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Title: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on April 11, 2010, 10:47:30 AM
I come back from holiday and nobody has posted anything. Has anything happened whilst i was away, like a WAR?
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: JSmith on April 13, 2010, 03:36:31 AM
Lot's of Wars going on around the World Splinter, trouble is it's British,Canadian,Australian and US Soldiers being killed and they are not fighting for Peace in their own country, which is maybe  where they should be to fight these people killing innocent people with human bombs.  Sorry about the ranting, we now have lovely sunshine in Canuck land, I can sit on my balcony in the warmth smoking my pipe.  8)  Smiffy
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Frank (hutchsky) on April 13, 2010, 09:03:27 AM
We are just having another pre-winter storm 100km plus winds, the rain is very welcome, its school hols here in Oz, had an interesting couple of weeks with our weather, the rain kills the bush fire worry. My Easter was quite, and had a couple of trips with our caravan, and not in radio range to get on the net.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on April 14, 2010, 06:14:39 AM
I come back from holiday and nobody has posted anything. Has anything happened whilst i was away, like a WAR?

Just as I came on to say, "Where has everyone gone" and you beat me to it.

Well, apart from having the side of my car crumpled by our neighbour's ute as we both rounded the same bend on our narrow road, nothing!  It had to happen. We've had so many close shaves over the years that it would have been a miracle if we hadn't had a bingle eventually. Fortunately, neither of us were haring along. No damage to his ute, just my car.   Way it goes.  At least no-one was hurt.

Glad I kept off the roads at Easter.  There was one fatality on the highway not far from here.

Hope everyone else kept safe.

Bren
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: mike on May 06, 2010, 10:05:32 AM
Sorry for not participating for the past couple of months - crazy busy - but I do glance at the forum a few times a week to make sure no inappropriate content, so it's always marvelous when kind regulars keep the thing ticking over, and especially good to see some newcomers.

Splinter - I have managed to scan the photos and documents you kindly dropped through the door, so will try to get them posted on the site soon.
Mike
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on May 06, 2010, 01:51:07 PM
Cheers Mike. Hope it will be of some interest to my friends on this site.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on May 10, 2010, 04:40:42 PM
Everybodys gone again. It`s like the Mary Celeste.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Pauline on May 11, 2010, 02:07:28 AM
Everybodys gone again. It`s like the Mary Celeste.

I'm here, it's just that I don't have anything interesting to report. 
We in OZ have been watching your election with interest.  Amazing to see that a party that wins will not be in power.  I know we complain about our preferences system of voting, but it does seem better than a hung parliament.  That Clegg person seems to be enjoying the limelight.  We had that here in WA at our state election when one of the minor parties held the casting vote, the leader of that party got really 'up himself'.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on May 11, 2010, 06:32:23 AM
Cheers Mike. Hope it will be of some interest to my friends on this site.

Looking forward to seeing the photos, Splinter.

Bren
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on May 11, 2010, 06:44:21 AM
 
We in OZ have been watching your election with interest.  Amazing to see that a party that wins will not be in power. 

But, isn't there another way of looking at it i.e. if one party gets 49% of the votes and  another party gets 20% and the third party gets 31% (hope my arithmetic is right here!), doesn't that mean more people have voted not to have the party that got the 49%?  So, strictly speaking, less people  want to see that party in power.  If you see what I mean!

Bren



Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Pauline on May 11, 2010, 10:45:33 AM
 
We in OZ have been watching your election with interest.  Amazing to see that a party that wins will not be in power. 

But, isn't there another way of looking at it i.e. if one party gets 49% of the votes and  another party gets 20% and the third party gets 31% (hope my arithmetic is right here!), doesn't that mean more people have voted not to have the party that got the 49%?  So, strictly speaking, less people  want to see that party in power.  If you see what I mean!

Bren





I thinhk it actually means that 20% of the people didn't want the 31% in power, and caused a problem by voting for the 20%, and causing a hung parliament.  In the UK, I think that the majority didn't want labour back, and the liberals had done a good job and converted a lot of the previous labour voters.  They should have voted for the Tories, if they didn't want Labour.

BTW Mike, why do my comments keep disappearing as I type?
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on May 11, 2010, 04:06:19 PM
Pauline your coments are comming over as a quote. OK hear i go. There are Approx 40 Million people allowed to vote for many parties. If one gets in most people did not vote for them but A majority did. ( you cant please all of the people all of the time) Nobody in the last 70 years has more than 50% Of the vote so all parties are running this place on a voting minority, my attitude is that if you win you win and a small party should not be able to hold the country to ransom to help other monority parties hold power, this is a week goverment which will cause another election in less than a year and all efforts to get the country back on its feet will go to the wall. So all of you in Oz move over i might be coming!!!!
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on May 11, 2010, 10:15:38 PM
My God as i was writing the last bit Gorden Brown must of been on this site could not stand losing me to Oz and promptly Retired. Well thats politics for you.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on May 11, 2010, 11:10:22 PM
 
We in OZ have been watching your election with interest.  Amazing to see that a party that wins will not be in power. 

