Jill Sparrow

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  1. Spare a thought for Loppylugs. He's heading for some very unpleasant weather. Keep warm, Loppy!
  2. Speaking of Shakespeare Street Register Office, many years ago and long before the advent of t'internet, I was tracing my family tree and went there not infrequently to obtain copies of various certificates. The staff, obviously desirous of imparting what said certificates looked like, had fixed a display to the wall. This consisted of fictitious certificates for a number of famous characters drawn from what appeared to be mainly Victorian Gothic novels. One, in particular, I recall was a marriage certificate for one Edward Fairfax Rochester of Thornfield Hall. I calle
  3. @Rhymester a further photo of my cousin getting married in 1963 confirms said location. Ironwork identical. I was present at that one. Shotgun wedding, tut, tut, tut! Took place shortly after maternal aunt's second marriage in the same venue. She was widowed, so slightly more respectable. Her son's first marriage also took place there at around the same time. Gosh. I went to a lot of weddings at Shakespeare Street Register Office during a very short period. It's enough to turn you against marriage for life....which it obviously did!
  4. Good for you, @colly0410. Make up for lost (non-linear) time!
  5. Looks very much like it to me, @Rhymester. I have a photo of my Maternal Grandfather outside the same establishment in the very early 60s. The wrought iron work is identical. He was married there himself in 1913 but, sadly, no photos have survived if, indeed, there ever were any.
  6. Colly's gone quiet. Perhaps there was a pub on that corner he's turned?
  7. There's a servant in this house. It's me! I'm a slave to three cats. They never say please or thank you!
  8. Good for you, Oz! People deserve courtesy no matter who or where they are.
  9. Footsteps in the Fog but I don't think it was a Hitchcock film. I believe it was based on a story by W W Jacobs who also wrote The Monkey's Paw!
  10. In my personal opinion, we have regressed to the level of the infant playground where, in order to gain the attention of the teacher on duty, little Johnny (or whatever their name happens to be) goes running up with some trifling tale of a classmate's transgression in order (hopefully) to get someone into trouble. Whether it's parties during lockdown, parties on the eve of Philip's funeral (doubt he'd bat an eyelid), midgets, Guy Gibson's dog, allegations (and that's all they are until proven in a court of law) against royals or statues of people who lived in a different age to whom young folk
  11. I remember him. He was one of the first to welcome me when I joined.
  12. I have the diary kept by a lady who was born in 1896. She was a nurse/ambulance driver at the Front during the First World War and involved with the SOE during the second, although she never spoke of it. Brave lady. During a lull in hostilities, she spotted a 'Hun helmet' lying in No Man's Land and, fancying a trophy, walked out to get it. She could clearly see a German sniper watching her every move but she somehow felt that he wouldn't shoot a nurse. He didnt. She got her trophy. The diary relates to her activities during the Second World War when she was with Sue Ryder who later
  13. There was also a brilliant film with the same title, starring Messrs Lemmon and Matthau.
  14. Since when did the Chinese ever tell the truth?
  15. Trial by media these days. The sleazier, the better. The Plaintiff, as I understand it, was quite happy to accept large amounts of money from the perpetrator, Epstein. Not only that, she was quite willing to introduce her young friends to him, lured by the promise of yet more money. She knew what would befall them. Should there not be some case brought against her for her actions? Another hefty payment was accepted to buy her silence. Now, it seems, she will want more than a substantial financial settlement because she wants to be 'vindicated'. Personally, I would want
  16. Are we also going to be banned from keeping dwarf rabbits as pets or growing dwarf varieties of plants? Why don't we all just have our tongues cut out in case we transgress by uttering something someone objects to?
  17. Welcome from me, too, RichA. I remember passing the home every week as a child. Looking forward to hearing your memories.
  18. I'd agree with CT there. In fact, the Arboretum sprang to mind when I first saw it. We used to wander round there in our lunch break from The Manning... wouldn't fancy doing that now!...and it looks familiar.
  19. It's known as white coat hypertension and even those who claim that medics don't faze them seem susceptible to it. I've had a monitor for years. My BP is always on the low side and is usually normal if taken in a medical setting. I was once late for a medication review, ran across the car park and into the surgery. The doc put the cuff on immediately and said my BP was a bit high. I insisted he do it again after I'd done five minutes of meditation breathing. It was way down. He looked shocked but it shut him up!
  20. It's surprising how many politicians of all hues suffer from the same unfortunate affliction. Once they get into the House of Commons, they commence bellowing all manner of utter rubbish at each other. Sad, really. Sounds much better with the volume turned off!
  21. Anchor is my all time favourite. I still have it now, although often the spreadable type. Mum's favourite branded butter was Lurpak but it's too insipid for me. When we were growing up, mum wouldn't have margarine in the house. 'Axle grease!' she used to say. She was visibly shocked when one of her well to do friends said her family ate Summer County Margarine! I think we used to have Friary Butter from one of the supermarkets and that was good but until the big boys put him out of business, our local grocer sold tub butter and mum always bought that.
  22. Red is a colour I never wear. I'm foul tempered if I do. I did once have a bright red maxi dress in the 70s. Wore it to a family silver wedding celebration in 1976 at The Commodore. Fell out with everyone, including my own shadow that night. Had an identical dress in light blue. Loved that one to bits! Just something about red that makes me...see red! One of my favourites was the silver lame, halter neck catsuit I bought in the mid 70s. Out one evening in that and needed the loo. Zip at the back jammed!! . Oh dear!
  23. 1939 Register is particularly useful for ascertaining dates of birth as the census doesn't give this information.
  24. The 1939 Register is useful but I have found relatives in it who are still alive whilst others who are deceased are still blanked out!
  25. @katyjay NAMASTE! May the saffron-robed one spin a prayer wheel for you... When he can spare the time. Being Chief Bouncer in Nirvana keeps him busy, you know!