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    Tippon
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    Happy birthday Bob @bullstuff2

    Here’s to many more ?

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  • #31273

    The Duke
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    Congratulations Bob, one more ticked off ?

    Hope you get spoilt, and have a good’n. ?(think you said you enjoy a glass of red).

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    #31276

    Ed P
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    Keep motoring on Bob – have a good one, and don’t forget to pull together all your reminiscences. Social Historians in 150 years time will love them. It will add balance to all the misleading stuff in Politician’s autobiographies.

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    #31279

    Dave Rice
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    Knowing his family he will be spoiled something rotten ?

    Have a good day Bob.

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    #31280

    RSB
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    Happy birthday Bob. 

    No Birthdays Today!

    Americans: Over Sexed, Over Payed and Over here, Wat Wat!

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    #31281

    johnbarry
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    Happy Birthday Bob, have a good un.

     

    It's said to be easy when you know how. If you don't know how, then you need the help of forumites.

    Cheers
    John

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    #31282

    JayCeeDee
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    Late on parade for this one – and it’s only 9am!!!!

    Happy Birthday, Bob. Enjoy today to the fullest – they’ll still love you just as much tomorrow, but won’t need to spoil you like today.?

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    #31283

    Richard
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    Bob, another notch on the tree of life, enjoy this one even if the day looks a bit dreary compared to the previous few days. Tomorrow should give a number of people a good blow for their money, so take care on Sunday and Monday.

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    #31284

    dwynnehugh
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    Happy birthday Bob.

    The more you meet people the more you understand why Noah took animals instead of humans

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    #31285

    PlaneMan
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    Have a good day Bob. Many more to come. ?

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    #31297

    Ed P
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    #31298

    Bob Williams
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    Thanks to all my mates here. I see you as “Cyberspace mates”, although I have never met any of you, I really enjoy your internet company. I have learned so much from all of you, not just about computing but about life in general. Long may this Forum prosper, big kudos to Lee for the organisation and hope you and gran are OK now.

    Ed that was a perfect example of an Ed post! Some of it is actually applicable, lol…

    Cheers guys, Bob.

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

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    #31303

    Les.
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    Eh up, Owker. ‘ow at?

    Do I need to translate from potteries speak? Hello bruv (our kid). How are you?

    Happy birthday.

    I hope you are listening to “China towns” on R4, Sat and Suns. A mashed mixture of Arnold Bennett’s “Clayhanger” and “The old wive’s tale”

    Les.

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    #31307

    Mark Turner
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    A bit late in the day happy birthday Bob I hope you have had a good one.

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    #31308

    isdarit
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    Don’t know if this is a day late or 364 days early.  Enjoy matey

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    #31317

    Bob Williams
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    Thanks guys!

    Les, ” ‘ow at?” took me straight back to my favourite uncle, Joe Peach. That was always his greeting when I showed up at Inglewood Drive, Porthill, Wolstanton:

    As a kid who spent over 2 years living in Wolstanton at my Aunt’s house and went over there every school holiday, I knew all the streets around that map and many others outside it. My dad was born and raised on Watlands View. Pit Green Lane was the site of the Royal British Legion social club, where Uncle Joe and his brother Uncle Bob were Treasurer and Secretary. I must have consumed gallons of pop and many bags of crisps there! Clare Avenue is where I used to be sent to buy Oatcakes and bring 4 dozen back for my parents and brothers. Uncle Joe and Aunt Ellen lived on the high point overlooking what is now Queensway, (then called “The D-Road”) most of which was a Marl Hole* and which is now the site of Overclockers. ( http://www.overclockers.co.uk) The Potters Wheel pub was where my cousin Bill and I used to drink before heading off to the Crystal Ballroom in Newcastle. Bill now lives on Templar Terrace: I have relatives everywhere in that area.

    Uncle Joe used to say “eyup wut, ow at?”. I could speak fluent Stokey when I was a kid, can still do it now. Bilingual: Notts and Stokey!

    *Marl Hole – what is left after removing a couple of centuries of China Clay for the Pot Kilns.

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

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    #31321

    The VFM Addict
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    Was up most of last night and been groggy all day.  Nearly missed this one.   Hope you’ve had a good one, Bob, and that what’s left of it is even better.

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    Here's hoping the Mad Tangerine of the West and the Mad Monk of the East stay friends or we're all in trouble

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    #31324

    Les.
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    No, No Bob. A marl hole is where the local (mostly red) clay was dug. All the China clay comes from Cornwall, with the other pottery clays (Ball clays) from Devon and Dorset. The potteries has mostly “Etruria marl”, plus of course fireclays which are usually associated with coal mining, very common in the Potteries as well of course, as is (or WAS) fireclay product production as well as bricks and tiles.

    I seem to recall you are also familiar with the Newstead area. 60 years ago I read an early copy of “Tilewright’s Acre” which I think involved Newstead (a Tileworks there) but was mostly about “Primitive Methodism” which was a big thing in the area 150 to 200 years ago. Quite a few Primitive Methodist chapels were  extant when I was younger, possibly still are there. It is one of the threads running through the “China towns” series, and will see me re-reading most of my A.Bennett novels, and I am going to try to get a copy of Tilewrights Acre to read again.

    Les.

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    #31329

    blacklion1725
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    Bit late Bob – been away all weekend – but happy birthday mate!

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    #31336

    Bob Williams
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    Thanks BL and VFM.

    Les, I stand corrected. I should have known this, because on my first day at Bradwell school, I fell into a marl hole, playing where I shouldn’t be, and was covered in the orange/yellow stuff. My aunt had to clean me up and was not best pleased! Mention of Etruria recalls my other cousin , dearly-missed Alan Peach and myself, skimming biscuit* across the canal and into windows on the other side of the Works. We had to run to escape the “Pot Bobby!”

    No I didn’t know Newstead Staffs: knew of it of course, but that’s Blurton/Hem Heath way I think, just off the Trentham Road? The Newstead I know is in Notts, a few miles from the village where I grew up, Blidworth. Newstead and Blidworth collieries were owned and built by Lord Newstead before Nationalisation. According to my dad, those were the first pits to have pithead baths and the colliery estate houses were supplied with power and hot water from the pit. My dad said that the Lord was a real philanthropist and looked after his miners and their families. After nationalisation, all the hot water pipes were dug up ‘because other newly-NCB pits did not have them’. Wonder if there is a Lord Newstead connection at Staffs Newstead?

    *Most will not know that ‘biscuit’ is the term for pots – plates and saucers, etc. that were fired in the kiln, but did not make it to be glazed and/or decorated. They make excellent water skimmers. I apply the skimming lessons from cousin Alan when I go to the beach: find a flat stone, count how many skips I can get across the incoming waves. Still doing it now. Well, we never grow up, do we? And it’s free! I got a “Sevener” yesterday at Chapel St. Leonards.

    If it’s the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?

    What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.

    If women ran the world we wouldn’t have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
    --- Robin Williams

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    #31337

    Les.
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    Bob, quite correct,  The Newstead I referred to is off the Trentham / longton road.

    I recall now being confused when you previously mentioned a lord Newstead, as it meant nothing to me. There is a large Newstead estate to the Eastern side of the aforementioned road, with an old sewerage works behind, then the Wedgwood factory at Barlaston, my birth village. The tile bank, VERY long since gone, was on the Western side of said road.

    But then, pottery manufacture, probably tile manufacture, coal mining and likely engineering, all big trades of the area, are just memories for most people now.

    Les.

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