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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#31 by Sheldonboy , Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:52 pm

Quote: gravon42 wrote in post #30
I remember the smell from Cannings, like beeswax.
When Davenports was rebuilt, it was the first building in Britain to be built using metric measurements and bricks.

I never knew about the Davenports fact about the bricks Gravon , fascinating.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#32 by Voltman , Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:49 am

I don't suppose the bricks changed size, they were just quoted in metric.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#33 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:37 am

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #32
I don't suppose the bricks changed size, they were just quoted in metric.


Metric bricks are a bit smaller Volty


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#34 by Voltman , Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:29 am

Is that why houses are smaller?


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#35 by Sheldonboy , Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:49 pm

No you Dilbert they used more bricks


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#36 by Voltman , Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:12 am

I thought bricks had always been 9"4mm long.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#37 by gravon42 , Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:17 pm

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Birds Custard was once one of Brums great companies. Does anyone think that Birds custard is as good as it used to be. I think it's paler and weaker.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#38 by Sheldonboy , Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:21 pm

In my view Birds Custard is certainly (in my humble opinion) not as dark as it used to be. I wonder though if this is a change in the permitted colorings used. maybe the lead paint has been changed.


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#39 by mikejee , Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:25 pm

I had the same thought as you SB. It very likely might not be that the color previously used was banned, but that the company decided to give itself a better image, in the media at least, by using a "natural" colour. Don't have a tin at present, but next time I am in the supermarket I will look and see which is the colour now used.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#40 by Sheldonboy , Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:33 pm

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I had the same thought as you SB. It very likely might not be that the color previously used was banned, but that the company decided to give itself a better image, in the media at least, by using a "natural" colour. Don't have a tin at present, but next time I am in the supermarket I will look and see which is the colour now used.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#41 by Voltman , Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:22 am

Gravon42's comment was actually nothing to do with the custard powder.
SB, you are agreeing with your original post.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#42 by Voltman , Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:22 am

I have tin of powder, I'll bet it's much older than I think, I will have to note it's contents.


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#43 by Sheldonboy , Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:59 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #41
Gravon42's comment was actually nothing to do with the custard powder.
SB, you are agreeing with your original post.

Volty have you got a dose of the Grumpies?


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#44 by Voltman , Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:37 am

SB, I'll have a look but I don't think so. Does it come in a tin?


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RE: Birmingham companies now gone

#45 by Sheldonboy , Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:59 pm

Knowing you Volty you can get it on Amazon


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