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  1. Nottingham City Police was always very different from every other force in Britain. No tinkling bells when Nottingham's cars raced to an incident. From the early 1930s they were equipped with wailing sirens. And, until the 1960s, it was the only force to have an identifying badge on its vehicles. And I agree the 4x4 looks remarkably modern when you compare it with the Wolseley's favoured by The Met.
  2. The original link to Pathe newsreel is now dead. It is now on YouTube.
  3. Holy thread resurrection Batman! When I first saw this clip I thought the final shot was of a police car pulling up on High Pavement. Now, I am not convinced it is High Pavement. Can any older, and wiser, Nottstalgians identify the street? I have scratched my head and cannot think of a match - maybe it is a street that was demolished when they built Maid Marian Way? Nottingham video
  4. Tom Andrews, a Nottinghamshire Police officer, has written a biography of Captain Popkess. I only became aware of its publication by chance but have ordered a copy.
  5. If you are smart, and know the wrinkles, there are places close to town where you can park for 1 and in some cases 2 hours free of charge.
  6. The first McDonald's in Nottingham is the one on Clumber Street. As for when it opened I would say that was in the middle 1980s. The easiest way to be certain and to find out about the others is to pop into the Archives Office on Wilford Road (when it reopens) and go through the old telephone directories for Nottingham. The funny thing is that in 1980 I spent three months living in the USA and when i came back I tried to persuade my father to invest in a McDonald's franchise. He wasn't impressed as he could not see the difference between it and a chip shop.
  7. Gregory Boulevard was blocked for quite a while. Two PCSOs (one gormless the other fat) took time off from helping out with off street parking to wander down and ask those responsible to move the barricade "ever so nicely please": they were ignored. Real cops were noticeable by their absence. The Evening Post's coverage is incredibly sympathetic almost as if there had been a corporate editorial instruction from the Reach Head Office.
  8. Here is a link to a podcast tribute. It is an excellent listen: approximately 45 minutes..
  9. Pre internet his Sunday programme was a favourite place to get hold of hardcore - for nothing
  10. The Nottingham studio was a bijou place in Wilson House on Derby Road. He always looked shifty - the camera just did not love him.
  11. The video reminded me that Dennis was a brilliant local radio performer but could never hack TV. The production came across as a radio programme with pictures and wasn't helped that afforable home video post-production (software-based editing) was still quite a few years in the future.
  12. Very interesting and no mention of the massive corruption within NCH, during the 1990s-2000s, with cricketers doing particularly well when it came to getting houses and jobs.
  13. Many Nottstalgians will remember the industrial action at the Nottingham Evening Post, in the 1970s, when the management wanted to replace the old-fashioned production techniques with, what was then, state-of-the-art technology and the unions did not like it. Well, the man who was behind the switch has passed away. Christopher Pole-Carew
  14. Jay Leno shows you round his collection of Brough Superiors. YouTube