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Marine Boy
20-06-2009, 22:49
One of the clearest memories I have of the 70s is of the summer time. In my mind, it never ever rained. (Yes, I know it actually did rain, but I'll keep my rose-tinted memories, thankyou :D )

Outdoor public swimming pools that became very crowded despite being infested with wasps trying to get to the discarded ice cream cartons.

Getting the paddling pool out in the garden; launching oneself headlong into it and suffering one of those painful grazes that were peculiar to 'bare-body-hitting-rubber-at speed'.

Insisting Dad put that little attachment on the end of the hose that made the water come out as a spray so that you could run throught it.

Any more?

branny
21-06-2009, 12:35
Sitting on the kerb poking at pitch between the cobbles with a lolly stick from a just finished lemonade sparkle, lager and lime or cider lolly. :)

We didn't have a garden so it was paddling pool out in the street. I also had a peddle car the likes i've never seen before. It was a huge metal thing sprayed pink with pegasus symbols on the side. I did my best to cover the pink with marvel stickers but there was just too much. The car only used to come out on hot days and i was very popular with the other kids when it didi.

Marine Boy
21-06-2009, 13:53
Sitting on the kerb poking at pitch between the cobbles with a lolly stick from a just finished lemonade sparkle, lager and lime or cider lolly. :)

Yes, I also have a partial memory of what one did with the stick after finishing the lolly. You had to have two and would need an elactic band to fix them together in a certain way. Was it to create a magic trick? As I say, the memory is terribly vague.

rossobantam
22-06-2009, 03:33
drinking water straight from the hosepipe

swimming in the local river, only 3 foot deep ..with lovely mud at the bottom to dredge up & chuck at each other

rushing for the ice cream van....something you don't see happen anymore!
Orange Maid or Lemonade Sparkle were the best thirst quenchers IIRC:)

branny
22-06-2009, 10:47
Yes, I also have a partial memory of what one did with the stick after finishing the lolly. You had to have two and would need an elactic band to fix them together in a certain way. Was it to create a magic trick? As I say, the memory is terribly vague.

Hmmm. Tighten and release for a propeller effect? I remember sticking them somewhere near the rear wheel on my bike for a machine g*n noise effect.

Marine Boy
22-06-2009, 16:23
Hmmm. Tighten and release for a propeller effect?

Ah yes! You wound it up and threw the thing in the air. Think that was it.


I remember sticking them somewhere near the rear wheel on my bike for a machine g*n noise effect.

I think I used playing cards. :D

(Did DYR censor the word gun in your post?)

branny
22-06-2009, 17:41
Ah yes! You wound it up and threw the thing in the air. Think that was it.



I think I used playing cards. :D

(Did DYR censor the word gun in your post?)

No. I did that myself. Don't want to risk getting booted off.

Heather74
22-06-2009, 18:05
No. I did that myself. Don't want to risk getting booted off. for using the word gun:confused:

gun,gun,gun, gun. gun, gun.

Nope i didn't get booted off:rolleyes:

shouts *BOMB* and runs!!!!

branny
22-06-2009, 18:16
for using the word gun:confused:

gun,gun,gun, gun. gun, gun.

Nope i didn't get booted off:rolleyes:

shouts *BOMB* and runs!!!!

Dare you to shout it next time you fly. Who moderates the moderators? I wish to register a complaint. There are far too many offensive weapons being brandished on this site. :D

Heather74
22-06-2009, 18:29
Dare you to shout it next time you fly. Who moderates the moderators? I wish to register a complaint. There are far too many offensive weapons being brandished on this site. :DPlease forward all complaints to huggie74 and I will bin ermmm I mean deal with them a.s.a.p :p ;)

Derekflint
22-06-2009, 20:50
drinking water straight from the hosepipe

swimming in the local river, only 3 foot deep ..with lovely mud at the bottom to dredge up & chuck at each other

rushing for the ice cream van....something you don't see happen anymore!
Orange Maid or Lemonade Sparkle were the best thirst quenchers IIRC:)

You remember correctly. Oh dear lord, you do.:cool:

As for censorship, I mentioned having a 4 inch Python the other day - am I in trouble?

