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    As some will know all NCC elected members received an email which I read last Monday about being able to access some of their member’s local improvement scheme funding for local Covid relief. This was put in place by the Leader and the CeO of NCC. I was initially highly critical and sent an email to all members and some officers saying my main concern was the time lag because accessing this funding usually takes weeks even months! Given the dire straits we found ourselves in that couldn’t be allowed to happen and I wanted that funding available to use ASAP! I was assured this wouldn’t be the case with this initiative. Last Monday afternoon I visited a local charity and discussed putting together two projects with them so they could access this funding. The costed plans were submitted last Tuesday and almost immediately agreed. On Wednesday after work I started asking where the schemes where and how long would they take to expedite the funding? I was told they were going through as we spoke. Thursday morning and I again spoke to the charity and asked them to let me know when they received my funding. I took that call on Thursday afternoon! So for something that usually takes week upon weeks to get through, these were advanced extremely quickly and I again had to write to all members telling them my experience and thanking the Leader and the CeO of NCC. The recipients of the funding is the Salvation Army food bank in Bedlington and we have managed to put in funding for the next 10 weeks. The other initiative is to do a meals on wheels service to our seniors at Xmas because the usual seniors Xmas lunches will not be able to be held in the Salvation Army building. This funding means we can double the provision! More about that closer to the time. So once again a huge shout out to the Bedlington Salvation Army because whenever I have asked them for help their reply has always been…..how many, when, we will be ready! No doubt others have the same attitude; it just leaves me in awe of their values and commitment to our local communities and that’s why we won’t be beaten and we won’t leave anyone behind!
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    I tried to warn my now deceased mate about the dangers of playing Russian roulette, but it was in one ear and out of the other.
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    1. Which former pop-star owned the company that made The Life of Brian and had a one line part in a crowd scene? Answer = 2. What can be upside down, ginger or Dundee? Answer = 3. Which country hosted the summer Olympics in 1932? Answer = 4. What occupation is involved with stretchers and headers? Answer = 5. On which river does Amsterdam stand? Answer = 6. What is the millionth of a metre called? Answer = 7. Who is the prime minister of France? Answer = 8. What sort of drink is pekoe? Answer = 9. Who had a pet chimp called Chee Chee? Answer = 10. Which Bridge on the River Thames has a central portion that can be raised to allow ships into London? Answer = 11. Which sports commentator talked of an ‘up and under’ and an ‘early bath’? Answer = 12. What is a dirndl? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The first advert on Radio Luxembourg was for a laxative. Answer = I didn’t. I wonder if the same laxative advert was broadcast on radio Caroline?
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    There have been a lot of positive noises recently regarding Bedlington once again having a railway station. The detailed consultation taking place is a part of that as is the £1m invested in site investigations by the County Council. I am old enough to remember catching a train from Bedlington Station and talk about passenger rail services returning to Bedlington goes back decades. It is something I can certainly recall from the 1990s. The car was king in the three decades before that as more roads were built to accommodate the growth in ownership. However, it became clear that rail needed to be looked at again as congestion on the roads increased. I did think that the Labour government elected in 1997 would have taken the opportunity to repay the faith of North East voters who returned 28 Labour MPs out of a total of 30: Wansbeck and Blyth Valley among them. But it didn’t happen and the efforts of the then Wansbeck MP, Denis Murphy, were rebuffed time and time again. That one of Blair’s Transport Secretaries was a North Tyneside MP makes it even more surprising that no progress was made, and by 2010 when Denis Murphy stood down, the only passenger train that had chugged along the tracks was a special charter to see benefits that have yet to be realised. Since then I have picked up on the odd muttering from the current Labour MP but nothing that convinced me that Bedlington would again have a railway station. Given that the end of the line is Ashington, I assumed that the tub thumping would be incessant and heard across Wansbeck from Cambois to Clifton. But I do sense that a funding decision is now close. I took part in a visit from the previous Transport Secretary to Bedlington Station in 2019 along with my Independent colleagues, Councillor Robinson and Councillor Wallace. The current Transport Secretary has posted a video of support over the weekend. I am not too concerned about who politically is due the credit and whether the current drilling of bore holes will have more impact than a conversation in a smoke-filled room 25 years ago. Bedlington as always is my only focus. However, that it appears the funding will be confirmed under a Conservative County Council and by a Conservative Government must be one of the biggest ironies in Northumberland’s political history. A missed opportunity for Labour is a huge understatement in those circumstances. Little wonder the town returned three Independents in 2017 to work with whichever party took control and to ensure a better Bedlington.
