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 Post subject: Childhood memories
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:32 pm 
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Anyone else go fishing with nets as a kid?

There’s an eighteen hole golf course there now, a lot of landscaping and money spent by Wakefield council, next to the M1. Spring Mill our mums and dads called it, though to us, it was Gypsy woods.. to this day, I never did see a gypsy there..

Remnants of a few houses used to sit quietly, all bombed by the Germans, we said and there was probably a bomb still ticking, under the rubble. We never did go into the cellar..

There was a stream and sticklebacks and someone said newts, though as a kid in the seventies, I didn’t know what a newt was.. we didn’t have google (I didn’t even have a watch).

And so we’d go off “exploring” (playing out, as it used to be called) and we were fitter and healthier, though I did have hay fever, so I sneezed a lot.. and we caught a stickleback and put it in a jar and brought it home.

It was a green net on a skinny bamboo pole, we could get from Alwares, which sold buckets and Airfix, but not sweets..

Good old days..

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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Yup! An old wicker basket on a string we used. Chuck it in the pond and drag it back.
Used to catch newts and salamanders and sticklebacks and all sorts of creepy things.
I put one creepy thing in with my goldfish and...it ate it.
This was in a pond on a golf course. It was deserted most days but weekends was a different matter.
I think it's a housing estate now.

I used to get sixpence for newts and 2/6p for salamanders from the pet shop.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Marbles... had hundreds of them

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Playing football with a ball made out of socks. Sockball. The caretaker used to have to retrieve them off of the school roof. :biggrin:

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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Standing on the picket line in the 70's with my Dad. Drinking tea from a billy can in the cold. Three day week and winter of discontent just meant more time hanging around picking up bad habits from my Dads friends :blush:

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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We used to play “army” in the field at the bottom of my road... picket fence wood for guns and stones for hand grenades...

.. it’s been built on now and there’s a big wooden gate, as if it’s hiding some sort of palace. Looks really out of place on a council estate..

Gran used to say there were snakes in there.. the field, not the house. I still remember diving face first into a bed of stinging nettles, though never got bit... just stung a lot..

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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Standing on the picket line in the 70's with my Dad. Drinking tea from a billy can in the cold. Three day week and winter of discontent just meant more time hanging around picking up bad habits from my Dads friends :blush:


And you claim to be about 44? The three day week was 1974 so if you were there and can remember it you must be much older than 44.

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I'm 29 and 3/4 :blush:

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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Who was your best friend from school... and do you still see them?

Steve G (not that one)... had massive taxi-door ears.. his mum was the ugliest woman on the planet.. they used to live across the road from us.. when I got a brown leather football for Christmas, my dad bought the pump, but not the adapter.. I had a flat football and no bicycle tyre to blow up.. Steve had a pump and an adapter, but no football..

He became a copper.. last time I saw him was twenty years ago.. he shook my hand, called me by my Sunday name, then leaned over and picked a stray hair off my shirt.. wtf..

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 Post subject: Re: Childhood memories
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Anyone ever go scrumping?

Kids these days, don’t know they’re born... apparently. The thrill of GTA 5, will never match that of trying to climb the tree... skinned knees. The apples never tasted that good..

There was a tree at the bottom of the garden at the bottom of the road... we had to sneak through the elderberry bushes, though it was a long garden and the posh people who lived there (they had a rover) were never in at the weekend..

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