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The Common Room / Re: Flying Scotsman/ Mallard
« on: Today at 10:01 »
WE were driving through Leicester some years ago when a transporter pulled up alongside us. i was excited to see the loco on board and absolutely thrilled to see it was Mallard! One of my favourites.

My Dad was a steam buff and made 3 beautiful scale working models of locos and a traction engine so I've grown up loving them. Flying Scotsman was at the Severn Valley Railway a few years back but she was booked up early so we didn't get to ride her. Wonderful to see her there though, and the crowds both young and old assembled along the track just to catch a glimpse. Would they have been there for Mallard? Yes, I have no doubt, because these two embody the power and romance of that era that we miss today. Never think Mallard isn't revered - she is.

The Lighter Side / Re: Mass Observation Day 2024
« on: Friday 10 May 24 09:31 BST (UK)  »
Very best wishes Threlfallyorky from me too. xxx

The Lighter Side / Re: Mass Observation Day 2024
« on: Monday 06 May 24 13:31 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, Mowsehouse and river Tyne Lass for your kind thoughts and morale booster.
Sorry for a maudlin observation on a pleasant topic. Take no notice, I'm my Dad's daughter - a glass half empty type!

The Common Room / Re: Caledonian Market
« on: Monday 06 May 24 09:45 BST (UK)  »
Could it relate to this where the cattle market developed into a bric a brac market??

And there's this firm in Stirling:

The Lighter Side / Re: Mass Observation Day 2024
« on: Sunday 05 May 24 10:33 BST (UK)  »
It's going to be a funny sort of day for me, nerves screwing up tighter as the hours pass as I'll be in hospital next day having all my woman's bits removed. So I'll be ticking off whether preparations I've made are adequate.
Perhaps I should go to church that day. But then, my loved ones have all died in May or a year ending in 4 or a combination of both so I'll swerve that.

Leicestershire / Re: Cyril Alfred wells 1905-1969
« on: Friday 16 February 24 17:23 GMT (UK)  »
Alfred Bostok, there's a name from the past. My grandfather was Landlord of the Clarence Hotel in Wigston, he and grandma were great friends with Mr. Bostok. Grandpa would lend him money when he had a bad run with the gee-gees, and he took grandma out some evenings....I've sometimes wondered...
But no matter, sorry to butt into your thread. Dean. I'm quite sure your Cyril was seen in the Clarence, and laying a few bets quietly in there too!

The Lighter Side / Re: RootsChat 20th Anniversary - 31 st December 2023
« on: Sunday 31 December 23 14:21 GMT (UK)  »
Very best wishes to Trystan and Sarah on Rootschat's 20th anniversary. Also to all Rootschatters who do such sterling work and provide me with my little bit of entertainment every morning

I'm sure you'll all be having something stronger later, but in the meantime a cup of tea and cake served in Royal Albert 'Heirloom' bone china seems quite fitting.

Happy New Year!


The Common Room / Re: Was Tom Owen a clockmaker?
« on: Friday 08 December 23 10:44 GMT (UK)  »
clancam, is the clock's face brass or silvered? Brass is usually early, while silver became fashionable from the early 19th century.

Adding:  Ancestry have a Thomas Owen, born about 1770, buried at Alberbury in 1823. Alberbury is about 9 miles from Shrewsbury which is not far from Oswestry.

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