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  1. Many years ago one of our "early doors" crowd at the local was going on about how he loathed shell suits. Naturally next day the rest of us bought shell suits and turned up that evening to give him apoplexy!
  2. Hi Brian. Harry Latto was metalwork. He used to travel on the Daybrook to Basford North train with us every day. His early morning duty was to light the forge. Arthur Boddy was woodwork in the room next door. He was totally mad and used to throw chunks of wood around the room.
  3. Brenda - we went both to Puccini's and L'Angolo. I used to go on business many times to Milano and Firenze. I was the customer so I was entertained at some fine Italian restaurants - not just the posh ones - the good ones. One chap I knew was the son of the Mayor of Florence at the time and he had cousins everywhere that kept restaurants. I remember some good times! Back in Nottingham it was good to dine at yours and remember the true taste of Italy. Phil
  4. Yes, followed you until you left for Italy. I once hired the whole of La Buca for a gang of us from the Sherwood Flying Club. You put on one of your excellent gourmet evenings. Just one of the more elderly members had cause to complain because you served rabbit. He said he had eaten enough of that during the war! Good wishes to both of you. Phil ,
  5. Was that the one at Chapel Point? Had the most awful fish and chip meal there back in July. Phil
  6. Just dawned on me - Brenda and Alessio. Used to run La Bucca on Thurland St. and then opened a restaurant in Radcliffe on Trent. Both superb restaurants. Proper Italian cooking! Phil
  7. That sounds like an accident waiting to happen!
  8. The Brough works on Haydn Road was part of our old factory complex when it belonged to Moore and Company. The Brough owner's club came to meet there one Sunday many years ago. Sadly I was the person responsible for commissioning the demolition of it in order to build a new warehouse. The site now has houses built on it. It's directly opposite what was the Meridian sports ground on the Haydn Road/Quorn Road corner. Phil
  9. You should have bought two and made a spectacle of yourself!
  10. I half remember, back in the sixties, a senior colleague at the accountants Hubbart, Durose and Pain, Ken West, mentioning the visit of the Stones to his house at Beeston. I believe he had a largish family. Does this ring any bells? Phil
  11. I've had a few tenuous connections with Be Ro over the years. Initially, back in the fifties, I used to walk past the Daybrook factory every schoolday on my way to buy a return ticket at Daybrook station for the journey to Basford North on my way to Mellish. This was a train journey of about four minutes. I didn't live far enough away from the school, as the crow flies, to get a free travel pass although others who lived a few hundred yards further away had a pass even though they travelled from the same station. Such was the idiocy of those in power at the time. Secondly, when I was in the accountancy profession, Be Ro were clients of ours although I never was assigned to that particular job. Thirdly, Be Ro were customers of my old company. We used to make all the packaging for both the Nottingham and Newcastle Factories but this was before my time. Be Ro ultimately sold out to Rank Hovis Mcdougal. The managing director at Daybrook was Tom Bell. His father, also Tom, founded the factory in Newcastle. The younger Tom came to Nottingham in the thirties and built the Daybrook factory. Tom built a house on Oxton Hill and was a great benefactor to Oxton village. He offered two thousand pounds towards the cost of the village hall if the village could raise the same amount (this was a large sum at the time). The money was raised and the hall was built.
  12. Yes, we're regular visitors to Hemswell Antiques but never on a Sunday as it can get extremely busy with car-booters! Phil
  13. Referring to MargieH's post re the 11+. Yes, I did sit the "scholarship" exam at the same time and place. There was no forewarning - we were just marched off to the hall which was set out with desks so there was no time for pre exam nerves. I must have passed as I got a place at Mellish. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there. All of my year seemed to do extremely well in their subsequent careers - doctors, pharmacists, accountants (like me), lawyers and senior academics. Few of us came from privileged backgrounds. Our own fathers were still making their own way up the career ladder after war service. I went to the school closing ceremony a few years ago and have subsequently viewed the demolition site. Very sad to see it gone. Phil
  14. The old brewery can be seen. The new building, which remains, was built fronting Mansfield Rd. In 1936.
  15. Chemistry master was JR Atkins - known as Pablo. The woodwork master could have been Arthur Boddy but that was in 1962. CCF was run by EA Hutchinson assisted by Frank Clarke, Bill Evans, Harry Hadwen, Bill Bow and the chap who was the Lab technician. Phil
  16. The ford at Calverton is still there on the sharp bend as you leave Calverton towards Epperstone. It has, however, been bypassed by the road. Phil
  17. Gordon Taylor, sadly no longer with us, shoved a filter paper of nitrogen tri iodide, which had been drying on a radiator overnight, into his pocket when Pablo came into the room. Disasterous consequences for the pocket! I could go on with reminiscences - must write a book someday. Phil
  18. Yes, Dick - Harry Hadwen did teach biology along with Jim Key who was senior biology master. Bob McCandles was overall in charge as "senior science master". Pablo Atkins was my favourite science teacher. I well remember the explosion that destroyed the advanced chemistry lab. I fell to the ground just after the bang and felt the shockwaves pass over me. Quite a lot of broken glass that day! He asked me to submit a written report on the explosion to be on his desk the next morning. The report was pure conjecture as it was nothing to do with me! I also remember Fred Sutherland's Messerschmitt. It was white. He used to give me a lift home in it on a Friday evening after cross country running practice. I recall some reprobates picking it up and parking it halfway up the biology lab steps at the end of term. Phil
  19. Hello Dick. Well we're both still living! I remember the window/door incident. Wasn't me. We did give old Spud a bit of a rough ride. I believe he was our form master in 3a and it was not long afterwards when he moved on. l did go to the closing ceremony and it was sad to see how run down the place had become. I've also been to look at the ruins. I really enjoyed my time there, apart from rugger on that icy windswept field in winter. Phil
  20. The cylindrical slide rule was a powerful piece of kit. It could be equivalent to a conventional slide rule over 40 feet long. I loved slide rules - so fast to use. You just had to guess where to put the decimal point! Phil
  21. I remember that! Mrs Borton was the dancing teacher. She worked hard on me without success. I had two left feet and still can't dance to this day. No point in trying now!
  22. GAY stood for "Gedling Area Youth" club Phil
  23. I thought they all played banjo down in the backwoods of Norfolk. A bit like "Deliverance"! Phil