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  1. What a marvellous boost for our game with Prince Harry hosting the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/rugby-league/51082255
  2. Must have been the late 1940s when the Mayor's car was a pre-war Ford Prefect Reg'n CDJ 1. I wonder if they kept the same registration details
  3. Excellent Phyll. Took me right back to my days at Triplex in the 1960s before that daft 6 weeks strike that ruined the business. That strike did me a favour though as it spurred me on to get a job in Cumbria. Thanks again, makes a pleasant change from politics and nutty conspiracy theories
  4. Just read that Rob Burrows has motor neurone disease. Poor lad was a great, skillful and courageous player https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-50863813
  5. Thanks for that BJL. I'll order a copy right away
  6. Alan

    I'm knackered

    Liverpool are World Champions after beating Flamengo 1 - 0 in extra time. Great result for the Scousers But it sure as Hell took a toll on me. I'm knackered
  7. The farmer/butcher is spot on here with local information/news
  8. Alan

    Miners' Clogs

    The 1950s clogs has rounder toe-ends, some had steel toe-caps too. They also had thicker soles than the example shown, were generally matt black in colour and had steel studs on the soles too
  9. Alan

    Miners' Clogs

    Wasn't the clogger's business called Clare's?
  10. There's a chemist shop about 8 miles away in a small market town called Wigton that still sells Isal lavatory paper
  11. Those of a certain age will remember middens, the fore-runners of dust-bins. Basically they were an amenity of the old rows of terraced houses that comprised so much of 1950s St Helens. They were usually next door to the lavatory at the bottom of the yard and were a brick-built extension to the lavvie with an opening of maybe 2ft square about 3ft above the ground in the house yard and a much larger opening for emptying it facing the back-entry. Both openings were ideally equipped with wooden doors but in many cases these had broken away. The idea was that the house-holder chucked rubbish in through the smaller opening and then the bin-men would shovel it out into the bin-lorry through the larger opening on a regular basis. They were well populated by rats and scavenging dogs and stunk to high heaven in summer. Then there were the mysterious midden-moochers who went through them under cover of darkness looking for anything salvageable or with a scrap-value such as old iron, or discarded clothes. Wonder what today's politicians would have made of those midden-moochers?
  12. Donkey-stoned door-steps Black treacle butties Front curtains drawn when a funeral takes place in your street
  13. Part of my history that pub, between 1963 and 1967 I worked at Polycell Tiles which was on the site of the former Penketh Tannery. It was normal towork Saturday mornings in those days and we all went to that pub for an end of shift pint or two
  14. Is Fiddlers Ferry pub still going?
  15. ..........and the "club-book" that recorded your insurance premiums, usually in the front room under the piano lid
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