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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 23 May, 2019, 10:43:53 AM »
Hi Ed, I first heard the mention of Docklands when the developers were trying to market  their houses & flats,
(Whoops apartments) it had more appeal than redundant warehouse's
Its nice to have the forum back, I thought that it had done a runner again.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 15 May, 2019, 06:33:24 PM »
Harry, you are probably right about sat nav in the 70s, but radar was well developed in the 70s.
The eyeball system was left to the poor old 3rd officer, who can have his ar*e kicked by all.
Even in recent years with sat nav we hear of collisions at sea, why?
Now with these huge oil/chemical tankers racing into port to gain the highest market prices, navigation aids are a must.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 15 May, 2019, 11:08:10 AM »
Ed, re your post of the Royston Grange collision.
Why do we have these terrible collisions at sea when equipped with high tech navigation.
Surely sat nav will alert the bridge of other ships in the immediate vicinity.
Is it equipment failure or human?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 13 May, 2019, 11:06:29 AM »
Hi Ed, your dockland sayings brought back many happy years, another one which I used to like  the sound of was "job & knock" my didn't the work get sorted in a very short time.
MickG, thanks for posting those photos of the Royston Grange, that was the time when ships looked elegant, not a bit like the so called modern fleet of container boats, they look so ugly & unstable.

Hi Ed, yes the Facebook forums not to my taste, no real conversations, just remarks.
I have deactivated my account.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 09 May, 2019, 02:12:28 PM »
Harry, my memory isn't as sharp as yours but I can recall several terms.
Hoppy-Hoppy. Job & knock, Deferred mealy, Mobile.

Hi Harry, as you say you picked the ones that produced the little squirt of water, that way you knew that they were live & fresh. Oh dear, must stop dribbling on my keyboard.

DougT, the smell of sea fresh cockles is missing these days.
The cockles sold in little pots are not fresh & processed, removing the natural aroma which made your mouth water.
I did go to Leigh on sea which is close to Shoeburyness & bought nice cockles as they came ashore from the boats.
There are cockle beds at Poole close to where I live but not in abundance & there are closed seasons.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 05:13:06 PM »
Mick, cattle certainly have a taste for strange things, in a field near to where I live a farmer had some bitumen felt stripped & eaten, from several of his small portable buildings. One wonders what their milk tasted like.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 03:03:34 PM »
Mick, I believe you are right, as I can remember a large hotel being close to where we would stand, it certainly was a busy place on weekends.
Thanks also for another great photo, how those models flew so well on an elastic band.
I can recall the smell of the liquid that was painted on the fabric to make it tight, it made me feel a bit woozy.

About the Forums / Re: Drones
« on: 04 May, 2019, 11:52:17 AM »
Harry, I have seen grown men in tears after seeing their aircraft nose dive into the ground & smashed into tiny pieces, after hours/days constructing them, but they always seem to come back with a new model.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 05:18:56 PM »
Harry, Facebook is an acquired taste but can be interesting at times.
Where did Newham Story go wrong, it was such a great forum 2 years ago, with so many interesting posters, but collapsed like a pile of cards.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 30 April, 2019, 03:37:48 PM »
Hi Ed, I have joined both Custom Hse & Shipman Rd school forums, but I will still be poking my nose into Newham story. What I like about these other forums is it is so easy to post a photo.
The Custom Hse forum is loaded with some very interesting photos of bygone days.

About the Forums / Re: Moving On
« on: 28 April, 2019, 04:18:43 PM »
Thanks Mick, they sound interesting.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: The Good Old Days - The Winkle Man
« on: 28 April, 2019, 02:53:08 PM »
Drifting a little, but did anyone go cockling to Whitstable & wade out to collect the cockles as the tide was going out?
Take them home by the bucketful, feed them overnight with oatmeal so that they cleaned out any grit. Then boil them until the shells open wide. A very tasty meal, far nicer than the chewy little lumps offered by the supermarkets.

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