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DavidFrance

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  1. BBC does a lot of structured language courses for all levels. Try this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/ Gute fahrt! Vielen gluck!
  2. Yes, Pembroke St....and everyone in that neighbourhood will recall the S and E Co-op in Napier St opposite the school yard. We all used to go there to get our milk tokens. And do you recall The Silver Slipper at the top of Pembroke St ? A knocking shop, apparently. I recall a police raid there one Saturday afternoon and everyone was carted off in a black maria. Could that have been Gordon Porter, same age, who lived in upper Pearl St and whose dad was the local lamplighter, maintaining all the gas lamps?
  3. Linda Dungworth might not be aware that for about 18 years the Fentonville St gang have been having annual reunions. If you put her in touch I will talk to her directly so she can join in.
  4. I like to think you will reassure her, tell her how proud you are of her, and grateful for all the sacrifices she made for you, stay as long as feasibly possible and ensure that her near neighbours don't forget her. The Sheffield people who are now in their nineties went through enough suffering in 1939-45 and the deprivations that followed without this catastrophic freak of nature. Our thoughts should be with them all and I hope many more will do as you are doing. Good health and stay safe!
  5. More's the pity. Valid photo ID driving licences should be be a requirement when taxing AND insuring a vehicle and the law should be catching up on what I suspect is a very large number of foreign licences which are either not genuine or invalid for other reasons. And it ought to be an offence to be driving a vehicle without a valid photo id licence in your physical possession.
  6. I spend hours remembering my early days in Sharrow and my life thereafter. Hasn't done me much harm as I reach 78 next week. I rejoice in my memories, revel in old friendships and revere my good fortune. Maybe that's the difference.
  7. Most home insurance policies will offer a mobile phone option or inclusion but the downside is that there will be a quite high penalty for making a claim and they don't usually offer new for old or like for like. And your next year's premium will be much higher!
  8. Pssst....there's another new one in Charles St just off Pinstone St. Very basic but it IS a Post Office.
  9. Chesterfield store closed last week without notice.
  10. not terribly difficult to find the culprit, eh....he/she presumably lives there ? not to mention the trail of white dots up to the front door!
  11. Either you've had this done to you, in which case hard luck, or you would and maybe HAVE already done this to someone. I hope not. There is no legal right to park outside one's house unless a space is specially agreed on the deeds or by licence from the local highways authority. The man who does this on Norfolk Road near Fitzwalter Road has no right to put cones outside his house and one day soon he may get the message! "There are no yellow lines". You wait. There will be soon! many of the free parking areas on the edge of the city centre are about to be reviewed. But on that same theme why on earth is parking not allowed on South St in front of Parkhill Flats ? Last Saturday , apart from a couple of people taking a chance, there was space for about thirty to forty cars but parking is prohibited from Mon to Saturday. Nobody actually lives on South St !!
  12. Sadly it isn't just the WMC trips that are fading into memory, the Clubs themselves are almost a distant piece of history. Yet Working Mens Clubs (how politically incorrect is that?) are a huge part of the fabric of Sheffield and South Yorkshire with thousands of stories about Club "turns", "stripper Sundays" and the inevitable Hammond Organ and a drummer. I'm sure that someone somewhere has written a book? My own fond memories are of trips from Upper Heeley, Midhill, Queens Road, Ecclesall Non Pol (Non-political) and Smitheywood Clubs, always to an east coast resort, and in many years in the 40s and 50s it was our only taste of a summer holiday. And out of all those trips I can't remember a single one where it rained ! But there was always a child who was sick on the bus and had to puke into a seaside bucket! Happy Days !
  13. IF....IF... you pay a licence, (note the spelling!), you paid £153 last year for news, sport, entertainment, information such as weather reports, local news and travel information. There were 365 days in 2019. So you paid 41 pence a day for all that. I don't know how many people are in your household but you can divide the 41 pence up accordingly. If you take the free Metro tabloid with its scanty news coverage, pun intended, you get it free for FIVE days a week not seven and you will discard it as read in 30 minutes. You cannot buy any other reliable and credible newspaper for less. ITV News does not have a comprehensive on-line service, nor does SKY. They certainly do not have local reporters covering local issues. If you want to know what life would be like without the BBC visit Australia, New Zealand or the USA where absolute drivel pours out of the speaker in the name of news, information and entertainment. Sponsored news bulletins cannot possibly be un-biased. What is more, the link between sponsoring companies and all the data they have on you via Google, Facebook etc is looking sinister, to say the least. But you DO have a measure of input on BBC policy. There are various listener representative councils to whom you can make your views known if you take the trouble. You could even put yourself forward to serve on one. It might help if you did a bit more homework first, though. The truth is that a Better Britain needs both the BBC and a strong independent press as players in the world's best democracy. When did you last buy The Star ?
  14. How do you think that "news". "weather" and "sport" is collated? It is a full time job writing bulletins and reading them on air. The presenter could not possibly do that whilst attending to the needs of his own programme. Take, for instance, a Sports Producer. He/She will have to maintain close liaison with local teams, that means every individual involved, players, coaching staff, managers and owners....and not just football! Then going to matches/tournaments, recording interviews, editing them, writing up scripts. I can assure you there is no over-manning in local radio, either BBC or commercial. Many people have to work shifts starting well before 6am and many don't get home before midnight. You don't appear to know even half of the story. And I would point out that BBC Local radio costs you precisely nothing whether you receive it off air, on line or whatever. You don't have to have a licence to receive it and you are not paying for it when you buy something which is the way commercial radio works. I'm not saying it couldn't do better, because I think it is nowhere near as informative, up-to-date or as sharp as it was in the 70s and 80s, but your criticisms are unjustified and ill-founded.
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