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    Mom washing the doorstep

    Way, way back in the early Fifties when we lived on The Broadway, an elderly man knocked the door one morning to ask Mom if she'd like him to Cardinal Red the doorstep for a few pence! So he did, and did a few more houses along the way...and was never seen again after that. There was also a...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Talking Pictures TV is on Channel 81 and shows (mostly) British films from the past 85 years (seriously). A lot of them really aren't worth watching, but recently they've shown a couple of the old Jimmy Edwards flicks which are still funny, and a lot of wartime and post-war action films with...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Most TV is indeed crap, pardon the expression, but last night I watched 'Rambo - First Blood' which I haven't seen for years. My wife saw what I was watching, and snorted her derision. However, in five minutes we were both gawping at it in silence. A totally unreal and barmy film but great...
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    Soho Road Handsworth

    It was me who wrote about the 'girl I later married', but she worked at Dudley's Furnishings and I met her in the late summer of 1968 when she came into the sports shop. Our first 'date' was lunch at the little cafe on the same side of Soho Road, just past the Town Hall buildings. I can't recall...
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    Soho Road Handsworth

    The Barrell - that was the pub I used occasionally. Not The Bull. G
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    Lisle 'Toffee' Sharp was far and away my favourite teacher at GD. 90% of my dear classmates were bored stiff with English and English Lit, but it was my favourite subject. I always got good marks off Toffee for my essays, and he really tried to encourage me to take up a career in something like...
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    Soho Road Handsworth

    ASparks - I remember your shop. If I remember correctly, I think I bought something, a shirt maybe, from the men's outfitters. I never even went into the Frighted Horse, but if I fancied a swift half at lunchtime I went to the pub further up Soho Road from your shop. Was it The Bull? G
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    Soho Road Handsworth

    ASparks, where did you work? The girl I later married worked in accounts at Dudley's Furnishings, and I spent probably the worst year of my life 'managing' the sports shop near The Frighted Horse pub. Most of that year I spent looking for a proper job, which I eventually did and got out of the...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Just saw on the box that Boris has been tested positive for COVID! True democracy at work! G
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    I agree - there certainly were some duff teachers at GD, but I expect the same went for most other secondary schools. Certain teachers, once they had picked out who the 'brain-boxes' were, concentrated only on them, and the rest of us - me included - received little or no attention. I suppose at...
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    J.R.R.Tolkein

    I have the film on DVD - like most cinematic productions of fantasy fiction it goes over the top. None of the characters were really how I imagined them from reading the book. There was an earlier, semi-cartoon film of LOTR which was made in the 1970's, and this was even worse - more of a...
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    J.R.R.Tolkein

    Ian Hislop, in 'Olden Days' last night, was in Tolkienland. Which, in Tolkien's day, was almost totally rural - but not now. Interestingly, Sarehole Mill, which Tolkien described as the Mill in Hobbiton in Lord Of The Rings, was anything but agricultural. I've lost count of the number of times...
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    Another SCAM

    I just had an e-mail claiming to be from HM Customs & Excise telling me that my 'Government Gateway account has been created'. Ooooh, lovely. They go on to tell me that, despite letters to me being ignored, I am still owed a tidy sum in overpaid tax dating back to 2018. Ooooooh, even lovelier...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Lady P, years since I visited Brookvale Park - it looks good! However, I think the Govt has said that elderies in 'self-isolation' can still go out for a walk, so long as they don't get close-up to other people. I hope this is correct, as my wife and I - weather permitting - are hoping to go...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    I believe the Chinese recently announced that there have been no further domestic cases of COVID diagnosed for 3 days. If true - and I sincerely hope it is - this may be just the teensiest-weensiest first glimmer of light at the end of the long and very dark tunnel. G
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    Tyburn road Haulage company

    The bank was known locally as The Sandpits. When he was about 10 years old, my father was playing there with his pals and fell, breaking bones in one of his feet which left him with a limp for the rest of his life. However, as he used to say, it kept him out of the Army during the War...... G
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Our garden is still a bit too boggy to start anything out there, but the forecast for the coming week is good, so hopefully the ground will dry out a bit. My wife's really the gardener, so I'm looking forward to sitting in my favourite chair with a G&T and watching her through the picture...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    As someone mentioned above, we went through some of our old DVD's and also ancient video tapes of films, and this evening spent a great couple of hours watching 'Day Of The Jackal', which we'd all but forgotten about. A really entertaining movie, even though our video player is showing its age...
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Thanks, Penny. I'll have another go maybe next week, but we went to Morrison's shop in Aldridge today, and they were either short of, or had run out of, lots of fairly necessary stuff. But not booze, I'm glad to say! There's enough grub in our house for a siege....if it ever comes to that. G
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    THESE TRYING TIMES

    Lyn, sorry about my post re: Morrison's, but we've never done online food shopping before, let along home delivery, and I thought I was doing my 'civic duty'! Oh well.... G
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