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About deejayone

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  1. Thank you! Definitely worth a trip - you'd be surprised how much more vibrant the area is even from when you stopped going. Try to fit in a Peddler Market weekend (first Friday/Saturday of every month) and you'll be amazed just how busy the area gets!
  2. I had to leave off some places, and missed a good few places too! It really is a thriving area. One sector I didn't manage to cover in this video is the small industry of makers in the area, almost back to the "little mesters" times with knifemakers, fashion and clothing designers, jewellery crafters and more. Everyone seems to be in it together around there too - a real Sheffield community spirit. Your comment about how clean it is really hits home too - I remember it when it was a filthy place, the difference is remarkable.
  3. A bit of a weird background on creating the video (and how I lost my marbles doing so) here, if anyone is interested: https://sheff.info/2Jd90kD
  4. A new project I'm working on about Sheffield Stuff... This first full one is a look at the up-and-coming Kelham Island area. The full video Premieres on YouTube live tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7pm here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiCQN77R1go In the meantime, here's a brief trailer: Watch the first showing live at 7pm on Wednesday on YouTube where there'll be a live chat to discuss the video, places, facts and any possible mistakes(!) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiCQN77R1go (If you have a YouTube account log in on that page and click the button to set a reminder for when it goes live - and feel free to subscribe to the channel for more as they are made).
  5. I've always assumed it comes from similar to 'Off License' (i.e. the premises is licensed to sell alcohol to take away and be consumed off the premises)? Not sure if that is the case, but makes sense in my head.
  6. Phlegm is an excellent artist, in MASSIVE demand around the world. His recent exhibition at Eye Witness Works attracted thousands of people, with average queues to get in being around 2 hours wait time. His unique art features (and is much-loved) in many places across Sheffield, including the wall outside the Rutland Arms, next to the river Don where the Riverside is at Kelham Island, famously above (and behind) Rare and Racy until that place was forced to close, and many other places - not only that he has been commissioned to paint his creations all around the world, including the sides of skyscrapers, park art installations and loads more. Here's some of his work around the world: https://phlegmcomicnews.blogspot.com I get that it might not be your cup-of-tea (art is subjective after all).
  7. No one is belittling the event, or the flypast - on the contrary, I think everyone is agreed that remembrance is important and that the occasion should absolutely have been marked. I attended the flypast myself and have often been to the memorial. The video doesn't attempt to belittle Tony either - personally I think it is quite fair and balanced. There's an updated version of the story with additional points and commentary here: https://sheff.info/2OZwZnn - again, it is written to be balanced and sensitive to the subject matter from all sides. This is a Sheffield History forum though, and where details of history are questioned it is important to have that debate. Take all the subjectivity and emotion out of it, and focus on the objective historical evidence so we can all know and remember accurately what did happen that day... without historical accuracy then what history do we have? David Harvey (a historian with published accounts of the event) is adamant that the plane purposefully avoiding children in the park is an urban legend that started in around the 1990s. I think it comes from a single report in the Sheffield Telegraph after the crash that states "Children in Endcliffe Park escaped injury when a flaying fortress crashed" - it was always intended to mean that the crash simply happened away from the field where the children were, not that the pilot purposefully avoided the children, but when it was republished on an anniversary people misread it to mean the latter. Historians who have researched it for years are all a little bit bitter about the Tony Foulds situation, considering his story contradicts their research and, apparently, historical fact. Other eye-witnesses from the time are upset because it goes against their accounts of the crash that they've lived with for their lifetimes. Likewise the people who do look after the memorial are angry because they've done it for years and had no recognition whereas Tony comes along and takes all the credit from them. And others who arrange the annual memorials and other events around it all (who, incidentally, claim to have never seen or heard of Tony until last year) are annoyed because they feel Tony has taken the emphasis away from what they consistently do to honour the crash and servicemen. It is all probably harmless in the end (and who's dad/grandad hasn't told some kind of fanciful stories about their past? If that is the case), but you can understand why some people are angry, and you can understand why the accounts are being questioned - especially on a forum dedicated to researching, debating and accounting historical events.
  8. There have been plenty of eye witness accounts from the day, many catalogued in the history books. All seem to conflict with Tony's story though, apparently. Most say the plane actually circled the city for more than an hour and the National Fire Service were following it, knowing it was in trouble. At some point it apparently just dropped out of the sky, spiralling into the trees in Endcliffe Park, rather than a controlled descent and belly landing. Here's a snippet of one eye witness account that was published in The Star in the 2000s:
  9. There's been a bit of an uproar about allegations Tony Foulds had lied about his Mi Amigo experiences... this video takes a balanced and sensitive look at the topic:
  10. Absolutely fascinated by these images and the differences and similarities. Here's an animation: https://i.imgur.com/O6hYAdp.gifv
  11. It is actually inside the Crucible nowadays, on the wall. I'm surprised the staff in the theatre were unaware! The small meeting room upstairs, in the cube above the entranceway (where the colourful signage is) is called the Adelphi Room. As you walk in the main Crucible Theatre doors, turn to the right and follow the wall around to find the stairs to the Adelphi room. The plaque is around there (unless it has been moved in the last couple of years). It is definitely in there as recently as 4 September this year as a friend took this photo when making a pilgrimage around notable locations in Sheffield Wednesday's history for the 150th anniversary: