Michael Booth

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  1. Michael Booth

    Traffic Lights In Notts.

    A report by the IEA estimates that 80% of the UK's traffic lights could be removed, reducing travel delays and boosting the economy. Are there any traffic lights in Notts you would like to see go?
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    Happy Birthday

    Happy birthday, Sue. I hope you're enjoying your special day.
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    Daft, I Call It.

    Whether it's PC or just plain daft...here's a couple to start it off. Stanley, in County Durham, spent 10,000 pounds on a Christmas tree and the lights for it. 1500 people turned up to see Ross Adams, from the tv soap Emmerdale, turn on the lights. 1 hour after the event the Durham County Council had the tree dismantled and removed. The reason....someone could get electocuted by the lights. When schools and clubs have events everyone mucks in and helps out. This could be running the stalls, making cakes and sandwiches or getting wet sponges thrown at them etc. Not at a primary school in Sheffield, though. The Council has banned parents from donating homemade cakes to sell at the Christmas Fair unless they hold a food hygiene certificate. Daft, I call it.
  4. I was looking at poohbear's photo of the 13th Feb.of the two girls doing the washing and then jackson's comments about 'poverty and the sense of community'. I can remember as a young kid my Mum using one of those washboards and also a scrubbing brush to do the shirt collars. She also had a 'dolly tub' and a 'dolly pin' to do the washing. She'd then use the mangle before putting the washing on the line. The words 'nobby blue' come to mind but I can't remember their meaning. Regarding jackson's comments I agree 100%. In those days everyone was in the same boat...skint. If anyone had any money the'd help out their friends and. in turn, their friends would help them. Nobody tried to act better than anyone else because it was such a tight knit community. It was when they left the slums and moved to the Council estates that they became 'posh'.
  5. The Nottingham Central Police Station is about to close and this is an article from the Nottingham Post. http://www.nottinghampost.com/8216-Memories-Nottingham-Central-Police-Station/story-28835995-detail/story.html
  6. I've just read this article in the Nottingham Post which will please some of us. There's also a report about the Central Library being sold to a development company. http://www.nottinghampost.com/400-000-worth-of-improvements-to-the-aboretum-start-next-week/story-29894697-detail/story.html
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    Double Your Dole.

    Eurocrats sparked fury last night by ordering the UK to double dole payments. The Council of Europe claims the handouts given to Britain’s jobless are ‘manifestly inadequate’. Ministers have been told they are in violation of the European Social Charter – potentially opening the door for claimants to take the Government to court to get more money. But ministers say obeying the diktat from the Council, which oversees the controversial European Court of Human Rights, would cost the UK billions of pounds and plunge efforts to reduce the deficit into chaos. To comply, Jobseeker’s Allow- ance (JSA) would have to be hiked by £71, from £67 to £138 a week. Last night Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith accused the Council of Europe of ‘lunacy’. He told the Mail: ‘This Government has made great strides in fixing the bloated welfare system we inherited from Labour. It’s lunacy for the Council of Europe to suggest welfare payments need to increase when we paid out £204billion in benefits and pensions last year.’ The Council said Britain had signed up to the Social Charter, which is ‘a legally binding economic and social counterpart to the European Convention on Human Rights’. The charter sets out a level of income which certain key benefits – including the JSA, Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and State pension – must provide. Britain’s JSA, ESA (both £67 a week) and pension (about £102) all fall well below the £138 a week, or £596 a month, that the Eurocrats have set as the benchmark. Because all three are below a second threshold of £110 a week, they are rated ‘manifestly inadequate’. The Council cannot directly punish the UK for these ‘violations’, but its officials say national courts refer to these international standards when deciding on relevant cases. This means benefit claimants could try to use the Council’s condemnation to bolster their case for more money. Tory MPs last night reacted with anger. Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Clacton, said: ‘We simply cannot afford to spend more money on welfare.’ Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, said: ‘The Government can no longer stand by. They have got to say, “We’re sick to the back teeth of this interference, we’re going to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights”.’ Last night a spokesman for the Council of Europe said the committee is well aware that changes in benefit payments ‘can be extremely difficult to bring about, certainly in the short term’.
  8. There's been many stories and videos regarding Forest's time under Brian Clough and Peter Taylor but this video includes many hilarious stories and videos that I've not seen before. Well worth a watch before tonights big game against the Rams at the City Ground. https://www.youtube.com/embed/_CxgKy00O_g
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    Snow

