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  1. farmerdave

    Rubber Works Aston

    "curing" is another name for cross-linking of polymer chains. Synthetic rubber. for example, could have repeat monomeric units of styrene, butadiene and perhaps methacrylic acid to form long polymeric chains. Cross-linking, or curing, of these single chains enables a strong network of polymers...
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    It's Lyn's (Astoness) Birthday

    Hope you have a very happy birthday, Lyn
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    Charles Winn (valves) Ltd

    Godfrey Winn was born on 15th October 1906 in Kings Norton and attended King Edward's School. I assume this is the High School and not one of the Grammar Schools.
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    Girling Brakes - Tyseley

    Photograph of Girling, Tyseley taken in 1988. Many small buildings in front of Girling, including The Tollman Group (right with blue and white sign). Any information on this company?
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    Write it down

    From the Goonshow. "What time is it Eccles"? "Just a minute, I've got it written down on a piece of paper." Brilliant. Can't get YouTube video to load. Sorry
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    Write it down

    I did keep a Boots diary from1958 to 1967 and here are three of the earliest entries. I am aged 15 and a bit. Thursday 2nd January 1958: "Went to Lewis's sale. Bought a tub of Gropax seed, giant chabaud carnations mixed. Mom had cold and stayed in bed all day. Bought also 12 plant labels for 4...
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    How about visiting Sarehole Mill and looking for sticklebacks along the River Cole. Used to find them in that area in my youth but we are talking over 60 years ago.
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    The Outer Circle

    A version I heard was that Prime Minister Edward Heath was at 10 Downing Street and advised that he should be seen travelling on buses. His response was "Oh very well. Have one sent round for me".
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    It’s Eric’s (cookie273uk) Birthday !

    Happy Birthday Eric. Hope you have a great day.
  10. farmerdave

    The Outer Circle

    Awful news. The round-around number 11 Outer Circle bus route is an icon of Birmingham. The next thing to happen will be the filling-in of canals so that we have fewer than Venice! Dave.
  11. farmerdave

    Edgbaston High School for Girls

    Presumably this is King Edward VI High School for Girls which moved from New Street to Edgbaston in 1940. A very highly-regarded independent secondary school for girls in Birmingham.
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    Going very strong. Another rapid riser was "these trying times" where we talked about our experiences during the first lockdown. This reached 1485 posts and 75 pages in 89 days. It was terminated on June 14th 2020. Old Birmingham Photos from STEVEBHx took 94 days to reach 1485 posts but is still...
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    old car snaps

    Not an old car but the back of an old lorry. Very clear registration number DOP 661. Does anyone know when this may have been introduced? I'm trying to date this photograph as the person in the foreground is my mother. Could be early 1950s? Many thanks. Looking more closely it could be DDP. Dave.
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    It’s oldbrit’s birthday !

    Happy birthday. Hope you manage to fit in a bike ride.
  15. farmerdave

    Holidays : Holidays at home and days out

    The reason you saw two terns is because one good tern deserves another.
  16. farmerdave

    Grammar schools and comprehensives in Birmingham in the 50s and 60s.

    Hi daithelife. You did very well at Grammar School. May I ask if you were an only-child? There have been some suggestions on this thread that only-children were more likely to be financed by their parents (paying for uniforms and sports kit etc) to get into Grammar School and perhaps, also. they...
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    King Edwards Grammar School Camp Hill

    I got on very well with Dai Thomas. It so happened that History was my best subject at "O" Level and I received a personal "well done" from him. However, the Sciences were not far behind in achievement and I focused on Chemistry for later studies and for my career.
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    King Edwards Grammar School Camp Hill

    Mr. Holllingworth retired in July 1956, just prior to the move to Kings Heath, after 38 years at the school. I attach a press cutting reporting his retirement and also a photograph taken in the main corridor of the old school together with the Deputy Headmaster, Mr. P. W. Bates.
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    King Edwards Grammar School Camp Hill

    I just missed being taught by Mr Poppleton as I entered Camp Hill in September 1954 and he left a few months earlier. There was a short write-up about him in the school magazine of Spring 1955. "Mr. Poppleton left us at Easter 1954 to join the staff at Handsworth Grammar School. He came to Camp...
  20. farmerdave

    Covid vaccination process

    Had the second jab of the Astra Zeneca vaccine this morning at the mass vaccination centre at Epsom Racecourse. Much busier than when I had my first jab in early February. Longer queues but they moved quite quickly. Good to see younger people being vaccinated. This centre will close from 16th...