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  1. I wasn't meaning that local councils should be playing big brother, Vic, more that they should be looking at the impact of the business on the infrastructure and amenities available: roads, traffic, parking facilities, schools, in the vicinity and so on. I think it's worth them looking at what type and where the new businesses are planned to see whether or not they fit in with existing town planning or if amendments needed to be made. Are there parking spaces? Will pedestrians cause problems? Will the business cause problems for pedestrians? Could there be traffic problems? Is the nature of the business suitable for the area? (here, you'd never be allowed to put an Ann Summers shop (are they still in existence) near a school and plans are even afoot to prevent sweets and energy drinks being sold near schools).
  2. Twenty years ago I, and many women like me, enjoyed a day in the town, trailing around the shops looking for a bargain and despite the unavoidable sore feet and inevitable clock-watching (couldn’t afford to miss the 4 o’ clock bus home because the old man would be wanting his tea) this was, believe it or not, considered to be a relaxing day out! ”Go and enjoy yourself” my OH said, quite seriously, and I did! Now I, and many like me, think it’s much more relaxing to sit in a comfy sofa, lap-top on knee, G&T in hand and find my requirements without the sore feet and clock-watching. It also has the added benefits of non existent travel/parking costs, time saved and being able to shop when I want rather than when the shops are open. I certainly agree with you that local authorities need to adapt to new life styles and how to put disused buildings to use. However, I don’t know just how much of Bedlington Front Street, if any, is council owned. I do think they ought to be able to approve, or disapprove, new businesses even in private properties but then comes the dilemma: Should we allow another hairdresser etc. to open shop or should we say no and let the property stand empty. The latter doesn’t look too good in any town and the former gives an employment opportunity(even if it’s only for the owner) and keeps the street alive. If hairdressers etc are succeeding there must be a need for them.
  3. Rosco, I hear what you're saying and I understand that you are disgruntled with what’s on offer in Bedlington but the very fact that there are so many surviving small businesses in just those categories (hairdressers, barbers, nail bars and beauty salons) is in fact proof that they are meeting the needs and requirements of the Bedlington populace and as such must be deemed as being useful. They would have gone bankrupt long ago if they were not. Clearly, this type of business isn’t anything that appeals to you – and, if I’m honest, three of them don’t appeal to me either – however, as Eggy and Pete very accurately outline above, shopping/selling patterns have moved with the times and services of many kinds are now only a text message away. Unless Bedlington high street has changed dramatically during the past few years the businesses which you are deeming to be of no use occupy small premises not suitable for the retailing giants. They are therefore reliant on small businesses for their use. Such premises also bring with them costs for rent, heating, lighting and water so it’s not surprising that many hairdressers, barbers, nailbars and beauty salons today choose to be ”a text message away” and go to the customer’s home instead of having the customer come to them. Shouldn’t we therefore be thankful that there are still people willing to occupy these small premises in Bedlington because without them – whatever their line of business – this is what Bedlington would look like today:
  4. Only a matter of time! In the larger towns here, robots have already replaced bike messengers for delivering, ready to eat meals. They are also being tried out for delivering, groceries and packages. I can't agree with Rosco that hairdressers and barbers don't fall into the category 'useful' but I do agree that Bedlington women have no need for beauty parlours. They are just perfect as they are.
  5. A bit late, but we've been let out today, watching Cranes doing their mating dance - all 18 000 of them! No more restrictions so we've decided to make the most of it before they come back - which they almost certainly will. If you'd like to see our yearly invasion of Cranes it's also live streamed here: http://www.webbkameror.se/djurkameror/hornborgasjon/hornborgasjon_1_live.php (Choose 'Djurkameror' from the menu). The quiz: Which cricketer was the first to hit six sixes in an over? Jack had his second birthday yesterday and he’ll be 4 years old next year. What is the date of Jack’s birthday? Which sea lies between the Bosporus and the Dardanelles? Which literary family lived at Haworth in Yorkshire? Who recorded the albums After the Goldrush and Harvest? In which city did the summer Olympic Games of 1984 take place? Orlando International Airport has the location code ‘MCO’. What do these letters stand for? Alfred, Farmingdale and Pixy are all types of what? Who sang with Elton John on Act of War? Who lives in Hundred Acre Wood? In which country was Florence Nightingale born? Who led the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. The onion is the most widely used vegetable in the world. Answers on Thursday next week.
  6. Answers to last week's quiz: Zeus* (½ point to those who answered Uranus. See note below) 1944 M90 Sir Edwin Landseer Mildew A young hawk (especially one taken early from the nest for training) 3 minutes Guadalcanal Hinny Monopoly Dr Christiaan Barnard Somalia New quiz tomorrow. * I also answered Uranus but the correct answer is Zeus. Uranus is primarily known as the God of the heavens. However, he was also, but only for a very short while, the King of the Gods, and therefore ruler of the universe (including the earth). He was a nasty piece of work who refused to let any of his 18 children leave their mother’s womb (imagine that if you can!). His perpetually pregnant and long-suffering wife, Gaea, must have been well fed up with the situation. She plotted with one of the captive sons, Cronos, who castrated his father with a sickle while said father was attempting to excercise his conjugal rights, thus bringing about his downfall. However, it is Zeus, the son of the sickle wielding Cronos, who became, and remained, the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and therefore of the heavens and the earth. Amazingly, Zeus was the only child of Cronos who managed to escape being eaten by his father at birth and that because his mother handed a baby-sized stone, wrapped in swaddling clothes to the famished Cronos who duly ate it, presumably without unwrapping it. I understand that he later spewed the stone up and Zeus set it into a path near Parnassos (I may have walked on it during my travels)! You really couldn’t make this up, could you!
