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  4. 1973 Cooking into Europe

    That's pretty much it Maggie, except it doesn't mention the "Mare" (seafood). Don't go near that myself, as I draw the line at eating things that look back at me or have suckers. Brits keep getting asked why they reside here. It's a mystery to the Italians as many of them want to get to Northern Europe or the UK to get employment - the EU having completely b*****ed the once strong economy for at least the last decade. If you say the climate they never quite understand this, so it's easier to just say the food. Then, they just smile broadly and agree. One of the first things you have to get used to is the growing seasons - and this certainly isn't high summer, which kills things like normal grass stone dead, and just about everything apart from the cacti struggles to survive. So, UK style lawns are a huge luxury, and very few waste time and effort growing things you can't eat/sell. There are actually two growing seasons a year, and things like tomatoes have to be kept in partial shade. Even oranges, lemons, etc. grow best with a bit of shade from other trees. I killed the one banana palm here the first year by not turning the provided irrigation system on every day. No one bothered to tell us it needed loads more water than the other palms - something we were apparently supposed to know! Root veggies don't do at all well in this soil though, so things like spuds are mainly imported into the region. Practically everyone has plenty of land, and lots of produce swapping goes on, even if you didn't actually tell them they could help themselves. The attitude is that they know you would want them to have it, so they are doing you a favour by not bothering you! If you don't want to swap a little for personal use you put up a fence, and there aren't too many fences. So, healthy and varied diet, and (when you need to buy them) many (but not all) foods are cheaper than in the UK - especially the wine!
  5. Lovely lady, We were very privileged to be able to call her our friend. She will be greatly missed. Margaret & Tony Green
  6. Jean searching for a sighted buddy

    Visually impaired Bedlington Station resident Jean Scrowther is searching for a volunteer sighted buddy to accompany her and her guide dog Bess to do a Lidl shop, sometimes pop for a coffee and occasionally go to Morpeth on a market day.
  7. 1973 Cooking into Europe

    Especially for 3G
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  9. The following comment was posted on Facebook - Bedlington Remembered group :- Lynne Watson This is the photo I mentioned the other day in a different thread. My aunt worked in Cobbledicks shop which is the one on the very right of the photo almost hidden. My Dad found this photo many years ago and got a copy made. This image shows more of the building :- Has anyone ever heard of Cobbledicks ?
  10. Class unknown - 1960s ?

    Names updated
  11. Moving tributes have been paid to a top Northumberland badminton player who has died at the age of 85. Lynn Lacey, nee Jordan, represented the county for around 25 years and won a string of tournaments, but also went on to become a good tennis and golf player. Her real name was Lydia. However she became known in the sporting world as Lynn after her name was misspelt on a team sheet when she was a teenager and the wrong name was subsequently used in press reports about her. Lynn, of Bedlington, has now died after a battle against cancer. Her funeral took place on February 13. Her husband Tom Lacey has paid tribute to her and spoken of her long and successful sports career. Lydia was born in Walker, Newcastle, and was the youngest of five siblings.
  12. John Chave

    Have not tried this one , thanks
  13. Ford Castle Bedlington Grammar.jpg

    Not a problem, go ahead. Cheers
  14. Ford Castle Bedlington Grammar.jpg

    @Rigger - if I share this image on the Bedlington Facebook sites I would hope we could get some of his lot identified - Ok if I do that?
  15. John Chave

    @Rigger - was the Bedlington Community Centre - Creatives Group, that have done a lot of research on Bedlington soldiers to create their 'Poppy Map' one of the usual sources you have tried? They produced a list of Bedlington Soldiers' 'Poppy Map' and I believe they have retained info that they uncovered in their research :- http://www.bedlingtoncommunitycentre.co.uk/ Address: 60 W End Front St, Bedlington NE22 5UB Phone: 01670 824141
  16. West End Junior school - Ridge Terrace

    Often referred to as the 'Council School'. Entry in https://communities.northumberland.gov.uk/005616.htm has the date c1916
  17. John Chave

