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Offline ALANF

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Oi Jimmy Knacker
« on: 17 December, 2009, 09:14:29 AM »
I have just read the above book, which is a memoir of an East Ender's childhood. It is very entertaining. My one slight criticism, is that it doesn't really portray the poverty and hardship in a realistic way. I really enjoyed reading it, as all the places mentioned were very close to where I was brought up a generation later.
The title of the book is a game that we used to play, although we never used that name. For the life of me, I can't remember what we did call it. It entailed one boy standing with his back to the wall, the next putting his head into his stomach. The next put his head between the boy's legs in front, and gripped his thighs, and so on until 4 - 6 boys were in the chain. The idea being the other boys would then run and leap as far along the chain as possible trying to demolish the said chain. If the chain held, the next boy would follow and land as heavily as possible to try and collapse the chain. This would go on until all the boys ended up sitting on the chain or it had collapsed.
As you can imagine, this was a very rough and tumble game, second in ferocity only to 'British Bulldog'!
What would the Elf and Safety Zealots of today have to say if they came across the children of today playing either of these games?
Alan

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Re: Oi Jimmy Knacker
« Reply #1 on: 17 December, 2009, 05:28:26 PM »
We used to call Charlie Acko inBombay
Other games I remember were Tip it and run,tin can tommy,buzz , bung, skipping with the big rope,please jack can we come across the water, O grady,walking on stilts,but using tins instead of wood.
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Re: Oi Jimmy Knacker
« Reply #2 on: 17 December, 2009, 07:34:03 PM »
Hi Alan,
          Yes I have read Oi Jimmy Knacker because like Ken Kimberley that was also my area in the 1930/1940s and I also went to Balaam street school, I know the records state that the school was called Burke school from 1930 but I attended that school from the late 1930s until I left in 1945 and I never heard anyone call it Burke, it was always Balaam Street school to us.
I think Ken also calls it Balaam street school in his book,when my Sister went there after I left they did indeed call it Burke then.Will

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Re: Oi Jimmy Knacker
« Reply #3 on: 24 December, 2009, 08:06:50 AM »
Harry

My memory is coming back now and 'Charlie Acko in Bombay' was indeed the cry when the game was completed. Thanks for the reminder.
Alan