  7. Never let it be said that this quiz is anything other than educational!
  8. This week I'd like to know if you know: In Greek mythology who was God of the Heavens and Earth? In what year did the D-Day landings take place? Which motorway runs south from Perth to the Firth of Forth bridge? Which painter and sculptor was responsible for the lions in London’s Trafalgar Square? What is the general name for the fungus that forms a thin white coating on plants? Who or what is an eyas? In professional boxing, how long does each round last? Which is the largest of the Soloman Islands? What is the name for the sterile offspring of a female ass and a male horse? What board game was invented by Charles Darrow? Which surgeon performed the first human heart transplant? Mogadishu is the capital of which African country? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Elton John played the piano on the Hollies record He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. Answers on Thursday next week.
  9. Brilliant! would that be Bedlington Station?
  10. Answers to last week's quiz: Henry I King Creole Indian Ocean None Jimmy White Formic acid A type of worm Double vision August Anode Joe Cocker Mounties ... and yes, Eggy, Joe Cocker did have a hit with a little help from his friends in 1968, one year after the Beatles released the original version. Apologies from me for not noticing my typing error. New quiz tomorrow (hopefully without typing mistakes).
  11. Thanks Eggy! I've heard of that one but never got round to using it yet.
  12. Thanks Symptoms! I'll be having some fun with that site.
  13. Pencils poised, here it is: Which King of England was the youngest son of William the Conqueror? Which Elvis film was based on the play A Stone for Danny Fisher? In which ocean are the Seychelles? How many kings of England have been called Philip? Which snooker player was runner-up in six World Championships in the 80s and 90s? Which acid is found in bee stings? What is a nematode? Diplopia is the medical term for which disorder? In which month does the grouse shooting season start in Britain? What is the correct term for a positive electrode? Who had ‘a little help from his friends’ in 1986? By what name are the RCMP more commonly known? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. George Simenon, the man who created the French detective Maigret, claimed to have slept with 10,000 women. My comment: That’s roughly one a day for 27 years or 3 a week for 64years! ……………………………………………………………………………………
  14. Answers to last week's quiz: Ming the Merciless Beefeaters 15 Alcatraz Horses Percy India Argentinian Nitrogen Doric The Crown Jewels The midnight oil New quiz tomorrow.
  15. My voice has been called a lot of things, Vic. I don't recall "lovely" being one of them!
  16. Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday dear Vic Happy Birthday to you! (sung to the tune of 'happy Birthday to you')
  17. A bit late, but better late than never: Who was Flash Gordon’s arch rival? How are the Yeomen of the Guard commonly known? How many notes are there in two octaves? Which famous former American federal prison was sited on an island in San Francisco Bay? What does a hippophobe fear? What is the family name of the Dukes of Northumberland? What was called the jewel in Queen Victoria’s crown? What nationality was World Motor Racing Champion Juan Fangio? Which chemical element is found in all proteins? Which style of architecture is the Parthenon in Athens? What did Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal in 1671? Proverbially, what do late workers burn? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. International athletics races are always run in an anti-clockwise direction Answers on Thursday next week.
  18. Answers to last week's quiz: Michael Foot John Cannon Battle of Britain Upsilon/Ypsilon Chemical elements (names of) 17 Sri Lanka A fish soup 40 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (serving Kolkata) The anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne True New quiz tomorrow.
  19. I can't quite remember who coined the phrase (it might have been Moe) but whoever it was I certainly agree with them "Bedlington is terrierific"!
  20. War is a terrible, terrible thing anywhere in the world. I hope your son can avoid being involved in it if it’s at all possible. This last week or so, I’ve been researching that member of the Aisbitt family of Toll Cottage who married into my father’s family in 1900. He was posted to France 9th September 1915 and was presumed dead 17 days later, having presumably lost his life in the Battle of Loos 26 September 1915. As he was recorded as ’presumed dead’ rather than ’killed in action’ it seems probable that there weren’t enough pieces of him left to be able to make a definite identification. He left a wife and 3 children who together received the princely sum of £2. 2s and 6d. So much was a 37 year old man’s life worth in 1915. The details of the Battle of Loos, if you are not familiar with them already, make horrendous reading, not only for casualty details but also for the ineptitude of some Generals. 26 September, when Edward Aisbitt died, the British Army at Loos had no less than 8 000 casualties among their 10 000 men! Many of those were caused by poison gas, used by the British army, drifting back into their own lines and causing more casualties among the British than among the Germans. Why? because of one General who refused to listen to advice about wind direction. Well done Bedlington for the efforts you are making to help the people of Ukraine. It makes me very proud of my roots.
  21. I've never heard of gargoyles on grave stones HPW. Mind you, I'm more interested in the text on gravestones myself. I've only ever heard of gargoyles on buildings - churches included and there they were allegedly designed to ward off eveil spirits and, I believe, had a secondary use as water spouts for rain water. It's a pity that this stone is in such bad condition. It's not often I've seen anything from the 1700s. It has some of the typical symbols of mortality: bones (skull)and hour glass (left of skull) and of the life hereafter (angels wings) but I can't really see what's at the sides though the lower half could be drapes, representing sorrow. Either way, it's quite ornamental for the 1700s with lots of detail. It's not everybody who would be able to afford that so I think the 'occupant' must have been quite well to do.
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