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  2. Where in Sheffiel is there a "Ex Gents Urinal" that is now a YEB (or what ever its called nowadays) Sub Station.

    It has a roof now which it did not a few years ago



  3. Granddad and Aunt

    My grandfather with my favourite Aunt taken about 1865, he died aged 36 yrs after 5 days of agony after one of his horses kicked him in the stomach whilst removing a stone.


  4. I met Maurice Colbourne when conserving a silent 16mm film of Broomhall Nursery shot in the 1920 / 30s. It was shot by Mr Tozer of Steel, Peach & Tozer. Maurice had a child who attended the nursery and volunteered to record the voice-over for me. He turned up for the recording with a bottle of champagne and two glasses. While chatting, he told me his ambition was to make a film about the Sheffield Gang Wars and asked me to scout for suitable shooting locations while he was on holiday. Sadly he died soon after this, and the film still hasn't been made. A genuinely nice guy.

    HI tsavo enlighten us on Maurice Colbourne, I'm sure there will be others that would like to know Skeets

  5. The First Leaf of an Album

    By James Montgomery, Esq.

    lit Pictura, Poesis.—Hor. de Art. Port.

    Two lovely Sisters here unite

    To blend improvement with delight;

    Painting and Poetry engage

    By turns to deck the Album's page.

    Here may each glowing Picture be

    The quintessence of Poesy,

    With skill so exquisitely wrought,

    As if the colours were pure thought,—

    Thought from the bosom's inmost cell,

    By magic tints made visible,

    That, while the eye admires, the mind

    Itself, as in a glass, may find.


    And may the Poet's verse, alike,

    With all the power of Painting strike ;

    So freely, so divinely trace,

    In every line, the line of grace;

    And beautify, with such sweet art,

    The image-chamber of the heart,

    That Fancy here may gaze her fill,

    Forming fresh scenes and shapes at will,

    Where silent words alone appear,

    Or, borrowing voice, but touch the ear.

    Yet humble Prose with these shall stand ;

    Friends, kindred, comrades, hand in hand,

    AH in this fair enclosure meet,

    The Lady of the Book to greet,

    And, with the pen or pencil, make

    These leaves love-tokens, for her sake.

    Sheffield, 1828.

    l learned something from this verse ,l often wondered where the word DECKO, [as in lets have a decko], came from, obviously from the old word DECK meaning look ?. Skeets

  6. 1904, Formerly 'E Freidrich & Son' corner of Willey Street and Wicker.

    this image courtesy of Dunsbyowl ...

    SteveHB .Had a few pork sandwiiches from that shop Steve, l also worked at their preporation factory in Fitzalan st [i think that was the st] had to do a job in the blackpudding shed, what a stink and sight, l think a lot of people would not eat it if they were to see it made, but it never put me off , and l love it here in France, Boudin its called but expensive. Skeets

  7. 1891 census

    ref: piece 3805 e.d. 28 folio 133

    21 Victoria Rd

    (Ecclesall Bierlow; Broomhall)

    Joseph WHELAN Head Marr 35 builder YKS Sheffield

    Marie WHELAN Wife Marr 31 YKS Sheffield

    Mary CROSS Servant Unm 25 general servant YKS Meadowhall

    We lived in the attic flat, which is probably where the servant lived. A huge house for three people!

    It may be one of these houses, but I would have to go and check on the ground.

    Hugh HI Hugh , lf is possible to cover the census covering the years around 1933/6, l think you should find the tenant of 21 Victoria Rd was Robert Revington an old school pal of my father, who also owned the property where we went to live, in1935, through this pal of my dad, l remember going to visit him there, when my dad took him a Scotsterrier puppy which he used to breed, l recall getting a suitable reminder to behave myself, as its a very nice house you're going to.Skeets.

  8. there are wartime prefabs still in existence on the street behind my friend's flat at Stannington, and, yes they are built onto the hillside with a small foundation of brick, higher at the "downhill" side than at the other.

