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  1. Things must be getting serious because in some parts of this country the once ubiquitous snowman has not been sighted for many years, the human species was allocated a big brain and N.I. (natural intelligence) but has now become a threat to it's maker (scientific not religious), consequently, nature is attempting to cull the expanding population. Just like we would do if humans created robots with A.I. and they went rogue. Science informs us that nature has extinguished species before so that could be our fate if we keep on defying natures attempts to reduce the numbers, unfortunately this may take down many other species if it involves drastic measures like toxic rainfall. Do sleep soundly.
  2. I like this ,but not much imaginative content and very knowledgeable, how about this, you know how we can syphon petrol (legally of course) from a petrol tank? well maybe the learned amongst you can comment on this idea- say we harness the extreme pressure in the deeper ocean to assist in syphoning sea water up into a raised holding tank, it would be continuously discharged back into the ocean via a turbine . Nerdy idea ?
  3. Here's an idea to help solve one or two problems, i.e. environmental, lack of employment opportunities, cost of gym membership and the desire to use 'phone while at work. ( Greta will like this.) What we do is install thousands of Roman style treadmills and use human power to generate electricity. If successful we could shut down a couple of coal fired power stations. With no need for qualifications, many young people could get a job easily. The prospect of a four hour shift each day for a full wage should attract enough workers to man the machinery 24 hours a day for 7 days each week. Each machine would have a 'phone charger and access to fast broadband so the job would be as easy as taking a walk in the park. We need these kind of suggestions if we are to get on top of Global warming etc so please suggest ideas which will help. You know, many surviving Octogenarians lived for many years in houses with no electricity, gas, running water, car, phone and the toilet was a midden in the garden. They got by but unfortunately had to burn coal for cooking and heat nevertheless they proved we could get by without so many creature comforts.
  4. Does anyone remember the convent in the hills above Oughtibridge? During the war, my sister and myself used to walk about 7 or 8 miles overland from our farm to take communion there. The alternative was to wait for the first bus into Hillsborough and go to The Sacred Heart church adjoining the school we attended, the problem then was we didn't get breakfast until about 1 o clock so as soon as we turned 7 and got confirmed, our Irish grandmother insisted we walk over numerous obstacles like edges of ploughed fields, stiles, farmyards and winding country roads to take communion with the nuns. I visited a few years ago to refresh the memories and after speaking to a nun through a grill we were allowed in for a short while. It was just like 'The Sound Of Music' with the big iron grills set in the walls where I remember the nuns sat in shadow during Mass, chanting prayers and singing.
  5. Herbert Harris was my uncle he had a daughter called Vennie. I lived on East Terrace almost next door to Jack Grace who died last year.
  6. Hi Lyndon, I remember Johnny Haywood, He was a couple of years older than us but we came into regular contact with him on what was known as 'the backs' at WalesBar. Good to get news of Kenny and Bob, seems only like yesterday.
  7. I've looked it up, Sprarsy was cockney rhyming slang 'Sprarsy-Anna' to rhyme with Tanner. The rest of the Ravens were Sheffield boys - Aiden (rhythm guitar),Arthur(Bass guitar) and Mick on drums, plus a vocalist. Norrie Parramore (their recording manager) was used to dealing with his own and other string orchestras so he chose to record the vocalist with strings and ignore the rest of the group. He would select a song he liked from the American top 100 and have an arranger write a score for a studio orchestra and hope it would be high in the American charts before his version hit the shops here. It only worked once and that was wen he was on holiday and left it to his assistant JohnShroeder. Consequently, when on tour, Frank and the boys would have to play soft rock ballads as accompaniment instead of the heavy rock that Frank liked. An early hero of his was Eddie Cochran.
  8. 'Sprazy' was written by a young Trevor Peacock, not a particularly catchy tune but back then Britain did not have many songwriters to call on, Trevor could later be seen acting in things like The Vicar of Dibley, he would mutter No- No- No- No- er Yes.
  9. hi Sue, Watson does not seem a familiar name to me ,in 1948 I would have been busy playing football etc and wouldn't have known much grown up stuff although this does sound dramatic.
  10. Hi Vic, good to hear from you, sorry I can't be of any help with jogging your memory. It seems I am half a dozen years ahead of your time so people's names don't correlate .Nevertheless it is good to hear about the old places, whenever we had a night out in Sheffield,(Locarno, Cutlers Hall etc) we would have to catch a bus as far as Swallownest and walk the rest of the way home because our last bus was 9.30 from Pond St. We sometimes went to Dances in Swallownest, I think it was a community Hall and when we got kicked out of the pub in Wales (Skiffle/rock group), we tried to transfer our clientele to the same dance hall in Swallownest. It didn't catch on then but Dave Berry had the same idea just a little while later. The guy I know who went to Woodhouse Grammar would be 88 now so he would have been before you. I made my way to the West Country (UK) due to my interest in Rock and Roll and stayed.My pal from the group eventually built a lovely bungalow down here overlooking the ocean so turning our back on traditional mining jobs (almost an obligation to follow your predecessors down the pit) didn't do us any harm in the long run. Good to talk stay safe.
  11. Worthy Cope rings a bell, and the one name I know definitely went to Woodhouse Grammar was Ron Grace, he became a Draughtman at Davy United. The Lord Conyers became a venue for Folk music and Ron's brother Jack was influential there. The other pub in Wales was a venue for our skiffle group The Harlequins. Hope you are safe and well over there.
  12. In (about) 1960,Frank was one of the 'Ravens'. Although they were the backing group, EMI decided to record them with an instrumental, because the Shadows were having success as an instrumental group and even then Frank stood out as a guitarist. Unfortunatly No1 studio which they used, was a massive recording studio designed for large orchestras and bands. The acoustics were built in for normal instruments and they could not cope with electric guitars. Attempts were made to isolate the instruments so that they could be mixed, even creating four individual small sound booths inside the studio, this was not how a rock group operated so the results were disappointing to say the least. The record entitled 'SPRAZY' died a death . (Sprazy was an old slang name for a sixpence as well as Tanner) And so Frank lost his first opportunity to be noticed very early on in his career. So long Frank.
  13. I am one of the old Pharts who remember deprivation and rationing, and I am thankful to the new generation who are co-operating to keep us all healthy. So far I have avoided nature's latest cull of our generation and I wonder how many of my playmates from the postwar period are surviving. I remember Les Moseley (RAF,) Harry (snowy) Allen (soccer),Jack Grace (Dec), Kenny Bonsall, Bobby Coxon, brother of Cynthia Coxon (maiden name) also Dot Askew, Vennie Harris, Avis Shaw and the principal 'boy' from Wales church panto Doreen Hale.
  14. maybe we SHOULD embrace our European counterparts rather than reject them, for two millenia they have influenced our Roads,Language.culture and finesse.food wine and of course Sport. A strong Union could be just what's needed to offset the emerging, unpredictable economies of Asia, Russia and now Trumpton. As a small impoverished Island we will have about as much clout as Tuvalu. O.K. there may be healthy competition for the sun beds at idyllic holiday spots on the continent but that is preferable to the conflicts which took place in the recent centuries.
  15. from the Romans, Angles,Saxons,Vikings, then the French (under William, the horse-chestnutter), our destiny has been shaped by Europe.
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