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  1. From your description, Brew, Holland seems to be very different from what I remember in 74 - 78 when I was a regular visitor to Vlaardingen/Amsterdam. The Dutch seemed to exist on potatoes (in very large portions) and apple pie. Even so, the Dutch weren't fat so it must be that the components of the modern diet are of more importance in obesity than just the quantity eaten. The Dutch do eat a lot of fish. One food particularly enjoyed in Holland were maatjes - raw pickled herrings (a bit like rollmops in the UK) and I did master the technique of eating them properly (hold the fish by the tail, head back and slide the fish into the mouth - quite difficult not to get the pickling liquor all over your face). Regarding France, the commercial pink-slime burger is accelerating its spread like a cancer through the country. Even the tiny commune where I live (less than 3,000 inhabitants and almost no shops) has had to fight off the advances made by US conglomerates to open hell-hole burger bars.
  2. I'm not denying the definition, it's just that, as a child, I was told by my granny that Fletcher Gate was the street where Robin Hood's arrows were made. That fitted with the meaning of "fletcher".
  3. Excellent find, thanks a million. Only had a quick look so far but one point I would raise is the naming of Fletcher Gate. The article says the name derives from it once being the street of 'fleshers', or butchers. I always understood it was the street of fletchers, that is to say, arrow makers. I have no historical basis for this except the etymology and the importance of the arrow in Nottingham's past - even if it's only mythology!
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    Sorry to be picky but, I must take issue with the 1931 date for the Morleys ad, above. I think that ad must be for silk stockings. Nylon wasn't invented until mid - late1930's and wasn't available for commercial use in Europe until after WW2 when the need for it to replace silk (mainly sourced from Japan!) in parachutes was no longer a priority. There are many long romantic (and not so romantic) stories about post-war American troops over here tempting (bribing) young girls for their favours with nylon stockings. I'm sure we've all heard them and I expect a number of us oldies will know at least one person who is the result of one of these temptations! I know I do but, as a Hucknallian(?) with its WW2 strategically very important airfield, that is no surprise. There were other temptations offered by the GIs such as Max Factor make-up (lipstick etc.), chocolate (Hershey's -YUK), cigarettes - I even heard that peanut butter and tinned fruit were on the list.
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    Enjoying owt on the box lately ?

    Ben Kingsley was superb in this ^^^^ film. Ray Winstone, although I admire his acting, does tend to be a one part actor - that part being a gangster or thug. Kingsley, on the other hand, went from playing the ultimate man of peace (Gandhi) to the despicable excuse for a human being as portrayed in Sexy Beast.
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    Buses in Nottingham

    Hope you weren't carrying passengers when doing 80!!!!
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    How's your day?

    My pool came with the house. I'm not a keen aqua person but I do find it good for arthritic joints and giving some "antigravity" effects with the buoyancy. If it wasn't for that, I'd have it filled in. Take a lot of looking after!
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    How many early memories do you have?

    My earliest clear memory is of going and being on holiday at Butlins, Filey in 1947. I was two. Before that, I have vague memories of the snow and next door's dog (Rufus) in the 1946- 47 winter but that may be distorted by a couple of photographs that we used to have. I was two and a bit when at Butlins and we went on the train from Hucknall Central Station!
  9. That's the one, Ian, thanks. I can't really help with the date but the station lay derelict for a number of years post-Beeching.
  10. I'm not on Faceache and nothing would ever persuade me to join so I will have to remain pictureless. I am of an age where there is just too much going on for me to comprehend. Regarding the number of posts on here, those of which are of no interest such as the merits, or otherwise, of various types of car or NCT bus and such, I just ignore. I would never dream, though, of castigating anyone contributes to those threads, or any others, as some seem to want to do
  11. I noticed the other day that a picture which IAN123 posted quite recently wanting me to identify (it of was Hucknall Central Station) now seems to have slipped into oblivion being replaced by an alphanumeric jumble and .jpg I don't know what service he used/uses but it ain't good.
  12. My dad worked for a short time at Byron Horticultural on Watnall Road (I think). A couple of other Hucknall companies that don't seem to get much of a mention were Stag Furniture (furniture makers) and Fanfare displays who made advertising boards. Both of these were located at the Farleys Lane end of Park Drive, just past Caddaw Avenue. There was also the Co-op dairy nearby. I particularly remember Stag as there was always a smell of cellulose varnish (nail polish) around there. I also note that as well as Johnson Avenue (named after George Johnson, a local councillor, philanthropist (I am told) and businessman, married to my cousin Kath) there is now, in that vicinity, a Betts Avenue. There used to be a Betts Street in Butler's Hill near Hankin Street but that seems to have gone. Betts Street was named after my grandfather. Betts is my family name. A bit more family detail, John Griffin, mentioned previously on these pages, was cousin Kath's brother. Their mother was my aunt Dorothy.
  13. It pains me to state this but there's not much point in posting pictures here because after only a few weeks it seems they are taken down either by blackmailing photo host organisations demanding money to continue their "free" service or they just seem to vanish without explanation. I really appreciate the photo's of old Nottingham and its environs and I am saddened that such a potentially rich historical archive can be treated like this by such moneygrubbers - especially when their FREE services are withdrawn without notice and demands for payment made.
  14. I only ever saw her in her uniform - which was a bit more cover-all than what she's wearing there!
  15. This was before they were called lollipop ladies and the text on their placard read "STOP CHILDREN".