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  1. 5 points
    Happy to finally unveil the new plaque at the entrance to West Lea Cemetery. Many thanks to Craig Leathard (NHS) and Issy Easson (Friends of West Lea Cemetery) for agreeing to do the honours. As usual thanks go to Mike Robertson and the team at Barrington Metals for their usual high standard of workmanship with special thanks to Ethan Brown who takes my raw designs and turns them into the CADs needed to actually cut them out. At this time I think it’s important that we recognise the sorrow many families are going through and the grit, determination and professionalism everyone involved in the fight is putting in on our behalf. I have tried to include as many people and professions as possible but if I missed any I apologise. Pictured, Isabel Eason (Friends of West Lea Cemetery), Craig Leathard (NHS), Malcolm Robinson (NCC councillor for Bedlington West).
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    As many of you will be aware, Cambois Primary School suffered a break in last month which caused significant damage and resulted in IT equipment used by pupils being stolen. It was a shocking incident and Councillors Robinson, Wallace and I, were united in wanting to do something to help. Having spoken to the Headteacher we agreed to each provide £500 from our Councillor allowances. This £1 500 will help to ensure that the school can replace equipment as quickly as possible and also provide more opportunities for children to be learning IT skills. I would like to think this is a small contribution to the fantastic community spirit that was shown in response to what happened. I was pleased to see on this occasion that the perpetrator was quickly apprehended by Northumbria Police and given a custodial sentence. I do hope that the individual in question reflects on the disgust that the local community felt about his mindless actions.
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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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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Ronnie Corbett 2. Oysters 3. Carbon 4. Greenland 5. Archers, outlaws 6. *HMS Coventry 7. Drosometer 8. ** Reliant 9. ***Shogun 10. China 11. Jim Kerr 12. Icelandic *Q6 HMS Coventry and HMS Sheffield are both frigates, and both were launched at Swan Hunter, Wallsend in 1986 – HMS Sheffield, March, 26 and HMS Coventry, a few weeks later April 08. However, the launch of HMS Sheffield was no secret. It was launched by Mrs. Susan Stanley, wife of the then Armed Forces Minister while HMS Coventry slipped quietly into the River Tyne without ceremony. **Q8 I can’t find anybody called Li who is 102 years old Sophie Avouris, April 2020 Arthur Seidman Feb 2019 (no longer 102) Madeleine Turpan 102 Sept 2014 (no longer 102) *** Q9 Shogun was the word I was looking for, a loan from Japanese clothed in the English alphabet. but the Japanese 将軍 (shogun) is also acceptable, being the shortened form of 征夷大将軍 (seiitaishogun) meaning Commander in Chief (of the expeditionary force against the barbarians). Naturally, I can accept even 軍事指導者 also meaning ‘military leader. New quiz tomorrow - without Japanese!
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Double Bass 2. Darjeeling 3. Bill Haley and his Comets 4. Silver 5. Swimming 6. Nectarine 7. 300 8. Blue 9. Exodus 10. Ash 11. Aardvark 12. Robert Peel Question 10: Come on you guys! You may still believe in Santa Clause but a plastic Christmas tree isn't a REAL tree!! New quiz tomorrow!
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    Happy Birthday Eggy and thanks for all the work you do on our fantastic photo gallery. It's very much appreciated by this ex-pat!
