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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 / 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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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 / 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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