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Old Jun 16th 2015, 5:40 pm
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On the "Pissed off" thread I grumbled about the abolition of penny-coins in Ireland, fully aware that it's a typical old codgers' complaint. "When I were a lad..." and "Back in my day..." and "I can remember when...", and similar. One disrespectful young snapper even called me a coffin-dodger.

Sigh. Well, when you're old, you're old. We shouldn't have to go through the rest of our lives apologising for being old; so It may be a useful thing for us to have our own BE thread. In the "Take it Outside" section, of course - right next to the "What has pissed you off lately" thread, if possible, because when you're old, damn near everything pisses us off.

"Coffin dodger"??? Why - as my grandma used to say when I were a lad... Oh, never mind.
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We used to get 16 Black Jacks (or Fruit Salad) for a Penny.

Then it was only 8, but we could still get 16 Mojos, so that was ok.

Nothing like that these days.

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2 1/2 ozs of pineapple chunks or pear drops cost 3d and had to last the week but that was ok because they ripped your tongue to shreds.
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2 1/2 ozs of pineapple chunks or pear drops cost 3d and had to last the week but that was ok because they ripped your tongue to shreds.
Haha. Yes, they sure did.
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A 'Gobstopper' for a farthing in my childhood - four for a penny for those that don't know what a 'farthing' was
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It's nice that somebody will get value out of this thread. There's great therapeutic benefit in reminiscing about one's childhood - so different from most younger people's childhoods - and about some of the half-forgotten highlights of a long life. Who better to appreciate those recollections than other old codgers? Let's face it: our children (and, in my case, grandchildren) aren't all that bothered.

I commit some of the memories to writing and post the writings on my blog, against the day when the grandkids feel like assuaging their consciences when I'm gone. They'll probably marvel at how boring I became, despite an (occasionally) interesting life. Well, that's to be expected, I suppose.

Nitek and Pica - do you have the same problems finding eager listeners to your tales of Black Jacks and pear drops? Hell, I'm interested in them even without knowing what Black Jacks and pear drops are. I'm not sure we had them in the part of Australia I was brought up in. "Pear drops" ring a faint bell, but not the other.
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2 1/2 ozs of pineapple chunks or pear drops cost 3d and had to last the week but that was ok because they ripped your tongue to shreds.
Oooh loved pineapple chunks.......those and cola cubes
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It's nice that somebody will get value out of this thread. There's great therapeutic benefit in reminiscing about one's childhood - so different from most younger people's childhoods - and about some of the half-forgotten highlights of a long life. Who better to appreciate those recollections than other old codgers? Let's face it: our children (and, in my case, grandchildren) aren't all that bothered.

I commit some of the memories to writing and post the writings on my blog, against the day when the grandkids feel like assuaging their consciences when I'm gone. They'll probably marvel at how boring I became, despite an (occasionally) interesting life. Well, that's to be expected, I suppose.

Nitek and Pica - do you have the same problems finding eager listeners to your tales of Black Jacks and pear drops? Hell, I'm interested in them even without knowing what Black Jacks and pear drops are. I'm not sure we had them in the part of Australia I was brought up in. "Pear drops" ring a faint bell, but not the other.
I enjoy thinking back to the old days. A better time in many (though not all) ways. In my opinion of course.
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Oooh loved pineapple chunks.......those and cola cubes
The bag used to stick to 'em.
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back in the early 50's in primary school it wasn't uncommon for the teacher to fling a blackboard duster or a piece of chalk at a pupil if they weren't paying attention or talking.

Then of course, if you were a talker like me, it was the usual 'from a selection of three canes' [pick one boy] to get three or five strokes of the cane on the backside.

My wife taught by nuns, it was the ruler across the knuckles

The good old days
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Being from the North West, it has only memories of cold, damp, smog & what was seemingly rain. Never ever got dry, even after emigrating, opening my suitcase for the first time, the clothes stayed damp for almost a week
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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow View Post
One disrespectful young snapper even called me a coffin-dodger.

Sigh. Well, when you're old, you're old. We shouldn't have to go through the rest of our lives apologising for being old; so It may be a useful thing for us to have our own BE thread. In the "Take it Outside" section, of course - right next to the "What has pissed you off lately" thread, if possible, because when you're old, damn near everything pisses us off.

"Coffin dodger"??? Why - as my grandma used to say when I were a lad... Oh, never mind.
How old are you Gordon?
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back in the early 50's in primary school it wasn't uncommon for the teacher to fling a blackboard duster or a piece of chalk at a pupil if they weren't paying attention or talking.

Then of course, if you were a talker like me, it was the usual 'from a selection of three canes' [pick one boy] to get three or five strokes of the cane on the backside.

My wife taught by nuns, it was the ruler across the knuckles

The good old days
Our English teacher, Mr. Hutchinson, was a killer aim with one of those wooden/felt(?) blackboard erasers. He could peg anyone in the room in the back of the head with one of those. BIG puff of chalk dust followed by pain.
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back to childhood sweets...

Late 50's at Southport train station I was treated to a 'frozen Orange Jubbly' from a dispensing machine 3d I think. Anyone else remember those?

Best memories from primary school was that all the kids could do sums/arithmetic of addition, subtract, divide & multiply in pounds, shillings, pence & farthing

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back to childhood sweets...

Late 50's at Southport train station I was treated to a 'frozen Orange Jubbly' from a dispensing machine 3d I think. Anyone else remember those?

Best memories from primary school was that all the kids could do sums/arithmetic of addion, subtract, divide & multiply pounds, shillings, pence & farthing
I remember using shillings / Pennies / Sixpence (tanners) etc, but I cant remember ever having a farthing. Maybe I just missed that.
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