THE FLATLEY DRYER

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Post by Stanley » 07 Sep 2019, 07:41

I have one or two Bodge. I had more but like you I don't know what happened to them.
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Post by PanBiker » 07 Sep 2019, 08:07

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One of my hobbies was collecting truck drivers badges, these were lovely enameled lapel emblems of the manufacturer, I used to write to Leyland, Albion, Thornycroft , Sentinel etc. and the generally replied in the affirmative, i had over 12 at one stage but like other things i cannot recall where they went ?
I used to do the same Bodge, Scammel, Seddon Diesel, Albion I can remember from the ones I had.
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Post by Tizer » 07 Sep 2019, 09:05

I'm a sucker for collecting and collections. Last year I bought an album containing about 3000 old matchbox labels at a collectors' fair. A lot of interest for £25! :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 08 Sep 2019, 03:01

I can remember at one time having the uncomfortable thought that my predilection for gathering up tools and machinery was nothing more than a collection but as I started to use them I lost that fear. Now, as I look around me I begin to wonder if I wasn't right all along!
During the war I had a promising start of a collection of WW2 memorabilia, the star items were a complete 25lb practice bomb and a Mills grenade. They vanished when I left home and went away farming and then into the army. The family flit and somewhere down the line they vanished together with a lot of other things.... Probably a good job.
In this context I often think of the old Romany Gypsy custom of burning the deceased's caravan and possessions as part of the funeral. I did the same thing when I divorced and left home, at one point I was down to 14 carrier bags and can attest that it gives a great deal of freedom. There is such a thing as the tyranny of possessions....
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Post by chinatyke » 08 Sep 2019, 13:51

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...at one point I was down to 14 carrier bags and can attest that it gives a great deal of freedom. There is such a thing as the tyranny of possessions....
15 years ago I came here with one suitcase weighing 50lbs and 13lbs in a carry-on case, and a briefcase full of music CDs and personal papers. My wife had her belongings in 2 carrier bags and her daughter had another 2. Now we've got too much "clutter" again. Stanley, remind me why I need 3 hacksaws? :biggrin2:

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Post by Stanley » 09 Sep 2019, 02:52

I know the feeling China. I can't tell you the reason, it is one of life's mysteries. Perhaps Parkinson's Law applies, 'possessions increase to fill the amount of space allotted to them'.
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Post by chinatyke » 09 Sep 2019, 15:08

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I know the feeling China. I can't tell you the reason, it is one of life's mysteries. Perhaps Parkinson's Law applies, 'possessions increase to fill the amount of space allotted to them'.
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Post by Stanley » 10 Sep 2019, 02:49

Postmen and telegram boys on red bicycles. Young lads pedalling unbelievably heavy bikes with delivery baskets on the front, shades of 'Open All Hours'. Oh and small children staggering home from the corner shop with heavy shopping bags. I must have been carrying 5lbs of spuds and a loaf at 5 years old. All other deliveries were by horse and cart, the only thing that was mechanised was the dustbin wagon. Probably a lot of that was prolonged by the war and fuel rationing. No wonder there was no equivalent of the White Van.
We had roses in the front garden and there was almost a fight at times for horse muck dropped in the street. Today people complain about it, we just went out with the coal shovel and collected it for the garden!
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Post by Stanley » 11 Sep 2019, 04:06

That last post reminded me of my childhood on Norris Avenue in Stockport. Even then two things struck me. By far the most popular colour scheme for the exterior painting of the house was Buckingham Green and Cream, it was almost universal. (in those days we painted the interior walls with gloss paint and I can remember how the condensation used to form on it and run down.)
We were not gardeners, that came later when Father had more time at Napier Road. The back garden was a pocket handkerchief and was occupied exclusively with the Anderson Shelter. The front garden was a weeded rose bed, minimum maintenance. In contrast the man next door, Arthur Thompson, was an obsessive gardener. It was always perfect. I remember particularly that every crumb of soil was small and the same size! It was the exact opposite of today's wild gardens. Looking back, I think it was some sort of compulsion to be in control.
I don't know why but another thing comes to mind about gardens. I was in Washington DC and walking round soaking the place up. What struck me was the contrast between the splendour of the memorials, reflecting pool and the White house and two blocks back from them some of the poorest housing I have ever see where most gardens had either a wrecked car or rubbish in them. Guess what, the inhabitants were mostly coloured...
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Post by Stanley » 12 Sep 2019, 03:28

It seems to me that most of my posts on this thread regret the passing of things. Today I want to highlight something that hasn't changed. Good shops succeed because they have good cheerful and helpful staff. Yesterday in Ilkley brought this home to me as we aided the local economy. It was a social experience and we had a hoot as we shopped until we dropped. As long as this continues, local shops will beat online any day!
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Post by Stanley » 13 Sep 2019, 04:21

Stockport 70 years ago was a heavily polluted environment. The air was full of smoke and the rivers were open sewers. It was so bad that the Luftwaffe couldn't see through the murk and never managed to hit their primary target, the enormous brick viaduct across the centre of the town.

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Looking back we were used to black and green snot, if it wasn't the soot it was low levels of respiratory infection. Spitting on the street was rife and I remember the notice in the trams, 'Spitting prohibited. Penalty 40 shillings'. £2 in those days was a hefty fine!
Living in Barlick today with air like wine every morning I feel so lucky and appreciate it daily. The question is, how did we survive? Is the air pollution today different and more aggressive? This is one aspect of the past I am glad to have lost!
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Post by Tripps » 13 Sep 2019, 18:05

Stanley wrote:
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Living in Barlick today with air like wine every morning I feel so lucky and appreciate it daily. The question is, how did we survive? Is the air pollution today different and more aggressive? This is one aspect of the past I am glad to have lost!
I think about this a lot, and can get quite boring when in company. "smog? - I'll tell you about smog" etc. :smile:
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Post by Whyperion » 13 Sep 2019, 20:15

most gardens had either a wrecked car or rubbish in them.
Try some of the estates in Croydon, mostly native englishers, the WI immigrant families are the ones that get dressed up in the Sunday Finest to the local churches of their choice. Perhaps the biggest difference between the USA and the UK.

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Post by Stanley » 14 Sep 2019, 03:52

You do right to think about it and comment David. Quality of air is just as important as water and too many people, including our leaders, haven't realised this. They agonise about childhood diseases, asthma, glue ear etc and do nothing.
Many years ago, before the link was built between the M6 and the M5 I used to go occasionally to Droitwich with a load of cattle, always on a Sunday. This involved skirting round Birmingham via the normal road system and the thing that struck me was how well dressed the 'immigrant' kids were compared to the indigenous variety.....
Everybody had 'Sunday Best' clothes, I don't think this applies today.
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Post by Tripps » 14 Sep 2019, 10:01

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Everybody had 'Sunday Best' clothes, I don't think this applies today.
Indeed it doesn't - we've gone so far that the word 'suit' has become a common term of abuse.

Come back John Collier, Montague Burton, Fifty Shilling Tailor, Hepworths, Abe Sachs , Hymie Showman - all is forgiven. . . . :laugh5:
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Post by Stanley » 15 Sep 2019, 02:44

The go-to man for my dad was Phil Burman in Undergate in Stockport. I had completely forgotten him until you made your list David.
Until recently we had one in Barlick Dennis ?. He used to work at Bristol Tractors in the 1950s and was a favourite of my mother. ("Such a nice young man".) His shop was a small one on the end of the row in Rainhall Road that is now part of Whitworth's the chemist. (Sorry! 'Pharmacy''!)
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