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NSGOM Visit BBC Centre

History was indeed made when for the first time three U3A lady members joined the group for a visit to the BBC centre in Nottingham.

Led by Brooke from Radio Nottingham we visited the Radio studio and watched as Verity Cowley broadcast her Drivetime show, before going behind the scenes to watch East Midlands Today programme going out live. This was followed by a question and answer session led by Anna Church, who was the weather forecaster for the programme. Finally, a visit was made to the production room before we were presented with our Goodie Bag before heading back to Hucknall on the tram.

A big thank you goes to Vaughan Gallagher who arranged the visit but was rewarded by meeting his all time favourite sports reporter, Natalie Jackson within minutes of arriving!!!

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A Taste of Formula 1 for the Not So Grumpies

Forget Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the Not so Grumpy Old Men had a taste of Formula 1 at The Racing Room Scalextric Track in Nottingham for their October Meeting.

With eighteen drivers whose racing names included Piston Broke; Big End; Senna(Pod) Saunders; Necky Lauda; Looney Hamilton; Vroom G; Ray de Ator; Big Bird and our Chairman choosing Barmy Barrie, you get a feel for the level of competition.

After a practice session when we all decided which was the best car it came as a shock when the race controller advised that to avoid any arguments we each have a turn with all the cars and all the lanes until we had a top six (much to the disgust of Mark Jackson driving Ray de Ator).

After much skulduggery during the preliminary laps, when cars mysteriously left the track, skill shone through and the winner was declared. Senna Pod Saunders driven by John Saunders narrowly came first, closely followed by Big Bird driven by Ian Raynor, and third by an even closer margin came Big End driven by John Berrill.

After the presentation ceremony when the respective Gold, Silver & Bronze medals were presented, and the playing of National Anthem and Flag Raising, we all went to the post-race celebration meal at the Roebuck when the gongs were proudly processed around the room to much applause.

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NSGOM visit Carsington Water

NSGOM Have A Jolly time On The Water

In September the Not So Grumpies visited Carsington Water to build and race their own rafts. The visit began in true Grumpy style with a visit to the cafe for pre-event refreshments, following which our carer/instructor issued us with wetsuits, and retired whilst we attempted to squeeze into them. Looking like overfed seals we were then ready to start!

Split into 3 teams, each team was responsible for designing and building their own rafts, then launching them into the water. Captain ‘Thor Heyerdahl’ Attenborough and the crew of the Kontiki then floated around waiting for the other 2 vessels to undergo necessary adjustments to design/construction to make them seaworthy, during which time one crew member of the Titanic appeared to have fallen/been thrown overboard.

With all rafts finally afloat, the race began in earnest, and the true piratical nature of the participants became apparent! Despite the superior build quality of the Kontiki and strong backs of her crew, the Titanic nosed in front. It was only later discovered that Captain ‘Pugwash’ Saunders and the crew of the Black Pig had surreptitiously attached the Kontiki’s mooring rope to the Black Pig and were being towed by the Kontiki! With the Kontiki crew thus fatigued, the Black pig finally got her oars wet and pulled ahead.

By the end of the second leg, the Titanic was structurally compromised and had to be dry-docked, and her crew was divided between the remaining two rafts for the final leg. Aboard the Kontiki, it appeared that there was a grudge between the two new crew members and one tried to cast the other adrift by undoing the ropes securing his berth to the Kontiki, which resulted in an impressive display of solo barrel-riding by seaman Rose. Captain Pugwash and the crew of the Black Pig won the day.

Our instructor thanked us all for our participation, saying he had genuinely not seen anything like it before, and all crews retired for a de-brief (literally) before heading home.

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NSGOM – Friends of Isaac Walton

On Tuesday, 21st August, eight optimistic anglers met for a day out at Aldercar Fishery. Following an 8.00 am breakfast at ‘Maggie’s Cabin’, which is on site, we meandered down to Snipe Lake and settled into our allocated area.

Alan Newton kindly helped David Wormall to set up and dispensed advice on tactics. David is a renowned fly fisherman who is skilled at creating and using artificial flies but is a relative novice at coarse fishing.

Everyone caught fish including some hefty common and mirror carp which, once hooked, set off with powerful surging runs. If they decided to take your bait off they went and, unfortunately, if your attention wavered and this happened, they took your rod and tackle away into the lake.

This did happen to one member who should know better and the photograph shows Alan Newton trying to retrieve it (for me!).

Just before we finished at 3.00 pm David Wormall managed to snare a magnificent 7lb 8oz carp which took about ten minutes to land and this capped a good day out.

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Clay Pigeon Shoot

It’s a long while since any of this lot pulled but for the NSGOM August outing they were all shouting “Pull!”.

Two teams were coached in the finer points of clay pigeon shooting over five different exercises.

The winner of each team had a shoot off and, with memories of their go-karting show-down last year, John Saunders once again defeated Mark Jackson to take the title.

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