mick2me

Sign of Four Magic Emporium, Derby Rd

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Couple of things..Rog mentioned the bloke in the joke/ trick shop...yes he and the wife were weird!

He was tall with a white moustache. A cross between Christopher Lee and Michael Foot.

Marked cards- those looped chrome triangles things.fake fags.  electric shock hand shake device.

I asked him about his xray specs...were they better than the ones from Bazooza Joe?

He slipped a pair on my face which resembled two 'Virtigo Swirl ' albums.

Could see nothing i said.".and i can see thru'you" was his retort...no matter how many venues it moved too-never gave him my patronage.

 

Cliffs pic on jonabs post shows the bottom end of Derby Rd.

Under the Anchor Butter poster...

Barton boast parking and bus trips...was there a depot there...long before Mount St?

 

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33 minutes ago, IAN123. said:

Cliffs pic on jonabs post shows the bottom end of Derby Rd.

Under the Anchor Butter poster...  Barton boast parking and bus trips...was there a depot there...long before Mount St?

 

Seems to have been a petrol station, with posters on the wall. Note also the ".....Little John" restaurant on the left, which has been mentioned in another thread somewhere.

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Thanks Cliff!..i know i'm a bit of an anorak..but it's good to see things i never registered as a child..like the mock tudor building behind halls coaches..is the Playhouse? The Three Horse shoes was an irish haunt as was The Rose & Thistle across the road near the co op.

Many an actor/ performer must have nipped in sign of four for grease paint.

 

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Flashback..the guy in Sign of Four owned a Volvo P1800..remember him tazzing 'round with wigs/ props and pancake in that Saint car.

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Went there every Saturday without fail after getting usual bag of rainbow chalei as we called it, not sure if that's spelt right though, sherbot most people may call it  Tube of paste and a straw to blow up your own bubbles. Fake poo. Fake blood was brilliant.. So many old wooden draws we never knew what to buy.. Fly in ice cube, fly on sugar, nail in finger, fake scars, could go on forever.. I'm 54 and would gladly go in now.. Can't beat a good laugh.. 

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Do you remember the little books with saucy titles, and bound with something similar to baking foil. When it was left out on my desk, and the class creep opened it and got an electric shock, it was hilarious.

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9 hours ago, Maz1564 said:

Can't beat a good laugh.. 

 

Quote ot the year!!! thanks for the post Maz

 

Rog

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10 hours ago, Maz1564 said:

rainbow chalei

I think you mean Sherbet Kali Maz. Although it is a propriety brand name we called all sherbet 'Kali' much like ballpoint pens were called Biros.

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5 hours ago, Brew said:

I think you mean Sherbet Kali Maz. Although it is a propriety brand name we called all sherbet 'Kali' much like ballpoint pens were called Biros.

 

I remember sherbet as being like a white  fizzy powder that was in a sherbet dab/fountain or inside sherbet lemons.  Kali was bigger crystals and came in different colours which the shopkeeper put in a little paper cone.   We ate it by dipping our finger in then sucking it.   I remember the Kali stained your finger!

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I always understood it to be the same stuff except ones a powder. I may be wrong, it's over half a century since i last saw any...   :wacko:

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You're  right, Brew... I'm sure it is made of the same - or similar - ingredients.  The main difference I remember was that Kali had larger crystals and was available in bright colours.

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