But, isn't there another way of looking at it i.e. if one party gets 49% of the votes and  another party gets 20% and the third party gets 31% (hope my arithmetic is right here!), doesn't that mean more people have voted not to have the party that got the 49%?  So, strictly speaking, less people  want to see that party in power.  If you see what I mean!

Bren





I thinhk it actually means that 20% of the people didn't want the 31% in power, and caused a problem by voting for the 20%, and causing a hung parliament.  In the UK, I think that the majority didn't want labour back, and the liberals had done a good job and converted a lot of the previous labour voters.  They should have voted for the Tories, if they didn't want Labour.

BTW Mike, why do my comments keep disappearing as I type?

Yep  - all different ways of looking at the same thing.

Bren
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on June 25, 2010, 10:39:19 PM
I see everybodies gone again. It`s got to be the football. Or has WW3 started, i go away working for a few days and alls gone quite. Hope you are all OK ????
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: JSmith on June 26, 2010, 02:02:06 AM
I see everybodies gone again. It`s got to be the football. Or has WW3 started, i go away working for a few days and alls gone quite. Hope you are all OK ????

Its the football Splinter, World cup. England have to play Germany, a wise guy latenight show on American TV cracked if England has trouble beating the Germans, give them a call and they will come and help "again".  I wish I could have told him the game would be nearly over before they got involved, just like before.  Smiffy :)
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Vic on July 08, 2010, 06:32:27 PM
Hello Everyone,
It doesn't seem possible that it is almost - except for a couple of weeks - a year since I last put a post on this forum. As Splinter and Smiffy have said 'Where has everyone gone?' I won't bore you with my details and why I have been 'off the air' for so long. Sufficient to say that I am not quite so mobile as I was this time last year.
I have been sneaking views of Downham every so often on Google Street View - most times it makes me feel like visiting all my old haunts again; perhaps I will a bit later on in the year.
I hope all the regular 'posters' are still OK. Perhaps the long gap in postings is due to holidays, and dare I say it, the World Cup!
The players in the very few games I happened to watch, fleetingly, whilst changing TV channels could have learnt a lot about enthusiasm and  ability if they had watched a few of the games we used to play as boys in King's Meadow or 'dahn the Chinnie' with piles of coats at each end to act as goals. Also, they might have got some better players if they had used the method we had when somebody arrived late for a game. We told them to go 'pudden' or 'beef' then one of the captains would choose him by saying either 'pudden' or 'beef'.
Before England got knocked out of the competition, every other car seem to be proudly bearing St George's flag - some had up to four! They very swiftly disappeared! I reckon if Bobby and Jack Charlton, Nobby Stiles. Geoff Hurst and of course, Bobby More had been playing we might have stood a chance!
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on July 10, 2010, 07:48:30 AM
Hello Everyone,
It doesn't seem possible that it is almost - except for a couple of weeks - a year since I last put a post on this forum. As Splinter and Smiffy have said 'Where has everyone gone?' I won't bore you with my details and why I have been 'off the air' for so long. Sufficient to say that I am not quite so mobile as I was this time last year.


Must say, Vic, I can't believe all that time has gone by since you posted something on the forum.  Just seems like a blink to me. 

It sounds as if you have been poorly (my Aussie friends always laugh when I use that term) and I'm sorry to hear it, but hope that you are doing much better now.  We don't get over things quite as quickly as the years march by, do we?

