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Post by Stanley » 18 May 2020, 03:32

One of the big changes in life over the last century has been the way home entertainment has changed. (Another aspect of my present pre-occupation with boredom)
One of the facets of life which constantly re-surfaced in my interviews for the LTP was the prevalence of music in the home. Almost every household had a couple of musical instruments, in some cases as things got easier a piano or harmonium. Violins and woodwinds were common and being portable were taken to neighbour's houses where they combined often resulting in ad-hoc ensembles like quartets. Further afield there were at least three orchestras in the town and of course in the early days the silent cinemas had orchestras to accompany the films. Have a look at Arthur Entwistle and Mrs Clarke in particular. Let's not forget the brass bands either, Barlick and Earby both had good ones. My mate Newton Pickles had an electric organ and was a good player. He and Olive his wife used to go to pubs at weekend where Newton played for the customers
Choirs were common, especially in the churches and chapels and very high levels of accomplishment were common. In those days oratorios were common and very well known singers performed regularly. As a lad I heard Kathleen Ferrier, Owen Brannigan, Isobel Baillie and Heddle Nash in Stockport, all largely forgotten names today. In Earby Hedley Bradshaw's wife Sophia was told by Kathleen Ferrier that she should sing professionally as she had such a wonderful contralto voice.

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Here's Hedley and Sophia with a friend Joan in 2002. I never heard her sing but have been assured it was a treat.
I'm sure that music is still important but in different ways. Perhaps it is the actual playing of an instrument and the chance to perform publicly that has declined. One more forgotten corner.
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Post by Stanley » 20 May 2020, 03:36

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Hedley Bradshaw, Arnold Brown and Newton Pickles at Bancroft opening steaming in 1982. Hedley was engineer at Spring Mill in Earby, Arnold Brown lived in Salterforth and taught Newton to play his Hammond Organ and of course Newton Pickles. All good friends and all dead now so definitely a forgotten corner!
Newton had his opinions about the engineers in charge of all the engines he looked after and always said that Hedley wasn't really a natural engineer but was a good engine tenter because he had good routines and noticed things. One day he rang Newton and told him he was worried about the engine because he had a little tune he whistled as he oiled it and that morning the engine wasn't in time with his whistling. Newton didn't dismiss this but went down to have a listen. Sure enough, Hedley was right, Newton realised one of the valve eccentrics had slipped and the timing was wrong. They stopped the engine at dinnertime, Newton attended to the eccentric and after dinner Hedley tested it against his whistle and pronounced it cured. As Newton said, Hedley hadn't a clue as to what was up but he knew there was something and did exactly the right thing.
I love it and miss the old codgers!
That's reminded me of something Newton once said that gave me a clue about what he thought of me as an engineer. We were sat in the engine house one day and apropos of nothing at all he said "Given a bit more time I reckon we could make a half decent engineer out of you". I always told him that was the nicest thing he ever said to me.
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Post by Stanley » 21 May 2020, 03:52

I read MD's fortnightly piece on Covid in Private Eye yesterday. I'd recommend it to you all.
He reminds me of Dr Charles Hill,the Radio Doctor. (LINK)
Evfery morning Dr Hill gave a short talk on the best way to ensure good health. His lugubrious delivery masked the value of his advice on every aspect of health. Together with Gert and Daisy, (LINK) the nation got a dose of good advice every morning, in the latter case, on cooking and nutrition.
If I remember rightly Charles Hill later had a political career and became Postmaster General for a time. (LINK)
The piece about Gert and Daisy doesn't mention their regular morning slot where they gave cooking tips.

In our exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, you can hear an excerpt from the BBC radio programme The Kitchen Front. Broadcast on 20 December 1941, it features the characters Gert and Daisy, giving a recipe for mutton cooked as turkey (“murkey”).
The Kitchen Front was broadcast daily, following the 8am news bulletin, and was one of the BBC’s most-popular shows during the Second World War, with regular audiences of 5- 7 million. The programme was conceived as a means by which the Ministry of Food could communicate with the British public, explaining about rationing schemes, encouraging the use of foods which were more generally-available, and discouraging food waste. Additionally, the programme intended to boost morale, using humour and characters who were recognisable or familiar to the listening public.
Gert and Daisy were the creations of performers Elsie Waters and her sister Doris Ethel Waters. The characters were already popular before the War, having appeared at two Royal Variety performances in the 1920s and 1930s and releasing recordings of their sketches and songs. For two weeks in April 1940, Gert and Daisy performed Feed the Brute, a 5 minute programme broadcast at the end of the 6pm evening news, to give recipes and advice on food. The use of humour, and popular characters, was a huge success.

