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    We also had e a teepee. Great place for a couple of toddlers to hang out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    We had pee tee...tasted orrible
    Acquired taste...
    Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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    pee tee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald the Great View Post
    pee tee?
    Endorsed by Tom Baker allegedly.

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    Tom Baker. A brilliant Dr Who.
    I can't bear the current Dr Who. Refuse to warch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post
    Endorsed by Tom Baker allegedly.
    Ah, yes - Blackadder!
    Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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    Time for another subject DYRers.

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    Driving lessons and test...

    What do you recall about this seminal point in a spotty teenagers life?... I was taught to drive by my dad at the age of 17 (me not dad) he taught me in his morris minor around the streets where i lived in the 60s/70s. The car had NO power steering and the brakes were lets just say questionable, we would go out for two hours every evening when dad had finished his tea (dinner?) we did this for about a month or so and dad decided "its time to fly solo" completely illegal ofcourse so i stook to the backstreets and i felt like the king of the road driving around unsupervised (stupid when i think about it)...Dad decided it was time to take my test and booked it for a couple of weeks later, i took it in the Morris and passed first time, it felt amazing, Dad gave me the car as a gift and bought himself a Vauxhall Viva, one of four that he went on to own, he loved those cars. After about 6 months the uncool Morris had to go and i bought a Hillman avenger...great days
    ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR.

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    Mine is a classic !

    I'd been driving my dad's car ( Talbot Alpine or Morris 1100 ) for months .. him by my side then I had ten lessons just before my test .. we got some local guy who leased his car for the test itself .. he was a huge 20+ stone guy and the car was also huge .. Vauxhall Victor or Ventura and the guy chainsmoked through each lesson .

    Anyways the day of the test I booked the car for the test AND booked him for a lesson immediately before . My weakness then ( still is) was reversing so just before the lesson he told me reverse into this back alley .... I did and crashed into some dustbins !! ( the old fashioned grey metal ones ) .. I was going slow so no damage to the car thankfully .

    Now the test ..

    Walking up to the car with the examiner he did the eye test .. "what's the registration of that car ?"
    I got it wrong so we went closer , wrong again ! He said it was nerves and we went closer and I got it correct !

    I was lucky with the test as it was done in an area that I was very , very familiar with .
    He asked me to put the car in the opposite direction ... now I'd been told it was called " a three point turn" but the flamin car was very big and wide and the side street was very narrow .

    You guessed .. I could only do it in FIVE ... so a five point turn !!

    I presumed I'd failed and must have relaxed as afterwards he explained a five point turn was acceptable if it was the safe option .

    I passed first time !!!





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    Just turned 18 had saved sufficient to buy a second hand powder blue Mini. My pride and joy. Could not wait to get lessons. Some time later I decided to take her out solo. I reckoned I was proficient enuff by this time. After all it was just a short hop around our local streets. Mistake!!! I happened to live on what I called the Alps of the Eastern Suburbs...Arden St, Coogee. I chose to take the wrong part of the street.. down..another even bigger mistake. A hundred metres into my ride and the bloody brakes failed. Immediate panic set in. I was not trained for this. In a very short time I gained breakneck speed.. too fast for the hand break to be of any use. My life passed before my eyes as I hurtled down this alpine road..which happened to be about a mile long. I had to hope that the three sets of traffic lites were on my side.. no two were red. Miraculously I negotiated those without being crunched by any on coming cars. I was still not out of the mire even tho I was now approaching even ground..far from it. The handbreak worked but only succeeded in slowing me. I had no choice if I was going to come out of this in one piece I had to think fast. At the bottom f the street opposite Coogee Beach there is a grassy medium strip. I turned the wheel and jumped it. I managed to hit some soft grass and then some dirt before ploughing into some heavy bushes. That and the hand break and I had survived what was a very traumatic event.. so traumatic that I postponed getting my license and did not drive again for six months. I eventually did become a licensed driver and had an impeccable record. But my mind often goes back to that evening many decades earlier when I almost became one of a thousand annual road statistics. Below is a modern pic of Arden St. I started my death-defying journey at the far top of the pic.

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