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  1. Can anyone tell me the name and contact details for the MP who represents the Hillsborough/Wisewood/Wadsley areas of Sheffield 6? I've just looked online in an attempt to find this info ... and it's all very confusing and contradictory! Is it a woman called Gill Furniss? Has anyone ever raised issues with the local MP and if so, did you find this MP to be helpful? I'd really appreciate any advice and info on this, because I'm currently trying to sort out a serious housing issue for my 81 year old severely disabled mum ….but I'm getting absolutely nowhere in my attempts to deal with Sheffield Council or with my old mum's Social Housing provider
  2. What sort of tasty, healthy, nourishing meals are you cooking for yourself or your family, during this in this awful, oppressively hot weather? live in a small-ish flat, with poor ventilation.... and I can't bear to turn on the oven - or even on the stove-top hob .... to cook anything at all! I'm living mostly on sarnies, tortilla-style wraps and various salads in this extreme hot weather …. and during the past couple of weeks or so, I have even resorted to having a bowl of breakfast cereal, with cold milk, for my main evening meal!! If I've done any "hot food" cooking at all, it's mostly been something that takes just few minutes on the hob - like a mushroom omelette, a quick veg-noodle-and-prawn stir-fry...or even doing a couple of boiled eggs and toast, or quickly heating up a tin of baked beans or soup.
  3. I went to Myers Grove between 1969 and 1974 and although I did reasonably well and left with a decent number of "O" Levels, I didn't really enjoy the whole ethos of the school and was happy to leave. On the plus side, it was brilliant for facilities, with loads of playing fields, purpose-built gyms, science labs, properly equipped domestic science rooms etc, but on the other hand, it was terrible school. It was meant to be a comprehensive, but tried to be a grammar school - and ultimately failed to be either. If you were one of the more academic kids (which I was deemed to be) they assessed you after your first year, called you "the grammar school stream" then educated you differently for the rest of your time at the school. We so-called brighter kids did less subjects like games, PE, woodwork, needlework, cookery etc - and more of the so-called academic subjects, like maths, languages and sciences. We were constantly told that we were "better" than all the other kids in our year group and I always felt very uncomfortable with this, because most of these so-called "inferior" kids were my friends - kids from my estate, kids I'd been in primary school with - basically normal kids who were no better, or worse than me. The kids who were assessed as being not very "academic" were basically just thrown to the wolves - they had these kids out sweeping the playgrounds, repainting the lines on the playing fields and sports courts - basically just writing them off and condemning them to low wage futures when they were only about 13 or 14 years old. There was always a horrible sense of snobbery and elitism pervading the school - for which I still blame the then headmaster, William Hill..... a total head-in-the-sand snob, who really should not have been in charge of an early, flagship comprehensive school, during an era when the old 11-Plus system was being abolished and a good education was meant to be the right of the many, not the privilege of the few. I remember most of my teachers from my school years - some were nice, many were not very nice at all. I tended to get on best with my English teachers - because that was my best subject and they liked my way with words! I'm listing a few teachers who taught me below - but making no comment on what I thought about them ... for fear of being sued for libel or slander....even now... 45 years later!! 😁 Headmaster - Mr Hill Deputy Heads - Mrs Hedley, Mr Forsyth, Mr Smith Year masters - Mr Vinson, Mr Wardle, Mr Furniss Religious Education teachers - Mr Vinson and Mr Wardle English - Mr Dubberly, Mrs Gunn, Mr Pointon, Mr Allen French - Mr Sheridan German - Mr Barnaby & Mr Blaby Latin - Mr Smith Chemistry - Mrs Meek and Mr Magri Physics - Mr Elliott Drama - Miss Turner Music - Mr Sampson Maths - Mr Sorby, Mrs Hopkin, Miss Wiseman and Mr Beaumont Geography - Mr Waugh & Mr Howarth History - Mr Grinter and Mr Ibbotson Needlework and cookery - Miss Bennett and Mrs Steel Biology - Miss Evans and Mr Herringshaw Games/PE - Mrs Sherwood, Mrs Singleton, Miss Nutbrown and Miss Carrington I also remember a very weird and strange member of staff called Mrs Hipsley. She was a very scary character to we adolescent girls - a very, very odd woman, with an expressionless. heavily made-up face and a very rigid, hairsprayed hairdo. She didn't seem to teach anything or ever be in a classroom - she just seemed to lurk in corridors and outside classroom doors - pouncing on us and punishing us with detention if she thought our skirts were a bit too short or that our tie-knots were not properly done up!