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    5 out of 6 scientists say Russian Roulette is safe.
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    Sorry it's a bit late. Snow shovelling has started with a bang! 1. What is the highest building in the world? 2. By which name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio better known? 3. Who discovered penicillin? 4. In what year did the Titanic sink on her maiden voyage? 5. Which pop group was formed in 1973 by amalgamating the two groups: Choise and Golden Hammers? 6. What is the average life-span of a dragonfly? 7. Approximately how many breaths does an adult male take every day? 8. Which year did Arsenal move from Highbury to The Emirates Stadium? 9. Who dropped a feather and a hammer on the moon to show that, without air, they would fall at the same speed? 10. How many players in a water-polo team? 11. In which country can you find Angkor Wat? 12. In which James Bond novel/film do we meet the character Tee Hee? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. An Ohio law states that pets have to carry lights on their tails at night. Answers on Thursday.
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    Answers to last wek's quiz: 1. Mahatma Gandhi 2. Edo 3. The libretto 4. Pace, drove or herd, 5. 12 6. To the commemorate Napoleon’s victory 7. Robben Island 8. Ethyl alcohol (drinkable) 9. 1776 10. Homer 11. Silver 12. Lebanon New quiz tomorrow and Christmas special being prepared!
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    Champion - I wasn't sure - he never came to our house
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    Answers to last week's quiz; 1. Collar bone 2. Basketball 3. Harold II 4. Joe Orton 5. Norwegian 6. Tower of London 7. Circe 8. Avon 9. Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip (Not together, I hasten to add!) 10. Cheam 11. Spender 12. Miss Sophie New quiz tomorrow!
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    A young blonde girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a "handy woman" and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do. "Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch" he said. "How much will you charge me?" Delighted, the girl quickly responded, "How about $50?" The man agreed and told her that the paint, brushes and everything she would need were in the garage. The man's wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, "Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?" "That's a bit cynical, isn't it?" he responded. The wife replied, "You're right. I guess I'm starting to believe all those dumb blonde jokes." A few hours later the blonde came to the door to collect her money.. "You're finished already??" the startled husband asked. "Yes," the blonde replied, "and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats." Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip. "Thank you," the blonde said, "And, by the way, it's not a Porch, it's an Audi."
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    Just to spread Orli's comments a bit this is what she posted, on her Facebook page, on the 6th November at 17:28 Orli Summers Please please, please above anything else, please know I’m not seeking sympathy or wanting to make anyone sad or worried. (God knows we are living in sad enough times.) But thank you for allowing me to keep on sending postcards from the edge. It’s a bit of a bleak landscape out here and sometimes I fall and bloody my knees. And sometimes I dance. “Pain is a treasure, for it contains mercies.” Rumi CV-19 Day 166 He asks me how I am and greets each symptom with an “oy, oy, oy”. Which, as a Jewess, I recognise as the song of my people. But he is Indian. And it makes me smile. I tell him that navigating life right now is like walking over uneven cobblestones in the rain in high heels in the dark. Each step is precarious. And some days I come crashing down onto my knees. And today is one of those bloodied knees kind of days. “Oy, oy, oy Orli. Oy, oy, oy. It’s a lot, I know. I’m sorry” This is my Consultant and here we are again both in limbo and lost at sea. I ask him if there have been any breakthroughs or new research. Or if there’s any medication he can suggest. Anything... “I wish, Orli. I wish.” He sounds weary. He promises to call me again in a few weeks. “Please don’t leave me” I sob, and it catches us both by surprise. I am aware that I sound like a child. But I am scared and I am drowning. And some days, some days like this day, fear is greater than faith. “I’m not going anywhere” he tells me. “I promise I will stay with you ‘til you are through this.” And he gives me his mobile number. Just in case. And this time my tears are of gratitude. Deep gratitude.
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    Mother & father both born at Netherton and father worked down the pit as did just about everyone else did back then; uncle, cousins etc. I was brought up on what's known as "Pit talk", certain vocabulary I still weave into conversation to this day, but is usually met with confusion. For example - "You gave me a gliff before" = You gave me a fright earlier. Does anyone still use these terms today or have they died out? Another one; "Mind, that gully's sharp" = watch as that knife is sharp. "I walked into the bliddy cheble" = I've walked into that bloody table. Silly daft geordie twang I guess, but localised in certain pit villages. I couldn't imagine anyone saying the same stuff in Consett, for example. Anyway, paying homage to the old school on how your Grandad might have talked about Lonnens, Sculleries, Clarts and Nyuks.
