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Title: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 25, 2009, 11:20 AM
A topic about nothing in particular.

For example, I've read that we'll all have to buy digital radios when they switch over from the present system to digital transmission.  Apparently, it seems that the biggest obstacle to switching over is finding a landfill site big enough to dump all the ones we've already got and which will become obsolete.

I also read that what comes out of the speakers of a digital radio is a second or so behind what goes into the aerial, making it more difficult to walk round the room trying to get the best signal.

P.S. Does anyone remember being the one who had to stand in the middle of the room with a portable TV aerial because that was the only place you could get good reception?

P.P.S. Two TV aerials got married - the service was dull but the reception was great.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on June 25, 2009, 03:22 PM
I remember the person holding the aerial couldn't watch the TV as they were always out of view, standing on a chair in the corner.

Vanessa
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Post by: Ashtonian54 on June 25, 2009, 07:54 PM
That's interesting.
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Post by: kennyo on June 25, 2009, 08:28 PM
thats as bad as when i worked for coleman stove comp.in toronto an elderly lady kept phoning complaining that her furnace didnt heat the house so they sent one of our engineers to check it out when he asked her where is your thermostat she opened a cupboard and said its in there ta dah cheers kennyo
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: hoggyman on July 02, 2009, 09:59 PM
HI I wonder why, could have run out of females, or money.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 24, 2009, 03:54 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/Australia.jpg?t=1252375573)
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Post by: pamela on July 31, 2009, 10:35 PM
Love the "sharks with frickin lasers "ala Dr Evil.....
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Post by: jan on August 13, 2009, 11:40 AM
I loved that last one Bill - saw it on the news this morning and it started my day off with a smile  :)
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Post by: Fudge on August 20, 2009, 11:20 AM
I hope there Music is as good Ha ha ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Thirty8ers on August 21, 2009, 11:49 PM
A topic about nothing in particular.

For example, I've read that we'll all have to buy digital radios when they switch over from the present system to digital transmission.  

Hi Bill,
The switchover to the digital signal only affects TVs and not radios.

There is no need to buy a new TV, you just need a digital (free view) box.

The switchover is in two stages, in our region (North-West UK - Winter Hill transmission), the BBC2 analogue signal will be switched off on 04/11/2009 and we will need to retune our digital boxes to pick up the available channel. The remaining analogue signals are switched off on 02/12/2009 and the digital boxes will need to be retuned again to pick up all the available channels. Most digital boxes will search for the channels with very little input...it should be quite painless!

More information can be found here -

http://www.digitaltelevision.gov.uk/


June
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on August 22, 2009, 09:17 AM
I wouldn't worry about the speed of Teletext on digital, Bill - read this!
"Teletext's news and information service is to come to an end in January next year - two years ahead of schedule"
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/uk/teletext+closing+news+service+early/3268762

Once you get your set top box sorted out it is pretty straightforward to use and you get extra channels such as BBC3, BBC4, More 4, Film on 4, Yesterday, etc. I can get Five on digital but not otherwise. I don't watch much telly so I appreciate the extra choice - some of the few things I watch are on these digital channels.

It is also planned to change radio broadcasts over to digital, but that is proposed for around 2015 and could end up being later than that.
http://www.mediaweek.co.uk/news/913660/DIGITAL-BRITAIN-Government-sets-2015-digital-radio-switchover-date/
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on August 22, 2009, 01:09 PM
No trouble recording another channel if you have a digital recorder Bill. We got one for that reason. They cost a bit more, but are worth it in the long run.
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Post by: jaywit on August 22, 2009, 02:20 PM
We are going the same way here,digital signals only, soon.I got a box from my cable co.had 100 channels of rubbish + radio stations,pay for this,pay for that,on demand!!piddled around with it for a week trying to get my hard drive DVD recorder to be recognised by the box to no avail.It is a Toshiba problem,the cable co say,it wasn't their end but Toshiba's end,but I could buy a PVR from the cable co for $500 with little or no other options than record.Needless to say they got the box back so now I'm down to 28 channels of Analogue rubbish.As luck would have it, we only watch the news,after recording! skip all the commercials,better half watches Corrie,after recording,skip commercials again.I don't know how people find time to watch much tele I know I can't.
Dinner is a floating time,6 pm onwards,sometimes as late as 8.Wash up ,shower,get loungers on,watch the news,delete it,then I'm off to bed,let the better half watch Corrie,delete it then were ready for another new day.(in theory, sometimes we do get waylaid,)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on August 23, 2009, 09:17 AM
I've stopped recording programmes now. If I miss something I just watch it later on BBC's iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/
It is really useful - is there something similar in Canada and Oz?
(ITV's online viewer doesn't work as well as the BBC's but I don't want to see anything on ITV anyway!)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on August 23, 2009, 02:48 PM
We can do the same as you,go on to the web site to watch the news,I don't know about Corrie,as the powers that be don't seem to put everything on the net.
We'd rather watch it on the tele than sat around the monitor with a spritzer and mixed nuts!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on August 25, 2009, 09:46 PM
Unfortunately BBC iplayer wont work outside the UK all we get is.........
Quote

Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only, but all BBC iPlayer Radio programmes are available to you. Why?

If you are in the UK and see this message please read this advice.

Go to Radio channels home page
I don't want Wogan, I want Clarkson  :o

is there something similar in Canada and Oz?
TVKIWI on demand, don't say I didn't warn you  :) (http://tvnz.co.nz/video)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on August 25, 2009, 10:22 PM
Warn us about what?

How does one get them to play


(It's 10.00am 2moz in NZ)


Thank You


Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on August 25, 2009, 10:42 PM
The tantalisingly fantastic programs on offer  :P
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on August 26, 2009, 12:51 AM
This is news to me. (http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/bill-first-atlantic-hurricane-2009-2925031)
Try to keep up, that was last weeks news   ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on August 26, 2009, 12:56 AM
How does one get them to play

(It's 10.00am 2moz in NZ)
Dunno, they work ok down here, by the way it's today here coz if it was termorrer I wouldn't be getting paid this week coz payday is Wednesday and by the time Wednesday rolls around in spam-land it's nearly time for Friday here, actually this date line business is a bit of a pain coz if I fly to the Cook Islands I get there 22 hours before I take off  ???  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on August 26, 2009, 06:45 PM
Kiwi writes.....

"Try to keep up, that was last weeks news"

I'm using economy broadband and things take a bit longer to reach me.

P.S. Has Mafeking been relieved yet?

That must get quite Boer-ing, Bill :D
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Post by: kennyo on August 30, 2009, 09:11 PM
that ferry terminal looks like it might fall over in a strong wind kenny.o.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 09, 2009, 02:43 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/1070615809428.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on September 09, 2009, 01:23 PM
I don't where you find them!!!! but keep em cumin.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 09, 2009, 10:48 PM

Not far from where I work this one  ;)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/HBT090121-01.jpg?t=1252532775)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 09, 2009, 11:12 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/0073.jpg?t=1252534312)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 09, 2009, 11:14 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/image019.jpg?t=1252534401)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 09, 2009, 11:15 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/navigation.jpg?t=1252534467)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on September 10, 2009, 01:31 PM
This is a question for the Australian's on the board. I was watching an episode of Medical Emergancy on Sky, its an Australian program. I was sure I was hearing right, but is there really a Buggery Mountain in Australia.

Vanessa
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Post by: jan on September 10, 2009, 02:42 PM
From Wikipedia:

Mount Buggery is the name of two mountains in the Australian state of Victoria. The more well known peak lies on the end of a ridgeline known as the Crosscut Saw between Mount Speculation and Mount Howitt (37°08′S 146°38′E / 37.133°S 146.633°E / -37.133; 146.633[1]). The other, smaller peak is near Abbeyard on the Buffalo River (36°54′S 146°44′E / 36.9°S 146.733°E / -36.9; 146.733[2]).

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Post by: Meg on September 10, 2009, 04:19 PM
Great sense of humour, those Aussies!
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Post by: Kiwi on September 10, 2009, 09:14 PM
Great sense of humour, those Aussies!

Some weird place names as well...............




Tumbi Umbi,
Kangy Angy
Watanobbi
Dora Creek
Piles Creek
Yorkies Knob
Fanny Bay
Innaloo
Wooloomooloo
Humpty Doo
Chinaman's Knob
Kittakittaooloo
Middle Intercourse Island
Wagga Wagga
Wet Beaver Creek
Boolaboolka
Boongoondoo
Toolong
Wonglepong
Tom Ugly
Rooty Hill (GG used to live near here)
Boing Boing
Come by Chance
Nowhere Else
Poowong
Mount Buggery
Loos
Jimcumbilly
Humpybong
Gin Gin
Foul Bay
Peculiar Knob

Makes 'West End' sound positively boring  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on September 12, 2009, 03:46 AM
Where does Kiwi keep getting these from?
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Post by: greeny on September 12, 2009, 11:18 AM
hi bill it must be the work of our alien friend  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on September 13, 2009, 06:22 PM
Those Aussies seem to like their knobs!

Still, we have plenty of odd names here in the UK:
http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/placenames.htm
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 13, 2009, 11:29 PM
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Post by: Kiwi on September 13, 2009, 11:30 PM
Cute  8)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/orly.gif?t=1252880999)
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Post by: Kiwi on September 13, 2009, 11:34 PM
Some more  :)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/diary20of20blonde.jpg?t=1252881132)


(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/hehe.jpg?t=1252881162)



(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/nuttynewswiredotcom-1.jpg?t=1252881214)


(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/holybug_489.jpg?t=1252881264)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on September 14, 2009, 11:26 AM
Never seen anything like that down on the allotment!!!!!
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Post by: Kiwi on September 16, 2009, 02:03 AM
I'm sure we should have turned right. (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01412/venice-car_1412682i.jpg)
On a similar note a couple of characters just crossed one of the worlds nastier stretches of water in a Toyota Townace !!  :o, Cook Strait has claimed many ships, the Wahine and Mikhail Lermentov amongst them........
Linky Thing (http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=240747867)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/105179343_full.jpg?t=1253062761)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/105179391_full.jpg?t=1253062800)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/105179425_full.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on September 22, 2009, 09:44 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/mv43zd.gif?t=1252880855)

I'm tempted to try this.

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Post by: Kiwi on September 22, 2009, 11:47 PM
I'm tempted to try this.

Don't forget to video it  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on September 26, 2009, 07:38 PM
I have had some whoopers running round seems it always happens about this time of the yr but I never kill them or throw them out because they keep other insects away I just let them roam around Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: lydia on September 26, 2009, 07:53 PM
I like spiders but there was a humongus (can't spell it) one last night and cos the cat was eyeing it up my husband put it in the glass and put it outside
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Post by: Fudge on September 26, 2009, 09:35 PM
Yes I know what you mean about your cat mine is the same thinks it a new toy so I have to move him till its gone Fudge
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Post by: Martin on September 27, 2009, 08:01 PM
I like spiders but there was a humongus (can't spell it) one last night and cos the cat was eyeing it up my husband put it in the glass and put it outside

That seems a bit harsh. I'm surprised that you found a jar large enough.

Or have you got a small cat?
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Post by: lydia on September 28, 2009, 08:06 PM
 ;D ha yes when you read it again it does look like the cat but please don't ring the nspca.
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Post by: Kiwi on September 28, 2009, 09:49 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/Kitten_For_Sale_by_lulusoccer.jpg?t=1254170901)
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Post by: lydia on September 28, 2009, 09:52 PM
awww stop it. it was the spider in the glass not my lovely cat.
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Post by: Fudge on September 29, 2009, 01:32 PM
Just caught something moving It my Spider body thin but about a inch long and with legs stretched out must be about 5 inches long and it can't half move its disappeared now don't no were it is hidding Fudge
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Post by: jan on September 29, 2009, 02:21 PM
Is it furry Fudge? *shudder*
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Post by: Fudge on September 29, 2009, 07:02 PM
Its not furry thank goodness just one of them big ones you get at this time of the year Fudge
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Post by: jan on September 30, 2009, 11:31 AM
Someone told me that a bowl of conkers in a room will deter spiders.  Worth a try!
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Post by: chrisandangie on October 05, 2009, 03:50 PM
Top Banana,we have got a chicken roasting,but now i want tata ash,a rag pudding and some black pudding  :-\
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Post by: jaywit on October 06, 2009, 11:31 AM
Top Banana,we have got a chicken roasting,but now i want tata ash,a rag pudding and some black pudding  :-\

Sounds good to me!!
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Post by: Denise on October 06, 2009, 02:36 PM
Do they still sell the Staffordshire oatcakes in the new Market Hall? We used to buy them from Dorothy's opposite Fish's butchers. Dorothy sold fresh chickens, eggs, cheese etc, plus piles of these oatcakes. I think Williams stall sold them too. Scrummy!! - grilled and buttered or with bacon. Used to be able to buy them at Sainsbury's down here in the south, but no longer.  8)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Mr Chips on October 06, 2009, 07:51 PM
Denise,

Why not make your own oatcakes?:

http://bbc.co.uk/i/n4ynz/

If you want to skip to the chase about 9 minutes in
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Post by: pamela on October 07, 2009, 08:51 AM
You,ve got me mouth watering now!!When I was at home my mum would put our tea(dinner for posh folk)on a low light in the oven all day , something like steak and onions , when I got home from school I would add the gravy browning and flour to make the gravy , and boil potatoes , when mum came home from work at 6pm  tea would be ready , absolutely delicious!!
 When I lived in Edinburgh I couldn,t find vimto anywhere (plenty of irn bru though) but happily when I moved to Saudi Arabia it was everywhere !!! and made in Manchester too!!I can find it here as well these days but made in Dubai !!!The vimto company must have made a fortune .. ;)
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Post by: Denise on October 07, 2009, 09:46 AM
Mr Chips - Thanks so much for that. My Mum, being a Staffordshire lass, would occasionally make her own on a traditional bakestone or griddle, 'steeping' the mixture overnight - wish I'd taken more notice. I suppose it used to be easy to buy them as well, but I'll certainly have a go now. As for black pudding, they're still sold whole on farmer's markets and in some more rural butchers.
Bill - Don't think I've ever eaten a savoury duck, duck!! (Duck - a Staffordshire endearment). Denise  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on October 07, 2009, 02:28 PM
Tell you what you can get in the market though - savoury ducks.  Average when cold but delicious when sliced and fried.
Wasn't included in the Manchester cuisine link.Yesterday I was thinking about them,and there you go,you brought it up
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 07, 2009, 06:27 PM
Oatcakes and more oatcakes!!! Denise  :P

http://thefoody.com/baking/staffsoatcakes.html
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on October 08, 2009, 12:46 PM
Have you noticed that the supermarkets have stacks of mince pies on sale, with use-by dates of long before Christmas? What's the point of eating mince pies in October?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on October 08, 2009, 03:39 PM
I know mince pies are traditionally eaten at Christmas, but personally I could eat them all year round. I really love them. Same applies with hot cross buns. I wish you could get them all year round too.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 08, 2009, 04:29 PM
I'm not a big pastry lover but I don't mind a couple of mince pies nearer Christmas, with a knob of brandy butter of course!!
Nan - hot-cross buns are sold all the year round now, my grandson loves them, especially for breakfast. Most supermarkets have them.  Denise   
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on October 08, 2009, 07:49 PM
Same applies with hot cross buns. I wish you could get them all year round too.

You can.
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Post by: Denise on October 09, 2009, 03:56 PM
That's outrageous, Bill. Wasn't it marked 'purrsonal'!!!  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on October 10, 2009, 02:11 PM
Have you noticed that the supermarkets have stacks of mince pies on sale, with use-by dates of long before Christmas? What's the point of eating mince pies in October?
Seem to remember seeing some in the freezer not long ago from last year,we just pop them in the microwave for 30 secs. then into the toaster oven to crisp them up.Delicious!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on October 13, 2009, 01:26 PM
I can't watch him, it makes me feel sick. I never did manage to walk on the glass walkway at the top of the tower in Toronto.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on October 13, 2009, 01:40 PM
I remember going up to the Wispering Gallery in St Pauls Cathedral I went round sat on the seat sliding along. I also went to a ruin Castle in Wales with some friends When they turned round to see were I was I was on all fours but don't ask me how I got there because it was just instincts my palms go hot and sweaty and my stomach goes in a knot. But I can go on the Big Wheel and Dipper as long as I can feel the floor none of these that go upside down or have just your legs dangling I give them a pass :o :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 24, 2009, 03:32 PM
Article for the commuting pooch.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/features/article6885657.ece
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Post by: Bardsleycrow on October 25, 2009, 04:14 AM
I've climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge twice.Once in daylight, last time at night on my 70th birthday
Kevin
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on October 25, 2009, 01:55 PM
Hi Bill it is suprising how many young people wear Poppies and are quite aware what they are for. The School I help at sell them each yr around school and the pupils were them. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Mr Chips on October 25, 2009, 03:22 PM
"Also, has anyone noticed a clock that hasn't gone back?"

Tis American Software - November 1st is their day.  My Lidl supplied radio controlled clock hasn't gone back either.







edited to show correct date




Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on October 25, 2009, 07:54 PM
Our clocks go back on 1st November ...who decides these things!!!
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Post by: KENNY.O. on October 25, 2009, 09:57 PM
old father time cheers kenny.o.
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Post by: pamela on October 26, 2009, 10:00 AM
Hes an old b*&%r then Kenny !
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Post by: pamela on October 26, 2009, 05:18 PM
Thats scary stuff Bill , so anyone who wants to attend a protest can be put on their database. I saw a very important defence QC on BBC "hard Talk " today , and he was  saying how the "powers that be "want to control the population  . He was saying how Princess Diana had reported being followed , and was afraid for her life ... was she a "threat" to the country ?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on October 27, 2009, 02:29 PM
back to the conspiracy theme, a la Kennedy
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on October 27, 2009, 06:42 PM
Theres nothing stranger than the truth , I was reading about an ex British ambassador called Craig Murray , who was unfortunate enough to be posted to Uzbekistan , he reported on the torture which was done (too horrible to mention ) and was subjected to all sorts of lies and accusations , just for trying to tell the truth , just because the regime in that country were helping the "war on terror"It seems integrity and honesty in politics these days are not encouraged to say the least!!1
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on October 27, 2009, 08:53 PM
Hi
      Honesty in politics you must be joking.     herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: hoggyman on October 29, 2009, 09:04 PM
HI  Bill have got the book but have not got the glass, are you sure its not a JOKE.   ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on October 29, 2009, 09:39 PM
Same here Joe got the book but no Glass Fudge :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: hoggyman on October 30, 2009, 12:34 AM
HI  To tell you truth it never been opened for years, when we get the new book we just lob the old one in the Bin.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on October 30, 2009, 03:25 PM
I have started to use them for my garden rubish Fudge
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Post by: Denise on October 30, 2009, 06:36 PM
In this area lots of charity bags are not collected whether filled or otherwise, PDSA being one of the worst culprits.  Denise   :(   
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Post by: Denise on November 03, 2009, 12:46 PM
*****No meat on the menu at Windsor Castle*****
May need that famous Princely 'foot in it' this time!!   Denise   :D

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/6488123/Meat-off-the-menu-as-Windsor-Castle-goes-vegan.html
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on November 03, 2009, 01:10 PM
Jam butties all round.
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Post by: Vanessa on November 04, 2009, 09:17 PM
Yes and if you are unlucky you'll find you are now receiving BBC Wales, if so you'll find North West BBC 1 & 2 at channels 800 & 801 or 801 & 802. Depending on your box or TV you can move them to the right place. I believe that when the change over is completed in December the channels will sort them selves out, its all to do with varying signel strength.

Vanessa
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Post by: chrisandangie on November 05, 2009, 09:49 AM
I know a few humans that should be able to fly then too  ;D
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Post by: joseph on November 05, 2009, 11:19 PM
taking a shoort brake out,who allowed and sent his royal nibs and the bulldog called his missus over here to canada.what did i do wrong,,the rest of the royals are always those two it appears them we have to listen to toilet eg chamberpot music should we watch that channel,the rest of the royal family is always welcome what would have happend if those two had had children rough rough rough i always liked the royal but after princess di  love you all joe
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 07, 2009, 10:07 AM
Seen one of these in your gardens lately?  D  :o

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01516/Shoebill_1516076c.jpg
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Post by: Denise on November 07, 2009, 10:17 AM
The world's largest waste of money conked again!!! It 'collided' with a bit of stale bread - Doh!!!  Denise   ::)

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01517/hadron_1517892c.jpg
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Post by: Denise on November 07, 2009, 05:48 PM
Taking a fence.
Putting it into perspective. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/nov/07/offensive-shazia-mirza)

Back in the mid 70's I went with a group of workmates to see Ken Dodd at the Palace Theatre in M/cr. We had front row seats, making us sitting-ducks for his wise cracks. I was wearing a dress bought especially for the occasion. After picking on a couple of us, he asked me, "Didn't they have that dress in your size?" We all cracked up and being offended wouldn't have crossed my mind. Can't repeat what he asked others in the audience! These people should get a life!!  Denise   ::)
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Post by: Vanessa on November 07, 2009, 07:19 PM
The laughter is slowly getting lost because we are afraid of offending people. You can't tell jokes from a few years ago for fear of offending, but they were funny. I wish society would get its sense of humour back, its time we had a real belly laugh.

Vanessa
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Post by: Denise on November 07, 2009, 09:55 PM
Billy Connolly, my all-time favourite - the Big Yin!! I think I've got everything he's ever recorded, both on the big screen and stage, including his great tours of Australia, New Zealand and the British Isles. When I need a laugh, Billy's the one for me!  Denise   ;D  
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Post by: Vanessa on November 08, 2009, 12:00 AM
I needed that.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Vanessa
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Post by: Bardsleycrow on November 08, 2009, 04:42 AM
We needed that Bill ive been through it twice.Sonia my wife was calling what are laughing at,had to replay it for her she is still laughing.
thanks Bill
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Post by: chrisandangie on November 08, 2009, 04:40 PM
Excellent  :) I've yet to saviour said practive,but at nearly 47 , im starting to realise all these joys await me  :-\
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Post by: Denise on November 09, 2009, 01:01 PM
Poor Albi and a village gone nuts!!!  Denise   :'(

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1226203/A-shrine-squirrel-Towns-Diana-style-grief-dead-albino-rodent.html
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 09, 2009, 01:51 PM
So watch out for all those hedgehogs
And squirrels red, grey or white,
When splattered on the tarmac,
They're not a pretty sight!

