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  1. Bought my first bike 3 year old BSA C15 from Kingstons on Castle Boulevard in 1968, ( near work at Rediffusion under the Castle Rock),... next one was a rarity..a Norton Electra ( one of the first British bikes with an electric starter...but took a lot of fixing )...ended up with a 58 Thunderbird...went like s...t off a shovel..but then I discovered the back seat of a car...much more convenient !
  2. Saw him many times ..Clough had two of the best attacking forwards in the game when paired with Robbo...My, those were the days !
  3. Tried a cheapo gas fuelled burner last summer. Succeeded in making neighbourhood smell like the East End during the Blitz, but still ended up digging the blasted weeds out. Paraffin ones sound a better bet...can you buy them online ? This Sheen brand is a new one on me.
  4. I wore a bow tie to a wedding reception last month, and was amazed at the large number of guests, all female aged between 15 to 55, who made favourable comments on it's appearance. It's taken me to pensionable age to find out the magic pull factor ! Maybe they thought I was a retired Chippendale, but one look at the waistline would have disabused them of that thought. Busy ironing it for it's next public outing!
  5. Peppers on Trinity Square were good for mens hair.
  6. Interesting, fly. I wonder how House of Fraser staff will react to their imminent zero-hours contracts. But give Ashley his due, his proposal contains concern that shopping is changing, and fast. I no longer live in the city but remember Nottingham as a vibrant pleasant place to follow the other half as she delightedly tripped from one store to another. I reason that, as always, market forces will win the day, but this is not a bad thing. The focus will be on personal services ie., nail bars, hairdressers, cafes, barbers, restaurants, jewellers and very high end clothing stores.
  7. Much in the news is the "decline" in what is collectively called "the High Street". Mike Ashley ( love him or loath him, he knows the contemporary business world), has produced an interesting solution. He suggests that any company that produces more than a certain percentage of its TOTAL profits via online sales, should be compelled to have a high street presence. This is from a tycoon who has made his fortune based on the internet. Should there be a solution or will we allow the market jungle to self regulate ?
  8. Viewing some old maps on the internet, the cutting I mentioned previously was the Arnold side of what is called, on the 1930's map, the Mapperley tunnel. The other side emerged at Gedling Pit. This area was a magnet for most boys in the area, especially when the line fell into disuse. The steep sides of the cutting were the site of many climbing competitions, gradually working your way up to the virtually perpendicular sides at the actual tunnel mouth. Long lines of what looked perfectly serviceable coal and goods wagons, were parked in the cutting for some time. This was probably around the t
  9. Thanks CT and Phil Mayfield. As a boy I remember an, (what seemed to me at the time), immense railway cutting, which the local lads referred to as "Jonah's". What was used to fill this..? as, if I remember correctly, the whole area was developed very quickly in order to build the new High schools and housing estates. I hope it wasn't spoil from the nearby colliery.
  10. Only recently been made aware of the past Nottingham suburban railway. Tracing the old route, it seems the stations were very close to each other. What type of engine would be used to haul these trains ? they are required to do a lot of starting and braking.
  11. To save blushes, a name has been tweaked …… In my younger days, I had the immense pleasure to be the object of the affections of a stunning young lady, whose parents ran several chip shops around the city. The smallest ( yet strangely. the busiest, ) was on Bunbury Street , very close to the Bathley Streeet junction . On Bathley dwelt a flamboyant character we shall name Marmaduke, ( guess who ) , who was one of the regular clientele. I distinctly recall our first encounter.... " Well helleeeew honky tonk !...... cooed Marmaduke. " Whah ?...……...stammered yours truly
  12. Many thanks for swift replies. Picture the scene... Sweltering midsummer afternoon in mid fifties, a motley collection of well scrubbed small boys are waiting outside said cabin for Akela, a diminutive very well spoken elderly lady, to lead them on their nature walk. Just outside a well worn cart pulled by a huge horse was awaiting the return of it's equally huge driver. During it's enforced wait the horse was steadily depositing a vast pyramid of steaming dung, around which the assembled flies were having a feast. Akela jabbed her gnurled walking stick in the air, bringing
  13. Sorry, these cabins were on Cavendish St. which runs parallel to Bond St..just checked my map. They were separated by a small courtyard big enough for car parking and emergency vehicles...They were fully equipped with a large kitchen and a coke fired central stove. As per original post ...who built them and why?
  14. Way back in the late 50's to early 60's, on Bond Street , Arnold , were two long , low wooden cabins. They were on the right hand side as you walked up from High St. They were used around this time for Wolf Cub and Girl Guide meetings, and looked as if they had been built for some years. Who originally built them and for what purpose..?