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Title: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Northside Exile on May 27, 2011, 10:41:59 PM
I currently live in Donegal, so I'm not that far away. But I live in the country, and when I visit my parents back in the big smoke I  realise how much I miss city smells, even though they should be repugnant.
 
Like the smell of the nearby factory and the fumes from the motorway behind the estate. Unhealthy on paper, but healthy in mind.  Give me a slight hint of smog over pig slurry anyday!
 
Do any other exiles feel the same way, or am I slightly mad? 
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: william bickerstaffe on May 29, 2011, 03:08:13 PM
i guess you have never walked over connswater bridge on a nice day lol phew and there was a little fishn chips place right beside it Millens . No i never miss that smell . No fishin off that bridge lol
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Sally Ann on May 29, 2011, 05:40:09 PM
(http://www.acus.org/files/images/welcome.jpg) (http://)Welcome to the forum Northside Exile, hope you stick around and meet with all the great people on here.
 
There is nothing worse than the smell in Belfast City Centre on a hot day!!  The smell from the sewers would make you want to bok!  Though, having said that, I've not been in the Centre this long and many a day.
 
Where I live, I was only 9 years old when we moved here, we had a Brewery near us, and the first time we got the wiff from it, we all thought we'd have to move, but got used to it over the years.  Now it's pulled down and new housing is being built - could stick the old smell more than all the blooming dust, dirt and vermin coming from the building works now! :( :D
 
 
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: glenb on May 31, 2011, 06:07:40 PM
Nah, not mad at all. I don't miss it, but still remember if you can remember a smell of the entrys with the bins and overflow from them...
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Kateme on May 31, 2011, 06:30:55 PM
I miss the smell of coal dust sometimes.  :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Kathleen2 on May 31, 2011, 07:02:20 PM
Murray's tobacco factory on the corner of the Boyne Bridge. I can remember the smell coming out of there if they had the windows open. Don't think it's there anymore now.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: barry on May 31, 2011, 07:06:43 PM
I miss the smell of coal dust sometimes.  :smile:

Aye  Kateme,  like  the  black  spots on  your  hanky,  when  ya  blow  your
nose,  :swoon: :swoon: :swoon: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :air_kiss: :air_kiss:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on May 31, 2011, 07:13:56 PM

Aye  Kateme,  like  the  black  spots on  your  hanky,  when  ya  blow  your
nose,  :swoon: :swoon: :swoon: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :air_kiss: :air_kiss:
I know it's a different 'city' but can anyone remember the smell of the Burnhouse in Lisburn? On a still summers day  if the wind was in the right direction you could get a draw from it in Kelly's Cellars :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Kateme on May 31, 2011, 07:23:22 PM

Aye  Kateme,  like  the  black  spots on  your  hanky,  when  ya  blow  your
nose,  :swoon: :swoon: :swoon: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :girl_blum: :air_kiss: :air_kiss:
yeah, not to mention those lovely spots on your clean white cardigan going to mass.  :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Moonlight on June 05, 2011, 08:07:52 PM
Do you remember pubs always had a smell as you passed them, not smoke, it must have been the ould porter or guiness but you don't smell that anymore do you? :scratch_ones_head:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on June 05, 2011, 08:25:47 PM
Do you remember pubs always had a smell as you passed them, not smoke, it must have been the ould porter or guiness but you don't smell that anymore do you? :scratch_ones_head:
Thats because you don't pass them anymore  you are in them. :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Moonlight on June 05, 2011, 10:38:25 PM
Thats because you don't pass them anymore  you are in them. :D

I don't think so Tboy,  I haven't had a drink since Christmas.   One glass of wine a year is about my limit. :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: william bickerstaffe on June 06, 2011, 04:33:00 PM
what are you saving up for then
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on June 06, 2011, 07:20:58 PM
I don't think so Tboy,  I haven't had a drink since Christmas.   One glass of wine a year is about my limit. :D
drybread :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Moonlight on June 06, 2011, 10:06:34 PM
I am not on the wagon or an ex Alcoholic I just never acquired a taste for drink.  I wouldn't care if I never had it. I'd rather have a bar of chocolate. :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jmac on June 06, 2011, 10:25:32 PM
I know it's a different 'city' but can anyone remember the smell of the Burnhouse in Lisburn? On a still summers day  if the wind was in the right direction you could get a draw from it in Kelly's Cellars :smile:
I had to work in it as an outside contractor once or twice, the first time we went to the place there were ten of us & evrey one of us threw rings round us the minute we got out of our van. :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad:
The funny thing was, after about our third day in the place we hardly noticed the smell :smile: :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Astor on June 06, 2011, 10:32:27 PM
I'm going home to Belfast for a week end of June - I definately won't miss the smell of stale smoke in the pubs :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Kathleen2 on June 06, 2011, 11:57:28 PM
Do you remember pubs always had a smell as you passed them, not smoke, it must have been the ould porter or guiness but you don't smell that anymore do you? :scratch_ones_head:

