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  1. How did you choose your login name?

    A problem with changing your name here is that the references to your original name in the forum text will become meaningless/anonymous
  2. Saturday Morning Pictures

    Seeing Flash Gorden mentioned above reminded me of an event when I lived in Nottm. A schoolteacher friend hired a film for the newly formed school cinema club. I was invited to the inaugural meeting of the club. To ensure there would be a reasonably large attendance, the films were selected to be of mass schoolkid appeal. I don't remember the first film but the second was meant to be Flash Gorden. I don't know whether it was the fault of the film hire company or of my teacher friend but the film that was sent was, in fact, Flesh Gorden - the XXX-rated version of the original. This was in the '70's - a time of much less liberal views than now and the showing of such filth caused much consternation amongst the school governors but great appreciation amongst the pupils. My teacher friend managed to keep his job and became an icon amongst the pupils at the school.
  3. This was at the Technical College (as it was called then - the one on Burton Street). You had to buy your own platinum wire as all the college supplies were regularly stolen.
  4. That fits, Phil. I well remember the men in brown smocks. No H&S then climbing those ladders! Some years later I recall a scientific equipment supplier just down from S & B where all the "A" level chemistry students were required to go to buy their one inch of platinum wire for their analytical chemistry practicals.
  5. My dad always bought seeds from Stewart & Brewill, Seed Merchants in the Lace Market. Been trying to jog my memory on Google Maps as to just where they were but everything has changed so much there, I'm not having much luck.
  6. April 23rd

    One of my neighbours has just said: "You have to remember that George was guilty of horrendous cruelty to a poor defenceless dragon, simply because it was eating white folks, so is looked down on by Vegans and liberals. Was a Roman soldier of Greek origin, so has given UKIP members the hump. Has not been adopted as an excuse to get extra bladdered by the power drinkers and has a flag that right-wing morons have attempted to co-opt. Clearly, time for middle England to step up to the plate and reclaim him. On the plus side with the other saints, just remind the Irish that St Patrick was English, drives them ballistic."
  7. April 23rd

    Ooooops I was conflating another celebratory occasion - Shakespeare's birth (and death) day. Neither George or William have recognition.
  8. April 23rd

    It's St George's Day tomorrow. Not a mention of it anywhere. Nothing on the BBC website (not here, anyway). Nothing in the Sunday papers, Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Considering the publicity and celebration that the saints Patrick, Andrew and David receive, doesn't old George deserve something better? St George had nothing to do with anything in France, as far as I know, but there are a couple of bars here that are having a Jour de George (I know it's only to get custom but - -). Shame on the English!!!
  9. Beautiful Nature Photos.

    Not good for you either!
  10. Beautiful Nature Photos.

    Nice pics but, be very careful about giving processed foods (salted or dry roast nuts, crisps, pork scratchings etc.) to wildlife. The salt can have nasty effects on them.
  11. Nottingham Festival 1970

    I am completely confused by this thread. I made a comment yesterday attempting to point out that the title is "Nottingham-Festival-1970". This comment seems to have been deleted and the thread continues in its merry way on a totally different subject - oil barges on the Trent (via jumping and or diving from various Trent bridges).
  12. Things you don't see anymore

    Chocstix - whole length of the sweet jar for 3d. Crunchy tuffy with chocolate down the middle. Barley sugar sticks - another that was the whole length of the sweet jar for 3d. Fruit Salads - small squares of soft tuffy coloured yellow and pink. They seem to have developed into Opal Fruits (or whatever they are called nowadays - Starburst, is it?) 4 for 1d. Black Jacks were similar to Fruit Salads but dark grey and aniseed-flavoured. Again 4 for 1d. Coconut mushrooms. Sherbet Dabs. Spanish Juice sticks (Solazzi?). You could get little tiny ones or big fat ones. I ate the whole of one of the big ones once. I was sitting on the toilet for several days afterwards, too scared to get off. I've always been very wary of eating liquorice since then. There are loads more, I'm sure.
  13. Things you don't see anymore

    For some reason, I associate the Diabolo with the Yo-Yo, are they still around? - - - and what about Snobs?
  14. Vinyl discs

    I've forgotten almost all I ever knew about vinyl records except insofar as how robust the vinyl is. A tonearm pressure of only a couple of grams will exert a force of many tonnes per square inch (or centimetre) on the record groove when the contact area of the stylus tip is considered.
  15. The Grosvenor Pub

    Did you go into the caves? If you did, did you go anything like the distance it is to the Forest Road Cemetery? I used to live next door to the Grosvenor and yes, there was a cellar there (probably still is) - as there were in the majority of Victorian properties but it wasn't, by any means, connected to any caves, as was rumoured. I also lived at No 1 Second Avenue, Sherwood Rise. That, again, was rumoured to have a cellar which connected with The Lodge on Mansfield Road (the Greco-style building that used to be used as a toolshed for the Forest/Rock Cemetery groundsmen). Yes, it did have a cellar but no, it didn't link anywhere. It was just a dank cellar in a Victorian townhouse. During that period, I worked on Gregory Boulevard at, what is now Page & Kirk. At that time the site was a research station comprising two Victorian/Edwardian/(possibly Georgian) townhouses with a 1950's monstrosity linking them. Viewed on Google SV, the house on the left was/is Thorneywood and on the right, Thistlebank. Thorneywood has/had an extensive cellar which I explored thoroughly but there were no indications of there ever being any caves or links to anywhere else, even though the building itself looked out on The Forest. I am interested to know more about these tunnels and caves in that area. I have heard lots of stories and anecdotes but not heard from anyone who has had experience of seeing or entering (and travelling the length) of any "secret" tunnels. I know there are numerous ex-commercial/obsolete railway tunnels but these are something different.