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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 19:30 BST (UK) »
My dad refused to watch commercial TV, so we just had the 1 channel (BBC) until BBC2 came on air!
Then the new aerial simply HAD to pick up ITV as well! That would have been 1964/5?

Went to a neighbours to watch the 1966 on the new-fangled colour TV!

He still won't watch "commercial rubbish" or "american rubbish"!!

As for computers . . . . 5 schools in North Somerset shared a "computer". It was programmed in octal (base 8). Think I was the only one using it!!

Then I got a job working "in computers" - a job which I still do today!!
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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 19:43 BST (UK) »
When I was at school, a computer was someone who did calculations with paper and pencil.

The electronic version still used thermionic valves, I believe, and kept the room nice and warm ;D

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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #11 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 20:56 BST (UK) »
Log tables :)

Slide Rules!!! :D

Packet of crisps for 3d ... and all of a sudden ... packet of crisps for 3p!!

Asking for "scraps" at a chip shop.

Cold winters. Snow in my wellies.

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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #12 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:16 BST (UK) »
I've still got my slide rule!

The year after I left Uni, my friend who was doing Engineering bought one of the first calculators.  It cost £40 (a huge amount of money when beer at the Uni bar was 10p a pint), was in kit form and he had to assemble it himself and then it only added, subtracted, multiplied and divided.  Within a few years, they were giving away calculators with 5 gallons of petrol!

Which has just reminded me of green shield stamps!  They gave them away at petrol stations and other shops and you had to stick them into a book.  When you had filled enough books, you could choose "free" gifts eg hair driers, watches, cutlery, lilos, toys etc.  Each item had a price eg 1 1/2 books or 3/4 book - anyone else remember them? :D
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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:31 BST (UK) »
Oh yes!  And I have a nasty feeling that if I rummage in a drawer......

There were also some pink ones - weren't there??

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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:38 BST (UK) »
Yes, you're right, there were pink ones too.  Someone will remember what they were called..... :D
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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #15 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:43 BST (UK) »
In school, boys couldn't take cookery or needlework and girls couldn't take wood or metal work.
It wasn't considered befitting  ::)

I worked using verniers, calipers and micrometers and I was computer literate by 1964 ... so there  :P  ;D

How times have changed  ;)
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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #16 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:52 BST (UK) »
But I'll bet the computer would have filled a large school hall ! 
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Re: What do you remember- seems impossible now
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 22 June 11 21:53 BST (UK) »
Much like opening poster, I remember the gas lamps in the street and the lamplighter coming round with his long pole to hook the bar over and light the lamp.

Green and brown paint prevailed in closes/entries; there were only black cars and very few of them; horses delivering coal, the bag was weighed while you waited and us kids got to give the horse our apple core.  ;D  Most things delivered by horse and cart, even going "doon the water" our cabin trunk was transported to the Broomielaw by horse and cart!

Sugar weighed out into blue paper bags; cheese was cut by wire while you waited; butter weighed and patted into shape, the fresh/unsalted butter always had a thistle imprint.   :)

We didn't have electricity at all until Mum moved to a new town in 1973, so no fancy gadgets or TV.  We did have an old wind up gramaphone and an upright piano.  We made our own entertainment or listened to the wireless with it's enormous battery which weighed a ton and had to be taken down town to be recharged!  :P

But we were better off than those in the tenements, as we had an indoor toilet instead of a "stair heid lavvy" shared by several families and we had a bathroom with a humungous victorian bath!  Water was expensive to heat so once a week baths were the order of the day.  

Out in the yard we had a brick built shed with a big copper boiler with a furnace under it and two double stone sinks for "wash day" sometimes we kids got our bath in the sinks.
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