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About the Forums / D Day memories
« on: 05 June, 2019, 02:37:53 PM »
Hi All,  tomorrow is the day that many thousand troops stormed the Normandy beaches with huge losses & many who came back were scarred for life.
Will you be commemorating the event or trying to forget?
Have you memories to tell?

About the Forums / Moving On
« on: 26 April, 2019, 05:21:12 PM »
After posting a photograph of my Shipman Rd class, I received many comments from classmates or people that recognised someone. It does seem a bit more lively than Newham Story.
Harry may recall the names Pat Ling & Pat Collins, both been recognised  by their friends.
Early days.

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.

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?

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?

About the Forums / Smoggy days
« on: 03 February, 2019, 11:57:32 AM »
Hi all, can anyone recall the really bad smoggy day when Newham came to a standstill?
The visibility was almost zero, the buses along Silvertown Way were crawling, with the conductor walking in front.
I was working at T&L Plaistow Wharf & the slow walk home to Custom Hse took ages.
It must have been in the 50s but when exactly?

About the Forums / Posting photos
« on: 02 February, 2019, 11:44:17 AM »

One last look at a prominent Newham landmark.

About the Forums / School
« on: 18 November, 2018, 12:38:32 PM »

Books, Films & TV / Computers
« on: 05 August, 2018, 05:29:03 PM »
Hi All, It would be interesting to know how we were introduced to computers. What type of equipment we have & use.
I have a desktop unit with Windows, an Acer monitor, together with a Benq scanner linked to a Epson Stylus PHOTO R265 inkjet printer.
It all started when I got myself a small digital camera & then discovered that I could download the photos to a computer & print them.
Wow! when it became known that I could do this my number of friends doubled.
 The results are better than the local shops, as with the correct programme they can be enhanced.
I am now told that I can achieve  all this with a Tablet or IPad, at the same time as freeing up a lot of space in the spare room.
But I will stick with what I know for a little while longer.
How I found out about this forum is lost in time.
I hope this topic will kickstart our forum.

Newham memories and nostalgia / A Dead Horse
« on: 04 July, 2018, 11:21:47 AM »
Hi All, I am now going to curl up under a stone, coz this forum is a dead horse.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Keeping cool
« on: 27 June, 2018, 12:26:39 PM »
Hi all, living within 2 miles of Mudeford beach it is so easy for me to have a cooling swim in this hot weather.
How do the other posters manage to keep cool?
Is it the Lido, or a shady spot in the garden?

Newham memories and nostalgia / The iron lung
« on: 15 June, 2018, 02:37:05 PM »
Hi all, I can remember walking past a well used circular metal urinal outside the Connaught Tavern on my way to work.
 I did hear that is was taken away for refurbishment by the Docks Development Board.
Has it been installed in the dock area, not as its original use but as an item of the Royal Docks history?
I will attempt to download a photo for those that dont know what I am talking about.
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About the Forums / is it terminal
« on: 11 June, 2018, 11:05:08 AM »
where have all the posters gone.
not a word for weeks, is this the demise of the newham story.
apologies for no capitals, my keyboard is having tantrums

About the Forums / Vernon's barrage balloon
« on: 12 May, 2018, 12:21:17 PM »
Hi All, can any of the posters recall the barrage balloon sited on Vernons playing fields & may have been one of the kids that were made welcome
 by the young ATS girls who spoilt us with chocolate & goodies from the NAFFI.
Of course this was wartime, so many of those kids would now be in their eighties & memories a little hazy.
Those young ladies worked damned hard, whoever said that woman are the weaker sex got it very wrong.

Historical Newham / Place names
« on: 08 May, 2018, 11:54:35 AM »
Hi All, I recently done a search for Becton Park, only to find that is now called Canning Town Recreation Ground.
Have I been getting it wrong all these years or has it been changed recently?
Becton Park is or was home to the Lido & what we called the Rec was on the corner of Becton ByPass & Prince Regent Lane.

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