Oztalgian

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  1. This poem by Dorothea Mackellar just about sums up this country especially verse two The love of field and coppice Of green and shaded lanes, Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins. Strong love of grey-blue distance, Brown streams and soft, dim skies I know, but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land for me! The stark white ring-barked forests, All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon, Green tangle of the brushes Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops, And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When, sick at heart, around us We see the cattle die But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold, For flood and fire and famine She pays us back threefold. Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze ... An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land All you who have not loved her, You will not understand though Earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly.
  2. RR The Trent End looks much different to my last visit to the City Ground in 1975 Three memories that stand out of my attendance in the old East stand opposite the 18 yard line at the Trent End are as follows 6th April 1967 Ian Storey Moore's hat trick against Everton in the 6th round of the FA Cup. I remember Labone clogging Zigger Zagger and I still reckon that Greaves goal in the semi was a mis-hit. Ian Storey Moore is now 75????? 28 October 1967 Record crowd of just shy of 50,000 vs Manchester United 24th August 1968 The fire in the main stand when playing Leeds from my vantage point in the East stand the fire did not look too serious and I was amazed when I saw the footage of the rear of the stand on the news later that evening. Unfortunately I could not afford to go back to see the Reds during Cloughie's glory years. Still reckon that team of 67-68 was the best and most complete team the Reds ever turned out. Still hoping to get back for one last visit. If they get promotion I will try like hell to do it in memory of a mate I used to go to all the games with who died late last year
  3. Keep On Running - Spencer Davis Group Band on the Run Paul McCartney and Wings Runaway - Del Shannon Take the Money and Run - The Steve Miller Band Fox on the Run - Manfred Mann
  4. Songs about food, again my favourite first Fast Food Song - Fast Food Rockers Green Onions - Booker T and the MG"s Bangers and Mash - Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte I like Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
  5. RR I was commenting on the fact that you don't see many brewery signs on pubs these days It was Bamber who said
  6. Thanks Bamber, I had never heard that but wonder why I am not surprised that the property developers win out again.
  7. As I said in another thread I took a Google drive around some of my old haunts and it is amazing to see how many pubs and working mens clubs and miners welfares I knew are no longer there. Not many of the pubs I did know have signs showing whose beer they serve, is it because they are now "Free Houses" and not tied to a brewery or that the beer is so bad they are ashamed to advertise it.
  8. DJ 360 here is my effort on guns with my all time favourite first Cows With Guns - Dana Lyons God and Guns - Lynyrd Skynyrd I've Shot Every Gun - Steve Lee Tommy Gun - The Clash The Guns of Navarone - The Skatelites
  9. He who laughs last laughs last
  10. Thanks CT and Stuart, Back then I probably did not even know that Daybrook had a station so unlikely to have been aware of what I was looking at. Just had a google drive along Mansfield Rd from Red Hill towards Nottingham and apart from the Wagon and Horses, the Ram, St Paul's Church, the Old Spot (now The Coopers Brook), the Home Brewer fa├žade and the L&R Morley building very little else triggers memories. Is it me or does the road pass much closer to the front of the Home Brewery building than it used to do?
  11. RR they look more like croissants than sausages and I won't say what the two fried eggs look like.
  12. It was my grandad that first took me to see the Forest in the fifties and he always stood on the 18 yard line in the East stand nearest the Bridgford/Kop end of the ground. As a kid, so I could see, I was passed down to the front to be right up against what to me then was a rather substantial wall. He and his mates always called it the Kop as I remember it seemed a strange word which I later learned was from the Battle of Spion Kop in the Boer War which was on a hill which became the name for terraces usually behind a goal at UK football grounds. To me the Bridgford end was more used at Trent Bridge cricket ground.
  13. Would the BeRo factory have been visible from a double decker travelling towards Nottingham on Mansfield Rd? As a little-un in the late fifties I always knew when we were not far from Nottingham when we passed the Home Brewery and Daybrook Laundry but I can't recall ever seeing a BeRo sign or factory.
  14. Songs about work Working Man - David Alexander (Also about mining) Working Class Man - Jimmy Barnes 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton Matthew and Son - Cat Stevens Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte
  15. If you are feeling a bit gloomy here are five songs about disasters The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot The Pretoria Pit Disaster - The Houghton Weavers The Ballad of Springhill - Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle Swiss Air 111 - Caroll Edwards
  16. Yes a good innings. He did a creditable job of playing two roles in the Australian film of Banjo Paterson's classic poem "The Man From Snowy River" If you like poetry check it out,
  17. Often had a pint or two in the Horse and Groom opposite Linby Docks. Did you know they were a target of the Luftwaffe during WWII. The little stream flowing in the channels is a tributary of the River Leen The pub was damaged by vandals throwing paint all over the front of the building last November. Photo StiGGy's vegie plot- wordpress.com
  18. Mary a Wolseley4/44 was a very up market car in its day. An uncle of mine had one and the things I remember most was the smell of the leather and the illuminated badge in the radiator grille.
  19. I have also heard a more rounded version called a Bobby's Helmet
  20. Burnt my ar$e many a time on one of those slides These are pieces of playground equipment from my youth. Modern elfinsafety would have a heart attack
  21. I bet doctors and hospitals are glad they got rid of them. So many injured thumbs because the numpties that tried to use them did not know how to use them properly. You never held the handle like a tennis racquet you held it with your thumb alongside your fingers.
  22. If I ever came back to the UK it certainly would not be a city area, just too many people. As I have said before on this forum, somewhere along the Trent Valley, Fiskerton would be among my choices, pity I can't get a pint of Kimberley mild at the Bromley Arms any more.Another choice would be the coast of Devon or Cornwall.