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Re: "F**k my Hat, I didn't know that!" Amazing things you've only just found out
« Reply #2010 on: September 08, 2020, 12:51:20 AM »
You know what else wheezes and groans, pal?

Your car!

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« Reply #2011 on: September 08, 2020, 02:16:37 PM »
Steady on, not the man's  car.

icehaven

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« Reply #2012 on: September 08, 2020, 05:12:21 PM »
Before bowling alleys were automated, setting the pins back up and throwing the balls back to the players was a job done by a person.

Quote from: BBC article
Pin setter
Indoor bowling alleys have been around since 1840, and back then there were no fancy machines to retrieve your ball or reset the pins. Pin setters or ‘pin boys’ were employees who stood at the end of each lane and put the pins back up after they were knocked down. They also had to roll the ball back up the gutter so you could have another go.

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« Reply #2013 on: September 08, 2020, 06:28:06 PM »
Before bowling alleys were automated, setting the pins back up and throwing the balls back to the players was a job done by a person.

The Duke of York in Bristol had an old skittle alley. The balls were big heavy lumps of oak or something, and the skittles were set on the edge of a padded pit they would go flying into when hit. The person not bowling would wait besides the pit and then jump in to retrieve the balls and throw them back, but I’ve seen way too many people judge it badly after a few pints and nearly get their head taken off by jumping in before the final ball.

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« Reply #2014 on: September 08, 2020, 07:14:17 PM »
I've been in a pub with a skittle alley. True story.

The one I was in had pink rubber balls that were more egg-shaped than cylindrical though.

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« Reply #2015 on: September 08, 2020, 09:24:00 PM »
I used to work in a hotel and two of the biggest function rooms had a part of the flooring which could be lifted and flipped over into a skittles pit, and a huge strip of carpet would be rolled up to reveal the alley. The ball and skittles were fucking heavy wooden things, as touchingcloth notes, and they were lethal. Also the flooring was relatively hollow so they used to make an awful bastard racket.

There was a local Masonic chapter of sorts who had their weekly meeting there and they loved all that shit, the fucking creepy cunts. Big wooden box full of all sorts of shit including the medal and sash combo thingy and an actual metal goblet. WEIRD.

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« Reply #2016 on: September 08, 2020, 09:36:46 PM »
Before bowling alleys were automated, setting the pins back up and throwing the balls back to the players was a job done by a person.

Isn't that pretty much inevitable?

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« Reply #2017 on: September 09, 2020, 02:41:58 AM »
I used to work in a hotel and two of the biggest function rooms had a part of the flooring which could be lifted and flipped over into a skittles pit, and a huge strip of carpet would be rolled up to reveal the alley. The ball and skittles were fucking heavy wooden things, as touchingcloth notes, and they were lethal. Also the flooring was relatively hollow so they used to make an awful bastard racket.

There was a local Masonic chapter of sorts who had their weekly meeting there and they loved all that shit, the fucking creepy cunts. Big wooden box full of all sorts of shit including the medal and sash combo thingy and an actual metal goblet. WEIRD.

Did they have a skeleton? Stephen Knight tells an amusing story that during a ritual that involves symbolically burying someone with a human skeleton - for which some lodges use a real one - the doctor they were initiating told them that the skeleton was female. This made them very unhappy because women aren’t allowed in lodges in English (and in fact, most workings of) freemasonry.

icehaven

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« Reply #2018 on: September 13, 2020, 09:58:05 AM »
Isn't that pretty much inevitable?

I suppose I just presumed the players did it themselves, rather than the bowling alley paying someone to do it. Early example of automation replacing human jobs.

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« Reply #2019 on: September 13, 2020, 06:24:42 PM »
Before bowling alleys were automated, setting the pins back up and throwing the balls back to the players was a job done by a person.

My dad got evacuated to Herefordshire during the war and that was literally his job as a 12-13 year old. We went back to the pub in the 1980s and everything was still there, including the wooden guttering that he used to roll the balls back to the players.

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« Reply #2020 on: September 14, 2020, 03:42:53 PM »
Peter McDougall's seminal 1975 Play For Today, Just Another Saturday which starred the big yin himself in an unflinching look at sectarianism in Scotland, whilst set in Glasgow had the centrepiece orange walk scene filmed right outside where I live in Leith. Pretty much on my doorstep in fact.  I've seen it several times and only just realised this.


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« Reply #2021 on: September 14, 2020, 04:31:02 PM »
My dad got evacuated to Herefordshire during the war and that was literally his job as a 12-13 year old. We went back to the pub in the 1980s and everything was still there, including the wooden guttering that he used to roll the balls back to the players.

Where in Herefordshire? I am reasonably familiar with the pubs round there.

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« Reply #2022 on: September 15, 2020, 10:12:00 PM »
Where in Herefordshire? I am reasonably familiar with the pubs round there.

I did a bit of research as it's a distant memory of a young teenager from 1985, but I *think* it was the Golden Lion in Hereford. Found this photo that seems to correspond with what I had in my head (long thin outhouse with windows on both sides and the wooden gutter):


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« Reply #2023 on: September 15, 2020, 10:25:04 PM »
Mattress at the back, too, and tables down the side which seem to dare you to run the gauntlet of a guaranteed seat, traded off against the strong likelihood of a snapped ankle.

I don’t know the pub - it’s a bit further out of the centre than I’m familiar with - but thanks for looking it up!

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« Reply #2024 on: September 16, 2020, 12:35:57 AM »
I lived in Hereford for a couple of years, and I know there was a skittles hall in The Barrels (excellent Butty Bach on tap straight from the brewery. Might run into Martin the drummer from Mott the Hoople and The Pretenders). Maybe there was a bit of a scene there? I know my granddad played bat and trap at the White Hart in Canterbury.

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« Reply #2025 on: September 16, 2020, 06:21:08 PM »
I lived in Hereford for a couple of years, and I know there was a skittles hall in The Barrels (excellent Butty Bach on tap straight from the brewery. Might run into Martin the drummer from Mott the Hoople and The Pretenders). Maybe there was a bit of a scene there? I know my granddad played bat and trap at the White Hart in Canterbury.

Four divisions and a Veterans' League? More than a scene, I'd say: http://www.herefordskittles.org

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« Reply #2026 on: September 16, 2020, 06:59:02 PM »
I lived in Hereford for a couple of years, and I know there was a skittles hall in The Barrels (excellent Butty Bach on tap straight from the brewery. Might run into Martin the drummer from Mott the Hoople and The Pretenders). Maybe there was a bit of a scene there? I know my granddad played bat and trap at the White Hart in Canterbury.

The reason I asked was I wanted to know if it was The Barrels being talked about. Great pub.

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« Reply #2027 on: September 18, 2020, 05:54:02 PM »
Peter McDougall's seminal 1975 Play For Today, Just Another Saturday which starred the big yin himself in an unflinching look at sectarianism in Scotland, whilst set in Glasgow had the centrepiece orange walk scene filmed right outside where I live in Leith. Pretty much on my doorstep in fact.  I've seen it several times and only just realised this.

As good as JAS is, Just A Boy's Game is on another level altogether.

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