notty ash

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  1. I used to walk along Nottingham Road when I was young, past all those buildings, on my way to and from the old Butlers Hill Schools. I remember seeing some of the buildings being knocked down when they widened the road. I remember a big man with thick rimmed glasses often standing outside the house next to what is now Bestwood Road. He always seemed to have a flat cap and a thick overcoat on, whatever the weather. He always said hello, with a broad smile on his face when we passed by.
  2. The origin of the disease is very difficult to work out. It was first publicised in China, but there is evidence of coronavirus elsewhere before the retrospectively-traced first cases there in October. There is a possibility at least that it was lurking in a number of places before the right conditions arose for an epidemic. The WHO is currently doing a detailed investigation. Spanish flu, immediately after WW1, is a good example of misrepresentation. It got a lot of publicity as Spanish newspapers were not censored at the time, whereas in most of Europe and America, news was suppressed. It is likely that it started in America a year or two earlier, but no one knows for sure.
  3. Officially, it was identified in China in December 2019 as a new disease, but has been traced back subsequently to earlier in the year.
  4. Recent evidence suggests that the virus has been out there for some time - and not just in China. Scientists have been testing old water samples in several European countries and found evidence of the virus from 2019. It is quite possible that it was out there in a form that people just didn't notice for some time. Even today many sufferers don't realise they had it. The serious cases were likely just assumed to be pneumonia. The virus differs slightly from one part of the world to another. Examining the different strains suggests that most UK infections came from places like Italy and Spain, not China. Even if it wasn't in the UK last year, the sheer volume of holiday traffic to places like Northern Italy and Spain over Xmas/New Year could have brought loads of cases into the UK before we even knew it existed.
  5. Interesting that it is such a small river, yet considered suitable to power a number of mills in olden days. Other industries too like dye works etc. From Papplewick to Nottingham it was a real artery of industry.
  6. The trolley is turning into Langley Mill depot from the Eastwood direction. You can see the building in the background at 1 min 11 seconds in this video
  7. That view is (broadly speaking) looking towards Watnall. Ikea would be just off picture to the left beyond the end of the viaduct.
  8. I include places like The Yemen, Brazil and Mexico in my experience of armed guards - it's not just the really undeveloped parts of the world. Many depend heavily on tourism. Mexico, for example, would suffer badly economically if tourism were banned or discouraged.
  9. Armed guards are often more about peace of mind for the tourists and spreading the income from tourism around, than for real danger. Getting to some of the last unspoilt areas of the world is well worth it.
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/18/barrow-back-football-league-thanks-to-miracle-man-ian-evatt
  11. According to Facebook it is a Daimler with Massey bodywork, taken outside Newark Bus Station. Full caption is Gash of Newark was a keen user of Daimler chassis are here we see a CVG6 type double decker with Massey body, featuring platform doors. As was normal with Gash, this vehicle gave long service, from 1954 until 1987 when it was sold direct into preservation.
  12. Actually in Newark, but on a service from Nottingham From the Bus Archive Facebook site
  13. That would have been coal gas I presume, not natural gas
  14. Depends what you are used to. On relatively flat ground, like canal towpaths I find I can walk forever. Across country in the Lake District or the Peak District is far more strenuous because of the steep gradients and rougher ground.
  15. The fact that the League is one team short due to Bury's demise means top teams could be promoted in the National League and Football League 2 and no one relegated
  16. Apparently there is some doubt about that now. At least one very early victim has been identified who lived elsewhere. The Wunan market may just have been a place where lots of people congregated close together. Bats may be a more likely source of the virus, though not necessarily directly to humans.
  17. Yes, looking again it is definitely photoshopped - see enlargement below. Most of the tram has been brushed out for some reason and the track has been modified too - why, I can't imagine!
  18. Whatever happened to the tram in the last photo? it looks as if they left the last carriage behind!
  19. It goes to Alderney too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannez_Quarry_railway_station#/media/File:Carriages_for_Alderney_Railway_http_www.alderney..._2555778881439053397_Photo.jpg
  20. see second section on this page https://eastmidlandsnamedbricks.blogspot.com/2017/03/west-notts-brickworks.html
  21. Only one team gets relegated from League 2 this year and Macclesfield are very close to going into administration which, if it happened would probably mean they were expelled and no team is relegated this year. A good year to play badly? IIRC Stags benefitted like this once before when they avoided the drop from Div 3 to Div 4 as Peterborough were deducted points for irregularities and relegated instead.
  22. see this article for more information http://www.ournottinghamshire.org.uk/page_id__1109.aspx?path=0p31p331p map here https://rujokinggrandad.co.uk/ripley-nottingham-tram-1913-1933
  23. That's why I put a smiley at the end of the message
  24. Even if we exclude small islands in rivers like the Arun, you still have Thorney Island and Pilsley Island