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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 06 February, 2019, 07:58:33 PM »
Thanks Ken, it's a pleasure to be back! By the way what's your favourite sweet?

One thing I did learn on FB was that in the 'sixties I thought the only venues for live pop music were the Bridgehouse, Canning Town, and the Two Pudding, Stratford. Because I was a young married family man I never had any desire or inclination to go to music clubs and pubs. To my surprise, I have learned that some now very famous bands played in lots of pubs and clubs in east London. I was very surprised to see the two above mentioned venues didn't have a monopoly of the music scene.

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« on: 05 February, 2019, 09:42:19 PM »
Ed facebook is a waste of space, all it seems to be are pictures of places that already been published on the net already and silly things like: name your favourite sweet, or what road did you live in questions, etc, which receive several hundred one word replies.  the problem is that it can be very addictive, if you let it!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 07 December, 2018, 11:25:03 AM »
That's a good point, KenM

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 06 December, 2018, 01:11:20 PM »
I had the four injections in four places. When I walked away, the so-called male nurse chased after me and said I want my needle back it is bent and still in your arm.  When we all got back to the hut we all started shaking and all finished up in our pits. As you say it was a Friday. I think it was some sort of fever injection and was called a "Schick" test. You could say, we all suffered that night with the "Schicks". 

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 04 December, 2018, 10:30:19 PM »
I also remember having a laughing fit because the Sergeant in charge came and inspected our hut and bed layout. Unfortunately, I saw the funny side of how he was dressed out of uniform. I looked at another recruit, and he started to snigger, which set me off giggling at this normally fierce-looking sergeant, who looked a right clown in his civvies. Unfortunately for me, he saw me trying to stifle my laugh and tipped all my bed display out of the window. He advised the rest of the hut members to "get me" but to be fair he never put me on a charge. Sadly, some of the recruits were going to take him at his word. Fortunately, four rather large lads sided with me and warned the rest of the hut members to lay off. Apparently, you couldn't be put on a charge early on in training. Does anyone remember the umpteen injections you got in both arms in one trip down the medical centre?

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 03 December, 2018, 12:01:06 PM »
Actually Ken, old-age [whatever that is?] is catching up! It was only seven shilling a week [the queen's shilling a day, by law] as I say, the other 21/- went on uniform and to mum. I had some good friends in my hut who helped me out if I needed it. That rotten best BD must have cost a fortune. It was certainly more expensive that a suit from Pollocks in Raffy Market!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: going back in time,?
« on: 02 December, 2018, 10:37:27 PM »
Talking about old programmes, I've been watching Arthur Haynes with Nicolas Parsons. It may not be quite the period under discussion, but I thought it was very funny, as funny as Death Till Us Part, in my opinion. Written by Johnny Speight a brilliant Canning Town boy!!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: A Dead Horse
« on: 02 December, 2018, 09:48:30 PM »
A dead horse . . . I knew something was nagging me! anyhow, I went to Wanstead for a medical, and, always remember the old finger around my you know what's and told to cough. This was in 1952. After a squabble with some posh toffee-nosed . . . I forgot that I had left a boiling hot iron on the sleeve of my best BD jacket only to find an iron-shape mark that fell out into a hole the exact same size as the iron. Needless to say I went on a charge and finished up on 7/6 a week for months to pay for it. Mum's 7/- a week was still paid to her, and the other 14/- went on paying for it weeks and weeks. Needless to say it was a case of hitch-hiking home, and blagging the fare back from Paddington. ' Appy Days ????   Yer. Rye should say so! ::) ::)

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Billy Murray
« on: 22 November, 2018, 09:56:41 PM »
Talking about the Krays Wikipedia says that the Krays owned West Ham Boxing Club; somehow I think they got that wrong don't you! If any boxing club at all, I would think it was Repton Boxing Club.  What do you think?

Tracing your family history / Re: 1911 census
« on: 20 November, 2018, 06:02:54 PM »
Interesting thing about the 1911 census version that as released early. My mum's parents and family were all registered in Rich Street, Limehouse at that time. I accepted that as correct because I had seen that address in an Old Bailey Court Case dated 1899. The spelling of their surname had a slight error in as much that a letter had an FR instead of an FL because of script writing. All the family members were there that I knew of. I wrote at the time to whoever it was who published it [a while ago now] to correct the surname spelling. Low and behold, when the official 1911 Census was published, there surname was corrected with exactly the same family members, but, the address was a mile or so away in Mile End, not in Limehouse! I don't pay too much heed to census returns now only some info.

Wartime stories / Re: East End Bombing
« on: 11 October, 2018, 08:14:30 PM »
Sadly, although the monument in East London Cemetery remembering the victims of the Hallsville tragedy, has quite a few names listed I'm sure it hasn't got anywhere  near the true number of victims.

Historical Newham / Re: The Variagated Puppy
« on: 11 October, 2018, 07:54:56 PM »
I would think that the only thing the council can do was to compulsory-purchase the pub. After all if they don't own it, then they can only have their say in any improvement or demolishment plans. If the borough own it, then, of course, they will obliged to do what they feel fit to do with it. Look what happened to Angel cottage in Angel Lane! Does anyone know who actually owns it.

Wartime stories / Re: Milton Avenue Bomb Site
« on: 10 April, 2018, 08:43:07 PM »
When I had an old bakers oven removed in a shop near Dunmow, Essex 1989ish. The builder came running out, all of a tiswos, because he'd found two wartime incendiary bombs tucked inside the cavity. He refused to carry on working unless they was removed. When I told the previous owner, he was so unconcerned and came and picked them up and took them away. Where he took or disposed of them. I don't know. Apparently, when he was a kid he and mates scoured a few fields looking for the ones that had burnt out! Nearly fifty years had past when they had dropped! He restarted work, but not until they where removed!

Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: match box
« on: 10 April, 2018, 08:23:49 PM »
Another collectors item was cigarette cards, nice pictures of almost everything would exchange hands many times.
A game of flicking them up against the wall was popular, closest to the wall was the winner & would take the cards.

I learnt a lifetime lesson about people and being taken in when I was about seven and was evacuated in wartime Somerset; I had a handful of picture cards and was challenged by this slightly older country boy to play flick up the wall, I lost the lot in as many minutes as I had cards. . . . many years when playing ciggy cards back in Forest Gate, I happened to pick up a card flicked by a kid and Wondebar! A well learned lesson, it was a doubler, . . . my mind went back when I was a Chard evacuee! More than careful now! IT seems that country bumkins are a myth!

Famous Faces and Local Characters / Re: Bare Chested Newpaper Seller
« on: 04 January, 2018, 09:32:18 PM »
Does anyone remember the newspaper seller who walked the streets of Forest Gate and parts of Stratford, and when he shouted Star, News, Standard, and when he shouted Standard his jaw dropped so low it nearly reached his chest? A real character . . . along with the old market stall holders, of course!

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