ValuerJim

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    Golf, photography, railways, family life, and havin' a larff.

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  1. So guess who's Guess Who. It's perfectly straightforward.
  2. A shop has recently opened in our local precinct selling branded clothes, trading under the title of 'Guess Who's'. I reckon it should be 'Guess Whose', but I'm open to suggestions.
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    Manning Grammar School

    My wife was, Minty. Sally Warne.
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    Jigsaw puzzle season

    I was bought the John Speed historical county jigsaw of Notts for my birthday this year. What a shoddy product, and not cheap.
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    Were You A Trainspotter?

    We old spotters are never short of number/letter combinations for use as passwords.
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    Were You A Trainspotter?

    Hi Dave N. I'm proud to declare myself an old trainspotter - Nottingham Vic and Grantham mainly, with the odd trip to Doncaster and York, and one offs to Derby and Tamworth: I could never warm to the LMS locos, with all their bits poking out, and my dad was a driver on the old GCR up to 1964 or so. Like your copping of 60004, the highlight of my spotting was copping A1 St Johnstoun at Edinburgh Waverley in 1961 to complete my A1s. My lasting regret is not taking up dad's invitation to ride the cab from Annesley down to Woodford, although he did let me drive the Dido on one occasion, closely followed by never copping 60011 to complete the A4s. My best Christmas present this year was one to myself - a large quality print of a V2 at the head of the southbound Master Cutler at Weekday Cross, by Rob Rowland (thanks to the recommendation of an earlier poster, whose post I can no longer find). If you've not checked him out, his web site is well worth a visit.
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    Enjoying owt on the box lately ?

    On one occasion recently, a tv quiz contestant was asked what language was spoken in the Faroes. 'I know that one', he replied, 'Egyptian'.
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    Memories of visiting the library

    I was a regular at Basford library, on Vernon Road, in the 1950s. I remember the wooden parquet flooring, and the old men - probably younger than I am now - reading through the national and local papers. Out of the library and back home via the lake in Vernon Park, with a couple of Brambly Hedge books, full of anthropomorphic mice, rabbits and squirrels who lived in hollow trees. I suppose the library no longer exists, or has been turned into a 'cultural centre'?
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    I didn't know that!

    Apparently, a 5 mile stretch of Radcliffe Road was the first tarmac road in the world. The then Notts County Surveyor, Edgar Hooley, perfected the mix and registered Tarmac in 1903. He sold out in 1905 and Tarmac Ltd came into existence.
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    Day Trips

    Wasn't Bendigo's ring somewhere around there?
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    Day Trips

    Others have mentioned Wicksteed Park. As I recall, the name Wicksteed was formed in each of the cast iron steps of the slide on Vernon Park. The daft things we remember!
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    Day Trips

    Went to school with Osborne minor, but buggered if I can remember his name. I do remember the chip shop shack now you've mentioned it, Ben. Better remember the two corner shops on Park Lane, the lower one a beer off. Spent most of my church collection money in them.
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    Day Trips

    Yes, Osbornes was the last but one house on the left, before the bridge, going south. As well as cutting hair, he also sold fishing tackle. You could walk up the side of the house onto the railway embankment alongside the rat hole, then across the main GC line onto the opposite embankment and come out at the top of Arnold Road. It was my regular journey to school. There were large concrete obstructions on either side of the Park Lane Bridge, which we kids believed were to hinder the approach of German tanks!!
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    Day Trips

    It was twitchell for us Bulwellians, although the path alongside the railway between Northern Bridge and Brooklyn Road was known as 'Station Pad'. The 'jitty' Benjamin refers to went over Ha'penny Bridge.
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    Saturday jobs

    Worked Saturdays and occasional weekdays at TruForm on Clumber Street, around 1965/66 I would think. Next door to Spalls and across from Skinner & Rook and Linneys. Ladies department was best, unless it was raining, when they came in just to keep dry. Sitting low down peeking up skirts gets boring after a while. The firm had a Pakistani Geordie salesman; I couldn't understand a single word he said but he seemed to do ok. We were on commission, which was double on certain lines. On my second day, I cut my hour's lunch break down to 15 minutes so I could earn a few bob more, but was sent back with a flea in my ear. We also had the 'stretcher' routine, like VintageAnn, but did it on the handle of the short steps. There was a lucrative scam involving changing the punched cards, which were frequently wrong. Sell a pair for £4, send a £5 note down the chute, but with a card from a £3 pair, get £2 change back up the chute, a pound for the customer and a pound for the pocket. Of course, I didn't have anything to do with it.