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Athy

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About Athy

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  1. Athy

    The Road to Monyash

    As they would say on Wayne's World, "Ex-ce-llent"!
  2. Athy

    The Road to Monyash

    Always look on the Brightside of life. (M. Python) Woodhouse, in the middle of our street. (Madness) The sun always shines, in my Gleadless Valley. (Love Affair/ Robert Knight) Behind the green Dore. (Shakin' Stevens and others) Rolleston, oh Rolleston. (Glen Campbell) Walkley back to happiness (Helen Shapiro) Little Sharrows in your clothing, little Sharrows in your hair (Leapy Lee) Hillsborough's alive with the the sound of music (Julie Andrews) Gosh, easy, isn't it? I bet someone can think of better ones, though.
  3. Athy

    OLD SAYINGS

    The second of those is, unless I'm mistaken, from that fount of breezily basic English, Australia, whence "point Percy at the porcelain" also comes. Surely the item for which unsuspecting new employers were sent was a a long WEIGHT.
  4. Athy

    OLD SAYINGS

    Or "I'll go to t'end of our road" - neither of which I actually remember hearing in Sheffield. They tend to be trotted out by "stage Northerners" in modern times, often followed by a story involving a cardboard box.
  5. Excellent stuff, Sheffield History! So you actually worked with the Jackson brothers, wow! Years later I worked for a while with the co-promotor Jeff Kruger - a very big man in the entertainment biz, and very aware of that.
  6. Moving slightly sideways, many of us will remember when the fish & chip shop was the only take-away available, especially in the evenings - except that it was never called a "take-away" in those days, simply "the chippy". I would guess that the next type of shop to enter the fray was the Chinese food outlet - for which the expression "take-away" was probably invented. But when? I remember the first one opening in the town where I then lived, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, about 1970, run by one Johnny Wong; but I suspect that the "chinky chuck-out" as they were rather dismissively called back then, would have arrived in big cities such as Sheffield before that.
  7. Good detective work, RLongden! "Fried fish dealer" - how prim. I remember Mrs. Furniss who had a distinctive face - her top lip stuck out further than the bottom one. I had never sen anyone with that feature before. How odd that one remembers such peculiar details after some 55 years.
  8. I was too young to notice the pubs - I was not yet 14 when we left Sheffield, though I do remember the name "Hollin Bush". Furness' was on the right-hand side going down the hill from Ridgeway Road, further down than Gleadless School and on the opposite side. I think there were other shops nearby but can't remember what they were, except there was a sweetshop on the left.
  9. Oh dear, I have few original ideas so I have to recycle the old ones! So, are you a narrowboat owner too?
  10. Thanks, Jackanne. What a shame. We started going there about 1960 when Mum decided that she didn't want to cook seven days a week. So every Saturday about one o'clock Dad and I would go down there in the Hillman Minx, returning with that delicious-smelling newspaper-wrapped parcel whose contents would be eagerly devoured once we got home. That was a ritual for some two years until we moved from Sheffield. We did try one or two chippies in our new home of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, but they didn't even come near Furness' standard. I wonder if there is a photo of the shop.
  11. No contest! Furniss' on Hollinsend Road in Gleadless, right-hand side as you went down from the main road. Mum, Dad and I tried one or two others in the area but the equality didn't come close. Ooooh, I can just taste their fishcakes (as in two slices of potato, fish in between, cooked in batter) now, and I'm subconsciously reaching out for a bowl to take the peas home in. Apparently in later years it became a Chinese Chippy, not sure if it is still there now.
  12. Athy

    Shops In Gleadless

    Hunt's doesn't ring a bell - perhaps they came after Quirk's, who were there when we left Sheffield in 1962. I rather think that the people before Quirk's were the owners of Major, a friendly boxer dog which used to walk down to our house as he knew he's get made a fuss of and be fed some table leftovers. But I just can't think of their name at the moment.
  13. Athy

    Manor Top Telephone Exchange

    It was our actual number: Sheffield 37605. STD codes had not yet been introduced then as far as I'm aware. We were in Gleadless Avenue, Sheffield 12.
  14. Athy

    Manor Top Telephone Exchange

    Interesting, Andy, though I don't quite grasp it. So, our phone number in Sheffield in the early '60s was 37605. What can I deduce from that number? (And, I wonder, why on earth do I still remember it?)
  15. A McDonald's has closed down? That must be a step forward for civilisation. It's a pity about BHS and Woollies, though, two shops which had "always been there" and which many of us thought always would be.
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