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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 18 February, 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
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Having to wear one of these in a hot classroom for an hour +
created many lapses of concentration.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 18 February, 2019, 01:34:37 PM »
Hi Ed, lots of memories of those days, but one that I will always remember, that of having to carry the little cardboard box on a string which contained the gas mask. It was as if it was the crown jewels, bed, toilet, you name it, it followed you everywhere, the bloody thing got in the way, playing football, climbing around in deserted houses, a right nuisance at the best of times, but crikey if you were caght without it you were for a wallop & ordered to the Anderson shelter to serve your time. Whatever happened to all those thousands of gas masks after the war?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 17 February, 2019, 11:21:42 AM »
Hi Bob L, I agree, the bombsite was our playgrounds, digging under rubble as soon as the all clear had sounded & swinging from the roof trusses on a piece of rope, you could hear squeals of laughter from many happy kids.
Bugger health & safety, we were having fun when all around was doom & gloom.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 16 February, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
Hi Mick, thanks for posting those maps, they make some very interesting viewing.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 13 February, 2019, 04:04:59 PM »
Hi All, many thanks for all your help, I believe I have it now, I was mistaken into thinking the 2 roads on the right were Churchill & Randolph, Harry info cleared this up for me,I can now see that they are Ripley & Tree, with the Blue Star garage on the right just out of view. I didnt know me ar*e from me elbow.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 12 February, 2019, 11:05:31 AM »
Hi Harry, thanks for info, as a local, can you confirm that the 2 roads on right of photo are Churchill Rd & Randolph Rd? I am utterly confused by biff post.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1945
« on: 11 February, 2019, 11:00:45 AM »
Hi Mick, poor phrasing on my behalf, I would like to know, what was on this site before the bombing.

Bif, thanks for your reply, you have thrown new light on the photo by saying "the roads in the photo are Tree Rd nearest to the camera & Ripley Rd on the far side"
There was me thinking it was Shipman Rd nearest to the camera.
I am sure other posters will confirm which is which.

Newham memories and nostalgia / 1945
« on: 10 February, 2019, 03:43:13 PM »
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Hi All, this photo is named Prince Regent Lane 1945.
If the roads on the right are Churchill Rd & Randolph Rd, what was built in the central site?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 10 February, 2019, 12:16:17 PM »
Hi Harry, I can remember David Stone, he was a good friend of Derek Stead who used to live in Royal Rd, a friend of mine. When Mr Davey choir were on full volume in the main hall, I was often told to keep my mouth shut.
On many ocasions I wondered to myself, how can such a rough bunch of kids make such nice music, great days.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 09 February, 2019, 12:21:22 PM »
Hi Harry, on the topic of Mr Davey, the best teacher in Shipman Rd school when I was there.
I was told that he was knocked about badly at Caen in  the Normandy landings, sustaining serious injuries.
He never, ever mentioned it, the info was passed to me by another teacher.
Seeing life in the raw & not from a university campus gave him an edge on todays teachers & we were the lucky ones.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 08 February, 2019, 03:19:51 PM »
Harry, the locust to which I was referring was the locust bean from the carob tree which you spotted growing in Ibiza.
The ripe, dried & toasted pods made into carob bars as treats.
Carob powder is still used as a chocolate substitute in many confectionary items.
The Ibiza goats milk after a feed of locust beans, would have a distinctive Cadburys flavour.
I may well have kept a bar in my shirt pocket well out of the sight of Mr Davey.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 08 February, 2019, 11:23:31 AM »
On the suject of rationing, fruit such as Bananas & Oranges were not stricktly on ration but sale was restricted by the greengrocer. Only parents with very young children could get their hands on them, I was once taken to a doctor who advised that I should eat more Bananas, that caused a laugh in the family.
A strange thing eaten during the war was locust sticks, locusts compacted into a firm stick the size of your finger which would be slowly nibbled, no waste. Another aquired taste was that of Whale meat, once eaten never forgotten.
I am sure posters must have memories of unusual war time food.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 07 February, 2019, 11:34:14 AM »
nollanhej, (  can you remember these? sweets were part of your sugar ration, so therfore no sweets.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 07 February, 2019, 11:00:21 AM »
Hi Ed, my DIY is done using a wheelbrace & pump screwdriver, not an electric cable in sight to trip over.
Planning is done using a steel Stanley jack or smoothing  plane which gives a nice finish, a quick rub over with sandpaper with cork block, job done.

nollanhej, Since I was a war time kid, I never aquired a sweet tooth,
I can still look a box of chocolates in the eye & walk away.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 06 February, 2019, 02:55:05 PM »
nollanhej, its nice to see you back, I agree Facebook can be a bit of a pain, but it is another form of communication allowing posters to keep in touch. The Newham Forum required the post to be Newham based which could be a little restrictive at times.

ed, Mick is a wizard on posting photos & when you have the ability to insert photos into your post it opens up a new interest. Give photoimage a try, it should not break the bank.

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