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  1. Hecate

    Richards Shop

    Yes, I do. Mostly out of my price range (I was a Miss Siama girl), but I do remember buying a pair of fantastic red boots there with some Christmas money when I was 14 or 15. I remember Warehouse on there too, a few years later.
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    Music Thread (with Youtube)

    What have I done to deserve this?
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    Boycott Gillette razors.

    Absolutely fascinating to see the corrosion of views and ideals after susceptible folk wade through the internet's nether-regions for long enough.
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    Hyde Park Flats Question?

    Building work started in 1980. Opened 1981.
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    Bonfire good old days

    I do. Late 70s. I don't recall any reference to trick or treating though, and pumpkins were wildly exotic, unheard of in my neck of the woods. We carved the turnips and delighted in the spooky shadows and glow cast by the candles while we put TCP and plasters on our sliced up fingers. We didn't go door to door harassing folk at Halloween like children today; 70s children made Guys a few days later and harassed folk on the street instead.
  6. I'll give you a few examples: If someone posts an anecdote about ghostly orbs and goes on to suggest that they are the physical manifestations of departed spirits, it's entirely reasonable for someone else to propose the rational explanation that those orbs are actually artefacts of digital photography. If someone posts an anecdote about a ghostly hooded figure and speculates about its origin, it's entirely reasonable for someone else to counter any spooky explanations with an observation about perception and cognitive bias. If someone posts about their ghost investigation group and the scientific tools they use to identify spooks, it's entirely reasonable for someone who's also interested in science, but who has a more rational perspective on ghost investigation, to join in the discussion. The fact that this thread has been merged with others over the years illustrates the redundancy of attempting to separate the subject into different threads; you can't discuss rational explanations for ghost sightings without including the initial discussion about the ghosts in question. As for poking fun: of course moderate the comments if they descend into personal attacks. That's an entirely different matter. Don't attempt to exclude contributions to the thread from people with a genuine interest in the subject under discussion.
  7. I didn't see any apparently recently deleted posts, but I must respond to this point: This thread has been trundling along since 2004, with several interesting plunges throughout its 52 pages into discussions about whether or not ghosts exist. This has included conversations about perception, psychology, belief and so on, all essential and obvious counterpoints to spooky anecdotes for anyone with a genuine interest in the subject. We had a similar discussion way back when, when a paranormal interest group was proposed and rejected, when it was concluded that a group of that nature, and hence forum threads concerning the 'supernatural', should not exclude contributions from those with a more rational perspective. Please don't attempt to exclude that aspect of the discussion from this thread now.
  8. I'm looking for a pair of good, solid dressmaking shears, 10", sidebent, made in Sheffield (not 'made in Sheffield' but assembled and finished elsewhere). I've spotted the Wilkinson ones at William Whiteley. Any other recommendations?
  9. ...is free this week (ends 12/10/18 ), if you fancy learning a few new crafting skills, or brushing up on some old ones.
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    The "I am currently reading" thread

    I've got three on the go: Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen, about how America lost its mind and reason; Everything Trump Touches Dies by Rick Wilson (fabulously snarky); and Summer Knight by Jim Butcher, which I mostly like, but the series is starting to strain by capacity to suspend my disbelief (and if I have to read 'hells bells!" any more I might just shred it for use as cat litter). And speaking of books that should not be tossed aside lightly, I had a crack at Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. So much promise, so much cringing irritation and sad disappointment.
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    A-level results day 2018

    A few years back folk were all sniffy and sniggery about the worth of degrees in Social Studies, Sociology, and Film Studies. All three are offered by Warwick, for example. Times (and universities and their degrees) change. ---------- Post added 19-08-2018 at 12:43 ---------- 8% achieved A* in 2018 compared to 8.3% in 2017.
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    A-level results day 2018

    You're failing to take into account the profound changes to higher education which have occurred in the going on 40 years since the 80s. Vocational occupations such as nursing, non-clinical medical professions like biomedical science, and non-laboratory based medical science professions have become degree-based in changes initiated by their respective professional bodies. Back in the 80s students were attending courses at respected polytechnics and other predominantly technical institutes with long established reputations in the appropriate subjects. In 1992, many of those institutes became universities. Since then, other vocational subjects have similarly changed from, for example, HND, HNC or related professional or technical qualifications to being degree-based. The problem, I think, isn't the broad-based nature of university education, no matter how disdainfully some might view professions outside traditional academia; the problem is with traditional academic subjects and the perception of some potential students seeking those qualifications. As most involved in recruiting graduates to competitive positions will agree, not all traditional academic degrees are created equal, and some academic institutions are viewed more favourably than others. I don't think some students are fully aware that their degree might not put them on an equal footing with others with a degree in the same subject. As for 'dumbing down' of university education: lecturers have been snipping course content since at least the 80s - certainly since I was a new graduate in the early 90s - to account for changes to A Level and GCSE syllabuses. Similarly, academics have long noted that students new to higher education have some deficiencies in grammar and spelling. What's relatively new is the extent to which new students have difficulty in adapting to the independent nature of university education.
  13. An article in the Yorkshire Post states that the first spade was dug into the Trades & Labour Club site in June 1980, so a 1981 opening seems about right. A photograph on Picture Sheffield dated 16/2/67 shows the old school being demolished, and another dated 1969 shows the new Park Hill School up and running. ---------- Post added 21-07-2018 at 09:44 ---------- This photograph is fascinating. The view along Talbot Street in the 50s, past the (just about standing now New Inn) to where Hyde Park Terrace was built. Look at that slope! Then in 1966 you can see Hyde Park Terrace in the background as the Norfolk Picture Palace is demolished. And in this photograph and this photograph, you see a glimpse of the pub building on the site of the Trades & Labour Club. The date of the last one is a bit off; the cinema is gone, which dates it to post-1966, not 1963).

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