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General Discussion / Re: The Weather
« on: July 10, 2012, 03:24:08 PM »
We are finally getting some heat in July here in the Canadian Rockies, but we had a really cold and wet June, i think it must have rained 26 days out of 30, we had a bit of high water in the river, more so downstream, after a record snowpack over the winter, we still have to have some more runoff so the river will come up again, a couple of weeks a go the Bow Falls was very high and a couple of kayakers decided to take a chance to ride the falls, they made it over (luckily) it 's not recommended, but it's been done a few times over the years, most notably in the 1950's when they made the movie- The River of no Return- starring Marilyn Monroe & Robert Mitchum.(little bit of trivia for the morning)

Jim

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General Discussion / Re: John Simmons
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:39:13 PM »
hi Bren,
         Yes, i remember how rural it was, i took a train from Melbourne, and it was at the end of the line and then i had to take a taxi out into the bush and as it was getting dark, we had to search for road signs which were just a piece of wood plank nailed to a tree at any junction, luckily he had a flashlight with him, he must have felt sorry for me, because he turned off his meter, and it was a good 20 mins before we found the place and by then it was pitch black, i stayed the night and the next morning i got a look at the scenery and i could see how a person could get lost in the bush, it was pretty rugged but it was very beautiful too.

Jim

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General Discussion / John Simmons
« on: May 10, 2012, 08:02:13 PM »
I wonder if anyone remembers my uncle John Simmons, he was a bus inspector with London Transport and you could always see him by the church in Catford where the 124 stopped opposite the Town hall, he had 4 daughters ( my cousins ) Carole, Lesley, Jackie and Gillian i think they all went to Churchdown school for girls, i haven't had much contact with them for a while, Les got married and moved to OZ, i visited them in 1965 when i was on the SS Oriana while we were in Melbourne, they lived in Brunswick, then a few years later i was in Melbourne again and they lived in Broadmeadows and the final time i visited they had moved out to the " boonies " to a place called Kangaroo Ground road in Warrendyte which I've been told is quite built up now, anyway, when they lived in Downham, it was at bottom of Downham Way just up from the Midland Bank where the 36b used to stop, i think the rest of the girls still live in London.

Jim


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General Discussion / Blackheath Fair
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:56:31 PM »
Well, it's a beautiful spring day, here in the Rockies, the Temp is about 0 degrees and light snow falling, we still have 2 ski areas open but it's not too busy, just waiting for the golf course to open. Anyway, do you remember the Fair at Blackheath on Bank holidays, it was really exciting to go, just the smell of fried onions and diesel fuel brings it all back to me, i also remember a smaller version of the fair that used to set up on some land between
Flower house and Dunfield estate, but i can't remember when they stopped coming there, does the Blackheath fair still come on holidays?

Jim

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General Discussion / Little shop behind Woolworth's in Catford
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:43:47 PM »
We would go in the front entrance of "Woolies" in Catford and exit through the side doors, and right across the street was this little shop ( i forget the name of it ) where you could buy all sorts of weird funky stuff, like- pocket watches, long clay smoking pipes, black face soap, itchy powder and my favourite- stink bombs- they came in a box with cotton wool around them, in a glass ampules, then we would go back through "Woolies" and we would leave a deposit on our way out, that usually caused a bit of strange look on the customers faces and roars of laughter on ours, and then we would take the 124 bus home and usually drop another as we got off at the Northover. We weren't bad kids, just a bit mischievous.
Jim

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General Discussion / Re: Metal house in Downderry Rd
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:31:28 PM »
Brenda,
          Sorry, i should have said vetrean posters, i will not make that mistake again .

Jim

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General Discussion / Metal house in Downderry Rd
« on: March 23, 2012, 03:20:27 PM »
Does anyone remember the two houses in Downderry Rd that had metal for outside walls, somebody told me when i was a kid that it was an experiment in building techniques, i just wonder if some of the older posters might know anything about that.

Jim

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General Discussion / Re: Introductions
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:32:35 PM »
Brenda,
         Yes, Miss Rudolph was one for discipline, i remember in our first year, i think it was Ray Swift and i, who got into trouble of some sort and we were sent to her office where we both got two strokes across the hand with a cane, and she did not hold back, and Mr Woods would dole out punishment by putting your head between his legs and smacking you with his hand. ( There would be all sorts of repercussions of that type of treatment today) i remember one time we were rehearsing some play about Oliver Cromwell and King Charles and i was some sort of one Cromwell's cronies and i had to walk up to the throne and say a few words and turn around and walk away, but i got my feet tangled up and made a botch of it, needless to say i ended being a guard who just had to stand there looking gormless, so much for my acting career.

Jim

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Notable Downham Residents (past and present!) / Ernie the knifegrinder
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:21:11 PM »
Does anyone remember Ernie the knifegrinder, i used to help him when he showed up in
downham during the '60s, we would travel all over the estate knocking on doors, and he would sharpen knives, scissors and even those old push lawnmowers, for a knife he would charge one shilling and out of that he would give us threepence, hatchets, axes i think he charged 2 bob, and we got a tanner, sometimes he would stay a few days and move on to another district, i think he lived in Deptford at that big Doss house on the corner of the
high street.

Jim


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General Discussion / Re: Introductions
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:18:45 PM »
Brenda,
         Some of the families in and around my area- Ilfracombe- The Luffs, Senfts, Nicholsons, Irelands, Tickle, Prestons. And in Bideford there were the O' Brians, Parrotts, Thackers, Uckles, in Woodbank there were the Isherwoods, Hadaways, these are some that come to mind right now, i'm sure there will be others as the old grey matter warms up.  Splinter, i went to Ballamore in '55 amd then onto Pendragon from '56-60, Downham Boys '60-64. Some of the names from Pendragon, Ray Swift, Dennis Baines, Ted Wade, Fred King, Peter Williams, Gillian Hall, Susan Sanders, Betty Hearn, Rita Keen, Linda Mcavoy. I do remember Mr. Evans, Mr. Woods, Miss Rudolph. The old brain is starting to short circut now,
I' ll post again soon.

Jim                                                                           

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General Discussion / Re: Introductions
« on: March 21, 2012, 06:35:39 PM »
John,
      We live in an area famous for the skiing, so, a saying around here is " We have 8 months of winter and 4 months of bad skiing " but, seriously, we do have some nice summers, sometimes it can hit 30 degrees, not too often.
       A bit more about myself - I went to Ballamore and then on to Pendragon and then to Downham Boys,
the year i left school was when Downham Boys closed down.- my first job was at Glennifer laundry, and then i got a job at Frisby's, a men's clothing store at the bottom of Downham Way - at 16, i joined the Merchant Navy and stayed in, on and off for 7 years, came to Canada in 1974 on Freddie Laker airlines and enjoyed it so much that i stayed ( it was a lot easier in those days ). I now work in a rental shop, skis in winter, bikes in summer, hopefully to retire in the near future.

Jim

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General Discussion / Introductions
« on: March 21, 2012, 02:45:41 PM »
Hi everyone, this is my first post, my name is Jim Luck, and i used to live in Ilfracombe Rd, we moved there in 1955, coming from the Elephant and Castle, like so many others, moving out of bombed areas that were still being cleared in the 50's.
I now live in Western Canada, a beautiful spot in the Rockies called Banff, it was snowing this morning, but, a nice temp- about 3below celsius.
I've read every post on the forum and it has brought back many memories, and it feels like i know you all, anyway, as i'm supposed to be working, i'll close off now and get back soon.

Jim

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