Yes I certinaly remember that smell Moonlight not to mention having to side-step the vomit that some drunken patron had left there on his way home. Gross.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on June 07, 2011, 07:47:08 PM
I am not on the wagon or an ex Alcoholic I just never acquired a taste for drink.  I wouldn't care if I never had it. I'd rather have a bar of chocolate. :D
Moonlight would it be indelicate to ask what gender you are?  not that I'm fussy :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Moonlight on June 07, 2011, 08:01:31 PM
Moonlight would it be indelicate to ask what gender you are?  not that I'm fussy :smile:

I am a female Tboy :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on June 07, 2011, 08:08:33 PM
one of the smells i remember not i'm not sure if i miss it, is the smell of the meal coming off the boats at the docks and the smell of it on my daddys clothes.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on June 07, 2011, 08:25:55 PM
I am a female Tboy :D
Ahh yes quite, 'the chocolate'  mmmm do you object to moderate imbibers? :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Moonlight on June 07, 2011, 10:54:38 PM
Ahh yes quite, 'the chocolate'  mmmm do you object to moderate imbibers? :smile:

Not at all.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: zippy on June 08, 2011, 12:20:26 PM
Every time i open a bottle sauce it reminds me of when i was a kid walking to school past a hijacked lorry that contained thousands of bottles of brown sauce....they were smashed all over the road and stank for yonks after that!
 
Still love the stuff on my jockies whips and stew though!
 
 :good:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: chink on June 08, 2011, 05:14:48 PM
i rember that zippy
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on June 08, 2011, 07:45:03 PM
'jockies whips' ?   Moonlight we are dumbing down here :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: zippy on June 09, 2011, 10:28:43 AM
i rember that zippy

Hi Chink,
 
If it was the same lorry then it was outside St Vincents and St Finians schools on the road.
 
Tboy.....Jockies Whips = Chips
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: oilyrag on June 09, 2011, 01:37:33 PM
remember the smell of the auld gasworks ...phew. Pottingers entry waiting in a line of other kids outside the bookies , hoping daddy would win so he'd take us into Woolworths ,the smell of the guinness porter barrels outside the bars.....no wonder I grew into a raging alcoholic.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: chink on June 09, 2011, 02:55:09 PM
yes    i was on my way to ytp   the smell was everywhere
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: oilyrag on June 09, 2011, 04:24:43 PM
Gallagers feg factory along York St. The worse smell that made me puke was at the sorroco rope works , had to go in to recover some gear left behind by the sparkies , take the whif came from the sludge from the hemp fibres, boy that was someit else, naturally the folk that worked the spinners couldn't smell owt.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: apalachie on June 11, 2011, 07:35:19 PM
Went down to put an alarm system in one of the Silos in the docks, on entering the whiff would have knocked you for six as a boat was unloading. They gave us breathing gear that blew clean air across the masks.
On going back the next day with a different colleague I warned him about the stench he was about to endure but knock me down with a feather a different boat was unloading and the smell of citrus fruit was wafting throughout the place, you would have thought you were in a meadow full of orange trees.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Pennywhistle on June 18, 2011, 01:19:33 PM
I had to work in it as an outside contractor once or twice, the first time we went to the place there were ten of us & evrey one of us threw rings round us the minute we got out of our van. :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad:
The funny thing was, after about our third day in the place we hardly noticed the smell :smile: :D

Knew a fella once that went to "Burnhouse" for a job interview as a "Fitter".Before he got his coat off or showed his references,the foreman took him to a "pit" that was jam packed with dead livestock and such,including (he said) family pets from the various local vets.The "pit" was at the "front end of the rendering process" and the "protein" was forced into the system by a giant Archimedes "screw" thing that was driven by a really big chain.

Looking down into the pit,the foreman informed him that from time to time,the chain would jump off the drive crank and it would be his job to descend a ladder and wrestle the chain back onto the big sprocket.

Question was,could he do it?

Short answer was "No" and interview over!

The "honk" from the Lagan at low tide ,has gone since the weir was constructed beyond the Queen's Bridge and the black sludge is no longer visible at low tide.On occassion,whether it is a maintenance issue,the weir is lowered leaving the tidal banks exposed and the once familiar "rotten egg" smell fills the air once again.. :bad:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on June 20, 2011, 01:31:58 AM
My first job was above Sawyers fish shop in High Street.

