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Monday, 13 April 2009

Our favourite things to do.

"OUR FAVOURITE THINGS"
When you lived on The Cuckoo Estate what were a few of your favourite things?
A) Your favourite drink and pub.
B) Your favourite shop and food.
C) Your favourite Cinema and film.
D) Your favourite Radio or TV programme.
E) Your favourite song or dance.
F) Your favourite school teacher or lesson.
G) Your favourite game, team, sport or hobby.
H) Your favourite park, garden or outdoor place to go.
Please write your memories of any or all of the above and post them on the site under
"Our Favourite Things" .

20 comments:

Del said...

My favourite pub was the Coach and Horses, in Soho, where Dylan Thomas and Francis Bacon used to hang out, very Bohemian. The cine,a I used most was the Greenford Granada, and the film I remember best from those days was, 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.' Jack Jackson, on Saturday night was my usual radio programme. Mrs. Nicholson was the teacher I liked best, with English and Art as the only two lessons that I felt able to cope with. I never played any team sports until I was in my twenties, when I began playing baseball. Other than that I was a runner, road and track with Thames Valley Harriers for a while.My favourite hobby was horse riding. I earned the lessons, which I couldn't afford to pay for, by working up at the Horsenden Riding School, a couple of nights a week and weekends. It was just at the bottom of the hill,and I see from Google Maps, that it is now described as a farm. The places I liked best, to get away on my own, were Bluebell Woods and anywhere along the Brent. Del.

tags said...

When I was at Infants school my favourite teacher was Miss Armatige, my favourite lesson was art and my first painting was of a big red double decker bus with a thin strip of bright blue at top for the sky and big yellow sun.
At junior school my favourite teachers were Miss Irwin and Mr. Coburn and my favourite lessons were the field trips to, Windsor Castle, Portsmouth to see the Victory, the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, the Science and Natural History museums, a bus trip to Whipsnade Zoo, and a visit to the cinema and one to the TV show Crackerjack.
My other favourite lesson at senior school was art and the teacher was Mr.Bartholomew who rode a motorbike to school, wearing black leathers and a crash helmet.
As a kid my favourite places to play, were Castlebar, The Brent, The Cucks, Churchfields, Horsenden Hill and by the conker trees on Cuckoo Avenue.
My favourite toys were the homemade, scooters, trolleys, javelins and catapults and drawing chalk pictures on the pavements.
My favourite books were Black Bob, Rupert and anything Dickens or Steinbeck.
My favourite places for the Summer holidays, were a farm in Suffolk and riding the big Shire horses, taking the Green Grey coach from London to Dovercourt, the beach and swimming in the sea, eating cockles and welks at Harwich and taking the ferry to Felixtsowe, and some seaside holidays at Hayling Island and driving the Bumper/Dodgem cars at the fairground.
My favourite radio programme was Dick Barton, then much later listening to Rock n’ Roll on Radio Luxembourg. My favourite clothes, were blue jeans, a navy blue donkey jacket, Chelsea Boots, my long blue and white striped college scarf and a straw Frank Sinatra hat.
My favourite Cinema was the Odeon in Northfields, among my favourite films were Lust for Life, La Strada, A Kid For Two Farthings, The Mudlark, 39 Steps, The Ladykillers and On The Waterfront.
Once I got to Ealing Art school at age 13, my favourite interests became drawing and painting in life class, field trips to the British Museum, The V&A and sketching at such places as the Thames at Kew and of course I was very interested in the girls in my class in their pretty uniforms of green summer dresses, white ankle socks, school ties and straw hats.
During the week, when I was about 14 my favourite pub activity was playing darts and drinking rough cider the Castle on St.Mary’s Road Ealing and on weekends going for a pint of brown and mild at the Kent Hotel with some lads from the Estate, and later going to parties, Rag Ball dances at Eel Pie Island and listening to Jazz.
Later when I learned to drive, one of my favourite things was driving the old bangers to country pubs or the seaside with my girlfriend or as far as they would take me.
These have been just a few of my favourite things, but there were tons more.

yvonneh said...

