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Old Birmingham / Re: remembering birmingham as a kid
« Last post by GardenGerald on August 17, 2019, 02:53:17 PM »
Hello Townie
Did you play Hog Tie. Two of you had a piece of tape and you had to tie your opponents legs together.
Play up at school and you had to sweep the Hall after school.
Cough or sneeze and get 6 strokes of the cane. I did when was I was 7.
I remember walking into the town, might have been Moor Street, and my Mom would grab my hand and hold me tight because of
bombed buildings and cellars full of water.
Ride on the Tram from The Train in Vauxhall to Ward End Park for half of one penny.
Waiting to see if we got a Christmas card on Christmas Day.
I was hopeing that Ed and I could write a book...THE VAUXHALL BOYS
Take care and mind the Horses
Birmingham Chat / Re: Visit to Birmingham where I was born 76 years ago
« Last post by linwaisee on August 17, 2019, 12:38:14 PM »
Hi Phil
The changes to the Bull Ring we have to live with. I remember when the buses used to slip and slide on the wet cobbles as they came down the Bull Ring on rainy days.
Personally, I prefer the old B R with the market stalls lined down it, but those days have gone as indeed has F W Woolworths.
When you reach my age, you realise that you cannot affect the changes in any way so you have to live with them. My motto for many years has been, "Ignore the things you cannot change and change the things you can.
The one good thing about the grub like department store does serve as a landmark by which you can orient yourself to get to other places.
Old Birmingham / Re: Looking for My Old School
« Last post by davesd1 on August 17, 2019, 11:54:45 AM »
Guardian Angels was on the doorstep,Hillstone possibly?
Old Birmingham / Re: Riley Road.Yardley Wood.
« Last post by Hi De Hi on August 17, 2019, 11:49:34 AM »
.I made a mistake there(Nothing unusual according to my wife)  It wasn't Mrs Dale it was Mrs Vale who lived in Daimler Road....KC.
There was a Mrs Dale on Riversdale road a few doors up from the Riley/Daimler junction. I knew her son, Fred. He would be in his early 0s now.
Old Birmingham / Re: Looking for My Old School
« Last post by Hi De Hi on August 17, 2019, 11:46:08 AM »
The only school I recall up there (because my missus worked there for a while) is Timberley.
Old Birmingham / Re: Owen Street-- Bath Row
« Last post by john baker on August 16, 2019, 10:13:51 PM »
hi maureen my name is john baker and i lived at number 13 owen st next to the bowmans, i remember pat and delia well and also their mom used to work at the futurist cinema whereby she had a free pass and mrs mallon who lived at the back took me to see loads of films. my mom and dad were both deaf and i have 5 sisters. i would like to know if there are any of my friends are still alive. i am 76 now which pat bowman would probably be as well.       I moved to pelsall walsall in 1967. any information would be gratefully received

Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by RoyMcC on August 16, 2019, 08:28:23 PM »
Wow, look at that completely vacant site there - early 60s? Three completely different buildings on that corner.
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Bull Ring Photos
« Last post by mike mancott on August 16, 2019, 07:18:55 PM »
Well, Phil, we can all vouch for the fact that not all change is for the better.

Old Birmingham / Re: remembering birmingham as a kid
« Last post by townie on August 16, 2019, 06:39:44 PM »
Did you ever play crab football in your local youth centre? What a great game that was, wonder if the kids still play it. O0 
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Bull Ring Photos
« Last post by Phil on August 16, 2019, 04:32:56 PM »
The end of the Bull Ring that a some of us spent a lot of time hanging around in as teenagers mostly because it was free and it was warm in the winter. It looks like someone just dropped a bomb on it, making more of a mess than the Luftwaffe managed to do in the last war.
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