They used to roast their own coffee.

The smell of over ripe fish and roasting coffee wafting up to our

open windows would have gagged a magot. :bad: :bad: :bad:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: barry on June 20, 2011, 09:01:26 PM
My first job was above Sawyers fish shop in High Street.

They used to roast their own coffee.

The smell of over ripe fish and roasting coffee wafting up to our

open windows would have gagged a magot. :bad: :bad: :bad:

Ahh,  that's  what  happened  to  ya   :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:    :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: BLOOMFIELD on June 21, 2011, 04:29:27 AM
Yea, you would know all about magots    :spiteful: :spiteful: :spiteful:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: oilyrag on June 21, 2011, 10:23:24 AM
I remember Sawyer's . I worked around in Queen's St and used to pass it daily , there was always hussell and bussell around this area probably due to the number of bars , but I used to always stop and  look in at their display of fish on the slab there was always something placed to shock the public some fish from away down from the depths with big eyes and teeth showing and a gub that could have swallowed a mellon.There was always a peculiar whiff coming from Sawyers didn't realise then that it was coffee. .can't say I knew much about coffee them days except it came in a bottle and was called CAMP ...yuke.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: oilyrag on June 21, 2011, 06:12:17 PM
The Sawyers I was on about used to be on the corner of Fountain and Castle St. Looks like its now a British Heart Foundation
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: chink on June 21, 2011, 06:15:54 PM
it is on the opposite side of the street   my friend  owns it now   very expensive
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: greyghost on June 29, 2011, 01:10:45 AM
I don't miss the smell of fish n chip shops, or some of the factories. I'll bet it's much better these days.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: buttercup on June 29, 2011, 12:19:36 PM
Don,t understand  why people don,t miss some off these smells , I loved walking the docks area and gallaghers the smell of tabacco although I was never a smoker, they just remind me of my childhood and happy days .!!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jemmy hope on June 30, 2011, 02:42:25 AM
The smell of the bleach works on Palmerson St is a smell not soon forgotten.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tboy on July 08, 2011, 10:20:35 PM
My first job was above Sawyers fish shop in High Street.

They used to roast their own coffee.

The smell of over ripe fish and roasting coffee wafting up to our

open windows would have gagged a magot. :bad: :bad: :bad: 
above sawyers ?  naw, probably facing sawyers in the tax office  magot :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: AL CAPONE on July 10, 2011, 10:13:15 AM
(http://www.acus.org/files/images/welcome.jpg) (http://)Welcome to the forum Northside Exile, hope you stick around and meet with all the great people on here.
 
There is nothing worse than the smell in Belfast City Centre on a hot day!!  The smell from the sewers would make you want to bok!  Though, having said that, I've not been in the Centre this long and many a day.
 
Where I live, I was only 9 years old when we moved here, we had a Brewery near us, and the first time we got the wiff from it, we all thought we'd have to move, but got used to it over the years.  Now it's pulled down and new housing is being built - could stick the old smell more than all the blooming dust, dirt and vermin coming from the building works now! :( :D