    Looking for some help. I have been researching soldiers from Bedlington who died in the First World War from those listed in the Record of Enlistments (original held at St Cuthbert's Church) and a copy avaibable on the NEWMP website. There is one soldier on that list I cannot trace at this time. The only information I have is the following : John Chave. Corporal. West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in Action. Living at Vulcan Place, Bedlington when he enlisted. I have tried all the usual sources of information. Chave is not a common name but does not yeld any leads. Its possible his name was recorded incorrectly, I have tried combinations of his name. Does anyone have any information or guidance on this soldier who was killed in action. Thanks
  18. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all my years of Sunday pub roast-guzzling, it’s that a beautiful exterior is no indicator of the quality of grub that lies within. The General Havelock is a boozer that reminded me not to judge too much on appearances; the place might not please the eye, but its Sunday dinners certainly please the stomach. The pub has neither a spectacular location, situated as it is close to the A189 Spine Road near Blyth, nor, it has to be said, a well-kept air, with its peeling paintwork on the windows, rather battered furniture and visible mould in one corner of its restaurant. A slight smoky haze, presumably from the kitchen, pervaded both the pub and restaurant section, and I even discovered the lock in the cubicle in the gents’ toilets wasn’t working. However, if you don’t mind your pubs being a bit rough around the edges, the General Havelock’s food will more than make up for what it lacks in the way of refinement. You’ll have to be happy to launch straight into your roast, as there are no starters served – and no other choice of main course. A standard-size pork, chicken or beef meal is £7, or you can opt for a small one for £6. Choosing lamb adds £1 to the bill. I was unsurprised when Mrs E ordered beef, having noticed that particularly wanton look that she gets in her eyes when she hasn’t had any of the stuff for a while. I, on the other hand, struggled to make a decision, so appreciated being offered the option of a bit of all the meats by our friendly server.
  19. Bedlington Grammar School at Ford Castle about 1960, guess. The only one I can identify is Patricia Brown who is in the second row from front second from right.
  20. Westridge School - End of term class photos

    The following info is from the http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/8ad93b61-5d1a-46e9-ad51-f17b07e91684 site :- History: The school opened officially in 1958 and was reorganised as a middle school in 1976. It had ceased to function by 1977 when the premises were taken over by St. Benet Biscop's Roman Catholic Aided High School. The school records were transferred to the new Meadowdale County Middle School which opened in 1982.
  21. Northumberland County Council is backing a flagship campaign to get up to half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities this March. The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches. Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year. Running from 2 to 4 March, and promoted by Keep Britain Tidy, the Great British Spring Clean wants to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Northumberland County Council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter from streets, parks and beaches. Officers will be on hand to give advice, and essential equipment can be loaned to groups who want to collect litter. Council teams can also arrange to pick up the bagged waste afterwards. An ‘environmental prize’ that supports community clean up activity will be offered by the council to the group which collects the most litter during the Great British Spring Clean weekend, with their prize presented at the annual Love Northumberland awards. Last year’s winners received a Superbin, a large steel litter bin with a storage compartment for volunteers litter picking equipment. Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services, said: ‘We are justifiably proud of our beautiful county and are determined to keep it that way. “We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part. “We can offer equipment, waste collection and all the advice and guidance that groups might need. Together we can make a real difference and clean up the environment on our doorsteps.” If you would like to loan equipment such as litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves and rubbish bags you should email nicola.wardle@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 01670 622997 by Friday 23rd February. To find out more about campaign, and register your event visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk
  22. Two Northumberland firefighters found themselves saving a life outside the county as they made their way to a training course. This morning (February 16), NFRS Firefighters Paul Cameron and Tom Oliver were on their way to an Initial Boat Operators Course on the River Tyne at Newcastle Quayside. En route they came across a crashed car. They then performed CPR on the driver, who it's believed may have suffered a cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived. Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark McCarty said: "Paul and Tom acted in the best tradition of the emergency services when they came across this incident and their quick thinking and professionalism helped save the driver's life." Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service firefighters from Colby Court also attended and made the scene safe for the general public and all other road users.
  23. Where are you when we REALLY need you Clement Attlee?

    Don't know about Merc, but I get round it by avoiding those contracts like the plague!
  24. so how do you fit in the indigenous folk that have word for - one- two and the all else is many ?? ooo and when is the us/uk definition of million/billion gonna be decided?
  25. A Bedlington resident is hoping to succeed as an author following the publication of her first novel.
  26. Where are you when we REALLY need you Clement Attlee?

    MLA used here, Merc, where letters versus numerals is related to the number of words required to express the number. Numbers requiring one or two words (one, fifteen, twenty-one, forty-five, one thousand etc.) are written as words while more than two words requires expression in numerals (121 - instead of one hundred and twenty-one, 1 340 instead of one thousand three hundred and forty etc.). Mind you, it also advises the use of a hyphen to separate two-word constructions but I'm not so fussy about that and neither are my clients. It's a complex (and interesting) business!
  27. Well, Canny Lass, I'm conditioned to use AP Style so that would be 21, 31 and so on!
  28. Where are you when we REALLY need you Clement Attlee?

    One learns something new every day, does one not! How is it with twenty one, thirty one and so on(e)?
  29. Where are you when we REALLY need you Clement Attlee?

    One uses only the word form up to 10. One does.
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