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    Bobby Pattinson,famous Geordie Comedian...." Big Geordie waaks inti thi Lifeboat Stayshun at Tynemooth...he says ...Hae yi got eny jobs Mista..?...Fella says ti him ....Hoo taal are yi?...Geordie says ..Aam six foot twelve ....Fella says ...Can ye swim?..he says ner,but a can plodge a lang way oot"!! Priceless!! His DVD Performance is worth every penny ti a Geordie Twang lover!!
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    ..an aftathowt...me Son went ti live an' wark in London 30 yeors ago,so he had ti larn ti taak glaaky doon theor ,so thi buggaas wud unnerstand 'im. Noo ,as yeors went by,he had an Album ti record an' Engineer,owa in Denmark,by a Band caaled "EFTACLANG"..they were a top Band at thi time,like the Beatles war heor,mevvis not exactly thi syem,but enywheh,he was suprised by thi amoont of words n' phrases they hae owa theor,wat are like wors.."Gaan Yem"...etc...[suppose them buggaas browt thi twang owa heor in thi forst place eh?!!]...a knew Kirk was aad ,but a didn't think ee wuz that aad...!!Heh heh! Thi forst time he foened back yem,efta he had been in Londin for a while,he was taakin' aal bay windae,[a bit like wor Big Jack...R,I,P, Jack.]...but mekkin' a hint-end o' hesel' ivry utha worrd!!...[like them buggaas ye see on thi telly in thi Soaps,wat wor lass waatchis...thi sing wen tha taakin']..if us buggaas taaked like that doon thi big black hole,we'd be crucified by thi wit of the ones who were a wee bit "Intoxicated by the Exuberance of their own Verbosity...!"...[so ti speek!]..heh heh!!
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    Waatcheor Bonny Lad,[JoJo],aal slap ya chops if a heor ye caal wor twang ..."Silly Daft Twang"! Ye waana mind o' thi fact that if it waasn't fo' Pitmen,gett'n Coal oot fo' Industry at thi start of thi Idustreeal Revolushin, ye wadn't be clartin on heor wi ya fancy bliddy new-fangled thingy's..!! Is aal them fowks doon thonder posha thin wat we are heor like?...it's US that taak proppa man,aal them foriners frae owa thi waata taak a bit glaaky.! Noo,Jo-jo,a expect, wi YOR browtin's -up,that ye'll knaa when wi say Foriners,wa not been Raysshhill or owt stupit,wi mean any bugga from owa the waata...meanin' the Tyne!! Did ye knaa thi Smith family,or the Bell's hoo had thi Ranch,owa aside thi Lonnen? ..when thi pulled thi pit hooses doon,in thi late 1940's,a lot o' Netherton fowks moovd doon ti Hollymoont Squaor aside my Fowks,so a knew a lot of thim,a med new mates,canny fowks they were,a ended up menny yeors lator,worrkin doon thi pit alang wi sum o' thim as Marra's.[Jimmy Burke and Stan Taylor cum ti mind stryght awa...] Them wa thi days wen wi had clarty back streets,like at Choppintin,wi play'd aside thi Barnt'n Born,whoer it was aal slecky. Ootside Netties,nae posh lavvy papor in them days,an' yi had callises on ya hint-end...!!..wi'll keep thi entortaunmint leet eh?!! A hevn't been redd aroond lang, and aav just gett'n the tcheble cleored n thi dishis aal weshed...[nen brokken thi neet! ....buggad-up hands are nae gud for weshin' dishes wi!!] It's great ti see ye on the forum Jo Jo,hope wi heor a lot mair frae yi.. an a just waant fowks ti knaa a hevn't desartid wa great site heor,its' just that aav hooked up wi a few lang-lost Marra's from thi '60s ...an' otha kind fowks,it's hard ti split me time up,an' a get carried awa once a start.....![....eh?...they say...nivvor in thi world....wi nivvor knew...!!] Aal thi best ti aal me Marra's on heor!!
