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One For The Old Farts Like Me . . .

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

  1. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    I made many trollies as a youngster. For one of them, I used chipboard for the main member. The first time I dropped down a kerb it snapped in half and I ended up sitting in the gutter whilst the front wheels shot across the road. :eek: :oops:
     
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    A steerie they were called ,many manny hours happily going down the nearst hill ,no money but we had plenty of time,great days they were,mike
     
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  3. Sky

    Sky Top Poster

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    One of my favourite sweet treats was liquorice wood - I've not had that since the sixties.

    Pomegranates were my favourite fruit - don't see them so often now either.
     
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    Go carts were great fun for all of five minutes growing up in the Fens :(
     
  5. Sky

    Sky Top Poster

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    Oh no! That's terrible. I'd have found a way to get towed somehow (or fitted a motor). Bus engine maybe? ;)

    Going up hills was a real PITA, but going down - yeehah!
     
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    Old Joe Carrington, the farmer next to us, used to have a donkey that his kids would walk about the village from time to time and my eldest brother lassoed it one day to get a tow ... it went from being very placid and mild mannered to a crazed beast in a nanosecond and my brother had the ride of his life until he ended up in the drain at the bottom of the lane. Bloody hilarious and still bought up at family gatherings after a few sherbets :up::D
     
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    carnivore Industious Member

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    I can relate to so much of this thread. Crittall windows were an abomination and the glass cracked in the winter, perhaps due to the additional heat from our paraffin heater in the living room. We'd never heard of carbon monoxide poisoning then. All we worried about was the drip, drip, drip of condensation from the windows and the fact that the damp lifted the wallpaper. Quick trips to the unheated loo; damn, that seat was cold and worse for Mum. Well-fed on plenty of 'stodge' that filled where it didn't fatten.
    Ah, the good old days!
     
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  8. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    Until you met a bend in the road at 25mph. You were definitely going to be dismounted (usually sideways) at that point. :eek:
     
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  9. Sky

    Sky Top Poster

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    :laff::claping::rofl:
     
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    Done them too but our favourite was some huge dirt hills at Rolls Road (rubble left over from 2ns World War), we climbed up with purloined corrugated iron sheets, we bent it all up to offer some kind of safety and slid down the two hills. How the bloody hell we didn't break our necks I just don't know. Copped some unfortunate ones from mum & dad as we completely boogered up our clothes and shoes. Health & safety did not exist back then or political correctness.
     
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  11. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    I remember having one of these to heat our front room. The good old Calor Gas Super Ser. After about 15 minutes on full burn a thick, blue haze would fill the entire room and your eyes would be watering and, if there was a smoker in the room - which there always was in those days - it became an absolute smog. :eek:

    Carbon monoxide? What's that then? :rolleyes:


    Super Ser.jpg
     
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  12. Sky

    Sky Top Poster

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    One of my hairiest slides on a tin Mike was in a chalk pit. We got the side of an old oven or fridge (can't remember which), bashed it into a sledge type shape with an upturned front and then took turns riding it down a fifty foot chalk face onto the road below.

    Trouble is one of our group was bigger than the rest of us and the road we were stopping on didn't stop him - he skidded right across it and down another bank into the deep water at the bottom. Luckily he could swim - none of the rest of our group at that time could. :facepalm:
     
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    Cor blimey!

    You lot are so old.... I bet you saw in black and white!

    Or should it be see?
     
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    I use to play doctors and nurses in the fe(r)ns That hurts:)
     
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    Sky Top Poster

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    Now that was one of my favourite games. :D

    Kiss chase wasn't bad either. :rolleyes:
     
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    :D

    Oddly enough I spent quite a bit of time at the hospital in Gorleston today with my old mum getting some spinal injections done. Sat around people watching while she was being treated and saw some very fit nurses who I wouldn't have minded playing hide the sausage with :)
     
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  17. Readie

    Readie Grumpy Old Fart

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    No heating except a two bar electric fire in the sitting room.

    The council house was old and went with my dads job with the local highways agency, “roads” I think it was then.

    The bathroom was an add on, a single skinned brick lean to.

    So much mould and condensation my dad put up polystyrene tiles to keep the condensation at bay.

    All it meant was it was impossible to wipe the mould off.

    I laugh when I see on the news these young girl chavs with three kids by different fathers moaning about the state of their free accommodation is against their “human rights”.

    We would have loved what they have for nothing....
     
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    Give your Mam a hug from oed , and tell her he says, all the best with what your going through.
     
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    Sky Top Poster

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    'I am more important than the sun - the planet and its people revolve around me. ME I TELL YOU!' :facepalm:
     
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    Cheers and will do ... she's been in chronic pain and effectively wheelchair bound for the past year and it's been a real fight to get to where we went today. Frontline medical staff have been faultless, but her GP and some of the faceless pen pushers have been horrendous and I will be making a formal complaint over the next few days regarding their attitude towards pain management and treatment of elderly patients ... at one point it was looking like surgery was the only option and one 'specialist' told her to her face (and in my presence) that the NHS would not operate because she would most likely die on the table :handjob:
     
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