Bren

Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on July 10, 2010, 11:59:00 AM
Hi Vic sorry to hear you have not been well. If you are coming over to Downham let me know and i will see if we could meet up again. All the best
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: JSmith on July 11, 2010, 01:09:34 AM
I am also sorry you have been unwell Vic. These things seem to catch up to us, I do not mean to be rude about your age, but I have found as I have got older the " Lemon " parts of my body have begun to make themselves known.  :) Smiffy.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on July 11, 2010, 01:30:53 AM
I must be to young to know what the LEMON parts are . Give me a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: JSmith on July 12, 2010, 12:14:27 AM
I must be to young to know what the LEMON parts are . Give me a clue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Splinter   Maybe the term is N. American it refers to a new car that has been bought, and it keeps having the same problem that the garage cannot fix. So in my message I was referring to the parts of our body that did not grow strong enough when we where young, so now they are the weaker part and start to show their age. Of course no offense was insinuated to you or anybody else, it is just a light hearted way of explaining why things go wrong as we get older.  Smiffy :)
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on July 13, 2010, 08:23:17 AM
No offence taken. I just wondered!
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on August 16, 2010, 09:58:36 AM
EVERYBODIES GONE AGAIN !!! its been two weeks has something happened out there that i dont know about. Went back to the estate last weekend. The Baring pub is still up for sale and most people have cut their privets. But all in all she was looking well for an 85 year old.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Vic on August 16, 2010, 07:47:15 PM
What Ho Splinter!
Don't worry my old mate, we're all out here watching to see who makes the first move! Things are looking better on my fitness side so I shall make tentative arrangements to visit D'ahnm early next year. I hope you are well - I hope all the regular subscribers are well - and that you are getting plenty of work. I'm glad the privets have been cut. It makes the place look so much better. All we need to do now is get rid of all the wheelie bins, cars and speed bumps and we'll be able to play football in the road with a tennis ball again. Ah! Those great days when we played along the side of the road all the way up Durham Hill along Northover to up the top. Sometimes it was football, sometimes marbles and sometimes alligobs (five stones). Someone was wondering why the local shoe cobbler was called the 'Snob'. As I wrote some time ago. Snobbing was the south London term for soleing and heeling boots and shoes. My old Dad did ours' in the scullery with a last on the floor, a large rasp file and a mouthful of tacks. The house stank of 'heel ball' - the compound stick that was heated up and smeared round the welts of the shoe. He would announce his intention of shoe repairing by saying ' Just going to do a bit of snobbing Ade' (my Mum). Once Phillip 'stick-a-soles' came in he stopped doing it.
'bye for now.
Vic.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: JSmith on August 16, 2010, 11:33:59 PM
But all in all she was looking well for an 85 year old. <Quote from splinter:>

Are you saying Downham is 85 tears old?.  Bless Her! Smiffy.

That was ment to be Years old, do I detect a Freudian slip?. :)
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Splinter on August 17, 2010, 07:18:28 AM
Yes she`s that old. The Estate was started in 1924 and finished in 1930 the LCC did not take posession of the first house until 1925 due to some problems with the Goverment Grant. I was wondering if the council is considering a party when she is 100? they better start planning now as they only have 15 years ad i am not sure if that is enough time. Great to hear you are better Vic. And yes i am very busy with work, some weeks i could split myself in three and still not do it all. Oh well mustn`t complain.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Ken Catlin on August 17, 2010, 08:03:31 PM
Hi All, as a complete newbie I was under the impression that dozens - well at least a few- would respond to the many old memories I raised in my first couple of postings. But no, apart from two or three, I was beginning to wonder if anyone actually read them, but the "where has everyone gone" topic has made me realise that it wasn't just me. A memory.... My mum and dad, who were on the estate from nineteen hundred and frozen to death, always told me that the council had a ballot to ask residents if they would like a pub or a church at the top of Downham Way. The result of course was the Downham Tavern. Can anyone actually verify this story, or were they pulling my plonker ? On the shoe repairing story, after leaving Downham Central school I went to evening classes at Durham Hill School with my mate Peter Mc Dermott for shoe repairing lessons, which proved beneficial. I saw Peter a couple of years ago and he told me he still repairs his own shoes directly as a result of those days. By the bye does anyone remember the Mc Dermott family ?. They used to live in Capstone Road and Peter went to the Catholic school - Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorside road, and had a brother Danny. One final name - the first true love of my life also lived in Capstone Road, Doreen Lockey - I dont suppose anyone remembers that family...or do they ? Will keep in touch, have lots more memories if there is anyone out there to listen or read. Regards to all you ex Downhamites. Ken Catlin in sunny Cornwall.
Title: Re: Where has everyone gone
Post by: Brenda on August 18, 2010, 04:01:21 AM

The truth is, Ken, there aren't all that many of us that participate on the forum. And it's true, we do tend to drop off for a little while now and then until someone gets us going again.  Please be assured, we welcome your contribution and memories.

Dickie is the one to remember names and he might (hallo, Dickie dear) recognise some you mention. The only Danny I knew in Capstone Road was the youngest of about 4 boys.  His mother's name was Nellie and I knew her as Aunt Nellie.  I thought her surname name was Scanlon but maybe that was her maiden name.  My maternal grandmother brought her into the world.  Granny had twelve children so I suppose that fitted her to be the local - if amateur - many decades ago.