My favourite pub was the White Hart. Memories of standing outside with my brother and the guy, collecting for fireworks. The place where we used to wait in the mornings for the coach to take our sister to her special school in Brentford. We were often late for school as the coach was late quite regularly. Then on our wedding day we married at Ealing regitery office and came home on the bus, Our reception was in the White Hart Mr Hancock was on the piano.
My favourite shop was Hawkins I loved the sawdust on the floor and the tins of biscuits all lined up in front of the counter, The shopkeeper filling the blue bags with sugar and patting the butter in to shape on the marble slab. When you paid he put the money into a little round can and sent it on a wire to a lady sitting up in a little box at the back of the shop. My favourite food was anything my mum baked particularly her steak and kidney pud wrapped in a cloth and put in the copper for hours, The Granada Greenford was my fav. cinema, Especially Sat mornings, I was a Greenford grenadier All for one and one for all. I still know the words, Favourite film at that time,Mandy I cried all the way through.
radio programme has to be Dick Barton and on Sundays the Glums and family favourites with Jean Metcalfe. Tv was the Huggets and any sport like boxing.
favourite song anything from Mario Lanza and Lonnie donnigon.
My favourite teachers were Miss Armatage and Miss cummings in the infants and Miss waite and mrs holmes from st annes. English and poetry, history I would have loved if it had been based on the industrial revolution and how the working class struggled through, all we had was colouring pictures of the dress of the times and the kings and queens. The only teacher that bought any of the proper history was miss o,connell the geography teacher who taught us about the charcoal burners I think she was a bit of a rebel too.
Sports, well, all of them, netball in particular in the school playground in our nbks with Jimmy and co sitting on the embankment at hanwell station whistling and cat calling. My hobby now is the cuckooite site, and teasing Jim, whos whereabouts at the moment is unknown, WHERE ARE YOU JIMMY COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE,It has helped me through many bad times with Ken, to read and laugh with fellow cuckooites makes you feel you are part of a large family, that really care and with many shared experiences.
Favourite place Connolly Dell where I used to escape to when I walked out of school. Wow its quicker to write my memoirs Tom.

Tommy said...

Yvonne you are a true Cuckooite,and do not worry about our Jim he will be back,he is a glutton for punishment.

jim davis said...

First of all Madam Yvonne, I have been contributing to the site you must have been looking in the wrong place. Also you forgot to say I was your favorite neighbour. (Now my favorites.) My favorite woman is one that does what she's told. Favorite food, Indian or seafood. My favorite school, I bet you will never guess why? St Annes. Favorite film, Debbie Does Dallas. Favorite sport, Topless mud wrestling. Need I say any more. Oh! yes if this has made you smile then you are one of my favorite people.

yvonneh said...

AAAAAW, Jimmy, thats the nicest thing youve said to me, please dont change as I cant bear you being nice, it must be the talk about the nbks, it doesnt suit you.
You are supposed to talk about your favourite things from childhood not now. Mud wrestling indeed, So come on. I think we should also talk about the things we didnt like when we were young, like silly little boys who pulled hair. and grownups who always told us we should be seen but not heard. Getting told off but never any reason why and if you asked you got another clip round the ear, and told because I said so, its a wonder that I have anywhere to hang my earings.
Must be all that codliver oil and orange juice that kept me healthy. Or maybe it was the walk to the dungeon at the old cuckoo schools to get it. Anyway lets hear yours. Apart from the chauvenist bits.

Del said...

My dad bought me a chemistry set for my fifteenth birthday, I always suspected that he hoped I'd blow myself up. Instead, I used to make large cardboard boats, with a hull, deck, superstructure and funnel. Then I'd go to Douglas'and buy half a dozen of those lighter fuel capsules that came in brown, gelatin tubes. I'd put five into the bottom of the boat and then head for the Brent. Once there I'd squirt the fuel from the last capsule down the funnel, insert a fuse that was made from the chemical kit, light it and push the craft out into the current. It usually took about five minutes before there was a spectacular flare-up and then a boom as the pods exploded. I guess that I was still missing blitz. Del

jim davis said...

Yvonne That was things I liked when I was young, it had a great influence on how I am today.

yvonneh said...