THE END!!    Denise  :-X   


Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 10, 2009, 02:41 PM
Dear Deer!! Not a happy ending!! Sorry, folks.   Denise   :'(

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1226468/The-moment-baby-deer-leaps-lion-enclosure-zoo--manages-escape.html
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 10, 2009, 06:46 PM
I wonder if it was on the menu for the lions come T Time  :)
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Post by: Denise on November 11, 2009, 10:26 AM
Thought ewe might enjoy this - I think it's amazing and well worth the 3 mins it takes to watch!!  Denise   :o

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1137883380?bctid=17075685001
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Post by: Assheton on November 11, 2009, 10:38 AM
BRILLIANT!!!!
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Post by: Fudge on November 11, 2009, 10:42 AM
It was wonderful to watch but must have taken hours to do Fudge
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Post by: KENNY.O. on November 12, 2009, 03:49 PM
well that sheds a differant light on the subject thanks loads kenny.o.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 13, 2009, 01:54 PM
..........Or -

"Now look at the camera, lads, and say, "Freeeeze"!!!   Denise   :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 19, 2009, 12:04 PM
I'm biting my tongue here,I can think of so many responces,but its a family forum  ;D :-*
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Post by: Denise on November 19, 2009, 02:33 PM
Sure looks like a 'feliny' to me!! Bet the ticket still got issued, despite 'that darn cat'!!  Denise   :D
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Post by: Fudge on November 19, 2009, 02:43 PM
I think it was very cute at lot of people would say the police officer was quite human and at the end of the day that is is job Fudge
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Post by: Denise on November 22, 2009, 05:24 PM
Has anyone been watching C4's 3D programmes?  'The Queen in 3D' has been marvellous!! Some other clips were filmed for the Festival of Britain in 1951.  Denise   :o      
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 26, 2009, 01:33 PM
Things certainly have changed since Dixon, both in policing, and respect for the force. Can't threaten kids with the police anymore. Their response now is, "Whatever!!".   I love 'Heartbeat' - always seem to 'get their man' - and the music of the 60's played in the episodes.   Denise   :)
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Post by: Fudge on November 28, 2009, 02:17 PM
Well you can't complain its not Fresh on your door step Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 28, 2009, 03:24 PM
I herd about that, Bill  - ordered some cream a week or two ago, but it never arrived. Think they took it to an udder house!!!   Denise 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on November 29, 2009, 04:48 PM
Thats a very colourful Spider is it dangerous I was always taught insects with a lot of colour were dangerous don't know how true this is Fudge
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Post by: Fudge on November 29, 2009, 05:39 PM
Well it still does not tell you if it is dangerous only to the opposite Sex. ;D ;D Fudge
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Post by: Fudge on November 30, 2009, 02:29 PM
What is wrong with the old fashion clothes lines that go across your yard I would rather have than the rotery ones don't need cerment Fudge
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Post by: Denise on November 30, 2009, 03:20 PM
Don't know why it needs cement, mine just pops into a spike in the lawn and is very secure. Been there some years now.  Denise   :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 30, 2009, 10:33 PM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/main.jpg?t=1259616433)
The Hills Hoist  (http://www.abc.net.au/dimensions/dimensions_in_time/Transcripts/s785953.htm)
Just about every home in Australia has one of these monstrosities, tough as a tough thing, doubles as a kids swing and can survive cyclones  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on December 01, 2009, 12:01 AM
We have one of those lines that you pull out, then it rewinds when you have finished.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 01, 2009, 12:36 AM
That rotary dryer could easily double as a space telescope, Kiwi!!  Can't believe we're discussing washing-lines!!!! Lol!!   Denise   ::)
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Post by: Bardsleycrow on December 01, 2009, 08:29 AM
We've had the same rotary hoist for 43yrs and it's still turning strong.
Kevin
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Post by: Albert on December 01, 2009, 09:08 AM
 Hi Bill the wooden wotsits were maidens very few about
 these days Albert
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Post by: Fudge on December 01, 2009, 10:40 AM
We use to have one in our Kitchen they have a name but cant just think of what it was called. They came quite popular a few years ago Fudge
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Post by: chrisandangie on December 01, 2009, 11:18 AM
Doh I can't remember what they are called to,we had one in our middle room when i was a kid,mounted above the coal fire. We had a front room too,that we were only allowed in under supervision,with no shoes on (or so mum and dad thought  ;D )
I think we just called it the Airer ?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on December 01, 2009, 11:52 AM
I remember that we had a "modern" version of the airer back in the 60s.  It was made of steel rods covered in white plastic.  I can't remember it having a special name and the ones they sell now (was amazed how many available on the net - modern versions and the reproduction Victorian ones) are usually just referred to as "ceiling airers"
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 01, 2009, 02:23 PM
I can remember my Gran having one of these, but we didn't. Seems they are still available if you like that sort of thing.  Denise   :-\

http://www.pulleymaid.com/Classic_Clothes_Airer.htm 
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Post by: jaywit on December 01, 2009, 02:28 PM
We use to have one in our Kitchen they have a name but cant just think of what it was called. They came quite popular a few years ago Fudge

We call it a clothes horse!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 01, 2009, 04:12 PM
Yes they looked so funny as you carried them in like sheets of cardboard but they soon thawed out. I never put mine out when it is so cold because they don't dry Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on December 01, 2009, 04:18 PM
I remember when my mum put a candlewick bedspread on my car to keep the frost off, I had to drive to work with my car covered in the little pink wicks that had frozen to the car and pulled out of the sheet when I took it off.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 01, 2009, 07:19 PM
Hope your car was a she Fudge
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Post by: Nan on December 01, 2009, 08:52 PM
I never put washing outside during the cold weather. As Fudge said, it takes twice as long to dry, that`s if you don`t have to defrost it first. Put mine on a folding airer in the lean-to at the back of my house during the day and bring it into the kitchen overnight. I have a washer/dryer but only use the dryer if I need anything in a hurry.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on December 02, 2009, 06:23 AM
Hi
           The wooden whatsits were Clothes racks and hung from the ceiling. I made one and put it in the garage great for when it rains which isn't very often here    herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 02, 2009, 10:02 AM
Clothes Rack that was it's name thanks Herby Fudge
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Post by: Fudge on December 06, 2009, 08:11 PM
Hi Bill did not know if it was squashed or twisted I have had a couple of wines so it could have been that. I also hid my fur Fudge ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 08, 2009, 07:33 PM
Knew I should have gone to Specsavers  :o :o.............

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01533/monkey-glasses_1533523i.jpg

      Denise   :D
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Post by: Denise on December 11, 2009, 01:50 PM
Seems the signwriter needed the guidance!!!!        Denise    ::)


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6774727/Council-ridiculed-over-bus-lane-error.html
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on December 11, 2009, 08:41 PM
Seems the signwriter needed the guidance!!!!        Denise    ::)


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/6774727/Council-ridiculed-over-bus-lane-error.html

I read this story.
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Post by: Fudge on December 12, 2009, 10:54 AM
They are my favourite Monkeys I have three ornaments of Orang-utans See,Speak,and Hear no evil. Also if we go to Chester Zoo I can watch there antic's for ages. Would love to have a chair and pack lunch and stay there for a few hours they are so funny Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 12, 2009, 11:32 AM
I agree, Fudge, they're amazing. Watched a TV series on orphaned orangs in Borneo, how they are saved from the disappearing forests, where their mums have been forced to venture into the open for food and get shot by hunters or from those who keep them as pets in tiny cages for years. Some are so traumatised they never fully recover, but others are slowly rehabilitated back into the wild.    Denise   :'(
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Post by: Denise on December 12, 2009, 02:49 PM
Where the oil did that come from?   Denise   :o
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Post by: Fudge on December 12, 2009, 03:38 PM
As it been put there as a practical joke ??? ??? Fudge
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Post by: greeny on December 13, 2009, 03:03 PM
they missed the wrong place it should have come up under the bank  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 15, 2009, 02:32 PM
Before looking at the board this afternoon, I'd just added some apple and raisins to a packet stuffing mix to go with tonight's roast chicken.  Now that's spooky, Bill!!!       Denise   :-\ 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 15, 2009, 04:26 PM
I like Duck but not every one can cook it right. But Crispy Duck Chines style is brill Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 15, 2009, 06:21 PM
Haven't had Chinese crispy duck for ages, Fudge, but it's one of my favourites, wrapped in the pancakes with spring onion. Denise  :P
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 15, 2009, 07:30 PM
No need to get in a flap, Bill!!! If you're a dab hand at cooking it, we'll stand in line -just throw us the leftovers!!!     Denise  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on December 17, 2009, 03:50 PM
Our parks have been taken over by Canada Geese,our mayor wanted them culled and tinned for the food bank.
The trouble that caused was nonesence.It was a great idea but as usual the do gooders came out in droves(probably from watching TV and drawing the social) to scotch a great idea.
Lets face it they are a pest in the numbers that we have.They even have crossings over the road for them here.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 17, 2009, 05:37 PM
Hi Jaywit,  
At certain times of the year, Canada geese land on our local river and the native fowl don't have a chance of getting the bread thrown for them. They're big bullies!!!  Are your crossing signs like this?      Denise    :)

http://www.about.lovecanadageese.com/xingsigns.html  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on December 18, 2009, 01:15 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/1200426106966.jpg?t=1261095282)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 18, 2009, 09:37 AM
I was watching three big crows near me someone had put a pile of bread down for the birds these crows were guarding it not letting a flock of pigeon near but this little Sparrow kept hopping in swiftly and out again without them realising what was happening Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on December 18, 2009, 10:52 AM
That's what I like about sparrows Fudge - cheeky and brave :-)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 18, 2009, 12:18 PM
Hi Kiwi,

You'll probably need that more than we do.............A WATER-IN-CAN!!!!!     Denise   :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on December 18, 2009, 01:25 PM
Feeding wild life doesn't do them any favours.It has to be survival of the fittest.Also It's a pain in the butt having squirrels burying peanuts in the middle of my lawn.Thank god the guy has moved.Also chipmunks eat my young plants.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 19, 2009, 03:39 PM
Get a lot of wood-pigeons in my garden, they're enormous.  Hardly make it off the ground when my cat's on the prowl.   Denise   ??? 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 30, 2009, 02:50 PM
Great pics, Bill - love your very appropriate captions too.   Denise   ;) 

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Post by: Denise on December 30, 2009, 04:28 PM
Did I fail on my 3-point turn! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MPRmOUxRMY&feature=related)

Denise   :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on December 30, 2009, 09:19 PM
Indian restaurant decides to take super Vindaloo off the menu. (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01550/family-on-fire_1550318i.jpg)

That looks like a scene from The Apprentice - You're Fired.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 31, 2009, 02:49 PM
Second pic reminds me of those 'gurning' contests!!      Denise   :o :D

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Post by: Denise on December 31, 2009, 03:20 PM
I'm so 'boared'. I know!  I sty with my little eye (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01551/pig-tricycle_1551633i.jpg)

Denise   :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on December 31, 2009, 09:30 PM
I'm so 'boared'. I know!  I sty with my little eye (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01551/pig-tricycle_1551633i.jpg)

That's what you might call a pig-up truck.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: ourjud1 on January 01, 2010, 02:10 AM


Thats the little piggy what went to market

                               ourjud1
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 01, 2010, 11:55 AM
Hi folks,   Apparently this fine specimen was on his way to a 'mating session' at another farm.    Denise    ;) :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 02, 2010, 07:06 PM
Sugar by the lump. Now milk by the Hump!!! (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Strange-News/Camel-Milk-Camelicious-Dairy-From-Dubai-Hoping-To-Export-White-Gold-Of-The-Desert-To-Europe/Article/200912415511568?lpos=Strange_News_News_Your_Way_Region_6&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15511568_Camel_Milk%3A_Camelicious_Dairy_From_Dubai_Hoping_To_Export_White_Gold_Of_The_Desert_To_Europe)

Denise   ??? ???
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on January 03, 2010, 05:42 PM
By the way Denise, do you remember the Arab from the West End who tried something similar in the 60s?  The milk sheik they used to call him.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 03, 2010, 07:26 PM
Bit before my time, Bill, but I heard he could get quite 'fruity'!!!!     Denise   ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 08, 2010, 12:19 PM
Isn't this the 1st time the Queen's head hasn't been shown stamps?   Glad to see Bowie is included too.  It was on the news last evening - mourning the demise of classic album covers which were a piece of art in themselves. The same can't be said for CD covers, and even the sale of those is declining, with the advent of music downloads and mobile music players.      Denise   ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 08, 2010, 03:14 PM
Incidentally Denise, I read somewhere that audio cassettes are making a comeback.

Yes, you did, Bill.

Oh Noooo!!, it'll be the cat's whisker next!!] (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/6803099/Audio-cassettes-make-comeback.html)

Denise  ??? ???
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 08, 2010, 08:55 PM
It's a good job my wife's car has a tape player, mine has a cd player
here  is a picture  But which is which  ?  Answer me that ?

(http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/Architecture/Building/IMG0206/500745410_PdaNS-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on January 09, 2010, 12:38 PM
The wheel trims are different!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 09, 2010, 01:38 PM
Yes, I can CD wheel trims differ, but I'll stick my neck out and say the rear car is Jean's and has the CD player.    Denise  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 09, 2010, 03:04 PM
I think Denise may have got a bit mixed up.If the cd player is in yours,then Jeans is the back one.(I have a reason)!!
Not the reason really,but you told us on Dec 2nd?
Reason: The back one seems to have damage on the front door.I know they don't have as many accidents as males as most times they move so slowly and are usually soo timid they have time to stop.
We have 4 way stops here,first there goes,nothing irkes me more than waiting for a woman to go when she clearly has the right.
I try to guess the gender of drivers by the way they drive.I'm mostly right but when wrong I make myself right by saying the guy probably want to be a woman(not politically correct) but what the heck! horses for courses

I think the biggest mistake of the Chinese was to abort female fetuses.They seem to do most of the work there.That's if that was the rational of the government.
To my way of thinking vasectemise(is that a word?) the men, and kill two birds with one stone
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 09, 2010, 03:21 PM
Hi Jaywit,  Well spotted, I've typed it wrong, that's all!  Still think the rear car is Jean's and has the cassette. It's a spatial thing.
  
That's not fair, Jaywit, Ian had told us in an earlier post, but I hadn't noticed that.  I just think a woman would have the sense to park leaving enough space to drive straight off without reversing first. Nor can I spot any damage on her car.

The Chinese Government adopted a one-child policy, not specifically a male-child only policy. It's the old traditions in the families that look upon male babies as future financial support to the family, so many female babies are abandoned or put up for adoption.
Not surprisingly, we've drifted into a male v female theme, after the mention of cars and driving!!!                Denise  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on January 09, 2010, 09:49 PM
Jaywit, the last thing I am is a timid driver, ask anyone who knows me. I don't drive slow, I drive within the speed limit, a stint working in A&E is enough to slow anyone down. Nothing like bone sticking through skin after a high speed impact to turn your stomach.
I don't criticise drivers for their sex, just drivers, my biggest bug bear is - drivers who don't indicate on roundabouts, especially the Ikea one, I can spend ages waiting to pull out of Sainsbury's because the ones going into Sainsbury's don't indicate, for all I know they could be going to Ikea, I'm not Psychic.
We girlies let you boys think you are better drivers, afterall you have to be good at something.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on January 09, 2010, 10:02 PM
Always been a first aider,in the rubber industrey,big knives used there,shook me up when a guy slit his lower arm right up like a kebab,i was calm,wrapping it as tight as i could before 999 came,but thing that really scared me,the guy was laughing his head off. My boss was running around screaming like a kid  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 10, 2010, 04:23 AM
Hi Jaywit,  Well spotted, I've typed it wrong, that's all!  Still think the rear car is Jean's and has the cassette. It's a spatial thing.
  
That's not fair, Jaywit, Ian had told us in an earlier post, but I hadn't noticed that.  I just think a woman would have the sense to park leaving enough space to drive straight off without reversing first. Nor can I spot any damage on her car.

The Chinese Government adopted a one-child policy, not specifically a male-child only policy. It's the old traditions in the families that look upon male babies as future financial support to the family, so many female babies are abandoned or put up for adoption.
Not surprisingly, we've drifted into a male v female theme, after the mention of cars and driving!!!                Denise  :)

Denise is right! Still playing those Cliff Richard music mixes from the  1980's
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on January 10, 2010, 01:59 PM
Always been a first aider,in the rubber industrey,big knives used there,shook me up when a guy slit his lower arm right up like a kebab,i was calm,wrapping it as tight as i could before 999 came,but thing that really scared me,the guy was laughing his head off. My boss was running around screaming like a kid  :)

We once had a bloke who tried to do himself in by putting his neck on a circular saw, missed every major blood vessel but it was still a mess. I could look at gaping wounds, but let a bit of bone stick out and I was heaving. I once tried to help a little old lady get out of a mini, she'd been to a party, had to much to drink and slipped of the curb (or is it Kerb). She said she had hurt her ankle, I looked down and saw her ankle sitting at a right angle to her leg and she kept trying to put in down to stand up, I was heaving, trying not to be sick while telling her not to put her foot down. She couldn't feel anything because of the drink.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 10, 2010, 03:41 PM
Hi Vanessa,    These sights are traumatic enough in civvy street. Can't imagine what horrific scenes are encountered by the nurses and doctors in a war zone!!
My Mum was a 14 year old nurse when WW1 soldiers were brought back from the Front stuck to their stretchers, rife with gangrene. She was tending one of them, when his whole arm came off in her hands.
Those were the days before State Registration. She later went on to do her SRN and SCM, and did 50 yrs in the profession, ending her career at Ashton General.
Denise   :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on January 12, 2010, 11:52 AM
I've just had a survey thing through my letter box and one of the questions is 'What age bracket do you fall into?'

I feel like replying that when I slip in the snow, I tend to fall into older people because they usually can't get out of the way quick enough.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 12, 2010, 02:29 PM
Great reply, Bill, go on write that down!  I always put stupid answers on these surveys or just recycle them. Later you get a phone call, "You or someone in your household answered a survey. I'm from such and such company and do you have a few minutes?" If you say you haven't completed a survey, "Oh, someone in your household did".  "Must have been the cat then, and he's definitely not getting an adjustable bed!!!"     Denise   ::)      
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on January 12, 2010, 02:53 PM
That reminded me of the time I had the front windows replaced with double glazed ones years ago.  For a couple of years afterwards the firm would phone me (usually at inconvenient times) to try to sell me some more.  I told them I wasn't interested and said I'd complain to the Head Office if they persisted but nothing stopped them.  In the end I resorted to lying!  When the caller said "We installed some windows for you recently" I just denied it.  There was a wonderful silence and the rustling of paper and then the question (despite the fact they had my name) "Perhaps it was the previous occupant"  I told them I'd lived in the house for 20 years and they'd obviously made a mistake.  It did the trick and they never called again.  Maybe if I hadn't been brought up to be honest I'd have thought of that solution before.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 12, 2010, 09:22 PM
Some fur and feathers  ;)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/funny-pictures-bear-and-human-fish.jpg?t=1263327454)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/distraction-demotivational-poster-1.jpg?t=1263327587)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/image001.jpg?t=1263327639)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on January 12, 2010, 10:38 PM
 I have never worked in E&A and never been a First Aider but
 I have been NCO i/c Aircraft Crash Rescue at Flying training
 Command But like many more that have been in the services
 will not bore you with our tales Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 13, 2010, 01:36 AM
But like many more that have been in the services will not bore you with our tales Albert

Totally agree Albert, besides track rash isn't pretty  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 14, 2010, 05:17 PM
Oh!! Aquadrome! Sorry, thought you said Hippodrome!! (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01558/hippo-swimming-poo_1558843i.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 15, 2010, 12:21 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/BlossomandWindmills140-1.jpg?t=1263511163)

LlanfairPG eat your heart out  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 15, 2010, 12:49 AM
It's a hill in your neck of the woods, Kiwi. Can you pronounce it?    8)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 15, 2010, 01:19 AM
Nope, but I can say the welsh one  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on January 20, 2010, 10:30 AM
I am quite big but I blame it on the wine. I eat butter I have semi skimmed milk dont put sugar on any of my food or drinks and don't put sat on anything only if I have celery. My cholestrial is very low but I struggle with weight I am always on the go . My friends eat a lot more than me but are so slim.I think a lot of it are your genes . Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on January 20, 2010, 11:05 AM
I have the same problem Fudge - not fair is it?  I have given up worrying about "experts" advice on what's good for you and what isn't as it keeps changing year by year.  I try to eat what Iconsider healthy and hope for the best  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 20, 2010, 03:53 PM
Sacre blue - I'm with you! (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/19/france-butter-cheese-fat)

Nothing wrong with butter although I don't spread it thickly!  Beware of the Spreadable varieties - they usually contain an amount of suspect vegetable oils to allow them to stay soft 'straight from the fridge'.  Vive la baguette avec la beurre!!!         Denise   8)  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on January 20, 2010, 07:40 PM
It is  the genes that do it. My young grandaughter eats a meal bigger than I do, but I still have a battle to lose every pound. My Mum was big , and her Mum before that, so I guess I`ll always struggle. Makes it worse with being a wheelchair user as I get no exercise whatsoever. Can`t even do any sat down with me having a spinal problem. Could do with losing a lot too as I`ve just been told I`m border-line diabetic now and must lose as much as I can, and quickly. I`ve managed to get rid of a stone, but seem to have come to a halt now. Never eat fatty foods, no sugar, very few potatoes, etc, and try to keep to the 5 a day fruit and veg... Definitely the genes!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 22, 2010, 03:08 PM
Obviously Heavy Metal!!!             Denise   :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 24, 2010, 04:16 PM
Is he mad or is it part of the new school curriculum?? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGqKf8y_JV4&feature=player_embedded)        
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 25, 2010, 03:18 PM
Walking on my hind legs is SIMPLES!!! (http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/dec2009/2/8/standing-cat-pic-solent-image-1-594897497.jpg)        ::) :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: sooty on January 25, 2010, 05:52 PM
quiet to-day Denise,where is everybody?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 25, 2010, 07:18 PM
Hi Sooty, I thought it was quiet yesterday too. Sometimes there are lots of postings. I never understand why members log in just to read the board. 12 been online today but few postings.    :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on January 25, 2010, 07:30 PM
It happens like that sometimes. It was just the same on the old board. You could get days with dozens of messages, and then sometimes a spell with just the odd one on. I could never understand why. Perhaps people feel the need for contact more on some days than others, or maybe it`s just that they have nothing to say on the topics that are in use. :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 25, 2010, 07:53 PM
That's understandable, Nan. Just don't see the need to 'log in' when the board can be read off-line.   :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on January 25, 2010, 08:26 PM
Have been on site a couple of times and it as been quite glad there is still life out there .  :D ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 25, 2010, 08:47 PM
I'm still lurking, just a bit busy to comment on anything, anyhoo isn't it better to say nowt and be thought a fool than to write something and remove all doubt ?  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 25, 2010, 10:38 PM
Likewise  :D

Here's one to get the old grey matter working ..........

Only great minds can read this...................
This is weird, but interesting!


fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on January 25, 2010, 10:59 PM
I speed read that without any problem, weird.  :o

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 25, 2010, 11:15 PM
That study by Cambridge University was conducted over 2 years ago and this text has been doing the rounds for a while. Nothing strange about being able to read it. It's the modern abbreviated text messaging I have a problem with, when I can be bothered to try and decipher it!!!        :-\
Title: I get my kicks on Route 66
Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 25, 2010, 11:18 PM
I just realised something.

We sing that song and say root 66
yet when referring to our internet router we here say rowter as opposed to the English rooter


PS Historic Route 66 is just down the road from where I work!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 25, 2010, 11:39 PM
Hi Ian,  English pronunciation has no rules wherever you are, does it?  Router is rooter here, and rowter in the US, but both say trowt (trout) not troot and Sowth (South) not Sooth. Weird!!     ::)  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on January 26, 2010, 08:49 AM
Hi
       And Cook and Foot  herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 26, 2010, 10:07 AM
Herby, down here in the South - cook is pronounced cuck, so sounds like the 'u' in foot.    ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Assheton on January 26, 2010, 10:25 AM
Hi Kiwi!
I too was able to read your posting with ease!!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 26, 2010, 12:07 PM
I speed read that without any problem, weird.  :o

Vanessa
Same here.

I've read the Cambridge study a while ago.
Don't know where!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on January 26, 2010, 04:26 PM
I received this in an e-mail a while back and also read it without problem.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on January 26, 2010, 06:03 PM
Hi Sooty, I thought it was quiet yesterday too. Sometimes there are lots of postings. I never understand why members log in just to read the board. 12 been online today but few postings.    :-\

Maybe people can't always think of anything to say? I am always "logged in" when I visit because the forum remembers me and automatically logs me on each time I visit.

Besides, I find the easiest way to read the forum is to click on "View unread posts" and that won't work if you are not logged in.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 26, 2010, 08:04 PM
Thanks, Martin, that answers my query.      :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 27, 2010, 03:00 PM
I seem to go! come! on every day.Used to read unread posts,the started to read the latest posts.
As for comments,depends on what I have to do.
Been doing a total kitchen makeover for "Too long".Doors on and off,etc. etc.
Today, if I get a chance,it's marmalade time.Seville oranges have been juiced and the skins in soak.12 oranges,5 lemons,enough for the year,about 8/9 500 mls jars.
Maybe postponed today so I can get the cupboard doors going.Not nice as I'm spraying so it has to done in the garage and it's -5 today.
Retirement is great!!! "What will you find to do".
Dumb question from those still working.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 27, 2010, 03:10 PM
Oooooh, Jaywit, great minds think alike!!! Bought a jar of Cooper's Oxford Vintage coarse-cut today, I love it. Homemade must taste so much better.  Good luck with the spraying, it gets everywhere - been there, done that, thrown the T-shirt!! All comes with the joys of retirement!!

