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  1. 1 hour ago, _pauls said:

    I went for a walk last night and was horrified to see the trees recently planted along the path from the corner of the cemetery towards Hartlands have all been systematically snapped. I was heading in the direction of 20 acres and those trees were untouched thankfully but I don't know if any others were damaged.

    I have no appropriate words for whoever was behind this mindless vandalism



    And even if you caught those who committed the vandalism would any words resolve the situation.

    If it's someone, or a group, with a personal vendetta then I guess replacing them would only mean more time and money was spent and the mindless vandalism will probably be repeated.

    I would hope that the trees can be left as they are and will recover next year.   

  2. 1. What tragedy was caused by Thomas Farynor’s/Farriner’s carelessness?

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    2. Which perennial plant, whose stalks are used in cooking, has poisonous leaves?

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    3. Red, yellow and blue are what type of colour?

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    4. Which British football team was originally called Newton Heath?

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    5. In which year was King Charles 1 executed?

    Answer = 1649

    6. Which murderer lived at 10 Rillington Place?

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    7. Which commercial aircraft made its maiden flight in 1949?

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    8. By what name were the pop group Carl and the Passions later known?

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    9. What is MACH 1?

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    10. Which unit of weight shares its name with the alternative name for a snow leopard?

    Answer = Ounce

    11. According to the advertising campaign in 1998, how long does it take to pour a pint of Guinness properly?

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    12. Who played Private Walker in Dad’s Army?

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    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….


    Franklin D. Roosevelt was once sent a telegram a quarter of a mile long

    Answer = I didn’t – this is the longest one I can find :-


    President Roosevelt to the Chancellor of Germany (Hitler) [40], [Telegram], 14 April 1939

    THE WHITE HOUSE, April 14, 1939.

    You realize I am sure that throughout the world hundreds of millions of human beings are living today in constant fear of a new war or even a series of wars. 

    The existence of this fear-and the possibility of such a conflict-is of definite concern to the people of the United States for whom I speak, as it must also be to the peoples of the other nations of the entire Western Hemisphere. All of them know that any major war, even if it were to be confined to other continents, must bear heavily on them during its continuance and also for generations to come.

    Because of the fact that after the acute tension in which the world has been living during the past few weeks there would seem to be at least a momentary relaxation-because no troops are at this moment on the march-this may be an opportune moment for me to send you this message.

    On a previous occasion I have addressed you in behalf of the settlement of political, economic, and social problems by peaceful methods and without resort to arms.

    But the tide of events seems to have reverted to the threat of arms. If such threats continue, it seems inevitable that much of the world must become involved in common ruin. All the world, victor nations, vanquished nations, and neutral nations will suffer. I refuse to believe that the world is, of necessity, such a prisoner of destiny. On the contrary, it is clear that the leaders of great nations have it in their power to liberate their peoples from the disaster that impends.

    It is equally clear that in their own minds and in their own hearts the peoples themselves desire that their fears be ended.

    It is, however, unfortunately necessary to take cognizance of recent facts.

    Three nations in Europe and one in Africa have seen their independent existence terminated. A vast territory in another independent nation of the Far East has been occupied by a neighboring state. Reports, which we trust are not true, insist that further acts of aggression are contemplated against still other independent nations. Plainly the world is moving toward the moment when this situation must end in catastrophe unless a more rational way of guiding events is found.

    You have repeatedly asserted that you and the German people have no desire for war. If this is true there need be no war.

    Nothing can persuade the peoples of the earth that any governing power has any right or need to inflict the consequences of war on its own or any other people save in the cause of self-evident home defense.

    In making this statement we as Americans speak not through selfishness or fear or weakness. If we speak now it is with the voice of strength and with friendship for mankind. It is still clear to me that international problems can be solved at the council table. 

    It is therefore no answer to the plea for peaceful discussion for one side to plead that unless they receive assurances beforehand that the verdict will be theirs, they will not lay aside their arms. In conference rooms, as in courts, it is necessary that both sides enter upon the discussion in good faith, assuming that substantial justice will accrue to both; and it is customary and necessary that they leave their arms outside the room where they confer.

    I am convinced that the cause of world peace would be greatly advanced if the nations of the world were to obtain a frank statement relating to the present and future policy of governments.

    Because the United States, as one of the nations of the Western Hemisphere, is not involved in the immediate controversies which have arisen in Europe, I trust that you may be willing to make such a statement of policy to me as the head of a nation far removed from Europe in order that I, acting only with the responsibility and obligation of a friendly intermediary, may communicate such declaration to other nations now apprehensive as to the course which the policy of your Government may take.

    Are you willing to give assurance that your armed forces will not attack or invade the territory or possessions of the following independent nations: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain and Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Yugoslavia, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Iraq, the Arabias, Syria, Palestine, Egypt and Iran.

    Such an assurance clearly must apply not only to the present day but also to a future sufficiently long to give every opportunity to work by peaceful methods for a more permanent peace. I therefore suggest that you construe the word "future" to apply to a minimum period of assured non-aggression-ten years at the least-a quarter of a century, if we dare look that far ahead.

