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31  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW on: January 10, 2018, 09:41:36 PM
I live in mid Wales, I bought a tumbled down pile of stone on a mountain in about 1980. No body wanted it, I saw the potential, had some very cold rough days here for the first few years. But got it quite nice now. All my mates in Brum told me I was throwing my money away. Now they ask, how did you get such a place.

I lived in many places in Brum, our moves were cyclical. We would move back to where we had been before. Originally we were a Tinker family that travelled for work, I guess they travelled around Brum and work was static at Bakelite Tyseley.

The areas I have lived, some more than once, Great Barr, Hall Green (about four times) , Kings Norton, (about three times)  Chelmsley Wood, and Tamworth for a very short time.

Twm Sion
32  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT CAR DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE IN on: January 10, 2018, 09:24:56 PM
Edifi, historical documents those are  Grin
33  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Times Gone By on: January 10, 2018, 09:18:56 PM
It's a pleasure to read of what other like minded folks reminisce about. I thought I was probably one of the few that sat and pondered the old days. I'm a 50's baby and have vivid memories from about the age of two & a half.

I have made a habit through my life of talking to older folk, I've been a bit of a loner, but would talk to the older ones because I wanted to know what it was like. I still talk a lot to my neighbours, old farmers in their  late 80's. I used to speak with the older lady of the farm, who now would be 130 years old if still alive. They have some lovely stories, which I pass on to others so that it keeps the past alive, it's history and we have the means to preserve this from primary sourses.

My grandad was a lovely man, but I only had him for 7 years and I still miss him. We would sit on cold winter morning by the open fire in Mapleton Rd, Hall Green, I would ask questions, we would talk. What was it like working in the pit Granddad? Show me your pit scars Granddad? What was it like when you came to Birmingham? Did you ever see a snake on Meardy mountain?

Why did you come to Birmingham Granddad? He replied. To give you a better life Boyo! Which he did. Thank you Granddad.

I moved to Wales nearly 40 years ago, I had a longing for somewhere and for something. But whenever I am back in Birmingham, I always call in Robin Hood Cemetery, visit the garden of remembrance and say thank you granddad, if only we had had more time together.

Twm Sion

34  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: All things Birmingham alphabetically on: January 09, 2018, 08:01:43 PM
Well Zoo was the only word I could think of beginning with Z, didn't know there was one on Lewis's
35  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT CAR DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE IN on: January 09, 2018, 05:45:54 PM
Hello TwM
How long have you had a licence. Still got my old red one.
Very old but stll in good condition same as my identity card.
When you march its thumbs on top.
Norman and I will race you to get the telegram from.
Talking to my neighbour at Christmas I said about  the Queen
and the telegram.
His responce was Bugger the telegram ask her to send a bottle
of wine instead. I have as yet not asked.
Gerald.

Hello Gerald, I had my licence in 1973, but been riding motorbikes before that. I had my original green licence until a few months ago. Was quite attached to it, the couple of endorsements I had back in the 70's were written by hand in pen. Why I don't have my old licence any longer. Back near the end of last year I changed my insurance provider, they wanted proof of my years driving and other info, they needed a copy of my photo licence. I didn't have one, so sent old licence off. Got photo licence, then the insurance company told me the paper one would have done. So hacked off, no longer got my original licence......
36  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: In the beginning was the word. on: January 09, 2018, 04:49:29 PM
Hello Kandor, an interesting post, I became immersed in your world whilst reading it. I could see the church, the grave stones and the Yew.
Best wishes Twm Sion
37  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: All things Birmingham alphabetically on: January 09, 2018, 04:35:08 PM
You've posted in the wrong thread Gerald and yes thank you.
Grin
38  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT CAR DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE IN on: January 08, 2018, 08:22:29 PM
My dads Ford Corsair, with him teaching me to drive.  Well, let's say it was fraught at times. Dad then decided to change the car for a Capri 6 weeks before my test. No way I could reverse that round a corner. So I booked a driving instructor with a ford Escort, had a lesson a week before my test.

The test was at 3PM on a Friday around Yardley, the traffic was mad, bloke overtakes me on the crossing as I was pulling away. I thought, that's it, failed!

What good news, I passed!
39  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Where is this on: January 08, 2018, 08:04:25 PM
Oulton Boulevard east ? Looks very very cold
40  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Transport Cafe's on: January 08, 2018, 07:33:27 PM
There was a great transport cafe on the Fillongly Rd, just off the A45, near the Triumph motorcycle works. The cafe was on the right, almost like a bungalow. They still cooked on a solid fuel Aga until it closed in about 1973.
41  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Transport Cafe's on: January 08, 2018, 07:30:04 PM
When I was distancing always slept in the cab in the car park of a cafe in Abergavenny,great breakfast and because he got to know me I used to get bigger breakfasts,
Edifi, I travel through Abergaveny about twice a month. Where was the cafe you mention? I had been going through the town but now using the by-pass.
42  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 08, 2018, 07:23:01 PM
Hello Norman, welcome to the forum. I do enjoy taking photographs mostly of wildlife and farming. I'm not very professional, just with my iPad. I did have a cannon AE1 program many years ago, but its all digital these days.

What camera do you have and what are your favourite subjects for your photographs?

Twn Sion
43  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Meriden on: January 08, 2018, 07:16:08 PM
Lovely village on the Fillongly Rd. Reputed and contested to be the centre of England. Been many years since I last visited. Previously I was a regular visitor to the Bulls Head and the Strawberrybank Restraunt. The Restraunt changed hands in about 1978/79. Never felt the same after that, it lost the personal touch.

Cyclist monument in the village commemorates all cyclists that lost their lives in the 1939-1945 war.

Also Home to Triumph motorcycles until around 1983.
44  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: All things Birmingham alphabetically on: January 08, 2018, 04:36:18 PM
X is for Xanadu, Selly Oak,
45  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: All things Birmingham alphabetically on: January 08, 2018, 07:42:08 AM
V is for Vernwy Grove, Kings Norton
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