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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

Notice: The forum is being looked after by Garden Gerald, Nick and Townie.

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31  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: PASSPORTS on: March 24, 2018, 09:08:22 PM
I think there is trouble ahead. Many companies are tendering to provide services without the wherewithal to complete or match the service requirements. The NHS for ne a few years back went out to tender for in house services, recruitment, portering, kitchen staff, not that successful! Why? They didn't have inside knowledge of the business.....
32  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Tell us all about where you live now! on: March 20, 2018, 09:00:48 PM
It's unfortunate these things are being reduced. I love a good market. All towns in mid Wales had them, but they have reduced this last ten years.

Welshpool, is the closest regular market. New premises from about 8 years ago. Not the same atmosphere. But a good breakfast. The day can be long though. We get there about 4 - 5 am to get the stock in a pen before the queue builds up. I don't believe in sitting in a queue for hours with stock in the trailer is good for animal welfare .
The social side has gone from these events. So me and my old mate often head off to machinery auctions, or farm dispersal/reduction sales. These are great days out. Like minded old boys enjoying the chat, stories of yesteryear, and the knack of starting a Fordson Major tractor.

It's surprising what you learn and who you meet at these events.

Did you ever buy day old chicks from Cyril Bason in Craven Arms?
33  Railways / Railways / Re: Steam Trains on: March 20, 2018, 06:57:34 PM
My first train spotting was at Snowhill. A grey, drizzly day during the school holidays, bored and probably getting under everyone's feet. I was given some change (1d comes to mind?) and persuaded to get the tram to town and "collect train numbers". Or something along those lines.

Can't remember if I also made it to New Street that day or later, but anyway I know that got me started.

I don't have any photos of Snowhill. But here's one showing what my tram was like. This was taken at the Wylde Green terminius, probably early 50s, although I'd have got on at Erdington by the Post office.

I don't ever remember going on a tram. I can remember the tram lines in the street. I think there was a tram at the Science Museum. You could press a button and you would hear a recording of a tram travelling.
34  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: CASTLE BROMWICH on: March 20, 2018, 05:33:52 PM
Gerald, Townie, TWM,

Here's a Google street view taken from as close as I can get to the original.

And here's one from the opposite end of the road, possibly close to the shopes you mention, Townie?

P.S. to Moderators: I suggest that the 'Modify' tool I mentione before needs alteratio. It's a bit daft IMO that I can't edit or remove a post from only a few minutes ago. I was prevented from removing my initial post to Twm and replacing it with this consolidated reply. So it's now redundant!

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Thank you for the pictures of the green and the trees. It was great to see how they had grown over the years. Next time in Brum I must take a trip that way.
35  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: PRIME MINISTERS on: March 20, 2018, 02:20:10 PM
Do you understand Mrs May and do you believe anything she tell us. We will
still be part of the EU in 2100 if she carries on as she is.
Bring back Nigel and UKIP.
Hello Gerald, I'm not holding my breath on this one. I had great faith in Mrs May has Home Secretary, but now I have my worry beads out!
36  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: March 19, 2018, 08:45:29 PM
Hello Gerald. When working on the forestry in mid Wales I came across many old track beds that were reminders of the old days before Beeching. There was one near Llanafan that I think headed towards Tregaron.

I also spotted one last year when heading through Abermule near Newtown. This one heads up the valley towards Kerry or Sarn. It must have been a beautiful sight back in the day. It was running along side a river that must run into the Severn at Abermule. In fact it may have been the Afon Mwl  come to think of it.
37  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: March 19, 2018, 08:10:24 PM
Hello Terrypin and welcome. I live in mid Wales these days, left Brum about 38 years ago. I worked in the Southeast for many years. I have visited the Blue Bell railway on two occasions. The railway is a credit to all those that have kept it alive.

I was also on Beckley a few years ago. Out for a walk through some woods I noticed a steam train in the distance, a beautiful sight. I'm not sure if this was East Kent Raikway, even though I were in Susex.
38  Railways / Railways / Re: Diesel Trains on: March 16, 2018, 06:18:02 PM
Oh dear, back to the stage coach!
39  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Funny 😂 on: March 16, 2018, 06:15:49 PM
Brilliant  Grin
40  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: CASTLE BROMWICH on: March 14, 2018, 08:22:53 PM
Edifi, I know, what a crazy world. Kids need to learn about dangers. As kids we were always getting into scraps. I think it helped us assess situations better.
41  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: cleaver Guy on: March 14, 2018, 08:18:16 PM
So true.....
42  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: CASTLE BROMWICH on: March 14, 2018, 08:12:50 PM
I'd do anything as a kid to get a few conkers. Something really nice about a conker when it comes out of its shell, it's just so shiny and expensive looking. Not so many kids seem to bother these days...
43  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: CASTLE BROMWICH on: March 13, 2018, 07:40:01 PM
Lovely picture. Are those trees still standing? I must admit I knew of Castle Bromwich, the area. But didn't actually know about the original part.
44  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: March 12, 2018, 11:35:17 AM
As they couldn't get her 100% clean of the muck from the toilet, eventually she blossomed like never before and won first prize in the village show...
45  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: March 11, 2018, 04:56:23 PM
Difficult to say, the bride to be has not been seen since she went to spend a penny......
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