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Remember it all, wouldn't like to go back to it, but it was normal then so we thought no more about it and just got on with living. National assistance I didn't know about it , the only thing I knew about being poor and I hated it was having to line up in a different queue because I was "Free Dinners" at school.

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For those seeking an alternative to politics......... Long Row in 1970. The top of Maid Marian Way, the rear of the old ABC cinema just visible on the right. St Peter's Square

I go on a gardening web site where at the moment they are on about Pugh-Ernly- Whippingstool and his programme to try and stop child obesity.   They didn't think much to my comments of feed

Met Mrs PP there.....remember her skipping off the floor after a dance and I thought, hey! she's something special. Could not believe my luck when she asked me to dance for the ladies excuse me. She s

28 minutes ago, trogg said:

Remember it all, wouldn't like to go back to it, but it was normal then so we thought no more about it and just got on with living. National assistance I didn't know about it , the only thing I knew about being poor and I hated it was having to line up in a different queue because I was "Free Dinners" at school.

With a big cross & FREE printed on the dinner ticket !

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I didn’t get free school dinners (my husband did in Surrey though) but there were times when Mum just didn’t have the 5/- to give me on a Monday morning. I still had to queue up at the school secretary’s office and tell her that I’d ‘forgotten’ it.  That woman was a dragon with long red-painted nails who made me and others who hadn’t got the money feel very small.  

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Nowt hard about it , just plain old hungry, I knew plenty more in the same boat it was just normal , you got on with life, that's why I struggle to understand people who whinge and moan about the most silly little things.

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What about red label marge from the Co-op and bread and dripping 

 

I liked Haddock in milk and now pay a fortune for Smoked Haddock at a restaurant 

 

Toast and dripping with loads of pepper, a feast fit for a king, no good for my cholesterol but there must be some enjoyment in life.

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Whenever I arrive back in the UK the first thing I eat is a 3 pack of Crunchies and when i leave I smuggle back custard powder, mint sauce and a couple of big bottles of Daddies Sauce. I can’t eat a fried breakfast without Daddies Sauce. 

My jobs on a Sunday morning used to be to chop sticks for firelighters and then pick the mint from the garden, chop it up, mix it with vinegar and then add salt and pepper. 

 

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I go on a gardening web site where at the moment they are on about Pugh-Ernly- Whippingstool and his programme to try and stop child obesity.

 

They didn't think much to my comments of feed em bread and lard plenty of salt on top, lard to be replaced by beef dripping on good days, for sweets bread and marge topped with sugar. Then make em walk to school, compulsory PT and games at school. No computer, one hour TV and out to play with friends physical play that is not smart phones and watch the weight drop of them.

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Last time I was around the Ainsley Estate, which was probably 10 years ago (the local estate chip shop had closed ages before). I was searching for decent food and ended up at a chippie opposite the old Capitol Cinema on Bobbers Mill. It was run as both a Fish and Chip shop and a Chinese Take Away. The cod and chips with mushy peas were great. The wife, who knows no better, being from London, had pie and chips with curry sauce and still talks about it today. We then went up to the Whitemoor and finished off with a few pints (wife had a shandy) - yum yum yum

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Unbelievable Catfan!

It changed into a Bingo Hall and before that, when it was a cinema we used to sneak in the see horror and X films (sneaking was just walking in and paying full price). Then on the way home walking past Players and over New Bridge in the dark scaring the living rhubarb out of each other. Later with girls in the back row! 

Oh such innocents we were 

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Where do you live now?

 

When I quit the Merchant Navy I joined Courtaulds and worked for their paint company, International Paint. After a 5 year stint in London I worked in Yugoslavia, Kuwait, Dubai, New York, Houston, London and Houston then quit to do my own thing and did Little Rock and now Memphis. My Brother left to live in France, but I have some very good friends that i have known all my life still in the area and some relatives. So we go back every year or so. So in truth not counting my time at sea I’ve been gone   43 years (bledy old).

Change the subject they started selling tubs of Maltesers last summer see how may I got - didn’t last long

 

 

Maltesers.rtf

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30 minutes ago, IAN123. said:

Still love bikes Roger..not ridden for 11 years though.

Went from a Garelli to a Guzzi.

Loved the old bikers..Ditch was my fave.

Funny that - Mick Grant was mine - I've still got an old Z1000 Kwak.

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Re. the Empire pic. I remember sheltering under that glass awning during a violent storm, mid '60's. Very large hailstones crashing down which broke some of the glass and cut my head.

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I can’t remember the names of the streets but my Grandma lived in a genuine 2 up 2 down with a outside toilet, a common paved yard in the back and a tin bath hanging on a nail on the back wall. There was a beer off on the corner that sold draft beer. Her luxury was to have a 2 pint water jug filled every night 

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Met Mrs PP there.....remember her skipping off the floor after a dance and I thought, hey! she's something special. Could not believe my luck when she asked me to dance for the ladies excuse me. She still maintains that she was heading for my mate but he dodged behind a pillar, so she had to ask me, to keep face. My mate was to become our best man a year later :biggrin:

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12 minutes ago, IAN123. said:

Thats john hollands Roger..a relation of mine.

 

I know Albert Holland to speak to, and a few other members of the family when I'm on the grounds, usually at pull-on or build up. - I'm a funfair enthusiast - always have been since my first memorable visit to Goose Fair in 1958 !!

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