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736 of 773  Thu 18th May 2017 3:18pm  
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Telegraph report on Alma Delicatessen closure
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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737 of 773  Sun 21st May 2017 7:01pm  
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There are now some great Polish shops in the city (and some super Chinese supermarkets). The Alma was fantastic, but too expensive. I recall buying stuff there and seeing it in supermarkets for half the price. They were, at one point, the only place to get tins of Illy Espresso coffee.
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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738 of 773  Mon 22nd May 2017 9:44am  
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I remember the earlier shop in the lower precinct (1990s). They sold multi coloured prawn crackers which were a novelty at the children's parties, but after some years they disappeared and I then wondered if the colouring ingredient had been banned. Edited by member, 22nd May 2017 9:56 am
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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739 of 773  Mon 22nd May 2017 3:25pm  
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It was always known as the Polish shop. I was a regular in the 70's as it was the only place that sold Eastern European produce which at the time I loved, there was a creamy sweet which I cant remember the name of at the moment which I bought by the bucketload. They also sold soured cream (it never occurred to me to make some myself). My kids also loved the various Polish sausages that they sold. Eventually when other Polish shops opened (including one nearly opposite them) and supermarkets began to stock the same items the Alma could no longer compete
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Harrier
Coventry
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740 of 773  Wed 6th Sep 2017 12:55pm  
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On 7th Aug 2015 4:03pm, Norman Conquest said: I think Elds was investigated at the time when Sams kidnapped Stephanie Slater and kept her in a wheelie bin somewhere up north. I think it was something to do with a laundry mark that connected Elds with Stephanie.
Stephanie Slater died last week or the week before. I thought Mike Sams worked at the laundrette in Moseley Avenue?? My interest stems from the fact that I knew Mike Sams well. We were in the same running club and he lived half a dozen doors away from me. I was still at school but he had a car, so he used to run me down to the club or to races. His car at that time had the gear stick on the steering wheel and a long single seat running the width of the car in the front - no doubt someone on the Forum will know which car I am talking about. He was a good driver. On one occasion we went up to the Morpeth Newcastle Road Race together one New Years Day, a 200 mile round trip. It was night time on the way back and it started to snow very heavily but instead of taking the A1 road back home from Scotch Corner, as most sensible drivers would have done, we returned the same way as we had gone in the morning, over the narrow moorland roads of the Pennines, by then deepening in snow. Despite slipping and slithering in the dark, in the snow, he still drove at speed and rather surprisingly we both got back home in one piece!!!! I always found him pleasant enough in the years that I knew him and still find it hard to believe what a monster he became.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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741 of 773  Wed 22nd Nov 2017 11:12am  
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Hi all Wave Saw this on Facebook today.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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742 of 773  Thu 23rd Nov 2017 1:07am  
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Oh wow, not like today Philip, having to remember your pin no. or even where your card is #%^*)-+!#%* ! and a receipt that fades in time. Roll eyes
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Garlands Joke Shop
Coventry
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743 of 773  Fri 9th Feb 2018 5:50pm  
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Coventry Evening Telegraph, 13th December 1967.
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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744 of 773  Sun 15th Apr 2018 3:23pm  
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On 27th Dec 2012 11:21am, Foxcote said: I don't think I have put this one on before, hope not. Could it be Coventry?
Looks like the junction of Swan Lane and Harnall Lane East. Post copied from topic Bus chassis driven around Coventry on 16th Apr 2018 7:32 pm
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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745 of 773  Sun 15th Apr 2018 7:53pm  
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Looks very much like it, Wm Evans was at 269 Swan Lane here. Post copied from topic Bus chassis driven around Coventry on 16th Apr 2018 7:33 pm
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coventry49
Devon
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746 of 773  Mon 16th Apr 2018 8:04am  
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Is that Burlington Road going up on the right? If so, then that blue fronted shop used to be a sweet shop much frequented by schoolchildren from Freddies.
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Heathite
Coventry
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747 of 773  Mon 16th Apr 2018 8:41am  
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mattash
Rugby
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748 of 773  Mon 16th Apr 2018 12:17pm  
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The main little sweet shop was on the corner of Swan Lane / Burlington Road. It is now bricked up as the doorway was on the corner. They were the only shop that sold frozen jubblies. They must made a killing on those. Smile
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coventry49
Devon
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749 of 773  Mon 16th Apr 2018 6:23pm  
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I could never afford a Jubbly, Mattash, they were 4d and I rarely had more than 2d. Sticks of liquorice wood were popular as they were 1d each and lasted for ages! These we bought from a chemists on the opposite corner to the sweet shop. I wonder if you can still buy liquorice wood?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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750 of 773  Mon 16th Apr 2018 6:49pm  
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They had some in the sweet shop at Crich Tramway Museum last week so you must still be able to get it.
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