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by Stanley
23 May 2019, 05:53
Forum: Reading
Topic: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?
Replies: 1051
Views: 78459

Re: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

News this morning that the third volume of the Mantel Cromwell trilogy will be published in March 2020!
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 05:28
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Replies: 426
Views: 16214

Re: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

Ah! Spirograph! The kids had one and I used to play with it. It was playing with his grand daughter's Spirograph that triggered Johnny Pickles into having a stab at Ornamental Turning, he had already built the lathes. I love the Scandinavian wooden toys usually operated by pulling a string..... Have...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 05:22
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: HOUSEHOLD TIPS NOT FOUND IN WOMAN'S WEEKLY
Replies: 3229
Views: 160218

Re: HOUSEHOLD TIPS NOT FOUND IN WOMAN'S WEEKLY

Use your vote, a lot of good people made great sacrifices over the years to win it for you!
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 04:02
Forum: Local History Topics
Topic: FORGOTTEN CORNERS
Replies: 3798
Views: 256852

Re: FORGOTTEN CORNERS

https://www.oneguyfrombarlick.co.uk/app.php/gallery/image/6423/medium The sole flue under a Lancashire boiler. This was at Ellenroad. Very few people know about the complicated brickwork in a standard Lancashire boiler setting. It was subject to very high temperatures and consequent attrition durin...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 03:30
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!
Replies: 1911
Views: 146430

Re: BEWARE! THE BANKS ARE OUT TO GET YOU!

Re. Scunthorpe and British Steel. I saw yesterday that the sharks were charging the company an 'administration fee' as well. I heard part of a report yesterday about the buy to let market. The 'expert' witness was saying that the expectation is for house prices to fall and that many landlords are go...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 03:24
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: THE FLATLEY DRYER
Replies: 3088
Views: 168888

Re: THE FLATLEY DRYER

Funny stuff inflation and the devaluing of money. Looking at that £300 it must be the equivalent of over £10,000 today if compared to the industrial wage. In the lean times Vera and I survived off a wage of £8-10-0 a week and we were paying back the bank loan for Hey Farm at £30 a month. Seems total...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:57
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT DID WE HAVE FOR TEA?
Replies: 6040
Views: 297964

Re: WHAT DID WE HAVE FOR TEA?

Meat Ball and veggie X two for dinner and tea. With an injection of grilled sausage to extend it the stew will see me through the day!
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:56
Forum: Seasons
Topic: TODAY'S PENNINE WEATHER
Replies: 999
Views: 29540

Re: TODAY'S PENNINE WEATHER

Once again, yesterday was better than the forecast suggested, a nice day.... At 20:30 we had broken cloud and it was calm, dry and mild. First thing this morning it was the same, stars peeping through the gaps in the cloud. I've looked outside and it is a bit more overcast but dawn is showing in the...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:42
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS
Replies: 449
Views: 42628

Re: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

I've been thinking about Philip Alston's report for Human Rights Watch. I didn't realise that this is the full report of the same 24 page summary he published a few months ago. I did a bit of a furtle and there is a massive body of support on line for his conclusions in inflammatory rags like the Ma...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:20
Forum: Technology & Communication
Topic: Spam email
Replies: 161
Views: 20052

Re: Spam email

Is that the new one they tell me about?
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:18
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: MEDICAL MATTERS
Replies: 3936
Views: 189444

Re: MEDICAL MATTERS

I have that image in mind, very good! He is a big lad!
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:17
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Replies: 426
Views: 16214

Re: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

I think Conor's knicker prints come under that heading.....
The wooden scooter the joiner at father's works made for me during the war. Hours of fun and entertainment at a time when that was thin on the ground.
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:12
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 9963
Views: 490171

