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  1. If there are any gasometers left in the UK you could paint them like we paint our grain silos. More photos of this amazing community art can be seen here http://viterra.com.au/index.php/supporting-our-communities/
  2. Our erstwhile Prime Minister "Scotty from Marketing" has today activated an emergency plan in anticipation of a global pandemic being declared. If it happens it will be interesting as our hospitals cannot cope with admissions on a normal day let alone a pandemic. Don't you trust our pollies to tell us the truth RR?
  3. There is a cruise line advertising heavily here at the moment, no kids, no casinos. Sounds good to me! Think I'll wait until the Covid 19 thingy has died down before I think about a cruise.
  4. Never knew that, Nottingham History Team says that it is a stainless steel drainage channel that follows the line of the original wall.
  5. Brilliant RR slight echoes of LS Lowry in this one. So much of interest. Looks to me like a Yorkshire mill town workers trip as all the buses are going to Filey. I think the sign says East Ardsley Labour Club. The Ogden's cigarette sign reminded me that my grandad sometimes smoked Ogden's Flake tobacco. Just had a look through the paintings on his website, would love one but sadly beyond my means.
  6. Rob L No, the Admiral Rodney in Southwell is on King Street The one in Calverton is on Main Street
  7. Heard this on the radio the other day, Joe Brown - Picture of You Classic intro on the mandolin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc7y6d9CvCA
  8. Wasn't there an Admiral Rodney Hotel in Southwell too, and I think it was supposed to be haunted? Can't remember if it used to be a tied house or whose beer it sold.
  9. I can't remember the last time I bought a stamp, it must have been in the late 90's. I don't even know what one costs or why anyone would need them any more other than for packages as everything else can be done electronically. Packages or parcels are cheaper and more reliably delivered by courier companies locally, interstate, or international.
  10. Many cars in Australia at that time ended up with black vinyl roofs as a result of hail storms, Boot lids and bonnets were easy to replace but the cost of repairing the roof was prohibitive so hence the vinyl roof. "Wrapping" cars with vinyl or velour I.L.O. a respray is big here at the moment however I do not understand why anyone would want their car to look like grandmas' settee
  11. Alexander Alliott invented the centrifugal drying machine. The 1851 census shows him living with his wife Mary, daughter Mary and son James Bingham, with three servants at Chancery? Cottage, Arnold The 1861 Census records him living at Western Terrace, Nottingham with his wife Mary, daughter Mary, one visitor (Mother in Law?)and four servants He went into business with Edward Manlove in 1837 He died in 1870 at Biarritz His son made many improvements to the dryer and was instrumental in the company making equipment for the sugar industry. One of their products was Fryer's Destructor, a machine for destroying refuse used in many UK cities at the time to incinerate household rubbish.
  12. The airfield you mentioned was known as No 35 SLG (Satellite or Relief Landing Ground) RAF Blidworth It is known that among the aircraft stored there were Westland Whirlwind fighter bombers It was used for aircraft preparation. storage and training, it was a grass field situated approximately where Rigg Lane meets Longdale Lane. It was managed by 51 Maintenance Unit Lichfield. You can view where it was here http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/blidworth/ For Ben's benefit it would have been about a two mile walk to the Fox and Hounds at Blidworth Bottoms
  13. Our Dansette had one of those BSR Autochanger decks, I think it may have had a Monarch tone arm (not sure) but I know you had to turn the stylus over to play 78's. The autochanger never worked reliably, it would often drop three of four of the ten records at one time and even drop one on top of a record when it was playing. I do have a 16rpm record, it is an instructional disc on how to remove and service a gearbox, YouTube is much better these days.
  14. Round our way it was Inky Pinky Ponky Father had a donkey...……………..
  15. Still doing the rounds and as popular as ever One of my favourites was this one, covered by many artists over the years Can you believe this jazz standard was written in 1917????
  16. I had a problem with the title of the thread too The A610 goes to Ambergate and is nowhere near the A614 which ends up at Bridlington. As soon as Pete Ford mentioned the Banyan Tree and Philmayfield mentioned the Little Chef I got my bearings straight away
  17. I'm back on my soap box about packaging again. The leader of the opposition bought some individual English pork pies so I thought I'd have one for lunch with a piece of bitey cheddar a pickled onion, an apple and some English mustard for the pork pie. The pie was wrapped in a plastic bag (provided by the shop), a clear cellophane wrapper with a sticker and then a "shrink on" one inch wide plastic band around the pie telling me whose pie it was. Problem with the band was you could not rip it or get it of without destroying the pastry unless you got some scissors to cut it. I wonder which numpty thought that this was a good idea? Why cant we go back to simpler times with just a quick wrap in butchers paper or pop it in a brown paper bag.
  18. Some of the gizmos are useful others are more or less gimmicks. As the car gets to the end of the warranty I'll get a new one and someone else can worry about any expensive repairs.
  19. Looks like a Pterodactyl to me Talking of shadow puppets we have a guy in Adelaide called Raymond Crowe who describes himself as an "Unusualist" His shadow puppetry is brilliant. Check out his version of Satchmo's Wonderful World
  20. Just taken our new car in for a service and one of the things they offered was to install Apple or Android car play into the car. I will not have anything to do with Apple based on their early customer model that you had to buy specific Apple cables, chargers or headphones. they lost me as a customer then, similar experience with early Sony products. When we said no the service guys were taken aback and said "but everyone has had it installed". When asked what could I do with it they said run google maps through your phone, why? the car has a perfectly serviceable GPS system. Play radio and music via your phone why? when the car has a perfectly good radio and I can use the USB for music. The car already has Bluetooth connectivity so I can answer the phone. The car converts text to speech so I don't see any added value. The other thing they said was that it alters/changes the way the system works, why would I want that when it has taken months to work out how to get the current one to do what I want it to do. It seems like technology for technologies sake and no I don't want to check instatwitface as I refuse to have anything to do with antisocial media even if it could do that.
  21. What about that famous Russian billiards player...……….. "Inoff the Red"
  22. Jim That song is heartbreaking, it was 21 years ago last week that I lost my mum. It would have been a fitting tribute to her too. I never knew that Ed Sheeran did stuff like that, I shall look at his music in a new light.
  23. MargieH The Britain of the first verse is the one I remember too, the country lanes along the Trent valley, and in north Nottinghamshire, the hills and dales of Derbyshire and the windswept lonely fens of Lincolnshire were all part of my childhood and still evoke memories today. Having spent most of my life down under the rest resonates inside me too.
  24. It certainly does DJ360, I cannot remember when I last listened to a LP from beginning to end. It must have been at the same time I was transferring vinyl to digital too. It is embarrassing to say that I remember the LP it was "The Sound of Music" as the leader of the opposition likes that sort of stuff. Recently spent time transferring from CD to USB as our new car does not have a CD player and at the same time I backed them up to a separate hard drive. I am not a fan of using the phone in the car for music. Having spent the last twenty years of my working life beholden to a pager then a mobile phone, now I am retired I don't want anything to do with them, only there for an emergency, and I have to admit at this moment I don't exactly know where my phone is.