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  1. Bob Davis

    TV Help - Remote

    Yesterday, trying to be clever and do three things at once, one of which involved using the remote, a sky model , which I dropped, caught, dropped and juggled before it fell on the floor. When I looked at the screen a black half insert with white writing came up, I did not look at it pressed...
  2. Bob Davis

    Help Again

    I have not only discovered my Birmingham postcards, but also 4 old b& w photos I took of the demolition for the ring road way back in the late fifties. As some of the postcards are Edwardian and actually dated by the senders and there are one or two other vintage cards, I thought instead of my...
  3. Bob Davis


    I have Smallwoods on both my paternal (through his mother's sister and maternal (through her grandmother) sides of my family. My query concerns the Smallwood on my mother's side, first name unknown who owned an ironmongers on Bristol Road and who had an advert on a tram, which David Harvey...
  4. Bob Davis

    Lee Konitz

    I see another of the modern jazz greats has joined the jam session in the sky 90 and some years RIP Lee Konitz, play your sax to the Angel's. Bon
  5. Bob Davis

    Laptop muted

    On my HP laptop I normally keep the sound muted, however whilst working from home I fancied some cooljazz and big band stuff and Duellin Banjos, the red light is in the mute button (f6) and pressing it dos not release it. Suggestions and help please Bob
  6. Bob Davis

    John Frederick Corbett

    John F Corbett was born in Aston in 1855/6, his father was Frederick Corbett, originally from Worcester. He is in the 1891 census at 36 Frederick Road, Aston with his wife Amelia and his daughter Ettie Amelia. Family tales had it that he died in Hungary around 1900, searches at Family...
  7. Bob Davis

    Getting on the tram

    Perhaps a mod will put this in the posting to which it refers. Recently questions have been asked about traffic at the time a tram stopped and there has been no realisation that we are thinking and knowing 21st century about a transport system that was gone in the main mid 20th Century. In...
  8. Bob Davis

    Radio/TV now and then.

    Reading the posts on what people are watching on TV, is there anything to watch anymore? If it hasn't been politicised, a classic turned into a porn film or starring overpaid ex sportsmen, then its a repeat. The comedy borders on the objectionable because of the obscenities which are thrown...
  9. Bob Davis

    Birmingham on a hot June day

    Any of you loçal inhabitants disturbed by the driving of a blue 68 reg Corsa today? Yes I was up here again. Driving around Rubery to Lozells to Great Barr last night, I got lost again then today NEC to Moseley and return to NEC via Shirley. Saw a wonderful ghost sign in Shirley, shop...
  10. Bob Davis


    I have a baptism record from 1877 showing that my Great Grandfather, then 25 years old was baptised on March 30th 1877 at Christchurch. By the date are the vicars initials, the only entry on the page like that and above the actual entry is written 'received into the church'. His residence is...
  11. Bob Davis

    Photo insertions

    I have four postcards to put on the FORUM, but my history in this department is pretty rubbish, so tomorrow I will scan them at work and put them on as posts. I can scan as ODD or JPEG, please can someone advise me how to get them so that they look proper and not like thumbnails, or can I...
  12. Bob Davis


    One of the mysteries in my mothers family is whatever happened to her Grandfather. John Frederick Corbett was born in 1856 in Aston, the son of Frederick Corbett - steel pen maker and Ann Elizabeth his wife. In 1878 he married Amelia Smallwood, also of Aston and they appear in the 1891...
  13. Bob Davis


    How can I get rid of the adverts that now dominatey BHF pages. They are all Google ads and of no interest to me Bob
  14. Bob Davis

    The decline of the shop

    Eric in the Windows 10 thread, advised how he had enjoyed shopping buying and window. The only things I buy on the net are books from Amazon and postcards and ephemera from EBay. My wife says how can you know that you like and want to buy something if you can't feel it, see it and try it on...
  15. Bob Davis

    Addresses On Banns And Marriage Certificates

    Can anyone explain why on a number of notice of Banns and Marriage Certificates for the mid 19th Century, a number of brides and grooms both live at the same address? This has occurred for a number of my distant relatives and also in the case of one or two of my wife's family. Were they...
  16. Bob Davis

    Sprint Buses

    I see from the local news feed I get that three limited stop tram like buses are coming to the city for the commonwealth games, presumably the dates and locations given in the article are not actual route start ups, but just showing the vehicles and the routes. Who is going to run them as they...
  17. Bob Davis

    Midland Red Bus Routes

    I have been racking my brains trying to remember the BMMO routes from Sutton to Birmingham and Sutton Surburban services. I remember S67, S76 to Six Ways from the Beggars bush via Court Lane & Goosemoore Lane respectively, same bus everyhalf hour alternate journeys and the S73 which ran down...
  18. Bob Davis

    Bus Deliveries

    I can remember during the late forties seeing vehicles coming from a northwards direction heading South down Chester Road, that were basically just the chassis with an engine, a driver huddled up on a box, flat cap, peak at rear, goggles, gauntlets and an amazing number of coats on, the top one...
  19. Bob Davis

    Birmingham origins

    This is a bit cheeky, but i am amazed by how many members now live away from Birmingham and I see Australia Texas, Colorado, Spain and Canada mentioned with members living on Foreign shores, but I know that there are citizens of the greatest city in the world scattered around the UK, including...
  20. Bob Davis

    Help Please

    In a post, I think about one of the main streets in the City Centre, there is a picture of a guy up a very long pole ladder. I have a need where I could utilise it any a training course I run. Can anyone point me to it. I think I made sarcastic health and safety remarks about it. BOB