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  1. Bamboo was right up Mansfield Road, on the left ,maybe a hundred yards or so before the lights at Forest Road. Was quite trendy at the time, despite being a wierd orange based decor. I remember it well, I met a fabulous looking girl with glasses on, there was a record playing - judy in disguise, with glasses - whilst I was chatting her up, I went to get two more coffees and my mates told me stories about her that put me off. I never went back. It later turned out that they did'nt even know her and made it all up just for fun. The ba**ards !!!! What might have been ? That's why I've never forgotten the Bamboo, I can still see her face, but I don't know what I had for tea yesterday.......
  2. I went to see Dave Alan, at one point ( this is about 1970 ) he said, " now here's a message from the King in 1984,..........." dis am de King speekin.... " I looked around and even the black and asian folks in the audience were pi**ing themselves with laughter. , how times have changed.
  3. As well as my Citroen DS, ( low to get in, higher when getting out ) I have an Austin Gipsy, it's my mobile Shackleton high seat chair !
  4. With references to the Police, is there, or should there be, some sort of acknowledgement of Athelstan Popkess ? Not a national hero, but a major player in Policing in Nottingham , brought the City Force up to date and, for me, ex fire brigade in the City, I'm well aware of the extensive measures he introduced to protect the City and its' citizens during WW2 from the effects of bombing and fires. It's a long time since I've been in the Cities museums, perhaps he's already recognised, if not, he must be worth some sort of representation ?
  5. What about the Roman Emperors who caused the barbaric deaths of hundreds of people, of various colours, in the name of sport ? What about the Popes of the past who had an army to kill people who disagreed with their religion ? And are Robert Mugabe and Idy Amin exempt from criticism because they are...………. ? The world has gone mad, and we can't complain because "the staff have been sent home due to the corona virus "
  6. I must be wrong, the maths says he was born in 1931 so could not possibly be in that Lenton Times photo which is August 1941. Strange that there is only a couple of men wearing glasses and one is very very similar looking. Mental note to self, don't rush into anything ……… it out first ! Lenton Times middle photo, 3rd row back , right hand end of photo, ( 5 or 6 in I think ). Remarkable likeness ?
  7. I remember driving the Fire Brigade Landrover fire engine all over the place in the Broadmarsh centre. It was purchased for use in the car parks under the Victoria centre , having a special low bodywork built for the purpose. When Broadmarsh was opened, we went down a couple of nights before it opened and I was told to drive the Landie around to see how useful it would be in there. The floors in the avenues were really shiny and it seemed somewhat alien scrubbing the Landie tyres in the tight places ! Strange days Great days
  8. Good link Clifton, as I think Heather may see Ralph on the Lenton Times blow-up of the middle photo, looks like him to me , just maybe ? Hope she gets results anyway......
  9. Great old photo, it sure does look like Bert, that 'tash' is a giveaway, but I'm surprised to see him with an AFS crew, I expect he was a trainer for them as he would be City Fire Brigade. The photo has been sent on to the retired firefighters association, wether they know any of the AFS I don't know. If the occasion was a joint training exercise , City and AFS, there may be a few faces recognised, here's hoping.... The one in the shirt reminds me of "crunch" Christian, is it he ?
  10. When I was doing research into the Dakins building on Talbot Street, I went to the local history library on Angel row a few times, they were always so helpful, nothing was a bother and me being non-tech, they showed me each time how to use the readers for the micro-films (of the old newspapers ). Go there !
  11. Back to Dark Angels' knowledge of the A3's and 4's, I used to watch the "streaks" blasting down the ECML, through Temple Hirst. There was one of those A4's that visibly lurched side to side on its front bogie. It didn't look safe and must have been stressing a lot of chassis parts up (as well as the track ! ) . That must have been around 1958 '59. I once read something about that fault and that it was quite rare. Is this something known about ?
  12. My father was in Brussels on that night, he told me it was the most incredible thing he would ever witness. All the lights were back on, plus searchlights, neon lights, fireworks , music, dancing , bonfires and wild parties. I got the impression he enjoyed it !
  13. Great views of the City, what a pleasure , the Theatre Royal looks beautiful, really will have to have a trip to the City , when ?
  14. fogrider


    I have a great memory of Neville King, the Minstrels were on at the Theatre Royal one night, early seventies. He was invited down the fire brigade bar on Shakespeare Street. He turned up after the show, walking into our bar in a "Columbo" style coat and large suitcase. Walked silently to the small stage and sat down, opened the case and brought out the dummy. We were all silent , knowing nothing about this: Dummy is looking at us, after a while Neville asks the dummy , " What do you think of all these fireman , Norman ? " " Fuck-em ! " He had us in stitches for an hour, if only it had been recorded, priceless. Thanks Neville, brilliant.
  15. I can't find the Notty Ash post referred to, but near to me is Alan Marshall, the Humber collection. He is selling his cars, now's your chance ! I think shipping to you would put you off though. I have a Commer with the Blue Riband in it, gobbled so much juice I converted it to LPG . His cars are for sale on ebay but internet searches will bring stuff up aswell. Regards all