Everyone who is from Nottingham will have been to the Goose Fair. I've just finished reading Alan Sillitoe's "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning", which is set in the still industrial, post-war Nottingham, and a key part of the novel is set at this weekend event. It used to be held in the Old Market Square but takes place, every October, on the Forest Field recreation ground(extra buses laid on from centre plus on the tram line). It starts on the first Thursday of the month and prices go up on the Friday and Saturday. Lots of rides and if hungry try the minty mushy peas peculiar to the city.
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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.
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~ Nottingham Girls ~
Nottingham women have the reputation of being the most attractive women in England.
Furthermore, they outnumber the men by 3 to 1.
Just take a trip into Nottingham city centre on a Friday or Saturday night and see what we mean. Even during the day, the place is full of them and they're all drop dead gorgeous!
So to all the beautiful women of Nottingham, this website is the place to be seen! Let's just show the world how beautiful you all are.
And to the men, especially those who don't live in Nottingham, just take a look at what you're missing.
What did you call me ?
It is very common to be referred to as a 'Duck' in the East Midlands - and Nottingham is very much the capital of the East Midlands.
If someone is in their 50's or over it sounds quite quaint, but when a youngster says "Thanks Duck" it does sound a little odd.
Listen out for it.
P.S If you really are a duck, I'm not sure what the ettiquette is.
Tales Of Robin Hood
Come visit what Nottingham is known for a check out all the history at The Tales of Robin Hood are located on Maid Marian Way, and are open all year round, parties are welcome as well as school trips.
Here you will find a gift shop, refreshments, and more
Opening Times : All Year
Admission : £6.95 Adult, £4.95 Child , Under 4's go FREE
Address : 30 - 38 Maid Marian Way
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Come & Sing Or Have A Laugh
This is the Royal Concert Hall which you will find opposite O'neill's pub. With live acts such as The Chippendales to Comedians down to pop bands and tribute bands. ( I have seen The Chippendales, Paul Young and afew others, Paul Young would of been better if he'd not had a bad throat ! )
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Back To School
Nottingham has two of the best universities in the country. Nottingham university is among the top UK for private research funding. Its research areas include Genetics, Pharmacy. Chemistry and Physics. It is set in 330 acres of beautiful grounds and campus, its also a great spot in the sumer !
Real Madrid, Benfica, Inter Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, AC Milan - and Nottingham Forest? Yes the local football team is in there with Europe's soccer greats, as one of the teams that have won the continent's premier club competition, the European Cup, in successive seasons. Forest managed it in 1979 and 1980. It's been pretty much downhill since then.....
Disney's 'Robin Hood'
Old Cliffie is always ready to sit down with the little Clavens when they want to watch Disney's 'Robin Hood'. It's a gem of a film, unremitting fun, with no really evil characters to scare the tots and enough action to keep their more bloodthirsty older brothers and sisters happy. There's a definite innocence about this 1973 film, totally geared to a younger audience, unlike the annual animated features that the Disney studio began to churn out in the 1990s.
Prince of Thieves
Kevin Costner is how most people imagine Robin Hood. Big bucks and a lot of Hollywood hype turned 'Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves' into a box-office blockbuster around the world. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about it is that even the actors began to realise how corny the whole thing was, and by the end of the film they were parodying themselves. Old Cliffie has to admit, though, that there are some great action scenes with impressive photography.
Inside the Concert Hall you will find alsorts ranging from plays to live bands, worth a visit to either one if you have time.
Situated just round from the Royal Concert Hall
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Annual Goose Fair.
See my general tip for description. I included this in the local custom because this is a big event annually and attract many many people.
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