    My aunt lived in a prefab at Intake before moving to Hyde Park, and my main memories are of the floor "bouncing" as it was being walked across, and the taps in the bathroom being quite weird (they weren't attached to the bath, they came out of the wall over the bath) yes it was cold in he house. (my finnegan house, although "prefab" in construction, was excellent in winter, as it had so much insulation between the walls. very warm, and quite economical to heat)

    the shale/ shingle-y stuff under your topsoil would have probably been to do with the mine workings in the area (there were pits from Elm Tree Pit at Manor Top, right down the hill)

    HI Plain talker l was directed in 1946 to work on the erection of prefabs in the Park district and those in Dore village, and the foundations were adequate for that type of building, its based on the calculation of the total wieght of the building to be built, as for damp ground an adequate damp course takes care of that same as any building,and should be a minimum of 16 centimetres above the surrounding ground.as for floor bounce thats coursed by the joists or packings drying out,to say they were supposed to have a life span of 20yrs they did well Skeets

  9. Sorry Richard no age to the tape, if you ebay it's up for sale along with this wie and screw gauge.

    The ruler is mine bought it in the pub about twenty years ago, cost me a pint. lol

    A link to the ebay page http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-Chesterman-S...1QQcmdZViewItem

    SteveHB This2/ft rule was given to me about 60yrs ago by an old retired signwriter along with some brushes and a hand rest its maker was Smallwood Maker just about visible, l would like to know if anyone has ever heard of this firm. Skeets

  10. Finally got around to giving it a try. Most suprisingly my old Eumig 8mm projector, dug out of the loft after almost 20 years of retirement still works perfectly. Projected onto a screen with an image size of about A5 landscape, perhaps just a bit less and filmed it with a digital camcorder as close as possible to the projector.

    There was some rectangular distortion but this can be hidden by filming slightly less than the full picture to make it appear square again, have to be careful with titles and the like not to trim anything important off though.

    All the films now have a soundtrack of projector clatter and noise. As most 8mm is silent this can easily be edited off to restore the silence, however I do have some sound films and the noise does now appear on the recorded soundtrack.

    The pictures are a bit dark in places, I may be able to correct this using software on the recorded video or refilm it and set the exposure manually.

    Some flicker is evident on very bright scenes, but not at all on the darker ones.

    H Dave Heres the one you never got Skeets

    Worst problem of all is sharpness and focus, - not that 8mm film was ever that sharp in the first place. Given that I can project a sharp image at short distance to keep it small and bright without the focus wandering, the camera itself seems to object to working at short focus distances in what it judges to be low light levels and with a slightly oblique screen so that not all the image is at the same distance from the camera. Autofocus is hopeless as it constantly tries to search for a better focus, and in so doing loses it for a few seconds at a time. Manual focus isn't much better.

    Despite this some of the results were better than I had anticipated and have given me something to work on before I try again.

    HI Dave Heres the one l tried to mail you . looks like you got two ,you can start breeding again Skeets

  11. I like a story with a moral. This is an old Russian folk tale that has 3.

    On a remote farm in the north of Russia, a young boy had a pet canary. The bird would sit in its cage by the door and sing all day long. Until one day, in the depths of winter, with the temperature at 40 below, someone left the door open, and the canary succumbed to the cold. The young boy found it barely alive, and knew he had to warm it up. He spotted the farm's steaming dung heap, and scooped a hole in the top, and buried the bird up to its neck, then went off to do his chores. After a while the canary recovered and began to sing again. Unfortunately the farm cat heard it, dug the bird out and ate it.

    As I said, the story has 3 morals.

    1. It's not always your enemies who drop you in it.

    2. It's not always your friends that get you out of it

    and 3 When you're up to your neck in it, don't whistle!

    Heres another tale with a moral-----An old farmer was summoned for jury service and the plaintiff only had circumstantial evidence against him , So the jury went out and all found him guilty except the old farmer who said he would never find anyone quilty on circumstantial evidence, and proceeded to say why, When l was a big strong young fellow and we milked by hand, a new cow that l had newly purchased , would waddle and lash out its tail when l sat down, it would knock me arse over poo poo and l would land in it , this happened several times so l ses i'll cure you you bugger and got a bit of rope and a big nail knocked in the side of the stall an tied its tail to it, then l tied its legs together good and firm, before l sits down again l finds l wants to make water, so l lobs him out and did it on the stall, l was just shaking the drops off AND the wife came in and just stood and stared at me and then at the cow. Now thats why l dont like circumstantial evidence its nearly sixty years ago and she still won't believe me ,,Skeets