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Was Life Better in the 50's?

Old 3rd Mar 2011, 23:20
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Think you might mean Martello towers built in Napoleonic era in early 19th century...
Could be, I was pretty young back then and it was a long time ago. It seems like I got that idea that was what they were built for from some history TV show. But if they were built for the Napoleonic War period it makes sense. These towers were built along the North Sea Coast line in Suffolk near Felixstowe.

There was not much left inside the towers, they were just empty shells. Seems like we kids were fighting off them rotten French guys in our play wars, well them or the dastardly Huns.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 00:12
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Societally - Yes
Materialistically - No

Causality between the two - Definitely!
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 01:50
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Brief Intermission...

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Old 4th Mar 2011, 02:18
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The gritty reality of the early 50s. My younger brother dashing back from a visit to the outside dunny.

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Old 4th Mar 2011, 04:32
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In the 1950's we were so poor, that when other people put their bins out... we took them in...

I grew up on a dairy farm. They reckon you've never known true poverty until you've owned and run a dairy. I can remember having jute bags (sacks) for blankets, because blankets weren't even remotely affordable.

Nowadays, we seem to lack for little by way of creature comforts. We have more money, and much more to spend it on.

However... in the 1950's, cars didn't have expensive electronics to crap themselves, and cost you a fortune. And petrol was less than 2 shillings and sixpence (25c) a gallon!... not these piddly litres, mind you!
2/6d wasn't a lot of money, even though wages were only 15 quid ($30) a week. A gallon gets you a lot further than a litre!

There are still people who believe the 1950's were the "good old days". People even own and drive restored 1950's cars nowadays, and think they're better than current ones... what with go-faster brakes, no air-conditioning, no power-steering, and all!

I think that these people all wear rose-coloured glasses. The 1950's were hard work, not much fun, and not many labour-saving, or pleasure-giving devices... unless you were very rich. I much prefer the 21st Century, despite its increased "social" problems.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 05:57
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This is my desktop, and my most posted picture.

It cost 800 quid in a HUGE garden full of Elms and apple trees. The living room was made upstairs to get a view of the boating lake and some of the 7000 acres of tital marshlands we would swim and later sail in. 'tother way was the Walton on Naze beach, 5 mins on foot to our beach hut.

It seemes like heaven, to us now, but that room was 9'wide, and until we grew the ivy, blinkin freeeeeeeeeeeeeezin in the winter.

It wasn't untill I'd growd a bit that I could take that chimney down and put a window in the bulging wall - killing two birds with one stone. There was just no money. I dream of all the jobs I could have done to it.,,then realize we handn't got the price of a 5bob bag of cement. Such a shame.

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Old 4th Mar 2011, 08:31
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For me - Yes.

Left school and learned to fly. Beat that.

Could go into a grocers shop and have someone else collect what I wanted from the other side of the counter, didn't have to do it myself, and plonk money on the counter and get the right change without waiting for some long-haired Chav. to try to work it out because ... 'tcomputers down ... and won't accept the mental maths that I have already used to work it out.

No computers !

I could have lived like a King on my present pension.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 11:45
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But you could have got decent A levels, and had a grant to go to University, and not have to pay back a loan afterwards.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 11:51
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We had proper Summers then as well,behold.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:01
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Hmm, I was six in the summer of 1976. Now that was a summer to behold.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:06
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Indeed it was Mr P indeed it was,shall we ever see it like again one asks oneself.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:06
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Gosh! You are SO young Para!!!!

1976? Working for IAS Cargo Airlines at Gatters then.
3 young kids , and a 12,000 mortgage to pay!!!!
T'was a lot of money then!!!
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:09
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A mere youngling at a chirpy forty years.

1976 though, that was the hottest summer on record. I remember the fields cracking & the tarmac melting & me dad bringing home slabs of vanilla ice cream & a bottle of lemonade for ice cream floats. They were carefree, happy days all right.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:12
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I seem to recall that I couldn't reach a lot of stuff back then. Now that I can, its gone.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:19
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Monsieur Draper, I notice a distinct lack of shed-like objects in that there pic wot you posted....
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:28
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That were the front garden,traditionally the Geordie shed was at the back of the property,one would not wish a passing member of the Constabulary to peer through one's shed window and see one's Still bubbling away would one.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:45
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When we were two lit-tle boys...

Which one was you Drapes? The little blond bloke looks the
Geordie farmer type while the older bro on the right looks
destined to take to the high seas of the Realm...
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 12:59
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Personal 'Rites of Passage' in the 1950s:
  • Changed from short to long trousers (at 14)
  • First kiss (also at 14 - thank you, Heather!)
  • First ... you know ... (mind your own business!)
  • Passed 11 plus, 'O' and 'A' levels, entered UCL
Was life better then? Not necessarily better, but certainly different to later life landmark experiences.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 13:06
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Bro Draper is the taller wee cove,there was a small tree just to the right of that scene,just had a peek at the house on Google Earth,the tree is huge now,you know your knocking on a bit when you remember a fifty footer as a sapling.
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Old 4th Mar 2011, 13:21
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I remember Dad's factory in Dumfries being robbed on Christmas Day. Bags of sugar, still on the ration then, stacked around the safe to muffle the bang meant the whole office became coated in caramellised sugar. They got away with about tuppence farthing. The local scaffies (next door but one to the factory - the Loreburn Hall was in between) was a great place to play as not a lot was actually thrown away then. Elf and Safety woul now go crazy at the thought of what might be leaking into the ground near the spring the factory used for water (the Loreburn).
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