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    Research and writing about Aviation. Music. Victorian art. Films from the Golden Era (1930s/1940s)

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  1. Pleased you liked that, carni. I'll push my luck and give you another, seeing you like The Dream of Olwyn. This one is from a 1939 film called Four Wives and is composed by Max Steiner, the greatest of the Hollywood composers. It just shows what wonderful music was being composed for films before the war.
  2. How's your day?

    Let's hope he doesn't leave a mess, otherwise you will need a scrubber, Jill.
  3. I think one or two of you like piano concertos. This isn't one, but sounds like one, so you might like it. It has a strident tone with a romantic theme. One for carni, perhaps.
  4. How's your day?

    Getting back to the photo of me at work, the chap looking over my right shoulder (fourth from left) used to sing in the clubs and pubs. Can't remember his real name, but his stage name was Tony? Ross. He sang in the Sinatra style. The chap between Bill and Harold (with the moustache) was one of the characters on the shop floor. Everyone knew him and called him 'Clem'. They did this because that's what he called everybody, even senior managers in the main office.
  5. How's your day?

    Nowt wrong with Ben, just giving NS a rest. But there again, summat must be bothering him because he wasn't wearing a tie. Make of that what you will. Nice to see Catfan on the mend - his legs are improving.
  6. Cycling Clubs of Nottingham

    If Marj's hubby came from North Wheatley, near Retford, then we are related.
  7. Rats! Eww!

    I was going to post this in the Poetry thread, but have decided it might be better here. How many of you were told this story when you were young, as I was. What I didn't know is that it is a poem - I always thought it was a children's story. Note the scattered rhyming. Click on double page to increase its size.
  8. Cycling Clubs of Nottingham

    My mother's family name was Whitlam, but our family history research revealed that it should have been Newton. Oo-er, Jill. perhaps we are related.
  9. How's your day?

    I'm wearing my cow gown. And the handsomest smile that you ever saw.
  10. How's your day?

    Here's a picture of me in the coppersmith's shop in 1966 - I am third from left on the front row. Only six of those seen here, on the front row, were coppersmiths. The chap in the suit was Bill Forman, who was retiring that day. Bill was a true coppersmith. A Burton on Trent man he used to work at the breweries when he was younger making huge copper vats and other such containers, working inside with only a tallow candle for illumination. He had a photo of himself from those times, showing a big strapping chap leaning on a huge mallet, like the ones you see people swinging at Goose Fair trying to ring a bell. He told me that when he was young he courted a girl whose father had been awarded two VCs in WW1. The chap second from the right on the front row was Harold Bowker, who ran the Mapperley Meths football club (young lads) for years
  11. Catfan's Blog.

    Sorry Brew, but when I went to his ward they would not let me see him. When I got back to my mountain palace I spun a few prayer wheels for him, Seems to have done the trick. Jill. Sorry you won't be able to make the brekk-sit tomorrow morning. I had my saffron robe dry-cleaned and the Joanna Lumley cigarette burns invisibly mended for the occasion.
  12. How's your day?

    I doubt there are any coppersmiths as we were at Hucknall. Mainly, we made pipes by hand - forming the shape from a template wire we had shaped that followed the run, very accurately, I might say because there had to be clearance in pipe runs in aircraft. We also bent pipes in a machine, but the machine was hand-operated. Today pipes are formed in a machine that has the co-ordinates pre-set. It does the job but from what I saw of the results the finished job was not all that accurate, certainly nowhere near as accurate as our hand/machine bent pipes. Most of the hammers in my photo were made by/for the owner - I inherited most when copperknockers retired. One of them is one I had made. I drew the shape and size and a turner in the machine shop turned it out a bar of tool steel. A miller milled the flats and a driller did the hole where the shaft went in. That's how it was at Hucknall - the trades helped each other when it came to jobs for oneself, or Jarvo, as we called it. If only some of those hammers could talk. They had been used in the production of pipes for Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancasters and countless flying testbeds. A wonderful era that will never ever return.
  13. How's your day?

    If your father was a sheet metal worker then he was a skilled man. Panel beater is a common alternative name, as is tin-basher. My dad said don't go in the paint trade like him, become a sheet metal worker. When I applied for an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce they said they had filled the SMW apprentice vacancy, how about a coppersmith. I had never heard of the trade, but said 'yes' and was successful. In the aircraft industry, a coppersmith is not someone who makes copper kitchen utensils, he makes pipework for engines and aircraft and test-rigs. Copper and aluminium became obsolete and was eventually replaced by Tungum ( a high quality brass-like metal) and stainless steel. The trade also takes in soldering and brazing.
  14. How's your day?

    My trade was coppersmith. We used mainly planishing hammers with smooth faces - marks in the face would transfer to the metal hit if you were not careful. As you can see, there are flat-face, domed-face, camber-face, cross pein, ball and extended versions of cross-pein and ball, the latter to get into restricted spaces. When I left the trade in 1979 I took the hammers home, thinking that they might come in useful. I have only used two of them, as general purpose hammers. Got them out of the storage box, dusted them down to take this photo.
  15. Shops in Forest Fields

    meowed. It was interesting to read about Billy Whitlam and his heart problem. His father was my uncle Les - my mother's brother. He was married twice. His first children were Brenda and Les. Les was born in 1940 with a hole in his heart and had the last rites administered, fearing that he would not survive. In later life had a patch fitted in Groby Hospital and it made a new man of him for a number of years. He lived to be 61 before his heart let go. After the divorce Les re-married and had the two children mentioned. With Billy having a serious heart problem it rather looks like there was a genetic anomaly.