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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 09 December, 2018, 11:13:27 AM »
Ah yes, the hard tack biscuits, we had them twice a week & had great fun skimming them down the dining area, they were no good for anything else. Our food was ok if you consider that we only had 1 ACC sergeant & whoever was on jankers, the cooking was achieved using wood burning stoves that were kept burning all night for cooking breakfast. The seageant chef must have been a magician because he managed to put up some tasty meals on very meagre supplies.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 08 December, 2018, 11:03:17 AM »
Harry, the issue of Capstan Full strength had the camp coughing all night, but they did keep the mosquitoes away.
The anti malarial Paladrin tablets were another disgusting tablet that they insisted we take at lunch time, it made the powdered mash potato taste even worse.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 08 December, 2018, 10:36:14 AM »
Hi Harry, that corner was a ninety degree turn & if the driver wasnt careful the overhead poles would come off & swing about, the passengers would utter a few cockney words of displeasure at the delay.
The pawnbrokers shop on that corner always had a queue outside on Monday mornings.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 07 December, 2018, 03:42:34 PM »
The army has a lot to answer for. They insisted that we take bloody great tablets of salt every day, which they now tell us is a bad thing, then they gave us 50 free cigarettes each week, another no no.
I wonder how many still have hacking coughs as a result.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 07 December, 2018, 10:32:56 AM »
The injection that gave us most misery was the TABT & then there was the little hook that was inserted into your upper arm that left a scar for life. By the time that we were ready for the Yellow Fever & other far east jabs, we were hardened to everything that they could throw at us.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 06 December, 2018, 12:03:52 PM »
Harry you surprise me, I thought it was the camp cobbler that stuck the needle in me, it felt like a boot stud.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 06 December, 2018, 11:48:07 AM »
Hi MickG, a great photo of a trolley bus, why did they ever do away with them?
Quiet, fast & not smelly.
I used to catch the 699 from the Connaught terminus, a nice hassle free journey.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 05 December, 2018, 11:54:45 AM »
Hi Harry, the Gaumont cinema, is that the one where the buses stopped right outside the main door?
A favourite of mine, as you could often nip in through the exit doors.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 05 December, 2018, 11:43:39 AM »
Hi Harry, yes I can remember the dreaded bumper being pushed around your bed space, no polish was allowed as it was deemed to be a fire hazard on the floor boards.
At Blandford my spider accomodation was sited alongside the Blandford Beagles kennels & 20 howling Beagles did not allow for a good nights sleep.
Another thing that comes to mind is the gas chamber, the choking stayed with us for hours, much to the delight of the NCOs.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 04 December, 2018, 11:40:11 AM »
Hi Ed, you dont hear of nippers having their tonsils out theses day, I wonder why, could it be that antibiotics have become more widely used?
I have been told that you were given ice cream after the op, that must have been a treat in those days.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 04 December, 2018, 11:25:48 AM »
Hi  nollanhej, how did we ever keep the fluffy BD looking smart, with  really sharp creases in both blouse & trousers? The todays army uniform is of  camouflage design with no trace of creases & looks a right rag bag.
No more hours of pressing & burning your fingers on the hot iron & the metal bits that needed polishing have been replaced with plastic, cap badge is of staybright material, no more Brasso.
Hey Ho, how did we survive?
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 03 December, 2018, 10:46:36 AM »
Hi nollanhej, its great to see you back on the forum.
Memories of the Wanstead medical seems to remain with us even after 70 years or more.
The barrack damages must have been another drain on your 7/6 a week, how did you pay for the Blanco & Brasso?
Appy Days, there were a few laughs along the way.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: West Ham Lane
« on: 30 November, 2018, 11:30:48 AM »
Hi, West Ham Lane was where I took my motorcycle test in around 1953 ish.
I cannot remember where the centre was, but I can recall there being a cinema on the corner of the test route. In those days the examiner ran around the route, hiding in doorways & jumping out in front of you for the emergecy stop, brave man.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 26 November, 2018, 11:21:07 AM »
Hi Ed, nothing is sacred these days, the heart is being torn out of the east end in the name of progress, to be replaced with souless concrete, well I dont know what to call them. All we are left with is some wonderful memories.
The same is happening in Bournemouth, the sea front houses set in lovely gardens, are making way for great blocks of flats, concrete & glass misfits. The local council seem powerless to stop the multinational developers.
I certainly would not recognise the area that I was born & grew up & before leaving for  national service.
Ken.

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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Newham Public House History
« on: 21 November, 2018, 01:08:43 PM »
Hi Harry & Ed, returning to the subject of nurses, what about the nit nurse visit & waiting to see who got the dreaded letter to take home.
What I clearly remember is, when you left the dentist after an abstraction you mouth & lips were dead for many hours afterwards,  speaking was difficult & eating nigh impossible. The anaesthetics have improved since those days.
Ken.

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