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Blasts from the past...or dinosaurs

adrian_w e2
7 3.4k 4 Scotland
10 Feb 2013 2:50PM

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thewilliam 6 4.9k
10 Feb 2013 4:45PM
Do you mean chicken that you could identify in a blind tasting?
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
10 Feb 2013 5:03PM

Not so much chicken, just that it was so long ago I think the daguerreotype had only just been invented. Tongue
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
10 Feb 2013 5:05PM
Green shield stamps, can remember my mum collecting them and me spending them Smile

Saturday morning pictures with stuff made by the children's film foundation.

Saturday jobs, helpimg the milkman or on building sites, wouldn`t be allowed now.

Kids being paid by the hour to pick litter after the Reading Festival finished, again it wouldn`t be allowed now.

Bunking into festivals`s, no one batted on eyelid at kids wondering in.

Bunking onto trains after buying a cheap platform ticket, we would end up anywhere and everywhere Smile

Us kids had so much more freedom in the old days.
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
10 Feb 2013 5:41PM

Quote:Us kids had so much more freedom in the old days.

How true! When I was about 10 I got a watch for xmas and a clear message that woe betide me if I was ever late home for dinner on a Saturday, or in the school hols. Off I'd go on my bike, they'd never know where I was from one hour to the next, but I was alwaays home for dinner. Wouldn't dare allow kids today that freedom.
monstersnowman 9 1.7k 1 England
10 Feb 2013 6:18PM
Foil topped milk with the cream at the top. All delivered outside your door each morning ...
Ring pulls off cans on the pavement ...
Stray dogs ... And acting excited like you've never seen a dog before if it came into your school playground.
Bus conductors hanging off the back pole of open-backed buses ...
saltireblue e2
4 4.3k 26 Norway
10 Feb 2013 6:26PM
Standing at the Milton Road end of The Dell, before compulsory seating was introduced.
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 7:31PM
Watching a Sunderland Flying Boat take off under Rochester Bridge

Seeing the Brabazon lumbering into the air from London Airport

Watching the Saunders-Roe Princess Flying Boat test flying over Southampton Water

The early Hovercraft trials off Hayling Island when I was living there in the early '60s (I've just remembered that they were built by Saunders Roe too)

That really was a magic time for British inventiveness, not always successful unfortunately

I worked for a paint lab over the road from the Hawker plant at Kingston on Thames and got to know the lads working on the Harrier and its Supersonic version that was supposed to follow it. We had a trade stand at Farnborough each year so I got to see the first public display with it. Then I saw the heartbreak of the team when the supersonic version was cancelled and all the prototypes, jigs and plans were destroyed. Its been downhill ever since Sad

(Its a small world though, I was at a local Craft Fair in Decemebr and one of the other stall-holders turned out to have been in command of the both the Black Arrows display team (Hunters, which my company painted) and also the first active squadron of Harriers. It turned out we had also painted his and his wife's cars in the same high tech paint system we finished the Hunters in! Smile )
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
10 Feb 2013 7:44PM

Quote:Watching a Sunderland Flying Boat take off under Rochester Bridge

Built no doubt by Short Brothers.

Checking Google it appears they moved to Belfast in the late 1940's but I think they still had some connection with Rochester into the 1960's as I remember the name from my schooldays.
Meheecho e2
2 275 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 8:55PM
Sherbet dabs
Trebor fruit salad chews and blackjacks
The Lone Ranger
The Cisco kid
Juke box jury
The goon show
Gary Halliday
Beano , Dandy , Beezer, The famous Five, Billy Bunter, Jennings
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 8:56PM

Quote:but I think they still had some connection with Rochester into the 1960's

This must have been in the '50s and there was still a slipway + shed where they serviced the flying boats. It was upriver of the two bridges but its too long ago for me to remember exactly where. They used to just about leave the water as the went under the first bridge, then, if memory is correct they had to bank left as they became airborne to get under the second bridge. The noise those radial engines made was amazing

Funny how it all comes back in a session like this Grin
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
11 Feb 2013 10:59AM
Envious of you, Brian. I love the look of flying boats (not seaplanes) but have never seen an operational one 'in the metal' and maybe never will. {Sigh} Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2013 11:48AM
It was a magical time CB, great as a teenager because I was a complete plane nut (still am to a certain extent).

A group of us used to cycle around all the local airbases and nip through the wire fences to get a closer look at what was on the ground.

I remember standing under the open bomb bay doors of a Victor Bomber (at Blackbushe Airfield if I remember rightly) thinking it looked like something out of the Eagle (who remembers Dan Dare and the Mekons? )

We got chased out by a security bloke in a peaked cap, we'd probably have got shot nowadays Tongue
RogBrown e2
8 3.0k 10 England
11 Feb 2013 11:50AM

Quote:who remembers Dan Dare and the Mekons?

Me. Smile
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2013 12:12PM
What was the name of the attractive female lead in the cartoon? (damn - its funny what comes back after all these years Grin )

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