...the many things that you remember as a kid or teenager...

Mr Stickyfingers

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…while rummaging through my computer files in a non descript file that I usually bypass I found these lol!…

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…haha!… (I’m the second one)…here we are showing off our brand new ‘Beatles haircuts’ lol!… there’s a funny little story associated with the origins of these haircuts…

…back in the early 60’s when ‘Beatlemania’ and ‘The Rolling Stones‘ first arrived on the ‘Rock n’ Roll’ scene along with other great bands… they had a feverish effect on us 10 - 15 year olds in the East End London slum areas (which were quite harsh at the time)… the kids in our block of flats (or as we called it… our ‘buildings square’)… all of us kids suddenly wanted to become ‘rockstars’… well…

…a boy who had three brothers that used to play in a ‘Skiffle Band’ which is like…


…because he had brothers in ‘the music industry’… this kid named ‘Billy’ proudly announced that he was going to start his own rock and roll band at that he was going to hold ‘auditions’ in two weekends time ‘if you want to be in the band’… (we had to wait 2 weekends because his brothers finally caved into him to lend him some of their old musical instruments like guitars and drums etc when they weren’t working lol!)… (mind you… Billy was the ripe old age of 13 lol!)…my little brothers and my eyes lit up at the ‘opportunity’ and we were going to jump at the offer!…

…knowing that we had two weeks up our sleeve I had this brainwave… no… a masterstroke!… that if we got ‘Beatles’ haircuts that we’d already have our feet halfway in the door and would be in the ‘band’ for sure!… we then started an ongoing campaign of relentlessly asking mum to take us to the barbers to get a new ‘Beatles’ haircut…(mind you… we had NEVER volunteered to get a haircut before… in fact… mum had to drag us kicking and screaming up to now lol!)…

…anyway… we finally got our beloved ‘Beatle’ haircuts and thought for sure that we would be in the band… when the day arrived at last here we were standing in a line of about 20 or so boys… (we were the only ones with Beatles haircuts)… I thought “suckers!… we are the ONLY ones with these haircuts!… we’re in for sure!”… well our time eventually turned up for the ‘audition’…

…I let my little brother go first…. we both wanted to be drummers for some reason… anyway my brother had a go first… he was terrible!… no rhythm at all… he came out of the garage crying because he was useless… so here I am… thinking “less competion”… so I boldly strutted in with my new ‘Beatles‘ haicut and was ready to start my ’music career’… well… it turned out that I had even less rhythm than my littlle brother!…lol!… (and… it wasn’t the ‘look’ that they were going for… they wanted to be a ‘dirty’ band like The Rolling Stones… not a’prissy’ group like the Beatles!… lol!)…

…I do remember saying something like “I didn’t wanna be in your fucking stupid shit band anyway!”… as I walked off to sulk somewhere lol!… anyway both my brother and I were both shattered but kept our beloved Beatles haircut (which the girls liked… but neither of us were chasing them at the time lol!)… needless to say… the ‘band’ never eventuated because nobody had any talent whatsoever… especially Billy!… but!… my brother and I still had great haircuts lol!… true story… cheers
 
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Converse

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I was walking through the shopping centre the other day which hasn't changed much in all the years until now and I remembered when I was a kid where there used to be a cordial vending machine...lol. I found a picture of one online it was probably very similar to this one pictured sitting out the front of the shop back in the early to mid 80's I think. You can see it has 2 tubes for 2 different flavours and from memory it was usually the red rasberry cordial on one side and the green lime cordial on the other side of the machine. I think it was something like 10 cents back then for a nice cool refreshing cup of cordial when we were younger...lol. Cheers!
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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I was walking through the shopping centre the other day which hasn't changed much in all the years until now and I remembered when I was a kid where there used to be a cordial vending machine...lol. I found a picture of one online it was probably very similar to this one pictured sitting out the front of the shop back in the early to mid 80's I think. You can see it has 2 tubes for 2 different flavours and from memory it was usually the red rasberry cordial on one side and the green lime cordial on the other side of the machine. I think it was something like 10 cents back then for a nice cool refreshing cup of cordial when we were younger...lol. Cheers!

…haha!… I remember those machines too lol!… cheers.
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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…I remember my dad taking me fishing in England when I was quite young… I remember him teaching me over and over and over again tying fishing knots… lol!… I was still having trouble tying up my shoelaces let alone fishing knots… needless to say… he did most of the knots for me… he wanted to spend his time actually fishing… not spend all day teaching me to tie those damn knots lol!… bless his heart… cheers.
 

Converse

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…I remember my dad taking me fishing in England when I was quite young… I remember him teaching me over and over and over again tying fishing knots… lol!… I was still having trouble tying up my shoelaces let alone fishing knots… needless to say… he did most of the knots for me… he wanted to spend his time actually fishing… not spend all day teaching me to tie those damn knots lol!… bless his heart… cheers.

