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Folklore: Kids crazy games

Dave the Gnome 30 Sep 09 - 03:35 PM
Dave the Gnome 30 Sep 09 - 03:38 PM
bill\sables 30 Sep 09 - 04:37 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Kids crazy games
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 03:35 PM

On another thread I mentioned playing, as a kid, 'knock a door run' when nights were closing in. Set me off thinking about other daft things we used to do. When I was 10/11-is I think we lived on quite a 'posh' council estate. Well, we thought it was at the time. 30's semi's with back gardens and real trees! Anyway 'garden sneaking' was a favourite. Seeing how far we could bet round the estate using only peoples gardens. Vaulting fences, climbing walls, hiding behind sheds. Anything went - Only rules were that you had to stick to gardens and not get caught by irate householders.

We also used to play in the many derelict buildings. 'Bambers' was an old and quite stately home off the posher bit of Swinton. Once a mill owners home and, I suspect, the house being visited by the correspondant who detailed the two Swinton May songs in Chambers book of days. We spent hours in there and, again, the only rule was don't get caught - In this case by 'Silent Sid' - A roaming motorcycle policeman on his Velocette. All went by the wayside when someone, no-one I knew, fell through the skylight and landed 3 floors below in the grand hall! Dunno what happened to them but we never went back.

Moving on a bit - mid teens I guess - and we played Split the kipper. Yes, a kife game for kids! It says on the link popular in the 70's but it was late 60's when we played.

I just can't imagine letting my kids, now all grown up anyway, do half the stuff I did when I was a lad. But maybe they did and I just never knew! After all, my mother would have had kittens if she knew half the stuff we got up to:-)

Anyone else got any reckless, dangerous or just plain daft games they used to play?



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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids crazy games
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 03:38 PM

Oh - and forgot to mention - the days leading up to bonfire night and the night itself were complete lunacy!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Kids crazy games
From: bill\sables
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 04:37 PM

We used to collect a quantity of dog shit, wrap it in a newspaper and lay it on someones door step and set it on fire, then knock at the door. When the bloke opened the door and saw flaming newspaper on his door step he usually stamped it out covering his slippers or stocking feet with the dog shit. It realy used to upset them

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