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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    I fancy that Rod Templar just about puts an earlier “ Era “ of “ Childhood “ in a nutshell with his comments here.
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    Birchfield Road Perry Barr

    NOSTALGIA, Hard to explain the feeling of looking at something like this that was so memorable and pleasant.
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    Taking note of the recent thunder and lightening storms that have swept across our area. Caused me to wonder how the dog and cat pets of many had coped. The storms seemed to have demonstrated an inordinate amount of continuous thunder claps and lightening flashes. I think that we all know that...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    You are absolutely right Lyn. You have in your post pointed out a couple of descriptions tat I failed to mention. I do remember how most of the so called " back to back " residents made their utmost efforts to keep their dwelling very much " spic and span " and yes. I recall that " cosy "...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    Have been pondering with what might have been some of the greatest periods of " growing up in Brum " I've been thinking that one of these periods must have been around the times that " Slum Clearances " were taking place, when some children suddenly found themselves living on their new council...
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    Village " Wine Making " ( Greece ). Painting By Roy Blakey.

    Painted after a great holiday spent on Corfu.
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    I recall a period during WW2 when we kids started experimenting with " invisible ink messages ". I think we were imagining ourselves as some sort of boy and girl " spies ". At the time the nation was getting pretty conscious of such things as " espionage ". Posters and Notice Boards all around...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    LEAD SOLDIERS, WIND UP TOYS AND CARDBOARD CASTLES. A typical young boys story from a while back period. JUST HAD'NT BEEN HIS DAY. This morning his mates came round to join in and play with his wind up railway engine. One of them " over wound " the key operation and now the spring has jammed...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    Comment to " adap2it ". Dave, your " glarnies and badges " mention. This WAS another addition to the school playground activities of the time. It was very popular at our school, for sure. If you have a moment, go back to Page 2 , Post #27 ( on this thread ). Roy.
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    " Timely breaks ". Time period : 1940's. Following a couple of stiff classroom lessons, it was, for most of the children, a joy to escape to the school playground for the mid-morning and the mid-afternoon break periods. This was where the children had the chance to play a few quick games and mix...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    " A GREAT SUBSTITUTE " I think it would be reasonably fair to say that during the 1930's period many Birmingham children did not have the slightest chance of a holiday " at the sea-side ". So the " bucket and spade " , the bare foot play on the beach and the " paddles in the sea " was not to be...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    " Strip Down ". Period : 1946 I recall, for a fair number of " kids / young men ", that this was the period of that year when they returned to their home made Cycle Speedway tracks to tidy up the racing cicuit and begin practicing for the coming new season of competitions. Stripping their bikes...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    EXCITEMENT and ANTICIPATION again. A scenario that I guess never changes. Take little Charlie and his older brother Jack ( both in bed a bit early on Christmas Eve ). Little Charlie : " How does Father Christmas get down our chimney Jack ? " Jack : " Cus he's got magic that makes him small...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    Been thinking about, as a child, how I remember the prevailing atmosphere as we entered into World War Two. I recall, even as a kid, observing the " grown ups " concern about what the future might hold for their families, their friends and the country as a whole. Even we kids realised that the "...
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    Hobbies 2015 - 2019

    Decided we are going to have a go at doing our own iced Xmas cake this year. Thought it might be worth a crack at trying to do some home-made decoration " tops " to put on the icing. So far the bits of paper, cardboard and coloured pencils are working out reasonably well. Still needs an extra...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    . FALLEN LEAVES. Period : 1943 ish. I can't recall our exact ages when we kids began to appreciate the late Autumn season, but there came a time when we started to find some new found interests and experiences as this end of year period set in. Out and about we were noticing that the air was...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    GIVING THE STREET GAMES A MISS. Period : 1930's >>>? Often, we kids would be looking for an alternative to playing out on the street. What better few hours spent than in one of the purpose built " childrens equipped play area's " created by the Birmingham Council planners. These dedicated...
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    Hobbies 2015 - 2019

    Bishopmate. With reference to your post#35 . By more or less pure chance, whilst scanning through some of the " TV " channels, I realised that there are a few channels dedicated to CRAFTS, CRAFT PRODUCTS and occassional CRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS. There's a channel titled " CREATE AND CRAFT ". This...
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    Growing Up In Brum - Roy Blakey Inspired.

    THE SCHOOL PERIOD MUSIC LESSON. ( 1942 ish ). I don't know how other schools went about this lesson but I recall at our school each class had it's own music period once a week and it was held in the schools main hall. The layout in the hall was set with rows of chairs in semi-circular pattern...
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