  4. I started work in 1974, as a Clerical Assistant for Post Office Telecommunications, (which later morphed into British Telecom, then, later, became BT). My first wage was £14.63 a week - and I remember being the envy of my most of my friends, who left school on the same day as I did. Most of them became factory girls, shop assistants, hairdressing apprentices etc - and were earning about £8-10 a week - so I was earning "good money" in comparison to my peer group. I still lived at home then and my parents were quite reasonable in what they asked us to pay for our "board" when their kids started work. Their rule was quite simple - they asked for a third of our take-home pay - whatever we were earning. Out of my £14.63 a week, I gave my parents £4.50...and out of the ten quid or so left, I bought clothes, went up town with my mates, did a pub crawl and ended up somewhere like Scamps or Genevieve "nite spots" at least once a week on a Friday or Saturday. I went to the local pubs with mates on a midweek evening at least one a week, went with them to watch Wednesday at Hillsborough when they were playing at home. I could afford a fairly pleasant lifestyle. The wages back then seem ludicrously low - but so were the prices. It was about 20p for a pint of bitter, 25p for a pint of lager, the admission fee into the discos was about 25p too - but you smuggled your own alcoholic drinks in - rammed inside your poky little 70's handbag - because their drinks were 3 times the price of the same in pubs! Crikey...how some things have changed … and yet some things are much the same! I guess it's all relative, really.
  5. I recently tried a fish called Ling. Has anyone ever tried this, or even heard of it? I confess that I'd never even heard of it - and only decided to try it when I saw it recently, on special offer in Morrisons. It looked exactly like cod or haddock, but was literally less than a quarter of the price! I was really impressed by it! It's not quite as firm and flakey as cod - a bit mushier and softer in texture and maybe not quite so good for pan-frying or steaming - but I think it's absolutely brilliant in fish pies, fish stews, fish curries, soups, tacos etc - when mixed with other kinds of fish - or shellfish, I'd be really interested in hearing what other Sheff foodies have to say ….
  6. Oooh! Ta for your reply Claret. I'm quite amazed that Sheffield produces any sort of cheese at all and this "Little Mesters" cheese sounds really very interesting indeed! I'll definitely give it a try when I can.
  7. Thanks for your reply and your helpful tip, poppet2. I tried the extra oil, as you suggested and it really did do the trick! As well as the usual amount of butter, I added about an ounce from a block of creamed coconut - and yes, it made the cake quite a bit moister and denser. I also took your advice about using grated fresh coconut instead of the desiccated stuff. Definitely a much nicer and more delicate "coconutty" flavour...but it's a right time consuming faff to shell, peel and grate a fresh coconut. Well worth it though....if you've got the time to do it!
  8. I've got mixed feelings about all Wetherspoon's pubs - usually vast, soulless places, lacking in atmosphere and even though a lot of them are located in characterful. historic old buildings... like the Banker's Draft in town, or the Rawson Springs in Hillsborough, they somehow seem to lack any sort of "real" character. I can never go into the Rawson Springs without remembering that it used to be Hillsborough Baths, where I learned how to swim, as a small child in the mid 60's! Having said that, I must admit that I do genuinely admire and respect Wetherspoon's pubs. They are usually efficient and well run, with pleasant, friendly staff, a decent selection of drinks at much cheaper prices than most pubs - and a food menu which is not exactly "gourmet" standard, but which is good enough if you just want summat cheap and simple to eat and drink on a day out. They also do a menu for kids - which is nice too. I live and work in London - and Wetherspoon's pubs are just about the only places that people on normal wages can go out to eat and drink in these days! I went for a walk around Epping Forest with a friend a couple of days ago and we called in a nice pub on the way back. A pint of normal bitter was £7 quid - and a burger and chips £12.50!!! Ridiculous! We had one half pint each, then left and went to a Wetherspoon's down the road - where we got 2 meals and 2 pints for a tenner...not top quality, but at least acceptable and affordable!