Yes I can see that Jim, rolling in the mud, ordering women about,
mmmmm very interesting. I wonder what a good phsyciatrist would make of your favourites.

jim davis said...

He would probably pat me on the back and say." WELL DONE SON" Now if it were a woman?????

yvonneh said...

Why would you want to be a woman Jim? or are you in touch with your feminie side at last.

jim davis said...

You know I didn't say that Yvonne, but I do get easily hurt, and you have yet to answer my query. How can you tuck your dress into your NBKs to spare your blushes.? It can't be done. So that just goes to prove you did not try. Shameless that's what I say, it was girls like you that ruined my desire to be a monk. I ended up with other things on my mind.

yvonneh said...

Do you know Jim I am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks, picturing you in a brown dress and sandles withe a shiny bald head and a bit of fuzz round the ears. Maybe even with nbks underneath. I cant imagine you not speaking though.that would be torture for you. Still we can but hope.

Eddie said...

Fave drink, Lager and lime at the Queen Vic on Boston Rd, little did I know that my sister would marry the landlords son. For some strange reason I loved the Co-op with it's tiled floor and walls and Davis' the butchers, they always seemed cold, yet inviting. Fave cinema without a doubt was the flea pit, The Walpole Cinema on Bond Street, so warm and welcoming, a throw back to the magical days of cinema, all that was missing was Mrs. Fazackalee to show you to your seat, there's a couple of great pics at this site http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/ealingw2.jpg and http://www.mawgrim.co.uk/cavalcade/ealingw.jpg and as for a favourite movie, shown at the Odeon Northfields Avenue - Death Line. Favourite radio station has to be Radio Luxembourg listening to the top thirty under the covers so your parents can't here what you're doing. Fave song at the time was Simple Game by the Four Tops. Fave teacher, that's easy, anyone that went to Brentside at the time adored Mr Maycock, but as we lovingly knew him "Mad Minn". He was a big fan of The Goons and it was a joy to be in his class. My least fave was Reg Pragg, he loved maths, I didn't, X+Y=3.142r, what was all that about and what a load of bull. But we would trick him out of double maths and ask about the war, and he'd rabbit on for 2 hours while we tried to look interested, that was a great lesson. Jack Carroll was another fave as was his non relation, Ernie Carroll, loved golf but we thought it boring knocking a tiny ball around a field into a hole a mile away, how I enjoy that now though. Wonder what happened to Derek Harmer-Morris, I remember once he hit "Goose" over the back with a chair because he couldn't sing in time with the tune. Fave game, footy, no rugby at Brentside, since my old school, Christopher Wren thrashed Brentside 101 - 0 and one of my classmates at Brentside was in the losing team. Loved to play footie in Little John Field at the back of my friends house in Wescott Crescent and getting there by going through the gaps in his parents fence and Walpole Park each Sunday with school friends. Halcyon Days.

Lavakiogbq said...

He would probably pat me on the back and say." WELL DONE SON" Now if it were a woman?????

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Phil Gillman said...

My brother and I took our last look at Hillyard Road last year once we'd sold off the house (conservation area - Ha!) after our mother passed away. I have a picture of her when she was four (1937) soon after the estate was built. Going to the Granada for Saturday morning pictures was always fun, and smoking 5 Park Drive afterwards in the drains running under the Ruislip Road.
I vaguely remember a shop called the 'Choc Box' & I did a paper round for many years from the shop just down from the White Hart. It's a pity that the pub closed. Ronnie Bunce & I used to almost reside in the place, playing the same records over & over. Must have driven the locals mad! There was a very attractive girl that I used to see in the saloon bar every weekend. I never summoned the courage to speak to her. Our dad worked in the offie for a while. Oh, and I was lovestruck with a young (although older than me) barmaid from Ireland. She had the most gorgeous large dark eyes and long eye lashes. As kids we used to play on the allotments alongside the railway at Castle Bar. Swinging from the flexible trees that we called 'bendies'. Then we'd dig up someone's spuds and make a fire to bake them. Shame to think that our old stomping ground beside the tracks ended up as more houses. We were never to be seen at home - nowadays children seldom go outside.