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  1. J

    RIP GINGER BAKER

    Sadly no. Our singer was a fella! And still fronting a Bham band, some folks just wont give up. But it keeps you young!
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    RIP GINGER BAKER

    JASPER STUBBS GLORYLAND BAND We were doing Jefferson Airplane sort of stuff, and trying to be SOOO Cool. Haha
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    Humorous And Interesting Newspaper Stories

    A great treat when i was 4 or 5(1953), was to be taken by Dad, on the bus, to watch the starlings doing their amazing aerobatics at roost time. Always seemad to be freezing cold, so roast chestnuts or a hot potato with salt were bought from the man who stood on the corner by the Midland Hotel, i...
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    Humorous And Interesting Newspaper Stories

    This really made me laugh! About this time, the Rock band i was drummer for regularly played at the George Hotel in Walsall, where we had a very good local following. Many of the girl fans worked at "The Button Factory".(no idea of it's proper title). After the gig finished, around 11pm, i would...
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    RIP GINGER BAKER

    I remember Ginger. How could you forget! He had a unique style, very solid beat and intricate, interwoven rhythms. He was also very short tempered and acidic! I was the drummer in the support band for Cream when they played at Mothers in Erdington one time. I had a nice Slingerland jazz kit and...
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    Woodman pub Nechells

    Just picked up on this, a bit late, i know!! I remember Frank Gordon very well. Scrap metal dealer, drove a silver grey S1 Bentley. He was our "manager", of a pop group i was drummer in. We turned up to a few bookings in the Bentley! I was in his yard one day when a young lad about 10yrs old...
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    Woodman pub Nechells

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    TEETH OUT AT THE CLINIC

    About 8 years old, taken to dentist just off Alum Rock, up Belchers lane a little way.9 Drilled and hit a nerve, or some very sensitive bit! I pushed him away and fled! Mom caught me outside with the napkin thing still around my neck and dragged me back in, i made so much noise he threw me out...
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    Have your taste buds changed over the years?.

    Hi Maurice, Like you, i back off from some of the weird things that my wife, and to a greater extent, her mom will eat with relish.Today we were in the daily market and many of the local women set up stall,( a cardboard box), on the roadside. I saw Ginka, ?spelling?, a sort of 12"-18" lizard...
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    Have your taste buds changed over the years?.

    I was virtually force fed Tripe cooked in milk. My grandad sold it in his cafe on Tyburn rd, and i spent hours stirring and turning it in a big old clothes boiler! With a wooden clothes plier sort of thing. Hated it then, and still do! I loved sausage and mash made by my nan, salt and butter...
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    Lewis's

    Lewis's was the treat for me in the early 50's. I remember loving walking on the wooden slatted path on the roof and looking at the view across the city rooftops. Early haircuts in the childrens section, with wooden animals for seats. That part of town was a great adventure for me at 5 or 6...
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    spanish onion and cheese

    I worked at The Diamond Screw and Cotter co, in Cherrywood rd, Bordesley Green, early '60's. At lunch time there was a long queue outside a terraced house opposite the factory for the most fantastic Cheese and Onion sandwiches( brown sauce optional), made by a little old lady and her sister...
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    Ex Pats and Brummies abroad

    Oldbrit, Your musical progress in the USA has been an interesting read. I more or less gave up professional drumming in the late 70's, when i realised that fame and fortune had passed by! But once every 5 years or so i would persuade some unsuspecting soul to let me have a knock! Like riding a...
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    Ex Pats and Brummies abroad

    9 Maurice, The housing situation in Thailand is odd!, to say the least. Would take too long to fully explain but the basis is that foreigners can not own land. Housing is cheap, unless you want to live in Bangkok or on the beach! Many buy a house in their wife's name, and regret it later...
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    See Birmingham by Post Card

    Thanks! Looked and found a photo of the bomb. What an amazing facility this forum is.
  16. J

    See Birmingham by Post Card

    Thanks. Will do
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    See Birmingham by Post Card

    Just spent a pleasant hour looking through this thread and a couple of photos of the market hall reminded me of the time, when i was 3 or 4, of that market, with no roof. I was taken there every week with mom and allowed to sit on the bomb, i usually had a penny to put in the brass slot on top...
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    Blundells of Aston

    That is exactly correct, i did get "poached" by Provident at one time, but only lasted 2 days! They gave me all the slow and bad debts they had,( including M . Mouse, Fanny Craddock, and Isaac Hunt), and told me to get the accounts closed and paid in full. They also gave me a Ford Escort Estate...
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    Blundells of Aston

    Thanks Linda. I had forgotten about the Woolworths connection. I worked at the Woolworths Bull Ring store for a couple of years as a "Trainee Mngr", also known as a dogsbody! I did security in the store for 2 Christmas Days, as i was the only unmarried manager on the staff. The store manager...
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    Opposite Lock Club

    In1968/69 i was a drummer in Brum pop groups, by day i worked for Peter and John Richardson's entertainment Agency in High st Harborne as a booker, selling bands and artists to venues all over the country. Peter was a good friend of Martin Hone at the opposite lock and we provided most, if not...
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