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Back in the days of half-crowns and two bobs,

When people had patience and parents had jobs.

When all younger siblings wore hand me down shoes,

And T.V had only two channels to choose.

Back in the days of threepenny bits,

When schools employed Nora to search for your nits.

When snowballs were harmless, ice slides were permitted,

And all of your clothing were warm and hand knitted.

Back in the days of homemade ginger beers,

When children remained kids for more than ten years.

When children respected what older folks said,

And pot was a thing you kept under your bed.

Back in the days of Listen with Mother,

When neighbours were friendly and conversed with each other.

When cars were so sparse you could play in the street.

When Doctors made house calls, Police walked the beat.

Back in the days of radio comedy like Goons,

When music was music and songs all had tunes.

It was tripe and onions for dinner and jam bread for tea,

And your annual break was a day by the sea.

Back in the days of Dixon of Dock Green,

Crackerjack pens and Lyons ice cream.

When children could all wear National Health glasses,

And qualified teachers took all of the classes.

Back in the days of hard work and achieving,

When mobiles were things that you hung from the ceiling.

When woodwork and cooking got taught in all schools,

And everyone dreamt of a win on the pools.

Back in the days when I was a lad,

I can’t help but smile for the fun that I had.

Hopscotch and roller skates, not acting like yobs,

Back in the days of half-crowns and two bobs.

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19 minutes ago, guzzicat said:

And fireworks were only heard over a couple of weeks & weren,t powerful enough to kill by their explosion, ( they were mostly made in Scotland not imported from China.)

plus the fact Christmas was celebrated properly before it became a commercial merry go round and shops actually shut between xmas and new year and sundays too

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1 minute ago, ditchman said:

Z Cars............and all my girlfriends were as desperate as me ..:lol:............life was so easy then....and a house never cost more than 2.5 times your salary

Our first house cost £150.00 more than my last dog!

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Oh happy days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You forgot to mention the frost on the inside of the bedroom window for months on end and the outside toilet was frozen plus either your front or rear in the living room were warm but never both at the same time. But we were happy.

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Winning a goldfish at the Toon Moor, it either died next day, or lived for ten years in a glass sweet jar, cadged from shop, water changed once a year & fed on Armitages "Gussie "ant eggs.

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1 hour ago, sam triple said:

taking used pop bottles back to the shop to get the deposit back ,recycling at its best

I am sure we could add a fair bit more to the list but you are right about the pop bottles , in our village shop the Corona was a shilling a bottle and 3d back on the empty bottle , because we didn't always have a shilling the ole boy in the the shop let us have a bottle for 9d and we got nothing back on the bottle , we also got a packet of Smiths broken crisps for 1d , these were much sought after and he only got a tin full now and again, ( Big square tins with SMITHS on the side )

My ole grandfather had a gas meter in the corner of his front room that took one of the ole pennies , you would put the penny in the slot and wound it round like a clock until the penny dropped in the meter , after a while this was updated that took a shilling , that was the start of inflation :good:

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4 hours ago, sam triple said:

taking used pop bottles back to the shop to get the deposit back ,recycling at its best

Yes I remember this.

My parents were divorced and I got no pocket money so I used to ratch in bins,under dykes,nick em from the pub yard,anywhere, just to get a few pennies to spend on sweets.

Good times.

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