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Remember when.........

29 Jun 2011 3:35PM

Quote:I started at the Co-oP grocery store in Watford (Herts) at 16shillings a week!!!! 60 years ago.

70 pence a week, That was 5 and a half days,early closing on Wednesdays......anyone beat that?

Yeah but you could buy a house for that back then ;o) And still have change leftover for a family holiday.

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Overread Plus
9 4.1k 19 England
29 Jun 2011 3:45PM
Ahh I'm way too young for all this it seems

closest I get I think is remembering Ice cream Blocks - that is a rectangled shaped block of yellowy icecream wrapped in a cardboard container. You had to be really careful when opening it least the card stick to the icecream as you peeled it back to cut a lump out .
8Mfps Plus
9 80 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 4:11PM

Does this bring back fundamentally fond memories?
MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 4:14PM

Quote:70 pence a week

.....Jeez....at 25 shillings a week, I was well paid then.

...with my first weeks wage I started buying a new bike 20...at 25s a week it would take almost 20 weeks.

A young person starting work and buying a decent bike today, would buy it in less than 2 weeks....and they were the good old days Smile
MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 4:17PM
...bloody posh folk, with toilet rolls....they didn't have squares of torn up newspaper.... Smile
simont Plus
13 2.3k 4 England
29 Jun 2011 4:18PM

Quote:A young person starting work and buying a decent bike today

I think there are a couple of inconsistencies in the above statement. Wink
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
29 Jun 2011 4:24PM
jeez I remember izal!! Rough as sandpaper!
8Mfps Plus
9 80 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 4:27PM

...bloody posh folk, with toilet rolls.
Yes this was taken this month in Kingston Lacey a National Trust house!
Gaucho Plus
16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 5:12PM
Toilet rolls? We had to make do with The Times overseas edition. At least it was relatively soft Wink
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Jun 2011 6:33PM

Quote:working in a local butchers...48 hours a week 1. 5 shillings a week....that's right 1.25p a week.

You were lucky...

Round our way it were....


And yes - I remember all of the above - and that doors were left unlocked and you just walked into yer mates house and that Keef is telling big fat 'porkies'...

Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
29 Jun 2011 6:48PM
Hanging around shops waiting for closing time, then asking for there stale cheese and bread to use as fishing bait.

They would be quickly closed down if they did that now Smile

No such thing as use by, or best by dates on food, if it looked and smelt ok it was good enough to eat.
whipspeed Plus
13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2011 6:52PM
We used to go into the chippy for free bags of batter bits & take them down to the swings for a picnic.
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
29 Jun 2011 6:52PM
And it wasn't filled with chemicals.
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
29 Jun 2011 6:54PM
And your chips where wrapped in newspaper Smile

These days the food hygiene people will have a field day.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
29 Jun 2011 7:06PM
And a whole skate wing and MASSIVE chips was 1/6d - in 1969 at least. (8p today??)

And - as Paul says - wrapped in newspaper.

And they stayed warm 'forever'

And the smell of the vinegar and the salt and the chips in the paper was 'Heaven'

And everybody would be walking down the street eating theirs...

And everyone would shout and wave a chip at each other...

And people were happier...

** sigh **

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