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Kandor
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« on: August 16, 2009, 05:43:06 AM »

At the bottom of Erskine st, Nechells was the River Rea.
Allan, Derek and me spent many a day just walking along the river (it had no grassy banks, it was just a culvert )

We would go down to near Salford Bridge, just doing things that teenage boys get up to.

Near Nechells Power Station was a long gloomy tunnel known as 'The dark half hour' I supose it was only a 1/4 mile long but feeling your way in total darkness it seemed a lot, lot further.

I can see us now hanging on to each other with our necks tucked down tight against our chins (that was because of my big brother who claimed Rats always went for your throat) but we did it to test our courage and to complete our great adventure..

I remember one year just as we lowered ourselves down to the side of the Rea we saw a huge Paper bale come sliding and half floating towards us,,
I climbed on to sail it the 2 miles down to Salford to where the Rea met the River Tame.
There was only one flaw in my plan..

I had forgotten that just by Saltley Viaduct there is an 12 foot drop as it goes over a mini waterfall, I hung on for grim death as I rode this greasy roller coaster..my friends who had fallen far behind, screaming in the distance,
I stayed on my 'Ship' all the way...how could I not?
I was the Captain...and I was courageous....

And here it is.

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009, 12:31:51 PM »

Kandor, yes, we where hero's, we sailed the world, explored unknown waters, with the high moutains on both sides, sailed under bridges, looked up and saw people's back garden fences, and wondered what was on the other side, our tin bath became our ship sailing down some unknown Africa river, maybe we will come to the sea,? nope, we came to a iron grill that had all the rubbish that people had thown in to the river Rea, and we could go no further, so we had to walk back home, Home,? where was that,? so, me and my mate had to walk from the far side of the moon in our little black and yellow swim suits ( and no shoes), ...er mister, where is Cox St west, please.... never heard of it, ( not knowing we lived on the south side of Brum,) but at last we followed the river, it took us hours to get back, that night we slept well in our beds knowing we had sailed unknown waters,

PS: later in life, I did sail into unkown river waters of Africa,...J2
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Kandor
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 01:28:29 PM »

You're a lovely guy John...tell me about your adventures in Africa, in fact I'd love a forum for all our holidays over the years..
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Kandor
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2009, 08:45:38 AM »

Oh THANKS John! that was both funny and facinating! Cheesy
You've certainly got about mate! THIS is one of the reasons I love this site, simply being able to read about other lives and people makes it brilliant!
I loved the ending of the post with the Machete, I'd have peed myself
Thank you so much..wonderful
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2009, 08:50:39 AM »

Kandor.. trust me you ant heard nothing yet....
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2009, 12:40:16 PM »

Then Sir, the curtain yours.
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2009, 02:51:40 PM »

this guy was the most importent man on the contract...

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2009, 03:01:02 PM »

Some times I wished I had a 9 till 5 job,.... naa, not really... Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2009, 03:09:46 PM »

this guy was the most importent man on the contract...

I see what you mean...fantastic pics John 
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2009, 09:32:51 PM »

Hi John 2000,
 Love your discriptions, great................Cant take over from you there
but my Dad working for Braithewaites Gt.Bridge went to Turkey in 1936
to   A nkara to build a Steel Rolling Mill, your discription of picking the Labour
reminded me so much of how he told it, he rode Donkies and a Horse tho
no cars only one truck and crane when he arrived.
The heavy load of wood made me smile cos, my Uncle worked with Dad but
driving a Crane, High up and I mean high up ,evidentally the crane went to near the edge, Uncle Harold jumped and landed in the lorry going past with
a load of excavated toilet contents...................poo not loo
Oh please keep sending all these lovely adventures, brilliant.
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2009, 10:02:58 PM »

John,

What great stories. Keep them coming.

Norma
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2009, 10:59:24 PM »

John,

What great stories. Keep them coming.

Norma



Norma, I've got a room ful of them.. Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2009, 11:14:12 PM »

Wow John you sure do get around and what a story you tell.  Not only that your discriptions are intriguing. . . 
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2009, 11:49:21 PM »




 Love em  Love em Love em.........Please dont forget your memories

they are great..
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Cromwell
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 07:46:13 AM »

They say life is so unbelievable sometimes that it’s true ..
Loved reading about your life John so glad you are putting it to words so other folk can read ……..Wonderful slices of your life which I am sure you will never forget
Love the way you put it …so down to earth and easy reading
And I echo the sound of others when I say… keep it coming John
Look forward to reading more
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