Take this forum to Cuba! I have a lolly stick I've splintered by biting down on it REALLY hard.

Great. Now I can remember the taste of that little culinary mishap.

rossobantam
22-06-2009, 20:57
Who moderates the moderators? I wish to register a complaint. There are far too many offensive weapons being brandished on this site. :D

quite true branny....I shall ban Heather later


(big kisses & luvs to Heather in the meantime :o)

Heather74
22-06-2009, 21:02
quite true branny....I shall ban Heather later

Not if I ban you first!!!!! :D


P.S you cant ban mods :p

Marine Boy
22-06-2009, 21:21
Interesting you mention a python, Derek. This run of posts reminded me of that sketch from Monty Python. Do you all remember it? It's where the lads are going off into some wonderful off-the-wall stuff, and Graham Chapman walks right into said sketch as an army officer, and says, "Stop it! Just stop it! This is just silly!" ...or something like that.

rossobantam
22-06-2009, 23:42
Chapman did that a couple of times...in an episode (can't remember which one), and also in the film 'And Now For Something Completely Different:

YouTube - Monty Python's Military Fairy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5Dfs7jqFI)

branny
22-06-2009, 23:48
Talking of offensive weapons, there was a Python military sketch about being attacked with fresh fruit. :D

kazboot
28-06-2009, 16:39
Aah those lovely school summer hols. It never rained MB, because I remember! ;)
I used to love paddling in the local river and catching sticklebacks to take home in a jam jar.
We used to go up 'The Downs' which was an area of fields and trees near us where we would make rope swings from the trees (I broke my arm when I flew off one of these when I was eleven! Right tomboy I was!).
I also remember throwing those sticky darts at each other and those other grasses you looped the stem over and flicked off the end.
We made daisy chains and looked for four leafed clovers.

I could go on all day. Magic! :)

amethyst
30-07-2009, 19:13
What about the summer of 1976 who remembers that one,dry and sunny for 5 months no rain,hose pipe bans!

kazboot
31-07-2009, 00:32
I loved the 1976 heatwave and am hoping for another long, hot summer again one day!

Trickyvee
19-01-2010, 22:55
I'm too young to remember 70s summers, but in the early 80s it never seemed to rain either. I remember a man used to come from the water board to flush out the fire hydrant in our street. He'd attach an upside down drain pipe thing to it and all the water would gush out into the road and we'd all jump in it. I used to love jumping through sprinklers in the garden too, or setting the hose down on big polythene sheets to make slides.

Gothic
20-01-2010, 13:31
The 1976 heatwave just went on and on or it seemed to. I remember when it finally broke and we had a huge thunderstorm, very strange as it got very dark before it rained and there were bats flying about and thunder and lightning going on, very Hammer Horror!! We didn't care, we just ran around in the rain, thunder and lightning.

moonvisage
28-03-2010, 20:22
I remember,on a seriously roasting hot day,me and a mate climbed and crawled up the side of a mountain.I was bone dry and drained to exhaustion,but as i got half way up,he pointed out a beautiful spot,full of flowers and shrubs,and in the middle was some kind of pond full of newts.Just sitting there watching,was so refreshing and cooling.

moonvisage
28-03-2010, 20:24
The 1976 heatwave just went on and on or it seemed to. I remember when it finally broke and we had a huge thunderstorm, very strange as it got very dark before it rained and there were bats flying about and thunder and lightning going on, very Hammer Horror!! We didn't care, we just ran around in the rain, thunder and lightning.


I remember the thunderstorm and blacknesses.Thanks for telling me when it was and what it was,it has subconciously annoyed me for years that memory of wierd black thundery weather.It is great to know at last when it occured and why.

Trickyvee
18-06-2010, 18:21
I was born a month before the 1976 heatwave started. I've been informed that I was wheeled out into the garden for weeks on end next to endless washing lines full of terry toweling nappies. Wish I'd been old enough to enjoy it!

Richard1978
18-06-2010, 20:14
My brother was born at almost the same, my parents have mentioned that they had to some days soak his nappies in bath water, & then tip it on the garden (hopefully not on the veg patch!)