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« on: April 30, 2019, 10:21:51 PM »

Choose any year from your past.

1988.

Wednesday morning waiting for the bloke from the Auto Trader to come and photograph whatever cars/vans/lorries you had for sale.

Eventually he would roll up with his notepad and his Poloroid camera and take a single photograph of your vehicle/vehicles. (If it turned out crap, tough). Then he would write your spiel into his notepad, staple your pic to it, relieve you of fifteen quid and sprint for his car and squeal off to his next appointment. He had about a million people to visit on a Wednesday.

With luck, your ad would appear in the AT the next day.

With the day too long in the tooth to head out on the hunt for more stock it was off to the Longshoot for a businessman's lunch and to knock the table for a came of crash (13 card bragg) with the other motor traders.

Crash could be a lucrative or an expensive game back then, £1 a point, £5 for a crash, and double everything of you crashed into the hole.

Then on Wednesday night it was off to Naps casino until 4am when the Auto Trader hit the platform at Sheffield railway station. 30 mins later you were on the phone to some poor bugger who had advertised a Ford Sierra that sounded cheap.

"Who is this? Ford what? do you know what time it is?"

If someone had told us back then we would be able to take our own photographs (as many as we like) on our phone, write our own adverts and publish them ourselves, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we would have thought they were mad.



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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 12:48:46 PM »

You could work on your own cars too back in the day. 40 years today since I passed my driving test. 1st time obv. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2019, 01:03:37 PM »

Hi Tom,
I was only talking to someone the other day about the autotrader, and the man that would come and do the ads. 'Pete' was my man, as you say always in a rush. Sometimes the phone number would be left off the ad, or ad not printed at all, would be fuming then , as obvs had to wait another week just to get the ad in 
Also you were limited to words in the ad, so had to pick the bullshit carefully  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2019, 02:33:46 PM »

1988!

I'd just got my first snooker cue Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2019, 02:47:44 PM »

1988!

I'd just got my first snooker cue Smiley

Did you change it Mark, if so what prompted you?

It was probably a good move because most players stick to the same cue even if it's terrible.
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2019, 02:53:56 PM »

1988!

I'd just got my first snooker cue Smiley

Did you change it Mark, if so what prompted you?

It was probably a good move because most players stick to the same cue even if it's terrible.

I had a few through the years. 1 pieces until I was about 14, and then I bought a Cuecraft Monarch.

Knew the boss, so got it on interest free credit, and had to brush & iron the tables every Saturday to knock a tenner off the balance Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2019, 05:03:27 PM »

1988 was an important year for me, i left my job and became self employed  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2019, 05:32:21 PM »

Important year for me too. I got married Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2019, 10:38:51 PM »

Important year for me too. I got married Smiley


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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2019, 09:05:30 PM »

1969.

Second Thursday of the month.

Up before dawn, I splash some cold water on my face and climb shivering into the back of our Austin LD van. My dad usually drove a lorry but today was a 'holiday' so we took the van, which served as our car.

After a couple of miles we stop at a roadside camp to pick up my dad's friend Izzy and his son Perry. Izzy sits beside my dad in the cab and Perry gets in the back with me. Our next stop will be Mansfield livestock auction.

We park amongst the Land Rovers, horseboxes, pig trailers and cattle trucks. Perry and I tumble out of the van and run through the big iron gates which today are standing open.

Dozens of heifers stand steaming in their metal pens and their sandpaper tongues tug at the skin on our arms as we reach between the buds of their horns to scratch their wooly heads.

Next are the pigs, solid, fat, bristley pink 4 month old pokers with nothing to do all day but eat until they become bacon.

Lambs, then goats, then our favourite section, the crates and boxes. You never knew what you would find in these. Pigeons, geese, chickens, rabbits, ferrets and, most exciting of all, puppies.

The puppies were held up one at a time by the auctioneers assistant and sold for prices like 4/9d, 7/6d or maybe even half a guinea for a good un.

Outside, at the back of the auction ring were the stalls where the horses were kept. One day Perry and I were admiring a young entire (not gelded) Suffolk Punch. What a specimen he was, 15 cwt of writhing muscle and sinew clattering around the cobbles on hooves as big as manhole covers. Further on, we stumbled on a tiny filly who was obviously 'ossin her brains out,(bang in season, ready for mating) .

We thought it would be amusing to move her to the stall next to the Suffolk Punch. Chris almighty, when he got wind of her he went bat shit crazy and almost demolished the entire auction house. Scared the bejesus out of us he did.

We catch up with my dad and Izzy and they take us to a shop where we buy a loaf of fresh uncut bread and a big wedge of cheese. My dad cuts both of these into 4 rough portions with his pocket knife, we eat and wash it down with a mug of tea bought from a big woman in a small hut. (The tea is a special treat, I have about six sugars I mine)

Happy days.





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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2019, 09:33:14 PM »

Great memories.
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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2019, 09:49:41 PM »


I love it, happy memories are nearly always an awesome read.
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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2019, 11:47:18 PM »


Awesome writing, Tom.
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« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2019, 11:19:50 AM »

Important year for me too. I got married Smiley


Major year for me as Wimbledon won the FA Cup Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2019, 11:53:13 AM »

1988 was an important year for me, i left my job and became self employed  Smiley

Important year for me too, as I turned 21 that year.
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