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Kaga simpson
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136 of 327  Wed 19th Apr 2017 3:49pm  
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I believe that when I was a boy it was one of the most amusing times for us kids. Coventry had scores of streets that held very small terraced cottages with small sash cord windows. But the people had king sized beds of iron, chests of huge heavy drawers, that covered one wall, huge sideboards, etc, and I would think a lot more pianos, so almost every day you would see a 'Laurel and Hardy' scene. Headboards of iron railings would get stuck between stairs and ceilings, often you would see a couple of men on ladders each side a bedroom sash window, trying to push something through. Two men trying to take a settee into a house, they took off the front door, then one at each end carried into the house, still a tight fit, but then they had no room to turn it into the front room (always front room or back room, never heard of a lounge), so they lifted it on to its end and gouged a chunk out of the ceiling, still wouldn't fit, so they brought it back out again, they then took out the front sash windows, with a lot of huffing and puffing they finally got it in, an all day job just to deliver one settee. And of course tradesmen used horses, on occasions the horse would move on leaving the man chasing on bandy legs. Coalmen often tripped up, or found the door to the coal shed was too small so half the coal went inside and half outside, and little old ladies would come out and bully them. They had to take off the front door when we had a piano delivered, but then years later the council widened the road, took most of our front garden, built a wall, with five foot iron railings two feet from our front door, no way of getting furniture in or out.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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137 of 327  Wed 19th Apr 2017 5:40pm  
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Kaga, do you remember seeing chunks of glass cemented in high walls to keep intruders out. Wouldn't be allowed today. Also someone running out with a brush and shovel after the horse had moved away just to make their rhubarb grow better. They were not lounges as you say but front rooms just for when visitors came. You do make it look like something from a Laurel and Hardy scene.
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pixrobin
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138 of 327  Wed 19th Apr 2017 6:53pm  
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For those who considered themselves middle class, the front room was referred to as the parlour. Wink
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Roger Turner
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139 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 12:47am  
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Thanks for that one Kaga, your furniture story just reminded me When we first got married, we had a ground floor maisonette in Mount Nod, our bed was a double sized divan. After a couple of years we escaped and found a small semi detached in Bassett Rd, Coundon. Came the moving in day - the removal man came to me and said "Haveyou got a saw?" "What for?" "Your bed is too wide to go upstairs; we`ll have to saw it in half!" They did - and that was our bed for the next few years, it lay on the floor, no legs and the mattress on top of it.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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140 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 2:25am  
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Midland Red
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141 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 8:02am  
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Annewiggy
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142 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 10:58am  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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143 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 11:40am  
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Annewiggy, nice story, and I can fully understand the chicken part, the number of times I cleaned out chicken pens.
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Annewiggy
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144 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 2:36pm  
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We had a fantastic vegetable garden though, if you didn't pick the courgettes the next day they were marrows !
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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145 of 327  Thu 20th Apr 2017 2:59pm  
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Thanks for the link Pix, I got waylaid and have been watching The Two Ronnies By the Sea and a Picnic for nearly an hour. Very, very funny. Lol Lol Lol
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Kaga simpson
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146 of 327  Fri 21st Apr 2017 8:41am  
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A racy or racing. Sometime in the seventies my wife and I met a couple our own age, who we had a lot in common with; we became firm friends, he was also mad on horse racing. So in 81 we decided to see the Arc de Triomphe, like London there were several tracks around the suburbs. So we went to Paris for ten days, we spent every afternoon at the race tracks, the evening we toured a different district of the city. One evening we decided we would go to St Germain, the grown-up district, window gazing. The place was a labyrinth of congestion, crowds of people bustling through the narrow streets sightseeing. Our friends dropped back a little, my wife did too, to tell them something. I sauntered on. Soon there was a very attractive young lady at my side. "You Engla?" "Yes". "You like the things you see in the window?" (God she was pretty) "Yes". I got intrigued with the conversation. After a few minutes my wife and friends burst out laughing, they were right behind me listening. I was in my mid fifties, they took the micky for a long time afterwards.
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Slim
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147 of 327  Fri 21st Apr 2017 12:29pm  
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On 19th Apr 2017 5:40pm, Dreamtime said: Kaga, do you remember seeing chunks of glass cemented in high walls to keep intruders out. Wouldn't be allowed today.
It was everywhere when we were kids. When we got older, we used to climb over such a wall along my mate's back garden to gain access to Canley Car Deliveries, just for the devilment of it. Anything that suggested KEEP OUT was red rag to a bull. Bit by bit, over time, there wasn't much glass left, as we took delight in breaking it off. The other trick was a couple of rough hessian sacks placed over the glass. Dream, you're right that it wouldn't be allowed now that we have a nanny state.
On 19th Apr 2017 5:40pm, Dreamtime said: Also someone running out with a brush and shovel after the horse had moved away just to make their rhubarb grow better.
Yes: we had a weekly rag and bone man with his horse and cart, à la Steptoe, and there were allotments opposite the houses. One old chap used to regularly get the fresh muck from the road for his allotment. We thought it disgusting that he used to transfer it from tarmac to bucket with his bare hands! Oh my
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Kaga simpson
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148 of 327  Fri 21st Apr 2017 4:59pm  
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Yes I do remember the glass in the walls, but worse than that, as I posted before, the council put iron railings about two feet from our front wall. These were metal spikes, I often thought if one of us fell through the bedroom window we would have been spiked. On the corner of the Precinct was a men's outfitters, above it a coffee shop, someone opened the window, the wind caught the window and blew it to. The pane dropped out narrowly missing me but hitting a woman, early fifties time.
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Old Lincolnian
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149 of 327  Fri 21st Apr 2017 10:34pm  
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My father worked in a foundry and had a little sideline in his breaks making very sharp serrated iron strips with spikes that could be screwed to the tops of gates and walls as a more permanent version of the cemented glass. I tried to climb over our gate once, never again! Oh my
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PhilipInCoventry
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150 of 327  Sat 22nd Apr 2017 8:50am  
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