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One For The Old Farts Like Me . . .

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Sky, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Patrick

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    Yep one of the 'wet' fishmongers in the town used to sell live eels iirc they were kept in tank out the back and there was a notice up in the shop,'live eels for sale'. I should imagine that they may have come from the Thames perhaps as Maidenhead is right next to the River Thames.
    Where i lived in Maidenhead we had to corner shops one sold Corona soft drinks and the other R Whites and as you say you'd get iirc 2d back on the empty bottle.
    One of the local bakers had a bakery/cake shop and the actual bakehouse at the back of the shop backed on to the road where i lived and all the stale bread and cakes were kept at the back of the premises in containers for the pig man to pick up and use as one of the ingredients for his pigs swill that he fed to his pigs.
    Coal man use to deliver the coal on his flat bed lorry in 1cwt sacks i think it was no central heating in those days. I remember him with his black face looking like something out of the Black & White Minstrel Show and mum asking if he'd like a cup of tea before he went on his way
    You knew when it had been a very cold night in the winter if when you woke up in the morning there was ice on the inside of the windows.:)
     
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    Sorry Mike. Proper Bubble and Squeak was to use up what was left over from Sunday dinner. We never wasted anything. Yours is a posh version.
     
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    Mum used to chop and mix up all the left over vegetables from sunday dinner and heat them in the frying pan and make some mash spud to go with that and the cold meat,followed by a pud of some sort. No dinner was complete without a pud of some sort and usually home made such as spotted dick,blackberry or blackcurrent pie or a sponge pudding made in a basin with jam at the bottom and served with custard.
     
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    Us kids didn't need money, we had the mountains has a play grounds, streets has a playgrounds, and rivers streams dams has a playgrounds.
     
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    Traditionally just cabbage but later other "stuff" was chucked.
    Below is from Wikipedia. If I was served Bubble with carrots I'd go stupid.

    Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast made from boiled potatoes and cabbage. In modern times, it is a dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The main ingredients are potato and cabbage but carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, or any other leftover vegetables may be added. The chopped vegetables (and cold chopped meat if used) are fried in a pan together with mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. The dish is so named because the cabbage makes bubbling and squeaking sounds during the cooking process.[1] It is often served with cold meat from the Sunday roast and pickles or brown sauce or as an
     
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    In them days Oed the whole bloody world was a playground, if it weren't then we'd make it so.
     
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    We used to play in a old bus depot where they kept buses that were off the road for repairs etc.

    One day we decided were were going to build a helicopter out of the spare parts (we had imagination in those days).
     
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    Trevor, there was a garage just off the Old Kent Road. We got in and drove about in an old Austin A35 van in white, it weren't long when a wall hit the van. My old Uncle Ted let me drive his Austin A40 Farina and I wasn't twelve at that time I can still smell the interiors of the old cars. Lovely smell.

    The Austin A35 van.

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  9. Sky

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    Aha! I remember them well. We had its predecessor the A30 - it should have looked like this underneath all the rust and masking tape.

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    My stepfather used to curse having to crank it over by hand on a winter's morning. He was always scraping his knuckles. :laff:
     
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    Nice, they just don't have character these days, reliability yes, character no.
     
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    My Dad use to crank one of these Trevor to get to where he was hobbling. I cant understand why he never earned any money:shrug:

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    I bet you filled it with Esso Bule (dum dum dum dum... Esso Blue)
     
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    There are no young'ns here. we are all old :eek:.. Well apart from @mikeyhall1 who just looks old ;)
     
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    Collecting that stuff from the garage was always my job back in '72/'73. It was when we had fuel rationing, power cuts and striking bin men.

    Where the electricity was out so much, we used to use a paraffin heater for cooking and kettle boiling as well as heating. It would take forever and was effectively a slow-cooker so mum made loads of stews and casseroles. I couldn't face a stew or casserole for years afterwards as I was sick of them.

    Still, all these years later I still make mine the same way she made hers (without the paraffin heater). :)
     
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    I guess that was the start of your aspirations to fly
     
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    You could be right - it's been a lifelong passion ever since. :rolleyes:
     
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  17. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Next video please

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    Speaking of imagination, I used to go down to the local tip, bring back old prams or pushchairs, saw the wheels and axels off and make these...

    Trolley.jpg

    Some people call them carts or go-carts, but in my neck of the woods they were known as a trolley. :thumb:
     
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    Yes Mike, those were the days when you first drove:D

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    That's Ray out front with the flag OED :p
     
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    That and the pink stuff Aladdin, couldn't tell the difference.
     
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