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    Well your secrets out, Happy Birthday hope you have a great day
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    1. Which is the largest instrument in the string section of an orchestra? Answer = 2. Which tea is known as ‘the champagne of teas’? Answer = 3. Who had a hit single in 1955 with Rock Around the Clock? Answer = 4. Which metal is the best conductor of heat and electricity? Answer = 5. In which sport would you use a trudgen? Answer = 6. John Rivers and Lord Napier are types of what? Answer = 7. In a game of tenpin bowling, if a person starts by throwing 12 consecutive strikes, what would their score be? Answer = it’s the same as the time an Irishman leaves the pub in the afternoon 8. What colour is a giraffe’s tongue? Answer = 9. In which book of the Bible are the Ten Commandments set out for the first time? Answer = 10. What tree can be green, black, white or blue? Answer = 11. What is the first animal listed in an English dictionary? Answer = 12. Who was the first Conservative prime minister? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. King Zog of Albania smoked more than 100 cigarettes a day. Answer = I didn’t --- it was Zog who did
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    You can check the number of cases by ward on the Northumberland County Council website. It was last updated on Wednesday 7th October. https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/COVID-19-in-Northumberland.aspx
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Callaghan 2. Hertfordshire 3. Carbon 4. Frog 5. Marmalade sandwiches 6. Sweden 7. Yachting 8. Red 9. Statue of Zeus 10. Norwich City 11. Nancy Astor 12. In the ear New quiz tomorrow!
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    Can't remember the last day I saw any news when I logged in on the PC😑. As for Mobile phone with access to the www, I don't have one😂. My mobile is nearly as old as me - Pay As You Go - that I take with me when I go out in the car (last time was February 2020😷) in case the car breaks down and I have to contact anyone🙂.
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Vacuum cleaner 2. 33 - 1 3. Illie Nastase 4. Anti-freeze 5. 1988 6. Piccadily 7. Channel Islands 8. US Civil War 1861 - 1865 9. Honeysuckle or Woodbine 10. Dunstan 11. River Tay 12. Hydrophobia Re question 6: The Swedish Monopoly board doesn't have a Waterworks, or so I,ve been informed by one of the grandchildren. I did a quick google and apparently it was removed about 15 years ago when the board was revised. My own, English version of the game is well over 30 years old and next to the Waterworks in a CLOCKWISE direction is Piccadily. My apologies if the English version has also changed the placement of Piccadily. New quiz tomorrow.
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    Hi Alan,I would hate to be seen as nitpicking,but only for correctness,there were a lot of years when the "DHSS" was called the "Department of HEALTH and Social Security",did the logo " DSS" not come about in the latter few years?...I still refer to them yet ,in conversation,as the DHSS...canna mind when the change came,but me being a hoarder,I could sift through my DHSS records back to God knaas when!!..probably the 1970's at the very least!!...wor lass pulls her hair oot cos aal thraa nowt away..!! Sorry a canna contribute ti thi topic in question,me being a proppa Bedltntonian....from up in the posh end o' toon...near the Vicarage!.. Hi ti everybody who aav missed having a gud crack wi!! Heavy gaanin at yem,canna cum on as often,will get better in time hopefully,Wor Lass recovering from an operation!
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    Hi Odin,welcome to the forum! I lived in Hollymount Square in Bedlington,from 1947,from it being only partly completed. When Netherton Colliery Houses were being demolished,around 1948-ish..they moved the Netherton Village folks down into the Square,and Mr and Mrs Carr were our next door neighbours for many years. Mr Carr's name was George,and I cannot remember Mrs Carr's name was.They had a Daughter called Joyce,whose Husband worked at Woolsington Airport,[as it was known,he was an aircraft fitter..so this might be of some assistance to you if you were to trace the Airport staff in the years during and after the war..]. There are a few Carr's knocking around,I worked with a different George Carr when I was only 17 yrs old,at Choppington High Pit,around 1961-5. George was a colliery fitter ,and I was a heavy transport lad . My Niece is Married to another of the Carr family..I tell you,there are a few Carr families..! Hope I have been of some help,even if this is of no connection to your family...at least you can eliminate! Best of luck Odin! Cheers, Bill.
