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Sat 5-Feb-11
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JoannaS
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Cor goes a bit further back than me, I just about remember the change over to the new money as we were taught in school using the new fangled ones. I was 7 when it changed. We still have a van around here too, but usually just selling potatoes but there is another one that goes to the more outlying flats and homes with more stuff on them. Our milkman back in England would deliver a sack of potatoes if asked from his own fields that was about 8 years ago.

I do remember our first house was £13,500 back in 1983, it sold for £23,000 in 1988 and now they are over £120,000 which doesn't seem right really.

Mars bars seem to have shrunk since we left the UK and they are fluffy now and not a really good chew, more like mily ways than mars bars. Bleh!thumbs_down

Sat 5-Feb-11
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Joanna, it sounds like you are getting a different version of the mars bar, not the the chewy bar we get here.

The wikipedia page tries to explain the difference between the UK and USA versions but reading this:

Mars (also Mars bar) is a chocolate bar manufactured by Mars, Inc. It was first manufactured in Slough, Berkshire in the United Kingdom in 1932 as a sweeter version of the American Milky Way bar which Mars, Inc. produced in the USA (not to be confused with the European version of Milky Way, which is a different confection and similar to the US 3 Musketeers).

made my head hurt so I had to give up what_the_heck. I remember reading somewhere that our milky way was like their mars or vice versa.

I'm probably not old enough to join this thread, being born after new money came in. At least I did 'O' levels though, not these GCSE thingies which kids do these days. Things I remember from my childhood include: the corona pop van, jelly babies (I think) being 3 for 1p, digital watches first appearing (the ones where you had to press a button to find the time and the display lit up red), 3 channels on the tv. Someone in work has the theme from The Littlest Hobo as her mobile ring tone and we chatted about old telly programmes for a while.

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Sat 5-Feb-11
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I remember decimalisation, as we had the shop, we had to helpmum re-mark up everything in the shop to decimal on the sunday changeover (I think it was a sunday anyway)

ooh tiger nuts, yes I remember them and ice pops that were 1p, cream soda and american soda (powder, not pop). Was never a big fan of choc bars like mars and marathon, but liked sweet tobacco (some sort of coconut thing) - and I know I'm not dreaming this, but no one else seems to remember it, you used to be able to get chocolate bars that were like a box of chocs in a bar, something like milk tray bars or something. Ooh and a bar that was like frys chocolate cream, but each chunk was a fruity flavour, lime, orange, strawberry and such.

Enough on sweets, I remember I was the test pilot for all my brothers go carts, which never had any brakes, and due to that I spent most of my junior years with parafin gauze patches on my knees. - which then had to be soaked off inder the running tap in the bath.

I remember my little brother hammering in cricket stumps with an axe and sticking it in the top of his head - went running in to the shop with blood pouring everywhere.

And for some reason only known to my mother, whenever I was to be dressed smart (I was a tomboy) - it was always in PINK!

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Sat 5-Feb-11
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Terrier said:

 I know I'm not dreaming this, but no one else seems to remember it, you used to be able to get chocolate bars that were like a box of chocs in a bar, something like milk tray bars or something. Ooh and a bar that was like frys chocolate cream, but each chunk was a fruity flavour, lime, orange, strawberry and such.


 

Yep I remember both of those, you're not dreaming.

 

ETA add: lookee here http://www.cadbury.co.uk/ourproducts/yesterday/Pag.....erday.aspx

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Sat 5-Feb-11
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Gosh - what a blast from the past on there...Old Jamaica, that's back, I have several bars in the secret cupboard...I think it was brought back into production a year so ago. might have to go and eat some of it now that you've reminded me. Night all

Sun 6-Feb-11
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Maybe Bob, I thought it was a mars bar we bought in the UK, but one of those reduced fat thingys flaming_norabut not sure now, it could have been Australia or Dubai. whistle

 

 

Sun 6-Feb-11
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I never sat the Certificate Secondary Education, GCSE then A & O levels, mother had enough of trying to get me to school so at 15 I was sent off to the workhouse as an apprentice weldercry well the oil tank factory up the road.

Back to school days though, I remember we had a posh family living in a big house, the father was  Mr Bolton of  Bolton " Hawker educational films (those films showing volcano's erupting and topless African ladies dancing were shown in schools before the arrival of video).

When the snow arrived, his family would don their ski clobber and take their top of the range toboggans amongst us poor peasants blessed with our home made sledges. They were king of the run until the day I discovered that a fisons fertilizer bag on compacted snow was the ferrari of the slopes and left them standing, then everybody got a bag and we never saw the posh sledges again.
Years later I passed the bag trick on to my own kids, and once again history repeated itself

The in thing in the summer was the track bike, over to the dump to find old bike bits to build your own bike,(The local garage did a roaring trade in cow horn handlebars and nobbly tyres) then the fun began, the abandoned sand quarry soon became a scramble track with only the bravest daring to ride down the awesome "snake pit". Then one day a sliding wheel unearthed a wartime ARP helmet, a bit of feverish digging revealed a cache of them, plus Civil Defence uniforms. The town was transformed into platoons boys & girls all dressed as wardens.