Seems they're all at it!!       :o (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/7079837/Marmalade-my-bitter-sweet-epiphany.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on January 27, 2010, 05:09 PM
Hi Ian,  English pronunciation has no rules wherever you are, does it?  Router is rooter here, and rowter in the US, but both say trowt (trout) not troot and Sowth (South) not Sooth. Weird!!     ::)  

I used to enjoy watching "This Old House" the US house renovation show, but they kept talking about making "rabbits" and wondered what bunny's had to do with it, then it dawned on me they were talking about "rebates".  ::)

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on January 27, 2010, 11:17 PM
Yes,  Just rabbit the edge of that piece.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 01, 2010, 10:29 PM
Am lucky enough to have had small-ish (18") lcd monitors at home and work for a couple of years now and they're the dogs danglies, how I coped with a 14" square box I'll never know  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 01, 2010, 10:47 PM
Last year I treated myself to a rather splendid 24" Sumsung monitor. I use it with my laptop (with the laptop lid shut, 'cos I also use an external keyboard and mouse!)

Watching television programmes on it is better than watching them on my telly, especially with external speakers, too.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 07, 2010, 12:50 AM
What's happened to TV Dinners?  I had one earlier and I've been getting repeats all night.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 07, 2010, 11:50 AM
Maybe it wasn't the dinner, Bill, but what you've had since!!!       ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 08, 2010, 01:22 AM
You should get a TV pancake, Bill.

If you don't like it, you can turn it over and see what's on the other side.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 08, 2010, 03:27 AM
What's happened to TV Dinners?  I had one earlier and I've been getting repeats all night.
My cute little doctor cured that problem for me .................... with Losec  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on February 08, 2010, 01:23 PM
Hi
          And buy a card for the misses   herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on February 08, 2010, 09:30 PM
Whats on telly dad ? a bunch of flowers luv!!!!(that used to drive me mad!!)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 08, 2010, 10:01 PM
Whats on telly dad ? a bunch of flowers luv!!!!(that used to drive me mad!!)
At least he didn't say 'dust'.

That's how fights start  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 09, 2010, 01:41 PM
You're not sleeping in our tent. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/7190003/Captain-Scott-The-Journey-South.html?image=5)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 09, 2010, 03:25 PM
What wonderful photographs of the expedition, Bill, including Capt Oates. Where was their cook taking the penguin??  Oooer!!     :o
Wonder if they've managed to get those crates of whisky from the Shackleton expedition out of the ice intact!!      ;)  
 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on February 09, 2010, 07:51 PM
Did anyone see on the news about the headmistress of a boarding school going back to work 7 hours after giving birth to a little girl, and taking the baby into the classes with her? She had worked up to the end of the previous day`s lessons too, so she certainly didn`t have much maternity leave. Actually, I don`t know how she managed it. I don`t think I could have done it after any of my 3. ???
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 09, 2010, 08:50 PM
I did read that, Nan. There used to be a period of 2 wks compulsory Maternity Leave, don't know if that's still enforced. Also she could have haemorrhaged so soon after the birth - reckless is the word!!!   ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 10, 2010, 07:37 PM
Just think in about 2yrs time we will be paved in front of the council offices with continetal tables to drink at . Fudge :'( :'(
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 14, 2010, 04:39 AM
I luvs Mrs Kiwi I do, I've even booked a table for tonight,






Hope she enjoys snooker.  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 14, 2010, 10:20 AM
Thats is very Romantic Kiwi. Valentine poem My Heart is like a cabbage divided into  two the leaves I give to anyone the Heart I save for you . Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 14, 2010, 01:12 PM
Hope your card/s arrived, Bill.  I would have indulged you, but didn't have your address!!!      ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on February 16, 2010, 06:18 AM
Hi
     Most kids will learn if you can make it interesting to them. A lot of the teachers can't be bothered. Although sometimes it's athankless task     herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 16, 2010, 10:07 AM
I was never good at maths but have got by using my fingers Ha ha  ;D ;D  Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 16, 2010, 01:12 PM
Is that the flippin' time?    ::) :D

Meant to watch 'Kids Don't Count'!! They've advertised it for days. I'll try and watch it on Ch4 catchup. My son-in-law, a Deputy Head, is also Head of the Maths Dept at a 6th form college down here, so my 2 young grandchildren are way ahead in maths. I've always had an aptitude for mental arithmetic and totting up columns of figures, which came in handy during my working life - useless with a calculator though.    

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 17, 2010, 06:45 PM
I always found maths incredibly easy.
I always received positive feedback from my dad, who always said "look, it's easy, just do this and this and Bob's your uncle, see?"


Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on February 17, 2010, 07:47 PM
I was never very good at Maths. It was the Geometry,Trigonometry and Algebra that baffled me. Like Denise, I was always good at mental Arithmetic and all forms of plain Arithmetic, and I could always reckon lists of figures up very quickly.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on February 17, 2010, 08:52 PM
I'm absolutely useless at maths, art and design was my forte.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 18, 2010, 12:22 PM
He's been eating lotsa this!! (http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-american-apple-pie)     :P



 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 22, 2010, 06:45 PM
I can sleep for England ....... but hmmm-mm-mm-----..... sorry forgot what I was going to say!!! Zzzzzzzz       
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 23, 2010, 10:40 AM
I can also sleep well Might wake for toilet but can go of again quite quick Dont know about it making you feel healther but alertness yes.  Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 25, 2010, 02:04 AM
LOST

One Sense of Humour. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/8533791.stm)

I hope they sell a million.

I think its pretty ironic when every World Cup its ANYONE BUT SCOTLAND who has a chance to qualify.  :D

Anyhoo....................
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/murry-746988.jpg?t=1267059706)
Got my T-shirt sorted  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on February 25, 2010, 01:43 PM
As someone who was once told to take down an English flag I was flying in Scotland, by a scot because she found it offensive, I do find the T-shirt offensive. As an English person I am tired of being told that I can't make remarks about the Scots, Irish and Welsh because it is rascist and offensive, yet they can say what the hell they like about the English.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 25, 2010, 07:35 PM
Ah Scotland!

I remember the 2002 world cup
Here's a store on North Bridge, Edinburgh

(http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/Street-Scenes/Scotland/Clothing-Store/492081198_KGsP9-M.jpg)

A more subtle approach

Ian





Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on February 25, 2010, 08:09 PM
It's a joke Vanessa.  We should be clever enough to see that and mature enough to take it for that.

There heve been enough wedges driven between communities by the race relations industry without adding more.

Yes and its stupid jokes like that that drive the wedges in even further. We should be clever enough and mature enough to know when jokes go too far. Someone wearing a T-shirt like that in the wrong place at the wrong time could set off a major punch up.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 27, 2010, 11:38 AM
In-flight entertainment!!! (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/feedarticle/8965688)      ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on March 03, 2010, 02:28 PM
.......and Bonio wants us to dip into our pockets to save the world. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8540694.stm)
Personally,I wouldn't cross over the road for a free concert of U2.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on March 03, 2010, 02:43 PM
If you weren't depressed enough when you got your fuel bill(s), read this. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/mar/01/solar-panel-feed-in-tariff)
I have a guy across the road from me with an almost total roof of solar panels.He only produces enough to run his out door lights and a few round the pool.
Given the roof sizes of houses facing the right way in UK for efficient use of solar panels.
Any one who does install them would have to be brain dead
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on March 04, 2010, 01:17 AM
Hi
         I have had  solar hot water for the last 23 years and I must say it's saved me a fortune in electric bills. I think it cost 800 dollars when I got it and a free weekend at the casino on the gold coast with dinner breakfast and show thrown in. So I have no complaints about it att all   herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on March 05, 2010, 03:26 PM
Given the temps out there I would have thought it came out of the pipes at the right temp for hot and need to put it through a chiller for cool? !!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on March 06, 2010, 06:53 AM
Hi Jaywit
               It does you have to turn the shower on a couple of minutes before you step under it, time dependent on how far the cold water pipe runs in the ceiling . herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on March 13, 2010, 04:11 PM
Nine months guarantee? (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.492201,-2.089908&spn=0,359.991744&z=18&layer=c&cbll=53.491902,-2.090018&panoid=ciluhX6SBJnFkPu7gmhw1Q&cbp=13,69.25,,0,4.94)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on March 13, 2010, 06:07 PM
Hi
     I did the brickwork for a petrol tank behind that gate. That was a while ago       herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on March 16, 2010, 12:44 PM
Nine months guarantee? (http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=53.492201,-2.089908&spn=0,359.991744&z=18&layer=c&cbll=53.491902,-2.090018&panoid=ciluhX6SBJnFkPu7gmhw1Q&cbp=13,69.25,,0,4.94)
One track mind?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on March 18, 2010, 03:05 PM
What a great record!! Romsey (Home of the Mountbatten family) is 20 mins away from me - hope her longevity rubs off!!    ;)  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: ayess on March 19, 2010, 05:47 AM
Well, she should know where everything is in the house! I live alone and still "someone" keeps moving things. it can't be me.    Ayess
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on March 19, 2010, 06:05 AM
Hi
     I think anyone who lived in Ashton through the thirties and forties will be be battling for longevity The air round Ashton at that time would of killed a brown dog.   herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on March 19, 2010, 10:18 AM
A friend of mine celebrates his 90th in May I have had a invite to his party he does everything himself as he lost his wife quite a few years ago he was born and bred in Ashton . I also knew someone who managed 105 my Dad managed till he was 85, My Mum had lived her all her married life managed to 87 so Ashton cant be that bad Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on March 20, 2010, 01:38 PM
Apparently falsely attributed to Dan Quayle, Bill.  The attached is very amusing anyway, especially the video link at the end:-

LINK (http://www.snopes.com/quotes/quayle.asp)

....and some GW Bush bloopers      (http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushquotes/a/dumbbushquotes.htm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 05, 2010, 12:09 PM
I was on Henrietta Street the other day and see they're crashing on with the new bypass.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 05, 2010, 12:34 PM
Yes Bill but they wont get far till St Mary's School is Demolished and that will be when the New Mosque is ready Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 05, 2010, 12:48 PM
I read that it was being done in two phases Fudge, with completion being the end of next year.

On the subject of buildings, what's happening at the side of the bus station where they've knocked down those houses near the tower block?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 01:15 PM
I think that is going to be for the Tram Bill,its going to run parallel to Aldi accross Oldham Rd,but im not sure because there has been talk of the bus shelter being relocated,and the arcade being extended.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 05, 2010, 02:48 PM
Thought this might be of interest to some of the men folk!! I could very well have been on the Stalybridge to Manchester trolley bus in the 60's. It's good trying to guess where each photo was taken and the surroundings, old hoardings and fashions etc.
Select the Slideshow option.   ;)

Shooting the Past (http://shootingthepast.fotopic.net/p414050.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 04:08 PM
There are still some sorry sights around though Bill,like the old baths,and that beautiful building infront of the First buses depot in Oldham, property developers got involved in lots of big schemes,and they were all the first to go when the baloon burst.
When things like that get restarted,I will believe things are getting better. The tram and ring road are all being paid by us,through any tax the goverment can put on us >:(
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 04:19 PM
Very nice Denise,wern't old buses ugly  :)  The past always looks so drab as well,in monotone grey  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on April 05, 2010, 06:46 PM
Sorry chris , have to disagree, i think they are beautiful, perhaps its the memories of the leather seats , shiny chrome (not to mention the shiny trousers  of the guard ::))the cubby hole under the stairs where the driver and guard kept their tea flasks, being brave and hanging onto the pole before jumping off, sitting upstairs at the front, tearing down newmarket rd and turning at the bend that goes down to Daisy Nook, remember when you,d go on holiday and all the buses were a bit different from home ?What about the back seat upstairs ? reserved for courting couples  :D nothing like em !!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 05, 2010, 07:01 PM
Thanks for the link Denise.  One of the photos was so old, it had a conductor on it.

I remember passing the bus sheds on Mossley Road late one night, just after the trolley buses had been taken out of service, and seeing the doors wide open.  The sheds were in darkness and there was no-one about and so, for old times' sake, I went in and boarded one of the two trolley buses in there.  That was the last (and cheapest) time I was on an Ashton trolley bus.

As you say Chris, the past looked drab in the old photos.  In fact, it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that my older relatives saw the same colours that we do - all the photos we had were black and white.  As far as the buildings were concerned, more black than white.

One of my favourite Ashton photos (look at the muck on top of the stalls) is this one. (http://www.tameside.gov.uk/images/jpgl/t11260.jpg)

P.S. Does anyone remember that golden trumpet in Jones' window when Eddie Calvert was the bees' knees of the day?

P.P.S. I've just seen your post Pamela.  I was upstairs on the bus coming home from work one night and by the time the people had got on at the stop before mine and I'd managed to sqeeze past them, I'd missed my stop.  The bus was just picking up speed and I tried to do one of those 'drop offs' that the conductors made look so easy.  They must have worn different shoes to mine because mine stuck to the floor while the rest of me kept going.

As if that wasn't bad enough, being in the days when dog owners didn't carry plastic bags round with them, I landed face first in a doggy deposit.  I never did try that one again.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 07:36 PM
 ;)  I very vaguely remember buses with the post at the back,but better remember the Orange and White Selnec livery of my childhood.
I have a bus licence,and have even driven 09 registered double deckers,and I much prefer the gracefull streamlined buses of the present. Re courting couples on the back seat,it has noted that these days,couples get past first base by a mile ;D
Fighting is just as common too. I do remember conductors,with the machine that had the mechanism on that looked like the reels off a fruit machine!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 07:39 PM
Bill is that pic of Ashton Market ?  If so,what is the large building at the rear? I Can't place it at all  :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 05, 2010, 08:26 PM
That was the Reporter office, And the one with some cream bricks on ,  On the lefthand side was the George and Dragon
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 05, 2010, 08:51 PM
Fudge,what stands where the reporter office was now then ? Its a lovley building. Neither myself or angie can agree on the location of the camera,are the shops going down the left hand side,where Iceland is now ?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 05, 2010, 11:35 PM
I've got a copy of the old Ashton market photo, bought it about 16 yrs ago off one of the stalls. Late 50's, I think, and those trolley buses went to Haughton Green and Manchester. I could catch either to get home to Henry Square after school. If you missed one you could catch it on the Bow St corner of the market hall before it speeded up George St.

I don't recall the trumpet in Jones' window, Bill, but you've reminded me of the plastic golden trumpet I had as a child - loved it til the 'gold' started coming off on your hands!!  Had a harmonica/mouth-organ, from Jones' later.     :)  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 05, 2010, 11:44 PM
Chris, the camera location was the Market Hall clock tower.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on April 05, 2010, 11:44 PM
Its 33 years next month that i left my job as a skilled engineer at British Aerospace , to be a conductor on GMT at Princess Road , Moss Side. It was like riding the stagecoach through Dodge City.  I still have my green psv badge for being a conductor, my leather cash bag,my red badge for being a driver, and my tin box what had my ticket machine in it.I used to keep half the kids in the street going with rolls of tickets.

Bill it wasnt that conductors wore different shoes you were taught how to do it. We were told in training not to jump off while vehicle was in motion but we were still shown how to do it. If you were jumping off the bus platform at the rear i.e facing oncoming traffic , you had to jump off facing towards the driver if you didnt , as you say your feet stuck to the ground but the rest of your body kept going,and i can guarantee that you summersaulted before you landed,everybody i saw do this did, including me. If you jumped off the platform on to the pavement you again you had to be facing the driver , and as you hit the pavement your little legs would be matching the speed of the bus till you eventually  slowed down,if you tried to stop straight away , again you would fall about in a crumpled heap.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 05, 2010, 11:51 PM
I think these Ashton buses (http://shootingthepast.fotopic.net/p414035.html) looked rather smart in their day.  Certainly better-looking than that SHMD bus.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandandangie on April 06, 2010, 12:18 AM
Brilliant,thanks all,I was right :)  Angie said it couldn't be where marks & sparks is,because that has been there for years  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on April 08, 2010, 11:53 AM
Here's a snip from it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxmedV1tqX4)
Used one of those cups for years.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 09, 2010, 05:10 AM
They'll be teaching them to knit next. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/farming/7567054/Self-shearing-sheep-bred-by-British-farmers-for-first-time.html)

1 week too late!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 15, 2010, 01:55 PM
It as took my dinner time viewing out Cash in the attic for a special news bulletin The tatter ash cloud is coming over British Isles high in the altitude Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on April 15, 2010, 02:19 PM
It stops th'engines tha no's  :D  The ash melts and clings to the fins of the jet blades. The plane then has to dive and cool the engines,the ash releases itself and shreds the engine as its blasted through it. I saw a program on discovery once 'bout it,who said TV was no good  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on April 16, 2010, 01:25 AM
Flippin Eskimo's are meant to be sending cash, not ash  :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 16, 2010, 12:36 PM
P.S. Not that I'm a train spotter you understand, but I think the buses you mention were a 217 (Haughton Green), 218 (Manchester Road to M/c) and 219 (Stockport Road to M/c).

I am not a train spotter either, but I have The Book, which tells me that the trolley bus routes from 1925 were:
26 Manchester Road & Ashton New Road to Manchester
28 Manchester Road & Ashton Old Road to Manchester
29 Stockport Road & Ashton Old Road to Manchester
57 Stockport Road & Denton to Haughton Green

In 1950 these were re-numbered 216, 218, 219 and 217.

When these routes were converted to motor buses in 1969 the 217 was re-numbered 127/128.

The 14 Ashton - Mossley (Brookbottom) route was renumbered 217 shortly afterwards. (This later became part of the 350 route to Hey Farm).

The current 217 route by coincidence covers the Ashton to Brookbottom route as part of its Manchester - Mossley circular route.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on April 17, 2010, 11:08 PM
Hi
        Were there trolley busses in 1925 there were trams that ran down stamford st in the thirtys I can remember one trolley bus it was a single decker that went up to Waterloo known as the flying pig. herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jayess on April 17, 2010, 11:42 PM
Martin -- When I was a kid it was a treat to be taken to Manchester & it was not on a trolley bus, It was a tram. The trolley bus was running from before the war but not from 1925 except the single decker that ran from Ashton market area to Bardsley & Waterloo. I also seem to recall that it had solid rubber tyres but I could be wrong in that. Before the War my father used to collect for a burial society once a month on a Sunday & Dad & I would walk from Hurst to Parkbridge along Lees Rd, Down into Parkbridge & then to Bardsley & catch the Old rattler to Ashton. I think it could have been around 1935 when the Trolley Bus was introduced to the Manchester run but I am not certain on that.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 18, 2010, 09:02 AM
Fond Memories

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL8ZnTNnUf4)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 18, 2010, 10:30 AM
That was very interesting can't believe how things have changed so much Coaches,Busses,Cars, Horse an Ice Cream Van, But area's that it showed some have long gone. If people on this site like Busses Trams and the very old horse coaches the Museum of transport at Manchester is very good great half a day out you can sit in some of the busses and tram. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 18, 2010, 11:55 AM
A Bit More History (http://www.petergould.co.uk/local_transport_history/fleetlists/ashton.htm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 18, 2010, 12:02 PM
Martin -- When I was a kid it was a treat to be taken to Manchester & it was not on a trolley bus, It was a tram. The trolley bus was running from before the war but not from 1925 except the single decker that ran from Ashton market area to Bardsley & Waterloo..... I think it could have been around 1935 when the Trolley Bus was introduced to the Manchester run but I am not certain on that.
Yes, sorry Jayess. I didn't read what the book says closely enough.

The Ashton Oldham trolleybus service started in 1925 but, from 1926 was cut back to Ashton to Hathershaw, with passengers having to transfer onto trams to continue their journey to Oldham. You are right about the solid tyres - the trolleybuses did not get pneumatic tyres until 1930.
The 216 and 218 trolleybus services (via Manchester Road) started in 1938 and the 219 (via Stockport Road) in 1939, relacing the trams along those routes.
The 57 trolleybus service to Denton and Haughton Green took over from the trams in 1940.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on April 18, 2010, 02:32 PM
When we went to Bellevue it was trolly to Crownpoint,then tram down Hyde road.Around early 40's
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 18, 2010, 02:52 PM
Speaking of buses, does anyone remember the ones with the upstairs aisle down the right-hand side and where all the seats were long, not just those at the back?

I remember them from the occasional run out we had to Pickmere, so they must have been on one of the south Manchester services.

This is one. (http://www.classicbusdepot.com/busimg/leyland-titan-1949-interiortopdeck-bw-nigelparks.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 18, 2010, 03:22 PM
Those were low-height buses to fit under low bridges, Bill. There was a sunken gangway down one side to give enough headroom for walking along, although this meant a low clearance above all the upstairs seats and above those downstairs seats that were below the sunken gangway.

Mind yer 'ead! Ouch - too late!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 18, 2010, 03:30 PM
Model of the Leyland Lowbridge PD1 (http://i.ebayimg.com/05/!Bo30J5wBGk~$(KGrHqIH-CgEu(50zckjBLpPzNN25Q~~_12.JPG)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on April 18, 2010, 06:20 PM
HI All......These buses were also used from Killermont Street  bus station (Glasgow) to East Kilbride (Number 77) which I used to catch on a regular basis during the early '60's.

 ;D ;D ;D Daftjack.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on April 18, 2010, 09:25 PM
Yes Bill and Jack , i must have been very small but i remember getting on one of those buses , it must have been on holiday somewhere ,I remember thinking at the time it was a very weird bus!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: ourjud1 on April 18, 2010, 09:55 PM
These buses were used by ribble bus co. remember going to blackpool on one
                                  ourjud1
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on April 19, 2010, 12:51 PM
Hi All...............Hi Bill, thanks for the site it is very interesting, Brings back lots of memories.

 8) 8) 8) Daftjack.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: ayess on April 21, 2010, 07:36 AM
North-Western also had them. I remember going to Glossop on them.  Ayess
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on April 21, 2010, 08:31 PM
 Beverley also had the low buses to get under the Beverley Bar
 What did the trailers do on buses during the war how did they
 work to make the gas they had them in North Wales  Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on April 22, 2010, 12:53 AM
Here you are Albert
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/gasbus.jpg?t=1271893685)
Can't find a Crosville bus but this is close  ;)

Some interesting stuff here. (http://www.energybulletin.net/node/51237)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on April 22, 2010, 09:19 AM
 Hi Kiwi thanks for the info another problem sorted
                       Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 22, 2010, 09:32 AM
Good day, sunshine. (http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/)

Alternatively..... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHTPdbpogRE)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 22, 2010, 01:25 PM
That song gives you a good feeling, Bill, thanks.  Why was it always sunny in the 60's?   ;)  It's 'Earth Day' today.    
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on April 22, 2010, 05:44 PM
I love that song ...and what about another sunny song "the sun has got his hat on hip hip huraay!"
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: sooty on April 22, 2010, 07:29 PM
Kiwi noticed in the picture of the bus the clippi wearing trousers,was this the norm during the war years,or later?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on April 22, 2010, 10:41 PM
Kiwi noticed in the picture of the bus the clippi wearing trousers,was this the norm during the war years,or later?

Dunno mate, maybe they were simply issued with the blokes uniforms while the blokes were off fighting jerry and the slitty eyed devils  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bardsleycrow on April 26, 2010, 05:54 AM
Sooty They wore trousers so the dirty old men would'nt get a look up there skirts when they were going up stairs to collect fares
Kevin
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 26, 2010, 09:32 AM
Beverley also had the low buses to get under the Beverley Bar

Albert - the Beverley buses weren't exactly low - they had a funny shaped roof to fit through the arch of Beverley Bar.

Photo of Beverley Bar here (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Beverley_Bar_viewed_from_North_Bar_Without.JPG/400px-Beverley_Bar_viewed_from_North_Bar_Without.JPG).

