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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

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76  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Inner city playgrounds. on: August 03, 2018, 05:28:18 PM
It's amazing how we entertained ourselves back then. It must have helped in growing our imaginations. When we lived on the building sites the playground was all around.

When I lived in Hall Green. All we had was a 'green' (I say all we had, some kids didn't even have that) we didn't have much in the way of things to play with but we were always playing. We would make up a game. One of the games was knights on horse back, where we would piggy back a mate and there would be a sword fight with another couple of mates. We had no swords or sticks, we just pulled our jumper sleeves down over our hands and clenched a fist, those were our swords. We always ended in a heap on the floor, and usually me that rolled in the dog sh1t  Grin

77  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GUNS AND KNIVES on: August 03, 2018, 06:00:27 AM
And still it goes on. Three stabbed in Camberwell Southeast London last night, one fatally. The person that was killed had been found not guilty by an old bailey jury two months ago. He had been accused of murdering a young black person in the same street. I lived and worked in that area for 17 years, up until 2 years ago. It was like war zone and still is by the look of things.

And somewhere there is a grieving parent.......
78  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: GUNS AND KNIVES on: August 03, 2018, 04:44:11 AM
The Birch scam. What was this?
79  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT CENTRES on: August 02, 2018, 08:52:04 PM
I sometimes fear for those with mental Heath problems. The reason is because too many jump on the band wagon today at the slightest thing. It almost becomes fashionable. Especially when it is advantages. I.e. There are Dyslexic people out there that struggle (this is not a mental health problem, just an example of where others jump on the band wagon) There is then a realisation that if you have dyslexia and are sitting exams at school, you get additional time to sit the exam. Well, who doesn't want extra time? This then leaves those that are truly dyslexic at a disadvantage, coz every bigger has extra time.

The real issue I feel from experience is with adolescent mental health, there is nowhere for these young people to go. They end up being admitted to a General Emergency department where they can't get the care and treatment they need.

Mental health and mental ill health has a fine line, some are more susceptible to crossing that line. You could be next......
80  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: CHILDRENS BEHAVIOUR on: August 02, 2018, 08:29:14 PM
When you think back and we only had he land line, you'd never spend that much time on the phone. Mind you, in the 60's we had a party line. The lady next door but one, was never off he phone.

I don't think it's just the IT issue. Many are brought up these days with a feeling of entitlement, I.e. You want it? OK, you can have it now! If you don't get it, just complain and go straight to the top. I don't really see a problem with people having what they want, it's the behaviour I find disturbing when they can't have it or have to wait.

Are kids growing up too soon? I feel we had rights of passage. There were stages. The main one for me was going in a pub! Remember times of trying to look into that smoke filled room through a gap in the frosted glass, catch a glimpse, should someone hold the door open too long. Today you're in the womb, tomorrow you can go in the pub.

Twn Sion
81  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Old tool manufacturers of Brum and West Mids on: August 02, 2018, 08:07:34 PM
While working on my old Land Rover today and a load of old A/F spanners in hand. Some that I bought 48 years ago when apprenticed at Cooks Lane Garage, near Tile Cross.

They are still almost as good as new. A lot better than many spanners that you buy today. Some of the names that were around then (some still are but I think off shore these days). Williams Superslim, I bought a set of these in 1970, A/F combination spanners, cost 4. A set of Gordon Tools ring spanners, 4. A set of Britool A/F open end spanners, 5. Britool small socket set, 1/2 inch drive, 3/8 - 3/4 sockets, ratchet, extension and Tommy bar 13. Doesn't seem a lot to pay these days, back then I paid weekly out of my wages forever and a day.

Other tools spring to mind, King Dick, Snail Brand, Gordon Tools. Eclipse, Stanley, Record. Can any one remember others? What are your memories of these tools? Edifi, you must have used a few in your mechanicing and recovery day?

Twm Sion
82  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: AWOL. on: August 02, 2018, 07:07:59 PM
Hello Langstraat, welcome back, I joined this forum at the beginning of the year, I hadn't posted for a while on here. Anyway, I got fed up on the other forum with what I felt was lack of reasoning. It's good to be back on this forum.

Your post reminded me of my trips through the market and buying a saucer of cockles and of course he pet stall. I had my first puppy from there when I was about three years old. I remember the lady on the pet stall she had long wavy jet black hair.

83  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Inner city playgrounds. on: August 02, 2018, 06:57:47 PM
This has got me thinking about me and my mate Gordon. We lived in Kings Norton on one of the new housing estates. We were not far from the canal and the long tunnel that goes from Tunnel Cottages to Hopwood. In the old days the barges had to be legged through and the horses went overland via what was known as the Donkey track.

