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Helen F
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76 of 101  Mon 16th Jan 2017 11:48am  
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I think it was Dave Gorman who did a skit on a group of newspapers from different areas doing the same story on dogging a few years ago. Just the local locations different in each story.
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Slim
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77 of 101  Wed 18th Jan 2017 12:44pm  
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I was flicking channels last night, and came upon a BBC comedy sketch show called Revolting, and they did a sketch about dogging. The content of the programme was very near the knuckle, at least what bit I saw, and I expect there will be complaints. They really took the proverbial out of MPs and certain ethnic groups. I am very unimpressed with the CT website. It is infuriatingly slow to load, respond, and is peppered with adverts. They are not alone - I've found that all newspaper websites are the same - after a while, they often hang up, with the error message that "the site is not responding". Angry
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Wimero
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78 of 101  Thu 19th Jan 2017 1:47pm  
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Dreamtime
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79 of 101  Thu 19th Jan 2017 3:33pm  
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Midland Red
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80 of 101  Thu 19th Jan 2017 5:40pm  
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Standards at the BBC are hardly any better Oh my In their article about CCFC today, they report: ""We don't own our ground," explains 19-year-old Matt, who's been a fan since he was younger." Lol
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pixrobin
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81 of 101  Mon 6th Mar 2017 9:13am  
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Who remembers the Coventry Evening Telegraph vans rushing round the streets to the local newsagents? I seem to remember the Austin A40 and Bedford CA type vans in the 1950s.

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NormK
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82 of 101  Mon 6th Mar 2017 11:02am  
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I bought one of their A40 vans, it was very reliable and it never looked untidy with the black shiney paintwork. I remember the front shocks being worn out, when it started to bounce the best thing to do was slow down. I loved that old van.
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Slim
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83 of 101  Mon 6th Mar 2017 1:54pm  
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On 6th Mar 2017 9:13am, pixrobin said: Who remembers the Coventry Evening Telegraph vans rushing round the streets to the local newsagents? I seem to remember the Austin A40 and Bedford CA type vans in the 1950s.
In later years they had vans like (or actually were) Sherpas, which were driven as if they were in a race. Two-wheel cornering was the norm.
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Norman Conquest
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84 of 101  Mon 6th Mar 2017 8:04pm  
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When trying to save to buy a house I took a second job with Goddard and Poke wholesale newsagent. Madness. 3am start, collect van then off to the station to collect papers. Papers were dropped outside shops rain or fine, often in bother if the papers got wet. Police were often in the warehouse having tea and I was once given a ticking off for taking an island on the wrong side. Always had to look for the most direct way round the islands. The police had to watch what they did because we had more on them than they did on us. Nuff said. I lasted about six months and was considered to be a long service driver.
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Slim
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85 of 101  Tue 7th Mar 2017 7:10am  
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Blimey, Norman, in the mornings too, when the roads were deserted! By the time I started my 3 morning rounds at 0600, the papers had already been delivered by Goddard and Poke. My experience of the black van racers was in the evenings, especially on a Saturday when the Pinks were being distributed. I was once told by a policeman that if an employer puts a driver under pressure, causing him/her to drive too fast, then the employer is also breaking the law.
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Not Local
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86 of 101  Tue 7th Mar 2017 11:58am  
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The Saturday evening races were between the Coventry Evening Telegraph vans delivering the Pink and the Birmingham Evening Mail vans delivering the Sports Argus (which was also pink). I can recall seeing the Evening Mail driver overtake the Telegraph driver by taking an island on the right hand side. On another occasion one of the vans tipped on its side taking the same island too fast. It was an Austin/Morris J4, never the most stable of vehicles. The Goddard & Poke vans used to reach tremendous speeds on the Foleshill Road, particularly very early on Sunday mornings in the summer when it was broad daylight but there was little traffic. In the 70's they were BMC EA vans, again not the most stable in a corner. Fortunately for them no-one got in the way, nor gave them Ford Transits which were even quicker but at least would go round a corner without falling over.
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PeterB
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87 of 101  Sun 18th Jun 2017 10:28pm  
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The old Coventry Evening Telegraph has been opened on Saturdays (11-4) for self guided tours before its conversion into a boutique hotel. There is a lot more to the building than you would think from the outside. Boardroom Enclosed garden Printing hall I recommend visiting soon as I'm not sure how long it will stay open. Peter.
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Kaga simpson
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88 of 101  Tue 26th Sep 2017 4:30pm  
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PeterB. Wasn't it called the MDT - Midland Daily Telegraph - during the war?
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Kaga simpson
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89 of 101  Wed 27th Sep 2017 9:48am  
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The Midland Daily Telegraph was one penny and with 12 pennies to a shilling, twenty shillings to one pound, 240 telegraphs for £1 I think it was the late forties when the football pools became important to the people, the large prizes made people more aware of gambling and big money, so results became more needed than ever, so more competition to get the results on the streets first. Which was ridiculous as you had weeks you could claim, and the wireless gave out the results also. But those vans in the fifties just raced each other. Ten years later television outdid them all. But the football league results were on the front page, easy to see in a glance but today I find it hard to find results. There were also little pocket supplements that were so handy to read if out in the open but they turned them into newspaper size and the wind made it more difficult to read them. I think the Telegraph was a five column spread with few advertisements.
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Midland Red
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90 of 101  Wed 27th Sep 2017 10:02am  
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On 26th Sep 2017 4:30pm, Kaga simpson said: Wasn't it called the MDT - Midland Daily Telegraph - during the war?
Wikipedia article on MDT, CET etc Thumbs up
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