Photo of funny shaped Beverley bus here (http://www.showbus.com/p2002/vkh44.JPG). Photo of another Beverley bus side by side with an ordinary low-height bus here (http://www.old-bus-photos.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/vkh49-lr-thumb.jpg).
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on April 26, 2010, 08:44 PM
 Hi Martin the last time I went on a Beverley bus the upstairs passage way was
 on the right hand side then line of four seats and on the lower deck you had to
 mind your head if you were on the right hand side.What year are you talking about
  Albert 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 28, 2010, 10:21 AM
Mystery Tour (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/8648011.stm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on April 28, 2010, 02:54 PM
Bill, I read this earlier in the Mail and was doubled up!! He had a road map, a radio he didn't know how to use and was attempting a round-Britian trip with no equipment or food. Perhaps he thought he could stop at a service station!!  Even when the coastguard had advised him on safety measures and that the safest, cheapest way to Southampton would be by train, he was still determined to 'fill her up' and carry on. "Do I turn left or right out of the Swale?"  He should be made to pay for the rescue!!    ::) :-X
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 28, 2010, 06:15 PM
You couldn't make this up.
Still, I can't help liking the chap.
"Right! Jolly good, so I'll be on my way then"

Priceless
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on May 01, 2010, 02:15 PM
Off on a Western Carribean jaunt tomorrow,just was wondering what the dinner conversation would be like if Vannessa and Daftjack were on our table.
I don't think Fish and Chips will be on the food menu.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 01, 2010, 02:38 PM
Have a great holiday, Jaywit. I'm extremely jealous. Had a Caribbean break for 3 years on the run, but not this year unfortunately.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on May 01, 2010, 05:02 PM
Have a nice holiday Jaywit, if i ended up in the Carribean it,d be Haiti in an earthquake knowing my luck ...i don,t think Jack and Vanessa would be allowed on the same continent never mind the same table lol !!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on May 01, 2010, 09:47 PM
No conversation, just a food fight. But they would have to remove the cutlery first  ;D ;D

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on May 02, 2010, 08:56 AM
Hi All............Hi Pamela, I would treat Vanessa with the utmost courtesy. After all she is a Lady.


Just a thought......


Have a 'Beatles' day.


(No Smiley day). Daftjack.



Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on May 02, 2010, 09:01 AM
Hi All.........Hi Vanessa,
Quote
No conversation, just a food fight. But they would have to remove the cutlery first.

Why no Conversation? Food fights I enjoy. You are right Vanessa, we do not need cutlery, our WIT is sharp enough to do the job.


Just a thought......


Have a 'Beatles' Day.


(No smiley day) Daftjack.





Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 03, 2010, 03:55 PM
Grin and bare it. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/7664070/Spencer-Tunick-invites-1000-people-to-pose-naked-to-celebrate-artist-LS-Lowry-in-Manchester.html?image=1)

P.S. That's me at the back (in the bushes, with the binoculars).
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 03, 2010, 04:29 PM
That's crackin', Bill!!    :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 04, 2010, 06:36 PM
Just messing about on the river - Again!!! (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/824410-boat-crashed-in-river-thames-after-captain-used-sat-nav-to-direct-it)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on May 07, 2010, 12:38 AM
Ah-ha ! so that explains rugby league players  ;)

Neanderthal Man lyrics

I'm a Neanderthal man
You're a Neanderthal woman
Let's make Neanderthal love
In this Neanderthal world

repeated ad nauseum  ;)

Wot ?? I'm not the winner  :'(
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 14, 2010, 03:19 PM
Tesco mystery customer buys entire stock of mint sauce. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8682954.stm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 14, 2010, 04:33 PM
That's a bit of baaad luck!! It's a wonder no-one heard the rustling!!   :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 15, 2010, 03:20 AM
Is it still OK to shoot rustlers?

Lamb is still my favourite meat.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 15, 2010, 10:34 AM
Aw, that's really pants, Bill!!

US comedian George Burns once said, "You know you're getting old when you bend down to tie your shoelaces and then wonder what else you can do while you're down there!!"
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on May 17, 2010, 03:46 AM
Hi
           US comedian George Burns once said, "You know you're getting old when you bend down to tie your shoelaces and then wonder what else you can do while you're down there!!
   
       "Hi Bill. You're not doing bad if you can still reach them    herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on May 17, 2010, 06:35 AM
Hi Bill , this weight gain seems to sneak up on a person doesn,t it ?  I,ve got lots of clothes that are getting tight around the waist . One remedy that is supposed to work for tummies is ...first thing in the morning before you drink your first cuppa , put 2 tablespoons of good apple vinegar in a cup of hot water .if you don,t like the taste hold your nose and swallow it !!.Also try not to eat late in the evening , that,ll put the weight straight to your waist!!.
I,ve started going to the gym and I,ve lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks, I,m not really on a diet , but the weather is so hot i don,t feel like eating huge meals , but i,m a tea addict like you !!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jan on May 17, 2010, 09:57 AM
Pamela.  That diet tip sounds a bit like the one used by the poet Byron  "Byron surprised his new friends by the distinction of his appearance and the eccentricity of his diet, consisting of potatoes and vinegar alone."
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on May 17, 2010, 01:16 PM
Hi
    Thankfully I'm one of the lucky ones I my weight hardly ever varies. I eat what I like when I like.   I was ten stone four coming out of th Raf in fifty one I'm ten two now, I put a stone on when I was forty nine when I stopped smoking, then lost it again after six months.    I have trouble with my socks and shoes but thats my back that causes that but I've got a thing that I can put my socks on with without bending down but have trouble tying my laces.Memories not too hot spend most of my time looking for my glasses.         herby   
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on May 17, 2010, 01:59 PM
My thing is cutting my toe nails that is a real struggle got the knack of putting nail polish on now . Its that your joints get stiff and there is no mobility in them . When I was a slip of a girl I could eat anything never put a ounce on tried a variety of diets but it always goes back on so I dont try any more Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 18, 2010, 09:12 AM
Now they tell us!!! (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7733848/Happiness-begins-at-50-claims-new-research.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: greeny on May 18, 2010, 10:20 AM
hi denise here me thinking life begins at forty , what ever they say its down hill all the way  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on May 19, 2010, 10:55 AM
Hi
     I think I've got one of thse bananas from the market on Sunday if it is one I'll take a photo and try to put it on my misses is going to bake a banana cake so I'll have to wait till then     herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 26, 2010, 12:10 AM
Could it be that the business they were in had more to do with their demise than the number? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7763578/Mobile-phone-number-suspended-after-three-users-die-in-10-years.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 26, 2010, 05:03 AM
Yes Bill, I think you are right.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 28, 2010, 05:25 PM
I'll have to get me a copy of Travis'  Flora of South Lancashire
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on June 01, 2010, 04:59 PM
Memories of something called a waist!! (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/21/hula-hooping-workouts)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on June 01, 2010, 05:59 PM
Memories, indeed!

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on June 08, 2010, 01:15 AM
Hi
       If they can jail you for thinking I think a lot of us would be in prison      herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on June 08, 2010, 06:59 PM
Laid all your eggs in one basket? The Hoisin sauce of it!! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/10265461.stm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: ourjud1 on June 09, 2010, 08:26 PM
(http://www.thecomet.net/polopoly_fs/ysi_bluetits_1_420113!image/1068332226.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_225/1068332226.jpg)

another unusual nesting sight an ashtray outside  a factory
               
                                ourjud1
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 14, 2010, 07:49 AM
Come back Egon Ronay. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7825846/Author-holds-insect-tasting-sessions-across-Japan.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on June 14, 2010, 06:51 PM
Yuk, Bill. Japanese version of 'flied lice'!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on June 18, 2010, 03:00 PM
Come back Egon Ronay. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/7825846/Author-holds-insect-tasting-sessions-across-Japan.html)
Not to be confrontational, but could this be the reason for the majority of Asian facial expressions.
I don't know where the round eyes come from, but from my stay in Hong Kong this was the most sort after thing with Bargirls.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 19, 2010, 10:40 AM
Put t' kettle on. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/10350373.stm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on June 20, 2010, 03:54 AM
Hi
      Theres just been a scientist in America saying tea is bad for arthritis may be he works for the coffee growers assoc herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on June 26, 2010, 01:38 PM
This low-cost British advert has just won an award in the US. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM)
Perfect
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on July 02, 2010, 08:51 PM
Why is it ok for a man in his 70's to father a child, but if a woman over 60 has a baby all hell is let loose and she is condemned for doing it.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: lydia on July 03, 2010, 10:00 PM
know what you're saying vanessa but after reading about rajo devi lohan giving birth at 71 for first time and now bedbound think it takes such a toll on your body giving birth its more of a health risk than anything else. a man just can get with a younger lady so doesnt present health problems but its the children you've got to think about. more and more women are career minded and are leaving it later than ever and so this subject will arise more in future.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on July 04, 2010, 09:59 AM
I am in my early 60 and who hate to start bringing a baby up now it is hard work I have looked after the youngest Grandson for over 12 years only during the day while she works he sleeps once a week. But when he was little you are on the go all the time. I was a slip of a girl when my daughter was born we use to do lots of things play tick ect could not do that now. My cousin wife daughter had twins at 53 a boy and girl She had a child 21 and one at 17 it was her 2nd marriage and his 1st children thats why they wanted a baby they were conceived natural and they are very happy but they have no time to do things they use to do now and I bet they are tired out at the end of the day as they must be about 2 now Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on July 04, 2010, 02:57 PM
Food for thought. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/04/boys-men-education-work)
Is that the writing on the wall for the Muslim world?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 08, 2010, 08:09 AM
Looks like we won't have a cemetery plot, just a grid reference. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/7876749/Belgian-undertakers-plan-to-dissolve-dead-and-flush-them-into-sewage-system.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on July 08, 2010, 08:15 PM
Food for thought. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/04/boys-men-education-work)


Panglossian    ???

It's a very complex issue indeed.

I remember throngs of workers exiting National Gas Engine when the 5 o'clock whistle blew!
Dozens heading for the bike sheds,
Scores getting on the special Ashton buses
Everybody working!

It was such a different time that it is nigh on impossible to begin to describe it to our children.

Then came the 1970's


Ian





Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on July 11, 2010, 08:33 PM
 Re Grid reference Tameside have just put filters on
 the crem at Dukinfield to remove the mercury in
 dental fillings. And United Utilities will charge for
 trade waste if they treat the waste at the sewage
 works, that's if they can treat the ashes in the digesters
  Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 12, 2010, 10:34 AM
You know time's marching on when this fella (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/7884677/Andy-Pandy-turns-60-years-old.html) gets his travel pass.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on July 12, 2010, 12:59 PM
Well I cant believe or Andy and Gang are now sixty were does time go Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on July 14, 2010, 07:35 PM
 Hi Bill I worked for North West Water for many years
 We had a jetter at Oldham that was on call for Oldham
 and Rochdale sewers.When he was not on blockages he
 did sewer maintenance. But when the jetter wanted replacing
 the bean counters said it would cost less to have contrators
 for the sewer blockages but no mention of the maintenance
 and it looks like that as been the case in London.
  Bazalgette would turn in his grave  
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 15, 2010, 10:25 AM
And I thought our old tippler was unusual. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-10644118)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on July 19, 2010, 05:57 PM
That's a tidy sum!! (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7897112/Britains-litter-epidemic-costs-almost-1bn-every-year.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on July 20, 2010, 05:40 AM
Hi
       They have united nations toilets over here Whenyou go in your russian when your in european when you come out your finnish     herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: sooty on July 20, 2010, 08:01 PM
Nice toilets,but how do you read the paper.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Meg on July 22, 2010, 03:55 PM
Love that joke, Herby  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on July 23, 2010, 01:28 AM
I don't see what all the fuss is about.
I thought that they had changed an oil leak picture to show the leak had stopped.

I use PS to clean up pictures regularly, In this picture an ugly orange traffic cone was removed from the bottom of the bridge in this photo.

(http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/Street-Scenes/Todmorden/River-Calder/490679685_mbbjh-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: gibby on July 23, 2010, 02:06 AM
What a lovely picture. Gibby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 04, 2010, 11:07 AM
I remember once sitting on the cliffs in Cornwall watching the swell hitting the rocks below, and thinking about all the power in the sea.

Move over, electric eels. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-10860435)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on August 04, 2010, 02:19 PM
Hi Bill,  You're quite right about the power in the sea. Spent last week on the Jurassic coastline of Dorset, on a private caravan site  nr Bridport, our van overlooking the sea. The locals say they love the sound of the sea, but have to say, it took some getting used to during the night. Weather was glorious all week though.  Here at home today we've had the 1st real rainfall for 2/3 weeks.  8)  D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on August 04, 2010, 02:23 PM
We sometimes stay on a caravan park on the Yorkshire coast just south of Bridlington, and that overlooks the sea. It can be quite loud sometimes but doesn`t really bother us much , and at night I find it can be very relaxing and soon sends me to sleep.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on August 05, 2010, 07:50 PM
 Hi Nan can I ask were the caravan site is you went to is it a C/L
 with the caravan club Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on August 06, 2010, 05:33 PM
No Albert, it isn`t a caravan club site as far as I know. It`s called Seaside Caravan Park, and is at a little place called Ulrome, 7 miles south of Bridlington. There are a lot of static caravans on there too. It`s quite a large park, but is really peaceful, and the touring field is situated on a low cliff overlooking the private beach and sea. We love it there and make a point of going at least once a year.. Nan
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on August 06, 2010, 06:49 PM
Hi Nan I like going to Driffield so I know Ulrome but not that site
 I will have a look next time Thanks Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on August 08, 2010, 07:00 AM
Hi
    Haven't times changed now where was the health and safety officer   The roof tilers have to have a scaffold round the roof now even on a single story hose now thats in aus don't know about England now. herby
       
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on August 08, 2010, 09:48 AM
 Hi Herby here in England all scaffold over 1metre high should have
 hand rail and a kick board to stop anything being knock off
 the scaffold
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on August 09, 2010, 10:56 PM
Parking the Hungarian way (http://www.woehr.de/en/projekte/budapest_m730/index.htm)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on August 10, 2010, 03:28 AM
It took me quite a while Denise for me to realise that this was a serious video.
At first, I thought it was comedy because of the sheer complexity of the system.
It slowly dawned on me that this was a real enterprise.
Can't imagine the cost to park in one of those but owning a Mercedes may be a clue.
Certainly more than the  £3.00 per day at the Boddington's Car Park in Manchester!

Ian

 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on August 10, 2010, 04:59 AM
Funny you should mention working at heights coz that's one of the things I do for a living  :) I service, deliver and instruct on these sorts of beasties......
(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/1250AJP_App.jpg?t=1281412660)

and

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/4394RT_App.jpg?t=1281412660)

If I didn't have a healthy respect for my own safety I wouldn't do this job but as I tell my customers, falling never hurt anybody (ask a skydiver) it's the sudden contact with terra firma that tends to sting a bit  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 10, 2010, 08:09 AM
Much safer than these lads (http://www.todmordenalbum.co.uk/work_industry/people_mons_mill_chimney.htm) Kiwi (click on the picture to get a larger version).

Brave or mad or both.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on August 10, 2010, 08:34 AM
I think they are mad you would not get me doing that for any amount of money I had virtigo just looking Fudge :o :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on August 13, 2010, 01:31 PM
Their lucky day....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKcFPnS9r8Y
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: sooty on August 13, 2010, 08:21 PM
Cheers Martin, enjoyed that!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 17, 2010, 09:44 AM
Does anyone else think that they don't really know what's good or what's bad for us?...

Link 1 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10986625)

Link 2 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7941676/Britains-oldest-smoker-dies-after-puffing-on-cigarettes-for-95-years.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on August 17, 2010, 10:30 AM
Bill I am a big believer that you are here for a certain amount of time. and if your number is up it is up. My Dad smoked like a chimney park Drive we always said he started in his pram. He was turned 85 when he died he was the longest living out of his brothers and sisters and put it down to three nagging women, My mum me and grandaughter. It would be dull if you could not have what you liked I will continue with the wine and choc Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 17, 2010, 10:56 AM
I agree with you Fudge.  Regarding smoking, the only time I did smoke regularly was while drinking with a late pal of mine and when the 'wind' blew his smoke towards me - usually every time.  Unfortunately, he died in his late eighties.

I've no doubt that smoking and eating the 'wrong things' can damage health but also think that there's more to the workings of the human body than the 'experts' know about.

P.S. I'm a big believer that the chemicals in household cleaners are deadly - which gives me a good excuse for not doing much cleaning.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on August 17, 2010, 11:22 AM
Here here Bill
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on August 17, 2010, 07:30 PM
Well done Fudge

The number of times I see people post "Hear Hear" makes my blood boil Fudge

Ian

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on August 17, 2010, 07:49 PM
Hope you have cooled down now Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on August 18, 2010, 08:54 AM
Think you'd better switch that air-conditioning on, Ian!! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hear,_hear)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 27, 2010, 11:19 PM
I read that the woman seen putting the cat in the bin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYdUZdan5i8) has been fined by her local council for using the wrong coloured bin.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on August 28, 2010, 05:05 AM
i dont think they know what is good or bad for us i like my chocolate and i always get plenty brought from u.k. when we get visitersfrom there it is better than the choc from here canada  cheers  kenneth.o.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on August 28, 2010, 08:48 AM
Hi Bill,  This woman's actions were inexcusable, but it's also her age which astounded me - she's never 45!!! Cripes!! Hope I don't look like that at 45!!!   ;)
Some Twitterers? are saying - Top Cat lived in a trashcan AND he had his own TV show!!    
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on August 29, 2010, 12:15 AM
lol Denise

I was watching A lifetime movie http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/lifetime-movie-network (http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/lifetime-movie-network)
and ,you guessed it, the closed captioning typed "hear hear"!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 02, 2010, 09:46 AM
Basin-cut sir? (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01706/hair220_1706862f.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on September 02, 2010, 08:03 PM
He plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on September 02, 2010, 08:35 PM
without a helmet???
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 05, 2010, 01:24 PM
About time too. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7981884/Beer-prices-on-the-rise-for-MPs.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on September 05, 2010, 01:33 PM
all together awe   what a bloody shame cheers kenneth.o.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 06, 2010, 03:24 PM
Just realised - on Sunday the date will be 10/10/10.   :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on October 06, 2010, 04:59 PM
According to something I heard the other day, something unusual about this month is that it has five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

P.S. Denise, the little bambino seems to be coming along.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 06, 2010, 05:55 PM
Certainly hadn't noticed the five Fri, Sat and Sun's.  Cheers, Bill, the 'bambino' is now 4 months old and always hungry!!   ::)

By the way, love your contributions to Odds and Sods, how do you think them all up?   ;) 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on October 07, 2010, 09:13 AM
According to something I heard the other day, something unusual about this month is that it has five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

August had five Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on October 07, 2010, 10:22 AM
Hello Denise.

In answer to your question, most of the rubbish I post on here comes from the Guiness Book of Useless Information I got for Christmas and most of the rest comes from the on-line papers I read as an excuse for not doing the jobs I should be doing.

The remainder comes from believing everything I read in the Beano or hear on the wireless - such as this. (http://www.geekosystem.com/5-fridays-saturdays-sundays-not-823-years/)

 :-[
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 07, 2010, 01:49 PM
I don't think you're a Geek, Bill, most of your posts are usually informative or amusing.

Five Fridays is good. If your pension is paid on the 1st Friday and get it every 4 wks, then you're paid twice that month. Suits me, sir!!   8)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on October 07, 2010, 06:18 PM
Just realised - on Sunday the date will be 10/10/10.   :o

yes  Helen Hindley's Birthday

There are 5 Friday Saturday Sundays this month
Happens every 800 odd years
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on October 07, 2010, 06:59 PM
Hi Ian,  May I direct you to Bill's link - his posting @ 10:22 today - you'll see it's not true about the 800-odd yrs.

Should we know Helen Hindley?  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on October 10, 2010, 01:24 PM
hi
    It's been the 10-10'-10 here all day there are lots of people getting married supposed to be a lucky day to do the dreaded deed.Only happens every hundred years.  herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on October 18, 2010, 05:34 PM
those trollies must have been in Manchester , look how dirty and mucky the buildings and the bus stop look!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 04, 2010, 12:32 PM
Worth a read. (http://www.sarahviollet.co.uk/?cat=27)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 04, 2010, 02:29 PM
Thats funny bill, but they didnt mention the italian tanks with 12 gears , 1 neutral and 11 reverse  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 08, 2010, 10:46 AM
Seems we've got some good weather on the way. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/solarpower/8116609/Solar-mania-will-cast-a-shadow-over-Britain.html)

You couldn't make this up.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 08, 2010, 12:44 PM
Nothing surprises us anymore, does it, Bill?  I'd better wear these 8) permanently if they're coming down here!!

This week's lousy weather prediction from the Met Office was featured in one of today's tabloids, outlining that... 'there will be a brief rest-bite ??? midweek'.  Where do they get their journalists from??    ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on November 08, 2010, 08:30 PM
Maybe they were thinking that they'll have a bit of a rest and a bite to eat perhaps?

Ian
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 09, 2010, 08:18 PM

Seen What  ???

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 09, 2010, 08:24 PM
The notice you're not supposed to notice - this one. (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01757/SueBarrett-Brisban_1757164i.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on November 09, 2010, 08:56 PM
Yes I have Noticed the notice Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 09, 2010, 08:59 PM
It's been noted that you've noticed the notice Fudge. :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on November 09, 2010, 09:57 PM
Im glad you have noticed that I have noticed the notice Bill  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 09, 2010, 11:56 PM
Still don't know what I'm supposed to notice.  ;) Unless its the notice.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 10, 2010, 09:36 PM
Things are going from Bach to Wurst (http://nz.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/article/-/8290570/wanted-village-doctor-benefits-include-sausages/) ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 11, 2010, 09:10 AM
Oops (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11731636)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 11, 2010, 12:11 PM
I can hear dear old Fred Dibnah having a belly laugh at that, Bill!!!!   ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on November 11, 2010, 12:52 PM
Fred Dibnahs house is 2 minutes down the road from me. A very interesting place.If anyone is interested it is now open to the public.Well worth a visit.
http://www.freddibnahheritagecentre.co.uk/
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on November 11, 2010, 07:34 PM
That's a great house!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 16, 2010, 10:38 AM
Just for a laugh, folks.................
     Go to 'Google Maps'
     Click on 'Get Directions'
     Enter starting point ...Japan.... (A)
     Enter finishing point....China.... (B)
Then scroll down the route directions to No. 43.

Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ??? ??? ???
                                                                 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 18, 2010, 12:11 AM
And to think its taking 3 months to put a new bridge on Richmond Street.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 18, 2010, 03:20 AM
Probably coz A-U-L is in a elf'n'safety obsessed culture dominated by unionised jobsworths  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 23, 2010, 12:26 PM
Getting the bird. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/8152950/Stunning-image-of-flamingos-gathered-as-one-flamingo-the-holy-grail-of-wildlife-photography.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on November 23, 2010, 03:54 PM
I clocked that in the paper, Bill - incredible and once in a lifetime!!   :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 25, 2010, 09:20 PM
The first rule of DIY (so I'm told) - make sure your drawing is the right way up. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/8160038/German-DIY-enthusiast-walls-himself-into-own-cellar.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 25, 2010, 10:42 PM
Probably trying to do a Josef Fritzl and made a pigs ear of it  :-X

Them Teutonic types must get up to some weird stuff in their cellars  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 01, 2010, 03:50 PM
Can't say the cops were 'hot on the trail' of these two! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-11889847)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on December 02, 2010, 12:56 AM
I clocked that in the paper, Bill - incredible and once in a lifetime!!   :o

I'm glad no-one has clocked me in the paper tonight!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on December 02, 2010, 11:13 PM
A local one that comes out every day.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 09, 2011, 10:21 AM
"How do" to you too, my polar pal - Have an ice day!!    8)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 09, 2011, 04:01 PM
 we had 8" yesterday!!!(snow that is) :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on January 09, 2011, 05:56 PM
We're getting it now Jaywit!   Been at it since about 4am this morning (Sunday) and still coming down thick and fast.  The temp. now up to a balmy 0C from minus 10C earlier.  Roll on beautiful Spring!   ;D  Oops - think this weather info. should have been on the other link of "Weather or Not"!  Ah, well!   ;) ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on January 09, 2011, 10:05 PM
Hi
        We had 150mls rain yesterday and ditto for the next two days it looks like the floods have arrived it's been raining for weeks now so Caboolture should get some flooding to-day and to-morrow dont know how long it will last     herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 10, 2011, 09:22 AM
Herby, whatever you do, don't park the Holden in the underground car park at Morayfield Shopping Centre unless it's had the James Bond upgrade.  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 15, 2011, 03:11 PM
How about my brush, mate? (http://animal.discovery.com/mammals/fox/pictures/fox-picture.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on January 15, 2011, 03:16 PM
Make a nice fox-tail soup that Denise.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on January 15, 2011, 03:32 PM
Very good, Bill.  Boom-boom!!  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on January 19, 2011, 10:37 PM
Gives a new meaning to go to work on a egg. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 18, 2011, 01:38 AM
A good letter in this morning's paper...

