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5-May-2010 10:09 AM
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A Belated 'Happy Birthday' Brian. Sooooo many birthdays and celebrations are going on here that I almost, but not quite, forgot your's....Our daughter is 48 today, our neighbour was 50 yesterday and your's truly was........mumble, mumble, on Saturday, the 8th. Our youngest daughter is 46 on 15th and several friends, both abroad and here, also have birthdays around this time, but, I'm glad you enjoyed your curry and I love your wife's sense-of-humour, very funny, and so right too, she is obviously a very kind, sensitive and caring lady.I was intending to save you a big slice of the cake that Derek 'gave' me, but, well, you know what it's like.........well, putting it bluntly, there's none left, not for you or Derek, but you can take it from me that it was deeeeelishussss. I don't know where Derek gets his cakes, but they really are tasty and so moist......Derek will now try to find a picture of an 'empty' cake platter, what's the betting??
Secret Squirrel is related to all three of us Brian. We didn't want to advertise the fact, but now that you've sussed us, s.t.s., we'll come clean. We are related by way of some distant, very distant, red squirrel who lived many years ago in Windsor Great Park. I do believe there's a little drop of royal blood there somewhere, but I'm not totally sure. S.S. will, no doubt, find facts, figures and dates, to verify or otherwise this 'tale'....
10-May-2010 10:37 AM
Hard to imagine now, but back in the day the chipmunks were all the rage; as I grew up there were plenty of "novelty" records (sorry, old fashioned word) all of which were a bit cringe-worthy, but they had a certain naive cheery charm. There haven't been any like that for what - decades? I suppose they were of their time - but what does today's top 40 tell us about our time? Not good things, I think. These days Wake Up Little Susie (as played to Windsor's tender youth at the Methodist club!) would be far more explicit about the circumstances leading up to Susie being so late. Fortunately there are still those who fondly remember some of those old songs to be found on Youtube - some so old you'd forgotten you'd forgotten them - like Pat's Hush Hush Here comes the Bogeyman that brought listening to my gran's old "radio" straight back to me. Thinking back: the forties had some wartime novelty songs that still pack a punch - one still wants to wave a Union Jack frantically when you hear that one that's a dialogue between us and the Hun; the fifties had Max Byegraves with his pink toothbrush and Charlie someone having a bath, and Petula Clark (I think) singing about the man who lives in the fridge and puts the light on; by the sixties we still had a very odd American Tiptoeing through the Tulips with an underage bride; and at last the seventies when we had Shuddupayourface (sp?) and Birdy songs. Oh, yes, and there was that ventriloquist's duck whose name eludes me. When was that? Anyone fancy getting together and recording a cutting edge novelty song - all proceeds to the forum of course? Anyone with a spare garage to practice in would be most welcome...or the odd mouthorgan...
23-Jun-2012 06:52 PM
The first photo was taken at Littlehampton in 1957 when members of the Methodist Youth club had a day outing there. I think Brian will recognise the members. The second photo was taken on the ferry from Guernsey when 5 of us girls (including Pauline and Janet), escorted by Peter and Stella who ran the club, stayed there in a Methodist Youth Hostel. The last photo is of Peter and Stella, our leaders. I certainly remember you Brian, maybe you remember me, Margaret Dalpra.
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Elsewhere you mention the house built by Mr Powell, the corn merchant, “believed to have a beautiful wooden staircase”. I knew the house (45 St Marks Rd) well as my best friends, two brothers, lived there and I often went to play with them in the 1950s. Their family name was Johnson – I think Mrs J had been a Powell before her marriage. It was indeed a beautiful house built I would say about 1900-1910 with the stairs rising from the rear of the hall, crossing a window overlooking the garden on a gallery, before turning and continuing to the first floor. Below stairs was a low cupboard into which we would crawl to improvise “cinema shows” with the aid of a torch and stories cut from comics and stuck onto long rolls of paper and winding rods, placed inside a cardboard box with a viewing slot cut in the side. I have happy memories of the house including running up to St leonards Road when the siren went off, in hopes of seeing the fire engine turning out. The Fire Station was staffed by Retained Firemen who had to run or bicycle in to the station when the alarm was raised. It later moved to opposite my friends’ house in St Marks Road. In recent years I was sad to see the house had been demolished.
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Thanks TW for your tactful response to my
stream of consciousness … and for the heads up on member contact.
Forum procedures on PMs differ so much.I'm having problems with repeated connection timeouts and scrambled page formatting (recent PC running Win 7 & Firefox). My copper connection to the exchange is longer than 7kms so the broadband connection is slow at 1.4Mbps. Are these things likely because of my connection or a usual feature to live with? I'm asking on the assumption you are the Forum Moderator ... hope that's right! Brian
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