I know how you felt sally Ann, i went o St Marys and hated dandering up that hill, the smell was rank.  :smile:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: kate.o on September 27, 2011, 04:26:07 PM
we lived beside eliza st bakery .so its hard not to miss the lovely smell.and it was allways there.  
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dingaling on December 23, 2011, 10:19:08 PM
The smell of the Ormeau Bakery; the smell of Bells coffee being roasted;the smell of the Lagan when the tide was out.And what about the sound of the Glasgow boat or that deep,hoarse sound of the foghorn. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jmac on December 26, 2011, 10:50:25 PM
the smell that used to come from the Lagan when the tide went out :bad: :bad:
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: mmcgoverne on January 29, 2012, 09:38:34 PM
It's spooky coming across this thread - over Christmas I met up with two of my aunts, from different sides of the family, both from Belfast - one from Shore Road, the other from Newtownards Rd area and they both SEPARATELY said to me how much they miss the smell of Belfast; one said if it could be bottled she would snap it up! I must say I was a bit surprised, but I think that whatever the smell of your childhood or happy times is, it smells good. Maybe it's the sea breeze they're missing.... :)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Giannineo on January 29, 2012, 09:55:14 PM
the smell that used to come from the Lagan when the tide went out :bad: :bad:
powerful niff that was jmac,,,that and the Gasworks and the River Blackstaff smelled  like a kipper on heat...if you were  needing a Jimmy Riddle near the City Hall there used to be underground bogs in the middle of the road-you would take in enough breath to run down the stairs and splash and dash...just outside Belfast was Burnhouse corner where they processed oul dead horses into glue or something nasty... we would beg my father  not to drive past it if we were going out for a run in the car...it could be smelled for quite a distance around it--enough to give the hardiest of men the dry boke...stale beer from pubs-minging, and places which burned coke in boilers smelled like  f arts :bad: :bad: :bad: :bad: :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Sheila A on March 17, 2012, 04:37:29 AM
I miss the smell of the bakeries....fresh baked baps....my uncle jimmy's pipe..loved the smell of that....now the smell from the slaughter house... :o there is only one time in all the years that I have been away that I got a good whiff of home and that was in Providence Rhode Island.....smell of the docks and little Italy all rolled into one.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on March 18, 2012, 02:03:54 PM
  :-* THE ONLY BELFAST SMELL I MISS, ARE ME WEE X GIRLFRIENDS COLOGNES AND OF COURSE ,WAIT FOR IT,  LIFEBUOY SOAP.  :-*
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Giannineo on March 20, 2012, 11:31:56 PM
I miss the smell of the bakeries....fresh baked baps....my uncle jimmy's pipe..loved the smell of that....now the smell from the slaughter house... :o there is only one time in all the years that I have been away that I got a good whiff of home and that was in Providence Rhode Island.....smell of the docks and little Italy all rolled into one.
ach sheila, where have you been all my life?  :-**
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Sheila A on March 24, 2012, 08:53:56 PM
ach sheila, where have you been all my life?  :-**

Ach Mr. G man.....how's you? Hope all is well. ;) :-*
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Giannineo on March 24, 2012, 10:50:46 PM
Ach Mr. G man.....how's you? Hope all is well. ;) :-*
fine ta, all the better for seeing your cute wee bake on yir avatar...don't stay away so long  *
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on March 25, 2012, 01:57:17 PM
  what is an  eejitt, are they only in bellfast :-\
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Sheila A on March 25, 2012, 04:00:03 PM
fine ta, all the better for seeing your cute wee bake on yir avatar...don't stay away so long  *

ok Mr G...  *
Title: on the fringe
Post by: henry irwin on March 25, 2012, 04:15:55 PM
  ;)  just luv your donkey fringe. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Prontispilotlight on March 29, 2012, 06:37:49 PM
I grew up in Andytown and miss the smell of Donegal, that waft of warm air that catches the aroma of dried dead rabbit carcasses.  It's a sweet smell and i'm not the only one to appreciate it.  The stink of ye olde Belfast, the water course on the andytown road mid summer the blackwater and farset run offs kennedy way settling tank and general sewage works.  We're in a valley surrounded by rivers and streams, how do we show our appreciation? oh look a stream lets chuck a shopping trolley in it or better still a stolen car.   Give me Donegal any day.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on March 31, 2012, 04:06:46 PM
 donegal was fine till it became a bog for tourists. >:D
Title: try it
Post by: henry irwin on March 31, 2012, 04:18:21 PM
 what i miss most about drinking===nothing
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: kate.o on April 08, 2012, 12:16:07 PM
I still miss the smell of Eliza st bakery as we
lived for a time beside it.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on April 08, 2012, 12:43:49 PM
  :) i miss the smell of the monkey cages at bellvue, aye those were the days  :)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: homesick2 on April 29, 2012, 11:35:57 AM
there was a mill near Cumberland St or at least the smell of it. you breathed thru the sleeve of your cardigan til you got into your grannies
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on April 29, 2012, 05:00:21 PM
  :) a wee shop operated out of a house in donegall ave what an aroma,  :) i used to get my grannies brandy balls there. to this day i can still see  me  there breathing deeply .
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: pajamo46 on May 01, 2012, 06:16:15 AM
I also miss the smell of Belfast, Im thinking about the smell of freshly made breads coming from the many bakeries, but most of all I miss the smell of an Ulster Fry which we would have been lucky to get on weekends,either for breakfast, lunch or teatime.
 
