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  1. 5 hours ago, LizzieM said:

    When they ran out of Robin Hood related names they decided on ‘The Eagle’ on Howbeck Road.  

    Back in the 70's the pubs in the area where I used to live were often named with a Robin Hood theme,

    Forest Folk, Home Brewery, a magnificent building, shamefully knocked down to build a Tesco

    Jolly Friar, Holes Ales, alas, now housing

    The Archer Home Ales, still going

    The Sherwood Forester, ??? still going,

    The Robin Hood, Mansfield Ales, another Tesco, at least they kept the building.

    The Oak Tree, Mansfield Ales, still going

    The Little John Mansfield Ales, Just reopened

  2. On 6/10/2021 at 9:52 PM, radfordred said:

    Warsops finest Ferocious Dog

    Pentrich Rising absobloodylutley fantastic RR thanks for posting.

    I had never heard of the rising so I looked it up on the webulator. Why oh why weren't we taught this local history at school it would have been so much more interesting.

    When we lived in NSW we often visited Kiama where George Weightman died. There is a monument to him in Kiama. and had I known I would have taken a look at it

    Photo from Monument Australia . org.au


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  3. My "old" red British license said "All Groups". When I applied for my Australian license the guy in the office looked at it and said "You don't need to do a physical driving test but I will have to ask you some road rule questions". I said OK as I had read up on the rules. He then said "What side of the road do we drive on in Australia" I said "Left" and he said that's correct and issued me with a license.

  4. 4 hours ago, Winnie6664 said:

    Leyland P76

    First project I worked on after arriving in OZ was the steering and suspension of the P76 for replacement parts. Built by Leyland at Zetland, one of their two plants in Sydney. It was generally renowned as a lemon, early cars had major build quality problems and reliability issues. Surprisingly it won Wheels Car of the Year in 1973, when it ceased production in 1976 they had built 18,000 of them. Its main claim to fame was that you could put a 44 gallon drum in the boot. (photo from wiki)



    4 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

    Vauxhall Viva HC

    I learned to drive and passed my test in a HB Viva 

    The LJ Torana in Australia, a descendant of the HB/HC had a power plants from 1,2 litres and up to a 3,3 litre straight six engine as an option

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  5. 2 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

    a few sips from Grandma's jug on the way back from the Beer-off

    Yes Ben, my grandad was a Shippo's drinker and like you as young un I was often sent up to the local offy for a jug of Shippo's bitter. Tasted it once, never again.

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  6. 11 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

    didnt like MB Beer..much preferred 'Shippo's'' at the Heathfield or 'Home Ales down the Tavern.

    M&B Brew Eleven and Home Brewery 5 Star certainly but I cannot remember having any Shippo's beer that I could finish, ugh awful stuff. Luckily only one Shippo's pub in our village.

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  7. Phil, I am not talking about the high end stuff that is made under the control of multi-nationals. They cannot afford to have their brands compromised.

    I am talking about most of the clothing, poorly sewn together, loose threads everywhere, buttons that fall off at the slightest provocation and not to mention sizing. A properly made Australian shirt is only in the single dollars more expensive.

    General hardware items nuts, bolts, screws etc that the head comes off or threads strip when tightened with a bit of force.

    Stuff supposedly made from "stainless steel" that rusts overnight. and yes I do know there are different grades of stainless.

    Tools like spanners and sockets that open up at the application of a little bit of grunt. The list goes on and on, you know what I mean.

  8. Re my post above on the same trip I purchased a new 5 litre garden sprayer as I needed to spray the roses and the old one had given up after 10 years.

    Joy of joy, miracles of miracles I bought one that was not 'Made in China", it was made in France!

    My mission in life is now to only buy stuff that is made in China as an absolute last resort. I have decided to not feed the dragon that appears hell bent on eating us.

    Shops should have areas for products that are not Made in China.

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  9. Banging on about a pet peeve of mine again, excessive packaging.

    Went to my favourite hardware emporium today to get some cut off wheels for my angle grinder.

    Saw a little round tin of twelve for a good price. Got home and found that the tin was fully enclosed in a fairly thick clear plastic, got the Stanley knife to remove that. I then found that the twelve wheels were wrapped in shrink plastic. Removed that and then found that each individual wheel had plastic around the rim. It too me longer to get the packaging of than cut through the rusted bolt I wanted to remove.

    FFS it's and angle grinder wheel, at least when they are all used up the tin will make a useful container for something. 

  10. Good to hear of the UK's success in its Covid vaccination program.

    We are still bumbling along with our vaccine roll-out we have administered 4,642,703 doses against the government set target for this phase of 13,600,000. If we continue at this rate we wont all be vaccinated until May 2022. Please send us someone that knows how to run a vaccination program as no one in our Liberal (Conservative) led Federal Government appears to know how to do it. In an astonishing revelation the Aged Care Services Minister revealed yesterday that the government did not know exactly how many aged care workers had had the jab. This is sheer incompetence and should result in him losing his job, but won't as it appears, like in the UK, Ministerial responsibility has long been abandoned in the Westminster system.

    Had my flu jab last week and my arm was really sore, I had no effects from the Covid Jab. Final Jab due in early August. 


    Keep safe everyone, this pandemic is a long way from being fully under control as events in Melbourne last week have shown.

  11. I agree nonnaB, there are far too many bad pizzas for every good one.


    My favourite nosh in order of preference is

    1) Any form of seafood except whelks, abalone and eels. I'd put prawns and oysters way above lobster.  I love any sort of fish and what I wouldn't give for a nice piece of British cod or haddock.

    2) Steaks and roast beef come a close second (roast beef and all the trimmings tonight)

    3) A good Indian or Chinese dish with a bit of spice to it.


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  12. It has kicked off in Melbourne Victoria again with 30 cases that had their origin in a medi-hotel in Adelaide. Some food was delivered to a room with a covid positive guest in it. Shortly afterwards food was delivered to a room close by to a a covid negative person and apparently they caught it from aerosol droplets from the other room. As they were covid negative they left quarantine and flew to Melbourne. Two days later they developed symptoms and tested positive. Melbourne now has 30 cases and has entered a 7 day lockdown. The plonkers that hadn't thought about being vaccinated before are now complaining about the queues at the testing and vaccination centres and that the government is not doing enough about it.

  13. On 5/20/2021 at 2:35 AM, Cliff Ton said:

    The Richard Greene versions of Robin Hood

    Played as the Reds ran out onto the pitch in the sixties led by the great Bobby McKinlay

    Do they ever play this at the City Ground now or is it Mull of Kintyre which is a bloody long way from Nottingham?