Jill Sparrow

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  1. All I can say in this subject is that the majority of today's so-called architects should be ashamed of themselves for the soulless, characterless, ugly carbuncles they inflict on our towns and cities. Personally, I'm a Tudor at heart and would happily live in a timber framed, wattle and daub construction in the middle of a field full of nettles than exist among concrete eyesore blocks of flats and throngs of citydwellers but then I'm one of those anti social types who likes to live in the past, where they do things differently!
  2. The screenplay of The Go-between was written by Harold Pinter and captures perfectly the ambiguities in the book where no one is quite sure who is aware of what is going on between whom. The film features an amazing performance by a very young Dominic Guard who is in almost every scene and it must have been a daunting undertaking for such a young actor to have so heavy a role in one of his first films. It's fascinating to watch the film and compare it with the narrative of the book and since I tend to be rather like Loppylugs, in that I have a tendency to over analyse anything and everything
  3. Looking at this photograph I have just remembered as a very small child watching from the spare bedroom window when Linley's factory chimney caught fire in the early 1960s. I have been told that many years ago, my paternal grandmother used to work at Lindleys factory and that she used to walk all the way from Beeston and all the way back everyday. My grandmother was born in Salisbury Street in Old Radford and so far as I have been able to research, she was a silk worker even after her eldest three children were born. This provided her with a very plausible excuse not to do any rough housework
  4. Another of my favourite films is Joseph Losey's The Go-between from 1970, starring Alan Bates who was always one of my favourite actors and the young Dominic Guard. L P Hartley's book of the same name is a good read and whilst I think it helps to have read the book before watching the film, it is still a very enjoyable and evocative portrayal of the period prior to the First World War. Not only that, it has possibly one of my favourite film scores of all time.
  5. Didn't it used to be Speedo? I seem to recall many years ago it was a factory that manufactured cardboard boxes.
  6. #70 Of course, it may not be up to Mr and Mrs Catfan whether they have any more moggies after the lovely Monty. Cats have an inexplicable way of knowing when there's a vacancy at a good billet. I suspect the Catfans would have a tough time saying no to one, or more,of them! The best laid plans of mice and Catfans could go awry and, if they're anything like me, it's a cast iron certainly,
  7. Well it's time to feed the Hedgehogs. Not exactly pets and not exactly cheap to run either. Every night at dusk out goes a large plate of cat food, mealworms and ground up peanuts but not the salted kind. Add a dish of Fresh water and if you're lucky there will be a rustling noise coming from under the hedge followed by one of several prickly friends looking for some supper! They are such characters and it's amazing how much they can eat in one night. They're pretty well mannered too. Usually leave a turd on the plate as a tip!
  8. Days like you've experienced today Poohbear stick out like daggers in the memory. They get easier with time but never go away. You're in my thoughts. I know how rough it is. 16 years is a long time and they are members of the family. It's painful but it's the price we pay for love.
  9. One of my favourite films is The Apartment with the wonderful Jack Lemmon, directed by Billy Wilder. I love the Christmas Eve scene where Lemmon's character gets drunk in a bar and meets the lonely Margi McDougall who has a voice like a brillo pad. The comic timing of the dialogue in this scene and the scene following where he takes her back to his apartment never fails to make me laugh. The film was considered very risque at the time, dealing as it did with the rather taboo subjects of marital infidelity, suicide attempts and blackmail but I still find it very watchable.
  10. Poohbear, I know just how gutted you must be feeling tonight. Been through it myself and it's the worst feeling in the world. You have given them the very best and their lives have been good. Casper is absolutely adorable and he'll be a great comfort to you. Such a cheeky looking face!
  11. It wouldn't be a holiday without them. I'd miss the mogs and they'd miss me, so for the time being we have holidays at home just like they did in the war!
  12. He's gorgeous! If he was mine, I wouldn't go on holiday and leave him, I'd never be able to settle.
  13. Good question, Cliff Ton. Mail was often delivered the same day it was posted in those days. I have long suspected that our postman is innumerate as much of the mail coming through my letterbox is addressed to other numbers on the road and vice-versa! It could be laziness but it's certainly annoying because it means other people have to do his job for him!
  14. Colwick cheese was a favourite in our house. Didn't that fall foul of EU regulations? Maybe, now, we can have it back!
  15. Hello Summer! Welcome to Nottstalgia. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do!
  16. Brings back memories of my childhood, including a trip to Highfields with my sister when I was around 4 or 5 years old. Sis would have been 12 or 13 and decided that she and I would have a day out. We caught the bus and she insisted on sitting on what was known as the anniversary seat. Of course, my little legs didn't touch the step below the seat and the surface of the green leather was slippery. Going round a corner, I slid off, fell onto the floor and whacked my head on the step below the anniversary seat opposite ours. We had quite a lot of disastrous outings when I was small because my
  17. I'm so sorry Freckles. She couldn't have been very old. So sad. I'm sure my sister would have known her. Yes, she would certainly have enjoyed NS, just like the rest of us!
  18. Yes Ben, I think you were right about Rose Hill being in St Ann's and several children from Berridge did go there although it must have been a long way for them to travel. Rosehill School always sounded a delightful place to me but I don't think it was quite as romantic as the name suggests! Freckles, if your younger sister was in the same class as Su Pollard then she must have known my sister whose name in those days was Julie Sparrow. Sis is still in touch with Su Pollard and sees her her occasionally. They were both very involved with what was then the Co-operative arts theatre in Nottingh
  19. Sis remembers Mrs Peat and, as you say, didn't find her very pleasant. I think the girl sitting on the front Row Third from the right could be Su Pollard. Sue Pollard was born in November 1949 and was 8 months older than my sister but they both went through Berridge and Peveril schools. I was talking to an old school friend about the railway house a few weeks ago and they tell me that it has long since been demolished. Presumably the Marshall family lived there because their father's job had something to do with the Railway. I remember Mrs Marshall who stood out from the rest of the mothers
  20. John Marshall looks very like Peter Marshall. They were all fair haired. I think it must have been a large family and money was tight.
  21. That's my sister's era. I will send it to her and see if she knows anyone. She's not on the photo but was in the juniors at that time.
  22. Some of the names ring bells, Freckles. Roughly which year was it taken?
  23. Can you remember any names, Freckles? I must have known some of the families.
  24. I love these old Bakelite telephones. We had one when I was a child. They were so heavy, you couldn't possibility drag it off the table as is always happening with these modern, plastic jobs. I've never liked the modern keypads either. Much prefer the dial. I did read somewhere that some company is making replicas of these. Won't be the same though.