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JackieB
30-10-2014
09:12 GMT
Young Ed where in the US do you live. Last time I visited family they were complaining about the cost of petrol there then they visited with me and got such a real shock at the cost to fill up my little car.
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Colin C
30-10-2014
04:03 GMT
YOUNG ED - now I know which part of the globe you live in. I tend to do as you do in so far as keeping up with the English news and of course, read this site daily. I think as you get older, the more you reflect back on days of old. Seems to be the case for every generation. I often think that my dear old Grandad never saw television but loved listening to the radio and never had a home of his own (always rented) or owned a car. Now we have all those things and regard them as 'necessities' just as the up and coming generation can't do without their IPads and IPhones. And so the world rolls on....
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Young Ed
30-10-2014
03:51 GMT
I'm in the states Colin. I know what you mean. After some years the new place becomes the norm and the homeland a distant memory. I think having access to the internet has helped keep it alive in the mind. I always read the english papers, and listen to UK radio and this forum most days of the week!
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Colin C
29-10-2014
23:52 GMT
YOUNG ED - where do you live now? As I think you know, I live in Austraslia now (since 1967) but still reminisce about my years in Edmonton, Enfield and Potters Bar. Seems at times that part of my life was lived by someone else as it is all so distant now.

See the poppy memorial at Tower of London is now huge - think it is a fantastic way of remembering those who kept the flame of freedom burning.
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Young Ed
29-10-2014
23:46 GMT
The first job I had when I left school at 16 was an apprentice in one of the trades, and I believe they pay was around 30 pound a week take home, which wasn't too bad, since they paid for me to go to technical college the first year.

Back to that petrol station. I remember the pump furthest to the right, in my time in Edmonton sold parafin for household heaters. I think I can just make out that it was a parafin pump in the photo as well. Wonder if that is still the case? Something tells me people don't use parafin as much these days, but not living in England anymmore I have no idea.
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Ronnie D
29-10-2014
21:48 GMT
Colin C: Hi Colin, no I wasn't based at Edmonton LFB, although I went past it many times also, when we lived in Arthur Road. I also went to a few 'Open' days that the Fire Station had, they were good fun and all the kids loved it, clambering over the Fire Engines.
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Colin C
29-10-2014
10:57 GMT
RONNIE - were you based at the Fire Station in Church Street. Used to go past there often when visiting my aunt and uncle who lived at the Cambridge Road end of Church Street. Strikingly designed building as I recall and opened just before - or even during - the war.
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Ronnie D
29-10-2014
09:16 GMT
Nicky Collins: I left the Buses in July 1977 and like you went to the 'Civilian Forces'. At that time the LFB, LAS and Police had a good relationship. My take home money a week went down from 55 to 50 a week.
Then Maggie Thatcher got elected in 1978 or 1979? and my pay doubled overnight. Unfortunately, there was no pay raise for the LFB and there ended the good relationship between the LFB and Police, which later brought about the Fireman's Strike and the Army and Green Goddesses hit the streets.
Was you at Edmonton LFB Station Nicky?

Colin C: I feel sorry for the ones today trying to get onto the property ladder today, the whole thing seems a real mess, there are far to many people in the U.K. and I think the French Mayor from Calais just about summed it up on the TV news last night. I did actually hear that the flooding in the West Country last year was NOT caused by excessive rainfall, they believe that England is sinking.
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Colin C
29-10-2014
04:48 GMT
NICKY and RONNIE - interesting. I remember coming over to UK on visit in 1976 and finding that inflation had gone through the roof (Australia soon followed suit I might add) with prices in some of the shops being altered almost on a daily basis. Let's hope those days don't come back again. I also remember mortgage rates hitting 18% or more, too. Recipe for disaster. Now they are lower than they've ever been yet still the younger ones are finding it difficult to get that first step on the home ownership ladder with property prices being what they are.
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Nicky Collins
29-10-2014
03:04 GMT
Ronnie D I just looked at an old pay slip of mine April 1977 as a fully qualified London Fireman my take home pay for 48 hr week, 54 pounds.
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Colin C
27-10-2014
23:02 GMT
JACKIE B - So you started at Alma Road the year I left - passing ships and all that. Do you remember Mrs. Freer ? She was my class teacher there and had considerable influence on my future life. In other words, a darned good teacher.
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Ronnie D
27-10-2014
18:30 GMT
Colin C: I can't remember my wages as a Conductor on London Transport, but I do remember when I left as a Driver in 1977, my take home pay for a Spread Over week was 55.00p., this also included Bonuses for the amount that your Conductor took on both morning and evening Rush Hour sessions.
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JackieB
27-10-2014
10:34 GMT
I can remember getting 3 gallons of petrol and still having change from 1. I could run my mini for a week on that.

Colin was at Alma from 1951 to 57.
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Colin C
27-10-2014
05:28 GMT
RON V - 20p a gallon. Wow. When I first came to Australia in 1967, petrol was around 35 cents a gallon and cigarettes about the same price for a pack of 20. Phone calls from a public call box were 5 cents unlimited time. How things have changed. Petrol now around $1.30 a LITRE now and I am not even sure how much ciggies are (don't smoke) but I know they are quite expensive. Phone call from a public call box (which aren't that plentiful in this day of mobile phones) is 50 cents for unlimited time. From a home phone 22 cents a call, unlimited time. Still good value.
Can any of you remember what you first weekly wage was? In 1956 my first job was at Thomas De La Rue near Moorgate as a laboratory assistant for 5 pounds a week. When I left Britain I was in a job in Industrial Relations in the City at a salary of around 20 quid a week - good money back in 1967.
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Young Ed
25-10-2014
21:27 GMT
Nice bit of Automotive archeology there Ron V. 20p a gallon, incredible isn't it.

Vlad the imbiber, good to hear your recollections of nights out in the Cross Keys. I always remember it being a local landmark in the 70s.
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Ron V
23-10-2014
22:28 GMT

The pic of Bounces Rd garage.The van in the distance is an Austin K8. The car is a Sumbeam Alpine introduced in 1959. so no ealier than 1959 and no later thqn 1964 when i started driving and used to get my petrol there for 20p a gallon.Pic of van attached
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