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    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
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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? Nation shall speak peace unto nation. 3. England’s best ever win at football was 13-0. Who were they playing? Ireland 4. In which year were cars first required to be registered? 1901 (U.S.A.) 5. In WW2, what was the codename given by Hitler to the German invasion of Russia? Barbarrosa 6. How many years are celebrated with a platinum anniversary? 70 7. What is the layer of rock immediately under the crust of the Earth called? Mantle 8. Which animal lives in a ‘citadel’ ? Mole 9. What is the name of the Queen’s residence in Norfolk? Sandringham House 10. Brassica Oleracea is better known as what? Cabbage 11. Who discovered the basic laws of genetics while analyzing peas in a monastery garden? Gregor Mendel 12. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit does not? Egg
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    Thank you @Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) That's absolutely brilliant
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    1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? Answer = 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? Answer = 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? Answer = 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? Answer = 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? Answer = Inglewood Outlaws 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? Answer = Hansard 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? Answer = 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? Answer = 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? Answer =「軍のリーダーとして 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? Answer = 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? Answer = 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence: Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. Answer = Icelandic I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The Russian postal service will not deliver letters containing chewing gum. Answer = I didn't Bonus question: How do they know what’s in the envelope? Answer = No idea - it's Google proof
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    1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? Ronnie Corbet 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? Oysters 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? Carbon 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? Spitsbergen 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? Outlaws 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? HMS Sheffield. 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? psychrometer 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? Reliant 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? 軍事指導者. 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? China 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? Jim Kerr 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. Spanish
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    I thought I had posted! I've made a note to say I have and another to remind me to post the answers on Thursday. Don't know what's gone wrong but here it is again: 1. Which comedian, as a schoolboy, had a trial for Heart of Midlothian FC but wasn’t tall enough? 2. What type of creatures are “Whitstable natives”? 3. Fullerenes, discovered in 1985, were a new form of which element? 4. Which island, situated in the Arctic Ocean, is the largest in the world? 5. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough and William of Cloudesley were all famous what? 6. Which frigate was launched secretly in 1986 in Wallsend to replace a ship lost in the Falklands? 7. What instrument is used to measure dew? 8. Which car manufacturer had the Kitten, Rebel and Sabre models? 9. Which Japanese word translates as ‘leader of the army’? 10. Which country was the first to use paper banknotes? 11. Who is the lead singer with Simple Minds? 12. Identify the language used in the following sentence: Dómarinn hefur alltaf rétt fyrrir sér. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The Russian postal service will not deliver letters containing chewing gum. Bonus question: How do they know what’s in the envelope?
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    Not the Trump card - we got no chance now @Vic Patterson😇
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    If you can find an ajudicator that has Donald Trump's acceptance then I have no objections. Nominations, on a postage stamp, in the official nominations box please.
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    I have to agree with Eggy, considering the consequences of this and future ambiguity I think there is a need for an independent adjudication! Though I do recognize, appreciate and accept rules #3 and #4
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    Cheers Vic. Just a wave through the window to kids, grand kids and great grand kids this year😷. Roll on October 2021☺️
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    Happy birthday Eggy, I hope it's been a great day for you.And yes all your work is greatly appreciated.
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    ... well, I hope I got it right!
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    Cheers Pete. No pint in a pub this year
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    Thank you ps. I haven't told anyone when my birthday is 🤭
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    Yes it’s Yes it’s Sid Smart
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    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.
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    I do believe that 'young first offenders' should be given the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Most of us will have done something that affected the lives of others when we were young, naive, and still growing up. I am all for making scumbags compensating their victims but unless the relevant scumbags have bank accounts etc with the funds available to compensate their victims it will never happen as the scumbags will more than likely only deal in cash. So like any fines compensation will never be paid and it will cost the taxpayer for the admin costs to set up and try and collect payments. Plus we will pay for them to be kept in prison so I'm afraid the only solution I could have for making scumbags think twice about damaging any childs education is to use their bodies to fertilise the earth.
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    Perhaps@Malcolm Robinson & @Bill Crosby could clarify.
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    Still nothing showing on my laptop, where I am always logged in! However, It shows on both my tablet and my mobile, where I am never logged in.