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    A couple of my favourites are - Plodging in the clarts and said in the Bedlington twang - aroond the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran. Born and raised in Bedlington I never really knew that my accent was different. Leaving schoolmy first job, age 16, was at Blyth Shipyard - no problems with the accent. Then the DHSS, Longbenton and the first group of lads I teamed up with were from Seghill, Consett and Stanley. They could understand me no problem but I do remember even the lad, born and bred in Seghill, did say my accent was pitmatic. The first time I actually encountered a problem was when I went to work in London in 1969. No matter how many times I asked the way to where I was going I got stared at puzzled looks. Someone even did the slow speaking bit and said - ARE YOU GERMAN. My accent had to change whilst working with the cockneys but each time I came home it took less than 5 mins in the Percy Arms to get back to the home twang.
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    I'm from Blyth and my wife from Bedlington, we still find many words we use differently. I used to work around the area and found I could easily recognize where people were from especially Blyth (port) Bedlington (pits) Morpeth (farming) Ashington ( pits) and later to all the country regions, localized dialects probably developed because most people didn't travel far from home or work. Yes we do adapt our way of talking in public more than we think, you have too or go hungry! our town is very multi cultural but heads turn when my wife meets up with her sister-in-law (also from Hollymoont) its not a conscious change but it definitely happens. You can not get rid of all your accent, you can usually pick up a trace in some words, an example was recently in the Trump impeachment farce, a key witness was from the N.E. The other night on a TV interview from a Nova Scotia University they talked to the Head, he sounded just like he had come from the match at the toon! Little ditties! how they are dying out, I can always find one to fit the occasion, has the kids laughing a lot, two four six eight...., round and the garden...! I hope we see HPW pop up soon.
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    Jojo, there's nothing silly or daft about the geordie twang - or North Eastern dialect, as it's called in linguistic parlance. I was also born at Netherton and grew up with it. I've had to modify it on my travels in order to be understood, as no country teaches it as a second language. Only the Queens English (received pronunciation, RP, to give it its full handle) is good enough för for that purpose. This does not imply that RP is better or more superior in any way. It is simply because it is the accepted standard worldwide thus aiding communication the world over. Imagine a meeting of the European parliament where every country chooses to use one of its many dialects instead of its standard version! It's standard English and a gigantic, well oiled machinery of simultaneous interpretators and translators that make it possible for any communication to take place. It's difficult but it would be impossible if everybody spoke in dialects. As I said earlier, dialects are not taught in schools. On the contrary, I'm old enough to remember 'articulation' lessons in school, during the 50's, when moves were afoot nationally to eradicate some dialects, usually working class dialects and Geordie was top of the list! However, it held it's ground and achieved almost cult status in the late 80's, turning up on TV, radio and even in films where it started to be used by characters with social, educational or professional standing rather than by portrayed thugs and layabouts. Gliff, gully and cheble I remember well but no longer use, and the first words my husband (not British) learned from me were "by hinny this cheble's claggy" - picked up over a pint in a pub probably known to most people here. Claggy and clarty are, however, two words that have stayed with me even after 30 odd years living abroad. Even the occasional 'mebbies' instead of 'maybe' has been known to escape my lips. Dialects are being diluted because we move about much more freely than we've ever done. We aid communication in one of three ways: we modify our own dialect, we adopt the dialect of the other speakers or we revert to Queen's English as best we can - at risk of being accused of 'tring to be posh' or of 'putting on airs and graces'. So words and phrases are disappearing. There are a few stalwarts, including this site's very own HPW (High pit Wilma) who carry on the tradition - if you want to read some of his wonderful posts. Sadly, in reality, the dialects have no written form. We all write our own version which makes the content available to very few people - that's to say, those who are familiar with the spoken version. Even more sad is that within a half century or so, all information in the texts will be lost as only a handful of academics specializing in the North Eastern dialect will be able to read them. Gaan canny!
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    With Christmas fast approaching your thoughts may already be turning to what to buy for the young lady in your life. Shopping can be a nightmare, especially if you are thinking of buying clothing of a ‘more personal nature’. Here’s some handy information on bras which may be of help: Bras come in 4 types: Catholic – supports the masses Salvation Army – lifts the fallen Presbyterian – keeps them staunch and upright Baptist – makes mountains out of molehills Then there’s the lettering system for the cup size! But, we women have a simple way of remembering it: A – Almost boobs B – Barely there C –Can’t complain D –Dang! DD – Double dang! E – Enormous F – Fake G – Get a reduction for Heaven’s sake! H – Help me; I’m falling over (sometimes simply labeled as ‘The over-shoulder, boulder holder) Happy shopping
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    Why did God create Eve? He created Adam, stood back, serveyed his work, scratched his head and said: I'm sure I can do better than this!