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

I didn't know about that Tiz. Seems to me like cynical exploitation of parents who are at their wits end and will grab at any straws. The fact it's voting day and Susan is coming to give me the luxury of a pedicure. She does it so much better than I do.... My young friend Vicky agreeing right away t...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:04
Forum: Puzzles & Quizzes
Topic: MYSTERY OBJECTS
Replies: 9803
Views: 432829

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

You've almost got it Tiz. Give it a bit of thought..... Clue, is it pull or push?
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 02:01
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 6503
Views: 308517

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I agree David. I was expecting her to go any time yesterday but as you say she is stringing it out until she is forced to do something. (And wasting even more time!) Never mind waiting until the Monday results, they are a foregone conclusion, better for a caretaker (Lidington?) to deal with the flak...
by Stanley
23 May 2019, 01:48
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Today I shall be Mainly...
Replies: 8836
Views: 399528

Re: Today I shall be Mainly...

David, I didn't feel that Sue was getting at me. She has noted what must be obvious and the most likely reason is a combination of age, dealing with cancer and the treatment itself. Be sure it's not sending me into a decline. I consider myself lucky. Voting today and Susan comes to trim my hooves th...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 12:03
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 6503
Views: 308517

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I shall read my ballot paper very carefully. I am back in monitoring mode after a sleep.
British Steel is in administration, so much for Stephenson's reassuring words. The Official Receiver will run the company until a buyer is found but have already said that there are no takers....
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 11:57
Forum: General Miscellaneous Chat & Gossip
Topic: BOB'S BITS
Replies: 2433
Views: 162899

Re: BOB'S BITS

"Every single death in [the Troubles], and every death in every war that was ever fought represents life needlessly wasted, a mother’s labor spurned." Betty Williams, Nobel acceptance speech, 1976. On August 10, 1976, a young IRA soldier was shot at a British army roadblock and fatally wounded. His ...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 08:12
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: POLITICS CORNER
Replies: 6503
Views: 308517

Re: POLITICS CORNER

I've just written a piece about Gove but it hit yours and I lost! I have listened to him this morning making what on the face of it was an emollient and calm statement in support of his Leader. It was actually the knife slipping in her back. The key thing he said was that the Cabinet would be having...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 07:44
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS
Replies: 449
Views: 42628

Re: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

I agree with what you are saying (after it has been processed by my irony filter. You are so good at it!). I am struck (and have been for the last 10 years) by the fact that exactly the same arguments were used in the 19th century when the Poor Law was rebuilt on the basis of the difference between ...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 07:34
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: Today I shall be Mainly...
Replies: 8836
Views: 399528

Re: Today I shall be Mainly...

I think you may be right Sue but then again it could be simply old age! I am not letting it worry me because either way I can't do a lot about it! There is no doubt in my mind that one of the consequences of BCG treatment is fatigue, what isn't clear is how long it takes to shake it off. It will be ...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 06:13
Forum: Current Affairs & Comment
Topic: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS
Replies: 449
Views: 42628

Re: PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

THIS Guardian account of the latest report from the UN Human Rights Watch couldn't be more damning and reflects what I believe to be the truth. The worst thing about the reaction to it as far as I am concerned is that the first reaction isn't to agree with it but to complain to the UN about its 'to...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 05:46
Forum: What, Where, When, We, Who, Look & How
Topic: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?
Replies: 9963
Views: 490171

Re: WHAT ATTRACTED YOUR ATTENTION TODAY?

And others as well Cathy. The High Street is suffering badly....
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 05:45
Forum: Reading
Topic: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?
Replies: 1051
Views: 78459

Re: READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Those of you with long memories might remember that in 2012 after years of searching I spent £126 on a book by David Omissi, 'Air Power and Colonial Control' I am reading it again and don't regret spending the money. I've just looked on Bookfinder and the prices range from £230 to over £600. I might...
by Stanley
22 May 2019, 05:39
Forum: Nostalgia
Topic: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Replies: 426
Views: 16214

Re: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES

I have to agree.... Mind you, I have been known to spend ridiculous amounts on rare books....

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