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by down south
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: THREE TOWNS STREETNAMES
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: THREE TOWNS STREETNAMES

Coming as I did from an English family, I was always struck by how many of my classmates knew their Burns from home, not just what we learned in school; not something you'd find with Shakespeare in England. Ardrossan and Saltcoats both have their Burns-related street names ; looking at the map I hav...
by down south
Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: NON-SCOTTISH/BRITISH SURNAMES
Replies: 134
Views: 45371

Re: NON-SCOTTISH/BRITISH SURNAMES

Further to what Meg said about the Olsens; Carl's younger sister Dawne was in my class and I think their name was spelled Olson rather than Olsen. At any rate it came from their American father, who was divorced from their mother ( quite an American-seeming thing in itself in those days when divorce...
by down south
Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: McBlether's Lounge
Topic: Here is the 5.30 Tv film of Saltcoats
Replies: 14
Views: 2605

Re: Here is the 5.30 Tv film of Saltcoats

Loved it Ellen, thanks a lot for finding it. I keep replaying it and pausing to see what's changed-and how much looks really just the same ! Susan
by down south
Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: CONSTANTINE THE GREAT and ARDROSSAN
Replies: 12
Views: 4380

Re: CONSTANTINE THE GREAT and ARDROSSAN

The way I would put it is that she had great moral authority; even the usual suspects who played up in some other classes rarely tried it on with her. I can still see her , in one move whipping round from the board and whipping off her reading glasses the better to glare at some miscreant who'd star...
by down south
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:58 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: NON-SCOTTISH/BRITISH SURNAMES
Replies: 134
Views: 45371

Re: NON-SCOTTISH/BRITISH SURNAMES

There was a family of Olufsens of Danish ancestry living locally; the name Oluf Olufsen was passed down the generations, and I was at school with one of them. I've seen a reference to the various Oluf Olufsens on the Sea Queen page in the general part of the 3T site, describing this as a " well-know...
by down south
Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:05 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: CONSTANTINE THE GREAT and ARDROSSAN
Replies: 12
Views: 4380

Re: CONSTANTINE THE GREAT and ARDROSSAN

Miss E.Nisbet was of course the famous ( to Academy pupils ) Dr.Nisbet aka "Nibby" who was head of Classics at Ardrossan Academy for many years , and lived in Sorbie Road. A redoubtable lady whom I remember well! She battled to keep Latin and Greek going into the modern age , and made sure The Acade...
by down south
Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:39 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: How you found threetowners - Topic for March 2009
Replies: 19
Views: 4929

Re: How you found threetowners - Topic for March 2009

When I first started timidly using the computer to surf the net, I was keen to find any sites related to Saltcoats or Ayrshire; but I had to guess at the addresses. I was struggling in vain to find the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald,little knowing that Saltcoats had been disgracefully downgraded out o...
by down south
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Do You Remember Your First Day At School.
Replies: 33
Views: 7959

Re: Do You Remember Your First Day At School.

My first day at school:Ardrossan Academy primary in 1961. But I thought I was supposed to be going to Saltcoats Public, so I was a bit mystified when my mother took me up through the plantation to places I'd never been before.Round the corner of a big grey building we came on a crowd of people all m...
by down south
Wed Feb 25, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Co-Numbers
Replies: 13
Views: 2674

Re: Co-Numbers

I recently found the receipt my mother got when she joined the Ardrossan Co-op back in the 1950s, for the grand sum of 1s 6d entry fee. Also a dull and worthy booklet entitled Rules of the Ardrossan Co-operative Society Limited, with such items as How the Committee May Act to those not Purchasing at...
by down south
Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Harris of Saltcoats
Replies: 50
Views: 16525

Re: Harris of Saltcoats

Does anyone else remember the most stylish feature Harris's big shop in Dockhead Street had when it first opened in the sixties-quite a good-sized pool in the middle of the ground floor, complete with goldfish ? It seemed a very upmarket thing to find in a Saltcoats shop !
Susan
by down south
Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Computing & Forum related Issues
Topic: Timeout Poll - Please Help
Replies: 12
Views: 5408

Re: Timeout Poll - Please Help

I was having quite a bit of trouble accessing the forum for several weeks , as well as some other parts of the site like the originals of the Herald files;my experience was much like wmh described above . But this week since I joined 3T I've had no bother at all. Susan
by down south
Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Threetowners' Lounge
Topic: Just Joined? Please Introduce Yourself
Replies: 951
Views: 563907

Re: Just Joined? Please Introduce Yourself

Thank you all for your kind welcomes. Dr.McCann was our GP too; he was often round on house calls when I was little and ill in bed ( which seemed to be rather a lot, especially when I was six and had measles and other possibly related nasties )-my clearest memory of him is of how cold his stethoscop...