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: whataboutya on July 10, 2012, 11:05:16 PM
Ach sure its hard ta whack . what about mc guiness  i mean the pint ya know  :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: edmor on July 10, 2012, 11:46:03 PM
  :) i miss the smell of the monkey cages at bellvue, aye those were the days  :)
   You moved ??          ::)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on July 13, 2012, 09:06:53 PM
I also miss the smell of Belfast, Im thinking about the smell of freshly made breads coming from the many bakeries, but most of all I miss the smell of an Ulster Fry which we would have been lucky to get on weekends,either for breakfast, lunch or teatime.
I have one when I am home but on a regular basis they are bad news for the oul heart...
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Lewis Monty on July 17, 2012, 06:51:05 PM
Abiding memory of Gallagher's on York Street it smelled of tobaco all around there.
Even the overalls of the Gallagher's girls reeked of tobaco.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: paulmag on November 20, 2012, 06:55:29 PM
I worked in Mackiies on the Springfield Road..Walking past Kennedy,s Bakery, the smell of Bread and Dough was Great..
This next one is not about smell, more so colour..I lived on Iveagh Street, as kids we used to play in the fields behind us bordering Celtic Park..The Blackie river ran between the Fields..It used to change colour all the time..One day green..next day a blue tinge..some days a light orange..and there where the area dogs, swimming in it and drinking it..No wonder why half the dogs in the area were either mad, or blind and mad..never stopped them chasing you though on your bike...
               Paul.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 12:15:16 AM
I worked in Mackiies on the Springfield Road..Walking past Kennedy,s Bakery, the smell of Bread and Dough was Great..
This next one is not about smell, more so colour..I lived on Iveagh Street, as kids we used to play in the fields behind us bordering Celtic Park..The Blackie river ran between the Fields..It used to change colour all the time..One day green..next day a blue tinge..some days a light orange..and there where the area dogs, swimming in it and drinking it..No wonder why half the dogs in the area were either mad, or blind and mad..never stopped them chasing you though on your bike...
               Paul.
I was across Willowbank Park across from you!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Bigali on November 21, 2012, 12:32:56 AM
I am not on the wagon or an ex Alcoholic I just never acquired a taste for drink.  I wouldn't care if I never had it. I'd rather have a bar of chocolate. :D

Jaze Moonlight, what do you take to get to sleep at night, tell me please  ???
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 12:44:41 AM

Jaze Moonlight, what do you take to get to sleep at night, tell me please  ???
technically speaking a person cannot be ex alcoholic. It is a great thing when people can enjoy themselves without boozing it up.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Bigali on November 21, 2012, 12:48:29 AM
technically speaking a person cannot be ex alcoholic. It is a great thing when people can enjoy themselves without boozing it up.

Aren't you great
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 12:51:32 AM

Aren't you great
not especially
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jmac on November 21, 2012, 01:15:37 AM
there was a mill near Cumberland St or at least the smell of it. you breathed thru the sleeve of your cardigan til you got into your grannies
Hi homesick, it was more than likely the whiff from Andrews flour mill, Northhumberland st. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 01:16:22 AM
I worked in Mackiies on the Springfield Road..Walking past Kennedy,s Bakery, the smell of Bread and Dough was Great..
This next one is not about smell, more so colour..I lived on Iveagh Street, as kids we used to play in the fields behind us bordering Celtic Park..The Blackie river ran between the Fields..It used to change colour all the time..One day green..next day a blue tinge..some days a light orange..and there where the area dogs, swimming in it and drinking it..No wonder why half the dogs in the area were either mad, or blind and mad..never stopped them chasing you though on your bike...
               Paul.
I helped deliver that bread. When you got a load of plain bread still warm  from the oven the smell was heavenly!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 01:17:18 AM
Hi homesick, it was more than likely the whiff from Andrews flour mill, Northhumberland st. ;)
was that right at where it met Divis street?
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jmac on November 21, 2012, 01:25:35 AM
was that right at where it met Divis street?
Yes Dommo  :)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 21, 2012, 01:32:07 AM
Yes Dommo  :)
I used to sit upstairs on the bus so I could look in there, this is back in tne 70s cos I'm a million years old and went there to school in the Jurassic period. When I tell my kids about pounds snd pence, typewriters and black and white T Vs with three channels they look at me like I am a caveman!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 25, 2012, 04:52:40 AM
A smell associated with my youth was the smell of the Midland Railway station.  It smelt of hot oil and coal and the sight of a train oiler was indeed the sight of a man who looked as if he had been working hard all day.  Belfast doesn't seem to have many smells today .  I think that they have all moved to China :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 25, 2012, 05:52:13 AM
A smell associated with my youth was the smell of the Midland Railway station.  It smelt of hot oil and coal and the sight of a train oiler was indeed the sight of a man who looked as if he had been working hard all day.  Belfast doesn't seem to have many smells today .  I think that they have all moved to China :D
I think you are right about industry. I was amazed when I was there this year to find out how many people are permanently unemplyed or have never worked. A friend of mine Who works in DSS told me they had 180,000 peope getting DLA or sone other form of assistance due to chronic unemployment. That is an amazing number ad suggests thousands of jobs have indeed vanished.
Some of the smells from them days were unhealthy lke lots of coal fires. I loved the smells inside the RVH, it smelled so clean!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: chesterroad on November 25, 2012, 06:15:23 AM
When I smell coffee beans being roasted it always reminds me of Liptons shop in Castle St,
Belfast.  The Belfast trolley buses also had a smell of their own.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 25, 2012, 09:33:18 AM
When I smell coffee beans being roasted it always reminds me of Liptons shop in Castle St,
Belfast.  The Belfast trolley buses also had a smell of their own.