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    1. What does the symbol HB stand for on a pencil? Hard Black 2. What is the motto of the BBC? ---- 3. England’s best ever win at football was 13-0. Who were they playing? Malta 4. In which year were cars first required to be registered? 1901 5. In WW2, what was the codename given by Hitler to the German invasion of Russia? Barbarosa 6. How many years are celebrated with a platinum anniversary? 60 years 7. What is the layer of rock immediately under the crust of the Earth called? Mantel 8. Which animal lives in a ‘citadel’? A mole 9. What is the name of the Queen’s residence in Norfolk? Sandringham 10. Brassica Oleracea is better known as what? Cauliflower 11. Who discovered the basic laws of genetics while analysing peas in a monastery garden? ----- 12. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit does not? Rabbit
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    1. What is the highest building in the world? Burj Khalifa 2. By which name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio better known? Francis I 3. Who discovered penicillin? Fleming 4. In what year did the Titanic sink on her maiden voyage? 1912 5. Which pop group was formed in 1973 by amalgamating the two groups: Choise and Golden Hammers? Showaddywaddy. 6. What is the average life-span of a dragonfly? 6 months 7. Approximately how many breaths does an adult male take every day? 23,000 8. Which year did Arsenal move from Highbury to The Emirates Stadium? 2006 9. Who dropped a feather and a hammer on the moon to show that, without air, they would fall at the same speed? David Scott 10. How many players in a water-polo team? 7 11. In which country can you find Angkor Wat? Cambodia 12. In which James Bond novel/film do we meet the character Tee Hee? Live and Let Die Well into our snow season here, but not accumulating a lot in town.
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    1. What is the highest building in the world? Answer = 2. By which name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio better known? Answer = 3. Who discovered penicillin? Answer = 4. In what year did the Titanic sink on her maiden voyage? Answer = 5. Which pop group was formed in 1973 by amalgamating the two groups: Choise and Golden Hammers? Answer = 6. What is the average life-span of a dragonfly? Answer = 7. Approximately how many breaths does an adult male take every day? Answer = 23,040 = 16 per min x 60 x 24 8. Which year did Arsenal move from Highbury to The Emirates Stadium? Answer = 2006 9. Who dropped a feather and a hammer on the moon to show that, without air, they would fall at the same speed? Answer = Commander David Scott – 1971 – Apollo 15. 10. How many players in a water-polo team? Answer = 11. In which country can you find Angkor Wat? Answer = Cambodia 12. In which James Bond novel/film do we meet the character Tee Hee? Answer = Live and Let Die I’ll bet you didn’t know …. An Ohio law states that pets have to carry lights on their tails at night. Answer = I didn’t.
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    Alan,after signing off,a just caught the post above with Eddie Oliver's Photo. A first met Eddie in 1971 when a went on to Deputy -Work at Bates. Eddie was part of a face team on 84's Coalface at the Beaumont Seam. From day one,we got on weel with one another,considering that I was posted on the Face just as the Overtime Ban was coming into force prior to the 1972 Miner's Strike..and a lot of the men had their hooks into the Deputies. When the face teams became awkward to work with,and kept stopping coalwork deliberately,to strengthen the point that they could win the strike,Eddie was one of only a few who remained really pleasant to work with . As time went by,and I went back onto the N.U.M.,Eddie went onto Deputy Work,then HE was in charge of me sometimes..a complete role-reversal!! I cannot find a single wrong word to say about Eddie, a lovely Smiley,gud-natured fella,and I will say this to Bethany ,you were blessed to have had such a lovely Grandad. He was a pleasure to work with. R.I.P. Eddie Oliver. Bill.
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    😇 - nooo - I thought it was built for the guy sitting on it 🙂
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    Are you seriously telling me that the Arc de Triumph was built as an armchair for a giant?
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    Thank you. I am aware of the information available on Ancestry and have already compiled a family tree from that. I am interested here in whether there are any relatives of these families still in the area, or people who knew of them. My main interest is Joseph and Thomasina's daughter, also called Thomasina, born 1911 and in 1948 married someone called Edward Hart. As far as I can see Joseph and Thomasina (senior) also had a son Joseph who died as a baby, a daughter Florence , a daughter Mary born about 1906-7 and George born 1917. Florence, born 1903, married a Mr John Richard Miles (an architect apparently) and lived till about 1966. They had a son Tom Miles but he is now also dead. Anyway, thanks all for your kind input.
