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  • Birthday 24/01/1950

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  1. Hi BenBeau, Looks if I missed out on that trip to France, I didn’t even know we had a twin school in Alençon, maybe they told us but I just wasn’t listening. And I was pretty hot at French, quite au fait with the language, as you can see. Miss Hannington taught us some of the time but in my last year they shipped in a genuine French teacher from the continent who was quick to recognise the raw talent I possessed and rewarded me with an AA report card and an O level pass. Sadly I only have the initials MJR to remember her by. However, going back to the student exchange thing, I do recall my older brother entertaining a French student (male) at our home although I don’t think my brother ever went to France. I remember being envious of the musical instrument he constantly played which was a mouth piano. The Marseillaise never sounded so good!
  2. They won't let us watch it in Tassie
  3. Robin Hood Inn, Little Matlock, Stannington, Sheffield

    Sounds like the perfect childhood. In't it a pity we have to grow up.
  4. Toll Gate pub, Pitsmoor.

    We lived at Firvale, the Cannon Hall, Sportsman and Tollgate were our favorite dives, this was pre 1972 the year we shipped out to Auz. We loved the Tollgate, it was a nice quiet pub, never any trouble. I remember the pinball well, wasted many an hour on it. Only names I can recall in the Gate were Dave McCambridge and his mate Bob (?) who had a deformed leg or hip and walked with a serious limp. I checked out the Tollgate on Google Earth just recently - it's now a supermarket, the happy days are gone forever Kidneystone.
  5. Hey Up All

    Hey Up Davey, I assume Chap. is Chappletown and not Chappaquiddick? The forum is a goldmine, I spent a week looking back through old posts when I first joined. Let us know what you dig up and what Millhouses Park was like 44 years ago. Just a tip . . . lose some of the spaces, it's easier for us to read. Cheers.
  6. Sheffield Miners Strike of 1984

    Loved your video about Dinnington miners, very moving in parts. Like the middle aged miner with 3 grown-up kids who had never learned to drive. And the miner who started a new career in his wife's Bridal wear business. Very humbling when they lined up to get their redundancy letter and commemorative tankard. A football team posing for a team photo all wearing flat caps. That video is gold, thanks for the link.
  7. Baaa !

    Think the postcard is addressed to somewhere in Liverpool Tozzin??
  8. Carbrook Hall at Attercliffe, Sheffield

    This is an excerpt from a post I put on the forum some time ago. After four miles my brother and I detoured from the tow path to share a welcome pint with the heroes of the Civil War. Did the Civil War have heroes? Heroes or not, their portraits adorn the Oak Room of Carbrook Hall. In 1640 Sheffield didn’t even appear on the map of England but Carbrook Hall did and this magnificent old building welcomed us with open arms. I think it’s the best pint I had in all my time in England. I swear some planets must have aligned at that moment producing a set of circumstances which might never be repeated in my lifetime; the weather, the atmosphere, being on home soil, walking with my brother after so long, a feeling of peace and contentment. I could have stayed there all afternoon but there was Hadfields Weir still to do before I could say I had walked the Five Weirs. Never saw any spooks while we were there, then again it was a Tuesday morning, probably not the best time for engaging the supernatural.
  9. Sheffield Student Rag Parade

    I remember the boat race and the Twikker. Were they all connected?
  10. Don't quite understand the 'junior' bit? Most of the Bellhouse Road team look ready to retire.
  11. Bit difficult sando, I'm standing on my head at the moment. Can you fix it?
  12. Did you play shove hapeney?

    Oh eye, played shuv 'apeney heaps at school, at lunch time on wet days or just between classes if the teacher was late. We loved it. Then when we got home we played Subuteo. On the weekends we watched United then played in the Sunday league.
  13. Birdseye view of Sheffield

    My first impression was: grim, depressing, Victorian, Dickensian, not exactly picture postcard material. But then I look a bit closer. In the foreground that quaint row of shops with canvas awnings and the chimneys in the bottom r/h corner suggest that it was a sunny day. The top 1/3 of the photo could be a lovely oil painting if it was in colour. If you cropped the picture N-S along the weather vane and looked at everything to the left, visually it is quite appealing, with the spires, the road disappearing into the distance and that stately, as yet unidentified building in the centre. I'm looking at it from a purely artistic point of view, the historians on the site would want me hanged.
  14. I have just posted an update on the cupola in the General Chat forum complete with pictures ! View with caution.
  15. Is there an architect in the house?

    Well, back in January I promised to post photographs of the aforementioned cupola. At that time, work on my 'studio' was progressing well, stone wall & chimney, porthole window, new interior, carpet, electrics etc etc. I started buying materials for the cupola (see photo) which was to be the crowning feature. Then on May 13th I suffered a slight setback, as you can see from the selfie I took !! Thank goodness it was my left hand, I can still paint, draw, write and eventually complete the work I have started. It's been almost 4 months since D-Day (digit day) I have re-commenced the stonework and completed a few minor projects since then. Be assured the cupola will be built and I will be happy to post a picture when it happens.