"SIR – I went to buy a Valentine’s Day card at the weekend. Among the many cards on display in the shop was one that read: “You are my one and only!”

It is available in a pack of three.
"

I told my wife about this pack, which I saw when buying her card.
Took 3 seconds before her grin!

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 21, 2011, 12:37 AM
For an alternative view of things, this is worth a read. (http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/)
Wish you wouldn't do this Bill,I've just been reading The Slog for toooo long.
I've places to go,people to see,obscene phone calls to make(not really) but it is dinner time here and I have to cut up 2 full sides of ribs before putting them in the freezer,and the oven timer is beeping,I need a shower and get my jamas on.
JUST MY WARPED SENSE OF NEWMOUR!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 21, 2011, 01:13 PM
Glad to see you're eating well jaywit.  It sounds like another moose has lost its way in the snow and strayed into your garden ;).
not moose, only deer, raccoon, skunk and the rest of natures  little gifts.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 21, 2011, 02:35 PM
BBC2 last evening - worth a watch (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00z08wd/Toughest_place_to_be_a..._Bus_Driver/)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on March 06, 2011, 04:08 PM
Getting his nuts the hard way!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfnQyIPyZZ4)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on March 08, 2011, 10:52 AM
Hi
     Too late bill we've already had it here               herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 12, 2011, 12:41 PM
I Don't think they should had it to salt you should be given choises. Only thing I put salt on now is if I have celery. Don't had it to my cooking either. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 12, 2011, 06:18 PM
Without salt we would die.
Just so you know

Ian
 :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 12, 2011, 09:05 PM
We get a lot of salt now in the foods we eat. Thats why we should cut down. My Mum when she was alive use to use lots of salt on her food and my Daughter and her sons cover there's with salt makes me shiver to think how much they must eat . Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 12, 2011, 11:48 PM
http://www.saltinstitute.org/Issues-in-focus/Food-salt-health/Human-salt-requirements

(http://www.saltinstitute.org/var/si/storage/images/media/images/salt-shaker/36629-1-eng-US/Salt-shaker_large.jpg)

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jayess on April 13, 2011, 12:54 AM
   Bill  ---A Good one !! Jayess
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 13, 2011, 09:14 AM
Bill I still dont know were you find them. I am a big believer that you are only in this world till your number is up.And I do eat and drink most thinks you arn't supposed to. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 13, 2011, 07:40 PM
Yes Bill I do think it's pre-programmed
I think good healthy living can increase your life by several months, though not decades!

Just like the film Gattaca
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/)

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 13, 2011, 06:22 PM
I'm in clearout mode at the moment and came across a picture I'd saved off a greetings card - see below.

Out of curiosity I checked the trams' destination and could just about make out the street name in the picture.

After a bit of searching, I've discovered that it's of a real place, in Leeds - this place. (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=ls12&aq=&sll=41.89006,12.492549&sspn=0.004744,0.008256&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Leeds+LS12,+United+Kingdom&ll=53.793148,-1.586194&spn=0.021294,0.066047&z=15&layer=c&cbll=53.793112,-1.585993&panoid=ujLp0o6PziR-95oDdb7aGw&cbp=13,59.83,,0,-8.01)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1201-50/1216.jpg)

I wonder if the "Player's Please" is really on that wall. Looks added on afterwards!!  Well found Bill. The Coop building is still there today.


Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on May 13, 2011, 07:08 PM
Strange coincidence Bill, I'm just reading for the fourth or fifth time, Alan Bennett's 'Untold Stories'. He was born in Armley, Leeds, and  recalls tending his grandfather's grave with his grandma, and as a young child, getting lost in between the tall gravestones after fetching water for the flowers. The cemetery was on Tong Road and was towered over by the 'battlements' of Armley Gaol.   
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on July 13, 2011, 03:30 PM
What wonderful photographs, it's true what he says about privacy though, these days it is difficult to take this type of picture, especially of children. The pictures I took of the boys at St. Petersfield were done because they asked me and I was very happy to take them, but I wouldn't have dared to have done it without them knowing.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on July 14, 2011, 08:23 AM
Even schools have to be careful when taking photo's now they have to have permission when the child starts. I do know a few who's parents did not give permission so the children did not have there photo's taken when they did anything special . Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on July 29, 2011, 12:00 AM
Youre an adventurer arn,t you Bill? When I was visiting my son in San Diego I decided to walk to Walmarts , he wasn,t very happy and kept saying dont get lost !!So I said "I never get lost !!"I downloaded a map , but decided to follow my nose and after a very long walk I arrived at the mall and did my shopping , coming back I decided to follow the map , I followed it exactly and got lost!!! I was determined to get home by myself and asked directions , but apparently I was miles away , I went into a 7/11 and the very kind assistant let me use his phone to call my son who came to pick me up ...and he had a very smug expression on his face , but I maintain that it wasn,t my fault if the map was wrong !!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 27, 2011, 09:47 PM
Europe's Problems Summed Up



Pythagorean theorem: 24 words
Lord's prayer: 66 words
Archimedes' Principle: 67 words
Ten Commandments: 179 words
Gettysburg address: 286 words
US Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words
US Constitution with all 27 Amendments: 7,818 words
EU regulations on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 27, 2011, 09:54 PM
Common Tools Explained

DRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat
metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and
flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which
you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under
the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and
hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh
sh--!'

SKIL SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of
blood-blisters.

BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor
touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board
principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.

VICE-GRIPS : Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt
heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer
intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH : Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable
objects in your shop on fire Also handy for igniting the grease inside the
wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW : A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood
projectiles for testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK : Used for lowering an car to the ground after
you have installed your new brake pads , trapping the jack handle firmly
under the bumper.

BAND SAW : A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut
good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash
can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST : A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of
everything you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER : Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or
for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your
shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips
screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER : A tool for opening paint cans Sometimes used to
convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your
palms.

CROW BAR : A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket
you needed to remove in order to replace a 10 pence part.

HOSE CUTTER : A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is
used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent
the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE : Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard
cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents
such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collectable
magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for
slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

@#%$&* TOOL : (A personal favourite!) Any handy tool that you grab
and throw across the garage while yelling '@#%$&*! ' at the top of
your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 27, 2011, 09:56 PM
Common Tools Explained (Cont.)

Spanner - An artefact used to knock tight bolts into holes when a hammer isn't available.

Paint Can Lid - A device used for removing the ends of wood chisels, thus rendering them safe to throw away.

Number and Letter Stamps - are used to provide First Aid administrators with crush and blood loss training.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on September 27, 2011, 11:10 PM
Common Tools Explained

DRILL PRESS : A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat
metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and
flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which
you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL : Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under
the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and
hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh
sh--!'

SKIL SAW : A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS : Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of
blood-blisters.

BELT SANDER : An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor
touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW : One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board
principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal
your future becomes.

VICE-GRIPS : Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt
heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer
intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH : Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable
objects in your shop on fire Also handy for igniting the grease inside the
wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW : A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood
projectiles for testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK : Used for lowering an car to the ground after
you have installed your new brake pads , trapping the jack handle firmly
under the bumper.

BAND SAW : A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut
good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash
can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST : A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of
everything you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER : Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or
for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your
shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips
screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER : A tool for opening paint cans Sometimes used to
convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your
palms.

CROW BAR : A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket
you needed to remove in order to replace a 10 pence part.

HOSE CUTTER : A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER : Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is
used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent
the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE : Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard
cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents
such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collectable
magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for
slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

@#%$&* TOOL : (A personal favourite!) Any handy tool that you grab
and throw across the garage while yelling '@#%$&*! ' at the top of
your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

I can relate to this vividly.(Experience,knowing to expect the unexpected)
Anything that can go wrong usually does
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 07, 2011, 09:41 AM
hi from lanzarote !
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on November 07, 2011, 10:02 AM
Enjoy yourselfs it as gone frosty in the mornings here now. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 07, 2011, 07:17 PM
Yes Fudge, first video of the hols at 3.30 Sun morn was our and everyone's else's frozen car,the trip down the motorway was scary too,with the thick fog.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on November 09, 2011, 04:35 PM
Had a horrid journey to Huddersfield on Saturday due to fog on the motorway, but it cleared when we arrived for our daughter`s wedding and stayed dry the whole afternoon and evening. It was a lovely day all in all, and everything went off smoothly. I was going to put a photo of the happy couple on here but can anyone tell me if they have changed the system on Flickr as I can`t seem to get any snaps on here any more.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on November 09, 2011, 06:55 PM
Glad you had a lovely day. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 09, 2011, 07:58 PM
Nan, it has been changed.
Click share and and make sure html is checked, pick the size of picture you want. Copy and paste the code you can see, but you don't need it all. When it has been pasted here look for the section that starts http://farm and ends .jpg, delete everything except this section, your picture should appear. This is the only way I know to make it work.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on November 10, 2011, 06:03 AM
Hi Martin,

Your pictures have been great, bright and alive. What has happened to the 'stars' we can click onto, so that you can choose your best picture for the year please? ;     Danny)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on November 10, 2011, 03:59 PM
Did as you said Vanessa, but the pic still won`t appear. Followed your instructions to the letter so think it doen`t like me some how!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 10, 2011, 05:19 PM
Hi Nan, what is your name on Flickr and which picure is it, I'll have a go at posting it for you.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on November 10, 2011, 06:51 PM
(http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/Street-Scenes/Burbank/i-FLrpTRm/0/L/FLICKR-L.jpg)

To copy & paste you just press the right mouse button and select copy while the cursor is hovering over the selected URL. (the blued link)
Then when on these pages you select the 3rd button which already places the cursor in the right place and you press the
right mouse button and select paste.  If I have missed anything, let me know.

 http://flic.kr/p/9eJaeG (http://flic.kr/p/9eJaeG)

To actually get the picture link and to display here on these pages, involved a few more steps.
You have to be on the "Photo / All sizes"  page for the "copy image location" to come up.
Get there by selecting "View in light box"  the + sign in a circle, then click view all sizes. Only then can you right-click on the picture to select copy image location!
All said and done, I think posting the URL  (Uniform Resource Locator ) should do it. I just wanted to explain that you can still put your picture on this board if you wanted to! It's quite an effort.





(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5012/5406194366_b100f91ac7_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on November 10, 2011, 07:15 PM
Tried that and just keep getting a red cross in the corner.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on November 10, 2011, 07:21 PM
Tried that and just keep getting a red cross in the corner.

Then let us know the flickr account as Vanessa suggested.
Where does the red x appear? here on these pages?
For an image to appear on these pages, the URL has to end .jpg    
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 10, 2011, 08:50 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6038/6332625046_d561740ae9_b.jpg)

Hows this.

What I did was go to view all sizes, right click on picture then click on properties, in the box that appears, copy the URL and then paste this as usual in your post.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on November 10, 2011, 11:32 PM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6214/6302280201_6a2fa2bae7_z.jpg)

Right Clicking for me on the picture doesn't show a 'properties'  selection.
Maybe it's an IE thing. I've checked and it is.
'ello 'Ev!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on November 10, 2011, 11:38 PM
I forgot to say that the photo I posted above was Nan's.  ;D

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on November 21, 2011, 11:54 PM
Hi Martin,

Your pictures have been great, bright and alive. What has happened to the 'stars' we can click onto, so that you can choose your best picture for the year please? ;     Danny)

I've just looked and the stars are still there, after "You may also like..." and just above Comments.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on December 05, 2011, 02:11 PM
Looks like they are queuing to travel It wont get in a plane or a coach seat ??? ??? Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on December 20, 2011, 11:17 PM
Ha Ha our caring council ,well if it effects their allowances  :-\
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on December 21, 2011, 02:55 AM
Interesting Magazine
Some really good photographs in there, especially the one showing  the market stalls and Pennines covered in snow.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 09, 2012, 01:02 AM
I suspect Chris's outfit is better managed.

Speedwell was going to be next to be hauled up before Ms Bell but they ceased trading a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on February 09, 2012, 09:47 AM
 ;D  I posted that link on my FB as soon as it appeared Bill  ;)

There is a new quality code that all the big bus companies have signed up to, in 2014 I think, all buses must be 4 years old or newer in Manchester, so Speedwell would of bit the dust then anyway. Should be quite interesting regarding the other bus company that is in Tameside, as at the moment all they get is cast off wrecks from other depots  :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 09, 2012, 05:20 PM
Anyone remember Stuarts' mobile sheds?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 09, 2012, 09:48 PM
Magic
Title: I bet you think I make these things up.
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 14, 2012, 11:16 PM
I'm almost inclined not to comment but...
For a few months before emigrating to Los Angeles I lived across the road from that MOT place.
Looking on Streetview the new owners went and added an extension. South St. In the row of houses that were in Audedshaw.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 15, 2012, 08:57 AM
South Street - the address given on the link by Bill is shown as Guide Bridge, and as far as I can recall from when I worked at Cornercroft (Northern) Ltd. in the then South St. aircraft factory from 1941 to 1947, it was in Guide Bridge.  I always thought Audenshaw ran between Guide Bridge and Openshaw!   ;) ;D ;D You had to get on a Guide Bridge bus to drop you off at the corner Pub opposite the Odeon, which I know is now long gone.
Perhaps things have changed now?   ???
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on February 15, 2012, 02:34 PM
Well St. Stephens is in Audenshaw. As an area it is a strange one, I know it wraps around the north of Ashton, I was born on Crowhill and my birth certificate say it is in the registration sub district of Audenshaw. I didn't know this until a friend, also born on Crowhill, tried to get his birth certificate, they told him they couldn't find it in Ashton, after some searching it appeared in Audenshaw, this was pre internet days.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 15, 2012, 04:06 PM
Deja vu once again, folks!! There was a discussion re-houses on South St 29/11/2009 ('Talking about Ashton' - topic Bridges), and it was established with the aid of maps Circa 1970, that the last few houses on the left-hand side of South St did indeed lie over the boundary in Audenshaw, because of the strange layout of the boundary, so twisty-turny in that area. Ian agreed at the time.   :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 15, 2012, 05:45 PM
Hi everyone - just been having another look at my "recommendation for employment" from my boss in January 1947 when I was leaving for Canada.   The address on the letterhead states:  CORNERCROFT (Northern) LTD. A subsidiary of Cornercroft Ltd. (formerly Northern Aircraft & Engineering Products Ltd.), Northern Works, Ashton-under-Lyne.  Registered Office:  Ace Works, Coventry.  Phone: Ashton 2806, Telegrams: Aerometal, Manchester.   

This aircraft factory came about when Cornercroft Ltd. in Coventry was completely bombed out during WWII and they transferred their operations and many senior staff to Northern Aircraft.   I know this for certain as my boss in 1941 was one of the senior people and boarded with my Grandma.   Eventually after the war, instead of being the Buyer, my boss became the Sales Manager and it was he who wrote my work recommendation as I was by then his secretary.   His name was W.M. (Bill) Gascoigne. 

Not that this personal information is probably of much interest to many of you, but I found the previous subject of 2009 Denise, and then just tried to get on South Street via Google Maps UK, and to get onto South Street itself, I had to type in "South Street, Audenshaw"....so I think perhaps over the years the boundary lines have definitely meandered a little.   ;D ;D
Oh, yes, and my Auntie Ethel and Uncle Len Leach lived at 3 Pelham Street at the time, and their address was Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England, even though we all referred to them as living in Guide Bridge!   
I think perhaps Ashton just loves keeping people on their toes re up-to-date addresses!   ;D
By the way, looking at that old factory building (which still seems to be in excellent shape) brought back a tremendous number of happy memories of working there, even if it was wartime.   After the War they switched to making sets of polished aluminium pans (note I spelled that your English way)   ;) and also made the first plastic egg cup sets of 4, in the colours of blue, green, red and yellow!   Exciting times then as I remember the first sets being brought into the office for inspection.  I think these new coloured plastics were in place of "bakelite"!  Now it seems everything is plastic!   ;D
By the way - I'm not disputing anyone's opinions of the address - just stating what I know.  Joyce
   
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 16, 2012, 12:08 PM
We had a paper carrier bag full of buttons the same colours.I think my brother still uses a handleless big pan made there.As Joyce knows, mi'mam worked there during and after the war.
Title: I'll reprise the South St map I did
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 16, 2012, 07:08 PM
Hi everyone - just been having another look at my "recommendation for employment" from my boss in January 1947 when I was leaving for Canada.   The address on the letterhead states:  CORNERCROFT (Northern) LTD. A subsidiary of Cornercroft Ltd. (formerly Northern Aircraft & Engineering Products Ltd.), Northern Works, Ashton-under-Lyne.  Registered Office:  Ace Works, Coventry.  Phone: Ashton 2806, Telegrams: Aerometal, Manchester.    

This aircraft factory came about when Cornercroft Ltd. in Coventry was completely bombed out during WWII and they transferred their operations and many senior staff to Northern Aircraft.   I know this for certain as my boss in 1941 was one of the senior people and boarded with my Grandma.   Eventually after the war, instead of being the Buyer, my boss became the Sales Manager and it was he who wrote my work recommendation as I was by then his secretary.   His name was W.M. (Bill) Gascoigne.  

Not that this personal information is probably of much interest to many of you, but I found the previous subject of 2009 Denise, and then just tried to get on South Street via Google Maps UK, and to get onto South Street itself, I had to type in "South Street, Audenshaw"....so I think perhaps over the years the boundary lines have definitely meandered a little.   ;D ;D
Oh, yes, and my Auntie Ethel and Uncle Len Leach lived at 3 Pelham Street at the time, and their address was Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England, even though we all referred to them as living in Guide Bridge!    
I think perhaps Ashton just loves keeping people on their toes re up-to-date addresses!   ;D
By the way, looking at that old factory building (which still seems to be in excellent shape) brought back a tremendous number of happy memories of working there, even if it was wartime.   After the War they switched to making sets of polished aluminium pans (note I spelled that your English way)   ;) and also made the first plastic egg cup sets of 4, in the colours of blue, green, red and yellow!   Exciting times then as I remember the first sets being brought into the office for inspection.  I think these new coloured plastics were in place of "bakelite"!  Now it seems everything is plastic!   ;D
By the way - I'm not disputing anyone's opinions of the address - just stating what I know.  Joyce
    

I lived for a few months in a house that was the group of houses in Audenshaw! opposite the Mill

(http://ashtonian.smugmug.com/Street-Scenes/Ashton-under-lyne/guide-bridge1/726983165_Ki5CD-XL.gif)


What Joyce made

http://is.gd/KjniCq (http://is.gd/KjniCq)


Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 17, 2012, 03:41 AM
Hi Ashtonian54 ... Sorry if I seemed to be contradicting you - I certainly wasn't disputing you or your living opposite the Mill in Audenshaw....just saying what was supposedly fact for us in the 1940's.   I also noticed on your map that the Mill had the word (Cotton) underneath it so it must be an earlier time.
I absolutely loved your link to the Cornercroft advertisement, and many thanks as it set off lots more great memories.   As Jaywit's Mum also worked there, so did my own Mum all during my own employment, and I wonder where exactly she worked Jaywit?  What did she do?   Mum was at one time on the top floor as a "tin basher" - smashing away with a special hammer at the roughly welded-together parts of cowlings, and at another time I found her clambering around high scaffolding so she could rivet parts in the ailerons.  (I've often since wondered how we ever won the Battle of Britain with what in those days now seems to be such simple methods of working...and so I say...well done ladies of those hard-working days, most of whom had never done anything more than clean their homes and raise their children at home.)   
For my first two weeks working there (in my very best dress, of course, because I was now a very grown up working girl at the age of 14!  :D) I sorted anodized and dyed rivets that had come out of the huge dying vats on the ground floor, which were opposite the "Stores" department.  The flagstone hallway that ran between them was the route we took to clock in and out as we started work and then left at night. 
I think in the past I've said what a great two-week starter course it was for me before going into the Buying Department Office.   That was on the same floor as the Planning and Drafting Dept., and where they made the Blueprints with its brilliant purple light that flashed and glared all over the immediate space it was in.   I also had the job in those first two weeks of putting felt strips that had been soaking in a tub of lanolin through a little hand wringer mounted over the barrel.  Absolutely great for the hands and then the felt strips (about 11"x2" each) were folded lengthwise and glued into brackets with what will forever remain in my sense of smell...."Bostik Glue".   It was bright yellow and woe betide any piece of clothing it dripped onto.   We female workers sat at long wooden tables that had long benches on both sides, and it was a wonderful time for me.   Then I was transferred into the office staff and my next 50 years of being a secretary began.  I went home and cried every night for two whole weeks because I was sure I would never get the hang of the difference between filing an incoming and an outgoing letter!!  :o  Dad said - "get used to it my girl - that's life!".  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 17, 2012, 08:52 PM
Ah! the stores.
I've mentioned this before here, In my first job I was sent to get a "long weight" from the stores. Off I went and the man told me to wait there which I did. Doh!

I think the Guide Bridge map I chose shows some property that may or may not belong to the mill which may explain the sudden change in boundary to include it and later the houses built there.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jayess on February 18, 2012, 01:47 AM
I was a foreman in a engineering workshop & the apprentice told me that the files were no good so I issued him with a order for three 12in Bastard & 3 Smooth files. Told him to take the order to the office & tell them they are urgent so they would get the driver to pick them up.  About a quarter of a hour later the girl from the office came to me & was she angry for the rude order note I had sent to the office & she tore the order up & stuffed in my coat pocket. So it was a trip to the office to get the boss to explain to her that it was a genuine order. A little later she came to me to apologise. --Jayess
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 18, 2012, 05:59 PM
For Joyce...


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1251-00/1297_zpsf3e8de10.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1251-00/1298_zpsd734a3ba.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 20, 2012, 04:37 PM
Pancakes tomorra.Spudhash Wednesday!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 20, 2012, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the photos Bill....In my days there used to be a greengrocers on a corner about halfway down on the same side as the Mill and I always bought one or two green apples because that's about all you could!   In my mind's eye I can still feel as I did when I walked down that street and turned in at the first main door where the office staff clocked into work and the "Big Boss" had his lovely suite on the ground floor.  It was very posh inside there.   The "works staff" went a little further along the building to near the end where there were big roll-up doors.   I even remember one of the ladies who worked in Personnel who was especially fond of wearing "Goray" skirts and cardigans and strode along as if we were late, and I was in complete awe of her great knowledge of office procedures!  Ha-ha!   So many lovely people I wanted to be "just like" and then ended up being just "me"!   I wanted to learn to type so that I could use lovely brilliant red L'onglex fingernail polish and have my fingers flash over the keyboard like lightning and feel ever so sophisticated and be just like my co-worker Dorothy Wagstaffe who was 5 yrs. older than myself!  And I did!!  Stayed in during my lunch hours and practiced because I couldn't afford to have lessons as I was paying one shilling a week to learn Pitman shorthand.   ;D ;D   Thanks again, Bill. 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 21, 2012, 02:25 AM
Bill's second picture on the far left shows one of the original 3 buildings on that corner you mention Joyce, Kelvin Street ( formerly Dean St West)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on February 22, 2012, 12:20 AM
Guide Bridge Mot Centre on Bill's second photo was featured on BBC2's 'The Fixer' this evening.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 29, 2012, 10:39 PM
Double gulp! (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108121/Fearless-adventurer-tackles-worlds-hardest-sea-cliff-climb-takes-time-at-500ft-admire-view.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on March 01, 2012, 12:06 AM

I couldn't read it, the first photo make me feel sick.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on March 20, 2012, 04:57 PM
So who will be the torch bearers? I saw on BBC last night that a 99 year old lady is a torch bearer...good for her !!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on March 20, 2012, 08:47 PM

Stamford Street's one way now, east to west and there's no direct route onto it, they'd be running into the traffic.  ;D ;D

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on March 21, 2012, 12:17 AM
You're right Vanessa.  The thinking behind my thought was that Stamford Street is a bit more spectator friendly than Park Parade.

