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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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136 of 301  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
Canley
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137 of 301  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
Torksey
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138 of 301  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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139 of 301  Thu 20th Apr 2017 2:25am  
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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140 of 301  Thu 20th Apr 2017 8:02am  
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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141 of 301  Thu 20th Apr 2017 10:58am  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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142 of 301  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
Tamworth
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143 of 301  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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144 of 301  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
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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145 of 301  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
Coventry a bit
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146 of 301  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
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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147 of 301  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
Coventry
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148 of 301  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
Holbrooks
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149 of 301  Sat 22nd Apr 2017 8:50am  
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Slim
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150 of 301  Mon 24th Apr 2017 7:41am  
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The metal spikes atop iron railings were common. We had such a fence in our school playground, alongside the driveway to an electricity substation. There were some paladins in front of the fence, which was about 6 feet high, making it easy to climb up. Of course, the EMEB area was out of bounds, and this was reiterated in assembly by the head one day. He told us that one boy had climbed over to retrieve a wayward ball, and whilst climbing back, he had slipped, with the result that one of the old rusty iron spikes went right through his foot, necessitating hospital treatment. Man-traps (of the type I'm sure you are referring to, Philip!) were commonplace before the invention of the nanny state. There used to be a model/toy shop down Far Gosford Street, one of the old single-storey, somewhat dilapidated buildings (long since demolished I believe). About 2 feet below the ceiling was a mesh of bare steel wire criss-crossing from the walls. There was also an industrial type contactor and pneumatic timer, equally crude and amateurish, attached to the woodwork about the shop door. All of the wiring was exposed to the touch, and it was plugged into the raw mains. I guess the owner of the shop had been burgled once too often, and decided that the next person to enter outside business hours via a hole cut in the roof would be in for a nasty shock! Oh my Edited by member, 24th Apr 2017 10:27 am
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