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What do you watch on tv nowadays ?

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
I am feeling somewhat annoyed. When ITV started their new DNA series I was a bit dubious, but set to record the series just in case. Was not impressed with first one, though can understand that for those not into genealogy it might have been entertaining. The second one I almost deleted automatically when I saw the awful alan Carr was in it, but this evening decided I would have a look. A bit like a circus performance with clowns , but then we were taken to a pub in Erith supposedly run by a gggg grandfather of Carr around 1908, who was a bit of an impresario and held smoking concerts. We were shown the room "where he held them''. I thought the building looked wrong and had a quick search . Result from Facebook (there are some good things occasionally in parts):
The Running Horses - High Street, Erith
This pub first existed over 200 years old and was much closer to the river than it is now but subsequent infilling of wharves and the flour mills of Cannon & Glaze meant the view of the Thames was lost by the start of the twentieth century. In 1938 major redevelopment of the Erith riverside resulted in the original pub being demolished – in fact its ruins still lie under the road and nearby car park- but a view to the river was restored. On 29th November 1940 enemy action caused the death from “bomb splinters” of the licensee, Zachariah William Coles aged 46, but his widow continued to run the pub from temporary buildings. It was extensively altered in 1974.
Funny that. Maybe ITV have a time machine and took Carr back to pre 1938.
Pity they did not leave him there
 

rosie

brummie
What a pity they didn't check the facts Mike. Thanks for the information. I was feeling rather jealous as the pub where my ancestors lived (Lord Nelson Thorp Street) has been demolished! Amanda's history regarding RSPCA was interesting.
rosie.
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Rosie
I would have thought anyone with any knowledge at all (and remember these people that spoke on the program put themselves forward as experts) would have queried the age of the pub
 

devonjim

master brummie
The secret science of sewage. Strong Birmingham link as it was about Minworth. Interesting as it showed "pee" being used to generate electricity and research into phages for use medically. Also suggested that we could use sewage sludge as fertilizer but I thought that wasn't all that new as I'm sure we used to buy bags of such sludge for our allotment in 1970's. And the Aztec's were into this sort of thing way back.
 
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Dave M

Pheasey Born Bumper
The secret science of sewage. Strong Birmingham link as it was about Minworth. Interesting as it showed "pee" being used to generate electricity and research into phages for use medically. Also suggested that we could use sewage sludge as fertilizer but I thought that wasn't all that new as I'm sure we used to buy bags of such sludge for our allotment. And the Aztec's were into this sort of thing way back.
Yes Dried Sewage Sludge was sold in the 60s 70s down Water Orton Lane
 

mikejee

Super Moderator
Staff member
Certainly back as far as at least 1873 ( see part marked in red from visit to Saltley sewage works in 1873)
visit to the Saltley Sewage Farm in 1873A.jpg
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
I am feeling somewhat annoyed. When ITV started their new DNA series I was a bit dubious, but set to record the series just in case. Was not impressed with first one, though can understand that for those not into genealogy it might have been entertaining. The second one I almost deleted automatically when I saw the awful alan Carr was in it, but this evening decided I would have a look. A bit like a circus performance with clowns , but then we were taken to a pub in Erith supposedly run by a gggg grandfather of Carr around 1908, who was a bit of an impresario and held smoking concerts. We were shown the room "where he held them''. I thought the building looked wrong and had a quick search . Result from Facebook (there are some good things occasionally in parts):
The Running Horses - High Street, Erith
This pub first existed over 200 years old and was much closer to the river than it is now but subsequent infilling of wharves and the flour mills of Cannon & Glaze meant the view of the Thames was lost by the start of the twentieth century. In 1938 major redevelopment of the Erith riverside resulted in the original pub being demolished – in fact its ruins still lie under the road and nearby car park- but a view to the river was restored. On 29th November 1940 enemy action caused the death from “bomb splinters” of the licensee, Zachariah William Coles aged 46, but his widow continued to run the pub from temporary buildings. It was extensively altered in 1974.
Funny that. Maybe ITV have a time machine and took Carr back to pre 1938.
Pity they did not leave him there

well done sherlock :D they should have gone to bhf:D:D:D
 

oldMohawk

master brummie
These last two weeks or so presenters on every BBC radio and tv news channel were continually enthusing about something called 'Line of Duty'. It was a 'must-see' and everyone was waiting for the new series.

I'd missed it on Sunday night so watched it on iPlayer. Very loud background music, loads of people shouting ... I was soon fast-forwarding Netflix style but eventually gave up on it.

I must be more of an 'old fogey' than I thought I was and wasn't one of the 10 million who did watch it ... :rolleyes:
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
These last two weeks or so presenters on every BBC radio and tv news channel were continually enthusing about something called 'Line of Duty'. It was a 'must-see' and everyone was waiting for the new series.

I'd missed it on Sunday night so watched it on iPlayer. Very loud background music, loads of people shouting ... I was soon fast-forwarding Netflix style but eventually gave up on it.

I must be more of an 'old fogey' than I thought I was and wasn't one of the 10 million who did watch it ... :rolleyes:
Sorry to disagree with you OM, but LoD is one of the best series produced on the BBC for a long time, I have watched all the previous series, it is well scripted, well acted and well produced, it has almost a documentary flavour to it, loud music and noise, yes, it leaves you with cliff hangers and you are never quite sure who is the villain or what will happen next.

But no, you are not an old fogey, you know what you like and enjoy and I will say this, if I had not seen the previous series, I would probably turned it off after a while as it was a bit slow getting to the point of what it was all about.

Bob
 
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