage to bike so had breakfast (Beans on toast), then hopped into car and went for a walk in Sibster wood before doing a bit of tree pruning in the sleet and wind. Relaxed with a railway magazine in polytunnel, well wrapped up; now about to enjoy a Baileys by the open fire and watch Steve McQueen's "The ̷S̷l̷o̷b̷ Blob" (Recorded earlier) ...might have a slice of toast and home-made jam, done in front of the fire like we did
  20. PP: I have only seen a true Scottish wildcat once. It was drinking at a mountain stream early one morning. The nearest house was several miles away - which is about as close to us as they will go. Phil: ours are a feral colony. Jill: The true wildcat is indeed endangered. It hasn't stopped the wind farm boys from applying to put up a huge wind farm in a territory know to contain wildcats though. A Public Enquiry turned down the application because of the wildcats but the developers have appealed to the Scottish government and look likely to get consent to destroy the wildcat habitat.
  21. I one began one of those double sided jigsaws. I put a few dozen pieces together and then lost interest. I left it on a table and about a year later went back to it. The colours had faded, making it even more difficult to finish. I still have it to this day. I stuck the finished puzzle together with Blue Peter style "Sticky-back plastic" and keep it on my bedside table.