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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

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76  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: April 08, 2018, 09:27:53 PM
One shotgun murder that stands out in my mind was that of the 13 year old paper boy, Carl Bridgwater at Yew Tree farm. Such a terrible thing. That could have been early 70's
77  Railways / Railways / Re: HS 2 on: April 08, 2018, 09:06:53 PM
I can't believe how much resource HS2 is taking up. Not just in monetary terms but in land too. In essence how much traffic will HS2 take off the roads?

It will save a few minutes off a journey but come on, how many trains arrive on time anyway? And yes, reports will say that trains are on time, if 'on time' means art iced within 15 minutes of scheduled time.

Will HS2 carry freight? This is what we need yo get off the roads. The difficulty is I suppose where ones road freight meet rail apart from just outside of London.

Speed of travel. I do t think the speed makes a difference to comfort providing the suspension is set up correctly (or the computer is setting the ride right). I've travelled on the Pendelino service many times, same route but if the computer is not working correctly, you'll throw up....
78  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: April 08, 2018, 08:48:43 PM
Hello townie, I did recall the shooting, but the date now puts into perspective. Great picture of the place, thank you.

We don't seem to hear much about shotgun hold-ups these days. Or gangsters from London, we have them on our own doorstep.
79  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: COLESHILL on: April 08, 2018, 08:42:40 PM
Anyone remember the old Blacksmith/Farrier that travelled around there until the early 70's. He travelled on an old British motor bike that had a side are frame, on which the forge was placed. In the winter, he would have a heavy hessian sack over his legs to keep him dry. I often saw him out that way, chugging along.
80  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: STOURPORT on: April 08, 2018, 08:34:50 PM
As a nipper in the early 60's I would end up with dad in Stourport on fishing trips. Dad always wanted a caravan, not necessarily by the river but a caravan.

One Saturday morning I remember been thrown into the back of dads Mk 1 Zephyer - Zodiac. We picked his work friend up on the Stratford Rd as you come into Spark Hill from Hall Green.

Not sure where we were heading, fishing I thought? Dads work mate didn't look like his usual work mates. He was wearing a raincoat with a belt that was done up, like the insurance man wore!

Anyway, we ended up in Stourport. Then down some country lanes and into a field. Even as a nipper, a field in the country was my idea of heaven. At the bottom of the field was the river. Yes, it's fishing I thought. But where was the tackle? Dad and his mate got out of the car. Dad grabbed my hand, and off we went across this field. Near the river were a few old vehicles. A Tram, a Railway Carriage and an old 1940's bus (single decker). Dad's work mate had inherited this bus and was trying to sell it to dad as a caravan. I then worked out that this man wasn't a work mate of dad's as they did favours for each other and no money changed hands. My memory of the inside of the bus is a damp, mouldy place, damp mattresses stacked on the table and flaking white paint.

Dad didn't buy it, thank goodness, but I would do anything to find that location again, so secluded....
81  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: April 08, 2018, 08:03:49 PM
Hello Gerald, what year did the shooting happen?
82  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: April 04, 2018, 08:39:45 PM
It's interesting how things we do today can bring back memories from 50 years ago when I lived in Arderne Drive, Chelmsley Wood.

Today in the lambing shed there was a large bale of straw, that had not been cut open. I needed a small amount of clean straw to litter one of the lambs pens. I decided not to open the new bale of straw but gather some of the floor into a plastic sack.

As I was filling the sack, my mind went back to about 1968. The girl who lived next door (Dawn) had a pet rabbit and so did I. When we needed to clean our rabbit cages we would put sawdust on the floor and straw in the bedding area. Rather than go to the pet shop and buy expensive straw we would head up to a farm on Chelmsley Lane, just out of Marston Green. The farmer's wife would allow us to go into the barn and gather clean straw off the floor. We would stuff it into a polythene sack. We used to pay 6d for this.

The large bale of straw costs 80 today.

Just seems odd how that came flooding back to me today.
83  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Cadbury from the start in Bull St Birmingham on: April 02, 2018, 09:04:25 PM
My mom worked a Cadburys' in the 60's as a seasonal worker. Easter was great, we had plenty of Easter Eggs from the Cadbury Shop in the Bournville factory.

My daughter managed to get a copy of my moms work record at Cadbury from one of the Archivists. The record was on a Kardex system.
84  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: April 02, 2018, 08:56:16 PM
The race was on, the wedding must take place before she went to seed.
85  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Back Home on: April 02, 2018, 07:52:13 PM
Hattie, that is so true.

My mind often goes back to when I was a child. I think about the things that happened, some I didn't understand at the time and still don't.

I don't look back in anger, but I do wish I had taken more time to get to know and understand my dad a bit better. My mom and dad passed 20 and 10 years ago respectively and I still think about them every day.

I managed to track down an old friend that I hadn't seen since the infants about two years ago. We met up in Birmingham, went down our old street and took the same walk to school and the local shops.

It's interesting, when we chatted we had both often thought about each other over the years. And now we are in touch......
86  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Music on: April 02, 2018, 07:39:46 PM
I can remember being in a couple of plays in the infants and juniors. In the infants reception class we did a play on nursery rhymes. I was one of the soldiers (kings men) in the Humty Dumpty part of the play. Then in the juniors we did something about animals, I was the pig, and when they sang about the farmyard animals and came to the pig in the song where they say - The pig goes I had to say Griffy Gruffy. Never had big parts in any of the things going on, thank goodness.

One other thing I did as part of the school choir was sing at Birmingham Town Hall, there were loads of other schools there too.

87  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: SUPERMARKET FOOD on: March 28, 2018, 10:12:25 PM
Yes, grown locally in many gardens. If you were off colour, you would be given a tablespoon full each day.
88  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Remember Poem on: March 28, 2018, 10:06:11 PM
Can you remember being hit with the boiler stick? And that a smack from a wet hand hurt so much more than a dry hand?
89  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: At the park on: March 28, 2018, 10:03:55 PM
This is a great thread and wonderful pictures. They have brought back some memories. I notice the kids, as we were out in all weathers, wrapped up warm. With the Moto - fresh air is good for you!

I agree the lamp post were just so important to out games. Climbing up and down, swinging from the arm that stuck out, for the light cleaners ladder.

Did anyone climb a lamp post and manage to pass a cycle tyre over the lamp which then ended up on the ground, with what looked like the lamp post was rowing out of the tyre?
90  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: SUPERMARKET FOOD on: March 26, 2018, 09:22:08 PM
I was talking to my neighbour who lives across the valley. We were talking about old food and cures for 'Ill's' does anyone remember wormwood?
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