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- All the girls had ugly gym slips

- It took five minutes for the TV to warm up

- Nearly everyone’s Mum was home when the kids got
home from school

- Nobody owned a purebred dog

- You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

- Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces

- All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had
their hair done every day and wore high heels

- You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and
petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time..

- It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

- They threatened to keep children back a year if they
failed the school year. . . And they did!

- When a Ford Zephyr was everyone’s dream car…
And people went steady

- No one ever asked where the car keys were because
they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the
doors were never locked

- Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was
cause for giggles?

- Playing cricket with no adults to help the children
with the rules of the game

- Bottles came from the corner shop without safety
caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried
to poison a perfect stranger

- And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once,
you could slip back in time and savour the slower
pace, and share it with the children of today?

- When being sent to the headmasters office was
nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at

- Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t
because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our
parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than
the threat.

- As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket,
Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating
lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.

- Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yes, I
remember that’?

- I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

- Send this on to someone who can still remember the
Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko

How Many Of These Do You Remember?

- Coca Cola in bottles.

- Blackjacks and bubble gums.

- Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

- Hi-Fis & 45 RPM records.

- 78 RPM records!

- Adding Machines.

- Scalextric.

Do You Remember a Time When..

- Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

- It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’?

- The worst thing you could catch from the opposite
sex was ‘chickenpox’?

- Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with
a slingshot ?

- ‘War’ was a card game?

- Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike
into a motorcycle?

- Taking drugs meant orange – flavoured chewable

- Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived DURING A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘Grown-Up’ Life.

Double Dare You!
— Tony Golds

I don’t remember all of these, but I agree with the sentiment – “If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived DURING A GOOD TIME!!!!!!!”

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Yes, remember it well, playng in the woods all day, climbing trees, and making tree houses, with bracken for a roof. Happy days.

24 Jan, 2013


I remember them all to :o)) and many more.
Who remembers jublies, and filling the empty carton with water, and using it as a water bomb ? ... once someone (not me because I was very meek) aimed it at a teacher, and got put into detention :o)

And black-and-white tv ... and walking to the village because most people didn't have cars.

And playing down the canal bank all afternoon, catching pilks in jam jars :o)

And learning a verse from the Bible every month for the childrens' service in the chapel ... and the Sunday school trip :O lol

And going on the ferry because the Severn bridge had not been built and motorways not invented ...

Oh dear I could go on and on lol :o)))
What a wonderful blog :o)

24 Jan, 2013


I can remember living in a house with gas lights that made a fluffing noise if the little mantle was wearing out, going along the road to collect water from the pump as there wasn`t any in the house, having a wooden box for the loo, which a man came every Monday and emptied out of a tank that was positioned away from the outhouse,( hiding away because the smell was horrible), going with my dad to exchange the thing that worked the radio, think it was called an accumulator, windup gramophone with huge records that usually had a label with a dog on them," His Masters Voice" comes to mind, now they were funny because if not wound up enough the music slowed down, lol, the first television I ever saw was at my nan and grandads, it was a floor standing one with a huge speaker under the little screen, highly polished wood, the screen was very small and sunken, the picture in those days was more sepia than black and white, I can remember sitting on the floor on a Sunday teatime watching Muffin the Mule, Boxing day and special Sundays were the only times we as children were ever allowed into Nanna`s sitting room and woe betide anyone who touched anything....
The first car I ever went in belonged to my Uncle, it had running boards, the doors opened backwards and the indicators shot out of the sides above the doors and were like little wings...
In those days if you had a dog it slept outside in a kennel and the cat always lived outside as well...

24 Jan, 2013


Oh I must be old !! I remember them all plus Hywel,s Sunday school trip the Whitsunday march and tea after and the dogs that were not pure bred I cannot believe what a dog costs today , but my goodness they were good times and they set as in good stead for the future ,my grand kids cannot believe I only bathed once a week in a tin bath in front of the fire ,and had to wash outside in what we called a bosh it was a white stone sink ( very sort after today ) and my dad put a sheet of zinc over it as a roof -:) we were 5 girls & 1 boy but my mother made sure we had clean socks every day and a ribbon in my hair that had been ironed with a black lead iron heated on the fire side I could go on and on but the memoirs are wonderful .

24 Jan, 2013


All the memories come back don`t they, lol, daughter has the tin bath that we were bathed in as children, she begged her grandad to give it to her, our old flat iron became a doorstop when we moved into our house with electricity and a bathroom, April 1951....

24 Jan, 2013


I'm having loads of memories flooding back now lol :D ... It would take ages to write them all out !

24 Jan, 2013


What are pilks Hywel? Are they what we used to call tiddlers, which i think were sticklebacks?

24 Jan, 2013


They are small fish that used to live in the canal :o)
Never heard of tiddlers ... but they could be the same thing I suppose.

24 Jan, 2013


Oh! The memories! Sooooo glad I lived IN THE GOOD TIMES! Kids today don't know they're born! My eldest daughter once paid me what I consider the greatest compliment .. she said "I'm bringing up my children just the way you brought us up, Mum." She's always taking them for walks - allowing them to get wet and muddy or covered in snow; teaches them about wild animals, birds and plants; lets them make a terrible mess while attempting to make something edible for tea; makes Christmas decorations with them using pine cones, twigs, bits of Christmas trees that have fallen off the ones for sale and have landed on the ground; fishing in a local lake with nets and jam jars; blackberry picking and the subsequent jam; picnics on rainy days on a tablecloth on the floor having walked all over the house to get there; trips to London to enjoy the Commonwealth Centre, The Natural History Museum, The Museum of Childhood, The London Museum, then sandwiches and ice cream in St James's Park, "count the ducks"; dancing along the path to the Band of The Irish Guards playing in a park bandstand and not caring who's watching! It's the innocence that's been lost along the years! But we'll always have our memories. :o))))))))))))))))

25 Jan, 2013


Tiddlers......those were the days.......