  10. St. Faith's church, The Meadows.
  11. Here's a photo of St Faith's interior.
  12. I was going through some paperwork in the loft today and came across this school reports book. It is from The Highbury School for Boys and the reports are from 1940 to 1943. The pupil is Bernard Burton and his date of admission, aged 11, was 26-08-40. I have no idea where it came from or how it came to be in my possession. The book itself is in perfect condition and is a small piece of Nottingham history.
  13. Nottingham’s heritage assets to be celebrated and given extra protection I wish they'd done this years ago before they ripped Nottingham apart. Nottingham’s historic buildings that are not currently formally recognised are going to be given extra protection under a new scheme being introduced by the City Council. The council has approved the adoption of a heritage local list, which will ensure that a number of the city’s most treasured heritage assets currently not given national protection through Historic England listing, are protected and remain a key part of the city’s heritage for the benefit of future generations. Many of the city’s most significant historic buildings and heritage assets are protected either by national listing, such as Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments or Registered Parks and Gardens or due to their location, such as being in a conservation area. However, many more significant buildings, historic landscapes and archaeological remains are not formally recognised, meaning they are at risk of being overlooked and being lost through demolition. Local Lists help highlight key heritage assets, which showcase the city’s history, providing a link to its unique past. Local Lists differ from national schemes as they draw attention to assets that are special because they are locally important. Nottingham already has an established Local List, developed by the Nottingham Civic Society from an earlier list produced by the council some years ago, but the list is not officially adopted and therefore offers no additional protection. Improving the list and formally adopting it means the City Council can now consider these valued assets as part of the planning process. This will provide some level of protection, including in any future developments, and so help to put them to best use as Nottingham grows. Local residents will also be able to put forward possible entries for the list, recognising and celebrating the city’s diverse heritage and the contribution communities have made to the history of the city. Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing & Heritage, said, “A number of projects are underway to help transform and regenerate the city. We’re really proud of Nottingham’s fascinating history and heritage and we’re working with partners and stakeholders to help restore and preserve some of Nottingham’s much loved historic buildings and assets. “These assets not only showcase the city’s unique character and history but by preserving them and in some cases protecting them and bringing them back into use, they also help boost tourism and create jobs.” Nottingham is a hive of activity when it comes to heritage led regeneration. In 2017 Nottingham was named one of Historic England’s Heritage Action Zones where grant funding is available for external works to historic buildings, including shop fronts in the Old Market Square, Lace Market or Sneinton Market Conservation Area. One of the Heritage Action Zone projects helps local people to enhance the draft Local List. Grant funding towards the cost of conservation projects is also available in the Carrington Street Area, where a number of projects are underway to help restore and preserve buildings and shop fronts under the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage Scheme.
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    Photos to cheer us up

    I feel like joining them.
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    Our Pets.

    Most of the Nottstalgians seem to have pets so I thought I'd start a new thread on the subject. Below is the most adorable little kitten I've ever seen.
  16. I have a group photo of National Coal Board Trainee's, that includes my brother, at Hucknall pit in 1957 but I don't know where to put it (steady). If anyone's interested in it then let me know which topic I should enter it into please.
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    Happy Birthday LizzieM

    I hope you enjoyed your birthday yesterday, lizzie. I'm sorry to have missed it but i''m on holiday in portugal.
  18. I've just found this photo that may be of interest to some of you.
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    Coal Mining in Notts

    Is Nottskaren and CarriebidaeCarabidae the same person?
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    How's your day?

    My wife and I have sat talking tonight about the Omagh bombing which happened on the 15th August 1998. The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) set off a car bomb that killed 29 people and injured over 200 others. My wife had flown to Northern Ireland to look after my youngest sons two children while he and his wife went to a special occasion which meant an overnight stay. On the day of the bombing my wife got the children ready and was going to take a walk into Omagh. She hadn't gone far before she realised that she'd probably get lost so she took them to a local park instead. On that day I remember being at home and making a coffee. I switched on the TV and the news channels were all covering the atrocity that had occured. I was numb with shock, wondering if my wife and children were safe. I couldn't bring myself to phone her in case she'd been hurt, or worse. When she rang me to tell me she was safe I was so full of emotion I could hardly speak. She told me that she'd only took a short walk with the children because she didn't know the area and didn't want to get lost. When the bomb went off the doors in the house slammed shut and she told me that she'll never forget the sound of the explosion. It was such a sad day for so many innocent people.
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    How's your day?

    I find it annoying when I get a crumb in my keyboard and get a gh hhhhg gggh hjjhgg hhhghjh gghhghhhghjhhhgjghhjgjhhhjhgjjhjhhjhjjh
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    Radio Trent

    This video is about Radio Trent and includes an interview with Tug Wilson. There are other follow on videos regarding Radio Trent.
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    How's your day?

    No, I wasn't in shock, MargieH. I'd forgotten about it two minutes later although it would have been a different matter if I'd hit him. Like catfan and Ian state you just have to be aware and expect things to happen although there's not much you can do about the idiots, young and old, who race around causing carnage on our roads.
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    How's your day?

    I nearly killed a child today. I was driving along the road and could see a lady with some children walking towards me on the pavement. As I approached them a young boy dropped his ball and ran into the road to retrieve it. I managed to swerve and just missed him. Thankfully, I was only doing 30mph. Any faster a lot of peoples lives would have been changed in an instant.