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  1. _pauls - Wear to Blyth, and Wear to Tees both less than your 45km according to my rough and dirty measurements on Google Maps. If the allowed area is a radius of 45km my suggestion above would work. Center the freeport in mackemland, then draw a big circle of 45km radius ... it would take in an area including Blyth in the North and Smoggieland in the South. If, however, the 45km is zone's diameter then I'm stuffed. The Guardian newspaper published an article this morning about Tory largesse that I questioned above; the piece contains a good graph (official Gov data). I know it's not
  2. _pauls - yes, I meant Wear. I suspect the Tees area was selected due to its wider industrial hinterland and closer connections to those manufacturing towns in Yorkshire. Perhaps, somebody might like to count the number of Tory MPs in those winning areas - maybe that was a consideration. When the scheme was first announced I compared the Blyth, Tyne, Wear, and Tees areas on Google Maps and did think that Blyth had lots going for it in terms of vacant sites and existing infrastructure, including a functioning railhead in the port itself. I doubted that Blyth would get the nod on it
  3. So, the Smoggies got the Freeport ... Blyth, Tyne and Tees can continue to scratch a living.
  4. So there was nowt on Front St or nearby? I never used any 'public library' in Bedders as all my borrowings were from the school library.
  5. There's a thread currently in the Historic Gallery about the old Co-oP building at Bedlington Station. Was there ever an old Co-oP building similar to the one at the Station on Front Street; I can't remember? Second, was there ever a Public Library in Bedders back in the day ... again, I can't recall one from the 60s? I'm not talking about anything new.
  6. Canny - you wrote: " Neither does it help that I don't possess one single iota av interest in anything more technical than a ball-point pen." So, perhaps my notebook method is the way to go ... leave it beside your PC and not in the kitchen drawer so it's to hand. Also, check to see if your virus protection software comes with a password manager included.
  7. Canny - I write mine in a notebook. I bought 'The Personal Internet Address & Password Logbook' in Waterstones some years ago, although I'm sure it's available online. I always use a pencil to write the entries so when they change I simply rub them out and redo; pen would just mean loads of crossing outs. I know, I know, I know - security, security, security ... I take the view that if anybody broke into my house to gain access to my PC they could give me a good thrashing to extract the pins, codes and passwords anyway; so the notebook will save me from being tuned-up.
  8. Eggs - I wondered about the 'benefits' of becoming SingaporeSouthofJockoland. See below: https://www.britishports.org.uk/FreeportsHub https://twitter.com/britishports/status/1330866362340741120
  9. I hope all on here try to have a good time over the next few days and let's hope for better next year. With seasonal best wishes from Sym
  10. 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.
  11. An article from the Engineer today about repurposing the old mines into 'green' energy sources: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/generating-clean-energy-from-the-coal-mines/
  12. I've become a 'dog with a bone' over this Mechanics Institute business ... I've just spent four hours (FOUR HOURS!!!) looking at old issues of the Morpeth Herald reading about it and still more to absorb but as yet nowt concrete. However, to muddy the waters even further there's a reference to Bedlington Station Mechanics Institute, mind that could be just some lazy/confused junior Victorian journo getting his facts wrong. More to follow no doubt .... Perhaps we need a separate thread for this topic? Maybe it's too important to get mixed-up with pubs and inns.
  13. I reckon Inspector 'Canny Lass' Clouseau may have uncovered a dastardly Victorian plot, namely, there could have been two Institutes. The one next to the Sun Inn 'explored' by Sym in the 60s and the Miners' one discovered by Canny wielding her magnifying glass. I have to agree with her that the extension plan I posted earlier does indeed look like the building beside Bedlington A pit. We need to find some old fella who might have supped in the Institute next to the Sun Inn to give us a clue to when it shut as a drinking establishment. Remember, my internal examination of the place in t
  14. Here's another snippet from The Freemason's Chronicle (see bottom right):
  15. I read through that Doctoral Thesis (phew!) and found it very interesting but only a couple of mentions about our Mechanics Institute. It was founded in 1848 and closed in 1906 when it had 200 members (the last year when member numbers exist); most Mech Insts in the NE had closed by 1913. It's economic base and benefactor was the Bedlington Iron Works. You can read the Thesis here: http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/5614/ but you'll need to download the .pdf document shown at the top of the page ... I can recommend the read as it opens the door for us into the Victorian drive for self-improvement fo
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