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I remember wheb Scotland Yard was Whitehall 1212, and all 'phone numbers were preceded by the name of town or area.

Sweet tobacco , I bought some in a 'Yesteryears' museum in Great Yarmouth 2 weeks ago.

How about this?
Listen With Mother (1950-82)

with Ann Driver, George Dixon, Daphne Oxenford, Dorothy Smith, Eileen Browne (left), Catherine Edwards and Julia Lang (right).

Few radio memories come as misty-eyed as this: no other signature tune evokes the warmth and tenderness of childhood security as powerfully as the Berceuse from Faure's Dolly Suite.
Midi version of Berceuse


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You guys are certainly showing your age!!! As I dont recall those sweets or the Whitehall Number.

I remember spangles and sherbert Dib Dabs...

I was the kid brought up with Rentaghost, the Adventure Game, Monkey, The Muppets, and recall think of a number with Johnny Ball, Charlton and the Wheelers, How with Fred Dinage, John Noakes with Shep.. ..

and later

He Man and the Masters of Universe

Wasn't it called Spanish Gold?
yeah but who really really really longed to be that cowboy who was really cool in the Toffo's (?) advert... "go get 'em Floyd..." .... classic..
Ah yes a bag of these and a copy of Smash Hits... and still have change from 50p :wink:


Muffin the Mule!

Andy Pandy and Golliwog .. ..

All this when the whole family sat in front of the 12" B & W TV for the limited hours of broardcasting. It took the TV some 5 minutes to warm up and the picture to settle down.

Penny Blacks (Sweets) Fruit Salad (Sweets)

Playing in the woods, making swings over streams, Dens and tree houses!
The local village Bobby on his bike.

12 - 13 year old driving tractors on the road, leading the harvest in!

Speak when you spoken to, seen and not heard!

Prpoer Youth Clubs in every village with Scouts and Guides leading.

Train spotting a Retford, watching at the big A4 Pacifics thundering through, the sight, the smells the power of steam and always on time!

Church on the Sunday, with all the family there, school nativity plays, I was always a Roman Soldier!

School Sports days, where there were winners and loosers, in all sports!

And the ability to use your imagination when playing out, while respecting your betters and elderers.

And I was NEVER bored!
I remember my childhood fondly......... 'Please Uncle Mick, i don't want to play that game again! Uncle Mick noooooooo!'
Salt'n'shake crisps.

For that matter, salt & vinegar and cheese & onion crisps came in the right coloured packets.

Toblerone was considered exotic and you got spud-guns given away free with the Beano.

British Railways. And proper cardboard tickets, printed in advance and stamped when they were sold in one of those big brass stamping machines.

Proper snow. Which lasted long enough to make a slide on.

Steam engines. I used to hang over the railway bridge to watch them go past and get covered in smoke and soot. The noise was exhilarating, and I used to get a glimpse of the red hot coals in the engine.

We also used to wait for the daily whisky train to go past and count all the different blends marked on the containers.

Doing the shopping in the winter on the sledge, me and my brother holding the bag and being pulled along by our mum.

Then when we moved to Paisley the thick pea souper fogs, you really couldn't see a thing. We all got woken up the night the Brown & Polson custard powder factory exploded.
The Big Wood stories with Uncle Bill on the BFBS radio in Germany. The days out in winter sledging. Traveling through Europe and Scandinavia every summer holiday with the tent :)

Rope ladders, rope swings, tree houses in Halton Wood, riding my Chopper with the little bite of card in the spokes (can't remember what they were called but the made a clicking noise). Proper roller skates that strapped to your shoes and could be adjusted to fit any size.

The family walk with the dog on Sunday afternoons through Halton Wood into Wendover to the corner shop for a quater of chewing nuts and wine gums then back home for tea.

Playing out for hours with my friends. Playing hide and seek in the sugar beat fields at Marham.

Then I was sent to boarding school and the fun stopped :(


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