Although I'm not a fan of the Olympics, I am a hypocrite and will be watching the torch travel through Ashton.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on March 21, 2012, 10:10 AM
I watched the torch on Oldham Road when it was the Commonwealth Games. there was a really sense of excitement that Afternoon. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on April 23, 2012, 09:24 AM
Double gulp and a hiccup! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDe-hXaOtrU)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on April 23, 2012, 04:02 PM

I feel sick

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: GayJ on April 23, 2012, 10:56 PM
OMG What a nutcase!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 30, 2012, 10:36 PM
A letter in one of today's on line papers....

"SIR – Flannels are the answer to the water shortage. As a child I was given a bowl of water, a piece of soap and a flannel, and told to “wash down as far as possible, up as far as possible, and then wash possible”."


Brilliant!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on May 07, 2012, 09:55 PM
Here's another keyboard tip which may be of use to expats who don't have a £ sign on their keyboards, if you hold down the Alt key and type 0163 on your numeric pad you get a £ sign, magic  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 08, 2012, 12:05 AM
I never achieved much with my Meccano set or my Bayko set (http://www.melright.com/bayko/), so I've always been envious of them wot build things.

Last night was no exception and some of the engineering in building the Shard (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-tallest-tower-building-the-shard) was mind blowing.

If them wot run the country were half as good as them wot build things, we'd be living in clover.

 I definitely missed my vocation. I love these shows about building.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on May 08, 2012, 10:56 PM
I watched a programme last night on BBC4 about how they built the Cathedrals, absolutely fascinating, non of your fancy equipment in those days.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 19, 2012, 05:58 PM
Blimey.

When did they have a tea break? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ViS-QEjYik)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: greeny on May 20, 2012, 02:04 PM
hi they could do with them building the metro link  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on May 20, 2012, 03:15 PM
The Metrolink is being built very swiftly and efficiently when you compare it with the complete Horlicks they've made of building half a tram line in Edinburgh!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 18, 2012, 08:18 AM
The lad at the Chinese chippy told me this (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9337990/Not-enough-hours-in-the-day-Scientists-predict-time-will-stop-completely.html) and he doesn't get paid anywhere near as much as the scientists who won't be around when they're proved wrong.

Anyone who buys those batteries off the market knows that time stops when you least expect it.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on June 18, 2012, 10:38 AM
So does that mean we will stay the same age and eventually stop growing older , problem with that is apparently everything will stop in its tracks , (with my luck I,ll be on the loo when time stops!!) :o
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 18, 2012, 10:53 AM
Think about your hubby Pamela, who's waiting with his legs crossed outside the door.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: pamela on June 18, 2012, 03:25 PM
He,ll have alooooong wait won't he !!!!! ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 19, 2012, 06:06 PM
The other half of the world and his budgie might want to come here if they see these. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161597/Magical-landscapes-mist-covered-hills-rocky-wildernesses-prove-island-really-special-place.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on June 19, 2012, 07:11 PM
Hi Bill I think you should delete them before every one sees them  Albert
P/S going to Buttermere on Thurs
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on June 19, 2012, 07:37 PM
I was gutted the other day, on my very early 236 dropping down Mottram , the who valley of Charlesworth to the right of Glossop was full of cloud, a glorious blue sky, with this one cloud settled in the valley, I wish I had stopped, got out of my bus and took the picture  :-[
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on June 19, 2012, 11:53 PM
These pix were taken recently around Medlock Vale, not sure what the heck they are, looks like a mass hatching of some sort of caterpillar  ???

Any budding naturalists out there with more details ?.
 
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/bug3.jpg)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/bug2.jpg)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/bug1.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on June 20, 2012, 01:42 AM
Hi
         Can any body see the girl in the bottom  photo  herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on June 20, 2012, 05:30 AM
Hi Bill, Thank you for sharing your pictures, we really enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jules2 on June 20, 2012, 08:21 AM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--y2nPMPE9ls/T-F173u5ztI/AAAAAAAAbJ8/IUYf9pJlKCI/s432/Photo0168.jpg)

Bill, after the other half of the world and his budgie have finished looking at yours they can then come at look at ours.  I took this photo with my phone last week when I was walking along the Esplanade in Glenelg, South Australia.  We get some fabulous sunsets here.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 20, 2012, 09:19 AM
Get the kettle on Jules, I've booked my flight :).
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jules2 on June 21, 2012, 02:53 PM
No worries Bill, I've popped it on but you might change your mind after looking at this photo.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-dw5maC3WHD0/T-LIUQbIo1I/AAAAAAAAbMo/SVXyLg5u1P0/s433/Photo0129.jpg)

This was taken in the middle of the afternoon, last winter, and that is the sun glowing through sea fog. It was very still and very eerie, all that was missing was the sound of  fog horns.

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jules2 on June 23, 2012, 09:03 AM
Hi Bill,  our sky looks pretty much the same as yours does at present.  We had the coldest day in 7 years, here in Adelaide, yesterday, the temperature didn't get past 10 degrees C, a little too chilly for me.

I thought you might like a little something to go with that cup of tea, anything here take your fancy.  A lovely little cake shop in Paris?
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6-rq2g1oqiI/T-Oyfwf9RaE/AAAAAAAAbM4/j_aEzMzZH5s/s287-c/FoodGloriousFood)



Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on June 23, 2012, 10:41 AM
I was on the Market a Heritage Fair rained of at 1pm. My daughter told me even there dog did not want to go out she stood at the door and looked and went back.Cakes look lovely could just eat a slice yum yum Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 26, 2012, 12:23 PM
Do you think it's to do with his Barnet? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/celebritynews/9356295/Prince-Azim-of-Brunei-throws-30th-party-for-A-list-ladies.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on June 26, 2012, 07:39 PM
..............and his Ferrero Rocher, obviously!!!   8)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on June 27, 2012, 04:05 AM
Hi
       Sexiest birds my eye you could of got seven better looking girls from Ashton   herby
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on June 29, 2012, 01:06 AM
Just the ticket. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2166028/Property-developer-spends-11-000-turning-double-decker-bus-new-home-priced-housing-market.html)
Great idea ! we're planning to do something similar when we retire  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 05, 2012, 10:08 PM
Well, that's us told then isn't it ? (http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/14130569/there-are-no-mermaids-us-government/)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jules2 on July 09, 2012, 10:30 AM
Hi Bill,  seems like you've been getting plenty of use out of your new brolly from what we are hearing about your 'Summer' here 'down under'.  We're having a spell of very cold nights in Adelaide, which means we're have lovely cool, sunny winter days.   Have you booked that ticket yet?  This may help you make up your mind, tonight's beautiful sunset.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Tqzx1_MEsHk/T_qgInMG8SI/AAAAAAAAbNY/DLqiHuDID_Q/s459/Photo0191.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 09, 2012, 10:13 PM
Some folk have way too much time on their hands. (http://andymurrayometer.com/#)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Nan on July 13, 2012, 01:47 PM
We`re off to Bridlington tomorrow for the week. Throw your brolly my way Bill Instead of getting your refund... lol
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Vanessa on July 13, 2012, 04:02 PM
My family were Quaker mariners in Bridlington Quay in the mid to late 1600's. Hope the weather picks up for you.

Vanessa
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Meg on July 13, 2012, 06:48 PM
Just reading about the cool wet days and back home in Warwickshire flood alerts . Here in Madrid we're sweltering in 36 degrees!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 22, 2012, 01:52 AM
£350 million is a lot of money.

Time to get out of this shambles? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9417845/British-taxpayers-to-pay-350-million-extra-to-EU.html)


Remind me, when is that referendum that everybody (apart from those on the gravy train) wants ?.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on August 07, 2012, 06:48 PM
Both the same person, Stuart is well know around public transport people  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 09, 2012, 08:31 PM
(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1458_zps08a9f5b6.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on August 09, 2012, 11:08 PM
Great pictures Bill. I wonder who the cheeky chappie was,who was having a pee through the the hole in the Lock Gates in picture 2  ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 10, 2012, 12:33 AM
Blimey Paul - Specsavers won't make much money out of you  :).  I noticed it on the picture below but missed it on the picture you mentioned.  The lad must have had a bit to drink as it was several minutes between pictures.

(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1466_zps006f2422.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 11, 2012, 08:46 PM
Wakes Holiday - to Marple and back

(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1468_zps42b9c54c.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1470_zps2d53a1d8.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1471_zpsfbbada6c.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1474_zps988024f4.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on August 11, 2012, 10:50 PM
I haven't done that since the early 1970's. Thanks for the pictures Bill
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 09, 2012, 11:01 AM
A stroll on a sunny day - Trough to Ashton


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1000-50/1028_zps99df58eb.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1000-50/1030_zps5203ad54.jpg)


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1000-50/1038_zps8477e414.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on September 13, 2012, 03:39 AM
The duck picture is precious Bill   "Got any food mister?"
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on September 18, 2012, 02:53 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashton_under_Hill

May visit it soon.Seems quite different than U Lyne
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on October 01, 2012, 12:23 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/10rs7ma.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on October 10, 2012, 06:36 PM
I stumbled across this (http://ashtonpals.webs.com/) today.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on October 15, 2012, 09:34 PM
Guess who won't be buying a poppy this year.

Our men at the top (again). (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9608493/MoD-lobbying-claims-The-muck-and-the-top-brass.html)

Looks like another gravy train has hit the buffers  ;)

Still won't stop me buying a Chinese made/Australian assembled (http://www.3news.co.nz/Foreign-poppies-to-invade-NZ/tabid/423/articleID/250670/Default.aspx) poppy next year  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jayess on October 16, 2012, 05:04 AM
Hi Bill --The postcard on the 2nd page of the Teritorials is one that I had & which was sent to my grandmother & I am the J.S.Adams (ence the Jayess) --I was named after him by his sister Ann.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on October 16, 2012, 08:31 PM
Watch out for the Chinese poppies Kiwi - once you've bought one you'll want another before you get home.

Hello Jayess.   I managed to find both of the postcards - the Southampton one and the Christmas one.  A lot of young lads who went well before their time.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on October 17, 2012, 07:50 PM
Hi Bill like you say a lot of young lads went before their time My uncle Ernest Bardsley
joined before he was old enough and was send home from France.As soon as he was
old enough he was back in the Army and was killed France
His photo with my other uncle Sam is in the book  Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on October 17, 2012, 09:31 PM
Hello Albert.

From Ashton to Deadwater Hill. (http://www.hantsphere.org.uk/asset_arena/image/500/hs/hl/hs-hl-hs6573-i-00-000.jpg)  Deadwater Hill is now Chalet Hill and I think this is it today. (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Chalet+Hill,+Bordon,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=51.111818,-0.862899&spn=0.00145,0.004128&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.988897,135.263672&oq=chalet+hill&t=h&hnear=Chalet+Hill,+Bordon,+United+Kingdom&z=19&layer=c&cbll=51.111721,-0.862659&panoid=APoJXP7wOWQZh40x0hCgMQ&cbp=12,149.98,,0,-12.75)

What are you rambling on about Bill?, I hear you ask.

Well, I looked at the picture of your uncles (http://ashtonpals.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=17656152) and the tent reminded me of a picture I have - this one. (http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1101-50/1111_zps26db6681.jpg)  On the back of the picture are the words "To Mam with love from Stan" and an address of 123 Harold Street, Grimsby.

It's a postcard and the photographer was R. G. Waller, Bordon, and Deadwater Hill was where he plied his trade.  Apparently, there was a military camp in Bordon during WW1 and it could be that that's where the photo was taken.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on October 17, 2012, 10:31 PM
Bordon Camp (https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=51.12224,-0.85979&z=16&t=h&hl=en) is still operational, home to the REME (Ruins Everything Mainly Engines)

a.k.a. Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on October 31, 2012, 11:02 PM
Well who wudda thunkit?? (http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/britain-urged-eat-more-nz-195404096.html;_ylt=Are.keoTFgAw207eAO0pNi9SK5NG;_ylu=X3oDMTN2amZoYTlkBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBQaG90byBOZXdzRlAEcGtnAzRjMDc1ODI4LWViNTUtM2RiMC1hOWE2LTlhM2FiYzljNjUyMgRwb3MDMQRzZWMDdG9wX3N0b3J5BHZlcgMwNDYwYWNjMC0yMzk1LTExZTItOTBkNy00NGU4ZmI5MTg0MjI-;_ylg=X3oDMTFpbDZ1ZjI2BGludGwDbnoEbGFuZwNlbi1uegRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3)

Sort of makes a nonsense of the 'Food Miles' argument  ???

Quote
Britons should be buying New Zealand lamb rather than their own homegrown product to combat global warming, according to United Nations scientists.

That is likely to please New Zealand farmers and go down poorly with their British counterparts, but neither will enjoy the advice that going vegetarian is better for the environment.

Better farming methods in New Zealand mean it is believed to be more efficient for it to be grown here and shipped around the world, rather than Britons eating their locally produce lambs.

"I don't think we'd be coming out in support of that measure, but we'd need to read the report before commenting on it," Britain's National Farmers Union representative Nathan Alleyne told the Daily Mail.

But scientists say growing food for food animals takes up far more land and emits more greenhouse gases than producing edible crops.

Last year New Zealand exported about $583 million worth of sheepmeat to Britain.

The advice against eating local sheepmeat coincided with a study by Britain's agriculture research organisation CGIAR.

It said food production, because of forest clearance, fertiliser production and transport, accounts for up to 29 per cent of man-made greenhouse gases, rather than the UN's estimate of 14 per cent.

However it does come from the UN and guess who's nose is third in line at that particular trough ?, yep, it's none other than NZ's very own Helen Clark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Clark), 20th most powerful woman in the world with a departmental budget of around $US 5M.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 10, 2012, 06:01 PM
A Stonehenge moment.


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1201-50/1211_zpsaabd0baa.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on November 10, 2012, 09:00 PM
A Stonehenge moment.


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1201-50/1211.jpg)

Crescent Road Congs?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 11, 2012, 01:49 AM
Hello Too shy.

Yes it is, although not knowing the area too well I've had  to google it (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=ol6&hl=en&ll=53.479748,-2.088926&spn=0.001263,0.002621&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=54.137829,85.869141&t=h&hnear=Ashton-under-Lyne+OL6,+United+Kingdom&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.479796,-2.088975&panoid=gGu9MAWrHTcUgu2SPCUgYg&cbp=12,234.77,,0,-9.03) to find out.

I was on my way back from Morrisons and reckon that five minutes earlier or later I wouldn't have got the picture.  The sun was shining straight through the back window and out of the front.

As with the war memorial picture, I was lucky that the sun was in the right place at the right time.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on November 11, 2012, 03:24 PM
Hi Bill when the hill gets to much  walking up to the top of Crescent rd you could walk up Hall Green rd to the cemetery
 to Prospect rd  then turn right onto Harold drive and turn Left there is a foot path and half way a long a gate to Morrison car park
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 11, 2012, 05:59 PM
Thanks Albert but I need to keep doing it to keep my idleness at bay.

I reckon that when I can't, it'll be an idea to turn up Hall Green Road to you know where and reserve a spot ;).
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on November 11, 2012, 06:02 PM
Hello Too shy.

Yes it is, although not knowing the area too well I've had  to google it (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=ol6&hl=en&ll=53.479748,-2.088926&spn=0.001263,0.002621&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=54.137829,85.869141&t=h&hnear=Ashton-under-Lyne+OL6,+United+Kingdom&z=19&layer=c&cbll=53.479796,-2.088975&panoid=gGu9MAWrHTcUgu2SPCUgYg&cbp=12,234.77,,0,-9.03) to find out.

I was on my way back from Morrisons and reckon that five minutes earlier or later I wouldn't have got the picture.  The sun was shining straight through the back window and out of the front.

As with the war memorial picture, I was lucky that the sun was in the right place at the right time.

Nice photos, Bill. At first, I was also drawn to thinking that this could have been Oxford Road Baptist Church then opted for the Congs. The chimney pot on the left of the picture is perhaps the giveaway as it is probably the presbytery at St Marys on Zetland Street. There can't be two churches any closer together in our area than these two as the Congs back on to Zetland Street - you could practically roll out of one door and in through the other. This isn't the original Congregationalist church on this site as the old church was much larger and could accomodate a "cast of thousands". Sad to see it go, really, as I spent many happy times there and made some lasting friendships. All that's been retained are the old Sunday School buildings which have metamorphisised into the new(er) church.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on November 11, 2012, 11:05 PM
Hi Bill that good thinking Ive all ready booked my spot and so have a few others
I blame you for my putting weight on with Morrisons apple pies Albert only kidding
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 11, 2012, 11:59 PM
(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1201-50/1215_zps9f2dab90.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Albert on November 12, 2012, 02:17 PM
 Hi Bill I resisted the temptation this morning and I cut mine into five  Albert
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 13, 2012, 12:58 AM
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/Dogsbreath_2009/Forgery-Mi-344-characteristics-1_zp.jpg)

Imitation is the greatest form of philately.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 24, 2012, 11:50 AM
Appalling. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ukip-fury-after-foster-children-removed-from-family-who-are-party-members-8348028.html)

But at least I've learnt what berufsverbot means.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on November 24, 2012, 03:57 PM
It's amazing how far these social workers can go.One has to be naive to believe that politics doesn't come into play with decisions  being made.
Initially in the hiring of staff and advancement,then that's when things get out of hand.Local politics is a seething can of worms which needs addressing.This is called democracy,how ever it has been known to be abused by vote buying or whatever you want to call it.

ps. even with my vivid imagination I can't get the meaning of berufsverbot.
Is it just me?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on November 25, 2012, 01:39 AM
It's amazing how far these social workers can go.One has to be naive to believe that politics doesn't come into play with decisions  being made.
Initially in the hiring of staff and advancement,then that's when things get out of hand.Local politics is a seething can of worms which needs addressing.This is called democracy,how ever it has been known to be abused by vote buying or whatever you want to call it.

ps. even with my vivid imagination I can't get the meaning of berufsverbot.
Is it just me?

I'm not clear what your point is here, jaywit, although it is clearly a moan about something. Would you care to elaborate.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on November 26, 2012, 02:26 PM
nuff said!!!!

[/quote]http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/category/joyce-thackers-covers-arse-while-kids-get-abused-in-rotherham/
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on November 26, 2012, 02:40 PM
And on a lighter note
http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.ca/2012/11/constitutional-crisis-in-spain-pro.html
Is the ballot box better than riots?  If this is the fore runner for future elections VanRompey look out!
pinkslips just around the corner
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on November 27, 2012, 12:54 AM
Appalling. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ukip-fury-after-foster-children-removed-from-family-who-are-party-members-8348028.html)

But at least I've learnt what berufsverbot means.

The worrying thing for me here is not that there is criticism of local authorities and their staff (twas ever thus) but more particularly that UKIP are coming out of this as having their reputation tarnished. I had the misfortune to listen to a radio programme about 6/7 weeks back and the guest who was being interviewed was Paul Nuttall, the deputy leader of the party. His responses to the questions were amazing - he knew absolutely nothing, seemed to be "making up" most of his answers and was one of the most shallow and unconvincing politicians (he is an MEP) that I have heard in recent times. By comparison, Nigel Farage seems to know his stuff (whether you want to allow yourself to be taken in by it is another matter). To be honest, Mr Nuttall sounded to be a thick, ill-educated scouser but (surprise, surprise) he has a number of university degrees and has taught at university level. Apparently, he has something of a bad reputation even within his own party where he is seen as a scheming bully. Food for thought?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on November 27, 2012, 03:49 AM
It sounds very much like the Social Work department didn't know the difference between UKIP and the BNP.  ::)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on November 27, 2012, 08:19 AM
Hello Too shy.

I doubt if any political party has a monopoly on idiots (even in high places).  However, having voted for all three main parties over the years, my next cross will be for UKIP, mainly because of their opposition to the European Union as it now is and to the uncontrolled immigration of recent years.  Both these important issues have been swept under the carpet by the three main parties, despite polls indicating that many people would like a grown up debate on them.  So much for democracy.

There have been several comments about the timing of the Rotherham fostering case, so close to the by-election, conveniently forgetting of course that it was the antics of this greedy bugger (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20178332) that brought about the by-election in the first place.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: chrisandangie on November 29, 2012, 09:28 AM
A deputy for UKIP has opened a whole new can of worms this week, in the Metro the other day, he stated that adoption to gay couples is tantamount to child abuse. To see two people of the same sex kissing constantly will harm the development of the child. Did the Nazi party start off like this ?  they won't be getting my vote !
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on November 30, 2012, 02:05 PM
My neighbour across the road must qualify
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on December 22, 2012, 10:16 PM
Gulp! (http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/546533_368707213226235_1073071423_n.jpg)

Photoshop?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on December 27, 2012, 04:25 PM
(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1451-00/1498_zpsb224c3a1.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 27, 2012, 04:56 PM
And the bats brought up the rear, Bill!!! Hahaha!    Denise
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Denise on December 27, 2012, 07:49 PM
Well, I declare!!      Denise  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 09, 2013, 08:54 PM
I'm currently sorting out a lot of old files, many of which are duplicated in different places.  If it's of interest to anyone, this free programme (http://winmerge.org/) seems very useful (so far).

I also have the same complaint.Dupliphobia and at certain times(Tripliphobia)
I tend to be a belt and braces man.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 09, 2013, 09:30 PM
I have just told the boss the extra battery and charger, and 32gb memory card (all bought extra for my PJ10)

Sony must be slipping.My extra battery for the video won't fit later models(cost $100)
I have had my last Sony purchase no matter how ground breaking it may seem.
As for Anadin,We (family) were weaned on codeine,(courtesy  of Kerfoots)

I tend to class myself as reasonably normal,however, at times I could start an argument in church.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on January 29, 2013, 10:54 AM
Blimey, there's a surprise. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9831912/I-feel-like-a-stranger-where-I-live.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on January 29, 2013, 04:24 PM
Suprise???
Not to me and certainly not Enoch.(Visionary,Missionary)????
Don't know who Ramsbottom was,but in the song"Ramsbottom,Enoch and Me"
https://www.google.ca/search?q=happydrome+bbc&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on January 30, 2013, 01:11 AM


Meanwhile his Tonyness hits rock bottom and starts digging.  ::) (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9834609/Tony-Blair-given-award-for-helping-Poles-come-to-the-UK.html)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 04, 2013, 03:38 PM
Wow! (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02470/travel-photographe_2470178k.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 04, 2013, 03:57 PM
You're exactly right, Bill......WOW, it is!   ;D  How beautiful...I'm assuming those are fields of poppies?   Lovely....  Joyce
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 05, 2013, 03:11 PM
Wow! (http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02470/travel-photographe_2470178k.jpg)

My "Wow" moment. Video of a moon eclipse(30 minutes) and a Jet(about a 1/5 of the screen) just left Toronto on the full frame moon halfway through the eclipse
It was my sons camera and the tepe got written over.
Really must learn to take the time and think!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on February 07, 2013, 05:49 PM
I hope that Herby is well and out of hospital. I am sure that he would have some comments to share in regards to the Sand Stone, Stone building on Wharf St (Photo Blog) I seem to remember some years back that he told us he used to take his mum sandstone from that very same building.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 08, 2013, 12:32 AM
I hope that Herby is well and out of hospital. I am sure that he would have some comments to share in regards to the Sand Stone, Stone building on Wharf St (Photo Blog) I seem to remember some years back that he told us he used to take his mum sandstone from that very same building.

No wonder it's so small now.
(http://www.ashton-under-lyne.com/blogimages/aul1258bls.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 08, 2013, 02:00 AM
How about the Donkey Stone mine behind Harthead Pike!!!
Any input anyone?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on February 08, 2013, 02:22 AM
 :) :) ;) ;) Good man Martin! Thanks
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 08, 2013, 09:43 AM
How about the Donkey Stone mine behind Harthead Pike!!!

The donkeys have eaten them all.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on February 08, 2013, 08:55 PM
Hi Danny
                    I'm out already I had cancer of the bladder last year this one was just to investigate two suspicious lumps they found on the three monthly inspection. I have to go back in a fortnight to see the result. If it's cancer I'll have to have the chemo again.         