Me and Gordon often wondered along the Donkey track, it still ran mainly through fields. Parts of it very rough where the tractors had gone through and the cattle would trample every thing to a pulp. Me and Gordon were always on the lookout for anything interesting. One of the days were were a few miles from home on the Donkey track. There was a hollow that had some water at the bottom, the usual rubbish dumped in and a few fallen trees. Our eyes were always attuned to 'Pram wheels' we could spot them a mile off in the fog. We couldn't believe our eyes, it was a Pram chassis from a high pram, two big and two smaller wheels.

We spent about half an hour trying to get these wheels out f the hole, tried reaching it from the side, hooking it with a stick a stick, balancing on logs. Anyway, we managed to get the wheels and a good soaking into the bargain. I was ecstatic about the wheels but I had a feeling of impending doom for when I got home, soaking and stinking of foul water, and of course the clip around the ear and 'you always come back looking like that when you play with him'.

We now had to get the wheels home, a few miles away. When we left the Donkey track for a Tarmac road we were at the top of Primrose Hill, near Icknield Street. Our days of dragging these wheels through hell and high water were over at last. We could let gravity take us home. If you are familiar with Primrose Hill, there used to be a riding stable near the top on the left (as going up), it was about here we thought we would test the wheels, not much to sit on but plenty to hold. Off it went from the pavement by the riding stables. We were on the right when we started going down. The problem we didn't know we had with the wheels was that they veered to the left, before long we were out in the road, hell for leather, cross roads coming up that joined Pool Farm Estate and Primrose Hill Estate. Luckily we stopped just before the cross roads, we were now on the left hand side up against a high kerb. Thankfully, not much traffic around in those days. To be honest, I don't think we ever got the trolley together but what a journey home....

Twm Sion
84  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 02, 2018, 02:03:15 PM
Thank you Gerald, I'm down the shops later so will pick up stuff. There are a load of leaves too, so I'll take a few out.
Thanks again
85  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 02, 2018, 10:48:00 AM
Gerald,sent Roy a PM to get in touch with you on this forum,got quite uperty about it said if you want to get in touch with him go to that forum
Interesting response from Roy when someone reaches out with offer of advice. I'd always had him down as quite reasonable. Oh well, you can but try......

Twm Sion
86  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 02, 2018, 10:44:38 AM
Hello Gerald/Edifi

My tomatoes in the green house are starting to lose their blossom. Breaking off on the knuckle joint about quarter inch from the head. There is some blossom that has turned into fruit on the same trusses this hasn't dropped. Any ideas pleas?

Twm Sion
87  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 01, 2018, 08:28:01 PM
I think this summer will have more of an affect on food next year than Brexit. The winter was harsh too. With our small flock we spent 3k extra on fodder than in previous years. When we sell, we will just have to take what we can get.

When you think of it, all the big producers are geared up big time, that won't stop over night, there is so much invested in export and import.

88  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: PADDLE STEAMERS on: August 01, 2018, 08:07:02 PM
I've been on a couple of paddle boats but not steamers. These were in the states. I was one of a team of hospital staff that took a couple of groups of ill children to Disney. We would travel from the car par park to the park across the lakes.

The nearest I've been yo one here is on the lake in Drayton Manor. My son and daughter want to row the rowing boat we were on. They were 8 and 10 years old. They were fighting so much we ended up in the path of the big paddle boat. I was so glad to get off.

Twm Sion
89  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Inner city playgrounds. on: August 01, 2018, 07:45:34 PM
I didn't know they were called HONG KONGS, we called them trollies. Pram wheels were like gold when I was a nipper. I remember when I lived in Hall Green, dad had a mate on the Coventry Rd just before you get to Elmdon airport. We went over there as his mate had a set of wheels (just the wheels) dad got another mate at the factory to make a couple of axles. I found a plank of wood for the body of the trolley and a few smaller bits to fix the axles to. Nothing like U bolts in them days, a couple of bent nails held the axles on, and a nail through the front axle, a bit of string for steering. Hours of fun up and down the street, as you say not much traffic and no brakes either......
Twn Sion
90  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: CHILDRENS BEHAVIOUR on: August 01, 2018, 06:09:49 PM
There is a report stating that youngsters when starting school have great difficulty in communicating verbally. I do wonder if the amount of IT we have in homes has something to do with it. Parents always seem to be busy with their thumbs on phones, kids are sitting with iPads or tables from the time they can sit up.

Speaking to a friend a few days ago, she had been on a family holiday abroad. She said that's the last time she will go on a family holiday. Her two daughters, their partners and children were constantly on their phones. On the beach, out for lunch dinner or travelling. It almost seems like there is no need for direct verbal contact with the person next to you.

Twm Sion
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