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    As mentioned Joseph & Thomasina who married in 1899 had 4 children by 1911 however 2 of them had died. Florrie 8 years and Mary 4 years were registered with their parents at 6 1st Street Netherton Colliery. They appear to have a son George born in 1917 who is registered with his parents at 9 Crawford Terrace in 1939. Although the 1911 census and 1939 register are not free to access there is a free website that is useful for family history research. https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
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    1. What is the more common name for the clavicle? Collar bone 2. With which sport do you associate Michael Jordan? Basketball 3. Who was the last Saxon king of England? Harold 4. Which English playwright was murdered by his lover , Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967? 5. What nationality was the composer Edvard Grieg? Swiss 6. Where in London would you see the White Tower? Tower of London 7. Which sorceress turned Odysseus’ men into swine? 8. What is the Celtic name for ‘river’? Avon 9. Who said “We live over the shop”? Granville 10. Which Berkshire school did Prince Charles attend? Cheam 11. In which TV series did Jimmy Nail play a Geordie detective? Spender 12. Pomeroy, Von Schneider, Winterbottom and Sir Toby,were the dinner guests. Who was the hostess? Margaret Thatcher
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    That's certainly true, Vic. People only knew the sounds that they heard on daily basis, among the people they rubbed shoulders with, so there was no need for any adaptation in order to be understood. It's the ability to move about the country and the world that waters down our lovely dialects (and the dialects of all other western countries). I agree with you that there are differences even locally, particularly in the vocabulary of the areas - some more pronounced than others. I managed Blyth and Ashington no bother but had difficulties with Morpeth. I remember a Morpeth friend saying to me at a staff party, as she nodded in the direction of the bar: "Deek i thi mort carey wi the bary colga". I thought she was asking if she should get a round in so I just nodded in agreement but when she made no effort to move I realised that I must have been mistaken. I think the only bit I'd ever heard before was 'bar'. Turned out she was pointing out a young lad with a bonny jacket (who became her husband a few years later)
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    Neh botha owa here how. Canny ti read it all through wi neh botha at all. Divvint let the crack diy oot neh matter how many puzzled fyeces luck on.
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    1. What is the more common name for the clavicle? Answer = 2. With which sport do you associate Michael Jordan? Answer = 3. Who was the last Saxon king of England? Answer = Edward The Confessor 4. Which English playwright was murdered by his lover , Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967? Answer = Joe Orton 5. What nationality was the composer Edvard Grieg? Answer = Norwegian 6. Where in London would you see the White Tower? Answer = Tower of London 7. Which sorceress turned Odysseus’ men into swine? Answer = 8. What is the Celtic name for ‘river’? Answer = 9. Who said “We live over the shop”? Answer = I refuse to use those two words. 10. Which Berkshire school did Prince Charles attend? Answer = 11. In which TV series did Jimmy Nail play a Geordie detective? Answer = 12. Pomeroy, Von Schneider, Winterbottom and Sir Toby,were the dinner guests. Who was the hostess? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Napoleon tried to kill himself but because the poison he took was old it had lost its potency and gave him hiccups instead. Answer = I didn’t.
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    Sunday - 08/11/2020 a very quiet Front Street West. Photos by Simon Williams - Bygone Bedlington group
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    1. What is the more common name for the clavicle? Collar bone 2. With which sport do you associate Michael Jordan? Basketball 3. Who was the last Saxon king of England? Harold #2 4. Which English playwright was murdered by his lover , Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967? Joe Orton 5. What nationality was the composer Edvard Grieg? Norwegen 6. Where in London would you see the White Tower? Tower of London 7. Which sorceress turned Odysseus’ men into swine? Circe 8. What is the Celtic name for ‘river’? Avon 9. Who said “We live over the shop”? Margaret Thatcher 10. Which Berkshire school did Prince Charles attend? Cheam 11. In which TV series did Jimmy Nail play a Geordie detective? Spender 12. Pomeroy, Von Schneider, Winterbottom and Sir Toby,were the dinner guests. Who was the hostess? Miss Sophie
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    Fair point, Vic! The 'country' was, as you say, USA. The city was Los Angeles. Bonus point awarded.
