Memorable stuff from your formative years

AlienFTM

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Most of the kids are in short trousers! Poor sods, their legs must have been freezing if that really was in Newcastle. I spent several happy weekends on leave there when I was down in Catterick doing various things, so I know it's bloody cold at times.
Cough weak-kneed namby-pamby shandy-drinking southerner.

#CharacterBuilding
 

TamH70

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Cough weak-kneed namby-pamby shandy-drinking southerner.

#CharacterBuilding

Southerner?

How very dare you, Sirrah!

I'd challenge you to a duel but as the challenged party, you'd have the choice of weapons, and I couldn't lift and wield anything heavier than a fluffy cushion.
 

AlienFTM

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Southerner?

How very dare you, Sirrah!

I'd challenge you to a duel but as the challenged party, you'd have the choice of weapons, and I couldn't lift and wield anything heavier than a fluffy cushion.
 
@ex_colonial

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I am sure that was taken from the top of The Newcastle Keep ( Black Gate ? ) ... a great place to visit when I was a boy ... in shorts of course and socks de rigueur for the time ... one up one down ... used to get a train , not a Metro , from Tynemouth which I am sure terminated in Newcastle Central Station .
 
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I am sure that was taken from the top of The Newcastle Keep ... a great place to visit when I was a boy ... in shorts of course and socks de rigueur for the time ... one up one down ... used to get a train , not a Metro , from Tynemouth which I am sure terminated in Newcastle Central Station .

Old style school caps (along with school blazers) are something you don't see anymore. It'll be a sweatshirt and baseball cap now, if anything.

I remember that school prefects would issue 'cap det' (supervised detention after school for not wearing a cap) if you were spotted going to or from school without wearing the regulation headgear. Such a thing would cause national apoplexy now.
 
Old style school caps (along with school blazers) are something you don't see anymore. It'll be a sweatshirt and baseball cap now, if anything.

I remember that school prefects would issue 'cap det' (supervised detention after school for not wearing a cap) if you were spotted going to or from school without wearing the regulation headgear. Such a thing would cause national apoplexy now.

My School cap had three crowns on in memory of three Kings buried in Tynemouth Castle ... to complicate the issue and generate more income for the uniform suppliers the edging around the badge was one of the four colours to reflect the School House you were in .
 
My School cap had three crowns on in memory of three Kings buried in Tynemouth Castle ... to complicate the issue and generate more income for the uniform suppliers the edging around the badge was one of the four colours to reflect the School House you were in .

The old style school uniforms must have represented a significant financial outlay for many families. The start of secondary school coincided with a time when a child was likely to put on a massive spurt in growth. As a result, new school blazers were often bought several sizes too large. The sight of schoolboys wandering about, apparently without any hands, was quite common.
 
Ahh the good old days when everyone wore a uniform with peaked cap Bus drivers ,Posties , Milkmen, etc.
 
Unless you were really unlucky.
I was that nasty little 12 year old who, upon espying an aficionado of porn mags busily, if not frenetically enjoying himself, snagged his trousers which he had laid on a bush behind him,and Stealthily laid them onto a handy tree branch and floated them off Formby point on the ebb tide.
 
Most of the kids are in short trousers! Poor sods, their legs must have been freezing if that really was in Newcastle. I spent several happy weekends on leave there when I was down in Catterick doing various things, so I know it's bloody cold at times.


It was character building, along with chillblains, drinking the icecold, in winter, lukewarm & slightly going off, in summer, bottle of school milk you were given every morning.
It's what gave us the character to build an Empire and win 2 world wars, doncherno!
 

AlienFTM

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It was character building, along with chillblains, drinking the icecold, in winter, lukewarm & slightly going off, in summer, bottle of school milk you were given every morning.
It's what gave us the character to build an Empire and win 2 world wars, doncherno!
School milk put me off milk completely until I joined up and discovered it didn't have to be as you describe.

To avoid becoming a functional alcoholic whilst still in training, I drank seven pints of milk a day.

Arrived in Omagh, convinced the troop I'd been Milky Bar Kid as a child, instant acceptance.
 
Most of the kids are in short trousers! Poor sods, their legs must have been freezing if that really was in Newcastle. I spent several happy weekends on leave there when I was down in Catterick doing various things, so I know it's bloody cold at times.
Primary school uniform was always shorts, whatever the weather. My Polish parents thought that was nuts, but then temperatures never dropped as low as in Poland.
 
The old style school uniforms must have represented a significant financial outlay for many families. The start of secondary school coincided with a time when a child was likely to put on a massive spurt in growth. As a result, new school blazers were often bought several sizes too large. The sight of schoolboys wandering about, apparently without any hands, was quite common.

I wish I had a fiver for every time I was told "don't worry, you will grow into it".
 
I remember kids in infant school (not me I hasten to add) doing the walk of shame out of the school gates
having been sent home with their undercrackers in a bag because they had shat themselves.

The memory still makes me laugh.
 

ancienturion

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That parapet looks a bit low, I hope nobody fell off.

Nothing wrong with it because it was before the days of H & S when people tended to use common sense.
 
I remember kids in infant school (not me I hasten to add) doing the walk of shame out of the school gates
having been sent home with their undercrackers in a bag because they had shat themselves.

The memory still makes me laugh.

One kid did that at our school & was sent to the reception office to get something out of the lost property box.
He came back wearing, shirt, tie, blazer & red football shorts. Complete with black socks & shiny shoes.
I sight to behold.
 
I remember kids in infant school (not me I hasten to add) doing the walk of shame out of the school gates
having been sent home with their undercrackers in a bag because they had shat themselves.

The memory still makes me laugh.
It was always the same few people who shat themselves. I can only think that they tried it out once and decided that they liked the feeling. There was one such a guy at my primary school, whose surname was Hislop. He inevitably became known to all as 'Hiss-plop'. Perhaps he still is.
 

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