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  1. I hate the word "awesome" which appears to be the only adjective Americans know. They are also too fond of the word "absolutely" instead of just saying "yes".
  2. There was one at Clifton, roughly opposite Clifton Library. I lived in a flat over Fords early 1970s.
  3. Beekay, the easiest way to start your tree is to go and talk to your oldest living relative and ask them what they know. Otherwise they sometimes inconsiderately go and die and then all that knowledge they had is gone forever. Get your own birth certificate. That will tell you your parent's names and mum's maiden name. Find their wedding certificate for their parents' names. That's a good start.
  4. My father was in the Royal Navy from 1938 until 1952. He served on a number of ships including the battleship HMS King George V, and HMS Glasgow when they rescued the King of Norway and the Norwegian gold reserves ahead of the German army. But most of his war service he was on convoy escort duty across the Atlantic on HMS Gentian, a flower class corvette. On one trip he kept a diary from when they left Liverpool to arriving in Nova Scotia. I found it in his effects when he died 7 years ago and I typed it up and offered it to the Imperial War Museum. They were very pleased to receive it because as they said most war diaries were written by officers and my dad was an Able Seaman and he wrote about life below decks. Like most servicemen he never spoke about his war service except once when he said that it's not nice having to kick bits of your mate overboard after you've been attacked. I am still very proud of him and his generation and what they did for us.
  5. And despite his forbidding appearance he was a nice bloke.
  6. Albert, I think you are so wrong about Mr. Mullaney. He was one of the kindest teachers I knew there. I once told him I didn't understand the point he was making in maths and he got the lad next to me to stand up and Mr. Mullaney sat down at the side of me and worked it through with me until I understood. Few teachers would do that. He was as bald then as I am now 60 years later, and one Christmas our class bought him a joke giant comb and a dispenser of brilliantine. You wouldn't do that for a bad teacher. And he took it in good stead. Now Fred Riddell..................
  7. My dad was a jobbing builder and he always maintained that when they were filming this on Meadow Lane he was roped in as an extra in a crowd scene. But I've never been able to spot him.
  8. I went there in 1958-59 for one year until I was old enough to go to Fairham. My teacher was Miss Balfour.
  9. HSBC online banking help line. Fine if you speak Hindi, otherwise unintelligible. Outsourced so you stop ringing them.
  10. Kenyon, Fleming, Penny, Hunt, Whittle, Elliot, Lovell, Brittain.
  11. Ah Dr. Jerkov, I remember Flesh Gordon.
  12. Get a copy of your dad's birth certificate. Fortunately there was only one Ernest Spencer born in Nottingham in the December quarter 1906. You should be able to find your dad in the 1911 census to give his parents and maybe some siblings. Look either side of his family house in the census because relatives often lived nearby. The 1939 census, although all details are not yet released, could be of help. Voter's lists might be held at the Records Office. Possibly the baptism registers of the nearest church might be of help. There wasn't a census in 1941 because of the war. Join the Nottingham Family History Society. I hope that lot is of help.
  13. I live in Thailand and I make sure I have a big English breakfast every Sunday. Fortunately there's a man who makes lovely Lincolnshire sausages nearby but ordinary mushrooms are not so common so I sometimes have to use straw mushrooms.
  14. I was an in patient there in Princess Mary Ward in the middle of 1958. Sister Scott, Staff Nurse Lovell. Why I remember them from nearly 60 years ago I have no idea.
  15. If you mix borax with sugar and a little water it soon goes hard. But I like the idea of borax and peanut butter, I'll try that out. We have lots of different types of ants here in Thailand, but fortunately the large red ones prefer to live outside.