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    No Bot news when I logged in this morning🙂
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    1. What was the surname of the character played by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry films? Answer = Harry Callaghan 2. In which English county is Welwyn Garden City? Answer = Hertfordshire 3. What is the principal chemical found in diamonds? Answer = Carbon 4. What name is given to the indentation on a brick which holds the mortar? Answer = Frog 5. What was the favourite food of Paddington Bear? Answer = Marmalade Did you know that Paddington, like the queen, has two birthdays - Christmas Day and June 25th. 6. Which of these countries does NOT drive on the left: New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Cyprus? Answer = Sweden 7. In which sport would you compete for the America’s Cup? Answer = Yacht race 8. What colour is the spot in the middle of the Japanese flag? Answer = Red or is it Crimson or is it Crimson Red? 9. Which of the Seven Wonders of the World was created by the sculptor Phidias about 430BC? Answer = Zeus 10. Which football club is nicknamed The Canaries? Answer = Norwich City AND Barrington CP 11. Who was the first British woman to take a seat in the House of Commons? Answer = Nancy Astor 12. Where would you find cerumen in the human body? Answer = Ears = earwax I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Bagpipes were played in Persia, Egypt and Greece long before the Scots adopted them from the Romans. Answer = Yes – my uncle Larry (Irish) , played the bagpipes in the Pride Of Murray Pipe Band, was always telling us it wasn’t the Scots.
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    1. What was the surname of the character played by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry films? Callahan 2. In which English county is Welwyn Garden City? Hertfordshire 3. What is the principal chemical found in diamonds? Carbon 4. What name is given to the indentation on a brick which holds the mortar? Frog 5. What was the favourite food of Paddington Bear? Marmalade 6. Which of these countries does NOT drive on the left: New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Cyprus? Cyprus, right! 7. In which sport would you compete for the America’s Cup? Yachting 8. What colour is the spot in the middle of the Japanese flag? Red 9. Which of the Seven Wonders of the World was created by the sculptor Phidias about 430BC? Zeus. 10. Which football club is nicknamed The Canaries? Norwich City FC 11. Who was the first British woman to take a seat in the House of Commons? British citizen, Nancy Astor. British born was Margaret Wintringham 12. Where would you find cerumen in the human body? Ear
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    1. What was the surname of the character played by Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry films? Callahan 2. In which English county is Welwyn Garden City? Gloucestershire 3. What is the principal chemical found in diamonds? Carbon 4. What name is given to the indentation on a brick which holds the mortar? The frog 5. What was the favourite food of Paddington Bear? Porridge 6. Which of these countries does NOT drive on the left: New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Cyprus? Sweden 7. In which sport would you compete for the America’s Cup? Yacht Sailing 8. What colour is the spot in the middle of the Japanese flag? Red 9. Which of the Seven Wonders of the World was created by the sculptor Phidias about 430BC? The hanging gardens of Babylon 10. Which football club is nicknamed The Canaries? Norwich City 11. Who was the first British woman to take a seat in the House of Commons? 12. Where would you find cerumen in the human body?
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    @Symptoms - All NI cards were delivered from the benefit offices to Longbenton where they were sorted and delivered to the 100 NI sections. The number of NI Stamps, or Credits, for each year, on a workers NI card were entered clerically onto each workers NI Record Sheet by the Clerical Officers (CO's) in the 100 NI sections on the Longbenton site. So the NI clerical records for 1948 to 1970 were added to the first NI Recording System = ICL 1906A mainframes by 'Punch Card' operators.The Punch Card sections recieved the clerical record sheets and typed the data from the Record Sheets into the Punch Card machine and a Punch Card was output. All the Punch Cards were 'Batched' and sent to the Mainframe where to cards were fed into a Punch Card Reader that read the data and and the data was written to Magnetic Tapes (MTs) and the MTs were read into various data validation programs and then written to the relevant persons NI record that was held on MTs = either 2 or 3 reels of 6260bps, 2400 foot of MT for each NI section. And the NI Main File (MF) was created. Following that massive exercise the yearly NI contributions paid were delivered to the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS) on every type of media that an employer used = MTs (9 Track or 7 Track) - computer Discs (Amstrad - ICL - IBM etc. etc) or paper. There was an Input Program that read all formats of MTs. Anything that wasn't sent in on MT's was converted by the Punch Card Sections to MTs. The Input program that read all the records coming into the system was named FORTAP = FOReign TAPe and it passed the converted data onto a set of additional input programs that would sort all the records into NI order to be passed forward to be added to the MF records held on the 2 to 3 hundred MT reels.
