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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 14 April, 2019, 12:28:53 PM »
Hi Ed, your mention of the bamboo scaffold poles in the far east made me smile when I think that most of the building labourers were woman who were built & looked like Mike Tyson.
These woman would climb up the scaffold balancing 2 containers full of concrete on their shoulders & continue all/week.
They looked very flimsy but I never saw any collapse.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Mums old sayings
« on: 08 April, 2019, 11:46:11 AM »
Hi Ed, war time Mums were worth their weight in gold & deserve a medal.
Coping with rationing, queuing up for hrs in all weathers for basic food items, to put a decent meal on the table, which some of us took for granted. Fetching & carrying water from a standpipe many yards away when the water main was blown up. The nerve racking times that we went out during an air raid looking for shrapnel & not knowing where we were. A good slap or being sent to the Anderson shelter was severe punishment, or I'll tell Dad when he comes home.
All this accepted with good humour most of the time, yes, there were many laughs in between the sad moments.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 01 April, 2019, 10:44:18 AM »
Hi Ed, In my time working in the docks, the water was so badly polluted nothing could live in it.
The rotten fruit that wasn't sent to the cosmetics factory at Bow was tipped overboard, tons of it.
The PLA police didn't seem to take much interest.

About the Forums / Drones
« on: 24 March, 2019, 01:44:16 PM »
Hi all, with all mention of drones, you would think that it is something new.
Can anyone remember the model aircraft enthusiasts flying their immaculate models on Chingford Mount.
A rare treat for us kids to be taken to see dozens of planes zooming around the skies.
These models were all hand made to scale, fitted with tiny petrol engines, the guidance could be a little hit & miss with sometimes a sortè into the crowd watching them, but to see a miniature Spitfire so close was a treat.

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 24 March, 2019, 11:35:28 AM »
Many of us take the role of nurses lightly, when in fact they do a wonderful job.
What an experience for a young nurse starting her training, maybe having to restrain a 15 stone sweaty docker in shock. They are worth there weight in gold.

About the Forums / Re: Smoggy days
« on: 23 March, 2019, 11:40:21 AM »
Hi Harry, the treatment anyone who fell into to Thames or dock water was swift, they were rushed to hospital where the dreaded stomach pump was applied to empty all the contents & then kept under close observation for 24 hrs.
I am told that you feel as weak as a kitten after the stomach pump treatment, the need for speed got in the way of gentle handling.
It was amazing how quickly the PLA ambulance appeared, no mobile phones in those days.
This was PLA routine procedure & strictly applied.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 20 March, 2019, 04:55:26 PM »
Mick, thanks for reply & links to maps of the long ago Custom Hse area, unfortunately I am unable to open the files after several attempts but I will have another few tries. It will be interesting to view the area where I used to live all those years ago.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 13 March, 2019, 11:57:31 AM »
Hi Ed, you are spot on with the café, almost opposite the end of Freemasons Rd.
Cork Insulation did have a lorry, used mainly to transport the painters equipment, but if Joe Bicheno was feeling happy, he would organise it to take the men & their tools to Dollar Bay.
I'm not to sure as I was one of the regular chippies & only moved away just before Cork closed.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Dockland
« on: 08 March, 2019, 03:33:41 PM »
Mick, thanks for prompt reply.
I must have seen it many times without knowing it, as I used the café in that area when working on the Blue Star ships. I hope that the dock development board have not demolish it in the name of improvement.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Dockland
« on: 08 March, 2019, 01:04:13 PM »
I can recall my dear old dad telling me about The Queens Chimney located somewhere in the royal docks.
He did say it was where contraband was burnt, although I worked in the docks for a few years I never discovered where is was. Did it get destroyed in the bombing during the war?

Historical Newham / Re: West Ham School of Building
« on: 04 March, 2019, 03:37:34 PM »
Thanks Mick, what a cracking photo of West Ham School of Building & surrounding area.
I can remember cycling from Custom Hse & passing lots of waste ground that had been cleared of bombed buildings & terraced houses that were ripe for demolition & the photo shows this perfectly.
Wow! that photo brings back many memories.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Balaam Street
« on: 28 February, 2019, 12:07:48 PM »
A nice building with lots of character, shame,  I suppose it was replaced with a soul less slab.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: 1950s/docks
« on: 24 February, 2019, 11:40:11 AM »
Hi Harry, where have you seen a mention of Henry [Harry] Kennard?
Harry Kennard was not in Mr Davey class when I was there, I believe he was in the B stream.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Civil Defence Map
« on: 18 February, 2019, 01:47:03 PM »
( atm locations near me (

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?

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