We could certainly give today's playstation brigade a run for their money in the DIY fun stakes.

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 wave  Wonderful stories as usual  Bob. I had a quarry to play in too.  Climbing up and down, making trails was great fun.  We never found the treasure that you did though.  But we played in the woods,  fished in the burn, picked flowers in the meadows,   built fires - mostly safely - baked tatties and spent hours away from home without causing any concern.   Never would happen today!

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Sun 6-Feb-11
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I have memories of using mum's sweeping brush on the pavements so that we could have fun on roller skates and also using the waxed bread wrappers on the local 'rec' slides so that we would come down like rockets....I have a photograph of me being the only girl in the 'rec' football team.........and boiling up cocoa on a fire, filling a bottle with it and lobbing it into the brook and the bottle exploding.  And my fire can that I hung on the shed and almost set fire to it....and my pet rabbit that went into the pot and I was supposed to eat itconfused  poor Smokey.frown 

We also used to dam the brook, swim in it when the days were long and sunny.  I also helped  workmen build a housing estate at the end of our 'cul-de-sac'.  They even made me rubber finger protectors and I got to manage six bricks at a time and load the hods. 

And all my dad ever wanted was a boy and look what he got....though he did tell me that he was proud of me....but it was just before he died at 79!!!!   rose  Pity it wasn't sooner.  I think it's left me with this urge to keep pushing myself just to see how far I can really go.....whistle

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Did I mention the unexploded bomb we used to jump up and down on, just beside the bonfire patch?

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Toffeeapple said:

I'm loving all this reminiscence!  BS picture of Tiger Nuts here, I used to love them, probably still do but you don't see them in the shops as frequently now.

I'm remembering the milk-man brought great churns of milk on his horse and cart and we kept our milk in jugs.  The Corona lorry with it's triangular appearance and the Rag and Bone man with his horse and cart.  The grocery shop sold broken biscuits more cheaply that whole ones and they were all on display in open boxes, the bacon was sliced on a big red slicer and tea was loose unless you wanted posh tea.  Home and Colonial store was lower down the hill in the town as was the Maypole, the Pork Butcher, and the Green Grocer.  Ah, such memories!


 

Broken biscuits - now there's a thing! I worked in Woolworth's for my Saturday job, and I was on the broken biscuit counter!! ok

Then I was 'promoted' to the grocery 'aisle' - not so much an aisle but all along one wall; customers had baskets which they filled and brought along to me, and, using one of those old cash tills, I had to add up their purchases in my head, and they would pay for their goods. steam

Absolutely amazing that a 16-year-old was entrusted to do the adding up! eeek 

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KateUK said:

Did I mention the unexploded bomb we used to jump up and down on, just beside the bonfire patch?


wave  Eh, no Kate.  monster  Would you care to elaborate?

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Yes tell more..unexploded bomb?

Sun 6-Feb-11
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Er, yes, an unexploded bomb.

At the end of our garden was rather fetching super-shed cum little house that had housed the previous owner's train set layout. Behind this was quite a large area of fairly rough ground featuring  a large ridge upon which we had the large compost heap.One Spring my Father decided to completely remove the compost heap and level out the ground.He removerd the compost and had a bonfire on the ridge of all the tough twiggy bits that hadn't composted and various other rubbish.We children jumped on and off the ridge and as the ground sloped nicely away from it it was quite fun.We also ran along the ridge and jumped around on it.My Father carried on removing soil from the ridge...then he hit metal and we all got VERY excited at the thought of buried treasure and we all joined in with our little spades...until we realised it wasn't a pirate chest as it was ROUND and not a box shape, but a TUBE....it was then that my father threw water on the fire,ordered us back into the house and phoned the police....the army came and took it away in a wheelbarrow ( once they had rendered it harmless).Absolutely brilliant.What more could a 7 year-old ask for?

It was almost as excellent as the stuffed crocodile head we found in the shed when we moved in which used to move around from the pond to the outside loo seemingly all on its own,until it got a bit too damp and started to go off.The dustmen were thrilled with it and drove off with it in the passenger seat of the lorry,propped up so it was leering toothily through the window.We had entertaining dustmen who used to dress up for Christmas- I still recall one wearing an ancient dress tail coat with hydrogen balloons holding the tails up....

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Just seen in the paper that yesterday was the 59th aniversary of the death of GeorgeVI , was doing 'Music & Movement' when it was announced . After the funeral went with Mother ,on bikes, to Windsor 7 miles and queuded for ages to see the wreaths . Got my own back when I picked her up to stand for ages to pay respects as the Queen Mothers coffin drove past.

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