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  1. Maybe Sheffield Council aren't paying for the new development and maybe they don't own the land, but presumably, it's down to the Council's Planning department to decide whether or not to grant the necessary planning permission. The Council should only agree to grant this planning permission to developers who agree that a certain percentage of the new homes they build will be then sold on to Housing Associations or other Social Housing providers to help ease the growing social housing shortage. This what has been happening in London for the past few years. I've recently worked on new housing developments in the Camberwell and Greenwich areas, where the developers have built two identical new-build blocks of flats. One whole block was sold by the developers, as individual flats, to private buyers and the other whole block was sold to a Housing Association, who subsequently allocated the flats to people on their waiting lists.
  2. I agree with Becky B that "affordable housing" is a very relative term, which is why I think that, before giving the go-ahead for this proposed new development - indeed any new housing developments in the city - Sheffield Council should insist that at least 80% of the new homes to be built should be for Social Housing. I don't have a problem if a small amount of the new homes are sold or let out as private ownership or rental - but the real need for new housing is not for those people who can afford to buy or pay market rent, but for those who can't afford it .
  3. Thanks Chez2, you are the only person I've heard from so far, who even knows what seed cake is! My own version is basically just a madeira cake... with a couple of teaspoons full of toasted caraway seeds chucked in. I really don't like it at all...but my old mum loves it..so I'm deffo gonna make her a seed cake for Christmas.
  4. I have really mixed feelings about this sort of development. Of course, it's very sad when yet more green spaces and lovely rural areas are swallowed up by housing developments, but on the other hand, there's no doubt that, with an ever-growing population, there's a huge need to build much more affordable and social housing throughout the UK. Ideally, the new housing developments should be built on brownfield sites, but I guess it's inevitable that there has to be at least some encroachment into greenfield areas to meet the ever-growing need. I'm in my 60's now and I and my family have lived and grown up on the Sutton and Wisewood estates, adjacent to the Loxley area, since before I was born. When I and my brothers and sister were little kids in the early '60's, I remember our grandparents visiting us on the Sutton and Wisewood estates and remembering nostalgically how that this whole area used to be just old village housing and fields and farmland in "their day". I do agree with previous posters that it's not just about building houses though. The whole infrastructure needs to be considered - shops, schools, doctors and dentist surgeries - and most particularly, public transport. My brother and his family live in Loxley and public transport is practically non-existent....especially in the evenings.
  5. Thanks for the replies everyone. I totally agree with vwkittie and Chez2 that the home made mince pies, cakes, puddings etc, tend to be much nicer than the shop-bought stuff...but it's all such a time-consuming faff doing it - and although most of the shop-bought stuff is not quite as nice, a lot of it is perfectly passable. For example, there's a stall in the precinct down Hillsborough that does a really delicious date and walnut cake - very dense, sticky and tasty... and, to be honest, I think it's even nicer than my home-made efforts! The one cake that I do still home-bake is the "seed cake". It's a very simple cake recipe - a sort of cross between a Victoria sponge and a Madeira cake....but with a few teaspoons full of caraway seeds thrown into the cake mixture before baking. I can't stand it myself - I think it tastes absolutely vile.... like medicine...or disinfectant...but my old mum is her 80's now and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas for her without the traditional "seed cake"...so I am happy to carry on making it for as long as she's around to enjoy it.
  6. Do many people still bake and make their own Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies etc, or is it more usual to buy this sort of stuff in these days? My old mum, now in her 80's and too frail and disabled to do home-baking, always used to practically kill herself, baking stuff for weeks on end before each Christmas. As well as making the usual Christmas cake, mince pies and pudding, she'd also always make a date and walnut cake, a moist coconut cake, a seed cake, a slab of sticky parkin and loads of almond frangipane tarts. I tend to buy most things in these days, although I have been known to bake the occasional cake or batch of mince pies. The home made stuff is definitely nicer, but it involves far too much shopping and slaving over a hot stove....and I'm not a martyr, like my mum was in her younger days.
  7. I recall a Patnick's second-hand clothing stall in the old Rag Market when I was a little kid in the '60's. I also recall that one of the Patnick men was involved in Sheffield politics and was a city councillor in my youth - not sure who, but I think it was Irvine Patnick. I also recall that the Patnick family were very well respected in Sheffield in the '60's and 70's. I'm not saying that everyone liked and admired them, but I think a hell of a lot of Sheff people respected the Patnick family as people who had overcome a lot of prejudice and hardship and had done really well for themselves.
  8. Are people still allowed to have small garden fires in their own back gardens, or does Sheffield have some sort of law or Council by-law banning it? My old dad always used to burn his own garden waste, but where I live now, in London, it's an offence punishable by death...or at the least, a massive fine.
