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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    When I was 16 my dad bought a white Morris 1100 with a red interior. I loved it. When I was old enough to learn to drive the L plates went on and I went with my parents to Scotland on holiday. I did most of the driving. So exciting! Passing place roads, steep hills and getting instruction on how to drive if the fuel is getting low and you are in the middle of nowhere! Good training for a learner. When dad got his new Wolseley 1300 I needed a car to get to work so I had the Morris 1100 from him. Sadly the rusting started, even though we did our best to take care of him. A hole developed in the floor pan at the back and sadly he had to go. I am not easily moved to tears but this was the loss of my first motor. An Austin Allegro replaced him but this car was not nearly as good. I have a photo in the dining room of my 1100 and my dad with his Wolseley 1300. Happy memories. If someone asks me if I have a pet I say yes, I drive it! Now it is my Volvo!
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    Foters Wiv' Motors.

    Ian, the photo you posted on 20th July is very interesting. The Riley looks like a version of the Morris/Austin 1100. There was also a Wolseley version. My dad had a Wolseley 1300 in 1973. I loved it! It was Crypton tuned and I used to enjoy beating other larger cars when the lights turned green. A young woman driving a small car: I took the blokes by surprise! Happy memories. Radford baths in the background is an attractive building. I never noticed this before because I hated that place! These are bad memories of primary school swimming lessons. The instructor just shouted at us! Every Tuesday I used to hope that the bus would break down so we could not go. I was saved by verrucas! My mum did not let the school know when they were gone. I escaped and was taught to swim by an excellent instructor many years later.
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    Old Streets of Nottingham

    When my Grandfather married my Grandmother and they moved from East Yorkshire to Nottingham his address was Russell Street. This was where they lived before they moved to live in Sneinton. I have found Russell Street on the map. My mother's cousin said that this was a street full of lodging houses in the early 1900 s . I am sure that Nottstalgians will know lots about Russell Street.
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    From the Castle.....

    I have many happy memories of visiting the castle. As a child I went with my parents and we had a grand day out. Dad and I went down Mortimer's hole before the days of health and safety legislation. Part of the tour involved us going on our hands and knees through a tunnel. It was wonderful and so exciting. I loved looking at the old coaches and the tea shop was nice. When our son was primary school age I wanted to give him a similar experience. We caught a train to Nottingham. It was packed with cricket supporters and when I offered a lady a seat asking my son to sit on my lap people thought we were odd! Our son loved the castle, especially the playground and the trip down Mortimer's hole. It was not as exciting as the one I went on with my Dad. No crawling through tunnels! My disappointments were the terrace was partly closed so we did not see the views. The coaches were gone and I was told they are now at Wollaton Hall Industrial Museum. We did not have time to go there. The tea room had been moved but it was OK. He had a good day, but we have visited lots of National Trust, Cadw in Wales, English Heritage and Historic Scotland castles that have more to offer. It is very hard to decide which is our favourite.
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    Photos to cheer us up

    Back in the 1960 s a couple by the name of Hamilton ran a B and B at Pier House on Harbour Road Brora. My parents found this absolute gem of a place to stay on holiday. A lovely couple and lots of nice memories. Loved Brora. Thanks for the beautiful photos.
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    1939 Register

    The register is so useful for finding where people lived, and for giving married names for females that were added later. This register was used for NHS records up to the 1990 s. I worked through the register for the village where my husband was born to get the whole population. My husband and brother in law found this very interesting to see families they remembered and where they were in 1939 (before their time!).
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    Three words to sum up your day

    Need some snow!
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    Catfan's Blog.

    This reminds me of a GCSE Human Biology exam back in the 1980s. The syllabus included learning about first aid. For the exam candidates had to know that if someone got something stuck in their ear the thing to do was to take them to the doctor's surgery or A and E. There was a question about this in the exam. When the examiner's report was published after the results came out the comment about this was: In the question about removing a foreign body from the ear canal, too many candidates answered "blow through from the other side". Something about not listening!
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    That Song reminds me of......

    This memory amuses us. The song is Paul Simon: Duncan. The words: Couple in the next room bound to win a prize ........ We had a cabin on the overnight ferry from Shetland. Our son was very young at the time and sound asleep in the bed next to the wall. The couple in the next room ..........The noise was loud! I was ready for the questions if he woke up. My story would have been "I think someone is feeling unwell. Don't worry about it". He did not wake up. Years later I told him the story and now we all have a laugh when we hear Duncan! Also now when I hear Pentecost mentioned I think of Duncan! Paul Simon is brilliant. Saw the Graceland concert at the NEC.
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    Then and Now

    Interesting photos Ian. Thanks.
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    Under our Streets

    At lunch time today I sat with my coffee and watched Bargain Hunt. In between the buying and the auction they visited The Trip to Jerusalem pub in Nottingham and interviewed the landlord. It was interesting, all about how the caves under there were once used for prisoners!
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    Things you don't see anymore

    Thanks for all the replies about Home and Colonial stores. I could not remember them in Nottingham. These pieces of social history are so interesting.
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    Things you don't see anymore

    Home and Colonial stores. A chain of stores owned by Julius Drewe. My husband remembers one of their shops. We visited Castle Drogo in Devon last week. Julius Drewe had this built at huge cost. The roof leaks and the National Trust is fixing it. Very interesting going up the scaffolding tower and having the repair process explained. Amazing architecture and well worth the visit. Nice tea shop! To get back onto topic, I do not remember a Home and Colonial in Nottingham. Was there one?
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    Whatever happened to......?

    Gone out of business since selfies took over!
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    Thanks for the photo Ian. I think it was Clowers. The entrance door/building looks right. I was 14 when I went with mum to view granddad. We were concerned because someone down the road from us in Bilborough had died not long before granddad and the undertakers mixed up the bodies. We wanted to make sure they had got it right. They had. A difficult experience for a 14 year old but we needed to be sure and I had to support my mum.