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Re: When i was a child

Another often forgotten Rolls Royce engine user, though later models had the engine built by Austin.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Champ


I remember looking through exchange and mart wanting one of these but i bought a BSA side valve dispatch riders motorbike M20 i think.
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No Jax, they weren't the good old days, and nowadays we don't need such a big navy and airforce because membership of the EU has kept us free of the old European wars for over seventy years.
It would seem not everyone agrees with that :

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38044967

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Just realised i'm celebrating an anniversary today...50 years to the day that I passed my driving test, 50 years on and no points on my licence ever, no insurance claims for prangs ever, and over 1.5million miles (est) of driving safely....not sure how things will fair in the coming years with yet more and more manic drivers on the road.

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I’d have no idea of the date I passed my test but it was more like 40 years than 50. Sadly that’s where the story changes! Certainly done well over a million miles as I was a field service engineer for 15 odd years. Had a couple of insurance claims for probably two incidents and also two lots of points for speeding (motorway and A-Road) I’m pedantic about not speeding in a 30/40/50 limit.
I think the standard of people’s driving nowadays is pretty carp, often caused by people seemingly unable to overtake someone doing 5-10 mph below the limit. On a decent length trip you inevitably see cars coming the other way in groups where everyone lines up nose to tail behind someone who is barely doing those 5-10 mph below. Every right to do those speeds but not when you are causing a rolling roadblock. Pull over and let people pass fercryinoutloud!
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And wine was terrible as it was British...…….
There was a cartoon in a very old magazine with a caption saying it take four people to drink a bottle of British wine. The carton showed two men holding down the third man, and the fourth man pouring the wine into the third mans mouth. Dated roughly 1870.

Was there s magazine called the London Illustrated?
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Was there s magazine called the London Illustrated?
The illustrated London News.

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I remember being a youngster and the “grown-ups” laughing when I said that:
“I really like a nice bit of cracking”. (Roast pork, Sunday lunch)

It wasn’t until I started work that I heard that phrase had a whole different meaning...
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I remember being a youngster and the “grown-ups” laughing when I said that:
“I really like a nice bit of cracking”. (Roast pork, Sunday lunch)

It wasn’t until I started work that I heard that phrase had a whole different meaning...

Over the years i have had and enjoyed both sorts, now my teeth wont cope with one sort and my body with the other.
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Funny, never liked crackling, or skin on chicken or turkey.
Dammit! Now I fancy a proper roast!
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In all the nostalgia, don't forget about the Metro and the Allegro Vanden Plas.
How could we possibly forget those. Weren't they a job creation scheme for AA and RAC patrols?


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But almost nobody owned a car! (1950s).
Harold, almost nobody needed a car in the 1950's. Houses were generally built within walking distance of a railway station, and there were buses too. Remember those?

Then in 1963 one Ernest Marples, Chairman of the Marples Ridgdeway road building business decided to close down a significant number of railway lines and made sure they were put beyond any further use. His successor, Barbara Castle did even more damage despite promises made by Harold Wilson in 1964. To make matters even worse, the TGWU under Jack Jones did their best to disrupt all remaining rail freight to protect lorry drivers' jobs.

Then houses were built on greenfield sites well away form existing habaition, where there were no railway stations or bus services. Houses were even built on former railway land just to make sure the lines were never used again.

So you are right; almost nobody owned a car in the 1950's; but within ten years they had no other choice. You really couldn't make it up. Government has now realised its collective mistake and is taxing us for it!

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Phone had wires,
Music came with a box that had to be wound and a nail that had to be sharpen. ( remember getting smacked but can't remember why)
My late Dad had a Vespa and all 4 of us would get a ride in it.
And we had a High House to do our business in ( wonder how we made it without those water closets)
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Phone had wires.
And you still can't beat a pair of copper wires for call quality, plus there is no danger of microwaving your brain.


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My late Dad had a Vespa and all 4 of us would get a ride in it.
Was that a 'Bubble Car'? I remember those.

They were very popular in the UK because being three wheeled they could be driven on a motorcycle licence.

When I was about four my father bought a Panther 650 motorbike and sidecar 'combination' as they were called in those days. My older brother or sister would ride in the sidecar with me whilst my mother rode pillion! That was around 1959 or 1960.

We lived in a rather snotty private road in Surrey and I don't think the neighbours were too impressed. Some were so posh they even had cars! My mother was rather conscious of this but I think it just encouraged my father to give the bike a 'handfull'.
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Re: When i was a child

A Vespa was an Italian make of a scooter, the classic ‘Mods’ type of scooter. Bubble cars were Messershmitt, and / or possibly Heinkel. Enough to strike fear into the hearts of Brits of a certain age I suspect.
Also presuming the Vespa had a side car, I think such things existed.
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Ours still has and we always get a signal.

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Harold, almost nobody needed a car in the 1950's. Houses were generally built within walking distance of a railway station, and there were buses too. Remember those?
My dad (a bricklayer - remember those?) used to get a Workman's Ticket on the bus. Postmen used to hop on and off buses, apparently without paying.

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Was that a 'Bubble Car'? I remember those.

They were very popular in the UK because being three wheeled they could be driven on a motorcycle licence.

When I was about four my father bought a Panther 650 motorbike and sidecar 'combination' as they were called in those days. My older brother or sister would ride in the sidecar with me whilst my mother rode pillion! That was around 1959 or 1960.

We lived in a rather snotty private road in Surrey and I don't think the neighbours were too impressed. Some were so posh they even had cars! My mother was rather conscious of this but I think it just encouraged my father to give the bike a 'handfull'.
Totally agree about copper wires and sound quality. In recent years we’ve seemingly come to accept poor quality comms, certainly a huge backward step compared to the old analogue phones poked through a Strowger exchange of, I guess, 20+ years or more ago.

Panther 650? Wasn’t that a very long stroke single cylinder that if you messed up the kick start you were usually catapulted into low earth orbit??
Did the ‘handful’ involve increasing the revs from a leisurely tickover at 200 rpm to a shattering and no doubt shuddering 500 rpm??
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