Perhaps the government could have a look at these forgotten corners and start by giving MD the job of giving a non-political Covid update each day instead of the empty shell it is at present, aimed as it is at political survival.
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Post by Stanley » 22 May 2020, 03:19

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Today's forgotten corner is a personal one. Best to start by looking at this LINK because I doubt if many will have heard of him.
Fausto Coppi (what a name!) was my hero in the days when I was cycling. He represented the pinnacle of achievement for anyone who rode a bike with gears and not the antediluvian fixed wheels of the National Cyclist's Union who looked with disdain on anyone who used a dérailleur gear. Coppi was the reason we used Italian gears, hubs and accessories. Our aim was to get our bikes as near to his as we could and boy did we enjoy them! (Particularly when free-wheeling downhill at speeds up to 70mph.) You may raise your eyebrows at that but our gang was once stopped in Whaley Bridge in the late 1940s by a police patrol who had clocked us at almost 70 on Long Hill coming down from Buxton. We used to overtake cars. I think secretly they admired us for doing it but had to put a stern face on and try to slow us down. Compare and contrast with a computer in the bedroom. No wonder I still have good legs! A forgotten Corner!
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Post by Stanley » 23 May 2020, 03:56

One of the things we frequently forget is the effect external unrelated factors can have on every day life. It was a bombing campaign by the Luftwaffe that brought the aero industry to Barlick and that saved us economically. I've always said we should have a statue to Hitler in the town! Now it is a virus that is going to be the next big influence.
Who could have foreseen that it would destroy the aviation and travel industry? But that is what has happened and the future looks bleak for Rolls and the associated support industries in the area. Even if they survive there are going to a lot of jobs lost and it's difficult to see what can replace them even in the long term.
We are now in the same boat as Mr Micawber, trusting in something turning up! One wonders if there will be anything and if so, what could it be?
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Post by PanBiker » 23 May 2020, 09:07

Stanley wrote:
22 May 2020, 03:19
He represented the pinnacle of achievement for anyone who rode a bike with gears and not the antediluvian fixed wheels of the National Cyclist's Union who looked with disdain on anyone who used a dérailleur gear.
Aided as well by his own admission of regular amphetamine use when racing. It wasn't illegal then but he could not have done it now.
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Post by Stanley » 24 May 2020, 03:10

He was still fast Ian and the best!
I noted yesterday that bowlers in cricket matches are to be prohibited from spitting on the ball as an aid to polishing one side of it but sweat will be allowed. That reminded me of a small forgotten corner that was quite a controversy at the time but is now a forgotten corner.

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Dennis Compton (LINK) He was a pin up in those days and noted as a Brylcreem Boy, indeed he had an advertising contract with them. However, he was accused of using the haircream to modify the ball. I don't think it was ever banned but at the time was quite a news story!
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Post by PanBiker » 24 May 2020, 09:11

Stanley wrote:
24 May 2020, 03:10
He was still fast Ian
That's why they call it "Speed". Worked for German Storm Troopers, Axis and Allied Bomber Boys and fighter pilots and tankers during WWII. Pervitin for the Axis forces, we had our own equivalents with Benzedrine and others.
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Post by Stanley » 25 May 2020, 03:16

Not really a factor Ian as they were all under the same rules.
The NCU said the same about free wheels and gearing. Remember when Pro-Plus was an over the counter remedy for tiredness?
We followed the Italians in other ways. Aluminium water bottles in a carrier on the frame, bonk bags with a couple of Mars Bars and a spare inner tube in. Happy days and boy did we do some miles..... Lots of it in very hilly terrain in Derbyshire as well, we never went for the easy rides! Winnatt's Pass was a favourite. Long Hill out of Whaley Bridge and the Cat and Fiddle over to Macclesfield.
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Post by Stanley » 26 May 2020, 03:21

Today's item is not so much a forgotten corner as an unconsidered trifle,a very similar beast.
If, in the course of your peregrinations you come across a lump of metal (Or anything else that is interesting and has possibilities) pick it up, take it home and pop it in a treasure chest. If Ian takes advantage of my services that's where the stock to do the job has come from, lumps of metal tripped over in the long grass.
It's quite amazing what lurks out there if you keep your eyes open. Never walk past it!
Most of the components for my projects comes from this source, what other people see as 'scrap' I have hardly bought anything in since retiring apart from essential items like small tools or castings. One of my most useful finds was a broken cast iron water tank with very thick walls. Good CI is hard to find and I can't tell you how often I have sawn a piece of rough material out of it and converted it to a precision component. It's old and therefore very good metal. In those days they were melting good iron not the endlessly recycled scrap they use these days.
Mind you, avoid old firebars and bed frames! The worst metal in the world!
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Post by Whyperion » 26 May 2020, 13:09

thats a pity I have some angle 6ft long probably off a slientnight postwar bed ( the main frame went owing to the house it came from putting half in the garage, which I did not get to until I had cleared the house).

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Post by Stanley » 27 May 2020, 03:36

Bin it.
I slept in this morning, no sweat! But It doesn't mean things have to be skimped. That struck me as I automatically went through my bleach routine just now as I brewed my essential and wonderful morning coffee.
A mild degree of OCD in important routines like this is no handicap, indeed I'd say it was an advantage. Jack would agree, he loves his timetable.
(Senior moment. I thought I was in Household tips!)
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