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  1. I would like to go back to the early 1800s to talk to my 3 times great grandfather, a person of colour who worked as a fisherman/sailor in Grimsby. His early life is a complete mystery. His adult life and family life is an interesting story passed down the generations. The evidence suggests he was a nice guy.
  2. If you read the book "Someone had to do it", all about Christopher Pole-Carew it tells the whole story. A very nasty episode in the early 1970's. My dad worked there. When the full scale use of computers was established Pole-Carew was dismissed and went to work for Rupert Murdoch at Wapping to get ready for the move from Fleet Street. The other newspaper in Nottingham was the Guardian Journal, printed at the Watson-Fothergill building on Parliament Street. The Journal and the Post combined and the staff from the Journal moved "over the road" as they called it. I agree that the newspaper industry modernised, however it is very annoying to see all the repeated paragraphs and other mistakes in news articles. Gone are the "correctors of the press" who did a good job. I read news articles on my iPhone. The spellcheckers are no substitute for a person.
  3. My gran gave Epsom salts to her chickens to make they lay eggs. My mum said it worked well on the hens so they laid lots and my gran used some to barter during the war. The science behind it:
  4. Wonderful day. I now have my new Kenwood Chef. The old one died on me last week, having given good service since 1976! It just had one new motor in all that time! The new one has the good features of the old plus more. A binge of baking now.
  5. I had not heard of Pom Bears. Just googled the name and from the description they sound good. I do remember Nibbits.
  6. Intu is in the news due to the possibility of going into administration. When I read their list of shopping centres the Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh were both there. When they were both set up who owned the centres then? Was it the council and then they sold out? It will be a disaster if they both close as a result of what is going on. Another bit of Nottingham history that I am clueless about! I appreciate the posts from Nottstalgia members who put me right. Big thanks.
  7. Thanks for your replies Cliff Ton and Beekay. Very interesting history of Nottingham.
  8. Watched Supermarket Wars: Battle of the High Street on Channel 5 last night. Very interesting. Gem superstore was mentioned as being the first in the country. I remembered the name but not where it was. A google search came up with West Bridgford and I found some photos. Was this the only Gem in Nottingham? As I lived in Bilborough we never shopped there! The Co-op on Bracebridge or Cockington was the shop of choice for my mum. When I went to Coventry I discovered Sainsburys and now our son has introduced us to Lidl. Times change.
  9. It is sad to see church graveyards that are not valued or respected. The one in the town where we live falls into this category. The council cut the grass but do not remove sapling trees that grow up and destroy the monuments. Part of the graveyard was dug up for road widening and headstones were all taken down and laid flat beside the wall. A drive and car park were put in the graveyard. The Vicar will not allow any fund raising to put lights on the path to the car park and does not care that the path is lethal in snowy or wet weather. The one nice thing is that a volunteer plants flowers at the side of the drive up to the church. My mum was cremated and the funeral directors arranged for her ashes to be buried in the garden of remembrance at the Church in Yorkshire that she attended as a child and where she was married. The garden of remembrance is a beautifully kept area of grass with borders. Inside the church is a book of remembrance with the names of all those laid to rest in the garden. The names will remain and there is no threat of vandalism. The books of remembrance are also digitised. A friend of my mum's commented that they walked past the Church and looked over the wall remembering my mum and thinking "she is safe there".
  10. I guess you are recalling the winter of 62-63. A wonderful winter when we never played hockey! I hated sport as the PE teachers were so unpleasant. The teaching killed any interest in Shakespeare. I failed literature. The best part was the excellent company of my friends and the enjoyment of A-level chemistry explosions and filling the physics lab with smoke. I was guilty of dropping radioactive isotopes on the floor! We were lethal! I cannot remember my last day there. I was so happy to get out and get on with my life. What came after was of greater importance.
  11. As we are all now grounded I decided that it is time to bring out the vinyl discs. A few years ago my husband bought a new turn table and it is linked into the sound system. Rolling Stones disc Aftermath sounds so much better on this than it did on my old record player in 1966! Then I found the Kenny Ball album with Mozart on, the track on the disc I played for a 6th form assembly at BGS! Mr Williams got a surprise that day and in my reference he said I had an interesting sense of humour! Lots of music today, interesting things on the laptop and a good glass of whisky to kill any germs! Just seen the post about the classic films on the box tonight. Thanks. I think it will be Saturday Night and Sunday Morning tonight. Finding a few positives to keep me out of the way in these dreadful times. Keep safe everyone!
  12. I am aware that this is an old thread but the title is right for my post I think. Today I watched celebrity Mastermind. One candidate was answering questions on the life and work of Watson Fothergill. She did well with all 9 correct answers and no passes. Having read posts on this site I was able to answer some of them. The other 3 candidates failed to reach 9 points even when they had done the general knowledge. A bit of a shame but very entertaining and good to see details of Watson Fothergill on TV. The winner is a florist in Nottingham who has been on the Apprentice. Well done to her!
  13. I have just read the newspaper article. My dad was not dismissed. The workers got threatening letters about dismissal. I still have this in my archives. He was offered and took what is called voluntary redundancy though it is a job that is made redundant not a person. He could have gone back to work there but instead he took the redundancy and a group of them set up a free newspaper called "Info". It was financed by advertising. Again more positives because he enjoyed working on Info.