    I rememrber the donkey stone place on the bottom road We used to get our salt from there a big block about two foot long and eight inches square It was my job to rub it down with the grater and put it in the salt pot.                                                                                            herby   
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 09, 2013, 11:46 AM
Herby hope every think goes ok Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 10, 2013, 06:30 PM
Hi Herby....I do hope everything turns out A-OK for you when you get the results.  Good luck and all my very best wishes for you...Joyce   :D :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 11, 2013, 01:50 PM
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with pie. (http://bestporkpie.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on February 11, 2013, 03:13 PM
I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with pie. (http://bestporkpie.co.uk/)

Been there. Eaten the pies. Liked their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BradleysBakery

(If you are lucky enough to time it right, the pies that have just come out of the oven are a foretaste of heaven!)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on February 11, 2013, 03:38 PM
oh give over im slavering allover my keyboard cheers kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on February 11, 2013, 05:06 PM
The pies look delicious Bill, I think they will taste even better!  :D :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Assheton on February 11, 2013, 05:09 PM
Always stock up with their pies when I'm in Ashton!!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 12, 2013, 01:56 AM
On our recent visit your side of the pond, we had dinner at the Broadoak,I had Black Pudding and Beef pie,Chips and Peas.It was sooo good I went into the kitchen to ask about the pie.
Seems Bradleys supply them," foretaste of heaven" seems an apt observation Martin!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on February 12, 2013, 02:41 AM
We're not exactly starving down here in Kiwi-land this place (http://www.westmerebutchery.co.nz/english-butcher.html) makes fairly edible rat coffins  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on February 15, 2013, 06:14 AM
Food for thought. (http://tullettprebonresearch.com/2013/02/14/the-menace-of-the-vampire-squid/)


So true Bil
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 16, 2013, 02:55 PM
Without the EU Brussels would be Moss Side. (apologies to GayJ)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: GayJ on February 17, 2013, 12:31 AM
Brussels in the 40s and 50s was much nicer than dirty and drab Ashton!!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 17, 2013, 02:55 PM
Brussels in the 40s and 50s was much nicer so was Ashton!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: GayJ on February 17, 2013, 04:03 PM
When my mum first came over, she was so shocked at how dirty Ashton was, with all the buildings blackened by soot and how difficult it was to keep anything clean.  Believe it or not there was more rationing in Britain than there was in Brussels. Everything then was spotlessly clean and no litter in Brussels where we lived.  I was born here, but mum was so homesick we went back to Belgium when I was four months old.  It didn't help that my dad's family (who were Protestants from Armagh) living on Katherine Street, were vile to my mum, because she was a foreigner and also a Catholic. No, Ashton was not a nice place for my mum.

We had to come back when my gran's house in Brussels became rather too crowded after my brother was born and my dad promised things would be much better because he had managed to get a new house on the Crowhill estate.  And, of course, my brother and I were bullied when we were little (Ewww! you don't have oil on your salads and garlic!!!) Yuk!!

Checked out Bill's video, which made me very sad, my mum was born in what is now a Moroccan Islamist Ghetto at Moulenbeek, St Jean.  They moved to where my mum grew up in the 1930s.  I keep promising myself that eventually I will go back to research my family history, but that little video has really put me off.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on February 17, 2013, 05:13 PM
Well there is one thing I won't bully you about Garlic love the taste of it. Been to Bruge and Brussels enjoyed myself there . My Mum was  from Newcastle on Tyne and came here to live just after the War as my Dad was from Ashton and jobs were more available. Newcastle was like a 2nd home when we were growing up and I still enjoy visiting my family up there. But my Mum never realy settled in Ashton. My eldest brother was born in Newcastle and as never been back since 1959 when he came here he was about 16 and loves Ashton. Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 17, 2013, 07:16 PM
I hope the video hasn't put you off visiting where you grew up Gay, I'm sure there must be lots of happy memories lurking in those streets and buildings.

On the subject of the Ashton of old, it was a dirty old town and I'm not surprised your mum was shocked.  It takes a brave person to uproot from their friends and family and emigrate and I admire those that do it.  Not that I'm advocating the resettlement of half the world and its budgie to these shores.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on February 17, 2013, 08:57 PM

Checked out Bill's video, which made me very sad, my mum was born in what is now a Moroccan Islamist Ghetto at Moulenbeek, St Jean.  They moved to where my mum grew up in the 1930s.  I keep promising myself that eventually I will go back to research my family history, but that little video has really put me off.

I don't want to convert Gay's reference to "a Moroccan Islamist ghetto" in Belgium to anything resembling a racist reference but it immediately reminded me of my recent trip down to "The Smoke". I was there, primarily, to seek out some family history research information from my wife's paternal side (sadly, very little gained in that quarter) and also to transport grandaughter number one down to St James' Palace for her to be presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. While they were cozying up to the Royals, I took time out to leapfrog about on the underground (Piccaddilly Line, Victoria, then the District Line) and out to Whitechapel. I wanted to get the feel of the old East End and especially the neighbourhood where Jack the Ripper did his evil deeds. Turn left out of the front door, with the (very Victorian) London Hospital directly opposite, took me onto the Whitechapel Road. I was immediately engulfed by a sprawling street market selling mostly fruit and veg, but lots of other stall as well. Noticeably, the traders and customers were all from the sub-continent and the language from the traders (very loud indeed) was certainly not English. With not a "Yes, we have no bananas" within earshot, I pressed on through the crowds and safely came out the other end. Now I was entering another world where practically every shop had a proprietor from the sub-continent - grocers' shops, coffee shops, kebabshops, telephone shops, saree shops, the list was endless. The odd exception was a solicitor's office or a small branch of a high street bank but, almost totally, I could have been on any busy shopping street in Lahore, Karachi or Lucknow. Something to remind me that I was still in London was me stumbling across "The Blind Beggar" public house, where Ronnie Kray got rid of George Cornell (through a bullet in the head I believe). By now, I was conscious of one thing, I had hardly passed more than three white faces in my casual stroll through a part of London's more colourful history. My best tack was to keep my head down and not make eye contact. I don't mind admitting that the experience was now starting to get a bit creepy as the feeling of being a stranger in my own country was starting to bother me. I quickly reversed my steps as I headed for the undergound and the comfort of another trip into the City. Call me a "scaredycat" and I wouldn't disagree with you. England is certainly changing.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: GayJ on February 17, 2013, 11:36 PM
Wow! Too shy,

Notice I said Islamist not Islamic.  I have Islamic cousins and great great grandfather who was a Stalybridge Mayor converted to Islam in the 1890s and moved to Manchester to lead the Moslem community there.

Actually my feelings rather echo Too Shy's.  I have only been back to Belgium twice since I was 15 and although I have a working knowledge of French (enough to get by).  I am getting on a bit and a little nervous of travelling on my own unless on an organised trip.  I have been trying to pluck up the courage, but this has really put me off.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on February 18, 2013, 01:49 AM
My Mum was  from Newcastle on Tyne and came here to live just after the War as my Dad was from Ashton and jobs were more available. Newcastle was like a 2nd home when we were growing up and I still enjoy visiting my family up there. But my Mum never realy settled in Ashton. My eldest brother was born in Newcastle and as never been back since 1959 when he came here he was about 16 and loves Ashton. Fudge

Your mother's travel route was perhaps something similar to my mother's, Fudge. She left her native County Durham in the late 1930s to take up a cook's job at the old Ashton Infirmary, as it then was. No jobs for girls and women if you lived in a pit village in that era. The only option was to go into service, which my mother did, straight from school as a fourteen year old girl. She left the pit village to go to the "bright lights" of the city of Durham where she became a live-in "dogsbody" for a doctor and his wife where she was expected to cook, clean and anything else they could squeeze out of her and only going home about once a month. From her narrative, she was clearly unhappy there and the doctor's wife seems to have been a bit of a witch to her. Still in her teens, she eventually followed one of her younger sisters to work at the hospital in Ashton, met my father and made her home this side of the Pennines. After that, she only visited her native North East on rare occasions but she remained proud of her roots. I have traced her family's history back over two hundred years and they were all coal miners and their story is littered with tragedy, hardship and with little reward.  Despite this background and her own ill health, my mother was content with her lot and was more than happy to have made her home in this part of the North West.

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 18, 2013, 02:49 PM
Sounds like the makings of a Caterine Cookson novel
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: jaywit on February 18, 2013, 02:51 PM
Not heard a muff from Pam lately?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on February 18, 2013, 06:05 PM
Hello Jaywit..........Heard from Pam some weeks back. They are back living in England in the Bournemouth area. I should imagine that she is trying to get settled in.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on February 28, 2013, 09:58 AM
My downloads are a bit sluggish this morning.

Worth a look. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/diagnostics)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on March 01, 2013, 09:49 PM
2688 kb/s Not bad for @rse end of the far side of the black stump  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on March 01, 2013, 11:48 PM
7014 kb not bad at all.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on March 06, 2013, 11:46 PM
It seems that the thought police have hacked into the board.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on March 07, 2013, 12:00 AM
If we people want to air topics on here that are going to cause upset to other people then I might as well close the board down. I thought we had agreed to keep away from things like that?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on March 07, 2013, 12:17 AM
Hello Martin.

I didn't know I'd caused any upset to anyone and certainly not to anyone who uses this board.

My original post, linked to an article in the Telegraph, was intended to be ironic and to highlight the hypocrisy of a political party that has used the word I used to stifle any debate on a very important topic of concern to an increasing number of our population.  As the Labour party is now admitting, we can't afford to sweep the issue under the carpet any longer.

The people who run our lives, from politicians via NHS bosses through to bankers, should have the light shone on them now and again and it's boards like this that give us mere mortals a chance to see what's going on.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on March 07, 2013, 03:18 AM
Back on topic, Stuff you couldn't make up if you tried (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/442888/20130306/lion-mauls-woman-death-zimbabwe-having-sex.htm)  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on March 07, 2013, 09:18 AM
Deer me. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/9913182/Eat-venison-to-save-Britains-countryside.html)  Just as I'd got a taste for Dobbin.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on March 07, 2013, 09:53 AM
Nowt wrong with a Bambi Burger, it's up there with crocodile and emu on my menu  ;)
Title: Racist Stuff 2
Post by: Kiwi on March 14, 2013, 11:56 PM
You can take the man out of the 'stan' but ........... (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21783467)

In a statement, the Labour Party said it "deplores and does not tolerate any sort of racism or anti-Semitism".

"We will be seeking to clarify these remarks as soon as possible," the statement added.

Makes you wonder how much seeking to clarify these remarks would have been done by the Labour Party had he not been one of their figurehead ethnic minority figures.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on April 01, 2013, 10:25 AM
Hi All. I find nothing wrong with good healthy debate, irrespective of the topic. If we are not allowed to broach a subject for fear of upsetting someone, why have a forum at all?  As long as it is not personal, I do not see a problem. If I call Tony Blair a liar, which he is, must I not say it because his wife might be upset? where do we draw the line? there is way to much PC in the world and it is killing good debate. I am, and will always be, most decidedly, very unPC.  NO ORWELLIAN STUPIDITY IN MY LIFETIME.

Just a thought........... (are thoughts still allowed?)

Daftjack.

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 01, 2013, 12:40 PM
If we are not allowed to broach a subject for fear of upsetting someone, why have a forum at all?

A good point Jack. I am very seriously thinking about ending the forum. A valued member of the forum left because of one of the posts that I removed. I have no wish to be a censor. Neither do I wish to pay my money to host a forum where people offend each other. It's an impossible position to be in. The number of regular users has gone down over the years as people find things such as Facebook more easily accessible, so there is increasingly less point in this forum's existence. I don't need the hassle.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: daftjack on April 01, 2013, 01:07 PM
Hi Martin, I would be extremely upset if you were to close the forum, you do a fantatic job. As you well know, I have been a member of this forum for a long time, as well as being one of it's more 'outspoken' contributers. I have upset people on here more than once, but, as with most civilised people, If I go to far, I apologise. We are bound to get 'heated' sometimes, that is what makes the forum so good, we can exchange opinion's without going overboard, and as i said, if we do, we apologise. I believe that no subject should be taboo, if one has an opinion one should be allowed to express it, as long as it is not on a personal level. This is the only forum I belong to, I am not on facebook, nor twitter, nor any other of the 'social' websites. This forum, for me, is THE BEST, and it is the people who frequent it, (plus yourself of course) who make it so. I look forward to many more controversies on this site, for many years to come.

Just a thought........

Daftjack.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 01, 2013, 05:56 PM
Thanks for that comment, Jack. I was looking for the "Like" button to click.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: sooty on April 01, 2013, 08:46 PM
Please do,nt do it Martin,i would miss this site,it,s my only way of getting news about ashton,hope you will think before you decidebut whatever you decide thanks for all the hard work you have put in over the years
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on April 01, 2013, 10:11 PM
I am very seriously thinking about ending the forum. A valued member of the forum left because of one of the posts that I removed. I have no wish to be a censor. Neither do I wish to pay my money to host a forum where people offend each other. It's an impossible position to be in. The number of regular users has gone down over the years as people find things such as Facebook more easily accessible, so there is increasingly less point in this forum's existence. I don't need the hassle.

Are you able to enlighten us, Martin? Has something passed us by and we just haven't seen it?
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 01, 2013, 11:42 PM
Are you able to enlighten us, Martin? Has something passed us by and we just haven't seen it?

No and yes.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on April 02, 2013, 03:08 AM
Hi Martin, I think I speak for a lot of the regular posters on this forum when I say that it would be sorely missed as quite simply it is one of the best forums of its type in cyberspace. I admire your style of moderation and appreciate your efforts in keeping the board going in the face of numerous technical issues in the past. As with all types of groups there are always going to be those that have differing views and opinions but most people on the board are mature enough to understand that we're all different and get on with life, as they say,  you can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs. As Jack has mentioned there are some posters with strong opinions on certain subjects but I don't think that this particular forum is the place for raising those types of issues as there are plenty of other discussion groups which deal with hot potatoes such as race, welfare and immigration for example.
I've always appreciated the friendly feeling that this board engenders and would hate to see its demise, as I've probably mentioned before if there is a financial issue I know many posters including myself would be more than happy to contribute with no strings such as a sense of ownership attached, after all it is your train set, I'd like to see this board still around in 20 years time when Facebook is just a memory.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on April 02, 2013, 03:15 AM
Martin....Having just now read the horrifying idea that recent events (and "someone") have you thinking of closing down this forum because of some controversial opinions that I must have missed (and, therefore, don't know who could have caused you to formulate such an idea in the first place), I think there would be a truly huge sigh of tremendous sadness by many wonderful people if this Discussion Board was to be closed down.   If you feel it has all become too much for you to cope with, then I thank you now for having made this the best place to feel we still "belong" to our birth place and are proud to know the people who post on here.  The people who've made us laugh when we were feeling down, and the people who've shown us what we now cannot see for ourselves through photos and videos.  I've spoken to friends and relatives who can't possibly know how much it means to know that our "roots" still exist. 
We all know how hard you've worked to keep this great place open to so many people who rely on it for "news" - of current local happenings (e.g. through tremendous videos and references to new things),  catching up with the past, and as in my own recent case - truly important personal and family information I have not been able to previously find.   I guess I'm just one of those "oldies" who sometimes don't post because of either being unable to comment because the topic is something I don't know very much about (current people and places), or because although I read most things, I sometimes don't feel so hot healthwise.  However, had it not been for information I gleaned from the wonderful and helpful people who still post and have been so very kind and helpful, I'm filled with sadness that perhaps other people in the future wouldn't find parts of their family lives, etc.  they've wondered about for many years, and it could all disappear because some people like to raise the hackles of others so they can be "informed".     
I don't belong to any of the newer "social networks"  (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and have no desire to be in the future, and so I suppose in a purely selfish way I hope this Board continues for a very, very long time Martin.   If you decide otherwise and it disappears, then please know in advance I for one will feel as though another part of my life will have been "demolished" like so many things that have disappeared from my life.   If this happens, then "thank you" in advance Martin for all your hard work and also to the people I've come to think of as friends over the years on here,  but I don't think you can ever realize how much it will be missed.  I hope some way can be thought of to avoid this potentially disastrous decision to close it down.   :'( :'(
Joyce in Canada.
 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on April 02, 2013, 03:45 AM
.......I've just had a thought which arose from remembering my own version of "Ashton in the old days"!   ;D
Perhaps some of you really old "oldies" (like myself) can remember the Sunday night "Soap Box Orators" who brought their often controversial subjects to life on the corner of the outside market space near the Inside Market entrance (just opposite the Town Hall)?    We'd be walking across to catch the tram (or eventually the bus) to go home from Grandma's, and I can still remember asking Dad what it was all about.  His reply was quite often something like,  "Oh, someone (I won't repeat his exact words because Dad could be very descriptive) who wants to try and influence people on something which they feel needs to be aired, and this is the only place they can do this without causing a riot"!    I didn't really understand then being so young, because I was only about 6 or 7 and it was in the early 30's, but tonight I wonder if the person/people who like to get into these debates knowing full well they will raise hackles, as has apparently happened on this forum, maybe they should go back to the "good old days" and set up their own soap boxes and leave the gentler issues of our lives to places like Ashton Forum?    ;D :D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on April 02, 2013, 04:21 AM
Hi Martin,

I ditto every single word that Joyce has just written. I did not know or must have missed what ever has upset some of our friends. I would really miss this site if you decide to remove it. I would also at this time like to Thank You for all the time and trouble you have put in and pulled the site back to when there has been glitches!! Over the years there have been ups and downs, all seemed to sort themselves out. I do hope that it wont come to you taking this site away, it has brought so much pleasure over the years. Have made so many friends. Please reconsider your thoughts and lets see if who ever has become upset or said something out of place can weather the storm and sort things out. Danny
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on April 02, 2013, 04:39 AM
i will second the post from joyce and danny i also dont know how this all came about but hope it gets settled without having to close this forum.but at the same time if its getting too much after all your hard work the i can understand how you must feel. all the best cheers kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on April 02, 2013, 04:58 AM
Hi Martin, I think I speak for a lot of the regular posters on this forum when I say that it would be sorely missed as quite simply it is one of the best forums of its type in cyberspace. I admire your style of moderation and appreciate your efforts in keeping the board going in the face of numerous technical issues in the past. As with all types of groups there are always going to be those that have differing views and opinions but most people on the board are mature enough to understand that we're all different and get on with life, as they say,  you can't make an omelette without cracking a few eggs. As Jack has mentioned there are some posters with strong opinions on certain subjects but I don't think that this particular forum is the place for raising those types of issues as there are plenty of other discussion groups which deal with hot potatoes such as race, welfare and immigration for example.
I've always appreciated the friendly feeling that this board engenders and would hate to see its demise, as I've probably mentioned before if there is a financial issue I know many posters including myself would be more than happy to contribute with no strings such as a sense of ownership attached, after all it is your train set, I'd like to see this board still around in 20 years time when Facebook is just a memory.


Here, here.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Jayess on April 02, 2013, 10:18 AM
Joyce-- I had forgot those market gatherings where the soap boxes were always there on a Sunday & a Policeman would be walking around --just in case someone got to energetic with the fists. One of those who used to stand on his specially made soapbox I met later in life at the place where I worked. I had often thought his face was familiar but could not place him until one day at work he approached me for swearing at another person ( although it was in fun) & tried to give me a bible to read. I swore at him & he never came near me again. -- Jayess
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on April 02, 2013, 11:16 AM
I think everyone as said what a sad day indeed it would be if the Forum were to close,and i also share that opinion. It would be like losing a close and valued friend.The contributions from the members about Ashton from a bygone era,while i was just a twinkle in my dads eye would be greatly missed,as would the fantastic videos and pictures we get from Vanessa,Chris,and Bill. It must be a Dilemma for Martin whose hard work is made even harder, having to monitor the boards and remove inappropiate postings.

Talking of contributions,Martin would it be possible to have a donations button installed on the site, that members could press to make contributions,to assist in the running of the Forum. I know on other sites what you can use for free,the owners of the websites have these donation buttons for people to use. To steal a phrase from Daftjack. " just a thought "

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on April 02, 2013, 11:47 AM
You can't have freedom without responsibility.

I am, like probably everyone else here, in favour of "freedom of speech". However, there can be no such thing as absolute freedom of speech because that doesn't take into account other people's freedoms from being abused, hurt or offended.

Where is the line drawn? What offends one person does not offend another. You can't ban anything that could possibly cause any smidgeon of offence otherwise we would never be able to say anything. Yet it must be obvious that some things are too offensive for almost everyone.

A balance must be drawn and we have to accept a certain amount of compromise in our "freedoms" in order to safeguard other people's "rights".

I have always tried to employ a very light touch in terms of moderating the board but, as Kiwi says (although I don't like to think of it in such terms) it is my train set so, if you want to play with it, you will have to humour me and play by my rules.

There are plenty of other places out there where politics, race, religion and other potentially contentious subjects can be debated and where there are people who are only to glad to get into a bunfight with you. I have asked you to try to avoid getting into arguments with each other on such topics and I am grateful that for the most part you have all been observing that.

There was no big "incident" that you missed. I am not going to give any names. Someone posted a link to a news story. Nothing wrong with that, perhaps, as it was generally available anyway. However, that led to another person responding in a manner that could have been seen as provocative. A third person, who would fit Joyce's description of "helpful", immediately replied along the lines of "That's it - I'm going."

Not wanting it to turn into another Big Scene I deleted all three messages. It seemed to be the least bad option. It was all over in a short time and, if someone hadn't mentioned "internet police", most of you would have been unaware that anything had happened although you may eventually have wondered why someone had disappeared.

What do I do? There is no one simple answer. Whatever I do is going to irritate someone. I just have to ask you to accept whatever decisions I make, even if you don't like them. If you don't like that, then other forums are also available.

Thank you for your supportive comments. No, I don't want any financial contribution. My time is worth more to me than my money so let's leave it at that.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on April 02, 2013, 09:17 PM
Hi All I have been of the sight for a few days as my computer as been down. It as just been fixed this evening and I have missed you all hope it continues as I would be lost Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Fudge on May 19, 2013, 07:02 PM
Been off again a month so glad to be back on line Fudge
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 19, 2013, 11:45 PM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on May 20, 2013, 12:12 AM
Sorry Bill, that one when straight over my head, gizz a clue  ;)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 20, 2013, 12:17 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on May 20, 2013, 09:49 AM
Nope, got me there, something deep and personal that relates to a previous post ?.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 20, 2013, 10:38 AM
Into a tangled web we fall,
When we photograph a wall. (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Battle,+East+Sussex,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=50.917566,0.483586&spn=0.001456,0.004128&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.988897,135.263672&oq=battle+east&t=h&hnear=Battle,+East+Sussex,+United+Kingdom&z=19&layer=c&cbll=50.917667,0.483494&panoid=gyU4E6wSzQ6N3ejqZcTxzA&cbp=12,215.76,,2,2.52)

1249 (my fault if the date's wrong) = 11 minutes to one.

Pax Vobiscum = Peace be with you (according to Mr. Google).
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on May 27, 2013, 10:16 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Too shy on May 28, 2013, 09:17 AM
What lastly became The River Bank public house had previously been the Park Hotel. It stands at the very bottom of Crescent Road in Dukinfield and just before County Bridge and the Tame. Despite living about half a mile away from this establishment and walking past it hundreds of times on my way into Ashton, I never once set foot inside the establishment. It always seemed to me to be the less than inspiring  type of public house that my late father would have described as "a reet dead an' alive 'ole." It might have been superb inside but it looks like now we'll never know as it's been boarded up for about two years. Sadly, the fate of many local public houses in this day and age.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on June 04, 2013, 03:53 AM
Was playing around at work the other day..............

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/DSC01076.jpg) (http://s973.photobucket.com/user/Dogsbreath/media/DSC01076.jpg.html)

When I spotted something on a roof in the distance ??

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/fatboy.jpg) (http://s973.photobucket.com/user/Dogsbreath/media/fatboy.jpg.html)

Yep, it's the big fat red fella soaking up some of the Hawkes Bay sun between jobs  ;)

(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/DSC01073.jpg) (http://s973.photobucket.com/user/Dogsbreath/media/DSC01073.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on June 07, 2013, 04:30 AM
(http://i973.photobucket.com/albums/ae218/Dogsbreath/sheepdog.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 07, 2013, 08:55 PM
Good business?.........


