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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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1 of 617  Wed 28th Jan 2015 3:52pm  
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Hi all, I suppose today the word 'scam' is what we used to call con-men. And Coventry had their share back in the fifties (or do we want to hide it under the carpet) but then it was more open. Young Coventry lad I knew of slightly, was working on Victoria Station, with a chocolate and soft drinks kind of trolley. With time to spare we talked - he told me he had to get out of Coventry (police attention). While talking I noticed he was short changing everyone - when I asked him about it he told me to clear off. Later I heard he got 'hot' in London, went to Marseilles, joined the French Foreign Legion. Three days later they dumped him back in Marseilles, in a pair of torn shorts, an old vest and his passport, no money, no anything. After some years of trying, three Coventry con-men finally conned me out of a sum of money. Luckily some six months later, with the help of a young lady and a guy of authority, I did the same to them, retrieved my money and a little extra. The great days of the fifties, I was known as a 'character' and I loved every minute of it.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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2 of 617  Sat 31st Jan 2015 7:08pm  
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My nickname, way back when I was a kid, a left handed person was called kaggy-handed, but at two years of age couldn't manage that, just kaga, it stuck until I was seventeen, now a family joke. And talking about my childhood down the slough, introduced as kaga on this forum, let it stay. Many a kid has hated the name they were given at school, but too young to do much about it. Now I am well past my sell-by-date, thought I would share my unusual experiences with other people. Regards Kaga.
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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3 of 617  Sun 1st Feb 2015 2:29am  
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I am amazed that you were allowed to be kaggy. It was really looked down upon at the Cov Prep school and anybody showing signs of being kaggy was beaten into submission. I hardly knew anybody who was kaggy handed or who would admit to it. In later life, I have come across many.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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4 of 617  Fri 22nd May 2015 7:37pm  
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I drove a pony and trap on a milk round in 1941-3, Foleshill, Old Church Rd - Aldermans Green Rd, air raid or no air-raid, debris as well. For a short time, then the government condensed the streets we could use so customers had to have the allotted milkman they were given. Now Paul-guy can tell you of the steep slope up and onto the road I had to contend with 4/5 large churns of milk, and a pony that was slithering and sliding in the icy winter. I washed the bottles, churns, etc, carried cartons of Carnation milk etc and somewhere on this forum I told our weights and measures man I used to hate his predecessor, for if you had a Co-op bottle or any other firm's bottle you were fined and severely cautioned, and could lose your job. I fed and groomed the pony. That was part of my job from 14-half to 17-half (then forces) - it was all part of the day, and I loved it. My pony was a mare, and one day she stopped, right on the junction of Hall Green Rd / Aldermans Green Rd and Windmill Lane, for natural reasons, and nothing would budge her, a large car was held up and began to toot, to no avail, when we finally moved, the car carried the Mayor of Coventry, afraid my mare had the upper hand.
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Kaga simpson
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5 of 617  Fri 22nd May 2015 9:05pm  
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Like to add a little more to the above story. This little mare shared a field with two shire horses, and in 39 the Army stuck a pom-pom gun in the next field, can you imagine the horror for them, when that started to rat-a-tat at night, obviously we quickly moved them to a field as far away as we could, but there was no way you could explain a war to an animal, and I had a lot of trouble with her the few times the sirens sounded in the day, but gradually she began to like me whispering in her ear (or I thought so) until the noise stopped. When I left to join the forces, my boss kindly retired her. A very brave animal that got mixed up in man's folly.
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Kaga simpson
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6 of 617  Wed 19th Aug 2015 4:46pm  
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In 1945 it was said that it cost the gov't over a £1000 to train an airborne soldier, so the army made you love guns. I came home on my last leave and took my father's gun along the canal banks to shoot a rabbit, heard a noise behind me on the opposite side of the canal, I turned and fired, something fell, I crossed the bridge and went to see what I had hit. It was a beautiful kingfisher in all its glory and I had killed it. I threw the gun on the floor and kicked it, swore I would never fire a gun ever again and I kept my promise to myself, have never picked up a gun again even at fun-fairs with my boys, and never will. A lesson learnt the hard way. Post moved from topic Sorry state (non-Cov) on 12th Oct 2017 6:44 pm
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Kaga simpson
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7 of 617  Sun 15th May 2016 6:42pm  
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LIAP (Leave in addition to Python) In late 1945 the Army established a route for men to come home on leave from the Middle and Far East and visa-versa by way of sea through the 'Med' and Straights of Messina, up the coast of Italy to Marseilles and then by train to Calais and the ferry to Dover. It only lasted about two years, so few knew about it. After spending a night in Dover Castle we boarded the ferry next morning, my first time abroad, at Calais we boarded a train and headed south, the devastation of the war was all around, the train crawled along, we passed over river bridges that barely stood the weight of the train. As we neared Paris men started to run alongside the train bargaining for our cigarettes. We were issued tins of fifty each week free, and quickly we sold them through the window at a good price, not once did I see any one trying to cheat. Through the outskirts of Paris the devastation was enormous, once we cleared the city the train stopped, we were told to leave the train, huge trestle tables along side the track stacked with food, we ate, and then reboarded, and we continued. I peered through the window, roads became flanked by huge avenues of trees, their foliage bright green from the sunlight, every so often there was a track leading to some isolated farmhouse. I lounged in my seat, taking in the view, the cooling breeze from the open window, we stopped once more for food, through the countryside there was little to suggest the war had wrought any meaningful change on the tapestried landscape. Darkness descended, and we slept in our seats. The dawn awoke me, to glorious sunshine streaming in through the window, the scene had changed. We were climbing through hills I had never seen the like of before, the train even slower. Once again we stopped for food and this time the menu was added by grapes and oranges and fresh salads. Where the ground levelled out there were rows and rows of grapevines. And I got my first glimpse of the blue blue 'Med' (astonished). We were taken by trucks to a transit camp near Toulon for five days, here was the graveyard of the French fleet, all manner of ships sticking up through the water. We sailed down the coast of Italy, where I got my first glimpse of a live volcano, 'Stromboli', and on to Port Said. Truly was an amazing trip.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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8 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 7:30pm  
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On another thread, our good friend Kaga has posted:
On 4th Jul 2016 7:11pm, Kaga simpson said: I have just spent seven days in hospital with a minor stroke, my mind is no way impaired, or my vision so thankfully can still read your posts. I should make a full recovery so more than ever look forward to your posts, please keep them coming. Thanks and regards, Kaga.
I'm sure all members will want to wish you all the best for a full and speedy recovery Thumbs up
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arthur p
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9 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 7:37pm  
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Hi Kaga Just to wish you all the best, and a speedy recovery. Arthur P
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David H
Lancashire
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10 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 8:27pm  
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Kaga - I always enjoy reading your very interesting posts, and look forward to many more. With all best wishes for a speedy recovery. David.
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AD
Allesley Park
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11 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 8:28pm  
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Have a speedy recovery Kaga!
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mayjan
Green Lane,Coventry
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12 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 9:22pm  
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Kaga hope you are soon fully recovered and back home xx Thumbs up Wave
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Roger T
Torksey
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13 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 9:42pm  
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Hi Kaga. Always turn to your posts first! Get well soon Roger
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Not Local
Bedworth
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14 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 9:51pm  
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Kaga, Get well soon. I was only passing through your old haunts in Aldermans Green yesterday and thought about you. Roger
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dutchman
Spon End
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15 of 617  Mon 4th Jul 2016 10:20pm  
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Get well soon Kaga Wave

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