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- JoinedCOLON Fri 14 Mar, 2008 7:23 pm
- LocationCOLON Reading
When I was in Ghana in 1973 I very foolishly went to the beach and foolishly took off my shirt. Very windy, so did bot realise how strong the sun was. Di know the next morning. Went to the clinic where the nurse was appalled and said "the sun doesn't do that", to which I replied " it does if you are white". Was painted on arms, chest, back and legs with gentian violet. To be fair there were no serious consequences and within a c few days I was OK, but for a while did look like a monster from the blue lagoon
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- JoinedCOLON Tue 04 Sep, 2007 2:10 pm
Lighting up time used to be published in local papers. Nothing to do with smoking! Lighting up time was between half an hour after dusk and half an hour before dawn during which vehicles lamps had to be lit. People in general knew these times and observed the law. As a kid in Leeds in the 1950s I was certainly aware of these times and used to turn my bike lamp on at the appointed time. Hard to credit in these days when lots of cycles are unlit at night.
It used to be said that the statue of the Black Prince had been placed in City Square , near the station, pointing South to tell all the southerners who've just got off the train to b****r off back down south!
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- JoinedCOLON Tue 26 Jan, 2016 11:57 am
Also Street Lamps used to light up at the appropriate time in the evenings, They were by and large on Sreet Corners and as Kids around the late 1940s we would go around looking for the ones that had not lit on time, a few kicks on the post would usually do the trick. The ones around Beeston were quite Ornate with the Top being made of Brass and the Post Cast iron.( Would be worth a fortune these days )
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