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    Rowlinson School 1976-81

    I went to day school there as an apprentice electrician in the 50's I forget where it was, can somebody please give me the actual location? TIA
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    Binghams Potted Meat

    Potted meat is alive and well and living all over the world, under an assumed name! - Pâté Sold in supermarkets in an unlimited number of flavors. A posh name, but still potted dog!
  3. It had to be done just right! One of the regular hazards for us kids was "a nail in mi shoe" sticking up from the sole. Or a "flying heel plate" that came loose and sliced your calf as you ran! It took a little skill to avoid these problems! Also I remember wearing a pair of old uncles hand me down shoes, that were so worn down on one side of the heel that I used to walk to school along Myrtle Road on the paved bank so it would equalize and wouldn't become a permanent disfigurement!
  4. All working class houses had one. Also that curved leather knife. Used to sole and heel shoes, knock in studs, segs, heel plates, toe plates and the old football studs! You could buy leather by the sheet, then Woolworths came up with proper sized stick on rubber soles and heels!
  5. Oh hum! Wrong Wendy Humphries! My sister lived at 169 Harborough , in the 60s and 70s!
  6. I know her real well! She's my sister. Now spends her time between Knowle and the Bournemouth area, and occasionally visits us in Canada!
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    Off sick during the 40's.

    There is a little confusion here between National Assistance, which my divorced mother received, to help with rent and the kids, and "comp", a form of Worker's Compensation, that was paid to folks who sustained work related injuries, or sickness. I had an accident at work that put me in the latter catagory, and paid me about 80% of my normal wage. As I recall, there were no "panels" to appear before as it was just an automatic sign off from your employer and your doctor. My employer wanted me back and generously kept my regular paycheck flowing, so for six weeks, I got both, more money than I had ever got before which I saved to help with my passage to Canada!
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    Sheffield Blitz sites 2017

    When I was last there a few years ago the patches were quite visible! Another obvious sign of war were the iron railings on front garden walls all over town that were burned off by acetaline torches, for scrap metal to fuel the war effort! There were no complainers, vandals, or real criminals in those days, we were all united for survival!
  9. Saturday at the Star was an early "interactive cinematic experience", way before its time, lol Of course they called it noise and disruption in those days. We used to see how many times the poor manager would have to stop the film and come on stage and threaten to shut it down, if we didn't all quiet down.
  10. The big first run cinemas in town that had the queues used to clear the house between screenings. It was the locals, mostly that didn't care how long you stayed, and I think coined the term: "This is where we came in". Amazing that we could still enjoy a film, seeing the second half first.
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    George Longden, Builders

    They, along with Boots, Flanagans and Gleasons built most of Sheffield in the 1950's. They hired half of Ireland as laborers. I worked on a lot of their projects. There was one more major builder but I can't remember their name. Anybody?
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    Residents of Arbourthorne rd

    Hi Carol. Did you have an old boyfriend nicknamed "Boxer" by anychance?
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    "The Doker Guys" in Heeley

    Thanks! The bottom picture is Carter Place, and I can see our house halfway up on the left. But that's not how it was prior to TV. Picture Shirecliffe's fish stand at the bottom, Stan Porter's coal lorry halfway up, delivering, Mr. Drew window cleaning, and everybody outside gossiping and donkey stoning the steps and sweeping off the causie. Kids and people everywhere. Wish there was a picture of how it really was!
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    Sheffield Buffers of old

    Not just buffers, I remember as a 17 year old apprentice being sent on a job to Bachelor's Peas in Hillsboro. Mind opening!
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    Royal Hospital West Street

    I was in the Royal when I was about 9 to get my cross eye fixed. It worked out well, and I never "looked" back Never wore glasses again until I got old. I was in the men's ward in the new section, and I remember the nurses applying leaches to patient's heads to reduce bleeding and swelling after operations. In the ward was a fish aquarium where they kept the little buggers alive. Ugh! We've come a long way!

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