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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. '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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. from the Romans, Angles,Saxons,Vikings, then the French (under William, the horse-chestnutter), our destiny has been shaped by Europe.
  13. Oh Dear, the value of Sterling is dropping like a stone, do the negotiators not realise that Britain is a spent force. with no Empire to prop us up the E.U. rescued this nation from becoming a third world country. Remember "the poor man of Europe" ? Brought down in the 70's and 80's by nefarious industrial activity, we needed a saviour. No Deal would leave us exposed and so many nations still have an axe to grind from our occupation, offers of cooperation will be subject to reparations for past misrule. The expression 'Kick him while he's down' springs to mind and the special relationship with a certain nation would not be enough to avoid insult as demonstrated at the Women's World Football Cup-of-tea gesture. Promises of spending sprees would have to be broken if and when the money runs out, no one would offer loans in those circumstances and we really would hit rock bottom. We could lose Scotland and Scottish oil and this situation in NI could be ungovernable. On the other hand we could soar.
  14. I have no faith so I am puzzled, who created the dinasoaurs? did the same entity then allow a space object to destroy them? thus making room for mankind (eventually), First Man then from him Woman and now through interbreeding, six or seven billion of us. The interbreeding would explain things like Brexit, the Wall, Global warming, de-forestation, Putin etc but why Earth? It clearly isn't big enough and there are alternative planets out there which would have taken longer to destroy. Maybe the religiosos have a view on this.
  15. Now that this year's Woman of the year and ,of course, Mother's day have passed we are hearing a little less of Me-Too and Time's-up. Come on ladies there is an awful lot to do. We have had 2000 years of Indoctrination from the Monotheist religions,(even the pagan Greeks and Romans had Goddesses and Heroines), whereas the patriarchal nature of religious content stems from the time it was first recorded. Our bedtime stories consist of vulnerable ladies being rescued from Dragons ,witches and wicked stepmothers by heroes and princes. Well-if the shoe fits! No wonder our kids grow up thinking humans obey the laws of nature and the Alpha male rules. There is a solution but it is a bit "Bah Humbug", religious texts etc should be age certified so that children could be taught them from,say,16, to avoid them being exposed or groomed with unsuitable gender bias. Fairy stories should be banned unless they are gender neutral and princess dresses should be destroyed. It will take about 100 years to accomplish but the result should be everything we want.
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