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Returning your empty (glass) lemonade or tizer bottles for the refund.
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Returning your empty (glass) lemonade or tizer bottles for the refund.
Yes, we used to walk around the local park at the end of the day collecting the empties that other people couldn't be bothered to return. We took them to the corner shop and swapped them for bags of black jacks and fruit salad chews or sherbet fountains.
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...... all washed down with a bottle of Blue Nun. One was regarded as rather refined if one knew that the wine was a Liebfraumilch and there was even greater kudos if you knew how to spell and pronounce it correctly.
Or a bottle of Concorde for those who were 'upwardly mobile' but had no taste


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I can remember being fascinated by the bacon slicers and shelves full of provisions behind the counter.
I still love the smell of freshly cut ham. It tastes wonderful in crusty white bread with real butter and a piece of real Cheddar cheese. Yum!

(I think I have just made myself hungry. )

I can remember International Stores, whoever they became? We lived in a small village with just one grocery store. Mr Collis the Grocer used to deliver in his own car on occasions, and would put everything on the slate until the end of the week.

I also remember the old J. Sainsbury's store in Guildford, which I recall was a long, narrow shop with marble walls and floors, or perhaps the walls were tiled. There were refrigerated glass cabinets on both sides of the store, attended to by ladies dressed in white coats and hats.

There was only one 'supermarket' as such (Fine Fare) which always seemed very busy. Then Tesco came along, and they gave out Green Shield Stamps, which I used to enjoy sticking the book, but could never see how we could collect enough to buy that Ford Escort, which if I recall cost 977 books!


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Food rationing was very much a reality in 1949, the year that my parents got married. The eggs needed to make their wedding cake were sent from my Mum's uncle in Canada, packed in a box of flour that was also used for the cake.
My parents were married in 1941. I remember my mother telling me that she queued up with a handful of ration books to buy tomatoes on her wedding morning, and that friends and relatives brought other provisions. Once married they kept chickens at home so they had to give up their egg rations!

Looking back we didn't have a particularly interesting or healthy diet in the UK. I'm sure our intake of the red meat, butter, salt, chips cooked in beef fat and so forth would have clogged everyone's arteries, but allergies such as Asthma and Coeliac were unheard of, and even Hay Fever was unusual.
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Returning your empty (glass) lemonade or tizer bottles for the refund.
I can remember finding a Soda Syphon on my way home from school, which I took to the Off Licence and was given 7/6d for.
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Anyone else remember coal brick?
Yes I do. There was also Anthracite (which stank) and Ovoids.

Both coal bricks and Ovoids were types of 'smokeless' fuel, and were by-products of town gas production. Anthracite wasn't' smokeless by any stretch of the imagination, but produced a lot of heat; hence its use in some steam locomotives.

Welsh Nuts and Nutty Slack were other types of coal that I remember.

We had a large coal store under our house. My father used to order two and a half tons during the summer when it was cheapest, which used to last most of the year.

Much of the UK's chemical industry revolved around coal and gas production from the early 20th century until natural gas came along in the late 1960's. Indeed, Gas Board showrooms sold proper Creosote and fertiliser (both by-products of town gas production) if you asked for them.
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My abiding memory of food in the 1950s was that minced beef had bits of badly ground bone in it.
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Petrol was 5/- a Gallon (four gallons for 1) until about 1965.

And there were yet more Green Shield Stamps!
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

" Coke " was a smokeless fuel, and you would never dream of sniffing it
Bacon came wrapped in muslin and covered in salt, as did Kippers.
Cheese was on ration as a staple, not a luxury food as now.

Growing up in the country, our diet included Rabbit, Hare, Horse Mushrooms, Pheasant, Pigeon and a good dose of D.D.T.. I remember the fields white with the stuff, and we used to play in them
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Re: *EATING IN THE FIFTIES* . . . . . . that's the 1950's. . . . !!

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Yes, we used to walk around the local park at the end of the day collecting the empties that other people couldn't be bothered to return. We took them to the corner shop and swapped them for bags of black jacks and fruit salad chews or sherbet fountains.
According to yesterday's Guardian, Irn Bru, one of the last bastions of returnable bottles, are stopping at the end of the year:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandst...scheme-is-nigh

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Horse and cart every other week selling Ardglass Herring.
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" Coke " was a smokeless fuel, and you would never dream of sniffing it
Bacon came wrapped in muslin and covered in salt, as did Kippers.
Cheese was on ration as a staple, not a luxury food as now.

Growing up in the country, our diet included Rabbit, Hare, Horse Mushrooms, Pheasant, Pigeon and a good dose of D.D.T.. I remember the fields white with the stuff, and we used to play in them
And you survived?

And I bet you have fewer allergies and intolerances than recent generations.
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Both coal bricks and Ovoids were types of 'smokeless' fuel, and were by-products of town gas production.
Out here in the sticks we don't have mains gas so I still buy Ovoids for my stove. I don't know how they're produced these days but they chuck out a lot of heat and are reasonably smokeless. The coal man delivers every other Wednesday

When I was a kid in the Midlands my dad used to go down to the local gas works to buy sacks of coke for the boiler until he eventually got tired of it and we had a gas boiler put in. We had an egg man who came weekly and the Corona Man who delivered bottles of fizzy drinks.

I remember the first Chinese restaurant opening, and the local grocer going (gasp!) self-service!
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I remember the first Chinese restaurant opening, and the local grocer going (gasp!) self-service!
I remember a Chinese restaurant opening in the west end of Woking, surrounded by stories of all sorts of wrong doing in the local paper.

Someone called the Public Health Inspector after one of the Chinese was seen carrying boxes of Kitekat into the restaurant. It was subsequently found they were using the stuff in one of their dishes (probably No 666).
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Could be worse, they might have been feeding cats with it ...

When I lived in Hemel Hempstead my favourite curry house was busted because of the number of rodents in the kitchen. They did the best jalfrezi in town . The local curry house here however has a food hygiene rating of 5 .
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Out here in the sticks we don't have mains gas so I still buy Ovoids for my stove. I don't know how they're produced these days but they chuck out a lot of heat and are reasonably smokeless.
I would imagine that Ovoids are a by-product of coke production, which is still required for steel making. They are like compressed coke dust.

Coke, creosote, ammonia, coal tar, nylon, benzene, toluene, xylene, barites and aspirin were at one time all by-products of coal gas (town gas) production. As far as I know coal gas is no longer produced anywhere in the world, but there are quite a few coke works.

The process is exactly the same except that the coal in coking works is cooked for a longer period, and hence contains much less flammable material when it leaves the ovens. Gas production was all about getting gas out as quickly as possible so the remaining coke had a much higher calorific value, and was useful as a 'smokeless fuel'.
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