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How things used to be, no Vincent content.

John Appleton

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Thanks for that Tracy. It brought back some memories, but not only the motorcycling. About two minutes in, there appears a T.K. Bedford owned by the Tartan Arrow company who employed a young John Appleton as a vehicle inspector. We operated more than 200 of these vehicles during the 1960,s and 18 fgu was one of my charges, and I used to travel to work from Southend-on-sea to Hackney wick in east london on the same Rapide that I still use today.
I feel old !


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does this fit with this thread?

Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite fast food when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'

'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'at home,'' I explained. !
'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious
internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his
system could have handled it :
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans , set foot on a golf course,
travelled out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 10 stone, and
only had one speed, (slow), or i walked.
We didn't have a colour television in our house until I was 17.
Most programmes were black and white, and the station went off the air at 11
o'clock, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on
the air at about 9 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and
farm show on, featuring local people...

I never had a telephone in my room.. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no
movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy
viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some
of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

from a friend :
My friend is cleaning out his grandmother' s house (she died in December)
and he brought me an old chip shop vinegar bottle. In the bottle top
was a load of extra holes . I knew immediately what it was, but my
daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or
something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to
'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons then. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Starting handles
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner ...
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Collecting separate shillings

Older Than Dirt
Quiz :Count all
the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.

1.Sweet cigarettes
2.Coffee bars with tableside jukeboxes
3.Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5.Newsreels before the film
6.TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV
shows started again in the morning. (there were only 2 channels[if you were fortunate])
8. Muffin the Mule
9.. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13.Cork popguns
14. Steamrollers
15.Washing machines with wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 =You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my



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Oh dear! Not only do I remember all of these, I even remember a time before some of them. How about flat irons that had to be heated on a stove before they could be used? Will now go and sit in a corner and dribble.


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You forgot :-
Rag and Bone man
No telly till Watch With Mother
Listen with Mother
Sixpence for the meter(not parking meter)
Dividend back when the meter was emptied
Policemen directing traffic

The list is endless..John

John Appleton

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Tiger nuts, barrets sherbet dabs, sherbet flying saucers, spangles and Lyons individual pies when they were square!


Alan J

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Don't forget grey worsted trousers that rubbed your knees sore in the winter-non-iron shirts-ugh! steel capped boots and "Larry the lamb" on "Childrens hour" at 5 0"clock! And the snow in the winter of'47!! I've come over all nostalgic!!


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The nice man that filled your bike up with petrol when you ran over the air line at the garage....ding ding


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And then there was the lady of the house getting up at 6 am to light a fire which had been set the previous evening so that it was above freezing (just) when we youngsters got up, ice (Jack Frost) on the inside of the bedroom windows when one woke up, VE day, VJ day, smogs so thick that even as a 10 year old with good eyesight and reflexes one had to walk home from school one paving slab at a time, Mrs Dale's Diary, ITMA, The Eagle (that was later) and so on. Air raid sirens and trips to the cellar Milk being delivered by being scooped from churns by the road side. The clatter of clogs as people went to work in the mills at 7am or earlier. Miners covered in coal on their way home from work to have a bath in a tin tub in front of an open fire. later to die from silicosis. Industrial accidents with no compensation for the widow and children. Deformities of young people due to alcohol abuse by their parents. TB and polio. The good old days? Well some of them were


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I am suprised at the response to the reply that I have put on the forum. All the different memorys of our early days and most I remember.
The tin Bath to be shared with my brothers and sister in the down stairs room which would be known as the celler.On a Sunday Night bath night.
Listening to Journey into Space on a Monday night. on the Light program.
Take it from here Jimmy Edwards with Ron and Eff (ooooooo Ron) (yes Eff). on a sunday afternoon.
Educating Archie the ventriloquist dummy on the radio.
Ted Ray, Rays a Laugh.
Sempreny Serenade on a Sunday night that my Dad would listen too and also Palm Court Hotel sunday night music.
First thing in the morning would be constant music and the only announcement was a time check every 15 minutes or so.
Workers play time at 12.30 dinner time during the working week.
Door step delivery of lemonade,fish and chips.
and I am only 66.

Any More.
Happy Days.

John Appleton

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KNITTED WOOLEN BATHING TRUNKS!!!, kaolin poultices, Liquafruta cough mixture, syrup of figs, and dipping bread in Dads smoked haddock juice for tea.

roy the mechanic

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Horse-drawn deliveries of milk +logs, my Mum had lovely roses! Red Brooke Bond vans, Most others good or bad already mentioned. Roy.

alan wright

Talking of Workers Playtime I'm sure they came to the Vincent factory ( or the HRD as the locals called it.) Anyone know when and who was on the bill. My guesses include Cyril Fletcher, Jon Pertwee, the Beverley Sisters, the Stargazers, Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warris, Elsie and Doris Waters,Frankie Howerd, Bob Monkhouse and Shirley Abicair !!! Happy New Year from the snowy Charente.


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Traction engines leveling the tar after the tar blocks had been removed
the traction engine powering the threshing machine and catching the mice and putting them in your pockets
the indian man with his suitcase full of brushes sitting crosslegged at the end of the road .the french man with his bicycle covered in onions.
It goes on
all the neighbours going to work on there 350 ajs and matchlesses no cars then.

John Cone

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I remember when Wagon Wheels were three times the size they are today, or was it because i was smaller!

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