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    Haddon and Stokes Digbeth

    Hi Bob, I remember John Munroe, I think he was works manager at Smalls and ended up running the tool room at H&S, certainly way above my pay grade. I worked for a lovely guy when I was there called Charlie Gough who was like a kindly granddad figure, he was a charge hand ( there is a title from...
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    Haddon and Stokes Digbeth

    Hi Bob, I was an craft apprentice from 1966 to 1969, I did off the job training at Garretts Green and worked at W H Small, went to the Heath Street Training school for a while and was in maintenance at H&S. I still have my log book from the Training School signed by Tom Hobourn and complete with...
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    Wilkes and Godwin

    Hi Sweeney todd, thanks for the reply, at least I have found someone who worked there, at the time you mention I think my father would have been foreman of the polishing shop, so maybe as a plater you would not have come across him, thanks BobJ
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    New House of Lords in Birmingham?

    Would be a bit inconvenient for them to pop into House of Lords in Birmingham/York for 5 minutes every day to get the daily £300 and then go for lunch at their club in London, that's why they will kill the idea. If it has to be Birmingham should be somewhere classy, but close to the people, Star...
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    TEETH OUT AT THE CLINIC

    I attended the School Clinic in Sherborn Road, Balsall Heath in the late 50’s at about the age of 10. This was an old Victorian ex school building not far from home. This clinic delivered all sorts of treatment to the local poor kids, as you entered you were hit by two things, the sound of...
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    Birmingham Public Swimming Baths

    Hi Spargone It’s interesting to see your width certificate from Moseley Road baths, I went there from Mary Street School and with my friends. I recall having a free pass (I certainly don’t have a copy now) and I can’t recall what you had to do to get it, swim some distance I guess. What I can...
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    The cane at school

    At Dennis Road in 1961 as a new first year, I had an experience of corporal punishment, not the cane but read on. The class had begun to gel into a unit and friendships had been formed. These were the days of the dip pen and ink well and some bright spark, I can’t remember who came up the idea...
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    The cane at school

    At Dennis Road in 1961 as a new first year, I had an experience of corporal punishment, not the cane but read on. The class had begun to gel into a unit and friendships had been formed. These were the days of the dip pen and ink well and some bright spark, I can’t remember who came up the idea...
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    Engineering Sayings

    I recall a couple of sayings from my GKN apprenticeship in the 60’s When making a bush for a shaft which I made oversize, the foreman said “that’s no “B” good, it’s like a sausage up an entry”, which made me laugh which was the wrong thing to do. Another time working in the GKN Heath Street...
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    car industry

    Hi Big Gee, I have BL stories almost identical, I worked for a components supplier who only bought BL cars, my first company car was a Morris Marina 1700 in 1979. I lived in Shirley and went to collect it after work from Patrick Motors in Lifford Lane, I did not make it home !, over the next 3...
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    Bombay Mix

    I am not a great fan either, to quote Jasper Carrot " Bombay mix is like the contents of an Indian restaurant's Hoover bag" Bob
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    National Trust Back To Backs Inge Street

    Thanks Mike, as you say it's a bit confusing that there appears to be no back houses behind 29, just re-checked birth certificate and definitely is 2/29. I can't think what else it can mean. I have just looked at Street view and the building on the corner looks like an ex Victorian pub from the...
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    National Trust Back To Backs Inge Street

    Mike, I would like to know where 2/29 Inge Street was, if you could help. My father was born there in November 1914. Bob
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    Mary Street School Balsall Heath

    My post #3 was asking for any class pictures from Mary Street, I have not found any of these but I did come across a picture of the staff from about 1960, many faces I recall. Does anyone else remember these teachers...
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    Birmingham's Image And Status

    About 20 years ago I worked in Essex and travelled up and down Monday and Friday. I lived in Solihull which was always referred to as Birmingham by my colleagues in a joking way. I was on holiday at Whitson and took a call from my boss while in the garden. What’s all that racket, are you in an...
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