I too remember all the above and more......

I truly think those of us born after the war and at the beginning of the '50s have been a lucky generation
We lived through so many changes but who would have thought that we would still be singing along to the beatles.....and remembering all the words!
I watched the big freeze programme, one thing stood out, a woman walking through the snow in court shoes and a skirt....they had never worn trousers in my experience, I live in blue jeans, have all my life and cannot imagine not, nor can I imagine my mum in them!

25 Jan, 2013


Cleggy or Compo Snoopy? :0)))

Happy days.......

25 Jan, 2013


But I bet none of you would want to go back to those days. Were they really 'happy' or do we just remember the nice bits (which I think were actually few and far between).

I think my grandparents used to say that we didn't know we were born ... and their grandparents probably said the same about them.

I can remember also, lots of unhappy memories, but I like to think mostly of the (relatively) 'happy' times :o)

25 Jan, 2013


Nariz,your daughter must be my daughter,s twin lol she has 3 boys and they are brilliant at getting muddy ,wet, and making a general mess but my daughter just take,s it all in her stride with such patience,s ! Of forgot Dan the dog lol we called the little fish tiddler,s here in South Wales and I make welsh cakes and piklets (drop scone,s ) on my mother,s old bake stone in batch,s of 50 for when my grand kids go off camping .

25 Jan, 2013


Back to the days when the washing had to be done by hand and then had to be put through the big mangle and this time of the year it took ages to get it dry, the house felt damp as it was drying indoors, having to clean the grate before you could lay a new fire after first chopping the sticks to get it started, the rest of the house was cold except the room where the fire was lit, an extra cover on the bed for days like we are having now used to be an old coat. Keeping candles on standby in case the electric went off, often happened in those days, mind you us kids liked that.
Definitely NOT Hywel I like just being able to push a button and have all my house warm, sitting in a chair whilst the washer does the work,not having to cart huge rugs outside to give them a good brushing, windows I can see out of without scraping away the ice..
Pam I can remember and sing David Whitfield songs, lol..........

25 Jan, 2013


Thanks everyone, it's been great reading about all your memories.

I work in a children's nursery and some of the parents complain if their child gets so much as a speck of paint on them. If a child gets so much as a small scratch all hell can break loose. But I say you haven't lived properly without some kind of childhood battle scars that you can brag about in adult life! lol. And don't get me started on all the Health and Safety procedures we have to follow now!!!

I just wonder what the children of today will be able to reminisce about when they reach our ages ~ Television, x-boxes, iphones. I'd have my childhood over this anyday, but I take your point Hywel. I also remember my mum and dad and my grandparents saying we didn't know that we were born. Maybe it's a sign of progress?

25 Jan, 2013


oh my word yes I remember those things. memories of lino on the bedroom floor with a rag carpet and desperate not to get cold feet. Frost patterns on the inside of the windows. small bottles of warm milk at playtime at school. long summer days on the beach [and I do remember days of grey skies and heavy rain] no suncream back then, peeling 3 days later and sore skin. still got freckle marks on my shoulders.

I used to love helping mum with the washing, the mangle oh what fun. pillow cases, open end first and all soap suds/bubbles billowing out.

what about champion the wonderhorse to go along with the lone ranger. The wooden tops and the proper puppet andy pandy and bill and ben.

25 Jan, 2013


A fantastic blog...what can I add...? Chalking patterns on spinning tops in the school playground....playing french skipping and elastic twist ( I was hopeless!)...Having our vestibule fitted in the house...anyone remember those? Returning pop bottles to the local shop to get the deposit back....waiting for the rag and bone man to give him old clothes in exchange for a few pennies.Ben Sherman shirts...crombie coats and loons. Happy memories...hope my 1 year old grand daughter collects her own!

25 Jan, 2013


Oh whip and top and marbles as well....
Hula hoops....

And I loved champion, there was one called Fury too....a big black stallion,
Do you remember Torchy the battery boy? It was before thunderbirds......I really loved Scott and Virgil.......
Happy days

26 Jan, 2013


LOL, Oh yes Pam, Torchy was one of the highlights of a Sunday teatime, you can watch the first ever episode on laptop, we all knew the words and always sang along, Fury was 5-25 pm Fri teatime on ATV, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was another favourite, I was 10yrs old when we got our first telly, two programmes, BBC1 and ATV, Anglia appeared a few years later, I can remember sitting on the floor staring at the test card waiting for the programmes to come on..
Before telly we always had the radio on, mum used to listen to Womans Hour and Mrs Dales Diary and every night we all listened to the Archers...

26 Jan, 2013


Listen with mother.....are you sitting comfortably. Then I,ll begin

Daphne oxenford died only recently

And childrens favorites with "stewpot"...... christmas morning just gone he was on and people were requesting all the old favorites....
"my bruvver". Puff the magic dragon, rocking rolling riding....

Well you get the idea, nostalgia at its best. :0)

26 Jan, 2013


Thanks everyone, I enjoyed your memories. I don't want to go back in time, but I do wish children were able to 'play out' more, like we used to. Where I live, we have a big green space in the centre of all our houses, which is a lovely safe place for the children to they have the best of both worlds here.....lucky kids!

27 Jan, 2013


Remember it well such fun times we had

11 Nov, 2013


Thanks for your comment Eileen - it was lovely to revisit this blog!

11 Nov, 2013

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