Hello Chesterroad. .not quite sure what you mean. .but they were a very smooth ride if I remember correctly. .I can remember the smell of White's Milk Bar.  It smelt of all the flavours especially strawberry.  The most widespread smell was during Autumn when we had smog and everything smelt of burning coal. .and then there was Spring and the whole of the Cavehill smelt of Bluebells. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 25, 2012, 04:39:50 PM

Hello Chesterroad. .not quite sure what you mean. .but they were a very smooth ride if I remember correctly. .I can remember the smell of White's Milk Bar.  It smelt of all the flavours especially strawberry.  The most widespread smell was during Autumn when we had smog and everything smelt of burning coal. .and then there was Spring and the whole of the Cavehill smelt of Bluebells. ;)
you were lucky to hwve some nature, too often west Belfast smelled of burning vehicles and tear gas. Chipped smelled better then the god they sold tasted ad about 68 they installed a doughnut masking machine in a shop windy near the Beehive Bar. It smelled great, but the sight of the raw dough dumped into hot fat so put we off that I never ate doughnuts agsn. Horses had a great horsely smell. Evn in my day they were an anachronism.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: henry irwin on November 25, 2012, 04:42:37 PM
 aint that the truth. O0
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dot/dash on November 25, 2012, 11:14:15 PM
technically speaking a person cannot be ex alcoholic. It is a great thing when people can enjoy themselves without boozing it up.
some people enjoy boozing it up   :)     ...    others appear to enjoy themselves by being a know it all on the forum    :sarcastic:  .   ring any bells  ..   :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Bigali on November 25, 2012, 11:15:26 PM
some people enjoy boozing it up   :)     ...    others appear to enjoy themselves by being a know it all on the forum    :sarcastic:  .   ring any bells  ..   :D

 :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 26, 2012, 01:32:33 AM
you were lucky to hwve some nature, too often west Belfast smelled of burning vehicles and tear gas. Chipped smelled better then the god they sold tasted ad about 68 they installed a doughnut masking machine in a shop windy near the Beehive Bar. It smelled great, but the sight of the raw dough dumped into hot fat so put we off that I never ate doughnuts agsn. Horses had a great horsely smell. Evn in my day they were an anachronism.
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Dommo ..we wen to the Cavehill during our Summer Hols and if it wasn't a good Spring some Bluebells would still be on the hill but if we got to go about May time the smell was electrifying ....the smell almost got to your clothes.  This would have been about early 50's so mo tear gas yet. ;) ..but I KNOW what you mean
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 26, 2012, 01:36:58 AM
 I know! Belfast is in a very beautiful location, mountains, the coast, rivers etc. when I I visit I always drve up across the mountains north of Hannahston and the drumlins in county Down.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 26, 2012, 07:23:08 AM
I know! Belfast is in a very beautiful location, mountains, the coast, rivers etc. when I I visit I always drve up across the mountains north of Hannahston and the drumlins in county Down.

That's because you only know that way??? ;) ;)   Seriously ....I suppose that it is not surprising that when we visit we comtinue to go and travel places that remind us of our youth.   I tend to travel towards the NORTH and the Antrim Coast and Portrush and Ballycastle.  I worked for a time in Newcastle so it has an appeal to me. 
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 26, 2012, 07:25:07 AM
  If we could include Carrickfergus in Belfast ....the worst smell in recent times was a smell from a factory on the seafront near Courtaulds .  What was it :)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 26, 2012, 04:36:48 PM
  If we could include Carrickfergus in Belfast ....the worst smell in recent times was a smell from a factory on the seafront near Courtaulds .  What was it :)
What did they make. Carpets?
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on November 27, 2012, 04:02:42 AM
What did they make. Carpets?

