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From: "Christine Coates" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA] A bit of fun - Remember when...
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 09:30:19 +0200
Thanks, that was lovely! Have you read the new book out by writer/poet Dnis
Hirson? It is 100 pages each line starting with "I remember...". The book is
I REMEMBER KING KONG - the boxer.
It is published by Jacana and is available at Exclusive's.
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From: "A. Lehmkuhl" <>
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2005 12:53 AM
Subject: [ZA] A bit of fun - Remember when...
> Remember when...
> Before the Internet or the AppleMac... Before semi-automatics and crack
> cocaine... Before SEGA or the Cartoon Network... Before Playstation and
> Way back...
> - I'm talking about the time of Hide and Seek in the park... or outside
> the dark
> - The cafe down the road?
> - Hopscotch, skipping and hand stands, backyard cricket with a tomato box,
> Dandy & Beano annuals
> - Arlies, jumping into the river, living on the beach, building a swing
> from a piece of rope tied to a tree, tennis on the street or swing ball in
> the backyard
> - The smell of suntan lotion, hot tar and Oros
> - Wicks bubble gum for a cent
> - An ice cream cone from the kombi that played a tune
> Can you still remember...
> - When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like
> going somewhere, and your Ma made you "dress up" for the trip
> - A million mozzie bites and peeling skin in summer
> - Sticky fingers and beach sand in, and on everything
> - Cops and Robbers, Rounders, Stingers, Foefie slides and climbing trees
> - Walking or riding your bike to school - no matter what the weather
> - Pillow fights; Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down. Being
> tired from playing
> Remember when...
> - The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
> - Paper water bombs and clay "lats" were the ultimate weapon
> - A piece of card in the spokes held by a clothes peg transformed any
> bicycle into a motorcycle
> - There were two types of takkies - Tommies and the canvas ones, and the
> only time you wore them at school was for PT
> - 25 cents was decent pocket money
> - When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for 5 cents and feel lucky
> - When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there
> - Remember when it was magic when Dad would lose his thumb, or make 10
> cents appear from behind your ear
> - When it was considered a great privilege and very unusual to be taken
> out to dinner at a real restaurant or in a proper hotel
> - When on a rare occasion Dad stopped at a roadhouse or Dairy Den
> - When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to the
> fate that awaited you at home? Basically, we were in fear for our lives
> but it wasn't because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and
> grandparents were a much bigger threat... and some of us are still afraid
> of them!
> - Decisions were made by eeny-meeny-miney-mo
> - Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, Nix!
> - Money was handled by whoever was the banker in Monopoly
> - Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a pea shooter or a
> - Taking drugs meant Milk of Magnesia
> Can you still taste or smell...
> - Eating jelly powder from the box, ice lollies made from cold drink in
> Tupperware holders in the freezer
> - Making sherbet from sugar and ENOS and boiling tins of condensed milk to
> make caramel - took hours!
> - Marshmallow fish and mice
> If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED
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