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General Discussion / Over-Whelmed
« on: March 27, 2007, 03:32:29 AM »
C'mon People - Let me know what you are doing - we're being over-whelmed by the Area Residents Panel.

General Discussion / Chinbrook Park
« on: February 22, 2007, 07:32:46 AM »
Had a 'walk' through Chinbrook Park courtesy of Google Earth.  Where's the rose garden?  It looks so bare and empty.  I didn't think I could see the childrens playground either.

What's happening?

General Discussion / Seasons Greetings
« on: December 20, 2006, 09:08:12 AM »
Can we all wish each other a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2007?  And just give a brief note of what we shall be doing at this time of the year.
We shall be having Christmas at our house.  The grandchildren are of various ages, so it should be good fun.  Christmas lunch at 1pm, and then later the kids will be in the pool, and then they with us oldies will have a game of cricket (oh sorry - I shouldn't have said that).  And as I am the umpire we shall have a drinks break after every over!

Take care everyone, and have a lovely holiday.

General Discussion / Weirdo's
« on: September 21, 2006, 09:20:44 AM »
Why do we keep getting these weirdo's registering? Where do they find us?  The latest seems to be from Uganda with a dead website.  I guess we should be honored that they think us so interesting!

General Discussion / Shops in Downham Way near the Tavern
« on: August 04, 2006, 02:25:22 AM »
I was talking with my husband Peter last night - and we wandered onto the subject of the shops on Downham Way near the Tavern.  I remembered:
The first shop - I don't know what it started as but was a launderette for a while, then Allneeds (what a wonderful place that was to a small child) where people would go in carrying strange looking contraptions that my Mum told me were batteries for their radios - we must have been posh because we had electric.
Then the Co-op where you went to the counter and actually had someone serve you, and your money would be whizzed to the cashier who would then dish out the change, and I would have to give a divi number which both Peter and I remember.
Then I think there was a bike shop, a barbers, then Annes the wool shop which also sold undies and stockings.
There was also David Griegs where Mum would collect tea tokens and get crockery (some of which I still have) a butchers and the last two shops I cannot remember.
On the other side was a post office, Boltons and a chemists - I don't remember any more.
Funny the things we talk about - well '24' had finished, and it was too painful to think of all the trouble Jack was in with the Chinese.

General Discussion / Poems
« on: July 04, 2006, 07:58:22 AM »
We have a lovely poem, it goes on for many verses, here is just a bit of it.
If anyone wants to know the rest I would be glad to pass it on!

 I love a sunburnt country,
  A land of sweeping plains,
  Of ragged mountain ranges,
  Of drought and flooding rains,
  I love her far horizons,
  I love her jewel sea,
  Her beauty and her terror -
  The wide brown land for me

General Discussion / On the way up!
« on: May 25, 2006, 04:31:01 AM »
As happens when one gets older, ones favourite relatives get even older.  I leave Perth on Sunday for London to visit my Uncle who is very sick in Charing Cross Hospital, he is 85 years old.  As with most South London families we were all very close, and spent a lot of time together, especially birthdays and Christmas.  My Uncle Stan was always a part of my life, and my Mum and he would always meet for lunch when they worked in London.
My Daughter Nadine is coming with me, and we will stay at uncles house in Hammersmith.  She isn't really a Londoner having been born and raised on the Isle of Sheppey and never worked in the big city, so it will be an experience for her.  
We shall also have time to look around and explore all the new things that have appeared since we were last there in 1994.
So I shall be off line for the whole of June, maybe longer if I have to stay longer.

General Discussion / Merry Christmas from Downunder
« on: December 21, 2005, 02:11:42 AM »
Hi People.
Hope you all have a really lovely Christmas, and if you don't celebrate Christmas then a very happy holiday season.
We have a house full on Sunday - everyone comes to us even my childrens in-laws, it saves a lot of running about from house to house.

The weather seems to be picking up, should be 27deg by Christmas Day - still way below average.  I've got this dreadful feeling that we are going to get a late long hot summer, going onto about May/June.

So - everyone, I hope you get all you want, and I hope next year will be happy and healthy, maybe the odd lotto win will help.

General Discussion / Weather
« on: November 30, 2005, 04:35:50 AM »
Hi Peeps

What's the weather like on Downham lately.  We hear of snow already.  I have rellies here at the moment from London, and it's only 22 deg here (downright chilly) and they are walking around in t-shirts and shorts!!!!!

General Discussion / The Monarchy
« on: April 15, 2005, 08:26:16 AM »
As you all may, or may not, know, we Australians had a referendum some years ago to decid whether or not to become a Republic.  The majority of Australians, I think, did want to dump the Monarchy.  HOWEVER, and this is the sticking point,  our Prime Minister, didn't.  He manipulated us so that we would vote NO.
The deal we had presented to us was that we would become a Republic, and that the Prime Minster would chose the President.  We didn't want that, we wanted to chose our own President.  So we voted NO.
Whenever a member of the Royal Family visits Australia we have to pay for their air travel, and all their other expenses, not just for them but all the hangers on.
And I think we are too far away now to be part of the UK, -  weez all growd up now.

General Discussion / Hi from Perth, Western Australia
« on: December 21, 2004, 06:35:46 AM »
Only just found this site.    I was born in Geraint Road and lived there until 1963.  I went to Launcelot School, and Churchdown County.  We moved to Perth, Western Australia in 1988.   It's lovely to read of other Downhamites.  Haven't been back since 1994.  I still keep in touch with neighbours, who tell what is happening there.

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