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Messages - Mike in Cumbria

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The Lighter Side / Re: Remember when...
« on: Sunday 28 February 21 14:47 GMT (UK)  »
My dad was born in 1936, so was nine when the war ended. He grew up in an off licence corner shop and his aunt and uncle (who brought him up) were able to get bananas when they started becoming available. Of course, they were a real rarity so the first thing he  did when he got one was to dash out in to the street and casually peel and eat it, hoping to be spotted and envied. His pride took a fall though, when a couple of girls passed by and said in a loud voice "That's the second banana I've seen today."

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The Common Room / Re: how to find old school photograph
« on: Wednesday 24 February 21 09:42 GMT (UK)  »
Facebook would certainly be worth a go, most schools seem to have a page full of old photos now. I've seen quite a lot from my time at school. This is my class  - did we really have our hair like that?

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The Lighter Side / Re: Historic dwelling
« on: Wednesday 24 February 21 08:07 GMT (UK)  »
We were only a block from the Great Meadow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington%27s_Great_Meadows

Looks amazing - and probably quite influencing for your future life.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Historic dwelling
« on: Tuesday 23 February 21 22:26 GMT (UK)  »
Here's me outside my first home - not so posh as yours.

We lived in this for four years, I have good memories of heading straight out into the adjoining forest to collect bedding for our pet rabbit. After that it was a house, not half so much fun.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Remember when...
« on: Monday 22 February 21 19:23 GMT (UK)  »
My 21st birthday happened to fall on a Sunday in North Wales. At that time Gwynedd was dry on Sundays, so we celebrated with very dodgy home brew.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Spray coal?
« on: Wednesday 17 February 21 18:58 GMT (UK)  »
Found it.    Arthur was right, as usual.

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01qbq/

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Spray coal?
« on: Wednesday 17 February 21 16:06 GMT (UK)  »
According to Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 'spray' can be a Sussex word meaning something like brushwood, faggots or thin branches, and one of the examples given is "The spray-faggot of all his extensive woods being cut down as fuel for his kilns":

https://archive.org/details/englishdialectdi05wrig/page/686/mode/2up

So could spray-coal be charcoal produced by burning spray?
That sounds good, Arthur.
Edit. Although faggots and spray wouldn't be suitable for charcoal making, as it would just burn up. It would just be used as fuel.

Edited again! But - willow charcoal for drawing uses small diameter material, so it must be possible. I reckon you've cracked it.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Spray coal?
« on: Wednesday 17 February 21 14:51 GMT (UK)  »
Yes it does, but I wonder if that is a comma after spray,   Coal which was carried

Possibly half burnt charcoal, or smaller pieces.


Mike
Yes, could well be.
I'm wondering if it is just a local term for charcoal dust. Apparently the produce was carried off in sacks and used in the manufacture of gas masks.

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