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About LongJohn

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  1. I lived in Colwick 1955-64. Mile Run in Colwick Woods had the reputation of being the next best thing to the Cresta Run! When it snowed in the winter of 62-3, I took a sledge onto Mile Run, and found it utterly tame - sigh!
  2. Cliff Ton: you are a star! When I was in WB a couple of weeks ago, and walking along Rectory Road, it was obvious where that embankment had been. In your photo, the building you can half see in the foreground was a sweet shop. Yet sweets only came off ration in '53. You are right about the line.
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    Gedling Heritage Guide

    Well done Carni! I was on a flying visit to Nottingham over the bank holiday weekend, and managed to see the Bestwood pit-head (new to me), the Ruddington frameknitters' museum (on the to-do list for years), and Papplewick in steam - totally magnificent!
  4. When I was about 8, and at Patrick Road WB infants' school, the GC embankment was on a level with the upper floor classrooms. That, plus when our family moved to Colwick, we lived in a cul-de-sac with the LNER(?) and Midland lines at the end of the road, is why I love steam trains to this day. On a tangent, I have spent the last year trying to stop the Education Funding Agency from knocking down an Edwardian school with far better architecture than Patrick Road - no justice!!
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    Theatre Days

    Beyond the Fringe: I think it was on about '63 - I was in the U6th
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    Theatre Days

    I know Merthyr Imp doesn't share my taste in music - but no matter! Did he see the provincial touring version of "Beyond the Fringe"? (I think at the Theatre Royal)
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    Theatre Days

    Can't think why Merthyr Imp won't go and hear early music. Orfeo, either by Gluck or Monteverdi, is wonderful stuff. Here in the south west, the musical highlight of the year is English Touring Opera's visit to the Northcott Theatre at Exeter university - late November, just in time for driving conditions to be awful. I even missed Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea the other year because it was sold out. I bet Jill Sparrow likes this sort of music!!
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    Colwick cheese

    I've not logged into this site for ages. Amazed to see a reply from Voysher Piat(kewicz) #31. I used to know you and your brother Wojtek when we were at Colwick Cowsheds (sorry, St John's C of E primary!) Then about 40 years later I used to go out with a lady who lives in Birmingham, who taught both of you at the Catholic grammar school on Carlton Hill. She was amazed [a] because I had known you, because I could pronounce your names. No trick there - my sister's married name is Mielcarek [should be Mielczarek, but the Z fell off a couple of generations ago].
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    Carlton Library

    I used to be a borrower at Carlton library. To say it seemed a grim Victorian (actually Edwardian) building, I found some fascinating material there. At the age of 19 I discovered the novels of Vladimir Nabokov (author of Lolita), who spoiled me for fiction for the rest of my life.
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    Raglan Engineering - St Anns

    I have a Radford-style dividing head that came with my Myford Super 7 - I also have a Geo Thomas style dividing head so I don't want both. Make me an offer for the Radford. Bad news: it's in Devon!
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    Pronouncing place names

    In Devon there are two places called Woolfardisworthy, and believe it or not, they are pronounced differently, even though they are not 25 miles apart! One is pronounced Woolsery, but don't ask me which one!
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    xmas pork pie breakfast

    My grandmother came from Melton Mowbray, so we always had pork pie for - breakfast on Christmas morning. Source: Alan the butcher in Victoria Road Netherfield - his pies were prize winners. My ex-wife has taken up the tradition - now that I live in Devon, we had M&S pie on Christmas Eve morning, and finished it off for tea tonight, Boxing Day. A bit posh, no jelly but chestnuts!! Scrummy anyway!
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    Embankment and Memorial Gardens

    What Zab, Jonesy and Stan have to say about the Embankment Gardens rather worries me - in 2010 I scattered my mother's ashes in one of the rose gardens. She grew up in the Meadows - Healey Street.
  14. Hello Pianoman #13 - give me a rundown of what else was/is made in Nottm - I will always be interested! BTW you don't know anyone who wants a harmonium, do you? Mine is 5 octave, one set of reeds ie no stops, and I need the room for more books. Buyer collects from Devon!
  15. Was in Wareham Dorset last weekend - staying at the very hotel where TE Lawrence used to take coffee. Called in at Clouds Hill, his little cottage on the way home. There I discovered that Brough bikes were made in Nottingham! What bothers me is, in geography lessons at school, the only industries ever mentioned were Boots, Players and Raleigh. Only years later did I find out that Myford made lathes here.