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  1. Is this the old Pond Street bus station??

    Harmer Lane is still there, where it has always been,running between Pond Street and Sheaf Street,
  2. Greasy Vera's Cafe in Sheffield

    Stupid o'clock on a freezing morning walking home from some gig or other, worse for wear, required the compulsory Cheggyburger stop at Greasy Vera's or the night just wasn't complete.
  3. Where was this long lost pub?

    I used to call in the Lambpool regularly, on my way from the Robin Hood to the Broughton Inn. Several other establishments were also visited en route.
  4. That's a very simple and not at all accurate assessment of the majority of rail accidents. Equipment failure and/or human error account for most.
  5. Sheffield Castle Redevelopment

    That would be a novel concept for this council. First of all, of course, they'd have to undemolish 99% of it.
  6. Shock Horror I am not on Facebook

    I've never been on any of those things, I have no friends and I seek information on things longer gone and much more interesting than Bob's lunch or Betty's cat falling off the roof again.
  7. Favourite view point in the peaks

    Looking out from the top of Mam Tor in the depths of winter.
  8. Is this strange?

    No, never have, never will. Sounds dreadful.
  9. Oh, you'd understand them, but they are pretty trivial records of what happened at the lodge meeting. Writing them is somewhat of an art form, making sure that what is read back a week later conforms to the rules, rather than what actually may have happened.
  10. When would that have been? I've drunk the occasional gallon or two there myself. At one point the Harlequin had a lodge upstairs almost every night of the week and on Sunday dinnertimes too. Provincial Grand Lodge was lunchtime, the third Saturday of every month. The PGL office was up in the attics along with a band practice room inhabited by younger chaps with longer hair. When the Buffs weren't there, the Fellowship Of The Services were. Some of the Buffs are/were Masons too.
  11. It does mean that anywhere you go, they can ask (coerce or press-gang sometimes) you into taking over control of the lodge meeting. I don't think the R.A.O.B. are secretive, if they had any information I'm sure they would share it. Most minute books were left in the charge of the individual minor lodges, kept in locked boxes, until the box was full, then they got lost or thrown away. Lodge officials come and go, sometimes they took books home and neither they nor the books were ever seen again. What happened when lodges closed is anybody's guess. I've not been able to get any information about my Great Grandfather or even find out if my Grandfather ever joined the order, even though I have been a member nearly 40 years, know the people and could ask in person, the records just don't exist. I hope that helps.
  12. Sorry, I haven't been around a lot lately. As a Primo, he would have passed "Examining Council" and proved a knowledge of the R.A.O.B rules and customs. When he had been through his raising ceremony and received his Primo's credentials he would be eligible to be the chairman of lodge meetings. I don't have my Great Grandfather's (2nd Degree) Primo Jewel (1919), but am told that was also solid silver. I do have his (3rd Degree) Knight Jewel (1935) and that is solid gold.
  13. Christmas Greetings

    Bah Humbug to the lot of you. Here's to a better new year in 2017.