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Comment on Singing stuff by Faisal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:20:15 +0000

Hi, I recently came across your site as it was linking to my website. One of the links on your "Another Kids Craze" is out of date. Your current link for Gogos Crazy Bones should point to: I would be grateful if you could update it. Thanks.

Comment on About the Blog(ger) by Shades

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:35:46 +0000

Thanks for that Carol. I remember Andy showing me round after all of the late 70s improvements, the place was so much better after that. I also have a memory of him and Ernie taking me down to Manors WMC for a Pint!

Comment on About the Blog(ger) by carol kent

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:53:24 +0000

Hi, I don't know how I came across your blog. Was thrilled to read your post about the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. I was married to Andy Kent who died in 2000. Thanks for sharing your memories

Comment on About the Blog(ger) by John Riley

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:50:07 +0000

Hi, I read your item about nicknames from 2007. My recollection was that Lord Nigel's real name was Nigel Springett, and the nickname came because he 'talked posh'. As GEC Telecommunications had a relay production unit at Helen St, this was sometimes corrupted to Springset. You've also overlooked Dobbers (Steve Dobney) and Mrs Mona Rodwell (Rod Blackwell). A lot has changed since those GEC days. Hope you and yours are well. John Riley

Comment on The Chuckle Brothers (all four of them) by John Cremers

Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:10:35 +0000

This is fantastic! Can you tell me what the tital of the first song is? ( The moon is.......) Thank you.

Comment on Lifes a gas… by Shades

Sun, 19 May 2013 12:01:20 +0000

Pekka, you are welcome to use the images.

Comment on Lifes a gas… by Pekka Simell

Sun, 19 May 2013 11:42:04 +0000

I am giving a lecture about gasification technologies. Could I use your pictures showing early gas manufacturing technology? Best regards, Pekka

Comment on The Last Post by Dalillama

Fri, 17 May 2013 00:44:06 +0000

The song is called "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda," originally by Eric Bogle. IIRC they also cover his "Green Fields of France," another excellent song.

Comment on Man’s jewel in the crown by Victorian Theatre Notes | My Design Process Blog

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:29:55 +0000

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Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:42:00 +0000

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Comment on Fair wrestling… by Shades

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:27:03 +0000

I couldn't find any reference to Brian online, as it happens, there was a programme on the telly a few weeks ago and it featured a third brother, Max, who did the financial side. (I don't think I ever met him). People down our Folk Club think Brian may still be alive.

Comment on Telephone Training by Shades

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:21:06 +0000

I still hear the occasional Stone story from visiting BT or ex BT Engineers, but only if they don't look like a youth in training!

Comment on Telephone Training by Alex Stewart

Tue, 25 Dec 2012 22:36:03 +0000

I remember "Stone" well. My first visit was in 1964 at a TO in training (TOiT) doing a qualifying course, Auto ND, and dealing with the then new 4000 type selector (GEC SE50 selector). I remember the communal facilities and the canteen with the cornflakes. Also the spray they used on the sandwiches for supper, that kept them 'fresh' for days, or was it weeks. I attended again 10 years later as a visiting AEE as a lecturer for an end of course item on 2nd line maintenance work. This visit got me in the staff area with the en-suite rooms etc. They were, in looking back happy days and there was much fun to be had. Fortunately for me it was only one week each time. I do not know how the lecturers lasted for months and years up there. I think it must have had an effect on them. The place was dire really. One final point is that the pliers were pointed wiring pliers and the correct GPO ratebook description was "Pliers Wiring No. 1". The name 81's came from the National Telephone days (pre GPO) where tools were on a list commencing at 1. The 81st item on the NT standard list of tools was those wiring pliers. For some reason the description 81's stuck from all those years ago, about 1910. Goodness know why, and I wonder what 80's and 82's were. Picking up on the Heinz bit, was a tin opener called a 57's ??

Comment on Fair wrestling… by Harry Rigby

Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:16:40 +0000

Can I suspect Brian Crabtree is no longer alive? Thanks.

Comment on A new life for Morley’s theatre? by gaz

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:46:12 +0000


Comment on music & movement by Thursford Collection Robert Wolfe Wurlitzer Organ

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:13:05 +0000

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Comment on Navy Blue Knickers by Paula

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:58:28 +0000

John glad to hear you like wearing your sister old pe knickers I still got mine my hubby likes me to wear them then spank me

Comment on City Challenge by David Uffindall

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:52:44 +0000

I have many memories of City Challenge having tutored and directed courses in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Hull, Coventry and even a mini CC in Scarborough!

Comment on City Challenge by Shades

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:10:36 +0000

Alan, give it another decade or so for your course colleagues to stumble across this page and you have the seeds of a reunuon!

Comment on Being called shades of grey… by Shades

Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:04:09 +0000

Unfortunately the Monkees beat me to it when I was still at primary school.