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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

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16  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: WATER ORTON on: April 08, 2018, 08:03:49 PM
Hello Gerald, what year did the shooting happen?
17  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: April 04, 2018, 08:39:45 PM
It's interesting how things we do today can bring back memories from 50 years ago when I lived in Arderne Drive, Chelmsley Wood.

Today in the lambing shed there was a large bale of straw, that had not been cut open. I needed a small amount of clean straw to litter one of the lambs pens. I decided not to open the new bale of straw but gather some of the floor into a plastic sack.

As I was filling the sack, my mind went back to about 1968. The girl who lived next door (Dawn) had a pet rabbit and so did I. When we needed to clean our rabbit cages we would put sawdust on the floor and straw in the bedding area. Rather than go to the pet shop and buy expensive straw we would head up to a farm on Chelmsley Lane, just out of Marston Green. The farmer's wife would allow us to go into the barn and gather clean straw off the floor. We would stuff it into a polythene sack. We used to pay 6d for this.

The large bale of straw costs 80 today.

Just seems odd how that came flooding back to me today.
18  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Cadbury from the start in Bull St Birmingham on: April 02, 2018, 09:04:25 PM
My mom worked a Cadburys' in the 60's as a seasonal worker. Easter was great, we had plenty of Easter Eggs from the Cadbury Shop in the Bournville factory.

My daughter managed to get a copy of my moms work record at Cadbury from one of the Archivists. The record was on a Kardex system.
19  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: April 02, 2018, 08:56:16 PM
The race was on, the wedding must take place before she went to seed.
20  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Back Home on: April 02, 2018, 07:52:13 PM
Hattie, that is so true.

My mind often goes back to when I was a child. I think about the things that happened, some I didn't understand at the time and still don't.

I don't look back in anger, but I do wish I had taken more time to get to know and understand my dad a bit better. My mom and dad passed 20 and 10 years ago respectively and I still think about them every day.

I managed to track down an old friend that I hadn't seen since the infants about two years ago. We met up in Birmingham, went down our old street and took the same walk to school and the local shops.

It's interesting, when we chatted we had both often thought about each other over the years. And now we are in touch......
21  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Music on: April 02, 2018, 07:39:46 PM
I can remember being in a couple of plays in the infants and juniors. In the infants reception class we did a play on nursery rhymes. I was one of the soldiers (kings men) in the Humty Dumpty part of the play. Then in the juniors we did something about animals, I was the pig, and when they sang about the farmyard animals and came to the pig in the song where they say - The pig goes I had to say Griffy Gruffy. Never had big parts in any of the things going on, thank goodness.

One other thing I did as part of the school choir was sing at Birmingham Town Hall, there were loads of other schools there too.

22  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: SUPERMARKET FOOD on: March 28, 2018, 10:12:25 PM
Yes, grown locally in many gardens. If you were off colour, you would be given a tablespoon full each day.
23  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Remember Poem on: March 28, 2018, 10:06:11 PM
Can you remember being hit with the boiler stick? And that a smack from a wet hand hurt so much more than a dry hand?
24  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: At the park on: March 28, 2018, 10:03:55 PM
This is a great thread and wonderful pictures. They have brought back some memories. I notice the kids, as we were out in all weathers, wrapped up warm. With the Moto - fresh air is good for you!

I agree the lamp post were just so important to out games. Climbing up and down, swinging from the arm that stuck out, for the light cleaners ladder.

Did anyone climb a lamp post and manage to pass a cycle tyre over the lamp which then ended up on the ground, with what looked like the lamp post was rowing out of the tyre?
25  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: SUPERMARKET FOOD on: March 26, 2018, 09:22:08 PM
I was talking to my neighbour who lives across the valley. We were talking about old food and cures for 'Ill's' does anyone remember wormwood?
26  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: PUNISHMENT on: March 26, 2018, 09:18:46 PM
I think we have gone too soft on offenders. Offenders can put in so much mitigation these days they can be let off.

I do remember two types of physical punishment at school. That was the planned punishment, The Cane, and surprise attack, this could be a slap around the face or dragged out from behind your desk by the ear!

I do wonder if any custodial sentences make a difference today. I think it's too late once someone is in custody. It needs to start at home. I was more scared of my dad than anything. God, would you get a belting some days, but you know I've kept out of trouble all my life. It's about values, these have to be taught early on.
27  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Funfair from the past on: March 26, 2018, 09:00:35 PM
Twm this is a model of a Mont Blonc or Airways.

and this is a real one from 1946

townie I don't think I ever saw one of those. But I can imagine the crowds diving on when the ride came to a standstill.
28  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Funfair from the past on: March 24, 2018, 09:23:10 PM
townie, have you got a photo please?
29  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Remember Poem on: March 24, 2018, 09:21:40 PM
Hattie, that is so true, it brought it all back to me. One other thing I remember was the Kelly oil lamp under the outside toilet Cistern n the winter to stop it freezing and ghosts under the bed! 
30  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: SUPERMARKET FOOD on: March 24, 2018, 09:14:21 PM
I must admit I do like M&S food. I will have this as a treat. But when you add it up, you can spend so much on a evening meal and get so much more at Aldi or Lidl.

If I shop in M&S I shop with my eyes and heart, Lidl or Aldi I shop with my head

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