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7 hours ago, Gem said:

We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

 

Nearly joined you Gem,,,but had to get back to sleep,,,i was selling ''Mary Baker'' cake mixes to shops in Dorset,,,,talk about crazy dreams,,,

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On the subject of Clays, and what they may have sold.......the top photo is Radford Road and the lower photo is Denman Street.

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As I thought, CT, it's a totally different shop. I well remember Clays on Radford Road. I believe they sold curtain fabric and suchlike.

 

 

Remember going into Meadow Dairy with my mum in the very early 60s. 

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Looking at the two photos it's now obvious they were two different companies who operated under a similar name. And I couldn't say which was the one who had the shop on Clifton.

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As an additive Jill, I  reckon I'd  got it wrong (as usual !). The shop I  was thinking of couldn't  have been Clays.

If you can cast your mind back, I'm  thinking of a fairly large shop opposite Sir Garnet. Across Denman st., there was Norton st., which had a post office on the corner and on the other, i think it mqy have been a funeral parlour, then there was a barber shop. I particularly  remember that because my butcher boss asked me when I  made a delivery on Norton st., if I  would nip in the barbers and get him " a packet of three". Much to the amusement of two lady customers. Had no idea what he was on about but did as I  was told. Told the barber the packet was for Tom, the butcher on Ilkeston rd. It shook em rigid when I  dropped the envelope on the counter! Also didnt there used to be a little island with a lamppost  on it in the middle of Norton st/Denman st?

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8 hours ago, Gem said:

I am not sleeping very well at the moment (must be Brexit) LOL. I am watching Boon also have some episodes recorded,  The Chase is also on my list why through the night is everything so boring. We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

Have you thought of a hobby Gem ? That might keep you busy. (Glad we're  miles apart!).

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I remember the little island with the lamp post. There was also a branch of Ford's quite close to the Sir GW. It had the usual Ford's mosaic tiles on the frontage but there was also a freestanding pillar which was covered in mirror mosaic tiles and glittered in the sun.  Just opposite Garden Street there was a crockery shop, a vegetable shop and a newsagents where I remember buying some Christmas decorations one year. Furniture store on the corner of Garden Street, Dann's?

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Thanks little sis, you've mentioned shops I'd completely forgotten about. Do you remember just up from Garden St., up towards Bloomsgrove St., the chip shop with a fresh fish next door. Both were open fronted with a connecting door. I'm sure both were Skills. The chips were only 4d a bag, where as the chippie on the corner of Ronald St. were 6d. Don't know if there was any relation to Skill coaches on Alfreton road.

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12 hours ago, Gem said:

I am not sleeping very well at the moment  We could start a group of non sleepers and bore each other to sleep......the time is 2.42 not that I am clock watching.

 

Don't forget that quite a few people who post on Nottstalgia aren't in the UK - they're on the other side of the world, so it's the middle of their day and you won't be keeping them awake. ;)

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2 hours ago, Beekay said:

I'm sure both were Skills. The chips were only 4d a bag, where as the chippie on the corner of Ronald St. were 6d. Don't know if there was any relation to Skill coaches on Alfreton road.

Indeed, big brother, I remember. Bertha Skill was her name and, yes, she was related to Skills the coach company. My auntie Emily knew her well. Always bought her Friday fish there.

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The thing that fascinated me at the time was, they kept their prepared potatoes in a new dustbin ! In went the scoop and another dollop of chips went in the fat....Bliss.

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That's exactly how things were in dads chippie ! I've spent hours of my childhood helping by putting spuds in the cement mixer looking thing that removed the skins. Speck them manually, by removing the 'eyes', then tipping them into the automatic chipper ! Happy days.

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Just remembered, the cement mixer thingy was called a rumbler. It was rough inside, and just rubbed the surface of the skin off.

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Had a Rumbler in the school kitchen. It was lined inside with what felt like diamond chips, a bit like very rough glass paper. Also had fresh water running through it to wash away the peelings.

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Exactly it B.

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I might also add, while in Aukland, we were looking for a post office to mail some letters, lo and behold a postman emptying a post box, excuse me, could you direct me to a post office...Jeeze a bloke with a Brummy accent!! He'd been in NZ many years and hadn't lost his accent.

 

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We had a domestic rumbler once. It stood on the draining board and you connected a hose to the tap, bung the spuds and turn the tap on full. Quite why I thought  you could walk away while it did its thing I don't know...

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I never peel my spuds - most of the vitamin C is just under the skin.   Mind you, this is only the case when I'm going to boil them, not for chipping... I never make chips, anyway.    I do roast potatoes without peeling them, though. (Any warty bits or eyes are removed first, though)

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Good grief Margie. I hate unpeeled spuds in restaurants and studiously skin them before eating them.  I always assumed they did it due to being cheapskates and then tried to con us the skins are good for you. 

One of life's greatest pleasures are home made chips, true there are some good chippies about nothing really compares to home made.

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Brew, That's you crossed off my dinner party list, then..

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I never peel potatoes either. I steam new potatoes with skins on and jacket potatoes, brushed with olive oil are slow cooked on the multi fuel stove top in winter. Rarely eat chips or mashed potatoes. 

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1 hour ago, FLY2 said:

Just remembered, the cement mixer thingy was called a rumbler. It was rough inside, and just rubbed the surface of the skin off.

Brings back memories..A buddy of mine in the cycling club had parents who owned a chip shop in Netherfield.  They had a rumbler.  It was our job to run 'em through, then cut out any eyes or bad bits.  Then we'd run them through a chip cutter into a barrel of stuff called 'Drywhite'.  I guess that stopped them from browning.  No pay, but all the chips and batter bits we could eat.  'Appy daze.

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Wife gone,,went yesterday,,,she's always refused to park her car on the drive (bit tight) anyway she's gone away by train and left her car here,,,so iv'e parked it on the drive,,,sent her a picture of it.

                   Whilst parking it my neighbour opposite saw me taking a photo,,,,after a short chat she's agreed to come round in a bit in 'Swimming costume'' to pose on the Bonnet for me,,,had a good laugh with her(Sylvia) and her husband,,both in their 70s,,,,

                         Decided to start the housewarming party's tonight,,just having one lady at a time round,,,Sylvia being the first...her Husband readily agreed,(,made me a bit suspicious)........good to start the day with a laugh with nice neighbours.........Sylvia said she loves her drink with two Cherries.....:rolleyes:

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The BBC today reported a man battered to death and his corpse neatly arranged on the bonnet of a car at his house. He was said to have been holding a large Babycham Martini containing several cherries.

When police arrived at the scene and asked the gathered onlookers who did it a chorus of male voices cried 'we did'

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