  14. I remember him. My dad worked at the newspaper office. The workers learned to use computers having had all the training and then that man pulled out of the carefully negotiated agreement. It all got very nasty going from strike to lock-out. The picketing became creative when those on strike produced a line of traffic that circled the building so the vans could not get in and out! I borrowed the book "Somebody had to do it" from the library. No way would I buy it! The book tells the whole story. When the computer was installed the compositors typed in the text to produce punched tape. My dad said there were different colours for different parts of the paper. Once the system was up an running they got rid of him and he went to work for Rupert Murdoch. To end on a positive note, just before the dispute my dad was presented with his long service award, and Omega watch engraved with his name. Our son wore it at his MA graduation. My dad would have been so pleased. Also, because dad learned a typewriter keyboard thanks to that man, he was able to type my husband's degree project for him, saving a lot of money.
  15. Just had a look. I used to get Facebook messages about the Peregrines but this does not happen now. Does anyone know why? Sorry if the answer is in previous posts. Just looked at the camera. That did not work last year so I did not get live images. I hope they fix the second camera so we can see down the ledge. Does anyone know what is going on?
  16. I remember the newspaper strike in the 1950s. It was in the summer during the school holiday. It was wonderful. When dad was not on the picket line he took me out to the park. We had great times! I think it was 1955 or 1956. I had started at school and it was before my grandfather had his heart attack.
  17. Farmers sold clothing and fabrics. They had departments: ladies clothing, haberdashery, paper patterns, fancy goods (gloves and gift ware), materials (silks, cottons and curtain materials), children's clothing, underwear (two departments, one downstairs with modern things and upstairs the laced up corsets and long johns) and also a household linens department. In those days department stores had stock rooms. At Farmers it was like a rabbit warren! As a student working there in the holidays I spent time in every department except those selling material by the yard. This needed special training, My favourite was doing the stock taking for paper patterns! Scan was a large supermarket. They sold a lot of household goods. There was no material by the yard. We bought a number of items from there for our house when we were getting married. I never worked at Scan as by that time I was leaving Nottingham to get married and also starting full time, permanent employment. It is nice to share memories of Farmers. Happy days.
  18. Scan opened to replace the Farmers shop in the Market Square. I left Farmers not long before it closed. Most of the staff transferred from Farmers to Scan and they were quite excited about the move. Some of the staff moved to Griffin and Spalding as Debenhams also owned that store. It was mostly the staff who worked on the materials counters (silks, cottons and curtains) who went to Griffin and Spalding. Happy memories of working with good colleagues. Mr Dean was the manager at Farmers. A nice gentleman. He retired when the shop closed and there was a photo in the Nottingham Post of him being presented with a television as a retirement gift. My mum sent me the cutting and I still have this in my "archives"!
  19. A musician friend who is often asked to play for funerals at the crematorium told us that some hymn choices are a little surprising. He has often been asked to play "colours of day". The refrain is: "Light up the fire, let the flame burn .....".! One hell of a choice!
  20. A big thanks to everyone who responded. Very helpful. It is good to know I am not on my own! We had to migrate because our previous webmaster used SiteGround hosting and registered in USA. They sent me an explanation about not having the legal structure to host from their USA branch. We moved to the UK/EU one. I did ask them about the effect of Brexit and they said no problem! It looks like SiteGround are an umbrella company with sites all over the world. Anyway, they have been wonderful and I like their "ticket" system for customer services as they can keep track of progress. Our domain name was registered in the USA with a different company (I do not know why!) and they let me change the registration without any problem.
  21. It is a long story but I have ended up managing a website for a society I belong to. A very fast and steep learning curve considering that I have never set up a website! The webmaster who set it up (then left) lived in the USA and it was hosted in the USA. This meant that the site had to be migrated from hosting in the USA to the UK with a new domain name. Did that. The hosting company were awesome! Very helpful customer service with online conversations that had a ticket number so when I went back with another question they had all the background. All went well. Then I discovered that some links are broken in the new site as they point back at the old domain name. The old domain name is registered with a different provider to the hosting. So far I have managed to update the contacts on the domain account but I cannot get a pointer onto that domain to direct visitors to the new domain. The website software is Joomla. I am about to ask Joomla help desk at the hosting site how to do a global fix for all these links in the "media" section of Joomla. I have edited individual HTML but the changes will not save after I log out of the site. Joomla is something of a challenge to work with and our society has voted to move to Wordpress. A good idea. This is where I have questions for our experts on Nottstalgia! 1. Has anyone out there migrated a site straight from Joomla to Wordpress? The hosting company can do this but I am wondering what it will look like when it is migrated to Wordpress. 2. In your experience would it be better to migrate this huge Joomla site to Wordpress then edit it to suit us or to set up a Wordpress site and then have to upload/copy a huge number of files from the old site to the new one? 3. Has anyone out there used Joomla and if so do you have any tips please? It is good to be back in touch, reading the interesting posts on Nottstalgia. A very welcome break from domains, hosting, links and HTML!
  22. With the move towards hands free phone use being made illegal for drivers surely it is time that smoking at the wheel is banned. It is in Sweden. My Volvo does not have an ash tray, nor did my Saab before it. My dad used to smoke when driving. When driving at night he would use his lighter to light a cigarette so the big flame came up in front of his face. I used to worry about this. Also some drivers chuck the fag ends out of the window creating danger and litter. If a driver needs nicotine while on a journey, how about patches as an alternative?
  23. I like the Scandinavian detective stories on BBC4. Below the Surface series 2 is on now and it is good. A couple of things in the story line surprise me. When the hostage situation starts the story line says there is no passenger list and it also shows people in the car deck. One crew member asks them to leave. On ferries to Shetland, Orkney and the Isle of Man I am sure they lock the doors to the car decks. The ferry in the story line is going from Denmark to Sweden. These bits of detail are not spoiling my enjoyment. A good dark tale with plenty of cliff hangers!
  24. To see it you would have to walk past the mural holding a video camera. Next time I go to Packwood house I will try making a video of the effect there and see if it works. Plas Newydd is just a bit far away!