    If such assurance is given by your Government, I will immediately transmit it to the governments of the nations I have named and I will simultaneously inquire whether, as I am reasonably sure, each of the nations enumerated above will in turn give like assurance for transmission to you.

    Reciprocal assurances such as I have outlined will bring to the world an immediate measure of relief.

    I propose that if it is given, two essential problems shall promptly be discussed in the resulting peaceful surroundings, and in those discussions the Government of the United States will gladly take part. 

    The discussions which I have in mind relate to the most effective and immediate manner through which the peoples of the world can obtain progressive relief from the crushing burden of armament which is each day bringing them more closely to the brink of economic disaster. Simultaneously the Government of the United States would be prepared to take part in discussions looking towards the most practical manner of opening up avenues of international trade to the end that every nation of the earth may be enabled to buy and sell on equal terms in the world market as well as to possess assurance of obtaining the materials and products of peaceful economic life.

    At the same time, those governments other than the United States which are directly interested could undertake such political discussions as they may consider necessary or desirable.

    We recognize complex world problems which affect all humanity but we know that study and discussion of them must be held in an atmosphere of peace. Such an atmosphere of peace cannot exist if negotiations are overshadowed by the threat of force or by the fear of war.

    I think you will not misunderstand the spirit of frankness in which I send you this message. Heads of great governments in this hour are literally responsible for the fate of humanity in the coming years. They cannot fail to hear the prayers of their peoples to be protected from the foreseeable chaos of war. History will hold them accountable for the lives and the happiness of all-even unto the least.

    I hope that your answer will make it possible for humanity to lose fear and regain security for many years to come.

    A similar message is being addressed to the Chief of the Italian Government. 


  3. @Andy Millne - until a few days ago I used to receive an email when another member commented on any topic. Now I don't get any email notifications.

    I have checked my Settings and what's set suggests to me I should be receiving emails.

    Is there anything I should be updating to reinstate my notifications?


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  4. 3 hours ago, jim l said:

    If i remember right the francis pit was to the right of the new concrete road that went to barrington crossing on the bedlington to choppington road 

    @jim l - 1921 map showing the location of the Francis Pit and the lane/road to Choppington. Unfortunately to get everything into the one screen shot I had to shrink the map and then when I extracted and enlarged the section showing the Francis Pit and the road to Choppington the text was not clear so added a couple of pointers:)


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  5. 37 minutes ago, Tonyp said:

    I said I would do this I'm sure plenty of people in the forum would know these people these names are from late 60's to the 70's No7 John Maddison lived there he had 3 kids Colin , Margaret & Joan he's wife died & he married again No 8 was a guy called John Lyons I think he drank in the Monkey he's wife left him I believe he had 2 children jean & William never new what happened to him No9 I could write a story was the Maguire's there kids were Alan Cathy,Micheal,Colin,Rob & Peter next door to them was the Robinsons No10 mr Robinsonson worked at the pit but they kept themselves to there selves they had 4 children Pauline who went to Bedlington grammar Clifford nice guy Caroline & young Stewart who was Down syndrome will write the whole street hopefully the forum can recall what happened to these guy's 

    @Tonyp - I tell fibs (= I didn't read all your comment ) - I do a little on the Maguire's. Alan, the eldest and according to his Facebook page he lives in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne but I don't know where about.


    Alan was my mate in the 1960's, along with a large group of us that spent many evenings in the Percy Arms, Station Road. I know Alan has commented on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group this year. Last year he updated the names of this photo - Percy Arms dart team, 1973.


    I don't know the exact year but I know after I had moved away from Bedlington, Alan's brother Mick was killed in a road accident outside the Percy Arms. I think it was the early 1970's.

    I don't know about the rest of the Maguire family.


  6. 6 minutes ago, Tonyp said:

    I said I would do this I'm sure plenty of people in the forum would know these people these names are from late 60's to the 70's No7 John Maddison lived there he had 3 kids Colin , Margaret & Joan he's wife died & he married again No 8 was a guy called John Lyons I think he drank in the Monkey he's wife left him I believe he had 2 children jean & William never new what happened to him No9 I could write a story was the Maguire's there kids were Alan Cathy,Micheal,Colin,Rob & Peter next door to them was the Robinsons No10 mr Robinsonson worked at the pit but they kept themselves to there selves they had 4 children Pauline who went to Bedlington grammar Clifford nice guy Caroline & young Stewart who was Down syndrome will write the whole street hopefully the forum can recall what happened to these guy's 

    I'm no hep @Tonyp - I was BGS 1960 to 1965 but can't remember a Pauline Robinson from my time there.

  7. 1.         What does the name ‘Spam’ (meat - not computer) stand for

    Answer = Special Processed American Meat.


