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Sunday, 1 March 2009

Then and Now.

 

31 comments:

JohnB said...

Back THEN we did not have Refrigerators, Dishwashers, Washing Machines, Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable TV, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, or Blackberry devices (in fact no phones in the house at all) no personal computers, no palm pilots, no digital and camera phones Internet or chatrooms.......like we do NOW


Back THEN, the only digital things were your fingers, which you used to count, point on or maybe pick your nose with. We made our own games back THEN. As kids we had lots of friends and we went outside to play with them or sometimes when we were indoors, we read a book, played cards or played with our homemade toys, listened to the radio or watched a magic lantern show. We also went to the pictures (Flicks/Cinema) at the Granada, Playhouse, Lido, Odeon or.... what were the other ones called?

Anyone remember? They are not there NOW but there were two more in Ealing and one was the Tudor in Hanwell, which was also known as....The er, er.....Fleapit, nah that wasn't what it was called.

JohnB said...

Oh I forgot, after you may have picked your noses you probably stuck your fingers in the lemonade powder and no one would ever know.

jim davis said...

Paladium, Walpole, Forum, and the Tudor was called the Curzon before that. But we affectionaly called it The Bug Hutch. The first three were all in Ealing Broadway'

Grace said...

HI JOHN B The other picture house,s were in Ealing Forum,Walpole ,and the Pladieum the one in Hanwell was called the Grand when i was younger.

JohnB said...

Well done everyone...you all get another gold star for getting the answers right, and if you like you can have some of my lemonade powder.

grace said...

John B I think i will decline the offer of lemonade powder as not sure where your fingers have been Grace

Del said...

In my final term at Cuckoo Senior Boys in 1945, the top classes from all of the schools in the area were invited to the Forum, during school hours, to see 'Bambi,' which had just been released. As we were leaving each of us was presented with a parcel which, when we ripped them open on the bus, had a message of greetings from the Australian Goverment, who had sponsored the event. The contents of the parcels were, a large cake, a huge bar of chocolate, a bag of sugared almonds and, best of all, a box of crystalised fruit. Boy, we were popular whn we got home, even if half of the goodies had been scoffed. Del.

tags said...

I thought Bambi was showing at The Odeon? Then again maybe it was the Forum, I was only two.
Also when I was little, I remember Dr.Lasnick encouraged me to enter a Cadbury's children's painting competion.
Guess what...I won second prize and a huge cardboard box containing about a years supply of an assortment of chocolate goodies arrived at our house.

Del said...

Tags, we have Cadbury's in common. I came second in their baby of the year competition, London Area, finals, held on Clapham Common. Robert Redford won (or maybe it was someone else). My mum got a supply of goodies but I only remember the certificate that she had framed.
As for the Forum, I used to go there a lot, as a teenager, mainly because girls used to think that it was the 'poshest' cinema. I always remembered standing in the queue at the bus stop outside, waiting to go home. Many years later, leaving the cinema on a very rainy night, passing the queue in my Chevy Impala, and watching all the heads turn to watch, I thought to myself, 'Yeah, I've done too, and if an idiot like me can escape waiting for a bus, anyone can.' Del

Ted baker said...

Hi there Del. i remember the forum.I was in the queue waiting to go in. when some of my mates turned up. in the end there must have been about fifty of us pushing and shoving. When some of us went through the sweet shop window that was there. We was all teddyboys. We all legged it and ended on the back of the queue. Thats justice for you. one minute i was near the front now im at the back.i can remember those days like it was yesterday. But take my pill. and i cant remember if ive takened it already.by Ted

maureen tutton [foley] said...

Dell I was un usherrette at the Forum part time evenings.I used to rush from my day job to Ealing to start at 6pm.We always thought it was the best cinema and nicest uniform,Idid have the misfortune to trip up the stairs with a tray of ices and finished up in King Edwards being put in plaster.

Del said...

Maureen, you weren't the one who splashed a tub of strawberry goo all over my new misnight blue, semi drape, gaberdine suit were you? Come to think of it, the Forum was where I took my ex-wife on our first date. Was Pauls Restaurant still across the road when you were falling up stairs? Del

Val B said...

I used to belong to the YWCA Youth club which used to meet in the blue triangle hall just along from the Forum. Every Sunday a whole crowd of us would meet in Joe Lyons then walk to the Forum and take up the three back rows. Afterwards we would go to a pub who's name I can't remember. It was next to John Sanders and was my first introduction to pubs as I was under age, something like 15 or 16 at the time.I don't remember having any alcohol though, probably a shandy.Can anyone remember the pub's name?
By the way, I saw Bambi at the Lido.

Del said...

ValB, the only pub that I can remember in that area was the one on the corner, just past the Lido. I think that it was the hangout for the local Irish population. My own illegal pubbing was done in the West End, usually when I was there to visit a jazz club. Del.

tags said...

The Royal Oak?

Val B said...

Yeah you're right John, it was The Royak Oak.

tags said...

Thanks Val, it's good to know that all those pints I sank in there didn't destroy too much of the old grey matter.

Del said...

Tags, did you order your beer at the Royal Oak using an Irish brogue, with an Italian accent? I remember passing there on a couple of occasions when there was an almighty punch-up taking place outside. There was another pub down near the Ealing Studios, I think. Del.

tags said...

The pub near the Ealing Studios was the Red Lion. The one a bit further down opposite the Art School was The Castle.
In fact a bunch of students used to pretend to be foreign students sometimes to get the locals to buy us free booze. How did you know?

Del said...

How did I know? As a teenager I would go into a pub and, before the barman could send me packing ask, with an American accent, for a packet of crackers. The guy would explain that they were actually called crisps and pass them over which is when I'd ask for a pint of beer, and what did he reccomend? It never failed, but I did pay for them, no freebies. Del

Anonymous said...

Hi Del cant be sure who I spilt ice on I was too busy feeling silly. I dont remember Pauls restaurant but this was 1954 are we on the same tTime scale.
The suit sounds like something I would remember though.

Del said...

Maureen, I was talking about 1952. I bought the suit when I got demobbed. Pauls Retsaurant was still there. As a teenager I used to leave the cinema and look across the road at the fancy net drapes with candles flickering away and think that, one day,I'd really impress a girl by taking her there for meal. When I came out of the army I had a job delivering bread and cakes to a small chain of shops. One day I was told to take a magnificent birthday cake to Pauls, for a party. I drove around to the back and delivered it into the kitchen. I'd never seen such a mess in my life, really disgusting! End of ambition. Del.

maureen T. said...

Hi DEL been out of circulation for a few days, 1952 was a very good year for me, I was spreading my wings,and trying the jazz clubs at Southall and Acton we also used to go dancing at the Dominion in Southall.Still cant remeber Pauls but if we looked in any of those kitchens in those days we wouldnt have gone through the front door.Icouldnt afford to eat out I always seemed to have a part time job to get exras.M@s at west Ealing was another place where all you friends came in to take the mickey if you were on the cake counter and had to wear a gauze turban ,very fetching. Ive hear recently the Forum is being rebuilt as a multi screen cinema at least you buy the ices befor you go in now so youd be quite safe. M

Del said...

Maureen, I'm surprised that the Forum is still there, But I guess that it's the only cinema left in Ealing. The only jazz clubs that I went to in the 50s were in the West End, although I did go to a couple at Acton Town Hall when Ronnie Scott was gigging there. Del.

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