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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

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1  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: To all the guests on here. on: September 08, 2018, 04:18:58 AM
Hello Twm
16 people on here again today but not able to post.
Used to have Nic who would sort things out.
He left because of Mt T.

Hi Gerald, there is obviously enough interest on the forum, I'm sure the forum would go from strength to strength if we could get past this glitch.

2  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GONE FISHING on: September 07, 2018, 12:56:30 PM
Edifi, my girlfriend lived in Hodge Hill Rd, almost opposite the junction of Raymond Road.

Coincidentally Gerald, her friend lived on the corner of Ventnor, Ann a red head girl. I recall a bit of bother with Ann's farther around the time. We were lads on motor bikes and Ann and her boy friend wanted to get married, father wasn't happy as Ann was just 16. Anyway, they did get married. Even though I haven't seen them for over 40 years, I hear they are still married.

3  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: To all the guests on here. on: September 07, 2018, 12:44:09 PM
Hello Gerald, that is such a pity. Well all I can say is I've enjoyed posting and corresponding on the forum. It had the makings of a good outfit but for some reason it was not to be.

Best wishes to all

Twm Sion
4  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GONE FISHING on: September 05, 2018, 11:09:06 PM
Gerald, how times have changed. The war was a terrible time. I can never fathom out why people are so aggressive and want to take over. Thankfully then we had folks willing to fight and keep the country going. I'm not so sure though today.

Hodge Hill common has different memories for me, in the early 70's I would meet my girlfriend there when she came out of school (Hodge Hill Grammar for Girls) I was obviously punching above my weight in those days!

Happy memories though.

Twm Sion
5  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Where did you buy your first Record, 78 or 45? on: September 05, 2018, 10:58:55 PM
I remember my granddad had a small radiogram, it sat on top of the sideboard. It had a sort of pull-down front where you placed the records. The front panel was the radio stations, like Luxembourg, Athlone, Cologne, etc. All those places seemed so far off in those days. I remember Sunday morning with Grandad, sitting in front of the open fire and The Archers tune coming on. He loved the Archers, although nearly 60 years have passed, I still miss sitting on the hearth with grandad.....

Twm Sion
6  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: September 05, 2018, 10:50:31 PM
Edifi, perhaps I should nip over the channel and try the driving there. But you know, there's a lot of negative press towards those that wanted to leave the EU. when you think of it, we are a small island, the population has grown and the amount of cars on the road has increased beyond belief. When is some one going to realise that we want control of our borders for many reasons, like over crowding and not that we are racist!

Twm Sion
7  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Where did you buy your first Record, 78 or 45? on: September 05, 2018, 05:59:41 PM
Hello Edifi, do you remember the booths in the record shops. You stood under a cover and the sales person would put on the record for you to listen to.

I can remember those floppy 45rpm records that usually came free with a magazine. We also had one with the Esso Blue song on it, something like When smoke gets in your eyes....

8  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: September 05, 2018, 05:55:19 PM
Edifi, I know what you mean about the motorways. I tend to travel out of London at about 4AM, that way I'm back in Wales for about 8Am. I leave the M4 at junction 15, then head across the A419 and A417. I am finding it takes me longer to recover after these night journeys, I'm not so resilient now I'm older.......

9  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Foraging for food on: September 04, 2018, 07:34:01 PM
And the mushrooms are still cropping. This is the best year for about 20 years. The ground is still warm from the hot summer, the heavy rain has helped too.

Walking through the forest today, the blackberries are ripe for picking. I shall go and pick some tomorrow. I won't  take many, I believe the wild fruit growing in the hedgerows and the forest is natures harvest and should be left for the animals.

10  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Where did you buy your first Record, 78 or 45? on: September 04, 2018, 07:24:36 PM
Record shops seem to be a thing f the past now. Well, even records are a thing of the past, apart from the specialist markets and the resurgence of vinyl.

Do you remember the first record you bought? Was it 78 or 45 RPM? Or maybe, 331/3 or 16 RPM. WHAT was the title of the song or piece of music?

What did you play it on? The old gramophone or radiogram. Or perhaps a Dancette record player.

The first record I bought with my an money was Rod Stewart, Maggie May. I bought this from a record shop on the Stratford, Rd Hall Green. It was a small record and music shop, opposite where the Rialto picture house was, which was replaced by Mac Fisheries.

I still have the record!

Happy listening


11  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: September 04, 2018, 07:10:27 PM
Edifi, you should come to Wales, it's lovely, I'm just looking out of my place now across the mountains as the day draws to a close.

In fact I wasn't far from you these last days. I've been in the southeast. Still trying to recover from the long drive home yesterday.

12  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Supermarkets of Brum on: September 04, 2018, 07:04:27 PM
Hello Edifi, in the 70's I worked at both the Enotes factories as a contractor. I think the one in Litchfield was having an extension built on the factory at that time. The firm I worked for were putting in the pipe work.

One thing I remember about the one in Brum was the old building, must have been late 1800's. There was an old boy there counting out brass fittings into boxes, that was his job all day. But you know, there was work for all in those days. I know even back then, some were too lazy to take jobs.

13  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GONE FISHING on: September 04, 2018, 06:56:19 PM
Hello both, Went fishing on the Blyth a few times. Me and my mate would cycle up from Chelmsley Wood. Minnows and Gudgeon were what we used to catch. I seem to remember it was quite a walk from the road/lane down to the river. A lovely place though. I used to love to get out of the housing estate and get out into the countryside.

14  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GONE FISHING on: August 30, 2018, 06:17:44 PM
Hello Gerald, I've not been fishing this summer. However I used to dabble a bit as a teenager. I remember buying two rods, probably out of my moms club book, could have been Freemans. I can't remember the makes of the rods, one was a 12 footer, black in colour and the rings were held on with light blue thread. The other rod was about 6 foot with a quiver tip for ledgering on the canals. I also bought one of those new fangled closed face reels. It was a pain in the butt!

I have a couple of rivers nearby, years ago when the kids were little, they would make a hole in the bottom of a wine bottle in the centre of the dimple. Pop a bit of bread in it and drop it in the water, it was a great fish trap. All were put back in the water.

15  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Supermarkets of Brum on: August 30, 2018, 06:04:06 PM
Hello Gerald, I don't recall the van being stolen. I was talking to my elder brother last week, were were reminiscing about the time we lived on Chelmsley. He and his wife and child lived with us for a while before they moved near to the Happy Trooper. He recounted the time his mate came to help fox his gearbox on his old ford corsair. The job wasn't finished, so they locked his mates tools in the boot. When his mate arrived to pick them up a few hours later, they had been stolen.

Yes, the shopping centre had some good shops, I can remember Foster Brothers with HMV record shop at the back. Burtons men's clothing, Freeman Hardy Willis shoes, woolworths the actor (who played Stan Ogden in Coronation street) opened the store. Wilkinsons, a Post Office, Fish and Chip Shop. Can anyone remeber any other shops?

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