No Dommo it was Kerpets ;)  .might have been Flaxalls but I don't know what they made.  The sea would change colour when they pumped dye into the sea. :o
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 27, 2012, 04:24:58 AM

No Dommo it was Kerpets ;)  .might have been Flaxalls but I don't know what they made.  The sea would change colour when they pumped dye into the sea. :o
Yuk. sounds awful!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Lilian Ashe on November 30, 2012, 07:00:08 PM
Yuk. sounds awful!
Can anyone remember Littlewoods in the City Centre. in the mid 1950's my Auntie Margaret used to take me in there. They had huge clear plastic pillars on the sweetie counter filled with Liquorice allsorts, jelly beans and other sweets. It smelt lovely and sweet and as they sold the sweets the level would drop in the pillars. She always treated me to something from the sweetie counter. :)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on November 30, 2012, 07:08:04 PM
hello Lilian, i remember Littlewoods well. My mum used to take me in there on a Saturday and we used to buy a big slab of madeira cake. :-*
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on November 30, 2012, 07:28:46 PM
hello Lilian, i remember Littlewoods well. My mum used to take me in there on a Saturday and we used to buy a big slab of madeira cake. :-*
I have not see that cake in years. We also had "tipsy cake"., Very daring!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on November 30, 2012, 07:33:26 PM
I have not see that cake in years. We also had "tipsy cake"., Very daring!
very :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: jmac on December 01, 2012, 01:33:57 AM
I miss the smell of the linen spinning & weaving mills that I lived beside & was employed in.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 01, 2012, 02:36:56 AM
I miss the smell of the linen spinning & weaving mills that I lived beside & was employed in.
I actually miss pipe smoke! No one in Cali smokes.my friends who was ex Indian/ british army used to smoke a pipe and it always reminds me of my youth!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on December 01, 2012, 11:23:12 AM
That's a good smell Dommo and the smell of the odd cigar. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 01, 2012, 02:10:06 PM
That's a good smell Dommo and the smell of the odd cigar. ;)
when I cross the border I can get Cuban cigars!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: btheboot on December 12, 2012, 12:45:32 AM
ok Mr G...  *
the world is full of them
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Bigali on December 12, 2012, 12:54:26 AM
the world is full of them

Jaze, you're quick on the uptake, that quote was made in March.  :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 12, 2012, 01:06:58 AM

Jaze, you're quick on the uptake, that quote was made in March.  :D
I will make a witty comment in April 2013
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on December 12, 2012, 07:26:53 AM
I will make a witty comment in April 2013

Dommo ..you're sharp. ;)

Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on December 12, 2012, 04:06:11 PM
I will make a witty comment in April 2013
oh dam it, you've spoiled the surprise :-*
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 12, 2012, 05:02:29 PM

Dommo ..you're sharp. ;)
I use a pencil sharpner on my head evey day.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on December 13, 2012, 12:58:29 AM
    One of the smells that I detested in Belfast was the smell of stale Guinness and that seems to have been eliminated ....possibly because the barrels are sealed. ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 13, 2012, 09:07:15 PM
oh dam it, you've spoiled the surprise :-*
No I'm actually planning on post it the day before!
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on December 13, 2012, 09:08:58 PM
No I'm actually planning on post it the day before!
shish!  ::) now that's a plan :D don't tell anyone though ;)
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 13, 2012, 09:09:54 PM
    One of the smells that I detested in Belfast was the smell of stale Guinness and that seems to have been eliminated ....possibly because the barrels are sealed. ;)
I never thought of that, but I have not smelled oul beer in decades. It was kinda sour...
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 13, 2012, 09:12:18 PM
Can anyone remember Littlewoods in the City Centre. in the mid 1950's my Auntie Margaret used to take me in there. They had huge clear plastic pillars on the sweetie counter filled with Liquorice allsorts, jelly beans and other sweets. It smelt lovely and sweet and as they sold the sweets the level would drop in the pillars. She always treated me to something from the sweetie counter. :)
Yes my buddy was WILD in love with a girl who worked there in the 70's Colette.
My sister used to work there and was confused when confronted with an even broader Belfast accent than ours.
" Wheres Blak Sacks?" was, she found out the hard way, actually an enquiry about hosiery....
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on December 13, 2012, 09:13:38 PM
shish!  ::) now that's a plan :D don't tell anyone though ;)
I have it on my calendar, allong with cleaning up I have to do not later than January 2009.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on December 13, 2012, 09:16:01 PM
I have it on my calendar, allong with cleaning up I have to do not later than January 2009.
:D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: redbrest on January 16, 2013, 06:54:39 PM
i miss the smell of the glass factory i think it was in divis st allso miss the smell of cs gas.just a joke.ex belfast now liveing in the us
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on January 16, 2013, 10:13:22 PM
i miss the smell of the glass factory i think it was in divis st allso miss the smell of cs gas.just a joke.ex belfast now liveing in the us
Ther was aglass factory in a street behind Queen street. I mis the rubber bullets too, they did not smell but they were fascinating.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tommytwotoes on March 12, 2013, 11:39:59 PM
i miss the smell an taste of dulice they dont know wot it is in england  :( rgds tommy
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on March 13, 2013, 01:47:48 AM
i miss the smell an taste of dulice they dont know wot it is in england  :( rgds tommy
no one n Cali believes they eat seaweed, the tight I was joking. I didn't even mention " yellow man" cos it sounds racist.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: belle on March 13, 2013, 04:55:36 PM
no one n Cali believes they eat seaweed, the tight I was joking. I didn't even mention " yellow man" cos it sounds racist.
:D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on March 13, 2013, 11:03:04 PM
no one n Cali believes they eat seaweed, the tight I was joking. I didn't even mention " yellow man" cos it sounds racist.

