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Kaga simpson
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331 of 334  Tue 23rd Apr 2019 4:27pm  
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Dreamtime I thought some of Prof's rhyme was from Deedle-um-dee, but not sure, but there was: There was an old woman that swallowed a fly I don't no why . . This went on for many verses, she swallowed many animals, but they were all good fun when you were a toddler. Lessons were sung in my early days: Twice one are two, buckle my shoe Twice two are four, knock at the door Twice three are six, pick up sticks Wonder if those culture people of Coventry really know what happened in the city some years ago.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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332 of 334  Tue 23rd Apr 2019 5:53pm  
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Kaga, They still sing songs with numbers and alphabets according to my daughter as she's a teacher. Burl Ives was well known for the song "There was an old woman that swallowed a fly, I don't know why she swallowed the fly, perhaps she'll die". Not forgetting "two fours are eight, shut the gate, two fives are ten, big fat hen, two sixes are twelve, dig and delve". After that I am lost. Very gruesome way to teach the kids I would think, like most rhymes, some have nasty endings, but nobody complained about it in those days. We have to be careful what we teach little Johnny now!!!
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Prof
Gloucester
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333 of 334  Wed 24th Apr 2019 8:56pm  
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When I was at Stoke National till the age of eight we learned all the tables by rote, and also the Ten Commandments as it was a Church school. The Rector, Mr Ashcroft, made an occasional visit to the classroom, where we recited what we had learned. His daughter Rosemary was in my class.
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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334 of 334  Thu 25th Apr 2019 9:16pm  
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Prof "A Frog He Would A-wooing Go" was on of the many songs we used to sing along with as a class to the music programmes on the BBC schools radio in junior school. Among many others that I remember include "Boney was a Warrior" and sailors songs like "My fine Annie". Of course much later on we realised that many of the songs weren't as innocent as we thought and full of double meanings. I often wonder if some of the teachers realised what we were all really singing, and if they did they still managed to keep a straight face Big grin
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