AfferGorritt

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About AfferGorritt

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  • Birthday 09/01/1948

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    Mapperley (Not the Asylum)
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    History, metal detecting, rock climbing, reading, photography, ice hockey, my grandkids!

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  1. AfferGorritt

    Empire Theatre

    Sorry! It was indeed the Theatre Royal. Grandma moved there when the Empire closed.
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    Empire Theatre

    My paternal grandma was an usherette/ice cream lady at the Empire until, probably, into her 70's. She must have been the oldest ice cream girl in the country! I know she was getting on a bit when Hair! first came to the Empire. She wasn't at all fazed by the nudity and thought the cast lovely people. They used to bring flowers in for her.
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    Fox and Grapes 1963 - murder

    Did he elaborate?
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    barking and biting

    Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. After 60-odd years I must get this off my chest. I was just a kid and the roads round our way had just been resurfaced with that gritty stuff. We were scraping this grit together and chucking double handfuls in the air then dodging it as it came down. Then the devil spoke to me. In the middle of the road was an enormous pile of sloppy dog mess. We carefully covered it and continued playing until a suitable victim appeared in the form of a little 6 or 7 year old kid who we invited to join in, pointing to this large inviting pile of grit. His hands looked like chocolate puddings with currants! How we laughed (little b******s)!
  5. Me mam used to shop at Reeson’s (I suppose it might have been Riesen’s) which was on Carlton Road, just below Cardale Road and Linton Rise. In fact the ahop is still there - the last shop bedore the old railway cutting to Sneinton. Mr Reeson was an old, white haired gentleman who wore a long white overall/coat. Sugar was bought in a stiff, blue paper bag which he filled from a sack or something, and butter was cut off the slab. Biscuits were kept in a rack of tins with glass lids so you could see inside. The shop seemed very old, lots of wooden shelving, wooden floorboards and a dusty, fusty sort of smell. It must have been old ‘cos when my mam said when they were young, they used to stand outside and watch the mice play in the window! Probably explains the smell! He used to give us credit, but when we reached an embarrasing amount, we used to go over the road to a grocer’s at the bottom of Porchester until payday came and we could afford to pay him off before starting the whole process again. I seem to remember that there was a Marsden’s further down Carlton Road, on the right, on the corner of Woodhouse Street or Randolph Street, where my grandma shopped.
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    World War One.

    Yes. Ordinary men called upon to do and endure extraordinary things. The wife’s grandad is on the Menin Gate. Took a direct hit from a shell. Her great-uncle won the MM, in an artillery battery literally firing until the last round. My grandad was one of the “lucky”ones, served all the way though as a lewis gunner and saw lots of action at the front. Wounded at Aubers Ridge. Last year I bought a “Passchendael Poppy” (that’s where her grandad died) and I wear it all the time - lest we forget.
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    You couldn't make it up.

    I cut through Hockley the other month to get to Viccy Centre and found myself in some sort of gay pride thingy. Police and army recruitment officers in attendance! Never seen so many Desparate Dan types in drag! All square jaws, 5 o’clock shadow and floral dresses! Can’t make me mind up whether thet were genuine or just taking the p!
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    You couldn't make it up.

    The most convincing trannies I ever saw were in Chiang Mai.
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    You couldn't make it up.

    Like these bleddy gender-neutral toilets. PC idiots falling over themselves to pander to the 1% whilst blatantly disregarding the views of the silent 99%! Mind you, I read the other day that a school that had just “installed” gender neutral toilets had had to back down in the face of a violent backlash from parents. Good for them! More common sense needed.
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    Fox and Grapes 1963 - murder

    Thanks for that, Brew. Guess I’m scuppered. Short update for those who don’t want to read the book (don’t blame you!). The fella the police fancied for the murder was Frank Wardle who killed a man in Nottingham in 1965. They went as far as submitting a file to the DPP which was thrown out due to lack of evidence. Difficult to see why they fancied him as the two crimes seems very different in their execution. The file on Wardle is in the National Archives and it’s open, so I’m planning a trip to Kew. Latest (and new) information on suspects is that a man was found in a garden in a village just outside Nottingham on the morning of the murder covered in blood. He was a regular at the Pretty Windows, was a bit of a lad, and worked along the A52 where the murder weapon was found. Other bits tie in as well, such as a Scottish link which was mentioned on here some years ago. Never reported to the police (until the other week) as he said he’d just been in a fight. I only found that out a few weeks ago, have spoken to the person who found him (happens to be a distant relative) and have absolutely no doubt that what they related was true. Have reported it to the police. Maybe just coincidence, but .... If anything develops I will keep you posted!
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    World War One.

    My grandad could be in there. Landed in France 5th November 1914. Some fireworks!
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    Fox and Grapes 1963 - murder

    But am I not copying my own property - the photo I now own by paying PtP. If it’s not my property then nobody would buy ‘owt! Agree that it’s a right minefield, and I now think I’m probably wrong. I’ll write to the IPO and let you know the outcome.
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    Fox and Grapes 1963 - murder

    Flitting about these threads like a little moth! Mentioned yesterday about completing my "book" (sounds a bit grandiose) but not publishing it due to having to fork out £40 a photo to use stuff from Picture the Past. Just had a thought. If I bought actual prints from PtP at £1.99 each then I assume that they are mine to do what I want with. If I scan those prints and then use the scans to illustrate the book have I infringed copyright? Any barrack room lawyers on here?
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    'How does your garden grow?'

    It was a series of pieces written in the style of the old "Janet and John" children's books by a listener who went by the pseudonym of Mick Sterbs. The innuendo in each little story was absolutely filthy and repeatedly had Wogan in hysterics. I don't know how he managed to get them past the BBC editors. Try this one (but listen to the end) ...
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    'How does your garden grow?'

    Can you remember that hilarious Janet and John piece that used to be on Terry Wogan's morning show? Something about John's Old Man's Beard in Mrs. Bickerdales front hedge.