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  1. oldfrenchhorn

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    Morning all. A lovely bright sunny morning, and things are starting to dry up. Yesterday afternoon I was able to walk along part of the green lane in trainers without getting wet feet. Our local mayor was convicted last year of not declaring an interest, and was fined €3,000. An appeal was launched, not against the conviction, but about the penalty being too light. He is due in court again in March. We have council elections also in March, and there is a real effort being made to remove him from office, although he could have it done by the court. Half of the existing members of the existing council have said they will not serve under him for a further term and have been out canvassing to form a new council. I had a visit from the leader of this new group this week, and he has left me with a very good folder of information of what if elected they would change. Many of their proposals are about green issues and I can fully agree with their aims, although it would be difficult to create change overnight.

    Have a very good corruption free day one and all. <ok>
     
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    OK you lovely people, I'm off to bed!

    Night all <hug>

    Night H <smooch>
     
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  3. oldfrenchhorn

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    Nascot Wood gets its name from the large number of mature trees and ancient woodland in the area.

    Did you know the first railway station in Watford opened in Nascot Wood in 1837 and was originally resisted by the Earl of Essex and Clarendon, which meant the railway company had to build a tunnel. The station closed when Watford Junction was built, but the small ticket office is still standing and it is a Grade II listed building.

    It is quite amazing what little bits of information you find out by accident when viewing things on the internet. This came from Watford Museum that has many interesting things about the history of Watford.
     
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    Good morning all from a cold and damp Weston-super-Mare!

    Have a good day <ok>
     
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  5. yorkshirehornet

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    Morning all...
    One day to a busy nine days!
     
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  6. oldfrenchhorn

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    Morning all. Yesterday I spent all day outside without a coat or wellies as it was very warm and dry. Today the sun was shining when I came down to make some tea, but within five minutes it was throwing the rain down. I rather overdid the outside jobs during the day yesterday and finished up with rather a lot of aches. I was looking at the Watford Museum website that has been putting up a series of photos of the pubs that existed in the High Street within my memory. I remember one called the Hit and Miss, and wonder how it got that name. Some of them went back to Tudor times and although very small catered for people living locally. Far too many have gone to be replaced by a garage forecourt or DIY carpark, and the whole streetscape has changed, What was a market town is now a concrete jungle, and it is sad for someone who remembers it as it was fifty or sixty years ago to see it become what it has today. Enjoy your day whatever it may bring. <ok>
     
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    Yes i find it quite sad when I visit Watford.... they have really ripped the heart out of it.....so many of the old shops gone, a massive shopping mall, and a crazy traffic system... clothes shops, departmental stores, delis, cinemas all gone......
     
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    Watford is the highest ranked shopping centre in Hertfordshire. The new complex includes a multi screen cinema and bowling alley. The vast array of nightlife options for young people are apparently the best for miles around. The town clearly caters for the requirements of its present day inhabitants very well.
    It even has one of the best football clubs in the UK.
     
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  9. yorkshirehornet

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    Sounds like robospeak
    If you come frome the area, like you say you do, do you then think watford is a better town than in the 50s and 60s???
     
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    Can you debate without resorting to insults?

    For the people that actually use the facilities today I would say they would much prefer present day Watford to the offering in previous decades. The average person is not so interested in architectural qualities, which is a shame. For the young it is the best place in North London for nightlife.
     
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    I cannot confirm or deny it, but from some of the comments I read from people living there, Friday/Saturday nights when the pubs and clubs shut the top end of the High Street can be a bit of a war zone. If that is what good nightlife is about I am rather glad that my days of visiting the clubs was far more civilized.
     
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    Out of thousands of youngsters there are always some under the influence of drink and drugs, the same as all towns in the UK. It is not my idea of a good night out either but that is the reality for many young people. It no longer appeals to my 26 year old daughter.

    Notwithstanding I remember plenty of punch ups in the old trade hall, New Penny and Top Rank, (Baileys) now Oceana, in the late 60's/ early 70's.

    They just stab each other now.
     
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  13. yorkshirehornet

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    No insult at all..
    You rarely share your personal views just a line...
    I think they have ruined Watford as a town... You can't simply evaluate a town on bowling allies multi screen cinemas and night clubs.. There are many towns snd cities which have all of these but which remain integrated quality spaces..
     
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    Why use so many words it should read" has the best"
     
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    You are most welcome to your opinion, I'm sure tens of thousands of Watford people disagree.
     
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    OK you lovely people, I'm off to bed!

    Night all <hug>

    Night H <smooch>
     
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    Makes you wonder why anyone would want to move away from it
     
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  18. superhorns

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    Best ask Pereyra. :emoticon-0100-smile
     
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    Good morning all from a cold and dry Weston-super-Mare!

    Have a good day <ok>
     
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  20. yorkshirehornet

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    Amazing that you always have to be so oppositional..
    Let me ask you a different way..
    Did you think Watford was a great town in the 60s? Di you think it is a better town now?
    I am sure there are many different perspectives...
     
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