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Ken takes aim at Bath developers

Post by comrade powell on Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:03 pm

Not a football article but we get a mention, there's a nice photo and he has a dig at Bath Rugby's plans...

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/oct/20/ken-loach-says-his-beloved-bath-being-ruined-by-tourism

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Post by Luton Roman on Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:46 pm

Bath FC sounds like the rugby club, we do need the suffix.

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Post by Marc Monitor on Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:10 pm

Have to disagree with Ken about the Southgate centre. It is so much nicer than that awful 60s atrocity that was there before.

Interesting that they mention student accommodation but there isn't a quote from Ken about that.
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Post by BenE on Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:26 pm

Don't worry Ken it has been made with such cheap tatty materials it will soon be looking appropriately shabby.
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Post by kermit on Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:42 pm

At least the old Southgate was concrete. The new one has shop fronts made of plyboard that already look fit only for firewood. In 20 years time the whole place will look truly awful and run down, probably filled with short term low cost rented units.
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Post by City 'til we're relegated on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:20 am

Marc Monitor wrote:Have to disagree with Ken about the Southgate centre. It is so much nicer than that awful 60s atrocity that was there before.

Interesting that they mention student accommodation but there isn't a quote from Ken about that.  

It might be a pastiche and not imaginative, but I agree with Marc that it is an improvement on the awful 1970s construction that was there before. I remember Southgate Street in the 1960s with the Odeon Cinema opposite the Forum. I remember too the old waste ground where the old bus station was built. I think there were fairs held there, but there certainly were fairs on the old bomb site where they built the Technical College.

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Post by comrade powell on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:26 am

Agree about the latest eyesore. Of course newbies like Ken and Kermy probably won't recall the street before the 1970s monstrosity. One point for each business you can remember. I'll start with...
Bath Pram and Toy Shop
David Greig (butcher)
Odeon cinema


Over to you, Azlimey!
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Post by Marc Monitor on Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:21 am

Don't get me wrong. I would prefer to see a street with independent businesses but that never seems to happen
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Post by Beau Nash on Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:42 am

comrade powell wrote:Agree about the latest eyesore. Of course newbies like Ken and Kermy probably won't recall the street before the 1970s monstrosity. One point for each business you can remember. I'll start with...
Bath Pram and Toy Shop
David Greig (butcher)
Odeon cinema

Over to you, Azlimey!

1960s Saturdays...I remember:
All costs in £sd

8am-9am Beau Street Baths for swimming. Cost 3d
9am-10am Woolworths Stall St for hot chocolate. Cost 2d
10am-11.30am Beau Nash cinema Westgate St. Cost 6d

Then home to Lower Swainswick for lunch.

c.1.30pm Walk or cycle with friends to Twerton Park.

I also remember Swans on the floods in Southgate Street.
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Post by comrade powell on Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:02 pm

Beau Nash wrote:
10am-11.30am Beau Nash cinema Westgate St. Cost 6d

Ah, a fellow ABC Minor!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEvgLH6Ug9Y
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Post by Beau Nash on Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:47 pm

comrade powell wrote:

Ah, a fellow ABC Minor!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEvgLH6Ug9Y

Yes, I remember that too and 78rpm records with record player needles making the crackle.

Marc and Roy can only dream of music like that.
lol!
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Post by Azlimey on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:54 pm

comrade powell wrote:Agree about the latest eyesore. Of course newbies like Ken and Kermy probably won't recall the street before the 1970s monstrosity. One point for each business you can remember. I'll start with...
Bath Pram and Toy Shop
David Greig (butcher)
Odeon cinema


Over to you, Azlimey!
 

Plunging into my memory cells how about John Collier(tailor); Hands Dairy(Abbey Green-dairy, Tiani's ice-cream); Evans Fish & Chip shop(conveniently placed adj to my old school Weymouth House aka Bath Technical School); Spears slaughterhouse on the other side, heard pigs squealing all day long. All these around the same area. Gotta go as the game is starting up.

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Post by pete mac on Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:40 pm

I remember a great shop where I could get Larry cakes.

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Post by 2weirdtown on Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:29 pm

I can remember having a drink in the Edinburgh Castle pub - around the bus station side of Southgate. Even worse pub than the Livingstone in Moorland road!
If you want independent shops then come to Bridport.
Bath City FC is one of the few beacons of community initiative left in Bath.
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Post by pete mac on Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:42 pm

Remember the Edinburgh.

Just spotted my typo earlier - it was lardy

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Post by City 'til we're relegated on Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:09 pm

http://lowres-picturecabinet.com.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/51/main/30/1087626.jpg

I remember the floods in Southgate Street and rejoiced when I saw them, for it meant that I could not get to my hated Oldfield Boys' school.

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Post by comrade powell on Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:19 pm

pete mac wrote:Remember the Edinburgh.

Just spotted my typo earlier - it was lardy

I was going to ask about Larry cakes but assumed everyone would know!
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Post by Maurice Ashman on Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:50 am

What about the 'South Pole' and the 'Wine Vaults'!

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Post by Freeview Joe on Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:30 am

I used to like the old Southgate Centre (Our Price Records, Ozzie Bailey, Menzies etc.) it was good until the early 90s but after that all the shops started to close down and it ripped the soul out of the place.

My Gran worked down the Odeon for years ... during the war she used to sell Woodbine Cigarettes to Emperor Haille Selassie (His Imperial Holiness, The Conquering Lion of Judah, King of Kings of Abyssinia, Elect of God Jah Rastafari) ... A small, unassuming and friendly fella apparently.
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