I like the Nottingham accent, which is halfway between a Brummy (Birmingham) and a Yorkshire accent. But, Nottingham not only has its own accent, it also has its own dialect.
Possibly the best know Nottingham expression is the greeting, "Aye up me duck." You will hear this a lot from older ladies. Also what is known as a bread roll in London, in Nottingham is called a "cob". Sometimes, you will see cobs advertised outside cafes and bakeries.
A lot of the Nottingham dialect expressions date back many centuries to when it was a major trading centre for foreign merchants. "Gizza glegg" meaning let me have a look, comes from the Danish glegg for look, while "jitteh" meaning alleyway, comes from colloquial French. There is also a unique Nottingham word for cat, "mazzi", and sometimes in a pub, you may here an old man say: this beer's like mazzi water! Another popular expression nowadays is, "He is well 'ard" meaning he is tough.
The Clay Pipe Tombstone
In St. Mary's Churchyard, in the Lace Market area, there is a unique tombstone made of clay. It was for the daughters of William and Elizabeth Sefton, who died in 1714. William Sefton was a manufacturer of clay pipes, and when his children died, instead of purchasing a tombstone, he made one from a mass of pipe clay and scratched his own epitaph in the soft clay. He then baked it in the factory oven, to harden it. It seems to be remarkably resilient and has outlasted some of the granite and marble tombstones.
Now this place makes me feel old !
It's been a few years since I've been inside this rambling venue. If you are into cutting edge bands, just before they hit the big time then this is the place for you.
They also organise lots of 'special nights' without all that retro stuff with old has-beens trotting out their stuff, or badly named tribute bands.
It is a mark of quite how old Sourbugger feels that he did not recognise one act on the entire upcoming list on the website. Depends on the event, best to avoid trainers.
This restaurant has an authentic atmosphere. The decor, the chefs and waiters are Turkish, and sometimes there is even a Turkish belly dancer. Turkish food is, of course, very meaty. so, if you don't like a lot of grilled meat, this may not be the ideal place for you. Main courses cost around £9. Mixed kebab, for example, costs £9.25.
Brewhouse Yard Museum
This museum has a collection of household items from the early 20th century with the focus on Nottingham life in the war years. Downstairs gives access to a few of the many caves beneath Nottingham, and used to serve as air-raid shelters.