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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on June 09, 2013, 10:38 AM
Brilliant that!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on June 10, 2013, 05:42 PM
Coffee in a proper mug, café at Daisy Nook Country Park, £1.00.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 12, 2013, 01:48 PM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on June 12, 2013, 02:00 PM
one hour for my dental appointment tooth  hurty cheers kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on June 27, 2013, 01:27 PM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Son of Nomad on June 27, 2013, 02:32 PM
Stalybridge Station has certainly changed since I was last there in 1986. There seems to be a trend these days to use a lot of concrete when making stations and tram stops.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on June 28, 2013, 09:31 PM
Stalybridge Station has certainly changed since I was last there in 1986. There seems to be a trend these days to use a lot of concrete when making stations and tram stops.

I don't actually see any concrete in that photo. Tarmac, flags and textured flags for blind people.

This part was recently re-built to re-open the dead-end line on the left for trains terminating at Stalybridge. They also opened another through platform off on the right, making 5 platforms in total.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 05, 2013, 08:32 PM
Dove Stone Part 1


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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 05, 2013, 08:33 PM
Dove Stone Part 2


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1501-50/1513_zps5e0e298d.jpg)]


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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 05, 2013, 08:37 PM
Dove Stone Part 3


(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1501-50/1517_zpse9f7b0be.jpg)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on July 06, 2013, 12:58 AM
Wow!  How lovely.  Did you walk all that way to get those pics, Bill?   And, (showing my ignorance) - where exactly is Dove Stone?    Also, am I right in thinking those are the tips of your shoes in the last pic?    :-\ ;) ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 06, 2013, 06:29 AM
Hello Joyce.

My every other word.  It is (very).  354 bus to Greenfield, then yes.  Here. (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=ol1&hl=en&ll=53.535666,-1.955309&spn=0.035249,0.099134&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.435463,87.539063&hnear=Oldham+OL1,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=14)  Yes.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Ashtonian54 on July 06, 2013, 07:02 AM
Beautifull
Thank You Bill
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 11, 2013, 08:31 PM
Overload today.  I won't be keeping them here too long so feel free to copy any.
Stalybridge, the hills and Mossley.


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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 11, 2013, 08:32 PM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 11, 2013, 08:32 PM
(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1501-50/1530_zpsa1bcf127.jpg)


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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on July 12, 2013, 01:15 AM
I have to say it again, Bill.  Wow!  It's hard to believe that in the comparatively small island of Great Britain and in amongst the hustle and bustle of modern day life with everything whirling along at speeds almost faster than light, and apparently a brand new sub-division creeping up on it, there still remains such beautiful tranquility and wonderful scenery that you've captured for all of us to see.  A great big Thank You, Bill - from me, anyway.    ;D ;D  Joyce
 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on July 12, 2013, 04:22 AM
very nice bill thanks a load kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 13, 2013, 12:40 AM
Great  shots, it's not a bad part of the world is it ?, Cheers Bill  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on July 13, 2013, 03:00 AM
Thank you so much Bill, just wonderful. I feel as though I have just had the pleasure of walking over those hills and paddocks. Just looking at your fantastic pictures gave me a wonderful start to my day. Thank you so much once again.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: herby on July 13, 2013, 04:47 AM
Hi
       Thanks Bill that took me back a bit we used to go walking round there The Girls (mixed)club had a cottage round by Greenfield lovely part of the country We used to go through Glossop up to the Snake inn then on to Hayfield and catch the train back home.
  Lovely memories Thanks again Bill   herby 
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on July 14, 2013, 12:55 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on July 14, 2013, 01:32 PM
 ;D ;D   Priceless!!!   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on July 17, 2013, 11:36 PM
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Mum, what are ewe doing up there ??  :)
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on July 19, 2013, 07:50 PM
If you're going to carry Mint Sauce around with you Bill, it's no wonder you get told to clear off when you ask directions from lambs!!  :o ;D ;D ;D        However, your latest pics are extraordinarily wonderful   Tremendous views.   8) :)
When I was a little girl of about 4 or 5, Herby, and we lived on the main High St. in Glossop in the Singer's Sewing Machine shop , I remember being taken on a family outing up to the Snake Inn and then tramping for ages - I suppose back to Glossop eventually.   I wish I could do that same trek now.  I can still remember how lovely the air smelled up there.   Amazing what triggers happy memories so many years later!   ;D  Thanks for those Bill and Herby.   ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 26, 2013, 11:49 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 26, 2013, 08:51 PM
This one's pals had scarpered but it could barely walk due to an injured hind leg.

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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Dannyx6 on August 27, 2013, 06:03 AM
Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for the lovely photographs, your sense of humour is unique and so much appreciated. We lookforward to 'reading you' everytime you visit.
Many thanks Dannyx6
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 27, 2013, 08:35 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on August 27, 2013, 01:58 PM
great stuff bill many thanks kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on August 27, 2013, 08:46 PM
Love the ship and the "flares"!   ;D ;D     Poor old injured animal though!  Some pals it had!!!!  :'(
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on August 27, 2013, 09:34 PM
maybe they went for the vet?? kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on August 29, 2013, 07:09 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on August 29, 2013, 02:50 PM
exactly cheers kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 04, 2013, 09:06 AM
Peace and quiet

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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 05, 2013, 05:09 PM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on September 05, 2013, 10:14 PM
rock bottom prices..cheers kennetho
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Bill on September 06, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: KENNETHO on September 06, 2013, 12:58 PM
hes not too pleased about it.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on September 07, 2013, 07:41 PM
Peace and quiet

(http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/ae257/12_december/1551-00/1562.jpg)


Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Dobcross, between Brownhills Countryside Centre and Wool Road Bridge!
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on September 08, 2013, 04:47 AM
Is that your "boat" coming around the corner. Martin?   ;D
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Kiwi on September 08, 2013, 05:42 AM
Anybody know the difference between a boat and a ship ?.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: paul_b on September 08, 2013, 07:59 AM
I want sure so i sailed,sorry surfed the net for this answer.
http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-difference-between-a-ship-and-a-boat.htm
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Martin on September 08, 2013, 04:59 PM
That boat isn't moving, Joyce (no bow wave being made). I haven't got a boat, in any case!

Ships are generally larger than boats. Think of what you might expect to see on the Manchester Ship Canal. On the other hand, my friend's narrowboat is registered on the Small Ships Register.

(http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk/manchester/msc020.jpg)
Ships and narrowboats passing on the Manchester Ship Canal.
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on September 08, 2013, 05:41 PM
Sorry, Martin!   :-[  Never was much of a seaman and can only stick my big toe into anything with not much more water  than a bathtub!    ;D ;D      I was sure though that I'd seen you on some picture on the Canal topics - perhaps quite a while ago.  Must have got the wrong impression and thought it was yours.     :-[
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Post by: Too shy on September 08, 2013, 09:14 PM
That boat isn't moving, Joyce (no bow wave being made). I haven't got a boat, in any case!

Ships are generally larger than boats. Think of what you might expect to see on the Manchester Ship Canal. On the other hand, my friend's narrowboat is registered on the Small Ships Register.

(http://www.penninewaterways.co.uk/manchester/msc020.jpg)
Ships and narrowboats passing on the Manchester Ship Canal.

I sailed on the Manchester Ship Canal with family and friends a few weeks back and can highly recommend the journey between Salford Quays and Liverpool. A very pleasurable experience indeed.
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Post by: Martin on September 08, 2013, 10:32 PM
I sailed on the Manchester Ship Canal with family and friends a few weeks back and can highly recommend the journey between Salford Quays and Liverpool. A very pleasurable experience indeed.

I wish I'd known that. I'd have come with you!
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Post by: Martin on September 08, 2013, 10:34 PM
I was sure though that I'd seen you on some picture on the Canal topics - perhaps quite a while ago.  Must have got the wrong impression and thought it was yours.     :-[

You have more than likely seen me on some canal topics as I do a lot of canal boating. I just don't have a boat. I couldn't afford one! Fortunately I have a friend who sometimes needs crew.
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on September 09, 2013, 03:58 AM
Aaah!!   Now I see where I went wrong.....hope your friend invites you along often, Martin!!
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Post by: Too shy on September 11, 2013, 04:37 PM
I sailed on the Manchester Ship Canal with family and friends a few weeks back and can highly recommend the journey between Salford Quays and Liverpool. A very pleasurable experience indeed.

I wish I'd known that. I'd have come with you!

You would have been more than welcome to join us, Martin. This was on one of the sailings that are run about once a week in the summer by Mersey Ferries. A bit pricey (£30+) but worth it overall. The Mersey estuary is awsome before it gets as far as the port of Liverpool; seems about four or five miles across at one point. Perhaps next year?
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Post by: Kiwi on September 11, 2013, 09:35 PM
^^^^^^^
Adds another 'must do' to the bucket list  ;)
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Post by: Too shy on September 11, 2013, 11:29 PM
^^^^^^^
Adds another 'must do' to the bucket list  ;)

You'll enjoy it, Kiwi, I promise you. The commentary throughout is excellent, the seating is plenty and comfortable and there's two cafe/bars (one on each deck) if you want a brew, butty or a bevvy. Also, plenty of time to do what you might want to do in Liverpool (I opted for the remains of the German WWII submarine exhibited at Birkenhead then the ferry back across the Mersey to the pierhead) before the bus journey back to Salford Quays.
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Post by: Bill on September 16, 2013, 11:28 AM
Tintwistle in bloom

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Post by: Bill on September 16, 2013, 11:37 AM
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Post by: Bill on September 16, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on September 17, 2013, 03:45 AM
Hi Bill....that's a lovely picture of Tintwistle and the first I've seen lately of that area.   Must be the river.  Tintwistle was where I was evacuated to on Sep. 1, 1939 on a particularly hot day (the Friday before WWII broke out), and I had a lovely time there living in one of the still great cottages, on the first street down on your right from the main intersection.   I forget the name now, but I found it on a Google search a couple of years ago.  Poor old Mr. Johnson died while I lived there though, so they moved me on to live in a tiny row cottage just about opposite a rather big Mill where you go out of Hollingworth towards Tintwistle on the main road.  Then Mrs. Shannon went to help out in London after the terrible Blitz Air Raids (she was a nurse), and I was moved on again to live almost opposite The Gunn Inn on Market St. in Hollingworth, right opposite what used to be the Elementary School.   Went home from there in July 1941 to begin work when I was 14.   Good heavens - have I lived that long?   :o ;D ;D  Thanks again for the memories.   ;D
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Post by: Bill on September 17, 2013, 08:18 AM
Arnfield reservoir, Tintwistle

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Post by: jaywit on September 17, 2013, 11:52 AM
associations.(1) nice round logs need to be split!!Kiwi may concur!  (2) I drove up Lilylanes and over the top in a 1963 Corsair.scraped the silencer.
I must have been mad.
I worked with a Yorkshire (Bratfuud) painter,he drove a Reliant backwards from Cheetham Hill to Droylsden because one wheel kept coming off going forward.
I didn't think they had reverse on!
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Post by: Son of Nomad on September 17, 2013, 12:07 PM
I agree Joyce - that's a nice, calender-type photo of Tintwistle and thanks for sharing your wartime experiences. I'm always fascinated to hear first-hand stories from people who lived through WW2 and particularly evacuees. The lady who lives next door to me is now 90 years old and when she was fit enough to call round, would keep us enthralled with her wartime experiences as a young woman.
Now back to the photos .......
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on September 17, 2013, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the "explanation" of the water, Bill.   As I see now, it's a Reservoir.    :D

You're welcome, Son of Nomad!   ;D     I could probably drive you crazy for hours on end  "remembering" all those still vivid things that happened to us as Evacuees - the wonderful, the truly laughable, and the very sad times - all within a few years, and then like everyone else growing up into teen years and young womanhood with a War tearing everyone's lives apart.  Better get back to the proper topic, though!   ;) ;D
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Post by: Bill on November 07, 2013, 05:38 PM
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Post by: jaywit on November 07, 2013, 11:40 PM
ditto!!(http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i412/colthepol/forJoyce.jpg?t=1383863756)
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on November 08, 2013, 01:06 AM
Holy Smoke, Bill and Jaywit!!   Thanks for the photos, but did they drop a bomb on Albemarle Terrace or the railway?   I remember someone saying the bridge was going to be involved in some new thing, but I've forgotten what it was now.   Not sure I want to know if they're going to get rid of the Bridge altogether.  Another part of my life on the chopping block?   :-\ :'(
Grandma's house was the 4th one coming this way (I think) from the far end.  #142.   :)  So many happy memories from there of long, long ago now.  Joyce
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Post by: Vanessa on November 08, 2013, 11:18 AM
Joyce, they're just raising the bridge for electrification of the line
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Post by: Son of Nomad on November 08, 2013, 03:52 PM
It's absolutely staggering how Guide Bridge Station has changed in the past 30 years. It was once a major player in the North West railway system with a main line to Sheffield, extensive stabling system and not forgetting Dewsnap Sidings. One could never have imaging that today it would be relegated to two platforms and precious little else. I'm glad I took photos before the rot really set in.
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on November 08, 2013, 08:02 PM
Phew!!   :-[  Thanks, Vanessa - now I remember seeing the posts about the electrification and raising the bridge etc.  Short-term memory-loss was kicking in again!  LOL.   It's a miserable nuisance at times, but I can always remember things that happened 60-70-80 years ago!   :o ;D ;D ;D 
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Post by: Bill on November 10, 2013, 02:59 AM
There it was - gone.  Henrietta Street railway bridge

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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on November 10, 2013, 03:42 PM
Good grief, Bill!!   :o :o  and thanks for those photos!  However, I'm sure it's for a very good cause (and Nessun Dorma is one of my very favourites - it builds to such a rousing end even though no one sleeps!!).    Also, there's still one tiny little thing that's still there of the original bridge, even if no one else recognizes it.    On that particular photo I can see the very old original ridge of curved stones running along the left side of the Terrace on ground level, and when I was a little girl it used to have a black iron railing embedded in it (where I now see there's a red railing running parallel).   I'd climb up onto the stones and then peer down the embankment onto the tracks below hoping to watch a train go through, but if there was nothing in sight I'd go a few feet further towards the end where the railing met a rather tall iron gate  which was the entrance to a private tennis court of the people who lived immediately beyond what is now this end of the Terrace in your photo.   I think they were called Coop (?) and the sound of their laughter was always a huge and mysterious attraction for me and I'd try to climb a little up their gate and peer through the heavy shrubs and greenery that were obviously planted there to keep prying eyes such as mine from their privacy!    ;D ;D   I think I was about 6 or 7 when I was most interested.   ;D   About 80 years ago now!   ;D ;D
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Post by: Dannyx6 on November 10, 2013, 06:37 PM
Yes, very appropriate Bill. Brilliant once again.
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Post by: Bill on December 21, 2013, 06:32 PM
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Post by: Bill on January 31, 2014, 11:51 PM
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on February 01, 2014, 03:59 AM
Hi Bill....Along with the great news of Ashton Market getting top honours, which we all know is well and truly deserved, I've just noticed your picture before that of St. Stephen's at Guide Bridge.  Both these posts brought back loads of memories for me, and I remember so well standing outside St. Stephen's corner gates, waiting for the bus to take me home to Hr. Openshaw to get off at what was then the Halfway House at Ogden Lane.   It's also still there but goes by some crazy name now which although I've seen it I can never remember.   That was my routine each working day when I worked at Cornercroft (Northern) Ltd. (formerly Northern Aircraft) on South St. and I caught that bus for 5 years from being age 14 - it was my first and only job in the U.K.   That's a long time ago now but it's great to see that some things like St. Stephen's never seem to change and Ashton Market is as popular as ever.  Thanks, again!   ;D ;D   Strangely enough, 67 years ago today I was enjoying my second day at sea, sailing on the original HMS Queen Elizabeth having a great time on my way to Canada.   ;D  Still love dear old England though!! 
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Post by: Bill on April 15, 2014, 04:40 PM
Turned out nice again.....

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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on April 19, 2014, 08:45 PM
 ;D ;D ;D   Lovely pics, Bill.     Especially the one with the purple flowers on the wall.  I wonder what that is?   Beautiful lane.  Doesn't look lke the rabbits have been at those!   
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Post by: Fudge on April 20, 2014, 09:57 AM
It looks like Star of Bethlehem Fudge
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Post by: Bill on April 20, 2014, 10:27 AM
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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on April 20, 2014, 04:35 PM
 ;D  Lovely!!  I'd like to make a huge poster with your "rabbit pie" pic, Bill.....stick it in what little garden I now have left, and hope the rabbits can read and take off!!   There's at least one around my yard who's kept himself alive all winter by eating my euonymous at the front , and then had the gaul to have dessert on my lavender-coloured low phlox at the back flower bed!!   I'll be surprised if I get even one flower to bloom off it!    >:(   :D
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Post by: Albert on April 20, 2014, 06:55 PM
Hi Bill have you been up Lily Lanes again Albert
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Post by: Bill on April 20, 2014, 07:13 PM
A bit further afield Albert. (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=sk14&hl=en&ll=53.434645,-2.040238&spn=0.015672,0.035191&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.495706,72.070313&t=h&hnear=SK14,+United+Kingdom&z=15)


Hello Joyce....

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Post by: Joyce_in_Canada on April 20, 2014, 11:05 PM
 ;D ;D ;D  Oh, Bill - that's absolutely priceless.   Brilliant!  Thank you so much.   ;D
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Post by: Denise on April 21, 2014, 08:32 AM
Pesky wabbits!!! You're unique, Bill!

Quote - It looks like Star of Bethlehem Fudge

That's Aubretia, Fudge, all around my garden at the moment. Gorgeous colour, easy growing and long-lasting.
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Post by: Bill on May 16, 2014, 07:42 PM
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Post by: jaywit on May 18, 2014, 02:16 PM
We have had the lot! Squirrels,Chipmunks,Raccoons,Rabbits and to end the list Deer.
And that ginger cat will run if I can catch it,I'm not too fond of cat s#it on my hands
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Post by: Ashtonian54 on May 18, 2014, 03:22 PM
Great picture Bill
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Post by: Bill on May 18, 2014, 05:19 PM
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Post by: KENNETHO on May 18, 2014, 05:27 PM
turned out nice again cheers kennetho
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Post by: Dannyx6 on May 19, 2014, 04:00 AM
Peaceful, Bill. Thank You
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Post by: Martin on May 19, 2014, 10:19 PM
It's easy to see why some of the mills have collapsed. There doesn't seem to be that much holding them up!

I see Bill went to Hyde under the bridge. probably the best place in this hot weather.
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Post by: KENNETHO on May 19, 2014, 11:08 PM
did you realy go to hide under the bridge bill??? cheers kennetho
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Post by: Bill on May 20, 2014, 09:52 AM
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Post by: KENNETHO on May 20, 2014, 02:10 PM
with hyde under the bridge would that make hurst cross?? cheers
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Post by: jaywit on June 09, 2014, 07:54 AM
I have been here since Thurs,Ashton that is,Hertz did a number on me hire car wise,I must have a sign on my head "Stupid"The insurance charge they were asking only amounted to 11,000 pounds taken over 365 days.Car returned the following day.got a way better deal from Enterprise in Ashton.The last 2 times here Hertz's  rates were reasonable.
Nothing has changed much,dine before 7pm or go the chip shop route.I will be getting a grandstand view of the brass band contest from our room in the Broadoak rain or shine.
I never realized how far north UK is!! light from 4.30 am to 10pm or there abouts.Had an early morning walk around Crowhill Waterloo,had to concentrate on the feet."dog poo sole and heel"
Just a thought!
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Post by: Kiwi on June 09, 2014, 10:08 AM
£17 for a bus ticket for a whole week, much better value  ;)
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Post by: Fudge on June 09, 2014, 10:24 AM
Hope you have a brill hol. I will be at the Band Contest if the wearther is ok we generally sit opposit the Broadoak will wave if I see you Fudge
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Post by: Bill on June 09, 2014, 12:20 PM
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Post by: jaywit on June 09, 2014, 10:49 PM
Thanks for that Bill.I wish it was true.

Kiwi.I think too many companies are on the same routes so  it could,can,will or would be a pain in the backside.
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Post by: Kiwi on June 10, 2014, 09:34 AM
Get a System One card, that's if the camera isn't still broken after taking my mugshot  ;)
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Post by: jaywit on June 13, 2014, 11:42 PM
Hope you have a brill hol. I will be at the Band Contest if the wearther is ok we generally sit opposit the Broadoak will wave if I see you Fudge
11.48pm Broadoak Brassband concert just ended.No trouble and well attened.Fudge,you didn't make yourself known!!!
Kiwi, it took me 2 days to fathom Lik Mayall out.I need to get out more often!
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Post by: KENNETHO on June 14, 2014, 12:43 AM
two days eh that wil take some lickin.cheers kennetho
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Post by: Fudge on June 14, 2014, 10:28 AM
I kept looking the only person I saw was in the centre window with a blue shirt but it was his back Fudge
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Post by: Bill on June 14, 2014, 07:40 PM
Brazil 0 v 10 The Hills

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Post by: jaywit on June 15, 2014, 11:06 AM
(http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i412/colthepol/bandcontestjpg_zps9bf7daaf.jpg) (http://s1092.photobucket.com/user/colthepol/media/bandcontestjpg_zps9bf7daaf.jpg.html)
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Post by: jaywit on June 15, 2014, 11:44 AM
Listen to the Band?
 I'm with you Bill about footie.It's supposed to only be a game,not a religion.
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Post by: Bill on June 18, 2014, 08:43 PM
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Post by: Albert on June 19, 2014, 09:59 AM
  Hi Bill would that be West Hill Boys school
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Post by: Bill on June 19, 2014, 12:58 PM
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Post by: Bill on June 19, 2015, 07:12 PM
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Post by: Albert on June 19, 2015, 09:37 PM
Another thing from the past mending your own shoes or boots
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Post by: KENNETHO on June 19, 2015, 09:42 PM
never mind repairing your shoes pass that clustered pie over here cheers kennetho
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Post by: herby on June 20, 2015, 03:17 AM
 Hi Bill
                Good one Bill My dad had a last and he used to make custard pies and bread. One more of the unemployed till the war broke out         
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Post by: Bill on June 20, 2015, 09:22 AM
Hello Herby - we had one too.

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Post by: jaywit on June 20, 2015, 02:06 PM
never mind repairing your shoes pass that (clustered pie) over here cheers kennetho
Kumon Keno,I know were a little long in the tooth!
Our last made a good door stop.
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Post by: Bill on July 18, 2015, 06:37 AM
One for Danny...

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Post by: Dannyx6 on July 18, 2015, 06:56 AM
Ha ha ha  Bill, come February and I will be wishing. Thank you so much
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Post by: Kiwi on July 20, 2015, 04:41 AM
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Post by: Kiwi on July 20, 2017, 02:19 AM
In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are ‘limbs,’ therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)

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As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October) Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term ‘big wig.’ Today we often use the term ‘here comes the Big Wig’ because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

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In the late 1700’s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The ‘head of the household’ always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the ‘chair man.’ Today in business, we use the expression or title ‘Chairman’ or ‘Chairman of the Board.’

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Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, ‘mind your own bee’s wax.’ Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term ‘crack a smile’. In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt . . . Therefore, the expression ‘losing face.’

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Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in ‘straight laced’. . Wore a tightly tied lace.

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Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the ‘Ace of Spades.’ To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t ‘playing with a full deck.’

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Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to ‘go sip some ale’ and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. ‘You go sip here’ and ‘You go sip there.’ The two words ‘go sip’ were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term ‘gossip.’

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At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in ‘pints’ and who was drinking in ‘quarts,’ hence the term ‘minding your’P’s and Q’s ‘

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One more and betting you didn’t know this!

In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem…how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a ‘Monkey’ with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make ‘Brass Monkeys.’ Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, ‘Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.’ (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)

If you don’t send this fabulous bit of historic knowledge to any and all your unsuspecting friends, your floppy is going to fall off your hard drive and kill your mouse.
Title: Re: Odds & Sods
Post by: Son of Nomad on July 20, 2017, 10:48 AM
Fascinating stuff Kiwi - I like finding out the origin of expressions and they are often far removed from what one imagines. I remember a tv programme about the first Queen Elizabeth where it was said she would take a bath every 3 months - whether she needed it or not. Mmmmm!