  9. When I was a kid, growing up in Sheff in the '60's and '70's …. and even well into the 80's and beyond,...my family always bought all their bread and breadcakes from a fantastic bakery, called Dora Webster's - on Middlewood Road, S6. Dora's did fab ,proper breadcakes - but also the very best, white, uncut loaf I've ever tasted - a proper, puffed-up, dense, doughy white loaf...with a proper black, burnt crust. I used to be sent to buy the bread when I was a kid, but remember getting told off, because I'd picked off and eaten most of the burnt crust by the time I got home! I've since tried quite a few different white loaves and breadcakes in Sheff since Dora Webster's closed down. Turner's breadcakes are a pretty good substitute - but I've yet to find a burnt-crust white loaf that matches Dora's.
  10. Heh, heh, heh! This post about the old school "houses" system really took me back in time! I went to Myers Grove school between 1969 and 1974 and they operated a 4 house system back then - India (yellow), Canada (green), Ghana (red) and Australia (blue). Myers Grove was a truly terrible school and I was very relieved to leave there as soon as I'd finished my "O Levels"! In terms of facilities, it was great, with modern stuff, like separate, well-equipped gyms, science labs, craft facilities, properly kitted-out workshops for domestic science, woodwork, metal work etc, tennis and netball courts, an area for athletics and playing fields suitable for football, cricket, rugby, hockey.... but basically it was a bog standard comprehensive school, which fancied itself as a grammar school...and ultimately failed to be either. It was very elitist - and streamed all the kids by academic ability - with the bright kids being given lots of time and attention - but the less academic kids were just thrown to the wolves! After the first year there, they isolated about 60 of the apparently "brighter" kids, called us "the grammar school stream" and then they educated us separately from the rest of our peer group for our remaining time there. On a personal level, because I was deemed as one of the brighter kids, this probably did me a favour, but I still resent the ethos behind it, because too many kids were written off far too young I was in the "India" house - but as far as I recall, very few of us kids gave a toss about the house system - it was just a throwback to the old public school days - it was outdated even in the 70's - and I hope that it just doesn't exist these days.
  11. There are so many British cheeses that seem to have a regional origin that it made me wonder if there is - or if there has ever been - any specific cheeses made in Sheffield? I know that cheeses like Cheddar, Cheshire, Wensleydale, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, etc, etc can now be made anywhere in the world these days, but, surely, they must have originally started in the regions that they were named after? Sheffield is surrounded by so much agricultural land that I think it would be great if someone could start up a cheese-making business, using milk from local cows, sheep or goats - and it would be even better if that cheese could have a sort of protected status - a bit like Parmigiano Reggiano. Anyone can make a cheese and call it "Parmesan" - but to be called Parmigiano Reggiano, it has to be made within certain geographical areas of Italy …
  12. I didn't realize that there was a pork sarnie shop in Chapel Walk. What's the name of this shop please, GinTreeS7?
  13. Just out of interest, where does Sheffield rank in the list of England's largest cities? How is it measured? Is it by the density of the population per square mile, or is it measured by the actual square mileage of the city boundaries? As a kid, growing up in Sheffield in the 60's, I recall always being taught that Sheffield was the 5th biggest city in England, after London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds....with Liverpool being the 6th biggest. I then recall that, due to boundary changes in the 80's, when places that were previously classed as Wortley Rural District Council, Bradfield Parish Council etc, were "swallowed up" by Sheffield and allocated Sheffield postcodes, we apparently became the 4th biggest. I just looked on Wikipedia, and since 2017, we are now supposedly the 11th biggest - smaller even than Bristol! Not that size particularly matters, of course (😁)….but I am just interested in how we rank in the current list of biggest English cities.
  14. Way back in the past, I think Sheffield was best known for it's top class cutlery, knives and steel, but I believe the demise of these industries and the fact that we've got 2 unsuccessful football teams makes us less well known in the rest of the world. In terms of "fame" don't think we can be fairly compared to world capital cities like Paris and Rome, or even our own capital, London, but we are either the 4th or 5th biggest city in England, so it would be nice to be as famous as other big English Cities of a similar size - like Leeds and Liverpool
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