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Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« Last post by KenM 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
« Last post by KenM 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
« Last post by harry on 08 February, 2019, 02:14:53 PM »
Hi Ken I think you meant liquorice stick which was from the root of a plant the other one was a locust been which we saw growing in Ibiza which was fed to their Donkeys and Goats.The liquoriuce stick I seem to remember was kept in your top pocket of your jacket for a crafty chew in class when "sir" was,nt looking.
 Further to your discussion with Ed in a previous post re carpentry during my last few years at work I took a interest in Classical Guitar and after reading a book  by Irvine  Sloane i decided to have a bash.
I used to come home from work as a joiner and after tea would spend time in my shed working on one of these Guitars some times to 11 ocloick at night. I mentioned this this at one time to my boss Iain Wallace and he said how can you work all day doing joinery work and then work late at night making Guitars and I told him I did joinery work for a living which I liked doing but I liked making Guitars more. I carried on making them up until my Eighteth birthday before calling it a day.I had up to then made thirty Guitars some I have given to family members a few to charity one to my old music teacher the last four i still have at home which i still play not all together as you would guess  but one at a time all in all a very satisfing pastime .Regards Harry .I
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« Last post by KenM 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
« Last post by MickG on 07 February, 2019, 03:11:26 PM »
I was 7 years old before I go my first sweets due to post-war sugar rationing. I always remember them as they were a tube of Refreshers my mother gave to me. I took them to school and showed them off, (still unopened), to my class mate who sat on the double desk next to me. Before I knew it, just like the hand of God descending from the clouds, the hand of the tyrannical female school teacher we had, suddenly descended and confiscated them and put them in her desk. I felt really miffed, I had not even tasted one of the first sweets ever given to me in my life.

I used to go home for dinner and told my mum about it.  Later that afternoon during class, the class room door suddenly flew open so hard is crashed against the wall and gave everyone a start. Framed in the doorway was my mum who promptly went over to the teacher, held her hand out and said my sons sweets please, Although that is all she said, her tone of voice had an 'or else' implied in it. The whole class looked on amazed as the teacher who normally took great delight in terrorising us all, meekly open her desk and placed the tube of Refreshers in my mums hand. My mum simply said thank you, turned around and walked out the class, but again the tone of her thank you had the implied, I will be back' threat implied in it.

As for myself at the moment I wished the earth would swallow me up as I awaited the fearsome retribution that would follow from my teacher. As it transpired not another word was said and my teacher was a good as gold to me after that. I don't think she relished the idea of another visit from my mum.
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« Last post by KenM 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
« Last post by KenM 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
« Last post by ed styles on 06 February, 2019, 09:51:42 PM »
Well  that's me told , Ken like me you have a woodworking background ,do you still yearn for the hand skills like planing timber by hand instead of plugging in the electric planer or what about the battery power screw driver , now I like that one but still tell the youngsters I prefer to do it by hand , I lie of course only because Iv'e had operations on both hands so very difficult to grip , coming back to nostalgia I love the old tools but embrace the new technology , but if suddenly our electricity gets taken away ,at least Ken and myself can cope albe it slower , where as most youngsters with woodwork tools are looking around for a socket to plug into , possibly a bit harsh but you get my drift.
Incidently the present Mrs Styles is on Facebook   .All the best Ed
Newham memories and nostalgia / Re: Nostalgia
« Last post by nollanhej 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
« Last post by KenM 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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