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Empire, Windmill and other Cafes

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11 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

More boring than Christians?:biggrin:

Each to their own Phil.  So long as they don’t try to push religion down my throat it doesn’t worry me.   I was christened and went to church and Sunday School til I was about 7, I was married in a church and had my two kids christened as it was ‘the thing to do’ but since then I only go into a church to attend weddings and funerals.  Anyway, better not carry on with this subject, the thread may get pulled!  

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Don't worry Lizzie I don't have religion.  That can be boring.  I have faith, which isn't boring, I'm constantly learning.  I'm not going to push it down your or anyone else's throat though and definitely not here on NS.

What I was reacting to (above) is folks who will constantly make digs at the Christian faith and then retreat behind the nearest bush to yell, you can't push religion here, to avoid dealing constructively with a response.

Raises me blood pressure it does and I can't afford that just now.

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Same with us. Married in the village church for convenience of location, not for religious reasons. Our children weren't christened. Nearly all of the funerals I go to now are secular. The local vicar looks after 7 churches but we never see him. He's called the Reverend Phil but it's not me! I don't think C of E religion will be around these parts for much longer. 

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You put your finger on it Phil.   I was not trying to be snotty in the posts above, just responding to what I see as blanket putdowns that serve no useful purposes but to increase animosity.  Lord knows!  this site's seen it's fair share of that in recent days.  Problem as it seems to me is the general idea that it is not ok to discuss religion on this site.  Fine!  I don't like it, but I won't do it out of respect for others on the site who do not want it.  All I ask is the same respect.  Don't snipe at Christians and then hide behind the no religion to be talked about if they respond.  It ain't fair.    :(

 

Re. C of E.  I'm afraid the local churches are victims of a general climate of disbelief at the top.  Folks at the local level leave. After all why stay in an organization that isn't even sure of what it does believe.   Fewer go into the ministry because they don't know what they really believe.  locals become even more fed up because they have the situation you describe.  The churches close or become mosques.

 

I would defy most of today's clergy to have a serious debate on apologetics (the art of Biblical defense) because they couldn't do it.  the average Jehovah's witness could tie 'em in knots.   (i am not a JW btw)  If I had to identify as a denominational member I'm a Baptist.  First and foremost I'm a believer and I do know what I believe inluding the why and the Who.

 

Sorry for the long post but this deserved addressing.

 

I'm also truly sorry for the way you have been turned off over the years by the behaviour of some who claim Christianity, but deny it by their actions.  Please don't judge the  founder by some who claim to be His disciples.  Judas claimed to be a believer.  He had the others fooled and in the end he betrayed the King of Kings for a few bobs worth of change.

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Here's a picture I found on Pinterest. The Empire café. I used to buy the 3d blockbuster cake with a cup of tea. Total cost a tanner in 1967ish. Another great café was the Elbow, at the top of Huntingdon Street.

 

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I loved the place, they did 'proper' dinners, not just chips with everything and at reasonable prices. The nearest equivalent today is Bobbers Mill café.

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Not been in Bobbers mill cafe since 1976. Was over the moon to hear they still did their famous sausage sarnies. Must call in next time I'm up in Nottingham, which hopefully will be Dec, unless somebody wants me first. B.

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Always had corned beef and chips, with lashings of brown sauce at the Bobbers Mill Cafe, when I worked on Mr Softee's. 1968. 

Set me up nicely for Bestwood, Bestwood Pk, and Edwards Ln Estate. 

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We used to get the 28 to Trinity Square and walk round to the Empire Cafe for a spot of tiffin..  I Loved the place too.

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Armitages had their fingers in a few pies that were nothing to do with pet foods such as the Empire cafe. Their headquarters used to be up an alley, off High Street, next to where Boots used to be. The office was run by an old astute grey haired man (much like I am today!) called Mr. Hathaway. They were clients of my old accountancy firm.

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My Grandma took me a few times,,i still recall that step down as you entered,,same as you Col,,,Grandma lived on leybourne,,so it was 28 bus to Trinity square,, 

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I remember Armitages taking over the firm of 'Good Boy', chocolate drops for dogs, at Leicester. I was sent over there to verify the stocktake and to do so I had to climb a tall steel ladder and peer into a vat of molten chocolate. It all seemed to be there so I ticked it off but I hadn't really got a clue how much there really was. There were many exciting things to do in accountancy other than playing with figures!

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Chocolate is supposed to be bad for dogs.  Never give any to mine.

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I remember Armitages as suppliers of bird food - budgies, canaries, parrots etc. My dad had a parrot and he fed it on a wide assortment of seeds. These seeds are now sold, apparently in vast quantities, for human consumption.

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Yes, it's called muesli !

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The cafe I most remember was the one in the old Broad Marsh bus station. Been in it with my parents dozens of times.

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Called in there around 7:30 every morning when I worked in Weekday Cross. I can honestly say they made the absolute worst tea in the city!

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What I also remember about the place was the extra treat of having a bag of crisps with the little blue bag of salt.

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