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dougie
from Wigan
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61 of 74  Tue 28th Mar 2017 8:58am  
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As most know we come down to Coventry to see the family and bring flowers three or four times a year, we were down last weekend for four days, these are the flowers we changed, We had booked train tickets this time at £14 return Wigan to Coventry but we changed our minds and came down by car as usual, anyone that uses the M6 knows how bad it is Angry at the best of time but on Friday one of the bridges was damaged and they closed the motorway Just like to say again we paid under £100 in the Premier Inn in town for the four days so anyone that's not been back to Coventry and would like to visit book well in advance, we've all ready booked for 5 days in July Thumbs up Christmas Flowers Mothering Sunday Flowers
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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62 of 74  Wed 29th Mar 2017 8:07pm  
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Nice pictures of Cov. It can be a great place when the sun is out.
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dougie
from Wigan
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63 of 74  Sat 15th Apr 2017 10:30am  
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For Helen from Warrington, plus others on this site that would like to spend some time in Coventry for a few days Have you looked at the Premier Inn in town for a few days, we booked Mothering Sunday weekend Friday to Monday for £100 also booked return train tickets from Wigan/Coventry for £14 each Blush but we didn't use them Smile we like the car too much Wink We've also booked 5 days in July, £130 in the Belgrade Premier Inn for a summer break so we can travel about on the bus to different places but we class that as a short summer holiday Big grin Being an OAP the bus is free so no driving Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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64 of 74  Sat 15th Apr 2017 11:05am  
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Thanks Dougie, I have considered the Premier Inn a few times but I hate their booking software so much I've had to drop out before I've got round to booking for fear of damaging my computer. Angry Roll eyes Sympathies with the M6. I went down to Surrey and back in the last fortnight and both times there was a massive queue on the opposite side. The first time I went down to Coventry for research I was stuck on the way back for five hours Oh my because of a major storm brought down trees. My sister didn't think I'd go again. Edited by member, 15th Apr 2017 11:13 am
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Roger Turner
Torksey
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65 of 74  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 9:27pm  
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I visited my friends in Coventry yesterday and as usual we mull over old times - Coventry and the things we got up to. I mentioned the photo on Broadgate thread 421 and referred to the wartime open air "shanty" West Orchard market, that I sometimes visited during lunch time from school, I don`t know what date the photo is, but I think it is later than 1947/51 when I was about. My friend immediately mentioned the static water tanks that I think were alongside the old Woolies, funny because I had been looking for them myself and couldn`t see them on the photo, so perhaps they had gone under the new Smithford Way building. The conversation then drifted on to what were the attractions on the stalls and we all immediately said "Home decorating". I don`t know if every front door had to be wood grained after the war, but there used to be a chap on the market demonstrating in front of a small crowd. He had a flat block of wood in front of him, on which he painted some brown scumble (he called it) then he applied a tool that was like a block of wood shaped rounded, like an old fashioned ink blotter. He pushed it up and down the block oscillating it as he went and lo and behold a wood grain finish appeared. The talk then turned to the perils of redecorating living room walls just after the war - no wallpaper available, so some went for a stipple finish which used to imprint the shape and colour of flower foliage in stripes up and down the wall. Does anybody remember those days of make-do and mend.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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66 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 2:26am  
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I do certainly Roger, My mum's shop was stippled from top to bottom. One in King Richard St. also the one in Batsford Road. Awful it was but served the job when needed (with a sponge). Thank heavens you don't see it now - or do you? Roll eyes
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Helen F
Warrington
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67 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 9:18am  
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The fake wood kit and scumble were still being pushed as late as the mid 90s (if not still going). The people presenting it on TV and in markets were very good. Whereas most who tried it, weren't. It and other texturing techniques fell out of favour with the advent of The House Doctor, as far as I can tell. People started making places much more neutral, adding patterns in cushions and feature walls. Those things can be easily changed when you get bored or move. People who tried neutralising to attract a buyer, discovered they quite liked the effect. Through the same period bathrooms went white and carpets lost their patterns. The various design industries despair because people aren't changing big priced items like bathrooms as fast as when a colour/pattern was either in or out. Whether busy forms of decoration will ever return I don't know. Whenever I've had to strip a wall of paper, especially woodchip I swear I'll never go that way and there has been a boom in people buying un-modernised properties to do up and sell. Sadly it's part of what has priced youngsters out of the market. In the past, a property with scary decoration was a bargain. People often lived with the design mistakes until their income matched their taste. Now those properties are a sought after investment and many young people are so used to pristine properties they reject places that don't fit their idea of habitable. Sad I was lucky that my university digs prepared me for the worst - rats, hot and cold running slugs and holes you could see daylight through. My first home (in Coventry) was perfectly sound under multiple layers of regrettable decorating fads. Thumbs up
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LesMac
Coventry
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68 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:52am  
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Our home in Hall Green Rd suffered some roof damage after a bomb fell on Tom Taylors 3 acre meadow. It took about a month before the War Hag got round to carrying out the repair. During that month water damaged much of the upstairs décor. When the painters eventually moved in, all upstairs needed decorating. The only choice we had was green background with a yellow stipple or a yellow background with a green stipple, we chose the first option. All the woodwork was grained, the painter had a choice of combs for various wood effects. The overall result would have been thought ghastly today but then it was thought to be quite pleasant.
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pixrobin
Canley
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69 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 4:17pm  
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LesMac suggested "All the woodwork was grained, the painter had a choice of combs for various wood effects. The overall result would have been thought ghastly today but then it was thought to be quite pleasant." I guess you mean like this. When I moved to the house in Accrington in 1990 all the internal doors were decorated so.
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Roger Turner
Torksey
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70 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 6:08pm  
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Now you`ve got me guessing Pixrobin. You must have had a reason for taking and keeping that photo. "Ghastly today but then quite pleasant" Which of the two was it then? Cheers
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pixrobin
Canley
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71 of 74  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 7:34pm  
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My paternal grandfather did graining in London, I think during the 1920s/30s. I never delete pictures - but that's why I have 2x 3 terabyte drives attached as network drives. I currently have around 150,000 images stored that I have taken since the beginning of the century. Since returning to Coventry 2.5 years ago I have added around 12,000 new images, but I am not as mobile as I used to be. And now that image has proved its worth in that some younger members may never have seen what 'graining' looks like.
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dougie
from Wigan
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72 of 74  Wed 20th Dec 2017 10:21pm  
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Three short video clips from my visit to your city last weekend. Just click here: (1) (2) (3) Go full screen. Edited by member, 20th Dec 2017 10:37 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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73 of 74  Thu 21st Dec 2017 7:25am  
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Absolutely brilliant Dougie, delightful memories for my daughter, she was there in 73/74, member of the choir too. Thank you for sharing the entertainment today with us. Wave Thumbs up
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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74 of 74  Sat 6th Jan 2018 10:26pm  
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Diamond Geezer, a "dry" London blogger recently visited Coventry. He visited the Music Museum, Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Blog 06 Jan 2018). His previous visit to Coventry was blogged on 19-21 April 2018. Peter.
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