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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Bull Ring Photos
« Last post by JudithM on Yesterday at 12:59:27 PM »
A 1845 drawing of the Bull Ring attributed to Thomas Allom, it seems that thr Bull Ring was as crowded then as it is today.
There could have been people in that drawing that were alive at the time that Nelson was.  It would have been a statue of someone in living memory, like we have statues of Churchill, rather than of someone from the dim & distant past.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Born or brought up in Birmingham. Would you?
« Last post by mike mancott on Yesterday at 06:59:06 AM »
I earned 10 per week, but my wife and I were lucky in that an aunt of hers left her money which topped the little we had saved for a deposit. We also had a good solicitor with "connections".
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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 06:14:36 AM »
I guess I was in the last year of my apprenticeship (1970) when one day as I was walking through the Jig & Tool Drawing office I heard a shout - a full mug of tea had been spilt into the top drawer of a plan filing cabinet containing 100's of large drawings, mercifully the change to plastic sheets from paper had taken place a while before so the drawings were saved by carefully dabbing off the spillage, previous to that drawings were done on paper, those being repeatedly used were traced onto linen using ink to increase their life.
The drawings lay flat in the drawers and retrieval wasn't too bad but re-filing was a pig, then vertical filing cabinets came in where the drawings hung on steel rods and were much easier to withdraw and re-file, now of course it's all CAD.
I remember the union of the data DATA, (Draughtsman's and Allied Technicians's Association) producing a report on the threat computers posed to draughting profession - you can't hold back progress how ever hard you try. :-\
Peg.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Born or brought up in Birmingham. Would you?
« Last post by Edmund Fifield on June 24, 2019, 11:30:34 PM »
Mike,you must have had a good job.I earned 12 a week and couldn't get a mortgage for a house on Hundred Acres in1963.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Born or brought up in Birmingham. Would you?
« Last post by mike mancott on June 24, 2019, 09:02:14 PM »
I was born in Birmingham 34 near to the Fox and Goose, Dawsons Corner, number 10 tram terminus, Metro Cammell sports ground. Went to Stechford Road School, in world war 2 time. lots of memories of that time. On marrying in 1960 went to live in Sutton Coldfield, first house 2375 (yes!). Have lived in Wiltshire, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Love Brummies, their well-developed sense of humour, kindliness. Have been back to Brum several times, but wouldn`t move back there, or to any city for that matter.
You can`t beat living in the clean air of the countryside.

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Old Birmingham / Re: Salisbury Transmission Ltd.
« Last post by Ian Dalziel on June 24, 2019, 04:44:13 PM »
In 1969, I attended an interview for the post of Personnel Officer at Moss Gear, Tyburn, who, I believe were the main competitors of Salisbury Transmissions. The interview went well and I was informed that the job was mine subject to the General Manager's approval. The following week, I reported for the second interview and was told that the General Manager was in a union meeting and would see me when it was finished. An hour and a half later, without any apology, he started the interview, obviously in a bad mood and not having perused my CV. He picked out one item which mentioned that I had established a sports and social club at my previous company and muttered that he would not be interested in that and finished the interview after 10 minutes.


Having had no reply after two weeks, I telephoned and was told that I had not got the job. However, he did me a favour because, two weeks later, I landed a great job with a drop forging company in Cradley Heath working with lovely black country folk and the Tyburn factory closed soon afterwards.


For those who are wondering what this diatribe has to do with Salisbury Transmissions, the answer is that I originally incorrectly thought my interview was with them, and then, not wanting to libel what was probably a perfectly good company, I tried to delete this message but was unable to, so I modified it instead.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Bull Ring Photos
« Last post by Phil on June 24, 2019, 03:08:39 PM »
A 1845 drawing of the Bull Ring attributed to Thomas Allom, it seems that thr Bull Ring was as crowded then as it is today.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by JudithM on June 24, 2019, 01:30:33 PM »
Judith


You would need to be up there every day taking photos to complete a full record of the changes to this area over the last 20/30 years or so.
I know.  I walk through it on the way into work every day.  At this point in time I'm doubting whether it'll be 'finished'  ;D
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Old Birmingham / Re: canal people. and canals
« Last post by mike mancott on June 23, 2019, 10:09:21 PM »
By the way, my relatives, name NEALE, were operating narrowboats out of Bedworth, Warwickshire, coal carrying in the 1850`s. There is some vague information somewhere about later members of that family, involved with brewing and carrying beer by narrowboat, from a wharf near Saltley.
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Old Birmingham / Re: canal people. and canals
« Last post by mike mancott on June 23, 2019, 10:05:12 PM »
I should have said "larger canal systems" came along . . .
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