    2.         Who was the World Darts Champion 5 times between 1980 and 1986

    Answer =


    3.         By what other name is a Dublin Bay Prawn known

    Answer = Norway lobster


    4.         Who said “The lion and the calf shall lie down together, but the calf won’t get much sleep” 

     Answer =


     5.  Which member of the royal family married Marina of Greece

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    6.         When politician Roy Hattersley failed, for the third time, to appear on ‘Have I got news for you’ his chair was occupied by what

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    7.         Which ex-England footballer is the father of a television weather forecaster

    Answer = Bobby Charlton.


    8.         What is the cube of 3

    Answer = 27


    9.         Which animal has the scientific name  Capra hircus

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    10.      How many British pounds in a hundred weight (cwt)

    Answer = 112



    11.      Which parasitic plant was sacred to the Druids

    Answer = Mistletoe



    12.      In a game of poker which is the best hand: flush, straight run or three of a kind

    Answer = Flush


    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….


    Elizabeth Taylor never threw away any of her clothes.

    Answer = I didn’t – Liz must be who my wife was influenced by = keep clothes, keep them looking good and then keep saying ‘WE’ need more cupboard space :D

  8. 1 hour ago, Canny lass said:

    Regarding the e-mails, I've never ever had one. I only get a notification here on site.

    Regarding the drink-driving incident, have you got a driving license for that vehicle?

    I still get the notifications within the group = 



    But I used to get an email for every new post or comment that was made in the group and the email contained a link taking me directly to that new post or comment.

    Within my Outlook setup I have a separate folder for all the groups I am a member of and Outlook allows you to set rules, with conditions etc., so that when an email comes it uses the conditions to place that email in the relevant folder - if no condition met then the email goes into the 'top level' folder = Inbox.

    Can't remember the exact date I stopped receiving notifications via email but as you can see from the following screen shot I still have a notification, red asterisk, from when you commented, Saturday 04/09/2021, on the 'Info on Historical Buildings' topic.(The yellow asterisk just shows a group where there are still unseen emails (still in bold).


    No doubt @Andy Millne can explain why the email notifications have stopped being sent to me.:iiam:

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  9. On 17/09/2021 at 16:17, Canny lass said:

    Having said that, I' love to donate a tree. That way, me and other ex-pats would have some 'physical' roots in the town. Maybe the keen gardeners who take such good care of keeping Bedlington in bloom with the hanging baskets etc wouldn't mind being delegated to/asked politely?


    I would join the club but I'm not an ex-pat. :unsure: 

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  10. 20 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    I'm sure you've all got better things to do now with covid restrictions being reduced but here, it's Friday, it's freezing cold and it'll be dark in half an hour so we're having a quiz tonight. No doubt accompanied by a bottle of something tasty and warming together with some nibbly bits (no, that's not a euphemism!).

    Yes Cl- it's down to 17c, outside, and a mere 22c in the bungalow - with window open  image.gif.da49a35be6450c816e05390d34b42b8a.gif🙂. Getting dark by 20:00.:whistle:

    I'll do the quiz later - too busy clarting with images :thumbsup:

    What is strange is that I never received one notification email that anyone had posted/commented last night = nothing from Cl - Vic or Tonyp's comments:iiam:

    And last night I settled down to watch NUFC v Leeds and half time went wild - a bottle of Wychwood Dice man stout - 5% + Kettle plain crisps - I nearly toppled me zimmer frame when I went to bed:punk:


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  11. 1 hour ago, Canny lass said:

    In 1861 the building is a public house called the Traveller’s Rest.

    Not that this will help your cause but I can't resist mentioning the Travellers Rest in the mid to late 1960's. 

    The Travellers Rest was the pub every dart player, and anyone else from their pub would want to go to. For an away match at any other pub it was your own transport or public transport to get there. The Percy Arms dart team hired a minibus when they were away to the Travellers and the team and any other person that could be crammed into the minibus spent the rest of the evening, including a lock-in at the Travellers. Normally after a darts match the home team landlord would come out with a couple of plates of sarnnies - plate of cheese chunks with crackers and a dish of pickles. The away team would grab a sarnnie, sup up and get back to their pub for the last hour but that didn't happen at the Travellers. The away team stayed at the Travellers till well after closing having a few more pints plus the best spread of food laid on at any of the darts matches = Yorkshire puddings - roast tatties - plate upon plate of sarnnies - cheese and crackers - pickled onions - crfisps and probably food I have forgotten. Well after 23:00 minibus back to Bedlington :thumbsup:


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  12. 3 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    I had my first tentative rummage today! It's wonderful! Here are some of the places that cropped up:

    Cadger's Highway

    Gravy Hill

    Cow Gut

    Pancake Well

    and my all time favourite - Shinny Gripe Lug.


    ... and, did anyone know of any of the following drinking establishments in the shire:

    The Brown Bear Inn (Beer House)

    The Prince of Wales

    The Lord Byron Inn

    The Sir Colin Campbell (Beer House) 

    Can't wait to start researching.

    All ne to me - Iv'e never spotted them on any of the old maps🙂

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