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. George Harrison 2. Cake 3. Los Angeles 4. Bricklayer 5. Amstel 6. Micron 7. Jean Castex 8. Tea 9. Dr Doolittle 10. Tower Bridge 11. Eddie Waring 12. A dress New quiz tomorrow!
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    As me father would say "Am bliddy sick ov it". Hope you're all alright up that way. Wait it out, that's all we can do.
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    Number 3 really looks like my great grandad Robert Miller. I wonder if anyone recognises this name? I will get this double checked by my dad
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    I think that's correct. Bank Cottage seems to have a long history. I think its location is shown better on this map from 1860: It can be easily seen that the building matches the photo, standing at right angles to the road and the terraced houses beyond it. I don't know much about it but I can see from the 1911 census that it was small as it then housed two families - one in 3 rooms and the other in 2 rooms.
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    Well .... I didn't hear any apologies when he decided that only women should give birth.
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    Are we sitting comfortably? Then let's begin .... 1. Which former pop-star owned the company that made The Life of Brian and had a one line part in a crowd scene? 2. What can be upside down, ginger or Dundee? 3. Which country hosted the summer Olympics in 1932? 4. What occupation is involved with stretchers and headers? 5. On which river does Amsterdam stand? 6. What is the millionth of a metre called? 7. Who is the prime minister of France? 8. What sort of drink is pekoe? 9. Who had a pet chimp called Chee Chee? 10. Which Bridge on the River Thames has a central portion that can be raised to allow ships into London? 11. Which sports commentator talked of an ‘up and under’ and an ‘early bath’? 12. What is a dirndl? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The first advert on Radio Luxembourg was for a laxative. Answers on Thursday as usual.
  47. 1 point
    The last few days have been dominated by the Government’s decision not to provide free school meals this week. Given coronavirus and the uncertain economic outlook, I do believe this to be the wrong decision and much more thought should have been given to the issue. The Government has had since the summer to come up with a plan for this half-term. If they are arguing that free school meals are not the best way to provide support, then alternatives should have been explored. As that hasn’t happened, free school meals should have been provided to those that would normally receive them, but I am also concerned for those families that don’t qualify and have seen their incomes fall dramatically. The County Council’s handling of the situation has been equally poor. Other local authorities have offered a voucher scheme across their whole areas but this hasn’t been the case in Northumberland. The Tory administration and Senior Officers have seemingly been unable to agree to this, which I find staggering and something which I am beginning to wonder may be the problem with making investment available for the town centre. Now, instead of a voucher scheme, Councillors have been allowed to make up to £2,000 available from their Member’s Allowances, but since this was only announced on Sunday it didn’t really give anyone the chance to think about how to roll out something really fit for purpose. If any group needs specific support then please do get in touch and I will be happy to assist with the funds that are available to me. That said, one scheme for the whole county would have been much better and is an absolute must for the Christmas holidays. The Government and the County Council have to be more joined up on this and not rely on the fantastic generosity of the numerous Bedlington businesses and voluntary groups that have stepped in this week. My thanks to all of those involved, which once again demonstrates Bedlington’s fantastic community spirit.
  48. 1 point
    1. What does the symbol HB stand for on a pencil? Answer = 2. What is the motto of the BBC? Answer = 3. England’s best ever win at football was 13-0. Who were they playing? Answer = 4. In which year were cars first required to be registered? Answer = 5. In WW2, what was the codename given by Hitler to the German invasion of Russia? Answer = I can’t get Barbarella and the ‘excessive-pleasure machine’ out of my mind 6. How many years are celebrated with a platinum anniversary? Answer = 7. What is the layer of rock immediately under the crust of the Earth called? Answer = Mantle 8. Which animal lives in a ‘citadel’? Answer = 9. What is the name of the Queen’s residence in Norfolk? Answer = 10. Brassica Oleracea is better known as what? Answer = 11. Who discovered the basic laws of genetics while analysing peas in a monastery garden? Answer = 12. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit does not? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Japanese women wear padded underwear to make their bottoms appear more rounded. Answer = I did ... and you never know just when you might need that morsel of knowledge! Answer = I did
  49. 1 point
    I'm searching for photos for my dad (David Halliday) and I believe this might be the same man, he died in an accident around this time down the pit, he taught my dad to play the trombone, any info would be greatly received.
  50. 1 point
    14 has some of the facial features of the Halliday family but I can't say with any certainty that it's one of them. Maybe the suggestion of 'Halliday' might jog someone else's memory.
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