Does noone in California eat Sushi ;) ;)    Most fertilisers today seem to be seaweed based so it must be good.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on March 13, 2013, 11:13:15 PM

Does noone in California eat Sushi ;) ;)    Most fertilisers today seem to be seaweed based so it must be good.
Oh yes they sure do! Watashi wa Irarando Jin desu! But when I told them we et dried up seaweed out of a bag, they just looked at me like "yeah, right..."
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tommytwotoes on March 13, 2013, 11:54:35 PM
Oh yes they sure do! Watashi wa Irarando Jin desu! But when I told them we et dried up seaweed out of a bag, they just looked at me like "yeah, right..."
notin wrong wa bita dulice dommo great stuff id kill for bag dont do it in england   :(  tommy
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on March 14, 2013, 12:01:53 AM
notin wrong wa bita dulice dommo great stuff id kill for bag dont do it in england   :(  tommy
I miss it> I wa looking for it when I was over but didn't know where to get it.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: tommytwotoes on March 14, 2013, 12:20:52 AM
I miss it> I wa looking for it when I was over but didn't know where to get it.
you can still buy it in belfast dommo my mate brought me some back just after crimbo said must fruit an veg shops still do it rgds tommy
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: sj on March 14, 2013, 04:05:48 AM
  You can buy it Dommo on the Antrim coast road.      It usually comes in a beg with all the nutrient values and the number of kilojules on the side?? ;) ;)   otherwise it can be bought under the counter with Poteen. :D  and no health warnings.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on March 14, 2013, 05:03:27 AM
you can still buy it in belfast dommo my mate brought me some back just after crimbo said must fruit an veg shops still do it rgds tommy
ok good tip. I dd not know where it was sold so I was Like a ghost wandering about muttering dullus, dullus.. No wonder people think yanx are crazy.
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: mafsef on May 18, 2013, 04:33:49 PM
 :wild: Oh yes I do remember the smell (stink), never really noticed it on the ground but have vivid memories of it at three thousand feet over Belfast lough. Flying westerly from Newtownards (clean air) so the side ventilator was open - halfway across the lough the poisons began and they increased as the city neared; it was almost throw-up time. But that was way back in the distant past (1960ish), I wonder if it is any cleaner now.
Incidentally I haven't looked at this site for a couple of years so it's good to see that it's still thriving - must get back into the regular viewing habit even it means tearing myself away from Florida poolside sunshine.
 
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Dommo on May 18, 2013, 10:12:11 PM
:wild: Oh yes I do remember the smell (stink), never really noticed it on the ground but have vivid memories of it at three thousand feet over Belfast lough. Flying westerly from Newtownards (clean air) so the side ventilator was open - halfway across the lough the poisons began and they increased as the city neared; it was almost throw-up time. But that was way back in the distant past (1960ish), I wonder if it is any cleaner now.
Incidentally I haven't looked at this site for a couple of years so it's good to see that it's still thriving - must get back into the regular viewing habit even it means tearing myself away from Florida poolside sunshine.
Florida? Oh same ad califonia but with a million gators and 5000 crocs.  :D
Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Erniem on January 23, 2018, 06:15:24 AM
Hi
My recollection of Belfast aromas.
Walking with my mother along York st and the pungent aroma of Gallagher ciggy factory :skull: :whistle:  The smell of an Andrews feed lorry with half of Belfast’s pigeons riding on top, the stench still haunts me if I think hard enough’ huh the good old days.

Ernie McQuillan
Belfast born and bread as long as it was Ormo.
Title: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Marvinenack on February 17, 2019, 05:21:31 PM
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Title: Re: I Miss The Smell Of Belfast
Post by: Bigali on February 17, 2019, 05:58:06 PM
I love the smell of napalm in the morning  :buck2: