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I can just remember my parents phone number being 26 and that we had a manually operated exchange, that the honey cart visited us well into the late fifties, that coal was delivered from behind a hoss, that Dan Dare & Horace Batchellor were on Radio Luxemburg and Dick Barton on the Light Programme, that cod & chips was 2/3p and a pint was 1/2p, that we had crystel sets and the bogs at the Waveney Inn were just that, and you had a post to hold onto so you didn't fall in!!

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I had a short stint working for the council on the honey cart, in North Norfolk, and that was the mid eighties!!!
We had to creep about in the middle of the night trying not to spill TOO much.  Scared

Andy and Di

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The end of rationing, ha! I remember when grapefruits came off ration. My father had a grocery shop and brought us all one home. After six or more years without my family were all savouring their grapefruits, but I had never had one. In I went, it must have been awful, I remember their shock at my response to that awful, sharp taste of that grapefruit.

I'm sure we can all remember our early years. I can well remember going to the Jenny Lind and anesthetics was still ether dripped onto a gauze mask over the patients face.

Then there was a trip to the shoe shop, and they had an X-Ray machine to show how well the shoes fitted, that was fascinating to us kids.

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So long as you didn't take your work home with you Andy!

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Didn't ge t to know Norfolk at all until the late 60's, but even then the pace of change had not accelerated so much. Memories include Trolley Buses, horse drawn deliveries and my Mum getting a washer with an electric mangle. She still used a gas powered copper boiler for the whites well into the 60's

The other day doing a couple of jobs at home I found an old Gas Payment card dating from the 50's. The Ripon City Gas Co!

One thing that is becoming significant, is that people are a lot more mobile. Local history will no longer be passed on from generation to generation. Now's the time to get those anecdotes recorded!

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When would have been JM I'm trying to get a fix on the historical dates for these things in Norfolk having been exiled at a young age  Evil Grin  Were you At Waveney all the TIme? Was there not a man with a wooden leg there then?

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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The conversation I was talking about was sparked off by the book I started writing a long time ago and Julia’s comments on another thread.  Basically it is a tale of a Doctor, his wife and three children, who move from Hertfordshire to Hoveton and what happens as they integrate into a Broadland way of life. They move in the late 50’s but part of the story is also modern day and at other times you have memories of what things were like around 1973.  Some of the adult characters in the 50’s of course remember back to the First World War. When discussing it we came to the conclusion that I would need to make sure that it had historical accuracy.

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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At the end of the war I was 9 and my sister 6.  Up to that time even apples, pears, plums etc were a rarity. We both still remember our first orange.   Very expensive as they cost sixpence each therefore we only got half each and we were told to suck the juice out.  Lovely.  
A few months later we had our first banana.  We were shown how to peel it and then we put it to our and sucked - but there was no juice.  We were very dissappointed with it.  
Later came pomegranates and we were each given a half and a pin.  It took hours to eat (which was the idea) and the juice stuck our fingers together like glue.
Then came locust beans, something like a dried up broad bean pod.  They were brown and rock hard and when chewed had a weird syrupy flavour.  At about the sme time came tiger nuts. Small shrivelled up rock hard pellets  that had a pleasant flavour. Both these last two really made your jaw ache.
Our coal man came round at first with a horse and cart but this soon changed to a lorry. His call was "Ripe strawberries".  We had United Dairies milk and that was delivered by horse and cart and I would help Mr Whip (that was his real name) with deliveries.  He never spoke to the horse, just took the bottles to the doorsteps and collected the empties.  The horse walked up to the next point and even around the corners and down the next street all on auto pilot. He never missed a day, not even in the winter of 1947, although the milk was frozen in the bottle (half pints, pints and quarts) and would push the cardboard or foil caps off the bottles.
The rubbish cart had solid rubber wheels and was also horse drawn. Every so often a mechanical horse (three wheel cab) would come out and run an empty rubbish cart down a ramp, take the full one on board and all would continue as before.

BOF - Clive

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Are these Norfolk tales, not that I'm trying to stop you, but not being able to find an apple in Norfolk?

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Bill, my dating starts in 46! I visited the Waveney from an early age, when it was Dirty Dicks. It wasn't until the early 70's that I worked there.

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Sorry Bill.  Thinking of some of the characters that will feature in your book got me thinking of my experiences immediately post war.  So just the meanderings of a Londoner.


BOF - Clive

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