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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Mr Bean » 06 Oct 2018, 21:26

Yes I forgot about the much sought after telephone directories and much better than that shiny non absorbent Izal stuff. :ok
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Re: Your Childhood

Postby MIN663CS » 07 Oct 2018, 09:08

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Re: Your Childhood

Postby silverbullet » 07 Oct 2018, 09:18

Christmas pudding anything from 2 to 10 years old
The coal lorry
The smell of creosote on a fence
White dog poo

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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 08 Oct 2018, 12:01

Farthing gobstoppers.
Digging ourselves out of the house in the 62-63 winter then walking to school through the drifts in our shorts. Then sitting in class waiting for your blue legs to resume their normal colour.
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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Mr Bean » 08 Oct 2018, 21:16

Collecting free tarry blocks for the fire when they replaced them all with Tarmacadam in the 50's. No wonder we had the London Smog. :roll:

(Fuel was normally coal or coke but many families in East London supplemented these with what was known as “Tarry blocks”. Roads in the area were originally constructed with a layer of wooden blocks heavily preserved with tar (bitumen) and creosote.)

Oh yes and swapping sides of the hearth with your siblings so as to get evenly heated chilblains and folding the tops of your wellies up and down to give your sore chapped areas a chance to heal.
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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Ian Hulley » 08 Oct 2018, 21:30

MIN663CS wrote: Airfix models and the little boxes of Airfix soldiers sold in Woolworth's


Most of my 1/32 scale Japanese Infantry are still holding out somewhere near the pond in my childhood home ... I dug them emplacements after seeing Hiroo Onoda in the paper .. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Onoda

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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Mr Bean » 10 Oct 2018, 17:32

About half a dozen families piling into the back of a Pantechnicon (furniture van) going to Kent for the annual hop picking holidays often leaving "the old man" at home to keep money coming in. For us kids such entertainment as diving off hay stacks into piles if straw, scrumping expeditions and having wars with kids from different "Manors" firing crab apples from willow sticks. If lucky you got to sleep on a straw filled palliasse.

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Re: Your Childhood

Postby silverbullet » 10 Oct 2018, 19:02

I must have been one of the last to experience the joy of going on summer Cub Camp to the south coast (probably Dorset) from Woking in the back of a removals lorry.
Chamberlain's were the local removals firm, all the kit went up against the bulkhead with the pack sat all over it and the leaders sat by the (half height!) drop tailboard.

This was around 1980 :O

You wouldn't get away with it these days...

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Re: Your Childhood

Postby Mr Bean » 11 Oct 2018, 14:35

School camp still goes on today but when our school camp ocurred at hindhead Surrey all those years ago a group of us were set upon by the school bullies who ensured that whatever ghastly stuff we encountered on the day trips would finish up in our beds when were retired for the night. Such things as red ants, crabs etc. plus we got blamed for all sort of things to the point that we were banned from the last night dance and confined to barracks (yes we were billeted in what appeared to be an old army barracks)
We had the last laugh though as a group of girl miscreants from a school in Germany (Die Girls von St Trinians :shock: ) found their way into our hut and much fun was had by all while the "good" students were under strict watch at the dance :D . A very educational experience on our part :wink:

Not sure if such chaos would be allowed today though :roll: . Althoug you never know...
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Re: Your Childhood

Postby lefty67 » 11 Oct 2018, 18:57

chips wrapped in newspaper.
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Re: Your Childhood

Postby R0B » 11 Oct 2018, 19:10

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