  9. The old shop I remember most clearly from my childhood in the mid-to-late 60's was Beckwith's on Far Lane, Sheff 6. The shop was basically just the downstairs room of a ramshackle old cottage, just opposite what was the old Dial House Working Men's Club. It was run by a friendly old man called, (unsurprisingly), Mr Beckwith. He always wore one of those old, brown grocer's jackets - like Arkwright from that "Open All Hours" programme - and he used to whistle a sort of non-stop tuneless tune all the time. My little brother and I only used to go in there to spend our threepenny bits on four-for-a-penny sweets on our walk to and from Malin Bridge school, but I remember our mum and dad always telling us never to go in there because the place was "loppy". I remember that there was always loads of big, fat, shiny bluebottles buzzing around in there. Mr Beckwith used to sell old fashioned-bacon and butter, which just sat behind the counter in huge slabs. It was never covered or refrigerated in any way and was always covered in loads of the aforementioned bluebottles! Mr Beckwith also used to have an old mangey, tabby-cat in the shop, which used to actually sleep on top of the slab of bacon. I recall that my dad was always horrified by the lack of hygiene and always threatened to report Mr B to the Council....but he never did. Another old-fashioned corner shop that I remember from my childhood was "Smelly Nellie's" in the old Wadsley Village. I think it was somewhere in the Luke Lane area, but I can't remember exactly where it was. My memories of the old Wadsley Village are much vaguer, but I remember Nellie herself as being a very cantankerous and stroppy old lady. Her main custom at the time was little kids coming in to spend their pennies, but she acted like she hated kids - and her shop window was always full of very unappetising-looking sweeties -like melting, crystallising toffees.... and gob-stoppers with all the colour bleached out of them by the sun beating through the shop window. Oooh! - those were the days, eh? 😁
  10. Another one that my mum regularly came out with was that we had "gowl" in our eyes when we were kids, when we woke up of a morning with sticky, dried up crusty bits in our eyelashes and the corner of our eyes.
  11. My mum used the same expression as Jaffa1's mum when she was telling us to stop pulling faces and taking the micky out of other people behind their backs. She pronounced it "mini-mokin'' - but it's much the same thing.
  12. I made my own, home-made potted shrimps last night. Not exactly "new" to me, because I have had them before - usually bought from sea-front stalls when I've been on day trips to the seaside. I've always quite enjoyed them, but I must say that my home-made version was even nicer and tastier. It was a bit of a time-consuming faff peeling the small brown shrimps, but after I'd done that, the rest of the process of making them was really easy and quick. I ate them tonight on some thinly sliced, crisp sourdough toast and they were really delicious. As an added bonus, I used the pile of left-over prawn shells to make some home-made fish stock, which I've strained and frozen for future use. I'm sure that this will come in handy for the next time I make a paella, or a luxury fish pie...or summat similar.
  13. When I visited my 80-odd year old mum a couple of weeks ago, she accused me of "liberty-lobbin" down her stairs. I had a very dodgy knee at the time, so instead of walking down the stairs one foot a time, I was stepping down a stair-step with my right foot, then bringing my left foot down onto the same step and so on, all the way down. I asked my mum what the phrase "liberty-lobbin" meant and where it came from, but she didn't know - she just remembered the same thing being said to her when she was a kid. Has anyone else heard this one before?
  14. I agree that there are a number of contributory factors. I recently retired and have more time to shop and cook more sensibly, but when I was working full time, with a 90 minute commute at each end of the day, leaving home at 7 in the morning and getting home after 7 in the evening, I ate a lot more rubbish, simply because it was quicker and easier. I live in a fairly economically poor area of London. If I step out of my front door, there's a chip shop, a kebab shop, a fried chicken shop an Indian takeaway and a Chinese takeaway all within about a 3 minute walk of where I live - yet the nearest supermarket where I can buy fresh veg, fruit, fish & meat is a good half hour's walk, or a bus ride, away. There's a posh butcher's, a posh fishmonger's, a posh greengrocer's and a very fancy delicatessen a bit nearer, but they are only open 9am-5pm and everything they sell costs at least 3 times as much as the supermarket (like £4 for a wholemeal loaf, for example). I think that the majority of people do know how to shop and cook more healthily these days, but don't always have the time or easy access to places that sell fresh food at reasonable prices.
  15. There's been a lot of articles in the press recently pointing out that obesity - particularly among children - is a growing problem in the UK and is putting a huge strain on the NHS. I agree that you see a hell of a lot more fatter people, especially kids, than we ever saw when I was growing up in the '60's, but there seems to be a view that there's a link between poverty and obesity - because "poor people can't afford to eat healthily or to feed their children healthy foods". I don't think that this is true at all. I think that one of the biggest contributors towards obesity is that kids don't run around as much as we did when we were kids - they don't play out as much, they don't walk to school, but I don't agree that people on low incomes can't afford to eat healthy food. Quite the contrary - I think it can actually be cheaper to eat healthily than to eat takeaway junk food and fatty, sugary "ready meals". Vegetables can be very cheap - especially if you buy "wonky" veg from supermarkets. Tinned and frozen veg, like tinned tomatoes and baked beans and big bags of frozen veg are cheap too. Pulses and grains, flour, rice, pasta, wholemeal bread and pitta breads are also quite cheap - and if you want to add meat and fish to meals, then low-fat mince and tinned fish, like pilchards and sardines, go a long way when mixed with plenty of veg, herbs, etc. There's any number and varieties of healthy soups, stews, risottos, curries, pies, sandwiches, etc that can be made from the above ingredients. I reckon we get fat because we're lazy - too lazy to exercise much or to shop and cook properly - not because we're on low incomes!
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