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Awesome, heavy, excellent sir

posted by BC-A on February 8, 2018 at 9:59 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Pat

The chicken were lucky to be alive. I did know one chap he said folk wondered why he did not work. He told me late in life that he kept at least a score of cockerels in his back yard and every so often took one up to London and sold it on the Black Market. 

posted by C_C_T on February 8, 2018 at 1:20 AM | link to this | reply

Re:FS

Surprising how soon it is forgotten. But then one does not see many lamplighters around .

posted by C_C_T on February 8, 2018 at 1:16 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Ciel

One had to be a bit of an artist to be a road sweeper leaning on the broom and looking exhausted was a part of the exercise. Seems like it might have been Universal.

posted by C_C_T on February 8, 2018 at 1:14 AM | link to this | reply

Re: C_C_T

They did cut little channels in the verges of country roads occasionally to drain away excess rainfall but I think it was more cosmetic. Tin saucepans and kettles were in use as every piece of spare metal was taken to help the war effort, make bombs I suppose. Railings were easy to cut through and take away.

posted by C_C_T on February 8, 2018 at 1:11 AM | link to this | reply

C_C_T

How interesting about the street sweeper. I don't believe I have ever seen one, except at Disneyland years ago... One had to make do in wartime, and your poem about it certainly illustrates that idea. Very nice. 

posted by RPresta on February 7, 2018 at 1:42 PM | link to this | reply

Your tale of the sweeper reminds me of a side character in an old Jacques Tati film, MON ONCLE. It opens with a scene of a French village street where there is a street sweeper--he reappears every time that street is shown, carrying a poised broom or leaning on it while chatting with some passer-by. The one thing he never ever does, is sweep a lick of the street!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8FgRYhBof4

 

posted by Ciel on February 7, 2018 at 12:19 PM | link to this | reply

a different world to the one I grew up in. I hardly know this world.

posted by Kabu on February 7, 2018 at 11:18 AM | link to this | reply

I see street sweepers once in a while...It is interesting to read of people's experiences during wartime.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on February 7, 2018 at 10:25 AM | link to this | reply

It's probably true the chickens didn't give a

tinker's dam whether they had the patched tin kettle or the enamel one.

posted by Pat_B on February 7, 2018 at 10:24 AM | link to this | reply

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