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    The above reminded me of an earlier post of mine about the SS (as we always called it) and how amazed I was that any Government department could keep records (even trivial stuff) so efficiently for decades. Who transferred the information from our 'green cards' onto Eggy's magnetic tape as I can't recall seeing any computer terminals in the Council Office Annex ... maybe, the counter gadgie had a 'hidden' keyboard below the desk linked to The Ministry mainframe.
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    1. Which household appliance was patented by Cecil Booth in 1901? Answer = Vacuum cleaner 2. In bookmaker’s slang what odds are denoted by ‘double carpet’ Answer = 33/1 3. Who did Bjorn Borg defeat in 1976 to win his first Wimbledon singles title? Answer = Ilie Năstase 4. What is the more common name of the chemical Ethylene Glycol? Answer = (CH2OH)2 - antifreeze 5. In what year were dog licences abolished in Britain? Answer = 1987 6. On a Monopoly board, which property clockwise is situated after the Water Works? Answer = Regent Street = UK Marven Gardens = Canada Sturplan = Sweden 7. In which part of the British Isles would you find bailiwicks? Answer = Channel Islands 8. In which war was the battle of Gettysburg? Answer = American Civil War Lasting three days in 1863, from July 1-3, Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, with up to 10,000 Union and Confederate troops dead and another 30,000 wounded. But surprisingly, this tremendous battle was a purely unplanned accident that grew out of a desperate need for soldiers' shoes! 9. By what name is the plant Lonicera better known? Answer = Honeysuckle 10. Which Archbishop of Canterbury seized the devil’s nose in a pair of red-hot tongs? Answer = Dunstan Dunstan immediately seized the devil's nose with his redhot tongs, causing the devil to leap the eight miles to cool his proboscis in the Tunbridge spring, thus lending the water its celebrated chalybeate qualities. 11. What is the longest river in Scotland? Answer = Tay 12. What is the medical name for Rabies? Answer = before I jumped into the cold water at Humford Baths I had Hydrophobia. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. In 1877 a wealthy widow promised Russian composer Tchaikovsky a generous annual allowance – on condition that they never met. Answer = I didn’t. Does that mean that Tchaikovsky and Władysław Pachulski invented Texting?
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    Thank you Vic - the cool air in the computer halls was heaven to me☺️. We moved from Cramlington =North facing living room to Seghill = South facing living room. At Cramlington the wife was always turning the heat up and now at Seghill she basks in the sun streaming in through the South facing window and I hide in my little cool room in the middle of the bungalow.
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    Hi Alan, Thanks so much for taking the time to pull together the various maps and images and for adding the additional explanatory notes to them. It makes it all a lot clearer to me. Best wishes. Steve PS My great grandmother returned to Workington in 1919/20 to live with my grandfather (her eldest son who served Coldstream Guards 1905/08 & 1914/18) who was also a pre 1914 miner (hewer). She clearly made efforts to have her 2 youngest sons names recorded on the Bedlington RC Church WW1 memorial before she left the area (with a 4th son who had a disability and worked above ground at the pit) but presumably left before plans were being made to erect the Bedlington Civil War Memorial. She died in 1920 so my grandfather ensured his brothers names were recorded on the Workington War Memorial.
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    Right to left…….. Lorna Moore, Sue Rowley, Lee Madderson and Bedlington West NCC Councillor Malcolm Robinson. Very happy to buy these two new additions for Plessey Woods Country Park. Working with Sue and Lorna from Beach Access North East (BANE) and seeing them at Whitley Bay I quickly realised these ‘all terrain wheelchairs’ would be suitable for Plessey Woods to give our disabled youngsters and adults a better and fuller experience in the Park. Still a few admin processes to put into place but we should see these new chairs available to anyone who needs them from next spring. I’ll let everyone know once we get the full scheme in place and how they can be booked.
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