Great memories mate, I used to also go fishing with my dad when I was quite young. I also remember how free the laws were back then around here around the bay. You could pretty much fish anywhere you wanted and you didn't need a fishing license or anything when fishing in the saltwater around Melbourne. Back in the 80's and possibly the early 90's you could literally drive your car out onto station pier and cast your fishing rod and line out the window of the car and sit back and wait for the fish to bite! Yep if you weren't careful you could roll off the pier and end up in the water! Oh those were the days! :)
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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Great memories mate, I used to also go fishing with my dad when I was quite young. I also remember how free the laws were back then around here around the bay. You could pretty much fish anywhere you wanted and you didn't need a fishing license or anything when fishing in the saltwater around Melbourne. Back in the 80's and possibly the early 90's you could literally drive your car out onto station pier and cast your fishing rod and line out the window of the car and sit back and wait for the fish to bite! Yep if you weren't careful you could roll off the pier and end up in the water! Oh those were the days! :)

…when fishing licences didn’t exist… those WERE the days alright lol!… fishing from a car window… what a great memory… as you said Converse… oh those were the days lol!… cheers.
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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…my god!… lol!… number 96… wasn’t that show so provocative at the time?… I actually met Abigail the so-called ‘sex bomb’ of the time… I was working in a warehouse at the time in a massive shopping centre and TV stars used to turn up at the warehouse to enter the ‘backstage’ area that was the most secluded entry to the centre stage to ‘perform’ on…

…whenever they turned up it was up to one of us to escort them via a lift down 4 stories to the stage… anyway it happened that I had to escort Abigail and her minders down to the stage this time… at this time you usually make ‘small talk’ to break the ice… well… I tried to talk to her and she just glared at me as if I was a piece of dogshit and looked the other way… talk about being totally up herself… she stank of body odour big time (apparently she bathed in milk like Cleopatra or so the rumour was)…

…she was such a diva… I don’t know why… up close she wasn’t that hot… she had makeup plastered on so much!… it actually did her a misjustice in my opinion… I was so disappointed… here I was getting ready to brag to my mates that I had met the ‘sex bombshell ABIGAIL from Number 96’ and never even bothered because of her actions… it wasn’t worth it… oh well… they say that you should never meet your heroes because it only leads to disappointment … this is a classic case of that lol!… cheers.
 

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Do people have garden sheds anymore?

I remember as a kid at my grandparent's places, they had sheds that were full of all sorts of tools and materials for maintenance, repair and building. Not just a place for a mower and rakes. An actual workshop and supply centre.

Maybe it's just where I am in life, but it doesn't seem people have these anymore.
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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Do people have garden sheds anymore?

I remember as a kid at my grandparent's places, they had sheds that were full of all sorts of tools and materials for maintenance, repair and building. Not just a place for a mower and rakes. An actual workshop and supply centre.

Maybe it's just where I am in life, but it doesn't seem people have these anymore.
…my dad loved his backyard shed… it wasn’t big but he fitted so much stuff into it that it was like Dr Who’s Tardis… he made everything fit in it somehow lol!… he never threw any scraps of wood off cuts away… they might be in there for 10 years but eventually they would be used… I used to say to him “dad why don’t you throw those scraps away?… you can always buy some more wood”…he used to reply with something like “why buy it if you already have it?”… you can’t fault his logic I suppose?…

…then as I got older I became just like him and then eventually everyone began asking ME as to why I never threw scraps of wood away so I suppose the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree lol!… but until I had my last stroke and we had to downsize and move into a smaller place to accommodate my wheelchair… I had that shed for over 40years… it’s amazing what you can accumulate in that time lol!… gee I miss that shed sometimes lol!… cheers.
 

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…this morning my friend and I were talking about lollies and stuff that we loved as kids… he mentioned Sherbet Dips that you used to have to dip a spoon or something into it in order to eat the Sherbet… aw man!… could I eat one of them right now!… it’s been about 40 years since I’ve had Sherbet… can you still even get them?… we’re going shopping in Woolies tomorrow… I’ll have to look lol!… cheers.
 

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…this morning my friend and I were talking about lollies and stuff that we loved as kids… he mentioned Sherbet Dips that you used to have to dip a spoon or something into it in order to eat the Sherbet… aw man!… could I eat one of them right now!… it’s been about 40 years since I’ve had Sherbet… can you still even get them?… we’re going shopping in Woolies tomorrow… I’ll have to look lol!… cheers.
Wizz Fizz!

From the google, they still make and sell them.

Lollies is a category I now know nothing about. I just ignore them in the shops. As a kid it was exciting to go shopping for them. A lollishop, or one of those milkbars with a good assortment of them.

Strangely enough in the last year I've wondered into a couple of lollishops, seeing if anything would appeal and nothing ever did.

I wonder if they still make bubble gum that comes in tape form? Remember that gross liquid candy?
 

Mr Stickyfingers

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Wizz Fizz!

From the google, they still make and sell them.

Lollies is a category I now know nothing about. I just ignore them in the shops. As a kid it was exciting to go shopping for them. A lollishop, or one of those milkbars with a good assortment of them.

Strangely enough in the last year I've wondered into a couple of lollishops, seeing if anything would appeal and nothing ever did.

I wonder if they still make bubble gum that comes in tape form? Remember that gross liquid candy?
…up_late_all_night… I bought some ‘Wizz Fizz‘ yesterday at Woolworths… my god!… the Sherbet was soooooooo nice!… it even had the miniature red spoon to eat it with lol!… talk about a trip down memory lane or what?… cheers.
 
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